Outdoors

Fishing and hunting report for Dec. 3

Fishing

Missouri

▪ NORFORK: 53 degrees, clear on the main lake, off-color in the creeks, normal. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers, wipers, white bass, crappies excellent on white Bink’s Spoons in 30 feet of water in the back of creeks.

▪ TRUMAN: 46 degrees, stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Tightwad Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair on jigs with Crappie Nibbles in 8 to 11 feet of water along bluffs; white bass, hybrids good on jigging spoons in less than 10 feet along windy banks; bass poor to fair on jigs in less than 10 feet of water.

▪ LONGVIEW: 42 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies good on jigs off the marina docks.

▪ JACOMO: High 30s, clear, normal. Outlook: Jacomo Marina reports: crappies good on small plastic tube or marabou jigs off the marina docks.

▪ BLUE SPRINGS: 36 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Blue Springs Lake Marina reports: crappies good on jigs off the marina docks.

▪ TABLE ROCK: Low 50s, clear, 4 feet low. Outlook: Guide Pete Wenners reports: bass fair to good on Wiggle Warts, spinnerbaits in less than 15 feet of water along boat docks on cloudy, windy days; bass also fair to good on jigging spoons in 30 to 60 feet of water in James River arm where shad are being marked on electronics.

▪ STOCKTON: 45 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies fair on grubs in 25 to 30 feet of water along bluff ends; walleyes fair to good on jigs with night crawlers along bluff ends; bass fair on jerkbaits in 15 to 25 feet of water along rocky banks and points.

▪ BULL SHOALS: Low 50s, clear, 6 feet low. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: largemouth, Kentucky bass good on spinnerbaits along windy banks three-quarters of way back in coves.

▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 50 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: bass fair to good on buzzbaits behind the dock cables and in the back of coves; crappies fair on jigs in 20 to 25 feet of water in main-channel brush piles.

▪ TANEYCOMO: 49 degrees, clear, steady power generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout good on Little Cleos, spinners, egg flies, No. 18 midges. Below the Fall Creek: trout good on green and black jigs or Power Bait near Monkey Island, downtown area and the bridge.

▪ SMITHVILLE: 41 degrees, stained, slightly high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on jigs off the docks at Camp Branch and Little Platte marinas and in Saliboat Cove.

▪ REED AREA: Upper 30s, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: crappies good on jigs underbobbers when there is no ice; trout fair on PowerBait, microjigs.

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 49 degrees, clear, 3 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: all species poor.

Kansas

▪ WILSON: Low 40s, clear, 8 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: crappies fair on jigs in the brush; white bass good on jigs along rocky banks; stripers, walleyes very good on slab spoons in 30 feet of water.

▪ COFFEY COUNTY: Low 50s on the main lake, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: white bass good, wipers fair.

▪ HILLSDALE: Low 40s, clear, slightly high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies good on jigs 6 to 10 feet down in the brush along the marina docks.

▪ MELVERN: 41 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies good on Panfish Assassins, black ice jigs in 18 to 20 feet of water off marina docks.

▪ LA CYGNE: Upper 50s midlake, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks: wipers fair to good; crappies fair at the spillway gate.

▪ MILFORD: Low 40s, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: crappies fair on jigs in 15 to 25 feet of water in brush; wipers poor to fair on Double W spoons in deep water on main lake; white bass fair on jigging spoons along dropoffs into deep water.

▪ EL DORADO: High 30s, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies fair on jigs in brush along channel dropoffs.

▪ PERRY: 39 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: crappies, white bass fair on jigs in 15 feet of water in brush.

▪ CLINTON: 38 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies good on chartreuse and black jigs with Crappie Nibbles off marina docks.

▪ POMONA: Low 40s, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: all species poor.

▪ SHAWNEE MISSION: Upper 30s, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: all species poor.

▪ KILL CREEK: Upper 30s, 1- to 2-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: all species poor.

▪ HERITAGE: Upper 30s, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: all species poor.

