Outdoors report: Recent heavy winds have presented challenges for anglers. Use caution

Payden Hays (left) and Tyler Mahoney hammered white bass and smallmouth in Kansas over the weekend with fishing guide Brian Ondrejka, operator of Kansas Angling Experience. The key to success was fishing shallow running squarebill crankbaits on windblown banks. Experimenting with different colors proved to be important as fish targeted chartreuse over traditional shad-imitation colors.
Payden Hays (left) and Tyler Mahoney hammered white bass and smallmouth in Kansas over the weekend with fishing guide Brian Ondrejka, operator of Kansas Angling Experience. The key to success was fishing shallow running squarebill crankbaits on windblown banks. Experimenting with different colors proved to be important as fish targeted chartreuse over traditional shad-imitation colors. Submitted photo

Here is the fishing and hunting report for lakes and reservoirs in the Kansas City area and regionally around Kansas and Missouri for October 23, 201.



BULL SHOALS: 67 degrees, dingy to clear (5 feet) visibility, 3 feet high Outlook: Del Colvin Guide Service reports: Fishing is fair on cloudy days. The shad are at the surface to 25 feet deep near secondary points all the way into major creeks. Dropshot if bait will move off banks and points with no current. With sun, go deep with jigs, drop shots, or spoons 20-30 feet down on points or bluffs. Topwater is hit or miss. Bushes are still holding fish. Try spinnerbaits. Wind will help the look on long points with channel swing banks with rock nearby. Walleye are fair trolling around shad 20-25 feet down early in the morning. Spoon guys are catching on cloudy days. Crappie are showing up in brush piles. Del Colvin also does a video fishing report on YouTube: Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Report. Below the dam: John Berry of Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: The White has fished very well. The hot spot has been the Rim Shoals. 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 combination is a cerise high water San Juan worm with an egg pattern suspended below it). Use long leaders and plenty of weight to get your flies down.

TANEYCOMO: 59-61 degrees, clear, 1.5-2 units consistently Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Wading below the dam is very limited to some of the outlets and along the bank in some areas. Drifting #12 gray, brown and orange scuds from the cable down to Trout Hollow has been pretty good this week, along with egg flies and san juan worms. Fish them under a float or using a drift rig. White jigs are good in and below the trophy area. Sculpin and black or doing ok, too. Drifting nightcrawlers below Fall Creek is producing some really nice rainbows. The stretch between Fall Creek and Short Creek has been the best. The pink PowerWorm under a float 6-9 feet deep from above Monkey Island through the bridges is good. The wind has made drifting and fishing in general pretty tough the last few days but that should change shortly.

NORFORK: 70 degrees, stained, about 3 feet high Outlook: Bink’s Fintastic Guide Service reports: Stripers are now in 40 feet of water and crappie are biting well in shallow brush piles.

LONGVIEW: upper 50s/low 60s, stained, normal Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Crappie are very good lakewide using minnows or jigs 8-15 feet down with some big ones caught near the marina. White bass have been running a bit more lately. Bass are good on crankbaits along the banks. Fishing hours are 8am-4:30pm M-F. Will go until 2:30pm starting this coming Tuesday. Join Lee’s Summit Area Fishing Facebook group for daily updates.

POMME DE TERRE: 66 degrees, clear, normal Outlook: Pomme Muskie Guide Service reports: Bass have been very good until heavy winds arrived. Crappie are hitting all over water column with large numbers being caught. White bass are being found more often lately. Muskies have been slow.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: low to mid 60s, stained, 1.7 feet low Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: fishing has been tough recently. Crappie are 15 feet down in 20 feet of water. Bass have been tough in the last week, but anglers have been finding some on jigs.

JAMES A. REED: 58 degrees, clear, normal Outlook: Missouri Dept. of Conservation reports: all species are slow overall. Largemouth have been found on spinnerbaits and squarebills. Join Lee’s Summit Area Fishing Facebook Group for daily updates.

STOCKTON: low 60s, clear, 1 foot low Outlook: Tandem Fly Outfitters reports: Walleye are fair to good on a Jakked shooter head tipped with a nightcrawler and trolling flicker shad in 12-15 feet. Crappie are suspended around brush from 15-25 feet on jig or minnow using a 1/16th-1/8th oz jig head. Bass are scattered. Have a spook, jig and a crank bait tied on. White bass are scattered, but trolling a rooster tail or flicker shad will work.

JACOMO: upper 50s/low 60s, stained, normal Outlook: Lee’s Summit Area Fishing Facebook group reports: Crappie are still being found all over the water column. Look for them suspended 10-15 feet down or more near brush or standing timber using minnows or jigs. Bass have been fair in the last week on spinners.

BLUE SPRINGS: upper 50s/low 60s, stained, normal Outlook: Lee’s Summit Area Fishing Facebook Group reports: whites and wipers have been picking up recently. Several have been caught around the blowhole and near the dam. Crappie are slow to fair and can be found 8-12 feet deep on jigs or minnows in brush or standing trees.

