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August 16, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina          8/16/18

 With all the rain that was forecast for us earlier this week we sure didn't get it. I had about .2 at the farm and could of used about 2". I guess we shouldn't complain it could have been worse and we might not have gotten any. Maybe its saving up for Sept. and we will get a bunch. As dry as it has been the woods are still in good shape. The acorn crop in this area looks good so the critters should have some good eating this fall. We are just a month away from the opening of archery season and it looks like we have a good deer population here in the lakes area. I have been seeing lots of turkey here in the last week or so. the poults I am seeing are  1/2 to 3/4 grown and it looks like the numbers are fairly good. With it being dry like this there are birds coming to water on the edge of the lake in the early morning and sunset so if you are on the lake you might get a good look if you are back in a creek at those times.

 Again just a word of caution with the lake being low there are new stumps everywhere so keep a good look out when going back in the creeks. Also the deer are moving and the school buses are out so when driving slow it down a little. The little deer have no fear of a motor vehicle and can do a lot of damage.

LAKE LEVEL:             704.9
WATER TEMP:          82 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is about the same as it was last week. The brush piles in 15" of water seem to be the best when fished with minnows. Brush piles on the points are doing the best. The tree rows on the flats are doing better this week. With so many new tree rows showing now its hard to figure out which ones to fish. Best bet is fish in 10' to 15' of water and fish 8' to 10' down. No matter what pattern you fish take lots of bait as you will have to sort through lots of little fish. Cedar trees have been working better this week. Isolated clumps of trees on the flats can hold good numbers of fish. 15' to 18' seems the best. You may have to fish 4 or 5 different clumps but when you hit the right one you can pull good numbers of fish out. The bluffs are also holding some fish in 20' to 25' of water with the fish down about 15'. Look for trees just under the surface which may not have been fished as hard all summer.

BASS: The bass fishing has been slow this week. Go to the typical summer pattern of point hoping with big worms and a jig and frog in 8' to 10'. Main lake or secondaries close to a channel or current break. The top water bite on the flats is still going in the early am. Buzz baits and Pop R's have been the best. with the water temp starting to cool the bass bite should start picking up.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With not much water going through the dam the whites have been slow this week. There has been some surfacing fish from sunset to dark. 1/4 oz. spoons and Rooster Tails have been working here. O 3 and KK Island have been a couple good spots. The hybrids are still doing the suspending thing so live bait is the best. Drifting the channels  with baits set about 15' has been producing a few fish. These fish seem to be holding in the trees along the edge of the channels. This is something a little different but it is working.

CATFISH: Jugs and drift fishing the flats are producing some nice blues. 15' of water has been the magic number when fished with cut bait set about 8'. I had several reports of blues being taken on stationary jugs in the same area. Look for small ridges or humps along the edge of the flats for the best action. It seems if you go shallower than 15' you start picking up lots of channels. Haven't heard anything on the flat heads this week.

WALLEYE: The walleye fishing got real slow last weekend. It almost looks like they moved off the humps. With the number of bait fish holding around the humps I'm sure they can't be to far away. Maybe it's time to start looking in a little deeper water.

That's the report for this week.. With cooler weather on the way this is a perfect time to hit the lake for some good fishing. We have a few boat stalls left for the holiday so give us a call to get one reserved for the holiday. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
  Tommy

August 9, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    8/9/18

 Where has all the water gone? It isn't vary often that you see Truman at a level like this. It has it's advantages but I think that the disadvantages out weight them. Now is the time to hit the lake with a camera and get some photos of what's down there. Under cut banks, tree rows and shallow humps all things that fish like to hang around. The bad part is getting to them. The main lake is fine to run but going back in some of the creeks can be a little tough. One thing to keep in mind is no matter where you go use extra caution, I even found trees that I didn't know were there.

 It's just not on the lake that caution is needed now, when traveling on the roads in the early morning and late evening the deer have started moving. If you see one you can bet there will be at least one more if not two. I have been seeing lots of fawns in the last couple of weeks and it seems they are not afraid of vehicles to say the  least. In the next week or so we will also have the school buses going again so extra caution is advised. Then we also have state fair starting so a little extra time may be needed getting through Sedalia.

LAKE LEVEL:           704.77
WATER TEMP:        83 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: With the lower lake levels the tree rows have started to pick up a little. Tree rows in 12' to 15' are starting to hold some fish. The best depth has been about 10' with minnows. Don't be afraid to fish the rows as shallow as 6' right off the bottom. The isolated trees on the flats are also working. 15' seems the best with fish holding 10' to 12' in the clear water. Brush piles are doing the same. I have noticed that some of the shallower piles are sticking out of the water now good ones to skip but you want to remember where they are for high water conditions.

BASS: The dog days of summer are upon us when it comes to bass fishing. The top water bite works in the early morning. Pop R's and buzz baits on the flat secondary points seem the best. Square bill crank baits fished in the tree tops along the edge of creek channels will work during the day. Also big worms swam through the tree tops has been working.

WHITES& HYBRIDS: The whites have been slow during the daytime this week. Last night at sunset there was a lot of surface activity around KK Island. These fish stayed up for a good while. Rooster tails seemed to work the best. The hybrid bite is still fishing for suspended fish. Either live bait or a big sassy shad fished about 15' has been the best. With the water temp starting to drop a little this bite should pick up. If you happen to catch a time when the COE is running water spoons will work on the humps.

CATFISH: Jugs are working on the flats in about 15' of water with cot bait set down about 8'. I've been running baits at 5' and 10' and this seems to be working. No big fish but some good eaters and lots of slot fish. Talked to a buddy of mine and he is running vertical trot lines on the edge of the flats where they break from 15' to 25'. He is using live and cut perch and has been doing good on big fish. With the water temp starting to fall I think this bite is really going to fire up. My favorite is from 65 to 75 deg. To me it seems the fish are more active at this temp.

WALLEYE: The walleye are still hitting around the humps. Trolling deep runners are the best but I would also start working a crawler rig on a bottom bouncer again. 15' seems to be the magic number now. There seems to be an abundance of big shad schools around the humps and it must be keeping the walleye in those areas. Again KK has been the hot spot with a few fish coming off the island at Smiths bend.

