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Iowa fishing report 9-9-10

September 09, 2010 at 04:49 PM

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST
Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Water clarity is excellent.  Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Yellow Smoke because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present.  Bluegill - Slow: Yellow Smoke has 8.5 to 9.5 inch bluegills.  Because the water is so clear, try using really light line and small lures.  Fish deep around submerged trees.  Also, try drifting the open water 5 to 10 feet down.  Try small black jigs tipped with a wax worm, a piece of night crawler or a piece of crawdad tail.  Anglers report that they can catch big bluegill, but not usually more than seven or eight per trip.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A fair number of largemouth bass are being caught, but most are sub-legal fish.  There are a lot of bass around 14 inches in length that make for great catch and release fishing.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Crawford Creek because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are still doing well for channel catfish on just about anything, but night crawlers are working the best.  Night fishing has been popular the last couple of weeks.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using small jigs and a piece of night crawler.  A good technique has been drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.  Bluegills are 7 to 8.5 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many largemouth bass are being caught, but few are over the 15-inch legal limit.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie were being caught on small minnows.  Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down.

Badger Lake
Catfishing on Badger Lake has been good, but fishing for other species is still slow.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish on shrimp, cut bait and dip bait.  A wide variety of sizes are being caught.

Brushy Creek Lake
Fishing on Brushy Creek has been picking up and the water is cooling down.  Although there hasn’t been much fishing for channel catfish, there are a lot of channel catfish 8 pounds and larger present.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing for channel catfish in the northwest corner of the lake.  Bluegill - Good: Try fishing for bluegill around the submerged trees.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try fishing for bass around the submerged trees.  Walleye - Fair: Try fishing for walleye around the rock jetties in the evenings.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Boaters use caution:  There is an ongoing dredging project at Storm Lake and boats should stay at least 100 feet away from the dredge pipe.  The dredge pipe is marked with buoys.  Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is three walleyes:  all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released, only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Water clarity is increasing daily and water temperature is in the mid to upper 60s.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfishing is slowing down.  Try using shrimp or stink bait.  White Bass - Good: One pound white bass are being caught fairly frequently when fishing for walleye.  Walleye - Good: Anglers have being doing very well for walleye near the inlet to Storm Lake throwing mostly twisters and spinners.

North Twin Lake
Yellow bass are going strong and channel catfish have picked up.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are hitting late in the evening in the shallows.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Freshwater drum are plentiful; try using live crawdads or night crawlers and fish near the bottom.  Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing has been good.  The yellow bass are about 7 to 8 inches long, but there are lots of them.  Some 9 to 10 inchers have been caught.  Try casting near shore using small, bright colored lures tipped with a piece of crawdad or a little piece of yellow bass meat.  Anglers have been picking up two or three at each dock on the east side and then move on to the next.

Swan Lake
Water clarity has improved in the last couple of weeks.  Bluegill - Good: Fish about 10 feet off shore and two feet down with a bobber and a worm.  Anglers are catching them almost as fast as they can reel them in.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few bass are still being picked up.  Crappie - Excellent: Fish about 10 feet off shore and two feet down with a bobber and a worm.  Anglers are catching them almost as fast as they can reel them in.

Black Hawk Lake
Walleye must be 15 inches or longer to keep and anglers are allowed three walleye per day.  The Ice House Point picnic area and handicapped accessible pier will be closed until further notice.  The road is still open to the boat ramp there, but the remainder of the area will be closed due to the construction of a paved bike trail.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the windward shore with cut bait or stink bait.  Whole crawdads make excellent bait.  Hook the crawdad through the tail and crack the shell so the juices can put out scent in the water.  Anglers from boats have been catching fair numbers of catfish averaging two pounds.  Yellow Bass - No Report: Recent surveys have indicated an abundance of 8.5 to 9.5 inch yellow bass.

Water temperatures are in the high 60s at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View, at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Largemouth bass are biting along the causeway on minnows.

Clear Lake
Yellow bass fishing is fair. Fish are biting in the little lake and on the rock reefs in the main lake using crawlers and cut bait.

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

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Fair: Fish submerged brush piles with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Mill Creek (Lake)
Mill Creek Lake would be a great place to take children fishing for bluegills.  There is close parking on the south shore and public docks to fish from.  Bluegill - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with live bait beside a dock or beneath a small bobber along the shore.

