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2/7/23 Bink’s Spoons for catching crappie

Daily Fishing Log For February 7, 2023

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date February 7, 2023 Air Temp 50s-60s Current Generation Minimum
Fisherman Bink's Spoons Water Temp mid 30s
Hours Fished Sky Sunny Water Clarity Slightly Stained
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
Assorted colors - shad pattern spoons working well
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.  Come see them at the upcoming Truman Lake Fishing Expo in Clinton at the Benson Center this Friday and Saturday! 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 crappie and is the most popular usage of the spoon on Truman Lake.
Fishing Notes

In the past week, ice has been intermittent throughout the lake, but luckily with some recent windy and warm days, most of it has disappeared with the exception of some isolated pockets. Those areas will be ice free soon as well.

The crappie bite continues to be very good right now. Richard Bowling broke ice at Bucksaw yesterday and went straight across the channel to knock out a couple of limits. Folks are getting them with minnows and jigs, but jigs are by far and above most productive.

Sometimes it seems like you get into an area that is pressured more than others and the fish don’t want to eat as readily. So what do you try? Different colors and sizes of jigs are a start. But breaking out a Bink’s Spoon might help. The Bink’s Spoon with the single Aberdeen hook is specifically designed for crappie fishing and easy snag removal. It is most effective when tipped with a minnow, or even a jig, and could give those fish the different look they need to see to entice a bite.

Most of the guides and anglers are finding fish back in the creeks and cove pockets, especially when you make your way up the river arms. The fish will stay there for several months. Brush Creek in the Tebo arm is famous for holding huge numbers of fish in the winter time. We filmed a Bink’s Spoon video last February in Brush Creek and caught dozens on the spoon tipped with a minnow. Some were even caught through skim ice!


3/1/22 Catching Truman Lake Crappie on Bink’s Spoons with Richard Bowling

All the creeks between Bucksaw and Otter Creek are holding fish as well. Start halfway back or further, making sure to stay in 6-13 feet of water. You’ll make your presentation a lot like a minnow or jig when you use the Bink’s Spoon. Drop the spoon down and hold it steady along the trees and wait for the thump. In the upper Grand, it’s really been taking putting that bait right in front of the fish to get a bite, but they have been a little more aggressive when you get into the clearer water on the lower end and will chase it more. Fish are sitting all over the water column, even as shallow as 1-2 feet down in the upper ends. But majority are in the bottom 1/3rd.

If you’re looking to try something different, the bluffs on the lower end of the lake around the dam and up into the lower Grand, lower Pomme and lower Osage can be very good places to drop your Bink’s Spoon. Simply cast the spoon tipped with a minnow up to the bluff and let it fall to the bottom. Raise it up a couple of reel cranks and just kind of let it bounce along the bottom in 18-22 feet of water. The bluff right by the dam is very good for catching crappie in the wintertime. If they are sitting higher up, try to swing that bait above the school of fish and one or several should come up to get it.

The lake is a foot low. Water is stained to muddy in the upper ends but fairly clean on the lower end of the Grand and dam area. The Tebo up to Windsor Crossing has about 1 foot of clarity.

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.

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

Bink’s Spoons Website

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