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 Truman lake water level is 705.70 and the water surface temp is 83 degrees.
 
We have seen a foot drop in lake level in the past ten days which has revealed a lot of cover that has not been seen all summer. This is cover that has also not been fished all summer and is holding crappie.
 
The bite this week has been very good for crappie, white bass, and catfish. Patterns for the crappie have been all over the place. We have taken crappie longpole fishing with minnows in several areas of the lake on flats around the timber in 9 to 20 feet of water with fish being down 8 to 12 feet deep. Look for the trees that are the thickest cover in the area i.e. hedges and harwoods that are clusters with 4 to 8 limbs exposed. As I said at the beginning of the report the lake is falling and more new cover is becoming vivible every day. On the flats look for those trees that are just above the surface or just below the surface. These are trees that have just become visible with the falling water and have not been fished all summer. They are holding crappie. We have also continued to take crappie on the shallow brush piles that are in 10 to 16 feet of water in good numbers on minnows. These fish for the most part have been only a foot or two off the bottom.
 
The bite remains very very very lite so you really have to pay attention and use a very sensative lite action rod for both crappie patterns if you are going to be successful. Once you detect a bite wait until the fish actually puts pressure on the rod tip before setting the hook. 
 
Although scattered the white bass bite if you can find them is fantastic. KK Island on the humps has been the place to be this week. We are finding the big schools on the graph in 12 to 17 feet of water and once found dropping a 1/2 ounce spoon to the bottom and jigging it up a foot or two to get the bites. I have also had reports that the whites have been on the humps at Berry Bend and G-10. Alot of this action is taking place in the evening hours when they are generating power at the dam. Three times this week while guiding we found schools large enogh to take our limits in less than 30 minutes.
 
Our jug fishermen are doing well setting jugs 10 feet deep in 20 to 30 feet of water on the main lake flats and baiting with cut shad. Hot areas have been KK Island and near the Mile Long Bridge.
 
I did have the chance to do a little bass fishing this week and took some nice fish in the 2 yo 3 pounds size range with Biffle Bugs on main lake flats with stump cover fishing 12 to 16 feet of water. I have also had reports of a fair topwater bite on main lake points very early and late in the day in the Sterett Creek Area, and Little Tebo on the cloudy days.
 
Most crappie fishermen this week are coming in with limits and with the warmer temps forecast for this week the fishing should only get better. Truman has long been knowm for it's hot crappie fishing in the dog days, and the dog days are fianlly here.
 
See ya at sterett Creek Marina!!! 
 
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Fishing this week has been nothing short of awesome. I have limited for everyone in the boat on both white bass and crappie every day that I have guided this week. All this with a few bonus catfish, largemouth, and walleye thrown in while crappie fishing.
 
Lake level is 706.57 and surface water temp is 81 degrees. I feel the water temp has alot to do with the great bite we are seeing now. We are only at 81 degrees, and normally at this time of year we are in the low to mid 90's for water temp.
 
The crappie we are catching are on flats in submerged brushpiles and old submerged stump rows or fence rows. They are in 10 to 16 feet of water about a foot off of the bottom, and taking minnows. The bite is very light you really have to wait till you feel pressure on the rod tip to set the hook or you will miss most of these fish. The size of the fish we are catching has really improved this week with most of the fish we are keeping running in the 10 to 12 inch size range. For the crappie I have not had to go more than three miles away from Sterett Creek Marina, and many of the fish we are catching are right in Sterett Creek itself.
 
The white bass are on humps in the KK Island are taking 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoons jigged off the bottom in 12 to 17 feet of water. You will have to cover alot of area with your graph to find them they seem to be moving every day, but once you graph a school they are eager to bite. Several times this week we took a limit of whites for everyone in the boat in 30 minutes or less.
 
The largemouth I have taken this week have been on 7 inch red shad worms fished on a shaky head on flats around cover in 10 to 15 feet of water. The bite is slow but most fish are keepers.
 
The jug fishermen have been out in droves this week on the flats in Sterett Creek and below the mile long bridge using cut shad to take both blues and channels. Most fish have been small in the 2 to 6 pound range.
 
I hope this awesome bite keeps up it has been a ton of fun this week.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
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Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
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Well this week fishing has been much better. Current lake level is 706.5 and the water surface temp is 82 degrees.
 
Seems that the summer pattern switch has finally been turned on for the crappie whites and hybrids.
 
