BULL SHOALS: Low 80s, 8 feet of clarity, 29 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Walleyes good trolling 23 feet down with stickbaits or nightcrawlers; smallmouth bass good on shallowing-running baits near tree lines; catfish good on cut bait and live bait using limb lines and trotlines. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Heavy generation late; trout good early on 1/4 -ounce Rooster Tails and Panther Martins (gold blades/yellow bodies) and in afternoon on worms and pink Power Worms. Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Wadable water expected in near future; 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: 81 degrees, tea colored, 18 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Stripers good on white 1/2 -ounce Bink’s spoons 50 feet down; all other species slow.
LONGVIEW: 78 degrees, 41-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Crappies fair to good (but small) on jigs and minnows lakewide; bluegills good to excellent on worms lakewide; walleyes good trolling along the swim beach with Lindy Rigs, nightcrawlers and crankbaits.
POMME DE TERRE: 85 degrees, clear, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Walleyes fair on Flicker Shads; crappies good (but small) on jigs, minnows and crankbaits; bass good on soft plastics; crappies fair (but small) on jigs and minnows off the docks and over brush; catfish fair trolling Flicker Shads.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 78 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Crappies slow on jigs, minnows and crankbaits off the docks and in 25 feet of water over brush piles; black bass good on variety of baits near shad schools on main lake; catfish good on cut bait near shad schools on main lake 40 to 50 feet down off points.
REED AREA: 75 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: 75 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Walleyes very good on worm harnesses in 10 to 15 feet of water; crappies good on jigs in 18 feet of water over brush piles; black bass fair on soft plastics in 15 to 18 feet of water; catfish fair on fresh shad drifted over flats in 10 to 20 feet of water; bluegills excellent on jigs off points in 15 feet of water.
JACOMO: High 70s, stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair early on topwater baits and on creature baits around cover; white bass fair on jigs or crankbaits in coves; channel catfish fair on live bait or liver; crappies fair early on jigs or minnows off the marina docks; bluegills very good on wax worms, crickets and red worms in rocky areas; walleyes fair near the dam on extra-large minnows and sunfish; flatheads fair at night on live bait on flats.
BLUE SPRINGS: High 70s, very stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair on minnows over drop-offs; hybrids fair on deep-diving crankbaits and jigging spoons in deep water off dam; channel catfish fair on liver, shiners, worms and cut shad; bluegills very good on worms over structure; crappies fair to good on minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads fair at night on live bait on flats.
TABLE ROCK: 82 degrees, stained, 5 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Bass fair to good early on jigs off main lake points. (Due to very heavy lake traffic, fishing is largely limited to early and late in the day.)
TRUMAN: 78 degrees, clearing, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: Crappies good (but often small) on minnows, Swarm jigs and Swarm Bandits 6 to 15 feet deep in the trees and in brush piles 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, 4-inch Sassy Shads (white or chartreuse are best colors) and 1 1/2 -ounce spoons with bucktails on flats and shallow humps using slow retrieve on bottom, and early and late where fish are chasing shad on surface.
SMITHVILLE: 77 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good (but small) on minnows over brush piles and in river arms around trees; catfish excellent on a variety of baits (dip baits for channels, bluegills or goldfish for flatheads and cut bait for blues) in shallow water; white bass good on pepper spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps; black bass fair on Senkos, square-billed crankbaits and jigs; walleyes spotty on Flicker Shads, Shad Raps, Rat-L-Traps and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers off shallow points.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 82 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Crappies and panfish fair; catfish fair late on liver; bass and wipers fair to good early (bass on spinners and soft plastics; wipers on sunfish along the dam).
KILL CREEK PARK: 80 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass good early and late on soft plastics or spinners; crappies and panfish fair (panfish on worms; crappies on minnows or jigs in deeper water along tree lines); catfish fair on dough bait or liver off shorelines and on island.
COFFEY COUNTY: 95 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, 1/2 foot low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass excellent; largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish fair to good. High winds have hindered access.
MELVERN: 75 degrees, clearing, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Crappies poor to fair on jigs off the docks and 12 to 15 feet down over brush piles near Turkey Point Park; smallmouth bass and white bass fair on jigs and shallow-running crankbaits along shorelines and riprap; largemouth bass fair on shallow-running crankbaits off rocky shorelines; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and fish entrails around the docks and dam outlet area; blue catfish fair on cut bait near the docks and on mud flats at northwest end of lake; walleyes good (but small) on jigs around the docks and near the state park shoreline on the north side of the lake, better in 20 to 25 feet of water on bottom bouncers.
CLINTON: 82 degrees, stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies fair to good on jigs and minnows over brush piles; walleyes fair on worm rigs and trolling crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet of water on flats.
POMONA: 75 degrees, stained, 3 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies good on jigs or minnows lakewide; catfish excellent 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.
WILSON: High 70s, clearing, 1 foot high. Outlook: Knotheads Baitshop reports: Walleyes fair to good on Hot ’N Tots or jigs and nightcrawlers in 6 to 12 feet of water; smallmouth bass good on soft plastics, crankbaits and large minnows; stripers fair to good on spoons; channel catfish fair on minnows, dip baits or nightcrawlers; blue catfish good (but small) on cut bait on rod and reel or juglines on west end; white perch and white bass excellent (a 4-pound perch was caught this week). Below the dam: Flatheads fair on live bait.
PERRY: 79 degrees, stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good off docks and over bean holes on nightcrawlers and shrimp; crappies spotty on jigs (chartreuse color is best) in 12 to 15 feet of water in lower end. Below the dam: Channel catfish and blue catfish good on fresh shad.
MILFORD: 75 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers good near shad schools on topwater baits, Double-W Shad Flutter spoons and Bubbas in mid- and upper lake; channel catfish good in shallow water off chunk-rock banks.
HILLSDALE: 70s, clear, normal. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies spotty (and small) on minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water; catfish good on goldfish on limb lines and on stick baits with rod and reel; walleyes good (particularly on overcast days) on nightcrawlers on flats and off points. All other species slow.
LA CYGNE: 85 degrees, slightly stained, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: Largemouth bass fair to good (a 7-pounder was caught over the weekend); channel catfish very good; flatheads good (a 70-pounder was caught this week).
GLEN ELDER: 70s, clearing, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Walleyes fair to good (some with good size) in west half of lake on jigs with nightcrawlers in 15 to 20 feet of water; white bass good on slab spoons near shad schools and at night; catfish fair on live bait and dip baits over bean holes; smallmouth bass fair on inline spinners and soft plastics. Below the dam: Catfish, walleyes, white bass and wipers good.
TUTTLE CREEK: 80 degrees, varying clarity, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass fair in areas where water is clearing; crappies fair on jigs or minnows; channel catfish fair off chunk-rock banks.
WYANDOTTE: 81 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish very 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 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; wipers fair trolling crankbaits along ledges or old roads or casting soft plastics off windy points; white bass fair on jigs with soft plastics off windy points 7 to 9 feet down; walleyes good on jigs and nightcrawlers or worm rigs on the flats.
Bruce Janssen, email@example.com