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Iowa fishing report 5-20-10

May 20, 2010 at 04:55 PM

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Anglers are still catching bluegill and crappie, 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.  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.  The water is clear and is starting to warm up.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill have moved in around the trees.  Try using very small black jigs and wax worms or a small piece of night crawler.  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 with a slip bobber.  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 17.  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 trout should be cruising there.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has picked up considerably since last week.  Many anglers are catching their limit of 15 to 16 1/2 inch fish.  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, and 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.  Use live bait, leeches or minnows.

North Twin Lake
Yellow bass and walleye were being caught last weekend at a fairly steady pace.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers report good walleye fishing using twisters, crankbaits, jigs, and chubs under bobbers.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellow bass fishing is fast action right now, but the yellow bass are about 7 to 8 inches.  Yellow bass can be found just about anywhere around the lake near shore.

Swan Lake
Crappies are biting 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
The walleye fishing is fast, but most of the fish are sub-legal.  Bring a lot of live bait and expect to catch about 20 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 - Good: 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, Crescent Park, and Shotgun Hill and use minnows under a slip bobber or drag a jig with a leech across the bottom.

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.

Walleye fishing in the Black Hawk District has picked up.  Anglers have been catching a lot of 15 to 16 ½-inch fish at Storm Lake.  Walleye have been biting fast at Black Hawk, but most are sublegal fish.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Ben Wallace or Don Herrig, at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View, at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Crappies are biting on a minnows fished under a bobber. A few largemouth bass are being caught using plastic baits.

Lower Pine Lake
Crappies are biting on minnows fished around the trees.

Upper Pine Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on spinner baits.

Lake Catherine
Largemouth bass and bluegill are being caught fishing near the trees.

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing has picked up, try fishing the north shore cattail beds and the reefs. Shore anglers should try the docks. Walleyes are being caught on the reefs using minnows and jigs and a few are being caught trolling spinner baits. Crappies are still being caught using minnows in the rushes and the channels.

Little Wall Lake
Small crappies and largemouth bass are biting fish near the brush with a minnow.

Rice Lake
Bullheads are biting on crawlers fished off the bottom.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Bullheads are biting on crawlers fished off the bottom.

Fin and Feather Lake
Crappies are being caught using minnows and a bobber or a small jig.

For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call 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.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinner baits along shorelines.  Crappie - Fair: Use a small jig or minnow below a bobber at brush piles and rock jetties.

Mill Creek (Lake)
Mill Creek Lake would be a great place to take children fish.  Bullhead - Slow: A few are being caught using worms near the beach.  Bluegill - Good: Fish around docks and other shoreline cover with a small bobber and live bait.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics or spinner baits along shoreline cover.

Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead - Good: Use night-crawlers at the Grade under the road at the fish barrier.  Northern Pike - Fair: Troll crank baits over the top of growing weed beds in Angler’s Bay.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm below a bobber in Anglers Bay.  Crappie - Fair: Use a small jig or minnow and bobber along the bulrush beds in Angler’s Bay.  Walleye - Good: Troll crankbaits or drift with worms, minnows or leeches.  Fish from shore after sunset with a jig or slip bobber with live bait.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use large minnows or cut bait fish on the bottom.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use a small leadhead tipped with a minnow 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
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait 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.  Walleye - Fair: Use a lighted slip bobber with live bait or a jig and minnow over rock bars at night.

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 with a jig and minnow from shore at sunset.

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

Willow Creek
Crappie - Fair: Fish from shore using a small jig or minnow below a slip bobber.

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

Swan Lake
Bullhead - Good: Use worms at the outlet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use worms at the outlet.

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.

Ocheyedan Pit #1
Bluegill - Good: Use live bait below a bobber along the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use crank baits, soft plastics, live bait along the shoreline.

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

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.

Rock River
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or chubs around brush piles or at the dam in Rock Rapids.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use jigs around eddies and boulders.

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.

