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Fishing Reports

October 25, 2021 Weekly Bass Report

Monday, October 25, 2021

Report by Steve Wilson – Bassfactory Instructional Fishing Trips. Contact at

Fall is here. And the water temperature has finally starting dropping. The big deal this week was the big gizzard shad spawning on the rocks. That full moon really got them going. This will kick start that fall.big bass pattern the Ozarks is known for.


Lake level: 657.86 The lake came up a little today from Saturday’s rain. Still minimal generation. Truman lake level: 705.56


Water temperature: low 70s.


Dam and Gravois areas: Clear to stained. The full moon has the big gizzard shad spawning on the rocks. These are the 8″ to 12″ shad the big bass eat. Look for channel rock banks and secondary points. Fish big spinnerbaits and topwaters like the whopper plopper right against the rocks. Cover water to maximize your chances of getting your lure in front of feeding bass. On up the Gravois the bass are holding on docks and wood where shad schools are present. These shad schools are the smaller threadfin. You will see some bass busting them on top. You can catch them on small topwaters, spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. The other larger bass are located under docks where they are being caught on jigs and texas rigged creature baits.


Glaize: Clear to stained in the upper reaches. The lower Glaize is very clear. It’s tough there on calm bluebird days. On those days it’s best to run up the Glaize into the dirty water. Fish rocks and wood with spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs. On cloudy and windy days those clear water bass are easier to catch. Fish topwaters, spinnerbaits and crankbaits around the rocks and docks.


Nianguas: Clear to stained. The small creeks off the Niangua rivers are holding bait and bass. Fish small topwaters, spinnerbaits and crankbaits around the baitfish that have feeding bass amongst them. The bigger bass are holding on docks and horizontal wood waiting for the shad to come to them. Fish spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs to catch these bass.


Osage River: Clear to stained with the dirtier water in the main channel. Clearer water in the backs of creeks. That strong rain Saturday switch this around some. It was just hard enough to give the backs of the larger creeks some color. And wash some nutrients into the lake. Both gizzard  and threadfin shad will be in the creeks. The threadfin school up in pods and bass follow just below them. You can catch these bass on lipless crankbaits and small spinnerbaits. The bigger bass feed on the bigger gizzard shad. These shad hold on the cover. The horizontal wood and shallow docks. You can see them when  you bump a laydown with your troller. Fish spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs on the cover. Paying attention to the shade on the cover.


Thanks and Good Luck! Steve Wilson – Bassfactory Instructional Fishing Trips. Contact me at

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