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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 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.

Lake Level: 865.43:  14 inches high and steady( Normal pool  864.20 )  

  Outflow is at 400 cfs.   Should make for some great cat fishing in spillway!

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:  71 main lake  

Crappie: Good:   The crappie spawn is all but over.   There may be a few isolated areas with a few spawners the new moon but not a big deal.   The larger fish are moving away from the banks to deeper water areas for the summer.  Brush piles that are close to the spawning areas can hold some really nice fish.  If you are fishing in the upper arms of the lake move away from the banks to the edges of the creek channels.   The fish use these to move into and out of the coves.   On the main lake check out ditch edges and small brush piles away form the banks.   There are lots of really nice above average size crappie in the lake.   Drift a minnow over the piles on a slip bobber or vertically fish a jig.   

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 or jigs.

4-25   Took three guys on a trip and we hit the perfect storm.   Pulled up to a spot on the main lake put the talon down and started fishing.   Everyone caught their limit and the size was way above average.  Light wind and warm out and the fish biting PERFECT!!  We were on a main lake point in about 4'of water and never had to move.   A black and chart. Strike Kings 2" grub was the ticket on a 1/16 roadrunner head.   

4-26   Went out at 2:30 pm and the wind felt like a November day.  Rain suits on over winter coats.  The fish were more scattered than before but we still caught a limit by moving around a lot.   The jig bite was better than the minnow bite.   Probably because the fish were not moving.  Still shallow water on the main lake.   

4-27   Headed out at 10:00 am With Steve and Pete.   Was a slow day to say the least.  We ended up with 20 nice fish but had to work really hard for them.   We caught almost all of them on jigs as the minnow bite was almost not happening.   I think the fish were not moving around so you had to hit one in the face to get it to bite.   All of the fish came off of the main lake in 4' to 5' of water.

4-28  Only stayed out 3 hours because the weather persons are liars or at the least poorly informed.   Wind blew terrible and it was cold.   Only caught 3 fish on the main lake.  They just refused to bite and it was almost impossible to fish where you wanted to. 

5-7    Going out at 2:30 this afternoon.  Out with Chris and Jake and caught our limits.   Most of the fish came from the main but did catch a few really big 13+ females up in the Meca area.   Most fish were caught on a purple and chart. or black and chart jig.  

5-8   Morning trip and headed to the main lake again.   Caught about 20 nice fish and headed to the river.  Should have stayed on the main  lake.   We did catch a couple of really nice fish but the  bit was tough.   Headed back to main lake and finished out limit with a bonus 17"  walleye.   most caught on jigs but the last ten came on minnows fished over brush piles.   

5-9   Dennis and Kay came back for more abuse and the weather gods were good to them.  Beautiful day and the fish were biting.   Main lake stuff again because thats what I do.  It did take almost three hours to catch two limits of fish.  The size was way above average and they were mostly female.   We also had another walleye and it was close to 4 lbs.   Almost all fish on a jig but today they wanted white and chart.   I hate when they change.  

5-10  Heading out with Dave Able today.   Stayed on the main lake again and caught our two limits of fish.   We had to work harder than yesterday mostly because the wind was blowing much harder.  Most of the fish were in 5' to 7' of water and were females.   A few of the females appeared to have already dropped their eggs but most had not.   The river is still off and on depending on where you are and when you are there.  Full moon tonight so the spawn should really be going.   

5-12   Hit the lake at 8:30 am with Jerry, Rick and Herbie and it didn't take them long to start catching some nice fish.   Had three limits in the boat in about 3 hours.   We fished the main lake from Little Platte to the dam and Litton center areas.  Most of the fish came on a purple and chart. slab buster or a white and chart. one.   Color didn't seem real important.   

5-13   Nicer day than Friday with a lot less wind.   The fish bit much slower than on Friday.    We used minnows to catch most of the fish and did manage to catch two limits in our four hours.   Stayed on the main lake again and fished the same areas as Friday.   

5-15   Afternoon trip and the wind was really blowing so headed to the river to find a place to fish without being blown away.   I think the fish like the wind as they bit really well.   Fished Mecca area and the coves on the east end of the old Trimble lake.   We had mostly large females of which a little over half had not spawned yet.   

5-16   Fished  north of W-hwy in the Trimble area and caught two limits of nice crappie.   Most of the fish were females and spawning.   A little windy but able to fish some productive spots.   

5-17   Went out early and the wind was ok but that soon changed.  Had to hide in a cove in the Mecca area and could not move around.  Only fished two spots but caught one limit of fish.   

5-18   Caught close to a limit on the main lake and then headed to catch some larger fish up north.   Should have stayed on the main lake.  Caught a few large fish but they were hard to come by.   We headed back to the main lake and finished up with close to two limits.   

Bass: Fair:   The bass are spawning right now.   Our tournament last Sunday was a super windy day that made fishing a challange.  Layton and Michael still managed to catch 5 keepers weighing 18.5 lbs  Our two biggest fish were both over 6 lbs.   Senkos, square bill cranks, and jigs are all working.         

CATFISH: Excellent:  With the rains lately we have water coming in and the  catfish have been biting pretty well.    Head to the backs of the coves of larger creek arms where the water is running in and hang on to your pole.  The crappie fisherman are also complaining about catching more cats than crappie in the crappie spawn areas.   The cats move in to feed on the crappie spawn when it is about over.   Caught several the other day on a crappie jig while fishing for crappie.    Worms or cut bait will work well also.  

WHITE BASS  Good:    The white bass are on the main lake and biting.   Since they are releasing water now concentrate on the corners of the main lake bridges where the water is moving.  The whites like to set up on the corners and ambush bait coming by.   The main lake jetties are also good areas as the water moves past these shallow points.  When they are not up on the points you can use a spoon in 20' of water out off of the points.        Mepps spinners, roadrunners and small rattle trap and crank baits all work well.    A pepper spoon is best if you are jiging off the points.

Walleye  Are biting:   The walleye have started to bite a bit as I have caught some on the main lake on crappie jigs while fishing for crappie.  Several of the bass fisherman are catching them on crankbaits during the bass tournaments.   The release of water from the lake should make finding walleye easier as they will set up on the shallow points.   Rattle traps, Flicker shads and shad raps are all good crrankbaits.   You can fish slower with a 1/4 oz jig head tipped with a leech or crawler and do well.



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