Big Spirit Lake
Water temperature is 65 degrees.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish from shore at the grade either at the fish barrier, the fishing pier or near the lotus pads with small ice jigs tipped with wigglers.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Use small jigs tipped with wigglers in the basin or at weed beds in 8 to 12 feet of water.  Walleye - Slow: Fish at the Grade along the fish barrier with minnows below a slip bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Fish weed beds or docks with small jigs tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish on the edge of weed beds in 8 to 12 feet of water or along boat docks with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Fish boat docks or weed beds with small jigs tipped with live bait.  Yellow Bass - Good: Fish the bridges, weed lines, or docks with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye - Slow: Drift with spinner rigs tipped with a crawler or troll crank baits.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is 68.7 degrees.  Northern Pike - Good: Cast black spinner baits in weed beds or troll crankbaits along windblown points.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with wigglers or crawlers in 10 to 12 feet of water on weed beds.  A few fish are being caught from docks.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with wigglers along weed beds.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or cut bait near the rail road bridge.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Slow: Drift with spinner rigs tipped with a crawler or troll crankbaits.

Big Sioux River
The river is high but fishable.  Channel Catfish - Good: Fish brush piles and deep holes.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish brush piles at deep holes with large live bait.  Walleye - Good: Use a jig tipped with live bait at Klondike Dam or in holes and current seams where small streams enter the river.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish brush piles and deep holes.  Walleye - Fair: Use a jig head tipped with a crawler in holes and current seams.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish brush piles and deep holes.  Walleye - Fair: Fish holes and current seams with a twister tail or lead head tipped with a crawler.

Fishing should pick up on area lakes with the recent cool weather. Call the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840 for more fishing report information.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. 
Lake Hendricks
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. 

Lake Meyer
Fishing has picked up this week for smaller bluegills.  This is a good time to take a child or first time angler.  Catfish have picked up using dead bait.  Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few small northerns along the weed lines using a variety of cast and retrieve baits.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfish bite is still on, but has slowed a little.  Fish can still be caught on dead bait.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in 10 to 12 feet of water on small jigs or slip bobbers.  Most are 5 to 6 inches. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass have slowed down this week.  Crappie - Fair: The bite for 8-inch crappies has picked up.  Fish are being caught on small jigs in 10 feet of water.

Charles City Impoundment
The river is looking very good this week and fishing has picked up.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Reports are that catfish are biting on crawlers and chicken liver.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching smallmouth on jigs and crawlers.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are reporting catching small walleyes on jigs and crawlers.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels are at normal flow and if conditions continue this weekend should be great.  Smallmouth and walleye are being caught all along the river above Decorah and should continue for the weekend.  Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass.  Most fish have been in the 10 to 14-inch range.  Try using twister tails with a slow retrieve.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are reporting a few walleyes being caught using twisters and crankbaits.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels are at normal flow.  Smallmouth are being caught all along this stretch of river.  Anglers were also having luck around the lower dam.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been having some success using stink bait and chicken livers around the Lundy Bridge area.  Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth bass have are being caught with a twister and jig.  Most of anglers have been using white twister tails.  Walleye - Good: Anglers have been doing well on walleye using both twisters and crankbaits.

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

Cedar River (above Nashua)
The river is back to normal and is looking really good, but water levels are a little lower this week.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been using cut bait, chubs, minnows or stink bait. Anglers having the most luck have been fishing the Nashua Lake.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bass are being caught, but with no regularity using a jig with a crawler.  Most of the fish have been caught below the dam.  Try using a white or pink twister.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappies below the dam on minnows.  Try using a bobber and minnow.  Walleye - Good: Some good sized walleyes have are being caught using a jig and minnow around the Howards Woods and Midway areas.  White seems to be the color of choice.

River levels have come down to normal flow this week in the district.  Trout streams are varying from stream to stream.  For more information about a specific stream, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Fishing has been good at Hickory Hills Park for catfish, bluegill and bass.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish have been biting well on stink bait fished on the outer edge of vegetation.  Bluegill - Good: Try fishing around submerged structure or off of dam in 2 to 5 feet of water using small tackle and baits.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits over structure or off of dam.

Big Woods Lake
Bass fishing has been good. Try casting over submerged pallet structures recently placed within the lake.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits around structure.

