Truman Reservoir

Clinton, Missouri

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Short Take: 55,600 acres; flooded timber, brushy flats, clear and dingy water areas, major river tributaries. Anglers who fished Truman Reservoir in the mid to late 1980s generally described the lake as a forest with a little water added so bass could live there. At first glance, the 55,600-acre Osage River impoundment seemed better suited for birds or squirrels than fish because the flooded timber was so thick. The bass fishing, however, was excellent once an angler figured out where the bass were located. This wasn’t always easy because every flooded hardwood looked as if it should hold a fish, and there were literally miles and miles of them. Today, many of those trees have rotted at the waterline, and while Truman’s outward appearance may have changed, the quality of bass fishing remains very good. There are still hundreds of acres of visible flooded cover standing above the water, but down below, the habitat is still nearly as dense as it was when the lake was impounded in 1979. Primary Species: Largemouth bass.
America's Best Bass Fishing

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America's Best Bass Fishing

by Steve Price (Falcon Guides)

Short Take: 55,600 acres; flooded timber, brushy flats, clear and dingy water areas, major river tributaries. Anglers who fished Truman Reservoir in the mid to late 1980s generally described the lake as a forest with a little water added so bass could live there. At first glance, the 55,600-acre Osage River impoundment seemed better suited for birds or squirrels than fish because the flooded timber was so thick. The bass fishing, however, was excellent once an angler figured out where the bass were located.

This wasn’t always easy because every flooded hardwood looked as if it should hold a fish, and there were literally miles and miles of them. Today, many of those trees have rotted at the waterline, and while Truman’s outward appearance may have changed, the quality of bass fishing remains very good. There are still hundreds of acres of visible flooded cover standing above the water, but down below, the habitat is still nearly as dense as it was when the lake was impounded in 1979. Primary Species: Largemouth bass.

© 2000 Steve Price/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Clinton
Season & Limits: Best April through June
Driving Directions: Directions to Truman Reservoir

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