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Fishing report: Area water bodies welcome warming weather, improving prospects

Anthony Scoma, left, and Roy Butler hauled in 23.55 pounds of bass (five fish) in the weekly tournament at Longview Lake.
Anthony Scoma, left, and Roy Butler hauled in 23.55 pounds of bass (five fish) in the weekly tournament at Longview Lake. Submitted photo

Here is the fishing report for Kansas and Missouri lakes and reservoirs for the week of April 25.

Missouri

BULL SHOALS: low to mid 50s, clear, about 6.5 feet high. Outlook: Guide Del Colvin reports: most fishing has continued to be hit or miss, but you can definitely find them. Shad are starting to come up in the creeks and are dying off, which has made fishing tough. If it’s sunny and calm, try Carolina rig or Ned rig along secondary points halfway back in creek channels. If you get an overcast day with a little wind, a jerk bait can work off steeper secondary points that lead into spawning pockets. A fluke can work if you find the shad. Crappie are moved up in deep bushes. All other species – no reports. Below the dam: John Berry of Berry Brothers reports: there are some caddis coming off in the afternoon. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a pink worm with a prince nymph (#14) suspended below it). Use weight to get your flies down.

TANEYCOMO: 46 degrees, clear, running about 0.5 units Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: dragging nightcrawlers and minnows have been working well, you’ll catch your bigger fish on those baits. White power eggs caught a lot of fish this past weekend as well. A #12 gray scud under a float with a triple A BB to get it down has worked very well below the dam. Try an egg fly or San Juan worm or sculpin, sculpin/ginger, white, white/gray jigs below the dam too.

NORFORK: mid to upper 50s, main lake - clear, creeks – stained, about 8 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: no updated report submitted. Last week’s report said: stripers/hybrids – can be found chasing shad in 25-30 feet of water; white bass – good during the daytime back in the creeks and are spawning; bass – have really picked up and all species are in tight on the bank spawning; walleye – are in post spawn staging areas; all other species – slow or no reports.

LONGVIEW: low 50s, 18 inches of clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: largemouth – good in shallow water on plastics and crankbaits, the weekly bass tournament landed some good bags of fish over the weekend; all other species – no reports. Fishing is available around the dock during marina hours from 7am-4:30pm. Special note from Tyler: If you’re a social media user, the “Lee’s Summit Area Fishing” Facebook group has an engaged membership that posts regular updates throughout the week.

POMME DE TERRE: 55 degrees, 3 feet of clarity, about 2.2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass – fair on a variety of baits in shallow water; crappie – fair to good and starting to stage close to the bank, try using jigs or minnows; all other species – slow or no reports.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 52 degrees, stained, about 4.2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappie – good in shallow brush on minnows or jigs, they are in less than 10 feet of water; bass – staging up behind boat docks and can be caught using jigs, lizards, or top water.

REED AREA: 52 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: crappie – fair on tube jigs and minnows near brush piles, sunny days are best; trout – have been very good on Power bait, inline spinners, and small jigs on windy banks; channel catfish – picking up on worms; largemouth – fair on slow moving baits, try Gopher or Plover Lake; all other species – slow. Special note from Tyler: If you’re a social media user, the “Lee’s Summit Area Fishing” Facebook group has an engaged membership that posts regular fishing updates throughout the week.

STOCKTON: mid to upper 50s, clear, about 3 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappie – good on jigs and minnows in the upper arms of the creeks near spawning beds; bass – very good on Wiggle Warts on bluff ends and Alabama rigs on first and secondary points; walleye – fair on jigs and crawlers on main lake points; white bass – you can catch them way up the rivers in shallow water on white grubs. Note from Tyler: if you’re a social media user, the “Stockton Lake Fishing” Facebook group has an engaged membership which provides excellent daily updates.

