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Iowa fishing report 6-11-09

June 11, 2009 at 02:22 PM

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

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake

Some panfish and catfish are being taken.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake

Anglers are catching some panfish.  It has been fairly slow.

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Anglers are doing well for panfish in shallow water.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been doing well using night crawlers and stink bait.  Bluegill - Good: Shore and boat anglers are catching good sized bluegill with small hooks and jigs.  Anglers have been fishing in shallow water and setting the bobber at about 6 inches.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching some nice crappie using small hooks and jigs with small minnows.  Fish in shallow water with a bobber.

Badger Lake

North of Ft. Dodge.  Fishing has been improving as the weather warms.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers have been catching some hand-size bluegill close to shore.  Crappie - Good: Some 9 - 10 inch fish have been caught on small jigs and minnows.

Brushy Creek Lake

Water clarity is great.  Nice bluegill, crappie and a few walleye are being caught.  Please clean your fish at the floating fish cleaning platform at the west ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are hitting on stink bait and night crawlers along the shore line.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill can be found under trees and in the weeds.  Use a small worm on a plain hook in 4 to 10 feet.  Crappie - Good: A few nice crappies have been caught on a plain minnow rig or a small jig tipped with a minnow.  Walleye - Good: Best walleye angling has been from 6 to 9 p.m.; try leeches on a slip bobber just off the bottom.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Fishing has been good.  A little spotty after fronts move through.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be released.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are starting to bite on worms and cut bait from shore and in the rocks.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught at Frank Starr Park and off the rocks on the big island by throwing twisters and crankbaits.  Anglers have also started to catch whites off the north shore west of Chautauqua jetty.  Walleye - Good: Anglers are still catching fish while trolling slowly with Shad Raps.  Good colors are:  hot steele, clown, purple haze and perch. People have been having good luck drifting with live bait using 1/8 ounce jig heads around Frank Starr, south of big island and the college island.  Anglers have been having some luck wading off Stoney and Schaller Points.

North Twin Lake

Fishing has slowed; anglers are catching some nice bullheads.  Bullhead - Good: Fair numbers of big bullhead are being caught.

Swan Lake

Anglers have been having some success catching panfish.  Bullhead - Fair: Anglers have been catching a few large bullheads.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers have been catching 6 to 8 inch bluegill; use small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or wax worm under a bobber.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching some small (6 - 7 in) fish.  Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or piece of crawler under a bobber.

Black Hawk Lake

Bullheads and catfish are biting.  Bullhead - Excellent: Anglers are doing well, at night, for 8 to 9 inch bullheads.  Channel Catfish - Good: Shore anglers are having good luck catching 1.5 to 2 pound catfish on various baits including leeches, night crawlers and stink bait.

Fishing has been good; water temperature has been relatively cool for this time of year.  Water clarity has been good to excellent in most lakes.  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 and Bluegill fishing is fair. 

Briggs Woods Lake

Crappie and bluegill fishing is good. 

Eldred Sherwood Lake

Bluegill fishing has been good using a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber near the weed edge.  Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait.

Lower Pine Lake

Bluegill fishing is good using a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber near the brush piles. 

Upper Pine Lake

Largemouth bass fishing is fair using crankbaits. 

Lake Smith

Bluegill fishing has been good, try a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber.  Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait.

Lake Catherine

Bluegill fishing has been slow. Largemouth bass fishing is good using jigs and plastic baits.

Clear Lake

The yellow bass spawn is mostly over and fishing has slowed. The best bite is still in the early morning.  Channel Catfish - Good: A few catfish are being caught with night crawlers or cut bait 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 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. 

Lake Cornelia

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

Little Wall Lake

Small crappies are biting. Channel Catfish are biting on crawlers and cut bait. 

West Twin Lake

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

Bluegill fishing has been fair fishing the weed edges.

