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Iowa fishing report for July 11

July 11, 2013 at 03:34 PM

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays 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
Nelson Park Lake
Brittle naiad, an invasive plant species, is present and boaters and anglers should make sure their equipment and boats are clean and free of vegetation before leaving the lake.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Brittle naiad, an invasive plant species, is present and boaters and anglers should make sure their equipment and boats are clean and free of vegetation before leaving the lake.

Brushy Creek Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass can be picked up casting crankbaits. Muskellunge - Slow: Brittle naiad, an invasive plant species, is present and boaters and anglers should make sure their equipment and boats are clean and free of vegetation before leaving the lake.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish can be caught with night crawlers. Fish are 2 to 3 pounds. White Bass - Slow: Anglers should try fishing top waters in the evening when the water is calm. Look for schools of white bass breaking the surface and cast into them. Walleye - Slow: Storm Lake is at full pool. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake. The hydraulic dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake. There is a pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to the surface at times. Anglers are allowed 3 walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one fish over 22 inches may be kept.

Swan Lake
Swan Lake is currently three feet low. This draw down is being conducted to encourage growth of aquatic plants around the shallow perimeter of the lake. Water clarity is good and emergent plants are starting to grow. Most of the jetties are still fishable and the boat ramp is usable.

Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake is at crest and has very good water clarity. Black Hawk Lake was renovated last fall. Although fish have been stocked this spring and summer there are no harvestable size fish in the lake.

Great Western Park Lake
Brittle naiad, an invasive plant species, is present and boaters and anglers should make sure their equipment and boats are clean and free of vegetation before leaving the lake.

Arrowhead Lake
Fishing is slow for all species. Water clarity is around four feet.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Catfishing has been very good. Try using stink bait or night crawlers on the bottom.

For more information on rivers and lakes in the Black Hawk District please contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Sucker - Good: There are lots of white suckers in Beed's. A worm and sinker on the bottom should entice them to bite. Channel Catfish - Fair: Cats should be close to spawning. Anglers might try near rocks. Largemouth Bass - Good: Crappie - Fair: Try for crappies around the jetties with minnows.

Upper Pine Lake
Good numbers of bluegills and crappie from both lakes with grub-type baits. Largemouth bass from Upper Lake with spinner baits. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning in 4 to 5 feet of water. A bobber and small jig with a piece of worm should work. Small grub-style baits are also working. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting on spinnerbaits. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught near structure.

Lake Smith
Channel Catfish - Good: Try cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. Fish are probably biting best the last hour of sunlight to an hour after sunset. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are still on beds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try spinnerbaits.

Lake Catherine
Channel Catfish - Good: Cats are biting on minnows or chicken liver. Try early morning or right at dark. They are decent size with some running 7-9 pounds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners.

Clear Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are staging up for spawning. Look around the rock reefs, or island. The jetties by Ventura or the mouth of the Harborage are also worth a shot. If you find the fish, action is fast and aggressive. Try cutbait, worms or small live bait. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill numbers are low, but some fish may be caught below docks or on the edge of bulrush. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Some largemouth have been caught near the reeds with live bait. Crappie - Good: Some crappies are still in or near the Venetian Village and the Harborage. Some of the larger crappies, though, have been hitting near the edge of the bulrush at dusk. Yellow Perch - Slow: Anglers might catch a few perch when fishing near the reed edges. Size is mostly small along with a few up to 10 inches. Walleye - Fair: A few bigger fish have been caught but most anglers are catching a mix of sublegals and small legal walleyes. Some are catching walleyes drifting or trolling. Most of the action is either in deeper water on the various rock reefs using a small lead head with a quarter piece of nightcrawler. Shore fishing can still be ok on the windward shorelines. Muskellunge - No Report: Yellow Bass - Fair: Numbers of smaller fish can still be caught on some of the reefs (Billy's). Some anglers are picking up a few larger ones near the bulrush edges. The lake is full. Water temperature is around 75 degrees.

