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2008 Fishing Reports
Date   November 7, 2008 Water Temp   Not reported
Lake Level   Not reported Water Clarity   Not reported
   
Crappie fishing has slowed. The fish that are being caught are in the creeks. Fish the mouth of the creeks to mid way back. Fish the outer trees along the creek channel. Minnows are the bait of choice.
 
White bass are being caught on the main lake and secondary points. Fsh any thing that resembles a shad. Look for points that have a lot of wind on them.
 
Black bass are being caught in the back of the creeks on spinner baits. Look for creeks that have lots of bait fish and keep on the move. Most bass are in 1 to 4 ft of water .
 
catfish no report.    lake level 707.02               Clarity  Stained    Discharge 0
  
Deer season is here, if you need a place to stay our hotel and our cabins are open give us a call. 

 

Date   October 26, 2008 Water Temp   Not reported
Lake Level   Not reported Water Clarity   Not reported
   
Crappie fishing has slowed some.This time of year the crappie head for the creeks and the bite gets tough for a while. The crappie that are being caught are in the mouth of the creeks in 20 ft of water and fishing 12 ft deep. Minnows are the bait of choice but with the water cooling off the fish will start biting a jig better.
 
White bass are on windy points and lots of them. Fish a rooster tail in 1 to 3 ft of water as long as wind is on the point. Fish every point that has wind and keep point hopping and you will catch lots of fish.White is the best color.
 
Black bass are being caught on the points main lake and secondary. Fish a spinner bait and a crank bait in 2 to 5 ft of water and keep on the move.
 
Catfish are being caught on the flats in 15 ft of water fishing6 ft deep.Fresh cut bait is the best.
 
White bass are biting good and crappie will get started  soon so plan a trip.

 
Date   October 6, 2008 Water Temp   Not reported
Lake Level   707.97 Discharge 0 Water Clarity   Stained
   
Crappie fishing is fair.The fish are being caught in the creeks and on the flats, The fish that are on the flats are in 15 ft of water or more and fishing 12 ft deep. The fish that are in the creeks are in 10 ft of water and being caught 5 ft deep. Some reports of crappie being caught in 6 ft of water.Minnows are working well but with the water cooling off the jigs will start working. some big fish coming in.
 
Bass fishing is good the fish are on the main lake and secondary points.Fish a top water early and a brush hog when the sun comes up. Fish all the flooded bushes on the points from 1 ft to 8 ft of water. With the current in the lake the bass fishing has been very good.
 
Catfish are on the flats using cut bait. The fresh shad are working the best. Fish the flats in 12 ft of water fishing 5 ft deep. Jug lines and trotlines working well.
 
White bass are being caught on the points and humps. Fish jigging spoons on the humps and rattle traps on the points. The current has the white bass eating early and late.
 
We will have the lodge and cabins open thru deer season so make your reservations now.

 

Date   September 22 2008 Water Temp   75
Lake Level   717.32 Discharge 35,000cfs Water Clarity   Lightly stained
   
Crappie fishing has picked up some. The fish are on the flats in 15ft of water or more and fishing 12 ft deep. All the flats from Bucksaw to the Dam area are holding fish. Last week we had several nice fish come in and several in the 1 plus lbs range.
 
Bass fishing is good the fish are being caught in the pockets and creeks as far back as you can get your boat. You can fish a spinner bait all day and if its cloudy a buzz bait will work.
 
Catfish are being caught on jug lines using fresh cut bait. There are a lot of shad in the pockets so it is easy to catch bait. fish the flats in 10 ft of water fishing 5 ft deep. Seeing a lot of blue cats come in.
 
White bass no report.
 
As the water continues to cool they should pick up on the wind blown points.


 

Date   September 11 2008 Water Temp   72
Lake Level   707.82 Water Clarity   Stained above Bucksaw, and clearer below
   
Crappie - Crappie are still trying to stay in the summertime pattern, being caught on isolated trees and hedge rows on the main lake flats.  Fish are being found in 15-20 feet of water, and fishing at a depth of 10-12 feet.  Minnows are still the best bet.  A few crappie are being caught in the creeks, but not a large number.
 
Bass - With the water cooling off, bass are begining to stage on the main lake and secondary points, waiting to move into the creeks with the shad.  Buzzbaits are generally the best early and late in the day fished on the points, and as the sun gets higher changing to a soft plastic rig, such as a 10" worm or a carolina rig.
 
Catfish - a good number of blue cats are being caught on the main lake flats.  Generally the best bite has been on jug lines fished about 5 feet deep and baited with fresh cut baits in 10 feet of water.
 
White bass - no report, but as the water continues to cool they should pick up on the wind blown points.

 

Date   September 3, 2008 Water Temp   79
Lake Level   707.03, discharge 500 cfs Water Clarity   Good shape
   
Crappie fishing is fair the fish are on the flats and are in 10 ft of water or more and down 8 ft. I had a trip out on the 2nd and was limited out by 10:30 am the bite was good. We fished minnows on a 1/8 th oz jig head.  There are a lot of big crappie coming in .
 
Bass fishing is good the fish are on the points in 2 to 6 ft of water.The bait of choice early and late is a black buzz bait. When the sun comes up switch to a brush hog or a 8" worm. Fish all the main lake and secondary points and keep on the move.If its a cloudy day you can throw the buzz bait all day.
 
