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Iowa fishing report 7-16-09

July 16, 2009 at 02:45 PM

Iowa Fishing Report
http://www.iowadnr.gov
July 16, 2009

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST
Nelson Park Lake
Fishing has slowed.  Anglers are catching a few catfish on stink bait.

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

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Fishing has improved somewhat the last week; lots of smaller crappie.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching some catfish at night using various baits.  Bluegill - Good: Shore and boat anglers are catching a few good sized bluegills with small hooks and jigs.  Try from boat ramp to the dam, or any place that’s easy to get to from the ramp parking lot.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching some crappie using small hooks and jigs with small minnows.  Try from boat ramp to dam, or anywhere in between.

Badger Lake
North of Ft. Dodge.  Fishing has slowed as mid summer weather conditions have arrived.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is picking up; try cut bait and chicken liver.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching some hand-size bluegill off shore.  Crappie - Fair: Some 9 - 10 inch fish have been caught on small jigs and minnows.

Brushy Creek Lake
Nice bluegill, crappie and a few walleye are being caught.  Try the weed line for pan fish.  Water has muddied up a bit, especially in the north end.  Please clean your your fish at the floating fish cleaning platform at the west ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are hitting on liver, stink bait and night crawlers along the shore line.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill have moved out from shore; try fishing just off the bottom in 4 to 12 feet of water.  Anglers have been having good luck using a piece of crawler or a wax worm on a small hook.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are in the trees; try a small jig or minnow rig and fish in 10 to 14 feet of water.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has slowed.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17 to 22-inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be immediately released.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are still biting on leeches and worms; use a floating jig head and fish the dredge cuts.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught throwing twisters and small spoons on Schaller and Stoney points and off Frank Starr Park.  Other points are also worth a try.  Most fish are in the 10 to 15-inch range.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye catch has slowed considerably, but a few fish are being caught trolling the dredge cuts pulling shad raps.  Some anglers are having more luck in the evenings.

North Twin Lake
Fishing has slowed; anglers are catching some nice bullheads.  Bullhead - Good: Fair numbers of big bullhead are being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching a few catfish on liver.

Black Hawk Lake
Bullhead and catfish fishing have been good.  Bullhead - Good: 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 liver, leeches, night crawlers and stink bait.  Stink bait has probably has been most effective this last week.

Anglers are catching catfish, but bluegill, crappie and walleye fishing have slowed to midsummer levels.  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
Largemouth bass and channel catfish are biting. 

Briggs Woods Lake
Bluegill fishing is good. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on liver. Crappie fishing is still fair. 

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Largemouth bass and channel catfish are biting.  Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: 

Lower Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is slow. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits. 

Upper Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is slow. Largemouth bass fishing is fair using spinner baits. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits.  Bluegill - Fair: 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 near the weed edge.  Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait.  Bluegill - Good:

Lake Catherine
Bluegill fishing is good. Largemouth bass fishing is good using jigs and plastic baits. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver or night crawlers.  Channel Catfish - Good:  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Good:

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing has picked up; try fishing in 10 to 14 feet of water in the little lake or drifting cut bait or worms in 7 to 10 feet of water on the north shore of the main lake. A few walleyes (mostly sub-legal) are being caught using the same technique. 

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

Little Wall Lake
Small crappies and Largemouth bass fishing is good and channel catfish fishing is excellent at night using stink 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
Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits and plastic baits.  Bluegill fishing has been fair fishing the weed edges. 

Boone River
Channel catfish are biting on stink bait. 

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Fishing has been good for smallmouth bass and channel catfish and walleye. 

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing had been fair before the water level came up.  Channel Catfish - Fair: using cut bait or liver.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: using jigs and crankbaits.

Winnebago River
Channel Catfish and Smallmouth bass fishing had been fair before the water level came up. 

