The lake level was 655.9; moderate generation last week should cause the lake to rise slightly to 656.0 by the weekend.

The lake level was 655.9; moderate generation last week should cause the lake to rise slightly to 656.0 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 Upper Osage is quite muddy from Truman Lake. The Niangua and Glaize arms are still murky, both the Gravois and Osage below Shawnee Bend are relatively clear to slightly off color. 

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.

WALLEYE

Was very good until Truman reduced flow through the dam..

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: Poor in open water, Alhonna reports good results on blue ice colored jigs. 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: Very good on jigs tipped with blue ice colored soft plastics and Crappie Nibbles or minnows fished 4 to 5 feet deep. Truman Tailwater: Good with either jigs or minnows.

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. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.

BLACK BASS

Enyard and Oliver won the Joe Bass tourney with 25.66 pounds, Scott Danek had Big Bass at 7.33 pounds. Lower Osage: Good, try squarebills on secondary points also try A-rigs in deeper areas. Water color is perfect for spinnerbaits, be sure to try them. 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 and spinnerbaits on secondary points.

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. Truman Tailwater: Good with chartreuse or red jigs.

SPOONBILL

Excellent, limits coming in two to three hours between the 50 to 70 mile marks.

BLUEGILL

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

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.