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Iowa fishing report 6-24-10

June 24, 2010 at 02:33 PM

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.  Bluegill - Fair: Yellow Smoke has 8.5 to 9.5-inch bluegills.  Because the water is so clear, try using really light line and small lures.  Fish deep around submerged trees.  Also, try drifting the open water 5 to 10 feet down.  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 bluegill are off the nests try fishing in a little deeper water off shore.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting plastics along the shoreline.  Crappie - Good: 9 to 11-inch crappie are being picked up trolling twisters near brush piles.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water clarity has been somewhat reduced due to the rains and runoff last week.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught in the evening hours.  Bluegill - Good: Try using very small black jigs and wax worms or a small piece of night crawler.  Fish along weed lines and around trees in 10 to 15 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are along the weed lines and anglers have been having good success using night crawlers.  Crappie - Fair: 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 on leeches and slip bobbers.  Muskellunge - Fair: 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.
Water clarity was 29 inches this week.  Water temperature is in the low 70s.  Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is 3 walleye; all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released, only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching catfish averaging 2 pounds from boats.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught on white twisters or picked up while walleye fishing.  Walleye - Fair: Fishing for walleye has slowed down considerably.  Anglers have been using night crawlers in 8 to 9 feet of water near the dredge cuts.  They have been catching fish in the 12 to 14-inch size range with a few slot fish mixed in.

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 the town bay near Ice House Point.  Walleye - Fair: A lot of shorts and a fair number of keepers are being caught.  From shore, fish ice house point with a leech under a slip bobber set just off the bottom.  From a boat, fish just off of Lakewood Point, Crescent Park, and Shotgun Hill and use minnows under a slip bobber or drag a jig with a leech across the bottom.  Anglers tend to catch very few bullheads when fishing for walleye with live minnows.  Also, try targeting the rock piles in the lake.  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.

Browns Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Snyder Bend Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

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.

Water clarity has improved at most lakes since last week.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

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 a few are being caught in the west end of the lake. Small walleyes are being caught all over the lake on live bait, for some larger fish, try fishing the reefs using minnows or jigs.  Channel catfish are biting on crawlers 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.

Lake Cornelia
Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver.

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. Crappies are biting on minnows.

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 small jigs tipped with wax worms around brush piles.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along shoreline cover.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms around brush piles.

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 72 degrees.  Bullhead - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom or beneath a bobber in the bulrushes at Angler’s Bay.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll or cast crankbaits along weed beds.  White Bass - Fair: Use top-water lures in the mornings and evening along Big Stoney Point.  Look for surfacing fish.  Bluegill - Good: Fish weed beds with a small jig tipped with live bait.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use jigs or other soft plastics along weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Good: Using jigging lures tipped with live bait in 20 to 22 feet of water off Marble Beach in the mornings or evenings.  Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech on the edge of weed beds or drift fish the basin with lindy or spinner rigs tipped with live bait.

East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Perch - Good: Fish the weed line with jigging lures tipped with live bait.  Walleye - Fair: Fish along the weed line with lindy rigs tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish around boat docks or weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

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 along the shore line.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits near the island.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 66 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 - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along weed beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use jigs, crankbaits, or plastics around boat docks and weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along weed lines and docks.  Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech on weed lines.

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: Drift live bait along the edge of the rock reef or use stink bait or worms at 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 along weed beds.

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: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around boat docks and weed beds.

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.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish current edges and brush piles with worms, stink bait or cut bait.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use live bait along the edges of brush piles and rock shorelines.

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.

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

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 warmer water temperature, most fish have gone deeper.  Catfish can still be found in shallow water along rocky banks spawning.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are starting to bite.  Try using night crawlers or chicken liver.  Catfish are have moved up into the rocks to spawn.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are done spawning and have moved back to deeper water.  Try drifting with the wind to capitalize this time of year.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have moved off their beds and starting to get into their summer patterns.  Try looking at overhead cover and structure for them.  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.  Catfish should be in close to shore along rocky banks spawning.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are starting to bite on chicken liver.  They have moved into the shore along the rocks to spawn.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using a small jig tipped with a wax worm.  Bluegills have moved off their beds and back to deeper water.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try plastics with a slow retrieve. Look for bass to be relating to overhead cover after their spawn.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have slowed a bit but can still be caught.  Concentrate on deeper water.

