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.

Well the cold front has put the hurt on the bank crappie on Truman. The water temp has dropped from 63 to 65 degrees down to 56 to 58 degrees and the bank bite for spawning crappie has really gotten tuff. The water level with the recent rains has also come up 3 feet this week to 709.05.
 
That's the bad news. The good news is that we have two 70 plus degree days and 50 degree nights before the weekend so the water temps should come back up and put the crappie back in the mood for love again. I look for a second wave of spawning activity to start by Saturday afternoon with the wamer temps.
 
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 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 lake. 
 
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 yet.
 
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!!!
 
  
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Well things are really looking up this week with the warmer weather. The lake level is 706.07 and the main lake surface temp is 52 degrees with the temps in the backs of the crreks and coves from 59 to 65 degrees. The little cold front we had last night kinda slowed the shallow water bite early today, but I fished this afternoon and was able to finally find some bank crappie in the lower lake area. The water temp where I found the fish was 63 to 65 degrees way up a mian creek in murky water. Murky water always warms faster in the spring and will produce the first shallow water bank crappie and largemouth bass. The crappie I hit today were 1 to 2 feet deep just off the steeper chunkrock banks on a black and chartruse SWARM JIG on a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jighead. I was fishing the jig on a 12 foot Crappie Max Lite Bass Pro rod. I just let out about two feet of line and worked the jig down the bank VERYYYY SLOWWW to get bit. The bite got better late in the day as the water warmed up.
 
I honestly believe that by Saturday afternoon we will be able to find bank fish all over the lake. I have had several reports of good sized bank crappie coming in the upper reaches of the Osage, Grand, and Tebo Arms of the lake. Again remember that the murky water is warmer and will produce first so find water where you can only see a jig down 1 to 3 inches and fish SLOWWWW!!!! Best bite as always at this time of year has been late afternoon into early eveing.
 
All the big news for bass fishing this week has been spinner baits in the backs of the creeks and coves, again in the murkier water. Chartruse and white with a chartruse trailer have produced best. I actually saw a few bass bust shad today while crappie fishing.
 
Not too many reports of catfish as yet, but what iI have heard is that the blues are on the flats in 2 to 6 feet of water on cut shad.
 
Again I look for the crappie spawn to really turn on this week barring a torrential rainfall.
 
Looking forward to crappie and morels for dinner this week!!!! Seeya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Water level is 705.3 and the water surface temp is 50 degrees main lake with the backs of the creeks ranging from 54 to 61 degrees.
 
Crappie have been the best bite this week with the upper lake producing the most fish. A variety of techniques are putting fish in the boat. Spider rigging with minnows 4 to 8 feet deep in the main creeks in the upper grand arm is doing very well, while at the same time in the backs of the creeks where the water temps are in the 58 to 61 degree range longpoling with a variety of SWARM jig colors around the stumps in 2 to 5 feet of water 1 1/2 to 2 feet deep is producing some nice crappie also. Best colors have been black and chartruse , pink and black, and pink and chartruse as the water in these areas is very stained. 
 
We have also been catching some crappie in the river on the upper lake of the Ozarks. The pattern there has been bluff banks where the bluff breaks down into chunk rock, and these fish are on the bank from one to two feet deep. We again are using long poles ten to 12 footers with bright colored SWARM jigs with about two feet of line out working these steep bluff and chunkrock banks slowwwwww. We took 34 10 to 11 inch fish yesterday and 27 today. 
 
Bass on Truman have been best in the backs of the major creeks that run way back off the main lake on chartruse spinner baits slow rolled in 3 to 5 feet of water on the edges of the creek channels. good fish but not many being taken in the 3 to 4 pound range. 
 
 No re[ort on cats white bass yet. I have heard there are some hybrids being caught on spinner baits in the backs of the coves near the mouth of the Pomme Arm like Whig and Prarie creek. 
 
Now for the bad news we are forecast to get some severe storms tonight and tomorrow morning. If these dump a huge amount of rain everthing will middy up and it will take 4 yo 5 days to get the bite back on track again. 
 
Thet's the report for this week. See ya at Strerrett Creek Marina!!! 
 
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Water level is 706 and surface temp on the main lake is 40 while this afternoon the backs of the creeks way up the lake got as high as 54 degrees surface temp.
 
The cold front really slowed the bite down all over. The bass almost completely shut off, and the crappie bite was very slow at all depths for me today. The water temp should recover tomorrow afternoon. There should be a good bite after that for awhile as there are no real harsh cold fronts in the coming forecast.
 
We took crappie today from2 to 3 feet deep in 3 to 6 feet of water in the backs of the big major creeks that run way back off the main lake. As I said the bite was very slow but seemeed to pick up some this afternoon when the water temp got up past 52.
 
Look for the bite to really come back as the next few days will be warm and sunny.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
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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!