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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, March 6, 2018

We plan on starting to open the store on a regular basis on March 2nd.

F.I.S.H. DAYS MARCH 23, 2018  

The brush pile project will continue this spring.  MDC and Army Corps of Engineers will set up a staging area at the Crows Creek boat ramp.  Help is needed and appreciated.    

If you have a HUMMINGBIRD or LOWRANCE graph I have an SD card with 174 way points of brush piles at Smithville Lake that I will let you down load into your graph.

Lake Level: 862.19  24 inches low ( Normal pool  864.20 ) 

  OUTFLOW: 8 cfs   

Since Smithville Lake is now infested with zebra mussels please follow 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 w-hwy bridge is giving up some nice crappie as are the brush piles along the east side of the lake.  The area from the W-hwy bridge down to Sailboat cove are the best.  The guys fishing off the docks at Campbranch and Little Platte are starting to catch some nice fish also.

BASS:  No report

CATFISH:  Fair to Good in the Little Platte river as well as the upper arms of the lake.   Shad or other natural baits are the best.  

WHITE BASS A few being caught along with the crappie. 

Walleye: The walleye usually start showing up on the face of the dam around that last couple of weeks of March to the first week of April.  Jerk baits like the smithwick, rapala, or others in a floating 4" to 5" are your best sizes.   Most of the fish are usually caught after dark in the evenings or just before daylight.



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