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Iowa fishing report 4-30-09

April 30, 2009 at 03:19 PM

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (and Little Storm Lake): Fishing is fairly slow. Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit. All walleye in that range must be released. White bass fishing is good off Starr Park and in rocky areas. Fish wherever it’s calm and use jigs and twisters. Fish are mostly between 10 and 15 inches.
Brushy Creek Lake: Still slow. Brushy Creek has a lot of deep water and will take some time to warm. Anglers are beginning to catch a few bluegill and crappie at the north end of the lake.
Nelson Park Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Yellow Smoke Park Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Crawford Creek Impoundment: Still fairly slow. Shore anglers are beginning to catch a few panfish.
Arrowhead Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn): Anglers have been having good luck catching catfish with blood bait.
Browns Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
North Twin Lake: Still pretty slow. Anglers are beginning to catch some 1 to 2 pound catfish using various baits. Anglers are catching a few large bullheads on shrimp or night crawlers.
Black Hawk Lake: Fishing is still a bit slow. Anglers are catching a few catfish and bullhead. Panfish should pick up with the arrival of warm, stable weather.
For more information about these lakes and rivers, call Lannie Miller at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View, at 712-657-2638.
Crystal Lake: The lake was renovated last fall, and only fish fry have been restocked thus far.
Clear Lake: Water temperature is running in the lower 50s. McIntosh Woods fish cleaning station is open for the season. Yellow bass are slow. Walleyes are being caught fishing at the grade. Crappie fishing has been fair fishing the canals. Channel catfish are biting on dead chubs and crawlers fishing from the jetty.
Lake Cornelia: Bullhead (8 to 9-inch) fishing is excellent using a crawler on the bottom. Walleye fishing has been fair fishing the north end of the lake using a jig and minnow. Walleye fishing has been fair fishing the north end of the lake using a jig and minnow. Bullhead (8 to 9-inch) fishing is excellent using a crawler fished on the bottom.
Beeds Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Lower Pine Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Upper Pine Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Little Wall Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
East Fork Des Moines (state line to Algona): Walleye fishing has been good using a jig and minnow. Channel Catfish are biting on dead chubs and crawlers fished off the bottom.
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt): Walleye fishing has been good using a jig and minnow. Channel Catfish are biting on dead chubs and crawlers fished off the bottom.
Rice Lake: Bullhead (7 to 8-inch) fishing is excellent using a crawler fished on the bottom.
Silver Lake (Worth): Yellow perch fishing has been fair fishing from the jetty.
For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call us at the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at (641) 357-3517.
Center Lake: Bullhead fishing is good off the southwest corner of the lake at the culvert with night crawlers on the bottom.
Big Spirit Lake: Crappies are fair using a small jig or minnow under a slip bobber at Templar Lagoon and the Grade. Smallmouth bass fishing is good using jerk baits or hair jigs at Little and Big Stoney points. Yellow perch are fair on jigging lures tipped with live bait or slip bobber and minnow. Bullheads are good using night crawlers on the bottom at the Grade or Buffalo Run. Bluegills are good using a pink and white ice jig tipped with a wax worm around boat docks in Templar Lagoon.
East Okoboji Lake: Crappies are fair using small jigs tipped with wax worms or minnows at the Trestle and at the fishing pier along Highway 9. Bluegills are good using small jigs tipped with wax worms at the Trestle or at the fishing pier along Highway 9.
Minnewashta Lake: Walleyes are fair at the Sawmill Bridge with a jig and minnow at sunset. White bass are fair on a twister tail or slip bobber and minnow at the Sawmill Bridge. Bluegills are good on ice jigs tipped with live bait around boat docks.
Silver Lake (Dickinson): Walleyes are good using a jig and minnow, twister tail, or crankbaits in the evenings.
West Okoboji Lake: Northern pike fishing is good using white spinner baits in Miller’s Bay along remaining weed beds. Largemouth bass are excellent with jerk baits in North Bay along remaining weed beds. Crappies are fair on small jigs or live minnows under a bobber in the canals between Emerson and Miller’s bays. Bluegills are fair using small ice jigs tipped with wax worms along the docks at Triboji or along docks and downed trees in Turtle Lake.
