This area fishing summary was compiled from reports issued by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.


Montrose: 80 degrees, normal, clear; 6 inches low; black bass fair; catfish fair; crappie slow; pressure light.

Schell-Osage (Atkinson Lake): 84 degrees, dingy; 2 feet low; all species fair.

Schell-Osage (Schell Lake): 85 degrees, dingy; 1 foot low; all species fair.

Truman: 84 degrees, clear; normal pool; all species slow.

Truman Tail Waters: 84 degrees, clear; releasing 300 cfs; all species slow.

Bull Shoals (West): clear; 1 foot below pool; bluegill are fair on natural baits, all other species slow.

Lake Taneycomo: 50 degrees, normal, clear; rainbow trout fair in the upper lake on flies imitating scuds and egg patterns; lower lake fair for rainbow trout in the morning on natural and live baits.

Pomme de Terre: 87 degrees, clear; 840.01; black bass fair on plastic baits; white bass slow; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; bluegill fair on worms and crickets; catfish fair on cut shad and live baits.

Stockton: 82 degrees, black bass fair early morning on top water lures and Carolina rigs off points in 25 feet of water; white bass fair early and late on top water lures and Rooster Tails; walleye fair trolling crankbaits and drifting nightcrawlers; catfish fair on trotlines using shad and bluegill; crappie fair on minnows and tube baits outside of tree lines.

Table Rock (James River arm): 90 degrees, falling, dingy; all species slow.

Table Rock (main lake): 84 degrees, clear; 2 feet low; black bass and bluegill good on small plastic baits and live bait; all other species fair.

Big Niangua: 81 degrees, clear; all species fair early and late.

James River (lower): 86 degrees, clear; goggle-eye and smallmouth bass good early morning or late evenings; all other species fair.

Roaring River Trout Area: 59 degrees, low, clear; fishing good. For a more detailed and frequently updated report please visit or call 417-847-2430.


Crawford State Fishing Lake: Lake 2 feet low, surface temperature 84 degrees. Fishing for all species rated fair. Destratification unit is operational, with good fishing near the dam. Some bigger channel catfish are being caught using sunfish as bait. Fishing for bluegill has been productive along weedlines.

Mined Land Wildlife Area: Most lakes about 2 feet low. Surface water temperatures range from 84-88 degrees. Fishing for all species rated fair. Rainbow trout in the 10-15 inch range are being caught in deep water in unit No. 30. Plastic worms, spinner baits, top-water baits, crankbaits and plastic baits are producing bass around structure and trees and along weedlines.

Neosho State Fishing Lake: Surface temperature 86 degrees. Fishing for all species rated fair. Some big channel catfish have been caught using cut sunfish about four feet below a bobber. Most crappie catches are in the 7-8 inch range. Some good catches have been reported in brush piles using red/white tube jigs.

Bone Creek Lake: Lake 2 feet low, surface water temperature 86 degrees, water clarity 4 feet. Fishing for all species rated fair. Crappie have moved to deeper water, with fishing fair for fish in the 9-12 inch range. Fish are being caught along submerged roads.

Neosho River at Chetopa Dam: No updated report.


Eucha: Elevation 18 inches below normal, water 85 and clear. Bluegill good on crickets and worms around grass beds. Channel and flathead catfish good on juglines using sunfish. Crappie continue to be active on jigs and minnows around brush piles. Largemouth bass good on variety of plastic baits.

Grand: Elevation normal and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10 feet around brush. All fishing slow.

Oologah: Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Channel and blue catfish fair drifting shad across flats at 20-30 feet. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits early and late off main lake points at 10-15 feet. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around submerged brush piles 20-25 feet deep.

Skiatook: Aug. 5. Elevation 4 1/4 ft. below normal, water 82 and murky. Crappie fair, early morning and evenings, at 10-25 feet around docks, brush piles and under bridges with live bait or jigs. Catfish fair on liver, cut shad and worms, in upper end of lake. Quapaw Park still closed for repairs.


Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods said in the daytime crappie are being caught trolling Hot'N Tots and at night under lights with minnows and shad. White bass are being caught at night under lights with minnows and shad. Bass fishing is good at night 18 to 25 feet deep around structure with dark colored spinner baits or dark colored eight to 12 inch plastic worms. Bluegill fishing is excellent with worms or crickets. White bass are starting to school and are hitting Zara Puppies, Zara Pooches, spoons and Rooster Tails. Catfish are being caught on trotlines and limb lines baited with goldfish and perch.

Lake Fayetteville: Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock said bluegill fishing is excellent using crickets. Bass fishing is good with plastic worms. Catfishing is fair using nightcrawlers or chicken livers, however, a 22.5-pound blue was caught last week on a Fat Free Shad so you might want to try those crank baits.

Lake Sequoyah: Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock said crappie fishing is slow but a few are being caught using minnows or Road Runners. Bream fishing is excellent with worms or crickets. Catfishing is slow with a few being caught with worms or shad. Bass fishing is good with crank baits, soft plastics or buzz baits.

Beaver Tailwaters: Beaver Dam Store says Beaver Lake fishing is hanging in there in spite of August temperatures. Night-time is the best time for fishing. Worms, jigs and livers will work well for bass, stripers and catfish. The tailwater below Beaver Dam is producing some good-sized rainbow trout in the area around the Bertrand access and also at the launch ramp below the dam. Fly fishermen are doing well with size 16 to 18 Brassies, size 18 to 20 Griffith's Gnat and size 16 to 18 Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph or Copper John. Bait anglers are reporting best fishing with nightcrawlers or with miniature marshmallows or Power Bait tipped with wax worms. Super Dupers, Colorado Spoons and Countdowns are winners in the artificial lure department.

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