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Fishing report for Feb. 19

FISHING

Missouri

▪ TANEYCOMO: Clear, sporadic power generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout excellent on stickbaits, Rapalas, No. 16 gray scuds, or one-eighth-ounce sculpin jigs in the dam area. Below Fall Creek: trout excellent on microjigs under strike indicators, Zig Jigs 4 to 6 down.

▪ TRUMAN: 38 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Tightwad Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows; catfish good on cut shad in the Tebo and Grand River arms.

▪ NORFORK: 45 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: bass good on grubs, white Bink’s spoons in 25 to 30 feet of water in the creeks.

▪ BULL SHOALS: 42 degrees, clear, 5 1/2 feet low. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: bass fair on spinnerbaits slow-rolled along windy banks.

▪ TABLE ROCK: 44 degrees, clear, 5 1/2 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: bass fair on Ned rigs in 15 to 20 feet of water along windy, rocky banks at the mouths of the James and Kings river arms.

▪ SMITHVILLE: 37 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Camp Branch Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs off the marina docks.

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 38 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught in 20 feet of water in brush).

▪ STOCKTON: 39 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: all species poor.

▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 35 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: all species poor due to weather.

▪ JACOMO: High 30s, clear, normal. Outlook: Jacomo Marina reports: all species poor.

▪ BLUE SPRINGS: 37 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Blue Springs Lake Marina report: all species poor.

▪ REED AREA: High 30s, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: all species poor.

▪ LONGVIEW: 38 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: all species poor.

Kansas

▪ GLEN ELDER: High 30s, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: trout good on a variety of baits in the pond.

▪ MELVERN: 37 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies fair to good on Kastmasters, ice jigs, jigging spoons in 18 to 20 feet of water off marina docks.

▪ WILSON: High 30s, clear, 8 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers, white bass fair on jigging spoons in Hell Creek area; smallmouth bass poor to fair (a few are being caught on chartreuse twisters).

▪ MILFORD: Mid 30s, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: wipers, white bass fair on Double W spoons in 22 to 35 feet of water.

▪ HILLSDALE: 38 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs off marina docks.

▪ EL DORADO: 33 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies fair on jigs in 15 to 18 feet of water in brush and along channel edges; white bass poor to fair.

▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 60s at hot-water outlet, low 40s on the main lake, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: largemouth bass fair; white bass fair to good.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: Low 30s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: crappies fair on jigs below the dam.

▪ POMONA: 37 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Lighthouse Harbor Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught).

▪ LA CYGNE: 40s on the main lake, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks: all species poor.

▪ PERRY: 37 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: all species poor.

▪ CLINTON: 38 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: all species poor.

▪ SHAWNEE MISSION: High 30s, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: all species poor.

▪ KILL CREEK: High 30s, 1- to 2-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: all species poor.

▪ HERITAGE: High 30s, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: all species poor.

Other area waters

▪ GRAND (OKLA.): 40 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Rusty Pritchard reports: spoonbill snagging excellent in the main river channel; blue catfish very good on cut shad in 40 to 60 feet of water in the main river channel in the mid-lake area.

▪ WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, 2 to 4 generators running most of the day. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: brown tout excellent on Rogues, jigs, countdown Rapalas in the two first two miles of the river (a 9-pound brown was caught on a brown jig); rainbow trout excellent on white jigs or using flyrods and drifting egg patterns, San Juan worms, white mini-jigs under strike indicators.

To reach outdoors editor Brent Frazee, call 816-234-4319 or send email to bfrazee@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @fishboybrent.

Brent’s best bet

Yeah, it’s cold, but the fishing for trout has been hot at Lake Taneycomo in the Missouri Ozarks and the White River in northern Arkansas. At both places, suspending jerkbaits, jigs and countdown Rapalas have lured some big brown and rainbow trout. A 9-pound brown was caught recently on the White.

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