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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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Fishing Report 2-27-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.82 and water surface temp at the dam is 44 degrees.Well the always crazy Missouri weather put a halt to fishing with the latest cold front. That is the bad news. The good news is that for the next 30 days the forecast is for high temps to range from mid 50's to mid 60's, and with those temps it wont take lo...
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Opening Dates 2017

​Everyone is looking forward to the start of the season and chomping at the bit to get out on the lake with the mild weather we've had lately. The Marina and Campground will open for the season on Friday, March 31st. The Motel will open on Friday, March 23rd. Lil' Papa Joe's is open now, Thursday thru Monday 6 am to 2 pm. The Drunken Minnow Gr...
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Fishing Report 2-20-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman 706.00 and Lake of the Ozarks 653.56. Water surface temp main lake 41 degrees, but the backs of the major creeks water surface temps are 48 to 50 degrees. With the water warming rapidly in the backs of the creeks on both Truman and Lake O it seems that everything is moving shallow to feed on the shad that...
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Fishing Report 2-10-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.42 and water surface temp at the dam is 38 degrees. A lot of things are happening this week on both Truman and Upper lake Of the Ozarks. The crappie on the lower part of Truman Lake seem to be leaving the deep water winter areas along the bluffs and in the deep brush piles. The fish have become very scattere...
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Fishing Report 1-27-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.86 and the water surface temp is 38 degrees.The cold temps and high winds put the brakes on fishing this week. I did get to spend Thursday on the water but the high wind and cold temps of the front that came thru made the fishing very slow as we had to fish where the wind would let us and not where we wanted...
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Fishing Report 1-12-17

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.58, and the water surface temp is 38 degrees. Well thank goodness that big chunk of cold nasty weather is gone. It looks like we have 40 to 60 degree temps ahead all the way to January 25th. I was on the water yesterday and had a great day with light winds and temps in the mid 40's. We were able to hit a lim...
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Fishing Report 1-11-17

By Steve BlakeWater level is still right at 705 and water surface temp is 38 degrees. Well not much to report on the fishing this week as the severe cold had about two thirds of the lake iced over, and after the warm up the winds hit 40 to 50 miles per hour for two days straight. Not safe conditions to be on the water. As I have said before as in m...
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Fishing Report 1-4-2017

By Steve BlakeLake level is 705.43 and water surface temp is 39 degrees. Well looks like mother nature has decided to have a cold heart again this week, but next week looks to be in the mid 40's to mid 50's so it will be bearable and enjoyable to do some fishing. I got to hit the water a couple of days this past week for crappie and bass and would ...
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Happy New Year 2017

The New Year has arrived! We're busy getting ready for the 2017 season at Sterett Creek. The campground is shaping up but still lots of work to be done before we're ready for campers. We've finished the new sites we started last winter and will have 5 new full hook up sites available. In addition almost all electric sites will have water! Lastly wi...
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Fishing Report 12-28-16

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.23 and water surface temp is 41 degrees.The warmer than normal temps and sunshine made for some great days to fish this week. I guided three days this week and the fishing pressure in the dam area has really slowed down the crappie bite. Yesterday there literally was not a single brushpile within three mile...
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Fishing Report 12-22-16

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.3 and surface water temp is 38 degrees. Well I am unable to update this week because we are froze in at the marina. The marina itself is ice free but the ice outside the marina perimeter is all the way to the point. So can't get my boat to the main lake darn it!. With temps in the 50 to 60 degree range...
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Fishing Report 12-10-16

By Steve Blake Current water level is 705.76 and water temp is 46 degrees. The cold front of the past few days has finally given us the water temps we need to set up the perfect conditions for the winter pattern for Crappie, large mouth, and catfish. The unusually warm weather for the past few weeks had the fish very scattered but ...
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Fishing Report 11-29-16

By Steve BlakeSorry guys for the lack of reports for the past few weeks but I took a little deer hunting vacation. Now that firearms season is over things are shaping up nicely for winter fishing here at Truman. The current water level is 705.93 and the water surface temp is 54 degrees. This Thursday December 1st will mark the beginning of the wint...
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Winterization Complete

​Today we are completing the winterization on the property. The marina water is now shut down so the restrooms will be locked and the pump pulled at the fish cleaning station. There will be a bucket to retrieve water at the fish cleaning station for those needing a place to clean fish during the off season. Please be respectful of other users and r...
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Fishing Report 11-16-2016

By Steve Blake Current water level is 706.35 and water surface temp is 64 degrees.Sorry I missed last weeks report but have been off the grid at deer camp. Since my last report nothing has really changed. Mild weather and stable water temps still have the fish on the same patterns as I explained in my last report. Best bite right now is...
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Fishing Report 11-4-16

By Steve Blake Current water level is 706.48 and water surface temp at the dam is 66 degrees.With the marina closing for the season on November 1st we have had a great year to look back on. Ken and Cathy I think have exceeded all expectations with the diligent work they have done to improve the Sterett Creek Marina experience. Although...
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The Ending of Another Great Season!!