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

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike - Good: Troll with crankbaits or spoons over weed beds in Angler’s Bay or Reed’s Run.  Bluegill - Fair: Use 1/16 ounce pink lead head tipped with a leach while vertical jigging over the rock bar at Big Stoney Point and Cottonwood.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use jerk baits or a leadhead and leach along rock reefs that connect with weed lines.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a bottom bouncer or jigging lure baited with worms in 20 plus feet of water in the main lake basin.  Walleye - Good: Fish are still being caught off docks at night with lighted slip bobbers using leaches.  Anglers are also reporting good catches slip bobber fishing on rock reefs near developing weed beds.  Fish are also being caught trolling crankbaits over weed beds or drift fishing with live bait.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Fish from shore on the north end of the lake or from the Hwy. 9 Bridge using chubs or large minnows for bait.  Drift fish by boat north of the Hwy. 9 Bridge using cut bait.  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.  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 at night from shore at the Hwy 9 and Triggs bridges using a lead head and minnow.  Yellow Bass - Good: Vertical jig from Stony Point towards Jingle’s Point using wigglers in the morning.

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.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs at docks and along the east shore.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

White Bass - Excellent: Use a jig and minnow at sunset.  Walleye - Fair: Troll with crankbaits near the island or along the north shore.

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: Fish with a small jig tipped with a wax worm or a small split shot and leach around wooden docks.  Make long casts to avoid spooking fish in the clear water.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish the rock bars using jigs tipped with soft plastics or jerk baits.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Use jerk baits or soft plastics along boat docks in the bays.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Drift along shallow flats next to deeper water with cut bait.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline.  Walleye - Fair: Drift with live bait or troll with crankbaits on flats near drop-offs.

Lost Island Lake

Bullhead - Good: Fish in the south bay with worms on the bottom.  Walleye - Fair: Fish are being caught off docks with lighted slip bobbers using live bait after sunset and trolling crankbaits with planer boards.

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.

Tuttle Lake

Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits or drift with Lindy rigs with live bait.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)

Bullhead - Excellent: Fish with worms on the bottom on the east or northwest side of the lake.

East Hottes

Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Cast spinner baits along edges of weed beds.

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.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use worms, chubs, or cut bait fished on the bottom above brush piles.  Walleye - Good: Use a twister tail or jig and minnow along current breaks and holes.

Spirit Lake District Farm Ponds

Bluegill - Good: Fish along shorelines looking for spawning beds with small hair or micro jigs.

Kids Corner:  If you are looking for a place to take a child fishing then take them to Scharnburg Park located 5 miles west of Spencer on B24. Use a small bobber and piece of night crawler on the fishing jetty located on the west shore.  Expect to catch bluegill, green sunfish, bullheads, and bass along the rocks or willows located along the shore. For more fishing report information on Spirit Lake area, call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Water clarity is good making it easier for those fish to see anglers.  Use darker colored jigs and lures to catch wary fish.  Channel Catfish - Slow:  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills beds can be seen from the shore.  Largemouth Bass - Good:  Crappie - Slow:

Lake Hendricks

Water clarity is excellent and the vegetation is beginning to grow along the shoreline.  Water temperatures are in the high 60s.  Bluegill - Fair: Gills have been seen on beds but are not aggressively biting.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been using twister tails and tube jigs.

Lake Meyer

Water clarity is good and water temperatures are in the mid 60s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Nice size cats are being caught on chicken liver.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill spawning is nearly finished and the bluegills are starting to move into deeper water.  Worms fished under a bobber is your best bet.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use weed less lures fishing the weed edges near deep drop-offs on south side of lake. Crappie - Fair: Try fishing near structure with a jig tipped with minnow under bobber.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The water is now slowly falling after recent rain and is slightly muddy.  Angling has been slow.  Northern Pike - Slow: A few northern pike can be found in the Lime Springs area and will put up a good fight.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water levels below Decorah are low but very clear.  This makes angling a bit more difficult as the fish can see you more easily.  Anglers have had the best luck using a crawler fished from shore.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Try fishing shad raps near current breaks and near drop-offs.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water levels have risen with recent rains and the river has turned muddy.  Fishing has slowed due to river conditions.  Northern Pike - Slow:  Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers are having the best success using night crawlers.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Decorah District Streams

Many of our trout streams are looking excellent.  Gnats, mayflies and black cattisflies are really starting to hatch.  Use those really tiny flies to catch wary trout.  Trout streams continue to be regularly stocked and trout are waiting to be caught.  For trout stocking information, please call 563-927-5736 or to check the schedule on-line, go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/trout.html.

