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October 6, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   10/6/17

Low !!!!! The Lake level is at 704.5 which you don't see very often. This would be a real good time to get out there and do some exploring. It is also a good time to run with extreme caution with the trees and stumps that much closer to the surface.

LAKE LEVEL:          704.5
WATER TEMP:       74 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Light stain.

CRAPPIE: There are all kinds of tree rows showing that normally aren't seen and there are fish on them. 14' to 18' of water on the outside tree rows with minnows down about 12'. Brush piles in 15' of water fished with minnows right on top the piles.

BASS: The bass slowed up a little this week. The secondary points are still the best bet with top water early and jig and frog later in the day. Crank baits are still working in the creek channels towards the backs of the coves.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lake level down the COE isn't running much water so the best shot on whites are the windy points fished with Rooster Tails. Right now you may have to hit 5 or 6 points but when you find one with fish on it hang in there because you will probably catch a limit. Remember you can't fish to shallow.

CATFISH: Jugs are still the best of the best. 12' to 16' on the flats with cut bait has produced some nice blues this week with several over the slot. Set baits 8' to 10'. Rod and reel drift fishing will work to.

WALLEYE: Humps on the south end of KK are still producing fish. Either crawler rigs or Frenzy's will work. 8' to 12' of water with a slow retrieve.

That's it for this week
      Tommy

September 28, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   9/28/17

 We are close enough to October to call it October and the weather feels like it. The cooler days should start dropping the water temp which in turn will put the fish in their winter feed up mode. This is one of the best times of the year to fill the freezer. I'm not sure what was going on last weekend but even with the heat the fish went nuts. Lots of big crappie and walleye came in along with some big cat fish. Maybe they felt the weather change of this week coming. Even with the lake temps in the mid 70's the bite is on. Note that the lake is down below normal pool so be a little careful when running there are some stumps a little closer to the surface.

 Fall turkey season opens Sun. Oct. 1. Archery for deer and turkey has been going for a couple weeks now and along with the good fishing there is lots to do in the outdoors. The woods are a little hard to see in yet with all the foliage but one windy day should help with that. The leaves are starting to turn and with as dry as it has been will probably come down pretty quick.

LAKE LEVEL:          705.40
WATER TEMP:       75 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Light stain to heavy stain up the rivers.

CRAPPIE: Last weekend I saw some of the nicest crappie I have seen all season. The fish up Big Pommie decided it was time to bite. Tree rows in 15' to 18' of water on the edge of the flats with minnows produced lots of limits. The fish started out at 8' in the morning and as the sun got higher dropped to 12' in the afternoon. Minnows were the best bait. Brush piles off the main lake points are also working. Piles in 16' are the best with fish holding tight to cover. You may have to hit a few piles but when you catch a fish work it hard there will be plenty more there.  And again the bridge pilings are working in 25' of water down 20' with minnows working the best. And as normal the bluff points are holding a few fish. 25' + fished with minnows down 15' to 20' will work.

BASS: The bass slowed a little this week. Points of any kind seem the best. Top water early and jig and frog when the sun starts to get higher in the sky. Best top water is buzz baits and Pop R's. With the cooler temps the water temp will start falling and the spinner bait fished back in the creeks should start picking up. The shallow water in the backs of the creeks with the wind blowing the bait fish in is one of the prime spots in the fall.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites were a little slow this week do to the lack of flow through the dam with the lake being low. With this happening its time to start hitting the wind blown point with a Rooster Tail or small Rat L Trap. Look for the shallow main lake points with the wind blowing across. Lots of times these fish will also stack up in the little pockets next to the points. Just remember you can't fish to shallow. I've seen the day when you had to throw the bait on the bank and the fish would hit it as soon as it hits the water. If you hit a spot where you are catching small fish you might want to move to a different point as they seem to run the same size.

CATFISH: Last weekend we also saw lots of big blues come in. Jugs fished with cut bait worked the best in 12' to 15' of water with baits set 8' to 12'. Rod and reel fishing was also good using the same pattern. Trot lines set off the points of the creeks is starting to produce some nice fish. Lined set in 16' to 20' of water with cut bait set down about 2' off the bottom has been the best.

WALLEYE: The walleye bite is really good. Trolling Flicker Shad on the flats around the islands is producing some very nice walleye. In the evening these fish are going as shallow as 5' to 8'. During the day a crawler harness rig will work off the saddles around the humps in 15' of water. If this bite continues there will be some really big walleye caught this fall.

 That's it for the report for this week. We are switching over to fall hours here at the marina. Monday thru Thursday  8 - 4. Friday and Saturday 7 - 5 and on Sunday 7 - 4. If you need to contact us you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. And don't forget us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. Remember there is plenty of good fall fishing going on so come on down and enjoy mother nature.

Till next week
   Tommy

September 21, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      9/21/17

 Fall may start tomorrow but it sure feels like an Indian summer to me. With the temps hovering around 90 deg. it looks like a perfect weekend for fishing. The water temp is holding in the mid 70's so the fish are still setting up to move back in the creeks making point fishing the best right now. The water color in our area is very good for fishing and with the lake at normal pool there is lots of cover to fish that hasn't been seen most of the summer. It looks like a cool front will be moving in the first part of next week hanging around for a while so I look for the fishing to really pick up.

 With the rain we had last weekend it picked the colors in the trees up a little. Each day you can see just a little bit more yellow starting. It looks like a couple more weeks and we should have some fantastic fall foliage. The acorns are starting to drop so it looks like there is lots of feed in the woods for the deer and turkey. With the warm temps we are having I am opting to wait it out before starting bow hunting. There are lots of deer moving now in the early am. and at sun set so when traveling at these times you really have to beware.

LAKE LEVEL:           706.4
WATER TEMP:        75 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Clear to dirty up in the rivers.

CRAPPIE: Brush piles are still the best this week especially piles close to points. 16' to 20' has been working the best with minnows. The crappie seem to be holding right on top the piles. Not all piles are holding fish so if you don't catch anything after 5 minutes move to another. When you do find fish on a pile stay with it as there will be several fish there. The bluff points in 25' to 30' of water are another area holding crappie. The fish seem to start out at about 12' and as the sun gets higher drop to 18' to 20'. Tree rows on the flats in 15' to 20' of water fished with minnows are doing the same with fish starting at 8' an dropping down to 15' as the day goes on. The bridge pillars are also still producing fish. 20' + seems the best when fished with minnows.

BASS: The bass fishing has picked up a little this week. Secondary points are by far the best. Top water fished early in 6' to 10' of water and switching to a jig and frog or a craw  has the day go on has been producing some nice fish. Also fishing the edge of the creek channels 1/2 way back in the coves with a black crank bait in 10' to 15' of water is working. I saw several nice fish come in last weekend.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Spoons on the humps has been producing some whites this week 15' seems to be the magic number. There has also been some nice whites taken off the windy points on Rooster Tails. As the water temp continues to drop this bite will really get going. The south end of KK Island has been doing good.

CATFISH: Jugs, jugs, jugs. Look on the flats in 12' to 16' of water with baits set 8' to the bottom. Cut bait has been the best and getting easier to get. Rod and reel drifting is also doing very good. The flats at O 3, KK Island and Indian Island have been producing some very nice blues. and channels. No flats this week but as soon as this water temp drops a little more here we go.

That's it for this week. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina or give us a holler 660-438-3939.

Till next week
    Tommy

September 14, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina 9/14/14

 What a week. The weather has been just perfect and the weatherman is calling for summer like temps this weekend. The lake is about a foot high right now which is good but the COE has shut the dam down to 500 cfs. which is not so good. It's a well known fact the fish in Truman like current and 500 is not much current for a 56000 acre impoundment. Maybe with the summer like conditions we are going to have they may generate a little power this weekend. No matter what this is going to be a great weekend to spend on the water.

 Tomorrow is the opening day of archery deer season. Even as much as I like to hunt I'm going to let it cool off before I head to the woods. I have been seeing lots of good bucks the last couple of weeks and plenty of does and fawns crossing the roads early and late. This is the time of the year you really have to watch when on the highways, its a lot easier to harvest a deer with a bow than with a vehicle. This is one of the years you are going to have to read and reread the hunting regulations on deer hunting with the changes made because of the CWD.

LAKE LEVEL:         707.03
WATER TEMP:      75 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Light stain to a heavy stain up the rivers.

CRAPPIE: Brush piles on the points seem to be the most productive this week. 17' to 22' right on top the piles is working the best with minnows. When fishing the brush piles give it about 5 min; if you don't catch anything move to the next, if you catch one hang in there you will probably find a bunch. take lots of minnows as you will be sorting through some small ones. The bluff points are working in 20' to 25' of water on minnows. It seems this week the fish are starting out at 8' to 10' in the early morning and when the sun gets up are dropping down to about a crank off the bottom. Same goes with the outside tree rows off the channel edges, 18' of water with minnows starting at 8' and going deeper as the day goes on.

