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September 29, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   9/29/16

 After a couple of days of strong winds this morning is perfect and according to the weatherman it is supposed to stay this way all through the weekend. The lake is up just a little and the COE has been running a little water so we should be in for some good fishing. We are looking at a water temp in the mid 70's and a perfect water clarity so its time to get out and enjoy Truman Lake. October is a busy month on the lake with all the good fall fishing and lots of hunting going on and along with the fall foliage you just don't want to miss a day in the outdoors.

LAKE LEVEL:           707.5
WATER TEMP:        75 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is the same as it was last week. Brush piles in 16' to 20' of water on the points fished with minnows is the best. The bluff points are also working with 25' to 30' of water fished with minnows down 15'. This week the tree rows in the creeks have been doing good probably because of the wind. Fish were in 8' to 15' of water down about 8'. With the water temp starting to drop I look for this bite to pick up.

BASS: Here again the bass fishing is about the same as last week also. Top water on the secondary points is producing some nice fish. Look for the points towards the backs of the creeks. Buzz baits and Zara Spooks have been the best. Jig and frogs have been working on the tree lines bordering the creek channels in 6' to 12' of water. There are also a few fish starting to hit spinner baits on the flats in the backs of the creeks where the shad are moving in. Its funny how we cuss the wind but it sure helps the fishing at times.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: KK Island has been the hot spot for whites and hybrids this week. Surface activity continues early and late along with some spoon action in the saddles around the humps during the day. 15' seems to be the best depth in the saddles. Rooster Tails and Blue Fox Spinners are the best on surfacing fish. With the winds and the falling water temps I would start to look for these fish to move towards the flat wind blown  main lake points and pockets.

CATFISH: The jug fishing for cats is starting to get going in our area. Last weekend we saw several big fish brought in. Main lake flats fished with perch and cut bait in 20' of water worked very well. With the cooling water temps and the wind I am looking for these fish to start moving into the creeks before long. This time of the year produces some real big fish.

WALLEYE: The walleye seem to be hanging in the saddles around the humps. There have been a few caught on deep running crank baits around KK Island this week. 14' to 16' has been the best depth. Also 1 oz. chartreuse spoons have been working.

 This will be my last fishing report for the year. I would like to thank everyone for the kind words about the report. I would also like to thank all the guys who let me know what's going on every week I couldn't do it with out you. As for me I am getting ready to get out and enjoy mother nature at her finest doing lots of hunting and fishing. When something gets going on the lake I will post it on face book to try to keep you updated. You can find us at Osage Bluff Marina.

So till next season
    Tommy

September 25, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina           9/25/16

 A week with no rain this seems interesting. The lake is still holding about 2' over normal pool and the water is in perfect shape clarity wise. With the cooler temps in the evenings it has dropped down into the 70's in the early am. The COE has been running water about everyday in the afternoons and all this has kept the fishing pretty good here on Truman. The weather people are calling for this weekend to be good so it would be a great time to get out and enjoy mother nature.

 Even though it was kind of warm this week I have spent a lot of time putting up tree stands and getting ready for bow season. I did run into one of the wardens and he addressed a issue I've had in regards to CWD which was if you harvest a mountable buck and you are in one of the counties where you have to take them in for the brain sample is someone going to cut a hole in the cape and ruin it for mounting. His answer was that the Dept. of Conservation is going to pay taxidermists to do it so solve this problem. I sure hope this works. Anyway I'm looking forward to spending many hours in the future setting in a tree waiting for old Mr..big to come by. With lots of acorns and the rain we have had making the food sources as good as they are it should be a super season.

 LAKE LEVEL:           708.45
 WATER TEMP:         78 deg.
 WATER CLARITY:    Clear to light  stain.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is about the same as it was last week. Brush piles seem to be doing the best in our area. Look for the piles on the points in 15' to 20' of water and fish them with minnows right on top of the brush. The cedars in the tree rows on the flats are also holding some fish. Look in 12' to 18' of water with minnows fished down about 8'. Spider rigging or drift fishing in the creek channels has started up this week, looks like some of the crappie are liking the cooler water temps. Minnows or jigs fished down about 10' in channels 15' to 20' have been the best. Look in the bigger creeks. The bluff banks are still holding some crappie but take plenty of minnows because the little guys are feeding up for the winter. 25' to 30' down 18' to 20' seems the best.

BASS: The bass fishing is about the same as last week also. Secondary points in the creeks fished with buzz baits early and late and fished with jigs or creature baits during the day has been good. Look for the points farther back in the creeks as these seem to be holding more bait fish. 4' to 8' seems the best depth. Also look for lay downs in 2' to 4' of water in the creeks and fish them with a jig and craw.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE running water in the afternoons this bite has picked up this week. The humps in 11' to 17' of water are producing fish in spoons. There has also been a few caught trolling this week. If the bite slows on the humps check the saddles next to them. There is also some good top water action going at sunset. Pop R's and Rooster Tails seem to be working the best but a 1/4 oz. spoon will also catch fish. KK Island has been one of the better spots along with the airport and humps at Point O 3.

CATFISH: The best bite is still on the flats in 15' to 20' of water on cut bait. With the water temp starting to drop I'm looking for these fish to start moving to the creeks. Jugs have been working the best right now. I'm going to start putting some trot lines on the points going in the creeks baited with perch its getting close to that time of the year. The rod and reel drift fishing was good last weekend with fish moving up on some of the humps in 10' to 15' of water. Cut bait was the best here.

WALLEYE: Not much walleye action reported this week. There were a few small fish caught off of KK Island on crank baits on the North end if the Island. Water temp dropping, crawler harness rigs on the flat pee gravel points and shallower humps is my bet.

 That's the report for this week. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings or you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939.

Till next week
    Tommy

September 15, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina        9/15/16

 It looks like the recent rains we have had are finally starting to affect Truman. We are on a good rise right now and so far the water clarity is still good. With the water temp dropping into the 70's and the possibility of the COE starting to run more water we could be on the way to some fantastic fall fishing.

 Today is the opening day of archery season in MO. and with that I received a reminder from the MDC to renew my hunting permits. The MDC has an app that I have found very useful. You can buy permits, notch tags, check deer and turkey and store your permit info right on your phone and it's fairly user friendly and its free. It's the MO Hunting app and you can download it off their site. It's been out for a couple off years so the bugs are all worked out of it.

 Last week I mentioned that the trees were starting to turn a little and this week is no different. It seems that each day they turn just a little more yellow. With the amount of moisture we've had this year should be one of the prettiest in several years. And along with the leaves turning the acorns are starting to drop so it looks like a good start to fall. I have been looking for some fall mushrooms but haven't scored yet but they can't be to far away.

LAKE LEVEL:            708.9
WATER TEMP:         79 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Clear to stained.

CRAPPIE: I have had several mixed reports on crappie this week. Some people are catching a bunch and some very few. The one's catching the most are finding them on the main lake flats in the cedars in 8' to 16' of water. Minnows seem to be working the best. The bluff points are also holding some fish in 25' to 35' of water down about 20'. Here again lots of minnows with the little fish feeding hard. When the COE runs water the brush piles on the main lake points are good. Take plenty of hooks because these fish are in the middle of the piles. 15' to 20' seems the best with either minnows or jigs working.

