The lake level was 654.2; moderate generation last week should cause the lake to drop slightly to 654.0 by the weekend.
The lake level was 654.2; moderate generation last week should cause the lake to drop slightly to 654.0 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 49 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 Niangua and Glaize arms are quite murky, the Gravois and below Shawnee Bend are relatively clear.
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, try nightcrawler pieces around docks 12 to 15-feet deep.
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.
Lower Osage: Excellent when you find them, fair to poor on other days. Try old style hair jigs under floats in 2 to 4 feet of water toward the backs of coves. Glaize Arm: Fair around bridge pilings on jigs. Gravois Arm: Fair along docks 15 to 20-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Very good on jigs fished shallow on gentle banks, try colors from red to chartreuse to pink. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered 12 feet deep, try jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Fair on jigs tipped with minnows and Berkley Crappie Nibbles fished 15 to 20 feet deep.
Eynard and Oliver won the Alhonna Open (2-day) with 41.01 pounds; Freeman and Davis had Big Bass at 6.93 pounds. Sykora and Davenport won the AiA tourney with 26.75 pounds; they had Big Bass at 7.14 pounds. Kent Dotson won the Webb Outdoors tourney with 14.27 pounds; Wes Rogers had Big Bass at 5.99 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair to good using Storm’s Wiggle Warts and spinnerbaits on rocky shorelines and points. 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, shaky heads and spinnerbaits on secondary points.
Good for male fish up to 50 pounds, try the 50 to 70 mm.
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.
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