▪ SMITHVILLE: 78 degrees, murky, 8 feet high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: white bass excellent on Pepper Spoons off main-lake points and humps; black bass fair to good on square-bill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, Senkos in the newly flooded vegetation and brush; crappies fair on jigs, minnows along bridge pillars; channel catfish good on a variety of baits in rocky areas; walleyes fair on jigging spoons off main-lake points.
▪ LONGVIEW: 79 degrees, murky, one-half foot high. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies fair (but mostly small) on jigs, minnows at the marina and in the standing timber on the lake; walleyes good on crankbaits trolled along the dam and on the west side of the lake; channel catfish good on chicken liver in Mouse Creek; bass fair.
▪ JACOMO: 78 degrees, stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: channel catfish fair to good at night on cut bait, liver along banks in coves; bluegills good on crickets, wax worms; crappies good early on jigs, minnows off docks; largemouth bass good on topwater lures early.
▪ BULL SHOALS: 85 degrees, clear, 22 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: smallmouth, Kentucky bass fair on Gitzits in 12 to 15 feet of water on the main lake; walleyes fair trolling jigs in 20 feet of water along bluffs; catfish good on limb lines, trotlines, juglines with cut bait.
▪ BLUE SPRINGS: 78 degrees, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: largemouth bass good at night on minnows; channel catfish good (but mostly small) on minnows early; bluegills very good on crickets, wax worms in rocky areas; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in main-lake brush.
▪ REED AREA: 84 degrees, dingy, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: largermouth bass good early and late on a variety of baits; bluegills, redear sunfish fair on red worms under a bobber; catfish fair on cut bait 2 feet under a bobber.
▪ TANEYCOMO: Clear, heavy releases; 4 units running. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: trout good on air-injected night crawlers from Lilleys’ Landing to the bridges drifting in the middle of the channel; also on one-eighth-ounce jigs (dark colors have worked the best) along inside banks.
▪ NORFORK: 84 degrees, clear, 8 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers very good on white one-ounce Bink’s spoons in 40 to 50 feet of water; bass good on Carolina rigs in 30 feet of water.
▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 82 clear, near normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: bass fair on plastic worms, jigs, crankbaits in 20 feet of water off main-lake points; crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught in main-lake brush).
▪ TABLE ROCK: 81 degrees, clear on main lake, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: bass fair on horsehead under-spins, Dixie Jet spoons 25 feet down in 100 feet of water in tree tops of deep flooded timber, and along bluff ends.
▪ TRUMAN: 80 degrees, clearing, 10 feet high. Outlook: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows 9 to 20 feet down in the brush; catfish good on juglines, trotlines, rod and reel with cut bait, goldfish. Below the dam: crappies, catfish fair.
▪ POMME DE TERRE: 83 degrees, murky, 10 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass good on jigs, plastic baits in less than 10 feet of water in brush.
▪ MILFORD: High 70s, murky on upper end, stained on the lower end, 4 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: wipers, white bass good on topwater lures during the first hour of light and last two hours of the day from Rush Creek to along the dam; smallmouth bass fair on plastic baits, spinnerbaits in flooded vegetation; catfish good on a variety of baits.
▪ WILSON: 80 degrees, stained, 8 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: largemouth, smallmouth bass good on artificials and live bait in rocky area; stripers poor to fair on salties and big shiners, night crawlers; catfish good on a variety of baits lakewide.
▪ CLINTON: 78 degrees, murky, 2 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies good on minnows jigs in 15 feet of water off marina docks; wipers fair on minnows off the docks and on main lake; catfish good on cut bait.
▪ MELVERN: 79 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: crappies very good on minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water off marina docks.
▪ PERRY: 80, muddy, 4 feet high. Outlook: Tightlines Bait and Tackle reports: white bass fair trolling jigs; flathead catfish good on trotlines with panfish, goldfish.
▪ WYANDOTTE: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Marina reports: wipers, walleyes, bass fair on crankbaits trolled on the main lake.
▪ KILL CREEK: 83 degrees murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: catfish good on liver, cut bait along the north shore and in the flooded timber on the south side; bass fair early on spinnerbaits, plastic baits.
▪ SHAWNEE MISSION: 84 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: catfish good on cut bait, stinkbait in the south cove and along the north shore; bass fair on plastic baits along the north shore; panfish fair off the docks and along the dam.
▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 90s at the hot-water outlet, 80s midlake, murky, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass fair to good.
▪ LA CYGNE: 95 degrees in the hot-water outlet, 80s on the main lake, clearing, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: catfish good on rod and reel, trotlines with goldfish, large minnows, panfish.
▪ POMONA: Mid-70s, murky, 1 foot high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies poor to fair on jigs; bass fair to good on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits; catfish good on worms, minnows.
▪ HILLSDALE: 82 degrees, murky, 1 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on minnows).
▪ EL DORADO: 82 degrees, slightly murky, 3 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: walleyes, white bass, wipers poor to fair on the main lake.
▪ GLEN ELDER: 82 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: all species poor.
▪ TUTTLE CREEK: 79 degrees, muddy, 25 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.
Other area waters
▪ GRAND (OKLA.): 80 degrees, murky, high. Outlook: Guide Rusty Pritchard reports: white bass, channel catfish excellent on Bendable Minnow jigging spoons with a 3-inch Crappie Kicker tied on line above it on the north end; catfish good on cut bait, Sudden Impact fiber bait on the flats; bowfishing good. Honey Creek Outdoors reports: bass excellent on a variety of lures in the flooded willows; crappies good on jigs, minnows on the flats.
▪ WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, variable power generation. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: rainbow trout very good on bead-headed midges, olive Woolly Buggers. Spin fishing: trout very good on Thomas Buoyant Spoons, jigs, small Rapalas, pink glow worms, suspending stickbaits.
| Brent Frazee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brent’s best bet
This would be a good time to head to Grand Lake in northern Oklahoma. The fishing for white bass has been hot, with lots of fish being caught on jigging spoons. And as a bonus, good numbers of channel catfish are being caught on the spoons, too. The bass, catfish and crappies also have been biting.