BULL SHOALS: Mid-80s, clear, 10 feet high. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Black bass good on soft plastics around shorelines and flooded roadbeds, also good on 1/2 -ounce jigs off flooded flats and points; walleyes good on nightcrawlers and crankbaits in shallow water, also 1/2 -ounce spoons in deeper water; stripers fair on live bait, large swimbaits and topwater baits. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: four to five generators in use; trout good on orange/black jigs, Rogues and orange/black/silver stick baits, also orange and/or yellow PowerBait for rainbows. Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: No wadable water; the catch-and-release section has been the hot spot; grasshopper season continues, also woolly buggers,Y2Ks prince nymphs, pheasant tails, midges, San Juan worms and sowbugs.
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. 12-16 gray or brown scuds fished on bottom under an indicator.
NORFORK: 78 degrees, clear, 6 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Stripers poor due to low oxygen levels; bass, walleyes, hybrids and catfish good above 20-foot level on spinnerbaits or 1/2 -ounce Bink’s spoons in brush (try topwater baits early for bass).
LONGVIEW: 73 degrees, 32-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Black bass fair to good on crankbaits, Senkos and spinnerbaits around the weed lines; crappies good 10 to 15 feet down on jigs or minnows off the docks; white bass spotty on spinnerbaits; bluegills fair on worms.
POMME DE TERRE: 78 degrees, 3 feet of clarity, normal. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: All species slow.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 83 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: 72 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bluegills and redears fair on worms under a bobber; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and cut bait; black bass fair on soft plastics near cover; crappies fair on tube jigs and minnows near brush piles and weed beds.
STOCKTON: 74 degrees, clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Black bass fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits; white bass fair on crankbaits and swimming grubs; crappies fair on jigs over brush piles; catfish fair on hot dogs and nightcrawlers; walleyes fair on nightcrawler-tipped jigs, also fair trolling crankbaits..
JACOMO: Mid- to high 70s, stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair to good on soft plastics around structure, also on minnows around drop-offs; white bass fair to good early trolling crankbaits or casting spoons in the coves; channel catfish good to very good early and late on live bait in the coves and off points; bluegills good on wax worms and red worms lakewide; crappies fair to good early on minnows around the marina and over main-lake brush.
BLUE SPRINGS: Mid- to high 70s, very stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair early on soft plastics and jigs around structure, also good on weedless swimbaits in weed beds; hybrids fair on liver in the Woods Chapel bridge area, also fair on spoons around the blowhole; channel catfish good on cut bait, liver and nightcrawlers lakewide; bluegills good on red worms, wax worms and crickets lakewide; crappies fair to good on minnows over main-lake brush.
TABLE ROCK: 80 degrees, dingy, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Black bass fair on red finesse worms and topwater baits in the evening; all other species slow.
TRUMAN: 78 degrees, muddy, 5 feet high. Outlook: Cody’s Guide Service reports: Crappies fair on jigs and minnows in 12 to 18 feet of water over brush; white bass fair on jigs off windy points; catfish spotty on rod and reel using cut shad in 12 feet of water, also on jug lines or trotlines. Below the dam: Catfish good on cut bait.
SMITHVILLE: 74 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish excellent — channels on dip baits, liver and shad using rod and reel, also on goldfish, bluegills and cut bait using trotlines and limb lines, for flatheads and blues use skipjack and shad; white bass fair on pepper spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps where fish are chasing shad, also 16 feet down off points; crappies good on minnows 6 to 8 feet down in 15 feet of water over main-lake brush piles, also in tree lines north of Highway W bridge; black bass poor to fair early on topwater baits and later on creature baits and nightcrawlers.
SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 80 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Catfish fair on cut bait or live bait from shoreline; black bass and wipers fair on jigs or live bait from shoreline; crappies and panfish fair on live bait.
KILL CREEK PARK: 78 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair early and late on nightcrawlers or soft plastics; crappies and panfish fair on worms or soft plastics; catfish fair on cut bait from shoreline.
COFFEY COUNTY: 95 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass very good; largemouth bass and crappies fair to good.
MELVERN: 77 degrees, fairly clear, normal. 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 good on spoons and shallow-running crankbaits along shorelines and riprap, also in flooded timber near west end; largemouth bass fair on shallow-running crankbaits off rocky shorelines; channel catfish good on cut bait or minnows 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. Below the dam: Channel catfish good on cut bait, liver and shrimp.
CLINTON: 74 degrees, stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: Catfish very good drifting shad, also on dip baits, liver and nightcrawlers over bean holes; crappies good on jigs (chartreuse and black are best) in timber; wipers good late on crankbaits, jigs or spinnerbaits where fish are surfacing; white bass good early trolling crankbaits and jigging spoons.
POMONA: 80 degrees, fairly clear, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Catfish good on nightcrawlers and Sonny’s dip bait on rod and reel and limb lines; wipers good early and late on crankbaits and spoons 10 to 15 feet down; crappies fair to good on jigs and minnows off the docks, also 12 to 15 feet down over brush piles.
WILSON: Mid-70s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Knotheads Baitshop reports: Stripers fair on slab spoons and live bait in shallow water; channel catfish good on minnows, dip baits, cut bait or nightcrawlers lakewide; blue catfish good (a 37-inch fish was caught this week) on rod and reel or juglines with cut bait, live bait or minnows on west end and in Hell Creek; smallmouth bass good on Zoom Horny Toads (white or black) or minnows around weed beds; walleyes fair on Hot ’N Tots, swim baits and rattle baits in 6 to 12 feet of water off rocky points; white perch and white bass excellent.
PERRY: 77 degrees, stained, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish good (along with some small blues) in 12 to 24 feet of water over bean holes on Sonny’s dip bait in Devil’s Gap area; crappies good in timber in Slough Creek, also lakewide (but small) on jigs or minnows 12 to 17 feet over brush piles and off rocky banks.
MILFORD: 76 degrees, clear, 1/2 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers and white bass good on Double-W Shad Flutter spoons, Bubbas and maribou jigs where fish are schooling; channel catfish good over bean holes on dip baits.
HILLSDALE: 74 degrees, stained, 3 feet high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies fair on jigs or minnows off the docks; channel catfish fair on minnows off the docks. All other species slow.
LA CYGNE: 70s, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: White bass good; crappies fair (but small); flatheads good.
GLEN ELDER: 76 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Walleyes good trolling crankbaits in 4 to 8 feet of water and drifting on shallow flats 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: 78 degrees, stained, 3 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass very good on Double-W Shad Flutter spoons and Bubbas (white or chartreuse are best) off points with deep water close by, on river channel drops and on flats with sharp contours; channel catfish good (and good sized) over bean holes on dip baits.
WYANDOTTE: 80 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish fair to good in evening 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.
EL DORADO: 80s, fairly clear, 1/2 foot low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Crappies good on jigs 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 or shorelines; walleyes good on jigs and nightcrawlers or trolling crankbaits off points.
Bruce Janssen, Special to The Star