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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, September 17, 2019  7:45 a.m.




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 here!!!!! Regular available in 45 oz tubs while it lasts!!!  Only 2 tubs left!!

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: 864.39 and steady: Outflow is now 8 cfs. 

Sincea 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:  As long as the lake remains stable and the summer heat remains I don't see any reason for the crappie bite to change.  The main lake brush piles are full of nice crappie.  If they won't come up and eat a minnow on a slip float then try a tight line over the side of the boat.  The jig bite is fairly consistent as well although the minnow bite is better.  There seem to be more big fish in the lake than normal especially for this time of year.  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.   Very unusual for this time of year.   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) 

9-1   Dave and son Chase went out with me this morning and we clobbered the big ones.  We had 30 fish and at least 15 of those were over 10 inches.   The big one was a 14 inch monster on a minnow.  I was using a purple/chart. slab buster on a 1/16 th oz road runner head.  They were really down in the stuff so we fished a tight line straight down over the side of the boat.  We heard the warning horns go off as they were starting to let water out of the lake.  A beautiful morning to be fishing.  

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.  

9-11   Went out and was fishing by 8.  Had our limit of above average fish most of which were over the 9 inch limit.  Caught them on both minnows and jigs but the jig may have been better.  

9-12   Out again today and the bite was a bit slower and the wind was a bit stronger.  Had to tight line a minnow over the side as the wind was to strong for a slip float.  Ended up with 39 nice fish of which 20-25 were the over 9 inch type.  Was able to catch some on a jig but the minnows were better.  Still using Purp/chart and Silver/chart jig bodies on a 1/16 oz roadrunner head.

9-14   Out again this morning trying to catch a couple of limits of fish before the wind got up.  The fish were biting but didn't want the jig to bad.  A few bites on a slip float but a tight line and minnow over the side of the boat fished just on top of the brush was the best producer.  The size was still above average!


 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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