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Iowa fishing report 6-10-10

June 10, 2010 at 05:03 PM

NORTHWEST
Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Water clarity is excellent.  Bluegill - Fair: Yellow Smoke has very large bluegill in the 8.5 to 9.5 inch size range.  Because the water is so clear, try using really light line and small lures.  Fish deep around submerged trees.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: There are a lot of 14-inch bass that make for great catch and release fishing.  Target areas with submerged trees and along the shoreline.  Try throwing twisters or crankbaits.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Fishing is still good at Crawford Creek.  Channel Catfish - Good: A lot of channel catfish were caught last weekend.  Fish were biting on just about anything but night crawlers were working the best.  Bluegill - Good: Try using small jigs with a wax worm.  Crappie - Good: Crappie were being caught on small minnows.

Badger Lake
Fishing has slowed down.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has slowed.  If the bluegill are off the nests try fishing in a little deeper water off shore.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting plastics along the shoreline.  Crappie - Good: 9 to 11-inch crappie are being picked up trolling twisters near brush piles.

Brushy Creek Lake
Fishing is good right now.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught in the evening hours.  Bluegill - Good: Try using very small black jigs and wax worms or a small piece of night crawler.  Fish along weed lines and around trees in 10 to 15 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are along the weed lines and a variety of bass lures have been working as well as night crawlers.  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 have been biting in the early morning and late evening.  Muskellunge - Good: Try fishing muskies in the shallows and along the weed lines.

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 where the water is deeper and trout more likely to be found. 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Anglers are still catching walleye.  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, 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 - Good: 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.  The 15 to 16.5-inch fish have slowed down some, but anglers are still catching walleye in the 13 to 14-inch size range.

North Twin Lake
Panfishing was good last week, but the yellow bass have slowed down.  Anglers are catching a lot of catfish.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish are biting on just about anything.  Bluegill - Fair: Some nice sized bluegill have been caught.  Target the vegetated areas near the north end.  Crappie - Fair: Target the vegetated areas near the north end.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers report good walleye fishing using twisters, crankbaits, jigs, and chubs under bobbers.  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
The crappie bite has slowed down as the water clarity has been reduced.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing along the shoreline with plastics, crankbaits, worms, or leeches.  Crappie - Fair: 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
Walleye fishing has slowed down, but a lot of sub-legal fish are still being caught.  Walleye must be 15 inches or longer to keep and anglers are allowed 3 walleye per day.  Channel Catfish - Good: 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 well, too.  Many channel catfish are being picked up while walleye fishing.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappie are being caught in the town bay near Ice House Point.  Walleye - Fair: 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.  Anglers tend to catch very few bullheads when fishing for walleye with live minnows.  Also, try targeting the rock piles.  Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing has been good, but the fish are around 5 to 6 inches long.  Try casting bright colored jigs along shorelines where the wind is blowing in.

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.  Panfishing has been good at many of the lakes across the district.  Water temperature is in the 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 (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Beeds Lake
Bluegills are biting on a worms fished under a bobber or tube jigs. A few largemouth bass are being caught using plastic baits and channel catfish are biting on crawlers fishing below the dam.

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Bluegills are biting on a piece of worm fished under a bobber near the weed edge. Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits fished near the weed edge.

Lower Pine Lake
Bluegills are biting on worms and small jigs fished near shore, channel catfish are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom.

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

Lake Smith
Bluegills are biting a piece of crawler fished near the weed edge, channel catfish are biting on crawlers and chicken liver fishing near the dam, largemouth bass are biting on plastic and top water baits fished near the weed edge.

Lake Catherine
Largemouth bass and bluegill are being caught fishing near the trees. Channel catfish are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom.

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is slow. Small walleyes are being caught all over the lake on live bait, for some bigger fish try fishing the reefs using minnows or jigs.  Channel catfish are biting on crawlers and liver, try fishing the wind sweep side of the lake. Muskellunge are biting on spinner baits and large spoons.

Little Wall Lake
Small crappies and largemouth bass are biting near brush on 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.

Morse Lake
Bullheads and channel catfish are biting on crawler fished near the bottom.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good, try using jigs fished near current breaks.

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 along the shoreline.

Mill Creek (Lake)
Mill Creek Lake would be a great place to take a child fishing for bluegills.  Use a small bobber and hook baited with a piece of worm along the boat docks and shoreline.  There is plenty of parking and easy access along the south shore.  Bluegill - Excellent: Use a small bobber and hook baited with a piece of worm along the docks.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along shoreline cover.

