The lake level was 657.3; planned releases 900 CFS during the week should hold the lake at 657.3 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 under boat docks where there is brush. 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 over brush. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered from 2 to 12 feet deep, try jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Excellent around brush 6 to 7-feet deep.

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 on shad sides.

BLACK BASS

Malone and Surbaugh won the US Anglers tourney with 17.05. Lower Osage: Very slow, some fish are hitting spinnerbaits in windblown areas. Also try Wigglewarts. Glaize Arm: Fair on squarebill crankbaits or A-rigs on deep brush. Gravois Arm: Fair on jigs during the day around docks. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, try topwaters early, later try A-Rigs over brush. Niangua Arm: Fair, try squarebills around docks and in the backs of windblown coves. Little Niangua River: Fair to good on stickbaits around docks and on bluff ends, also try jigs. Upper Osage: Poor, no recommendation.

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.