The lake level was 655.8; planned releases of 900 CFS during the week should hold the lake there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 42 degrees; coves were 32 to 44 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine.

 The lake level was 655.8; planned releases of 900 CFS during the week should hold the lake there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 42 degrees; coves were 32 to 44 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. Temperatures last week were mostly above freezing but very cold nighttime temperatures can freeze ice 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.

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: Good on jigs around condominium 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 bluff brush 12 to 20-feet deep with blue ice colored jigs.

CATFISH

Lower Osage: Fair on cut bait. Glaize Arm: Fair, try deep coves with cut bait. Gravois Arm: Fair, try shad sides. Mid-Lake: Fair, try drifting windblown coves with cut bait on a rod and reel 30 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Fair with cut baits fished 12 to 20-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Fair on cut shad.

BLUEGILL

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

BLACK BASS

Bueltman and Verhoff won the Winter Bass Warm Up with 21.0 pounds; they also had Big Bass at 7.60 pounds. Lower Osage: Good using Crock-O-Gator Swamp Bug creature baits fished on sunny 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 around docks on sunny days. Mid-Lake: Good, try brown jigs fished on sunny mixed chunk rock banks. Niangua Arm: Fair, try jigs around docks and in the backs of windblown coves. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Slow, fish are scattered, best bet is a jerkbait or jig on sunny banks.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS

Lower Osage: Poor. Glaize Arm: Poor, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Some fish are in larger coves, try Rat-L-Traps on deep points. Mid-Lake: Fair, try deep vertical jigging on points when current is present. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. 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.