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Iowa fishing report 11-12-09

November 12, 2009 at 01:52 PM

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Angles have been catching a few medium sized bluegill and crappie.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye, catfish and white bass fishing have improved this week.  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: Try using a minnow or chub below a slip bobber.  White Bass - Good: Anglers are having good luck casting twisters; chartreuse has been a good color.  Walleye - Good: They are still catching fish using a minnow or chub under a slip bobber and fishing in the marina, but anglers are also catching walleye fishing rocky points.  People are also having good luck using twisters (chartreuse) and also floating crankbaits, like traditional Rapalas; black and silver has been a good color.  Walleye seem to be really shallow.

North Twin Lake
Anglers have been catching a few walleye.  Walleye - Slow: Successful anglers have fished from boats or off the docks that are still out.

Swan Lake
The water has cleared and anglers are catching medium sized crappie and bluegill.  Crappie - Good: Anglers have been doing well fishing for 6 to 7-inch crappies.

Fishing seems to have picked up somewhat this week.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Don Herrig (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Anglers are getting out again now that rivers have stabilized. Hopeful for better report next week!  Walleye - Slow: Anglers have not been out due to increased water levels.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Anglers are getting out again now that rivers have stabilized. Hopeful for better report next week!  Walleye - Slow:

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsi River is slowly dropping after recent rainfalls but anglers are starting to catch walleye, smallmouth bass and crappies throughout the river.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing has been good using jig and twister combination tipped with or without a minnow.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are having good success on crappies both below low head dams and around structure in impoundment areas.  Walleye - Good: Try using jigs tipped with or without a twister tail and a minnow or crawler for these actively feeding fish.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
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 recent rainfall events and fishing has been real spotty on the rivers. Reports are that anglers are beginning to pick up a few more fish now that the rivers are becoming more stable. Due to such unstable fall weather conditions, crappie fishing has only been fair to poor for most of our district lakes. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

Mississippi River Pool 9
River level at Lansing is 8.4 feet and falling. Water temperature is 48 degrees.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are staring to hit on wax worms in the backwaters.  Walleye - Good:  A few nice walleye being caught in Minnesota slough.

Mississippi River Pool 10
River levels at Lynxville are 15.4 feet and falling.  Water temperature is 48 degrees.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are starting to hit on wax worms in backwaters.  Crappies - Fair: A few crappie being caught in Joyce Lake near the tree piles.  Sauger - Good: A lot of smaller fish being caught in the tail waters with a few limits of nice fish.  Walleye - Good: Walleye action has slowed a bit in the tail waters but a few nice fish are still being caught.  A few fish are being caught at the bottom of nearby sloughs.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River level at Guttenberg is 6.9 feet and falling steadily.  Water temperature is 48 degrees.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good in the Marina near Mud Lake.  Crappies - Fair: A few crappie being caught in Swift and Dead slough.  Sauger - Good: A lot of smaller fish being caught with a few nice fish in the tail waters.  Walleye - Good: Action for big walleyes has slowed a bit but some nice fish still being caught in the tail waters.

Water levels have been up but are beginning to fall steadily. River levels at Guttenberg are 6.9 feet, Lynxville 15.4 feet and Lansing 8.42 feet.  Water temperature is 48 degrees.

Mississippi River Pool 16
River level is 7.81 feet and dropping.  Sauger - Good: Sauger are biting in Sylvan Slough and Sunset Marina

Mississippi River Pool 17
River level at Lock and Dam 16 tail water is 6.55 feet and is dropping.  Channel Catfish - Slow: catfish are still biting but have slowed down.  Crappie - Good: Crappie are biting in the backwaters on jig and minnow

Mississippi River Pool 18
River level is 9.15 feet and falling

Mississippi River Pool 19
River level is 5.92 feet and falling

River levels are dropping along the lower river.  Current water temperature is 50 degrees.

Lake Geode
Water temperature might make 50 degrees during the afternoon.  Nice weather has brought a few anglers out.  Bluegill - Slow: Work the ledges and edges of the deeper weed beds with jigs tipped with wax worms to pick up a few fish.

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 doing any fishing. 

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.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river is now well within its bank and continues to drop slowly.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river is finally within its banks but just a couple of feet below being bank full.

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

Lake Macbride
Crappie - Slow: A few fish are being picked off from deeper brush with small jigs or minnows.

Pleasant Creek Lake
White Bass - Fair: White bass are still being caught. Use electronics to find schools and cast crankbaits or jigs.  Crappie - Fair: Some suspended fish are being caught on jigs or minnows.  Walleye - Slow: A few anglers are picking up the occasional walleye.

Coralville Reservoir
Fishing has been essentially nonexistent due to extremely high water.  The level has finally crested at 704 feet, which is 18 feet above normal, and should start slowly falling, barring a rain event.

With the weather and water cooling, fishing activity has been low, resulting in lack of available reports. 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 using a night crawler or cut bait along the shoreline.  Bluegill - Slow: 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 any type of submerged structure.  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 low 50s.  The lake level is 905.95 feet, with normal pool being 904.00 feet.  The boat ramp at Honey Creek State Park is closed due to road construction.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Cut bait has been catching some nice sized channel catfish.  Crappie - Slow: 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.

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 - Good: 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, 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
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
White Bass - Good: Rains have caused water to start going over the Big Creek spillway again.  Anglers are catching a few white bass here.  Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught around Marina boat docs on small jigs and minnows.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Anglers fishing for white bass below the Big Creek spillway are also hooking in to a few good sized wipers.

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

Stable weather conditions have brought on a good crappie bite on some lakes.  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 in 2006 and the initial stocking of largemouth bass has reached 17 inches and 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.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: A good place to start is near the inlet from Mosquito Creek to locate wipers.

Saganaush Pond
Saganaush Pond was stocked with 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 pan fish. 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 at 712-769-2587.

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

Lake of Three Fires
Water quality is good and fish are starting to move into deeper water.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have caught several fish by slowly jigging very small baits in at least 10 feet of water.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been picked up by bluegill anglers fishing small jigs in at least 10 feet of water.

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
Lake water level is being lowered.  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.  Most anglers are trying for bluegill and walleye.  Most fish are in at least 15 feet of water near structure or the creek channel.  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 12 feet of water near flooded trees or the creek channel.  Walleye - Fair: The fall walleye bite is holding on well.  Jigging along the creek channel edges near the flooded timber in at least 14 feet of water seems to work the best.

Water temperatures are hanging around the low 50s.  The weather has stabilized.  Water quality remains good or very good.  Very few anglers are fishing but several fish are being caught.  Fish deeper water and slower, near structure.

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