Truman Lake Fishing Report

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Sterett Creek Marina - Truman Lake

Truman Lake Fishing Report

Fishing Report 5-17-2017

By Steve Blake

Current water level is 727.30 and water surface temp is 68 degrees.

With the flood gates open at the dam at a rate of 44,000 cubic feet per second they have caught the rising water and the lake is slowly falling at this point. The rains forecasted for the next few days hopefully will not be enough to reverse this trend. Plans are now for the road into the marina parking lot at Sterett Creek to open today. The marina store will reopen tomorrow, and Papa Joe's will reopen Saturday. So it seems that things will get back to somewhat normal for the immediate future.

As far as navigation on the lake is concerned CAUTION is the key word. There is floating debris in all areas of the lake with the Osage Arm of the lake being the worst. The Little Tebo, Tebo, and Grand River arms are not as bad but do have large floating logs, but if you use caution and take it slow you can get around the lake. Use extra caution on windy days as you can not see the logs for the waves until you are right on them. Don't get me wrong it is not a solid mass of debris and you can navigate safely just use extra caution!!!!!

Now for the fishing part of the report which is pretty positive. With the falling water there is current in the lake and that has the large mouth, white bass, hybrids, crappie , walleye , and catfish on the bite. You can find all species in the same area in many cases. The places to look for are humps, cuts, and points that have 17 to 23 feet of water on them where the fish stack up to feed in the current. State Park cut, Bucksaw Cut, and G-4 Area are a few examples.

For the white bass a 1/2 to 3/4 ounce spoon in silver or chartreuse jigged off the bottom is working well, and a 3/4 ounce head rigged with a 4 inch white or chartreuse sassy shad is working best for the hybrids. In these same areas 1/4 once jigs in chartreuse color combinations fished a foot off the bottom will take almost all species of fish as will minnows fished in the same manner. Red shad and purple plastic worms Texas rigged on the current break points and cuts are best for the large mouth bite. I have not had a chance to check out the bite at the dam as yet but if past history is an indicator as the foam forms on the surface at the dam the crappie and white bass bite under the foam should take off as the lake continues to fall. The new hatch fry of the year get in the foam to feed on the small organisms it offers and the whites and crappie move in to feed on the fry. Jigs, minnows, small inline spinners, and small spoons fished 5 to 10 feet deep under the foam have been very effective in the past.

As long as the water continues to fall there will be current and these patterns will continue to be good until they shut the water down. Right now it looks like that will be at least a few weeks if not more.

Well that's it for this week see ya at Sterett Creek Marina. !!!!!!

Marina Update 5-17-2017


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Sunday, 16 December 2018

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!