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Live Music at the Drunken Minnow 6-25-2021

Josh Dumas will be the first live music this year on the patio at the Drunken Minnow Grill! We're excited to have Josh, who has been in the music life for many years, to play a variety of music including classic country, jazz/blues and some rock. He'll be playing solo acoustic from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm so come out and enjoy some great music, an ...
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Midwest Living comes to Sterett Creek!

The current edition of Midwest Living hits the streets this month with an article "Road Rally 2021: The Wild Wonder of Missouri's Ozarks" that gives Sterett Creek Marina a great shout out! The online link is: https://www.midwestliving.com/travel/missouri/road-rally-2021-missouri-ozarks/Check out the article and come out and see the O...
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Fishing Report 6-14-21

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 612.41 and water surface temp is 78 degrees.White bass and hybrids have been the best bite this week. Look for them in 12 to 20 feet of water on humps and current funnels. For the white bass we have been fishing a 1/2 ounce char and flash Bob Bates spoon vertical jigging off the bottom. Whites have been good siz...
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Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Coming into Memorial Day Weekend it's looking like a great weekend! The campground and motel are full and we're getting things ready for everyone to have a good time!The Drunken Minnow will be open Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-7pm. Lil Papa Joe's is open 7 days a week 6am-2pm.The new 2021 fleet of rental boats including five 25...
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Fishing Report 5-18-2021

​By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level is 707.27 water surface temp is 67 degrees.Well seems like we are going to have a rain all this week so lake level will definitely rise. That is not all bad news. It means there will be an extended period that they will run water at the dam to bring the lake back to normal pool at 706. Anyone who fishes T...
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Fishing Report 4-28-2021

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 707.78, and water surface temp is 63 degrees.Crappie went to the banks 2 days ago on the lower lake and fishing has been hot. Look for crappie in 3 to 5 feet of water. I have been using a jig and cork setting at 21/2 feet deep. Lots of fish in the 10 to 13 inch size range. Fish the steeper pea gravel banks...
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Fishing Report - 4-12-2021

By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level is 715.34 surface water temp 57 degrees.Water is still high but they have caught it and lake as of now is slowly falling. Crappie have been a little slow on the lower lake while up the Grand and Osage bite has been fair to good. Fish on the upper lake areas have been in the center of the pockets 10 to 12 feet down. ...
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Fishing Report 3-30-2021

​By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level is 721 and water surface temp is 52 on the main lake and up in the backs of the major creeks I found 55.Fishing on the lower lake has been really tough the past week. Water is very stained. Crappie have been very slow. You can find them but hard to get them to bite. In the upper arms of the lake it is a different s...
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Fishing Report 3-8-2021

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 706.31 surface temps range from 40 to 46 degrees depending on location.Crappie bite has been very good this week. Finding fish on brush piles that are in 15 to 25 feet of water fish have been suspended over piles at 10 to 15 feet down. Best bait has been the Bob Bates 1/4 ounce pink short shank jig head rigged w...
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Fishing Report for 3-1-2021

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.85, and water surface temp is 36 degrees.Well finally the ice is gone and all ramps on the lower part of Truman are open. This weeks warmer temps should bring water temp up a little. Crappie on the lower lake are still on winter pattern on the bluffs, but should start to transition to the mouths of the cree...
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Fishing Report 12-7-2020

By Steve Blake​Current water level is 705.93 and water surface temp is 49 degrees.Well it is that magic time of the year again on Truman and the winter bite is on. The sweet thing about this is that just like the mid summer bite patterns it will probably stay the same thru January. The crappie bite in the dam and Sterett Creek areas has been o...
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2020 Season Comes to an End!

