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Iowa fishing report 6-17-10

June 17, 2010 at 02:02 PM

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

NORTHWEST
Nelson Park Lake
A good number of nice sized bluegills have been caught.  Try using small jigs baited with a wax worm.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Water clarity is excellent even after the rains this week.  Bluegill - Fair: Yellow Smoke has very large bluegills in the 8.5 to 9.5 inch range.  Because the water is so clear, try using really light line and small lures.  Fish deep around submerged trees.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: A lot of largemouth bass are being caught, but most are sub-legal fish.  There are a lot of bass around 14 inches in length that make for great catch and release fishing.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Fishing has remained the same.  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 bluegills 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
The lake level is up and the water in the north end is muddy from the rains, but water clarity is excellent in the southern portion of the lake.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught in the evening.  Bluegill - Good: Use 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.  Spinner baits have been working well.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Boaters use caution: There is an ongoing dredging project at Storm Lake and boats should stay at least 100 feet away from the dredge pipe.  The dredge pipe is marked with buoys.
Anglers are still catching walleyes.  Water temperature is in the low 70s.  Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is 3 walleye: all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught on white twisters or picked up while walleye fishing.  Walleye - 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 13 to 14-inch walleyes.

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 are biting and many anglers are catching their limits.  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.  Many channel catfish are being caught on dead minnows and cut bait.  Large crawdad tails make excellent bait as well.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappie are being caught in 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.

The recent rainfall has made fishing difficult and reduced the water clarity at many 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 and crappies biting on 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, try fishing the windswept side of the lake. Muskellunge are biting on spinner baits and large spoons. Some panfish are biting on worms fished off the jetties.

Little Wall Lake
Small crappies and largemouth bass are biting fish near the brush with a minnow.

Rice Lake
Bullheads are biting on crawlers fished off the bottom.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Bullheads are biting on crawlers fished off the bottom.

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

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 69 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll or cast rattle traps and jerk baits along weed lines.  White Bass - Fair: Use top-water lures in the mornings and evening along Big Stoney Point.  Look for surfacing fish.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small lead head tipped with live bait along weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Using jigging lures tipped with live bait in 20 to 22 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Fish rock bars and connected weed beds with a slip bobber and leech.

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.

East Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Fair: Use a large bobber and chub along weed lines.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use large minnows or cut bait along shoreline brush piles.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish the deep basin or weed line with jigging lures tipped with live bait near Chalstrom Beach.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish around boat docks or weed lines with small jigs tipped with a piece of worm.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Fish around boat docks and weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish around boat docks and weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

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

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 63 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll or cast crankbaits along weed beds.  White Bass - Good: Use top-water lures in the mornings and evenings near rock bars and points. Look for surfacing fish.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a wax worm or leech along boat docks and weed beds. Fish that were around boat docks are moving out to weed lines.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use jigs, crankbaits, or plastics around boat docks and weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use a small bobber and hook baited with wax worms near Crescent Beach and Breezy Point along weed lines and boat docks.  Walleye - Fair: Fish rock bars and weed lines with a slip bobber and leech.

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
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or live bait near the bridge.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits or slip bobber fish with leeches near the rock piles.

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 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.

For more fishing information on the Spirit Lake area call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Take notice of the new structure in the lake as fish will be found close by.  With the warmer weather upon us, 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 liver.  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 right now on cut bait and chicken liver.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught with slip bobbers and crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Work 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 on crankbaits and twisters.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught in the deeper pools using crankbaits.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
The river is a little muddy, but clearing.  Anglers are having luck wading and fishing pools with crankbaits 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 sized 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 have 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 crankbaits 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 this week and is getting back to a more normal flow.  Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few northerns while fishing for walleyes.  Channel Catfish - 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 crankbaits 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 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 middle 70s.  Water clarity is good on the lakes but poor on the rivers with the recent rains.  Trout streams continue to be in good condition and very fishable.  For more information about a specific stream, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Fishing has been fair for largemouth bass and bluegill. Most bass are below the 15-inch legal length for harvest. Vegetation has become bothersome around the edges of the lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm under a bobber along the vegetation edges.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting top-water, weedless spoons or spinner baits. Reminder there is a 15-inch minimum size limit on bass in this lake.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Casey Lake is providing some excellent bluegill fishing. Larger fish have been taken from casting off of the dam. Dense vegetation has been a problem so fishing from a boat or canoe is beneficial.  Bluegill - Excellent: 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
South Prairie has been slow but some bluegills are being caught.  A good number of small largemouth bass are being caught anywhere near the shore.  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Anglers have been having good success catching largemouth bass.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting weedless plastics in the willows for some good action.

Plainfield
Anglers are catching nice size bluegill and largemouth bass.  Bluegill - Good: Try using a fly rod or small jig under a bobber along the shoreline while the bluegills are on their beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits from shore.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Fishing has continued to be good for channel catfish.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try using minnows or cut bait on the bottom. 

