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Iowa fishing report 7-8-10

July 08, 2010 at 02:14 PM

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

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Water clarity at Yellow Smoke is excellent.  Bluegill - Fair: Yellow Smoke has very large 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
Catfish are hitting hard at Crawford Creek.  Nice sized bluegill and crappie are being caught in decent numbers.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are still doing well for channel catfish.  Catfish are biting on just about anything, but night crawlers are working the best.  Bluegill - Good: Try using small jigs with a wax worm.  Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie were being caught on small minnows. Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Some anglers have been getting into good perch fishing, but the perch fishing is hit or miss.

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


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperature is in the low 80s.  Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is three walleye; all 17 to 22 inch walleye must be immediately released and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching catfish averaging 2 pounds from boats.  Try using cut bait, minnows or crawdads for bait.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught on white twisters or picked up while walleye fishing.  Try fishing white bass with top waters on hot, calm evenings.  Look for surfacing baitfish and cast your lures there.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Storm Lake has large yellow perch, but they are difficult to target.  One or two are picked up on occasion when fishing walleye.  Walleye - Fair: Fishing for walleye has slowed down considerably.  Anglers have been using night crawlers in 8 to 9 feet of water near the dredge cuts.  They have been catching fish in the 12 to 14 inch size range with a few slot fish mixed in.  There have been a few reports of anglers catching their limit of 15 to 16.5 inch fish.

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

Swan Lake
Water clarity at Swan Lake is very poor.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass are being caught on rattling crankbaits.  Also try live bait to catch bass when the water clarity is poor.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies in the 7 to 8 inch size range are plentiful at Swan Lake, but they are difficult to target right now.

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperature at Black Hawk Lake is in the low 80s.  Water clarity is poor.  Channel catfish are still biting fast.  Walleye must be 15 inches or longer to keep and anglers are allowed three walleye per day.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish the windward shore with cut bait or stink bait.  Whole crawdads make excellent catfish bait.  Hook the crawdad through the tail and crack the carapace so the juices can put out scent in the water.  Anglers from boats have been catching their limit of catfish averaging 2 pounds.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down considerably.  Try targeting the rock pile east of Lakewood Point.  It is deeper than the other rock piles and commonly holds walleye this time of year.  Use leeches or night crawlers.  Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing has been good, but the fish are around 5 to 6 inches long.  Try casting bright colored jigs along shorelines where the wind is blowing in.

Browns Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair:  Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Snyder Bend Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair:  Largemouth Bass – Fair.

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

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

Black Hawk District Farm Ponds
Panfish and bass are biting in farm ponds around the Black Hawk District.  Remember to ask landowners’ permission before fishing privately owned farm ponds.

Water levels have come down since last week.  The water in Brushy Creek and other small impoundments has cleared up since last week.  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.

Lake Catherine
Largemouth bass and bluegill are being caught fishing near the trees. Channel catfish are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom.

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

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

Rice Lake
Bullheads are biting on crawlers fished off the bottom. Crappies are biting on minnows.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Bullheads are biting on crawlers fished off the bottom.

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

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

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

Mill Creek (Lake)
Mill Creek Lake would be a great place to take a child fishing for bluegills.  Use a small bobber and hook baited with a piece of worm along the boat docks and shoreline.  There is plenty of parking and easy access along the south shore.  Bluegill - Excellent: Use a small bobber and hook baited with a piece of worm along the docks.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along shoreline cover.

Big Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 78 degrees.  White Bass - Fair: Use topwater lures in the mornings and evenings.  Look for surfacing fish.  Bluegill - Good: Fish weed beds with a small jig tipped with live bait.    Smallmouth Bass - Slow: A few fish are being caught with topwater lures in the mornings or late evenings.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use jigs or other soft plastics along weed beds. Or use topwater lures early and late in the day.  Yellow Perch - Good: Vertical jig with small jigging spoons tipped with wigglers in ~20 feet of water near Templar Park, Rednose Point, or the Footbridge. Stay mobile and look for large schools of fish on the depth finder.  Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech or jig tipped with live bait along the weed beds or drift fish with lindy or spinner rigs tipped with live bait in the basin.

Center Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use live bait near shoreline brush piles.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish near the island on the southeast end of the lake with small jigs tipped with live bait.

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

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

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

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 70 degrees.  Northern Pike - Fair: Troll or cast crankbaits along weed beds.  White Bass - Good: Use topwater lures in the mornings and evenings near rock bars and points. Look for surfacing fish.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along weed beds.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use jigs, crankbaits, or plastics around boat docks and weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait near weed beds.  Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech or jig tipped with live bait near weed beds or rock bars.

