Fishing report for April 17

04/16/2014 5:49 PM

04/16/2014 5:49 PM

Missouri

• TABLE ROCK: 55 degrees, slightly stained, 1 foot high. Outlook

: White River Lodge reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows under bobbers along gravel flats near Bridgeport on the James River; white bass good on blue-back Rebels, Road Runners in Long Creek and James and Kings rivers; black bass good to excellent on wobblehead jigs with plastic crawdad trailers in 3 to 7 feet of water along windy banks.

• NORFORK: 63 degrees, clear on the main lake, off-color in the creeks, 2 feet high. Outlook:

Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers good on stickbaits at night; crappies good on jigs along the banks; bass good on Bass Assassins, Flukes along the banks; walleyes good on Bink’s Spoons in the rivers.

• STOCKTON: 61 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook:

Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies very good to excellent on jigs in 2 to 6 feet of water along spawning banks in the creek arms; bass good on jigs off secondary points in 2 to 8 feet of water; white bass good on white jigs in the creeks.

• BULL SHOALS: 58 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: 125 Marina reports:

largemouth, Kentucky bass good in early morning on topwater lures off windy banks in dingy water and during the day on Hot’N Tots, plastic baits in 8 to 10 feet of water; walleyes good on stickbaits, jigs along banks; white bass good on Alabama rigs, Swimming Minnows in the creeks with dingy water.

• SMITHVILLE: 51 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet low. Outlook:

Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: bass very good on jigs, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits in the shallow timber (fish are staging for the spawn); crappies fair but scattered on jigs, minnows; channel catfish good on shad, chicken liver in mouths of coves; white bass good on Road Runners, jigs, spinners in the Little Platte River near Plattsburg.

• LONGVIEW: 52 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook:

Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows off the marina docks and in Johnson Cove; catfish fair on liver off the marina docks.

• TANEYCOMO: clear, two units running most of the day. Outlook:

Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout fair on pink or chartreuse Trout Magnets under floats, white jigs, scud and zebra midge flies. Below Fall Creek: trout fair on Gulp eggs, marabou jigs under floats in creeks.

• LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 55 degrees, clear on main lake, off-color in creeks, 3 feet low. Outlook:

Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies fair to good on jigs under bobbers in 12 to 15 feet of water over the brush; bass fair on spinnerbaits, jigs along windy banks.

• TRUMAN: 54 degrees, muddy, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook:

Bucksaw Marina reports: crappies fair to good on spider rigs with minnows (a few fish are also being caught on jigs, minnows along spawning banks); catfish good on juglines with fresh cut shad in the mouths of creeks; bass poor to fair (cold front has slowed fishing, but a few are being caught on squarebill crankbaits in small pockets on the main lake). Below the dam: crappies fair in the cutoff channel; catfish, white bass, hybrids fair in the current.

• POMME DE TERRE: 54 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook:

Muskie Guide Service reports: crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows along the banks; walleyes fair on jigs along the dam and in rocky areas.

• REED AREA: 50 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook:

Department of Conservation reports: crappies, bass poor to fair due to cold front (fishing was good before the temperature drop and is expected to improve with the warmup).

• JACOMO: 51 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook:

Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair (but mostly small) on jigs off the marina docks.

• BLUE SPRINGS: 51 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook:

Blue Springs Lake Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, jigging spoons (most of the fish being caught are small).

Kansas

• MILFORD: 55 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook:

Rick Dykstra reports: bass fair to good on jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, plastic baits on the north end; catfish good on cut bait, night crawlers in 6 to 15 feet of water on the north end; crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows in 6 to 13 feet of water in the brush on the north half of the lake.

• HILLSDALE: 52 degrees, slightly murky, 2 feet low. Outlook:

Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows in 25 feet of water in the brush; catfish fair on shad sides, night crawlers, hot dogs in the shallows.

• WYANDOTTE: 54 degrees, very clear, one-half foot low. Outlook:

Wyandotte Boats reports: trout good on a variety of baits; channel catfish fair at night on chicken liver, night crawlers off points; crappies fair on jigs in 20 feet of water.

• PERRY: 54 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook:

Bait Hut reports: crappies fair on minnows in 6 to 8 feet of water; blue catfish good on shad in shallow water on the north end, especially in the Paradise area.

• LA CYGNE: 63 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook:

Linn County Parks reports: channel catfish fair to good; wipers, largemouth bass fair.

• EL DORADO: 53 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook:

Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies fair to good, white bass and wipers fair on jigs, minnows in 6 to 8 feet of water in rocky areas.

• WILSON: 51 degrees, clear, 6 feet low. Outlook:

Knothead’s reports: walleyes fair to good on white grubs with pink jig heads along the dam at night.

• COFFEY COUNTY: 50 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook:

Coffey County reports: smallmouth fair; white bass good; walleyes fair.

• CLINTON: 48 degrees, dingy, low. Outlook:

Clinton Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught off the marina docks and in the coves).

• TUTTLE CREEK: 48 degrees, murky, 2 feet low. Outlook

: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

• POMONA: 54 degrees, slightly murky, 2 feet low. Outlook:

Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: all species poor.

• MELVERN: 46 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook:

Melvern Marina reports: all species poor.

• GLEN ELDER: 50 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook:

Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: all species poor.

• SHAWNEE MISSION:

No report available.

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KILL CREEK:

No report available.

• HERITAGE:

No report available.

Other area waters

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GRAND (OKLA.): 53 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook:

Jeff Williams reports: catfish good on shad with Dead Red spray in 6 to 10 feet of water; crappies good on Go-Go Minnows off docks; white bass good on Go-Go Minnows, small crankbaits in the Spring and Elk rivers; paddlefish snagging good from Sailboat Bridge to Twin Bridges; black bass fair to good on a variety of baits.

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WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, three to six units running most of the time. Outlook:

Sportsman’s White River Resort reports: rainbow trout excellent on drift rigs with PowerBait, Power Worms; brown trout very good to excellent on sculpins, shad, river slick minnows, jerkbaits, jigs.

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BEAVER LAKE: 54 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook:

Bailey’s Guide Service reports: stripers good trolling live shad or umbrella rigs with white grubs, or trolling Rapalas, Bombers, spoons on flat lines with planer boards.

| Brent Frazee, bfrazee@kcstar.com

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