Weekly fishing report
The lake level was 659.4, generation of 34,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) at the beginning of the week down to 25,000 CFS by week’s end for a level of 659.7 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 84 degrees. Truman Lake was at 709.3 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 plastic worms and jigs along rocky banks.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair in the mornings on drop shot finesse worms and Texas-rigged magnum plastic worms along main lake points and bluffs. Crappie: Slow on jigs along bluffs or trolling crankbaits along main channel.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Good at night on magnum-sized plastic worms in brush 15 to 20 feet deep. Crappie: Fair trolling Bandit 300 crankbaits along the main channel or shooting jigs under deep docks. Catfish: Excellent drifting skipjack herring and cut shad in deep water along the main channel and in creeks or tight lining off docks with stink baits.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on Texas-rigged soft plastic baits inside main lake points. Crappie: Fair on jigs 10 feet deep in brush piles and along main channel docks.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on shaky head worms and deep-diving crankbaits in brush along main channel points and ledges. Crappie: Good on Itty Bit jigs 6 to 10 feet deep around logs in the upper end and 10 feet deep around brush on the lower end.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Slow on Texas-rigged soft plastic baits inside main lake points and along bluffs. Crappie: Slow on jigs and minnows around docks 15 to 20 feet deep.
Water clarity: Murky. Black bass: Fair on buzz baits, plopper and chugger topwater baits in the mornings around docks and shaky head worms around docks later in the day. Crappie: Fair on minnows 8 to 10 feet deep around docks or trolling Bandit crankbaits along main and secondary points. White bass: Fair trolling crankbaits along main lake points. Catfish: Excellent tight lining blood baits or nightcrawlers.
Truman Dam spillway
Water clarity: Stained. Crappie: Good on jigs and minnows. White bass and hybrids: Fair on jigs and spoons. Catfish: Good on cut shad.
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.