Lake of the Ozarks fishing report- May 21, 2021
The lake level was 658.6; generation of 28,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) increased to 36,000 CFS at the end of the week for a level of 658.7 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 66 degrees. Truman Lake was at 707.3 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.
No tournaments reported last weekend.
TRUMAN DAM SPILLWAY
Water clarity: Stained. Crappie: Fair on jigs and minnows. White bass: Good on spoons and jigs. Catfish: Good on cut shad.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good on drop shot rigs, Carolina-rigged creature baits and wacky-rigged Senkos in pockets and secondary points. Crappie: Good trolling crankbaits on the main lake. Catfish: Fair tightlining cut shad from the bank or docks.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good on topwater lures, wacky-rigged Senkos and finesse worms or Carolina-rigged creature baits in gravel pockets and secondary points. Crappie: Good trolling crankbaits on the main channel. Catfish: Good drifting skipjack herring in the coves.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on shaky head worms, wacky-rigged Senkos and Carolina-rigged plastic lizards in gravel pockets and secondary points. Crappie: Good on jigs 8 to 25 feet deep in brush piles and around docks in coves and on the main lake.
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Fair on crankbaits and plastic worms in gravel pockets and secondary points. Crappie: Good on jigs 10 to 20 feet deep in brush and around docks or trolling crankbaits on the main lake.
Water clarity: Clear on the lower end and stained on the upper end. Black bass: Good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Ned rigs and shaky head finesse worms halfway to three-quarters back in coves. Crappie: Good on jigs and minnows 8 to 12 feet deep in brush.
Water clarity: Clear. Black bass: Fair on topwater lures, plastic lizards, spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits along gravel banks. Crappie: Fair on jigs and minnows around docks. Catfish: Fair tightlining cut shad or prepared baits.
BAGNELL DAM SPILLWAY / OSAGE RIVER
Water clarity: Stained. Black bass: Good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic craws in mouths of creeks. Crappie: Good on jigs and minnows.
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.