The lake level was 659.3; planned releases of 19,000 SFD should drop the lake to 659.1 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 80 degrees; coves are 81 degrees or more. There is a thermocline at 20 feet in parts of the lake. Truman Lake is four 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.
Niangua Arm: Fair, try trolling points with crankbaits. Upper Osage: Some fish are hitting crankbaits on points.
Excellent around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.
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 to good, fish are 10-feet deep over brush, minnows work best. Truman Tailwater: Poor because of murky water through Truman Dam.
Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Good on jug lines using skipjack herring. 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: Excellent on all traditional baits. Truman Tailwater: Good at night on cut bait or live shad.
Roger and Carey Cook won the Wednesday Nite tourney with 14.99 pounds (4-fish Limit); they had Big Bass at 5.02 pounds. Roger and Chase Fitzpatrick won the Summer Bass Sizzler with a 2-day total of 38.19 pounds; they had Big Bass at 6.26 pounds. 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: Good on topwaters like the Whopper Plopper, also try 10-inch Berkley Power Worms around brush.
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 larger coves, 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: Poor because of murky water through Truman Dam.
Very good to excellent 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 extremely sharp.
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.