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.

Water level is 710.30 almost 4 feet above normal, and the water surface temp is 70 degrees.
 
As you might guess the water being up has the fish on the feed, and fishing this week has been awesome!!!! They have been generating power at the dam all week which has all species of fish set up on some very predictable patterns.
 
The majority of the crappie are done spawning and have moved out to 6 to 15 feet of water around timber, and into the shallower brush piles on the flats. Both minnows and SWARM jigs in a variety of colors are working well. Around the timber fish are 6 to 12 feet deep, while in the brush piles you want your bait just above the top of the highest point in the pile. We are seeing several limits of nice crappie in the 10 to 14 inch size range come to the doch every day. As always if minnows are your choice remember to let the fish put some downward pressure on the rod tip before setting the hook or you will miss alot of fish.
 
The white bass and hybrid fishing this week has been crazy. Spoons and sassy shads at the wier wall at the dam are producing well. Hold your boat in 20 to 23 feet of water on the front drop of the weir and vertical jig a 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoon off the bottom, and cast the sassy shad out parralllel to the drop let it go to the bottom, and slow rol it back. Whites and hybrids are also showing up on the humps on the same baits as well as live bait like shad and small perch. They normally do not run water at the dam on a holiday weekend unless the lake is extremely high so this fishing may slack of over the holiday. Check the Sterett Creek website under 3 day water forecast to see what they might run at the dam this coming weekend.
 
Largemouth bass fishing has really picked up this week also with buzzbaits and worms producing on the main lake points in 6 to 10 feet of water. We had some nice bass wieghed in in the Tuesday nite tourney with 10 pounds winng and a 4.77 big bass.
 
The catfish both blues and channel cats are on the feed also. Blues are on the main lake flats in 10 to 20 feet of water on cut shad and bluegill, while the channels are in the backs of the creeks taking nightcrawlers on the bottom.
 
Well that's it for this week. Have a GREAT holiday!!! See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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The rain has the lake on the rise at almost 708 and surface water temp is 66 degrees.
 
The crappie spawn seems to be coming to an end as this week the best crappie are coming on the summer pattern with minnows getting the nod to catch them. Look for timber on flats in the creeks or brush piles on flats near the mouths of the spawning coves. My best luck this week has come in 8 to 15 feet of water fishing minnows down 6 to 12 feet deep. As always wait for the fish to put some downward pressure on the rod tip before setting the hook.
 
Bass are begining to show up on the points with topwater being best early and late, and plastics working well during the day. They have been 4 to 8 feet deep.
 
Catfish are really picking up on the main lake flats in 6 to 15 feet of water on jugs using cut shad or 3  to 5 inch bluegill for bait.
 
There have been a few reports of white bass and hybrids surfacing early and late over the humps, but they have been very spuratic. I look for this bite to really pick up on the spawn humps with jigging spoons in just a few days.
 
Looks like we will have lots of rain which means rising water. This will get the dam running on a consistent basis and should really help the white and hybrid bite get going.
 
Thats it for this week see ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!  
 
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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The warmer weather has the water temps back in the 60s and the bite is on. Lake water level is 707.03 and surface water temps are 60 to 65 degrees.
 
The crappie are on the banks almost everywhere on the lake, In the clear water they are 3 to four feet deep while in the stained water areas of the lake they are a foot deep right on the bank. Look for the steeper banks with a mix of chunk rock and pea gravel. SWARM jigs fished on a long pole parallel to the bank, or on a jig and cork setup are working best. Pink and white is the color in the clear water while black and chartruse gets the nod in the stained water.
 
Bass are bedding and a variety of soft plastics like lizards, craws, and beavers are working well. There is also a good bite on spinnerbaits, and pop r's. Keep the pop r handy as there has been alot of surface activity. 
 
Catfish this week have also really picked up with jug fishermen taking blues from 3 to 38 pounds on jugs set in 18 feet of water on the main lake baited with perch.
 
A few whites are being taken but the real white and hybrid action has not hit as yet. 
 
Bottom line this week is gonna be killer. Put the trolling motor down and keep a bait wet and you will catch fish.!!!!!!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!! 
 
   
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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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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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!