Smithville Lake Fishing
July 30, 2015
HOURS: Mon. to Thur. 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 6:30 am to 8:00 pm
Sundays 6:30am to 7:00 pm
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.
Results of the 2nd Annual Buddy Big
Big Bass Bash (7-11)
$1,000 - Todd Knaack & Greg
Proffitt 5.71 lbs
$300 - Brock & Rick Rienkmeyer
$125 - Terry Summers & Dylan
Sousley 4.87 lbs
$100 Smithville Marine "Bonus
Bucks" Rick Wilson & Gary Burton 4.83 lbs
1st weigh-in: $100 Brock &
Rick Reinkemeyer 5.22 lbs - $50 Jim & Andrew McKown 3.90 lbs
2nd weigh-in: $100 Jim &
Andrew McKown 4.44 lbs - $50 Travis Day & Tim Stout 2.90 lbs
3rd weigh-in: $100 Todd Knaack
& Greg Proffitt 5.71 lbs - $50 Rick Wilson & Gary Burton 3.54 lbs
4th weigh-in: $100 Terry Summers
& Dylan Sousley 4.87 lbs - $50 Rick Wilson & Gary Burton 4.83 lbs
866.58 (2' 4" high) - ( Normal pool 864.2)
With last nights rain the river at Plattsburg is running water in
about as fast as it is going out. The lake only dropped 1/2
inch yesterday due to the rain. They had to shut the outflow down
to 8 cfs due to the Platte river being above flood stage.
River projections indicate that the river will not drop below acceptable
levels to release water from the lake till next Tuesday.
At 2400 cfs (17,952 gallons per second the lake is
dropping about 6 inches per day. If they get it opened
back up to 3000 cfs (22,440 gallons per second)
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: 84 degrees and
stained above the bridges with the main lake being fairly clear.
Fishing is remaining fairly good overall
even with the water discharge. Large schools of shad are
showing up all over the lake. Lots of food for the fish is a
good thing for all species.
Since the outflow has been cut to 8 cfs the crappie should be heading back
into brush piles even better then they already are. Crappie fished the last two days and caught lots of
fish. Ran out of minnows on Sunday because they wouldn't bite a
jig. They bit the jig just as well as the minnows Monday
morning. We caught lots of small fish but ended up with two
limits. We fished main lake brush piles in 14' to 18' of
water. Most of the fish were caught within sight of the
new brush piles on Campbranch arm of the lake are producing
fish. also. The second W-hwy bridge at the mouths of Owl and Eberts
creeks has brush around all the pillars. The size of fish was not as
good there but there were lots of fish to catch. Minnows seem to work a
little better in the warmer water than jigs. 1/16 oz road runner
head with a purple and chartreuse body (my favorite) caught fish
Bass fishing with a crankbait the last couple of weeks I have noticed 10
to 15 small black bass 2" to 3" following my crankbait to the
boat and have heard the same from other fisherman. The flood has
really helped this year class of fish. The last few weeks of fishing
in the flooded stuff has been a lot of fun but is soon to be over.
With the water running so hard and the water level moving out of the
willows and other flooded vegetation the guys are starting to fish the
points a bit more. Carolina rigs and crankbaits are both
working. A bit of top water early and late.
The catfish are biting good
right now. Lots of channels being caught off of the docks at both
marinas. Some nice flat
heads (30+) are coming out of the spillway if you know how to fish
the rushing water. A heavy jig head with a swim bait body works
well. Have seen some nice flatheads this week that were caught
on trot lines using goldfish and blue gill.
Good: The crappie fisherman fishing
under the bridges are catching some while crappie fishing. With the water
back on key in on the main lake points with small crankbaits or pepper
spoons. The spoons work best when they are off the points in 15' to 20' of water.
There are lots of shad out there right now so watch for the fish on the
surface in the mornings and evenings.
With the water running the walleye are on the main lake flats and
points and in 10' of water or less. A leech or crawler fished
on a jig head around the points or you can throw small crankbaits #5 shad
raps or 1/4 oz rattle traps. The bright colors like fire
tiger, or chartreuse and orange colors work well. They will hit on shallow
crankbaits (bandit 100's or KVD 1.5's