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Iowa fishing report 10-1-09

October 01, 2009 at 02:46 PM

NORTHWEST
Crawford Creek Impoundment
Bluegill - Fair: Shore and boat anglers are catching bluegill with small hooks and jigs.  Majority of fish are medium size.  Crappie - Fair: Boat and shore anglers have been catching some crappie on various baits.  Majority of fish are medium to fairly small.

Brushy Creek Lake
A few bluegill and crappie are being caught.  Fish near trees and cover a lot of areas.  Docks will remain in the lake until freezing weather moves in.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching bluegill in 12 to 18 feet of water, just off the bottom.  Use small hooks and live bait.  Walleye - Slow: Cooler water may get walleye hitting on minnows; try the shoreline at dusk.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Anglers are catching catfish and a few walleye.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17 to 22-inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be immediately released.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish on various baits; try areas near Shorty’s Island and Boy Scout Island.  Walleye angling has slowed; anglers are trolling shad rap type lures (hot steel) along the dredge cuts. 

North Twin Lake
Anglers are starting to catch a few panfish.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small hook and piece of crawler.  Crappie - Fair: Use small minnows and fish around docks.  Yellow Bass - Good: Use a small hook and piece of crawler or small piece of cut bait; cast toward or jig around docks and keep moving.

Black Hawk Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching some 1.5 to 2 pound catfish fish.

As the temperature drops water is clearing up a bit.  Cold fronts moving across the area have slowed fishing again.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Don Herrig (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Beeds Lake
Bluegills and Largemouth bass are biting.  Channel Catfish - Slow: 

Briggs Woods Lake
Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish are biting on liver. Crappie fishing is slow. 

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Largemouth bass and channel catfish are biting.  Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: 

Lower Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is slow. Channel catfish are biting on crawlers. 

Upper Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is slow. Largemouth bass fishing is fair using jigs. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits.

Lake Smith
Bluegill fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and liver. 

Lake Catherine
Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver or night crawlers. 

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is still good, the best bite is early in the morning; try drifting cut bait or a worm until you find the fish then work that area. Shore fish the wind swept side of the lake for best results. A few walleyes and channel fish are being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Walleye - Slow:  Muskellunge - Slow: 

Lake Cornelia
A few walleyes are being caught slow trolling crankbaits. White bass are biting. Channel catfish are biting chicken liver.  Bullhead - Slow:  Channel Catfish - Good:  White Bass - Fair:  Walleye - Fair:  Yellow Bass - Fair:

Little Wall Lake
Small crappies and largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish fishing is fair at night using stink bait. 

West Twin Lake
Bullhead fishing is good using a night crawler fished on the bottom. 

Bluebill Lake
Bluegill fishing has been good. Largemouth bass fishing is picking up. 

West Fork Des Moines (Emmetsburg to Humboldt)
Walleyes and channel catfish are biting on crawlers.  Channel Catfish - Good:  Walleye - Fair:

Boone River
Channel catfish are biting on stink bait. 

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Fishing has been good for smallmouth bass, channel catfish and walleye. 

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: using cut bait or liver.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: using jigs and crankbaits.

Winnebago River
Channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing had been fair. 

For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call us at the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at (641) 357-3517.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Good: Vertical jig near brush piles with mini jigs tipped with live bait.  Crappie - Good: Vertical jig near brush piles with mini jigs tipped with live bait or a bobber and small hook and minnow at the dam.

Big Spirit Lake
The water temperature is 61 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll crankbaits and spoons near weed lines or cast in Angler’s Bay.  White Bass - Excellent: Use top-water lures in black or perch colors in the mornings.  Look for surface feeding fish at Cottonwood, Little and Big Stoney points.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm along weed beds in Anglers Bay and the main lake.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use top-water lures in the mornings.  Smallmouth will be mixed in with white bass schools.  Crappie - Fair: Some black crappies are being caught around Big Stoney Point trolling minnow crankbaits or bobber fishing with minnows along weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Excellent: Using jigging lures or small jigs tipped with wax worms, minnows, or Belgian worms while anchored in 17 to 22 feet of water near Big and Little Stoney points.  Walleye - Good: Wader fish after sunset at the Footbridge, Buffalo Run, and Marble Beach with a twister tail.

Center Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait in the evenings from the south shore.

East Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Fair: Troll spoons along weed lines.  Bluegill - Good: Tip small jigs with a piece of worm and fish around boat docks and weed lines.  Yellow Perch - Good: Vertical jig along weed lines or in the deep basin on the south end of the lake.  Walleye - Fair: Fish are being caught while fishing around boat docks with small jigs or trolling crankbaits from Parks Marina towards the Hattie Elston boat ramp and at Jingles Point.  A few walleyes are also being caught at the bridges in the evenings.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Fish boat docks with small jigs tipped with a piece of worms or along weed lines.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs around boat docks and weed lines.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Vertical jig along the weed line with a small jig tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along boat docks and weed lines on the east shore near the bike trail bridge.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Good: Troll crankbaits or look for surface feeding fish to cast to.  Fish are also being caught around boat docks.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch are being caught while trolling with crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Wader fish after sunset with a jig and minnow, twister-tail, or shallow diving crankbait.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 64 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll crankbaits or cast spinnerbaits and rattle trap lures along weed lines.  White Bass - Good: Fish the points with surface lures in the morning and evenings.  Look for surface feeding activity.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms or worms along weed lines.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish at Pikes, Gull, and Pillsbury points in the mornings and evening with top-water lures.  Look for schools of white bass feeding on the surface.  Yellow Perch - Good: Fish are being caught with small jigs tipped with live bait along weed lines and rock piles.  Walleye - Fair: Wader fish after sunset at Pikes and Gull points along the beach using a twister tail or jig and minnow.  Muskellunge - Fair: Fish are being caught in the evenings toward dark with blade or glide baits.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or chubs near the trestle.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught while trolling crankbait near drop-offs.  Some fish are also being caught close to shore in the evenings casting jigs.

Schmerse W.A. Pond
Northern Pike - Fair: Use spinner baits or top-water lures along weed beds.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small micro jigs from shore along the weed beds.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish are being caught using cut bait near holes and riffles.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Use green sunfish or bullheads near river holes with wood debris.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or stink bait in holes near snags.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig and minnow shallow running crankbait along eddies and holes.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish with cut bait near snags.  Walleye - Good: Use a jig and minnow in eddies and deep water areas.

Kids Corner:  If you want to take a child fishing then take them dock fishing at the Iowa Great Lakes.  Use a small micro jig tipped with a piece of worm jigged along the bottom around the edge of the dock for any species or fish after sunset with a lighted slip bobber and a minnow for walleyes.  For more information on lakes and rivers in the Spirit lake area call 1-(712)-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
The lake is starting to clear up.  It looks like the fish should start to turn on soon.  Channel Catfish - No Report: This is one time of year where cut bait will work better than chicken liver Bluegill - Fair: There is a slow bite, but nice ones are being caught Largemouth Bass - No Report: The largemouth bass should start to turn on soon depending on the weather Crappie - Good: Reports of 10-inch crappie

Lake Hendricks
Channel Catfish - No Report:  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are biting on a hook tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers report best success using a night crawler or artificial jigs tipped with a twister tail.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught on twister tails fished near the woody structure in the upper end of the lake.

Lake Meyer
Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfish bite has slowed, but there are reports of a few trophy-sized fish being caught on cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: A few are being caught on the traditional hook, worm and bobber combo.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: There are good numbers of quality-sized bass in the lake this year. It might take a little work to find them right now, but it is worth it.  Crappie - Fair: If they aren’t holding on the bush piles, try locating the schools in the open water by drifting.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Northern Pike - No Report:  Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Last week quite a few fish over 14 inches were being caught on black jigs.  Walleye - No Report: Last week anglers caught some nice size walleyes in the catch and release area using jigs and crankbaits.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Smallmouth Bass - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Channel Catfish - Fair: That heavy bite that occurred near Charles City last week has turned off, but some are being caught with a jig and crawler below the dam at Nashua.  Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Start focusing on the over-wintering deeper pools.  Walleye - Fair: At Howards Woods Access and below the dam at Nashua, anglers are catching fair numbers using a jig head and minnow. Upstream of Charles City the bite is slower

