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Fishing report for Feb. 18

Fishing

Missouri

BULL SHOALS: Mid-40s, clear, 5.9 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: all species of black bass good on Alabama rigs and on chartreuse spinnerbaits retrieved along top of the water halfway back in big coves.

TRUMAN: 42 degrees, murky, 1 foot high. Outlook: Steve Blake Guide Service reports: crappies good slow-trolling jigs in 9 to 15 feet of water in major creeks on the upper end and on spider rigs in 6 to 8 feet of water; blue catfish good on shad in the creeks and along channel dropoffs; largemouth bass fair on jerkbaits in the mouths of the creeks. Below the dam: all species poor.

NORFORK: 46 degrees, clear, 7.5 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers good on 1-ounce white Bink’s Spoons in 25 to 35 feet of water between the Highway 62 and Highway 101 bridges or trolling with downriggers; bass good on Bink’s Spoons along bluff banks or in the creeks.

TANEYCOMO: Stained, 1 unit running. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: rainbow trout very good drifting scented bait, night crawlers below Fall Creek and trolling Shad Raps below Branson Landing. Also on 1-32nd-ounce white or orange jigs below a strike indicator.

TABLE ROCK: Mid-40s, clear, normal. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: black bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits in creek arms.

SMITHVILLE: Mid-30s, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair on jigs off the docks at Camp Branch Marina.

STOCKTON: 46 degrees, clear, 6 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies fair to good on 2-inch grubs under shad schools in 30 feet of water.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 43 degrees, murky, 5 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies fair on jigs in 20 to 25 feet of water in the brush at the mouth of the Gravois arm.

REED AREA: Mid-30s, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: crappies fair on jigs under bobbers above the brush; trout fair on a variety of baits.

JACOMO: Low-40s, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies fair on jigging spoons, jigs off the marina docks and in main-lake brush.

LONGVIEW: 37 degrees, stained, near normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: crappies good on blue Kastmasters, jigs off the marina docks.

BLUE SPRINGS: 40 degrees, stained, 6 inches high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: crappies, bass fair on small jigging spoons, minnows off the marina docks; bluegills fair on waxworms off the marina dock.

POMME DE TERRE: 40 degrees, murky, 2  1/2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: all species poor.

Kansas

PERRY: High-30s, fairly clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: saugers good on jigs in the spillway; crappies fair on jigs in the main-lake brush and off marina docks; catfish fair on shad in the windy shallows.

POMONA: High 30s, fairly clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: crappies good on jigs off the marina docks.

WILSON: 40 degrees, clear, 10 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: white bass, stripers fair to good on jigs, spoons on the west end of the lake and in Hell Creek area.

MELVERN: Mid-30s, clear, 1  1/2 feet low. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: crappies fair to good on jigs in 25 to 30 feet of water in main-lake brush.

COFFEY COUNTY: 75 degrees at the hot-water outlet, low 50s on the main lake, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: largemouth bass poor to fair.

HILLSDALE: 36 degrees, murky, 1  1/2 feet low. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies poor to fair on jigs in 15 to 20 feet of water on the main lake and off the marina docks.

EL DORADO: 40 degrees, clear, 6 inches low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: crappies fair on jigs in 14 to 18 feet of water along channel ledges, brush piles.

MILFORD: 40 degrees, fairly clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: crappies poor to fair in main-lake brush.

TUTTLE CREEK: Low 40s, muddy, 1 foot low. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

LA CYGNE: 50s, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: all species poor.

CLINTON: Low 40s, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Clinton Lake Marina reports: crappies fair to good on jigs in main-lake brush.

GLEN ELDER: 40 degrees, fairly clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: all species poor.

Brent’s best bet

The bass fishing has come to life at Bull Shoals Lake. Largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky bass are hitting Alabama rigs and chartreuse spinnerbaits retrieved just under the surface in major coves.

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