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Iowa fishing report for June 21

June 21, 2013 at 04:16 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
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching good numbers of catfish in the cove east of the dam. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are starting to move onto the nests. Bluegills range from 8.5 to 9.5 inches.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Anglers should start looking for bluegills to move onto the nests. Recent surveys show good numbers of 8.5 to 9-inch bluegills. There are good numbers of sublegal largemouth bass in the lake. Anglers looking for some catch and release largemouth bass fishing should target the face of the dam.

Moorhead Park Pond
Bluegill and crappie fishing has been good. Crappies are hitting on the west side around the stumps.

Brushy Creek Lake
Bluegill - Good: Good sized bluegill were being caught close to shore earlier this week. Crappie - Good: Live minnows are working a lot better than plastics. Walleye - Fair: Some walleye are being picked up casting crankbaits.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake is at full pool. Nightcrawlers and cut bait are working well. Walleye - Fair: Fishing has been hit or miss. Boat anglers have been trolling crankbaits, but most of the fish that are caught have been slot fish. Anglers should also try crawler harnesses or bright colored jigs. Shore anglers should try fishing with a night crawler on the bottom near the return flow from the dredge machine (on the east side) or along the high banks on the north shore. 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. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching good numbers of channel catfish from shore. They are in the 18 to 22 inch size range.

North Twin Lake
Water levels have reached crest elevation. Water clarity is poor. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some anglers are catching catfish from shore. Try nightcrawlers on the bottom. Crappie - Fair: Decent sized crappie are being picked up around the docks. Walleye - Fair: Yellow Bass - Fair: Anglers having been catching decent numbers of yellow bass, but sorting is required.

Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake was renovated last fall. Although fish have been restocked, there are no catchable size fish in the lake. Black Hawk Lake is now flowing over the spillway.

Browns Lake
Catfish are biting on shrimp and crawlers.

Snyder Bend Lake
White bass and catfish are biting. Some anglers are picking crappie.

Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)
Bluegills are hitting on leeches and worms under a bobber.

Southwood Conservation Area Pond (west)
Bass are hitting on spinner baits, purple plastic worms with a slow retrieve, and worms under a bobber.

Arrowhead Lake
Water clarity is good. Water levels are around two feet low. Bluegill - Fair: A few larger males are starting to move onto the beds. Expect more to move into the shallows over the next few weeks. Use a 1/32 ounce black feather jig tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are biting on small hair jigs near shore and around downed trees. They are biting aggressively, but are on the small side. Most are 8 to 12 inches. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies can be picked up while targeting bluegill or drifting and jigging.

Black Hawk Pits
Water clarity is excellent. Water levels have returned to near normal. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Some nice largemouth bass can be caught using minnows or casting twisters. Walleye - Slow: A few smaller walleye have been caught with fire tiger colored twisters. The water is very clear so anglers may have to try fishing in the early morning, late evening, or at night.

Little Sioux Park Lake
Fishing for bass has been good. Use a worm or leech under a bobber or try a slow retrieve with a plastic worm. Focus around the north part of the lake near the fork or between the catfish cages and the swim beach.

For more information on lakes and rivers in the Black Hawk District contact the Black Hawk Office in Lake View 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 jetty's with minnows.

Upper Pine Lake
Crappies, bluegill and largemouth bass are biting on both lakes and in Pine Creek (between the lakes) on grub-type 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: Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught near structure.

Lake Smith
Channel Catfish - Good: Try with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. The last hour of sunlight to an hour after sunset has the best fishing. Bluegill - Slow: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are near the shorelines and should be biting well. There are some 19-20 inch bass.

Lake Catherine
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting.

