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Iowa fishing report 6-25-09

June 25, 2009 at 02:55 PM

To read more check http://www.iowadnr.gov

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.  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 shallows with a bobber.

Badger Lake
North of Ft. Dodge.  Fishing has slowed as mid summer weather conditions have arrived.  They are still catching some panfish.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching some hand-size bluegill close to shore.  Crappie - Fair: Some 9 - 10 inch fish have been caught on small jigs and minnows.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water clarity is 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: Crappies are in the trees; try a small jig or minnow rig and fish in 10 to 14 feet of water.  Walleye - Good: Walleye have been hitting on leeches.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has been good.  A little spotty after weather fronts moved through.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be immediately released.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: As lake warms the catfishing has improved. They are biting on a variety of baits from shore and in the rocks.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught at Frank Starr Park and off the rocks on the big island by throwing twisters and crankbaits.  Anglers have also started to catch whites off the north shore west of Chautauqua jetty.  Walleye - Good: Anglers are still catching fish while trolling slowly with Shad Raps.  Good colors are:  hot steele, clown, purple haze and perch. People have been having good luck drifting with live bait using 1/8 ounce jig heads around Frank Starr, south of big island and the college island.

North Twin Lake
Fishing has slowed; anglers are catching some nice bullheads.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching a few catfish on liver.

Black Hawk Lake
Bullhead and catfish fishing have been very good.  Water has warmed considerably the last week.  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 temperatures have 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 fair using a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber near the shoreline brush piles.  Channel Catfish - Good: using liver. 

Upper Pine Lake
Largemouth bass fishing is fair using a Lindy rig or Carolina rig with a worm or minnow. Channel catfish are biting on liver.  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.  Yellow Bass – Fair, try drift fishing the reefs with live bait until you find the fish.

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 is 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
Bluegill fishing has been slow. Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits and plastic baits.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been fair fishing the weed edges.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits and plastic baits.

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 the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at (641) 357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake
Weed beds have expanded quickly and can be seen almost to the surface.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use twister tails or a slip bobber and leech along rock bars that connect with weed lines.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or live bait around weed beds or at Buffalo Run.  Yellow Perch - Good: Drift fish while using bottom bouncers or anchor and vertical jig with small jigging spoons tipped with worms in 20-22 foot of water.  Walleye - Good: Drift fish with Lindy rigs, vertical jig with leeches, or slip bobber fish around weed beds.  Fish are also being caught trolling with crankbaits along weed lines.  Muskellunge - Fair: Fish are being caught while trolling with large crankbaits or inline spinners.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or chubs around the bridges or off the docks.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Drift fish along boat docks with jigging spoons tipped with worms or slip bobber fish from docks.

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

West Okoboji Lake
Weed beds are growing well with warm weather and just about any species can be caught around them.  Northern Pike - Good: Troll crankbaits or spoons along weed lines.  White Bass - Good: Fish along points with jigs at sunset.  Bluegill - Excellent: Fish with small hair jigs or a split shot and hook with live bait around boat docks or in 15-18 foot water along weed beds.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish the rock bars at Fort Dodge and Gull points with jerk baits or a lead head and leech.  Walleye - Fair: Use slip bobber and leech around weed beds at sunset.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or chubs at the railroad bridge.  Walleye - Fair: Troll with crankbaits along drop-offs.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Good: Trolling with crankbaits.

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Good: Fish along edge of weed beds with small jigs or a bobber and small hook with a piece of worm.  Large pumpkinseed sunfish are also being caught.

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

Tuttle Lake
Crappie - Fair: Fish the south shore along boat docks with small jigs.  Walleye - Good: Troll with planer boards using crankbaits.

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

Big Sioux River
Blue catfish have also been caught using large cut bait in deep holes, current seams, and brush piles near its confluence with the Missouri River.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait, chubs, or stink bait in deep holes and 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)
With recent rains water levels have risen.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use large minnow or stink bait in holes and above brush piles.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
With recent rains water levels have risen.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use chubs or stink bait in holes and around brush piles.  Walleye - Slow: Use twister tails or crankbaits along current breaks and holes. Fishing has slowed with rising water levels.

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 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 the Spirit Lake area rivers and lakes call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake
Water levels have dropped back to normal and water clarity has improved.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish activity has increased with the warming temperature.  Right now large numbers of catfish are congregating along the rip rap in 3 to 5 feet of water. Try floating a worm 3 feet under a bobber, and stay close to shore.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Good:  Crappie - Slow:

Lake Hendricks
Lake Hendricks still has very good water clarity.  Channel Catfish - No Report: Now is a good time to try fishing for catfish especially with warmer water temperature.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using small twistertails tipped with a small piece of worm.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - No Report:

Lake Meyer
An algae bloom is currently going on the lake.  Channel Catfish - Good: Nice size cats are being caught on fish guts.  Bluegill - Fair: Smaller bluegill are being caught near the jetty.  Worms fished under a bobber continues to be your best bet.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try looking for bass along weed edges this week.  Use top water plastics tipped with worms.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have moved to deeper water. 

