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Iowa fishing report 8-6-09

August 06, 2009 at 02:28 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 types of bait. Chubs have been working particularly well the last week.  Bluegill - Fair: Shore and boat anglers are catching a few good sized bluegill with small hooks and jigs.  Crappie - Good: Boat and shore anglers have been catching nice crappie on most bait.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water has been a bit murky the last few days.  A few bluegill and crappie are being caught.  Please clean your fish at the floating fish cleaning platform at the west ramp.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills have moved out from shore; try fishing just off the bottom in 8 to 12 feet of water.  Anglers have been having some luck using a piece of crawler or a wax worm on a small hook.  Crappie - Slow: Anglers have been catching a few crappie in water offshore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Bel Air Boat Ramp has been repaired and has reopened.  Fishing has slowed considerably.  Catfish anglers are having some luck.  Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit on walleyes.  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.  White Bass - Slow: Anglers are catching a few white bass.  Most fish are in the 10 to 15 inch range.

Black Hawk Lake
Anglers have been catching some medium size bullheads.  Shore anglers are having good luck catching 1.5 to 2 pound catfish on various baits including liver, leeches, night crawlers and stink bait.  Also try crayfish.

Anglers are catching catfish, but bluegill, crappie and walleye fishing have slowed to midsummer levels.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Lannie Miller (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Beeds Lake
Largemouth bass, Channel Catfish and Bluegills are biting. 

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

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Largemouth bass are biting.  Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait.  Bluegill - 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 early in the morning fishing in 4 to 10 feet of water in the little lake or, try drifting cut bait or a worm across the reefs on the main lake during the day. Walleye fishing is slow but a few 14 to 17 inch fish are being caught. Muskie fishing is fair try fishing the bulrush edge and the reefs. 

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

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

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

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

Bluebill Lake
Bluegill fishing has been good. 

Boone River
Channel catfish are biting on stink bait. 

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Fishing has been good for smallmouth bass and channel catfish and walleye. 

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing had been fair before the water level came up.  Channel Catfish - Fair: using cut bait or liver.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: using jigs and crankbaits.

Winnebago River
Channel Catfish and Smallmouth bass fishing had been fair before the water level came up. 

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

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

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

Big Spirit Lake
Northern Pike - Fair: Troll crankbaits along weed lines in Angler’s Bay and Reed’s Run early in the mornings.  White Bass - Fair: use jerk baits, top-water lures, or white jigs in the evenings while looking for surface feeding fish.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigging lures tipped with wigglers along weed beds in Angler’s Bay.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use top-water lures or jerk baits while looking for surface feeding activity at the Footbridge or Big Stoney Point.  Yellow Perch - Excellent: Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm or wigglers while anchored on the deep flats on the main lake or along weed beds.  Walleye - Fair: Drift fish along weed beds using worms or leeches or troll the deep flats on the main lake with crankbaits.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or large minnows around the bridges, weed lines, or off boat docks.  White Bass - Good: Use white jigs or a bobber and minnow at Trigg’s Bridge early or late in the day.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small live bait along weed lines.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small jigging lures tipped with live bait along weed lines.  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
Bluegill - Good: Use mini jigs or live bait around weed beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Pitch soft plastics to boat docks.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Use mini jigs or live bait around weed beds and boat docks.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Good: Troll crankbaits along the north shore.  Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits in the west bay and around the island.

West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Good: Troll with crankbaits along weed lines.  White Bass - Fair: Use small surface lures around sunset along weed Bluegill - Good: Slip bobber fish with small leeches or use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm or small crawdads along the edge of weed lines and rock bars in Hayward, Miller, and Emerson bays.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish rock bars and weed lines with top-water lures early and late or fish with crawdads on rock bars during the day.  Yellow Perch - Good: Fish with jigging spoons tipped with live bait along weed lines in the bays.  Walleye - Fair: Slip bobber fish with leeches on rock bars and weed lines or troll crankbaits in the same areas.  Muskellunge - Good: Fish are being caught casting in-line spinners or trolling large crankbaits near rock bars and weed beds.  Fish up to 50 inches have been caught recently.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with live bait along weed lines in Smith’s, Hayward’s, and Emerson Bay.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stink bait, minnows, or chubs at the rail road bridge.  Walleye - Fair: Fishing has slowed but fish are still being caught while trolling crankbaits.