Clear Lake
The lake is full. Water temperature is in the low 70s. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are staging up for spawning. Look around the rock reefs or the island. If you find the fish, action is fast and aggressive. Try with some cutbait, worms, or small live bait. White Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some white bass while fishing for yellows. Try around the island or Dodge's Point. Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Slow: Some largemouth have been caught near the reeds with live bait. Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching some crappie and bluegill in the reeds with small jigs. 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 - Good: A few bigger fish have been caught but most anglers are catching a mix of sublegals and small legal walleyes. Most are caught on jig and a minnow. Some are catching walleyes drifting or trolling. Action on the rock reefs and rock piles is picking up; anglers are using live bait and bobbers or jigging right on bottom. Muskellunge - Good: Anglers are catching some muskies while fishing for walleye with minnows. Anglers are also catching some muskies while fishing for yellows (island and Dodge's). Anglers fishing the edges of the weeds are also picking up fish. Yellow Bass - Good: Waders near the island are picking up large numbers of yellows. Most anglers are using bobbers and minnows or a small jig with a piece of crawler on bottom. Anglers are also catching yellows on the north shore docks fishing shallow on the edge of the reeds. Use a split shot and small hook with a worm on the bottom. The best fishing seems to be right at dawn to an hour after or right at sunset. Anglers can catch large numbers of yellows on some of the rock reefs, also.

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 size. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are around 8 inches. Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass are 7-7.25 inches

Little Wall Lake
Little Wall is full; at crest. Water temperature is around 73 degrees. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are spawning on the rocks. Try 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 - Good: Bass are biting along the shorelines. Bass have been biting fairly well the last week. Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching 7-8 inch crappies and gills off the north fishing jetty and other shorelines.

Crystal Lake
There is lots of curlyleaf growing in the lake. Try fishing on the edge of weeds near the deeper dredged water for bass, walleyes, and pike. Northern Pike - Slow: Northerns have been caught up to the mid 30-inch range. Anglers may have success using presentations such as weedless spoons or bobbers with chubs. Channel Catfish - Slow: Bluegill - Excellent: Great population of 7-8 inch bluegills. Bluegills are spawning on the shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have reported catching lots of largemouth. Fish on the outside weed edges with a bobber and live bait or try a weedless spoon. Walleye - Slow: Anglers are catching some 16-18 inch walleyes.

Bluebill Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Look for cats near rocks. Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting well along shorelines. 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 are still some bluegills and largemouth bass 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 report catching a variety of fish this past week. Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are cruising the shorelines. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are a nice size and should be biting off the boat ramp point or off the east rock side.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Iowa River is flooding from recent local rains. There is some activity below Steamboat Rock for walleye and northern pike.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Water levels are high. Northern Pike - Slow: A few Northern Pike are being caught with a chub and bobber, or slow artificial presentations. Between Northwood and Nora Springs below dams, backwater areas and anywhere a creek feeds into the river. Walleye - Slow: A few small walleye being caught on Shell Rock River on jig/twister.

Winnebago River
Water level is still high. Try fishing any slower water areas or backwater areas you can find. Northern Pike - Slow: Northern Pike are being caught in Fertile by the dam and the park point east of the dam. Anglers are using a slow retrieval with Mepps number 4 and 5 spinner baits or a Rapala three-inch Countdown Minnow. Some pike are also hitting chubs presented below bobbers. 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. 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
Bullhead - Good: Action on the Grade is still hot. Throw a worm on the bottom and be ready. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for smallies on the rock piles try throwing crankbaits, jerk baits, and plastics. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth around the weeds try top water early and late in the day along with crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms. Walleye - Fair: Try fishing deep during the day and moving shallow during dawn and dusk. Drifting and trolling leeches, crawlers, and minnows has produced a few fish. Wader fishing is still producing a few fish try casting twister tails or live bait under a bobber.

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.

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

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Water temperature is in the mid 70s. Shoreline angling will be best for spawning panfish. Channel Catfish - Fair: With warmer temperatures, catfish are starting to move. Try a dead chub or stinkbait and let it set near the bottom. Bluegill - Good: Try angling for bluegills in the shallow flats. Use a small jig tipped with a worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are in shallow water nibbling on bluegill bait. 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 - Fair: Anglers have been catching perch while fishing for bluegills. They have been caught in about 8 feet of water on the bottom.

Lake Hendricks
Water temperature is in the mid 70s. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on night crawlers or dead chubs fished under a bobber along the rockier shoreline. Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are biting on soft plastics slowly trolled in shallow water. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass using a jig and soft plastics. Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are biting on jigs tipped with rubber skirt or wax worms.

