Smithville Lake Fishing
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.
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.
Water temp: 67
????: 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
4-20 Fished some of the main lake pocket and could catch
small\ males on the bank fairly common. Females were still off
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 are being caught on the main lake humps and points and
around the bridges.
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.