That's it for the report for this week. We have a couple of boat stalls left for the holiday coming up. You can get one reserved by calling Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Check us out on face book for the latest happenings at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
   Tommy

August 2, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      8/2/18

 Wow August already. 45 days away from the opening of bow season plus all the good fall fishing, cooler weather and the beautiful fall colors. Now that's something to look foreword to.. Fall is probably my favorite time of the year with big bucks cruising and those big ole cat fish feeding up for the winter months. I've traveled through most of the states in my life time and I'll tell you what MO. has as much to offer as any of them. And Truman really tops the list when it comes to the outdoors offering some of the best fishing and hunting in the state.

  It will be getting busy in the lakes area in the very near future with state fair starting. the schools going back in session and the holiday at the end of the month. And also the start of football, Go Chiefs. So if you are in the area a little extra caution on the road ways and the water ways would be advised. I've been seeing lots of deer crossing the road ways already and that traffic will continue to increase so an extra look out would be advised.

 It looks like we have a little warm up coming this weekend but with no rain in the forecast this could be a perfect weekend to hit the lake. We are still about 9" low but the fish don't really seem to mind with the ample amount of bait fish working now. Clarity wise the lake is perfect and the water temp is starting to drop a little with the cooler nights. Hitting the lake at sunrise required a long sleeve shirt this week, how's that for the first of August. Maybe a early fall this year.

LAKE LEVEL:           705.28.
WATER TEMP:        81 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is still good but this week the size has dropped off a little. 10" -11" fish seem to the norm this week. I know the big guys are out there but they were a little tougher to come by. The brush piles seem to be the hot spots now in 12' to 15' of water. Minnows are the best bait what ever pattern is fished and you need to take plenty as the little fish are really feeding up. Isolated clumps of trees on the flats in 15' of water are also a good bet with fish holding at about 10'. Tree rows on the flats as shallow as 6' with baits fished right off the bottom are holding some fish. A good day on the water will get you a nice limit of fish for the freezer.

BASS: Structure fishing has been the most productive this week when looking for quality fish. Ditches along old road beds that have brush along them are working. Top water early in the am. and creature baits when the sun gets up. Beds as shallow as 6' and going down to 15' will work. Stump fields on long flat points are also working. Look for  8' to 10' of water. Now you might be 100 yards off the bank when fishing these but it looks like the fish have moved to their safety zone. Creature baits are working here also.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lake being low the COE has not been running much water so the whites have been a little slow this week. There has been some surface activity in the evenings on the big pods of shad cruising the top over the humps and around the islands. The hybrids have been doing good on live bait. Most of these fish are suspended in 25' of water holding about 15'. The airport and around the humps have been popular spots..

CATFISH: Rod and reel drift fishing and floating jugs have been the best for cats this week on the flats. 15' of water fished with cut bait at about 8' has produced some nice blues. Have had a couple reports of flat heads caught off lines on live bait off the chunk rock bluff banks. Lines set in 20' of water have been the most productive. With the water temp starting to fall a little I look for this bite to pick up.

WALLEYE: Deep running crank baits on the humps is still working on the walleye. 9' to 12' seems the best. Crawler rigs on bottom bouncers are also working in the later am. These fish have been very active all summer and I look for the action to get even better in not to long of time.

That's the report for this week. Remember to get your boat stalls reserved for the holiday. 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 around the lake.

Till next week
   Tommy

July 26, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  7/26/18

 With all the rain of last week we should probably feel a little slighted this week but who can complain about weather like this for the end of July. There is a little chance or rain this weekend but it looks like it might be in the evenings so all is good. The temps are supposed to stay in the 80's so it looks like a perfect weekend for fishing.

LAKE LEVEL:             705.62
WATER TEMP:           84 deg.
WATER CLARITY:      Clear to light stain

CRAPPIE: This weeks report is just like last week. The main lake brush piles are working the best. 15' to 18' fished with minnows has had good results. The bluff banks in 20' to 25' of water fishing the cedars down about 15' is also good. Look for brush piles off the main lake bluff points it seems the fish are starting to move to them. With the lake being a little low and the water clarity as good as it is it's a little easier to find those cedars that are down 2' to 3'. The isolated trees on the flats are still doing good. You may have to hit two or three bunches but when you find the right one you can catch good numbers off them. minnows are the best here to.

BASS: The bass fishing is a little slower this week. It seems you can catch a few small fish but the big guys are hiding out. Maybe with the full moon this weekend things will pick up.Top water on the timbered flats in the early am.is producing some keeper fish. Look for flat points with 5' to 6' of water and look for working shad. During the day it is still point hopping. Big worms in 6' to 10' of water are the best. 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: I have talked to several folks that are doing very good on the hybrids. Live bait fishing has been getting the best results. The hybrids are suspending in about 15' of water over 25' so this way it is easier to keep the bait in the strike zone.  The have been lots of 7-8lb fish brought in with a few over 10lbs. Best areas seem to be close to humps or under water ridges. In the late evenings the whites and hybrids have been hitting spoons on the Pommie Flats with a little surface activity going on right before dark.

CATFISH: The cats have slowed up a little this week or maybe they just moved again. I'm thinking that with the cooler daytime temps they might have moved to a little deeper water on the flats. Last week they were up as shallow as 6' on the flats making rod and reel drift fishing super. This week it looks more like 15' of water with baits down about 6' with cut bait working the best. Jugs have been picking up fish but it seems they want the drifters and not the anchored.

WALLEYE: The walleye changed a little this week with trolling working better than the crawler rigs. They are still holding around the humps so a deep running fire tiger crank bait was best. With maybe a overcast weekend coming it could get these fish all fired up.

We still have a few stalls for the Labor Day holiday so you can get one reserved by calling Osage Bluff Marina
660-438-2939. You can also check us out on face book for the latest happenings on the lake.

Till next week
   Tommy

July 19, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     7/19/18

 Lots of rain this week. It looks like the area had a little over 6" this week but I think it was a localized event. I live between Hogles. Creek and Little Pommie and only had a 1 1/2 but when you get north of Warsaw there was about 6" so a few miles made a big difference. I'm not sure what to expect in regards to the lake. In checking the gage heights it looks like they have crested and are dropping a little. With this I don't expect a big rise on Truman. Maybe a couple feet. The lake has been below normal pool ( 706 } almost all summer so maybe we can catch up. The water clarity is good in our area but when you get to the upper arms the rains pushed in lots of mud so they are dirty, upper Grand and upper Osage.

