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9 lbs 10.5oz
Caught on May 26th

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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

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Smithville Lake Fishing Report 
April 8, 2015

 

HOURS:  Mon. to Fri. 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 to 6:00
Sunday 7:30 to 5   

If you have a HUMMINGBIRD or LOWRANCE graph I have an SD card with 101 way points of brush piles at Smithville Lake that I will let you down load into your graph.  Have  down loaded another 35 piles from the crows creek area last years stuff.  

Photos from F.I.S.H. days 

IMG_00000076.jpg (1112281 bytes) When we put trees in the lake for crappie beds we put real trees in, not some sissy christmas tree. IMG_00000071.jpg (2012655 bytes) Someone has to be the supervisor while Donnie and Steve lug 100 lb pots of concrete.

 Lake Level: 862.55 ( Normal 864.2)  20 inches low and steady.  Outflow 8 cfs   They have slowed the outflow to the normal 8 cfs so the draw down is over for the time being.        

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

Water temp:  lower to mid 50's  clear 

CrappieFair to Poor on the main lake:    The crappie have left the brush piles on the main lake and are swimming around following the shad and feeding before the spawn.   You usually have to keep on the move to catch fish.   The next 3 or 4 weeks can be the most challenging crappie fishing of the year.   I have been fishing up in the river area of the lake below Plattsburg and catching nice limits of fish.  The fish will start moving up and close to the banks by the end of April or first of May.    The crappie spawn will be going on over Mothers Day!!!

Fished yesterday 4-1 and went 3 hours without a bite.  Ended up with 28 keepers in about an hour and a half.   Found the fish under large balls of shad in 30 + feet of water.  Fished about 12 feet down with a electric chicken.  Had to chase the shad and follow them.
Fished 4-7 Took old student Clint Baker and father-in-law fishing.   Had 25 nice crappie and 10 nice white bass up river.

Bass:   Fishing the rocky areas of the main lake with a suspending rogue or wiggle wart can produce some good bass this time of year.   You will find warmer water up the arms of the lake so fish jigs and spinnerbaits up there.   A few of the guys are catching some nice bass already which is good for Smithville.  When the water temps are consistently over 50 degrees the fishing will get better.  Our first THURSDAY EVENING bass tournament is April 16th so I will have a much better report then.     

Catfish: Good  Night crawlers, cut bait or liver fished in the back of the creeks is producing lots of channel cats right now.   Fish on the bottom and up on the flats where the fish are moving to warm up and feed on the shad.               

WHITE BASS  Good:  The white bass have made their way up the Little Platte river near Plattsburg and people are starting to catch them.   Road runner heads with a chartreuse or black body.   Flash is important so something with a blade.  

Walleye:   The walleye are at the dam.   Full moon April 4th so it will be on.   I have started having people come in the store who have caught walleye.  7 lb or so it the biggest one I have heard of yet.   The majority of the fish are caught after dark on a floating rogue.   Cast parallel to the bank and reel in with a slow steady retrieve.  The face of the dam is probably the largest concentration of fish but any rocky point in the area could hold fish.     

Brush Piles

1 N 39 26.895' - W 094 32.073' NE cove W-bridge
2 N 39 26.779' - W 094 31.985' eh 
3 N 39 26.484' - W 094 31.969' Bluff on east side 2x6 on bank
4 N 39 25.914' - W 094 31.787' Sail boat cove
5 N 39 25.908' - W 094 31.696' Sail boat cove
6 N 39 25.579' - W 094 31.579' East side S of sail boat
7 N 39 24.994' - W 094 32.515' Little Platte Cove
8 N 39 24.402' - W 094 32.796' Woodhenge
9 N 39 24.303' - W 094 33.298' Little Platte swimbeach point
10 N 39 23.576' - W 094 32.993' Litton Center point
11 N 39 23.763' - W 094 32.272' Campers cove shelter house
12 N 39 24.148' - W 094 32.059' I-70 point
13 N 39 24.145' - W 094 32.037' I-70 point
14 N 39 23.905' - W 094 31.089' East side of crows creek boat ramp cut (christ.trees)
15 N 39 23.882' - W 094 30.985' bluff east of crows boat ramp  (christ. Trees)
16 N 39 24.310' - W 094 30.660' Northeast side of campbranch bridge  (christ. Trees)
17 N 39 24.392' - W 094 30.784' Northwest side of Campbranch bridge  (christ. Trees)
18 N 39 24.386' - W 094 30.906' Campbranch cove  (christ. Trees)
19 N 39 24.396' - W 094 30.888' inside no wake along road campbranch
20 N 39 24.305' - W 094 30.229' rocky cove N of campbranch bridge on right
21 N 39 24.271' - W 094 30.210' close to pile #20 further in cove
22 N 39 23.897' - W 094 31.110' small cut next to crows creek boat ramp
23 N 39 23.943' - W 094 31.515' Old Ford pond dam next cove west of C.C. boat ramp
24 N 39 26.754' - W 094 31.959' cove on SE side of W-bridge
25 N 39 27.125' - W 094 32.319' West bank on North of W boat ramp
26 N 39 26.866' - W 094 32.254' North West corner of W-bridge
27 N 39 26.729' - W 094 32.381' West bank on South side of W bridge
28 N 39 26.757' - W 094 31.970' cove on SE side of W-bridge
29 N 39 27.120' - W 094 32.348' West bank on North of W boat ramp
30 N 39 27.154' - W 094 32.315' West bank on North of W boat ramp
31 N 39 27.227' - W 094 32.297' West bank on North of W boat ramp
32 N 39 27.246' - W 094 32.343' West bank on North of W boat ramp
33 N 39 27.248' - W 094 32.311' West bank on North of W boat ramp
34 N 39 27.213' - W 094 32.318' West bank on North of W boat ramp
35 N 39 27.195' - W 094 32.314' West bank on North of W boat ramp
36 N 39 26.681' - W 094 32.362' outside turkey cove north west bank
37 N 39 26.571' - W 094 31.945' bluff on east side south of W-bridge
38 N 39 26.496' - W 094 31.967' bluff on east side south of W-bridge
39 N 39 26.333' - W 094 32.012' mouth of shady hollow
40 N 39 26.265' - W 094 31.944' shady hollow dam
41 N 39 26.259' - W 094 31.933' shady hollow dam
42 N 39 26.740' - W 094 32.377' West bank on South side of W bridge
43 N 39 26.489' - W 094 31.971' bluff on east side south of W-bridge by 2x6
44 N 39 26.568' - W 094 31.947' cut in east bluff south of W-bridge
45 N 39 26.717' - W 094 32.009' south of W bridge on east bluff
46 N 39 26.706' - W 094 31.985' south of W bridge on east bluff
47 N 39 27.314' - W 094 32.306' telephone pole
48 N 39 24.044' - W 094 33.243' dam area near outlett
49 N 39 24.245' - W 094 32.810' middle of main lake
50 N 39 23.599' - W 094 32.649' foundation point dam area
51 N 39 24.322' - W 094 33.303' Little Platte swimbeach point


    

 

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