Giant, Record Class Walleye Brought In By Jason Reynolds

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Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Jason Reynolds, who owns Osage Bluff Marina and Motel, set out jug lines in late October and early November to catch fish so he would have some in the freezer for winter. He had checked his lines every morning and night for two weeks and only caught three or four fish that he could keep. However, his luck changed on November 5, when he caught a record-breaking Walleye that weighed six pounds and 14 ounces. It was his second record-breaking fish in two years.
“I beat the Alternate State Record for the Walleye catch,” said Reynolds. “Alternative because the method I used to catch the fish was a jug line with bluegill bait. Two years before, I set a new Alternate State Record for catching a Spotted Bass at about the same spot, across the little cove from my marina. It was raining on the day when I caught the Walleye. Other fishing had previously been slow, probably because the water was warm.”
Reynolds says that he fishes periodically, mainly for blue catfish, but he doesn’t have a lot of time to get out in a boat due to his business responsibilities. But, he hopes to run more jug lines before Christmas to put fish in the freezer.
The Osage Bluff Marina was the first marina on Truman Lake. Reynolds’ father started the marina in Osceola in 1980, and moved it to its present site in 1982. He and his mother now run the business that includes the marina, motel, restaurant, and a 51-bed bunkhouse that is rented out to large groups during warmer weather.
Bait, tackle, and fuel are sold at the marina during the fishing season, and it has hosted numerous fishing tournaments and group events for fishermen, sportsmen and families. Reynolds posts Facebook fishing reports and lake information on Thursday mornings during the season. He also helps guests look up record weights of varying fish to compare to their catches of the day. Breakfast and lunch is offered at the restaurant on weekends during the season, and the motel has 40 rooms, some with kitchenettes.
“When the temperatures dip below freezing, we have to winterize the marina and close the restaurant,” said Reynolds. “We still have some motel units rented, and customers are getting winter rates. The marina will open again on April 1.”
Reynolds said that the Osage Bluff Marina and Motel puts on a fireworks show every year, changing the dates each time so they don’t interfere with city events. Next year he plans to hold the fireworks display on Friday, July 5, the day after Warsaw’s display. He said that the event is free, but donations are accepted to help defray costs. He sells t-shirts to help raise funds too.
“We keep our business small,” said Reynolds. “It’s like a family, and we try to know the names of all of our customers. We are the only marina on Truman Lake with the original owners still in place, and I hope it continues that way. This is a good place to fish and hunt.”
More information is available by visiting www.osagebluff.com and on Facebook.

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