 For all you that follow us on our web page and those who don't we have redone it so you need to check it out. You can find it at Osage Bluff.com. It is very user friendly and has links to get all the info of the business.so check it out.

LAKE LEVEL:            705.97
WATER TEMP:          84 deg.
WATER CLARITY:      Lightly stained to dirty.

CRAPPIE: The brush piles in our area are holding lots of fish now. Piles in 15' to 18' seem to be working the best. Minnows are the best now. Isolated trees on the flats are also good. Two or three trees together in 15' to 20' by them selves can produce some good fish. Look for trees on the flats and fish with minnows. The bluff banks are also working in 20' to 25' of water down about 15'. No matter which pattern you fish take lots of bait as you have to sort through the little fish.

BASS: With the inflow of water from the rains look in the backs of the creeks in 3' to 5' of water. Either top water or spinner baits will work here. The secondary points are still good with fish in the 4' to 8' range. Big worms and crank baits are the best. With the extra O 2 from the rains the bass will be a little more aggressive. There was lots of food washed in from the rains so I look for a good bite up shallow for a few days.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The hybrid fishing has been very good this week. Trolling in the evenings has produced lots of nice fish around KK Island. The humps on the south end of the island has been the best with deep running crank baits. Also the live bait fishing has been producing lots of bid fish. The old airport has been one of the hot spots. these fish are suspended but are hitting live shad very aggressively. With the extra water coming in I look for the COE to run more water turning the white bass on the humps. With running water look at the weir and the humps around Point O 3 with jigging spoons.

CATFISH: Again this week the jug and rod and reel fishing is great. Cut bait on the flats in 8' to 12" of water are producing some real nice blues. Trot lines on the flats are also working in the same depth but you have to check lines about every 4 hours because of the heat. The flat heads seem to be holding along the bluffs in 20' of water. Perch has been the best when fished down about 15'.

WALLEYE: The walleye fishing is the same as last week with good numbers still being caught. Trolling deep running crank baits around the humps on the south end of KK Island is one of the hot spots. Night crawler harness rigs has also been productive.

That's it for the report this week. We are taking reservations for boat stalls for the Labor Day holiday. You can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. For rooms at the Osage Bluff Motel you can call 660-438-2891.

Till next week
    Tommy

July 12, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     7/12/18

 What a holiday weekend. I don't even know where to begin. A big thanks to all the people who helped put the fire works display together. And what a display it was. It seems that Jason out does himself every year. After this year he has set the goal pretty high but I'll bet he will even make it better next year if possible. And to Emily for the BBQ pork sandwich's and hot dogs, super good. And then a great big thank you to all the people that showed up for the display I am sure it was enjoyed by all.

 LAKE LEVEL:           705.5
WATER TEMP:         85 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie are still going strong here on Truman with brush piles being the best right now. Piles in 15' to 18' seem to be the best when fished with minnows. Isolated trees on the flats are also good now. 12' to 15' seem to work the best with minnows working the best here to. Bluff banks in 20' to 30' of water fished with minnows about 15' down is also working. Take lots of minnows as you will be sorting through some little ones. With the heat we are having it wouldn't hurt to bring some frozen bottles of water to keep your minnows alive.

BASS: It looks like the dog days of summer are upon us as far as the bass fishing goes. The bite has been a little tough this week. Secondary points and main lake points seem to be the best. Crank baits and big worms have been the most productive in 6' to 10' of water. I did have a couple of reports of Carolina rigs catching some fish with baby brush hogs. 10' to 12' was the best on long flat main lake points.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE not running much water the whites have slowed during the day. They have been generating power in the afternoons and when this happens the bite does pick up on the humps with spoons. During the day I'm seeing more surfacing fish all the time. Look for the gulls hitting the water. I have talked to a couple of the guides and they have been doing good on the hybrids with live bait. The airport has been one of the hot spots. The hybrids have been suspending about 15' to 18'. Live perch or shad is the best bait.

CATFISH: The cat fish in this end of the lake are up shallow. The thermocline is at about 12' to 14' and the fish aren't liking that. Best depth has been 8' to 12' of water. Rod and reel drift fishing and jugs has been the best this week. Cut bait is the bait of choice when set 5' to 8'. The flat heads are holding off the chunk rock main lake bluffs in 20' to 25' of water. Perch has been working the best here.

WALLEYE: There is still a good number of walleye coming in. KK Island has been one of the hottest areas on the lake this year for walleye. Trolling deep running crank baits and night crawler harness rigs are taking the majority of the walleye. There are also some fish hitting 1/2 oz. spoons. The humps on the south end of the island are the best. I have also heard of walleye coming off the islands in the Berry Bend area.  

That's it for the report this week. With the fourth over now we ate taking reservations for boat stalls for Labor Day so if we can help you out with a stall you can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Check us out on face book for the latest happenings around the lake.

 Till next week
     Tommy

July 5, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  7/5/18

 Even though it's the 5th of July the party is just starting. Here at Osage Bluff we have lots going on this weekend. We will have the annual fireworks display on Sat evening. Emily is doing BBQ pork sandwich's from 6pm to 8pm at the marina. There will be fresh kettle corn and Kono shaved ice in the parking lot. We have lots of T shirts and tumblers this year. The fire works will start at dark so bring a boat or a lawn chair or a tree but most of all bring your self to the best show on the lake.

 Along with all the festivities we still have the great fishing and water sports going on  The lake is just a little below normal pool and is in great shape. The water temp is in the mid 80's and the water is clean and the fish have are even cooperating so this is the perfect time to come to Osage Bluff and enjoy the weekend with us.

 WATER LEVEL:           705.80
 WATER TEMP:            85 deg.
 WATER CLARITY:      Clear to a light stain.

