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Iowa fishing report for Aug. 30

August 30, 2012 at 02:30 PM

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:

The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST
Crawford Creek Impoundment
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been doing well for catfish using stink bait and fishing from shore.  Evenings have been the best.  Bluegill - Fair: Decent size bluegill are being caught, but not large numbers of them.  Drift across the lake with a small jig with a small piece of bait.  Crappie - Fair: Fish for crappie the same way as bluegill.

Moorehead Park Pond
Bluegills are biting well.  The fish aren’t huge, but they make for fun fishing.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing is pretty slow.  Focus efforts around the return pipe from the dredge spoil site on the east side of the lake.

Blue Lake
Bass fishing with top water lures has been good in the late evenings.

Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)
The Little Sioux River has low water. Fishing is slow, but some smaller channel catfish are being picked up using nightcrawlers.

Water temperatures have cooled down over the area, but water levels continue to be low at most lakes.

Lower Pine Lake
A few crappies are being picked up with minnows on a jig fished near the rocks in deep water.

Lake Smith
Fishing is slow for bluegills and crappies, but fair for largemouth bass.  Anglers continue to have the best luck throwing top water and buzz baits in the evening.

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 23 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 off the Ventura jetties at nights.  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.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are starting to be picked up vertically jigging crawlers and minnows in 6-10 feet of water over the reefs and in the little lake.  Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers are catching yellow bass on crawlers, cut bait, and minnows.  Drifting and vertical jigging in 6-10 feet of water off the state dock area, the rock reefs, and in the little lake has been good.  The fish are schooled so move around until you find active fish.

Little Wall Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are still being picked up while 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, top water baits, and soft plastics worked along the aquatic plant beds are catching bass.

Bluebill Lake
Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish small jigs and crawlers along the aquatic plant beds and near rocks for the best yellow perch action.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Anglers are catching smallmouth bass on artificial baits fished in the remaining deeper pools.

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
Fishing has been slow with the best action coming early in the morning and late in the evening.  Walleye and perch fishing has been hit or miss. Try trolling crankbaits and spinners for walleye, and drifting with wigglers for perch.

West Okoboji Lake
Perch and bluegill action has been decent with most fish coming in 8-15 feet of water around the weed lines and rock piles. Try using wigglers or worms for both on a jigging spoon or under a slip bobber.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Water clarity on the lake is about one foot due to the on-going green algae bloom.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are having some success trolling for crappies over brush piles using a jig or crankbait.

Lake Hendricks
Lake Hendricks is about 2 feet low. The algae bloom is beginning to clear.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Soft bodied plastic worms are working well from a boat casting toward shore.  Crappie - Good: Fish activity has picked up.  Anglers are using bright green colored jigs fished from shore with success.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
While water levels on the Upper Iowa are still low, it is floatable.  A few more portages may be necessary.  An algae bloom continues to cloud the water.  Angling pressure has been slow.  Anglers may have success using silver colored lures for smallmouth and walleye.

Decorah District Streams
Though northeast streams are very low, fly fishing remains good in many areas.  Afternoon #20 Blue Wing Olive hatches have been excellent and there are good #14 Caddis hatches near dusk.  Terrestrials such as Crickets, Hoppers and Beetles should be effective until the first frost later in the fall.  Good fish continue to be taken on wet fly patterns such as a #14 or #16 Partridge & Orange. Call 563-927-5736 for updated catchable trout stream stocking.

Lake Meyer
Water temperature has cooled to the mid 70s and clarity is low due to a green algae bloom.  Try fishing 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 this week.  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)
Anglers have been doing well on a variety of species in the Charles City area especially above and below the Main Street dam.  Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are using nightcrawlers.  Also try using a crawdad. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching a good number of smallmouth using nightcrawlers but many are small.  Walleye - Good: Jigs tipped with a variety of plastic tails or nightcrawlers.

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 resumed with more reasonable water temperatures.  For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324 or just to let us know what you’ve been catching.

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.  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. Bremer County has been producing the best catches of northern pike.  Northern Pike - Good: Casting Mepps spinners and spoons are good for northern pike.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Floating Rapalas and other shallow diving crankbaits are productive for smallies.  Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a crawler can be very productive.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
There have been decent reports of walleye, smallmouth bass and an occasional northern pike being caught on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County.  Northern Pike - Fair: Mepps spinners and spoons have been good for northern pike.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:  Walleye - Fair: Both crankbaits and a jig tipped with a crawler has been good.