BASS: Secondary points are still the most productive in 6' to 8' of water with jig and frog. 1/2 way back in the creeks are working the best. Top water early in the am. on the flat points in the creeks will work. Buzz baits and Zara Spooks are the best top waters. Look for cedars, When you catch one work that area hard as it seems they are running in schools.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: I had a good report this morning on the whites. Small buzz baits on the flat points. Also try a rooster tail  up in 2' to 6' of water on the wind blown flat points. It seems as if maybe these fish are starting to make there fall move up. With the water flow at the dam its time to start fishing the wind. Look for points with the shad blown on. Also check the small main lake pockets with the wind blowing in.

CATFISH: Same as last week. Rod and reel and jugs on the flats using cut bait in 12' to 16' of water. set baits 8' to 10' down. Trot lines are producing some nice blues about 1/2 way back in the creeks. Best areas are ditches dropping down to about 16' with cut baits set 12' to 14' for the better fish. I haven't seen any flat heads this week but I'm guessing they aren't t o far away.

WALLEYE: Flat points in 8' to12' of water in the Pommie arm fished with crawler rigs has been putting out some nice walleye in the 16" to 18" range. A deep running crank bait will also work here. With the water temp cooling down This bite should start picking up.

 That's it for the report this week. Come and join us for some great fishing and super early fall weather here at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939.

Till next week

  Tommy

September 7, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  9/7/17

What a holiday !! The weather was perfect and we even had some pretty good fishing along with lots of fun people sharing the weekend with us. A big THANK YOU !!!!!!!! Even though the Labor Day holiday is the last big holiday of the summer doesn't mean it's over for the year, there is lots of good fall fishing still to come. Plus the fall hunting seasons that are about a week away and the great fall colors which are just starting so lets keep this party going. We are looking for the weather to be perfect again this weekend and with the water temp starting to cool off it's time to stock the freezer up for the winter with some big old Truman Lake fish. I am guessing the COE will continue to run water so things should continue to be good.

LAKE LEVEL:             708.5
WATER TEMP:          75 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Stained.

CRAPPIE: The COE has slowed the water flow a little through the dam and this has brought the crappie fishing back. Brush piles on the points are producing the best right now. 20' of water looks like the magic number with both minnows and jigs working right on top the brush piles. Tree rows in as shallow as 8' are also putting out fish with the fish holding right off the bottom. Spider rigging and drift fishing the creek channels in 20' down about 10' has produced some good sized crappie. Both minnows and jigs are working here. The bluff banks in 25' + have fish on them but you have to sort through the little guys. Minnows seem to be working the best when fished about 15'. With the weather pattern we are in I look for the crappie to start moving to the points and then back in the creeks for the fall feed up.

BASS: With the amount of water going through the dam last weekend the bass fishing was a little tough. It pulled the water back out of the grass and the fish along with it. Secondary points back in the creeks are the best when fished with a jig and frog in 4' to 6' of water. There are some bass starting to suspend on the edges of the creek channels in 15' of water. Top water works early in the morning with a medium running crank bait during the day. Look for the creeks with the wind blowing in. This week I am seeing lots of shad activity about 1/2 way back in the creeks. With the cool evenings and the water temp dropping the bass fishing should be picking up.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lake at 2 1/2' high and a good flow going through the dam the humps should start picking back up. Spoons in 10' of water on top the humps or a deep running crank bait in the saddles will put some fish in the freezer. Don't be afraid to check out the rip rap at the dam with a Rooster Tail for some whit bass action. The water temp hasn't fallen off enough yet to push the whites up on the main lake flats but as cool as it is I don't think it's to far off. Live bait is still the best on the hybrids which are still suspending at about 12'. There was a few hybrids taken off the airport last week.

CATFISH: The cat fishing remains the same as last week. Lots of good blues coming off the flats out of 15' to 20' of water. Both jug fishing and rod and reel has been good. Cut bait fished at 6' to 10' has been the most productive. Any where you can find a small hump on the flats seems to hold fish. We heard of lots of fish in the slot being caught and released last weekend. The shad are finally getting to the size you can find better bait. I am really looking forward for these fish to start pulling back in the creeks this fall. The size fish we have caught this summer should only get better this fall during the winter feed up.

WALLEYE: The walleye fishing is starting to pick up. Either crawler rigs or deep running fire tiger crank baits fished on the flat points in Big Pommie has been good. 8' to 10' of water on rocky points close to a channel break has been the best. Hopefully this will keep gong for a while. It might be time to get the hair jigs out and tip them with a minnow.

 That's the report for this week. Come on down and enjoy some good fall fishing with us. You can check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings. You can also reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939.

Till next week
  Tommy

August 31, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     8/31/17

 Happy Holiday. Where did the summer go, it seems like it just started. The good news is the weatherman is telling us we are going to have a perfect weekend. The temps are supposed to warm up into the 80's making it perfect for water sports. The lake is about 6.5' high but is in good shape. I have seen no drift at all and the water clarity on our end is perfect. The upper arms are still dirty. The COE has been running water everyday so this has kept the fish in a good mood. Lots of big balls of shad are working the top. So it looks like it is going to be a great week so come on down and enjoy.

LAKE LEVEL:             712.5
WATER TEMP:          77 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Clear to dirty up the rivers.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing has been a little spotty this week. It seems if you find them you find a bunch. Brush piles are still the best in 22' of water when fished with minnows. Piles on the points seem to be the best. The bluff banks close to points in 25' to 35' of water are also good. The fish seem to be holding about 3' off the bottom with minnows working the best. Spider rigging or drift fishing in the creeks is starting to pick up. Drift the channels in 25' of water with minnows or jigs down 12' to 15'.

BASS: It seems the bass are enjoying the high water. There is enough grass in the water to pull in the bait fish and the bass have followed them in. Spinner baits and buzz baits fished in 3' to 5' of water on the grassy points in the creeks has been working. Also the flooded willows on the points are good with a jig and frog or big worm in 3' to 5' of water. Also the cedars on the flats are holding some nice fish. Crank baits are picking up a few fish off the creek channel edges in 8' to 10' of water with channel bends being the most productive.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The humps have been the most productive this week for the whites. Jigging spoons in 15' to 18' are working. With the water flow through the dam I look for this bite to continue for a while. The hybrids have been a little slow this week. Most of the fish taken have come off live bait down about 12'. With the number of shad on top there has been some surface activity going on. The best bet  is watch for gulls hitting the water and keep a Rat L Trap ready.

CATFISH: The cat fishing here on Truman is still hot. Rod and reel drift fishing and jugs are the best now. The flats in 12' to 16' of water fished with cut bait will fill the live well.  Set baits about a foot off the bottom. Lots of nice blues and channels. Trot lines are also working. Chunk rock points in 16' to 20'  with baits set 12' to 15' seem the best. I did have one small flat head this week. With the water temp starting to cool a little I look for trot lines to really start picking up.

WALLEYE: We are still seeing some nice walleye come in. Deep running crank baits on the humps seem to be the best. 15' to 18' has been the most productive. Don't be afraid to throw a harness rig right now; With the current we have these fish should be on the feed wagon.

 That's it for this week. I hope you can join us this weekend here on Truman. If here or where ever your holiday takes you please be safe and courteous.

Till next week
   Tommy

August 24, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   8/24/17

 You guessed it Truman is back on another rise. After the heavy rains last weekend we have come up about 3''. In our area the lake is still in good shape. I have fished everyday this week and have seen no floaters and the water is stained but very fishable. There is how ever lots of dirty water up the rivers. The Osage is dirty to Berry Bend and the Grand is bad to about Finny Creek. I have had reports of lots of floaters on the Grand. If there is a good side to it the COE has been running water everyday and the current flow has kept the fishing good. I look for the COE to catch the rise by about Sunday. The weatherman is telling us we are going to have a fall like weekend with cooler temps and no rain what a great time to be on Truman catching fish.

 The other big thing this week was the eclipse. I must admit that I was kind of excited about it not really knowing what to expect. With what I read and listened to the night time animals were supposed to become active during the day and the daytime animals and birds were to go quiet. Well from this outdoors mans view this sure didn't happen. We watched eagles  along with egrets and cormorants stay active all through it. I caught good cat fish the night before the eclipse, nothing during and there has been a good bite during the day and then caught good fish that night; Well the next one is in 2024 so I guess if things work out I will try it again then.

LAKE LEVEL:             710.6
WATER TEMP:          79.9
WATER CLARITY:     Stained to dirty.

CRAPPIE: With the change in water conditions this week the crappie patterns have changed some what. The brush piles off the points have been working the best. 22' of water with the fish holding right on top the brush. Minnows seem to be the best bait. Spider rigging or drift fishing in the middle of the creeks has also been working. Again 22' seems the best with baits down about 12'. Again minnows are the bait of choice. As soon as the water stabilizes the crappie should get going again on the tree rows.

