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Iowa fishing report 6-4-09

June 04, 2009 at 06:40 AM

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake
Some panfish and catfish are being taken.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Anglers are catching some panfish.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Anglers are doing well for panfish.  Bluegill - Good: Shore and boat anglers are catching bluegill with small hooks and jigs.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching some crappie using small hooks and jigs with small minnows.

Badger Lake
North of Ft. Dodge.  Fishing has been improving as the weather warms.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching some hand-size bluegills.  Crappie - Fair: Some 9 - 10 inch fish have been caught on small twisters.

Brushy Creek Lake
Many nice bluegills, crappie and a few walleye are being caught.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are hitting on stink bait and night crawlers along the shore line.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting on a small worm on a plain hook in 4 to 10 feet of water.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching some fish in 3 to 6 feet of water on small minnows or jigs.  Walleye - Good: Walleye have been caught on leeches and crank baits.  Most anglers using leeches fish with a slip bobber from 5 to 9 p.m.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has been very good, but a little spotty after fronts move through.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be released.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are starting to bite on worms and cut bait from shore and in the rocks.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught at Frank Starr Park and off the rocks on the big island by throwing twisters and crankbaits.  Walleye - Excellent: Anglers are still catching fish while trolling slowly with Shad Raps.  Good colors are:  hot steel, 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
People are starting to catch several species of panfish.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been having good luck using night crawlers or liver.  Most fish are 1 to 2 pounds.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are having best luck with small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler.  Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass are being caught on small jigs and a piece of night crawler.

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 small bluegill; use small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or wax worm.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching some small (6 - 7 inch) fish.  Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or piece of crawler.

Black Hawk Lake
Walleye fishing has slowed.  Bullhead - Excellent: Anglers are doing well at night, for 8 to 9 inch bullheads.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are starting to bite on various baits from shore and in rocks.

Arrowhead Lake
Anglers are catching panfish when weather is stable.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching some bluegill using small jigs tipped with a wax worm or small piece of crawler.

Fishing is improving, especially on warm, sunny days. 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 are biting fishing the jetty. 

Briggs Woods Lake
Crappie and bluegill fishing is good. 

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Bluegill fishing has been good using a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber near the weed edge. 

Lake Smith
Bluegill fishing has been good, try a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber. 

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

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is still good but the fish are getting finicky. Try using small jigs tipped with bait.  Channel Catfish - Good: A few catfish are being caught with night crawlers fished on the bottom at the Ventura Grade and McIntosh Woods State Park shoreline.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few walleyes while fishing on the reefs for yellow bass using live bait.  A few walleyes are also being caught on crankbaits trolling the north shore by the pump house and in the little lake.  Yellow bass fishing continues to be good but the spawn is winding down. The best bite is in the early morning fishing the rocky areas.

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

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

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

Rice Lake
Bullhead fishing is good fishing with a crawler off the bottom.

Bluebill Lake
Bluegill fishing has been fair fishing the weed edges.

Boone River
Channel catfish and smallmouth bass are being caught near Bells Mill Park

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Channel catfish and smallmouth bass are being caught.

Winnebago River
Channel catfish and smallmouth bass are being caught. 

Silver Lake (Worth)
Bullhead fishing is excellent.  Night crawlers fished on the bottom are producing the best results.

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

Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead - Excellent: Use night crawlers on the bottom under the bridge at Buffalo Run.  Northern pike - Good: Fish the north end of Angler’s Bay and Trickles casting spinner baits or trolling crankbaits.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small hair jigs on the northeast end of Angler’s Bay or in Trickles Slough.  Smallmouth bass - Good: Use jerk baits or blade baits along rock reefs that connect with weed lines.  Crappie - Fair: Use small hair jigs or a bobber and minnow on the south end of Angler’s Bay along the bulrush beds.  Yellow perch - Fair: Use bottom bouncers baited with worms or minnows while drift fishing south of the Footbridge in water 20 feet or deeper.  Walleye - Good: Fish are still being caught off docks at night with lighted slip bobbers using leaches.  Anglers are also reporting good catches slip bobber fishing on rock reefs near developing weed beds.  Fish are also being caught trolling crankbaits over weed beds or drift fishing with live bait.

East Okoboji Lake
White bass - Fair: Fish at the Hwy 9 Bridge at sunset or at the spillway near the fish hatchery with a lead head and minnow.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms at the trestle.  Walleye - Good: Drift or troll in the Parks Marina, Stoney, and Jingles Point areas with Lindy rigs baited with night crawlers, leaches, or minnows.  Fish from shore at the Hwy 9 and Triggs bridges using a lead heads and a minnow at night.  Yellow bass - Good: Vertical jig from Stony Point towards Jingle’s Point using wigglers in the morning.

