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Iowa Fishing Report September 25 2014


Iowa Fishing Report September 25, 2014

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

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are about seven inches above crest. Water clarity has improved some. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been picking up targeting bluegill off the stone pier. The catfish are around 15 inches. Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been catching 7.5-8-inch bluegill. Try fishing from the west stone pier, around docks, and around emergent vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish are in the sub legal size range. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some larger yellow perch have been picked up fishing around the weed patches near Cottonwood Point. Walleye – Fair: Fair numbers of walleye can be caught throwing twisters or hair jigs in the evenings. Most walleye are sublegal, around 12-13 inches.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Discharge around Correctionville is slightly below average. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfishing continues to be good with anglers reporting catches of 4-6 pound fish.

Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake

Water is around 58-60 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target the edge of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar stink bait. Other spots include the Ventura jetties, state dock area on north shore, the outlet, the city seawall, or Farmers Beach. Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are trolling with crankbaits and picking up some walleyes. Shore fishing is slow but wader fisherman may pull some in along the edges of reeds either off Farmers Beach or McIntosh Point. Muskellunge – Fair: The cold weather has slowed the bite but there are fish in shallow water. Get out on some of those stable weather or humid days and you have a good chance of catching one. Yellow Bass – Good: Wader fisherman are getting some good action on the little lake near the edges of the reeds. Boat anglers are getting action near the channel, off the shallow south point on the West end of the little lake or in the boat ramp dredge cuts.

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

Northern Pike – Fair: Trolling crankbaits and spinner baits will get these aggressive fish interested. Work the outside edges of weed beds for the best action. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth should start hitting on jerk baits and trolled crankbaits worked near rock piles. Walleye anglers are likely to come across a few of these hard fighters. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers are starting to get into a bunch of six inch perch. Folks willing to sort through a considerable amount of small ones will find enough keepers to take home for a meal. Pilkis tipped with wigglers worked near the bull rush beds of Anglers Bay are producing the most keepers this week. Walleye – Fair: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have dropped the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active. Recent anglers pulling crankbaits near weed lines and across rocky points have been pulling a number of nice walleyes. The catch is still dominated by slot fish but a few keepers and lots of fun fishing is in store for folks hitting the water. Muskellunge – Good: Many quality fish have been seen in the past week. Big baits worked near weed beds might get you some action right now.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer. Walleye – Fair: Action has started to pick up with the cooler temperatures in the area. Anglers with the best success are working the edge of weed beds with both live bait rigs and trolling crank baits. Yellow Bass – Good: Weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait. This is a great chance to get some kids on ALOT of fish. Lots of sorting to be done, but a few keepers are mixed in.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Good: A number of anglers have been targeting these hard fighters in the past week with some success.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: A fair number of smaller yellow perch were seen in sampling nets this summer. Cooler temperatures should make these fish more active and available to the angler. Try pilkis tipped with wigglers or red worms to entice a few of these for the dinner table. Walleye – Fair: Cooling water temperatures will start to get fish more active. Hit the rocky points with crank baits or drift a shiner through to pick up a few keepers.

West Okoboji Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: The cooler temperatures should have smallmouth moving around rocky points. Troll crankbaits or cast jerk baits to target these fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pilkis tipped with red worms or wigglers will get you some action on yellow perch right now. Work the openings in the weed beds with a slip bobber to target some nice keepers. Walleye – Fair: Cooler temperatures has increased catch rates recently. Crankbaits trolled near outside weed edges and across rocky points have been producing some nice fish. Jigs tipped with shiners drifted across structure will also get you some hook ups. Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action. Catch rates are very high on small fish, but a few keepers will be mixed into the fray. Great opportunity to get the kids out for some fast action.

Ingham Lake

Bullhead – No Report: Ingham supports a healthy bullhead population of angler acceptable sized fish. Soaking a night crawler should keep anglers entertained for quite a while. When action is hot, this would be a great time to get kids outside fishing with you.

Five Island Lake

Walleye – No Report: Fall temperatures should increase angler success on walleyes. Troll crankbaits near rocky structures to target these fish.

Lost Island Lake

White Bass – Fair: Folks looking for a little action should try a hair jig tipped with a shiner slowly retrieved to entice these guys to bite. Walleye – Fair: Cooling water temperatures should have fish more active. Troll crankbaits near rocky structures and outside weed edges or drift a jig tipped with a shiner for your best success. Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will have these guys keeping you busy all day long. Will have to sort through some small ones, but there are a few keepers to be found.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Walleye – Fair: Start looking for a few walleyes downstream of rock/sand bars. A shiner worked on a jig head should get them interested.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Walleye – Good: Keep an eye out downstream from rock/sand bars right now. Jig heads tipped with shiners worked slowly around these areas have started to produce a few fish.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The boat ramp parking lot resurfacing project is scheduled to start first week in October. Anglers can still walk in to fish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be found around submersed logs and along the rocky shore. Try cutbait or dead minnows. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are finding fish along rocky shorelines and are using a hooked tipped with a small piece of worm. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are hitting a hook tipped with a minnow and can be found near submersed trees.