Lake Cornelia
Channel Catfish - Good: Cats should be biting on cutbait or stinkbait. Fish from the last hour of sunlight to an hour after sunset. Or try during the day on a windward side of the lake. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are keeper size. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are near the rocks by the harbor and other rocky shorelines. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are around 8 inches. Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass are 7-7.25 inches

Little Wall Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are spawning on the rocks. Try with a bobber and minnow, small live bait or chicken liver. If you're after flatheads use a live fish for bait and fish after dark. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crappie - Slow: Little Wall is full and the water temperature is around 73 degrees.

Crystal Lake
Water temperature is around 77 degrees. The curlyleaf has died back and the algae has bloomed tinting the water green. Try fishing deeper water for most species or near some of the sources of inflow on the lake. Northern Pike - Fair: The pike are attracted to some of the sources of cooler water. Channel Catfish - Slow: Bluegill - Fair: Great population of 7-8 inch bluegills. Bluegills are finished spawning but you can still find some close to shore. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers have reported catching lots of largemouth. Fish on the outside edges with a bobber and live bait or try a weedless spoon. Walleye - Slow: Walleyes are around 16-20 inches.

Bluebill Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Look for cats near rocks. Bluegill - Good: Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting well along shorelines at Bluebill. Remember the 15-inch minimum length limit on bass. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are biting on minnows under a bobber.

Fin and Feather Lake
There has been some activity for panfish. There was a partial fish kill this winter but there is still some bluegills and largemouth left to provide some action. Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are near shore. Remember the 15-inch minimum length limit.

Interstate Park Lake
There was a partial fish kill this winter on this lake but anglers have been reporting catching a variety of fish this past week. Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crappie - Fair: Crappies are a nice sized and should be biting off the boat ramp point or off the east rock side.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Water levels are going down. It may be fishable in some areas.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Water levels are high.

Winnebago River
Water level is still high. Try fishing any slower water areas or backwater areas you can find. Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers should try below the dams or in backwater areas using cutbait, stinkbait, or minnows.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)
The East Fork is running high right now. Fishing is marginal. Channel Catfish - No Report: Catfish bite is probably a little slow but should pick up in a few weeks. Walleye - No Report:

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


Big Spirit Lake
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Look for smallies on the rock piles try throwing crankbaits, jerk baits, and plastics. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for largemouth around the weeds try top water early and late in the day along with crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms. Walleye - Slow: Fishing has been best early and late in the day with leeches being the live bait of choice. Trolling, drifting, and slip bobbers have all been proven fish catchers. Some are trolling crankbaits as well.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Slow: Fishing in the backs of the bays around the weeds can be good at times; look deeper for the biggest fish. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Look toward the rock piles for smallmouth action. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing around the weeds in the bays top water and soft plastics should produce.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods. Walleye - Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Fair: Drifting live bait with Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers has been producing a few fish some days are better than others.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
The water has come down but is still a bit muddy. Try current seams and brush piles for catfish and walleye.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
The water is still a bit high and fishing is tough. Try cut bait or stink bait for catfish in slack water areas or near the edge of the current.

For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Fishing has picked up with warmer water temperatures. Channel Catfish - Excellent: With warmer water, the cats are moving. Try a hooked baited with a worm and let it set near the bottom. Bluegill - Slow: Try angling for bluegills in the shallow flats. Use a small jig tipped with a worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are hitting a jig tipped with a twistertail or worm. Crappie - Slow: Fish are suspended in the middle of the lake. Fish around submersed brush piles. Try a jig tipped with imitation minnows. Yellow Perch - Slow:

Lake Hendricks
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on night crawlers or dead chubs fished under a bobber along the rockier shoreline. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are biting on hook tipped with a small chunk of worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass using a jig and soft plastics. Top water lures are working well in the evening. Crappie - Slow: Anglers have been catching a lot of 5 to 6-inch crappies on jigs tipped with a rubber skirt or minnow of the jetties.

