Truman Lake Fishing Report
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Truman Lake Fishing Report - Sterett Creek

Provided by Steve Blake Guide Service

Call Steve at 660-525-0692 for a GREAT day of fishing on Truman Lake.

Steve has been a full-time guide for 30 years on Harry S. Truman Reservoir.

Current water level is 717.63 and falling fast. The water surface temp is 82 degrees.
 
I have had a ton of e mails and phone calls this week assking why I did not post a new report last week. As I have explained before during the mid summer and mid winter seasons patterns often remain consistent for weeks at a time. So when I do not post a report for a week or so it is because the patterns and areas where we are catching fish have remained for the most part unchanged and anglers should go with the info on the previous weeks report. Hope that explains why at these times of the year I will sometimes skip a week or two. It is because things have not changed.
 
This week fishing has picked up as the lake conditions have finally gotten fairly consistent. They are running water thru the turbines 24 7, and the white bass and hybrids are starting to gather in large schools on the humps and current breaks. The hybrids for the most part are coming early and late in the day on the humps that have 20 feet of water or less over them. If the hybrids are on top busting shad we are casting a 4 inch sassy shad in white or chartruse on a 3/4 ounce head into the school and bringing it in on a fast retrieve. If the hybrids are feeding on the bottom on the hump we are casting the same bait over the hump, letting it settle to the bottom and slow rolling it back to the boat.
 
The white bass have been in the same areas and for the most part have been coming on 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoons jigged on the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. The whites are hard to find, but once you locate them they are in huge schools , and eager to bite. The Osage Arm has been best for the whites.
 
Crappie remain scattered and the fishermen who are having success are staying on the move targeting the cedar and hedge trees that are just begining to show as the water falls with minnows fished on long poles at depths of 7 to 12 feet. The more stained the water in the area you are fishing the shallower the crappie will be. In the clearer water stick with depths of 10 to 12 feet.
 
As the current has become consitent this week the bass fishing has picked up considerably. Red shad and purple worms fished on the main lake points on isolated bushes in 4 to 8 feet of water are working best during the day while topwaters get the nod at sunrise and sunset. Buzzbaits and Pop R's for the early and late bite on the bass.
 
Catfish are also on bigtime. There are a ton of channel cat on the weir flats at the dam coming on a variety of baits from prepared bait to cut shad. Aviod worms as the drum will wear you out. Jug fisherman continue to do well on the blues with cut shad and blue gill for baits. Main lake flats in 8 to 12 feet of water have been best.
 
That's this weeks info. As they will probably be running water on a consistent basis for the next couple of weeks as they draw the lake back to normal pool conditions and fishing will most likely not change. So if I dont post a report stick with what you have hear.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
 
  
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Current lake level is 720.70 and surface water temp is 83 degrees.
 
Recent rainfall and rapidly rising lake level have the fish very confused. They run turbines at the dam then shut it down . Then they open uip the flood gates and fishing gets really good with the increase in current, then more torrential rain and they shut the water flow off again. This tupe of fluctuation in the water conditions has the fish scattered all over the place. They are showing on the schedule that they will again open the flood gates on Saturday to the tune of 50,000 cubic feet per second. This should get the bite going again.
 
The white bass have been busting shad early and late in the day on the lower lake in the area within three miles of the dam. Their location has not been consistent but if you cruise the lower lake looking for these large schools busting shad have a 1/2 ounce spoon tied on. When you spot a school cast the spoon past them and bring the spoon thru them on a rapid retrieve and hold on they will hammer it.
 
Once the flood gates come back on Saturday not only will you find the whites schooling on top, but the whites and hybrids will also begin to show up on the humps again. 1/2 ounce spoons jigged on the bottom for the whites on these humps, and a 4 inch chartruse sassy shad on a threee quater ounce head slow rolled on the bottom over the humps for the hybrids will be a good technique.
 
Crappie have been very slow, but there have been some fish taken 12 feet deep in the cedars all over the lake where the water is clear enough to fish. The Pomme and Tebo Arms have been best. Fish the cedars at the mouths of the coves as I said 12 feet deep with minnows being the best bait.
 
