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Iowa fishing report 7-15-10

July 15, 2010 at 03:21 PM

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake
Catfish are biting at Nelson Park Lake.  Channel Catfish - Good: Many channel catfish have been caught from the face of the dam.  Anglers have been having the best luck using stink bait and fishing fairly close to shore in 5 to 10 feet of water.  Bluegill - Fair: 7- to 8-inch bluegills have been caught on small jigs and a wax worm.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Water clarity at Yellow Smoke is excellent.  Bluegill - Fair: Yellow Smoke has very large bluegills in the 8.5 to 9.5 inch size range.  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.  Try small black jigs tipped with a wax worm, piece of nightcrawler, or piece of crawdad tail.  Anglers that typically fish Yellow Smoke report that they can catch the big bluegill, but don’t expect to catch more than 7 or 8 per trip.  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
Catfish are hitting hard at Crawford Creek.  Nice sized bluegill and crappie are being caught in decent numbers.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are still doing well for channel catfish.  Catfish are biting on just about anything, but night crawlers are working the best. Bluegill - Good: Try using small jigs with a wax worm.  Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie were being caught on small minnows. Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Some anglers have been getting into good perch fishing, but the perch fishing is hit or miss.

Brushy Creek Lake
Lake water clarity has improved throughout the lake.  All docks are usable again.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill have been biting on live bait in the shadows of the submerged trees.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass have moved into deeper water and can be found near the weed beds and under mats of vegetation.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught on leeches or small minnows.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being caught on leeches or live minnows.  Fish for walleye in the early morning or late evening.

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 temperature is in the low 80s.  Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is three walleyes; all 17 to 22 inch walleyes 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.  Try using cut bait, minnows, or crawdads for bait.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught on white twisters or picked up while walleye fishing.  Try fishing white bass with top waters on hot, calm evenings.  Look for surfacing baitfish and cast your lures there.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Storm Lake has large yellow perch, but they are difficult to target.  One or two are picked up on occasion when fishing walleye.  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.  There have been a few reports of anglers catching their limit of 15 to 16.5 inch fish.

North Twin Lake
Yellow bass fishing has been good at North Twin.  The yellow bass are about 7 to 8 inches long, but there are lots of them.  Try casting bright colored lures near shore tipped with a piece of crawdad or a little piece of yellow bass meat.

Swan Lake
Water clarity at Swan Lake is very poor.  Bluegill - Fair: A few hand sized bluegills are being caught with a jig and a small piece of worm in about 2 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass are being caught on rattling crankbaits.  Also try live bait to catch bass when the water clarity is poor.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies in the 7 to 8 inch size range are plentiful at Swan Lake, but they are difficult to target right now.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperature at Black Hawk Lake is in the low 80s.  Water clarity is poor.  Channel catfish are still biting fast.  Walleye must be 15 inches or longer to keep and anglers are allowed three walleyes per day.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish the windward shore with cut bait or stink bait.  Whole crawdads make excellent catfish bait.  Hook the crawdad through the tail and crack the carapace so the juices can put out scent in the water.  Anglers from boats have been catching their limit of catfish averaging 2 pounds.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down considerably.  Try targeting the rock pile east of Lakewood Point.  It is deeper than the other rock piles and commonly holds walleyes this time of year.  Use leeches or night crawlers.  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:

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
The Little Sioux River has come down considerably since last week.  Flows are still high so use caution when you’re near the river.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
The North Raccoon River has come down since last week.  Try fishing below rock riffles for catfish, smallmouth bass and walleye.

The Black Hawk District received some rain events this week, but not enough to significantly impact the water clarity in the small impoundments and reservoirs.  Catfish are biting around the district.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Ben Wallace or Don Herrig (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Beeds Lake
Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and night crawler below the dam. Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits.

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 are biting, try drifting live bait or cut bait near the reefs and in the little lake. A few walleyes are being caught; try fishing the reefs using jigs tipped with a minnow.  Channel catfish are biting on crawlers and chicken liver fishing the windswept side of the lake.

Lake Cornelia
Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and night crawlers.

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

Lake Pahoja
  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the brush piles located on the points.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along shoreline cover. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the brush piles located on the points.

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.