Lake Meyer
Water clarity continues to improve. Northern Pike - No Report: Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try for catfish along rocky shorelines as they are beginning to spawn. Use a worm on the bottom under a bobber. Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are picking up a lot of small bluegills along the weed beds using yellow or green jigs and soft plastics. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are catching bass from shore by tossing a hooked tipped with a big chunk of nightcrawler and reeled in. Crappie - Slow: Anglers continue to pick up a few suspended in deeper water.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Flows are still high and clarity has improved. Fish activity is picking up. Sucker - Fair: Anglers are catching suckers on a hook tipped with a worm and fished along the bottom. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are having luck using dark colored jigs or a hook tipped with a worm.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Flows are up and clarity has improved. Sucker - Fair: Suckers are taking worms fished along the bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers using worms are doing the best. Walleye - Good: Anglers are having some success using a jig tipped with a twistertail but better luck using worms.

Yellow River
Fishing out of a canoe or kayak is allowed without landowner permission. Wading or fishing from the bank requires landowner permission.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels have stabilized and clarity has improved. Smallmouth Bass - No Report:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels continue to stabilize with improved clarity. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish have been taking chicken livers and dead chubs. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a twistertail. Smallies 14 inches plus are common. Crappie - No Report: Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are being caught while fishing for smallmouth.

Decorah District Streams
Better northeast Iowa streams have receded and cleared since the June floods, but additional rains may still hamper stream clarity. Invertebrate populations were definitely affected by the flooding and mayfly/caddisfly hatches might be sparse for awhile. Hoppers, crickets, ants and beetles will be effective terrestrial patterns for the balance of the season, as well as sub-surface nymphs, wet flies and streamers. Good fish are being caught.

Most of the rivers have stabilized and are clearing. For more on water levels, visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Trout continue to be stocked where access is available. For trout stocking information, call 563-927-5736. Another nice weekend is shaping up with highs in the low 80s and low humidity. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Anglers have been doing well catching bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie and northern pike. Vegetation has really come on making angling a bit more difficult. Northern Pike - Fair: Weedless spoons work really well for pike near vegetation beds. Bluegill - Good: Fishing a piece of nightcrawler under a bobber or smaller jigs retrieved over spawning beds is always productive. Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of 7 to 10-inch bass are being caught. Cast spinner baits or weedless baits around vegetation beds. Crappie - Fair: Casting small jigs next to weed beds has been productive.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Channel catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill fishing has been good. Clarity still remains good but vegetation is beginning to encompass the shoreline. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish have been smacking cutbaits, stinkbaits, shrimp and leopard frogs fished on the bottom. Bluegill - Good: Small piece of worm under bobber fished off of jetties or around structure in 3-6 feet of water has been excellent. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been doing fair on largemouth bass fishing near structure using crankbaits or spinnerbaits.

George Wyth Lake
Anglers have been catching bluegill but they tend to run small.

South Prairie Lake
Anglers are catching largemouth bass and crappie. Recent fisheries survey revealed good numbers of bass. Crappie are very abundant but run small in size. Great angling opportunities for the kids. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits, crankbaits or plastic worms for good action. Top water baits work well fished on calm surfaces during early morning or late evening hours. Crappie - Good: Try casting small tube jigs or drifting a crappie minnow under a slip bobber.

Plainfield
There have been good reports of bass fishing on Plainfield Lake. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits, crankbaits or plastic worms for good action. Top water baits work well fished on calm surfaces during early morning or late evening hours.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is providing some great angling for walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Use caution when navigating due to the lower water levels, particularly in Bremer County. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Stink bait and dead chubs fished on the bottom has been really hot. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Look for rock shorelines or rip-rap along banks casting artificial or live baits. Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with half of a crawler is deadly this time of year.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon River level is at 5.5 feet as of Tuesday and receding. There have been angler reports of smallmouth bass being caught. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for rock shorelines or rip-rap along banks casting artificial or live baits for smallmouth.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River still remains a little turbid but there have been reports of smallmouth bass and channel catfish being caught. Conditions should vastly improve by the upcoming weekend. Channel Catfish - Good: Stink bait and dead chubs fished on the bottom has been really hot. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for rock shorelines or rip-rap along banks casting artificial or live baits.

Manchester District Streams
Area Manchester District trout streams are currently in excellent condition.

