Osage Bluff Fishing Report 7/5/8
Updated: Jul 16, 2018
Even though it's the 5th of July the party is just starting. Here at Osage Bluff we have lots going on this weekend. We will have the annual fireworks display on Sat evening. Emily is doing BBQ pork sandwich's from 6pm to 8pm at the Marina. There will be fresh kettle corn and Kono shaved ice in the parking lot. We have lots of T shirts and tumblers this year. The fire works will start at dark so bring a boat or a lawn chair or a tree but most of all bring your self to the best show on the lake.
Along with all the festivities we still have the great fishing and water sports going on the lake is just a little below normal pool and is in great shape. The water temp is in the mid 80's and the water is clean and the fish are even cooperating so this is the perfect time to come to Osage Bluff and enjoy the weekend with us.
WATER LEVEL: 705.80
WATER TEMP: 85 deg.
WATER CLARITY: Clear to a light stain.
CRAPPIE: With the warm temps the crappie fishing has been good. We are seeing lots of limits come in everyday. The best pattern has been brush piles on the points in 15' to 20' of water with the fish holding right on top the brush. Minnows are working the best. Isolated trees on the flats are also working. Look for big trees in 12' to 15' of water. Best depth is about 7'. The tree rows on the edge of the flats are holding fish but it's one fish to a tree and you have to keep moving. 12' to 17' is best with hedges being the most productive on minnows. Where ever you go take plenty of bait as you will have to sort through the little ones.
BASS: The bass fishing is the same as last week with points being the most popular. Main lake or secondary points are working. Either big worms or crank baits are the best when fished in 6' to 12' of water. The top water bite is still on in the early morning with buzz baits and Pop R's working the best on the flatter points. 4' to 6' of water has been the most productive.
WHITES & HYBRIDS: The COE has been running some water in the afternoons making a little action on whites and hybrids on the humps. Spoons have been the best in 8' to 12' of water. There is starting to be more top water action with the warm water and the shad starting to work the top. Rooster Tails are working good on these fish. KK Island is one of the hot spots. There has also been a bite in the Fairfield area.
CATFISH: The blues are still hot. Looks like they have come off the nests and are starting to feed up. Rod and reel drift fishing has been the best this week. Live shad is the hot bait when fished on the flats in 12' to 15' of water. Jugs are also working well in the same area. I have had a few reports of flat heads being taken this week. Lines along the bluffs in 20' + baited with perch has been the best.
WALLEYE: The walleye are still hitting on the humps. 12' to 15' seems the best when using crawler rigs with bottom bouncers. Jigging spoons are also taking a few fish in the early AM. Trolling deep running crank baits over the humps is also working. When you catch a fish work that area as they seem to be traveling in small schools and you should pick up more than one.
That's it for this week. As before we have lots of things going on this weekend so come on down to Osage Bluff Marina for a fun weekend. You can reach us at Osage Bluff Marina 660-438-2939.
Till next week