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Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   8/22/13

 

The lake is dropping nicely and is starting to clear. I was at Ed's Camp yesterday and the water is very fishable. The COE is still running water hard and I would guess they will keep it up until we get back to normal pool. Right now we are about 4' high. This is not all bad it keeps the whites and hybrids busy. The weatherman is telling us we are going to have a perfect weekend so it would be a good time to hit the lake.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            710.6

WATER TEMP:         80 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Stained

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is about the same as last week with the better bite coming off the bluffs. 30' to 40' of water down about 15' with minnows. I did have a report of a few fish being caught off the bridge pillars. The fish were down around 18' and minnows worked the best. I talked to a friend yesterday and they did good on the brush piles in the dam area. He said the piles in 20' of water were the best and a jig tipped with a minnow was the best. I'm still looking for fish on the outside tree rows. Seems the cedars are doing a little better but there are allot of small fish. I guess that's good for next year. I just had a real good report of nice crappie being caught off KK Island on road runners.

 

BASS: Run and gun. With the dropping water and pretty good current the bass are hugging the points. Seems they have gone a little deeper, 8' to 12'. Either big worms or crank baits are working. You don't have to spend allot of time on a point if they are there they will bite. The top water bite is still on in the early mornings. Either buzz baits or Pop R's will work in 4' to 6' on the secondary points. Look for shad. I look for this bite to get real good with the onset of fall. Since our water never really warmed that much this summer it should cool quicker and get these fish feeding for winter sooner.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites and hybrids are still doing good. KK and Indian Island are both on in the evenings. Sassy shad and 3" white grubs are the best right now. Some evenings they are surfacing and others they are running shad under the surface. The last couple of nights it has been real good. There has also been fish on the humps in 20' of water, 1/2 oz. spoons are the best on these fish.

 

CATFISH: Here again the cat fishing remains good. Jugs fished on the main lake flats in 15' to 20' of water.is producing some good fish. Set baits at 8' to 10' with cut shad being the best right now.

 

We have a few stalls left for the holiday weekend so if you are interested give us a call for reservations. You can contact us at 660-438-2939 or

www.osagebluff.com. We are also on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina 7/4/13

HAPPY 4th of July !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sure doesn't seem like the first part of July with the weather we are having. The lake is still coming down nicely and the water is starting to clear. The COE has slowed the water flow down but it has been dropping about 8" a day. This hasn't affected the fishing so nothing lost there. It is getting down to where you can find those good summer pattern trees and fence rows. With the water running like it is the fish are enjoying the current and have been a little easier to find.

LAKE LEVEL:

WATER TEMP:

WATER CLARITY: Light stain to stained.

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is starting to improve with the lower water level. There is still a bite on the bluffs in the deeper water. Look in 30' to 40' water and fish 15' to 20' down with minnows. The Shawnee Bend area bluffs have been doing well. The tree rows on the edge of of the flats are starting to work also. Look for 17' to 20' of water and fish 6' to 8' down. You still have to dip allot of trees but you can pull a limit if you put your time in.

BASS: The bass have slowed up a little this week. The bushes we were flipping last week got to shallow and the fish have backed off. One of the best bets right now is the secondary points. Look for 12' to 16' of water and fish a big worm. Fish will move up and down on these points right now so if you catch one there should be more in the area. You can also look for fry swimming around the trees in the creeks and flip a worm under them. Lots of times there will me a male under them. The top water bite is still on in the early morning. Buzz baits on the flats in 2' to 6' of water close to points is producing some fish.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The humps are starting to produce some fish on spoons. Look for 15' to 20' of water. The Pommie flats are a good area to look. Trolling is also working on the humps. There has been some surfacing fish in the evenings on the flats. Pop R's and Rooster Tails have been working here along with sassy shad for the hybrids. The weir in front of the dam is also producing some fish.

WALLEYE: There is still a bite going on in the KK Island area. Crank baits in either the fire tiger or bone color have been the best baits. Best depth seems to be about 8'. Either casting or trolling has been working. There has been some walleye caught off the points in the Osage Bluff area on crank baits also. Cloudy and windy days are the best by far.

CATFISH: The cat fishing slowed a little this week. There are still some fish in the creeks in 20' of water on lines using cut shad. 8' seems to be the best depth for stages. There has been a few flats come in on perch and gold fish but the bite has started to slow down. I still think they are going back to nest. Jugs on the bluff points may be another alturnitive. You can fish the flats in 20' with jugs set about 12' with cut shad for blues.

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or www.osagebluff.com. You can also find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week

Have a Happy Holiday

Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     6/28/13

 

The hot topic this week is the weather, which as you know is hot. Two good things though, the fishing is picking up and next week the weather man says it's going to be a lot cooler; This is going to be strange a 4th of July in the 80's. On the other hand the lake is still dropping nicely and I think normal pool is almost in sight in a couple more weeks. Right now we are about 7' high but the COE is dropping it at a rate of about 6" a day. Unlike most reservoirs the falling water doesn't really affect the fishing on Truman. If it does anything it improves it.

 

LAKE LEVEL:             713.4

WATER TEMP:          83 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Stained

 

CRAPPIE: The summer pattern is getting back to normal with the water conditions. There are fish pulling up on the main lake flats on the outside tree rows. With the water going down it's allot easier to find the trees. You are picking up 1 or 2 fish off a tree so you have to do lots of dipping. Look for 20' to 25' of water and fish 8' to 10' down with minnows. The bluff fish are still in 30' to 40' of water being caught at about 20'. Either minnows or jigs will work. There has been lots of fish caught up off the weir in front of the dam. The Shawnee Bend bluffs are also producing some fish.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is still holding in there. The flooded bushes farthest out from the banks are producing some fish on jigs and creature baits. Look for about 8' of water. The top water bite is still working on the flat main lake points. Buzz baits and Pop R's being the top baits. The bluff pocket points are producing a few fish on big plastic worms. It seems like the better fish are holding closer to the mouths of the coves or on main lake.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: These fish are starting to do their summer thing also. During the day the humps are holding some nice fish. Jigging spoons and trolling are working in 20' to 25' of water. There are a few fish starting to surface in the evenings around KK Island and the Pommie flats. Small Pop R's and sassy shad are working on these fish. With the lake temps rising this will continue to get better.

