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Iowa fishing report 7-9-09

July 09, 2009 at 02:58 PM

http://www.iowadnr.gov
July 9, 2009

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

NORTHWEST

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

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

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

Badger Lake
North of Ft. Dodge.  Fishing has slowed as mid summer weather conditions have arrived.  Bluegill and catfish have moved into deeper water.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is picking up; try cut bait and chicken liver.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching some hand-sized 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 clarity is still good.  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 8 to 12 feet of water.  Anglers have been having good luck using wax worms.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are in the trees; try a small jig or minnow rig and fish in 10 to 14 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye have been biting on minnows.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has slowed.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be immediately released.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Still catching cats with various baits; try drifting a night crawler, under a bobber, along the rocks.  White Bass - Fair: White bass are still being caught with mini-jigs tipped with night crawlers or minnows; try casting along the rocks.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye catch has slowed considerably.

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

Black Hawk Lake
Bullhead and catfish fishing have been very good.  Water has warmed considerably the last week.  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.

Fishing has slowed this week across district.  Water clarity has been relatively good in most lakes.  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
Crappies and Bluegill fishing is fair. 

Briggs Woods Lake
Crappie and bluegill fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on liver. 

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Bluegill fishing has been good using a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber near the weed edge.  Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait. 

Lower Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is fair using a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber near the shoreline brush piles.  Channel Catfish - Good: using liver.

Upper Pine Lake
Largemouth bass fishing is fair using a Lindy rig or Carolina rig with a worm or minnow. Channel catfish are biting on liver.  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 has been slow. Largemouth bass fishing is good using jigs and plastic baits.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Good:

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is slow, try the Little Lake area or drift fishing the reefs with live bait until you find the fish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are being caught with night crawlers or cut bait fished on the bottom at the Ventura grade and McIntosh State Park shoreline.  Walleye - Slow: 

Lake Cornelia
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, largemouth bass and Channel catfish fishing is good. 

West Twin Lake
Bullhead fishing is good using a night crawler fished on the bottom. 

Rice Lake
Bullhead fishing is good fishing with a crawler off the bottom. 

Bluebill Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits and plastic baits.  Bluegill fishing has been fair fishing the weed edges. 

Boone River
Channel catfish are biting on stink bait. 

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Channel Catfish - Fair: using cut bait or liver.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: using jigs and crankbaits.

Winnebago River
Channel Catfish and smallmouth bass fishing is fair. 

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

Mill Creek (Lake)
Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig or a slip bobber with live bait near docks and weed lines.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use weed-less top-water lures over the weed beds and along shorelines.

Big Spirit Lake
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use live bait, jerk baits, or jigs at rock bars and connected weed lines.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics around weed beds and boat docks.  Yellow Perch - Good: Drift fish while using bottom bouncers or anchor and vertical jig with small jigging spoons tipped with worms in 20-22 foot of water.  Walleye - Fair: Drift fish with Lindy rigs or slip bobber fish around weed beds.  Fish are also being caught trolling with deep running crankbaits on the main lake basin.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or chubs around the bridges or off the docks.  Yellow Bass - Good: Vertical jig around Stoney Point and deeper water areas or near boat docks with jigging lures tipped with worms.  Fish are also being caught at wooden docks using a slip bobber and minnow.

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

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Excellent: Fish with small hair jigs or a split shot and hook with live bait around boat docks or along weed bed edges in 15-18 foot of water.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish the rock bars at Fort Dodge and Gull Points with jerk baits or live bait below a slip bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a slip bobber and leech or spinner baits near boat docks and weed lines.  Walleye - Fair: Use slip bobber and leech around rock bars and connected weed beds.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stink bait or chubs at the railroad bridge.  Crappie - Fair: Fishing has been inconsistent but anglers are reporting occasional good catches around boat docks or drifting for suspended fish in deeper water.  Walleye - Fair: Troll with crankbaits along drop-offs.

