Lake of the Ozarks weekend fishing report- September 18, 2020
The lake level was 658.6; generation of 1,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) throughout the week for a level of 658.5 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 76 degrees. Truman Lake was at 704.8 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.
Andrew Dickneite won the Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament last Sunday with five bass weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on spinnerbaits, square bill crankbaits, topwater lures, jigs and creature baits 1 to 4 feet deep around logs and brush in the backs of creeks and coves. Crappie: Fair on jigs and minnows 10 feet deep in brush around shad schools.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on topwater lures and 7-inch plastic worms around main lake docks. Crappie: Fair trolling crankbaits along main and secondary points.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on jigs, Texas-rigged soft plastics, square bill crankbaits and topwater lures in brush 1 to 8 feet deep in backs of coves and creeks. Crappie: Fair trolling crankbaits on the main channel. Catfish: Excellent drifting cut shad.
TRUMAN DAM SPILLWAY
Water clarity: Clear. White bass and hybrids: Slow on spoons. Catfish: Slow on cut shad.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on topwater lures early in the morning and shaky head worms later in the day in coves. Crappie: Good shooting jigs under main channel docks 8 to 20 feet deep.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on topwater lures, Rat-L-Traps, buzz baits, jigs and shaky head worms around docks and brush in backs of creeks. Crappie: Fair to good on jigs and minnows 8 to 10 feet deep around docks and brush halfway back in coves and creeks. White bass: Good on topwater lures and Roostertails around shad schools halfway back in creeks and coves. Catfish: Good drifting cut shad in the middle of creek channels.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on Chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and square bill crankbaits around docks in coves. Crappie: Fair on jigs or minnows 12 feet deep around docks or pulling crankbaits on secondary points around shad schools. Catfish: Good tight-lining with cut shad.
BAGNELL DAM SPILLWAY/OSAGE RIVER
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Slow on jigs on the main channel.
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.