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Iowa fishing report 4-15-10

April 15, 2010 at 01:59 PM

NORTHWEST
Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Bluegills at Yellow Smoke have turned on.  Bluegill - Good: Try using a fly rod and olive haired fly with a bead head, or try using an ice jig under a pencil bobber.  Fish are keeper sized.  Crappie - Fair: Some nice crappie have been caught using the same techniques as fishing for bluegill.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
The road down to the boat ramp at Crawford Creek has been reopened.

Moorhead Park Pond
Moorhead Park Pond was renovated last fall because the bluegill, largemouth bass, and crappie were never able to reach their full potential.  It has been restocked with fish, but they are not yet at a size worthy of eating.  In 2-3 years anglers should experience excellent fishing at Moorhead Park Pond.  It is unlawful, and harmful to the fishery, for anglers to transfer fish from other bodies of water into Moorhead Park Pond, or any other public body of water.

Bacon Creek Lake
Trout will be stocked on April 17 at 1 p.m.  Kids and families are encouraged to come and fish.  DNR staff will present to help with fishing and answer any questions.  Kids 15 and under can register for free the day of to be put into a drawing for raffle prizes.  Adults need a trout stamp in addition to their regular fishing license to fish for or keep trout.  Kids under 16 may fish off their parents fishing license and trout stamp, but their combined daily bag limit for trout is 5.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye are biting at Storm Lake.  Water temperature is in the high 50s.  Daily walleye bag limit at Storm lake is three, all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released, only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie have been caught in the marina.  Try using crappie minnows under a bobber.  Walleye - Excellent: Anglers have been catching walleye along the east shore and near King’s Point and also on the north shore between the Chautauqua Jetty and Circle Park.  Use a 1/16 ounce lead head with a fire-tiger or chartreuse twister.  Cast from shore and use a very slow retrieve.  Walleye are also biting on a live minnow under a slip bobber set just off the bottom.  Most of the fish are being picked up within 15 yards of the shoreline.

Black Hawk Lake
Channel catfish have started biting around the lake.  There is a good number of channel catfish being caught in the 2 to 3 pound size range.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use gizzard shad guts for bait.  Put the guts on a bare hook on 2 foot leader and put a slip/egg sinker above the leader.  Cast out from shore and leave the bait on the bottom.  On a southwest wind, Drilling’s Point (Marina on north shore) is the best.  On a southeast wind, Lakewood Point is the best.  Look for swift currents along the shoreline and cast your bait there.

Snyder Bend Lake
The road to Snyder Bend Lake is closed for resurfacing.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 Bridge near Auburn)
Water is still high and fairly muddy in the river.

Water temperature at most of the lakes is in the middle 50s.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Crappies have still been biting from the shoreline.  Try using minnows or crawlers on small jigs for best results.

Clear Lake
Yellow bass and crappie have still been biting on the west end of the lake.  Minnows fished under a bobber or casting a jig/minnow have been working the best.  Walleyes have been tough to catch but are still along the shorelines in the evening as their spawning continues.  Anglers should try fishing the rocky shorelines and reefs for their best chance.

Little Wall Lake
Crappies have been biting on minnows fished under a bobber or on a jig and minnow setup.  Try fishing the north shoreline around the jetty.  A few catfish are also being caught while fishing for the crappie.

Rice Lake
Acceptable size crappie and yellow perch are being caught from the bank at the north and south boat ramps.  Try using minnows or night crawlers on a hook with a small weight.

Winnebago River
Smallmouth bass and northern pike have been biting on jig and twister tails on the Winnebago River in Mason City. 

For more information on fishing in the North Central area contact the Clear Lake office at 641-357-3517.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig below a bobber at brush piles and rock jetties.  Crappie - Good: Use a small jig below a bobber at brush piles and rock jetties.

Mill Creek (Lake)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use worms fished on the bottom on the south shore.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig fished near shore.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or small jigs fished near shore.

Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead - Fair: A few bullheads are being caught at the Grade, Buffalo Run, and Templar Lagoon using worms.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a wax worm at the fishing pier on the grade or at Templar Lagoon.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish at Buffalo Run or near boat docks with soft plastics or jerk baits.  Crappie - Good: Use a small hair jig or minnow and hook below a bobber at Templar Lagoon, Buffalo Run, and the Grade.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use a large minnow or cut bait fished on the bottom.  White Bass - Excellent: Use twister tails or hair jigs near the bridges, boat docks, and the north shore.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small white hair jigs on the north shore.  Yellow Bass - Good: Use small white jigs near the bridges, boat docks, and north shore.

Minnewashta Lake
White Bass - Good: Use a white hair jig in the evenings.  Walleye - Fair: Use twister tails, jig and minnow, or small crankbaits at sunset.  Remember that all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be released immediately.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught with twister tails, jig and minnow, or small crankbaits.  Walleye - Good: Fish with a twister tail, jig and minnow, or small crankbait.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small a small jig tipped with a wax worm along boat docks in the canals.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics pitched to cover in the canals.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish are being caught in the canals with small jigs or a minnow beneath a bobber.

Five Island Lake
Crappie - Good: Fish near boat docks or other shoreline structure with a small jig or minnow and hook below a small bobber.  Walleye - Good: Use a jig and minnow or twister tail at sunset.

Lost Island Lake
Crappie - Fair: A few fish have been caught in the canal with a small jig or minnow below a bobber.  Walleye - Good: Use a jig and minnow or twister tail at sunset.

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with live bait below a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few fish are being caught using small jigs while fishing for bluegills.  Crappie - Good: Use a small minnow beneath a bobber.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the current edges in deep holes with worms, stink bait, or cut bait.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish deeper holes with worms or cut bait on the bottom.  Walleye - Good: Use a twister tail or jig and minnow along current edges and eddies.

Tuttle Lake
Northern Pike - Fair: A few fish are being caught below the spillway.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig at current seams and eddies below the spillway.

East Hottes
Northern Pike - Fair: Use large minnows or chubs below a bobber along shorelines.

Remember that walleye and muskellunge season is closed on Big Spirit, East Okoboji, and West Okoboji lakes.  Walleye season on Tuttle, Iowa, and Little Spirit Lakes open April 30.  For more fishing information in the Spirit Lake area call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
An in-lake habitat project will take place Saturday morning.  Part of the boat ramp will blocked from use.  Bluegill - Fair: Gills are biting on small ice fishing jigs tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - No Report:  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are biting on 1/32 ounce jigs tipped with a wax worm. Most of the fishing activity is along the shoreline.

Lake Hendricks
Angling has really picked up this week.  Bluegill - Slow: Try using a small jig tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass have been hitting on artificial lures.  Crappie - Slow: Try using small jigs and fish along the shoreline.  Yellow Perch - No Report:

Lake Meyer
The action remains slow this week.  Water temperature is in the middle 50s.  Northern Pike - No Report:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Yellow Perch - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water quality is excellent and angling for walleye and smallmouth around town has really picked up.  Sucker activity has slowed down quite a bit.  Sucker - Fair: Try using a worm on a hook but the key is to get it to sit on the stream bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth Bass are being caught by anglers using in-line spinners and small crankbaits.  Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes are being caught in the deeper pools using jigs tipped with ringworms.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
River conditions are excellent.  Angers are reporting catching larger perch on crawlers or minnows at the mouth of the Upper Iowa.  The sucker run is slowing.  Sucker - Fair: Sucker fishing is really picking up this week.  Try using a worm fished off the bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth Bass are being caught using in-line spinners and small crankbaits.  Yellow Perch - Good:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing is slow at Lower Dam.

Turkey River (below Clermont)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water quality is excellent this week and water temperature is on the rise.  Take a break from looking at all the trees and spring flowers in bloom and from the turkeys gobbling and go fishing!  Northern Pike - No Report:  Channel Catfish - Slow: Try using whole or chunks of chubs.  Also a few anglers are using chicken liver with luck.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: A few smallmouth are caught while angling for walleye.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye are biting on jigs tipped with a minnow.

Decorah District Streams
Trout streams remain in excellent condition.  There have been excellent hatches of numerous types of mayflies.  April’s stocking schedule is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/trout.html.  Stocking of our unannounced streams is taking place.  The unannounced streams will be listed on next month’s calendar.  Schedules will be available monthly this year.

