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Iowa fishing report for May 16

May 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report 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.

For lake locations, maps and other information, go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/FishingReports.aspx

NORTHWEST
Beeds Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: No reports, yet, but catfish should be feeding in the shallower west end. Try fishing along the causeway when the wind is from the south or southwest. Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching some crappies near the cuts of the causeway.

Upper Pine Lake
Crappies, bluegill and largemouth bass are biting on Pine Creek (between the lakes), mostly on grub-type baits.

Clear Lake
The lake is about 7 inches below crest. Water temperature is 68-70 degrees. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is good right now as they are close to pre-spawn mode. If you find the fish, action is fast and aggressive. Try with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait on a windward shoreline or near some of the water sources coming in. Anglers are picking some catfish up when fishing for yellow bass with cutbait. Crappie - Good: Anglers have been catching crappie in the boat harbors for the past few weeks. A few have also been taken near Dodge's Point. Walleye - Good: Anglers are been catching better numbers these last few days with the warmer weather and water. 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. Muskellunge - No Report: Yellow Bass - Fair: Anglers are starting to pick up better numbers of yellows. The spawn is started and should be good through Memorial Day weekend. Most anglers are using bobbers and minnows or a small jig with a piece of crawler on bottom.

Lake Cornelia
Fishing has been good. Lots of fish are being caught. Channel Catfish - Slow: Cats should be biting on cutbait or stinkbait on a warmer day. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are keeper size. Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass are 7-7.25 inches.

Little Wall Lake
Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching 7 to 8-inch crappies and bluegills off the north fishing jetty. Some bass have also been caught along the shorelines.

Crystal Lake
Northern Pike - Good: Northerns up to the mid 30-inches have been caught using weedless spoons or bobbers with chubs. Bluegill - Slow: Great population of 7-9 inch fish. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers have reported catching lots of largemouth. Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching some 16-17 inch walleyes.

Blue Pit
Rainbow trout were stocked on Jan 19. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Crappie - Fair: Anglers have caught a few crappies on minnows this week.

Bluebill Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting well along shorelines. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on bass. Crappie - Fair: Some crappie are being reported.

Fin and Feather Lake
There has been some activity for panfish.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Water level is on the rise 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 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 jig/twister.

Winnebago River
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 3 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. Walleye - Fair: Reports are few, but anglers were doing well in the Plum Creek area.

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
With the warmer weather the water temp has made it into the mid 50s. Bullhead - Good: The grade is providing some good bullhead action and don't overlook the north side. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing rock piles with stick baits or drifting over them with live bait. Walleye - Slow: With the clear water fishing has been tough but the night bite seems to be a bit better than during the day. Slip bobbering , trolling crankbaits, spinners, and lindy rigs all have produced a few fish.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye - Slow: With the cool water fishing has been slow but a few fish are being caught. Try trolling crankbaits, spinners, or Lindy rigs along drop offs and mudflats.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill, crappie, and bass fishing have been good in the canals. Try small jigs under a bobber for the bluegill and crappie. Walleye - Slow: The clear water has made the fishing tough during the day but the night bite is a bit better.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Slow: With the warming water the cats are starting to bite. Try cut bait or crawlers in deeper holes and log jams.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Slow: Try cut bait and crawlers in deep holes and around log jams. Walleye - Fair: Try throwing twister tails or fishing small chubs in deeper holes.

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

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
More anglers have been out and many have reported catching fish near the new cedar tree piles. Fish activity should pick up with warmer water temperatures. Bluegill - No Report: Crappie - Good: Fish are in shallower water this week especially to the north of the boat ramp and around the fishing pier. Try using a jig tipped with imitation minnows.

Lake Hendricks
Water temperature is on the rise so fish in shallower water. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on night crawlers or dead chubs fished under a bobber along the rockier shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass along the sandy beach using a jig and plastic worm.

