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Iowa fishing report 4-10-09

April 10, 2009 at 09:18 PM

Southwest

Des Moines River (Polk and Marion): Fishing at the Saylorville and Red Rock tailwaters has been slow, but is still producing a few walleyes using small jigs tipped with minnows or night crawlers.  There are also some white bass being caught in both tailwaters, and a few wipers being caught in the Saylorville tailwater.  Channel catfish are biting using dead shad or night crawlers fished on the bottom. 

Big Creek Lake (Polk):  A few walleyes, white bass and crappies are being caught below the Big Creek spillway casting small jigs or using minnows under a bobber.

Rock Creek (Jasper):  Fishing has been slow with some catfish being caught on night crawlers and minnows.  The water is starting to clear, but the crappie bite hasn’t started yet.

DMACC Pond (Polk):  The DNR stocked 1,800 trout on April 4.  Trout are biting on a variety of presentations including night crawlers, minnows, powerbaits, and small inline spinners.  Anglers using minnows are also catching a few crappies.

Banner Lake South (Warren): The DNR stocked 1,800 trout on April 4.  Trout are biting on a variety of presentations including night crawlers, minnows, powerbaits, and small inline spinners.

Contact Ben Dodd at (515) 432-2823, Ext.108, for information on the above area lakes.

Water temperatures have fallen back into the upper 30s.  Smaller lakes and ponds are a little warmer and have been producing better fishing but activity is minimal.

Icaria (Adams):  Some walleyes are being caught from deeper water.  The fish had moved shallow after two consecutive days with sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Three Mile Lake (Union):  Several walleyes are being marked in 20 feet of water just off the dam but very few are being caught.  Some channel catfish are caught from the shallow bays.

Contact Gary Sobotka at (641) 464-3108 for information on the above area lakes.

Manawa (Pottawattamie): Crappie fishing has slowed but anglers are still catching a few in the canals. White feather jigs and chartreuse tube jigs are still the lures of choice. A few wipers are being caught by outlet casting twister tails with spinners.

Big Lake (Pottawattamie): The DNR stocked 1,100 trout on March 27. Anglers are having good success using feather jigs or tube jigs tipped with wax worms. A minnow on a bare hood under a bobber has also been successful.

Saganaush Pond (Pottawattamie): The DNR stocked 800 rainbow trout on March 27. Most of the same tackle used for crappie fishing work well with trout. Try small feather jigs, tube jigs or tear drops and baits such as meal worms, wax worms, night crawlers, and minnows.

Anita (Cass): Crappie fishing has slowed with cooler weather. The weather forecast looks promising in the coming week for fish to move close to shore. As water temperatures warm, cast small jigs around the jetties and rocky shorelines.

Anderson Area (Montgomery): Cool temperatures have slowed crappie fishing. Anglers are still catching a few by drifting a minnow under a bobber.

Farm Ponds: Anglers are catching crappies in the larger farm ponds. Bluegills can also be caught using small jigs and worms. Reminder: Ask permission before fishing private farm ponds.

Contact Bryan Hayes at (712) 769-2587 for information on the above area lakes.

For more information on general fishing in southwest Iowa, call the regional office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.


Northwest

Fishing has been slow because of recent cool weather but will pick up when there is a warm sunny day.  Water at the sloughs and shallow rock bars will warm quickly which will attract fish.

East Okoboji Lake (Dickinson): Fish for bluegills at the trestle using a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm below a small bobber.

Five Island Lake (Palo Alto): Walleyes are being caught using a jig and minnow, twister-tail or minnow style crankbait after sunset.

Lost Island Lake (Palo Alto): Walleyes are being caught using a jig and minnow, twister-tail or minnow style crankbait after sunset.

Silver Lake (Dickinson): Walleyes are being caught using a jig and minnow, twister-tail or minnow style crankbait after sunset along shorelines.

