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Iowa fishing report 8-19-10

August 19, 2010 at 02:32 PM

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
Catfish are biting.  Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Nelson Park Lake because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present.  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 - Slow: 7 to 8-inch bluegill have been caught on small jigs and a wax worm.  If you have a small boat, try drifting with a jig set at about 6 to 10 feet down.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Water clarity is excellent.  Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Yellow Smoke because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present.  Bluegill - Slow: Yellow Smoke has 8.5 to 9.5-inch bluegill.  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, a piece of night crawler or a piece of crawdad tail.  Anglers report that they can catch big bluegills, but don’t expect to catch more than seven or eight per trip.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A fair number 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
Fishing is good for catfish, bluegill and crappie.  Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Crawford Creek because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are still doing well for channel catfish on just about anything, but night crawlers are working the best.  Night time fishing has been popular the last couple of weeks.  Bluegill - Good: Try using small jigs and a piece of night crawler.  A good technique has been drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.  Fish the channel south of the shelter building.  Crappie - Good: Crappie were being caught on small minnows.  Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.  Crappies are averaging 9.5 inches.

Badger Lake
Catfishing has been good, but fishing for other species is still slow.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish on shrimp, cut bait and dip bait.  A wide variety of sizes are being caught.

Brushy Creek Lake
Fishing has been slow.  Water clarity has been poor relative to the norm.  Although there hasn’t been much fishing for channel catfish, there are a lot of large (8 pounds plus) channel catfish present.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill have moved into deeper water.  Try drifting with a small jig and a piece of night crawler or jig deep around submerged trees.  Some nice bluegills were caught this week in 10 to 15 feet of water just off the bottom.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have moved into deeper water and can be found near the weed beds and under mats of vegetation.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Boaters use caution:  There is an ongoing dredging project at Storm Lake and boats should stay at least 100 feet away from the dredge pipe.  The dredge pipe is marked with buoys.  Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is three walleye:  all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released, only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been using mostly shrimp for bait, but stink bait has also been working.  White Bass - Good: 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.  Anglers that find white bass chasing baitfish at the surface have been able to catch them every cast.  Walleye - Slow: Try fishing the deep holes in the dredged areas and the rock piles in deeper water.

North Twin Lake
Yellow bass and freshwater drum are abundant and anglers have been catching decent numbers of them.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish with stink bait, cut bait, chubs, night crawlers or crawdads off the bottom.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Freshwater drum are plentiful; try using live crawdads or night crawlers and fish near the bottom.  Yellow Bass - Good:  The yellow bass are about 7 to 8 inches long, but there are lots of them.  Some yellow bass in the 9 to 10-inch range have been caught.  Try casting near shore using small, brightly colored lures tipped with a piece of crawdad or a little piece of yellow bass meat.  Anglers have been picking up two or three bass at each dock on the east side and then move on to the next.

Swan Lake
Water clarity is around 16 inches.  Bluegill - Fair: Some hand sized bluegills are being caught with a jig and a small piece of worm in fairly shallow water.  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 - Fair: Crappie in the 7 to 8-inch size range are plentiful, but they are difficult to target right now.

Black Hawk Lake
Walleye must be 15 inches or longer to keep and anglers are allowed three walleye per day.  The Ice House Point picnic area and handicapped accessible pier will be closed for the next 30 days or until further notice.  The road is still open to the boat ramp, but the remainder of the area will be closed due to the construction of a paved bike trail.  Channel Catfish - Good: 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 shell so the juices can put out scent in the water.  Anglers from boats have been catching fair numbers of catfish averaging 2 pounds.  Walleye - Slow: Try fishing rock piles in deeper water to target walleye this time of year.

The weather has been fairly stable this past week and has cooled down some from last week.  Catfish are still biting at most of the lakes.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View, at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on minnows fished from the causeway. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and night crawler below the dam.

Lower Pine Lake
Channel catfish are biting on crawlers.

Upper Pine Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on top-water baits. Channel catfish are biting on crawlers.

Lake Smith
Channel catfish and bluegills are biting on worms.