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

Mill Creek (Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or chubs fished on bottom from docks on south shore or from fishing jetty on northwest side of lake.  Bluegill - Good: Use mini jigs along weed beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use weed less top-water lures over weed beds.

Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead - Good: Fish at the grade from the fishing pier or in front of the fish barrier with worms on the bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use top-water lures in the morning or evening or try jerk baits and jigs on rock bars and connected weed lines.  Yellow Perch - Good: Some sorting is required but fish are being caught while vertically jigging with spoons or jigs tipped with worms in 20 to 22-feet of water on the main lake basin.  Walleye - Fair: Drift fish with Lindy and spinner rigs or slip bobber fish around weed beds and rock bars. If fishing from shore try at the grade at the fish barrier with a slip bobber and minnow or small jig.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or large minnows around the bridges or off boat docks.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Vertically jig along weed lines and rock bars with jigging spoons tipped with worms or use a slip bobber and minnow.  Many fish are also being caught around boat docks using mini jigs or a slip bobber and minnow.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use mini jigs or live bait around weed beds.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Use mini jigs or live bait around weed beds and boat docks.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Good: Fish with small hair jigs or use a split shot and hook tipped with live bait around boat docks and weed lines.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish rock bars and weed lines with top-water lures early and late or fish with crawdads on rock bars during the day.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish weed lines with jigs, spinner baits, or live bait.  Or throw top-water lures in the mornings and evenings along boat docks and weed lines.  Walleye - Fair: Slip bobber fish with leeches on rock bars and weed lines.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stink bait, minnows, or chubs at the rail road bridge.  Walleye - Fair: Fishing has slowed but fish are still being caught while trolling crankbaits.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Fair: Fishing has slowed but fish are still being caught while trolling crankbaits on the east and south shores.

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Good: Use micro jigs or live bait around weed beds.

Big Sioux River
The river was high with recent rains but is starting to lower again.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait or stink bait around deep holes and brush piles.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Use large live bait along cut banks, deep holes, and brush piles.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
River was high with recent rains but is starting to drop again.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or crawdads for bait in holes and brush piles.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
River is beginning to lower after recent heavy rains Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait or crawdads above brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Use jig and minnow or crankbaits in deeper holes and current seams.

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

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

Kids Corner: If you are looking for a place to take a child fishing then go to Big Spirit Lake.  If you are using a boat, go perch fishing on the main lake and fish in 20 to 22 feet of water with a jigging spoon and live bait.  If fishing from shore try for bullheads at the grade on the north shore.  Fish have been caught at the fishing pier and in front of the fish barrier at the culvert.  For more fishing report information on the Spirit Lake area call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
The lake has a slight algae bloom.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish activity has increased with the warming temperature. Try chicken liver or worms close to shore.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fishing crankbait along rip rap shores.

Lake Hendricks
There is a slight algae bloom going on so the water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using chicken liver or dead minnow fished near shore in the evening.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using a slip bobber with night crawler just above the thermocline while drifting along the main point of the campground.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Lake Meyer
Water clarity in the lake is still good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using chicken liver under bobber near submerged logs along shore. Bluegill - Slow: 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 using plastic worms.

Turkey River
Water is clear and levels are near normal.  Channel Catfish - Good: Chicken liver or night crawlers should work well.  Walleye - Good: Try using crankbait or twistertails.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water level is running a little below normal and is clear.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Using a variety of lures.  Walleye - Fair: Try crankbait and twistertails fished in deeper holes.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water level is running close to normal and is clear.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Night crawlers and chicken liver are what anglers are using.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Using a variety of jigs and crankbaits fished near rock structure.  Walleye - Good: Mostly using crankbaits or drifting a night crawler.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
The river is now falling after last weeks rain and is clearing.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Best is to use chicken liver or night crawlers in the evening.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Good: Crankbait seem to be working the best. 

Decorah District Streams
Trout streams are in good to excellent condition.  Trout streams continue to be regularly stocked and trout are waiting to be caught.  For trout stocking information, 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.