Brinker Lake
A few crappies are being caught towards the evening hours.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish have been caught under the highway bridge towards the evening hours.

George Wyth Lake
Crappie and bluegill are being caught.  Bluegill - Good: Try using wax worms or small piece of crawler under a bobber off of the fishing dock or jetties.  Crappie - Good: Try fishing off of the jetties using smaller crappie minnows under a bobber.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Cedar River has been producing some of the best fishing all year for walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish.  Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting spoons or spinner baits near woody structure along shorelines.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish have been excellent in shallow water in or below riffle areas using minnow under a bobber.  Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth bass are going gangbusters on artificial lures near rocky shorelines on the Cedar.  Walleye - Good: Try fishing break lines in or near the current in three to four feet of water using a jig tipped with a crawler.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock has been reporting good catches of walleye and smallmouth bass.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits near the rocky shorelines.  Walleye - Good: Try fishing break lines in or near the current in three to four feet of water using a jig tipped with a crawler.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Fishing has been good for walleye, channel catfish, smallmouth bass and northern pike.  Northern Pike - Good: The Upper Wapsi has been good using spoons or spinner baits fished near woody structure.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Cut baits or chubs have been catching channel catfish in and near riffle areas.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits near the rocky shorelines.  Walleye - Good: Try casting jig tipped with a half a crawler in or near the current breaks in three to four feet of water.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Fishing has been good for walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish in and around Manchester.  Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut baits or stink baits in or near fallen logs for some good action.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits for these aggressive fish this time of year.  Walleye - Good: Try using a small jig tipped with half a night crawler.

Interior rivers in northeast Iowa are providing some of the best fishing this year. Fishing has been good for walleye, smallmouth bass, pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. With the recent cool weather, area lakes should begin to pick up again as water temperatures cool and lakes turn over. Trout streams still remain in excellent condition. For more information call the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level at Lansing is 8.9 feet, and is predicted to remain stable but fall slowly over the next week.  Water temperature is in the lower 70s. Water clarity is fair to good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results.  You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish.  Stink baits or chicken liver are the baits of choice. There has also been reports of good catches above the dam.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good around the islands in the Lansing area.  There have also been good reports from Minnesota Slough.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing areas with rock and good current, especially near a good back-eddy.  Some nice fish earlier were being reported at the entrance of Big Slough and near Village Creek.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers report good catches of bass in the Lansing area along main channel weed lines using crawdad crankbaits.  Yellow Perch - Fair: good numbers of yellow perch have been caught fishing off the bottom in 5 to 6 feet of water near New Albin.  Sauger - No Report: With the past week’s floating vegetation, few anglers went out drifting/jigging for sauger.  The amount of vegetation has decreased. Walleye fishing should start to pick up.  Walleye - Slow: As water levels fall and begin to stabilize walleye fishing should start to pick up. Look for walleyes on wing dams or try trolling crankbaits in sloughs or drifting with jig and minnow.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: The drum fishing has slowed a bit, but they can still be caught off the bottom with a crawler. Drum are excellent eating fish especially if prepared fresh.  Remember to take ice with you if you plan on keeping drum and other fish fresh especially with the warm temperatures.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Water level at Lynxville is 15.3 feet, and is expected to remain stable but fall slowly over the next week.  Water temperature is in the lower 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results.  You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish.  Stink baits have been working well here.  White Bass - Good: Some schools of active feeding white bass have begun to show up near the wing dams in Harpers Ferry.  Look for jumping minnows and cast a small white minnow imitation or spinner.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers have reported catching good catches of bluegills in the Harpers Ferry area fishing off the bottom in 6 to 9 feet of water.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are hitting well along rocky areas with current.  They can be seen chasing minnows along with the white bass.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bigger largemouths are being caught right now. Fish near bank areas along the weed line using top-water or spinner baits for the best success.  Crappie - Slow: Some nice crappies have been caught near woody structure using minnows and small jigs, but they have been hard to find. If you do, the size has been good.  Walleye - Slow: A few small walleye being caught drifting three ways with crawlers in the Harpers Ferry area.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Some drum are being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom, especially out of Noble’s Landing.  Drum are excellent eating fish especially if prepared fresh.  Remember to take ice with you if you plan on keeping drum and other fish especially with the warm temperatures.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Water level at Guttenberg is 6.9 feet.  It is expected to remain stable but fall slowly over the next week.  Water temperature is in the lower 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results.  You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish.  Stink baits or crawlers are the baits of choice.  Bluegill - Excellent: Larger bluegills and other sunfish are being caught right now along the bank with bobber and worms. The DNR fishing walkway in Guttenberg has been a popular location.  Edge of weed lines throughout the pool especially in areas of brush piles has also been popular.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth are being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Try drifting night crawlers or using artificial lures such as in-line spinner.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris. Small spinners or jigs will work best.  Some places to try bass fishing in Pool 11 are Mud Lake, by Dubuque, Bertrum Lake, by Cassville, and Swift Slough, by Guttenberg.  Many anglers are using plastic frogs and worms to eliminate problems with floating weeds.  Crappie - Fair: Some Crappie are being caught on minnows in Mud Lake and Sunfish Lake in Lower Pool 11.  Yellow Perch - Fair: There have been some reports of good catches of yellow perch in the sloughs around Guttenberg.  Some very large yellow perch can be found in the Mississippi River.  Sauger - Slow: There have been some reports of sauger being caught in the tail waters and out on the wing dams.  Walleye - Slow: The walleye fishing should start to pick up.  Wing dams are a little too deep with the high water.  Hopefully anglers can start to concentrate on fall wing dam walleye fishing.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Some drum are still being reported in the upper part of pool 11.  During high water fish will often be found near shore in eddy area but away from the strong current. One-eyed jigs or night crawlers have been working well.