River and lake temperatures are really starting to warm up and fish activity is picking up.  For more information about a specific stream, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Silver lake is providing good catches of 12 to 14-inch largemouth bass. Size limit is 15 inches on this lake.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits or buzz baits before the onset of dense vegetation in early summer.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Anglers have reported catches of both bluegill and a few crappies on Casey Lake.  Bluegill - Good: Fly-fishing for bluegill along the shoreline has been productive. Using a small piece of crawler on a small hook under a bobber has also been good.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been taken but should expect to improve with warming water. Concentrate around the jetties using crappie jigs or minnow under a bobber.

Lake Delhi
Crappies should begin spawning soon as water temperature warms.  Crappie - Fair: Try crappie jigs in and around brush piles and docks.

Big Woods Lake
Anglers are beginning to report catches of crappie.  Crappie - Fair: Concentrate around 6 to 8 feet of water off of shoreline.

George Wyth Lake
Crappies are beginning to pick up here on George Wyth Lake.  Crappie - Fair: Concentrate around dock and jetties.

Martens Lake
Anglers are having success on largemouth bass.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River has been very productive for a variety of fish species in both Bremer and Black Hawk counties.  Northern Pike - Good: Large spinner baits have been catching a lot of northern pike on the river recently.  Channel Catfish - Good: Drifting crawlers or minnow under a bobber in shallow riffle areas has been real productive on nice cats.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Jig and minnow and spinner baits have been working well.  Walleye - Good: Jig and minnow have worked well for post-spawn males in the shallower riffle areas.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Walleye and smallmouth bass are providing decent action on the Shell Rock River.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting spinner baits.  Walleye - Fair: Jig and minnow have been productive.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon has been producing channel catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye and crappie.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try crawlers, cut baits, etc., on the bottom in both channel and shallow backwaters.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are starting to spawn. Try shallow backwater areas in and around brush piles.  Walleye - Good: Try fishing jig and minnow below the dams in Littleton and Independence.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Maquoketa River should start to produce catches of walleye and smallmouth bass.

Interior river levels continue to fall and are producing good numbers of walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and channel catfish. Some lakes are beginning to report the onset of the crappie spawn with warming water temperatures. Trout stocking season is in full swing with streams remaining in excellent condition. Now is a great time of season to be out enjoying the beautiful weather and angling opportunities. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 12.24 feet and dropping.  Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the middle 50s.  Anglers should be on the look out for radio tagged white crappie in Pool 12.  Tags are attached externally to the dorsal fin and we ask that these fish be released or the tags returned from harvested fish.  Northern Pike - Fair: A few pike are being caught in O’Learys Lake on jigs and stick baits.  Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills are being caught in the marinas around docks on small jigs with wax worms.  A lot of small fish.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappie are being caught in the marinas around the docks on jigs tipped with minnows.  Sauger - Slow: Sauger are biting in the tail waters on jigs or three way rigs tipped with minnows.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye are biting in the tail waters and the Catfish Creek area on jigs, three way rigs, or crankbaits.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 11.6 feet and is falling.  Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the middle 50s.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappie are being caught out of South Sabula Lake and the marina in Sabula.  Sauger - Slow: Sauger fishing has been fair in the tail waters.  Most fish are coming along the Iowa shoreline on three way rigs or jigs tipped with minnows.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are being caught in the tail waters by sauger anglers and above Pleasant Creek.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 15.59 feet and is forecast to crest at 15.7 feet on Saturday then begin to drop.  Water clarity is poor and water temperature is in the low 50s.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie are being caught in the sand pits and backwaters away from current and in cleaner water.  Walleye - Fair: With the high water, there are reports of walleyes being caught in the backwaters.

For fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 12.46 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers.  White Bass - Fair: There are reports of some white bass being caught around the opening of Sunset Marina in the main river. Try casting jigs/twisters, small crankbaits, or in-line spinners.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Islands has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island complex has been slow.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 12.17 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 14.05 feet and falling. River conditions are still high and fishing has been slow. Many of the boat ramps are under water. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10.29 feet and falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. River conditions are high and fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: Fishing has been slow on pools 16-20 due to high water. Most fishing reports have been coming from area ponds and lakes. River levels are forecasted to fall over the weekend. Water temperature is around 57 degrees. Many of the boat ramps are closed due to high water. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught in the late afternoon to evening on stink bait.  I would be working the shoreline where the wind is blowing in. Catfish will be there looking for dead fish.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting along the ledge across from the main boat ramp.  Vertical jig with a tube jig or jig and minnow.  If you can find it the pile of big cedar trees on the deep side would be a good place to start.

Lake Belva Deer
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish along the riprap and off the points that the wind is blowing into.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are getting sporadic catches of crappies in the shallow water.  The water temp is still to cold for spawning so they are probably up on the warm, sunny days feeding on forage fish feeding on insects brought in by the warm water.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Bluegill - Good: Fishing is picking up. Fish are being caught in the shallows with light tackle and small jigs tipped with wax worms.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few fish are being caught in and around the shallow water habitat using bright colored small spinner baits.  Work them slow the fish are just starting to warm up.  Crappie - Fair: Look for these fish in the flooded trees and stumps on the sunny days.

Lake of the Hills
There are still a few of the tagged trout still in the lake. Anglers have until the end of April to redeem a tag for a prize at the Conservation Headquarters at the Park (Gate 3). Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Bring the tag, fishing license and trout stamp.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Trout fishing continues to be good on a variety of lures and baits.  The Gate 1 and 6 areas are still proving to be the best places to catch them.  Don’t forget to look for tagged trout.  Bluegill - Good: Look for these fish in the shallow water on the sunny days where they will be feeding on the insects drawn out by the warmer water.  Crappie - Good: Target the shallow water brush piles and stumps to catch the crappies.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The Skunk River is forecasted to continue to very slowly fall.  There are a few anglers getting out and catching some catfish and flatheads.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Target the mouths of the feeder streams.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river level is falling slowly but is still fairly high.

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

Hannen Lake
Water temperature is in the middle 50s.  Bluegill - Fair: 8 to 10-inch bluegills are being picked up on small jigs or wax worms around exposed brush.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish the shallows with artificials or live bait for smaller bass.

Iowa Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Try around brush or warmer pockets/coves with a worm or small jig.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinner baits or plastics around shallow wood.  Crappie - Good: Fish around brush with small jigs or minnows.

Kent Park Lake
The ponds have been providing better fishing for nice sized bass and small bluegills.  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Lake Macbride
Crappie - Good: Fish areas with warmer water with small jigs or minnows under a bobber. Most fish are coming off brush. The warmer the water, the shallower the brush you should be fishing. Most fish are 10 to 13 inches.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, there is an 18 inch size limit on bass and 40 inch size limit on muskies.  Bluegill - Fair: A few nice 8 to 10-inch bluegills are being picked up around brush in 6 to 8 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crawlers and soft plastics along the dam are producing some bass.

Diamond Lake
Crappie - Fair: Most fish are 7 to 8 inches with an occasional larger one mixed in.

Otter Creek Lake
Not many out fishing yet.  Bluegill - Fair:

Union Grove Lake
Crappie - Good: Smaller crappies are being picked up in shallower, warm water. Fish around rock or wood with a small jig or minnow under a bobber.

Coralville Reservoir
As of April 14, the lake level is 695 feet and falling about one foot per day. The lake is projected to reach normal pool (683 feet) on April 24.  Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are being picked up in shallow, warmer water on cut bait.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish are biting on crawlers. Anglers running bank lines are also having good success.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
As of April 14, the outflow is 10,000 cubic feet per second and is predicted to remain at this until April 20, when it will be slowly decreased until the lake reaches normal pool.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Live bait and artificials have been working well. Try below the dams, especially in Cedar Rapids.

For more information contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries office at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello
The lake has refilled and fish were stocked last fall.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler fished around the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits around structure or off the ends of the jetties.  Use plastic worms in the same areas.

Lake Keomah
Try using small jigs fished slowly around shoreline structures.  Anglers have been catching some largemouth bass and bluegills.

Albia (lower)
The gate has been reopened and a new boat ramp has been constructed on the reservoir.