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

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

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

Ocheyedan Pit #1
Channel Catfish - Good: Use chicken liver near the shoreline.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Fair: The river is high but a few fish are being caught near brushpiles and eddies.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Fair: The river is high but a few fish are being caught around brushpiles and eddies.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Fair: The river is high but a few fish are being caught near brushpiles and eddies.

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

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Take notice of the new structure in the lake as fish will be found close by.  With water temps warmer most fish have went back to deeper water.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using night crawlers or chicken livers.  For best results fish the peak times of the day.  Bluegill - Slow: Try drifting with the wind to capitalize this time of year.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have got into their summer patterns.  Try looking at overhead cover and structure for them.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have moved back to the deeper water so look for them around new habitat in the lake.

Lake Hendricks
Angling has slowed a touch this week on the lake.  Look for bass along the weed beds in the lake.  Catfish should be in close to shore along rocky banks spawning.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are starting to bite on chicken liver.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using a small jig tipped with a waxworm.  Bluegills have moved back to deeper water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are being caught floating a minnow 2 feet under a bobber.  Most of the fish are on the small size.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies have slowed a bit but can still be caught.  Concentrate on deeper water.

Lake Meyer
The action on Lake Meyer has leveled off. Smaller bluegills are still being caught along the shore along the weed beds. Bass 10-14 inches are being caught as well as catfish on chicken livers and cut bait.  Northern Pike - Slow: Check the weed beds and weed lines for cruising pike.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good catfishing is being had right now on cut bait and chicken livers.  Bluegill - Fair: Smaller bluegills are being caught along the weed beds.  This would be a good place to take a beginner or kid fishing.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having the best luck on bass working the shorelines with worms.  Bass are ranging from 10-14 inches Crappie - Slow: Crappies have slowed considerably.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
The Upper Iowa River is running high, fast and muddy after all the rain NE Iowa and Southern MN has received in the last week.  With more rain called for this weekend make sure to check the local forecast before venturing out.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm on a hook but the key is to get it to sit on the stream bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth Bass fishing has slowed after recent rains.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed after all the rains the region has received in the last week.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
The river is muddy and running high and fast from recent precipitation the area has received over the last week.  More rain is being forecasted for the weekend so check local forecast before heading out.  Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm fished off the bottom for continued success.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth Bass has slowed after recent rains and high and muddy water has arrived.  Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite has slowed after high and muddy water has showed up.

Yellow River
With high and muddy water the fishing has slowed, but as water starts clearing up a little bit to a cloudy stage that is a perfect time to chase the big brown trout on the yellow river.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
The turkey river is high and muddy after recent rains of up to 2-3”.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: With water levels rising smallmouth fishing has slowed.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has slowed after the large rain event received last week.

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

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Cedar River has low water quality this week with all the rain the watershed received.  Catfish were being caught very well until the rain event along the rocks during their spawn.  Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few northerns as bi-catch.  Channel Catfish - Fair: For catfish, try using crawlers or chicken liver below the dams or in the pockets.  Fishing has slowed a bit with the recent high water.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are not having good luck with bluegills this week because of the high and muddy waters.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallies are slowing.  Try using crank baits below the dams or using a jig tipped with a minnow.  Crappie - Slow: Angling has slowed for crappies.  Walleye - Slow: Walleyes have slowed.

Decorah District Streams
Trout streams are running muddy as of late in the week with recent rain falls as high as 4”.  All but two of our streams are fishable now and all should be fishable by the weekend which are Trout Run and Trout River.  Spotty showers have muddied up some streams but this should turn the brown trout on.  Anglers are reporting great success on many of our streams all day long.  Nice hatches of mayflies and midges are occurring at this time.  June’s stocking schedule is now available online at http:

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 on Silver Lake. Most all bass are of sub-legal length; bass must be 15” in length for legal harvest. Bluegills are running in the 5” - 7” size range. Vegetation has become bothersome around the edges of the lake but has improved with increased water levels.  Bluegill - Good: Try fishing a piece of worm under a bobber along the vegetation edges.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting topwater, weedless spoons or spinnerbaits. Reminder there is a 15” minimum size limit on bass in this lake.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Casey Lake is providing some excellent catches of channel catfish. Dense vegetation has been a problem so fishing from a boat or canoe is beneficial. Most lakes are stratified now so concentrate on depths of 9 ft. or less.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try fishing cutbaits, chicken livers or stinkbaits off of the bottom.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are being caught on red worms, waxworms and pieces of crawlers under bobbers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Topwater lures, artificial plastics seem to be catching fish.