Water temperature at Guttenberg is in the lower 70s. River levels are expected to remain stable but fall slightly over the next week.  Water levels are: Lansing 8.9, Lynxville 15.3 and Guttenberg 6.9. Floating vegetation may be a problem in some areas.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 9.22 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week. Water clarity is good and temperature is in the high 60s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfishing has been as good as it has been all year.  Catfish are biting on stink bait in 3 to 12 feet of water around structure and slight current.  Fish are 2 to 5 pounds, with some larger fish.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are biting on crawlers floated under a bobber in current along weed lines.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting on crankbaits fished along rocky shorelines.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are biting on minnows around snags in the backwaters and side channels.  Anglers are reporting catching a lot of smaller crappie with a few keepers in the mix.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Bluegill anglers are occasionally catching perch up to 12 inches.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on the wing dams on crankbaits, sonars, and three way rigs.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.  Larger drum are biting on crayfish.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 7.66 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week. Water clarity is fair and temperature is in the high 60s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been biting well on stink bait over the past few days.  Crappie - Fair: Reports of a few crappie are starting to come in.  Fish snags in the sloughs with minnows.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on crankbaits and three way rigs on the wing dams.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River level at Camanche is 9.99 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water clarity is still poor, but improving.  Water temperature is in the high 60s.

For fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
Fishing is starting to pick up a bit.  Water temperature has cooled to about 71 degrees.  Bluegill - Good: The bluegills are working the water willow beds feeding on insects.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass are starting to run the edge of the water willows in the evenings.  Crankbaits run along the edge of the weed beds should get their attention.

Lake Belva Deer
The south ramp is open with the completion of the paving project on that side of the park.  Channel Catfish - Good: Look for the catfish to be in the bays and around the rock jetties.  Bluegill - Excellent: The bluegills are suspended at 10 to 13 feet.  The problem is that the smaller bluegills are just above this depth and you have to get your bait through them first.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Work the shallow water timber with plastic worms.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are at about 6 feet in among the trees. Tube jigs seem to be working the best.

Lake of the Hills
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good early and late using chicken liver and stink baits. Anglers fishing along the old creek channel have been having some luck.  Bluegill - Fair: The bigger bluegills are suspended out in the deeper water.  The smaller ones are in shallow if you want some nonstop action for the kids.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are in shallow and are being caught from shore.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The river is back down to a more boatable level.  A few anglers are getting out on the river.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are picking up some nice catfish on night crawlers or minnows.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa has dropped about 1 1/2 feet since last Friday and is about 4 feet below bank level.  Water temperature is about 68 degrees.

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

Kent Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Most fish are on the small size.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill size has been good.

Lake Macbride
Any motor size may be used at no-wake speed.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Fishing at sunset and at dark has been producing well.  Crappie - Fair: Some anglers are catching nice sized crappies.

