The lake level was 659.0; modest generation this past week should cause the lake to finish the week at 659.4. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 82 degrees; coves were 74 to 85 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is 2 feet over pool.

The lake level was 659.0; modest generation this past week should cause the lake to finish the week at 659.4. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 82 degrees; coves were 74 to 85 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is 2 feet over pool.

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

Excellent, fish have spawned, look for them around docks at least 6 feet deep. Try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley’s Gulp Alive Cricket or Crawler pieces.

WALLEYE

No reported fish.

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: Alhonna reports excellent on minnows and blue ice or minnow colored jigs. Glaize Arm: Excellent on jigs tipped with Bobby Garland’s Electric Chicken colored soft plastics. Gravois Arm: Good along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Good, try jigs tipped with crappie nibbles around main lake docks. Niangua Arm: Fair to good, crappies are just off the banks in front of spawning areas, try trolling small crankbaits or casting one-eighth ounce jigs. Upper Osage: Very good trolling Arkie’s 300 Series crankbaits in open water in front of docks. Truman Tailwater: Good with either jigs or minnows.

CATFISH

Lower Osage: Excellent on cut bait. Glaize Arm: Fair, try deep coves with cut bait. Gravois Arm: Fair, try shad sides. Mid-Lake: Poor, try drifting windblown coves with cut bait on a rod and reel 30 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Excellent early and late around docks. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Very good on prepared baits. Truman Tailwater: Good on live bait for blue and white catfish.

BLACK BASS

Eric and Trey Wiethrop won the Missouri Angler Wednesday Nighter 4-Fish tourney with 18.34 pounds; Brandon and Quent had Big Bass at 6.56 pounds. Felix and Nichols won the Mondo Tackle 5-Fish tourney with 20.78 pounds; Quick and Brantley had Big Bass at 4.7 pounds. Lower Osage: Very good early and late with Heddon’s Zara Spook. During the day try, drop shot rigs in the same areas. Glaize Arm: Good, 10-inch red shad colored Berkley Power Worms on main lake points. Gravois Arm: Very good, try crankbaits and drop shots on rocky banks and ledges. Mid-Lake: Very good, try small plastic worms or jigs tipped green pumpkin colored soft plastics or try Bass Pro Shops Stik-O Worm wacky rigged around steep banks and points. Niangua Arm: Excellent on 10-inch red shad colored Power Worms fished on main lake and secondary points; also try Texas-rigged lizards in the same areas. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Very good on topwater baits like River2Sea’s Whopper Plopper. Also, try shaky heads and Power Worms.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS

Lower Osage: Good when you find them, try vertical jigging deeper points. Glaize Arm: Poor, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Poor, try Rat-L-Traps on deep points. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, try deep vertical jigging on points when current is present. Niangua Arm: Good when you find them, try vertical jigging Dixie Jet spoons over points and deep flats where shad are present. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Fair on squarebill crankbaits, look for them pushing shad in open water. Truman Tailwater: Fair to good with jigs, topwaters or spoons.

UPDATES

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