Catfish are being caught on jug lines in 5 ft of water or more using fresh cut shad.We are seeing a lot of white cats and channel cats come in. Trot lines are not working as well as the floating jugs.
 
White bass are surfacing early and late on the flats. A cloudy day you might see them at any time.As the water cools down the white bass and the black bass fishing will get better.
 

 

Date   August 19, 2008 Water Temp    Not reported
Lake Level   Not reported Water Clarity   Great shape
   
Crappie fishing is fair. The fish are biting good until around 11 am and then itslows for a while. It does pick up in the evening. Fish the flats and keep on the move look for isolated trees and fence rows in 10 ft or more and fish 8 to 10 ft deep. Minnows are the bait of choice.
 
Black Bass are being caught all day early morning use a top water, buzzbait black in color. as the sun comes up Switch to a Carolina rigged brush hog. Fish the main lake and secondary points.
 
White Bass surfacing early and late in the damn area. You can catch them on anything that looks like a shad.
 
Catfish are being caught on an the flats in 10 ft of water using jugs and trot lines. Cut bait is the best. Several bluecats and  channel cats being caught.
 
Aug 16th Tour results
 
1st place Richard and Sean Bowling  9.79 lbs 
 
2nd place Kevin and Charlie Rogers  9.69 lbs
 
3rd place Derrik Vetter and Craig Hansen 9.67 lbs
 
4th place Jackie Albin and Marty Snider 8.93 lbs
 
5th place Brian Magee and Kevin Pitts 8.58 lbs
 
Big crappie went to Josh and Amanda Jackson 1.99lbs
 
All fish were released alive, it was a 7 fish limit and very good weights.


 

Date   August 5, 2008 Water Temp    Not reported
Lake Level   Not reported Water Clarity   Great shape
   
Crappie fishing is good the fish are being caught on minnows. The fish are on the flats in 10 ft of water or more fishing 8 to 10 ft deep. We had a crappie masters tourn last weekend and it took a two day total of 18.68 lbs to win. Fish the flats and keep on the move.  A total number of fish was 878 and the average weight was 1.05 lbs not bad for that amount of fish. We had a 2.75 lbs black crappie caught by Meyer and Meyer good job guys.
 
1st  place Crappie Masters Bowling and Lee
2nd place Bailey and Bailey
3rd Meyer and Meyer
 
Black bass fishing is good. Fish the points main lake and secondary. Fish a top water early and a plastic worm as the sun comes up.
 
Catfish  are being caught on cut bait in 10 ft of water and down 6 ft .Fish the flats in the timber. We had a albino channel cat come in and released this week.
 
White bass are being caught on the humps and ridges in 10 ft of water.The bite is best in the evening. Late after noon some surfacing. With some hybrids mixed in.

 


 
Date   July 27, 2008 Water Temp    Not reported
Lake Level   Not reported Water Clarity   Great shape
   
Crappie fishing is fair. The fish are being caught on the main lake points and flats. Look for isolated trees and fence rows. All fish being caught in 15 ft of water or more and 12 ft deep. Minnows are the bait of choice.

Black Bass are being caught on buzzbaits early and worms in the daytime.Fish the main lake points and secondary for the best bite.
 
Catfish are being caught on the flats in 15 ft of waetr fishing 8 ft deep. The bait of choice is cut bait and perch. Seen a few nice flatheads come in this week.
 
White bass are being caught on the humps and road beds. Lots of fish coming in. Had some walleye and some nice hybrids come in this week.

Crappie Masters will be here this week and they do have a kids rodeo. bring the kids and enjoy the fun several prizes for the kids.
 

 

Date   July 17, 2008 Water Temp    82
Lake Level   720.22, Discharge 40,000 Water Clarity   Great shape
   
Crappie fishing is good. lots of fish coming in !!! The bite is good all over. Fish the flats in 20 ft of water or more and fish 15 ft deep. Minnows are the bait of choice. Look for isolated trees and fence rows in that range. The bite has been good all day and will continue to be.
Bass fishing is good the fish are on the main lake and secondary points. There is some current so the bass are eating good. Early morning fish a buzzbait and as the sun come up switch to a worm.

Black Bass are being caught on points humps. Fish a top water early and as the sun comes up go to a big worm or a Carolina rigged brush hog. Good fish being caught. we had a Central Pro Am tourney last weekend and it took 44 lbs to win. It was a two day event.
 
Catfish are being caught on flats in 15 ft of water using cut bait. jugs and trot lines working well. mostly bluecats and channels coming in.
 
White bass fishing is fair late in the evenings. Fish the points or humps using any bait that resembles a shad. Best time is just before dark.

All in all, the fishing is good and the lake is in great shape. Come and see us.
 

 
 
Date   July 12, 2008 Water Temp    82
Lake Level   720.22, Discharge 40,000 Water Clarity   Great shape
   
Crappie fishing is good the fish are on the flats and eating. have had out several trips lately and catch limits every day. Fish 20 ft of water or more and fish 15 ft deep. Minnows are the best bait. Fish the flats and keep on the move.
 
Bass fishing is good the fish are on the main lake and secondary points. There is some current so the bass are eating good. Early morning fish a buzzbait and as the sun come up switch to a worm.
 
