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Fishing Report for Osage Bluff Marina Sept 11th, 2014

13 years ago today I was on the lake pre fishing a tournament. Ask any red blooded American and I will bet they can tell you exactly where they were. It was the most horrific day in American history. Hopefully we learned from this. May they rest in peace.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           705.9

WATER TEMP:        79 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear to lightly stained.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is still holding on here on Truman. The flats are still working in 8' to 15' of water with the fish holding right off the bottom. Minnows are the best. The brush piles are starting to produce some fish. Look for the piles in 15' to 20' of water with fish sitting right on top the brush. Minnows and jigs are working. The bluffs have fish on them in 20' to 30' of water with fish starting at 15'. Minnows here to. Look close to the points on the bluffs.

 

BASS: The bass fishing on the lake has been tough this week. Start looking in the back of the creek channels in 3' to 5' of water with shallow running crank baits. Buzz baits on the way back timbered flats with the wind blowing on in 3' to 8' of water is a good starting point. I also had a report of some fish starting to pull up on the shallow humps. Look in 9' to 15' of water. The bait was shaky heads with small worms.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites and hybrids are doing about as well as I have seen them all season. You will find them on the 10' to 16' humps during the day. 1/2 oz. spoons are working on these fish. The evening bite is where it's really happening. Look for fish either surfacing around the humps or up on the flat points. these fish have been in a foot of water. Last night Andy Nicholson brought in a limit of hybrids saying they had to throw on the bank and bring the baits back in the water they were so shallow. Rooster Tails and Vibrex Spinners are the best baits. If when fishing the humps don't be afraid to throw a spinner there to.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing is still going strong. Jugs seem to be working the best on the flats in 10' to 20' of water. Either cut shad or live perch set about 8' has been working. Rod and reel drift fishing is also producing fish on the flats. Cut shad is the best when fished 8' over 10' to 15' of water. did have a report of some fish out of the back of a creek on jugs set 4' baited with shad.

 

WALLEYE: Not much to report this week. I would still look on the humps around KK Island with deep running crank baits. Also might check the Smiths Bend Islands. Look in 10' to 15' in the saddles around the islands. Next week I am going to do a little walleye fishing, Hopefully will have a good report.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or on the web at www.osagebluff.com. Check us out on Face Book for the latest happenings at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   9/4/14

 

 We would like to thank all the super people who showed up last weekend for the holiday. We made it through till Monday before the rains came so it was a great weekend. The fish even cooperated with nice stringers of crappie and some fantastic cats. Hopefully it will continue on into the fall. We ended up with about 4" of rain this week and I am looking for the lake to start a rise, hopefully we will get to normal pool or above. The rain did put some color in the water in our area and pushed in some muddy water in the upper arms. The good thing is that the weatherman is telling us that we have cooler weather on the way so this weekend should be fantastic.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           705.21

WATER TEMP:         81 deg.

WATER CLARITY:  Light stain to dirty.

 

CRAPPIE: There are still a couple of patterns going on the crappie. The shallow bite is doing good but you have to keep moving. 8' to 12' of water in the tree rows on the flats right off the bottom has been working. Minnows are working the best. The bluff points are producing fish in 20' to 30' of water down about 15'. Here again minnows are the best. I don't know why but I struggle catching crappie in Sept. Normally the water temp starts to drop and the fish start moving to the points to move in the creeks to feed up for winter. With the way things are this year with everything about 2 weeks behind maybe they will hold off till October.

 

BASS: The bass have slowed a little this week. There were some fish caught off the wet weather branches that come in the creeks. Shallow running crank baits and jig and frog fished in 4' to 8' of water was working. The main lake points in 8' to 15' also worked with crank baits and 7 1/2" worms. Points had to have timber and deep water close by. The early top water bite came back with Buzz Baits working the best. The main lake timbered flats in 4' to 8' of water with the wind blowing across them worked the best. I look for this bite to get better as the water temp cools.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The evening top water bite is still going. Lots of nice hybrids and big whites being caught. They are still in all of the normal places. Rooster Tails and 1/4 oz. spoons have been working the best. There was also some nice hybrids come in trolling off the airport. Look around the under water ridges. With the rain hopefully they will start running some water and get the spoon bite going again on the humps. I have seen some shad up on the flats in the late afternoon so its just a matter of time before this bite takes off.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing is about as good as I have seen it all summer. A good friend Nick Forbes weighed a 54 lb. and a 51 lb. blue along with others last weekend. ( I will get even) . Trot lines seemed to be the ticket in 15' to 20' of water in the creek mouths. Cut shad was the bait. Jugs also produced some fish on the flats in 10' to 15' with cut shad set about 8'.

 

WALLEYE: Trolling seemed to be the answer for walleye. The humps with 9' on top around the island are still holding so fish. Also night crawler harness rigs produced some fish off flat main lake pee gravel points on the Pomme De Terre arm. Looking forward to the cool down for some crank bait action on the points.

 

That's the report from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 for this week. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina or the web at www.osagebluff.com. Lovin them fish tacos.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   8/28/14

 

Looks like the holiday is upon us and the weatherman is going to give us a little reprieve in the heat over the weekend. There is a little chance for rain Sat. but as bad as we need it it will probably miss us. The lake is down a little so use extra caution in running there is some trees and stumps that are in lower unit range now. The water temp is still fantastic so it looks like skiing and tubing could be a great way to beat the warm weather.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           705.1

WATER TEMP:        84 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear to lightly stained.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is still pretty good. With the lower lake level we are finding trees that haven't been fished much and it seems the crappie have moved in. Look for trees in 8' to 15' of water on the timbered flats and fish minnows right off the bottom. As I have said before we use long poles and keep moving tree to tree. There is a little bite on the bluffs in 25' + of water and the fish seem to be holding about 15'. Here again minnows are the best.

 

BASS: The early morning bite has kind of switched to the late evening bite, There has been a top water bite on the timbered flats in 3' to 6' of water. Look for the flats with bait fish being blowing in. Zara Spooks and buzz baits are working. During the day fish the lay downs in 3' to 6' with creature baits in the front parts of the creeks. There are also a few fish coming on crank baits on the main lake points. 6' to 12' of water around the hardwoods.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the heat the COE has been running a little water in the afternoons and this has produced a pretty good spoon bite on the humps. 1/2 oz. spoons seem to be working the best in 9' to 15' of water. There is also a good top water bite in the evenings. Rooster tails and 1/4 oz. spoons are working on the whites and a 4" sassy shad on a 1/2 oz. head is good on hybrids. The hybrids seem to be holding in a little deeper water. 8' to 12' around the humps.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing is still holding in there on the flats. Rod and reel and jugs both are catching nice blues and channels on the flats. They have moved a little shallower like everything else. 12' to 20' with baits set about 6' has been working. Cut shad has been the best bait. We are finally seeing shad big enough for bait. Saw several nice bunches in the Fairfield area this week.

 

WALLEYE: Trolling seem to be the answer this week for walleye. The saddles around the humps and underwater islands in 12' to 15' has been working. Timber Tigers were the top deep running crank bait this week. It's interesting how many walleye fisherman you run into on the lake these days. Goes to show the population is growing and doing well on Truman.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff  Marina 660-438-2939. You can find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina or www.osagebluff.com. Still have a couple of monthly stalls for the fall left. Reduced rate, snooze you loose.

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina           8/22/14

 

Summer has finally arrived and it has gotten warm. It's not really bad fishing early in the mornings. I have came to the conclusion  that 11:00 am. is a good time to quit and go do something else at least for the next few days. Looks like we have a cool down coming next week just in time for the holiday. Speaking of holidays we have a couple of stalls left so if interested give us a call and get one reserved.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           706.70

WATER TEMP:         83 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear to light stained.

 

CRAPPIE: We have found that you can not fish to shallow for crappie right now. I have talked to several people who are finding big bunches of fish on one tree. 10 fish up to a limit, I'm still finding mostly singles on the flats in 8' to 12' right off the bottom. Seems the bunches are out of 20' to 25' and down around 12'. The flats seem to be the best right now. There is a bite in the dam area on the bluffs in 35' of water with the fish holding about 15'. Minnows by far are the best right now.

 

BASS: As much as the crappie are liking the heat the bass aren't. This week the bass have slowed up. 10' to 15' of water on the secondary points fished with a 7 1/2" worm is the best right now. The top water bite in the early am. is still working on the timbered flats but by 7:30 it seems to be done. Buzz baits and Pop R's  still seem to be the best. This is a good time of the year to check the ditches along the road beds with a brush hogs or a big craw. I look in 12' to 15' of water in the small brush piles.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The top water action continues in the evenings. We are seeing lots of nice fish come in. All the old hot spots are working with KK Island being one of the best right now. Rooster Tails and 1/4 oz. spoons have been working the best. 4" sassy shad have been working on the hybrids. The COE has been running water during the day this week and that has pushed some spoon fish on the humps during the day. 9' to 12' has been working around the island.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing here on Truman is still good. Either rod and reel drift fishing or floating jugs is the best way to go. Look on the flats in 20' of water and set baits at about 10'. Cut shad has been working the best. I have had a couple reports of big shad in the little Pommie. In our area bait has been hard to find. If running trot line run often and early with the heat.

 

WALLEYE: This week we had a good week on Walleye. Fish seemed to be holding in the saddles around the humps and islands in 15'. Shad Raps in Tenn..Shad seemed to work the best and the deepest running bait you can find is what they were looking for. Best bet was trolling.

 

This week the schools started in our area so if you are on you way to that honey hole early in the morning please drive with care.

 

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

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     8/14/14

 

It sure doesn't feel like summer in Missouri, not that I am complaining. This week has been perfect. Cool mornings and evenings and just right during the day. The wind even cooperated this week and let you fish wherever you wanted. We even got our food plots in this week hoping for a little rain, during the night of course. Still seeing lots of turkey and deer crossing the roads so if you are in the area you might want to use a little extra caution.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            706.41

WATER TEMP:         80 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: We had a good bite going on in the Pommie last weekend. Fish were on the flats in 12' to 18' of water. Tree rows fished with minnows were working the best. There is also a good bite going on in the dam area on the bluffs. Look in 30' of water down about 12' with minnows. The water color from Ed's camp to Smiths Bend is perfect but the bite has slowed a little in that area. There are a few fish up shallow in 8' to 12' on the flats but you have to fish a lot of trees and we found the best thing to do in keep moving till you hit a fish then work that area hard.

 

BASS: The bass have slowed a little in  our area. You can still catch the early morning top water bite throwing buzz baits and Pop R's but it's not lasting long. Look on the flats in the coves with the wind blowing into in 4' to 8' of water. During the day the main lake points seem to be the best when fished with 7 1/2" worms. !0' to 15' in the clear water on the channel swing points. I look for the bite to pick up with cooler weather coming.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Lots of report of whites and a few real good hybrids being caught. Evening seems to be the best. If you are there by 7:30 you are still in time. There is surface activity going on in all the normal spots. KK Island, Point O 3 and the Pommie Flats to name a few. Rooster Tails, Pop R's and Sassy Shad are working. The COE has been running a little water in the evenings so there has been a little bite on the humps using spoons. With the warm up this weekend they may generate a little so it might be worth checking out the weir and the humps at O 3 with spoons.

 

CATFISH: We are still seeing some cat fish come in and hearing lots of complaints of the fish that are in the slot and having to go back in the water. Sure hope this project works out. The fish that are being caught are on the flats in 12' to 15' of water with baits set about 8'. Either rod and reel drift fishing or jugs are working when fished with cut shad. The cat bit should start picking up when the water temp starts cooling down. It's hard to compare this year with last but last Sept. the cat fishing was super. There is a good night bite with rod and reel for channels around KK Island. Had some customers in last weekend that fished till 2:30 am and said they had fish biting so fast they could only use one rod.

 

WALLEYE: There was a few walleye coming in off the humps at KK Island. Trolling was working the best in the saddles next to the humps. 12' to 17' seemed to be the hot spot. When the water starts cooling down I look for these critters to fire back up again.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Marina 660-438-2938. If you are needing a boat stall for the holiday give us a call and get it reserved. We have a couple left but going fast. You can find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina or the web at www.osagebluff.com.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   8/7/14

 

 Had a wonderful rain last night and more in the forecast for this week so lets hope that maybe the drought is over. The other good thing about a rain like that is that it washes lots of nutrients in the lake for fish to eat and improves the ecosystem. On the selfish side I was wanting rain to soften up the earth so I can start getting food plots in for this winter. We have been seeing lots of turkeys and deer in our end of the county. Looks like a good hatch with lots of hens still raising pullets in the double digits. Won't know about the deer until later in the summer when we start putting the cameras out. Enough gibber on with the fishing report.

 

LAKE LEVEL:               706.14

WATER TEMP:            81 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to a light stain. We should be getting some color in the upper arms from the rain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing continues to improve. I have been getting good reports from all over the lake. The sure thing is take lots of minnows. Fish the tree rows on the flats in 12' to 20' of water. Fish should be down 8' to 12'. When fishing for crappie we use long poles 95% of the time. Anything from a 9' to a 12' rod. With these you can stay back from the trees you are fishing and it's easier to put the bait right where you want it. With the clear water you can see the trees that are just under the surface which have been real good producers. We are still finding some nice fish on individual trees sitting all by themselves in 15' to 20' of water on the flats.

 

BASS: The top water bite is still going in the early morning. Buzz baits and Pop R's are the best producers on the flat points in the creeks in 4' to 8' of water. During the day the main lake points are working when fished with big worms and crank baits in 8' to15' of water. With the rain it might not hurt to fish the wet weather ditches in the creeks with a crank bait.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: This week the white bass and hybrid fishing has been real good. There has been top water fish every night. Anything from a 1/4 oz. spoon to a Rooster Tail to a Pop R has been taking fish. Pommie flats, KK Island, O 3 have all had fish on them. During the day there has been fish come off the humps on 1/2 oz. spoons. Maybe with the warm up this weekend they will run a little water and keep the bite going.

 

CATFISH: Rod and reel drift fishing is still the best right now but last weekend a friend of mine did super on trot lines so the best way to put it is the cat fishing is good. The best bait is cut shad. It's been a little tough to get big shad here lately but I have noticed early in the mornings there has been some bigger shad working around the bridges. Right now you can drift about any flat on the lake in 20' of water with baits at about 10' and catch some fish.

 

WALLEYE: Trolling is still working on the walleye around the islands. 10' seems to be the depth they are liking right now. Deep running shad raps has been a good bait this week along with the 3/4 oz. Wiggle Wart. Tenn. Shad was a color that worked along with orange and bone.

 

We still have our fall special going on monthly stalls so if interested you can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina

660-438-2939 or www.osagebluff.com. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  7/31/14

 

The big topic is the weather and how long is it going to last. This week has been one of the mildest July weeks I can remember and the fish are really enjoying it. The lake has been holding steady and the water clarity is perfect. This week I think the fishing has picked up with a little bit of everything being caught. Whites and hybrids are good along with crappie. Walleye are starting to pick up. Bass are a little slow but cat fishing is good on rod and reel. With the conditions we have now it would be a great time to visit Truman and have some fun.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          706.53

WATER TEMP:       80 deg.

WATER CLARITY:  Clear to light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The depth seem to be the key this week. The best bite has been in 12' to 16' of water. Tree rows on the flats seem to be working the best. Fish seem to be holding about 10'. Minnows are the best right now but jigs will work. Brush piles in 12' to 20 of water are also producing. The bluffs has been a little tough this week, it seems the fish keep moving in and out. When you catch one it seems like the rest of the school moves and you have to keep moving. Cedars in 20' to 25' is a good bet but it seems like one fish to a tree.

 

BASS: Everything is about the same as last week. The early morning top water bite is still good but it doesn't last long. Buzz baits and Pop R's fished on the secondary points in 6' to12' of water has been on till about 8;00 am. Then it's point hopping main lake points with big worms in 10' to 15' of water. The ditches next to the road beds in 15' + with brush on then is also working. Best baits are Brush Hogs and chompers on wobble heads.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: There has been surface activity going on almost all week. The evenings have been the best for top water. All the normal spots have been working. 7:00 pm on seems to be the start time. Rooster Tails and Pop R's along with 4" sassy shad on a 1/2 oz. head should be all you need for a fun night. Trolling around the humps during the day has produced some nice whites and hybrids this week. 10' seemed to work the best when fished with deep running rebel crank baits. Watch for the gulls working its a tell tail sign of where the fish are.

 

CATFISH: Drift fishing with rod and reel has been real good this week. Cut shad fished in 10' to 15' of water down about 10' has produced some nice blues this week. Best action has been on the flats close to river channel bends. Jugs have also been working with cut shad on the flats. Haven't had any reports on flat heads this week.

 

WALLEYE: This week the walleye fishing has picked up. Trolling the islands in the Berry Bend and the Smiths Bend area has been good. Deep running Wiggle Warts and  Rebels when fished on the 10' breaks has had very good results.

 

We would like to extend our condolences to the Charles Miiddlestadt family with the passing of Charlie this week. He was a long time resident of Warsaw and guided on the lake for many years. He will be missed.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     7/17/14

 

Beat the heat and get some serious fishing done this week before it warms back up. The weatherman is calling for perfect weather the rest of the week and for July it just doesn't get any better. The COE hasn't been pulling a lot of water but when they do it seems to be around 3 pm. to 7pm. which seems to get the whites and hybrids fired up for the evening bite. With no rain this week the lake has cleared nicely and the upper arms are producing some good fish again.

 

LAKE LEVEL:         

WATER TEMP:
WATER CLARITY:  Clear to lightly stained.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is still a little tough but you can catch a good meal if you put in the time. The bluff banks seem to be holding a lot of little fish right now. 25' to 35' of water fished down 20' with minnows has been producing. The tree rows on the river channels in 20' are producing some better fish when fished with minnows or jigs fished down about 10'. We have found that an isolated tree on the flats in 20' to 25' of water is a good spot to find a couple of big crappie.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is about the same as it was last week. In our area the secondary points are the best. 10" worms and big craws have been the best producers in 10' to 15' of water. There are a few fish coming off main lake points on crank baits. Look for the wind blown points in 10' to 15' of water. The top water bite early in the morning seems to be getting shorter. Buzz baits on the timbered flats in 4' to 6' works till about 7 am. and then they seem to disappear.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE not running much water during the day the whites and hybrids have slowed down a little. There is still a good surface bite in the evening. O 3 and KK Island seem to be the better spots right now. Rooster Tails and Pop R's along with a 1/4 oz. spoon are the best baits right now. With the warm up coming on Monday I look for them to generate power so that should help the bite.

 

CATFISH: The catfish bite is still holding in there on rod and reel. There has been a good bite drifting the humps around KK Island. Look for the breaks next to the humps in 15' to 20' of water. Cut shad has been the best. There was a few flat heads caught on main lake points on trot lines last weekend. Lines were set about 20' and perch were used down about 15'.

 

WALLEYE: Haven't had many out looking for walleye this week. My choice would still be deep running crank baits on main lake points. Look in 6' to 10' of water. This time of the year it might not hurt to hit the islands up around Smiths Bend with spoons, I have had some luck in that area over the last couple of years.

 

We still have a couple of stalls that we will rent monthly for the fall fishing at a reduced rate. You can contact us at 660-438-2939 or on the web at www.osagebluff.com. Also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

 We would like to thank everyone who showed up last weekend and celebrated the 4th. with us. It was a fantastic crowd and lots of fun. The fire works were super all over the lake. So lets plan on doing it again next year.

 

With the recent rains we have had the lake is still in real good shape. The upper arms are a heavy stain but are still fishable. The COE has not been running water so it looks like the color will filtrate out before it gets to the lower lake. The main lake is fantastic rite now. We are on a slow rise now so when the Mississippi and Missouri get back in check and they start running water the whites and hybrids should pick up.

 LAKE LEVEL:         708.06

WATER TEMP:      81 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to Stained.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is picking up with the warmer temps. It seems like you can catch fish off all the summer patterns be it tree rows, bluffs or brush piles. The main thing seems to be 18' to 23' of water and the fish are holding in about 15' to 18' of water. Either minnows or jigs will work. The bluffs are starting to produce lots of little fish right now. This week we found good fish on road beds up the Osage where the water turned a little dingy. Have had several good reports out of Little Pommie on the edge of the river channel.

