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Iowa fishing report for July 25

July 25, 2013 at 10:36 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
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: Largemouth Bass - Good: Crappie - Fair: Try for crappies around the jetty's 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 with some 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 13-16-inch white bass 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 may be caught below docks or on the edge of bulrush. Crappie - Slow: Reports of crappies hitting near the state reef, near the dollar dock and a few by the Ventura grade. Walleye - Slow: 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, and from Fisherman's Reef. The lake is full and the water temperature is 76 degrees.

Lake Cornelia
Channel Catfish - Good: Cats should be biting on cutbait or stinkbait. Fish during 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 sized. 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 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 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. 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 are still biting. Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a 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.

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 have gone down. Northern Pike - No Report: Look for areas with cooler water flowing in, if you can find them.

Winnebago River
Water level has gone down. 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 fishable. 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 proven fish catchers. Some are trolling crankbaits as well.

West Okoboji Lake
A few bluegill, perch, and yellow bass are being caught on pilkies tipped with red worms off deep weed edges around the lake. 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 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
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.

Rivers have stabilized and continue to clear. For more on water levels, visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. For trout stocking information, call 563-927-5736. 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 - Fair: Fishing a piece of nightcrawler under a bobber is always productive for bluegill or smaller jigs retrieved over spawning beds works well. 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 for crappie.

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 fishing near structure using crankbaits or spinnerbaits.

George Wyth Lake
Anglers are beginning to catch crappie fishing near the recently placed fish habitat near the floating dock and jetties. Crappie - Fair: Try fishing a crappie minnow under a slip bobber near structure.

South Prairie Lake
Anglers are catching bluegill and channel catfish. Channel Catfish - Good: Stinkbait fished on the bottom has been good for channel catfish. Bluegill - Fair: Piece of worm fished under a bobber near vegetation or boulders has been fair for bluegill.

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 - 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. Crankbaits have been good 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 4.94 feet and dropping. 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. Crankbaits have been good as well.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
There have been 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 - Fair: 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. Crankbaits have been good, too.

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 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 8.6 feet and is expected to hold steady near this level over the next week. Army Road near New Albin is open but could be rough because of flood damage. Heytman's Landing at the lower end of pool 9 is difficult to use due to siltation. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are 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 - Good: Bass active in backwaters and near shorelines next to wing dams. Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing on wing dams is improving. 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 16.2 feet and is expected to drop steadily over the next week to 14.5 feet. All ramps on pool 10 are open, but the Sny Magill parking lot is still a little muddy. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are 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 - Good: Bass active in backwaters and near shorelines next to wing dams. Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing on wing dams is improving. 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 7.5 feet currently and is expected to fall steadily over the next week to below 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 backwaters and slow running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bite is picking up along current breaks on rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass active in backwaters and near shorelines next to wing dams. Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing on wing dams is improving. 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 continue to fall towards normal levels. Fishing conditions have improved and now is a great time to get back on the river. All boat ramps are open. Water temperature is in the lower 80s.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 7.96 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 around the docks. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing small minnows under a bobber. Try fishing around the docks. Some crappies are also being caught in the Andalusia Island complex. Try fishing brush piles in the backwaters and side channels with jigs and minnows. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are starting to be caught on the upper end of pool 16. Try 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 6.84 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Big Timber (The Breaks) is now open. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shad guts. Try above snag piles along the main channel and side channels. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are being caught in Big Timber fishing worms under a bobber. Try around brush piles and logs.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 8.46 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. Toolesboro is currently closed. Portions of the Toolesboro road have sustained some damaged due to recent flooding. Crews are currently working on the road to have it opened soon. 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 5.11 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on cut shad, shad guts, and nightcrawlers. Some channel catfish are also being caught on stinkbait. Try above snag piles along the main channel and side channels. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters. Try brush piles and snags in the side channels with jigs and minnows.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River stages have been falling steadily over the past few days. Main channel water temperature is around 81 degrees. 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
The boat ramps at Schafer's and Sand Run are now open. Water levels are still about one foot above the normal fall levels. Crews are working to get silt and sand off Toolesboro Road so it can reopen.

Lake Geode
Cooler weather should bring out some anglers. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have moved deeper. Look for them just off the ledges to deep water.

Lake Belva Deer
The hot weather has kept the anglers away. Cooler weather should bring them back out. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has slowed down with the weather change this week. Still look for them to stay out in deeper water. I wouldn't be surprised if the cool weather forecasted for this weekend might bring some in shallow again.

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. Bluegill - Good: Look for them to be suspended down 3-4 feet around the habitat. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are now hitting on plastic worms. White spinner baits have also been hot lately. Crappie - Fair: Work the brush piles along the dam using minnows.

Railroad Lake
The use of live minnows is not permitted on Railroad Lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been biting on stinkbait and chicken liver along the old creek channel on the south side of the lake. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting along 110th and along the north shore in the stump field. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use white spinner baits to locate the bass along the rocks and the submerged wood. Crappie - Good: Anglers working the flooded timber and old creek channel on the south side have been catching some crappies.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river seems to be holding steady right now. Water temperature went from 82 degrees last Friday to 75 on Wednesday. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been pretty good lately. I would overlook fishing under any mulberry tree hanging over the water. Catfish have a sweet tooth for those things. Try grass frogs, too.

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

Iowa Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Chicken livers and stinkbait are working well. Bluegill - Good: Some fish are around the weed edges and some are in deeper water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try around the weed edges and lay downs. Crappie - Fair: Most fish are suspended in open water. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present. Check 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. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish around shallow structure or deeper drop-offs. Walleye - Slow: Most fish are being caught trolling flats with crankbaits or spinner rigs. Water temperature is in the low to mid 80s. The 10 hp motor restriction and 5 MPH speed limit is in effect. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present. Check boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Livers 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, crankbaits, or other small, flashy baits. Walleye - Fair: Some better fish are being caught by jigging leeches. 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 80 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 your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.

