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fishing report 6-23-2016

Current lake level is 708.45 and surface water temp is 85 degrees.
 
Well true to form Truman's reputation for fast action in the hot weather has come to life this week. With the warmer weather the crappie, whites and hybrids, largemouth and catfish have all turned on to their summer patterns. 
 
Crappie this week are coming in numbers from all over the lake with the really big fish coming from way up the river arms while on the lower lake the numbers of crappie being taken are really awesome. Minnows are the best bet. On the lower lake brush piles in 10 to 15 feet of water are best with crappie holdong at the top of the brush. If you hit the right pile you can limit out quick. Bring plenty of minnows as you will have to weed thru alot of little fish to get a limit of keepers. Up the rivers the bite is not as fast but the size of the crappie is much better. Look for fish on the flats just off the river channel in cedars and hedges and longpole minnows 6 to 12 feet deep. The more stained the water the shallower the fish will suspend. 
 
The white bass seem to be busting fry all over the lake early and late in the day. Just keep your eyes peeled for surfacing schools. Hot area has been near the dam. Cast a 1/4 ounce flash spoon past the surfacing fish and reel back fast and hold on. Again alot of these fish are small but there are good ones also. 
 
Hybrids have been on the humps with best bait being a 4 inch chartruse sassy shad on a 3/4 ounce head. You can slow roll it on the bottom or do a fast stop and go retrieve letting the bait fall back to the bottom each stop. If you are lucky enough to see the hybrids chase shad on top over the humps cast the sassy past them and reel like heck. They will nail it. Hybrids have been running 4 yo 10 pounds. 
 
Red shad and purple power worms fish Texas rigged with  4/0 hook and 5/16 ounce slip sinker on the main lake points and ledges at depths of 6 to 12 feet continue to be the best pattern for largemouth. There is a little topwater action on the points shallow very early and very late in the day with pop r's and spooks the best baits.
 
Cats are starting to come off the spawn and move deeper on the main lake flats with cut shad still the best bait. Look for cats in 8 to 15 feet of water. 
 
Well that's it for this week. As usual Truman fishing is heating up along with the hot weather. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
     
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fishing report 6-15-2016

Current water level is 709.26 and water surface temp is 82 degrees.
 
Fishing this week for crappie and whites, and hybrids has really picked up.
 
Hearing good crappie reports from all arms of the lake except the Osage where the water remains very stained. Everywhere else brush piles and cedars seem to be the best bet. Those piles in 10 to 15 feet of water are producing best numbers fishing minnows right at the top of the brush. Most anglers are having to weed thru alot of small fish on the brush piles to get the good keepers so take plenty of minnows. In the cedars minnows are also the best bet fished on long poles at depths of 8 to 12 feet. The fish in the cedars are harder to come by, but are averaging bigger in size than the brush pile fish. 
 
The white bass and hybrids have with the warmer water started to school on shad busting on top in the morning and evening in several areas. Keep your eyes peeled for this surface activity in the lower Pomme on the humps, and near the dam. Topwaters and sassy shads are the ticket for these schooling fish. Hybrids are running 3 to 8 pounds, and the size of the white bass is great this year with alot of fish in the 2 pound plus size range.
 
Red shad Texas rigged power worms fished 6 to 12 feet deep and SLOWWWWW on the points and ledges on the main lake are still best for the largemouth. Concentrate on the clearer water areas of the lake for the bass.
 
Still seeing alot of channels and blues coming in water 3 to 8 feet deep on cut shad. Most of these are on main lake flats, and alot of cats coming at the dam when they are running water.
 
I would rate the crappie and whites and hybrids as the best action for this week. See ya at Sterett Creek marina!!! 
 
 
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fishing report 6-9-2016

Lake level this week is just below 711 and surface water temp is 75 degrees. They are running water almost every day.
 
Crappie fishing continues to be very good with most of the fish coming suspended in the timber on minnows. We are using 12 foot Crappie Max poles fishing 12 to 20 feet of water 8 to 12 feet down in the trees. Cedars and hedge trees have been best. My best sucess this week has been in the Big Tebo Arm on flats off the main river.
 
With the falling water the largemouth have backed out of the green stuff and are on the main lake and secondary points, especially those with current across them. Red shad power worms Texas rigged have been best. Position your boat in 15 to 18 feet of water off the point and cast to the point working the worm back SLOWWWWWW and right on the bottom. Pickups are VERYYYYY light so pay attention.
 
Whites and hybrids are still on the humps but have become inconsistent. We catch them good one day on a humps them maybe it is not so good for a day or two. Most of the whites are on a 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoon while the crartruse 4 inch sassy shad on a 3/4 ounce head gets the nod for the hybrids. Fish have been in 12 to 20 feet of water on the huimps.
 
Catfish continue to be good on cut shad fished shallow on trot lines and jugs. Look for fish in the backs of the coves in 4 to 8 feet of water. Seeing alot of blues in the 3 to 8 pound size range.
 
Thats it for this week. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!
 
 
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fishing report 5-28-2015

Water level is 709 plus and rising fast after two days of torrential rain storms. Water surface temp is 71 degrees.
 
Well with the rising water conditions are changing daily. As far as crappie are concerned simply adjust your depth to match the rise. Whether you are fishing brushpiles or suspended fish in the trees however deep the fish were at 707 adjust to the rise. So at 709 go two feet deeper than you were at 707. Look for fish to be 8 to 14 feet deep. Minnows are still the best bet and will be in my opinion all summer.
 
It ususally takes the bass about three days to move into the flooded green cover on a fast rise so look for largemouth to be in the flooded green stuff by Sunday afternoon. Go with spinner baits, buzz baits, and weightless worms in the backs of the creeks and coves.
 
Whites and hybrids are still on the humps but I dont know how long that will last with the rising water. The humps they are on now will get too deep and they will move to areas and humps that have 10 to 15 feet on top of them as the water comes up. A 1/4 ounce Swarm crappie jig orange and chartruse in color tipped with a minnow fished on the humps in 20 to 26 feet of water has taken us limits of hybrids this week fished about one foot off the bottom.
 
Cats as they always do on a fast rise will move to the backs of the creeks in 3 to 6 feet of water and cut shad get the nod for best bait.
 
Have a great holiday week end!!! See ya at Sterettt Creek Marina!!!!
 
 
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fishing report 5-17-2016

Current lake level is 717.19 and water surface temp at the dam s 65 degrees.
 
Well despite the inclement weather we continue to have great fishing for all species.
 
Crappie are in their summer pattern all over the lake with fish coming from the brushpiles in 10 to 20 feet of water from 8 to 15 feet deep on minnows and we are also seeing nice limits of crappie all over the lake coming suspended in the timber on minnows at depths of 4 to 12 feet. One hint the murky water fish are much shallower in the trees than those fish in the clearer arms of the lake. Best action has been in the Grand and Tebo arms for suspended crappie.
 
Largemouth have also moved to their summer haunts and the best action right now has been 2 to 8 feet deep on the main lake and secondary points. In the murky water areas spinnerbaits shallow on the points have been the best bet while in the clearer water 10 inch red shad power worms Texas rigged and fished 4 to 8 feet deep are the best baits.
 
Blues amd channel cats are coming on rod and reel, jugs, and trotlines baited with cut shad on the flats in the backs of the major creek arms in 3 to 8 feet of water. This bite has been very good. 
 
The white bass and hybrids have finally fired up a bit on the humps and on the weir wall in front of the dam but with the murky water you really have to slow down to produce strikes. We have taken several nice whites and hybrids this week vertical jigging a 1/4 ounce jig chartruse and orange in color in front of the dam and on the humps in 15 to 18 feet of water. Drop the jig to the bottom pick it up about a foot and just deadstick it to produce strikes. There are alot of small white bass but if you are patient the big hybrid strikes and an occasional walleye will come. We have also taken some nice whites and hybrids in these areas jigging a 3/4 ounce chartruse spoon off the bottom at the ame depths but you really have to slow down your jigging motion to produce strikes. Slowly raise the spoon the slowly feel it back to the bottom. 98 percent of strikes will come on the slow fall. 2 pound whites and hybrids in the 3 to 10 pound range have been taken this week. 
 
The weather is supposed to clear and warm up for the weekend so come on down and get in on the action.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
      
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fishing report

Lake level is 710.31 and surface water temp at the dam is 63 degrees.
 
Even with the water up the bite for most species continues to be good!!!!! We have limited on 10 to 14 inch crappie every day this week. I am fishing 8 to 15 feet of water 7 to 14 feet deep on brushpiles and stumpfields with minnows. If they are there the bite is fast and furious. We have taken 8 to 20 fish on several ares this week before we had to move.
 
The bass are on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits in the flooded grass in the backs of the creeks and coves in 1 to 4 feet of water. We hit some really nice bass this week in the Tebo arm. Fish those areas that have alot of flooded willows.
 
Cats continue to be good on both trotlines and jugs as well as rod and reel on the flats in the backs of the creeks with cut shad. Most cats are coming in shallow water 3 to 8 feet deep. Seeing fish from 2 to 30 pounds this week.
 
Hybrids and whites have been very spotty but that bite should fire up on the humps any day now with the water running at the dam.
 
Well that's it for this week. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
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fishing report 4-26-2016

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 three patterns. 
 
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 pound range.
 
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 action!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
 
    
 
 
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fishing report 4-13-2015

Current water level on Truman is 705.01 and the surface water temp at the dam is 53 degrees.
 
The bad news is we had close to 5 inches of rain this week and it has muddied the backs of most of the major creeks. The good news is the rain was very localized so we didn't get a huge rise. More good news we have several days of 70 plus degree weather this week with 50 degree plus temps at night. This will bring the water temps up fast and we should see fish moving to the shallows in the upper lake areas first then down on the lower lake later in the week possibly this weekend.
 
Currently crappie are still suspended in the creeks and coves 8 to 15 feet deep over 12 to 20 feet of water, and both vertical jigging and spider rigging are catching a few fish but they are very scattered. I really do look for them to start to hit the banks this week. Bass should also start to move shallow and begin bedding activity.  
 
