Fishing report for Aug. 7

08/06/2014 1:26 PM

08/06/2014 7:58 PM

Missouri

STOCKTON: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies fair on minnows in 25 feet of water in brush; walleyes fair on night crawlers 20 feet off flats and humps; bass fair on large plastic worms, jigs 20 feet down in brush; catfish very good on shad in 10 to 20 feet of water; white bass excellent in evening where fish are surfacing.

NORFORK: 82 degrees, off-color, normal. Outlook: Guide Tom Reynolds reports: stripers good from 4:30 a.m. to sunrise trolling umbrella rigs with 5-inch swimbaits in 35 to 40 feet of water on the flats; bass good early on Zara Spooks, Tiny Torpedoes. Thermocline is at 50 feet.

TABLE ROCK: 80 degrees, very clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: black bass good on drop-shot rigs with jigs off chunk-rock points in the White River arm in 15 to 20 feet of water; white bass fair on Flicker Shad crankbaits trolled in 30 feet of water; spotted bass fair on drop-shot rigs in 40 feet of water in deep suspended in tree tops.

SMITHVILLE: 82 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies excellent on good on minnows 6 to 8 feet down in 20 feet of water in main-lake brush; channel catfish good on dip baits in 6 feet of water lakewide; limb flathead catfish fair on trotlines, limb lines with goldfish, panfish in the coves; white bass fair on jigging spoons, Road Runners, small crankbaits where fish are surfacing.

TANEYCOMO: Very clear, two to four units running from afternoon to dark. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout fair to good early on No. 16 zebra midges, No. 14 gray scuds, and No. 16 soft hackles where there is a chop on the water. Below Fall Creek: trout good early on pink Trout Magnets 3/32nd-ounce jigs (white, brown or olive).

TRUMAN: 81 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Bucksaw Marina reports: crappies fair to good on minnows 10 to 12 feet down in 15 to 20 feet of water in the timber; catfish fair on fresh cut shad in 9 to 15 feet of water on the flats; white bass, walleyes fair on crankbaits, spoons over main-lake humps. Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair early and late on minnows; hybrids fair on topwater lures, spoons; catfish fair on shad.

BULL SHOALS: 86 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: bass poor to fair (a few are being caught on topwater lures from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) catfish good on jug lines, trotlines with cut bait, minnows, worms.

POMME DE TERRE: 83 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: crappies fair to good on minnows in 20 feet of water in brush; walleyes fair drifting night crawlers in 17 to 19 feeet of water; bass fair on topwater luures; catfish good on shad 10 feet down in 20 feet of water.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 85 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies fair on minnows in 18 to 20 feet down in 40 feet of water in brush; bass fair on Brush Hogs, 10-inch plastic worms in 30 feet of water in main-lake brush; catfish good on juglines with cut bait 20 to 30 feet down in 50 to 60 feet of water.

REED AREA: 86 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: black bass good on plastic worms, jig and pig early and late near brush and weeds; channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait 3 feet under a bobber over deep water; bluegills fair on worms, small jigs under a bobber.

JACOMO: 82 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: channel catfish fair on cut bait at night and during the day on night crawlers off the docks; crappies fair to good on minnows; bluegills good on crickets, redworms, wax worms; bass fair on plastic baits in brush.

LONGVIEW: 78 degrees, 53-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: channel catfish good on prepared bait in the coves and on the flats; crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows off the marina docks; walleyes fair trolling night crawlers.

BLUE SPRINGS: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: white bass good on Pepper Spoons early and late when fish are surfacing; catfish fair on night crawlers during the day and on chicken liver, crawdads at night; crappies fair on minnows early.

Kansas

MELVERN: 80 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies and walleyes poor; catfish excellent on shad on the flats; smallmouth bass excellent on crankbaits along rocky banks.

PERRY: 81 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: catfish excellent on stinkbait in chum holes near Devil’s Gap; white bass good early and late where fish are surfacing.

WILSON: Low 80s, clear, 6 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers poor to fair; walleyes fair on jigs with night crawlers, Rat-L-Traps in 14 to 30 feet of water; bass good on minnows, plastic baits in rocky areas; catfish good on a variety of baits lakewide.

MILFORD: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Rick Dykstra reports: wipers good on live shad on the main lake; smallmouth bass good on plastic baits along rocky areas.

GLEN ELDER: 84 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: catfish good on sunfish, crawdads.

EL DORADO: 82 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: white bass fair to good early and late on crankbaits, spoons, shad imitations; crappies fair on minnows, jigs in 20 to 30 feet of water on main lake and in 3 to 5 feet of water in timbered coves; blue catfish good on shad in 24 to 30 feet of water.

SHAWNEE MISSION: 86 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish good early on stink bait, sunfish along north shore and near the fish feeder in the south cove; bass, wipers fair on jigs, spinners near Shelters 5 and 6 and along the south shore; crappies good on minnows along the dam and near the handicap pier.

POMONA: 84 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs; wipers good on crankbaits, spoons on the main lake; wipers fair to good on spoons or crankbaits at dusk; bass fair on shad imitations; channel catfish good on shad, night crawlers.

CLINTON: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: white bass good where fish are surfacing in the evenings; crappies fair on minnows in 12 to 20 feet of water in the timber on the main lake.

WYANDOTTE: 83 degrees, very clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: largemouth bass good (but mostly small) on plastic baits in the shallows; channel catfish fair on night crawlers, chicken liver at night; crappies fair to good on jigs in deep brush or trolling small crankbaits on the main lake.

KILL CREEK: 85 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: crappies fair on minnows at the marina and in deeper water near the flooded timber; bass fair early on spinnerbaits along the banks; catfish good on stink bait, worms off the docks and near the island.

HERITAGE: 86 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish fair on worms, stink bait along west side of dam; crappies fair on spinners along dam; bass fair on spinnerbaits, jigs along the dam and in the creek in the evening.

HILLSDALE: 81 degrees, murky, one-half foot low. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 18 feet of water.

LA CYGNE: 92 degrees at the hot-water outlet, low 80s midlake, clear, normal. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: largemouth bass fair to good on plastic worms, spinnerbaits along riprap and vegetation; crappies fair on tube jigs, minnows along the plant entrance and at the hot-water outlet; catfish good on cut bait, stinkbait near hot-water outlet.

COFFEY COUNTY: 100 degrees at the hot-water outlet, 87 degrees midlake, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: all species poor.

TUTTLE CREEK: 80 degrees, fairly clear, one-half foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

Other area waters

GRAND (Okla.): 83 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Matt Watson reports: white bass very good early and late on Fle Fly Go-Go Minnows where fish are surfacing; crappies good on minnows at night on Flick’r Tails; catfish very good on cut shad drifted in 20 to 35 feet of water.

WHITE RIVER (Ark.): Clear, low water in the morning, power generation in the afternoon. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: trout very good on midges, olive woolies, soft hackles. spin fishing: trout very good drifting live red worms once power generation starts. Rainbows also are biting Power Eggs, spoons, spinners, crankbaits.

BEAVER LAKE (Ark.): 83 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Bailey’s Guide Service reports: stripers, walleyes good at night and early morning trolling with shad on downriggers.

To reach outdoors editor Brent Frazee, call 816-234-4319 or send email to bfrazee@kcstar.com.

Brent’s best bet

The fishing at Melvern Lake is hot. Marina operators ranked the action for blue catfish and smallmouth bass as excellent this week, despite the heat wave. Try cut shad for the blue cats, crankbaits for the smallmouth bass.

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