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Iowa fishing report 5-13-10

May 13, 2010 at 02:43 PM

NORTHWEST
Crawford Creek Impoundment
Anglers are still catching bluegill and crappie at Crawford Creek, but it has slowed down some since last week.  Most of the fish are being caught on the face of the dam and in front of the campground area.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching good numbers of hand-sized fish.  Try using small jigs with a wax worm.  Crappie - Fair: Some nice sized black crappie are being caught with small jigs.  Also, try using crappie minnows.

Badger Lake
Panfish and largemouth bass are being caught at Badger Lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have moved in near shore and are being caught on small jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fishing for bass has been good using plastics.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have moved in near shore and are averaging 9 to 10 inches.

Brushy Creek Lake
All boat docks have been put in place at Brushy Creek.  Fishing at Brushy Creek has been picking up despite the cooler weather.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill have moved in around the trees.  Try using very small black jigs and wax worms.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have moved into the shallows.  Try casting plastics for bass.  Crappie - Good: Crappie have moved in around the trees.  Try using small minnows on a bare hook.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleye are being caught on live bait during the late afternoon and evening hours.

Bacon Creek Lake
1,600 rainbow trout were stocked on April 17th.  Anglers need a trout stamp in addition to their regular fishing license to fish for or keep trout.  Trout fishing may pick up in this cooler weather.  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)
A lot of legal walleye were caught last weekend.  Water temperatures were climbing steadily at Storm Lake until the cool weather set in.  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.  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.  Anglers have also had good luck drifting in about 10 feet of water and jigging for walleye.  Bottom bouncers also work well for drifting or a very slow troll.

North Twin Lake
Yellow bass and walleye were being caught last weekend at a fairly steady pace.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers report good walleye fishing at North Twin.  Twisters, crankbaits, jigs, and chubs under bobbers are catching fish.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellow bass fishing is fast action right now, but the yellow bass are about 7 to 8 inches.

Swan Lake
Crappies are biting at Swan Lake around shore and from the fishing jetties.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappie between 7 and 8 inches are being caught as fast as you can reel them in.  This is a great place to take kids fishing.  Try fishing from shore between the fish house and the outlet.  Use a small jig baited with a wax worm or a Berkley crappie niblet under a bobber set 1 to 2 feet down.

Black Hawk Lake
Walleye fishing is starting to pick up at Black Hawk Lake.  Bring a lot of bait and expect to catch a dozen or so short fish for every keeper.  Walleye must be 15 inches or longer to keep and anglers are allowed 3 walleye per day.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some people are catching their limit of channel catfish (8 per day).  When the wind is blowing hard look for areas where there is a strong current near shore and cast your bait into the current and let it sit on the bottom.  Gizzard shad guts work the best, but cut bait and stink bait work too.  Walleye - Fair: A lot of shorts and a fair number of keepers are being caught.  Fish ice house point with a leech under a slip bobber set just off the bottom.  From a boat, fish just off of Lakewood Point and use minnows, leeches, or green twisters.

Snyder Bend Lake
The road to Snyder Bend Lake is scheduled to open Friday, May 14th at 8:00 AM.

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 temperatures have dropped some due to the cool weather, but this weekend should be good for fishing as the weather is supposed to warm up.  Storm Lake is still the hotspot for walleye in the Black Hawk District.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Ben Wallace or Don Herrig (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Beeds Lake
Bluegills are biting on a piece of worm fished under a bobber.

Clear Lake
Water temperatures have cooled back down into the lower 50s. Yellow bass fishing should pick up as temperatures rise. Try fishing around the island in the early morning with small jigs.

For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call us at the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at (641) 357-3517.

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

Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead - Good: Use night-crawlers at the Grade under the road at the fish Barrier.  Northern Pike - Fair: Drift a sucker or large minnow below a bobber in Angler’s Bay.  White Bass - Good: Use a white hair jig tipped with a minnow or shiner at sunset.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm below a bobber at Buffalo Run, Templar Lagoon, and in Anglers Bay.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish rock bars with jerk baits or jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish around boat docks or bull rush beds in Angler’s Bay with soft plastics.  Crappie - Fair: Use a small jig or minnow and hook below a bobber at Templar Lagoon and Buffalo Run.  Walleye - Good: Many fish in the 13-16 inch are being caught trolling crankbaits or drifting with worms or leeches.  Fish from shore after sunset with a jig and minnow or lighted slip bobber.

