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Iowa fishing report 5-27-10

May 27, 2010 at 03:01 PM

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST
Crawford Creek Impoundment
Anglers are starting to catch quite a few nice sized crappie and bluegill.  Fishing from shore, target the dam and start looking in shallow areas for bluegill spawning beds.  Bluegill - Good: Try using small jigs with a wax worm.  Crappie - Good: Anglers have been using night crawlers to catch crappie.

Badger Lake
Fishing has really picked up.  Look for bluegill spawning areas to target.  Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills have moved in near shore and are being caught on small jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fishing for bass has been good using plastics.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappie from 9 to 12 inches in length are being caught in 3 to 8 feet of water.

Brushy Creek Lake
All boat docks have been put in place at Brushy Creek.  The water is clear and is starting to warm up.  The fishing is improving.  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 - Good: Bass are working the shoreline and have been caught on a variety of lures.  Crappie - Good: Crappie have moved in around the trees.  Try using small minnows on a bare hook with a slip bobber or a small jig tipped with a minnow.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been fair in the late evening on leeches and minnows.  Muskellunge - Slow: A few muskies have been caught in the backwaters.

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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Anglers are still catching walleye at Storm Lake.  Water temperature is in the low 70s.  Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is 3 walleye. All 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught on white twisters or picked up while walleye fishing.  Walleye - Excellent: Shore fishing for walleye has slowed down quite a bit.  Many of the boat anglers have switched from trolling to drifting night crawler harnesses with a bottom bouncer.  Target the old dredge area around Starr Park.

North Twin Lake
Pan fishing was good last week, but the yellow bass have slowed down.  Bluegill - Good: Some nice sized bluegill have been caught.  Target the vegetated areas of the lake near the north end.  Crappie - Good: Target the vegetated areas of the lake near the north end.  Walleye - Good: Anglers report good walleye fishing.  Twisters, crankbaits, jigs, and chubs under bobbers are catching fish.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellow bass have slowed down some, but still can be caught along the shoreline.  Target areas where there is a breeze blowing into shore and cast small bright colored jigs.

Swan Lake
Crappies are biting around shore and from the fishing jetties.  This lake is a great place to take kids fishing right now because the crappie fishing is fast.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappie between 7 and 8 inches are being caught as fast as you can reel them in.  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 at Black Hawk, 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: 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.  Many channel catfish are being picked up while walleye fishing.  Walleye - Good: A lot of shorts and a fair number of keepers are being caught.  From shore, 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.  Also, try targeting the rock piles in the lake.

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 are still biting at Storm Lake and Black Hawk Lake.  Water temperature is in the high 60s to low 70s at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District.  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 or tube jigs. A few largemouth bass are being caught using plastic baits.

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

Upper Pine Lake
Largemouth bass a biting on spinner baits. Bluegills are biting on tube jigs.

Lake Smith
Bluegills and crappies are biting on worms fished off the pier.

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

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing has slowed some, the spawn is mostly over and the fish are finicky. Try using small jigs or a small piece of worm and 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.

Lake Cornelia
Bullheads are biting on worms fished on the bottom. Yellow bass are biting on small jigs in the harbor. Bluegill fishing has been good try fishing with a small piece of worm fished under a bobber.

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 - Good: Use live bait below a bobber with a small hook around brush piles.  Largemouth Bass - Good: 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 fishing.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small bobber with live bait around boat docks and other shoreline cover.  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 crankbaits over the top of growing weed beds in Angler’s Bay.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm below a bobber in Angler’s Bay along the bulrush beds.  Fish are also being caught around boat docks on the main lake.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish rock bars with jigs, crankbaits, or leeches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use weedless jigs around boat docks and the bull rush beds in Angler’s Bay.  Crappie - Good: Use a small white tube jig or minnow below a bobber along the bulrush beds in Angler’s Bay. A few fish are also being caught along the Grade.  Walleye - Good: Troll crankbaits or drift using Lindy rigs on the edges of weed beds during the day or fish from shore after sunset with a twister tail, crankbait, or slip bobber with live bait.

Center Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or stink bait along boat docks or brush piles.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use large minnows or cut bait fish along shoreline brush piles.  White Bass - Fair: Use white twister tails or hair jigs at the bridges, boat docks, or the north shore.  Crappie - Good: Fish around shoreline brush piles or the Hwy. 9 fishing piers with a small bobber and minnow.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small lead head tipped with a minnow or small worm on the north shore at the spillway.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crank baits along rock bars during the day or slip bobber fish around boat docks at sunset with leeches.  Yellow Bass - Good: Use small white jigs near the bridges or boat docks in the mornings and evenings.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along boat docks.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Pitch soft plastics to boat docks.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait near brush piles or drift fish with cut bait.  White Bass - Fair: Troll crankbaits along shorelines.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits along shorelines.