Upper Gar Lake: Crappies are fair using small jigs along boat docks. Bluegills are good on small jigs along boat docks.
Five Island Lake: Walleyes are fair using a jig and minnow or twister tail after sunset. Use night crawlers on the bottom by the railroad bridge for channel catfish.
Lost Island Lake: Walleyes are fair using a jig and minnow, twister tail, or small crankbaits after sunset.
Lower Gar Lake: Bullheads are good fishing the public shore on the north side and at the outlet with night crawlers on the bottom.
West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg): Walleye Slow. Use jig and minnow or twister tail in current seams. Channel Catfish Good. Use night crawlers or cut bait in holes.
East Fork Des Moines (state line to Algona): Walleye Good. Use a jig and minnow in slack water areas.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove): Walleye Fair. Use a jig and minnow in holes below bridges and riffles.
Tuttle Lake: Walleye Good. Use a jig and minnow or twister tail below the outlet.
Big Sioux River: Channel Catfish Good. Use night crawlers or cut bait in deep holes.
The walleye season opens on May 2, at 12:01 a.m. The walleye limit is 3. All walleyes between 17-22 inches must be returned immediately to the water. Only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.

Kids Corner fishing report this week is Schmerse Pond located in Clay Co., 3.5 miles east of Fostoria on B14. Use a small micro jig or hair jig beneath a small bobber for bluegills and crappies. Cast out from shore and slowly jig the bobber back to you. For more fishing report info call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Mississippi River Pool 12: River stage at Dubuque is 11.56 feet and steady. Water clarity is poor. Water temperature is in the mid 50s. Walleye Slow. A few fish are being caught on the wing dams, but the high, muddy water has really slowed the bite. Freshwater Drum Fair. Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current. The crappie and bluegill bite has been very slow with the high, muddy water.
Mississippi River Pool 14: River stage at Camanche is 13.18 feet and steady. Water temperature is in the mid 50s and water clarity is poor. Walleye Slow. Fishing has been slow with the high, muddy water. Largemouth Bass Fair. A few bass are being caught in backwaters that still have decent water clarity. Crappie Slow. Fishing has been slow with the high, muddy water. Bluegill Slow. Fishing has been slow with the high, muddy water.
Mississippi River Pool 13: River stage at Bellevue is 8.94 feet and falling. Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are in the low 50s. Freshwater Drum Fair. Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current. Largemouth Bass Slow. A few bass are being caught in backwaters that still have decent water clarity. Walleye Slow. Walleye fishing has been slow with the high, muddy water. A few fish are being caught on wing dams. The crappie bite has been slow due to the high, muddy water. Bluegill Slow. The bluegill bite has been slow due to the high, muddy water.
Mississippi River Pool 15: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
For information about fishing Pools 12 - 15 of the Mississippi River, call the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976.
Volga Lake: A few people have been out on the lakes but angling has been slow. This time of year can be good for catching channel catfish. When the wind is blowing hard toward a shallow cove, the catfish will gorge themselves on dead fish that are being pushed into those areas. Largemouth Bass Slow. A few anglers have been out in the evening. Crappie No Report Channel Catfish No Report Bluegill No Report
Lake Hendricks: The recent rains brought some water into the lake but haven’t muddied up the water. Largemouth Bass Good. Anglers have been catching bass using jigs tossed along the shoreline. Crappie Slow. A few of the nicer-sized fish are being caught using Mr. Twisters and fake minnows. Channel Catfish Slow. Try angling for catfish using dead chubs fished on the bottom near wind-blown shores. Bluegill Slow. Anglers have had limited success with small pieces of night crawler fished under a bobber.