BASS: With the conditions we have now its time to get the spinner baits and buzz baits back out and hit the flooded grass. Right now there is lots of bait fish in the grass and the largemouth are following them in. 2' to 4' of water is best. Also check the flooded willows with a jig and frog in 4' to 6' of water.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the water flow we have now the humps in 16' of water should be holding whites. 1/2 oz. spoons will work the best here. With the shad starting to ball up watch for feeding gulls for top water action. I saw two nice bunches of hybrids surfacing in Little Pommie. Also check the rip rap at the dam with rooster tails. I look for KK Island to turn on in the next day or so.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is good now. I had several nice blues this week along with several in the slot. Trot lines in 16' with baits set about 12'. Cut bait seemed to work the best. Either perch or shad it really didn't seem to matter. Points with chunk rock close to a channel seemed to work the best. Jugs also produced some fish on the flats this week. 16' of water with cut bait set near the bottom. Rod and reel drift fishing on the humps also worked. The cat fish are liking the current in the lake now.

WALLEYE: The south end of KK Island around the humps has been holding some walleye the last few days. Spoons and deep running crank baits have produced a few nice fish the last couple evenings. 16' seems the best.

 The holiday is really close and we have a few stalls left if you need one. Call us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 for reservations. This is the last holiday of the year for so water fun so come and enjoy it with us. Also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
   Tommy

August 17, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  8/17/17

 Yesterdays rain brought out the big yellow school buses this morning. It seems like the summer should just be starting instead of winding down. But the good thing is we have the fall fishing to look forward to along with lots of good hunting coming up real soon. Living here in Missouri it is hard to have a favorite time or the year with the spring turkey and mushroom seasons and the fall fishing and hunting seasons. Maybe the correct answer would be its just a great place to live and be able to enjoy mother nature at her best.

 I am looking forward to the eclipse on Monday Aug. 21. There have been several thoughts on what will happen in the outdoors with the night time critters being active during the day and the daytime critters inactive. My plan is to spend the day on the water and test the theory. I have the game cameras out to check the deer and turkey movement and the fish pole ready to catch some fish.

LAKE LEVEL:             708.13
WATER TEMP:          80 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Clear to stained,

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite remains good here on Truman. All patterns are working with the cedars on the edge of the flats being the best. 18' to 20' fished with minnows down 10' has been producing lots of fish. Brush piles on the points in 20' fished with minnows is also a good pattern but you have to sort through a lot of small fish. The bluff points are also doing well in 25' to 35' of water. Fish seem to be holding about 20'. I had a good report on spider rigging the creek channels in 18' to 20' down about 10' with minnows. It seems the main thing is that 20' of water is a good starting point.

BASS: The bass fishing was good last week with the fish moving to the flooded bushes in the backs of the coves after the big rains we had. This week the COE has run water everyday and brought the lake back down to where the bushes aren't flooded and the fish have moved out a little. The buzz bait and spinner bait are still working about 3/4 of the way back in the coves due to the number of bait fish. The jig and frog is also producing some fish off the secondary points 1/2 way back. With the water temps starting to drop a little I look for this bite to pick up.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: You can find the whites on about any hump now. 1/2 oz. jigging spoons seem to be working the best. There has been a good amount of surface activity on both the Pommie's with the number of big shad schools. It seems the hybrids have gotten on a suspended pattern at about 12'. Live bait seems to be working the best here. The Fairfield area and KK Island have been good areas. With the water going through the dam these fish should remain active.

CATFISH: If you are wanting cat fish this is the time to be on Truman. The blues are hanging on the flats in about 15' of water. Cut shad is working the best when fished close to the bottom. Either rod and reel or jugs are working. We saw a couple of flat heads come in last weekend off trot lines. Live perch on trot lines set off chunk rock points in 25' of water with baits set about 15' was the report I got. I will definitely check that out on Monday.

WALLEYE: We did see some walleye last weekend. The humps around the island was the hot spot. Deep running crank baits and spoons were the best baits. 12' of water was the best early in the am.

 We have the holiday coming in two weeks so if you need a boat stall we have a few left so don't be left out. You can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
    Tommy

August 10, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      8/10/17

 After the rainy weekend last week ( 5+ inches) the lake has been on a slow rise which brought us up about 3'. The good thing is we needed the rain and that the COE has been running water everyday. They have caught the rise and the lake is starting to fall. Even with that much rain the lake in our area is in good shape and with the running water the fishing is very good. We are seeing lots of crappie, whites and cat fish come in which should continue with the conditions we have now;

 We are about a month away from the start of archery season so its time to start getting the hunting gear in order. I spent a few days this week putting out game cams and saw lots of deer and turkey. I did see several hens with pollutes. It looks like the birds in this area are a 1/4 to 1/2 grown. After the storms we had during the nesting season last spring I was a little worried about how they fared but it looks like they did ok. The deer look good with fawns and I have seen a few what I hope would be nice bucks. With velvet on sometime its hard to tell but then again when you see a big one you know its big.

LAKE LEVEL:           710.5
WATER TEMP:        80 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Clear to dirty up the rivers.

CRAPPIE: We are seeing lots of nice crappie come in. Long poling the tree roes on the outside edge of the flats has been the best this week. Cedars in 15' to 20' of water down 10' with minnows is producing nice fish. The bluff banks in 25' to 35' are also working with minnows. The fish have been varying in depth each day on the bluffs but 15' is a good starting point. This is where a good graph is handy. Cedars are the best here also. I have heard of several good fish coming off one tree so if you catch a good one work that area hard. Brush piles on the points in 20' of water are also holding fish but the size is a little on the small side. If you find a point with good fish on it stay there as there will be more.

BASS: With the water being up a little the spinner bait started working this week on the shallow flats. There was just enough water to cover some grass and the bait fish moved in. 3' along the grassy points seem the best. A single spin with a thumper blade gurgled right under the surface is a good choice. The main lake points are also starting to be a little more productive with big worms and crank baits in 8' to 10' of water. I think the main reason for the bass being more active is that the water temp is down to about 80 deg. It seems there are more fish surfacing early and late again. But then again there are more big balls of shad working the surface with the cooler temps.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the water flow through the dam the whites and hybrid fishing is picking up again. Also with the shad schooling the way they are the surfacing activity is producing good fish. Look for the gulls hitting the surface and there is a good chance the whites won't be far away. The humps are holding fish with the best depth about 15'. Spoons are the best on the humps along with a 4" pearltreuse sassy shad. For surfacing fish a 1/4 oz. Rooster Tail has been the bait of choice. KK Island has been good in the evenings along with the Fairfield area. Also live bait is producing some nice hybrids with 12' being the magic depth.

CATFISH: It's hard to explain the cat fishing on Truman this year. It started out good and seems to keep getting better. Jugs baited with cut shad on the flats has been fantastic. 15' seems the best. Also rod and reel drift fishing on the flats is producing nice blues and channels. Baits fished close to the bottom seems to be working the best. Trot lines are also working with cut bait. Points with 25' of water with baits down about 12' are producing some big blues.

WALLEYE: No report this week; The guys that normally give me a walleye report are in Canada right now. The way the lake conditions are now the humps should be holding fish. Crank baits on top the humps and spoons in the saddles during the day.

 If you are coming to the lake this weekend remember state fair is going on so there may be some traffic slow downs in Sedalia. Please be nice. Also there are lots of deer starting to move at sun rise and sun set so its a good time of the year to pay more attention to the road ditches.

 We have a few boat stalls left for the holiday so it you want one give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. I'm sure there will be plenty of warm weather yet this year so check out our Chil Rafts. You can find out the latest happenings on the lake on our face book page Osage Bluff Marina. That's it for this week.

Till next week
   Tommy

August 3, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina           8/3/17

 What a break in the weather for Aug. After the heat we had the last part of July this feels almost like spring. I'm sure we will have plenty more hot days this year but lets enjoy this while it lasts. The lake is in great shape even after the rains of last week. The lake is about 3' high now but the COE. has been running water everyday so it is on a slow fall which is perfect for fishing. We have been lucky this summer with the lake being high and the dam running water as much as they did which kept the whites and hybrids active. It's been one of the better years for big fish.

LAKE LEVEL:               709.1
WATER TEMP:            85 deg.
WATER CLARITY:       Clear to light stain.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing remains good this week It's about the same as last week with the tree rows on the edge of the flats doing the best. Tree rows in 15' to 18' of water fished with minnows down about 10' are producing some nice fish. You still have to sort through the little guys but if you work long enough you can have a nice limit of fish. The bluffs are also the same as last week with the best depths being 25' to 30' of water. Minnows are the best here when fished down about 15'. Brush piles in 18' to 20' of water are also good with the piles on the points being the best. Jigs or minnows will work here. And again this week check the bridge pillers, Even though it's early for the fish to be on them there has been a number of good fish come off them.

