Since 1985. I have been fishing the waters of Truman Lake, the home of some of the largest hybrids around. Crappie and White Bass inhabit the lake in large numbers. It would be my pleasure to take you on a fun filled day of fishing, or a half-day if you prefer.
I provide a 2011 Nitro 20-ft. boat with a Mercury 200-hp Optimax XS for your safety and ability to search the lake from one end to the other in a timely fashion. The boat is equipped with a two Lowrance Sonars/GPS to assist in finding the fish. I will also provide fishing tackle.
Fishing Report as of 04/19/2018
Lake level is 706.28. Water temp high 40s to low 50s in the Osage and Grand. The lake has stained up in the creek areas and I noticed a change in the Osage near the dam. The Grand is clearning up quite a bit and in the back of several coves the water temp. was 51-53.
The crappie have moved to the Creeks with the shad. As the water warms, the backs of the creeks will see shad and crappie moving in for the pre-spawn feed up. I found crappie in the creek channels about 2/3 of the way back into the creeks. The bite was not all that great, but did manage some nice crappie. I looked in several creeks and had bites in all…The bite has been super soft and I think the constant change in temperature is moving the fish in and out. The upper Grand River seems to be on fire and it usually is this time of the year. Spider Riggers are loading up fairly quickly….The lower lake is slowly turning on and with warm weather it will improve greatly. I have heard reports of crappie being caught in 3 to 5 feet of water so that would indicate the spawn is near…..but need warmer water 55 or better. Both jigs and minnows are producing. I generally don’t use minnows until after the spawn, but the riggers are having great luck with them. There is a good bite going below the dam in the Osage River as always this time of the year. Swarmjigs are taking the lead in catches along with minnows. Brush piles and steep bank bluffs are giving up some nice crappie.
I am putting Steve Blake’s report as it pertains to the River below the dam which I seldom fish…..”Ok so here is what I found this week. Shallow fish we had before cold front moved out of lower lake areas around Sterett Creek. We had crappie today near Sterett but they were on the bottom half way back in the coves 23 to 26 feet on the bottom Swarm Jigs on 1/4 ounce Bob Bates short shank jigs. Bite was slow so we pulled out and went below the dam and took some good fish in the river 20 feet deep on the bottom same one pole same setup. Crappie were in current breaks just inside the current in slack water. Best water temp I found today was 52.7 down from best last week of 62. Fish we cleaned had eggs but not nearly fully developed. Black crappie eggs were farther along than the white crappie. Week ahead calls for mid 40’s at night and mid 60’s during the day best we can hope for by mid week for water temp on lower lake and river is 55 in my opinion. Should though see some fish move shallow in the backs of the creeks just for pre spawn feed up. Last week of the month should be hot!!!!! If the weather man doesn’t blow the forecast AGAIN!!!!!!”
To early for Whites and Hybrids except below the dam. Several nice limits of good size whites below the dam were taken trolling a shad rap….I did see some nice Hybrids caught from the bank in the no boat zone below the dam…Walleye doing pretty good there too.
That’s it for April 19, 2018 fishing report…Stay warm and help the other guy when you can. I hope that all of you remember your life jacket works better when it is worn. Pleased note the addition of a Memorial Tournament News menu item at the top of my site which hopefully I can keep up with. If you know of one, please email me the information where I can link up with it…..Thanks
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A full day on the lake begins about 8 a.m. and ends about 5p.m. for 1 or 2 people $300.00 plus gas, oil and bait. Third person charge is $50.00.
Half day on the lake is usually 4 hours for 1 or 2 people. $200.00 plus gas, oil and bait. Third person charge is $50.00.
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