Warming temperatures this weekend should improve fishing. As always anglers should be extremely watchful for occasional ice drifting out of coves this weekend. This report presumes ice will continue to melt, allowing anglers to fish main lake and major tributary points.
The lake level was 655.0; 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. Warming temperatures this weekend should improve fishing. As always anglers should be extremely watchful for occasional ice drifting out of coves this weekend. This report presumes ice will continue to melt, allowing anglers to fish 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 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: Good on cut shad.
Poor, try nightcrawler pieces around docks 12 to 15-feet deep.
Lower Osage: Good when you find them but fish are scattered. Try jigs under floats or small jerkbaits shallow toward the backs of coves. 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: Very poor, try next week.
Embry and McTaggert won the Joe Bass tourney with 21.33 pounds, Dearduduff and Harry had Big Bass at 7.7 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair to good using Crock-O-Gator Swamp Bug creature baits fished on sunny chunk rock banks, also try A-rigs and 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: Very poor, 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: 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.
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.