Morgan McLain and I fished a tournament on Smithville on Sunday. We got 6th place with 14.11 pounds and our biggest fish weighed 4.85 pounds. The crank bait bite is on at Smithville. If you find a point with a bunch of fish on it, just start cranking. Square bills are always a good choice on Smithville. I even caught a 22” walleye and a 15” white bass on a really old medium diving crankbait that I have not used in 10 years. We caught all these fish but our big one on main lake points. Later when the sun came out, we switched to flipping flooded willows to catch our big fish. Look for little points or pass ways through the willows, just like when you look for points and saddles on a lake. These will be your more product willows. I try to put the bait in the middle of the tree if possible. If the lure doesn’t go through the leaves right away, shake it a little and then it usually falls through. Be aware of how deep you are fishing and count the lure down to the bottom. If it normally takes 6 seconds and the line stop before 6 seconds or keeps moving after 6 seconds, set the hook! I leave the lure set for 5 seconds and gently tighten the line to move the bait. If there is a heavier than normally feeling, set the hook and get the fish out as fast as you can. Hopefully the whole bush will shake and the water will boil with a good fish. Listed below are the items I used for each pattern. The core is expected to start releasing water on Saturday which should make the main lake point bite even better. You can get current lake conditions here. This page is updated daily. If you visit the page often, you may need to refresh the page (F5 in Internet Explorer) to get retrieve the most recent information. Good luck fishing and may all your fish be keepers!
Bomber Fat Free Shad (Green back and white sides)
Aaron Olsen - Fishing Pro Staff for Independence Missouri Bass Pro Shops