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Iowa fishing report 9-24-09

September 24, 2009 at 01:53 PM

NORTHWEST
Crawford Creek Impoundment
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 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 angling has slowed; 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.  Crappie - Fair: Use a small minnows and fish around docks.  Yellow Bass - Good: Use a small hook and piece of crawler; jig around docks and keep moving.

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

Cold fronts moving across the area have slowed fishing again.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Don Herrig (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Beeds Lake
Bluegills and largemouth bass are biting.  Channel catfish - Slow: 

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

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

Lower Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is slow. Channel catfish are biting on crawlers. 

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 and largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver or night crawlers. 

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is still good, with the best bite early in the 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:  Muskellunge - Slow: 

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 chicken liver.  Bullhead - Slow:   

Little Wall Lake
Crappie and largemouth bass fishing is fair. 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)
Walleyes and channel catfish are biting on crawlers. 

Boone River
Channel catfish are biting on stink bait. 

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

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Channel Catfish and smallmouth bass fishing has been 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.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Good: Vertical jig near brush piles with mini jigs tipped with live bait.  Crappie - Good: Vertical jig near brush piles with mini jigs tipped with live bait.

Big Spirit Lake
The water temperature at the lake is 68 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: 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 Anglers 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 to 22 feet of water near Big and Little Stoney points.  Walleye - Fair: fish are being caught trolling near weed edges or casting jigs in the weed beds at sunset. 

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.  Yellow Perch - Good: Vertical jig along weed lines or in the deep basin on the south end of the lake.  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.

Little Spirit Lake
Little Spirit Lake is a border lake and has a daily bag limit of 30 yellow perch.  Yellow Perch - Good: Fish along boat docks with mini jigs tipped with live bait.

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 look for surface feeding fish to cast to.  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 caught close to shore in the evenings casting jigs.

Scharnberg Pond
Bluegills, green sunfish, and bullheads are being from the fishing jetty on the west shore and the 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.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Use green sunfish or bullheads near river holes with wood debris.

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
Volga Lake
  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:

Lake Hendricks
Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are biting on a hook tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers report best success using a night crawler or artificial jigs tipped with a twister tail.  Crappie - Good: Crappie are biting on a hook tipped with a wax worm.

Lake Meyer
Channel Catfish - Good:  Bluegill - Fair:  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Northern Pike - Slow:  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Quite a few fish over 14 inches are being caught on black jigs.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers have been catching some nice size walleyes in the catch and release area using jigs and crankbaits.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Night crawlers and minnows are the bait of choice this week for those finicky cats.  Smallmouth Bass - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

The Upper Iowa, Cedar and Turkey Rivers are low and running clear.  Area lakes are cooling and fish are beginning to bite.  Many of our lakes were stocked this week with 7 to 8 inch channel catfish.  For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
The river level at Lansing is 7.85 feet. The water temperature is 70 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.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes being caught in Minnesota Slough trolling crankbaits.

Mississippi River Pool 10
The river level at Lynxville is 11.92 feet. The water temperature is 70 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: Reports of pike fishing have slowed but fish are still being caught where the backwater lakes open up into sloughs. Use spinnerbaits or shallow running crankbaits for these fish.  Bluegill - Fair:  A few bluegills reported being caught on wing dams below Lynxville.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappie fishing continues to be good using a jig and minnow in the side sloughs and fishing around woody structure.  Sauger - Fair: A few sauger starting to be caught below the dam jigging blade baits. 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. A few walleye have been caught by crappie anglers in running sloughs.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Catch these fish using night crawlers on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River levels at Guttenberg are at 3.69 feet. The water temperature is 72 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Fair: catfish can be caught using night crawlers fished on the bottom along the channel.  White Bass - Good: White bass continue to be caught 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.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing has begun to pick up in Cassville slough along fallen snags.  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 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 3.87 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, shrimp, crawdads, and stink baits around wing dams and log piles.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow in Sylvan Slough. Some white bass are being picked up while fishing walleyes on the wing dams on three-way rigs or casting crankbaits.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Some crappies are starting to be caught around the Andalusia Islands fishing brush piles with small minnows or tube jigs.  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 and fish more towards the tip of the dam.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.11 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 - 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. Some fish are also being caught casting crankbaits to the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 3.20 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 in the main channel or side channels.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being picked up fishing jigs and small minnows around brush piles in flowing backwater sloughs.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are being caught on jigs and small minnows fished around brush piles in flowing backwater sloughs.  Walleye - Slow: 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 1.27 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and log piles in the main channel or side channels.  White Bass - 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 72-74 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
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 worm 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 to 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 is projected to fall to 685 feet until the late duck season, then go back up to 686 feet.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Drifting cut bait has produced some nice sized fish.  White Bass - Slow: Watch your electronics for scattered schools of fish, and use crankbaits or jigs.  Crappie - Slow: Fish over submerged brush with small jigs.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Flows are down around 1,200 cubic feet per second now and should remain low for some time. Fishing has been slow with high flows and warm water temps.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been picking up some fish on shad.  White Bass - Fair: Throw jigs or crankbaits below the dams.

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

Lake Wapello
The lake has been renovated and is being allowed to fill.

Lake Keomah
Channel Catfish - Slow: Try night crawler or cut bait along the shoreline.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are using small jigs tipped with a wax worm fished around structure.  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 upper 60s.  The lake level is 906.01, more than 2 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 to 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, 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
White Bass - Good: White bass are biting well on small jigs.  Pink head and white tail is a good combination.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught shallow using night crawlers.  Crappie - Fair: Some good sized fish are being caught jigging minnows over brush piles.

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
Channel Catfish - Good: Chicken liver has been producing good catches of catfish.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught fishing over submerged pallets and brush piles in 10 feet 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.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill bite is slowly picking up on small jigs and small pieces of night crawlers under a bobber.  Concentrate around structure.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting well on any type of weedless rig or top-water bait 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, but it has been spotty.  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, but wading can be very effective.  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.

Raccoon River (below Van Meter)
Wading has been very effective as the water level is low and fish are concentrated in deeper pools.  Drifting live bait or jigs into these pools has been the method of choice by most anglers

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 - Slow: 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 will increase your catch.

Meadow Lake
Meadow Lake has a very good largemouth bass population with many fish over 15 inches. During the winter of 2009, habitat was added to the lake consisting of underwater reefs, rock fields, catfish spawning tubes, and numerous red cedar tree piles. The lake is now full with one concrete boat ramp.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few largemouth are being caught using plastics in cedar tree piles.

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway Lake has 1 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 to 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 - 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 to 10 feet of water using minnows.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)
Middle Raccoon River below Lenon Mills Dam has a no-harvest restriction on smallmouth bass.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught using night crawlers below Lenon Mill Dam.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are being caught above riffle areas using twister tails and smaller crankbaits.

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 - Good: Bluegills are in 6 to 8 feet of water and around deep structure. A small piece of crawler on a bobber works best.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth can be caught in early mornings and late afternoons casting along weed edges and around structure close to shore.

Water temperature is now below 70 degrees in most area lakes. Fish are more readily caught close to shore. Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the regional office in Lewis for more information on area lakes at (712) 769-2587.

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