The lake level was 657.0; heavy generation last week caused the lake to drop to 656.9 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 45 degrees; coves were 38 to 50 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine.

The lake level was 657.0; heavy generation last week caused the lake to drop to 656.9 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 45 degrees; coves were 38 to 50 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is four feet over. Ameren plans to drop the lake to 654 by mid to late February. Moderate daytime temperatures last week should improve fishing. As always, anglers should be extremely watchful for occasional ice drifting out of coves early in the day. 

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.

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 20-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Good on cut shad.

BLACK BASS

Embry and Minx won the Camden County Cold Water Challenge tourney with 19.88 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair to good using Crock-O-Gator Swamp Bugs, jerkbaits and A-Rigs. Fish can be up to 10 or 12 feet deep. 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 tipped with Swamp Bugs and 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: Fair to good, some fish are around docks and brush on secondary points.

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: Good when you find them, try jigs under floats very 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: Fair to good on jigs tipped with minnows and Berkley Crappie Nibbles fished 10 to 11 feet deep.

BLUEGILL

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.

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.