Lake Meyer
The action has leveled off. Smaller bluegills are still being caught along the shore along the weed beds. Bass, 10 to 14 inches, are being caught as well as catfish on chicken livers and cut bait.  Northern Pike - Slow: Check the weed beds and weed lines for pike.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good catfishing is being had right now on cut bait and chicken livers.  Bluegill - Fair: Smaller bluegills are being caught along the weed beds.  This would be a good place to take a beginner or child fishing.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having the best luck on bass working the shorelines with worms.  Bass are ranging from 10 to 14 inches.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have slowed considerably.  Yellow Perch - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
The Upper Iowa River is running high, fast and muddy after all the rain northeast Iowa and southern Minnesota received in the last week.  Make sure to check the local forecast before venturing out.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm on a hook but the key is to get it to sit on the stream bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth bass fishing has slowed after recent rains.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed after all the rains the region has received in the last week.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
The river is muddy and running high and fast from rainfall the area received over the last week.  Check local forecast before heading out.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm fished off the bottom for continued success.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth Bass has slowed after recent rains and high and muddy water has arrived.  Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite has slowed after high and muddy water has showed up.

Yellow River
With high and muddy water the fishing has slowed, but as soon as the water starts clearing up a little bit to a cloudy stage that is a perfect time to chase the big brown trout.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
The Turkey River is high and muddy after 2 to 3 inches of rain.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: With water levels rising smallmouth fishing has slowed.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has slowed after the large rain event received last week.

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

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Cedar River has low water quality this week with all the rain in the watershed.  Catfish were being caught very well until the rain event along the rocks during their spawn.  Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few northerns as a bonus fish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using crawlers or chicken liver below the dams or in the pockets.  Fishing has slowed a bit with the recent high water.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are not having good luck with bluegills this week because of the high and muddy waters.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallies are slowing.  Try using crankbaits below the dams or using a jig tipped with a minnow.  Crappie - Slow: Angling has slowed for crappies.  Walleye - Slow: Walleyes have slowed.

Decorah District Streams
Trout streams are running muddy with recent 4-inch rain falls.  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 up and lake temperatures are climbing.  Water clarity is okay on the lakes but poor on the rivers with the recent rains.  Trout streams have turned either muddy or cloudy with all the recent rains we’ve received.  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 all bass are less than the 15-inch minimum length for legal 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 by 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.

Brinker Lake
George Wyth Park is closing 4:30 p.m., June 25.

George Wyth Lake
George Wyth Park is closing 4:30 p.m., June 25.

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 bluegill are on their beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits from shore.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Cedar River is expected to reach flood stage on June 26.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon is high and muddy.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa continues to run a bit high and dirty following rain this past week. 

Interior rivers still remain high and turbid with some rivers approaching flood stage levels. Trout streams are dropping after recent rainfall events but should provide some excellent fishing opportunities through the weekend. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 10.9 feet.  Water clarity remains a bit turbid. The Army Road ramp near New Albin was close to being under water so anglers wanting to use that ramp will want to make alternate plans if the road becomes flooded.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting well on stink bait.  Bluegill - Fair: With so much water, finding pockets of bluegill has been more difficult. 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: Rising waters have brought many largemouth to the shorelines, but as water drops movement may change.  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 18.2 and expected to drop a bit but remain high over the next week.  Water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Northern Pike - Fair: Some northerns are gathering near cold water tributaries and springs.  Channel Catfish - Good: Stink bait and night crawlers fished off the bottom are working well.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flatheads caught below the dam using heavy jigging spoons or “one eye’s.”  White Bass - Good: Anglers report nice catches of white bass near wing dams in the upper part of the pool. A few nice white bass caught below the dam on “one eye’s” jigging spoons.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers report catching bluegills along rocky areas like the inside edge of wing dams. High water has made pockets of bluegills more difficult to find.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth hitting well along rocky areas with current.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Rising water has brought many largemouth to shorelines in the upper parts of the pool but as waters drop movements may change.  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 at Guttenberg are 9.27 feet and expected to drop a bit but remain high over the next week. Temperatures are in the mid 70s.  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 below the dam jigging heavy spoons or “one eye’s.”  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 on wing dams above the Turkey River.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Good catches of drum still being reported in the upper part of Pool 11.

Water temperature at Guttenberg is in the mid 70s.  River levels are high and expected to remain high over the next week:  Water levels are: Lansing 10.9, Lynxville 18.2 and Guttenberg 9.2.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 10.94 feet and rising. Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are in the mid 70s. Anglers should be on the lookout 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.  Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills around docks and snags in backwaters and marinas.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass fishing had been slow the past week, but should improve as water clarity increases.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie have been biting on minnows and jigs in the backwaters.  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.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum have been biting on crawlers or crayfish on the bottom in areas with slow to moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 9.97 feet and rising. Water clarity is fair above the Maquoketa River and poor below it.  Water temperature is in the high 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 13.16 feet and rising. Water clarity is poor and water temperature is in the high 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 11.51 feet and rising.  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 - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 11.68 feet and rising. Big Timber access is closed.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught using stink bait.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 14.69 feet and rising. Flood stage is 15 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 Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 11.47 feet. Flood stage is 10 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: Due to recent heavy rains, river levels are high and muddy. Many of the boat ramps are under water. Main channel water temperature is 77 degrees. Fishing has been slow throughout the pools. There is debris floating in the river so take caution when boating. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
The lake is high and muddy from recent 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 6-7 foot clarity.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are still catching some bluegills out in the trees between storms. Belva Deer is stratified early this year and the thermocline is between 5 and 7 feet.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: A good number of 10 to 14-inch catfish have been caught using bluegills rigs off of the spillway.  Bluegill - Good: Small baits, small bobbers, light line and colored hooks have been producing limits.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of fish are being caught using wacky-rigged plastic worms. The fish are being caught on the shelf in front of the dam.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The skunk remains flooded.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river is currently at the moderate flood stage and is forecasted to remain there until early next week when it will drop down to the minor flood level.

