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Iowa fishing report for July 18

July 18, 2013 at 04:17 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

Channel Catfish - Slow: Bluegill - Slow: Although fishing for bluegills has been tough, the big ones that get caught are nice fish and around 10 inches. 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. Walleye - Fair: Target walleye in the deeper areas around structure. Focus on rock piles, road beds, and submerged bridges. 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 three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one fish over 22 inches may be kept.

North Twin Lake

Yellow Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching yellow bass around the docks. Fish are about 8 to 8.5 inches. Water clarity is poor. Lake is at full pool.

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 Park Lake

Fishing has been pretty slow, but anglers have been catching a few largemouth bass. Focus efforts around submerged structure.

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 biting near the grade, on some of rock reefs, near the island and perhaps by the city seawall. Your best bet is to fish after dark with small live bait, cutbait, or stinkbait. White Bass - Good: Anglers have been getting some nice white bass (13-16 inches) on the Little Lake near the grade, near the edges of bulrush or near the island. Cast a twister tail or small swim shad. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill numbers are low, but some fish may be caught below docks or on the edge of bulrush. Crappie - Fair: Reports of crappies hitting near the state reef, near the dollar dock and a few by the Ventura grade. 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 - Good: Anglers are getting lots of yellows from boats near the state artificial reef, which is out from the state dock area. The lake is full. Water temperature is around 75 degrees.

Lake Cornelia

Channel Catfish - Good: Cats should be biting on cutbait or stinkbait. Fish 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 - Fair: Some channel cats have been caught in the evenings. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crappie - Slow: Little Wall is at crest. Water temperature is around 75 degrees.

Crystal Lake

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 coming into the lake. Channel Catfish - Slow: Bluegill - Fair: Great population of 7-8 inch bluegills in the lake. Bluegills are finished spawning but you can still find some close to shore. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers reported catching lots of largemouth. Fish on the outside edges with a bobber and live bait or a weedless spoon. Walleye - Slow: Walleyes are around 16-20 inches. Water temperature is around 77 degrees. The curlyleaf has died back and the algae has bloomed tinting the water green.

Bluebill Lake

Bluegill - Good: Bluegills still biting. Largemouth Bass - Good: Remember the 15-inch minimum length limit on bass.

Interstate Park Lake

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

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 back water areas you can find. Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers should try below the dams or in back water areas using cutbait, stinkbait, or minnows.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

The East Fork is running high. Fishing is marginal. Channel Catfish - No Report: The 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

Largemouth Bass - Slow: 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 working. Some are trolling crankbaits as well.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill - Slow: Try fishing deep weed lines and rock piles with a pilkie or slip bobbers. 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.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

The river is looking pretty good try fishing deeper holes and logjams for catfish with either cut bait or stink bait. A few walleye may be caught on twister tails or minnows.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

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

Channel Catfish - Excellent: With warmer temperatures, the cats are moving. Try a hook and worm and let it set near the bottom. Bluegill - Slow: Try 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

Northern Pike - No Report: Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try fishing for catfish along the rocky shorelines as they are beginning to spawn. Use a worm fished 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 - Good: 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)

Fish activity continues to pick up. Sucker - Fair: Anglers are catching suckers on a hook tipped with a worm and fished along the bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are using jigs tipped with a worm with some success. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are having luck using dark colored jigs or a hook tipped with a worm.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

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 - Fair: Anglers are using a jig tipped a worm with success. Also try using a crawdad or a lure imitating crawdads. Walleye - Fair:

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 and larger 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.

Area rivers have stabilized and continue to clear. For more on water levels, please visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. For trout stocking information, call 563-927-5736. After Friday, it looks like the humidity will drop with weekend temps in the low 80s during the day and 60s at night. Perfect for camping and playing outside. 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 near vegetation beds. Bluegill - Fair: Fishing a piece of nightcrawler under a bobber is always productive. Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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: Cutbaits, stinkbaits, shrimp and leopard frogs fished on the bottom has been smacking channel catfish. 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. Try near structure using crankbaits or spinnerbaits.



George Wyth Lake

Anglers have been catching bluegills, but they tend to run small. Anglers have good success while trolling for northern pike. Northern Pike - Fair: Try trolling spoons around the lake near drop-offs. Bluegill - Fair: Small jigs or piece of worm fished under a slip bobber near structure is productive.



Plainfield

There have been fair reports for bass fishing. Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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 on the Cedar 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 for channel catfish. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for rock shorelines or rip-rap along banks casting artificial or live baits for smallmouth. Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with half of a crawler is deadly on walleye this time of year. Crankbaits have been good for walleye as well.



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 5.18 feet and receding. There have been angler reports of smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish being caught. 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. Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with half of a crawler is deadly on walleye. Crankbaits have been good as well.



Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River still remains a little turbid but there have been reports of smallmouth bass, walleye 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. Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with half of a crawler is deadly on walleye. Crankbaits have been good as well.



