Truman Lake, Mo.
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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.
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.
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Have a Happy Holiday
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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