Lake Hendricks

A few anglers are beginning to fish the lake. Panfishing should begin to pick up with cooler water temperatures. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch a few gills along the shoreline. Try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Slowed some but still biting. Spinners and plastic tube jigs are working well for bass. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are catching crappies while fishing for bluegills.

Lake Meyer

The algae bloom is clearing and fish activity has improved some. Few anglers have been out but fish are being caught. Channel Catfish – Slow: Cutbait seems to be the bait of choice. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are hitting worms while fishing the shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try using a floating crankbait along the weed edges. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are catching crappies using a hook tipped with a worm but jigs have also been working. Crappies can also be found suspended around brush piles.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The CR-V36 Bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be closed for most of the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. The Upper Iowa is in excellent condition and great for paddling. Fish activity has slowed but fish can be caught. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Fish activity was slow but fish were taking crankbaits. Walleye – Slow: Walleye can be found in the deeper pools and near woody structure. Anglers were using spoons and jigs tipped with worm to entice the finicky fish.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

The Upper Iowa below Decorah is in excellent condition. Water temperatures are dropping into the 60s. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are hitting a hook tipped with a nightcrawler. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits. Walleye – Good: Walleye are drifting a jig head tipped with a nightcrawler with success.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

The Turkey River is excellent for paddling and a nice variety of fish are being caught. Water temperatures are running in the low 60s. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and spinners. Try fishing for bass off the current breaks and eddies. Walleye – Good: Walleye are hitting crankbaits fished near woody debris and submersed logs.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water levels remain relatively stable and water temperatures are on the decline. Fish activity has slowed with the last cold front that passed through earlier this week. With steady temperatures, activity should pick up. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish activity has slowed but cut baits and dead chubs seem to be the bait of choice. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallies are taking spinnerbaits. Fish can be found along the current breaks. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are hitting a jig tipped with a minnow. Some anglers have been catching them using plastic twister tails. Walleye – Fair: Walleye action has slowed some but anglers are catching fish using a jig head tipped with a minnow.

Decorah District Streams

Thunderstorms occasionally affect water clarity but most northeast Iowa streams have recently been fishing well. Early morning Trico hatches have been good – try a sparse #24 pattern for fishing a dry. Hopper and cricket fishing has also been excellent beginning late in the morning. On cooler days, there have been consistent afternoon #18 blue wing olive hatches. Brown Trout – Good: Trout build nests that look like freshly cleared shallow depressions in the stream bottom. Brook Trout – Good: Try using a rooster-tail jig or spinner bait to catch the brookies eye.

It’s going to be a spectacular weekend in Northeast Iowa. Temperatures are to be in the mid 70s during the day and mid 50s at night. Sugar maples are beginning to color up nicely. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the deeper holes. Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch pike on Mepps spinner baits. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits, crankbaits or even top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler or minnow tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good. Look for current breaks below fallen woody structure or along rip-rap shorelines.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot. Look for current breaks below fallen woody structure or along rip-rap shorelines.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been reports of anglers catching channel catfish, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye. Northern Pike – Fair: Cast spinner or crank baits near woody structure or rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish – Fair: Cutbait, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good. Look for current breaks below fallen woody structure or along rip-rap shorelines.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and suckers. Sucker – Good: A nightcrawler fished on the bottom with a heavy sinker near riffle areas has been good. Northern Pike – Fair: Try casting Mepps spinners or crankbaits. Channel Catfish – Fair: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye.

The extended forecast for the next seven days looks fabulous. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Smallmouth bass and walleye fishing have really picked up as we head into fall and the month of October. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Water level at Lansing is 8.6 feet and is expected to remain stable at that level over the next week. Army Road at New Albin is open again. Channel Catfish – Good: As the water begins to cool more channel cat bite will begin to slow down. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are beginning to concentrate more which is leading to better catches. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are starting to move back into back water areas. Crappie – Fair: Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Water level at Lynxville is 15.5 feet and expected to begin to fall slightly over the next week. The roller dams are back in at lock and dam 9 and the walleye bite should begin to pick up. Channel Catfish – Good: As the water begins to cool more channel cat bite will begin to slow down. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are beginning to concentrate more which is leading to better catches. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are beginning to move back into backwater areas. Crappie – Fair: Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Sauger – Fair: Sauger bite should begin to pick up in the tail waters. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite should begin to pick up in the tail waters. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 11

