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Bob Bates’ fishing report on 10/23

Friday, October 23, 2020

Check out Bob Bates’ fishing report for Truman Lake on 10/23/2020!

Lake level is 704.22.  The water temp 60-64 degrees in the Osage and Grand.  The water is clear in the Osage and slightly colored to stained in the Grand Arm.

Crappie fishing is somewhat spotty in the mid-lake area.  The crappies are moving off the brush piles and onto the bluffs about 19 feet deep, a foot off the bottom.  Upper lake areas are producing good fish.  Looks like the fall feed up is about to begin. As the water temperature drops, the shad will move to shallows and so will the fish.  I think maybe it is time to break out the jigs and start probing the bare bank bluffs.

White Bass have really been on the scope this year with the bigger ones mixed in with last year’s hatch.  We have had great success this year with 3/4 oz spoons and 1 oz spoons on the very shallow humps.  The Dam area has been the prime spot. Small whites have been chasing the small shad on top early and late.  If you want the bigger fish you have to get under the breaking fish.

Hybrids were hitting sassy shad and spoons on the shallow humps and in the evening they are moving up to feed on shad in the windblown coves. This week all they want are big 6-8 inch live shad.  A good idea to have a rod rigged with topwater baits like a Pop-R or Zara Spook and Sliders if you are fishing the windy points.

That’s it for October 23, 2020 fishing report… Help the other guy when you can. I hope that all of you remember your life jacket works better when it is worn…

Thanks, Ole Bob

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