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Iowa fishing report 7-22-10

July 22, 2010 at 08:16 PM

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake

Catfish are biting.  Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Nelson Park Lake because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present there.  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 - Slow: 7 to 8-inch bluegill have been caught on small jigs and a wax worm.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake

Water clarity is excellent.  Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Yellow Smoke because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present.  Bluegill - Slow: Yellow Smoke has very large bluegill 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 night crawler, 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

Fishing is good for catfish, bluegill, and crappie.  Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Crawford Creek because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present.  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 and a piece of night crawler.  Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.  Crappie - Good: Crappie were being caught on small minnows. Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.  Crappies are averaging 9.5 inches.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Some anglers have been getting into good perch fishing, but the perch fishing is hit or miss.

Badger Lake

Catfishing has been good, but fishing for other species has been slow.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish on shrimp, cut bait, and dip bait.  A wide variety of sizes are being caught.

Brushy Creek Lake

Fishing has been slow lately.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill have moved into deeper water.  Try drifting with a small jig and a piece of night crawler or jig deep around submerged trees.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have moved into deeper water and can be found near the weed beds and under mats of vegetation.

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.

Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is 3 walleye, all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released, only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching 2-pound catfish from boats.  Try using cut bait, minnows, or crawdads for bait.  White Bass - Good: 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.  Anglers that find white bass chasing bait fish at the surface have been able to catch them every cast.  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 - Slow: 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 and freshwater drum are abundant and anglers have been catching decent numbers of them.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish with stink bait, cut bait, chubs, night crawlers, or crawdads off the bottom.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are plentiful at North Twin, but are a little skinny.  Try using live crawdads or night crawlers and fish near the bottom.  Yellow Bass - Good: 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.  Some yellow bass in the 9 to 10-inch range have been caught.  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 is around 10 to 12 inches.  Bluegill - Fair: A few hand sized bluegills are being caught with a jig and a small piece of worm in about two 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: Crappie in the 7 to 8-inch size range are plentiful at Swan Lake, but they are difficult to target right now.

Black Hawk Lake

Lake View received over 3 inches of rain last night.  Water clarity is poor.  Channel catfish are still biting fast.  Walleye must be 15 inches or longer to keep and anglers are allowed 3 walleye per day.  The Ice House Point picnic area and handicapped accessible pier will be closed for the next 30 days or until further notice.  The road is still open to the boat ramp there, but the remainder of the area will be closed due to the construction of a paved bike trail.  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 walleye this time of year.  Use leeches or night crawlers.  Yellow Bass - Fair: 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.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 Bridge near Auburn)

Expect flows in the Raccoon River to be extremely high after the heavy rainfall last night.  Avoid canoeing, kayaking, or tubing the river until the water level goes down.

The Storm Lake area received around 5.5 inches of rain last night.  Sac County and other surrounding counties received at least 3 inches of rain overnight.  Use caution around the rivers as flows will be high.  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

Bluegills are biting on worms fished under a bobber in the marina. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and night crawlers. Walleyes are biting on leeches the best bite is after dark.

Rice Lake

Yellow perch are biting.

Silver Lake (Worth)

Bullheads are biting on crawlers fished off the bottom.

Morse Lake

Bullheads and channel catfish are biting on crawler fished near the bottom.

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

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the brush piles located on the points.  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.  Bluegill - Good: Use a leech or crawler on a split shot and hook along weed beds on rock bars.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch fishing has been hit or miss. Anglers are using small jigs tipped with live bait in 20-22 feet of water or around weed beds in 8-10 feet.  Walleye - Fair: Use a split shot and hook along weed beds or drift with spinner rigs in the basin using leeches or worms.

East Okoboji Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Fish weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish around boat docks or weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Minnewashta Lake

Yellow Bass - Good: Fish around boat docks and weed lines 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 73 degrees.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along deep 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.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish weed edges with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait at the train bridge.

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.

Big Sioux River

Channel Catfish - Good: Fish near brush piles and eddies with cut bait or crawdads.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use large live bait along cut banks and deep holes with brush piles.

Rock River

Channel Catfish - Good: Use live bait near brush piles and eddies.

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

Volga Lake

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

Lake Hendricks

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

Lake Meyer

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

Cedar River (above Nashua)

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

River water levels are still up but falling.  Better fishing will be found in the lakes and smaller streams with better watersheds.  Trout streams are in good condition but still high with recent rains.  With the water off color, now is a good time to target brown trout.  For more information about a specific stream, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)

Fishing has been good for largemouth bass and bluegill. Most all bass are sub-legal; bass must be 15 inches in length for legal harvest. Bluegills are 5 to 7 inches.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm under a bobber along the vegetation edges.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting top-water, weedless spoons or spinner baits. Reminder there is a 15-inch minimum size limit on bass in this lake.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Casey Lake is providing some good 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 feet or less.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing cut baits, chicken livers or stink baits off of the bottom.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are being caught on red worms, wax worms and pieces of crawlers under bobbers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Top-water lures, artificial plastics seem to be catching fish.

