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Fishing report for Sept. 18

FISHING

Missouri

▪ NORFORK: 79 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers excellent on white 1-ounce Bink’s spoons in 60 to 70 feet of water within two miles of the dam; walleyes good on Bink’s Spoons on the bottom in 28 feet of water; catfish good on jug lines with cut bait in 30 feet of water on the main lake.

▪ SMITHVILLE: 72 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair to good on minnows, jigs 6 to 8 feet down in 20 feet of water in main-lake brush; black bass good on Brush Hogs, spinnerbaits along the grass lines off main-lake points; channel catfish good on a variety of baits on main-lake flats; white bass fair on Pepper Spoons, small crankbaits, Road Runners, Rooster Tails where fish are surfacing early and late.

▪ STOCKTON: 74 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows in 15 feet of water in brush; walleyes fair to good on jerkbaits, crankbaits in 5 to 7 feet of water along bluffs; bass good on jigs, plastic worms in 5 to 7 feet of water off main-lake points.

▪ TABLE ROCK: 79 degrees, clear, 6 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: Kentucky bass very good on drop-shot rigs with small purple plastic worms or jigging spoons in 30 feet of water along main-lake points and bluff ends.

▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 80 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies fair on minnows in 15 feet of water in brush; bass fair on jigs, plastic worms in 12 to 15 feet of water in brush; channel catfish good on cut bait, prepared bait in 15 feet of water.

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 75 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass fair on spinnerbaits, deep-diving crankbaits in the shallows off the points; muskies good on a variety of baits in the shallows.

▪ TANEYCOMO: Very clear, variable power generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout fair on No. 18 black or red zebra midges. Below Fall Creek: trout good on air-injected night crawlers, orange PowerBait from the bridges to Monkey Island.

▪ LONGVIEW: 71 degrees, 35-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: catfish good on minnows off thre marina docks; crappies good on tube jigs off the marina docks and 20 to 25 feet of water on the main lake; bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits along shallow weed lines.

▪ TRUMAN: 71 degrees, murky, one-half foot low. Outlook: Bucksaw Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on minnows along isolated timber on the main lake); catfish fair to good on fresh cut shad in 12 to 18 feet of water on main-lake humps. Below the dam: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: all species poor.

▪ BULL SHOALS: 80 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: walleyes fair on bottom-bouncers with night crawlers in 40 to 45 feet of water; crappies poor to fair on minnows, jigs in 25 feet of water in the brush; catfish fair on trotlines with sunfish in 15 feet of water.

▪ REED AREA: 62 degrees, murky, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: black bass fair on plastic worms, jigs near weed lines and brush piles; channel catfish poor to fair (a few are being caught on chicken liver, cut bait); crappies fair on tube jigs, minnows near brush and weeds; bluegills poor to fair (a few are being caught on worms, small jigs under bobbers).

▪ JACOMO: 72 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: channel catfish good on cut bait off points; crappies fair on small minnows off the marina docks; bluegills fair to good on crickets.

▪ BLUE SPRINGS: 80 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: catfish fair on liver; crappies fair on minnows in the coves.

Kansas

▪ MILFORD: 77, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Rick Dykstra reports: white bass very good on spoons, topwater lures on the north half of the lake; wipers good on jigging spoons, live bait at midlake; smallmouth bass good on topwater lures, plastic baits in the rocky shallows; blue catfish good on shad, cut bait in 14 to 35 feet of water on the flats.

▪ PERRY: 75 degrees, slightly murky, 2 feet high. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: white bass excellent on spoons off main-lake points and where fish are surfacing; crappies fair on jigs in 10 to 14 feet of water around bridges and in brush; catfish fair to good on cut shad in 8 to 10 feet of water on the north end.

▪ EL DORADO: 70 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows in 8 to 10 feet of water in brush; wipers, white bass good on slab spoons in 14 feet of water in dam area and off main-lake points.

▪ WILSON: mid-70s, clear, 7 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers very good where fish are surfacing in evening; smallmouth bass good on plastic baits, live bait in less than 14 feet of water in rocky areas; catfish fair to good on shad.

▪ MELVERN: 77 degrees, clear, one-half foot low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows in 15 feet in brush; walleyes fair on night-crawler harnesses in 12 to 15 feet of water on the flats; bass good on crankbaits in 6 feet of water in the coves; blue catfish good on sunfish on the flats.

▪ POMONA: 76 degrees, clear, one-half foot low. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows off marina docks; wipers, white bass fair trolling crankbaits; catfish good on shad.

▪ CLINTON: 75 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs in 10 to 15 feet of water in main-lake brush and off marina docks; catfish fair to good on night crawlers drifting the flats.

▪ HILLSDALE: 74 degrees, clear, one-half foot low. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows in 10 to 15 feet of water in brush.

▪ SHAWNEE MISSION: 72 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: crappies fair on minnows near marina and handicap pier; catfish fair on stink bait, panfish along north shore; bass fair on jigs, spinnerbaits along banks in the morning.

▪ WYANDOTTE: 73 degrees, very clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: largemouth, smallmouth bass fair (but mostly small) on plastic baits in the shallows.

▪ KILL CREEK: 70 degrees, 1- to 2-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish fair on stink bait, liver, worms off the dock and near the island; bass fair on spinnerbaits, topwater poppers in the morning.

▪ HERITAGE: 70 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish fair on worms, stink bait along the island and off the marina dock; bass fair on spinnerbaits, jigs along the banks in the morning.

▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 100 degrees at the hot-water outlet, 82 degrees midlake, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass fair to good on crawdad imitations in rocky areas.

▪ LA CYGNE: Mid-80s midlake, clear, 1 foot low. Normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks: blue catfish good on rod and reel with sunfish; largemouth poor to fair on north end.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: 75 degrees, muddy, 4 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

▪ GLEN ELDER: 76 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: all species poor.

Other area waters

▪ GRAND (Okla.): 73 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Matt Watson reports: white bass good on Go-Go Minnows in the shallows off main-lake points (windy days offer best fishing); catfish good on cut shad in 35 to 40 feet of water.

▪ WHITE RIVER (Ark.): Clear, low water in the morning, power generation in the afternoon. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: trout very good on midges, olive woolies, soft hackles. Spin fishing: trout very good on Berkley Power Worms, spoons, spinners, crankbaits, PowerBait.

▪ BEAVER LAKE (Ark.): 76 degrees, clear, 7 feet low. Outlook: Bailey’s Guide Service reports: stripers good trolling live shad in 20 to 40 feet of water in early morning and at night. Stripers also are being caught on umbrella rigs with white grubs and downriggers with Rapalas, Bomber crankbaits and spoons. Stripers, walleyes good on 1-ounce white Bink’s Spoons in deep shad schools.

To reach outdoors editor Brent Frazee, call 816-234-4319 or send email to bfrazee@kcstar.com.

Brent’s best bet

The spoon-fed fish are biting at Norfork Lake. The fishing is rated as excellent for stripers and good for walleyes on Bink’s spoons. Catfish also are biting on jug lines with cut bait.

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