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Iowa fishing report 5-28-09

May 28, 2009 at 02:36 PM

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake
Some pan fish and catfish are being taken.  It’s slow.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Fishing is starting to pick up.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching 7-inch fish.  Crappie - Slow: A few 8.5 inch crappies have been taken.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Fishing has slowed.  Shore anglers are beginning to catch a few panfish.

Badger Lake
North of Ft. Dodge.  Fishing has been improving as the weather warms.  Crappie - Fair: Some 9 - 10 inch fish have been caught on small twister.

Brushy Creek Lake
Cold fronts that passed through the area are slowing the fishing down.  Many nice bluegills, crappies and a few walleyes have been caught.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are hitting on stink bait and night crawlers along the shore line.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting on a small worm on a plain hook.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching some fish in 3 to 6 feet of water on small minnows or jigs.  Walleye - Good: Walleye have been caught on leeches and crankbaits.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has been very good.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be released.  White Bass - Good:  Walleye - Good: Anglers are having best luck while trolling slowly with Shad Raps.  Good colors are:  clown, wonder bread, hot steel, purple haze and tiger. Anglers have also been using more live bait while drifting or wading and casting.

North Twin Lake
Fishing is improving.  People are starting to be successful catching several species of pan fish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been having good luck using night crawlers or liver.  Most fish are 1 to 2 pounds.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are having best luck with small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler.  Crappie - Slow: Small to medium sized crappie are starting to bite on small jigs.  Yellow bass - Fair: Yellow bass are being caught small jigs and a piece of night crawler.

Swan Lake
Fishing has been improving.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching some small bluegill; use small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or wax worm.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching some small (6 - 7 in) fish.  Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or piece of crawler.

Black Hawk Lake
Channel catfish - Fair: Anglers are having good luck using various baits.  Walleye - Good: Anglers are having good luck casting leeches.  More anglers have been fishing from boats and trolling.

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

Arrowhead Lake
Fishing is improving.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching some bluegills using small jigs tipped with a wax worm or small piece of crawler.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
Fishing has slowed down.  Channel catfish - Good: Various bait have been successful.

Fishing is improving, especially on warm, sunny days. For more information about these lakes and rivers, call Lannie Miller (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Beeds Lake
Crappies are biting fishing the jetty. 

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is still good but the fish are getting finicky. Try using small jigs tipped with bait.  Channel catfish - Good: A few catfish are being caught with night crawlers fished on the bottom at the Ventura grade and McIntosh State Park shoreline.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few walleyes while fishing on the reefs for yellow bass using live bait.  A few walleyes are also being caught on crankbaits trolling the north shore by the pump house and in the little lake.  Yellow bass fishing has been good.  Try using small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or minnow or a jig and twister tail combo.  Billy’s Reef, Dodges Point, the island, and the McIntosh sandbar have all been producing fish.  Mornings and evenings are best but they will continue to bite throughout the day.  The fishing club dock on the north side and the public docks on the east shoreline have also been good for yellow bass. 

Lake Cornelia
Bullhead fishing is good using a night crawler fished on the bottom. 

Rice Lake
Bullhead fishing is good fishing with a crawler off the bottom. 

Bluebill Lake
Fishing has been slow.

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

Mill Creek (Lake)
Largemouth Bass - Good: Use crankbaits, spinner baits, or rattle baits along shorelines with cover.

Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead - Excellent: Use night crawlers on the bottom at Templar Lagoon on the west and south shores.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll with crankbaits in Angler’s Bay along weed edges or cast white or chartreuse colored spinner-baits.  Bluegill - Excellent: Fish at Buffalo Run or Trickles Slough with small hair jigs tipped with wigglers or wax worms.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use jerk baits or blade baits along rock reefs at Little and Big Stoney points.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Use spinner-baits in Angler’s Bay along the bulrush beds.  Crappie - Good: Use a small bobber and minnow at Buffalo Run or go to the bulrush beds in Angler’s Bay and sight fish using a small hair jig beneath a bobber.  Walleye - Good: Troll or drift with a Lindy rig or bottom bouncer along rock reefs and weed lines. Or fish after sunset with a twister tail and lead head at the Footbridge. 