Lake Meyer
Water temperature is in the mid 70s with much improved clarity. Northern Pike - Slow: Pike are hitting plugs and spoons fished along the weed edges. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been catching fish on worm fished on the bottom under a bobber. Bluegill - Good: 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 have been picking up quite a few bass with yellow jigs and plastic twister tails or crankbaits fished slowly along the shoreline. Largemouths are sitting on beds. Crappie - Fair: Anglers continue to pick up a few suspended in deeper water.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels are dropping with improved clarity. Fish activity should be picking up and fish should be hungry. Sucker - No Report: Walleye - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Anglers are beginning to pick up an assortment of fish below the Hwy. 76 Bridge including sauger, walleye, smallmouth bass and pike. Sucker - No Report: Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are having luck using crankbaits or jigs tipped with a twistertail. Walleye - Good: Anglers are having luck using crankbaits or jigs tipped with a twistertail.

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 are clearing. Fishing should pick up with clearer water and warmer temperatures. Smallmouth Bass - No Report:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are doing well using chicken liver, dead chubs and stinkbait. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Crappie - Fair: Crappies are biting on minnows. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are using jigs tipped with a twistertail.

Decorah District Streams
March Browns, various Sulphurs and caddisflies are all hatching on better northeast Iowa streams, mainly from late morning to dusk. These hatches should continue through the first week of July. Late evening mayfly spinner falls and caddis hatches can be heavy. As has been the case all spring, further rains may affect water clarity on all northeast Iowa streams.

River and stream water levels have stabilized and are clearing. Scattered showers are forecast for the weekend. For more on water levels, visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Lakes and ponds are in excellent condition. Decorah area trout streams are in good condition. 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 over the last week making angling a little 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 is always productive or smaller jigs retrieved over spawning beds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of 7 to 10-inch bass are being caught. Cast spinner baits or weedless baits around vegetation beds. Crappie - Good: Casting small jigs next to weed beds has been productive.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Bluegill and largemouth bass fishing has been good. Clarity still remains good but vegetation is beginning to encompass the shoreline. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are moving onto beds for spawn, try casting small jig with or without slip bobber over beds. Small piece of worm under bobber works well also. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been doing well on largemouth bass. Try fishing near structure using crankbaits or spinnerbaits.

George Wyth Lake
All of George Wyth Park is now open for recreation. Recent fisheries survey indicates good numbers of pike and largemouth bass in the flooded willows along shorelines.

Plainfield
Anglers are catching good numbers of bluegill and a few crappies. Bluegill - Good: Small piece of crawler on a small hook under a bobber or black 1/16 ounce jig always works well. Crappie - Fair: Try casting small colored tube jigs or minnow fished under a slip bobber for crappie.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River continues to drop in Black Hawk and Bremer counties. Anglers may want to target channel catfish as the river recedes. Channel Catfish - Good: Cutbaits and night crawlers fished on the bottom is a good choice this time of year, stinkbaits are also beginning to catch cats.

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 is currently at 6.76 feet and slowly falling from last week’s rainfall event. There have been no reports for the Wapsi this week. Walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish angling should only improve as the river continues to fall.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River continues to fall in Delaware County. Recent fish surveys captured high numbers of channel catfish below the city of Manchester. Many anglers are catching fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Cutbaits, stinkbaits and night crawlers fished on the bottom work well as summertime approaches. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Spinnerbaits or crankbaits work well as water temperature rises. Walleye - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a crawler or crankbaits for larger fish.