 

BASS: The bass are settled in to their summer pattern. Top water is working early in the mornings on the flats in the creeks. Buzz baits and Pop R's are best when fished in 5' to 8' of water in the timber. After the sun gets up big worms fished in 10' to 15' of water on either main lake or the first secondary point going back in a creek. You have to move the baits slow as the fish are not real aggressive.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lack of water flow through the dam the whites and hybrids are mostly being caught on top while surfacing. Best times are early morning and in the evening. There were lots of 5 lb. to 8 lb. hybrids caught over the weekend. Point O 3 was one of the hot spots along with KK Island. 4" shad bodies on a 1/2 oz. head seem to be working the best. Look at either flat points or the shallow humps when the wind blows across them.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing slowed down this week. There were a few caught last weekend drift fishing with rod and reel using cut shad. One of the better bites was drifting the humps around KK Island. There was also a few caught drifting jugs on the flats in 20' of water. Perch and cut shad were the best when fished right off the bottom.

 

WALLEYE: No report on walleye this week. Did see some fellows fishing for them around the island at Smiths Bend but hadn't had any luck yet. They were spooning and using night crawlers.

 

That's about it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Look for us on the web at www.osagebluff.com or on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.  If you are gearing up for some super fall fishing on Truman we have a couple of boat stalls that we will rent out monthly. We also have 2 open house boat stalls available.

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

WOW!!!!!!! Happy 4th of July. Sure doesn't seem like July already. The weatherman has a perfect weather forecast planed for the weekend with cooler temps and no rain so come and enjoy  the fishing and fun with us. Lots of stuff going on starting on the 4th, so don't miss out. Truman Lake will have all kinds of celebrations going on this weekend so don't hear about it from you neighbors come experience it.

 

LAKE LEVEL:         707.63

WATER TEMP:      81 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to heavy stain in the upper arms.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are starting to bunch up a little more as the summer pattern continues to improve. Have had several reports this week of 10 and up to 20 fish coming out of a single tree. My fish were spread out a lot more but I think the bite is improving. The bluff banks are doing a little better than the flats this week. Look in 20' to 30' in the cedars. Fish seem to be holding from 10' to 18'. Minnows are doing the best here. We had good luck on some old road beds up the Osage in the dirtier water. 20' down 10' with red and chartreuse jigs. Good sized fish but one to a tree.

 

BASS: The bass are doing good in our area. They are still on the secondary points. Big worms and craws are the top baits. Camo seems to be one of the better colors in the clearer water. 8' to 12' seems to be the best depth. The top water bite on the flats is still working also. Buzz baits and Pop R's are the best when fished early in the morning in 4' to 6' of water. Look on the timbered flats with the wind blowing in.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE not running much water the white bass have been a little off this week. There has been some surface activity going on in the evenings. Rooster Tails and Sassy Shad with 1/2 oz. heads are working the best on these fish. Look in all the regular spots for top water fish. KK and O 3 and the airport top the list.

 

CATFISH: Jugs are still working well on the flats in 20' of water. We are seeing good numbers of blues come in under the slot. Cut shad has been the best bait. Rod and reel drift fishing is also picking up. Drift the humps abound KK and Berry Bend with cut shad. Have been seeing a few flat heads come in off trot lines. Main lake points seem to be working with perch being the best baits.

 

WALLEYE: The walleye have slowed this week with the lack of water flow. What few have come in have been on deep running crank baits on the points on Pommie.  6' to 10' has been the best depth.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-2939 or on the web at www.osagebluff.com. You can also find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. If you are coming to the lake this weekend on the water and the road please drive with care.

 

 Till next week

     Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     6/26/14

 

 Looks like the weatherman is going to give us a nice weekend. a little chance of rain but for this time of the year the temps look good. The fish are starting to cooperate again so it looks like a great time to get out and enjoy the lake. The water in our area is in good shape and has been holding at a fairly stable level. The crappie are on the summer pattern and the cats are coming off the beds so we should be in for a good week of fishing.

 I know this is a fishing report but I'm on a new rant so I thought I would throw it out there and let you be the judge. We are all outdoors men of some type and I think the MO. Dept of Conservation is back at it again. They redid the blue cat fishing regulations last year and are starting on the deer this year. I went to a town hall meeting last Thursday in Warsaw and was very concerned with what they are wanting to do. Please go to their web site and check it out, Hopefully emails and letters will help. More on this later.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          707.10

WATER TEMP:        82 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to stained.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are getting a little more consistent on the summer pattern. There are a couple of patterns going and I guess it depends what style of fishing you like. The tree rows on the flats are producing some nice fish. Look for 16' to 20' of water. Minnows or jigs will work. Fish seem to be holding about 10'. We use long poles so it keeps us back off the trees and we keep moving tree to tree. The bluff fish are also getting with the program. Look in 25' to 40' and fish down 15' to 20' with minnows. Look for brush piles on the bottom.

 

BASS: The secondary point bite is still going strong in our area. 10" worms and big craws Texas rigged are the best right now. Look for 8' to 12' of water.With the COE not running much water it seems the fish are laying off the ends of the points.close to the break line. In the creeks on the tree rows that parallel the channels there is a top water bite early and late. Watch for the shad working the surface. Crank baits are starting to pull some fish off the main lake points. Seems the wind blown points are working the best.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the Corps. slowing the water flow through the dam the white and hybrid bite has turned into a early and late bite of surfacing fish. Now that's not saying you won't catch them during the day but it has been the best in the evening. Seems all the old hot spots have fish in their areas. KK, O 3, Pommie flats all have been producing. A variety of bait are working like hog sticks. rooster tails sassy shad and pop r's. Even the small 1/4 oz. spoon will catch fish. If they run water the humps will produce when fished with a spoon.

 

CATFISH: The fish are starting to come off the beds and the blues fishing is starting to pick up. Seeing most of the fish come in under the slot. Fresh cut shad is the best when fished on the flats next to channel bends in 20' of water down about 10'. Drift fishing with rod and reel is also working. We did see a couple of nice flat heads come in last weekend. Perch seemed to be the best bait and stationary jugs set off main lake points in 20' was producing.

 

WALLEYE: Starting to see a few more fish come off the main lake points on crank baits now. P gravel points in 8' to 12' of water seems the best with deep water close by. There was also so fish caught trolling off the island on deep running cranks. Tenn. shad and purple and white were the better colors.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can find us on the web at www.osagebluff.com  or  on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. Count down to the holidays we're getting ready. Looks like a fun 4th. of July. Come celebrate with us.

 

  Till next week

     Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina         6/19/14

 

The COE is dropping the lake level down nicely. They have been running water about everyday which in turn has got the whites and hybrids going. The wind has been the major issue this week where it has made the crappie fishing pretty tough. The fish are there you just can't hold the boat still to catch them. The upper arms of the lake have gotten muddy with the water flow. Tally to Smiths Bend is real dirty now along with Sparrow Foot and Deep Water. With the water color you may want to stay more towards the center of Truman. I think it will take about a week for the mud to filter out.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           707.8

WATER TEMP:        76 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Main lake clear upper arms muddy.

 

CRAPPIE: There is a pretty good crappie bite going on the main lake on the bluff banks now Look in 25' to 35' of water.The brush piles along the bluffs are holding fish. Minnows fished down 15' to 20' will work. You will have to weed through the little guys but if you are patient you can catch some nice fish. There is also a bite in the Berry Bend area in the cedars. Either jigs or minnows will work in 16' to 20' down 12' to 15'. Either the flats or bluffs will work but the pattern right now is the cedars.

 

BASS: The bass fishing remains pretty good in our area. The better fish are holding on the secondary points in 8' to 15' of water. Either big worms or craws are the best right now. There is also a early top water bite on buzz baits right off the grass that is still in from the high water. The fish are holding off the original bank. With the rate of the water dropping I don't think this bite will last long but with the wind blowing bait fish in this may keep it going for a while. Just look for the flats with the wind either blowing in or across.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE running water like they are this bite is real good. There are fish on most of the old haunts. Look at the humps with 15' of water on them. Spoons are doing good along with trolling deep running crank baits. There has also been some good surface activity in the evenings. Rooster Tails and 4" Sassy shad have been working on the hybrids. This bite will continue as long as they keep running water.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing this week has slowed. There are still a few coming off jugs on the flats. Seems like they are in 15' to 20' with baits set 8' to 10'. Perch and cut shad have been doing the best. If you are fishing the dirty water gold fish have started picking up some fish. Trot lines have been taking a few fish off the main lake points in 15' to 20' of water; Same baits have been working here.

 

WALLEYE: The walleye have slowed a little this week. Have had a couple reports of some small fish being caught off the humps around KK Island. These were caught trolling deep running crank baits in 15' of water. I look for this bite to get better real quick. When the water stabilizes the flat points should start producing again.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina. We do have a couple of stall left for the holiday so you can get one reserved by calling 660-438-2939 or on the net at www.osagebluff.com. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      6/12/144

 

Rain is the big topic of discussion this week. Even with the amount we have had in the lakes area this week the lake is still in great shape. We are up about 1 1/2' but the water clarity is remaining perfect for fishing. Water temps are in the right area to get the fish on the summer pattern so it looks like a great time to hit Truman.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          707.4

WATER TEMP:       76 deg.

WATER CLARITY:  Light stain to clear.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are slowly moving to their summer pattern. The flats are producing fish in 15' to 20' of water. The outside tree rows are working the best and you need to look at the cedars. Fish seem to be holding down 10' to 15.' Yesterday the fish were holding right next to the trunks. We couldn't do anything off the hard woods. Minnows are working the best but jigs will also catch fish. The bluffs are working also with the fish holding to the cedars also. 30' of water down 10' to 15'. Minnows seem to be working the best here.

 

BASS: Secondary points. The bass are done spawning and are setting up on the secondary points. Look on the front side of the points due to the COE pulling water. Use a big worm or craw and throw towards the backs of the creeks into the current. Fish 6' to 10'. Shallow running crank baits will also work here. Early and late there is a top water bite on the flats. Buzz baits and Pop R's are working in 3' to 5' of water  Look for the pockets on the flats where the wind is blowing into pushing the shad in.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE running water the white and hybrid fishing is really going to get going. There has been fish come off all the old regular spots. KK Island, O 3 the weir and G 4 all have been putting out fish. Fish spoons on the humps in 10' to 15' of water or troll a deep running crank bait. The has been a few hybrids caught using a 4" sassy shad with a 1/2 oz. head. Look for suspended fish and count it down and use a pumping action on the retrieve.

 

CATFISH: Jugs and drift fishing with rod and reel on the flats in 20' of water has been producing some nice blues. Cut shad and perch seem to be working the best. There has also been a flat head bite starting. Perch fished on main lake points in 20' to 30' of water on trot lines. I look for them to start working their way back in the creeks to spawn. All in all the cat fishing is still good.

 

WALLEYE: Seeing more walleye come in. Humps have been producing walleye on crank baits early in the morning.

Later in the morning they fall off in the saddles next to the humps and can be caught jigging a 1/2 oz. spoon. You can also use a deep running crank bait on flat points in 8' to12' of water. Look for p gravel points.

 

What's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can also find us on the web at www.osagebluff.com or Osage Bluff Marina on face book. I still have a couple of stalls left for the 4th. of July so get your reservations in.

 

Till next week

  Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      6/5/14

 

Another great week in the outdoors. Started seeing baby turkeys this week along with that have seen 3 fawns that couldn't be more than a couple days old. I think this spring our weather was good enough to leave mother nature to do her thing and am looking for lots of young critters to start popping out so watch with extra care while driving. Looks like we have a small chance of rain this week so that should cool things down a little and maybe put a little color in the water. This is about as clear as I have seen Truman this time of the year.

 

LAKE LEVEL:         706.87

WATER TEMP:      78 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie have been a little slow this week. They are trying to move to the summer pattern after spawning and are at that inactive state of resting after the spawn. You can catch fish off the edge of the flats on the tree rows in 15' to 20' down 8' to12'. Minnows have been working the best here. There are also fish starting to work the bluffs in 30'+ water. Look for brush and fish right on top of it. Jigs or minnows are working. With the clear water blue and pearl jigs seem to be working a little better than most others. Work areas slow and keep moving until you catch a fish then work that area real through. Did hear of some spider rigging in the creek channels 20' of water down 12'.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is starting to pick up. There is a pretty good top water bite early and late. Pop R's and Zara Spooks are working on the flats in the creeks in 6' to 8' of water. The secondary points are also starting to produce some good fish on crank baits and 10" worms. Look on the back sides of the points in 8' to 12' of water. Don't be afraid to fish the tree rows on the edge of the creek channels with a sinko or a lightly weighted worm. 

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We are starting to see surfacing fish in the evenings around KK Island and up on the Pommie flats. Rooster Tails and lipless crank baits are working here along with 4" sassy shad with a 1/2 oz. head. Spoons are also starting to work on the humps. Check the humps on the south end of the island and up at O 3.

 

CATFISH: We have been seeing lots of blues come in. This may slow up a little with the fish going to nest but jugs on the flats in 20' of water baited with perch or cut shad set about 10' is still the bite. Drift fishing with rod and reel will also work here. We are starting to see a few flat heads come in. Trot lines set on bluff points around lay downs in water from 6' down to 15' baited with perch seems to be doing good right now.

 

WALLEYE: The walleye are starting to pick up. Crank baits on the flat points on the Pommie arm. Look for points with 6' to 12' of water before it breaks off in deep water. Purple and bone colors have been working the best. There has also been some fish on the humps around the island hitting spoons. Look in 12' to 15'. This bite seems to be an early morning bite.

 

That's it for this week form Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can also find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina or www.osagbluff.com. We still have a few stalls left for the July 4th weekend so get your reservations in soon.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      5/29/14

 

 Another month and another holiday gone by already and good ones they were. Lots of fish caught and even with the rain on Saturday we had a really good time. The weather turned out perfect on Sunday and Monday and with the lake being at normal pool everyone enjoyed a great weekend. Even the fish cooperated.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            707.01

WATER TEMP:          71 deg.

WATER CLARITY:     Clear to light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are starting to go to their summer pattern now. Had several reports of fish on the tree rows on the flats in 15' to 20' of water. Minnows have been working the best when fished 8' to 10' down. Keep moving until you catch a fish then work that area thoroughly. There are fish also starting on the bluff banks in 30' to40' of water. You will find these fish 15' to 20' down. Here again minnows are the best. Look for brush on the bottom along the bluffs and fish right above it.

 

BASS: The bass are finishing up spawning and have been a little temperamental this week. Seems the females have moved to deeper water to rest and the males are guarding to fry. Top water will work in the back of the creeks early and late. Spooks, Pop R's and buzz baits would top that list. Look in 3' to 6' of water. For the females look along the edge of the creek channel in 12' to 17' of water. Pitch lightly weighted worms or light jigs in the timber along the creek channel edge. A slow moving crank bait will also work here.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Even though the COE. hasn't been running much water through the dam we have been seeing lots of nice whites and hybrids come in. These fish are scattered so they are a little trickier to find but there is a pattern to it. They are not in the big tight schools like normal you will graph a few fish but there are lots of them. When you see a few on the graph stop and throw a Rooster Tail or a Vibrex spinner fan casting the area, they will come up to hit it. KK Island and O 3 are two good areas now. Trolling Rooster Tails will also work but you need to put out a lot of line and troll real slow. Trolling motor speed works about right.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing is about as good as I have seen in a while. Jugs, trot lines and rod and reel are all working. Perch and cut shad are the best baits. Fishing the flats in 15' to 20' of water with baits set about 10' is working. Also drift fishing with rod and reel with the same baits set right off the bottom has been picking up some good blues.

 

WALLEYE: Saw several walleye come in this weekend. Most fish came off flat points using deep running crank baits. There were also fish that came off the humps at KK Island here again on crank baits. With the water temps going into the 70's I look for the walleye to feed on top of the humps early and drop off in the saddles when the sun gets higher. Spoons should start working on top the humps.

 

With one holiday done it's time to start planning for the next. I still have a few boat stalls left for the Fourth of July so if interested you can get us at 660-438-2939 or www.osagebluff.com. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

     Tommy

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      5/22/14

 With the holiday weekend at hand the weatherman has given us a reprieve on the weather forecast. They have cut back on the rain chances for the weekend and the temps are going to be fantastic so it sounds like a wonderful holiday on the lake. The lake is at normal pool and the water clarity is good so the fishing should be good. Please remember to boat with care and not only watch the other guy but watch yourself.

 LAKE LEVEL:           706.7

WATER TEMP:         69 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear to light stain.

 CRAPPIE: The crappie have pretty well finished up spawning now and the summer pattern is starting up the lake. We are seeing fish come out of 15' to 20' of water down about 7' to 10'. Minnows seem to be working the best but blue and pearl jigs have started picking up in the clear water. There is a bite that is starting on the bluff banks in 30' to 40' of water down about 25' on minnows. As the crappie continue to move from their spawning areas this bite will get better by the day.

 

BASS: The bass are finishing up spawning also and are a little tough this week. There are some bucks guarding the nests that are still hitting but I think the big females have moved out and are resting up in the creek channels. Look for fry around the trees in the creeks and drop a jig or a small worm through them. Fishing a big worm on main lake points in 8' to 12' of water is another good spot to look right after the spawn. You might even try the small main lake pockets for some late spawning fish as this is the slowest water to warm up. Here lizards and creature baits will work.

 WHITES: The whites and hybrids are starting to pick up in our area. KK Island has been producing good numbers of fish all week. Trolling rooster tails has been productive as well as jigging spoons on the humps. Look in 15' to 20' of water. There has even been a little surface activity in the evenings. Rooster Tails and small Rat L Traps are working on these fish. There has been some big hybrids come off the north end of the island trolling.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing remains good with good numbers of blues coming in. Jugs seem to be doing the best along with drift fishing with rod and reel. Perch and fresh shad seem to be working the best. Fishing the main lake flats in 20' of water with baits set 8' to 10' of water has been producing good sized blues this week. I have heard of lots of fish in the slot being caught and several over the slot. Had a couple reports on flat heads. Main lake points along lay downs where it drops in deep water fishing with live perch has been working.

 

WALLEYE: We are getting more reports all the time of walleye being caught. Main lake points seem to be doing the best when fished with deep running crank baits. Look for p gravel points with 8' to 15' of water that drop into deep water. There has been a few fish on the humps on the south end of KK Island. Either spoons or crank baits have been working here. It is a early and late bite and I am looking for it to continue to improve.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can also find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina or www.osagebluff.com. If you are going to be in the lakes area this weekend please drive with care.

 

And let us remember the true meaning of Memorial Day and take a moment and remember someone from the past.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    5/15/14

 

 Looks like after this last cold front pushes through we should be back to normal by the weekend. So much for global warming. Even with the cooler weather the water temp has been holding steady in the mid 60's. With this the  fish have been remaining on move and some are finishing up spawning and the rest are starting to come to the banks. We have had good report this week of all different finds of fish being caught. There are still a few crappie on the banks along with the bass starting in. Last weekend we saw some limits of blue come in so all in all the fishing is on the up swing.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           706.7

WATER TEMP:        66 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear to light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: There are still a few bedding crappie in our area. In the clear water the fish are spawning in deeper water than normal. Look in 5' to 8' in the clear water and in the stained water you can find them in 2' to 4'. There are an assortment of baits working from road runners to jig and bobbers to tight lining jigs with long poles. Look in the coves on the p gravel banks and fish any brush you see. Keep moving until you catch a fish and then work the area hard. On the upper ends of the lake the fish have finished spawning and have started moving to the summer pattern. Look on the tree rows along the bluff banks in 15' to 20' of water and fish about 7' down. Either jigs or minnows will work here. In the Tally Bend to Smith Bend area you might want to try the summer pattern.

 

BASS: The bass are on the banks in our area. Lizards and brush hogs are working in the pockets in the creeks. Fish either Texas or a Carolina rig in 2' to 5' of water. Sinko's are also producing shallow fish. Spinner baits are working in the shallow water in the backs of the creeks with shad present. I would also check the main lake pockets for spawn fish. Might even try a spook or a Pop R on the shallow  banks.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We are seeing a few nice whites and good sized hybrids come in off the island. Trolling deep running crank baits has been the best for the hybrids and spoons are working on the humps on the south end of the island. On the humps look in 10' to 12' where it breaks into deeper water. This should continue to get better every day.

