The lake level was 657.8; planned releases through last Friday should cause the lake to rise to 658.1 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 69 degrees; coves were 66 to 70 degrees depending on the time of day. Truman Lake is two-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

Fair around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: Good around dock brush using jigs. Glaize Arm: Good around bridge pilings on minnows. Gravois Arm: Fair along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Good, larger occasional fish are on windy main lake points, otherwise try brush piles with jigs tipped with Berkley chartreuse colored Crappie Nibbles. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Very good, try minnows around brush in 8 to 10 feet of water. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.

CATFISH

Lower Osage: Fair on jug lines using skipjack herring. Glaize Arm: Fair, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Fair, catching several fish accidentally on bass crankbaits. Mid-Lake: Fair, try drifting windblown coves with cut bait on a rod and reel 30 feet deep or jug lines 10 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Fair in the evening with traditional baits fished 8 to 10-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Fair on jug lines baited with cut shad. Truman Tailwater: Good at night on cut shad or drum.

BLACK BASS

Terry Blankenship won the USA Bassin’ tourney with 13.63 pounds. Chris Martin and Kevin Burnett won the Anglers in Action Two-Day tourney with 24.77 pounds. The team of Danek and Danek won the Alhonna Two-Day tourney with 38.94 pounds; Dobbs and Eakins had Big Bass at 6.37 pounds. Lower Osage: Squaretails like the Booyah Flex II work well toward the back of coves where fish are chasing shad. Glaize Arm: Good on topwaters and squarebill crankbaits around docks. Gravois Arm: Good on topwaters early and late, jigs during the day around docks. Mid-Lake: Good but fish are scattered, try windblown areas for the most fish. Niangua Arm: Fair, try squarebills and topwater lures around docks and in the backs of windblown coves. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Good on squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits around dock corners.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS

Lower Osage: Good in coves where they chase shad, try squarebills and small jerkbaits. Glaize Arm: Fair, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Some fish are in larger coves, try squarebills or jerkbaits. Mid-Lake: Good on windblown main lake points with a white Berkley’s grub cast to very shallow water. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: Shad are moving into the river, whites should follow soon. Upper Osage: Good, hybrids are on main lake points chasing shad. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.

UPDATES

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.