The lake level was 654.6; moderate generation last week should cause the lake to rise slightly to 654.7 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 48 degrees; coves were 42 to 49 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine.
The lake level was 654.6; moderate generation last week should cause the lake to rise slightly to 654.7 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 48 degrees; coves were 42 to 49 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is one-foot over normal pool. Ameren plans to drop the lake to 654 by mid to late February. The Niangua and Glaize arms are quite murky, the Gravois and below Shawnee Bend are 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.
Season opened March 15; early reports were positive with healthy, fat fish up to 41 inches. The minimum length is 34 inches measured from eye to fork of tail in Lake of the Ozarks and when caught, a legal fish must be kept and counted in the daily limit.
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 and nightcrawlers.
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.
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: Very good on jigs fished shallow on gentle banks, try colors from red to chartreuse to pink. 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.
CTucker and Seabaugh won the OMTT tournament with 23.77 pounds; McCurdy and McClelland had Big Bass at 8.66 pounds. Robert and Mike Thompson won the USA Bassin’ tourney with 19.88 pounds; Jim Young had Big Bass at 6.19 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair to good using Crock-O-Gator Swamp Bugs, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and Storm’s Wiggle Warts. Fish can be shallow or 10 or 12 feet deep. Glaize Arm: Stained last week, try jerkbaits, crankbaits and finesse jigs. Gravois Arm: Fair on small 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 Good fish when you find them. Niangua Arm: Stained 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.
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.