The Upper Iowa, Cedar and Turkey rivers are low as of October 1, but the rain forecast may change things.  Area lakes are cooling and fish are beginning to bite.  For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Fishing has picked up for bluegill and largemouth bass along with a few northern pike.  Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers are catching some northern pike on occasion while casting for largemouth bass. Try casting some weedless spoons for these aggressive predators.  Bluegill - Good: Try using a small piece of red worm or night crawler underneath a small bobber casting out beyond the shoreline vegetation. If angling from a boat, fish near and around the pockets of vegetation throughout the lake.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast weedless-artificial baits for some good largemouth bass action.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Anglers are catching both bluegill and bass in Casey Lake.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching nice sized bluegill in 6 to 8 feet of water off of the dam and above submersed structure. Try casting little jigs with small twister tail from the shoreline while slowly retrieving through the 6 to 8 feet of water. Some anglers have been having good success using fly rods as well.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting very well on almost anything thrown at them from shore. Fish tend to run in size from 10 to 13 inches but have been providing lots of fun action. Anglers are reminded that there is an 18 inch size limit on this lake for largemouth bass.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River has been good for walleye, smallmouth bass and crappies over the last week. Fishing seems to have been better further up the Cedar but is picking up as well further down.  Smallmouth Bass - Good:  Crappie - Good:  Walleye - Good: Try casting jigs or crankbaits in and around woody structure along current breaks.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Anglers have been having good success fishing on the Shell Rock for both walleye and smallmouth bass.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast jigs with a twister tail or crankbaits on the downstream end of riffles for these actively feeding fish.  Walleye - Good: Try casting jigs tipped with a minnow or casting crankbaits in and around woody structure along current breaks.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Anglers are catching a variety of fish in the Wapsi, both in the main river and in impoundments above low head dams.  Northern Pike - Good: Northern Pike have been biting well as water temperature declines. Cast larger spinner baits or spoons in and around structure.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Recent DNR fish surveys on the Wapsi reflected good numbers and size structure of smallmouth bass in this river. Crankbaits and spinners have been working well fished in and around woody structure.  Walleye - Good: Try using jigs tipped with or without a twister tail and a minnow below the low head dam areas. Anglers are also having success casting crankbaits for walleye this time of year.

Northeast interior rivers are still providing a good assortment of game fish. With water temperature on the decline, fish are beginning their “feeding frenzy” before heading into the winter season. Increased catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and crappies have been reported throughout the Wapsipinicon, Cedar, Shell Rock and Maquoketa rivers. Some lakes in Black Hawk County are beginning to pick up some crappies. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at (563) 927-3276

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
The river level at Lansing is 7.85 feet. The water temperature is 60 degrees.  Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike are being caught in some of the side sloughs using either crankbaits or spinnerbaits.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught using a night crawler on the wing dams.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good around the Blackhawk Lake area. Use night crawlers to catch these fish.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish are concentrated along rocky shorelines and wing dams with current. Use small inline spinners to catch these fish.  Crappie - Fair: Using jig and minnow in the running sloughs.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes being caught in Minnesota Slough trolling crankbaits.

Mississippi River Pool 10
The river level at Lynxville is 12.09 feet. The water temperature is 59 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: Reports of pike fishing have slowed but fish are still being caught where the backwater lakes open up into sloughs. Use spinnerbaits or shallow running crankbaits for these fish.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill are being caught below the spillway near Harpers Ferry using worms.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Some bass are being caught using crankbaits out from points.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappie fishing continues to be good using a jig and minnow in the side sloughs and fishing around woody structure.  Sauger - Fair: A few sauger starting to be caught below the dam jigging blade baits.  Walleye - Fair: Fishing has been good along the wing dams and along the “s” curves south of Harpers Ferry. Use a jig tipped with minnow to catch these fish. Some smaller fish are being caught below the dam. Freshwater Drum - Good: Catch these fish using night crawlers on the bottom. Fish are also being taken jigging in the tailwaters.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River levels at Guttenberg are at 3.82 feet. The water temperature is 64 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Fair: catfish can be caught using night crawlers fished on the bottom along the channel.  White bass continue to be caught in the tailwaters and around some of the wing dams. Keep an eye open for schooling fish. Use small jigs or spinners to catch these fish.  Smallmouth bass fishing is good along rocky shorelines and wing dams with good flow over them. Use inline spinners to catch these fish.  Sauger - Fair: Some smaller sauger are being caught in the tailwaters below the dam using a jig and minnow.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleye can be caught around the tips of wing dams. Either troll crankbaits or fish a jig and minnow.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Use a night crawler and fish around wing dams.

