Current water level is 713.13 and rising. Water surface temp is 48 degrees.
Recent rain has the lake back on the rise, but it hasn't seemed to effect the fishing . Crappie, largemouth, and blue cats all continue to show good action. The warmer than normal early winter has kept the fall patterns going into December for the cats and largemouth.
Best cat reports are coming from the upper Grand River with noodles and jugs baited with cut shad in ten feet of water or less on the flats yeilding the best action. Limits of blues in the 20 to 36 inch size range have been coming from the upper Grand.
The largemouth bite in the upper reaches of the Big Tebo Arm of Truman has been reported to be really strong. This is probably the last of the shallow water bite for bass with the cold front coming in this week. Chartruse 3/4 ounce single spin spinner baits fished on the flooded points in the Upper Tebo River are producing fish in the 2 to 4 pound range, but the cold front will more than likely slow this action.
Although the fluctuating water level has the crappie moving on almost a daily basis as far as depth is concerned that bite continues to be good. We took limits of 10 to 12 inch crappie this week at a variety of depths, but the one consistent factor has been that the crappie are holding on steep bluffs or over creek channel bends on the main lake that have a sharp dropoff. You have to find the depth that the fish are holding at each day from 15 to 30 feet but once you figure out the depth I have seen that the fish are starting to bunch up in larger schools the further we get into the winter. We took some 25 crappie on one drop in a very small area on a creek channel bend this week and hardly moved the boat. Those crappie were holding 22 to 26 feet deep on the drop which was on a channel bend that dropped from 22 to 35 feet. We fished 1/4 ounce jigs with chartruse and yellow, and black and pink colors producing best. Bites are very soft so you really have to pay attention. On anything that feels a little different set the hook!!!! One key aspect of the bite this week has benn that the larger schools of fish have been around cover that comes up just a foot to three feet off the bottom.
I want to thank all of you guys who have e mailed me reports of the sucess you have been having from different areas of the lake so we can keep everyone more well informed of the bite for the various species. Keep it up and thanks for the info.
I wish all of you who have commented on the reports this year and view the Sterett Creek Website the very best of Happy Holidays!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for your support.
With all of the improvements at Sterett Creek this year , and the ongoing work that Ken and Cathy are doing this winter with the new docks and campgroung improvements Sterett Creek will be the place to be in 2016!!!!
Again thanks for your support and Happy Holidays!!!!
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.