Center Lake
Bullhead - Fair: Use worms fished on the bottom on the south shore.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use large minnows or cut bait fish on the bottom.  White Bass - Fair: Use a white jig and minnow at the bridges.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use small hair jigs or a minnow below a bobber on the north shore at the spillway.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crank baits along rock bars or fish at sunset with a jig and minnow or lighted slip bobber with a minnow or leech.  Yellow Bass - Good: Use small white jigs near the bridges in the evenings.

Minnewashta Lake
White Bass - Good: Use a white hair jig tipped with a minnow or shiner at sunset.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along boat docks.  Walleye - Good: Use a white hair jig tipped with a minnow or shiner at sunset.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Use a small jig along boat docks.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Fair: Fish at sunset with a jig and minnow.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig and minnow or troll crank baits at sunset.

West Okoboji Lake
If you are looking for a place to take kids fishing go to Triboji (Lazy Lagoon) on the northwest end of North Bay.  Plenty of parking is available with good shoreline for casting along the boat docks.  There are many different sizes of bluegills with plenty of action.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm along boat docks in the canals.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics pitched near boat docks or other cover in the canals.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish are being caught while bluegill fish with small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm.  Walleye - Fair: Use a lighted slip bobber with leeches over rock bars after sunset.

Ingham Lake
Bullhead - Good: Fish below the dam with worms.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or cut bait at the bridge.  Crappie - Good: Fish around boat docks or other shoreline structure with a bobber and minnow.  Walleye - Good: Troll crank baits or drift with live bait.  Fish from shore at sunset with a jig and minnow.

Lost Island Lake
Bullhead - Fair: Use worms fished on the bottom in the little lake bay.  Walleye - Good: Troll crank baits or fish from shore at sunset with a jig and minnow.

Trumbull Lake
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom.  Crappie - Good: Use a small jig or minnow below a bobber.

Upper Gar Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along boat docks.

High Lake
Bullhead - Good: Fish with worms on the bottom.

West Swan Lake S.W.M.A.
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom.  Some fish are also being caught below the spillway.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom.  Walleye - Fair: Troll with crank baits or drift using live bait.  Fish are also being caught from shore at sunset with a jig and minnow.

East Hottes
Bluegill - Good: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm along shoreline structure.

Hale Slough
Bluegill - Good: Use small hair jigs tipped with live bait below a bobber.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish current edges in deep holes or above brush piles with worms, stink bait, or cut bait.  Some channel cats are also being caught at the Klondike dam.  Walleye - Fair: use a jig head tipped with a worm or minnow below the Klondike dam in the mornings.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use worm, cut bait, or stink bait in eddies or above brush piles.  Walleye - Good: Use a jig tipped with a worm or minnow along current edges and eddies.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait or worms fished above brush piles or deep holes.  Walleye - Fair: Use twister tails or a jig tipped with live bait along current edges of holes.

Recent cool weather has slowed fishing but should pick up with warmer weather.  Musky season opens on May 21st.  Walleye season is now open on Big Spirit, East and West Okoboji Lakes.  All walleye between 17-22 inches must be released.  There is a 3 fish limit of which only one over 22 inches may be kept.  For more fishing information in the Spirit Lake area call 1-(712)-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Take notice of the new structure in the lake as fish will start to be found close by.  With water temps dropping this last week the crappies have moved out of the rocks and back to deeper water as well as bass.  Bluegill - Slow: The cold front that moved through the region slowed the bite down.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: The cold front that moved through the region slowed the bite down.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie activity should pick up as temperatures stabilize.  Crappies are biting on 32oz 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 - Slow: Try using a small jig tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass fishing has slowed.  Try plastics with a slow retrieve.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has leveled off.

Lake Meyer
The action on Lake Meyer remains slow.  Northern Pike - No Report:  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught using small dark colored jigs and 32 oz. heads.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers are having the best luck on bass working the shorelines with artificial lures.  Crappie - Slow: Anglers are still catching a few crappies in the 7-10.5-inch range with small crappie jigs that are minnow colored.  Yellow Perch - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water quality is running muddy with recent rains.  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 fair with the river rising slightly with recent rains.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm fished off the bottom for continued success.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth Bass have slowed with the dropping water temps.  Walleye - Slow: Walleyes have slowed with dropping water temps.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water temps have dropped with recent rains and cold weather.  The river is running muddy and high after recent showers.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Few fish are being caught.  Walleye - Fair: With recent rains the walleyes have stopped biting.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Cedar River has turned muddy with recent rains and water temps have dropped with this last cold front.  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 are running muddy after the 3-inch of rain received over night which will keep the streams dirty for a few days.  South Bear remains cloudy but very fishable because of its great watershed.  May’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. 