CRAPPIE: With the warm temps the crappie fishing has been good. We are seeing lots of limits come in everyday. The best pattern has been brush piles on the points in 15' to 20' of water with the fish holding right on top the brush. Minnows are working the best. Isolated trees on the flats are also working. Look for big trees in 12' to 15' of water. Best depth is about 7'. The tree rows on the edge of the flats are holding fish but it's one fish to a tree and you have to keep moving. 12' to 17' is best with hedges being the most productive on minnows. Where ever you go take plenty of bait as you will have to sort through the little ones.

BASS: The bass fishing is the same as last week with points being the most popular. Main lake or secondary points are working. Either big worms or crank baits are the best when fished in 6' to 12' of water. The top water bite is still on in the early morning with buzz baits and Pop R's working the best on the flatter points. 4' to 6' of water has been the most productive.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The COE has been running some water in the afternoons making a little action on whites and hybrids on the humps. Spoons have been the best in 8' to 12' of water. There is starting to be more top water action with the warm water and the shad starting to work the top. Rooster Tails are working good on these fish. KK Island is one of the hot spots. There has also been a bite in the Fairfield area.

CATFISH: The blues are still hot. Looks like they have come off the nests and are starting to feed up. Rod and reel drift fishing has been the best this week. Live shad is the hot bait when fished on the flats in 12' to 15' of water. Jugs are also working well in the same area. I have had a few reports of flat heads being taken this week. Lines along the bluffs in 20' + baited with perch has been the best.

WALLEYE: The walleye are still hitting on the humps. 12' to 15' seems the best when using crawler rigs with bottom bouncers. Jigging spoons are also taking a few fish in the early am. Trolling deep running crank baits over the humps is also working. When you catch a fish work that area as they seem to be traveling in small schools and you should pick up more than one.

That's it for this week. As before we have lots of things going on this weekend so come on down to Osage Bluff Marina for a fun weekend. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939.

Till next week
   Tommy

June 28, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       6/28/18

 This looks like the start of a long holiday week. With the 4th of July on Wed. here at the lake it looks like we are going to celebrate for the whole week. Warsaw is doing fire works off the dam this Sat. night and Osage Bluff will be doing ours on the 7th. of July. There are several area towns doing theirs on Wed the 4th. so come and celebrate with us here in the lakes country. The weather looks like it is going to be typical for the 4th of July and the lake is in great shape so come on down.

 We had a storm roll through here Tues afternoon with some high winds and it dropped about 2" of rain in the area but all this water didn't affect the lake. We are actually a little below normal pool right now. The is lots of flooding going on in the MO. river basin but I'm not seeing where this will affect Truman. With the hot temps we are having you would assume that the COE will be generating power in the afternoons keeping the good fishing going. Keep in mind that when the lake gets below normal a little extra caution is needed when running the lake.

LAKE LEVEL:            705.9
WATER TEMP:         84 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Light stain

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is the  same as it was last week with brush piles being the most popular right now. Piles in 18' to 20' seem to be the best now with minnows or jigs working. The fish seem to float up and down in these piles but once you hit the first fish there will be a bunch at that depth. The bluff banks in 25' of water are also going now. The crappie seem to be holding about 15' with the bushier hard woods working the best. Minnows are working the best and take plenty as you will have to sort through the little guys to get a good limit. With the lake at this level and the water clarity the way it is there are more trees on the flats showing. Tree rows in 8' to 15' of water fished with minnows down about 7' are holding some big ole crappie.

BASS: Big worms and deep water points are the best bet right now. Main lake or secondary points fished down 8' to 15' are the best. A deep running crank bait on the secondary points will also work. I know it seems a little early in the season but I have seen a few schools of surfacing bass but with the number of shad working the top it is probably understandable. The early morning top water bite is still going on the wind blown flats. Lunker lures and Pop R's are the two top baits.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: KK Island has been one of the hot spots for hybrids this week. The evening top water bite has been good. Rooster Tails and 4" sassy shad have been the best baits. There has been some live bait action in the airport area. Spoons are working on the humps in 10' + water when they are running water. There has been some surfacing going on during the day on the big schools of shad so keep a Rooster Tail or a Rat L Trap tied on.

CATFISH: Jugs are the best of the best now. There are lots on nice blues being taken off the flats in 8' to 12' of water. Cut shad is working the best when set about 5'. Same goes with rod and reel drift fishing, There has also been several nice fish come off the humps doing the same thing. Trot lines are working in 15' to 20' of water along the chunk rock bluff banks. Cut bait fished down about 8' seems the best. With the water temp where its at lines need to be run about every 6 hours.

WALLEYE: There are still good numbers of walleye coming in. Crawler rigs with bottom bouncers and deep running crank baits have been the best around the humps. 10' to 15' of water seems to be to their liking. Flat main lake points close to deep water with pee gravel are also working on the Pommie arm. Best depth is about 8' to 10' with this being a early morning bite.

That's it for this week. We do have a couple of stalls left for this weekend if you need one for the fire works. You can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest and greatest happenings on the lake. When traveling the lakes area over the holiday please use extra caution when on the lakes or the highways. All of us here at Osage Bluff would like to wish everyone a HAPPY and SAFE 4th. of July.

Till next week
    Tommy

June 21, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      6/21/18

 It looks like we have a little break in the summer heat we have been having. The weatherman is calling for some great weather the rest of the week. He did throw in a chance for showers but I don't think that will hurt a thing as we can still use the rain if we do get any. The lake is in good shape now and is close to normal. The COE has been generating power in the afternoons and it seems the fish have been enjoying that. The water temp is at a good level for this time of the year so it would be a good time to get out and enjoy mother nature.

 The holiday is coming up fast and there are lots of events in the lakes area going to be happening. Warsaw will be doing fireworks off the dam on June 30th. We will be doing ours on Sat. July 7th. I am sure there will be more on the
4th. so come and enjoy the festivities with us here on the lake.

LAKE LEVEL:             706.11
WATER TEMP:           85 deg.
WATER CLARITY:      Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing remains good and is the same as it was last week. Brush piles are the most productive in 15' to 20' of water. Either minnows or jigs are working. The bluff banks in 20' to 25' of water are producing lots of fish but take lots of bait as you will go through lots of little fish to get a limit. Best depth seems to be about 15'. Minnows are working the best in the hardwoods. Had several reports this week of isolated trees on the flats holding fish. Big trees in 12' to 15' of water seem the best. And as always the tree rows on the edge of the flats are working. It seems there is one good fish to a tree so you have to keep moving. Best depths are 12' to 16'  with fish holding about 7'. Minnows or jigs are working.