The influx of water from the big rain has the cats in the backs of the creeks in the muddy water in 3 to 10 feet of water and cut shad again this week has been the best bait.
 
Just wanted to put out a quick update as to conditions which with the warm temps will change daily. As soon as I see the fish on the banks I will update. Again the week ahaead should see some great fishing.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
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Fishing report 4-5-2016

Curreny water level is 705.68 and water temp at the dam is 51 degrees.
 
I know we are all waiting impatiently for the crappie to hit the banks but has not come as yet. I fished several days this week as well as getting several report from all parts of the lake and the crappie are still fairly deep from 9 to 18 feet half way back in the creeks laying in or close to the channels. We have an abundance of shad due to the mild winter there was little or no shad kill. Most of the fish are suspended on the shad schools and very scattered from all reports and my experience this week. If you find the shad on your graph the crappie are there but scattered and you have to really work slow to get a bite. Spider rigging in the shad schools as well as vertical jigging at the depth you find the shad in a given area will both produce fish, but action is still slow. 
 
The fish I caught this week were not in my opinion nearly reday to hit the banks as their egg sacs are far from fully developed. I would say we are still at least a week to ten days from the spawn. Best guess would be that they will start when we get close to the next full moon cycle.
 
Bass fishing conyinues to be good and the fish are shallow in a foot to 5 feet of water on cover. Early in the day and on the cold mornings black and blue jig and pig worked slow are the best bet, while in the warm afternoons a chartruse 3/8 ounce single Colorado blade spinner bait slow rolled has worked best for me. 
 
Blue cats have made the move to the shallow flats in the backs of the creeks in 3 to 6 feet of water with cut shad still the best bait. Fish in the 6 to 30 pound class have been coming in. Many fish though are in the slot. 
 
That's about it for this week see ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
  
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fishing report 3-25-2016

Current water is 706.25 and water surface temp at the dam is 49 degrees.
 
The wind and weather this week has prevented most anglers from being on the water until yesterday. I was able to get out for half of the day yesterday and found water temps from 50 on the main lake to 52 in the backs of the creeks and coves. I fished crappie for two hours and found the fish to still be very scattered. I did take a few fish but could find no concentration in a given area as yet on the lower part of the lake. Turnover in the backs of the creeks and recent freezing temps at night have put most of the shallow crappie we were catching back out in depths of 12 to 20 feet and right on the bottom and they are not eager to bite. We have some warmer weather coming this week which should bring water temps back into the 55 to 60 degree range and move the crappie back shallow again in the backs of the creeks and bigger coves that run way back off of the main lake. I have had only a few reports from the upper end of the lake this week, but these anglers are finding the same type of bite as on the lower lake. They are catching a few good fish but again they are scattered in depths of 12 ton 20 feet on the bottom about half way back in the creeks.
 
Again the warmer weather coming up should bring up water temps and improve fishing lake wide. My best educated guess at this point would be that the spawn should hit in the upper reaches of the lake in the first week of April around the 5th to the 10th. The spawn on the lower lake I would say will follow a week to 10 days later at the begining of the full moon cycle in April.
 
Wish I could be more specific at this point but the inconsistent weather has the crappie in a negative mode right now.
 
The largemouth bass on the other hand are another story. In the tournament held at Sterett Creek Marina this past Sunday there were several bags of over 20 pounds weighed in and it took 23 pounds plus to win. Reports are that spinnerbaits and wiggle warts fished on the steeper banks half way to all the way back in the creeks were the best bet. Also these fish were very shallow almost right on the bank.
 
After a slow start on the crappie yesterday I switched over to looking for largemouth and had a ball!!!! In two hours on the lower lake near Sterett in the backs of the coves I took 7 keeper bass from 2 to 5 pounds. A 3/8 ounce chartruse spinnerbait, and a black and blue 1/2 ounce jig with a black and blue twin tail trailer took all my fish. Every fish I caught was in two feet of water or less. There was no hard strike to these fish they would simply take the bait and move sideways so you had to be watching the line. Putting the bait on the bank and bringing it into the water to begin a slow retrieve with no splash that would spook the bass was the key to sucess. Water temp in the areas where I took the bass were 51 to 52 degrees.
 
I have had no reports on cats this week at all as the wind has kept most fishermen off the water till yesterday.
 
That's it for this week I am looking forward to the warm up improving fishing in the week to come. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
 
  
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fishing report 3-16-2016

Current water level on Truman is 707.31and the water surface temp at the dam is 52 degrees.
 
Once again my apologies for the difficulties many of you have had in getting the fishing report over the last three weeks. Our man in IT Ziggy tells me that the issues are now taken care of and there should be no more problems.
 
I fished several days this week for bass and crappie. The bass bite is coming on with several patterns producing. Jerkbaits on the main lake points are putting some fish in the boat all over the lake. In the murky to stained water a clown colored rouge has been best, with shad colors doing well in the clearer parts of the lake. Water temps on the main lake are 52 to 54 degrees. There is also a bass bite in the backs of the creeks and coves where water temps are much higher, in some areas we found water temps as high as 62 to 64 degrees in the backends. In these areas 1/4 ounce chartruse and white spinner baits, and black and blue jig and pig fished very very shallow around stumps and laydowns are catching some nice keeper bass up to 4 pounds. Neither of the bass bites are fast and furious, but they are producing keeper fish for the most part. 
 
The blue cat reports are still coming in from sesveral areas of the lake with fish coming on both rod and reel and jugs. Best bait is still cut shad fished in 10 to 20 feet of water on the edges of the main lake flats where they fall off into deeper water. Several of these cats have been in the slot. 
 
Crappie this week have slowed down considerably, and have been much more scattered than they have been in the past two weeks. The shallow bite we had going over the past two weeks seems to have gone away in the backs of the major creeks. Most of the crappie we have seen this week seem to be at the mouths of the creeks to half way back and at depths of 8 to 12 feet in the middle of the channles. Over the past two days I did find water temps in the backs of the major creeks as high as 60 to 64 degrees but no bite. I woukld guess that the rapid warm up has the back ends in turnover mode and that is why the fish are farther out over the past few days. The turnover process normally takes 3 to 5 days so I would guess that the next warm up in temps will see the crappie move shallow again.
 
We have the spawn to look forward to and the weather seem s to be better than normal in the weeks to come so it should be a good one.
 
That's it for this week, See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!
 
 
    
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fishing report 2-25-2015

Water level is 707.39 and the water surface temp at the dam is 38 degrees with water surface temps in the upper areas of the lake much higher.
 
First of all let me apologize as I have been informed there has been some trouble with acessing the fishing report on the Sterett Creek website for some of you. We are working to resolve the issues as soon as possible.
 
The past week and the weeks ahead have been and will be a real roller coaster as far as fishing conditions and the bite for all species. Typical Missouri late winter early spring weather has conditions changing daily, and you have to adjust every day to stay on the fish.
 
This past week I caught limits of crappie on the main lake near the dam schooled up on shad balls 24 feet deep in 25 to 35 feet of 38 degree water, and after two days of high 60 degree weather we caught fish a foot deep in the backs of the major creeks way up the rivers in 52 degree water. The cold front quickly put an end to that shallow bite. By this weekend though with the warmer weather that bite could fire up again. I will try to predict the best my experience allows what you need to do to catch crappie in the week ahead in both areas. 
 
On the main lake near the dam and half way up the lake where water temps are still in the high 30's this week look for fish to be 18 to 25 feet deep on shad balls. Drop a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jig tipped with a Swarm Jig body either chartruse and orange or chartruse and black in color to the top of the shad and give it very little action. The bites are very light and you have to really pay attention to feel them. Best areas to look for the crappie on these shad balls has been on bluff points at the mouths of the deeper coves on the lower lake. 
 
The crappie in the creeks way up the lake are a whole other story, and are moving in depth almost every day, and sometimes during the day. On the cold days they are 6 to 10 feet deep in the middle of the creek channels. But the warmer weather this week end should see the shallow bite come back in the backs of the major creeks in the late afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. We found these crappie on the warm afternoons this past week in 48 to 52 degree muddy water a foot deep on stumps at the edge of the creek channels in 2 to 6 feet of water. The water was muddy so our best color was chartruse and orange, and you had to set the jig in next to the stump and let it set for several seconds and jig it ever so slightly to get a bite. In many cases there were more than one fish on a stump. With these bites there is no doubt about it as they slam the jig, and many of them are really good crappie. Quiet and slow is the key for these shallow creek crappie as when shallow they are very spooky. We fished our jigs on 12 foot Bass Pro Crappie Max rods with 8 pound test Berkley Big Game line. The long rod allows you to stay away from the cover so you dont spook the fish. 
 
While I have not yet had the chance to fish for largemouth bass I do feel that fishing a Rouge on the main lake points right now will be really the best way to boat some real nice fish. The water is starting to clear some on the lower lake and a clown colored Rouge worked SLOWWWWW should be effective. 
 
Blue cats are still biting well all over the lake in 10 to 20 feet of water on cut shad with a lot of big fish being taken. 
 
Well that's it for this week. Pray for warmer weather and an early spring!!!!!  
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!       
 
 
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fishing report 2-9-2016

Well we are on Truman still 2 feet above normal pool at 708.31and the water surface temp on the main lake is 37 degrees while up the rivers in the backs of the bigger creeks water surface temps are 40 to 42 degrees.
 
The two good bites this week are blue cats on cut shad and crappie in the major creeks.
 
The blue cats are coming on rod and reel in 15 to 20 feet of water on flats that are adjacent to deep water dropoffs. Several blues of sizes from 3 to 30 pounds have been reported.
 
The crappie bite on the main lake near the dam has slowed to a crawl and you really have to work for them. The fish near the dam seem to be very scattered at a depth of 15 feet on the bluffs over 20 to 30 feet of water in the balls of shad which seem to be everywhere with jigs fished vertical being your best shot. Best color is anything with chartruse in it.
 