Diamond Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Stinkbait and chicken liver has been working well, especially early and late in the day. Bluegill - Fair: Most fish are being caught around deeper brush. Crappie - Fair: Fish are being caught around deeper brush or just suspended in open water by drift fishing jigs. The lake is still murky. Remember, no minnows are allowed.

Otter Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Evenings have been best. Bluegill - Good: Try around deeper brush. Yellow Bass - Good: Mornings have been best on small spinners. The lake water is fairly green from an algae bloom.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level is at normal summer pool. Channel Catfish - Good: Drifting and trolling cut bait has been producing fish. Crappie - Fair: Try casting jigs to steeper banks or deeper brush.

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

Lake Wapello
Use chicken livers for channel catfish. Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler for bluegills. Largemouth bass can be caught using spinnerbaits and crankbaits fished around the rock jetties and along rip-rapped shorelines.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Attach a small split shot about 10 inches above the hook to give it a little weight. 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: Use small jigs fished under a slip-bobber tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Try different depths until finding aggressive fish. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use top waters in the early morning and late evenings. Try crankbaits around the rip-rapped shorelines and around the fishing jetties. Crappie - Fair: Use a slip bobber and a minnow to fish around submerged structure and rocky shorelines.

Rathbun Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try dead chubs, stinkbait or cut bait. Areas with rocky shorelines are productive this time of year. White Bass - Fair: Anglers have been catching white bass using medium size jigs and chrome colored crankbaits. Look for schools of shad and concentrate around those areas. Walleye - Slow: Anglers have been having some success catching walleyes using 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 911.30 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. Water temperature is 78 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.

Rock Creek Lake
Crappie - Fair: Anglers drifting jigs on the main lake are picking up some crappie. Keep your bait above 6 to 7 feet. If crappie aren't cooperating try drifting small pieces of crawler for bluegills. Bluegill are fair size in Rock Creek right now with many fish around 8 inches.

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 so far been slow to fair. There are large schools of young of the year gizzard shad that the white bass are targeting. Try staying as close to these schools breaking the surface as possible. Also target 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 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
Try drifting for bluegills and crappie suspended mid-lake or 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. Fish in shallow water above the thermocline. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting small jigs tipped with scented bait or a piece of worm. Largemouth Bass - Good: Plastic baits are catching bass around structure and close to shore. Crappie - Fair: Vertically jig minnows around cedar tree piles for 8 to 10-inch crappies. Early morning has been the best.

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 by drifting. Catfish slowed this week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing has been good using shad sides and liver. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill, 7 to 8 inches, are being caught in 4 to 6 feet of water. Crappie - Fair: Drift with tube jigs to catch 10-inch crappie.

Orient Lake
Fishing has slowed this week with the blue-green algae bloom. Channel Catfish - Slow: Two pound catfish are being caught on cutbait. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills can be caught drifting along the dam. Tipping jigs with crawler seems to help.

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 being caught drifting with small jigs tipped with worms or power bait. Fish are suspended 6 to 9 feet down in open water. Fish are 8 to 9 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are reported to be caught close to shore and around aquatic vegetation 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. Crappies are suspended 6 to 9 feet down. Mornings and late evenings are best.

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. Crappies are suspended off the dam and around the many brush piles. 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. Anglers are drifting shallow flats with blood bait and catching channel catfish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish liver or blood bait on the shallow flats. Most anglers are drifting these baits along the bottom. Fish will average two pounds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes are being caught casting plastic baits to shore.

Lake Manawa
Catfishing has slowed this week. Channel Catfish - Slow: 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.

East Nishnabotna
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Flows are right for wading and catching catfish.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Crawdads are a good bet for summer catfishing on the river. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Try fishing a small piece of worm and a lead head jig through the holes.

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.

Largemouth bass are being caught in and around the aquatic vegetation. Suspended bluegill and crappie are being caught drifting or vertical jigging in 6 to 12 feet of water. Interior river flows are right for summer channel catfish fishing. For more information on lakes in the southwest district call the Cold Springs office 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 biting in the shallows during the evenings.

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. Channel Catfish - Good: A lot of channel catfish are being caught from the shallows 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 bays during the evenings.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water levels are normal. Bullhead - Fair: A few real big bullheads can be caught using crawlers. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish can be caught from the bays in 4 feet of water.

Water levels are normal. Some lakes are showing some signs of algae development. Water temperature is in the upper 70s.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing continues to be good for channel catfish. Anglers are having success on various baits with worms, cutbait, and dip baits working the best. Fishing has been good around the mouth of the Floyd River for channel catfish. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads continue to bite on various live baits. Anglers have had the best success on chubs, goldfish, and sunfish around deep water habitat, near wing dikes, and incoming rivers and streams.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing has been good for channel catfish on various baits. Anglers continue to have success on dip baits, worms, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are biting on live baits. Try using live baits such as chubs and sunfish around deep holes near wing dykes, logs, and incoming rivers and streams. Freshwater Drum - Good: Anglers are catching drum on worms.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to have success catching channel catfish on various baits such as 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, incoming rivers and streams, and rocky habitat. Flatheads bite best on live baits such as chubs, bullheads, and sunfish. Freshwater Drum - Good: Anglers are catching drum on worms.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb., is at 21 feet/ 29,500 CFS. The Missouri River is up 1.81 feet from last week. Water temperature is 80 degrees.

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