BASS: The bass are doing their normal summer routine of hanging out on the points. Either main lake or secondaries are working. 6' to 10' seems the best. Crank baits and big worms are the bait of choice. There is a top water bite in the early am with buzz baits and Pop R's working the best. Look for the points with the wind pushing the shad into.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE just running water in the afternoons the white bass bite has been the best in the evening. Spoons on the humps in 9' to 12' of water are the best. There has been some good top water action early in the morning and about sunset on hybrids. KK Island has had good activity around it. The airport has had some hybrids taken off it during the day with live bait. The fish seem to be holding about 18' to 20'.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is hot right now with jugs being the best of the best. Cut bait fished on the flats in 8' to 15' of water is producing lots of fish. Rod and reel fishing is also working on the flats. Best flats are the ones with a channel or deep water close by. Flats next to a channel bend are my favorites. Either cut shad or perch are working.

WALLEYE: The walleye are still hitting here on Truman. Cloudy days are the best by far. Bottom bouncers with a crawler rig is the most productive on the humps with a spoon also working. Trolling deep running crank baits picked up several fish last weekend. 10' to15' is a good place to start.

That's the report for this week. We have a couple of boat stalls left for the holiday so give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 and get one reserved. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest happenings.

Till next week
    Tommy

June 14, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       6/14/18

 As we can all tell summer has arrived in the Ozarks. The temps are supposed to be a little warm this weekend according to the weatherman. He is not talking about any rain so it looks like fishing early and late and taking a nice nap during the day, sure sounds good anyway. We received about a 1 1/2" of rain the other night which we did need but it didn't affect the lake at all. Water condition's are perfect right now for both fishing and water sports. The COE has been generating power about every afternoon and the fishing has been good so come on down to the lake and enjoy the fun. One thing to keep in mind is with the conditions we have now take plenty of fluids with you its easy to dehydrate even in the water. It doesn't hurt to take extra ice for the live wells to keep fish fresh.

LAKE LEVEL:            706.73
WATER TEMP:          83 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Light stain.

CRAPPIE: All of the summer patterns are working on the crappie now. Tree rows. brush piles and bluff banks are producing fish. The brush piles in 15' to 20' of water seem to be the most consistent. It seems that no matter what pattern you fish right now minnows are working the best and it seems the smaller the minnow the better the bite is. Bluff banks in 20' to 30' of water fished down about 15' are giving up lots of fish but make sure to take lots of bait as you will have to sort through lots of little fish. My favorite is long polling tree rows on the flats in 10' to 17' of water. These fish seem to like about 7' now. I have noticed that on these bright sunny days the cedars have been working the best.

BASS: This is the time of the year that two patterns work for bass. Either point fishing or deeper water structure fishing are where it's at. Either main lake or secondary points are working fishing crank baits in 6' to 12' of water. Texas red is still the best color along with fire tiger. Bomber B 1 and Bomber B 2 are a good choice. There are lots of different types of deep structure be it a underwater road bed, ditch line with brush on it or an underwater hump this time of the year fish just like to hang out there. 12' to 17' are my favorites. Creature baits either Texas or Carolina rigged will work along with a big worm or jig. The top water bite is a early and late thing like always with lunker lures and Pop R's on the secondary points.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the generation schedule mostly in the late after noon it seems the best white bass and hybrid action is late in the day. Spoons on the humps has been doing good. Pommie flats and KK Island along with O 3 are hot. Spoons seem to be working the best along with a 4" sassy shad for hybrids. I have been seeing a little top water action during the day on the Pommie arm so you might want to keep a 1/4 oz. Roster Tail ready just in case.

CATFISH: Jugs and rod and reel has been the best this week on the main lake flats in 12' to 18' of water. Cut shad by far out fished the perch this week. Bait set about 8' seemed to work the best. The flats around the islands have had some nice blues on them. I ran lines this week and had lots of channels. One flat head off chunk rock in a main lake pocket 12' deep. With the water temp getting close to 85 deg. lines need to be run about every 6 hours along with stationary jugs. I haven't lost any fish yet and I do think the o2 level is still good at all depths but it is getting close.

WALLEYE: Lots of walleye showing up now. The humps are the hot spots. Bottom bouncers with a crawler has been the best when fished about 12'. Trolling deep running crank baits is also working. The walleye seem to prefer the baits moving a little quicker right now so you might want to turn the trolling speed up a notch.

That's the report for this week. We are about 2 weeks away from the holiday so if you are needing a stall I have a couple left so give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 to get one reserved. Fireworks at the dam are on June 30 and ours here at Osage Bluff will be on July 7 so come celebrate with us.

Till next week
    Tommy

June 7, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    6/7/18

 The lake level here on Truman is getting back close to normal running about a foot high right now. The COE has been generating power about every afternoon making the evening fishing really good. The weather forecast for the weekend is looking good and with Jubilee Days going on in Warsaw it might be a good time to do the celebration in town during the day and get some good evening fishing in.

LAKE LEVEL:        707.03
WATER TEMP:      79 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Light stain.

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite remains good here on Truman with these fish locked in to the summer pattern. With the lake getting close to normal level the tree rows on the edge of the flats are easier to locate. 15' to 17' is working the best with fish holding at about 7'. Minnows are working the best. The bluff banks between Osage Bluff and the dam are producing some good sized crappie. 25' to 30' of water with 15' to 20' being the magic number in the hardwoods. Also the Brush piles in 20' of water fished with minnows has been good. It seems the fish float up and down depending on the day. Piles on the points seem to be the most productive.

BASS: The bass fishing has picked up a little this week with the females starting to feed up after the spawn. Top water is working early in the am. and at sunset. Buzz baits and Zara spooks are good right now. Secondary points in the creeks fished with crank baits in 6' to 10' of water has also been working. With the water flow through the dam these fish are holding on the current breaks. Big worms fished in long main lake points is another pattern that has started. Best action is 12' to 15' of water with fish holding at about 8'.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Lots of action going on here. Fishing spoons on the humps in 8' to 10' of water has been doing real good. O 3 and the humps off the south end of KK Island are good along with the road bed on the north end of the island. Top water has been kind of sporadic during the day but lots of fish are hitting the top about sunset. I saw several big pods of shad this week that a few hybrids were hitting but it was a pop here and there instead of a major frenzy. KK Island, Pommie flats and the airport have been the hot spots this.

