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Iowa fishing report 4-29-10

April 29, 2010 at 03:34 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 when targeting 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.  Anglers are starting to catch bluegill and crappie.  Most of the fish are being caught on the face of the dam and in front of the campground area.  Bluegill - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

Brushy Creek Lake
All boat docks have been put in place at Brushy Creek.  Lake is starting to warm up and some bluegill and crappie are moving into the shallows.

Bacon Creek Lake
1,600 rainbow trout were stocked on April 17.  Anglers need a trout stamp in addition to their regular fishing license to fish for or keep trout.  Rainbow Trout - Good: Use very small spinners or anything else that is small and flashy when casting for rainbow trout.  When fishing from shore, avoid the east side of the lake near the playground where the water is very shallow near shore.  Rather, try fishing from the face of the dam, the west side of the lake, and the area from the fishing dock below the parking lot to the dam.  These are areas where it is fairly deep close to shore and the trout should be cruising these waters. 

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, and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught on white twisters.  Walleye - Excellent: Shore fishing for walleye has slowed down quite a bit.  However, anglers fishing from boats are doing very well.  Boat anglers are catching walleye trolling at a speed of about 1 mph.  When trolling, try using a fire-tiger twister with a minnow and target points and rocky areas and dredge cuts.

North Twin Lake
Fishing is starting to turn on at North Twin.  Walleye - Good: Anglers report good walleye fishing at North Twin.  Twisters, crankbaits, jigs, and chubs under bobbers are catching fish.  Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing is fast action right now, but the yellow bass are about 7 to 8 inches.

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

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

North Raccoon River (above Hwy. 175 Bridge near Auburn)
Water is still high and fairly muddy.

Black Hawk District Farm Ponds
Panfish and bass are biting in farm ponds around the Black Hawk District.  Remember to ask the landowner’s permission before fishing privately owned farm ponds.

Water temperature at most of the lakes is now 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.

Beeds Lake
Bluegill are being caught on tube jigs or night crawler under a bobber.  Crappie are still being caught as well. 

Briggs Woods Lake
Crappie fishing has been fair, try using a jig and minnow or tube jig.  A few walleye are also being caught.

Lower Pine Lake
Crappies are biting on small jigs tipped with minnows or twister tails. 

Upper Pine Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits.  Target the downed trees on the shoreline.

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing has been good around the Island, Dodge’s Point, and many of the rock reefs.  On warm days the fish are in shallow but on cool days they are being caught in deeper water.  Target them using jigs tipped with cut bait or minnows.  Nice sized crappie are being caught near the cattail beds and in the canals.  Try using a jig with minnow or twister tail.  The walleye bite is improving.  Legal sized fish are being caught on live bait while fishing for yellow bass.

Lake Cornelia
The bluegill, yellow perch, and crappie are biting on jigs and live bait.  A few walleye are also being caught.

Little Wall Lake
Small crappie have been biting from shore with minnows fished under a bobber or on a jig and minnow setup.  Largemouth bass fishing has been good.  Try using a tube jig or spinner.

Rice Lake
Crappie are still being caught from shore.  Try using a jig and minnow.

Fin and Feather Lake
Bluegills are being caught on night crawlers fished under a bobber.

Kuennen’s Pit W.A. (south)
The bluegill and largemouth bass are biting on tube jigs.  Try fishing the north pit as well. 

Iowa River (above Iowa Falls)
Smallmouth bass are being caught on jerk baits.

Winnebago River
Northern pike are still biting in the Mason City area.  Try using a spinner or jig and minnow.

Angling opportunities are the best in the spring so get outdoors and go fishing!  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.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use jerk baits or jigs on rock bars.  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: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around boat docks.  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, 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 - Fair: Fish with a twister tail, jig and minnow, or small crankbait.

West Okoboji Lake
Kids Corner: If you are looking for a place to take children fishing you might want to consider taking them to Triboji on the north end of West Okoboji Lake.  There are many different sizes of bluegills in the canal.  Use a small jig or bare hook tipped with a wax worm below a small bobber along the boat docks.  Bluegill - Good: Use 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 - Slow: 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 or trolling crankbaits.