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 waxworms under a bobber for bluegill.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting spinnerbaits or crankbaits from shore.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Cedar River still remains high and muddy. Some anglers have been catching catfish in flooded areas of the Cedar.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using night crawlers or cutbaits on the bottom in recent flooded areas of the Cedar River.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon River has exceeded flood stage levels in most areas; fishing is not advised from any flotation vessels at this time.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa continues to run a bit high and dirty following rain this past week. With good weather through the next week, angling conditions should become favorable pretty quickly.

Interior rivers still remain high and turbid with the widespread and isolated heavy rainfall events over the last week. Use good judgment when fishing on the interior rivers during these conditions. Avoid the Wapsipinicon River as levels have exceeded flood stage in most areas. Trout streams are still maintaining good flows and are producing good angling opportunities on the smaller streams. For more information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 11.1 feet.  Please note the Army Road ramp near New Albin is closed due to the high water.  Water levels are one to two feet over the road so it is expected to be closed for a week or two.  Water temperature is near 75.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is best during high water conditions like those being experienced now.  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: A few small bluegills are being reported along the bank being caught on a worm and bobber.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try fishing areas with rock and good current, especially near a good back-eddy.  Some nice fish earlier were being reported at the entrance of Big Slough and near Village Ck.  Crawdad color or lime colored crankbaits have been working well.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris.  Small largemouth’s can be seen chasing minnows along the bank.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes caught trolling crankbait or jigs in running sloughs such as Minnesota Slough.  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 18.8 and expected to remain steady over the next five days.  Water temperature is in the mid 70’s and water clarity is fair.  Northern Pike - Fair: Some good northerns are being caught along the weedline right now.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is best during high water conditions like those being experienced now.  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 flatheads caught below the Lynnville dam using one-eye jigging spoons.    White Bass - Slow: Some nice catches of white bass were being reported, but that has slowed from 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. High water has made pockets of bluegills more difficult to find, but it is great when you do.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth hitting well along rocky areas with current.  They can be seen chasing minnows along with the white bass.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Rising water has brought many largemouth to shorelines in the upper parts of the pool.  Fish near bank areas along the weedline for the best success.  Yellow Perch - Good: A lot of small perch have been caught in Bussey near the fishing dock.  The fish have been small, but it is an excellent chance to bring a kid fishing.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught drifting minnows below the dam and in running sloughs.  With high water try fishing closer to bank rather than your usual spots.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom.  Drums 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 levels at Guttenberg are 10.6 feet and expected to remain steady over the holiday weekend.  Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s, and water clarity is quite good except near the mouth of the Turkey River.  Northern Pike - Slow: A few pike beginning to gather at the mouths of cold water tributaries and springs although the high water has pushed them out some.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is best during high water conditions like those being experienced now.  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 right now.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flathead catfish have been caught below the dam jigging heavy spoons or one-eyed jigs.  Bluegill - Fair: Small bluegills and other sunfish are being caught along the bank with bobber and worms.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris.  Small largemouth’s can be seen chasing minnows along the bank.  Small spinners or jigs will work best.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Good catches of drum still being reported in the upper part of pool 11.  During high water fish will often be found near shore in eddy area but away from the strong current. One-eyed jigs or night crawlers have been working well.

Water temperature at Guttenberg is in the mid to upper 70’s. River levels are high and expected to remain steady over the next five days.  Water levels are: Lansing 11.1, Lynxville 18.8 and Guttenberg 10.7. Water clarity is fair except near mouths of Upper Iowa, Yellow and Turkey Rivers. There has been a large mayfly hatch this past week.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 11.68 feet. Fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.    Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting on crawlers, leeches and dipbaits fished along riprap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught casting crankbaits, spinners, and jigs/twisters in Sunset Marina.  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 - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 11.47 feet. Big Timber access is closed. Fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught using stinkbait and crawlers.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 14.22 feet and rising. Flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10.44 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers and stinkbait.  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River conditions are still high and muddy. Many of the boat ramps are under water. Main channel water temperature is 78 degrees. Fishing has been slow throughout the pools. There is debris floating in the river so take caution when boating. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
The lake is muddy again.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfishing has dropped off. Try the upper end where the stream enters the lake.