Spirit Lake (Dickinson): Yellow perch are biting on jigging lures tipped with live bait, or using a slip bobber and minnow, at Buffalo Run, Hales Slough or the footbridge.  Crappies are biting on a small jig or minnows under a small slip bobber at Buffalo Run, Templar Lagoon, the Grade, or the weed beds in Angler’s Bay near Trickles Slough.  Smallmouth bass are being caught on blade baits and jerk baits twitched slowly over rock bars on calm sunny days.

West Fork of Des Moines River (Emmet): Use a jig and minnow or twister tail in the holes below riffles for walleyes.

West Okoboji Lake (Dickinson): Bluegills are biting on a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm under a small bobber at Triboji or in the canals.  Crappies are being caught with small jigs under a small bobber in the canals.

Clear Lake (Cerro Gordo): Water temperature is running in the upper 30s. Fishing success should improve as the temperature continues to rise. A few small walleyes and some panfish are being caught fishing at the grade. Walleye brood stock collection will likely start today or Friday.

Storm Lake (Buena Vista): Water temperature is in the low to middle 40s.  Some male walleyes are being caught along shore with twisters.  Catfish are biting well on shad guts.  Netting operations for walleye brood stock began Wednesday night.

Brushy Creek Lake (Webster): Lake water level is normal.  The spillway flow is normal for springtime.  There have been only a few boats on the water.

For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the regional office in Spirit Lake at 712-336-1840.


Northeast

Mississippi River Pools 9 to 15:  The Mississippi River is stable or slowly falling.  River stages on Thursday morning were 12.99 feet in Dubuque, 11.78 in Bellevue, and 13.63 feet at Camanche.  Water temperature is 43 degrees in Bellevue.

Walleye and sauger fishing has been fair to poor in the tailwaters of Pools 12 to 15.  Due to high water conditions, fish tighter to shore.  Most are being caught on three-way rigs, jigs or one-eyes.  A few walleye are also being taken off the wing dams.

Some anglers are catching northern pike in O’Leary’s Lake (Pool 12).

Anglers using trotlines are catching channel catfish in flooded backwater areas of Pools 12 to 15.

Cedar River (Mitchell, Floyd and Chickasaw):  Walleye fishing is slow, but channel catfish are biting on chubs and cut baits.

Cedar River (Bremer and Black Hawk): Walleye fishing has been good to excellent using jigs tipped with a plastic tail or casting crankbaits around current breaks and eddies.  Smallmouth bass fishing is good with anglers picking up lots of smallies while a fishing for walleye.  Try casting jigs with plastic tails or crankbaits and spinner baits.

Shell Rock River (Butler): River levels are stable and conditions are excellent for fishing.  Walleye fishing is good using jigs tipped with a minnow and crankbaits.

Maquoketa River (Delaware):  River levels are stable and conditions are good for angling throughout Delaware and Jones County.  Try fishing drop-offs and current breaks from main flow areas using jigs tipped with or without a minnow for walleyes and smallmouth bass.  Also, concentrate efforts near low head dams as walleyes migrate up river for spawning activities.  Try fishing immediately below the Lake Delhi Dam or the next pool down from the boat ramp for walleyes and smallmouth bass.  This stretch of the river is a catch-and-release area for bass.

Turkey River (Clayton):  Fishing has been slow, but will improve as the water temperature rises.

Upper Iowa River (Winneshiek):  Walleye fishing is slow, but a few are being caught on jigs tipped with a twister tail or minnow.  Water temperature is in the 40s.  Traditionally sucker fishing hits its peak on Good Friday, so stick with those worms and get out there.

Wapsipinicon River (Bremer and Buchanan):  Northern pike fishing is good using chubs fished under a bobber, spinner baits and spoons.  Fishing is good for channel catfish in the shallow backwater areas.  Use dead cut baits fished on the bottom.  Smallmouth bass and walleye are also hitting jigs tipped with minnows or crankbaits.

Casey Lake (Tama):  Largemouth bass fishing has been good casting and retrieving rubber worms along the shoreline.  Crappies are biting well on small ice fishing jigs tipped with a small minnow fished around structure in 8 to 10 feet of water.

North Prairie (Black Hawk):  Trout will be stocked in North Prairie Lake at the intersection of Viking and Hudson Roads in Cedar Falls on Saturday, April 11.  A trout fee is required to fish for or possess trout.  Make sure you bring the kids.

