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9/17/22 Bink’s Spoons with a minnow can be deadly

Daily Fishing Log For September 17, 2022

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date September 17, 2022 Air Temp 90s Current Generation Minimum
Fisherman See below notes for more info on Bink's Spoons! Water Temp 75-81
Hours Fished Sky Sunny Water Clarity Clean
Fishing Overall Good Wind Moderate
Fish Caught
Total Caught Total Keepers
Size/Weight (Pounds)
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Bink's Spoons
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Blue/white, white scale, albino, black/white, Many Shad
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. You'll even catch some big blue and flathead catfish as well. Dipping trees with a minnow tipped on the spoon can yield many channel catfish, too. Fish will hit it on the fall most of the time. Humps from the dam to KK island have been producing hybrids and white bass, but the shallow bite hasn't started yet. If you find a wind-blown point, that's a good place to start. Now that we are heading into the fall, the lake is beginning to turn over in the river arms. Main lake is still pretty clean. No thermocline has been reported recently.
Fishing Notes

Special Note from Bink’s Spoons this week:

We finally got our new line of plastics in. The Bink’s Power shads come in five different colors. The website shows the Green Pumpkin/Red flake as looking almost black, especially on mobile devices. This is an issue with the image. But, the only bait that’s black is the leech. If you click on the power shads you can select the color and it will bring up a picture of that color. These baits are all infused with chicken liver and UV glow. We have had very positive feedback on these baits.
Bass love chicken liver and it turns out walleye seem to also. The reaper is an awesome walleye bait but you can catch everything with them.

Bink’s Fishing Report:
If you’re looking for dinner, tie on a 1/4 oz white spoon and head for the brush piles and catch some crappie. Tip the spoon with a minnow for extra attraction! White Scale is a good color in the cleaner water, drop it to the top of the brush pile and hold it there until you feel the thump! Don’t bounce it around, just hold it there fairly still and let it float over the top of the brush. A crappie will come out and grab it. As Steve Blake likes to say, drop it to the bottom until your line goes slack. Reel it up 2 cranks and just hold it there. Down on the lower end of the lake by the dam the crappie have been near the bottom on fence and tree rows. But they are also stacked in brush piles.

For Hybrids and white bass, 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, a darker color will work best. 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! Now, before long, the whites and hybrids will really start schooling up together as the water clears. We should be seeing surfacing activity take place soon as the water temp drops into the low 70s and 60s. That’s when the next technique will come into play.

That technique you can use is skipping the spoon on top of the water. This is a method to employ when you see schooling fish at the surface. You throw your spoon out and keep your rod tip high in the air while reeling as fast as you can to get that spoon skipping on the surface. If you aren’t able to skip it, you will still have a good chance of hooking into one if you keep it within the first foot of the water column while they’re schooling. The fish will “shark” the bait, meaning they will chase it and smash it from the sides until eventually they eat it. Makes for a heck of a good time.

More on crappie:

Summertime patterns are still on, but it won’t be long until the water temperature starts dropping! Put that jig away and go pick up your spoon and some minnows. Crappie are still out on the main lake mud flats on timber and they are eating those spoons tipped with minnows up left and right. But, they are also showing up more in the mouths of pockets and coves and even into the front quarter of the coves and small creeks on cooler days.

Down on the lower end, you can still find crappie in the shallow Corp of Engineers brush piles and old fence rows with very good consistency. The lower Grand in the Long Shoal area has been especially good in 20-25 feet of water with fish sitting halfway down on large pole timber. Plenty of brush piles to look for in the Sterett Creek area as well.

The spoons provide a great benefit to fishing around brush as well. 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. Or, swap the treble hook out yourself on the Bink’s spoon you already have with your hook of choice. Then, simply tip that hook with a minnow and drop the spoon down into the structure. When using the spoons, Jeff Faulkenberry recommends hooking the minnow behind the eyes, not through them because when you go through them, they are much easier for a crappie to steal off your hook. He hooks them below their jaw and out through the top of their head bone and says you can usually catch 2-3 crappie off the same minnow that way before you have to change. The other benefit to the spoon is 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 good overall lakewide, but the biggest numbers of fish reported continue to be from Long Shoal down to the dam area. Better numbers are showing up in the Otter Creek area as well now in the Grand Arm. 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.

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 if structure is present. Lot of manmade stake beds up above Bucksaw to be found in those little spots. Pull up to the tree or brush pile and just slowly drop that spoon down the side.

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