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

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

Lake of the Hills
Fishing remains good to fair despite the weather.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Use chicken liver or cut bait along the drop-offs.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills continue to bite along the shoreline so bring the kids.  The bigger bluegills are suspended 5 to 7 ft down. Try drifting open water with a small jig tipped with a piece of worm.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing has been good at sunrise and sunset. Using topwater or spinnerbaits.  The rest of the day try plastic worms along the woody habitat and crankbaits along the riprap.

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

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river at Wapello is forecasted to be above flood stage until late next week at the earliest.

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

Kent Park Lake
In addition to the lake, bluegills and bass have been caught in the ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Stinkbait and chicken livers have been working best. Fishing improves after rain events where water is coming into the lake.  Bluegill - Fair:  Use a small jig or worm along the dam and along the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow with plastics or live bait.

Lake Macbride
There is a 9.9 horsepower limit in effect here. Also, make sure you check your boat/trailer when leaving the lake as an invasive species of plant (Brittle Naiad) has started growing and chunks are floating around.  Channel Catfish - Good: Fish towards evening with sunfish or crawlers. Also fish around creek/drainage inlets following rain events. A few catfish are also being picked up by walleye fishermen trolling crankbaits.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish shallow wood/riprap with plastics or deeper rock structure with crankbaits.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies have moved into shallow brush and vegetation. Most have been good sized fish.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being picked up by trolling crankbaits.

Pleasant Creek Lake
“Remember, there is an 18”” size limit on Largemouth Bass and 40”” size limit on Musky here.  Channel Catfish - Good: Chicken livers are catching some fish. Also, anglers throwing leeches under slip bobbers on humps are catching some catfish as well.
  White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of fish feeding on the surface. Throw a topwater plug, shallow running crankbait, or white jig. Dawn and dusk has been the most active times.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Crawlers, sunfish and soft plastics along the dam and jetties are producing best.  Walleye - Fair: Live bait rigs on the bottom and leeches under slip bobbers over humps are producing walleyes. Fishing in the evening has been productive.”

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

Otter Creek Lake
There is an over abundance of yellow bass in this lake. They are scrappy fighters and excellent to eat. There is no limit and don’t be afraid to keep everyone you catch. The water is dirty here now.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Right after a rain event is a good time to try. Evenings are best as well.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Look in shallow flats and along rock banks for schools of yellows. Try small jigs, spinners, or live bait.

Coralville Reservoir
As of July 7, the lake level is 706’ and rising. It is predicted to reach 708.3’ by next week based on current rains. Fishing activity has slowed due to high water, but some anglers are trying the flooding roadbeds for walleyes. Bowfishing opportunities are plentiful.

Maquoketa (Hopkinton to Canton)
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Bass were being caught on jigs or crawlers when water levels are fishable.

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: Use spinnerbaits around structure or off the ends of the jetties.  Use plastic worms in the same areas.

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

Lake Keomah
Bullhead - Fair: Use night crawlers fished in 8-10 feet of water.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Cutbait has been producing some catches of channel catfish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits along the shoreline and around the jetties.  Another good spot to try is along the outside of the aquatic vegetation.

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

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm or a chunk of night crawler.  Try varying depths until you find active fish.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits along the shorelines or around submerged structure.  Use plastic worms around areas with trees and stumps.  Topwater lures can be productive in the mornings and evenings.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 921.40 with normal pool being 904.  The water temperature is ranging in the lower 80’s.  Most of the conservation pool boat ramps are closed.  The high water ramps at Bridgeview, Honey Creek State Park, and Buck Creek are open.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and dead chubs.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing has slowed down with the high water.  Look for submerged structure off shore.  The high water has really spread the fish out.  There is sorting required for larger fish.  Walleye - Fair: Try trolling or drifting night crawler rigs along underwater reefs and islands.  Underwater points have also been producing some walleyes.  Please be wary of tagged walleyes and if these fish are harvested please call the hatchery with the tag number.  The phone number for the hatchery is 641-647-2406.

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

SOUTHWEST
Beaver Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Good 8 to 9 inch bluegills are being caught using night crawlers fished from any of the jetties, along the rock on the dam, and especially near the flooded wood throughout the lake.

