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Nov. 4 Iowa fishing report

November 05, 2010 at 03:16 AM

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is 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
Brushy Creek Lake
Water clarity is excellent.  Bluegill - Slow: Fish around submerged trees with a small lure baited with a wax worm.  Experiment with different depths.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Fish with plastics or night crawlers.  Cast near submerged trees or weed beds.  Muskellunge - Slow:

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
White Bass - Slow: Most of the white bass being caught are being picked up while walleye fishing.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing continues to be hit or miss.  The bite seems to turn on for an hour or so at certain times of the morning and evening and then shut off.  Most anglers have been targeting the inlet, and the east shoreline near the public boat ramp.  Anglers have been using twisters and spinners and many are fishing at night. Boaters use caution: There is an ongoing dredging project at Storm Lake and boats should stay at least 100 feet away from the dredge pipe. The dredge pipe is marked with buoys. Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is three walleye: all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released, only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.

North Twin Lake
Anglers are still doing well for yellow bass with a few nice walleye mixed in.  Walleye - Slow: Some walleye have been caught while fishing for yellow bass.  Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers have been catching yellow bass casting small bright colored jigs tipped with a small piece of bait.  Try fishing the windward shore and fishing off the bulrushes at Featherstone Park.  Keep moving around until you find the fish.  Once they quit biting, move until you find more.

Black Hawk Lake
Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching nice size bluegill from the stone piers in Town Bay.  Use small jigs tipped with bait. The Ice House Point area has been reopened for public use.  There is a newly constructed bike path that runs along the edge of the shoreline at Ice House Point.  On Black Hawk Lake walleye must be at least 15 inches in length to keep and only three per day may be kept.

Browns Lake
Brown’s Lake received 2,650 6-inch walleyes from the DNR four weeks ago.

For more information on the lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk Fish Management Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Fishing has been slow; try multiple spots to find the fish.

Rice Lake
Anglers are having good success catching yellow perch from shore. A piece of crawler on a jig is what most anglers are using. Try fishing around the boat ramps or the beach.

For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at 641-357-3517.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Angling activity has tapered off this week.  New habitat was put into Volga Lake recently and should be holding fish.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Slow:

Lake Hendricks
Not much fishing activity is happening on the lake.

Lake Meyer
Angler activity has slowed.  Water clarity is excellent.

Charles City Impoundment
Walleyes have been improving their bite.  Most fish are being caught on jigs and crawlers.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Fish are moving into their overwintering holes.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair:  Walleye - Fair:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Target walleye and smallmouth bass in overwintering holes.  Fish have been aggressive.  Anglers are using jigs and twisters while paddling over the deeper holes.  Smallmouth Bass - Excellent:  Walleye - Good:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Anglers have been getting antsy for the bite to turn on as water temperature is about 47 degrees.  The catfish bite has temporarily shut off.  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are being caught on jigs tipped with a minnow or worm.

Decorah District Streams
Even though streams are not being stocked, there are plenty of fish to be caught.  Insect hatches are still occurring and water quality is excellent.  Trout have been aggressive.  An abundance of brown and brook trout are being seen in the stream bottoms.  There continues to be a great many nice fall days to get out and wander the countryside for fish and wildlife.

River levels are looking good for this time of year and clarity is excellent. Trout streams are no longer being stocked with catchable fish but stream conditions are excellent.  For more information about a specific stream or river, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River remains good for walleye and smallmouth bass.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Live baits, spinner baits and crankbaits have all been working well for smallmouth bass. Concentrate around areas with rock shorelines or fallen trees.  Walleye - Good: Jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawler has been very productive on walleyes. Anglers are also having success casting crankbaits.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Reports have been good for walleye and smallmouth bass.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Artificial and live baits have been working well for smallmouth bass.  Walleye - Good: Try using as light of jig as possible tipped with a minnow or leech bounced off of the bottom.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Fishing has been good for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike.  Northern Pike - Good: Anglers have been doing well on northerns casting artificial spoons and spinners or fishing live chubs under a bobber.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting a jig and twister tail tipped with a minnow near rock shorelines this time of year.  Walleye - Good: Anglers have been taking walleye on jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawler. Concentrate on areas near deeper water as walleye seek overwintering areas.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Fishing has been good for walleye and smallmouth bass in and around Manchester. The month of October can be dynamite for smallmouth bass.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits for these aggressive fish this time of year.  Walleye - Good: Try using a small jig tipped with a minnow now that water temperatures have cooled down.

