The lake level was 656.1; planned releases medium to minimum during the week should drop the lake to 655.8 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 41 degrees; coves were 38 to 43 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine.

The lake level was 656.1; planned releases medium to minimum during the week should drop the lake to 655.8 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 41 degrees; coves were 38 to 43 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is one-foot under normal pool. Ameren plans to drop the lake to 654 by mid to late February. Due to inclement weather, very little fishing occurred during the week but warm temperatures this weekend will create fishing opportunities. 

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.

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: Good shooting docks with Slab Hunter jigs. Glaize Arm: Fair around bridge pilings on jigs. Gravois Arm: Fair along docks 15 to 20-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Very good on jigs fished vertically 30 feet deep over brush. 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.

BLACK BASS

No tournaments reported last weekend. Lower Osage: Very good on jerkbaits like the Big Ed Special fished on sloping banks, also try PB&J or OzarkCraw colored jigs on chunk rock banks 10 feet deep. 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: Good, try brown jigs fished on sloping banks. 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.

BLUEGILL

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

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.

UPDATES

Alhonna Resort (573-365-2634) www.thealhonnaresort.com; Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710) www.bigedsguideservice.com; Guide Jack Uxa (573-434-2570) www.lakeoftheozarksfishingguide.com; Guide John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Guide Jim Dill (573-204-9005) www.jamesdillguideservice.com; Greenmill Campground, (573-363-5577) www.greenmillcampground.com; Bryants Osage Outdoors, (573-374-2278; Guide Anthony Ford (660-438-5714): Cody’s Bait & Tackle (660-438-7664); Lake Level (573-365-9205); Tournament Results – Thanks to www.bassinbob.com.