Fishing report for May 22

05/21/2014 5:54 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Missouri

SMITHVILLE: 70 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies excellent on jigs, minnows along spawning banks; black bass good on Senkos, spinnerbaits in the shallows in coves; channel catfish good on jigs, minnows where crappies are spawning; walleyes fair in Sailboat Cove.

BULL SHOALS: 67 to 72 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: smallmouth bass excellent, largemouth, Kentucky bass good on topwater lures early and on Wiggle Warts, Hot’N Tots later in the day in coves; walleyes good on bottom-bouncers with night crawlers in 40 to 50 feet of water; catfish excellent on trotlines, jug lines with cut bait, panfish.

TABLE ROCK: 66 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. 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.

TANEYCOMO: very clear, low power generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout excellent on zebra midges, microjigs under strike indicators. Below Fall Creek: trout excellent on 1/8-ounce white jigs, salmon-color Trout Magnets under strike indicators.

NORFORK: 68 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: bass good on Zara Spooks along spawning banks; stripers good on Bink’s Spoons in 30 to 40 feet of water in the creeks.

LONGVIEW: 63 degrees, 36-inch clarity, one-half foot low. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies good on minnows along spawning banks; channel catfish good on dough baits, chicken liver in the spillway area.

POMME DE TERRE: 70 degrees, clear, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass good on a variety of baits in the shallows; crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows in the brush; walleyes fair to good trolling crankbaits off the points; muskies fair on crankbaits, bucktails in the shallows.

STOCKTON: 67 degrees, clear, 1.4 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleyes fair to good on jigs with night crawlers off main-lake points; crappies fair to good on jigs 15 feet down in 35 feet of water in the coves; bass fair on plastic baits in the coves; catfish fair to good on trotlines, limb lines with goldfish, panfish in the timber.

REED AREA: 66 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: 61 degrees, muddy, one-half foot high. Outlook: Bucksaw Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 1 to 6 feet of water; bass poor to fair (a few are being caught on spinnerbaits in the creeks); catfish excellent on trotlines, limb lines with cut shad 10 feet down in 20 feet of water. 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.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 65 to 70 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 15 feet of water and trolling small crankbaits; bass fair on Shakey Heads, jigs, topwater lures in 10 to 15 feet of water in the brush; catfish poor.

JACOMO: 64 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, crickets.

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; crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows off the marina docks and in the shallows; channel catfish good on stink bait, chicken liver in the spillway area.

Kansas

.MILFORD: 64 to 67 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Rick Dykstra reports: walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers in 8 to 16 feet of water off main-lake points; wipers good trolling Rat-L-Traps from midlake to the north end; catfish good on cut shad along Wakefield Causeway; bass fair to good on Senkos, sight fishing the spawning beds.

COFFEY COUNTY: 80 degrees at the hot-water outlet, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: white bass very good on jigging spoons; channel catfish good; smallmouth bass good on plastic baits on the riprap.

GLEN ELDER: 65 degrees, fairly clear, 2 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows out from spawning banks; walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers in 5 to 15 feet of water on the flats on the south end and trolling crankbaits; white bass, wipers good trolling crankbaits; catfish good.

PERRY: 61 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows in less than 4 feet of water along Highway 92 bridge; catfish good on a variety of baits in shallow, rocky areas.

WILSON: 60 degrees, clear, 6 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: bass good on crankbaits, plastic worms in shallow, rocky areas; walleyes fair to good on leeches, jigs with night crawlers in 12 feet of water on the flats; catfish poor.

LA CYGNE: 78 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: largemouth bass good on plastic baits, jigs in the shallows; wipers, white bass fair to good; flathead catfish good on crankbaits along the dam.

MELVERN: 66 to 70 degrees, fairly clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers on the flats; crappies fair but scattered; smallmouth bass good on jigs, live minnows in the coves.

TUTTLE CREEK: 67 degrees, murky, 1.6 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: catfish good on a variety of baits in the shallows.

POMONA: 65 degrees, murky, one-half foot low. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies fair to good on minnows along the banks and off the marina docks; catfish fair on a variety of baits in shallow coves.

CLINTON: 65 degrees, clear, 6 feet low. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows along the banks and off the marina docks.

HERITAGE: 69 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish good on liver, worms in the morning; crappies fair on minnows, worms along the banks; bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, plastic lizards in the morning.

SHAWNEE MISSION: 68 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: 69 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: 68 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows; smallmouth, largemouth bass good (but small) on plastic baits in the shallows.; channel catfish fair.

HILLSDALE: 65 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: walleyes fair on night crawlers, jigs on the flats; catfish fair on liver, stink bait.

Other area waters

GRAND (OKLA.): 70 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Guide Tony Coatney reports: largemouth bass good on Carolina rigs off main-lake points; white bass excellent on jigging spoons on the main lake humps; catfish good on cut bait on shallow rock piles; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in the deep brush.

WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, variable power generation. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: trout good to excellent on pearl midges, copper Johns, elk-hair caddis. Spin fishing: trout very good on sculpins early and on floating Rapalas, Scatter Raps, Rogues and Ficker Shad later.

BEAVER LAKE: 69 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 want to get in on some of the best crappie fishing of the year at Smithville Lake, you’d better hurry. After the spawn was delayed by the weather, the fish are finally moving to the banks and they are providing excellent fishing. But many fishermen think it will be brief; that large numbers of crappies will move shallow, spawn, then move deeper again where they are harder to find.

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