Catfish are being caught on flats in 10 ft of water fishing 5 ft deep.Cut bait is the bait of choice. Most of the fish coming in are bluecats. Jug lines and trot line are working.
 
White bass no report but will get good soon
 
 
Date   June 25, 2008 Water Temp    80
Lake Level   727.04 Water Clarity   Good
   
Well Folks, contrary to all reports everything is not closed at Truman Lake.  Although the lake is high, we're open, with a lot of people coming up to fish.  You can launch your boat, grab a bite  and get a place to sleep right here at Bucksaw so come out and see us.  Now for the fishing report:
 
Crappie fishing right now is good.  They are being found on the main lake flats in 20-30 foot of water.  Best bait has been minnows, or a combination of chart/black tubes and minnows fished about 15-20 foot deep.  Not only are the number of crappie good, but they are good size too.  We should be getting some recent pictures up on our website in the next couple days.
 
Bass fishing is also good.  Several recent tournaments were held with winning weights near 20 pounds.  Fish main and secondary points early with topwaters and switch to jigs and worms when the sun comes out.  You might want to try flipping the bushes on the points, along with some Carolina rigs.
 
Catfish are also good with some nice blues and channel cats being caught. Fish the main lake flats with trot lines and jugs in 10 ft of water with the sets at about 5 foot.   Best baits are perch, goldfish and cut shad.
 
White bass should be ready to start to really turn on.  Right now, fish the humps roadbeds and points with jigging spoons and crankbaits in about 10-15 feet of water.
 
White bass, no report yet. When they start running water it will be on fire.


 

Date   June 13, 2008 Water Temp    76
Lake Level   720.27 Water Clarity   Stained
   
Crappie fishing is fair. The lake is coming up and the crappie are scattering. The fish that are being caught are in 12 ft of water and more fishing 8 ft deep. Minnows are the bait of choice. We caught fish all week long and the bite was good. Look for isolated trees on the flats and keep on the move. Don't spend a lot of time on one tree.

Bass fishing is good the fish are in the bushes. Fish all the bushes on the main lake and secondary points. All the fish are in  4 to 10 ft of water. Fish a buzzbait early and as the sun comes up switch to blk/neon worm.

Catfish are being caught on worms and cut bait .With the water coming up the worms are being flooded out, so the catfish are on a feeding frenzy. Mostly channel cats and blue cats being caught.

White bass, no report yet. When they start running water it will be on fire.
 
Date   June 8, 2008 Water Temp    75
Lake Level   713.95 Water Clarity   Stained
   
Crappie fishing is good. We are catching fish on the flats in 10 ft of water or more using minnows. look for the isolated trees,or fence rows and you will find fish. We had a crappie masters tourn out of here and it took 17.3 lbs to win with a 14 fish limit.

Bass are on the main lake and secondary points in 3 ft to 8 ft of water.Early morning fish a black buzz bait and when the sun comes up switch to a tube or a jig. lots of bass being caught.

Catfish are being caught on the flats in 10 ft of water using perch.Fish your stagings at 5 ft.This week we had some big flat heads come in.Several coming in.

White bass are on the humps and road beds.Look for 18 ft of water and the fish are on the bottom.Fish a jigging spoon for the best results.

In all the fishing is good the lake is in good shape and the water look


 

Date   May 20, 2008 Water Temp    65
Lake Level   714.08 Water Clarity   Stained, very fishable
   
Crappie fishing is fair. The fish are moving to there post spawn pattern. Fish the trees in the middle of the creeks along the channels. Look for the tree that has the most limbs and fish in the middle of it. The bait of choice is minnows. We had a crappie tourney Sat the 18th and it took 20 lbs to win, with 15 crappie.

Bass fishing is fair the fish are in the creeks and pockets in the bushes. Fish a baby brush hog or a small blk/blu jig .all fish are being caught ion 5 ft of water or less.
 

Catfishing is good.Reports of some big flatheads being caught. All flat heads are being caught on live bait, perch and gold fish.Fish the flats in 10 ft of water and fish 4 ft deep.Seeing lots of blue cats being caught on cut bait in the same water and depth.
 

White bass no report.

Its the holidays come by and see us.

 
Date   May 9, 2008 Water Temp    60's
Lake Level   Not Reported, Dis 7300 Water Clarity   Stained
   
Crappie fishing is good.  Fish are on the banks, and are being caught 12-18 inches deep using a float and Black/Chart. tubes.

Bass are moving towards the backs of pockets now that the discharge has been slowed.  Best bites are the spinnerbaits and jigs.  Should the dam begin discharging again, bass will move back out to secondary points in the creeks, with generally the same patterns.
 

Catfish are being caught on trot lines and jugs fished on the flats and points using shad and cut bait.  Stages should be set at about 5 feet.
 

White bass no report.

Now is the time to visit Bucksaw if you enjoy catching crappie.  The bank bite should continue for awhile, so come see us. 

 
Date   May 1, 2008 Water Temp   Low to mid 60's
Lake Level   718.02 Discharge 43,000 Water Clarity   Stained to Med
   
Crappie fishig is very good. Most fish are being caught in the Bucksaw area. Fish the creeks and the flat pockets. Best approach is 1/16th oz jig in the blk/chr. The water temp is in the low to mid 60's with a lot of fish starting to be caught on the banks.

