BULL SHOALS: Mid- to high 80s, 8 to 10 feet of clarity, 16 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Walleyes good on jigs 30 feet down and trolling worm harnesses; black bass fair at night on topwater baits and dark-colored spinnerbaits; catfish very good on cut bait, nightcrawlers and hot dogs using trotlines. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: heavy generation; trout good on silver and black Husky Jerks and white or white/gray jigs. 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, clear, varying generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trout good on pink Power Worms at Branson Landing; on pink Power Worms, jigs, PowerBait, pink Gulp Eggs (with enough flow) and worms at Monkey Island; on pink Power Worms and (with enough flow) on 1/8- to 3/32 -ounce sculpin or white jigs or No. 5 or No. 7 Rapalas (silver/black or rainbow is best) from Lilleys’ to Cooper Creek; on pink Power Worms under a bobber or 1/80 -ounce white, brown, black/olive or pink jigs under a float 4 to 6 feet down from Trout Hollow to Lilleys’ — later try 1/16 -ounce jigs (black or black/olive); on air-injected nightcrawlers or (when water is running) on megaworms or No. 12 gray scuds on the bottom from Fall Creek to Trout Hollow; on microjigs under a bobber from the Narrows to Fall Creek; for fly fishermen, No. 12 to No. 16 gray or brown scuds fished on bottom under an indicator.
NORFORK: 81 degrees, clear, 10 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: All species slow.
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LONGVIEW: No report. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Closed because of high water and unsafe conditions.
POMME DE TERRE: 80 degrees, 4 feet of clarity or less, 2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Crappies fair on jigs and minnows off the docks or over brush piles in 20 feet of water. All other species slow.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 79 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Bass fair on soft plastics and jigs 15 to 20 feet down over main-lake brush piles; crappies good (but small) on minnows or jigs 10 to 15 feet down over brush piles and off condo docks; all other species slow.
REED AREA: 81 degrees, muddy, 1 foot high. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bluegills and redears fair on worms under a bobber; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. All other species slow.
STOCKTON: 74 degrees, murky, 1 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: White bass good on Rooster Tails and spoons where fish are surfacing; crappies fair on minnows or jigs over brush piles in 13 to 18 feet of water; black bass fair on 10-inch plastic worms over brush piles in 18 feet of water; catfish very good on nightcrawlers and cut shad in flowing water in creeks.
JACOMO: High 70s to mid-80s, very stained, very high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair early on topwater baits and soft plastics around cover; white bass fair early on swim baits, crankbaits or spoons where fish are surfacing; channel catfish good to very good on cut bait, liver and extra-large minnows lakewide; bluegills very good on wax worms and red worms lakewide; flatheads good on live bait and cut shad where there is current (a 50-pound fish was caught this week in Liggett Cove).
BLUE SPRINGS: High 70s to mid-80s, very stained, very high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass slow to fair late on soft plastics along the weed line; hybrids good on liver and shad near the spillway, bridge and blowhole; channel catfish good to very good on cut bait and live bait in cover; bluegills good on red worms, wax worms and crickets lakewide; crappies poor to fair on minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads good early and late on live bait and cut bait where there is current.
TABLE ROCK: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Black bass good early on topwater baits off points; white bass good on 1/2 -ounce jigs and spoons off points; walleyes fair on worm harnesses 35 to 45 feet down off points.
TRUMAN: 82 degrees, varying clarity, 3 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bob Bates reports: Crappies good to excellent on minnows in brush piles in 18 to 20 feet of water; white bass good on large spoons or minnows over deep humps. Cody’s Guide Service reports: Catfish good drifting with cut shad or using jug lines in 20 to 25 feet of water. Below the dam: Catfish good.
SMITHVILLE: 80 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish excellent on dip baits, liver and shad using rod and reel and on goldfish, bluegills and cut bait using trotlines and limb lines; 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; crappies fair on minnows or jigs 10 to 15 feet down over brush piles; black bass poor to fair early on topwater baits and later on creature baits and nightcrawlers.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 91 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Catfish poor to fair on cut bait or dip bait from shoreline; black bass and wipers poor to fair early and late on live bait; crappies and panfish poor to fair on worms.
KILL CREEK PARK: 87 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass poor to fair early and late on live bait in timber; crappies and panfish poor to fair late on worms; catfish poor to fair late on cut bait or dip bait.
COFFEY COUNTY: 94 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass good; largemouth bass, crappies and channel catfish fair.
MELVERN: 79 degrees, fairly clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Crappies good (but small) on minnows or dark jigs off the docks and on minnows 8 to 10 feet down over brush piles west of Turkey Point Park; smallmouth bass and white bass fair on spoons and shallow-running crankbaits along shorelines and riprap; largemouth bass fair on shallow-running crankbaits off rocky shorelines; channel catfish good on cut bait or shrimp around the docks and in deeper water on liver, shrimp or cut shad; blue catfish fair on cut bait near the docks and on mud flats at northwest end of lake; walleyes good on bottom bouncers or trolling in 4 to 5 feet of water near the Lebo bridge.
CLINTON: 81 degrees, stained, 3 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: Catfish good on Sonny’s dip bait in the timber; crappies fair on jigs or minnows in 10 to 14 feet of water; all other species slow.
POMONA: 72 degrees, fairly clear, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Catfish very good on various baits on rod and reel and limb lines; wipers good early and late on crankbaits and spoons 10 to 15 feet down; largemouth bass and white bass fair; crappies fair on jigs and minnows off the docks and 12 to 15 feet down over brush piles.
WILSON: High 70s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Knotheads Baitshop reports: Stripers fair trolling crankbaits and live bait; 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; largemouth bass good early and late on Zoom Horny Toads; walleyes fair on jigs and worms, swim baits and rattle baits in 6 to 12 feet of water off rocky points; white perch and white bass excellent.
PERRY: 79 degrees, stained, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Blue catfish very good drifting minnows in Rock Creek; channel catfish excellent in 12 to 24 feet of water over bean holes on Sonny’s dip bait; white bass good on Road Runners where fish are surfacing; smallmouth bass fair.
MILFORD: 77 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers spotty on Double-W Shad Flutter spoons 18 to 35 feet down; channel catfish good over bean holes on dip baits; white bass spotty on topwater baits in back of coves.
HILLSDALE: 78 degrees, stained, 8 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies fair (but small) on jigs or minnows off the docks. All other species slow.
LA CYGNE: 80s, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: Blue catfish good; 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 very good on slab spoons or jigs where fish are surfacing.
TUTTLE CREEK: 84 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass very good on Bubbas and Double-W Flutter spoons (a few catfish are mixed in); channel catfish good over bean holes on dip baits.
WYANDOTTE: 78 degrees, stained, 1/2 foot high. 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.
Bruce Janssen, Special to The Star