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Iowa fishing report 9-17-09

September 17, 2009 at 03:11 PM

Iowa Fishing Report

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
Crawford Creek Impoundment
Anglers are catching good numbers of medium size bluegill.  Bluegill - Good: Shore and boat anglers are catching a bluegill with small hooks and jigs.  Majority of fish are medium size.  Crappie - Fair: Boat and shore anglers have been catching crappie on most bait.  Majority of fish are medium to fairly small.

Brushy Creek Lake
A few bluegill and crappie are being caught.  Fish near trees and cover a lot of areas.  Please clean your fish at the floating fish cleaning platform at the west ramp.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching bluegill in 14 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 17-22 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 - Fair: Walleye are starting to bite again; anglers are trolling shad rap type lures (hot steel) along the dredge cuts. 

North Twin Lake
Anglers are starting to catch a few panfish.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a small hook and piece of crawler.  Yellow Bass - Fair: Use a small hook and piece of crawler.

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 the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

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 and channel catfish are biting.  Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait.  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:

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

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

Lake Smith
Bluegill Fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and liver. 

Lake Catherine
Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver or night crawlers. 

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is still good, and 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. A few walleyes and channel fish are being caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Walleye - Slow:  Muskellunge - Slow:  Yellow Bass - Good:

Lake Cornelia
A few walleyes are being caught slow trolling crankbaits. Small yellow bass are biting under the docks in the harbor. Channel catfish are biting liver fishing off the jetty after dark.  Bullhead - Slow:  Walleye - Fair: 

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.

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

West Fork Des Moines (Emmetsburg to Humboldt)
Channel Catfish - 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 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. 

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

Big Spirit Lake
Northern Pike - Fair: Troll crankbaits and spoons near weed lines or cast in Angler’s Bay.  White Bass - Excellent: Use top-water lures in black or perch colors in the mornings.  Look for surface feeding fish at Cottonwood, Little and Big Stoney points.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm along weed beds in Angler’s Bay and the main lake.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use top-water lures in the mornings.  Smallmouth will be mixed in with white bass schools.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Pitch soft plastic baits under boat docks and weed beds.  Crappie - Fair: Some black crappies are being caught around Big Stoney Point trolling minnow crankbaits or bobber fishing with minnows along weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Excellent: Using jigging lures or small jigs tipped with wax worms, minnows, or Belgian worms while anchored in 17-22 feet of water near Big and Little Stoney points.  Walleye - Fair: Fishing has slowed with recent warm weather but fish are being caught trolling near weed edges or casting jigs in the weed beds. 

East Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Fair: Troll spoons along weed lines.  Bluegill - Good: Tip small jigs with a piece of worm and fish around boat docks and weed lines.  Walleye - Fair: Fish are being caught while fishing around boat docks with small jigs or trolling crankbaits from Parks Marina towards the Hattie Elston boat ramp and at Jingles Point.  A few walleyes are also being caught at the bridges in the evenings.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Fish boat docks with small jigs tipped with a piece of worms or along weed lines.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs around boat docks and weed lines.  Yellow Bass - Excellent: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along boat docks and weed lines on the east shore near the bike trail bridge.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Good: Troll crankbaits or watch the surface and cast to feeding fish.  Fish are also being caught around boat docks.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch are being caught while trolling with crankbaits.

West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Good: Troll crankbaits or cast spinnerbaits and rattle trap lures along weed lines.  White Bass - Good: Fish the points with surface lures in the morning and evenings.  Look for surface feeding activity.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms or worms along weed lines.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish at Pikes, Gull, and Pillsbury points in the mornings and evening with top-water lures.  Look for schools of white bass feeding on the surface.  Yellow Perch - Good: Fish are being caught with small jigs tipped with live bait along weed lines and rock piles.  Muskellunge - Fair: Fish are being caught in the evenings toward dark with blade or glide baits.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or chubs near the trestle.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught while trolling crankbait near drop-offs.  Some fish are also being close to shore in the evenings.

Scharnberg Pond
Bluegills, green sunfish, and bullheads are being from the fishing jetty on the west shore and fishing pier in the southeast corner of the pond.

