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Fishing report for April 21

Missouri

NORFORK: 62 degrees, off-color in the creeks, clear on the main lake, normal. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Smallmouth bass excellent on small plastic creature baits along banks; largemouth bass fair on plastic baits along spawning banks; stripers excellent, walleyes good at night on stickbaits off main-lake points.

TABLE ROCK: 57 to 62 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: All species of black bass good to excellent on 3.8-inch KeitechKietech-cq-HRS swimbaits, jerkbaits staging off spawning pockets, and on small Ned rigs in 12 feet of water in gravel pockets.

REED AREA: 60 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bass good on plastic baits near brush; channel catfish fair on cut bait, worms; crappies good on tube jigs, minnows near brush and along weed lines; bluegills and redear sunfish good on worms.

SMITHVILLE: 60 degrees, fairly clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Bass good on jigs, spinnerbaits in the shallows in coves; crappies good on jigs, minnows along the spawning banks; channel catfish good (but mostly small) on minnows in the creeks; white bass good on spinners, jigs in the Little Platte arm; walleyes fair on tube jigs in the coves.

JACOMO: 62 degrees, clear normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on jigs in the shallows in the coves and off the docks (fish are moving toward the spawning banks); bass good on spinnerbaits, shallow-running crankbaits, large minnows in shallows; white bass good on jigs, Rooster Tails in the coves; channel catfish fair on night crawlers, chicken liver off points.

LONGVIEW: 56 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Crappies good on jigs, minnows along the banks and off the marina docks; bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastic baits in the shallows in the coves; channel catfish good on prepared baits, worms, liver in the shallows; walleyes fair on night crawlers, minnows in the brush.

TRUMAN: 64 degrees, fairly clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Cody’s Guide Service reports: Crappies good on jigs, minnows along spawning banks; catfish fair on cut shad in 12 to 15 feet of water. Below the dam: all species poor to fair.

BULL SHOALS: 60s, clear, near normal. Outlook: Buck Creek Marina reports: Bass good on pumpkin-colored plastics, spinnerbaits in 5 to 15 feet of water along windy banks; crappies fair on minnows in 20 feet of water in the brush.

STOCKTON: 63 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Crappies very good on jigs in 2 to 3 feet of water along spawning banks; walleyes good on jigs with night crawlers in 15 to 20 feet of water off main-lake points; bass fair to good on Wiggle Warts, jigs from secondary points back.

TANEYCOMO: Clear, sporadic power generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Below Fall Creek: Brown, rainbow trout fair on night crawlers, minnows. Trophy Area: Trout fair on gray scuds, white jigs.

POMME DE TERRE: 61 degrees, clearing, 2 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Bass good on a variety of lures along the banks; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in transition from deep water to the spawning banks; white bass very good on a variety of baits along banks; walleyes poor to fair trolling crankbaits.

BLUE SPRINGS: 61 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on jigs, minnows along brushy banks and off the marina dock; channel catfish fair on worms; bluegills fair to good on crickets, wax worms along rocky banks and the dam.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 60 degrees, clear, 2  1/2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Crappies good on jigs minnows in 2 to 6 feet of water along spawning areas; bass fair on spinnerbaits, jig and pig in the shallows.

Kansas

COFFEY COUNTY: Low 70s on the main lake, murky, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass very good on plastic finesse baits in the shallows; white bass very good on Rooster Tails off rocky points; largemouth bass fair.

MELVERN: 56 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Crappies fair on jigs, minnows (fish are starting to move to spawning banks).

WILSON: 56 degrees, clear, 10 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: Walleyes fair to good on Flukes (white body, chartreuse tail) along the dam; stripers poor to fair; bass good on spinnerbaits crankbaits in the coves.

WYANDOTTE: 61 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: Crappies good on jigs, minnows in 8 feet of water along spawning areas; channel catfish fair on liver, prepared baits, night crawlers.

CLINTON: 58 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on jigs, minnows out from spawning banks in 6 feet of water or less. Clinton Marina reports: crappies good on jigs 12 feet down in 25 to 30 feet of water suspended over the main-lake channels and on blue and white jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water off marina docks.

TUTTLE CREEK: 60 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Catfish good on cut shad on the north end; crappies fair and improving on jigs, minnows (fish are in prespawn pattern).

PERRY: Low 60s, fairly clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good at dusk on minnows along spawning banks in Slough Creek.

LaCYGNE: 68 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: White bass good on jigs, small crankbaits along the dam; channel catfish fair on cut shad; flathead catfish fair on trotlines with live bait.

SHAWNEE MISSION: 60 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair on spinnerbaits across from the marina; crappies fair on jigs, minnows; catfish fair on dough bait along the north side of the marina.

KILL CREEK: 60 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic baits; catfish fair on dough bait, liver in the evening.

GLEN ELDER: Low 60s, fairly clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Catfish fair to good on cut bait, night crawlers in the river channel and on the south end of the lake.

EL DORADO: 59 degrees, fairly clear, near normal. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: White bass fair to good on crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, jigs along the dam and along causeways; crappies fair on jigs, staging along rocky banks.

MILFORD: 60 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass good on Road Runners, along rocky points; wipers fair to good on live bait; catfish good on the north end on cut shad.

POMONA: Mid-60s, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies good on jigs, minnows along brushy banks in the afternoon; white bass good in the Dragoon arm.

HILLSDALE: 57 degrees, clear, 1  1/2 feet low. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: crappies good on minnows in 6 to 10 feet of water, staging along spawning banks; largemouth bass fair to good on spinnerbaits; walleyes poor to fair (fish are postspawn).

Brent Frazee: 816-234-4319, @fishboybrent

Brent’s best bet

Day and night, Norfork Lake is producing some excellent fishing. During the day, smallmouth bass are biting on plastic creature baits in the shallows. At night, stripers and walleyes are hitting jerkbaits off points.

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