The Upper Iowa and Turkey rivers are still running cool.  River fish have been slower on the bite.  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.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Bluegill fishing is excellent in Casey Lake. A few nice catfish have been caught using dead baits and live baits.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are currently on their spawning beds. Try fishing a small piece of worm or night crawler underneath a bobber fished above and retrieved over the spawning beds.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

Lake Delhi

Fishing has been good for a variety of fish species on Lake Delhi, fish early mornings or later in the evenings to avoid heavy boat traffic.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching catfish using a live minnow under a bobber.  Bluegill - Good: Try using a piece of night crawler or leaf worm under a bobber in 4-6 feet of water.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are still catching some crappies on the lake using a live minnow under a bobber fished around structure in 6-10 feet of water.

Big Woods Lake

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

George Wyth Lake

Anglers are currently having great success fishing crappies on George Wyth Lake but some sorting is required.  Crappie - Excellent: Fish from shore and around the jetties using hair jigs or small jigs and twister tails.

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.

Martens Lake

Anglers are doing well fishing for largemouth bass.  Try fishing in and around the cattails for good success.

Plainfield

Fishing is good for quality-sized bluegill and we expect the action to warm along with water temperatures 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 currently falling and anglers are catching some channel catfish and walleyes.  Channel Catfish - Good: Fish are being caught on dead and live baits.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting crankbaits, spinner baits or jig and twister tail for smallmouth bass.  Walleye - Good: Anglers are having some success catching walleyes on small jigs tipped with a crawler.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon River is currently at 6.1 feet and falling. River conditions are fishable with anglers catching some channel catfish and walleyes.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are taking channel catfish on leeches, night crawlers and stink baits.  Walleye - Fair: Try using small jigs tipped with half of a night crawler along current breaks, rocky shorelines or sandbar drop-offs.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa is in excellent condition for fishing.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching smallmouths on spinner baits and jigs tipped with a night crawler.  Walleye - Fair: Try casting small jigs tipped with a half of a night crawler or casting crankbaits along current breaks or rocky shorelines.

Bluegills are beginning to pick up on area lakes with the upcoming spawn. The Cedar, West Fork of the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers are currently falling and anglers are picking up some fish. The Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa Rivers are in good condition. Please contact the Manchester District Office for any further information at (563) 927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Bluegill - Excellent: Fish are being caught in Conway Lake. Many fish are smaller, but bigger ones are mixed in. Use a night crawler under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish rocky shorelines and backwater areas. Fish are being caught on tube jigs or on top-water baits in the backwater.  Crappie - Good: Some crappie are being caught at the Village Creek boat landing in Lansing using a jig and minnow.  Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing has been good in the some of the side channels and deeper backwaters using a crankbait or spinner bait. Fish are also being caught on the wing dam.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Use a night crawler or stink bait.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill are being caught in the backwaters using night crawlers fished under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish are being caught in the weedy backwaters where the water is somewhat clearer. Use top-water lures for these fish in the morning and evening.  Walleye - Fair: Fish the wing dams trolling a three-way jig tipped with night crawlers.  Freshwater Drum - Good: use a night crawler on sand flats or side channels

Mississippi River Pool 11

Channel Catfish - Good: fish are being caught on wing dams using night crawlers or stink bait.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: A few flathead are still being caught below the dam using small bluegill.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish are being caught on wing dams and rocky shorelines using tube jigs or small spinners.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few fish are being caught in the backwaters using tube jigs or spinner baits.  Walleye - Fair: Some fish are being caught on the wing dams trolling three-way rigs.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Use a night crawler on the bottom along sand flats or side channels.

River gauges: Lansing 8.18; Lynxville 14.40; Guttenberg 6.05. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 68 degrees. Water is fairly muddy after this week’s rain. The water levels in pools 9-11 steady to slightly rising. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12

River stage at Dubuque is 8.5 feet and should remain stable over the weekend then begin to slowly drop.  Water clarity has reduced somewhat with recent rains but should improve over the next week.  Water temperatures are in the high 60s to low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Starting to bite on stink bait.  Leeches floated under a bobber along rocks are producing, too.  Fish are also being caught in side channels and sloughs around snags in shallow water.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Live bait fished below the dead lock in Dubuque is producing.  Large jigs with twister tails or ring worms also work.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Wacky worms and shallow crankbaits in the Ice Harbor.  Shallow crankbaits along the floodwall up by the dam.  Not great size, but many keepers.