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.  Northern Pike - Fair: Troll crankbaits along drop-offs and weed flats.  Bluegill - Excellent: Use a small ice jig tipped with live bait along boat docks in the canals and main lake.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow rock bars with jigs and soft plastics.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use jigs or soft plastics around boat docks.  Walleye - Fair: Slip bobber fish with leeches on developing weed beds during the day or fish at night on rock bars with lighted slip bobbers or a jig and minnow.

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: Use small jigs around boat docks and other shoreline cover.  Walleye - Good: Troll crankbaits or drift with live bait.

Lost Island Lake
Crappie - Fair: Fish around boat docks in the canals with s small bobber and minnow.  Walleye - Good: Troll crankbaits or drift fish with Lindy rigs.

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Good: Use a piece of worm below a bobber along shoreline cover.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use jigs or soft plastics along shorelines.  Crappie - Fair: Fish near shoreline cover with s small jig or minnow below a bobber.

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

Swan Lake
Bullhead - Good: 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.

Tuttle Lake
Walleye - Good: Troll crankbaits along the north shore.

West Swan Lake S.W.M.A.
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom.  Some fish are also being caught below the spillway.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use jig heads or jigging spoons tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom.  Walleye - Fair: Troll with crankbaits or drift using live bait.

Ocheyedan Pit #1
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along shorelines.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use crankbaits, soft plastics, live bait along the shoreline.

East Hottes
Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along shoreline structure.

Garlock Slough
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along cattails.

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 cut bait, or stink bait in eddies or above brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a worm or minnow along current edges and eddies.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Good: 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.  With the warmer weather, fishing should pick up with crappies and bluegills moving into the shallow bays.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills should start moving back into the shallows to spawn.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass should be on the move into the bays and shallow water.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie activity should pick up as temperatures are on the up swing.  Crappies are biting on 1/32 ounce jigs tipped with a wax worm or minnows.  Most of the fishing activity is along the shoreline and relating to structure. 

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

Lake Meyer
The action is picking up.  Northern Pike - No Report:  Bluegill - Good: Nice 8-inch bluegills are being caught in the shallow bays.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having the best luck on bass working the shorelines with worms.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are still catching crappies but a lot of sorting is necessary.  Yellow Perch - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water quality is good this week and the river is still a bit high.  Smallies and walleyes are starting to bite again as well as a few trout.  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. 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)
The river is still a bit high and the water is fairly cloudy, yet fishable.  Walleyes, smallies and trout are being caught.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm fished off the bottom for continued success.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth Bass activity has slowed up a bit.  Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting taking Rapalas or jigs tipped with crawlers drifting in the current. 

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water temperature has risen with stable weather this past week.  Fish activity should pick up.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallies should start become more active and aggressive.  Try throwing crankbaits along structure and seams in the current.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes have are being caught related to bottom structure.

Volga River
Anglers report catching trout near the mouths of many of the coldwater tributaries emptying into the Volga River.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Cedar River has better water quality this week and is getting back to a more normal flow.  Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few northerns while fishing for walleyes.  Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are being caught on crawlers below the dams.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallies are turning on.  Try using crankbaits or floating a crawler thru the riffles.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch crappies using jigs in the slow moving pockets below the dam.  Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught below the dam.

Decorah District Streams
Trout streams are in excellent condition heading into the holiday weekend and scheduled stockings are back on track.  Anglers are reporting great success on many of our streams all day long.  Nice hatches of mayflies and midges are occurring at this time.  June’s stocking schedule is now available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/trout.html or call 563-927-5736 for a current stocking report.

River and lake temperatures have been on the rise and are in the low to mid 60s.  Water clarity is excellent.  For more information about a specific stream, please 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 less than the 15-inch minimum 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. Reminder there is a 15-inch minimum size limit on bass in this lake.

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
Small crappies and bluegills are being caught but some sorting is necessary.  Bluegill - Fair: Try small hooks and red worms under a bobber.  Crappie - Fair: Try using small jigs tipped with a wax worm or small minnow under a slip bobber.