 

CATFISH: We are seeing lots of good blues come in now. Jugs seem to be the bait of choice when baited with perch or cut shad. Set baits about 10'. Fish the flats in 15' to 20' of water. You can also find some fish in the mouths of the coves doing the same thing. Haven't seen any flat heads yet but they should get going any time.

 

We have a couple of stalls left for the holidays so if interested give us a call at 660-438-2939. You can find us on the web at www.osagebluff.com. And we are on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

That's it for this week

So till next week

    Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   4/8/14

 

 Finally we have fish doing what they are supposed to do this time of the year. Right now we have fish spawning and on the post spawn pattern. The down side is that the mushrooms are pretty well done in our area. This was one of the best morel seasons I have had in several years. There are still a few days left in the spring turkey season and from what I can see the turkeys are about done breeding to. We found a few nests while mushroom hunting with lots of eggs so hopefully we will have a good hatch. The weather for the weekend is calling for a little rain but it will be a warm rain so it should not affect the fishing.

 

LAKE LEVEL:             706.7

WATER TEMP:          64 deg.

WATER CLARITY:     Clear to stained in the upper arms.

 

CRAPPIE: We have some fish on the banks in our area now. In the clear water they are spawning deeper so you need to look in 3' to 8' of water. Road runners and jigs fished at this depth in the pockets on p gravel is the best. White, blue and gray are the better colors. In the colored water the fish are close to the bank. A jig and bobber set about a foot deep or a jig pitched on the bank in 2' to3' of water is working. In the colored water red and chartreuse or black and chartreuse are best. In the upper arms there are fish starting on the summer pattern. Minnows or jigs fished on the outside tree rows in 15' to 20' of water down 7' to10' will pick up some spawned out females. I look for the crappie fishing to remain good all this week.

 

BASS: The bass are also on the beds now which makes for a little tougher fishing. Lizards and brush hogs fished in the pockets in 3' to 5' of water is a good choice. Carolina rigs are working on the main lake pocket points. Here again lizards and brush hogs are best. Senko's are also working on the bedding fish.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Have had some good reports of big hybrids starting. Yesterday there was a 10 lb. and 7 lb. caught trolling off the north end of the island. Bomber Model A in the fire tiger color was the bait. Last weekend there were some good whites caught off the south end of the island on rooster tails, so it looks like they are getting started.

 

CATFISH: The catfish are starting to get a little better. Jugs baited with perch or cut shad fished in the creek mouths set about 10' has been working. Also the main lake flats are starting a little in 15' to 20' with the same baits.

 

WALLEYE: There are a few walleye starting in the Berry Bend area around the island. Trolling deep running crank baits in 15' to 20' of water is working. I would also look on the south side of KK Island. Spoons should start working on the humps.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2280 or www.osagebluff.com. You can also find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. Don't forget to get your reservations in for boat stalls for the holidays.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      5/1/14

 

Instead of doing a fishing report this week I think we should do a mushroom report. This has been one of the best morel seasons we have had in several years. I have talked to people that are finding them driving down the road in the ditches, out of boats on the banks while fishing and even in their front yards. So if you are out and about this weekend keep an eye out for some of mother natures finest tidbits. Even with the little cold front that came through I still found fresh morels yesterday. With the weather they are calling for this weekend up in the 80's the fishing should get back on track, the turkeys should gobble and the shrooms keep popping. It just doesn't get any better than that. 

 

LAKE LEVEL:          706.91

WATER TEMP:        56 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear to stained.

 

CRAPPIE: With the cold front that came through the crappie have backed off a little. The good news is that with the hot weather we have coming this weekend things should pick right back up. In the clear water the fish are still spawning but are in about 8' of water. Jigs or minnows are working here. There are also fish still coming in the creek channels in 15' to 17' of water drifting minnows about 7'. I really think that the rest of the crappie will go to the banks this weekend with the warm front.

 

BASS: Like the crappie this should be a good weekend for bass fishing. The bass have started going to the banks in 3' to 5' of water. Look in the pockets in the creeks with a lizard. Either Texas or Carolina rig will work. And don't be afraid to throw a Mo Jo  rig. Jig and frog are working on the bluff banks in 6' to 10' of water. Look for transition banks that switch from chunk rock to clay.

 

WHITES: I have heard of a few whites being caught but I think its just about a week early for the mother load to start. With the COE running water you might try fishing the weir in front on the dam with spoons. Another spot would be on the south side of KK Island.

 

CATFISH: The catfish are about the same as they were last week. Jugs in the mouths of the coves baited with either perch or cut shad set about 10' is the best bet right now. I've been seeing shad working on the main lake flats which makes me think that jugs on the flats in 10' should work but haven't tried it yet.

 

WALLEYE: Deep running crank baits fished on the main lake points on the Pomme Arm has been producing a few fish. I look for some fish to start moving around KK Island with the warm weather this weekend. Look on the humps on the south end of the island with jigging spoons.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Or you can find us on the web at www.osagebluff.com or on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. We have a few boat stalls left for the holidays so get them reserved soon.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      4/24/14

 

 The weatherman's timing seems to be impeccable this year on giving us just what we need to get things going on the lake. Turkey season opened Monday and with the exception of a little rain shower early in the morning it turned out perfect the rest of the day. Warn and sunny weather the rest of the week put the crappie on the banks in the upper arms of the lake. It also helped a few morals find their way to daylight. I think one more warm rain will probably bring the mother load of shrooms up. They are calling for a little bit of a cool down the first part of next week but the way the fish are going now I don't think it will affect them. So it looks like now is the time to be on Truman.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            706.1

WATER TEMP:         60 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to heavy stain in the upper arms.

 

CRAPPIE: In the upper arms of Truman the crappie are on the banks. County line bridge to Tally Bend has good fish spawning. I was there Tuesday and though the water has a real heavy stain to it the fish are really on. We had water temps as high as 66 deg. in the stained water. Jigs and jig and bobber fished in 2' of water in the niches in the coves is producing both males and females of good quality fish. Farther down this way the fish are in the creek channels in about 7' of water. Drifting a minnow in these areas has been producing nice limits of fish. I look for fish to be bedding in our area by the weekend to early next week.

 BASS: The bass are enjoying the warm water as well by starting to move towards the backs of the creeks. Spinner baits fished in 2' to 4' of water is a good bet. Jig and frog and lizards on the secondary points in 2' to 4' of water is also working. There are also some fish moving in the backs of the main lake pockets. Here again the jig and lizard is working in 4' to 6' of water.

 WHITES: No Report.

 CATFISH: The mouths of the coves are producing some nice fish on jugs fished in 15' to 20' of water. Cut shad and perch are the best right now. Set baits at about 10'. There is also a bite on the main lake flats. Jugs and rod and reel baited with cut shad drifted in 15' to 20' in the dirtier water is working. Remember to check the regulations on the blues this year.

 WALLEYE: Things are also picking up on the walleye. Main lake flat points fished with deep running crank baits in 4' to 8' of water has been working. Purple and orange colors have been the top picks. The Pommie arm has been the best right now.

 As you can see the fishing on Truman is really starting to get good so don't miss out. We are taking reservations on boat stalls and do have a few seasonal stalls left. You can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. We are also on the web at www.osagebluff.com or on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

That's it for this week

Wishing you a good week in the outdoors.

     Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    4/17/14

 

 With the weather they are calling for this weekend it looks like everything is going to hit at one time. I am looking for the crappie to hit the banks sometime this weekend and the mushrooms are starting to appear with more consistency. Then we have turkey season opening on Monday so it looks like we are going to be busy trying to fit everything in. The weatherman is saying highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's and that is all it will take to make Truman come alive.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           706.69

WATER TEMP:        52 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Stained to dirty.

CRAPPIE: The good news is I have had a few reports of some males on the bank but with the cold snap that came through it backed them off a little. These fish were up late in the afternoons when the water was at its warmest. Now with the weather we have coming in they should start back about Sat. Best bet is a jig and bobber set about 16" and fished in the P gravel pockets  in the creeks. There are still fish coming out of the creek channels about 1/2 way back in the coves out of 6' of water. Fish the outside trees that border the channel with jigs. There are also fish on the bluff points in 15' to 20' of water down12' to15'. Jigs or minnows are working here. The main thing to remember is to fish slow right now because of the cool water temps. In the dirtier water spider rigging is working with minnows set about 7' 

BASS: The bass fishing has slowed a little this week. There are still some fish in the backs of the creeks hitting spinner baits on sunny days. Look in 4' to 6' of water. Jig and frogs and lizards are working in the main lake pockets in 6' of water on the steeper banks. Also the jig and frog is working on main lake points in 8' to 10' of water. Look for chunk rock points.

WHITES: No Report.

CATFISH:  Jugs in the mouths of the coves seem to be the best thing going right now. Cut shad and hot dogs are the best when fished in 15' to 20' down 10. to 12'. I haven't heard much about any fish back in the creeks this week but with the warm weather coming I sure would set some jugs or a line in the back in about 6' of water.

WALLEYE: Starting to hear of a few walleye hitting on the points on the Pommie arm. Deep running crank baits fished slow in 6' to 10' of water on the flat P gravel points. Purple and orange and bone were to of the better colors of baits.

 We have everything open now at Osage Bluff so stop on by. We have a few boat stalls left for the season and are taking reservations for stalls for the holidays. You can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or on the web at www.osagebluff.com. Be sure to check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

 Wishing you a great week in the outdoors

Till next week

  Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  4/11/14

 

 The weather this week is trying to make us believe that spring is here. With the exception of Sunday with a little rain coming in this looks like a fantastic weekend. The youth turkey season opens this Sat. and with the way the birds are gobbling the kids should have a good hunt. I also had my first moral report yesterday so if you are in the woods keep an eye out. Like I said this was my first report and again with the weather we have coming for the rest of  the week they should really turn on. Have had some good reports of spoonbill being taken below the dam. There's just a lot going on around the lake now so it would be a great time to get out and enjoy mother nature.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            707.28

WATER TEMP:         50 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Stained to muddy way up the creeks.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are doing about the same as they were last week. There are some fish about 1/2 way back in the creeks. Fish the edge of the creek channel in the outside trees. Look for 12' to 16' of water and fish 4' to 6' down with either minnows or jigs. Spider rigging is working in the upper arms of the lake drifting the creek channels with minnows down about 7'. In the dam area there is still a bite on the bluff points leading back in to the creeks. 25+'  of water down 15' to 18' with minnows working the best. I think with another week of good weather our crappie spawn should be right on track around the 21st. of April.

 BASS: The bass bite is still a little slow with the cool water temps. There are some fish hanging off the main lake points in the cedars in 8' to 10' of water. Rogues are working the best here. There is a jig and frog bite on the chunk rock banks in 6' to 10' of water. Spinner baits are working in the back of the creeks on sunny afternoons in 4' to 6' of water. Again with the weather we are having I look for more fish to start moving to the backs. Might not hurt to throw a square bill back there to.

 WHITES: No report yet.

 CATFISH: There are a few cats coming from the front ends of the creeks out of 15' to 20' of water. Jugs and trot lines are working the best when baited with cut shad down about 12'. The way backs are also producing some fish on jugs set about 4' and baited with cut shad and hot dogs.

 WALLEYE: Looks like the water temp has gotten right for the walleye. Flat p gravel points fished with a deep running crank bait in 6' to 8'.has started to produce some fish. Purple bone and orange and chartreuse are two of  the better colors.

That's about it for the report for this week. We have the marina open now and will be opening the restaurant on the 18th. We still have a few seasonal boat stalls and don't forget to book early for the holidays. You can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or on the web at www.osagebluff.com. We are also on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

  Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       4/4/14

 

 Well another year has arrived and we are ready to go again. We are open and are working 7 days a week but will be doing limited hours for a couple weeks. We will be opening the restaurant  on the 18th. of April. We do have a few seasonal stalls left so if you are interested give us a call at 660-438-2939. I will try to post the fishing report on Thursdays so you will have an idea what to expect for the weekends.

 With the weather we are having now things are just getting started. The turkeys are gobbling and are starting to run with the hens. I have talked to a couple of people that have found a few red mushrooms already, no morals yet. And the fish are starting to get a little more active.so lets get on with the report.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           705.05

WATER TEMP:        45 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: In our area the crappie are starting to pull back in the creels. Look about 1/2 way back in 10' to 15' of water along the edge of the creek channel. Fish 7' to 12' down with either jigs or minnows. Move slow. There is still a bite on the bluff points in 25' of water down 15' to 20' here again minnows and jigs are both working. Up the lake they have been picking up fish trolling and spider rigging in the creek channels. Fish the middle of the creeks 8' to 10'down. The crappie are just getting started so stay tuned to our site for updates.

 

BASS: There are two patterns going right now on the bass. Main lake chunk rock points are working when fished with rogues and crank baits. Look for cedars in 8' to 10' of water. There is also a bite in the backs of the creels along the channel where it breaks from 7' to 12'. Spinner baits and jig and frog are working here. Remember the water temp is still pretty cool so move the baits slow.

 

WHITES &  HYBRIDS: No report yet.

 

CATFISH: The bite has slowed down a little on catfish but they are still getting a few. Jugs fished in the back of the creeks set about 4' baited with cut shad is working. There are also some fish coming off the main lake flats next to the river channels in 25' of water right off the bottom. Here again cut shad is the best bet.

 

WALLEYE: No report yet but I would start hitting the main lake rocky points with deep diving crank baits. The water temp is right for them to start spawning..

 

Well that's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can also find us at www.osagebluff.com and be sure to check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week.

 Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina 10/23/13

Another year is coming to a close very quickly and with so much to get done before winter gets here this will be my last fishing report for the year. Looking back it really has been a good year even with all the adversities. High water, snow in May government shutdowns and whatever else you want to throw in we are still here and still enjoying life and what we do. I added a couple things to my bucket list this year but I did get a couple things done that were in there so I think I will consider this year a success.

We would like to thank all of our patrons here at Osage Bluff both old and new for another wonderful season and looking forward to starting again March 15 of next year. There are already improvements in the works and more to come so please continue to enjoy them with us.

LAKE LEVEL: 706.8

WATER TEMP: 61 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: There has been a bit of an improvement this week in the crappie fishing. The bite has moved back in the creeks in 8' to 10' of water. Look for fish in the tree rows that border the creek channels. Minnows or jigs tipped with a minnow fished right off the bottom is the best bet. You can also fish a road runner here but the vertical fishing is best right now. There are also some fish coming off the main lake points out of 25' to 30' of water on minnows right off the bottom. With the colder weather coming in I look for this bite to start picking up.

BASS: The bass fishing has been slow this week. Spinner baits and buzz baits are still working. Look for fish in the deeper tree rows in the creeks along the channels. Look for areas that break from 8' to 15' of water. Fish will start stacking in these areas for winter feed up and for a migration route to deep water for the winter months. One of my favorite areas is a main lake flat tree row that runs to a channel. I look for 15' to 20' that falls off into 30'. Run either a buzz bait or Pop R in these tree rows. Over the years I have caught allot of big fish doing this.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites and hybrids are loving this cool weather, and the wind that goes with it. Look on the flat main lake wind blown points. The only thing you have to remember is that you can't fish to shallow. The whites will be in a foot of water or less. The harder the wind blows the shallower they get. 1/4 oz. Rooster Tails or Blue Fox inline spinners are working along with small Rat L Traps. On calm days there are still some fish on the humps in our area. From 0 3 to the Pommie flats there is a bite going on. 1/2 oz jigging spoons are working on the humps in 10' to 12' of water. This bite should continue to improve as the water temp drops.

CATFISH: The catfish bite is the same as it was last week. Main lake flats in 15' to 18' of water fished with jugs is the best right now. Cut shad is the best bait when fished about a foot off the bottom. You can pick a few fish up drift fishing with rod and reel. My neighbor had some nice fish Sunday drifting the flats in Little Pommie. Said he had to go all the way to the back of the creek for shad.

WALLEYE: There's still a few walleye hanging on the humps around KK Island. Deep running crank baits have been the best. Look for the humps with 8' to 10' of water on them.

Lots of stuff going on around the lake still. Bow hunting around the lake is really starting to heat up. There are a lot of bucks on the move looking for does. I find new scrapes and rubs every day. I've been seeing lots of turkeys in the fields bugging this week. And for the leaf lookers I think we are about a week away from full color but it sure is pretty out there now.

That's it for this year from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or on the web at www.osagebluff.com. If something really big is going on we will update on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next year

Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina 10/23/13

Another year is coming to a close very quickly and with so much to get done before winter gets here this will be my last fishing report for the year. Looking back it really has been a good year even with all the adversities. High water, snow in May government shutdowns and whatever else you want to throw in we are still here and still enjoying life and what we do. I added a couple things to my bucket list this year but I did get a couple things done that were in there so I think I will consider this year a success.

We would like to thank all of our patrons here at Osage Bluff both old and new for another wonderful season and looking forward to starting again March 15 of next year. There are already improvements in the works and more to come so please continue to enjoy them with us.

LAKE LEVEL: 706.8

WATER TEMP: 61 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to lightly stained.

CRAPPIE: There has been a bit of an improvement this week in the crappie fishing. The bite has moved back in the creeks in 8' to 10' of water. Look for fish in the tree rows that border the creek channels. Minnows or jigs tipped with a minnow fished right off the bottom is the best bet. You can also fish a road runner here but the vertical fishing is best right now. There are also some fish coming off the main lake points out of 25' to 30' of water on minnows right off the bottom. With the colder weather coming in I look for this bite to start picking up.

BASS: The bass fishing has been slow this week. Spinner baits and buzz baits are still working. Look for fish in the deeper tree rows in the creeks along the channels. Look for areas that break from 8' to 15' of water. Fish will start stacking in these areas for winter feed up and for a migration route to deep water for the winter months. One of my favorite areas is a main lake flat tree row that runs to a channel. I look for 15' to 20' that falls off into 30'. Run either a buzz bait or Pop R in these tree rows. Over the years I have caught allot of big fish doing this.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites and hybrids are loving this cool weather, and the wind that goes with it. Look on the flat main lake wind blown points. The only thing you have to remember is that you can't fish to shallow. The whites will be in a foot of water or less. The harder the wind blows the shallower they get. 1/4 oz. Rooster Tails or Blue Fox inline spinners are working along with small Rat L Traps. On calm days there are still some fish on the humps in our area. From 0 3 to the Pommie flats there is a bite going on. 1/2 oz jigging spoons are working on the humps in 10' to 12' of water. This bite should continue to improve as the water temp drops.

CATFISH: The catfish bite is the same as it was last week. Main lake flats in 15' to 18' of water fished with jugs is the best right now. Cut shad is the best bait when fished about a foot off the bottom. You can pick a few fish up drift fishing with rod and reel. My neighbor had some nice fish Sunday drifting the flats in Little Pommie. Said he had to go all the way to the back of the creek for shad.

WALLEYE: There's still a few walleye hanging on the humps around KK Island. Deep running crank baits have been the best. Look for the humps with 8' to 10' of water on them.

Lots of stuff going on around the lake still. Bow hunting around the lake is really starting to heat up. There are a lot of bucks on the move looking for does. I find new scrapes and rubs every day. I've been seeing lots of turkeys in the fields bugging this week. And for the leaf lookers I think we are about a week away from full color but it sure is pretty out there now.

That's it for this year from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or on the web at www.osagebluff.com. If something really big is going on we will update on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next year

Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina 10/17/13

I have seen more change this week in the outdoors than in the entire year. The leaves are turning, we are not full color yet but it sure is pretty in the woods. And there have been a bunch come down, looks like I get to get the leaf blower going next week. Yesterday I went out and checked some tree stands and found that the deer have been busy this week. Found 11 new rubs and 19 new scrapes. This is a pretty good indication to me that fall is here and winter is right around the corner. It has come to the time of the year that the fishing poles get set aside for a bit and the hunting toys all come out. I'm still looking forward to chasing the fall hybrids up on the shallow flats.

I was hoping I would be able to give you some kind of update on what's going on with Heritage days this weekend with the government shutdown and all but it's hard to find anything out. From what I have found out it is going on as normal with the exception of the visitor center being closed. I know this isn't much help but it is still going on so come on and enjoy. Seems funny how our tax payer dollars fund the COE and they couldn't find some way to work something out for one weekend to make Heritage Days as great as it always is.

And a thank you to the Benton County Enterprise for reprinting the Enterprise last week and correcting the article on the government shutdown regarding the marinas on Truman Lake

LAKE LEVEL: 707.03

WATER TEMP: 66 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to light stain.