On my guide trip yesterday we took 30 nice crappie in just 2 hours in  the 10 to 12 inch size range fishing longpole and minnows on standing timber in 10 to 15 feet of water 8 to 12 feet down. We never got more than three miles from Sterett Creek and in fact several of our fish were taken in Sterett Creek. One word of advice the bite for these crappie is extremely light and you really have to pay attention and let the fish take the bait. If you set the hook when you first feel the bite you will miss the majority of the fish. Wait till the fish puts some downward pressure on the rod tip then bust him. I have also heard good reports from both the Grand River and osage arms of the lake fishing this same pattern.
 
After we limited on crappie yesterday we took two limits of white bass and small hybrids jigging spoons on humps in the Osage Arm 15 to 18 feet deep. It took us less than 30 minutes to limit on the whites the action was fast and furious. Most of the fish were in the 1 to 2 pound size range. 1/2 ounce spoons fished on 8 pound line and spinning tackle made for a great fight from these hungry whites.
 
I have gotten some good reports on the bass fishing this week and last nites Hawg Fights are proof that the bass bite is coming back on. There were two 9 pound stringers of three bass wieghed in and the big bass was just over 5 pounds. A variety of baits are producing and the fish are shallower this week. Jigs, small plastics, topwaters early and late in the day, and spinnerbaits in 2 to 4 feet of water in the small main lake pockets are productive.
 
The cats have slowed somewhat but the jug fishermen have produced some blues in twenty feet of water 10 feet down. The shad are the best bait this week.
 
Well lokks like the summer pattern is on and old Truman is finally living up to its reputation of when the weather is hottest so is the fishing. 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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Well fishing turned around in a big way this week for white bass and crappie. Took two limits of nice crappie this morning on my guide trip by 9 am then hit two limits of white bass by noon.
 
Caught the crappie on pole timber and brush piles in Sterett Creek 10 feet deep on minnows in 12 feet of water. There are also good reports of nice crappie in the mid Grand River Arm in 10 to 12 feet of water on minnows fished on the flats 10 feet deep.
 
We took 75 to 100 white bass on humps nesr O-3 and the Airport in 14 to 18 feet of water jigging 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoons off the bottom. What a blast having double hookups on 1 to 2 pound white bass almost constantly for over an hour.
 
Cats are going strong in the six to 10 pound range on the flats near Sterett Creek on jugs with cut shad.
 
Bass fishing has been slow but small plastics in 8 to 12 feet of water fished very slowly are producing a few keepers. Red Shad and Green Pumplin red flake have been the hot colors.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
Field Operations Manager
Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
Cell 660-525-0692
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Current water level is 707.26 and the surface water temps are from 82 to 86 degrees.
 
While the crappie fishing on the lower lake has slowed some on the brush puiles the crappie bite up the rivers that usually occurs around the end of June has started to come on. Seems like everything is running two to three weeks late this year. The Upper Osage has produced some nice crappie this week fishing 8 to 12 feet deep dipping the timber on the main lake flats and bluffs with 12 foot long poles and minnows. The Area from Berry Bend to Talley bend has been productive. A similar bite for crappie can also be found in the upper reaches of the Big Tebo Arm of the lake in the area from Clear Creek up to The Quarry above Windsor Crossing.
 
The corps has run some water on the weekday afternoons this week which has spoarked a bite for whites bass and hybrids on the humps in the KK Island area fishing spoons and sassy shad in 17 to 24 feet of water during the times of power generation. I have taken some hybrids to ten pounds, and some nice white bass in the two to even 3 pound size range. Again this is an afternoon and evening bite that is only good when they are generating power.  There is also still some surface activity late in the evenings and very early in the morning on the white bass with a few small hybrids mixed in in the area from the dam to point O-3. The morning bite will slow shortly after the sun hits the ater so you have to get out early. The evening bite starts around 7:30 and lasts until sunset. Just cruise the aera from the north end of the dam up to point O-3 watching for surface feeding fish at these times, and when you locate them small Pop R's have been the best bait. On the very cloudy days this activity may be found at any time. My son and I caught some 50 to 60 whites and small hybrids last nite keeping 20 of the better fish. We fished approx> and hour and a half.
 
Bass fishing seems to have improved somewhat this week. Topwaters early and late on the main lake points, and change to small plastics mid day fishing 8 to 15 feet deep on the points. Pop R's and green pumpkin red flake small plastics seem to produce best.
 
Lots of cats coming in this week but mostly the smaller good eating size blue and channel cats in the 1 to 4 pound size range.  Cats seem to be concentrated on the main lake flats and in the dam area in less than ten feet of water with stink bait and cut shad working well.
 
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!