Lost Island Lake
Crappie - Fair: Fishing has been inconsistent but good catches have been made using small jigs around boat docks.  Walleye - Fair: Trolling with crankbaits.

Willow Creek
Bluegill - Good: Fish along edge of weed beds with small jigs or a bobber and small hook with a piece of worm. 

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

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait, chubs, or stink bait in deep holes and brush piles.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Use large live bait along brush piles, cut banks, and rock shorelines.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use large minnow or stink bait in holes and above brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Use twister tails around holes and riffles.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use crawdads in holes and around brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Use twister tails or crankbaits along current breaks and holes.

Kids Corner: If you are looking for a place to take a child fishing then take them to Scharnburg Park located 5 miles west of Spencer on B24. Use a small bobber and piece of night crawler on the fishing jetty located on the west shore. Expect to catch bluegill, green sunfish, bullheads, and bass along the rocks or willows located along the shore. For more fishing report information on the Spirit Lake area call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Silver Lake (Delaware)
Anglers are still reporting catches of bluegill and largemouth bass but the lake has been overcome with shoreline vegetation.  Bluegill - Fair: Most bluegills have moved off of the spawning beds but some are still available for the taking. Try using artificial flies or piece of night crawler under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting weed less baits for bass in the 10-12 inch size range.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Bluegill fishing has slowed in Casey Lake but channel catfish and largemouth bass have been biting well.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut baits, night crawlers or stink baits fished on bottom of the lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish from shoreline in 3-6 feet of water using a piece of night crawler under a bobber for remaining bluegill on the beds.  The bite has slowed as the main spawning push is nearing an end.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits or plastics near the dam and around jetties.

Lake Delhi
Anglers are catching bluegills and some crappies in Lake Delhi.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using slip bobbers or fish off of the bottom with night crawlers for good catfish action.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are still catching bluegills, but fish have moved off of their beds into deeper water around structure.  Crappie - Fair: Try fishing the lower end of the lake around docks using jigs or minnow under a bobber in 7-9 feet of water.

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Largemouth bass fishing has picked up on this lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of night crawler underneath a bobber fished from shore.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics along the shoreline.

Plainfield
Largemouth bass and bluegill are biting in Plainfield Lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using small piece of night crawler underneath a bobber in 3-5 feet of water off of shoreline. Some sorting is required.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics along the shoreline.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is currently on a steady decline from recent rainfall events and anglers are reporting good catches of channel catfish in Bremer County.  Channel Catfish - Good: Cut baits and stink baits are working well for channel catfish on the Cedar. Try drifting a night crawler or leech under a bobber in shallow riffle areas as well.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits or jigs with a twister tail along rocky shoreline areas.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are reporting occasional catches of walleye casting crankbaits near and along current breaks or drop-offs.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Good catches of channel catfish have been reported out of the Shell Rock River.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing cut baits, night crawlers or stink baits fished on the bottom of the river.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Water levels continue to slowly fall on the Wapsipinicon River. Conditions are improving and anglers are reporting excellent catches of channel catfish. A few walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike have been caught as well.  Northern Pike - Fair: Catches of northern pike are being reported from the Upper Wapsi. Cast larger spinner baits around woody debris or fallen timber for these aggressive predators.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Post-spawn action is starting to take shape using night crawlers, liver and dead baits fished in the snags. Best success has been using a night crawler or leech drifted under a bobber in the shallow water riffle areas for cannel cats.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting crankbaits, spinner baits or plastics around rocky shoreline areas.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes have been caught on the Wapsi using jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawler fished in shallower water areas along current breaks for these elusive fish.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Conditions remain excellent for angling on the Maquoketa River.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish night crawlers or stink baits near logjams or fallen trees. Fish the area from Delhi down to Maquoketa for the best action.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Conditions are excellent and some nice bass have been caught with artificial baits.  Walleye - Fair: Try casting small jigs tipped with half of a night crawler or casting crankbaits along current breaks, sand drop-offs or near rocky shoreline areas.

