Outdoors

Fishing report for Aug. 18

Brent Frazee

Missouri

NORFORK: 84 degrees, clearing, normal. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: Walleyes excellent in 30 feet of water on white Bink’s Spoons on flat, pea gravel points; largemouth bass good on topwater lures in the first hour and on Bink’s Spoons on the flats during the day.

BLUE SPRINGS: 83 degrees, fairly clear, near normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish good on liver, blood bait on the flats and in the coves; flathead catfish fair at night on goldfish, extra-large shiners in the mouths of coves; crappies fair on minnows early in the morning and at night under lights; bluegills fair on crickets, worms; bass good on spinnerbaits and big minnows.

JACOMO: 82 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish good on blood bait, larger live bait in the coves and on hot dogs off the marina dock; bluegills good on crickets, worms; largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, spoons and Chatterbaits; white bass good on pepper spoons; crappies poor to fair.

LONGVIEW: 83 degrees, 34-inch clarity, normal. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Channel catfish fair on minnows, livers off the marina docks; crappies fair (but mostly small) on minnows off the marina docks; bass fair; bluegills fair to good on crickets, waxworms.

SMITHVILLE: 84 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Bass fair on jigs, creature baits, Brush Hogs in 4 feet of water in the timber and along creek edges; crappies fair on minnows in main-lake brush; channel catfish good on rod and reel with dip bait and on goldfish and large shiners on juglines; white bass good where fish are surfacing early and late.

TRUMAN: 84 degrees, slightly murky, 1 foot low. Outlook: Cody’s Guide Service reports: Blue catfish good on rod and reel or juglines with cut shad in 8 to 20 feet of water; crappies good on jigs and minnows around trees in 8 to 15 feet of water; white bass fair in the evening where fish are surfacing. Below the dam: all species poor.

STOCKTON: 86 degrees, clear, 3 feet low. Outlook: Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: Crappies fair on minnows in 18 feet of water in main-lake brush; walleyes fair to good on jigs with nightcrawlers in 22 feet of water; channel catfish very good drifting fresh shad in 10 to 20 feet of water; bass fair on large plastic worms in 18 to 20 feet of water.

TANEYCOMO: Clear, variable generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trout good on  1/16 -ounce jigs, trout worms, white or gray microjigs in the morning under floats and on nightcrawlers during the day. Two-pound-test line has been the best.

TABLE ROCK: 88 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: White River Outfitters reports: Bass good on topwater lures early and on Dixie Jet flutter spoons in white in 30 feet of water later in the morning along gravel flats.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 85 degrees, clear, 1 foot low. Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: Bass fair at night on 10-inch plastic worms, Brush Hogs in brush piles; crappies fair on jigs in 20 feet of water in brush piles; catfish fair on cut bait in 20 feet of water off main-lake points and halfway back in coves.

REED AREA: 81 degrees, clear, full pool. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bass fair early and late on soft-plastic baits near cover; channel catfish good on cut bait, chicken liver under a bobber; bluegills and redear sunfish good on worms, jigs.

BULL SHOALS: Low 90s, clear, normal. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Most keeper fish being caught during the day are below the thermocline, which is at 22 feet; bass good on topwater lures early and on shallow-running crankbaits at night; catfish good on juglines and trotlines with cut bait; walleyes fair on bottom-bouncers with nightcrawlers.

POMME DE TERRE: 84 degrees, 4-foot clarity, normal. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: All species slow.

Kansas

WILSON: High 70s, clear, 4 feet low. Outlook: Knothead’s Bait and Tackle reports: Stripers good on slab spoons, salties in 25 to 45 feet of water; walleyes good on jigs with nightcrawlers in 30 to 40 feet of water; channel catfish good in 14 to 25 feet of water on live bait, stinkbait, liver lakewide. Drum good in 10 to 15 feet of water on worms; white bass fair on live bait.

WYANDOTTE: 85 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boats reports: Bass good early and late on plastic baits; bluegills good on crickets, mealworms; channel catfish fair at night on liver, shad, cut bluegills, prepared baits lakewide.

CLINTON: Mid-80s, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Channel catfish good on dip bait in the timber in the bean holes; crappies fair on jigs, minnows in the brush.

PERRY: 86 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on minnows, jigs in 15 to 17 feet of water in main-lake brush; channel catfish good on dip bait in the bean holes; blue catfish good (but mostly below the length limit) above Apple Valley drifting with shad along old river channels in 35 feet of water.

POMONA: 86 degrees, fairly clear, normal. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies good early on jigs 10 feet down on top of brush; catfish good on nightcrawlers and prepared baits lakewide; wipers fair; white bass good where shad are surfacing.

LaCYGNE: Mid-90s, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Parks reports: White bass fair to good on jigs; flathead and blue catfish fair on rod and reel with live bait; largemouth spotty.

GLEN ELDER: 87 degrees, clear, near normal. Outlook: Wayne’s Sporting Goods reports: Catfish good on dip bait in bean holes; white bass fair where surfacing and trolling with Shad Raps and Flicker Shad; wipers fair while trolling; walleyes fair in 15 to 25 feet of water on jigs and nightcrawlers.

COFFEY COUNTY: 94 degrees midlake, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass good; all other species slow.

KILL CREEK: 86 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair on plastic baits, spinnerbaits early along north shore; catfish fair on dough baits, liver along the banks on the north side of the lake; crappies and panfish fair.

SHAWNEE MISSION: 84 degrees, murky, normal. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair early on spinnerbaits, plastic baits; wipers fair on sunfish along the dam; catfish fair on dough baits, liver in the evening; panfish fair on worms along the banks; crappies fair early on minnows and jigs in middle cove and along south shore.

TUTTLE CREEK: 88 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: White bass fair but spotty on green Bubbas, Double W spoons along drop-offs and close to the river channel; catfish good on a variety of baits near the chum holes.

HILLSDALE: 83 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies fair on minnows and jigs with niblets in the channel in 20 feet of water; catfish good on a variety of baits in the mouths of creeks; bass fair.

MILFORD: 85 degrees, clear,  1/2 -foot high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Blue green algae evident above the town of Milford. Wipers spotty (depending on the wind) on jigging spoons, Bubbas and topwater swim baits; smallmouth bass good (but mostly small) on plastic baits; catfish good drifting with cut shad from mid-lake to the dam.

MELVERN: 82 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Melvern Marina reports: Crappies good on minnows in the brush.

Bruce Janssen, bjanssen@kcstar.com

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