Bass are being caught in the creeks on the secondary points with some being found staging on the main lake points waiting to move up the creeks for the spawn.. Spinnerbaits and jigs working well. The majority of fish are in 2 to 6ft of water. We are have seen several nice bass being caught.
 

Catfish are being caught on trout-lines in 10ft of water. Fish with live bait, perch or goldfish. Set your stagings  5 ft deep. Had a 45 lber come in this week.
 

White bass no report.


 

Date   Apr 18, 2008 Water Temp   53
Lake Level   718.56 Discharge 50,000 Water Clarity   Stained
   
Crappie fishing is scattered.With the lake rising the fish are on the move.Fish the trees in the mouth of the creeks along the channel. Most fish that are being caught are in 12 ft of water or more 10 ft deep.Minnows and jigs will work.The water temp is in the low to mid 50s and warming up everyday so keep checking the banks.

Bass,are being caught on spinnerbaits in the back of the pockets and creeks.Fish the flat pockets that are protected by the  wind.Fish a char/white spinner bait or a gray spinner bait.The fish have been in 2 to 3 ft of water. Keep on the  move.

 
Catfish,are being caught on cut bait.Fish the flats in 10 ft of water and fish 6 ft deep.Most cats are being caught on jugs and trotlines.
 
White bass no report.


 

Date   Apr 1, 2008 Water Temp   47
Lake Level   716.33 Discharge 15,000 Water Clarity   Stained
   
Crappie fishing on the Grand is Fair. The crappie are being caught in the mouth of the creeks.We have seen several nice fish come from the points of the creeks to the first half of the creek.All the fish are in 10 ft of water or more and 8 ft deep. Most fish are being caught on 1/16th oz jigs in the blk/char color.

Bass fishing is tough. The bite is on jerk baits in the lower Grand. Most fish are on main lake points and secondary points. Keep your boat on the move. The water temp is 47 degrees and the spinner bait bite will be soon.

 
Catfish no report
 
White bass no report.
 
Date   Mar 15, 2008 Water Temp   43
Lake Level   709.4 Discharge 15,000 Water Clarity   Lightly stained - very fishable
   
Crappie are being caught in the mouth of the creeks.I fished Wednesday and had several nice fish. We fished the mouth of all the major creeks on the Gand Arm. Fish all the trees leading into the creeks in 12 ft of water or more fishing 10ft deep.We caught all our fish on 1/16th oz tube jigs in the blk/char colors. We covered alot of water and kept on the move .The bite was fair and with the water warming up, it will get better.

Bass,reports of some being caught on jerkbaits in shallow water. Find the pockets that are flat and with no wind and you should get bit. Early in the day start with a jig or a jerkbait and later fish a small spinnerbait.

 
Catfish no report
 
White bass no report.

The resort is open. Come down for a breakfast pick up some bait and go catch some fish.

 

Date   Feb 25, 2008 Water Temp   Low 30's early to mid 30's later
Lake Level   709.3 Discharge Varies daily Water Clarity   Lightly stained
   
Crappie fishing is good. Had a trip out Sun the 24th and had 3 limits before noon.the crappie were on the bluffs in 25 ft of water and more. All fish were caught between 18ft to 23ft. Some of the better trees are under water so your fish locator will play a factor.We used blk/char,blu/white and red and white they all worked. 

Black Bass no report,but we are seeing a lot of dying shad, its time for the jerk bait.

 
Catfish no report
 
White bass no report.

We will be opening on March the 1st
 so come and have breakfast or lunch and go catch some crappie.


 

Date   Feb 20, 2008 Water Temp   Low 30's early to mid 30's later
Lake Level   709.2 Discharge Varies daily Water Clarity   Lightly stained
   
Crappie are being caught on the bluffs. Fish the outer trees along the bluffs. Look for water that is 25 ft deep and deeper and fish 20 to 25 ft deep. Fishing that deep you need to use a 1/8oz jig head or two 1/16oz heads about a ft apart. The last time I was out we caught them on blk/yellow in the 2 inch tube. The water is lightly stained and very fishable. The best bite is from the U hwy bridge to the dam area.
 
Back Bass no report, remember March is a great month for spinnerbaits so get ready.
 
Catfish no report
 
White bass no report.

Bucksaw resort will open on March 1st come down and see us.The restaurant will be open come and eat.  Thanks Bucksaw
 
Date   Dec 30, 2007 Water Temp   Low 30's early to mid 30's later
Lake Level   706.0 Discharge 0 Water Clarity   Good
   
Crappie fishing is good. The fish are in 25ft of water or more fishing 20ft deep. We are fishing bluffs and channel trees catching a lot of nice crappie. the bait of choice is blk/char in the 1/8 oz jig head. We fished Dec 29th and had good fish. The lake is great shape, the crappie fishing is fun, and are seeing several Bald eagles on the lake. Its worth a trip down.
 
Bass no report
Catfish no report
 
If you  are looking for a winter guide trip and want to make a weekend trip out of it our lodge is open.We would be glad to have you. If you are looking for a trip call 660-477-3900 ask for Richard or Marvin.  If you want up to the minute fishing report call us. Thanks Bucksaw


 

Date   Dec 22, 2007 Water Temp   35
Lake Level   705.5 Discharge 0 Water Clarity   Good
   
Crappie fishing is great, we are catching a lot of nice crappie.The bite from Bucksaw to Long Shoal area is good. There is a few key spots on the bluffs and bluff ends that are holding fish. The cold weather does not hurt any thing. We fished last monday , the air temp was 18 degrees the water temp was 31 and the big crappie was on fire.Come and fish with us you will have fun!
 
