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Iowa fishing report 8-27-09

August 27, 2009 at 02:58 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 - Good: Shore and boat anglers are catching a few bluegills with small hooks and jigs.  Majority of fish are medium size.  Crappie - Fair: Boat and shore anglers have been catching crappie on most bait.  Majority of fish are medium to fairly small.

Badger Lake
Webster County north of Ft. Dodge.  Anglers have been catching some crappie and catfish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught on night crawlers and cut bait.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching 8 to 10 inch crappie by trolling a small twister in 5 to 8 feet of water.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water is murky.  A few bluegill and crappie are being caught.  Fish near trees and cover a lot of areas.  Please clean your fish at the floating fish cleaning platform at the west ramp.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers have been catching bluegill in 14 feet of water, just off the bottom.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White bass fishing has picked up somewhat.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17 to 22 inch slot length limit.  All walleye in that range must be immediately released.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are still catching catfish on leeches and worms; use a floating jig head and fish the dredge cuts.  Also, try shad off Stoney Point.  White Bass - Fair: Fishing has been fair off Casino Point and the east side using small spoons and small buzz baits.

Black Hawk Lake
Anglers have been catching some catfish and bullheads. 

Unsettled weather and constant cold fronts have kept fishing generally poor.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Lannie Miller (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Beeds Lake
Largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegills are biting. 

Briggs Woods Lake
Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish are biting on liver. Crappie fishing is slow. 

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

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

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

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, try drifting cut bait or a worm until you find the fish then work that area. Shore fish the wind swept side of the lake for best results. 

Lake Cornelia
Channel catfish are biting liver fishing off the jetty after dark.  Bullhead - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Little Wall Lake
Small crappies and largemouth bass fishing is slow and channel catfish fishing is fair at night using stink bait. 

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

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

Bluebill Lake
Bluegill fishing has been good. Largemouth Bass - Fair:

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 - Fair: using cut bait or liver.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: using jigs and crankbaits.

Winnebago River
Channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing had been 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)
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 - Good: Use top-water lures in the mornings or evenings.  Look for surface feeding activity around rock points.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm at weed beds.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use top-water lures in the mornings and evenings look for feeding fish on the surface at Big Stoney and Cottonwood points.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm or wigglers while anchored along weed beds at Templar Park and Reeds Run.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits along weed lines from Templar Park to Reeds Run.

East Okoboji Lake
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.  Bluegill - Good: Tip small jigs with a piece of worm along weed lines and boat docks.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Vertically jig along weed lines and rock bars with jigging spoons tipped with worms or use a slip bobber and minnow.  Many fish are also being caught around boat docks using mini jigs or a slip bobber and minnow.

Minnewashta Lake
White Bass - Fair: Fish along docks and weed lines with small in-line spinners.  Bluegill - Good: Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm along weed beds.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Use mini jigs or jigging lures tipped with live bait along weed beds and boat docks.

West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Good: Troll with crankbaits along weed lines.  Bluegill - Good: Use jigging lures or micro jigs tipped with worms on deep weed lines.  Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish at Pikes, Gull, and Pillsbury points in the mornings with top-water lures or jigs.  Yellow Perch - Good: Fish with jigging spoons tipped with a piece of worm on deep weed lines.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stink bait or cut bait from the Trestle towards the upper end of the lake.

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 - Good: Use cut bait or stink bait at holes with large snags.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Use large live bait at deep holes with large snags.  Sauger - Fair: Use jigs tipped with minnows or three-way rigs with crawlers at holes above the confluence with the Missouri River at Sioux City.  Walleye - Fair: Use jigs tipped with minnows or three-way rigs with crawlers at holes above the confluence with the Missouri River at Sioux City.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or crawdads at holes and brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Fish current seams and holes with a jig and minnow.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use crawdads or cut bait at 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 Scharnburg Park west of Spencer.  Fish at the west rock jetty or fishing dock in the southeast corner.  Use a small bobber and hook with a piece of worm for bluegills, bullheads, or channel catfish.  For more information on lakes and rivers in the Spirit lake area call (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.  The lake also has a large algae green bloom going on right now.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Worms and stink bait in the shallow flats towards evening.  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 - Fair: Try using top-water lures or a jig with a twister-tail.

