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Iowa fishing report for Oct. 3

October 03, 2013 at 04:44 PM

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is 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.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing remains the same as last week at Storm. 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.

North Twin Lake
Fishing for yellow bass and crappie is starting to pick up. Anglers are focusing their efforts around the docks. Recent sampling has shown large numbers of nice walleye hanging out around the end of the docks. Try casting a large twister or hair jig baited with a minnow and casting to each dock that is still in.

Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake is approximately 10 inches below crest. 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 at night. Fishing for other species has been slow.

Snyder Bend Lake
Fishing has been slow.

Arrowhead Lake
Catfish have been biting well on leeches under a bobber. Some largemouth bass can be caught with the same technique.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Walleye fishing is starting to pick up a little. Anglers should throw white or chartreuse twisters or other similar baits. Rocky pools, deeper outside bends and below riffles are good places to target fish.

Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)
Anglers have been catching good numbers of nice walleye. Fish in the morning and evening hours around rocky habitat and deeper water. Throw white twisters when fishing the channel. If you're fishing a deep hole you might want to try live bait, such as chubs or large shiners.

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

Big Spirit Lake
Walleye - Slow: Fishing has been tough but a few fish are still being caught. Minnows have been catching a few fish along with artificial baits. Freshwater Drum - Fair: For a chance at a master angler fish try fishing live bait on or near the bottom. A master angler drum must measure 25 inches or more.

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

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Slow: bluegills should start to move shallower as the water cools. Continue to fish around weed edges and open pockets. Yellow Perch - Fair: Try using a pilkie tipped with wigglers for perch around some sort of structure: weeds, rocks, drop-offs, or a combination. Most are reporting many small fish with a few nice ones mixed in.

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

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
The algae bloom should start to go away with cooler temperatures coming. Channel catfish were stocked into Volga Lake last Thursday. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a hook and worm or stinkbait and 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 the deep water brush piles. Try a jig tipped with imitation minnows. Yellow Perch - No Report:

Lake Hendricks
Channel catfish were stocked into Lake Hendricks on Monday. They are about 7 inches. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try using night crawlers or stink baits under a bobber along the rockier shoreline. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills have been difficult to catch but nice ones will take bait. Try using a hook tipped with a small chunk of worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass using crankbaits and soft plastics casting from shore. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching crappies in a variety of locations using small tube jigs or jigs tipped with twistertail.

Lake Meyer
Channel catfish were stocked into Lake Meyer Monday and are about 7 inches. Northern Pike - No Report: Channel Catfish - Slow: Try fishing for catfish near submersed trees. Use a worm or cut bait fished on the bottom under a bobber. Bluegill - Slow: Try using 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)
The Upper Iowa had been having some excellent mayfly hatches in the evenings. Sucker - Slow: Anglers are catching suckers on a hook tipped with a worm and fished along the bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are using jigs tipped with a worm or darker colored twistertail with some success. Crankbaits have also been working. Walleye - Good: Anglers are having luck using dark colored jigs tipped with a worm.

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: Smallmouth bass have been really active this week and are taking natural colored crankbaits. Walleye - Good: Anglers are having success using a variety of tackle including drifting jigs tipped with long piece of worm or twistertails.

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 using a crawdad or a lure imitating crawdads. Walleye - Good: Try fishing along cut banks or around woody debris.

Turkey River (below Clermont)
Concentrate 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)
Algae bloom on the river has been reducing visibility but with cooler weather on the way, this should clear. Northerns are starting to show up in the creel. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are hitting on dead chubs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are using a variety of tackle with success. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been finding crappies around brush piles and are using minnows with success. Walleye - Good: Anglers are using a variety of natural colored crankbaits and jigs tipped with a twistertail with a little sparkle.

Decorah District Streams
Blue Wing Olive and Baetis hatches have been excellent on most northeast Iowa streams. Hatches sometimes begin late in the morning and continue on & off through dusk. For dry fly fishing, try your favorite Blue Wing pattern - sizes can vary from #16s through #24s depending on the hatch. Blue Wing wet fly and nymph patterns in the same sizes have also been very effective.