Lake Meyer
Fish activity is picking up with warmer water. Water clarity is excellent. Bluegill - Excellent: Anglers are picking up a lot of small bluegills along the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been picking up bass with jigs and plastic twister tails fished slowly along the shoreline. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been picking quite a few small ones off the jetty using jigs with artificial baits.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels continue to stabilize and clear. Sucker - Slow: Use a worm, weighted with a sinker to bounce along the stream bottom. Walleye - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels have stabilized and are clearing. Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm on a hook weighted to bounce along the stream bottom. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Walleye - No Report:

Yellow River
Fish activity has improved with more stable water conditions. Remember to get landowner permission to fish the Yellow River or fish out of a canoe or kayak.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels have dropped nicely and clarity is good. Water temperature is 54 degrees. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are using jigs tipped with plastic twistertail with good success.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels are stabilizing and clearing. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers were catching cats on dead chubs in the impoundment above Nashua dam as the water levels dropped. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anglers should start catching smallmouth bass on jig tipped with minnows and crawlers as water clears and flows drop. Walleye - Slow: Try a jig tipped with a minnow and expect to catch a few smallmouths.

Decorah District Streams
Northeast Iowa streams are in superb shape and trout fishing has been good. As of last weekend, there were still dark Hendrickson’s hatching in the afternoons, with a few light Hendrickson’s as well. Blue Wing Olive and caddis hatches have also been excellent. Please call 563-927-5736 for current stocking information.

River and stream water levels have stabilized and are clearing. For more on water levels, visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. All Decorah area trout streams are in excellent condition. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Crappie fishing has been good with quality sizes being caught. Anglers have been doing well fishing the rip-rap around the jetties especially early morning or late evening hours. Crappie - Good: Sight fishing has been good using a minnow under a slip bobber retrieved over spawning beds.

Big Woods Lake
Anglers are beginning to catch some crappies. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs or minnow under a slip bobber.

Brinker Lake
Anglers are beginning to catch crappies. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs or minnow under a slip bobber.

George Wyth Lake
Anglers are beginning to catch some crappie as they near spawning areas. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs or minnow under a slip bobber.

Plainfield
Anglers are catching bluegill and crappie. Bluegill - Fair: Small piece of crawler on a small hook under a bobber always works well. Crappie - Fair: Try casting small colored tube jigs or minnow fished under a slip bobber as they move shallow to spawn.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River has been providing some excellent fishing with the recent beautiful weather. Walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and crappie have all been biting well. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been successful using nightcrawlers or minnows fished in the current. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Spinner baits and crank baits have been great. Crappie - Good: Use small jigs or minnow under a slip bobber fished along rip-rap. Walleye - Good: Jigs tipped with half a nightcrawler has been very good.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock has been good for walleye and smallmouth bass. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Spinner baits and crankbaits have been great. Walleye - Good: Jigs tipped with half a nightcrawler has been very good.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
There have been some reports of walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike being caught. Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting larger spinner baits. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Spinner baits and crankbaits have been great. Walleye - Fair: Jigs tipped with half a nightcrawler has been very good.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River continues to fall and remains in good condition for fishing in Delaware County. There have been good reports of smallmouth bass and walleyes. Sucker - Fair: Use a heavy enough sinker to stay on bottom of river with a night crawler on a hook. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Spinnerbaits or lead head jigs with a twister tail work well. A live crawler drifted under a slip bobber is effective for this time of year also. Walleye - Good: Jigs tipped with half a nightcrawler has been very good.

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

The interior rivers are falling and producing some good fishing once again. Black Hawk County lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie. Manchester District trout streams are 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 has fallen to 11.0 feet and is expected to drop another foot this week. 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 along the flooded shorelines just off the current. Nice size fish are striking on larger in-line spinner baits. Bluegill - Excellent: Fish the shorelines close to the dams or rock structure out of the current. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are feeding more actively along rocky shorelines this week. Try small crankbaits or inline spinners along the riprap. Yellow Perch - Excellent: This spring has been one of the best perch fishing seasons in years. Many large perch are being caught on minnows or jigs with worm. 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 has fallen slightly to 22.1 feet and by the end of this week predicted to fall to 19 feet. The Sny Magill boat ramp is still inaccessible. 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: Fish the shorelines close to the dams or rock structure out of the current. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are feeding more actively along rocky shorelines this week. Try small crankbaits or inline spinners along the riprap. Yellow Perch - Excellent: This spring has been one of the best perch fishing seasons in years. Many large perch are being caught on minnows or jigs with worm. Sauger - Fair: Sauger have spawned and have been actively feeding. Try jigs or minnows in the side channel areas of the locks and dams. 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 has crested and is 13.6 feet. Levels expected to recede to 11 feet by next week. Fish are becoming more active as water temperatures warm into the 50s. 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 sized fish are striking on larger in-line spinner baits. Bluegill - Excellent: Fish the shorelines close to the dams or rock structure out of the current. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are active along the current areas. Try casting in-line spinners or a small crankbait near the rocky shorelines. Yellow Perch - Excellent: This spring has been one of the best perch fishing seasons in years. Many large perch are being caught on minnows or jigs with worm. Sauger - Fair: Sauger have spawned and have been actively feeding. Try jigs or minnows in the side channel areas of the locks and dams. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught vertical jigging in the tail waters of the lock and dams.