Water level at Guttenberg is 7.3 feet and expected to fall slowly to below 6 feet by this time next week. The roller dams are back in and the walleye bite should begin to pick up. Channel Catfish – Good: as water temps continue to cool the catfish bite will begin to slow down. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are beginning to concentrate more which is leading to better catches. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are beginning to move back into backwater areas. Crappie – Fair: Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Sauger – Fair: Sauger bite should begin to pick up in the tail waters. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite should begin to pick up in the tail waters. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Water levels have fallen dramatically over the past week and are beginning to stabilize. Fishing is getting better as fish begin to concentrate. Many will be moving towards over wintering areas soon. Water temps are in the lower 60s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.9 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 9.5 feet. Water levels are expected to drop all week. Water temperature has risen slightly and is at 68 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to drawl in large channel catfish. High dirty water levels can be good conditions for biting channel catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found mostly along rocky areas or brush piles near flowing water. Float bobber along the rock or wood structure for best results. Expecting the bluegill fishing to greatly improve this week if water levels stabilize. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Good numbers of 12-inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. For success catching smallmouth you need the combination of current and rock. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wing dams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue was at 11 feet but has dropped to 8.3 feet. Levels are expected to drop all week. The water clarity has improved since the rains have quite. Water temperature is 68 degrees. Fishing is expected to improve once the water levels stabilize. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to attract large channel catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Move away from the strong current flows and now try bass back in cleaner water in backwater areas. Once the water levels recede expect bass to be along the channel edges for a few more weeks before they start moving to their backwater homes. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait. Have a fall fish feed with drum. They are very good eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the filets.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is at 8.2 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 11.4 feet, both down significantly from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to recede and water clarity is improving. Water temperature is near 68 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Move back into the backwater areas and find clearer water to catch bass during these conditions. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish. Remove the red meat from the drum fillets and they are very good eating fish.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at LeClaire is at 6.0 feet and water level at Rock Island is at 8.3 feet. This is down significantly from last week and expected to continue to drop. Water temperature is 68 degrees and water clarity is improving. Channel Catfish – No Report: High water is often a time to catch channel catfish. Fish along the rock lines or near shore in current eddies. Stink bait can still be effective. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum have been a consistent biter during the high water. Use an egg sinker and worm in moderate current areas. Drum are excellent eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the fillets. Also keep the fillets cool at all times to avoid them becoming mushy.

The river is rapidly receding throughout the district. Fishing has proved somewhat difficult with the constant changing conditions on the Mississippi River. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals and plants awaiting transport to other locals.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities is 8.45 feet. Tail water stage has fallen a couple of feet over the past few days. Channel Catfish – Slow: Channel catfishing has slowed down. Channel catfish were being caught around the I-280 Bridge, off tips of the wing dams, and around enchanted island on dip baits or cut bait. White Bass – Good: Look for white bass in Sylvan Slough up by the Arsenal Dam and Moline power dam. Try casting jigs/twisters, small crankbaits/rattletraps, or inline spinners. Most times fishing is best early in the mornings or right before dark. Look for schools of white bass chasing minnows or shad at the surface and cast into the school. Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters fishing with minnows under a bobber or vertical jigging with minnows. Try fishing around brush piles and snags in the backwater lakes and side channels. Areas to try are Velie Chute and Sunfish Slough in the Andalusia Islands.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 6.89 feet. Tail water stages have fallen a couple feet the past couple of days. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week. White Bass – No Report: Try looking for white bass up by the Lock and Dam along the rocks, the rocks along the Muscatine Riverfront, or the outfalls at GPC. Cast jigs/twisters, small crankbaits, or inline spinners. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters around brush piles and snags. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber or vertical jig with plastic or minnows. Areas to try are Big Timber. Sauger – No Report: We have not received any information on tail water fishing for saugers.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 8.44 feet and falling. Tail water stage has fallen a couple of feet the past few days. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week. White Bass – No Report: Look for white bass up by the Lock and Dam or back by the spillway. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters around brush piles and snags. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber or vertical jig with minnows/plastics. Areas to try are Huron Island. Sauger – No Report: We have not received any information on tail water fishing information for saugers.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 5.26 feet and falling. Tail water stage has fallen a couple of feet the past few days. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters around brush piles and snags. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber or vertical jig with minnows/plastics. An area to try is the Burlington Island complex. Sauger – No Report: We have not received any tail water fishing information for saugers.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River levels are still somewhat high but have been falling steadily over the past few days. Tail water stages have fallen a couple of feet the last few days. Main channel water temperature is around 66 degrees. There has been reports of some grass floating in the main channel. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

Lots of anglers are working the area around the inlet tubes. This area remains open to the public even after the rest of the refuge closes for the fall. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing remains very good in the area around the inlet pipes at the upper end of the refuge.

Lake Belva Deer

Fishing remains pretty steady. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been picking up lately. I would start with chicken liver and go from there. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing has been picking up but they are still out in about 6 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics

Lake of the Hills

The fall trout release will be October 11 at 10:30 a.m. There will be 200 tagged fish among the 2,000 released that can be turned in for prizes. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Add night crawlers to the list. The Gate 6 Area is a very good place to start. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. The deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing has really picked up lately. Fish for them using worms along the dams and other rocky areas of the lake.