Another season has finished and the marina, motel and campground are closed for 2020. Thank you to all the new people who tried us out this year, we hope you come back and see us next year! Thank you to all our returning customers, we value your business and your friendship!We look forward to a new season next year. Have a wonderful holiday season ...
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Fishing Report 11-2-2020

​BY STEVE BLAKECurrent water level is 704.348 still 2 feet low and water surface temp is 51 degrees.The recent colder temps have changed fishing patterns. Fish have for the most part moved to winter patterns. Whether the warmer temps in the week ahead will bring them back shallow is any ones guess. As of now crappie are holding on bluffs in anywher...
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Fishing Report 10-17-2020

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 704.20 and water surface temp at the dam is 66 degrees.First of all my apologies for not posting a report recently. September was a crazy month and early October not much better as fish scattered in the fall transition. With the now cooler temps and cooler water temps some solid patterns have emerged. Here...
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Winding down the 2020 season at Sterett Creek!

​With the days getting a little shorter every day and the weather starting to cool down it seems the fall season is really upon us. But there's still time to come out and enjoy the view out on the lake and the fall fishing!The marina, motel and campground will close for the season on Sunday, November 1st. As always the boat ramp will be open y...
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Last Weekend for Drunken Minnow Grill for 2020!

This weekend will be the 2020 season finale for the Drunken Minnow Grill at Sterett Creek Marina. We'll have specials on food and bottled beer until it's gone so come on down and enjoy some time out on the patio with good food, good friends and an ice cold beer!!
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Fishing Report 8-25-2020

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.09 and water surface temp is 82 degreesHave not posted a report the last couple of weeks because patterns have not really changed until this week. With the water dropping below normal pool the crappie patterns on the lower lake in the Sterett Creek Area have changed a lot. The crappie have scattered and sev...
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Fishing Report 7-29-2020

​By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level is 705.49 and water surface temp is 82 degrees.Fishing has really picked up this week for some species. The crappie bite has been strong both on the lower lake and up the river arms. In the Sterett Creek Area fish can be found on brush piles in 8 to 20 feet of water from 6 to 15 feet down depending on the depth of ...
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Fishing Report 7-8-2020

​By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level is 707.08 and water surface temp at the dam is 86 degrees.Well the hot weather that has hit us the past two weeks has everyone coming to the lake. Best bite for me this week has been for crappie in Sterett Creek and dam areas. Finding fish in 10 to 15 feet of water 7 to 10 feet deep vertical fishing minnows over th...
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Fishing Report 6-18-2020

​By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level 710.79 and falling. Water surface temp is 85 degreesWith water generation every day fishing has been good. Crappie in the Sterett Creek area have been on different patterns. Some fish coming on brushpiles in 10 to 15 feet of water on minnows but very few. Most crappie on the lower lake have been suspended 10 to 14 ...
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Fishing Report 5-29-2020

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709.30 and water surface temp is 70 degrees. WOOOHOO Finally a dry weekend this week. Sunny and mid 70's. Sterett Creek Marina is open and the fish are biting strong.Crappie have moved to summer patterns for the most part. Minnows fished 8 to 12 feet deep in 10 to 20 feet of water on the timber or fished ov...
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Update May 18, 2020 for Memorial Day Weekend

​We are getting ready for the Memorial Day weekend! The weather this week is looking up and things will be rocking here this weekend!At this time THE CAMPGROUND IS COMPLETELY FULL THROUGH MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! The shower house remains closed at least through June 1st so there is still no tent or pop-up campers allowed.We still have a few motel...
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Fishing Report 5-10-2020

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.71 and water surface temp at the dam is 62 degrees. Lot's of fishing action going on this week. Crappie are in several stages of the spawn. Some still on the banks, some have already moved out to suspend over brush piles and in standing timber. Fished with my son yesterday, and we boated 30 nice crappie fis...
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Fishing Report 4-28-2020

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.59 and water surface temp varies from main lake 64 degrees to backs of creeks 69 degrees.Crappie have started coming back to the banks in the Sterett Creek Area now that water temps have recovered from the cold front. Fish that moved in before the fast rise are holding in 5 to 7 feet of water while fish tha...
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Fishing Report 4-19-2020

​Current water level on Truman is 708.85 and water surface temp is 58 degrees.First I want to say that Sterett Creek Marina is open. Boat ramp is open and the courtesy docks in place. The store is open but they allow only one person at a time in the store. Fuel is available as are minnows and all bait they normally stock. SCM will enforce social di...
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Update 4-6-2020 - Motel temporarily closed, Marina/Ramp Open

​Yesterday we made the difficult decision to close the motel for the duration of the orders by Governor Parson on April 3rd to shelter in place which expire April 24th. We have cancelled all motel reservations beginning before the 24th. As we get closer to that time we'll see if the orders will expire or if they change anything.THE BOAT RAMP I...
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Update 4-3-2020 - Marina, Motel and Campground are open!

