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Iowa fishing report 4-22-10

April 22, 2010 at 02:33 PM

NORTHWEST
Yellow Smoke Park Lake
The water is extremely clear at Yellow Smoke Lake right now making it more difficult to catch fish.  Use very light tackle to target panfish.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small bead head fly with a small bobber.  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.  This was done 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 to 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.

Brushy Creek Lake
All boat docks have been put in place at Brushy Creek.

Bacon Creek Lake
1,600 rainbow trout were stocked on April 17.  Rainbow Trout - Good: Use very small spinners or anything else that is small and flashy when casting for rainbow trout.  If fishing from shore, target areas where there is a steep drop-off into deeper water near the banks.  If fishing from a small boat, target deeper portions of the lake, but fish in the upper 10 feet of the water column.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye are biting at Storm Lake.  Water temperature is in the low 60s.  Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is 3 walleye; all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released; only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Walleye - Good: Anglers have been catching walleye along the east shore and near King’s Point and on the north shore between the Chautauqua jetty and Cricle 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.  Boat anglers are catching walleye trolling at a speed of about 1 mph.  When trolling, try using a fire-tiger twister with a minnow.

North Twin Lake
Yellow bass are being caught on white twisters.  A few walleye are being picked up as well.

Swan Lake
Crappie are biting at Swan Lake.  An occasional bluegill and largemouth bass are being caught.  Crappie - Excellent: Hand-sized crappie are being caught on small jigs at a fairly steady pace.

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 two 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.  Look for swift currents along the shoreline and cast your bait there.  Walleye - Fair: A few keepers and short walleye have been caught by anglers targeting the east end of the lake.

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.

Black Hawk District Farm Ponds
Panfish and bass are biting in farm ponds around the Black Hawk District.

Water temperature at most lakes is in the low 60s.  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.

Clear Lake
Yellow bass are being caught around the cattail beds as well as any of the rock reefs.  Cut bait or minnows seem to work the best.  Nice sized crappie are being caught near the cattail beds and in the canals.  Try using a jig with minnow or twister tail.  Walleyes are being caught in 4 to 10 feet of water out from rocky shorelines in the evenings.  Live bait on a jig seems to be the preferred choice.  Many of the public docks are out now and provide the best angling from shore. 

Little Wall Lake
Panfish have been biting from shore with minnows fished under a bobber or on a jig and minnow setup.

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

Angling opportunities are the best in the spring, so get out and fish.  For more information on fishing in the North Central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Fair: 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.

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 - Fair: Use a small hair jig or minnow and hook below a bobber at Templar Lagoon, Buffalo Run, and the Grade.

Center Lake
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom near the outlet.

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.  Bluegill - Good: Fish at the trestle with small jigs tipped with live bait.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small white hair jigs on the north shore.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Use small white jigs near the bridges, boat docks, and north shore.

Little Spirit Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs near brush piles.  Crappie - Fair: Fish downed trees with a small minnow and bobber.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small jigs or a minnow below a bobber along shorelines.

Minnewashta Lake
Remember that all 17 to 22-inch walleyes must be released alive.  White Bass - Good: Use a white hair jig in the evenings.  Walleye - Good: Fish after sunset with a lighted slip bobber and shiner.  .

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.

Ingham Lake
Bullhead - Excellent: Fish below the spillway with worms.

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
Bullhead - Good: Use worms in the little lake near the island.  Crappie - Fair: Use a small hair jig or minnow below a bobber at the bridge or in the canal.  Walleye - Good: Use a jig and minnow or twister tail at sunset near the bridge and east shore.

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.

Upper Gar Lake
Remember that all 17 to 22-inch walleyes must be released alive.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along boat docks.  Walleye - Good: Use a lighted slip bobber and shiner on the north end at night.

High Lake
Bullhead - Excellent: Fish in the shallow bays with worms.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom on the west and east shore.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish the current edges in deep holes and at the Klondike Dam with worms, stink bait or cut bait.  Walleye - Good: Use a twister tail or jig and minnow at the Klondike Dam.

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

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Walleye - Good: Use twister tails or a jig and minnow along current edges and deep holes.

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
Take notice of the new structure in the lake as fish will be found close by.  Bluegill - Fair: Gills are biting on small ice fishing jigs tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - No Report:  Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting on 1/32-ounce jigs tipped with a wax worm. Most of the fishing activity is along the shoreline and relating to structure.

