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Iowa fishing report 10-29-09

October 29, 2009 at 02:26 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
The cold weather seems to be keeping anglers from going out, but those that are, have been catching a few medium size bluegill and crappie.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water has cleared up. Not many people fishing. A few bluegill and crappie are being caught. Fish near trees & cover a lot of areas. Docks will remain in the lake until freezing weather moves in.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Weather is terrible, but walleye angling is fairly good. Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit. All walleye in that range must be immediately released. Walleye - Fair: Anglers have been having the best luck using a minnow under a slip bobber and fishing in the marina and on rocky points. Make sure to immediately return slot length (17 to 22 inch) fish to the water.

North Twin Lake
Anglers are catching a few panfish. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small hook and piece of crawler. Yellow Bass - Fair: 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
Anglers have been catching a few small bluegills in Town Bay.

Browns Lake
Anglers are catching a few crappies. It’s hit and miss.

People weren’t fishing much this week. Weather is awful. For more information about these lakes and rivers call Don Herrig (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Clear Lake
Most of the docks are out. Yellow bass fishing is still good, try fishing in 5 to 7 feet of water near the rushes.  Walleye - Slow:  Muskellunge - Fair:  Yellow Bass - Good:

Rice Lake
Crappie - Good:

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: Fish around fishing jetties and visible brush with a small jig and live bait beneath a bobber. Crappie - Good: Fish around fishing jetties and visible brush with a small jig and live bait beneath a bobber.

For more information on lakes and rivers in the Spirit lake area call 1-(712)-336-1840.

Big Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 46 degrees. With recent wind conditions few boats have been on the lake. Bluegill - Good: Use ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms or wigglers on the fishing pier at the Grade. Crappie - Fair: A few fish are being caught on the fishing pier at the grade with a small bobber and minnow. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small jigging lures tipped with live bait. Fish have been caught at the Footbridge in 20 foot of water and in front of Buffalo Run in 7 foot of water. Walleye - Fair: Fish at sunset with a twister tail near Marble Beach, Footbridge, or Buffalo Run.

East Okoboji Lake
Crappie - Fair: A few fish are being caught at the fishing piers on the north end of the lake using a small bobber and minnow. Yellow Perch - Good: Fish the weeds at Jingles Point and in front of the Trestle with a small jig or spoon tipped with live bait. Walleye - Fair: Use a twister tail at one of the bridges after sunset. Yellow Bass - Good: Fish along boat docks and weedlines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Fair: Use a jig and minnow in the evenings from shore. Walleye - Fair: Use a twister tail from shore near the Trapper’s Bay Bridge in the evenings.

West Okoboji Lake
Yellow Perch - Good: Fish in Smith’s Bay along the weeds in front of the Emporium. Walleye - Fair: Fish at Triboji, Pikes and Gull Point with a twister tail in the evenings. Muskellunge - Slow: A few fish have been reported being caught along steep drop offs using jerkbaits or large plastics.

Five Island Lake
Walleye - Fair: Use a twister tail in the evenings near the Trestle.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Fair: Use a twister tail in the evenings near the bridge or beach.

Tuttle Lake
Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught at the outlet on twister tails or a jig and minnow.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Water levels have risen but fishing should pick back up when water levels stabilize. Walleye - Fair: Fish holes with a twister tail or jig and minnow along eddies and current seams.

For more information on lakes and rivers in the Spirit lake area call 1-(712)-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Silver Lake (Delaware)
The vegetation has strongly died back in Silver Lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing from shoreline or boat for bluegills in Silver Lake. Try drifting or retrieving a small jig tipped with a piece of worm under a slip bobber.

Brinker Lake
Anglers are picking up some crappies in Brinker lake, some sorting may be necessary with some smaller fish. Crappie - Fair: Try fishing a crappie minnow under a slip bobber in 6-8 ft. of water.

George Wyth Lake
Crappies are biting on George Wyth Lake. Crappie - Good: The coves have been productive for crappies floating a minnow under a slip bobber or casting small jigs tipped with a minnow from the shore in 5-7 ft. of water.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is picking up again for walleye, northerns and smallmouth bass after last weeks rainfall. Northern Pike - Good: Anglers are reporting catches of large northern pike throughout the Cedar. Try casting larger jigs with a twister, spinner baits & spoons for these aggressive coldwater fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using chubs or cutbaits on head end of deeper holes or pools. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bass are biting on crankbaits, October is one of the better months for angling aggressive smallmouths! Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching some larger walleyes in the cedar with the onset of late fall and winter. Try casting jigs or crankbaits in and around woody structure along current breaks or deeper holes for bigger fish.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast jigs with a twister tail or crankbaits on the downstream end of riffles or along woody structure 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 for larger fish.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsi River is slowly dropping after last weeks rainfall but anglers are slowly picking up fish again as the river clears. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappie in the impoundment above Independence. Walleye - Fair: Try using jigs tipped with or without a twister tail and a minnow for these actively feeding fish.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The month of October is an excellent time to be pursuing walleye and smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River. Now that the river level is receding again, concentrate in the deeper holes as fish migrate towards overwintering areas. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try the Catch & Release area below the Lake Delhi dam for some great smallmouth action. Crankbaits work well this time of year. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are aggressive this time of year with the onset of winter. Try jigging the deeper holes using a jig and minnow as they move into their overwintering areas.

