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Iowa fishing report 6-18-09

June 18, 2009 at 02:15 PM

Iowa Fishing Report
http://www.iowadnr.gov
June 18, 2009

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.  Fishing has slowed.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Anglers are catching some panfish.  It has been fairly slow.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Fishing has slowed somewhat.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been doing well using night crawlers and stink bait.  Bluegill - Good: Shore and boat anglers are catching a few good sized bluegills 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 the shallows 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 is not as clear, but still good.  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 tube jig tipped with a minnow.  Walleye - Good: Best walleye angling has been in late evening; try leeches on a slip bobber just off the bottom in 6 to 10 feet.

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 immediately released.  Channel Catfish - Good: As lake warms the catfishing has improved. They are biting on a variety of baits from shore and in the rocks.  White Bass - Excellent: 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. 

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.

Black Hawk Lake
Bullhead and catfish fishing have been very good.  Bullhead - Excellent: Anglers are doing well 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. Channel catfish are biting on liver. 

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 excellent using a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber near the shoreline brush piles. 

Upper Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is excellent. Largemouth bass fishing is fair using a Lindy rig or Carolina rig with a worm or minnow.  Bluegill - Excellent: Fish the shoreline with a small piece of worm. 

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
Yellow bass fishing is slow, try drift fishing the reefs with live bait.  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 - Fair: Walleyes (mostly sub-legal) are being caught off the jetty using minnows.  .

Lake Cornelia
Bullhead fishing is fair using a night crawler fished on the bottom.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are biting cut bait and liver.  Walleye - Slow: A few Walleyes are being caught on trolled crankbaits.

Little Wall Lake
Small crappies, largemouth bass and channel catfish fishing are good. 

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
Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits and plastic baits.  Bluegill fishing has been fair fishing the weed edges. 

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Channel Catfish and Smallmouth bass fishing is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: using cut bait or liver.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: using jigs and crankbaits.

Winnebago River
Channel Catfish and Smallmouth bass fishing is fair. 

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

Big Spirit Lake
Weed beds have been slow to grow but with recent warm weather they should expand quickly.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use jerk baits or drift fish along rock bars and connecting weed lines with leaches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or live bait around weed beds or at Buffalo Run.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use bottom bouncers or small jigging spoons tipped with wigglers in 20 foot of water or deeper in the main lake basin.  Walleye - Good: Fish are being caught off docks using slip bobbers and leeches, drifting and vertical jigging with live bait, or trolling with crankbaits along weed beds and rock bars.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Drift fish with cut bait or fish from the Hwy 9 Bridge or the north shore with stink bait or chubs.  Walleye - Fair: Drift or troll from Stony Point towards Parks Marina or at Jingles Point in the morning with Lindy rigs baited with worms or leeches or crankbaits.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Vertical jig with small spoons tipped with live bait from Parks Marina towards the Hattie Elston Park boat ramp.  Or fish off docks with a bobber and live bait.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Fish along boat docks with small jigs.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye - Fair: Troll with crankbaits on the north shore and around the island.

West Okoboji Lake
Weed beds are growing well but have not gotten established yet in deeper water.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll crankbaits or spoons along weed lines.  White Bass - Good: Use twister tails or a jig and minnow around Gull Point at sunset.  Bluegill - Excellent: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or small split shot and leach around docks with long casts to avoid spooking fish.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish rock bars with jerk baits.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics or jerk baits along boat docks and weed beds.  Walleye - Fair: Use slip bobbers and leeches around weed beds or cast to rock bars at sunset.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Drift fish along shallow flats with cut bait or fish from shore with stink bait near docks or the railroad bridge.  Walleye - Good: Troll with crankbaits with planer boards.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Excellent: Trolling with crankbaits.

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Good: Fish along edge of weed beds with small micro jigs.  Large Pumpkinseed sunfish are also being caught.

Swan Lake
Bullhead - Good: Use worms along the north shore.

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

Tuttle Lake
Walleye - Good: Troll with planer boards using crankbaits.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Bullhead - Good: Use worms on the east shore.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait or stink bait in holes with brush piles.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Use large live bait along brush piles, cut banks, and rock shorelines.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use large minnow or chubs in holes and above brush piles.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use chubs or worms on the bottom just above brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Use twister tails or crankbaits along current breaks and holes.