Another change! The Governor just issued a stay in place order for Missouri effective midnight Sunday April 5th. We have spoken to County officials and they will make their decision as to how that will effect our motel and campground on Monday. Regardless of what other decisions are made, our seasonal slip holders and seasonal c...
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TRUMAN LAKE RAMPS TO REMAIN OPEN!

We've been getting a lot of calls since the closures at some Federal/Corps facilities. People are asking about Truman Lake being "open". THE RAMP AT STERETT CREEK MARINA IS OPEN as are all the ramps on the lake!! We spoke with the Corps this morning and they are closing the Corps campgrounds on Truman La...
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Fishing Report 3-18-2020

Current water level is 709.87 and rising water surface temp at the dam is 47 degrees.Spring is near and warmer water temps have spurred a bite for several species as they feed up pre-spawn. Crappie are beginning to stage up in the pockets. Upper river arms the fish are 3 to 10 feet deep half way to all the way back in the creeks in 10 to 20 feet of...
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Fishing Report 11-14-19

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 707.82 and surface water temp is 49 degrees.Well the recent hard cold front has put the lake in full winter pattern. Good fishing for crappie, bass, and catfish are reported this week. Crappie on the lower lake area near Sterett Creek have been best on the bluffs fishing a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jighead pink or gl...
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Winding down 2019 Season

​The weather may be cooling down but it's beautiful down here at Truman Lake! There's still time to enjoy some great fall fishing and camping!Sterett Creek will be open through November 3rd, that includes the marina, motel and campground. The boat ramp will remain open year round as always and your 2019 season ramp pass is good until the store open...
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Fishing Report 10-2-2019

By Steve Blake Current water level is 709.50 and water surface temp is 78 degrees.Well it has been a great week for fishing with the lake getting closer to normal pool. There are two patterns working for the crappie. Fishing bluffs 15 to 20 feet deep a foot or two off the bottom, or on brush-piles in 12 to 20 feet of water have both been good....
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Fishing Report 9-13-19

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 714.91 and water surface temp is 83 degrees. Well Truman is finally back to a steady fall as the Corps continues to run 30,000 cfs thru the dam. The fall and the current it creates has really picked up the fishing action. White bass and hybrids are stacking up on the current break humps, points, and cu...
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Labor Day Weekend 2019

Labor Day is almost here and we're geared up and ready for a great weekend. The weather looks like it might come through a bit on Friday and settle down to give us a good weekend. The motel is about full with only a couple of twin rooms available. The campground still looks pretty good. Only a couple of full hook up sites left but plenty ...
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Fishing Report 8-21-2019

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 714.91 and water surface temp is 85 degreesWith the lake falling the bite has really picked up. Found whites and hybrids this week in 9 to 18 feet of water on the bottom with 1/2 ounce Bob bates spoons on humps and points. The flow at the dam has slowed and with recent rains we have a lot of water coming in so t...
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Fishing Report 8-6-2019

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level 719.70 and falling water surface temp 84 degrees.After many weeks of anticipation we are getting back to normal. We no longer have an extended walkway, and we have a full parking lot at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!!! Lil' Papa Joe's in full operation and the Drunken Minnow is open on the Friday evening and Saturdays.A...
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Sterett Creek Boat Ramp Re-Opens! 8/2/2019

It's finally here!! The boat ramp is open again. The parking is still limited as we let the larger part of the parking area dry out and the water continues to go down. The main marina lot is about 60% open with areas that are still soft until they are better dried by the sun.The campground will be open next week. We're getting the seasonal cam...
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Shawnee Bend High Water Ramp Open!!