CRAPPIE: The crappie are still slow. There are some fish coming off the main lake bluff points. With the water temp holding in the area it's at the crappie are just not wanting to move. Look in 25' to 30' of water and fish minnows 20' down. I have had a few reports of spider rigging starting to work in some of the bigger creek channels, 20' of water 15' down with minnows. Don't have spider rigs, just put a long pole in each hand and drift the channel. There are a few fish starting to move to the brush piles. Look for the piles in 20' to 25' of water and the fish seem to be right in the middle of the brush. Jigs or jigs tipped with a minnow will work here. Just got off the phone with a good friend and he said he has been finding crappie in the backs of the creeks in 5' to 8' of water. Jigs or jigs tipped with minnows are working. So there you go they are starting to move. Thanks buddy!

BASS: The bass are still scattered all over. Buzz baits and spinner baits are still the top producing baits witch ever pattern you fish. The timbered flats in the creeks in 3' to 6' of water seem to be doing the best. Look for the flats with the wind blowing across and lots of shad activity. You might try running a buzz bait in the tree rows that are on the edge of the flats where they fall off in the creek channels toward the backs of the creeks. Look for a break going from 8' to 15' of water. I'm sure you can still run and gun the main lake points with jig and frogs.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: These are the best bite on the lake right now but you may have to adapt a little. Still catching fish off the humps in 12' to 15' of water on jigging spoons but when the wind comes up or in the evening these fish head for the flats. Rooster Tails and small Rat L Traps are working. The KK Island has been producing some nice fish along with the O 3 area. As the water continues to cool these fish will get more active.

CATFISH: The cat fishing has slowed a little this week. There are still fish on the main lake flats in 15' to 20' of water. Use cut shad set about 8' on jugs. Also on the flats 1/2 way back in the creeks the same pattern has started to work. Sounds like some fish are starting to go in for winter feed up. Haven't heard anything on rod and reel fishing this week.

WALLEYE: Seems the best walleye fishing in our area is still on the humps. Had a couple of reports of fish being caught out of 10' to 12' on the humps in the O3 and KK Island area. 1/2 oz. spoons were working the best. Like I said last week I am looking for these fish to head for the flat points anytime.

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can also find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina or www.osagebluff.com. If there are any updates on fishing this week I will post them on face book.

Till next week

Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina 10/10/13

The weather has cooled a little and the water temp has followed suit. We are starting to see some good color on the trees. We are not close to peak yet but they are starting. This year we have had enough rain that I think the woods should be the best they have in years. I have been finding a few scrapes so the deer seem to be enjoying the cooler weather. There are so many acorns this year that the deer should be nice and fat.

WATER LEVEL: 707.09

WATER TEMP: 68 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to a light stain.

CRAPPIE: The crappie this week are doing the same as they were last week. The bluffs have been the best bite. Look for the main lake point bluffs that are closest to a big creek arm. Look in 30' to 35' of water and fish minnows down about 25'. There has been a few fish pull back in the creeks. Fish the outside trees next to the channel in 20' of water down 15' to 18'. I had one report that spider rigging was working in some of the creek channels here again 20' down 15' with minnows.

BASS: The bass have slowed up this week it seems they are strung all over. There are some spinner bait fish all the way back in the coves. These fish are chasing shad in 2' to 3' of water. Then there are some fish holding on the old road beds in the creeks. These fish seem to be holding in the brush on the sides of the bed in 12' to 15' of water. Big worms or creature baits are working here. Then there is the buzz bait bite on the timbered flats early in the day. If it's cloudy this bite will go all day. Look in 3' to 6' of water and look for the flats with shad on them.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: These fish are starting to get on the wind blown points. Last weekend we had lots of big whites come in. Rooster Tails right up on the bank was working. There was also fish on the humps in 10' to 15' of water. 1/2 oz jigging spoons was working on these fish. There was some hybrids caught on sassy shad in the O 3 area. As the water temp drops these fish will continue to get more active. KK Island O 3 and the points around the swim beach by the dam have been very productive.

CATFISH: Jugs are still the best for cats right now. Main lake flats fished with cut shad in 15' to 20' of water with baits set about 2' off the bottom, let them drift. Rod and reel fishing has slowed a little this week but I think if you drift the flats with cut bait you should be able to catch a few fish. I look for these fish to start their winter feed up any time.

WALLEYE: We didn't have any reports on walleye this week. I would still be crank baiting the flatter main lake points close to the channels. Look for 8' to 10' of water with a deep running chartreuse or purple and white bait. With the fall feed up getting ready to start a jig tipped with a night crawler might be good choice.

That's about it 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

Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    9/27/13

 

There is sure a hint of fall in the air. We are starting to see a little fog in the mornings around daybreak. There are a few trees starting to turn along the bluffs on the Pommie arm by the bridge. I've also noticed more deer crossing the highways at dusk so if you are in the area keep a keen eye. The lake temp is holding steady this week and the water clarity is great for fishing. Some of the fish are starting to move to their fall patterns so I look for the bite to get good in the next week or so. We also have turkey season opening on Tues so it's going to get busy in my world.

 

LAKE LEVEL:             707.8

WATER TEMP:          74 deg.

WATER CLARITY:     Clear to a light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is fair. The bluffs seem to be the best right now. Look in 30' to 35' and fish down 20' with minnows. Best way is drop the bait all the way to the bottom and bring it up slowly. When you catch the first fish you can figure that's the depth they are holding in. The bluffs close to a main lake point seem to be working the best. With the water temp cooling the fish should start moving to the creek channels and schooling up for the winter months.

 

BASS: The bass have started to move to the back ends of the creeks. Spinner baits and buzz baits are working. Look in 2' to 6' of water. Look for shad flipping in the back ends. There has been a few fish on the main lake flats doing the same thing. The wind is pushing the shad up on the flats ans the bass are following them up. Here again spinner baits and shallow running crank baits are working.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Everybody cusses the wind but this time of the year it makes for some awesome white bass and hybrid fishing. There are a few fish starting to pull up shallow on the main lake flat wind blown points. Rooster Tails and small Rat L Traps are working the best. Look in 1' to 3' of water. It seems the harder the wind blows the shallower the fish get. They are just starting so there is plenty more good fishing to come.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing is still good. The main lake flats are still working. Cut shad is the best when fishing jugs. 15' to 20' of water with the fish holding about 2' off the bottom. I have had one good report of some fish being taken out of a flat back in a creek doing the same thing. Maybe these guys are getting the fall itch also.

 

WALLEYE: The walleye have moved to the flat points. Deep running crank baits in bone and purple fished in 8' to 10' of water seems to be working thee best. Look for pea gravel points with deep water close by.

 

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

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina        9/19/13

 

We finally got some well needed rain, not to complain but it really wasn't enough but it was better than nothing. It didn't affect the lake but I think it's going to make the grass grow and it sure didn't hurt the food plots. There seems to be a little more color in the trees than last week. When going across the Pommie bridge the bluffs are starting to look a little brighter. And if you cross the bridges on the upper arms it gets pretty white out, the pelicans are back. This weekend the weatherman is telling us we are going to have perfect weather so it looks like a good time to hit the lake.

 

 

WATER LEVEL:          707.7

WATER TEMP:           75 deg.

WATER CLARITY:      Clear to light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are still hanging on the bluffs and it seems the closer you get to a point the better it is. 30' to 40' of water down 15' to 20' fished with minnows has been the best. The bite is a real soft bite so you have to watch your line real close. If you catch a fish in a area work that area hard, it seems that the fish are in little bunches and the may be a good ways apart. I did hear of some brush pile fish in 15' to 20' of water. They said minnows were the best and the fish were right in the middle of the piles.

 

BASS: The bass fishing has picked up some this week. they must be liking the cool down of the water temp. They are still on the secondary points but have moved up. Look on the timbered flat points in 6' of water. Buzz baits are working early and switch to a spinner bait later on. Look for wind blown points with shad flipping on them. With the water starting to cool I look for the bass to start moving towards the backs of the coves in the next couple of weeks.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We saw some real nice whites come in last weekend. Some came off the humps at O 3 on spoons out of 12' to 15' of water. There were also fish caught off the weir at the dam on spoons. These fish were in 15' of water. The evening bite is still going on around KK Island area with Rooster Tails being the best bait. As the water cools these fish should get up on the shallow main lake flats and start feeding up for winter.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing remains good here on Truman. Jugs have been the best. Main lake flats in 15' to 20' of water with baits set about 10'. Right now they seem to be feeding on about any bait from perch to cut shad to hot dogs. There has also been some fish caught on rod and reel drift fishing on the flats. Here again about 10' with cut shad being the best.

 

WALLEYE: There's still a few walleye hitting. Flat pea gravel points are the best in 6' to 8' of water. Model A's seem to do the best in the fire tiger color. The points with a channel swing close seem to do the best. I haven't heard much from around the island but I think those fish should still be there.

 

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

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    9/12/13

 

Did you see the weather for the weekend? I sure hope the weatherman isn't messing with us. It looks like one of the best weekends we have had for fishing in a long time. Even though we are only half way through Sept. it has been dry enough that we are starting to see some of the leaves turn just a little. For the duck hunters we have seen a few teal come through, and there are lots of doves in the area. This is a fun time of the year for me with so much to do with fall fishing and hunting. Some times its just fun to sit back and take a good look at mother nature and how beautiful she is.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           707.7

WATER TEMP:        85 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear to lightly stained.

The COE has been generating power in the afternoons sometime between 1pm and 7pm.

 

CRAPPIE: The bluff bank are the best right now. Look in 30' to 40' of water and fish minnows down 15' to 20'. It looks as if some fish are starting to move to the main lake points. Look for the points at the mouths of the bigger creeks. The outside trees in 30' to 40' work the best when fished with minnows. I have also had some good reports of crappie coming off the bridge pillars. Seems these fish were a little shallower than normal. !5' down 8' on minnows. Up the lake there has been some fish come off the tree rows and the isolated trees. !5' to 20' down 8'. There is alot of little fish biting but if you hang in there you can come out with a nice limit of fish.

 

BASS: The bass have slowed up a little this week. The early and late top water bite is still going. The secondary points seem to be the best when fished with buzz baits and Pop R's. 4' to 6' on the flat timbered secondarys. During the heat of the day look in 12' to 15' of water on the secondary points with big worms or deep diving crank baits.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the limited water flow the whites and hybrids have slowed a little. The evening top water bite is still going around the islands. Rooster Tails and sassy shad are the best baits. There are a few fish on the humps in the afternoon when they are generating power. As the water starts cooling I look for this bite to pick back up.

 

CATFISH: Jug fishing is still real good in our area. The main lake flats are working the best in 15' to 20' of water. Cut shad is the best bait when set at 10'. There has been some channels caught drift fishing with rod and reels on the flats. Here again 15' to 20' down 8' to 10'.

 

WALLEYE: The walleye have slowed a little. Here again I think the water flow is the main reason behind this. There has been some fish come off the island using night crawlers. They are still around the humps in 15' to 18'. Some of the flat pea gravel points are working when fished with deep running crank baits. These fish to should get going again as the water cools down.

 

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

    Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   9/5/13

 

It sure seems funny to be putting Sept. on anything. I guess I'm not ready for fall to start yet, I've got allot of fishing to do before getting in the tree stand. As messed up as the weather has been all summer maybe we can look forward to the summer pattern running late in the fall. With the lack of rain this month and the COE playing games with water flow the fishing has been a little different. It looks like the Corps is going to run water from 1pm. to about 8pm so this is going to improve things on the evening bite. It looks like the weather is going to stay warm so I hope they will continue this generation schedule. 

 

LAKE LEVEL:         708.5

WATER TEMP:      83 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: Here we go again. It's kind of a pete repeat of last week. These fish are still on the summer pattern and with the way the weather looks are going to stay on it for a while. The lack of little fish caught earlier this summer has reversed its self now. We are seeing lots of 5" to 8" fish so the future looks good. The tree rows on the outside edge of the flats are still producing. Look in 15' to 20' of water and fish minnows 8' to 10' down. Cedars are still the best. The bluffs are also working in 30' to 40' of water 15' to 20' down with minnows. The last couple of days I have had good reports of fish coming off the bridge pillars down about 8'on minnows.

 

BASS: With the temps warming up the bass are still holding deeper during the day. Secondary points in 12' to 15' of water with big worms or Brush Hogs is working. The top water bite is still going in the early morning hours. Buzz baits and Pop R's are working on the timbered secondary points in 3' to 5' of water. Look for the points with shad flipping.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lack of water flow last weekend these fish slowed up a little. Now with the COE running water in the afternoons we should get back to a normal bite. Look on the humps in 12' to 17' of water with 1/2oz spoons. Look foe surfacing fish in the evenings. Rooster Tails and sassy shad are two of the best baits for these fish. The islands are still producing a few fish in the evenings.

 

WALLEYE: There are still a few walleye coming in. The two best places are around the islands and off the flat pea gravel points on crank baits. Fire tiger and purple and white are the best colors. The walleye seem to be holding in 8' to 12' of water. Deep running crank baits are the best, you want the bills digging in the gravel.

 

CATFISH: The catfish are doing good on the flats. Lots of blues and channels are coming in. Cut shad is the best bait right now. Look in 15' to 20' of water on the main lake flats and set baits no deeper than 10'. There has been a few fish come in off rod and reel drifting the main lake flats.

 

We would like to thank all the folks that came to the lake over the holiday last week we had a great time. That's going to be it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can find us on the web at www.osagebluff.com. or on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    8/29/13

 

Summer finally got here and it's almost fall. I find it hard to believe that the summer is gone and we will be going into fall and some fantastic fishing. With the warm spell we are having and the COE still running water the fishing has improved just in time for the holiday. The lake is still 3' high so I would hope they will continue to run water all weekend. The weatherman is telling us we are going to have good weather so lets get out and enjoy the holiday. If you are out early in the morning or late in the evening watch the banks it will surprise you how many deer and turkey are coming down to the water.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            709.3

WATER TEMP:         82 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing has picked up a little over last week. The bluffs have started to produce some better crappie this week. Look in 30' to 40' of water down about 15'. We found that the small bluffs ( in between to main lake points) were the best. Minnows are the bait of choice. Fish seemed to like the trees farthest from the bank and cedars were best. There are some fish on the outside edge of the flats in 15' to 20' of water down about 12'. Here again minnows are best. You can catch a limit if you work at it. It is still one good fish to a tree. Talked to a friend of mine and he said they were catching fish off the brush piles in the dam area in 20' of water on minnows. He said the fish were holding right on top of the brush. May be time to get the pepper spoons out.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is about the same as it was last week. These guys are enjoying the remains of the summer in deeper water. Secondary points in about 16' of water with big worms has been the bite in our area. The top water early morning late evening is also working.. Buzz baits and Pop R's on the timbered secondary points in 3' to 6' of water is a good bite. Look for shad on the points. I think as long as they keep running water this bite will continue.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: These fish are loving it. here is a bite on the humps during the day in 7' to 12' of water. 1/2oz spoons are working the best. O 3 and the weir are two of the better spots. The top water action is good in the evenings around KK and Indian Island. Sassy shad and Pop R's are working the best here. When fishing the island watch which way the wind is moving the shad. If you are not seeing surfacing fish look for shad popping on the bank line and fish that with a Rooster Tail.

 

CATFISH: This year the cat fishing has been about as good as I can remember on Truman. Jugs baited with cut shad are good on the main lake flats. 15' to 20' with baits set 8' to 10'. I'm sure trot lines will work in the same areas.

 

WALLEYE: Yes there are still walleye coming in. South end of KK Island is still producing. There are also so fish starting to pull up on the flat points with a channel close by.Crank baits bounced off the bottom along with 1/2oz spoons on the drops next to the humps are the top baits. I did here of some fish caught on crawlers last weekend. It is going to be interesting to see what these fish do this fall when the water temp starts dropping.

 

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

 

Have a good holiday !!!!!!!!!

 Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

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    8/15/13

 

All kinds of good news this week. The weather for one. When was the last August that you can remember having highs in the 70's along with water temps in the 70's. And the water temp the same way. Normally the water temp now is in the 90's and this morning we are at 79. The other good thing is that the COE caught the water and it is starting to drop. Now this is a big deal due to the fact that the fish on Truman are very current orientated. By the weekend I an looking for a  big improvement in the fishing. The water has gotten dirty way up the lake but we have plenty of fishable water in our area. And the weatherman is telling us we are going to have a great weekend weather wise so it's going to be a good time to hit the lake.

 

LAKE LEVEL:         713.2

WATER TEMP:      79 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Stained to dirty.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing has been slow this week but with the dropping water I look for these fish to start to school back up and get back to their summer pattern. The best bite rite now is the bluffs in 30'+ of water fishing minnows. Drop baits 15' to 20' down. A good place to look is in the Shawnee Bend area. There has also been a brush pile bite in the dam area. Look for brush piles in 18' to 25' of water and fish with minnows or pepper spoons down 15' to 20'. Had a good report this morning of crappie being caught out of 30' of water on the Pomme De Terre arm. The water is a little cleaner there.

 

BASS: The water conditions haven't affected the bass as much as everything else. There is a good bite in the flooded grass along the banks in 3' to 5' of water. Buzz baits and spinner baits are working well. This bite should continue with the fish moving to the secondary points with the dropping water. The willow bushes are also holding some fish. Jigs and brush hogs fished in 5' to 8' of water in these bushes is a good bet. Chunk rock main lake points in 8' to 12' are good with big worms.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: These fish were a little slow this week. There were some whites caught surfacing off KK Island this week but they were small. With the water flow we have I look for these fish to start stacking back up on the humps. Look for fish in 15' to 20' of water and use jigging spoons. With the amount of shad on the surface look for the top water action to continue. Sassy shad and Pop R's are the best here.

 

WALLEYE: There are still a few walleye coming in. Deep diving crank baits on the humps are still hanging in there. Fire tiger has been the best color. With the water flow I look for these fish to get back on the flat pea gravel points real soon.

 

CATFISH: The catfish are lovin this. Jugs on the main lake flats in 10' to 20' of water Set baits 8'. Gold fish and cut shad along with perch are all working now. We are seeing some nice blues come in. Talked to some fellows last weekend who had trot lines in main lake pockets in 20' of water fishing perch 10' down that had several good fish.

 

I know this week was kind of tough fishing but this next week things ought to get going. That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. You can find us on the web at www.osagebluff.com or Osage Bluff Marina on face book.

 

  Till next week

      Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    8/8/13

 

The weather would be the main topic in this weeks fishing report. I think it has rained everyday since last Friday. If my totals are right I had 4.2" at the farm. Now I know there are areas around and south of here that have had much more than what we have had. The lake has come up 5+' in the last week. Even with this rise the water clarity in our area is still good. Right now the COE is not running any water but when they start the fishing will really take off. I'm looking for some superb white bass and hybrid fishing along with the walleye bite to continue.

 

WATER LEVEL:              710.3

WATER TEMP:               80 deg.

WATER CLARITY:         Light stain to dirty. Upper arms are dirty.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing has been a little tough this week. I think this is mostly do to the quick rise in the water and the mud that has washed in on the upper arms where the crappie fishing has been good. Some of my favorite spots up around O 27 and in the Tally Bend area are pretty dirty now. The Berry Bend area is still good. This week the tree rows in 18' to 21' of water have been the best. Fish have been holding at about 12'. Minnows are the best bait. I have had a couple oh reports of brush pile fish in the dam area. 20' of water down about 12' with minnows. The are a few fish coming off the bluffs in the mile long bridge area. 30' to 40' down 20' with minnows.

 

BASS: The bass fishing has changed from last week. There is a good top water bite early and late. The fish are in the flooded grass along the band. Buzz baits are working along with gurgling a spinner bait. There is also a bite in the flooded willow bushes. Craws and brush hogs are working in 4'+ water. Look on the timbered flats and look for bait fish. Square billed crank baits are working on the secondary points. Look for baits that run about 5'. I look for the bass fishing to go nuts with the high water.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: This bite has been a little slow this week  There is still a top water bite in the evenings in the KK Island area and on the Pommie flats. Rooster tails and Rat L Traps are the best right now. For the hybrids a sassy shad with a 1/2oz head is the best. When the COE turns the dam on look for these fish to head for the humps and dig out the jigging spoons.

