The lake level was 658.2; planned medium release of 6,300 Second Foot Days (SFD) should cause the lake to hold there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 59 degrees; tributary temperatures were 53 to 61 degrees depending on location and time of day. Truman Lake is at normal pool.
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.
Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Good on crankbaits shallow. Mid-Lake: No reported fish. Upper Osage: A few fish are hitting the spinners of white bass anglers. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.
Bagnell Tailwater: Very good on minnows. Lower Osage: Good on jigs 8-feet deep over brush using jigs. Fish are running large. Glaize Arm: Fair, try Blakemore Road Runners along dock brush. Gravois Arm: Fair, fish are 10- to 15-feet deep. Mid-Lake: Good for black crappie along bluffs and bluff ends. Fish are scattered, few here, few there. Niangua Arm: Fair, try jigs 10-to 12-feet deep over 25-feet of water. Upper Osage: Good on jigs or minnows 2-feet deep under docks. Truman Tailwater: Very good on minnows.
Bagnell Tailwater: Very good on shad. Lower Osage: Fair in cove mouths with jug lines using cut bait. Glaize Arm: Good, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Good, try trotlines or juglines baited with nightcrawlers. Mid-Lake: Very good on trotlines or juglines baited with beef spleen or aged shrimp. Niangua Arm: Excellent around docks with at least 10-feet of water at the front edge. Also, try juglines in the deep coves. Little Niangua River: Very good in deep holes. Upper Osage: Excellent most traditional catfish baits. Truman Tailwater: Very good on shad just below the no fishing line.
Enyard and Dietiker won the Bass World Sports tourney with 21.26 pounds; Eakin had Big Bass at 6.65 pounds. Lower Osage: Good on buzzbaits behind docks for big fish, also try squarebills and jigs in the backs of coves. Glaize Arm: Fair to good on jigs tipped with Berkley’s Havoc Pit Boss, Craw Fatty, or Pit Chunk around brush. Gravois Arm: Fair to good around bluff ends and the backs of creeks, try Crock-O-Gator jigs tipped with a Pit Boss or Craw Fatty. Mid-Lake: Good on crankbaits like Berkley’s Digger around rocks or black-and-blue jigs fished behind docks. Some large fish on Whopper Plopper surface baits early and late. Niangua Arm: Good on shaky heads rigged with a Havoc Bottom Hopper worm. Also, try topwaters during low light periods. Little Niangua River: Good in deep areas on spinnerbaits. Upper Osage: Good on squarebill crankbaits fished slowly.
Fair around docks or submerged brush, try mealworms, nightcrawler pieces, and Berkley Gulp Crickets or Earthworm pieces.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS
Lower Osage: Good in the backs of coves, fish are chasing shad. Glaize Arm: Fair, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: Some fish are still chasing shad in the backs of coves. Try A-rigs using 1/8-ounce jigs and hang on, some big hybrids hang out there too. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: Shad are moving into the river, whites should follow soon. Upper Osage: Good on windy points with squarebills fished slowly. Truman Tailwater: Very good for hybrids early, try spoons or topwater.
Bagnell Dam Tailwater – TBA; Lower Osage – Alhonna Resort (573-365-2634), Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710); 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); Upper Osage – Bryants Osage Outdoors, www.osagetackle.com (573-374-2278); Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle, (660-438-7664); Lake Level (573-365-9205); Tournament Results – Thanks to www.bassinbob.com.