The better crappie bite this week has been in the upper reaches of the major river arms half way back in the major creeks that run way back off the main rivers. Spider rigging with minnows at depths of 6 to 11 feet down the middle of the creek channels has been producing limits in the Tebo, Grand, and I have heard in the upper Osage Arm also. The fish in these ares will also hit jigs fished at these depths one pole fishing as long as again you are using jigs with chartruse in them, and moving them along VERY SLOWWWWWWW, but the spider riggers are buy far producing the better action.
 
I have a therory as to why the crappie are half way back in the major creeks earlier than normal this year, but it's just a theory. We had very high water for most of the winter, I think the fish moved to the backs of the creeks during the high water, and now that we are getting close to being back to normal pool I feel the crappie just stayed where they were as the were only a few weeks away from making their move to stage in the creeks for the spawn.
 
Again it's just my opinion no way of telling for sure, but it makes sense to me. I wish I knew why they do what they do all the time!!!! LOL
 
Well that is it for now. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
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fishing report 2-3-2016

Current water level is 709.61 3 feet above normal pool and water surface temp is 38 degrees.
 
Well it has been an interesting week of fishing to say the least. With the up and down temps and the 20 to 40 mile an hour winds and the stained water the fishing action has slowed. However after today the air temps are forecast to rise back into the 50's by the weekend, and the water will be getting close to normal pool. This should get the good bite we had last week going again. Fishing this week was up and down with the best bite for crappie being after 12 noon. Fished crappie 3 days this week taking 41, 27, and 30 keepers respectively. Our fish were all taken on 1/4 ounce red head Bob Bates jigheads with a SWARM jig body. Best jig body colors were chartruse and pink and chartruse and black. The majority of our fish came at depths of 14 to 18 feet in 22 to 26 feet of water fishing the tops of brushpiles on bluffs, or creek channel ledges. If we found fish on a pile there were several there to be caught, but you had to be very patient as the bite was slow. The water is cold and off color so we were putting little or no action on the jig, and you really had to pay attention as bites were very very very light. Many times the fish would just slightly lift the jig, and all you would sense was a little slack in the line, and feel no bite at all. 
 
I have had reports of a bite spider rigging with minnows in the upper Tebo Arm half way back in the major creeks with the fish coming at depths of 8 to 11 feet.
 
That's about all I have seen or heard this week, but look for action to improve by the weekend with the warmer temps and the lake getting closer to normal pool. The water will be slowly clearing up as we get closer to normal pool, and that should also improve things.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!
 
 
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Fishing report 1-24-2016

Hi everybody!!! Told you that I would update the report after I spent some time on Truman this week so here it is. Lake level is 713 and water surface temp is 38 degrees. Went out today for just a short time and found that the water on Truiman is still stained, but it is clearing up and very fishable. I hit two spots and fished about 20 to 22 feet deep on bluff channel bends and was able to pick up some nice crappie in the 10 to 12 inch size range. As the water falls even more the fishing should continue to get better and better. The winter pattern is back on and the average size of the fish on Truman is much better than it is below the dam. 
 
  
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Fishing report 1-21-2015

Things are falling into place to bring us some great crappie fishing for the next few weeks. The current water level is 716 and falling, and water surface temp is 36 degrees.
 
The lake is falling and the water is begining to clear up. There has been literally no fishing pressure on the lake for nearly two months. The colder water temps will have the crappie schooled up on the shad balls, and over the deeper brush piles as the lake falls back to normal pool. Look for Truman's crappie fishing to get red hot within the next week or so and stay that way barring any more heavy rains for some time. I will be on the water almost every day starting tomorrow and will post updates as the fish begin to turn on.
 
Right now our best crappie fishing has been below the dam, and there are also some nice walleye being taken off the rocks in the current below the dam. The crappie are in the creeks and coves just off the current of the main river. We are finding the fish to be suspended at depths of 7 to 12 feet over water that is 8 to 14 feet deep. Best pattern has been vertical fishing a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jighead red or pink in color tipped with a SWARM jig body. Best jig body colors have been black and chartruse and pink and chartruse. Set your jig depth at 7 to 12 feet ( you have to experiment each day to find the best depth that is holding the most fish) and troll along as SLOWWWWWWW as possible over 8 to 14 feet of water. If you are trolling too fast you will have a very hard time getting a bite as the water is very stained and you have to keep the jig right in front of their nose as long as possible to coax a strike. We fished two days this past week and were able to take 35 to 40 keeper crappie each day along with a ton of smaller crappie that we had to wade thru to get the keepers. If you have the right depth and are trolling SLOWWWW enough the action is pretty fast. As always in the colder water bites are very very light so you have to really pay attention. I am fishing a 9 foot Bass Pro Shops Crappie Max Pro series rod med light action spooled with 8 pound test Berley Big Game line, and this rig has done a great job of allowing me to feel the light bites. 
 
The blue cats continue to bite well in the river with cut shad being the best bait. Catfishermen are taking these fish fishing the bottom just at the edge of the current breaks in 15 to 25 feet of water.
 
The river below the dam is producing some good fishing action, and Truman is getting in shape to give us some really hot crappie action in the week to come so come on down and get rid of your cabin fever. The long range forecast is for warmer than normal temps!!!! Special guide rates for winter crappie fishing are still in effect so give me a call at 660-525-0692 to book a day!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!
 
  
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fishing report 1-4-2016

Current water level is 723.54 and water surface temp id 43 degrees.
 
With the recent heavy rains and the rapid rise in both Truman and Lake of the Ozarks all I have heard from local anglers is there is no sense in fishing till the water levels settle down. Well I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth, as this week we were able to catch 100 to 150 crappie in a six hour period. It was a blast!!!
 
True the high water on Truman has the crappie very scattered and the best bite on Truman has been the blue cats, which in the upper reaches of the Osage and Grand River Arms are tearing it up on jugs baited with cut shad. The guys are fishing the edges of the flooded weedlines in the creeks at depths of 12 to 15 feet and taking big blues.
 
So with the poor crappie bite that everyone is complaining about on Truman where are these 100 fish days to be found???? Well it is in the river below Truman Dam on the upper lake of the Ozarks. The heavy current that is being produced in the river below Truman as the corps draws the water down has the crappie stacked up in the creeks and coves just off the river. Crappie dont like to fight the current on the river with the cold water temps. These fish are eager to bite and there are plenty of them if you get in the right area. I am using my graph to find the shad balls in the creeks and coves and fishing a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates pink jighead tipped with a variety of SWARM jig colors at depths of 7 to 15 feet. The depth the crappie are at is dictated by the depth the shad are at. If you find a big concentration of shad fish your jig at a depth that will have it right at the top of the shad and the crappie are there. Best colors have been black and chartruse, red and chartruse, and brown and orange. These datker colors are producing well in the very stained water color you will find almost everywhere in the river. 
 
We are simply dropping the jig to the top of the shad and easying along VERY SLOWWWWWW. The bite as usual in the winter is really soft so you have to pay attention and have the right rod. We are fishing a 9 foot BASS PRO SHOPS CRAPPIE MAX PRO SERIES ROD with 8 pound test Berkley Big Game line. The Crappie Max Pro Series rod is just the right rod for feeling the light bites.
 
As it will take the corps more than a month to draw the water down this pattern should hold up for quite some time. In looking at the amount of water the corps is going to run next week they say they are going to up the flow from 35,000 to 54,000 starting on 1-5 so the stronger current should push even more crappie out of the river and into the creeks and coves. The great part about all this is that when the river bite dies off when the have Truman back down to reasonable levels and shut the current flow off Truman will have been rested for a long time and the winter fishing will be hotter than ever on the lake when the river bite shuts down.
 
Deer seasons are over, and cabin fever has set in for many of us so what better way to spend the day than ripping a nice mess of winter crappie. My winter crappie special prices are in effect until the end of February!!!! See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!   
 
    
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Fishing report 12-16-2015

Current water level is 713.13 and rising. Water surface temp is 48 degrees.
 
Recent rain has the lake back on the rise, but it hasn't seemed to effect the fishing . Crappie, largemouth, and blue cats all continue to show good action. The warmer than normal early winter has kept the fall patterns going into December for the cats and largemouth.
 
Best cat reports are coming from the upper Grand River with noodles and jugs baited with cut shad in ten feet of water or less on the flats yeilding the best action. Limits of blues in the 20 to 36 inch size range have been coming from the upper Grand.
 
The largemouth bite in the upper reaches of the Big Tebo Arm of Truman has been reported to be really strong. This is probably the last of the shallow water bite for bass with the cold front coming in this week. Chartruse 3/4 ounce single spin spinner baits fished on the flooded points in the Upper Tebo River are producing fish in the 2 to 4 pound range, but the cold front will more than likely slow this action.
 
Although the fluctuating water level has the crappie moving on almost a daily basis as far as depth is concerned that bite continues to be good. We took limits of 10 to 12 inch crappie this week at a variety of depths, but the one consistent factor has been that the crappie are holding on steep bluffs or over creek channel bends on the main lake that have a sharp dropoff. You have to find the depth that the fish are holding at each day from 15 to 30 feet but once you figure out the depth I have seen that the fish are starting to bunch up in larger schools the further we get into the winter. We took some 25 crappie on one drop in a very small area on a creek channel bend this week and hardly moved the boat. Those crappie were holding 22 to 26 feet deep on the drop which was on a channel bend that dropped from 22 to 35 feet. We fished 1/4 ounce jigs with chartruse and yellow, and black and pink colors producing best. Bites are very soft so you really have to pay attention. On anything that feels a little different set the hook!!!! One key aspect of the bite this week has benn that the larger schools of fish have been around cover that comes up just a foot to three feet off the bottom. 
 
I want to thank all of you guys who have e mailed me reports of the sucess you have been having from different areas of the lake so we can keep everyone more well informed of the bite for the various species. Keep it up and thanks for the info. 
 
