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Iowa fishing report 5-7-09

May 07, 2009 at 03:48 PM

NORTHWEST

Mississippi River Pool 15: No reports received from Pool 15.
Mississippi River Pool 14: River stage at Camanche is 12.84 and falling. Water temps are in the low 60s and water clarity is poor. Walleye Slow: Fishing has been slow with the high, muddy water. Largemouth Bass Fair: A few bass are being caught in backwaters that still have decent water clarity. Crappie Slow: Reports of a few fish in the Rock Creek area. Bluegill Slow: Reports of a few fish in the Rock Creek area.
For information about fishing Pools 12 - 15 of the Mississippi River, call the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976.
Center Lake: Bullhead Good: Fish the southwest corner of the lake at the culvert with night crawlers on the bottom.
Big Spirit Lake: Crappie Good: Use a small jig or minnow under a slip bobber at Templar Lagoon and the Grade. Smallmouth Bass Good: Use jerkbaits or hair jigs at Little and Big Stoney Points. Yellow Perch Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with live bait or a slip bobber and minnow. Bullhead Good: Use night crawlers on the bottom at the Grade or Buffalo Run. Bluegill Good: Use a pink and white ice jig tipped with a waxworm around boat docks in Templar Lagoon.
East Okoboji Lake: Crappie Good: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms or minnows at the Trestle and at the fishing pier along Highway 9. Bluegill Good: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms at the Trestle or at the fishing pier along Highway 9.
Minnewashta Lake: Walleye Fair: Fish at the Sawmill Bridge with a jig and minnow at sunset. White Bass Fair: Use a twister tail or slip bobber and minnow at the Sawmill Bridge. Bluegill Good: Use ice jigs tipped with live bait around boat docks.
Silver Lake (Dickinson): Walleye Good: Use a jig and minnow, twister tail, or crankbaits in the evenings.
West Okoboji Lake: Northern Pike Good: Use white spinnerbaits in Miller’s Bay along remaining weed beds. Largemouth Bass Excellent: Use jerk-baits in North Bay along remaining weed beds. Crappie Good: Use small jigs or live minnows under a bobber in the canals between Emerson and Miller’s Bay. Bluegill Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms along the docks at Triboji or along docks and downed trees in Turtle Lake.
Upper Gar Lake: Crappie Good: Use small jigs along boat docks. Bluegill Good: Use small jigs along boat docks.
Five Island Lake: Walleye Fair: Use a jig and minnow or twister tail after sunset. Channel Catfish Fair Use night crawlers on the bottom by the railroad bridge.
Lost Island Lake: Walleye Fair: Use jig and minnow, twister tail, or small crankbaits after sunset.
Lower Gar Lake: Bullhead Good: Fish the public shore on the north side and at the outlet with night crawlers on the bottom.
West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg): Walleye Slow: Use jig and minnow or twister tail in current seams. Channel Catfish Good: Use night crawlers or cut bait in holes.
East Fork Des Moines (state line to Algona): Walleye Good: Use a jig and minnow in slackwater areas.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove): Walleye Fair: Use a jig and minnow in holes below bridges and riffles.
Tuttle Lake: Walleye Good: Use a jig and minnow or twister tail below the outlet.
Big Sioux River: Channel Catfish Good: Use night crawlers or cutbait in deep holes.
Lake Cornelia: Bullhead (8 to 9 inches): fishing is good using a crawler fished on the bottom. Walleye fishing has been fair fishing the north end of the lake using a jig and minnow. Walleye Fair: Walleye fishing has been fair fishing the north end of the lake using a jig and minnow. Bullhead Excellent: fishing for 8- to 9-inch bullheads is excellent using a crawler fished on the bottom.
Clear Lake: Yellow bass fishing is excellent. The best bite is in the morning and evening fishing the rocky areas. This would be a great time to take a kid fishing. Yellow Bass Excellent: The best bite is in the morning and evening fishing the rocky areas with small jigs (white and yellow have been working well.) Walleye Slow: walleyes are being caught fishing at the grade and jetty. Crappie Fair: Crappie fishing has been fair fishing the canals. Channel Catfish Fair: Channel Catfish are biting on dead chubs and crawlers fishing from the jetty.
