The lake level was 658.1; planned minimum releases until Friday, then 12,000 SFD for one day drop the lake 657.7 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 73 degrees; coves were 70 to 74 degrees depending on the time of day. Truman Lake is one-foot under 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.
Poor around docks or submerged brush, try mealworms, nightcrawler pieces, or Berkley Gulp Earthworm pieces.
Lower Osage: Fair to good just offshore around brush. Glaize Arm: Excellent around bridge pilings on minnows. Gravois Arm: Fair along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try brushpiles 15 feet deep, also try bridge pilings with jigs. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Good, try jigs around brush in 6 to 8 feet of water. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.
Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Good on jug lines using skipjack herring. Glaize Arm: Fair, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Fair, catching several fish accidentally on bass crankbaits. Mid-Lake: Poor, try drifting coves with cut bait on a rod and reel 30 feet deep or jug lines 10 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Good in the evening with traditional baits fished 8 to 10-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on jug lines baited with cut shad. Truman Tailwater: Good at night on cut shad or drum.
Jon Jones won the Big Bass Bash with 6.36 pounds, Glen Johnson had second largest with 6.24 pounds and Kevin Brightwell had third largest at 6.12 pounds. Lower Osage: Good on Whopper Plopper 90/130 toward the backs of coves, also try jigs around the last two docks in the cove. Glaize Arm: Good on topwaters and dropshot rigs, also try squarebill crankbaits around docks. Gravois Arm: Good on topwaters early and late, jigs and dropshot rigs during the day. Mid-Lake: Very good around docks with Berkley’s Jerk Shad, wacky worms and squarebills. Also try topwaters. Niangua Arm: Fair, try squarebills around docks in coves. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Good on squarebill crankbaits around dock corners.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS
Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Fair, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Some fish are in larger coves, try crankbaits or jerkbaits. Mid-Lake: Good on main lake points with Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: Shad are moving into the river, whites should follow soon. Upper Osage: Good on Rooster Tails and Sassy Shads on main lake points. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.
Bagnell Tailwater – Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Lower Osage – Alhonna Resort (573-365-2634), Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710); Midlake – Guide Jack Uxa (573-434-2570: Gravois – Ozark Bait & Tackle (573-207-8764); 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) and Guide Anthony Ford (660-438-5714): Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle (660-438-7664); Lake Level (573-365-9205); Tournament Results – Thanks to www.bassinbob.com.