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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, October 23, 2019  10:45 a.m.


Fall hours:  We are going to start closing one day a week October. Call and check if not posted
Mon - Fri  8:30 to 5:00
Sat - Sun 8:30 to 4:00


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 gone for the season!! Sorry

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: 864.76    6 inches high and steady: Outflow is now 8 cfs  

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: Excellent:  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.    Minnows are still best most of the time.   The jig bite is off and on but should get better.   We have been catching nice limits of fish and never us my measure devise.  If it looks like it needs to be measured we just throw it back.   They are over the top of the brush piles or around them.   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 purple/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:  Fair:  The whites have been showing up less frequently and not staying up for long.  Use you electronics and  search the ledges and drop offs to find the fish.   A pepper spoon is the best bet when you find them deeper.   Make sure you are armed with a white rooster tail, 1/8 oz road runners for when you see the fish surfacing.  This fishing should only get better as the shad hatch grows and gets larger.  

Walleye:  Missing in action: The walleye bite is over for the most part.  A random fish is being caught once in a while but it is nearly impossible to catch one on purpose.      



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