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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 
October 2, 2015



            Tues. to Thur. 7:30 am to 6:00pm

Friday  7:30 am to  6:30pm

  Saturday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Sundays  7:30  am to 5:00 pm

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.  

 Lake Level: 864.82  (7" 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:  70 degrees and fairly clear lake wide.   

Fishing is remaining fairly good overall.    Large schools of shad are showing up all over the lake.   Lots of food for the fish is a good thing for all species.

Crappie: Fair to Good:   The crappie are starting to move to some of the shallower brush piles with the cooler temps.  Have caught some nice ones in the last couple of weeks in the ten foot brush piles.  Some of the other guys are still catching some in the deeper piles but they are not just everywhere.   They are on the move.  Natalie and I fished up in the river area below Plattsburg on 10-1 and caught 11 nice big crappie (11 to 13 inch) in about two hours.  One fish here and another there.  You had to keep on the move.  Ten of the eleven were caught on minnows and not because I wasn't trying to catch them on jigs.  

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                 

WHITE BASS  Good:  The crappie fisherman fishing under the bridges are catching some whites while crappie fishing.   Fish the main lake points in the mornings and evenings and watch for the whites busting the shad.  Troll with small crankbaits or rooster tails on the points and use spoons when they are off the points in 15' to 20' of water.  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 have been scarce since the lake got back to normal.   With the fall about here a few are starting to show up.  Main lake points and around the rock jetties.   Shad raps, rattle traps and square bill crankbaits are catching some.  The secret bait of the year has been a chartreuse and orange rooster tail.   The bank fisherman especially have used it and did well with on the walleye.



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