BULL SHOALS: Mid-80s, clear, 6 feet high. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Black bass good on soft plastics around shorelines and flooded roadbeds, also good on 1/2 -ounce jigs off flooded flats and points; walleyes good on nightcrawlers and crankbaits in shallow water, also 1/2 -ounce spoons in deeper water; stripers fair on live bait, large swimbaits and topwater baits. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: six to seven generators in use; trout fair to good on pink Power Worms, PowerBait, gold/white spinnerbaits, Rogues and orange/black/silver stick baits. Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: No wadable water; Wildcat Shoals has been the hot spot; grasshopper season continues, also woolly buggers,Y2Ks prince nymphs, pheasant tails, midges, San Juan worms and sowbugs.
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. 12-16 gray or brown scuds fished on bottom under an indicator.
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NORFORK: 76 degrees, clear, 6 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Stripers have moved up the river but no guide reports yet; black bass and walleyes good on 1/4 -ounce Bink’s spoons 28 feet down off main lake points (also try topwater baits early for bass).
LONGVIEW: 73 degrees, 32-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Black bass fair to good on soft plastics around the weed lines; crappies fair to good 10 to 15 feet down on jigs or minnows lakewide; bluegills fair on worms; catfish good (a 10-pounder was caught off the dock this week) on liver and cut shad.
POMME DE TERRE: 77 degrees, 3 feet of clarity, normal. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: All species slow.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 82 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 good (but small) on minnows or jigs 10 to 15 feet down over brush piles and off condo docks; all other species slow.
REED AREA: 68 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bluegills and redears fair on worms under a bobber; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and cut bait; black bass fair on soft plastics near cover; crappies fair on tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weed beds.
STOCKTON: 76 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: White bass good late on Rooster Tails and spoons where fish are surfacing, also trolling crankbaits; crappies good on minnows or jigs over brush piles in 18 feet of water; walleyes fair on nightcrawlers in 14 feet of water; catfish very good on fresh shad drifted across in the flats in 10 to 20 feet of water; all other species slow.
JACOMO: Mid- to high 70s, stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair on minnows or swimbaits around drop-offs and structure; white bass good early trolling where fish are chasing shad in coves; channel catfish fair to good on liver, cut shad and nightcrawlers in coves; bluegills good on wax worms and crickets lakewide; crappies fair to good early on minnows or jigs around the marina and over main-lake brush; flatheads fair on live bait in coves.
BLUE SPRINGS: Mid- to high 70s, stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair on soft plastics and jigs around structure; hybrids fair trolling baits around drop-offs and over schools of shad. also fair on spoons around the blowhole; channel catfish good late on cut bait, liver and nightcrawlers off points and in coves; bluegills good on red worms, wax worms and crickets lakewide; crappies good (but small) on minnows over main-lake brush.
TABLE ROCK: 78 degrees, dingy, normal. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Black bass good early (first two hours of daylight) on topwater baits and spinnerbaits near the shoreline in creek arms and river arms; all other species slow.
TRUMAN: 74 degrees, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Cody’s Guide Service reports: Crappies spotty on jigs and minnows in 12 to 18 feet of water over brush; white bass fair on jigs off windy points and over points; catfish fair on rod and reel using cut shad in 8 to 12 feet of water, also on jug lines or trotlines. Below the dam: Crappies good (but small) on minnows or jigs, catfish fair late on cut bait.
SMITHVILLE: 74 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish excellent — channels on dip baits, liver and shad using rod and reel, also on goldfish, bluegills and cut bait using trotlines and limb lines, for flatheads and blues use skipjack and shad; white bass fair on pepper spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps where fish are chasing shad, also 16 feet down off points; crappies excellent (and good sized) on minnows under a bobber in 10 to 15 feet of water over main-lake brush piles; black bass poor to fair early on topwater baits and later on creature baits and nightcrawlers.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 80 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Catfish fair on cut bait or live bait from shoreline; black bass and wipers fair on jigs or live bait from shoreline; crappies and panfish fair on live bait.