Lake Hendricks
The lake has a slight algae bloom but is not bad for this time of year.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Try using stink bait in the evening.  Bluegill - Slow: Try angling in middle of lake and suspend your lure in water no deeper than 6 feet.  Largemouth Bass - Slow:

Lake Meyer
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using chicken liver suspended near shore structure.  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 - Good: Anglers should try using a jig with a plastic tail or top-water lures.  Try different colors and fish around structure.  Yellow Perch - Slow: A few perch are being caught while fishing for bluegills.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Anglers are reporting scattered catches of a variety of fish.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try using twistertails or crankbaits.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are caught while fishing for smallmouth.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Catches of fish are variable and scattered but walleye and smallmouth bass activity is picking up.  Water is stained but fishable.  Northern Pike - Slow:  Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfish have been biting in the evening on stink bait or crawlers.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try using a jig and twister-tail or spinners.  Walleye - Slow:

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels and clarity are good.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anglers have been using worms drifting downstream.  Walleye - Slow:

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

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Spotty catches of fish around the Charles City area are common even though water conditions are excellent.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue reporting fair catches of catfish using night crawlers and crayfish.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try drifting a crawler tipped jig 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 returning to normal levels and clearing 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.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Silver Lake near Delhi is providing good numbers of largemouth bass. These fish are running sub-legal in size but are healthy and vigorous. As a reminder, there is a 15-inch minimum length limit on bass in this lake.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting weed-less top-water baits in the early mornings or evenings on this lake.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Anglers are catching nice sized catfish and high numbers of largemouth bass and yellow perch.  Channel Catfish - Good: Best luck has been fishing with shrimp, night crawlers, and stink baits off of the bottom during the evening hours.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try fishing morning or evening from the shoreline casting top-water baits, crankbaits or plastics.  Yellow Perch - Good: Anglers are having great success catching yellow perch on crankbaits and night crawlers or wax worms under a bobber. Fish from shore near the old beach area anywhere between the jetties, some sorting may be necessary with perch averaging around 9 inches in size.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River has been holding steady or falling with anglers having the best success catching channel catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye and some crappies in both Bremer and Black Hawk counties.  Channel Catfish - Good: Cut baits and stink baits are working best for these bottom dwellers this time of year in both Black Hawk and Bremer counties. Anglers are having the best success fishing the shallow water areas in the swifter currents.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass using spinnerbaits, crankbaits and live bait rigs. Concentrate fishing around woody structure; fallen trees or stumps and rocky shoreline areas.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being taken above the Waverly Dam in the impoundment. Try casting jigs tipped with a minnow around brush piles.  Walleye - Good: The Cedar River in Bremer County is reporting good catches of walleye. Crankbaits are providing the best success along with jigs tipped with a night crawler.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Water levels on the Shell Rock River are as low as they have been all summer. Reports are that anglers are having good success on channel catfish and walleye.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try using cut baits and stink baits below low-head dams for these bottom dwellers this time of year.  Walleye - Good: The Shell Rock River in Butler County is reporting good catches of walleye. Crankbaits and jigs tipped with a night crawler are providing the best success.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Anglers are having good success catching channel catfish, walleyes and crappies on the Wapsipinicon River, especially in Buchanan County.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are having good success drifting leeches or night crawlers under a bobber in the shallow water riffle areas below low-head dams. Also try stink baits in these areas as well.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are biting on the Wapsi in Buchanan County below Independence. Try casting small jigs tipped with a crappie minnow below the dams in 3 to 4 feet of water.  Walleye - Good: Fish the early morning/ evening hours below the low-head dams in 3 to 4 feet of water using a jig tipped with a minnow for good success. Also try bouncing tipped jigs along current breaks and eddies below woody structure throughout the river.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River is holding steady with the recent rainfall, especially in Delaware County. Anglers are picking up some walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing stink baits or cut baits cast into log jams from the upstream side. Anglers are also having good success catching catfish in shallow, swift water areas.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and plastics or crankbaits around woody structure, brush piles and rocky shorelines.  Walleye - Fair: Try fishing current breaks below woody structure or the end of riffles in three to four feet of water.

Fishing the interior rivers of the Cedar, Shell Rock, Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers is providing the best angling opportunities for this time of year. Water levels on the Shell Rock River are the best they’ve been all summer. Most interior rivers are holding steady from recent rainfall events and are producing catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, crappies and walleyes. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Fishing has been fairly slow on the river this week. Bluegill - Fair: Catching some bluegill in the Big Lake area near Lansing.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be caught early in the morning fishing weedless tube jigs earlier in the morning in the backwater areas.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappie are still being caught near the New Albin area on minnows fished under a bobber.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Use a night crawler on the bottom in areas adjacent to the channel.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Fishing has been fairly slow on the river this week.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught near logjams in side channels using a night crawler or stink bait.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill are being caught in the backwaters in the Sny Magill area. Use a night crawler fished on the bottom to catch these fish.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some fish are being caught along rocky shorelines using crankbaits or tube jigs.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish the side channels and main channel using a night crawler to catch these fish.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing has been good in many areas. Use a night crawler or stink bait fished on the bottom. Try wing dams, outside bends with deeper water, and side channels.  White Bass - Good: White bass fishing has been very good at times in the channel. Find schooling fish and use small inline spinners to catch them.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth can be caught on rocky shorelines with eddying current. Use smaller hair-jigs or twister tails.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye can be caught trolling the tips of wing dams with crankbaits.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Fish some of the side channels and wing dams using night crawlers to catch these fish.