 

WALLEYE: There are still walleye being caught off the humps in the KK Island area. Mid sized deep running crank baits are working on the humps. 1/2 oz. jigging spoons are working in the saddles next to the humps later in the day.

 

CATFISH: We are still see good numbers of catfish come in. Fish the flats in 15' to 20' of water. Either jugs or trot lines are working. Don't set baits below 12', there seems to be a lack of h2o in the deeper water. Cut shad seems to be the best bait. The rod and reel fishing has slowed do to the fish suspending. I look for the blues to go shallow with the rising water so it might not hurt to run a shallow line ( 6').

 

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

  Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     8/1/13

 

Aug. 1st. This summer is flying by. It seems like we just opened up last week. But I guess when you have snow storms in May it makes for a short summer. At least this summer we are not in a drought and burning up. The weather this week has been perfect and we had about 2.5" of rain so all in all we are in pretty good shape. The rain has put some color in the upper arms of the lake. It's not muddy but a heavy stain. I fished up there yesterday and the water is real fishable. The closer you get to the dam the clearer it gets. From Berry Bend to KK it is clear. They are calling for a little rain this weekend but I don't think it will affect anything.

 

LAKE LEVEL:                705.77

WATER TEMP:             82 deg,

WATER CLARITY:        Clear to stained.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite this week has been on and off. I have talked to people who have had no problem catching limits and other folks that are catching a few. Yesterday I caught lots of fish bet only kept 10. The 10 were all over 11' so it was a good morning. The outside tree rows in 15' to 20' of water are the best right now,and it was my experience that the hard woods worked the best. I watched other folks fishing minnows around me and they were catching more fish. There is still a bite on the bluffs. Look for 30' to 40' of water and the fish seem to be holding in 20' to 25' down. Minnows are the best here also. Look for the trees just under the surface. 

 

BASS: It seems like the main lake points are working the best of anything right now. Look for the chunk rock points close to the channel swings. Fish a big worm down 12' to 16'. There is also a top water bite early and late. Look on flat points in 4' to 6' of water with a buzz bait or Pop R. The suspended bite is starting in also. Tree rows in 15' to 20' of water are a good starting point. Jig and frog or a sinko are working in these areas. Look in the root wads for the better fish.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lack of water flow thru the dam the whites have pulled off the humps. The best bite is in the evenings on the flats for surfacing fish. Pop R's, sassy shad and the 1/4oz. jigging spoon. KK Island and the flats in Pommie are to spots that these fish are hitting about every night. The best bite is just before sunset.

 

WALLEYE: The whites may have moved off the humps but the walleye are still there. Deep running crank baits and 1/2oz. jigging spoons have been working. Fish crank baits on top the humps in 8' to 10' of water early and after the sun gets up switch to a spoon or night crawler. Last weekend with the rainy weather we saw good numbers of walleye come in. KK Island has been a good producer but don't be afraid to check the islands around Smiths Bend.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing on the flats remains good. We are seeing a good number of blues come in. Either jugs or drift fishing with rod and reels. Cut shad and perch seems to be the best producing bait right now. 15' to 20' of water with baits set 12' to 15' down.

 

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

Til next week

 Tommy

 

Seems we go from one extreme to another. We have high water all spring and when summer gets here we are low. It's not really bad because now you can find all those trees that have been under water all year. If you think back to last year we are still a foot high. But the fishing is good no matter what the lake level is. This weekend looks like the weather is going to be perfect with highs in the 80's and not much wind. This would be a good time to stock the freezer up with some fresh crappie.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           705.65

WATER TEMP:        83deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear to light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing in our area is pretty good. They are not jumping in the boat but you can catch a nice limit if you work at it. There is a good bite from Berry Bend to Ed's camp on the out side tree rows on the edge of the flats. Fish 15' to 20' of water down 6' to 10' with minnows. This week the fish seem to be holding on the hard woods but I sure wouldn't pass up any cedars. There is also a bite on the bluffs in 30' to 40' of water with fish holding in the 20' range.

 

BASS: The top water bite is still going in the early morning. Look on flat timbered points in 2' to 6' of water. Buzz baits and Pop R's are the best. During the day main lake points fished with big worms in 8' to 15' of water is working. There is also a suspended bite starting on the tree rows on the flats. Either a jig and frog or a brush hog fished in 8' to 15'. You have to dip allot of trees but there are some good fish in these tree rows.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The top water action in the evenings has been good. Lots of big hybrids and whites are coming in. Pop R's and 1/4oz spoons are working on these fish. Look in the KK Island area. There has been some good hybrids come off the airport in 17' of water on spoons also. With the COE not running water it's kind of a hit and miss thing. Pommie flats is another place to check out for surfacing fish.

 

CATFISH: JUGS JUGS JUGS. The blues are super on the flats. Cut shad and gold fish are working in 20' of water. Set baits in 12' to15'. Channels are hitting leeches in the same areas. Seeing lots of good fish come in.

 

WALLEYE: The bite is still on. The 8' humps in the KK Island area are producing good fish. Fire tiger and bone deep diving crank baits are working on the humps early. When the sun gets high they are dropping off on the saddles next to the humps and 1/2 oz spoons are working. Look in about 17' of water.

 

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

Till next week

    Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     7/18/13

 

It sure seems funny to see the lake down to normal pool. Here it is the middle of July and I think this is the first normal reading we have had since we opened this spring. The way it looks Truman is living up to its reputation of one of the best hot summer fishing lakes in the country. The fishing this week remains good and I look for it to continue to improve with the warm weather we are having.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          706.67

WATER TEMP:        90 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear to light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing in our area is starting to turn on. Best depth we found this week was 15' to 22' of water. Fish were holding at about 8' to 10'. The edge of the flats are the best. Cedars and hedge trees are out producing the hard woods by a long shot. Minnows and jigs are both working but the minnows are the top choice. The bluff banks are working in 35' to 40' of water with fish holding between 15' and 20'. Minnows are best here. I had a report of some brush pile fish in the dam area. Look for the piles in 15' to 20' of water on the flats. Fish minnows down 8' to 12'. Like I said I look for this bite to continue to get better.

 

BASS: The bass fishing has slowed a little this week. The top water bite on the secondary points is still working early and late. Spooks and Pop R's fished in 5' to 10' of water will work. During the day it's main lake points down 12' to 15' with big worms and brush hogs. Look for the points close to the channel swings. I did hear of some fish on old road beds suspended in the brush on the sides. A light weighted small worm was working here.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Lots of surface activity starting early and late. Sassy shad has been the best producer this week for the hybrids. There have been fish on the Pommie flats and in the airport area. There are some fish on the humps but with no more water flow than we have now they are hit and miss. With the way the shad are starting to ball up the surface bite should really get going.

 

CATFISH: Jugs, jugs and jugs. The catfish bite is real good. The main lake flats in 15' to 20' of water fished 12' to 15' with perch and cut shad will keep you busy. We are seeing lots of 8# to 15# fish come in. You can also rod and reel these fish doing the same thing. Look for humps on the flats for best results.

 

WALLEYE: We are still seeing good numbers of walleye come in. The KK Island area has been the best of the best. Fire tiger and bone colored deep diving crank baits fished in 8' of water are working. There has also been some fish on the humps around the island. They have been on the top of the humps early and drop off in the saddles when the sun gets higher. 1/2 oz. spoons have been working on these fish. I really can't believe how many walleye have been brought in this year.

 

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

Till next week 

  Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  7/11/13

 

Now that the holiday has come and past we would like to thank everyone who showed up to enjoy it with us. It was a perfect weekend. The weather was fantastic along with the fireworks. Even the fish helped out by biting. The lake is getting close to normal now and the COE has slowed the water flow which has slowed the whites and hybrids up a little but the crappie have started getting better. So it looks like July will be a good month like always.

 

LAKE LEVEL:         707.4

WATER TEMP:       82 deg

WATER CLARITY:  Light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is really starting to improve. The outside tree rows on the edge of the flats in 17' to 20' of water is getting going. Use minnows down 8' to 10'. Cedars and hedge trees are working the best right now. There is still a bite going on the bluffs. Look in 30"+ using minnows down 15' to 20'. All of the water I have looked at this week is fishable. With the flow rate at the dam it won't take long for it to go from light stained to clear.

 

BASS: Top water early is still going on. Buzz baits on the secondary flat points along with Pop R's are working until the sun gets up then you want to look at main lake points with big worms. The best points are the small pocket points in 6' to 10' of water. With the shad starting to get more active on the flats don't be afraid to throw a Rat l Trap up in 2' to 4' in the evenings.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the slower water flow these fish have slowed a little. There is still a good top water bite in the evenings in the Pommie flats area and around KK Island. Pop R's and small spoons are the best baits. The 1/2 oz. sassy shad will also work on the hybrids. The fish on the humps are pretty scatteredout right now. Malinda Owens had a 10.3 lb. hybrid last night so the big fish are still hitting.

 

CATFISH: Trot lines on the main lake flats in 15' to 20' of water baited with cut shad has been the best for blues this week. Set baits 10' to 12'. Jugs drifted along the channel edges is also working. Set cut shad about 10'. No report on flat heads this week.

 

WALLEYE: The walleye are still hitting in our area. Crank baits fished in 8' of water on the flat points is a good bet. Fire tiger and bone are the best colors right now. KK Island is still a good area to fish. Fish a bait that will dig the bottom for best results.

 

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

Till next week

  Tommy

 

 

 

 

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 alternative. 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     6/20/13

 

Even with the rain we had last weekend the lake is going down. The COE has been running about 30,000 cfs daily and the lake is falling about 3" to 4" a day. Even with the falling water the lake is starting to clear, it still has a long way to go but it is getting better. The upper arms are still muddy but the closer you get to the dam the better the water looks. In our area it is stained but very fishable. The weather is starting to heat up so that means the summer crappie fishing should take off. Truman is one of the few lakes in the country that the hotter the temps are in the summer the better the fishing.

 

LAKE LEVEL:              716.38

WATER TEMP:           79 deg.

WATER CLARITY:      Stained to muddy.

 

CRAPPIE: There has been some improvement in the crappie fishing this week.Along with the bite on the bluff banks the tree rows on the flats ate starting to produce some fish. Look in 20' to 25' of water down about 8'. Minnows have been working the best on these fish. On the bluffs it's the same story as last week 30' to 40' of water down about 20'. Here a minnow or a jig tipped with a minnow are the best. As the lake continues to drop and the water temp keeps rising I look for the crappie fishing to really break loose.

 

BASS: The bass fishing has slowed a little this week. With the falling water they are starting to pull out of the grass. The edge of the grass closer to the channel is starting to work. Flipping the trees along the grass line with either jigs or some sort of a creature bait is producing fish. Look in 8' to 10' of water. The main lake bluff banks are producing on big plastic worms. Look close to the points and in 6' to 10' of water. Seems the chunk rock is working the best.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: I had several good reports over the weekend of whites, hybrids and walleye coming off the weir. Most of the fish were caught trolling. There were also some fish caught off KK Island last night. These happened to be walleye and were caught on Fire Tiger crank baits off the south end of the island. There were some whites caught off the humps at O 3 using spoons. Look in 20'+ water.

 

CATFISH: The catfishing remains good, they are kind of strung out all over. The best bite is still in the backs of the creeks in 15' to 20' of water. Either jugs or trot lines are working when baited with perch for flat heads. The blues are also hitting cut shad in the same areas even fishing shallower. There are blues up in the flooded grass yet feeding. Last weekend I had a report of some good flatheads being caught during the day on lines. Food for thought.

 

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. We still have a few boat stalls left for the 4th.of July weekend so if you are doing the fire works on the 6th you might want to get one reserved. We also have a couple yearly stalls left if interested. 

 

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  6/6/13

 

And the rains came again. What a difference a week makes. Right now we are 12' high but the way it looks the COE should catch the water today. They have been running about 32000 cfs through the dam this week and are finally making some head way. The upper arms are dirty and there is a little floating debris but in our area the water is in pretty good shape and not much for floaters. Even with the high water the fishing remains good and should get the whites and hybrids really going when the water starts dropping.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           717.99

WATER TEMP:        71 DEG.

WATER CLARITY:   Stained to dirty.

 

CRAPPIE: Even with the high water the crappie are still biting they are just in a little more water. The bluffs are the best bet right now. Fish can be found in 30' to 40' of water down 15' to 20'. Minnows are best now. The outside tree rows will still work it you can find them but with the extra water on top of them it makes it tough to follow them. Minnows has been working there but don't sell jigs short. Where I fish around the O 27 marker it's dirty enough that I'm heading for the Pommie arm for the next few days. There is allot of color at Berry Bend also.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is good. It's find of pick a bait and you can catch a fish on it. The big thing to remember the fish have gone shallow. With the high water there is some flooded grass and the bass are loving it. Zara spooks and buzz baits are working early and late and on cloudy days. 2' to 5' of water. Big worms and creature baits are working on the secondary points in the creeks. Seems like the back half's are more productive. The main lake pockets ate still producing but here again the fish went shallow. Big worms are still the best bait in the pockets'

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: These fish have been doing really well for the last couple of weeks and I look for this bite to continue for a good while with the COE pulling water. KK Island has been good along with the Pommie flats. Spoons have been working on the humps in 20' of water along with trolling. There has also been some good surface activity early and late. Pop R's and Zara Spooks are the best for surfacing fish. We have seen some 10lb. +  hybrids come in. It's time to get them while the gettin is good.

 

CATFISH: This week we have had several flat heads come in. Trot lines baited with perch has been the ticket. The better bite seems to be 1/2 way back in the creeks in 20' of water with baits set about 8'. There is a pretty good bite with the blues also. Same areas but with cut shad and leeches. We do have leeches in now.

 

Remember we are about a month away from July 4th so if you want a boat stall for the holiday get your reservation in soon.

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

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina 5/30/13

 

Here it is the end of May and it looks like everything is starting to get to normal. With the cold spring and the high water it was anything but normal on the fishing end but it looks like the fish are getting into their summer pattern with reports of good catches coming in daily. We actually have a pretty good bite on all species.

The lake is still about 4 1/2' high but the water clarity is good along with good water temps for this time of the year. The weather guy is forecasting a little rain this week but I don't think it will affect the fishing.

 

LAKE LEVEL:             710.6

WATER TEMP:          73 deg.

WATER CLARITY:     Light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is improving everyday. They have moved to their summer pattern and we are seeing good numbers and good sized fish come in.The outside tree rows on the edge of the flats is a good pattern that is producing right now. Look for 20' of water and fish either a jig or minnow. Right now the best way is to drop your bat all the way to the bottom and start raising it real slowly. There are a good number of fish holding about a foot off the bottom. Later in the day they seem to pull up to the 8' area. There is also a bite going on the bluffs in 30' to 40' of water. Minnows fished down 15' to 20' has been producing some real nice fish. As the water temp continues to rise the fishing will continue to get better.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is really pretty good right now. There is a good top water bite on the secondary points early in the mornings. Zara Spooks and buzz baits are the best when worked in 4' to 8' of water. Also the main lake pockets have been producing some good fish when fished with a 10" plastic worm. These fish seem to be holding in 6' to 10' of water. Crank baits fished on main lake points is another choice right now. Here again 6' to 10' is the area to look at.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: They are back and doing good. We are seeing lots of good hybrids come in along with nice whites. Seems like all the humps are producing. Jigging spoons fished in 15' is a good place to start. Trolling is also picking up some big hybrids. Crank baits that will pull down to 12' are doing the best. There has been some surface activity in the evenings. KK Island and the Pommie flats are two points of interest but I'm not supposed to tell. Zara Spook or Pop R's are the best foe surfacing fish. With the numbers of fish we are seeing it looks like it will be a fun summer.

 

CATFISH: We are still seeing a good number of blues come in off jugs. Cut shad seems to be working the best. Drift the flats in 20' with baits set at about 8'. Trot lines set in deep water along the bluffs have been producing a few flat heads. Perch has been the best bait. Baits set at 8' to 10' have been working the best,

 

WALLEYE: It's not very often I will post a report on walleye but with the number of fish that have come in in the last week I feel it is worth noting. Crank baits fished on the flat pea gravel point in 6' to 10' of water on the Pommie arm has been very productive. We have seen several fish in the 17" to 22"  range. One point that has been repeated several times is that you want a crank bait that bumps the bottom. Kudos to the MDC on their stocking program it looks like it is working.

 

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

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       5/23/13

 

With the awesome weather we have been having and a good forecast for the weekend it looks like the first holiday of the summer is going to be fantastic. Even the fish are helping out. There has been a real good bite going on in our area all week. We have fish on all kinds of patterns right now. The lake is still up about 5' and the COE is dumping water everyday so with everything considered it is going to be a great holiday weekend.

 

LAKE LEVEL:              711.15

WATER TEMP:            69deg.

WATER CLARITY:      Light stain.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie in our area are all over the place. We have fish on the banks and fish on the summer pattern. The last few days in the afternoons fish have been on the banks in 2' to 3' of water. Fish the pockets in the creeks. Jigs are working on these fish. There are also fish on the summer pattern. The outside tree rows in 25' to 30' of water fished with minnows down 10' to 12' has been doing good this week also. It's been a strange year with the crappie but with the summer pattern starting things should pick up quickly.

 

BASS: The bass are also on a couple of different patterns. Buzz baits early and late fished on the timbered flats has been producing some nice fish. Best depth has been 3' to 5' of water. There are also fish in the main lake pockets. Big worms or brush hogs are working in 5' to 8' of water. It looks to me like the bass may be done spawning but yet I am still getting reports of fish being caught off the banks.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Good news !!!!! There were several big hybrids caught last weekend around KK Island. There were even fish surfacing. But the two main stays were crank baits and jigging spoons. Trolling seemed to catch the bigger fish. So if these fish are on the island I'm guessing that the humps will produce also. With the COE running water these fish should really get going.

 

CATFISH: Jugs seem to be the way to go this week. Drift the flats in 20' of water down 8' to 10'. Cut shad has been the best along with hot dogs. Trot lines are picking up a few fish off the secondary points in the bigger creeks. Look for chunk rock. Perch or cut shad is the best bait here.

 

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.

We want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and if you see a vet thank a vet.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      5/9/13

 

Even with the few showers we have floating around the weather has finally warmed enough to heat the water up to where we need it to get the spawn started. This is about the latest I remember the crappie starting but the big thing is they have started. The water color is still a little off but that doesn't seem to matter. So with no more late season snow storms or whatever else mother nature can throw at us I think we can say the fishing season is started. Right now the bite is way up the lake but it will work this way. With the turkey season over and the mushroom season slowing it's time to hit the water.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          715.6

WATER TEMP:        60 deg.

WATER CLARITY:  Heavy stain. but the creeks are clearing.

 

CRAPPIE: There is some spawning activity starting in the Tally Bend area. With no major weather changes I look for it to move to the Berry Bend area by the weekend. The fish are spawning a little deeper this year but seem to be in the same areas as always. That's not saying that you can't catch them on the banks but the 4' to 6' depth seems to be working well. Jigs or minnows are working. Don't be afraid to try a jig and bobber or a roadrunner.  Fish the pockets in the creeks starting about 1/2 way back. As I said it is just getting started so we have lots of good fishing in front of us.

 

BASS: The bass are holding about the same as they were last week. The weed lines in the backs of the coves are producing with a variety of baits. Spinner baits when slow rolled are working along with top water. ( Buzz bait and Pop R's). Flukes and sinko's fished weightless are also working. The secondary point are producing using a jig and craw or creature baits. 3' to 6' of water seems to be working the best. The backs of main lake pockets are also holding some fish. Lizard and creature baits are a good choice. You can also flip the flooded willows in the backs if the creeks with a jig and craw. 4' to 8' of water is a good place to look. This time of the year with the water warming the bass are all over the place.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: No reports this week but with the COE running water thru the dam everyday it might not hurt to check the humps with jigging spoons. Look in 15' of water. Also the weir at the dam will start before to long.

 

CATFISH: Jugs baited with cut shad are producing a few fish when fished on the flats in 10' to 15' of water. Set shad about 5'. Limb lines baits with perch or goldfish fished in the flooded willows on the flats are also producing. I keep looking foe the johnnies to start but nothing yet. I am going to try some lines on main lake points this week baited with perch will let you know what happens.

 

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

If there are any changes in the fishing this week I will do an update. It is really going to get going in just a matter of time.