Railroad Lake

Remember, the use of live minnows as bait in Railroad Lake is not allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish. Crappie – Good: The crappies have seemed to have taken over the bluegills’ spot. Anglers are picking them up on small jigs and worm and bobber.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Good: The anglers that were out were picking up a few bluegills out in 4 to 8 feet of water. The go to bait seems to be wax worms. Crappie – Good: Anglers are starting to catch some nice crappies on tube jigs tipped with wax worms.

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

Iowa Lake

Mornings have been slow, but afternoons have been better. Bluegill – Good: Crappie – Fair: Redear Sunfish – Slow:

Lake Macbride

Any size motor may be operated at no-wake speed (5 mph). Water temps have been 67-72 degrees this week. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or minnows. The bite seems to be picking up and should continue to get better as the water cools down. Most fish are 8-9 inches, with larger fish up to 13 inches being caught occasionally. Walleye – Slow:

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, Largemouth Bass must be 18 inches and Musky must be 40 inches to keep. White Bass – Fair: Bluegill – Fair: Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair:

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair: Fish around the jetties or stake beds and brush piles. Crappie – Good: Fish around the jetties or stake beds and brush piles. Most fish are about nine inches.

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or worms. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush or drift open water with jigs or minnows. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish with live bait or cast small spinners or jigs.

Coralville Reservoir

The lake was 683.5 feet on Sept. 25. The lake level will slowly be rising for the remainder of the fall. Water temps have been in the mid 60s this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Most catfish anglers are trolling/drifting cut bait in the main channel. Crappie – Slow: A few fish are being picked up around brush. Most fish have been smaller so far.

Sand Lake

Sand Lake is on the east side of Marshalltown. 2,000 trout are scheduled to be stocked on October 3. Walleye – Fair: Some nice sized fish are being caught fairly consistently.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Night crawlers have been working best. Shovelnose sturgeon – Slow:

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

Crankbaits seem to be working best for most predatory species. Northern Pike – Fair: Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Crappie – Fair: The backwater areas are best. Best reports are coming from the Palo area. Walleye – Fair: Freshwater Drum – Fair:

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should concentrate on areas around the cedar trees with spinnerbaits or top water lures. Try rubber worms or crawdad imitations along the rocky shorelines and fishing jetties. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers should try using nightcrawlers along the outer edge of the lily pads. Bluegill – Slow: Try using small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the edge of the jetties and around the lily pads. Sorting is required for larger fish.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill fishing has remained good with the best bait being a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Look for areas along the shorelines with some type of underwater habitat. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits around the fishing jetties. Try crawdad imitations along the shorelines and along the face of the dam.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all bass 12-16 inches must be immediately released. Bluegill – Slow: Sorting is required for larger fish.

Lake Miami

Lake Miami is currently undergoing a lake renovation and is 6-8 feet below normal. The fish population was removed last fall but fish have been restocked. The boat ramps are difficult to use. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Some larger bass were seen in a recent survey. Remember the lake is still 8-10 feet low and the ramps are difficult to use.

Lake Sugema

Crappie fishing has been slow but should pick up as the water cools. Try areas among the flooded timber and around rocky shorelines. Largemouth bass anglers should try spinnerbaits along rocky shorelines and around fishing jetties. As the water cools down, slow down your lure presentation. Bluegill – Slow: Try using a small jig and a chunk of nightcrawler among openings in the lily pads and in shallow water areas.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 913.45 feet. The water temperature is 68 degrees. Channel Catfish – Slow: Look for areas where runoff is coming into the lake and target those areas. Crappie – Slow: As the water cools, look for crappies to move shallow around areas with tree piles or stumps. Try using a minnow and jig combination or a minnow and a bobber. Sorting will be required for larger fish. Walleye – Slow: Try using crankbaits around submerged points. Also look for underwater rock piles and islands where there is a change in depth. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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).

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is litter free. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappie are being caught vertical jigging tight to the standing timber.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught drifting small jigs and minnows mid lake on the southern half.

Big Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Some crappie are being caught on brush piles in 10-15 feet of water near the entrances to the coves on the west side of the lake. Walleye – Fair: Decent walleye fishing can be had drifting spinner rigs or trolling crankbaits near the 15 feet contour on the upper half of the lake.

Hickory Grove Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing has been fair to good drifting panfish jigs mid lake out from the Oriole lodge and around the south side of the island.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have been getting into some good channel catfishing below the Big Creek spillway.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Good: Fishing below Saylorville and Red Rock spillways right now is producing a good mixed catch of white bass, wipers, walleye and crappies.