Water levels have bumped up slightly in the last week but are still pretty low. As water levels lower, boaters are again urged to use caution when boating outside the main channel. Boaters should also use caution when backing down the ramps so as not to back off of the end of the concrete. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River level at Dubuque is 7.13 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water temperature is in the low 60s and clarity is good.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish chunks of night crawlers around brush piles or other structure in areas with no or low current.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught off of brush piles in side channels and in backwaters.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye are coming off of wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or on crankbaits.  With the low water levels, target dams with good current or the tips of dams.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Fish a crawler on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River level in Bellevue is 3.56 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water temperature is in the low 60s and water clarity is good.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish being caught off of brush piles in side channels and backwaters on small jigs or minnows.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are coming off of wing dams with good current on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or on crankbaits.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
The river level in Camanche is 8.82 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water temperature is in the low 60s and water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are still biting, but have slowed compared to last week.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies coming off of snags in side channels and backwaters on minnows or jigs.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are coming off of the wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches, jigs, or crankbaits.  With low water levels, target dams that have good current or focus on the tips of the dams.

For information about fishing Pools 12 - 15 of the Mississippi River, call the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976.

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 4.06 feet.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Channel catfishing has slowed down but some fish are being caught on night crawlers, shrimp, crawdads, and stink baits around wing dams and log piles.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill fishing has been slow.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing in the backwaters is starting to pick up. Some crappies are starting to be caught around the Andalusia Islands fishing brush piles with small minnows or tube jigs.  Walleye fishing has been slow but a few fish are being caught on wing dams using three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler or a leech. Some fish are also being caught casting crankbaits on the wing dams. With the low flow, look for wing dams with deeper water and fish more towards the tip of the dam.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.30 feet.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Channel catfishing has slowed down but some fish are being caught on crawlers, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log piles.  White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Big Timber fishing around brush piles along the bank on minnows. Some crappies are also being caught in the Muscatine Harbor.  Walleye fishing has been slow but some fish are being caught on the wing dams using three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler or leech. Some fish are also being caught casting crankbaits to the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 3.84 feet.  Fishing for channel catfish is slowing down. Some fish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and around log piles in the main channel or side channels.  White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being picked up fishing jigs and small minnows around brush piles in the backwaters.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught on jigs and small minnows fished around brush piles in the backwaters.  Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 1.67 feet.  Fishing for channel catfish has been slowing down. Some fish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and log piles in the main channel or side channels.  White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are starting to be caught around brush piles in the backwater areas on minnows.  Walleye fishing has been slow on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are low so take caution when boating. Main channel water temperature is around 65-66 degrees. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
Water temperatures are starting to cool of into the 60s.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are starting to move into the shallow waters later in the day.  Not many anglers are out yet looking for them.

Lake Belva Deer
The road work is done for the rest of the year.  They will let the road bed settle this winter and start the paving part of the project next year.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish fishing remain steady as these fish fatten up for the winter.  Bluegill - Excellent: The bluegills are in shallow. My preferred baits for this time of year is small 1/64 ounce jigs tipped with wax worms.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappie fishing remains very good.  Work along the rocks and trees in the lower part of the lake.

Lake of the Hills
Water temperatures are dropping into the upper 60s.  The fish are starting to fatten up for the winter.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some anglers are catching fish on chicken liver.  Hit the ledges to deep water during the day.  Bluegill - Good: Work them just like the crappies.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Lake of the Hills sister lake: Railroad lake has been producing some nice bass by flipping plastics close to the flooded trees.  Crappie - Good: Hit the brush piles with wax worms on small jigs and bobbers. Jigging small tube jigs tipped with wax worms in the deeper brush piles are producing the bigger fish.

Lake Darling
The lake remains drained.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
Water temperature is in the upper 50s to low 60s.  The river level remains higher than normal for this time of year and I doubt it will get better with all the rain forecast.  Flathead Catfish - Good: These fish are doing the last of the winter fattening up as they start their migration to their over-wintering spots.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
NOAA has the river dropping several more feet during the next few days.  I wonder if they have checked the weather forecast.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Slow:  Crappie - Fair: Jigs tipped with minnows, with and without a bobber, have produced a few nice crappies. Constantly twitching the bait seems to alert crappies and gets them to bite.

For more information on the above lakes call us at the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.

Kent Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Some eating sized fish are being taken. Early and late have been the best times of the day.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs, worms, or wax worms around brush.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try crankbaits or soft plastics around shallower brush or rock.