Fishing has been good for walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. The month of October is an excellent time to be fishing as they actively feed with the onset of winter. Fishing in area lakes has slowed as we approach November conditions. For more information call the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Water levels at Lansing on Thursday are at 10.3 feet and are expected remain high throughout the next week.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are beginning to move toward their overwintering areas in deeper backwaters with minimal current.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Nice bass are being found in Minnesota Slough and near DeSoto Bay.  Bass are moving into the overwintering backwater areas.  Use a slow presentation with water cooling.  Yellow Perch - Good: Some large yellow perch have been caught in the Lansing area mainly using small jigs.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Water level Lynxville, Wis., is 20.0 feet and expected to hold steady throughout the week.  Water temperature is around 49 degrees.  Bluegill - Good: Some bluegill and other panfish are beginning to move into their overwintering areas.  Try fishing the better quality backwaters as fish will pack into these spots to survive throughout the winter.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Many largemouth bass can now be caught near the entrances to major backwater complexes.  The Sny Magill backwater areas are good bets for fine bass fishing.  Otherwise try near Mud Hen Lake near Harpers Ferry.  Sauger - Fair: Small fish are being caught in the tail water on jigs and minnow.  Fish are moving to location near the pocket due to the high water conditions.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Water level at Guttenberg is around 11.2 feet and is expected to hold steady through the week.  Water temperature is 49 degrees and falling.  Water clarity good.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Many bass are now beginning to concentrate at the mouths of backwater overwintering areas and they are feeding heavily.  Use a slow presentation with live bait such as minnows or night crawlers for best results.  Sauger - Fair: Some sauger are being taken on jig and minnow in the tail water.  Much of the fishing is taking place in the pocket and closer to shore then normal due to the high water levels.

Water levels are high and water temps are in the upper 40s.  Water clarity is good in most locations.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 12.3 feet and is forecast to rise to 12.6 feet over the weekend, and then begin falling.  Water temperature is in the mid to high 40s and clarity is fair.  Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few bluegill coming out of the backwaters, marinas, and sloughs around snags or other structure on crawlers or jigs.  Crappie - Fair: Reports of a few crappie being caught in the marinas around docks and in the backwaters around woody debris.  Minnows and small jigs have been producing best.  Sauger - Fair: Sauger are moving into the tail water area and biting on one-eyes, jigs, or three-way rigs tipped with minnows.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on the wing dams and in the tail waters on three-way rigs tipped with minnows, crankbaits, or sonars.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 8.24 feet and is forecast to rise to 10.5 feet over the next week.  Water temperature is in the low 50s and clarity is fair.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are being caught in the backwaters and sloughs around woody structure.  Crappie - Fair: Reports of a few crappie being caught in the backwaters and sloughs around woody structure.  Sauger - Fair: Sauger are moving into the tail waters in Bellevue and biting on three-way rigs or jigs tipped with minnows.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on the wing dams and the tail waters on three-way rigs tipped with minnows, jigs, or one-eyes.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 12.8 feet and is forecast to rise to 13.5 feet over the weekend then start falling.  Water temperature is in the mid to high 40s and clarity is fair.  Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught in Cattail and Rock Creek.  Crappie - Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught in Cattail and Rock Creek.  Sauger - Slow: Sauger are moving into the tail waters and biting on jigs or three-way rigs tipped with minnows.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are being caught on the wing dams and in the tail waters.

For fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 9.93 feet.  White Bass - Slow: Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina on wax worms. The bite seems to be best in the afternoon.  Crappie - Good: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina floating small minnows under bobbers. Crappies are also being caught in the Andalusia Island complex fishing brush piles with minnows.  Sauger - Slow: Sauger fishing in the tail water has been slow.  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 8.25 feet.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in the backwaters fishing around brush piles.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters fishing minnows and jigs around brush piles.  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 9.64 feet.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in the backwaters fishing around brush piles.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters fishing around brush piles.  Sauger - Slow: There have been a few reports of anglers trying to catch some saugers in the tail waters fishing jigs and minnows.  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 5.91 feet.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters on minnows and jigs.  Sauger - Slow: A few anglers have been fishing the tail waters for saugers using jigs and minnows. Most of the saugers have been small.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20. River levels have been slowly rising over the past few days. Tail water fishing for walleyes and saugers has been slow. Some crappies and bluegills are being caught in the backwaters. Main channel water temperature is around 47 degrees. For more fishing information on Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Belva Deer
Fishing has slowed some.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are out in 16 to 18 feet of water.  Wax worms or fish worms are the best.  Crappie - Fair: The big crappies remain in 16 to 18 feet of water. Minnows seem to be working the best.  The contractor is still doing some shoulder work but anglers should be able to reach the lake with little delay. The north and south sides are open now.

Lake of the Hills
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Trout continue to hit on spinners, jigs, corn, power bait, and worms.  They are around the habitat in about 4 to 5 feet of water.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing has slowed down some.  Try the shallow sun warmed bays with stink baits in the afternoons.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching some nice bass while they are using spinners trying to catch trout.  Crappie - Fair: Look for these fish to be in shallow around the habitat where the sun is warming up the water.

Railroad Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing remains good in Railroad Lake, producing good numbers of pan-sized fish. Fish cut bait or night crawlers around the stump fields along the north side. Dip baits are also catching some fish.

Wilson Lake
Wilson Lake will be have 500 rainbow trout and 50 brook trout will be released at 1 p.m., Nov. 6.  Anglers must have a fishing license and a trout stamp (fee) to fish for the trout.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: The trout will be biting this weekend.  Spinners and other flashy lures work the best at first.  Target the water about 4 to 5 feet deep as this is where the trout will stay until they get used to the lake.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The main pond at Discovery Park in Muscatine will receive 500 rainbow and 50 brook trout at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 6. Anglers must have a fishing license as well as a trout stamp (fee) to fish for the trout.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Concentrate your efforts in three to four feet of water as this is what the trout are most comfortable with.  Flashy lures such as spinners work the best to get their attention as they get used to the pond.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The water level in the river is still high enough to allow easy boating.  The water temperature is dropping into the low 50s and upper 40s.  Most of the fish are migrating to their overwintering holes now.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are still doing fairly well catching catfish.  Try cut bait or stink bait.  If you get lucky and find an overwintering site you could have several river miles worth of fish concentrated in one spot.

For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430

Lake Macbride
Crappie - Fair: Crappies are extremely hit and miss. Some anglers are catching limits, some are catching a few. Fish brush and areas with warmer water.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being picked up by trolling crankbaits. Most success has come in 9 to 11 feet. Any sized motor may be used at no-wake speed. Water temperature is around 50 degrees.

Union Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs around brush.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching fish by drifting jigs or minnows out in open water as well as by casting to shoreline structure. There is an abundance of 8 to 9-inch fish.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level is at normal pool of 683 feet and holding. The water is dirty.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Stink bait has been reported as working best. The upper end of the reservoir has been producing best.  Crappie - Slow: A few nice fish are being caught on bright colored jigs in deeper brush piles.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Flows coming out of the tube have been about 1,000 cubic feet per second.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being picked up on jigs and crankbaits below the dams.

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

Lake Wapello
The lake has refilled after last year’s fish population renovation.  Red ear and channel catfish were stocked last fall and largemouth bass and bluegill this spring.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler.  Try areas along the shoreline and around the aquatic vegetation.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try plastic worms fished around submerged structure or around the rock jetties.  As the water continues to cool, slow down your retrieve.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)
The lake renovation project has begun and the lake is being drained.  The boat ramps are not usable as the lake is approximately 20 feet low.  Shore fishing is still allowed.

Lake Keomah
Bluegill - Fair: Use a chunk of night crawler fished along the shoreline and around submerged structure.  Along the fishing piers can also be a good spot.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use rubber worms along the shoreline and around the jetties.  Another spot to try is along the outside of the aquatic vegetation.