​We just heard from the Corps that the Shawnee Bend High Water Ramp will be open starting today! Things are starting to get back toward normal on the lake. We still have about a week before our ramp will open and 1-2 weeks before we will have the campground open. The water is going down steadily so once we get repairs made we'll be good. Lil' Papa ...
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Fishing Report 7-23-2019

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 727.92 and water temp is 78 degrees. Discharge thru turbines is 25,000 cfs, and discharge thru spillway is 20,000 cfs. (Predicted to continue at total of 45,000 for the next couple of days then increase to 50,000)Well the lake is still dropping despite the rain this week. Whether or not the drop continues depend...
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7-16-19 Walkway to Marina Open!

​Due to the falling lake levels (yeah!!) we will be able to open the walkway to the marina today! We're in the process of reinforcing the gravel area with sandbags to make it more stable so please be careful walking out. The surfaces are uneven and gravel can shift. Parking will be in front of Lil' Papa Joe's or at the motel. Please do not dri...
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Fishing Report 7-5-2019

​By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level is 732.77 water temp is 74 degrees.Finally starting to see a bite as the lake settles some but last nights rain has seen it take a slight rise. Been finding crappie on current funnel areas. These are gaps or cuts between islands and the mainland that concentrate the current. Crappie are 12 to 18 feet deep in 20 to ...
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July 4th 2019

Even with the water still high we'll be open July 4th Holiday Weekend. Our motel is open and we have the pool up and running. The marina will be operational for the holiday weekend with the store open for business and slips available should you want to leave your boat overnight. Because of the high water we will be running a shuttle betwe...
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06-25-2019 - Access to Truman Lake

​Currently there are no Corps ramps open on Truman Lake - the high water ramp at Berry Bend is still clogged with debris and the Shawnee Bend high water access, while now clear of debris, evidently cannot have traffic on the concrete for 10 days. It should be open by next weekend per the Corps.You can launch from State Park Marina at...
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6-22-19 Starting to Re-open!! Shuttle to Marina now available!

With the water going down and the road in front of the first entrance to the motel out of the water we can start getting back open. We'll be running the shuttle between 8 am - 3 pm daily and until 7 pm on Friday and Saturdays The motel is open again and we'll be accepting reservations. Parking is limited so please leave extra ca...
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Down but not out - Update 6-7-2019

​Down, but not out!We continue to monitor the water level daily and walk the docks a couple of times a day. All trailers, boats and campers in the storage yard were moved to high ground, we moved all campers in the campground to high ground and nobody's property here on our grounds has been touched by the high water. So we're pretty much in a holdi...
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Trying to hit a moving target - Latest info 5-29-2019

​This evening we attended a presentation by the Corps of Engineers concerning the current lake flooding situation. As you can imagine the venue was jammed packed and they had to resort to back to back presentations in order to accommodate the crowd. Here are the take away points of the meeting:1. Due to the unusual amount of rainfall this year and ...
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Losing the Battle - Update May 27, 2019

Well we went through the quietest Memorial Day Weekend ever! Some of our die hard customers braved the high water and had the lake all to themselves. As it looks right now, we're on track for the quietest June as well.We heard from the Corps on Saturday to expect the lake to crest at 739.6 by Friday at which time the water will be flowing over...
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So Far So Good... May 19th Update!

​Well we made it through the weekend relatively unscathed! We had a storm blow through on Saturday while under a tornado watch which reportedly dumped a couple of inches of rain and the high winds brought down some limbs in the campground but no damage. The lake level has continued to drop with the diligent efforts of the Corps! The lake level is n...
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News for May 17th Weekend

Good Morning!The lake level has been slowly dropping coming into the weekend however as I'm sure you're all aware rain is forecasted for the next several days. Depending on how much rain we get we will have an idea of what is going to happen going into next weekend. The Corps will notify us as the predictions change, but as of now we have not ...
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Fishing Report 5-11-2019

By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level is 725.13 and still rising lake surface temp is 63 degrees.Here we go again high water. I spoke with Ken at Sterett Creek Marina this morning, and he had the following info. We will continue to extend the walkway to the marina as far as possible. Once this is no longer possible we will ferry you to the marina v...
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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!