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsi continues to fall from recent rainfall, but there have been decent reports of channel catfish being caught.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try using cut baits or night crawlers fished in backwater areas or areas with less current.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa continues to run a bit high and dirty following rain this past week.  Catfish action has been fair to good.  Channel Catfish - Fair:

Interior rivers still remain turbid and continue to fall but more rain is expected over the next seven days. Fishing for channel cats has been good with the current river conditions. 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 9.4 feet.  Water clarity has become more turbid.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting well on stink bait.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have been caught along insides of wing dams.  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 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.  Freshwater Drum - Good:  A lot of drum being caught just fishing worm on the bottom along main channel and side channel shorelines.  Drum are easy to clean and excellent eating fish especially if eaten fresh.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Water level at Lynxville is 16.0 and expected to rise a bit more.  Water temperature is in the mid 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: Some anglers report nice catches of white bass below the dam.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers report catching bluegills along rocky areas like the inside edge of wing dams.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth hitting well along rocky areas with current.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth being caught along woody debris and emerging vegetation beds.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice sized perch are being caught in the tail water areas.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes caught drifting minnows below the dam and in running sloughs.  Freshwater Drum - Good: A lot of drum being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom near main channel and side channel shorelines.  Drum are excellent eating fish especially if prepared fresh.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Water levels are at 7.8 feet and expected to rise a bit more over the next week. Temperatures are in the mid 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 - Good: Catfish biting well on stink bait.  Flathead Catfish - Good: 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.  Walleye - Fair: 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 in the mid 70s.  River levels are expected to rise a bit more over the next week:  Water levels are: Lansing 9.4, Lynxville 16.0 and Guttenberg 7.8.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 9.7 feet and stable. Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are 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 were 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 - Fair: The recent rise in the river and increased turbidity has slowed the walleye some, but they have been biting on three way rigs tipped with leeches and crankbaits on wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 8.23 feet and rising. Water clarity is fair above the Maquoketa River and poor below it.  Water temperatures are in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish have been biting on stink bait fished around wing dams and snags in sloughs.  Also a few coming on leeches floated under bobbers along rip rap.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow with few reports of any fish being caught.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye have been biting on crankbaits and three way rigs tipped with leeches on the wing dams.  Fishing below the Maquoketa River is poor due to increased turbidity.  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 11.21 feet and rising. Water clarity is poor and water temperatures are 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 - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow with the muddy water.

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 8.47 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 - Fair: Some white bass are being caught in Sunset Marina casting jigs/twisters or in-line spinner baits.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has been fair towards evening in Sunset Marina. Most fish are being caught floating pieces of crawler or wax worms under a bobber.  Crappie - Fair: 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:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 7.91 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 - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber fishing pieces of worm under a bobber.  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 11.07 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 7.97 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have risen 2-3 feet due to recent heavy rains. Main channel water clarity is poor. Main channel water temperature is 75 degrees. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
The lake is fairly muddy from last weekend’s rains.  The lake’s thermocline is 4 to 8 feet deep.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish up by the main stream going into the lake. The catfish are up there feeding on all the stuff the rains are washing into the lake.

Lake Belva Deer
The road paving project is slated to start in July.  Recent rains have brought the lake up 2 to 3 feet above normal pool level.  The water remains fairly clear 6 to 7 feet clarity.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are suspended in 5 to 7 feet of water.  Belva Deer is stratified early this year and the thermocline is between 5 and 7 feet.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Bluegill - Fair: There are still some bluegills on the spawning beds.  Light tackle and small baits have produced some nice catches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish are moving into the shallows to feed on baitfish during the evenings.  Some nice keeper size fish have been caught.

Lake of the Hills
Anglers fishing ahead of the storm fronts are getting some fast action.  Just make sure that you are far enough ahead of the front.  Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish are biting on chicken liver, worms, and stink baits.  Target areas with rip rap as now is the time the male catfish will be guarding their nests in between the rocks.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing remains steady.  The bigger bluegills are in the deeper water.  Look for them out in 6 to 8 feet.  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 crappies are suspended out in the deep water now.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The Skunk from Sigourney and Oskaloosa down to the Mississippi River is at moderate flood stage.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river is currently at the minor flood stage and is forecast to reach the moderate flood level before starting to recede.

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 and along the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow with plastics or live bait.

Lake Macbride
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 wood with plastics or deeper rock structure with crankbaits.  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-inch size limit on bass and 40-inch size limit on muskie here.  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: Shallower 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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Right after a rain event is a good time to try. Evenings are best as well.  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.

Union Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig or waxie along the shorelines. Rock, wood, and overhanging branches will hold more fish.  Crappie - Good: Most fish are small. Try in the shallows around rip-rap with a small jig or minnow.

