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Smithville Lake Fishing Report 10/19/18

Lake Conditions

Water Temp - 65 degrees

Lake Level - 864.7 ASL (.5' high)

The low waters on Smithville made fishing tough throughout the summer, but it may make for improved conditions this fall. Many of the coves with feeder creeks contain grass in the back, which provides good structure for bass feeding on shad. If you fish Smithville much you know that it can be hard to find grass for much of the year. We got on the lake a little after sunrise and decided to fish from the point to the back of the cove to see if we could find where the fish were. Got our first bite, a short fish, on a white spinner bait in about 12' of timber-thick water. The water was a stirred-up, chocolate milk color. Kept working our way back with spinners and Chatterbaits until we got to the very back of the cove which had a really nice creek at the back. I hooked up a nice fish on a Whopper Plopper that got off right at the boat. This fish was cruising in about 1 ft of water. Kept on fishing and finally landed the first keeper on a craw colored Chatterbait with a brown beaver style trailer about halfway down the cove. This fish measured right at 3 lbs. The rest of the day was tough, my guess is that the recent pressure fronts still has the fish being skiddish. I think a crankbait bite is about to turn on in in the coming weeks. As always, love fishing with my dad, especially when I out fish him!

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