Smithville Lake Fishing
April 28, 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.
867.39 ( 3.19 ft high and slowly rising) - ( Normal pool 864.2 )
outflow 8 cfs. Up dated at 7:35 am
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: 62
Good to Excellent: THE SPAWN HAD STARTED: Since
all of the rain the lake has come up almost 4' . I think the fish will follow the
water up after things settle down but can't say how quickly that might
happen. There were lots of small males being caught near the banks
on the main lake with that ocassional big female. The river
arms are muddy and it will take a while to clear up before it becomes
fishable again. Minnows or jigs work
equally well with the black/chart, or purp/chart and blue/silver good
4-20 Fished some of the main lake pocket and could catch
small\ males on the bank fairly common. Females were still off
4-21 River not biting good a couple of fish here and a couple fish
there. Nice size though. not on the banks for sure.
4-22 Had a guide and decided to fish the main lake. The cold
night did not help the bite. Caught lots of small fish on the banks
and started catching a few bigger ones when the sun came out and warmed
things up. Ended up with 20 fish but worked to
4-25 Fished 4 to 8 and started on the main lake in Shady
Hollow. Lots of small males on the bank with a few big females
off a little. Left and headed up toward Meca area and caught some
big males right on the bank and a couple of nice females the largest one
being 13 1/2 inches and 1.37 lbs. You have to move a lot to catch
numbers of fish but they are there and they are biting.
Bass:Good: Three fish
over 7 lbs. caught on Thurs. evening 4-21. Jigs, spinnerbaits,
square bills and suspending jerk baits. 42 boats caught 138
bass in my first bass tournament of the year. Travis Day caught an
8.50 lb big bass of the tournament. Lots of really nice fish.
The bass are getting ready to spawn. The bass are really
shallow and moving into the spawning areas.
Good: All of this water makes one fish much easier to
catch. The cats move to the backs of the creeks and feed on
all of the food washing in. Just about any bait will work and
the channels will bite.
They are starting to catch some up in the river in the Perkins Park
The walleye have about finished spawning and are leaving the dam. MDC
shocked the last couple of weeks and were sampling about 100 walleye every 30
minutes. Several females in the 9 lb to 10 lb range were
shocked up as well as lots of males in the 20 inch + or -
range. Your best chances are till the new moon in a couple of
Floating stick baits fished slowly along the face of the dam at night are
your best chances. During the daylight hours the fish back off
into deeper water.