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My bro-in law and I were thinking about fishing Lake of the Ozarks but have since changed our mind and are going to try Truman instead. We'll probably go after bass in the morning and switch to crappies or possibly hybrids later.

What techniques should we be pre-rigged with? I was hoping for a good top water bite...if not...can adjust to anything. I would like to know what the EXPERTS have to say.

I guess I was hoping to find some areas to fish to get us started for bass...specific bays or points would be nice. If you would feel more comfortable helping me out through e-mail that's fine too. jensenmd@hotmail.com

I certainly don't wany anyones honey holes or GPS coords. We just want to catch some fish :)

Any kind of advice you want to offer up is MUCH appreciated!

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My bro-in law and I were thinking about fishing Lake of the Ozarks but have since changed our mind and are going to try Truman instead. We'll probably go after bass in the morning and switch to crappies or possibly hybrids later.

What techniques should we be pre-rigged with? I was hoping for a good top water bite...if not...can adjust to anything. I would like to know what the EXPERTS have to say.

I guess I was hoping to find some areas to fish to get us started for bass...specific bays or points would be nice. If you would feel more comfortable helping me out through e-mail that's fine too. jensenmd@hotmail.com

I certainly don't wany anyones honey holes or GPS coords. We just want to catch some fish :)

Any kind of advice you want to offer up is MUCH appreciated!

Glad I talk you guys into it. Around July the bass will most definitely be on a soft plastic bite. Trolling shad raps around islands off the main channel will pick crappie, white, and wipers. Truman is a great lake to fish, however not a lot of guys on the forum fish it or write about it.

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Doop you didn't say when you were headed for Truman but we have had some major rains in the area the lake has come up 4' in the last two days with predicted another 5' more by Friday. Thats going to make fishing mighty tough, let us know when you're headed that way and I'll try to help as much as possible.

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My bro-in law and I were thinking about fishing Lake of the Ozarks but have since changed our mind and are going to try Truman instead. We'll probably go after bass in the morning and switch to crappies or possibly hybrids later.

What techniques should we be pre-rigged with? I was hoping for a good top water bite...if not...can adjust to anything. I would like to know what the EXPERTS have to say.

I guess I was hoping to find some areas to fish to get us started for bass...specific bays or points would be nice. If you would feel more comfortable helping me out through e-mail that's fine too. jensenmd@hotmail.com

I certainly don't wany anyones honey holes or GPS coords. We just want to catch some fish :)

Any kind of advice you want to offer up is MUCH appreciated!

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Doop: My favorite area is around Long Shoal. Marina, good launch, camping, and your choice of fishing lower Grand, Tebo, lower Osage. As far as bass, watch for the lake to rise as we have had serious rain in the Olathe area, which will all wind up in Truman. If the lake gets up, a solid pattern has been soft plastics, Beavers & tubes in small buck brushes around secondary and main lake points. Haven't been able to get much on top, but it's always worth a try. If they start to pull serious water, c-rigs & cranks on main lake points could be real strong. Keep an eye on the lake level and generation on this website for clues. This area can bee good for whites & hybrids around the main lake points early and late at the junction of the Grand & the Tebo. Also check the weir in front of the dam, this is shown on most topo maps, for whites and hybrids if they pull water. Spoons & jigs will work here. As far as crappie, they are moving out to summer patterns, main lake flats creek channels, river channels with timber. Last week, they would hit black & chartreuse tubes about 10 ft down regardless of area. Keep moving from tree to tree, you won't catch more than 1-2 per tree, but I caught some real nice sized ones last week. Hope you have a great trip, hope this leads you in the right direction!!

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