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Fishing report for June 15

FISHING REPORT

Missouri

BULL SHOALS: Mid- to upper 70s, 6 to 8 feet of clarity, 28 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Walleyes excellent trolling with hard plastic baits or nightcrawlers 20 to 25 feet down and good on shad under lights at night, smallmouth bass good early and late on topwater baits near tree lines; white bass good on shad under lights at night; catfish excellent on cut bait and doughbait using limb lines. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Trout good drifting nightcrawlers. Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Trout good on olive woolly buggers, nymphs, midges, San Juan worms and sowbugs.

TANEYCOMO: 40s, clear, steady generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trout good (particularly from Trout Hollow to Cooper Creek) drifting a 1/4 -ounce bell weight with Power Eggs on the bottom in the middle of the lake and good off the docks with Power Eggs and nightcrawlers; for fly fishermen, try scuds, San Juan worms, egg flies and jigs.

NORFORK: High 70s, slightly stained, 18 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: White bass, black bass and hybrids good early on topwater baits (Zara Spooks are best); stripers good on Bink’s spoons 40 to 60 feet down; all other species slow.

LONGVIEW: 72 degrees, 44-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Crappies good (but small) on jigs and minnows off the docks; bluegills good on worms along shoreline and in the river around bridge piers; walleyes good trolling with bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers and on white grubs on 1/4 -ounce jigs; catfish good on live bait (a 50-pound flathead was caught this week).

POMME DE TERRE: 80 degrees, clearing, 5 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Muskies fair to good on deep-running crankbaits; walleyes good on deep-running crankbaits; crappies good on jigs, minnows and crankbaits; bass fair to good (but small) on soft plastics; crappies fair (but small) on jigs and minnows off the docks.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 75 degrees, clearing, normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Crappies fair on jigs, minnows and crankbaits in 25 feet of water over brush piles; black bass fair on 10-inch plastic worms and Brush Hogs 15 feet down in the brush; catfish very good on cut bait in the main lake 40 feet down.

REED AREA: 79 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bluegills and redears good on worms under a bobber; black bass good early and late on topwater baits; all other species slow.

STOCKTON: 77 degrees, clear, 3 feet high. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Walleyes fair on crankbaits and worm harnesses; crappies fair trolling crankbaits; black bass fair early on crankbaits and later on Gitzits or large swimming grubs; catfish good floating nightcrawlers or minnows off chunk-rock banks.

JACOMO: High 70s to low 80s, stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair on plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps around structure; white bass fair early and late on jigs or crankbaits in coves; channel catfish good on extra-large minnows, goldfish and sunfish (fish are spawning); crappies fair to good early on jigs off the marina docks and fair on minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads fair to good at night and early morning on live bait on the flats; bluegills good on crickets and red worms in rocky areas; walleyes fair on extra-large minnows on the humps and early trolling crankbaits off points and in coves.

BLUE SPRINGS: High 70s to low 80s, muddy, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair early on topwater baits and on jigs, plastic worms and creature baits around structure; white bass and hybrids good evenings on minnows or crankbaits off points where shad are surfacing; channel catfish good on live bait around dam, the blowhole and off points (fish are starting to spawn); bluegills very good early and late on worms under trees and along rocky banks; crappies fair on jigs or minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads fair at night on live bait on the flats.

TABLE ROCK: 80 degrees, clearing, 7 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Smallmouth bass good to excellent on 1/2 -ounce football jigs (natural colors are best) and 3-inch Keitech swimbaits (shad and rainbow colors are best) on 1/4 -ounce jigheads in front of flooded bushes; white bass good early and late on Dixie Jet flutter spoons or topwater baits (either chuggers or Zara Spooks) where fish are schooling in coves and creek arms.

TRUMAN: Mid- to high 70s, clearing, 7 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: Crappies fair to good (but often small) on minnows 6 to 15 feet deep in the trees (particularly in the Berry Bend area in the Osage arm and the upper Grand River) and in brush piles (particularly near the dam and in Sterett Creek) in 15 to 20 feet of water; white bass fair to good on 1/2 -ounce and 3/4 -ounce jigging spoons or minnows on the bottom in 22 to 25 feet of water; hybrids excellent on 3/4 -ounce jigs and 4-inch Sassy Shads (white or chartreuse are best colors) on flats 25 to 30 feet deep using slow retrieve on bottom, and early and late where fish are chasing shad on surface.