Lake Meyer: More anglers are using the lake. Folks have been boating and fishing along the shoreline but primarily at the jetty. Largemouth Bass Good. Nice size bass are being caught on crankbaits and plastics. Crappie Good. Crappies are being caught along the new jetty and around the new habitat. Try using rubber skirted or feathered jigs. Channel Catfish No Report Bluegill Slow A few bluegills are starting to bite.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah): The water level is about a foot high and has crested as of 4/30. Water temperatures are running between 55-60 degrees. Sucker Slow. Walleye Fair. A few walleye are being caught on a jig tipped with a twister tail or minnow. Smallmouth Bass Fair. Angling between old airport bridge and city prairie has been good. Try using natural colored jigs and fish in the evening when insects are hatching.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah): The water level is about 1.5 feet high near Dorchester and has crested as of 4/30. Water temperatures are running between 55-60 degrees. Sucker Fair Anglers continue reporting catching suckers using a hook and a worm. Walleye Good Jigs tipped with a minnow have been the preferred bait. Smallmouth Bass Slow
Yellow River: Angling for trout has been good in the deeper holes and around log jams. Rainbow Trout Good Try using a wooly bugger. Brown Trout Good.
Cedar River (above Nashua): After the recent rains, the river has been running a little high and turbid. Fishing in general has been slow. A few anglers have been out with limited success. Walleye Slow. Anglers report spotty catches of walleye occurring. Smallmouth Bass No Report Northern Pike No Report Channel Catfish Slow. Anglers should try using dead chubs, cut baits or minnows. Try going early evening for those 3 to 3.5 pounders.
Turkey River (above Clermont): We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Turkey River (below Clermont): Water temperatures are running between 55-60 F. Trout fishing is fair from Elkader upstream. Walleye Slow. Rainbow Trout Fair. Try using a 1/32 ounce jig tipped with a twister tail.
Mississippi River Pool 9: Smallmouth Bass Good Northern Pike Good Largemouth Bass Good Some bass are being caught in the Minnesota Slough area by New Albin Freshwater Drum Fair Anglers are using night crawlers on the bottom.
Decorah District Streams: As of 4/30, the hatchery folks are reporting fishable stream conditions. Water clarity from stream to stream after the rains will differ depending upon watershed size, amount of work done in the fields in the watershed, amount of rainfall in the area, etc. As the water clears, it is even more important to not cast a shadow over the hole in which you are fishing. Trout in general are spooked very easily.
Rainbow Trout Good Use more natural looking jigs and spinners with clearer water. Brown Trout Good Try casting upstream and let your lure float down along rocks or bank-hides to the bottom end of the riffle. Try using beaded black nymphs for those wylie browns.
Cool weather and showers have kept water temperatures below 60 degrees. Many of our rivers are a little turbid after coming up a foot or two. The good news is that the rivers have crested and should start to clear up. A few of our trout streams in the area ran muddy on 4/27-28. As of 4/30, all of our trout streams should be fishable.
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Mississippi River Pool 10: Fishing has begun to get much better in the Harpers Ferry area. Northern Pike Good. Some nice northerns reported from bass anglers using crankbaits and jigs Sauger No Report. Smallmouth Bass Excellent. A lot of fish caught on crankbaits and jigs along the main channel below the dam. Walleye Slow. A few fish caught trolling crankbaits in sloughs. Largemouth Bass Good. Crankbaits are working well. Bullhead Good. Some nice catches below the spillway fishing a worm of the bottom. Freshwater Drum Good. Anglers are catching drum on the bottom using night crawlers.
Mississippi River Pool 11: Tailwaters. A lot of white bass being caught on small spinners and jigs on the Wisconsin side of the dam. Many small fish but some nice sized. Smallmouth Bass Excellent. Fishing near the dam and in the spillway. Walleye bite has shut down with only a few small fish being caught. A few small sauger are still being caught. Catching small bluegills near boat ramp on bobbers and worms. Freshwater Drum Good. Anglers are using a simple hook baited with a night crawler and an egg sinker for weight.
River gauges: Lansing 8.6 feet Lynxville 16.9 feet Guttenberg 8.1 feet. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 51 degrees. The water levels in pools 9-11 are steadily falling. Water has returned within the banks. Gates are back in operation at Guttenberg. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.
