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Iowa fishing report for Sept. 12

September 12, 2013 at 10:51 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.

Moorehead Park Pond
Fishing has been slow.

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 lots of bluegills around 9 inches.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing remains the same as last week. Channel Catfish - Good: Drift fishing with night crawlers have been working. 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.

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

Swan Lake
Fishing has been slow. Water clarity has been reduced due to algae blooms.

Black Hawk Lake
The lake is about six inches below crest. Water clarity has been reduced in some areas due to algae blooms. Black Hawk Lake's fishery was renovated last fall. Although we have been restocking the lake with sport fish, there are not a lot of harvestable size fish in the lake yet.

Browns Lake
Anglers are catching catfish using Sonny's stink bait and dead shad. 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 taking chicken livers and chicken guts. Use a slip sinker and hook and look for the current breaks along high banks preferably or the standard snags. Anglers should really focus on the current breaks.

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

Lake Smith
Channel Catfish - Good: Try cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. Fish are probably biting best the last hour of sunlight to an hour after sunset. Bluegill - Slow: Largemouth Bass - Good: 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 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 and fish in the morning or evening with worms, cutbait or stinkbait. Bluegill - Fair: Target the jetties by Ventura. Dangle a worm right on the edge of the rocks off the tips of the jetty in the evening hours. Crappie - Fair: Reports of anglers catching crappies by Dodge's Point. 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. People are hooking them mostly by docks. Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers are still catching good numbers of yellows out from the state dock area in the middle of the main lake. On strong south wind days, shore anglers can pick up good numbers by the boat harborage and reed edges.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill - Good: Anglers are picking bluegills up in 7-8 feet of water but some deep, too. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have reported catching lots of largemouth. Fish on the outside edges with a bobber and live bait or try a weedless spoon. Walleye - Slow: Walleyes are around 16-20 inches. Fish deep during the day, then a little shallower during the evening.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish the logjams and deeper holes and move often. Fish with 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 you have 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 also 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-inch mark) hitting gold and black crankbaits.

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 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 on the lake reducing visibility. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish activity should increase with warmer temperatures. Use a worm or stinkbait 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 the 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 - Fair: Use night crawlers or stink baits under a bobber along rockier shoreline. Fish have been active at night. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills have been difficult to catch but nice ones will take bait. Use a hook tipped with a small chunk of worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass using crankbaits and soft plastics casting from shore. Crappie - Excellent: Anglers have been catching crappies in a variety of locations using 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 near submersed trees. Use a worm or cut bait fished on the bottom under a bobber. Bluegill - Slow: Try a piece of worm 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: Toss a jig tipped with plastic twistertail or a big chunk of nightcrawler from shore. 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: Use jigs tipped with a worm or darker colored twistertail or crankbaits. Walleye - Good: Anglers are having luck using 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 dark twistertails and smaller 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)
Fish around downfalls and other structure. 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)
Concentrate efforts 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 are in prime condition for fishing. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are hitting on worms and chicken livers. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a twistertail. Smallies 14 inches and larger are 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 action has picked up recently with morning trico hatches (#24), evening Baetis hatches (#18-#24) and excellent daytime terrestrial fishing (#12 Crickets and Hoppers). Nymph, wet fly and small streamer fishing continues to be productive as well. Many northeast Iowa streams are presently running clearly.

Fish are becoming more active 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.

Plainfield Lake
Anglers have been catching nice sized bluegills. Vegetation is fairly dense in some areas but concentrate along the edges of the cover. Bluegill - Fair: Fish a light jig or piece of crawler under a slip bobber near the vegetation.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
River levels are excellent for finding fish in deeper pools. 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 and walleye. Both a jig and nightcrawler or crankbaits have been providing the best overall action. Channel Catfish - Fair: Smallmouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits or spinner baits are good. Walleye - Good: Jig and crawler or casting crankbaits has been good.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Fishing has been good from recent creel reports. Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits or nightcrawlers are a good choice. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits or spinner baits are good. Walleye - Good: Jig and crawler or casting crankbaits has been good.

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

The recent run of hot weather has slowed fishing on area 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 9
River level at Lansing is 7.8 feet and is expected to hold steady over the next week. Heytman's landing at the lower end of pool 9 remains difficult to use due to siltation. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish biting on stink bait and worms. Bluegill - Excellent: Lower water levels and better water quality have got bluegills biting again. Look for fish along shoreline structure in backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is good along current breaks on rocky shorelines and wing dams particularly towards evening. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass active on rock and snags along main channel shorelines and next to wing dams. Walleye - Excellent: Water levels are stable and good for reading wing dams. Trolling with crankbaits or three-way rigs is productive. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively biting on worms or small bits of crawler fishing along the main channel drop-offs and sand flats.

