Smithville Lake Fishing
April 25, 2017
2017 F.I.S.H. DAYS was a success!!!
Over 100 new brush piles
were put in the lake by Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of
Conservation, Clay Co. Parks and volunteer workers.
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.
864.09: 1 inch low ( Normal pool 864.20 )
is at 8 cfs.
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: 62 main lake - 66
in the river arms.
to good: The
crappie are starting to move into the spawning areas especially in the
upper arms of the lake. Had several reports this morning that
several nice bunches of fish were caught around the main lake
yesterday. Most of the reports were from later in the
day. Not a lot of rain last night so water levels and color
still about the same. Areas north of W-hwy or around the second
W-hwy bridge are producing some very nice fish. Most of the fish
being caught are males who are checking out the spawning
areas. The main lake areas are not really doing much
yet. Some nice bunches are being caught but it is very
sporadic. Minnows or jigs seem to work equally well. The
darker color jigs.
Guide Trip Results
4-18 First guide trip of the year and
we fished the area north of the old wildlife refuge to the three fingers
area. The fish moved up slowly all morning and we caught them a few
at a time in several areas. Our average size was probably around
11". Were using minnows on a slip float set about 3 or 4
feet deep. Also caught them on a black/chart grub.
Caught our limit and probably threw back less than 6 fish all day.
4-21 Cool weather this morning
is probably going to make the morning bit slow and the afternoon bite a
little better. The fish are biting lake wide but not everywhere all
of the time. The size of fish being caught is above normal but
almost all males.
4-23 Had an afternoon trip so
started out on the main lake. Only kept fish over 10 1/2
inches and had about 20 in an hour. Headed up the river to try
and catch some larger fish and that was a bad idea. Fished a couple
of more hours and only added another 4 or 5 fish. Went back to the
main lake and finished up our limit. Only 4 females out of 30
fish. Most fish were in 4' or less of water and would hit
minnows or jigs equally well.
4-24 Strong winds
kept us out of the good crappie spots. Fished mostly in the
sheltered coves and caught only 4 fish in 4 hours. When the
wind laid in the evening headed to the main lake spots and caught 21 nice
keepers in the next hour. Still 4' or 5' of water on minnows
Bass: Fair: The
bass fishing has been good this spring so far. Some large full
figured females have been caught. They have big ol fat bellies
full of eggs and are getting ready to spawn. Several fish in the
seven and eight pound class have been caught. A tough evening
for the first Thursday evening tournament of the year. 53
boats caught only 46 fish.
Good: With the rains have
got the creeks rolling and the catfish have been biting pretty
well. Since they are releasing water from the lake you might
try using a dip bait, letting the current carry the scent down stream and
the cats will follow it back to your bait.
Head to the backs of the coves or larger creek arms where the water is running
out and hang on
to your pole. Worms or cut bait will work well also.
Fair The whites are heading up the Littleplatte
River arm and some of the larger creeks as the water starts
to warm. With the recent rain the whites will be headed
up the Little Platte river in bigger numbers. The face of the dam is
also an area that Whites head to during the spawn which should be starting
any time. Mepps spinners, roadrunners and small rattle trap
and crank baits all work well.
THEY ARE SPAWNING: The walleye spawn is probably about
over. The walleye spawn has started. Use a
floating rogue or rapala if you are fishing from the bank. Fish from
dark to daylight for the best results. Fish slow as the fish are not
chasing at all. No big fish reported yet.