Schmerse W.A. Pond
Northern Pike - Fair: Use spinner baits or top-water lures along weed beds.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small micro jigs from shore along the weed beds.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish are being caught using cut bait near holes and riffles.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or stink bait in holes near snags.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig and minnow shallow running crankbait along eddies and holes.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish with cut bait near snags.  Walleye - Good: Use a jig and minnow in eddies and deep water areas.

Kids Corner: If you are looking for a place to take a child fishing from shore then go to Scharnburg Park west of Spencer. Fish at the west rock jetty or fishing dock in the southeast corner. Use a small bobber and hook with a piece of worm for bluegills, green sunfish, and bullheads.  If fishing by boat try Big Spirit Lake for yellow perch or East Okoboji Lake for yellow bass.  For more information on lakes and rivers in the Spirit lake area call 1-(712)-336-1840.

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

Mitchell
Anglers are catching channel catfish out of the Mitchell Lake sand pit.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Reports are that a few nice sized channel catfish are being caught. Try using stink baits or chicken liver fished off of the bottom in 6 to 10 feet of water.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
A recent fisheries survey found a nice run of good sized catfish in Bremer County. Walleyes and smallmouth bass are really beginning to pick up all along the Cedar River as well.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Concentrate along shoreline areas where fallen trees are laying in the waters edge. Cast stink bait rigs, chicken liver or crawdads into the up stream ends of these snags for some good rod bending action.  Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are having the best success catching smallmouth bass in Bremer County. Most fish are being taken on spinnerbaits or jig and twister tails fished in the head ends of riffle areas.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye action has been good using bucktail jigs and crankbaits. Concentrate casting along current breaks in and around woody structure.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Walleye and smallmouth bass action has begun to really pick up heading into fall.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been fair to good, concentrate casting jigs or crankbaits in and along current breaks around woody structure.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Walleye action is starting to pick up on the Wapsipinicon River. Panfish are also biting well in the impoundment above the Independence Dam.  Northern Pike - Fair: Reports have been fair for northern pike being caught out of tributary streams entering into the Wapsi. Try casting artificial spoons or bucktail spinners for these ambushing predators.  Bluegill - Good: Fishing above the Independence impoundment has been good using minnows under a bobber for bluegills. Fish around structure located in this impoundment.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are having success fishing above the Independence impoundment using minnows under a bobber in and around structure for crappies.  Walleye - Good: Try casting crankbaits in three to four 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.

The interior rivers continue to steadily drop with water temperature in the upper 60s to low 70s. Currently, reports are best for walleye and smallmouth bass in our interior rivers. Some anglers are beginning to catch a few bluegills and crappie around the Black Hawk County Lakes but action has still been fairly slow. For further information contact the district office in Manchester at (563) 927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
The river level at Lansing is 7.88 feet and water temperature is 72 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught using a night crawler on the wing dams.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good around the Blackhawk Lake area. Use night crawlers to catch these fish.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish are concentrated along rocky shorelines and wing dams with current. Use small inline spinners to catch these fish.  Crappie - Fair: Using jig and minnow in the running sloughs.

Mississippi River Pool 10
The river level at Lynxville is 11.97 feet and water temperature is 74 degrees.  Northern Pike - Excellent: Northern pike fishing has been good where the backwater lakes open up into sloughs. Use spinnerbaits or shallow running crankbaits for these fish.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill can be caught using a night crawler.  Crappie - Excellent: Many crappies are being caught using a jig and minnow in the side sloughs and fishing around woody structure.  Walleye - Good: Fishing has been good along the wing dams and along the “s” curves south of Harpers Ferry. Use a jig tipped with minnow to catch these fish.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Catch these fish using night crawlers on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River levels at Guttenberg are at 3.72 feet and water temperature is 74 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Fair: catfish can be caught using night crawlers fished on the bottom along the channel.  White Bass - Excellent: White bass fishing has been very good in the tailwaters and around some of the wing dams. Keep an eye open for schooling fish. Use small jigs or spinners to catch these fish.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass fishing is good along rocky shorelines and wing dams with good flow over them. Use inline spinners to catch these fish.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleye can be caught around the tips of wing dams. Either troll crankbaits or fish a jig and minnow.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Use a night crawler and fish around wing dams.