Brinker Lake
Crappies have moved to the shallows and are biting sporadically.  Try fishing very early in the morning or late in the evening. Remember boat traffic will be heavy over the holiday weekend.  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.  Bluegill - Good: Try fishing red worms or a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.  Also fishing with flies and small poppers is starting to be productive.  Crappie - Fair: Try using minnows or wax worms on small jigs.

South Prairie Lake
South Prairie has been slow but some bluegills are being caught.  A good number of small largemouth bass are being caught anywhere near the shore.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Some bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish are being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

Sweet Marsh Reservoir
Bluegills are starting to move to the shorelines to spawn.  Bluegill - Good: Try using piece of worm under bobber or small jig tipped with a wax worm along shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass action has been picking up, try pre-rigged plastic worms, other slow moving plastics, or a safety pin style spinner bait.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Fishing has continued to be excellent on the Cedar.  Catfish action below Waverly has been excellent.  Smallmouth bass action has been consistent fishing crankbaits and plastics.  Walleye action has been decent but you have to be willing to put in some time to catch them.  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 or crankbaits around logs or in deeper pools.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Smallmouth bass and walleye action has been picking up.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try shallow running crankbaits, spinner baits, or plastics around logs or other fish cover.  Walleye - Fair: Try shallow running crankbaits and jigs and crawlers around rocks or snags.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsi water level has come down some but still is running a little cloudy.  There are some reports of catfish being caught and fishing for other species should improve.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Water levels have come down again but as of this report isolated heavy rains in the watershed have made the Maquoketa pretty muddy.  Catfish action has been best but look for walleye and smallmouth bass action to pick up as the water clears again.  Channel Catfish - Good:  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:  Walleye - Fair:

Interior river levels have returned to more normal flows and most should be in decent fishing condition for the weekend. Fishing for channel cats has continued to be very productive with smallmouth bass and walleye action starting to pick up. Crappie and bluegill action is improving as fish are in the shallows and easily accessible. Trout streams have seen some localized heavy rains but most should improve by the weekend.  For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 8.6 feet and clarity is improving.  Channel Catfish - Good: A few catfish biting well on stink bait or worms near woody debris and rocky areas.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have been spawning recently but reports of catches are mixed with a lot of little fish caught.  Seek out spawning areas in shallow bays.  Keep moving to find fish.  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 color 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 excellent eating fish especially if eaten fresh.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Water level at Lynxville is 16.0 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.  Stink bait and night crawlers fished off the bottom are working well.  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. Also look for spawning bluegills in shallow bays. Keep moving to find fish.  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 - Slow: Crappie bit seems to have slowed a bit.  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 at 7.5 feet and expected to drop slowly 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: Catfish biting well on stink bait or worms near woody debris and rocky areas.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flathead catfish have been caught near the dam.  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 has warmed into the lower 70s.  River levels are expected to fall slowly over the next week.  Water clarity is still pretty good above the Turkey River.  Lansing 8.6 feet, Lynxville 16.0 feet and Guttenberg 7.5 feet.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 9.7 feet and falling. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the low to mid 70s. 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 shallow in the backwaters around wood.  Yellow spinners and white flukes have been producing.  Crappie - Fair: Reports of crappie being caught in 2 feet of water in the backwaters around vegetation and snags.  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 8.4 feet and falling. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on crawlers and cut bait in side channels and sloughs around snags.  A few fish are coming on leeches under a bobber along rocks.  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.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are biting in south Sabula Lake.  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 11.55 feet and falling. Water clarity is poor and water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are biting on leeches fished under bobbers along rocky shorelines in side channels and sloughs.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill have been spotty in the backwaters, but people that are finding them are catching a lot.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite had been good the past week, but with the rise in river level and increased turbidity the bite has slowed.  Fish can still be found on the wing dams and mussel beds.

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 9.05 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting on crawlers and dip baits.  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 - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good towards evening in Sunset Marina. Most fish are being caught floating pieces of crawler or wax worms under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has picked up in Sunset Marina. Most crappies are being caught floating minnows under a bobber or drifting with a split shot and minnow.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Some walleyes are being picked up trolling crankbaits on the wing dams or using crawlers on three-way rigs. Some walleyes are also being caught in Sunset Marina on crankbaits.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 9.69 feet and falling. The Big Timber ramp is open.  Channel Catfish - Fair: There are reports of some channel catfish being caught along the Muscatine riverfront fishing night crawlers on the bottom.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught casting crankbaits or jigs/twister at GPC.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught casting crankbaits or jigs/twisters at GPC.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 10.88 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 7.55 feet and falling. 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 continue to slowly fall. Main channel water temperature has risen to 74 degrees. Main channel water clarity is still fairly muddy. Watch for floating debris when boating. 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
Water temperature is in the low 80s.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegills are in shallow.  Work a small jig next to the water willows for the best chance to get a limit.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass are in the water willows looking for bluegills to eat.