Beeds Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Lower Pine Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Upper Pine Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
For more fishing report information on Spirit Lake area rivers and lakes call 712-336-1840.
East Fork Des Moines (state line to Algona): Walleye fishing has been good using a jig and minnow. Channel catfish are biting on dead chubs and crawlers fished off the bottom. Walleye Good: use a jig and minnow. Channel Catfish Good: Catfish are biting on dead chubs and crawlers fished off the bottom
Silver Lake (Worth): Yellow Perch fishing has been fair fishing from the jetty.
Winnebago River: Northern pike and smallmouth bass fishing has been good.
Crystal Lake: The lake was renovated last fall, and only fish fry have been restocked thus far.
Little Wall Lake: Small crappies (6 to 8 inches) are biting.
Rice Lake: Bullhead (7 to 8 inch) fishing is excellent using a crawler fished on the bottom.
West Twin Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Badger Lake (North of Ft. Dodge): Fishing has been improving as the weather warms. Crappie Fair: Some 9- to 10-inch fish have been caught on small twisters.
Nelson Park Lake: Some panfish and catfish are being taken. It’s slow.
Yellow Smoke Park Lake: Fishing is still slow.
Crawford Creek Impoundment: Still fairly slow. Shore anglers are beginning to catch a few panfish. Crappie Good: Fish are small; use small jigs tipped with a worm. Bluegill Fair: Anglers are using small jigs with worms.
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt): Walleye fishing has been good using a jig and minnow. Channel Catfish are biting on dead chubs and crawlers fished off the bottom. Walleye Good: use a jig and minnow. Channel Catfish Good: Catfish are biting on dead chubs and crawlers fished off the bottom.
For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call us at the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at (641) 357-3517.
Browns Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Black Hawk Lake: Fishing is still a bit slow. Anglers are catching a few more catfish.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake): Fairly slow. Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit. All walleye in that range must be released. Walleye Good: Anglers are having best luck while trolling slowly with Shad Raps. Good colors are: blue, silver, tiger and purple. White Bass Fair: Best locations are off Starr Park and in rocky areas. Fish wherever it’s calm and use jigs and twisters. Fish are mostly between 10 and 15 inches. Crappie Fair: People are starting to catch some 8 to 10 inch crappies in marina. Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm or piece of crawler.
Brushy Creek Lake: Still slow. Brushy Creek has a lot of deep water and will take some time to warm. Large bass are starting to move into shallower water (5 - 10 ft). Crappie and bluegill are still out deep.
Swan Lake: Fishing has been improving. Crappie Good: Anglers have been catching lots of small (6 - 7 inch) fish. Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm or piece of crawler.
North Twin Lake: Fishing is improving. Yellow Bass Fair: Anglers are catching some small yellow bass.
North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn): Anglers are still catching catfish with various baits. Channel Catfish Good: Various baits have been successful.
Arrowhead Lake: Fishing is improving. Bluegill Fair: Anglers are catching some bluegill using small jigs tipped with a waxworm or small piece of crawler. 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.

NORTHEAST

Silver Lake (Delaware): Water clarity on Silver Lake is very good this spring and early summer. Because of these conditions submergent vegetation will quickly grow around the lake shoreline. Bluegill fishing is good. Anglers are catching 6- to 7-inch bluegills on small tackle using artificials and live bait.
Mississippi River Pool 19: River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 9.36ft and falling. Floodstage is 10ft. Fishing has been slow due to high water.
Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have been steadily falling over the past few days. Main channel water temperature is around 62 degrees and water clarity has improved. Fishing has been slow in the lower pools due to recent high water. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
South Prairie Lake: A few largemouth bass are being caught out of South Prairie Lake. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Try casting rubber worms or crankbaits along the shore line of this lake.
