The lake level was 657.5; planned releases 1,000 CFS during the week should hold the lake at 657.5 through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 54 degrees; coves were 51 to 55 degrees depending on the time of day. Truman Lake is two-feet under 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.
Skip Surbaugh won the Winter Bass Challenge held at Alhonna with 21.06 pounds; Mike Montgomery had Big Bass at 6.64 pounds. Surbaugh and Long won the Joe Bass tourney with 19.71 pounds; Jelinek and Stavens had Big Bass at 7.26 pounds. Lower Osage: Very good on jerkbaits like the Big Ed Special fished on sloping banks. Glaize Arm: Good for smallmouth when you find them, try jerkbaits and finesse jigs. 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: Slow, fish are scattered, best bet is a jerkbait or jig.
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: Fair, some scattered fish are hitting small bass jerkbaits. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered from 2 to 12 feet deep, try jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Good around dock brush with jigs.
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 cut shad.
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: No reported fish.
Poor to fair around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.
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.