Bass no report
Catfish no report
 
If you are looking for a winter guide trip Call 660-477-3900 ask for Richard or Marvin.

 

Date   Oct 11, 2007 Water Temp   74
Lake Level   706.5  Discharge 0 Water Clarity   Stained
    Well folks, the weather has finally broken here in Missouri, and it's a beautiful time to be outdoors, whether fishing or hunting.  Speaking of hunting, the cool weather has started the deer to moving, with several nice bucks being taken during this archery season.  A nice 9 pointer was taken near the lake, with several more being seen, but no chance for a shot.  This is also the Fall Turkey Season, with a lot of birds being taken by shotgun.  If you want to hunt this area, give us a call, and let us help you tag a nice one.  There are a LOT of deer and turkey in this area. 
 
Bass  
Bass continue to move into the creeks, and the best bite seems to be on spinner baits. The best thing to remember is to look for the shad, and if you find them, the bass will be near.  Early in the morning, try a buzzbait or other topwater.  This might be a good time to try a swim bait, working it slow enough to form a wake on the surface.
Crappie   Some quality Crappie continue to be caught in the Bucksaw area.  Crappie are still being found on the main lake flats anywhere from 15 - 20+ ft. deep, with the best bite coming off of hardwood trees.  Some nice 12-13 inch fish are being caught.  The best bait continues to be minnows.  Work the baits at various depths until you find out where they are on that particular day. 
Catfish

 

  The catfish are still being caught off of the flats, with the fish being primarily flatheads and channel cats.  Continue to fish jugs and trot liines baited with cutbait set around 5 feet deep. 
Whitebass   The whites are starting to move up onto the windblown banks and points.  The best bait right now is a white roostertail.  Some good numbers are being caught.
 
 

 

Date   Oct 1, 2007 Water Temp   77
Lake Level   707.30  Discharge -250 cfs Water Clarity   Stained
    The weather has slowed the bite somewhat, but as far as the crappie go, what they lack in numbers, they more than make up for in size.  The cool mornings have also got the deer moving with some NICE bucks being seen.  With today beinig the start of Fall Turkey season, a lot of birds are being see right now. If you're looking to come up, give us a call to make your reservations.
 
Bass  
The Bass have gone to several different patterns, but basically they are still being found on the main lake points, as well as in the creeks, where they are starting to move to the backs.  Best bait on points would be buzzbaits, switching to a 10" worm as the sun gets up.  Creeks are being fished with spinnerbaits as well top water.  Look for the baitfish, and the bass will be close by.
Crappie   The Crappie haved moved a little deeper lately, and slowed somewhat, but they are making up for it in size.  Continue fishing the trees on main lake flats, anywhere from 10 - 20+ feet.  Had a good limit of crappie brought in this morning with several fish in the 12"-13" range.  Best bait is still minnows fished on a jighead.
Catfish

 

  Continue fishing on main lake flats around 10 ft. deep with jugs.  Hooks should be set about 5 ft. deep with the best bait right now being cut bait.
Whitebass   White bass are being found on humps, and main lake points in the evenings.  Best baits now are spoons and rattletraps.
 
Date   Sep 17, 2007 Water Temp   78
Lake Level   707.32  Discharge -0 Water Clarity   Stained
    Well folks, the cool weather joined us at Bucksaw this past weekend, but if nothing else it made the bass fishing HOT.  More on that in the report, but the cool weather also turned out the deer for the opening weekend of bow season.  A lot of does were seen along with several nice bucks, although no one managed to score on the bucks.  As we reported earlier, with the past high water, a lot of deer are being seen along the shore of the lake, as the deer feed on the new vegetation, and this makes the visibility excellent.  We are looking forward to deer season and the waterfowl season, so make your reservations early if you're planning on coming up to hunt.
 
Bass  
As mentioned earlier, the bass were hot this past weekend.  Local 148 I.U.O.E. were up here with their annual Leukemia and Lymphoma benefit tournament.  A total of 170 boats were entered with a total of 77 boats weighing 207 fish for a total weight of 583 lbs.  The primary bait was the spinnerbait, but the 10" worm was also used along with some crankbaits.  The largest fish weighed was in excess of 6 lbs with several 5's also brought to the scale.  The bass certainly cooperated with the anglers, as winning weight was 18+ lbs, 17+ lbs second, and 16+ lbs third.
Crappie   Crappie are still being caught in the same pattern as the past month or so.  Continue to fish on the flats in 10+ feet of water, with a depth of 8 feet.  Some of the better numbers are being caught on the outer edges of the flats.  The best bait continues to be minnows.
Catfish

 

  Catfish continue to be caught on the flats in 10 feet of water with the jugs set about 5-8 feet deep.  Best bait continues to the cutbait.  Flatheads and Channel cats continue to be the predominant catches.
Whitebass   the White Bass continue to be scattered, now that the discharge has been slowed.  Best locations are windblown points, where shad are found, and just wait for the whites to surface.

