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Iowa fishing report 8-5-10

August 05, 2010 at 01:51 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 and out of your boats when leaving Nelson Park Lake because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Water clarity is excellent.  Anglers are catching a few crappie and big bluegills, but you really have to work at it. Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Yellow Smoke because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Fishing is good for catfish, bluegill and crappie.  Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers and out of boats when leaving Crawford Creek because the invasive aquatic plant brittle naiad is present.

Badger Lake (Webster County)
Catfishing has been good, but fishing for other species is still slow.

Brushy Creek Lake
Fishing has been slow.

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-inch to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released, and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.

North Twin Lake
Yellow bass and sheepshead are abundant and anglers have been catching decent numbers of them.

Swan Lake
Water clarity at Swan Lake is around 16 to 18 inches.

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.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 Bridge near Auburn)
The Raccoon River is back within its banks, but flows are still very high.  Avoid canoeing, kayaking or tubing the river until the water level goes down.

Although we did receive rain this week in Black Hawk District, the rivers are within their banks, but are still high and flowing fast.  Use caution around rivers as flows will still be high.  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
Small yellow bass and crappies are biting on a jig tipped with a crawler. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and night crawler below the dam.

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

Clear Lake
Yellow bass are biting. Try drifting live bait or cut bait near the reefs and in the little lake. The best bite is early morning and in the evenings. A few walleyes are being caught; try fishing the reefs using jigs tipped with a minnow.  Channel catfish are biting on crawlers and chicken liver fishing the windswept side of the lake. Sunfish are biting on worms off the jetties.

Little Wall Lake
Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and worms, Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits fished near the weed edge. Bluegills are being caught on worms fished near the shoreline.

Rice Lake
Yellow perch fishing is still fair, best fishing is off the docks using minnows.

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

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

Bluebill Lake
Bluegills are biting on worms fished near the weed edge. Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits fish near the weed edge.

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 79 degrees.  Bluegill - Slow: Use a leech or crawler on a hook under a split shot and fish along weed beds on rock bars.  Yellow Perch - Good: 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 near Big Stoney and Red Nose Point or Marble Beach.  Walleye - Slow: Use a split shot and hook, Lindy rig with live bait or troll crankbaits along weed beds and rock bars.

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.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler around boat docks and weed beds.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish around boat docks or weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Fish around boat docks and weed lines with a small jig tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish around boat docks and weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

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

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 74 degrees.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig or slip bobber with live bait along deep weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig or slip bobber with live bait along weed beds.  Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech or jig tipped with live bait near weed beds or rock bars.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Use a small jig or slip bobber with live bait along weed beds.

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

Lost Island Lake
Northern Pike - Fair: A few fish are being caught using a chub below a large bobber.  Channel Catfish - Good: Drift live bait along the edge of the rock reef or use stink bait or worms at the bridge.

Lower Gar Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish around boat docks or at the outlet with crawdads, frogs, or chubs.

Big Sioux River
The river is currently flooded and out of its banks.

Rock River
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use live bait near brush piles and eddies.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish around brush piles and eddies with crawdads or chubs.

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

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
Fishing is slow this week.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are being caught using chicken liver.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are fair with in-line spinners.

Lake Meyer
Fishing has picked up as of late.  Northern Pike - Good: Northerns are being caught cruising the weed beds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on worms and chicken liver as they move up to the shallows at dark.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught outside the weed line in 10 to 15 feet of water on small jigs and worms.  Fish are ranging from 7 to 8 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are still being caught but have slowed.  Try running a scum frog through the weed beds at first light and sunset.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught outside the weed line in 10 to 15 feet of water using a small jig and worm.  Fish are ranging from 9 to 11 inches.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels are slowly dropping and water clarity is improving.  Not many anglers have been out but the river is fishable.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels are dropping.  The river is fishable but few anglers have been out.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been having good success using stink bait and chicken livers.

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 high but levels are slowly dropping.  Fishing has been slow.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers have been using cut bait or stink bait.

