Truman Lake Fishing Report

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Sterett Creek Marina - Truman Lake

Truman Lake Fishing Report

Fishing Report 4-1-2019

By Steve Blake

Current 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 are very muddy, on the lower lake nothing could be further from the truth. While the water is stained, the dam and Sterett Creek areas are still and will be very fish-able in the weeks to come. Couple that with the fact that from now until the 15th of April lows will be in the mid 40's to mid 50's and highs are forecast to be from the mid 60's to mid 70's and my 35 years experience on Truman tell me that fishing on the lower lake is fixing to bust loose big time!

Right now crappie are staged half way back in the creeks and coves in 25 to 30 feet of water down 12 to 15 feet deep. The warmer temps this week will see a rapid rise in surface water temps. Remember stained water warms much faster than clear water, and fish will move in much shallower in stained water when they move up for the pre-spawn feed. They will also be much less spooky in the stained water. This not only applies to crappie but to all other species as well. So the "doom and gloomers" are going to miss the boat on some great fishing. We have starting Tuesday April the 2nd a warm spell that by this weekend will see all species I feel move shallow for the pre-spawn feed. The full moon cycle will begin on April 11th and then we will see the fish begin to start to show signs of spawning.

For crappie and large mouth look for the steeper banks in the creeks and coves that offer a gravel or rock bottom with scattered cover. When they first move in for the first 2 to 3 days the hot action will be the last hour before dark when the males come in to fan the nest. After the nests are complete they will lock on and the action is on. Who knows how long it will last??? I have seen cycles of the spawn last 4 to 6 weeks, and I have seen years when it lasted only 10 days. The point is that temps are setting up for a normal spawn on the full moon in mid April.

Best baits for the pre-spawn and spawn in the stained water will of course be the old standbys char and orange, char and white, and char and black bait choices for both crappie and large mouth. One-eighth ounce weedless jigs with a Swarm Jig body on a 12 foot BPS Crappie Max rod dipping the flooded buck brush and willow bushes a foot to 2 feet deep for the crappie is my favorite pattern for the pre-spawn and spawn for the crappie. For large mouth it is hard to beat a 1/2 ounce char and white spinner bait with a #6 single blade to produce big fish pre-spawn. After the fish lock on the nest black lizard and black and blue jig and pig get the nod.

We are already seeing a few whites and hybrids in the very back of the flooded major creeks on rattle traps, but the best of that action will be early to mid May when they spawn on the main lake hard bottom high spots.

The high water is awesome for catfish of all species as they will move to the back of the flooded areas to feed on all the new food that will be exposed. Cut shad on the flooded flats for blue cats, and night crawlers for the channels will produce.

I know I got a little long winded on this report, but the temps we have coming up will put the bite on like somebody flips a switch, and I am very excited for the great action to come. Hope this report helps all of you cash in on the action. 

See ya at beautiful Sterett Creek Marina!!!!! 

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

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!