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Iowa fishing report for Sept. 19

September 19, 2013 at 04:29 PM

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST
Crawford Creek Impoundment
Fishing has been slow at Crawford Creek.

Moorehead Park Pond
Fishing has been slow at Moorehead.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water clarity is decent. Anglers are focusing on panfish around the submerged trees. Try fishing in 10 to 20 feet of water. There are a lot of bluegills around 9 inches.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers drift fishing with night crawlers have been doing well. White Bass - Fair: White bass can be caught pulling plugs, crankbaits or casting white twisters. Walleye - Slow: Pulling plugs or Shad Raps continue to be the best producers. The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation. Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore. Fishing remains the same as last week.

North Twin Lake
Fishing for yellow bass and crappie is starting to pick up. Anglers are fishing around docks.

Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake is approximately 8 inches below crest. Black Hawk Lake's fishery was renovated last fall. Although the lake has been restocked with sport fish, there are not a lot of fish of harvestable size in the lake.

Browns Lake
Anglers are catching catfish using sonny's stink bait and dead shad at night. Fishing for other species has been slow.

Snyder Bend Lake
Fishing has been slow.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Good sized catfish are being caught in the deeper pools. Use a slip sinker and hook and look for current breaks along high banks preferably or the standard snags. Anglers should really focus on the current breaks. A few walleye can be caught using night crawlers. The river is in good condition for wading right now.

Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)
The walleye bite is good on white twisters. Fish around rocky habitat and in deeper water in the morning and evening.

For more information on lakes and rivers in the Black Hawk District contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.

Upper Pine Lake
A few bluegills are being caught.

Lake Smith
Channel Catfish - Good: Try with some cutbait, worms or stinkbait. Fish are probably biting best the last hour of sunlight to an hour after sunset. Bluegill - Slow: Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few largemouths are being caught in the evening and early morning.

Lake Catherine
Channel Catfish - Good: Cats are biting on minnows or chicken liver. Try early morning or right at dark. They are decent size with some running 7-9 pounds. Largemouth Bass - Good:
Largemouth bass are biting on spinners.

Clear Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are still hitting quite well. Fish can be caught just about anywhere on the lake. Try the edges of the reeds. Use worms, cutbait or stinkbait in the morning or evening. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers looking to catch a few bluegills can target the jetties by Ventura. Dangle a worm right on the edge of the rocks off the tips of the jetty in the evening. Walleye - Slow: Anglers are catching a few walleyes trolling or drifting along the north shore, from the state dock area to the east. Muskellunge - Good: Muskies are still hitting good. People are hooking them by docks, mostly. Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers are still catching good numbers of yellows near the state reef area or any of the rock reefs. On days with a strong south wind, shore anglers can pick up good numbers by the boat harborage and reed edges.

Crystal Lake
No Reports from anglers lately.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish the logjams and deeper holes and move often. Use cutbait or stinkbait. Flathead Catfish - Good: A few reports of anglers catching flatheads on dough balls. If you can get a boat or kayak on the river and find some of the deeper holes to spend the night with some live bait, you should have good success.

Winnebago River
Anglers are catching pike, smallmouth bass, and catfish on artificial lures on the Winnebago from Mason City to Rockford. Northern Pike - Good: Anglers are catching their limits on artificial lures. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish should be biting well. Try whatever is available: worms, cutbait, stinkbait, live bait. Some of the best action can be had by throwing a slip sinker rig right in front of a snag/logjam and waiting for a bite. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are also hitting well on a variety of artificial baits.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)
Water is low and anglers are using kayaks. Northern Pike - Good: Pike are being caught on crankbaits. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are good size (3-8 pounds) and can be caught on a variety of bait (worms, cutbait, live bait, stinkbait). Some anglers have had good luck using a purpledescent crankbait. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth, most are 10-14 inches though some may push the 20 inches mark, are hitting gold and black crankbaits. Walleye - Slow: A few anglers are picking walleyes up on jigs.