Maquoketa River (above Monticello): The walleye spawn has ended but anglers are still catching a few walleyes throughout the river. Crappies should be picking up on Lake Delhi as water temperatures warm. Anglers are still catching walleyes using jigs with plastics tipped with a minnow or crawler. Try fishing current breaks or drop off areas.
Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills): Channel catfish and smallmouth bass have been biting well on the Wapsipinicon River along with a few walleyes. Anglers have reported good catches of smallmouth bass using jigs tipped with a minnow or crawler. Concentrate fishing near current breaks or eddies and rocky shorelines. Walleye fishing has slowed some but catches are still being reported. Anglers have been successful taking channel catfish in shallow back water areas using cut baits fished on the bottom.
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City): Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has remained steady in the Cedar River. Fishing has slowed some with the recent cool temperatures and rain showers. Numerous smallmouth are being caught by anglers fishing for walleyes. Concentrate on the same areas and tackle for smallmouth bass as well. Anglers are still catching walleyes using jigs and plastics tipped with a minnow or crawler. The spawn has pretty well ended so fish have dispersed throughout the river. Try fishing current breaks or drop-offs as well as rocky shorelines or those lined with rip-rap. Occasional catches of northern pike are being reported on the Cedar.
Martens Lake: Crappie fishing has slowed over the last few weeks but anglers are still catching a few. Most anglers fish the canal area of Martens Lake where water temperatures warm faster than the main lake. Try fishing a minnow under a slip bobber or casting small tube jigs.
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake): Anglers are catching bluegills and largemouth bass from shore and boats. Bluegills are primarily being caught around sunken habitat within the lake using small tackle tipped with a wax worm or piece of crawler. Try casting the shoreline using rubber worms or casting crankbaits during early morning or evening hours for largemouth bass.
Big Woods Lake: Anglers are beginning to catch crappies but fish remain suspended in deeper water as water temperature is in the middle to low 50s. Crappies are fair. Concentrate fishing deeper water using a minnow under a slip bobber in or around structure. Trees along the east shoreline do provide some deeper water structure.
George Wyth Lake: There have been reports of anglers catching bluegills in George Wyth Lake. Try fishing around sunken trees along the shoreline using small tackle tipped with a wax worm or piece of crawler.
South Prairie Lake: A few largemouth bass are being caught casting rubber worms or crankbaits along the shore line.
Lake fishing still remains slow as air temperatures and recent showers have kept water temperatures cool. Crappies will begin to spawn in area lakes and river backwaters as water temperatures increase through the month of May. River levels are currently holding steady or falling from recent heavy rains. Check your local USGS river gauges in your area for current river levels. Contact Manchester Field Office at 563-927-3276 for more information.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Darling: The lake is drained.
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock): The river is forecasted to be above flood stage at Sigourney on Thursday and the fall back below its banks fairly quickly. Expect this surge to continue down the river.
Poll Miller Park Lake: The water temperature is in the low 60s. Anglers are catching some nice crappies around the trees in the lake using minnows.
Lake Odessa: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Geode Lake: Look for the largemouth bass to be in the shallow bays where the bluegills and warmer water temps will be.
Belva Deer Lake: Oh, for a little sunshine. The road crews are working on the main road into the campground side of the park, the final goal will be to have a paved road into the park. Largemouth Bass Fair. With the recent rains look to the upper end of the lake where the marsh dumps into the lake through the tubes to locate some nice fish. Anglers are starting to pick up some bluegills. Look to the bays on the north side of the lake where the sun can warm the water.
Lake fishing has still remained slow as air temperatures and recent showers have kept water temperatures cool. Crappies will be the next in line to spawn in area lakes and river backwaters as water temperatures increase throughout the end of April and into May. Crappies generally spawn when water temperatures are between 56 and 64 degrees.
Lake Darling District Farm Ponds: Water is warming up, and the fishing is turning on. Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds. Largemouth Bass Good. Crappie Good.
Cedar River (Moscow to Columbus Junction): The river at Conesville is expected to be reach flood stage by Saturday and return to its banks by Monday without further rain.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River): The Iowa and Columbus Junction is forecasted to reach flood stage late Saturday as the Cedar adds it flood stage waters to the Iowa.