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

Spirit Lake District Farm Ponds
Be sure to ask for permission before fishing a private pond.  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 was excellent until heavy rains hit last night (6-17-09).  The lake is now very muddy and went up 6 to 8 inches.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish activity has increased.  Try using cut baits, fish guts and chubs.  There are lots of nice size fish available.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:

Lake Hendricks
Water clarity is very good and the vegetation is beginning to grow along the shoreline.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using small twistertails tipped with a small piece of worm.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Slow: Try slow trolling in deeper water as crappies have moved off their spawning beds.

Lake Meyer
Water clarity remains good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Nice size cats are being caught on cut bait, fish guts and chubs.  Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of smaller bluegill are being caught.  Worms fished under a bobber continues to be your best bet.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass, 12-16 inch, can be found everywhere.  Use top-water plastics tipped with worms.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have moved to deeper water. 

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels are slowly coming up after recent rainfall and the river is slightly muddy.  Angling has been slow.  Northern Pike - No Report:  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels below Decorah are rising and the water is off color.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anglers have had the best luck using worms and other live bait.  Walleye - Slow: A few small walleye are being caught on live bait.

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 currently running high and muddy.  Trout streams with better watersheds will clear faster.  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.

Recent heavy rains in northeast Iowa have been very spotty.  As of June 18, the Upper Iowa is up less than a foot while the Turkey and Cedar are up 2 to 3 feet.  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.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Anglers are reporting good catches of bluegill and largemouth bass.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are reporting good catches of 7-8 inch bluegill out of this lake.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinnerbaits or top-water lures for largemouth bass.

Lake Delhi
Anglers are catching bluegills and channel catfish in Lake Delhi.  Channel Catfish - Good:  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching bluegills off of spawning beds fished near the shoreline.

Brinker Lake
Anglers are still reporting catches of crappies caught from the shoreline.

George Wyth Lake
Anglers are catching a few crappies from shore but some sorting is required.

South Prairie Lake
Bluegills are still being caught off of spawning beds fished from shore.

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Bluegill fishing remains fair on Saints Lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of night crawler underneath a bobber fished from shore.

Plainfield
Some catches of crappies are being reported from this lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using small piece of night crawler underneath a bobber in 3-5 feet of water off of shoreline.  Crappie - Fair: Try drifting or locating structure in this lake for crappie using a minnow underneath a slip bobber.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is currently on a slow rise from recent rainfall events and anglers are reporting good catches of channel catfish using cut baits and stink baits.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Water levels continue to slowly fall on the Wapsipinicon River. Conditions are good and anglers are reporting catches of channel catfish, crappies, bluegill and walleye.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try drifting a night crawler or leach under a bobber through shallow water areas or riffles.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught off of spawning beds located in upstream impoundments of dams.  Crappie - Fair: Try fishing a minnow under a bobber below low-head dams for river crappies.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes have been picking up on the Wapsi using jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawler.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Conditions remain excellent for angling on the Maquoketa River. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing night crawlers or stink baits near logjams or fallen trees.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass on spinner baits or jigs tipped with a night crawler.  Walleye - Fair: Try casting small jigs tipped with half of a night crawler or casting crankbaits along current breaks or rocky shoreline areas.

Anglers are still catching bluegills on area northeast Iowa lakes. Channel Catfish are beginning to pick up on the interior rivers as well. For further information contact the northeast Iowa district fisheries station at 563-927-3276.

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:

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

Martens Lake
Anglers are doing well fishing for largemouth bass.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try fishing in and around the cattails for good success.

Bluegills are beginning to pick up on area lakes with the upcoming spawn.  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
Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead can be caught along the channel fishing small bullheads on the bottom.  Bluegill - Excellent: Fish are being caught in Conway Lake. Many fish are smaller, but larger 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.  Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing has been good in the some of the side channels and deeper backwaters using a crankbait or spinnerbait. Fish are also being caught on the wing dam.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being caught in many areas using a night crawler on the bottom

Mississippi River Pool 10
Bullhead - Fair: a few bullhead a being caught below the Lynxville, Wis., dam.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Use a night crawler or stink bait.  White Bass - Good: Fish are being caught on the wing dams using small inline spinners.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in the backwaters using night crawlers fished under a bobber. Bussey Lake has been good for catching bluegill.  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 or leeches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: use a night crawler on sand flats or side channels

Mississippi River Pool 11
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught along the rocky shorelines fishing a night crawler under a bobber.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: A few flathead are still being caught below the dam using small bluegill. Also a few being caught below the spillway.  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 spinnerbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Some fish are being caught on the wing dams trolling three-way rigs. Fish are also being caught trolling crankbaits along the edge of the channel.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Use a night crawler on the bottom along sand flats or side channels.