N.E. Ia. interior rivers are still providing a good assortment of gamefish; walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Fishing had slowed on the rivers due to the recent rainfall events but anglers are beginning to report increased catches again. Anglers in Black Hawk County are beginning to pick up some crappies on some area lakes. For more information contact the N.E. Ia. District Office @ (563) 927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
The river level at Lansing is 9.0 and steady.  The water temperature is holding near 48 degrees. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike are being caught in some of the side sloughs using either crankbaits or spinnerbait.  White colored lures seem to work best White Bass - Good: As move closer to the Genoa dam they become more common.  Bluegill - Good: Try fishing structure near backwater areas with good water depth. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish are concentrated along rocky shorelines and wingdams with current. Use small inline spinners to catch these fish. Crappie - Good: Using jig and minnow in the running sloughs. Try snags in Minnesota Slough and Winneshiek Slough.  If crappies are slow to bite try using a small minnow only. Walleye - Good: A few nicer sized walleyes being caught in Minnesota Slough trolling crankbaits.

Mississippi River Pool 10
The river level at Lynxville is 16.0 feet. The water temperature is 49 degrees. Northern Pike - Fair: Use spinnerbaits or shallow running crankbaits for these fish.  Some pike biting in tailwaters on small twisters.  Fish are located along the shorelines in 4 feet of water. Bluegill - Good: Some bluegill are being caught below the spillway near Harpers Ferry using worms.  Try fishing Joyce Lake and Mud Hen lakes near Harpers Ferry.  Nice bluegills are also being taken off the Pier in Bussey Lake. Largemouth Bass - Good: Some bass are being caught using crankbaits out from points.  Also fish are moving toward overwintering spots in places like Bussey Lake Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing continues to be good using a jig and minnow in the side sloughs and fishing around woody structure.  Try Joyce Lake or Mud Hen lakes near Harpers Ferry.  Lower in Pool 10 try Methodist Lake near McGregor Sauger - Good: More sauger and nicer sized sauger being caught with a few limits reported. Floating aquatic plants are hampering some fishing. Walleye - Good: Nicer sized walleyes being caught in the tailwaters with a few limits of walleye and sauger being reported.  Remember the 15 inch size limit as many sub-legal fish are being caught. 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 7.3 and steady.  The water temperature is 50 degrees.  Lots of flooding aquatic plants are hampering with fishing in some location. White Bass - Good: Nice sized white bass continue to be caught in the tailwaters and around some of the wingdams by anglers fishing for walleye. Some white bass are also being taken in tailwaters Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting in the newly dredged areas at Mud Lake.  They also can be taken from the bank along the fishing sidewalks in Mud Lake Park. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bass fishing is good along rocky shorelines and wingdams with good flow over them. Use inline spinners to catch these fish. Crappie - Good: Crappie being caught in Cassville slough nears snags. Sauger - Good: A lot of sauger being caught but many are small fish with a few nice fish being kept. Walleye - Good: A few nicer sized walleyes being caught on wingdams.  Some sub-legal walleyes are being taken in tailwaters.  Remember the 15 inch size limit! Freshwater Drum - Good: Use a night crawler and fish around wingdams or moderate current areas.  Some drum are also being caught on jigs in the Guttenberg Tailwaters

Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.  Water clarity is excellent.

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 8.77ft.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow: Fishing for saugers in the tailwaters and Sylvan Slough has been slow.  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 7.98ft. Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow: Fishing for bluegills in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Sauger - Slow: Fishing for saugers up at the dam has been slow.  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 10.69ft.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Fishing for crappies in the backwaters has been slow.  Sauger - Slow: Sauger fishing at the dam has been slow.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 6.99ft.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow: Fishing for bluegills in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Sauger - Slow: Sauger fishing at the dam has been slow.  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20:
River levels have risen over the past week. Fishing has been slow throughout the pools. Main channel water temperature is around 51 degrees and water clarity is poor. There is some vegetation floating in the main channel making it difficult to fish for walleye and sauger. 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 in the low 50’s and upper 40’s. The weather has been keeping most of the anglers away.

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. Bluegill - Slow: Not many anglers have been out. Crappie - Slow:

Pollmiller Park Lake
The fishing has been slow with very few anglers doing any fishing. The weather is keeping them away.

