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Fishing Report 5-17-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.46 and water surface temp is 71 degrees.The post spawn crappie bite has been awesome this week with both Swarm jigs and minnows working equally well. Lots of crappie in the 11 to 14 inch size range, and fast action. Brush piles and standing timber both holding crappie in water 10 to 15 feet deep and the fis...
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Fishing Report 5-10-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.62 and surface temp at the dam is 67 degrees.Seems the spawn is mostly over for crappie. There are a few males still on the bank but best fishing now is on the summer pattern. Crappie are in the timber suspended down 6 to 10 feet and being taken dipping both minnows and SWARM jigs. Bass are bedding in two to...
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Fishing Report - 5-1-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.11 and water surface temp at the dam is 55 degrees.While surface temp at the dam is 55 in most coves and creeks off the main lake it is 58 to as high as 65 degrees, and with temps in the high 70's this week will climb higher each day.That being said every fish in the lake is looking to spawn or has already s...
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Fishing Report 4-26-2018

​By Steve Blake THE CRAPPIE ARE ON THE BANKS GET DOWN HERE NOW IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
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Fishing Report 4-16-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman is 706.99 and water surface temp at the dam is 49 degrees.Well just when 4 days of 60 and 70 degree weather had things on the upswing for fishing mother nature put the brakes on with two nights below freezing. Two days ago the day before the cold front I had three reports of shallow crappie a foot deep in...
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Fishing Report 4-2-18

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman is 708.15 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.Current water level on LOZ is 655.65 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.This crazy yo yo weather we are getting doesn't seem to be bothering the fish much as reports are coming in daily of fishermen catching limits of several different species on both Truma...
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Opening Update

While opening date is still set for March 30th we continue to work on completing work throughout the property. We will continue to have areas that do not have power both in the marina and campground until the final connections are made by the electric company next week. Thanks again for your patience as we continue with our efforts to expand and im...
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Fishing Report 3-20-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 707.33 and water surface temp at the dam is 44 degrees while you can find 45 to 47 in backs of the creeks.Rain and cold this week have been a putting a hold on most fishing. We did manage to get a couple of days on the water and took some nice crappie mostly black crappie in the 10 to 12 inch size. We found fish...
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Almost time...

We're getting close to opening! We know you're all dying to come on in and we're working diligently to get things finished up for you! The new dock structure is complete and in place and the electric will be installed in the coming week. The fish cleaning station has a temporary electric line but the water pump is not on yet. As we continue to work...
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Fishing report 3-10-2018

By Steve Blake Current water level is 707.80 and water surface temp at the dam is 42 degrees.It has been a great week for crappie as they have begun to migrate to the mouths of the major creeks and stack up staging for the spawn.We took all of our crappie 14 to 18 feet deep half way back in the major creeks one poling Swarm jigs 6 inche...
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New Dock Installation and Temporary Closure of Fish Cleaning Station

​The new dock is progressing well and we are hoping it'll be floated into place some time this week. While the dock is being built we've been busy readying the other docks for re-positioning. Because of this the electric to Dock 2 and the current Dock 1, where the fish cleaning station is, has been shut off while we move walkways. Although the mari...
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Fishing Report 3-2-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.39 and water surface temp is 39 degrees. We had some great crappie fishing this week, but had to work a little harder and longer to limit here on the lower part of the lake. The fish are beginning to scatter form their winter areas to transition into the creeks and coves to stage up for the spawn in a few w...
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Fishing Report 02-17-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.58 and water surface temp is 36 degrees.Well friends the ice is gone and the bite is on!!!!!!I hit the water Thursday and we took a limit of 30 crappie for two people that were 10 to 12 inches in 21/2 hours. Pretty strong action!!!We found fish in the lower lake near the dam in 23 to 25 feet of water on a ri...
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Fishing Report 01-29-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.48 and water surface temp is 36 degrees.Well the ice is gone for now and it is another chilly day today but Tuesday and Wednesday this week are forecast to be in the low to upper 50 degree range so it's time to hit the water. Strong reports are coming in from both Truman Lake and Upper lake of the Ozarks as...
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Fishing Report - 01-18-2018