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. All trout stocking for October is unannounced. Trout will continue to be stocked through this month. Leaves are starting to turn color. It's a nice time to get outside for some color exploration. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The river level on the Wapsipinicon River is currently at 4.54 feet. Fishing on other interior rivers has been good for game fish, the Wapsi should hold true as well. The river is low and fish should be concentrated in the deeper holes. Northern Pike - Fair: Floating a live chub under a bobber has been effective. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or spinner baits are good. Walleye - Fair: 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 fair to good angling for walleye and smallmouth bass but navigation has become difficult. Consider focusing on early morning or late evening for smallmouth bass and walleye. Both a jig and nightcrawler or crankbaits have been providing the best overall action. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or spinner baits are good. Walleye - Fair: Jig and crawler or casting crankbaits has been good.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River has provided some good angling for both walleye and smallmouth bass this past week. 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 on the Shell Rock but navigation has become difficult with low water. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or spinner baits are good. Walleye - Fair: Jig and crawler or casting crankbaits has been good.

Panfish angling remains sporadic on area Black Hawk County lakes. Interior river fishing has been good for walleye and smallmouth bass but navigation remains difficult due to low water. Nightcrawlers or jig and plastics are the best overall baits. Trout streams are in excellent shape. For further information call district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Pool 9 at Lansing level is 7.9 feet and stable and water clarity is excellent with water temperatures in the mid 60s. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats feeding heavy before water cools. Stink bait and cut bait are good. Bluegill - Excellent: Good bluegill fishing continues on snags in running sloughs. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are feeding heavy but may be moving towards backwater overwintering areas soon. Crappie - Fair: Look for the crappie bite to pick up as fish concentrate on structure in sloughs. Walleye - Fair: Some nice sized walleyes being caught on wing dams. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are still biting good drifting crawlers along current edges on the main channel.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Pool 10 at Lynxville level is 12.6 feet and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats feeding heavy before water cools. Stink bait and cut bait are good. Bluegill - Good: Good bluegill fishing continues on snags in running sloughs. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are feeding heavy but may be moving towards backwater overwintering areas soon. Crappie - Fair: Look for the crappie bite to pick up as fish concentrate on structure in sloughs. Sauger - Fair: A few sauger showing up in the tail waters. Bite should continue to get better as water cools. Walleye - Fair: Some nice sized walleyes being caught on wing dams. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are still biting good drifting crawlers along current edges on the main channel.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Pool 11 at Guttenberg level is 4.4 feet and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temps are in the mid 60s. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats feeding heavy before water cools. Stink bait and cut bait are good. Bluegill - Good: Good bluegill fishing continues on snags in running sloughs. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are feeding heavy but may be moving towards backwater overwintering areas soon. Crappie - Fair: Look for the crappie bite to pick up as fish concentrate on structure in sloughs. Sauger - Fair: A few sauger showing up in the tail waters. Bite should continue to get better as water cools. Walleye - Fair: Some nice sized walleyes being caught on wing dams. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are still biting good drifting crawlers along current edges on the main channel.

October is always a great month to be fishing on the Upper Mississippi as fish begin preparing for winter. Water temps are in the mid 60s but should begin to drop with the projected cooler weather. Water levels are low and stable. Boaters should watch out for stumps and wing dams with very low water levels.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water level at the lock and dam in Dubuque is at 4.6 feet and the water level at the RR Bridge is at 7.3 feet. Water temperature is in the upper 60s 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. Bluegill - Good: Fish can still be found on 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 size limit is 14 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: 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. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are still on the wing dams but fishing for them has been temperamental. Try staying above the wing dams and casting bright colored crank baits 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 fell a bit and is at 3.8 feet. It is expected to stay low and stable throughout the week. Water is clear and water temperature is in the 60s. Northern Pike - Good: Bright flashy lures are catching pike in the tail water areas and along weed beds. Lots of pike reported caught this year. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill still are being caught in decent numbers. It has been a great year for this panfish. Size ranges from 6.5 inches to 9 inches. Most anglers are using worms and bobbers or split shot rigs. Fish close to 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 - Good: Sub-legal bass are providing good action on spinner baits in Pool 13. Fish 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 4.5 feet and steady. Water clarity is quite good. The water temperature is in the 60s. The Rock Creek on the Iowa side of the river and Cattail Slough on the Illinois side are popular angling locations. Northern Pike - Fair: Bright flashy lures are catching pike in the tail water and near cooler tributary streams. Bluegill - Good: Many 8 and even 9 inchers have been reported. Most anglers are using worms and bobbers and fishing 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 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 60s. 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 has slowed but we are expecting some great fall fishing.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
Lots of anglers are fishing around the inlet and catching some nice fish. 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 temperature drops and the level rises. Work the tree falls and brush in the Sand Run area.

