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Iowa fishing report 10-8-09

October 08, 2009 at 02:28 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
Anglers are catching fair numbers of medium size bluegill.  Channel Catfish - Slow: People have reported catching a few 3 to 4-pound catfish.  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 - Good: Anglers have been catching bluegill in 10 to 18 feet of water, just off the bottom.  Use small hooks and a slip bobber set up; best baits are red worms or wax worms.  Walleye - Slow: Try minnows along the rock shoreline in the evening hours.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake) Walleye and catfish angling is slowly improving.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17 to 22-inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be immediately released.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are doing well using chubs and minnows.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye angling has improved.  Try chubs and minnows.  Some anglers have caught fish casting twisters from shore or trolling shad rap type lures (hot steel or blue) along the dredge cuts and other traditionally good areas.  Make sure 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.  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
Anglers have been catching a few small crappie and bluegill in Town Bay.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching a few 1.5 to 2-pound fish.

Cold fronts moving across the area have disrupted fishing, but fishing seems to be slowly improving.  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
The recent cold rainy weather has slowed fishing down. Yellow bass are still biting; the best bite is in the early morning, try drifting cut bait or a worm until you find the fish then work that area. Walleye fishing is still slow but a few small fish are being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Walleye - Slow:  Muskellunge - Slow:  Yellow Bass - Good:

Rice Lake
Crappies are biting.

For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call 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 at the lake is 54 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll spoons or rattling lures along weed beds.  White Bass - Good: Cast jigs tipped with minnows along shorelines late in the evening.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm along weed beds in Anglers Bay and the main lake.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast jerk baits or rattling lures along rock bars and weed edges.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast jerk baits, rattling lures, or soft plastics along weed beds.  Crappie - Fair: Use a small bobber and minnow along weed beds.  A few are also being caught on jigs in the evenings by walleye anglers.  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 - Excellent: Wader fish after sunset at the Footbridge, Buffalo Run, and Marble Beach with a twister tail.  Walleye of all sizes are being caught.

Center Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait in the evenings from the south shore.  White Bass - Fair: Cast a jig and minnow in the evenings along the shorelines.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish in the evenings off boat docks or the bridges in the evenings with stink bait or cut bait.  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 at sunset off boat docks, the bridges, or along shorelines with a twister tail or jig and minnow.  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)
Walleye - Good: Wader fish after sunset with a jig and minnow or twister-tail along the east shore line or at the Trappers Bay Bridge.

West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Good: Troll rattle trap lures along weed lines.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use jerk baits at rock bars and weed edges.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish are being caught with small jigs tipped with live bait along weed lines and rock piles.  Walleye - Fair: Wader fish after sunset with 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
Walleye - Fair: Fish are also being caught close to shore in the evenings casting a jig and minnow or twister tail.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Good: Wader fish along the east shore line and bridge at sunset.

Tuttle Lake
Walleye - Fair: Fish at sunset with a jig and minnow or twister tail.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye - Fair: Wader fish at sunset with a jig and minnow or twister tail.

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.  Sauger - Fair: Use a jig and minnow at deep holes and eddies.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig and minnow along the edges of holes and eddies.

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) Recent rains have raised the river which has slowed the fishing some.  Walleye - Excellent: Use a jig and minnow in eddies and deep water areas.

Fishing right now is good for most species as they prepare for the upcoming winter.  Weather conditions (wind and precipitation) have made it difficult for all anglers.  Kids Corner:  If you would like 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 fishing in the Iowa Great Lakes area, call the Spirit Lake hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
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
Water clarity is about 3 feet.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  Bluegill - Slow: 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 - Slow: A few crappie are being caught on twister tails fished near the woody structure in the upper end of the lake

Lake Meyer
Channel Catfish - No Report: The catfish bite has slowed down, but there are reports of a few trophy-sized fish being caught on cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers report have best luck using a feather jig or a hook, worm fished off the bottom.  The hot spot seems to be off the jetty.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: 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 - Slow: If they are not 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 - Slow: 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 - Slow: 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.

Decorah District Streams
Trout continue to be stocked in our streams but the stocking is now unannounced.  Hatchery folks are reporting the trout streams as being very fishable.  There have been some nice insect hatches occurring.

