The lake level was 655.7; planned releases of 900 CFS during the week should hold the lake there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 45 degrees; coves were 38 to 46 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine.

 The lake level was 655.7; planned releases of 900 CFS during the week should hold the lake there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 45 degrees; coves were 38 to 46 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. Above normal temperatures for the coming week should bode well for anglers however caution should be observed for floating ice especially in coves. 

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.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS

Lower Osage: Poor, try topwaters like the Zara Spook in the backs of creeks. Gravois Arm: Poor, try small crankbaits or silver colored spoons. Mid-Lake: Poor, try trolling points with current flow. Niangua Arm: Poor, try the main channel or on windblown points. Upper Osage: Poor, fish are hard to find. Truman Tailwater: Poor this week.

CATFISH

Lower Osage: Poor, try jug lines using cut bait in coves. Glaize Arm: Poor, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Poor, try rod and reel baited with nightcrawlers. Mid-Lake: Poor, try cut bait in deep coves. Niangua Arm: Poor, try juglines baited with live or dead shad. Upper Osage: Poor, try traditional baits. Truman Tailwater: Poor, try cut shad.

BLACK BASS

Bueltman and Verhoff won the Winter Bass Challenge with 19.76 pounds; they also had Big Bass at 6.27 pounds. Wieberg and Kleffner won the Joe Bass tourney with 17.73 pounds; Rogers and Crist had Big Bass at 7.02 pounds. Lower Osage: Good on jigs fished in brush and on chunk rock banks, also try deep running jerkbaits. 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: 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 jigs. Upper Osage: Slow, fish are scattered, best bet is a jerkbait or jig.

BLUEGILL

Poor around docks or submerged brush, try mealworms, nightcrawler pieces, or Berkley Gulp Earthworm pieces.

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: Good on jigs around condo docks. Glaize Arm: Fair around bridge pilings on jigs. Gravois Arm: Fair along docks 15 to 20-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Fair on jigs fished vertically 30 feet deep over brush. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered 12 feet deep, try jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Good around dock brush with jigs.

UPDATES

Bagnell Dam Tailwater – TBA; Lower Osage – Alhonna Resort (573-365-2634), Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710); Glaize Arm – Guide Skip Surbaugh (573-365-0006); Midlake and Gravois – Mike Foree @ Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); 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); Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle, (660-438-7664); Lake Level (573-365-9205); Tournament Results – Thanks to www.bassinbob.com.