Mitchell

Anglers have been having success catching channel catfish using leaches.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing with leaches on the bottom in 8 to 9 feet of water or less.

Plainfield

Anglers are catching nice size bluegill 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 wax worms under a bobber for bluegill.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits from shore.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

Cedar River was providing some catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish but with the recent isolated showers the river may once again be on the rise.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using night crawlers or cut baits on the bottom in recent flooded areas.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try using small crankbait in and along current breaks.  Walleye - Fair: 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.  There have been reports of channel catfish and walleyes being caught.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try using night crawlers or cut baits on the bottom in off current areas or above woody snags.  Walleye - Fair: Try casting with a jig tipped with a minnow or half of a night crawler below low head dams or along the edge of current breaks.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa is in good shape but may rise again with recent rainfall events.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try using night crawlers or cut bait fished on the bottom in off channel areas.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try using both live bait and artificial lures.  Walleye - No Report:

Fishing has improved on the interior rivers for channel catfish, walleye and smallmouth bass. River levels may rise with the July 22 rainfall events but the forecast looks promising through the weekend. Area lakes are providing some catches of channel catfish in and around Black Hawk County. Trout streams still maintain good flows and are producing good angling opportunities on the smaller streams. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Water level at Lansing is 10.9 feet and should crest over the weekend.  Water temperature is in the upper 70s.  Water clarity is generally fair, but anglers might have to contend with the floating vegetation over the next few days.  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 - Fair: 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 Creek.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throughout the area, anglers are having success along the weed line throwing spinners or top-water lures in the duckweed. Largemouth are also being caught along the rock near the power plant.  Sauger - Fair: Saugers and walleyes are being caught drifting in front of Desoto Bay and in the sloughs downstream of the Upper Iowa River.  Walleye - Fair: 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 18.4 feet, and should crest over the weekend.  Water temperature is in the upper 70s.  Water clarity is generally fair, but anglers might have to contend with the floating vegetation over the next few days.  Northern Pike - No Report: With these warmer water temperatures, the northerns should be stacking up near colder-water inputs.  Channel Catfish - Fair: 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 weed lines. The fish being caught are “keeper”-sized.  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 largemouth are being caught right now. Fish near bank areas along the weed line using top-water or spinner baits for the best success.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught near woody structure using minnows and small jigs.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few yellow 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 - Good: 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 10.3 feet, and should crest over the weekend.  Water temperature is in the upper 70s.  Water clarity is generally fair, but anglers might have to contend with the floating vegetation over the next few days.  Northern Pike - No Report: With these warmer water temperatures, the northerns should be stacking up near colder-water inputs.  Channel Catfish - Fair: 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 - Good: 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.  Sauger - Fair: There have been some reports of sauger coming out of St. Louis Lake.  Walleye - Slow: The walleye fishing should start to pick up.  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 in the upper 70s. River levels have bumped up a little, but should crest by this weekend.  Water levels are: Lansing 10.9 feet, Lynxville 18.4 feet and Guttenberg 10.3 feet. Water clarity is generally fair throughout.

Mississippi River Pool 12

River stage at Dubuque is 11.18 feet and rising.  Water clarity is fair and water temperature is 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.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have been biting on top-water frogs around vegetation in the backwaters and sloughs.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been good around Steamboat on crankbaits in 12-20 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 10.09 feet and rising. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is 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 crankbaits or spinners into the frenzy and hold on.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have been biting well on top-water frogs dragged over vegetation in backwaters and sloughs.  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 12.18 feet and rising. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting on stink bait or shrimp fished around snags in the side channels and sloughs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have been biting on top-water frogs dragged over vegetation in the backwaters and sloughs.  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

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 9.37 feet.    Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting on crawlers, leeches and dip baits fished along riprap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow: 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 on minnows. Fishing has been best towards evening.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Wing dam fishing has been slow due to recent high and muddy water.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 8.40 feet. Big Timber access is open. Fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught using stink bait and crawlers fished around snags. Some channel catfish are also being caught from shore along the Muscatine riverfront using night crawlers and stink bait.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 10.71 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

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 7.44 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 stink bait.  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20:  River conditions are improving. Some of the boat ramps are still closed. Main channel water temperature is 82 degrees. Fishing has been slow throughout the pools. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Iowa Lake

The Gateway Lake near Marengo has been producing fish as well.  Channel Catfish - Good: Fish around the shorelines with stink bait.