Little Spirit Lake
Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Cast spinner baits or soft plastics to shoreline habitat.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use ice jigs tipped with live bait around boat docks.  Largemouth bass - Good: Use soft plastics and pitch to boat docks.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs at docks and along the east shore.  Walleye - Fair: Fish at the Sawmill Bridge at sunset with a jig and minnow or split shot and leach drifted below the bridge.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White bass - Excellent: Use a jig and minnow at sunset.  Walleye - Fair: Use a leadhead and twister tail at night or trolling with crankbaits.

West Okoboji Lake
Northern pike - Good: Use white spinner baits or jerk baits in Miller’s, Emerson, and North Bay along remaining weed beds.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms along the docks in the bays.  Smallmouth bass - Good: Fish the rock bars using jigs tipped with soft plastics or jerk baits.  Largemouth bass - Excellent: Use jerk baits or soft plastics along boat docks in the bays.

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

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

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Excellent: Cast to spawning bluegills with a small bobber and jig tipped with live bait.

Swan Lake
Bullhead - Excellent: Fish the west shore near the inlet with worms on the bottom.

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

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Bullhead - Excellent: Fish with worms on the bottom on the east or northwest side of the lake.

East Hottes
Largemouth bass - Excellent: Cast spinner baits along edges of weed beds.

Big Sioux River
Channel catfish - Good: Use night crawlers or cut bait in deep holes with brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught while fishing for catfish.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel catfish - Good: Use minnows or chubs around brush piles.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Walleye - Good: Use a twister tail or jig and minnow along current breaks and holes.

Spirit Lake District Farm Ponds
Channel Catfish - Good: Use large minnows fished on the bottom close to deep water.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish along shorelines and cover with small jigs.  Crappie - Good: Fish along shorelines with cover using small jigs or a small bobber and minnow.

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

NORTHEAST

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

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

Lake Meyer
Water clarity is good and water temperatures are in the mid 60s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Nice size cats are being caught on chicken liver.  Bluegill - Good: Worms fished under a bobber is your best bet.  Largemouth Bass - Good:  Crappie - Slow:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
The water has come down and is very clear.  Angling has been slow.  Northern Pike - Slow: A few northerns can be found in the Lime Springs area and will put up a good fight.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels below Decorah are low but very clear.  This makes angling a bit more difficult as the fish can see you more easily.  Anglers have had the best luck using a crawler fished from shore.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels have come down but temperature is still on the cool side.  The water is clearing nicely.  A hodge-podge of fish seems to be in the anglers creel this week but nothing hot and heavy.  Northern Pike - Slow:  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are having the best success using night crawlers.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Try using pumpkinseed and chartreuse ringworms, 3 inch purple with white twister tail or tomato core lizards.

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

The Upper Iowa and Turkey Rivers are still running cool.  River fish have been slower on the bite.  Local lakes on the other hand have been very productive.  Input from recent fishing trips is important in keeping our reports accurate and up to date. If you would like to comment/report on any river, trout stream (hatches, etc.), or lake, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Crappie fishing continues to be fair and bluegill fishing is warming along with water temperature.  A few nice catfish have been caught using dead baits and live baits.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

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

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

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

Mitchell
Anglers are catching bluegill, crappie, channel catfish and largemouth bass.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

South Prairie Lake
South Prairie is good for crappie and bluegill near shore using small jigs, worms, and minnows under a bobber.  South Prairie is a family friendly lake and a good spot to take the kids fishing.  Bluegill - Good: using small jigs, worms, and minnows under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: using small jigs, worms, and minnows under a bobber.

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Saints Lake remains good for crappie on jigs and minnows.  Fish size is running small, but the action is steady.  Crappie - Good:

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

Plainfield
Fishing is good for quality-sized bluegill and we expect the action to warm along with water temperature as bluegills move shallow for spawning.  Try using a sinking fly in shallow areas, or a slip bobber with a small piece of worm in deeper water.  Bluegill - Fair:

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is currently falling and anglers are catching some channel catfish and walleyes.  Channel Catfish - Good: Fish are being caught on dead and live baits.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting crankbaits, spinner baits or jig and twister tail for smallmouth bass.  Walleye - Good: Anglers are having some success catching walleyes on small jigs tipped with a crawler.

