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Fishing and hunting report for Jan. 15

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FISHING

Missouri

▪ TANEYCOMO: Clear, three to four units running early and late. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Below Fall Creek: trout good on minnows, worms, jigs, PowerBait. Light fishing pressure in the Trophy Area because of the heavy current.

▪ TABLE ROCK: 42 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: Ozark anglers.com reports: crappies fair on jigs, minnows in Department of Conservation brush piles in the James River arm; bass fair on Alabama rigs, jerkbaits at varying depths up to 30 feet; white bass good on one-half ounce jigging spoons in 50 to 70 feet of water in creek channels.

▪ SMITHVILLE: Low 30s, clear, normal. Outlook: Camp Branch Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs off the marina docks.

▪ STOCKTON: 35 degrees on main lake, coves have ice, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies fair on jigs under shad and in brush piles.

▪ NORFORK: 41 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: No report available. Very light fishing pressure.

▪ TRUMAN: 35 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Mostly ice-covered. Outlook: Tightwad Bait and Tackle reports: all species poor.

▪ BULL SHOALS: 44 degrees, clear, 4 feet low. Outlook: Ozarkanglers.com reports: crappies, walleyes, white bass fair to good trolling crankbaits along channel dropoffs.

▪ REED AREA: Mid 30s, clear, full pool; ice on lakes. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: all species poor.

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 35 degrees, clear, normal. Some ice. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: all species poor.

▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 33 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Back of coves have ice. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: all species poor.

▪ JACOMO: Mid 30s, clear, normal. Ice. Outlook: Jacomo Marina reports: all species poor.

▪ BLUE SPRINGS: Low 30s, clear, normal. Ice. Outlook: Blue Springs Lake Marina report: all species poor.

▪ LONGVIEW: Mid 30s, clear, 1 foot low. Ice. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies poor to fair (a few small crappies are being caught off the marina docks).

Kansas

▪ GLEN ELDER: 33 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Ice is 6 to 12 inches thick along causeway and in the coves. Some areas still have marginal ice and are unsafe for ice fishing. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: white bass, wipers, stripers good on Kastmasters, ice jigs through the ice along the causeway.

▪ LA CYGNE: 42 degrees on the main lake, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks: crappies good on jigs along the old sunken bridge and in 20 to 30 feet of water in the creek channel.

▪ WILSON: 33 degrees, clear, 8 feet low. Ice on lake. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: stripers, white bass good, walleyes fair on jigs through the ice in Hell’s Creek, Elm Creek and Loo’s Point .

▪ CLINTON: 33 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Ice on lake. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: crappies fair on small jigs through the ice early and late.

▪ MELVERN: 33 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Ice on the lake. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: crapppies fair on black-sparkle ice jigs off the main marina dock.

▪ COFFEY COUNTY: 55 degrees at hot-water outlet, 45 degrees on the main lake, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: white bass; wipers, blue catfish poor to fair.

▪ MILFORD: 33 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Ice on lake. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

▪ EL DORADO: 33 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Lake is mostly ice-covered, but not safe for ice fishing. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: all species poor.

▪ HILLSDALE: 33 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Ice on lake, but not safe for ice fishing. Ramps are inaccessible due to ice. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: all species poor.

▪ PERRY: 34 degrees, clear, near normal; 90 percent ice-covered. Outlook: Bait Hut reports: all species poor.

▪ POMONA: 33 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Ice on lake. Outlook: Lighthouse Harbor Marina reports: all species poor.

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

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

▪ HERITAGE: Low 30s, murky, normal. Ice on lake. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Rec reports: all species poor.

▪ TUTTLE CREEK: 33 degrees, murky, normal. Thin ice, but not safe for ice fishing. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

Other area waters

▪ GRAND (OKLA.): 40 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Jeff Williams reports crappies good on Go-Go Minnows (firecracker and chartreuse have been best colors) in 15 feet of water in the brush and along docks; white bass good trolling Go-Go Minnows or Rooster Tails in the Spring River north of Twin Bridges; catfish good on fresh or frozen shad along deep ledges and near Sailboat Bridge.

▪ WHITE RIVER (ARK.): Clear, heavy current area tapering off to minimum flow by early afternoon. Outlook: Gaston’s White River Reosrt reports: trout good on nymphs, midges, egg patterns, sculpins and wooly buggers. Also good on white, olive or black jigs. Spin fishing: trout good on fluorescent pink PowerBait worms with one PowerBait egg, live redworms, night crawlers and spoons.

▪ BEAVER: 43 degrees, clear, 6 feet low. Outlook: Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service reports: stripers fair trolling live shad or vertically fishing with Bink’s Spoons Flukes near shad schools.

HUNTING

Missouri

North and Middle Zone duck seasons are closed; South Zone season is open and will run through Jan. 25. Goose seasons will run through Jan. 31.

Most reporting stations had no waterfowl counts due to ice and low hunter numbers.

▪ SQUAW CREEK: 2,256 ducks (mostly mallards); 31 geese (mostly snows). Totally ice-covered.

▪ SWAN LAKE: 1,400 mallards; 500 Canada geese. Mostly ice-covered.

▪ GRAND PASS: 150,000 ducks; 200 Canada geese.

▪ SMITHVILLE: 10,000 mallards; 10,000 geese. Ice on lake. Birds are staying in holes.

Kansas

Duck season in the Low Plains Early Zone has closed. In the Low Plains Late Zone, the duck season is closed but will resume Jan. 17-25. Hunting in the Southeast Zone is open and will continue through Jan. 25. The goose seasons will run through Feb. 15.

▪ CHEYENNE BOTTOMS: Fewer than 10,000 ducks (mostly mallards); fewer than 20,000 geese. Marshes are totally ice-covered. Goose hunting has been poor.

▪ MARAIS DES CYGNES: Few waterfowl on wildlife area. Hunting has been poor. Totally ice-covered.

▪ QUIVIRA: Low waterfowl areas. Totally ice-covered.

▪ MELVERN: Low waterfowl numbers. Ice on lake.

▪ MILFORD: 100 Canada geese. Mostly ice-covered.

▪ PERRY: Low waterfowl numbers; ice on wetlands and part of the lake.

▪ NEOSHO: 25,000 ducks; 1,200 Canada geese. Ice on marshes. Hunting has been poor.

▪ KIRWIN: 40,000 waterfowl. Ice on lake and marshes.

▪ CLINTON: Low waterfowl number. Ice on marshes and lake.

▪ McPHERSON VALLEY WETLANDS: Less than 50 geese in area. Marshes are ice-covered.

▪ GLEN ELDER: No report available.

▪ JAMESTOWN: Low waterfowl numbers. Marshes are frozen.

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

Brent’s best bet

Winter’s worst hasn’t gotten the best of fishermen at Glen Elder Reservoir in north-central Kansas. They’re fishing through the ice along the causeway and catching white bass, stripers and wipers. Be aware, though, that the ice on some parts of the lake is still too thin to be considered safe.

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