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

Interior river levels continue to recede over northeast Iowa and angling continues to improve on these. Most area lakes in Black Hawk County have been negatively impacted by the high river levels and there have been no reports. Manchester District trout streams are all in excellent condition, for more information call the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
River level at Lansing is 10.0 feet and is expected to remain near this level over the next week. Army Road, near New Albin, is still closed due to high water. Channel Catfish - Good: Look for channel cats to be feeding aggressively on crawlers or cut bait in the eddies just off main channel borders and side sloughs. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live chubs and shiners. Try fishing the side channel areas below the dams. White Bass - Good: Fish for white bass along the flooded shorelines just off the current. Nice size fish are striking on larger in-line spinner baits. Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegill are spawning. Look for spawning fish in shallow water along shorelines at the upper ends of backwaters. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are feeding more actively along rocky shorelines this week. Try small crankbaits or inline spinners along the riprap. Largemouth Bass - Good: Backwater shorelines have been good for Largemouth Bass. Freshwater Drum - Good: 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 stage at Lynxville is 19.5 feet and is expected to fall slightly to below 19 feet over the next week. The Sny Magill boat ramp access is still closed but may open soon as water level begin to drop off of the ramp. Bussey Lake fishing pier and at the boat ramp continues to be good for spawning bluegills. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are spawning. Try fishing rip rap shorelines with a minnow floated on a bobber. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live chubs and shiners. Try the side channel areas below the dams. White Bass - Good: Fish along the flooded shorelines just off the current. Nice size white bass are striking on larger in-line spinner baits. Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are spawning. Look for spawning fish in shallow water along shorelines at the upper ends of backwaters. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are feeding more actively along rocky shorelines this week. Try small crankbaits or inline spinners along the riprap. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting well along backwater shorelines. Freshwater Drum - Good: 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 11.1 feet and is expected to fall steadily over the next week to 9 feet. Fish are becoming more active as water temperature rises into the low 70s. Channel Catfish - Good: Chanel cats are spawning. Fish rip rap shorelines with a minnow floated on a bobber. White Bass - Good: Fish for white bass along the flooded shorelines just off the current. Nice sized fish are striking on larger in-line spinner baits. Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegill are spawning. Look for spawning fish in shallow water along shorelines at the upper ends of backwaters. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are active along the current areas. Try casting in-line spinners or a small crankbait near the rocky shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting along backwater shorelines.

River levels continue to fall although slower in some pools. Water clarity is beginning to improve. Some boat ramps are still inaccessible but a few may open by early next week. Fish are actively feeding as the water temperature has risen to mid 70 degrees.

Mississippi River Pool 12
The river level is at the Lock and Dam is 11.7 feet and water level at the railroad bridge is 13.9 feet. Water levels are dropping. Water clarity improving and fishing is slowly beginning to return to normal. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some cats are being caught on nightcrawlers and worms. A few very large individuals have been reported. Fish around log piles and current eddies or rock lines. Trot lines on flooded areas have produced some cats this year. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills and an assortment of other panfish species can be caught nesting around the waters edge, especially in areas of rocky or sandy habitat with low flow. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass are being caught even in the stained water. Try bright colored lures and even lures that rattle to make noise.

Mississippi River Pool 13
The river level near Lock and Dam 12 is at 12.9 feet and receding. Water clarity is poor and but improving. Many ramps are flooded and inaccessible. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish on trotlines fished along flooded shores may produce some descent catches on crawlers or leeches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass are being caught in this dirty water. Spring Lake has been decent all year. Other big backwater areas where the silt might be settled out might produce some nice bass. Crappie - Slow: A few crappie are being caught in clearer water areas such as Spring Lake and Green Island last week.

Mississippi River Pool 14
The river level is at Fulton is 12.5 feet and falling slightly. Levels are expected to decrease but are still high. Water clarity is poor and there is some debris coming down the river. Many ramps are flooded including those at Rock Creek. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish on trotlines fished along flooded shores may produce some descent catches on crawlers or leeches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass are reportedly being caught in the tail waters along rock lines. Dirty high water is hindering bass fishing but populations are high. Use bright colored lures or lures that rattle to help the fish locate you lure.

Mississippi River Pool 15
The river level is at 10.0 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is poor. Many ramps are flooded and inaccessible. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have started biting along rocky shorelines in areas where rocks are being exposed by receding water levels. If possible try slowly floating a bobber and worms along the edge of rock lines.

Water levels are high and it has hampered fishing, but water levels are receding and water clarity is improving. Some fish are biting but many boat ramps are under water and have been for a long time. Please call ahead to check if boat ramps are open before taking a long trip to the River. Some are bowfishing for carp and bowfin is going on right now. Please never discard your fish on the banks. Properly dispose of them as you are just leaving a smelly mess for others.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport has fallen to 12.91 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. The ramp at Buffalo Shores is usable but there is no dock. The docks are not out at the Fairport Recreational Area. We have received no fishing information for this pool this week.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine has fallen to 12.60 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. The ramp at Muscatine is open. Many of the other ramps are not accessible due to the high water. 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 recent 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 has fallen to 14.73 feet. 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. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and farm ponds.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington has fallen to 12.82 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions. Most of the fishing reports have been from area lakes and farm ponds. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers. Try fishing along the flooded islands or floating crawlers under a bobber along rocky shorelines.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River conditions are still high and some boat ramps are still underwater. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. 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 Belva Deer
Back to normal. Bluegill - Excellent: There are still some active spawning beds where you can catch some nice sized males. But don't abandon the shallows just because they're not on the beds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing is good in shallow around the timber and out deeper around the mounds.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has started to pick up. Use either night crawlers or stinkbait. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has slowed to just “good” lately. There are plenty of males on the nests. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are still picking up bass around the habitat around to jetty and the brush piles in other parts of the lake.

