The lake level was 658.8; planned releases of 3,500 CFS toward the weekend should raise the lake to 659.0 by the holiday. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 77 degrees. Truman Lake is 2-feet over pool.
The Lower Osage is from the dam to the 22-mile mark; Mid-Lake is between the 22 and 38-mile marks; the Upper Osage is between the 38 and the Rt. 65 Bridge.
Very good around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Earthworm Pieces, Mealworms, Maggots or Crickets.
Lower Osage: Fair to good, try trolling main lake points with crankbaits. Upper Osage: Good in shallow shady areas with bottom bouncers baited with nightcrawlers.
Lower Osage: Poor, some fish hitting bass crankbaits, also try jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles around main lake docks. Glaize Arm: Fair shooting docks with jigs. Gravois Arm: Good along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try trolling Berkley’s Flicker Shad crankbait in front of docks over 15-feet of water. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Fair, fish are 15 to 18-feet deep now. Truman Tailwater: Good on minnows but many small fish.
Bagnell Tailwater: Strong current flow, holding a boat is problematic. Lower Osage: Good in cove mouths with jug lines using cut bait. Glaize Arm: Good, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Good, catching several fish accidentally on bass crankbaits. Mid-Lake: Excellent drifting coves with cut bait on a drop shot rig. Niangua Arm: Good on jugs baited with nightcrawlers fished from 5- to 25-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on traditional baits, rod and reel or jug lines. Truman Tailwater: Excellent for eating size fish, catch them on any traditional cat bait.
Joe Waggoner won the FLW BFL tourney with 18.15 pounds; Roger Fitzpatrick had Big Bass at 6.11 pounds. Jason Sloan won the Co-angler Division with 17.13 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair to good very early on top-waters like the Pop-R and Zara Spook, deep bite is poor at best. Glaize Arm: Fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits fished on dark rocky shorelines and secondary points. Gravois Arm: Fair behind docks and around cables, try green pumpkin colored soft plastics. Mid-Lake: Better fish are deep around brush, try a 10-inch Berkley Power Worm. Smaller fish are around main lake docks, try Berkley’s Flicker Shad or a Pop-R for those fish. Niangua Arm: Good, try square bill Strike King 2.5 Sexy Shad color or Rapala DT10 crankbaits on chunk rock banks. Also, try Norman’s DD22 at night. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on top-waters early near main and secondary points.
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Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Fair, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Some fish are in front of docks, try crankbaits or jerkbaits. Mid-Lake: A few fish on points, try 4-inch Berkley Swim Baits. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: Shad are moving into the river, whites should follow soon. Upper Osage: Good on windy points trolling small Rat-L-Traps. Truman Tailwater: Hybrids good Roger’s Hawg Stick or Heddon’s Zara Spook. Whites good on small spoons.
Bagnell Dam Tailwater – TBA; Lower Osage – Alhonna Resort (573-365-2634), Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710); Glaize Arm – Guide Skip Surbaugh (573-365-0006); Midlake and Gravois – Mike Foree @ Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Niangua Arm – Darrell Taylor; Upper Osage – Guide John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Little Niangua River – Greenmill Campground, (573-363-5577); Upper Osage – Bryants Osage Outdoors, www.osagetackle.com (573-374-2278); Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle, (660-438-7664); Lake Level (573-365-9205); Tournament Results – Thanks to www.bassinbob.com.