BULL SHOALS: Mid-70s, 5 to 6 feet of clarity, 30 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Walleyes very good trolling soft plastic baits in 20 to 25 feet of water, smallmouth bass and spotted bass fair on topwater baits along the treeline; catfish excellent on jug lines and limb lines with cut bait, nightcrawlers and hot dogs. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Trout very good on pink, chartreuse and orange Power Worms, stick baits, inline spinners with gold blades and 3/8 -ounce or heavier Rooster Tails. Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Water below Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River has cleared; trout good on olive woolly buggers, nymphs, midges, San Juan worms and sowbugs.
TANEYCOMO: 40s, murky, steady generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trout excellent drifting white spoons, white jigs and shad flies on the bottom; below Fall Creek — from Monkey Island down through the Landing — drift minnows or nightcrawlers on the bottom.
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NORFORK: 71 degrees, stained, 21 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Stripers, white bass, black bass and hybrids very good early on topwater baits (Zara Spooks are best); catfish excellent using cut bait on limb lines.
LONGVIEW: 71 degrees, 35-inch clarity, 2 feet high. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: black bass fair to good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Senkos; catfish good (a 32-pound flathead was caught this week) on goldfish, prepared baits and sunfish; bluegills good on worms; walleyes good trolling crankbaits.
POMME DE TERRE: 72 degrees, dingy, 12 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: All species slow.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 74 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Crappies spotty on jigs and minnows in 25 feet of water over brush piles; black bass fair on lizards and topwater baits around docks; all other species slow.
REED AREA: 76 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bluegills and redears good on worms under a bobber; black bass good on plastic worms and jig-and-pigs near brush; channel catfish fair on chicken livers; all other species slow.
STOCKTON: 69 degrees, clear, 7 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Walleyes fair in 15 feet of water off points; bluegills good on spawning beds; crappies fair on jigs and minnows 15 feet down in 30 feet of water; black bass fair on jigs 6 to 10 feet down off secondary points.
JACOMO: Low 70s, stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair early on topwater baits and in the evenings on minnows close to drop-offs; white bass fair early on shad-body crankbaits or Road Runners in coves; channel catfish fair at night on cut bait, dip bait and nightcrawlers in coves; crappies fair to good on minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads poor to fair at night on live bait on the flats; walleyes poor to fair on extra-large minnows over humps; bluegills good on wax worms and crickets in wooded areas.
BLUE SPRINGS: Low 70s, stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair early on topwater baits; white bass and hybrids fair trolling crankbaits and casting glide baits in deep water off the dam and off points; channel catfish fair to good in coves using extra-large minnows and nightcrawlers; bluegills good on wax worms in evenings under trees and in rocky cover; crappies good on minnows and jigs over brush in 12 to 17 feet of water.
TABLE ROCK: 69 degrees, 5 to 10 feet visibility, 10 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Floating debris remains a hazard; smallmouth bass good to excellent on 1/2 -ounce football jigs (natural colors are best) and 3-inch Keitech swimbaits (shad and rainbow colors are best) on 1/4 -ounce jigheads in front of flooded bushes; white bass good early and late on Dixie Jet flutter spoons or topwater baits (either chuggers or Zara Spooks) where fish are schooling in coves and creek arms.
TRUMAN: High 60s, varying clarity, 14 feet high. Outlook: Cody’s Guide Service reports: Hybrids good on spoons and Sassy Shads; crappies good on jigs and minnows; catfish good on cut shad and live bait on jug lines. Below the dam: Catfish, crappies, hybrids and white bass bass excellent on artificial and live baits.
SMITHVILLE: 71 degrees, varying clarity, 1 foot high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on jigs and minnows under a bobber over brush piles and along creek channels; catfish excellent on cut bait and nightcrawlers in creeks and backs of coves; white bass good on pepper spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps on corners of main-lake bridges and jetties; black bass fair; walleyes fair on jigs with leeches or nightcrawlers, Shad Raps, Flicker Shad and Rat-L-Traps off shallow points.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 71 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Crappies and panfish fair to good early and late on live bait and soft plastics; catfish fair on live bait; bass and wipers good on light-colored soft plastics.
KILL CREEK PARK: 73 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair to good on topwater baits and crankbaits; crappies and panfish good on live bait; catfish good early and late on live bait.
COFFEY COUNTY: 91 degrees at hot-water outlet, slightly stained, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass excellent; white bass and largemouth bass good; crappies, drum, walleye and channel catfish fair to good.
MELVERN: 68 degrees, slightly stained, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Channel catfish good to very good on nightcrawlers and chicken livers around the docks and dam outlet; blue catfish good on cut bait (particularly on northwest mud flats) and near docks; all other species slow.
CLINTON: 69 degrees, slightly stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on jigs and minnows in the trees in 10 to 15 feet of water; walleyes fair to good on leeches and worm rigs over humps; catfish good on cut bait and goldfish on trotlines.
POMONA: 60s, clear, normal. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies fair on jigs or minnows lakewide; catfish very good on live bait and liver on rod and reel and limb lines; white bass and wipers very good on crankbaits and spoons; walleyes fair to good lakewide.
WILSON: 68 degrees, stained, 4 feet high. Outlook: Guide Dale Hines reports: All species slow.
PERRY: 72 degrees, murky, 5 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good (but small) on jigs or minnows under bobbers off the shoreline lakewide; catfish good on nightcrawlers and shrimp under a bobber in running water and in rocky areas; white bass fair to good on Bubba spoons. Below the dam: Blue catfish, flathead catfish and white bass good.
MILFORD: 70 degrees, clearing, 4 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Smallmouth bass spotty off main-lake points and in flooded areas; all other species slow.
HILLSDALE: 74 degrees, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies good on minnows in 8 to 10 feet of water; catfish fair to good on goldfish and sunfish on limb lines; walleyes very good in 5 to 10 feet of water on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
LA CYGNE: 83 degrees at the hot water outlet, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: Largemouth bass fair; crappies good on jigs or minnows.
GLEN ELDER: 64 degrees, varying clarity, 3 feet high. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Walleyes good on nightcrawlers and jigs or minnows and on jigs trolling or drifting over river channels in 18 to 20 feet of water; white bass good on slab spoons and Rat-L-Traps; crappies fair on jigs or minnows; catfish good on live bait and stink bait off the bluffs.
TUTTLE CREEK: 76 degrees, muddy, 15 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: All species slow
WYANDOTTE: 72 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish fair on nightcrawlers, shad and liver; black bass good (but small) on a variety of baits; bluegills good on wax worms, meal worms and crickets; all other species slow.
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