Big Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 68 degrees.  Bullhead - Slow: Fish at the Grade with worms.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll crankbaits along weed lines.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with live bait below a bobber in Anglers Bay along the bull rush beds or near boat docks.    Yellow Perch - Slow: A few fish are beginning to be caught in the main lake basin 19 to 20 feet of water with jigging spoons tipped with bait or drifting Lindy rigs.  Walleye - Fair: Fish rock bars and weed beds with a slip bobber and leech or drift fish with Lindy rigs or troll crankbaits in the main lake basin.

Center Lake
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait or stink bait near boat docks or brush piles along shore.  Walleye - Good: Use minnows fished on the bottom.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use large minnows or cut bait along shoreline brush piles.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish the deep basin with jigging lures tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish around boat docks with small jigs tipped with a piece of worm.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Fish around boat docks with small jigs.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish around boat docks with small jigs.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait along brush piles near shore.  White Bass - Good: Troll crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 62 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll or cast crankbaits along weed beds.  White Bass - Good: Troll crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet of water along drop-offs.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or leech along boat docks and weed beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use jigs, crankbaits, or plastics around boat docks and weed beds.  Walleye - Fair: Fish rock bars with a slip bobber and leech around weed beds or jig fish after dark.  Muskellunge - Fair: Fish weed edges with crankbaits or blade baits.  There have been lots of follows.

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

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or cut bait at the train bridge.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits or drift with live bait.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits.

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait below a bobber along shorelines.

Trumbull Lake
Bullhead - Good: Use worms below the spillway.

Lower Gar Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or cut bait along boat docks or other shoreline structure.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish around boat docks with small jigs.

Swan Lake
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom at the outlet.

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

Tuttle Lake
Bullhead - Excellent: Fish below the spillway or along the bridge with worms.  Walleye - Slow: Fishing has slowed but a few fish are still being caught trolling crankbaits along the north shore of the lake.

West Swan Lake S.W.M.A.
Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom. Some fish are also being caught below the dam.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait on the lake or below the dam.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Bullhead - Fair: Use night crawlers fished on the bottom.

East Hottes
Bluegill - Fair: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm along the weed beds.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish current edges and brush piles with worms, stink bait, or cut bait.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use live or cut bait along cut banks and brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with live bait in current seams and holes.

Rock River
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait around brush piles.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or live bait in holes or near brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with live bait along current edges and eddies.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait along current edges and around brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Use twister tails along current edges and holes.

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

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

Recent thunderstorms may slow the fishing down for certain species.  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 warmer weather, bass are still on their beds as well as a few bluegills.  Crappies have moved back to deeper water.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are starting to bite.  Try using night crawlers or chicken livers.  Catfish are starting to move up into the rocks getting ready to spawn.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are getting towards the end of their spawn but can still be found near the shallows.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Warmer water has the bass up guarding their beds which is nearing the end of their spawn.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have moved back to the deeper water so look for them around new habitat in the lake.

Lake Hendricks
Angling has slowed a touch this week on the lake.  Look for bass along the weed beds in the lake.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are starting to bite on chicken liver.  They should be moving into the shore along the rocks getting ready to spawn.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using a small jig tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try plastics with a slow retrieve.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have slowed a bit but can still be caught.  Concentrate on deeper water.

Lake Meyer
The action is picking up.  Bluegills are still being caught on slip bobbers and crawlers. Water quality is looking really good.  Northern Pike - Fair: Check the weed beds and weed lines for pike.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good catfishing is being had right now on cut bait and chicken livers.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught with slip bobbers and crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having the best luck on bass working the shorelines with worms.  Bass are ranging from 10 to 14 inches.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have slowed considerably.  Yellow Perch - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water quality is good this week and the river is still a bit high.  Smallie fishing is average with walleyes being a little better.  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 crank baits and twisters.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught in the deeper pools using crank baits.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
The river is a little muddy but clearing.  Anglers are having luck wading and fishing pools with crank baits catching walleye.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm fished off the bottom for continued success.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth Bass activity has slowed up a bit.  Anglers are using twisters and night crawlers.  Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting taking Rapalas or jigs tipped with crawlers in the deep pools.

Yellow River
Nice size trout are being caught from Volney down to the mouth.  Try using a jig or spinner floated through deeper pockets along current breaks and around boulders and bluffs.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water temperature has risen with stable weather this past week.  Check the deeper pools and structure for walleyes and smallies.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: With water temperature on the rise, smallies should start become more active and aggressive.  Try throwing crank baits along structure and seams in the current.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes have are being caught related to bottom structure.

