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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, August 19, 2019  7:45 a.m.

"NEW" CRAPPIE CREEL LIMITS FOR SMITHVILLE LAKE AS OF MARCH 1, 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 9 inches or over.   Never more than 30 fish total!!

Sonny's Dip bait is here!!!!!

Blood and Regular available in 45 oz tubs while it lasts!!!

The new 2019 brush pile coordinates are now available!!!   We also have hard copies available at the store. 

Lake Level: 865.26:  12 inches high and steady.  The lake has come up a foot since last Thursday.   Outflow has been slowed to 8 cfs which is normal outflow.  

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:  Excellent:   The 2019 brush piles are getting lots of attention because some are still sticking out of the water and easy to find.   The brush piles on the main lake are also putting out quantities of fish.   Most are on minnows but they will bite the jig just not as quick or easy.    Not all brush piles are created equal so if they aren't biting at one move to another.    6 to 8 feet deep around the piles with a minnow and slip float. 
   I am also hearing that some fish are coming out of the river arm of the lake above Mecca on the shallow flats.  Six foot or less of water along the tree lines.   Keep your eyes pealed for the white bass no matter where you are.  

FISHING BLOG (what is a blog anyway)

7-30   Went out on the lake Tuesday evening for a couple of hours to check out the crappie and bass.  I fished in sight of the dam and fished some new piles and some old ones.  I could have easily kept a limit of 9 inch plus crappie.  I was surprised at how many of the nice fish I caught were black crappie.  I didn't measure any fish but some of the blacks were really nice chunky fish.  I caught them all on a jig ( 1/16 oz roadrunner w/silver & chart. slab buster )  The minnow would have worked even better I'm sure.  The fish were only 6 to 8 feet down in 12' to 20' of water.   

8-2   Morning guide trip since the rain held off.  Started out fair but the wind was much stronger than predicted.  Good thing I had my Minn Kota Ultrex trolling motor with spot lock.   We just sat out in the middle of the lake and never moved.  Waves were bad enough you to pay attention on the front deck or you might go swimming.   Unlike Tuesday the fish did not want to bite in the brush piles very good.  We caught most of our 32 fish that we kept on jigs and pepper spoons on rock piles.   Going out again Sunday so hope I don't have to work so hard.  

8-4   Fished this morning in sight of the dam on a few brush piles.  The crappie didn't seem to want to come up hit a minnow on a slip bobber so we went to a tight line and minnow.  We were catching them about 3 feet off the bottom in about 17 feet of water.  They would also eat a jig down there.   Had 24 in the 9" or larger category and 19 in the under nine category.  I have to rethink the cleaning more than 30 fish.

8-7  Had to delay take off time because of the rain and high winds.   Finally went out about 9:45 when the wind layed down.  Headed toward the dam and fished the brush piles.   Seemed the fish wanted a jig more than the minnow but we caught fish ond under 9 inch black crappie.  Was a good day we probably threw back more fish than we kept.  

8-9   Went out this morning with Jack and the crew to slay the crappie.  We did just that as we kept 44 fish and 40 of them were the over 9 inch aka big un's.   Had a great time as usual while giving each other a hard time about anything.   Main lake brush piles (5 of them) to catch all of our fish.  We threw back lots of 8 1/2" to 9" fish.   Minnows and jigs about the same. 

 Catfish:  Excellent :    The cats are feeding up.  Hope that don'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.  The Sonny,s Super Stick is back in stock now! 

BASS Ever changing:   Thursday evening 8-8 Rick and I won $50 Shoreline Fiberglass funny $$$$ for catching the smallest legal bass weighed in.  2 lbs  Fishing was really tough.     Check livin2fishsmithville.online website for pictures and results.  10" worms, jig and pig, or a brush hog are the main lures catching fish.   Some early and late top water is also working.  

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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