Center Lake
Bullhead - Good:  Fish in the southwest corner of the lake near the culvert with worms.

East Okoboji Lake
White Bass - Fair: Fish at the Hwy 9 Bridge at sunset or at the spillway near the fish hatchery with a lead head and minnow.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms at the Trestle.  Walleye - Good: Drift or troll in the Parks Marina, Stoney, and Jingles Point areas with Lindy rigs baited with night crawlers, leeches, or minnows.  Fish from shore at the Hwy 9 and Triggs bridge using a lead head and minnow at night.  Yellow bass - Good: Fish at the spillway and wind blown shorelines with a small jig tipped with a minnow or shiner

Little Spirit Lake
  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Cast spinner baits or soft plastics to shoreline habitat.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use ice jigs tipped with live bait around boat docks.  Largemouth bass - Good: Use soft plastics and pitch to boat docks.  Walleye - Fair: Fish at the Sawmill Bridge at sunset with a jig and minnow or split shot and leech drifted below the bridge.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Excellent: Use a jig and minnow at sunset.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig and minnow, twister tail, or crankbaits in the evenings.

West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Good: Use white spinner-baits or jerk baits in Miller’s, Emerson, and North Bay along remaining weed beds.  Bluegill - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms along the docks at Triboji or along docks and downed trees in Turtle Lake.  Largemouth bass - Excellent: Use jerk baits or soft plastics along boat docks in the bays.  Muskellunge - Fair: Some fish activity has been reported with fish over 50 inches being caught with large blade or jerk baits.

Five Island Lake
Channel catfish - Fair: Drift along shallow flats next to deeper water with cut bait.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs around shoreline brush.

Lost Island Lake
Crappie - Good: Use a bobber and minnow or micro jig in the canal.

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Excellent: Cast to spawning bluegills with a small bobber and jig tipped with live bait.

Swan Lake
Bullhead - Excellent: Fish the west shore near the inlet with worms on the bottom.

Upper Gar Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along boat docks.

Tuttle Lake
Crappie - Good: Use small jigs or a minnow and bobber at the inlet.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Bullhead - Excellent: Fish with worms on the bottom on the east or northwest side of the lake.

East Hottes
Bluegill - Good: Cast a small bobber and hair jig tipped with wigglers to open holes in weed beds or along cattail edges.  Largemouth bass - Excellent: Cast spinner-baits along edges of weed beds.

Hale Slough
Bluegill - Excellent: Cast a small bobber and hair jig tipped with wigglers off the boat ramp or fish the cattail edges with a small boat.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Good: Use night crawlers or cut bait in deep holes with brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught while fishing for catfish.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use minnows or chubs around brush piles.

Spirit Lake District Farm Ponds
Channel catfish - Good: Use large minnows fished on the bottom close to deep water.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish along shorelines and cover with small jigs.  Crappie - Good: Fish along shorelines with cover using small jigs or a small bobber and minnow.

Kids Corner
Fish for bullheads at Templar Lagoon on Big Spirit Lake.  Use a small weight and hook with worms fished on the bottom.  Shore lines access is good from the parking lot. 