Diamond Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish - Fair:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:

Otter Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Night has been the best time.  Bluegill - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:  Yellow Bass - Good: Small spinners have been producing well.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level is at 683 feet, which is normal summer pool, and is supposed to remain steady.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait for best results. Dip bait has also been working.

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

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

Red Haw Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have been biting on stink bait and cut bait.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler.  Try areas along the aquatic vegetation and in pockets within the vegetation.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Try plastic worms fished around submerged structure or around the rock jetties.  As the water continues to cool, slow down your retrieve.  Another good lure selection would be brightly colored spinner baits.  Try white or chartreuse.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)
The lake renovation project has begun and the lake is being drained.  The boat ramps are not usable as the lake is approximately 20 feet low.  Shore fishing is still allowed however the lake bottom is still quite muddy.

Lake Keomah
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using stink bait or cut bait.  Fish in areas where the water is 8 to 12 feet deep.  Bluegill - Fair: Use a chunk of night crawler fished along the shoreline and around submerged structure.  Along the fishing piers can also be a good spot.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits or rubber worms along the shoreline and around the jetties.  Another good spot to try is along the outside of the aquatic vegetation.

Albia (lower)
A boat ramp has been constructed on the lower reservoir.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler.  Try areas along the dam between the upper and lower reservoirs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits fished along the shoreline and around areas with submerged structures.  Try top-water lures in the mornings and evenings.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler.  Try areas with edges such as the shoreline or the weed lines.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Use plastic worms and spinner baits around areas with submerged structure.  A jig n’ pig combo should also be tried this time of year.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 915.81 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the mid 70s.  Boat ramps are open at Honey Creek State Park, Bridgeview, South Fork and Buck Creek.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are biting on stink bait and cut bait.  Crappie - Slow: Try trolling crankbaits.  Try different depths until you find active fish.  With the higher pool levels the fish may be in different depths when compared to prior years.  Walleye - Fair: Jigging spoons have been productive.  Find areas with drop-offs and ledges.  Crankbaits are also a good choice this time of year.  Try using baits that mimic gizzard shad.  Please be wary of tagged walleyes and if these fish are harvested please call the hatchery with the tag number.  The phone number for the hatchery is 641-647-2406.

For additional fishing information in south central Iowa please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Roberts Creek Lake
Crappie - Good: Crappies are still being caught by trolling or drifting minnows.  Most of the fish are around 8 inches, but there are some larger white crappies around 10 inches.  Shore anglers are also doing well on crappie in front of the outlet.

Big Creek Lake
There is currently a walleye harvest study taking place.  Anglers who catch a walleye should look near the tail of the fish for a small yellow tag.  The tags can be removed from harvested or released fish of LEGAL size and returned with a survey for a cash reward.  The surveys can be picked up at the marina, park office, Polk City Bait and Tackle, or Johnston Bait and Tackle.  There are also signs posted at the boat ramps with instructions.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are still being caught suspended and near sunken brush piles.  Drift fishing small pieces of crawler in 6 to 14 feet has produced good catches in the upper half of the lake in the east and west arms.  The roadbeds in the west ramp bay and out from the 100th street boat ramp continue to produce bluegills, white bass, and few crappies.  Bluegills and crappies are suspended from 8 to 12 feet on either side of the roadbeds.  The lake is still stratified. Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite has been hit or miss over the last week, but some legal length fish have been coming in using night crawlers on spinning rigs, drifting minnows or shallow diving crankbaits.  Concentrate on the upper third of the lake. 

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

Red Rock Reservoir
The reservoir is continuing to drop rapidly.  Boaters should use caution as they may not be able to boat where they might have a day before.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing on is the best it’s been all year.  Drifting cut bait is working best.  White Bass - Excellent: The best white bass fishing right now is occurring below the Red Rock spillway throwing anything from jig and twisters, crankbaits, or spoons.  Some white bass are still being caught at the Roberts Creek spillway, but decreased flow from Roberts Creek has slowed the fishing at this location.

Saylorville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: Drifting fresh cut bait in 15 feet of water or less above the mile long bridge in the evenings and after dark is producing good numbers of nice sized channel cats.  White Bass - Good: Anglers trolling or casting crankbaits and spoons near the Sandpiper point are doing well on white bass.  The bite slows considerably on windy days where the lake becomes very rough and turbid.