Mississippi River is still high this week but the good news is the water is receding. Some boat ramps are still inaccessible but expected to be operational late next week. Water temperature is steadily rising into the mid to upper 50s. The fishing has been excellent for a variety of species despite the high water. Anglers are having success catching drum, smallmouth and catfish this week. Water temperature is in the mid to upper 50s and expect fish to feed more aggressively as temps rise.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water levels at Dubuque Lock and Dam are at 14.9 feet and at the railroad bridge water levels are at 16.8 feet. Water levels are expected to fall. High water is hampering fishing effort in most places. Northern Pike - No Report: Northern Pike are done spawning and are on an aggressive feeding pattern. Use bright gaudy spinner baits for the best success. Yellow Perch - Fair: We are still hearing that some yellow perch are showing up around O'Leary's Lake. It is one place that can be accessible from bank during high water. Yellow perch are also mainly done spawning and beginning to aggressively feed. Muskellunge - No Report: Last week, some bass were being caught along rocky shorelines, very close to the shoreline edges. In this high water try to find eddy areas near rock piles.

Mississippi River Pool 13
Water level at Bellevue is 15.3 feet and falling. Water is stained but fishable. Water levels are expected to fall throughout the week. No fishing was reported mainly due to high water.

Mississippi River Pool 14
Water levels at Fulton is at 15.4 feet and falling. The water is stained and fishing conditions are not ideal in most areas. Some clearer water can be found in the large backwater areas. No fishing was observed on Pool 14 this week due to high water.

Mississippi River Pool 15
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

The Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 is high but finally starting to recede. Many ramps are under water so please make sure you call ahead to the DNR or local bait shops if traveling to the River to fish. Water temperature is 58 to 60 degrees.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport has risen to 15.86 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage is beginning to fall. Many of the ramps are not accessible due to the high water. The Marquette Street ramp is underwater. Water clarity is fair and there is some debris floating in the water. White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught between Lock and Dam 15 and the casino, below the Arsenal Dam in Sylvan Slough, and at the mouth of Sylvan Slough on the point of Arsenal Island. Some white bass are also being caught at the mouth of Sunset Marina. Try casting jigs and twister tails. Other lures to try are inline spinners and crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being caught above the casino in Davenport. Try casting jigs and plastics.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine is 15.65 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. Many of the ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Big Timber (The Breaks) is closed. Water clarity is fair and there is debris floating in the river. Fishing has been slow on the river due to the recent high water conditions. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and farm ponds.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 17.23 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage is beginning to fall. Many of the ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Toolesboro is closed. 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 is 13.02 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. Many of the ramps are underwater. 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.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River stages throughout Pools 16-19 are still at or above flood stage. Many of the boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Water clarity is fair and there is some debris floating in the river. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions about fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
All the ramps on Odessa are underwater.

Lake Geode
The water remains a little turbid. Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing remains very good along the face of the dam. Jigs tipped with minnows seem to be working well.

Lake Belva Deer
The water is still a little cloudy, at least by Belva Deer's standards. Largemouth Bass - Good: bass fishing has been pretty good during the warmer weather. Crappie - Good: The crappies finally moved in shallow. Dark colored jigs are working the best.

Lake of the Hills
There's been plenty of boats on the lake with the Mississippi River conditions being what they are. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park that allows the use of live minnows as bait. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Trout fishing is starting to tail off, work the rocks and where water enter the lakes. Worm and bobber seems to work the best. Largemouth Bass - Good: bass fishing has been good along the dams and other rocky areas of the lake. Jig and pigs or a slow moving crankbaits seem to be the best baits. Crappie - Good: Crappies are starting to move in shallow. Worms are working better than minnows.