Northeast Iowa interior rivers continue to recede and have been providing some excellent angling opportunities. Angling has vastly improved in the Black Hawk County area. The weather forecast looks beautiful for the upcoming weekend. Manchester District trout streams are all in excellent condition, for further information call the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
River level at Lansing is 11.5 feet and is expected to drop over the next week to below 10 feet. Army Road, near New Albin, will be closed for quite some time because of flood damage. Most of the other ramps on Pool 9 should be accessible. Areas below the mouth of the Upper Iowa River may be muddy for a few days. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish biting on stink bait and worms. Bluegill - Good: Lower water levels and better water quality have got bluegills biting again. Look for fish along shoreline structure in backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Changing water levels have bass moving making it more work to find active fish. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively biting on worms or small bits of crawler fishing along the main channel drop-offs and sand flats.

Mississippi River Pool 10
River level at Lynxville is 20.8 feet and is expected to drop over the next week to 18 feet. The Noble Island ramp in Harpers Ferry is now open. Sny Magill ramp may take some time to open due to flood damage. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish biting on stink bait and worms. Bluegill - Good: Lower water levels and better water quality have got bluegills biting again. Look for fish along shoreline structure in backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Changing water levels have bass moving making it more work to find active fish. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively biting on worms or small bits of crawler fishing along the main channel drop offs and sand flats.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River stage at Guttenberg is currently 12 feet and is expected to fall steadily over the next week to below 10 feet. Most boat ramps are open but the Turkey River landing will be closed because of flood damage. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish biting on stink bait and worms. Bluegill - Good: Lower water levels and better water quality have got bluegills biting again. Look for fish along shoreline structure in backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Changing water levels have bass moving making it more work to find active fish Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively biting on worms or small bits of crawler fishing along the main channel drop-offs and sand flats.

River levels on the Upper Mississippi are falling and water quality is improving. Without any more major rainfall events we should begin to see better fishing in the coming weeks. As river levels drop boaters should still use caution to avoid floating logs and debris. Some ramps are still flooded but a few more may become accessible as river levels drop. Water temperatures are in the mid 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12
The river level is at the Lock and Dam is at 12.3 feet and expected to keep falling. Water level at the railroad bridge is at 14.4 feet. The water is turbid and water temperature is around 77 degrees. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are still in spawning mode right now so if you go fishing try along any still exposed rock piles and rock lines. Success has been mixed with some anglers reporting good catches while other having difficulty. Trot lines fishing can be good in high water so that also may be an option. Worms will make great bait. Bluegill - Fair: Nice sized bluegills are present throughout the River and just need to find a concentration of them in the high water. Rocky eddy areas can be good spots during the summer. Just need a split shot and small chunk of worm. Largemouth Bass - Good: Some real nice catches of bass were reported. Bass are concentrated in pockets and eddies. Use bright colored crankbaits or spinners for best results. Walleye - Fair: A couple nice walleye were reported in Pool 12 this week. This is the first positive report on that species in quite some time.

Mississippi River Pool 13
Water level at the Lock and Dam is at 13.4 feet which is two feet lower than last week. The water is stained. Many ramps are still flooded but most are coming on-line. Courtesy docks are not in place in most locations. To access cleaner water to fish you might try the Green Island wildlife area or Middle Lake Sabula. Many nice bowfin have been reported being in Green Island. Do not throw this species on the bank. If you do not want this fish simply release them. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish on trotlines fished along flooded shores may produce some descent catches on crawlers or leeches. White Bass - Fair: Some nice white bass are being caught along rock lines this week. Anglers using small spinners and white jigs are having the best success. Bluegill - Fair: Some real nice bluegills were caught this week but we did not hear of large numbers of fish. Small pieces of worms fished in quiet eddy areas seems to be the best technique. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass may still be caught in the upper ends of large backwater complexes where water is clearer. Try Spring Lake, Savannah Bay or Upper Browns Lake.

Mississippi River Pool 14
The river level is at Fulton is at 13.2 feet and expected to fall all week. The water is still turbid but getting better. Many ramps are flooded including those at Rock Creek so conditions have been poor and angler pressure has been minimal. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish on trotlines fished along flooded shores may produce some descent catches on crawlers or leeches.

