Truman Lake Fishing Report

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Truman Lake Fishing Report

Fishing Report 10-27-16

By Steve Blake

Current water level is 707.78 and water surface temp at the dam is 66 degrees.

With the falling water temps and the falling water levels patterns have changed this week for almost all species. We have had to downsize baits on all species to have success. They are still running water at the dam on a daily basis with the exception that they did not run on the weekend this past week. With the lake getting back closer to normal pool I doubt they will run any water this weekend.

All species of fish seem to be in a transition from their summer to their fall patterns and are somewhat scattered at this time.

The white bass and hybrid bite at the dam slowed the past two days either due to the extreme weather fronts or the fact that they are starting to move shallow for their fall feed-up. We were still able to catch some nice hybrids in the 4 to 10 pound range, and whites from 1 to 2 pounds but had to change tactics and baits. The past two days a 1/4 ounce jig head rigged with a pink and white Swarm crappie jig body has been the best bait for both hybrids and whites. We are positioning the boat on the main lake side of the weir drop off in 15 to 20 feet of water and dropping the jig to the bottom then lifting it about a foot off the bottom and letting the current drift it back up the drop to get bit. Once the jig had drifted back behind the boat and up off the bottom reset again and repeat the procedure. Bites are strong when they occur but you have to be patient as they are not as frequent as they have been. I have had reports of some shallow whites and hybrids on in line spinners like the Shyster and Rooster tail in white 1/4 ounce size on the windy points but they have been very spotty. The shallow bite will get much better I believe as the lake gets back to normal pool and the surface temp of the water continues to fall. If they do not run water this weekend look for the whites and hybrids on the bank pattern with in line spinners.

The crappie have been best this week on the bluffs especially on the bluff points near the dam. We are dropping a 1/4 ounce jighead rigged with a Swarm jig body to the bottom in 15 to 25 feet of water and raising it a foot off the bottom and working along the bluff or bluff point SLOWWWWWWW to keep the jig as close to the bottom as possible. Bare bluffs void of timber are holding the most fish. Best colors of the Swarm jig have been pink and white, pink and chartreuse, and black and chartreuse. Bites are very light so you have to have a fast action rod with a very sensitive tip. My preferred rod is the 9 foot Bass Pro crappie max pro series rod. It has a fast tip to feel the lightest of strikes but a lot of back bone to set the hook on these deeper water crappie. I spool it with 8 pound test Berkley Big Game line. The bite is slow , and you will catch a lot of smaller fish, but if you are patient and spend the day on the water you can catch a limit of nice 10 to 12 inch crappie on this pattern.

The bass have also gotten a little finicky this week, and we have had to downsize our spinner baits from the 1/2 and 3/4 ounce baits to a 3/8 once bait with a number 3 or 4 single Clorado blade. The fish are still half way to all the way back in the creeks on the shad but are not right on the bank as they have been due to the falling water levels. Look for large mouth to be in three to six feet of water on the steeper banks of the creeks and coves. Best spinner bait color has been white with a chartreuse trailer. cast to the bank and slow roll the bait down the contour of the bank. Strikes should occur half way to three quarters of the way back to the boat.

I have seen some nice cats taken on the weir this week. Cat fishermen are anchoring on the front drop of the weir and fishing cut shad on the bottom on the weir flats which are to the right and left of the dam flood gates and turbines. I have seen several blues in the 6 to 25 pound range.

Well time for breakfast at Lil Papa Joe's. See ya on the lake or at Sterett Creek Marina!!!

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Monday, 29 November 2021

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!