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Iowa fishing report 7-23-09

July 23, 2009 at 02:48 PM

Iowa fishing report
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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 is fairly slow.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching some catfish at night using various baits.  Bluegill - Fair: Shore and boat anglers are catching a few good sized bluegills with small hooks and jigs.

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 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: Bluegills have moved out from shore; try fishing just off the bottom in 6 to 10 feet of water.  Anglers have been having good luck using a piece of crawler or a wax worm on a small hook.  Walleye - Fair: Try fishing for walleye with minnows at dusk.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has slowed considerably.  Bel Air boat ramp is closed because of a hole at the end of the ramp.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be immediately released.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are still biting on leeches and worms; use a floating jig head and fish the dredge cuts.  White Bass - Fair: 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.

North Twin Lake
Fishing has slowed.  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, Channel Catfish and Bluegills 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 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
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. 

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. 

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 - Slow: 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.

Lake Pahoja
Yellow Perch - Good: Vertical jig with live bait across from the swim beach.

Mill Creek (Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use worms fished on the bottom at the fishing docks on the south shore.  Bluegill - Good: Use mini jigs along weed beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use weedless 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 or jerk baits while looking for surface feeding activity at the Footbridge or Big Stoney Point.  Yellow Perch - Good: Some sorting is required but fish are being caught while vertically jigging with spoons or jigs tipped with worms in 20-22 foot of water on the deep flats on the main lake.  Walleye - Good: Cast jerk baits or drift live bait at weed beds or troll the deep flats on the main lake.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or large minnows around the bridges or off boat docks.  White Bass - Good: Use white jigs or a bobber and minnow at Trigg’s Bridge early or late in the day.  Bluegill - Good: Use small live bait along weed lines.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small live bait along weed lines.  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.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Good: Troll crankbaits along the north shore.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits in the west bay and around the island.

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: Use a slip bobber and leech on weed lines and docks or use top water lures.  Yellow Perch - Good: Fish with jigging spoons tipped with live bait along weed lines in Emerson Bay.  Walleye - Fair: Slip bobber fish with leeches on rock bars and weed lines or troll crankbaits.

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.

Lower Gar Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait along boat docks.

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.

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.  Fish in 20-22 foot 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
George Wyth Lake
This lake provides good angling opportunities to catch a memorable sized bass.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try fishing off of the jetties or steep drop-offs using plastics for nice sized fish.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Anglers are having best success in the rivers catching channel catfish especially in Bremer County.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try using cut baits and stink baits for these bottom dwellers this time of year.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Conditions are favorable on the Maquoketa River but reports have been slow for most species.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing the upstream side of log jams using cut baits or stink baits.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and plastics or crankbaits around woody structure and rocky shorelines.

Fishing for channel catfish in the interior rivers of the Cedar, Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers will provide the best angling opportunities for this time of year. Most rivers are slowly falling from recent rainfall events and are providing the best action for channel catfish. Anglers are reporting a few catches of panfish in area lakes but action is slow. For more information contact the northeast district office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish are being caught on stink bait. Check deep holes around wing dams.  White Bass - Good: Fish are being caught trolling along the channel.  Bluegill - Good: Use night crawlers and bobber around the big lake area.  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. Walleye - 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 7.4, Lynxville 12.2, Guttenberg 4.3. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 72 degrees. The water levels in pools 9-11 are low.  Boaters should use caution when boating outside the main channel. Boaters should also use caution when backing down the ramps so as not to back odd of the ends. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 7.41 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperatures are in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on stink bait or crawlers fished in 10-12 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 6-9 feet of water and in side channels in 4-6 feet of water around snags.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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 being caught in side channels around snags in 12-14 feet of water.  Walleye - Good: Fish are being caught on the wind dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers or crankbaits.  There are reports of a lot of fish measuring 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 4.57 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting well on stink bait fished around wing dams.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines with current or below the dam in Bellevue.  Walleye - Good: Walleyes are on the wing dams.  Throw crankbaits or fish three-way rigs with spinners or floaters tipped with crawlers.  Crankbaits are also producing.  With the low water, walleye will be more concentrated on the wing dam tips and dams with more current.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 9.81 feet and is forecast to drop slowly.  Water clarity is poor.  Main channel water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good numbers being caught on stink baits, crawlers, or leeches around wing dams.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are coming off rocks and woody structure around current.  Crankbaits have been working well.  Walleye - Fair: The bite has slowed with the recent rains and dirty water.  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 hit or miss.  Bluegill - Fair: 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 4.61 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught up by the dam and on the wing dams on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations. The best fishing has been early in the morning or right before dark.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber floating pieces of worm or small minnows under a bobber.  Crappie - Slow:  Crappie fishing in Big Timber has been tough. A few fish are being picked up along the deeper cuts floating a minnow under a bobber.  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 6.76 feet.  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. Dip baits seem to be working the best.  White Bass - Fair: A few white bass are being picked up by the dam fishing jig and twisters and small crankbaits.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  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. The bite has been better towards evening.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 3.63 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.  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: With recent rains, river levels have risen close to a foot over the past couple of days. Main channel water temperature is around 75 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
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing around Johnson’s has been decent.  Stink bait or chicken liver seems to be best.  Bluegill - Slow: Not much angler activity on the lake this past week.  The bluegills will be out deep.  I would look for them on the north shoreline between the boat ramp and the beach along the drop off ledge.