For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake
Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Look around rock piles and weed lines for smallmouth with a combination being even better. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Fish have been found in a few different areas but there doesn't seem to be a clear cut pattern. Pitching docks, cranking weed lines, and top water early and late have all caught a few fish. Walleye - Slow: Fishing continues to be slow but a few more fish are starting to come in. Trolling live bait rigs as well as crankbaits early and late in the day seems to be the best. Shore anglers are also catching a few.

East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass - Fair: Try a pilkie tipped with wigglers over rock piles.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Slow: Look for bluegills in and around weeds, with open pockets and weed edges being the most productive. Live bait rigged on a slip bobber rig suspended just above the weeds has been good as well as jigging pilkies and small jigs. A few perch and yellow bass are also being picked up with this presentation.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
The water is low and fish are concentrated in deeper holes. Try a white twister tail for walleye and a worm on bottom should catch just about anything.

For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
There is a green algae bloom reducing visibility. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish activity should increase with warmer temperatures. Use a hook and worm or stinkbait set near the bottom. Bluegill - Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a worm under a bobber. Fish should be hanging around brush piles. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are hitting a jig tipped with a twistertail or worm. Crappie - Fair: Fish are suspended over deep water brush piles. Try a jig tipped with imitation minnows. Yellow Perch - No Report:

Lake Hendricks
The lake continues to look good. Channel Catfish - No Report: Use night crawlers or stink bait under a bobber along the rockier shoreline. Fish have been active at night. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills have been difficult to catch but nice ones will take bait. Try a hook tipped with a small chunk of worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use crankbaits and soft plastics casting from shore. Crappie - Excellent: Use small tube jigs or jigs tipped with twistertail.

Lake Meyer
The lake is looking good but few people have been out. Fish seem to be biting better in the evening and closer to dark. Northern Pike - No Report: Channel Catfish - Slow: Try fishing for catfish near submersed trees. Use a worm or cut bait on the bottom under a bobber. Bluegill - Slow: Try a piece of worm fished under a bobber around the brush piles off the jetty and dock. Anglers have been catching a few keepers every now and then. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching bass from shore by tossing a jig tipped with plastic twistertail or a big chunk of nightcrawler. Crappie - Slow: Anglers continue to pick up a few suspended in deeper water.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Fish seem to be more active in the morning with action picking up again in the late afternoon. Sucker - Slow: Anglers are catching suckers on a hook tipped with a worm and fished along the bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try jigs tipped with a worm or darker colored twistertail or crankbaits. Walleye - Good: Use dark colored jigs or a hook tipped with a worm or twister tails. Spinner baits have also been working.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Folks paddling the Upper Iowa River have been pleased with the river after flooding earlier this spring. Even though it changed in places, many holes were cleaned out and exposed gravel and cobble bottom have been producing nice fish. Sucker - No Report: Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are using jigs tipped with a twistertail or worm. Walleye - Good: Anglers are having success using a variety of tackle including drifting jigs tipped with long piece of worm or white twistertails and smaller white shad crankbaits.

Yellow River
Fishing out of a canoe or kayak is allowed without landowner permission. Wading or fishing from the bank requires landowner permission.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Anglers are finding fish around downfalls and other structure in the water. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are using a jig tipped a worm with success. Also try a crawdad or a lure imitating crawdads. Walleye - Good: Try along cut banks or around woody debris.

Turkey River (below Clermont)
Fish around downfalls and deeper holes. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth bass are hitting light colored jigs or jigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Walleye - Excellent: Anglers have been successful using light colored jigs.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels and clarity make for prime conditions for fishing this week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are hitting on worms and chicken livers. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a twistertail. Catching smallies 14 inches and larger is common. Crappie - Slow: Anglers have been finding crappies around brush piles. Walleye - Good: Anglers are using jigs tipped with a long nightcrawler or a twistertail with a little sparkle.

Decorah District Streams
Dry fly fishing has picked up considerably since Labor Day weekend and northeast Iowa streams are fishing well. Though morning trico hatches are nearly over, Blue Wing Olive and Mahogany Dun (Paraleptophlebia debilis) hatches have been excellent in the afternoons and evenings. Hopper and especially cricket patterns have also been very effective terrestrial choices for afternoons.

