Fishing report for Aug. 21

08/20/2014 1:27 PM

08/20/2014 5:14 PM

Missouri

STOCKTON: 83 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: white bass excellent on Rooster Tails where fish are surfacing early and late; catfish excellent on shad in 10 to 20 feet of water drifting the flats; crappies fair on jigs in 18 feet of water in brush; walleyes fair trolling deep-diving crankbaits or drifting night crawlers on the flats; bass fair on large plastic worms, jigs in 20 feet of water in the brush.

NORFORK: 85 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers excellent to good on Bink’s Spoons in 60 feet of water; black bass good on topwater lures early; walleyes good on Bink’s Spoons in 30 feet of water.

LONGVIEW: 78 degrees, 43-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: catfish good on liver along the dam and off the marina docks; walleyes fair on night crawlers on main-lake structure; crappies good on jigs, minnows in the flooded timber and off the marina docks. A 7-pound largemouth bass was caught in the last week.

TABLE ROCK: 82 degrees, very clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: spotted bass very good early on chugger topwater lures and later on drop-shot rigs at the thermocline (32 feet); white bass excellent on jigging spoons or trolling Flicker Shad at the thermocline on the main lake.

SMITHVILLE: 84 degrees, slightly stained, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on minnows, jigs 8 feet down in 15 to 20 feet of water in main-lake brush; black bass fair on Senkos, square-billed crankbaits along main-lake brush and off the shallow points in the river arms; channel catfish good on prepared bait in the shallows; white bass fair where fish are surfacing early and late.

TANEYCOMO: Very clear, two units running from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout fair 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 fair early on pink Trout Magnets, 3/32nd-ounce jigs (white, brown or olive).

TRUMAN: 80 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports white bass, hybrids fair on live shad 15 feet down; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 4 to 8 feet of water in the creeks; bass poor (a few are being caught on crankbaits, spinnerbaits in the Tebo arm); catfish good on fresh cut bait in 6 to 12 feet of water on main-lake flats; walleyes, white bass fair on crankbaits trolled over the humps in the evening. Below the dam: All species poor.

BULL SHOALS: 85 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: largemouth bass fair on jigging spoons, crankbaits in the evening and at night; catfish good on jug-lines, trotlines with cut bait.

POMME DE TERRE: 82 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass fair on jig-and-pigs, deep-diving crankbaits in 18 feet of water; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 20 feet of water in brush.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 87 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies fair to good on minnows in 15 feet of water in brush; bass fair on Brush Hogs, plastic worms in deep brush; catfish fair on jug-lines with cut bait in 20 feet of water.

REED AREA: 80 degrees, murky, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: black bass fair early and late on plastic worms, jig-and-pigs near weed lines and brush piles; channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait under bobbers over deep water; bluegills fair on worms, small jigs under bobbers.

JACOMO: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: channel catfish fair on crawdads, night crawlers; bluegills good on crickets, wax worms.

BLUE SPRINGS: 80 degrees, clear, one-half foot high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair to good on minnows in the coves; bass fair on plastic worms, spinnerbaits early and late.

Kansas

MILFORD: Low 80s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Rick Dykstra reports: wipers very good on shad in 8 to 20 feet of water at dusk; smallmouth bass very good on tube baits on the south half of the lake; largemouth bass good on topwater lures early; blue catfish fair to good on cut shad in 20 to 35 feet of water along deep channels on the south end.

TUTTLE CREEK: 80 degrees, fairly clear, three-quarters of a foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: white bass good on Double W spoons, Bubbas along the river channel; catfish good on a variety of baits lakewide.

EL DORADO: 83 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: walleyes good on jigging spoons, grubs in 20 to 25 feet of water over humps; wipers good on topwater lures, jigging spoons where fish are surfacing; crappies good on jigs in 13 feet of water in brush and along shallow flooded timber; catfish good on a variety of baits lakewide.

WILSON: Low 80s, clear, 7 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers good on salties in 20 to 30 feet of water trolling or drifting in the dam area; bass good on crawdad imitations in shallow rocky areas; walleyes fair drifting jigs with night crawlers in 14 to 30 feet of water off Lucas Point and in the dam area; catfish good on a variety of baits lakewide.

POMONA: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: channel catfish good on a variety of baits lakewide; white bass good on Shad Raps where fish are surfacing near dusk; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 8 feet of water in brush.

MELVERN: 80 degrees, fairly clear, near normal. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies fair to good on minnows, jigs; walleyes fair drifting night crawlers in 8 to 10 feet of water on sandy flats; smallmouth bass good on crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet of water in the coves; catfish good on a variety of baits lakewide.

PERRY: 81 degrees, clear, 21/2 feet high. Outlook: Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits along riprap and other cover; white bass fair to good on twisters, Road Runners along humps and rocky points; saugers fair on jigs, twister off gravel points.

GLEN ELDER: 84 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: white bass good trolling crankbaits or casting jigs on northeast corner of lake; catfish good on dip baits at the chum holes.

SHAWNEE MISSION: 82 degrees, 2- to 3-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: crappies good on minnows along the dam and near the handicap pier; catfish good on stink bait, sunfish and near the fish feeders in the south cove; bass, wipers fair on jigs, spinners near Shelters 5 and 6 and along the south shore.

WYANDOTTE: 83 degrees, very clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: largemouth, smallmouth bass fair (but mostly small) on plastic baits in the shallows; channel catfish poor to fair (A few are being caught on night crawlers, chicken liver at night).

KILL CREEK: 80 degrees, 3- to 4-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish good on stink bait off docks; bass fair on spinners in the morning along banks; crappies poor to fair (A few are being caught on minnows at the marina and in deeper water in the timber).

HERITAGE: 80 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.

LA CYGNE: 92 degrees at the hot-water outlet, mid-80s midlake, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: white bass, wipers good on shad along bluffs; crappies fair on jigs; channel catfish fair to good on all baits.

COFFEY COUNTY: 100 degrees at the hot-water outlet, low 90 degrees midlake, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass fair on crawdad imitations in rocky areas; crappies, channel catfish fair.

CLINTON: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: channel catfish fair to good on prepared bait in chum holes; white bass poor to fair (a few are being caught on topwater lures).

HILLSDALE: 85 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: all species poor.

Other area waters

GRAND (Okla.): 83 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Jeff Williams reports: crappies very good on Go-Go Minnows in 15 feet of water in brush and along docks and bridge pillars; white bass good trolling Go-Go Minnows off points and gravel bars in the evening and jigging spoons in 15 to 25 feet of water over humps; catfish good drifting shad in 10 to 30 feet of water on flats; bow fishing good in clear 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 on Berkley Power Worms, spoons, spinners, crankbaits.

BEAVER LAKE (Ark.): 83 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Bailey’s Guide Service reports: stripers good trolling live shad in 30 to 60 feet of water in early morning and at night. Stripers also are being caught on umbrella rigs with white grubs and downriggers with Rapalas, Bomber crankbaits and spoons.

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

Brent’s best bet

Stockton Lake in southwest Missouri is the place to go this weekend. The fishing for white bass and catfish is rated as excellent by guides. Try fishing early and late for surfacing white bass. Drift the flats with shad for the catfish.

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