By Steve Blake Well it has been a miserable week as Truman is completely frozen over. That is the bad news. The good news id we have warmer temps and sunshine on the way so by Saturday morning the ramp at Shawnee Bend should be open and most of that area of the lower lake should be open. The fish have had little or no pressure for some...
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Farewell to Local Fishing Legend

Fred Baraks, Truman Lake Guide and a legendary bass fisherman, lost his battle with cancer Christmas Eve morning. Fred was one of the greatest fishermen and guides on both Truman Lake as well as Lake Okeechobee. Fred was also a two time Central Pro-Am Bass tournament. Together with his long time fishing partner, John Krewson, won many bass tournam...
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Fishing Report 12-18-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 704.95 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.Crappie, large mouth, Kentuckys, and blue cats continue to be the best action this week. Patterns have not changed much other than almost all fish have now moved to their winter pattern areas so the fish are more concentrated and the bite has gotten even better.Crappi...
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Fishing Report - 12-8-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.02 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.Well old man winter has finally come the furnace here has not shut off this morning. Temps are in the teens and many would think this would be bad for fishing but quite the opposite is true. This winter blast will have a tendency to concentrate the fish in their full ...
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Fishing Report - 11-27-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 606.34 and water surface temp on the main lake is 47 degrees.Took a little vacation for deer season but back in the swing of things now and the bite for most species has been awesome. With the water temps dropping below 50 degrees the white bass and hybrid fall shallow water bite has died. That being said the wi...
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Fishing Report 10-27-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709.16 and water surface temp is 66 degrees.The cold front this week will put the fish well into the fall feed-up patterns. Crappie will be more concentrated on the bluffs on the lower lake near the dam than they already are and the whites and hybrids will hit the windy chunk rock banks better than last week. Wi...
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Fishing Report 10-13-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 704.66 and water surface temp is 69 degrees.Lots of changes this week in fishing patterns.Crappie on the lower lake near the dam are beginning to move to the bluffs and deeper brush piles in depths of 15 to 25 feet of water. Both minnows and jigs are working well. The crappie on the upper river portions of the l...
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Fishing Report 9-29-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.20 and water surface temp is 75 degrees.Still hitting the crappie in brush piles that are in 10 to 15 feet of water with minnows fished at the top of the brush. crappie also still good in trees 8 to 15 feet with minnows. Big and Little Tebo have been best areas for crappie. White bass on the humps 10 to 17 f...
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Fishing Report 9-20-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.60 and water surface temp is 74 degrees.Well fishing this week continues to be exceptional with a fair to excellent bite for most all species. Crappie are still good in brush piles that are in 9 to 17 feet of water fishing minnows right at the top of the brush. Not all piles are good but if you find the righ...
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Fall Hours 2017

Now that Labor Day has passed Fall has unofficially started and kids are back to school with all their extracurricular activities our business starts to have a less frenetic pace. Accordingly we start changing the hours that the store and grill are open. The Drunken Minnow Grill will now be closed on Thursdays and be open on Friday 3pm - 9pm, ...
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Fishing Report 9-7-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 708.56 and falling surface water temp is 75 degrees. Fishing has been pretty good this week with crappie, cats, and whites and hybrids all on the bite. We are finding crappie this week schooled up on brush piles on main lake flats in 10 to 17 feet of water. Fishing minnows at the top of the brush has yielded sev...
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Fishing Report 8-23-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709.97 and rising and water surface temp at the dam is 80 degrees. Well the rain we got Monday 3 to 4 inches here in Warsaw and 7 to 9 inches in the flood plain north and west of us has the lake on a rise. This is going to make for some great fishing over the next few weeks. The corps has already started the da...
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Fishing Report 8-10-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.57 and water surface temp is 80 degrees.Well the recent big rains have raised the lake about 4 feet, but the water on the lower lake remains clear. The upper end of the lake is stained to muddy so best action has been the lower lake.The high water has a ton of green bushes and grass flooded on the shoreline...
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Fishing Report 7-27-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water temp is 87 degrees and water level is 706.66 but that will change today with all the rain we will get a good rise in water level I would say at least 3 feet. The big rains today will change patterns for some species while others will not be effected that much.Crappie will still be best in the brush piles and trees 8 to ...
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Open Crappie Tournament