Martens Lake: Crappie fishing has slowed over the last few weeks but anglers are still catching a few. Most anglers fish the canal area of Martens Lake where water temperatures warm faster than the main lake. Try fishing a minnow under a slip bobber or casting small tube jigs.
George Wyth Lake: There have been reports of anglers catching bluegills in George Wyth Lake. Bluegill fishing is fair Try fishing around sunken trees along the shoreline using small tackle tipped with a waxworm or piece of crawler.
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake): Anglers are catching bluegills and largemouth bass from both shore and boats. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Try casting the shoreline using rubber worms or casting crankbaits during early morning or evening hours. Bluegill fishing is fair. Bluegills are primarily being caught around sunken habitat within the lake using small tackle tipped with a waxworm or piece of crawler.
Big Woods Lake: Anglers are beginning to catch crappies out of this lake but fish still remain suspended in deeper water as water temperatures are in the mid to low 50s. Crappie fishing is fair. Concentrate fishing deeper water using a minnow under a slip bobber in or around structure. Trees along the east shoreline do provide some deeper water structure.
Lake fishing still remains slow as air temperatures and recent showers has kept water temperatures cool. Crappies will begin to spawn in area lakes and river backwaters as water temperatures increase through the month of May. River levels are currently holding steady or falling from recent heavy rains. Check your local USGS river gauges in your area for current river levels. Contact Manchester Field Office at 563-927-3276 for more info.
Mississippi River Pool 10: Northern Pike Good anglers catching fish in various spots using large flashy spinners and spoons. Largemouth bass fishing is excellent. Fish are being caught in the Harpers Spillway tube and tailwaters. Crappie fishing has been slow for a while but this is our first decent report of at least some being taken. Bluegill fishing is fair. Fish are starting to show back up in the creel after last weeks high water levels.
Mississippi River Pool 9: Smallmouth bass fishing is good. Smallmouths have been small but plentiful. Anglers are catching them on spinners and small jigs along rock piles. Northern pike fishing is excellent. Many pike are being reported. Anglers are even catching them off the banks in the city of Lansing and up in Minnesota Slough by New Albin. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Many sizable largemouths are being reported. Freshwater drum fishing is good. Anglers are using a simple worm and sliding egg sinker in current areas for best results.
Mississippi River Pool 11 Tailwaters: Sauger Slow. A few small saugers are still being caught. 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. Walleye Slow. Walleye bite has shut down with only a few fish being caught. Smallmouth Bass: Good Fishing near the dam and in the spillway. Bluegill Fair: Catching small bluegills near boat ramp on bobbers and worms. Northern Pike Excellent: Population size is excellent, several large pike reported this week caught on jigs and spinners. Freshwater Drum Good: Anglers are using a simple hook baited with a night crawler and an egg sinker for weight. Flathead Catfish Good: Flatheads have moved into current areas near tailwaters.
River gauges: Lansing- 8.5 Lynxville- 18.3 Guttenberg- 9.3 Water temperature at Guttenberg- 60 degrees. The water levels in pools 9-11 steadily falling. Water has returned within the banks. Gates are back in operation at Guttenberg. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.
Lake Hendricks: Water temperature is running about 60 F and fairly clear.
Largemouth Bass Fair: Anglers have been catching bass using jigs tossed along the shoreline. Crappie Good: Nice-sized fish are being caught using minnows under bobber by submerged structure. Channel Catfish Slow: Try angling for catfish using dead chubs fished on the bottom near wind-blown shores. Bluegill Slow: Anglers have had limited success with small pieces of night crawler fished under a bobber.
Volga Lake: Angling has picked up this week. Largemouth Bass Fair: Bass are becoming more active with warmer water temperatures. Crappie Good: Try fishing for crappies with minnow under a bobber in about 4-6 feet of water. Channel Catfish: No Report. Bluegill Slow: A few nice ones are being caught while angling for crappies.
