Smithville Lake Fishing
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.
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
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.
Water temp: 88
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.