 

WALLEYE: The talk of the lake is the walleye fishing the last couple of weeks. It is about the best I have seen it in my 30 years on Truman. KK Island seems to be the hottest area on the lake now. The cloudy breezy days are the best of the best. Casting fire tiger crank baits or trolling has been the best. Most anglers are picking fish up in 8' to 10' of water. Bomber Model A or a Berkley Frenzy are working well. Here again I think the MDC has done a fine job on the restocking of walleye in Truman.

 

CATFISH: I think that the flatheads are moving in the creeks to spawn. There has been several good fish come from the creeks in 15' to 20' of water. Perch or goldfish are the top baits when fished 8' to 10' deep. Jugs or trot lines are working. There has been some good blues come in on cut shad off the main lake flats. Here again jugs or lines fished in 15' to 20' of water with baits set at 10' to 15' is working. Had some nice rod and reel fish come in last weekend off of leeches in the KK Island area. They said they were fishing in 12' of water off a shelf.

 

Well next weekend is the big holiday and everyone is starting to get excited. If you are coming to the lakes area please drive safe on both the water and the highways. We here at Osage Bluff Marina would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday. You can reach us at 660-438-2939 or www.osagebluff.com. Or my favorite on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   6/13/13

 

Believe it or not the water here on Truman is starting to drop. The COE has been and still is pulling about 32,000 cfs a day and has it going down. It still is pretty dirty in areas but you can still find some better areas to fish and there has been some real good fish caught this week. What I have found is that there is cleaner water pushing in from the back ends of the creeks so main lake may be muddy but if you go in the bigger creeks you can find some very fishable water. I'm not seeing much rain in the forecast so lets hope this thing gets straightened out soon.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            718.19

WATER TEMP:         73 deg

WATER CLARITY:    Stained to dirty.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite has gotten a little tough but if you can find some cleaner water you can still catch fish. The water between us and the dam is still ok. Fish the bluff banks with 30' to 40' of water down 15' to 20'. Minnows are best but don't be afraid to tip a jig. You can also go in the bigger creeks and fish the bluffs in them in 25' down 8' to 10'. Here again minnows are best. Look for the spot that the water starts changing color. It looks like it is going to be awhile before the tree rows on the flats start but when they do there is going to be some good fish on them.

 

BASS: The bass are still in the grass in the backs of the coves. 2' to 6' of water seems to be doing the best. There is a good top water bite early in the morning. Buzz baits and zara spooks are best with the Pop R hanging in there. Flukes and sinkos fished weightless along the edge of the grass in the backs are also working. With the lake starting to drop I don't know how long these fish will hold on this pattern but right now it's pretty good.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the water conditions we have now the whites and hybrids have taken the hardest hit. They like clear water and kind of pout when they don't have it. There are still fish on the weir in front of the dam. Spoons are working the best there. There have also been some fish come off O 3. Both trolling and spoons are working there. With the water the way it is I hope it will stay clear enough to keep them there.

 

CATFISH: The flathead's have really started this week. Perch and goldfish fished in the back of the creeks has been taking some nice fish. Jugs and trot lines set in 15' to 20' of water baited at about 8' is a good starting point. Looks like they may be heading back to start spawning. The blues are also working in the backs of the creeks. Cut shad seems best for them.

 

We still have a few stalls left for the 4th of July so if you need one you better hurry. It's going to be a fun holiday so come party with us. You can reach us at

660-438-2939 or www.osagebluff.com. You can find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. That's it fr this week.

 

Till next week

    Tommy 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    8/16/12

 

School buses. I saw school buses on my way to the marina this morning and with the cooler temps we are having it must be time to gear up for some good fall fishing. We are still about a 1 1/2' low but maybe with the cooler temps coming in we will get some rain and get us back to normal. The lower water hasn't affected the fishing that much it just makes it a little harder to get where you want to go. The crappie and cat fishing are still good and the whites are doing a little more surfacing with the wind that we have had so fishing is still good here on Truman.

 

LAKE LEVEL:               704.60

WATER TEMP:             85 deg.

WATER CLARITY:        Clear to light stain.

 

BASS: The bass are holding in there and doing what they do best and that would be confusing anglers. It seems like the bass report has been a repetition all summer. But then again you can still catch a few so its not all bad. So its still buzz baits on the flats in the early morning and channel swing points in the heat of the day. The fish on the timbered flats are getting a little more aggressive but it might be the fact that the shad are getting pushed up there with the wind we have had. 2' to 6' seems the best with flat timbered points a good starting area. I really think the deep water point fish have been in the same places all summer its just that they keep moving up and down and we as anglers miss them. 8' to 15' with big worms and fished real slow.

 

CRAPPIE: Now on the other hand the crappie fishing is living up to its reputation on Truman. Its pretty good !  The fish have moved back to the flats in 10' + of water but are holding a little deeper then they were. If your fishing in 10' they seem to be right off the bottom. When you get in 15' to 20' they seem to be down 12+. Minnows are the best right now. The brush pile fish are still going good. I talked to pop  last night and he has done real well all week in the piles up in the dam area. 15' to 20' seemed to be the best. Again minnows were the best. One thing to remember is that it is an early bite. Sun up to 10am. then you might as well take a break.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We have had some good surface activity in the KK Island area this last week. The wind has been hitting the island about dark and pushing lots of shad up. Small spoons skipped across the top of the water and small Rat L Traps are working on these fish. Fish the wind. There has also been some fish come off the humps trolling. Look for humps in 15' to 20' of water.