Crappie - Fair: Fishing has been day to day.  On warm sunny days, fish are being caught in shallow water in the backwaters.  Cloudy days have been poor.  Walleye - Fair: The bite has slowed with increased turbidity.  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 5.98 feet and is forecast to slowly fall over the next week.  Water clarity has decreased but is still fair.  Water temperatures are in the high 60s to low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish are starting to bite on stink bait or leeches under a bobber along rip rap.  Reports of good numbers being caught on trot lines, too.  Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Live bait or large jigs fished below the dam in Bellevue below the dead lock is producing.  Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few bluegill coming out of Middle Sabula Lake.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Reports of large smallies being caught around rocks below the dam in Bellevue and around the mouth of Mill Creek.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines or below the dam in Bellevue.  Top-water frogs around vegetation has also been producing.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught in South and Sabula Lake.  Fish are biting on minnows or jigs under a stick bobber.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on wing dams.  They are biting on a wide variety of baits.  Three-way rigs tipped with worms, crawlers, or leeches are producing, as well as crankbaits.  Larger fish are coming on cranks.  Good numbers of fish in the 20-27 inch protected slot reported.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: 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 9.78 feet and should remain stable over the next week.  The water has turned muddy with recent rains and there is a lot of debris and vegetation in the water.  Water temps are in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is starting to pick along rocky shorelines.  Leeches under a bobber have been producing.  Stink bait is also producing.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are starting to bite in the backwaters.  Try a small jig 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.  Top-water frogs around vegetation is also producing.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing is starting to pick up in the backwaters but is day to day with warm sunny days being best.  Walleye - Fair: The bite has slowed considerably with the muddy water.  Look for fish to be on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 15

No reports recieved 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.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 6.97 feet and forecasted to stay steady over the next few days.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, and dip baits around wing dams. Some channel catfish are also being caught floating leeches under a bobber along rocky shorelines. Some channel catfish are being picked up along the Davenport Riverfront.  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 - Slow: Bluegill fishing has slowed down some in Sunset Marina. Some fish are still being picked up on worms and small minnows.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has slowed down.  Sauger - Fair: A few saugers are being picked up on the wing dams while trolling crankbaits for walleyes.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits around the wing dams throughout the pool.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.42 feet and forecasted to stay steady over the next few days.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver. Some channel catfish are being caught along the Muscatine Riverfront on night crawlers. Some channel catfish are starting to be caught fishing leeches under a bobber along riprap shorelines.  White Bass - Slow: 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 - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in Big Timber on pieces of worm floating under a bobber. Some sorting will be required.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters floating minnows under a bobber and on tube jigs. 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 7.78 feet and forecasted to stay steady over the next few days.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver. Some channel catfish are starting to be picked up floating leeches under a bobber along rocky shorelines.  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 5.47 feet. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken livers. Some channel catfish are starting to be picked up floating leeches and night crawlers under a bobber along the riprap shoreline at Ft. Madison.  White Bass - Slow: A few white bass are being picked up by the dam casting jig and twister tails.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have been steady over the past few days and forecasted to stay steady over the weekend. Main channel water temperatures are around 71 degrees. There is a Bassmasters Elite Series River Rumble Tournament out of Ft. Madison June 11-14 fishing pools 17-21.  For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

Wildlife is lowering the water to reach the summer levels. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to catch a lot of channel catfish.

Try either cut bait or night crawlers.  Some of the better ones are averaging 2.5 to 6.5 pounds. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is picking up with lots of fish in the 8 inch range being caught.

Lake Geode

Water conditions were very poor earlier this week.  The lake was muddy with water clarity of about only 6 inches.  The lake does clear fairly quickly if we don’t get much more rain.  Bluegill - Good: Water temps are just under 70 degrees so there are a few males in looking around but the spawning season has yet to begin.  Crappie - Slow: The crappies have returned to deeper water there are just a few small ones in shallow.  Redear Sunfish - Good: The redears are starting to nest in earnest now.  Look for them to be back in the shallow bays.

