The lake level was 658.8; with medium to minimum generation scheduled, the lake should hold there until the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 60 degrees; tributary temperatures are 54 to 64 degrees depending on location and time of day. Ameren’s plan it to begin the annual drawdown to 654.0 after January 1. Truman Lake is still one foot over pool.
Very little has changed in the fishing report.
BLACK BASS – No tournaments reported last week. Lower Osage: Poor to fair, try buzzbaits early and spinnerbaits around docks later. Also, try Bullseye jigs tipped with Berkley’s Havoc Craw Fatty or Yum’s Pit Boss on shallow points. Glaize Arm: Poor to fair, try shaky head jigs tipped with soft plastics around dock brush. Mid-Lake: Poor to fair, try brown Crock-O-Gator jigs on points and around dock brush. Niangua Arm: Poor to fair, try Money Craws, shaky heads, or jigs around docks. Early and late try topwaters like Heddon’s Zara Spook. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Poor to fair, try jigs tipped with Berkley’s 4-inch Chigger Craw. Upper Osage: Poor to fair, try spinnerbaits toward the front of coves. Osage 60 MM: Fair, bass are just moving into coves.
CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good for flatheads on cut bait. Lower Osage: Good on rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Fair to good, try coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Mid-Lake: Very good, try cut bait or beef hearts on jug lines. Niangua Arm: Fair to good on cut shad, try drifting coves. Little Niangua River: Very slow. Gravois Arm: Fair to good on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Upper Osage: Good, try shad sides or ‘perch’. Osage 60 MM: Very good, try drifting coves with live shad, or near docks with crayfish. Truman Tailwater: Good on cut bait.
CRAPPIE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Good, try minnows or jigs around big boat docks. Glaize Arm: Very good, try minnows fished around boat docks. Mid-Lake: Very good under condominium docks, try minnows 8 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Good, try jigs over brush 6 to 8 feet deep. Little Niangua River: Fair to good in deeper holes. Gravois Arm: Very good, try minnows or blue-and-white jigs around docks. Upper Osage: Very good on medium minnows 10 to 12 feet deep. Osage 60 MM: Very good on main channel docks, fish are 12 to 14 feet deep.
WALLEYE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: Several fish coming on small crankbaits like Bandit’s 200 while fishing for white bass.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Try white jigs in coves; also try Dixie Jet Spoons on flats and points. Mid-Lake: Good on spoons in open water. Niangua Arm: Very good in spots early in the morning, look for fish feeding on shad and try spoons like the Dixie Jet, Bass Pro Shops XPS Tungsten Jigging Spoon, or Cotton Cordell’s Gay Blade. Little Niangua River: Poor. Gravois Arm: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Good, try windblown points with small crankbaits. Osage 60 MM: Good, try windblown points with small crankbaits.
BLUEGILL – Fair around docks or submerged brush, try meal worms, nightcrawler pieces, and live or Berkley’s Gulp crickets.
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 55-mile marks; the Osage 60 MM is between the 55-mile mark and the 89-mile mark; and the 89 MM is between the 89 MM and the Rt. 65 Bridge.
UPDATES – Bagnell Dam – Dam Bait Shop (573-216-2084); Lower Osage and Glaize Arm – Guide Skip Surbaugh (573-365-0006); Midlake and Gravois – Mike Foree @ Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Niangua Arm – Darrell Taylor; Upper Osage – Guide John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Little Niangua River – Greenmill Campground, (573-363-5577); Osage 60 MM – Bryants Osage Outdoors, www.osagetackle.com (573-374-2278); coming soon, Truman Dam Tailwater – The Osage Mini Mart, Warsaw (660-438-9575); Tourney Results – www724outdoors.com; Lake Level (573-365-9205). Compiled by Darrell Taylor.