CATFISH: Jugs and rod and reel are still hot. Flats in 15' of water fished with cut bait is producing good fish. We saw several over the slot this week. I ran some flat head lines this week and ended up with one small johnnies. Had several blues in the slot. I'm kind of wondering if the flat heads aren't starting to nest.

WALLEYE: There has been a good number of walleye come in this week. The humps seem to be the most productive with bottom bumpers working the best. Crawler rigs in 12' to 15' is the way to go. Trolling deep running crank baits over the humps is another good bite early in the am. It looks like this year is going to be another good year on Truman for walleye.

That's the report for this week. We still have a few stalls for 4th. of July so if you want to get one reserved you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. We also have the club house at the motel for your group functions which can be reserved by contacting Osage Bluff Motel 660-438-2891.We will be doing our 4th. of July celebration on the 7th. so you might want to put it on your calendar.

Till next week
   Tommy

May 31, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    5/31/18

We would like to thank everyone who showed up for the holiday last weekend. The weather ended up being perfect, the water temp was warm enough for water sports and the fish bit even with all the boat traffic. I guess you could say it was one of those perfect holiday weekends. So again a big thank you and we are looking foreword to the July 4th. celebration. With the holiday in the middle of the week we will be doing our fireworks on Sat. July 7th.

 The lake is on a slow fall now with the COE running between 16000 and 24000 cfs. every day. The trash has fairly well cleaned itself out and the water clarity has really cleaned up. With the conditions we are having now the fish are hitting as would be expected with a heavy current flow. Lots of good sized fish showing up at the dock. We are still about 3 1/2'  high so we can look for this bite to continue on for a while.

LAKE LEVEL:              709.8
WATER TEMP:           85 deg.
WATER CLARITY:     Clear to stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie have moved to their summer pattern and are starting to feed back up after the spawn. I have seen lots of fry on the lake so would assume that we had a very good spawn. The brush piles in 20' of water have been one of the hot spots this week. Minnows fished down about 12' in the piles has been producing lots of limits. The bluff banks in 20' to 25' of water is another good spot. Here again minnows are working the best and it seems the hard woods are working better than the cedars right now. Long poling the tree rows on the end of the flats in 17' to 20' of water has taken some big crappie with minnows. 7' seems to be the magic number here. The big thing here is you have to keep moving tree to tree.

BASS: The bass are coming off the nests and the bite has gotten a little tougher now. Top water action early and late is starting to pick up. Pop R's and Lunker Lures have been working. Flat secondary points  are best when fishing 4' to 8' of water. Locating fry around the hardwoods is another way to catch fish right now. There will be a male under the fry and will defiantly grab a creature bait. The steeper secondary points fished with crank baits in 8' to 12' of water is another good bite. Texas shad has been a good color choice.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: This is the time of the year for these fish and the conditions are perfect. With the current flow we have almost all the humps are holding whites. Spoons are working the best. The humps with 10' of water over them are the best. Trolling deep running crank baits is also working on the humps. With the water temp in the mid 80's the shad are working the top bringing the hybrids up for some fantastic action. Rooster tails and Rat l traps are the best here. There has been some good top water action around KK Island in the evenings. 

CATFISH: The cat fishing is the same this week as it was the last. Fast and furious. Rod and reel, jugs and trot lines are all taking fish. The wind blown flats in 8' to 12' of water are producing lots of good blues. Jugs and rod and reel are the best with baits set about 5'. Shad seems to be the best bait. Trot lines set in the creeks paralleling creek channels in 15' of water with shad set 5' to 10' is another good bite.

WALLEYE: We saw several walleye come in last weekend off the humps. Crawler rigs were working the best in 10' to 12' of water in the early morning. The fish move off the humps to the saddles when the sun gets higher in the sky and trolling deep running crank baits takes over. I'm looking for this bite to continue for a good while.

That's it for this week. We are starting to get ready the 4th. of July so if you need a boat stall reservation you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 and for motel reservations you can call Osage Bluff Motel at 660-438-2891.

Till next week
   Tommy

May 24, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  What a difference a week makes. After about 5" of rain last weekend the lake finally came back up. We are about
2 1/2' high  right now. The COE has started running water through the dam and I would say they will probably catch it today. All the areas I fished this week the water clarity was very good. There was a little drift coming off the banks but it wasn't  to bad. So with the holiday this weekend use a little more caution when running and doing water sports. The good thing is that with the running water the bite is on. Lot's of fish being caught so when on the water lets show a little extra courtesy to our fellow boaters.

LAKE LEVEL:         708.66
WATER TEMP:      75 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Clear to dirty up the rivers.

CRAPPIE: The crappie are finished spawning and have moved on to their summer pattern. Brush piles in 15' to 20' of water seem to be producing the best right now. Minnow or jigs are both working with the crappie moving up and down depth wise through out the day. Tree rows on the edge of the flats are also working. Minnows are working the best here when fished about 7' down in 15' to 20' of water. Cloudy days the hard woods work a little better and on sunny days they seem to like the cedars.

BASS: There are still some nesting bass. With the lake up 2' they seemed to stay on the original beds so 5' to 8' of water has been the best. Creature baits and do nothing worms seem to be working the best here. With the higher water there is a little submerged grass so the buzz bait bite is going in the backs of the creeks in the shallows. Best areas are where small feeder creeks come in. The secondary points around the pockets in the creeks are producing some fish on square bills.. 4' to 8' seems the best.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: They are on. With the COE running water most of the humps are holding good whites. Spoons are working the best on the humps on 12' to 15' of water. KK, O-3 and the Pommie flats are working with the weir also. The hybrids have begun surfacing on the big pods of shad in our area. Evenings are the best but I had schools surfacing in the middle of the day Tues. and Wed.. on the Pommie arm. Spoons skipped across the top of the water or Pop R's and Rat l traps work well on these fish.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is about as good as it gets on Truman. It doesn't matter how you are fishing be it rod and reel. jugs or trot lines they are on. I had a good run on flat heads this week along with several other people  The flat heads came off live perch and live shad. 15' of water off chunk rock bluffs with baits about 2' off the bottom was working. The blues are all over now. Fish were caught in as shallow as 5' of water on the flats on cut bait. Most of the jug fisherman I talked to were fishing 12' to 20' with baits set 5' to 8' and staying pretty busy chasing them.