Lake Meyer: More anglers are using the lake. Folks have been boating and fishing along the shoreline but primarily at the jetty. Crappie Good: Crappies are being caught along the new jetty and around the new habitat. Crappies have been actively hitting minnows. Largemouth Bass Excellent: Bass of all sizes are being caught on crankbaits and spinners. Northern Pike Slow: An occasional pike is caught while fishing for other game fish. Channel Catfish: No Report. Bluegill Slow: A few bluegills are starting to bite.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah): Water temperatures are running about 60 F and very fishable. Stonefly hatches continue to be strong. Sucker fishing is slow. Walleye Fair: A few walleye are being caught on a jig tipped with a twister tail or minnow.
Smallmouth Bass Fair: Angling between old airport bridge and city prairie has been good. Try using natural colored jigs and fish in the evening when insects are hatching.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah): Water temperatures are running about 60 F and water is a little off color but still fishable. Walleye Good: Jigs fished with a worm have been the preferred bait. Sucker Slow: Anglers continue reporting catching suckers but the bite has slowed quite a bit. Smallmouth Bass Slow. Rainbow Trout Slow: Anglers report catching a few nice trout while walleye fishing.
Yellow River: Angling for trout has been good in the deeper holes and around log jams. Rainbow Trout Good: Try using a wooly bugger. Brown trout fishing is good.
Turkey River (above Clermont): We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Cedar River (above Nashua): After the recent rains, the river has been running a little high and turbid. Fishing in general is slow. Anglers have been out with limited success. Walleye Slow: Anglers report spotty catches of walleye occurring. Smallmouth Bass: No Report. Northern Pike: No Report. Channel Catfish Slow: Anglers should try using dead chubs, cutbaits or minnows. Try going early evening for those 3 to 3.5 pounders.
Turkey River (below Clermont): Water temperatures are running between 55-60 F. Trout fishing is fair from Elkader upstream. Walleye fishing is slow. Rainbow Trout Fair: Try using a 1/32 oz. jig tipped with a twister tail.
Mississippi River Pool 12: River stage at Dubuque is 11.36 and falling. Water clarity is poor. Water temperatures are in the low 60s. Walleye Slow: A few fish are being caught on the wind dams, but the high, muddy water has really slowed the bite. Freshwater Drum Fair: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current. Crappie Slow: A few fish are being caught in O’leary’s Lake. Bluegill Slow: The bite has been very slow with the high, muddy water.
Decorah District Streams: As of 5/06, hatchery folks are reporting fishable stream conditions. Water clarity from stream to stream after the rains will differ depending upon watershed size, amount of work done in the fields in the watershed, amount of rainfall in the area, etc. As the water clears, it is even more important to not cast a shadow over the hole in which you are fishing. Trout in general are spooked very easily. A few small mayflies have been emerging. Rainbow Trout Good: Use more natural looking jigs and spinners with clearer water. Brown Trout Good: Try casting upstream and let your lure float down along rocks or bank hides to the bottom end of the riffle. Try using beaded black nymphs for those willey browns.
Many of our rivers and streams are experiencing higher flows due to recent rains but they are still fishable. As of 5/06, all of our trout streams are fishable. 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 the Decorah Trout Hatchery, (563) 382-8324.
Mississippi River Pool 13: River stage at Bellevue is 8.94 feet and falling. Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are in the low 50s. Walleye Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow with the high, muddy water. A few fish are being caught on wing dams. Freshwater Drum Fair: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current. Largemouth Bass Good: Bass are biting on spinnerbaits and soft plastics in the backwaters or on crankbaits along rock in side channels. Crappie Fair: A few crappies are being caught in Brown’s Lake, Spring Lake, and Middle Sabula Lake. Fish are biting on minnows or jigs under a stick bobber. Bluegill Fair: The bluegill bite has been slow due to the high, muddy water. Key in on backwaters with better water clarity. Channel Catfish Good: Many reports of a lot of catfish being caught on trotlines. Fish with crawlers or dead minnows on the bottom in moderate current.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Wapello: The lake was completely drained during the summer of 2008. Repairs have been made and the gate is now shut so the lake can start re-filling. Now would be a good opportunity to check out the new fish habitat that was added while the lake was drained.
