Truman Lake Fishing Report

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Truman Lake Fishing Report

Fishing Report 4-16-2018

By Steve Blake

Current water level on Truman is 706.99 and water surface temp at the dam is 49 degrees.

Well just when 4 days of 60 and 70 degree weather had things on the upswing for fishing mother nature put the brakes on with two nights below freezing.

Two days ago the day before the cold front I had three reports of shallow crappie a foot deep in three feet of water. So they are wanting to begin their annual mating ritual if the temps will cooperate. Looks like starting Tuesday of this week the temps will finally get back to more seasonal normal so I would guess that by late week the water temps will be back up enough to get the fish back shallow.

I am not saying that the full blown spawn will be on but, I do think that the crappie and bass will move shallow again to feed up for the spawn. I have seen a ton of crappie cleaned in the past week both from upper LOZ and Truman, and none of the fish I saw had eggs that were even close to fully developed. The white crappie I have seen have eggs that are about as big around as a lead pencil. They have at least 10 days of warm weather to get developed. On the other hand I have seen several black crappie that have egg sacks that are about the size of an adult average thumb so I feel they will be in spawning mode first.

This past week I have been on the water mostly on upper LOZ as the 30 to 40 MPH winds have kept most people off the big water on Truman. Below Truman dam we are still catching crappie in the 10 to 12 inch size one poling char combinations of SWARM JIGS rigged on the 1/4 ounce Bob Bates short shank jig heads. We have found the fish in 15 to 20 feet of water just a foot off the bottom in areas where there is a current break. That is where the swift water and the slack water meet. The fish have been just inside the slack water at the edge of the current. You can find these areas anywhere the river makes a turn and creates an eddy. We are putting little to no action on the jig almost dead sticking it for best results. On Truman I had reports from three different areas of the lake the day before the cold front of crappie being taken in the backs of the major creeks a foot deep in three feet of water. As I said earlier I think that action should return late week with the warmer temps.

White bass and hybrid fishing has been fair this week on upper LOZ with a variety of baits fished in 3 to 10 feet of water. In line spinners, swim baits, and rattle traps have all been taking whites and hybrids also in the eddy areas.

Cats continue to be good both on Truman and upper LOZ in 8 tom 15 feet of water on the channel edges with cut shad being the best bait. Lots of slot fish and several overs have been taken this week.

The high school boys battled the wind this weekend and proved the bass bite is strong on Truman with several 3 to 5 pound largemouth taken. Reports are clown rouges and red wiggle warts were some of the best producers.

Well that is it for this week. Sorry for the long lapse between reports but the wind and cold have limited all but the most hardy the past two weeks. The spring like temps we have coming this week should make this coming week a good one for anglers on both bodies of water. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina!!!!!

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

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!