Smithville Lake Fishing
October 2, 2015
7:30 am to 6:00pm
Friday 7:30 am to 6:30pm
Saturday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sundays 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
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.
864.82 (7" high) - ( Normal pool 864.2 )
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: 70 degrees and
fairly clear lake wide.
Fishing is remaining fairly good overall.
Large schools of shad are
showing up all over the lake. Lots of food for the fish is a
good thing for all species.
Crappie: Fair to Good:
The crappie are starting to move to some of the shallower brush piles with
the cooler temps. Have caught some nice ones in the last couple of
weeks in the ten foot brush piles. Some of the other guys are still
catching some in the deeper piles but they are not just
everywhere. They are on the move. Natalie and I fished
up in the river area below Plattsburg on 10-1 and caught 11 nice big
crappie (11 to 13 inch) in about two hours. One fish here and
another there. You had to keep on the move. Ten of the eleven
were caught on minnows and not because I wasn't trying to catch them on
Bass: Good: The
bass fishing is good this time of year. Lots of fish were
caught last weekend in our two day fish-off. Two day total
weight was almost 39 lbs for ten fish. Big fish of the two days was
7.41 lbs. Most of the fish were caught shallower than 6
feet. Some were caught out of 10 foot deep brush piles but
that is a slow bite. Jigs and brush hogs accounted for most of the
fish but square bills and spinner baits were catching some in certain
Lots of catfish being caught on
a variety of baits. The
Good: The crappie fisherman fishing
under the bridges are catching some whites while crappie fishing.
Fish the main lake points in the mornings and evenings and watch for the
whites busting the shad. Troll with small crankbaits or rooster
tails on the points and use spoons when they are off the points in 15' to 20' of water.
There are lots of shad out there right now so watch for the fish on the
surface in the mornings and evenings.
The walleye have been scarce since the lake got back to
normal. With the fall about here a few are starting to show
up. Main lake points and around the rock jetties. Shad
raps, rattle traps and square bill crankbaits are catching some. The
secret bait of the year has been a chartreuse and orange rooster
tail. The bank fisherman especially have used it and did well
with on the walleye.