For more fishing report information on any Spirit Lake area rivers or lakes call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 8.5 feet and is forecast remain stable to slowly fall over the next week.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the high 60s.  Channel catfish - Fair: Some fish being caught in the shallows in backwaters and in side channels.  Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in marinas or backwaters around structure.  Fish a wax worm on small jigs under a bobber.  Largemouth bass - Good: Reports of bass being caught just about everywhere: in backwaters and side channels around woody structure and/or rock and rocky shorelines along the main channel.  Crankbaits are producing well.  Crappie - Good: Crappie are starting to be caught in the marinas around docks on minnows or jigs under bobbers.  They are also being caught in backwaters in shallow water (1 foot).  Walleye - Good: Fish are being caught on the wind dams and flats on three way rigs tipped with crawlers, leeches, or minnows or crankbaits.  Reports of a lot of fish in the 20-27 inch protected slot and fish under 15 inches, as well.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 6.4 feet and slowly falling.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the high 60s to low 70s.  Channel catfish - Fair: Catfish are starting to bite along rip rapped shorelines.  Largemouth bass - Good: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines or below the dam in Bellevue.  Spinner-baits and soft plastics in the backwaters have also been producing.  Crappie - Good: A few crappies are being caught in Brown’s Lake, Spring Lake, and South and Middle Sabula Lakes.  Fish are biting on minnows or jigs under a stick bobber.  Walleye - Good: A few fish are being caught on wing dams on a variety of baits.  Three way rigs tipped with worms, crawlers, or leeches are producing, as well as crankbaits.  Larger fish are coming on crankbaits.  Good numbers of fish in the 20-27 inch protected slot reported.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.  There is good shoreline access at Pleasant Creek Recreation Area south of Bellevue.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 10.22 feet and is forecast to rise to around 10.4 on Friday then continue to fall.  Water temperature is in the high 60s low 70s and water clarity has degraded with the recent rains but should improve once water levels start to drop.  Channel catfish - Fair: Catfishing is starting to pick along rocky shorelines.  Leeches under a bobber have been producing.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are starting to bite in the backwaters.  Try small jigs with crawlers or wax worms under a bobber.  Largemouth bass - Good: Fish crankbaits along rocky shorelines or fish spinner-baits and soft plastics in the backwaters.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing is starting to pick up in the backwaters.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye have moved onto and are starting to bite on the wing dams.  Crankbaits have been producing best.

Mississippi River Pool 15
No reports received from Pool 15.

For information about fishing Pools 12 - 15 of the Mississippi River, call the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976.

Volga Lake
Channel Catfish - Slow:  Bluegill - Excellent:  Largemouth Bass - Good:  Crappie - Slow:

Lake Hendricks
Water clarity is good and vegetation is beginning to grow along the shoreline.  Bluegill - Good: Gills have been seen on beds.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been using twister-tails and tube jigs.

Lake Meyer
Channel catfish - Fair: Nice sized catfish are being caught on chicken liver.  Bluegill - Excellent: Worms fished under a bobber is your best bet, but try a micro jig.  Largemouth bass - Excellent:  Crappie - Fair:

Decorah District Streams
Trout streams are looking good even with recent rains.  Streams with better watersheds will clear faster but sometimes the best way to catch a wary trout is when the water is off color. 

Rainy weather and cloudy days have caused local rivers to rise and cool.  River fish have not been as active.  The Upper Iowa and Turkey Rivers were running 60 degrees.  Local lakes on the other hand have been very productive.  Input from recent fishing trips is important in keeping our reports accurate and up to date. If you would like to comment/report on any river, trout stream (hatches, etc.), or lake, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 563-382-8324.

Mississippi River Pool 9
Northern pike - Excellent: Many pike are being reported.  Some pike reported from the Village Creek Boat ramp and up in Minnesota Slough by New Albin.  Bluegills - Fair: Some bluegill are being caught in many of the backwaters.  Smallmouth bass - Good: Smallmouths have been small but plentiful using spinners and small jigs along rock piles.  Largemouth bass - Good: Many sizable largemouths are being reported.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleye are being caught on wing dams.  Freshwater drum - Excellent: Anglers using a simple worm and sliding egg sinker in current areas for best results.  Try Minnesota Slough or lower shore slough.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Northern Pike - Good: Anglers still catching fish in various spots using large flashy spinners and spoons.  Channel catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Fair: Some good catches of fish in the backwaters on jig and night crawler.  Largemouth bass - Excellent: Catching fish in the Harpers Spillway tube and tailwaters.  Also try Mud Hen and Joyce Lake. Some fish are being caught near the Sny Magill area and Bussey Lake.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow for a while but this is our first decent report of at least some being taken.  Sauger - Slow: Some sauger are being caught in the tailwater drifting a night crawler.  Freshwater drum - Excellent: fish a night crawler on the bottom

Mississippi River Pool 11
Tailwaters: Northern pike - Excellent: Fish are being caught on spinner-baits or on large chubs fished under a large bobber.  Channel catfish - Fair: Some fish can be caught along rocky shorelines using night crawlers on the bottom.  Flathead catfish - Good: Flatheads have moved into current areas near tailwaters.  White bass - Good: A lot of white bass being caught on small spinners and jigs on the Wisconsin side of the dam.  Many small fish but some nice sized. Also fish being caught on the Iowa side.  Bluegill - Fair: Catching some bluegills on bobbers and worms in various locations.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing near the dam and in the spillway. Other rocky shorelines are also producing some fish.  Anglers using jigs and spinners near rock.  Walleye - Fair: Some smaller walleye are being caught on wing dams trolling crankbaits or three way rigs with night crawlers.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Anglers are using a simple hook baited with a night crawler and an egg sinker for weight.

