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March 9th Weekly Bass Report

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Report by Steve Wilson, Bassfactory Instructional Fishing Trips.


The water temperature’s just got a little colder with this Sunday’s snow followed by 2 days of single digit lows. But this is a great lake and there’s always ways to catch bass here. I personally like these conditions. It groups bass up and brings more of them to me.

 

Lake level: 655.53 and falling. This coming weekend’s rain should have a effect on lake level if it rains hard enough. Truman lake level: 707.93

 

Dam and Gravois areas: Clear to stained. The main Osage in the Bagnell Dam area is pretty cold. 35 to 37 degrees. And the 37 degree water can be found on the North Shore when the sun is shining on it. This latest cold snap has the back of coves frozen. Fish the Northwestern bluff banks. Concentrate on points, rock slides, cuts or any irregularities along the bluff. Fish jerkbaits, a rigs and jigs as slow as you can stand it. Minute pauses on the jerkbait is the norm. I also like the deeper versions because the schools are a little deeper in the 35 to 37 degree water. I prefer calm, sunny days when the water is this cold. The calm wind helps you fish slower which is key to catching bass when its 35 to 37 degrees.

 

Glaize: Stained and clearing in some areas. The Glaize runs a little cooler than the Dam area. Usually a couple degrees. The water is frozen in the shallows. This has pulled the bass out to the main river bluffs. Just like the Dam area concentrate on bluff irregularities. Fish jerkbaits and jigs as slow as possible. It is important to stay out of the wind in these water temperatures. If your blowing around its impossible to fish slow enough.

 

Nianguas: Stained with some clearing water. A good rain will muddy up this portion of the lake fast. The water is warmer in this part of the lake. You still need to fish real slow to entice strikes. With the dropping lake levels concentrate on bluff points and any irregularities along the bluffs. A rigs, jerkbaits, jigs and crankbaits are catching bass. The key is a slow thorough presentation. If you ever seen me fish during this time of year you will see what slow and thorough looks like. I can fish a single bluff bank that less than 100yds for 8hrs. I would rather thoroughly fish areas where I know fish are than run all over the lake hoping to run into them.

 

Osage River: Stained with clearing water in the creeks. That clearing water is also frozen solid. For example I live at the 28mm. The main Osage was Frozen halfway out to the channel this morning. So anything up from Hurricane Deck Bridge is even more frozen. Its going to take a little time for the river to warm up. Might be a couple weeks till the bass start doing their thing again.

 

Thanks and good luck! Steve Wilson-Bassfactory Instructional Fishing Trips

The water temperature’s just got a little colder with this Sunday’s snow followed by 2 days of single digit lows. But this is a great lake and there’s always ways to catch bass here. I personally like these conditions. It groups bass up and brings more of them to me.

 

Lake level: 655.53 and falling. This coming weekend’s rain should have a effect on lake level if it rains hard enough. Truman lake level: 707.93

 

Dam and Gravois areas: Clear to stained. The main Osage in the Bagnell Dam area is pretty cold. 35 to 37 degrees. And the 37 degree water can be found on the North Shore when the sun is shining on it. This latest cold snap has the back of coves frozen. Fish the Northwestern bluff banks. Concentrate on points, rock slides, cuts or any irregularities along the bluff. Fish jerkbaits, a rigs and jigs as slow as you can stand it. Minute pauses on the jerkbait is the norm. I also like the deeper versions because the schools are a little deeper in the 35 to 37 degree water. I prefer calm, sunny days when the water is this cold. The calm wind helps you fish slower which is key to catching bass when its 35 to 37 degrees.

 

Glaize: Stained and clearing in some areas. The Glaize runs a little cooler than the Dam area. Usually a couple degrees. The water is frozen in the shallows. This has pulled the bass out to the main river bluffs. Just like the Dam area concentrate on bluff irregularities. Fish jerkbaits and jigs as slow as possible. It is important to stay out of the wind in these water temperatures. If your blowing around its impossible to fish slow enough.

 

Nianguas: Stained with some clearing water. A good rain will muddy up this portion of the lake fast. The water is warmer in this part of the lake. You still need to fish real slow to entice strikes. With the dropping lake levels concentrate on bluff points and any irregularities along the bluffs. A rigs, jerkbaits, jigs and crankbaits are catching bass. The key is a slow thorough presentation. If you ever seen me fish during this time of year you will see what slow and thorough looks like. I can fish a single bluff bank that less than 100yds for 8hrs. I would rather thoroughly fish areas where I know fish are than run all over the lake hoping to run into them.

 

Osage River: Stained with clearing water in the creeks. That clearing water is also frozen solid. For example I live at the 28mm. The main Osage was Frozen halfway out to the channel this morning. So anything up from Hurricane Deck Bridge is even more frozen. Its going to take a little time for the river to warm up. Might be a couple weeks till the bass start doing their thing again.

 

Thanks and good luck! Steve Wilson-Bassfactory Instructional Fishing Trips

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