Lake of the Ozarks weekend fishing report- July 3, 2020

JOHN NEPORADNY JR.
jnoutdoors.com
Lake Sun Leader

The lake level was 659.2; generation of 2,500 CFS at the beginning of the week to 3,000 CFS by the end of the week for a level of 659.5 by the weekend.  Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 84 degrees. Truman Lake was at 707.6 level.  

TO NOTE

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.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS

No tournaments were reported last weekend.

BAGNELL DAM SPILLWAY/OSAGE RIVER

Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good on topwater lures and crankbaits along rocky banks.

TRUMAN DAM SPILLWAY

Water clarity: Clear. Crappie: Fair on jigs and minnows in the mornings.

LOWER OSAGE

Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good when water is running on drop shot finesse worms or Texas-rigged 7-inch plastic worms along main lake points. Crappie: Fair on jigs or minnows in brush 25 feet deep.

GRAVOIS

Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Good at night on 10-inch plastic worms in brush piles and on main lake points. Crappie: Fair shooting jigs under docks 15 to 20 feet deep or trolling crankbaits on the main lake. Catfish: Good on skipjack herring along points.

MID-LAKE

Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Good on shaky head finesse worms, deep-diving crankbaits and football jigs on main lake points or Texas-rigged worms and wobblehead jigs with Crock-O-Gator Muskrat trailers in brush piles. Crappie: Slow shooting jigs under docks or trolling Bandit crankbaits along bluffs and mouths of coves. Catfish: Good trolling crankbaits and drifting shad or on jug lines baited with shad on main lake points.

NIANGUA

Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair to good on topwater lures in the mornings or on Texas-rigged soft plastics 12 feet deep in brush piles. Crappie: Fair on minnows in brush piles 8 to 12 feet deep or spider rigging 15 to 18 feet deep. Catfish: Fair on blood baits.

UPPER OSAGE

Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Good on topwater lures, shaky head worms, Texas-rigged magnum plastic worms and Brush Hogs around shallow docks. Crappie: Slow on jigs and minnows 12 to 15 feet deep around docks. Catfish: Excellent on cut shad, nightcrawlers and shrimp.

GRAND GLAIZE

Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on swimbaits, plastic worms and crankbaits 12 to 15 feet deep along main lake points. Crappie: Fair on jigs or minnows over brush 15 to 20 feet deep. Catfish: Good on a variety of baits.

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); and Ferg’s Bait & Tackle (660-438-7413). Tournament Results—Thanks to www.bassingbob.com.