BASS: The bass seem to be liking the rise and the cooler temps with the bite on the up scale. Buzz baits on secondary points early and late are good. Creature baits fished in 4' to 8' on the secondary are really starting to git going. This bite should really pick up in the next couple of weeks. Over the years I have found that the lizard works as well in the fall as it does in the spring. It's also time to start checking out the old road beds leading back to the shallows. Big worms in the brush along side these old beds can turn a bad day into something really good.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: These fish slowed a little this week but with the water conditions we have now I look for them to fire right back up. KK Island has been producing fish this week right about sunset. Rooster tails and small spoons seem to work the best. When they do run water the shallower hump will hold fish. Jigging spoons seem the best here. For surface activity during the day watch for the gulls feeding.

CATFISH: The main lake flats have been doing great this week on big blues. 15' to 20' seems to be the magic number when fishing cut bait on jugs or drift fishing with rod and reel. With the rise I'm thinking about gold fish on limb lines but we will have to see if the water gets high enough. But I am going to start moving my jugs shallow, 8' to 15' on the flats. Might even run a few live perch for flat heads.

WALLEYE: There's been a few walleye caught this week out of the saddles next to the humps on big spoons. 15' to 18' of water has been best. it's time for these guys to really get going.

 That's it for the report this week. Check us out on face book for the latest happenings at Osage Bluff Marina. You can also contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939.

  I would like to wish my old buddy Wes over at the 83 One Stop a speedy recovery.

Till next week
   Tommy

September 8, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       9/8/16

 How about a holiday with no rain. It seems like it has been a long time since this has happened. Well my understanding is that the weatherman is going to give it to us this week. Heavy rains forecast for today and tomorrow and making way for some clearing on Saturday. The lake is still just under a foot low so we could use a little to bring it up for some good fall fishing and duck hunting. And thinking of hunting archery deer season opens a week from today. The acorn crop in our area looks good this year and are starting to drop. I have been noticing a change in the color of the leaves around the lake and with the moisture we have had all summer we should have some of the best color we have had in a while.

LAKE LEVEL:            705.2
WATER TEMP:          80 deg.
WATER CLARITY:     Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing remains the same as last week. It seems the bluff banks produced more this week but you are catching more small fish. 25' to 30' of water fished with a minnow down 15' to 20' seems the best. Tree rows on the edge of the flats is also working. Look in 12' to 16' of water. Fish seem to be liking the hardwoods  about 6' down with either minnows or jigs as bait. Sept. is always the toughest time of the year for me to catch crappie. I really don't know why I guess its the time of the year they start moving all over Well anyway over the years I figured out that this is the time of the year that the bridge pillars will produce some pretty good crappie for me. I like fishing minnows on the pillars the best but a 2" jig with crappie nibbles will work.

BASS: The bass fishing continues to improve with buzz baits working the best especially on cloudy days. It seems like right now the bass are pretty much point orientated. Early in the am. they will be in 4' to 6' of water and after the sun comes up will fall back to 8' to 12' where a creature bait will work. Then pull back up in the shallower water and hit buzz baits again in the evening. The secondary points in the big creeks seem to be working the best.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lake being low the COE has not been running much water making the white bass fishing slow during the day. The sunrise and sunset bite are still pretty good. KK Island had lots of fish around it this week. These fish pulled up on the flats in about 5' of water, they never really surfaced instead just dimpled the water. Long casts with a 1/4 oz. spoon hopping it on the bottom had super results. The hybrids still seem to be liking the airport humps and are still holding deep. Deep running crank baits and sassy shads with a 3/4 oz. head seem to work the best in 20' of water.

CATFISH: Saw lots of nice cat fish this weekend, honest Jim. 20' of water on the flats fished with cut bait seemed to work the best. Either rod and reel or jugs were working. With the water temp starting to drop a little I look for these fish to start moving in the creeks real soon. Some of the best cat fishing of the year is in Oct.

WALLEYE: No report this week.

That's it for the report this week. We would like to thank everyone who showed up last weekend for the holiday. With the good weather and super people I think everyone had a good time I know I did. You can check us out on face book to see what's going on at Osage Bluff Marina or get a hold of us at 660-438-2939.

Till next week
    Tommy

September 1, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      9/1/16

 What a great start to the month of September. The weather is perfect and they are calling for the same all the way through the holiday. September is always a busy month around our place with getting ready for all the hunting seasons and not to mention all the good fall fishing that is right around the corner. And then of course we have the holiday this weekend to get the ball rolling. There will be lots of folks in the lakes area this weekend so please use extra caution when traveling on both land and water. There are lots of critters moving right now and with the lake being a little low we need to pay a little more attention to what's going on around us and not be a statistic.

 Even with the heavy rains we had yesterday the lake is still in good shape. Some or the creeks in the upper arms are pushing a little mud in but the rest of the lake is in good shape. We are still about a foot low so there are some tree rows and stumps visible now that aren't normally and these areas have been producing some nice fish. This is a good time to add some more way points to the GPS for future reference. 

LAKE LEVEL:          705.1
WATER TEMP:       81 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Clear to dirty in the upper creeks.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is about the same as it was last week. Brush piles in 15' to 20' off the points have been doing good when fished with minnows. The bluff banks are also producing some fish out of 25' to 30' of water down about 20' here again minnows are the best. The creek channel edges are also starting. 15' all the way back to 8' fished with either minnows or jigs right off the bottom will work. It seems a little early for this bite but with the number of bait fish in the backs of the creeks the fish seem to be following the food source. Spider rigging the bigger creek channels in 15' to 18' of water with either jigs or minnows has produced some big fish this week.

BASS: The bass fishing has picked up a little this week. Buzz baits on the flat timbered points in 6' to 8' of water around the cedars had netted some nice fish. Crank baits and big worms are working on the secondary points in the creeks. Look in 6' to 10' of water. With the water temp starting to drop a little this bite should really pick up. It's hard to beat the buzz bait in the fall of the year.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites have slowed down a little this week. With the lake being down the COE isn't running much water and this has affected the fish on the humps. There are still a few fish coming off the humps while trolling deep running crank baits in 9' to 12' of water and spoons in the saddles next to them will also pick up a few fish. The surface activity is still going on during the day. Watch for the gulls hitting the water. The hybrids are still holding deep. I've had several reports of fish coming out of 20' + water.

CATFISH: The cat fishing remains good. Jugs set in 20' of water on the flats baited with cut bait seems to be working the best in our area. Also floating jugs and rod and reel drift fishing on the humps has produced some good fish this week. Cut bait seems to be working the best in 12' to 15' of water with baits set close to the bottom. Trot lines in the mouths of the bigger creeks is starting. Lines set on the edge of the flats in 12' to 18' produced some big blues this week.

WALLEYE: The walleye slowed up a little this week. Big spoons in the saddles next to the humps in 12' to 15' of water seems the best right now. The cloudy days seem to be the best by far.

That's it for the report this week. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings. If your in the area stop by breakfast starts at 7 am. and lunch at 10:45.

Till next week

   Tommy

August 25, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina          8/25/16

 The weatherman has been very kind to us this week. The temps have been just right for fishing and the rain has held off till the evenings to make it perfect. This weekend they are calling for a slight chance of rain but here again it looks like if we get any it will be in the evenings. The lake is still about a 1 1/2' low but the water clarity is perfect. With the lower water levels the COE has been releasing very little water. The fish must be getting used to it because there has been a pretty good bite going this week.

 I've been noticing some of the trees on the bluffs have started to turn that light green color already. With the amount of rain we have had all summer the trees have been so full and dark green but now it is really noticeable of the little change. Maybe we will have an early fall. One thing for sure the fall colors this year should be fantastic. Also the fall mushrooms should be excellent hopefully better than the morel season was this spring. I've also been seeing some nice bachelor groups of bucks of which several have been really nice. With all the good fall fishing and hunting seasons to come it looks like its going to be a busy fall. If you are traveling in the lakes area around sunrise or sunset the deer have really started moving so take extra care when driving. If you see one cross in front of you there will probably be more to come.