Lost Island Lake
Bullhead - Slow: 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 - Fair: Use a jig and minnow or twister tail at sunset near the bridge and east shore or drift with crawler harnesses.

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, 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)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or cut bait along deep holes and current edges.  Walleye - Good: Use twister tails or a jig and minnow along current edges and deep holes.

Walleye season opens at 12:01 a.m. on May 1, on Big Spirit, East Okoboji, and West Okoboji lakes.  Muskellunge season is still 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 nearby.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting on small ice fishing jigs tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - No Report:  Crappie - Slow: Crappie activity has slowed from last week.  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 for crappies slowed this week.  Northern Pike - No Report:  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught using small dark colored jigs and 1/32 ounce heads.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are doing fair on bass working the shorelines with artificial lures.  Crappie - Slow: Anglers are still catching a few crappies in the 7 to 10-1/2-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.  Try below the lower dam.  Remember fish are migrating upstream to prepare for the spawn.  Smallies have not spawned yet so catch and release is a good idea.  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.  Target walleyes in deeper pools below riffles.  Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few northerns 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 water 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. Minimum length limit is 15 inches.  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 largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and a few crappies.  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.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting top-water baits, spinner baits or crankbaits near woody structure or off of the dam and around the jetties. There is an 18-inch minimum size limit on largemouth bass.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been taken but should expect to improve with warming water temperature. Concentrate around the jetties using crappie jigs or minnow under a bobber.

Lake Delhi
Crappies should begin spawning soon as water temperature warms. Anglers have been catching bluegills as well.  Bluegill - Fair: Try small ice fishing jigs or a small hook tipped with a wax worm or piece of redworm in and around brush piles and docks.  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 the shoreline.

George Wyth Lake
Crappies are beginning to pick up.  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 temperature warms more quickly than the marsh.

Plainfield
There are reports of bluegill being caught.  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 - Excellent: Drifting crawlers or minnow under a bobber in shallow riffle areas has been real productive on nice catfish in Bremer County. Also try fishing cut baits and dead minnows on the bottom near log jams.  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 shallow riffle areas.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing should improve as water temperature warms.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have had good success on channel catfish using dead cut baits and minnows.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits, crankbaits and plastics for these aggressive fighters.  Walleye - Fair: Jig and minnow have been productive.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon has been producing channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Channel Catfish - Good: Try crawlers, cut baits, etc., on the bottom in both channel and shallow backwaters.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits, crankbaits or jigs with a twister around rock shorelines or woody debris.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Maquoketa River should start to produce catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish as water temperature warms.

Interior river levels continue to fall and are producing good numbers of channel catfish along with some walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Some lakes are beginning to report the onset of the crappie spawn with warming temperatures. Trout stocking season is in full swing with streams remaining in excellent condition. 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 - Fair: Anglers reporting good catches of catfish floating a worm on a bobber in lower Pool 9 above the spillway.  Bluegill - Good: A few people are catching their limits in the slacker water past the tail waters.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing areas with rock and good current, especially near a good back-eddy.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be found feeding on minnows near the shore in the slack water of a back-eddy with some sort of structure (boulders/wood).  Walleye - Fair: Some anglers catching nice walleye near Victory and Black Hawk trolling crankbaits in deep water. The catch has been hit or miss.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent:  A lot of drum being caught just fishing worm on the bottom along main channel and side channel shorelines.  Drum are easy to clean and excellent eating fish especially if eaten fresh.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Fishing remains 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 bass are 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 8.1 feet, Lynxville 15.4 feet, and Guttenberg 7.0 feet.  Water temperature is around 60 degrees.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 9.47 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 WI 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 7.91 feet and is falling.  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 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 11.23 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: Walleye 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 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 8.29 feet. Fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow: Fishing for bluegills in backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber. Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 7.41 feet. The gates are beginning to be put back in the water at the dam. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: There are reports of channel catfish being caught at GPC on dip baits and crawlers.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow. A few fish are being picked up along the Muscatine Riverfront casting jigs and twisters.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught on the wing dams towards the dam. A few fish are also being picked up along the Muscatine Riverfront casting jigs and twisters.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 10.03 feet. The Toolesboro ramp is open. Fishing has slowed down this past week. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being picked up in the backwaters on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber.  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 7.01 feet. River conditions have fallen but the water is still muddy. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers fished along the bottom.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have been fairly steady to falling over the past week. Main channel water temperature is between 58-60 degrees. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
Water temperature in Odessa is around the upper 50s with the recent cold nights.  There is also extra water in Odessa right now so there is a lot of extra flooded timber.  This make the fish scatter as they take advantage of all the new food sources.

