Current Truman lake water level is 705.70 and the
water surface temp is 83 degrees.
We have seen a foot drop in lake level in the past
ten days which has revealed a lot of cover that has not been seen all summer.
This is cover that has also not been fished all summer and is holding crappie.
The bite this week has been very good for crappie,
white bass, and catfish. Patterns for the crappie have been all over the
place. We have taken crappie longpole fishing with minnows in several areas of
the lake on flats around the timber in 9 to 20 feet of water with fish
being down 8 to 12 feet deep. Look for the trees that are the thickest cover in
the area i.e. hedges and harwoods that are clusters with 4 to 8 limbs exposed.
As I said at the beginning of the report the lake is falling and more new cover
is becoming vivible every day. On the flats look for those trees that are just
above the surface or just below the surface. These are trees that have just
become visible with the falling water and have not been fished all summer. They
are holding crappie. We have also continued to take crappie on the shallow brush
piles that are in 10 to 16 feet of water in good numbers on minnows. These fish
for the most part have been only a foot or two off the bottom.
The bite remains very very very lite so you really
have to pay attention and use a very sensative lite action rod for both crappie
patterns if you are going to be successful. Once you detect a bite wait until
the fish actually puts pressure on the rod tip before setting the hook.
Although scattered the white bass bite if you can
find them is fantastic. KK Island on the humps has been the place to be this
week. We are finding the big schools on the graph in 12 to 17 feet of water and
once found dropping a 1/2 ounce spoon to the bottom and jigging it up a foot or
two to get the bites. I have also had reports that the whites have been on the
humps at Berry Bend and G-10. Alot of this action is taking place in the evening
hours when they are generating power at the dam. Three times this week while
guiding we found schools large enogh to take our limits in less than 30 minutes.
Our jug fishermen are doing well setting jugs 10
feet deep in 20 to 30 feet of water on the main lake flats and baiting with cut
shad. Hot areas have been KK Island and near the Mile Long Bridge.
I did have the chance to do a little bass fishing
this week and took some nice fish in the 2 yo 3 pounds size range with Biffle
Bugs on main lake flats with stump cover fishing 12 to 16 feet of water. I have
also had reports of a fair topwater bite on main lake points very early and late
in the day in the Sterett Creek Area, and Little Tebo on the cloudy days.
Most crappie fishermen this week are coming in with
limits and with the warmer temps forecast for this week the fishing should only
get better. Truman has long been knowm for it's hot crappie fishing in the dog
days, and the dog days are fianlly here.
See ya at sterett Creek
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