Truman Lake Fishing Report

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Sterett Creek Marina - Truman Lake

Truman Lake Fishing Report

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Sterett Creek Fall Schedule and end-of-season info

Now that we're past Labor Day weekend, the kids are back in school, the trees are hinting at changes in color and the weather has started to cool off finally (at least this week!). With things quieting down and days starting to slowly get shorter we're in our Fall routine. The Drunken Minnow Grill is closed for the season. We thank everyone wh...
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fishing Report 10-7-2018

By Steve BlakeJust a quick update. Water is right at 706 and water surface temp is falling now at 72 degrees.Many would think that fishing slows in the fall. Nothing could be further from the truth. As the end of the year draws near Ken and Cathy have made great strides in making Sterett Creek marina the best experience visitors to Truman lake coul...
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Fishing Report 9-26-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.90 and water surface temp is 74 degrees.That water surface temp is a very important clue as to what is on the way. The fall feed up is starting. As the water temp gets closer to the 70 degree mark fish begin moving to their fall feeding patterns. Crappie on the upper end of Truman are beginning to move shall...
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Fishing Report 9-19-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 707 and water surface temp is 79 degrees.It has been a good week on Truman for most species. Blue cats, crappie, whites and hybrids, and even a few walleye. Blue cats on jugs up to 40 plus pounds came in yesterday at Sterett Creek. The guys were using perch for bait in 12 to 18 feet of water.Crappie have been on...
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Drunken Minnow open tonight 9-8-18

​Come on out and drown your sorrows or dance in the rain! We'll be opening at 4 pm today. If not we'll see you next weekend at our usual times! 
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Drunken Minnow 9-7-18

​With the weather today not being conducive to outdoor patio dining we decided not to open the Drunken Minnow tonight. We'll make a call tomorrow for opening on Saturday the 8th. Stay tuned to Facebook and the website for updates!We'll hit it again next weekend open our usual Friday evenings and Saturdays through October 6th as we wind down the sea...
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Fishing Report 9-6-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.20 and water surface temp is 80 degrees.Crappie bite has slowed from some near the dam but the key is with the drop in water temps and the rise in water level to move into the mouths of the coves and creeks. The shorter days have put the fish on the move to fall patterns. Look for brush or standing timer an...
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Fishing Report 8-16-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 704.47 and water surface temp is 84 degrees.Ok water level and conditions have not changed all week. As is often the case in both mid summer and mid winter the patterns stay pretty much the same sometimes for weeks at a time. Such is the case this week. So rather than me retyping last weeks report and sounding l...
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Fishing Report 8-16-2018

By Steve BlakeThis is not a typo------ current water level is 704.60 yep 704.60 and water surface temp is 84 degrees.Well true to it's past history Truman is living up to it's reputation of the hotter the weather the hotter the fishing. Fishing across the board for pretty much all species has really picked up this week.Good reports from all areas o...
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Fishing Report 7-27-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.50 and water surface temp at the dam is 84 degrees.Crappie and catfish have been the best bite on Truman this week. The crappie fishing has been good on the brush piles in the Sterett Creek dam area with both minnows and jigs. I have been targeting piles in 8 to 14 feet of water and fishing minnows right at...
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Fishing Report 7-18-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.36 and rising after 3 to 6 inches of rain in the area yesterday. With a fast rise this time of year it has been my experience the fishing will change for the better . First of all after the rise at LOZ stabilizes they will start running water at Truman Dam. This will create current and spark all specie...
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Fishing Report 7-13-18

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.4 and water temperature at the dam is 87°.Crappie are still good both on the brush piles and dipping trees. In the clear water near the dam the fish are down 10 to 15 ft while up the rivers fish are being caught 8 to 10 ft down in 10 to 15 feet of water. Take plenty of minnows because you will have to wait ...
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Fishing Report 6-29-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.10, and water surface temp at the dam is 80 degrees.It has been a great week for fishing in the Sterett Creek Area for all species. True to form Truman fishing gets better in the hot weather.We have taken limits of crappie in the 10 to 12 inch size range every day out in 3 to 5 hours using minnows fished 8 t...
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New Hours at the Drunken Minnow Grill!

New Hours at the Minnow! Starting this week will be open for Happy Hour Thursdays 4 - 8 pm, Fridays we'll now be open starting at 11:30 am for lunch until 9 pm and Saturdays will continue to be11 am to 9 pm. Sundays we'll be closed unless Ken and I feel the need for Bloody Mary's and we'll hoist the Jolly Roger! This Thursday we'll kick off o...
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Fishing Report 6-7-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 707.08 and water surface temp is 82 degrees.Well true to Truman's reputation with the hot weather the fishing has gotten much better. Seems like almost all species have fired up.Crappie continue to be good in the Sterett Creek Area on the brush piles and in the timber. Look for brush piles on the flats near the ...
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New Online Motel Reservation System!