SMITHVILLE: 76 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies fair to good on minnows over brush piles in 10 to 20 feet of water; catfish good on a variety of baits in shallow water in creeks and backs of coves; white bass good on pepper spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps off points on main lake and on corners of bridges and jetties; black bass good on soft plastics, Brush Hogs and Sweet Beavers; walleyes good on worm harnesses, Shad Raps and Rat-L-Traps off shallow points.

Kansas

SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 79 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Crappies and panfish fair late on worms; catfish good on live bait (cooler days are better); bass and wipers good on live bait.

KILL CREEK PARK: 80 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass good early and late off face of dam; crappies and panfish fair early and late on live bait; catfish good early and late on live bait or liver.

COFFEY COUNTY: 91 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass excellent; white bass very good; largemouth bass and channel catfish good. High winds hindering access.

MELVERN: 77 degrees, clearing, normal. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Walleyes good (but small) on bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers in 20 to 25 feet of water; crappies fair off the docks on dark-colored jigs or minnows and 12 feet down over brush piles lakewide; channel catfish good on fish entrails and nightcrawlers around docks and dam outlet; smallmouth and white bass good on jigs and shallow-running crankbaits off the face of dam; blue catfish good on cut bait near docks and on northwest mud flats; all other species slow.

CLINTON: 77 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Walleyes very good on worm rigs and trolling crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet of water on flats.

POMONA: 74 degrees, clear, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies fair to good on jigs or minnows lakewide; catfish very good on glo worms and chicken livers on rod and reel and limb lines; white bass and wipers very good on jigs and spoons; walleyes fair to good on bottom bouncers with glo worms. High winds hindering access.

WILSON: 70s, murky, 2 feet high. Outlook: Knotheads Baitshop reports: Walleyes fair to good on variety of baits in 6 to 12 feet of water; smallmouth bass fair on topwater baits and Fluke jerkbaits; stripers fair (but small) on bucktails and nightcrawlers; blue catfish good on cut bait; white perch and white bass excellent.

PERRY: 75 degrees, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good off docks and over bean holes on nightcrawlers and shrimp. High winds hindering access.

MILFORD: 73 degrees, clearing, 3 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers and white bass good early and late on Double-W Shad Flutter spoons and Bubbas; all other species slow.

HILLSDALE: 70s, clearing, normal. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: Crappies good on jigs on flats and off riprap and rocky banks; catfish good on a variety of baits; walleyes good on jigs and grubs on flats and off points and trolling crankbaits; white bass good on jigs and shad imitations off windy points; largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics in shallow water.

LA CYGNE: 83 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: Largemouth bass good; crappies good on jigs; channel catfish fair (but small).

GLEN ELDER: 70s, clearing, 1 foot high. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Walleyes fair to good (some with good size) in west half of lake on jigs with nightcrawlers in 12 to 18 feet of water; white bass and wipers good on slab spoons and Rat-L-Traps along the causeway and near the dam; catfish good on live bait and dip baits in Granite Creek and near causeway; smallmouth bass good on soft plastics and Road Runners.

TUTTLE CREEK: 76 degrees, clearing, 7 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Catfish good on live and prepared baits; all other species slow

WYANDOTTE: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish good off docks on minnows and lakewide on nightcrawlers, shad and liver; black bass good (but small) on a variety of baits; bluegills good on wax worms, meal worms and crickets; all other species slow.

EL DORADO: 70s, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Crappies fair to good on jigs and minnows in 8 to 11 feet of water over brush and in timbered creek channels; blue catfish fair on cut shad near flooded creek channels; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and cut bait in flowing water in creeks; white bass and wipers fair off windy points; walleyes fair on crankbaits and jigs and nightcrawlers on the flats.

Bruce Janssen, bjanssen@kcstar.com

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