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels are up less than a foot and falling after recent rainfall. The water is muddy but clearing.  Angling has been slow.  Northern Pike - No Report:  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels below Decorah are up less than a foot and the water is very muddy.  Sucker - Fair: Suckers are being caught in the back eddies of the river fished off the bottom using night crawlers.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Cats have been caught in the back eddies of the river fished off the bottom using night crawlers.  Smallmouth Bass - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels around Charles City are up a foot and dropping.  The river is 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
Due to recent spotty rainfall, trout stream conditions vary, but the majority are fishable.  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.  Brown Trout - Good: There are reports of good hatches of both terrestrial and aquatic insects, especially flying ants and crickets.

Recent heavy rains in northeast Iowa have been very spotty.  As of 6-24, 2009, the Upper Iowa, Turkey and Cedar River water levels have been dropping and water clarity is fair but fishable.  If you have any questions, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 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.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Bluegill fishing is good in Casey Lake.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use cut baits, night crawlers or stink baits fished on bottom of the lake.  Bluegill - Good: Fish from shoreline in 3-6 feet of water using a piece of night crawler under a bobber for spawning bluegill on the beds.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

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 in 3-5 foot of water.

George Wyth Lake
Anglers are still catching crappies off of the floating dock on George Wyth Lake.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching a few crappies from the floating dock but some sorting is required.

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 bluegill 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.

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.  Channel Catfish - Good: Cut baits and stink baits are working well for channel catfish on the Cedar.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Fair catches of channel catfish have been reported.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing cut baits, night crawlers or stink baits on the bottom.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Water levels continue to slowly fall on the Wapsipinicon River. Conditions are fair and anglers are reporting catches of channel catfish and a few walleye.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try drifting a night crawler or leach under a bobber through shallow water areas or riffles.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes have been caught 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 Office 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 - Fair: Some fish are being caught in the backwaters around the New Albin area. 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 - Fair: Walleye fishing has been fair trolling the faces of wing dams.  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 - Excellent: Many catfish are being caught in some of the rocky shorelines above Lock and Dam 10 by floating a bobber and night crawler along the shores.  White Bass - Good: Fish are being caught on the wing dams using small inline spinners.  Bluegill - Fair: A few fish are being caught in the Sny Magill and Bussey Lake areas. Use a night crawler and bobber. You may also want to try fishing a small popper in some of the shallower areas.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be caught using tube jigs around some of the woody structures along the side channels. Also try fishing spinnerbaits along the wing dams and rocky shorelines.  Walleye - Fair: Fish the wing dams trolling a three-way jig tipped with night crawlers or tipped with leaches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: use a night crawler on sand flats or side channels.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught along the channel using stink bait rigs.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: A few flathead are still being caught below the dam using small bluegill. A few are also 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 8.25 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Leeches floated under a bobber along rocks are producing.  Stink baits are working too.  Fish are also being caught in side channels and sloughs around snags in shallow water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Wacky worms and shallow crankbaits in the Ice Harbor and shallow crankbaits along the floodwall up by the dam are producing.  Not great size, but many keepers.
Walleye - Fair: Fish are being caught on the wing dams on three way rigs tipped with leeches or crankbaits, with reports of a lot of fish 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 6.22 feet and is forecast to rise to 6.6 feet by Saturday then begin to slowly fall.  Water clarity is fair to poor.  Water temperature is in the low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are starting to bite on stink bait or leeches under a bobber along rip rap.  Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few bluegill coming out of Middle and South Sabula Lake.  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 - Good: 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 10.26 feet and is forecast to slowly fall over the next week.  Water clarity is poor.  Water temperature is in the low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is starting to pick along rocky shorelines.  Leeches under a bobber have been producing.  Stink bait is also producing.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are starting to bite in the backwaters.  Try a small jig with a crawler or wax worm under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass bite has slowed recently, probably due to decreased water clarity.  Fish crankbaits along rocky shorelines or fish spinnerbaits and soft plastics in the backwaters.  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 7.94 feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend.  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 - Slow: Fishing for bluegills has been slow in Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island complex.  Crappie - Slow: Fishing for crappies in Sunset marina and the Andalusia Island complex has been slow.  Sauger - Slow: Fishing has been difficult on the wing dams due to muddy water conditions.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been difficult due to muddy water conditions.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 7.44 feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend. Fishing has been difficult due to muddy water conditions.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver 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 - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been difficult due to muddy water conditions.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 10.76 feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend. Fishing has been difficult due to high and muddy water.  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 - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 7.97 feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend. Fishing has been difficult due to high and muddy water.  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:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: Water levels are beginning to fall throughout pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River. Main channel water temperature is around 80 degrees and water clarity is poor. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode
Heavy rains have made the lake high and muddy.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are still catching a few bluegills down around the dam.

Lake Belva Deer
The road crews are still making progress on the road project.  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 - Slow: Anglers are seeing the bluegills on the beds but they can’t get them to bite.  The storms rolling through aren’t helping the fishing.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Extremely heavy rains have made the lake very turbid.

