Anglers should be extremely watchful for ice drifting out of coves this weekend. This report presumes enough ice will melt to allow fishing main lake and major tributary points.
The lake level was 655.1; planned releases of 900 CFS during the week should allow the lake to hold there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 42 degrees; coves were 36 to 44 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is at normal pool. Ameren plans to drop the lake to 654 by mid to late February. Temperatures last week were moderate with cold nighttime temperatures that can freeze ice in coves. Anglers should be extremely watchful for ice drifting out of coves this weekend. This report presumes enough ice will melt to allow fishing main lake and major tributary points.
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.
Lower Osage: Fair to 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: Fair to good around bluff brush 12 to 20-feet deep with blue ice colored jigs.
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 20-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Fair on cut shad.
No tournaments reported last week. Lower Osage: Fair to good using Crock-O-Gator Swamp Bug creature baits fished on sunny chunk rock banks, also try deep running jerkbaits. Glaize Arm: Fair to good last weekend, try jerkbaits and finesse jigs. Gravois Arm: Fair on jigs around main point docks on sunny days. Mid-Lake: Fair, 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.
Poor, try nightcrawler pieces around docks 12 to 15-feet deep.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS
Lower Osage: Poor. Glaize Arm: Poor, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Poor, Rat-L-Traps on deep points. Mid-Lake: Poor, 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.
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