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Iowa fishing report 8-13-09

August 13, 2009 at 02:51 PM

NORTHWEST
Crawford Creek Impoundment
Anglers are catching fair numbers of catfish, bluegill and crappie.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching some catfish at night using various baits. Chubs have been working particularly well the last week.  Bluegill - Fair: Shore and boat anglers are catching a few good sized bluegills with small hooks and jigs.  Crappie - Fair: Boat and shore anglers have been catching nice crappie on most bait.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water has been a bit murky the last few days.  A few bluegill and crappie are being caught.  Please clean your fish at the floating fish cleaning platform at the west ramp.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills have moved out from shore; try fishing just off the bottom in 10 to 14 feet of water.  Anglers have been having some luck using a piece of crawler or a wax worm on a small hook.  Crappie - Slow: Anglers have been catching a few crappies in water offshore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Bel Air Boat Ramp has been repaired and has reopened.  Fishing has slowed considerably.  Catfish anglers are having some luck.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be immediately released.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are still catching catfish on leeches and worms; use a floating jig head and fish the dredge cuts.

Black Hawk Lake
Anglers have been catching some catfish and bullheads.  Bullhead - Fair: Anglers have been catching some medium size bullheads.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Shore anglers are having some luck catching 1.5 to 2 pound catfish on various baits including liver, leeches, night crawlers, stink bait and 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
Largemouth bass and channel catfish are biting. 

Lower Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is slow. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits. 

Upper Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is slow. Largemouth bass fishing is fair using jigs. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink bait. 

Lake Smith
Bluegill fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and liver. 

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 the dredge area in the little lake or try drifting cut bait or a worm north of the island.    Walleye - Slow:  Muskellunge - Fair: 

Lake Cornelia
Bullhead fishing is fair using a night crawler fished on the bottom. Channel catfish are biting cut bait and liver. 

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 on the bottom. 

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

Bluebill Lake
Bluegill fishing has been good. 

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: Vertical jig with small spoons tipped with live bait.  Crappie - Good: Use small jigs for suspended fish.  Yellow Perch - Good: Vertical jig with live bait across from the swim beach.

Mill Creek (Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use worms or stink bait fished on the bottom at the fishing docks on the south shore.  Bluegill - Good: Use mini jigs or slip bobber fish along weed beds. Look for suspended fish as well.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits or weedless top-water lures over weed beds.

Big Spirit Lake
White Bass - Fair: use jerk baits, top-water lures, or white jigs in the evenings while looking for surface feeding fish.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigging lures tipped with wigglers along weed beds in Angler’s Bay.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use top water lures or jerk baits while looking for surface feeding activity along rock bars and weed lines.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish along boat docks with soft plastics or the weed lines with jigs.  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 along weed beds.  Walleye - Fair: Drift fish along weed beds using worms or leeches or troll the deep flats on the main lake with crankbaits.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or large minnows at the bridges, on the north shore, 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 and by trolling with crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Some fish are being caught off boat docks with a slip bobber and minnow or while trolling with crankbaits along weed lines.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Vertical 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
White Bass - Fair: Cast with small jigs or a bobber and minnow at the Sawmill Bridge in the mornings and evenings.  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.  White Bass - Fair: Use small surface lures around sunset along weeds.  Bluegill - Good:  Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm or small crawdads along the edge of weed lines and rock bars in Hayward, Miller, and Emerson bays.  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 - Slow: 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 boat docks or the bridge.  Walleye - Fair: Fishing has slowed but fish are still being caught while trolling crankbaits.

Lower Gar Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait along boat docks.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Throw soft plastics or white spinner baits to docks.

Scharnberg Pond
Bullhead - Excellent: Fish on the west rock jetty with worms on the bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use crankbaits or jigs fished along shoreline rocks.  Crappie - Fair: Use a slip bobber and minnow at the fishing dock on the south shore.

Big Sioux River
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)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or crawdads for bait in holes and brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Fish current seams and holes with a jig and minnow.

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.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a worm below riffles in deeper water.