Red Haw Lake: Channel catfish is fair. Night crawlers have been the best bait for catching channel catfish. Largemouth bass good. Use soft plastics along the shoreline and around submerged structure. As water temperatures continue to rise, try crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Bluegill fair. 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.
Lake Keomah: Largemouth Bass Good. Use soft plastics or jigs fished along submerged structure. Also try areas with rocks. Bluegill Fair. Use small jigs fished along the shoreline. Look for areas with structure.
Albia (lower): Bluegill Good. Use small jigs along the shorelines. Most fish have
been running between 7-8 inches.
Lake Miami: Starting May 15th, the lake will be drawn down 6 feet. Anglers may still use the lake during this time and the boat docks and boat ramps will be usable. Largemouth Bass Fair. Use soft plastics or spinnerbaits around structure for the most action. Crappie Fair. Use small jigs or jig/minnow combinations around structure. Channel Catfish Fair. Use night crawlers or dead minnows. Bluegill Good. Use small jigs along the shorelines and around structure.
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.
Rathbun Reservoir: Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the upper 50s. The lake level is currently at 908.2 which is four feet above normal pool. Some boat ramps are being repaired so they will be closed. Currently work is being done at the Dedication site high water ramp. County Road J5T is now open going across the dam. Crappie Slow. Some crappies are being caught using small jigs tipped with a minnow fished around areas with structure in 10-12 feet of water. Channel Catfish Fair. Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish back in the coves and bays.
Lake Sugema: Walleye Slow. Use jigs tipped with a minnow along the rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass Good. Use soft plastics around weedlines and other structure. Try using spinnerbaits and topwaters as the water temperature rises. Crappie Fair. Use small jigs tipped with a minnow or waxworm. Try different colors and locations until you find active fish. Bluegill Fair. Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler. Try a variety of depths.
For further fishing reports in southeast Iowa, please contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.
Geode Lake: Largemouth Bass Fair. Look for the Largemouth to be in the shallow bays where the Bluegills and warmer water temps will be. Crappie Excellent. Some anglers are claiming that this is the best its been in the last 10 years. They seem to be catching most of the crappies in about 4 foot of water.
Belva Deer Lake: The road crews are working on the main road into the campground side of the park, the final goal will be to have a paved road into the park. Crappie Excellent. Anglers are catching some very nice crappies in 2 to 3 feet of water. Belva Deer is very clear right now so use a little stealth. Largemouth Bass Fair. With the recent rains look to the upper end of the lake where the marsh dumps into the lake through the tubes to locate some nice fish. Bluegill Good. Anglers are starting to pick up some bluegills. Look to the bays on the north side of the lake where the sun can warm the water. The fish are in very shallow feeding and are very spooky.
Lake Macbride: Crappie Excellent. Crappies are on the banks, and they are averaging between 9 and 11 inches.
Lake fishing has picked up a bit with water temps in the 60s. However, river conditions remain high and fishing is difficult. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River): The river is dropping quickly now and should continue to do so for the next several days.
Cedar River (Moscow to Columbus Junction): The river at Conesville is expected to be reach flood stage by Saturday and return to its banks by Monday without further rain.
Lake Darling District Farm Ponds: Water is warming up, and the fishing is turning on. Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds. Largemouth bass and crappie fishing is good.
Poll Miller Park Lake: The water temp is in the mid 60s. Crappie good. Anglers are catching some nice crappies around the trees in the lake using minnows. Bluegill good. Bluegill fishing is picking up. Target the shallow water near the habitat.
Lake Darling: The lake is drained.
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock): The river is finally back to within its banks, barely.
For more information on the above lakes call us at the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.
