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 709.61 3 feet above normal pool and water surface temp is 38 degrees.
 
Well it has been an interesting week of fishing to say the least. With the up and down temps and the 20 to 40 mile an hour winds and the stained water the fishing action has slowed. However after today the air temps are forecast to rise back into the 50's by the weekend, and the water will be getting close to normal pool. This should get the good bite we had last week going again. Fishing this week was up and down with the best bite for crappie being after 12 noon. Fished crappie 3 days this week taking 41, 27, and 30 keepers respectively. Our fish were all taken on 1/4 ounce red head Bob Bates jigheads with a SWARM jig body. Best jig body colors were chartruse and pink and chartruse and black. The majority of our fish came at depths of 14 to 18 feet in 22 to 26 feet of water fishing the tops of brushpiles on bluffs, or creek channel ledges. If we found fish on a pile there were several there to be caught, but you had to be very patient as the bite was slow. The water is cold and off color so we were putting little or no action on the jig, and you really had to pay attention as bites were very very very light. Many times the fish would just slightly lift the jig, and all you would sense was a little slack in the line, and feel no bite at all. 
 
I have had reports of a bite spider rigging with minnows in the upper Tebo Arm half way back in the major creeks with the fish coming at depths of 8 to 11 feet.
 
That's about all I have seen or heard this week, but look for action to improve by the weekend with the warmer temps and the lake getting closer to normal pool. The water will be slowly clearing up as we get closer to normal pool, and that should also improve things.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Hi everybody!!! Told you that I would update the report after I spent some time on Truman this week so here it is. Lake level is 713 and water surface temp is 38 degrees. Went out today for just a short time and found that the water on Truiman is still stained, but it is clearing up and very fishable. I hit two spots and fished about 20 to 22 feet deep on bluff channel bends and was able to pick up some nice crappie in the 10 to 12 inch size range. As the water falls even more the fishing should continue to get better and better. The winter pattern is back on and the average size of the fish on Truman is much better than it is below the dam. 
 
  
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Things are falling into place to bring us some great crappie fishing for the next few weeks. The current water level is 716 and falling, and water surface temp is 36 degrees.
 
The lake is falling and the water is begining to clear up. There has been literally no fishing pressure on the lake for nearly two months. The colder water temps will have the crappie schooled up on the shad balls, and over the deeper brush piles as the lake falls back to normal pool. Look for Truman's crappie fishing to get red hot within the next week or so and stay that way barring any more heavy rains for some time. I will be on the water almost every day starting tomorrow and will post updates as the fish begin to turn on.
 
Right now our best crappie fishing has been below the dam, and there are also some nice walleye being taken off the rocks in the current below the dam. The crappie are in the creeks and coves just off the current of the main river. We are finding the fish to be suspended at depths of 7 to 12 feet over water that is 8 to 14 feet deep. Best pattern has been vertical fishing a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jighead red or pink in color tipped with a SWARM jig body. Best jig body colors have been black and chartruse and pink and chartruse. Set your jig depth at 7 to 12 feet ( you have to experiment each day to find the best depth that is holding the most fish) and troll along as SLOWWWWWWW as possible over 8 to 14 feet of water. If you are trolling too fast you will have a very hard time getting a bite as the water is very stained and you have to keep the jig right in front of their nose as long as possible to coax a strike. We fished two days this past week and were able to take 35 to 40 keeper crappie each day along with a ton of smaller crappie that we had to wade thru to get the keepers. If you have the right depth and are trolling SLOWWWW enough the action is pretty fast. As always in the colder water bites are very very light so you have to really pay attention. I am fishing a 9 foot Bass Pro Shops Crappie Max Pro series rod med light action spooled with 8 pound test Berley Big Game line, and this rig has done a great job of allowing me to feel the light bites. 
 
The blue cats continue to bite well in the river with cut shad being the best bait. Catfishermen are taking these fish fishing the bottom just at the edge of the current breaks in 15 to 25 feet of water.
 
The river below the dam is producing some good fishing action, and Truman is getting in shape to give us some really hot crappie action in the week to come so come on down and get rid of your cabin fever. The long range forecast is for warmer than normal temps!!!! Special guide rates for winter crappie fishing are still in effect so give me a call at 660-525-0692 to book a day!!!
 
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 723.54 and water surface temp id 43 degrees.
 
With the recent heavy rains and the rapid rise in both Truman and Lake of the Ozarks all I have heard from local anglers is there is no sense in fishing till the water levels settle down. Well I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth, as this week we were able to catch 100 to 150 crappie in a six hour period. It was a blast!!!
 