LAKE LEVEL:           704.8
WATER TEMP:         81 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: I've had a coupe of interesting reports on crappie this week. Talked to a good friend and very good crappie fisherman yesterday and he gave me a heads up that there are crappie starting to move back in some of the bigger creeks. Fish the tree rows along the edge of the creek channels about 1/2 way back. You can fish as shallow as 6' and catch some nice fish. Jigs and minnows are working. He said he also caught several white bass on the same pattern. The cedars on the edge of the flats are also producing fish out of 12' to 18' of water. Minnows are working the best down about 6' to 8' deep. The brush piles in 15' to 20' of water are also working. The crappie seem to be holding tight in the piles. When you catch a fish out of a pile work it hard because there will be several more there. Minnows or jigs here also. Where ever you fish take plenty minnow as you will have to sort through the little guys but if you go long enough you can end up with a nice limit of fish.

BASS: Evidently the bass are waiting for the fall cool down as they remain slow this week. Main lake points seem to be doing the best fishing 10" worms, watermelon red flake color in 8' to 15' of water. The morning top water bite has slowed up but the evening bite is getting better. Pop R's fished on the timbered flats in the coves in 4' to 6' of water has produced some fish. Look for the flat points with lots of bait fish. It seems the closest flat to the main lake points are the best. With cooler weather coming this bite should get better.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lack of water flow through the dam the whites and hybrids have slowed a little. The surface activity is still good at sunrise and sunset though. KK Island has been pretty good this week with small spoons and Pop R's. I have heard of several people catching hybrids deep. Crank baits used with bait walkers down in 20' of water have been working. The airport has been a good area. During the day watch for the gulls to help locate schooling whites.

CATFISH: The cat fishing here on Truman has been good all summer and this week is no exception. Jugs fished on the flats in 20' of water baited with cut bait has been good. Rod and reel drift fishing has also been good on the shallower flats in 12' to 15' of water. Here again cut baits have been working the best.

WALLEYE: The saddles next to the humps have been doing good for walleye. Big spoons fished 15' to 18" seem to be working the best. I did here of a few fish taken trolling deep running crank baits in the same areas It seems now that there are more sub legal fish starting to show up in the saddles. With the number of shad in these areas these fish should grow quick.

 With the holiday about a week away its going to get bust quick around here. We still have a couple of boat stalls left so if you are heading this way you might want to get one reserved. We have some chill rafts in and a few tubes left so it might be a good time to find a deal. If we can help you out give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

That's it for this week so till the next
            Tommy

August 11, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      8/11/16

 When driving into the marina this morning dodging deer I started thinking that archery season is about a month away and listening to the weatherman saying that the heat index will be about 105 today my mind drifted back to last fall when it was so nice and cool, sure hope it gets there quick. I don't mind the heat that much but enough is enough. For some reason this summer seemed to be a little hotter than most. I guess we shouldn't complain due to the fact we have had good rains when we needed them. Weather wise this weekend looks like it is going to be perfect. With the state fair starting today if it is like every other year we should have some more rain coming next week along with warm temps.

 The lake is in real good shape right now. Water clarity is perfect and with the warm temps I'm guessing the COE will generate power in the afternoons keeping the fishing good. We have had lots of good reports this week on most species and with the fall bite starting when the water temps start dropping I'm looking for another couple of months of fantastic fishing here on Truman.

LAKE LEVEL:            705.99
WATER TEMP:         83 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: This week the crappie seem to be doing a little better out of the brush piles. 15' to 20' seems to be the best with the bigger fish holding in the middle of the piles and the smaller fish on the tops. Take plenty of minnows and hooks. The isolated trees on the flats in 20' of water are also producing nice fish. Minnows are the best here also when fished down about 15'. The bluff banks are doing the same with fish holding about 15' in 25' to 30' of water. Lots of small fish to weed through but you can catch some keepers. With the lake down its easier to find the trees that haven't been fished for a while. The old standby of long poling the tree rows on the flats ( my favorite) is still going in 10' to 15' of water. Jigs or minnows fished about 8' to10' is doing good.

BASS: The early top water bite is starting up again with the Pop R working the best. Timbered flats in the creeks with 5' to 8' of water seem to be the best. Ditches along side the old road beds containing brush fished with a brush hog in about 12' to 15' is also producing some fish. Fishing the trees along the edge of the river channels in 15' to 20' with a jig and frog down in the root wads is another time tested method this time of the year.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lake being down to normal pool and the COE only running water for generation the evening bite is the best. But then again with the shad balling all over the lake these fish can and have been surfacing all through out the day. Rooster Tails and 1/4 oz. spoons are the best here. The sunset bite has produced some real nice fish this week. The Pommie Flats are back on along with lots of activity around KK Island. Had a couple of reports on nice hybrids coming off the airport.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is still good with lots of blues in the slot being caught. Rod and reel drift fishing on the main lake flats has been very good this week. Cut bait has been the best in 12' to 15' of water. Also the jug fishing has picked up on the flats. Baits set 10' to 15' have been the most productive in  18' to 25' of water.

WALLEYE: The walleye slowed down a little this week. Had a couple reports of fish caught on spoons off the saddles around KK Island. Fish were holding in 15' of water. White buck tail spoons and chartreuse spoons were the best. This week there were several small walleye caught. Looks like the stocking program is really working.

That's it for the report this week any updates I will but on face book at Osage Bluff Marina, We did get a few more Chill Rafts in this week so if you are looking for some hot weather relief these things are great for lounging around in the lake. We are getting short on boat stalls for Labor Day so if you need one give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina
660-438-2939.

Till next week

   Tommy

August 4, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      8/4/16

 More rain, more water going through the dam, more good fishing. With the 3.4" of rain we got this week the lake is still in good shape and the fish are still cooperating. They are calling for a cooler weekend and only a slight chance of rain so we should continue to see good fishing here on Truman. With the amount of water the COE is releasing I'm not looking for a big rise out of this last rain and with the temps we have had this week they should be able to generate enough power to keep us at a good level for fishing.

LAKE LEVEL:             707.16
WATER TEMP:          83 deg.
WATER CLARITY:     Clear to stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite here on Truman is still good with all the summer patterns producing fish. Long poling on the flats has been the best this week with fish holding in the hardwoods in 15' to 18' down about 10'. Minnows have been working the best. If the bite is slow tip the minnow with a piece of Crappie Nugget. The brush piles on the points have also been good this week. The piles in 18' to 20' of water have been the most productive with the fish hanging right on top the piles. Minnows or jigs are working here. Several people reported catching nice crappie off the bluff ends this week. Most were fishing big trees in 25' to 30' of water down 15' to 20' with minnows working the best.

BASS: The bass fishing remains in the dog days of summer and yes it is still tough. Carolina Rigs set up with baby brush hogs seemed to do as good as anything. Long flat points close to channel swings in 12' to 15' of water produced a few fish. This time of the year when it gets tough I like to fish a Mo Jo rig around the brush piles. A baby beaver seemed to work good for me. 12' to 15' brush piles were the best. Bluff points fished with a 7 1/2" worm is another hot weather pattern that will produce some fish. 12' to 15' points with scattered timber seem to work the best.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the Corps running water and the shad schooling all over the lake these fish are surfacing at all different times of the day. Keep a Rooster Tail or a Rat L Trap ready. This time or the year gulls are one of the best fish finders out there. Lots of reports of whites and hybrids coming off the airport and the humps at KK Island. With the water flow the weir will also be a good spot. Spoons have been the best on the humps. There are still lots of fish surfacing at sunset around KK Island and Point 0 3.

