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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 
July 20, 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: 864.3 :  1 inch high and steady( Normal pool  864.20)  They are shutting the gates now and slowing the outflow to 8 cfs.

  Outflow: 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. 

http://mdc.mo.gov/landwater-care/invasive-species/invasive-animal-management/zebra-mussel-control   I

Water temp:  89 main lake  

Crappie: Poor:   Lots of small fish in the brush piles on the main lake.   It is really tough to catch very many keepers.  If you want to fish above the bridges fish shallow like 12' of water and less.   Tree lines along the flats with minnows or jigs and you will catch a much larger average size fish than on the main lake but you have to move a lot.   The hotter the water get the shallower the fish go.      

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.   

5-26   Judy gave a clinic to her son and myself.   The main lake was very slow with them running water.   We decided to make the run up north and it paid off.   Fished the Mecca area and caught some really nice fish some of which had not spawned yet although most had.   14 3/4" was the biggest.  Not sure why the fish are still coming up in the river now so I just catch them.

6-5  Been out several times in the past week and the fish are moving.   You can still catch fish shallow or in the deeper brush piles.   Not lots of fish in either place but still some nice ones.  Less fish every time I got to the shallows in the river but the size is still great.  Minnows seem to be the better right now but I still catch a few on jigs.   The brush pile thing will only get better as the lake warms.

Bass: Poor, Fair, Good:  Depends on which day you are fishing.   With the lack of aquatic vegetation in the lake this year the fish are relating more to wood.   Brush piles, stumps, and lay downs.   Creature baits (brush hogs, beavers ect.) and worms are working well.   There is also a bit of a topwater bite early and late.           

CATFISH: Excellent:  The catfish guys have been doing well as the cats are active and feeding.  They are in the cove and on the flats in spawning areas.  Lots of small channels are being caught on dip baits in 8' or less of water.   A few flatheads are starting to be caught on bluegill or gold fish.   Have heard of quit a few blues being caught also.   Cut baits like skip jack and shad are being used for the larger fish.  

WHITE BASS  Fair:    The white bass are on the main lake roaming around following the schools of shad.  If you see them come up and start busting the shad you need to get there in a hurry as they have not been staying up more than a few seconds.   The area between Little Platte and the dam is a good area to watch for surface activity especially in the mornings.  When they are not up on the points you can use a 1/4 oz 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 Sporadic:   The walleye have started to bite a bit but it is hard to catch them consistently.     Several of the bass fisherman are catching them on crankbaits and even soft plastics during the bass tournaments.    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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