BULL SHOALS: Mid- to high 80s, 8 to 10 feet of clarity, 18 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Walleyes good on jigs 30 feet down and trolling worm harnesses; black bass fair at night on topwater baits and dark-colored spinnerbaits; catfish very good on cut bait, nightcrawlers and hot dogs using trotlines. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: heavy generation; trout fair to good on silver and black Husky Jerks and white or white/gray jigs. Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: No wadable water; the Narrows has been the hot spot; grasshopper season is here; add a nymph dropper (ruby midge) to increase takes.
TANEYCOMO: 50s, clear, varying generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trout good on pink Power Worms at Branson Landing; on pink Power Worms, jigs, PowerBait, pink Gulp Eggs (with enough flow) and worms at Monkey Island; on pink Power Worms and (with enough flow) on 1/8- to 3/32 -ounce sculpin or white jigs or No. 5 or No. 7 Rapalas (silver/black or rainbow is best) from Lilleys’ to Cooper Creek; on pink Power Worms under a bobber or 1/80 -ounce white, brown, black/olive or pink jigs under a float 4 to 6 feet down from Trout Hollow to Lilleys’ — later try 1/16 -ounce jigs (black or black/olive); on air-injected nightcrawlers or (when water is running) on megaworms or No. 12 gray scuds on the bottom from Fall Creek to Trout Hollow; on microjigs under a bobber from the Narrows to Fall Creek; for fly fishermen, No. 12 to No. 16 gray or brown scuds fished on bottom under an indicator.
NORFORK: 81 degrees, clear, 10 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: All species slow.
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LONGVIEW: 75 degrees, 26-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Catfish very good lakewide (a 20-pound flathead was caught this week) on cut bait, nightcrawlers or chicken liver; crappies very good on minnows and jigs.
POMME DE TERRE: 83 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: All species slow.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 81 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Bass fair on soft plastics and jigs 15 to 20 feet down over main-lake brush piles; crappies fair (but small) on minnows or jigs 10 to 15 feet down over brush piles and off marina docks; all other species slow.
REED AREA: 79 degrees, dingy, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bluegills and redears fair on worms under a bobber; black bass fair early and late on topwater baits and soft plastics near cover; channel catfish good on cut bait.
STOCKTON: 74 degrees, clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: White bass very good late on Rooster Tails and spoons where fish are surfacing; crappies fair on minnows over brush piles in 15 to 18 feet of water; black bass fair to good on 10-inch plastic worms over brush piles in 18 feet of water; walleyes fair on nightcrawlers in 19 to 20 feet of water; catfish very good at night on nightcrawlers and cut shad in flowing water in creeks.
JACOMO: High 70s to mid-80s, stained, high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair to good late on topwater baits and spinnerbaits and mid-day on jigs; white bass fair early on shad-body crankbaits or spoons where fish are surfacing; channel catfish fair late in coves on cut bait, nightcrawlers and dip baits; crappies fair to good mornings on minnows around marina; bluegills very good on worms and crickets lakewide; flatheads fair evenings and before sunrise on sunfish and goldfish on flats.
BLUE SPRINGS: High 70s to mid-80s, stained, high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair late on topwater baits and spinnerbaits and on plastic worms around cover during the day; hybrids fair trolling crankbaits and spoons and on swimbaits where fish are surfacing; channel catfish good on cut bait and nightcrawlers in coves; bluegills very good on wax worms and crickets lakewide; crappies fair on minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads fair to good evenings on live bait on flats and around dam.
TABLE ROCK: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Black bass good early on topwater baits off points; white bass good on 1/2 -ounce jigs and spoons off points; walleyes fair on worm harnesses 35 to 45 feet down off points.
TRUMAN: 80 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: Crappies good (but often small) on jigs or minnows 6 to 15 feet deep in the trees and in brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water, larger fish can be found on main-lake flats; hybrids good late on large spoons or minnows over deep humps.