The Upper Iowa, Cedar and Turkey rivers are beginning to come up but very slowly as of October 8.  River and stream water clarity is good.  Area lake temperatures are in the mid 50s and fish are beginning to bite.  For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Fishing has picked up on Silver Lake for bluegill and largemouth bass along with a few northern pike.  Bluegill - Good: Try using a small piece of redworm 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 flyrods 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.

Brinker Lake
Anglers are beginning to catch crappies.  Crappie - Fair: Try casting jigs or using crappie minnows under a slip bobber in 6 to 8 feet of water.

George Wyth Lake
Anglers are catching crappies.

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: Smallmouth bass are biting well 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.

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.  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.  Crappie - Fair: Try fishing the rock piles located in the impoundment above Independence for some good crappie action.  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.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The month of October is an excellent time to be pursuing walleye and smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try the Catch and Release area below the Lake Delhi Dam for some great smallmouth action. Crankbaits work well this time of year.  Walleye - Good: 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 over wintering areas.

Northeast Iowa interior rivers are still providing a good assortment of game fish. With water temperatures on the decline, fish are beginning their “feeding frenzy” before heading into the winter season. Increased catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and crappies have been reported throughout the Wapsipinicon, Cedar, Shell Rock and Maquoketa rivers. Anglers on 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 8.2 feet and water temperature is 58 degrees.  Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike are being caught in some of the side sloughs using either crankbaits or spinnerbaits.  White colored lures seem to work best.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught using a night crawler on the wing dams.  Some catfish are being found along rock piles and day markers.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good around the Blackhawk lake area using night crawlers.  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 13.4 feet and water temperature is 58 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 - 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.  Sauger - Fair: Some small sauger are showing up in the tail waters of the Lynxville dam.  Most anglers using a three-way rig with a minnow.  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 also.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Catch these fish using night crawlers on the bottom. Fish are also being taken jigging in the tail waters.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River levels at Guttenberg are at 4.9. The water temperature is 60 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Fair: catfish can be caught using night crawlers fished on the bottom along the channel.  White Bass - Good: 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 or 3-way rigs.  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 or moderate current areas.  Some drum are also being caught on jigs in the Guttenberg tail water.

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.  Water clarity is excellent even with the recent rains.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River level at Dubuque is 7.91 feet and is forecast to rise to 8.2 feet over the next week.  Water temperatures are in the mid 50s and clarity is good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are still being caught around snags and wing dams on cut bait and stink baits.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish chunks of night crawlers around brush piles or other structure in areas with no or low current.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being caught off of brush piles in side channels, in backwaters, and around docks in the marinas on minnows and jigs.  Sauger - Fair: Sauger are starting to move into the tail waters in Dubuque.  Jigs or three-way rigs tipped with minnows have been producing.  Action should only get better as water temperatures drop.  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 4.81 feet and is forecast to rise to 5.2 feet over the next week.  Water temperatures are in the mid 50s and water clarity is good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are still being caught around snags and wing dams on stink bait and cut baits.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish being caught off of brush piles in side channels and backwaters on small jigs or minnows.  Reports of fair fishing in Middle Sabula Lake, as well.  Sauger - Fair: Sauger are starting to move into the tail waters.  Sauger are coming on three-way rigs or jigs tipped with minnows.  The action should only get better as water temperatures drop.  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 9.50 feet and is forecast to rise to 9.8 feet over the next week.  Water temperatures are in the mid to high 50s and water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are still biting on stink bait and cut shad.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie coming off of snags in side channels and backwaters on minnows or jigs.  Larger crappie are coming from deeper water (+6 feet).  Sauger - Fair: Sauger are starting to move into the tail waters.  Sauger are biting on three-way rigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  The action should only get better as the water temperature drops.  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.  A few are being caught in the tail waters by sauger anglers, too.

For information about fishing Pools 12 to 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 5.32 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 - Fair: There have been some reports of white bass being caught in Sylvan Slough casting jigs and twisters or small crankbaits.  Bluegill - 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 - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on the wing dams by Credit Island on three-way rigs. Most of the fish have been caught towards the ends of the wing dams next to the main channel. Some fish are also being picked up on jigs and minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 4.13 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 - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in the backwaters fishing shallow water around brush.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Big Timber fishing around brush piles along the bank on minnows and tube jigs. Some crappies are also being caught in the Muscatine Harbor.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 5.16 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are being caught on night crawler and shad fished above the wing dams and at the mouth of the Iowa River.  White Bass - Slow: 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: Crappies are being caught in shallow water around brush using small minnows or tube jigs.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on the wing dams using three-way rigs. Some fish are also being caught on jigs and minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 2.43 feet.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Fishing for channel catfish has been slowing down. Some fish are being caught on night crawlers and cut shad fished above wing dams and log piles in the main channel or side channels.  White Bass - Slow: 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 to 20: River levels have risen some due to recent rains and water clarity is fair. River levels are forecasted to slowly rise over the next few days. Main channel water temperature is around 57 to 59 degrees. For more information on fishing Pools 16 to 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 overcast weather has these fish out a little deeper than normal. I would be working the edges of the weed beds in 6 to 8 feet of water.

