The lake level was 659.0; planned releases should hold the lake there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 82 degrees, coves are also 82 degrees or more. There is a thermocline at 20 feet throughout much of the lake. Truman Lake is three 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.
Good to very good throughout the lake on homemade rope lures. Try pea gravel banks or around docks in 6 to 12 feet of water. For tips on how to make a rope lures, see this video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB9gtG9X5JE. Caution – you must handle gar with quality fishing gloves, their teeth and scales are very sharp.
Lower Osage: Poor but best at night with lights around marina 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 14 to 15-feet deep over brush, jigs or minnows work. Truman Tailwater: Good at night under lights.
Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Good on 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 rod and reel 30 feet deep or jug lines 10 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Good in the evening with traditional baits fished 8 to 10-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on traditional baits, especially good on Bee’Jay Traditional preformed doughballs. Truman Tailwater: Good at night on cut bait or live shad.
Excellent around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.
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: No reported fish. Truman Tailwater: Hybrids good at daylight on white spoons.
Niangua Arm: Fair, try trolling points with crankbaits. Upper Osage: No reported fish.
No tournaments reported last week. Lower Osage: Try the backs of coves with topwaters early and bluffs later with drop shot rigs. Glaize Arm: Fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits fished on dark rocky shorelines and secondary points. Gravois Arm: Fair on the front corners of docks, try green pumpkin colored soft plastics. Mid-Lake: Slow, better fish are along main lake docks. Niangua Arm: Fair, try Rapala’s DT10 crankbaits on chunk rock banks or 10-inch Power Worms in brush. Also, try Norman’s DD22 at night. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Very slow, try shaky head jigs tipped with green pumpkin or watermelon red-flake soft plastics.
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.