River and lake temperatures have fallen with recent rains and cold fronts coming through.  Area streams are in fair condition.  Streams like South Bear with excellent watersheds are still fishable and clean up sooner.  For more information about a specific stream, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Water temperature at Silver Lake has dropped several degrees in the last week as a result most of the fish have moved back out of the shallow water.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass had been cruising the shallows before the rain and cool temperatures.  The should return soon as the water begins to warm.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish should be getting active soon and a few are being caught. Try using crawlers or minnows fished on the bottom.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill were being caught on red worms and pieces of crawlers under bobbers. Try fishing off the jetties as the water begins to warm.  Crappie - Fair: Try using minnows or wax worms around brush piles or stake beds.

Alice Wyth Lake


Big Woods Lake
Some small crappies being caught.  Crappie - Fair: Try using small jigs tipped with a wax worm or small minnow under a slip bobber.

Brinker Lake
Crappies have moved out of the shallows due to the drop in water temperature.  Try fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water along the first depth break.  As the water warms move back into the shallows.  Crappie - Fair: Try drifting minnows or wax worms on small jigs out from shore to find the crappies.  Walleye - Fair: Few smaller walleye being caught while fishing for crappie.

George Wyth Lake
Catches of bluegill and a few smaller crappie were being reported before the rain.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing red worms or a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.  Crappie - Fair: Try using minnows or wax worms on small jigs.

South Prairie Lake
Bluegill - Slow:

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:

Sweet Marsh Reservoir
Smaller bass and bluegill were reported before cool temperatures and rain.  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Fishing has been very slow with only a few small walleye and channel catfish being caught before the water started to rise.  Use extreme caution when fishing the Cedar River as flows and water levels will remain high for several days.  Northern Pike - Slow:  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Smallmouth Bass - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Northern Pike - No Report:  Smallmouth Bass - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Water levels are on the rise and water clarity will be an issue for some time.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Lake Delhi
Crappies should begin spawning soon as water temperatures warm on the lake. Anglers have been catching bluegills on the lake as well.  Bluegill - Good: 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.

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

Interior river levels are on the rise after several days of rain. Prior to the rain fishing had slowed due to cool temperatures with only a few channel catfish and smaller walleye being caught. Some lakes were seeing crappies begin to move toward the shallows but a significant drop in water temperature has pushed the fish back out to deeper water. Trout stocking will take place again as the water level begins to drop.  For more information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276


MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 8.5 feet.  Water clarity is still quite good, but expect the water to turn somewhat cloudy as heavy deluged local streams.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish beginning to bite on stink bait near woody debris and rocky areas.  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.  Some nice fish being reported at the entrance of Big Slough.  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: A few walleyes caught on wing dams and in Minnesota slough.  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
Water level at Lynxville is 15.0 and holding steady.  Water clarity is quite good yet but recent heavy rains may cloud water conditions.  Water temp has dropped to 53 degrees.  White Bass - Good: White bass are starting to run behind wing dams.  Look for feeding schools and cast spinners or jigs into the fray.  Bluegill - Good: Some nice bluegills being caught along main channel shorelines below the lock and dam.  Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth hitting well along rocky areas with current.  Some very large fish up to four pounds were reported this week.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth being caught along woody debris and emerging vegetation beds.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice sized perch are being caught in the tail water areas.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes being caught trolling below the dam and they are also being caught in the major slough areas such as Harpers Slough 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
Water levels are rising slightly and are at 7.0 feet.  Water clarity is beginning to be stained from recent heavy rains.  Avoid fishing downstream of the Turkey River mouth as the Turkey River is running very dirty after rains.    Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallmouth being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth being caught along shorelines with woody debris.  Bass are bunching up in the pocket and in the emergency spillway.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice Yellow perch being caught on worms.  Walleye - Good: A few walleyes being caught trolling on wing dams.  Some large fish were reported this week although not always a lot of numbers.  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.

Water temp has dropped and is now only around 53 degrees in most locations. 