Railroad Lake
Remember the use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Railroad Lake. Bluegill and crappies fishing is starting to pick up. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are picking up bluegills along the area around the inflow from Bluegrass. Crappie - Good: Anglers are also picking up crappies in the same area as the bluegills.

Wilson Lake
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Trout fishing has been good depending on the trout's daily menu. Berkley Powerbait in a variety of colors seem to be the most dependable producers.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The Skunk is about half bank-full. A few boats were out over the weekend. Channel Catfish - Fair: The anglers are picking up a few catfish over the weekend.

Big Hollow Lake
Lots of people are fishing this week. Water temperature is 66-67 degrees. Crappies seem to still be in pre-spawn mode. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are shallow, at least when it's not raining. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are in fairly shallow, work the rocky areas in the lake. Crappie - Good: Anglers are picking up a few crappies on minnows near the structure. The fish are down 6 to 8 feet. Only a few are in shallow. Most of the keepers are around 11 inches.

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

Hannen Lake
Water clarity is up to 15 feet and water temperature is in the mid 60s. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are moving shallow in preparation to spawn. Look for them in shallow spawning areas. Crappie - Good: Fish shallow rock, gravel, and brush with small jigs.

Iowa Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crappie - Fair:

Lake Macbride
Water temperature is about 65 degrees. Water clarity is still murky with less than three feet of visibility. Many fish species are moving to shallow water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some fish are being caught shallow now. Crappie - Fair: Fish around shallow brush with bright colored jigs and/or minnows. Most fish are running small...about 8 inches. Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught shallow on sand and rock. Most fish are 13-14 inches, with some 16-18 inches.

Central Park Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Crawdad colored baits are working best. Crappie - Good: Small purple jigs have been working best.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Water clarity is excellent and water temperature is around 60 degrees. Remember, largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep and musky must be 40 inches to keep. White Bass - Good: Last week white bass were being caught in the shallows. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass are being caught on rocky banks. Crappie - Fair: Some nice crappies had been caught in the creek arms around brush. Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being picked up along the dam at sunset.

Diamond Lake
The lake is still murky. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few fish are being caught on chicken livers. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved shallow and many are around 8 inches. Crappie - Good: Crappies have moved shallow. Most are about 9 inches with an occasional one up to 11 inches.

Otter Creek Lake
The fish cleaning station is now operational and the boat dock is in. Bluegill - Slow: Yellow Bass - Fair:

Union Grove Lake
Bluegill - Good: Crappie - Good: Many 9 to 10-inch crappies are being caught in the shallow pockets. Jigs with waxies are actually working best. Yellow Bass - Excellent: Anglers are catching quite a few 10-inch fish.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level on May 16 is 695.7 feet (normal 683 feet) and is supposed to crest Friday at 695.8 feet, then begin to fall. The water clarity is about three feet. Channel Catfish - Slow: Some fish are being caught on cut shad, minnows, or crawlers. Some fish have moved to the shallows. Crappie - Fair: Fish shallow brush along hard banks with bright jigs and/or minnows.

Sand Lake (Marshalltown)
Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crappie - Fair: Walleye - Fair:

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Fair:

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Outflow from the Coralville dam is 6,000 cubic feet per second. It will remain at this flow until normal water levels are reached in the Lake.

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)
Channel Catfish - Good: Good catches of catfish are being reported below the dams in Cedar Rapids.

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish are being caught below the dams on jigs, crankbaits, and live bait. Walleye - Good: Fish are being caught below the dams on jigs, crankbaits, and live bait.

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

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Good: Anglers have been having success fishing small jigs along the shoreline tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Target areas along the dam and around the fishing jetties. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with minnows fished along the rock jetties and around the underwater structures. Using a bobber has not been necessary.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been having some success using ice jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished along any areas with rip rock or other rock. Also try plastic worms or lizards in the same areas. Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing has improved with the warmer weather. Use jigs or jig and minnow combos starting in about six feet of water and working shallow.

Humeston Reservoir
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shore. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been having some success catching crappies from shore using minnows and small jigs.

Rathbun Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Slow: Try using cut bait in coves with the wind blowing into them or along rocky shorelines. Crappie - Slow: Crappies are still in a little deeper water waiting for the water temperature to increase so they can move shallow to spawn. Try using jigs or jigs and minnows in 8-10 feet of water. The current lake level is 916.36 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 58 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: Some 10 to 12-inch crappies can be caught using minnows under a bobber fished tight to wood habitat, especially on the upper half of the lake.