 

 

Date   Sep 11, 2007 Water Temp   80
Lake Level   704.97  Discharge -0 Water Clarity   Good to slight stain
    Folks, this is the kind of weather that makes a person want to go fishing.  What a beautiful time to be on the water, so if you get the urge, especially after the heat of the past few weeks, we hope you will come visit us at Bucksaw.  Bowhunters should be looking forward to this weekend, with the forecast calling for a couple of fantastic days to open the season with.  We've been seeing some nice deer along the shoreline while fishing, and with the high water from the past several months visibility should be no problem along the lake.  We'll also be glad to point you in the right direction is you need some hunting help.
 
Bass  
Bass are starting their migration to the creeks, and this should continue with the cool nights that are predicted.  Right now they are being found from the mouths of the creeks to about halfway back, especially if there are some type of secondary points.  Best baits are spinnerbaits, topwater baits early, with some crankbaits fish are also being caught.
Crappie   Crappie are still being found on the flats, usually in 10+ feet of water, holding at around 8 feet.  The bite right now is fair, with some good sized crappie being caught, although not the numbers as before.  The best bait continues to be minnows.
 
Catfish

 

  Catfish continue to be caught on the flats with jugs, with mainly Blues and Channel catfish being caught.  Best bait right now is cutbait.
Whitebass   White Bass right now are scattered, with the schools usually surfacing on windy points early and late.  You can catch several, and the school will go back down, and you have to wait for them to surface again.  Best baits, as usual are the lipless crankbaits, and rooster tail type baits.

 

Date   August 28, 2007 Water Temp   85
Lake Level   707.32  Discharge -240 cfs Water Clarity   Stained
    Truman Lake continues to hold at near normal pool.  With the Corps drawing water at a low rate, fishing continues to turn towards the normal summer patters.  Make sure you get your reservations for this weekend, if you haven't already.  Good luck fishing, and remember to be safe this weekend, as we want you to return.
 
Bass  
Bass continue to move into the summer pattern, and are being found on tree and fence rows.  Main Lake points continue to hold some fish early, with a buzzbait and topwater bite early, changing over to jigs and big worms as the sun gets higher.
 
Crappie   Crappie continue to be found on main lake flats, although the depth may vary day to day.  Although the numbers will not be as good as several weeks ago, the fish are making up in size, with the average length being around 10".  Continue to fish minnows around trees, but don't be afraid to try different depths until you locate the fish.
 
Catfish

 

  The catfish bite continues to be good on trot and jug lines.  Fish the main lake flats adjacent to deeper water, with the best baits still the perch and cut shad.
 
Whitebass   White bass continue to surface early and late on the main lake points, especially those with wind blowing on them.  Best baits are lipless crankbaits and rooster tails.  Don't forget to try trolling with the same baits while you wait for them to surface.
HUNTERS  
 Just a reminder that bow season will begin shortly, and we are available to assist you with advice about different areas around the lake.  Being a Corps of Engineers Lake, land around the lake is open to the public unless posted otherwise.  The Lodge, Cabins and RV Park are open through deer seasons, so if you're interested in hunting Truman Lake for deer, turkey and waterfowl, give us a call.  We also guides available to help you with your hunting.

 

Date   August 22, 2007 Water Temp   85
Lake Level   707.84  Discharge -none Water Clarity   Good
    Well folks, the lake is nearly back to normal, and the Corps has slowed the discharge to about zero, but the fishing continues to be good. Now is the time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday weekend, and making your reservations.  If you're going to need a place to stay, a boat or jet ski to rent, or want to go out with one of our top guides, now is the time to call.  Remember, Bucksaw is the ONLY full service resort on the water at Truman Lake and we look forward to helping you enjoy your visit to Truman Lake.
 
Bass  
The Bass have started to scatter to the tree and fence rows on the lake.  As usual, the early morning bite is best on buzzbaits and topwater, changing to jigs and big worms when the sun gets up.  A two day tournament last weekend took 30+ pounds to win, so the bass can still be caught.
Crappie   The Crappie bite is still good, and the fish are still located where they've been for the past several months.  If your coming to Truman Lake, look for trees on the main lake flats, located in about 20 ft. of water.  The best bite is still on minnows fished about 10 ft. down.
Catfish

 

  If you can believe it, the Catfish bite is improving with a good number of fish being caught on the flats.  As usual, the best bite is on trot lines and jugs, baited with cut shad and worms. 
Whitebass   The White Bass are coming to the surface early and late in the day on the main lake points, chasing shad.  As has been the case, the best bite continues to be on lipless crankbaits, but when they get in one of the feeding frenzies, they'll bite just about anything you can throw at them.

 

Date   August 5, 2007 Water Temp   80
Lake Level   713.75   Discharge - 39,000cfs Water Clarity   Good
    Folks, now is the time to visit Bucksaw Resort at Truman Lake, as the overall report for fishing is Fantastic, and it should remain this good for at least the next week or so.  Come in and see us, and we can put you on some good fish, no matter what you want to catch.  If you need additional information, give us a call at 660-477-3900, and ask for the Marina.
 