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   5/2/13

 

Well it's the 1st of May and feels more like the first of March. Cold, windy and cloudy. The fish had started moving in to spawn but with cold front who knows. The last couple of days with the temps in the 80's brought the water temp up where we needed it but the weatherman is talking lows in the 30's for the next couple of nites so it might get a little tough. The good thing is the mushrooms are doing well. We are finding allot of nice whites now but haven't hit any big yellows yet. The feeder creeks coming in the lake have been good for shrooms.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          715.5

WATER TEMP:       57 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Heavy Stain. 

 

CRAPPIE: Last week in the fishing report I said I thought the crappie would spawn deeper this year with the high water and from what we found this week I could be right. 6' to 8' of water seems to be the best depth. !/2 way back in the creeks is a good starting point. Jigs have been working. I have had a few reports of anglers catching fish as shallow as 2' but it's one here and one there, no real concentrations. The deeper fish seem to be mostly males but numbers seem to be better. The water is cleaner the farther you go in the creeks so with the cold front we have coming I think the fish will stay where they are. The weather guy is saying that the start of next week we are supposed to get nice again so I am looking for things to start happening. 

 

BASS: The bass are still hitting in the back of the creeks on spinner baits. The edge of the weed line seems to be holding fish in 3' to 5' of water. The points on the smaller pockets in the creeks are also holding some fish. Look for the steeper banks. Lizards are starting to produce along Brush Hogs. The bass seem to be shallower than the crappie and I do think this cold front will back them off. You might look on the first break line on the edge of the flats in the back end of the creeks for these cold front fish.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: No report on whites this week. With the water conditions we have right now I look for it to be a couple of weeks before these fish will start with any consistency.

 

CATFISH: Lines are still producing some nice blues on the flats in 15' of water. Cut shad set about 5' has been working. Limb lines baited with perch in 15' on the flats in the creeks are also working. I haven't seen any flat heads yet but it's got to be getting close. The cat fishing should improve along with the weather so in not to long of time things should get exciting.

 

Well that's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-428-2939 or www.osagebluff.com. You can also find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      4/25/13

 

I am really beginning to wonder if spring is ever going to get here. Last year this week the crappie were spawning, mushrooms were popping and turkey's were gobbling, but that was last year. Sooner or later they will start this year and I'm hoping for the sooner. The weather person says starting this weekend it's going to get nice. For once I hope he is right. Everything was starting to shape up pretty good and then this last cold front and 2+" of rain stopped everything. The lake is 9' high and has cooled off. The main arms are fairly clear but the backs of the creeks got muddy. It has started to clear but where the fish are supposed to be is heavily stained. I would look for at least another week before these fish get going. There has been some good mushroom reports this week. They are finding reds, grays and a few yellows. A couple days of sunshine should make all the difference in the world. The turkeys are still doing ok with the gobblers being henned up. Late morning has been the best and not much calling.

 

LAKE LEVEL:              715.31

WATER TEMP:            53 deg.

WATER CLARITY:       Stained.

 

BASS: The bass are still holding in the back of the creeks. Spinner baits fished along the edge of the weed breaks is producing. Chartreuse with big gold blades is best. The secondary points are also holding fish. Jig and frog or brush hog type baits fished in 4' to 8' of water is producing some good fish. The main lake pockets with 45 deg. chunk rock is well worth checking with a lizard. Even with the cool water the bass seem to be getting aggressive. Here again 4' to 8' seems to be the magic number.

 

CRAPPIE: This week with the weather we have had a major slow down on the crappie. They have moved back in the creek channels and are hugging the bottom. Best scenario right now is to drift the channels 1/2 way back in the creeks with jigs and minnows and move really slow. 15' to 20' of water and about 1 crank off the bottom. This sounds like the way its been for 3 weeks. With the lake being up I still look for the crappie to spawn deep. Over the years it seems the original bank line is where they like to be.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: No Report this week. Even with the COE running 30,000 cfs through the dam the water is cool enough that these fish just aren't moving yet. You might try some wind blown points with crank baits, if nothing else you might catch a walleye.

 

CATFISH: Jugs and limb lines are working on the flats in 12' to 18' of water. Cut shad has been the best bait when set 4' to 5'. With a warm trend coming I look for the flat head fishing to pick up. it's getting time to start looking for perch.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or www.osagebluff.com. Look for us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. We have a few stalls left for the holiday so don't get left out of the fun.

 

Till next week

  Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina         4/18/13

 

Rain, that just kind of sums up this week. At least the temps are holding pretty good. The water temp was coming up good but with the weather we are having now it is kind of stalled it. One thing about it is that it will warm up and the fish will spawn. The good thing is that the weather has brought out a few mushrooms. The reds are doing pretty well and I have heard of a few grays. Haven't heard of any morals yet but I'm guessing somebody has found some they just aren't telling. The turkey hunting has been very good. The birds are gobbling hard in the early morning and responding to calls. I found that purs are working real well taking a 21.5 lb. bird yesterday. Well lets hope the weather straightens out and we can get the fish going.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           710.78

WATER TEMP:        55 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Stained to dirty.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are still the same as they were last week. 1/2 to 3/4 way back in the creeks and still in the channels. Best way is to troll or wind drift the channels with a jig or minnow in 10' to 15' of water. There are also some fish on the main lake points. Fish 20' to 30' of water down 8' to 12' with jigs tipped with a minnow. With the high water we are having this year I look for the crappie to spawn deeper than normal. Look on the original bank line for nesters. We still need the water temp to rise another 5 to 7 deg to get things started. Like normal it looks like the 21st of April could be the lucky day.

 

BASS: The weather doesn't seem to have affected the bass as much as the crappie. Spinner baits or flukes fished along the edge of the weeds in the back of the creeks is working. 3' to 6' is the best right now. the secondary points are also working with jig and frog and baby brush hogs. Here again 3' to 6' is where to look. Lizards  fished in the main lake nitches are producing some nice females. Look for the 45deg banks that pick up allot of sun.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: No report this week but with the COE generating power every day I would check the weir with spoons and the humps. It is a little early for them but the shad are getting more active so it's worth a shot.

 

CATFISH: Look on the main lake flats in 6' to 10' of water. Limb lines baited with cut shad or perch are starting. Creek channels are working with trot lines about 1/2 way back. 8' to 12' with cut shad.

 

Don't forget to book in for the holidays.   

 

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

 

Til next week

  Tommy    

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      4/12/13

 

Looks like we have a good weekend forecast for the lake area and the fish are just waiting on a little warm weather to  turn on. The May apples are up and I have heard there has been a few red mushrooms found ( I have not been one of the lucky ones ). The turkeys are gobbling so it is an awesome time to be at the lake. With the warm spell we have coming I look for the next two weeks to be really good.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           711.8

WATER TEMP:        50 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Stained

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie have pulled about 1/2 way back in the creeks. Trolling or spider rigging is working right now. Look for 15' to 20' of water and fish down about 10'. Minnows and jigs will both work. Watch your graph and move slow. With a little more water temp these fish will go to the banks. Food for thought, with the high water you might want to check the original bank line for bedding fish. We are about 5.5 feet high and over the years I have seen those big females spawn deeper.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is not to bad. Look in the backs of the creeks in the flooded grass. Fish the edge of the grass with spinner baits or flukes in 3' to 4' of water. The back secondary points are producing some fish on jig and frogs and baby brush hogs. 5' to 8' seems to be the magic number on the points. Here again I look for the next 2 weeks to really turn on.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Not much of a report on the whites this week. I would check the weir at the dam and the humps at 0-3 with jigging spoons. The COE is running loots of water through the dam so you might check these areas with jigging spoons.

 

CATFISH: Catfish are starting to move in the creeks. 10' + of water and on the bottom. Cut shad is the best bait. Main lake pockets are holding some fish also. Set lines about 10'. Here again cut shad. We had one good flat head come in this week.

 

We are open and ready to go for the season. If you need a stall for the holidays you might want to get it reserved we are  starting to fill up. We also have a few yearly's left. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or on the web www.osagebluff.com. Or on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      4/5/13

WE ARE OPEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's good to be back. We had a little bit of an extended winter with the early spring cold snaps and snows but the way it looks now we are good to go and are all excited about a new year. Had lots of fun hunting and fishing last winter with to many stories to put on here but when you come by will tell you all about them. We have some real nice weather coming in the next 7 days and I am looking looking for some big changes in the fishing.The turkeys have split up and are starting to do their thing. They have been gobbling for a good 2 weeks now. So with that lets get on with the fishing report.

LAKE LEVEL:       712.47
WATER CLARITY: Stained
WATER TEMP:     47 deg.

CRAPPIE: With the high water the crappie fishing has slowed a little this week. There are some fish in the creek channel in 15' to 20' of water down 10' to 12'. Trolling and spider rigging minnows and dark colored jigs have been working on these fish. There is also a little bite on the bluff ends Jigs and minnows fished about 20' in 25' to 30' of water has been working. Like I said earlier with the warm weather we have coming for the next week I look for these fish to do allot of moving. Over the past 30 years I have been here the crappie are always bedding around the 21st of April. Food for thought. Last year we had a very early spring so they went early but this year it looks close to the 20th.

BASS: The bass to have slowed a little this week with the higher water. The best bite is later in the day 1/2 way back in the creeks in the flooded grass. Slow rolled spinner baits have been working. Your not going to catch bunches of fish but what you catch will be good fish. Also the secondary points in the creeks have been producing a few fish. They seem to be holding right off the edge of the grass. Dark colored jigs will work here.With the water temp rising I look for some chasing to start soon.

 WHITES: With the COE running water most days there has been a little action on the humps in the upper ends of the lake. These humps go from about 25' up to 15'. Crank baits and sassy shad have been two of the better baits. Here again your not going to catch bunches of fish but the fish you catch are nice.

 CATFISH: There is a few blues being caught on the river channel bends. Fish seem to be holding in 20' to 25' of water Lines set with cut shad about 3' off te bottom will produce a few fish. I'm looking for these fish to move up on the flats soon.

 We do have a few annual stalls left and don't forget the holidays aren't that far away so get your reservations in. You can reach us at 

www.osagebluff.com or on face book at Osage Bluff Marina. We even have a land line 660-438-2939.

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  10/4/12

 

Well as the old saying goes all good things must come to an end. This is going to be the last fishing report of the year, (maybe). If something really good gets going I will update and let you know whats going on. As I look back over the year it has really been awesome. The fishing has been great all year with probably some of the best crappie fishing I have seen in several years. The whites and hybrids were also good and still are. And the spring turkey season a bumper crop along with mushroom season has to remind us what a great area we have here.

And to all our customers a big thank you for giving us another wonderful year. Also the 4th of July celebration and the 30th anniversary ceremony WHAT A SUPER YEAR.

 

Now for this week it looks like the weatherman is going to give us our first real taste of fall. It looks like this cool front should drop the water temp enough to get these fish feeding for winter and moving to the creeks. For the leaf lookers I am seeing some good color start on the bluffs and with this cool front should get things going.

 

LAKE LEVEL:         704.83

WATER TEMP:      70 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to lightly stained.

 

BASS: Spinner baits. 1/2 to 3/4 of the way back in the creeks. Look where the edge of the flat falls off into the creek channel. Look for 6' of water falling to 12'. The top water bite is starting to last longer everyday. Black buzz baits are one of the better choices right now. Look on the flat points in the creeks with bait fish working.

During the day you can get some jig and frog action fishing the cedars in the creeks in 6' to 10' of water. Be ready for a suspended bite.

 

CRAPPIE: There have been mixed reports on crappie this week, but the good thing is that there have been reports of fish being caught. There are some fish in the hardwoods on the flats in 15' to 20' of water.

Minnows are working the best here. There has also been some fish caught off the bluffs in 25' to 30' of water. In both cases the fish are right off the bottom. The bluff bite is kind of a winter pattern maybe these fish are trying to tell us something.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: It is the time of the year to catch whites and hybrids. The humps are holding fish in 10' to 20' of water. Spoons are working the best. When you break the school up work the area with a Rooster Tail or a Vibrex spinner for more fish. The windy points are also working. Fish a Rooster Tail right on the bank for some fast action on windy days.

 

CATFISH: Jugs are still working on the channels with cut shad. Set baits 12' to 15'. Haven't heard of any fish working in the back end of the creeks yet but with the weather we have coming in it can't be to far away.

 

WALLEYE: We have seen a bunch of walleye come in. Check the humps in the KK Island area 10' to 15' with spoons. These have been some real nice fish.

 

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

 

Till next spring

  Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      9/27/12

What a wonderful rain this week, I had a little over 2". The lake did
a little rise ( not nearly enough ) but we will take what ever we get.
The water clarity stayed the same which is perfect for fishing. This
time of the year is always tough but in no time flat the bite will go
nuts for the fall feed up. For the leaf watchers I am starting to see
a little color along the bluffs on the Pommie River. These last few
rains have brought a little life back in the trees. It will be
interesting to see how the fall colors go with the drought. Will keep
you posted.

LAKE LEVEL:            704.73
WATER TEMP:         71 deg.
WATER CLARITY:    Clear to lightly stained.

BASS: The bass fishing is holding steady on our end of the lake.
Spinner baits are the best of the best right now. Look 1/2 way back in
the creeks along the outer edge of the close to the creek channel.
Look for 4' to 8' of water on the tree rows. A shallow running crank
bait has also been working. The top water bite is still working on the
secondary points. Black buzz baits are the best when fished early or
on overcast days. I look for these fish to really get going in the
next week or so.

CRAPPIE: I looked back at the fishing report from a year ago now and
the crappie were slow like they are now. I think these fish are just
strung out all over. I have talked to different people and it seems
they are all catching a few fish but they are all doing something
different. The problem is no one is really catching allot of crappie
now. The two best patterns I have heard are the bridge pillars and the
main lake points. In both areas the fish seem to be holding in 20' to
25' of water. Here again another week will make all the difference in
the world.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Now if you want to catch fish these guys are biting.
Windy days look on the shallow main lake points. Rooster tails and
small Rat L Traps are the best baits. You may have to do a little
point hopping but when you find the right one hold on. On the calm
days the fish are hanging on the humps in about 15' to 20' of water.
Spoons are the best here. Don't be afraid to throw a sassy shad at the
fish on the humps as there have been some nice hybrids hanging with
the whites.

CATFISH: Jugs are still working on the flats. Set them at about 10'
and fish 12' and deeper. Drift them out over the channel. Cut shad has
been the best bait. I look for trot lines in the channels to start
real soon. With the water temp falling slowly these fish should start
feeding up for winter.

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-2939 or on
the web at www.osagebluff.com. Don't forget to check us out on face
book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week
  Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina        9/20/12

 

I don't think mother nature looked at the calender, fall is supposed to start Saturday but the way it has felt all week I think she has already started it. These cool mornings make you think about putting the rod and reel up and grabbing the stick and string. Now I know there is allot of good fishing to come yet this fall but I have been seeing lots of deer and turkey. This year I am really excited about hunting season because my son who is in the military is going to be home to hunt with me. He hasn't got to go the last couple of years due to overseas commitments so we will make the most of it. Enough of my ramblings lets get on with the report.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            704.54

WATER TEMP:         74 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to light stained.

 

BASS: The bass are liking the cool down. Spinner baits are starting to pick up some good fish. Some fish are starting to move back in the creeks. Fish the edge of the flats where they fall off in the channel.

Look for the area where the water depth breaks from 8' to 15'. The top water bite is still going on early and late like it has been. The flat points seem to be the best and the secondary points with 3' to 6' of water are the ones you don't want to pass up. If its a cloudy day the buzz bait bite will go all day. Would not hurt to throw a shallow running crank bait on these points like a Lucky 13 or similar. Look for the bass fishing to really start picking up with the cooler temps.

 

Crappie: The crappie fishing is about the same as it was last week.

The points are about the best right now. Look for 25' to 30' of water and look for fish right up off the bottom. There has been some fish caught off the bluffs. What they are doing is drifting the bluffs and looking for the brush piles or tree tops laying on the bottom..

Minnows have been the best bait. The crappie should be getting ready to move with the cooling water temp.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: It seems funny when one spices of fish slows down another one picks up and that is what is happening. We saw lots of nice whites and hybrids come in. They are on a couple of different patterns. On windy days look on the flat main lake points. The fish will be up in 1' to 3' of water. Use an in line spinner like a Rooster Tail or a Zing Tail. There are also fish on the humps in 15' to 20' of water. Use a 1/2 oz jigging spoon on the humps. There has been some nice hybrids running with the whites.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing here on Truman remains good. Both jugs and trot lines are producing nice blues. Fish the flats where they fall off in the channels in 15'+ of water. There are also fish starting to hang around the creek channel points. Trot lines have been working well here. Cut shad is the best bait.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-2939 or visit us on the web at www.osagebluff.com. Check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.,

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  9/13/12

 

Looking at the weather forecast for the weekend you would think fall is here. Highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's doesn't get much better than that. Now if we could get the fish to hold still for a little bit it would be a perfect world. With the water temp bouncing around the fish are a little confused or than again maybe I'm a little confused. This was a good week to eliminate water, and I did well. As far as catching not so well. This summer the bite has been so good this angler got spoiled and now that it's normal I think I had a bad day. But that's what keeps you coming back.

 

LAKE LEVEL:                  704.52

WATER TEMP:               77 deg.

WATER CLARITY:         Clear to light stain.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is starting to pick up a little. With the cooler temps we are having the top water bite lasts a little longer.

The main lake and secondary points are still producing some fish. Big worms or a tube fished slow during the day in 8' to 10' of water on the channel swing points will work. Top water on the flat points early and late. Zara Spooks and buzz baits are working. These fish are going to start heading back in the creeks if these weather patterns keep going and with the number of shad in the creeks now It looks like it could be sooner than later.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is a little slow right now. The best bite I have heard of is the brush piles in the dam area. 20' deep and right on top of the brush. Jigs tipped with minnows are working the best.

There are a few fish coming off main lake points in 30' of water down about 25'. It's kind of a hunt and peck right now. I think the crappie are like the bass and are getting ready to start moving in the creeks.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The humps are still the place to be. !5' to 20' of water fished with a medium spoon. The flat wind blown points in the evenings are producing some fish on top water. Rat L Traps and small spoons are working. Watch the gulls for surfacing fish.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing is still good. Jugs are the best of the best right now. Cut shad is the best bait when fished on the edge of the flats and drifted out in the channel. Look for 10' + of water and set baits at 8' to 10'. This fishing should do nothing but get better with the cats feeding up for winter.

 

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

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  9/6/12

 

How about that some well needed rain and more on the way. We had about 3" over the holiday and only lost one day of fishing. The weatherman is calling for some more tonight and a little more tomorrow but the weekend is looking good. Temps in the 70's and no rain, perfect time to come to Truman and work on some whites and hybrids. The rain last week must of generated a bunch of oxygen in the water and got the whites all stirred up. But no matter what you are fishing for this sounds like a great weekend to be on the water.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           704.51

WATER TEMP:         78 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to lightly stained.

 

BASS: The bass are starting to get a little more active with the cool weather. Seems that the shallow water bite is getting a little stronger. Tree rows in 3' to 5' of water fished with spinner baits and buzz baits has been working on the flats. The points are working with big worms on the channel swings in 10' to 15' of water. The top water bite is still holding in there early in the morning. Buzz baits and Pop R's on the flat points in 3' to 6' of water. Look for the points with shad working on them.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing has slowed a little but the quality has increased. The best bite is still drifting the creek channels in 25'

to 30' of water an floating a minnow at about 20'. The early mornings are the best of the best. It seems that during the middle of the day the fish seem to hibernate. I did talk to some fellows that caught some fish off the bridge pillars, these fish were down about 20'.

There has still been some main lake point fish but they seem to come and go more than last week. They might be staging up for their fall feeding run in the creeks.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites are stacking on the humps in big numbers.

A friend of mine was down last weekend and did awesome on both whites and hybrids. The 1/2 oz spoon is the best size and bait right now.

Look in 15' to 25' of water during the day. They are also working the points in the evenings. Look for the points with the wind blowing in on them. Small Rat L Traps and the 1/4 oz. spoon are the best here.

These fish will do nothing but get better. Usually the last week in Sept. is when the whites and hybrids really det going.

 

CATFISH: Same as last week. We are seeing lots of nice blues come in.

Cut shad is still the best bait. Jugs fished on the flats set about 10' has been working well. Set the jugs on the flats and let them drift over the channels. Its pretty easy fishing  and lots of fun.