River water levels are still up but falling.  Better fishing will be found in the lakes and smaller streams with better watersheds.  Trout streams are in good condition.  With the water off color, now is a good time to target brown trout.  For more information about a specific stream, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.  Most of our rivers are high but, are falling.  Few anglers have been out on the rivers.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 9.9 feet, and is predicted to drop almost 0.8 feet in the next week.  Water temperature is near 80 degrees.  Water clarity is continuing to improve.  Northern Pike - Good: 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 - 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 out far to catch nice catfish.  Stink baits or chicken liver are the baits of choice.  White Bass - Good: Some nice pockets of active feeding white bass have been seen along the main channel.  Look for minnows jumping and use small white minnow imitations or spinners.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being reported along the bank being caught on a worm and bobber.  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 - Fair: Anglers report good catches of bass in the Lansing area along main channel weed lines suing crawdad crankbaits.  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 17.0 feet, and is predicted to drop almost 2 feet in the next week.  Water temperature is near 80 degrees.  Water clarity is continuing to improve.  Bullhead - Fair: A few nice catches of bullheads reported north of McGregor.  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 - Good: 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 - Excellent: Anglers have reported catching large bluegills along rocky areas like near the edge of the spillway, 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 9.0 feet, and is predicted to drop almost two feet in the next week.  Water temperature is near 80 degrees.  Water clarity is continuing to improve.  Northern Pike - Fair: A few nice pike being caught near colder-water inputs.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: 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 - Excellent: 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 drifting night crawlers or using artificials.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris. Small spinners or jigs will work best, while some are being caught with live bait. Fishing has been better in the upper part of the pool.  Some anglers are using scum frogs and other floating frog lures in pockets of vegetation.  Yellow Perch - Fair: There have been some reports of good catches of yellow perch in the sloughs around Guttenberg.  Sauger - Slow: There have been some reports of sauger coming out of St. Louis Lake.  Walleye - Slow: The walleye fishing should start to pick up.  Wing dams are a little too deep with the high water but as water recedes three-way angling on the front of the wing dams should get good.  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 80 degrees. River levels have begun to fall slowly and are expected to continue to fall over the next week.  Water levels are: Lansing 9.9, Lynxville 17.0 and Guttenberg 9.0. Water clarity is improving.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 11.01 feet and falling. Water clarity has improved as water levels are dropping and is fair.  Water temperature is in the 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 - Fair: Channel cats are biting on stink bait in side channels around snags and near the mouth of catfish creek.  White Bass - Fair: Look for white bass on current breaks along rocky shorelines.  Sampling crews have seen good numbers and sizes this week around Catfish Creek, Peosta Channel, and the head of City Island.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting on crawlers under a bobber in shallow water around vegetation and wood.  Also look for them in marinas around docks.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting on top-water frogs fished around lily pads and vegetation.  Bass are also biting on crankbaits along rip rap shorelines around Dubuque and in Peosta Channel.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow the past week with the high, dirty water, but look for fishing to improve as conditions do.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting good on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 10.12 feet and falling. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on stink bait fished around snags in the side channels.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow with the high water the last week, but look for fishing to improve as the conditions do.  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 12.82 feet and falling. Water clarity is poor but improving and water temperature is in the low 80s.  With poor water conditions, fishing has been slow over most of the pool, but a few fish are being caught in the sand pits where water clarity is better.

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 11.76 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  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. Fishing along the flooded islands can be good as well.  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 11.68 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on dip baits and crawlers fished around brush piles and logjams along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. There is a lot of debris floating in the water that makes trolling wing dams difficult.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 14.10 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10.27 feet and falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been tough due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on dip baits, crawlers and shad. Try fishing along brush piles and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River conditions are still high throughout Pools 16-20. Many of the boat ramps are underwater. Fishing has been tough throughout the pools due to high and muddy water. There is lot of debris floating in the river so take caution when boating. For more fishing information on pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
The Toolesboro road remains closed with about 18 inches of water on it.  The wildlife crew has pulled the docks out at Schaffer’s and Sand Run.  The ramps are still useable at those two locations.

Lake Belva Deer
They are paving the roads in the park so the south boat ramp is closed.  Please use the north ramp over by the beach. Fishing remains fairly good in the early mornings and late evenings.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try the upper end of the lake during the last couple of hours of daylight.  Chicken liver and stink baits are producing the most catfish.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing remains good in the first few hours of the day as well as the last few.  Small baits fished out in the trees at about 3 to 5 feet down are working the best.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The late evening hours are producing some good bass fishing.  Look for them to be in the shallow water hunting young bluegills.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Most of the catfish are being caught at 5 feet deep using cut baits or stink bait.  Bluegill - Good: Some nice 8 to 9-inch fish are being routinely caught on light tackle using bobber and worm.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics and crankbaits to catch them.

Lake of the Hills
Overall the bite is in the summer pattern.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing remains good early or late in the day. Chicken liver and stink baits seem to be working the best.  Bluegill - Slow: The smaller bluegills are staying in shallow, the bigger ones are out in the deeper water suspended at 5 to 7 feet down. Fish early in the morning or just before the park closes.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river is at minor flood stage.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa remains above flood stage.

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

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

Lake Macbride
Channel Catfish - Good:  Flathead Catfish - Fair:

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 in Pleasant Creek are quite low below depths of 15 feet. It is likely that fish won’t be found below these depths.

Diamond Lake
The water is muddy due to recent rains.  Channel Catfish - Good:

Otter Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Best action has been at night.

Coralville Reservoir
The current lake level as of August 4 is 698 feet and it is falling less than one foot per day.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some anglers are catching catfish on live or cut bait.

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)
Flathead Catfish - Good: Below the dams have been best.

For more information contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello
The lake has refilled after last year’s fish population renovation.  Red ear and channel catfish were stocked last fall and largemouth bass and bluegill this spring.

Red Haw Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have been biting on chicken liver and night crawlers.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler.  Try areas along the aquatic vegetation and in pockets within the vegetation.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try plastic worms fished around submerged structure or around the rock jetties.

