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Iowa fishing report for Aug. 17

August 17, 2012 at 02:18 PM

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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
Upper Pine Lake
Fishing activity has been relatively low, but anglers have reported catching channel catfish with chicken liver in the mornings and evenings in the lake and Pine Creek between the lakes.

Lake Catherine
Bluegill - Fair: Drift small jigs or crawlers along the rocks and along the aquatic vegetation lines.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Spinner baits worked along the aquatic plant beds seems to be working the best.

Clear Lake
The water level is 21 inches below crest.  Use caution when launching and boating near shore.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink bait, cut bait, and crawlers are working in the evenings and mornings near reefs and vegetation beds.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up some crappies while drifting and vertical jigging minnows and crawlers in 6-10 feet of water in the little lake, around the reefs, and between the state dock area and the island.  Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers are catching yellow bass on crawlers, cut bait, and minnows. Drifting and vertically jigging in 6-10 feet of water off the state dock area has been good.  The fish are schooled so move around until you find active fish.

Little Wall Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are drifting fish guts and cut bait.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Drift small jigs and crawlers in the dredged area and along aquatic plant beds for the best bluegill action.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Spinner baits and top water baits worked along the aquatic plant beds are catching bass.

For more fishing information in the north central Iowa area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead - Fair: Action has slowed on the grade but a few are being caught on the main lake around weeds. Use a worm on the bottom.  White Bass - Good: Look for schools breaking the surface in the morning and afternoon, once located, a popper or minnow bait should get some action.  A few smallmouth bass should also be expected while fishing a school of white bass.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some of the bigger smallmouth are being caught on weed edges but the rock piles are still producing a few. Largemouth Bass - Fair: The largemouth are still being found near weeds but some are also starting to disperse to other areas in the lake. Yellow Perch - Fair: Action is picking up on the mudflats in the 18 plus foot range.  Try drifting crawlers on bottom bouncers or with slip bobbers.  A GPS or marker buoy could be very useful once a school is located. A few perch are also being caught in or near the weeds while targeting walleye or other species.  Walleye - Slow: With the warm water, fishing has slowed a bit but a few are still being caught. Best results have been coming in early morning, at dusk, and after dark using slow presentations.

East Okoboji Lake
Bullhead - Fair: Use worms on bottom. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait around rocks and wood during low light conditions.  Bluegill - Fair: Action has picked up a bit but can still be sporadic.  Fish around weed edges with worms. Walleye - Fair: Fish near bottom with crawlers and leeches or trolling crankbaits.  Twister tails can also be productive.  Yellow Bass - Good: Many yellow bass are being caught. Look for rocks and wood and use small baits.

West Okoboji Lake
Fish early in the morning to avoid boat traffic.  Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills around weed edges and try fishing in the early morning or later afternoon. Use a small jig on a slip bobber or a plain hook with live bait.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish around deep rock piles with crayfish and minnow imitations.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch are being caught in 12-18 feet of water within the weed beds. Use a pilkie or crappie tube with wigglers.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish were caught trolling crankbaits as well as live bait rigs with crawlers and leeches.

Five Island Lake
During a recent netting survey many catfish were sampled with an average size of 16-22 inches. Good numbers of fish over 24 inches were also found. Try using cutbait or stinkbait in the afternoon and into the night.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with worm.

For more information contact Mike Hawkins at the Spirit Lake office at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Anglers have been finding fish along fallen trees and other structure.  Remember, fish are suspended in the water column so fish shallow or try trolling.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Try using a piece of nightcrawler fished on the bottom in shallow water. The lake is experiencing a green algae bloom.

Lake Hendricks
Channel Catfish - Good: Cats are biting on a small piece of nightcrawler fished under a bobber from shore.  Evening provides the best action.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills have been hitting on hook tipped with small piece of nightcrawler.  The majority of fish are small.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are doing well using soft plastic or big tube jigs and crankbaits trolling in the old creek channel.

Lake Meyer
Water temperature has cooled to the mid 70s and water clarity is low due to a green algae bloom.  Fish in the middle of the lake suspended in about 6 to 7 feet of water.  Bluegill - Slow:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Fish activity has picked up some this week with cooler temperatures.  A few sauger, walleye and smallmouth are being taken.  Also a few trout have been picked up around the tributaries.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Nightcrawlers and stinkbait are working for catfish.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are picking up smallmouth on walleye jigs and lures that look like shiner minnows.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are having best success using small shad raps or white or black jigs tipped with white plastic twistertail in the deeper holes.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are using dead chubs and chicken liver with good success.  Nightcrawlers are also working. Walleye - Slow: Jigs tipped with a variety of plastic tails or minnows are tantalizing fish this week.