Lake Darling
The lake is drained. The lake has filled back up with the heavy rains.  It will drain all back out. 

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
Most of the river is either in minor or moderate flood stage.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The rains have brought the river to bank full up to minor flood stage around the Wapello area. Water temperature ranges between 76 and 80 degrees.  Flathead Catfish - Slow: Anglers have seen a big drop in the number of flatheads being caught.  The up and down water levels can’t be helping any.

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

Lake of the Hills
The hot, muggy weather and numerous storm fronts have slowed fishing at Lake-of-the-Hills.  Fish early in the morning, late in the evening, or in shady areas.  Rainbow Trout - Slow: No reported catches.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Find throughout the lake using night crawlers, stink bait, and chicken liver.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are starting to come off the beds.  Use small jigs tipped with wax worms or pieces of night crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use traditional bass baits.  Experiment with water depth until you find fish.  Crappie - Slow: No significant catches reported.

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 temperature is in the low to mid 80s. Remember a 10 hp maximum is now in effect for Lake Macbride.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try crawlers or sunfish around shallow rock, wood, weeds. Towards evening is usually best.

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

Diamond Lake
The water is quite dirty due to heavy rains. Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfish have been around shallow rocks and wood in attempts to spawn. Fish with crawlers or sunfish around these shallow structures.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills have been caught here.

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

Most lakes have water temps cracking the 80 degree mark. Channel catfish have been spawning and can be found around shallower rock and wood.  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.  Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are also a good choice to use around these same areas.

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.  Try off the ends of the rock jetties and also where the jetties meet the shoreline.

Albia (lower)
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines.  Try using a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try areas with some rip rap or areas with submerged structure.  There are also areas marked with habitat buoys where cedars trees have been placed.

Lake Miami
The lake drawdown started May 15.  Anglers may still use the lake during this time and the boat docks and boat ramps are 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 in the same areas.  Top-waters are also a good choice for mornings and evenings.  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 70s.  The lake level is currently at 909.74 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 crankbaits around underwater islands and ridges.  Large numbers of smaller walleye are being caught with an occasional keeper.  The South Fork flats have been producing some catches of keepers.

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 any additional fishing information in southeast Iowa, please contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST

Don Williams Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can still be caught shallow using crawlers under a bobber or by drifting in 8-10 feet of water with a split shot and small piece of crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are hitting using plastics or spinner baits fished near wood structure.  There are good fish up to 20 inches.  Crappie - Fair: Drift fishing mid lake on the upper half with small tube jigs or minnows has produced is producing some fish. 

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

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 fished near sunken brush piles or drifting near the mouths of the bays.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and plastic worms.  The most success is on the north end.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies can be caught drifting mid lake out from the Williams Drive boat ramps using small jigs.  Pink and white combinations work well.

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

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can still be caught shallow using crawlers under a bobber or drifting deeper water with just a split shot and small piece of crawler.  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.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught at the fishing pier throwing 1/32 jigs with twister tails.

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

Saylorville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is good in the mornings and late evenings fishing in 1 to 5 feet of water with minnows, cut bait, or shrimp.  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.  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.  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.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught below the Saylorville spillway on jigs, spoons, or minnows.  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 concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 9 inches are being caught drifting small black jigs tipped with night crawler.  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
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 - Fair: Fishing has slowed for largemouth bass since last week but fish are being caught in 6-8 feet of water along road bed.  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.

Hot weather has pushed water temperatures above 80 degrees. The bluegill spawn is winding down and most fish have moved away from shore during the day. 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.

Lake Icaria
The lake level is near normal and the water quality near the dam is good.  Water temperature is 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.  Bluegill - Fair: Some fair sized bluegills are biting from the tops of the fish mounds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish up to 20 inches have been caught near-shore, the fish mounds, and the woody structure.  Walleye - Fair: Some 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.  Crappie - Fair: A few nice sized fish have been caught from shore on white jigs.

West Lake (Osceola)
Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish can be caught from near-shore or from the near the structure.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water clarity is less than 12 inches.

Slip Bluff Lake
Water quality is fair.

Badger Creek Lake
Water clarity is around 2 to 3 feet near the dam.  Algae is starting to develop.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water quality is good.  Bluegill - Good: Several fish can be caught from spawning beds at various places around the shoreline.  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.

Windmill Lake
Water levels are near normal.

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.  Water quality is good and water levels are normal.  Water temperature is above 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: Some walleye are biting from steep shoreline areas and dirt mounds. 

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.  The rock fields hold a lot of bigger fish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized fish can be caught from the near-shore structure and rock covered areas.  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 at a lot of lakes near shore.  Some walleye activity is happening on the mounds.  Largemouth bass are biting at several lakes.  Channel catfish are spawning in the big rocks.  Several other species are biting well at most lakes.  Water temperature is usually in the mid 70s and water quality at most lakes is fair or good.

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