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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 
NOVEMBER 15, 2015

Trimble refuge CLOSED to all boating, fishing and hunting.




If you have a HUMMINGBIRD or LOWRANCE graph I have an SD card with 101 way points of brush piles at Smithville Lake that I will let you down load into your graph.  Have  down loaded another 35 piles from the crows creek area last years stuff.  

Trimble Wildlife Area is now closed to boating, fishing and hunting.   You can not go North of the W-hwy boat ramp from October 15 to January 31.  If you want to fish North of the refuge you will have to put in at Mecca ( O-hwy) or J-hwy.   

Lake Level: 864.57  (4" high) - ( Normal pool  864.2 ) 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:  54 degrees and fairly clear lake wide.   

Crappie:  Good:   The crappie are biting good and the larger fish are starting to show up more consistently.   Fished some main lake brush piles yesterday and caught two limits of above average fish.   The great part was that I only measured one fish and we caught less than 10 short fish.   The minnow and slip bobber bite is still the best but you can catch them on a jig but it is slower.   Fished in the dam area on the main lake in brush piles that were 16' ot 18' deep.

Bass:  Good:   The bass fishing is good this time of year.   Lots of fish were caught last weekend in our two day fish-off.   Two day total weight was almost 39 lbs for ten fish.  Big fish of the two days was 7.41 lbs.   Most of the fish were caught shallower than 6 feet.   Some were caught out of 10 foot deep brush piles but that is a slow bite.  Jigs and brush hogs accounted for most of the fish but square bills and spinner baits were catching some in certain situations.      

CATFISH:   GOOD:  Lots of catfish being caught on a variety of baits.   The are on the flats and in the coves in shallower water water.  Dip baits are working good as is cut bait.                 

WHITE BASS  Fair to Good:  The crappie fisherman fishing under the bridges are catching some whites while crappie fishing.   The jetty points on the main lake can be really good or bad just depends on wind and time of day.   The bigger fish are starting to show up as the water cools. Casting rooster tails and small rattle traps on the points and along rock banks will catch you some fish.   Troll with small crankbaits or rooster tails on the points and this can help you locate the fish more quickly. There are lots of shad out there right now so watch for the fish on the surface in the mornings and evenings.

Walleye:   The walleye are random and accidental.   



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