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Osage Bluff Fishing Report 8/30/18

With the holiday on top of us we are all ready to have a busy weekend. The weather person is talking like it is going to be perfect. Temps in the 80's and no rain so it looks like it's going to be a fun filled weekend. With all the extra traffic on the roads and on the lake a little extra caution is advised. The lake is still about 6" low so another reason for extra caution.


As far as the outdoors goes the fishing is not to bad with some species a little better than others. We are about two weeks away from the opening of archery season and it looks like we have a pretty good deer herd around the lake this year. The turkey population is very good. I and Craig fished earlier this week and saw several birds going to water in the early am. I know this will sound different with it being just the start of Sept. but I have been watching the trees and it looks like some of the leaves are starting to lighten up already. Maybe with the lack of rain this summer that is part of it or then again maybe we are going to have a early fall.


LAKE LEVEL:        705.49

WATER TEMP:      79 deg.

WATER CLARITY: Clear to lightly stained.


CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing here on Truman is the same as it was last week. Brush piles off the points in 15' to 18' are the best when fished with minnows. The fish seem to be holding right on top the piles. Bluff banks in 20' to 25' of water are producing when fished down about 15' with minnows. My favorite is the isolated trees on flats in 15' of water down 8' to 10' with minnows. Sometimes it only takes a lone tree to hold a bunch of fish. The tree rows on the flats are starting to produce again. Tree rows as shallow as 8' fished with minnows right off the bottom can hold some good sized fish but it seems there is one good fish to a tree so you have to keep moving.


BASS: Crank baits seem to be the answer for the bass right now. Look along the edge of creek channels in 10' to 15' of water. The bass are suspending in the tree tops down about 5'. Secondary points fished with a 7" worm or a jig and frog. in 6' to 8' of water is also working. The top water bite is starting to last a little longer in the am. with the water temps starting to cool down. Wind blown timbered flats are the best when fished with a buzz bait.


WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the lake being down and not much flow going though the dam the whites and hybrids have been slow this week. There are a few fish on the humps in the early am. along with the big pods of shad that will hit spoons but after that it slows down. The hybrids have been surfacing in the evenings in the Fairfield area. These fish are nice sized and are coming up right about sunset till dark.


CATFISH: The catfish bite is very good. Trot lines fished in 12' to 14'  along the edge of a flat next to a channel with baits set about 6' did extremely well. Cut bait worked the best but we did have fish on live bait as well. Jugs fished on the flats in 12' to 15' of water with baits set about 10' is another good bite. Also rod and reel drift fishing on the flats close to creek channel drop offs with live shad fished about 8' has produced some big fish. { I sure hate this slot limit, just sayin. }


WALLEYE: The walleye fishing has picked up a little this week. Trolling the humps with a # 9 Flicker shad has produced some nice fish. With the overcast sky's and wind we have had this week the conditions have been perfect. Crawler rigs are also working but trolling seems to be the best.


That's it for this weeks report. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. If we can help you out with something you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939. Also check us out on face book at Osage Bluff Marina.


Till next week

   Tommy

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