Smithville Lake Fishing
NOVEMBER 15, 2015
Trimble refuge CLOSED to all
boating, fishing and hunting.
NO SET HOURS- BUT IF WE ARE HERE WE ARE
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.
Trimble Wildlife Area is now
to boating, fishing and
hunting. You can not go North of the W-hwy boat ramp from
October 15 to January 31. If you want to fish North of the refuge
you will have to put in at Mecca ( O-hwy) or J-hwy.
864.57 (4" high) - ( Normal pool 864.2 )
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: 54 degrees and
fairly clear lake wide.
The crappie are biting good and the larger fish are starting to show up
more consistently. Fished some main lake brush piles yesterday
and caught two limits of above average fish. The great part
was that I only measured one fish and we caught less than 10 short
fish. The minnow and slip bobber bite is still the best but
you can catch them on a jig but it is slower. Fished in the
dam area on the main lake in brush piles that were 16' ot 18' deep.
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
Lots of catfish being caught on
a variety of baits. The are on the flats and in the coves
in shallower water water. Dip baits are working good as is cut
Fair to Good: The crappie fisherman fishing
under the bridges are catching some whites while crappie fishing.
The jetty points on the main lake can be really good or bad just depends
on wind and time of day. The bigger fish are starting to show
up as the water cools. Casting rooster tails and small rattle traps on the
points and along rock banks will catch you some fish. Troll with small crankbaits or rooster
tails on the points and this can help you locate the fish more
quickly. There are lots of shad out there right now so watch for the fish on the
surface in the mornings and evenings.
The walleye are random and accidental.