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 fishing is fair, try fishing live bait or cut bait near the reefs and in the little lake. The best bite is early morning and in the evenings. A few walleyes are being caught using the same technique. Channel catfish are biting on crawlers and chicken liver fishing the windswept side of the lake. Sunfish are biting on worms from shore.

Lake Cornelia
Yellow perch fishing is good using a jig and crawler.

Little Wall Lake
Largemouth bass fishing is fair using crankbaits or minnows. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and cut bait.

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 the Clear Lake fisheries office at 641-357-3517.

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.

Big Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 76 degrees.  White Bass - Fair: Fish at sunrise or sunset with top-water lures or a jig and minnow near moving water at the Little Spirit Lake outlet, Buffalo Run, the spillway, and the footbridge. Some fish have also been caught on Cottonwood and Big Stoney points.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch fishing has been hit or miss. Anglers are using small jigs tipped with live bait in 20 to 22 feet of water or around weed beds in 8 to 12 feet along weed beds at sunrise and sunset.  Walleye - Slow: Troll crankbaits in the basin at depths of 18 to 22 feet or fish on weed beds with jigs.  A few fish have been caught from shore at the spillway on the south shore and up at the Grade in front of the fish barrier.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use crawdads or chubs fished on the bottom near moving water at the bridges or on the north shore near the spillway.  White Bass - Fair: Fish at sunrise or sunset at the bridges with top-water lures or jigs.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish around boat docks or weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Minnewashta Lake
White Bass - Fair: Fish at sunrise or sunset at the bridges with jigs or top-water lures.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish around boat docks and weed lines with a small jig tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish at the walk bridge at sunrise or sunset with small jigs tipped with live bait or from a boat along weed edges.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use chubs or other bait along boat docks, brush piles, or near the Trapper’s Bay Bridge.  White Bass - Good: Use jigs or top-water lures at sunrise or sunset near the Trapper’s Bay Bridge or troll crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught drifting spinner rigs tipped with a crawler or trolling crankbaits at sunrise or sunset.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 74 degrees.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig or slip bobber with live bait along deep (20 to 25 feet) weed beds and rock bars.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use jigs while casting along weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig or slip bobber with live bait along deep weed beds.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Use a small jig or slip bobber with live bait along deep weed beds.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait at the train bridge.

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.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are being caught while trolling crankbaits or drifting spinner rigs tipped with a crawler.

Big Sioux River
The river is still high but dropping.

Rock River
The river is still high but dropping.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
The river is still high but dropping.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish near brush piles and eddies with crawdads or chubs.

Fishing has been slow with the recent hot weather but the best fishing has been at sunrise or sunset.  For more fishing information on the Spirit Lake area call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Fishing has slowed but, catfish are still being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are still being caught using night crawlers and chicken liver.  Bluegill - Slow: Check the fishing jetty which drops off fast to deeper water.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Fish are relating to overhanging structure close to shore.  Any trees with low over hanging branches are a safe bet.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies are in their summer patterns.  Try drifting across the lake to find suspended fish.

Lake Hendricks
Anglers have reported fishing has slow this week.  Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are being caught using chicken liver.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass are fair with in-line spinners.

Lake Meyer
Fishing has picked up this week for smaller bluegills.  This is a good time to take a child or first time angler.  Northern Pike – Slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have picked up this week using chicken liver at the lake.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught along the shorelines.  Most fish are 5 to 6 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass have slowed down this week.  Crappie - Slow: The crappie bite has slowed.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels have dropped to close to normal flow for this time of year.  Smallmouth and walleye are being caught from the mouth of Canoe Creek to the Ellingson Bridge.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching a few smallmouth bass, but it has been slow.  Most fish have been in the 10 to 14-inch range.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are reporting a few walleyes being caught.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels are good this week.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been having some success using stink bait and chicken livers around the Lundy Bridge area.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: A few smallmouth bass have are being caught with a twister and jig.

Yellow River
Anglers are reporting good catches of rainbow and brown trout floating downstream.  Rainbow Trout - Good:  Brown Trout - Good:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water is close to normal flows and looks good.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been using cut bait, chubs, minnows or stink bait.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bass are being caught, but with no regularity.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching a few crappies in the lake at Nashua.