For more fishing information in the Spirit Lake area call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Take notice of the new structure in the lake as fish will be found close by.  Fishing should pick up with crappies and bluegills moving back into the shallow.  Bluegill - Fair: With the water beginning to warm up with the nice weather bluegills should start moving back into the shallows to spawn.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Warmer water should have the bass on the move into the bays and shallower water.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie activity should pick up as temperatures are back on the up swing.  Crappies are biting on 1/32 ounce jigs tipped with a wax worm or minnow. Most of the fishing activity is along the shoreline and relating to structure. 

Lake Hendricks
Fishing has stayed steady this week.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using a small jig tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass fishing has leveled with a few fish being caught.  Try plastics with a slow retrieve.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing should pick up with the water warming.

Lake Meyer
The action remains slow, but with warmer temperatures on the way fishing should pick up.  Northern Pike - No Report:  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught using small dark colored jigs and 1/32 ounce lead heads.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having the best luck on bass working the shorelines with artificial lures.  Crappie - Fair: 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 better after large rain falls the previous week.  Smallies walleyes are starting to bite again as well as a few trout with the improved water clarity.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm on a hook but the key is to get it to sit on the stream bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth Bass are being caught by anglers using in-line spinners and small crankbaits. Crawlers are being floated and catching smallies.  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 good with recent weather.  Walleyes, smallies and trout are being caught.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm fished off the bottom for continued success.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth Bass are turning on using crankbaits and floating crawlers thru riffles and holes.  Concentrate on water below Lower Dam.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes have started biting again with stable water temperature.  Below Lower Dam to Hwy. 76 Dam has been the most productive.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water temperature has risen with stable weather the past week.  Fishing should pick up.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: With water temperature on the rise smallies should start becoming more active and aggressive.  Try throwing crank baits along structure and seems in the current.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes have are being caught related to bottom structure.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Cedar River has better water quality this week and is getting back to more of a normal flow.  Rock bass fishing is very good right now below the dam along the rip rap.  Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few northerns while fishing for walleyes.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are being caught on dead minnows.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are turning on.  Try using crank baits or floating a crawler thru the riffles.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being caught below the dam.

Decorah District Streams
Trout streams are back to normal and have cleared up.  Stockings are back on schedule and the forecast is looking good for streams for the next week. 
May’s stocking schedule is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/trout.html as well as a phone number for a recorded 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, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Fishing has picked up again for largemouth and bluegill on Silver Lake with the recent onset of nice weather. Most all bass are of sublegal; bass must be 15 inches in length for legal harvest.  Bluegill - Good: Try fishing a piece of worm under bobber along shoreline edges.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting top water, weedless spoons or spinner baits.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Casey Lake has been spotty at best for crappie but the bluegill action has been starting to pick up. Bass have been getting active as well hitting on top water lures.  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 - Good: Bluegill are being caught on red worms, wax worms and pieces of crawlers under bobbers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Top water lures seem to be catching fish.  Crappie - Slow: Try using minnows or wax worms around brush piles or stake beds.

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

Brinker Lake
Some crappie action is starting again but the fish have been off and on.  Some day’s, the mornings have been good and other days it’s been better in the evening.  Crappie - Fair: Try minnows or wax worms under a bobber or experiment with a variety of small tube jigs until you find the color the fish are hitting.  Walleye - Fair: Few smaller walleye being caught while fishing for crappie.

George Wyth Lake
Catches of bluegill and smaller crappie are being reported.  Also the yellow bass have been picking up.  Bluegill - Good: Try fishing red worms or a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.  Crappie - Fair: Try using minnows or wax worms on small jigs.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Try using small spinners or spoons

South Prairie Lake
South Prairie has been slow but some bluegills are being caught.  Bluegill - Slow:

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

Sweet Marsh Reservoir
Bluegills are starting to move to the shorelines to spawn. Action should be picking up as the water continues to warm.  Bluegill - Good: Try using piece of worm under bobber or small jig tipped with a wax worm along shoreline.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Fishing has really started to pick up in the last week.  Catfish action has been the most consistent followed by smallmouth bass and northern pike.  Walleye action has been pretty spotty but they are being caught if you’re willing to put in some time.  Northern Pike - Good: Try bigger spinners or larger shallow running crankbaits.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try using minnows or cut bait on the bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Shallow running crankbaits, in-line spinners and twister tails have all been catching fish.  Walleye - Fair: Try jigs and crawlers around logs or in deeper pools.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
As the water drops and begins to clear up the fishing for both walleye and smallmouth should start to pick up.  Smallmouth Bass - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
As the Wapsi continues to drop and clear up the fishing should start to improve.  As of this report the Wapsi continues to be rather muddy which will likely persist through the weekend.  Catches of some crappie and smallmouth are already being reported despite the muddy conditions.  Northern Pike - No Report:  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:  Walleye - No Report:

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Water levels have receded and the river is in good shape once again. Anglers were catching walleye and smallmouth bass prior to last week’s rain.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:  Walleye - Fair:

Interior river levels are dropping quickly and most should be in better shape by the weekend. Fishing has picked up considerably from last week as good catches of channel catfish and smallmouth bass are being reported. Bluegill and crappie fishing is really starting to pick up across the region and should only get better over the next week. Trout streams are fishable again and stocking is back on schedule.  For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 8.9 feet.  Water clarity is improving.  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 slack 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 and near Village Creek.  Crawdad or lime colored crankbaits have been working well.  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).  Some are being caught with crankbaits and top water frogs are well.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes caught on wing dams and in Minnesota Slough.  Fair numbers of smaller walleyes are being caught with crankbaits near Village Creek.  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 are an excellent eating fish especially if eaten fresh.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Water level at Lynxville is 17.0 feet and holding steady.  Water clarity is improving.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: The catfishing is starting to heat up near out of the Noble’s Landing area.  Night crawlers fished off the bottom has been the preferred method, but people are catching them with imitations while fishing for other types of fish.  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. If you find these areas, try working behind the larger boulders and switch up colors until you start catching them.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth being caught along woody debris and emerging vegetation beds.  Crappie - Good: Some nice stringers of crappie have been coming out of the Norwegian and Johnson Slough area.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice sized perch are being caught in the tail water areas.  Walleye - Slow: 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 at 8.5 feet and expected to remain stable over the next week.  Water clarity is improving but still a little stained downstream of the Turkey River mouth.    Good shoreline bank fishing can be found at Guttenberg below the DNR fish hatchery and at Mud Lake Park, just north of Dubuque.  Northern Pike - Fair: Some pike are being caught in the Mud Lake and Sunfish Lake dredge cuts, using gaudy spinners.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: The catfishing is really heating up in this pool as well.  They have been caught in good numbers near the ferry landing as well as other areas.  Night crawlers have been the preferred bait, but people are catching them with bass gear as well.  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 temperature at Guttenberg is 61 degrees and should continue to rise with upcoming warm weather.  River levels are expected to remain stable at higher levels over the next week.  River levels are: Lansing 8.9 feet, Lynxville 17.0 feet and Guttenberg 8.3 feet.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 10.2 feet and should rise to 10.3 feet before starting to drop. Water clarity is fair to poor and water temperature is in the 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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish being caught in deeper water in side channels and sloughs on crawlers, cut bait, or stink bait.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting on white colored cranks and spinner baits in the backwaters, marinas, and along rocky shorelines and around wood.  Crappie - Slow: Few reports of any crappie being caught the past week.  Look for them around snags in backwaters or sloughs.  Jigs tipped with minnows are producing best.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has slowed with the increased turbidity, but a few are coming off of wing dams on crankbaits and three way rigs tipped with leeches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum have been biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of current in side channels, sloughs, and around wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 9.02 feet and should rise to 9.2 feet before starting to drop. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the low 60s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on crawlers and cut bait in side channels and sloughs around snags.  White Bass - Fair: A few white bass are being caught in Middle Sabula Lake on jigs or small spinners.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting in South Sabula Lake on crawlers or jigs.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are biting on the wing dams on crankbaits and three way rigs tipped with leeches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum have been biting very well on crawlers on the bottom in the sloughs.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 11.75 feet and should rise to 11.9 feet before starting to drop. Water clarity is poor and water temperature is in the low 60s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are biting on leeches fished under bobbers along rocky shorelines in side channels and sloughs.  Walleye - Slow: With the rise in river level and increased turbidity, walleye fishing has slowed over the past week.  Fish can still be found on the wing dams.

