Outdoors

Fishing report for May 1

Missouri • NORFORK:

64 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet high.

Outlook:

Bink’s Guide Service reports: crappies, smallmouth, largemouth and Kentucky bass, stripers, hybrids good on 1/4-ounce white Bink’s Spoons from the shore to 20 feet of water.

• TABLE ROCK:

60 degrees, dingy, near normal.

Outlook

: Ozarkanglers.com reports: bass fair to good on finesse baits, Flukes, Shaky Head rigs along spawning banks; crappies fair on jigs under bobbers on gravel flats.

• STOCKTON:

64 degrees, clear on the main lake, stained in the rivers, one-half foot high.

Outlook:

Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies very good on jigs, minnows in 2 to 6 feet of water along spawning banks in the creek arms; walleyes very good trolling Flicker Shad or casting jigs with night crawlers off points; bass good on jigs, grubs in 2 to 8 feet of water.

• BULL SHOALS:

62 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

125 Marina reports: bass fair on Senkos on spawning beds; walleyes fair trolling crankbaits or casting jigs with night crawlers in 12 to 15 feet of water; crappies good on jigs in 12 to 15 feet of water.

• SMITHVILLE:

59 degrees, clear on the main lake, murky in the creeks, 1 foot low.

Outlook:

Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: bass very good on Brush Hogs, Beavers, jigs along spawning banks; crappies fair on jigs, minnows near the banks in the afternoon and evening; channel catfish good on cut shad, liver in the creeks.

• LONGVIEW:

54 degrees, 36-inch clarity, one-half foot low.

Outlook:

Longview Lake Marina reports: black bass very good on jig-and-pigs, jerkbaits in the shallows; crappies good on jigs, minnows off the marina docks and along spawning banks.

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TANEYCOMO:

clear, low to moderate power generation.

Outlook:

Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout very good on white or brown 1/8-ounce jigs, No. 14 zebra midge flies (red or black), olive or pink microjigs. Below Fall Creek: trout good drifting with night crawlers, minnows; also on pink Trout Magnets 6 feet under a float in the Branson Landing area.

• LAKE OF THE OZARKS:

63 degrees, clear on the main lake, murky in the creeks, 4 feet low.

Outlook:

Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies very good on jigs, minnows along banks in dirty water, and in 6 to 8 feet of water in clear water; bass fair on spinnerbaits, jigs, plastic lizards along the spawning banks.

• TRUMAN:

Low 60s, muddy, normal.

Outlook:

Bucksaw Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs under bobbers along spawning banks (fishing has slowed because of cold front and muddy water); bass poor to fair (a few are being caught on spinnerbaits, jigs); catfish fair on juglines with cut shad on main-lake flats. Below the dam: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: hybrids good on Zara Spoons, Hawgsticks.

• POMME DE TERRE:

61 degrees, clear, 1 1/2 feet high.

Outlook:

Muskie Guide Service reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows out from spawning banks; bass good on jig-and-pigs, plastic baits in the shallows; muskies fair.

• REED AREA:

57 degrees, clear, 1 foot low.

Outlook:

Department of Conservation reports: crappies fair on tube jigs under bobbers over the shallow brush; bass fair on plastic baits along spawning banks; bluegills fair on worms under bobbers.

• JACOMO:

57 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair on jigs off the marina docks and in coves.

• BLUE SPRINGS:

58 degrees, clear, one-half foot high.

Outlook:

Blue Springs Lake Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, jigging spoons off the marina docks and in coves.

Kansas • COFFEY COUNTY:

58 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass good on plastic baits on the riprap; white bass excellent on crankbaits, plastic baits in the shallows; crappies fair.

• MILFORD:

57 degrees, clear, one-half foot high.

Outlook:

Guide Vic Oertle reports: black bass good, hybrids fair on crankbaits, jigs off points on the north end; white bass good on the Republican River from the town of Milford to Clay Center.

• GLEN ELDER:

55 degrees, dingy, 1 1/2 feet low.

Outlook:

Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: crappies fair on minnows in the Osage and Marina coves; walleyes fair on night-crawler rigs, crankbaits trolled in 10 to 15 feet of water along the face of the dam and on the south end; catfish good on minnows in the rivers; white bass good on twister tails along the causeway and in the rivers.

• PERRY:

60 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

Bait Hut reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows along spawning banks; catfish fair to good on shad along windy banks; largemouth bass fair on plastic baits.

• MELVERN:

55 degrees, clear, 3 feet low.

Outlook:

Melvern Marina reports: crappies good on minnows, jigs in 11 to 13 feet of water off the marina docks and 4 feet down in 8 feet of water over brush on the north end; catfish fair on minnows, shad sides.

• POMONA:

64 degrees, slightly murky, 2 feet low.

Outlook:

Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows along the banks.

• SHAWNEE MISSION:

60 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

Johnson County Park and Rec reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows along the banks; catfish good on stink bait, sunfish along the north shore; bass fair on spinnerbaits along the banks in the morning.

• HERITAGE:

58 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish fair on worms, stink bait along the west side of the dam; crappies fair on spinners along the dam.

• KILL CREEK:

59 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

Johnson County Park and Rec reports: crappies fair on minnows at the marina; bass fair on spinnerbaits in the shallows; catfish fair on stink bait, worms off the docks.

• WILSON:

61 degrees, clear, low.

Outlook:

Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows out from spawning banks; stripers fair on bucktail jigs off windy points; bass good on jerkbaits along beaver brush piles, rock piles.

• WYANDOTTE:

60 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

Wyandotte Boats reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 18 feet of water; channel catfish fair on chicken liver, night crawlers off points; bass good on plastic baits in the shallows. (A 29-inch walleye was caught Saturday night.)

• EL DORADO:

59 degrees, clear, 1 foot low.

Outlook:

Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies fair to good, white bass and wipers fair on jigs, minnows in 6 to 8 feet of water in rocky areas.

• CLINTON:

55 degrees, clear, 4 feet low.

Outlook:

Clinton Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows out from spawning banks (fishing has slowed because of cold front).

• TUTTLE CREEK:

57 degrees, dingy, 2 feet low.

Outlook

: Guide Vic Oertle reports: white bass good on the north end; crappies fair on jigs, minnows.

LA CYGNE:

63 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

Linn County Parks reports: all species poor.

HILLSDALE:

60 degrees, muddy, one-half foot low.

Outlook:

Jayhawk Marina reports: all species poor.

Other area waters

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GRAND (OKLA.):

61 degrees, murky, normal.

Outlook:

Jeff Williams reports: catfish good on cut shad in 6 to 10 feet of water; crappies good on Go-Go Minnows off docks and along spawning banks; black bass fair to good on a variety of baits.

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WHITE RIVER (ARK.):

Clear, variable power generation.

Outlook:

Sportsman’s White River Resort reports: rainbow trout excellent on wax worms, PowerBait; brown trout very good on Rogues, jigs.

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BEAVER LAKE:

62 degrees, clear, normal.

Outlook:

Bailey’s Guide Service reports: stripers good trolling live shad or umbrella rigs with white grubs in 25 feet of water. Stripers also are being caught trolling Rapalas, Bombers on flat lines with planer boards.

| Brent Frazee, bfrazee@kcstar.com
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