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Iowa fishing report for May 30

May 30, 2013 at 03:35 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

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NORTHWEST
Nelson Park Lake
Anglers should try fishing bluegills along the face of the dam. Use a small black hair jig with a small piece of bait. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are starting to move onto the nests. Bluegills are ranging from 8.5 to 9.5 inches.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Anglers should start looking for the bluegill to move onto the nests. Recent surveys show good numbers of bluegill in the 8.5- to 9-inch size range. 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 at Moorehead. Crappies are hitting on the west side around the stumps.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water clarity is excellent. Anglers should do well for crappie and bluegill as they move into the shallows. Bass fishing has been good near shore areas and structure.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake has reached crest with the recent rains. 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. Boaters should use caution as there may be debris floating in the lake from the recent heavy rain. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are catching good numbers of channel catfish from shore. They are in the 18- to 22-inch size range. Night crawlers and cut bait are working well. Crappie - Fair: Last week anglers did very well for crappie in the state marina. Fishing for the crappie has slowed down some since then. Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been good, but recent weather may slow the fishing some. A lot of small walleye were being caught in the marina.

North Twin Lake
Water levels at North Twin have reached crest elevation. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some anglers are catching catfish from shore. Try using night crawlers on the bottom. Walleye - Slow: Some walleye are being picked up around the outlet of North Twin.

Swan Lake
Bluegills and crappies were biting prior to the heavy rains.

Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake was renovated last fall. Although fish have been restocked, there are no catchable size fish in the lake. Water clarity has decreased substantially due to recent rains. The lake is near crest elevation.

Browns Lake
Catfish are biting on shrimp and crawlers.

Arrowhead Lake
Water clarity is good. Water levels are around 2 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. It helps to put a small piece of night crawler on the jig. 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 ranging from 8 to 12 inches. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies can be picked up while targeting bluegill. Also try drifting and jigging for crappies.

Black Hawk Pits
Water clarity is excellent. Water levels are around two feet low. 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 River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Conditions on the Little Sioux are hazardous. Anglers should use extra caution near the Linn Grove Dam.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
The North Raccoon is out of its banks.

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
Water is high and muddy due to rainfall. Water temperature is around 61 degrees. Sucker - Fair: There are lots of white suckers in Beeds. A worm and sinker on the bottom should entice them to bite. Channel Catfish - Good: 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. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are near shore and should be biting well. Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching some crappies near the cuts of the causeway.

Upper Pine Lake
Water is high and dirty due to the large rainfall. Crappies, bluegill and largemouth bass were biting on Pine Creek (between the lakes, mostly on grub-type baits. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are staged in 4 to 5 feet of water and are close to spawning. A bobber and small jig with a piece of worm should work. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are near shore and are close to spawning. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught near structure.

Lake Smith
Channel Catfish - Good: Try with some cutbait, worms or stinkbait. Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are near the shorelines and should be biting well. There are some nice size bass (19 to 20 inches).

Clear Lake
The lake is full, at crest. Water temp is 62-64 degrees. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is good right now as they are close to prespawn 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 up some catfish when fishing for yellow bass with cutbait. White Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some white bass when they're fishing for yellows. Try around the island or Dodge's Point. Bluegill - Fair: Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching some crappies and bluegills in the reeds with small jigs. 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 right on bottom. Muskellunge - Fair: Anglers are catching some muskies while fishing for walleye with minnows. Yellow Bass - Good: Waders near the island are picking up large numbers of yellows. Some fish are spawning. 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 being caught.
Channel Catfish - Good: Cats should be biting on cutbait or stinkbait on a warmer day. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are keeper size. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are around 8 inches. Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass are small, 7 to 7.25 inches.

Little Wall Lake
Little Wall is full; at crest. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are also biting along the shorelines. Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies (7-8 inches) and gills off the north fishing jetty and other shorelines.

Crystal Lake
Northern Pike - Good: 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 - Good: Bluegill - Good: Great population of 7- to 8-inch bluegills in the lake.
Bluegills are starting to stage up in shallows for spawning. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers have reported catching lots of largemouth. Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching some nice walleyes (16-17 inches).

Bluebill Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting good along shorelines at Bluebill. Please remember the 15” 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 largemouths left to provide some action. Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are near shore. Remember the 15-inch minimum length limit.

