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9 lbs 10.5oz 
Caught on May 26th

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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 
June 25, 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.

Lake Level: 865.01  About 10" high ( Normal pool  864.20 ) outflow is 400 cfs.  They are slowly lowering the lake back to normal pool        

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:  84

Crappie:  The crappie fishing is getting better every day.  The fish have  started moving into the main lake brush piles, especially with the hot temperatures.   Lots of smaller fish right now with some of the piles holding some larger fish.  It should continue to get better as the summer progresses.     

5-20   Had three guys on a trip today and started on the main lake as usual.  Would catch 3 or 4 nice fish at each spot so had to move around a lot.  Got a tip from a buddy (Mike) who was on the water and catching fish on the banks.   Headed to Rock Creek where the water was very stained but fishable.   We started throwing jigs at the banks and caught a couple of limits of very nice fish.  Some in the 13" to 14 " class.   I talked to some other fisherman at the W-boat ramp who had their limits of fish that they had caught in the coves on that west side of the lake in the dirty water.   I think that those fish are just now spawning because all of the females I cleaned either still had eggs or were in the process of spawning.   I think we could have another week or so of great fishing up in the river.  

5-25   Went out with three guys to find the crappie.   The lake came up a foot over night and was even more muddy than before.  Headed north to the Linn creek, Roberts creek and Mecca area.   It was slow but worth it, the fish were really big and very close to the banks.   4 feet or less of water.   We only caught 26 keepers but only threw back five fish the whole day.   MInnows or jigs seemed to work equally well.   Pictures posted on Burton's bait and tackle Facebook page.

5-26   Did a guide with a bunch of great guys from Regal Plastics today.  Kind of a fun tournament fishing day for over 20 guys.   Took my guys up in the river and we crappie fished for a while and caught some really big crappie.  Most of them were spawning right now.  We also caught some carp and catfish.   The best part of the day was that we only got sprinkled on and finished up before it really started to rain.   

6-17   Fished the main lake piles and caught some nice big crappie but we also caught lots of little ones to.   We fished the maim lake points with small crank baits and caught walleye and white bass.   We ended up  with a nice mixed bag of fillets.   

6-19  Tried fishing up in the three fingers are with no luck.   I'm sure that those fish are starting to set up and will  be easier to find soon.  Several main lake piles later we found some larger fish.   The piles will only continue to get better as the summer goes on.   The minnow bite is getting better and the jig bite is getting tougher.               

Bass: Excellent:   The bass have been biting of late.  Over 20 lbs on a Thursday evening 3 hour tournament.  25 lbs on a weekend all day event.   The main lake and river areas are all putting out fish.  Jigs and creature baits are the main baits but plenty are being caught on buzz baits and square bills when used at the right time.  

CATFISH: AWSOME:   The channels have probably already spawned and are ready to feed up.    They are being caught on a variety of baits.   Dip baits for the channels or cut baits and gold fish or bluegill for the blues and flats.  

WHITE BASS  Good  White bass are being caught on the main lake humps and points and around the bridges.  Lots of people throwing rattle traps and bandit 200's for the walleye and catching some nice white bass.  When they are not up on the points move off a bit into deeper water and use spoons.   

WalleyeGood:  Several reports of walleye from the crappie fisherman today.  The walleye have started showing up on the main lake.  The main lake points are the best.   Throw cranks line a 200 series bandit or a rattle trap.   On a very calm day you might have to try a jig with a crawler or leech fished on one of the shallow flat points on the main lake.  The bite probably won't last long with the water warming up like it is.   Get them while they are biting.     



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