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

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

Crappie fishing has slowed but anglers are still catching some in area lakes. Bluegills are beginning to pick up on area lakes with the upcoming spawn. The Cedar, West Fork of the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers are currently falling and anglers are picking up some fish. The Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers are in good condition. Free fishing days are this coming weekend June 5, 6 & 7. Please contact the Manchester District Office for any further information at (563) 927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 8.22 feet and slowly falling.  Water clarity has fair.  Water temperature is in the high 60s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Starting to bite on stink bait.  Leeches floated under a bobber along rocks are producing, too.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Live bait fished below the dead lock in Dubuque is producing.  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 - Good: Crappie are starting to be caught in the marinas around docks on minnows or jigs under bobbers.  They are also being caught in backwaters in shallow water (1 foot).  Walleye - Good: Fish are being caught on the wind dams and flats on three way rigs tipped with crawlers, leeches, or minnows or crankbaits.  Reports of a lot of fish in the 20-27 inch protected slot and fish under 15 inches, as well.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 6.06 feet and slowly falling.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the high 60s to low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish are starting to bite on stink bait or leeches under a bobber along rip rap.  Reports of good numbers being caught on trot lines, too.  Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Live bait fished below the dam in Bellevue below the dead lock is producing.  Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few bluegill coming out of Middle Sabula Lake.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines or below the dam in Bellevue.  Spinner baits and soft plastics in the backwaters have also been producing.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappie are being caught in Brown’s Lake, Spring Lake, and South and Middle Sabula Lakes.  Fish are biting on minnows or jigs under a stick bobber.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on wing dams.  They are biting on a wide variety of baits.  Three way rigs tipped with worms, crawlers, or leeches are producing, as well as crankbaits.  Larger fish are coming on cranks.  Good numbers of fish in the 20-27 inch protected slot reported.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.  There is good shoreline access at Pleasant Creek Recreation Area south of Bellevue.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 10.09 feet and is slowly falling.  Water temperature is in the high 60s to low 70s and water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is starting to pick along rocky shorelines.  Leeches under a bobber have been producing.  Stick 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: Fish crankbaits along rocky shorelines or fish spinner baits and soft plastics in the backwaters.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing is starting to pick up in the backwaters.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye have moved onto and are starting to bite on the wing dams.

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 7.08 feet and forecasted to fall.  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.  White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being picked up in Sylvan Slough and on the wing dams on crankbaits and casting jigs/twister combinations.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has slowed some in Sunset Marina. Some fish are still being picked up on worms and small minnows.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught in the Andalusia Island Complex on crankbaits and pitching soft plastics around brush piles.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the Andalusia Island backwater complex on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber. Crappie fishing in Sunset Marina has slowed down some.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits around the wing dams along Credit Island. Walleye fishing has been slow in Sylvan Slough

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.82 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 on leeches under bobbers along rocky shorelines.  White Bass - Fair: 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 8.58 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken livers. Some channel catfish are starting to be picked up floating leeches under a bobber along rocky shorelines.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught in the tailwaters of Lock and Dam 17 on jigs and twisters with a minnow and small crankbaits.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters on small worms.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber.  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 5.47 feet. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken 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.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have been steady over the past few days. Water clarity throughout the pools is poor due to recent rains. Main channel water temperature is 68 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 level to reach the summer level.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to catch a lot of channel catfish. Try either cut bait or night crawlers

Lake Geode
Water conditions are good.  The lake was busy during the Memorial Day weekend.  Bluegill - Good: Some of the males are starting to build nests in the shallow bays.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are remaining shallow.

Lake Belva Deer
The road crews are making good progress on the road project but it is still a work in progress.  This year they are preparing the road bed and the paving will occur next year after the road bed has had a winter to settle.  The surface will remain gravel this year.  A detour map is available at the Keokuk CCB website.  Bluegill - Fair: Water temperature is right around 69 to 70 with the recent cooler weather.  There are a few of the males in shallow at the upper end of the lake looking to build nests.  Largemouth Bass - Good: There are a good number of bass just off the rocks along the face of the dam.  Crappie - Fair: The spawn seems to be over.  There are still some smaller immature fish in shallow.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Water clarity has improved after last week’s rains.  Channel Catfish - Good: Some nice 3-5 pound fish are being caught using chicken liver and night crawlers.  Bluegill - Good: Hand-sized and larger bluegills are not uncommon.  Use light tackle and small baits such as wax worms or pieces of crawler suspended under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Large numbers of undersized fish are being caught near structure using a variety of baits.  There have been bigger bass caught in the shallows on plastic baits.