WALLEYE: Starting to see walleye come in off the humps. Crawler rigs and spoons with a buck tail are working on the humps in 12' of water. Later in the morning crank baits fished in the saddles either casting or trolling has been picking up fish.

That's it for the report this week. We here at Osage Bluff Marina and Motel would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina or you can contact us at 660-438-2939.

Till next week
  Tommy

May 17, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     5/17/18

 It has been a perfect week here on the lake this week. The wind as been gentle and we didn't get much rain which made for perfect fishing conditions. The lake is about 7" low and we could use a little water to at least get it back to normal. I know I have been finding trees that I don't normally bounce off of. So a word of caution when running. Even with the lower lake level all species of fish are hitting good so this would be a great time to hit Truman for some excellent table fare.

LAKE LEVEL:          705.47
WATER TEMP:       74 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Clear.

CRAPPIE: The crappie have pretty much finished spawning and moved to the summer pattern. Brush piles in 14' to 16' of water are working the best. Either minnows or jigs are catching fish. The fish seem to be floating up and down depending if it is cloudy or sunny. Best depth has been about 7'. The tree rows up the Osage have also been working. 15' to 17' of water about 7' down on minnows in the hard woods is the place to be.

BASS: The bass are up spawning now. Lizards and brush hogs are taking fish out of 3' to 5' of water. The steeper banks in the creeks are working the best. A Pop R or a spook has been taking some big fish in the early am. There is a little spinner bait action in the backs of the creeks in 3' to 6' of water. Look for the flats with the wind blowing into and the shad popping. Also look in some of the shallow brush piles with a big worm for females that haven't come up yet.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: These fish have started. There has been lots of fish showing up on the humps in 9' to 12' of water. Spoons are working the best here. With the COE not running much water it is still hit and miss. I did see a few whites hitting the top on pods of shad in Little Pommie. Had reports of hybrids being taken  around KK Island in the evenings and around Indian Island. Rat L Traps and rooster tails are working.

CATFISH: The cat fishing is very good here on Truman. It doesn't matter if you are jugging, trot lining or rod and reeling you will catch fish. Cut bait is by far the best. 12' to 15' flats with bait set about 8' is good. I set flat head lines this week and had 1 small fish. Bluff bank 16' close to channel swing with perch. Hope to do better later in the week.
Did have lots of nice blues. Used live perch.

 That's the report for this week. We have a holiday coming up and I do Have a few boat stalls left so if you need one give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Having an event this summer we have the club house up and going for reunions, meetings weddings or use your imagination. You can contact Osage Bluff Motel foe info at 660-438-2891.

Till next week
  Tommy

May 10, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina          5/10/18

 It looks like we went from winter to summer and the spring forgot us. The good thing is the fish are biting but the lake is a little low which means it is a little tougher getting to the exact spot you want to get to. Truman is down about 6" which is not terrible but we do have to pay more attention when getting around. The lake color is perfect just about where ever you go. With the lack of the heavy spring rains we didn't get dirty.

LAKE LEVEL:           705.62
WATER TEMP:        67 deg.
WATER CLARITY:  Light stain to clear.

CRAPPIE: The crappie in the mid lake area are still nesting with the females coming in. The way upper arms have finished up. Tally Bend and Sapps Landing has fish moving to the summer pattern. Minnows fished in the tree rows in 12' to 15' down 6' is working there. On mid lake look for the females in 3' to 5' of water in the pockets. This week I have notices that the steeper pockets are working a little better. Road runners and a jig and bobber have been the best baits. Check out the main lake small pocket as they are the last to start.

BASS: There are lots of bucks starting to pull in and build nests. 3' seems to be the depth they are liking. Lizards, Beavers and do nothing worms have been working. Top water has been producing some fish in the flatter points in the creeks. The females seem to be holding out in 8' to 10' yet but with the moon on the 15th and the water temp about 70 deg. it looks like this weekend things should start happening. Look at the 45 deg. chunk rock and transition banks.

WHITES and HYBRIDS:  I'm thinking any day we should start seeing these fish move to the humps. With the lake being low the COE isn't running much water so this might slow them down a little but the water temp is right. Spoons in 12' to 16' on the sides of the humps will be the place to look.

CATFISH: Jugs and rod and reel drift fishing is the way to catch some real nice blues. 12' to 15' with shad fished down 6' to 8' has been working. We are seeing several fish over the slot being caught along with many in the slot and under the slot. With the water temp where it is The flat heads should be starting. .Will let you know next week.

WALLEYE: The walleye are still hanging on the flat points but it is getting to be time to start trolling the humps. Spoons and crawler harness rigs should also start improving. The Frenzy has been the best bait on the flat points. 8' to 10' of water close to drop offs are the areas to check.

We have a couple boat stalls left for the Memorial Day holiday so if you would like to reserve one give us a call at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Also motel reservations can be made at 660-438-2891. You can check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina for the latest and greatest.

Till next week
  Tommy

May 3, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  We had lots of rain last night, just short of 1 1/2" which we needed. Some of the creeks dirtied up this morning but as dry as we have been we didn't get as much as you would think. The main arms are in good shape. The weather for the rest of the week is looking good with no rain and temps in the 70's so this should continue to warm the water. The fishing has been real good this week. We are in the last week of turkey season and the birds are still working pretty good. Hopefully the rain we are getting will help the mushrooms out. Not finding any on the ridges but the lake front has been fairly good. Look where the flood line ends and the green grass starts.