Volga River
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Cedar River has better water quality and is getting back to more normal flow.  Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few northerns while fishing for walleyes.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: For catfish, try using crawlers or chicken liver below the dams or in the pockets.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching bluegills in the pockets below the dam and the shoreline in the impoundments above the dam.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallies are slowing.  Try using crank baits below the dams or using a jig tipped with a minnow.  Crappie - Fair: Angling has slowed for crappies.  Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught using a jig and minnow.

Decorah District Streams
Trout streams are in good condition heading into the weekend and scheduled stockings are back on track.  Spotty showers have muddied up some streams but this should turn the brown trout on.  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 temperatures are in the high 60s and lake temperatures are in the mid 70s.  Water clarity is good.  For more information about a specific stream, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Fishing has picked up again for largemouth bass and bluegill with the onset of nice weather. Most all bass are below the 15-inch minimum length for legal harvest. Vegetation has become bothersome around the edges of the lake.  Bluegill - Good: Try fishing a piece of worm under a bobber along the vegetation 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)
Fishing has been spotty.  Largemouth bass have been providing the most action, and a few nicer bluegills are being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish should be getting active soon and a few are being caught. Try using crawlers or minnows fished on the bottom.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are being caught on red worms, wax worms and pieces of crawlers under bobbers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Top water lures, artificial plastics seem to be catching fish.

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

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Largemouth are biting on plastics fished slowly in the flooded willows.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish the flooded willows using a plastic worm retrieved slowly through the vegetation.  Crappie - Fair:

Sweet Marsh Reservoir
Bluegill have moved 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.

Plainfield
Anglers are catching nice size bluegill as the spawn has arrived.  Bluegill - Good: Try using a fly rod or small jig under a bobber along the shoreline while the bluegill are on their beds.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Fishing has continued to be good.  Catfish action has slowed, but remains good.  Smallmouth bass action has been improving with crankbaits and crawlers providing the best action.  The walleye bite has been decent but you have to be willing to put in some time to catch numbers of fish.  Channel Catfish - Good: 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 action has been picking up.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: 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 river remains a bit high, which has made fishing tough.  There are some reports of catfish being caught and fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye has improved.  Northern Pike - Fair: Jig and twister tails have been working well. Also try casting spoons around fallen logs.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom.  Walleye - Fair: Try casting crankbaits or jig tipped with half a night crawler.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The river continues to run a bit high and dirty following rain this past week.  Catfish action has been slowing, but walleye and smallmouth bass action is improving.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:  Walleye - Fair:

Interior rivers have returned to near average flows and most rivers should be in decent fishing condition for the weekend. Fishing for channel cats has slowed but smallmouth bass and walleye action is picking up. Crappie action is slowing on area lakes, but bluegill action is improving as fish are in the shallows and easily accessible. Trout streams are in excellent condition. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 8.4 feet and clarity has improved.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting well in the lower ends of the pool and along rocky areas with current.  Try fishing a worm or minnow on a bobber along the rock.  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 trolling crankbait in running sloughs and a few on wing dams.  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 14.1 feet and expected to rise slowly.  Water temperature is in the lower 70s.  Northern Pike - Fair: Some northerns are gathering near cold water tributaries and springs.  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.  Flathead Catfish - Excellent: The flatheads are really turning on.  Try using large live bait fish in the seam of a back eddy.  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.  Nice ‘gills have also been caught just above the Lock and Dam in Guttenberg along the walkway.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: 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: A few crappies caught in the Harper’s Ferry area.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice sized perch are being caught in the tail water areas.  Walleye - Good: Anglers are starting to catch walleyes on the wing dams.  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 5.7 feet and expected to rise slowly over the next week. Temperatures are in the lower 70s. 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: A few pike beginning to gather at the mouths of cold water tributaries and springs.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish biting well.  Anglers doing well floating worms or minnows on a bobber near rocky areas with current.  Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Some nice flathead catfish have been caught near both sides of the dam.  Large-sized live bait or heavy jigs reaching the bottom have produced quite well.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallmouth being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth being caught along shorelines with woody debris.  Bass are bunching up in the pocket and in the emergency spillway.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice Yellow perch being caught on worms.  Walleye - Good: A few walleyes being caught trolling on wing dams.  Some large fish were reported this week although not always a lot of numbers.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A lot of drum being caught along shoreline in the Guttenberg area fishing a worm on the bottom.  Drum are excellent eating fish especially when prepared fresh.