​Sterett Creek has made it's next new innovation - an online reservation system for the motel and guest house! You can now go on our website and book your room or the guest house from your computer! The program allows you to choose your room on a map of the motel so you can look at location or by room amenity like microwave and fridge. The res...
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Fishing Report 5-30-2018

By Steve Blake Current water level is 710.40 and water surface temp on Truman is 83 degrees. They caught the water level yesterday and the lake is now on a slow fall with the corps running water at the dam. That means current has been created in all areas of Truman, and the bite is on!!!!!The crappie bite is great on several different patterns...
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Fishing Report 2-25-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level is 708.53 and water surface temp at the dam is 74 degrees.The rain this week has really played some tricks on the fishing and the water conditions. We have muddy water up the rivers, and in the backs of the major creeks. We have stained water in the mid lake areas, and we have clear water on the main lake near the d...
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Fishing Report 5-17-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.46 and water surface temp is 71 degrees.The post spawn crappie bite has been awesome this week with both Swarm jigs and minnows working equally well. Lots of crappie in the 11 to 14 inch size range, and fast action. Brush piles and standing timber both holding crappie in water 10 to 15 feet deep and the fis...
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Fishing Report 5-10-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.62 and surface temp at the dam is 67 degrees.Seems the spawn is mostly over for crappie. There are a few males still on the bank but best fishing now is on the summer pattern. Crappie are in the timber suspended down 6 to 10 feet and being taken dipping both minnows and SWARM jigs. Bass are bedding in two to...
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Fishing Report - 5-1-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.11 and water surface temp at the dam is 55 degrees.While surface temp at the dam is 55 in most coves and creeks off the main lake it is 58 to as high as 65 degrees, and with temps in the high 70's this week will climb higher each day.That being said every fish in the lake is looking to spawn or has already s...
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Fishing Report 4-26-2018

​By Steve Blake THE CRAPPIE ARE ON THE BANKS GET DOWN HERE NOW IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
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Fishing Report 4-16-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman is 706.99 and water surface temp at the dam is 49 degrees.Well just when 4 days of 60 and 70 degree weather had things on the upswing for fishing mother nature put the brakes on with two nights below freezing. Two days ago the day before the cold front I had three reports of shallow crappie a foot deep in...
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Fishing Report 4-2-18

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman is 708.15 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.Current water level on LOZ is 655.65 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.This crazy yo yo weather we are getting doesn't seem to be bothering the fish much as reports are coming in daily of fishermen catching limits of several different species on both Truma...
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Opening Update

While opening date is still set for March 30th we continue to work on completing work throughout the property. We will continue to have areas that do not have power both in the marina and campground until the final connections are made by the electric company next week. Thanks again for your patience as we continue with our efforts to expand and im...
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Fishing Report 3-20-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 707.33 and water surface temp at the dam is 44 degrees while you can find 45 to 47 in backs of the creeks.Rain and cold this week have been a putting a hold on most fishing. We did manage to get a couple of days on the water and took some nice crappie mostly black crappie in the 10 to 12 inch size. We found fish...
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Almost time...

We're getting close to opening! We know you're all dying to come on in and we're working diligently to get things finished up for you! The new dock structure is complete and in place and the electric will be installed in the coming week. The fish cleaning station has a temporary electric line but the water pump is not on yet. As we continue to work...
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Fishing report 3-10-2018

By Steve Blake Current water level is 707.80 and water surface temp at the dam is 42 degrees.It has been a great week for crappie as they have begun to migrate to the mouths of the major creeks and stack up staging for the spawn.We took all of our crappie 14 to 18 feet deep half way back in the major creeks one poling Swarm jigs 6 inche...
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New Dock Installation and Temporary Closure of Fish Cleaning Station

​The new dock is progressing well and we are hoping it'll be floated into place some time this week. While the dock is being built we've been busy readying the other docks for re-positioning. Because of this the electric to Dock 2 and the current Dock 1, where the fish cleaning station is, has been shut off while we move walkways. Although the mari...
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Fishing Report 3-2-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.39 and water surface temp is 39 degrees. We had some great crappie fishing this week, but had to work a little harder and longer to limit here on the lower part of the lake. The fish are beginning to scatter form their winter areas to transition into the creeks and coves to stage up for the spawn in a few w...
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Fishing Report 02-17-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.58 and water surface temp is 36 degrees.Well friends the ice is gone and the bite is on!!!!!!I hit the water Thursday and we took a limit of 30 crappie for two people that were 10 to 12 inches in 21/2 hours. Pretty strong action!!!We found fish in the lower lake near the dam in 23 to 25 feet of water on a ri...
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Fishing Report 01-29-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.48 and water surface temp is 36 degrees.Well the ice is gone for now and it is another chilly day today but Tuesday and Wednesday this week are forecast to be in the low to upper 50 degree range so it's time to hit the water. Strong reports are coming in from both Truman Lake and Upper lake of the Ozarks as...
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Fishing Report - 01-18-2018

By Steve Blake Well it has been a miserable week as Truman is completely frozen over. That is the bad news. The good news id we have warmer temps and sunshine on the way so by Saturday morning the ramp at Shawnee Bend should be open and most of that area of the lower lake should be open. The fish have had little or no pressure for some...
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Farewell to Local Fishing Legend