Mississippi River Pool 15
The river level is at 9.2 feet at Le Claire and is expected to fall. Water clarity is poor. Many ramps are flooded and inaccessible but conditions are improving.

The Mississippi River is coming out of flooding stage and becoming fishable. Pressure has been low but fishing itself is improving in many area. Please remember some boat ramps are underwater and many courtesy docks are not functional. Water is stained in most locations. Water temperature is in upper 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 13.78 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught in Sunset Marina casting jigs and twister tails. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are being caught fishing wax worms or nightcrawlers under a bobber in Sunset Marina.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine is 13.38 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Many of the ramps are not accessible due to the high water. The ramp in Muscatine is open. Big Timber (The Breaks) is closed. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. Fishing has been slow on the river due to the high water conditions. We have received no fishing information for this pool this week.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 14.82 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Many of the ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Toolesboro is closed. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 10.96 feet and falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Many of the boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on cut shad, shad guts, and leeches. Some channel catfish are also being caught on stinkbait.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River stages have been falling steadily over the past few days. River conditions are still high and many of the ramps are not accessible. Main channel water temperature is around 75 degrees. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions about fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
All the boat ramps continue to be underwater. The water level just isn't dropping much.

Lake Geode
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have moved deeper for the summer. Look for them to be just off the ledges to the deep water.

Lake Belva Deer
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have moved even deeper. Anglers are catching them slow trolling or drift and down about 18 feet.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Nightcrawlers and stinkbaits in the shallow water early or late is producing some good fish. Bluegill - Excellent: Limits of nice sized bluegills are still being caught. Look for them around the brush piles and the flooded stumps and trees. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: During the day they are out around the submerged structure. In the evenings look for them to be cruising the shoreline.

Lake of the Hills
Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Chicken liver or stinkbait, go chicken liver. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are now hitting on plastic worms. Crappie - Fair: Work the brush piles along the dam using minnows.

Wilson Lake
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Daily limits are still being caught. Fish a little deeper than their regular 3 to 4 feet but not by much. Work the habitat in 6 to 7 feet of water.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river is at about half bank full and continues to drop. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been pretty good lately. Fish under any mulberry tree hanging over the water. Catfish have a sweet tooth for those things. Using grass frogs as bait is producing fish.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa River has finally dropped below flood levels and is forecast to continue to steadily drop.

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

Iowa Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Rocky areas are holding fish. Bluegill - Fair: Some fish are around overhanging brush while others have moved out deeper. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present here. Check over your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.

Lake Macbride
Channel Catfish - Fair: Some are being caught around shallow rock while others have pulled out to deeper water. Crawlers and stinkbait are working best. Walleye - Slow: Most fish are being caught trolling flats with crankbaits or spinner rigs. Water temperature is around 80 degrees. The 10 h.p. motor restriction and 5 mph speed limit is in effect. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present here. Check over your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Crawlers and stinkbait have been working best. White Bass - Good: Fish shallow, wind-blown shorelines with small crankbaits or jigs, or chase schools of fish in open water with top water baits. Bluegill - Fair: Better fish are coming out of deeper water on small worms. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow structure or drop offs. Walleye - Fair: Smaller walleye are being caught deeper and on the roadbeds. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: These fish are only two years old but some are approaching 18 inches. Look for them mixed in with the white bass. Water clarity is excellent and water temperature is around 75 degrees. Remember, largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep and musky must be 40 inches to keep. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present here. Check over your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.

Diamond Lake
The lake is still murky. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish - Good: Crawlers, stinkbait, and chicken livers have been working well. Bluegill - Fair: Some fish are still around shallow rock and wood while others have pulled out to deeper water.

Otter Creek Lake
The lake water is fairly green from an algae bloom. Channel Catfish - Good: Evenings have been best. Bluegill - Good: Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level on July 11 is 683.9 feet (normal 683.4 feet). The lake is predicted to reach normal level this weekend. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish are being caught out in the channel by trolling and anchored positions.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Live baits have been working best. Flathead Catfish - Good: Using live bait at night has been producing fish.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught below the dams in Cedar Rapids as well as Ellis Park. Try crawlers, chicken livers, or stinkbait.