Lake of the Hills: The numbers of people fishing is picking up as the weather improves. Generally, fishing has been slow the last few days; however, some species are beginning to bite well. Crappie Good. Crappies are being caught on minnows or small jigs. Try fishing around brush piles and from the handicap dock. Largemouth Bass Slow. Find bass by slow-rolling spinner baits near cover in the shallow coves. Rainbow Trout Slow. Trout continue to be hit or miss. Try spinners or worms along the dam. Channel Catfish Slow. Catfishing has been slow. Bluegill Good. Bluegill continue to be caught in the shallows all along the shoreline. Just use a worm under a bobber.
For more information on Lake-of-the-Hills, please call the staff at the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.
Mississippi River Pool 16: River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 11.24ft and falling. Sauger Fair A few saugers are being caught on jigs and minnows in Sylvan Slough. White Bass Fair. A few white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough on in-line spinners or casting jigs and twisters. Walleye Fair. A few walleyes are being caught in Sylvan Slough on jigs and minnows. Smallmouth Bass Fair. A few smallmouth bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough. Bluegill Good. Bluegill fishing has been good in Sunset Marina and pieces of crawler or waxworms. Largemouth Bass Fair. A few largemouth bass are being caught in Sunset Marina on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. They are also being caught in the Andalusia Island backwater complex. Crappie Good. Crappies are being caught in the Andalusia Island backwater complex on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber. Larger crappies are being caught in deeper water off brush piles while smaller fish are being caught up shallow. Crappies are also being caught in Sunset Marina fishing minnows under bobbers around the public docks. Channel Catfish Slow. A few channel catfish are being picked up around Sunset Marina on night crawlers and shad.
Mississippi River Pool 17: River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 10.80ft and falling. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Fishing for all species is slow.
Mississippi River Pool 18: River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 12.89ft and falling. Fishing has been slow due to high water. Fishing is slow.

SOUTHWEST

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs): Water conditions are good right now. Flathead catfishing is slow. A few smaller flatheads are being caught using live bait and night crawlers. Freshwater drum fishing is excellent. Fish are biting on the bottom on night crawlers with a weight. Fish the pools just above wing dikes or on the sand to catch drum. Fishing for channel catfish is excellent. The action is fast right now on night crawlers and stink bait fished on the bottom with a weight. Larger cats can be caught using large hooks baited with cutbait, like shad, chubs or dead minnows.
Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux): Water conditions are good right now. Flathead catfishing is slow. A few smaller flatheads are being caught using live bait and night crawlers. Freshwater drum fishing is excellent. Fish are biting on the bottom on night crawlers with a weight. Fish the pools just above wing dikes or on the sand to catch drum. Fishing for channel catfish is excellent. The action is fast right now on night crawlers and stink bait fished on the bottom with a weight. Lots of smaller fish are biting on the sand between wing dikes. To catch bigger cats use large hooks and large pieces of cut bait, like shad, chubs or dead minnows.
Binder Lake: The lake is at normal level and the water clarity is good at the dam. A little vegetation is starting to grow near shore. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Several fish from 10 to 14 inches are being caught from the dam in the evening. Crappie fishing is good, with several nice fish being picked up off the dam during the evening hours using jigs or small spinners. Most fish are 8 to 10 inches long.
Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line): Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs): Water conditions are good right now. Flathead catfishing is slow. A few smaller flatheads are being caught using live bait and night crawlers. Freshwater drum fishing is excellent. Fish are biting on the bottom on night crawlers with a weight. Fishing for channel catfish is good. Fish are biting on cutbait, night crawlers and stink bait fished with a weight on the bottom. Shovelnose sturgeon are biting fair on a night crawler weighted on the bottom. Thousands of sturgeon have been tagged by fisheries crews working on the Missouri River. If you catch a tagged sturgeon, please call the toll free number listed on the tag and report it. Anglers need to be able to identify the endangered pallid sturgeon and release them immediately if caught.
