The lake level was 657.6; planned releases through last week should cause the lake to hold steady through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 65 degrees; coves were 63 to 68 degrees depending on the time of day. Truman Lake is still almost two-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.
Fair around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.
Lower Osage: Good around dock brush 15 feet deep using jigs. Glaize Arm: Fair around bridge pilings on minnows. Gravois Arm: Fair along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Very good for quantity and size, 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 jigs or minnows over brush in 10 to 20 feet of water.
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.
The team of Jelinek and Slavens won the Joe Bass tourney with 19.0 pounds; they had Big Bass at 5.67 pounds. Blankenship and Swast won the USA Bassin’ tourney plus they took Second Place in the Joe Bass tourney. Lower Osage: Squaretails like the Booyah Flex II work well toward the back of coves where fish are chasing shad. Glaize Arm: Fair on topwaters and squarebill crankbaits around docks. Gravois Arm: Fair on topwaters early and late, jigs during the day around docks. Mid-Lake: Good but fish are scattered, try around docks and in the backs of coves. 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 for numbers on squarebill crankbaits and spinnerbaits around dock corners.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS
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, fish are active on windblown points chasing shad, try Mepps spinners or lipless crankbaits.
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.