River gauges: Lansing 8.11 feet, Lynxville 14.48 feet and Guttenberg 6.23 feet. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 65 degrees.  Water is getting a little muddier with this week’s rain.  The water levels in pools 9-11 steady to slightly rising.  Gates are in operation at Lynxville and Guttenberg.  Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Crappie fishing continues to be fair and bluegill fishing is warming along with water temperature.  A few nice catfish have been caught using dead baits and live baits.  Channel catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

Big Woods Lake
Crappies have slowed but anglers are still catching a few.  Crappie - Fair: Most small baits will work for crappie, with the best reports coming from folks using small tube jigs and live minnows.

Mitchell
Anglers are catching bluegill, crappie, channel catfish and largemouth bass.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

South Prairie Lake
South Prairie is good for crappie and bluegill near shore using small jigs, worms, and minnows under a bobber.  South Prairie is a family friendly lake and a good spot to take the kids fishing.  Bluegill - Good: using small jigs, worms, and minnows under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: using small jigs, worms, and minnows under a bobber.

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Saints Lake remains good for crappie on jigs and minnows.  Fish size is running small, but the action is steady.  Crappie - Good:

Plainfield
Fishing is fair for quality-sized bluegill and we expect the action to warm along with water temperature as bluegill move shallow for spawning.  Try using a sinking fly in shallow areas, or a slip bobber with a small piece of worm in deeper water.  Bluegill - Fair:

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is on the rise with recent rainfall events but anglers are catching channel catfish.  Channel catfish - Fair: Fish are being caught on dead and live baits.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon remains moderately-high and is on a steady drop.  River conditions are fishable.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are taking channel catfish on leeches.  Smallmouth bass - Fair:

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa is in excellent condition for fishing.  Smallmouth bass - Good:

Crappie fishing has slowed but anglers are beginning to catch bluegills on area lakes with the upcoming spawn. The Cedar, West Fork of the Cedar and Shell Rock rivers are on the rise with the recent rain fall events. The Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers are in good condition. Please contact the Manchester District Office for any further information at (563) 927-3276.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa
Wildlife is dropping the water level to reach the summer level.  Higher water levels are coming down the Mississippi River from Wisconsin so they might have to close the outlet to prevent the Odessa’s water level from rising.  Channel catfish - Good: Channel catfishing down by the outlet is good.  Try either cut bait or night crawlers

Lake Geode
Water conditions are good.  The lake was busy during the Memorial Day weekend.  Bluegill - Good: The fish are starting to move in shallow. A few of the males are starting to occupy the spawning grounds.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are remaining shallow.

Lake Belva Deer
The road crews are making good progress on the road project but it is still a work in progress.  This year they are preparing the road bed and the paving will occur next year after the road bed has had a winter to settle.  The surface will remain gravel this year.  A detour map is available at the Keokuk CCB website.  Bluegill - Good: While they are not nesting yet, they are in shallow to take advantage of the abundant insects attracted to the warmer water. The water remains clear and the fish are very spooky.  Largemouth bass - Good: Anglers are seeing some of the bass starting to set up territories in the shallow waters.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are still catching some nice crappies in the spawning areas in the flooded timber.

Pollmiller Park Lake
The lake has recovered from the heavy rains of a couple of weeks ago.  Bluegill - Good: Fish wax worms or a piece of night crawler under a bobber.  Largemouth bass - Good: Top-water is the way to go.  Fish tight to the habitat.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are once again catching some crappies around the trees and other structure.