BASS: Hopefully with the water flow going through the dam the bass fishing will pick up this week. But as of now it is still point fishing. Main lake points are still the best when fished with 7 1/2" worms or brush hogs in 8' to 12' of water. Crank baits have also been working on the points. The early top water bite has gotten a little better on Pop R's bit it doesn't last very long. Timbered flats in 6' to 8' of water seem the best.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The evening bite is the best on whites and hybrids as most of the generation through the dam starts about 1 pm. The humps around KK Island and Point O 3 have been working as has the Fairfield area. 1/2 oz. spoons seem to be working the best. There has been some good surface activity going on in those areas also. Rooster Tails are the best for surfacing fish. Most of the big hybrids this week have come on live bait. Shad and perch being the best.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is very good on Truman as it has been all year. Rod and reel drift fishing on the flats is best right now. 8' to 12' of water fished with cut bait is producing nice blues. Jugs are also working on the flats with cut bait. Talked to several juggers this week and most said their better fish were out of 15' of water. Trot lines are a little tough right now with the high water temps. It running trot lines you need to run them at least every 4 hours.

WALLEYE: Deep running crank baits on the humps have been the best this week for walleye. The early morning bite seems the best. Look for the humps in 16' to 18' of water.

That's it for this week. Don't forget to get you boat stall reserved for the holiday we are starting to get short. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. We also have some Chill rafts and tubes on hand for the holiday.

Till next week

    Tommy

July 27, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      7/27/17

 Finally some well needed rain. As hard as it's coming down looks to me like the upper ends of the lake are going to get dirty. The main lake should remain in good shape as the water has a long way to go so it can filter itself out. The COE has only been running water in the pm. so you guessed it the best bite is in the afternoon. We are supposed to get a nice break in the heat for the weekend and the rain will be gone so it looks like a perfect weekend for fishing.

 Archery season opens up in about 50 days so it would also be a good time to get the old stick and string out and get those muscles working that haven't been used for a while. It also gives enough time to check cables and strings and do any repairs that are necessary. I have been seeing lots or deer moving already and had friends send several pictures of nice bucks. Next week I will start putting the trail cameras out. With CWD in the state of Missouri be sure to check the new regulations, seems like all counties are different this year.

LAKE LEVEL:            706.64
WATER TEMP:         87 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Clear to light stain.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing remains the same as it was last week. Lots of limits are coming in everyday. And as normal all the summer patterns are working. Long poling tree rows on the outside edge of the flats are producing the bigger fish but it's one or two fish to a tree so you have to keep moving. Normally the first fish you catch will be the biggest. 15' to 18' fished with minnows down 7' to 10' has been the best. Don't be afraid to tip the minnow with crappie nibbles. The bluff banks are also working in 25' to 30' down 15' to 20' with minnows. Cedars seem to be working the best but with the change in weather this could change. Main lake brush piles are also working. Best piles are in 15' to 20' of water. Jigs or minnows are working here. Which ever pattern you fish be sure to take lots of bait as the little fish are hungry.

BASS: The bass fishing has been tough this week but here again with the change in weather maybe they will fire up. With the rain we are having it should wash some mud in the backs of the creeks creating a mud line. When this happens its a good time to get the spinner bait out and fish the edge where the clear meets the dirty water. Other than that points seem to be doing the best now. 7 1/2" worms fished on main lake points in 8' to 12' of water and cover lots or points.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the generation through the dam in the afternoon the whites have been doing ok in the evenings. Humps in 15' to 18' seem the best with spoons being the best bait. There has been a good amount of surface activity going on also. Big rooster tails have been working here. Most of the hybrids are coming on live bait. Most of the normal places are holding fish but they are suspending at about 12' which makes shad the best choice for bait.

CATFISH: The cat fishing remains about as good as I have seen it in several years. Jugs and rod and reel are both working. Drift the flats in 12' to 20' of water with cut shad set 6' to 10'. Lots of good sized blues coming in. Trot lines have slowed up a little but a line set on the edge of a flat on a channel swing baited about 12' with cut bait will put some fish in the freezer. Remember with the water temp in the mid 80's lines need to be run at least every 4 hours.

WALLEYE: No report on walleye this week but I would check the sides of the humps with deep running crank baits in 12' to 15' of water. Also this is a good time to run a nite crawler harness rig in the saddles off the humps.

 We still have a few boat stalls lets for the Labor Day holiday so if you want one give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. We also have a couple of Chill Rafts left in stock. With the warm summer days what a way to spend it floating on the lake. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings on the lake.

Till next week
   Tommy

July 20, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina          7/20/17

 As everyone knows its July in Missouri and along with that comes the hot weather. The water temps here on Truman are in the mid 80's with air temps in the mid 90's. The two main concerns now are keeping you and your fish healthy on a outing. Water, ice and gator aid for you and ice for the fish in the live wells. I'm like most folks in fishing early in the morning and at sunset to beat the heat. The is nothing like a sunrise or sunset on the water to show a person how beautiful mother nature can be. Along with that the number of deer and turkey you see coming to water at that time of day.

WATER LEVEL:            707.19
WATER TEMP:             86 deg.
WATER CLARITY:       Clear to heavy stain. Main lake clear upper arms stained.

CRAPPIE: As usual the crappie bite here on Truman remains good during the heat of the summer. The outside tree rows on the edge of the flats are producing nice crappie. Either cedar or hedge trees are working. Best depths are 17' to 20' of water fished with minnows down 8' to 12'. The bluff banks are doing well in 25' to 30' of water down 15' to 20'. Look for the trees just under the surface, with the clear water in our area they are easy to find and have not been fished that much because of the past high water. An isolated tree or clump of trees sitting alone on a flat is another good source for crappie. When fish get pushed out of their normal habitat there are times they will stack up in these areas. I have also had reports that the bridge pilings are starting to give up some fish. Normally this happens later in the summer but last weekend there were some nice fish taken here and you can get out of the sun a little. Which ever pattern you fish take lots of bait as the little fish are feeding hard.

BASS: Right now the bass bite here on Truman is just plain tough. Points are the best in 8' to 15' of water fished with a big worm. Main lake seems to be the best. This is a good time of the year to fish the ditches along the road beds. There is still plenty of brush along these beds and during the summer is a good hang out for fish. 10' to 15' are my favorites and a brush hog  has been one of my best baits here.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the water flow pretty well shut down at the dam the white and hybrid fishing has gotten a little tougher. Sunday night Jason and I spent a couple hours on the water chasing whites. Even with no flow through the dam we had several nice whites and a walleye; Everything came off 1/2 oz. spoons. Good electronics are the key to fishing now. We graphed several schools of fish on the sides of humps in 15' to 18' of water. The G 4 and KK Island areas were productive. There is a little surface activity going on all over the lake with the shad starting to get in big balls. Either a Rooster Tail or ripping a 1'4 oz. spoon through these schools will work. Thanks for the trip little buddy.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is still real good right now. Either jugs or rod and reel fishing is producing lots of blues and channels. Shad or cut perch are working the best in our area. 8' to 15' on the flats seem the best. Any place on a flat that has a small hump seems to be holding fish. Rod and reel dragging bait on the bottom and jugs with baits set about 10' are good starting points. The Berry Bend area and the KK Island area are producing good fish. I'm giving my trot lines a rest until it cools off a little. If you are running lines they need to be checked at least every 6 hours with the warm water conditions we have.

WALLEYE: The walleye seem to be doing the best early in the am and sunset. Deep running crank baits on top the humps and flat points in 8' to 12' of water are working. Also spoons fished in the saddles in 14' to 16' will produce a few fish along with a night crawler rig.

 That's the report for this week. With the warm water temps come and check out our Chill Rafts and tubes. We have a limited number of stalls left for Labor Day so if you need one we are still taking reservations. Give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. On our face book page Osage Bluff Marina we try to keep the latest happenings on the lake updated.

Till next week
   Tommy

July 13, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      7/13/17

 Hot. Along with the hot weather there has been some hot fishing this week. The crappie and white bass are on their typical summer patterns which means Truman is the place to be. Truman is noted for being one of the few lakes in the country that during the summer the warmer the weather the better the fishing. And with that thought it is real easy to get dehydrated on the water with the sun and heat so take plenty of water or Gatorade. I also like to take ice for the live wells to help keep fish in good shape. With the water temp in the 80's the inside of live wells can get up well over 100 deg. which is tough on fish. This weather is also tough on bait. A small frozen water bottle in the bait bucket or bait saver can increase bait life by a good while. A good aerated bucket also helps, I prefer either the foam type or the cooler type.

LAKE LEVEL:              707.6
WATER TEMP:           84 deg.
WATER CLARITY:      Clear to stained. Good fishing color.

CRAPPIE: As mentioned earlier the crappie are doing well on Truman. Best pattern now is long poling the tree rows on the edge of the flats next to the channels in 17' to 20' of water. Minnows are working the best when fished 8' to 10' down. Either cedars or hedge are working. The thing is you have to keep moving tree to tree. The bluff banks are also producing lots of fish. 25' to 30' of water seems the best down about 15'. Here again minnows are the best. Brush piles on the points in 20' of water are holding fish. Which ever pattern you fish take plenty minnows as you will have to sort through lots of little guys. If you are fishing a flat and see a big lone tree by itself check it out as fish seem to get run out of their normal cover and move to these because lots of time they are over looked.

