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.

Current lake level is 717.19 and water surface temp at the dam s 65 degrees.
 
Well despite the inclement weather we continue to have great fishing for all species.
 
Crappie are in their summer pattern all over the lake with fish coming from the brushpiles in 10 to 20 feet of water from 8 to 15 feet deep on minnows and we are also seeing nice limits of crappie all over the lake coming suspended in the timber on minnows at depths of 4 to 12 feet. One hint the murky water fish are much shallower in the trees than those fish in the clearer arms of the lake. Best action has been in the Grand and Tebo arms for suspended crappie.
 
Largemouth have also moved to their summer haunts and the best action right now has been 2 to 8 feet deep on the main lake and secondary points. In the murky water areas spinnerbaits shallow on the points have been the best bet while in the clearer water 10 inch red shad power worms Texas rigged and fished 4 to 8 feet deep are the best baits.
 
Blues amd channel cats are coming on rod and reel, jugs, and trotlines baited with cut shad on the flats in the backs of the major creek arms in 3 to 8 feet of water. This bite has been very good. 
 
The white bass and hybrids have finally fired up a bit on the humps and on the weir wall in front of the dam but with the murky water you really have to slow down to produce strikes. We have taken several nice whites and hybrids this week vertical jigging a 1/4 ounce jig chartruse and orange in color in front of the dam and on the humps in 15 to 18 feet of water. Drop the jig to the bottom pick it up about a foot and just deadstick it to produce strikes. There are alot of small white bass but if you are patient the big hybrid strikes and an occasional walleye will come. We have also taken some nice whites and hybrids in these areas jigging a 3/4 ounce chartruse spoon off the bottom at the ame depths but you really have to slow down your jigging motion to produce strikes. Slowly raise the spoon the slowly feel it back to the bottom. 98 percent of strikes will come on the slow fall. 2 pound whites and hybrids in the 3 to 10 pound range have been taken this week. 
 
The weather is supposed to clear and warm up for the weekend so come on down and get in on the action.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
      
Steve Blake
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Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Lake level is 710.31 and surface water temp at the dam is 63 degrees.
 
Even with the water up the bite for most species continues to be good!!!!! We have limited on 10 to 14 inch crappie every day this week. I am fishing 8 to 15 feet of water 7 to 14 feet deep on brushpiles and stumpfields with minnows. If they are there the bite is fast and furious. We have taken 8 to 20 fish on several ares this week before we had to move.
 
The bass are on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits in the flooded grass in the backs of the creeks and coves in 1 to 4 feet of water. We hit some really nice bass this week in the Tebo arm. Fish those areas that have alot of flooded willows.
 
Cats continue to be good on both trotlines and jugs as well as rod and reel on the flats in the backs of the creeks with cut shad. Most cats are coming in shallow water 3 to 8 feet deep. Seeing fish from 2 to 30 pounds this week.
 
Hybrids and whites have been very spotty but that bite should fire up on the humps any day now with the water running at the dam.
 
Well that's it for this week. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
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Current water level is 705.12 and water surface temp at the dam is 62 degrees.
 
Well fishing this week has been about as good as it gets for crappie, bass, and catfish.
 
I will start with crappie. We have crappie right now in all three phases of the spawn. Pre spawn fish that have not moved in yet, spawning fish on the banks in 1 to 4 feet of water, and post spawn fish that have moved out to 8 to 15 feet of water. Spawning fish are best on the steep 45 degree angel gravel and chunkrock banks with black and chartruse jigs fished slow on longpoles parallleling the bank at depths of 1 to 4 feet. The pre and post spawn fish are best on minnows fished at depths of 8 to 15 feet in trees, fencelines, and brushpiles. The deep fish right now are better size fish. As the spawn progresses the deeper fishing will evolve to a full summer pattern as more and more crappie finish the spawn and move out. Fish of 10 to 14 inches are the norm, and limits are fairly easy to catch, If you hit a few fish stay in that area and work it as the crappie are bunched up right now on all three patterns. 
 
Bass fishing has also been really good this week with tournaments taking 18 to 23 pounds for five fish to cash a check in competition. A variety of soft plastics worms, lizards, brush hogs,and beavers have all been effective on the shallow bedding fish at depths of 1 to 4 feet on the steep gravel spawn banks. Best colors have been black and blue, and green pumpkin red flake. Numbers have not been the rule but if you keep a bait in the water and cover alot of area you will take some nice fish in the 2 to 5 pound range.
 
Catfish continue to be on the shallow flats in the backs of the big major creeks in depths of 3 to 6 feet and cut shad are still the best bait. Fish from 3 to 35 pounds are coming in with regularity.
 
I have checked several humps on the lower lake this week but as yet have found no action for whites and hybrids in any numbers. That fishing should break lose in a week or two in a big way.
 
I look for the hot action to continue for at least another week or two so now is the time to be at Truman and get in on the action!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
 
    
 
 
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Cell 660-525-0692
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The Spawn is On!!

I'm filling in for Steve who is on his way to the Charger tournament down at that other lake next to us! Steve's trip this morning limited everyone out in just 3 hours on bass and crappie. Steve says you'll find both the crappie and bass on the banks half way back in the creeks 12'-18' deep in 2 foot of water at the steeper banks where the water is at 61 degrees. The water is still muddy so Steve says you need to dip your line.rather than cast and go slow down the bank. Crappie were hitting on black/char jigs and the bass are hitting on black/blue jig on char spinner bait, single spinner.
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Current water level on Truman is 705.01 and the surface water temp at the dam is 53 degrees.
 
The bad news is we had close to 5 inches of rain this week and it has muddied the backs of most of the major creeks. The good news is the rain was very localized so we didn't get a huge rise. More good news we have several days of 70 plus degree weather this week with 50 degree plus temps at night. This will bring the water temps up fast and we should see fish moving to the shallows in the upper lake areas first then down on the lower lake later in the week possibly this weekend.
 
Currently crappie are still suspended in the creeks and coves 8 to 15 feet deep over 12 to 20 feet of water, and both vertical jigging and spider rigging are catching a few fish but they are very scattered. I really do look for them to start to hit the banks this week. Bass should also start to move shallow and begin bedding activity.  
 
The influx of water from the big rain has the cats in the backs of the creeks in the muddy water in 3 to 10 feet of water and cut shad again this week has been the best bait.
 
Just wanted to put out a quick update as to conditions which with the warm temps will change daily. As soon as I see the fish on the banks I will update. Again the week ahaead should see some great fishing.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
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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!