Interstate Park Lake
There was a partial fish kill this winter on this lake but anglers have been reporting catching a variety of fish this past week. Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouths 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 walleyes are being caught on Shell Rock River on jig/twister.

Winnebago River
Water level is high/ flooding. 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 or 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 right now.

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: The grade is providing some good bullhead action and don't overlook the north side. Largemouth Bass - Good: Start looking around the rushes for prespawn bass. Walleye - Fair: The fishing has picked up from previous weeks try drifting lindy rigs with leeches or trolling crank baits. Wader fishermen are also catching a few fish but it’s day by day. A few walleye are also being caught at the grade and remember all walleyes 17 to 22 inches must be released.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill, crappie and bass fishing have been good in the canals. Try using small jigs under a bobber for the bluegill and crappie. Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass are still biting good in the canals and in the back of the bays. Walleye - Slow: The clear water has made the fishing tough during the day but the night bite is a bit better.
West Fork Des Moines (Emmetsburg to Humboldt)
The water is up from recent rains but look for catfish and walleye in slack water areas. Try cutbait and worms for catfish and minnows and twister tails for the walleye.

Little Swan Lake
Bullhead - Good: Try fishing around the outlet with a gob of worms.

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

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Volga Lake water levels are elevated and water clarity is fair due to recent rain activity. Fish activity has picked up with warmer water temperatures. Shoreline angling will be your best bet as many panfish species are beginning to spawn or will be soon. Channel Catfish - Fair: With warmer temperatures, the cats are starting to move. Try using a hooked baited with a dead chub or minnow and let it set near the bottom. Bluegill - Good: Fish are starting to come in to the rocky shoreline. Try using a hook tipped with a worm under a bobber. Crappie - Good: Fish are in shallower water 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 in Lake Hendricks is 62 degrees. Water levels are very high and water is turbid due to recent rains. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on night crawlers or dead chubs fished under a bobber along the rockier shoreline. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are starting to move into shore and are biting on ice fishing jigs tipped with worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass along the sandy beach using a jig and plastic worm. Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting on jigs tipped with rubber skirt or minnow.

Lake Meyer
Water temperature in Lake Meyer is 62 degrees. Water clarity is very dirty throughout the lake due to recent rains. Fishing had been excellent until the rainfall events. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been catching fish on worms fished on the bottom under a bobber. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up a lot of small bluegills along the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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 are up and muddy. Sucker - Slow: Sucker fishing had been excellent earlier in the week before the river went out of its banks. Walleye - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels are up and muddy. Sucker - No Report: Sucker fishing had been excellent before water levels rose. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Walleye - No Report:

Yellow River
Fishing out of a canoe or kayak is allowed without landowner permission. Wading or fishing from the bank requires landowner permission. Floating the Yellow at this time is not recommended due to high water.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels are rising and clarity is muddy. Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Smallmouth Bass - No Report:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels are beginning to drop but the river is still high and muddy. Water temperature is in the low 60s. Channel Catfish - No Report: Catfishing had been excellent until this recent
rainfall on dead chubs and liver. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Walleye - No Report:

Decorah District Streams
Turtle Creek has several bridges washed out and sustained quite a bit of damage. March brown mayflies began hatching over the weekend and should continue through the end of June. For dry fly fishing, try your favorite #12 Brown Drake pattern. Trout are also hitting Red Badgers and other wet flies fished down and across. Further heavy rains may make water clarity unpredictable.

River and stream water levels are again flooding and muddy. For more on water levels, please visit this website http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Lakes and ponds will be your best bet for the weekend. For trout stocking information, please call 563-927-5736. Decorah area trout streams off color and flows are elevated. Fish higher up in the watershed for best luck. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Anglers have been doing well catching bluegills, largemouth bass and northern pike on Silver Lake in Delaware County. Northern Pike - Fair: Weedless spoons work really well for pike near vegetation beds. Bluegill - Good: Fishing a piece of night crawler under a bobber is always productive for bluegill or smaller jigs retrieved over spawning beds works well. Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of 7- to 10-inch bass are being caught. Cast spinner baits or weedless baits around vegetation beds.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Bluegill and largemouth bass fishing has been good at Casey Lake. Clarity still remains good with all of the recent rainfall. Sight fishing bluegill on the spawning beds can be really good. 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 a 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
George Wyth Lake remains closed due to Cedar River flooding.