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

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The water levels went up from last week they look to be dropping again as long as we don’t get more rain which the forecast says we will get more this weekend.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are catching good numbers of catfish right now.  I would target any creeks or drainage ditches that are running muddy water into the river as the catfish will target these for food being washed in by the rain.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
There is a rise in the water level to near bank full levels that should come through on this Thursday.  Look for the water levels to drop fairly quickly soon after.

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

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

Iowa Lake
The lake has experienced a small kill off of bluegills and crappies. This is a natural occurrence due to spawning stress and anglers should not be concerned about the health of the lake and/or fish.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are spawning. Fish the shallow structure with a small jig or worm.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish around shallow structure with artificials or night crawlers. There is an abundance of 13-15 inch bass here, so make sure they are over the 15 inch minimum if you are planning to keep them.  Redear Sunfish - No Report: Our shocking survey showed good numbers of redears moving into the shallow flats, although no catches have been reported.

Kent Park Lake

Anglers are catching fish in some of their ponds as well.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been picking up around shallow brush.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are also cruising the shallows with the spawn going on. Crankbaits and soft plastics have been producing best.

Lake Macbride

Water temperature is now in the upper 60s. Remember a 10 hp maximum is now in effect for Lake Macbride.  Crappie - Fair: The spawn is over. Some fish are still near the bank, while most fish have moved off to the flats or drop-offs. Check around structure in these areas.

Pleasant Creek Lake

White Bass - Good: Look for schools feeding on the surface. Try top-waters and small crankbaits, especially early and late in the day. Fish are also being caught near the bank on artificial and bobber/minnow.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being picked up on small worms around shallow rock and brush.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try a variety of artificials and even night crawlers around the jetties, dam, and brush. Remember, largemouth have to be 18 inch to keep.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being picked up on live bait. Some are even being caught on bluegills.

Diamond Lake

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

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are showing up in the fish cleaning station, so some are being caught. Look for these fish around lay downs and rock.  Bluegill - Good: Some nice sized bluegill are being caught. Look for them around downed trees and spawning flats.  Yellow Bass - Good: The yellow bass bite has been good, however, size is marginal. Expect many 6-8 inch fish with some larger ones possible. Fish jigs or spinners around the shallow rock for best results.

Union Grove Lake

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

Coralville Reservoir

The current lake level is 686 feet (as of 6/4) and is projected to fall to 683 feet in the next week. The water clarity has decreased with the past rains and boat traffic and water temps are in the upper 60s.  Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel cats should be spawning soon, once the water gets over 70 degrees. Look for these around shallow rip rap.  White Bass - Fair: Some anglers are finding white bass. Run and gun looking for schools of fish near the bank. Small shad colored crankbaits or jigs work best.

Dike Lake

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

Most lakes have water temps in the upper 60s. Once water temps reach the 70s, the catfish will start spawning and become easier to catch around shallow structure.  For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello

The lake was completely drained during the summer of 2008.  Repairs have been made and the gate is now shut and the lake is re-filling.

Red Haw Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Night crawlers have been the best bait for catching channel catfish.  Bluegill - Good: Small jigs have been catching fish along with a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.  The best areas have been along the shorelines and around submerged structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along the shoreline and around submerged structure.  As water temperature continues to rise, try crankbaits and spinner baits.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have been hitting on small jigs fished around structure along the shoreline.

Lake Keomah

Channel Catfish - Slow: Use night crawlers or dead minnows.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler fished along the shoreline.  Look for areas with structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics or jigs fished along submerged structure.  Also try areas with rocks.

Albia (lower)

Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines.  Try using a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.

Lake Miami

The lake drawdown started May 15.  Anglers may still use the lake during this time and the boat docks and boat ramps will be usable.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or dead minnows.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines and around structure.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinner baits around structure for the most action.  Crappie - Good: Use small jigs or jig/minnow combinations along the shoreline or other structure.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler.  Try a variety of depths.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics around weed lines and other structure.  Try using spinner baits and top-waters as the water temperature rises.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worm.  Try different colors and locations until you find active fish.  Walleye - Slow: Use jigs tipped with a minnow along the rocky shorelines and along the dam.

Rathbun Reservoir

Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the 60s.  The lake level is currently at 909.47 which is five feet above normal pool.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish in the coves and bays.  White Bass - Fair: Use flashy blade baits or chrome colored baits to mimic shad.  Try areas with some underwater structure or a change in depth.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught around flooded vegetation along the shoreline.  South Fork has been producing some crappies as well as the far northwest parts of the reservoir.  Walleye - Fair: Try drifting night crawlers or trolling crankbaits around underwater islands and ridges.

