Smithville Lake Fishing
September 26, 2016
updated at 2:30 pm
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.
864.80 About 7 inches high and falling about 3" per day( Normal pool 864.2 ) Outflow is
1500 cfs. The big Flat Heads are being caught below the
dam. Large Swimbait
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.
Water temp: 78 and
falling about 3" per day
The crappie seem to still be where they
were before the lake came up. Fished yesterday a little bit and
caught several nice fish on a purple/chart jig in about 12 feet of water
on some brush. The deeper brush piles seem to not hold keeper
fish while they are letting the water out of the lake. Minnows
are still better than jigs but the jig bite is getting
6-17 Fished the main lake piles
and caught some nice big crappie but we also caught lots of little ones
to. We fished the maim lake points with small crank baits and
caught walleye and white bass. We ended up with a nice
mixed bag of fillets.
6-19 Tried fishing up in the
three fingers are with no luck. I'm sure that those fish are
starting to set up and will be easier to find soon. Several
main lake piles later we found some larger fish. The piles
will only continue to get better as the summer goes on. The
minnow bite is getting better and the jig bite is getting
7-1 Went out with Riley and Jim for a nice day of crappie
fishing, and did just that. Started the day with a keeper walleye on
a main lake point on a 1/2 oz rattle trap. Headed to the brush
piles and some crappie. Minnows are much better than jigs
right now and you had to get them to the brush. We could catch more
fish by fishing the minnows on a tight line rather than a slip
bobber. You had to get right down in the brush to catch
fish. Probably one out of every four fish was a keeper.
26 keeper crappie to go with their walleye.
7-8 Went out early expecting to
catch some fish. I had orders to keep Shane busy
catching fish. It started off a little slow but shifted into high
gear as soon as the white bass showed up on the south end of the
dam. We chased the surfacing schools for a while until
we were surrounded in a feeding frenzy. Didn't even have to
cast if you didn't want to. Caught lots of 12" to 14
" whites before we moved on to the crappie. Fished one brush
pile for about 45 minutes and had about 11 nice crappie. Great
7-12 Started our guide trip at 9:30
so we didn't have to fish in the rain. Was very windy at first
so we trolled the face of the dam and caught a couple of fish. It
wasn't long before we saw the whites start to surface so we started
chasing and catching. Had 21 nice fish before the wind layed and the
sun came out. Went to a brush pile near by and caught 8 nice
crappie one of which was 13.1/2 " long. Not a bad day
considering the late start
8-20 to 8-26: Went out several times
and caught limits of fish most of the time. Stayed on the main
lake every time and fished the 10' deep piles. Don't seem to
catch fish in the same pile day after day. I have to move around
from pile to pile to see where they are biting . Minnows in
the brush is your best bet.
9-2 Went out with Gene and whacked
some crappie and channel cats. 10' deep piles on the main
lake. A limit of crappie for Gene and a couple of 4+ lb
channels also caught on minnows and a slip bobber.
9-26 Fished the main lake today and
found the fish to be biting very light. sometimes your minnow
would be gone and you didn't even know you had gotten a bite.
8' to 12' of water in the shallower brush piles. Seem to catch a few big
fish and then only little ones. Time to move to the next
spot. The size of the keepers was above average.
Minnows are definitely better than jigs although I did catch several on my
purple and chart. 1/16 oz road runner head.
Bass: Poor: The bass are hiding from most of the fisherman since the water came
up. The fish usually head to the flooded grass and stay
shallow till the lake returns to normal. A few little fish are
being caught out of the shallow stuff but keepers are scarce.
Campbranch arm is clean and fishable as is Linn and Roberts.
Excellent: With the
rain and water coming into the lake head to the backs of the creeks and
catch your limit of channel cats about as quick as you can get a bait in
the water. Hold onto your pole or you will loose it.
Good There is a tremendous shad hatch on the lake with
millions of 1 1/2 inch shad roaming the lake. The dam area has
been exceptionally good in the mornings and evenings. Watch for the
fish busting the shad on the surface and get there as quick as you
can. This goes on for a few hours in the mornings before the
sun gets high in the sky. I was up in
the Mecca area last Wed. and the shad are every where there to.
A pepper spoon works great on the schooling fish that are busting
the shad. Rattle traps and small square
bill crankbaits are also very effective.
The walleye should start showing up on the main
lake points since they are running the water so hard.
Crankbaits around the main lake jettys. With all of the shad
moving across the points use a smaller bait than usual.