For sturgeon ID go to: http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/iafish/sturgeon.html or call DNR Fisheries in Onawa at 712-433-4706
Nine Eagles Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Lake Icaria: The lake water level is near normal and water temps are in the mid 60s. Some fish are moving shallower onto rocky areas of the dam and fish mounds. Water clarity at the dam is good but the upper end is murky. Crappie fishing is fair. A few fish are showing up in 6 to 8 feet of water. Some males are starting to color up preparing to spawn. Most are 7.5 to 10 inches. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Several mid-sized fish have been caught near shore. Spinners or crankbaits have been the best. Walleye fishing is fair. Anglers are seeing a few fish on rocky areas in 6 to 10 feet of water. Jigs with minnows fished on the bottom have been the most successful. Fishing for channel catfish is fair. Several fish have been caught from the upper end and bays. Several fish nice sized bullheads have been caught on the bottom using crawlers most anywhere in the lake.
West Lake (Osceola): Water clarity is good and the lake level is near normal. The water at the upper end is a little murky. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Several fish from 12 to 20 inches have been caught near shore in 3 to 6 feet of water. Spinners and crankbaits have shown the most success.
Little River Watershed Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Badger Creek Lake: Water clarity at the dam is good. Anglers are using the jetties and walk-in areas a lot. Panfishing is picking up. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. A few real nice fish have been caught near shore or from the shallow flooded trees. Crappie fishing is fair. A few fish of all sizes have been caught near rocky shoreline areas.
Fogle Lake S.W.A.: Water quality is good and water temps are in the mid-60s. Crappie fishing is fair. Some fish are moving into the dam and jetty areas at sunset. The fish are 9 to 11 inches.
Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir: Water clarity is good. Crappie fishing is excellent. A crappie can be caught almost every cast from the dam on a very small white jig.
Three Mile Lake: Water clarity is good at the dam with the upper end cloudy. Water temps are in the mid 60s. Anglers are targeting walleye and crappie, but all species are showing some success. Walleye fishing is fair, with a few being caught deeper during the day and shallow near dark. Anglers are using leeches or crawlers while fishing the mounds and steep drop-offs. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Several real nice fish have been caught from the cover near shore. Spinners or diving baits have been very successful. Crappie fishing is good. Some crappies are starting to bite. The fish are a little shallower during the day but have moved into 4 feet of water near flooded trees during the late afternoon and evening. Channel catfishing is fair. Some larger fish have been caught at the upper end on stink bait.
Lake of Three Fires: Water clarity at the dam is good. Water temps are in the 60s. Anglers are starting to have good success catching many species. Largemouth bass fishing is good. A lot of fish are being caught near shore on spinners and crankbaits. Crappie fishing is fair. The bite is picking up fast. The males are starting to color up and work a little closer to shore during the evenings. Channel catfish fishing is good. Some nice fish are being caught from the shallow areas near dark. Bullhead fishing is good. A lot of 1 pounders have been caught just about anywhere from shore using crawlers.
Green Valley Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Mt. Ayr District Farm Ponds: Water is warming up, and the fishing is turning on. Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds. Largemouth bass and crappie fishing is good.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake: Water temps are in the mid 60s and clarity is very good at the dam. Angler use has been busy. The lake level is near normal. Most anglers have been targeting walleye, largemouth bass or bluegills. Walleye fishing is fair. Males are deep during the day, usually 15 to 20 feet. Jigs or a jig and minnow fished just off the bottom has shown the best success. The fish move a little shallower around dark. Several anglers are trying crawlers or leeches and have found success. Largemouth bass fishing is good. A lot of mid-sized largemouth bass have been caught near shore or shallow structure. Most have been on spinners or small crankbaits. Channel catfishing is fair. The upper end of the lake and coves have produced several channel catfish using stink baits. Bluegill fishing is fair. A few nice gills have been caught on crawlers. The bite is getting better fast and the fish will be moving into spawning areas shortly.
Water temps are in the mid 60s at most lakes. Small lakes are a little warmer. Water clarity at most lakes is good or very good but some locally heavy rains may have affected the upper ends of some lakes. Crappies are starting to spawn. Walleye are in a post spawning pattern. Largemouth bass are starting to spawn. Some bluegill are starting to move shallow and are in the early stages of the spawn. For more information, contact the Mt. Ayr Fisheries Station at 641-464-3108.
