BRENT’S BEST BET
The high water hasn’t hurt the fishing at Smithville Lake. Despite the level being almost 9 feet above normal, the bass are hitting in the newly flooded cover. The white bass also have been biting along the bridge pillars, and good catches of crappies are being reported.
▪ SMITHVILLE: 77 degrees, murky, 9 feet high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: black bass good on Senkos, square-bill crankbaits, topwater frogs in the newly flooded brush and vegetation; white bass good on Roster Tails, Road Runners, jigs along corners of bridge pillars; crappies good on jigs in shad schools; channel catfish fair on night crawlers in newly flooded vegetation.
▪ JACOMO: Mid 70s, stained, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: channel catfish good at night on large minnows, goldfish and night crawlers during the day under bobbers near the shelter houses; bluegills good on crickets, red worms; crappies fair early on minnows.
▪ LONGVIEW: 73 degrees, murky, 2 feet high. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: channel catfish good at night on cut shad, worms, minnows off main-lake points.
▪ BULL SHOALS: 84 degrees, clear, 15 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: walleyes good trolling crankbaits in 20 feet of water; catfish fair on juglines with worms, minnows in 5 to feet of water.
▪ BLUE SPRINGS: Low 70s, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: channel catfish good on large minnows, goldfish under bobbers along the dam; crappies fair to good on minnows in the main-lake brush piles; hybrids fair on swimbaits along the dam; black bass fair on topwater lures early.
▪ REED AREA: 78 degrees, dingy, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: bluegills, redear sunfish fair on red worms under a bobber; bass fair on a variety of lures in the shallows.
▪ TANEYCOMO: Clear, 2 units running. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout good on jigs, No. 14 gray scuds, San Juan worms. Below Fall Creek: trout good on air-injected night crawlers from Fall Creek to Short Creek; on white or orange Power Eggs near Branson Landing, and on pink and white Trout Magnets.
▪ NORFORK: 80 degrees, clear, 8 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers, wipers good on white one-half-ounce Bink’s Spoons 30 to 40 feet down; bass fair on grubs, jigs along the bank.
▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 78 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 20 feet of water in brush; bass fair to good on topwater early and on Brush Hogs during the day in 15 to 20 feet of water; catfish good on jug lines or on rod and reel with shad, cut bait in 20 to 30 feet of water.
▪ STOCKTON: 79 degrees, clear, 4 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies fair to good on Bandit crankbaits 12 feet down in 30 feet; walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers, crankbaits off points; bass fair on plastic baits in 18 feet of water off rocky banks and points; catfish very good on night crawlers along riprap and points.
▪ TABLE ROCK: 81 degrees, clearing, near normal. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: bass fair on topwater lures early and on live bait during the day at the thermocline 26 feet down.
▪ TRUMAN: 75 degrees, fairly clear, 9 feet high. Outlook: Cody’s reports: crappies fair on jigs in brush and along bluffs 12 to 20 down in 30 to 40 feet of water; catfish fair on jug lines with cut bait on the main lake: Below the dam: crappies, catfish fair.
▪ POMME DE TERRE: 81 degrees, murky on upper end, clear on lower end, 6 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass fair to good on topwater baits, crankbaits, plastic baits in 10 to 20 feet of water; crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on jigs in 15 to 20 feet of water in the brush) muskies good on deep-running crankbaits in 10 to 25 feet of water.
▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 90 degrees at the hot-water outlet, 75 degrees midlake, slight murky, one-half foot high. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass very good; white bass, wipers, channel catfish fair.
▪ WILSON: 74 degrees, clear, 8 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers fair to good on black salties, minnows; bass fair to good on minnows, plastic baits in the shallow, rocky areas.
▪ WYANDOTTE: 79 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 18 to 25 feet of water in the main-lake weeds; wipers fair to good trolling crankbaits on the main lake; bass fair on a variety of lures in the shallows.
▪ MELVERN: 79 degrees, murky, 4.6 feet high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: crappies poor to fair at the docks; catfish fair to good on chicken liver, shad. in outlet.
▪ PERRY: Mid 70s, murky, 17 feet high. Outlook: Tightlines Bait and Tackle reports: catfish good on night crawlers, stinkbait, cut shad where runoff is entering the lake; walleyes fair on jigs with night crawlers on the flooded flats.
▪ GLEN ELDER: mid 70s, murky, one-half foot high. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: walleyes fair; stripers fair.
▪ MILFORD: mid 70s, murky, 8 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: wipers good on topwater lures in pockets of clear water behind the south island.
▪ LA CYGNE: 81 degrees, fairly clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: bass poor to fair; crappies poor to fair.
▪ EL DORADO: 78 degrees, muddy, 5.8 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: walleyes fair to good trolling crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet of water; white bass, channel catfish poor to fair. Below the dam: catfish good on cut bait.
▪ CLINTON: 77 degrees, muddy, 7 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: all species poor.
▪ TUTTLE CREEK: , muddy, 34 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.
▪ POMONA: Mid 70s, murky, 11 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: all species poor.
▪ HILLSDALE: 79 degrees, muddy, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: all species poor.
Other area waters
▪ GRAND (OKLA.): 76 degrees, murky, 8 feet high. Outlook: Grand Lake Sports Center reports: white bass very good on Go-Go Minnows, Rooster Tails, small spinnerbaits where fish are surfacing in the evening; catfish very good on juglines with goldfish, panfish, cut shad; crappies good on jigs, minnows in 8 to 10 feet of water in the brush.
▪ WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, 2 units running. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: rainbow trout very good on bead-headed midges, olive Woolly Buggers. Spin fishing: trout very good on Thomas Buoyant Spoons, jigs, small Rapalas, pink glow worms, suspending stickbaits.