Activity has been increasing on area rivers. Water levels are stable, at typical summer levels and clarity is excellent. For more on water levels, visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. For trout stocking information, call 563-927-5736. Get ready to grab your fishing pole as cooler temperatures are headed our way over the weekend. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

George Wyth Lake
Anglers have been catching crappie out of George Wyth Lake. Crappies are 7-8 inches, with a few larger ones; concentrate near the recently placed habitat. Crappie - Fair: Try vertical jigging or floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber near structure.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
River levels are excellent for finding fish in deeper pools. Northern Pike - Fair: Floating a live chub under a bobber has been effective. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits or spinner baits are good. Walleye - Good: Nightcrawler tipped on a light jig is good.

Manchester District Streams
Trout streams are in great condition and fish are actively feeding on prepared baits, spinners, jigs, and flies. Consider fishing late evenings for dry fly action and grasshopper patterns provide a good option for aggressive fish throughout the day during this time of year. Rainbow Trout - Good: Brown Trout - Good:

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar is still providing a good mixed-bag of game fish but navigation has become difficult. Consider focusing on early morning or late evening for channel catfish, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye. Both a jig and nightcrawler or crankbaits have been providing the best overall action. Sucker - Good: Fish a nightcrawler on the bottom near the end of riffles. Northern Pike - Good: Floating a live chub under a bobber has been effective. Channel Catfish - Good: Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom has been good. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits or spinner baits are good. Walleye - Good: Jig and crawler or casting crankbaits has been good.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River has been producing some catches of walleye and smallmouth bass. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or spinner baits are good. Walleye - Fair: Jig and crawler or casting crankbaits has been good.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock but navigation has become difficult with low water levels. Channel Catfish - Fair: Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom has been good. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits or spinner baits are good. Walleye - Good: Jig and crawler or casting crankbaits has been good.

Panfish angling has picked up on area Black Hawk County lakes. Interior river fishing has been good but navigation remains difficult due to low water levels. Nightcrawlers are the best overall bait this time of year but artificial baits are also a good selection as water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in excellent shape as fall approaches. For more information call the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 12
Water level at the lock and dam in Dubuque is hovering near 4.3 feet and the water level at the railroad bridge is 7.0 feet. Water temperature is still in the 70s and water is clear. Some vegetation is flowing causing some angst with anglers snagging floating ‘weeds.’ Northern Pike - Good: Bright flashy lures are catching pike in the tail water and near cooler tributary streams. Channel Catfish - Fair: Only a few catfish were reported this week. Some anglers say the best fishing is along brush piles other still like the rock piles. Stink bait is still working ok but the bite has slowed. Bluegill - Good: Fish are being caught along rock piles and snags throughout the pool. Use a simple hook and worm for best results. Fish close to rock piles and brush for best results. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallies are being caught along current areas near rock. Spinners and crankbaits are best but some are also being caught by the bluegill anglers on worms. Most of these bass are small but fight quite well. Remember the 14-inch size limit. Largemouth Bass - Good: Numerous 12-inch largemouths are being caught nearly everywhere. Most folks are using minnow imitation lures but some are also being caught by the bluegill anglers using worms. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are still on the wing dams but fishing has been temperamental. Stay above the wing dams and casting bright colored crankbaits to the dams. The lure must intermittently touch rock for best success. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught on simple egg sinkers and worm rigs. Drum can be a great eating fish but you must keep them on ice after being caught and remove all red meat from fillets.