Big Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 77 degrees. Recent wind has made anchoring difficult for perch fishing.  White Bass - Fair: Use topwater lures in the mornings and evenings.  Look for surfacing fish.  Bluegill - Good: Fish weed beds with a small jig tipped with live bait. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: A few fish are being caught with topwater lures in the mornings or late evenings.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use jigs or other soft plastics along weed beds. Or use topwater lures early and late in the day.  Yellow Perch - Good: Vertical jig with small jigging spoons tipped with wigglers in ~20 feet of water near Templar Park, Rednose Point, or the Footbridge. Stay mobile and look for large schools of fish on the depth finder.  Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech or jig tipped with live bait along the weed beds or drift fish with lindy or spinner rigs tipped with live bait in the basin.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Look for flowing water coming into the lake and fish with crawdads or chubs.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish the weed line with jigging lures tipped with live bait.  Walleye - Fair: Fish along the weed line with lindy rigs or jig tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish around boat docks or weedlines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Fish around boat docks and weedlines with small jigs tipped with live bait.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small jigging lures tipped with live bait along the weed beds.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish around boat docks and weedlines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use chubs or other bait along boat docks, brush piles, or near the Trapper’s Bay Bridge.  White Bass - Fair: Troll the basin with crankbaits.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 71 degrees.  Northern Pike - Fair: Troll or cast crankbaits along weed beds.  White Bass - Good: Use topwater 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 - Fair: Use jigs, crankbaits, or plastics around boat docks and weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with live bait near weed beds.  Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech or jig tipped with live bait near weed beds or rock bars.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stinkbait or cutbait at the train bridge.  Crappie - Fair: Fish near boat docks with small jigs.

Lost Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Drift live bait along the edge of the rock reef or use stink bait or worms at the bridge.

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along weed beds.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish near brush piles and eddies with cutbait or crawdads.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use large live bait along cutbanks and deep holes with brush piles.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish around brush piles and eddies with crawdads.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish near brush piles and eddies with crawdads.

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

NORTHEAST

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Fishing has been good for largemouth bass and bluegill on Silver Lake. Most all bass are of sub-legal length; bass must be 15 inches in length for legal harvest. Bluegills are running in the 5- to 7-inch range. Vegetation has become bothersome around the edges of the lake but has improved with increased water levels.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm under a bobber along the vegetation edges.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting topwater, weedless spoons or spinnerbaits. 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 catches of channel catfish. Dense vegetation has been a problem so fishing from a boat or canoe is beneficial. Most lakes are stratified now so concentrate on depths of 9 ft. or less.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing cutbaits, chicken livers or stinkbaits off of the bottom.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are being caught on red worms, waxworms and pieces of crawlers under bobbers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Topwater lures and artificial plastics seem to be catching fish.

Plainfield
Anglers are catching nice size bluegills and largemouth bass. The water level has risen on this lake but should have no impacts on shoreline angling.  Bluegill - Fair: Best success has been using waxworms under a bobber for bluegill.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting spinnerbaits or crankbaits from shore.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Cedar River is falling and the water conditions are improving. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using night crawlers or cutbaits on the bottom in recent flooded areas of the Cedar River.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try using small crankbait in and along current breaks. Walleye - Slow: Some reports of walleye caught using crawlers or leeches on jig head. 

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon River has fallen and water conditions are improving.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using night crawlers or cutbaits on the bottom in off current areas.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa continues to run a bit high but is falling.  With no heavy rains the water conditions look good for this week’s angling. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using night crawlers or cutbait fished on the bottom in off channel areas.  Walleye - No Report:

Interior rivers still remain high with the widespread and isolated heavy rainfall events over the few weeks. Use good judgment when fishing on the interior rivers during these conditions. Trout streams are still maintaining good flows and are producing good angling opportunities on the smaller streams. For more information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.


MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 10.7 feet and should drop down another 0.7 feet this week.  Water temperature is near 80.  Please note the Army Road ramp near New Albin is now open.  Northern Pike - No Report: With these warmer water temperatures, the northerns should be stacking up near colder-water inputs like the Upper Iowa River.  Channel Catfish - Good: In this warm weather the “cats” should be feeding.  Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results.  You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish.  Stink baits or chicken liver are the baits of choice.  Bluegill - Fair: Some small bluegills are being reported along the bank being caught on a worm and bobber.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing areas with rock and good current, especially near a good back-eddy.  Some nice fish earlier were being reported at the entrance of Big Slough and near Village Ck.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Throughout the area, anglers are having success along the weedline throwing spinners or topwater lures in the duckweed. Largemouths are also being caught along the rock near the power plant.  Sauger - Good: Saugers and walleyes are being caught drifting in front of Desoto Bay and in the sloughs downstream of the Upper Iowa River.  Walleye - Good: A few walleyes have been caught trolling crankbait or jigs in running sloughs such as Minnesota Slough. Saugers and walleyes are being caught drifting in front of Desoto Bay and in the sloughs downstream of the Upper Iowa River.  Freshwater Drum - Good: A lot of drum being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom.  Drum are excellent eating fish especially if prepared fresh. Remember to take ice with you if you plan on keeping drum and other fish fresh especially with the warm temperatures.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Water level at Lynxville is 18.0 and expected to continue to drop another 1.5 feet over the next week.  Water temperature is near 80 and water clarity is fair.  Fishing overall is picking up.  Northern Pike - No Report: With these warmer water temperatures, the northerns should be stacking up near colder-water inputs.  Channel Catfish - Good: In this warm weather the “cats” should be feeding.  Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results.  You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish.  Stink baits or chicken liver are the baits of choice.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: A few flatheads were caught below the Lynxville dam using one-eye jigging spoons.    White Bass - Slow: Some nice catches of white bass were being reported, but that was slowed due to the high water.  We expect the white bass to regroup up and provide quality fishing yet this year.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers report catching bluegills along rocky areas like near the edge of the spillway, and along the edge of the weedlines. The fish being caught are “keeper” size.  The majority being caught floating a night crawler.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are hitting well along rocky areas with current.  They can be seen chasing minnows along with the white bass.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bigger largemouths are being caught right now. Fish near bank areas along the weedline using topwater or spinner baits for the best success.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught near woody structure using minnows and small jigs.  Yellow Perch - Good: A lot of small perch have been caught in Bussey near the fishing dock.  The fish have been small, but it is an excellent chance to bring a kid fishing.  Walleye - Fair: The bit is starting to pick up.  A few walleyes are being caught drifting minnows below the dam and in running sloughs.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A lot Drum are being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom, especially out of Noble’s Landing.  Drum are excellent eating fish especially if prepared fresh.  Remember to take ice with you if you plan on keeping drum and other fish especially with the warm temperatures.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Water level at Guttenberg is 9.5 feet and expected to drop another 1.5 feet over the next week.  Water temperatures are near 80, and water clarity is generally good.  Northern Pike - No Report: With these warmer water temperatures, the northerns should be stacking up near colder-water inputs.  Channel Catfish - Good: In this warm weather the “cats” should be feeding.  Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results.  You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish.  Stink baits or chicken liver are the baits of choice.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flathead catfish have been caught below the dam jigging heavy spoons or one-eyed jigs.  Bluegill - Fair: Small bluegills and other sunfish are being caught along the bank with bobber and worms.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris.  Small largemouth’s can be seen chasing minnows along the bank.  Small spinners or jigs will work best.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Good catches of drum still being reported in the upper part of pool 11.  During high water fish will often be found near shore in eddy area but away from the strong current. One-eyed jigs or night crawlers have been working well.

Water temperature at Guttenberg is near 80 degrees. River levels have dropped and are predicted to continue falling.  Water levels are: Lansing 10.7, Lynxville 18.0 and Guttenberg 9.5. Water clarity is generally good throughout.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 11.17 feet and falling.  Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are in the low 80s. 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 - Good: Channel cats are biting well on stink bait around snags in sloughs and side channels.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting the backwaters and marinas around snags, vegetation beds and docks on crawlers under a bobber.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been good around Steamboat on crankbaits in 12 to 20 feet of water.  Some fish are also coming off of wing dams.  With the high water, look for dams or sections of dam that have less current.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 10.30 feet and falling. Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are in the low 80s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats have been biting on stink bait fished in the sloughs and side channels.  White Bass - Fair: The white bass have been working schools of bait fish along the river front in Bellevue. Cast minnow imitating crank baits or spinners into the frenzy and hold on.  Walleye - Fair: With the high water, look for walleyes on wing dams or sections of wing dams with less current.  Fish are biting on cranks or three-way rigs tipped with crawlers.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum have been biting on crawlers fished on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 12.88 feet and falling. Water clarity is poor and water temperatures are in the low 80s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are biting on stink bait fished around snags in the side channels and sloughs.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being caught in the sand pits.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum have been biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of flowing 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
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 10.63 feet and falling. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting on crawlers, leeches and dipbaits fished along riprap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs.White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught casting crankbaits, spinners, and jigs/twisters in Sunset Marina. A few white bass are starting to be picked up in front of the Dock restaurant casting jigs and twisters.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing pieces of worm under a bobber. Some fish are also being picked up casting small spinners. Fishing has been best right before evening. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina. Fishing has been best towards evening. Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 10.36 feet and falling. Big Timber access is closed. Fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught using stinkbait and crawlers fished around snags. Some channel catfish are also being caught from shore along the Muscatine riverfront using night crawlers and stinkbait.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 13.29 feet and falling. Floodstage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 9.80 feet and falling. Floodstage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers and stinkbait.  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River conditions are still high and muddy. Many of the boat ramps are under water. Main channel water temperature is 81 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 Odessa
The Toolesboro Access and road is closed due to a combination of high water and heavy equipment work on the adjacent levee.  The boat ramps at Schefer and Sand Run are still in good condition for access to Lake Odessa.