Rathbun District Farm Ponds

Crappies and bluegills have been hitting in area farm ponds.  Largemouth bass are also being caught.  Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds.

For further fishing reports in southeast Iowa, please contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST

Don Williams Lake

Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning and are being caught shallow using crawlers under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are hitting using plastics or spinner baits fished near wood structure.  There are good fish up to 20 inches.  Crappie - Slow: The spawning crappie bite has slowed.  Some fish are still being caught near wood structure in shallow water.  Drift fishing mid lake with small tube jigs or minnows will soon be the best method for catching crappie.

Beaver Lake

No fishing information reported for this location.

Jacob Krumm Nature Preserver Lake (west)

Bluegill - Good: Some very nice bluegills are being caught using small jigs or crawlers.  The larger fish are coming from the flooded wood in the upper end of the lake, where 8 to 9 inch fish are common.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching good numbers of spawning crappies using small tube jigs.  The best area is along the dam and the shoreline across from the boat ramp.

Rock Creek Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught near the campground and 24 hour fishing area using liver and stink bait.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegill bite is good right now using small jigs.  Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has slowed a little, but is still good on jigs tipped with minnows or minnows under a bobber.  Concentrate on shallow areas with wood or riprap.

Roberts Creek Lake

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

Big Creek Lake

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

Easter Lake

Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in shallow water using pieces of night crawlers under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass bite is good fishing near woody structure.  Crappie - Slow: The crappie spawn has ended, but some are still being caught near wood in shallow water using minnows.  Walleye - Good: Walleye fishermen are successful right now using chartreuse twisters.

Hickory Grove Lake

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

Hooper Area Pond

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

Lake Ahquabi

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

Red Rock Reservoir

Crappie - Good: The spawning crappie bite is slowing.  Some fish are still being caught in the Marina cove and Whitebreast.  Fish are good sized at 12 to 14 inches with some up to 16.

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.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught off the rocks at Cherry Glen and the Marina using minnows.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught by throwing crankbaits near Sandpiper.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: There are some wipers being caught on crankbaits off of Sandpiper.

Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park)

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

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

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

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

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

Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at (515) 432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake

Greenfield Lake has a quality crappie and bluegill fishery. The lake is trolling motor only.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills up to 9 inches can be caught close to shore or by finding pea gravel spawning beds. Cast small jigs or worms under a bobber to catch spawning fish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Greenfield Lake has a good population of 12 to 15 inch fish. Cast spinner baits or plastic baits along dam and in cedar tree piles.

Lake Anita

Lake is full with good water clarity.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are just moving in to spawn. Cast small jigs close to shore or find underwater reefs and fish pea gravel tops.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are in cedar tree piles. Try casting plastic baits with slow retrieve.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have moved off shore but are being caught in 6-8 feet of water around underwater rock reefs. Also try vertical jigging cedar tree piles and drifting for 8-9 inch fish.

Lake Manawa

Lake is full with a slight algal bloom.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having success using cut bait on the south and west side of the lake.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are in “pockets” around Boy Scout Island and along Tin Can Dike. Cast small white twisters to find fish.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught on west side of lake drifting night crawlers.

Anderson Area Pond 1

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

Hacklebarney East

Hacklebarney East has excellent water quality being able to see down 15 feet. Lake has one small gravel boat ramp.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill spawning beds are easy to see with such good water clarity. Fish are 7 to 8 inches.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Most farm ponds are full and support good populations of largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are readily caught casting small jigs close to shore. Find spawning fish by locating saucer shaped depressions in sediment.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting spinners or plastic baits around structure and close to shore.

Water temperatures are now in the 70s and bluegills are close to shore spawning. Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Southwest District Office for more information on area lakes at 712-769-2587.

Prairie Rose Lake

The fishing at Prairie Rose has switched from crappies to bluegills.  Over the past weekend anglers caught a lot of bluegills on wax worms or small pieces of night crawlers fished close to shore.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught at Prairie Rose on night crawlers or chicken liver.  Bluegill - Good: Over the past weekend anglers caught a lot of bluegills on wax worms or small pieces of night crawlers fished close to shore.  The bluegills in Prairie Rose run 6 1/2 to 7 inches.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are still being caught near shore but for the most part they have moved out.  The crappies at Prairie Rose run 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 inches.