The cats have been best on jugs on the main lake flats, and in the flooded fields in the backs of the creeks with a variety of bait doing well. Cut shad, hot dogs, bluegill, and prepared baits are all doing well.
 
The bass are very scattered but they are shallow in the flooded green stuff. Two areas have been best for bass. Main lake points, or all the way back in the creeks and coves. Tie on a spinner bait, buzzbait, frog, weightless palstic worm, any bait you can work efficiently thru the thick flooded cover and stay on the move for these scattered shallow bass.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Current water level is 717.36 and falling. Water surface temp is 80 degrees.
 
Well the torrent of storms over the past month seems to have slowed and the corps has caught the lake level. With the falling water the current we need to stack the fish up in predictable patterns is finally here, and the fishing has really picked up.
 
Best bite right now is for white bass and hybrids. Reports are coming in from all over the lake of white bass busting new hatch fry on the surface early and late in the day. To catch them anglers are casting 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoons into the rising fish and retieving them rapidly back thru the school. Whites are alsio beginning to show up on the humps in 12 to 16 feet of water being taken on the same spoons jigged on the bottom.
 
Hybrids are also showing up on the humps and current breaks with the best bait for these being a 4 inch chartruse sassy shad fished on a 3/4 ounce head. Either slow roll the sassy shad on the bottom or use a stop and go retrieve letting the shad go back to the bottom on each pause.
 
Largemouth bass have also become active in the current. Main lake points fished with red shad or purple plastic worms at depths of 6 to 12 feet are the best bet in the midday hours , while topwaters and buzzbaits get the nod early and late in the day.
 
Crappie fishing has improved some with fish being taken on minnows on the main lake flats in the cedar and hedge trees on minnows fished 8 to 12 feet deep. You can expect to catch a lot of small non keeper crappie, but there are keepers to be taken. As the water continues to fall crappie fishing should improve.
 
Catfish are also on the flats with jugs baited with bluegill and cut shad set in 6 to 15 feet of water working best.
 
We should have current and falling water for the next several weeks, and the more the water falls and the stronger the current gets the better the fishing will be.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!! 
 
  
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Water level is 716.59 and still rising. Water surface temp is 67 degrees. Fishing techniques and patterns have not changed much since last week. Until they catch the lake level and start to drop the water stick with the same patterns I mentioned in last weeks report.
 
 Now when they do catch the water level and the lake begins to drop HANG ON!!! Once the lake starts dropping then we will have current on the points humps and cuts which will stack up almost all species in these spots, and fishing will be awesome!!!!
 
We have more rain coming in the next hour or so as I write this report so when they will catch the lake level is anybody's guess. I will keep you posted.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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WOW will the rain ever stop??? As you might guess the recent rains have the lake level coming up rapidly. Currently the lake is at 714 and still rising with water surface temp at 70 degrees.
 
The high water has changed fishing patterns this week. The crappie have moved into the flooded bushes and willows as have the largemouth and the cats.
 
Crappie are coming on SWARM jigs in flooded willow and buckbrush bushes in 4 to 6 feet of water. Simply fish bush to bush putting your jig right in the middle of the cover. Best color has been pink and white in the clean water and black and chartruse in the muddy water. Best areas have been main lake flats.
 
The largemouth also are in the bushes and flooded grass on main lake points with a variety of baits working. Topwaters, worms, buzzbaits, spinner baits, and frogs are all producing bass. It is a fun time to bass fish as the fish are all up shallow.
 
Blues and channels are coming in 2 to 6 feeet of water in the flooded cover in the backs if the creeks. Cut shad and nightcrawlers fished 3 feet deep on a bobber will produce plenty of action, as will jugs also set shallow.
 
The hottest action this week has been at the weir wall in front of the dam. White bass, hybrids, walleye, crappie, and catfish are all coming in this area. Spoons, Swarm jigs on a 1/4 ounce head fished tipped with a minnow, and sassy shads are all working on the weir. Hold your boat in 18 to 21 feet of water on the front drop of the wall and fish baits on the bottom. Depending on water clarity the action here can be fast and furious. When the water muddies up SLOWWWW down your presentation for best action. 
 
As the water begins to fall next week action should pick up even more everywhere on the lake. 
 
That's the report for this week. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
   
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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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!