Outdoors

Fishing report for Jan. 22

FISHING

Missouri

▪ TANEYCOMO: Clear, heavy generation early and late evening into the night, 1 unit running most of the day. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Below Fall Creek: rainbow trout excellent on shrimp, minnows, worms, jigs, PowerBait. Brown trout good along banks on countdown Rapalas from Monkey Island to Branson Landing.

▪ NORFORK: 41 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort reports: stripers good on jigging spoons, live bait 40 to 70 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water where balls of shad are being marked (best areas has been from Highway 62 bridge to Howard Cove); largemouth, spotted bass good on jigging spoons, grubs, jig and pig off bluff points.

▪ BULL SHOALS: 44 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: Ozark Anglers.com reports: walleyes good trolling crankbaits along creek channel on the upper end; bass fair to good on jigging spoons, grubs in deep water.

▪ TABLE ROCK: 47 degrees, clear, 5 feet low. Outlook: White River Lodge reports: Kentucky bass good on Ned rigs in 15 feet of water off rocky points (a few are being caught on Alabama rigs and stickbaits).

▪ STOCKTON: 39 degrees, clear, 1 foot high. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: crappies good, walleyes fair on jigs 25 feet down under shad balls; bass fair to good on jerbaits in 12 to 15 feet of water along rocky banks.

▪ TRUMAN: 35 degrees, clear, normal. Some ice. Outlook: Tightwad Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on spider rigs in 10 to 15 feet of water in brush near the dam; white bass fair trolling crankbaits or vertically jigging.

▪ LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 38 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies fair on jigs with Crappie Nibbles, minnows 10 feet down in 25 feet of water under big docks, also fair in 25 feet of water in main-lake brush.

▪ LONGVIEW: Mid 30s, clear, 1 foot low. Ice. Outlook: Longview Lake Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs off marina docks.

▪ SMITHVILLE: Low 30s, clear, 1 1/2 feet low. Outlook: Camp Branch Marina reports: crappies fair on jigs off the marina docks.

▪ POMME DE TERRE: 38 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: crappies poor to fair (a few are being caught on jigs in 20 feet of water over the brush).

▪ 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.

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

Kansas

▪ COFFEY COUNTY: Low 60s degrees at hot-water outlet, 45 degrees on the main lake, clear, 2 feet low. Outlook: Coffey County reports: largemouth bass, white bass good; smallmouth bass fair; wipers, blue catfish poor to fair.

▪ 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 along spillway gate.

▪ GLEN ELDER: 33 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Ice on lake, but unsafe for ice fishing. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: all species poor.

▪ WILSON: 33 degrees, clear, 8 feet low. Ice on lake, but unsafe for ice fishing. Outlook: Knothead’s reports: all species poor.

▪ CLINTON: 33 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Ice on lake. Outlook: Clinton Marina reports: all species poor.

▪ MELVERN: 38 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Open water. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: all species poor.

▪ MILFORD: 33 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Ice, but not safe for ice fishing. 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: 37 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Lake 80 percent ice covered, but unsafe for ice fishing. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: all species poor.

▪ PERRY: 34 degrees, clear, near normal. Ice, but unsafe for ice fishing. 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 Resort 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 will run through Sunday. Goose seasons will run through Jan. 31.

▪ 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: 30,000 ducks; 150 Canada geese.

▪ SMITHVILLE: 8,000 mallards; 12,000 snow geese; 6,000 Canada geese. Ice on lake. Birds are staying in holes.

▪ BOB BROWN: 270 mallards; no geese. Ice.

▪ NODAWAY: 7 mallards; no geese. Ice.

▪ FOUR RIVERS: 2,000 mallards; 60 Canada geese.

▪ SCHELL-OSAGE: 5,280 ducks (mostly mallards); 4,500 snow geese, 8 Canada geese.

▪ MONTROSE: 48,900 ducks (mostly mallards and divers); 10,000 snow geese; 1,000 Canada geese.

▪ OTTER SLOUGH: 29,960 ducks (mallards, gadwalls, shovelers); 25,000 snow, 2,000 whitefronts, 130 Canadas).

▪ DUCK CREEK: 3,240 ducks (mostly mallards, some ringnecks); 603 geese (375 whitefronts, 228 Canadas).

Kansas

Duck season in the Low Plains Early Zone has closed. In the Low Plains Late and Southeast zones, duck season will run through Sunday. 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: Significant increase in duck and goose numbers. Thin ice on marshes. Hunting has been fair.

▪ QUIVIRA: 600 mallards; 100 snow geese. Ice on marshes.

▪ MELVERN: 10,000 ducks (98 percent mallards); 11,000 geese. Ice is thawing. Hunting has been poor to fair.

▪ MILFORD: 200 mallards; 150 Canada geese. Lake, marshes and river have ice, but it is thawing.

▪ PERRY: 2,000 ducks (90 percent mallards); 17,000 geese (10,000 snows and 7,000 Canadas). Marshes and Delaware River have ice, but it is breaking up.

▪ NEOSHO: 30,000 ducks (mallards, green-winged teal); 2,700 geese (2,200 Canadas, 500 whitefronts). No ice on marshes.

▪ KIRWIN: 1,000 ducks; 12,000 geese (10,000 snows, 2,000 Canadas).

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

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

▪ GLEN ELDER: 4,500 mallards, 8,000 goldeneyes; 2,000 Canada geese, 70,000-150,000 snow geese. Ice on lake, birds are staying in holes

▪ JAMESTOWN: 1,000 mallards; 600 geese (350 Canadas, 250 snows). Marshes are thawing; waterfowl are moving back.

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

Brent’s best bet

The trout fishing at Lake Taneycomo has been as good as many resort owners and guides have seen in years. Rainbows have been biting a variety of baits, with the best action below Fall Creek. Brown trout also have been caught, with countdown Rapalas the lure of choice.

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