River water levels are close to normal.  Fishing should pick up on the rivers this week.  Trout streams are in good condition.  Now is a good time to target brown trout.  For more information about a specific stream, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Largemouth bass have been providing some good angling opportunities.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try top-water in early morning or late evening or spinner baits and plastics during mid-day.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Catfish, largemouth bass, and bluegills are being caught but not in great quantities.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try stink bait in shallow water around dusk or early in the morning.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Big Woods Lake
Some smaller crappies are being caught along with an occasional northern pike.  Northern Pike - Good: Try casting large spinner baits or crankbaits from the shore or trolling crankbaits from a boat.  Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with minnows

Brinker Lake
Reports of some smaller walleye and crappie are coming in.  Crappie - Fair: Troll or drift below schools of shad with minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Try trolling crankbaits in 15 to 25 feet of water.

George Wyth Lake
The water is higher than normal.  You will have to wade to get on to the fishing pier.  Fishing has been spotty overall but a few anglers have been catching some crappie and largemouth bass.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast top-water baits early morning or late evening. At midday, try casting spinner baits or plastic worms.  Crappie - Fair: Minnows under a slip bobber or on a small jig

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Anglers are reporting a mixed bag when fish are biting.  Fishing has been fair overall with the best action coming from catfish and smallmouth bass. As we approach September and river levels remain steady, angling should really improve on most all species.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try stink bait, cut bait, or small panfish fished on the bottom.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Try live panfish or bullheads fished below floats or on the bottom.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use crayfish patterned crankbaits or plastics resembling crayfish around rocks or logs.  Walleye - Slow:

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Smallmouth, walleye and northern pike action should be picking up as the weather and water temperatures cool.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Angling has really improved on the Wapsi for many species. Reports have improved for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and channel catfish.  Northern Pike - Good: Try areas where tributary streams enter the main river as the water temperatures are cooler. Try casting large spinner baits or crankbaits.  Channel Catfish - Good: Stink baits, cut baits and chicken liver have been working well on channel catfish.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Both live bait and artificial baits work well this time of year.  Walleye - Fair: Look for break lines in the current or drop-offs near sandbars using artificial or live baits.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River looks in excellent condition. Use caution when boating due to recent flooding.  Many access points and parks remain closed; as a result access to the river may be difficult in some areas.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:

Interior river levels are in excellent condition for angling opportunities. With the recent cool weather, area lakes should begin to pick up again as we approach September. Contact local bait shops for the most up-to-date reports on area lakes and rivers. Trout streams still maintain good flows and are producing great angling opportunities. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 11.65 feet, and is predicted to remain high but begin to fall by early next week.  Water temperature is near 80 degrees and clarity is fair with the absence of rainwater runoff. With changing water levels anglers will have to deal with a lot of floating vegetation.  Northern Pike - Fair: A few anglers reporting good catches of pike near colder-water inputs like the Upper Iowa River. As the water drops these northerns should be easier to find.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: In this warm weather the “cats” have been feeding.  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. There have also been reports of good catches above the dam.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have been reported in Desoto Bay being caught on a worm and bobber in four feet of water under the lilies.  Late in the day bluegills have been moving into Sunfish Lake near Lansing.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: 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 Creek.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers report good catches of bass in the Lansing area along main channel weed lines suing crawdad crankbaits.  Yellow Perch - Fair: good numbers of yellow perch have been caught fishing off the bottom near New Albin.  Sauger - Fair: Saugers and walleyes are being caught drifting in front of Desoto Bay and in the sloughs downstream of the Upper Iowa River.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes have been caught trolling crankbait or jigs in running sloughs such as Minnesota Slough. Saugers and walleyes are being caught drifting in front of Desoto Bay and in the sloughs downstream of the Upper Iowa River.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: 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 19.6 feet, and is expected to remain high but begin to fall by early next week.  Water temperature is near 79 degrees. With changing water levels anglers will have to deal with a lot of floating vegetation.  Northern Pike - Fair: A few nice sized northerns have been caught in the Harpers Ferry area.  Try fishing near cold water tributaries or springs.  Channel Catfish - Good: In this warm weather the “cats” have been feeding.  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 have been working well here.  White Bass - Fair: Some schools of active feeding white bass have begun to show up near the wing dams in Harpers Ferry.  Look for jumping minnows and cast a small white minnow imitation or spinner.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers have reported catching large bluegills along rocky areas like near the edge of the spillway, near wing dams, and along the edge of the weed lines and lily pads.  The majority are being caught floating a night crawler.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are hitting well along rocky areas with current.  They can be seen chasing minnows along with the white bass.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bigger largemouths are being caught right now. Fish near bank areas along the weed line using top-water or spinner baits for the best success.  Crappie - Slow: Some nice crappies have been caught near woody structure using minnows and small jigs.  The problem is that they have been hard to find, but if you do the size has been good.  Walleye - Fair: The bite is starting to pick up.  A few walleyes are being caught drifting crawlers below the dam and in running sloughs.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A lot Drum are being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom, especially out of Noble’s Landing.  Drum 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 level at Guttenberg is 10.6 feet.  It is expected to remain high but begin to fall by early next week.  Water temperature is near 82 degrees.  With changing water levels anglers will have to deal with a lot of floating vegetation.  Northern Pike - Fair: A few nice pike being caught.  Look again at cold water inputs such as spring areas or tributary streams.  Channel Catfish - Good: In this warm weather the cats should be feeding.  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 crawlers are the baits of choice.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flathead catfish have been caught below the dam jigging heavy spoons or one-eyed jigs.  Bluegill - Good: Larger bluegills and other sunfish are being caught right now along the bank with bobber and worms. The DNR fishing walkway has been a popular location.  Edge of weed lines throughout the pool especially in areas of brush piles has also been popular.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallmouth are being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Try drifting night crawlers or using artificial lures such as in-line spinner.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris. Small spinners or jigs will work best.  Some places to try bass fishing in Pool 11 are Mud Lake by Dubuque, Bertrum Lake by Cassville and Swift Slough by Guttenberg.  Many anglers are using plastic frogs and worms to eliminate problems with floating weeds.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappie are being caught on minnows in Mud Lake and Sunfish Lake in Lower Pool 11.  Yellow Perch - Fair: There have been some reports of good catches of yellow perch in the sloughs around Guttenberg.  Some very large yellow perch can be found in the Mississippi River.  Sauger - Slow: There have been some reports of sauger being caught in the tail waters and out on the wing dams.  Walleye - Slow: The walleye fishing should start to pick up.  Wing dams are a little too deep with the high water.  Hopefully after this minor bump up, water levels will again recede and anglers can concentrate on fall wing dam walleye fishing.    Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Good catches of drum are 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 right around 78 degrees. River levels are expected to remain high over the next week.  Water levels are: Lansing 11.6, Lynxville 19.6 and Guttenberg 10.6. With changing water levels anglers will have to deal with a lot of floating vegetation.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 12.21 feet and is forecast to remain stable this weekend before beginning to slowly fall next week.  Water clarity is poor and temperature is in the high 70s to low 80s. Anglers should be on the lookout for radio tagged white crappie in Pool 12. Tags are attached externally to the dorsal fin and we ask that these fish be released or the tags returned from harvested fish.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats have been biting on stink bait and crawlers around snags in the side channels and sloughs.  Cats are also being caught around Steamboat.  Bluegill - Fair: A few reports of bluegills being caught on crawlers around vegetation, snags, and docks in backwaters and marinas.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed with the increased river stage and turbidity, but a few are being caught on crawlers around Steamboat.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 11.12 feet and is forecast to stabilize around 11.4 feet this weekend before beginning to slowly fall next week. Water clarity is poor and temperature is in the high 70s to low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats have been biting on stink bait and crawlers in the side channels and sloughs around snags.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum have been biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 12.77 feet and is forecast to rise to 13.7 feet this weekend before beginning to slowly fall next week. Water clarity is poor and there is a lot of debris in the water.  Temperature is in the high 70s to low 80s.  The high muddy water has made fishing difficult over much of the pool.  A mixed bag of fish (walleye, white bass, northern pike, and crappie) are being caught in the sand pits where water clarity is better.  Fish are biting on crankbaits, spoons, jigs, and live bait.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on stink bait fished around structure or snags in the side channels and sloughs.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

For fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 10.38 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on dip baits and crawlers fished around brush piles and logjams along the main channel and side sloughs.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow due to high and muddy water. There is debris in the water that makes trolling tough.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 9.78 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Some channel catfish are being caught on dip baits, green worms, crawlers, and shad fished around brush piles and logjams along the main channel and sloughs. Channel catfish are also being caught at GPC.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. There is some debris in the water that makes trolling difficult.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 12.09 feet. The Toolesboro landing is still closed due to water over the road.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on dip baits, crawlers, and shad fished around brush piles and logjams along the main channel and side sloughs.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 9.12 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River stages are still above normal throughout Pools 16-20. Water clarity is poor. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water conditions. Main channel water temperature is around 77 degrees. For more fishing information on Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
Fishing remains slow.  The cooler weather is bringing out a few more anglers to enjoy the lake.

Lake Belva Deer
The road paving project continues in the park.  The weather isn’t helping their progress.
Boaters need to use the north ramp as the south ramp remains closed.  Channel Catfish - Slow: With all the rain, I would be fishing where the water enters the lake from the marsh and the ditches after a big rain.  Bluegill - Slow: The cooler weather has brought out a few more anglers. You should be able to pick up a few bluegills suspended around the creek channel very early in the morning.

Lake of the Hills
The summer pattern of fishing continues.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good early and late using chicken liver and stink baits. Anglers fishing along the old creek channel have been having some luck.  Bluegill - Fair: The bigger bluegills are suspended out in the deeper water.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught off the deeper brush piles in the lake.  Vertical jigging with a jig and minnow is working.

Railroad Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Look for these fish to be around the stumps in the early morning and late evening.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for the bass to be in the flooded timber along south side of the lake.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The river is still above flood stage but it is starting to drop and while the North Skunk is below flood stage, the South Skunk is still above flood stage at Oskaloosa.  Look for that water to be coming down here in a day or two.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river is forecast to drop below bank full Thursday and continue to drop slowly about 2 1/2 feet over the next week.

For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.

Hannen Lake
Check your boat/trailer for the invasive plant, brittle naiad.  Channel Catfish - Good:  Bluegill - Fair:

Iowa Lake
Check your boat/trailer for the invasive plant, brittle naiad.  Channel Catfish - Good:

Kent Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish from 1 to 6 pounds are being taken early and late in the day, as well as after a weather front. Dip bait has been working best.

Lake Macbride
Please check your boat/trailer when pulling out for the invasive plant brittle naiad.  Channel Catfish - Good:  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow wood or deeper rock.

Central Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Most fish are smaller with a nicer one mixed in. Night crawlers have been working best. Fish areas with wood or on the break from shallow to deeper water.

Pleasant Creek Lake
The oxygen levels are quite low below depths of 15 feet. It is likely that fish won’t be found below these depths. Also, check your boat/trailer for vegetation when pulling out. There is an invasive plant brittle naiad that is very abundant around most of the lake.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use crawlers or chicken livers around the dam and jetties.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish on or near the bottom with worms. Most fish are about 8 inches, but some are up to 12 inches.

Diamond Lake
Channel Catfish - Good:

Otter Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish with chicken liver or stink bait. Evening has been best.

Union Grove Lake
An oxygen profile was done on the lake recently. The upper end of the lake looks fine, but the lower end of the lake (dam end) has little to no oxygen below 5 feet. It is likely that fish will not be found below this depth.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Best action has been at night.

Coralville Reservoir
The current lake level as of August 19 is 691.8 feet and falling. It is projected to be down to normal summer pool (683 feet) by the end of the month.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some anglers are catching catfish on live or cut bait.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
There is road construction going on at the dam. The road across the dam is closed, as is the east overlook ramp to the river. The west overlook ramp to the lake is still open. Construction is scheduled to continue for another 2 to 3 weeks. The outflow of the dam is still 10,000 cubic feet per second but is scheduled to start dropping on August 22.  Flathead Catfish - Good:

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 stink bait.  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: Try plastic worms fished around submerged structure or around the rock jetties.  Another good lure selection would be a brightly colored spinner bait.  Try white or chartreuse.

