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Steve Stroud and David Shaw with two limits of walleye June 3,2013

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Bob Kitterman with a couple of 14 1/2 inch crappie caught on Lake Fork Tx. GUIDE: Gary Burton 10-23-14

Smithville  Lake Fishing Report, November 23, 2019      

Fall hours:  We are in the time of year when we are open based on the weather.   I will try and post daily my plans for being at the store.  

OPEN an I have minnows now!!

Open Sunday 11-24 @ 9 am till ????
Open Monday 11-25 @ 9 a.m. till  ?????

The new 2019 brush pile coordinates are now available!!!   We also have hard copies available at the store. 

Normal Lake Level: 864.20       Current Lake Level: 864.63   6 inches high and steady: Outflow is now 8 cfs  TRIMBLE WILDLIFE REFUGE IS CLOSED!!!  W-hwy boat ramp is open but you may not go North into the refuge for any reason.  It will be closed from October 15th to January 31, 1920.  

Since Smithville Lake is now infested with zebra mussels please follow the
THE procedures for decontaminating your boat before taking it to another lake.  The web site below will give you the recommended procedure. 

http://mdc.mo.gov/landwater-care/invasive-species/invasive-animal-management/zebra-mussel-control   I 

Crappie: GOOD:  The lake should be 6 inches high and the outflow back to 8 cfs.  They will probably leave the level alone till later this winter when they do the draw down to 2 feet below normal.    The crappie are heading into their winter patterns.  The docks at Campbranch and Little Platte are both producing fish.  You can get a permit from the Clay Co. parks to fish on the courtesy docks.   There are still fish around the brush piles on the main lake.  As the water cools the fish will start schooling up and following the shad.     You can catch them on jigs or minnows. (see blog)  Some days jigs are better and others the minnow is best.  Silver/chart, blue/chart jigs and pink and chart. are both producing fish.    

FISHING BLOG (what is a blog anyway) 

9-5   Went out this morning and did the crappie thing and they are still biting and they are still big.   Had 30 all over 9 1/2 inches and only kept 7 of the under fish.   We were having trouble catching the under to add to the pile.  Minnows on a slip bobber about 8 feet deep worked today.  They were in the 18 feet deep piles where the brush came up to 8 feet or so from the top.   I did catch several on a jig.  I'm not sure where all of the big fish are coming from.

9-8  Went out at 4 o'clock and had 30 crappie 9+ inches and heading home at 7.   Same old main lake brush piles.  Nothing has changed in the past few weeks.  The size of the fish is the suprise.  

10-1   Out for four hours with three guys.   We easily caught our 45 fish over 9 inches.  The size is still above average.  The fish were still in the main lake brush piles and they wanted a minnow.  I fished a jig quite a bit and caught very few fish.  The minnow on the other hand were putting fish in the boat.  As always we could always see the dam from were we were fishing.  

10-19   Fished this morning and had a great day.  The fish were buried down in the brush piles but if you dropped a minnow straight down into the brush you could catch them and they were big.  A 10" fish was just "that's an ok fish.  Really nice size and few throw backs.   Almost all on minnows on a tight line straight over the side.


 Catfish:  Excellent :    The cats are feeding up.  Hope that dosen't  mean an early winter.   I have seen lots of pictures of big stringers.  The shad are starting to get larger and the cats are feeding up on them.   Most of the bigger fish, flat heads and blues have come off of trot lines and limb lines using live bait ( goldfish or and cut baits.  (shad and skip jack)  If you want to catch the smaller channel cats dip baits, liver and worms are your best bets.  Shad and chicken livers for the bigger bites and crawlers or dip baits for the smaller channels.  

BASS Ever changing:     The fish-off is Sept. 28 and 29.  The field is set with the top 53 teams competing for a pile of money.  The top 20 teams will make the cut and fish day 2 for all of the money.     Check livin2fishsmithville.online website for pictures and results.  

WHITE BASS:  Good:   The cooler weather and wind has started bringing the white bass up on the main lake points.  You can throw a small crankbait, rooster tail, or a roadrunner head with a white 2" or 3" twister tail.  Any shallow main lake point that has the wind blowing on it is a good place to try.    As the water cools this fishing should only  get better.   

Walleye:  The walleye should start moving up on the points like the white bass this fall.  Flicker shad or rattle traps should keep most of the whites bass off long enough to get your bait in front of a walleye.        



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