Mississippi River Pool 13
Water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam has dropped and is now around 3.8 feet. Water is clear and temperature is in the 70s. The bite has slowed this week. Northern Pike - Good: Bright flashy lures are catching pike in the tail water and near cooler tributary streams. Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfish are reported to be biting on stink bait near log piles but the bite is slow. Anchor above the rock piles and let the smell of the stink bait ooze into the brush pile drawing out the catfish. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are still being caught throughout the pool again this week. Size ranges from 6.5 inches to 9 inches. Most anglers are using worms and bobbers or split shot rigs, and are fishing close to logs, rocks or other structure. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallmouth are being caught along rock piles throughout the pool. Smallmouths concentrate along areas that are rocky and have current. Use jigs or spinners for best results. Anglers are also reporting catching rock bass while smallmouth fishing. Largemouth Bass - Good: Sub-legal bass are providing good action on spinner baits in Pool 13. Try fishing around rocky points or rip rap areas for best luck. The size of the largemouth bass has been small but good for kids fishing. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes were reported using three way rigs above the wing dams. Small chunks of worms or floating crankbaits yield the best results. Freshwater Drum - Good: A simple rig with an egg sinker and worm rig yields the best results. Drum can be great eating fish but you must be prepared to keep them on ice and remove all red meat from fillets.

Mississippi River Pool 14
Water level at Fulton is around 4.2 and steady. Water clarity is quite good. The water temperature is in the 70s. Northern Pike - Fair: Bright flashy lures are catching pike in the tail water and near cooler tributary streams. Channel Catfish - Fair: When stink bait fishing for catfish, anchor above the brush piles and let the stink bait ooze into the log pile. Bluegill - Good: Many 8 and even 9 inchers have been reported. Most anglers are using worms and bobbers and fishing close to rocks and logs. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallies are being reported on the rock rip rap areas of the pool especially up by Clinton. Largemouth Bass - Good: Small largemouth bass are being caught seemingly everywhere on Pool 14. The size is mainly under the legal size limit of 14 inches but folks are having a ball catching 12-inch fish. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are mainly throwing crankbaits on the dams for best results. Some anglers are using plainer boards along channel edges. Freshwater Drum - Good: Several drum were reported by folks using a worm rig on the bottom. Drum can be excellent table fare but you need to keep them on ice for best flavor.

Mississippi River Pool 15
Water level at LeClaire is at 4.5 feet and steady. Water temperature is in the 70s. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught off of docks and in the marina mouths. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are being caught all along the channel boarder by anglers using worms for bait. Boat ramps such as Eagles Landing can be a great spot to catch drum.

The water levels in Pools 12 to 15 are low. Beware of logs and submerged rocks throughout the district. Water clarity is good. Fishing seemed to have cooled off somewhat along with the air temperature but we are expecting some great fall fishing.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
Wildlife is slowly raising the water to its fall level. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching some nice catfish at the inlet tubes as the catfish feed on small fish and other foods coming in with the river water. Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing is picking up as the water temps drop and the water level rises. Work the tree falls and brush in the Sand Run area.

Lake Belva Deer
While the weather has cooled off, the fishing has yet to pick up. Water temperature has dropped 15 degrees earlier this week and continued unsettled weather has kept fishing from improving. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers coming early have been picking up a few bluegills in 8 to 10 feet of water.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The Skunk is very low, but looks to have leveled off according to the river gauges. Channel Catfish - Fair: Find the deep holes and you'll find the fish.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa continues to slowly drop. Channel Catfish - Fair: Look to the brush piles in deeper water and the big cut banks to find the catfish. Frogs and stink baits are good baits to try.

For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling fisheries office at 319-694-2430.

Lake Macbride
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Diamond Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Bluegill - Fair:

Coralville Reservoir
The current lake level is 684.4 feet. Water temperature is in the low 70s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Drifting or slow trolling cut bait is still producing a few fish. Crappie - Fair: Fish steeper rock banks with a jig.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait around wood in deeper holes. Flathead Catfish - Good: Try live bait around wood in deeper holes.

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello
Channel catfish have been biting on stinkbait. Anglers have been catching some bluegills but sorting is required for larger fish. Use small jigs around the aquatic vegetation and rock jetties. Use crankbaits along the face of the dam for largemouth bass or try rubber worms around the lily pads.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the jetties. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try rubber worms in the submerged structure and along the shoreline. Try crankbaits around the rock jetties and the face of the dam.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Slow: Use small jigs with a chunk of nightcrawler or wax worm around structure in 8-10 feet of water. Move shallower as the water temperature drops. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try using spinnerbaits along rip-rapped shorelines. As the water cools move into shallower water with the same presentations.