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 - Fair: I would still be targeting these fish along the face of the dam and up at the upper end of the lake where it forks.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills remain out deep.  Look for them at 13 to 16 feet down.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish in the coves using night crawlers.  Bluegill - Fair: This time of year the fish are going to be out in 6 to 8 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Late evening and early in the morning is the time to catch these fish in shallow.

Lake of the Hills
Overall fish early and late in the areas where water flows into the lake from Railroad or Lambach. Fish the “mud line” after a rain for the best action.  Bobbers and worms floating through these areas seem to be catching the most fish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Night crawlers or chicken liver after a rain fished in the runoff will be you best bet to get as mess of catfish.  Bluegill - Fair: The larger bluegills are in the deeper water around the brush piles.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Go early or late in the day.  Noisy top-water baits will get you some action.  Crappie - Fair: Action is spotty around the deeper brush piles keep mobile until you find the fish.

Lake Darling
The lake is drained, almost, again, for the third or fourth time this year. Tuesday’s rains didn’t add much water to the lake.

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 around the brush piles seems to be the way to go for both flatheads and channel cats.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: 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: Tuesday’s rain would have me looking anywhere there is muddy water flowing into the river from a feeder creek.

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

Kent Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: 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: 12-14 inch bass are willing to bite night crawlers or a variety of artificials. Fish around rocks or wood at dusk for the best results.

Lake Macbride
Things have been slow. Fish are in their summer patterns, usually relating to deeper water and cover.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish top-waters early around shallow rock. During the day pitch plastics to wood/vegetation or cast crankbaits on points/humps/deeper rock.  Crappie - Slow: Some black crappies are suspending in open water or over rock/brush. Try drifting a jig or slip bobber and minnow. Some nice white crappies are hanging out in the deep lily pads. Pitch a jig or slip bobber and minnow along the edges or in the pockets.

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 stink bait, chicken liver, or night crawlers. Dusk seems to be the best time, while 8-10 feet of water seems to be the best depth.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are being caught on live bait, plastic worms, and crankbaits around rocky areas.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish small worms or pieces of night crawlers on the bottom.

Coralville Reservoir
As of July 9, the lake level is 690 feet and has been dropping 4-6 inches each day. Normal pool is 683 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught drifting shad or bluegills.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Recent flows coming out of the Coralville dam have been 6,000 cubic feet per second (CFS), which is the summer maximum allowed output. The outflow is projected to be reduced on a daily basis down to 1,500 CFS. This will change fish locations and patterns.  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 temperature is 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 cedar 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 submerged structure.  Also try areas along the dam and in the flooded timber.  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 rubber worms around weed lines and other structure.  Jig and pig combinations can be used around the rip-rapped shorelines.  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 908.13 feet, which is four 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.  Look for areas with flooded willow trees.  A lot of crappies are being caught but most of them are less than 8 inches, with an occasional fish over 10 inches.  Tube jigs with minnows have been working the best.  Walleye - Slow: The South Fork flats and the area around Island View have been producing some catches of keepers.  Trolling night crawlers or minnows has been working the best.  Some walleyes are being caught in shallow water less than 6 feet deep.  Concentrate around areas with flooded willows.

