Osage Bluff Marina 6-16-20
What a beautiful week. This is the weather we have been waiting for all spring. No rain and warm temps and the fish biting, I just don't think it can get any better than that. The COE has been running water every day and the lake is dropping nicely so with the good current flow the fish are staying very active. I think all the fish have pretty much moved to their summer patterns so they are getting easier to find.
We are about two weeks away from the 4th of July holiday and are getting excited about all the activities that go on. We will be doing fireworks on Fri July 3rd here at the marina. If you have never been here for it you need to come it is the best show on the lake. Jason and his crew do a fantastic job so put it on your calendar.
LAKE LEVEL: 710.9
WATER TEMP: 79 deg
WATER CLARITY: Clear to stained.
CRAPPIE: The crappie have moved to their summer pattern now and we are still seeing numbers of big fish come in. Lot's of 13" to 14" fish are showing up. With the lack of fishing pressure last year during the flood these fish have come on strong. Tree rows on the flats seem to be the best bite now in 17' to 20' of water and the fish holding about 8' down. Minnows are working the best here. The bluffs are holding fish in 25'+ down about 15' with cedars working the best. Spider rigging the creek channels has also produced some nice fish out of 20' of water with baits down about 12'.
BASS: The top water action is still good on bass in the early mornings. Buzz baits are working in the backs of the coves in 3' to 5' on the timbered flats. Big sinko's fished on the secondary points is another good bite out of 6' to 8' of water. With the little fry starting to show up now around the trees on the flats a big worm dropped through the fry is another good bite. Square bills on the points in 4' to 6' is also working.
WHITES & HYBRIDS: With the water flow through the dam the white bass fishing is good. Most of the humps are holding fish now. Look for humps in 15' of water and use jigging spoons. Trolling deep running crank baits is also working here, The road bed on the north end of KK Island has been good for whites. The hybrids have been a little slow so far this year. There has been a few good fish caught off the Pommie flats on live bait but the problem now is finding big shad to fish with. I talked to a couple fellas that used perch and did ok on them.
CATFISH: The cat fishing is great right now. Rod and reel fishing is good all over the lake. Drift fishing on the flats with about any kind of bait you can think of will catch cat fish. Cut bait and hot dogs seem the best. Jugs in 15' to 20' with baits set about 8' has been producing some big blues. Trot lines along the edge of flats in 12' to 15' of water with cut bait is also good. I've been sinking my lines in the middle with the best fish coming from the hooks 2' off the bottom.
WALLEYE: There has been a few nice walleye come in this week. Trolling deep running flicker shad crank baits over the humps has been productive. Crawler rigs are also starting to work on the saddles next to the humps. With the water clearing up I look for the walleye fishing to take off.
Till next week