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 20 feet low.

Lake Keomah
Channel Catfish - Slow: Try using stink bait or cut bait.  Fish in areas where the water is between 8 to 12 feet deep.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits or rubber worms 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 wax worm or a chunk of night crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits fished along the shoreline and around areas with submerged structures.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use plastic worms around areas with submerged structure.  Spinner baits should also be tried around these same areas.  Try top-water lures in the mornings and evenings.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 922.71 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the lower 80s.  Boat ramps are open at Honey Creek State Park and the high water ramp at Buck Creek.  Use caution when boating.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and dead chubs.  Crappie - Slow: Try trolling crankbaits.  Try different depths until you find active fish.  With the higher pool levels the fish may be in different depths when compared to prior years.  Walleye - Fair: Try trolling or drifting night crawler rigs along underwater reefs and islands.  Jigging spoons have also been productive.  Jig and minnow combinations can also be a good choice this time of year.  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
Big Creek 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. 

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Good: Good reports are still coming from anglers that are trolling near the bridges, fishing above the mile long bridge and up the Teter Creek arm.  White bass are being picked by covering water and trolling crankbaits.  Sunny days seem to be far more productive.  There was excellent shad reproduction this year.  On calm days look for gulls and/or shad breaking the surface.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being caught early in the morning at the Roberts Creek dam using minnows or small tube jigs.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Anglers fishing white bass that are busting shad are also hooking into good numbers of wipers.

Saylorville Reservoir
White Bass - Excellent: White bass are hitting good right now by trolling silver or chrome colored spoons or lip-less crankbaits.  The best areas have been the north shore of the marina cove around to Sandpiper beach, the pump station in the marina, and the Big Creek spillway due to the high flow.  If the water is calm look for schools of shad breaking the surface.

Fishing conditions have improved since last week’s heavy rains.  Central Iowa rivers are still running high, but are becoming fishable.  Most lakes other than the large reservoirs have returned to normal levels and are clearing up.  For questions about central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has one concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver or cut bait. Fish are in the 1 to 3 pound range.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches are being caught drifting small jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught early morning and late afternoon along weed edges casting crankbaits and small spinners. Large percentage of bass are 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.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches are being caught using plastics along weed edges.

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway has one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish in the 1 to 2 pound range are being caught on night crawlers and liver.

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 two concrete boat ramps to choose from.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs across the main lake and around underwater reefs. It helps to tip jig with crawler or Berkley Baits. Fish average 8 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits early morning and late afternoon. Crankbaits and plastics are a good bait around underwater reefs and roadbeds later in the day.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies can be picked up drifting jigs or casting around underwater reefs. Fish average 9 inches. 

Viking Lake
Viking Lake has three concrete boat ramps and three feet of water clarity.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Viking has a good population of channel catfish in the 1-3 pound range. Sonny’s dip bait or night crawlers have been working well.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth up to 18 inches are being caught casting spinner baits or plastics along weed edges and around structure.

Lake Manawa
Water temperature is in the mid 80s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: 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 to 6 pound range.

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 conditions on southwest Iowa lakes are improving and interior rivers are becoming fishable. For information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temperature is near 80 degrees.  The lake level is normal. 
Clarity is about 3 to 4 feet at mid lake and a little more near the dam.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Several catfish are being caught from shore on bluegill sides, liver, or stink bait.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water levels are normal.  Clarity is around 1 foot.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir
Water quality is good.  Crappie - Fair: A few mid-sized crappies can be caught during the evening hours from the dam in about 5 to 6 feet of water using small black jigs.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 3 feet.

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.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water temperature is near 80 degrees and clarity is average.  Some days algae can be a problem.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of big bullheads are being caught from shore using crawlers on the bottom.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Several catfish are being caught from shore using liver, bluegill sides, or stink bait.

Grand River
Flows fluctuate but are usually near normal.  Channel Catfish - Good: A few mid-sized channel catfish are coming from the holes near bridges.  The stinkier the bait, the better.

Water levels at southwest Iowa lakes and rivers are near normal and water clarity is good considering recent rains.

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