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 - Excellent: The cloudy rainy weather has the bluegills out deeper.  Anglers are catching them at a depth of about 6 feet.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappie fishing remains very good.  Work along the rocks and trees in the lower part of the lake. Minnows and glitter tube jigs are producing the best.

Pollmiller Park Lake
The cold nights are making the water temperature drop.  Look for the fish to be moving in shallow to feed.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few 3 pound-plus fish are being caught in the shallows towards evening.  Bluegill - Fair: night crawlers and bobber placed in structure have produced nice sized fish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Shallow diving crankbaits have produced nice fish most often in the evening, yet can be caught throughout the day.  Crappie - Good: a lot of 10-inch and larger fish are being caught with minnows. Keep twitching the bait.  Keep an eye out for small bait fish jumping out of the water to escape schools of these nice sized crappies trying to eat them.

Lake of the Hills
Water temperature is dropping into the 60s.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: The fall stocking of trout into Lake of the Hills is scheduled for October 17 at 10:30 a.m.  The trout will be released at the Gate 1 boat ramp.  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 is remaining fairly steady to slightly dropping from the rise after last week’s rains.  Flathead Catfish - Good: These fish continue to fattening up as they start their migration to their over-wintering spots.

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

Iowa Lake
A netting survey was done Tuesday and good numbers of 9-inch black crappies, 8 to 9-inch redear sunfish, and 3 to 6-pound channel catfish were caught.  Crappie - Fair: Look for crappies around brush piles. Fish them with a small jigs or minnows.  Redear Sunfish - Fair: The redears are moving shallower. Try for them with small worms, wax worms, or jigs along rock or brush.

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

Lake Macbride
Crappie - Fair: Some nice sized crappies are being caught on shallower brush. Fish over brush with small jigs or minnows.

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

Coralville Reservoir
As of October 8, the lake level is 685.4 feet.  The water level is predicted to slowly rise until it reaches the waterfowl season level of 686 feet. Water clarity remains poor.  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 8, the flows are 3500 CFS and are predicted to stair step down to 2,000 cubic feet per second in the next week. This will affect water levels as well as fish location.  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 lake’s water temperature is in the mid 50s.  The lake level is 904.43 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
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
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 - Fair: The white bass are still hitting.  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: 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 8 feet of water or more near submerged brush or pallet piles.

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

Saylorville Reservoir
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.

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 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) Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being caught at Cottonwood and below the city dams 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
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

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
Manawa is receiving water from Mosquito Creek. Lake is full with slight algae bloom.  Crappie - Fair: Many small crappies are being caught but you can sort for 9 to 10-inch fish. Try chartreuse tube jigs in the canals and around Boy Scout Island.  Walleye - Slow: A few larger walleyes are being caught on east side of lake slow trolling crankbaits.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Most area farm ponds are full and fishing has been good for largemouth bass and pan fish. Always get permission before fishing privately owned ponds.  Bluegill - Good: Reports of good bluegill fishing has occurred using small tube jigs and twister tails.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being readily caught using spinnerbaits and twister tails.

With cool and rainy weather conditions fewer people are fishing which makes it harder to gather fishing report information. Water temperatures are in the low 60s and fish are close to shore. 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 - Slow: Some mid-sized fish have been caught from the deeper areas next to rock structure.  Walleye - Slow: A walleye have been caught 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 is currently being lowered. 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, temps are near 60, and the lake level is near normal.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught from the flooded timber near steep drop-off areas.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water clarity is good and temps are about 60.  Bluegill - Slow: Several big bluegills are hanging around the riprap areas about 4 feet down.  The dam and rock fields seem to be the best.  Walleye - Slow: A few mid-sized walleye have been caught from the steep open points.

Water temperature is near 60 degrees at most lakes.  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.  Recent sampling shows a lot of Largemouth bass and bluegill in riprap areas during the evening.

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