Water temperature at Guttenberg is 72 degrees.  River levels are expected to rise slowly over the next week:  Water levels are: Lansing 8.6 feet, Lynxville 14.1 feet and Guttenberg 5.7 feet. Water clarity is good right now throughout these areas.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 8.29 feet and stable. Water clarity is good and water temperature is in the 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: Channel cats are biting on stink bait, crawlers, or cut bait around wing dams and snags.  Anglers are also catching them along rocky shorelines on leeches floated under a bobber.  White Bass - Fair: Look for white bass working schools of minnows or shad on the downstream side of wing dams or along shorelines in the mornings and evenings.  Throw minnow imitating crankbaits, spinners, or jigs with twister tails.  Anglers can catch a limit in short order if they find the right school.  Bluegill - Slow: Look for bluegills around docks and snags in backwaters and marinas.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for bass around structure in the backwaters and sloughs.  White cranks and spinner baits have been working well.  Also try top water frogs in vegetation beds.  Crappie - Slow: Not many crappies being caught the past week, but look for them around woody structure in backwaters and sloughs.  Minnows or small jigs seem to be working best.  Walleye - Good: Walleye have been biting on three way rigs tipped with leeches and crankbaits on wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 6.06 feet and is forecast to rise to 7.4 feet over the next week. Water clarity is good and water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Northern Pike - Good: Pike fishing has been good the past week around the mouths of small tributaries.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish have been biting on stink bait fished around wing dams and snags in sloughs.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow with few reports of any fish being caught.  Walleye - Good: Walleye have been biting on crankbaits and three way rigs tipped with leeches on the wing dams.  Freshwater Drum - Good: The drum bite has been good on night crawlers fished on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 10 feet and stable. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on leeches floated under a bobber along rip rap shorelines and on stink bait fished around snags and wing dams.  Walleye - Good: Walleye have been biting on crankbaits on wing dams.

For fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 6.54 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting on crawlers, leeches and dip baits fished along riprap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - No Report:  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 are being caught in Sunset Marina around the docks. Most crappies are being caught floating minnows under a bobber or drifting with a split shot and minnow. Fishing has been best towards evening.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Some walleyes are being picked up trolling crankbaits on the wing dams or using crawlers on three-way rigs.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.43 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on leeches and night crawlers fished along rip rap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught casting crankbaits or jigs/twister at GPC.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber fishing pieces of worm under a bobber.  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 7.45 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on leeches and night crawlers fishing around snags and rock in the main channel or sloughs.  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 4.58 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfishing has been good on night crawlers, leeches, and dip baits fished along riprap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have been steady over the past few days. Main channel water temperature is 75 degrees. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
Water temperature remain in the upper 70s to low 80s and clarity is improving. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch catfish in the evenings on stink bait and chicken liver. Along the face of the dam and over by Church Point.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegills are mostly done spawning.  It’s time to start working the edge of the weed beds in 8 to 10 feet of water.

Lake Belva Deer
The road paving project is slated to start in July.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegills have moved to deep water.  Early in the morning anglers are catching them suspended at 5 feet deep before they move deeper for the rest of the day.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are finding these fish at about 12 feet down in the deeper areas.  Hint: work the trees in the old creek channel.

Lake of the Hills
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on chicken liver, worms, and stink baits. Target areas with rip rap along the lake as now is the time male catfish will be guarding their nests in between the rocks.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing remains steady.  They are headed to deeper water so start targeting the fish habitat in 8 to 10 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing is picking up especially for those using plastic worms. Early morning and late evening are the best time to catch these fish shallow.  Crappie - Fair: The crappie bite is falling off as the fish are moving to deeper water for the summer.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
Most of the area missed the heavy rains forecast earlier in the week.  Look for the river to continue its slow drop.  Channel Catfish - Good: More anglers are getting out on the river and they are catching catfish.  It’s also mulberry season so use at least part of your fishing trip with your bait under a mulberry trip as the catfish try to satisfy their sweet tooth eating mulberries.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river level looks to remain fairly steady through the weekend.  Channel Catfish - Good: The steady water levels have improved the catfishing. 