For any additional fishing information in southeast Iowa, please 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)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. 

Rock Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught near the campground using cut bait or shrimp.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught trolling or drifting over the deeper water with tube jigs or small twisters.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught trolling Shad rap style crankbaits.

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

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

Easter Lake
Walleye - Good: Walleye anglers have been successful 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 foot of water or less using small tube jigs or minnows.

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

Lake Ahquabi
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on liver and stink baits.  Bluegill - Good: Good sized bluegills are being caught using crawlers fished near the bottom at the edge of the weed beds.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are hitting well on any type of weedless 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 temps.  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 foot 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.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye are being caught in the stretch of river below the Saylorville spillway trolling or casting crankbaits or vertical jigging with jig and crawler.

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

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has a concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver.  Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills are being caught drifting a small jig in 6-8 feet of water.

Orient Lake
Orient has a large watershed and is susceptible to poor water clarity after rainfall events. Lake has one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Many catfish in the 14 to 16 inch range are being caught using liver.

Lake Anita
Lake is full with good water clarity.  Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in the 4-6 pound range have been caught in shallow bays using liver.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having success fishing roadbeds during the day and casting crankbaits and spinnerbaits along weed edges in early morning and afternoons.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies can be caught drifting a small jig in open water. Try fishing around rock reefs in 6-8 feet of water.

Viking Lake
Viking lake fishery is doing very well after recent renovation. The lake is full with three concrete boat ramps.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish in the 1-3 pound range are being caught in shallow arms of the lake and in corners of the dam using dip bait.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches are being caught in cedar tree piles using plastic baits.

Lake Manawa
Water temperature is around 80 degrees and fishing in early mornings have been best.  Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are being caught on shrimp in the evenings.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Wipers are being caught on the east and south side of lake casting spinners and small shallow running crankbaits.

Cocklin Fish Farm
Cocklin is full with no boat ramps. Park is a popular camping destination.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills in the 8-9 inch range are being caught along weed edge casting a worm under a bobber.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Many farm ponds have good numbers of largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission to fish private owned ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught on a variety of baits in the summer. Fish shallow using stink bait, dip baits, cut bait, or liver for best success.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs or worms under a bobber to catch bluegills.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught using plastic baits in the early mornings and late afternoons.

Water temperature has stayed in the mid 70s and most area lakes still have fair to good water clarity. Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the southwest district office for more information on area lakes at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
The lake level is near normal and the water quality near the dam is good.  Water temps are near 75 to 80.  Bullhead - Fair: A crawlers on a bobber or on the bottom will catch several bullheads.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few largemouth can be caught from the mounds in about 6 feet of water on crankbaits or spinners.  Walleye - Slow: A few groups are catching walleye by trolling crankbaits over the mounds or around the points.

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 - Slow: Most bluegill are off shore in 4 to 8 feet of water.  Slow sinking jigs or crawlers have produced some success.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: The off-shore structure is holding a few fish.  Crankbaits and spinners have shown the most success.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 3.5 to 4.5 feet and slightly green.  Bullhead - Fair: Night crawlers on the bottom are working fairly well for bullheads.  Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills can be picked up using small, slow sinking jigs or flies.  Quiet bays and the sides of the fish mounds seem to be better.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Several mid-sized fish can be caught in 6 feet of water just off shore.

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 temps are above 80.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few fish can be picked up from deeper structure on crankbaits or spinners.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are being caught by trolling small crankbaits over open points or the mounds.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water quality is good but the lake is starting to turn a little green.  Bullhead - Fair: 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 small bits of crawlers or slow sinking jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few mid-sized fish can be caught on spinners or crankbaits from the rock covered areas.

Water temps are usually in the mid to upper 70s and low 80s with water quality at most lakes is fair or good.  Algae is starting to turn a few lakes green.  Fish are usually off-shore a bit around deeper structure.

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