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

Lake Wapello
Largemouth bass have been hitting on crankbaits and rubber worms. Concentrate on areas with submerged structure or rocks. Use nightcrawlers or chicken livers for channel catfish.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shorelines and around the fishing jetties. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try areas along the dam and out in front of the rock jetties. Use rubber worms and crankbaits in these areas. Try top waters in the early mornings.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try top waters in the early mornings and late evenings. Try crankbaits around the rocky shorelines or use plastic worms around the submerged structure.

Rathbun Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using dead chubs, stinkbait or cut bait. Areas around Bridgeview are productive this time of year. Walleye - Slow: Use nightcrawlers trolled or drifted around the submerged points and around rock piles. Try crankbaits around the same areas. The current lake level is 913.79 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 77 degrees. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry boats before transporting 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).

If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Don Williams Lake
Crappie - Fair: Nice crappie can be caught near woody debris in the evenings with a slip bobber and minnows. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake.

Beaver Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill can be caught fishing small jigs tipped with crawlers 2 to 4 feet below the surface around much of the standing timber. Crappie - Fair: Drifting panfish jigs around the standing timber mid lake is producing crappie.

Big Creek Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is in the summer pattern of drift fishing small jigs with crawler, especially over the old road beds. Big Creek bluegills are good size with many fish over 8 inches.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Better bluegill catches are now coming from drift fishing or fishing near pallet and brush piles in 6 to 10 feet of water. Fish with small jigs or pieces of crawler under a bobber.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are being caught drifting or casting crawlers under a bobber along the vegetation edges. Crappie - Good: Crappie are suspended along the northwest shoreline just outside the vegetation line. Cast or drift small panfish jigs or white twisters out from the vegetation. Crappies are also being caught around the fishing shelter.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught in decent numbers trolling crankbaits or spoons around windswept points. Good colors to start with are shad imitating colors, such as solid chrome.

Saylorville Reservoir
White Bass - Fair: Saylorville white bass fishing has not been as productive as Red Rock, but as the water level continues to drop fishing is picking up in the usual spots from Sandpiper beach to the marina point and out from the Oak Grove area. Troll lipless crankbaits or spoons.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: River levels are returning to normal and catfishing should be good to excellent using stink baits.

Crappie and bluegill are now in summer patterns and can be caught best drift fishing or still fishing over habitat in 6-15 feet of water. White bass fishing on the reservoirs is picking up with the summer heat. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Bluegills and crappie can be caught drifting and around cedar tree piles. Greenfield also has a good channel catfish population with many 2 to 3 pound fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have been caught around the jetties using shrimp. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting small jigs. Largemouth Bass - Good: Plastic baits are catching bass around structure and close to shore. Crappie - Fair: Vertical jigging with minnows around cedar tree piles has been good for 8 to 10-inch crappies. Early morning has been the best time.

Meadow Lake
Largemouth bass fishing has been good this week. Bluegill - Slow: Drift small jigs to catch 8 to 9-inch bluegills. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting plastic baits to shore and around cedar tree piles.

Nodaway Lake
Crappies are being caught around submerged trees and drifting. Catfish have slowed this week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing has been good using shad sides and liver. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill in the 7 to 8-inch size range are being caught in 4 to 6 feet of water. Crappie - Fair: Drift with tube jigs to catch 10-inch crappie.

Orient Lake
Bluegill and catfish can be caught. Channel Catfish - Fair: Two pound catfish are being caught on cutbait. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting along the dam. Tipping jigs with crawler seems to help. Crappie - Slow: Minnows under a bobber around sunken cedar trees will catch crappie up to 10 inches.

Littlefield Lake
A few bluegills are being picked up drifting. Littlefield has a good channel catfish population. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught in the corners of the dam and on the north shore using liver. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill - Slow: Drift with small black jigs tipped with night crawler or power bait to catch 7 to 8 fish.