Rathbun Reservoir
Crappie - Slow: Try to find brush piles in 8-10 feet of water and use jigs around these areas. Try areas around docks using a jig and a minnow. Walleye - Fair: Anglers have been catching some walleyes by trolling or drifting minnows or nightcrawlers around submerged points and underwater rock piles. Use crankbaits in these same areas. The current lake level is 905.79 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 72 degrees. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry boats before transporting to another water body. Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in the sun).

If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Big Creek Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is still in the summer pattern of drift fishing small jigs with crawler, especially over the old road beds. Big Creek bluegills are good size with many over 8 inches. Crappie - Fair: There have been some decent catches of nice sized black crappie over the past week. Anglers are catching the fish suspended over brush piles in 15 feet of water or less using live minnows or panfish tube jigs.

Lake Ahquabi
Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing is picking up fishing the sunken habitat around the fish house and out from the northwest shoreline using minnows under a bobber or jigging a small panfish tube jig. A map of structure locations can be located within the Iowa DNR website under Fishing -> Where to Fish

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Excellent: White bass are being caught in good numbers trolling crankbaits on the windblown shoreline and points. Look for shad schools breaking the surface close to shore. Good colors to start with are shad imitating colors, such as solid chrome. Fish are feeding close enough to shore that wading and casting spoons and inline spinners is also an option. Crappie - Good: A late summer/early fall crappie bite has started. Anglers fishing minnows under a bobber near rock structure close to shore on the main lake are doing fairly well.

Saylorville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Drift fishing cut creek chubs or dead shad on the upper portion of the lake will produce some fun catfishing with good chances at fish over 5 pounds. White Bass - Good: Saylorville white bass fishing continues to be good on the warm days. Look for the shad schools to find fish. Troll or cast small lipless crankbaits or spoons that closely resemble small shad. Wading and casting is also an option in the Oak Grove and Sandpiper areas.

Panfishing for crappie back on structure has started to pick up in central Iowa. Reservoir fishing for white bass and channel catfish continues to be good. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Try drifting for bluegills and crappie suspended mid-lake or around cedar tree piles. Greenfield also has a good channel catfish population with many 2 to 3 pound fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing shrimp or chicken liver around the jetties to catch fish in the two pound range. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting small jigs. Fish are 7 to 8 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught in the cedar tree piles using plastics. Many fish are 12 to 15 inches.

Littlefield Lake
A few bluegills and crappie are being picked up drifting. Littlefield has a good channel catfish population. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish in the two pound range are being caught with liver in the upper end of the lake. Bluegill - Fair: Drift small jigs tipped with crawler to catch bluegill. Early morning has been the best time of the day. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught drifting a white twister tail. Fish are 10 inches.

Lake Anita
Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. Bluegills are being caught drifting in 8 to 10 feet of water. Bluegill - Fair: Drift small jigs tipped with crawler of Powerbait to catch 8 to 9-inch fish. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught throwing crankbaits and plastics along vegetation edges and along road beds. Fish are all sizes. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught drifting jigs or vertical jigging in 8 to 10 feet of water. Blue seems to be the preferred color.

Willow Lake
Largemouth bass are being caught around structure. A few channel catfish are being caught along the campground. Channel Catfish - Slow: There were reports of catfish being caught along the campground with liver. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught around structure with plastic worms Texas rigged.

Viking Lake
Largemouth bass fishing is good. Crappies are suspended off the dam and around the many brush piles. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish with cut bait around rock fields and underwater reefs. Fish are 2 to 4 pounds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being caught slow trolling crankbaits. Plastic baits are also working around cedar tree piles. Fish are all sizes. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught using minnows under a bobber in the tree piles. Fish are 7 to 10 inches.