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

Kent Park Lake
In addition to the lake, the upper pond has produced some nice bass and the east ponds are producing bluegills.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catches increase just before and after weather fronts, and dawn/dusk tend to be the best times.  Bluegill - Fair:  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.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Fish around riprap with live bait in hopes of catching male catfish guarding spawning cavities.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish shallow flats and pockets with a small jig or worm. Look for nests that look like plate-sized craters. The bluegill size has improved some this year.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish shallow brush or rock with plastics. Deeper rock structure can also be good.  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.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, there is an 18-nch size limit on bass and 40-inch size limit on muskies.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers are starting to pick up a few catfish.  Bluegill - Fair: 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: Trolling or jigging along the dam and deeper structure has been producing some fish.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here. There is an over abundance of smaller crappies here. Don’t be afraid to take your 25 fish limit…every day!  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been hitting on cut-bait, shrimp, and crawlers, especially after rain events.  Bluegill - Good: Shallow brush, overhanging trees, and jetty areas are holding fish. Use small jigs or waxies.  Crappie - Fair: Most fish are smaller with an occasional larger one mixed in. Most jigs are working. The fish are along the jetties and brush.

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 - Fair: Bluegills are shallow along rock or overhanging trees. Try a small jig or waxie.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish around wood with plastics or comb the shallows with a crankbait.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Look in shallow flats and along rock banks for schools of yellows. Try small jigs, spinners, or live bait.

Coralville Reservoir
As of June 3 the lake level is 691 feet and falling. It will continue to fall until it reaches summer pool of 683 feet. The water clarity is great for the reservoir.  Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are being picked up along the rocks on live bait.

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: Cut bait has been producing some catches of channel catfish.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits along the shoreline and around the jetties.  Another good spot to try is along the outside of the aquatic vegetation.

Albia (lower)
The gate has been reopened and a new boat ramp has been constructed on the reservoir.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler.  The fish have been spawning near the shoreline.  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 full from last year’s drawdown.  Try small jigs fished along the shoreline and along the dam.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits along the stump fields and around submerged structure.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler.  Shallow areas have been productive.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits along the shorelines or around submerged structure.  Use plastic worms around areas with trees and stumps.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 916.45 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the lower 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are starting to look for areas to spawn.  Find areas with large rocks.  Bridgeview is a good place to try.  Use dead chubs fished under a bobber.  Crappie - Fair: Casting small jigs along the shorelines has been successful for crappie.  There is sorting required for larger fish.  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 more 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 drifting or still fishing night crawlers in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Jacob Krumm Nature Preserver Lake (west)
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Reports of strong channel catfish catches have come in this week.  Focus on the dam and rocky areas with cut bait, shrimp, or crayfish.

Roberts Creek Lake
Crappie - Slow: Crappies have moved off into deeper water around woody structure.  High water levels backed up from Lake Red Rock have made fishing difficult from shore due to submerged vegetation. 

Big Creek Lake
There is currently a walleye harvest study taking place.  Anglers who catch a walleye should look near the tail of the fish for a small yellow tag.  The tags can be removed from harvested or released fish of LEGAL size and returned with a survey for a cash reward.  The surveys can be picked up at the marina, park office, Polk City Bait and Tackle, or Johnston Bait and Tackle.  There are also signs posted at the boat ramps with instructions.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved off into deeper water, with some males still around pockets vegetation in 3-5 ft of water.  Good catches have continued to come from the upper end of the lake in both the east and west arms.  Walleye - Fair: Good numbers of walleyes, with a few keepers, are being caught trolling live bait rigs and crankbaits.  The fish are being caught in various spots around the lake in both upper and lower ends.  Focus on points and shallow areas in the evenings.

Easter Lake
Walleye - Good: Walleye are still being caught and some are good sized.  Trolling live bait or live bait under a bobber in the evenings is working best.  Crankbaits have also been producing a few fish.  Along the face of the dam has been a good spot, both from shore and boat.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being picked up regularly on small jigs along rocky shorelines.  The dam and outlet structure area are good places to start.

Hooper Area Pond
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are likely at the tail end of their spawn though some are still being picked up shallow, especially in the wood along the west shoreline.  The larger bluegills are being caught on the upper half of the lake.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Fair: There has been some decent catches of bluegills and redears.  They are being caught using night crawlers fished along the edges and in the open pockets of the vegetation, especially in the areas around the jetties.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught below the Roberts Creek spillway and by trolling crankbaits near by the mile long bridge.  Focus on areas with flowing water.

