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LoweSTX175

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    Lenexa, KS
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    Royals baseball, Chiefs football, duck hunting, giggin' frogs, trolling and fishing.

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  1. I'm still learning it myself. I've slowly started to catch more fish in the area. The big thing is to be patient and get out on the water. Lots of big catfish were taken this year in this area on the big mudflats. People netted their own shad then drifted the flats. In the spring when everyone is snaggin' don't be hesitant to run up into Cole Camp Creek even though it is shallow. There are a few deep areas that have produced crappie. I'm an old school wiggle wart/flicker Shad/Hot 'N Tot troller that has had to adapt to catch fish. In this area I suggest going with a slip bobber set to the desired depth and use a jig or live minnow or shad. The slip bobber allows me to pitch close to the docks and suspend the bait without getting into the brush. For some reason trolling really hasn't produced for me in this area.
  2. Launched the boat on Saturday morning at 8 AM...trolled #9 & #7 FlickerShad at 2.2 MPH in about 25 FOW. Didn't get a bite. Went back out an hour before dark and targeted brush against the docks using live minnows with slip bobber set to suspend them. Caught several small channel cats as well as a couple keeper crappie. Most of them hit with about 15 minutes until sun down. Went back out yesterday morning at 6 AM and targeted the same docks using the same technique. Mostly short crappie, but at about 8:30 after the rain stopped got on top of some whites that were aggressive. Only was able to stay on them for about 10 minutes but caught 5 of keeper size. Overall seems like it picking up in the early morning and late evening.
  3. You nailed it when you said be careful navigating this area. I weekend live around MM81 and cringe when I see guys driving fast. The flats change in size regularly also. The navigation maps have been know to make mistakes in this area.
  4. Got the chance to fish both the early mornings and evenings around MM81. Caught several keeper crappie and catfish around the docks and my nephew nailed this solid walleye the morning of the fourth off of Gross Point. Crappie were hitting live minnows just above the brush, catfish were hitting dead minnows and cut shad in the same area. The walleye was taken using a #9 flicker shad trolled against the current right at the shelf above the main channel.
  5. This has been a great year in that area for the kitty cats. Lots of my weekend neighbors have been nailing some big ones. If I catch one its by pure accident. I'm going to try and figure out how to actually target the cats this fall. Having water moving out of the dam has really helped this year.
  6. Yes you can launch at Drake Harbor. Water is up a bit on the tail of Truman but not too bad. Appears to be about 3-4 foot high. Witnessed several guys picking up bass about 8 miles downstream on the smaller points around Turkey and Cole Camp. They appeared to be bouncing jigs off the bottom in about 8 FOW. Water is running about 2-3 MPH in the area.
  7. Got the chance to fish both the early mornings and evenings around MM81. Caught several keeper crappie and catfish around the docks and my nephew nailed this solid walleye the morning of the fourth off of Gross Point. Crappie were hitting live minnows just above the brush, catfish were hitting dead minnows and cut shad in the same area. The walleye was taken using a #9 flicker shad trolled against the current right at the shelf above the main channel.
  8. Here is an article from KY3 about the public forum about Truman Lake level with USACE. https://www.ky3.com/content/news/US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers-addresses-flooding-concerns-at-Truman-Dam-510596601.html
  9. Good snagging! I've used the same method but I've made my divers out of PVC pipe, eye bolts, nuts/washers and a 14-16 ounce weight. Just curious if the divers you were using get hung up frequently and lost. I tend to get the divers I build hung up forcing us to cut the lines.
  10. I'm going to give them a call here shortly. The oil was at a good level on Thursday night when I check it. Also good advice on not running it this weekend. You gave some great advice on solving an issue before it becomes a major problem.
  11. Just a follow up for those that might be curious. Wasn't a minor issue. I took the boat into Angler's Port and the float was broke. Part had to be ordered and the motor was out of commission all weekend. I still tried to make the best of the weekend and simply used the electric trolling motor and loaded it and unloaded the hard way in waders. Part is supposed to be in on Thursday. Luckily I didn't just try to get it through the weekend driving it around.....
  12. You are correct that I'm seeing the slick around the motor. I can smell fuel when it is running. I checked the oil level and it was normal. I ran out of time over the weekend otherwise I was going to hook it to the hose and run it. All of the hoses looked good to me and I didn't see any fuel or fluids under the cover when I took it off. Like I mentioned I'll use it this weekend then drop it off on the way out of town if I can't figure it out this weekend.
  13. Was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to fix a minor issue I'm having with this motor. Last week I noticed while idling/trolling that my motor was putting what looks like gasoline into the lake. I can smell the fuel but couldn't seem to figure out where it was coming from (example: a cracked hose or loose fitting hose). The leak isn't over bearing and I'm planning on using it this week either way to go spoonbill snagging. Any ideas where to start? If it is persistent I'll probably do a drop off at one of the Marinas in Warsaw.
  14. I'll be out there snagging Friday and Saturday. Typically nobody goes up into Cole Camp Creek though to snag. They'll mostly be on the main channel. You are correct that our community launch/parking lot will be packed. Worse case I'll launch then park at one of the neighbors then drive back with the golf cart. Either way at least the weather is going to be amazing this weekend.
  15. Last weekend I just stayed around Cole Camp/Turkey Creek. Depends on what you are fishing for. Several I know were catching whites and hybrids up next to the dam. Lots of people were catching limits of crappie bouncing around MM 80 hitting brush. All the female crappie I cleaned had eggs starting up. So the crappie are about ready to start hitting.
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