Water temperatures have reached the point where we are at the tail end of the crappie spawn and bluegills are starting to move in to spawn.  Memorial Day weekend should be a great weekend to catch bluegills in area lakes.  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 starting to grow in the bays.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized largemouth can be caught near shore and the outside edges of the weed line.

Lake Icaria

The lake level is near normal and the water quality near the dam is good.  The far upper end is a little cloudy.  Water temps are near 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.  Crappie - Fair: Several fish can be picked up just off shore in 5 to 7 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye are still being caught from the mounds and big points.  Crawlers and leeches are showing a lot of success.

West Lake Corning

Water quality is good and the panfish are biting.  Bluegill - Good: Several fish up to 7.5 inches can be caught from shore near the west roadway.  Crappie - Fair: Some fish up to 10 inches can be caught just out from the dam on small jigs.

West Lake (Osceola)

Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish can be caught from near-shore or just off shore near the structure.  Crappie - Good: Fishing is excellent along the dam for 7.5 to 8.5 inch crappie.

Little River Watershed Lake

Water clarity is less than 12 inches but some fish are still being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish have been caught from the bays on liver or stink bait.  Crappie - Slow: A few mid-sized fish have been picked from just off shore.  Walleye - Slow: Some small walleye are biting on crank baits. 

Nine Eagles Lake

Water quality is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few 2 pound fish have been caught on cut bait.  Bait suspended just over the deeper submerged vegetation works better than bottom fishing.  Bluegill - Fair: A few fish of all sizes can be caught from the shallow coves or from the dam.  Beds can be found between the patches of vegetation.

Slip Bluff Lake

Water quality is fair.  Bluegill - Fair: Some fish can be caught from the beds along the east shore or from near shore in the south bay.  Crappie - Slow: The crappie are moving out to deeper structure.

Badger Creek Lake

Anglers are using the west road and jetties.  Water quality is fair near the dam.  Some algae is starting to appear.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish have been picked up from the shallow bays near the jetties.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill angling success has been found around the jetties and nearby coves using crawlers.  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 - Excellent: Several fish are biting along the west shore and from the backs of the coves on crawlers.  Most fish are from 6 to 7.5 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish are near-shore and can be caught on spinners and crankbaits.  Crappie - Fair: The rocks of the dam are still holding a few 8 to 10 inch crappies.

East Lake (Lenox)

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

Lake of Three Fires

Water quality is good and the bluegill fishing has improved over the past week.  Crappies are biting slower.  Water clarity is about 2.5 feet.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of real nice fish have been caught using crawlers from shore just about anywhere around the lake.  Bluegill - Excellent: Several real nice fish have been caught using crawlers over the fish mounds or near the east corner of the dam.  A small worm down about 2 1/2 feet works well.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized fish have been caught from the near-shore structure.  Crappie - Slow: A few fish have been caught just off shore from the woody structure or stake beds.

Wilson Park Lake

Water quality is fair.  Bluegill - Good: Several nice fish can be picked up near shore, from around the jetty, and the corners of the dam.

Windmill Lake

Water levels are near normal.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channels are being caught near dusk from the shallow bays on stink bait or cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: The fish are biting fairly well on crawlers near shore.

Green Valley Lake

The lake level has been lowered for construction projects and water quality improvements to be completed.

Three Mile Lake

Most fish species present in the lake are biting well.  Water quality is good and water levels are normal.  Water temps are near 70.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill are biting on crawlers near shore and from the coves.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish are biting near-shore on spinners and crank baits.  Crappie - Fair: The crappie are nearing the end of the spawning.  Several fish of all sizes have been caught from the near shore areas or nearby flooded trees.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye are biting a little better from steep shoreline areas and dirt mounds.  Leeches and crawlers have been successful.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

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

The crappies are moving out a bit but the bluegills are biting very well.  Walleyes are starting to bite on the mounds.  Several other species are biting well at most lakes.  Water temps are usually around 70 and water quality at most lakes is good.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are still biting on stink bait, cut bait and crawlers on the bottom.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads are biting on live baits, some are being caught on cut bait.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are biting near Sioux City.  Fish along the revet bank or wing dike tips with crankbaits or jigs.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are still biting on cut bait, stink bait, chicken liver and crawlers on the bottom.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads are biting on live bait and some are being caught on cut bait.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting on liver, cut bait, stink bait and crawlers on the bottom.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: A few flatheads are being caught using live bait and fresh cut bait.

For more information on fish and fishing in the Missouri River call Fisheries in Onawa at 712-433-4706.

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