River gauges: Lansing 8.17, Lynxville 13.81, Guttenberg 5.44. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 78 degrees. Water levels will remain fairly steady 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 8.23 feet and is forecast to remain stable to slightly rise over the next week but the forecast may change as rain moves through the area Thursday.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the mid to low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfish bite has slowed, but fish are still being caught on stink bait around wing dams and snags.  Bluegill - Slow: Reports of a few, but nice, bluegills being taken around snags in side channels on crawlers or small jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits along rocky and rip rap shorelines have been producing.  Try the backwaters around woody structure or in the evening when they are working schools of shad.  Crappie - Slow: A few fish are being caught around snags in side channels and backwaters.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on the wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: 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 5.64 feet and is forecast to remain rise with rain moving through the area.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfish bite has slowed a little since last week, but they are still biting well.  Catfish coming on stink bait fished around wing dams and in side channels around rock and/or wood throughout the pool.  Bluegill - Slow: Reports of a few bluegills coming around snags in the side channels and backwaters.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines with current or below the dam in Bellevue.  Crappie - Slow: Reports of a few crappies coming off of snags in sloughs and side channels.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches.  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 10.22 feet and is forecast to rise with heavy rain moving through the area.  Water clarity is poor.  Main channel water temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfish bite has slowed but fish are still being caught on stink bait.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow with the muddy water.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: 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 6.9 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers and stink baits around wing dams and log piles. Stink baits have been working the best. Some fish are being caught along Sunset Marina and at the mouth of the Rock River. Catfish are also being caught in Andalusia Slough and Velie Chute fishing brush piles.  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 fishing has been slow.  Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Slow: 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 5.45 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log piles.  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.  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 - Slow: 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 6.75 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and around log piles.  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: Some bluegills were starting to be picked up in the backwaters on jigs and small minnows fished around brush piles.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies were starting to be picked up around brush piles in the backwaters on jigs and small minnows.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow. Some fish are being caught trolling crankbaits or dragging three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 3.90 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  White Bass - Slow: 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 - Slow: 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 are once again on the rise due to recent heavy rains. River levels are forecasted to rise 2 to 3 feet by the weekend. Main channel water temperature is around 74 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
The inlet and outlet are closed right now to prevent too much water coming in from the river and raising the level of Odessa.

Lake Geode
Fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Slow: I would be looking for them to be along the steep ledges down in 13 to 15 feet of water.

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 - Good: Anglers were doing fairly well on bluegills about 8 feet down before the rains.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfishing has slowed down lately, probably because of the constantly changing weather patterns.  Bluegill - Slow: Fish are around the habitat. Shallow water habitat is holding small fish and deeper water habitat his holding the keepers.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: 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 report was before all the rain.  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 to 3 feet of water.  Bluegill - Fair: Mostly smaller fish.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Go early or late in the day.  Noisy top-water baits will get 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 - Fair: Go deep using small jigs and wax worms.

Lake Darling
6+ inches of rain filled the lake back up. It will have to drain all over again.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river is above flood stage from all the rain.

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

Iowa Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Plenty of catfish are being caught, many in the 3 to 6 pound range.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting on a variety of artificials around wood/rock structures.

Kent Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Dusk/dawn and before/after storms have been the best times for channel catfish. Dip bait has been producing best.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish with plastic worms during the day along rock or wood. Early and late in the day throw top-waters.

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

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

Coralville Reservoir
As of August 26, the lake level jumped up nearly a foot due to heavy local rains. The level is projected to drop back to 683 feet in the next week. Water clarity had improved slightly but will likely dirty up again.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught fishing with shad.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Flows have been up and down daily due to rain events. This has made fishing tougher and less predictable.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish eddies, logjams, or where creeks dump in with crawlers, cut bait, or dip bait.