 

CATFISH: The catfish are still holding their own on the edge on the flats in 10' + of water. Cut shad has been the best bait. Set baits about 8' for good results. Seeing nice blues come in.

 

Last weekend we celebrated the 30th. anniversary of Osage Bluff here on Truman. Lots of people showed up and enjoyed the day with Emily and Jason enjoying good eats and door prizes. We would like to thank everyone who showed up and all the people who donated door prizes. We would also like to take this time to thank everyone who helped make the day one to be remembered. And a very special thank you to Marvey Myskop for putting this event together we couldn't have done it with out you.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-2939. You can also find us at www.osagebluff.com or on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

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March 19th, 2012

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Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   3/19/12  MARINA WILL OPEN APRIL 1st.

 

 Thought we would let you know we all survived the winter and are getting everything ready to open on April 1. Lots of fun stuff planned for the summer so stay tuned to the web site. With the warm weather we are having I know everyone is getting fishing feaver so I will give you a little update on what I know so far. The weatherman is forcasting lots of rain for us the next couple days  so it will be interesting to see what the lake does. There are a few reds popping and with the rain they ought to go nuts for the shroom hunters.

 

LAKE LEVEL:  708.50

WATER TEMP:  48 deg

WATER CLARITY:  Stained.

 

BASS: There has been a pretty good Rogue bite going on the last few days. Points in 10' around the cedars. You have to work the Rogue real slow but its producing som nice fish. There is a little spinnerbait bite starting in the warmer water in the creeks. Here again the fish arn'tto far from the points. 3' to 5' of water.

 

CRAPPIE: Saw some nice fish come in on the upper Grand. The guys said they caught them out of 2' to 3' of water down about a foot. Jig and bobber is what they had tied on. They said they fished the warmest water they could find. Sounds like we might have a early start this year.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: No Report

 

CATFISH: There has been a bite in the Berry Bend area on jugs.Shad has been the best bait. 20'of water off the edge of the flats.

 

Walleye: No report but I'm guessing they are close.

 

That's it for now from Osage Bluff Marina

                                  660-438-2939

                              www.osagebluff.com Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

  9/30/11

 

The weather has been really kind to us this week with highs in the low 80's and lows in the 50's . They are calling for a little cool down this weekend but warming back up next week. We haven't had any rain this week so the lake is still holding steady and the water color is clear. We are starting to get a little more wind which should help push the fish on the points. I look for a good week of fishing next week with the water temps starting to fall. We are starting to see a little more color along the bluffs so even with the lack of moisture it looks like the fall colors are going to be good.

 

LAKE LEVEL:        704.31

WATER TEMP:    68 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to light stain.

 

BASS: The top water bite is still the best with the spinner bait right behind it. Pop R's and buzz baits are good early and late on the secondary points in the creeks. It seems the farther you go back in the creeks the smaller the fish get. During the day there is a worm bite on the edge of the creek channels in 8' to 12' of water. The water oak and hedge are the best producers.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing has slowed a little but we are seeing some nice fish come in off the main lake points. They seem to be starting to move on the points following the shad. It wouldn't surprise me if there werenít some fish holding on the secondary points. Minnows or a jig tipped with a minnow are the best baits right now. Look for fish in the 12' to 15' range. I did here of some crappie being caught out on the back end of a creek in 4' of water.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The best bite for whites and hybrids is in the dam area to O 3. Look for top water action early and late. Pop R's and sassy shad are the best baits. The wind blown points are starting to produce a few fish. This will continue to improve as the water temp drops. Watch for the gulls feeding on shad and the whites are usually not to far away.

 

CATFISH: Jugs on the flats in 20' of water has been producing a few fish. Perch seems to be the best bait. 8' and 12' are good starting points for bait sets. Look off the main lake flat points close to deep water for vertical trot line fish. Here again perch are the best.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-2939.

 Till next week

      Tommy

 





Truman Lake report


April 17th, 2011

lake level :   710

lake temp : 57

lake color :Pomme is clear  ,    Osage and Grand stained  

 

bass :   crank baits ,spinnerbaits  and bushhogs out about 5-8 foot near big trees  and drop-offs on  channel swins   chunk rock to pea gravel    the  bucks are looking to get the spawn on  

 

crappie :10 15 foot over the creek channels  staging for spawn . late warm afternoons seeing  just a few males move up to 5-7 foot of water  in the gravel niches   using road runners ,water temp needs to get  warmer  but when it warms they will b ready  like now

 

walleye :  5-10 feet deep road runners on the bottom  or  crankbait or Rattle traps on the main gravel points  , nitecrawlers bouncing the main drop-off points 

 

whites and hybrids :   hybrids on the windy points fish  trolling a small crankbait has been catching  some near the kk island

 

catfish : blue cats    hot dogs ,cut shad  12-14 foot of water on the mud flats near kk island and littel pomee arm     channel cats in the backs of coves using hot dogs and worms on the bottom 







July 2  , 2010

lake level :   717. and falling

lake temp : 77-80

lake color :Pomme is clear  ,    Osage and Grand   clean
 
bass :   deep crank baits and plastic worm out about 14 foot near big trees  and drop-offs on  main points    spinnerbaits  and buzz baits early and late   look for the bait fish   many walleye being caught while bass fishing this week
 
crappie : in the timber  and on the main points 15 -25 foot of water fishing down 6-12 foot deep  crappie have recovered from spawn  and are moving to a summer pattern   congregating on the points when water in flowing from the dam
 
walleye :  5-10 feet deep road runners on the bottom  or  crankbait or Rattle traps on the main gravel points  , nitecrawlers bouncing the main drop-off points   walleye  have been biting very well this week with many limits being caught     and the biggest  seen this week was  10.5 lbs
 
whites and hybrids :    on main lake points in the current  hybrids on the windy points  with a white sassy shad ,   the weir at the dam is good when the water is running the Fair field cut and p 14 have been holding fish  trolling a small crankbait has been catching lots of fish   the bigger fish  have been coming off a spoon near the bottom 15 foot deep
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  12-14 foot of water on the mud flats near kk island     channel cats in the backs of coves using hot dogs and cut shad on the bottom  and  many big flathead in the Pomme arm using bluegill and goldfish   in the niches of the buff wall 10 foot deep
 