The Fourth Annual Norman J Herndon Scholarship Fund Crappie Classic will be held at Sterett Creek Marina on July 29, 2017. The Norman J. Herndon Scholarship was established to honor its namesake upon his passing in 2013. He was an Army Veteran and served as superintendent of schools in Livonia, Mt. Moriah, Tri-County of Jamesport, Fairfax, and...
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Fishing Report 7-13-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 707.59 and water surface temp is 84 degrees.Looks like the dog days of summer have come early this year. The past three days of hot temps and high wind have kept a lot of anglers of the water, but the fish are still biting even though patters are changing.Best bite this week remains for crappie. All the pressure...
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Fishing Report 7-6-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709.38 and water surface temp is 80 degrees.Crappie continue to be good on minnows fished over the brush piles that are in 10 to 15 feet of water. Still a high ratio of little fish to keepers but limits are being taken you just have to take plenty of minnows and be patient. The crappie in the standing timber ar...
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Fishing Report 6/22/2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709.22 and water surface temp is 84 degrees.Well by far the best bite this week has been for crappie. They are stacked up in brush piles that are in 10 to 20 feet of water and we are catching them on minnows fished 8 to 12 feet deep over the top of the brush. Take plenty of minnows as you will have to weed thru...
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Fishing Report 6-7-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 717 and falling water surface temp is 72 degrees.Lake level is 717 and dropping close to a half a foot a day which has created a lot of current making the white bass and hybrid bite on the humps and current breaks the best fishing this week. Best baits have been the 4 inch chartreuse sassy shad fished on a 3/4 ...
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Fishing Report 5-24-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 724.44 and water surface temp is 63 degrees.It has been a good week for whites and hybrids. Finding them in 17 to 22 feet of water on humps and current breaks. For the hybrids a 3/4 ounce Bob bates jig-head rigged with a four inch chartreuse or white sassy shad has worked best on the bottom with a slow roll or s...
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Ramp Up for Memorial Day 2017

The holiday weekend is already in full swing with the campground filling up quickly and the motel fully booked! The water levels are continuing to drop and THE BOAT RAMP IS NOW OPEN! We'll be moving the courtesy docks down into place today but the pay station is still in the water so please go to the marina store to pay your ramp fee and get your v...
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Campground Re-Opens 5-23-2017

The campground will officially re-open tomorrow on the 23rd!! Today there is still water on half the road at the entrance to the campground but it should be clear in the morning. The guys got the sewage transfer station back online and all the electric on today. They have removed all the large driftwood, are busily cleaning as much of the small bru...
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Marina Open - Update 5-19-2017

The marina is now open again! The parking is still very limited with the current water level of 726.33 as of 11:30 am today. Lil' Papa Joe's will re-open tomorrow for regular hours. The motel continues to be open as well.The campground and boat ramp remain closed at this time. We've had many phone calls about when we will open these areas. Both nee...
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Marina Update 5-17-2017

The walkway to the marina is now open for slip holders but the store, grill and restrooms are NOT open pending us being able to open the sewage pump station. We're hoping it'll only be another day or so but we'll keep you posted. The boat ramp and campgrounds are still closed. The water will need to get down below 725 before we can re-open them.Tha...
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Fishing Report 5-17-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 727.30 and water surface temp is 68 degrees. With the flood gates open at the dam at a rate of 44,000 cubic feet per second they have caught the rising water and the lake is slowly falling at this point. The rains forecasted for the next few days hopefully will not be enough to reverse this trend. Plans are now ...
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TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULED

​The Anglers in Action Tournament for May 21st is being rescheduled for August. We will update our calendar with date information when we get it. For any questions please contact the tournament directors.Thanks,
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05-12-2017 High Water Update

​The water level at this writing is 729.04. It's edging down ever so slowly. The two magic numbers for us are 727 to re-open the marina and restaurant and 725 to get the campground open. The latest we got from the Corps is that it should be below 727 on 5/18 and below 725 on the 21st. This is without any further rain of course. We're chomping at th...
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Update on High Water Levels at Sterett Creek 5-6-2017

​The water level this morning is at 728. The water is over the road at the entrance to the marina parking lot. Because of this in addition to closing the campground and boat ramp, the marina, including Drunken Minnow Grill, and Lil' Papa Joe's Restaurant. We will be closed until the water recedes to below the 725 level again. THE MOTEL IS OPEN...
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High Water Levels at Sterett Creek

​Right now the lake level is at 725.08 as of 11:30 am today. We have closed our ramp and the campground for the weekend due to the water levels. The last prediction we were given by the Corps was for the water to crest on Saturday, May 6th as high as 727 with discharge to begin at 20,000 cfm. This is of course subject to change based on the run-off...
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Fishing Report for 5-4-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 723.26 and predicted to go to 726 before they start letting water out this coming Saturday. Water surface temp at the dam is 60 degrees. Okay for all of you who follow the Sterett Creek Fishing report that have called and emailed me asking is the lake was closed, NO IT IS NOT!!!!!!Everyone seems to think that wh...
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Fishing Report 4-27-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.14 and rising. Water surface temp at the dam is 63 degrees. Well it has been a great week for fishing that is when the weather has allowed. We have had limits of nice 10 to 14 inch crappie every day we have been out this week. The white bass and hybrids have started to show up. Black bass fishing has improve...
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Fishing Report 4-21-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman is 708.26 and water surface temp is 64 degrees.Well the fishing has been fantastic on the lower end of the lake near Sterett Creek this week. We have crappie in all three phases of the spawn as some fish are done, some on the beds in 4 to 6 feet of water, and some that are coming in to spawn. I really fee...
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Fishing Report 4-12-2017

By Steve BlakeIT IS ON!!!!!!!!!Current water level is 710.10 and water temps are from 55 on the main lake to 70 degrees in the backs of the creeks. Well mother nature has finally settled down water temps are up and the day we have all been waiting for has come. THE SPAWN IS ON!!!!!!Crappie are on the banks in two to three feet of water hitting road...
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Fishing Report 3-27-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman is 705.99 and water surface temp at the dam is 51 degrees. The backs of the major creeks have water temps in the 53 to 55 degree range.Looks like we have some 70 plus degree daytime temps coming this weekend and early next week which should put surface water temps in the creeks and coves in the 55 to 60 ...
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Fishing Report 3-22-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman is 705.64 and Lake O is 653.61 water surface temp at Truman Dam is 49 degrees. Well it is finally starting to happen as I am getting some encouraging reports on several species form several areas. Even though the water temp at the dam is 49 degrees up the rivers, and in the backs of the major creeks, and ...
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Fishing Report 3-19-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.94 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.Sorry I haven't posted a report in a while but the roller coaster of freezing temps and high winds have kept my time on the water to a minimum. What I have found is that the recent freezing temps have pushed what fish of all species that had moved shallow back to deep ...
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Sterett Creek on Truman Lake

Marina - Motel - Campground

We are located approximately 3 miles north of Warsaw, MO on US 65.  Sterett Creek is on the shore of Truman Resevoir (commonly referred to as Truman Lake).  Truman Lake is the largest man-made lake in Missouri and is home to many species of fish and wildlife.  Our Marina offers easy access to the Osage, Grand, Big Tebo and Little Tebo arms of the lake.  Our Motel and Campground offer easy access to the Sterett Creek Loop of the Truman Lake Mountain Bike Park.  Sterett Creek is the perfect place for outdoor fun!