Lake of the Hills
Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park that allows the use of live minnows as bait. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing is starting to pick up. Chicken liver, worms, and stinkbait all are working at one time or another. Bluegill - Fair: Worm and bobber is still the best way to catch the bluegills. Work the shallow water habitat and tree falls. Largemouth Bass - Fair: If you're looking to catch some bass, work the deeper brush piles with plastic worms.

Railroad Lake
Remember the use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Railroad Lake. The outflow from Bluegrass Lake remains the best place to fish on this lake. Channel Catfish - Slow: The recent cool nights have slowed the bite down some. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up bluegills along the area around the inflow from Bluegrass. Float a bobber a little further out in the flow for the bigger ones. Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass are getting active along the rocks as well as around the trees on the west side. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are also picking up crappies in the same area as the bluegills.

Wilson Lake
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Anglers are still catching a lot of trout. Try the cooler parts of the day using small feather or hair jigs or wax worms. Work the zone 3 to 5 feet down.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river level continues to drop, fairly quickly now. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been picking up some catfish on rod and reel and diddy pole.

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

Hannen Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are in the shallows, especially under overhanging brush. Many fish are 7-9 inches. Use a small worm or small jig. Crappie - Fair: Some fish are shallow; some have pulled off the bank. Most fish are about 9 inches. Try small jigs tipped with waxies.

Iowa Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is starting to pick up. Rocky areas are holding fish. Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills in the shallows, especially around overhanging brush. Crappie - Fair: Most fish are 8-9 inches. Some fish are still shallow, while some have pulled off the bank. Redear Sunfish - Slow: A few large redears are being caught in the shallows.

Lake Macbride
Water temperature is in the mid to upper 70s for the most part. The 10 h.p. motor restriction and 5 mph speed limit is in effect. Channel Catfish - Good: Look for catfish around shallow rock. Live bait is usually best now. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are up shallow to spawn. Size is marginal with fish over 7 inches very rare. Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught shallow on sand and rock. Some fish are being caught trolling flats. Many fish are 13-14 inches, with some 16-20 inchers.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Water clarity is excellent and water temperature is around 70 degrees. Remember, largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep and musky must be 40 inches to keep. White Bass - Fair: Fish shallow, wind-blown shorelines with small crankbaits or jigs. Bluegill - Good: Fish around overhanging brush with a jig and waxie. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass are being caught on rocky banks and flooded weeds. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught by trolling crankbaits or live bait rigs.

Diamond Lake
The lake is still murky. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish - Good: A few fish are being caught on worms or stinkbait. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved shallow and many are around 8 inches. Small jigs and/or worms are working best.

Otter Creek Lake
The lake is dirty from recent rains. Mornings seem to be the most productive fishing time. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are starting to be caught around rocks. Crawlers are working well. Bluegill - Good: The fish are very shallow. Look for them under overhanging brush. Yellow Bass - Fair: Look for fish roaming the shallows.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level on June 20 is 698.7 feet (normal 683 feet) and falling. Mehaffey ramp and Macbride ramps are open. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish are being caught on live bait in the shallows.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Outflow from the Coralville Dam is 10,000 CFS.

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

Lake Wapello
Anglers have had some luck catching channel catfish using nightcrawlers or liver. Use spinnerbaits and plastic worms to catch largemouth bass along the submerged structures along the shoreline. Crappies and bluegills have been hitting small jigs.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Good: Anglers have been having success fishing small jigs along the shoreline. If the bluegill get picky, try adding a chunk of nightcrawler or a wax worm to the jig. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use plastic worms and spinnerbaits around the fishing jetties and in the artificial structures that were placed in the past. Don't forget to try along the face of the dam.