Lake Manawa
Crappies have slowed but a few are being caught around the docks. Catfishing is also good. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught on the south and west side of the lake using liver. Crappie - Slow: Float a minnow under a bobber around docks to catch 9 to 10-inch crappie.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Bluegills and crappie are beginning to associate around structure. Largemouth bass has been good in farm ponds. Remember to always get permission before fishing private farm ponds. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught in 4 to 6 feet of water using prepared baits, liver or cut bait. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught suspending worms or small jigs in 4 to 8 feet of water around structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught with a variety of baits and lures. Cast along vegetation edges and around structure to catch bass. Crappie - Fair: Try minnows under a bobber around structure.

Bluegill and crappie can still be caught drifting and around brush piles. Water temperatures have dropped to the low 70s. For more information on lakes in southwest Iowa, call the district office at Cold Springs at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
The lake is about 18 inches low but access is easy. Water temperature is near 70 degrees and clarity is good. Channel Catfish - Fair: Several channel catfish are being caught using bluegill sides. The quiet bays during the evenings seem to be the best. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some good sized largemouth bass are being caught from the flooded tree piles and rocks just off the south bank. Crappie - Fair: A few crappies can be caught from outside edges of the flooded cedar tree piles.

Little River Watershed Lake
The lake is nearly full and water clarity is very good. Fish are small to mid-sized and growing. Channel catfish and bluegills are the most popular. Channel Catfish - Fair: The early morning and twilight periods are producing some mid-sized channel catfish off of liver. Bluegill - Fair: The shoreline anglers are finding a few mid-sized bluegills hanging around the cedar tree piles.

Lake of Three Fires
The lake is about one foot low. Water clarity is good and the temperature is about 70 degrees. Channel Catfish - Fair: An occasional channel catfish is being caught from the campground points using chicken liver. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some largemouth bass are hanging around the tree piles.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
The lake has been drained to allow the construction of a wetland.

Green Valley Lake
The lake is nearly full and water clarity is above normal. Water temperature is near 70 degrees. Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are hanging around the structure in about 5 to 7 feet of water. Small jigs bounced slowly just off the bottom are working well. Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few anglers are finding some mid-sized largemouth bass around the tree piles and outsides of the fish mounds.

Summitt Lake
The lake has refilled and has been restocked.

Three Mile Lake
The lake is about two feet low but access is easy. Water temperature is near 70 degrees and clarity is good. Crappie - Fair: A few fall crappies are starting to bite from around the flooded trees and piles.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water clarity is good and the temperatures are near 70. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are coming off of the rock fields or from the flooded trees and piles. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some largemouth bass are hanging in 5 to 7 feet of water near flooded trees and from the dam. Crappie - Fair: The flooded tree piles are producing some crappies. Casting small jigs or minnows seems to be the best.

Water temperatures are falling to the low 70s. Water clarity is good. Angling is getting a little better.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having success on worms, cutbait, dip baits, minnows, and crawfish. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flatheads continue to bite on live bait and cut bait. Anglers have had the best success on chubs, goldfish, and sunfish near deep water habitat, wing dikes, revetments, and incoming rivers and streams. Walleye - Slow: Water temperatures have cooled and anglers are reporting a few walleye and sauger.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fishing has been fair for channel catfish on dip baits, worms, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead catfish are biting on live bait and cut bait. Try using live baits such as chubs and sunfish around deep holes near wing dykes, logs, and incoming rivers and streams. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: A few smallmouths are being caught around rocky structure and around current breaks. Walleye - Slow: Anglers are catching a few walleye and sauger on artificial and live baits near current breaks and wing dykes.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue to have success catching channel catfish on dip baits, worms, and cutbait in the deeper slack water areas below wing dikes and drift piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead fishing continues to be good in and near deeper slack water holes, near logs, incoming rivers and streams, and rocky habitat. Flatheads bite best on live baits such as chubs, bullheads, and sunfish.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb., is 22.00 feet/34,900 CFS. The Missouri River has dropped .45 feet from last week. The water temperature is 71 degrees.

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