The Upper Iowa, Turkey River water levels are running about normal and water clarity is good.  The Cedar River is also falling back to normal and is clearing from last week’s rain.  If you have any questions, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish are being caught on stink bait. Check deep holes around wing dams.  Bluegill - Good: using night crawler on the bottom in side sloughs.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits on rocky shorelines Walleye - Fair:

Mississippi River Pool 10
Northern Pike - Good: most fish are being caught incidentally while fishing for bass. Use crankbaits along rocky areas.  Bluegill - Fair: Using wax worms under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: Using minnows on a slip bobber in the side sloughs.  Walleyes - Good: using crankbaits in the lower ends of side sloughs. Fish are also being caught below the dam in the tailwaters.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught along the channel using night crawlers or stink bait. Check the holes around the outside and below wing dams.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead are being caught in the tailwater using night crawlers.  White Bass - Good: White bass can be caught in the tailwaters or along some of the wing dams using small inline spinners.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are starting to being caught on the wing dams using small spinners or crankbaits.  Walleye - Good: Walleye are being caught on the wing dams either trolling crankbaits or three-way jigs tipped with night crawlers. Keep checking different wing dams to find where active fish are concentrated.  Freshwater Drum - Good: drum are being caught using night crawlers fished on the bottom.

River gauges: Lansing 7.8; Lynxville 11.9; Guttenberg 3.8. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 76 degrees. The water levels in pools 9-11 are low.  Boaters should use caution when boating outside the main channel. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 7.42 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is good.  Water temperatures are in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on stink bait or crawlers fished in 10 to 12 feet of water in side channels and around wing dams.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have been coming on crawlers fished around rocks on wing dams with slow current in 6 to 9 feet of water and in side channels around snags in 4 to 6 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Shallow crankbaits along the floodwall up by the dam.  Also cranks on rocky shorelines in side channels and along the Iowa shoreline below Nine Mile Island (Massey).  Crappie - Fair: Fish are being caught in side channels around snags in 12 to 14 feet of water.  Walleye - Good: Fish are being caught on the wind dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers or crankbaits.  Reports of a lot of fish over 20 inches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current for small drum or use crawfish for monsters.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 4.15 feet and is forecast to fall to 3.5 feet then remain stable.  Water clarity is good.  Water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting well on stink bait fished around wing dams.  Bluegill - Fair: Reports of bluegills coming off of wing dams with slow current.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines with current or below the dam in Bellevue.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish being caught in the side channels and sloughs around snags near water deeper than 10 feet. Walleye - Good: Walleyes are on the wing dams.  Throw crankbaits or fish three-way rigs with spinners or floaters tipped with crawlers or leeches.  Crankbaits are also producing.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 9.13 feet and is forecast to drop to 9.0 feet then remain stable.  Water clarity is good.  Main channel water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good numbers being caught on stink baits around wing dams.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are coming off rocks and woody structure around current.  Crankbaits have been working well.  Walleye - Good: Walleyes are on the wind dams and biting on crankbaits, three-way rigs, or jigs.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a piece of crawler on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