Lost Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait along the south shore.  Walleye - Fair: Fishing has slowed but fish are still being caught while trolling crankbaits.

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

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

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait or stink bait around deep holes and brush piles and at the Klondike Dam.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Use large live bait along cut banks, deep holes, brush piles, and at the Klondike Dam.

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

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
River has stabilized after recent rains.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait or crawdads above brush piles.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a worm below riffles in deeper water.

Kids Corner: If you are looking for a place to take a child fishing then go to Big Spirit and West Okoboji Lakes or Scharnburg Park.  If you are using a boat go perch fishing on Spirit Lake on the main lake north of Marble Beach.  Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm along the weed bed in 12-16 foot of water.  If fishing from shore on West Okoboji lake fish on the public docks north of the Triboji boat ramp in North Bay for bluegills with a small bobber and hook baited with wigglers.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Channel Catfish - Slow: Try fishing near submersed logs and other structure.  Worms and stink bait work well.  Bluegill - Slow: Try fishing away from shore suspending your bait in 6-8 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Slow:

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

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

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

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

Turkey River (below Clermont)
Good wadeable conditions are prevalent on the Turkey River around Elkader south.  Anglers report variable catches of a wide assortment of fish.  Channel Catfish - Slow:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue reporting fair catches of catfish using night crawlers and chicken liver.

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, call 563-927-5736.

The Upper Iowa, Turkey and Cedar rivers are looking very fishable.  Water levels are running low and clear.  Area lakes are now stratified so top-water angling is best for panfish.  If you have any questions, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Anglers are catching nice sized catfish out of Casey Lake.  Channel Catfish - Good: Best luck has been fishing with cut baits and stink baits off of the bottom during the evening hours.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Anglers are having best success in the rivers catching channel catfish in Bremer and Black Hawk Counties.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try using cut baits, stink baits and shrimp for these bottom dwellers this time of year.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass using spinnerbaits and live baits.  Walleye - Fair: The Cedar in Bremer County is reporting fair catches of walleye, crankbaits are providing the best success along with jigs tipped with a night crawler.

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

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Conditions are favorable on the Maquoketa River but reports have been slow for most species.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing the upstream side of log jams using cut baits or stink baits.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and plastics or crankbaits around woody structure and rocky shorelines.  Walleye - Fair: Try fishing current breaks below woody structure or jigging deeper water areas along the Maquoketa.

Fishing for channel catfish in the interior rivers of the Cedar, Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers is providing the best angling opportunities for this time of year. Most interior rivers are steady and are producing good catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass and some walleyes. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish are being caught on stink bait. Check deep holes around wing dams.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a night crawler on the bottom in the side channels.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try using top-water baits.  Crappie - Fair: A few anglers in the New Albin area reported catches of crappie. Freshwater Drum - Good: Night crawler on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Northern Pike - Good: Pike are starting to congregate near the mouth of coldwater streams and springs.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers report decent catches in Sny Magill and along wing dams.  Keep moving to locate active fish.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use tube jigs on the tips of the wing dams.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish shallow running crankbaits near rocky shorelines and fallen trees.  Crappie - Good: Good around Harpers Ferry area.  Fish fallen trees in 5 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Use three-way rig with night crawler on wing dams, or fish night crawler on bottom in side sloughs.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Using a one eyed jig in many of the deeper holes along the channel.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught along the channel using night crawlers or stink bait. Check the holes around the outside and below wing dams.  White Bass - Good: White bass can be caught in the tailwaters or along some of the wing dams using small inline spinners.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are starting to being caught on the wing dams using small spinners or crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye are being caught on the wing dams either trolling crankbaits or three-way jigs tipped with night crawlers. Keep checking different wing dams to find where active fish are concentrated.  Freshwater Drum - Good: drum are being caught using night crawlers fished on the bottom.