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
The water has dirtied up due to the recent rains. Also, make sure you check your boat/trailer when leaving the lake as an invasive species of plant (Brittle Naiad) has started growing and chunks are floating around.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish around riprap with live bait in hopes of catching male catfish guarding spawning cavities, or fish around creek/drainage inlets following rain events. Night crawlers have been working well.  White Bass - Fair: Look for schools feeding on young shad. Try throwing a small crankbait, jig, or spinner.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish shallow flats and pockets or shallow rip-rap banks with a small jig or worm. The bluegill size has improved some this year.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish shallow wood with plastics or deeper rock structure with crankbaits.

Central Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catches of catfish are increasing. Try chicken livers or stink bait.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some smaller bass are being caught on crawlers and soft plastics.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, there is an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass and 40-inch size limit on muskies.  Channel Catfish - Good: Chicken livers are catching some fish. Also, anglers throwing leeches under slip bobbers on humps are catching some catfish as well.  White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of fish feeding on the surface. Throw a top-water plug, shallow running crankbait, or spinner. Dawn and dusk has been the most active times.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Crawlers, sunfish and soft plastics along the dam and jetties are producing best.  Walleye - Fair: Live bait rigs on the bottom and leeches under slip bobbers over humps are producing walleyes. Fishing in the evening has been productive.

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 everyone 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.

Coralville Reservoir
As of June 24, the lake level is 699.5 feet and rising. It is predicted to reach 704.5 feet by July 4 based on current rains. Fishing activity has slowed due to high water, but some anglers are trying the flooding roadbeds.

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.  Try areas along the aquatic vegetation and in pockets within the vegetation.  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.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)
The lake renovation project has begun and the lake is being drained.  The boat ramps are not usable as the lake is approximately 10 feet low.  The shorelines are still very muddy and shore fishing would be difficult.

Lake Keomah
Bullhead - Fair: Use night crawlers fished in 8 to 10 feet of water.  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)
A new boat ramp has been constructed on the lower 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 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 922.28 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 high 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 please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Beaver Lake
Bluegill - Fair: 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.

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 biting 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.  Drift fishing in 5 to 15 feet has produced good catches in the upper end of the lake in both the east and west arms.  Some decent yellow perch are also being caught at the same time.  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.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught with small jigs and night crawlers fished near rock or pallet structures.  The pallet piles east of the island hold a good number of fish.  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 good 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.

Saylorville Reservoir
White Bass - Good: White bass are hitting well below the Big Creek spillway and the pump station in the marina.  Tossing small twister jigs or small minnow imitating plastics to the edge of the turbulence is working best.

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.

Persistent heavy rains have made for poor fishing conditions on the rivers.  Reservoir levels are very high and only high water ramps are open.  Saylorville and Red Rock water clarities are still decent.  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, 1 to 3 pounds, are being caught around jetties using liver.  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 - Fair: Channel catfish in the 1 to 2 pound range are being caught on night crawlers.

Orient Lake
Orient is full with one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are still using leeches to catch channel in the 14 to 16-inch range.

Lake Anita
Lake Anita has good water clarity even after recent heavy rains. There are two concrete boat ramps.  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 a good bait 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 temperature. 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.

Heavy rains have made some lakes and ponds turbid and fishing difficult. Water temperature is in the low 70s on most southwest Iowa lakes. For information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temperature is in the middle 70s.  The lake level is back to normal. 
Clarity is about 1.5 to 2.5 feet.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few largemouth are still being caught from the shoreline structure and flooded grass.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water clarity is less than two feet and temperature is in the middle 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The channel catfish are biting near the shoreline areas.

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 middle 70s.  Clarity is good at mid-lake and near the dam.  Bluegill - Fair: A few mid-sized bluegill are biting from the bays and quiet shoreline areas.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting well from near-shore flooded grass.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water temperature is in the low to middle 70s and clarity is very good.  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 fished over the tops of the fish mounds or sides of the jetties.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized bass are biting well from the shoreline structure and rocks.  Walleye - Fair: A lot of mid-sized walleye are being caught by jigging and trolling twister tails over the steep shore or the fish mounds.

Bluegill are still biting at most lakes.  Some lake can have water clarity problems.  Others have very good water quality.  Water temps are in the middle 70s.

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