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Iowa fishing report 7-30-09

July 30, 2009 at 02:58 PM

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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 has picked up.  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.  Crappie - Good: Boat and shore anglers have been catching nice crappie on most bait.

Badger Lake
North of Ft. Dodge.  Fishing has slowed as mid summer weather conditions have arrived.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching a few catfish on various baits.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching some hand-size bluegill off shore.  Crappie - Fair: Some fish have been caught on small jigs and minnows.

Brushy Creek Lake
A few bluegill and crappie are being caught.  Please clean your fish at the floating fish cleaning platform at the west ramp.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have moved out from shore; try fishing just off the bottom in 8 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: Anglers have been catching a few crappies in water offshore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has slowed considerably.  Bel Air boat ramp is closed because of a hole has developed 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 various baits.

Black Hawk Lake
Bullhead and catfish fishing have been good.  Anglers have been catching some medium size bullheads.  Shore anglers are having good luck catching 1.5 to 2 pound catfish on various baits including liver, leeches, night crawlers and stink bait.  Also try crayfish.

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 fair. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish are biting on liver. Crappie fishing is slow. 

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - 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
Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and liver.  Bluegill - Slow:

Lake Catherine
Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver or night crawlers. 

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is good. The best bite is in the early morning fishing in 4 to 10 feet of water in the little lake. Try drifting cut bait or a worm across the reefs on the main lake during the day. Walleye fishing is slow.

Lake Cornelia
Bullhead fishing is fair using a night crawler fished on the bottom.  Channel catfish are biting cut bait and liver.  White bass are biting on small white twister tails. A few walleyes are being caught on trolled crankbaits.

Little Wall Lake
Small crappies and largemouth bass fishing is slow and channel catfish fishing is fair 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.  Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits and plastic baits.

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
Bluegill - Good: Vertically jig with small spoons tipped with live bait.  Crappie - Good: Use small jigs for suspended fish.  Yellow Perch - Good: Vertically 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 weed less top-water lures over weed beds.

Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead - Fair: Fish at the grade from the fishing pier or in front of the fish barrier with worms on the bottom.  Northern pike - Good: Troll crankbaits along weed lines in Angler’s Bay and Reed’s Run early in the mornings.  White bass - Fair: use jerk baits, top-water lures, or white jigs in the evenings while looking for surface feeding fish.  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: Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm or wigglers while anchored on the deep flats on the main lake or at Marble Beach and Buffalo Run along the weed line.  Walleye - Fair: Use jigging lures along weed beds tipped with live bait or troll the deep flats on the main lake with crankbaits.  Muskellunge - Good: Fish are being caught casting in-line spinners or trolling large crankbaits in Angler’s Bay near weed beds.  Fish up to 53 inches have been caught.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or large minnows around the bridges, weed lines, 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 jigging lures tipped with 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
Northern pike - Good: Troll with crankbaits along weed lines.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm or small crawdads along the edge of 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.  Yellow perch - Good: Fish with jigging spoons tipped with live bait along weed lines in the bays.  Walleye - Fair: Slip bobber fish with leeches on rock bars and weed lines or troll crankbaits in the same areas.  Muskellunge - Good: Fish are being caught casting in-line spinners or trolling large crankbaits near rock bars and weed beds.  Fish up to 50 inches have been caught recently.  Yellow bass - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with live bait along weed lines in Smith’s, Hayward’s, and Emerson Bay.

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
Channel catfish - Good: Use stink bait along the south shore.  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 has stabilized after recent rains.  Channel catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait or stink bait around deep holes and brush piles and at the Klondike dam.  Flathead catfish - Good: Use large live bait along cut banks, deep holes, brush piles, and at the Klondike dam.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
River has stabilized after recent rains.  Channel catfish - Good: Use cut bait or crawdads for bait in holes and brush piles.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
River has stabilized after recent rains.  Channel catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait or crawdads above brush piles.

Kids Corner: If you are looking for a place to take a child fishing then go to Big Spirit and West Okoboji Lakes.  If you are using a boat go perch fishing on Spirit Lake on the main lake north of Marble Beach.  Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm along the weed bed in 12-16 foot of water.  If fishing from shore on West Okoboji lake fish on the public docks north of the Triboji boat ramp in North Bay for bluegills with a small bobber and hook baited with wigglers. 

For more information on fishing in the Spirit Lake area, contact the Spirit Lake office at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Anglers are catching nice sized catfish out of Casey Lake.  Channel catfish - Good: Best luck has been fishing with cut baits and stink baits off of the bottom during the evening hours.

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

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Anglers are catching a few crappies and channel catfish out of the Wapsi.  Channel catfish - Fair: Try fishing dead minnows, cut baits and stink baits off of the bottom of the river.  Crappie - Fair: Fish above the dam in the impoundment above Independence. Try casting a minnow under a bobber along shoreline rip-rap.

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 regional fisheries office in Manchester 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.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a night crawler on the bottom in the side channels.  Largemouth bass - Good: Crankbaits on rocky shorelines.  Freshwater drum - Good: Night crawler on bottom

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.  Smallmouth bass - Fair: Use tube jigs on the tips of the wing dams.  Crappie - Good: Using minnows on a slip bobber in the side sloughs Walleye - Fair: Use three-way rig with night crawler on wing dams, or fish night crawler on bottom in side sloughs Freshwater drum - Excellent: Using a one eyed jig in many of the deeper holes along the channel.

