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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 
May 29 , 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: 869.06 -  4.86 feet high ( Normal pool  864.20 ) outflow 8 cfs.    I had 4 1/2 inches of rain Thursday till Saturday morning.  The lake should be about done rising.     Up dated at 6:45 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:  67

Crappie: ????:   The spawn was still going on especially up in the river.  I believe that is over now.   The water has muddied back up and is way high.   Crappie fishing has just moved back to the main lake.  Check the shallower brush piles which are now deep brush piles to catch fish.      
 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.
4-29  Went out on what was supposed to be a fair day with 10 mph winds.   Cold and windy and the bite got even tougher.  Had two gentlemen out to catch dinner and it was not easy.  We ended up with 14 fair fish but had to fish lots of spots.   We would catch a couple of nice fish and done.   The fish were still on the old banks or in areas where they had not come in yet.  We caught fish on minnows and jigs but you could not catch many in one area.  Had about an inch of rain already this morning (4-30) so the lake is still coming up.   Please stop the rain!!!

5-2  Fishing over the weekend was less productive than people would have liked.   The little males were on the new banks and people were catching lots but not many keepers.  The larger fish are still deeper and hopefully will show up soon.   Going out tomorrow so will check several different places.  

5-3  Had a guide with some friends who are use to catching lots of fish.   Told them that it would be tough and I was right.  We caught only 9 keepers in 5 hours.   Some really big fish but one here and one there.   All of the bigger fish came out of 8 feet of water more or less.  Small males near the bank.  Double silver rainbow chart. tail slab buster was our best jig color.   Caught a few on minnows but it seemed covering ground caught more fish.  
5-6   Fished the main lake area and caught two limits of fish.   We did better than I expected based on fishing all week.  The size was good as we had several fish over 11" long and a mix of males and females.  All of the fish came out of 8'-12' of water on brush piles.   Minnows and jigs both caught fish with the "famous" purple and chart. and double silver rainbow with Chart. tail being the best colors of jigs.  We fished the dam area around the Litton visitors center.   

5-9   Went out on guide today and  never went under a bridge.   Kept with the 8' to 12' brush piles on the main lake and had a good day.   Rusty and Annett caught 24 keepers and more than half were big females.  We only measured one fish that we kept.  Not lots of fish in any one place so we fished four or five spots to catch our fish.  Nice day on the water with no rain.  

5-10   Annual guide trip with Dick and Jean and their son Ray.  There should be a law against having that much fun.   Fished the same type of stuff in the same part of the lake as yesterday and caught more fish but the size was a bit smaller and we caught more short fish.   Thirty two keepers all from around the dam-Litton Center-swim beach area.  None of the females I cleaned yesterday had spawned yet..   Some of the ones today had spawned.   Its happening just deeper than normal.   

5-12   Caught 16 fish on my trip today.   Caught lots of fish but the size was not quite as big as the day before.  Fished the dam area of the lake again because that is where the clearest water is.  Still fishing the brush piles in 8' to 12' of water.   

5-13   On the water at 2:00 pm with 20+ mph winds and storms coming.  Headed to the Litton Center area to get out of the wind.   We had not been there 15 min. and the wind layed.   The calm before the storm.   We were off the water by 4 o'clock and it was raining.  We caught 14 fish and several were over 11".

5-18   Did a morning combination fishing and Humminbird graph guide trip.  Ran to different areas of the lake and saved tracks so Griffin could find his way safely back to different areas of the lake.  We caught 13 nice keepers all on the main lake in the 8' to 12' brush.   

5-20   Had three guys on a trip today and started on the main lake as usual.  Would catch 3 or 4 nice fish at each spot so had to move around a lot.  Got a tip from a buddy (Mike) who was on the water and catching fish on the banks.   Headed to Rock Creek where the water was very stained but fishable.   We started throwing jigs at the banks and caught a couple of limits of very nice fish.  Some in the 13" to 14 " class.   I talked to some other fisherman at the W-boat ramp who had their limits of fish that they had caught in the coves on that west side of the lake in the dirty water.   I think that those fish are just now spawning because all of the females I cleaned either still had eggs or were in the process of spawning.   I think we could have another week or so of great fishing up in the river.  

5-25   Went out with three guys to find the crappie.   The lake came up a foot over night and was even more muddy than before.  Headed north to the Linn creek, Roberts creek and Mecca area.   It was slow but worth it, the fish were really big and very close to the banks.   4 feet or less of water.   We only caught 26 keepers but only threw back five fish the whole day.   MInnows or jigs seemed to work equally well.   Pictures posted on Burton's bait and tackle Facebook page.

5-26   Did a guide with a bunch of great guys from Regal Plastics today.  Kind of a fun tournament fishing day for over 20 guys.   Took my guys up in the river and we crappie fished for a while and caught some really big crappie.  Most of them were spawning right now.  We also caught some carp and catfish.   The best part of the day was that we only got sprinkled on and finished up before it really started to rain.   

Bass: FAIR:  Some have spawned and the next wave is coming in.   Last Thursday evening was not great as only 31 fish were caught by 45 boats. The bass are really shallow and moving into the spawning areas.   

CATFISH: AWSOME:   With the water rushing into the lake head to the backs of the creeks and hang on to your pole.    Anything from dip baits to night crawlers will catch you some catfish nuggets.   They are the next fish to spawn so they will be feeding up.    

WHITE BASS  White bass are being caught on the main lake humps and points and around the bridges.  

WalleyeGood:  Several reports of walleye from the crappie fisherman today.  The walleye have started showing up on the main lake.   The crappie fisherman are catching a few especially in  Sail Boat cove.  A jig with a crawler or leech fished on one of the shallow flat points on the main lake should catch you fish.  Pulling water should make finding them easier.  Rattle traps and shallow crankbaits are also good.    



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