▪ SMITHVILLE: 80 degrees, murky, 5 feet high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: white bass good on small crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, Pepper Spoons off main-lake points and humps; black bass good on Senkos, creature baits in the flooded brush and vegetation; channel catfish good on chicken liver, shrimp off main-lake points and in the back of coves; crappies good on minnows, jigs along bridge pillars and in main-lake brush; walleyes fair on small crankbaits off main-lake points.
▪ JACOMO: low 80s, clearing, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: channel catfish very good on blood bait, stinkbait, liver along the channels early and along docks and in rocky cover during the day; flathead catfish good at night on live shad, big goldfish, large shiners on the flats; bluegills good on crickets, redworms, wax worms; bass fair on minnows in deep water; crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on minnows, jigs in deep brush).
▪ TRUMAN: 82 degrees, murky 12.5 feet high. Outlook: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: white bass, wipers good on live shad, Sassy Shad cast to the shad balls; crappies fair on minnows in 20 feet of water in flooded timber. Below the dam: catfish fair on shad, cut bait, panfish; crappies fair on jigs, minnows.
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▪ BULL SHOALS: 87 degrees, clear, 31 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: catfish good on limblines with stinkbait; walleyes fair trolling plastics, jigs with worms in 20 feet of water in the main-lake channel.
▪ TANEYCOMO: Clear, heavy releases; 4 units running. Warning: flooding has caused shifting of gravel bars coming out of creeks. Boaters should use caution. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: trout good drifting night crawlers, fair on white Power Bait tipped with worms or on Trout Magnets.
▪ BLUE SPRINGS: 79 degrees, clearing, 1 foot high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: bluegills very good on crickets in rocky areas; crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on jigs, minnows in deep brush); channel catfish good early on stinkbait, chicken liver in 12 to 15 feet of water; bass fair on medium-diving crankbaits, shiners.
▪ STOCKTON: 82 degrees, clear, 6.7 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 25 feet of water in brush; bass fair on large plastic worms, jigs in 25 feet in brush; walleyes very good on jigs with night crawlers, bottom-bouncers on the flats and off long points; catfish fair on shad in 10 to 20 feet of water on flats drifitng shad.
▪ NORFORK: 87 degrees, clear, 15.6 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers good from daybreak to 8 a.m. on 1-ounce white Bink’s Spoons in 20 to 40 feet of water.
▪ LONGVIEW: 80 degrees, 37-inch clarity, 1 foot high. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies fair to good (but mostly small).
▪ REED AREA: 82 degrees, dingy, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: largermouth bass fair early and late on a variety of baits; bluegills, redear sunfish fair on red worms under a bobber; catfish fair on cut bait 2 feet under a bobber.
▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 83 degrees, murky, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: bass fair on jigs, plastic worms, crankbaits in 12 to 15 feet of water off main-lake points and along bluffs; crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on on minnows in 15 to 18 feet of water in brush; catfish good on rod and reel, juglines, trotlines with cut bait in 25 feet of water.
▪ TABLE ROCK: 85 degrees, clearing, 10 feet high. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: bass good flipping crawdad-colored jigs into main-lake bushes, also on Ned Rigs cast in front of bushes; fishing is best at daybreak.
▪ POMME DE TERRE: 83 degrees, clear at dam, murky upstream, 7 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass fair on Brush Hogs, 11-inch plastic worms in the brush.
▪ MILFORD: Low 80s, clearing, 2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: white, wipers good early and late on jigging spoons, topwater lures; blue catfish good on cut bait; smallmouth bass good on plastic baits in rocky areas.
▪ POMONA: 85 degrees, murky, 3.9 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows in the brush; wipers good on crankbaits and flutter spoons off main-lake windy points; catfish good on a variety of baits.
▪ WILSON: 83 degrees, clear, 9 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers good on live bait in 25 to 35 feet of water; catfish good on a variety of baits lake wide; walleyes fair on jigs with night crawlers in 18 feet of water.
▪ MELVERN: 80 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: smallmouth bass good on crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet of water along rocky banks; crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught off marina docks).
▪ WYANDOTTE: 85 degrees, stained, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Marina reports: bass fair to good on topwater lures early, plastic baits during the day; channel catfish fair at night on worms, liver, shad; bluegills good on crickets, red worms, wax worms.
▪ CLINTON: 82 degrees, murky, 3 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies, catfish fair.
▪ PERRY: 80 degrees, clearing, 2 feet high. Outlook: Tightlines Bait and Tackle reports: flathead catfish good on rod and reel with night crawlers.
▪ KILL CREEK: 80 degrees murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: catfish good on liver, cut bait along the north shore and in the flooded timber on the south side; bass fair early on spinnerbaits, plastic baits on the south side; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in the flooded timber.
▪ SHAWNEE MISSION: 80 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: catfish good on cut bait, stinkbait in the south cove and along the north shore; bass fair on plastic baits along the north shore; panfish fair off the docks and along the dam.
▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 90s at the hot-water outlet, 85 degrees mid-lake, murky, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass fair; other species poor.
▪ EL DORADO: 83 degrees, slightly murky, 2 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: wipers, walleyes fair trolling crankbaits; catfish fair on shad, cut bait.
▪ GLEN ELDER: 85 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: all species poor.
▪ HILLSDALE: 87 degrees, clearing, 1 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (mostly small).
▪ LA CYGNE: 95 degrees in the hot-water outlet, mid 80s on the main lake, clearing, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: all species poor.
▪ TUTTLE CREEK: low 80s, muddy, slightly high. Lots of debris. Boaters should use caution. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.
Other area waters
▪ GRAND (OKLA.): 83 degrees, murky, high. Outlook: GrandFishingReport.com reports: white bass very good on Rat-L-Traps, Go-Go Minnows where fish are surfacing in the evening; bow fishing very good; blue catfish fair to good drifting shad in 15 to 25 feet of water.
▪ WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, 4 units running. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: brown trout good on suspending stickbaits, No. 7 gold countdown Rapalas; rainbow trout very good on night crawlers Fly fishermen have been catching trout on pink or red San Juan worms.
| Brent Frazee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brent’s best bet
The bite is still good at Smithville Lake. The fishing for both white and black bass is the best bet, with good-sized fish being caught. Channel catfish and crappies also are biting, though.