Lake Hendricks
Angling has really leveled off this week.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using a small jig tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have been hitting on a variety of lures working the shoreline.  Most fish are in the 14-inch range.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing has slowed but anglers are still catching a few.  Yellow Perch - No Report:

Lake Meyer
The action on Lake Meyer is starting to pick up coming into the weekend and water temperature is rising.  Northern Pike - No Report:  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught using small dark colored and 1/32-ounce jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are doing fair on bass working the shorelines with artificial lures.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching good numbers of crappies in the 7 to 10.5-inch range with small crappie jigs that are minnow colored.  Yellow Perch - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water quality is excellent and angling for walleye and smallmouth has leveled off with fish still being caught.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm on a hook but the key is to get it to sit on the stream bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth Bass are being caught by anglers using in-line spinners and small crankbaits. As well as twister tails.  Walleye - Fair: Some nice walleyes are still being caught in the deeper pools using jigs tipped with ringworms.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
River conditions are excellent.  Anglers have reported smallies and walleyes have starting biting.  The sucker run is slowing.  Sucker - Fair: Sucker fishing has slowed this week.  Try using a worm fished off the bottom for continued success.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth Bass are being caught using in-line spinners and small crankbaits. Some anglers have also had luck using crawlers.  Yellow Perch - Good:  Walleye - Good: Walleyes are starting to bite again on crawlers and crankbaits.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water temperature below the Cresco Dam is hovering around 60 degrees.  Walleyes are being associated with the deeper pools below the riffles.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Few fish are being caught.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being seen in the deeper pools below the riffles.  They are associating with underwater structure.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water quality is excellent this week and water temperature is on the rise.  To target walleyes, concentrate on deeper pools below riffles.  Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few northerns as bi-catch while fishing for walleyes.  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: A few smaller walleyes are being caught.

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 as well as a phone number which will give you a recording of our stocking schedule at 563-927-5736.  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 temperature is really starting to warm up and fish activity is picking up.  For more information about a specific stream, 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 bluegill, channel catfish and a few crappies on Casey Lake.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing cut baits on the bottom.  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 been good also.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been taken but should expect to improve with warming water temps. Concentrate efforts around the jetties using crappie jigs or minnow under a bobber.

Lake Delhi
Crappies should begin spawning soon as water temperatures warm on the lake.  Crappie - Fair: Try crappie jigs in and around brush piles and docks.

Big Woods Lake
Anglers are beginning to report catches of crappie and channel catfish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing cut baits on the bottom.  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.

Avenue of the Saints Pond
A few bluegill and crappie are being caught on Saints Lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small piece of worm under a small bobber.  Crappie - Fair: Try a minnow under a bobber or casting crappie jigs.

Martens Lake
Anglers are having success on largemouth bass and crappie.  Crappie - Fair: Try fishing in the canal where temperatures warm more quickly than the marsh.

Plainfield
Reports of bluegill being caught on Plainfield Lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing small piece of worm under bobber around structure.

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 - Fair: 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 - Fair: 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 fishing should improve as water temperatures warm.  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, northern pike and walleye.  Northern Pike - Fair: Try using chubs under a bobber or casting large spoons.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try crawlers, cut baits, etc. on the bottom in both channel and shallow backwater areas.  Walleye - Fair: 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 as water temperatures warm.

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 temperature. 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 9
Bullhead - Fair: Some good catches of bullhead reported near Read Oak.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers reporting good catches of catfish floating a worm on a bobber in lower Pool 9 above the spillway.  Bluegill - Fair:  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing areas with rock and good current.  Walleye - Fair: Some anglers catching nice walleye near Victory and Black Hawk trolling crankbaits in deep water.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent:  A lot of drum being caught just fishing worm on the bottom along main channel and side channel shorelines.  Drum are excellent eating fish especially if eaten fresh.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Fishing is very good in the Harpers Ferry area right now.  Northern Pike - Fair: Some nice northern pike have been caught around the backwaters near McGregor.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish being caught above the spillway near Harpers Ferry fishing a worm on a bobber.  Bluegill - Fair:  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth hitting well in current below the spillway near Harpers Ferry and some in the tail waters.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth being caught below the spillway near Harpers Ferry.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice sized perch being caught fishing a worm on the bottom.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A lot of drum being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom near main channel and side channel shorelines.  Drum are excellent eating fish especially if prepared fresh.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Flathead Catfish - Fair: A few nice flathead being caught in the tail waters.  Bluegill - Good: Some nice bluegills being caught from shore by the DNR ramp but the bite is light so use light line and small jigs and pieces of worm.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice yellow perch being caught on worms.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A lot of drum being caught along shoreline in the Guttenberg area fishing a worm on the bottom.  Drum are excellent eating fish especially when prepared fresh.