Kids Corner: If you are looking for a place to take a child fishing then go to Big Spirit Lake.  Fish along weed lines use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm along the weed bed.  For more information on lakes and rivers in the Spirit lake area call 1-(712)-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Catfish are plentiful in this lake and now would be a great time to go after one of the big ones.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Try fishing near submersed logs and other structure.  Worms and stink bait work well.  Bluegill - Slow: Try fishing away from shore suspending your bait in 6-8 feet of water.  Anglers have been catching small ones close to the dam along the rocky shore.  Largemouth Bass - Slow:

Lake Hendricks
Channel Catfish - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow: Try angling in middle of lake and suspend your lure in water no deeper than 6 feet.  Largemouth Bass - Slow:

Lake Meyer
Bluegill - Slow: Small bluegills are being caught near shore while larger fish are being taken mid-lake suspended about 6 to 8 feet from surface.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers should try using a jig with a plastic tail.  Try different colors and fish around structure.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Anglers are reporting scattered catches of a variety of fish.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Catches of fish are variable and scattered. 

Turkey River (below Clermont)
Anglers report variable catches of a wide assortment of fish.  Channel Catfish - Slow:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water conditions are excellent.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue reporting fair catches of catfish using night crawlers and chicken liver.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try drifting a crawler on a hook below the dam.  Walleye - Slow:

Decorah District Streams
Area trout streams are exhibiting excellent conditions.  Trudging through tall weeds may be necessary on some streams but the benefits are terrific.  Streams continue to be stocked regularly.  Schedules are available on the internet at http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/trout.html.  For current stocking information, anglers may call 563-927-5736.

The Upper Iowa, Turkey and Cedar Rivers are a bit higher and beginning to clear after recent rains.  Area lakes are now stratified so top-water angling is best for panfish.  If you have any questions, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

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)
The Cedar River has been up and down from recent rainfall events in northern counties. Anglers were 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.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass using spinnerbaits and live baits.  Walleye - Fair: The Cedar in Bremer County is reporting fair catches of walleye and crankbaits are providing the best success along with jigs tipped with a night crawler.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Anglers are having good success catching channel catfish throughout the Wapsipinicon River.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing dead minnows, cut baits and stink baits off of the bottom of the river.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching good numbers of Bluegill in the Independence impoundment but some sorting is required. Best success has been fishing the rocky shoreline areas with a piece of crawler under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are biting in the impoundment above Independence casting crankbaits along the shorelines.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River is falling and beginning to clear from recent rainfall. 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.  Walleye - Fair: Try fishing current breaks below woody structure or jigging deeper water areas along the Maquoketa.

Fishing for channel catfish in the interior rivers of the Cedar, Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers is providing the best angling opportunities for this time of year. Most interior rivers are falling from recent rainfall events and are producing catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass and some walleyes. For more information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish are being caught on stink bait. Check deep holes around wing dams.  Bluegill - Fair: Using small worms on bobber around Minnesota Slough.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try using top-water baits around weed beds.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers catching a few crappie near New Albin on small worm under bobber.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Night crawler on bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 10
A bit more floating vegetation is around.  Boaters are reminded to clean their boats and trailers of vegetation before leaving.  Northern Pike - Fair: Reports of pike catches have slowed.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers report decent catches of bluegills near Harpers Ferry.  Keep moving to look for active fish.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish spinners and crankbaits near rocky areas with good current.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing top-water lures near weed beds.  Crappie - Good: Anglers still reporting good catches of crappie around submerged structure near Harpers Ferry.  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.  White Bass - Good: White bass still being caught in the tailwaters or along some of the wing dams using small inline spinners.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish rocky shorelines and wing dams using small spinners or crankbaits.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish top-water lures near weed beds.  Walleye - Fair: 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 8.1, Lynxville 13.2, Guttenberg 5.03. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 78 degrees. After a brief rise, water levels are beginning to fall and expected to fall steadily over the next week. As water levels lower boaters are again urged to 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 end of the concrete. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 8.13 feet and is forecast to drop about a foot over the next week.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the high 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 - Fair: 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 walleyes 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 5.73 feet and is forecast to drop around 1.5 feet over the next week.  Water clarity is fair above the Maquoketa River and poor below it.  Water temperature is in the high 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting well on stink bait fished around wing dams and in side channels around rock and/or wood throughout the pool.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines with current or below the dam in Bellevue.  Crappie - Slow: Reports of a few crappies coming from Middle Sabula Lake and also off of snags in sloughs and side channels.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wing dams or other areas with rock.  Throw crankbaits or fish three-way rigs with spinners or floaters tipped with crawlers.  Fishing below the mouth of the Maquoketa River has been tough due to very turbid water.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 10.16 feet and is forecast to drop about a foot over the next week.  Water clarity is poor.  Main channel water temps are in the high 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good numbers being caught on stink baits, around wing dams.  Some anglers are having luck on cut bait, as well.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed with the increase in turbidity.  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 6.68 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, and stink baits around wing dams and log piles. Stink baits have been working the best. Fishing has been good along Sunset Marina and at the mouth of the Rock River. Fishing has also been good for catfish in Andalusia Slough and Velie Chute fishing brush piles.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing in Sylvan Slough has been hit or miss. Anglers have been catching a few white bass casting jigs and twister tails or in-line spinners. Some white bass are being caught while trolling crankbaits for walleyes on the wing dams.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Fair: Some fish are being caught on wing dams trolling crankbaits or on three-way rigs with half a night crawler.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.29 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught up by the dam and spillway on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations. Some white bass are also being caught while trolling for walleyes on the wing dams. 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 fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits along the fronts of wing dams or anchoring above them and casting. Walleyes are also being caught on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler slowly trolled on the front sides of wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 7.25 feet and forecasted to begin falling by the weekend.    Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and around log piles. Dip baits seem to be working the best.  White Bass - Fair: A few white bass are being picked up by the dam fishing jig and twisters and small crankbaits. 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 fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 3.92 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being picked up by the dam casting a jig and twister or small crankbait.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  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 since last week due to recent heavy rains. Main channel water temperature is around 78 degrees. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
Wildlife now has the inlet and outlet structures open to allow for the flow through of water.  Now is the time to fish up by the outlet for catfish.  Channel Catfish - Good: Fish up by the inlet structure.  I would use either chicken liver or cut bait.  Cut bait because the catfish are feeding on shad that are getting sucked into Odessa from the Mississippi River.