Lake Darling
The lake is drained. Although recent heavy rains have made it appear otherwise.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The water level has been fairly stable with a slow drop which may change as the rain from the last few days works its way down the system.  Channel catfish - Excellent: Anglers are catching good numbers of catfish right now.  I would target any creeks or drainage ditches that are running muddy water into the river as the catfish will target these for food being washed in by the rain.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river level is fairly stable right now but NOAA is forecasting a fairly fast rise in the water level through the weekend.

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

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 7.11 feet.  Channel catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, and dip baits around wing dams.  White bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being picked up in Sylvan Slough and on the wing dams on crankbaits and casting jigs/twister combinations.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has slowed down some in Sunset Marina. Some fish are still being picked up on worms and small minnows.  Largemouth bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught in the Andalusia Island Complex on crankbaits and pitching soft plastics around brush piles.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the Andalusia Island backwater complex on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber. Crappie fishing in Sunset Marina has slowed down some.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits around the wing dams along Credit Island. Walleye fishing has been slow in Sylvan Slough

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.97 feet. The ramp at Big Timber is open.  Channel catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers and dip baits. Some channel catfish are being caught along the Muscatine Riverfront on night crawlers.  White bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught up by the dam and on the wing dams on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters floating minnows under a bobber. Areas to try are Big Timber and Eagle Fill.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on crankbaits and three-way rigs with crawlers fished on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 8.08 feet.  Channel catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers and leeches fished around the wing dams.  White bass - Good: White bass are being caught in the tailwaters of Lock and Dam 17 on jigs and twisters with a minnow and small crankbaits.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters on small worms.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber.  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 4.95 feet. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: With recent rains, river levels are forecasted to rise slightly over the next few days then begin falling by the end of the weekend. Main channel water temperature is 68 degrees.  For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

Hannen Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Some nicer bluegills are being caught on small jigs or worms. Try shallow flats or brush.

Iowa Lake
Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are spawning. Fish shallow structure with a small jig or worm.  Redear Sunfish - No Report: Our shocking survey showed good numbers of redears moving into the shallow flats, although no catches have been reported.

Kent Park Lake
Anglers are also catching fish in some of their ponds as well.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been picking up around shallow brush.  Largemouth bass - Good: Bass are also cruising the shallows with the spawn going on. Crankbaits and soft plastics have been producing best.

Lake Macbride
Water temperature is now in the upper 60s. Remember a 10 horsepower maximum is now in effect for Lake Macbride.  Crappie - Good: The spawn is wrapping up. Some fish are still near the bank, while most fish have moved off to the flats or drop offs. Check around structure in these areas.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Channel catfish - Fair: Stink bait and chicken liver have produced some nice catfish. Try along rock for fish looking to spawn soon.  White bass - Excellent: Look for schools feeding on the surface. Try top-waters and small crankbaits, especially early and late in the day. Fish are also being caught near the bank on artificial and bobber/minnow.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being picked up on small worms around rock and brush.  Largemouth bass - Good: Try a variety of artificials and even night crawlers around the jetties, dam, and brush. Remember, largemouth have to be 18 inches to keep.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are either spawning or finishing the spawn. Fish with small jigs/wax worms or worms in shallow flats for best results.  Redear sunfish - No Report: Redears should be in the shallow flats spawning. Fish as you would for bluegills. Fish up to 10 ½ inches are not uncommon here.

Otter Creek Lake
Channel catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are showing up in the fish cleaning station, so some are being caught. Look for these fish around lay-downs and rock.  Bluegill - Good: Some nice sized bluegill are being caught. Look for them around downed trees and spawning flats.  Yellow bass - Excellent: The yellow bass bite has been good, however, size is marginal. Expect many 6-8 inch fish with some larger ones possible. Use jigs or spinners around the shallow rock for best results.

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

Coralville Reservoir
The current lake level is 687 feet (as of 5/28) and is projected to fall to 686 feet. The water clarity is decent and water temperature is in the upper 60s.  White bass - Fair: Some anglers are finding white bass. Run and gun looking for schools of fish. Small shad colored crankbaits or jigs work best.

Dike Lake
Bluegill - Good: There have been reports of nice sized bluegills being caught here. Fish shallow flats or around brush/pallets/rock with small jigs or worms.

