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