Lake Macbride
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish will begin to move toward shoreline cover as the water cools. Try crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or soft plastics around rock and wood.  Crappie - Fair: Fish over brush with small jigs or minnows. The fish should continue to move to shallower structure as the water cools.

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

Coralville Reservoir
As of October 1, the lake level is 686 feet.  The water has dirtied up following the high winds and rain.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Drifting cut bait has produced some nice sized fish.  White Bass - Slow: Watch your electronics for scattered schools of fish, and use crankbaits or jigs.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
As of October 1, the flows are 3,500 and are predicted to 6,000 on Friday. This will affect water levels and clarity as well as fish location and feeding.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been picking up some fish on shad.  White Bass - Fair: Throw jigs or crankbaits below the dams.

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

Lake Wapello
The lake has been renovated and is being allowed to fill.

Lake Keomah
Channel Catfish - Slow: Try night crawler or cut bait along the shoreline.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are using small jigs tipped with a wax worm fished around structure.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Try rubber worms along the fishing jetties or around submerged structure.

Lake Miami
The lake is 6 feet low due to a planned drawdown.  The boat ramps are still usable.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Use night crawlers or cut bait.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinnerbaits around the flooded timber or areas with submerged structure.  Try using rubber worms in the same areas.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or chunk of night crawler around the weed line.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits or crankbaits around submerged structure or the weed line.  Try Carolina rigged worms around areas of timber or the lily pads.  Crappie - Fair: Use jig and minnow combinations around the flooded timber.  Keep moving until finding active fish.  Walleye - Slow: As the water cools, the walleye will move onto areas with rocks.  Try a jig and minnow combination or a crankbaits around areas near the dam.

Rathbun Reservoir
The water temperature is in the upper 60s.  The lake level is 905.21 with normal pool being 904.00.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Blood bait and cut bait have been catching some nice sized channel catfish.  South Fork has been a productive area to try.  White Bass - Slow: Try baits that mimic shad like chrome colored crankbaits or jigging spoons.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappies around submerged brush piles in 10 to 15 feet of water.  Most fish are being caught on a jig and minnow combination.  Walleye - Slow: Trolling crankbaits around submerged drop-offs and underwater islands has been successful.

For additional fishing information in southeast Iowa, please contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Rock Creek Lake
The crappie bite is good using small jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  The fish are fair sized from 8 to 10 inches.

Roberts Creek Lake
White bass are biting well on small jigs.  Pink head and white tail is a good combination.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught shallow using night crawlers.  Crappie - Fair: Some good sized fish are being caught jigging minnows over brush piles.

Big Creek Lake
The white bass bite at Big Creek is good right now.  Some are approaching 12 inches while most are 9 to 11 inches.  They can be caught throwing jig and twisters, in-line spinners, small spoons, small crankbaits, trolling spinning rigs with minnows or crawlers, or drifting with a live minnow.  Concentrate on the shoreline the wind is blowing into.  Good areas have been near the west boat ramps and near the marina.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught by fishing minnows or small tube jigs near submerged wood in deeper water or over the sunken brush piles.

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

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught fishing over submerged pallets and brush piles in 10 feet of water or less using small panfish jigs or slip bobbers with a small piece of crawler.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing has been fair fishing over sunken habitat in 10 feet of water or more with minnows or small tube jigs.

Hooper Area Pond
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting well on small jigs tipped with a small piece of crawler fished near submerged wood.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill bite is slowly picking up on small jigs and small pieces of night crawlers under a bobber.  Concentrate efforts around structure.  Largemouth bass are hitting well on any type of weedless rig or top-water baits fished through the edges of the weed beds and along tree falls.

Red Rock Reservoir
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. 

Saylorville Reservoir
Catfishing is good in the mornings and late evenings fishing with cut bait, dead creek chubs or stink baits.  The upper end of the reservoir above the mile long bridge has been best.  The fish being caught are good sized, averaging 4 to 8 pounds.  White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing has picked up a little recently by trolling crankbaits or spinning rigs.  A few good sized wipers are being caught as well by anglers that are targeting white bass.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Bluegill fishing from shore is good right now, especially in the evenings.  Concentrate on wood habitat and vegetation edges using pieces of crawler under slip bobbers.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass anglers have been doing well fishing shallow using large jigs, surface lures, and crankbaits.  There are some good fish being caught over 4 pounds.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught in the evening using minnows under a bobber fished near any wood habitat near the shore.  The fish are nice sized from 10 to 12 inches.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfishing is good fishing dead minnows or cut bait near any tree fall or root wad in water 2 feet deep or deeper.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being caught using jig and crawler or jig and minnow.  Larger fish can be found near wood cover in 3 feet of water or more with a little current.  Throwing crankbaits along sandbar drop-offs can also be effective.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
River levels are low right now making boat fishing difficult, but wading can be very effective.  Fish are more concentrated in the deeper bends and pools.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught using fresh cut bait or dead creek chubs.  Walleye - Fair: Some anglers have been doing well on walleyes throwing jig and white twister, jig and crawler, or diving crankbaits.