Good fall crappie fishing is occurring in central Iowa lakes. Water temps are remaining in the mid to upper 60s. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Crappies can be caught drifting and along the dam at Greenfield. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5-inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Greenfield has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Good: Cast small jigs along the dam or try drifting for nine-inch crappies.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish at Anita. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine-inch plus fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass. Black Crappie – Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. Crappie fishing has picked up this week at Viking. Channel Catfish – Slow: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Fair: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Crappies are being caught in the canals along the rocks. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using blood bait and drifting cutbait. Crappie – Fair: Cast small jigs or minnows under a bobber to catch crappies in the canals. Sorting is necessary.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9 inch fish. Black Crappie – Fair:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are in deeper water and around structure in the fall. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught around structure. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Fair: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to structure with cut bait or a commercial stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Crappie fishing has picked up on area lakes. Water temperatures have dropped to around 70 degrees. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Crappie – Good: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught using jigs or minnows fished on the rock mounds.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with jigs or minnows fished near the brush piles or along the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Walleye – Fair: Walleye up to 15 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits along points.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught using jigs fished along the jetties.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle lake access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches have been caught with worms fished under a bobber near the jetties.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught using jigs fished near the cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught using jigs fished near the brush piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Slow: Channel catfish up to eight pounds have been caught using cutbait fished along shallow flats.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught using minnows fished near the flooded timber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch up to 12 inches have been caught using minnows fished near the flooded timber.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are approximately 70 degrees. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 25.51 feet, flowing at 48,700 CFS and 68 degrees. The Missouri River is up .16 feet from last week. The river level is up due to discharge from the reservoirs. Watch out for floating logs, debris, and rock structures that are potential hazards. Fishing continues to be fair to slow overall on the Missouri River due to high water.

Iowa Fishing Report September 18 2014

Iowa Fishing Report Sept 18, 2014

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fair numbers of good sized catfish are being caught. Bluegill – Good: Good numbers of bluegill are being picked up along with some crappie.

Moorhead Park Pond

Channel Catfish – Fair: Some decent sized catfish have been picked up. Bluegill – Fair: Good numbers of bluegill can be caught, but they’re smaller fish. Good opportunity to get kids on some fish.

Brushy Creek Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Tip jig with a piece of crawler and fish in 15-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Bait jig with a small minnow and fish in 15-20 feet of water.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish have still been biting fairly good. Use Sonny’s dip bait and fish overcast days to increase chances of success. White Bass – Fair: No update for white bass this week, but last week shore anglers were picking up white bass with blue and silver 1/4 ounce Kastmasters and Mepps spinners. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are still catching some walleye trolling, but they’re mostly slot fish.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are about seven inches above crest. Water clarity has improved some. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been picking up targeting bluegill off the stone pier. The catfish are around 15 inches. Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been catching 7.5-8-inch bluegill off the west Stone Pier in Town Bay. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish are in the sub legal size range. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some larger yellow perch have been picked up fishing around the weed patches near Cottonwood Point. Walleye – Fair: Fair numbers of walleye can be caught throwing twisters or hair jigs in the evenings. Most walleye are sublegal, around 12-13 inches.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Discharge around Correctionville is average. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfishing continues to be good with anglers reporting catches of 4-6 pound fish.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)

Although the river is below flood stage near Fort Dodge, discharge is still above the 75th percentile. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been catching good numbers of channel catfish below the dams in Fort Dodge. Try night crawlers.

Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth should start hitting on jerk baits and trolled crankbaits worked near rock piles. Walleye anglers are likely to come across a few of these hard fighters. Crappie – Fair: Anglers fishing from piers, docks and by boat near bull rush beds have been picking up a few small crappies using small jigs with plastic twister tails. Slip bobbers and a hook tipped with a small shiner should also work for folks. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers are starting to get into a bunch of six-inch perch. Very few are angler acceptable size yet, but folks are having fun with them until they grow up a bit more. Walleye – Fair: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have dropped the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active. Recent anglers pulling crankbaits near weed lines and across rocky points have been pulling a number of nice walleyes. The catch is still dominated by slot fish but a few keepers and lots of fun fishing is in store for folks hitting the water.

East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer. Walleye – Fair: Action has started to pick up with the cooler temperatures in the area. Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: A fair number of smaller yellow perch were seen in sampling nets this summer. Cooler temperatures should make these fish more active and available to the angler. Try pilkies tipped with wigglers or red worms to entice a few of these for the dinner table. Walleye – Fair: Cooling water temperatures will start to get fish more active. Hit the rocky points with crank baits or drift a shiner through to pick up a few keepers.

West Okoboji Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: The cooler temperatures should have smallmouth moving around rocky points. Troll crankbaits or cast jerk baits to target these fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pilkies tipped with red worms or wigglers will get you some action on yellow perch right now. Work the openings in the weed beds with a slip bobber to target some nice keepers. Walleye – Fair: Cooler temperatures has increased catch rates recently. Crankbaits trolled near outside weed edges and across rocky points have been producing some nice fish. Jigs tipped with shiners drifted across structure will also get you some hook ups. Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

Ingham Lake

Bullhead – No Report: Ingham supports a healthy bullhead population of angler acceptable sized fish. Soaking a night crawler should keep anglers entertained for quite a while. When action is hot, this would be a great time to get kids outside fishing with you.