Lake Belva Deer
With the more stable weather pattern, fishing continues to be good. What will happen when the front moves in at the end of the week is anybody's guess. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting. With the weather cooling, switch back to natural baits such as minnows and night crawlers. Bluegill - Excellent: Anglers are doing very well catching bluegills first thing in the morning and just before dark. Fish are in 5 to 6 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass fishing is really picking up. Work the shallows and bays that have the sun shining into them.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing continues to improve. They are still in 5 to 6 feet of water around the brush piles but with the cooler weather forecasted for next week look for them to move in shallower. Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass are around the trees. Concentrate on the side of the lake and bays facing into the sun.

Lake of the Hills
The fall trout stocking is October 19, at 10:30 a.m. 2,000 trout will be released at the boat ramp. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where live minnows can be used as bait. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in about four feet of water around the stumps and logs sunk at that depth. Also look for them around the fishing pier and its fish habitat at about those same depths. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing is good around the shallow water habitat in the late afternoon and evening hours. Concentrate your efforts in the areas of shoreline that get the afternoon sun.

Big Hollow Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing continues to be fairly good. Work the timber in about 4 feet of water either with small jigs or worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing is picking up. I would work the rip rap around the islands and shoreline on the north side of the lake.

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

Kent Park Lake
A netting survey was done here this week and found many 8-9-inch crappies, 6-8-inch bluegills, and 7-9-inch redear sunfish. Target areas with brush and wind coming in.

Diamond Lake
A netting survey was done here this week and found many 8-9-inch crappies and 6-7-inch bluegills. Target areas with brush and wind coming in.

Coralville Reservoir
The current lake level is 685 feet. All the Army Corps of Engineers owned ramps are closed due to federal government shut downs. White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of fish chasing shad. Most schools are not along the bank or structure oriented. Crappie - Fair: Most anglers are having success with jigs along steep rock banks or by wood/brush.

Otter Creek Lake
A fish survey was conducted here this week and a good number of 5-8-inch bluegills and 7-9-inch crappies were sampled in the shallows. Bluegill - Fair: Yellow Bass - Fair:

Union Grove Lake
A fish survey was conducted here this week and lots of 5-7-inch bluegills and 7-10-inch crappies were sampled in the shallows. Crappie - Fair: Fish around brush and lay downs with a small jig.

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride fisheries station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello
Anglers have been catching bluegills but smaller fish are making up most of the catch so sorting is required for larger fish. Try spinnerbaits along the edges of the aquatic vegetation and along rip-rapped shorelines. Anglers are still catching some channel catfish on stinkbait.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the jetties. Also try a chunk of nightcrawler on a hook under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the rock jetties and the face of the dam. Use rubber worms along the habitat placed along the campground shoreline.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Slow: Try small jigs around the rock jetties and rip-rapped shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try using crankbaits along rip-rapped shorelines and along the edge of the aquatic vegetation. Use rubber worms among the lily pads or weedless top-water lures.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 905.55 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 69 degrees. Crappie - Slow: Anglers have been finding some crappies in 8-10 feet of water around brush piles. Use jigs or minnows around these areas. Anglers have also been catching some crappies around docks using a jig and a minnow. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Walleye - Slow: Try using crankbaits around submerged points and rock piles. Drifting or trolling crankbaits can also be productive. 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
Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught drifting jigs or fishing minnows near the timber throughout the lake.

Rock Creek Lake
Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies drifting minnows or jigs in the lower quarter of the lake. The crappie population is large with most fish in the 7 to 9-inch range and decent numbers of 10-inch fish.