Sweets Marsh (Bremer):  Crappie fishing is excellent using crappie minnows under a bobber fished from shore.

Northeast Iowa Trout Streams:  Stocking is in full swing and water conditions are excellent. Great fishing opportunities will be prevalent this weekend.  In addition, there have been hatches of stoneflies and gnats.  With excellent water clarity, try using beaded black nymphs, or dark or natural colored jigs with dark plastic split tails.  For current trout stocking information, call 563-927-5736 or print off a trout calendar from our website.  Log onto http://www.iowadnr.gov and click on fishing and then choose trout stocking. 

For information on fishing in northeast Iowa, call the regional office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.


Southeast

Mississippi River Pools 16 to 20: River levels are still high but forecasted to begin slowly falling by the weekend or early next week.  Main channel water temperature throughout the pools is between 44 and 46 degrees. In Pool 16, tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 12.06 feet.  River levels are forecasted to start falling by this weekend.  Sylvan Slough has been producing some saugers and a few walleyes on jigs and minnows.  Bluegill and crappie fishing in Sunset Marina has been fair on minnows and wax worms. 

In Pool 17, tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 11.27 feet.  River levels are forecasted to begin falling by this weekend.  Fishing has been slow in the tailwaters for walleyes and saugers.  There have been reports of some white bass being caught around GPC.  In Pool 18, tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 12.59 feet.  River levels are forecasted to begin falling by early next week.  Walleye and sauger fishing in the tailwaters has been slow.  Some channel catfish are being caught on shad and night crawlers.  A few crappies are starting to be caught in the backwaters on jigs and minnows. 

In Pool 19, tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 8.62 feet. River levels are forecasted to begin falling by early next week.  Fishing has been slow in the tailwaters for walleye and saugers.  Some channel catfish are being caught on shad and night crawlers. In Pool 20, tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 19 is 10.65 feet.  No fishing report. 

Lake Odessa (Louisa): The water levels are good, but the weather has not been so good.  Hopefully the weather will warm up soon and anglers can get back out.  The lateral ditch is currently being dredged. 

Lake Darling (Washington): The water level continues to drop as the water from the rains leaves the drain pipe.  About 2 feet of water is left to go.  This will continue until the lake is dry again.  There are no fish in the lake. 

Lake Belva Deer (Keokuk): The cold, windy weather has kept most of the anglers away.  Construction is continuing on the road into the campground or south end of the park.  The lake can be accessed from the north boat ramp or from the park road from the dam past the cabins.

Lake Geode (Henry): Very few anglers have been out this week.  Hopefully with the forecasted warmer weather the anglers will return.     

Lake Rathbun (Appanoose): The lake level is 1 ½ feet above normal pool.  Water temperature is in the middle 40s.  Use cut bait or shad guts to catch channel catfish on windblown shorelines. The following boat ramps are currently closed for repaving:  high water ramp at Buck Creek, the South Fork Marina ramp, and the Bridgeview ramp. 

Lake Sugema (Van Buren): Walleyes have started biting on jigs tipped with minnows along the rocky shorelines.  A few bluegills have been biting on small jigs fished in the shallows. 

Lake Wapello (Davis): The lake has been completely drained. Now would be a good time to look at the new fish habitat that has been added to the lake. 

Lake Miami (Monroe): Channel catfish have been biting on dead minnows or shad guts.  Largemouth bass have been hitting on spinnerbaits fished slowly, and on soft plastics. 

Lake Macbride (Johnson): The lake water temperature is in middle 40s and the walleyes should be spawning very soon.  However, no catches have been reported. 

Coralville Reservoir (Johnson): The lake level is down to normal at 679 feet and is expected to hold at this level.  The water is still dirty but some channel catfish are being caught on cut bait. 

Iowa River (Johnson): The flow coming out of the reservoir is expected to steadily decline.  A few walleyes and saugeyes are being caught on jigs and crankbaits.         

For more information on fishing in southeast Iowa, call the regional office in Brighton at 319-694-2430.

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