Heritage Pond
There have been reports of anglers doing very well on trout in Heritage Pond. Rainbow Trout - Good: Try fishing spinnerbaits with shiny tinsel or blades for active trout.

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

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River currently remains above flood stage in Black Hawk County with more rain expected throughout the week.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock River at Shell Rock is currently at 12.29 feet and rising.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon River is currently at 9.08 feet and falling but more rain is expected throughout the week.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River continues to fall in Delaware County but more rain is expected throughout the week.

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

Interior rivers remain at high levels with most above flood stage, fishing is not recommended at this time on most rivers. 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 further information call the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
River level at Lansing is 12.2 feet and expected to remain high through next week. Bluegill and bass are biting along Shore Sough and Phillipi Lake. Army Road near New Albin is 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: 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 is 22.1 feet and remains high this week. The Sny Magill boat ramp access still has some water on the road under the railroad overpass. Many anglers are catching bluegills from the Bussey Lake fishing pier. 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: Bluegills have been active in almost all areas. Try backwater areas with wood 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 is 13.1 feet currently. Levels expected to remain high next week. Fish are becoming more active as water temperatures are rising into the 60s. 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: Bluegills have been active in almost all areas. Try backwater areas with wood 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. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting on spinner baits. 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. Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River levels have risen several feet again after recent rainfalls. Many boat ramps are still inaccessible. Water temperatures are in the upper 50s. The fishing has been excellent for a variety of species despite the high water. Anglers are having success catching drum, bluegill and catfish this week.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport has risen to 13.84 feet. Floodstage is 15 feet. River stages are forecasted to reach flood stage by Sunday. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. Many of the ramps will most likely be inaccessible by the weekend.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine has risen to 13.72 feet. Floodstage is 15 feet. River stages are forecasted to rise over the next few days. Many of the 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. 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 has risen to 16.54 feet. Floodstage is 15 feet. River stage is forecasted to continue to rise over the next few days. Many of the ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Toolsboro 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 risen to 13.38 feet. Floodstage 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. Many of the ramps are not usable due to the high water conditions. Most of the fishing reports have been from area lakes and farm ponds.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: With the recent heavy rains, river stages are once again on the rise. Water clarity is poor and there is debris floating in the river. Many of the boat ramps are not usable due to the high water. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions. Remember to clean, drain and dry your boat before going to another waterbody. If you have questions about fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
Odessa looks to be getting more flooded as the Iowa River gets higher. You can't even get to most of the ramps let alone launch from one.

Lake Geode
More rain over the weekend made the lake muddy. Water clarity was about 13 inches. The lake level is up over the gangway to the dock at the main ramp.

Lake Belva Deer
The water is about 18 inches higher than normal pool level. Water temp has dropped to 66 degrees. Water clarity is 34 inches which for Belva Deer is dirty. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are still catching bluegills in shallow but the bite has slowed down. Largemouth Bass - Good: bass fishing has been pretty good during the warmer weather. What the cold snap will do to it remains to be seen.

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. Bluegill - Slow: The bluegills are moving in shallow to spawn. If the weather would calm down, worm and bobber would work. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass fishing has slowed down with the unstable weather. If you fish the rocks you might have the best chance.

Railroad Lake
Remember the use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Railroad Lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing is picking up with the warmer water temperatures. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up bluegills along the area around the inflow from Bluegrass. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are also picking up crappies in the same area as the bluegills.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The skunk is at flood stage at looking to stay that way for a while. Most boat ramps are under water.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
Moderate flood level.

Big Hollow Lake
The lake is up over the gangways of the docks at the boat ramp. Water is very turbid. You can see down about 5 inches. Very little angler activity since last weekend's rains.

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. Largemouth Bass - Fair: The 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
Channel Catfish - Fair: Bluegill - Good: Fish around overhanging brush. Crappie - Good: Look for crappies along rocky or brushy shorelines.

Lake Macbride
Water temps are in the mid 60s. The 10 horsepower motor restriction and 5 m.p.h. speed limit is in effect. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Shallow rock and wood is holding bass getting ready to spawn. Crappie - Fair: Fish around shallow rock or brush with jigs and/or minnows. Most fish are small but 10- 12-inch fish are available. Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught shallow on sand and rock. Some fish are being caught trolling flats. Most fish are 13 to 14 inches, with some in the 16- 20-inch range.