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

Lake Keomah
Channel Catfish - Slow: Cut bait has been producing some catches of channel catfish.  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.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline and around submerged structure.  There are buoys marking areas where cedar trees have been placed for fish habitat.

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

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 923.79 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.  Walleye - Fair: Try trolling or drifting night crawler rigs along underwater reefs and islands.  Underwater points have also been producing some walleyes.  Crankbaits are also a good bait to use this time of year.  Jigging spoons have also been productive.  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
Rock Creek Lake
Crappie - Good: Anglers targeting crappies have been doing well drifting the center of the lake using small tube jigs, or tube jigs tipped with minnows or wax worms.

Big Creek Lake
There is currently a walleye harvest study taking place.  Anglers who catch a walleye should look near the tail of the fish for a small yellow tag.  The tags can be removed from harvested or released fish of LEGAL size and returned with a survey for a cash reward.  The surveys can be picked up at the marina, park office, Polk City Bait and Tackle, or Johnston Bait and Tackle.  There are also signs posted at the boat ramps with instructions.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting well in the upper arms using fresh cut bait.  Fish in depths 15 foot and less.  White Bass - Good: Big Creek currently has a large population of white bass.  They are biting aggressively, especially just before and just after sunset.  Casting or drifting small jigs or spinners is working well.  Concentrate on the points and jetties on the windblown side of the lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are suspended.  Drift fishing small pieces of crawler in 6 to 14 feet has produced good catches in the upper half of the lake in both the east and west arms.  The roadbed in the west ramp bay continues to produce bluegills, white bass, and few crappies.  Bluegills and crappies are suspended from 8 to 12 feet on either side of the road.  The lake is stratified so avoid fishing depths greater than 12 to 15 feet.  The bluegills have been good sized from 7 to 9 inches.  Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite is slow.  The fish that are being caught are coming from mostly the east arm at the upper end of the lake using night crawlers or leeches. 

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill pattern is remaining consistent.  The bite is not fast, but they are being picked up by drifting small pieces of night crawler out from the south shore, or near the pallet structures east of the island.  The lake is stratified, so keep bait above 8 to 10 feet.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Fair: The lake is stratified, so fish no deeper than 8 to 10 feet.  Bluegills are being caught suspended away from shore just past the vegetation.  Concentrate on the northwest shoreline.  There are several large sunken brush piles in this area that bluegills and crappie will suspend over.  Redear Sunfish - Fair: Anglers fishing for bluegills are also picking up some large redears.  Pieces of night crawler or small leeches fished near the bottom in 8 feet of water or less next to the vegetation works well.

Red Rock Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite is good using fresh cut bait.  White Bass - Good: Good reports are coming still from anglers that are fishing above the mile long bridge and up the Teter Creek arm.  White bass are being picked by covering water and trolling crankbaits.  There was excellent shad reproduction this year.  On calm days look for gulls and/or shad breaking the surface.  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 - Good: White bass are being caught from shore and boat in the marina, especially when the pumps are running, the Big Creek spillway, and by trolling over the flooded Oak Grove parking lot.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: There are good numbers of channel catfish of all sizes, with quite a few large fish.  Fresh cut bait, such as bluegill fillets, work well.  Due to the very clear water, fish during the late evening and just after sunset.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught best in the evenings.  Fish just past the edge of the aquatic vegetation with small pieces of night crawler under a bobber.

Central Iowa rivers are running high.  The Middle Raccoon is bumping up a little, but should be at fishable levels by the end of the weekend.  The Des Moines River is still dropping above Saylorville and is becoming fishable, especially for catfish.  Summer fishing patterns in the lakes are staying consistent with the high water temperatures.  Bluegills and crappie are being caught best drift fishing small jigs or live bait fished at depths of 5 to 15 feet.  Catfishing is also good right now in most lakes.

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 around cedar tree piles casting crankbaits and small spinners. Good percentage of bass in the 15 to 17-inch range.

Mormon Trail Lake
Mormon Trail Lake has excellent water clarity. There is one concrete boat ramp available.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver.

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

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 is slightly turbid after recent heavy rains. There are two concrete boat ramps to choose from.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs across the main lake. Also, try worms under a bobber around jetties and underwater reefs. Fish average 8 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits. Crankbaits and plastics are good baits around underwater reefs and roadbeds.  Crappie - Slow: 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 from 1 to 3 pounds. Liver has been working well fishing in 4 to 6 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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 70s and water clarity is fair.  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 temperature is in the mid to upper 70s on most southwest Iowa lakes. For information, contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water temperature is near 80 degrees.  The lake level is normal. 
Clarity is about 2 to 3 feet at mid-lake and a little more near the dam.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Several catfish are being caught from shore on bluegill sides.

Little River Watershed Lake
Water levels are normal.  Clarity is between 1.5 and 2.5 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Shoreline anglers are catching channel catfish on bluegill sides or liver.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about three 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 and bluegill sides.

Grand River
Flows can be high but should return to normal quickly.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few mid-sized channel catfish are coming from the holes near bridges.

Water levels at southwest Iowa lakes and rivers are near normal and water clarity is good considering recent rains.  Water temperatures are near 80 degrees.

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