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Smithville Lake, MO

Popular Fish Species Smithville Lake, MO

Smithville Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

This year the largemouth bass population in Smithville Lake is, again, in fantastic shape. Excellent fisheries management by the Missouri Department Of Conservation, and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass ensures good bass fishing. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Other bass to be caught here include smallmouth bass and spotted bass.

Smithville Lake Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie reside in good numbers throughout Smithville Lake, and they are averaging a very good size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in slightly smaller size and numbers, also make this lake their home.

Smithville Lake Popular Fish - Walleye


Thanks to good fisheries management, a healthy population of walleye are now thriving in the waters of Smithville Lake this year. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate on flats and ledges off the river channels. According to the Missouri Dept Of Conservation, fishing in summer should be good for those trolling deep crankbaits or or crawler harnesses around man-made rock piles. A proven method for catching walleye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass and tiger muskie at Smithville Reservoir in Missouri.

An angler's paradise, Smithville Lake is located an easy 30 minutes from Kansas City. At 7,200 acres the lake offers excellent fishing, water skiing and other outdoor related recreation. Wander the 175 miles of shoreline for fishing, hiking, camping, picnics and family outings. Crappie is the main attraction here, but you can also fish for bass, catfish, bluegill, tiger muskie, walleye and sunfish.

Smithville Lake, located in northwest Missouri, is a popular fishing destination offering a diverse range of fish species and excellent angling opportunities. The lake covers over 7,000 acres and is known for its clear waters and abundant fish populations.

Largemouth bass is a prized game fish in Smithville Lake, attracting anglers from all around. The lake's structure, including submerged brush piles, weed beds, and rocky points, provides ideal habitats for bass. Anglers can employ a variety of techniques such as casting soft plastics, topwater lures, or crankbaits to entice these powerful fish. Smithville Lake is renowned for its healthy bass population and offers opportunities for both novice and experienced anglers.

Walleye is another popular species in Smithville Lake, known for its delicious meat and challenging nature. Anglers can target walleye near points, drop-offs, or submerged structures using live bait such as minnows or nightcrawlers, as well as artificial lures like jigs or crankbaits. Spring and fall are productive seasons for walleye fishing when these fish are more active and often congregate in shallower waters.

Catfish enthusiasts will find ample opportunities at Smithville Lake, with channel catfish and flathead catfish being the primary targets. Anglers can target catfish near deep holes, channels, or along the lake's rocky shorelines. Using cut bait, live bait, or prepared stink baits can entice these bottom-dwelling predators. Smithville Lake's catfish populations provide exciting fishing experiences for anglers of all ages.

Black crappie and white crappie, are abundant in Smithville Lake and are highly sought after by anglers. Fishing around submerged brush piles, docks, or other structures can yield successful crappie catches. Anglers often use small jigs, live minnows, or crappie tubes to entice these panfish. The lake's healthy crappie populations make it a popular destination for crappie fishing.

Smithville Lake also offers opportunities to catch muskie, white bass, bluegill, and other panfish. These species provide additional angling opportunities and contribute to the lake's diverse fishery.

Smithville Lake in Missouri offers excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of popular fish species. Whether you're targeting largemouth bass, walleye, catfish, or crappie, the lake provides an exciting angling experience. With its beautiful surroundings and recreational amenities, Smithville Lake is an ideal destination for both avid anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Missouri

Primary fish species residing in Smithville Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Tiger muskie

Smithville Lake Amenities

Smithville in autumn

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Aside from fishing, Smithville Lake is a popular spot for boating and camping. Anglers can enjoy recreational activities, explore the lake's scenic beauty, or relax in the camping areas. The lake features multiple boat ramps, marinas, and camping facilities to cater to the needs of outdoor enthusiasts.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Northland Outdoor Adventures
Rentals: Kayaks
816 945-2925

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Camp Branch Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Camp Branch Marina Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Crows Creek Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Crow Creek Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Little Platte Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, at the west end of the SW 240th Street Bridge, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Sailboat Cove Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Paradise Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

W Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off County Road W, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Paradise Pointe Marina
NE 180th St
Smithville, MO 64089
816 532-5376

Fishing Guides On Smithville Lake

Skyes The Limit Guide Service - walleye, crappie, catfish

If you offer fishing guide services on Smithville Lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Smithville Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

Click here for a Missouri Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Crows Creek Campground - 816 407-3400

Crows Creek Park Campground - 816 532-4977

Camp Branch-Clay County Campground - 816 407-3400

Kelsey Short Youth Camp Campground - 816 407-3400

Smithville Lake MO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Smithville Reservoir
Smithville Lake
17201 Paradesian St
Smithville, MO 64089
816 407-3600


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Smithville Lake offers awesome crappie fishing plus decent tiger muskie, walleye and bass fishing.

Fishing at Smithville Reservoir, in Missouri.