Decorah District Streams
Tricos are still hatching at dawn, but the hatch volume is diminishing.  Try a #24 Threadwrap or similar small pattern for Tricos.  There have been good #18 Blue Wing Olive hatches in the afternoons.  Trout have also been taken on #14 Caddisflies as well as Hoppers, Crickets and other terrestrials.  Small wet fly patterns have been productive.  Call 563-927-5736 for updated catchable trout stream stocking.

Flows on area rivers remain low concentrating fish in deeper holes.  Water temperatures on rivers are cooling and fish activity has picked up.  Catchable trout stocking on Turtle and Spring Creeks (Mitchell County) and Bohemian Creek (Winneshiek County) has temporarily been discontinued until conditions improve.  For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324 or just to let us know what you’ve been catching.

Brinker Lake
Anglers have been reporting good catches of crappie. Concentrate in water depths between 8 to 12 feet.  Crappie - Good: Tube jigs have been working well in 8 to 12 feet of water.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Anglers have been doing well on walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike with the cooler temperatures.  Northern Pike - Fair: Mepps spinners and spoons have been good for northern pike.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Floating Rapalas and other shallow diving crankbaits has been productive for the smallies.  Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with a crawler has been very good for walleye.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Anglers have been doing well on walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike with the cooler temperatures.  Northern Pike - Fair: Mepps spinners and spoons have been good for northern pike.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Floating Rapalas and other shallow diving crankbaits has been productive for the smallies.  Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with a crawler has been very good for walleye.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike fishing should improve with the recent cool temperatures.  Northern Pike - Fair: Casting Mepps spinners and spoons are good for northern pike.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Floating Rapalas and other shallow diving crankbaits are productive for smallies this time of year.  Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a crawler can be very productive.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
There have been decent reports of walleye and northern pike being caught on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. Northern Pike - Fair: Mepps spinners and spoons have been good.  Walleye - Fair: Crankbaits and a jig tipped with a crawler have been good on the Maquoketa.

Interior river levels remain low in northeast Iowa making navigation very difficult. Fishing interior rivers has been good for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike where anglers can gain access. Brinker Lake in George Wyth Park has been producing good numbers of crappie. Trout streams remain in good condition, for further information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
River level at Lansing tail water is 7.7 feet and expected to remain stable at his level over the next week. Water temperature is 74 degrees. Fish are concentrating in areas of cooler water and some current to escape the summer heat. Northern Pike - Fair: Pike fishing is picking up with the slightly cooler water temperatures. Try spoons and crankbaits along current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are on the midsummer feed. Stinkbaits are most effective as are cutbaits, liver and crawlers. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flatheads have been caught on live chub or small bluegill baits. Bluegill - Excellent: Look for the larger bluegills along fallen trees in running sloughs and near wing dams. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are actively feeding on baitfish along the riprap in main channel borders and side channels with good current. Flashy in-line spinners are an excellent choice. Largemouth Bass - Good: Take advantage of the abundant lotus weed beds just off current areas where the big bass are taking refuge. Some bass are being picked up along the wing dams. Crappie - Good: Nice sized crappies are biting on minnows and jigs in the deeper habitat of backwater sloughs.  Walleye - Good: With the lower and stable water conditions, walleye are concentrating in the deep water along wing dams and closing dams. Trolling with crawlers and leeches works best this time of summer. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum (sheephead) are nice size and actively biting on worms drifted along the sand flats and on top of wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 10
River level at Lynxville is 12.7 feet and stabilized at this level over the next week.  Water temperature is 74 degrees.  Fish are concentrating in areas of deeper cooler water and some current to escape the summer heat. Northern Pike - Good: Warm water temperatures have northern pike escaping to cold water springs and creek inlets. Fish spoons or crankbaits in the river mouths. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are on the midsummer feed. Stinkbaits are most effective as are cutbaits, liver and crawlers. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flatheads have been caught on live chub or small bluegill baits.  Bluegill - Excellent: Look for larger bluegills along fallen trees in running sloughs and near wing dams. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are actively feeding on baitfish along the riprap in main channel borders and side channels with good current. Flashy in-line spinners are an excellent choice.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Take advantage of the abundant lotus weed beds just off current areas where the big bass are taking refuge. Some bass are being picked up along the wing dams. Crappie - Good: Nice size crappies are biting on minnows and jigs in the deeper habitat of backwater sloughs.  Walleye - Good: With the lower and stable water conditions, walleye are concentrating in the deep water along wing dams and closing dams. Trolling with crawlers and leeches works best.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum (sheephead) are nice sized and actively biting on worms drifted along the sand flats and on top of wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River level at the Guttenberg tail water is 4.5 feet and is expected remain fairly stable over the next week. Water temperature is 74 degrees.  Fish are concentrating in areas of cooler water and some current to escape the summer heat. Northern Pike - Good: Warm water temperatures have northern pike escaping to cold water springs and creek inlets. Fish spoons or crankbaits in the river mouths. Channel Catfish - Good: Some really nice sized catfish are being caught right now. Now is when stink bait becomes very effective. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flatheads have been caught on live chub or small bluegill baits.  Bluegill - Excellent: Look for the larger bluegills along fallen trees in running sloughs and near wing dams.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are actively feeding on baitfish along the riprap in main channel borders and side channels with good current. Flashy in-line spinners are an excellent choice.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Take advantage of the abundant lotus weed beds just off current areas where the big bass are taking refuge. Some bass are being picked up along the wing dams.  Crappie - Good: Nice sized crappies are biting on minnows and jigs in the deeper habitat of backwater sloughs.  Walleye - Good: With the lower and stable water conditions, walleye are concentrating in the deep water along wing dams and closing dams. Crankbaits are a good choice this time of summer.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum (sheephead) are nice size and actively biting on worms drifted along the sand flats and on top of wing dams.