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 chicken liver have been the best bait for catching channel catfish.  Bluegill - Good: Small jigs have been catching fish along with a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.  The best areas have been along the shorelines and around submerged structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along the shoreline and around submerged structure.  Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are also a good choice to use around these same areas.

Lake Keomah
Channel Catfish - Slow: Use night crawlers or cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler fished along the shoreline.  Look for areas with structure.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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 - Fair: 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 stink bait.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinnerbaits around submerged structure.  Try areas in the flooded timber.  Crappie - Fair: Try drifting minnows in the deeper parts of the lake.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler.  Try a variety of depths.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use Carolina rigged worms or spinnerbaits around weed lines and other structure.  Jig and pig combinations can be used around the rip-rapped shorelines.  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.  The lake level is at 904.88 which is less than 1 foot above normal.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use blood bait or cut bait to catch channel catfish around Island View and back in the coves and bays.  Some channel catfish are also being caught by walleye anglers trolling crankbaits or night crawlers.  White Bass - Fair: 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 - Fair: The South Fork flats and the area around Island View have been producing some catches of keepers.  Trolling night crawlers 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
Channel Catfish - Good: Good numbers of catfish can be caught in the portion of the lake from the boat ramp to the golf course using bluegills or creek chubs for cut bait.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are hitting on top-water lures and soft plastics fished near tree falls and steep drop-offs in 3 to 8 feet of water.

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

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

Rock Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite is good using fresh cut bait, stink baits or crawlers.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught drifting in 8 to 10 foot of water using small jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.

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 or crawlers trolled on spinning rigs 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 baits.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing is slow, but some fish are being caught 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
White Bass - Good: The white bass bite is good right now.  They are being caught trolling crankbaits, spoons, or Kastmaster type lures with black/silver, silver/green, or silver/blue color combinations to imitate shad.  The best areas are submerged humps and sharp drop-offs near points. 

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 - Fair: The white bass bite is slow.  Some anglers are locating fish trolling lipless crankbaits or Kastmaster style lures near sharp drop-offs. Blue/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)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. 

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. 

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 - Fair: Drifting with small jigs tipped with night crawler has been good for fish in the 7 to 9 inch range. Sorting is necessary. 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 niblet is a must.

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

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway Lake has one small concrete boat ramp.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are also being caught while drifting but sorting is necessary to find 7 to 8 inch fish.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught drifting or vertical jigging small jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Niblets. Fish are 8 to 10 inches.

Cold Springs Lake
Cold Springs was renovated in 2006 and the fishery is just beginning to come back. Reports of 20 plus inch channel catfish and 17-inch largemouth bass are common. Cold Springs has one concrete boat ramp.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Aquatic vegetation is abundant in the lake. Use weedless lures and plastic baits to fish around mats of vegetation.

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 to 8 feet of water along weed edges and old road beds.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are drifting small jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Niblets. Fish average 8.5 inches.

Viking Lake
Viking lake fishery is doing very well after recent renovation. The lake is full with three concrete boat ramps.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having success fishing plastic baits in the brush piles. Fish up to 17 inches are being caught.

Prairie Rose Lake
Lake has a good channel catfish population with majority being in the 1 to 3-pound class. Prairie Rose has two concrete boat ramps.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in the evenings on liver and night crawlers.

Lake Manawa
Lake is full with slight algae bloom.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfishing continues to be slow. Fish are still being caught in the evenings on chicken liver using a Looper Liver Rig.

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: Anglers are catching channel catfish in shallow bays and in the corners of pond dam using liver or blood baits.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are in 6 to 8 feet of water and around deep structure. A small piece of crawler on a bobber works best.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be caught in early mornings and late afternoons casting along weed edges and around structure close to shore.

August fishing usually involves catfishing, largemouth bass, and drifting for panfish in area lakes. Recent heavy rains may affect water clarity in some lakes. Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs 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 temperature is around 75.  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 in the evenings or just after dark using stink bait cut baits.

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

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water quality is very good.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some nice fish can be caught by fishing worms along the shoreline in the evenings.

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

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 temperature is in the middle 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink bait is working fairly well for channel catfish in shallow bays or open flat areas.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being caught using leeches on the roadway between the ramps.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Several anglers are catching wipers using leeches while walleye fishing the roadway.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water quality is fair but the lake is turning a little green.  Water temperature is around 77 degrees.  Bullhead - Fair: A lot of nice bullheads can be caught using crawlers.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some nice channel catfish can be caught in less than 8 feet of water using stink baits or cut baits.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Slow sinking rubber worms used near structure has been successful for catching largemouth bass.

Water temperature is in the middle 70s with water quality at most lakes ranging from fair to good.

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