CATFISH: Lots of reports of cat fish being caught bit the size was on the small side this week. With the rains we had this week jugs are working on the flats in 15' to 20' of water using cut bait about a foot off the bottom. Rod and reel drift fishing has also been good in the same areas. Trot lines set close to the points in the big creeks in 20' of water worked for us with cut baits set 10' to 15'.

WALLEYE: Had a couple of reports of some good walleye caught on spoons in the saddles on the south end of KK Island. The best bite seemed to be in the evenings  12' to 15' fished with a chartreuse spoon worked the best.

 We are about a month away from Labor Day so if you need a boat stall for the holiday give us a call and we will get it reserved for you. You can reach us at 660-438-2939. Also check us out on face book for the latest and greatest.at Osage Bluff Marina. Our latest order of Chill Rafts is about gone so if you are looking for one give us a call and we should be able to fix you up. We also have a good selection of tubes in the store and with plenty of warm weather left there is still lots of good boating to do this summer.

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina so till the next
  Tommy

July 28, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     7/28/16

 The weather this week has provided us with a perfect week for fishing. Even with the 2" of rain we got Sunday night the lake is in good shape. The COE has been running water about everyday so all things are right for some good fishing. The bite has been early and late so it makes it nice to cool down during the warm part of the day. The forecast for the rest of the week is a little cooler which makes it even better. Looks like this could be a good week to hit Truman for some good summer fishing.

LAKE LEVEL:          706.3
WATER TEMP:       86 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Clear to stained.

 CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing on Truman has been good this week. The upper Osage has cleared a little and is very fish able. Either jigs or minnows are working now with the edge going to minnows. Tree rows on the edge of the flats are the best in 15' to 18' of water with the fish holding about 6'. Hard woods are producing some good fish but the fish are holding tight to the trunks of the trees. Hedge trees seem to be working the best. Brush piles it 15' to 20' are also good with these fish holding right on to the brush piles. With the lake getting close to normal its easier to find the trees that haven't been hit with the water being up on the bluffs. 25' to 30' down 15' seems the best here with good numbers of fish but you have to weed through the little ones. It helps to take some frozen bottles of water to put in bait buckets to help keep minnows alive with the warm temps.

BASS: As far as the bass fishing this week they have decided that the dog days of summer are here. With the COE running water that has kept some fish on the points. On the secondary points 7 1/2" worms are working in 6' to 12' of water.  On the main lake points the Carolina Rig is working in 12' to 15' in the current breaks or close to channel swings. There are still a few fish being caught on top water early in the am on timbered flats. Look for the flats wit shad popping and the wind blowing across. Spooks and buzz baits are the best choice.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lake getting close to normal I am wondering how long the COE will keep the water flow going but right now the weir seems to be the hot spot when they are pulling water. Spoons fished on the weir in 9' of water has been good. With the shad balling like they are surface activity has been going on all through the day and all over the lake. Watch for the gulls hitting the water as a good indicator. KK Island has been another hot spot. Jigging spoons in the saddles of the humps in 15' of water and Rooster tails and Sassy Shad on the surfacing fish.

CATFISH: Rod and real drift fishing and jugs have been working on the flats in 8' to 15' of water. Cut bait has been the best. We are still seeing lots of nice blues come in. With the thermocline as high as it is now the deep water fishing has slowed down. When running lines it pays to keep baits at or above 10' and with the warm water its a must to check lines often.

WALLEYE: Even with the warm water we are seeing walleye come in. Trolling deep running crank baits in the early am on the humps is working. look in the 9' to 12' range. When the sun gets up good spoons fished in the saddles in 15' to 18' is working. This week I have heard of a lot of sub legal fish being caught. This is great meaning the walleye are getting well established here on Truman. Now is also a good time to fish crawler rigs on the pee gravel points on the Pommie arm.

 We received our shipment of Chill Rafts this week. We have 16' and 20'ers in stock along with a good number of tubes. There is plenty of summer left to get out and enjoy the water sports here on Truman. We have a few stalls left for labor day along with a couple yearly stalls so if we can help you out give us a call at 660-438-2939. Check us out on face book for the latest and greatest at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
    Tommy

July 21, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Report from Osage Bluff Marina      7/21/16              

If you can stand the heat the fishing is good. When I think back over the years I guess it got this hot but maybe when you get a little older it just seems hotter. Then again when the thermometer gets to 100 it is hot. Early in the am it is nice though and a person can get about 4 good hours of fishing in. The lake is in good shape clarity wise. We were at Ed's Camp on Tuesday and the water is perfect. The COE has been running water about everyday so with that fishing is good. This time of the year I like to put lots of ice in the live wells to help keep the fish fresh along with extra gator aide and sun screen. But we will think back about this weather in January and wish we had a little heat.

WATER LEVEL:                707.8
WATER TEMP:                 84 deg.
WATER CLARITY:           Clear to stained.

CRAPPIE: Again this week all the summer patterns are working on crappie. The tree rows on the edge of the flats seem to be the best. Fish 12' to 16' of water with minnows down about 7'. A jig will work but I think the action is faster on minnows. Cedars seem the best but a bushy hedge tree will hold fish. Look for the fish right next to the trunk of the tree. Brush piles on the points have also been working. 15' to 20' of water fished with minnows right on top the brush. Talked to a few people fishing the bluffs and they were doing ok but were catching a lot of small fish. 20' to 30' seemed to work the best with minnows fished down about 16'.

BASS: The bass fishing has been slow this week. The early morning top water bite is producing a few fish on the timbered flats but it only lasts about an hour. Buzz baits and Pop R's seem the best when fished in 5' to 8' of water. The Carolina Rig is working on long flat points that run close to a deep water break. Baby brush hogs have been a popular bait. 12' to 15' of water has been the best. The big worm on points is what's in store for the rest of the day. 8' to 12' with watermelon red flake 10" worms fished very slowly will work.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the shad schooling on top all over the lake these fish can surface at any time. Keep a Rooster Tail or a Pop R rigged and ready. Trolling the humps has been the best bet this week. Look for humps with about 10' of water on top of them. Deep running fire tiger crank baits are good in our area. With the running water spoons are also working in the saddles next to the humps in 15'.

CATFISH: Jugs seem to be the best this week when fished with cut bait. The flats seem to be doing the best in10' to 15' of water. With the thermocline where it's at its hard to keep bait alive much below 15'. Had some folks rod and reel drift fishing around Smiths Bend and they were doing good using cut bait. They were drifting the humps in 10' to 15' and catching nice blues. If you are running stationary jugs hake sure to check them often with the warm water.

WALLEYE: We had a couple real nice walleye come in last weekend. One weighed 8.10 lbs. White or chartreuse spoons seem the best in the saddles next to the humps around KK Island. Also crawler rigs on the flat points on the Pommie arm in 8' to 12' of water. Trolling shad raps on the humps around KK Island has also been producing some fish.

Remember Labor day is just around the corner so if you need a boat stall for the weekend give us a call and get one reserved. You can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. We have another order of Chill Rafts coming in around the 27th of July. These things go really fast so if you are looking for one give us a call.

 That's it for this week.
    Till the next
        Tommy. .

July 14, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      7/14/16

 It seems like the weather is the main topic of discussion this year. We have been getting more than our share of rain and with the storm from yesterday we can add a little more to the pot. We had some strong winds witch blew down some trees in the area but I haven't seen any other damage. Hopefully the weatherman will give us a break the rest of the week. The recent rains did muddy up the upper arms of the lake. The water in our area still looks real good. The COE has been running water about everyday and this has helped keep the fish biting.

