Location

MO
United States
38° 9' 37.7136" N, 92° 48' 41.292" W
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F

The lake level was 659.6; planned releases should drop the lake to 659.2 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 80 degrees, feeders are 82 degrees. There is a thermocline at 15 feet throughout much of the lake. Truman Lake is 2.6 feet over pool.

TO NOTE

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.

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: Poor, some fish hitting bass crankbaits, also try jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles around main lake docks. Glaize Arm: Fair shooting docks with jigs. Gravois Arm: Good along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try trolling Berkley’s Flicker Shad crankbait in front of docks over 15-feet of water. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Fair, fish are 14 to 15-feet deep over brush, jigs or minnows work. Truman Tailwater: Good on minnows or jigs, but many, many small fish.

CATFISH

Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Good in cove mouths with jug lines using cut bait. Glaize Arm: Good, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Good, catching several fish accidentally on bass crankbaits. Mid-Lake: Excellent drifting coves with cut bait on a rod and reel 30 feet deep or jug lines 10 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Good on jugs baited with nightcrawlers fished from 5- to 25-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on traditional baits, especially good on Bee’Jay Traditional preformed doughballs. Truman Tailwater: Good but fish are small, catch them on any traditional cat bait.

BLACK BASS

Patterson and Reed won the Wednesday Nite tourney with 15.78 pounds (4 fish), they had Big Bass at 5.6 pounds. Roden and Hillhouse won the USA Bassin’ All Nite tourney with 21.14 pounds, they had Big Bass at 6.02 pounds. Lower Osage: Very slow and hard to pattern. Try plastic worms and shaky head jigs. Glaize Arm: Fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits fished on dark rocky shorelines and secondary points. Gravois Arm: Fair on the front corners of docks, try green pumpkin colored soft plastics. Mid-Lake: Better fish are along bluffs in the morning, try a 10-inch Berkley Power Worm. Niangua Arm: Fair to good, try Rapala’s DT10 crankbaits on chunk rock banks or 10-inch Power Worms in brush. Also, try Norman’s DD22 at night. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on shallow shorelines, 4 to 5-feet deep, on blue fleck or red shad colored Power Worms, fish may be in a false spawn due to the full moon.

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Fog Air Temperature: 51-60 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Clear 1 fish caught

Went up to the lake on Monday March 14th after it rained all weekend. My wife said I was wasting my time after the rain. But I fill any time fishing is not a waste. I got there about 6:45 am and got started. They bit pretty good until about noon..I caught around 30 and 11.about 10 1/2 in.. So not to bad of mornning..All I used was crappie jigs tiped with crappie nibbs.Worked good..

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1White CrappieCrappie TubeLogic Lures2
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Murky
2 fish caught | Lunker: 5lb Largemouth Bass using a Bass Jig

Lake of the Ozarks-Hawg Hawlers -Tournament Recap

This weekend was very tough fishing at Lake of the Ozarks.  Weathermen were predicting massive storms for Thursday and Friday but did not hit until Sunday afternoon.  Because of the anticipated weather- they decided to draw water from the lake and between that and a cold front came Friday night fishing this weekend all over the lake was pretty difficult.

Prefishing/ Lake Conditions

The bite Thursday and Friday was fairly decent.  Most of our fish were caught on a Black and Blue Jakked Baits Finesse jig in about 4-8 feet of water on secondary points.  However, once the conditions started to change so did the pattern. Thursday we caught about a 5 pound spot and you wouldn’t believe if I didn’t show you this picture.  This thing was massive.

We explored several areas of the lake including- Linn Creek, Osage Arm, Big and Little Niangua.

Water temperatures were from the mid 50’s (55 degrees) to as high as mid 60’s (65) with water colors from Muddy to stained in most parts of the lake from recent rains.

Tournament Day

Day 1: Saturday morning our first spot was a main lake point with a channel swing. There we caught 2 right out the gate (3.5lb and a 2lb) once again on a Jakked Baits Finesse Jig- Black and Blue.  About an hour later we caught our 3rd fish (2.5 lbs) which came off a pearl square bill about 100 yards back into the cove off the Primary point. My partner and I began running the previous day’s pattern going into secondary points and hitting the back sides of primary points with a jig or plastic. We did catch a few fish but no more keepers for the rest of the day. At around 11- I began throwing a crankbait that ran about 6 to 7 foot deep, which is when is started to get a lot of bites. Unfortunately- with most crankbait bites- you will lose fish from time to time. And on this day we lost 3 of good keepers because they threw the hook or jumped out of the water and came unbuttoned. All other fish were shorts.  We finished Day 1 in 3rd pace 3 fish with 8lbs and 4 oz.

Day 2: Sunday was a different story. There was a large tournament entering out the same cove that day so we did not leave the docks until 7am and finally started fishing at 7:30. We hit our primary spot first thing in the morning that worked the day before. However, this time we decided to start on the bluff wall side, 50 yards before the main point and then work our way into the back of the cove…. With air temperatures in the 60’s, water temperatures in the high 50’s (59-59) and overcast skies the bite was on and we found that out within the first 30 minutes as we had 4 keepers in the boat before 8am.  At that point we re-established a pattern and ran the lake hitting primary points, chunk rock, with channel swings that hit those areas.  In total we caught about 25 fish that day and finished with 19 pounds.

Lures: As I had mentioned- On Thursday and Friday primary bait was a Jakked Bait Jig in Black and Blue.

On Saturday and Sunday there were 2 lures that I would switch back and forth were as follows:

1. Livingston Lures - Howeller Dream Master Classic- Guntersville Craw or XXX Shad

2. Raplala DT6 in Ikes Penguin color or Ikes Demon

Pattern: We were fishing primary points where the channel swing came right up and against them. A detail within the pattern was finding chunk rock in and along those bluff walls or deep drop offs. We were not able to catch any fish if we fished a straight drop bluff wall. The majority of our fish were caught when we could hit rip rap or some chunk rock in and around those primary points. We would parallel our boat to the bank- sitting about 3 feed off the bank and cast our baits parallel against the shore. Allowing us to keep our baits in the strike zone , consistently hitting rocks with our crankbaits, and cover a tremendous amount of water.

Set up: For this particular pattern I was using an Ardent Elite- 5.4.1 gear ratio a 6’6 to 7’ Medium Action Ardent Edge Rod, and Yo-Zuri- Monofilament Line in 10-12 pound test.

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CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassBass Jig5
2Spotted BassBass Jig5

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