River gauges: Lansing, 7.7; Lynxville, 11.79; Guttenberg, 3.42. Water temperature at Guttenberg is 76 degrees. The water levels in pools 9-11 are low.  Boaters should 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 7.06 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is good.  Water temperature is in the high 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on stink bait or crawlers fished in 10-12 feet of water in side channels and around wing dams.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish around rocky shorelines or wing dams with crankbaits.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Shallow crankbaits along the floodwall up by the dam.  Also cranks on rocky shorelines in side channels and along the Iowa shoreline below Nine Mile Island (Massey).  Crappie - Fair: Fish being caught in side channels around snags in 12-14 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Fish are being caught on the wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers or crankbaits with reports of a lot of walleyes longer than 20 inches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current for small drum or use crawfish for monsters.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 3.59 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is good.  Water temperature is in the high 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting well on stink bait fished around wing dams and in side channels around rock and/or wood.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines with current or below the dam in Bellevue.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wing dams or other areas with rock.  Throw crankbaits or fish three-way rigs with spinners or floaters tipped with crawlers.  With the low water, walleye will be more concentrated on the wing dam tips and dams with more current.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 9.10 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is poor.  Main channel water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good numbers being caught on stink baits, around wing dams.  Some anglers are having luck on cut bait, as well.  Walleye - Fair: Three-way rigs tipped with crawlers or crankbaits around wing dams and flats have been producing some fish.  A lot of fish over 20 inches being reported.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a piece of crawler on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

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

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 4.42 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, and stink baits around wing dams and log piles. Stink baits have been working the best. Fishing has been good along Sunset Marina and at the mouth of the Rock River. Fishing has also been good for catfish in Andalusia Slough and Velie Chute fishing brush piles.  White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing in Sylvan Slough has been hit or miss. Anglers have been catching a few white bass casting jigs and twister tails or in-line spinners. Some white bass are being caught while trolling crankbaits for walleyes on the wing dams.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in flowing side channels of the Andalusia Islands around brush piles on minnows.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down some due to low water conditions. 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 3.26 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught up by the dam and on the wing dams on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations. The best fishing has been early in the morning or right before dark.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber floating pieces of worm or small minnows under a bobber.  Crappie - Slow:  Crappie fishing in Big Timber has been tough. A few fish are being picked up along the deeper cuts floating a minnow under a bobber.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down. Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits along the fronts of wing dams. 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 3.98feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and around log piles. Dip baits seem to be working the best.  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 fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 1.77 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being picked up by the dam casting a jig and twister or small crankbait.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being picked up on the wing dams around Burlington trolling crankbaits and on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are forecasted to stay fairly steady over the weekend. River levels are low so boaters should take caution of wing dams and shallow areas when boating. Main channel water temperature is around 78 degrees. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Belva Deer
Work on the road paving project continues.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegills remain out deep.  Look for them at 13 to 16 feet down.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching them in the same place as the bluegills.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught in the shallow water at dawn/dusk using stink bait.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish are around the habitat: shallow water habitat for the small ones, and deeper water for the keeper fish.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are being found in deeper water during the day and at dusk/dawn are moving into the shallows.

Lake of the Hills
Fishing success has been dictated by the changing weather patterns.  Channel Catfish - Good: Night crawlers are working in the shallow water either late or early in the day.  Bluegill - Fair: The larger bluegills are in the deeper water around the brush piles.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Go early or late in the day.  Nosy top-water baits will get you some action. During the day fish deeper with plastics on the woody habitat or by banging crankbaits off the riprap.  If you can get out ahead of a front, the action picks up considerably using spinner baits or top-waters.  Crappie - Good: Crappies can be caught with a long “dippin” pole using wax worms on small tube jigs about 4 foot down around the brush piles and the fishing dock.

Lake Darling
The lake bed is drying nicely.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river level continues to drop.  The current is moving fairly slow and be careful and start looking for the sandbars that are now just below the surface.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing around the brush piles seems to be the way to go for both flatheads and channel cats.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers are still catching some nice flatheads on the river.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river level continues to drop slowly.  Channel catfish fishing remains good. 