Mississippi River Pool 10
River level at Lynxville is 12.4 feet and expected to remain stable over the next week. Construction at Nobels Landing near Harpers Ferry is planned for early next month and the ramp may be closed. Boaters will need to plan ahead to use alternate locations. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish biting on stink bait and worms. Bluegill - Excellent: Lower water levels and better water quality have got bluegills biting again. Look for fish along shoreline structure in backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is good along current breaks on rocky shorelines and wing dams particularly towards evening. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass active on rock and snags along main channel shorelines and next to wing dams. Walleye - Excellent: Water levels are stable and good for reading wing dams. Trolling with crankbaits or three-way rigs is productive. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively biting on worms or small bits of crawler fishing along the main channel drop-offs and sand flats.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River stage at Guttenberg is 4.0 feet currently and is expected to remain stable over the next week. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish biting on stink bait and worms. Bluegill - Excellent: Lower water levels and better water quality have got bluegills biting again. Look for fish along shoreline structure in backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is good along current breaks on rocky shorelines and wing dams particularly towards evening. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass active on rock and snags along main channel shorelines and next to wing dams. Walleye - Excellent: Water levels are stable and good for reading wing dams. Trolling with crankbaits or three-way rigs is productive. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively biting on worms or small bits of crawler fishing along the main channel drop-offs and sand flats.

The late summer fishing on the Mississippi has been excellent. A variety of species can be caught on the wing dams and structure in running sloughs. Water is extremely low and boaters should use caution when launching to avoid backing off the end of ramps. Water temperature is in the upper 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water level at the lock and dam in Dubuque has dropped slightly and is now at 4.3 feet and the water level at the railroad bridge is 7.0 feet. Water clarity is good. Water temperature is around 80 degrees. Northern Pike - Good: Bright flashy lures are catching pike in the tail water and near cooler tributary streams. Channel Catfish - Good: People fishing for drum report catching a lot of smaller catfish. You can also try stink bait fished above brush piles. If you use this method, make sure to move often if you do not get bites within the first 15 minutes. 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 - Good: 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 size limit is 14 inches. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Numerous 12-inch largemouths are being reported caught nearly everywhere. Most folks are using minnow imitation lures but some are also being caught by the bluegill anglers using worms. Crappie - Fair: Small crappies have moved into brush pile areas. A bobber and worms or small minnows seems to be catching some 10 to 11-inch crappie. A nice year class of 8-inch type fish are also present. Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing seems to be hit and miss. Conditions are favorable for fishing on wing dams right now. Learn how to fish above the dams using a three-way rig and a worm. Also crankbaits have been effectively fished on wing dams. 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 at 3.8 feet. Water is clear and temperature is near 80 degrees. Northern Pike - Good: Bright flashy lures are catching pike in the tail water and near cooler tributary streams. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are reported to be biting on stink bait near log piles. Anchor above the rock piles and let the smell of the stink bait ooze into the brush pile drawing out the catfish. Bluegill - Good: Many nice bluegills are 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. Fish very close to structure (logs and rocks) for best results. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallmouth are being caught along rock piles throughout the pool. Smallmouth 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 - Excellent: 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. Crappie - Fair: Small crappie were again reported in Pool 13 this week on rigs tipped with small minnows. 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 - Excellent: 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 at 4.2 feet and steady. Water clarity is quite good and the temperature is 81 degrees. Northern Pike - Fair: Bright flashy lures are catching pike in the tail water and near cooler tributary streams. Channel Catfish - Good: 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 for the best success. Fish very close to rocks and logs for the best results. 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 - Good: Anglers are mainly throwing crankbaits on the dams for best results. Some anglers are using plainer boards along channel edges. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: 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 near 81 degrees. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught using worms but some also trying cut bait. Either way they also caught a few drum as well. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught off of docks and in the marina mouths. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: A few smallies were also reported by anglers mainly fishing for bass. Try crankbaits for bigger smallmouth bass. Imitation crayfish cranks can be quite effective. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers reported catching many sub-legal largemouth bass. Folks are working rock piles with jigs and spinners. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: 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 the district have are low. Beware of logs and submerged rocks throughout the district. Water temperature is 80 degrees and water clarity is good.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 3.78 feet. River conditions are low so use caution when boating. Fishing is being reported as slow. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in snag piles along the main channel and side channels fishing with stink bait or cut shad on the bottom. Bluegill - No Report: Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in brush piles and snags along flowing side channels and along the main channel. Try vertical jigging with minnows or plastic tubes. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try using three-way rigs tipped with a half a night crawler or casting crankbaits over the wing dam. With the low water conditions look for walleyes on the outer portions of the wing dams where there is more current.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine is 3.05 feet. River conditions are low so use caution when boating. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try for channel catfish by anchoring above brush piles and snags along the main channel and flowing side channels with stinkbait or cut shad fished on the bottom. Fishing above wing dams can be good as well. Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in brush piles and snags along the main channel and flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging with minnows or plastic tubes. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of the wing dams. Casting crankbaits over the top of the wing dams can produce some fish as well. With the low water conditions look for walleyes towards the ends on the wing dams where there is more current.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 2.80 feet. River conditions are low so use caution when boating. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing for channel catfish by anchoring above snag piles and wing dams in the main channel or side channels. Try nightcrawlers, stinkbait, or cut shad on the bottom. Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in brush piles and snags along the main channel and flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging in the brush with minnows or plastic tubes.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 1.00 feet. River conditions are low so use caution when boating. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on cut shad, shad guts, and nightcrawlers. Some channel catfish are also being caught on stinkbait. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel and side channels. Fishing above the wing dams can be good as well. Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in brush piles and snags along flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging with minnows or plastic tubes. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams trolling crankbaits or three-way rigs with a half a nightcrawler. Casting crankbaits over the top of the wing dams can produce some fish as well.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River conditions are low so use caution when boating. Main channel water temperature has been around 80 degrees. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions about fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Belva Deer
Hot weather has kept most anglers away. Fishing has been pretty slow. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers coming early have been still picking up a few bluegills out in 8 to 10 feet of water. With the forecasted cooler weather you might be able to catch them in a little shallower.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The Skunk very low right now, 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
Channel Catfish - Fair:

Diamond Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Bluegill - Fair:

Coralville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Fair: Drifting or slow trolling cut bait is still producing a few fish. Crappie - Fair: Fish brush piles or steeper rock banks with a jig.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Try 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
Anglers have been catching bluegills on small jigs but the majority have been on the small size so some sorting will be needed. Largemouth bass anglers should try rubber worms or jigs among the lily pads. Channel catfish have been biting on stinkbait and cutbait.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig along the jetties and along the shoreline. Add a chunk of nightcrawler if the fish get finicky. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits around the rock jetties and along the face of the dam. Try rubber worms in the submerged structure and along the shoreline.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Slow: Use small jigs around structure in 8-10 feet of water. If the fishing remains slow, try adding a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinnerbaits along drop-offs and rip-rapped shorelines. As the water cools move into shallower water with the same presentations.

Rathbun Reservoir
Crappie - Slow: Look for brush piles in 10-12 feet of water and use minnows around these areas. Try areas around docks using a jig and a minnow. Walleye - Fair: Anglers have been catching some walleyes by trolling around underwater rock piles and points using crankbaits. Look for areas with deeper water next to shallower water. The current lake level is 906.03 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 79 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
Beaver Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill can be caught fishing small jigs tipped with crawlers 2 to 4 feet below the surface around much of the standing timber. Crappie - Fair: Drifting panfish jigs around the standing timber mid lake is producing crappie.

Roberts Creek Lake
Crappie - Good: Anglers drifting small jigs or trolling small crankbaits are catching decent numbers of 9 to 11-inch white crappies.

Big Creek Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is 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 fish over 8 inches.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Excellent: White bass are being caught in good numbers trolling crankbaits or spoons around windswept points. Look for shad schools breaking the surface and be ready to move often to stay with the activity. Good colors to start with are shad imitating colors, such as solid chrome.

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. Anglers are able to get on aggressive schools of feeding fish, especially along the west shore. Follow the large schools of young of the year gizzard shad that the white bass are targeting. Try staying as close to these schools breaking the surface as possible. Troll or cast small lipless crankbaits or spoons that closely resemble small shad.

The best August fishing in central Iowa is the white bass and catfishing on Red Rock and Saylorville reservoirs. 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 shrimp or chicken liver around the jetties. 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 in the 12 to 15-inch range.

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 2 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 has been good. Crappies and 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 - Fair: 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 fishing remains good. 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. Redear Sunfish - Fair: Red ears are being caught with night crawlers under a bobber. Fish are 9 to 12 inches.

Viking Lake
Largemouth bass fishing is good. The 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 in their summer pattern and can be caught along weed edges and suspended in the water column. Largemouth bass are aggressive and easily caught this time of year. 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 - Good: Bluegills can be caught suspending worms or small jigs in 4 to 8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught with a variety of baits and lures this time of the year. Cast along vegetation edges and around structure to catch bass. Crappie - Fair: Try minnows under a bobber around structure.

Bluegill and crappie fishing continues to be good in southwest Iowa. Water temperature is around 80 degrees. For more information on lakes in the district call the office at Cold Springs at 712-769-2587.

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 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.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fishing has been fair for channel catfish on various baits. Anglers continue to have success on dip baits, worms, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead catfish are biting on live bait and cut bait. Try chubs and sunfish around deep holes near wing dykes, logs, and incoming rivers and streams.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue to have success catching channel catfish on various baits such as dip baits, worms, and cutbait. Try 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 22.45 feet/35,285 CFS, dropping.15 feet from last week. Water temperature is 80 degrees.

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