JACOMO: low 50s, slightly stained, about normal Outlook: Forty Woods Bait & Tackle reports: crappie – picking up in shallow water using minnows and jigs; largemouth – good on chatter baits, plastic worms, Ned rigs, and jerk baits; channel cats – fair to good on chicken liver or worms. Special note from Tyler: If you’re a social media user, the “Lee’s Summit Area Fishing” Facebook group has an engaged membership that posts regular fishing updates throughout the week.

BLUE SPRINGS: low 50s, slightly stained, about normal Outlook: Forty Woods Bait & Tackle reports: hybrids – fair along the dam and picking up; crappie – numbers are being caught shallow, but not many large fish yet; channel cats – fair on chicken liver or worms. Special note from Tyler: If you’re a social media user, the “Lee’s Summit Area Fishing” Facebook group has an engaged membership that posts regular fishing updates throughout the week.

TABLE ROCK: mid to upper 50s, clear to stained, a little high. Outlook: Eric Prey of Focused Fishing Guide Service reports: bass – fish starting to make beds, but mostly the smaller males so far. Still getting them on shaky head, Ned rig, swimbaits and jigs; white bass – slow; crappie – doing well up the James and Long Creek on jigs, swimming minnows and live minnows; all other species – slow or no reports.

TRUMAN: mid to upper 50s, stained, 0.2 feet low. Outlook: Jeff Faulkenberry’s Endless Season Guide Service reports: crappie – starting to hit the banks; blue cats – suspended in shad on channel edges; white bass – good up the back of creeks early morning; largemouth – some of the best seen in a while with several 7-8 pounders caught, try top water early then spinnerbaits. Special note from Tyler: If you’re a social media user, the “Truman Lake Area Fishing” Facebook group has an engaged membership that posts regular updates throughout the week. This is a great place to find daily updates for below Truman Dam.

SMITHVILLE: 50 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: had first Thursday night bass tournament, 84 anglers caught 12 bass; crappie – slow; all other species – slow or no reports. Fishing expected to really pick up by the weekend.

Kansas

SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 47 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: trout – good using Power Bait or spinners; crappie/panfish – fair to good on worms or plastics; catfish – poor to fair using chicken liver or dough bait; bass/wipers – poor to pair using worms.

KILL CREEK PARK: 47 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: trout – fair on small spinners; crappie/panfish – fair using worms or small plastics; bass – poor to fair, try worms or plastics; catfish – poor to fair using chicken liver or dough bait.

COFFEY COUNTY: low to mid 50s, clear, a little low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: fishing has still been pretty slow. White bass/wipers and smallmouth have been the best in the last week. Activity has been picking up.

MELVERN: 48 degrees, visibility around 6 feet, about 1 foot low. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: crappie – poor to fair with numbers of 10" fish increasing around the docks and in the crack by the heated dock using dark jigs and minnows, best in early morning and mid-afternoon. Some success on established brush piles on the lake. Smallmouth - fair, along the shoreline and rip rap face of the dam using spoons and shallow crankbaits. Several around the docks being caught on minnows. White bass - fair lake wide on jigs and minnows; all other species – slow or no report.

CLINTON: 47 degrees, murky, 0.2 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: Crappie – fair to good around the dock; all other species – slow or no reports. Courtesy docks at all boat ramps in Bloomington Park are in the water and ready for use.

POMONA: 52 degrees, clear, about 1 foot low. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappie – picking up in Dragoon and in the creeks. Channel cats are biting still.

PERRY: 55 degrees, clear, about 2.2 feet low Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish tournament – a lot of 20 pounders, as big as 40 pounds; crappie – intermittent but still good around marinas and in Rock Creek, thinking by this weekend a lot of crappie will be up close to the bank; white bass – some caught up in the Delaware near Valley Falls; saugeye – no reports, but you can usually find them near the white bass; all other species – slow or no reports.

MILFORD: low to mid 50s, mostly clear, about 2.3 feet low. Outlook: Vic Oertle Guide Service reports: Catfish are being caught in the upper end, but smallmouth bass seem best of all species recently. Things just haven’t really started yet.