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

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

Lake Macbride
Things have been slow. Fish are in their summer patterns, usually relating to deeper water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish top-waters early around shallow rock. During the day pitch plastics to wood/vegetation or cast crankbaits on points/humps/deeper rock.  Crappie - Fair: Some black crappies are suspending in open water or over rock/brush. Try drifting a jig or slip bobber and minnow. Some nice white crappies are hanging out in the lily pads and shallow brush. Pitch a jig or slip bobber and minnow along the edges or in the pockets.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try cut bait, stink bait, or crawlers around the jetties or rocky shorelines. Evening tends to be the best time.  Crappie - Good: 6-7 inch crappies are very plentiful and fairly willing to bite on small jigs. Try around the jetties and brush. Larger fish are possible as well.

Coralville Reservoir
As of August 6, the lake level is down to normal stage of 683 feet, but the water is still dirty.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught drifting shad or bluegills.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
The flow coming out of the Coralville dam is about 1,500 cubic feet per second (CFS), which down from last weeks flow of 6,000 CFS. This will change fish locations and patterns.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Cut bait had been producing well while the river levels were up.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish around creek mouths and pool eddies with live bait.

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

Lake Wapello
The lake is currently being drained.

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

Lake Keomah
Channel Catfish - Slow: Use night crawlers or stink bait.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler fished along the shoreline.  Look for areas with structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics or jigs fished along submerged structure.  Areas along the shoreline with rock or overhanging trees can also produce some nice catches.

Albia (lower)
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines.  Try using a chunk of night crawler under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try areas with some rip rap or areas with submerged structure.  There are also areas marked with habitat buoys where cedars trees have been placed.

Lake Miami
The lake drawdown started May 15.  Anglers may still use the lake during this time and the boat docks and boat ramps are usable.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use night crawlers, chicken liver or dead minnows.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs along the shorelines and around structure.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinnerbaits around submerged structure.  Try areas in the flooded timber.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs or jig/minnow combinations along the shoreline or other structure.  Drifting minnows in the deeper parts of the lake can also be successful.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler.  Try a variety of depths.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use Carolina rigged worms around weed lines and other structure.  Jig and pig combinations can be used around the rip-rapped shorelines.  Top-waters are also a good choice for mornings and evenings.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a minnow.  Try different locations until you find active fish.

Rathbun Reservoir
Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the 70s.  The lake level is currently at 905.20 feet, which is a foot above normal pool.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish around the rip rapped areas around the South Fork and Bridgeview bridges.  Some channel catfish are also being caught by walleye anglers trolling crankbaits or night crawlers.  White Bass - Good: Use flashy blade baits or chrome colored baits to mimic shad.  Try areas with some underwater structure or a change in depth.  The area around Island View has been productive.  Some walleye anglers are also catching white bass trolling night crawlers in the same areas.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught but most of them are less than 8 inches, with an occasional fish over 10 inches.  Most anglers having success are catching fish on crankbaits.  Walleye - Slow: The South Fork flats and the area around Island View have been producing some catches of keepers.  Trolling night crawlers or minnows has been working the best.  Some walleyes are being caught in shallow water less than 6 feet deep.

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

SOUTHWEST
Don Williams Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.  Crappie - Fair: Drift fishing mid lake on the upper half with small tube jigs or minnows has produced is producing some fish. 

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

Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve Lake (west)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.  Bluegill - Good: Some very nice bluegills are being caught using small jigs or crawlers.  The larger 8 to 9 inch fish are coming from the flooded wood in the upper end of the lake. 

Rock Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught using cut bait, shrimp and stink baits.

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.

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 - Fair: Bluegills can be caught fishing over the submerged rock piles using a split shot and small piece of crawler.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are hitting well on any type of weedless rig fished through the edges or the weed beds and along treefalls.

