A sprawling 55,600-acre reservoir, Truman Lake offers excellent fishing for bass, crappies, white bass, stripers and other species virtually year-round. It is considered by many to be the best catfish lake in the state. Marinas and boat launch areas are available to the public. For those who enjoy fishing from the bank, there are over 950 miles of shoreline. Those who prefer to fish from a canoe, kayak, or another fishing boat, there is plenty of easy access.  https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/lost-valley-fish-hatchery

Here is an interactive map courtesy of Destination Crappie with all of the boat launches on Truman.

If you want a little expert advice, call on one of the independent fishing guides. These pros will take you directly to the “hot spots” and even provide tackle and bait. Get a hold of Cody’s Guide Service.

Fish Stories

Cody’s Guide Service finds the monster catfish that roam Truman Lake.

Winter crappie fishing on Truman is some of the best fishing to be had.

largemouth bass

Largemouth bass can be caught in a wide variety of habitats throughout Truman Lake.

man holding walleye

Record Walleye: 6lb 13oz caught on a jug line near Osage Bluff Marina.

The Big Fish of the Osage Arm




Fish areas near swift current and deep water in large rivers.  Heavy gear should be used because blues weighing 20 to 50 pounds are common in these waters.



Also known as “spoonbills” because of the shape of their snouts,  the fish feed on plankton and other microscopic prey and therefore do not take bait from hooks and must be snagged. The best snagging conditions occur when water temperature reaches 50 to 55 degrees and there is an increase in water flow.  This prompts them to move upstream to spawn. Snagging season runs March 15 through April 30.