Lake Belva Deer
Because of the weather the road paving project hasn’t started yet.  Unknown as to when they will be able to start.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has slowed down. Look for them in 5 to 7 feet of water out in the trees.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Bluegill - Fair: The fishing has been fair when the water is choppy using light tackle and worms.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The rains have brought the river back out. Don’t look for conditions to improve until sometime next week.

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

Lake Geode
The lake is clearing up again as long as the rains stay away for a while.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Look to find the catfish at the upper end of the lake early in the morning.  Chicken liver or shrimp would be the go to baits.  Bluegill - Slow: Try for the bluegills early in the morning along the ledges at 5 to 7 feet deep.

Lake of the Hills
Fishing has slowed down with the hotter weather.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few catfish on chicken liver or stinkbaits.  Bluegill - Slow: The bigger bluegills are out in 5 to 7 foot of water.  Try drifting a small jig tipped with a worm or wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
Still some lowland flooding.  Most of the boat ramps are still under water.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa is still above flood stage.

For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.

Kent Park Lake
In addition to the lake, bluegills and bass have been caught in the east ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Stinkbait and chicken livers have been working best. Mornings and evenings are the best time to fish; also fishing improves after rain events where water is coming into the lake.

Lake Macbride
There is a 9.9 horsepower limit in effect here. 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 towards evening with sunfish or crawlers. Also fish around creek/drainage inlets following rain events. A few catfish are also being picked up by walleye fishermen trolling crankbaits.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish shallow wood/riprap with plastics or deeper rock structure with crankbaits. Topwaters can be good as well.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, there is an 18 inch size limit on largemouth bass and 40 inch size limit on musky here. An oxygen profile of the lake was done last week and there is almost no oxygen below 15 feet, so anglers should be fishing shallower than that.  Channel Catfish - Good: Chicken livers and crawlers are catching some fish. 8-12 feet of water seem to be producing best.  White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of fish feeding on the surface. Throw a topwater plug, shallow running crankbait, or white jig. Dawn and dusk has been the most active times.  Bluegill - Fair: Not a lot of bluegills are being caught, but the ones that are have been good sized. Fish with worms over/around the pallets and brush piles.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Crawlers, sunfish and soft plastics along the dam and jetties are producing best.

Diamond Lake
There is an over abundance of small crappie here. Don’t be afraid to take your limit of 25 every day. Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try crawlers, chicken liver or stinkbait. Evening and after a rain event has been the best times.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig, waxie, or worm around the rocks.  Crappie - Excellent: Most fish are small, but they can be caught on a small jig.

Otter Creek Lake
There is an over abundance of yellow bass in this lake. They are scrappy fighters and excellent to eat. There is no limit and don’t be afraid to keep every one you catch. The water is dirty here now.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Right after a rain event is a good time to try. Evenings are best as well.  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 July 15, the lake level is 707.5’ and has crested. It is predicted to continue to fall, barring a major rain event. Fishing activity has slowed due to high water, but some anglers are trying the flooded roadbeds for walleyes. Bowfishing opportunities are plentiful.

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 and largemouth bass and bluegill this spring.

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: Try plastic worms fished around submerged structure or around the rock jetties.

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 20 feet low.  The shorelines are still very muddy and shore fishing would be difficult.