May 15th , 2010

lake level :   714.5 Lake level is rising fast from all the rain.

lake temp : 67 

lake color :Pomme is clear after the 83 bridge   ,    Osage and Grand   are muddy
 
bass :   deep crank baits and plastic worm out about 14 foot near big trees     spinnerbaits  and buzz baits early and late   look for the bait fish 
 
crappie : spawn is over  there may be a few more small waves over the next week or so  but most of the big fish have moved out to a post spawn pattern 13 - 30 foot of water hanging in the brush or next to a tree .  a lot of fish suspended in the creek channel about 15 foot deep  try a minnow at that depth  and drift them
 
walleye : starting to pick up  flat gravel secondary points with road runners on the bottom  or  crankbait or Rattle traps on the main gravel points  
 
whites and hybrids :    on main lake points in the current  hybrids on the windy points  with a white spinnerbait    the weir at the dam is good when the water is running 
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad and lil smokeys  12-14 foot of water on the mud flats near kk island     channel cats in the backs of coves using hot dogs and cut shad on the bottom
spring bass
fish jig and pigs , if fish are on the beds try spinnerbaits  , be flexable .  fish parallel or angles to the bank .if  no fish the first time and you know the fish are htere come back latter and try a differant angle . sometimes thats all it takes . try to locate springs , they hold fish year round , find the warmest  which is usually the north  or northeast sides  look for logs  or timber with a flat to the right or left or both , 15 -20 foot shelfs between 2 flats and a big crankbait is a good patteran
 
muddy water    bass seem to be on the outside edge of the mud line whearas crappie could be on eutherside . if the water is clear close to the bank, bass seem to like that area.  bass seem to like the little pockets off creeks  especiall big bass , like to stay in the shallow water. crawdads fished deep in early spring and shallow later on , fishing a spinner bait about 2 foot down will work well also.  fish deep after the spawn .



May 8th , 2010

lake level :   706.68

lake temp : 65  

lake color :Pomme is clear after the 83 bridge   ,    Osage and Grand   are dirty
 
bass :   deep crank baits and plastic worm out about 14 foot near big trees     spinnerbaits  and buzz baits early and late   look for the bait fish 
 
crappie : spawn is about over  there may be a few more small waves over the next week or so  but most of the big fish have moved out to a post spawn pattern 13 - 30 foot of water hanging in the brush or next to a tree .  a lot of fish suspended in the creek channel about 15 foot deep  try a minnow at that depth  and drift them
 
walleye : starting to pick up  flat gravel secondary points with road runners on the bottom  or  crankbait or Rattle traps on the main gravel points  
 
whites and hybrids :    on main lake points in the current  hybrids on the windy points  with a white spinnerbait    the weir at the dam is good when the water is running 
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad and lil smokeys  12-14 foot of water on the mud flats near kk island     channel cats in the backs of coves using hot dogs and cut shad on the bottom

part 1  whites in the spring
The white bass is the unsung hero of Truman lake. The lake is virtually filled with these prolific fighters and if you have never experience a day of catching these striped swimmers you are missing out .   Fishing for whites starts off towards the middle of May and spawn on long  shallow main lake points and shallow gravel humps with the channel nearby ,use jigging spoons, Rattle traps ,roadrunners and roostertails near the bottom .The spoon should be jigged vertically beneath the boat by lowering the spoon to the bottom the jerking your rod tip up 1 - 3 then letting your spoon flutter slow y back to the bottom .paying  attention to your spoon  as it falls as most of the strikes will occur then and be a light tap or ,strikes can be so violent at times that you can lose your grip or a rod so hang on . if the dam is running current at any time the whites will congregate to current swept main points . 

April 22 nd, 2010

lake level :   706.7

lake temp : 65  

lake color :Pommee is clear   , till the rain anyway    the rest of the lake is clean
 
bass :  are on beds and soft plastics are working well  and jigs
 
crappie : spawn is on   !    males are on banks   and waves of females are starting to go in spots  others are still out in 10-15 foot of water white and chartrues road runners,  jigs  under a cork 3 ft deep  and minnows are all doing well
 
walleye : starting to pick up  flat gravel secondary points with road runners on the bottom  or  crankbaits on the main gravel points  
 
whites and hybrids :   they should be on main lake points in the current saw a few nice hybrids on the windy banks  with a white spinnerbait
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad and lil smokeys  12-14 foot of water on the mud flats near kk island     channel cats in the backs of coves using worms


April 11th, 2010

lake level :   707.3

lake temp : 55 - 60 in the backs of coves  

lake color :a bit  dirty and stained 
 
bass :  has been good the last few days  chunk rock  banks  that the wind is hitting      bushhogs, senkos,and carolina rigged tubes and craws     black and red .   where bait is blown into the bank try  white spinnerbaits  and rattle traps  4  to  7 foot of water
 
crappie : getting better by the day 15-20 foot deep in 25 -35 foot of water ,minnows and jigs , around timber and bluffs and creek channels
 in the afternoon  in the warmer h2o  we are starting to find a few males up shallow   looking for a spot to get it on  :)  its getting closer to spawn  now that the water is warming fast
 
walleye : they should be up stream finishing spawn  ,you might catch one on the flat points near the channel
 
whites and hybrids :   they should be on main lake points in the current saw a few nice hybrids on the windy banks  with a white spinnerbait
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  12-14 foot of water on the mud flats near kk island     channel cats in the backs of coves using worms
 
 
red mushrooms are up !