River gauges: Lansing 7.92 feet; Lynxville 13.94 feet; Guttenberg 5.9 feet. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 73 degrees. Water is fairly muddy after this week’s rain. The water levels in pools 9-11 steady to starting to fall. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 8.6 feet and should and is forecast to slowly drop.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the 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 - Fair: Live bait fished below the dead lock in Dubuque is producing.  Large jigs with twister tails or ring worms also work.  Bluegill - Fair: People are starting to catch bluegills in shallow water near structure like rocks and wood.  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 - Good: Fish are being caught on the wing dams and flats on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or crankbaits.  Reports of a lot of fish in the over 20 inches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 6.28 feet and is forecast to slowly fall but that will likely change with rain moving through the area Wednesday through Friday.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the 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 - Good: 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 and South Sabula lakes.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Reports of 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.  Using 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 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 10.05 feet and should rise over the next week with recent rain.  Water clarity is fair to poor.  Water temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: 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 small jigs with crawlers or wax worms under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass bite has slowed recently, probably due to decreased water clarity.  Use crankbaits along rocky shorelines or spinnerbaits and soft plastics in the backwaters.  Tossing top-water frogs around vegetation is also producing.  Walleye - Fair: The bite has slowed considerably with the muddy water.  Look for fish to be on the wing dams.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a piece of crawler on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 15
No reports received from Pool 15.

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

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 7.07 feet.  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. Fishing has also been good for catfish in Andalusia Slough and Velie Chute fishing brush piles.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing in Sylvan Slough has been slow.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island backwater complex on small jigs and pieces of worm.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina on small minnows. Crappies are also being caught in shallow water around brush piles in the Andalusia Island backwater complex.  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 5.90 feet.  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 8.28 feet.  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. White bass are also being caught at the outlet structure of Lake Odessa at the Toolesboro landing.  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 - Fair: Some walleyes are starting to be caught trolling crankbaits or on three-way rigs tipped with a minnow or half a night crawler on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 5.34 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver. 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: A few walleyes are being picked up trolling crankbaits on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have been steady over the past few days. Main channel water temperature is around 74 degrees.  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 dropping the water to reach the summer level. 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.  Bluegills - Good: I would start hitting some of the sandy shallow flats looking for these fish to be on the nest.

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 - Excellent: Anglers are doing very well on the bluegills in shallow.  They are starting to spawn.  Largemouth Bass - Good: There are a good number of bass just off the rocks along the face of the dam.  Redear Sunfish - Excellent: The redears are nesting now so if you can catch them they are on the beds.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: fishing remains good they are being caught using chicken liver and night crawlers.  Bluegill - Good: Use light tackle and small bait, such as wax worms or pieces of crawler suspended under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass are in shallow and are hitting on soft plastics. I would try a salamander since the bass should be starting to nest.

Lake Darling
The lake is drained. Although nearly 4 inches of rain in the last week may make it look otherwise.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The North at Sigourney as well as the South at Oskaloosa are at the minor flood stage and two inches of rain near Brighton last night (6/17) isn’t going to help river conditions.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The water level is dropping fairly steadily now.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Anglers are still catching some nice fish on bank lines.  But you may have to relocate your lines as the river continues to rise.

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

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

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

Kent Park Lake
Anglers are also catching fish in some of their ponds as well.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try around rock with crawlers or sunfish.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has been decent around shallow rock and brush.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

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

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

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

Coralville Reservoir
The current lake level is 683 feet (as of 6/18) and is projected to jump up a foot after these rains. The water temperature is just over 70 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Good: 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.

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.  Also crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished around submerged structure.

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 spinnerbaits 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 spinnerbaits and top-waters in the same areas.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worm.  Try different colors and locations until you find active fish.

Rathbun Reservoir
Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the upper 60s.  The lake level is currently at 909.88 feet which is about six 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 less than 8 inches, with an occasional fish over 10 inches.  Walleye - Fair: Try drifting night crawlers or trolling with 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 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: Drift fishing mid lake on the upper half with small tube jigs or minnows has produced a few fish. 

Beaver Lake
No fishing information reported for this location.

Jacob Krumm Nature Preserver Lake (west)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. 

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

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

Big Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Large catfish are being caught in deeper water using leeches.  Bluegill - Excellent: 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, spinnerbaits, and plastic worms.  The most success is on the north end.  Crappie - Fair: Most crappies have moved out of the shallows and can be caught drifting mid lake out from the Williams Drive boat ramps using small jigs.  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.  Top-water baits have been working well.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are still being caught near wood in shallow water using minnows.  Walleye - Good: Walleye fishermen are successful right now using chartreuse twisters or live bait rigs fished near the dam.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are still being caught shallow using crawlers under a bobber.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are being caught near wood or riprap in shallow water.  Crappies are also being caught drifting in the middle of the lake using small jigs or minnows.

