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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 
July 26, 2016

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: 864.78 About 7" high ( Normal pool  864.20 ) water outflow is 400 cfs .  They started releasing water yesterday at a rate of about 1" per day.  Probably will continue releasing water until the lake is just above normal before they shut it back down.     Will the lake ever get back to normal pool this summer?     

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:  88

Crappie:  The crappie fishing is ok right now especially in the brush piles.   The fact that they are running water will make it a little more difficult than if the lake was stable.     You don't seem to catch as many keepers in one pile as normal.  Catch your few keepers in a pile and move to the next one.  

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   

Bass: Fair today:  The Shrine out of St Joseph put on a Big Bass Tournament today (7-10) run by David Shaw.  Bihourly money for the two largest fish and the top  three fish of the day won money also with the largest fish of the day receiving $1000.  Dave Ballard and Tom Dunkin took the top prize with a 6.50 lb bass.   

The bass have been biting of late.  Over 20 lbs on a Thursday evening 3 hour tournament.  25 lbs on a weekend all day event.   The main lake and river areas are all putting out fish.  Jigs and creature baits are the main baits but plenty are being caught on buzz baits and square bills when used at the right time.  

6-29 Had a great morning of fishing with Wyatt for the bass.  He 3 or 4 keepers with the largest being about 3 1/2 lbs.   Caught 8 or 10 shorts one walleye and a white bass.   Not much going on top water but the square bill crankbait seemed to be the most productive.  Did all of our fishing on the main lake.

CATFISH: AWSOME:   Mondays rain has moved the cats to the backs of the coves where the water is running in.    Use one pole and hold onto your poles or the cats might steal it from you.    They are being caught on a variety of baits.   Dip baits for the channels or cut baits and gold fish or bluegill for the blues and flats.  

WHITE BASS  Excellent   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 bit is slowing down with fewer and smaller fish being caught all of the time.  Since they are running water the points are still your best bet.   With all of the shad moving across the points use a smaller bait than usual.



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