Lake Belva Deer
The paving project is slated to start in July.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegills are right next to shore.  Work the holes in the curly leaf beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: They are also in shallow.  Work the trees and weed beds to find these fish.

Lake of the Hills
Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish are biting on chicken liver.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has been steady.  Work the shallow water around the stumps.

Lambach Lake
Crappie - Good: Anglers are still pulling some nice crappies out of this “other” lake in West Lake Park.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The water level is dropping fast. Not much angler activity.

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

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

Iowa Lake
Bluegill - Good: Try around shallow flats, brush or overhanging limbs with a worm or small jig.  Crappie - Fair: The crappies are out a bit deeper now, but some 9 to 10-inch fish are being caught.  Redear Sunfish - Good: These will be in similar areas to the bluegill. Use a small worm or jig.

Kent Park Lake
In addition to the lake, the upper pond has produced some nice bass and the east ponds are producing bluegills.  Bluegill - Good:  Use a small jig or worm along the dam, flats, pockets or shallow brush.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow with plastics or live bait.

Lake Macbride
The fishing has dramatically slowed after the onset of hot weather and warm water. The bluegills are now up spawning and the channel catfish are starting to move shallow to spawn.  Crappie - Slow: Some small fish are in the shallow brush, but the nicer fish are off shore on stumps and brush.  Walleye - Slow: A few fish are being caught trolling plugs and live bait rigs in deeper water.

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

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, there is an 18-inch size limit on bass and 40-inch size limit on muskie here.  White Bass - Good: Fish are being caught on white jigs or jig/minnow. Look for fish chasing shad along the banks and dam.  Bluegill - Good: Use a wax worm in 2 to 5 feet of water. Fish have been running 7 to 9 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Crawlers and soft plastics along the dam and jetties are producing some bass.  Walleye - Fair:

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: Shallower 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 - Fair: 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
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Coralville Reservoir
As of May 27, the lake level is 694 feet and is starting to fall. The water clarity is great for the reservoir.  Channel Catfish - Slow: The channel catfish should start moving in shallow to spawn soon.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being picked up on flooded roads and rock banks.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Channel Catfish - Good: Trot lines and crawlers have been producing.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some smaller fish are being caught.

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)
Flathead Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching many 4 to 6 pound flatheads below the dams in Cedar Rapids, with a few large fish being caught periodically.

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
Channel Catfish - Slow: Chicken liver has been producing some catches of channel catfish.  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 - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler.  Look for areas with submerged structure.  Shallow areas have also been productive.  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 914.95 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the upper 60s.  Crappie - Fair: Casting small jigs along the shorelines has been successful for crappie.  The larger crappies are still around submerged structure in 8 to 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: Good 8 to 9-inch bluegills are being caught shallow using night crawlers.

Roberts Creek Lake
Crappie - Good: The crappie spawn is winding down, but good numbers of males were still being caught as of May 27.

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 - Excellent: Bluegills are in shallow spawning.  Eight to 9-inch bluegills are being caught using night crawlers fished shallow in 5 feet or less.  Good catches have been coming from the upper end of the lake in both the east and west arms.  Crappie - Fair: The crappie spawn is finishing up.  A few crappies are still being caught in 5 to 10 feet of water in the coves and 5 feet or less in the east and west arms on the edges of the curly leaf pondweed and near 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 slip bobbers with live bait near the jetties, east boat ramp 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 - Fair: The crappie spawn is coming to an end.  Some are still being caught with live minnows near wood structure in the coves, near the island and along the rock shoreline south of the dam.

Hooper Area Pond
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are spawning and are being caught shallow, especially in the wood along the west shoreline.  The larger bluegills are being caught on the upper half of the lake.  Crappie - Fair: Spawning crappie were still being caught in the rocks along the face of the dam and near the shallow wood habitat throughout the lake.

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.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught below the Roberts Creek spillway.  Crappie - Fair: The crappie spawn is winding down.  A few crappies are still 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. Crappie - Fair: Spawning crappies are being caught in the flooded willows and vegetation in the coves.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the shallow bays and close to shore using night crawlers.  Evenings have been the best time.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being caught along the shallower 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 and Red Rock spillways.  Conditions are a little more difficult below Red Rock due to the high flows.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Good sized wipers are still being caught below the Red Rock dam in the swift water.