▪ GLEN ELDER: High 30s, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: all species poor.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: Low 40s, muddy, 3 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

Hunting

Missouri

▪ FOUNTAIN GROVE: 35,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 2,000 geese. Hunting 40 positions. Heavy pressure. Thin ice. Hunting has been poor. On Saturday and Sunday, 191 hunters took 213 ducks and 6 geese.

▪ SQUAW CREEK: 48,515 ducks (mostly mallards); 17,420 geese (half lights, half darks). Marshes are 90 percent ice-covered.

▪ SWAN LAKE: 35,650 ducks (mostly mallards); 2,000 geese (mostly snows and blues). Marshes are mostly ice-covered.

▪ BOB BROWN: 60,160 ducks (mostly mallards). Ice on marshes. On Saturday and Sunday, 115 hunters shot 345 ducks.

▪ NODAWAY VALLEY: 29,610 ducks (mostly mallards). Hunting has been poor. On Tuesday, hunters averaged less than 1 duck per man.

▪ GRAND PASS: 150,000 ducks (mostly mallards). Heavy hunting pressure. Hunting has been poor. On Tuesday, 126 hunters shot 112 ducks.

▪ FOUR RIVERS: 107,000 ducks (mostly mallards). Hunting 23 positions. On Saturday and Sunday, 106 hunters shot 143 ducks and 3 geese.

▪ SCHELL-OSAGE: 68,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 400 Canada geese. On Saturday and Sunday, 123 hunters shot 140 ducks and 3 geese.

▪ SMITHVILLE: 5,000 mallards; 7,000 geese (5,000 snows). Hunting has been good.

▪ MONTROSE: 28,000 ducks (mostly mallards and divers). Hunting has been poor. On Saturday and Sunday, 38 hunters shot 30 ducks.

▪ OTTER SLOUGH: 48,500 ducks (mostly mallards), 20,700 geese. Thirty-three spots available. Hunting has been good. On Sunday and Monday, 209 hunters shot 607 ducks and 4 geese.

▪ DUCK CREEK: 36,195 ducks (mostly mallards); 275 Canada geese. Heavy weekend hunting pressure. On Saturday and Sunday, 278, hunters shot 226 ducks.

Kansas

▪ CHEYENNE BOTTOMS: 6,000 ducks (mostly mallards, gadwalls and shovelers); 200,000 geese (half darks, half lights). Ice on marshes.

▪ MARAIS DES CYGNES: 15,000 ducks (mostly mallards). Skim ice on marshes. Heavy hunting pressure. Hunting has been fair.

▪ QUIVIRA: 10,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 80,000 geese (80 percent light geese). Ice on marshes.

▪ MELVERN: 5,000 ducks (60 percent mallards); 1,500 Canada geese. Hunting has been good.

▪ MILFORD: 200 ducks (mostly mallards); 600 geese. Ice on marshes. Hunting has been poor to fair.

▪ PERRY: No report available.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: Several thousand ducks and geese in the area.

▪ HILLSDALE: Good waterfowl numbers (mostly mallards). Marshes have open water. Hunting has been fair.

▪ GLEN ELDER: 5,000 mallards, 10,000 divers; 114,000 geese (97 percent snows). Half of the lakes have ice. Hunting has been fair to good.

▪ NEOSHO: 30,000 ducks (mostly mallards and green-winged teal); 150 Canada geese. Hunting has been good.

▪ KIRWIN: 290,000 ducks (60 percent divers); 450,000 geese (70 percent snows).

▪ FLINT HILLS: 2,500 ducks (mostly gadwalls and mallards); 750 geese. Hunting has been fair.

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

▪ McPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS: Low waterfowl numbers. Hunting has been poor.

▪ JAMESTOWN: 1,500 ducks; 50 Canada ice. Skim ice. Hunting has been fair.

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

Brent’s best bet

The crappie fishing has been good off the docks at marinas in the Kansas City area. Longview, Blue Springs and Jacomo all report good fishing in the brush that has been sunk in boat stalls.

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