Osage Bluff Fishing Report 9/19/19
It looks like the weather person is going to be good to us this weekend. Finally a break in the warm temps and a little chance of rain coming in. It's only a 50/50 chance so I'm not going to get real excited about that but the temp dropping to the 70's next week definitely got my attention. That should start dropping the water temp and get the fish in the fall feed up mode. The COE is still running good water flow through the dam and believe it or not the lake is getting closer to normal level. It might even cool down enough to check out those new tree stands. As far as the deer hunting goes we have tons of acorns falling now in the lakes area and the deer are hitting them hard.
LAKE LEVEL: 710.65
WATER CLARITY: Light stain.
WATER TEMP: 80 deg.
CRAPPIE: The crappie fishing continues to improve here on Truman..With the lake being down to 5' above normal pool the brush piles are in a perfect depth for the fish to stack up on. The best piles are off the main lake points in 15' to 20' of water with the fish holding right on top the brush. A jig tipped with a minnow seems to be working the best. The tree rows on the flats are all pretty much out now and the fish are holding on them about 7' down. The problem is that there are so many little bass holding on them its hard to get a bait to them. 15' to 18' seems to be the best depth. There has been a good bite on the bridge pillars this week with minnows working the best. The crap[pie on the pillars seem to float up an down depending on the time of day so you just have to experiment on the depth.
BASS: The bass fishing is the same as last week with points being the best pattern. Main lake and secondaries are both productive. 6' to 10' of water seems the best. Square bill crank baits and a jig and frog are working the best. The most productive points are the ones with a good current break and close to a channel. The top water bite continues to be good early and late on the timbered flats with buzz baits and Pop R's.
WHITES & HYBRIDS: The whites are on most of the normal spots now. 1/2 oz jigging spoons are working the best. The humps in 15' are the most productive in out area. KK Island is holding a good number of fish. There has been some top water action on Big Pommie with Rooster Tails working the best on these fish. The hybrids seem to be running the river channels under the big pods of shad. Where the end of a flat hits the channel has been productive when fished with live bait or a deep running crank bait.
CATFISH: The blues are going strong just like they have been all summer. Jugs baited with either cut or live bait are both working. Best depth seems to be 12' to 20' with baits set about 8'. Trot lines along the bluffs in front of the small pockets are very good. 12' to 15' with baits set at about 8' has produced lots of blues both over and under the slot. Cut bait has been the best on lines.
WALLEYE: The walleye have slowed up a little but the fish being caught are good sized fish. Now that the humps and points have reached a level to their liking I think these fish are getting ready to turn on. Trolling deep running crank baits has been the best with the Flicker Shad working very well.
That's it for this week. If you need a stall or room for some good fall fishing you can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939 or the motel at 660-438-2891. So with that come on down and enjoy some good fishing with us here on Truman Lake.
Till next week