Lake Geode
Water temperature is in the upper 50s to low 60s.  Look for the fish to go a little deeper until the weather turns nice again.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught in the late afternoon to evening on stink bait.  Work the shoreline where the wind is blowing in for catfish looking for an easy dead fish meal.  Crappie - Fair: 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
Cold nights have dropped the water temperature to around 60 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish along the riprap and off the points that the wind is blowing into.  Bluegill - Fair: Continue to look for the bluegills around the trees in the shallow water. Crappie - Fair: Look for the crappies to have moved out to the outer edge of the weed beds.  They’ll be back in shallow after the water warms up.

Lake of the Hills
There are still a few of the tagged trout still in the lake. April 30 is the last day 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 were hitting on corn, worms, spinners when to anglers were out there to fish for them.  Don’t forget to look for tagged trout.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several nice Bass have been caught this week.  During the warm afternoons look for them around the stumps.  Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing remains good along the shallow water habitat.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The river is about two feet below bank full right now.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa River at Wapello is about 1 1/2 to 2 feet below bank full.

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

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

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 - Fair: 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: Anglers using fly fishing equipment have been doing well. Otherwise use a small jig or worm along the dam or brush.  Largemouth Bass - Good: It is reported that anglers are catching bass on a large assortment of live and artificial baits. Look for cruising males in the shallows.

Lake Macbride
The water clarity is as clear as it has ever been. A clarity test was done near the beach and showed a clarity of 22 feet. The farther up each arm you go, the less clarity there is. East of the causeway is especially murky.  Crappie - Fair: Fish areas with warmer water with small jigs or minnows under a bobber. Most fish are coming off brush. The clearer the water, the deeper you should fish. Most fish are 10 to 13 inches.  Walleye - Fair: Trolling or casting crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet of water has been producing fish. Try a little shallower in dirtier water and a little deeper in clearer water.

Central Park Lake
The water is very clear now.  Bluegill - Fair: Look in shallow pockets or flats for bluegills getting ready to spawn. Try small jigs or worms.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Sublegal bass are being caught on night crawlers and plastic lizards.  Crappie - Fair: 9-11-inch crappies have been picked up. Try small jigs around brush.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, there is an 18-inch size limit on bass and 40-inch size limit on muskie here. The water is very clear right now.  White Bass - Fair: Try jigs, spinners, or small crankbaits. Watch for schools of fish or in the shallows for spawning fish.  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.  Walleye - Fair: Crankbaits are producing a few fish.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been hitting on crawlers, especially after rain events.  Crappie - Good: Most fish are smaller with an occasional larger one mixed in. Blue or lime jigs seem to work best.

Otter Creek Lake
Not much fishing activity here.  Yellow Bass - Good: Look in shallow coves or flats for schools of yellows. Try small jigs, spinners, or live bait.

Union Grove Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has turned on recently. Stink bait seems to be producing best.  Bluegill - Good: Small jigs are producing bluegill in shallow coves or flats.  Crappie - Good: Fish around rock, docks, or wood with a small jig or minnow under a bobber.

Coralville Reservoir
As of April 28 the lake level is 683 feet and falling. The lake is going to be drawn down to 679 feet and projected to reach this level on May 5. Normal pool is 683 feet. The water looks terrible.

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 28 the outflow is 8,000 cubic feet per second and is predicted to drop gradually until 2,000 CFS is reached. This is predicted to be achieved about May 7.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
Flathead Catfish - Good: Try below the dams with live bait.  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 Station 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.

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.  There are buoys marking areas where cedar trees have been placed for fish habitat.

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 911.96 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.  Be wary of tagged walleyes and if these fish are harvested please call the hatchery with the tag number.  The phone number for the hatchery is 641-647-2406.