LAKE LEVEL:          708.6
WATER TEMP:       81 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Light stain to dirty.

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite remains good here on Truman with most of the typical summer patterns producing fish. The key right now is whatever pattern you are fishing the crappie seem to be holding in the cedars. The tree rows on the edge of the flats seem to be the most productive. Look in 15' to 18' of water with minnows working the best. Isolated trees on the flats are also a good spot to check now. The fish seem to be holding just off the bottom. There is also a bite on the bluff banks in 20' to 30' of water with the fish holding right on top the brush. There are also fish in the brush piles on the main lake points. Again minnows right on top the piles seem the best. Best depth has been about 15'.

BASS: The bass fishing has been a little tough this week. Main lake and secondary points fished with a big worm in 8' to 12' of water has produced some fish. The Zara Spook and buzz bait fished on the timbered flats at sun up is still working. 4' to 8' seems the best. The Carolina rig is starting to work on the long flat points next to breaks. Baby brush hogs have been working on the rigs.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE running water about everyday these fish are remaining active. Also with the shad getting into their big balls the top water action is going on at all times of the day but the best bite is still right at sunset. Rooster tails and Pop R's are working the best. Spoons on the humps in 10' to 15' of water are also working. KK Island and the Pommie flats are two of the hot spots right now.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is still good. Rod and reel drift fishing on the flats using cut bait is producing some nice blues. 8' to 12' has been the best. Jugs and trot lines set on the edge of the flats next to a channel swing  in 12' to 17' are also working. Cut bait seems to be the best here to.

WALLEYE: We have had several walleye come in. White jigging spoons fished in the saddles next to the humps in 15' to 18' has been good. Also crawler rigs on the flat points in the Pommie arm are picking up a few fish. 8' to 12' of water seems the best. Trolling the humps at sunrise with deep divers around KK Island is another good way to pick up a few fish.

It's time to start thinking about Labor day. We have a few boat stalls left so if you want to reserve one give us a call. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. We also have a good selection of tubes so if you are looking for one stop by and check them out. You can visit us on face book for the latest happenings at Osage Bluff Marina.

 Till next week

    Tommy

July 7, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      7/7/16

 What a holiday. Looked like it was going to be a rain out but then the weather took a turn for the better and after Saturdays rain turned out to be a good weekend. Jason put on a fireworks display that will be talked about till next year. Seems every year he outdoes himself. We would like to thank everyone who showed up to share the fun with us.

 With the recent rains the lake is on a good rise. Right now we are up about 3' and I'm looking for at least a couple more before it's done. Even with the heavy rains the water clarity on the main lake is good. The upper arms are dirty but so far so good on this end. With the higher water the COE should continue to run water making the fishing good.

LAKE LEVEL:         709.10
WATER TEMP:       80 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Light stain to dirty in the upper arms.

CRAPPIE: The summer pattern crappie fishing is in full swing right now. Tree rows on the edge of the flats in 12' to 17' of water are producing good numbers of fish. Minnows are the best and you need to take lots for weeding through the small fish. The brush piles in 15' to 20' are also working with the fish holding about 15' with minnows working the best here also. The big key is cedars if it's a brush pile or tree row. Also you might want to check out any isolated trees on the flats in 20' of water this time of the year crappie will set up house and you can catch a limit out of one tree.

BASS: This is the time of the year that point hoping is very productive for bass. Main lake points with 8' to 12' of water fished with 10" worms can be very productive along with secondary points right inside the creek mouths. If the lake continues to rise these fish should move in the flooded grass on the banks. Spinner baits and buzz baits will work here. Also fish any willows standing in 2' to 4' of water with big worms or a creature bait.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: There were some nice hybrids caught off the Pommie flats last weekend. The hybrids seemed to be holding under the white bass and if you could get a bait down to them they were very aggressive. Rooster tails and 4" sassy shad seemed to work the best. Sunset seemed to be the best time. There were some nice whites caught off KK Island trolling the humps. With the number of small fry on the surface it might be time to scale down on the size of bait. You might try a popping bobber with a 2" twister tail.

CATFISH: With the blues coming off the nests and looking for a little deeper water this bite should really get going. Jugs and trot lines set on the edge of the flats next to channel swings in 10' to 15' of water baited with cut shad should work. We did have a couple reports of rod and reel drift fishing with shad  on the flats that produced some fish over the slot.

WALLEYE: No report this week.

With the fourth over with its time to start thinking about Labor Day. Get your reservations in for your boat stall before they are gone. You can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. We are also a dealer for Chill Rafts. We only have two 20"ers left so if you are looking for one check us out. For the latest happenings check us out on Face Book at Osage Bluff Marina. That's it for this week.

Till next week
    Tommy

June 30, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina         6/30/16

 HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Hopefully the weatherman is going to miss the forecast for the weekend. It's been updated a couple times already so maybe it will be better than expected. With the uncertainty of the weather check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest updates on events over the weekend. But even with that let us not loose sight of what the Fourth of July is all about our great nations independence.  

 With the warm temps this week the fishing here on Truman has really came on with all species biting. The crappie are doing very good along with the whites and hybrids and we are seeing good numbers of walleye come in. This looks like the typical Truman lake summer pattern of the warmer it gets the better the fish bite.

LAKE LEVEL:          707.12
WATER TEMP:       86 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Clear to heavy stained

CRAPPIE: Seems like if you are not fishing cedar trees you aren't catching crappie. I know that  other parts of the lake have different patterns going but around here a cedar in 12' to 16' will have fish on it. Minnows seem to be working the best. The brush piles are also producing fish. 20' seems to be the best depth and a minnow right on top the pile will usually do the trick. We did find some fish in the hedge trees on the edge of the flats and they were right on the trunks in 12' to 15' of water down about 6'. Seems like there was one fish to a tree so you had to keep moving. If you see a tree sitting all by its self on a flat you sure might want to fish it. Seems like there are fish starting to move to this pattern. Either a minnow or jig will work here.

BASS: The bass are doing their typical summer pattern now. The top water bite at sun rise and sun set on the timbered flats has picked up. Buzz baits and Zara Spooks seem to be the hot baits. Look for 4' to 6' of water with the wind blowing across the flat. During the heat of the day it is pretty much point hopping. Big worms fished in 6' to 10' of water on either secondary points or main lake points has been working.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: There is lots of surface activity going on now. All the old haunts seem to be holding fish but at any given time they can pop up anywhere. The sun up and sun set bite is the best. Rooster tails, small spoons and the sassy shad are the top baits. KK Island and the Pommie flats have been very productive along with Point O 3. The saddles around the humps will produce some fish on small spoons during the day. Look for 12' to 17' of water.

CATFISH: It looks like the blues are coming off the nests. They are pretty thin and beat up and are hungry. Trot lines and jugs are picking up fish baited with cut shad. The flats have been productive looking in 10' to 15' of water with baits set about 6'. Rod and reel drift fishing is also working around the humps in 10' to 15' of water. Keep the baits about a foot off the bottom and move slow.

WALLEYE: The walleye bite is still doing good. Spoons fished around the humps has been real good in the early am. 12' to 17' seems to be the best. White spoons with a buck tail are hot,  Crawler rigs are also working off the flat points in 6' to 10' of water on the Pommie arm. Look for the points with deep water close by. Trolling the humps has also been working this week with bone and chartreuse deep running crank baits.

That's it for this weeks report. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend. For the latest updates check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. Please be safe and have a wonderful holiday.