Lake Belva Deer
Work on the road paving project continues.  They are planning on closing the north side of the park on August 24 to work on that part of the road.  This will include closing the North Boat Ramp as well as the Beach.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught after dark.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills remain out deep.  Look for them at 13 to 16 feet down.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass being caught in the early morning on the lake and in the afternoons on the little campground ponds.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are down in the borrow pit below the Big Pond.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing has slowed down lately, probably because of the constantly changing weather patterns.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish are around the habitat. Shallow water habitat for the small ones and deeper water for keeper sized fish.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are being found in deeper water during the day and at dusk/dawn are moving into the shallows.

Lake of the Hills
Fishing seems to be best just before a front moves through.  Channel Catfish - Good: Night crawlers are working in the shallow water either late or early in the day. Look for them to be in 2 - 3 feet of water.  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. During the day fish deeper with plastics on the woody habitat or by banging crankbaits off the riprap.  If you can get out ahead of a front, the action picks up considerably using spinner baits or top-waters.  Crappie - Good: Crappies can be caught with a long “dippin” pole using wax worms on small tube jigs about 4 foot down around the brush piles and the fishing dock.

Lake Darling
The lake bed is drying nicely.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing remains good. 

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

Kent Park Lake
Fishing here has slowed with the higher water temperature.  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.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: 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 in the upper arms of the lake. Pitch a jig or slip bobber and minnow along the edges or in the pockets.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, bass have to be 18 inches to keep here.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some nice sized fish are being caught on cut bait. Try drifting from a boat, or fish around the dam or jetties from shore.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast crankbaits or plastics around rock.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait, or crawlers around the jetties or rocky shorelines. Evening tends to be the best time.  Crappie - Fair: 6-7 inch fish 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 August 13, the lake level is down to normal stage of 683 feet, but the water is still dirty.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Some channel catfish are being caught drifting shad or bluegills.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
As of August 13, the flow coming out of the Coralville dam is about 3,000 Cubic Feet per Second (CFS), and is projected to reduce daily to 1,200 CFS by mid next week.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try for channels with cut bait or stink bait.  Flathead Catfish - Slow: Fish around creek mouths and pool eddies with live bait.

Most area water temps are around 80 degrees. For more information contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello
The lake is currently being drained.

Red Haw Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Night crawlers and stink bait have been the best bait for catching channel catfish.  Bluegill - Fair: 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.  Areas along the shoreline with rock or overhanging trees can also produce some nice catches.

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.  Drifting minnows in the deeper parts of the lake can also be successful.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler.  Try a variety of depths.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use Carolina rigged worms around weed lines and other structure.  Jig and pig combinations can be used around the rip-rapped shorelines.  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 upper 70s.  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 or night crawlers.  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.  Some walleye anglers are also catching white bass trolling night crawlers in the same areas.  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, please contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Don Williams Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. 

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: Catfish are being caught in the evenings and after dark using prepared baits or cut bait fished in 8 foot of water or less.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught using leeches trolled or under a slip bobber.

