Fishing report for June 8 – Kansas City Star

FISHING REPORT

Missouri

BULL SHOALS: Mid- to upper 70s, 6 feet of clarity, 28 feet high. Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Walleyes excellent trolling with hard plastic baits 20 to 25 feet down, white bass excellent on topwater baits at the treeline in 20 feet of water; catfish excellent on cut bait using limb lines. Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Trout very good on Power Worms, nightcrawlers, stick baits, inline spinners or crankbaits (bright colors are best). Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: No wadable water; high generation. Trout good on olive woolly buggers, nymphs, midges, San Juan worms and sowbugs.

TANEYCOMO: 40s, clearing, steady generation. Outlook: Lilleys’ Landing reports: Trout excellent drifting white spoons, white jigs and shad flies on the bottom; below Fall Creek — from Monkey Island down through the Landing — drift minnows or nightcrawlers on the bottom.

NORFORK: 76 degrees, milky, 19 feet high. Outlook: Bink’s Guide Service reports: White bass, black bass and hybrids good early on topwater baits (Zara Spooks are best); stripers good on Bink’s spoons 50 to 60 feet down; all other species slow.

LONGVIEW: 71 degrees, 42-inch clarity, 2 feet high. Outlook: Longview Marina reports: Black bass fair to good on crankbaits (especially in Mouse Creek); bluegills good on worms along shoreline and in the river around bridge piers; walleyes good on white grubs on  1/4 -ounce jigs (a 6-pounder was caught this week).

POMME DE TERRE: 77 degrees, dingy, 7 feet high. Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: Black bass fair trolling crankbaits in 12 feet of water; crappies fair (but small) on jigs and minnows off the docks; all other species slow.

REED AREA: 74 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Bluegills and redears good on worms under a bobber; black bass good early and late on topwater baits; all other species slow.

STOCKTON: 70 degrees, clear, 5 feet high. Outlook: Department of Conservation reports: Walleyes fair on jigs tipped with nightcrawlers and on bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers; crappies fair trolling crankbaits; black bass fair on spinnerbaits and soft plastics in the brush.

JACOMO: High 70s, stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass fair early on topwater baits and on minnows around humps; white bass good casting jigs or trolling crankbaits in coves; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers in evening off points and in coves; crappies poor to fair on minnows over main-lake brush; flatheads poor to fair at night on live bait on the flats; bluegills good early and late on crickets and red worms in the shallows.

BLUE SPRINGS: High 70s, stained, normal. Outlook: Forty Woods Bait and Tackle reports: Largemouth bass good in evening on minnows near drop-offs and in coves; white bass and hybrids fair to good trolling crankbaits and casting where shad are surfacing; channel catfish fair to good in evening on live bait around dam; bluegills good on worms, wax worms and crickets along rocky and wooded banks; crappies fair on minnows over main-lake brush.

TABLE ROCK: 77 degrees, clearing, 9 feet high. Outlook: Guide Bill Babler reports: Smallmouth bass good to excellent on  1/2 -ounce football jigs (natural colors are best) and 3-inch Keitech swimbaits (shad and rainbow colors are best) on  1/4 -ounce jigheads in front of flooded bushes; white bass good early and late on Dixie Jet flutter spoons or topwater baits (either chuggers or Zara Spooks) where fish are schooling in coves and creek arms.

TRUMAN: 70s, clearing, 11 feet high. Outlook: Cody’s Guide Service reports: Hybrids fair on minnows, spoons and Sassy Shads; crappies good on jigs and minnows; catfish very good on cut shad and live bait on rod and reel and jug lines. Below the dam: Hybrids and white bass good on spoons and Sassy Shads.

SMITHVILLE: 74 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Burton’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on jigs and minnows under a bobber over brush piles and along creek channels; catfish excellent on cut bait and nightcrawlers in creeks and backs of coves; white bass good on spoons in 20 feet of water off points and on pepper spoons, inline spinners, Road Runners and Rat-L-Traps on corners of main-lake bridges and jetties; black bass fair on Senkos, square-billed crankbaits and jigs; walleyes fair on jigs with leeches or nightcrawlers, Shad Raps, Flicker Shad and Rat-L-Traps off shallow points.