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 - Fair: Water temperature is right around 69 to 70 with the recent cooler weather.  There are a few of the males in shallow at the upper end of the lake looking to build nests.  Largemouth Bass - Good: There are a good number of bass just off the rocks along the face of the dam.  Crappie - Fair: The spawn seems to be over.  There are still some smaller immature fish in shallow.  Redear Sunfish - Good: The redears are nesting now so if you can catch them they are on the beds.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: fish are being caught using chicken liver and night crawlers.  Bluegill - Good: Use light tackle and small baits such as wax worms or pieces of crawler suspended under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The anglers are catching them on all kinds of stuff.

Lake Darling

The lake is drained. Most of the water is back out of the lake.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

The water levels went up from last week. They look to be dropping again, but more rain is in the weekend forecast.  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 water level is dropping fairly steadily now.  Flathead Catfish - Good: For the last couple of weeks anglers have been catching some nice flatheads on the bank lines

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

Hannen Lake

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

Iowa Lake

The lake has experienced a small kill off of bluegills and crappies. This is a natural occurrence due to spawning stress and anglers should not be concerned about the health of the lake and/or fish.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish around rip rap and brush piles with a small worm or jig.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish around shallow structure with artificials or night crawlers. There is an abundance of 13-15 inch bass here, so make sure they are over the 15 inch minimum if you are planning to keep them.

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 temps are around 70 degrees. Remember a 10 hp maximum is now in effect for Lake Macbride.  Crappie - Fair: The spawn is over. Some fish are still on the shallow flats, while most fish have moved off to deeper structure.  Walleye - Fair: Try pulling crankbaits or live bait rigs around rock or weed lines.

Pleasant Creek Lake

White Bass - Good: 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 nice bluegills are being picked up on small worms around shallow rock.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try a variety of artificials and even night crawlers around the jetties, dam, and other rock. Remember, largemouth have to be 18 inch to keep.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being picked up on live bait. Some are even being caught on bluegills.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try around the jetties or up by the causeway with crawlers or chicken livers.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small piece of worm around rock or on the shallower flats. Some fish may have also moved out to the brush piles after the spawn.

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 rip rap.  Yellow Bass - Good: The yellow bass bite has been good, however, size is marginal. Expect many 6-8 inch fish with some larger ones possible. Fish 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 684 feet (as of 6/11) and is projected to fall to 683 feet and hold at this level for the summer. The water temperature is right around 70.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some catfish have moved into the rocks to spawn. Try throwing a jig and crawler or live bait under a bobber around spawning habitat.  White Bass - Fair: Some anglers are finding white bass. Run and gun looking for schools of fish near the bank. Small shad colored crankbaits or jigs work best.

Dike Lake

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

Most lakes have water temps hovering around 70 degrees. Channel catfish will start spawning and become easier to catch around shallow structure in the coming weeks.  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 temperature continues to rise, try crankbaits and spinner baits.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have been hitting on small jigs fished around structure along the shoreline.

Lake Keomah

Channel Catfish - Slow: Use night crawlers or dead minnows.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler 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.  Try using a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.

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 - Good: Use soft plastics or spinner baits around structure.  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 upper 60s.  The lake level is currently at 910.50 feet, which is 6-1/2 feet above normal pool.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish in the coves and bays.  White Bass - Good: Use flashy blade baits or chrome colored baits to mimic shad.  Try areas with some underwater structure or a change in depth.  The area around Island View has been productive.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught around flooded vegetation along the shoreline.  A lot of crappies are being caught but most of them are under 8 inches, with an occasional fish over 10 inches.  Walleye - Fair: Try drifting night crawlers or trolling crankbaits around underwater islands and ridges.  Large numbers of smaller walleye are being caught with an occasional keeper.

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.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are hitting using plastics or spinner baits fished near wood structure.  There are good fish up to 20 inches.  Crappie - Slow: A few fish are still being caught near wood structure in shallow water.  Drift fishing mid lake with small tube jigs or minnows has also produced a few fish.

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.  8 to 9 inch fish are common.

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

Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught using minnows and night crawlers.  White Bass - Good: White bass are biting well on minnows and jigs.  Bluegill - Good: Spawning bluegills are being caught shallow using night crawlers.  Crappie - Fair: The crappie bite has slowed, but a few good sized fish are being caught using jigs with minnows or crawlers.