Coralville Reservoir
As of June 17 the lake level is 690 feet and rising. It is predicted to reach 694 feet based on current rains.  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
Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have been biting on chicken liver and night crawlers.  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 entrance gate is open 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 now 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 921.02 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the lower 80s.  Most of the conservation pool boat ramps are closed.  The high water ramps at Bridgeview, Honey Creek State Park, and Buck Creek are open.  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: Crappie fishing has slowed down with the high water.  Look for submerged structure off shore.  The water has really spread the fish out.  There is sorting required for larger fish.  Walleye - Fair: Try trolling or drifting night crawler rigs along underwater reefs and islands.  Some walleye are also being caught by crappie anglers fishing shallow with jigs.  Please be wary of tagged walleyes and if these fish are harvested please call the hatchery with the tag number.  The phone number for the hatchery is 641-647-2406.

For additional fishing information in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.


SOUTHWEST
Beaver Lake
Bluegill - Excellent: Good 8 to 9-inch bluegills are being caught using night crawlers fished from any of the jetties, along the rock on the dam, and especially near the flooded wood throughout the lake.

Roberts Creek Lake
Crappie - Fair: Crappies have moved off into deeper water around woody structure.  Drift fishing is producing good numbers, but sorting is needed for keeper sized fish.  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.  White Bass - Good: Big Creek currently has a large population of white bass.  They are starting to bite aggressively.  Casting or drifting small jigs or spinners is working well.  Concentrate on the windblown side of the lake.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved off into deeper water, with some males still around pockets vegetation in 3-5 feet 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.  Focusing on points and shallower areas in the evenings has been productive.

Easter Lake
Walleye - Good: Walleye are still being caught and some are of good size.  Trolling live bait or live bait under a bobber in the evenings is working best.  Crankbaits have also been picking up 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.  Crappie - Slow: The crappie bite isn’t fast right now, but some fish are being picked up on the sunken pallets in the coves and the brush piles around the island.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Fair: There has been some decent catches of bluegills and redears.  They are being caught using night crawlers drifted or bobber fished along the edge of the vegetation.  The areas by the jetties and along the northwest shoreline are good places to target.

Red Rock Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite is picking up using fresh cut bait.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught below the Roberts Creek spillway and by trolling crankbaits near by the mile long bridge.  Try focusing on flowing water areas.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the shallower bays and close to shore using night crawlers.  Evenings have been the best time.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Inflows from heavy rains have catfish feeding. Catfish have also started spawning.  Look for them to be active around flowing water and shallower rocks such as riprap.  Crayfish and fresh cut bait are good baits 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.  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.

North Raccoon River (Perry to Van Meter)
Flathead Catfish - Good: High river conditions timed with flatheads moving in preparation for the spawn should make for some excellent flathead fishing throughout the North Raccoon River when flows calm a little.  Bullheads and sunfish are the preferred baits.

Continuing heavy rains have made for difficult river fishing conditions.  Reservoir water is still rising, but remains fairly clear this week.  Panfish have move into deeper and open water around the district.  Try bobber fishing or drifting small pieces of live bait in 5 to 15 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 - Good: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver. Fish are in the 1 to 3 pound range.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches are being caught drifting small jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water.  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.

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 - Excellent: Anglers are using leeches to catch channel in the 14 to 16-inch range.

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 being caught drifting small jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water. Also, try worms under a bobber around jetties and underwater reefs. Fish average 8 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits. Crankbaits and plastics are good baits 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 warmer water temperatures. 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 temperature is in the mid to high 70s on most southwest Iowa lakes. For information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temperature is in the lower 70s.  The lake level is about 1 foot high but falling. 
Clarity is about 1.5 feet.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several largemouth are still being caught from the structure and flooded grass.

West Lake (Osceola)
Water clarity is very good but the lake is up a little.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The largemouth bass are 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 - Fair: The channel catfish are biting the shallow bays around dark.

Slip Bluff Lake
Water clarity is about 1.5 feet.  Bluegill - Fair: 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 - Fair: Several mid-sized bluegills can be caught from the quiet shoreline areas on a worm and bobber.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 3 feet.  Bluegill - Good: A lot of big bluegills can be caught from the tops of the fish mounds.  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.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting well from near-shore flooded grass.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water temperature is in the low 70s and clarity is very good.  Most species are biting well.  Bullhead - Good: 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 - Good: The bluegill are biting well on crawlers and small jigs from the coves, along the jetties, or off the spawning mounds.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: A lot of mid-sized bass are biting well from the shoreline structure and rocks.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappie are still being found near the fish mounds.  Walleye - Fair: A lot of mid-sized walleye are being caught by jigging and trolling jigs over the steep shore or the fish mounds.

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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