The lake level was 658.7; planned releases of about 12,000 SFD during the week should cause the lake to rise to 659.0 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 78 degrees; coves are 78 to 81 degrees depending on the time of day. There is a thermocline at 16 feet throughout much of the lake. Truman Lake is 3 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 shallow running crankbaits on points.
Excellent around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.
Lower Osage: Fair around docks but most fish are small. Glaize Arm: Fair shooting docks with jigs. Gravois Arm: Fair 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: Poor to fair, 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.
Phil Gardner and Marty McGuire won the Wednesday Nite tourney with 14.71 pounds (4-fish limit); Varner and Gardner had Big Bass at 5.05 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair on main lake points, docks and bluffs. Try 7 inch soft plastic worms. Most fish are small. Glaize Arm: Good on topwaters and dropshot rigs, fair on 10 inch worms. Gravois Arm: Good on topwaters and dropshot rigs, fair on 10 inch worms. Mid-Lake: Good on main lake points, docks and bluffs. Try jigs. Niangua Arm: Fair, try 10-inch Power Worms in brush. Also, try Rapala DT10’s or Norman’s DD22 at night. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Poor to fair, try spinnerbaits and 7 inch worms.
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 extremely sharp.
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: Fair on white Rooster Tails. Truman Tailwater: Poor because of murky water through Truman Dam.
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.