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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

Smithville Lake Fishing Report 
April 28, 2016

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.

Lake Level: 867.39 ( 3.19 ft high and slowly rising) - ( Normal pool  864.2 ) outflow 8 cfs.   Up dated at 7:35 am

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:  62

Crappie: Good to Excellent:   THE SPAWN HAD STARTED:   Since all of the rain the lake has come up almost 4' .  I think the fish will follow the water up after things settle down but can't say how quickly that might happen.   There were lots of small males being caught near the banks on the main lake with that ocassional big female.   The river arms are muddy and it will take a while to clear up before it becomes fishable again.     Minnows or jigs work equally well with the black/chart, or purp/chart and blue/silver good colors. 
 4-20   Fished some of the main lake pocket and could catch small\ males on the bank fairly common.   Females were still off a  bit.  
4-21  River not biting good a couple of fish here and a couple fish there.  Nice size though.   not on the banks for sure.
4-22  Had a guide and decided to fish the main lake.  The cold night did not help the bite.  Caught lots of small fish on the banks and started catching a few bigger ones when the sun came out and warmed things up.   Ended up with 20 fish but worked to hard.   
4-25  Fished 4 to 8 and started on the main lake in Shady Hollow.   Lots of small males on the bank with a few big females off a little.  Left and headed up toward Meca area and caught some big males right on the bank and a couple of nice females the largest one being 13 1/2 inches and 1.37 lbs.  You have to move a lot to catch numbers of fish but they are there and they are biting.

Bass:Good:  Three fish over 7 lbs. caught on Thurs. evening 4-21.   Jigs, spinnerbaits, square bills and suspending jerk baits.   42 boats caught 138 bass in my first bass tournament of the year.  Travis Day caught an 8.50 lb big bass of the tournament.  Lots of really nice fish.  The bass are getting ready to spawn.    The bass are really shallow and moving into the spawning areas.   

CATFISH: Crazy Good:   All of this water makes one fish much easier to catch.   The cats move to the backs of the creeks and feed on all of the food washing in.   Just about any bait will work and the channels will bite.         

WHITE BASS  They are starting to catch some up in the river in the Perkins Park area.

Walleye:   The walleye have about finished spawning and are leaving the dam.  MDC shocked the last couple of weeks and were sampling about 100 walleye every 30 minutes.   Several females in the 9 lb to 10 lb range were shocked up as well as lots of males in the 20 inch + or - range.   Your best chances are till the new moon in a couple of weeks.   Floating stick baits fished slowly along the face of the dam at night are your best chances.   During the daylight hours the fish back off into deeper water.   



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