Bass  
The Bass bite continues to be good, as it has the past several weeks.  Best bite is on points with current fishing topwater baits early and late, with crankbaits and big worms during the day.  Have had several reports of two nice bass being caught on the same crankbait at the same time.
Crappie   Right now the Crappie fishing is Excellent.  There are good numbers of fish being caught in the Grand Arm, as well as a lot of BIG fish in the 12-14" range.  The bite continues to be on minnows fished about 10 ft. down in trees setting on flats in 20 ft of water.
Catfish

 

  Catfishing has been good on jugs and trolt lines set on flats adjacent to channels.  Best baits are the cut shad and perch.  Set the baits around 5-10 ft deep.  Several nice catches were brought in last week.
Whitebass   The White Bass bite right now is the best it's been this year.  There have been several reports of over 100 being caught within 1 and 1/2 hours, and numerous limits filled with good sized whites.  As expected, the best bite is on main lake points with current, and can be found throughout the day.  The best bite has been on the new Strike King Red Eye Shad crankbaits, as the white bass have actually destroyed several in one afternoon.  Best colors have been the Blue/Chrime, and the Shad.  If you're lucky, you may also catch some walleye, and Largemouth bass mixed in.

 

Date   July 30, 2007 Water Temp   80
Lake Level   720 - Discharge 56,000cfs Water Clarity   Good
    With the Corps continuing to pull water this week, the bite should be good all week, so this is the time to visit us.  We can fix you up with free advice on where to fish, rental boats if needed, or a guide trip with one of our professional guides.
Bass  
The Bass bite continues to be good on Truman lake, especially for this time of year.  The best bite continues to be on main lake and secondary points with current.  Top water early, and then switching to crankbaits and soft plastics later on is the bait of choice to use.  This past weekend, it took over 20 pounds to win a tournament on Truman Lake.
Crappie   The Crappie bite continues to be excellent in the areas within 5 miles of Bucksaw.  The majority of fish are being caught off of timber on the flats in 20 ft. of water fishing about 10 ft. deep. The best bait continues to be minnows fished on 1/16 - 1/8 ounce
jig heads.
 
Catfish

 

  Catfish continue to be biting good.  The best fish are still found on the flats on trot lines and jug fishing with cut bait and perch being the best baits.
Whitebass   The White Bass continue to be found on main lake points with current.  Crankbaits and rattle traps will produce the best, but you may have to move around to find the schools.

 

Date   July 26, 2007 Water Temp   80
Lake Level   722.14 Water Clarity   Good
    With the Corps pulling as much water as they have been, the good fishing should continue.  You can launch your boat with no problems here at Bucksaw, and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction to put you on some fish.  Now is the time to come see us.
Bass  
Bass fishing has been good as well.  Fish the main lake points early with top water baits, and switch to soft plastics and crankbaits later in the day.
Crappie   The crappie bite is still going strong up in the Grand arm.  Fish the flats with timber, using minnows.  Numerous limits have been brought in, with a lot of nice size fish being caught.
Catfish

 

  Catfish have been best on the flats usiing trot lines and jugs baited with cutbait, worms and perch.
Whitebass   The White Bass have started to pick up, fishing points with current using crankbaits, rattletraps.  You may also find some walleye mixed in on the points.

 

Date   July 17, 2007 Water Temp   80
Lake Level   729 Water Clarity   Clear
    The lake level has fallen, and the parking lot and ramp are now accessible.  Water conditions continue to be very good, as is the fishing.  We're looking forward to helping you put some good fish on your stringer, so come see us.
Bass  
Bass fishing is good on the main lake points early in the morning on topwater baits.  There is a good current being drawn over the points so later in the day fish 10 inch worms and jigs from 1 - 4 ft. deep in the current.
Crappie   Crappie fishing continues to very good in this part of the lake, with a good number of big Crappie being caught.  Earlier this week, a 2 pound Crappie was brought in.  Crappie are continuing to hold on the flats around 10 ft. deep in 20 ft of water or so.  Best bait right now are minnows, fished on a jig head.
Catfish

 

  Fishing continues to be good on the flats for Catfish.  Trot lines and Jugs baited with cut baits, worms and perch are the bait of choice in 5-10 ft of water.  Some really nice catfish are being caught right now.
Whitebass   No report

 

Date   July 12, 2007 Water Temp   80
Lake Level   730 Water Clarity   Clear
    With the lake level at 724 ft we have water in the parking lot. The great majority of trash and debris has moved past Bucksaw, towards the dam area. At this time, the water conditions here are very good with Clear visibility. Our launching ramp is covered with water, but it is usable. If you need any guidance contact the Marina and we'll help you. Right now the fishing is possibly the best it's been so far this year. Come out and visit us
 
Bass  
With the rising water having exposed a lot of new structure, Bass fishing has been good. Topwater baits early and late on main lake and secondary points has been productive, with jigs and 10" worms as the sun gets higher. Some of the new flooded structure that has been productive has been the picnic tables in the campground, so they are even worth a try.
Crappie   Crappie fishing on the Upper Grand right now is Very Good. The Crappie have really turned on in the last couple days. Best fishing is being found on the flats in 20+ ft of water, fishing 10 ft deep with minnows. The Crappie can't decide whether they like cedars or hardwood trees best, so if you're going fishing, make sure to keep moving to different trees.
Catfish

 

  Catfish are Good right now, being caught on the Flats. Best bait have been cut baits, worms, and perch on trot lines, set in 5 - 10 ft of water, along with jugs.
Whitebass   No report