Lake fishing has slowed in most area lakes as the main spawning push for fish has come to an end. River fishing is beginning to really pick up as we head into stable water flows and good summer conditions. Channel Catfish and smallmouth bass have been biting well on the interior rivers of the Shell Rock, Cedar, Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa. For further information contact the northeast district fisheries office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish are being caught on stink bait.  Bluegill - Good: using night crawler on the bottom in side sloughs Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Crankbaits on rocky shorelines Walleye - Good: Trolling crankbaits in the side sloughs

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.  Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Flathead are being caught in the tailwater using night crawlers.  White Bass - Fair: 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.  Freshwater Drum - Good: drum are being caught using night crawlers fished on the bottom.

River gauges: Lansing 7.89 feet; Lynxville 12.84 feet; Guttenberg 4.22 feet. Water temperature at Guttenberg has fallen to 72 degrees. The water levels in pools 9-11 steady to falling. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 7.19 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is good.  Water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught on stink bait 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.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Shallow crankbaits along the floodwall up by the dam.  Also cranks on rocks along the channel.  A few fish also being caught in the harbors.  Walleye - Fair: Fish are being caught on the wind dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or crankbaits.  Reports of a lot of fish over 20 inches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 4.49 feet and is forecast to slowly fall.  Water clarity is good.  Water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are biting on spinners and crankbaits at the mouth of Mill Creek and in the Illinois pocket below the dam in Bellevue.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting well on stink bait fished around wing dams.  Bluegill - Fair: Reports of bluegills coming off of wing dams with slow current.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines with current or below the dam in Bellevue.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wing dams.  Throw crankbaits or fish three-way rigs with spinners or floaters tipped with crawlers or leeches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.  There is good shoreline access at Pleasant Creek Recreation Area south of Bellevue.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 9.40 feet and is forecast to remain stable to slowly fall.  Water clarity is fair.  Main channel water temps are in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good numbers being caught on stink baits around wing dams.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are coming off rocks and woody structure around current.  Crankbaits have been working well.  Walleye - Good: Walleyes are on the wind dams and biting on crankbaits, three way rigs, or jigs.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a piece of crawler on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

For information about fishing Pools 12 - 15 of the Mississippi River, call the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976.

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 5.48 feet. Tailwater stage has risen slightly over the past few days.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, and dip baits around wing dams. Some channel catfish are also being caught floating leeches under a bobber along rocky shorelines. Some channel catfish are being picked up along the Davenport Riverfront. Fishing has also been good for catfish in Andalusia Slough and Velie Chute fishing brush piles.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing in Sylvan Slough has been slow.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters floating pieces of worm or small minnows under a bobber. Areas to try are Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island Complex.  Crappie - Slow: Fishing for crappies in Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island complex has been slow.  Sauger - Fair: Some saugers are being picked up on the wing dams trolling crankbaits or on three-way rigs with half a night crawler or leech.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits on wing dams. 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 4.59 feet. Tailwater stage has risen slightly over the past few days.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams or log jams. Some channel catfish are being caught along the Muscatine Riverfront on night crawlers. Some channel catfish are being caught fishing leeches under a bobber along riprap shorelines.  White Bass - Slow: 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.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber floating pieces of worm or small minnows under a bobber.  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits along the fronts of wing dams. Anchoring above wing dams and casting crankbaits has been producing some fish as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 6.06 feet. River stage has risen slightly over the past few days.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver. Some channel catfish are starting to be picked up floating leeches under a bobber along rocky shorelines.  White Bass - Slow: A few white bass are being picked up by the dam fishing jig and twisters and small crankbaits.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters on pieces of night crawler or a small minnow floating under a bobber.  Crappie - No Report:  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 3.33 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  Some channel catfish are starting to be picked up floating leeches and night crawlers under a bobber along the riprap shoreline at Ft. Madison.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being picked up on the wing dams around Burlington trolling crankbaits and on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have risen slightly over the past few days throughout Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River. 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
Bluegill - Good: The bluegills have moved out into the deeper water look for the deep water edges of the weed beds to locate them.

