Osage Bluff Fishing Report 7/12/18
Updated: Jul 15, 2018
What a holiday weekend. I don't even know where to begin. A big thanks to all the people who helped put the fire works display together. And what a display it was. It seems that Jason out does himself every year. After this year he has set the goal pretty high but I'll bet he will even make it better next year if possible. And to Emily for the BBQ pork sandwiches and hot dogs, super good. And then a great big thank you to all the people that showed up for the display I am sure it was enjoyed by all.
LAKE LEVEL: 705.5
WATER TEMP: 85 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Clear to lightly stained.
CRAPPIE: The crappie are still going strong here on Truman with brush piles being the best right now. Piles in 15' to 18' seem to be the best when fished with minnows. Isolated trees on the flats are also good now. 12' to 15' seem to work the best with minnows working the best here to. Bluff banks in 20' to 30' of water fished with minnows about 15' down is also working. Take lots of minnows as you will be sorting through some little ones. With the heat we are having it wouldn't hurt to bring some frozen bottles of water to keep your minnows alive.
BASS: It looks like the dog days of summer are upon us as far as the bass fishing goes. The bite has been a little tough this week. Secondary points and main lake points seem to be the best. Crank baits and big worms have been the most productive in 6' to 10' of water. I did have a couple of reports of Carolina rigs catching some fish with baby brush hogs. 10' to 12' was the best on long flat main lake points.
WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the COE not running much water the whites have slowed during the day. They have been generating power in the afternoons and when this happens the bite does pick up on the humps with spoons. During the day I'm seeing more surfacing fish all the time. Look for the gulls hitting the water. I have talked to a couple of the guides and they have been doing good on the hybrids with live bait. The airport has been one of the hot spots. The hybrids have been suspending about 15' to 18'. Live perch or shad is the best bait.
CATFISH: The cat fish in this end of the lake are up shallow. The thermocline is at about 12' to 14' and the fish aren't liking that. Best depth has been 8' to 12' of water. Rod and reel drift fishing and jugs has been the best this week. Cut bait is the bait of choice when set 5' to 8'. The flat heads are holding off the chunk rock main lake bluffs in 20' to 25' of water. Perch has been working the best here.
WALLEYE: There is still a good number of walleye coming in. KK Island has been one of the hottest areas on the lake this year for walleye. Trolling deep running crank baits and night crawler harness rigs are taking the majority of the walleye. There are also some fish hitting 1/2 oz. spoons. The humps on the south end of the island are the best. I have also heard of walleye coming off the islands in the Berry Bend area.
That's it for the report this week. With the fourth over now we ate taking reservations for boat stalls for Labor Day so if we can help you out with a stall you can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Check us out on face book for the latest happenings around the lake.
Till next week