Truman Lake Fishing Report

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Sterett Creek Marina - Truman Lake

Truman Lake Fishing Report

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Fishing Report 11-14-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Steve BlakeCurrent lake level is 725.13 and still rising lake surface temp is 63 degrees.Here we go again high water. I spoke with Ken at Sterett Creek Marina this morning, and he had the following info. We will continue to extend the walkway to the marina as far as possible. Once this is no longer possible we will ferry you to the marina v...
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News for May 10th Weekend

​​The property is open so come on down and enjoy the view of the water!! There are some changes in hours and services with the rising lake level.The boat launch will be closing after today as the lake comes up onto the top level of the ramp. The ramp parking area is 75% submerged as well making maneuvering and parking difficult. The high water ramp...
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Drunken Minnow 2019 Debut

​The Drunken Minnow Grill will re-open for the 2019 Season on May 3rd. We'll have our tried and true menu items like our amazing pizzas and our Cuban sandwich as a regular item this year. We'll also have some new items to tempt you made on the new panini grill and weekly specials to try out new and different options to awaken your tired tasteb...
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Fishing Report 4-23-2019

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman is 713.84 and falling. Water surface temp at the dam is 57 degrees, but in the backs of the larger creeks that go way back off the lake you can find as high as 64 degrees.We had a few male crappie starting to move to the banks last week before the cold front which backed them off. Now with 3 days of 60 t...
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Fishing Report 4-8-2019

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 719.93 and slowly falling. Water surface temp at the dam is 51 degrees, but as high as 58 in the backs of the creeks and coves.With the rising water temps things are starting to pick up. A few white bass and hybrids way up the main creeks on rattle traps, crappie as of yesterday were still staged in 18 to 22 fee...
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Fishing Report 4-1-2019

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 719.26 and still rising. Main lake water temp is 46 degrees and way up the creeks you can find 52 to 54 degrees.This week I have heard several people comment that the high water means doom and gloom for fishing in the weeks to come. While it may be true for some of the very upper end areas of the lake that ...
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Wait List Update

​We have attempted contact with everyone on the slip waiting list and have placed everyone who responded in slips. We have released all renewal slips for which we have not received payment as well. We have all slip types available except single well 20" slips. If you are interested in a slip for the 2019 season please contact us by ...
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Fishing Report 3-19-2019

​By Steve BlakeWell finally looks like Spring is here. It has been a long winter but the crew at Sterett Creek Marina has been hard at it with improvements in all areas of the facility especially the campground. I think every one will be impressed. That being said let's talk fishing.Current water level is 714.62 and water surface temp at the dam is...
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Fishing Report 3-9-2019

By Steve BlakeWell it looks like winter has finally started to fade and Spring is just around the corner. Current water level is 707.46 and water surface temp is 38 degrees and will increase with the warmer temps this week. Catfish have been slow and running small but the crappie bite has been awesome when the weather allows you to get on the water...
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Seasonal Camping 2019

We've sent out the first round of invitations to the Seasonal Camping Program by email last weekend so please check your emails! We've heard back from about two thirds of those people. I will be sending out a reminder email today, and follow up with a phone call on Monday if I haven't heard back. Tuesday I will send out emails to fill any rema...
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Boat Slip Availability 2019

​Emails were sent out last weekend to everyone on our waiting list for seasonal boat slips. If you are on our wait list please be sure to check your emails! We will follow up with a phone call next week but if you have not seen an email please give us a call. At this time we do not have any single well 20' slips available. We do have 20' ...
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2-14-2019 Ramp Open - No Ice!

​Ice has melted and ramp is available again! We'll keep posting the conditions as they change!
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Fishing Report 2-13-19

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 708.72 and water surface temp is 34 degrees Best bite this week has been the crappie, lots of them and good average size. I fished three days and took limits each day in short order. Finding fish in the middle of the deeper coves in 30 to 50 feet of water suspended at depths of 20 to 25 feet in the Dam Area. Idl...
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2-9-2019 Iced up again...

