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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, July 22, 2019  8:45 a.m.


The new regulation for Smithville lake states that you may have 30 crappie in your possession of which no more than 15 can be 9 inches or larger.  That means that you could have 30 fish all under 9 inches or 20 fish under 9 inches and 10 over 9 inches for a total of 30 fish.  Never more than 15 crappie 9 inches or over.   Never more than 30 fish total!!

Sonny's Dip bait is here!!!!!

Blood and Regular available in 45 oz tubs while it lasts!!!

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

Lake Level: 865.30: 13 inches high and slowly rising.   Outflow is still  8 cfs.    The creeks are flowing and the lake is on the rise again.  

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:  I am getting lots of reports most of which are very good because people like to brag.  Lots of guys are catching their 15 nine inch or larger fish and having trouble catching their 15 under 9  (unless they go to a bridge).  Most of the larger fish are white crappie while the sub nine inch fish are usually black crappie.  Took the granddaughter on her first fishing trip last night (7-17) and she had a ball catching some nice crappie.  We kept 12 nice ones and threw back fewer fish than that.  All on a main lake brush pile and all on minnows.  I could not get them to bite my jig.  About 6 feet deep over a brush pile on a slip bobber.  

FISHING BLOG (what is a blog anyway)

Catfish:  Excellent :    With the water flowing into the creeks after last nights rains the channels will be in the backs of the creeks and biting this morning.  The cats have been very active on the lake the past couple of weeks as 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 have come off of trot lines and limb lines but lots of channels are being caught on dip baits, liver and worms.  The bigger fish are being caught on cut shad, blue gill or goldfish.    Shad and chicken livers for the bigger bites and crawlers or dip baits for the smaller channels.  The Sonny,s Super Stick is back in stock now! 

BASS Ever changing:  On the 11th of July Thursday evening it took just over 10 lbs for two fish to win.    Check livin2fishsmithville.online website for pictures and results.  Worms, craws, and brush hogs fished in the flooded areas.   There is a fair top water bite on poppers and buzz baits in the evenings and early mornings.    There is also a little bit of action on a frog in the right conditions.  

WHITE BASS:  Good:  The whites have been showing up on the main lake in the mornings and evenings chasing shad.  Just watch for activity on the surface and head that way.  Make sure you are armed with a white rooster tail, 1/8 oz road runner with a white twister tail, a pepper spoon or a small crankbait.      When you are on top of the fish in a boat a 1/4 oz spoon is best but if casting from the bank use a rooster tail, road runners or small rattle traps or small crankbaits.  This fishing should only get better as the shad hatch grows and gets larger.  

Walleye:   Fair  It will be interesting to see how the walleye fishing changes now that they are not drawing the lake down.  The walleye have usually disappeared by this time of year.       Dragging a jig and crawler or casting deeper crankbaits.  #5 or #7 shad raps, flicker shad and rattle traps.     



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