Interior river levels remain low in northeast Iowa, making navigation very difficult. Reports on fishing the interior rivers has been good for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike where anglers can gain access. 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 7.8 feet and expected to remain stable over the next week.  Water temperature is 76 degrees. 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 still on the feed. Find the deepest water and fish the bottom with stinkbait cutbaits, liver or 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 - Fair: Look for areas where wood meets the rock just off current areas where bass are actively feeding. Crappie - Fair: Reports of many crappies biting on minnows and jigged out of the snags along side channels. 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 - 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 12.2 feet and expected be stable over the next week.  Water temperature is 76 degrees.  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 still on the feed.  Find the deepest water and fish the bottom with stinkbait cutbaits, liver or 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 - Fair: Look for areas where wood meets the rock just off current areas where bass are actively feeding.  Crappie - Fair: Reports of many crappies biting on minnows and jigged out of the snags along side channels.  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 - Good: 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 11
River level at Guttenberg tail water is 3.9 feet and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is 76 degrees.  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 still on the feed.  Find the deepest water and fish the bottom with stinkbait cutbaits, liver or 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 - Fair: Look for areas where wood meets the rock just off current areas where bass are actively feeding.  Crappie - Fair: Reports of many crappies biting on minnows and jigged out of the snags along side channels. 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.  Boaters should use caution launching in low water conditions to avoid backing off the ends of ramps.  The low and stable water levels 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 temperature is middle to upper 70s. 

Mississippi River Pool 12
The river stage at the Dubuque lock and dam is very low at 4.4 feet and holding steady.    Channel Catfish - Excellent: 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 wing dams.  With channel catfish, fish for 15 minutes and if no fish - move.  You need to find active fish; the reward is there when you find them. Bluegill - Good: Some bluegills are biting in the few remaining sloughs with deep water.  In addition, try using a split shot and worm thrown on exposed rocks of the wing dams.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass are being caught on an array of lures and live bait.  Fish structure in the back waters, side sloughs and the main channel border islands.  Crappie - Good: For the first time in awhile, crappie fishing on the Mississippi has been consistent.  People are pulling fish out of all of the shallow backwaters into the sloughs and deeper backwater lakes.  Try minnows or jigs straight lined or use a bobber.  Walleye - Fair: A few more walleyes are being reported each week but the fishing is not yet consistent.  Try 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 and water levels are steady.  Water temperature is around 75 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 mid morning.  Bluegill - Good: Gills are once again being reported around the inside edge of the exposed wing dams.  Try a simple split shot and nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing has been good,  fish around rocks, wood or vegetation using all types of artificial lures as well as live bait.  Most bass caught are under the 14-inch size limit.  Crappie - Good: Fish are being taken mostly on live bait. Try straight lining or bobber fishing.  Fish structure. Find some brushpiles in major sloughs and keep moving to find fish.  Also try near the mouths of sloughs that are drying out.  Walleye - Slow: A few nice fish are being taken.  Not too many in the keeper bracket, but some in the protected slot of 20 - 27 inches are being reported.  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 4.4 feet and steady.  Water temperature is around 75 degrees. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish around the wing dams and also the side sloughs using stink bait, crawlers, and even cut bait.  Bluegill - Good: Gills are being taken at the mouth of the major backwater areas such as Cattail Slough and Beaver Island.  Also try the upper sides of exposed rock wing dams. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being caught all over.  Fish around the rocks, wood and vegetation with an array of lures as well as live bait.  Walleye - Slow: A few nice fish are being caught, but we expect better fishing yet this fall. Remember, fish less than 15 inches and between 20 - 27 inches must be immediately released.  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 4.3 feet and steady.  Water temperature is around 75 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish fishing has been excellent on stink bait fished near the wing dams and near the main channel.  Been a good year in Pool 15 for catfish anglers. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are good table fare if prepared right and packed on ice immediately after they are caught.  To catch drum use a sliding egg sinker in moderate current areas with a worm for bait.

Pools 12 through 15 are holding steady but water is low in many locations.  Water temperature is around 75 degrees.  With low water levels, use caution when boating as wing dams are often close to the water surface and can easily be struck. In addition, be aware that it is easy to back a trailer off the end of the boat ramp. Always, launch your boat with the minimum water needed.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 3.71 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 stickbaits. Most fish have been on the small side.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 2.97 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.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber. Try fishing pieces of worm under a bobber along brush piles along the shore or submerged brush piles in the deeper dredge cuts.  Crappie - Fair: There have been a few reports of crappies being caught in Big Timber. Try fishing with 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 2.40 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, shad, 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 0.59 feet and has been fairly steady over the past few days. Anglers should use caution when boating due to the low water conditions.  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. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters fishing around brush piles. Also look for crappies along brush piles along some of the slower running sloughs. Try using minnows under a slip bobber or vertical jigging small jigs and plastics.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: Tail water stages have been fairly steady over the past few days. Main channel water temperature is around 80 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 and 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.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is picking up. Fish 6 to 7 feet down during the return of the hot weather.  Crappie - Good: Look for the crappies back in the trees. Use small jigs to coax them out.

