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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 14, 2018

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THE MDC IS HAVING A PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING CHANGING LENGTH AND CREEL LIMITS FOR CRAPPIE AT SMITHVILLE LAKE.  KEEPER LENGTH AND CREEL WILL BE DISCUSSED.
THE MEETING IS AUGUST 28th AT THE JERRY LITTON VISITORS CENTER AT 6:00 PM.

If you have a HUMMINGBIRD or LOWRANCE graph I have an SD card with over 300 way points of brush piles at Smithville Lake that I will let you down load into your graph.

Lake Level: 861.90  26 inches low ( Normal pool  864.20 ) Water temp is 86 and rising on the main lake.   OUTFLOW: 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 Good for catching & Fair for size:  The crappie have made it back to their summer spots and are starting to settle in to their summer patterns.   Main lake brush and rock piles are holding lots of fish just finding the larger fish is the challenge.  Catch your few keepers and move on to the next pile.  If you prefer the timbered areas up north fish tree lines in about 10' of water.   Keep moving and fish lots of trees.  You will catch fewer fish but the size will be much better.  As the water heats up the minnow bite will only get better.  The crappie will only be 10' down at the most even in deeper water.  

6-20  Went out in search of white bass and they didn't show up to the party.  Spent almost two hours trying to find the whites without any luck.   Switched to crappie and ended the morning with twelve nice fish we caught on some of the new piles in the crows creek area.  Minnows on a slip float set 6' to 7' deep.

6-22   Went out with the intent of teaching someone to jig fish in the brush piles.  Started on some rock piles and caught lots of fish some of which were nice keepers.  About 12 feet deep on the bottom in the rock piles.  Moved to the brush piles and caught a few more.   One pole had a purple / chart. jig and the other had a white / chart. jig.   both worked well.

6-25   Went out today for some Humminbird and Minn Kota on the water training.  Looked a lots of different fish and caught a pile of fish.   We ended up with 14 nice crappie a white bass and a few catfish.   Let the birds find the fish and and hit spot lock on your Ultrex and kick back and reel-em in.  

7-2   Guide trip for what ever bites.   Pulled out of Little Platte at 7:30 and didn't make it 200 yds.   White bass everywhere.   About as far as you could see feeding fish.  They stayed up about an hour.   They were feeding on some small 1" minnows.   Had to throw small white mepps and spoons.  Size was small but enough eaters to have a nice mess of fish.   Started hitting brush piles for the crappie and caught 10 nice ones.  Good trip.   

7-3   Same as yesterday except the whites showed up down on south end of the dam.  Caught another nice mess 20 fish.  The crappie were a bit tougher to find and catch.  Another great day though.

7-14  Went out this morning hoping the whites would surface for some fast action.  They didn't  I was probably more disappointed than the other 7 or 8 boats in the area waiting.  Finally gave up and started crappie fishing.  Caught lots of fish but keepers were difficult.  We did end up with 19 keepers and 1 big channel cat.  Most of our keepers came out of shallower brush piles 8' to 12' rather than the 15' to 20'.  Wish the whites would be more consistant.  

BASSThe bass fishing was terrible last night only 14 of 41 boats caught a fish.    Many of the fish are coming out of the brush piles on the main lake or along the edges of creeks and ditches in the upper arms of the lake around trees, stumps and lay downs.   The fish are surprisingly shallow considering the hot weather.  Jigs and brush hogs are producing as well as some top water in the mornings and evenings.  

CATFISH:  Excellent:  The catfish are probably done spawning and are feeding up.   Fished the main lake last night and saw lots of cats feeding on minnows on the surface in about 10' of water.   Stink baits or worms for the smaller channel cats.  Cut baits for fewer bites but larger channels and blue cats.  The flat heads are eating the goldfish or blue gill on trot lines and limb lines.      Shad, worms or livers are the best it just sort of depends on the size and species of cats you want to catch.   As the water temps are going up the stink baits are also starting to produce channels.

WHITE BASS The white bass are still showing up in the mornings busting the shad.   Still getting reports of the activity in the dam area especially.   They were up in the dam area and the mouth of Campbranch on the main lake.  Most are small but there are enough nice ones to get a limit.   They stayed up almost an hour.   The fish they are chasing are only about an inch long so small lures.   You need a white rooster tail or a small white spoon.   I even picked up a 1/16 oz white crappie jig and caught one after another.    Because the fish are roaming trolling is working well if you have the patience.  If you find the fish on a point a 1/4 oz. jigging spoon is the best way to catch them.

Walleye:   The walleye have left the building.    Like all the rest of the fish this year it didn't last long.  They are really hard to find right now.    Rattle traps, shad raps and flicker shad are the preferred crankbaits.  Fish shallow as the fish will probably be in less than 10 feet of water.  


    

 

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