Outdoors

Fishing and hunting report for Oct. 16

Fishing

Missouri

▪ SMITHVILLE: 65 degrees, stained, 21/2 feet high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows off the Camp Branch and Little Platte marina docks; black bass good on spinnnerbaits, buzzbaits in newly flooded cover; channel catfish good on night crawlers in back of coves; white bass good on Road Runners, Pepper Spoons off windy main-lake points.

▪ NORFORK: 73 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers good on Bink’s Spoons in 60 to 70 feet of water in main-lake channels; bass good on topwater lures early in the morning; crappies good on jigs, minnows in the brush near steep banks.

▪ BLUE SPRINGS: 64 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: white bass, hybrids good on bright-colored Pepper Spoons, minnow-shaped jigs along banks; bluegills good on crickets, wax worms, pieces of redworms along the dam; channel catfish good on cut bait below the Jacomo Spillway.

▪ TRUMAN: 69 degrees, stained, 3.8 feet high. Outlook: Bucksaw Marina reports: crappies poor to fair on minnows 12 to 15 feet down in 25 to 28 feet of water along bluffs; catfish fair on shad in 9 to 13 feet of water drifting the main-lake flats. Below the dam: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies, catfish fair.

▪ JACOMO: 65 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on minnows off the marina docks and disabled dock; channel catfish very good on shad heads where runoff is entering lake and off the point near the disabled dock; bluegills fair on wax worms, pieces of redworms; walleyes fair on crankbaits trolled over main-lake humps.

▪ TABLE ROCK: 71 degrees, dingy, 3 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: crappies good on minnows in 6 to 8 feet of water along docks; bass fair to good on topwater lures along flooded cedars (best when cloudy).

▪ TANEYCOMO: Clear, limited power generation in the afternoon. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout fair on size 12 to 16 gray scuds under strike indicators. Below Fall Creek: trout fair on air-inflated night crawlers. Brown trout fishing is improving.

▪ LONGVIEW: 71 degrees, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: catfish good on minnows off the marina docks; crappies fair on jigs, minnows off the marina docks; black bass good on plastic baits in the flooded vegetation.

▪ STOCKTON: 69 degrees, clear, 21/2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies fair to good on jigs along channel drop-offs; walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers in 6 feet of water on flats; bass fair on squarebill crankbaits in 3 to 5 feet of water along laydowns off secondary points; catfish good on night crawlers where water is flowing into lake.

▪ BULL SHOALS: 71 degrees, clear, 4 feet low. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: largemouth bass fair to good on topwater lures along rocky banks; smallmouths poor to fair on soft-plastic baits in 20 feet of water; catfish poor to fair.

▪ REED AREA: 65 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: black bass fair on plastic worms, jig-and-pigs 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).

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 69 degrees, clear on the lower end, dingy on the upper end, 21/4 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass fair on jigs, plastic baits in 15 feet of water; muskies fair to good on crankbaits in 3 feet of water.

▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: upper 60s, murky, near normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: all species poor.

Kansas

▪ WILSON: High 60s, murky, clearing, 7 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers very good on black salties, jigging spoons in Nelson’s Cove and off Pelican Point; smallmouth bass fair to good on live bait, crankbaits in rocky coves; catfish good lakewide.

▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 80 degrees at hot-water outflow, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass good; white bass very good on white plastic baits; crappies poor to fair.

▪ MELVERN: 69 degrees, murky, 1 foot low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies good on minnows, jigs in 15 feet of water in brush; smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet of water along steep banks; catfish good on liver lakewide.

▪ MILFORD: 68 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: wipers fair to good on spoons, live bait where gulls are diving; smallmouth bass good on topwater lures in shallows; crappies good on jigs in brush, rocks.

▪ POMONA: Mid-60s, murky, 1 foot low. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows off docks; catfish good on shad, cut bait lakewide.

▪ PERRY: 64 degrees, muddy, 5 feet high and rising. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: catfish fair on night crawlers, shad near inflows.

▪ CLINTON: High 60s, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: channel catfish fair to good on shad, dip bait in areas that have been chummed.

