Truman Lake Fishing Report

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Sterett Creek Marina - Truman Lake

Truman Lake Fishing Report

Fishing Report 7-13-2017

By Steve Blake

Current water level is 707.59 and water surface temp is 84 degrees.

Looks like the dog days of summer have come early this year. The past three days of hot temps and high wind have kept a lot of anglers of the water, but the fish are still biting even though patters are changing.

Best bite this week remains for crappie. All the pressure that has been put on the brush piles in the dam area has made this pattern tuff. There are still a ton of fish on the brush piles, but the size has really gone downhill. With the water falling nearly a half a foot a day and the lake getting closer to normal pool more and more the long pole pattern with minnows in the timber is starting to produce the better sized crappie. Let me explain the reason for this. With the water falling so fast and getting closer to normal pool every day more and more of the trees and stumps that have not been visible for months are being exposed. These pieces of cover have had no pressure and are holding good sized crappie in the 10 to 14 inch size range. This is holding true in all areas of Truman Lake. Less pressured fish are more aggressive. Look for those trees and stumps on main lake flats that are in 10 to 15 feet of water and that are just barely sticking up out of the water. These are the ones that have just become visible due to the falling water and have had no pressure. Dip minnows down 6 to 12 feet deep and hold your rod dead still. Bites are light, but the size of these fish is much better than the brush pile fish. Yes you will still catch some small fish on this pattern, but the ratio of keepers to non keepers is much better than the brush pile fish. As the water falls every day more and more un-pressured cover will be available to fish. The next two to three weeks should be some of our best big crappie fishing of the summer.

Blue cats and channel cats are the second best bite this week. Look for channels on flats in 6 to 10 feet of water on rod and reel fishing on the bottom with night crawlers. The blue cats are still best with jugs set 10 feet deep in 15 feet of water baited with cut shad or bluegill. I have seen several blues in the 3 to 6 pound size range come in this week. best areas have been the flats at Berry Bend, and KK Island.

Bass fishing has really slowed, but some large mouth are being taken on 7 inch red shad power worms fished very SLOWWWWWWWW on main lake points at depths of 8 to 15 feet. You will work hard for very few bites.

Whites and hybrids have been very slow this week. What few hybrids are being taken are coming on live shad on the humps in the lower Osage and Grand River arms in the first couple of hours in the morning. Some whites are surfacing late in the evening feeding on new hatch fry in the KK Island area. 1/2 ounce spoons cast past the surfacing whites and retrieved rapidly thru the school has been the best bet for action.

I know it is very hot but I am very excited about the crappie fishing for the next few weeks as all the new cover becomes visible to fish we should see some real big crappie.

Well that's it for this week. See ya at Sterett Creek Marina.

Fishing Report 7-6-2017
Open Crappie Tournament


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Saturday, 16 February 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!