BASS: The bass fishing is a little tough right now. Points seem to be doing better than anything else be it main lake or a secondary point. Big worms or brush hogs seem to be the best baits when fished in 6' to 10' of water. I did see a few blacks busting shad on the flats this week so a buzz bait or Rat L Trap should work here. Fish were in 6' to 8' of water.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE running water about every day the humps have been producing good numbers of whites and hybrids. 12' to 15' on top the humps has been the best when fished with 1/2 oz. and 3/4.oz. spoons. With the bait fish starting to ball up there has been lots of surface activity going on this week. The 4" sassy shad and rooster tail have been working here. The evening surface activity has been good around KK Island.

CATFISH: There are lots of blues being caught now. Jugs, trot lines or rod and reel are all taking fish. Cut shad seems to be working the best. Any little hump on a flat seems to be productive. Best depth is 12' to 15' deep. I set lines on main lake chunk rock points this week in 12' and did well using perch. With the water temp we have now you need to run lines and jugs about every 6 hours.

WALLEYE: We are still seeing walleye come in. The Flicker Shad seems to be the best bait when fished on top the humps in 12' to 15' of water. A night crawler harness rig is working in the saddled next to the humps. Trolling is also picking up a few fish with deep running bone colored crank baits.

That's it for the report this week. We do have Chill Rafts in stock now along with tubes for summer fun in the warm water. We also have a few stalls left for the Labor Day holiday so give us a call and get one reserved. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660 438-2939. For the latest news on the lake check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
    Tommy

July 6, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina        7/6/17

 What a Fourth of July. The weather could not have been any better and the water conditions were perfect. Jason did his norm with an awesome fire works display on Sunday evening, I don't know how but it gets better every year. We would like to give a special thanks to J&P Beer and Bait, Lost Acres Bar, Osage Bluff Motel and to Pam Edmonson  and Chis Hampton for their huge donations for the fire works display along with Larry Moore, Keith Fletcher and everyone else to numerous to mention. Also a special thanks to everyone who helped at the marina to make it a fantastic holiday weekend.

 With the holiday over its time to go back to fishing. The lake is still about 3' high and there are a few areas that have some color to them but all in all the lake is in great shape. The COE is running water again so the whites and hybrid fishing should continue to be good along with the crappie going very good on their summer pattern.

LAKE LEVEL:          709.3
WATER TEMP:       80 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Clear to heavily stained up the rivers.

CRAPPIE: The summer pattern is in full swing with fish holding on several patterns. The bluffs seem to be the most productive this week. Look in 25' to 30' with cedars working the best down 10' to 12'. Minnows are working the best and take lots as there are plenty of little fish to sort through. Brush piles off the points have also been producing good numbers of fish. Piles in 20' of water seem to be working the best with fish holding right on top the piles. The tree rows on the edge of the flats are working but it seems you catch one good fish off a tree and have to keep moving. Best depth seems to be 15' to 20' with fish at about 8'. Jigs are working but minnows are a little better producing more action.

BASS: The bass are a little more finicky right now. The sunrise sunset top water bite is still going on the timbered flats. Pop R's and buzz baits around the cedars in 4' to 8' of water are producing some nice fish. During the day it is pretty much point hopping with big worms in 8' to 10' of water. The points on the main lake niches are the best right now. It might be a good time to start checking the tree rows along the edge of the river channels in 15' to 20' with a jig and frog. Over the years I have caught some real big fish on this pattern.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: There has been lots of surface activity going on this week. The shad are getting in bigger balls and the whites and hybrids are  tearing them up. Rooster Tails and Rat L Traps are working good here. There has been lots of surface activity around KK Island. The airport is starting to come in now. 18' to 25' seems the best with spoons working well here. With the good flow going through the dam most of the humps on the lake are producing fish on either spoons or trolling deep running crank baits.

CATFISH: Cat fishing here on Truman remains good. This week the rod and reel fishing seems to be the best when drifting the flats. Look for any little hump on the flats it seems the fish are holding around them. Shad seem to be working the best here in 12' to 15'. Jugs fished on the flats in 15' to 18' baited with cut bait set 10' are producing some nice blues. With the water temp hitting 80 you have to check jugs more often. I'm going to put trot lines in this weekend so I'll have a better report on them next week.

WALLEYE: We are still seeing good numbers of walleye come in. The humps around KK Island seem to be the best right now. Deep running crank baits fished on top the humps early and spoons in the saddles later in the day are the best. 12' on top and 17' in the saddles are the most productive depths.

That's it for this week. Don't forget we have the Chill Rafts in stock now. We are also taking reservations for boat stalls for the Labor Day holiday. You can call us at 660-438-2939. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings. And again a big thank you to everyone who showed up to celebrate  the holiday with us.

Till next week

   Tommy

June 22, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   6/29/17

HAPPY 4th of JULY

 Lot's of stuff going on in the lakes area this weekend. Fireworks will be shot off the dam Sat. night and we will have our fireworks display here at Osage Bluff Sunday July 2nd. at dark. We will be serving BBQ pork sandwiches and Hot Dogs from 6 to 8 pm. in the restaurant before the fireworks display. Jason puts on one of the best displays around so come on down and enjoy the fun. We would like to thank our patrons and local businesses for their very generous donations for the fireworks display.

 The fishing here on Truman is still good. I have bee watching the COE. 3 day lake forecast and it looks like they are going to slow the flow through the dam down to 250 cfs. on Sat. This will probably affect the fish for a couple of days. I don't think it will do much to the crappie fishing but the whites and hybrids will slow up for a couple of days. The lake is still about 2' high and at a level where it's a lot of fun to fish. I do have to give the COE. credit for dropping it as fast as they have.

LAKE LEVEL:          708.13
WATER TEMP:       80 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Clear to light stain.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing has been good here on Truman. The fish are in the summer pattern with several patterns working. Tree rows on the edge of the flats are working when fished in 18' to 20' of water. Minnows seem to be the best bait when fished down 8'. Brush piles have also been doing very good off the points in 20' to 25' of water. Minnows or jigs have been working when fished right on top of the piles. What ever pattern you fish if using minnows take plenty as you have to weed through lots of small fish. The bluffs are also doing well. With the water down there are lots of trees that are starting to show that have been under water for a while. Cedars seem the best in 25' to 35' fished with minnows down 20'.

BASS: Point fishing is the way to go for bass now. Big worms and creature baits are the best on timbered main lake points in 8' to 15' of water. The Carolina rig is also working on the flat points  that fall off into the channels.in 12' to 15'. Baby brush hogs seem to be working the best here. Top water on the secondary points early and late with Pop R's is still working. Slowing the water flow may affect these fish for a day or so. Rule of thump wind works  as well as water flow so fish the points the wind is blowing across.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The humps on the south end of KK Island has been very productive for whites and hybrids. Spoons have been working the best on the sides of the humps in 12' to 15' of water. Also deep running crank baits are picking up fish by trolling around the humps. The top water action seems to get better everyday. With the shad starting to get in bigger balls the whites seem to be doing more chasing. With the water slowing down I think the surface feeding will pick up. Rooster tails have been one of the better baits foe surfacing fish.

CATFISH: The cat fishing here on Truman is still very good. Trot lines and jugs have been producing some nice fish. Perch and shad are both working now. Lines seem to be the best when fished in 12' to 16'' of water with baits set about 2' off the bottom. Bluff banks and bluff points have been working for me. Jugs on the flats in 15' seems the best right now. With the water temp starting to warm lines have to be checked more often. It looks to me like there is a thermocline starting at about 20' so I would stay above that.

WALLEYE: We have had several nice walleye come in. Deep running crank baits in fire tiger or bone seem to be working the best on the humps. White spoons dressed with a tail are also working. 9' to 15' seems to be the best depth. With the water warming up a crawler harness rig should also be starting.

That's it for this week so come and enjoy the festivities this weekend here at Osage Bluff Marina. We do have our new supply of Chill Rafts in so stop by and check them out. So with that have a safe and happy holiday.

Till next week

    Tommy

June 22, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       6/22/817

 Another good week of fishing is past with another starting. With the COE still pulling water and the lake on a steady fall we are looking for another good week of white and hybrid fishing. The weather forecast for the weekend is good with a little cooler weather in site so I'm looking for lots of good fishing action this week. The early morning and evening bite has produced some nice stringers of fish and with the new moon on Saturday it looks like a perfect weekend.

 If you are in the lakes area and traveling the back roads you might want to slow down a little. There has been lots of deer with fawns moving at sun rise and set and with the rain we have had the road ditches are tall and these little guys seem to pop out of nowhere. We are also starting to see a few turkeys with baby's now. With the heavy rains during nesting season I wad a little concerned abut the hatch but it looks like we did ok in Benton County.

LAKE LEVEL:           709.5
WATER TEMP:        80 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Clear to light stain.

