BULL SHOALS: High 60s, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: Guide Del Colvin reports: Black bass good early on topwater lures off points and fair throughout the day on Sammys, spoons and drop-shot rigs in 30-35 feet of wate rand on Wiggle Warts and RkCrawlers along banks. Below the dam: John Berry of Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Some wadeable water. Trout good near Wildcat Shoals (but otherwise spotty) on olive wooly buggers, prince nymphs, Y2Ks, pheasant tails, San Juan worms, sow bugs and midges. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. For big trout, try large, articulated streamers near the banks with heavy, sink-tip line.
TANEYCOMO: 40s, very clear, generation erratic. Outlook: River Run Outfitters reports: Trout spotty – mornings tend to be slow – on burgundy midges, ruby 2s, primrose & pearls, and San Juan worms.
NORFORK: 64 degrees, clearing, normal. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Fishing is improving. Lake nearly finished turning over. Walleyes, stripers and black bass good in 35 feet of water on main-lake flats on jigging spoons; crappies good on jigs and minnows 40 feet down over brush piles.
LONGVIEW: 58 degrees, 32-inch water clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Lake is closed for the holiday until Monday; all species slow.
POMME DE TERRE: 62 degrees, cloudy, 1 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: All species slow.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 62 degrees, stained, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Black bass good on jigs, shaky heads and topwater baits in shallow water around docks; crappies good on jigs and minnows over shallow brush on the main lake; catfish excellent on cut bait in 50 feet of water near shad; white bass spotty off windy points.
REED AREA: 47 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Black bass fair on soft plastics near cover; channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms; crappies good on tube jigs and minnows; bluegills and redears fair on worms and crickets.
STOCKTON: 59 degrees, normal, 4 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Crappies good on jigs in 15 to 18 feet of water over brush piles; black bass fair on square-billed crankbaits in 3 to 8 feet of water in creeks and coves; walleyes poor; channel catfish good drifting in 6 to 15 of water with cut shad.
JACOMO: 50s, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies fair on minnows off the docks; all other species slow.
BLUE SPRINGS: 50s, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies fair on minnows off the docks; all other species slow.
TRUMAN: Low 60s, clearing, normal. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: White bass fairly good on sliders, Pop-Rs and Rooster Tails on shallow banks and off windy points; hybrids good on topwater buzz baits and Shad Raps over shallow humps near wind-blown banks; crappies spotty on 1/4 -ounce Swarm jigs in 16 to 20 feet of water near bluffs; walleyes spotty (a 26-inch fish was caught this week).
SMITHVILLE: Low 60s, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good on minnows, cut bait and dip baits in 10 feet of water in coves and cuts and on the flats; crappies good on jigs in brush piles in 12 feet of water in back of coves; white bass good on pepper spoons where fish are surfacing and good on Rat-L-Traps and square-billed crankbaits off windy main-lake points.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 51 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Trout fair to good on variety of baits; crappies and panfish poor on plastic worms; catfish fair in the evenings lakewide on dip baits; bass and wipers poor to fair.
KILL CREEK PARK: 49 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Trout good on variety of artificial baits; panfish and crappies fair off docks on artificial baits; bass poor to fair on topwater baits; catfish fair on dip baits off shore lines and along dam.
COFFEY COUNTY: Low 60s, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: All species slow.
MELVERN: 55 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: White bass good on crankbaits over river channel and near dam; all other species slow.
CLINTON: 51 degrees, fairly clear, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Crappies fair to good on jigs off docks in 4 to 6 feet of water fishing from shore and in 6 to 12 feet of water on main lake; all other species slow.
PERRY: 57 degrees, clearing, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on jigs off docks and on breaks and over brush in 8 to 18 feet of water.
MILFORD: 60 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: All species slow.
HILLSDALE: 56 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies fair on jigs and minnows in 6 to 10 feet of water; all other species slow.
LA CYGNE: Low 70s, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: All species slow.
GLEN ELDER: 60s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Walleyes fair on jigs and worms in 15 feet of water; white bass fair to good on spinnerbaits and Flicker Shad; wipers and stripers fair trolling.
TUTTLE CREEK: 57 degrees, clear, 4 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: All species slow. Only one boat ramp open with a dock.
WYANDOTTE: 56 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Crappies fair late on minnows or jigs in 10 to 18 feet of water off main-lake points; all other species slow.
BOB BROWN: 19,300 ducks, mostly mallards and pintails. Moist-soil food status good; water normal. Nov. 15-19, 197 hunters averaged 4.5 ducks apiece.
NODAWAY VALLEY: 6,850 ducks, mostly pintails. Moist-soil food status good; water normal. Nov. 15-19, 160 hunters averaged 2.6 ducks apiece.
SQUAW CREEK: 32,821 ducks, mostly mallards. 2,800 acres of wetlands; habitat conditions good.
MONTROSE: 3,970 ducks. Moist-soil food status poor; water normal. Nov. 15-19, 96 hunters averaged 1.8 ducks apiece.
FOUR RIVERS: 44,250 ducks. Moist-soil food status good; water normal. Nov. 17-21, 193 hunters averaged 2.4 ducks apiece.
SCHELL-OSAGE: 23,000 ducks, mostly gadwalls and mallards. Moist-soil food status good; water normal. Nov. 15-19, 349 hunters averaged 1.9 ducks apiece.
GRAND PASS: 50,000 ducks, mostly mallards and teal. Moist-soil food status fair to good; water normal. Nov. 15-19, 378 hunters averaged 3 ducks apiece.
FOUNTAIN GROVE: 24,000 ducks. Moist-soil food status excellent; water normal. Nov. 15-19, 362 hunters averaged 1.5 ducks apiece.
SWAN LAKE: 26,450 ducks, mostly mallards. Most units are awarded through an online draw conducted every two weeks via www.swanlakepermits.com.
CHEYENNE BOTTOMS: 25,000 to 50,000 ducks, mostly mallards, gadwalls and teal; 35,000 to 75,000 geese, mostly snow geese. Water levels vary. Nov. 18-21, duck hunters averaged a bit less than 2 birds apiece; goose hunter success was poor.
MARAIS DES CYGNES: More than 35,000 ducks, increasing numbers of mallards; 100 geese. Water levels good; habitat good. Nov.19-22, 240 hunters averaged 1.1 ducks apiece.
NEOSHO: 15,000 to 20,000 ducks, mostly early migrants and mallards. Hunting conditions fair. No reports.
PERRY: 10,000 ducks, mostly mallards, teal, shovelers and pintails. Hunting conditions poor.
TUTTLE CREEK: 200 ducks; 30 geese. Hunting conditions poor.
MILFORD: 500 ducks. Hunting conditions poor.
QUIVIRA: 33,120 ducks, mostly pintails; 40,050 geese, mostly white fronts; 4,000 sandhill cranes. Water levels fair to good in most hunting-zone water impoundments. Whooping cranes present; area is closed to hunting.
MELVERN: 30-50 ducks. Hunting conditions fair.
Bruce Janssen, email@example.com