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Iowa fishing report 11-05-09

November 05, 2009 at 01:42 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 sized bluegill and crappie.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Weather is improving, and walleye anglers are having some luck using a minnow or chub under a slip bobber in the new marina.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17 to 22-inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be immediately released. 

Swan Lake
The water has cleared at Swan and anglers are catching a few medium size crappie and bluegill.

People weren’t fishing much this week.  Weather is clearing and warming towards the end of the week.  It might be worth going out on the water and giving it a try.  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
Yellow bass fishing has been slow this week. The best bite has been on the warmer days.  Walleye - Slow:  Muskellunge - Fair:  Yellow Bass - Fair:

Rice Lake
Crappie - Good:  Yellow Perch - Fair:

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

Big Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 42 degrees.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small jigging lures tipped with live bait.  Fish have been caught at the Footbridge in 20 feet of water and in front of Buffalo Run in 7 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Fish at sunset with a twister tail near Marble Beach, Footbridge, or Buffalo Run.

East Okoboji Lake
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.

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
Water temperature is 50 degrees.  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.

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.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish are still being caught in deep holes using chubs or cut bait fished on the bottom.  Sauger - Fair: Anglers are using a crappie rig below a float baited with minnows in deep holes it is important to keep presentation directly below boat to feel bites.  Walleye - Good: Anglers are using a crappie rig below a float baited with minnows in deep holes it is important to keep presentation directly below boat to feel bites.  If fishing from shore, go to the Klondike Dam and use a lead head and twister tail tipped with a minnow or worm.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Walleye - Fair: Use a twister tail in deep holes near riffles and current seams.

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

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Angling has been slow but the lake is very fishable.

Lake Hendricks
Water is a bit high but fishable.  Anglers haven’t been out on the lake.

Lake Meyer
Angling has been slow.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Walleye - Fair: Look for fish in those deeper holes and around back eddies.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Anglers have not been on the river due to the high water.  Water levels have come down enough and anglers should begin to see some nice fish.

Decorah District Streams
Stocking for area trout streams has ended for the season but there continues to be plenty of fish to be caught.  This is one of the best times of the year to go trout fishing because anglers get the prettiest view of northeast Iowa’s most scenic grandscape.

The Upper Iowa, Turkey and Cedar River water levels continue to fall and are fishable at this time.  River and stream water clarity is good to excellent and water temperatures are in the low 40s.  For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

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 to 7 feet of water.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Walleye - Slow: Anglers have not been out due to increased water levels.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Anglers have not been out due to increased water levels.  Walleye - Slow:

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsi is slowly dropping after last weeks rainfall but anglers are starting to catch walleyes again.  Walleye - Good: Try using jigs tipped with or without a twister tail and a minnow for these actively feeding fish. Try angling above Independence in the impoundment along current breaks created by structure.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Fall 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.  Walleye - No Report: 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.

Northeast Iowa interior rivers are still falling from last weeks rainfall events and fishing has been real spotty on the rivers for walleye. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at (563) 927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 9.91 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow: Fishing for saugers in the tail waters and Sylvan Slough has been slow.  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 9.89 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Fishing for bluegills in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been 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 12.86 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Fishing for crappies in the backwaters has been 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 9.23 feet and falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow due to recent high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Fishing for bluegills in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Sauger fishing at the dam has been slow.  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are high but are forecasted to continue to fall throughout the weekend. Fishing has been slow throughout the pools due to recent high and muddy water. Main channel water temperature is around 49 degrees and water clarity is poor. 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 temperature might make 50 degrees during the afternoon.  Very little angler activity.

Lake Belva Deer
Paving of the roads will begin next spring.  Bluegill - Slow: Not many anglers have been out.  The ones that have been out are concentrating their effort out along the creek channel in the trees.

Pollmiller Park Lake
The fishing has been slow with very few anglers out. 

Lake of the Hills
Last week’s rains and higher water levels have slowed the fishing down.  Rainbow Trout - Fair: Fish early in the day using worms or power bait.

Lake Darling
The lake remains drained, Last Thursday/Friday’s rains filled the lake back up. The drain pipe remains open and the water is going out.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
There is flooding in the low lying areas.  At Sigourney, the rivers have returned to their banks so it should be going down at Coppock soon.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river in most of this area is bank full or flooding.  At Wapello the river is forecast to be back in its banks by early next week.

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

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 spinner baits 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 - Fair: Use spinner baits or crankbaits around submerged structure.  Crappie - Fair: Use jig and minnow combinations around the flooded timber.  Keep moving until finding active fish.  Walleye - Slow: Try a jig and minnow combination around areas with rocky shorelines.

Rathbun Reservoir
The lake’s water temperature is in the upper 40s.  The lake level is 906.98 feet 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.  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, 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. 

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

Big Creek Lake
Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught by drifting minnows or small pink and white jigs in the main lake over the roadbeds.  They are being caught suspended from 5 to 15 feet deep.

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

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 to 15 feet 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 feet 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. 

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

Banner Lake (south)
Rainbow Trout - Good: 1,500 rainbow trout were stocked October 29.  They can be caught using crawlers, minnows, or artificial scented baits under a bobber or just off the bottom, or small inline spinners.

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 and around docks.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in the canals and around any remaining docks on tube jigs and minnows. You will need to sort for 9 to 10-inch fish.

Saganaush Pond
Saganaush Pond received 1,500 catchable size rainbow trout on October 23. 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.

A few anglers are having good success on sunny warm afternoons catching panfish. Fish have moved deep with water temperature below 50 degrees. For more information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office (712) 769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temperature is in the upper 40s.  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 temperature is in the upper 40s.  Clarity is good.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 40s and several species of fish are biting fairly well.  A few anglers are catching several panfish and walleye.  Bluegill - Fair: Several bluegill have been caught by the few anglers still out.  Small jigs tipped with crawlers or wax worms fished in at least 6 feet of water near flooded trees.  Crappie - Fair: Several crappies have been caught by jigging around the flooded trees in 8 to 16 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: The fall walleye bite is holding on well.  Anglers are fishing the deep flats in at least 10 feet of water near drop-offs and creek channel.

Water temperature is still hanging around the low 50s.  Recent rains have stopped and fishing activity has picked up.  Water quality remains good or very good.  Panfish are out a little near structure.

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