Since 1985. I have been fishing the waters of Truman Lake, the home of some of the largest hybrids around. Crappie and White Bass inhabit the lake in large numbers. It would be my pleasure to take you on a fun filled day of fishing, or a half-day if you prefer.
I provide a 2011 Nitro 20-ft. boat with a Mercury 200-hp Optimax XS for your safety and ability to search the lake from one end to the other in a timely fashion. The boat is equipped with a two Lowrance Sonars/GPS to assist in finding the fish. I will also provide fishing tackle.
Lake level is 730.09 and still rising. The water temp 65 in the Osage and Grand. The water is badly stained and moving a lot of debris in most of the Osage. I found the Grand in good shape yesterday before the rain hit but that may change due to heavy rain last night and rains expected Tuesday and Wednesday, I would bet the dam shuts down. The upper areas of the Grand and Osage are in flood stage and not due to crest until Wednesday. Looks like a Wild and Wet Memorial Day weekend.
Best fishing has been with minnows fished 6 to 10 feet deep in 10 to 15 feet of water over the tops of the flooded bushes. Tebo and Little Tebo have been best areas. I know many crappie are being caught below the dam in the river and further down below the 65 bridge, but since I don’t fish LOZ, I can’t say just where. It is looking like the summer pattern is going to begin early with dippin time and long poles and a bucket of minnows.
The White Bass and Hybrids are starting to show up in various places and especially some of the shallower humps on spoons and Swarmjig Bandit series bait. This will be a off and on adventure until the dam begins to release water and lower the lake level to establish a good current flow over the humps, then hold on…..but for now trolling and watching the onboard TV is the only way to find them.
Most of the corp ramps have been pulled but boats are still able to be launched. State Park Marina is still launching boats and have their high water ramp ready just in case. Osage Bluff ramp is still open, I checked the Long Shoal Corp ramp and they had pulled the courtesy docks but the ramp was still open. If you are going to be driving be sure and check with the marina of choice before you come to make sure…I have no doubt most will have an area to launch but better be safe than sorry.
That’s it for May 23. 2019 fishing report… Help the other guy when you can. I hope that all of you remember your life jacket works better when it is worn.
For those of you who want a Walleye trip with Truman Lake’s only walleye guide, Tony Galant, I copied this from his Post,”Incase you haven’t heard, this is a thing again…. Anyone interested, feel free to send me a p/m! Repeat clients have first dibs on dates, but this week only! Please get with me as soon as soon as possible. Book your summer time walleye fishing adventure today!” His number is 816-365-4351…
Regular Rates apply from March 1 thru November 30
A full day on the lake begins about 8 a.m. and ends about 5p.m. for 1 or 2 people $300.00 plus fuel.. Third person charge is $50.00.
Half day on the lake is usually 4 hours for 1 or 2 people. $200.00 plus fuel. Third person charge is $50.00.
Tag-A-Long Boats at $50.00 per boat per day with one of the above packages. Please note that I am not responsible for damages to Tag-A-Long Boats or for personal injuries or other losses.