BULL SHOALS: Mid-70s, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Smallmouth and Kentucky bass good early and at night on shallow-running baits; catfish good on juglines with cut bait; walleyes good trolling 25 feet down on worms and deep-running crankbaits. Below the dam: John Berry of Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Trout excellent near Wildcat Shoals on olive wooly buggers, Y2Ks, pheasant tails, San Juan worms, sowbugs and midges. For big trout, try large, articulated streamers near the banks with heavy, sink-tip line.
TANEYCOMO: 50s, very clear, generation erratic. Outlook: Lilly’s Landing Resort reports: On days with no generation, trout good early and late using 2-pound test line with air-injected nightcrawlers and floating Gulp and Powerbait dough and eggs — best colors have been pink, orange and sunrise —also marabou jigs from 1/32 to 3/32 ounces in black and brown and sculpin and peach with an orange head. Rusty midges, copper midges and harvester midges are preferred flies.
NORFORK: 81 degrees, cloudy, normal. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Lake is turning over. Crappies good on white, 1/4-ounce Bink’s jigging spoons in 30 feet of water over brush piles and in the back of creeks; all other species slow.
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LONGVIEW: 69 degrees, 38-inch water clarity, 1 foot high. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Bass good off points on soft plastics and spinnerbaits; catfish very good; crappies good (and good-sized) on jigs and minnows off the docks and in the timber.
POMME DE TERRE: 75 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Bass fair on crankbaits, Carolina rigs and spinnerbaits; crappies fair (but spotty); walleyes fair in back of coves; muskies good (a 46-inch fish was caught over the weekend) in shallows on live bait and bucktails.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 78 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Bass good early on topwater baits and later on soft plastics and jigs around docks; crappies good in 20 feet of water on jigs or minnows; catfish good in 60 to 70 feet of water on the main lake on cut bait and live bluegills.
REED AREA: 72 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Black bass fair on soft plastics near cover; channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms; crappies good on tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weed bed lines; bluegills and redears good on worms and crickets.
STOCKTON: Mid-70s, clear, 4 feet low. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Crappies fair in brush piles in 10 to 14 feet of water on jigs and minnows; bass good over brush at depth of 5 to 10 feet on soft plastics and jigs; walleyes good (but spotty) on jigs and nightcrawlers in 7 to 15 feet of water; white bass excellent on main lake where surfacing (check south of Point 5) on Rooster Tails; catfish good drifting on the flats with fresh shad.
JACOMO: 71 degrees, slightly stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish fair late on cut bait and goldfish off points; bluegills fair to good on nightcrawlers and crickets; largemouth bass fair on large shiners early along banks with tree cover; white bass good early on small spoons and small minnows near Sailboat Cove area and where fish are surfacing; crappies fair early on minnows and small jigs over main-lake brush; walleyes fair trolling with worm harnesses and Rapala Countdowns near the dam and beach area.
BLUE SPRINGS: 70 degrees, slightly stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers in coves at night; bluegills fair to good on worms and wax worms; crappies fair early on small minnows off marina docks; hybrids very good on spoons early and late where fish are surfacing; largemouth bass fair on medium-diving crankbaits in flooded timber.
TABLE ROCK: 81 degrees, dingy, 4 feet low. Outlook: Baxter Boat Dock reports: Smallmouth and largemouth bass good (but small) and Kentucky bass good in 25 to 30 feet of water on drop-shot rigs and nightcrawlers; crappies fair on minnows and jigs in 22 feet of water off the docks .
TRUMAN: 73 degrees, lightly stained to clear, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: White bass and hybrids very good near sundown on 1-ounce, chartreuse-colored spoons near surfacing fish; walleyes fair on spoons.
SMITHVILLE: 77 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good on minnows, cut bait and dip baits in 10 feet of water in coves and cuts; black bass poor; crappies good on minnows in brush piles in 8 to 12 feet of water on the main lake; walleyes fair off main-lake points; white bass very good on pepper spoons off main-lake points. Below the dam: Flathead catfish good on large swimbaits.
COFFEY COUNTY: Mid-70s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass good; all other species slow.
MELVERN: 71 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: Crappies good off the docks on jigs and minnows; white bass good on crankbaits; all other species slow.
CLINTON: High 60s, murky, 4 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: Crappies good on minnows in the coves; bluegills fair; all other species slow.
POMONA: 77 degrees, clear, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies good on minnows off the docks; catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
PERRY: 72 degrees, muddy, 4 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel and blue catfish good (some with good size) drifting live shad;crappies poor on jigs and minnows in brush piles. Below the dam: All species fair.
MILFORD: 73 degrees, clear, 3 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers excellent (and good-sized) on Double W Shad Flutter Spoons, large topwater baits, Wiper Pro spoons and Bubbas from Milford townsite to the dam (mid-lake is best); white bass fair in backs of creeks.
WILSON: 74 degrees, murky, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: Smallmouth bass good on live bait, crankbaits and spinnerbaits; stripers good on topwater baits; channel catfish good on liver, shad gizzards and nightcrawlers; white perch very good on worms and small slabs; blue catfish good on live bait and liver; walleyes fair on jigs and worms and Rat-L-Traps.
HILLSDALE: 73 degrees, murky, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: White bass good, crappies fair on minnows in channels; channel catfish, walleyes fair.
LA CYGNE: 86 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: Catfish good (but small); largemouth bass fair on soft plastics; crappies fair (but small).
GLEN ELDER: 75 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Walleyes fair on jigs and worms; white bass and wipers fair trolling.
TUTTLE CREEK: 71 degrees, stained, 4 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass spotty on Double W Shad Flutter Spoons and Bubbas.
WYANDOTTE: 71 degrees, murky, full pool. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Crappies good on minnows or jigs in 18 feet of water off main-lake points; bass good (but small) on variety of baits; catfish slow; wipers and white bass fair; walleyes fair at night (a 23-inch fish was caught last week).
EL DORADO: 70 degrees, clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Walleyes fair on jigs and worms; white bass and wipers good (some with good size) on jigs off main-lake points and while trolling with live bait; crappies fair on jigs and minnows near structure; channel catfish good.