BULL SHOALS: 80s, clarity varies, 26 feet high. Outlook: K Dock Marina reports: Walleyes fair to good on nightcrawlers on flats and trolling off points and bluffs; black bass good on 10-inch plastic worms over flooded roadbeds, on 1/2 -ounce jigs in 10 to 20 feet of water over flooded flats and points and on crankbaits off points and bluffs; catfish fair to good on nightcrawlers using trotlines; bluegills very good on crickets lakewide. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Three or four turbines in use; trout very good early on Head Hunters, and after noon on worms, pink Power Worms and PowerBait (sunrise and fluorescent yellow are best). Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Buffalo Shoals has been hot spot; trout good on olive woolly buggers, nymphs, midges, San Juan worms (particularly cerise) 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: 80 degrees, tea-colored, 17 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: 77 degrees, 53-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Crappies fair to good (but small) on jigs and minnows lakewide; bluegills very good on worms lakewide; walleyes very good (a 7 1/2 -pounder was caught this week) trolling with bottom bouncers and crankbaits; bass good on crankbaits, topwater baits, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits over flooded vegetation; catfish good on worms, liver or prepared baits.
POMME DE TERRE: 83 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: All species slow.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 84 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Black bass fair on plastic worms and Brush Hogs on main lake 20 to 30 feet down; all other species slow.
REED AREA: 76 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 and soft plastics; all other species slow.
STOCKTON: High 70s, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Walleyes good on jigs and worms in 7 to 15 feet of water off windy points; crappies good on minnows in 18 feet of water over brush piles; black bass fair on soft plastics in 15 to 18 feet of water over brush piles; catfish fair to good on fresh shad drifted over flats in 10 to 20 feet of water; white bass very good on Roadrunners and Rooster Tails where fish are surfacing; bluegills excellent on jigs off points in 15 feet of water.
JACOMO: High 70s to low 80s, stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair on minnows, worms or jigs around structure or under tree cover; white bass fair early and late on jigs and shad-body crankbaits in coves; channel catfish fair on live bait or liver; crappies good to very good at night on minnows off the marina docks and in coves; bluegills very good on wax worms, crickets or red worms in rocky areas; walleyes poor to fair early trolling crankbaits off points and fair over humps on extra-large minnows; flatheads fair at night on live bait on flats.
BLUE SPRINGS: High 70s to low 80s, very stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair on minnows over drop-offs; hybrids and white bass fair on minnows around the dam and fair trolling crankbaits off dam and around points; channel catfish fair on liver, nightcrawlers, shad and dip baits around the points of coves; bluegills very good on wax worms, red worms and scented baits in rocky areas and under tree cover; crappies fair to good on minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads poor to fair on live baits off dam and on flats at night.
TABLE ROCK: 80s, stained, 4 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Black bass fair early on jigs and Ned rigs off windy banks and later in the morning on cinnamon purple plastic worms with drop shots in 25 feet of water off main-lake points.
TRUMAN: 80s, clearing, 3 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 stop-and-go retrieve on bottom.
SMITHVILLE: 80 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies fair (but small) on minnows over brush piles and in river arms around trees; channel catfish excellent early on nightcrawlers in creeks; white bass good on pepper spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps where fish are chasing shad; walleyes spotty on Flicker Shads, Shad Raps, Rat-L-Traps, Lindy Rigs and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.
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: 94 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, 1/2 foot low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass excellent; largemouth bass and white bass fair to good.
MELVERN: 75 degrees, clearing, 1 foot high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Crappies fair to good on jigs and minnows off the docks and 12 to 15 feet down over brush piles near Turkey Point Park; smallmouth bass and white bass good on jigs and shallow-running crankbaits along shorelines and riprap; largemouth bass fair on shallow-running crankbaits off rocky shorelines; channel catfish good to very good on nightcrawlers and fish entrails around the docks and dam outlet area, and good in deeper water on liver and shrimp and on trotlines; 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, and better in 20 to 25 feet of water on bottom bouncers.
CLINTON: 82 degrees, stained, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good on dip baits over bean holes.
POMONA: 77 degrees, stained, 4 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies slow 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 good on jigs and spoons.
WILSON: Low 80s, clearing, 1 1/2 feet 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 good trolling and downrigging with spoons, live bait, Salty’s; channel catfish good near the dam on minnows, dip baits or nightcrawlers; blue catfish good (but small) on Hot ‘N Tots or juglines with cut carp on west end; white perch and white bass excellent.
PERRY: 79 degrees, clearing, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good off shoreline, drifting and over bean holes near Devil’s Gap on nightcrawlers and shrimp; crappies fair to good on jigs and minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water in lower end. Below the dam: Channel catfish and blue catfish fair on fresh shad.
MILFORD: 76 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers early and late good on topwater baits and off islands on Double-W Shad Flutter spoons, Bubbas and cut bait; channel catfish good in upper end of lake; smallmouth bass good on variety of baits lakewide.
HILLSDALE: 80 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. 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; all other species slow.
GLEN ELDER: 70s, clearing, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: White bass fair under lights on jigs; catfish fair on live bait and dip baits over bean holes; all other species slow. Below the dam: Catfish, walleyes, white bass and wipers good.
TUTTLE CREEK: 80 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass fair on spoons and Bubbas lakewide; catfish fair to good on cut bait and dip bait over bean holes; all other species.
WYANDOTTE: 83 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish good off docks on minnows and lakewide on nightcrawlers, shad or 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: 80s, stained, normal. 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 and drifting off points; wipers fair to good 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 spinners or worm rigs on the flats.
Bruce Janssen, email@example.com