May 20, 2009

lake level :   723.1 and falling fast      looking like a great holiday weekend besides it will always rain one day   so  be ready for it

lake temp : 69 +   

lake color : dirty     grand and Osage  is muddy Pomme arm  past the bridge is good
 
bass : crankbait  off the main lake points 8-15 foot  spinnerbaits in the shade of a flooded tree has been producing fish    lots of small fish this week to find a keeper
 
  crappie : 25-40 foot of water on main lake points or flats   tight to the trees  , some days cedars are better than the hard woods ,   flipping a minnow on a jig head  past a tree letting if fall toward it  til 12 feet or so   then moving to the next tree   big Pomme arm has been best  
 
walleye : gravel points and bluff ends  using minnows and a lead head  or a crankbait
 
whites and hybrids :cut through at the island with roadrunners and spoons
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  6-10 foot of water on the mud flats and flooded grass near the channel    channel cats in the backs of coves  near timber using worms

 

 

Aug 3rd, 2008 

lake level :   710 and falling   generation in the afternoons

lake temp : 85  

lake color :    lake is in great shape , clear of all drift wood and mud returning to a normal  look   fishing is fair
 
bass :   crankbaits on the main lake points soft plastics around the timber about 10-15 foot down in 25- 30 foot of water  carolina and texas riged worm   green pumpkin
 
  crappie : 12-17  foot deep minnows and jigs suspended in the timber. cedars have been better  but the right hard wood patch  with a 1/4 oz spoon can be good
 
 
walleye : they are on the flat points near the channel using crankbaits  and minnows on the bottom. kk island cut  has been  consistently producing fish with spoons
 
whites and hybrids :  good mornings and evening have been best  but main day is working too on main lake points in the current  and at the cuts around the lake ,using jigging spoons and  trolling crankbaits the flat in pomme and the humps at kk island starting to pick up
 
catfish : doing very well blue cats   cut shad  15-25foot of water on the  flats doing well drifting  not many real big fish  but lots of nice ones ,channel cats in the backs of coves  near timber using worms

 

 

 

July 13 th, 2008 

lake level :   722.4 and falling  

lake temp : 78   

lake color :    Grand is muddy, Pomee is good  ,Osage is stained
 
bass :   crankbaits on the main lake points soft plastics around the timber about 10-15 foot
 
crappie : 12-17  foot deep minnows and jigs suspended off the main points in the timber. Look for the current. 
 
 
walleye : they are on the flat points near the channel using crankbaits  and minnows on the bottom. kk island cut  has been  consistently producing fish with spoons
 
whites and hybrids :  good, mornings and evening have been best  but main day is working too on main lake points in the current  and at the cuts around the lake ,using jigging spoons and  trolling crankbaits
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  20-30 foot of water on the  flats doing well drifting  not many real big fish  but lots of nice ones ,channel cats in the backs of coves  near timber using worms
 

 

May 18, 2008 

lake level :   716.54 and falling   

lake temp : 60-70 in the backs of coves  

lake color : dirty     Grand is muddy Pomme is clean
 
bass :7 foot has been fair   crankbaits on the main lake points soft plastics around the timber about 10 foot
 
  crappie : 12-17  foot deep minnows and jigs suspended off the main points in the timber 
some fish starting to show up shallow in the afternoons in the cut ins and pockets 2-6 foot of water using a sliding bobber and minnows we are starting to find a few males up shallow   looking for a spot to get it on  :)  its getting close to spawn  now that the water is warming below the dam  is still  doing well. Monday is a full Moon and that will move the crappie up shallow for sure since we have a warm weather forecast. some awesome limits being caught in 25 foot of water fishing fishing 10-12 down in the cedars    just like a summer pattern   these fish are in  a staging pattern making quick runs to the bank when they can with the water falling
 
walleye : they are on the flat points near the channel using crankbaits  and minnows on the bottom
 
whites and hybrids : on main lake points in the current and windy bluffs 
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  6-10 foot of water on the mud flats and flooded grass near the channel    channel cats in the backs of coves  near timber using worms

 

 

 

 

(left) Jared Reynolds and rewards for his days work on Truman Lake.

 

 May 3, 2008 

lake level :   716.33 and falling   

lake temp : 53 - 60 in the backs of coves  

lake color : dirty     grand is muddy
 
bass : 3-7 foot has been fair  depending on the weather black spinnerbaits on the secondary points  and baby Bushhogs and Moman beavertails in the cut ins on the creek channel around brush piles some really nice fish being caught  just not many of them 
 
  crappie : 12-17  foot deep minnows and jigs suspended off the secondary points drifting across the points against the wind .
some fish starting to show up shallow in the afternoons in the cut ins and pockets 2-6 foot of water using a sliding bobber and minnows we are starting to find a few males up shallow   looking for a spot to get it on  :)  its getting close to spawn  now that the water is warming below the dam  is still  doing well. Monday is a New Moon and that will move the crappie up shallow for sure since we have a warm weather forecast.
 
walleye : they should be up stream finishing spawn  and below the dam you might catch one on the flat points near the channel
 
whites and hybrids : some below the dam being caught in the currant    no report on Truman yet  they should be on main lake points in the current
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  6-10 foot of water on the mud flats and flooded grass near the channel    channel cats in the backs of coves  near timber using worms

 

 

 

 

 

