I would like to start off by thanking everyone who came and celebrated the 4th of July holiday with us. The weather was perfect and Jason and crew put on another fantastic fireworks display. Even with the high water conditions everything went off without a hitch. A special thanks to all the folks that helped put everything together to make the weekend a success. Looking foreword to next year already.
As far as the lake goes we are still high and will probably be that way most of the summer. We have everything operational with fuel, bait gas and rooms. We are also launching boats. The COE is running water which makes the fishing here on Truman good. I have seen very little drift on the lake if any. With high water conditions some species of fish bite better you just have to adjust to the conditions. The thought might be that fish travel in schools and right now they have a bigger classroom.
LAKE LEVEL: 733.2
WATER TEMP: 84 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Light stain.
CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing on Truman has been a little frustrating to some anglers with the high water. If you can find them they will bite with the problem being that the structure we normally fish on the summer pattern is hard to find with all the water. Now electronics are a big part of finding the same structure you normally fish. These fish will still hold on it and you can catch them 8' to 10' down. Drifting the creek channels with minnows and jigs down about 15' is also working. There has been lots of fish coming off the bridge pillars so if you are going under one you might want to stop and try. Secondary points in 20' of water are also producing some fish.
BASS: With the shad starting to surface the backs of the creeks have a pretty good top water bite going on early and late.During the day it is pretty much point hopping with big worms in 8' to 12' of water. Crank baits will also work on the secondaries.
WHITES & HYBRIDS: We are seeing lots of big hybrids come in now. These fish are hanging around the same areas they always do. Granted there is 25' more water than normal but they are still there. They have been suspending at about 8'. The 4" sassy shad on a 1/2 oz head has been catching lots of 6 lb to 10 lb fish. With the shad up they have also started surfacing id the evenings.
CATFISH: Jugs on the flats are hot now. 20' to 30' of water with baits set not below 20' The best bait depth has been between 8' and 16'.. With the water temps we have now jugs and lines have to be checked more often to help keep your catch alive. Cut bait seems to be the best thing now. With the shad up they are lot easier to find.
WALLEYE: There were several nice walleye caught over the weekend. KK Island seems to be one of the better spots on the lake. Crawler rigs fished as shallow as 4' are working. Also trolling a Flicker Shad crank bait is working. with the water as clear as it is the summer walleye bite is off the a good start.
That's it for this week. For boat stalls you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or rooms at Osage Bluff Motel 660-438-2891.
Till next week