Big Creek Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are being drift fishing small jigs with crawler, especially over the old road beds. Big Creek bluegills are good size with many fish 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: Crappies are being caught 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
Crappie - Good: The fall crappie bite is going at Red Rock. Anglers fishing minnows under a bobber near rock structure close to shore on the main lake are doing 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 five 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.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Rainbow Trout - Fair: Anglers looking for a unique fishing opportunity this fall can make a trip to Ada Hayden for rainbow trout that have survived and grown through the past two summers. Anglers start to pick up some of these trout as water temperature reaches 70 degrees and below. A variety of baits can work, including live minnows, twister tail jigs, small crankbaits and in-line spinners. The trout fee is required to fish for and possess trout.

The fall crappie bite is good right now in many central Iowa lakes. 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 or cast around cedar tree piles. Channel Catfish - Slow: Try shrimp or chicken liver around the jetties to catch two pound fish. 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. Crappie - No Report: Vertical jigging or fish a minnow under a bobber around cedar tree piles to catch 8 to 10-inch crappie.

Littlefield Lake
Littlefield has nice crappies that can be caught drifting. A few bluegills are also being picked up. Bluegill - Fair: Drift small jigs tipped with crawler to catch bluegill. Early morning has been the best time of the day. Crappie - Fair: 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 - 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.

Viking Lake
Largemouth bass fishing has been good this summer. Crappies are suspended off the dam and around the many brush piles. Channel Catfish - Slow: 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 - Fair: 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 picked up on the main lake. Reports of a few walleyes are also being caught. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught on the south and west side of the lake using liver. Crappie - Fair: Float a minnow under a bobber around docks to catch 9 to 10-inch crappie. Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught trolling crankbaits on the west and south side of the lake.

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.

Water temperatures have fallen below 70 degrees. The fall crappie bite is picking up on area lakes. Bluegills are still being caught drifting. 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. The water temperature is in the middle 60s. Water clarity is good. Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are starting to bite small crawler pieces or small jigs. The deeper rock piles and deeper flooded cedar tree piles in 6 to 14 feet of water seem to be the best. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some good sized largemouth bass are being caught from the deeper flooded tree piles. Crappie - Fair: A few crappies can be caught from outside edges of the flooded cedar tree piles in 6 to 9 feet of water. Walleye - Fair: Mid-sized small jigs tipped with a minnow are picking up a few walleyes from the deep rock areas or the campground point.

Little River Watershed Lake
The lake is near full and the water clarity is very good. The fish are small to mid-sized and growing. Channel catfish and bluegills are most popular. Channel Catfish - Fair: The early morning and twilight periods are producing some mid-sized channel catfish. Bluegill - Fair: The deeper flooded trees are holding a few mid-sized bluegills. Small jigs or crawler pieces about 6 to 14 feet down are the most productive.

Lake of Three Fires
The lake is about one foot low. Water clarity is good and the temperature is in the mid 60s. Channel Catfish - Fair: An occasional channel catfish is being caught from the campground points. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some largemouth bass are hanging around the deeper tree piles about 6 to 10 feet down.

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

Green Valley Lake
The lake is near full and water clarity is above normal. Temperatures are in the mid 60s. Bluegill - Good: The bluegills are hanging around the deeper structure in at least 10 to 15 feet of water. The cedar tree pile 150 yards north of the center of the dam is a very good spot. Small jigs tipped with crawlers or wax worms 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. Crappie - Fair: The crappies are hanging around the deeper tree piles and rock areas. Several large fish are biting on small white jigs or minnows.

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 in the mid 60s and clarity is good. Bluegill - Good: Some nice sized bluegills are being caught from near the flooded trees along the creek channel. Small black jigs tipped with crawlers or wax worms are working the best. Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of largemouth bass are coming from the deeper flooded tree piles and from along the deeper edges of the vegetation. Crappie - Fair: A few fall crappies are biting from around the flooded trees and piles in 8 to 15 feet of water. Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes can be caught from the deep rock areas on jigs or jigs tipped with a minnow. The roadway between the middle ramps is a good spot.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water clarity is good and the temperature is in the middle 60s. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are coming off the deeper portions 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 or the sharper drop-offs. Crappie - Fair: The deeper flooded tree piles are producing some crappies. Small jigs or minnows in 5 to 8 feet of water seems to be the best.

Water temperatures are falling to the middle 60s. Water clarity is very good. The fish are starting to bite well.

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