Lake of the Hills
Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park that you can use live minnow for bait.
The cooler weather had been helping the fishing by bringing crappies and bluegills back into the shallow water. The last few hot days may push them back out a little deeper. Water clarity hasn’t been hurt too much by the recent heavy rains.  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 best.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The bass fishing remains hot.  Look for them to be in shallow along the rocky areas as well as the water around the logs and stumps. The lures to use remain: white spinnerbaits in the morning and plastics the rest of the day.  Find the active fish and you’ll really get into them.  Crappie - Good: The crappies are on the brush piles. The ones just off the fishing pier seems to be angler favorites. Also look for them to be in the rocks along the dam.  The cooler weather has cooled off the rocks.

Railroad Lake
The old creek channel is the first place to look for fish, and then the brush piles along the south side in the shallow water. REMINDER - live minnows as bait are not allowed in Railroad Lake.  Bluegill - Good: Most of the bluegills have moved back to the north side and along 110th.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: In this lake the 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: The crappies are still over in the brush piles and tree along the old creek channel.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The last big rain brought the river up about one foot for a day or so but it has dropped since and is only a couple inches higher than it was last week. The water has cleared up.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing remains fairly good.  Obviously most fishing from shore. Wet wading the river is a good way to find the holes and of course the fish.  Of course always wade with a buddy and be careful.

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

Lake Wapello
Channel Catfish - Good: Try using nightcrawlers off the fishing jetties or around the rip rapped shorelines.  Bluegill - Fair: Try using small jigs along shoreline structure. Try adding a chunk of nightcrawler if the jig is not working alone.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try using spinnerbaits around the submerged structure along the shorelines.  Top water lures can also be productive in the early morning and late evening.

Red Haw Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use nightcrawlers around the rock jetties and near the dam.  Bluegill - Fair: 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 rubber worms fished along the dam and the rock jetties.  Use crankbaits that mimic crawdads in the same areas.  Also try top water lures fished in the early mornings and at sunset.

Lake Sugema
Fishing has been slow.  Try top water lures for largemouth bass in the mornings and evenings and crankbaits or spinnerbaits throughout the day.  Use nightcrawlers for channel catfish.

Rathbun Reservoir
Lake level is at 904.36 feet with 904.00 feet being normal pool.  The surface water temperature is 74 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try around the rock humps and underwater points.  Nightcrawlers have been the bait of choice.  Also try areas with the wind blowing into the shore.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers have been having some success trolling nightcrawlers around submerged points. If nightcrawlers aren’t working, use crankbaits that mimic shad 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 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 brushpiles at the entrances to many of the coves and over the roadbed in the west boat ramp bay.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Good: White bass from 12 to 14 inches are being caught trolling or casting spoons and lipless or shallow diving crankbaits. Target 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.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Rainbow Trout - Slow: Increasing water temperatures has slowed the trout bite as fish have moved deeper to the cooler water.  Look for good trout fishing to return when the water temperature falls to the low to mid 70s.  A trout stamp is required to fish for and possess trout.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Walleye - Fair: Very low water conditions have concentrated fish in areas of deeper water.  Anglers fishing below the Fraser and Boone Waterworks dam have been picking up a mixed bag of walleye, white crappie, white bass and channel catfish.

With the return of hot weather fishing on the reservoirs in central Iowa continues to be very good.  Rivers continue to drop lower and concentrating fish 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 - Good: 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 tipped with nightcrawler 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 catching bass 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: Anglers are having success jigging around cedar tree piles in the evenings using minnows.

Viking Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: 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 - Good: Channel catfish are being caught using dip bait. Fish average 2 pounds.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
There are numerous farm ponds in southern Iowa 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 are holding in the mid 70s. Channel catfishing has been good in the southwest district. For more information call the district office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
The lake is down about 14 inches. The main ramp is easily accessible some of the lesser used ones are starting to get shallow for large boats.  Channel Catfish - Good: Several channel catfish can be caught from most any of the shoreline areas.  Crawlers and crayfish seem to be the most popular.  Crappie - Fair: The edges of the big tree pile are holding some nice crappie.  The fish are close to the limbs therefore loosing jigs is common.

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.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The channel catfish are biting on small crayfish.

Summitt Lake
The lake has not received any runoff to fill the lake.  The spillway replacement is almost completely complete 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: We still have a few crappies coming from the tops of the flooded timber or deeper tree piles.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water looks good.  Several species are starting to bite.  Bullhead - Good: The far upper end and the shallow bays are producing some giant bullheads.  Crawlers or liver chunks on the bottom work very well.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few yellow perch are biting on small bits of crawler suspended just off the bottom.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite is picking up.  Trolling crawlers across the upper end is working the best.

Most lakes are a little low but all ramps are easily usable.  Water temperatures are back down into the mid 70s.  Reports of some successful walleye and crappie outings are coming in.

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