Fishing report for May 15

05/14/2014 5:58 PM

05/14/2014 5:58 PM

Missouri • TABLE ROCK: 65 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: smallmouth bass excellent on tube jigs, Shakey Heads with 4-inch plastic worms along gravel banks; also good on topwater lures early along bluff ends; largemouth bass good on topwater lures early off main-lake points and on jigs, plastic baits later in the day along wind-blown banks. • JACOMO: 66 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on minnows, jigs in the shallows; channel catfish good at night and during the day on cut bait in the coves; bluegills good to excellent on wax worms. • SMITHVILLE: 66 degrees, clear on the main lake, murky in the creeks, near normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: black bass good on Senkos, Brush Hogs in the shallows in pockets on the main lake and in coves; crappies good on jigs, minnows in 6 feet of water and less along spawning banks; channel catfish fair on minnows in the shallows. • NORFORK: 71 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: bass good on Zara Spooks along spawning banks; crappies good on small Bink’s Spoons, jigs, minnows along spawning banks; walleyes good on white Bink’s Spoons in 20 feet of water along steep, rocky banks. • STOCKTON: 63 degrees, clear, 1.6 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: bass good on jigs, plastic baits in 2 to 6 feet of water in the coves; walleyes fair on night crawlers, jigs in 6 to 12 feet of water off main-lake points; crappies fair on jigs, minnows along spawning banks; catfish good on trotlines, limb lines in 6 to 12 feet of water in the river arms. • REED AREA: 68 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: black bass good on plastic worms along brush and weed beds; bluegills, redear sunfish good on worms, small jigs under bobbers; channel catfish fair on a variety of baits; crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on tube jigs in the shallows). • TRUMAN: 66 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows along spawning banks at Windsor Crossing and Tebo area and up the river arms; main lake at Windsor Crossing and Tebo area and up the river arms. bass poor to fair. Below the dam: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: white bass, hybrids poor to fair; crappies good on minnows, jigs; catfish poor to fair on shad. • BULL SHOALS: 67 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: smallmouth bass good on Hot’N Tots, Wiggle Warts in 15 to 18 feet of water along the brush line or along windy banks; crappies fair on Swimming Minnows, live minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water in the brush off main-lake points. • LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 66 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: bass good on finesse worms cast to spawning beds; crappies fair to good on minnows, jigs in the brush in 15 feet of water (spawn is winding down); white bass good on spinners in the Gravois arm; catfish fair on trotlines with cut bait. • TANEYCOMO: very clear, very little power generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: trout good from Short to Fall creeks on 2-pound test with 1/50th-ounce brown jigs with orange heads and a No. 14 red zebra midge dropper six feet down under strike indicators and on pink Trout Magnets. • LONGVIEW: 63 degrees, 36-inch clarity, one-half foot low. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies good on minnows along spawning banks. • BLUE SPRINGS: 66 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Blue Springs Lake Marina reports: black bass fair to good on soft-plastic baits, jigs, spinnerbaits in the shallows. • POMME DE TERRE: 69 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass fair on spinnerbaits, jigs in the shallows; crappies fair trolling Flicker Shad 20 feet down in 70 feet of water. Kansas • MILFORD: 65 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Rick Dykstra reports: smallmouth bass very good on tube baits, spinnerbaits along rocky banks; walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers, plastic baits on the flats from Farnum Creek north; white bass good on small spinnerbaits, jigs, Road Runners along the banks on the north end; crappies good on jigs, minnows in 3 to 6 feet of water (fishing has been best when it’s cloudy); blue catfish excellent on Road Runners, cut shad in 6 to 15 feet of water. • WILSON: 60 degrees, clear, 6 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: reports: walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers or leeches in 5 to 15 feet of water on the flats; crappies fair on jigs, minnows along banks; stripers good on topwater lures off windy points; channel catfish good on shad sides where dead shad are being blown in on banks. • PERRY: 70 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: crappies very good on jigs under bobbers along the banks in Rock Creek and Slough Creek arms; white bass good on spoons at the Rock Creek bridge; catfish good on worms, shrimp in the shallows. • TUTTLE CREEK: 65 degrees, fairly clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows along spawning banks; saugeyes fair on plastic baits, crankbaits; channel, blue catfish good on cut bait in the shallows where fish are feeding on gar eggs. • COFFEY COUNTY: 65 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass good on plastic baits on the riprap; white bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits in the shallows; crappies good on jigs, minnows along the riprap; wipers fair. • EL DORADO: 65 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: walleyes fair to good on deep-diving crankbaits, jigs with night crawlers at variable depths; crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows, Road Runners along the banks for the males and in 8 to 12 feet of water for the females; white bass, wipers fair on crankbaits, curly-tail grubs along windy banks, riprap. • GLEN ELDER: 67 degrees, fairly clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows out from spawning banks; walleyes fair trolling jigs with night crawlers in 6 feet of water on the flats; catfish good on cut bait. •  POMONA: 65 degrees, fairly clear, 1 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows (fish have backed off spawning banks because of weather); wipers, white bass fair. • CLINTON: 66 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows (spawn is winding down). • LA CYGNE: 63 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: wipers, white bass good on jigging spoons; largemouth bass fair on finesse baits, jig-and-pigs; catfish fair; crappies poor to fair. • MELVERN: 63 degrees, fairly clear, 3 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught off the marina docks and along the banks). • HERITAGE: 67 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish good on liver, worms in the morning and evening; crappies good on minnows, worms along the banks; bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, plastic lizards in the morning. •  SHAWNEE MISSION: 65 degrees, 2-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: crappies fair on minnows, worms, jigs early and late; catfish fair on liver, worms, dough baits along the north shore; bass fair on plastic lizards, spinnerbaits in the shallows; wipers good on crankbaits early along the dam. • KILL CREEK: 65 degrees, 8-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: crappies good on minnows, worms early and late; bass fair early and late on spinnerbaits, jigs, crankbaits, plastic worms and lizards; catfish fair on liver and worms in the evening; walleyes fair on worms, minnows in the headwaters and on the north side. • WYANDOTTE: 65 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows; bass good on plastic baits in the shallows. • HILLSDALE: 63 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: all species poor due to weather. Other area waters •  GRAND (OKLA.): 66 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Jeff William reports: crappies good on Go Go Minnows along spawning banks on the south end. Spawn is almost done on the north end, but fish are moving into main-lake brush. White bass fair to good on Bendable Spoons on top of underwater islands on top of underwater islands in the Elk River arm and Patricia Island; blue and channel catfish excellent on shad with Dead Red spray, Sudden Impact fiber bait on shallow flats. •  WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, low water conditions. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: trout good to excellent on green or zebra midges, scuds, sow bugs, olive woolly buggers. spin fishing: trout very good on night crawlers, Buoyant Spoons, Power Eggs. When there is current, 1/8-ounce black marabou jigs have worked. •  BEAVER LAKE: 68 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Bailey’s Guide Service reports: stripers, hybirds good trolling live shad or umbrella rigs with white grubs on the main lake. | Brent Frazee, bfrazee@kcstar.com

Brent’s best bet

If you like to fish for smallmouth bass, drop everything and go fishing. This has been an excellent week for catching the bronze fish. Table Rock has been the place to go in Missouri. In Kansas, Milford has been the hot lake.

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