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Osage Bluff Fishing Report 5/15/20

Here we are in the middle of May and it feels like the first part of April. There has been more than enough rain and wind but from what the weatherman is saying it looks like we are in for some great weather the rest of this week and next week. It looks like the holiday weekend is going to be fantastic. 

The fishing here on Truman is still good with some fish going off the beds and some coming on. The lake has been up and down with the rain but is still in great shape. The COE has been running water everyday which is putting a good current on the points keeping the fish active. There has been some run off in the backs of the creeks making them a little dingy but the water is still fish able.


LAKE LEVEL:          709.02

WATER TEMP:        62 deg

WATER CLARITY:   Stained.


CRAPPIE: The crappie have pretty well finished up spawning. There are fish starting to show up on the brush piles in 15' to 18' of water. Minnows seem to be working the best at 10' to 12' down. The bluff banks are also ho,ding fish in 25' of water 15' down around the cedars. Farther up the Osage there are some fish  moving to the tree rows in there typical summer pattern. Long poling there trees in 15' of water down about 7' with minnows is working.


BASS: There are lots of bass bedding now. Look for 45 deg. banks in the coves in 3' to 5' of water. Shaky heads and lizards are working here. Sinko's fished weightless are also working. There is still a spinner bait bite in the backs of the creeks in 3' to 5' of water in the feeder creeks. With the water warming up the top water bite is picking up. Buzz baits and spooks fished around the points is producing some nice fish.

WHITES & HYBRIDS: We are starting to see some whites show up on the humps. 1/2 oz. spoons seem to be the best in 15' to 17' of water. you will have to sort through the little ones to get to the big ones but there are some good ones out there.


CATFISH: Truman is doing its thing producing lots of good cats again. This week the blues and flat heads have been doing great. Jugs on the flats in 15' of water seems to be the best with baits set about 8'. Cut bait seems to be working the best. Main lake points with a good current break in 15' of water has been the best for flats. Small perch worked the best for us. The fish seemed to feed the best at about 8' on lines. 


WALLEYE: No report but I would start checking the humps on the south end of KK Island. Trolling flicker shad would be my choice.


We still have a few stalls we can rent for the holiday weekend so if you are in need you can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 and for rooms at Osage Bluff Motel 660-438-2891. We are doing social distancing here at the marina so please respect each other on the docks.


Till next week

   Tommy

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