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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, November 14, 2017 

The trimble wildlife area north of W boat ramp is now CLOSED  to all boat traffic.  You can not go north of W till January 31st.  You can still use the boat ramp.   

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: 864.00  2 inch low  ( Normal pool  864.20 ) 

  OUTFLOW: 8 cfs   WATER TEMP: 49

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 

Crappie: Good:    Caught a limit of nice fish this morning in Little Platte.   The fish were about 12 feet down in about 14' to 20' of water.  Caught all of the fish on a blue ice Bobby Garland Baby Shad swimmer.  The crappie are still biting well and fairly easy to find.  The courtesy docks at Campbranch and Little Platte are now open for public fishing.  You can purchase your daily or annual pass at the main office at Campbranch Marina.  The crappie are biting well off of the docks.   The jig bites is good or minnows will work.   Check the brush piles in 10' to 15' of water on the main lake with some of the piles that are further back in the coves holding larger fish.   The fish in the main lake brush piles seem to prefer minnows over jigs.

Guide Trip Results

9-16   Back fishing the main lake and catching good size crappie in the 12' to 17' brush piles.   The minnow catches the most fish.   The jig bite is early in the morning and late.   You almost cant catch a fish on a jig during the day.   Slip bobbers over the piles fished just over the top of the brush.  Main lake areas.

9-19 For some reason the crappie refused to bite today.  Could see them on the graph but they refused to bite.  Headed to some main lake points and caught some really nice white bass.   12" to 14" was a common size.  Caught them on rooster tails and rattle traps.   All of the whites were in less than 4' of water.   Fish the windy points.

9-26   Took Phil, Cy and Nathan out and the crappie did bite.  Kept about 35 nice crappie and them went after some white bass.  Headed to the windy points and caught some nice ones before we went in.  Had 8 or 9 whites and 35 crappie.  We threw back way less fish than we kept.  Minnows worked best again for the crappie.  

9-29     Fished with Allison and Kyle yesterday and caught two limits in our four hours thanks to Allison.  Didn't count but I'm sure we threw back less fish than we kept.   Instead of being on the brush piles yesterday they were deeper and around the edges of the piles so we had to fish deeper.   15' to 17' of water was our best piles.  Only measured two or three fish all day most were nice 10+ fish.  I could see the dam from our best piles.   

10-14   A  beautiful  morning between rain showers.  We started with white bass and caught several on main lake points.  A white rooster tail or even an 1/8 oz road runner head with a small curly tail grub are working best.  We then went to the brush piles and tried for crappie.   We finally found them on a pile near the dam.  They were near but away from the pile just off the bottom.   Almost all of the fish were over 10" and we caught 19.   Finished up on a main lake point for more whites.   19 crappie and 14 white bass.   

Bass: No report       

CATFISH:  No report 

WHITE BASS  Excellent:    The white bass are on the main lake points almost lake wide.  Target the windy points where the wind is blowing right into the bank.   They aren't busting shad on the surface but they are there.   Mepps spinners, roadrunners and small rattle trap and crank baits all work well.  

Walleyeaccidental:   The walleye are starting to show up a little bit.  A few of the guys fishing for whites on the main lake points are catching one now and then.   Most are coming out of less than 6' of water.   Rattle traps, Flicker shads and shad raps are all good crrankbaits.   If they are not in a chasing mood you may have to slow down and drag a crawler.    You can fish slower with a 1/4 oz jig head or lindy rig tipped with a crawler and do well.



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