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

SOUTHWEST
Don Williams Lake
Crappie - Fair: Water temps are in the upper 50s and the crappie are not spawning yet.  Some good size crappie are being caught near tree falls and stumps, and drifting in the upper half of the lake.  Use small panfish jigs or minnows under a slip bobber.

Rock Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Good catches of channel catfish are being caught along the causeway using night crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass anglers are doing well.  Bass are in shallow spawning.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are not yet shallow for spawning.  Anglers are catching them near deeper structure using crappie jigs.

Big Creek Lake
There is currently a walleye harvest study taking place.  Anglers who catch a walleye should look near the tail of the fish for a small yellow tag.  The tags can be removed from harvested or released fish of LEGAL size and returned with a survey for a cash reward.  The surveys can be picked up at the marina, park office, Polk City Bait and Tackle, or Johnston Bait and Tackle.  There are also signs posted at the boat ramps with instructions.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are moving shallower and are being caught best with pieces of worm near structure in the coves and bays.  Crappie - Fair: The crappie spawn is not happening yet.  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 are guarding nests shallow and anglers are doing well fishing the open pockets in the vegetation.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are not yet shallow for spawning, but are being caught on the rock piles using small crappie jigs or minnows under a slip bobber.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught below the Roberts Creek spillway.

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 with small pieces of night crawler.  Like crappies, more bluegills are being caught fishing close to any wood structure.  Crappie - Fair: The spawn has not 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 Saylorville spillway.  White bass have been off and on below the Red Rock spillway, but anglers are catching some every day.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Anglers fishing for white bass below the Red Rock spillway are catching some 6 to 8 pound wipers.

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 temps are at or near spawning temperatures 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 have not warmed much since last week.  Most water temps are still in the upper 50s to low 60s.  The crappie and bluegill spawn is near for many lakes.  Fishing on the Des Moines River downstream of Saylorville is still slow due to high water conditions.  The Raccoon Rivers’ flows are at 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 - Good: Crappies are spawning and close to shore. Sorting is necessary for 9-inch fish. Cast small jigs around rocky shoreline.

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.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are just moving in to spawn. Cast jigs close to rocky shorelines.

Littlefield Lake
Littlefield has a large watershed and water quality can suffer after rain events. The lake has one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught in upper end of the lake on cut bait.  Crappie - Fair: Littlefield has a good population of 8 to 10-inch crappies. Cast small jigs around rocky shorelines.

Lake Anita
Lake is full and has good water clarity.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 9 inches are being caught with small jigs tipped with Berkley Gulp.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few largemouth bass are being caught around cedar tree piles using plastic baits.  Crappie - Slow: The crappie spawn is close. Fishing will improve when water temperature warms a few more degrees. Fish small jigs around rocky shorelines. 

Prairie Rose Lake
Prairie Rose has two concrete boat ramps and camping facilities.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are close to shore spawning and are readily caught casting small jigs. Fish average 8 inches.

Lake Manawa
Water temperature is in the mid 60s.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies fishing has slowed since last week. A few are still being caught in the canals. 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)
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
Many farm ponds hold good populations of bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish are becoming active and can be caught with small jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught casting small spinner baits around structure.  Crappie - Good: 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 southwest Iowa have water temperature in the mid 60s and good water clarity. The crappie spawn has started in many lakes and ponds. The Middle Raccoon River 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 above 60 degrees.  The lake level is normal and water clarity is good.  Channel Catfish - Good: A lot of catfish are biting at the upper end and bays next to the jetties.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: A lot of largemouth are being caught from the shoreline structure on spinners and crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing is steady with most fish coming from the fish mounds and rock of the dam.

West Lake (Osceola)
Water clarity is good.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of nice sized largemouth bass are biting from the shoreline structure.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Good: Several channel catfish are being caught from the shoreline accesses in stink bait and blood baits.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water clarity is good and temperature is in the upper 40s.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are still out from just off the jetties.

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 catfish are being caught.

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 but the fish are still a little deep.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are still being caught off the steep rocky shoreline areas during the evening.  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: A lot of big 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.  Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegill are starting to bite on crawlers from the coves.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: 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 - Fair: A few 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 water temperature above 65 degrees.  Water clarity is good at most places.  A lot of walleyes are still being caught.  Some crappies are starting to bite as well.

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