Five Island Lake

Walleye – No Report: Fall temperatures should increase angler success on walleyes. Troll crankbaits near rocky structures to target these fish.

Lost Island Lake

White Bass – Fair: Folks looking for a little action should try a hair jig tipped with a shiner slowly retrieved to entice these guys to bite. Walleye – Fair: Cooling water temperatures should have fish more active. Troll crankbaits near rocky structures and outside weed edges or drift a jig tipped with a shiner for your best success. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Walleye – Fair: Start looking for a few walleyes downstream of rock/sand bars. A shiner worked on a jig head should get them interested.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Walleye – Fair: Keep an eye out downstream from rock/sand bars right now. Jig heads tipped with shiners worked slowly around these areas should start to produce a few fish.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The boat ramp parking lot resurfacing project will begin soon. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be found around submersed logs and along the rocky shore. Try cutbait or dead minnows. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are finding fish along rocky shorelines and are using a hooked tipped with a small piece of worm. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are hitting a hook tipped with a minnow and can be found near submersed trees.

Lake Hendricks

A few anglers are beginning to fish the lake. Panfishing should begin to pick up with cooler water temperatures. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch a few gills along the shoreline. Try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Slowed some but still biting. Spinners and plastic tube jigs are working well for bass. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are catching crappies while fishing for bluegills.

Lake Meyer

The algae bloom is clearing and fish activity has improved some. Few anglers have been out but fish are being caught. Channel Catfish – Slow: Cutbait seems to be the bait of choice. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are hitting worms while fishing the shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try using a floating crankbait along the weed edges. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are finding a few crappies while fishing for bluegills. Crappies can also be found suspended around brush piles. Minnows are working.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The CR-V36 Bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be for most of the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. The Upper Iowa is in excellent condition and great for paddling. Fish activity has slowed but fish can be caught. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Fish activity was slow but fish were taking crankbaits. Walleye – Slow: Walleye can be found in the deeper pools and near woody structure. Anglers were using spoons and jigs tipped with worm to entice the finicky fish.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

The Upper Iowa below Decorah is in excellent condition. Water temperatures are dropping into the 60s. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are drifting a jig head tipped with a nightcrawler with success.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

The Turkey River is excellent for paddling and a nice variety of fish are being caught. Water temperatures are running in the low 60s. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and spinners. Try fishing for bass off the current breaks and eddies. Walleye – Good: Walleye are hitting crankbaits fished near woody debris and submersed logs.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water levels remain relatively stable and water temperatures are on the decline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish activity has slowed but chicken liver and dead chubs continue to be the bait of choice. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallies are taking spinnerbaits. Fish can be found along the current breaks. Walleye – Fair: Walleye action has slowed some but anglers are catching fish using a jig head tipped with a minnow.

Decorah District Streams

Thunderstorms occasionally affect water clarity but most northeast Iowa streams have recently been fishing well. Early morning trico hatches have been good – try a sparse #24 pattern for fishing a dry. Hopper and Cricket fishing has also been excellent beginning late in the morning. On cooler days, there have been consistent afternoon #18 blue wing olive hatches. Brown Trout – Good: Brown trout are getting ready to spawn which normally occurs in October and November. Males will begin to develop a sharply hooked lower jaw at this time. Brook Trout – Good:

Showers are predicted for Saturday but otherwise it’s looking like another fabulous fishing weekend. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Big Woods Lake

There have been reports of anglers catching crappie in 6-8 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Fish a crappie minnow or wax worm under a slip bobber in 6-8 feet of water.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the deeper holes. Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch pike on Mepps spinner baits. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits, crankbaits or even top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler or minnow tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been reports of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye being caught. Northern Pike – Fair: Try casting spinner or crankbaits near woody structure or rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish – Fair: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and suckers. Sucker – Good: A nightcrawler fished on the bottom with a heavy sinker near riffle areas has been good. Northern Pike – Fair: Try casting Mepps spinners or crankbaits. Channel Catfish – Fair: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye.

The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition also. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Water level at Lansing is nine feet and is expected to remain stable at that level over the next week. Army road at New Albin is closed due to water over the road. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are feeding well but high water has them spread out. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Water level at Lynxville is 15.9 feet and expected to begin to fall slightly over the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are feeding well but high water has them spread out. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 11