For more information on the above lakes call us at the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.
Mississippi River Pool 16: River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 11.52 feet and rising. A few largemouth bass are being caught in Sunset Marina on crankbaits and spinner baits. A few saugers are being caught on jigs and minnows in Sylvan Slough. A few walleyes are being caught in Sylvan Slough on jigs and minnows. A few white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough on in-line spinners or casting jigs and twisters. Crappies are being caught in the Andalusia Island backwater complex on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber. Larger crappies are being caught in deeper water off brush piles while smaller fish are being caught up shallow. Crappies are also being caught in Sunset Marina fishing minnows under bobbers around the public docks. Bluegill Slow. A few channel catfish are being picked up around Sunset Marina on night crawlers and shad.
Mississippi River Pool 17: River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 10.46 feet and rising. The gates are out of the water at the dam. Crappie Slow Sauger Slow Walleye Slow Channel Catfish Slow Bluegill Slow
Mississippi River Pool 18: River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 12.33 feet and rising. With current river stage predictions, the Toolesboro landing could be underwater by this weekend. Crappies are being picked up in the backwaters around brush piles and stump fields on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under bobbers. Sauger Slow. Walleye Slow. Channel catfish are being caught on liver and night crawlers. Bluegills are being caught on pieces of worm and wax worms floating under a bobber in the backwaters.
Mississippi River Pool 19: River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 6.45 feet. Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters on minnows.  Sauger Slow. Walleye Slow. Some channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers and chicken livers. Bluegill Slow.
Mississippi River Pools 16-20: With recent heavy rains river levels are on the rise. Main channel water temperature is around 58 degrees. Take caution of floating debris when boating on the river. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
Lake Macbride: Water temperature ranges from 56-58 degrees in most of the lake. The water has a brownish stain to it. Some more crappies are being caught now. Most catches have come off brush in 8-12 feet of water. Some anglers trolling crankbaits for walleyes and wipers have even picked up a few.
Hannen Lake: The park road is closed right now due to road construction. Contractors are hoping to have it open before Mothers Day weekend.
Iowa Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Kent Park Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Lake of the Hills: The numbers of people fishing is picking up as the weather improves. Crappies are hitting on worms in the shallows. Find largemouth bass by slow-rolling spinner baits near cover in the shallow coves. Rainbow trout catches have been intermittent. Catfishing has been slow. Bluegills are hitting on worms in the shallows.
For more information on the lakes listed above, call the staff at the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.
Lake Wapello: The lake was completely drained during the summer of 2008. Repairs have been made and the gate is now shut so the lake can start re-filling. Now would be a good opportunity to check out the new habitat that has been added while the lake was drained.
Red Haw Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake): We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Otter Creek Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Union Grove Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Pleasant Creek Lake: Water temperature is in the low 50s and water clarity is extremely good. Crappie Fair. Fish around brush piles and stumps in 6-8 feet of water. You can usually see the fish and cast to them. Try small jigs or minnows under a bobber.
Diamond Lake: Many smaller crappies (6-9 inches) are moving shallower and hanging around shallow brush. Fish for them with small jigs. Remember, minnows are not allowed here. Some bonus walleyes are also being caught. Live bait has produced best for these. Bluegills are being caught around shallow brush on worms or small jigs.
Lake fishing has picked up a bit with water temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. However, most river conditions are high and unfishable. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Lake Sugema: Crappie Fair. Use small jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worm. Try different locations until you find active fish. Walleye Slow. Use jigs tipped with a minnow along the rocky shorelines. Bluegill Fair. Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler. Try a variety of depths.
Lake Keomah: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Lake Miami: Largemouth bass have been hitting on soft plastics and spinner baits. Crappie Fair. Use small jigs in different colors to see which one works the best. The area with the best action so far has been along the dam and areas of the shoreline. Channel catfish have been biting on dead minnows or night crawlers. Bluegill Fair. Use small jigs fished along the dam and shoreline.
