Outdoors

Fishing and hunting report for Dec. 25

▪ TANEYCOMO: clear, one-half to 2 units running mostly in the morning. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trophy Area: trout excellent on black and red zebra midges, No. 16 scuds under floats in 2 to 4 feet of water. Below: trout excellent on 1/8-th ounce jigs (sculpin or black have been best) and on Trout Magnets in 4 to 6 feet of water; also on PowerBait, air-inflated night crawlers, Gulp eggs.

▪ STOCKTON: 45 degrees, clear, one-half foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies good on 1/8th-ounce grubs in 25 feet of water along bluff ends and in deep brush; walleyes fair on jigs in 20 feet of water along bluffs and bluff ends; bass very good on jerkbaits, jigs in 12 to 20 feet of water along rocky areas.

▪ NORFORK: 49 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Kentucky bass good, largemouth bass fair on grubs, white Bink’s spoons in 35 to 40 feet of water.

▪ TABLE ROCK: 48 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: bass very good on jerkbaits, Alabama rigs along bluff ends, timber, brush in windy areas.

▪ TRUMAN: 42 degrees, clear, 1.6 feet high. Outlook: Tightwad Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair on jigs in 6 to 10 feet of water along bluffs; white bass, hybrids good on jigging spoons over humps or on Rooster Tails on windy main-lake flats; catfish good on cut shad.

▪ 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.

▪ SMITHVILLE: Upper 30s, clear, normal. 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.

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 45 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass fair on crankbaits in 5 feet of water; crappies fair on jigs 15 feet down in 30 feet of water in brush along docks.

▪ 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 jerkbaits off main-lake points, along docks, over brush); catfish poor to fair (a few are being caught drifting cut bait in 35 feet of water).

▪ JACOMO: High 30s, clear, normal. Outlook: Jacomo Marina reports: marina will be closed through Jan. 1 for holiday break.

▪ BLUE SPRINGS: 39 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Blue Springs Lake Marina reports: marina will be closed through Jan. 1 for holiday break.

▪ LONGVIEW: High 30s, 51-inch clarity, one-half foot low. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: marina will be closed through Jan. 1 for holiday break.

Kansas

▪ MELVERN: 39 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crappies good on ice jigs, Panfish Assassins from daybreak until 9 a.m. and at dusk in 18 to 20 feet of water off marina docks.

▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 65 degrees at hot-water outlet, 45 degrees on the main lake, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: white bass fair; largemouth bass poor to fair; wipers poor to fair.

▪ MILFORD: 39 degrees, clear, 1 foot 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: High 30s, 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 fair on jigs off the marina docks.

▪ HILLSDALE: Low 40s, clear, slightly high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs in 20 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.

▪ PERRY: 37 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: all species poor.

▪ GLEN ELDER: High 30s, clear, 2 feet 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, one-half foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

Other area waters

▪ GRAND (OKLA.): 41 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: grandfishingreport.com reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows off docks.

▪ 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.): 41 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

North Zone duck season ended Tuesday. Middle Zone season continues through Dec. 30.

▪ FOUNTAIN GROVE: 44,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 80 geese.

▪ SQUAW CREEK: 110,840 ducks (mostly mallards); 1,120 Canada geese.

▪ SWAN LAKE: No update. No waterfowl count conducted this week.

▪ BOB BROWN: 32,000 ducks (mostly mallards).

▪ NODAWAY VALLEY: 32,000 ducks; low goose numbers.

▪ GRAND PASS: 150,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 200 geese.

▪ FOUR RIVERS: 91,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 240 Canada geese. Hunting 23 positions. Hunting has been poor. On Saturday and Sunday, 63 hunters shot 59 ducks.

▪ SCHELL-OSAGE: 90,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 500 Canada geese. Hunting 38 positions. Hunting has been poor. On Saturday and Sunday, 155 hunters shot 151 ducks.

▪ SMITHVILLE: Low waterfowl numbers. Hunting has been poor.

▪ MONTROSE: 39,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 150 Canada geese. Hunting has been poor. On Saturday and Sunday, 42 hunters shot 17 ducks.

▪ OTTER SLOUGH: 46,850 ducks (mostly mallards), 7,400 geese (mostly snows). Thirty-four spots available. Hunting has been fair. On Saturday and Sunday, 195 hunters shot 292 ducks.

▪ DUCK CREEK: 16,620 ducks (mostly mallards); 100 Canada geese. On Saturday and Sunday, 330 hunters shot 381 ducks and one goose.

Kansas

▪ CHEYENNE BOTTOMS: 70,000 ducks (mostly mallards, gadwalls); 100,000 geese (half darks, half lights). Goose hunting has been poor.

▪ MARAIS DES CYGNES: 25,000 ducks (mostly mallards); a few geese. Good water; no ice. Hunters averaged 1 duck per person daily for the last week.

▪ QUIVIRA: 2,200 ducks (mostly mallards); 52,000 geese (mostly snows).

▪ MELVERN: 8,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 500 Canada geese. Hunting has been good.

▪ MILFORD: 700 ducks (mostly mallards); 150 geese. Hunting has been poor.

▪ PERRY: 1,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 500 Canada geese. Most of the waterfowl are on the lake. Hunting has been poor to fair.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: 1,000 ducks; no geese. Hunting has been fair in main-lake vegetation.

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

▪ GLEN ELDER: 13,500 ducks (60 percent goldeneyes, the rest mallards); 55,000 geese (95 percent snows). Birds are staying on open water. Hunting has been fair to good.

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

▪ KIRWIN: 185,000 mallards, 400,000 geese (98 percent snows). Birds are flying out to the southeast to feed.

▪ CLINTON: Low waterfowl numbers. Hunting has been poor.

▪ FLINT HILLS: 3,500 mallards; 3,150 geese (80 percent snows). Hunting has been fair.

▪ McPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS: 2,500 ducks (mostly mallards); 3,000 geese in the area.

▪ JAMESTOWN: 3,000 ducks (mostly mallards); 500 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

So, you want to eat trout over the holidays? Head to Lake Taneycomo. The fishing is smoking hot, some of the best many guides and resort owners can remember. If you like to fly fish, try a zebra midge or a scud under a float in the Trophy Area. If spin fishing is your game, head below Fall Creek and try a jig, Trout Magnet, or a variety of bottom baits such as Power Baits, night craawlers, or Gulp Eggs

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