I wish all of you who have commented on the reports this year and view the Sterett Creek Website the very best of Happy Holidays!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for your support. 
 
With all of the improvements at Sterett Creek this year , and the ongoing work that Ken and Cathy are doing this winter with the new docks and campgroung improvements Sterett Creek will be the place to be in 2016!!!!
 
Again thanks for your support and Happy Holidays!!!!
 
  
 
 
 
 
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fishing report 12-8-2015

Current water level is 713.56 and slowly falling. Water surface temp is 49 degrees but the warmer days ahead should see that tick up a bit.
 
Well in the past few days I have been able to locate some crappie areas that are not being pressured, and it has been fun as far as numbers are concerned. These are not the big 1 pound plus fish we had going back in October, but there are plenty of 10 to 12 inch fish to be had. As always I am fishing a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jighead pink in color rigged with a SWARM jig body. Best color for me in the stained water has been pink and black. I am putting the trolling motor down and slowly searching along creek channel drops on the main lake near the dam with my graph staying in 20 to 27 feet of water looking for schools of crappie in brush and stumps that are just off the bottom. Once I locate some cover on the bottom I drop the jig down and lift it only six inches to a foot off the bottom and give it very little action to see if the cover is holding fish. The fish for the most part are not laying over the cover, but right down in it.  So I have not seen them suspended, rather I have to test each area to see if the cover is holding fish. Not all areas are, but if you locate cover that is holding fish it is holding a bunch of all sizes, so you may have to weed thru some small fish. Be patient and stay on the move till you get bit then work the area slow and you will get plenty of action. I fished 3 hours yesterday and was able to locate 3 big schools of crappie along a half mile stretch of creek channel drop. The best sized fish were hold in 22 to 27 feet of water. Boating a limit of 10 to 12 inch fish was no problem. I have found that right now the best bite is in the later part of the day from noon till sunset.
 
There have been some white bass and hybrids holding on the weir at the dam when they are running water. 1/4 ounce chartruse jigs   and 1/2 ouncer to 3/4 ounce chartruse spoons are the best bet here. Fish are holding on the front drop of the weir in 20 to 25 feet of water on the bottom.
 
Have not heard any reports on largemouth this week.
 
I have been told that the catfish bite has slowed also.
 
Well that's about it for this week. That winter crappie bite that Truman is famous for is on bigtime. If you have the cabin fever there is no better time to come enjoy some great action. Temps this week are forecast to be in the upper 60's with lots of sunshine.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
  
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fishing report 12-2-2015

Well deer gun season is over and we have 10 days of warmer than normal sunshine for a forecast, and the surface water temp is still 51 degrees in the first week of December.
 
What this means is the fish are still on the feed, and the weather to enjoy a day or two on the water will be awesome for this time of year. I have had several people ask what the water level being 7 and a half feet high at 713.67 has done to the fishing, and from what I have seen in the past two days my answer is there seems to be a great bite despite the rapidly rising water.
 
We fished 4 hours yesterday taking twenty six nice crappie in the 10 to 12 inch size range before the 30 plus MPH winds forced us off the lake. These fish came on a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates short shank crappie jighead in pink color rigged with a SWARM black and pink jig body fished just off the bottom in 18 to 23 feet of water with 22 feet being the most productive depth. All of our crappie came on bluff banks with little or no timber on them. Bites are very very soft so you really have to pay attention to feel the bite.
 
Largemouth bass are still being taken on chartruse and white 1/2 ounce single spin spinnerbaits with a number six blade in gold. Two areas, main lake flat points in the grass, and the flooded creek channle edges in the backs of the creeks are pruducing these largemouth with many in the 2 to 4 pound size range.
 
I have had reports all week from catfisherman who are fishing cut shad on the main lake flats in 10 to 20 feet of water taking nice blue cats in the 3 to 12 pound size range. Some fish over 20 pounds are also being caught.
 
The hot place for big white bass and hybrids in the past week has been the lower half of the Pomme Arm. 1/4 ounce chartruse spinnerbaits fished on the flooded main lake points are the best action here. White bass of up to 3 pounds and hybrids up to 7 pounds have been coming in.
 
10 days of warmer than normal 50 to 58 degree weather in early December with the fish on the feed, sounds like we should all be ion the water for the next week or so!!!!! Winter crappie special started December 1rst!!!!!
 
See ya on the lake!!!
 
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fishing report 11-13-2015

Current water level is 704.98 approx. a foot and a half below normal pool, and the water surface temp is 59 degrees.
 
We have enjoyed some great crappie fishing this week on the bare rock bluffs. While the crappie have not exactly been jumping in the boat the bite has been consistent enough to put limits in the boat for those willing to weed thru alot of small fish to get a limit if nice 10 to 12 inch fish. For the majority of anglers limits have taken longer than we are used to but patience is the key to sucess as the fish are still scattered and not yet grouped up in the big winter schools we are used to.
 
1/4 ounce Bob Bates jigheads in red or pink tipped with Swarm jigs in red and chartruse, black and chartruse, and orange and chartruse have produced best. Keep your boat positioned over 16 to 22 feet of water and drop the jig to the bottom and lift it just off the bottom maybe 6 inches to a foot and ease down the bluff as SLOWWWWWW as possible so you can keep the jig just off the bottom. You will find that the fish are somewhat bunched up on certain stretches of bluff, while other stretches will be void of fish so once you hit two or three fish in an area work it over. Bites are very soft and you will miss more fish than you catch, but there is enough action to keep you interested in the right areas. 
 
The area near the dam has recieved a ton of pressure in the past couple of weeks so do not be afraid to branch out a bit to get away from this pressure. You will find a better bite and better size fish in areas that have not been hammered. 
 
White bass and hybrids have been spotty at best this week, but I think the recent cold front and high winds may get that bite going. As always fish the windy flat points with fist sized chunkrock on them with 1/4 ounce roostertails in white or chartruse, and 1/4 ounce rattle traps in chrome for best sucess. 
 
White and chartruse 1/2 ounce single spin spinner baits with a number 5 or 6 gold blade are still the best bet for largemouth this week. Half way to all the way back on the pockets and coves on secondary points have been the best areas. There are some really nice bass in the 3 to 4 pound range to be taken right now as they feed up for winter. 
 
Have not had any reports on cats at all this week. 
 
The winter crappie special starts the first day of December!!!!!!! The bite should be in full swing by then!!!!
 
Thats it for this week hope all have a GREAT deer season and a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!
 
    
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fishing report 10-22-2015

If you do nothing else in your enjoyment of the sport of fishing GET TO TRUMAN NOW!!!!
 
Current water level is 704.90 that is as low as the water has been in a long time. What this means to the crappie fisherman is that cover, hedges, cedars, and fencerows that have not been visible in three years thus they have not been fished in three years they are now visible due to the low water level. The bite for big crappie in the Grand River Arm of the lake from Bucksaw Marina up to the Deepwater flats area is nothing less than AMAZING!!! Limits of crappie in the pound to two pound size range are being brought in from this area every day. Both minnows and jigs are working in this area. The water here is very stained so you have to leave the bait in next to the cover for a minute or two to coax a bite but when it comes the fish are BIG!!! The fish up the Grand are in 2 to 8 feet of water, and the shallower you go the bigger the crappie. I have no idea how long this bite will last, but many long time savy Truman crappie fisherman are saying this is the best big fish bite they have ever seen on Truman. A crappie tournament last weekend had six 7 crappie limits weighed in that were over 10 pounds total weight.
 
For those who do not know the lake well enough to navigate the timber filled upper lake the crappie bite on the bare bluffs on the lower lake within ten miles of the dam is also awesome. While these fish are not the Jumbo size being caught up the lake but there are plenty of fish in the 10 to 12 inch size range that are eager to bite. Look for these fish on the bare bluffs that have little or no timber on them in 15 to 22 feet of water. SWARM jigs fished on a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jighead 6 inches to a foot off the bottom get the nod here. Drop the jig to the bottom, pick it up just off the bottom and ease along paralell to the bluff as SLOWWWWWWWW as possible. Bites are very soft so set the hook HARD!!! You will catch alot of short fish doing this, but there are good fish also for those willing to be patient and weed thru them. Best colors have been pink and white, red and chartruse, and chartruse and orange. 
 
White bass and hybrids are also slamming right now as they feed to fatten up for winter. 1/4 ounce white Rooster Tails and 1/4 ounce chrome and blue Rattletraps cast close to the bank on windy points and retrieved rapidly will draw strikes that will nearly tear the rod out of your hands. Also watch for these fish to bust shad on the surface at anytime during the day and run these same baits thru them when they do. The size of the white bass like the crappie right now is also exceptional. You will catch several fish in the one to two pound size as well as an occasional 3 pounder. The big hybrids are mixed in with the white bass as are several largemouth. Best ares have been windy points that have fist size chunkrock on them.  
 
I have not heard much on cats this week.
 
That magic six weeks of the fall feeding frenzy we wait for every year is just starting so get to Truman and get in on the action!!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
 
 
For those of you who like to fish the lower lake
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fishing report 10-22-2015

Current water level is 705.25 and the water surface temp is 65 degrees.
 
Fishing conditions and patterns are finally getting into the fall pattern mode, but a bit later than we are used to due to the warmer than normal weather.
 
The best crappie bite on the lower lake near the dam is on the bare bluffs with little or no timber using jigs just off the bottom in 16 to 20 feet of water. Best colors have been pink and white or blue and white SWARM jigs on a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates specialty jig head in red or pink. Drop the jig to the bottom and pick it up 6 inches to a foot and just ease along paralleing the bluff. Bites are very light so stay alert.
 
Up lake in the river arms minnows on the flats are taking big crappie but the bite is slow and you have to work for them. Fish are in 5 to 12 feet of water just off the bottom and you have to leave the minnow sit awhile to get a bite, but these are bigger crappie, many over a pound.
 
The white bass and hybrids are starting to get better on the banks fishing 1/4 ounce white rooster tails with silver blades on wind blown points. Best fishing now is early and late in the day, but with the rain cloud cover and cooler temps forecast for this coming weekend the bite should get better and last all day.
 