Kent Park Lake

In addition to the lake, bluegills and bass have been caught in the east ponds, although some ponds are hard to access due to weeds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink bait 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.  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Lake Macbride

There is a 9.9 horsepower limit is in effect here. Make sure to 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 anglers trolling crankbaits.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish shallow wood/riprap with plastics or deeper rock structure with crankbaits. Top-waters 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 muskies 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 in the top 15 feet of water.  Channel Catfish - Good: Sunfish as bait is catching some fish in 8 to 12 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crawlers, sunfish and soft plastics along the dam and jetties are producing best.

Diamond Lake

There is an over abundance of small crappies here. Don’t be afraid to take your limit of 25 every day! Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try crawlers, chicken liver or stink bait. 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 everyone you catch.  Channel Catfish - Good: Right after a rain event is a good time to try. Evenings are best as well.  Yellow Bass - Slow: Try small jigs, spinners, or live bait.

Union Grove Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Most any bait will work for catfish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Top-waters have been producing bites.  Crappie - Good: Try deeper water with jigs or minnows under slip bobbers.

Coralville Reservoir

As of July 22, the lake level is 704 feet and is dropping nearly one foot per day. 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. Bow fishing 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

  Channel Catfish - Slow: Cut bait has been producing some catches of channel catfish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits along the shoreline and around the jetties.  Another good spot to try is along the outside of the aquatic vegetation.

Albia (lower)

A new boat ramp has been constructed on the lower reservoir.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits fished along the shoreline and around areas with submerged structures.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline and around submerged structure.  There are buoys marking areas where cedar trees have been placed for fish habitat.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler.  Try varying depths until you find active fish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use plastic worms around areas with trees and stumps.  Top-water lures can be productive in the mornings and evenings.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 926.61 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the lower 80s.  All of the boat ramps are closed and boating is not recommended at this time.

For additional fishing information in south central Iowa please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST

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 well in the upper arms using fresh cut bait.  Fish in depths 15 feet 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 feet 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: The pattern is holding pretty steady.  The lake is stratified, so fish 10 feet or less.  Suspended bluegills are being caught fishing near the edges of the tree falls 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: A few crappies can be caught over the sunken pallets in the coves and the brush piles around the island.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill - Fair: The lake is stratified, so fish no deeper than 8 to 10 feet.  Bluegills are being caught suspended away from shore.  Drifting or working slowly out from the northwest 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 cut bait.  White Bass - Good: Good reports are coming from anglers that are fishing above the mile long bridge and up the Teter Creek arm.  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

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.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: There are good numbers of channel catfish of all sizes, with quite a few large fish.  Fresh cut bait, such as bluegill fillets, work well.  Due to the very clear water, fish during the late evening and just after sunset.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught best in the evenings.  Fish just past the edge of the aquatic vegetation with small pieces of night crawler under a bobber.

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.

Recent heavy rains have once again raised central Iowa river levels.  The Des Moines River upstream of Boone was at fishable levels as of Wednesday.  Summer fishing patterns in the lakes 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 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 - Fair: Anglers are still 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.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught on jigs tipped with night crawler casting around cedar tree piles.

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 inches range.

Lake Anita

Lake Anita has a slight algae bloom. There are two concrete boat ramps to choose from.  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 - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits. Crankbaits and plastics are good baits around underwater reefs and roadbeds.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies can be picked up drifting jigs or casting around underwater reefs. Fish average 9 inches.

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 casting spinner baits or plastics along weed edges and around structure.

Lake Manawa

Water temperature is in the mid 70s water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: 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.

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 midsummer 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.

Panfish have associated with deeper structure and channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s on most southwest Iowa lakes. For information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office (712)769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Water temperature is near 80 degrees.  The lake level is normal.

Clarity is about 2 to 3 feet at mid lake and a little more near the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake

Water clarity is near 2 feet and temperature is near 80 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channels are coming from the bays on liver.

Lake of Three Fires

Water clarity is about 3 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish are coming from 3 to 5 feet of water on liver.  Bluegill - Slow: A few big bluegills 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.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Water temperature is near 80 degrees.  Water clarity is average.  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 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 - Fair: Several mid-sized largemouth bass are being caught near the flood trees or brush piles.

Water levels are near normal and water clarity is average.  Algae blooms are starting at some.  Water temperatures are near 80.  Fish have moved to the off-shore structure.

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