TABLE ROCK: 65 degrees, clear to stained,normal Outlook: Eric Prey of Focused Fishing Guide Service reports: No changes. Some muddy water in the King’s River. Bass are finally starting to move shallow. Jigs, shaky heads and Ned Rigs have been effective on mixed rock and gravel points 5-20 feet deep. Top water baits have been effective on some days early and late, watch for fish chasing shad halfway to all the way back in creeks. Spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits have been working on cloudy and windy days fished parallel to steeper windblown banks. Crappie have been slow with a few being caught out of standing timber in the river arms and larger creeks on live minnows or white crappie jigs.

TRUMAN: 62 degrees, stained, 2 feet high Outlook: Richard Bowling Guide Service reports: Crappie are being caught on the flats and in the creeks in 8-12 feet of water fishing 7 to 8 feet down. Bite is good all day on jigs and minnows. Bass are being caught in the creeks and pockets on top water early then go to a spinner bait or shallow running crank bait. Catfish have been good in 15 feet on points with current.

SMITHVILLE: 59 degrees, clear, 6 feet high (8 CFS) Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappie are excellent in main lake brush piles on minnows. White bass are good on main lake points on windy days. Catfish are good lakewide. Very few walleye have been caught recently.


SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 58 degrees, clear, normal Outlook: JCPRD will stock rainbow trout at Shawnee Mission Park lake at 3:45 pm on Wed, Oct 23. Once the fish are stocked, the lake will be closed to all fishing until Saturday, Oct 26 at 5:00 am. Trout are fair on Powerbait. Crappie and panfish are fair on worms and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait, stink bait, or chicken liver. Bass/wipers have been fair on jigs.

KILL CREEK PARK: 58 degrees, clear, normal Outlook: JCPRD will stock rainbow trout at Kill Creek Park lake (2:30 pm) on Wed, Oct 23. Once the fish are stocked, the lake will be closed to all fishing until Saturday, Oct 26 at 5:00 am. Trout are fair on Powerbait. Crappie and panfish are fair on worms or minnows. Bass are fair on plastics and spinner baits. Catfish are fair on chicken liver.

MELVERN: 63 degrees, clear, 1.5 feet high (20 CFS Tuesday) Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: All boat ramps accessible. Crappie are fair to good near submerged trees and along the docks on minnows and dark jigs. Smallmouth are good lakewide on tubes and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on shallow crankbaits on wind blown banks. Channel cats are fair lakewide on nightcrawlers and livers. Blue catfish are fair at the west end of the lake and in the stilling basin on shad sides and entrails.

CLINTON: 59 degrees, dingy, 11.5 feet high (21 CFS) Outlook: KDWPT reports: Boat ramp #1 is open in the state park. Crappie are fair over brush on minnows and jigs. All other species slow. Road to Lake Henry is closed, as crews resurface the parking lot.

PERRY: low 60s, stained, about 17 feet high Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Rock Creek Marina boat ramp is only ramp open. All Corps. Of Engineers ramps are closed. Crappie are excellent around rocks, bridge pillars, and flooded buck brush 8-15 feet deep. Drifting for blue cats at the north end on flats has been very good for 20 to 30-pound blue cats. White bass are excellent and biting inline spinners.

COFFEY COUNTY (WOLF CREEK): mid 60s, clear, about normal Outlook: KDWPT reports: Entrance gate phone number is 620-364-2475. Be sure to call ahead for lake conditions. Not much fishing has occurred in the last week with heavy winds. Walleye have been fair near humps drifting nightcrawlers. Channel cats have been good on windblown banks. White bass and wipers are showing up on windblown banks frequently.

LA CYGNE: mid 60s, stained, normal Outlook: KDWPT reports: Some good white bass are being caught near the hot water outlet. Largemouth are good on deep side of riprap areas and weed beds. Use cranks, plastic worms, lizards or spinner baits. Crappie are close to brush in 5-12 feet of water on jigs or minnows. Catfishing has been excellent. For information on the Linn County Marina boat ramps, call 913-757-6633.

POMONA: 64 degrees, stained, 2.35 feet high (15 CFS Tuesday) Outlook: KDWPT reports: Channel catfish are good using worms, dip baits , sunfish entrails, cutshad, or stink/prepared baits. All other species are slow.

MILFORD: 64 degrees, stained, 19 feet high (500 CFS Tuesday) Outlook: KDWPT reports: Most boat ramps are still closed. Channel cats are fair on cut bait, worms, and stink bait. Blue catfish are best on fresh cut bait. Crappie have improved and are 10-20 feet deep suspended near points, flooded brush, and ledges on jigs and minnows. Walleye are good near rocky or wind-swept mud banks with jigs, crankbaits, or bottom bouncers. White bass and wipers are fair on jigs in the river on the north end of the reservoir.