Lake of the Hills
2250 trout were stocked in Lake of the Hills on October 17th. Anglers are catching a lot of them. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Most anglers are concentrating their efforts on the trout. Most are catching 3-5 trout each using light tackle and wax worms. Many different types of baits have worked. Worms and Power Baits are also very popular. Bluegill - Fair: Lots of smaller bluegills are being caught by the trout anglers. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass can be caught but it’s slow and you need to find the pattern. Slow roll spinner baits or swim pig-n-jigs along the rock. Crappie - Slow: 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, Sort of, it’s about half full after last week’s rains. The drain pipe remains open and the water is going out.

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

Lake Macbride
Quite a few anglers are still fishing the lake but reports are limited. Crappie - Slow: Some nice sized crappies are being caught on brush. Target deeper brush with small jigs or a minnow under a slip bobber.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Crappie - Fair: Some fish are being caught around brush on small jigs tipped with wax worms. Most fish are small (7”) but some nicer sized fish are mixed in.

Coralville Reservoir
As of October 29, the lake level is 691’ and is projected to keep rising. This rise in water level and cooler temps has pretty much shut the fishing down.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
As of October 29, the flows are 6000 CFS and there are no signs of dropping in the near future. A few nice walleyes had been caught before the bump in flow.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
Fishing was decent prior to the rise in water level. This will most likely shut the fishing down. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Look for smallmouth around rock with current breaks. Walleye - Fair: Fish with jigs or crankbaits below the dams or in deeper outside bends.

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 cutbait along the shoreline. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are using small jigs tipped with a waxworm 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 cutbait. 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 waxworm or chunk of night crawler around the weedline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinnerbaits or crankbaits around submerged structure. 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 crankbaits around areas with rocky shorelines.

Rathbun Reservoir
The lake’s water temperature is in the lower 50’s. The lake level is 904.65 with normal pool being 904.00. The boat ramp at Honey Creek State Park is closed due to road construction. 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 10-15 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
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Crappie - Good: 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
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. White Bass - Good: White bass are biting good 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
White Bass - Slow: A few white bass are being caught fishing jigs with minnows on the wind swept shorelines and points. White jigs have been working best. 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. Walleye - Good: Walleye fishermen have been successful using leeches or crawlers on bottom bouncers fished near the dam.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught fishing light tackle such as small tube jigs or ice fishing jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler or wax worms. The fish can be caught in 10-15 foot of water near submerged brush or pallet piles. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught fishing minnows or small tube jigs near the submerged brush and pallet piles in around 15 foot of water. There is sunken habitat off most of the points. A depth finder will help in locating the structure.

Red Rock Reservoir
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught below the Roberts Creek spillway and the reservoir spillway throwing chrome, chrome/green, or chrome/blue casting spoons. Crappie - Fair: Some decent catches of crappie have been caught around the docks in the marina using minnows or small jigs.

Saylorville Reservoir
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. White Bass - Slow: A few white bass are still being caught trolling or drifting crankbaits and spoons. A few good sized wipers are being caught as well by anglers that are targeting white bass. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Anglers fishing for white bass below the Big Creek spillway are also hooking in to a few good sized wipers.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
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 foot 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)
Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being caught at Cottonwood, below the city dams, and anywhere near riprap with deep, slow water using jig and twisters or jig and minnow.

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

Cold Springs Lake
Cold Springs Lake fish population was renovated in 2006 and anglers are catching largemouth bass up to 17-inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are still catching largemouth bass fishing plastic baits along edges of vegetation.

Lake Anita
Lake Anita has provided good fishing most of the year. The size and condition of the bluegills and crappies has improved over the past summer setting Anita up for some good fall fishing.

Viking Lake
Viking Lake’s fish population was renovated back in 2006 and the initial stocking of largemouth bass has reached 17-inches and the catfish are over 20-inches.

Lake Manawa
Anglers are still catching good numbers of crappies in the canals. Walleyes have picked up on the east side of the lake. Recent DNR survey showed good numbers of wipers on the east shore line. Lake is full with slight algae bloom. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught in the canals on tube jigs and minnows. You will need to sort for 9-10 inch fish.

Saganaush Pond
Saganaush Pond received the first trout stocking of the year on Friday, October 23rd. The lake was stocked with 1500 catchable size rainbow trout. Access to the pond is by walk in only. There are two well maintained walking paths to the pond. Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers were catching trout using small jigs tipped with minnows. Most tackle used for catching crappie and bluegill can be used for trout.

Very few anglers are fishing with cool weather conditions. Fish have moved deep with water temperatures below 50 degrees. For more information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office (712)769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temps are in the 50’s. Water quality is good.

Green Valley Lake
The lake is down 12 feet until completion of a sediment removal project planned for this winter. The lake has been restocked and will be allowed to refill in spring 2010. Campground upgrades are nearing completion.

Summit Lake
Lowering the lake’s water level has begun. Shoreline protection will be added this winter. The lake will be refilled and restocked in the spring.

Three Mile Lake
Water temps are in the 50’s. Clarity is good.

Water temps have still hanging around the low 50’s. Recent rains have been persistent but relatively light. Water quality has remained good or very good. Fishing activity has slowed but good trips are still possible.

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