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 7.82ft and rising.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow: Fishing for bluegills in backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Walleyes are starting to be picked up on the wing dams on jigs/minnows or by pulling three-way rigs with a floating crankbait.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 6.40 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow: A few fish are being picked up at GPC casting jigs and twisters.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber on redworms floating under a bobber.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in Big Timber has been slow.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow. Walleye fishing at GPC has been slow as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 9.01 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 7.26 feet and rising. River stage for Lock and Dam 18 is forecasted to reach 11.6 feet by the weekend. Flood stage is 10 feet.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: Due to recent rains, river levels are on the rise. River stages are predicted to rise 3-4 feet by the weekend. Main channel water temperature has fallen to 56 degrees. Water clarity has been poor. 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 Geode
Angler numbers are down this week. Fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Fair: A few small bluegills are being caught.

Lake Belva Deer
Angler numbers are down because of the inclement weather.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are still catching some nice crappies.  The fish seem to be a little timid right now with most of the being caught on minnows fished slowly.

Pollmiller Park Lake
The fishing last week was pretty good with a few people catching some big crappies in the 14-17 inch range.  Bluegill - Good: Use light tackle.  The worm and bobber seem to be the best combination.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: the bass are being caught on a variety of lures.  A bobber and night crawler has also been productive.  Crappie - Good: Small tube jigs have been working the best.

Lake of the Hills
The tagged trout promotion has ended.  But there is still plenty of trout being caught.  Rainbow Trout - Fair: Trout are still being caught in fairly good numbers.  Try out at a depth of about four feet.  I would target the areas around where Lambach and Railroad lakes enter into the Lake.  Bluegill - Fair: The fishing remains fairly steady.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are starting to move in shallow.

Lambach Lake
Crappie - Good: This small lake in West Lake Park is still producing some nice catches of crappies.

Railroad Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try along the old creek channel for bass using jigs and spinner baits.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The Skunk is at Moderate Flood Stage.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa is forecasted to be at the Moderate Flood stage some time late Friday.

For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.

Hannen Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Size makes up for numbers here. Fish shallow brush with small jigs or worms.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Numbers make up for size here. Bass are hitting on a variety of artificial and live baits in the shallows.

Iowa Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Try around brush or overhanging limbs with a worm or small jig.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinner baits or plastics around shallow wood or on the flats.  Crappie - Fair: Fish around shallow rock and brush with small jigs or minnows. Most fish are 9-10inches.

Kent Park Lake
Things have slowed after the cooler weather.  Bluegill - Fair:  Use a small jig or worm along the dam or brush.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow with plastics or live bait.

Lake Macbride
The water is finally starting to get some color, although it is still quite clear.  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 10-13inches.  Walleye - Fair: Trolling or casting crankbaits, as well as trolling live bait rigs have been producing fish. 10-15 feet has been the average depth. Try a little shallower in dirtier water and a little deeper in clearer water.

Central Park Lake
Bluegill - Good: Look in shallow pockets or flats for bluegills getting ready to spawn. Try small jigs or worms.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Sublegal bass are being caught on night crawlers and plastic lizards.  Crappie - Fair: 9-11 inches have been picked up. Try small jigs or minnows. The north end of the lake has been good.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, there is an 18-inch size limit on bass and 40-inch size limit on Musky here. The water here is very clear right now.  White Bass - Good: Fish are being caught on white jigs or jig/minnow. Look for fish chasing shad along the banks and dam.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crawlers and soft plastics along the dam and jetties are producing some bass.  Walleye - Fair: Leeches under slip bobbers are working. Fish areas with wind blowing in to them.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been hitting on cut-bait, shrimp, and crawlers, especially after rain events.  Bluegill - Fair: Shallower brush and jetty areas are holding fish. Use small jigs or waxies.  Crappie - Good: Most fish are smaller with an occasional larger one mixed in. Most jigs are working. The fish are moving shallow now.

Otter Creek Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills should be shallow spawning. Try a small jig or waxie.  Crappie - Fair: Some smaller crappies are being caught around shallow brush or rock.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Look in shallow coves or flats for schools of yellows. Try small jigs, spinners, or live bait.

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

Coralville Reservoir
As of May 13, the lake level is 681 feet and rising. Right now it is projected to reach 690 feet by next weekend.

Maquoketa (Hopkinton to Canton)
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some nice sized smallmouth are being caught. The Monticello area has been reported as a good stretch.

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

Lake Wapello
The lake has refilled after last year’s fish population renovation.  Red ear and channel catfish were stocked last fall along with some largemouth bass and bluegill.