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 9.96 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught in Sunset Marina, the mouth of Sunset Marina, and up in Sylvan Slough. Fish are being caught casting shallow running crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and jig/twister combinations.  Bluegill - Slow: Fishing for bluegills in backwaters has been slow. Most bluegill fishing reports are coming from inland waters.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Most crappie fishing reports are coming from inland waters.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 9.75 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow due to recent high and muddy water. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: There are reports of some channel catfish being caught along the Muscatine riverfront fishing night crawlers on the bottom.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 12.45 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 9.13 feet and falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are beginning to fall after the recent heavy rains. Main channel water temperature has risen to 61 degrees. Water clarity has been poor. Fishing has been slow throughout Pools 16-19. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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

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 - Slow: Fish around shallow rock and brush with small jigs or minnows. Most fish are 9-10 inches.

Kent Park Lake
In addition to the lake, the upper pond has produced some nice bass and the east ponds are producing bluegills.  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
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 10-13 inches.  Walleye - Good: Trolling or casting crankbaits, as well as trolling or casting 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: Anglers are picking up 9 to 11-inch crappies on 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 muskies here. The water 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. There is an over abundance of smaller crappies here. Don’t be afraid to take your 25 fish limit…every day!  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been hitting on cut bait, shrimp, and crawlers, especially after rain events.  Bluegill - Good: Shallow brush, overhanging trees, and jetty areas are holding fish. Use small jigs or waxies.  Crappie - Excellent: Most fish are smaller with an occasional larger one mixed in. Most jigs are working. The fish are tight to the rock bank.

Otter Creek Lake
There is an over abundance of yellow bass in this lake. They are scrappy fighters and excellent to eat. There is no limit and don’t be afraid to keep every one you catch.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are shallow along rock or overhanging trees. Try a small jig or waxie.  Crappie - Slow: Some smaller crappies are being caught around shallow brush.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Look in shallow flats and along rock banks for schools of yellows. Try small jigs, spinners, or live bait.

Union Grove Lake
Crappie - Good: Fish shallow areas with rock on the bank. Use a small jig and cover water.

Coralville Reservoir
As of May 20 the lake level is 691 feet and rising. Right now it is projected to reach 694 feet by the end of the weekend.

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
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use rubber worms and spinner baits along shoreline structure and along the jetties.

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 915.04 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the upper 50s.  Crappie - Fair: Casting small jigs along the shorelines has been successful for crappie.  The larger crappies are still around submerged structure in 8-10 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Try trolling or drifting night crawler rigs along underwater reefs and islands.  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 call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Beaver Lake
Bluegill - Excellent: 8 to 9-inch bluegills are being caught shallow using night crawlers.

Rock Creek Lake
Crappie - Good: The crappies are spawning and good numbers are being caught shallow using minnows and crappie jigs fished near any wood or rock. 

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 - Good: Bluegills are in shallow starting to spawn.  Use night crawlers fished shallow in 5 feet or less near the curly leaf pondweed for 8 to 9-inch bluegills.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being caught in 5 to 10 feet of water in the coves on the edges of the curly leaf pondweed.  A few are also being caught in less than 5 feet in the coves next to wood structure.  Live minnows under a bobber are working best.  Walleye - Fair: Good numbers of walleyes, with a few keepers, are being caught trolling live bait and live bait under slip bobbers near the jetties and dam.

Easter Lake
Walleye - Good: Good sized walleye are being caught.  Trolling live bait or live bait under a bobber in the evenings is working best.  Along the face of the dam has been a good spot.

Hickory Grove Lake
Crappie - Good: Crappie have begun to spawn.  They are being caught with live minnows near wood structure in the coves and along the road bed by the tube.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Good: Some good stringers of bluegills and redears have been coming off the lake.  They are being caught using night crawlers fished along the edges and in the open pockets of the vegetation.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have been hit and miss so far.  With the warm weather through the weekend the bite may become more consistent.  Fish near any of the shallow brush piles and tree falls, as well as along the face of the dam.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught below the Roberts Creek spillway.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappie are being caught in Whitebreast fishing over the top of brush in 10 to 15 feet of water.