Most lakes have water temperature in the upper 60s. Most of the crappies have completed their spawns, but bluegills, largemouth, and redears continue to spawn in the shallows. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello
The lake was completely drained during the summer of 2008.  Repairs have been made and the gate is now shut and the lake is re-filling.

Red Haw Lake
Channel catfish - Fair: Night crawlers have been the best bait for catching channel catfish.  Bluegill - Good: Small jigs have been catching fish along with a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.  The best areas have been along the shorelines and around submerged structure.  Largemouth bass - Good: Use soft plastics along the shoreline and around submerged structure.  As water temperatures continue to rise, try crankbaits and spinner-baits.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have been hitting on small jigs fished around structure along the shoreline.

Lake Keomah
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs fished along the shoreline.  Look for areas with structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics or jigs fished along submerged structure.  Also try areas with rocks.

Albia (lower)
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines.

Lake Miami
The lake drawdown started May 15.  Anglers may still use the lake during this time and the boat docks and boat ramps will be usable.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or dead minnows.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines and around structure.  Largemouth bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinner-baits around structure for the most action.  Crappie - Good: Use small jigs or jig/minnow combinations along the shoreline or other structure.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler.  Try a variety of depths.  Largemouth bass - Good: Use soft plastics around weed lines and other structure.  Try using spinner-baits and top-waters as the water temperature rises.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worm.  Try different colors and locations until you find active fish.  Walleye - Slow: Use jigs tipped with a minnow along the rocky shorelines and along the dam.

Rathbun Reservoir
Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the lower 60s.  The lake level is currently at 909.47 feet, which is five feet above normal pool.  Channel catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish in the coves and bays.  White bass - Fair: Use flashy blade baits or chrome colored baits to mimic shad.  Try areas with some underwater structure or a change in depth.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught around flooded vegetation along the shoreline.  Fishing has been better in the afternoons as the surface water temperature rises.  South Fork has been producing some crappies as well as the far northwest parts of the reservoir.  Walleye - Fair: Try drifting night crawlers or trolling crankbaits around underwater islands and ridges.

Rathbun District Farm Ponds
Crappies and bluegills have been hitting in area farm ponds.  Largemouth bass are also being caught.  Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds.

For further fishing reports in southeast Iowa, please contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST

Don Williams Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning and are being caught shallow using crawlers under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: Spawning crappies are being caught near wood structure in shallow water.  They are being caught best using minnows under a bobber.  The fish are around 10 to 11 inches.

Beaver Lake
No fishing information reported for this location.

Jacob Krumm Nature Preserver Lake (west)
Bluegill - Good: Some very nice bluegills are being caught using small jigs or crawlers.  The larger fish are coming from the flooded wood in the upper end of the lake and 8 to 9 inch fish are common.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching good numbers of spawning crappies using small tube jigs.  The best area is along the dam and the shoreline across from the boat ramp.

Rock Creek Lake
Channel catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught near the campground and 24 hour fishing area using liver and stink bait.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegill bite is good right now using small jigs.  Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has slowed a little, but is still good on jigs tipped with minnows or minnows under a bobber.  Concentrate on shallow areas with wood or riprap.

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

Big Creek Lake
White bass - Good: White bass are biting well below the Big Creek spillway fishing small jigs, minnows, and spinners.  Bluegill - Good: Spawning bluegill bite is good using small pieces of crawler under a bobber or small tube jigs.  Crappie - Good: The crappies moved deeper with the cooler weather over the weekend, but the much warmer weather this week is moving them back into the shallows.  Minnows under a bobber fished near shallow wood in the bays are producing the most fish.  The crappies are 9 to 11 inches.