River levels have fallen and leveled out and fishing is getting good on the river. River levels at Lansing 8.6 feet, Lynxville 16.9 feet, and Guttenberg 8.2 feet.  Water temperature is 60 degrees.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 10.2 feet and dropping.  Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the high 50s to low 60s.  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: Reports of a few northern being caught on deep crankbaits in coves, marinas, and backwaters.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are starting to bite on stink bait.  Fish are coming out of side channels and shallow backwater areas with flow.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting on crankbaits, jerk baits, swim jigs, and spinner baits in backwaters.  White has been producing best.  Key in on areas with rock or woody structure.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappie are being caught in the marinas around the docks on jigs tipped with minnows.  Sauger - Fair: Reports of a few sauger still being caught of the barge on the Wisconsin side of the tail water.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been picking up as they transition from the spawn to summer pattern.  Reports of fish coming off of wing dams on three way rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers.  Some walleye were also being caught on deep running crankbaits in marinas and deeper backwaters.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 8.83 feet and is falling.  Water clarity is fair and water temps are in the high 50’s to low 60’s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are starting to bite on stink bait in side channels or shallow areas in backwaters with flow.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are starting to bite on crankbaits, spinner baits, and swim jigs in the backwaters or side channels with moderate flows.  Key in on areas with rock or woody structure.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappie are being caught at the tubes at White’s Crossing above Town Lake.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has picked up as fish transition from the spawn to summer patterns.  Anglers are starting to catch walleyes on the wing dams on three way rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 11.7 feet and dropping.  Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the high 50s to low 60s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are starting to bite on stink bait in side channels and shallow backwater areas with flow.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are starting to bite on the wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers, jigs with ring worms, or crankbaits.

For fishing information in Pool 12 to 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 9.02 feet and falling.  Fishing has improved especially for walleye and sauger near the dam. Catfish are biting on shad parts and dip bait.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on shad parts and even dip baits   White Bass - Fair: White bass are biting on jigs and twister tails and rattle traps in Sunset Marina and backwaters Crappie - Fair: Crappie and bluegill are biting in Sunset Marina.  Walleye - Good: Walleye and sauger are biting on jigs and minnows near the dam.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 8.07 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on shad parts and green worms.  White Bass - Fair: A few white bass are being caught near GPC and the mouth of Mad Creek.  Walleye - Fair: walleye and sauger are being caught along the riverfront and wing dams upstream from Muscatine.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 6.69 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are hitting on shad parts, night crawlers and liver Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are starting to move into the backwaters and hitting on your favorite bait Crappie - Good: Crappie and bluegill are biting on jigs and minnows in backwaters.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 9.32 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on shad parts and night crawlers

All of the pools in the lower portion of the river are dropping due to the lack of recent rains.  The forecast for rain in the next couple of days could change this situation

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
Water temperature is in the middle 60s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught in the late afternoon to evening on stink bait.  Work the shoreline where the wind is blowing in, the catfish will be there looking for dead fish.  Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills to be working the shallow bays for insects.  Small jigs tipped with wax worms should catch a batch.  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
Water temperature Wednesday afternoon was 65 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish along the riprap and off the points that the wind is blowing into.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are starting to pick up some bluegills around the trees in the shallow water.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are getting sporadic catches of crappies in the shallow water.  Water temperature is in the spawning range for these fish.  Look for them to be in the shallow water near the rock and other habitat.

Lake of the Hills
There are still a few of the tagged trout still in the lake. You have until the end of April to redeem a tag for a prize at the Conservation Headquarters at the Park (Gate 3). Their office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring the tag, your 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. Target the submerged brush piles.  Crappie - Good: Target the shallow water brush piles and stumps to catch the crappies. Some in the 12 to 15-inch range are being caught.

Railroad Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing night crawlers on the bottom is producing good number of catfish. Target areas near the submerged stumps.

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

Hannen Lake
Water temperature is in the mid 50s.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching 8 to 10-inch bluegills 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.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being caught on live bait rigs on the bottom or on crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet of water.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, there is an 18-inch size limit on bass and 40-inch size limit on muskie here.  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 much 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 21, the lake level is 686 feet and falling. The lake is projected to reach normal pool (683 feet) on April 26.  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: Catfish are biting on crawlers. Anglers running bank lines are also having good success.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
As of April 21 the outflow is 8,000 cubic feet per second and is predicted to drop about 1,000 CFS per day until 2,000 CFS is reached.

