High Water ,Strong Current, Great Fishing

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The recent high waters caused changes to Jubilee Days, moved the July fireworks to the harbor, and caused many other safety concerns.
The people that have reaped the rewards from the high water and the Dam releasing water are the fishermen as record numbers of fish are being caught above and below Truman Lake to the Lake of the Ozarks.
While most fishermen have their favorite places to fish, you don’t really have to have a secret spot as Sammy Doop caught a 40 pound catfish off the city dock recently. Doop commented, “Some huge catfish have moved into the harbor because of the current. “
Lloyd Brewington of Sedalia, was here Saturday and caught a nice stringer of pan size catfish. He commented, “There is a rift of pan size catfish about 40 yards out from the bank and they are fairly easy to catch.” One observer commented, “You can actually see their fins sticking out of the water.”
The fishermen on the handicap dock were catching them on almost every cast on Saturday afternoon. Most of those men wouldn’t have their picture taken with the smaller fish as they are waiting for the big ones to bite. The 50-60 pounders are mainly caught at night. Right now it is open season on the smaller fish. Speaking of that, the slot limit has frustrated some of the cat fishermen. Even with that, the fishing is very good.
Cody Vannattan, local guide and owner of Cody’s Bait and Tackle, has been posting some outstanding stringers of fish on his Facebook page.
Vannattan commented,  “Fishing below the dam on the upper part of Lake of the Ozarks is absolutely amazing.”
A spokesman for Truman State Park Marina commented, “Fishing has been great. Lots of hybrids being caught this year right out of the parking lots.  Check out all pictures on our FB page. Hybrid Mania Guide service leaves out of here almost everyday. We definitely appreciate the business and all the photos. We also have a lot of customers catching more crappie than they ever have in their yearly family fishing trips. Channel cat has been good on trout lines and jug lines.”
Bailey Jelinek is winning bass tournaments as usual. It just has been a good time for fishing thus far this spring and summer. The fisherman always has to deal with the elements. The heat moved in, but the recent rains have cooled thing off some. Fishermen are still reporting some of the best fishing around here in recent years.
Avid bass tournament fisherman Kevin Smith explained, “The lakes are high and the ramp accessibility is very limited. But high water in the summer can create some of the best fishing of the year. Any time that there is a strong current in the summer with decent water clarity the fish become very active. The current pushes the bait fish in tighter areas causing the fish that we are after to set up in schools in more predictable areas. It takes some time to find them whether you are using your electronics or just trial and error fishing but once you locate them, you can have a lot of fun in a short period of time. Look for areas that have the most current.”