​Well again the cove and ramp are iced in! I do have to say it's a beautiful site even if it makes sure no one can get out on a boat. Check out our Facebook page for pictures! It's 14 degrees here, no wind right now and ice is still sparkling on all the tree limbs, bushes and grass. A veritable winter wonderland!Spring is around the corner... :)
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2019 Wait Listers

For all those people on our wait lists for slips and seasonal campsite - please continue to bear with us!We've been delayed in moving forward in notifying you all as we continue to migrate to a new reservation system and work out all the bugs. Set up is very time consuming as is getting procedures down for entering current customers into the c...
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New Online Reservation System!

We are in the process of switching over to a new reservation system. This system is much more user friendly online and also allows you to book overnight slip rentals and boat rentals within the same reservation. The new system will allow us to speed up rental boat reservations and check in by allowing customers to review and sign all of t...
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2-3-2019 RAMP OPEN!

​The warm temperatures and mild breezes yesterday were enough to melt the ice down in the cove and around the ramp! You can launch your boat and ease your cabin fever! There's a chance of drizzly rain so dress for the occasion!
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2-2-2019 Boat Ramp iced in today

Cabin fever has set in and everyone is itching to be on the lake with the temps projected to be warmer this weekend! Despite the warmer weather yesterday our cove is still covered with ice at the ramp extending out to the point across the cove. Hopefully with warmer weather expected today that will improve. Maybe try Shawnee Bend since that ra...
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Fishing Report 1-25-2019

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 709 and water surface temp is 36 degrees.Just wanted to give a quick update. Not much fishing activity this week due to colder temps however some are braving the cold and catching fish. Crappie on Truman continue to be on the steep bluff banks and in the bluff pockets at depths of 12 to 18 feet in 20 feet of wat...
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Happy 2019!!

​Well we've made it into 2019! We hope you all come into the new year happy and healthy! We're continuing to work on the winter projects - primarily the new campsites and repairs around the property! We're excited for the new season and are sure it'll be our best yet!! The motel will open on March 14th in time for spoonbill season. The rest of the ...
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Fishing Report 1-5-2019

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.60 and water surface temp is 41 degrees.Just wanted to give a quick update on fishing in the Sterett Creek Marina and Truman Dam Area With the water up 4 feet and the water color stained some are saying that the bite has slowed down. Nothing could be further from the truth. I went on a little scouting trip o...
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Fishing Report 12-26-2018

​By Steve BlakeMy apologies for the last two weeks not filing a report took a little break for the holidays.Current water level is 707.30 and water surface temp is 42 degrees.Fishing has been a little up and down over the past week. Crappie one day bite like crazy and limits for all in a couple of hours, while on other days it takes four to five ho...
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Fishing Report 11-26-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 705.60 and water surface temp is 48 degrees. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!!! Deer season is over and now it's time to load up on winter crappie!!!! The bite has been awesome with most days seeing us catch 70 to 100 fish in 3 to 5 hours. You will catch a lot of small fish you just have to be selectiv...
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Fishing Report 11-19-2018

​By Steve BlakeCurrent water level on Truman is 705.65 and water surface temp is 46 degrees.The recent cold has really dropped the water temp. Still a few whites and hybrids shallow but few and far between. That is the bad news. The good news is that the falling water temps have put other species in predictable winter patterns.Crappie have been exc...
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Fishing Report 10-31-2018

​By Steve BlakeHappy Halloween!Current water level on Truman is 708 and water surface temp is 60 degrees.With the cooler water temps and the days getting shorter fishing patterns are changing almost daily as the fish get closer to their late fall and winter patterns.On the lower lake near the dam many crappie are already on their winter pattern on ...
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Fishing Report 10-20-2018

By Steve BlakeCurrent water level is 710.40 and water surface temp is 64 degrees.The recent rains in KC have caused Truman to rise 5 feet in the past week. That being said the Osage Arm and much of the water in the upper lake areas in the other arms had muddied. Best fishing this week has been on the lower lake near the dam. Crappie have scattered ...
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Sterett Creek Fall Schedule and end-of-season info

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

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

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

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