Well its been another great week here on Truman. We had a little rain but the temps haven''t been to bad. The down side is that the COE hasn't been running much water so that has affected the fishing a little. I think they are starting to get used to it so they should start picking back up. For this time of the year the fishing is not to bad. .The good thing is we are starting to see allot more shad on the surface making the top water action exciting.
LAKE LEVEL: 707.34
WATER TEMP: 81 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Clear to light stain
CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing here on Truman is not to bad. You have to do a little hunting and pecking but you can end up with a nice bunch of fish. The hard woods on the flats have been doing good this week. 16' to 18' of water fished with minnows down about 8' has been productive. You just have to go from tree to tree on the tree rows. Usually one good fish will come off each tree. The isolated trees on the flats seem to be holding numbers of fish. Trees in 15' to 20' of water are good when fished with minnows down 5' to 10'.You may have to sort through some small ones but these trees seem to be holding numbers of fish. Drift fishing the brush piles is also working. Piles on the points in 18' seem to be the best with minnows doing better than jigs. The crappie seem to be holding tight to cover.
BASS: The bass fishing is typical for this time of the year. If you fish the points all day you will catch some fish. Main lake or secondary points will work. Big worms or square bill crank baits are the best in 6' to 10' of water. The little niches on a bluff bank fished with a small worm will also work. There has been a few suspended fish in the tree rows along the creek channels in the creeks. Weightless Sinkosare working here down 4' to 8', Look for areas with a good number of shad.
WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the shad being up the top water action has been good especially about sunset. All the normal spots seem to have fish working them. Rooster tails and small Rat L Traps are the best here. The airport, KK Island and the humps in Little Pommie have all been good. The hybrids have started hitting the top a little the same as the whites but it has still been slow. 3" sassy shad on a 1/2 oz head will work here.
CATFISH: The cat fishing is the same as last week. They are still holding on the flats in 8' to 15' of water close to the channel breaks. Cut bait has been the best when fished at about 5'. Floating jugs and rod and reel drift fishing are the best. Stationary jugs are working but you have to run them often with the warm water temps.
WALLEYE: I saw some nice walleye come in last weekend. These fish were caught off the humps trolling Flicker Shad crank baits. During the heat of the day it was crawler rigs on a bottom bouncer. The humps were good trolling and the saddles during the day with crawler rigs. I was talking to one of the walleye guides and he told me the big thing is to keep the baits on the bottom.
That's the report for this week. We have a few stalls left for Labor Day so if you would like to reserve one you can contact us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939or for rooms at Osage Bluff Motel 660-438-2891.
Till next week