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.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish should be preparing to spawn.  Look for them to be active around flowing water and rocks.  Crayfish is good bait this time of year.  White Bass - Good: Fishing on the reservoir spillways may be difficult due to locally heavy rains.  White bass will likely be very active at the Big Creek spillway and marina pump station on Saylorville.  Look for flowing water.  Walleye - Fair: Some reports of good walleye harvest below the Saylorville and Red Rock tail waters have continued to come in this week.  High flow levels may make the fishing and access difficult.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Wipers should also be active near the pump station and Big Creek spillway on Saylorville.  Target them with flashy crankbaits and white jigs.

The rivers may be difficult to fish this week due to locally heavy rain and high, muddy flows.  Reservoir water has remained fairly clear this week.  Panfish are beginning to move into deeper and open water around the district.  Try bobber fishing or drifting small pieces of live bait in 5-10 feet of water.  Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has one concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver. Fish are in the 1-3 pound range.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can still be found close to shore spawning. Cast small jigs around spawning beds. Fish are averaging 8 inches.  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.

Mormon Trail Lake
Mormon Trail Lake has excellent water clarity. There is one concrete boat ramp available.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill spawn is tailing off but anglers are still catching a few off beds. Cast small jigs to catch 8 to 9-inch fish.

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.

Orient Lake
Orient is full with one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfishing has picked up again using night crawlers. Fish are averaging 14 inches.

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 - Fair: Bluegills are at the tail end of their spawn. A few are still being caught on beds.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits. Crankbaits and plastics are good around underwater reefs and roadbeds.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught casting jigs 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.

Lake Manawa
Water temperature is around 75 degrees and clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are still being caught on the south and west side. Shrimp has still been the number one bait. Liver and crawlers have also been good. Fish are in the 2 to 6 pound range.

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 - Good: Channel catfish are active with the warmer water. Try night crawlers, liver, or stink baits around structure.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill spawn is over and fish have moved to deeper cover. Night crawlers under a bobber work well for post spawn bluegill.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are aggressive this time of year. Top water baits work well during low light conditions and plastics during the day.

Water temperatures are in the mid to high 70s on most southwest Iowa lakes. Many anglers are focusing on channel catfishing now that the bluegill spawn is coming to an end. 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 lower 70s.  The lake level is about 1 to 2 feet high but falling. 
Clarity is still fairly good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on cut bait.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Several largemouth are still being caught from the shoreline structure and flooded grass.  Clarity is better near the dam.  Crappie - Fair: Most of the fish are moving out to off-shore structure.  The bite has tapered off.  Small white jigs or minnows in deep gravel areas are the most successful.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite is fairly steady with several small and mid-sized fish being caught by trolling jigs and small crankbaits over the open points.

West Lake (Osceola)
Water clarity is very good but the lake is up a little.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The largemouth bass are still near shore in the flooded grass and structure.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water clarity is less than 2 feet and temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting the shallow bays around dark on stink bait or bluegill sides.  Crappie - Slow: A few 7.5 to 8.5-inch crappie are still being caught from shore around the jetties.

Slip Bluff Lake
Water clarity is fair and the panfish are doing well.  Bluegill - Good: A lot of mid-sized bluegill can be caught from the near shore areas and quiet coves.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water clarity is very good and temperature is in the lower 70s.  Bluegill - Good: A lot of mid-sized bluegills are being caught from the quiet shoreline areas on a worm and bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several mid-sized largemouth bass are being caught from the shoreline structure.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 3 feet.  Bluegill - Excellent: A lot of big bluegills can be caught from the shoreline areas or tops of the fish mounds in about 2 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-size bass are near shore around the fallen trees.

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 lower 70s.  Clarity is good at mid-lake and near the dam. Bluegill - Fair: A lot of mid-sized fish are coming from the near-shore areas.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well from near-shore flooded grass.  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
Temperature is in the low 70s and clarity is very good.  Most 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 biting well on crawlers and small jigs from the coves, along the jetties, or off the spawning mounds.  Small jigs or crawler pieces on a bobber work best.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: A lot of mid-sized bass are biting well from the shoreline structure and rocks.  Crappie - Fair: Several nice crappie are still biting near shore from the gravel areas on minnows.  Some fish are starting to move out.  Walleye - Good: A lot of mid-sized walleye are being caught by jigging and trolling jigs over the steep shore or near gravel areas while bluegill fishing.

Bluegill are still biting strong.  Water clarity is less at some lakes but remains acceptable.  Some lakes are 1 to 2 feet high.  Water temperature is in the low 70s.

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