Lake Belva Deer
Work on the road paving project continues.  Next week they are planning on closing 250th Ave, the road across the dam, to start the grading work on it.  A detour map is available at the Keokuk CCB website.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish continue to bite.  Try chicken liver or stink bait along the dam face or around the rocky faces of the jetties.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are seeing the bluegills on the beds but they can’t get them to bite.  The storms rolling through the area is not helping the fishing.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for them to be in shallow feeding on bluegill fry in the mornings and evenings and spending the middle part of the day in deeper water.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Bluegill - Fair: With the clearing water the bluegills are starting to bite again.  Use light tackle around the fish habitat in deeper water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are liking the return of the clear water.  They have moved out to the deeper water habitat now.

Lake Darling
The lake is drained. The lake has filled back up with the heavy rains.  It will drain all back out. 

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river level looks to have stabilized.  There is still plenty of water to run a boat up the river.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good.  Its the time of the year to look for them to be under Mulberry trees feeding on the berries dropping into the water.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Anglers are still catching some nice flatheads on the river.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
Channel Catfish - Good: Look for the channel cats along the edges of the sand bars and in the mouths of any feeder creeks.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: A few fish are still being caught on bank lines.  The spawning has started so the fish aren’t moving around as much now.

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

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

Pleasant Creek Lake
Water clarity is still good at 6 feet. Remember, largemouth bass have to be 18 inches to keep here.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a variety of live/dead/stink baits for these fish. Dusk seems to be best but they can be caught all day.  White Bass - Fair: Look for roaming schools of white bass feeding on the surface. Try a top-water plug early and late in the day for best results.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being caught on live bait, plastic worms, and crankbaits around rocky areas.

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

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

Most area water temps are in the upper 70s. For more information contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello
The lake was completely drained during the summer of 2008.  Repairs have been made and the gate is now shut and the lake is re-filling.

Red Haw Lake
Channel catfish - Fair: Night crawlers 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 dead minnows.  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 structure.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs or jig/minnow combinations along the shoreline or other structure.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler.  Try a variety of depths.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics around weed lines and other structure.  Try using spinnerbaits in the same areas.  Top-waters are also a good choice for mornings and evenings.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worm.  Try different locations until you find active fish.

Rathbun Reservoir
Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the upper 70s.  The lake level is currently at 910.27 feet which is just over six feet above normal pool.  Channel catfish - Good: Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish around the rip rapped areas around the South Fork and Bridgeview bridges.  Some channel catfish are also being caught by walleye anglers trolling crankbaits.  White Bass - Good: Use flashy blade baits or chrome colored baits to mimic shad.  Try areas with some underwater structure or a change in depth.  The area around Island View has been productive.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught around flooded vegetation along the shoreline.  A lot of crappies are being caught but most of them are less than 8 inches, with an occasional fish over 10 inches.  Tube jigs with minnows have been working the best.  Walleye - Slow: Try drifting night crawlers or trolling crankbaits around underwater islands and ridges.  Large numbers of smaller walleye are being caught with an occasional keeper.  The South Fork flats and the area around Island View have been producing some catches of keepers.

Rathbun District Farm Ponds
Crappies and bluegills have been hitting in area farm ponds.  Largemouth bass are also being caught.  Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds.

For any additional fishing information in southeast Iowa, contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Don Williams Lake
Crappie - Fair: Drift fishing mid lake on the upper half with small tube jigs or minnows has produced is producing some fish. 

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

Jacob Krumm Nature Preserver Lake (west)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. 

