Current lake level is 707.66 and rising. Water
surface twmp is from 57 to 65 degrees, of course water temp is warmest in the
backs of the creeks and coves.
I apologize for the report being late this week
meant to post it Thursday but my oldtimers must be acting up.
The crappie are really starting to hit the banks in
all areas of the lake. We fished a variety of jig colors in the SWARM jig line
this week on the Bob Bates jigheads in a variety of ways and all produced well.
We fished long poles with about two feet of line out simply moving down the bank
SLOWWWW keeping the boat in three feet of water and caught a ton. !/4 jigheads
with pink and white, chartruse and black, and chartruse and white all produced
well. We also fished the same colors on 1/8 oz. heads with a cork set two feet
deep retrieving them with a SLOWWW twitch and stop motion and took a lot of fish
that way. Bottom line is the spawn is on and if you just keep a jig in the
water and fish the steeper rocky banks slow you are gonna catch fish!!! The
storms this weekend will curtail things some, but I do Not see any really
extreme temp changes that will back the fish off. The next week to ten days
should be really hot for the shallow spawn crappie. One note. I fished the dingy
to stained water when I found it. The fish in the stained water are less spooky
and easier to catch, and this water warms faster than the clear water. Best
stained water is in the Osage and Grand river arms of the
The largemouth are also begining to bed, and
spinner baits in chartruse and white with a chartruse trailer. or black lizards
are producing best. Look for largemoth also to be on the steeper rocky banks
half way to all the way back in the creeks and coves.
Catfish have been good this week with channel cats
on the shallow flats in the backs of the major creeks, while the blues have been
deeper in the 30 to 40 foot depth holes on the main lake.
No report on whittes or hybrids as
If you dont get to Truman in the next ten days you
may miss the peak of the crappie spawn for this year!!!
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
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