Branson: Water temperatures remain steady throughout the lake with surface temps holding close to 60 degrees in Branson. Fishing guides continue to target smallmouth on gravel and mixed gravel and ledge rock points with Tightlines UV and Chompers tubes worked slowly along the bottom from 8′ – 15′ deep. The best colors continue to be green pumpkin or green red flake. The deep bite has waned a little over the past week, there are still spotted bass holding in tree tops in the major creek arms but they tend to be scattered and hard to catch.

Kimberling City: The mid lake area has been tougher over the past week, there are still fish being caught on Tightlines and Chompers tubes just like in Branson, fishing guides have not had the success they experience on the lower end. The dock bite has been a little stronger here than in other parts of the lake, Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos worked around shady areas of docks have been producing quality largemouth. The fish are scattered on the docks, an angler needs to run several docks to be successful.

James River: The biggest temperature swings throughout the day have been on the James River; the stained water cools rapidly at night but warms just as fast as the sun rises. The best bite has been shallow in and around wood cover or docks. Jewel Eakins jig and craw combos or Squirrel Heads with Tightlines finesse worms have been very effective around the cover. Most Branson fishing guides have done best by concentrating on the “shade edges” around the cover; a “shade edge” is the first foot or two of shade, the water there tends to be a degree or two warmer than in an area with constant shade.

White River: The White River continues to produce with the most productive portion being from Shell Knob through Big M. Tightlines UV and Chompers tubes are producing on pea gravel just like in Branson. Fishing guides are also doing well with Jewel jigs and Squirrel heads in and around wood cover. On windy days Chompers and War Eagle spinnerbaits have begun producing a few fish around standing timber and laydowns on steeper banks and a Wiggle Wart is also effective on windblown chunk rock.

Capt. Eric Prey
Focused fishing Guide Service
p: 417-860-4743