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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 
September 26, 2016

updated at 2:30 pm

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: 864.80 About 7 inches high and falling about 3" per day( Normal pool  864.2 )    Outflow is 1500 cfs.  The big Flat Heads are being caught below the dam.   Large Swimbait  

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:  78  and falling about 3" per day

Crappie: Good:   The crappie seem to still be where they were before the lake came up.  Fished yesterday a little bit and caught several nice fish on a purple/chart jig in about 12 feet of water on some brush.   The deeper brush piles seem to not hold keeper fish while they are letting the water out of the lake.   Minnows are still better than jigs but the jig bite is getting better.      

6-17   Fished the main lake piles and caught some nice big crappie but we also caught lots of little ones to.   We fished the maim lake points with small crank baits and caught walleye and white bass.   We ended up  with a nice mixed bag of fillets.   

6-19  Tried fishing up in the three fingers are with no luck.   I'm sure that those fish are starting to set up and will  be easier to find soon.  Several main lake piles later we found some larger fish.   The piles will only continue to get better as the summer goes on.   The minnow bite is getting better and the jig bite is getting tougher.     

7-1   Went out with Riley and Jim for a nice day of crappie fishing, and did just that.  Started the day with a keeper walleye on a main lake point on a 1/2 oz rattle trap.   Headed to the brush piles and some crappie.   Minnows are much better than jigs right now and you had to get them to the brush.  We could catch more fish by fishing the minnows on a tight line rather than a slip bobber.   You had to get right down in the brush to catch fish.   Probably one out of every four fish was a keeper.  26 keeper crappie to go with their walleye.     

7-8   Went out early expecting to catch some fish.     I had orders to keep Shane busy catching fish.  It started off a little slow but shifted into high gear as soon as the white bass showed up on the south end of the dam.   We  chased the surfacing schools for a while until we were surrounded in a feeding frenzy.   Didn't even have to cast if you didn't want to.   Caught lots of 12" to 14 " whites before we moved on to the crappie.  Fished one brush pile for about 45 minutes and had about 11 nice crappie.  Great day! 

7-12  Started our guide trip at 9:30 so we didn't have to fish in the rain.   Was very windy at first so we trolled the face of the dam and caught a couple of fish.  It wasn't long before we saw the whites start to surface so we started chasing and catching.  Had 21 nice fish before the wind layed and the sun came out.   Went to a brush pile near by and caught 8 nice crappie one of which was 13.1/2 " long.   Not a bad day considering the late start   

8-20 to 8-26:  Went out several times and caught limits of fish most of the time.   Stayed on the main lake every time and fished the 10' deep piles.   Don't seem to catch fish in the same pile day after day.  I have to move around from pile to pile to see where they are biting .   Minnows in the brush is your best  bet.

9-2  Went out with Gene and whacked some crappie and channel cats.  10' deep piles on the main lake.   A limit of crappie for  Gene and a couple of 4+ lb channels also caught on minnows and a slip bobber.  

9-26  Fished the main lake today and found the fish to be biting very light.   sometimes your minnow would be gone and you didn't even know you had gotten a bite.   8' to 12' of water in the shallower brush piles. Seem to catch a few big fish and then only little ones.  Time to move to the next spot.   The size of the keepers was above average.   Minnows are definitely better than jigs although I did catch several on my purple and chart.  1/16 oz  road runner head.

Bass: Poor:  The bass are hiding from most of the fisherman since the water came up.   The fish usually head to the flooded grass and stay shallow till the lake returns to normal.   A few little fish are being caught out of the shallow stuff but keepers are scarce.  Campbranch arm is clean and fishable as is Linn and Roberts.    

CATFISH: Excellent:   With the rain and water coming into the lake head to the backs of the creeks and catch your limit of channel cats about as quick as you can get a bait in the water.   Hold onto your pole or you will loose it.  

WHITE BASS  Good  There is a tremendous shad hatch on the lake with millions of 1 1/2 inch shad roaming the lake.   The dam area has been exceptionally good in the mornings and evenings.  Watch for the fish busting the shad on the surface and get there as quick as you can.   This goes on for a few hours in the mornings before the sun gets high in the sky.  I was up in the Mecca area last Wed. and the shad are every where there to.  A  pepper spoon works great on the schooling fish that are busting the shad.   Rattle traps and small square bill crankbaits are also very effective.   

Walleyefair:  The walleye should start showing up on the main lake points since they are running the water so hard.    Crankbaits around the main lake jettys.     With all of the shad moving across the points use a smaller bait than usual.



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