Fishing Report from Burtons Bait and Tackle

Fall hours:  We are in the time of
year when we are open based on the weather.   I will try and
post daily my plans for being at the store.  

OPEN
Open Monday 11-18 at 9 a.m. till 12 or 1 
Open Tuesday 11-19 at 8:30 am  till 12 or 1
Open Wednesday 11-20 at 8:30 to 1
If you need something other than these
times call during the open hours and see if we can help.

The new 2019
brush pile
coordinates are now available!!!   We
also have hard copies available at the store. 

Normal Lake Level:
864.20       Current Lake Level:

864.65   6 inches high and steady: Outflow is now 8 cfs
 TRIMBLE WILDLIFE REFUGE IS
CLOSED!!!  W-hwy boat ramp is open but you may not go North
into the refuge for any reason.  It will be closed from October 15th
to January 31, 1920.  

Since Smithville Lake is now
infested with zebra mussels please follow the
THE procedures for
decontaminating your boat before taking it to another lake.  The web
site below will give you the recommended procedure. 

http://mdc.mo.gov/landwater-care/invasive-species/invasive-animal-management/zebra-mussel-control   I 

Crappie: GOOD: 
The lake should be 6 inches high and the outflow back to 8 cfs.  They will
probably leave the level alone till later this winter when they do the
draw down to 2 feet below normal.    The crappie are heading
into their winter patterns.  The docks at Campbranch and Little
Platte are both producing fish.  You can get a permit from the Clay
Co. parks to fish on the courtesy docks.   There are still fish
around the brush piles on the main lake.  As the water cools the fish
will start schooling up and following the shad.     You can catch them on jigs or minnows.
(see blog)  Some days jigs are better and others the minnow is
best.  Silver/chart, blue/chart jigs and pink and chart. are both producing
fish.    
   

FISHING BLOG (what is a blog
anyway) 

9-5   Went out this
morning and did the crappie thing and they are still biting and they are
still big.   Had 30 all over 9 1/2 inches and only kept 7 of the
under fish.   We were having trouble catching the under to add
to the pile.  Minnows on a slip bobber about 8 feet deep worked
today.  They were in the 18 feet deep piles where the brush came up
to 8 feet or so from the top.   I did catch several on a
jig.  I’m not sure where all of the big fish are coming from.

9-8  Went out at 4
o’clock and had 30 crappie 9+ inches and heading home at 7.  
Same old main lake brush piles.  Nothing has changed in the past few
weeks.  The size of the fish is the suprise.  

10-1   Out for four
hours with three guys.   We easily caught our 45 fish over 9
inches.  The size is still above average.  The fish were still
in the main lake brush piles and they wanted a minnow.  I fished a
jig quite a bit and caught very few fish.  The minnow on the other
hand were putting fish in the boat.  As always we could always see
the dam from were we were fishing.  

10-19   Fished this
morning and had a great day.  The fish were buried down in the brush
piles but if you dropped a minnow straight down into the brush you could
catch them and they were big.  A 10″ fish was just “that’s
an ok fish.  Really nice size and few throw backs.   Almost
all on minnows on a tight line straight over the side.

 Catfish
Excellent :    The cats are feeding up.  Hope that
dosen’t  mean an early winter.   I
have seen lots of pictures of big stringers.  The shad are starting
to get larger and the cats are feeding up on them.   Most of the bigger fish,
flat heads and blues have come off of trot lines and limb lines using live
bait ( goldfish or and cut baits.  (shad and skip jack)  If you
want to catch the smaller channel cats dip baits, liver and worms are your
best bets.  Shad and
chicken livers for the bigger bites and crawlers or dip baits for the smaller channels.  

BASS Ever
changing:
     The fish-off
is Sept. 28 and 29.  The field is set with the top 53 teams competing
for a pile of money.  The top 20 teams will make the cut and fish day
2 for all of the money.     Check livin2fishsmithville.online
website for pictures and results.  

WHITE BASS:  Good:  
The cooler weather and wind has started bringing the white bass up on the
main lake points.  You can throw a small crankbait, rooster tail, or
a roadrunner head with a white 2″ or 3″ twister tail.  Any
shallow main lake point that has the wind blowing on it is a good place to
try.    As the water cools this fishing should only 
get better.   

Walleye:  The
walleye should start moving up on the points like the white bass this
fall.  Flicker shad or rattle traps should keep most of the whites
bass off long enough to get your bait in front of a
walleye.        

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