|Burtons Bait and Tackle|
Steve Stroud and David Shaw with two limits of walleye June 3,2013
Smithville Lake Fishing
|When we put trees in the lake for crappie beds we put real trees in, not some sissy christmas tree.||Someone has to be the supervisor while Donnie and Steve lug 100 lb pots of concrete.|
Lake Level: 862.55 ( Normal 864.2) 20 inches low and steady. Outflow 8 cfs They have slowed the outflow to the normal 8 cfs so the draw down is over for the time being.
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: lower to mid 50's clear
Crappie: Fair to Poor on the main lake: The crappie have left the brush piles on the main lake and are swimming around following the shad and feeding before the spawn. You usually have to keep on the move to catch fish. The next 3 or 4 weeks can be the most challenging crappie fishing of the year. I have been fishing up in the river area of the lake below Plattsburg and catching nice limits of fish. The fish will start moving up and close to the banks by the end of April or first of May. The crappie spawn will be going on over Mothers Day!!!
Fished yesterday 4-1 and went 3 hours
without a bite. Ended up with 28 keepers in about an hour and a
half. Found the fish under large balls of shad in 30 + feet of
water. Fished about 12 feet down with a electric chicken. Had
to chase the shad and follow them.
Fished 4-7 Took old student Clint Baker and father-in-law fishing. Had 25 nice crappie and 10 nice white bass up river.
Bass: Fishing the rocky areas of the main lake with a suspending rogue or wiggle wart can produce some good bass this time of year. You will find warmer water up the arms of the lake so fish jigs and spinnerbaits up there. A few of the guys are catching some nice bass already which is good for Smithville. When the water temps are consistently over 50 degrees the fishing will get better. Our first THURSDAY EVENING bass tournament is April 16th so I will have a much better report then.
Catfish: Good: Night crawlers, cut bait or liver fished in the back of the creeks is producing lots of channel cats right now. Fish on the bottom and up on the flats where the fish are moving to warm up and feed on the shad.
WHITE BASS: Good: The white bass have made their way up the Little Platte river near Plattsburg and people are starting to catch them. Road runner heads with a chartreuse or black body. Flash is important so something with a blade.
Walleye: The walleye are at the dam. Full moon April 4th so it will be on. I have started having people come in the store who have caught walleye. 7 lb or so it the biggest one I have heard of yet. The majority of the fish are caught after dark on a floating rogue. Cast parallel to the bank and reel in with a slow steady retrieve. The face of the dam is probably the largest concentration of fish but any rocky point in the area could hold fish.
|1||N 39° 26.895' - W 094° 32.073'||NE cove W-bridge|
|2||N 39° 26.779' - W 094° 31.985'||eh|
|3||N 39° 26.484' - W 094° 31.969'||Bluff on east side 2x6 on bank|
|4||N 39° 25.914' - W 094° 31.787'||Sail boat cove|
|5||N 39° 25.908' - W 094° 31.696'||Sail boat cove|
|6||N 39° 25.579' - W 094° 31.579'||East side S of sail boat|
|7||N 39° 24.994' - W 094° 32.515'||Little Platte Cove|
|8||N 39° 24.402' - W 094° 32.796'||Woodhenge|
|9||N 39° 24.303' - W 094° 33.298'||Little Platte swimbeach point|
|10||N 39° 23.576' - W 094° 32.993'||Litton Center point|
|11||N 39° 23.763' - W 094° 32.272'||Campers cove shelter house|
|12||N 39° 24.148' - W 094° 32.059'||I-70 point|
|13||N 39° 24.145' - W 094° 32.037'||I-70 point|
|14||N 39° 23.905' - W 094° 31.089'||East side of crows creek boat ramp cut (christ.trees)|
|15||N 39° 23.882' - W 094° 30.985'||bluff east of crows boat ramp (christ. Trees)|
|16||N 39° 24.310' - W 094° 30.660'||Northeast side of campbranch bridge (christ. Trees)|
|17||N 39° 24.392' - W 094° 30.784'||Northwest side of Campbranch bridge (christ. Trees)|
|18||N 39° 24.386' - W 094° 30.906'||Campbranch cove (christ. Trees)|
|19||N 39° 24.396' - W 094° 30.888'||inside no wake along road campbranch|
|20||N 39° 24.305' - W 094° 30.229'||rocky cove N of campbranch bridge on right|
|21||N 39° 24.271' - W 094° 30.210'||close to pile #20 further in cove|
|22||N 39° 23.897' - W 094° 31.110'||small cut next to crows creek boat ramp|
|23||N 39° 23.943' - W 094° 31.515'||Old Ford pond dam next cove west of C.C. boat ramp|
|24||N 39° 26.754' - W 094° 31.959'||cove on SE side of W-bridge|
|25||N 39° 27.125' - W 094° 32.319'||West bank on North of W boat ramp|
|26||N 39° 26.866' - W 094° 32.254'||North West corner of W-bridge|
|27||N 39° 26.729' - W 094° 32.381'||West bank on South side of W bridge|
|28||N 39° 26.757' - W 094° 31.970'||cove on SE side of W-bridge|
|29||N 39° 27.120' - W 094° 32.348'||West bank on North of W boat ramp|
|30||N 39° 27.154' - W 094° 32.315'||West bank on North of W boat ramp|
|31||N 39° 27.227' - W 094° 32.297'||West bank on North of W boat ramp|
|32||N 39° 27.246' - W 094° 32.343'||West bank on North of W boat ramp|
|33||N 39° 27.248' - W 094° 32.311'||West bank on North of W boat ramp|
|34||N 39° 27.213' - W 094° 32.318'||West bank on North of W boat ramp|
|35||N 39° 27.195' - W 094° 32.314'||West bank on North of W boat ramp|
|36||N 39° 26.681' - W 094° 32.362'||outside turkey cove north west bank|
|37||N 39° 26.571' - W 094° 31.945'||bluff on east side south of W-bridge|
|38||N 39° 26.496' - W 094° 31.967'||bluff on east side south of W-bridge|
|39||N 39° 26.333' - W 094° 32.012'||mouth of shady hollow|
|40||N 39° 26.265' - W 094° 31.944'||shady hollow dam|
|41||N 39° 26.259' - W 094° 31.933'||shady hollow dam|
|42||N 39° 26.740' - W 094° 32.377'||West bank on South side of W bridge|
|43||N 39° 26.489' - W 094° 31.971'||bluff on east side south of W-bridge by 2x6|
|44||N 39° 26.568' - W 094° 31.947'||cut in east bluff south of W-bridge|
|45||N 39° 26.717' - W 094° 32.009'||south of W bridge on east bluff|
|46||N 39° 26.706' - W 094° 31.985'||south of W bridge on east bluff|
|47||N 39° 27.314' - W 094° 32.306'||telephone pole|
|48||N 39° 24.044' - W 094° 33.243'||dam area near outlett|
|49||N 39° 24.245' - W 094° 32.810'||middle of main lake|
|50||N 39° 23.599' - W 094° 32.649'||foundation point dam area|
|51||N 39° 24.322' - W 094° 33.303'||Little Platte swimbeach point|
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