4-25-08

Lake level :   718.74 and starting to fall again

Lake temp : 50 - 60 in the backs of coves  62 in places in the osage arm

Lake color : dirty     some clean areas  no drift wood to speak of
 
bass :  has been fair  depending on the weather spinnerbaits on the points  and baby Bushhogs on the flats around cedars  some really nice fish being caught  more #s of fish showing up  you just have to hit them in the head once you find them  in 10 foot or less around brush piles and staging areas getting ready to spawn
 
crappie : 10-15 foot deep minnows and jigs scattered around timber and bluffs
below the dam  is doing well rite now also  in the afternoon  in the warmer h2o  we are starting to find a few males up shallow   looking for a spot to get it on  :)  its getting close to spawn  now that the water is warming. 62 water temp showing up in the pockets near the bluff in 7 foot or less  using black and char  jigs on the bottom  in the afternoons
 
walleye : they should be up stream finishing spawn. once done with spawn  the flat gravel points near the channel will be the next spot they will go to   using  night crawlers and bottom bounces   and crankbaits  are the best bets
 
whites and hybrids : some below the dam being caught in the currant    no report on Truman yet  they should be on main lake points in the current and at the cut at kk island
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  2-4 foot of water on the mud flats and flooded grass     channel cats in the backs of coves using worms
 
 mushrooms are up !

 

 

 

 

 

Truman Lake report

 

April 21st, 2008

 

lake level :   720.11 and falling

 

lake temp : 50

 

lake color : dirty    clear in the creeks
 
bass :  has been fair  depending on the weather spinnerbaits on the points  and baby bushhogs on the flats around cedars 
 
crappie : 15-20 foot deep minnows and jigs scattered around timber and bluffs
below the dam  is doing well rite now
 
walleye : they should be up stream finishing spawn  and below the dam
 
whites and hybrids : some below the dam being caught in the currant
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  2-4 foot of water on the mud flats and flooded grass
 
 mushrooms are starting to pop !
 

 

 

Truman Lake report

April 8th, 2008

 

lake level :   717.51

lake temp : 46
lake color : dirty   the upper arms are muddy
 
bass :  has been fair  depending on the weather spinnerbaits on the points  and rouges on the flats around cedars 
 
crappie : no report at this time  its too early  yet
 
walleye : they should be up stream finishing spawn  and below the dam
 
whites and hybrids : no report .
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  2-4 foot of water on the mud flats and flooded grass
 
red mushrooms are starting to pop !
 

 

 

 

Sept ,2007

Lake Level:  707

Discharge:  0 cfs  as of time of report,   releasing some in the afternoons
Water Temp: 82 degrees
Water Color:  Osage is stained, KK Island is stained but nice  and here at the marina it is stained   Pomme is clean
 Lots of  schools of bait fish   everywhere .!


Bass: best is early in the day start with topwater  then spinner bait then worms

Crappie:  being found in 30-35 foot water  down about 10-12    , minnows on the bridge piers working to .  I've been finding some in 10-12 foot of water  in the brush  down 6-8    using jigs    of the late afternoon  

 

Walleye:   Use a spoon on gravel points  and drop offs Crankbait and rattletraps in same areas in 2-6 foot of water

White bass/hybrids:  white and hybrids still on the humps  at kk island in 15 foot of water using a spoon .  many  whites are on the wind blown gravel points using rattle traps and rooster tails in  2-6 foot of water in the mouths of coves

Catfish:   blues are in 15  20 foot of water  on the flats  using cut shad .


Until next time  (whenever that may be )  good luck and take care out
there on the lake


Jason Reynolds
Osage Bluff Marina
www.osagebluff.com
 

 

 

June 2007

Lake Level:  710    and falling :)
Discharge:  35,000 cfs  as of time of report,   
Water Temp:  78 + degrees
Water Color:  Osage is muddy, KK Island is dirty  and here at the marina has stain   Pomme is lightly stained
the spawn must of been successful , we are seeing  shad all over the place  just not in schools yet so the fish are scatted but biting pretty good  


Bass:   Bass are being caught with crankbaits on the main lake points and jigs and Bushhogs around the timbered points. buzzbaits and Highrollers are catching some early in the day   .  the fish are going to summer patterns  away from post spawn  seeing fish being caught on carolina rigs  and senkos

Crappie:  Crappie are moving to their summer pattern in 15-35 foot of water off the side or near the channel 10-20 ft deep.  Some fish holding on the main lake points with timber.  Minnows are working best  and I found that jigging a chrome 1/4 spoon in the cedars was costly but effective on big crappie in 22 foot of water on the bottom

 

Walleye:  Use a spoon or crankbait on gravel points near channel drop offs.  Prime spots are danger buoys and cut at KK island. minnows and night crawlers drifting with bottom bouncers in 10 foot +,-on flat gravel points .

White bass/hybrids: with the water getting back to normal  the fish are starting to show up on the surface  but its scattered being as the shad are tiny and not schooled up yet .don't forget to mach the hatch with lure size !

Catfish:  flatheads are near river channel  using perch or goldfish . the blue cats are in spawn now  but many 5 lbs fish are being caught 10-15 foot drifting cut shad

remember the limit on cat fish changed from 10   to 5 fish for the daily limit


Until next time  (whenever that may be )  good luck and take care out
there on the lake


Jason Reynolds
Osage Bluff Marina
www.osagebluff.com

 

 

 

May 20 2007

Lake Level:  721.79    and falling :)

Discharge:  35,000 cfs  as of time of report,   
Water Temp:  75 degrees
Water Color:  Osage is muddy, KK Island is dirty  and here at the marina has color   Pomme is lightly stained
the spawn must of been successful , we are seeing schools of fry showing up this week  


Bass:   Bass are being caught with crankbaits on the main lake points and jigs and Bushhogs around the timbered points.  try fishing the old grassline .    Buzzbaits and topwater, buzzbaits and highrollers are catching some early in the day in the grass.   Not seeing many big fish after spawn  most are skinny rite now

Crappie:  Crappie are moving to their summer pattern in 25-60 foot of water off the side or near the channel 10-20 ft deep.  Some fish holding on the main lake points with timber.  Minnows are working best  and I found that jigging a chrome spoon in the cedars was costly but effective on big crappie in 22 foot of water on the bottom

 

 

Walleye:   Use a spoon or crankbait on gravel points near channel drop offs.  Prime spots are danger buoys and cut at KK island. minnows and night crawlers drifting with bottom bouncers in 10 foot +,-on flat gravel points .

