Lake of the Ozarks weekend fishing report- July 17, 2020

JOHN NEPORADNY JR.
jnoutdoors.com
Lake of the Ozarks.

The lake level was 659.2; generation of 1,300 CFS at the beginning of the week to 5,000 CFS at the end of the week for a level of 659.7 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 86 degrees. Truman Lake was at 706.2 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.

TRUMAN DAM SPILLWAY

Water clarity: Clear. Crappie: Slow on jigs and minnows. White bass and hybrids: Slow on spoons and crankbaits.

GRAVOIS

Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair at night on 10-inch plastic worms in brush piles 15 to 25 feet deep. Crappie: Fair shooting jigs under docks 15 to 20 feet deep on the main lake. Catfish: Good drifting cut shad.

UPPER OSAGE

Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on topwater poppers, buzz baits and Whopper Ploppers early and late in the day or Texas-rigged 10-inch plum plastic worms around shallow docks and brush piles halfway back in the coves. Crappie: Slow on minnows 14 feet deep around docks or trolling crankbaits along main lake points. Catfish: Excellent tight-lining cut shad off the docks.

NIANGUA

Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair to good on topwater lures in the mornings or on Texas-rigged soft plastics, shaky head worms and jigs along main lake flats. Crappie: Slow on minnows for fish suspended 15 to 18 feet over brush piles 25 feet deep. Catfish: Fair on jug lines and drifting with cut shad.

BAGNELL DAM SPILLWAY/OSAGE RIVER

Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good on topwater poppers around logs and rock banks on the main channel. Catfish: Good on cut shad in deep holes.

MID-LAKE

Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on shaky head magnum finesse worms and 5/8-ounce jigs in brush 15 feet deep along main lake points and rock shelves of bluffs. Crappie: Fair pitching jigging spoons into dock slips 15 to 18 feet deep. Catfish: Good drifting cut shad on the main channel.

LOWER OSAGE

Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good on Chug Bugs, Whopper Ploppers and jerkbaits in the mornings on main lake points or on Texas-rigged plastic worms and shaky head worms later in the day. Crappie: Fair shooting docks with jigs or pitching jigging spoons into dock wells.

GRAND GLAIZE

Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on Texas-rigged 10-inch plastic worms and jigs 8 to 10 feet deep in brush piles and main lake points. Crappie: Good on mini-jigs 10 to 12 feet deep in brush and along docks. Catfish: Good on foam noodles or jug lines baited with 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); and Ferg’s Bait & Tackle (660-438-7413). Tournament Results—Thanks to www.bassingbob.com.