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 5.05 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, and stink baits around wing dams and log piles. Stink baits have been working the best. Fishing has been good along Sunset Marina and at the mouth of the Rock River. 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 - Good: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters floating pieces of worm or small minnows under a bobber. Areas to try are Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island Complex.  Crappie - Slow: Fishing for crappies in Sunset marina and the Andalusia Island complex has been slow. Sauger - Fair: Some saugers are being picked up on the wing dams trolling crankbaits or on three-way rigs with half a night crawler or leech.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits in front of wing dams or anchoring in front of the wing dams and casting to it. Some fish are being picked up on three-way rigs with half a night crawler or leech fished on the front side of wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.91 feet. River stage is forecast to fall steadily over the next week.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams or log jams. Some channel catfish are being caught along the Muscatine Riverfront on night crawlers. Some channel catfish are being caught fishing leeches under a bobber along riprap shorelines.  White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught by the dam and on the wing dams on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations. The best fishing has been early in the morning or right before dark. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber floating pieces of worm or small minnows under a bobber.  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits along the fronts of wing dams. Anchoring above wing dams and casting crankbaits has been producing some fish as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 6.33 feet. River stage is forecasted to slowly fall over the next few days.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and around log piles. Some channel catfish are starting to be picked up floating leeches under a bobber along rocky shorelines.  White Bass - Fair: A few white bass are being picked up by the dam fishing jig and twisters and small crankbaits.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters on pieces of night crawler or a small minnow floating under a bobber.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters on small jigs tipped with a minnow. Look for crappies around brush piles in deeper water with some flow.  Sauger - Fair: A few saugers are being picked up while fishing for walleyes on the wing dams.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits on the wing dams. Some are also being caught on three-way rigs with half a night crawler fished in front of the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 3.62 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  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 - Fair: Some white bass are being picked up by the dam casting a jig and twister or small crankbait.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being picked up on the wing dams around Burlington trolling crankbaits and on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are forecasted to slowly fall throughout the weekend. Main channel water temperature is around 77 degrees. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
Bluegill - Good: The bluegills have moved out into the deeper water look for the deep water edges of the weed beds to locate them.

Lake Belva Deer
Work on the road paving project continues.  Next week they are planning on closing 250th Ave., the road across the dam, to start the grading work on it.  A detour map is available at the Keokuk CCB website.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish continue to bite.  Try chicken liver or stink bait along the dam face or around the rocky faces of the jetties.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are locating these fish out in 13 to 16 feet of water using small jigs tipped with wax worms

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish in the coves using night crawlers.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish the deep structure with light tackle.  Jigging produces fish in 6 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are liking the return of the clear water.  They have moved out to the deeper water habitat now.

Lake Darling
The lake is drained.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river level is beginning to drop slowly.  There is still plenty of water to run a boat up the river.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good.  It’s the time of the year to look for them under mulberry trees feeding on the berries dropping into the water.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Anglers are still catching some nice flatheads on the river.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river level continues to drop slowly.  Channel Catfish - Good: Look for the channel cats along the edges of the sand bars and in the mouths of any feeder creeks.

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

Kent Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Dusk/dawn and before/after storms have been the best times for channel catfish. Try chicken liver or dip baits for best results.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig, worm, or fly to catch these fish around shallow structure. Dusk seems to be best.  Largemouth Bass - Good: the 12 to 14 inch bass are willing to bite night crawlers or a variety of artificials.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Water clarity is still good but there has been a slight algae bloom giving the water a green tint. Remember, largemouth bass have to be 18 inches to keep here.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a variety of live/dead/stink baits for these fish. Dusk seems to be best but they can be caught all day.  White Bass - Fair: Look for roaming schools of white bass feeding on the surface. Try a top-water plug early and late in the day for best results.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being caught on live bait, plastic worms, and crankbaits around rocky areas.

Coralville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught drifting shad or bluegills, while some are being caught off the rock banks of live bait and even crankbaits.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers casting crankbaits have been picking up some flatheads along sloping rock banks.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Recent flows coming out of the Coralville dam have been 6,000 cubic feet per second, which is the summer maximum allowed output. The outflow is projected to be reduced July 21.  Channel Catfish - Good: Cut bait had been producing well while the river levels were up.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Fish around creek mouths and pool eddies with live bait.

Most area water temps are in the upper 70s. 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.

Red Haw Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Night crawlers or chicken liver 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 stink bait.  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 - Good: Use night crawlers, chicken liver or dead minnows.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs along the shorelines and around structure.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinnerbaits around structure.  Crappie - Fair: 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.  Try different locations until you find active fish.