CRAPPIE: With the summer pattern in full swing we are seeing lots of crappie being caught,  The lake is about 3' high now so the tree rows and fence lines are mostly out of the water and at a good fishable depth. 17' to 20' of water is the best when fished with minnows down about 10'. Brush piles in about 20' of water on the points are also producing fish. When fishing with minnows make sure you take plenty with lots of small fish biting. The bluff banks are also working with the fish holding close to the points in about 30' of water down about 15'. Minnows and jigs are working here.

BASS: It seems right now in order to catch a bass you have to fish a point. Main lake and secondary are both working. Best depth seems to be in 8' to 12' of water. Big worms and creature baits have been working the best. The Carolina Rig has started to produce a few fish this week in 12' to 18' of water off the main lake flat points. The baby brush hog and a 4" centipede are the best. Pop R's are working on the flats early and late.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The humps seem to be doing the best now in 17' to 20' of water with the fish holding tight to the bottom. 1/2 oz. to 3/4 oz. spoons dressed with a buck tail are the best baits now. When the fish suspend the Rooster Tail seems to shine. The early and late bite around the Island and down on the Pommie Flats has been good this week. I saw several surfacing fish this week in Little Pommie. With the lake still 3' high and the COE dropping it about 6" a day it looks like we have another good week to catch whites and hybrids.

CATFISH: Trot lines on the points set in 12' to 15' of water with baits set about a foot of the bottom worked well this week. Live perch seemed to work the best. Jugs fished on the flats in 15' to 20' of water with cut shad set at 15' was also a good bite. With the water temp hitting the 80 deg.  mark lines should be checked more often to prevent fish loss.

WALLEYE: We have had a good run on walleye this week. Spoons dressed with buck tails and deep running crank baits fished on the humps early and late seem to be working the best. I had a report of some walleye caught on a chrome Rattle Trap off the humps earlier this week.

 That's it for the report this week. We have a couple stalls left for the 4th of July so if you would like to reserve one you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. We also have a new supply of Chill Rafts in so stop by and check them out. For the latest and greatest check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
    Tommy

June 15, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - We had a little thunderstorm go through last night which dropped about 1 1/2" of rain on us and is out of the area now and heading for a pretty day in the lakes area. The weatherman is calling for warm temps in the area for the weekend which has put the fish on the summer pattern. The lake is still about 6" high and in good shape. The COE is running water everyday keeping a good current flow going and the fishing is very good. This is the perfect time to hit Truman for some real good fishing with most species on a good bite.

LAKE LEVEL:         712.4
WATER CLARITY: Clear to light stain.
WATER TEMP:      75 deg.

CRAPPIE: The summer pattern is in full swing now. The lake has gotten low enough that the tree rows are visible enough to fish on the flats. Long poling with either jigs or minnows in 17' to 20' down 8' to 10' is producing nice limits of crappie on the flats. Cedars and hedge trees are both working with the fish holding tight to the trunk of the trees. Brush piles in 20' of water are also holding fish now. Minnows have been working the best here. You have to sort through some short fish but there are some nice fish down there. The bluffs are also producing fish in 25' to 30' of water with fish holding about 15' down with cedars working the best.

BASS: The bass are still on the secondary points in 8' to 12' with big worms working the best. The top water bite is on in the early am. along with sunset on the timbered flats. Pop R's and buzz baits are working the best. Creature baits are working on the main lake points in 6' to 10' of water along with perch colored crank baits.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: If you are looking to catch a big hybrid now is the time to fish Truman. The whites and hybrid fishing is about as good as it gets. Just about all the humps on the lake are holding fish now. Jigging spoons, 4" sassy shad and Rooster Tails are all working. The evening bite seems to be the best. KK Island along with the Pommie flats are hot with the airport just starting to hold fish. 20' of water right off the bottom has been the best.

CATFISH: Right now you can catch catfish about anyway you want. Rod and reel, jugs and trot lines are all working. Live bait and cut bait are working. Shad are getting easier to catch and the size is getting better. Perch have been working the best for me. Flats have been the best for jugs and rod and reel in 20" of water with baits set 10' to 15'. Lines are working along the bluffs with chunk rock at about 15' with baits set about 12'. All my better fish came close to the bottom.

WALLEYE: We have seen several walleye come in this week. The humps seem to be the best now. Spoons and deep running crank baits fished in 12' to 17' of water early and late are good producers. During the day the saddles in 20' of water have produced some big walleye.

That's it for the report this week. We have a new supply of Chill Rafts in for the holiday so if you are looking for one we have them in stock. We also have a few boat stalls left for the holiday so if you need one you can contact us ay Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Fireworks will be shot off the dam on Sat July 1 and we will do ours on Sunday July 2 so come and join the fun.

Till next week
   Tommy

June 8, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - The weatherman is being kind to us this week and promising super weather. With the lake on a steady fall there has been plenty of current to keep the fish active making for some very good fishing this week. With the lake being about 10' high some of the tree rows are starting to reappear and with these not being fished yet this year due to the high water there are lots of fish that haven't seen a bait yet. Also the humps and brush piles are at a level now that they are producing good numbers of fish. Looks to me like this is a good time to be on Truman filling the freezer.

LAKE LEVEL:             716.44
WATER TEMP:          75 deg.
WATER CLARITY:     Light stain.

CRAPPIE: The summer pattern is in full swing now. Cedars and hedge trees on the flats in 16' to 20' of water fished down about 8' is producing some good fish. Minnows seem to be working the best. Brush piles on the points are another good place to look now. 20' of water with the fish holding right on top of the brush. Minnows or jigs are working when tipped with crappie nibbles. The points along the bluffs are working also. 25' to 30' of water down about 15' with either minnows or jigs. I have noticed smaller fish coming off the bluffs but with a little effort you can catch a fairly nice limit. The Osage has cleared up nicely and is a good spot to check out.

BASS: The secondary points are still the place to look for bass right now. 6' to 10' of water on the back sides of the points seem to be the best. Big worms or creature baits are the best baits. The top water bite is working early and late in the pockets on the flats in the creeks. Pop R's and buzz baits seem the best in 4' to 6' of water. Shallow running crank baits are also working in the chunk rock pockets with perch colored baits being the best. From what I can see the perch are up spawning and the bass have followed them in.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: This week we have seen lots of whites and good sized hybrids come in. With the flow going through the dam these fish are very active and should continue to be so for several more weeks. Just about all the humps on the lake are holding fish. I did see some surfacing hybrids this week. They are not tearing the water up but there will be several fish break the water with the rest of the school in the area. Deep running crank baits and the 4" sassy shad with a 3/4 oz. head are the best on these fish. On the humps the 1/2 oz. spoon is best in 15' to 20' of water. Trolling is also working, Rooster Tails on the North end of KK Island has been one of the better areas along with the Pommie flats.

CATFISH: The cat fishing has been very good this week. Both jugs and trot lines are working on blues and channels. Shad and cut bait are the best baits. I fished deep and shallow this week and did good in both. Main lake nitches in 20' along the chunk rock with baits set about 12' produced some good blues. Pockets in the creeks with 15' of water with  baits set about 8'  worked well also. I did see a few flat heads come in last weekend caught on perch off the bluff banks out of 20' of water.

WALLEYE: Last weekend there were several nice walleye brought in. Deep running crank baits were working the best. KK Island was the hot spot for the walleye. There were fish taken off the humps and also off the road bed on the north end of the island.. 10' seemed to be the best depth.

 That's it for the report this week. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings. We have a few stalls left for the July 4th. holiday so if you need one you can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. With the holiday 3 weeks away they won't last long.

Till next week
   Tommy

June 1, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     6/1/17

 We would like to thank everyone who showed up for the holiday weekend. The weather was really pretty nice and everyone I talked to seemed to do good on the fishing. The lake is on a steady fall and there were not many floaters on the water so all in all it was a great weekend.

 This mornings lake level is 720.03 with the COE running 52000 cfs thru the dam. The water temp is 74 deg. Water clarity is a light stain to stained. The lake is dropping about 7" a day which is keeping the fish on a good bite. We are seeing good numbers of whites and hybrids, crappie and catfish come in. With the current flow we have now this bite should continue for a couple more weeks anyway so if you are looking for some good fishing this is a great time to be on Truman.

CRAPPIE: With the lake still being 16' high the tree rows we normally fish on the summer pattern are just starting to pop out of the water. I have noticed the bite is slow on them yet. The hedge trees on the flats in 20' to 25' of water are holding some fish down about 15'. The cedars are also producing fish at the same depths. Minnows seem to be working the best. Brush piles in 20' of water are also working with the crappie holding tight in the piles. Jigs are working better here. I did have some reports of the bluff banks starting to produce in 30'+ down 20' on minnows. It looks like the summer pattern is starting.

BASS: The bass fishing is still a little tough right now. Secondary points seem to be the best of the best . Either big worms or a weightless sinko have been the best when fished in 6' to 12' of water. Top water fished in the backs of the creeks on cloudy days over the creek channels is another pattern working now. Buzz baits and Pop R's are the best.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the water conditions we have now these fish are doing great. There are fish holding on about all the humps on the lake. KK Island has been putting out some nice hybrids. Spoons or deep running crank baits are working the best along with the 4" sassy shad with a 3/4 oz. head. Rooster tails are also working on the humps early and late in the day. Tuesday I saw my first bunch of whites surface this season.

