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Fishing report for May 12

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Missouri

STOCKTON: 65 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Walleyes very good on jigs with night crawlers off points; crappies good on jigs, minnows in 10 to 15 feet of water; bass good on jigs along ledges and off secondary points; bluegills excellent on worms.

TABLE ROCK: 66 degrees, fairly clear, near normal. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: All species of black bass excellent on topwater Whopper Ploppers and Spro Rats early on main-lake flats; smallmouth bass also excellent on Ned Rigs on flat, gravel flats in less than 10 feet of water; spotted bass also excellent on swimbaits for suspended fish along main-lake bluff ends.

NORFORK: 69 degrees, clear, 1.9 feet low. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: walleyes very good, white bass, hybrids good on white Bink’s Spoons in 15 to 20 feet of water.

SMITHVILLE: 70 degrees, clear on the main lake, murky in the creek arms, 3 feet high. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Bass poor to fair on plastic baits near spawning banks; crappies good on jigs, minnows in 8 to 12 feet of water in main-lake brush; channel catfish excellent on night crawlers, cut bait, liver where there is inflow; walleyes fair to good on crankbaits, Rooster Tails off rocky main-lake points and jetties; white bass fair on jigging spoons along the face of the dam.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 64 degrees, murky on the upper end, clearing near dam, 1 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: bass fair to good on topwater lures, plastic lizards, jigs in the back of the docks; crappies fair on jigs, minnows near banks and in shallow brush.

REED AREA: 66 degrees, murky, slightly high. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bass fair on crankbaits near cover; channel catfish good on worms in moving water near creek channels; crappies fair on tube jigs, minnows near brush piles and along weedlines; bluegills good on worms, small jigs (fish are starting to move onto spawning beds).

JACOMO: 62 degrees, murky, slightly high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish fair to good on night crawlers, cut bait in Sailboat and Liggett coves; black bass good on plastic baits, Rat-L-Traps, live bait near spawning banks; bluegills very good on waxworms, redworms in spawning areas; crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows suspended 5 to 9 feet down in 20 feet of water.

TRUMAN: 67 degrees, murky, 2 feet high. Outlook: Cody’s Bait and Tackle reports: wipers fair to good on Sassy Shad, live panfish on humps; crappies fair on jigs in 10 to 20 feet of water; catfish good on cut shad in 20 to 30 feet of water on flats. Below the dam: crappies poor to fair; catfish good on cut shad.

BULL SHOALS: Mid-60s, clear, 2.5 feet low. Outlook: Buck Creek Marina reports: Bass good on finesse worms, grubs, jigs from the bank to 15 feet deep; crappies good on minnows along gravel banks; walleyes fair on crankbaits, jigs with night crawlers in 20 to 25 feet of water.

TANEYCOMO: Clear, low power generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Below Fall Creek: rainbow trout fair to good on air-inflated night crawlers. Trophy Area: Trout good on zebra midges, micro jigs under floats.

POMME DE TERRE: 65 degrees, stained, 3 feet high. Outlook: Nemo Marina reports: Crappies good on minnows, jigs in shallows; black bass fair on plastic baits off main-lake points.

BLUE SPRINGS: 61 degrees, murky, 1 foot high. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on minnows, jigs in main-lake brush; channel catfish fair on worms, cut bait; hybrids fair on spinners, chicken liver near the Jacomo spillway; black bass fair on spinnerbaits, plastic baits in the shallows.

LONGVIEW: 66 degrees, murky, 1.8 feet high. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Crappies fair (but small) on jigs, minnows off the marina docks.

Kansas

COFFEY COUNTY: 75 degrees, slightly murky, one-half foot high. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass excellent on Ned Rigs, jigs along riprap: white bass, wipers good on Roster Tails; largemouth bass, walleyes, crappies, channel catfish fair.

WYANDOTTE: 68 degrees, dingy, slightly high. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: Catfish fair on night crawlers, liver in Marshall Creek and on the main lake; wipers fair to good on crankbaits trolled on the main lake and still fishing with liver; crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught, but fish are scattered); black bass good on plastic baits in the shallows,

WILSON: Low 60s, clear, 10 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: Walleyes very good on jigs with night crawlers in the Lucas Point area; bass fair on a variety of baits in the coves; channel catfish good on a variety of baits.

PERRY: Low 60s, murky, 8 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish good on cut bait; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in clearer water.

SHAWNEE MISSION: 65 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair on spinnerbaits along south shore; catfish good on liver, dough bait in shallows in evening; crappies fair on jigs, minnows along brush and new structure along north shore.

KILL CREEK: 66 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits in shallows; catfish fair on dough bait, liver in the evening near the marina; crappies fair on minnows along tree lines.

EL DORADO: Mid-60s, murky, one-half foot high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: Walleyes fair to good on crankbaits, night crawler rigs trolled on the main-lake flats; Crappies fair on jigs in on structure; white bass, wipers fair to good on Rooster Tails jigs off rocky points; blue catfish fair on shad along windy banks.

MILFORD: Mid-60s, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Smallmouth bass fair on plastic baits along rocky banks; white bass, wipers fair to good on Bubbas, jigs in low-light conditions along the dam; catfish fair to good on shad on the north end.

HILLSDALE: Low 60s, murky, 1 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies fair to good on minnows, jigs along spawning banks; walleyes fair trolling jigs with night crawlers in 15 to 20 feet of water on the flats.

GLEN ELDER: Low, 60s, fairly clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: Crappies fair on jigs in the creeks on the south side; wipers, white bass fair to good on bucktails, Kastmasters along dam and causeway in Granite Creek.

MELVERN: 62 degrees, murky, 3 feet high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Smallmouth bass, crappies poor to fair.

POMONA: Low 60s, murky, 7 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Channel catfish poor to fair on shad.

LaCYGNE: 71 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: Flathead catfish poor to fair (a few are being caught on trotlines).

CLINTON: Mid-60s, murky, 5 feet high. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: all species poor.

TUTTLE CREEK: 62 degrees, muddy, 6.3 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: all species poor.

Brent Frazee: 816-234-4319, @fishboybrent

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The smallmouth-bass fishing is still hot at Coffey County Lake in Kansas. Large numbers of fish are being caught on finesse baits. Wipers and white bass also are biting at the power-plant lake.

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