Still seeing cats on jugs set on main lake flats in 8 to 15 feet of water baited with cut shad, but the fish are mostly in the 2 to 4 pound size range.
 
Best bet for the largemoutn bass this week has been 1/2 ounce Rattletraps fished shallow on the main lake and secondary points in the clearer water on the lower lake. Lots of short fish on this pattern , but some good keepers mixed in if you work at it and hit alot of points.
 
Sorry for the lack of updates this month but family health issues and the passing of my father have taken priority. I will update as time allows this winter.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
 
  
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fishing report 10-5-2015

Current lake level is 706.24 and surface water temp at the dam is 70 degrees while in the backs of the creeks it is as low as 64 degrees. So the fall  feeding frenzy we all wait for every year is underway.
 
Early in this fall feedup the fish can be scattered as they make the transition from summer to fall patterns so there are some fish still in summer haunts while others have moved to the shallows to fatten up for winter. I would guess that full fall feedup will be fully underway by this weekend.
 
The crappie this week have been taken on a number of patterns. We are still catching crappie on the brushpiles on the lower lake near the dam. These fish are in 8 to 15 feet of water on flats and are taking both jigs and minnows equally well. While this bite has slowed this week as the fish move to fall patterns there are still good fish to be taken on this pattern you just have to be a little more patient to get a limit. There is a good crappie bite longpoling with both minnows and jigs in the mid lake areas on standing timber in 6 to 14 feet of water, and the size of these fish has been exceptional. I did hit the bluffs one day this week and was able to take crappie in 14 to 22 feet of water with a 1/4 ounce jig fished just off the bottom but most of these fish were small for me.
 
There is great news this week for those of you who look forward to the shallow white bass and hybrid bite. Reports from several ares of the lake are that the whites and hybrids with the cooler water temps have moved to the shallow windblown points and pockets and are eager to bite. !/4 ounce rooster tails, Pop R's, and small rattle traps are all doing well. Size of these fish has been a mix from small 5 to 10 inch whites to fish in the 2 to 3 pound range. If you find a hot bank stick with it. These fish are in 1 to 4 feet of water. There are some big hybrids mixed in with them so set drags on the lite side. Concentrate on those points and pockets where there are concentrations of gulls and pelicans feeding on shad. 
 
This same pattern is also producing some nice largemouth bass with the rattletrap taking most of the green fish. The bass seem to be in schools. Where you catch one or two there are several.
 
Havent heard much on cats this week other than there is a bite on cut shad in the Grand River above Bucksaw Resort.
 
My apologies for not updating as often as I should these past few weeks due to family situations that are now past. I will endevor to do better.
 
The whites are hot in the shallows!!!! Come on down!!!!
 
 See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
  
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fishing report 9-17-2015

Current water level is 707.73 and the main lake water temp is 80 degrees.
 
With the lake levl slowly rising and the water temp slowly falling we are not far from the transition all species of fish will soon make to the fall feeding frenzy. A few more cool nights and water temps falling further say down to 75 or so and it will happen.
 
That being said it has not happened as yet. We are still seeing that summer patterns are still working best to produce limits of fish.
 
Crappie fishing remains good for those who are willing to spend the time to use their electronics to find brush piles and stump rows, or stump fields on the lower lake main lake flats. Look for this cover in 7 to 12 feet of water and you will be well on your way to a limit of crappie. When you find this cover drop a minnow or jig to the very top of the brush and work it SLOWWWW!!!! If you are not bit in a few minutes move on to another area. Once you find cover that is holding crappie there will be several and they will be very willing to bite. If you are using minnows take plenty because you will have to weed thru alot of small fish to get a limit of good 10 to 12 inch fish. The suspended crappie bite in the cedars hedges, and hardwoods way up the lake in the upper river arms has been slow but there are better sized fish to be taken. You just have to be patient and work alot harder for a limit than you will on the lower lake. The suspened timber fish have been running 8 to 12 feet deep.
 
I have had good sucess on the white bass this week finding big schools of good sized whites with a few small hybrids mixed in. We are finding these fish on the humps in 10 to 17 feet of water jigging Bob Bates 1/2 ounce spoons off the bottom. You will spend much more time finding these fish with your graph than you will catching them once they are located. They are in big tight schools and very agressive once located. The average size is the best it has been all year with alot of fish hitting the 2 to 3 pound mark. The KK Island area has been very good. The big hybrids are still pretty much to be found in the same areas but do not seem willing to bite until they surface the last hour before dark. Watch for the gulls diving in big groups to feed on the shad that the hybrids are pushing to the surface. KK Isalnd and the dam area are the best bet for this late evening action.
 
Largemouth fishing remains slow with the best bet being plastics fished SLOWWWWW in 10 to 14 feet of water on submerged brush piles and fence rows on the flats within a few miles of the dam area.
 
Blue and channel cats are still good on jugs with cut shad the best bait. This week best sucess has been in ten to 15 feet of water on the open main lake flats with very little timber on them. The Berry Bend area has been really hot for juggers but most of the blues are in the slot.
 
It wont be long till the whites hybrids and largemouth move shallow, the crappie move back in the creeks , and the fall feeding frenzy heats up. I will keep you posted. Again please keep in mind that if I do not post a report each week it is because patterns are still holding steady from the previous report!!!!!!!!
 
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fishing report 9-2-2015

Current water level is 703.23 and water surface temp is 79 degrees,
 
Not much has changed over the past two weeks as water levels and water temp have stayed fairly consistent so I will review what the patterns have been for the past month.
 
Crappie are still being found on the lower lake on the flats in shallow brush piles and stump rows in 10 to 15 feet of water fishing down 8 to 12 feet deep with minnows. If you dont get bit in 5 minutes or so move to another pile or row. Once you do get bit there will be several there. Take plenty of minnows as you will have to weed thru alot of small fish to get a limit of keepers.
 
The white bass and hybrid bite has slowed with the lack of power generation, but there are still a few scattered schools on the humps with jigging spoons in 10 to 16 feet of water. The schools are small and moving so you have to move around alot to find them. In the evenings when they do run water there have been some hybrids surfacing at KK Island and G-4.
 
Bass foshing has picked up on 7 and 10 inch red shad worms, and they too are in the shallow brush piles. At least that is what I heve seen this week.
 
Catfish on jugs on the main lake flats baited with cut shad continue to be good setting jugs 10 to 20 feet deep in 15 to 25 feet of water.
 
Hope you all have a wonferful HOLIDAY!!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!
 
 
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fishing report 8-20-2015

Well not much has changed this week as the water level has held steady at just over 707 and they have not generated all week.
 
You would think this would have slowed the white bass and hybrid bite, but they are still going on the same patterns as mentioned in last weeks report.
 
The crappie, catfish, and largemouth are also holding in the same areas as mentioned in last weeks report and on the same patterns. 
 
All reports from the upper ends of the lake have the bigger crappie really slowing down way up the rivers. The lower half of the lake however continues to produce great numbers of crappie on the shallow flats in 6 to 12 feet of water near brushpiles and standing timber. While the size is not up in the 13 to 14 inch range you can take plenty of minnows and weed thru the smaller crappie and come away with a nice limit of 10 to 11 inch fish in short order if you hit the right area. Stay on the move until you locate the larger schools.
 
Looks like good cool weather for the weekend. Come on down and get in on the action!!!
 
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fishing report 8-14-2015

Current water level is 708 and the surface water temp is 82 degrees.
 
Well the lake is back down to just a couple of feet above normal, and fishing patterns have changed. The fish that were scattered in the shallow flooded cover have moved out to their normal summer haunts and are bunched up and feeding.
 
With the lower water level the corps is only running water during peak demand hours, and this has affected the white bass and hybrid fishing. The whites and hybrids are best when the water is on of course, and are still feeding on the humps. This week they have been best on 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoons fished on the bottom with a constant jigging motion in 8 to 15 feet of water. Several areas are producing limits of whites in the afternoon and evening hours when they are generating power at the dam. The hubrids have been best on 4 inch sassy shads fished on a 3/4 ounce head with white being the best color. Cast the sassy as far as possible across the hump and let it settel to the bottom. Them give the reel 6 to 10 fast cranks, and let the lure settle back to the bottom. Repeat this process all the way back to the boat. Strikes are violent so hang on to your rod. The late evening topwater action for the whites and hybrids is still going. The action has been best from about 6:30 to dark. KK and G 4 are good areas to be in late in the evening.
 
I have gotten some good largemouth reports this week. Main lake points in 6 to 12 feet of water with 10 inch red shad worms seem to be the best action. Stay on the move and hit as many points as possible as you will only take one to three fish in an area.
 
The crappie have finally begun to bunch up in big schools on the shallow brush piles on the main lake flats. If you can find brush piles in 8 to 15 feet of water they are there. Minnows fished right at the top of the brush have been best. Take pleny of minnows as there are a ton of small fish to weed thru, but the big crappie in the 10 to 13 inch range are there also. We took 31 keepers from one pile in an hour yesterday.
 
Catfish reports have been slow this week, but I have seen several juggers on the flats in the KK Island area taking fish on cut shad. Many of the fish however have been in the slot and have to be releaased.
 
Well that's it for this week. If you want lots of action chase the crappie and whites. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!   
 
 
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fishing report 8-7-2015

Current water level is 710.04 four feet high. Water surface temp is 84 degrees.
 
With the drop in lake level, and the constant current flow at the dam fishing has picked up this week for almost all species.
 
