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Iowa fishing report 9-10-09

September 11, 2009 at 07:28 AM

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Anglers are catching fair numbers of catfish, bluegill and crappie. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching some catfish using various baits. Bluegill - Good: Shore and boat anglers are catching a few bluegills with small hooks and jigs. Majority of fish are medium size. Crappie - Good: Boat and shore anglers have been catching crappie on most baits. Majority of fish are medium to fairly small.

Brushy Creek Lake

A few bluegill and crappie are being caught.  Fish near trees and cover a lot of area.  Please clean your fish at the floating fish cleaning platform at the west ramp.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching bluegill in 18 to 20 feet of water, just off the bottom.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers have caught a few walleye in 20 feet of water.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Anglers are catching catfish and a few walleye.  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 catching catfish on various baits; try areas near Shorty’s Island and Boy Scout Island.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye are starting to bite again; anglers are trolling Shad Rap-type lures (hot steel) along the dredge cuts.

Black Hawk Lake

Anglers have been catching some catfish and bullheads.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching some 1.5- to 2-pound fish.

As the water cools, fishing appears to be improving across the district.  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.  Channel Catfish – Fair.  Bluegill – Fair.  Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Briggs Woods Lake

Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish are biting on liver. Crappie fishing is slow.  Channel Catfish – Good.  Bluegill – Fair.  Largemouth Bass – Fair.  Crappie – Fair.

Eldred Sherwood Lake

Largemouth bass and Channel catfish are biting.  Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cutbait.  Bluegill – Fair.  Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Lower Pine Lake

Bluegill fishing is slow. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits. Channel Catfish - Good: using liver.  Bluegill – Slow.

Upper Pine Lake

Bluegill fishing is slow. Largemouth bass fishing is fair using jigs. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits.  Channel Catfish – Good.  Bluegill – Fair.  Largemouth Bass – Good.

Lake Smith

Bluegill Fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and liver.  Channel Catfish – Good.  Bluegill – Good.

Lake Catherine

Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver or night crawlers.  Channel Catfish – Good.  Bluegill – Fair.  Largemouth Bass – Fair.

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.  Walleye – Slow.  Muskellunge – Slow.  Yellow Bass – Good.

Lake Cornelia

A few Walleyes are being caught slow trolling crank baits. Small yellow bass are biting under the docks in the harbor. Channel catfish are biting liver fishing off the jetty after dark.  Bullhead – Slow.  Channel Catfish – Good.  Walleye – Fair.  Yellow Bass – Fair.

Little Wall Lake

Fishing for small crappies and largemouth bass is slow, and channel catfish fishing is fair at night using stink bait.  Channel Catfish – Good.  Largemouth Bass – Fair.  Crappie – Slow.

West Twin Lake

Bullhead fishing is good using a night crawler fished on the bottom.  Bullhead – Good.

Bluebill Lake

Bluegill fishing has been good.  Bluegill – Good.  Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Boone River

Channel catfish are biting on stink bait.  Channel Catfish – Good.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)

Fishing has been good for Smallmouth bass and Channel catfish and Walleye.  Channel Catfish – Fair.  Smallmouth Bass – Fair.  Walleye – Fair.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)

Channel Catfish and Smallmouth bass fishing is fair.  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.  Channel Catfish – Fair.  Smallmouth Bass – Fair.

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

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The lake is experiencing large blue-green algae bloom 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 topwater lures or a jig with a twistertail to entice those picky largemouth.  Crappie - Slow: The crappie bite has been hit and miss this week.  Yellow Perch – Slow.

Lake Hendricks

The lake continues to have a green algae bloom.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Try using stink bait in the evening.  Bluegill - Slow: Worms fished under a bobber seem to be working this week.  Largemouth Bass – Slow.

Lake Meyer

Channel Catfish - Good: Try using chicken livers suspended near shore structure.  Angling around the dam is your best bet for catfish this week.  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 or topwater 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.  The water levels are low but the clarity is excellent.  Try fishing in the deeper pools.  Northern Pike – Slow.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfish have been biting in the evening on stinkbait or crawlers.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers report good catches using night crawlers.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye over 17 inches have been caught using night crawlers.

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)

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

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Spotty catches of fish around the Charles City area are common even though water conditions are excellent.  Anglers are reporting the Little Cedar is good for smallmouth, northern pike, catfish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue reporting fair catches of catfish using night crawlers.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try drifting a crawler tipped jig below the dam.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers have been catching a few small walleye.

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 water levels are normal to low for this time of year and running very clear.  Area lakes are now stratified, so topwater 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)

Fishing has been fair for bluegill and channel catfish in Casey Lake.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using stinkbaits or chicken livers fished off of the bottom for these tough fighting cats.  Bluegill - Fair: Concentrate efforts around sunken structure in 12- to 15-feet of water using small jigs tipped with a piece of worm or small grubs.