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.  White bass are also being caught in the marina bay when the pumping station is active.  Crappie - Fair: Spawning crappies are being caught in the flooded willows and vegetation in the coves.

Grays Lake
Crappie - Good: The crappie are spawning.  Good numbers are being caught fishing with live minnows near the tree falls and root wads.  Most fish are smaller than preferred, but there are some up to 15 inches.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the shallower bays using night crawlers.  Evenings have been the best time.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are moving shallow again and are being caught along the shallow shorelines and bays.  Live minnows are working best.

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: Good sized wipers are still being caught below the Red Rock dam in the swift water.

Central Iowa lakes have warmed back into the mid to upper 60s.  Crappies and bluegills have moved shallow again to spawn.  Warm temps continuing into the weekend should make for excellent fishing.  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.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught on small jigs just out from shore.  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 - Fair: Males crappies are still guarding nests. Cast small jigs close to shore. Fish are averaging 9 inches.

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway has a good population of crappies in the 8 to 9-inch range.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish in the 1-2 pound range are being caught on night crawlers.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught on small jigs close to shore. Bluegills average 7 inches.  Crappie - Slow: Male crappies are still close to shore and can be caught casting small jigs around rocky shoreline.

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.

Littlefield Lake
Littlefield has a large watershed and water quality can suffer after rain events. The lake has one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in the upper end of the lake using night crawlers.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills in the 7 to 8-inch range are being caught close to shore.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies in the 8 to 10-inch range casting small jigs around rocky shorelines.

Lake Anita
Lake is full and has good water clarity.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are staging just out from shore ready to spawn. Fish up to 9 inches are being caught with small jigs tipped with Berkley Gulp.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits.  Crappie - Good: Male crappies are guarding nests and can be caught casting small jigs close to rocky shorelines and around underwater reefs. Fish average 9 inches. 

Willow Lake
Willow lake has one concrete boat ramp with excellent water quality.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are ready to spawn and a few are being caught casting small jigs close to shore.

Lake Manawa
Water temperature is in the mid 50s. Cooler water has 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 - Good: Bluegills are close to shore spawning in many ponds. Look for saucer shaped depressions and cast small jigs to catch spawning bluegills.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are aggressive this time of year and are readily caught casting small spinner baits around structure.

Water temperature is in the high 60s. Anglers are still catching spawning crappies. Bluegills are staging close to shore and ready to spawn. For more information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temperature is back above 60 degrees.  The lake level is normal and water clarity is good at mid- lake and near the dam.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A lot of catfish are biting on stink bait or blood baits.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Several largemouth are still being caught and the activity is picking up again.  The shoreline structure is holding a lot of fish.  Crappie - Excellent: The crappie have moved back in again.  Some anglers are catching a fish almost every cast.  Most fish range from 7.5 to 9.5 inches.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye bit is picking up a little after the last cold front.

Q Pond City Park
Water clarity is fair and the crappie are starting to bite.  Crappie - Good: Several real nice sized fish are being caught from the south shore near the road.

West Lake (Osceola)
Water clarity is good.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: 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 temperature is just below 60 degrees.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappie are near shore in the evenings and out sometimes.  Jetties and the face of the dam are very good spots.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is pretty good and the fish are biting well.  Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegill are starting to move in the coves and quiet areas to spawn.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: 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 temperature is near 60 degrees and clarity is good.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well from near-shore areas on spinners and crankbaits.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting well near shore.  Fish range from 8 to 11 inches.  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
Temperature is about 60 degrees and water clarity is very good.  All species are biting well.  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 - Good: The bluegill are starting to bite well on crawlers from the coves and calm shoreline areas.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are biting well from the shoreline structure and rocks.  Crappie - Good: Several crappie are biting near shore from the gravel areas.  Walleye - Fair: A few mid-sized walleye are being caught by jigging and trolling the steep shore near gravel areas.

Most species are starting to bite again.  Water temperature is rising.  Water clarity is varies.  Most lakes are still fairly clear.

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