Water levels on the Upper Mississippi remain low.  The stable water conditions and slightly cooler temperatures have created some ideal fishing conditions.  Anglers can expect a variety in their creels this week.  Fish are congregating in deeper holes and wing dams throughout the day.  Cast along the shorelines in the early morning and evening.  Water temperatures have fallen to the mid 70s. 

Mississippi River Pool 12
The river stage at the Dubuque lock and dam is very low at 4.7 feet and holding steady.    Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are still on the summer bite. Try stink bait, cut bait, crawlers or even minnows fished on the bottom.  Fish are being taken in numerous spots from the mud flats to the wind dams.  With channel catfish, 15 minutes and no fish move.  You need to find active fish; the reward is there, when you find them. Bluegill - Good: Some bluegills were biting in the sloughs in snags and along rock piles.  Try using a split shot and worm thrown on exposed wing dams.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass being caught on an array of lures and live bait.  Fish structure in the back waters, side sloughs and the main channel border.  Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has been good at times.  People are pulling fish out of all of the shallow back waters into the sloughs and deeper back water lakes.  Try minnows or jigs straight lined or use a bobber.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes were reported this week.  Try live bait such as crawlers or leeches trolled on the upstream side of the dams.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Crawlers around the wind dams and side sloughs will produce catches of drum.  To keep drum fresh for eating always put drum immediately on a cooler with ice.

Mississippi River Pool 13
The river level at the Bellevue lock and dam is 4.1 feet.  Water levels are steady.  Water temperature is around 79 degrees and clarity is good.  Be aware of exposed wing dams when boating on the river.  Channel Catfish - Good: Some channel catfish being taken on stink bait and crawlers.  Try around the wing dams and in the side sloughs.  Move until you find active fish.  Some of the best fishing has been early morning and good until midmorning.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass fishing had been really good but seemed to tail off some this past week.  Fish rocks, wood or vegetation.  They are being caught on all types of artificial lures as well as live bait. Most bass caught are under the 14-inch size limit. Crappie - Fair: Fish are being taken mostly on live bait.  Try straight lining or bobber fishing.  Fish the structure to find fish.  Find some brush piles in major sloughs and keep moving around to find fish.  Walleye - Slow: A few nice fish are being taken.  Not too many in the keeper bracket, more in the protected 20 to 27-inch slot. These fish must be immediately released.  Most fish are being caught on live bait.  Try around the upstream sides of wing dams.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Crawler on the bottom fished around the wing dams and side sloughs.  Move to find fish.

Mississippi River Pool 14
The river stage at the Clinton lock and dam is 4.1 feet and steady.  Water temperature is around 80 degrees. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish around the wing dams and the side sloughs using stink bait, crawlers, and even cut bait.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being caught all over.  Fish around the rocks, wood and vegetation.  Different lures are being used as well as live bait.  Walleye - Slow: A few nice fish are being caught, but we do expect better fishing yet this fall. Remember, fish less than 15 inches and between 20 and 27 inches must be released immediately.  Fish that fall in the 15-19.9 inch range may be kept with one fish over 27 inches.  Try fishing the upstream sides of the wing dams.  Live bait tends to work better in the summer.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Numerous drum are being reported out of side channel sloughs and the channel border areas.  Use a sliding egg sinker and worm rig for best results.