Easter Lake
Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are being caught using pieces of night crawler under a bobber.  Largemouth bass - Good: The bass bite is good fishing near woody structure.  Crappie - Good: Spawning crappies are being caught using tube jigs or minnows under a bobber.  Fish near wood structure in shallow water or along the rock on the face of the dam.  Walleye - Good: Walleye fishermen are successful right now using chartreuse twisters.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught on spawning beds using crawlers under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: Spawning crappies are being caught using small tube jigs, or minnows under a bobber.  The best locations are in the bays and anywhere there is wood or rock riprap in shallow water.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Excellent: Good sized bluegills are being caught using crawlers under a bobber.  Largemouth bass - Good: Bass fishing is good using weed less rigs in the curly leaf beds.  Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has started to pick up in shallow water near wood structure using small tube jigs or minnows under a bobber.  Redear sunfish - Fair: Anglers fishing for bluegills are also catching a few spawning redears using crawlers.

Red Rock Reservoir
Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing is still good in the Marina cove, Whitebreast, and below bridges.  Fish are good sized at 12 to 14 inches with some up to 16.

Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught using cut bait or night crawlers.  Flathead catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are moving for the spawn and some nice sized fish have been caught below the dams and in large log jams.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
Channel catfish - Good: Channel catfish biting on small live sunfish, cut bait, or night crawlers.  Flathead catfish - Good: Flathead fishing is good right now using live sunfish or bullheads fished near log jams and below the dams.

Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at (515) 432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has a quality crappie and bluegill fishery. The lake is trolling motor only and with water temperatures in the high 60s, anglers should be able to take advantage of good fishing close to shore.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 9 inches can be caught around jetties and casting small jigs close to shore.  Largemouth bass - Good: Greenfield Lake has a good population of 12 to 15 inch fish.

Littlefield Lake
Surface water temperature was 68 degrees on May 26 and crappies were on shore spawning. Water clarity is good for Littlefield Lake being able to see down 2 feet.  Crappie - Good: Cast small jigs close to shore. Crappies average 8 inches.

Lake Anita
Lake is full with good water clarity.  Largemouth bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are in cedar tree piles. Try casting plastic baits with slow retrieve.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have moved off shore. Try vertical jigging cedar tree piles or drifting for 8-9 inch fish.

Lake Manawa
Surface water temperature as of May 27 was 68 degrees and lake has an algal bloom.  Channel catfish - Fair: Anglers are having success using cut bait on the south and west side of the lake.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught on west side of lake drifting night crawlers.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Most farm ponds are full and support good populations of largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are readily caught casting small jigs close to shore. Find spawning fish by locating saucer shaped depressions in sediment.  Largemouth bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting spinners or plastic baits around structure and close to shore.

Nodaway Lake
Lake is full with good water clarity. Water temperature on 5-18 was 63 degrees.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are just moving in to spawn and can be caught casting small jigs or with night crawlers. Average size is 7.5 inches.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are spawning where ever there is rock on the shoreline. Cast small jigs or twister tails close to shore. Average size is 9 inches.

Prairie Rose Lake
The fishing at Prairie Rose has switched from crappies to bluegills.  Over the past weekend anglers caught a lot of bluegills on wax worms or small pieces of night crawlers fished close to shore.  Channel catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on night crawlers or chicken liver.  Bluegill - Good: Over the past weekend anglers caught a lot of bluegills on wax worms or small pieces of night crawlers fished close to shore.  The bluegills run 6 1/2 to 7 inches.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are still being caught near shore but for the most part they have moved out.  The crappies run 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 inches.

Water temperatures have reached the point where we are at the tail end of the crappie spawn and bluegills are starting to move in to spawn.  Memorial Day weekend should be a great weekend to catch bluegills in area lakes.  Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Southwest District Office for more information on area lakes at 712-769-2587.

Binder Lake
Water quality is good and some rooted vegetation is growing in the bays.  Largemouth bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized largemouth can be caught near shore.  Crappie - Fair: A few nice sized crappies have been caught from the dam.

Lake Icaria
The lake level is near normal and the water quality near the dam is good.  The far upper end is a little cloudy.  Water temperature is near 70.  Bullhead - Excellent: A lot of real nice fish can be caught from shore just about anywhere in the lake on crawlers.  Largemouth bass - Good: Several mid-sized fish have been caught near-shore and from the fish mounds.  Crappie - Fair: Several fish can be picked up just off shore in 5 to 7 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Several fish are still being caught from the mounds and big points.  Crawlers and leeches are showing a lot of success.  Some walleye are being caught by crappie anglers on jigs.