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

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

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 bait.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught fishing over the submerged rock piles, submerged trees, and the edges of the vegetation using a split shot and small piece of crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting well on any type of weedless rig or top water baits fished through the edges of 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 - Fair: The white bass bite is slow.  They are being caught using crankbaits or Kastmaster type lures with black/silver, silver/green, or silver/blue color combinations to imitate shad.  The best activity has been near the Robert’s Creek spillway and below the reservoir spillway.

Saylorville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is still good in the mornings and late evenings fishing with cut bait, dead creek chubs, or stink baits.  The upper end of the reservoir has been best.  The fish being caught are good sized, averaging 4 to 8 pounds.  White Bass - Good: The white bass bite has picked up.  Trolling or drifting is necessary to locate the fish.  They are being caught using crankbaits or Kastmaster style lures.  Silver, green/silver, or gold colors are working best.  Walleye - Fair: Some anglers have been bringing in good catches of walleye by trolling spinning rigs with crawlers or leeches.

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.  White Bass - Fair: Fair numbers of white bass are being caught in the evenings and just after dark below the Saylorville spillway.

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

Greenfield Lake
Lake is full with good water clarity.  Greenfield has one concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.  Bluegill - Good: Drifting with small jigs tipped with night crawler has been good for fish in the 7 to 9 inch range. Red and white has been a good color.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are being caught on top water lures early in the morning along weed edges.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are also being caught drifting jigs. Tipping jig with minnow or crappie niblets is a must.

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

Lake Anita
Anglers are drifting for bluegills and crappies as well as fishing the many brush piles in the lake. Anita has a good channel catfish population available for anglers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Plastic baits are being used to catch largemouth bass in 6-8 feet of water along weed edges.  Crappie - Slow: Anglers are drifting small jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Niblets. Fish average 8.5 inches.

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

Lake Manawa
Lake is full with slight algae bloom.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having good success using chicken liver with a Looper Liver Rig. Manufactured blood bait has also been good bait to use.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)
Below Lenon Mills Dam.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Angler reports catching fish on 1/4 ounce jig heads with white twister tail.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught on jigs tipped with minnows.

Fishing during early August centers on catfishing, largemouth bass, and drifting for panfish in area lakes. Area rivers are in good shape for summer catfishing. Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Southwest District Office for more information on area lakes at (712) 769-2587.

Lake Icaria
The lake level is near normal and the water quality is good with clarities more than 3 feet.  Water temps are 75 to 80.  Bullhead - Fair: A crawlers on a bobber or on the bottom will catch several bullheads just about anywhere on the lake.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching some channel catfish later in the day or just after dark on stink bait or cut baits.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappie are biting on small jigs near the flooded trees in 6 to 9 feet of water.

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

Nine Eagles Lake
Water clarity is around 8 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Several catfish can be caught from 5 to 8 feet of water.  Stink bait or liver hung from a bobber works well.  Some bottom areas are covered by vegetation or below the thermocline.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water quality is very good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The channel catfish have been biting on stink bait cut baits.  Bluegill - Slow: Some successful bluegill fishing is occurring around the flooded brush and trees.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 3.5 to 4.5 feet and slightly green.  Bullhead - Fair: Crawlers on the bottom are working fairly well for bullheads.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish activity is starting using stink bait in the quiet bays in 4 to 6 feet of water.  Bluegill - Slow: 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.

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 near or above 80.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink bait is working fairly well for channel catfish in shallow bays or open flat areas.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught using small crawlers while fishing next to flooded trees.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are being caught using crankbaits over humps and rocky points.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water quality is good but the lake is turning a little green.  Bullhead - Fair: A lot of nice bullheads can be caught using crawlers.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some nice channel catfish can be caught from the shallow areas less than 8 feet deep using stink baits or cut baits.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill fishing has slowed but fish are still being caught.  Most fish can be picked up using small bits of crawlers or slow sinking jigs near flooded trees. 

Grand River
Water quality is fairly good but a few recent rains muddy up the water for a couple days.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The channel catfish are biting fairly well on stink bait or liver.  Evenings and after dark seem to be the best.

North River
Flows are normal for summer.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few nice channel catfish can be caught from holes in Madison County

Middle River
Flows are normal for summer.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few mid-sized channel catfish can be caught from some of the quiet holes using stink bait.

Water temperature is in the upper 70s and low 80s with water quality at most lakes very good.  Some successful panfish are being caught.  The thermocline is around 10 feet down, but could be less in certain water bodies.

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