Mississippi River Pool 15
The river stage at the LeClaire lock and dam is 4.2 feet and steady.  Water temperature is in upper 70s to 80 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: A few reports of nice catches of channel cats on stink bait fished near the wing dams and near the main channel.  Been a good year in Pool 15 for catfishermen. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are good eating fish if prepared right and packed on ice immediately after they are caught. Use a sliding egg sinker in moderate current areas with a worm for bait.

The river is holding steady and is low in many locations.  Water temperature has fallen and is in the upper 70s. Water levels on the Mississippi are very low; take caution when boating as wing dams are very close to the water surface and can easily be struck by the lower unit.  In addition, be aware backing trailers too far into the water may result in going off the end of the boat ramps. Only back the trailer in the minimum needed to launch.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 3.67 feet and has been steady over the past couple days. Use caution when boating due to the low water conditions.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching channel catfish on stinkbait, crawlers, and shrimp fished along the bottom. Try fishing along rocky shoreline, above wing dams, or above snag piles along the main channel and side channels. White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough.  Look for minnows breaking the surface and cast jigs/twister tails, in-line spinners, or small crankbaits into the school. Some fish are also being picked up trolling three-way rigs with floating stick baits.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow with the low water conditions in the backwaters.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow with the low water conditions in the backwaters.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow. Look for fish towards the ends of the wing dams where there is more current. Try trolling or casting crankbaits.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.02 feet and has been steady over the past few days. Anglers should use caution when boating with the low water conditions.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stinkbait, cutbait, and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Try fishing above the wing dams or above snag piles along the main channel or side channels.  Crappie - Fair: There have been a few reports of crappies being caught in Big Timber. Try a minnow under a slip bobber or jigs and small plastics around brush piles along the shore and the submerged brush piles in the deeper dredge cuts.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 2.66 feet and has been steady over the past few days. Anglers should use caution when boating with the low water conditions. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stinkbait, cutbait, and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Try fishing above the wing dams or above snag piles along the main channel and side channels.  White Bass - No Report: Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow due to the low water conditions in the backwaters.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow due to the low water conditions in the backwaters.  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 0.93 feet and has been fairly steady over the past few days. Anglers should use caution when boating due to the low water conditions. Most panfishing reports are coming from area farm ponds and lakes.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stinkbait, shad, and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Try fishing above the wing dams or above snag piles along the main channel or side channels.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow with the low water conditions.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow with the low water conditions.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: Tail water stages have been steady over the past few days. Main channel water temperature has fallen to 77-78 degrees. Anglers should use caution when boating on the river due to the low water conditions. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. For more fishing information on Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good along the face of the dam, but don’t pass up the creek channel at the upper end of the lake.

Lake Belva Deer
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfishing has been very good through the hot weather. Chicken liver is the bait to use.  One very good spot is the rock mounds at the upper end of the lake.

Lake of the Hills
Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where live minnows can be used for bait.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Lots of catfish are being caught on stinkbait and chicken liver.  Chicken liver seems to be the current favorite. Early and late are the times to be there. Bluegill - Good: Fishing a worm and bobber set at 3-4 feet down seems to be working the best.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The hot weather didn’t seem to be bothering these fish. Use white spinnerbaits in the morning and plastics the rest of the day.  Find active fish and you’ll really get into them.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are on the brush piles.  The ones just off the fishing pier seem to be angler favorites.

Railroad Lake
The old creek channel is the place to fish right now for about all species.  REMINDER - live minnows as bait are not allowed in Railroad Lake.  Bluegill - Good: Some of the bluegills have moved back to the stump fields on the north side but a lot of them remain in the old creek channel on the south side.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are around the rock.  Working spinnerbaits in the morning and plastics along the deeper edge of the rocks is working the best.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are still in the brush piles and tree along the old creek channel.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The recent rain didn’t really make the river come up much, maybe a few inches and that pulse has already moved through.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing remains fairly good.  Obviously most fishing from shore.

Big Hollow Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good on stinkbait or chicken liver. Look for them around the big brush piles and around the culvert are in the lake.

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

Lake Wapello
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been using nightcrawlers off the fishing jetties to catch their limit.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along shoreline structure.

Red Haw Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Nightcrawlers have been the most productive.  Try areas along the dam and off the rock jetties.  Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs in less than 6 feet of water. Try areas near shoreline structure and off the rock jetties.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been successful using crankbaits fished along the dam and the rock jetties.  Try using crankbaits that mimic crawdads.

Rathbun Reservoir
Lake level is at 904.48 feet with 904.00 feet being normal pool.  The water temperature is 78 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Nightcrawlers have been working well.  Try areas over the rock humps and underwater points.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers have been having success trolling live bait over humps and underwater points.  As the summer continues, try using crankbaits trolled over the same areas. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry boats before transporting them to another water body.  Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in the sun).