HILLSDALE: 51 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappie – fair on jigs from 10-15 feet deep; catfish – good on chicken liver and worms on the bottom; fishing dock is open daily at 7am.

LA CYGNE: 60 degrees at hot water outlet, 2.5-3 feet of clarity, about normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: fishing activity has continued to be slow. White bass and crappie are being caught in better numbers. Some large bass and blue cats have been caught in last week.

GLEN ELDER (WACONDA LAKE): upper 40s/low 50s, clear, about 1 foot low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappie – fair but have been difficult to catch lately as they break up in preparation for the annual spawn. As the water temperatures warm into the mid-50's fish will begin to move in shallow. Prior to that, anglers should look for fish in offshore staging areas in 10-25 feet of water near any brush close to traditional spawning areas. Walleye – fair and the spawn is winding down now, but anglers are still catching a limited number of fish along the dam. As these fish leave the dam they typically head to the west end of the reservoir near Schoen's Cove, Gibbs Point, and the Cawker Causeway. Jig and worm or jig and minnow often work well this time of year as the fish begin to feed again to help recover from the spawn. Over 6 million walleye fry were stocked in the lake this spring. White bass/wipers – fair with the white bass spawn about to begin with fish starting to move up the rivers. Anglers should be able to start catching some near the log jams and any shallow riffle areas using white and chartreuse twister tails. Fish will also move into rocky banks like the Cawker City causeway, dam, and south bluffs as the males will show up first followed by the females. They typically bite well during this time of year on roadrunners, slab spoons, Rattletraps, and Kastmasters. Black bass – will be good over the next couple of weeks with the smallmouth bass moving into rocky and sandy coves for their annual spawn. Largemouth bass will be hanging out in similar areas, but can also be found in areas with standing timber and flooded vegetation and are often caught on white and chartreuse spinnerbaits and a variety of plastic baits. Glen Elder Pond: trout – excellent in the outlet area or the pond using a variety of small jigs and inline spinner baits as well as salmon eggs, Powerbait, and cheese. The last batch of trout was stocked in the Glen Elder Outlet on April 12th.

TUTTLE CREEK: upper 40s/low 50s, clear, a little low. Outlook: Vic Oertle Guide Service reports: a few crappie are being caught as deep as 30 feet. All other species – slow or no reports.

WYANDOTTE: 50 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: no updated report submitted. Last week’s report: crappie – fair on minnows and scattered all over; bass – fair to good in deeper water; trout – slowed down quite a bit.

WILSON: 50 degrees, clear (7-8 feet), 0.2 feet high Outlook: Knothead’s Bait Shop reports: stripers – biting well out west on bucktails, try near Elm Creek; walleye – getting better with some caught near the dam; channel cat – continue to be biting extremely well; smallmouth – biting very well.

EL DORADO: low to mid 50s, stained, 4.3 feet low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: no major changes week to week. Wipers – fair with a few wiper reports this past week. Need some warmer weather to get these fish back in to the shallows! Look for them on shallow, rocky, wind-blown points when the water temps rise again. White bass – slow to fair with no reports in the last week. Blue catfish – fair a few being caught on fresh cut bait on wind-blown points and shorelines. 25 inch to 35 inch protective slot limit on blue catfish. Daily creel limit is 5 per day with no more than two 35 inches and longer. White perch – fair on worms near humps and ledges in 8-11 feet of water; white crappie – fair on jigs or minnows fished in brush or near timbered creek channels 9 to 11 feet down, some activity picking up in the creeks; walleye – fair and the walleye spawn is slowing down, but numbers of fish remain on rocky shorelines. Casting floating jerk baits, suspending crankbaits, or working jig and minnow combos along shallow rocky shorelines after dark are good tactics. Length limit is 21-inches with a 2/day creel limit.

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