Beaver Lake
Crappie - Good: Good numbers of crappie are being caught in the rock on the face of the dam using minnows.

Rock Creek Lake
Crappie - Fair: Anglers are beginning to pick up some crappie from shore using minnows under a bobber on the south half of the lake.

Big Creek Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are starting to be caught near shallower brush and along the rock jetties using small pieces of crawler.

Lake Ahquabi
Crappie - Good: Crappie are spawning. The water is clear enough to locate fish can be close to shore on beds in the open pockets of vegetation. Fish live minnows under a bobber.

Red Rock Reservoir
Crappie - Good: Crappie have moved shallow. Fish the marina along the riprap in the dredged area, and near any rock or wood structure in protected bays, especially up the Whitebreast arm. Use live minnows under a bobber.

Saylorville Reservoir
White Bass - Good: Flow over the Big Creek spillway is attracting white bass. Anglers are doing will casting jigs or fishing minnows under a bobber. Some good white bass activity is also occurring around the marina point. Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught near riprap near rip rap in the marina, the Cherry Glenn jetty, and Lake View jetty using small tube jigs or live minnows under a bobber. Best access is from a boat, but shore fishing is possible. Crappie are also being caught in the riprap below the Big Creek spillway. Walleye - Fair: Flow over the Big Creek spillway is also attracting walleye. Anglers are picking up decent numbers of 14-16 inchers casting jigs.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
White Bass - Good: Even with higher flows anglers are still doing fairly well fishing for white bass. Good areas to target are creek inlets that have water backed up into them. Crappie - Fair: Anglers fishing below Red Rock that are targeting walleye with jig presentations are also getting into some crappie.

Warm, stable weather has brought some good fishing. The central Iowa crappie spawn is going with anglers having good success at many lakes. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Crappie are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Greenfield also has a good channel catfish population with many 2 to 3 pound fish. The boat ramp is usable. Channel Catfish - Slow: A few channel catfish have been caught around the jetties using shrimp. Crappie - Fair: Cast small jigs around rock and along the dam to catch spawning crappies. Sorting is necessary for 8-10 inch fish.

Nodaway Lake
Crappie fishing has picked up. Bluegills are also being caught close to shore. The lake is about full and the boat ramp is useable. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill, 7 to 8 inches, are being caught casting small jigs close to shore. Crappie - Good: Small jigs and minnows are catching crappie around shallow brush piles and along the dam.

Lake Anita
Crappie are moving into the pontoon area of the lake and around the underwater reefs to spawn. A few bluegill are also being picked up close to shore. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are reported to be caught around jetties with small black jigs. Crappie - Fair: Fish with small jigs in the pontoon arm of the lake and around underwater reefs. Sorting will be necessary for 9 to 10-inch crappie.

Willow Lake
Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Bluegills can be caught close to shore. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill and being picked up with small jigs close to shore. Willow bluegills are 7 to 8 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing has been good in the upper end of the lake using a variety of spinners and plugs.

Viking Lake
Viking has a good population of crappie. Channel catfish is another species to target. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught along the dam and around rocky shorelines.

Lake Manawa
Crappie fishing has started up again in the canals. Reports of walleye and catfish caught last week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the windy shoreline with shad sides for catfish of all sizes. Crappie - Good: Crappies up to 12 inches can be caught with minnows in the canals.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Crappie and bluegill fishing was good this week in ponds. Remember to always get permission before fishing private farm ponds. Bluegill - Fair: Cast small jigs around structure and close to shore to catch bluegill. Largemouth Bass - Good: Small spinners and jigs casting around structure has been good for bass. Crappie - Fair: Fish minnows and small jigs close to shore to catch crappies.

Crappie have moved to shore in many lakes in southwest Iowa. Good bluegill fishing has also been reported. For more information, contact the district office at Cold Springs at 712-769-2587.

Binder Lake
The lake is full and the clarity is good. Vegetation is creeping into the shallows. Crappie - Good: Some nice sized crappies are being caught from along the dam on white jigs in three feet of water.