True the high water on Truman has the crappie very scattered and the best bite on Truman has been the blue cats, which in the upper reaches of the Osage and Grand River Arms are tearing it up on jugs baited with cut shad. The guys are fishing the edges of the flooded weedlines in the creeks at depths of 12 to 15 feet and taking big blues.
 
So with the poor crappie bite that everyone is complaining about on Truman where are these 100 fish days to be found???? Well it is in the river below Truman Dam on the upper lake of the Ozarks. The heavy current that is being produced in the river below Truman as the corps draws the water down has the crappie stacked up in the creeks and coves just off the river. Crappie dont like to fight the current on the river with the cold water temps. These fish are eager to bite and there are plenty of them if you get in the right area. I am using my graph to find the shad balls in the creeks and coves and fishing a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates pink jighead tipped with a variety of SWARM jig colors at depths of 7 to 15 feet. The depth the crappie are at is dictated by the depth the shad are at. If you find a big concentration of shad fish your jig at a depth that will have it right at the top of the shad and the crappie are there. Best colors have been black and chartruse, red and chartruse, and brown and orange. These datker colors are producing well in the very stained water color you will find almost everywhere in the river. 
 
We are simply dropping the jig to the top of the shad and easying along VERY SLOWWWWWW. The bite as usual in the winter is really soft so you have to pay attention and have the right rod. We are fishing a 9 foot BASS PRO SHOPS CRAPPIE MAX PRO SERIES ROD with 8 pound test Berkley Big Game line. The Crappie Max Pro Series rod is just the right rod for feeling the light bites.
 
As it will take the corps more than a month to draw the water down this pattern should hold up for quite some time. In looking at the amount of water the corps is going to run next week they say they are going to up the flow from 35,000 to 54,000 starting on 1-5 so the stronger current should push even more crappie out of the river and into the creeks and coves. The great part about all this is that when the river bite dies off when the have Truman back down to reasonable levels and shut the current flow off Truman will have been rested for a long time and the winter fishing will be hotter than ever on the lake when the river bite shuts down.
 
Deer seasons are over, and cabin fever has set in for many of us so what better way to spend the day than ripping a nice mess of winter crappie. My winter crappie special prices are in effect until the end of February!!!! See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!   
 
    
Steve Blake
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Current water level is 713.13 and rising. Water surface temp is 48 degrees.
 
Recent rain has the lake back on the rise, but it hasn't seemed to effect the fishing . Crappie, largemouth, and blue cats all continue to show good action. The warmer than normal early winter has kept the fall patterns going into December for the cats and largemouth.
 
Best cat reports are coming from the upper Grand River with noodles and jugs baited with cut shad in ten feet of water or less on the flats yeilding the best action. Limits of blues in the 20 to 36 inch size range have been coming from the upper Grand.
 
The largemouth bite in the upper reaches of the Big Tebo Arm of Truman has been reported to be really strong. This is probably the last of the shallow water bite for bass with the cold front coming in this week. Chartruse 3/4 ounce single spin spinner baits fished on the flooded points in the Upper Tebo River are producing fish in the 2 to 4 pound range, but the cold front will more than likely slow this action.
 
Although the fluctuating water level has the crappie moving on almost a daily basis as far as depth is concerned that bite continues to be good. We took limits of 10 to 12 inch crappie this week at a variety of depths, but the one consistent factor has been that the crappie are holding on steep bluffs or over creek channel bends on the main lake that have a sharp dropoff. You have to find the depth that the fish are holding at each day from 15 to 30 feet but once you figure out the depth I have seen that the fish are starting to bunch up in larger schools the further we get into the winter. We took some 25 crappie on one drop in a very small area on a creek channel bend this week and hardly moved the boat. Those crappie were holding 22 to 26 feet deep on the drop which was on a channel bend that dropped from 22 to 35 feet. We fished 1/4 ounce jigs with chartruse and yellow, and black and pink colors producing best. Bites are very soft so you really have to pay attention. On anything that feels a little different set the hook!!!! One key aspect of the bite this week has benn that the larger schools of fish have been around cover that comes up just a foot to three feet off the bottom. 
 
I want to thank all of you guys who have e mailed me reports of the sucess you have been having from different areas of the lake so we can keep everyone more well informed of the bite for the various species. Keep it up and thanks for the info. 
 
I wish all of you who have commented on the reports this year and view the Sterett Creek Website the very best of Happy Holidays!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for your support. 
 
With all of the improvements at Sterett Creek this year , and the ongoing work that Ken and Cathy are doing this winter with the new docks and campgroung improvements Sterett Creek will be the place to be in 2016!!!!
 
Again thanks for your support and Happy Holidays!!!!
 
  
 
 
 
 
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!