 

Thats it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-2939 or you can find us on the web at www.osagebluff.com and face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      8/30/12

 

It doesn't seem possible that its Labor Day weekend already. The weatherman is telling us we may get some very needed rain on Friday and then it should be clearing out for the rest of the weekend. It sure would be nice to get some water in the lake and get us back to normal pool. After fishing Truman for 29 years I do have to admit that with the low water I did learn allot this year. Found tree rows that I didn't know were there and undercut banks that will be fantastic when the lake is normal. Marked isolated trees that are under water that I will fish again. And then the weeds  have grown closer to the waters edge so when we get a rise the ducks should have good feed on Truman.

Looks like it is going to be a good fall.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            704.37

WATER TEMP:          78 deg.

WATER CLARITY:     Clear to lightly stained.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is about the same as it was last week. The top water bite is working early and late on the flats with buzz baits being the best bait. Fish seem to be holding in 3' to 5' of water. The shallow tree rows are working when fished with big worms. Here again 3' to 5' of water seems to be the best. I did hear of some suspended fish along the creek channels. 20' of water down about 6' on big tubes. My guess is that if the water would cool some more that top water bite would get going over the deeper trees along the channels.

 

CRAPPIE: Right now the crappie are kind of hit or miss. There has been a bite in the creeks the last few days. Drift down the center of the creek in 20' to 30' of water with minnows at about 15'. Watch your rod tip real close. There are also some fish on the points in 20' to 30'

down 10' to 15'. Here again minnows are the best bait. The isolated trees have been working the best for me.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Trolling the humps is still the best bet for whites.

Shad colored crank baits that run 12'+ are working. If there is any wind the flat points will produce some shallow fish on Rooster Tails or small Rat L Traps. Look for the shad flipping on the points. There is still a little top water action going on in the evenings just before dark.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing is still good on jugs. I watched an old boy yesterday catch some nice blues. He was using cut bait on the edge of the flats and letting his jugs drift over the channel. He had the hooks set  at 10'. I think you could probably do the same with a rod and reel but there's something about chasing jugs. Its just fun.

 

Well this is the last big holiday weekend of the year so you need to get out and come see us. The water is still warm enough for skiing and tubing and the fish are always biteing somewhere. So come on down and enjoy.

 

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

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   8/23/12

 

This is kind of a tough week to get a fishing report up, I got stuck in the hunting mode. The son came in from Fort Knox this week so instead of my usual fishing days we did food plots and sighted in guns. I know that sounds strange but when you think about it archery season opens in 38 days. I just can't believe how fast the summer has gone by. And to add to that how good the fishing has been all year.

The water is starting to cool down a little so lets hope it will carry on all fall. The lake is still about 1 1/2' low but the weatherman is calling for a little rain this weekend so lets hope we get a little rise.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            704.4

WATER TEMP:         79 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to light stain.

 

BASS: Haven't figured this one out yet but those old green fish went shallow. Tree rows in 2' to 4' of water are holding some fish. Big worms seem to be working the best. There are also some fish on the brush along the old road beds. Look in 8' to 10' of water and here again big worms are the best. The top water bite on the timbered flats is still going. Buzz baits are working the best. Look for the shad.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing has slowed just a little. Maybe I should reword that. The crappie fishing has gone to the normal for this time of the year on Truman. We have had such good fishing this summer that I think we have gotten a little spoiled. When you go and get a limit by 9 am that is some awesome fishing. You can still get your limit now but you just have to work a little harder. There are still some fish on the edge of the flats in 15' to 18' of water, and they are still a little deeper than they were. Fish a minnow down about 12' to 15'.

Have had a couple reports of fish starting on the main lake points on the isolated big trees. This is a fall pattern here on Truman so I wonder if the fish are trying to tell us something. they have been holding about 15' and here again minnows are best.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the cooler water temps there has been a a little more surface activity on the whites. They are doing that yo yo thing of up and down. The best bite is still in the late evening right before dark on top. Look for flat wind blown points with shad on them.

1/4 oz spoons or small Rat L Traps are working the best. There are also a few fish being caught trolling off the humps. Shad colored crank baits are working the best in about 15' of water.

 

CATFISH: The blues are still good. Jugs baited with cut shad and worked along the edge of the flats into the channels this a good bite now. Set bait at about 8'.

There are also some fish coming off the humps on jugs. Here again cut bait, 8' on humps with 15' to 20' of water on them.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-2939. Or on the web at www.osagebluff.com and face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

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

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    8/9/12

 

If the weatherman is right this is going to be one of the best fishing weekends of the year. Temps are supposed to be in the 80's with light winds. For this time of the year it doesn't get any better than that, and with the crappie still biting as good as they are it would be a perfect time to put some fresh fish in the freezer. And then on Saturday you could come by the marina for our 30th anniversary get together starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00am. and drawings and prizes all day. So come on down and enjoy a fun filled day..

 

LAKE LEVEL:            704.84

WATER TEMP:         85 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to a light stain.

 

BASS: The bass are still in their summer slow down but with the cooler weather maybe they will fire up a little. The top water bite is still working early and late on the flats. Fish 2' to 6' of water. Buzz baits seem to the best bait and its even better if there is a point close by. The rest of the day is back to hitting the points close to channel swings. Big worms are working the best and keep the trolling motor running. The big thing is to move your bait slow.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite is hot. There are fish on about every pattern. Minnows are the best bait on all the patterns. There are fish on the tree rows on the flats in 15' to 18' of water down about 10'.

There are fish on the bluffs in 30'+ holding about 20'.  There are fish in the brush piles that are in 15' to 20' of water. The crappie seem to be holding in the brush piles themselves. What ever pattern you fish you might want to start on the bottom and slowly raise your bait until you find what depth the fish are at. The best bite seems to be early in the morning and slowing down when the sun gets hot.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: This week the whites have slowed up a bit. The lake is down and the COE is not running any water and this makes it a little tougher. Trolling the humps is still picking up a few fish. 15'

to 20' has been about the right depth. Shad colored crank baits that run 12' to 15' will work. There is still some top water action in the evenings right before dark. Small spoons and little Rat L Traps are the best baits.

 

CATFISH: Jugs Jugs Jugs !! Fish the flats with baits set about 10'.

There are allot of nice blues starting to come in. Cut shad seems to be the best bait right now. There are also fish hanging off the humps.

15'+ on the humps is a good bet.

 

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

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      8/2/12

 

The weatherman is calling for a break in the weather this weekend with some cooler temps which I am sure won't hurt any ones feelings. Then we have the full moon today so what better time is there than now to come to Truman and do some fishing. The lake is still low but the fish are still biting so this would be a great time to enjoy mother nature.

 

LAKE LEVEL:         704.80

WATER TEMP:       86 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to lightly stained.

 

BASS: With the warm weather the bass fishing has slowed up this week.

There has been a top water bite early in the morning and late at night on the flats. Buzz baits and Pop R's are the best right now. Fish 3'

to 6' of water. During the day the fish have been suspending along the creek channels. They will bite but you have to hit them in the head to get them going. Jig and frog or a nose weighted sinko will work on the channels. 8' to 15' seems to be the right depth. Channel swings and ledges seem to be a little better. The main thing is don't turn the trolling motor off. keep moving and hit allot of trees. Another bite is in the brush along old road beds. Big worms fished real slow will work in 10' to 15' of water.

 

CRAPPIE: We have been fishing the bluffs and have better luck there than on the flats. Bluff banks with 25' to 35' of water seem to be working the best. The crappie seem to be holding in 15' to 20'. I have talked to lots of people using minnows and they are getting limits in about 3 hours. It seems that on these deeper trees you can pull 3 or 4 good fish off them. Don't pass up any isolated trees sitting by themselves we have done real good on these. Did have some fish off a flat on a tree row but the size was smaller. I think it was just the fact that the flats have been hit pretty hard and the fish haven't regrouped yet. But all in all the crappie fishing on Truman is super.

Heck if Bob Gillette can catch fish everyone must be catching fish.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: There is still some top water action going on in the evenings right before dark. Rat L Traps and little spoons are the best baits. Watch for surfacing fish on the flats. There are also some fish on the humps in 15' to 20' 0f water. Trolling a shad colored crank bait will work on these fish. The humps in 15' of water seem to be working the best.

 

CATFISH: Jug fishing is good on the outer edge of the flats in 15' to 20' of water. Cut shad set at 8' to 10' of water is producing some nice blues. Also the humps in the same depths have been working.

 

We would like to remind you that Aug, 11th will be our 30th anniversary here at the marina. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am with drawings and prizes all day so come out and enjoy the day.

 

 That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-3939 or at www.osagebluff.com. We are also on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       7/26/12

 

It looks like we are having a little break in the heat. There was a nice rain shower that came thru early this morning and cooled us down a little. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth but we could sure use a bunch more. The lake is about as low as I have seen it in several years. The one thing about having it at this level is you see lots of things that you fish and understand why there are fish there. Now might be a good time to photo some spots or to GPS some trees that are under water at normal level. We have found a couple of tree rows that we didn't know were there that have been productive. Also some underwater trees on the bluffs that hold numbers of fish but at normal pool are hard to find. Anyway Truman is living up to its reputation as being one of the best warm weather fisheries in the country. Where else can you go and catch limits of crappie when its hot.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          704. 80

WATER TEMP:       87 deg.

WATER CLARITY:  Clear to a light stain.

 

BASS: The bad thing about the heat is that not all fish react the same to it and Mr. Bass is the worst. Right now he would just as soon sleep all day and cruse a little at night when the temp and sun is down.

There is a little top water bite on the flats early in the morning.

Buzz baits fished in 3' to 6' on the flats will pick up a few fish.

During the day its a different game. Look for suspended fish in the deeper tree rows and in brush along old road beds. Big brush hogs and tubes will work. Fish slow!

Main lake points next to channel swings fished with big worms on the breaks is another good summer pattern. 8' to 15' is a good depth to look.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing here on Truman remains good. The edge of the flats fished with minnows in 15'+ down 8' to 10' is a real good bite. n real hot days the fish have been running one crank up off the bottom. The bluff banks have been producing good fish out of 25'+ water with fish as deep as 20'. Here again minnows are the best baits.

Now I am a jig fisherman and I'm not saying you can't or won't catch fish on a jig but when fishing with minnows you will catch fish quicker.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites and hybrids are getting with the program and hanging on the humps where they are easier to find. Small jigging spoons are working on these fish. Trolling a bomber model A will also work. Look for humps with 10' to 15' on them. There has also been some surface activity in the evenings about dusk. Here a small spoon fluttered through them or a Rat L Trap should have good results.

 

CATFISH: The cat fish are still hitting off the flats and some of the humps. 10'+ of water is a must. Jugs are the best right now. Cut shad set between 4' and 8' should put some blues in the freezer. Limb lines on the flats will also catch some fish now. Haven't heard any flathead storied lately so if anyone has some they want to share let me know.

 

On August 11 Osage Bluff Marina will be celebrating their 30th anniversary. Please come and enjoy the fun. More to follow.

 

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

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina       7/12/12

 

With the cool down in the weather this week it sure heated the fishing up. My old fishing partner made the comment this week that the crappie fishing can't get any better than it is right now. And the quality of the fish is awesome. I have head of taking limits in 1 to 3 hours.

With the lake being a little low you can find trees that haven't been hit all year and have some fantastic results. Another thing this year is that the lake clarity is as good as I have seen it in 25 years, even up as far as Tally Bend. If you are looking to get a young one started fishing or just putting some meat in the freezer NOW is the time to come to Truman.

 

LAKE LEVEL:              705.16

WATER TEMP:           86 deg.

WATER CLARITY:      Clear to light stain.

 

BASS: The bass are doing their normal thing for the middle of July.

The best bite is early and late on top water. Buzz baits and Pop R's are the top baits when fished on the flats in 3' to 6' of water.

Points seem to be working the best.  If you are seeing allot of shad activity you might try a Rat L Trap also. During the heat of the day its back to big worms on channel swing points. You might also try fishing for suspended fish on tree rows that border the creek channels. Fish jig and frog or a big brush hog down to 15'.

 

CRAPPIE: When the crappie fishing is this good you really don't need a report. If you see a tree fish it there is probably a crappie on it.

We have been finding several good sized fish on isolated trees closest to the channels. Right now there are fish in the brush piles, on the bluffs, and on the flats. It seems whatever the water depth you are fishing if you divide it in half you should find fish. The other thing I have found is don't pass up any isolated trees. We have caught several big fish off trees that are sitting out in the middle of nowhere.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Trolling the humps seems to be the best right now.

There is a top water bite right at dark but with the number of shad up right now hitting that one spot is tough. Crankbaits that will run 12'

to 14' will work the best. I have seen some activity around the airport late in the evening right before dark.

 

CATFISH: The jug fishing is still working on the flats. Cut shad has been the best bait. !0' to 20' of water with baits set 8' to 10' is producing some nice blues. If you are using stationary jugs check them often, with the warm water temps hooked fish don't last long..

 

We here at Osage Bluff would like to thank everyone who showed up last weekend to help celebrate the 4th of July holiday with us. And to all the people who helped put the show on and with the food thank you. And to everyone who donated a big thank you. And if you missed it you missed one of the best shows I think I have ever seen so look forward to next year.

 

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

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   7/5/12

 

Don't forget our 30th. anniversary on the 7th of July.

 

You can sure tell its the 4th of July with the weather. Early in the mornings are nice but it sure gets hot about noon. There is one good side to it the wind has been blowing just enough to make it tolerable, along with the fish are still biting. We have been on the water by

6:30 and off by 11:00 and the crappie are still hitting. I still believe the hotter it gets the better the crappie fishing is.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            705.25

WATER TEMP:         86 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Clear to light stain.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is still holding its own. Top water early and late on the flats  has been working with buzz baits being the best.

There are some fish starting to hang around the shallow tree rows on the flats during the day. Pitchen a worm or tube has been working on these fish. The main lake points are still producing fish 8' to 12'

down on big worms. fish them slow !!

 

CRAPPIE: The best thing about Truman is the hotter the weather gets the better the crappie fishing is. The crappie are all over right now.

You can catch them off the bluffs in 20' of water or you can fish the flats in 15' of water. Minnows and jigs are both working. The outside trees seem to hold the better fish. Isolated trees will also hold a good fish or two. This week we have caught fish off both cedars and hardwoods. There are also fish being caught out of the brush piles in 20' of water.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: There is still some surface activity in the evenings but it has been right at dark. Small spoons and Pop R's have been working. Also trolling has been producing a few fish. With the COE not running water these fish are following the big schools of shad.

 

CATFISH: There are still some good blues comming in on jugs. Cut shad has been the best bait. 10' of water on the flats with baits set about 8' You have to keep a close eye on the jugs with the water as warm as it  is.

 

Don't forget our 30th. anniversary on the 7th of July.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660 438 2903 or osagebluff.com. Or you can find us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     6/28/12

 

Wow the summer is half over, seems like we just got started. If this heat continues it can be all the way over as far as I am concerned.

The fishing is like the weather though, HOT. We have been getting out early in the mornings and can usually have our limits of crappie by 10. We could probably get done sooner but we are using all jigs and the minnow bite is better. Just remember to take lots of water and ice right now.

 

This weekend we have the fireworks display being shot off the dam on Saturday night. It is always an awesome show so if you are in the area you might want to take it in. There are tons of boats in front of the dam  so if you are out drive with extra care. I heard that Lincoln will shoot their fireworks on the 4th. We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary on Truman Lake on the 7th. of July so stop on by.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           705.77

WATER TEMP:        83 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Clear  to light stain.

 

BASS: The bass fishing remains the same as last week. Top water is working early in the morning. Buzz baits and spooks are the best baits. The shallow secondary points seem to be doing the best early.

Watch for shad on them. After the sun gets up there are a couple of options. Big worms on main lake points in 8' to 15' of water or you can fish for suspended fish in the tree rows in 15' to 20' of water.

Jigs or big brush hogs seem to be working the best.

 

CRAPPIE: This is my favorite time of the year to crappie fish. I used to like the spawn but now I enjoy just hopping tree to tree with a long pole and a jig. Like I said earlier you can catch them faster on minnows but I think you can get better fish on a jig, but that's just me. The best bite is 15' to 20'  with the fish 8' to 10' down. It seems to go day by day between cedars and hardwoods. This week we found more fish in the hardwoods.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Little Pommie flats and KK Island have been the best spots in the evenings for surfacing fish. 1/4 oz. spoons and zara spooks have been the best baits. Fish have been surfacing in the late evening and have been staying up for a good while. Tying a small jig in front of a spook has been working.

 

CATFISH: Jugs on the edge of the flats in 10' of water set about 8'

has been about the best for blues. Cut shad has been the best bait along with perch. Haven't seen any flat heads come in so I am assuming that they are bedding.

 

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

www.osagebluff.com or visit us on face book.

 

Have a Happy Holiday

       Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  6/21/12

 

Finally some well needed rain. It looks like it's not going to last long but its better than nothing. The weatherman is telling us that the weekend is going to be clear and there is no rain in sight for the next 7 days, hopefully the wind will slow down to. With weather like that it should keep the fishing as good if not better than it is. This has been a good week with all species showing up. The crappie fishing is the best of the best, summer pattern and long poles it just doesn't get any more fun than that.

 

LAKE LEVEL:

WATER TEMP:

WATER CLARITY: Light stain.

 

BASS: The bass fishing remains about the same as last week with points being the best of the best. Main lake and secondaries fished with big worms or brush hogs in 6' to 12' of water will produce some good fish.

There are two things to remember, channel swings should be close by and fish slow. The top water bite is still going early and late with buzz baits and Pop R's. The suspended bite is working with jig n frog or a big tube in tree rows next to the channels. 20' of water with fish holding in the 8' to 10' range.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing here on Truman is very good. The fish are on the summer pattern and feeding up after the spawn. There are lots of pound fish coming in now, Tree rows on the flats and even isolated trees are producing good numbers of fish. Minnows are the best right now but a jig tipped with a minnow will normally catch bigger fish.

15' to 20' of water fished 8' to 10' down has been very productive.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: There has been a increasing amount of surface activity in the evenings. Flat points with the wind  blowing across are good areas to fish. The best baits are anything that resembles a shad. With the lake level where its at the COE hasn't been running any water so the whites and hybrids are just roaming around right now. For the hybrids a 1/2 oz. head with a 4" sassy shad is the ticket.

 

CATFISH: We are still seeing a good number of blues come in. Fishing the flats with jugs or trot lines in 10' or less of water has been working well. My neighbor had some nice blues the other morning using gold fish and cut shad, He's fishing in the Osage but when I ask him where he was catching them he said there's two things in life you don't tell. One is your fishin hole and the other is where your findin shrooms. Must be why we get along.

 

This is just a reminder that the fireworks will be shot off the dam on June 30th.. And if you don't have anything going on join us for our 30th anniversary blow out on July 7th. it will be a blast.

 

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

www.osagebluff.com or visit us on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.

Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina        6/14/12

 

Even with the rain we had this week the lake is staying a little below pool. The water clarity is perfect no matter where you go. The crappie bite is in full swing, we are seeing lots of limits come in. With the weather we are having its a perfect time to be at the lake putting some fish in the freezer.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            705.81

WATER TEMP:          77 deg.

WATER CLARITY:     LIGHT STAIN.

 

BASS: No change in the bass fishing this week. Points are still the most productive when fished with a big worm. 8' to 15' is the best depth. Top water is still working on the secondary points early and late. Small buzz baits and Pop R's are working but they have to be fished slow. There is also a bite on the brush piles  using a Carolina Rigged brush hog.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite is good right now. Minnows or a jig tipped with a minnow is working. 12' to 20' seems to be the best depth. Fish have been holding in the 8' to 10' range. I have been dividing the water depth in half  and its been working pretty good. This week it seems the cedars have been doing better than the hardwoods.

Tree lines going across the mouth of coves is a good starting point.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lake at the level its at the COE has been running only about 500 cfs through the dam so this has affected the white bass fishing. It has pulled them off the humps and pushed them out on the flat points feeding on shad. The evenings seem to be the best. The problem is they are not staying up very long. Best bet is to hit areas that are close to the humps that they frequent. I'm seeing lots of fry in the tree tops so I think that the top water bite should really take off here in a bit. Small Rat L Traps are working on these fish. There are some fish being caught trolling. Model A Bombers have been working.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina. 660-438-2939 or www.osagebluff.com. We are also on face book..

