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Steve Stroud and David Shaw with two limits of walleye June 3,2013

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Bob Kitterman with a couple of 14 1/2 inch crappie caught on Lake Fork Tx. GUIDE: Gary Burton 10-23-14

Smithville Lake Fishing Report 
April 25, 2017  

2017 F.I.S.H. DAYS was a success!!!

Over 100 new brush piles were put in the lake by Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of Conservation, Clay Co. Parks and volunteer workers.


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.

Lake Level: 864.09:  1 inch low ( Normal pool  864.20 )  

  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. 

http://mdc.mo.gov/landwater-care/invasive-species/invasive-animal-management/zebra-mussel-control   I

Water temp:  62 main lake - 66 in the river arms.  

Crappie: Fair to goodThe crappie are starting to move into the spawning areas especially in the upper arms of the lake.  Had several reports this morning that several nice bunches of fish were caught around the main lake yesterday.  Most of the reports were from later in the day.   Not a lot of rain last night so water levels and color still about the same.  Areas north of W-hwy or around the second W-hwy bridge are producing some very nice fish.  Most of the fish being caught are males who are checking out the spawning areas.    The main lake areas are not really doing much yet.  Some nice bunches are being caught but it is very sporadic.  Minnows or jigs seem to work equally well.  The darker color jigs.

Guide Trip Results

4-18  First guide trip of the year and we fished the area north of the old wildlife refuge to the three fingers area.  The fish moved up slowly all morning and we caught them a few at a time in several areas.  Our average size was probably around 11".   Were using minnows on a slip float set about 3 or 4 feet deep.  Also caught them on a black/chart grub.   Caught our limit and probably threw back less than 6 fish all day.

4-21  Cool weather this morning is probably going to make the morning bit slow and the afternoon bite a little better.  The fish are biting lake wide but not everywhere all of the time.  The size of fish being caught is above normal but almost all males.  

4-23  Had an afternoon trip so started out on the main lake.   Only kept fish over 10 1/2 inches and had about 20 in an hour.   Headed up the river to try and catch some larger fish and that was a bad idea.  Fished a couple of more hours and only added another 4 or 5 fish.  Went back to the main lake and finished up our limit.   Only 4 females out of 30 fish.   Most fish were in 4' or less of water and would hit minnows or jigs equally well.   

4-24    Strong winds kept us out of the good crappie spots.  Fished mostly in the sheltered coves and caught only 4 fish in 4 hours.   When the wind laid in the evening headed to the main lake spots and caught 21 nice keepers in the next hour.   Still 4' or 5' of water on minnows or jigs.

Bass: Fair:   The bass fishing has been good this spring so far.  Some large full figured females have been caught.   They have big ol fat bellies full of eggs and are getting ready to spawn.  Several fish in the seven and eight pound class have been caught.  A tough evening for the first Thursday evening tournament of the year.   53 boats caught only 46 fish.   

CATFISH: Good:   With the rains have got the creeks rolling and the catfish have been biting pretty well.   Since they are releasing water from the lake you might try using a dip bait, letting the current carry the scent down stream and the cats will follow it back to your bait.   Head to the backs of the coves or larger creek arms where the water is running out and hang on to your pole.  Worms or cut bait will work well also.  

WHITE BASS  Fair   The whites are heading up the Littleplatte River arm and some of the larger creeks as the water starts to warm.    With the recent rain the whites will be headed up the Little Platte river in bigger numbers.  The face of the dam is also an area that Whites head to during the spawn which should be starting any time.   Mepps spinners, roadrunners and small rattle trap and crank baits all work well.    

Walleye  THEY ARE SPAWNING:  The walleye spawn is probably about over.      The walleye spawn has started.   Use a floating rogue or rapala if you are fishing from the bank.  Fish from dark to daylight for the best results.  Fish slow as the fish are not chasing at all.   No big fish reported yet.      



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