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Fishing report for Oct. 15

▪ SMITHVILLE: 66 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: bass good on spinnerbaits, square-bill crankbaits in coves and along laydowns, stumps, brush in shallows; crappies good on minnows, jigs 6 to 8 feet down in main-lake brush; white bass good on Rooster Tails, small crankbaits along windy points and jetties; channel catfish good on cut bait, night crawlers in shallows on flats and in coves; walleyes poor to fair (a few are being caught on crankbaits off windy points).

▪ LONGVIEW: 67 degrees, 38-inch clarity, 1 foot low. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies good on minnows, jigs in 12 feet of water over brush and off the marina docks; bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits along the banks; walleyes fair trolling crankbaits; catfish excellent on chicken livers off the marina docks, near the spillway and near Shelter 13.

▪ NORFORK: 75 degrees, stained, 4.7 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers, bass, hybrids, white bass good on Bink’s Spoons in 50 feet of water.

▪ STOCKTON: 69 degrees, clear,  1/2 -foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows in 15 feet of water in brush; bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastics; catfish fair on cut shad.

▪ JACOMO: High 60s, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair to good early and late on jigs, minnows in Sailboat Cove; channel catfish fair on night crawlers along docks and in the coves at night; white bass fair but scattered on crankbaits trolling; walleyes fair to good on crankbaits trolled on the main lake and drifting night crawlers.

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 70 degrees, clear,  1/2 -foot high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on jigs, minnows in 20 feet of water in brush); bass fair on spinnerbaits in the shallows in coves; muskies good on bucktails, shallow-running crankbaits in the shallows.

▪ TABLE ROCK: 75 degrees, stained, 2.9 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: bass fair on topwater lures (prop baits, frogs, and walking baits are working best).

▪ ▪ TRUMAN: 69 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: catfish good on cut shad, fresh shad in 30 to 35 feet of water; wipers, white bass fair on jigs, spoons, Sassy Shad in the KK area. Below the dam: crappies fair on jigs, minnows.

▪ BLUE SPRINGS: High 60s, clearing, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair to good early on minnows, chartreuse and orange jigs in the shallows; bass fair on minnows, crankbaits; hybrids fair to good on swimbaits near the Blow Hole; bluegills good on crickets, waxworms in the shallows.

▪ BULL SHOALS: 72 degrees, clear, 7 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: smallmouth, largemouth bass good on topwater lures, crankbaits, jigs, spoons in 20 feet of water.

▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 73 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows in 6 to 12 feet of water in main-lake brush; bass fair to good on plastic baits jigs early along docks; white bass good on Red-Eye Shad crankbaits, jigging spoons; catfish excellent on cut bait in deep water off main-lake points.

▪ REED AREA: 57 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: all species fair.

▪ TANEYCOMO: Clear, low power generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: trout fair drifting night crawlers below Fall Creek, also Power Eggs, Trout Magnets. Trophy Area: trout fair on No. 14 Zebra midges under a strike indicator, scuds and midges early and late. Light line is recommended.

Kansas

▪ PERRY: 68 degrees, fairly clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on minnows at Thompsonville or along rocky dropoffs in 17 to 19 feet of water in Rock Creek area; catfish good on dip bait at Devil’s Gap and fair on shad drifting rocky dropoffs.

▪ WILSON: 69 degrees, clear, 10 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers good on slab spoons, live bait in old Marina Cove and Lucas Point; catfish fair lakewide; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, live bait in shallow coves.

▪ WYANDOTTE: 65 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: wipers good trolling crankbaits on the main lake; bass good on plastic bait along weed edges, rocky areas; crappies fair on minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water on the main lake; channel catfish good on minnows in the shallows.

▪ POMONA: High 60s, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: white bass excellent on topwater lures where fish are surfacing, and on jigs, spoons off points; crappies poor to fair on jigs in 8 feet of water.

▪ MELVERN: 68 degrees, clear,  1/2 -foot low. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: catfish fair to good on crappie entrails along the docks.

▪ MILFORD: 70 degrees, clear, three-quarters of a foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: wipers good in the evening on topwater lures in the shallows, and on spoons, Bubbas during the day; white bass fair on small jigging spoons, crankbaits; catfish fair lakewide.

▪ LA CYGNE: High 70s on the main lake, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: bass good on spinnerbaits, plastic baits in the shallows.

▪ KILL CREEK: 65 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: catfish fair on liver near the marina; crappies fair early and late on jigs, minnows in the flooded timber and off the dock; bass fair on plastic baits, spinnerbaits on the south side.

▪ SHAWNEE MISSION: 65 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: fair early and late on minnows in the shallows; crappies fair on minnows off the docks; bass fair early and late on spinnerbaits, plastic baits.

▪ COFFEY COUNTY: mid 70 degrees midlake, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass fair on plastic baits along the riprap; white bass fair.

▪ HILLSDALE: 71 degrees, fairly clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: white bass fair to good on crankbaits jigs where fish are surfacing; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 15 to 25 feet of water in the brush.

▪ EL DORADO: 69 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies fair in 15 feet in brush; white bass, wipers fair on crankbaits, jigs.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: 70 degrees, clearing, near normal. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: catfish poor to fair; crappies poor to fair in 12 to 18 feet of water in the brush.

▪ CLINTON: 68 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Lake Marina reports: crappies fair (but mostly small) on minnows, jigs; blue catfish fair.

▪ GLEN ELDER: 69 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: white bass, catfish poor to fair.

Other area waters

▪ GRAND (OKLA.): 72 degrees, clear,  1/2 -foot high. Outlook: GrandFishingReport.com reports: white bass good on Go-Go Minnows, Rooster Tails off windy points in Honey Creek and Elk Creek arms; crappies good on Go-Go Minnows, Bobby Garland jigs in 10 feet of water in the brush and along docks; catfish good on rod and reel and juglines with cut bait.

▪ WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, variable power generation. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: trout good on San Juan worms, white or black jigs, sculpin pattern flies, streamers. Spin fishing: trout good on white, gray-white or brown jigs; stickbaits river-slick minnows.

Brent Frazee: 816-234-4319, @fishboybrent

Brent’s best bet

A drop in the water temperature has produced good fishing at Smithville Lake. Largemouth and white bass, crappies and channel catfish are all biting.

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