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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, April 25, 2019   


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 over 9 inches.


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: 862.30  1 foot 11 inches low - Normal pool 864.2: Outflow: 8cfs   The time to catch fish in the spillway is now they just shut the water off.

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: The crappie are starting to show up in some areas.  Getting more reports every day of crappie being caught near the banks.   Most are males and they are not always in the same area every day.  The size is above average and guys are catching limits.   Saw some nice limits from the coves right by the W bridge last night.   Most of the reports are from areas north of the W-hwy bridge.  They are not spawning but they are moving up during the day and checking things out.  Being in the right place at the right time is the trick.  Some of the marina areas on the main lake are also producing fish in the evenings.     Some crappie are being caught up in the Little Platte river just outside Plattsburg.  Some warm weather and it should be a good crappie year.  

BASSOur first tournament of the year brought in a 17 lb five fish limit winning bag.  Check livin2fishsmithville.online website for pictures and results.   Some really nice bass are being caught right now.   To catch a 7 or 8 lb fish right now isn't a big deal.  Jerk baits, spinnerbaits and Spro rock crawlers (wiggle warts) should be the most productive baits.

CATFISH:  The cats are biting.   In the coves where the shad are so just watch for the sea gulls and Pelicans.  Lots of channels and some blues.  Natural baits like shad and liver are the best.    Since they have slowed the spillway outflow to 500 it is very fishable.  There will be some big cats that have moved up for you to catch.  Large swimbaits for the flat heads is always a good bet in the swift water.   

WHITE BASS: I had several guys in the store yesterday that said they were catching nice limits of white bass in upper arms of the lake like between the free ramp and C-hwy.  Road runners and small spinner jigs are best. Still going!!! 

Walleye:  The walleye are through for the most part.  There might be a few late ones but not much.  The fish will move out onto points and rest up from their spawning activities.  Last of April to the first of May they should start feeding up on the main lake points.    



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