Where the fish are at Lake of the Ozarks
The lake level was 659.25, generation of 35,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) to 32,000 CFS throughout the week for a level of 659.0 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 80 degrees. Truman Lake was at 716.1 level.
To Note: The Lower Osage is from the dam to the 22-mile mark; Mid-Lake is from the 22- to 38-mile mark, the Upper Osage is from the 38-mile mark to the Route 65 Bridge.
Bagnell Dam spillway/Osage River
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on topwater lures in the eddies.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good on topwater lures on the main channel or on Texas-rigged magnum plastic worms or drop shot rig finesse worms along points 15 to 25 feet deep. Crappie: Fair shooting jigs under main lake docks. White bass: Good on topwater lures around shad schools on the main channel.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good on magnum-sized plastic worms, deep-diving crankbaits and jigs along main lake points. Crappie: Good trolling crankbaits along points and bluffs. White bass and hybrids: Good trolling small swimbaits along points. Catfish: Excellent drifting skipjack herring and shad around shad schools.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Good on magnum-sized plastic worms along main lake points and bluff ends. Crappie: Good on jigs and minnows 8 to 15 feet deep along main lake docks and bluff ledges or trolling crankbaits on the main channel. Catfish: Good on jigs or drift rigs with cut shad, chicken livers and stink baits along points and bluff ledges
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on magnum-sized plastic worms 15 to 20 feet deep in brush piles. Crappie: Good on jigs and minnows 7 to 15 feet deep around brush in coves.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on Ned rigs and Texas-rigged plastic worms along main and secondary points. White bass: Fair on topwater lures in the mornings or evenings on the main channel. Catfish: Good on shad sides either drifting or jug lining.
Water clarity: Murky. Black bass: Fair on topwater lures in the evenings or on jigs during mid-day in brush along secondary points. Crappie: Fair on minnows 10 to 12 feet deep around docks. White bass: Fair on topwater poppers and Roostertails along main lake points. Catfish: Good tight lining cut shad or jugging with live sunfish and goldfish.
Truman Dam spillway
Water clarity: Stained. Crappie: Good on jigs and minnows. White bass: Fair on jigs and spoons. Catfish: Good on jigs and cut shad.
Sources: Guide Alfred Chapman (573-465-3810), www.lakeozarkfishingguideservice.com; Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710) www.bigedsguideservice.com; Guide Jack Uxa (573-434-2570) www.lakeoftheozarksfishingguide.com; Guide John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Guide Terry Blankenship (573-480-2835); Guide Jim Dill (573-204-9005) www.jamesdillguideservice.com; Fitz Fishing (573-693-9299); Bryants Osage Outdoors (573-374-2278); Casey Scanlon (913-449-3176) and Ferg’s Bait & Tackle (660-438-7413). Tournament Results—Thanks to www.bassingbob.com.