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. 

TO NOTE

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.

BLUEGILL

Very good around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Earthworm Pieces, Mealworms, Maggots or Crickets.

WALLEYE

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.

CRAPPIE

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.

CATFISH

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.

BLACK BASS

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.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS

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.

UPDATES

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.