Lake Icaria
Water clarity is normal for springtime. The crappies are biting. Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish are biting on and crawlers. Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of nesting largemouth bass are being caught near shore. Crappie - Excellent: A lot of mid-sized crappies are being caught from any of the gravel and rip rap areas. The big cove on the south side for the campground is a very good spot. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught from the dam and the old roadway.

Grade Lake
Water clarity is good and the fish are biting. Bluegill - Excellent: Some real nice bluegills are being caught from the east end of the dam using crawler pieces suspended 2 feet down.

West Lake (Osceola)
The water level is normal and the clarity is good. Crappie - Good: A lot of mid-sized crappies are being caught from along the face of the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake
The lake has filled. All ramps are accessible. All fish have been restocked but they are small. Channel Catfish - Fair: Several two pound channel catfish are being caught from the shoreline access areas using crawlers on the bottom.

Badger Creek Lake
Water level is near full and clarity is average for spring. Bluegill - Slow: A few very large bluegills can be caught from the structure in 4 to 6 feet of water. Crappie - Good: Several very large crappies are being caught from gravel areas surrounding the jetties and the roadway.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
The water level have risen to within six inches of full. Clarity is very good. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several largemouth bass are moving to structure near shore. Crappie - Fair: Some mid-sized to large crappies are being caught from along the dam and gravel areas surrounding the jetties.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir
Water clarity is good. Crappie - Good: A lot of crappies are being caught from the face of the dam during the evenings.

Lake of Three Fires
Water levels are full and clarity is good. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Several mid-sized and big largemouth bass can be caught from near-shore. Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are near-shore and the bite is on. Several crappies are being caught from the gravel areas around the jetties and from the east end of the dam.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
The lake has been drained to allow completion of shoreline work and a wetland at the upper end.

Wilson Park Lake
Water levels are full and clarity is average. Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are packed along the face of the dam. White jigs about 2 to 3 feet down works the best.

Green Valley Lake
The lake has filled. Clarity is good. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are starting to move shallow. Some are being caught on jigs tipped with crawlers. Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized largemouth bass are being caught from the shoreline structure. Crappie - Good: The crappies have moved into the spawning areas an can be caught on small jigs in three feet of water.

Summitt Lake
Water levels are full. Boat access is easy from the main ramp. The fishery has been restocked.

Three Mile Lake
The water level is full. Boat access is easy. Water clarity at mid lake and the dam is good. Crappie - Good: A few crappie are moving to the near-shore gravel and rip rap areas. A few remain off-shore in the flooded trees. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught from the face of the dam and some of the larger points.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water levels are full and boat access is easy. Bluegill - Good: A few anglers are catching a lot of bluegills on small black jigs. The flooded trees close to spawning areas seem to be the best. Largemouth Bass - Good: Several largemouth bass are hanging around the flooded cedar tree piles and nearby shoreline areas. Crappie - Excellent: Several crappies can be caught from the rock and rubble areas around the jetties, spawning beds, and armored points. Walleye - Fair: An occasional walleye is being caught on crappie sized jigs from gravel and rip rap areas.

Criss Cove County Park Pond
Water clarity is good. Crappie - Good: Several crappie are being caught from the gravel along the road and from around the jetties.

Walnut Creek Marsh
The water levels are full. Boat access is normal. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills can be caught from the shallows along the edges of the vegetation.

The water temperature is in the mid 60s. The water levels at most lakes near full but not overflowing excessively. Water clarity is good to very good at most lakes. The crappies going strong.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have had success with worms and stinkbait in side channel areas around logs, river and stream inlets, wing dykes and revetments. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been catching a few flathead catfish on chubs. Sauger - Slow: Fishing has been slow for sauger. Walleye - Slow: Fishing has been slow for walleye.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have had some success with worms and stinkbait in side channel areas around logs, river and stream inlets, wing dykes and revetments. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching a few flathead catfish on chubs. Sauger - Slow: Fishing has been slow for sauger. Walleye - Slow: Fishing has been slow for walleye.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have had some success with worms and stinkbait in side channel areas around logs, river and stream inlets, wing dykes and revetments. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fishing has been fair for flatheads on chubs. Sauger - Slow: Fishing has been slow for sauger. Walleye - Slow: Fishing has been slow for walleye.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 18.73 feet / 22,528 CFS. Water levels are predicted to remain stable over the next week.

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