LAKE LEVEL:                  706.10
WATER TEMP:                61 deg.
WATER CLARITY:           STAINED

CRAPPIE: The spawn is on !!!!!! Lots of males coming out of 2' to 3' of water. Most of the little pockets are holding fish. A jig and bobber set about 16" or a road runner are the best. There are a few females starting to come in but there are still lots of fish in 6' to 10' of water in the brush piles. With the way the weather looks for the rest of the week I look for the females to start going shallow. The fishing is good so if you are looking for some good crappie action now is the time.

BASS: There are some males starting to move to the banks and build nests. ' to 4' of water seems to be the best. Almost any plastic will catch fish. Lizards, Beavers, do nothing worms and Chomper's are all working. With the new moon on the 15th I look for the females to hit the bank.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: There are a few whites coming out of the backs of the creeks on Rooster Tails now. Look for creeks with lots of shad flipping. It's getting time to start checking the humps around KK Island with spoons to.

CATFISH: Lots of blues. It doesn't matter if you are rod and reeling, jugging or running trot lines the cats are doing good. The flats about 1/2 way back in the creeks in 10' to 12' of water with baits set about 4' is good. Also the main lake flats doing the same thing has been producing some big blues. I'm still waiting on the flat heads and hope next week will be the week.

That's it for this week. For boat stalls you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or for the motel 660-438-2891. Check us out on face book for the latest goings on at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
   Tommy

April 27, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina -  The rains came and left and we didn't get a lot. The rest of this week looks very good. I am looking for lots of good things to happen about this weekend. With the rain and warm temps the mushrooms should pop The lake should warm quickly moving the fish to the banks and the turkeys should continue to gobble. The lake is about 6" low so you might want to run with a little extra caution.

LAKE LEVEL:                705.9
WATER TEMP:              55 deg.
WATER CLARITY:        Stained

Right now the fishing report is about the same as it was last week with the exception of a few fish moving in shallow way up the lake. Most of the fish going shallow are all males. This weeks report is what I am looking for to happen Fri. or Sat.

CRAPPIE: Look about 1/2 way back in the creeks  in the pockets. Fish a jig on a bobber set about 16" or a Road runner in about 3' of water. Also check the clumps of brush in the backs of the creeks in 3' to 6' with a jig, look for the fish to be holding about 2' to 3' down. You will have to move the jig slow with the water still warming. Look along the edge of the creek channels in 8' to 12' for the big females staging to come in. We have had a few limits of males come in out of the pockets in the creeks out of about 4' of water in the last couple days so this is a start.

BASS: Right now the secondary points are working. Look in 5' to 10' of water. Crank baits and a rogue are working along with spinner baits along lay downs. A jig and frog fished off chunk rock pockets in 4' to 8' of water will be another good choice. If you find a creek with shad working in the back end a spinner bait will work here also.

WHITES: No report on whites this week.

CATFISH: The cat fishing on Truman is very good now, getting bait is still a little tough. It doesn't matter if you are drift fishing rod and reel or jugs the flats are the place to be. 8' to 12' of water with baits running from 4' to 8' is best. Cut shad is the best with hot dogs working on jugs. Trot lines are starting to work off the flat points in 12' to 15' with baits set about 8'. Shad are working the best.

That's what is going on now and I'm really looking for things to get going by this weekend. We still have a few seasonal stalls left so if we can help you out you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina and Motel 660-438-2939 and the motel at 660-438-2891. There is also the club house at the motel for groups great for reunions and banquets. It sleeps 50 and has a full kitchen. There is also a game room. The banquet room is great for business meetings. For info you can contact the motel at 660-438-2891.

Till next week
  Tommy

April 19, 2018 - Truman - Osage Bluff Marina - Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina         4/19/18

 We are finally open. It has been a very long winter and I an not sure that it is totally over yet but we are going to get this party started anyway. The biggest change this winter is that Jason took over ownership of the Osage Bluff Motel. He has been busy upgrading and redoing with many more projects in mind. Liking to have everything done tomorrow we all know a project of this size takes time so please bear with during the fix up stages.

 The weather the last couple of weeks has given us fits. When we get a couple warm days in a row and things start to happen another cold front comes in and stalls everything out. From what I am seeing it looks like a late spring and probably it will just switch to summer, which ever way it goes I'm ready. The weatherman is saying we do have a little warm up coming this weekend and has pushed the rain off to Sat. night so hopefully things will pick up.

 Turkeys and mushrooms. This weather has slowed both these down. I did get my first report of a few grays being found on the lake yesterday. I've looked a few times and come up empty and am thinking with a couple warm days and a little rain they should really pop. The May apples are up about 8" tall which is always a sign of good things to come. The turkeys on the other hand are doing fine. Lots of gobbling on roost and doing a little talking when they hit the ground. I've seen lone hens and I've seen hens still bunched up so it looks like we should hit the season just right.

LAKE LEVEL:           706.35
WATER TEMP:        49 deg.
WATER CLARITY:   Stained.

CRAPPIE: Looks like the crappie spawn is going to be a little late this year. Two weeks ago we caught fish in 3' of water in the backs of the creeks but after a week of snow showers and morning frosts they have moved back out in the creek channels. Best bite right now is drift the creek channels from the mouths to 1/2 way back. 12' to 16' of water down 8' to 10' with minnows or jigs. Spider rigs or drifting a rod and reel will work. The bite is fairly light. With warmer temps on the horizon I think we are looking at the 30th. which will be the full moon for these fish to hit the banks.

BASS: Main lake points fished with rogues is the answer now. 12' to15' off main lake points down about 6' moving the bait real slow is best. Cedars seem to be doing better than the hard woods. Also deep running crank baits off the points are picking up fish. Red shad has been a good color. With the weather change the secondary points should start real soon.

WHITES: No report but I would try throwing Rat L Traps around the wind blown main lake pockets.

CATFISH: The cat fishing has been good all winter. Lots of big blues and slot fish have been caught. Right now the flats next to the channel bends are holding good fish. 15' to 18' of water down 6' to 8' with cut shad should put some meat in the freezer. Jugs and trot lines along with rod and reel are all working.

WALLEYE: There are a few walleye being caught off the main lake flat points on the Pom arm. Deep running crank baits seem to be working the best. Look for pee gravel points that break off into the river channel.

We have a few stalls open for the season and also for the holidays so give us a holler at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 and or the motel 660-438-2891.

Till next week
   Tommy

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