 

Date   July 1, 2007 Water Temp   81
Lake Level   712.06 & rising Water Clarity   Stained
Bass  
Bass fishing is good, fish the main lake and secondary points using buzz baits early and jigs and worms when the sun comes up. With the water rising fish the flooded bushes and timber on the points. Bucksaw Resort hosted the Walmart Bass Fishing League tournament this week end and it took 21+pounds to win. We had several nice fish come to the scales.
Crappie   Crappie fishing on the upper Grand has slowed due to the changing water conditions. If you come down to crappie fish, the best bite is below the marina. Fish the flats and fence rows between Bucksaw and the Damn. Fish in water 12 ft deep or more and fish 9 ft down. Minnows are the bait of choice.
Catfish

 

  Catfish are being caught in the back of the creeks. Fish the creeks the have water coming in using cut bait and worms. We are seeing a lot of big fish being caught on perch on the flats in 10 ft of water and fishing 5 ft deep. With the water coming up the catfishing will be good.
Whitebass   No report

 

Date   June 26, 2007 Water Temp   79
Lake Level   706.89, Discharge 20,000 CFS Water Clarity   Stained
Bass   Early morning top water bites on main lake points and secondary points.  As the sun comes up, switch to using 10" red shad worms on the same points.  Most fish are being caught in 10' of water or less around structure.  The Ozark Mountain Team Trail, June 23rd took 20+ pounds to win, and several limits brought to the scales.
Crappie   Crappie fishing in the grand arm is good.  The fish that are being caught are on the summer time flats, in 10' of water or more, about 8' deep, using minnows.  The best bite is from the Long Shoal bridge to just above the Bucksaw area.  Best bite is early morning and afternoon.  Look for isolated trees, roads and fence roads.  We are seeing lots of nice limits coming in, with some heavy weights.  Crappie fishing is worth the trip here!
Catfish

 

  Catfish are being caught on main lake flats in 10' of water, fishing 5' deep.  We are seeing lots of flat heads, channel cats and blue cats come in.  The bait of choice is cut shad and for big flat heads, perch.  In the last two weeks we've seen several flat heads over 30 pounds.
Whitebass   White Bass are being caught on humps, road beds and main lake flats.  Early morning, white bass are schooling on windy points.  Bait of choice is rattle traps, little georges and spoons

 

Date   June 18, 2007 Water Temp   77
Lake Level   709 Water Clarity   Stained
Bass   Bass fishing is been good - with good numbers of keepers being caught.  Worms (Blue Fleck and Red Shad) and jigs (browns) have been working well.  Concentrate on main and secondary points and associated flats with 10' or less water.  Have a spinnerbait (white or white/chart) tied on if the wind comes up.  Early day topwater has produced some action (spooks, buzzers) - this bite will extend on into the morning in overcast cloudy conditions.
Crappie   Crappie has been decent out in 18-24' depths in the trees (vary your depth until you find them).  Jigs with minnows or straight minnows have been getting most of the fish.
Catfish

 

  Jug and Trot line fisherman have been doing good on cut bait (shad) main lake flats near points.
Whitebass   Some better hybrids starting to show up in the standard areas (KK Island).  Fish them in the evenings for best action.  Reports of some white being caught around the weir.

 

Date   April 17, 2007 Water Temp   52
Lake Level   710.02 Water Clarity   Stained
Bass   Bass fishing is good lots of fish being caught on spinner baits and jigs. The fish are in 1 to 5 ft of water. Fish the secondary points and keep on the move .The water is perfect for a spinner baits. White and gray is the color of choice.
Crappie   The crappie that are being caught are out in the timber. Fish the trees that are in the creeks in 10 ft of water and fish 5 ft deep. The bait of choice is minnows. Fish the creeks that are below the marina between here and long shoal. With the nice weather look for the crappie to hit the bank very soon. Late afternoon is the best time to go.
Catfish

 

  Catfish are being caught on cut bait in the mouth of the creeks.Fish in 10 ft of water and set your stagings at 5 ft.In the last week we have seen a lot of blue cats come in. The catfishing is good.
Whitebass   No report.


 

Date   April 06, 2007 Water Temp   54
Lake Level   708.98 Water Clarity   Lightly stained
Comments   Very Fishable. Water temp 54 degrees in the morning And warming up in the afternoon. Bucksaw resort and marina is under new owner ship come in and see us and all the improvements going on.
Bass   Bass fishing is good the fish are shallow and being caught on spinner baits and jigs.Fish the back of the creeks and pockets in 1 to 5 ft of water.Fish a 3/8 oz spinner bait in the gray colors.We are seeing a lot of nice fish come in.
Crappie   Crappie fishing has slowed some.The fish were showing up on the banks but with the cold weather they have backed off.You can catch them off the banks a little in 8 to 10 ft of water.The bait of choice is blu/white or blk/char in the 1/16 oz size.We were seeing a lot of nice fish come in last week that were being caught on the banks.As soon as this cold front gets out of here they will be on fire.The best fishing was above the marina.
Catfish

 

  Catfish are being caught on cut bait on the flats.Fish 10 ft of water down 5 ft.we are seeing a lot of nice blue cats come in.Main lake flats and mouths of the creeks are working.Catfishing is good.
Whitebass   No report.

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