Outdoors

Fishing and hunting report for Dec. 18

Fishing

Missouri

▪ NORFORK: 52 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: bass excellent on white Bink’s spoons in 45 to 50 feet of water along bluff walls (an 8-pound, 4-ounce bass was caught in the last week); crappies good on Bink’s spoons in the brush in creek arms; stripers fair on Bink’s spoons 60 to 70 feet down in 90 feet of water.

▪ TABLE ROCK: 49 degrees, clear, 51/2 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: bass very good on black jerkbaits, Alabama rigs along bluff ends, timber, brush in windy areas.

▪ TANEYCOMO: clear, one-half to 21/2 units running all day. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout excellent on 1/8-th-ounce jigs (sculpin, brown, olive or white have been the best colors) when there is current and on 1/32nd-ounce brown jigs with orange heads under floats when the water is running slowly. Below Fall Creek: trout excellent on pink Trout Magnets under floats from Short Creek to Lilleys’ Landing. Trout also are being caught drifting egg flies, No. 12 gray scuds, night crawlers, Gulp eggs.

▪ TRUMAN: 44 degrees, clear, 1.6 feet 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; catfish very good on jug lines with goldfish, shad sides 20 to 30 feet down in 40 to 60 feet of water in the channels.

▪ STOCKTON: 47 degrees, clear, one-half foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: bass good on jerkbaits, jigs in 12 to 20 feet of water in brush and on Alabama rigs over brush piles; crappies fair on jigs in 30 feet of water along bluffs; walleyes fair to good on jigs in 20 feet of water along bluff and bluff ends.

▪ BULL SHOALS: 50 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: largemouth, Kentucky bass good on spinnerbaits along windy banks three-quarters of way back in coves.

▪ LONGVIEW: 40 degrees, 51-inch clarity, one-half foot low. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies good on black and chartreuse tube jigs off the marina docks.

▪ SMITHVILLE: Upper 30s, clear, one-half foot high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on jigs under shad schools on the main lake and 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 under bobbers when there is no ice; trout fair on PowerBait, microjigs.

▪ BLUE SPRINGS: 39 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Blue Springs Lake Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs off the marina docks.

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 47 degrees, clear, 3 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass fair on crankbaits in 5 feet of water; crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on jigs 15 feet down in 30 feet of water in brush ).

▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 47 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: bass poor to fair (a few are being caught on jigs); crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on jigs in 25 feet of water in brush).

▪ JACOMO: High 30s, clear, normal. Outlook: Jacomo Marina reports: walleyes poor to fair (a few are being caught on jigs off the marina docks); crappies poor.

Kansas

▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 65 degrees at hot-water, 45 degrees on the main lake, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: wipers, white bass, black bass, smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits at hot-water outlet.

▪ MILFORD: 39 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: crappies good early on jigs in 15 to 18 feet of water in brush along dropoffs; white bass, wipers fair to good on spoons, jigs, Bubbas in 20 to 25 feet of water along dropoffs.

▪ WILSON: High 30s, murky, 8 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers good, walleyes fair on one-ounce jigs in deep water.

▪ EL DORADO: 41 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies good, walleyes fair on jigs in 15 to 18 feet of water in brush along dropoffs; blue catfish fair on cut shad in the river channel.

▪ CLINTON: 38 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies, white bass fair on jigs, Crappie Candy off marina docks.

▪ HILLSDALE: Low 40s, clear, slightly high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs in 30 feet of water off marina docks.

▪ LA CYGNE: High 50s midlake, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks: crappies good on jigs along sunken bridge and near spillway gate.

▪ MELVERN: 38 degrees, clear, 11/2 feet low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on ice jigs off marina docks late in afternoon).

▪ PERRY: 37 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: all species poor.

▪ GLEN ELDER: High 30s, clear, 2 foot low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: all species poor.

▪ POMONA: 39 degrees, 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.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: 39 degrees, muddy, 2 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

Other area waters

▪ GRAND (OKLA.): 41 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Rusty Pritchard reports: paddlefish snagging good to excellent from Grey’s Ranch to Patricia Island; blue catfish fair to good on shad in 50 to 80 feet of water along ledges.

▪ WHITE RIVER (ARK.): clear, variable power generation. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: trout good on nymphs, midges, egg patterns and wooly buggers. Boat fishing has been good from first light until 10 or 11 a.m. when there is current. After that, power generation has been reduced to minimum flow and wade fishing has been best. Spin fishing: trout good on fluorescent pink PowerBait worms with one PowerBait egg, live redworms, night crawlers and spoons.