▪ HILLSDALE: 64 degrees, murky, 1 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies fair on minnows in 6 to 10 feet of water in brush and off docks; catfish poor to fair on a variety of baits lakewide.

▪ LA CYGNE: 70 degrees midlake, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks: white bass, wipers fair; largemouth bass fair, channel catfish fair.

▪ SHAWNEE MISSION: 69 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish fair at night from the bank. Trout will be stocked Oct. 22, then lake will be closed to fishing until fall season opens Oct. 25.

▪ HERITAGE: High 60s, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish fair on worms, stink bait along the island and off the marina docks. Trout will be stocked Oct. 22, then lake will be closed to fishing until fall season opens Oct. 25.

▪ GLEN ELDER: High 60s, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: white bass good trolling crankbaits or casting in rocky areas; catfish poor to fair.

▪ KILL CREEK: 69 degrees, 1- to 2-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: all species poor. Trout will be stocked Oct. 22, then lake will be closed to fishing until fall season opens Oct. 25.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: 70 degrees, muddy, 4 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

Other area waters

▪ GRAND (Okla.): 67 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Grand Fishing Report reports: blue catfish very good drifting cut bait in deep water (35 to 50 feet); channel catfish good on Secret Seven prepared bait where runoff is entering lake; white bass good trolling 1/8th-ounce Go-Go Minnows in the shallows off main-lake points.

▪ WHITE RIVER (Ark.): Clear, low water in the morning, power generation in the evening. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: trout excellent on pearl or ruby midges, sow bugs in low water and on marabou jigs and egg patterns when there is current. Spin fishing: trout excellent on Berkley Power Worms with one yellow PowerBait egg, redworms, night crawlers, spoons.

▪ BEAVER LAKE (Ark.): 72 degrees, clear, low. Outlook: Bailey’s Guide Service reports: stripers good trolling live shad in 20 to 40 feet of water in early morning and late evening at the mouth of large arms and in coves. Stripers also are being caught on umbrella rigs with white grubs. Stripers and walleyes also are being caught on 1-ounce white Bink’s Spoons in deep shad schools.

Hunting

Missouri

▪ FOUNTAIN GROVE: No report available.

▪ SQUAW CREEK: 5,000 ducks (80 percent pintails); 670 Canada geese. Water and habitat conditions good.

▪ SWAN LAKE: No report available.

▪ BOB BROWN: 10,000 ducks (early migrants). Good water and habitat.

▪ NODAWAY VALLEY: 5,000 ducks. Good water and habitat.

▪ GRAND PASS: 350 ducks (early migrants). Good conditions.

▪ FOUR RIVERS: Excellent food, habitat.

▪ SMITHVILLE: Low waterfowl numbers.

▪ MONTROSE: Low waterfowl numbers.

▪ OTTER SLOUGH: 210 geese (70 percent Canadas). 9,000 ducks (mostly pintails).

Kansas

▪ CHEYENNE BOTTOMS: 40,000 to 80,000 ducks (mostly blue-winged teal). Water conditions good; habitat, food conditions are very good. Hunting was very good on opening weekend. Many limits taken.

▪ MARAIS DES CYGNES: Fewer than 1,000 ducks (teal and wood ducks). Water conditions fair to good. Habitat is good.

▪ QUIVIRA: 67,000 ducks (mostly wigeons and pintails); 430 geese (half Canadas, half whitefronts). Water, habitat fair to good.

▪ GLEN ELDER: 1,600 ducks (900 mallards and teal and 700 divers). Little flooded vegetation.

▪ NEOSHO: 2,000 ducks (mostly teal, wood ducks). Water and habitat conditions fair to good.

▪ McPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS: 3,500 ducks (mostly teal, pintails and mallards). Water conditions are good. Good vegetation.

▪ JAMESTOWN: 7,000 ducks (mostly teal, pintails and shovelers). Water conditions excellent.

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

Brent’s best bet

The fall fishing at Smithville Lake has been impressive. Largemouth bass continue to bite, with fish being caught in newly flooded vegetation and brush. Channel catfish are biting where there is inflow from the recent rain. And white bass are being caught off windy, main-lake points.

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