Truman Lake Fishing Report
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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 705.12 and water surface temp at the dam is 62 degrees.
 
Well fishing this week has been about as good as it gets for crappie, bass, and catfish.
 
I will start with crappie. We have crappie right now in all three phases of the spawn. Pre spawn fish that have not moved in yet, spawning fish on the banks in 1 to 4 feet of water, and post spawn fish that have moved out to 8 to 15 feet of water. Spawning fish are best on the steep 45 degree angel gravel and chunkrock banks with black and chartruse jigs fished slow on longpoles parallleling the bank at depths of 1 to 4 feet. The pre and post spawn fish are best on minnows fished at depths of 8 to 15 feet in trees, fencelines, and brushpiles. The deep fish right now are better size fish. As the spawn progresses the deeper fishing will evolve to a full summer pattern as more and more crappie finish the spawn and move out. Fish of 10 to 14 inches are the norm, and limits are fairly easy to catch, If you hit a few fish stay in that area and work it as the crappie are bunched up right now on all three patterns. 
 
Bass fishing has also been really good this week with tournaments taking 18 to 23 pounds for five fish to cash a check in competition. A variety of soft plastics worms, lizards, brush hogs,and beavers have all been effective on the shallow bedding fish at depths of 1 to 4 feet on the steep gravel spawn banks. Best colors have been black and blue, and green pumpkin red flake. Numbers have not been the rule but if you keep a bait in the water and cover alot of area you will take some nice fish in the 2 to 5 pound range.
 
Catfish continue to be on the shallow flats in the backs of the big major creeks in depths of 3 to 6 feet and cut shad are still the best bait. Fish from 3 to 35 pounds are coming in with regularity.
 
I have checked several humps on the lower lake this week but as yet have found no action for whites and hybrids in any numbers. That fishing should break lose in a week or two in a big way.
 
I look for the hot action to continue for at least another week or two so now is the time to be at Truman and get in on the action!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
 
    
 
 
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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.
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Current water level on Truman is 705.01 and the surface water temp at the dam is 53 degrees.
 
The bad news is we had close to 5 inches of rain this week and it has muddied the backs of most of the major creeks. The good news is the rain was very localized so we didn't get a huge rise. More good news we have several days of 70 plus degree weather this week with 50 degree plus temps at night. This will bring the water temps up fast and we should see fish moving to the shallows in the upper lake areas first then down on the lower lake later in the week possibly this weekend.
 
Currently crappie are still suspended in the creeks and coves 8 to 15 feet deep over 12 to 20 feet of water, and both vertical jigging and spider rigging are catching a few fish but they are very scattered. I really do look for them to start to hit the banks this week. Bass should also start to move shallow and begin bedding activity.  
 
The influx of water from the big rain has the cats in the backs of the creeks in the muddy water in 3 to 10 feet of water and cut shad again this week has been the best bait.
 
Just wanted to put out a quick update as to conditions which with the warm temps will change daily. As soon as I see the fish on the banks I will update. Again the week ahaead should see some great fishing.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
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Curreny water level is 705.68 and water temp at the dam is 51 degrees.
 
I know we are all waiting impatiently for the crappie to hit the banks but has not come as yet. I fished several days this week as well as getting several report from all parts of the lake and the crappie are still fairly deep from 9 to 18 feet half way back in the creeks laying in or close to the channels. We have an abundance of shad due to the mild winter there was little or no shad kill. Most of the fish are suspended on the shad schools and very scattered from all reports and my experience this week. If you find the shad on your graph the crappie are there but scattered and you have to really work slow to get a bite. Spider rigging in the shad schools as well as vertical jigging at the depth you find the shad in a given area will both produce fish, but action is still slow. 
 
The fish I caught this week were not in my opinion nearly reday to hit the banks as their egg sacs are far from fully developed. I would say we are still at least a week to ten days from the spawn. Best guess would be that they will start when we get close to the next full moon cycle.
 
Bass fishing conyinues to be good and the fish are shallow in a foot to 5 feet of water on cover. Early in the day and on the cold mornings black and blue jig and pig worked slow are the best bet, while in the warm afternoons a chartruse 3/8 ounce single Colorado blade spinner bait slow rolled has worked best for me. 
 
Blue cats have made the move to the shallow flats in the backs of the creeks in 3 to 6 feet of water with cut shad still the best bait. Fish in the 6 to 30 pound class have been coming in. Many fish though are in the slot. 
 
That's about it for this week see ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
  
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Current water is 706.25 and water surface temp at the dam is 49 degrees.
 
The wind and weather this week has prevented most anglers from being on the water until yesterday. I was able to get out for half of the day yesterday and found water temps from 50 on the main lake to 52 in the backs of the creeks and coves. I fished crappie for two hours and found the fish to still be very scattered. I did take a few fish but could find no concentration in a given area as yet on the lower part of the lake. Turnover in the backs of the creeks and recent freezing temps at night have put most of the shallow crappie we were catching back out in depths of 12 to 20 feet and right on the bottom and they are not eager to bite. We have some warmer weather coming this week which should bring water temps back into the 55 to 60 degree range and move the crappie back shallow again in the backs of the creeks and bigger coves that run way back off of the main lake. I have had only a few reports from the upper end of the lake this week, but these anglers are finding the same type of bite as on the lower lake. They are catching a few good fish but again they are scattered in depths of 12 ton 20 feet on the bottom about half way back in the creeks.
 
Again the warmer weather coming up should bring up water temps and improve fishing lake wide. My best educated guess at this point would be that the spawn should hit in the upper reaches of the lake in the first week of April around the 5th to the 10th. The spawn on the lower lake I would say will follow a week to 10 days later at the begining of the full moon cycle in April.
 
Wish I could be more specific at this point but the inconsistent weather has the crappie in a negative mode right now.
 
The largemouth bass on the other hand are another story. In the tournament held at Sterett Creek Marina this past Sunday there were several bags of over 20 pounds weighed in and it took 23 pounds plus to win. Reports are that spinnerbaits and wiggle warts fished on the steeper banks half way to all the way back in the creeks were the best bet. Also these fish were very shallow almost right on the bank.
 
After a slow start on the crappie yesterday I switched over to looking for largemouth and had a ball!!!! In two hours on the lower lake near Sterett in the backs of the coves I took 7 keeper bass from 2 to 5 pounds. A 3/8 ounce chartruse spinnerbait, and a black and blue 1/2 ounce jig with a black and blue twin tail trailer took all my fish. Every fish I caught was in two feet of water or less. There was no hard strike to these fish they would simply take the bait and move sideways so you had to be watching the line. Putting the bait on the bank and bringing it into the water to begin a slow retrieve with no splash that would spook the bass was the key to sucess. Water temp in the areas where I took the bass were 51 to 52 degrees.
 
I have had no reports on cats this week at all as the wind has kept most fishermen off the water till yesterday.
 
That's it for this week I am looking forward to the warm up improving fishing in the week to come. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
 
  
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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!