Lake of the Ozarks weekend fishing report- September 4, 2020
The lake level was 658.8; generation of 1,000 cubic feet per second (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 704.7 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 reported last weekend.
BAGNELL DAM SPILLWAY/OSAGE RIVER
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Slow on shaky head worms on the main channel. Crappie: Slow for small fish on minnows.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Good for sub-legal bass and small keepers on topwater lures and 7-inch plastic worms in the mornings and evenings along main lake docks and wave breaks. Crappie: Fair trolling crankbaits on the main lake.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Slow on shaky head magnum trick worms 15 to 25 feet deep along rocky points or square bill crankbaits and Missile Baits D-Bombs along shallow docks on flats. Crappie: Good trolling crankbaits along main and secondary points or shooting jigs under main lake docks 10 to 15 feet deep. Catfish: Good drifting cut shad and bluegill 15 to 20 feet deep along secondary chunk rock points or flats.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair for sublegal fish on square-bill crankbaits and topwater lures in the mornings around shallow logs in coves. Crappie: Fair on mini-jigs in brush 15 feet deep.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good on topwater lures along main lake seawalls in the morning and later in the day on heavy jigs or shaky head magnum trick worms along bluffs. Crappie: Fair trolling crankbaits along the main channel or shooting jigs under main lake docks. Catfish: Good tight lining or jug lining with cut shad.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on topwater lures, stickbaits and shaky head worms in the mornings around docks and on Texas-rigged creature baits or heavy jigs 25 feet deep on the main lake. Crappie: Slow on minnows or shooting jigs 15 to 18 feet deep on docks. Catfish: Good drifting blood or stink baits or jug lines with nightcrawlers.
TRUMAN DAM SPILLWAY
Water clarity: Clear. Crappie: Fair early in the mornings on minnows and jigs. White bass and hybrids: Fair on jigs and spoons early in the mornings. Catfish: Good on cut shad.
Water clarity: Stained in creeks and clear on the main lake. Black bass: Good on Whopper Ploppers, buzz baits, shaky head worms and Texas-rigged plastic worms along docks on main lake and in coves. Crappie: Fair on jigs or minnows 6 to 8 feet deep around docks. Catfish: Excellent on trotlines, limblines, jugs and tight-lining on docks with cut shad or goldfish.
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.