Crappie are beginning to come to the dock on a more consistent basis. With the falling water more and more of the cover anglers are used to fishing is becoming visible, and reports of good catches are coming in from all areas of the lake. As is the norm for this time of year cedars and hedges seem to be holding the most fish, and minnows get the nod for getting the most actipon. Depending on the water clarity in the area you are fishing the crappie have been anywhere from 7 to 14 feet deep. In the more stained water in the Osage Arm the fish are at the shallow end of the spectrum, while in the clear water in the Grand, Tebo, and Pomme Arms they are on the deeper side of the water column. Long poles and minnows are the best technique, and stay on the move taking one to three fish from a tree. The bite is extremely soft so you have to be on your game to feel them. Do not set the hook until the fish puts a little pressure on the rod tip or you will miss a ton of fish. Also take plenty of minnows as the reports from all over the lake are that there are a ton of small fish you have to weed thru to get a limit of keepers. Main lake flats in 15 to 20 feet of water have been the best areas.
 
The white bass have been inconsistent to say the least. Seems you can't find them in the same place two days in a row, but if you  are persistent and keep checking humps and current cuts in 10 to 16 feet of water there are big schools to be found. 1/2 ounce Bob Bates jigging spoons fished on the bottom have produced best. Stay on the move and watch your graph and dont stop on isolated schools. look for the big schools if you want fast action. 
 
The evening bite for the hybrids has been the best as they have been surfaceing the last hour before dark in several areas in the Grand, Osage, and Pomme Arms of the lake. Topwaters and sassy shads cast into the breaking fish and retrieved rapidly are producing best. 
 
Largemouth have been the exception this week to the fast action as they have been very tough to find. Winning weights this past weekend in the tournaments have been low at 12 to 13 pounds. Most agree that plasics fished SLOWWWWW on the main lake points in the current flow have been the best bet.   
 
Catfish have been on fire this week with cut shad fished on rod and reel near the dam and on the ridges that are 6 to 15 feet deep is producing nice limits of blues daily. 
 
Come on down and get in on the action!!! See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!! 
 
  
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fishing report 7-23-2015

Current water level is 717.63 and falling fast. The water surface temp is 82 degrees.
 
I have had a ton of e mails and phone calls this week assking why I did not post a new report last week. As I have explained before during the mid summer and mid winter seasons patterns often remain consistent for weeks at a time. So when I do not post a report for a week or so it is because the patterns and areas where we are catching fish have remained for the most part unchanged and anglers should go with the info on the previous weeks report. Hope that explains why at these times of the year I will sometimes skip a week or two. It is because things have not changed.
 
This week fishing has picked up as the lake conditions have finally gotten fairly consistent. They are running water thru the turbines 24 7, and the white bass and hybrids are starting to gather in large schools on the humps and current breaks. The hybrids for the most part are coming early and late in the day on the humps that have 20 feet of water or less over them. If the hybrids are on top busting shad we are casting a 4 inch sassy shad in white or chartruse on a 3/4 ounce head into the school and bringing it in on a fast retrieve. If the hybrids are feeding on the bottom on the hump we are casting the same bait over the hump, letting it settle to the bottom and slow rolling it back to the boat.
 
The white bass have been in the same areas and for the most part have been coming on 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoons jigged on the bottom in 10 to 20 feet of water. The whites are hard to find, but once you locate them they are in huge schools , and eager to bite. The Osage Arm has been best for the whites.
 
Crappie remain scattered and the fishermen who are having success are staying on the move targeting the cedar and hedge trees that are just begining to show as the water falls with minnows fished on long poles at depths of 7 to 12 feet. The more stained the water in the area you are fishing the shallower the crappie will be. In the clearer water stick with depths of 10 to 12 feet.
 
As the current has become consitent this week the bass fishing has picked up considerably. Red shad and purple worms fished on the main lake points on isolated bushes in 4 to 8 feet of water are working best during the day while topwaters get the nod at sunrise and sunset. Buzzbaits and Pop R's for the early and late bite on the bass.
 
Catfish are also on bigtime. There are a ton of channel cat on the weir flats at the dam coming on a variety of baits from prepared bait to cut shad. Aviod worms as the drum will wear you out. Jug fisherman continue to do well on the blues with cut shad and blue gill for baits. Main lake flats in 8 to 12 feet of water have been best.
 
That's this weeks info. As they will probably be running water on a consistent basis for the next couple of weeks as they draw the lake back to normal pool conditions and fishing will most likely not change. So if I dont post a report stick with what you have hear.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
 
  
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fishing report 7-9-2015

Current lake level is 720.70 and surface water temp is 83 degrees.
 
Recent rainfall and rapidly rising lake level have the fish very confused. They run turbines at the dam then shut it down . Then they open uip the flood gates and fishing gets really good with the increase in current, then more torrential rain and they shut the water flow off again. This tupe of fluctuation in the water conditions has the fish scattered all over the place. They are showing on the schedule that they will again open the flood gates on Saturday to the tune of 50,000 cubic feet per second. This should get the bite going again.
 
The white bass have been busting shad early and late in the day on the lower lake in the area within three miles of the dam. Their location has not been consistent but if you cruise the lower lake looking for these large schools busting shad have a 1/2 ounce spoon tied on. When you spot a school cast the spoon past them and bring the spoon thru them on a rapid retrieve and hold on they will hammer it.
 
Once the flood gates come back on Saturday not only will you find the whites schooling on top, but the whites and hybrids will also begin to show up on the humps again. 1/2 ounce spoons jigged on the bottom for the whites on these humps, and a 4 inch chartruse sassy shad on a threee quater ounce head slow rolled on the bottom over the humps for the hybrids will be a good technique.
 
Crappie have been very slow, but there have been some fish taken 12 feet deep in the cedars all over the lake where the water is clear enough to fish. The Pomme and Tebo Arms have been best. Fish the cedars at the mouths of the coves as I said 12 feet deep with minnows being the best bait.
 
The cats have been best on jugs on the main lake flats, and in the flooded fields in the backs of the creeks with a variety of bait doing well. Cut shad, hot dogs, bluegill, and prepared baits are all doing well.
 
The bass are very scattered but they are shallow in the flooded green stuff. Two areas have been best for bass. Main lake points, or all the way back in the creeks and coves. Tie on a spinner bait, buzzbait, frog, weightless palstic worm, any bait you can work efficiently thru the thick flooded cover and stay on the move for these scattered shallow bass.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek marina!!!
 
 
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fishing report 6-25-2015

Current water level is 717.36 and falling. Water surface temp is 80 degrees.
 
Well the torrent of storms over the past month seems to have slowed and the corps has caught the lake level. With the falling water the current we need to stack the fish up in predictable patterns is finally here, and the fishing has really picked up.
 
Best bite right now is for white bass and hybrids. Reports are coming in from all over the lake of white bass busting new hatch fry on the surface early and late in the day. To catch them anglers are casting 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoons into the rising fish and retieving them rapidly back thru the school. Whites are alsio beginning to show up on the humps in 12 to 16 feet of water being taken on the same spoons jigged on the bottom.
 
Hybrids are also showing up on the humps and current breaks with the best bait for these being a 4 inch chartruse sassy shad fished on a 3/4 ounce head. Either slow roll the sassy shad on the bottom or use a stop and go retrieve letting the shad go back to the bottom on each pause.
 
Largemouth bass have also become active in the current. Main lake points fished with red shad or purple plastic worms at depths of 6 to 12 feet are the best bet in the midday hours , while topwaters and buzzbaits get the nod early and late in the day.
 
Crappie fishing has improved some with fish being taken on minnows on the main lake flats in the cedar and hedge trees on minnows fished 8 to 12 feet deep. You can expect to catch a lot of small non keeper crappie, but there are keepers to be taken. As the water continues to fall crappie fishing should improve.
 
Catfish are also on the flats with jugs baited with bluegill and cut shad set in 6 to 15 feet of water working best.
 
We should have current and falling water for the next several weeks, and the more the water falls and the stronger the current gets the better the fishing will be.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!! 
 
  
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fishing report 6-5-2015

Water level is 716.59 and still rising. Water surface temp is 67 degrees. Fishing techniques and patterns have not changed much since last week. Until they catch the lake level and start to drop the water stick with the same patterns I mentioned in last weeks report.
 
 Now when they do catch the water level and the lake begins to drop HANG ON!!! Once the lake starts dropping then we will have current on the points humps and cuts which will stack up almost all species in these spots, and fishing will be awesome!!!!
 
We have more rain coming in the next hour or so as I write this report so when they will catch the lake level is anybody's guess. I will keep you posted.
 
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fishing report 5-29-2015

WOW will the rain ever stop??? As you might guess the recent rains have the lake level coming up rapidly. Currently the lake is at 714 and still rising with water surface temp at 70 degrees.
 
The high water has changed fishing patterns this week. The crappie have moved into the flooded bushes and willows as have the largemouth and the cats.
 
Crappie are coming on SWARM jigs in flooded willow and buckbrush bushes in 4 to 6 feet of water. Simply fish bush to bush putting your jig right in the middle of the cover. Best color has been pink and white in the clean water and black and chartruse in the muddy water. Best areas have been main lake flats.
 
The largemouth also are in the bushes and flooded grass on main lake points with a variety of baits working. Topwaters, worms, buzzbaits, spinner baits, and frogs are all producing bass. It is a fun time to bass fish as the fish are all up shallow.
 
Blues and channels are coming in 2 to 6 feeet of water in the flooded cover in the backs if the creeks. Cut shad and nightcrawlers fished 3 feet deep on a bobber will produce plenty of action, as will jugs also set shallow.
 
The hottest action this week has been at the weir wall in front of the dam. White bass, hybrids, walleye, crappie, and catfish are all coming in this area. Spoons, Swarm jigs on a 1/4 ounce head fished tipped with a minnow, and sassy shads are all working on the weir. Hold your boat in 18 to 21 feet of water on the front drop of the wall and fish baits on the bottom. Depending on water clarity the action here can be fast and furious. When the water muddies up SLOWWWW down your presentation for best action. 
 
As the water begins to fall next week action should pick up even more everywhere on the lake. 
 
That's the report for this week. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
   
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fishing report 5-19-2015

Water level is 710.30 almost 4 feet above normal, and the water surface temp is 70 degrees.
 
As you might guess the water being up has the fish on the feed, and fishing this week has been awesome!!!! They have been generating power at the dam all week which has all species of fish set up on some very predictable patterns.
 
