Outdoors

Fishing and hunting report for Oct. 23

Fishing

Missouri

▪ TABLE ROCK: 70 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: largemouth, Kentucky and smallmouth bass excellent on football jigs in 12 to 20 feet of water off long points or along windy banks; white bass fair on topwater lures at first light.

▪ SMITHVILLE: 65 degrees, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows off the Camp Branch and Little Platte marina docks; black bass fair on spinnnerbaits, jig-and-pigs in shallows; channel catfish good on night crawlers in coves; white bass good on Road Runners, Pepper Spoons off windy main-lake points.

▪ NORFORK: 69 degrees, murky, 2 feet low. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers good on Bink’s Spoons in 30 to 40 feet of water on the man lake; crappies good on jigging spoons, jigs in 20 to 25 feet of water in the brush; walleyes fair on jigs with minnows or white Bink’s Spoons in 30 feet of water on main-lake flats; bass good on Zara Spooks for the first hour of the day.

▪ BLUE SPRINGS: 64 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: white bass fair on Pepper Spoons, jigs in the shallows; channel catfish good on shad or bluegill heads; crappies fair on bright-colored jigs off the docks; crappies fair to good on minnows in brush and rocky areas; channel catfish fair on night crawlers, liver along the dam; bluegills excellent on crickets; hybrids fair to good on crankbaits on main-lake structure.

▪ TRUMAN: 60 degrees, muddy, 31/2 feet high. Outlook: Bucksaw Marina reports: catfish poor to fair on cut shad in 4 to 8 feet of water. 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: 64 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on minnows, bright-colored jigs off the docks; channel catfish good on shad, bluegill heads; flathead catfish fair to good on live shad, bluegills; bluegills fair to good on crickets, wax worms.

▪ TANEYCOMO: 49 degrees, clear, limited power generation in the evening. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout good on scuds, midges, streamers; also on sculpin and leech patterns at night. Below Fall Creek: trout good on yellow or pink garlic-flavor PowerBait, air-inflated night crawlers. Brown trout fishing is improving.

▪ LONGVIEW: 64 degrees, 53-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: catfish good on liver, worms in the coves and near the Mouse Creek Bridge.

▪ STOCKTON: 67 degrees, clear, 3 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies fair early and late on jigs, minnows along channel drop-offs or bluffs; walleyes fair on jigs with night crawlers in 8 to 12 feet of water on flats and off points; bass good on squarebill crankbaits in 3 to 5 feet of water off secondary points; white bass very good on Rat-L-Traps off windy points.

▪ BULL SHOALS: high 60s, clear, 5 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: 58 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: crappies good on jigs under bobbers over the shallow brush piles; black bass fair on crankbaits; channel catfish fair on a variety of baits.

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 67 degrees, clear on the lower end, dingy on the upper end, 21/4 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass poor to fair on crankbaits, jig-and-pigs, plastic worms (fish are scattered in 15 to 20 feet of water).

▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 64 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on jigs, minnows in 25 to 30 feet of water along condo docks); bass fair to good early and late on Zara Spooks, buzzbaits along shady banks.

Kansas

▪ WILSON: High 60s, clear, 71/2 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.

▪ WYANDOTTE: 64 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Marina reports: bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits in the shallows (a 41/2-pound smallmouth was caught Saturday on a crankbait); crappies good at night on jigs in the main-lake brush; bluegills good on mealworms off the docks.

▪ GLEN ELDER: 68 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: white bass, wipers good trolling crankbaits.

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

▪ MELVERN: 69 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies good on minnows, jigs in 8 to 10 feet of water in the brush; smallmouth bass very good on crankbaits, plastic baits in 6 to 8 feet of water; white bass good on jigs, Rooster Tails on the main lake; catfish fair on shad sides, liver.

▪ 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: 60 degrees, clear, 3 feet high. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: white bass good on spoons on the main lake; crappies fair to good on minnows in 15 in brush.

▪ CLINTON: low 60s, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught in 15 to 20 feet of water, but most of the fish are small); catfish poor to fair on cut bait.

▪ 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: crappies fair and improving on jigs at the inlet; white bass fair and improving on jigs, spoons at the hot-water outlet; catfish fair lakewide.

▪ EL DORADO: 62 degrees, clear, 1.8 feet low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: wipers, walleyes poor to fair trolling crankbaits or jigging slab spoons at the face of the dam; crappies fair on jigs in 10 to 15 feet of water in the brush.

▪ MILFORD: 65 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: wipers poor to fair (fish are moving; difficult to locate).

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: 65 degrees, muddy, 4.4 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

▪ SHAWNEE MISSION: 64 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: Trout were stocked Wednesday, lake is closed to fishing until fall season opens Saturday.

▪ KILL CREEK: Mid-60s, 1- to 2-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: Trout were stocked Wednesday; lake is closed to fishing until fall season opens Saturday.

▪ HERITAGE: Mid-60s, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: Trout were stocked Wednesday; lake is closed to fishing until fall season opens Saturday.

Other area waters

▪ GRAND (Okla.): 65 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Guide Tony Coatney reports: bass fair on Biffle Bugs, spinnerbaits in the shallows; white bass poor to fair (fish are scattered and hard to locate).

▪ WHITE RIVER (Ark.): Clear, sporadic power generation. 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.): 67 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: 3,500 ducks (mostly pintails). High water due to flooding from recent rains.

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

▪ SWAN LAKE: No report available.

▪ BOB BROWN: 7,000 ducks (early migrants). Good water and habitat. Hunting outlook for Saturday opener is good. Hunting positions for 12 parties will be available.

▪ NODAWAY VALLEY: 400 to 500 ducks (mix of early migrants). Good water and habitat.

▪ GRAND PASS: 15,000 ducks (early migrants). Fourteen positions will be available in Pools 5 and 6.

▪ FOUR RIVERS: Several thousand ducks (mix of early migrants). Excellent food and water conditions.

▪ SCHELL-OSAGE: 1,550 ducks (teal, wood ducks and mix of dabblers). Habitat and food conditions are good due to recent rains.

▪ SMITHVILLE: Low waterfowl numbers.

▪ MONTROSE: Low waterfowl numbers.

▪ OTTER SLOUGH: 3,800 ducks (early migrants); 227 dark geese.

Kansas

▪ CHEYENNE BOTTOMS: 80,000 ducks (mostly blue-winged teal). Water conditions good; habitat, food conditions are very good. Hunting was 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: 3,500 ducks; 100 Canada geese. Shallow water and tall vegetation.

▪ CLINTON: Low waterfowl numbers. Limited water in the wildlife area.

▪ McPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS: 2,000 ducks (mostly teal, pintails and mallards). Water conditions are good. Good vegetation.

▪ JAMESTOWN: 4,000 ducks (mostly teal, pintails and redheads). Water conditions excellent. Habitat has been very good. Hunting has been good.

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

Brent’s best bet

The fall bass fishing is heating up at Table Rock Lake. Guides report excellent fishing for largemouths, smallmouths and spotteds. Try football jigs off long points, windy banks or along bluffs.

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