The lake level was 659.5; planned releases of moderate generation during the week should cause the lake to drop to 658.3 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 79 degrees; coves are 76 to 79 degrees depending on the time of day. Truman Lake is at normal 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 Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.
Lower Osage: Fair to good around docks. Glaize Arm: Excellent around bridge pilings on minnows. Gravois Arm: Fair along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try brushpiles 15 feet deep, also try bridge pilings with jigs. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Good, try over brush in 8 to 10 feet of water, minnow are best. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.
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: Good 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 shad or drum.
Jay Beffa and Kenny Sheets won the U.S. Anglers Choice tourney with 20.58 pounds; Newcomb and Cox had Big Bass at 5.37 pounds. Roger and Cory Cook wont the USA Bassin tourney with 33.49 pounds (2-day); Thomson and McDonald had Big Bass at 5.22 pounds. Lower Osage: Good for keeper size fish toward the front of coves, especially around docks. Try shad colored squarebill crankbaits in the afternoon. Glaize Arm: Good on topwaters and dropshot rigs, also try squarebill crankbaits around docks. Gravois Arm: Good on topwaters early and late, dropshot rigs later. Mid-Lake: Very good around docks with Berkley’s Jerk Shad. Also try topwaters in the backs of coves. Niangua Arm: Fair, try squarebills around docks in coves. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Very good on squarebills and Whopper Ploppers around dock corners.
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: Random catches on silver spoons. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.
Bagnell Tailwater – Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Lower Osage – Alhonna Resort (573-365-2634), Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710); Midlake – Guide Jack Uxa (573-434-2570: Gravois – Ozark Bait & Tackle (573-207-8764); 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) and Guide Anthony Ford (660-438-5714): Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle (660-438-7664); Lake Level (573-365-9205); Tournament Results – Thanks to www.bassinbob.com.