The majority of the crappie are done spawning and have moved out to 6 to 15 feet of water around timber, and into the shallower brush piles on the flats. Both minnows and SWARM jigs in a variety of colors are working well. Around the timber fish are 6 to 12 feet deep, while in the brush piles you want your bait just above the top of the highest point in the pile. We are seeing several limits of nice crappie in the 10 to 14 inch size range come to the doch every day. As always if minnows are your choice remember to let the fish put some downward pressure on the rod tip before setting the hook or you will miss alot of fish.
 
The white bass and hybrid fishing this week has been crazy. Spoons and sassy shads at the wier wall at the dam are producing well. Hold your boat in 20 to 23 feet of water on the front drop of the weir and vertical jig a 1/2 ounce Bob Bates spoon off the bottom, and cast the sassy shad out parralllel to the drop let it go to the bottom, and slow rol it back. Whites and hybrids are also showing up on the humps on the same baits as well as live bait like shad and small perch. They normally do not run water at the dam on a holiday weekend unless the lake is extremely high so this fishing may slack of over the holiday. Check the Sterett Creek website under 3 day water forecast to see what they might run at the dam this coming weekend.
 
Largemouth bass fishing has really picked up this week also with buzzbaits and worms producing on the main lake points in 6 to 10 feet of water. We had some nice bass wieghed in in the Tuesday nite tourney with 10 pounds winng and a 4.77 big bass.
 
The catfish both blues and channel cats are on the feed also. Blues are on the main lake flats in 10 to 20 feet of water on cut shad and bluegill, while the channels are in the backs of the creeks taking nightcrawlers on the bottom.
 
Well that's it for this week. Have a GREAT holiday!!! See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!
 
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fishing report 5-8-2015

The rain has the lake on the rise at almost 708 and surface water temp is 66 degrees.
 
The crappie spawn seems to be coming to an end as this week the best crappie are coming on the summer pattern with minnows getting the nod to catch them. Look for timber on flats in the creeks or brush piles on flats near the mouths of the spawning coves. My best luck this week has come in 8 to 15 feet of water fishing minnows down 6 to 12 feet deep. As always wait for the fish to put some downward pressure on the rod tip before setting the hook.
 
Bass are begining to show up on the points with topwater being best early and late, and plastics working well during the day. They have been 4 to 8 feet deep.
 
Catfish are really picking up on the main lake flats in 6 to 15 feet of water on jugs using cut shad or 3  to 5 inch bluegill for bait.
 
There have been a few reports of white bass and hybrids surfacing early and late over the humps, but they have been very spuratic. I look for this bite to really pick up on the spawn humps with jigging spoons in just a few days.
 
Looks like we will have lots of rain which means rising water. This will get the dam running on a consistent basis and should really help the white and hybrid bite get going.
 
Thats it for this week see ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!  
 
 
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fishing report 4-30-2015

The warmer weather has the water temps back in the 60s and the bite is on. Lake water level is 707.03 and surface water temps are 60 to 65 degrees.
 
The crappie are on the banks almost everywhere on the lake, In the clear water they are 3 to four feet deep while in the stained water areas of the lake they are a foot deep right on the bank. Look for the steeper banks with a mix of chunk rock and pea gravel. SWARM jigs fished on a long pole parallel to the bank, or on a jig and cork setup are working best. Pink and white is the color in the clear water while black and chartruse gets the nod in the stained water.
 
Bass are bedding and a variety of soft plastics like lizards, craws, and beavers are working well. There is also a good bite on spinnerbaits, and pop r's. Keep the pop r handy as there has been alot of surface activity. 
 
Catfish this week have also really picked up with jug fishermen taking blues from 3 to 38 pounds on jugs set in 18 feet of water on the main lake baited with perch.
 
A few whites are being taken but the real white and hybrid action has not hit as yet. 
 
Bottom line this week is gonna be killer. Put the trolling motor down and keep a bait wet and you will catch fish.!!!!!!!!
 
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fishing report 4-23-2015

Well the cold front has put the hurt on the bank crappie on Truman. The water temp has dropped from 63 to 65 degrees down to 56 to 58 degrees and the bank bite for spawning crappie has really gotten tuff. The water level with the recent rains has also come up 3 feet this week to 709.05.
 
That's the bad news. The good news is that we have two 70 plus degree days and 50 degree nights before the weekend so the water temps should come back up and put the crappie back in the mood for love again. I look for a second wave of spawning activity to start by Saturday afternoon with the wamer temps.
 
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fishing report 4-18-2015

Current lake level is 707.66 and rising. Water surface twmp is from 57 to 65 degrees, of course water temp is warmest in the backs of the creeks and coves.
 
I apologize for the report being late this week meant to post it Thursday but my oldtimers must be acting up.
 
The crappie are really starting to hit the banks in all areas of the lake. We fished a variety of jig colors in the SWARM jig line this week on the Bob Bates jigheads in a variety of ways and all produced well. We fished long poles with about two feet of line out simply moving down the bank SLOWWWW keeping the boat in three feet of water and caught a ton. !/4 jigheads with pink and white, chartruse and black, and chartruse and white all produced well. We also fished the same colors on 1/8 oz. heads with a cork set two feet deep retrieving them with a SLOWWW twitch and stop motion and took a lot of fish that way. Bottom line is the spawn is on and if you just keep a jig in the water and fish the steeper rocky banks slow you are gonna catch fish!!! The storms this weekend will curtail things some, but I do Not see any really extreme temp changes that will back the fish off. The next week to ten days should be really hot for the shallow spawn crappie. One note. I fished the dingy to stained water when I found it. The fish in the stained water are less spooky and easier to catch, and this water warms faster than the clear water. Best stained water is in the Osage and Grand river arms of the lake. 
 
The largemouth are also begining to bed, and spinner baits in chartruse and white with a chartruse trailer. or black lizards are producing best. Look for largemoth also to be on the steeper rocky banks half way to all the way back in the creeks and coves. 
 
Catfish have been good this week with channel cats on the shallow flats in the backs of the major creeks, while the blues have been deeper in the 30 to 40 foot depth holes on the main lake. 
 
No report on whittes or hybrids as yet.
 
If you dont get to Truman in the next ten days you may miss the peak of the crappie spawn for this year!!!
 
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fishing report 4-10-2015

Well things are really looking up this week with the warmer weather. The lake level is 706.07 and the main lake surface temp is 52 degrees with the temps in the backs of the crreks and coves from 59 to 65 degrees. The little cold front we had last night kinda slowed the shallow water bite early today, but I fished this afternoon and was able to finally find some bank crappie in the lower lake area. The water temp where I found the fish was 63 to 65 degrees way up a mian creek in murky water. Murky water always warms faster in the spring and will produce the first shallow water bank crappie and largemouth bass. The crappie I hit today were 1 to 2 feet deep just off the steeper chunkrock banks on a black and chartruse SWARM JIG on a 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jighead. I was fishing the jig on a 12 foot Crappie Max Lite Bass Pro rod. I just let out about two feet of line and worked the jig down the bank VERYYYY SLOWWW to get bit. The bite got better late in the day as the water warmed up.
 
I honestly believe that by Saturday afternoon we will be able to find bank fish all over the lake. I have had several reports of good sized bank crappie coming in the upper reaches of the Osage, Grand, and Tebo Arms of the lake. Again remember that the murky water is warmer and will produce first so find water where you can only see a jig down 1 to 3 inches and fish SLOWWWW!!!! Best bite as always at this time of year has been late afternoon into early eveing.
 
All the big news for bass fishing this week has been spinner baits in the backs of the creeks and coves, again in the murkier water. Chartruse and white with a chartruse trailer have produced best. I actually saw a few bass bust shad today while crappie fishing.
 
Not too many reports of catfish as yet, but what iI have heard is that the blues are on the flats in 2 to 6 feet of water on cut shad.
 
Again I look for the crappie spawn to really turn on this week barring a torrential rainfall.
 
Looking forward to crappie and morels for dinner this week!!!! Seeya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
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fishing report 4-2-2015

Water level is 705.3 and the water surface temp is 50 degrees main lake with the backs of the creeks ranging from 54 to 61 degrees.
 
Crappie have been the best bite this week with the upper lake producing the most fish. A variety of techniques are putting fish in the boat. Spider rigging with minnows 4 to 8 feet deep in the main creeks in the upper grand arm is doing very well, while at the same time in the backs of the creeks where the water temps are in the 58 to 61 degree range longpoling with a variety of SWARM jig colors around the stumps in 2 to 5 feet of water 1 1/2 to 2 feet deep is producing some nice crappie also. Best colors have been black and chartruse , pink and black, and pink and chartruse as the water in these areas is very stained. 
 
We have also been catching some crappie in the river on the upper lake of the Ozarks. The pattern there has been bluff banks where the bluff breaks down into chunk rock, and these fish are on the bank from one to two feet deep. We again are using long poles ten to 12 footers with bright colored SWARM jigs with about two feet of line out working these steep bluff and chunkrock banks slowwwwww. We took 34 10 to 11 inch fish yesterday and 27 today. 
 
Bass on Truman have been best in the backs of the major creeks that run way back off the main lake on chartruse spinner baits slow rolled in 3 to 5 feet of water on the edges of the creek channels. good fish but not many being taken in the 3 to 4 pound range. 
 
 No re[ort on cats white bass yet. I have heard there are some hybrids being caught on spinner baits in the backs of the coves near the mouth of the Pomme Arm like Whig and Prarie creek. 
 
Now for the bad news we are forecast to get some severe storms tonight and tomorrow morning. If these dump a huge amount of rain everthing will middy up and it will take 4 yo 5 days to get the bite back on track again. 
 
Thet's the report for this week. See ya at Strerrett Creek Marina!!! 
 
 
Steve Blake
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fishing report 3-20-2015

Water level is 706 and surface temp on the main lake is 40 while this afternoon the backs of the creeks way up the lake got as high as 54 degrees surface temp.
 
