Lake of the Ozarks fishing report- March 12, 2021
The lake level was 653.3; generation of 900 cubic feet per second (CFS) throughout the week for a level of 653.7 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 45 degrees. Truman Lake was at 706.5 level.
The Lower Osage is from the dam to the 22-mile mark; Mid-Lake is from the 22- to 38-mile mark, the Upper Osage is from the 38-mile mark to the Route 65 Bridge.
Michael Harlin won the Major League Fishing Toyota Series tournament last Thursday through Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 62 pounds, 1 ounce.
BAGNELL DAM SPILLWAY / OSAGE RIVER
Water clarity: Stained. Fishing is slow for all species.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on Alabama rigs in brush piles and suspending jerkbaits along secondary points. Crappie: Fair on jigs in brush 10 to 15 feet deep or on bobber and jig setups along secondary points.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on Alabama rigs and suspending jerkbaits 8 to 25 feet deep along points and transition banks. Crappie: Good on bobber and jig setups along pea gravel points or jigs in brush piles 15 to 20 feet deep.
Water clarity: Murky. Crappie: Fair on jigs for fish suspended 10 feet deep over brush 17 to 20 feet deep along secondary points.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on crawfish-colored crankbaits along chunk rock banks. Crappie: Slow on jig and bobber rigs over brush along secondary points.
Water clarity: Murky. Fishing is slow.
Water clarity: Murky: Black bass: Slow on Swamp Bugs and finesse jigs along 45-degree banks. Crappie: Fair on single-tail plastic grubs 6 to 8 feet deep in brush.
TRUMAN DAM SPILLWAY
Water clarity: Clear. White bass: Slow on jigs.
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); Casey Scanlon (913-449-3176) and Ferg’s Bait & Tackle (660-438-7413). Tournament Results—Thanks to www.bassingbob.com.