Fred Baraks, Truman Lake Guide and a legendary bass fisherman, lost his battle with cancer Christmas Eve morning. Fred was one of the greatest fishermen and guides on both Truman Lake as well as Lake Okeechobee. Fred was also a two time Central Pro-Am Bass tournament. Together with his long time fishing partner, John Krewson, won many bass tournam...
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Fishing Report 12-18-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 704.95 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.Crappie, large mouth, Kentuckys, and blue cats continue to be the best action this week. Patterns have not changed much other than almost all fish have now moved to their winter pattern areas so the fish are more concentrated and the bite has gotten even better.Crappi...
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Fishing Report - 12-8-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.02 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.Well old man winter has finally come the furnace here has not shut off this morning. Temps are in the teens and many would think this would be bad for fishing but quite the opposite is true. This winter blast will have a tendency to concentrate the fish in their full ...
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Fishing Report - 11-27-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 606.34 and water surface temp on the main lake is 47 degrees.Took a little vacation for deer season but back in the swing of things now and the bite for most species has been awesome. With the water temps dropping below 50 degrees the white bass and hybrid fall shallow water bite has died. That being said the wi...
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Fishing Report 10-27-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709.16 and water surface temp is 66 degrees.The cold front this week will put the fish well into the fall feed-up patterns. Crappie will be more concentrated on the bluffs on the lower lake near the dam than they already are and the whites and hybrids will hit the windy chunk rock banks better than last week. Wi...
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Fishing Report 10-13-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 704.66 and water surface temp is 69 degrees.Lots of changes this week in fishing patterns.Crappie on the lower lake near the dam are beginning to move to the bluffs and deeper brush piles in depths of 15 to 25 feet of water. Both minnows and jigs are working well. The crappie on the upper river portions of the l...
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Fishing Report 9-29-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.20 and water surface temp is 75 degrees.Still hitting the crappie in brush piles that are in 10 to 15 feet of water with minnows fished at the top of the brush. crappie also still good in trees 8 to 15 feet with minnows. Big and Little Tebo have been best areas for crappie. White bass on the humps 10 to 17 f...
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Fishing Report 9-20-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.60 and water surface temp is 74 degrees.Well fishing this week continues to be exceptional with a fair to excellent bite for most all species. Crappie are still good in brush piles that are in 9 to 17 feet of water fishing minnows right at the top of the brush. Not all piles are good but if you find the righ...
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Fall Hours 2017

Now that Labor Day has passed Fall has unofficially started and kids are back to school with all their extracurricular activities our business starts to have a less frenetic pace. Accordingly we start changing the hours that the store and grill are open. The Drunken Minnow Grill will now be closed on Thursdays and be open on Friday 3pm - 9pm, ...
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Fishing Report 9-7-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 708.56 and falling surface water temp is 75 degrees. Fishing has been pretty good this week with crappie, cats, and whites and hybrids all on the bite. We are finding crappie this week schooled up on brush piles on main lake flats in 10 to 17 feet of water. Fishing minnows at the top of the brush has yielded sev...
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Fishing Report 8-23-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709.97 and rising and water surface temp at the dam is 80 degrees. Well the rain we got Monday 3 to 4 inches here in Warsaw and 7 to 9 inches in the flood plain north and west of us has the lake on a rise. This is going to make for some great fishing over the next few weeks. The corps has already started the da...
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Fishing Report 8-10-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.57 and water surface temp is 80 degrees.Well the recent big rains have raised the lake about 4 feet, but the water on the lower lake remains clear. The upper end of the lake is stained to muddy so best action has been the lower lake.The high water has a ton of green bushes and grass flooded on the shoreline...
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Fishing Report 7-27-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water temp is 87 degrees and water level is 706.66 but that will change today with all the rain we will get a good rise in water level I would say at least 3 feet. The big rains today will change patterns for some species while others will not be effected that much.Crappie will still be best in the brush piles and trees 8 to ...
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Open Crappie Tournament

The Fourth Annual Norman J Herndon Scholarship Fund Crappie Classic will be held at Sterett Creek Marina on July 29, 2017. The Norman J. Herndon Scholarship was established to honor its namesake upon his passing in 2013. He was an Army Veteran and served as superintendent of schools in Livonia, Mt. Moriah, Tri-County of Jamesport, Fairfax, and...
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Fishing Report 7-13-2017

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 707.59 and water surface temp is 84 degrees.Looks like the dog days of summer have come early this year. The past three days of hot temps and high wind have kept a lot of anglers of the water, but the fish are still biting even though patters are changing.Best bite this week remains for crappie. All the pressure...
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Fishing Report 7-6-2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709.38 and water surface temp is 80 degrees.Crappie continue to be good on minnows fished over the brush piles that are in 10 to 15 feet of water. Still a high ratio of little fish to keepers but limits are being taken you just have to take plenty of minnows and be patient. The crappie in the standing timber ar...
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Fishing Report 6/22/2017

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709.22 and water surface temp is 84 degrees.Well by far the best bite this week has been for crappie. They are stacked up in brush piles that are in 10 to 20 feet of water and we are catching them on minnows fished 8 to 12 feet deep over the top of the brush. Take plenty of minnows as you will have to weed thru...
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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!