Lake Petoka
Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of nice sized bluegill are being caught.  There is very little structure to fish near, so anglers are casting out and fishing 5 to 6 feet deep just using small pieces of crawler under a bobber.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: The Des Moines River is remaining at a good fishing level.  There are good numbers of channel catfish being caught using crawfish, fresh cut baits and stink baits.  After sunset and early mornings has been best.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)
Walleye - Good: Water conditions are good right now.  Anglers floating and wading the Middle Raccoon are having success catching walleyes on 1/8 to 1/16 ounce jigs with half a crawler or shallow diving crankbaits.

Fishing conditions remain good.  Lake water temperature is falling into the lower 70s.  The rivers are in great shape.  The large reservoirs are continuing to drop and nearing their conservation pools.  For questions about central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has one concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.  Bullhead - Fair: Bullheads up to 14 inches are being caught on night crawlers.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish from 1 to 3 pounds are being caught around jetties using shrimp.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches are being caught drifting small jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught along weed edges and jetties using plastic baits. A large percentage of bass are 15 to 17 inches.

Mormon Trail Lake
Mormon Trail Lake has excellent water clarity and is a quality fishery. There is one concrete boat ramp.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches are being caught casting spinner baits or plastics along weed edges.

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway now has good water quality and one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish from 1 to 3 pounds are being caught using liver.

Orient Lake
Orient is full with one concrete boat ramp.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish in the 14 to 16-inch range are still being caught on shrimp.

Littlefield Lake
Littlefield has a large watershed and water quality is susceptible to rain events. There is one concrete boat ramp.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills in the 8-inch range are being caught drifting small jigs.  Crappie - Slow: A few 10-inch crappies are being caught while drifting.

Lake Anita
Lake Anita has two concrete boat ramps.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs across the main lake and around underwater reefs. It helps to tip jig the with a crawler or Berkley baits. Fish average 8 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits early morning and late afternoon. Crankbaits and plastics are good baits around underwater reefs and roadbeds later in the day.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies can be picked up drifting jigs or casting around underwater reefs. Fish average 9 inches.  Later in afternoon and evening is best.

Viking Lake
Viking Lake has three concrete boat ramps and three feet of water clarity.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Viking has a good population of 1 to 3 pound channel catfish. Sonny’s dip bait or night crawlers have been working well.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth up to 18 inches are being caught casting spinner baits or plastics along weed edges and around structure.

Lake Manawa
Water temperature is cooling down and fishing has improved for walleye.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the south and west side using dip bait. Liver and crawlers have also been good. Fish are 2 to 6 pounds.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught in the canals casting small jigs. Sorting is necessary for larger fish.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught trolling minnows or crankbaits slowly on the west and south side. Most fish have been 18 to 22 inches.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Many farm ponds hold good populations of bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are active with warmer water temperature. Try night crawlers, liver, or stink baits around structure.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught casting small jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are aggressive this time of year. Top water baits work well during low light conditions and plastics during the day.

Water conditions on southwest Iowa lakes and rivers are good and water temperature is around 70 degrees on the lakes. For information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Water level is normal and clarity is good.  Water temperature is in the mid 70s.  Most species are biting better every week.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught from the mounds on jigs or from shore using crawlers and a bobber in 4 feet of water.  Bluegill - Good: Several nice sized bluegills are being caught off the tops of the fish mounds on small jigs.  Walleye - Good: Walleye are being caught on small white jigs from the mounds.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir
Water quality is good.  Crappie - Fair: Several 9-inch crappies can be caught from the dam about 6 feet down using a small white jig.

Green Valley Lake
The lake has been lowered for a sediment removal project.  Shoreline fishing is quite good.  Access is a little tough in certain places.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink baits from shore are working fairly well for catfish.

Three Mile Lake
Water clarity is fairly good.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught from the mounds or steep shoreline areas.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water temperature is in the mid 70s.  The water can have a green color at times from algae.  Fishing is getting better each week.  Bluegills - Fair: A few real nice bluegills can be caught near trees using small black jigs.  Walleye - Fair: A few mid-sized walleye can be caught from the rock mounds.

Water levels are normal and temperatures are falling into the upper 70s.  Reports of very successful trips are coming in for several lakes.  Rivers are still quite successful for catfish.

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