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 - Fair: 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.  Crappie - Fair: Use minnows under a bobber in Cassville slough area.  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 7.83; Lynxville 12.05; Guttenberg 3.71. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 77 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 off of the ends. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 6.95 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is 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.  Smallmouth bass - Fair: Fish around rocky shorelines or wing dams with crankbaits.  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 wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers or crankbaits.  There are reports of a lot of fish being caught 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 3.87 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is fair above the Maquoketa River and poor below it.  Water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel catfish - Good: Catfish are biting well on stink bait fished around wing dams and in side channels throughout the Pool.  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.  With the low water, walleye will be more concentrated on the wing dam tips and dams with more current.  Fishing is much better above the mouth of the Maquoketa River where water clarity is much better.  Freshwater drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 9.26 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  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 - Slow: The bite has slowed considerably with the recent rains and dirty water.  Seek out areas in backwaters with cleaner water.  Walleye - Slow: The bite has slowed considerably with the recent rains and dirty water.  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 5.67 feet.  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 - Fair: White bass fishing in Sylvan Slough has been hit or miss. Anglers have been catching a few white bass casting jigs and twister tails or in-line spinners.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow.  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 4.23 feet.  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. Walleyes are also being caught on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler slowly trolled on the front sides 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 5.91 feet.  Channel catfish 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. Some white bass are also being picked up while trolling crankbaits for walleyes on the wing dams.  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.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 3.04 feet.  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: River stages are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend. Main channel water temperature is around 76 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 fishing remains slow.  Target some of the deeper water habitat using small jigs with wax worms.

Lake Belva Deer
Work on the road paving project continues.  A detour map is available at the Keokuk CCB website.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegills remain out deep.  Look for them at 13 to 16 feet down.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel catfish - Slow: Anglers are catching catfish in the coves using night crawlers.  Bluegill - Good: Fishing for bluegills has picked up a little bit.  Use light tackle with small baits such as wax worms. Small jigs tipped with the same seem also to be working well around the deeper underwater habitat.  Largemouth bass - Slow: 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.  Nosy 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 bed is drying nicely.

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 fishing remains good. 

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 - Fair: 12-14 inch bass are willing to bite night crawlers or a variety of artificials. Fish around rock or wood at dusk for best results.

Lake Macbride
Things have been slow. Fish are in their summer patterns, usually relating to deeper water.  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 - Fair: 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 lily pads and shallow brush. Pitch a jig or slip bobber and minnow along the edges or in the pockets.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel catfish - Good: Try cut bait, stink bait, or crawlers around the jetties or rocky shorelines. Evening tends to be the best time.  Crappie - Good: 6-7 inch are very plentiful and fairly willing to bite on small jigs. Try around the jetties and brush. Larger fish are possible as well.

Coralville Reservoir
As of July 30, the lake level is at normal stage of 683 feet, but the water is still dirty.  Channel catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught drifting shad or bluegills.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
The flow coming out of the Coralville dam is about 1,500 cubic feet per second (CFS), which is the way down from last week’s flow of 6,000 CFS. This will change fish locations and patterns.  Channel catfish - Fair: Cut bait had been producing well while the river levels were up.  Flathead catfish - Fair: 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 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 submerged structure.  Try areas 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 906.59 which is two and a half 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 but most of them are less than 8 inches, with an occasional fish over 10 inches.  Most anglers having success are catching fish on crankbaits.  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.

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)
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: Catfish are being caught in the evenings and after dark using prepared baits or cut bait fished in 8 feet of water or less.

Easter Lake
Walleye - Good: Walleye fishermen 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 - Fair: Bluegills can be caught fishing over the submerged rock piles using a split shot and small piece of crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are hitting well on any type of weed-less rigs fished through the open pockets in the weed beds and along tree falls.

Red Rock Reservoir
Channel catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught using stink baits or cut baits.  White bass - Slow: The white bass bite is still slow 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.  The best activity has been near the Roberts Creek outlet.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught trolling fire tiger patterned crankbaits.

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 is still slow 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 prepared baits or cut bait.  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.

Lake Icaria
The lake level is near normal and the water quality is good.  Water temperature is 75 to 80.  Bullhead - Fair: A crawlers on a bobber or on the bottom will catch several bullheads.  Channel catfish - Fair: Shoreline anglers are catching some channel catfish later in the day or just after dark.  A few largemouth can be caught from the mounds in about 6 feet of water on crankbaits or spinners.  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.

Nine Eagles Lake
Water clarity is around 8 feet.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water quality is good.  Several channel catfish have been biting on stink bait during the evening hours.  Most bluegills 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.  Crawlers on the bottom are working fairly well for bullheads. Some channel catfish activity is starting using stink bait in the quiet bays in 4 to 6 feet of water.  A few bluegills can be picked up using small, slow sinking jigs or flies.  A piece of night crawler on a bobber in quiet bays or the sides of the fish mounds seem to work also.  Largemouth bass - Slow: Several mid-sized fish can be caught in 4 to 8 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.  Stink bait is working fairly well for channel catfish in shallow bays or open flat areas.  Some bluegills are being caught using small crawlers while fishing next to flooded trees.  Largemouth bass - Fair: A few fish can be picked up from deeper structure on crankbaits or spinners.  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 turning a little green.  A lot of nice bullheads can be caught using crawlers.  Some nice channel catfish from 2 to 4 pounds can be caught from the shallow areas less than 8 feet deep using stink baits or chicken liver.  The bluegill fishing has slowed.  A few nice fish can be picked up using small bits of crawlers or slow sinking jigs near flooded trees.  Largemouth bass - Slow: A few mid-sized fish can be caught on spinners or crankbaits from the rock covered areas.

Grand River
Water quality is fairly good and flows are getting low.  The channel catfish are biting fairly well on stink bait or liver.  Evenings and after dark seem to be the best.

Water temperature is in the upper 70s and low 80s with water quality at most lakes is very good.  Fish are usually off shore a bit around structure 5 to 8 feet deep.  Dusk and dawn are very good times to fish.

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