​As the sun sets today, the 2016 season comes to an end... We'd like to thank all of our customers, new and old, for making it another great season at Sterett Creek! The marina store, campground, and motel are closed for the season. Lil' Papa Joe's restaurant is staying open through the winter!! Come on down and have a great meal. Check out their F...
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Fishing Report 10-27-16

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 707.78 and water surface temp at the dam is 66 degrees. With the falling water temps and the falling water levels patterns have changed this week for almost all species. We have had to downsize baits on all species to have success. They are still running water at the dam on a daily basis with the exception that ...
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Fishing Report 10-20-16

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.36 and water surface temp is 67 degrees.As the lake is still over 4 feet high they are running water at the dam daily which has the white bass and hybrid bite on the weir going strong. The white bass are best on 1/2 ounce or 1 ounce spoons from Bob Bates in chrome or white with flash. The hybrids have been b...
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Fishing Report 10-13-16

Current water level is 710.25 and water surface temp at the dam is 70 degrees. The recent rains have the lake 4 feet above normal pool and they are running water at the dam almost 24 7. This is a good thing if you are angling for large mouth, white bass, and hybrids. However the crappie and catfish bite with the rapidly rising water levels have slo...
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Fishing Report 10-3-16

Current water level is 707.50 and water surface temp at the dam id 75 degrees.With the cooler weather conditions and fishing are changing fast. The cooler water has the shad moving to shallower water and the fish have followed to feed up for the coming fall. While we are just starting to see the shallow bite take off it should continue to improve i...
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Fishing Report 9-15-2016

Current lake level is 708.90 and rising surface water temp is 77 degrees. Withe the recent rains and the rise in water level they have been generating power at the dam usually in the afternoons after 12. That generation has the whites and hybrids biting on the weir both Bob Bates 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce spoons in chrome or white are taking fish jigge...
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Fishing Report 9-7-2016

Current water level is 705.24 and the water surface temp at the dam is 78 degrees. With the lack of power generation at the dam for several days the stable conditions have improved fishing. I would say the hottest bite has been for crappie with the average size of keepers running 10 to 11 inches. It is still a bite for the crappie where you have to...
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Fishing report 8-16-2016

Current lake level is 705.40 and water surface temp at the dam is 82 degrees.

There has been a lot going on this week with a rapid drop in the lake level, and the cooler air temps. Lake level has fallen more than 2 feet in a short period of time and is now below normal pool which is a good thing for crappie and bass anglers. Stumps, fence rows and old ditches with cover that have not been visible all year are now exposed for fisherman. These areas have had virtually no fishing pressure all year and are ripe for the picking all over the lake. Two days this week we have been able to catch crappie on stumps along one of these ditches that runs thru a flat in very shallow water. We long poled the stumps and drops of the ditch channel with minnows and took fish consistenly 3 to 7 feet deep in water that was 4 to 11 feet deep. I am hearing the same type of reports from anglers all over the lake. You just have to look for that cover at the right depth that has just been recetnly exposed doe to the falling water.

With the lower lake level generation at the dam has dropped way off so that the current bite for the whites and hybrids at the dam has slowed. That being said the schooling activity is still going on early and late in the day for both species. Best areas have been from Sterett Creek to the Cemetery to the dam, and at KK Island. Look for the surfacing fish the first and last hours of daylight on bright sunny days, and all day long on cloudy days. The whites are hitting best on a 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoon cast into the surfacing fish and retrieved rapidly back thru the school. A 4 inch white sassy shad on a 3/4 ounce head retrieved the same way has worked best for the hybrids.

Largemouth bite has been slow but there are some fish to be taken on main lake points early and late in the day on shad colored Pop R's and Zara Spooks. During the day a variety of plastics Texas rigged and fished 8 to 15 feet deep SLOWWWWWWWWWWWW on the points is best.

No report on cats this week.

If you can you need to hit Truman this week to get in on some of the great long pole action for crappie, and surface activity for the whites and hybrids.

See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!

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fishing report 8-8-2016

Current water level is 706.50 and water surface temp is 83 degrees. Not much change to lake level or conditions in the last week so go with the info on the previous fishing report post as the patterns and techniques have not changed this week. One thing I would like to explain further is that the surfacing white bass can come at any time whether they are running water or not. Look for this action near the dam and KK Island early and late in the day and follow the hints in the previous report. The hybrids at the dam on the other hand are completely dependent on the water running at the dam and the more water they run the better the bite. If the y are not running water which they usually do not on the weekend then the hybrid bite will be poor. There you go stick with the previous report and if patterns change I will update. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
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Fishing Report Update - 4-15-16

The Spawn is On!!

I'm filling in for Steve who is on his way to the Charger tournament down at that other lake next to us! Steve's trip this morning limited everyone out in just 3 hours on bass and crappie. Steve says you'll find both the crappie and bass on the banks half way back in the creeks 12'-18' deep in 2 foot of water at the steeper banks where the water is at 61 degrees. The water is still muddy so Steve says you need to dip your line.rather than cast and go slow down the bank. Crappie were hitting on black/char jigs and the bass are hitting on black/blue jig on char spinner bait, single spinner.
See you at Sterett Creek!!
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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!