The lake level was 656.2; planned releases 900 CFS during the week should hold the lake at 656.3 through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 45 degrees; coves were 47 to 54 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is one-foot under pool. Annual drawdown has begun, AMEREN plans to complete the drawdown by mid-February.

The lake level was 656.2; planned releases 900 CFS during the week should hold the lake at 656.3 through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 45 degrees; coves were 47 to 54 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is one-foot under pool. Annual drawdown has begun, AMEREN plans to complete the drawdown by mid-February.

Anglers should be advised that launch ramps can freeze and become hazardous for launching boats. Cold weather last week has prevented most anglers from fishing with the exception of heated docks, therefore the report shows the last good data from two weeks ago.

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.

BLACK BASS

No tournaments reported last weekend. Lower Osage: Very good on jerkbaits like the Big Ed Special fished on sloping banks, also try jigs on dark chunk rock 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; try crankbaits on bluff ends. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, 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 jerkbaits around docks and on bluff ends, also try jigs. Upper Osage: Slow, fish are scattered, best bet is a jerkbait or jig.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS

Lower Osage: Poor. 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.

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: No reports. Glaize Arm: Fair around bridge pilings on jigs. 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.

CATFISH

Lower Osage: Fair on jug lines using cut bait. Glaize Arm: Fair, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Fair, catching some on nightcrawlers. 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.

BLUEGILL

Poor, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces around docks 12 to 15-feet deep.

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.