West Lake (Osceola)
Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.  Largemouth bass - Good: Several fish can be caught from near-shore structure.  Crappie - Excellent: Fishing is excellent along the dam for 7.5 to 8.5 inch crappie.

Little River Watershed Lake
The lake is murky but a few fish are still biting.  Crappie - Fair: A few mid-sized fish have been picked from shore.  Walleye - Slow: Some small walleye are biting on crankbaits. 

Nine Eagles Lake
Water quality is fair.  Channel catfish - Fair: A few 2 pound fish have been caught on cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: A few fish of all sizes can be caught from the shallow coves or from the dam.

Slip Bluff Lake
Water quality is fair.

Badger Creek Lake
Anglers are using the west road and jetties.  Water quality is good near the dam.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill angling success has been found around the jetties and nearby coves.  Largemouth bass - Good: A lot of fish are along shore on spinners and shallow diving crankbaits.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water quality is good and fish of all species are biting.  Bluegill - Good: A few fish are biting along the west shore and from the backs of the coves on crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish are near-shore and can be caught on spinners.  Crappie - Fair: The rocks of the dam are still holding some 8 to 10 inch crappie.

East Lake (Lenox)
Water quality is fair but the shallow coves are producing fish.  Crappie - Fair: Several fish have been caught from the southeast shore and along the dam.

Lake of Three Fires
Water quality is fair and the fishing has changed over the past week.  Crappies are biting slower and the bluegills are biting better.  Water clarity is about 2 feet.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of real nice fish have been caught using crawlers from shore just about anywhere around the lake.  Bluegill - Good: Several real nice fish have been caught using crawlers over the fish mounds or near the dam.  Largemouth bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized fish have been caught from the near-shore structure.

Wilson Park Lake
Water quality is fair.  Bluegill - Good: Several nice fish can be picked up near shore and from around the jetty.

Windmill Lake
Water levels are near normal.  Channel catfish - Fair: A few channels are being caught near dusk from the shallow bays on stink bait or cut bait.  Bluegill - Good: The fish are biting fairly well on crawlers near shore.

Green Valley Lake
The lake level has been lowered for construction projects and water quality improvements to be completed.

Three Mile Lake
Most fish species present in the lake are biting well.  Water quality is good and water levels are normal.  Water temperature is near 70.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill are biting on crawlers near shore and from the coves.  Largemouth bass - Good: Several fish are biting near shore on spinners and crankbaits.  Crappie - Good: The crappie are nearing the end of the spawning.  Several fish of all sizes have been caught from the near shore areas.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are still being caught from steep shoreline areas and dirt mounds.  Leeches and crawlers have been successful.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Small crankbaits have been working fairly well on wipers.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of nice slicks can be caught using crawlers.  Bluegill - Good: A lot of nice fish have been picked up using crawlers from the near shore areas just about anywhere around the lake.  Largemouth bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized fish can be caught near-shore.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are still biting from the big open points and steep drop-off area on leeches or crawlers.  Some anglers are seeing success by trolling crankbaits over the rock fields.

The crappie angling is slowing a bit but the bluegills are biting.  Several other species are biting well at most lakes.  Water temperature is usually around 70 and water quality at most lakes is good.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Fishing has been good and river conditions are stable. Channel catfish - Good: Channel cats are still biting on stink bait, cut bait and crawlers on the bottom.  Flathead catfish - Fair: Some flatheads are biting on live baits; some are being caught on cut bait.  Smallmouth bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are biting near Sioux City.  Fish along the revet bank or wing dike tips with crankbaits or jigs.  Freshwater drum - Good: Drum are biting on night crawlers with a weight on the bottom.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Fishing has been good and getting better with warmer water temps.  Channel catfish - Good: Channel cats are still biting on cut bait, stink bait and crawlers on the bottom.  Flathead catfish - Fair: Some flatheads are biting on live bait and some are being caught on cut bait.  Freshwater drum - Good: Drum are biting on crawlers on the bottom.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
No information received at this time

The fishing is starting to pick up with warmer water temps.  The water temperatures are in the 60s.  Water levels are stable and the river is great condition for fishing now.

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