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7/24/22 tip your Bink’s Spoon with a minnow and go to town

Daily Fishing Log For July 24, 2022

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date July 24, 2022 Air Temp 90s-100s Current Generation Minimum
Fisherman Intel Resources Water Temp 85-90
Hours Fished Sky Sunny Water Clarity Clean
Fishing Overall Good Wind Light
Fish Caught
Total Caught Total Keepers
Size/Weight (Pounds)
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Bink's Spoons!
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Location/Presentation/Structure
Bink's Spoons has been around since the 90s and used across the country, but especially in the midwest from Arkansas all the way up to Minnesota and Wisconsin. You may have seen other reports discussing Bink's Spoons in previous months. For the rest of the year, we will have a post about Bink's Spoons every two weeks and how to effectively use them on Truman Lake and beyond for crappie and many more predator species. Bink's Spoons were made popular by their creator, Darrell Binkley, on Norfolk Lake. There, he uses the spoons to target many species including crappie, walleye, white bass, hybrids, and stripers. This is the time of the year to get out the jigging spoons. For Truman, you'll more than likely be fishing 0-20 feet of water for hybrids and white bass so the 1/2 oz spoon will work just fine. In clear water, you need to be using one with a lot of white. In stained water, one with a lot of dark color. Match the size with the size of bait they are feeding on that day (Real important). Last but not least, while jigging, raise your rod over your head and let it fall all on slackline! They will hit it on the fall most of the time. Humps from the dam to KK island have been producing fish.
Fishing Notes

Summertime patterns are on! Put that jig away and go pick you up some minnows. Crappie are out on the main lake mud flats on timber and they are eating those minnows up left and right.

If you are tired of getting snagged while dipping minnows down in all of those trees and brush, get you a Bink’s spoon with a single aberdeen hook on it. The Eagle Claw 202 is a perfect sized hook if you plan to swap the treble hook out yourself. But Bink’s sells some of their spoons with the single hook already on it. Then, simply tip that hook with a minnow and drop the spoon down into the structure. If you get snagged, you can easily just use the weight of the spoon to knock it off the snag and retrieve the bait. This procedure can work with the treble hook, but not as well.

Crappie fishing continues to be fantastic lakewide, but the biggest numbers of fish are being reported from Long Shoal down to the dam area. Trees with large, outreaching branches are holding quite a few fish. As you get closer to the dam, the Corp. brush piles are great places to target anywhere from 7-15 feet of water. There are several brush piles right along the dam that can be quite good. In the upper part of the Grand above Bucksaw, some of the guides have limited out with their clients in less than 5 feet of water.

All colors of Bink’s Spoons are reported to be working, but favorites are Albino, black/white, all white, chartreuse, blue/white and green/white.

If you can find where the small ditches are coming in off the bank into the flat, those will be key places that fish like to stack up. Pull up to the tree or brush pile and just slowly drop that spoon down the side. The lake is below normal pool now, so you should be able to see a lot more brush and stick ups protruding from the water. Make a mental note and mark those on your graph. When the lake level returns to normal or higher, it is those pieces of structure that often get overlooked because they become submerged at normal pool or higher. As a result, they don’t get pressured and the fish will get on them more.

If the current is going good, be sure to check out some of the flat points on the main lake with cedars and hedges. Those crappie will many times get on those trees when the current starts rolling and get a lot higher up in the water column.

You can visit this link to browse the Bink’s Spoons Catalog:

Bink’s Spoons Website

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