Outdoors

Fishing report for June 4

Missouri

SMITHVILLE: 76 degrees, slightly murky, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: black bass good on Carolina rigs, Brush Hogs, topwater lures off points; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in main-lake brush; channel catfish excellent on a variety of baits along banks; walleyes fair to good on Rat-L-Traps, Shad Raps off main-lake points; white bass fair on jigging spoons, Rat-L-Traps off main-lake points.

BULL SHOALS: 75 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: smallmouth bass excellent and largemouth, Kentucky bass good to excellent on spinnerbaits early and on Hot’N Tots later along windy banks; walleyes good trolling bottom-bouncers with night crawlers; catfish excellent on jug lines, trotlines with cut bait in 10 to 15 feet of water.

TABLE ROCK: 73 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: bass excellent on green-pumpkin color Wobble Heads or football jigs in 12 feet of water along windy, gravel points and on 8- to 9-inch swimbaits.

TANEYCOMO: very clear, increasing power generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout fair at night on white woolly buggers, white pine squirrels and during the day on brown and orange or brown and sculpin-colored jigs under floats. Below Fall Creek: trout fair on PowerBait, air-injected night crawlers, salmon-colored Trout Magnets.

NORFORK: 76 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: bass, stripers, walleyes, hybrids good on Bink’s Spoons in 30 feet of water on main-lake flats; stripers also good on Zara Spooks from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.

LONGVIEW: 63 degrees, 36-inch clarity, near normal. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies good on minnows along spawning banks; channel catfish good on dough baits, chicken liver in the spillway area.

POMME DE TERRE: 78 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: walleyes fair trolling Flicker Shad 15 feet down in 30 feet of water on the main lake; bass very good on topwater lures early and plastic baits in the shallows during the day; catfish fair on crankbaits, live bait in the shallows.

STOCKTON: 74 degrees, murky, 1.6 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers in 8 to 10 feet of water off points; bass good on jigs, plastic baits off main-lake points; crappies fair on minnows 12 feet down in 35 feet of water in coves; catfish good on night crawlers off points.

REED AREA: 76 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: black bass good on plastic worms along brush and weed beds; bluegills, redear sunfish good on worms, small jigs under bobbers.

TRUMAN: 78 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Bucksaw Marina reports: crappies fair on blue or chartreuse jigs in 9 to 10 feet of water; bass good on crankbaits off secondary points inside creeks; flathead catfish fair on trotlines, juglines with panfish, shad. Below the dam: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: all species poor.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 75 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: bass good on plastic worms, Brush Hogs in 10 to 15 feet of water along bluff banks, brush piles; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water; catfish poor to fair (a few are being caught on cut bait).

JACOMO: 73 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on minnows, jigs; channel catfish very good on liver, cut bait, chicken liver; bluegills very good on wax worms, crickets.

BLUE SPRINGS: 72 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: bass good on crankbaits, plastic worms, night crawlers in the coves; channel catfish fair on a variety of baits.

Kansas

MILFORD: mid-70s, clear, degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Rick Dykstra reports: walleyes, wipers good on jigs with night crawlers in 4 to 12 feet of water; wipers also fair to good on jigging spoons, live bait near the sunken island and in 4 to 6 feet of water along face of dam; bass good on a variety of baits in deeper, rocky areas; catfish fair drifting cut bait.

COFFEY COUNTY: 93 degrees at the hot-water outlet, 75 degrees on main lake, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: smallmouth bass very good; white bass very good; wipers good.

GLEN ELDER: 72 degrees, murky, 2 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: walleyes very good on jigs with night crawlers in 10 to 15 feet of water on the south side; white bass good on jigs, spinners, minnows on the main lake; catfish good on a variety of baits in the shallows; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in the brush piles or trolling.

PERRY: 79 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: crappies good on minnows, jigs in shallows; walleyes fair on jigs with night crawlers on the flats; channel catfish good on a variety of baits near the fish feeders.

WILSON: 70 degrees, clear, 6 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: walleyes fair on jigs with night crawlers in12 to 40 feet of water; stripers good on black salties, panfish; smallmouth bass good on white twister tails, minnows in shallow, rocky areas; white bass good on jigs, minnows along banks; catfish good on minnows, night crawlers, liver.

LA CYGNE: High 80s at the hot-water outlet, high 70s midlake, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, jigs; channel catfish good on shad, liver and night crawlers in the shallows.

MELVERN: 75 degrees, slightly murky, 2 feet low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers drifting the flats; crappies fair on minnows in brushy areas of coves; bass good on plastic baits, spinnerbaits in 8 to 10 feet of water in rocky areas.

TUTTLE CREEK: 75 degrees, clear, 4 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows along dam; white bass excellent on Double W Spoons, Bubbas in 10 to 15 feet of water along drop-offs; catfish good on a variety of baits in 3 feet of water.

POMONA: 75 degrees, very clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: bass good on a variety of baits along the banks; wipers fair trolling crankbaits; catfish good on worms, minnows; crappies poor to fair.

CLINTON: 77 degrees, clear, 4 feet low. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught along the dam and off docks); white bass fair; catfish fair on night crawlers, liver in the shallows.

HERITAGE: 77 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish good on worms in the morning; crappies fair on minnows, worms; bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, plastic lizards in the morning.

SHAWNEE MISSION: 75 degrees, 2-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: crappies fair on worms in the shallows; catfish good on worms, dough bait along the north shore; bass fair on plastic lizards, jigs, spinnerbaits along the banks; wipers fair on topwater lures early in the morning.

KILL CREEK: 77 degrees, 8-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: catfish good on worms in the evening; bass fair early and late on plastic worms and plastic lizards; crappies fair on worms, minnows.

WYANDOTTE: 80 degrees, fairly clear, full pool. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows; smallmouth, largemouth bass good fair on plastic baits in the shallows; channel catfish fair.

HILLSDALE: 78 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies fair 12 to 15 feet down in brush; walleyes fair on jigs with night crawlers on flats.

EL DORADO: 78 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies fair along banks; walleyes good on crankbaits trolled in 15 to 18 feet of water or drifting jigs with night crawlers; white bass, wipers fair; smallmouth bass good on plastic baits along riprap; flathead catfish fair on trotlines, limblines with panfish; blue catfish good (but small) on cut bait off windy points.

Other area waters

GRAND (Okla.): 77 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Jeff Williams reports: white bass good on 1-ounce white Bendable Minnow Spoons over humps and points; white bass also are being caught trolling Go-Go Minnow jigs in the evening near Governor’s Point, Patricia Island and the mouth of Honey Creek; catfish good on Sudden Impact prepared bait and shad soaked in Dead Red Spray in the shallows; crappies fair on Go-Go-Minnows in 10 feet of water in the brush near the bridge piers; bass fair on plastic baits; bow fishing good in clear water.

WHITE RIVER (Ark.): Clear, variable power generation. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Resort reports: Fly fishing: trout excellent early on midges and nymphs and by midmorning to early afternoon on caddis flies. Ruby or pearl midges, copper Johns and elk-hair caddis have been best. Spin fishing: trout good to excellent on sculpins in low-water conditions in early morning. Trout also are being caught on Rapalas, Blue Fox spinners, Rooster Tails.

BEAVER LAKE (Ark.): 76 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Bailey’s Guide Service reports: stripers good trolling live shad or umbrella rigs with white grubs on the main lake.

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

Brent’s best bet

The bass are on the feed in the Ozarks. Both Table Rock and Bull Shoals are producing excellent fishing, especially early and late in the day.

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