Till next week
   Tommy

June 23, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina         6/23/16

 Along with the weather heating up so is the fishing on Truman. The last couple of days were a little tough with the winds but if you could find a calm spot the fishing was great. With the temps in the 90's most folks are hitting the water early trying to beat the heat. Seeing lots of limits of crappie come in. The whites and hybrids are busting shad in the evenings about sunset so during the mid day its a good time to hug the ole ac.

 Got a email from the MDC about managed deer hunts this week. They will start taking applications on 1 July so if you are interested you can go to their site for all the details. I have been seeing lots of little fawns lately so this is a good sign. Talked to a few people who are seeing baby turkeys so it looks like things are coming on strong out in mother nature.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            707.88
WATER TEMP:         85 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Clear to stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing has really picked up with the warm temps. All the typical summer patterns are working from the bluff banks to brush piles to tree rows on the edge of the flats. The bluff banks are producing the most fish. 20' to 30' fished with minnows down 12' to 15' will keep you busy. You have to sort through the little guys but it doesn't take long to catch a limit. Cedars seem to be the best right now. The brush piles off the main lake points have slowed a little this week but I think that has been do to the winds where its hard to hold on them. If you are fishing them look in 16' to 20' of water and fish right on top of the brush. The tree rows on the edge of the flats are doing great now. There seems to be one fish to a tree so if you find the right tree row it doesn't take long to get a limit but you have to keep moving. 15' to 18' seems to be working the best and it doesn't seem to matter if you fish a minnow or jig. The minnow bite is a little faster. Hard wood trees seem the best with the fish holding tight to the trunks.

BASS: The bass fishing has slowed a little this week with the heat. Secondary points seem to be doing the best when fished with big worms in 6' to 12' of water. The early am top water bite is fair on the timbered flats. 3' to 5' of water seems the best. Look for the flats with the wind blowing across. If your not seeing shad popping look for a different flat.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The surface activity of the whites and hybrids is picking up in the evenings. When the wind starts laying down about sunset these fish are getting very active. Lots of nice fish being caught on 3" sassy shad with a 1/2 oz. head. pearltreuse seems to be the best color. Rooster tails and Rat L Traps are also working. Trolling the humps in the early mornings with deep running crank baits is another good bite. 10' to 15' seems the best. KK Island and the Pommie flats have been two of the hot spots.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is picking up also. Trot lines and jugs fished on the main lake flats in 8' to 12' of water baited with shad has been  good. Also rod and reel drift fishing the humps has also picked up. Here again shad seems to be working the best. We had some fellows in last weekend that did good on lines on the bluff banks in 15' of water. They were using perch and shad set about 8'. I'm looking for the blues to start coming off the nests this week so things should get exciting. Remember to run lines often with the heat.

WALLEYE: We gave seen lots of walleye this week. The humps seem to be the most productive early in the am. Trolling crank baits in 9' to 12' of water seems the best. When the sun starts getting up spoons in the saddles next to the humps picks up. 17' seems to be the best. Crawler rigs are working off the flat points close to channel swings. KK Island has been real productive this week.

That's it for the report this week. We are starting to get ready for the July 4th. holiday. There will be lots going on that weekend. The fireworks display at the dam will be July 2. We will have our display on Sunday July 3rd. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings.

Till next week
    Tommy

June 16, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      6/16/16

 It seems a little early in the year to have the warm temps we are having already. I don't really mind the heat so much but it creates a problem with the oxygen level in the water. Right now if you put a bait much below 10' it only lasts about 5 min. It does make the fishing a little easier because you know the fish will be 10' or shallower. The weatherman is saying that the humidity should drop this weekend so that should help. The lake is starting to clear up so this will open up some areas that haven't been fished for a while. The upper Osage has been muddy for a while but now it is getting fishable and there are some big old fish up there that haven't been bothered for a month. I know where I am going. The rain this week didn't affect the lake much so this weekend should be good fishing. Remember to take extra ice and water with the heat its easy to get dehydrated.

LAKE LEVEL:          708.99
WATER TEMP:        84.7
WATER CLARITY:   Stained to clear. 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are about the same as last week. The main lake points with brush piles have been working the best in our area. 20' of water fished with minnows on top the brush has been a good producer. We have had several reports of crappie being taken while drift fishing in the creeks. Minnows or jigs have been working here. 15' to 20' seems to be the best depth. I look for the tree rows in the Osage in 15' to 17' of water to pick up this week looking in the cedars and hedge trees. The bluff banks are also holding fish in about 25' of water. Minnows or jigs will work here with the edge going to the minnows. With the lake falling its getting easier to find the cedars that have been under for a while.

BASS: Last weekend we had lots of bass come in. Secondary points in the creeks in 8' to 12' fished with big worms was the best bite. The early am. top water bite is also picking up. Pop R's and buzz baits fished on the timbered flats in 3' to 5' of water in the creeks is productive  Look for the flats with bait fish working. I would also check the road beds in 8' to 12' of water with brush in the ditches with a big worm or creature bait. Remember to take plenty of catch and release to keep the fish healthy.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE running water about everyday the whites and hybrids have been doing great. They are on their typical summer patter. The humps in 10' to 15' are working when fished with spoons. All the humps seem to be holding fish. Trolling deep running crank baits is another method that is producing. The top water action is going in the evening with fish surfacing right about sunset. The Pommie flats have produced some big hybrids this week. The sassy shad and Rooster Tails  have been working the best here.

CATFISH: We are seeing a few nice blues come in. I think they are starting to come off the nests. Trot lines and jugs seem to be working the best but don't sell the rod and reel short. Cut bait seems to be working a little better with the lower O2 level. Also when running lines or jugs run them more often so you don't loose fish. The flats in 15' to 20' of water seem to be producing the best but I did here of some real nice fish coming off the points. Baits set 6' to 10' seemed to be working the best. Drift fishing with a rod and reel is picking up around the humps. Had several reports of nice fish being caught in the O3 area.

WALLEYE: The walleye are starting on the flat points now. Crawler rigs and deep running crank baits are working the best  6' to 10' of water on the pee gravel seems to be the most productive. Tenn. shad and purple and bone are the colors they are liking. Look for the flat points close to channel swings.

We would like to wish all the dads a Happy Fathers Day this weekend. What a better way to celebrate than taking dad fishing and enjoying the day in mother nature.

There is still time to get your boat stall reserved for July 4th. We have very few left so if you want one call quick. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Also check us out on face book for the latest happenings on the lake. That's it for this week so till the next.

  Tommy

June 9, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      6/9/16


 It looks like the weatherman is going to give us a little taste of summer the rest of the week. Highs in the low 90's will be a big change for us with the super weather we have been having. But as most people know Truman is a little different than most big reservoirs do to the fact that the fishing gets better the warmer it gets. Some of the best days of crappie fishing I have had on Truman have been when it was in the high 90's. The cat fishing gets a little tough but the whites and hybrids get fired up also. So with what we have coming it looks like we are in for some good fishing. The COE. has been running water about everyday which really helps keeping the fish biting..

LAKE LEVEL:               709.99 
WATER TEMP:             76 deg.
WATER CLARITY:        Light stained to dirty. Upper arms of the Grand and Osage are still dirty.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is good right now with brush piles working the best. Main lake point with 15' to 20' of water fished with minnows down about 15' is producing lots of fish. Two winters ago the MDC. put in lots of brush piles on the points and right now the fish are starting to take advantage of them. You can download a map of these by going to the MDC. web site and clicking on fish attractants. The tree rows on the edge of the flats are also producing fish. Look in 15' to 20' of water fishing minnows or jigs down 12' to 15'. You will catch about one fish to a tree so you have to keep moving. The bluff banks are also working in 20' to 30' of water. Minnows seem to be working the best here down 15' to 20'. The good thing about the bluffs is you can catch several fish off one tree but the down side is you have to sort through to little ones.

