BULL SHOALS: Upper 80s, 6 to 8 feet of clarity, 21 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Black bass fair on jigs 30 feet down; walleyes fair on nightcrawlers or artificial baits on flats and trolling off points and bluffs; catfish fair on cut bait using trotlines and juglines. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Three to eight turbines in use; trout fair to good on PowerBait (yellow and pink are best), 1/4 -ounce red/gold spoons, Zig Jigs (white, black or olive) and Rapala Countdowns (gold/black is a favorite) or nightcrawlers or red worms. Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: No wadable water; Rim Shoals has been the hot spot; grasshopper season is here; add a nymph dropper (ruby midge) to increase takes.
TANEYCOMO: 50s, mostly clear, varying generation. 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: 81 degrees, clear, 15 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Stripers fair on 1-ounce white Bink’s spoons 75 feet down off main-lake points; bass, walleyes and crappies poor to fair on spinnerbaits near shore in brush.
LONGVIEW: 75 degrees, 25-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Catfish good (a 20-pound flathead was caught this week) off the docks and lakewide on cut bait, nightcrawlers or chicken liver; bass good on spinnerbaits over weed beds; bluegills fair to good on nightcrawlers; crappies fair on minnows and jigs.
POMME DE TERRE: 81 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Bass good on soft plastics and crankbaits along shorelines; all other species slow.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 84 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Bass good on soft plastics and jigs 20 feet down over main-lake brush piles; crappies fair on minnows or jigs 15 feet down over brush piles and marina docks; all other species slow.
REED AREA: 79 degrees, dingy, 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 near cover; channel catfish good on worms and chicken liver.
STOCKTON: 79 degrees, clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Walleyes fair on nightcrawlers in 19 feet of water; crappies fair to good on minnows in 18 to 19 feet of water over brush piles; catfish good on fresh shad in 10 to 20 feet of water drifted on flats; white bass very good on Rooster Tails and spoons in 1 to 5 feet of water along flats.
JACOMO: 80s, stained, high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair early on finesse jigs and weedless worms around tree cover and on minnows around drop-offs; white bass poor to fair early and late in coves trolling crankbaits or casting small jigs or swim baits; channel catfish fair to good in coves on cut bait, extra-large minnows, nightcrawlers and hot dogs; crappies fair to good early and late on minnows around marina; bluegills very good on wax worms around marina; flatheads fair early and overnight on sunfish and goldfish in coves and on flats.
BLUE SPRINGS: 80s, stained, 3 feet high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass good early in coves and in tree cover on weedless worms or jigs and fair before dawn and late on topwater baits; hybrids poor to fair trolling crankbaits around dam and windy points, and fair casting around spillway and blowhole where fish are surfacing; channel catfish good early and late on chicken livers, extra-large minnows and cut shad in coves and off points; bluegills very good on wax worms, nightcrawlers and crickets in rocky areas; crappies fair on minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads poor to fair at night and early on goldfish or sunfish on flats; carp excellent around spillway.
TABLE ROCK: 90 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: White bass fair to good early on wake baits where fish are schooling and later on 1/2 -ounce white jigging spoons (largemouth bass can be found mixed in with the whites); bluegills good on nightcrawlers and crickets in 15 feet of water off points and in timbered pockets; flathead catfish good on juglines in timbered pockets.
TRUMAN: 78 degrees, clear, 4 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: Crappies good (but often small) on jigs or minnows 6 to 15 feet deep in the trees and in brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water, larger fish can be found on main-lake flats; hybrids good late on large spoons or minnows over deep humps.
SMITHVILLE: 84 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish excellent early on dip baits in 8 feet of water in coves and on flats; white bass fair on pepper spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps where fish are chasing shad and 16 feet down off points; flatheads and blue catfish fair (flatheads on bluegills or goldfish; blues on cut bait); crappies fair (but small) on minnows with a slip bobber set about 7 feet over brush piles (near the dam is a hot spot); black bass spotty early and late on topwater baits and in between on creature baits and nightcrawlers in timbered areas.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 91 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Catfish poor to fair late on dip baits or cut bait; black bass and wipers poor to fair early and late on live bait or jigs.