Water level at Guttenberg is 11.6 feet and expected to fall steadily to below nine feet by this time next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are feeding well but high water has them spread out. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Water levels remain high on the Upper Mississippi, but is expected to stabilize and begin to fall steadily over the next week. High water has fish spread out and has slowed fishing success. Floating vegetation is also causing some anglers problems fishing along shorelines. Water temps have cooled into the lower 60s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is near 10.1 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 12.6 feet, up one foot from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is up to 74 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to drawl in large channel catfish. High dirty water levels can be good conditions for biting channel catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found mostly along rocky areas or brush piles near flowing water. Float bobber along the rock or wood structure for best results. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Good numbers of 12-inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. You need to fish very close to rock for the best success. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wing dams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is near 11.0 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. The water is murky in general but below the mouth of the Maquoketa River which is running very turbid. Water temperature is 74 degrees. Fishing has slowed due to high murky waters. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to attract large channel catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Move away from the strong current flows and now try bass back in cleaner water in backwater areas. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton near 10.3 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 12.8 feet. This is up a foot from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise. Water clarity is poor and fishing has been tough. Water temperature is near 74 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Move back into the backwater areas and find clearer water to catch bass during these conditions. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 10.5 feet. This is nearly a foot higher than last week and it is expected to rise nearly one foot. Water temperature is 74 degrees and water is clear. No fishing report from Pool 15 was received due to raising dirty water. Channel Catfish – No Report: High water is often a time to catch channel catfish. Fish along the rock lines or near shore in current eddies. Stink bait can still be effective.

The river rose rapidly last week and now river levels are fairly high and water is somewhat murky. As a result fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Belva Deer

The lake is pretty much back to normal after last week’s rain. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been picking up lately. I would start with chicken liver and go from there. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing has been picking up but they are still out in about six feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics

Lake of the Hills

The fall trout release will be October 11 at 10:30 a.m. There will be 200 tagged fish among the 2,000 released that can be turned in for prizes. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Add night crawlers to the list. The Gate 6 Area is a very good place to start. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. Fish the deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing has really picked up lately. Fish for them using worms along the dams and other rocky areas of the lake.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Lambach. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

Remember, the use of live minnows as bait in Railroad Lake is not allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits, and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish. Crappie – Good: The crappies have seemed to have taken over the bluegills’ spot. Anglers are picking them up on small jigs and worm and bobber.

Big Hollow Lake

Fishing remains about the same as last week, except with less rain. Bluegill – Good: The anglers that were out were picking up a few bluegills down about six feet. The go to bait seems to be wax worms. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are starting to catch some nice crappies on tube jigs tipped with wax worms.

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

Iowa Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair:

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or worms. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or minnows.

Lake Macbride

Any size motor may be operated at no-wake speed (5 mph). Water temps have been 67-72 degrees this week. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or minnows.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Good: Fish around the jetties or stake beds and brush piles. Crappie – Good: Fish around the jetties or stake beds and brush piles.

Otter Creek Lake

Water temps are in the mid 60s. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or worms. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush or drift open water with jigs or minnows. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish with live bait or cast small spinners or jigs.

Coralville Reservoir

The lake is back down to normal summer pool of 683.4 feet. Water temps have been in the low 60s this week. Channel Catfish – Slow: Crappie – Slow:

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Walleye – Fair:

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)

Channel Catfish – Fair:

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should concentrate on areas around the cedar trees with spinnerbaits or top water lures. Try rubber worms or crawdad imitations along the rocky shorelines and fishing jetties. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers should try using nightcrawlers along the outer edge of the lily pads. With the recent rains try areas where water is running into the lake.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill fishing has remained good with the best bait being a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Look for areas along the shorelines with some type of underwater habitat. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits around the fishing jetties. Try crawdad imitations along the shorelines and along the face of the dam.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all bass 12-16 inches must be immediately released. Bluegill – Slow: Sorting is required for larger fish.

Lake Sugema

Crappie fishing has been slow but should pick up as the water cools. Largemouth bass anglers should try spinnerbaits along rocky shorelines and around fishing jetties. As the water cools down, slow down your lure presentation. Bluegill – Slow: Try using a small jig and a chunk of nightcrawler among openings in the lily pads and in shallow water areas.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 914.17 feet. The water temperature is 74 degrees. Channel Catfish – Slow: With the recent rains, look for areas where runoff is coming into the lake and target those areas. Crappie – Slow: As the water cools, look for areas with tree piles or stumps. Try using a minnow and jig combination or a minnow and a bobber. Walleye – Slow: Try areas with a change in depth around underwater islands and submerged points. Try trolling or casting in these areas. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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).

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie can be caught while fishing tight to standing timber. Vertical jigging is the preferred method.

Big Creek Lake

Walleye fishing is fair and can be had by drifting spinner rigs or trolling crankbaits in 15 feet of water.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

Anglers are catching white bass and crappie below the Saylorville dam.

Hickory Grove Lake

Anglers are catching crappie in the north end of the lake near structure and by drifting small jigs.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie are being caught drifting jigs in open water. Some anglers are using a jig head, tipped with a minnow.

Red Rock Reservoir

Channel catfish are being caught on cut bait and stink bait throughout the reservoir. White bass and wipers are being caught on flooded gravel road beds.