Raccoon River (below Van Meter)
Wading has been very effective as the water level is low and fish are concentrated in deeper pools.  Drifting live bait or jigs into these pools has been the method of choice by most anglers

South Skunk River (Story City to Cambridge)
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Low water has pushed the smallmouth into the deeper pools.  Large fish are rare, but anglers are enjoying catching many small to medium sized fish in an outing.  Small lures such as in-line spinners and crayfish or minnow imitating crankbaits are working well.

Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at (515) 432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake
Anglers are catching a few bluegills and crappies from this city water supply reservoir.  Greenfield has a trolling motor only regulation.  Channel Catfish - Fair: There is an excellent channel catfish population with the average size fish at 2 pounds. Bluegill - Fair: Drift or troll the main lake in search of bluegills with small jigs tipped with night crawler.  The south shore at times is best.  Crappie - Fair: Drift the main lake with small jigs to catch crappies.  Watch your depth finder for brush piles that hold crappies.  Spending time fishing these brush piles will increase your catch.

Cold Springs Lake
Cold Springs Lake fish population was renovated back in 2006 and the initial stocking of bass has reached 17-inches.  Largemouth bass fishing has been good using top-water lures fished over the vegetation.

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

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

Lake Manawa
The best fishing has been around the inlet from Mosquito Creek located on the north shore.  Channel Catfish - Good: Some nice strings of channel catfish have come out of Manawa already this fall.  Some catfish anglers are still using stink baits to catch fish.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching a few walleyes using shad rap crankbaits fished near the inlet from Mosquito Creek.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Good fishing for wipers occurs when the gates are open letting water from Mosquito Creek in.  Anglers are using shad raps or twister tails to catch these fish.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
The fishing in area farm ponds has been good.  Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegills and crappies in good numbers on small jigs or twister tails.  The aquatic plants are down improving shoreline fishing.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be caught on 1/64 or 1/32 ounce jigs.  Tip your jig with a piece of crawler if fishing is slow.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass in farm ponds can be caught on a variety of artificial lures in the fall.  Rubber worms, twister tails as well as crankbaits fished with a slow presentation can entice bass as they bulk up for winter.  Crappie - Good: Look for crappies in the brush piles during the fall.  Try small jigs or small minnows to lure them out of the cover.

Fall has arrived in Southwest Iowa and this can be a great time to fish as water temperatures drop into the 60s.  Fewer people are fishing which makes it harder to gather fishing report information.  My advice is to just get out and try it in areas you have had success in the past.  If you are looking for a spot don’t hesitate to contact DNR Fisheries.  For more information, contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water quality is good.  Crappie - Fair: A few mid-sized fish have been caught from the deeper areas next to structure.  Walleye - Fair: A few anglers are catching mid-sized walleye by trolling the open points.

Green Valley Lake
The lake has been lowered for in-lake sediment removal.  The project is planned to take most of the winter.  The lake will be allowed to refill in then spring of 2010.  The fish population has been restocked and the fish are growing quickly.  The lake should have some keeper size fish by spring and very good numbers by mid summer.

Summitt Lake
The water level at Summit will be lowered beginning Oct 4. The lake is presently open to liberal fishing with no bag limits.  A fish renovation is planned for late November and in-lake shoreline stabilization throughout the winter.

Three Mile Lake
Water quality is good, temperature is nearing 60, and the lake level is near normal.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught from the flooded timber near steep drop-off areas.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught from the deep rock areas or just off the open points.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water clarity is good and temperature is about 60.  Walleye - Fair: A few mid-sized walleye have been caught from the steep open points.

Water temperatures are dropping to around 60.  Most fish are starting to move a little deeper into at least 8 feet of water.  Flooded timber seems to be holding a lot of fish.

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