The lake level was 657.2; planned releases 900 CFS during the  week should raise the lake to 657.4 through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 58 degrees; coves were 54 to 60 degrees depending on the time of day. Truman Lake is at normal 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

Poor to fair around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.

CRAPPIE

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 on black crappie, try shooting docks. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Fair on bluffs 12 to 15-feet deep using minnows.

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: Good for blue cats fishing with nightcrawlers.

BLACK BASS

Lawyer and Hewkin won the 3 day Fishing and Golf tourney; Sykora and Capstick had Big Bass at 6.31 pounds. Blankenship won the USA Bassin’ tourney with 15.71 pounds; Lawrence and Weeg had Big Bass at 6.58 pounds. Lower Osage: Try squarebills like the Booyah Flex II work well toward the back of coves where fish are chasing shad. Glaize Arm: Fair on squarebill crankbaits around docks. Gravois Arm: Fair on jigs during the day around docks. Mid-Lake: Fair, fish are scattered and can be caught on a number of baits like squarebills, crankbaits, jigs, and topwaters. Niangua Arm: Fair, try squarebills around docks and in the backs of windblown coves. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Poor, no reported fish.

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, fish are becoming active on windblown points chasing shad, try Mepps spinners or chrome spoons.

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.