Brent’s best bet
Table Rock Lake continues to produce hot fishing in the hot weather The fishing for largemouth and smallmout bass has been very good on jigs and tubes in front of the newly flooded cover. Big bluegills and catfish also are providing plenty of bites.
▪ TABLE ROCK: 89 degrees, clearing, 7 feet high. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: bluegills excellent on crickets in 22 feet of water off long gravel points (big fish are being caught); catfish excellent on trotlines, juglines with small panfish, gizzard shad in timbered pockets and coves; smallmouth, largemouth bass very good on green-pumpkin jigs and tubes in front of the flooded brush; walleyes fair on bottom bouncers above Kimberling City.
▪ NORFORK: 88 degrees, clear, 15.8 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers good on one-ounce white Bink’s Spoons in 60 feet of water (fish 10 pounds and bigger have been caught); bass good at daybreak on topwater lures off main-lake points; catfish good on trotlines with cut bait along flooded bushes.
▪ SMITHVILLE: 85 degrees, murky, 31/2 feet high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on minnows in 10 to 12 feet of water in main-lake brush; bass good on crankbaits, Brush Hogs, jigs in shallow brush and off main-lake points; white bass fair to good on small crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, Pepper Spoons off main-lake points; channel catfish good on prepared baits; flathead catfish good on bluegills and goldfish.
▪ JACOMO: Mid 80s, clearing, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: bluegills good on cricket, waxworms, redworms off the pay dock; channel catfish fair to good on hot dogs, shrimp off the pay dock and the handicap dock in the evening; bass fair on plastic worms, minnows in the shallows early and late.
▪ TRUMAN: 84 degrees, fairly clear, 5 feet high. Outlook: Steve Blake Guide Service reports: white bass, wipers fair on jigging spoons in 10 to 15 feet of water over humps or where fish are surfacing in late evening; largemouth bass good on 10-inch red shad plastic worms in 6 to 8 feet of water off points; crappies fair on minnows in flooded cedars and hedge trees in 12 to 14 feet of water in clear water and in 7 to 9 feet of water where it is dingy; catfish good on juglines with cut shad, panfish. Below the dam: white bass, hybrids, catfish good on 2-inch Sassy Shad on one-quarter-ounce jig heads.
▪ STOCKTON: 86 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleyes very good on bottom-bouncers, Slow Death rigs in 18 feet of water; crappie fair to good on minnows in 20 feet of water in brush piles; bass fair on plastic worms, jigs in 16 to 20 feet of water off points; catfish good on fresh shad in 10 to 20 feet of water on flats.
▪ BULL SHOALS: 88 degrees, clear, 281/2 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: catfish very good on limblines with stink bait and trotlines with panfish; bass poor to fair on jigs, plastic worms in the coves.
▪ TANEYCOMO: Clear, 1 unit running at night, 2 to 3 units during the day. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: rainbow, brown trout good on air-injected night crawlers drifting in boats and off the docks. Fly fishing fair on midges, scud, San Juan worms early and late.
▪ BLUE SPRINGS: Mid 80s, clearing, near normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: bluegills very good on crickets in rocky areas; channel catfish fair to good onliver, extra-large shiners along the dam and in the coves; crappies fair on small minnows off docks.
▪ REED AREA: 88 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: largemouth bass fair early and late on a variety of baits; bluegills, redear sunfish good on red worms under a bobber in shady areas; catfish fair on cut bait, chicken liver 2 feet under a bobber.
▪ LONGVIEW: 82 degrees, 34-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs off the marina docks.
▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 85 degrees, murky, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: bass fair on 10-inch plastic worms, Brush Hogs in 20 feet of water in brush; crappies poor to fair on minnows in brush piles.
▪ POMME DE TERRE: 86 degrees, clear, 14 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: all species poor.
▪ WILSON: 86 degrees, clear, 9 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers very good on live bait, jigging spoons in 40 feet of water and where fish are surfacing in the evening; smallmouth bass fair to good on topwater lures off Lucas Point.
▪ MILFORD: Mid 80s, slightly murky, 2 feet high. Outlook: Acorns Resort reports: wipers good on live bait on the main lake; smallmouth bass fair to good on plastic baits in rocky areas.
▪ KILL CREEK: 87 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.
▪ TUTTLE CREEK: Mid 80s, muddy, 1 foot low. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: catfish fair on main lake; most species fair in the Rocky Ford area.
▪ POMONA: 87 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs in 12 feet of water in the brush; catfish good on minnows along banks.
▪ WYANDOTTE: 86 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Marina reports: bass good on topwater lures early, plastic baits during the day in the weeds; channel catfish fair at night on worms, liver, shad, prepared baits; bluegills good on crickets, red worms, wax worms.
▪ PERRY: 82 degrees, slightly murky, 2 feet high. Outlook: Tightlines Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair on minnows in 6 feet of water in the brush; channel catfish fair on night crawlers lakewide.
▪ SHAWNEE MISSION: 87 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: catfish fair 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.
▪ EL DORADO: 86 degrees, slightly murky, 2 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: wipers, walleyes fair trolling crankbaits; catfish fair on shad, cut bait.
▪ MELVERN: 85 degrees, slightly murky, one-half foot high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: crappies fair on minnows off the marina docks and in brush on main lake.
▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 103 at the hot-water outlet, 93 degrees mid-lake, murky, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass fair on plastic baits.
▪ CLINTON: 86 degrees, clearing, 2 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: walleyes, wipers fair on night crawlers along rock ledges and near dam; channel catfish poor to fair.
▪ HILLSDALE: 88 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: channel catfish fair to good on a variety of baits.
▪ GLEN ELDER: 87 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: white bass poor to fair (a few are being caught under lights); catfish fair on dip baits in chum holes.
▪ LA CYGNE: 95 degrees in the hot-water outlet, high 80s on the main lake, clearing, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: all species poor.
Other area waters
▪ GRAND (OKLA.): Mid 80s, clearing, normal. Outlook: GrandFishingReport.com reports: bow fishing very good along banks and in pockets; white bass good on 1-ounce Bendable Spoons in evening where big schools of fish are marked on fish finders; catfish good on cut shad drifted in 15 to 25 feet of water.
▪ WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, variable power generation. 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.