Big Creek Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Large catfish are being caught in deeper water using leeches.  Bluegill - Excellent: Spawning bluegill bite is good using small pieces of crawler under a bobber or small tube jigs.  Fish in the protected the bays.  The bluegills are good sized averaging 8 to 9 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting good on crankbaits, spinner baits, and plastic worms.  The most success is on the north end.  Crappie - Fair:  A few are being caught on minnows near wood or rock in the bays and near the rock along the face of the dam.  Walleye - Fair: Many walleye are being caught in the shallows, but most are sub-legal.

Easter Lake

Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in shallow water using pieces of night crawlers under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass bite is good fishing near woody structure.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are still being caught near wood in shallow water using minnows.  Walleye - Good: Walleye anglers are successful right now using chartreuse twisters.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill - Good: Spawning bluegills are still being caught using crawlers under a bobber.  Crappie - Slow: The crappie spawn is ending and the bite has slowed.  A few crappies are still being caught near wood or riprap in shallow water.

Hooper Area Pond

Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting good on small jigs tipped with a small piece of crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Due to the turbid water conditions right now bass are biting good on top-water baits.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are biting on small tube jigs or minnows.

Lake Ahquabi

Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on livers and stink baits.  Bluegill - Excellent: Good sized bluegills are being caught using crawlers under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting on small plastics fished on the edges of the vegetation.  Redear Sunfish - Fair: Anglers are catching redears up to 13 inches fishing with crawlers near the bottom in shallow water through breaks in the vegetation.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass - Good: The white bass bite is good trolling crankbaits.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: A few wipers are being picked up by anglers while trolling crankbaits for white bass.

Saylorville Reservoir

White Bass - Good: Good catches of white bass are coming from below the Big Creek spillway and off Sandpiper using jigs, spoons, or minnows under a bobber.  Boat anglers trolling crankbaits are also doing well.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are still being caught off the rocks at Cherry Glen and the Marina using minnows.  Walleye - Fair: Some decent walleye from 16 to 19 inches have been caught by throwing crankbaits near Sandpiper.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: There are some wipers being caught on crankbaits off of Sandpiper.

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)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught using cut bait, liver, or night crawlers fished near any wood cover.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are moving for the spawn and some good sized fish have been caught below the dams and in large log jams using live sunfish or bullheads.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish biting on small live sunfish, cut bait, liver, or night crawlers.  Fish near any logjam, eddy, or riprap.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead fishing is good right now using live sunfish or bullheads fished near log jams and below the dams.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught below the Saylorville spillway on jigs, spoons, or minnows.  Walleye - Good: Walleye are being caught below the Saylorville spillway using jigs with minnows or night crawler.  The bite is also good below the Center Street Dam using minnows, leeches, or worm harnesses.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: A few wipers have been caught below the Saylorville spillway using large jigs tipped with minnows.

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.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 9 inches can be caught close to shore or by finding pea gravel spawning beds. Cast small jigs or worms under a bobber to catch spawning fish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Greenfield Lake has a good population of 12 to 15 inch fish. Cast spinner baits or plastic baits along weed edges and in cedar tree piles.

Littlefield Lake

Lake is full and has concrete boat ramp.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are averaging 8 inches and are being caught drifting small jigs tipped with minnows.

Lake Anita

Lake is full with good water clarity.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are spawning in many areas around the lake. Cast small jigs close to shore or find underwater reefs and fish pea gravel tops.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught in cedar tree piles and around sunken road bed. Try casting plastic baits with slow retrieve.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have moved off shore but are being caught drifting small jigs in 6-8 feet of water in the main part of the lake. Anglers are also having success casting around the underwater reefs.

Arrowhead Pond

Arrowhead is full and has a usable boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on dip bait with red worms around jetties and corner of the dam.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching fish in the 3-5 pounds class in the upper end of the lake.

Lake Manawa

Lake is full with a slight algal bloom.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having success using cut bait and shrimp on the south and west side of the lake. Fish are averaging 1-3 pounds.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught on west side of lake drifting night crawlers.

Anderson Area Pond 1

Pond 1 is north of Montgomery County office building. There is no boat ramp.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are spawning and can be caught casting small jigs or night crawlers under a bobber. Try fishing in the corners of the dam and along north side.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught drifting minnows under a bobber casting from dam.