Manchester District Streams

Area Manchester District trout streams are currently in excellent condition.



Interior rivers in northeast Iowa continue to recede and have been providing some excellent fishing. The blistering heat has kept some anglers at bay but angling overall has vastly improved in the Black Hawk and Bremer County areas. 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 9.5 feet and is expected to hold steady near this level over the next week. Army Road near New Albin may still be closed for quite some time because of flood damage. Most of the other ramps on Pool 9 are accessible. 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 back waters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass active in back waters and near shorelines next to wing dams. Walleye - Fair: Walleye beginning to hit on wing dams but may be tough to fish until water falls a bit more. 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 18.2 feet and is expected to drop slightly over the next week to 17.5 feet. The Noble Island ramp in Harpers Ferry is now open. Sny Magill ramp is accessible but due to flood damage and mud it may be a bit messy to use. 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 back waters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass active in back waters and near shorelines next to wing dams. Walleye - Fair: Walleye beginning to hit on wing dams but may be tough to fish until water falls a bit more. 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 9.5 feet currently and is expected to fall slightly over the next week to below 8.5 feet. All Pool 10 ramps are open but parking at the Turkey River landing is limited due to flood mud. 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 back waters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass active in back waters and near shorelines next to wing dams. Walleye - Fair: Walleye beginning to hit on wing dams but may be tough to fish until water falls a bit more. 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 continues to fall slowly and water quality has improved. Fishing conditions have improved and now is a great time to get back on the river. Most boat ramps are open with the exception of a few with flood damage. Water temperature has climbed to 80 degrees.



Mississippi River Pool 12

The river level is at the Lock and Dam is expected to be around 9.5 feet on Thursday and expected to keep falling. Water level at the railroad bridge is expected to be near 12.0 feet. The water is stained and temperature is around 82 degrees. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some catfish are still in the spawning mode right now so you might try along an exposed rock piles or rocky shorelines. Success has been mixed with some anglers reporting good catches while other having difficulty. After spawn, move to brush piles and deeper holes using stink bait in the next few weeks. Move often. Bluegill - Fair: Nice sized bluegills are present throughout the River and just need to find a concentration. 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. Lots of 12-inch type fish reported. Walleye - Fair: A couple nice walleye were reported last week in Pool 12 but nothing reported this week. Conditions for summer wing dam season are improving but water still needs to drop a bit. Freshwater Drum - Good: An egg sinker and a hook baited with worms is all you need to catch freshwater drum. Now that anglers can get down to the water after flooding, several are reporting catching some nice sized drum.



Mississippi River Pool 13

Water level at the Lock and Dam is expected to be around 11 feet by Thursday. The water is stained. Many ramps are coming on-line but courtesy docks may not be in place in many 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: Some catfish are being reported along rocky shorelines using a floating bobber and worms. In the next few week try stink bait in deeper brush pile areas. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Several small flathead catfish were being caught on worms in the tail waters. Some very large flatheads have been caught on trot lines using bullheads as bait. 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 again 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 - Good: Some nice bass have been caught in large back water complexes where water is clearer. Try Spring Lake, Savannah Bay or Upper Browns Lake. Some smaller bass being reported out of the tail water areas on jigs or spinners. Freshwater Drum - Good: Lots of drum are now being reported as anglers can get down to the river after flooding conditions. Drum are a good eating fish but for best flavor put them immediately on ice after you catch them. Also, remove all red meat out of the fillets.



Mississippi River Pool 14

The river level is at Fulton expected to be near 10.5 feet on Thursday. The water is still turbid but getting clearer. Ramp conditions in the pool will improve but many have some water and mud left on them following more than a month of flooding. Courtesy docks may not be in place at all locations. Water temperature is around 83 degrees. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish on trotlines fished along flooded shores may produce some descent catches on crawlers or leeches. Freshwater Drum - Good: Now that anglers can get close to the river this easy to catch species is being reported. All you need is an egg sinker and worms fished in current eddies. If you want to try for bigger drum use a crayfish. As a rule the larger the crayfish the larger the drum.



Mississippi River Pool 15

The river level is expected to be around 7.7 feet in Le Claire on Thursday. It is expected to keep receding. Water clarity is poor. Ramp conditions are improving but courtesy docks may not be in all locations.



The Mississippi River is now out of flood stage at all points in Pools 12-15. It has been a long flood and fishing pressure is still low but fishing conditions are improving. Most boat ramps will be useable but debris and mud may be on ramps. Courtesy docks are not in at most locations. Water is generally stained and water temperature is in the lower 80s.



Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 10.75 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing is starting to pick up with the falling river conditions. The docks are now in at the Fairport Recreational Area. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers, stinkbait, and cut shad. Try anchoring above snag piles along the main channel or side channels. Some channel cats are still being caught floating leeches under a bobber along riprap shorelines. 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. Try fishing around the docks. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing small minnows under a bobber. Try fishing around the docks. Walleye - Slow: Some walleyes are starting to be caught on the upper end of pool 16. Try fishing with jigs and minnows in Sylvan Slough or trolling crankbaits. Some walleyes are also starting to be caught trolling the main river by Sunset Marina or around the wing dams along Credit Island.



Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine is 9.85 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. The ramp in Muscatine is open. Big Timber (The Breaks) is closed. Kilpeck is closed. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. 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 11.43 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Toolesboro is closed. Portions of the Toolesboro road are still underwater and covered with sand or debris. The road has also sustained some damaged due to the flooding. Repair on the road will take place when conditions dry out enough to use heavy equipment. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week.



Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 7.87 feet and falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. Channel Catfish - Good: 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. Some boat ramps are beginning to open up. Main channel water temperature is around 84 degrees. Fishing has been slow due to the recent 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 but the water level is dropping. They expect for the Schafer and Sand Run Ramps to be useable by the middle of next week. The Toolesboro road and ramp will be closed probably for a couple of more weeks since they have to get some heavy equipment in to clean off all the sand and silt washed through the blow outs.



Lake Geode

Hot weather is keeping angler activity low. Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills have moved deeper for the summer. Look for them to be just off the ledges to the deep water.



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.



Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The river seems to be holding steady right now. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been pretty good lately. I wouldn’t overlook fishing under any mulberry tree hanging over the water. Catfish have a sweet tooth for mulberries. Try grass frogs too.



Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

The river is starting to show some sand bars finally. Not too many anglers out yet.



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. 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 in the mid to upper 80s. The 10 h.p. motor restriction and 5 mph speed limit is in effect. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present. 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. 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: Yellow Bass - Good: Mornings have been best on small spinners.



Coralville Reservoir

The lake is at normal summer level. 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.



Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Try below the dams where moving, cooler, more oxygenated water is present. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Walleye - Fair:



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



Lake Wapello

Use nightcrawlers or chicken livers for channel catfish. Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler for bluegills.



Red Haw Lake

Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try areas along the dam and out in front of the rock jetties. Use rubber worms and crankbaits in areas with some submerged structure. Try areas with 6-8 feet of water. Try top waters in the early mornings.



Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Fair: Try using small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try crankbaits around the rocky shorelines. Use a plastic worm around brush piles or rock jetties in 6-8 feet of water. Try top waters in the early morning. Crappie - Fair: Use a slip bobber and a minnow to fish around submerged structure and rocky shorelines.



Rathbun Reservoir

Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using dead chubs, stinkbait or cut bait. Areas with rocky shorelines are productive. Crappie - Slow: Find brush piles in 10-12 feet of water and try small jigs or use a slip bobber with a minnow. Walleye - Slow: Try crankbaits around the submerged points and rock reefs. Look for changes in depth as fish should be using the ledges. The current lake level is 912.52 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. Look for shad schools breaking the surface and be ready to move often to stay with the activity. Good colors to start with are shad imitating colors, such as solid chrome.



Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish - Good: Drift fishing cut creek chubs or dead shad above the mile long bridge will produce some fun catfishing with good chances at fish over 5 pounds. White Bass - Fair: Saylorville white bass fishing has not been as productive as Red Rock, but the water level has now dropped to near normal and 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 - Excellent: River levels are excellent for fishing right now and channel catfish are biting consistently on 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 has picked 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 population of 2 to 3 pound channel catfish. 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 slowed this week. Bluegill - Slow: Drift small jigs to catch 8 to 9-inch bluegills. Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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 - Fair: 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 slowed a bit this week. 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 - Fair: 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 in both arms of the lake. Vertical jigging along submerged road beds 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 - Fair: 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 has 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 in size 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 a boat 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 2 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 5 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 summer 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.



Bluegill and crappie are being caught drifting or vertical jigging in 12 to 16 feet of water. 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 - Slow: A few bluegills are still around the fish mounds.



Little River Watershed Lake

The lake is full and the fish have been restocked. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some mid-sized channel catfish are being caught from bays during the evenings.



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. Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills can be caught from the rock fields and fish mounds 4 to 6 feet below the surface.



Three Mile Lake

The water levels are normal. Channel Catfish - Good: Several channel catfish are being caught from the bays during the evenings.



Twelve Mile Creek Lake

The water levels are normal and the clarity is good. Bullhead - Fair: A few real big bullheads can be caught using crawlers on the bottom in the bays and upper end. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish can be caught from the bays in 4 feet of water. 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 temperatures are in the upper 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: Anglers have had success using live baits, like chubs and sunfish, around deep water habitat and near wing dikes.



Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to have success 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 Missouri 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, Neb., is at 20.26 feet/ 28,200 CFS. The Missouri River is up .53 feet from last week. Water temperature is 80 degrees.

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