Water levels are extremely low and will remain steady for the next week. As water levels lower boaters are again urged to use caution when boating outside the main channel. Boaters should also use caution when backing down the ramps so as not to back off of the end of the concrete. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 7.05 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water clarity is good and temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish are still being caught on stink bait, leeches, 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.  Largemouth bass can also be found in 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 (20-27 inches) 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 3.4 feet and is forecast to drop to 3.3 feet then remain stable over the next week.  Water clarity is good and temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are coming on stink bait, leeches, crawlers, and cut bait fished around wing dams 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 - Fair: Reports of a few crappie coming from off of snags in sloughs and side channels.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wing dams 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 8.84 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water clarity is fair and the main channel water temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish are coming on stink bait, 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 - Fair: Walleyes are coming off the wing dams with three-way rigs with floaters tipped with leeches, crankbaits, or jigs.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Fish a piece of crawler on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

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

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 4.1 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, shrimp, and stink baits around wing dams and log piles.  White Bass - Slow: Some white bass are being picked up while fishing walleyes on the wing dams on three-way rigs or casting crankbaits.  Bluegill fishing has been slow.  Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye fishing has been slow but a few fish are being caught on wing dams using three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler or a leech. Some fish are also being caught casting crankbaits on the wing dams. With the low flow, look for wing dams with deeper water.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 2.98 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log piles.  White bass fishing has been 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 fishing has been slow but some fish are being caught on the wing dams using three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler or leech.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 3.57 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and around log piles.  White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being picked up fishing jigs and small minnows around brush piles in flowing backwater sloughs.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught on jigs and small minnows fished around brush piles in flowing backwater sloughs.  Walleye fishing on the wing dams 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 1.46 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  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 fishing has been slow on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are low so take caution when boating. Main channel water temperature is around 74 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 remains somewhat turbid although it is better than it was after the heavy rains. Water temperature is 72 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers continue to do very well on catfish near the feeder streams. Stink baits seem to be doing very well.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers continue to pick up a few bluegills.  Try the areas like the beach that are catching some sunshine.

Lake Belva Deer
Most of the road work for this fall is now done.  They are still doing some shoulder and right-a-way work but you should be able to get through to the park.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught early and late. Chicken liver seems to be working the best.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegills remain out in the deeper water.  Early and late in the day they will be up higher in the water column and lower during the mid-day.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught at the lower end of the lake by the dam.  Minnows and fish worms under slip bobbers are working the best.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Fishing has slowed.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies along the trees.

Lake of the Hills
Fishing success has been more consistent with the more stable weather patterns. Fish is better later in the day as the sun gets a chance to warm up the shallow bays.  Rainbow Trout: This fall’s trout release at Lake of the Hills is scheduled for October 17th at 10:30 am, at the Gate 1 boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try the shallow bays with dip baits and by the deep water drop offs.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill fishing has slowed a little.  Look for them to be around the woody habitat.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Jigs and soft plastics are catching the fish on the brush piles.  Top-water baits continue to work early and late and crankbaits work along the rocks.  Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs and wax worms. Work the brush piles and other woody habitat.

Lake Darling
Lake is about empty again.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river level seems to be fairly stable right now.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have had a chance to get out and they are catching a few channel cat as well as a few flatheads.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers are picking up a few flatheads around the brush piles.

Iowa River (River Junction to Columbus Junction)
The water coming out of the reservoir is being cutback.  Look for the river level to start dropping quickly. 

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
They are starting to hold more water back up at the reservoir.  The river is forecast to drop several feet in the next few days.

For more information on the above lakes call 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 stink bait.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small worm or wax worms around brush. The shallower piles that are exposed have been producing best.  Crappie - Fair: Fish with a small jig or wax worms out in open water or around deeper brush.

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

Kent Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Slow: Dusk/dawn and before/after storms have been the best times for channel catfish. Most fish are eating size, being in the 1-2 pound range.  Bluegill - Fair: Morning and evening has been producing best. Use small worms around structure.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Early and late in the day has been best. Fish around brush or rock.

Lake Macbride
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish top-waters early around shallow rock. During the day pitch plastics to wood/vegetation or cast crankbaits on points/humps/deeper rock.  Crappie - Fair: 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
The lake level is 686 feet and will most likely stay at or close to this level all through the waterfowl seasons.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Flows are down around 1,500 cubic feet per second now and should remain low for some time. Fishing has been slow with high flows and warm water temperature.

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

Lake Wapello
The lake has been drained and a fish renovation is planned.