Hacklebarney East

Hacklebarney East has excellent water quality being able to see down 15 feet. Lake has one small gravel boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Lake has a good channel catfish population with fish averaging 2-3 pounds. Cast bait past weed line using a slip bobber.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill spawning beds are easy to see with such good water clarity. Fish are 7 to 8 inches.

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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are being caught close to shore and around structure using cut bait.  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.

Water temperatures have held steady or cooled a few degrees since last week slowing the bluegill spawn. Overall, we are finding good water clarity in our lakes even after recent cool rains. Bluegills are spawning and channel catfish are moving close to shore finding crevices in the rocks. 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 the rooted vegetation is growing in the bays.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized largemouth bass can be caught near shore and from the outside edges of the weed line.

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 temps are above 70.  Bullhead - Excellent: A lot of fish 6 to 10 inches can be caught from shore just about anywhere in the lake on crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Several fish up to 20 inches have been caught near-shore, the fish mounds, and the woody structure.  Crappie - Fair: Several fish 7 to 8 inches long can be picked up just off shore.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye are being caught from the mounds and big points.  Crawlers and leeches are showing a lot of success.

West Lake Corning

Water quality is good and the panfish are biting.  Bluegill - Good: Several fish up to 7.5 inches can be caught from shore near the west roadway.  Crappie - Fair: Some fish up to 10 inches can be caught just out from the dam on small 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 or just off shore near the structure.  Crappie - Fair: Fishing is excellent along the dam for 7.5 to 8.5 inch crappie.

Little River Watershed Lake

Water clarity is less than 12 inches but some fish are still being caught.  Crappie - Slow: A few 7 to 8 fish inches long have been picked from just off 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.  Bait suspended just over the deeper submerged vegetation works better than bottom fishing.

Slip Bluff Lake

Water quality is fair.  Bluegill - Fair: Some fish can be caught from the beds along the east shore or from near shore in the south bay.

Badger Creek Lake

Anglers are using the west road and jetties.  Water quality is fair near the dam.  Some algae is starting to appear.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish have been picked up from the bays near the jetties.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill angling success has been found around the jetties and nearby coves using crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught near shore and structure.  Spinners and crankbaits have shown the most success.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Water quality is good and fish of all species are biting.  Bluegill - Excellent: Several fish are biting along the west shore and from the backs of the coves on crawlers.  Most fish are from 6 to 7.5 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish are near-shore and can be caught on spinners and crankbaits.  Crappie - Fair: The rocks of the dam are still holding a few 8 to 10 inch crappies.

East Lake (Lenox)

Water quality is fair but the shallow coves are producing some panfish.

Lake of Three Fires

Water clarity is about 2.5 feet.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of real nice fish have been caught using crawlers from shore just about anywhere around the lake.  Bluegill - Excellent: Several real nice fish have been caught using crawlers over the fish mounds or near the east corner of the dam.  A small worm down about 2 1/2 feet works very well.  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, from around the jetty, and the corners of the dam.

Windmill Lake

Water levels are near normal.  Some of the weak fish have died from stress.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channels are being caught near dusk from the shallow bays on stink bait or cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: 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 temps are near 70.  Bluegill - Good: 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 - Slow: The crappie are nearing the end of the spawning.  Several fish of all sizes have been caught from the near shore areas or nearby flooded trees.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye are biting a little better from steep shoreline areas and dirt mounds.  Leeches and crawlers have been successful.

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.  A crawler on the bottom works very well.  Bluegill - Excellent: The bluegill fishing is excellent.  A lot of nice fish from 6 to 8 inches have been picked up using crawlers from the near shore areas just about anywhere around the lake.  The areas near the jetties and west shore have been very successful.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized fish can be caught near-shore.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye are biting better from the big open points, steep drop-off areas, and the near the dike at the upper end on leeches or crawlers.  Some anglers are seeing success by trolling crankbaits over the rock fields.

The crappies are moving out a bit, but a few lakes still have fish near shore.  The bluegills are biting very well near shore.  Walleyes are starting to bite on the mounds.  Largemouth bass are biting at almost every lake.  Several other species are biting well at most lakes.  Water temps are usually in the low 70s and water quality at most lakes is fair or good.

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