Albia (lower)
A boat ramp has been constructed on the lower reservoir.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler.  Try areas along the dam between the upper and lower reservoirs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits fished along the shoreline and around areas with submerged structures.  Rubber worms can also be productive this time of year.

Lake Sugema
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use plastic worms and spinner baits.  A jig n’ pig combo should also be tried this time of year.  Crappie - Slow: Try small jigs along submerged structure.  Fish have been suspended in 8 to 12 feet of water.  Walleye - Slow: Use jigs tipped with a minnow around the rocky shorelines.  Walleyes have started to move shallow in the evenings.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 907.02 feet with normal pool being 904 feet.  The water temperature is ranging in the mid 50s.  Boat ramps are open at Honey Creek State Park, Bridgeview, South Fork, Buck Creek, and Island View.  Crappie - Slow: Fish are starting to move shallow so try areas with submerged trees or other structure.  Rocky shorelines have also been producing some fish.  Using small jigs has been productive.  Walleye - Slow: Try using baits that mimic gizzard shad.  Jig and minnows can also be good this time of year.  Please be wary of tagged walleyes and if these fish are harvested please call the hatchery with the tag number.  The phone number for the hatchery is 641-647-2406.

For additional fishing information in south central Iowa, call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST
Big Creek Lake
Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught in locations similar to the ice fishing season, including the road beds out from the west ramp and Ensign shelter, and the sunken brush piles in 15 feet of water or deeper.  Use small tube jigs or small jigs tipped with minnows.  The best times have been from sunrise to mid morning and again just before sunset. There is currently a walleye harvest study taking place.  Anglers who catch a walleye should look near the tail of the fish for a small yellow tag.  The tags can be removed from harvested or released fish of LEGAL size and returned with a survey for a cash reward.  The surveys can be picked up at the marina, park office, Polk City Bait and Tackle, or Johnston Bait and Tackle.  There are also signs posted at the boat ramps with instructions.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Fair: The white bass bite is still good right now below the spillway throwing anything from jig and twisters, crankbaits, or spoons.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers fishing minnows under a bobber or small jigs below the spillway in slack water are picking up some crappie.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers are picking up some walleyes below the spillway with jig and twisters or jig and minnow.  Most have been on the smaller side, but some good fish are mixed in.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
White Bass - Good: White bass below the Saylorville spillway are hitting on jig and twisters, spoons, and lipless crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite remains slow to fair.  Anglers fishing at Cottonwood with jigs tipped with minnows or twisters are catching a few walleye.  Jig and crawler is also catching some walleye, but expect to catch numerous drum.  A few walleye are also being caught with the same methods below the Scott Street dam.

It has been pretty quiet on central Iowa lakes with only a few fishermen taking advantage of the nicer days.  Water temperature is currently in the upper 40s to low 50s.  The Des Moines River, Middle and North Raccoon rivers remain in good fishing condition.  For questions about central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Lake Icaria
Water clarity is about 40 inches at the dam.  The lake’s water level has been lowered about 16 inches to allow some shoreline repairs.  The repairs are complete and the lake will be allowed to refill as run-off permits.

Green Valley Lake
The lake is still down for sediment removal.  The project is expected to last until after January.  The lake has been restocked and most species are big enough to catch.  Ice fishing for panfish should be excellent.

Summit Lake
The lake’s water level has been lowered to allow for the placement of shoreline rip rap later this winter.

Three Mile Lake
Water clarity is about 4 feet.  Anglers are catching largemouth bass and walleyes.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few mid-sized and big bass are being caught using crankbaits around the big points.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being caught from the old roadway between the ramps or by trolling deep diving crankbaits around the big open points or open flat areas at the upper end.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water clarity is about 4 feet and temperature is in the lower 50s.  Walleye - Fair: A few mid-sized walleye can be caught by trolling the open flat areas at the upper end of the lake.

Water quality is very good, water levels are normal, and water temperatures are in the low 50s.  Fishing is good.  Fish are starting to move a little deeper.

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