White bass/hybrids:  The white bass are on the flats and southern humps in 12-17 foot of water,  some nice fish 2-3 pounds on average being caught. 1/2 oz jigging spoon is the best lure to use as always.  Schools of hybrids are mixed in with the whites you  just have to locate and try to keep up with a school.   the channel swings in the Pomme and the Osage and the cut at KK Island, will be holding fish  as long as they are pulling water from the lake  the weir should be good too 

Catfish:  flatheads are near river channel  using perch or goldfish .  channel cat are everywhere and catching on anything   leeches are a great bait .  blue cat   jugs in 60 foot of water fishing down only 2 -6 foot ,rod and reel fishing is good  not many  big boys rite now  but plenty of eaters being caught 25-40 of water drifting with shad ,   cat fish are pre-spawn  for another week or so  then they will go on the bed during June

remember the limit on cat fish changed from 10   to 5 fish for the daily limit


Until next time  (whenever that may be )  good luck and take care out
there on the lake


Jason Reynolds
Osage Bluff Marina
www.osagebluff.com
 

 

 

Fishing report as of : April 23rd, 2007

Good Luck...

Lake Level : 709.92 Discharging 15,800cfs
Lake Temperature : 55  Degrees at the dam 56 here and up to 62 in the backs of coves
Lake Color : Dirty, Osage is muddy with lots of floaters, Pommee is in good shape
 
 
Bass :  lot of fish being caught using spinnerbaits and chatter baits , dark ones if your fishing muddy water   several fish coming out of the flooded grass  and don't pass up any lay downs the fish are holding tight to cover in 3 foot of water or less in the back 1/3 of the coves. I have seen many nice stringer of bass this week, they are healthy good looking  fish this year  ready 4 spawn   most don't look like they have spawned yet   but that why they are shallow ,to do their thing ;)   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
Crappie : with the full moon coming up on the 2nd I would say the 3 days b4 and after that should be the FIRST wave of crappie to come to the banks  weather and lake permitting   . we are seeing some up in shallow water but it is spotty  some are coming from backs of coves where the water is warming up faster the water depth has varied from 2 - 20 foot of water but the most common is 4- 6 foot deep around the cedars in the cuts of a cove  bobbers are starting to work at 2-3 foot floating in to shore  but remember  as of to day its SPOTTY many anglers were disappointed this weekend   but it is just starting and will keep getting better. I did several nice limits of crappie from the anglers that found a bunched up mess of crappie
 
Walleye : they should be all over spawning  and going back home  stating to see a few keeper size show up  on a minnow while crappie fishing on the gravel points around cedars  u should be able to start using a crankbait or rattle trap on the gravel points very soon
 
Whites and Hybrids : I heard of a few on the Ozarks at the mouth of the creek where the wind was blowing    I haven't heard of any pattern on Truman yet   so if you have one let me hear it .  1 or 2  while crappie fishing on minnows being reported
 
Catfish :  30 feet of water, main lake points, cut bait, shallow water (2-4 feet) on sunny days in the grass with a mud bottom
 
"Even if you've been fishing for three hours
and haven't gotten anything except poison ivy and sunburn,
you're still better off than the worm."
 
As most of you know we have had a long winter with all the damage and a longer spring trying to get put back together  we have came a long way since Jan  we still have some to go but we are open and hopefully by mid of April weather permitting we will be wrapping it up  . With all the construction we have created a mess so please excuse it and be mindful there are areas that are work zones so please stay out of harms way   sorry if there are any inconveniences in our repairs  but it will be bigger and better than before thanks
Jason Reynolds

 

 

March 31st, 2007

lake level :   707.51
lake temp : 59
lake color : stained   the upper arms are dirty

 

Osage Bluff Marina will open for the season on April 6th, 2007.

 
bass :  has been fair to good depending on the weather jigs 6 foot of water spinnerbaits in the coves and back of pockets and rouges on the flats around cedars  but that bite is slowing down
 
crappie : have been good all spring so far  lots of nice fish  and not many small ones  jigs in 8-12 foot of water in the brush minnows are starting to work well in the last few days .    I have had many people tell me the males are moving in to the banks  way up stream  like sparrow foot and brushy creek  , the water is warming up quick and the fish are putting on weight for spawn   , it will still be a couple of weeks yet until spawn starts around here  and it should last 2-3 weeks depending on mother nature
 
walleye : they should be up stream finishing spawn  and below the dam
 
whites and hybrids : I heard of a few on the Ozarks at the mouth of the creek where the wind was blowing    I haven't heard of any pattern on Truman yet   so if u have one let me hear it .
 
catfish : blue cats   cut shad  2-4 foot of water on the mud flats and flooded grass

 

 

 

Oct 8 ,2006

Lake Level:  704.5

Discharge:  0 cfs  as of time of report,   
Water Temp: 69  degrees
Water Color:  Osage is stained, KK Island is stained but nice  and here at the marina it is stained   Pomme is clean
 Lots of  schools of bait fish   everywhere .! moving in to the coves   .   the lake  has turned over  and cleaning up nice   the fish have been picking up  everyday


Bass:   Bass are being caught with crankbaits on the secondary points and tubes around the timbered points.   Most fish are being caught on spinnerbaits in the mouths of coves   Buzzbaits and topwater are catching some early in the day.   

