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  1. Nice fat ones. Bet it was hard to leave them.
  2. White bass for sure and 3 lbs is common for females especially this time of year. TRL has some pretty good size whites, and if you ever get 2 of that size on a top water bait it can be intense.
  3. Make a trip and report back instead of waiting on others to tell you.
  4. chi0082


    Similar. Mostly males right now that are staging in the deeper pockets.
  5. Looks like a blast. Btw, are you still making anymore ned rig jigheads? I've been trying to message you but it says you can't receive messages so I'm not sure what the deal is. PM me if you still are.
  6. Forgot to mention we did better below blunks and further downriver.
  7. You're about a week late. We did great last week limiting out both times we went. Haven't gotten a bite last couple days. Weather sucks this year, and low water hasn't helped either.
  8. It's suppose to rain again tonight and this weekend. And I expect we'll get a lot more come April. The lake will continue to rise if we get more rain. I normally fish when I have time h3ll or high water. I don't always get to fish when I want so I make the best of every situation. The stripers are running upriver like they do every year trying to spawn. Finding them is the hard part. They don't stay in one spot very long. The rain won't help since it'll create runoff into the lake and dirty up the water. I'd wait 30 days.
  9. The whites are starting to come up the river. Catching a few males here and there. A few warmer days and they should start really moving.
  10. There's no bass in Truman. All the crappie ate them.
  11. It's gonna be busy, as is every year. I try to avoid opening day or opening weekend. Good luck to you and report back on how y'all did.
  12. Lots of people fishing. A variety of fish being caught. Lots of small crappie and small white bass and some catfish. A lot of amish people and other inconsiderate people that like to creep up on your when you catch a fish. It's combat fishing at it's finest. I believe the generation is up around 50,000 cfs so bring lots of lead and a long rod if you plan on fishing. Plan to lose a lot of jigs and lures on them rocks. Not many wipers are being caught. Mostly small ones. Did I mention a ton of people are fishing with tangled lines and evil stares if you cross someone's line or get too close to someone. Avoid this place, it's not like it use to be. Trash is everywhere. The game warden was out checking everyone's license and fishes so just a heads up if you go make sure you're legal.
  13. Go west my friend. The buzzbait bite ended a week ago down south. In Kansas they're getting hot right now on jerkbaits. Stripers are getting hot down south though. But everyone wants to fish TR. I haven't been on TR since the rain. And I see I haven't missed much.
  14. I eat largemouth bass and smallmouth bass too if that makes you feel any better. I eat the big fat females with eggs too.
  15. I always hated fishing high, murky, falling water and add to that a stinking bright full moon in the sky to kill all hopes of a striper bite and it almost makes you just wanna pack it up and go home. Glad I told myself....15 more mins. I was just tossing a 4" keitech fat swing impact (think it was gray/black) after dark on a flooded point that drops off into some deep water. I only had two bites off that point and hauled in these 2 guys. They bit right when my lure swam off the ledge into deep water. Guess they were sitting there waiting for it. These were back to back casts. Sometimes it just happens that fast. Rather be lucky than good I guess. (This was from last week during the full moon)
  16. By saying the lake is not unsafe by any means to boat on is in itself discounting the high probability of property damage, injuries, and lost lives with water this high. Anyways, I've had a good laugh at this thread. It only goes to show how dumb some people can be. How dumb you say? Well, while y'all were busy being all "diehard" trying to find fish to catch on this flooded pond, we've been killing the walleyes up north, crappies out west and smallmouths down south. Walleyes are in postspawn mode and are feeding heavy on the flats. Smallmouths are killing the buzzbaits down south in the early mornings. And crappie are spawning all over out west. But I ain't no diehard. I just fish between work and family time. Maybe some of y'all just need to get out a little and try something new.
  17. Nobody is being overly dramatic over this flood. It only closed down half of southern Missouri roads and left many people stranded in their homes killing some in the process. Most of you have fished TR and have boated long enough to know what to look for and how to be safe while on the water. To make a broad assumption that everyone else does too is very ignorant.
  18. Some of you guys crack me up with your "Diehard fisherman" attitude. LOL! We don’t know if the op even knows how high the lake has come up. He might be thinking it’s just a few feet high from this rain. But to say it’s not so bad and that nothing should stop anyone from fishing is just plain stupid. To the op, the lake is abnormally high, so much that many of the popular ramps are closed and the lake will not fish the same for awhile. From one fisherman to another, don’t go full retard…I mean Diehard. There’s better fishing further north. Contact me via pm if you need specifics. Good luck whatever you decide.
  19. What is life without a little adventure. Come on guys let's all go fishing with a thousand things floating underneath our boats. Heck a fenceline ain't nothing these days most trolling motors these days are built to handle a wrap or two of barbed wire. And lower units these days can handle a rock bluff no problem. Don't be scurred come on in, the waters fine.
  20. Stump I feel like I've asked you before or someone on here about those lights before. But which ones did you buy? There are so many variations of led lights it's mind boggling. Same with youtube vids, so many different ways to make the lights. Is there a particular video that you watched you could recommend?
  21. I don't know but the last one I bought the drag wasn't consistent at all. It wouldn't hold the drag where I set it. It would work itself loose after several minutes of fishing if I'm constantly throwing a lure and reeling it in. I would find myself catching a fish and the drag would be wayyyy too loose almost like it was on free spool and have lost fish this way. Thought it was a fluke so I bought another one, it was great when it was new, but after fighting several 20-30 large (3 lb) white bass, the reel now has some play in it and wobbles every now and then when reeling in. So I stopped buying them and sold them to some guy who could repair them. I really wanted to like them as they are cheap and look good with a million ball bearings, but I couldn't risk losing a nice bass or hybrid because the drag failed. I went back to the old workhorse Daiwa Revros reels I've been using.
  22. Most any reel at most any retail store is gonna be made in china. Some better than others, but mostly made from the same materials. I bought one awhile ago for $10 on ebay with no name and no model number or anything. Just a nice solid reel I use on occasion for crappie and white bass. It's been a few years now but it's still very smooth, no wobble, and casts just as well as any of my Daiwa Revros or Excelers. I haven't caught any big fish with it or done any serious cranking with it to test its robustness but just for dipping minnows or tossing small jigs for crappie on a small spinning outfit they are excellent reels.
  23. We floated the James and Cape Fair area creeks/rivers in kayaks. Some places were stacked with fish and we were hooked up on every cast. Some places were slow, we kept moving not spending more than a minute or 2 on any particular spot. Best bites were in areas with good current with structure nearby. Was using 6 lb flouro and broke off a few good ones at the side of my kayak and some broke off in the current that I couldn't bring back. Mostly dead sticking on slack line and the bite was very aggressive, you didn't have to watch your line, you just had to hold on to your rod real good or they'll yank it right out of your hands. lol. After I ran out of plastic I started using a 1/2 oz brown/orange jig with a craw trailer and had better quality bites off that, but bites were fewer. The ned rig caught more fish of all sizes though. It was a blast.
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