Lake Keomah
Try spinnerbaits or rubber worms along the fishing jetties and around the submerged structure along the shoreline.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Try jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler in shallow areas with some submerged structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use rubber worms or crankbaits along the rip rapped shorelines. Also try areas with submerged trees close to shore.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 918.20 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 68 degrees. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching crappies. Try jigs or jigs and minnows. With the high water the crappies are spread out so try different areas if the fish aren't hitting. Sorting is required for larger fish. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow. Try trolling or drifting nightcrawlers around submerged points and underwater rock reefs. 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
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 mid lake standing timber is producing crappie.

Rock Creek Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass are present throughout the lake in less than four feet of water. Bluegill are spawning and catchable. Use small jigs and pieces of crawlers and fish shallow.

Big Creek Lake
Bluegill - Good: The bluegill spawn is mostly over with a few pockets of males still on beds in less than four feet of water, especially on the north end. Big Creek bluegills are good size with many fish over 8 inches. If fish aren't found shallow start drift fishing small jigs with crawler, especially over the old road beds.

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

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill spawn is ending and fish are now 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.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Fair: River levels are still elevated, but more summer like temperatures is picking up the channel cat bite using stink baits and cutbaits.

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. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Largemouth bass can be caught around the jetties and around structure. Greenfield has a good population of 2 to 3 pound channel catfish. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish have been caught around the jetties using shrimp. Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills are being caught close to shore. Largemouth Bass - Good: Spinner baits and crankbaits are catching bass around structure and close to shore.

Meadow Lake
Bluegills can still be caught on top of the underwater reefs. The lake is full. Bluegill - Slow: Cast small jigs on top of underwater reefs 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. Bluegills are close to shore. Catfish are being caught in the upper end of the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good using shad sides and liver. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill in the 7 to 8-inch size range are being caught in 4 to 6 feet of water. Crappie - Slow: Small jigs and minnows are catching crappie around trees.

Orient Lake
Bluegill and catfish can be caught. Channel Catfish - Good: Many two pound catfish are being caught on cutbait. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught along the dam. Cast small black jigs to catch 7 to 8-inch fish. Crappie - Slow: Minnows under a bobber around sunken cedar trees will catch crappie up to 10 inches.

Littlefield Lake
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 2 pounds. Bluegill - Slow: Drift with small jigs tipped with night crawler or power bait to catch 7 to 8 inch fish.

Lake Anita
Spawning bluegill were still being caught this week on top of the underwater reefs. Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Crappies are being caught drifting. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are reported to be caught on underwater reefs with small black jigs. Fish are 8 to 9 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are reportedly being 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.

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 was good this week. Channel catfish is another species to target. 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: All sizes of largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinnerbaits and slow trolling crankbaits.

DeSoto Bend
The middle boat ramp is the only place to launch at Desoto Bend. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the rock 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 has picked up this week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the windy shoreline for catfish of all sizes. Crappie - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber around structure and in the canals.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Bluegill fishing has been good in ponds. Largemouth bass are aggressive and easily caught this time of year. Remember to always get permission before fishing private farm ponds. Bluegill - Fair: Cast small jigs close to structure catch bluegill. Largemouth Bass - Good: Casting small spinners and jigs around structure has been good for bass. Crappie - Fair: Fish minnows and small jigs around structure to catch crappies.

Anglers are still finding a few spawning bluegill close to shore this week. Catfishing has picked up on many lakes. For more information on lakes in southwest Iowa, call the district office at Cold Springs at 712-769-2587.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish on dip bait/stinkbait and worms. Try the side channel areas around logs, river and stream inlets, wing dykes and revetments. Flathead Catfish - Slow: Anglers have been catching a few flathead catfish. Water temperatures need to warm up yet for better fishing. Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being caught on jigs and minnows.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have had some success catching mostly smaller channel catfish mainly on worms. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Bait shops report that flathead bait sales are up. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are reporting catching a few walleye.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have had some success with worms, dip bait/stinkbait. Try the side channel areas around logs, river and stream inlets, wing dykes and revetments. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fishing has been fair for flatheads. Bait shops are selling a lot of flathead bait. Temperatures will need to rise for better flathead fishing. Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being caught in the lower Missouri River.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is at 21.07 feet / 32,814 CFS. Water levels have dropped 1.18 feet from last week. Water temperature is in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

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