America's 5 Hottest Fishing Spots

Truman Reservoir

Joey Jelinek has guided fishermen on this 55,000-acre impoundment for a decade, but says he never saw crappie fishing to match last summer's. "We started catching 12- to 16-inch fish in April and just kept right at it. When other places were dying in July and August, it was just getting good here." When Jelinek's clients tire of boating slabs, he'll switch to bass, Truman's signature species. "We're known for largemouths, but it's pretty hard to ignore the hybrids (wipers). You can walk across the shad fry here come summer, and when hybrids start feeding on them, look out. I've had clients pitch a spoon into that mess and lose all their line to a 32-inch fish." Catfish are a final and often overlooked draw. "We've got blues, channels, and flatheads," Jelinek says. "When those shad fry come, the blues will actually pull up on a lake hump and start feeding with the bass." Sweet Spots: Arms of Grand and Osage Creeks What's Hot: Chartreuse and white tube jigs for crappies Local Advice: "When it rains and feeder creeks are running full, the catfish want to be in there to see what comes crawling down," Jelinek says. Prime Time: April until August for crappies More Info: Joey's Professional Guide Service, 660-438-4283