HILLSDALE: 54 degrees, stained, 1 foot high (8 CFS Tuesday) Outlook: KDWPT reports: Crappie are fair in brush piles using minnows about 8-10 feet down. Bass are picking up near shallow vegetation on plastics or topwater. Some recent reports on walleye using crankbaits and jigs. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

GLEN ELDER (WACONDA LAKE): upper 50s/low 60s, stained, 0.5 feet high (1500 CFS Tuesday) Outlook: KDWPT reports: The Marina and Boller Point boat ramps are still closed. Open ramps include Osage, Granite Creek, Walnut Creek, Schoen’s Cove, and North Fork Bridge. Crappie are fair to good shallow feeding on shad around the state park, Mill Creek, and Schoen’s Cove. Walleye are fair to good in 5-10 feet of water early and late in the day. Smallmouth have been very good lately around the state park and the dam. White bass are outstanding and being caught on the lower end of the reservoir around the dam and state park area as well as the Walnut Creek area. Good numbers of 15 to 17 inch fish with 4-10 pound wipers mixed in.

TUTTLE CREEK: 68 degrees, clear, 39.4 feet high (4,000 CFS Tuesday) Outlook: Kansas Department of Wildlife reports: High water still limiting fishing. Very few anglers. Saugeye continue to be found downstream in the River Pond. Catfish have been fair on the main lake.

WILSON: upper 50s/low 60s, clear, 0.2 feet high Outlook: KDWPT reports: Stripers are slow to fair and more have been caught shallow in cooling temps. Walleye are fair drifting soft plastics early and late near vegetation 4-10 feet down. Marshall Cove and the Sawhill/Duvall area are holding shallow walleye. Channel cats are good throughout the reservoir on worms and dough bait. Blue cats are best at Minooka West and Duvall to Horseshoe bend in 6-20 feet of water. White bass are fair on 1/16 oz. jigs near windblown points near Lucas. Black bass are fair to good using chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits in the dead reed grass.

EL DORADO: low 60s, stained, normal (15 CFS Tuesday) Outlook: KS Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism: All boat ramps usable. Wipers and white bass are fair trolling or casting crank baits along windy shorelines. Find them under the birds. Crappie are fair near timber or brush piles on minnows and jigs. Walleye are fair trolling #9 and larger crankbaits along windblown shorelines, points, and flats.



Swan Lake: As of 10/16, 15,259 ducks including roughly 1,300 mallards, 1,500 bluewing teal, 6600 greenwing teal, 1,100 gadwall, and 3,400 ring-necked ducks.


CHEYENNE BOTTOMS: On 10/18, 5,000-10,000 ducks. Mix of typical early season migrants with strong numbers of redheads, pintails, shovelers, and teal. Around 2,500 geese, mostly whitefronts with a few snows and Canadas. Ducks are almost completely nocturnal and staying on the refuge or surrounding private grounds during daylight hours.

MARAIS DES CYGNES: Some early migrants starting to arrive. Season success: 395 teal / 312 hunter trips = 1.3 success.

NEOSHO: As of 10/14, season is currently closed for this area. There are 8,000-10,000 early season migrants. Mainly Teal, Gadwall and Pintail. Decent numbers of Mallards mixed in. 200 Canada Geese.

PERRY: As of 10/11, a mixed bag of ducks are beginning to show up in the area. Some Teal, Gadwall, Wood Ducks, and Mallards were observed, still in low numbers. Due to significant and repeated flooding, wetland habitat conditions are poor and water levels are still very high. Boards have been placed in every wetland and as lake levels continue to draw down water will be held at full pool across all wetlands. West River Boat Ramp/Parking area and Kyle Marsh Parking area/ramps are still inaccessible due to flood waters.

TUTTLE CREEK: As of 10/21, 1000 ducks and 14 Canada Geese.

MILFORD: No measurable waterfowl estimates this week. The flood water is still above the majority of the wetland levees and has been all growing season. This means no vegetation was able to grow or produce seed/food. This will be a very difficult waterfowl season at Milford Wildlife Area.

QUIVIRA: As of 10/17, there were roughly 3,000 geese and 7,500 ducks on the area. 4,000 ruddy ducks, 1,000 northern pintail, and 1,500 American wigeon.

MELVERN: As of 10/21, 3 Duck Marsh - Both units are partially pumped with approximately 75 teal and a couple of pintail. Willow Marsh - North and South units are partially pumped, a mix of approximately 50 Northern shoveler and teal was observed at the time of survey. Sundance Marsh - This unit is completely full, 30 teal were observed. Lowman’s Cove - All units are completely full. No waterfowl was observed on the survey. Shoveler Slough - LOCATION: South parking lot for Shoveler Slough is at the intersection of W 317th St. & S Davies Rd. There were no ducks observed during the survey.

Tyler Mahoney is a Rockhurst University-educated outdoors fanatic who works to support his hunting and fishing habits. Read more of his next-generation insight at mahoneyoutdoors.com.

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