Central Park Lake
Bluegill - Good: Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits and plastic worms have been working best.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Water clarity is excellent and water temps are around 65 degrees. Remember, largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep and musky must be 40 inches to keep. Bluegill - Good: Fish around overhanging brush with a jig and waxies. Largemouth Bass - Good: Some bass are being caught on rocky banks and flooded weeds. Crappie - Fair: Some nice crappies had been around shallow 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.

Otter Creek Lake
The fish cleaning station is now operational and the boat dock is in. Bluegill - Good: The fish are very shallow now. Look for them under overhanging brush. Yellow Bass - Good: Look for fish roaming the shallows.

Union Grove Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are all over the banks now. Crappie - Good: Many crappies are being caught in the shallow pockets and around shallow brush. Jigs with waxies are actually working best. Yellow Bass – Good.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level on May 30 is 700.2 feet (normal 683) and is rising. It is expected to crest at about 712 feet next weekend. Channel Catfish - Slow: Some fish are being caught on cut shad, minnows or crawlers. Some fish have moved to the shallows. Crappie - Slow: Fish shallow brush along hard banks with bright jigs and/or minnows.

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

Lake Wapello
Largemouth bass fishing has been good using spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Channel catfish have been biting on stinkbait and liver. The crappies and bluegills have been hitting small jigs.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Good: Anglers have been having success fishing small jigs along the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers have been catching largemouth bass using plastic worms and spinnerbaits along the dam and around the fishing jetties. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been using small jigs tipped with a minnow fished along the rock jetties and around the underwater structures.

Albia (lower)
Use small jigs for bluegills and yellow bass. Add a chunk of night crawler if the fish aren't hitting the small jigs.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been having some success using ice jigs tipped with a waxworm or a chunk of night crawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try areas with rocky shorelines using a spinnerbait or a rubber worm. Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or jig and minnow combos around areas with structure. Try different depths until you find active fish.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 920.19 feet with normal pool being 904. The water temperature is 62 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). Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching crappies using jigs or jigs and minnows in 2 to 4 feet of water. Sorting is required for larger fish.

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

SOUTHWEST
Beaver Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning and some good size bluegills are being caught in 2 feet of water in the small bays and next to shallow flooded wood on the upper end.

Big Creek Lake
White Bass - Good: A large white bass population is present in Big Creek with many fish up to 13 inches. They are providing some active fishing near windswept points and in the canal when water is going over the spillway and there is current. Bluegill - Good: Spawning bluegills are being caught in good numbers close to shore throughout the lake, especially in the back of the protected bays. Big Creek bluegills are good size with many fish over 8 inches.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Before the heavy rains anglers were doing very well on good size bluegills spawning near shore. High water has slowed the fishing, but the bluegills are still spawning and catchable. Fish small jigs or pieces of crawler under a bobber close to shallow brushy or woody habitat.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Excellent: The bluegill spawn is going and anglers are catching good numbers. Fish small pieces of crawler in openings in the vegetation. Shore angling can be an advantage right now to fish the narrow gap of vegetation-free water along the shore.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Good: White bass fishing has been fair to good trolling crankbaits near windswept points. Crappie - Fair: The crappie spawn has ended. Crappies can still be caught near rock and wood structure in the bays, especially up the Whitebreast arm. As the water rises also fish the edge of any flooded willows or vegetation with a minnow under a bobber.

Saylorville Reservoir
White Bass - Good: Flow over the Big Creek spillway is attracting white bass. Anglers are doing well casting jigs or fishing minnows under a bobber. Some good white bass activity is also occurring around the marina point.

The bluegill spawn is going in central Iowa. Even with the recent high and stained waters anglers are having some success. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Bluegills are close to shore. Crappies can still be caught around the jetties and along the dam. Greenfield also has a good channel catfish population with many fish in that 2- to 3-pound range. The boat ramp is usable. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish have been caught around the jetties using shrimp. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are close to shore spawning. Cast small jigs to catch 7- to 8-inch fish. Crappie - Fair: Cast small jigs around rock and along the dam. Sorting is necessary for 8- to 10-inch fish.

Meadow Lake
Bluegills are spawning on the underwater reefs. The lake is full. Bluegill - Good: Cast small jigs on top of underwater reefs to catch 8- to 9-inch bluegills. Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are still spawning around underwater reefs. Meadow has large crappie that range from 10 to 14 inches.

