BULL SHOALS: Mid-80s, clarity varies, 26 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Walleyes good on nightcrawlers or artificial baits on flats and trolling off points and bluffs; smallmouth bass fair on topwater baits or on crankbaits 22 feet down in flooded cover; catfish good on cut bait, minnows and worms using trotlines and limb lines. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Three or four turbines in use; trout very good early on Head Hunters or Rooster Tails (white, fluorescent yellow or chartreuse with gold blades are best), and after noon on worms. Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: No wadable water; Wildcat Shoals has been hot spot; trout good on olive woolly buggers, nymphs, midges, San Juan worms (particularly cerise) and sowbugs.
TANEYCOMO: 50s, mostly clear, little generation early; ramping up in afternoon. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trout good (particularly below Cooper Creek near Monkey Island and also in the wide stretch below Branson Landing) 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, jigs and PowerBait mice tails.
NORFORK: 80 degrees, mostly clear, 17 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Stripers good on 1-ounce white Many Shad spoons 60 feet down off main-lake points (a 42-pounder was caught this week); bass, walleyes and crappies fair on spinnerbaits near shore in brush.
LONGVIEW: 77 degrees, 53-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: All species slow.
POMME DE TERRE: 83 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Black bass fair after dark on finesse baits off points; all other species slow.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 87 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: All species slow.
REED AREA: 84 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bluegills and redears fair on worms under a bobber; black bass fair early and late on topwater baits and soft plastics; channel catfish fair on cut bait under a bobber.
STOCKTON: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Walleyes fair on bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water; crappies fair to good on minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water over brush piles; black bass fair on large plastic worms in 15 to 18 feet of water over brush piles; white bass very good early and late on Rooster Tails where fish are surfacing; bluegills good on nightcrawlers off points in 15 feet of water.
JACOMO: Low to mid-80s, stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair (better early) on topwater baits, Rat-L-Traps and Senkos around structure or under tree cover; white bass fair to good early and late on jigs and shad-body crankbaits in coves; channel catfish fair on dip baits, cut bait or liver; crappies 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: Low to mid-80s, very stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair on minnows and finesse baits over drop-offs; hybrids and white bass fair (an 8-pound hybrid was caught this week) 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 on minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads poor to fair (but small) on live baits off dam and on flats at night.
TABLE ROCK: Mid-80s, clearing, 4 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Black bass fair on drop shot rigs in 25 to 35 feet of water off main-lake points; bluegills excellent on crickets around flooded timber in 15 feet of water; catfish good on small bluegills around flooded timber in 15 feet of water on trotlines and limb lines.
TRUMAN: Mid-80s, clearing, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: Crappies good (but often small) on minnows 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 jigs tipped with 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 or early and late where fish are chasing shad.
SMITHVILLE: 80 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish excellent early on dip baits; white bass fair 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; all other species slow.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 82 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Crappies and panfish poor to fair; catfish fair early on worms and cut bait; bass and wipers fair to good early (bass on topwater baits and jig-and-pigs; 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 chatter baits and topwater frogs; crappies and panfish fair (panfish on trout flies and worms; crappies on minnows or jigs in deeper water along tree lines); catfish fair on dough baits or liver off shorelines and on island.
COFFEY COUNTY: 102 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass excellent; largemouth bass, walleyes and white bass fair to good.
MELVERN: 81 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Crappies fair on jigs and minnows off the docks and 20 feet down over brush piles (particularly 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 chicken liver and fish entrails around the docks and dam outlet area, and good in deeper water on liver and shrimp on trotlines; blue catfish fair (but small) on cut bait near the docks and on mud flats at northwest end of lake; walleyes fair (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: 84 degrees, stained, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good on dip baits over bean holes; crappies good on jigs and minnows in 10 feet of water in trees.
POMONA: 80s, stained, 3 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: 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; all other species slow.
WILSON: Low 80s, clearing, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Knotheads Baitshop reports: Walleyes fair early and late on Hot ’N Tots or jigs and nightcrawlers in shallow water; smallmouth bass fair on soft plastics, crankbaits and large minnows; stripers good trolling and downrigging with spoons, live bait and Salty’s; channel catfish good near the dam and in Hell Creek 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: 84 degrees, clearing, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish very good over bean holes on dip baits; crappies fair to good on jigs and minnows.
MILFORD: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers good early and late (midlake is best) on topwater baits, buzz baits, Double-W Shad Flutter spoons, Bubbas and cut bait; white bass fair to good in upper end of lake; blue catfish fair to good north of Madison.
HILLSDALE: 81 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies spotty (and small) on jigs and minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water; walleyes fair 10 feet down on crankbaits; all other species slow.
LA CYGNE: 85 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: Wipers good; flathead catfish fair (a 70-pounder was caught last week); largemouth bass fair; all other species slow.
GLEN ELDER: 80s, clear, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: White bass fair under lights on jigs and in the cool of the day where fish are surfacing; 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 good on shallow-running crankbaits, Bubbas and Double-W Flutter spoons trolling and casting off points and over structure 4 to 20 feet down lakewide; catfish good over bean holes.
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.
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