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Fishing report for May 18

Smallmouth bass
Smallmouth bass

FISHING

Missouri

BULL SHOALS: Low 70s, 4 to 5 feet of clarity, 35 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Black bass, white bass and walleyes very good at night on shad and minnows near bluffs over flooded vegetation; catfish excellent on jug lines and limb lines with cut bait. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Heavy generation; little wadable water; trout good on Panther Martins, sculpins, minnows and  1/8-ounce Zig Jigs in black/olive. Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Expect high water well into the summer; best tactic is to fish nymphs under an indicator.

TANEYCOMO: 40s, murky, steady generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trout excellent drifting white spoons, white jigs and shad flies on the bottom; below Fall Creek — from Monkey Island down through the Landing — drift minnows or nightcrawlers on the bottom.

NORFORK: 72 degrees, stained, 20 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Black bass, white bass, stripers and hybrids very good early on topwater baits (Zara Spooks are best).

LONGVIEW: 71 degrees, 35 inch clarity, 2 feet high. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: All species slow. High winds hampering anglers.

POMME DE TERRE: 72 degrees, muddy, 20 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Bass spotty along old shoreline; all other species slow.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 72 degrees, stained, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Crappies good on jigs and minnows in 5 to 20 feet of water (fish are still spawning on the north shore) and over brush piles; black bass excellent on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and soft plastics on main lake where there’s current and around docks; all other species slow.

REED AREA: 72 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Crappies fair on tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weed beds; bluegills and redears good on worms under a bobber; black bass good on plastic worms and jig-and-pigs near brush; channel catfish fair on chicken liver.

STOCKTON: 64 degrees, clear, 10 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service: Crappies fair to good drifting minnows and jigs 20 feet down in 30 feet of water; walleyes fair on bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers in 19 to 21 feet of water; bass fair on jigs in flooded brush and off secondary points; catfish fair to good on nightcrawlers in flowing water.

JACOMO: Mid- to high 60s, stained, near normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair (spawn is starting) using finesse baits over beds and on topwater baits early in tree lines; white bass fair to good trolling crankbaits early in coves and casting spoons or shad body crankbaits where fish are surfacing; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers in coves; crappies fair on jigs or minnows off the docks and over main-lake brush; panfish fair on worms and waxworms in wooded areas; all other species slow.

BLUE SPRINGS: Mid- to high 60s, stained, near normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair (fish are spawning) casting finesse baits over beds from a distance; white bass and hybrids fair to good early and late where shad are surfacing; channel catfish fair late on cut bait and nightcrawlers near spillway; panfish fair early and late on wax worms and crickets along weed lines; crappies fair early off docks and in coves on jigs or minnows; all other species slow.

TABLE ROCK: 68 degrees, off-color to murky, 11 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Black bass fair (best catches have been on spinnerbaits before the sun hits the water on shallow, windy points); on calm days, use  1/2 -ounce jigs or Ned rigs in brown or green pumpkin with the tail dyed chartreuse.

TRUMAN: 60s, clarity varies widely, 21 feet high and falling. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: Some ramps closed; debris affecting ramps and navigation; crappies holding in 20 feet of water in the brush at midlake, use minnows or Swarm Bandit jigs; white bass good on  1/2 -ounce and  3/4 -ounce spoons or minnows in 22 to 25 feet of water on bottom. Cody’s Guide Service reports: Hybrids good on live shad and spoons; catfish good on cut shad and live bait on jug lines. Below the dam: Catfish, hybrids and white bass good on artificial and live baits.

SMITHVILLE: 70 degrees, varying clarity, 1 foot high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies excellent (fish are spawning) on jigs and minnows north of Highway W boat ramp and on main lake; catfish good on cut bait and nightcrawlers in creeks; white bass good on small spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps; black bass fair (fish are spawning); walleyes fair on Shad Raps, Flicker Shad, 3-inch chartreuse grubs and Rat-L-Traps off shallow points.

Kansas

SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 67 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Crappies and panfish fair to good; catfish good on live bait; bass good (fish are spawning); all other species slow.

KILL CREEK PARK: 69 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair (fish are beginning to spawn); crappies and panfish good late on plastic grubs or live bait; catfish good late on live bait.

COFFEY COUNTY: 86 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass and white bass excellent; largemouth bass, walleye, wipers, drum and catfish good. High wind affecting access.

MELVERN: 64 degrees, slightly stained, 3 feet high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Channel catfish good to very good on nightcrawlers and cut bait; blue catfish good on cut bait (particularly on northwest mud flats) and near docks; walleyes spotty on jigs around the docks and shorelines near the state park on the north side of the lake; all other species slow.

CLINTON: 68 degrees, slightly stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Walleyes fair to good on leeches; crappies fair (but small) on jigs and minnows.

POMONA: 69 degrees, slightly stained, 5 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies fair on jigs or minnows lakewide; catfish very good on glo worms and nightcrawlers; white bass very good on jigs or minnows; walleyes and wipers good lakewide.

WILSON: 65 degrees, varying clarity, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Dale Hines reports: Smallmouth bass fair to good on bucktail jigs and soft plastics; stripers fair on bucktail jigs off points in clear water; white bass fair on Road Runners in coves; white perch fair (some with good size) on jigs and worms; all other species slow.

PERRY: 67 degrees, murky, 1 foot high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies very good (some with good size) on jigs, minnows and jigs or minnows under bobbers off the shoreline lakewide; catfish very good to excellent on nightcrawlers and shrimp under a bobber lakewide. Below the dam: Crappies and blue catfish good.

MILFORD: 68 degrees, clearing, normal. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Walleyes fair on nightcrawlers on flats; catfish good on cut bait near wind-blown shorelines and channel ledges in upper end; smallmouth bass good near gravel banks and off points close to drop-offs on jigs, jerk baits and crankbaits; crappies fair to good on jigs or minnows 2 to 5 feet deep over brush piles and in coves; white bass and wipers fair to good on jigs, spinners and crankbaits along rocky banks in upper end. Below the dam: Walleyes, wipers, white bass and catfish good.

HILLSDALE: 69 degrees, stained, 3 feet high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies spotty on minnows off the docks; catfish good on various baits on limb lines and rod and reel in coves; walleyes good (some with good size) on nightcrawlers on the flats; bass spotty on various baits.

LA CYGNE: 60s, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: Crappies fair on jigs or minnows; wipers fair; all other species slow.

GLEN ELDER: 60s, clear, normal. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Walleyes very good on nightcrawlers and jigs and minnows and jigs in 18 to 22 feet of water in western half of lake; black bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits in rocky areas; white bass and wipers good on slab spoons and Rat-L-Traps along the causeway and in the river channels west of the causeway; crappies fair to good on jigs or minnows (fish are spawning) in 2 to 3 feet of water in coves.

WYANDOTTE: 71 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish very good on nightcrawlers and liver in creek; black bass good on a variety of baits; bluegills good on wax worms, meal worms and crickets; all other species slow.

EL DORADO: 60s, clear, 4 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Crappies fair to good early and late on jigs and minnows in 6 to 7 feet of water over brush; blue catfish fair (some with good size) on cut shad off windy points and in creeks; channel catfish fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait in creeks and off windy points; all other species slow. Below the dam: wipers fair.

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