Crappie: some  being found in 30-35 foot water  down about 10-12    , minnows on the bridge piers working to .  I've been finding some in 10-12 foot of water  in the brush  down 6-8    using jigs    of the late afternoon  seeing some fish move up  next to the shore in 3 foot of water  on the gravel banks  using jigs and roadrunners

 
  Click on image to see full size picture.

 

Look at this enormous 3.4 lb crappie caught by Calvin Douglass this season.
 

Walleye:  Use a spoon on gravel points   Crankbait and rattletraps in same areas in 2-6 foot of water

White bass/hybrids:  some white and hybrids still on the humps  at kk island in 15 foot of water using a spoon .  many small white are on the wind blown gravel points using rattel traps and rooster tails in  2-6 foot of water in the mouths of coves

Catfish:   blues are in 30-35 foot of water  on the flats  using cut shad .


Until next time  (whenever that may be )  good luck and take care out
there on the lake


Jason Reynolds
Osage Bluff Marina
www.osagebluff.com

 

 

Aug 1 ,2006

Lake Level:  705.5

Discharge:  0 cfs  as of time of report,   
Water Temp:  87 degrees
Water Color:  Osage is stained, KK Island is stained but nice  and here at the marina it is stained   Pomme is clean
 Lots of f schools of bait fish   everywhere .


Bass:   Bass are being caught with crankbaits on the main lake points and jigs around the timbered points.   Most fish are being caught on  big worms, tubes, wacky worms, and carolina rigs near the drop offs of the channel or bluffs in 15 foot of water or so.   Buzzbaits and topwater are catching some early in the day.   Not seeing many big fish cought. 

Crappie:  Crappie are on their summer pattern in 25-40 foot of water off the side or near the channel 17-20 ft deep.  Some fish holding on the main lake points with timber.  Minnows are working best  and I found that jigging a chrome spoon in the cedars was costly but effective on big crappie in 22 foot of water on the bottom

 
  Click on image to see full size picture.

 

Look at this enormous 3.4 lb crappie caught by Calvin Douglass this season.
 

Walleye:  Use a spoon on gravel points near channel drop offs.  Prime spots are danger buoys and cut at KK island.  Crankbait and rattletraps in same areas are picking up a few.

White bass/hybrids:  The white bass are on the flats and southern humps in 12-17 foot of water,  some nice fish 2-3 pounds on average being caught. 1/2 oz jigging spoon is the best lure to use as always.  Schools of hybrids are mixed in with the whites you  just have to locate and try to keep up with a school.  some have been seen surfacing of an evening at the channel swings in the Pomme and the Osage and the cut at KK Island, some nice hybrids starting to show up  there has been some top water action with the warming water. Match the bait size with your lures.

Catfish:   Some nice big blues being caught on trout lines 10-15 foot down on the flats using goldfish and cut bait.  An abundance of fish are being caught in 20-22 foot of water using cut shad drifting KK flats but no real big ones. Please keep in mind the cat fish rules have changed this year and you are allowed 5 instead of 10.


Until next time  (whenever that may be )  good luck and take care out
there on the lake


Jason Reynolds
Osage Bluff Marina
www.osagebluff.com
 


 

 

Truman Lake, Missouriís Finest

 

Lying midway between three large metropolitan areas, Truman Lake has become a Mecca for fishermen, vacationers, and outdoors lovers of all kinds. A short one hour drive from Kansas City or Springfield will place one on the lakes beautiful protected shorelines. St. Louis is only about 2 hours and 45 minutes from the lake also. Wildlife is abundant everywhere one looks because of the restriction preventing development close to the waters edge. Wild turkey, deer, bald eagles, and even an occasional black bear, roam the 185,000 acres of timber and scattered meadows, surrounding the lake.

The lake was formed when the Osage River was dammed at Warsaw in 1979, backing up 55,000 acres of water at normal pool. There are five tributaries that furnish runoff into the lake. The largest is the Osage River with its headwaters in the state of Kansas to the west. Grand River begins south of Kansas City and passes just south of the city of Clinton. The Pomme De Terre River flows from the base of the dam at Pomme De Terre Lake from the south, one of the few north flowing streams in the US.  The Little Pomme De Terre River and Tebo Creek make up most of the rest of the inflow.

Each arm of the lake is unique in terrain and water quality. This is great for fishing because it gives an angler plenty of options in selecting where to fish on any given day. With the help of the Missouri Conservation Department often noted as the best in the US, the fishing has been nothing short of phenomenal for the last twenty years. Crappie, Bass, Walleye, Hybrid Bass, and Catfish, along with several other species, give everyone something to go fishing for. With many public boat ramps and five major marinas on the lake, access is easy from any direction of travel. The cites of Warsaw at the dam and Clinton on the upper Grand River Arm provide many restaurants, motels, and activities such as shopping for the many visitors in the area. There are several campgrounds at the waters edge mostly operated by the Corps of Engineers, along with private campgrounds adjoining the lake boundary.

The lake receives traffic almost the entire year with two wild turkey seasons, duck season, and a year round open fishing season. Many National and regional fishing tournaments are held on the lake which is a favorite among avid bass fishermen from all over the United States. The true southern hospitality of the people who live here year round makes the lake area a wonderful place to visit no matter when you have the opportunity. A short drive even for a day trip will remove you instantly from the traffic and busy lives in the Big City.

Osage Bluff Marina sits at the confluence of the Osage and Pomme De Terre Rivers and is the only marina south of the dam. Long a favorite launching site for fishermen and hunters they offer every service a visitor needs for a great stay at the lake. Quality lodging at Osage Bluff Lodge, Boat service center, bait and tackle, covered slips, and even a floating restaurant, make it a headquarters for many.

 


Fred Baraks Guide Service
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