KILL CREEK PARK: 78 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair early and late on nightcrawlers or soft plastics; crappies and panfish fair on worms or soft plastics; catfish fair on cut bait from shoreline.
COFFEY COUNTY: 95 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass very good; largemouth bass and crappies fair to good.
MELVERN: 76 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Crappies good (but small) on minnows or dark jigs off the docks, also on minnows 8 to 10 feet down over brush piles west of Turkey Point Park; smallmouth bass and white bass fair on spoons and shallow-running crankbaits along shorelines and riprap, also in flooded timber near west end; largemouth bass fair on shallow-running crankbaits off rocky shorelines; channel catfish very good on cut bait or minnows around the docks and good in deeper water on liver, shrimp or cut shad; blue catfish good on cut bait near the docks and on mud flats at northwest end of lake; walleyes fair on bottom bouncers or trolling in 6 to 7 feet of water near the Lebo bridge.
CLINTON: 72 degrees, stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: Catfish good drifting shad, also on dip baits, liver and nightcrawlers over bean holes; crappies spotty (and small) on jigs (chartreuse and black are best) in 12 to 16 feet of water in timber; wipers fair late trolling crankbaits or jigging Bink’s spoons around the island and near the beach area; white bass spotty early and late around the island on crankbaits, minnows and jigging spoons.
POMONA: 81 degrees, fairly clear, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Catfish very good on nightcrawlers and Sonny’s dip bait on rod and reel and limb lines; wipers good early and late on crankbaits and spoons 10 to 15 feet down; crappies fair to good (but small) on jigs off the docks.
WILSON: Mid-70s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Knotheads Baitshop reports: Stripers fair on slab spoons and live bait in shallow water; blue catfish good (better late) on rod and reel or juglines with cut bait, live bait or minnows lakewide; smallmouth bass good on Zoom Horny Toads (white or black) or minnows in shallow water; walleyes fair on Hot ’N Tots, swim baits and rattle baits in 5 feet of water around weed beds; white perch and white bass excellent.
PERRY: 75 degrees, stained, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish very good (along with some small blues) in 12 to 24 feet of water over bean holes on Sonny’s dip bait in Devil’s Gap area, also very good drifting near the Yacht Club; crappies good (but small) on jigs in 9 to 12 feet of water in timber in Slough Creek, also good (but small) on minnows 12 to 17 feet down in main lake; white bass good on spoons off rocky points.
MILFORD: 76 degrees, clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers fair on topwater baits, Double-W Shad Flutter spoons and Bubbas (white and chartreuse are best) in shallow water, over humps and off windy points.
HILLSDALE: 74 degrees, stained, 3 feet high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies good (but small) on jigs or minnows off the docks; channel catfish good on variety of baits lakewide. All other species slow.
LA CYGNE: 70s, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: White bass good; crappies fair on jigs or minnows near the dam; all other species slow.
GLEN ELDER: 76 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Walleyes good trolling crankbaits in 4 to 8 feet of water in Walnut Creek area; catfish fair to good over bean holes and drifting stinkbaits and shrimp over the flats between Granite Creek and the causeway; white bass very good to excellent on variety of lures and methods; black bass good early and late on topwater baits.
TUTTLE CREEK: 78 degrees, stained, 3 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass good on Double-W Shad Flutter spoons and Bubbas (white or chartreuse are best); channel catfish good over bean holes on dip baits.
WYANDOTTE: 76 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish fair late off docks on minnows, also lakewide on nightcrawlers, shad or liver; crappies spotty on jigs and minnows in 18 feet of water; black bass good (but small) on a variety of baits; bluegills good on wax worms, meal worms and crickets.
EL DORADO: 80s, fairly clear, 1/2 foot low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Crappies good on jigs 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 and white bass fair to good trolling crankbaits along ledges or old roads or casting soft plastics off windy points; walleyes good trolling crankbaits over submerged roads, humps and ledges.
Bruce Janssen, Special to The Star