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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 28, 2018

We are going to be open on Monday October 29th and closed on Tuesday October 30th.

Store Hours: Mon - Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am to 4:00 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: 864.67- 6 inches high and still rising( Normal pool  864.20 ) Water temp is 54 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:  Fair : The larger crappie are starting to bite.  The dock guys are starting to catch some big crappie.  It has just started last week.  There are also limits of fish being caught out of the brush piles on the main lake.  If you get to the W-bridge at the right time it can be productive also.  Sailboat cove is also putting out lots of keeper fish.    Elect. chicken, double silver rainbow/ chart. tail, pumpkin/chart., blue ice and purple/chart. are all good colors right now. 

8-3   Took the Larry Cline crew fishing and man did those guy catch some fish.  We had 43 keepers which was great.  That was the best four hour catch total this year.   Nothing really big but lots of fish you could just throw in the box and not measure.  Larry tried to get the fish to grow by feeding them all of our minnows.   Main lake brush piles and minnows are the secret.   The tight line and minnow method dropped straight over the side of the boat into the brush worked best.

8-4   Out again and today was a bit tougher Lyle and grandson only had one limit of fish.  The bite was just slower than yesterday.  You should have been here yesterday is a real thing.

8-15   A rainy cloudy morning but no white bass.  The crappie started really slow but were steady.  We ended up with 20 keepers but they came really slow.  Every keeper came on a minnow.   The deepest pile we fished was in 14' of water.  Didn't catch lots of small fish either.

9-18  We are finding the white bass on the windy points on a regular basis.  A white rooster tail or a roadrunner head with a small white twister tail is also great.

BASSThe bass fishing was good during our 2018 Burton's bass tournament championship.   A two day total weight of 35.06 lbs won and it took about 13 lbs to make the top 20 places.

CATFISH:  Excellent:  With all of this rain and the water coming into the lake the cats are on the bite.  The backs of the creeks where the water is flowing in should be loaded with fish.  Crawlers, shrimp, or cut bait should all be good.  You want current to catch fish.  Several people by the store yesterday that were catching lots of catfish easily.      

WHITE BASS:  EXCELLENT!!!!   The white bass are biting great right now.   Windy main lake points are the best.   The rock jetty walls are producing lots of whites especially if the wind is blowing in on them.  White rooster tails, a small white twister tail or sassy shad body on a road runner head.  



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119 N 169 Highway 
   Smithville, Mo. 64089     (816) 532-4659