Big Creek Lake
There is currently a walleye harvest study taking place.  Anglers who catch a walleye should look near the tail of the fish for a small yellow tag.  The tags can be removed from harvested or released fish of LEGAL size and returned with a survey for a cash reward.  The surveys can be picked up at the marina, park office, Polk City Bait and Tackle, or Johnston Bait and Tackle.  There are also signs posted at the boat ramps with instructions.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting good in the upper arms using fresh cutbait.  Fish in depths 15 foot and less.  White Bass - Good: Big Creek currently has a large population of white bass.  They are biting aggressively.  Casting or drifting small jigs or spinners is working well.  Concentrate on the windblown side of the lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are suspended.  Drift fishing small pieces of crawler in 5 to 15 foot has produced good catches in the upper half of the lake in both the east and west arms.  The lake is stratified so avoid fishing depths greater than 12 to 15 feet.  The bluegills have been good sized from 7 to 9 inches.    Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite is still a little slow.  The fish that are being caught are coming from the upper end of the lake using night crawlers or leeches.  The walleye are likely up there taking advantage of food coming in from the swollen Big and Little Creeks.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Suspended bluegills are being caught fishing near the edges of the treefalls on the South shore, or drifting slowly all along the steep South shoreline with small jigs and night crawlers.  They are also being picked up near pallet structures.  The pallet piles east of the island hold a good number of fish.  Crappie - Slow: The crappie bite isn’t fast right now, but some fish are being picked up on the sunken pallets in the coves and the brushpiles around the island.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught suspended away from shore.  Drifting or working slowly out from the NW shoreline is a good place to start.  There are several large sunken brush piles in this area that bluegills and crappie will suspend over.  Redear Sunfish - Fair: Anglers fishing for bluegills are also picking up some large redears.  Pieces of night crawler or small leeches fished near the bottom next the vegetation works well.

Red Rock Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite is good using fresh cutbait.  White Bass - Fair: The report is similar to last week.  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
All accesses to Saylorville are currently closed and boating is not recommended.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught from shore along the barrier dam at the marina where the pumps are releasing water from the Big Creek ponding area.

North Raccoon River (Perry to Van Meter)
Flathead Catfish - Good: When the river level drops enough to allow access, flathead fishing in the North Raccoon should be good.  With the extended high flows flatheads from as far as Red Rock will likely have migrated into the Raccoon River for their spawn, which is occurring right now.  Bullheads and sunfish are the preferred baits.

Central Iowa rivers are still running high and access is difficult.  All accesses at Saylorville Reservoir remain closed until sometime next week if levels continue to drop.  Boaters can still access Red Rock Reservoir.  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 moter only.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver. 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.

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.  Crappie - Fair: A few 8 inch crappies are being picked up in the evenings around brush piles using minnows.

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

Lake Anita
Lake Anita has good water clarity with 2 concrete boat ramps.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs in 6-8 feet of water. Also, try worms under a bobber around jetties and underwater reefs. Fish average 8 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinnerbaits. Crankbaits and plastics are a good bait around underwater reefs and roadbeds.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught casting jigs around underwater reefs. Fish average 9 inches. 

Willow Lake
Willow lake has one concrete boat ramp with excellent water quality.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish have been caught along campground shoreline using liver.

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

Lake Manawa
Water temperatures are around 75 degrees and water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are still being caught on the south and west side. Shrimp has still been the number one bait. Liver and crawlers have also been good. Fish are in the 2-6 pound range.  Crappie - Slow: A few small crappies are being caught in the main lake drifting jigs.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Many farm ponds hold good populations of bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are active with warmer water temperatures. Try night crawlers, liver, or stink baits around structure.  Bluegill - Fair: To catch bluegill in 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.

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

Lake Icaria
Water temps are in the middle 70s.  The lake level is normal. 
Clarity is about 1.5 to 2.5 feet at mid lake and a little more near the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water clarity is less than 2 feet.  Temps are in the middle 70s.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water clarity is very good and temps are in the lower 70’s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few nice sized channels are coming off the east shore in liver.

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

Green Valley Lake
The lake level has been lowered to allow for sediment removal from the upper end.  The fish have been restocked and some catfish are being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Several mid-sized channels are coming from the shoreline areas.

Summitt Lake
The lake has been lowered for shoreline stabilization.

Three Mile Lake
Water temps are in the middle 70’s.  Clarity is good at mid-lake and near the dam. 

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Temps are in the middle 70s.  Water clarity is very good.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of big bullheads are being caught near shore using crawlers.  Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are coming from the flooded trees or sides of the mounds in about 5 to 10 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several largemouth bass are being caught from the flood trees or brush piles.

Water clarity is improving at most lakes.  Water temps are in the mid 70s at most places.  Fish have moved to the off-shore structure.

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