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.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline and around submerged structure.

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 906.80 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the upper 50s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish along wind blown shorelines and use baits like cut up shad or dead chubs.  Walleye - Fair: Use jig and minnow combinations along rocky areas around the shoreline.  The walleye bite has been shallow so far this spring.  Please be wary of tagged walleyes and if these fish are harvested please call the hatchery with the tag number. 

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

SOUTHWEST
Big Creek Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are moving shallow and are being caught best with pieces of worm near structure in the coves and bays. Crappie - Fair: The crappie spawn is near.  Some males have moved into the coves near wood structure.  Crappies are also still being picked up in Lost Lake and in the brush piles in the deeper water at the mouths to the coves.  Live minnows under a bobber are working best.  Walleye - Fair: Decent numbers of walleye are being caught near the points fishing live bait under bobbers, or jigs with twisters or live bait.  More legal sized fish are being caught with larger bait presentations such as crankbaits.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are starting to be caught shallow on live bait fished on the edge of the vegetation or open pockets within the vegetation and near shallow wood structure.  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 baits such as wax worms, small minnows and night crawlers.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Bluegill - Good: The bluegill bite is good shallow fishing with small pieces of night crawler.  Like the crappies, more bluegills are being caught fishing close to any wood structure.  Crappie - Fair: The spawn hasn’t started yet, but good sized crappie are starting to be caught closer to shore using minnows under a bobber, especially near any wood structure.

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 baits such as small minnows, wax worms and night crawlers.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
White Bass - Good: Anglers are having success fishing for white bass below the Red Rock spillway.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Anglers fishing for white bass below Red Rock are also hooking into the occasional wiper.  Check your drag!

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 excellent fishing right now.  Pond water temperature is at or near spawning temperature for crappie and bluegill.  Both species can easily be caught fishing live bait under a bobber or casting small panfish tube jigs. 

Central Iowa lakes continue to warm into the 60s.  The crappie and bluegill spawn is near for many lakes.  Fishing on the Des Moines River is still slow due to high water conditions.  The Raccoon River’s flows are 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 crappies in the 8 to 9-inch range.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish in the 1 to 2-pound range are being caught on night crawlers.  Crappie - Fair: Sorting is necessary for 9-inch fish. Crappies are being caught on minnows.

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 - Fair: Bluegills up to 9 inches are being caught with small jigs tipped with Berkley Gulp.    Crappie - Fair: Try fishing small jigs tipped with crappie niblets under a bobber. The best time to fish has been in the morning until 11.

Lake Manawa
Water temperature is in the middle 60s. Crappies are back in the canals.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are back in the canals and being caught with minnows. Sorting is necessary for 9 to 10-inch fish.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are still catching walleyes trolling shad raps on the west side of lake.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)
The Middle Raccoon is back to fishable water 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: Crappies are beginning to spawn and can be caught close to shore casting small jigs.

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.

Many lakes and ponds in the southwest district have a water temperature in the middle 60s. The crappie spawn is close in many lakes and ponds. The Middle Raccoon River below Panora is at fishable levels. For more information, contact either Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office, at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temperature is above 60 degrees.  The lake level is normal and water clarity is good.  Channel Catfish - Good: Several catfish are biting from the shoreline areas and shallow bays.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of largemouth are being caught from the shoreline structure.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being caught from the points.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water clarity is good and temperature is in the upper 40s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish are being caught using stink baits or blood baits in the shallows.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappie can be caught from the near the jetties in about 4 to 6 feet of water small jigs.

Green Valley Lake
The lake level has been lowered to allow for sediment removal from the upper end.  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 above 60 degrees.  Walleye and crappie are being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel cats are being caught from the shallow areas of the upper end on stink bait.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are starting to bite in the timber coves.  Walleye - Fair: Several walleye are being caught off the steep rocky shoreline areas.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Crankbaits on the east shore just north of the dam is producing several wipers.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water temperature is in the low 60s.  Water clarity is very good.  Bullhead - Excellent: Some magnum bullheads are being caught from shore using crawlers.  Channel Catfish - Good: A lot of channel catfish are being caught from the upper portion of the lake on stink baits.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting well from the shoreline structure and rocks.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are just starting to bite in 6 to 8 feet of water along the west timber shore or some of the timber coves.  Walleye - Good: Several walleye are still being caught by jigging and trolling the dam or big points in the mornings or evenings.

Many ponds and small lakes have temps above 65 degrees.  Water clarity is good at most places.  A lot of walleyes are still being caught.  Some crappie are starting.

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