BASS: With the falling water the bass have moved out of the grass and are starting to set up on the secondary points. 5' to 8' of water has produced some good fish when fished with a big worm or creature bait. Texas rigs are working the best. The top water bite on the timbered flats is picking up in the evenings and early mornings. Buzz baits and Pop R's have been working in 3' to 6' of water. I look for this bite to continue to get better as the fish start feeding in the lower light of the day.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: There is a good bite going on right now in most of the old haunts now. With the COE running water about everyday these fish are going to stay active. The Pommie flats have been very productive in the evenings. Spoons and Rooster Tails have been working the best along with the 3" sassy shad. Trolling the humps at KK Island is starting to pick up. Spoons are working good at Point O 3 and on the weir. Look for the humps in 10' to 15' of water.

CATFISH: The cat fish bite has slowed up a little this week. We have seen a few good fish come in but the numbers are down. I think that the flat heads are nesting and the blues may be just starting to come off. The best fishing has been drift fishing with rod and reel and jug fishing. Baits set about 10' in 20' of water with cut shad and perch being the best. The flats close to the channel has been productive. When the blues come off the nests I look for the bite to really pick up.

WALLEYE: There were a few walleye caught this week. The humps at Point O 3 were working with deep running  crank baits in the saddles in 15' of water. The main lake points in Pommie are also starting to hold a few walleye. Flat points close to channel swings fished with deep running crank baits in 6' to 10' of water are best.

It's time to get your boat stalls reserved for the 4th of July weekend. We only have a few left so now is the time. Check us out on face book for the latest happenings at Osage Bluff Marina or you can reach us at 660-438-2939. That's it for this week so till the next.

     Tommy

June 2, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       6/2/16 


 The first holiday of the season has come and gone and what a great holiday it was. The weather ended up being just perfect and the fish cooperated all weekend. We would like to thank all the folks that showed up and it you missed this one remember July 4th. is right around the corner. Lots of fun things to come.

 The lake is still on a rise from the rains we had last week. The water clarity is good for the rise we are getting but there is a lot of drift up the Grand and Osage rivers. I was up the Pommie yesterday and it is clear and saw very little drift. According to the Corp report this am. it looks like they have caught the water and we should start seeing it drop today.

LAKE LEVEL:          711.67
WATER TEMP:       76 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  STAINED. Upper arms are heavily stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite continues to be good with several patterns working. Brush piles on the main lake points in 20' of water have been producing lots of fish. Minnows seem to be working the best when fished down about 12'. Dipping the tree rows in 15' with minnows or jigs has also been producing nice fish. Cedars and hedge trees have been the best with the fish holding tight to the cover. Black and chartreuse jigs have been the best color. The bluff banks are starting to get better. The best bite is in 20' plus water down 12' with minnows or jigs. I have noticed that the fish on the bluff banks are a little smaller then the main lake points.

BASS: The bass are in the grass. The nice thing about high water this time of the year is that when the nice green grass on the banks gets water on it the fish get right in it. Spinner baits and buzz baits are working here. Look in 2' to 4' of water in the backs of the coves. A fluke is also working in the grass. Willow bushes with water on them are also holding fish. Spinner baits and big worms fished on the willow points has been producing good sized fish. Secondary points in the coves fished with a jig and frog or creature bait is always a good spot this time of the year. With the water temps on the rise the top water bite on the flats early and late should really take off.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We are seeing lots of whites and hybrids now. Point O 3 was the hot spot this weekend. 1/2 oz. spoons 3" sassy shad and Rooster Tails were the 3 hot baits. Fish are holding on the humps in 12' to 15' of water. There is also some top water action starting in the evenings. Rat L Traps and the sassy shad have been the best here. With the lake up I look for the COE to continue running water which will keep this bite going. The weir was another spot that did well when they were running water.

CATFISH: The catfish bite is still strong with lots of slot fish being caught. Trot lines and jugs have been working along the steeper banks in 8' to15' of water. Perch and gold fish have been the best baits. Jugs drifted on the flats in 10' to 20' of water baited with cut bait set about 6' will keep you busy. I am looking for the blues to start nesting real soon so this will slow the good bite down for a while. We did clean a couple of blues that had already spawned so hopefully the bite won't fall off to much.

WALLEYE: We had quite a few walleye come in last weekend. The humps at Point O 3 seemed to be the most productive along with the weir. Spoons and Rooster tails were working the best. I look for the points in Pommie to start this week with deep running crank baits on the pee gravel points. Casting crank baits on the humps in the early am. around KK Island should also get going.

With the holiday only a month away its time to get your boat stall reserved for the 4th. of July. We have a few left so make sure to get it done and come down and enjoy all the festivities. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina
660-438-2939. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for all the latest happenings.

Till next week
  

Tommy

May 5, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina        5/26/16


 With the holiday weekend upon us lets hope the weatherman will give us a little break. We have had some nice morning rains this week then the afternoons turn out to be picture perfect. The lake clarity is getting better everyday and with no heavier then the rain has been I look for a good weekend of fishing. The temps are supposed to be in the high 70's to low 80's so it looks like a good weekend. We are looking for a good crowd this weekend so please remember to be safe and courteous.

LAKE LEVEL:                 707.9
WATER TEMP:              69 deg.
WATER CLARITY:         Light stain to stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie here on Truman have moved to the summer pattern. The best bite in our area is brush piles on main lake points. 15' to 20' of water fished down about 8' with minnows has been producing good numbers of fish. The tree rows on the edge of the main lake flats in 15' of water has also been working. Minnows have been working the best in the cedars and hedge at about 8'. The bluffs have also been working in 20' to 25' down 15' here again minnows are the best.

BASS: The bass fishing remains good here on Truman. Secondary points seem to be the best when fished with a jig and frog in 5' to 10' of water. Buzz baits are working on the flats in the backs of the creeks in about 4' of water. The main lake pockets are also producing fish on 10" plastic worms. The fish seem to be holding in about 6' of water.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lake starting to clear up the whites and hybrids are becoming more active. KK Island and Point O 3 are starting to produce some good fish. Trolling along with 1/2 oz. jigging spoons have been the best. The humps in 10' to 15' seem to be working the best. We haven't seen much surface activity yet but it has to be getting close.

CATFISH: The cat fish bite is very good. We are seeing lots of blues and a few flat heads come in. Jugs and trot lines fished 1/2 way back in the creeks is one of the most productive areas. Look in 8' to 12' of water with baits set down about 4'  Perch, gold fish and cut shad have been the best baits. We found that fishing in front of the small niches  did real well. I think the flat heads are starting to come in getting ready to spawn.

WALLEYE: We had some nice walleye come in last weekend. Trolling deep running crank baits on the humps was working. Fish were in about 9' of water. There were also walleye caught trolling on the main lake points out of 10' of water. Fire tiger colored crank baits seem to be working the best. With the water clearing the way it is I look for the walleye to start hitting off the points on crawlers real soon.

Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina and see Jason's new lake record spotted bass. Congrats. That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Please have a very safe and happy holiday.

Till next week
    Tommy

May 5, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff  Marina       5/5/14


 With the heavy rains of last week Truman has been on a good rise. The upper arms have turned a little muddy but the main lake on this end still look real good. The higher water hasn't affected the fishing just the fisherman if anything it has improved the fishing. The weather for the weekend is fore casted to be great with warm temps and no rain until next Monday. The COE has been running water thru the dam everyday so I am guessing they will catch up with the rise in the next day or so. There are some floaters with the high water so a little extra caution is advised.