Big Lake (Including Gilbert’s Pond): We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Mormon Trail Lake: Morman trail has one concrete boat ramp. Very good water quality. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Cast spinner baits along the dam or vertical jig tree piles for best success. Crappie fishing is slow. Crappies in the 10- to 12-inch range have been caught vertical jigging cedar tree piles with small jigs.
Nodaway Lake: Lake is full. Gravel boat ramp. Crappie fishing is good for 9-inch crappies along the dam casting small jigs.
Lake Anita: Water clarity has improved since last rain. With water temperatures in the low 60s. Crappies are close to shore. Channel catfish fishing is slow. Catfish can be caught below silt ponds using dead minnows. Crappie fishing is good. Cast small jigs close to rocky shorelines. Crappies are in the rocks spawning. Bluegill fishing is slow. A few 7- to 8-inch bluegills are being caught by crappie anglers.
Don Williams Lake: Crappie fishing is fair. A few crappies are being caught in shallower water, 5 feet or less, using minnows under a bobber. The crappies are not spawning yet.
Beaver Lake: No fishing information reported for this location.
Saganaush Pond: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Lake Manawa: Water temperature is in the low 60s. Wiper (hybrid striped bass) fishing is slow. A few wipers are being picked up on the east side of lake. Crappies are being caught on the west side of the lake in the rocks casting white twister tails or tube jigs. Crappies are running 8 to 9 inches with an occasional larger fish.
DeSoto Bend: Water temperature is 62 degrees and lake is full. Walleye fishing is fair. Anglers are catching walleyes up to 18 inches on the outside bend across from the middle boat ramp drifting night crawlers.
Water temperatures on many lakes in SW Iowa are in the low 60s. Crappies are beginning to move close to shore to spawn. Contact Bryan Hayes (712)769-2587 for information on SW Iowa Lakes. For more information on general fishing in Southwest Iowa, call the SW Regional Office in Lewis at (712)769-2587.
Easter Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Rock Creek Lake: Crappie fishing is fair. Crappies are starting to come into the shallow water and shoreline. They are being caught with tube jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. Fish on or around jetties for best areas. Currently morning and evening are the best times. Channel catfish fair. Catfish are being caught with night crawlers.
Roberts Creek Lake: We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Big Creek Lake: White bass fishing is good. White bass are biting below the Big Creek spillway fishing small jigs, minnows, and spinners. Walleye fishing is fair. Some decent walleyes are being caught below the Big Creek spillway on jig and twister tail or jig and crawler. In lake, a few walleyes are being caught around the jetties. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Bass fishing has been good fishing crankbaits near any woody structure in the lake. Crappie fishing is fair. A few crappies are being caught out from the small bays and drifting north of the handicap pier using small jigs or minnows. The crappies are 9 to 11 inches.
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake): We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock): We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park): We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Hickory Grove Lake: Crappie Fair. Boat anglers are doing well on crappies using small tube jigs, or minnows under a bobber. The fish are being caught on shallower structure, but are not yet spawning.
Lake Ahquabi: Crappie Slow. Crappie fishing is still slow with only a few crappies being caught on small tube jigs around the jetties and fishing pier. Bluegill Slow. Bluegill fishing is still slow with only a few being caught on small tube jigs or small pieces of crawlers under a bobber The ones that are caught are good sized.
Red Rock Reservoir: Crappie Slow. Crappie fishing is still slow with a few fish being caught in 3 foot of water or less. The best fishing has been in the Whitebreast area. The fish being caught are good sized from 10 to 12 inches.
Boone District Farm Ponds: The crappie and bluegill bite has been very good.
Crappie fishing is good. Farm ponds containing crappies have been producing good catches using small tube jigs or minnows under a bobber. Bluegill fishing is good. Bluegills are being caught by simply using a small piece of crawler under a bobber.
Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at (515) 432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

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