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

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.  Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegill bite is good using small pieces of crawler under a bobber or small tube jigs fished near sunken brush piles or drifting near the mouths of the bays.  Crappie - Good: Crappies can be caught drifting deeper water out from the West boat ramp and near the handicap dock using small jigs.  Good catches of crappie are also being caught fishing over the submerged brush piles.  Pink, white, and green twisters work well.

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

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 weed-less rig fished through the open pockets in the weed beds and along tree falls.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Excellent: The white bass bite is excellent trolling 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.  White Bass - Good: White bass are hitting near Sandpiper, Cherry Glen, and the Mile Long Bridge.  They are being caught by trolling Kastmaster style lures through 15 foot of water or less.  Silver, green/silver, or gold colors are working best.

Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught using cut bait, liver, or night crawlers fished near any wood cover.

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

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

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has a concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish are being caught close to shore around rock.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 9 inches are being caught drifting small black jigs tipped with night crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Greenfield Lake has a good population of 12 to 15 inch fish. Cast spinnerbaits or plastic baits along weed edges and in cedar tree piles.

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

Orient Lake
Orient has a large watershed and is vulnerable to large sediment loads. Lake has one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching channel catfish along the campground shoreline using dip bait with red worms. Fish are averaging 15-18 inches.

Lake Anita
Lake is full with good water clarity.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught along weed edges casting plastic baits. Try fishing old road beds during the day.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are still taking advantage of large year class of crappie by drifting small jigs in 6-8 feet of water in the main part of the lake. Vertically jigging cedar tree piles has also been successful.

Prairie Rose Lake
One of the few lakes is southwest Iowa with flathead catfish population. Lake has two concrete boat ramps.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are having success using chicken liver.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead catfish prefer live bait.

Lake Manawa
Lake is full with a slight algae bloom.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfish have slowed since last week but anglers are having success using Sonny’s dip bait with Looper Rigs. Fish are averaging 1 to 3 pounds.

Hacklebarney East
Hacklebarney East has excellent water quality. Lake has one small gravel boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Lake has a good channel catfish population with fish averaging 2-3 pounds. Cast bait past weed line using a slip bobber.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Most farm ponds are full and support good populations of largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are being caught close to shore and around structure using cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: Try casting small jigs along weed edges and around structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting spinners or plastic baits around structure and close to shore.

Water temperatures have cooled to mid 70s after recent heavy rains. 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.

Binder Lake
Water quality is good and the rooted vegetation is starting to recede.

Lake Icaria
The lake level is near normal and the water quality near the dam is good.  Water temps are near 75.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of fish 6 to 10 inches can be caught on crawlers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several fish up to 20 inches can be caught from the fish mounds and the structure.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being caught from the mounds.

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

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

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water quality is good.  Bluegill - Fair: A few fish can be caught from near the spawning beds at various places around the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several fish are just off-shore near structure and can be caught on spinners and crankbaits.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 2.5 feet.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of real nice fish have been caught using crawlers from shore just about anywhere around the lake.  Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are still biting from the fish mounds or the east corner of the dam.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several mid-sized fish have been caught from the structure.

Windmill Lake
Water levels are near normal.

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

Three Mile Lake
Water quality is good and water levels are normal.  Water temps are above 70.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several fish are biting from structure on spinners and crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleye are biting from steep shoreline areas and dirt mounds on small crankbaits. 

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water quality is good and the lake level is near normal.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of nice bullheads can be caught using crawlers.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill fishing has slowed a bit.  A few nice fish from 6 to 8 inches can be picked up using crawlers from the near shore rocky areas.  The areas near the jetties and west shore have been the most successful.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few mid-sized fish can be caught from the structure and rock covered areas.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are biting from the open points, steep drop-off areas on crankbaits.

A few bluegills are still biting fairly well at a lot of lakes near shore.  A few largemouth bass are biting at several lakes.  Water temps are usually in the mid 70s and water quality at most lakes is fair or good.

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