Smithville Lake Fishing
October 16, 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.
864.83 7 inches high ( Normal pool 864.2 ) Outflow
is at 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.
Water temp: 71
The crappie fishing is kind of sporadic
right now. I am fishing brush piles back in the coves in about 10'
of water. The minnow bite is much better than the jig
bite. We are fishing minnows on a tightline into the
brush. They won't come out of the brush most of the time to
hit the minnow on a slip float. You have to go in after
them. Most of the keepers we catch are above average size and we are
not even catching lots of short fish. If you want to
catch lots of fish go to the bridges and fish. Usually lots
more fish but not as big.
8-20 to 8-26: Went out several times
and caught limits of fish most of the time. Stayed on the main
lake every time and fished the 10' deep piles. Don't seem to
catch fish in the same pile day after day. I have to move around
from pile to pile to see where they are biting . Minnows in
the brush is your best bet.
9-2 Went out with Gene and whacked
some crappie and channel cats. 10' deep piles on the main
lake. A limit of crappie for Gene and a couple of 4+ lb
channels also caught on minnows and a slip bobber.
9-26 Fished the main lake today and
found the fish to be biting very light. sometimes your minnow
would be gone and you didn't even know you had gotten a bite.
8' to 12' of water in the shallower brush piles. Seem to catch a few big
fish and then only little ones. Time to move to the next
spot. The size of the keepers was above average.
Minnows are definitely better than jigs although I did catch several on my
purple and chart. 1/16 oz road runner head.
10-3 Fish the main lake on the same
piles that I have been fishing for the past few weeks. Same
results 17 keepers and 13 were between 10" and 12'"
long. Although the size is good we probably didn't catch 15
short fish. You need minnows and we had to get right on top of
the fish and lower a minnow into the brush to get a bite. The
slip bobber did not work well as the fish would not come out of the piles
to eat, you had to go in after them. Only 2 or 3 big ones per
spot so had to move around a lot.
10-10 Had a guide and targeted
the crappie and white bass. Started on the main lake for the
whites and caught 14 nice big keepers on a point near crows
creek. Moved to some brush piles on the main lake and
caught 11 really nice crappie. 10+ inch type. Had to be
minnows because they would not eat the jig.
10-11 Went out and tried for
crappie first but it was very slow and the wind was starting to
blow. 20+ so we moved to the main lake points put the Talon
down and caught the whites like crazy. Kept only the bigger
fish and caught two limits easily in a couple of hours.
Bass: Poor: The bass are hiding
for most people. Back in the coves with spinnerbaits,
square bills or a brush hog are the best ways to find active
Good: Catching some nice
channels on minnows while crappie fishing in 10 ft. of water in the coves
and cuts. The dip baits are still working as is the cut baits
like shad and skip jack. Fish on the flats and back in
Good The main lake points where the wind
in blowing in are holding lots of white bass.
A pepper spoon works great on the schooling fish that are busting
the shad but if you are just random casting on a point us a 1/4 oz rattle
trap or a small square
bill (KVD 1.0) crankbait.
Rooster tails and road runners will also catch fish.