CATFISH: The cat fishing here on Truman is real good now. The flat head fishing in picking up everyday. Lines and jugs fished in 18' with baits set about 14' has been working for me. Perch is the best bait. Blues seem to like the cut bait better now and are running a little shallower in 12' of water. the mouths of pockets in the creeks are a good place to look.

That's it for this week. We have a few stalls left for the 4th. of July so if we can fix you up give us a call at 660-438-2939. Check us out on face book for the latest happenings at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
   Tommy

May 25, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      5/25/17

 With the holiday weekend at hand the lake is on a steady fall of about 6" a day. This mornings lake level is at 723.77 with a flow rate of 51000 cfs. thru the dam. From what I can gather from the 3 day reservoir forecast the COE is going to continue to run water for the next 2 days. It will be interesting to see if they run over the weekend. There is still some floaters out there so if you are on Truman run with extreme caution. I'm not seeing as many as last week but there are still some there. The water clarity is not bad at all. I was in Hogles Creek and Little Pommie this week and it looks real good there. Big Pommie is a light stain along with the lower Grand and Tebo.. The water temp is running about 68 deg. Every thing here at Osage Bluff is open and the ramps totally usable. If you are coming to Truman for the weekend you might want to call ahead to check services wherever you are heading.

CRAPPIE: Cedars seem to be the key in catching crappie this week on Truman. 20' to 25' of water down 15' using minnows or jigs has been producing some real nice fish. Most of the tree rows that are a good summer pattern still have to much water on them to be effective but another week should make for a big improvement. Also brush piles in 25' of water have been doing good. Right now its a game of electronics in finding the brush piles.

BASS: Secondary points or current breaks are the place to look for bass right now. Here on Truman bass are very current orientated so with the flow thru the dam we have plenty of current. Big worms or brush hogs fished on the back sides of the points in 8' to 12' of water is producing some good fish. Also a sinko with no weight is a good choice. The top water bite on the flats around the flooded willows early and late is working. Best depth seems to be about 4' to 6' of water. Buzz baits and Pop R's are the best. Look for the flats the wind is blowing into.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: I have had some fantastic reports on whites and hybrids. 1/2 oz. spoons and a 3/4 oz. head with a 4" sassy shad have been working on the humps. 20' to 25' of water seem to be the best. Had a good report off the North end of KK Island along with several reports on G 4.These fish seem to be holding tight to the bottom.

CATFISH: The cat fishing on Truman is about as good as I have seen it right now. Trot lines and jugs in the pockets in the creeks in about 15' to 20' of water worked the best. Perch and cut bait seemed to work the best. The day bite was just about as good as the night bite. Weighted lines about 5' off the bottom were the best producers. I had some flat heads off live perch.

WALLEYE: There has been a few walleye caught on the humps with spoons. 15' to 20' seems to be working the best. With the water starting to clear up I look for this bite to really fire up.

 That's about it for this week. We still have o couple of yearly stalls left to rent so if we can help you out give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. For the latest on what's going on check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. Please have a happy and safe Memorial Day.

Till next week
   Tommy

May 19, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina            5/19/17

 If you have been following us on face book you can see from the pictures our ramp is open. I checked the COE ramp this morning and it is usable but the courtesy ramp is not usable. There are areas on the lake where there are a lot of floaters and other areas are fairly clean. Our area is pretty good. On Big and Little Pommie I an seeing very little drift. The Osage is bad along with the upper Grand. Big Tebo is good from Clear Creek on down. Water clarity runs from muddy to a light stain. The COE has been running roughly 44000 cfs. every day with the lake dropping about 4" a day. The weather forecast for the next couple days is rain so hopefully they will continue to run. The big thing is if you are boating on Truman run with extreme caution.

LAKE LEVEL:         726.4
WATER CLARITY: Stained to muddy.
WATER TEMP:      65 deg.

CRAPPIE: Brush piles in 20' to 30' of water seem to be the best right now. Most of the tree rows we fish on the summer pattern are still covered with water. Minnows seem to be working the best when fished in the piles or right off the bottom next to the piles. You can get the location of the brush piles on the MO. fishing app under fish attractants.

BASS: Secondary points fished with a big worm or brush hog has been producing some fish. Also the flooded willow points have been working when fished with a buzz bait. ( any color is of as long as its black)  Slow rolling a big bladed spinner bait in the backs of the creeks in the flooded grass is another option.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: I have had some good report of whites and hybrids this week. 3/4 oz. jigging spoons and a 3/4 oz. head with a pearltreuse 4" shad body has been the best baits. The lower Grand seems to be where most of the action is. With the lake conditions I look for these fish to really start picking up as the water clears.

CATFISH: The cat fishing has been good this week. I had several good days catching blues and flat heads. Perch seems to be the best but they have been hard to come by, I think they may have started nesting but gold fish worked for me. The best bite on trot lines was in the pockets off the creek channels in 12' to 16' of water. Baits set 4' to 8' were the best producers.

WALLEYE: There has been a few walleye caught while fishing for whites and hybrids on spoons. The best areas seem to be the lower Grand and Big Tebo.

That's the report for this week. Again wanting to let everyone know we are open and fully operational. We have a few stalls left for the holiday weekend so if you would like to get one reserved you can call us at 660-438-2939. We also have a couple yearly stalls left which work great in conditions like we are having. With a lot of the boat ramps closed you don't have to try to find a place to launch just hop in and go. You can check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest  happenings. If you are coming to the lake this week you might want to call ahead for the latest info.

Till next week
    Tommy

May 4, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    5/4/17

 The big concern now is how high will the water go. This am. the lake is at 724.5 and still rising and there is no water being released from Truman yet. Speculation is the COE may start running 20,000 cfs. on Saturday which will have the lake at 727 msl. more or less. We are open and the Shriners Bass Tourn. has been moved to Osage Bluff Marina due to our high water accessibility. If you are planning a trip to Truman in the near future contact where ever you are going to make sure they are still operational.

 The lake conditions vary all over the lake from stained water to muddy water to lots of floating debris to small amounts.
With conditions like this the best thing is to expect the worst and run with care. As the winds shift this will move whatever floaters are out there from one place to another. When the COE starts pulling water this will pull more out in the channels and create some serious conditions. Rule of thumb SLOW DOWN and run with care.

These are water conditions as of now which will change by the day.
Osage   Muddy.
Little Pommie  Muddy
Big Pommie   Stained
Grand   Muddy to Long Shoal Bridge
Big Tebo  Muddy to Stevenson Hollow
Little Tebo  Muddy

 With the conditions we have had this past week there has been basically no one fishing to get reports from so I will give you things to think about from my past experiences during high water conditions.

CRAPPIE: It would be a good time to go to the summer pattern but most of the tree rows will be close to being under water so that leaves us with a bucket of minnows and head to the bluff banks. 20' to 25' of water down about 15'. Look for the clearest water you can find..

BASS: Over the years I have had some very good bass fishing in high water. Fishing the sawdust is one of my favorites. A heavy jig or craw fished on the bank in 4' to 6' of water through the junk is a good pattern. Top water on the flooded willow points is another. Buzz baits or a Pop R work well in  the conditions we have now.

WHITES & HYBRIDS:: These fish do not like dirty water so as good as the fishing was last weekend I think it will be a while before we see these fish start again. The good thing is with all this water the dam will be running for a while so there is lots of good fishing to come.

CATFISH: Now is the time to get the limb lines out. Sets in the backs of the creeks in 5' to 8' of water and I like gold fish in the dirty water. Jugs and trot lines should also produce good catches. Hopefully we will start seeing some flat heads come in.

That's it for the report this week. I will try to update the lake conditions on our face book page throughout the weekend. Check us out at Osage Bluff Marina. If you need a seasonal stall or holiday reservations you can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939.

Till next week
   Tommy

April 27, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   4/27/17

 It looks like we are going to have one sunny day this week. today. The weatherman is not being very kind to us calling for rain this weekend. The temps are supposed to warm up so I guess it won't be that bad. With the weather we has been having the water temp is not moving up like we would like to see and it has the fish in a holding pattern. The lake is on a good rise so that means that the fish will spawn deeper again this year. Keep the original bank line in mind. The COE has been running water through the turbines about everyday.

 Turkey season is half over now and the birds seem to be on the back side of their breeding season from what I am seeing. I filled my second tag Tuesday morning. It was a great season this year taking two big birds with my cross bow. The idea now is to call very little, twice is more than enough. The gobblers are with the hens right off the roost but are out looking by 9:00 am. Still hearing some good gobbling early and late.

LAKE LEVEL:            710.41
WATER TEMP:         61 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Stained.

CRAPPIE: The females in our area have not come in to spawn yet. The males have been in for over a week. With the lake on the rise you are now looking at the original bank line which right now will put the males in about 6'. The females are holding in 12' to 15'. I'm looking for these females to come in and spawn in about a three day period if the water temp ever warms up. The best baits now are road runners and jig and bobbers on the males and minnows on the females in the deeper water. We have had a few reports of some females starting to come in so it could all happen in the next few days.