Nodaway Lake
A few crappies are being caught along the dam on the north side of the lake around rock. Bluegills are also being caught 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 - Fair: Bluegill in the 7- to 8-inch size range are being caught casting small jigs close to shore. Crappie - Fair: Small jigs are catching crappie around rock substrate.

Lake Anita
Bluegills can be caught close to shore on their spawning beds. A few crappies can still be caught in the pontoon arm of the lake and around jetties. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are reported to be caught close to shore and around jetties with small black jigs. Fish are 8 to 9 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are reported to be caught close to shore and around structure. Crappie - Fair: Fish with small jigs in the pontoon arm of the lake and around jetties. Sorting will be necessary for 9- to 10-inch crappies.

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 in the 7- to 8-inch range. 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 crappies. Channel catfish is another species to target while at the lake. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie - Good: Many crappies are being caught in the pontoon arm of the lake and around jetties. Sorting will be necessary for fish larger than 8 inches.

Lake Manawa
Crappie fishing was good last week even with large amounts of rain, with reports of walleye and catfish also being caught last week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the windy shoreline for catfish of all sizes. Crappie - Fair: Crappies can be caught on the main lake as well as in the canals. Fish up to 12 inches are being caught.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Crappie and bluegill fishing has been good. Large amounts of rain this week may muddy many ponds. Remember to always get permission before fishing private farm ponds. Bluegill - Good: 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.

Bluegills are spawning in the S.W. district. A few crappies are still being caught close to shore. For more information on lakes in the S.W. district call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587

Binder Lake
The lake is full and the clarity is good. Rooted vegetation is creeping into the shallows. Crappie - Fair: The crappies are moving out but still can be caught from the dam in deeper water during the evening hours.

Lake Icaria
Water clarity is good. The crappies are still biting but a little deeper. Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish are biting on 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 of the campground, the shoreline along the campground and the south end of the dam are very good spots. Walleye - Good: Casting and trolling jigs or small crank baits in 5 to 7 feet of water along the north bank is working to catch a few walleyes.

East Lake (Osceola)
Water clarity is good Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be caught from shore using a crawler suspended about 2 feet down.

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.

Q Pond City Park
Water levels and water clarity is typical for late spring. Bluegill - Good: A lot of nice bluegills are being caught from shore using crawlers 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 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 - Good: Several 2 pound channel catfish are being caught from the shoreline access areas using crawlers on the bottom.

Badger Creek Lake
Water levels are 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 - Fair: A few very large crappies can still be caught from deeper gravel areas surrounding the jetties and the roadway.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
The water level has risen to within 6 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 - Fair: 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. Bluegill - Good: Several mid-sized and bigger bluegills are being caught from some of the coves and the east end of the dam. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Several mid-sized and big largemouth bass can be caught from near-shore. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are moving off-shore but a few are still being caught.

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 - Fair: Several crappies still remain near the dam but are deeper than last week.

Green Valley Lake
The lake has filled. Clarity is good. Bluegill - Good: The bluegills are starting to move a little shallower. Some are being caught on jigs tipped with crawlers. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: A lot of mid-sized largemouth bass are being caught from the shoreline structure. Crappie - Good: The crappie spawn is winding down but several can be caught from the spawning areas or deeper areas nearby.

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 - Fair: A few crappies are moving off-shore to the deeper structure. Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being caught using crank baits from the face of the dam and some of the larger points. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Some anglers are hitting schools of wipers in the coves near the dam or from over the tops of the deeper tree piles located in the ski zone.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water levels are full and boat access is easy. Bluegill - Excellent: 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 - Excellent: Several largemouth bass are being caught from the structure near shore and the flooded cedar tree piles. Crappie - Good: Several crappies can be caught from the rock and rubble areas around the jetties, spawning beds, and armored points. They are starting to move into deeper water. 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.

Walnut Creek Marsh
The water levels are full. Boat access is normal.

The water temperatures are in the mid to upper 60s. The water levels at most lakes are near full but not overflowing excessively. Water clarity remains average at most lakes.

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

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

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Fair: 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 - Slow: Fishing has been fair for flatheads on chubs.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 24.63 ft. / 28,214 cubic feet per second. Water levels have risen approximately 5.5 feet from last week. Water temperatures are in the mid-sixties. Fishing has been slow overall due to rainy weather and near flood conditions and strong currents on incoming tributaries. Anglers are advised to use caution to avoid logs and debris on the Missouri River and tributaries.

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