SMITHVILLE: 81 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish excellent early on dip baits in 8 feet of water in coves and on flats; white bass fair on pepper spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps where fish are chasing shad and 16 feet down off points; flatheads and blue catfish fair (flatheads on bluegills or goldfish; blues on cut bait); crappies fair (but small) on minnows with a slip bobber set about 7 feet over brush piles (near the dam is a hot spot); black bass spotty early and late on topwater baits and in between on creature baits and nightcrawlers in timbered areas.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 89 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Catfish fair late on cut bait around dam; black bass and wipers fair early and late on live bait or soft plastics; crappies and panfish poor to fair on live bait.
KILL CREEK PARK: 87 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair late on live bait or soft plastics; crappies and panfish fair early and late on corn or live bait; catfish fair late on cut bait.
COFFEY COUNTY: 94 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Blue catfish excellent; smallmouth bass very good; largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish good.
MELVERN: 78 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Crappies fair on minnows or dark jigs off the docks and on minnows lakewide 12 to 15 feet down over brush piles; smallmouth bass and white bass fair on spoons and shallow-running crankbaits along shorelines and riprap; largemouth bass fair on shallow-running crankbaits off rocky shorelines; channel catfish fair to good on chicken liver, cut bait or shrimp in deeper water and the outlet; blue catfish fair on cut bait near the docks and on mud flats at northwest end of lake; walleyes good on bottom bouncers or trolling off state parks on north and west ends and on the flats.
CLINTON: 81 degrees, stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good on Sonny’s dip bait in the timber; crappies fair on jigs or minnows in the timber; all other species slow.
WILSON: High 70s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Knotheads Baitshop reports: Stripers good trolling crankbaits and live bait in 30 feet of water; channel catfish good on minnows, dip baits, cut bait or nightcrawlers lakewide; blue catfish good (a 37-inch fish was caught over the weekend) on rod and reel or juglines with cut bait, live bait or minnows on west end and in Hell Creek; smallmouth bass good (but small) early and late on minnows and topwater baits; walleyes fair on jigs and worms, swim baits and rattle baits in 12 feet of water off rocky points; white perch and white bass excellent.
PERRY: 79 degrees, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish excellent in 12 to 24 feet of water over bean holes on Sonny’s dip bait (small blue catfish are mixed in); white bass fair on Road Runners where fish are surfacing; crappies good on minnows in Big Slough Creek.
MILFORD: 77 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers and white bass fair to very good early and late on Double-W Shad Flutter spoons, Bubbas and topwater baits where fish are surfacing (better on cloudy days).
HILLSDALE: 78 degrees, clearing, normal. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies fair lakewide on minnows or Swedish Pimples in 20 to 25 feet of water; channel catfish very good on variety of baits on rod and reel and on limb lines.
LA CYGNE: 80s, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: White bass very good on shad-body crankbaits, catfish good early and late; crappies good early and late on minnows; largemouth bass fair early and late.
GLEN ELDER: 80s, clear, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Walleyes fair trolling crankbaits on west end and drifting with jigs and nightcrawlers (wipers can be found mixed in with walleyes); catfish good over bean holes and on shad using bank lines; white bass very good on slab spoons or jigs where fish are surfacing.
TUTTLE CREEK: 84 degrees, clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass good on Bubbas and Double-W Flutter spoons; channel catfish good over bean holes on dip baits.
WYANDOTTE: 81 degrees, very clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish fair to good off docks on minnows and lakewide on nightcrawlers, shad or liver; black bass good (but small) on a variety of baits; bluegills good on wax worms, meal worms and crickets; crappies fair on minnows over brush piles; wipers and white bass good (but small) on chicken liver.
EL DORADO: 80s, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Crappies good on jigs and minnows in 8 to 11 feet of water in timbered creek channels; blue catfish fair to good on cut bait near flooded creek channels; channel catfish good 8 to 14 feet down over bean holes; wipers good trolling crankbaits along ledges or old roads or casting soft plastics off windy points; white bass fair casting or trolling Twister Tails, small crankbaits or spinners off windy points; walleyes good on worm rigs or spinners on the flats and trolling crankbaits off points.
Bruce Janssen, Special to The Star