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

Lake Ahquabi
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on liver and stink baits.  Bluegill - Good: Good sized bluegills are being caught using crawlers fished near the bottom at the edge of the weed beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting on small plastics fished on the edges of the vegetation.  Redear Sunfish - Fair: Some good sized redears are still being caught fishing night crawlers near the bottom at the edge of the vegetation.

Red Rock Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Fair: Some decent channel catfish are being caught drifting cut bait in the Whitebreast area.  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.  Bluegill - Good: There are bluegills in good numbers right now shallow near the rocks at Lakeview.  They are fair sized from 6.5 to 8.5 inches.  Use small pieces of night crawler under a bobber or cast very small jigs.  Crappie - Fair: Good numbers of crappies are still near the rock at Cherry Glen and Lakeview.  Fishing is best during periods of low boat traffic.  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)
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 logjams using live sunfish or bullheads.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Catching drum is no problem right now using night crawlers fished on the bottom.

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 spinnerbaits or plastic baits along weed edges and in cedar tree piles.

Littlefield Lake
The lake is full and has concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish in the 1-3 pound range are being caught in the corners of the dam using liver.

Lake Anita
Lake is full with good water clarity.  Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills are being caught casting night crawlers under a bobber along weed edges.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught in cedar tree piles with plastics and casting spinner baits along weed edges.  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.

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 being caught along dam casting small jigs or night crawlers under a bobber.  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.

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 - Fair: Bluegill spawn is winding down. Try casting small jigs along weed edges and around structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting spinners or plastic baits around structure and close to shore.

Water temperatures have warmed to the mid 70s and overall, we are finding good water clarity in our lakes. Bluegill spawn is winding down 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 - Fair: A lot of mid-sized largemouth bass 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.  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 - Good: Several fish up to 20 inches have been caught near-shore, the fish mounds, and the woody structure.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye are being caught from the mounds and big points.  Crawlers and leeches are showing some success.

West Lake Corning
Water quality is good and the panfish are biting.  Bluegill - Good: A few fish up to 7.5 inches can be caught from shore near the west roadway.

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 from the near the structure.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water clarity is less than 12 inches but a few fish are still being caught.  Walleye - Slow: Some small walleye are biting on crankbaits. 

Slip Bluff Lake
Water quality is fair.

Badger Creek Lake
Water clarity is around 2 to 3 feet near the dam.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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 - Good: Several fish can be caught along the west shore and from the backs of the coves on crawlers.  Most fish are from 6 to 7.5 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several fish are near-shore and can be caught on spinners and crankbaits.

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 - Good: 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 - Fair: A lot of mid-sized fish have been caught from the near-shore structure.

Wilson Park Lake
Water quality is fair.  Bluegill - Fair: A few 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.  Bluegill - Fair: The fish are biting fairly well on crawlers along the steeper shoreline areas.

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 - Fair: The bluegill are biting on crawlers near shore or from the near shore structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish are biting from near-shore structure on spinners and crankbaits.  Crappie - Slow: The crappie are nearing the end of the spawning.  Several fish of all sizes have been caught from flooded trees in about 6 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye are biting a little better from steep shoreline areas and dirt mounds.  Leeches, crawlers, and deep diving crankbaits have been successful.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of nice bullheads can be caught using crawlers.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegill fishing is good.  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 from the near-shore structure.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye are biting better from the open points, steep drop-off areas, and near the dike at the upper end on leeches or crawlers.  Some anglers are seeing success by trolling crankbaits over the rock fields.

The bluegills are biting fairly well near shore.  Walleyes are biting a little on the mounds.  Largemouth bass are biting at several lakes.  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.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Fish the mouths of tributaries now for catfish.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channels are biting on cut bait, crawlers, stink bait and chicken liver fished on the bottom.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads are biting on live baits and some are being caught on fresh cut bait and crawlers.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are biting on crankbaits and jigs.  Increased turbidity from recent rains might slow the fishing down in some areas.    Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom. 

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Catfish are biting at the mouths of tributaries right now.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channels are biting on cut bait, stink bait, crawlers and chicken liver fished on the bottom.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads are biting on live baits and a few are being caught on fresh cut bait.  Trotliners and anglers are having more success now.    Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom.

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

Water levels are fluctuating up and down a little with recent rains and turbidity has increased

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