Kansas

SHAWNEE MISSION PARK: 80 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Crappies and panfish fair early and late on live bait and soft plastics; catfish fair early and late on live bait; bass and wipers good early on light-colored soft plastics.

KILL CREEK PARK: 73 degrees, murky. Outlook: Johnson County Park and Recreation District reports: Bass fair to good early on live bait; crappies and panfish good early and late on live bait; catfish good early and late on live bait.

COFFEY COUNTY: 91 degrees at hot-water outlet, clear, normal. Outlook: Coffey County reports: Smallmouth bass excellent; walleyes and white bass very good; largemouth bass good; crappies, drum and channel catfish fair to good.

MELVERN: 76 degrees, slightly stained, 1 foot high. Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: Walleyes fair on bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers; crappies fair to good on jigs and minnows over brush piles in 6 to 10 feet of water; channel catfish good on fish entrails and nightcrawlers; black bass good near the dam and casting toward shore with shallow-running crankbaits and spinnerbaits; blue catfish fair on cut bait (particularly on northwest mud flats).

CLINTON: 73 degrees, clear, 2 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on jigs and minnows 15 to 17 feet down over brush piles; walleyes very good on worm rigs and trolling crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet of water on flats; catfish good over bean holes in 12 feet of water on Sonny’s and Sudden Impact baits.

POMONA: 72 degrees, clear, 2 1/2 feet high. Outlook: Lighthouse Bay Marina reports: Crappies fair to good on jigs or minnows lakewide; catfish very good on glo worms and chicken livers on rod and reel and limb lines; white bass and wipers very good on jigs and spoons; walleyes fair to good on bottom bouncers with glo worms.

WILSON: 68 degrees, murky, 3 feet high. Outlook: Knotheads Baitshop reports: Walleyes fair trolling Gulp spinners; black bass fair to good on live and artificial baits; stripers fair on bucktails and live bait; channel catfish fair lakewide on dip bait and nightcrawlers; white perch excellent.

PERRY: 74 degrees, murky, 5 feet high. Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Catfish good on nightcrawlers and shrimp under a bobber in running water and in rocky areas. Below the dam: Blue catfish and flathead catfish very good late on live bait.

MILFORD: 73 degrees, clearing, 3 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Wipers spotty on variety of artificial baits; all other species slow. Below the dam: Wipers good.

HILLSDALE: 74 degrees, clearing, 1 foot high. Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies fair (but small) on minnows; catfish excellent on goldfish, sunfish and dip baits on limb lines and rod and reel; walleyes very good in 5 to 10 feet of water on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.

LA CYGNE: 83 degrees at the hot water outlet, clear, normal. Outlook: Linn County Park reports: Largemouth bass fair; crappies good on jigs or minnows.

GLEN ELDER: 71 degrees, varying clarity, 3 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports: Walleyes good to excellent in west half of lake on jigs with nightcrawlers or minnows in 18 to 22 feet of water; white bass and wipers good on slab spoons and Rat-L-Traps along the causeway, near the dam and trolling along river channel; crappies fair to good on jigs or minnows (fishing are spawning) in water as shallow as 2 feet and as deep as 12 feet; catfish good on live bait and dip baits; black bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits.

TUTTLE CREEK: 76 degrees, muddy, 14 feet high. Outlook: Guide Vic Oertle reports: Catfish good on live and prepared baits; all other species slow

WYANDOTTE: 77 degrees, clear, normal. Outlook: Wyandotte Boat Rental reports: Catfish fair on nightcrawlers, shad and liver; black bass good (but small) on a variety of baits; bluegills good on wax worms, meal worms and crickets; all other species slow.

EL DORADO: 70s, stained, 2 feet high. Outlook: Wildlife, Parks & Tourism reports: Crappies spotty on jigs and minnows in 6 to 7 feet of water over brush; blue catfish fair on cut shad and nightcrawlers off windy points and in creeks; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers and cut bait in flowing water in creeks; white bass and wipers fair.

Bruce Janssen, bjanssen@kcstar.com