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
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
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
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear