BULL SHOALS: Low 70s, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Smallmouth and Kentucky bass good on shallow-running baits; catfish good on juglines with cut bait; walleyes good trolling 25 feet down on worms and deep-running crankbaits. Below the dam: John Berry of Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: No wadable water. Trout excellent near Wildcat Shoals on olive wooly buggers, prince nymphs, Y2Ks, pheasant tails, San Juan worms, sowbugs and midges. For big trout, try large, articulated streamers near the banks with heavy, sink-tip line.
TANEYCOMO: 50s, very clear, generation erratic: Outlook: Lilly’s Landing Resort reports: Trout fair on No. 18 and No. 20 zebra midges in dark colors — dark red, black and brown — on 7X tippet in 3 to 6 feet of water. Yellow has been best color for bait fishermen.
NORFORK: 75 degrees, cloudy, normal. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Lake is turning over. Crappies good on white, 1/4-ounce Bink’s jigging spoons in 30 feet of water over brush piles and in the back of creeks; all other species slow.
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LONGVIEW: 67 degrees, 41-inch water clarity, 1 foot high. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Crappies fair (but small) on jigs and minnows off the docks.
POMME DE TERRE: 72 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Bass fair on SS Shads and crankbaits in shallows off windy points; crappies fair (but small); muskies good on crankbaits, buzz baits and bucktails.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 72 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Bass good on topwater baits, plastic worms and Brush Hogs; crappies good on minnows 10 feet down in 15 feet of water over brush piles; catfish good on cut bait in 60 feet of water under shad balls on the main lake.
REED AREA: 62 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Black bass good on soft plastics near cover; channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms; crappies good on tube jigs and minnows (fish are moving closer to shore); bluegills and redears good on worms and crickets.
STOCKTON: 69 degrees, clear, 3 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Crappies fair to good in brush piles in 10 to 14 feet of water on jigs and minnows; bass very good in 6 to 8 feet of water on crankbaits and jigs off chunk rock banks and bluff ends; walleyes good on jigs and nightcrawlers in 3 to 5 feet of water; white bass good trolling with crankbaits; catfish fair drifting on the flats in 5 to 15 feet of water with fresh shad.
JACOMO: High 60s, slightly stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish fair very early on cut bait off points and fair early and late on shrimp off dock areas; bluegills fair on waxworms and red worms; largemouth bass fair early on minnows near dock areas; white bass very good early and late on small spoons where fish are surfacing; crappies good (but small) early on small minnows over main-lake brush and off marina docks; walleyes fair late trolling with worm harnesses near the dam and beach area and drifting large shiners.
BLUE SPRINGS: 68 degrees, slightly stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers in coves and near dock areas; bluegills fair on crickets and wax worms; crappies fair to good (but small) early on small minnows off marina docks; hybrids excellent on spoons where fish are surfacing, particularly near blowhole and the spillway; largemouth bass fair on medium-diving crankbaits and spinners early in timbered areas and good on small minnows off the docks.
TABLE ROCK: 74 degrees, dingy, 4 feet low. Outlook: Baxter Boat Dock reports: Black bass good on topwater baits and spinnerbaits in shallows and also good in 25 to 30 feet of water on drop-shot rigs and nightcrawlers; crappies fair on minnows and jigs in 20 feet of water off the docks and over main-lake brush piles.
TRUMAN: 73 degrees, lightly stained to clear, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: White bass and hybrids excellent (an 8-pound hybrid was caught over the weekend) off windy points on 1-ounce spoons; walleyes fair on spoons and Shad Raps.
SMITHVILLE: 71 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good on minnows and dip baits in 10 feet of water in coves and cuts; black bass poor; crappies spotty (but good sized) on minnows in brush piles in 10 feet of water in back of coves; walleyes fair off main-lake points; white bass good on pepper spoons where fish are surfacing and also good on Rat-L-Traps and square-billed crankbaits off main-lake points.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 66 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Catfish fair lakewide early and late on liver; sunfish fair but spotty; crappies fair but spotty; bass good early along shore lines on spinners and soft plastics; wipers good along dam in latter half of the afternoon; trout poor. Reminder: Trout stocking (2,000 pounds) set for Oct. 26. Lake will then close until 5 a.m. Oct. 29.
KILL CREEK PARK: 68 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Crappies fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water along tree lines; panfish fair on worms; bass good on spinners and soft plastics along north shore early and late; catfish fair on liver and dough bait off shore lines and along island; trout poor. Reminder: Trout stocking (1,000 pounds) set for Oct. 26. Lake will then close until 5 a.m. Oct. 29.
COFFEY COUNTY: 70 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass good; largemouth bass fair; all other species slow.
MELVERN: 69 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: Crappies good off the docks 10 feet down on jigs and minnows; smallmouth bass good on crankbaits near midlake channels; all other species slow.
CLINTON: 68 degrees, murky, 1 foot high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: Crappies good (but small) on jigs off the docks; all other species slow.
POMONA: 74 degrees, clear, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies good on minnows off the docks; catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
PERRY: 70 degrees, stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel and blue catfish good (some with good size) drifting live shad; crappies poor on jigs and minnows in brush piles. Below the dam: All species fair.
MILFORD: 70 degrees, clear, 3 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers good on Double W Shad Flutter Spoons, large topwater baits, Wiper Pro spoons and Bubbas from Milford townsite to the dam (mid-lake is best); white bass fair.
WILSON: 68 degrees, murky, 1 foot high. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: Smallmouth bass good on live bait, crankbaits and spinnerbaits; stripers fair on topwater baits; channel catfish good on liver, shad gizzards and nightcrawlers; white perch very good on worms and small slabs; blue catfish good on live bait and liver; walleyes fair on jigs and worms and Rat-L-Traps.
HILLSDALE: 70 degrees, murky, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: White bass good, crappies fair on minnows in channels; channel catfish, walleyes fair.
LA CYGNE: 86 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: Largemouth bass fair (a 6-pound fish was caught over the weekend); all other species slow.
GLEN ELDER: 65 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Walleyes fair on jigs and worms; white bass and wipers fair trolling.
TUTTLE CREEK: 71 degrees, stained, 5 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass spotty on Double W Shad Flutter Spoons and Bubbas; crappies fair; catfish poor.
WYANDOTTE: 71 degrees, murky, full pool. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Crappies good on minnows or jigs in 18 feet of water off main-lake points; bass good (but small) on variety of baits; catfish slow; wipers and white bass fair; walleyes fair at night.
EL DORADO: 70 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Walleyes spotty on jigs and spoons; white bass and wipers fair while trolling crankbaits and also fair casting hard baits and plastics to surfacing fish; crappies fair on jigs and minnows 8 to 12 feet down along channel edges near timber and brush; channel catfish fair on worms in creeks and also fair drifting shad on flats and on dip bait in Bluestem Lake area.