KILL CREEK PARK: 89 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair early and late on live bait or jigs off shorelines; crappies poor to fair late; catfish fair early and late on cut bait or dip baits.
COFFEY COUNTY: 100 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, 1/2 foot low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass good; white bass and largemouth bass fair.
MELVERN: 80 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Crappies good on minnows off the docks and lakewide 10 to 12 feet deep; smallmouth bass and white bass good on spoons and shallow-running crankbaits along shorelines and riprap; largemouth bass fair on shallow-running crankbaits off rocky shorelines; channel catfish fair to good on chicken liver, nightcrawlers and shrimp in deeper water, and on cut shad on trotlines; blue catfish fair on cut bait near the docks and on mud flats at northwest end of lake.
CLINTON: 82 degrees, stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: Catfish good on nightcrawlers near fish feeders; crappies fair on jigs and minnows off the docks; all other species slow.
POMONA: 72 degrees, fairly clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Catfish very good on various baits on rod and reel and limb lines; white bass and wipers good on crankbaits, jigs and spoons; largemouth bass fair on topwater baits; crappies fair on jigs and minnows off the docks.
WILSON: High 70s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Knotheads Baitshop reports: Stripers good on slab spoons, nightcrawlers, minnows and black Salty’s in 25 to 40 feet of water; channel catfish good on minnows, dip baits, cut bait or nightcrawlers lakewide; blue catfish good on rod and reel or juglines with cut bait, live bait or minnows on west end and in Hell Creek; smallmouth bass good (but small) on minnows; white perch and white bass excellent.
PERRY: 79 degrees, stained, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish excellent in 12 to 24 feet of water over bean holes on Sonny’s dip bait (small blue catfish are mixed in); white bass good on Road Runners where fish are surfacing; crappies fair on jigs and minnows; crappies good (but small) on minnows off marina docks.
MILFORD: 77 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers fair to very good early and late (midlake to the dam is best) on Double-W Shad Flutter spoons where fish are surfacing or in deep water close to the river channel off points or near drop-offs; white bass fair on Double-W Shad Flutter spoons, Bubbas and marabou jigs in the back of coves.
HILLSDALE: 86 degrees, clearing, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies fair (but small) on minnows or Swedish Pimples in 20 to 25 feet of water; walleyes fair to good on nightcrawlers before dawn, after dusk and at night off points and on flats; channel catfish very good on variety of baits on rod and reel and on limb lines.
LA CYGNE: 80s, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: White bass very good on shad-body crankbaits, catfish good early and late; crappies good early and late on minnows; largemouth bass fair early and late.
GLEN ELDER: 80s, clear, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Walleyes fair trolling crankbaits on west end and drifting with jigs and nightcrawlers (wipers can be found mixed in with walleyes); catfish good over bean holes and on shad using bank lines; white bass good on slab spoons, jigs or live bait where fish are surfacing.
TUTTLE CREEK: 84 degrees, clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass very good (midday is best) on Bubbas and Double-W Flutter spoons, best success in lower three-quarters of lake where fish are surfacing or in 18 feet of water; catfish good over bean holes on dip baits.
WYANDOTTE: 81 degrees, very clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish fair to 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; crappies fair on minnows over brush piles; wipers and white bass good (but small) on chicken liver.
EL DORADO: 80s, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Crappies good on jigs and minnows in 8 to 11 feet of water in timbered creek channels; blue catfish fair to good on cut bait near flooded creek channels; channel catfish good 8 to 14 feet down over bean holes; wipers good trolling crankbaits along ledges or old roads or casting soft plastics off windy points; white bass fair casting or trolling Twister Tails, small crankbaits or spinners off windy points; walleyes good on worm rigs or spinners on the flats and trolling crankbaits off points.
Bruce Janssen, Special to The Star