The cold front really slowed the bite down all over. The bass almost completely shut off, and the crappie bite was very slow at all depths for me today. The water temp should recover tomorrow afternoon. There should be a good bite after that for awhile as there are no real harsh cold fronts in the coming forecast.
 
We took crappie today from2 to 3 feet deep in 3 to 6 feet of water in the backs of the big major creeks that run way back off the main lake. As I said the bite was very slow but seemeed to pick up some this afternoon when the water temp got up past 52.
 
Look for the bite to really come back as the next few days will be warm and sunny.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
 
Steve Blake
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fishing report 3-14-2015

With the warmer weather fishing for bass and crappie has come on in a big way over the last few days. The current lake level is 706.59 and depending on where you are at on the lake surface water temps vary greatly.  On the main lake temps are 42 to 46 degrees while in the backs of the big major creeks water temps are as high as 60 degrees. These warmer water temps have really got the fish turned on.
 
We have taken limits of crappie several days this week. The crappie are coming in the back one third of the major creeks from stumps and cover on the edge of the creek channel where the water is 3 to 6 feet deep, and the fish are suspened around these stumps a foot to two feet deep. We are fishing bright colored Swarm jigs in black and chartruse, orange and chartruse, and red and chartruse on a twelve foot Bass Pro Crappie Max rod and dipping the jig around the cover as I said a foot to two feet deep. The water in the areas we are fishing is very murky so you have to let the jig sit for at times as much as thirty seconds to get the bite, but when it comes they are really thumping it. The fish are averaging 11 to 13 inches, and most are black crappie.
 
Largemouth bass are coming on two patterns. On the main lake points clown rouges fished slow in a jerk jerk pause are taking good fish in the two to four pound size range. Back in the warmer water in the backs of the creeks ther are also good bass being taken in one to four feet of water on Black and chartruse jig and frog, and chartruse spinnerbaits. The shad are piled up in the backs of these creeks and the bass and crappie are there feeding on them in a big way.
 
For the rest of this month and well into April daytime highs are forcast to stay in the 50 to 70 degree range so I do not see the fishing doing anything but getting better every day. Well I am headed out to get another mess of fat shallow water crappie. If you wanna go give me a call at 660-525-0692.
 
See ya at Sterrett Creek Marina!!! 
 
 
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fishing report

Been awhile since the last report due to the hard water. Ha Ha  The lake right now is at 706.38 and water temp  is ice!!!!! Although the lake is about 70% covered with ice things at Sterett Creek Marina have been moving along at a fast pace all winter. Ken Kathy and the crew have been hard at it on several projects. The Motel is now almost 100% remodeled, we will be setting the new dock as soon as the ice gets out. This new dock features a nice patio for our customers to relax on. The marina store has been completely gutted and remodeled, and the new 6 foot wide marina walkway is complete.
 
All indications are that 2015 will be an awesome year for fishing at Truman as the conservation commision is predicting strong populations. Begining March 6th the weather service is forecasting two weeks of weather in the 50 to mid sixty degree range which will have all the fish heading into the creeks and coves for their pre spawn feedup. I will be back on the water daily as soon as the ice goes out and will update the report after I have a few days to figure out what each species is doing. Normally the period after ice out is great for bass and crappie. Look for an update in mid march.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!! 
 
 
Steve Blake Full time guide Sterett Creek Marina
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fishing report 1-28-2015

Water level on Truman is 706.81 and the water surface temp is 37 degrees.
 
Crappie continue to be the best bite this week with limits of 10 to 12 inch crappie being the rule rather than the exception. The crappie are bunched on shad over the river channels and on top of the deep brush piles. Pink and white, and brown and orange Swarm jigs rigged on the 1/4 ounce Bob Bates pink jigheads are producing well. 
 
When u locate a big school of shad or a brushpile on your graph pay special attention to the exact depth that the top of the school or brush is at and fish your jig right at that depth. You can be a foot off and not get a bite. You have to be right at the top of the cover or shad school. Bites are not fast and furious but once you land two or three fish in a spot stick it out and be patient. There are more there.
 
I have seew juggers this weeek taking some nice blue cats with shad on the bluff banks setting bait at 20 feet deep. The O-1 bluff has been real good for blues.
 
The next couple of days are forecast to be warmer than normal so if you want to get in on some winter crappie fishiong action give me a call at 660-525-0692!!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!teve Blake
Field Operations Manager
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fishing report 1-21-2015

Lake is near normal pool and surface water temp is 35 degres.
 
Crappie bite this past week has been very good. We have been able to produce limits of 10 to 12 inch crappie on a consistent basis all week fishing 1/4 ounce pink Bob Bates heads with several colors of Swarm jig bodies. Fish are for the moxt part coming from brush piles in 20 to 35 feet of water 12 to 18 feet down keeping the jig right at the top of the brush. Best tip I can give this week to produce more fish is to give the jig very little or no action, and be very aware of the VERRYYYYYYYY subtle bite. 
 
The weather looks awesome for the next few days so fishing should continue to be good.
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!'.
 
 
Steve Blake
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Cell 660-525-0692
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fishing report 1-12-2015

Not much change in crappie patterns this week with some slight exceptions. The water in the Grand and Osage arms near the dam has stained up considerably. While the Little Tebo is still fairly clear. I did find this week that the water that is stained requires that we use black and chartruse Swarm jigs on the 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jig and that you have to almost dead stick the jig to get bit in the stained water. Get the jig right at the top of the brush or shad balls and hold it as still as possible to get bites. If you hit a fish or two stay there and fish patiently and SLOWWWW there are more. Bites are not as numerous as in the clear water in the Little Tebo but the stained water fish are running better size. Some nice weather coming in the next few days should be great to catch a mess of fresn winter crappie!!!
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
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fishing report 1-3-2015

Current lake level is 707.02 and the surface water temp is 40 degrees.
 
Hope everyone had a safe and joyous holiday season. Now it is time to get in on the best part of the winter crappie bite. January and February see the crappie on Truman school up on shad in big numbers and big size. That bite is starting now and will just get better over the next two months.
 
Fished yesterday for three hours and put 22 nice crappie in the 10 to 14 inch size range in the boat, and released several smaller fish to grow another year. Our fish came for the most part from brush and cover on bluffs in depths of 18 to 35 feet of water total depth, and 12 to 18 feet down. The fish were suspended at whatever level the top of the brush was in each area. The big fish came from the 12 to 18 foot depth range. We fished the 1/4 ounce Bob Bates jighead, rigged with the hot new Swarm jigs. Best colors were pink and white, chartruse and black, and the crawfish color brown and orange. Pink and white worked best in the clearer water while the c/b aan b/o worked better in the stained water. On the lower lake the Grand and the Osage Arms are stained, with the Tebo and Little tebo Arms having the cleaner water color. 
 
The key to getting bit on a regular basis was to make sure that you had your jig as close to the top of the brush as possible without getting hung up. 
 
I still have lots of openings for the winter crappie special for the next two months so give me a call at 660-525-0692 and get in on the action. This is the best time of the year on Truiman for quality size crappie. 
 
See ya at Sterett Creek Matrina!!!!  
 
Steve Blake
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Fisherman Eyewear & Guideline Eyegear
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fishing report

Just a quick update. The patterns for the crappie in the last report are still working well. Fished the past two days and am seeing the crappie starting to bunch up on the shad in bigger schools. Best colors of the SWARM jigs have been blue and white, pink and white, and brown and orange. The next week shows some really nice weahter so if you want to get in on some fast crappie action give me a call. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!
 
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fishing report 11-28-2014

Hope all had a GREAT Thanksgiving Holiday!!!

Getting a late start this season on our winter crappie special because I will be having a minor surgical procedure done this week. The winter crappie special this year will begin on December 15th and run thru the end of February. Cost this year is $100.00 per person with a minimum of two people and a maximum of three anglers. This price includes all gas, oil, baits, and rods specifically geared for the winter crappie bite. All you need bring are your drinks and snacks for the day. I will be working with another guide so we can handle parties of four to six anglers if necessary. For those of you who wanted to book in the first two weeks of December my apologies as I do need to get this sugery and recovery over. I will be guiding on a limited basis this year so book as early as you possibly can to make sure you get the dates you desire. To make a booking call my cell at 660-525-0692.
 
Current water level on Truman is 706.66, and the surface water temps is 46 degrees.
 
Sorry for not filing a report in some time but the winter crapie bite has just now started to change a bit. The fish are starting to congregate a little on the shad schools so it takes a little longer to find them, but once you do there will be several in that area. The key is to find the shad. If you are not seeing shad on the graph keep moving until you do. The bluffs as always are your best bet in the winter months, especially the bluff points and channel bends along the bluffs. We are using the 1/4 ounce Bob Bates crappie special jig tipped with the new and awesome SWARM jig. I don.t know what it is about the SWARM jig but the crappie eat it up!!!! We are taking about a quater inch off of the head of the jig body to decrease the profile of the bait. This seems to help in the number of fish caught, as with a full jig body you will get a ton of short strikes. Best depths for the crappie have been from 18 to thirty feet, and the jig must be fished very SLOWWWWWLY just inches of the bottom so bring your most sensative rod as strikes are very VERYYYY light. I am using a nine foot Crappie Max rod by Bass Pro Shops and Bass Pro Extreme reel spooled with 8 pound Berkley Big Game line. Cover water until you hit two or three fish in an area then slow down and fish that area throughly. One bonus we have been getting is several good sized white bass along with the crappie. Where there are whites the crappie will be there on the shad also. Also you will be well ahead of the game if you look for fish on the bluffs that do not recieve alot of pressure, so don't be afraid to run up lake a bit to get away from the pressure!!!!!
 
There is a fairly consistent bass bite going on also, bet the pattern is a closely kept secret you will have to go on a guide trip to experience. LOL!!
 
Happy Holidays!!! to all see ya at Sterett Creek Marina. !!!! 
  
StevC Blake
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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!