The lake level was 655.6; heavy generation last week coupled with rain should cause the lake to rise to 655.9 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 48 degrees; coves were 39 to 48 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is 3-feet over normal pool.
The lake level was 655.6; heavy generation last week coupled with rain should cause the lake to rise to 655.9 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 48 degrees; coves were 39 to 48 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is 3-feet over normal pool. The Niangua and Glaize arms are quite muddy, the Gravois and below Shawnee Bend is relatively clear.
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: Excellent when you find them, fair to poor on other days. Try old style hair jigs under floats in 2 to 4 feet of water 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.
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.
Burgman and Austin won the Anglers in Action tourney with 21.06 pounds; Valster and Gretten had Big Bass at 6.44 pounds. Josh and Jim Schnable won the Anglers Choice tourney with 18.99 pounds; Denoek and Lewis had Big Bass at 5.99 pounds. Bobby Albert won the MoBassFishin’ Solo Pro tourney with 25.10 pounds; he had Big Bass at 8.10 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: Muddy last week, try jerkbaits, crankbaits 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: Muddy last week, try jigs around docks and in the backs of windblown coves. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Good, some fish are around docks and brush on secondary points.
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