Lake of the Ozarks weekend fishing report- October 16, 2020
The lake level was 657.7; generation of 950 to 3,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) throughout the week for a level of 657.5 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 70 degrees. Truman Lake was at 704.3 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.
Corey Cook won the three-day FLW Toyota Series tournament last week with 15 bass weighing 49.13 pounds.
TRUMAN DAM SPILLWAY
Water clarity: Stained. Fishing is slow for all species.
BAGNELL DAM SPILLWAY/OSAGE RIVER
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on topwater lures, jigs and Ned rigs along main channel logs and rocky banks.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on Choppo and Whopper Plopper topwater lures, buzz baits, jigs and spinnerbaits along docks on the main lake and halfway back in coves. Crappie: Fair on jigs and minnows around docks and brush piles 15 feet deep. White bass: Good when surfacing on topwater chuggers and lipless crankbaits in the coves.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on Texas-rigged soft plastic lures 2 to 6 feet deep in the backs of coves or on jigs in brush 12 to 25 feet deep on the main lake. Crappie: Good shooting jigs under docks. White bass: Good on swimbaits along secondary points and backs of creeks.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Slow on shaky head magnum plastic worms in brush piles in coves and on main lake. Crappie: Good shooting jigs under docks or on jigs and minnows in brush piles 12 to 14 feet deep. White bass: Good on topwater lures when fish are surfacing. Catfish: Fair drifting cut shad on the main channel.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Slow on jigs along docks in coves. Crappie: Good on jigs and minnows 10 feet deep over brush around shad schools. White bass: Good on jigs around shad schools on the main lake. Catfish: Good on cut shad drifted through shad schools.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on shaky head plastic worms around docks and shallow brush in the backs of coves. Crappie: Fair on minnows 8 to 10 feet deep along bluffs. White bass: Good on Roostertails and spoons along points. Catfish: Good on cut shad.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Slow on topwater lures early in the morning or later in the day on jigs along main and secondary points or crankbaits along bluffs. Crappie: Slow shooting jigs under main lake docks over deep water. White bass: Fair trolling small crankbaits 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.