George Wyth Lake

Crappies are beginning to pick up in George Wyth Lake, although some sorting is required.  Crappie - Fair: Try drifting a crappie minnow under a slip bobber in deeper water of George Wyth Lake. Experiment at different depths as the fall lake turnover may have occurred.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

A recent fisheries survey found a nice run of good sized catfish in Bremer County. Walleyes are really beginning to pick up all along the Cedar River as well.  Northern Pike - Good: Anglers have been having good success catching northerns using large spinnerbaits in backwater areas or complexes up and down the Cedar River.  Channel Catfish - Good: Concentrate along shoreline areas where fallen trees are laying in the waters edge. Cast stinkbait rigs, chicken livers or crawdads into the upstream ends of these snags for some good rod bending action. Walleye - Good: Walleye action has been good using bucktail jigs and crankbaits. Concentrate casting along current breaks in and around woody structure for these tasty table fare.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

Walleye action is beginning to really pick up as we head into fall.  Walleye - Good: Concentrate casting jigs or crankbaits in and along current breaks around woody structure.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

Walleye action is starting to pick up on the Wapsi river.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are having success fishing above the Independence impoundment fishing minnows under a bobber for bluegills. Fish around structure located in this impoundment.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are having success fishing above the Independence impoundment fishing minnows under a bobber for crappies.  Walleye - Good: Anglers are having success casting crankbaits in 3 to 4 feet of water along current breaks in and around woody structure.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

Walleyes, bluegill and crappies are being caught out of both the Maquoketa River and Lake Delhi.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching bluegills on Lake Delhi fishing around structure in deeper water.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies on Lake Delhi fishing around structure in deeper water using minnows or leaf worms under a slip bobber.  Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting well on the Maquoketa River. Try casting jigs tipped with a half crawler or minnow and crankbaits in and around current breaks and drop-offs.

Interior river fishing action is starting to pick up as we head into our fall weather pattern with water temperatures beginning to decline. Reports are good for walleye, channel catfish and northern pike. For further information contact the N.E. District Fisheries Office at (563) 927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 12

River stage at Dubuque is 6.99 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water clarity is good. Water temperatures are in the low 70s to high 60s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish are still being caught on stinkbait, crawlers and cut bait around wing dams and snags.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are being caught around snags in side channels on crawlers or small jigs.  Also try around docks in the marinas.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits along rocky and rip rap shorelines have been producing. Also try 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.  Recent reports are of a lot of slot (20- to 27-inch) fish.  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 3.72 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water clarity is good.  Water temperatures are in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are coming on stinkbait, crawlers and cut bait fished around wingdams and in side channels around rock and/or wood throughout.  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 crappie coming from off snags in sloughs and side channels.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wingdams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14

River stage at Camanche is 9.04 feet and is forecast to remain stable to slowly drop over the next week.  Water clarity is fair.  Main channel water temps are in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish are coming on stinkbait, crawlers or cut bait around wing dams and snags.  Crappie - Fair: Reports of crappie starting to bite in backwaters and side channels around brush piles and snags.  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 to 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 3.93 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, shrimp and stinkbaits around wingdams and log piles. Channel catfish are being caught along the riprap shoreline near Buffalo and around brush piles in Andalusia Slough.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow but a few fish are being caught on wingdams using three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler or a leech.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.23 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, dipbaits and chicken liver fished around wingdams and log piles.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Big Timber fishing around brush piles along the bank on minnows.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow but some fish are being caught on the wingdams using three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler or leech.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 4.45 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dipbaits and chicken livers fished above wingdams and around log piles.  White Bass - Slow: Some white bass are being caught up by the dam casting in-line spinners, jigs and twister tails or small crankbaits.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters is starting to pick up. Some fish are being caught floating pieces of worm under a bobber.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught around brush piles in the backwaters on minnows. With the falling river stages look for fish around brush piles at the mouths of backwaters.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wingdams has been slow but some fish are being caught on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler or leech.

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 1.97ft and falling.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dipbaits and chicken livers fished around wingdams and log jams.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are starting to be caught around brush piles in the backwater areas on minnows.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow on the wingdams.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are forecasted to slowly fall throughout the weekend. Main channel water temperature is around 73 degrees and water clarity has improved. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

The water is clearing up.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers continue to do very well on catfish near the feeder streams. Stinkbaits seem to be doing very well.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing is starting to pick up with the water temps cooling off.  Look for them to be moving into the shallow water as it continues to cool off.

Lake Belva Deer

The road crews are finishing up the shoulders on the North side. You can access it now.  The road should be fully open by this weekend.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught early and late. Chicken liver seems to be working the best.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers who know where to look are able to catch them.  Everyone else is just concentrating on the crappies.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught at the lower end of the lake down by the dam.

Lake of the Hills

Fishing success is improving with the more stable weather patterns. Windy days produce results on the windy shorelines.  You still need “search baits” such as spinner baits or crankbaits initially, then slow down to catch the more inactive fish.  Rainbow Trout - Good: This fall’s trout release at Lake of the Hills is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m., at the Gate 1 boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try the shallow bays with dip baits and by the deep water drop offs.  Bluegill - Good: Mostly smaller fish. They are biting about everywhere.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Jigs and soft plastics are catching the fish on the brush piles.  Top water baits continue to work early and late.  Try Railroad lake with plastics; it is also producing some nice fish.  Crappie - Excellent: Use small jigs and wax worms. Work the brush piles and other woody habitat.