Red Rock Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught using stink baits or cut baits.  White Bass - Fair: The white bass bite has started to pick up a little with the warmer weather.  They are being caught using crankbaits or Kastmaster type lures with black/silver, silver/green, or silver/blue color combinations to imitate shad.  The best activity has been in the vicinity of Roberts Creek outlet.

Saylorville Reservoir
Catfishing is 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 white bass bite is still slow.  A few are still being caught near Sandpiper, Cherry Glen, and the Mile Long Bridge.  They are being caught by trolling crankbaits or Kastmaster style lures.  Silver, green/silver, or gold colors are working best.

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

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

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
Channel Catfish - Good: Good sized channel catfish are being caught below the Saylorville spillway using prepared baits or cut bait.  White Bass - Fair: Fair numbers of white bass are being caught in the evenings and just after dark below the Saylorville spillway.

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

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield City Reservoir is electric motor only.  Bluegills and crappies can be caught fishing in 11 feet of water just above the thermocline.  Bluegill - Good: Fish a small piece of worm on a small hook in 10 to 11 feet of water to catch these 8-inch bluegills.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught by anglers drifting small jigs tipped with worm pieces.

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

Lake Anita
Anglers are drifting for bluegills and crappies as well as fishing the many brush piles in the lake.  Anita has a good channel catfish population available for anglers.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing for catfish just outside the weed line in 6 to 8 feet of water using dip baits or chicken liver.  Evening fishing is best.  Bluegill - Fair: Drift small jigs tipped with worm pieces above the thermocline in 10 to 11 feet of water for these 7-inch bluegills.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching largemouth bass on deeper structure in the lake.  Try fishing the old road bed and the deeper brush piles in the lake.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught by anglers drifting the main lake or around brush piles on small jigs.

Willow Lake
A few catfish are being caught at Willow Lake.  The lake has very clear water. 

Prairie Rose Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught by anglers on dip baits or chicken liver.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills (6 to 7-inch) are being caught on night crawlers.

Lake Manawa
Lake is full with slight algae bloom.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catching catfish on shrimp and cut bait.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Try casting spinners around docks on east side of lake.

Fishing during early August centers around catfish, largemouth bass, and drifting for panfish in area lakes.  Area rivers are in good shape for summer catfishing.

Lake Icaria
The lake level is near normal and the water quality is good.  Water temperature is 75 to 80 degrees.  Bullhead - Fair: A crawler on a bobber or on the bottom will catch several bullheads just about anywhere on the lake.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Shoreline anglers are catching some channel catfish later in the day or just after dark on stink bait or liver.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappie are biting on small jigs near the flooded trees in 6 to 9 feet of water.

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

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

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water quality is good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The channel catfish have been biting on stink bait or liver during the evening hours.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 3.5 to 4.5 feet and slightly green.  Bullhead - Fair: Crawlers on the bottom are working fairly well for bullheads.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish activity is starting using stink bait in the quiet bays in 4 to 6 feet of water.  Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegill can be picked up using small, slow sinking jigs or flies.  A piece of night crawler on a bobber in quiet bays or the sides of the fish mounds seem to work also.

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

Three Mile Lake
Water quality is good and water temps are above 80.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink bait is working fairly well for channel catfish in shallow bays or open flat areas.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught using small crawlers while fishing next to flooded trees.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water quality is good but the lake is turning a little green.  Bullhead - Fair: A lot of nice bullheads can be caught using crawlers.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some nice channel catfish from 2 to 4 pounds can be caught from the shallow areas less than 8 feet deep using stink baits or chicken liver.  Bluegill - Slow: The bluegill fishing has slowed.  A few nice fish can be picked up using small bits of crawlers or slow sinking jigs near flooded trees. 

Grand River
Water quality is fairly good and flows are getting low.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The channel catfish are biting fairly well on stink bait or liver.  Evenings and after dark seem to be the best.

Water temperature is in the upper 70s and low 80s with water quality at most lakes very good.  Pan-fish are usually off-shore a bit around structure 5 to 8 feet deep.  The thermocline is around 10 feet down.  Dusk and dawn are very good times to fish.

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