Lake Miami
Try small jigs fished along the shoreline and along the dam.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler.  Look for areas with submerged structure.  Walleye - Fair: Use jigs or crankbaits along the rocky shorelines.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 907.77 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the upper 40s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish along wind blown shorelines and use baits like cut up shad or dead chubs.

For more fishing information in south central Iowa, call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Big Creek Lake
Crappie - Fair: The warming water temperature has crappies staging for the spawn.  A few crappies are being picked up in Lost Lake and in the brush piles in deeper water at the mouths to the coves.

Lake Ahquabi
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass anglers are starting to do well fishing the edges of the curly leaf pondweed.

Lake Petoka
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Trout were stocked on April 8 and are being caught on small inline spinners and live bait, such as wax worms, small minnows and night crawlers.

Banner Lake (south)
Rainbow Trout - Good: South Banner Pit received a double stocking of trout this round.  They are being caught on inline spinners and live bait, such as small minnows, wax worms and night crawlers.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)
Walleye - Fair: With better fishing conditions anglers are picking up a few more walleyes throwing jig and twister tails or jigs tipped with minnows or crawlers.

Boone District Farm Ponds
Farm ponds are providing some good early spring fishing as they warm more quickly than larger water bodies.  Catfish will be feeding heavily on dead baits.  Bluegills and crappies can be caught sticking with lighter ice fishing tackle tipped with wax worms, spikes, or very small pieces of crawler.

Warm weather has helped fishing success in central Iowa lakes and ponds.  Fishing on the Des Moines River is still slow due to recent heavy rains and high water conditions.  The Raccoon River’s flow is back to fishable levels.  Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway has a good population of 8 to 9-inch crappies.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught around cedar trees that are in 8 feet of water casting jigs.

Orient Lake
Orient is full with one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers. Fish are averaging 14 inches.

Lake Anita
Fish are being caught around the main boat ramp and pontoon area. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills up to 9 inches are being caught with small jigs tipped with Berkley Gulp.    Crappie - Slow: Crappies are concentrated in areas with the warmest water temperature. Try fishing small jigs tipped with crappie niblets under a bobber. Fish seem to be just a few feet under the surface.

Lake Manawa
Water temperature is in the 60s. Crappies have moved to the main lake.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappies in the main lake and around boy scout island casting small jigs. Sorting is necessary for 9 to 10-inch fish.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up a few walleyes trolling shad raps on the west side of lake.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)
Water levels in the Middle Raccoon are back to fishable levels.  Walleye - Slow: For best success cast twister tails tipped with minnows around structure and deeper pools.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Farm ponds generally warm sooner than larger bodies of water making them a good choice for early spring fishing. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish are becoming active and can be caught with small jigs.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappies with minnows under a bobber.

Saganaush Pond
1,500 rainbow trout were stocked on April 2.  Rainbow Trout - Fair: Fish are averaging 12 inches and being caught on small jigs. White twister tails have been a good choice.

Anglers are having good success now that water temperature is in the 60s. The Middle Raccoon Rive below Panora is at fishable levels. 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 50s.  The lake level is normal and water clarity is good.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are trolling the open points and jigging the rock areas of the dam.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water clarity is good and temperature is in the upper 40s.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappie can be caught from the near the jetties in about 6 to 8 feet of water small jigs.

Green Valley Lake
The lake level has been lowered to allow for sediment removal from the upper end.  The fish have been restocked and some should be catchable by spring.

Summit Lake
The lake has been lowered for shoreline stabilization.

Three Mile Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 40s.  A lot of walleye anglers are trolling or casting the dam in the evenings.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel cats are being caught from the warm coves.  Walleye - Good: A lot of walleye are being caught from the dam and big rocky points near sunset.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: A few wipers can be caught using small crank baits near the east end of the dam.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 40s or low 50s.  Water clarity is good.  Bullhead - Good: Some magnum bullheads are being caught using crawlers in the shallow bays.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are starting to bite in 6 to 8 feet of water along the west timber shore.  Walleye - Good: Several walleye are being caught by jigging and trolling the dam or big points around dusk.

Many ponds and small lakes have water temperature near 60 degrees.  Water clarity is good at most places.  A lot of walleyes are being caught.  Some crappies are starting.

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