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

Lake Keomah
Try using small jigs around shoreline structures and jetties.  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.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits fished along the shoreline and around areas with submerged structures.  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
The lake is now full from last year’s drawdown.  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.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits or crankbaits around rocky shorelines or submerged structure.  Use plastic worms around areas with trees and other woody vegetation.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 912.36 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the upper 50s.  Crappie - Fair: Fish around submerged structure in 8-10 feet of water with small jigs and minnows.  Some fish are up shallow starting to spawn.  Walleye - Fair: Use jig and minnow combinations along rocky areas around the shoreline.  Please 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 please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.


SOUTHWEST
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.

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

Saylorville Reservoir
White Bass - Good: Anglers are doing well catching white bass below the Big Creek spillway in the mornings and evenings just before sunset.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are still being caught in the shallower bays.  Evenings have been the best time.  Crappie - Slow: Cool weather has moved the crappies out of the shallows.  Look for them to return next week as the weather warms again.

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 having good success catching some 6 to 8 pounds and larger wipers.

Recent cool temperatures and heavy rains have made for poor fishing conditions this week.  Drier, warmer weather this weekend through next week should improve fishing quickly as many species are ready to spawn.  More lakes will be updated next week as the better conditions get more anglers on the water.  Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at (515) 432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has one concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught around cedar tree piles casting crankbaits and small spinners. Good percentage of bass in the 15 to 17 inch range.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are spawning around jetties and the dam. Cast small jigs close to shore. Fish are averaging 9 inches.

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway has a good population of crappies in the 8-9 inch range.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish in the 1-2 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 shorelines.

Orient Lake
Orient is full with one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Fair: 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.  Crappie - Slow: Littlefield has a good population of 8-10 inch crappies. Cast small jigs around rocky shorelines.

Lake Anita
Lake is full and has good water clarity.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to nine 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 - Fair: Cast rocky shoreline to find pockets of spawning crappies. Fish average 9 inches. 

Willow Lake
Willow lake has one concrete boat ramp with excellent water quality.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught around rocky shorelines casting small jigs. Fish are 10 inches.

Lake Manawa
Water temperatures are in the mid 50s. Cooler water temperatures have slowed the crappie bite. Warmer weather over the weekend will help improve crappie fishing.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the south and west side with liver.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies fishing has slowed. Three inch rubber shad has been working well for larger fish.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers are still catching a few walleyes trolling shad raps on the west side of lake.

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 - Slow: Fish deeper structure using small jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught casting small spinner baits around structure.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has slowed with cool temperatures. 

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

Water temperatures have cooled back into the mid 50s. The forecast is for warmer temperatures this weekend which should help bring the crappies close to shore. For more information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office (712)769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temps are in the above 60.  The lake level is normal and water clarity is good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A lot of catfish are biting on stink bait or blood baits.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Several largemouth are still being caught but the bite has slowed.  The shoreline structure hold fish.  Crappie - Fair: The crappie have moved out a bit and a little deeper but still can be caught from shore.  Most fish range from 7.5 to 9.5 inches long.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing is steady but a little slower than previous weeks.

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 about 2 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish are being caught from the shoreline accesses in stink bait and blood baits.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish ranging from 7.5 to 8 inches are being caught just off-shore.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water clarity is good and temps are just below 60.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are just off-shore near the jetties, the dam, and the gravel areas.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is good and the fish are biting.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-size bass are near shore around the fallen trees.  Crappie - Excellent: The crappie are moving near shore and biting well on small jigs.

Green Valley Lake
The lake level has been lowered to allow for sediment removal from the upper end.  The fish have been restocked and some catfish are being caught.

Summit Lake
The lake has been lowered for shoreline stabilization.

Three Mile Lake
Water temps are near 60.  Clarity is good.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are biting just off-shore near the timber coves.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are still being caught off the steep rocky shoreline areas or slopes of the big points.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Temps are about 60.  Water clarity is very good.  Bullhead - Excellent: A lot of big bullheads are being caught from shore using crawlers.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A lot of channel catfish are being caught from the shoreline access areas on crawlers, stink bait, or liver.  Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegill are starting to bite on crawlers from the coves.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting well from the shoreline structure and rocks.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are still biting near shore in gravel areas.  Walleye - Fair: A few mid-sized walleye are being caught by jigging and trolling the steep shore near gravel areas.

The crappies were biting fast but the cloudy weather has moved them out a little.  Many ponds and small lakes have temps back to the upper 50s.  Water clarity remains fairly good at most places.

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