Rathbun District Farm Ponds: Catches of crappie and largemouth bass have been reported. Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds. Largemouth Bass Good Crappie Good
Rathbun Reservoir: Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the lower 50s. Due to rains over the weekend the lake level has risen and is currently at 908.1 which is four feet above regular pool. Some boat ramps are being repaired so they will be closed. Currently work is being done at the Buck Creek marina ramp, Dedication site high water ramp and Bridgeview. Bridgeview boat ramp is due to re-open on Friday, May 1. Currently County Road J5T is closed going across the dam. Follow detour signs. Crappie Slow Some crappies are being caught using small jigs fished around areas with structure in 10-12 feet of water. Channel Catfish Fair Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish back in the coves and bays.
For any further southeast Iowa fishing reports call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST

Don Williams Lake: Crappies are starting to bite. They are being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water, but should be moving shallower with the warming water.
Beaver Lake: No fishing information reported for this location.
Lake Ahquabi: Crappie fishing is still slow with only a few crappie being caught on small tube jigs. The water is warming quickly, so the fishing should start to pick up. Bluegill fishing is slow with only a few being caught on small tube jigs. The one that are caught are good sized. Quickly warming water should improve fishing.
Hickory Grove Lake: Boat anglers are doing well on crappies using small plastics or minnows under a bobber. The fish are suspended on brush and pallet piles and on drop-offs. They are being caught above and below the tubes.
Roberts Creek Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Rock Creek Lake: Crappie fishing has not picked up yet, but with the warmer weather they should be starting soon. Some catfish are being caught using shrimp, cut bait, or night crawlers.
Easter Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Big Creek Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock): Below Red Rock spillway. The white bass are biting below the Saylorville spillway using jigs or small spinners. Some good sized crappies up to 14 inches have been caught on the north side.
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake): We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Red Rock Reservoir: Crappie fishing is slow with a few fish being caught in 3 foot of water or less. The fish being caught are good sized from 10 to 12 inches.
Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park): Shore anglers are doing well on crappies on the north and east side of the lake using small hair or tube jigs, or minnows under a bobber. Shore anglers are catching decent numbers of bluegills on the north and east sides of the lake using small jigs or small pieces of wigglers under a bobber.
Boone District Farm Ponds: Farm ponds warmed quickly late last week and the crappie and bluegill bite has been very good. Farm ponds containing crappies have been producing good catches using small tube jigs or minnows under a bobber. Bluegills are being caught by simply using a small piece of crawler under a bobber.
In general fishing has slowed this week due to recent heavy rains that have swollen the rivers and stained many lakes.
Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.
Prairie Rose Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Lake Manawa: Lake Manawa is full after recent rains and no water is being added from Mosquito Creek. Anglers are having some success catching crappies and walleyes. Lake Manawa anglers are drifting for walleyes using night-crawlers on the west and south side of the lake. Shore anglers are catching a few walleyes throwing twister tails. Crappies are being caught in the canals on minnows fished under a bobber. Some fish are also being caught on white twister tails or tub jigs. Some of the crappies being caught are running in the 10-inch range.
Greenfield Lake: Crappie fishing has been fair along the dam on minnows or jigs. The fishing slowed following heavy rain last weekend, but will improve with dryer weather. Anglers have been catching crappies along the dam using minnows or jigs. Warmer/dry weather should improve the crappie fishing at Greenfield Lake.
Lake Anita: The recent heavy rains has slowed the crappie fishing in the upper end of the lake near the main boat ramp and pontoon area. It will take dry and warm weather to move the crappies back in.
Recent heavy rains have affected fishing in a number of lakes in Southwest Iowa. Conditions will improve with time. Water temperature is approaching the 60s. Contact Bryan Hayes at the southwest district office for further information. 712-769-2587
Lake Icaria: The lake water level is above normal and water temperature is around 60 degrees. Some fish are moving onto shallow rocky areas of the dam and fish mounds. Water clarity at the dam is good but the upper end is murky. Anglers are starting to see more active walleyes on rocky areas in 6 to 10 feet of water. Jigs with minnows fished on the bottom have been the most successful. A few crappies are showing up in 6 to 8 feet of water. Some males are starting to color up preparing to spawn. Several channel catfish have been caught from the upper end and bays on stink bait. Several nice sized bullheads have been caught on the bottom using crawlers most anywhere in the lake.