BASS: The bass are doing about the same as the crappie. The males have been up making nests for a week with the females holding back in a little deeper water. Sinko's and lizards have been working in 4' to 6' of water. Also spinner baits fished on the flats next to lay downs has been working. This morning I noticed some sawdust starting to blow in on the banks so with a little sunshine these spots can be deadly when fished with a jig or big craw.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We are still seeing good numbers of whites and hybrids come in off KK Island. Deep running crank baits fished off the road bed early and spoons on the drop later in the day. The humps on the south end have also had fish on them. I haven't heard anything on the weir yet but with the Corp running water like they are I would check it out.

CATFISH: Cats are doing good. With the rise we have going on I think we will see some flooded willows by the weekend so its time to get some limb lines out. Trot lines and jugs have been working in the creeks on the flats in 12' to 15' of water with baits set 5' to 8'. Cut shad and perch have been working the best. If we get anymore color to the water gold fish should start up. Seeing several fish over the slot right now.

WALLEYE: Wind blown points on Pommie with deep running crank baits in 8' to 12' of water. Pee gravel points close to channel swings are the best. Also the humps around KK are putting out a few.

We have stalls available for the holiday weekends to reserve and also have a couple seasonal stalls left. If we can help you out you can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings.

Till next week

   Tommy

April 20, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   4/20/17

 What a week in the lakes area. We have a little bit of everything going on right now. The fish are spawning, the turkeys gobbling and the rain falling. It looks like the weatherman is talking about showers on and off the rest of the week but it sure hasn't affected the fishing, it is good.

 The turkey season has been good this spring. As I had thought lots of mature birds are being harvested. They are gobbling a little on roost and are henned up as soon as they hit the ground. The good thing is that about 10:00 o'clock they really get fired up. I've talked to several guys who have picked up late morning birds. A tip to remember is call twice and put the call down. Week two could be a little tough with the forests greening up very quickly. 

 If there is a down side this week it would be that the morel seem to be coming to an end. I have found several this week that were dried up. Maybe this rain will revive some new ones. I'm not ready to give up on them yet.

LAKE LEVEL:            708.04
WATER TEMP:         63 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Clear to stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie are starting to get with the program. Lots of males on the banks in 2' to 5' of water. Best baits have been road runners and jig and bobber. The females are holding a little deeper in 10' to 14' down about 8'. I look for these girls to start moving in at any time now. Look in the small pee gravel pockets in the creeks.

BASS: The bass are also starting to move to the banks. 2' to 5' has been working the best in our area. Sinko's and lizards have been working along with beavers and jig and frogs. Spinner baits on the flats in the backs of the creeks have been producing some males. Look for transition banks for best results.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We have seen tons of whites and hybrids come in since last weekend. This is the earliest I has seen them start here on Truman and they are big ole fish. KK Island seems to be the hot spot be it the North or South side of the island. Deep running crank baits and spoons are the baits of choice. The COE has been running water everyday so it looks like this bite will continue on.

CATFISH: Lots of fish starting to move to the flats in the creeks. Jug or trot lines set in 8' to 12' with baits set about 5' has been producing nice blues this week. Cut bait has been working the best but the problem with finding perch and good sized shad has been an issue.

WALLEYE: We are starting to see a few fish come off the humps on the south end of KK. Deep running crank baits on to of the humps early and spoons in the saddles after the sun gets up. Trolling has also produced a few fish.

That's the report for this week. If your looking for some good fishing now is the time to be on Truman. We have a couple seasonal stalls left so if we can help you out you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
    Tommy

April 13, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina           4/13/17


 Lots of happenings are starting here on Truman. The spawn is starting the turkeys are gobbling and the mushrooms are popping so if you are looking for a fun weekend this is going to be one of them. The weatherman has kind of backed the rain chances off a little but is talking about some wind on Sunday. We could use a little rain for the mushrooms and with the warm temps we have I don't think it would hurt anything.

 The turkeys are hened up now so it looks like a lot of mid morning birds on Monday. They gobble pretty good on roost and quiet right up when they hit the ground. This week I have been hearing lots of birds gobbling from 9:00 on so if you don't get lucky right away there is a real good chance later on in the morning. As far as the mushrooms this year there are some nice sized ones. I have found several this week that are dried up but I think the wind was the cause of that. We are finding most of ours along creeks or wet weather ditches around ash trees. I've talked to a few people who found them on ridges buy I haven't been that lucky yet. Oh well it's just great to be able to do it.

LAKE LEVEL:         709.49
WATER TEMP:       58 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Light stain to stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie are starting to spawn now all over the lake. The best bite is still in the afternoon but with the warm temps and sunshine it should be an all day thing by the weekend. In the afternoons the water temp gets up to 65 deg. in the back 1/2 of the creeks. Look for pee gravel pockets in 2' to 4' of water. With the lake being up 3' lots of these fish will spawn a little deeper. Road runners seem to be the best along with the jig and bobber. Long poling a jig is another good way to fill the live well. With the spawn just starting it should continue on for at least another couple of weeks.

BASS: The bass are also starting to get in the spawning mood. Look in the pockets in the back 1/2 of the creeks. 2' to 5' of water seems to be the best. Brush hogs and Beavers are working along with lizards. Also the spinner bait is still working in the back of the creeks where the shad are being blown into. a shallow running crank bait will also work in the pockets in the creeks.

WHITES: No report on whites this week but you might try the weir in front of the dam with spoons with the COE running as much water as they are.

CATFISH: The cat fishing here on Truman is starting to fire up. Trot lines and jugs are working in the creeks along the edges of the channels in 15' to 20' of water. Cut bait has been working the best. Set baits 8' to 10'. With the weather conditions we are having I look for these fish to start pulling back in the creeks and get up on the flats in 5' to 8' of water real soon.

WALLEYE: No report but its time to check the humps on the south end of KK Island with spoons or deep running crank baits.

We have a few seasonal stalls left and are also taking reservations for the holidays. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina..

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter.

Till next week
   Tommy

April 8, 2017 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina        4/8/17

 Yes we are finally open. It was a long but fantastic winter, I even got all my projects done. Now it's time to state all the spring projects, crappie fishing mushroom hunting and turkey hunting, The way it looks the weather is going to give us a break and warm up. The wind is making it a little tough out there right now. With the rain we had this week the lake is on a little bit of a rise but it didn't hurt the water clarity to much. the backs of the creeks are still in pretty good shape with the exception of the water temp cooling down but with the warm temps this weekend they should come right back up. The lake is up a little over 3' and the COE has been running a little water everyday so this should make fishing really pick up.

 The good thing about the weather this week is that its got the turkeys gobbling and the mushrooms popping. The turkeys are getting hened up as soon as they come off roost so on the season opener April 17 it could be hunting late morning birds but right now there is sure a lot of gobbling going on at day break. As for the mushrooms the morels are just starting. We had a good hunt on Thursday finding both grays and morels. With the warm weather this weekend they should really take off.

LAKE LEVEL:         709.15
WATER TEMP:       52 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Stained.

CRAPPIE: With the influx of water we have coming in the crappie have backed off to the creek channels. The cool temps of the week haven't helped the water temp at all but with the weather we have now and what they are calling for this week the way backs should get back up to the high 50's and move these fish back again. Check the edge of the creek channel in 6' to 10' of water down about 4' with a jig, you might want to try a red colored jig with the water clarity. With the conditions we are having now it is a good time to drift the creek channels in 15' to 20' of water with jigs or minnows down 8' to12'. The bluff points in 20' to 30' fished with jigs down  12' to 15' would be another good choice. With this weather I look for these patterns to change quickly.

BASS: Spinner baits are working the best right now in 1' to 3' of water. With the lake on the rise the original bank line is a good place to look. Single spins with big blades next to lay downs in the backs of the creeks are best. Black and blue jig and frogs fished on the secondary points in 5' to 10' of water is also starting to produce fish. The rogue on main lake points in 8' to 12' is also producing along the cedars.

WHITES: No report this week but you might try fishing the small main lake pockets on the Pommie arm with a Rat L Trap of Rooster Tail. Look for the pockets with the wind blowing in.

CATFISH: Trot line and jugs fished on the flats close to a creek channel point in 8' to 10' of water has been good this week. Cut bait has been the best when fished about a foot off the bottom. Several fish over the slot have been taken this week. With the water temps starting to rise I look for these fish to start moving towards the backs of the creeks.

WALLEYE: No Report this week on walleye.. Might want to try  the south end of KK Island with a spoon or deep running crank bait on the humps.

 The spoonbill snagging below the dam has been real good. Lots of limits and lots of big fish coming in. The crappie haven't started in the dead water yet but next week could change everything.

 We are open and will have the restaurant open on the 15th of April. We have a few stalls left for the season or if you want to make reservations for the holidays you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings.

Till next week
    Tommy

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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