Central Iowa lake water temperature is in the low 70s.  Bluegills are spawning.  The crappie spawn is finishing up at most lakes, but some males are still being caught.  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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver. Fish are in the 1 to 3 pound range.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are close to shore spawning. Cast small jigs around spawning beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: 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: A few males are still guarding nests. Cast small jigs close to shore. Fish are averaging 9 inches.

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway has one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish in the 1 to 2 pound range are being caught on night crawlers.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be caught on spawning beds. Fish average 7 inches.  Crappie - Fair: Male crappies are still being caught along the dam.

Orient Lake
Orient is full with one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are still 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 - Good: Bluegills in the 7 to 8-inch range are being caught close to shore.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have slowed since last week but a few males are still guarding nests. Cast small jigs around rocky shorelines for 8 to 10-inch fish.

Cold Springs Lake
Cold Springs has one concrete boat ramp. The lake has good water clarity and high abundance of aquatic vegetation.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish holes in vegetation with plastics using slow presentation for bass up to 18 inches.

Lake Anita
Lake is full and has good water clarity.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning and are readily caught casting small jigs. Look for depressions in sediment usually in 2 to 5 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits. Crankbaits and plastics are a good bet around underwater reefs and roadbeds.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie spawn is coming to an end. A few males can still 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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish have been caught along campground shoreline using liver.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are spawning and close to shore. Cast small jigs around bluegill beds for 7 to 8-inch fish.

Lake Manawa
Water temperature is around 70 degrees and water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish is really picking up on the south and west side using shrimp or liver. Fish are in the 2 to 6 pound range.  Crappie - Good: Crappies fishing has picked up around Boy Scout Island. Three-inch rubber shad has been working well for larger fish.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are 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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are becoming more active with warmer water temperatures. Try night crawlers, liver, or stink baits around structure.  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 around 70 degrees and bluegills are spawning. For more information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temperature is in the mid 60s.  The lake level is normal and water clarity is still fairly good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on cut bait and stink baits.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Several largemouth are still being caught from the shoreline areas.  Crappie - Excellent: There are still some crappie near shore.  Small white jigs or minnows in gravel areas are very successful.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye bite is picking up a little more.  A larger size is starting to be found.

Q Pond City Park
Water clarity is fair and some crappie are still biting.  Crappie - Good: The south shore is producing a lot of nice crappie in the evenings.

West Lake (Osceola)
Water clarity is good.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The largemouth bass are still near shore and around the structure.  Crappie - Good: A lot of 8-inch crappie are being caught from the dam and gravel areas.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water clarity is about 2 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The channel catfish are biting the shallow bays around dark on stink bait.  Crappie - Good: A lot of 7.5 to 8.5-inch crappie are being caught from shore around the gravel areas.

Slip Bluff Lake
Water clarity is fairly good and the panfish are doing well.  Bluegill - Good: A lot of mid-sized bluegill can be caught from near shore areas and quiet coves.  Crappie - Fair: A few nice crappie are biting from the dam. 

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water clarity is very good and temperature is in the mid 60s.  Bluegill - Good: A lot of mid-sized bluegills are being caught from the quiet shoreline areas.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several mid-sized largemouth bass are being caught from the shoreline structure.  Crappie - Good: A few crappie are still hanging near the gravel areas.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is pretty good and the fish are biting well.  Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are in the shallows.  A lot of big fish are being caught.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: A lot of mid-sized bass are near shore around the fallen trees.  Crappie - Good: The crappie are starting to move out after the spawn.

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 in the mid 60s and clarity is good.  Bluegill - Good: A lot of mid-sized fish are coming from the near-shore areas.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well from near-shore areas on spinners and crankbaits.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are still biting near shore some are moving out.  Fish range from 8 to 11 inches.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being caught off the steep rocky shoreline areas or slopes fish mounds on crawlers or leeches.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water temperature is in the mid 60s and 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 - Excellent: The bluegill are starting to bite well on crawlers and small jigs from the coves, along the jetties, or off the spawning mounds.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are biting well from the shoreline structure and rocks.  Crappie - Good: Several nice crappie are still biting near shore from the gravel areas on minnows.  Some fish are starting to move back out.  Walleye - Fair: A few mid-sized walleye are being caught by jigging and trolling jigs over the steep shore or near gravel areas.  The bite is picking up and the size is improving.

The crappies are starting to move out and the bluegill are moving in.  Most lakes have normal water clarity and water temperature in the mid 60s.

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