LAKE LEVEL:          710.17
WATER TEMP:       63 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Stained to dirty.
FLOW:                   24000 cfs.

CRAPPIE: The crappie are finishing up spawning now. With the higher water they are in 6' to 8' on the beds. Jigs fished on a road runner type head seem to be working the best with black and chartreuse being the best color. Pockets in the creeks has been a good producer. There are also fish moving to the summer pattern now. The crappie seem to be holding in 12' to 15' of water in the tree rows about a foot off the bottom. Minnows are working the best here. The bluff banks are also producing fish out of 15' to 25' of water down 12' to 20' with minnows being the most productive bait. In all cases long poling tree to tree has been the best method of catching fish.

BASS: The bass are happy with the water conditions and are enjoying the back of the creeks in the flooded grass and willows. Spinner baits and buzz baits have been producing nice stringers of fish along with sinko's and flukes. These fish are in 3' to 5' of water. Jig and frogs and creature baits are working on the secondary points in the creeks in 4' to 8' of water. Lay downs seem to be a big point of interest.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is hot right now. Trot lines jugs and rod and reel fishing has been good in the backs of the creeks. 4' to 8' of water seems to be the best depth. Cut shad and perch are the best baits. We are seeing lots of nice blues and the flat heads are starting to hit. Baits set about 4' seem to be working the best. This is big fish time so you don't want to miss out on some excellent cat fishing.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We have had several reports of both whites and hybrids this week. There were some real nice whites caught in Turpin creek on Rat L Traps. It's time to start checking all the humps with jigging spoons. Look in 12' to 15' of water. There has been some real nice hybrids come off the airport when fishing live bait. !5' seems to be the magic depth. With the COE running water everyday I look for this bite to really start picking up.

WALLEYE: Had several reports of walleye being caught last weekend. Crank baits on the flat points in 8' to 10' of water was working. Tennesse shad and fire tiger were the best colors. The flat points close to deep water seemed to be working the best.

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. We still have a few  seasonal stalls left so if we can help you out let us know. Also check us out on face book for the latest happenings at Osage Bluff Marina.

With that we would like to wish all the mothers a very happy mothers day this Sunday.

April 28, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      4/28/16


 Lots of rain this past week has finally brought the lake back to normal pool. Even with the rise the lake is still in good shape. It looks like the rest of this week is going to be fantastic so we are looking for the fishing to continue to be good. This year at least right around here the mushroom season was short. And numbers were down. To me I think we got rain at the wrong time. We are in the second week of turkey season now and the birds are still tearing it up. We had several good hunts last week. Have noticed that the hens are starting to quiet down so its time to slow down on calling. The woods are starting to get real green now which is making it hard to see birds come in. Good time to start field hunting.

LAKE LEVEL:          705.99
WATER TEMP:        64 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Stained

CRAPPIE: The crappie in our area are in all stages of the spawn. With the lake on a rise the bank fish are in about 5' of water. We still have a good number of bedding fish. 1/8 oz. jig heads with a spinner in black and chartreuse has been a good choice. There are bigger females in 8' to 10' of water still waiting to come in. Long poling the trees on the steeper banks with jigs has been working on these fish. There are fish on the summer pattern in the upper arms of the lake. These fish are in the tree rows in 15' to 17' of water down about 6'. Minnows have been working the best here but a jig will work. I look for the spawn to go on the rest of the week and with good weather next week also.

BASS: The bass fishing on Truman is about as good as it can be. The fish are going to the banks. 3' to 5' seems to be the best depth. It seems that about any plastic will catch fish. Lizards, flukes do nothing worms and chompers are all working. 45 deg. banks seem to be working the best. Spinner baits in the backs of the creeks fished next to lay downs has also been producing nice fish.  Look for this bite to go on for at least another week..

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Had a couple of reports of good whites coming out of the back of Turpin Creek. Rooster Tails were the best bait. This is kind of a different place to catch them this time of the year. There has been lots of shad getting blown in the backs of the creeks and I think that is why we are seeing this. I would also check the humps at KK Island in 15' to 20' with jigging spoons.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is good now. Jugs and trot lines set on the flats about 1/2 way back in the creeks has been producing some big fish. Cut shad seems to be working the best in 10' of water with baits set about 4'. This is the time of the year to catch some big fish. We did have one flat head come in this week so its getting time to get the perch out.

WALLEYE: No report this week.

That's it for this week. Fishing is good come on down. We still have a couple seasonal boat stalls left so if you need one you can reach us at 660-438-2939. For the latest updates to what's happening around the lake check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina or www.osagebluff.com.

Till next week
   Tommy

April 14, 2016 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       4/14/14


 Happy Spring. We are open and ready to go. It even looks like the weather is going to break and give us some nice warm weather. It was really a mild winter here in the lakes area and I thought everything might start a little early but with the recent cold fronts and the heavy rains it has put us back on track. The weatherman is forecasting warm temps in the daytime and the same at night so we could see all kinds of things happen in the next few days. The lake is about a foot low right now so if its your first time out a little caution would be advised.
 Now for the good stuff. I did find a few morals this week, not many but with the temps we have coming this weekend could be good. Turkey season opens Monday the 18th. The birds are gobbling like crazy now. They have started breeding so I'm looking for a super season. From what I have seen we have more adult gobblers this year than in the past several years. I've been seeing lots of hens traveling alone in the late mornings so it looks like the late morning gobblers will be the way to go, With the recent rains the woods is starting to green up nicely so the later part of the season could be a little tough seeing birds. Good luck to all.

LAKE LEVEL:           705.03
WATER TEMP:         56 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Light stain to dirty.

CRAPPIE: With the heavy rains we had last weekend it dirtied up the backs of the creeks but they are starting to clear a little. With this dirtier water the temps should rise fairly quick and I'm looking for the crappie to start moving to the backs again. Right now they are in the creek channels in 12' to 20' of water down 8' to 12'. There are a few being caught either dipping or spider rigging. Jigs or minnows are working. Best colors are red/chartreuse and black/chartreuse. The bluffs have a few fish on them in 20' to30' of water down about 15'.Here again jigs or minnows with the best color being blue pearl. I am looking for these patterns to change real quick.

BASS: The bass bite is still doing good. Look 1/2 to 3/4 of the way back in the creeks for\\\by lay downs in 1' to 3' of water. Spinner baits in white chartreuse with big gold blades are the best bait. Secondary points in the creeks fished with black and blue jigs is also producing fish. Square billed crank baits fished in the small main lake pockets is starting. Look in 2' to 5' of water.

CATFISH:: The catfish are starting to move to the backs of the creeks. There are good blues coming out of 8' to 10' of water on cut shad. Either trot lines or jugs are working. Several fish above the slot are being caught. This is the time of the year to pick up some real nice fish.

WHITES: No report this week but you might try the small main lake pockets with the wind blowing in with a 1/4 oz. Rat L Trap. The shad are still spread all over but a windy day might move some in the pockets on the Pommie arm.

WALLEYE: Didn't get to talk to the walleye guys this week but it might be time to start hitting the humps around KK Island. Either spoons or deep running crank baits in 12' to 15' of water would be my choice.

That's it for the report this week. As I mentioned earlier we are open and breakfast will start at 7:00 am. We have our bait in along with gas. There are a few seasonal stalls left so if you are interested you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest updates.

Till next week
    Tommy

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