Lake Anita
Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Crappies and bluegills are being caught drifting open water. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are reported to be caught drifting along vegetation edges with small jigs tipped with worms or power bait. Fish are 8 to 9 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are reported to be caught close to shore and around structure casting spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Fish are all sizes. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught drifting with jigs close to the dam. Vertical jigging tree piles with minnows has also been good.

Willow Lake
Largemouth bass fishing is good. A few channel catfish were also caught. Channel Catfish - Fair: Cutbait and liver were reported to catch catfish close to shore around structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing has been good in the upper end of the lake using a variety of spinners and plugs.

Viking Lake
Largemouth bass fishing is good. The crappie bite picked up this week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish can be caught around underwater reefs and rock fields using cutbait. Many fish are 2 to 4 pounds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinnerbaits and slow trolling crankbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie - Fair: Crappies range from 7 to 10 inches and are being caught drifting tube jigs and vertical jigging tree piles.

DeSoto Bend
The middle boat ramp is the only place to launch at Desoto Bend. Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish liver on the outside bend of the lake close to shore. Fish will average two pounds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes are being caught casting plastic baits to shore.

Lake Manawa
Catfishing continues to be good. Channel Catfish - Good: The south and west side of the lake has been good for catfish this week using liver. Fish up to five pounds are being caught. Crappie - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber around structure and in the canals.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Bluegills and crappie are in their supper pattern and can be caught along weed edges and suspended in the water column. Largemouth bass are aggressive and easily caught this time of year. Remember to always get permission before fishing private farm ponds. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught in 4 to 6 feet of water with dip bait or liver. Bluegill - Fair: Cast small jigs close to weed edges or drift open water to catch bluegill. Largemouth Bass - Good: Casting small spinners and jigs around structure and along vegetation has been good for bass. Crappie - Fair: Fish minnows and small jigs around structure to catch crappies.

Catfishing is good on many lakes. Bluegill and crappie are being caught drifting or vertical jigging cedar tree piles. For more information on lakes in southwest Iowa, call the district office at Cold Springs at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
The water levels are normal and the clarity is good. Bullhead - Good: Several bullheads are being caught on crawlers on the bottom. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish are in the rip rap near shore or the shallows during the evenings. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are stilling around the fish mounds. Small jigs or crawlers just above the tops is working the best.

Little River Watershed Lake
The lake is full and the fish have been restocked. Channel Catfish - Good: Some mid-sized channel catfish are being caught from the rock areas or bays.

Badger Creek Lake
The water level is normal and the clarity is good. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish can be caught from the rocky areas or nearby bays.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
The lake has been drained to allow completion of sediment trapping structures.

Green Valley Lake
The water level is normal and clarity is very good. Channel Catfish - Good: A lot of channel catfish are being caught from the rip rap shoreline and sides of the fish mounds.

Three Mile Lake
The water levels are normal. Channel Catfish - Good: Several channel catfish are being caught from the rip rap areas near shore or nearby bays.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water levels are normal and the clarity is good. Bullhead - Good: Some real big bullheads can be caught using crawlers on the bottom. Channel Catfish - Good: A few channel catfish are in the near-shore rocks, rock fields or nearby bays. Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills can still be caught by suspending a crawler over the mounds or rock fields in 3 to 5 feet of water.

Water levels are normal. Some lakes are starting to show some signs of algae development. Water temps are in the middle 70s.

Missouri River Sioux City to Little Sioux
Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are having the best success on worms and dip baits. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads are biting on various live baits. Anglers have had success on chubs and sunfish around deep water habitat and near wing dikes.

Missouri River Little Sioux to Council Bluffs
Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing has been good on dip baits, worms, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are biting on live baits, such as chubs and sunfish, around deep holes near wing dykes and logs.

Missouri River Council Bluffs to the State Line
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to have success catching channel catfish on dip baits, worms, and cutbait. Try in the deeper slack water areas below wing dikes and drift piles.
Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead fishing continues to be good in and near deeper slack water holes, near logs, and rocky habitat. Flatheads bite best on live baits such as chubs, bullheads, and sunfish.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 20.26/ 28,200 CFS. The Missouri River is up .53 ft. from last week. Water temperatures are at 80 degrees.

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