▪ BEAVER (ARK.): 45 degrees, clear, low. Outlook: Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service reports: stripers good trolling live shad in up to 30 feet of water in the mouths of large arms. Indian Creek, near the Highway 12 bridge, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek and the War Eagle area have offered best fishing.

Hunting

Missouri

▪ FOUNTAIN GROVE: 44,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 800 geese. Hunting 40 positions. Hunting has been poor. On Monday, 31 hunters shot 66 ducks and 3 Canada geese.

▪ SQUAW CREEK: 78,000 ducks (mostly mallards); few geese.

▪ SWAN LAKE: 57,970 ducks (mostly mallards); 85,000 geese (mostly snows).

▪ BOB BROWN: 47,450 ducks (mostly mallards). Hunting has been fair. On Tuesday, hunters averaged 1.56 ducks per person.

▪ NODAWAY VALLEY: 34,325 ducks (mostly mallards). Hunting has been fair. On Saturday and Sunday, 66 hunters shot 81 ducks.

▪ GRAND PASS: 150,000 ducks (mostly mallards). Hunting 40 positions. Hunting has been fair. On Tuesday, 135 hunters shot 373 ducks and 2 geese.

▪ FOUR RIVERS: 82,000 ducks (mostly mallards). Hunting 23 positions. Hunting has been poor. On Sunday, 21 hunters shot 33 ducks. On Saturday, 24 hunters shot 22 ducks..

▪ SCHELL-OSAGE: 93,400 ducks (mostly mallards); 500 Canada geese. Hunting 40 positions. Hunting has been poor. On Saturday and Sunday, 116 hunter shot 94 duck .

▪ SMITHVILLE: 5,000 mallards; 5,000 geese (mostly snows) in area. Hunting has been fair.

▪ MONTROSE: 37,600 ducks ducks (mostly mallards); 400 Canada geese. Hunting has been poor. On Saturday and Sunday, 38 hunters shot 10 ducks and 1 goose.

▪ OTTER SLOUGH: 32,850 ducks (mostly mallards), 36,400 geese (mostly snows). Thirty-four spots available. Hunting has been fair. On Saturday and Sunday, 212 hunters shot 283 ducks and 5 geese.

▪ DUCK CREEK: 18, 620 ducks (mostly mallards). Heavy weekend hunting pressure. On Saturday and Sunday, 292 hunters shot 374 ducks.

Kansas

▪ CHEYENNE BOTTOMS: 40,000 ducks (mostly mallards, gadwalls and widgeons); 150,000 geese (half darks, half lights).

▪ MARAIS DES CYGNES: 20,000 ducks (mostly mallards); a few geese. Good water; no ice. Hunters averaged 1.9 ducks per person for the last week.

▪ QUIVIRA: 2,000 ducks (mostly mallards); less than 10,000 geese.

▪ MELVERN: 4,000 ducks (two-third mallards); 500 Canada geese. Most of the birds are staying on the refuge.

▪ MILFORD: 85 ducks (mostly mallards); 150 geese. Hunting has been poor to fair.

▪ PERRY: 3,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 3,000 Canada geese. Most of the waterfowl are on the lake. Hunting has been fair.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: 5,000 ducks; no geese. Hunting has been fair in main-lake vegetation.

▪ HILLSDALE: Fair waterfowl numbers (mostly mallards). Hunting has been fair.

▪ GLEN ELDER: 12,000 ducks (one-third mallards, two-third divers); 34,000 geese (mostly snows). Hunting has been fair to good.

▪ NEOSHO: 20,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 500 Canada geese. Hunting has been poor.

▪ KIRWIN: 500,000 geese (80 percent snows); 500,000 ducks (half mallards). Birds are flying out to the southeast to feed.

▪ CLINTON: 200 ducks; 500 Canada geese. Hunting has been poor.

▪ McPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS: Less than 500 ducks (mostly mallards).

▪ JAMESTOWN: 3,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 600 Canada geese. Goose 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

This isn’t the season most fishermen envision when they think of big bass. But the action has been very good to excellent at two Ozarks reservoirs. Big bass are being caught at Norfork Lake on jigging spoons along bluffs. An 8-pound, 4-ounce largemouth was caught there recently. The fishing also has been very good at Table Rock on jerkbaits and Alabama rigs along bluff ends.

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