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 717.36 and falling. Water surface temp is 80 degrees.
 
Well the torrent of storms over the past month seems to have slowed and the corps has caught the lake level. With the falling water the current we need to stack the fish up in predictable patterns is finally here, and the fishing has really picked up.
 
Best bite right now is for white bass and hybrids. Reports are coming in from all over the lake of white bass busting new hatch fry on the surface early and late in the day. To catch them anglers are casting 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoons into the rising fish and retieving them rapidly back thru the school. Whites are alsio beginning to show up on the humps in 12 to 16 feet of water being taken on the same spoons jigged on the bottom.
 
Hybrids are also showing up on the humps and current breaks with the best bait for these being a 4 inch chartruse sassy shad fished on a 3/4 ounce head. Either slow roll the sassy shad on the bottom or use a stop and go retrieve letting the shad go back to the bottom on each pause.
 
Largemouth bass have also become active in the current. Main lake points fished with red shad or purple plastic worms at depths of 6 to 12 feet are the best bet in the midday hours , while topwaters and buzzbaits get the nod early and late in the day.
 
Crappie fishing has improved some with fish being taken on minnows on the main lake flats in the cedar and hedge trees on minnows fished 8 to 12 feet deep. You can expect to catch a lot of small non keeper crappie, but there are keepers to be taken. As the water continues to fall crappie fishing should improve.
 
Catfish are also on the flats with jugs baited with bluegill and cut shad set in 6 to 15 feet of water working best.
 
We should have current and falling water for the next several weeks, and the more the water falls and the stronger the current gets the better the fishing will be.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!! 
 
  
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Water level is 716.59 and still rising. Water surface temp is 67 degrees. Fishing techniques and patterns have not changed much since last week. Until they catch the lake level and start to drop the water stick with the same patterns I mentioned in last weeks report.
 
 Now when they do catch the water level and the lake begins to drop HANG ON!!! Once the lake starts dropping then we will have current on the points humps and cuts which will stack up almost all species in these spots, and fishing will be awesome!!!!
 
We have more rain coming in the next hour or so as I write this report so when they will catch the lake level is anybody's guess. I will keep you posted.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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WOW will the rain ever stop??? As you might guess the recent rains have the lake level coming up rapidly. Currently the lake is at 714 and still rising with water surface temp at 70 degrees.
 
The high water has changed fishing patterns this week. The crappie have moved into the flooded bushes and willows as have the largemouth and the cats.
 
Crappie are coming on SWARM jigs in flooded willow and buckbrush bushes in 4 to 6 feet of water. Simply fish bush to bush putting your jig right in the middle of the cover. Best color has been pink and white in the clean water and black and chartruse in the muddy water. Best areas have been main lake flats.
 
The largemouth also are in the bushes and flooded grass on main lake points with a variety of baits working. Topwaters, worms, buzzbaits, spinner baits, and frogs are all producing bass. It is a fun time to bass fish as the fish are all up shallow.
 
Blues and channels are coming in 2 to 6 feeet of water in the flooded cover in the backs if the creeks. Cut shad and nightcrawlers fished 3 feet deep on a bobber will produce plenty of action, as will jugs also set shallow.
 
The hottest action this week has been at the weir wall in front of the dam. White bass, hybrids, walleye, crappie, and catfish are all coming in this area. Spoons, Swarm jigs on a 1/4 ounce head fished tipped with a minnow, and sassy shads are all working on the weir. Hold your boat in 18 to 21 feet of water on the front drop of the wall and fish baits on the bottom. Depending on water clarity the action here can be fast and furious. When the water muddies up SLOWWWW down your presentation for best action. 
 
As the water begins to fall next week action should pick up even more everywhere on the lake. 
 
That's the report 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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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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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!