 

Till next week

    Tommy

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   6/7/12

 

Good weather and good fishing it doesn't get any better than that. The lake is in about as good of shape as I have seen it all year. We fished Tuesday in the Smiths Bend area and the water is perfect up there and stays the same all the way to the dam. If you want some good summertime crappie fishing now is the time the bite is good. We saw some nice hybrids come in this past weekend also. Talked to some people that did good on walleye on the points so also said now is a good time to hit Truman for some great fishing.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           705.95

WATER TEMP:        77 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Light stain.

 

BASS: Even though the water temp is in the mid 70's some of the bass have moved to deeper structure on Truman. Brush piles in 15' to 20' of water are holding some nice fish. A Carolina Rig fished with a Chomper has been working in these areas. Points both main lake and secondary are producing when fished with big worms in 8' to 15' of water. The top water bite is going early in the morning on buzz baits, here again the points have been working the best.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is very good right now. The big thing to remember is you have to keep moving. It's like an old friend of mine told me one time, this time of the year if you fish a tree for 10 seconds you done fished it for 5 seconds to long. The crappie seem to be holding in 15' to 18' and down 6' to 8'. Cedars have been holding better fish but don't pass up any clumps of hard woods. Minnows and jigs both are working. The edge of the flats are working but this week we took some real nice crappie off the main lake points.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Last weekend we saw some real nice hybrids come in.

several in the 9lb to 10lb range. The hybrids came off the humps in 12' to 15' on sassy shad with a 3/4 oz head. There has also been fish taken trolling around the KK Island area. Model  A Bombers have been a good bait.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing has slowed a little in our area. I talked to a couple of guys at the ramp the other day that had jugs out and they had 5 real nice blues. They were using goldfish and said they were fishing on the flats in 10' of water. haven't seen any flat heads this week.

 

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

www.osagebluff.com or visit us on face book.

 

Till next week.

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina      5/31/12

 

Looks like the weatherman is going to be kind to us again this week.

Just a little rain and some cooler temps sure sound good to me. The lake is in great shape now even though it's a little low. The good thing about low is you can fish trees that you normally don't see. The fishing here on Truman is about as good as I have seen it in a good while. The COE has been running a little water in the afternoons but I don't look for that to last much longer with the lake level where its at.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            705.94

WATER TEMP:         76 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Light stain.

 

BASS: The bass fishing remains the same as last week. Points are the best pattern working right now. Big worms and jigs fished in 8' to 15'

of water has been producing some good fish. Look for points with a channel swing close by. Top water is also working early and late. Buzz baits and Pop R's are doing a good job on the secondary points. Fish the points with shad on them.

 

CRAPPIE: With the water clearing up and being a little low the crappie bite has really picked up' There are lots of nice fish coming off the Osage. Jigs or minnows are working. Tree rows in 15' or less are a good bet. Seems the fish are holding in the hard woods, last week you couldn't find a fish around a hard wood. If you are looking for some good crappie action now is the time to be on Truman.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We saw lots of whites and some good hybrids come in this week. Trolling has been working the best in our area. KK Island has been producing fish in the evenings Along with the Pommie flats.

Spoons are working on the humps when they are running water. With the number of shad on the surface the top water action should bust loose any time.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing remains good. Jugs and trot lines in 10' or less of water in the coves has been producing. With the bluegill spawning the flathead numbers have gone up. Lets hope this bite keeps going for a little longer. Perch and gold fish have been the best baits.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-2939 or osage bluff.com. You can also check us out on face book.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     5/24/12

 

With the holiday weekend approaching and the weatherman forecasting a perfect weekend what better time to come to Truman Lake and spend the weekend fishing and boating. The lake is real close to normal level and the fish are starting to cooperate. If you are in the lakes area this weekend, on or off the water, please slow down and drive with extra caution.

 

LAKE LEVEL:            706.6

WATER TEMP:         75 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    STAINED.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is still good here at Truman. Main lake points are working well. Big worms in 6' to 12' of water is a good bite along with crankbaits. Have had a few walleye come off the points also. Best points seem to be channel swings with deep water close by, Top water is also working early and late. Buzz baits and Pop R's are the best right now.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing is starting to pick up on the Osage arm.

The water is still stained but the fish have started hitting allot better. Cedars seem to be the best cover in the Smiths bend area.

Pommie is also producing good fish in the bridge area. Minnows are still best or a jig tipped with a minnow. Look for fish on the edge of the flats in 15' to 20' of water down 7' to 10'. With the weather they are calling for I look for the crappie fishing to do nothing but get better.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE slowing the water flow down the white bass fishing has slowed up a little. There has been a few fish come in in the evenings off the humps. We have also had some hybrids caught on sassy shad on the wind blown points.

 

CATFISH: Seems that this is the time of the year that the big cats are hitting. Perch and goldfish are the best baits. The flatheads seem to be feeding up before the spawn. 1/2 way back in the coves off the points has been a good place for trot lines. Limb lines are also starting to produce. Best water depth has been 8' to 10'. I think the flatheads are starting to move on the flats looking foe bedding blue gill.

 

Well that's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 www.osagebluff.com.

 

Have a HAPPY HOLIDAY

           Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina     5/17/12

 

I think this week has been some of the best weather of the year. Nice and cool in the mornings and heating up to the 80's in the afternoon.

There has been enough breeze that it is just perfect fishing weather, and the fish are even cooperating. If you are looking for the right time of the year to take the kids out its here.

 

LAKE LEVEL:         708.18

WATER TEMP:          74 deg

WATER CLARITY:      Stained.

 

BASS: The bass fishing remains good here on Truman. The main lake points are holding fish along with the secondaries. 4' to 8" of water has been working early and as the day warms up down to 12'. Top water has been productive early and late with buzz baits leading the way.

The 10" worm is starting to pick up the deeper fish and if all else fails go to the old black and blue jig. The main thing is that as long as the COE is running water the fish should hang around the points.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are settling in on the summer pattern now. I have had several reports on good fish being caught off the tree rows. !7'

to 20' has been the best depth with the fish holding at 7' to 10'.

Minnows have been by far the best bait. Had a report from up Pommie this morning that they caught a  couple of limits yesterday with fish holding at 5'. The fish seem to be in both the hard woods and cedars.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: As long as the COE is running water the whites and hybrids seem to be holding on the humps. Jigging spoons in 15' of water has been a good bite. In the evenings a 4" sassy shad has been working on the hybrids. Haven't heard of any top water working yet.

With the lake getting close to normal now might be the time to chase whites before they turn the water off.

 

CATFISH: We have seen good catfish come in the last week. The blues and flatheads have been hitting jugs. Perch have been the best for flats and cut shad have been working on the blues. Floating jugs on the edge of the flats in 20' has been working on the blues. The flats have been coming off the bluffs on stationary jugs set about 10'.

 

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

www.osagebluff.com. If you need a boat stall for Memorial Day weekend call quick we only have a few stalls left.

 

Till next week

   Tommt

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina    5/10/12

 

What a beautiful week this week has been and more to come. The weatherman is being very kind to us hope he hasn't got any surprises in store. The fishing has been pretty good this week with lots of catfish coming in. The crappie have started to get on the summer pattern so all is good. Turkey season ended Sunday and the good news is that the harvest was up 6% over last year. That's really good considering you couldn't see 20' in the woods but the last week the birds answer the call a little better. Oh well back to fishing. The COE is running water about every day so I an looking for a good run on the whites.

 

LAKE LEVEL:             710.94

WATER TEMP:          70 deg.

WATER CLARITY:     Stained.

 

BASS: Early and late top water in the back of the creeks. Buzz baits have been working in 3' to 5' of water on the flats next to the creek channels. There is also a worm bite on the points in 8' to 15' of water. You need to move the worn slow on the points. It helps if there is a channel swing close to the point. There is a crank bait bite off the points also. Deep runners bouncing on the bottom are working and you might even pick up a walleye.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are working the summer pattern right now. The Osage has allot of color but Pommie is just right. Tree rows in 17' to 20' of water fished with minnows down 6' to 10' is working. There is a bite starting on the bluffs in 25' to 30' with the fish holding in the 15' range. Minnows by far are the best bait. I am still hearing of crappie coming off the weir in front of the dam

 

Whites & Hybrids: With the COE running water the whites and hybrids are starting to work the humps.15' to 20' of water with spoons is the best choice. Late evening a 3/4 oz chartreuse sassy shad would be a good to pick up a hybrid. Here again the humps would be a good area.

Look for shad.

 

CATFISH: The cat fishing remains good. Jugs seem to be out fishing trot lines now. Blues are hitting cit shad on the flats in 10' to 15'

of water. Flatheads are doing better on perch in 15' to 20' of water off the end of the bluffs. We have had allot of cats come in this week. The channels are working trot lines baited with leeches on the flats.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina. 660-438 2939 or at osageblufff.com. We have several used boat lifts for sale here at the marina starting at about $1500.00. Contact us at the marina for details.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

Fishing report from Osage Bluff Marina    5/3/12

 

Looks like we are in for a little high water again. This is a perfect time for a rise with most of the fish finishing up bedding. That means that the COE will go to running water and get the whites and hybrids all stirred up. As for right now the catfishing is about as good as I have seen it this year. The bass fishing is real good with the water on the rise also. The water is stained but very fishable. The weather is good so come on down to Truman.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           711.62

WATER TEMP:         67 deg.

WATER CLARITY:    Stained

 

BASS:  The bass are strung out all over. The nitches are still a good bet when fished with sinko's. 3' to 5' of water is best. There are fish staring to pull under the saw dust already. !/2 oz. jigs are working here. On the flats in the willows big worms are working in the flooded bushes. As I said these fish are strung out all over.

 

CRAPPIE: Right now most of the fish are coming out of 8' to 10' of water. Minnows seem to be out fishing jigs by a little.For  the best results fish the summer pattern.

17' to 20' of water seems to be working the best. There has been a lot of crappie come off the weir in front of the dam drifting minnows in 20' of water..

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: Had a few fish come off KK Island on spoons this week. Also had a report of some fish surfacing on shad in the back of a creek so keep your eyes open. With the rise in the lake the COE will crank the dam up and get these fish going.

 

CATFISH: If you are looking for catfish now is the time to be at Truman. Jugs and trot lines fished in 15' to 20' of water on the flats is a good bite. Perch and cut shad are te best baits.On the bluffs fish the laydowns in 20' with perch for flats. I have had a couple of reports out of the backends of the coves on blues.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina, 660-438-2939 0r www.osagebluff.com. We would like to thank the groups of guys from Indiana, Illinois and Iowa for visiting us, it was a lot of fun. Don't wait till next year to come back.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  4/26/12

 

The weather this week has been perfect with the exception of a really hard wind yesterday that made fishing about impossible. Now it's going to settle down and be nice the rest of the week. We have seen lots of nice fish this week so it might be the time to hit Truman  The turkeys are still gobblin but sure are hard to see in the woods, really green already.

 

LAKE LEVEL:           707.45

WATER TEMP:        65 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   STAINED.

 

BASS: If you want bass go crappie fishing. The nitches are producing if they have deeper water close by. 3' to 5' has been a good depth.

Beavers and lizards are the top producers there. There are some fish on main lake points in 5' to 10' of water on worms. Have to move everything real slow. Still not hearing much on top water.

 

CRAPPIE: Have had all kinds of reports on crappie. Had fish on the banks in the Berry Bend area last weekend. 2' to 5' of water. Minnows or jigs fished under a bobber and worked slow was working. There were also some fish on the outside tree rows in 20' of water down 8' to 10'

on minnows. Right now it seems as though the crappie are strung out all over.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The COE is still running water but the white and hybrid fishing has slowed. There are a few coming off the humps but not as good as last week. Talked to a buddy and he said the weir has slowed also.

 

CATFISH: The catfish bite is on. Jugs or trot lines are working. We saw several nice flatheads this week. Best bait is perch. Steep banks with laydowns.in about 20' of water. Blues are on the edge of the flats on cut bait. If you are looking for cats now is the time.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina. 660-438-2939 or www.osagebluff.com.

 

Till next week

   Tommy

 

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina  4/19/12

 

Another interesting week weather wise. I guess the thing we have to remember is that it is still April. The way the year started it seems like we are going into June. The lake is on the way down again which is a good thing. The COE is running water and that makes the whites and hybrids happy. The water temp is all over the place but should stabilize this week. Even though it has been a wonderful early spring it made the turkey hunting really tough. The woods are so green you can only see 10 yards. I think from what I've seen the birds are finishing up breeding now so hopefully the next week will be better.

Its like a buddy of mine said yesterday two yelps and your out.

Needless to say we are still trying.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          708.68

WATER TEMP:       63 deg.

WATER CLARITY:  Stained.

 

BASS: The bass bite is holding in there strong The main lake pockets are holding some good fish as well as the pockets in the creeks.

Spinnerbaits are still working as well as beavers and brush hogs. I even heard there was a bite on sinkos. 2' to 5' of water seems to be the best close to the points. Either Texas or Carolina rigs are working. There are some smaller fish in the backs of the coves where spinnerbaits are working. Haven't heard much on top water this week.

Would like to throw a congrats out to my old buddy Larry Wright for his tourney win down on Pommie last weekend.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie bite has slowed down this week. I think they are finishing up spawning and moving to deeper water. The best I have heard has been the summer pattern. Tree rows in the creeks in 15' to 20' of water fishing minnows 8' to 10' down. I still haven't figured out when they spawned in our area. Then again there may be a bunch of them out there waiting to come in when the water warms back up.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The only good thing about having the lake go up is that it has to go back down and when the COE runs water that gets the whites and hybrids going. There has been a good bite on the humps with jigging spoons. 10' to 15' has been the best depth. Also there has been some good hybrids caught using sassy shad with a 1/2 oz. head.

The hybrid bite seems to be in the evenings. O 3 and the weir are starting to produce some good fish.

 

CATFISH: Jugs and trot lines are still producing fish on the flats.

20' to 25 ' of water fished about 10' down baited with cut chad seems the best. Haven't seen any flatheads yet but they should start anytime. There are some good blues coming in.

 

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

Till next week

 Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   4/13/12

 

Sorry about being a day late but this time of the year is really busy with fishing and getting ready for turkey season next week. We are getting a nice rain this morning, I know its tough to fish in but it will wash everything down and run some fresh food in the lake in the feeder creeks. All in all the fishing is not real bad the fish are just a little confused right now. With the early spring we had everything started a little early and then with the high water and the COE pulling water the whites got a early start so life is good. We had a great mushroom season this year and hope to follow up with a couple of nice gobblers during turkey season. The woods are really green so it could be an interesting season.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          707.59

WATER TEMP:        64 deg.

WATER CLARITY:   Stained

 

BASS: The bass fishing is good here on Truman now. Main lake pockets fished with jig and frog and lizards is a good bite now. 3' to 6' on the chunk rock. Carolina or a mo jo rig is a good choice now using lizards or brush hogs. The secondary points are still producing some good fish on crank baits and jigs. I did hear of a top water bite on spooks and Pop R's of the secondaries also.

 

CRAPPIE. The main lake niches still have some shallow fish in them. 2'

to 5' using a jig and bobber is a good bet. There are also fish on the edge of the flats. ( Kind of like the summer pattern.) They were using minnows out there. There is a spider rig bite in the creek channels in the coves. Saw some nice fish come out of these this week.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites have started early this year. They are on the humps in 15' to 20' of water. Jigging spoons are the best right now. With the COE running water this should continue for a white.

 

CATFISH: Jugs on the flats are producing some nice blues when fished about 10'. Cut shad has been the best. Trot lines are still doing good in the mouths of the coves when baited with perch or cut bait. Haven't seen any jonnies yet.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or www.osagebluff.com

 

Till next week

  Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   4/5/12

 

This has been another fantastic week here weather wise at the lake.

Temps have been way above the norms and with a little rain last night it should get everything popping. So far we have had a real good shroom season and am hopping that the rain will bring a few more. The COE has been pulling water every day and the lake is dropping nicely.

I am hopping that they get it to closer to normal pool

 

LAKE LEVEL:        711.02

WATER TEMP:      67 deg.

WATER CLARITY:  STAINED

 

BASS:  The bass fishing is about the same as last week. Spinner baits are working on the secondary points along with jig and frog and beavers. 3' to 5' seems to be the magic number. The main lake points are also holding some good fish in 5' to 8' of water. Jig and frog has been the best here. With the water dropping look at the original bank line.

 

CRAPPIE: The crappie are still in the pre spawn pattern right now. The eggs I saw this week tells me they have a good way to go. The creeks about 1/2 way back has been productive. Fish have been holding in the 5' to 8' range. Main lake tree rows are also holding some fish. Jigs have been working well.

 

WHITES: No report.

 

CATFISH: Trot lines in the mouths of the coves has been the best when baited with cut shad. Jugs about 1/2 way back in the coves are catching a few fish. 15' to 20' is the best depth.

 

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

 

Have a Happy Easter

 

Till next week

Tommy

 

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina   3/30/11

 

We are open !  We are open! We are open! We are open ! We are open !

We are open ! We are open ! We are open 1 We are open ! We are open !

 

Lots of new changes this year at Osage Bluff Marina. Be sure to check out the new gas dock. WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS !!!!!!!

 

 Well it looks like spring has sprung and its my favorite time of the year. The turkeys are gobbling the mushrooms are popping and the crappie are starting to hit a little. The weather has been warmer than normal and I look for the crappie to spawn a little early this year.

With the rains we had this past week the lake has been on a pretty good rise. The COE is running 30,000 cfs through the generators so I look for them to catch it real soon. It was pretty dirty the first of the week but is starting to clear nicely. Next week should be an awesome week here at Truman for everything.

 

LAKE LEVEL:          714.37

WATER TEMP:        63 deg.

WATER CLARITY:  Stained.

 

BASS: The bass fishing is starting to pick up. Spinner baits in the flooded grass in the backs of the coves has been working. Fish the edge of the weeds slow rolling the bait. There is a main lake point bite in 5' to 8' of water on a jig and frog or the beaver. You still have to work the baits slow.

 

CRAPPIE: There are a few crappie starting to come in. Most of these fish are out of 5' to 8' of water ( the original bank line). Jigs tipped with crappie candy are working the best. Best fishing is about

1/2 way back in the creeks. As I said earlier I look for the crappie to spawn early this year so you might want to keep an I on the fishing report.

 

WHITES: No report.

 

CATFISH: Jugs are working in the mouths of the coves. 12' to 20' depth and baited with cut shad has produced some nice blues. Trot lines in the mouth of the coves are doing the same.

 

That's it for this week from Osage Bluff Marina. 660- 438-2939. I will be doing my fishing report every week now. Will try to post it on Thursday.

 

Well if you are on the lake this weekend stop by for breakfast or lunch or just stop in and see us..

 

Till neat week

    Tommy

 

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

 

Fishing Report from Osage Bluff Marina 10/27/11

 

This will be my last fishing report for the season as we will be closing for the winter Nov. 1. Please forgive the ramble for the next few seconds but as I have done for the last I don�t' remember how many years I want to thank all the people new and old for coming to Osage Bluff. This has been a year of many changes for me and I am finally getting nested in. I have met so many new people and hopefully I will keep you all straight and it was a pleasure and a lot of fun. Thank you. We here at Osage Bluff are already working on the 2012 season to make your stay even more enjoyable. And a big thank you to all our stall holders.

 

LAKE LEVEL:      704.13

WATER TEMP:     60 deg.

WATER CLARITY:  Light Stained.

 

BASS: Secondary points are still the best when fished with a spinner bait. Top water is still working also. Buzz baits and Pop R's fished on the same points are picking up a few fish. With the water at 60 I am not hearing of much movement towards the backs of the coves. There has been some small fish caught in the backs but the better fish seem to be still hanging on the points.

 

CRAPPIE: The bluff banks are the best right now and that's not real good. 25' of water and about one crank up off the bottom. Jigs or a jig tipped with a minnow or crappie candy is the best. With the wind I haven't heard much about the brush pile fish but I would think there should be fish on them.

 

WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the cool front that we have coming in the next few days I would think that these fish should stack up on the windy points. There has been a few fish come off the points but most are still working the humps with spoons. Rooster tails are the best on the points.

 

CATFISH: We had some real nice catfish come out of the backs of the coves on jugs baited with perch. Set the jugs at about 8' and let them go.

 

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

           Till next year

                Tommy