Largemouth bass numbers continue to slowly improve and the size structure is very good. Anglers should concentrate on the edges of vegetation in the cooler months and woody cover during the summer for best results. Channel catfish numbers remain high, with an average size of around a pound. Nightcrawlers and prepared bait fished on shallow flats works well for channel cats. The high densities of channel catfish will provide plenty of good summer fishing. Anglers are encouraged to harvest their daily limit of 10 channel catfish. Walleye numbers in Longview have increased and rebounded to levels similar to the early 1990's. The best time for anglers to catch these fish is along the dam or the east side of the lake when the fish move in to spawn in late March and early April. Walleye can also be caught by trolling baits during the summer months over underwater humps and along main lake points. Jigging along the edge of deep timber can also be effective in the summer. Crappie fishing will be similar to years past. Nice crappie are available, but there is also an abundance of smaller fish. Anglers should concentrate fishing efforts near rock banks when the crappie are spawning in the spring. During summer and fall, anglers should fish around standing timber next to creek channels or submerged brush piles. A map showing the brush piles is available by calling the Kansas City Regional Office.
Common carp, while an undesirable component of the fishery, can provide abundant fishing opportunities at Longview. Use small single hooks and small chunks of dough bait in the backs of the coves starting in the late May. Fly fisherman can enjoy carp fishing when they are in the shallows from May through June. White bass are abundant and can often be caught by fishing windblown banks or points in summer and early fall. Try fishing with minnows, jigs, spoons, or any bait that imitates shad for best results. Trolling can be a good way to locate white bass. Flathead catfish are growing very well in Longview Lake. Sampling has shown natural reproduction is occurring with all sizes of fish found including some over 35 pounds. Flatheads prefer live bait and are found in rocky areas or areas with lots of brush.