Lake Keomah
Channel Catfish - Slow: Try night crawler or cut bait along the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Try rubber worms along the fishing jetties or around submerged structure.

Lake Miami
The lake is 6 feet low due to a planned drawdown.  The boat ramps are still usable.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Use night crawlers or cut bait.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinnerbaits around the flooded timber or areas with submerged structure.  Try using rubber worms in the same areas.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or chunk of night crawler around the weed line.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits or crankbaits around submerged structure or the weed line.  Try Carolina rigged worms around areas of timber or the lily pads.  Crappie - Fair: Use jig and minnow combinations around the flooded timber.  Keep moving until finding active fish.

Rathbun Reservoir
The lake’s water temperature is in the lower 70s.  The lake level is 907.11 which is more than 3 feet above normal.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Blood bait and cut bait have been catching some nice sized channel catfish.  South Fork has been a productive area to try.  White Bass - Slow: Try baits that mimic shad like chrome colored crankbaits or jigging spoons.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappies around submerged brush piles in 10-15 feet of water.  Most fish are being caught on a jig and minnow combination.  Walleye - Slow: Trolling crankbaits around submerged drop-offs and underwater islands has been successful.

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

SOUTHWEST

Rock Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite is good using fresh cut bait, stink baits or crawlers.  Crappie - Good: The crappie bite is picking up using small jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  The fish are fair sized from 8 to 10 inches.

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 feet 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 inches.  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.  Good areas have been near the west boat ramps and near the marina.  Crappie - Fair: A few more crappies are being caught by fishing minnows or small tube jigs near submerged wood in deeper water or over the sunken brush piles.

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 well on small jigs tipped with a small piece of crawler fished near submerged wood.

Lake Ahquabi
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on cut bait, liver and stink baits.  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 stable, warm weather has kept the white bass biting.  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 cut bait, 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.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught in the evening using minnows under a bobber fished near any wood habitat near the shore.  The fish are nice sized from 10 to 12 inches.

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 cut bait 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 1-3 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. Anita has a good channel catfish population.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Plastic baits are being used to catch largemouth bass in 6-8 feet of water along weed edges and old road beds.  Crappie - Fair: Drifting for crappies has picked up over the last week and 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 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 rain fall 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 dam 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 temperature is 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 southwest district office for more information at (712) 769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water clarity is good and temperature is around 70 degrees.  All species in the lake are biting better each week.  Bullhead - Good: A lot of bullheads have been caught on liver or crawlers from all areas of the lake.  Channel Catfish - Good: Several channel catfish are being caught using liver or cut bluegill sides.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several fish have been caught on jigs or spinners from around the structure.  Crappie - Good: Several mid-sized crappies have been caught from the cedar tree piles.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching a fair number of walleye by bouncing jigs in about 10 feet of water or trolling crank-baits around the big points or structure.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Water temperature is about 70 degrees and clarity is very good.  Bluegill - Fair: A crawler on a bobber or small jigs tipped with a crawler will catch some bluegill from the structure in 4 to 8 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Several largemouth bass can be caught by casting jigs around structure about 6 to 10 feet down.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been caught from the flooded trees about 8 feet down.

Lake of Three Fires
Water temperature is about 70 degrees and clarity is about 2 1/2 feet.  Crappie - Fair: Some nice crappie have been caught from the tree piles.

Green Valley Lake
The lake has been restocked after a fishery renovation.  Re-construction of the campground is nearing completion.  Water levels are being held down 12 feet to allow sediment removal later this fall and through the winter.

Summitt Lake
The lake has the fishing regulations relaxed to allow the public to remove as many fish as possible.  All limits are lifted.  Fishing licenses are still required.

Three Mile Lake
Water temperature is just over 70 degrees and clarity is about 4 feet at the dam.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Liver on the bottom is working well to catch channel catfish.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught from the road beds or big point just south of the campground.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Algae is limiting water clarity to about 2 feet at the dam.  Bluegill - Fair: Crawlers are working the best to catch bluegill from the flooded trees about 8 feet down.  Walleye - Fair: Trolling crawlers or crankbaits has been working fairly well for catching walleye from the big points or submerged rock areas.

Water temperature is about 70 degrees.  Water quality at most lakes is very good.  Some lakes still show some algae blooms.  Several species are biting better every week.  Walleyes and crappies are the most aggressive.

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