Lake Keomah
Bullhead - Fair: Use night crawlers fished in 8-10 feet of water.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Cutbait has been producing some catches of channel catfish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits 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 waxworm or a chunk of nightrcrawler.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinnerbaits 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 waxworm or a chunk of night crawler.  Try varying depths until you find active fish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use plastic worms around areas with trees and stumps.  Topwater lures can be productive in the mornings and evenings.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 922.16 with normal pool being 904.  The water temperature is ranging in the lower 80’s.  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 biting on cut bait and dead chubs.  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.  Underwater points have also been producing some walleyes.  Jigging spoons can also be productive this time of year.  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.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting good in the upper arms using fresh cutbait.  Fish in depths 15 foot and less.  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 - Fair: Bluegills are suspended.  Drift fishing small pieces of crawler in 5 to 15 foot has produced good catches in the upper half of the lake in both the east and west arms.  The lake is stratified so avoid fishing depths greater than 12 to 15 feet.  The bluegills have been good sized from 7 to 9 inches.    Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite is still a little slow.  The fish that are being caught are coming from the upper end of the lake using night crawlers or leeches.  The walleye are likely up there taking advantage of food coming in from the swollen Big and Little Creeks.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Suspended bluegills are being caught fishing near the edges of the treefalls on the South shore, or drifting slowly all along the steep South shoreline with small jigs and night crawlers.  They are also being picked up near 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: Bluegills are being caught suspended away from shore.  Drifting or working slowly out from the NW shoreline is a good place to start.  There are several large sunken brush piles in this area that bluegills and crappie will suspend over.  Redear Sunfish - Fair: Anglers fishing for bluegills are also picking up some large redears.  Pieces of night crawler or small leeches fished near the bottom next the vegetation works well.

Red Rock Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite is good using fresh cutbait.  White Bass - Good: Good reports are coming from anglers that are fishing above the mile long bridge.  White bass are being picked by covering water and trolling crankbaits.  On calm days look for gulls and/or baitfish breaking the surface.  Stopping and casting has not been very effective.

Saylorville Reservoir
Lakeview and Cherry Glen boat ramps are now open.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught from shore along the barrier dam at the marina whenever the pumps are releasing water from the Big Creek ponding area.

North Raccoon River (Perry to Van Meter)
Flathead Catfish - Good: River levels have dropped enough to allow access.  With the extended high flows flatheads from as far as Red Rock will likely have migrated into the Raccoon River for their spawn, which should now be complete.  Bullheads and sunfish are the preferred baits.

Most Central Iowa rivers getting down to fishable levels.  Lakeview and Cherry Glen boat ramps are now open at Saylorville.  Summer fishing patterns are staying consistent.  Bluegills and crappie are being caught best drift fishing small jigs or live bait fished at depths of 5 to 15 feet.  Catfishing is also good right now in most lakes using fresh cut bait.  Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at (515) 432-2823 for information on the above area lakes.

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has one concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver or cut bait. Fish are in the 1-3 lb range.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches are being caught drifting small jigs in 6-8 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught around cedar tree piles casting crankbaits and small spinners. Good percentage of bass are 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.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching 7-8 inch bluegills on weed edges using night crawlers.

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway has one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish in the 1-2 pound range are being caught on night crawlers.

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

Lake Anita
Lake Anita has good water clarity with 2 concrete boat ramps.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs across the main lake. 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 spinnerbaits. 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.

Viking Lake
Viking Lake has three concrete boat ramps and 3 foot water clarity.  Channel Catfish - Good: Viking has a good population of channel catfish in the 1-3 pound range. Liver has been working well fishing in 4-6 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth up to 18 inches are being caught on plastic baits.

Lake Manawa
Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s water 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 2-6 pound range.  Crappie - Slow: A few small crappies are being caught in the main lake drifting jigs.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Many farm ponds hold good populations of bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are active with warmer water temperatures. Try night crawlers, liver, or stink baits around structure.  Bluegill - Fair: To catch bluegill in mid-summer cast jigs around deep cover. Night crawlers under a bobber work well for post spawn bluegill.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are aggressive this time of year. Top water baits work well during low light conditions and plastics during the day.

Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s on most SW Iowa lakes. For information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office (712)769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temps are in the middle to upper 70s.  The lake level is normal. 
Clarity is about 2.5 to 3.5 feet at mid lake and a little more near the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water clarity is near 2 feet.  Temps are in the middle to upper 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channels are coming from the bays on liver.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water clarity is very good and temps are in the middle to upper 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Several mid-sized channels are coming from 3 to 6 feet of water using liver.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 3 feet.  Bluegill - Slow: A few big bluegill can be caught from the tree piles or stake beds just off the east shore.

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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Several mid-sized channels are coming from the shoreline areas.

Three Mile Lake
Water temps are in the middle to upper 70s.  Clarity is good at mid-lake and near the dam.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are coming from structure about 7 to 10 feet down.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Temps are in the middle to upper 70’s.  Water clarity is good.  Some algae blooms can appear.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of big bullheads are being caught from shore using crawlers on the bottom.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Several mid-sized channel catfish are being caught from shore using liver.  Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are coming from the steep sided coves with flooded trees or sides of the mounds in about 5 to 10 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several largemouth bass from 12 to 15 inches are being caught in 5 to 8 feet of water near the flood trees or brush piles.

 

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