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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Fishing Report, updated for 10/05/12

  • Darrell Taylor's weekly fishing report tells you where fish have been biting and what to use!
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  • Fishing Report, updated for 10/05/12 The lake level was 657.5; with minimum generation scheduled, the lake should drop slightly to 657.4 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 73 degrees; upstream temperatures are 70 to 76 degrees depending on location and time of day. Truman Lake is one foot under pool. BLACK BASS – In general, bass fishing is very difficult now, some fish are deep; a few are shallow. No tournaments reported. Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Poor to fair, try jigs around docks tipped with Berkley’s Chigger Craw, 10 or 12-inch blue flake Berkley’s Power Worm, or Yum’s F2 Craw Papi. Glaize Arm: Poor, try jigs and Power Worms, also try deep diving crankbaits like Rapala’s DT10 or Norman’s DD22. Mid-Lake: Poor, try jigs deep along chunk rock banks. Niangua Arm: Poor, try topwaters early then crankbaits and jigs in front of docks later. Also, try blue fleck Power Worms in deep brush. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Poor to fair around brush, try soft plastics like critters and large Power Worms. Upper Osage: Fair, try shaky head jigs around dock corners. Osage 60 MM: Very good for Kentucky bass on buzzbaits around dock corners. For largemouth try main and secondary points with DD22’s or watermelon or pumpkin colored jigs. CATFISH: Bagnell Tailwater: Very good to excellent for blue catfish on cut shad. Lower Osage: Very good on juglines or rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Very good, try coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Mid-Lake: Very good on small perch, try drifting with a rod and reel. Niangua Arm: Excellent in coves with nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken livers. Little Niangua River: Good from the bank on all traditional catfish baits. Gravois Arm: Excellent on jugs baited with cut shad. Upper Osage: Excellent on traditional catfish baits. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on fresh bait fished off docks, also try hotdogs for ‘blues’. Truman Tailwater: Very good on cut shad and perch. CRAPPIE – Bagnell Tailwater: Good in the morning. Lower Osage: Fair, try jigs, or medium minnows fished 15 feet deep around big boat docks. Glaize Arm: Fair, try jigs fished around major boat docks. Mid-Lake: Fair, try minnows for suspended fish 8 to 12 feet deep over brush. Niangua Arm: Excellent on minnows around dock brush. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Fair to good for shallow fish. Upper Osage: Fair, try small chartreuse jigs or minnows. Osage 60 MM: Very good on Southern Pro jigs, in Kentucky Lake Killer color fished 5-feet deep. Truman Tailwater: Fair on AWD’s Crappie Delight or minnows. WALLEYE – Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Fair, try crankbaits and in-line spinners on points. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: No reported fish. WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Tailwater: Good for whites and hybrids, try dark colored baits. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Fair for quantity and size on white jigs in coves and on points with Dixie Jet Spoons. Mid-Lake: Poor to fair on spoons in open water. Niangua Arm: Poor, try windblown points and flats using chrome colored Dixie Jet Spoons or Bass Pro Shops XPS Tungsten Jigging Spoon. Little Niangua River: Fair to good on minnows fished under a bobber in the holes. Gravois Arm: Fair, try open water with vertically jigged spoons. Osage 60 MM: Very good casting Worden’s Rooster Tails or trolling Mann’s Little George. Truman Tailwater: Fair on Li’l Fishies and Sassy Shad. BLUEGILL – Bagnell Tailwater: Excellent on red wigglers. Lakewide: Excellent, try worm pieces or Berkley Berkley’s Gulp Crickets, or Nightcrawler pieces. NOTE: The Lower Osage is from the dam to the 22-mile mark; Mid-Lake is between the 22 and 38-mile marks; the Upper Osage is between the 38 and 55-mile marks; the Osage 60 MM is between the 55-mile mark and the 89-mile mark; and the 89 MM is between the 89 MM and the Rt. 65 Bridge. UPDATES – Bagnell Dam – Dam Bait Shop (573-216-2084); Lower Osage and Glaize Arm – Guide Skip Surbaugh (573-365-0006); Midlake and Gravois – Mike Foree @ Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Niangua Arm – Darrell Taylor; Upper Osage – Guide John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Little Niangua River – Greenmill Campground, (573-363-5577); Osage 60 MM – Bryants Osage Outdoors, www.osagetackle.com (573-374-2278); Truman Dam – The Station Bait & Tackle (660-438-7664); Tourney Results – www724outdoors.com; Lake Level (573-365-9205). Compiled by Darrell Taylor.
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