Rathbun Reservoir
Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the 70s.  The lake level is currently at 909.36 feet, which is just over five feet above normal pool.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish around the rip rapped areas around the South Fork and Bridgeview bridges.  Some channel catfish are also being caught by walleye anglers trolling crankbaits.  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 under 8 inches, with an occasional fish over 10 inches.  Tube jigs with minnows have been working the best.  Walleye - Slow: Try drifting night crawlers or trolling crankbaits around underwater islands and ridges.  The South Fork flats and the area around Island View have been producing some catches of keepers.  Some walleyes are being caught in water less than 10 feet deep.

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, contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Don Williams Lake
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)
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.  8 to 9 inch fish are common.

Rock Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught using cut bait or shrimp.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught drifting with tube jigs tipped with minnows.

Roberts Creek Lake
White Bass - Good: White bass are biting well on small jigs.  Pink head and white tail is a good combination.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught shallow using night crawlers.  Crappie - Fair: Some good sized fish are being caught drifting minnows.

Big Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Large catfish are being caught in deeper water using leeches.  Crappie - Good: Crappies can be caught drifting deeper water out from the west boat ramp and near the handicap dock using small jigs.  Good catches of crappie are also being caught fishing over the submerged brush piles.  Pink, white, and green twisters work well.

Easter Lake
Walleye - Good: Using leeches or crawlers on bottom bouncers fished near the dam.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting over submerged pallet piles with just a split shot and small piece of crawler.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught by drifting or anchoring over submerged pallet piles in 15 feet of water or less using small tube jigs or minnows.

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 - Good: Good sized bluegills are being caught using crawlers fished near the bottom at the edge of the weed beds.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are hitting well on any type of weed-less rig fished through the open pockets in the weed beds and along tree falls.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Fair: The white bass bite has slowed with the cooler water temps.  A few are still being caught using crankbaits or Kastmaster type lures with black/silver or silver/green color combinations to imitate shad.  The better fish are 15 to 17 inches.

Saylorville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is good in the mornings and late evenings fishing with cut bait, shrimp, or leeches.  The upper end of the reservoir has been best.  White Bass - Fair: The white bass bite has slowed with the cooler water temp.  A few are still being caught near Sandpiper, Cherry Glen, and the Mile Long Bridge.  They are being caught by trolling crankbaits or Kastmaster style lures through 15 to 25 feet of water.  Silver, green/silver, or gold colors are working best.

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 - Good: Channel catfish are being caught using cut bait, liver, or night crawlers fished near any wood cover.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
Channel Catfish - Good: Good sized channel catfish are being caught below the Saylorville spillway using leeches.

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

Lake Icaria
The lake level is near normal and the water quality near the dam is good.  Water temp is near 75.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of fish 6 to 10 inchers can be caught on crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few fish can be caught from the fish mounds and the structure in about 6 feet of water.

West Lake (Osceola)
Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.  Bluegill - Fair: Most of the bluegill are off shore in 4 to 8 feet of water.  Jigs or crawlers fish deeper have produced some success Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few fish can be caught just off-shore near structure.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 2.5 to 3.5 feet.  Bullhead - Good: A few real nice fish have been caught using crawlers from shore.  Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are still biting.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several mid-sized fish have been caught from deeper areas near structure.

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

Three Mile Lake
Water quality is good and water levels are normal.  Water temp is above 70.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few fish can be picked up from deeper structure.

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 - Fair: The bluegill fishing has slowed.  A few nice fish can be picked up using crawlers from the near shore rocky areas or deeper flooded trees.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few mid-sized fish can be caught from the structure and rock covered areas.

Water temp is usually in the mid to upper 70s and water quality at most lakes is fair or good.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting on cut bait, stink bait, chicken liver and crawlers on the bottom.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flatheads are being caught with live baits.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting on cut bait, stink bait, chicken liver and crawlers on the bottom.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flatheads are biting on live baits fished on the bottom.

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

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

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