The lake level was 655.8; moderate generation last week should cause the lake to drop slightly to 655.5 by the weekend.

The lake level was 655.8; moderate generation last week should cause the lake to drop slightly to 655.5 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 48 degrees; coves were 44 to 51 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is two-feet over normal pool. The Niangua and Glaize arms are still murky, the Gravois and below Shawnee Bend are relatively clear. 

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.

BLUEGILL

Poor to fair, try nightcrawler pieces around docks 12 to 15-feet deep.

CRAPPIE

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: Good shooting docks with red and chartreuse jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered 12 feet deep, try jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Good on jigs tipped with blue ice colored soft plastics and Crappie Nibbles fished 15 to 20 feet deep.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS

No specific report but some whites are moving upstream and vulnerable to minnows. 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.

BLACK BASS

Bostic and Hill won the Bass World Sports tourney (2-day) with 44.59 pounds; Curt and Chad Denningmann had Big Bass at 7.95 pounds. Bach and Plank won the Anglers Choice tourney with 24.78 pounds; Dion Hibdon had Big Bass at 7.31 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair to good using Storm’s Wiggle Warts and spinnerbaits on rocky shorelines and points, also try A-rigs in deeper water. Glaize Arm: Fair to good, try jerkbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Gravois Arm: Fair on Wiggle Warts around main lake points on sunny days. Mid-Lake: Poor, good when you find them. Try finesse jigs, shaky heads and Wiggle Warts on rocky banks. Niangua Arm: Try squarebills and soft plastic jerkbaits around docks and in the backs of windblown coves. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Good, try Wiggle Warts, shaky heads and spinnerbaits on secondary points.

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 and nightcrawlers.

SPOONBILL (PADDLEFISH)

Good for male fish with occasional fish up to 50 pounds, try the 50 to 70 mm.

UPDATES

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