Binder Lake: The lake level is normal and the water clarity is good at the dam. A little vegetation is starting near shore. Several largemouth bass from 10 to 14 inches can be caught from the dam in the evening. A nice crappie can be picked up off the dam during the evening hours using jigs or small spinners but the mid sized bass are very aggressive.
West Lake (Osceola): Water clarity is good and the lake level is near normal. The water at the upper end is a little murky. Several largemouth bass from 12 to 20 inches have been caught near shore in 3 to 6 feet of water. Spinners and crankbaits have shown the most success.
Green Valley Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Nine Eagles Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Little River Watershed Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Lake of Three Fires: Water clarity at the dam is good. Water temperature is in the 60s. A few anglers have been out with some success catching crappies. The males are starting to color up and work a little closer to shore during the evenings.
Badger Creek Lake: Water clarity at the dam is good. A few real nice largemouth bass have been caught near shore or from the shallow flooded trees.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake: Water temperature is around 60 degrees and clarity is very good at the dam. Angler use is starting to pick up. The lake water level is up slightly. Walleyes are 15 to 20 feet deep during the day. Jigs or a jig and minnow just off the bottom has shown the best success. Walleyes move a little shallower around dark and are taking crawlers or leeches. The upper end of the lake and the coves have produced several channel catfish using stink baits.
Three Mile Lake: Water clarity is good at the dam with the upper end cloudy. Water temperature is in the middle 60s. Several anglers are using the lake with all species showing some success. Walleyes have been caught deeper during the day and shallow over rock areas near dark. Jigs with a minnow or crawler have shown the best success. Several real nice largemouth bass have been caught from the cover near shore. Spinners or diving baits have been very successful. Some crappies are starting. The fish are still deep but have moved into 8 feet of water near flooded trees during the late afternoon. Some larger channel catfish have been caught at the upper end on stink bait.
Mt. Ayr District Farm Ponds: Water is warming up and the fishing is turning on. Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds.  Largemouth Bass Good. Crappie Good.
Water temperature has warmed considerably over the past week. Most lakes and ponds should have water temperature in the middle 60s. Water clarity at most lakes is good but some locally heavy rains may have affected the upper ends of some lakes. For more information, contact the Mt. Ayr Fisheries Station at 641-464-3108.
Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line): No information received on how the fishing has been in this segment. If you are catching fish in this segment of the river, please call Royce Bowman or Van Sterner at 712-433-4706 and let us know if the bite is on.
Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs): Some debris continues to flow out of the Little Sioux after last weekends rain event but water levels are fair. Freshwater drum are biting on night crawlers with a weight on the bottom. Fish the pools just above wing dikes or on the sand to catch drum. Channel Catfish Excellent. The action is fast right now on night crawlers weighted on the bottom. Larger cats can be caught using large hooks baited with cut bait like shad, chubs or dead minnows.
Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux): River conditions are fair right now but you may encounter some floating debris left over from the rain event last weekend. Freshwater drum are biting on night crawlers with a weight on the bottom. The pools just above wing dikes are great areas to catch drum. Channel Catfish Excellent The action is fast with night crawlers and a weight on the bottom. Lots of smaller fish biting on the sand between wing dikes. To catch bigger cats use large hooks and large pieces of cut bait like shad, chubs or dead minnows. Shovelnose sturgeon are biting fair on a night crawler weighted on the bottom. Thousands of sturgeon have been tagged by fisheries crews working on the Missouri River. If you catch a tagged sturgeon please call the toll free number listed on the tag and report it. Anglers need to be able to identify the endangered pallid sturgeon and release them immediately if caught. For sturgeon ID go to: http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/iafish/sturgeon.html or call DNR Fisheries in Onawa at 712-433-4706

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