For other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa please call 641-647-2406

Albia City Reservoir
Anglers have recently captured some outstanding limits of large catfish from both the upper and lower reservoir.  In particular, the Upper Albia Reservoir has turned out some very nice fish in the 30-inch range.  Night crawlers and chicken livers have been the most productive baits.

Fishing is picking up with the cooler temperatures.  If you have questions call 641-647-2406

SOUTHWEST
Don Williams Lake
Crappie - Fair: Crappie up to 10 inches are being caught fishing minnows under a bobber near wood structure at depths of 3 to 6 feet.  Evenings have been best.

Big Creek Lake
White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught trolling shallow diving crankbaits or spinner rigs with live bait. Target the windblown shoreline.  Bluegill - Fair: Good size bluegill are being caught drifting or bobber fishing pieces of crawler over brush piles at the entrances to many of the coves and over the roadbed in the Williams Drive bay.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Good: Good size white bass from 12 to 14 inches are being caught trolling or casting spoons and lipless or shallow diving crankbaits.  Areas to begin searching include the marina point, sand island, and the northeast corner of the dam.  Look for schools of shad breaking the surface.

Saylorville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: Good size and numbers of catfish can be caught drift fishing cut creek chubs above the mile long bridge.  White Bass - Excellent: White bass fishing continues to be very active.  The Sandpiper and Oak Grove areas are good places to start.  Troll or cast spoons and shallow diving crankbaits.  Look for schools of shad breaking the surface.

Fishing on the reservoirs in central Iowa continues to be very good.  River conditions are very low, but fish are concentrated in the deeper pools for anglers willing to access them. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Catfish are being caught around the jetties.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Dip bait and shrimp are working to catch channel catfish around the jetties. Late afternoon and into the night has been the best time.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches can be caught drifting small jigs across the open lake.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught while drifting.

Lake Anita
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs 6-8 feet down. Tipping the jig with worms or Powerbait seems to help.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having success fishing shallow coves with spinner baits early in the mornings and late afternoons. As the temperatures rise the fish go deeper. Many of the fish caught are in the 14 to 19-inch range.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 12 inches are being caught drifting the main lake in the evening.

Viking Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Dip baits and liver have been the bait of choice for fish averaging 2 pounds.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught around rock piles and sunken trees using a variety of plastic baits and crankbaits. Fish up to 19 inches have been reported.

Lake Manawa
Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on dead chubs and liver. Fish average 2 pounds.

East Nishnabotna
With river levels very low fish are confined in the deeper holes.  Channel Catfish - Good: Fish deeper holes around structure using crayfish or nightcrawlers.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
There are numerous farm ponds that can provide a quality fishing trip. Remember to always get permission to fish private farm ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Dip baits and liver are good baits in midsummer for channel catfish. Late afternoon when temperatures cool is a good time to target catfish. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught around structure and along the edge of weed lines this time of year. Try small jigs or worms under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are very aggressive and readily caught casting a variety of lures and plugs along weed edges and around structure. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to fish in the heat of summer.

Water temperatures have cooled into the high 70s. Catfishing is good on interior rivers. For more information call the district office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.

Little River Watershed Lake
The water level is down about 12 feet to allow completion of shoreline repairs.  It is expected to remain down for at least three more months. The fish have been restocked but are small and growing.

Green Valley Lake
The water level is still down about 4 feet.  The main ramp is easily usable and the bluegill, largemouth bass, and channel catfish are all big and easy to catch.

Summitt Lake
There has not received any runoff to fill the lake.  The spillway replacement is almost completed and the lake is ready to fill when rains return.

Three Mile Lake
The water level is about 2 feet down and very clear.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are coming from the tops of the deep tree piles.

Most lakes are a little low but all ramps are easily usable.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stinkbait, worms, or crawdads on tips of wing dykes.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use jigs on the tips of wing dykes and outside bend of river close to shoreline.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught by catfish anglers.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Use worms or crawdads on tips of wing dykes.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stinkbait, crawdads or grass hoppers along current seams of wing dykes.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use crawdads or live bait like goldfish and bullheads in scour holes of wing dykes or near brush piles.  Sauger - Slow: A few fish have been caught in connected backwater areas with jigs.  Walleye - Slow: A few fish have been caught in backwater areas with jigs.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or crawdads.  Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Fish are being caught using goldfish or night crawlers.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish have been caught using live bait near wing dykes.

Missouri River Fisheries Office - River discharge at Onawa is slightly above normal. Water temperatures are in the 78-84 degree range on the river and in backwater areas.

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