Lake Darling

Lake is about half full and continues to drain.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The river is still dropping. The North went down another 2.5 feet in the last week and the South went down another foot.  Angler activity is very spotty.

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

Hannen Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are being taken on stinkbait.

Iowa Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Some catfish are being caught on crawlers and leeches.  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. Most fish are eating size, being in the 1- to 2-pound range. Cut bait has been producing best.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish with plastic worms or crankbaits during the day along rock or wood. Early and late in the day throw topwaters.

Lake Macbride

Fishing has been slow since the heavy rains.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish topwaters early around shallow rock. During the day pitch plastics to wood/vegetation or cast crankbaits on points/humps/deeper rock.  Crappie - Slow: Fish around brush in the upper ends with and jig and minnow or minnow under a bobber.

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 Sept. 10, the lake level is 692’.  It is projected to fall approximately one foot per day, barring any heavy rains. Fishing has been poor due to extremely high and dirty water.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Flows are high now. The output from the Coralville dam is at its maximum of 6000 CFS and will continue to be until the lake has reached its normal level.

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

SOUTHWEST

Rock Creek Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite is good using fresh cutbait, stinkbaits 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 cutbait fished in 8 foot of water or less.  White Bass - Good: White bass are the hottest bite at Big Creek right now.  Some are approaching 12 inches while most are 8 to 9.  They can be caught throwing jig and twisters, in-line spinners, small spoons, small crankbaits, or drifting with a live minnow.  Concentrate on the shoreline the wind is blowing into.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are being caught at the north end of the lake in both the east and the west arms.  They are being caught drifting small jigs or minnows in 6 to 12 foot of water.  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

Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught fishing over submerged pallets and brush piles in 10 foot of water or less using small panfish jigs or slip bobbers with a small piece of crawler.

Hooper Area Pond

Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting on small jigs tipped with a small piece of crawler fished near submerged wood.

Lake Ahquabi

Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on livers and stinkbaits.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting well on any type of weedless rig or top water baits fished through the edges of the weed beds and along tree falls.

Red Rock Reservoir

Channel Catfish - Fair: Some anglers trolling crankbaits near the face of the dam have been catching channel catfish as well as an occasional flathead.  White Bass - Fair: The white bass are still hitting.  Muddier water slowed the fishing last week, but the water is clearing and there are abundant schools of young shad that are being busted by the white bass.  Once the fish are located the bite can be consistent.  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 good in the mornings and late evenings fishing with cutbait, dead creek chubs, or stink baits.  The upper end of the reservoir above the mile long bridge has been best.  The fish being caught are good sized, averaging 4 to 8 pounds.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake

Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing from shore is good right now, especially in the evenings.  Concentrate on wood habitat and vegetation edges using pieces of crawler under slip bobbers.

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)

River levels are low right now making boat fishing difficult.  Fish are more concentrated in the deeper bends and pools.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught using fresh cutbait or dead creek chubs.  Walleye - Fair: Some anglers have been doing well on walleyes throwing jig and white twister, jig and crawler or diving crankbaits.

South Skunk River (Story City to Cambridge)

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Low water has pushed the smallmouth into the deeper pools.  Large fish are rare, but anglers are enjoying catching many small to medium sized fish in an outing.  Small lures such as in-line spinners and crayfish or minnow imitating crankbaits are working well.

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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have picked up around jetties using liver.  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 - Fair: Largemouth are being caught on top water lures early in the morning along weed edges. Spinnerbaits and plastics have also been good around sunken cedar tree piles.  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.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Channel catfish in the 1- to 3-pound range are being caught on liver.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught drifting or vertical jigging small jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Niblets. Fish are 8-10 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

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

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting for bluegills and crappies as well as fishing the many brush piles in the lake. Anita has a good channel catfish population available for anglers.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Plastic baits are being used to catch largemouth bass in 6- to 8-feet of water along weed edges and old road beds.  Crappie - Slow: 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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in the evenings using liver.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers are having success fishing plastic baits in the brush piles. Fish up to 17 inches are being caught.

Lake Manawa

Lake is full with a 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.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Slow: Reports of a few wipers being caught around docks on east side of lake using spinners.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek Lake was built in 2000 and supports good largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish populations. Lake has large watershed and is susceptible to poor water quality after rainfall events. Lake has one steep gravel boat ramp.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills up to 9 inches are being caught using night crawlers on a bare hook fishing in 8-10 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught fishing plastics around trees in the upper end of lake.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies that average 9 inches are being caught in 8-10 feet of water using minnows.

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

Water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s so fishing still centers around catfishing, largemouth bass, and drifting for panfish in area lakes. Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the SW District Office for more information on area lakes at (712) 769-2587.

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