Water bodies in the southern portion of the district are still turbid due to recent heavy rains. Water bodies north of I-80 are in decent shape. Water temps are dropping and crappie are being caught in most of the water bodies north of I-80. Contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Drift small jigs to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5-inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Greenfield has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish cut bait in five feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2-6 pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine-inch plus fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass. Black Crappie – Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Slow: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using blood bait and drifting cutbait. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: A few wipers are being picked up when catfishing using cutbait.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are in deeper water and around structure during the summer months. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Good: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore with cut bait or commercial stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Water temperatures have dropped into the low 70s. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with stink bait fished along the jetties. Crappie – Fair: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught using jigs or minnows fished on the rock mounds. Walleye – Fair: Walleye up to five pounds have been caught using jigs fished on the rock mounds.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with minnows fished near the brush piles or along the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Walleye – Fair: Walleye up to 15 inches have been caught using twistertails fished along points.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using finesse plastics fished along the jetties.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches have been caught with jigs tipped with a wax worm fished near the jetties.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to three pounds have been caught using finesse plastics fished near shoreline brush.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish up to 10 pounds have been caught using nightcrawlers fished along shallow flats.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish up to eight pounds have been caught using cutbait fished along shallow flats.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught using minnows fished near submerged trees. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch up to 12 inches have been caught using minnows fished in nine feet of water.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are approximately 70 degrees. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Iowa Fishing Report September 11 2014

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fair numbers of good sized catfish are being caught. Bluegill – Good: Good numbers of bluegill are being picked up along with some crappie.

Moorhead Park Pond

Channel Catfish – Fair: Some decent sized catfish have been picked up. Bluegill – Fair: Good numbers of bluegill can be caught, but they’re smaller fish. Good opportunity to get kids on some fish.

Brushy Creek Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Tip jig with a piece of crawler and fish in 15-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Bait jig with a small minnow and fish in 15-20 feet of water.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish have still been biting fairly good. Use Sonny’s dip bait and fish overcast days to increase chances of success. White Bass – Fair: No update for white bass this week, but last week shore anglers were picking up white bass with blue and silver 1/4 ounce Kastmasters and Mepps spinners. Walleye – Fair: Fewer anglers have been out this week, but some walleye are still being caught on crankbaits. Try #6 Shad Raps and troll the dredge cuts.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are about seven inches above crest. The thick blue-green algae blooms have mostly subsided, but it is still present. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been catching 7.5-8-inch bluegill off the deeper rock piles. Use a 1/16 ounce chartreuse marabou hair jig tipped with a piece of bait. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish are in the sub legal size range. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some larger yellow perch have been picked up fishing around the weed patches near Cottonwood Point. Walleye – Slow: Some walleye are being picked up, but most are sublegal fish.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Discharge around Correctionville is average. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfishing continues to be good with anglers reporting catches of 4-6 pound fish.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)

Although the river is below flood stage near Fort Dodge, discharge is still above the 90th percentile. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been catching good numbers of channel catfish below the dams in Fort Dodge. Try night crawlers.

Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Lake Catherine

Catfish are biting on stink bait. Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stink bait. Largemouth Bass – No Report:

Clear Lake

Water temp is around 65 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target the edge of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar stink bait. Other spots include the Ventura jetties, state dock area on north shore, the outlet, the city seawall, or Farmers Beach. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers fishing the canals have been having some luck. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edge of reeds, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake. Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are trolling with crankbaits and picking up some walleyes. Shore fishing is slow but wader fisherman may pull some in along the edges of reeds either off Farmers Beach or McIntosh Point. Try after dark. Muskellunge – Fair: The cold weather has slowed the bite but there are fish in shallow water. Get out on some of those stable weather or humid days and you have a good chance of catching one. Yellow Bass – Good: Some anglers catching yellows in about 6.5-10 feet off the north shore between the island and fisherman’s reef or state reef. Some anglers are also doing okay near the edges of the reeds in the little lake.

Lake Cornelia

Channel Catfish – Good: Reports of channel cats 1.5-2 pounds being caught during the early mornings and late evenings.

Crystal Lake

No reports this week. Northern Pike – No Report: Pike may start cruising the shallower water during the fall, and could provide a bite. Bluegill – Fair: Try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper dredged water (11-13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the Dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines. Walleye – No Report: An occasional walleye may be caught near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)

No reports this week but smallmouth bass should be biting on jigs. Smallmouth Bass – No Report:

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

Channel catfish or walleye are worth a try. Look for rock riprap or snags or deeper outside bends for the late summer period. Minnows, worms, or small pieces of cut baitfish are good options for both. Channel Catfish – Good: A few reports of catfish biting on the East Fork.

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

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth should start hitting on jerk baits and trolled crankbaits worked near rock piles. Walleye anglers are likely to come across a few of these hard fighters. Crappie – Fair: Anglers fishing from piers and docks as well as by boat near bull rush beds have been picking up a few small crappies using small jigs with plastic twister tails. Slip bobbers with a hook tipped with a small shiner should also work for folks. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are starting to get into a bunch of six-inch perch in the past week or so. Very few are angler acceptable size yet, but folks are having fun with them until they grow up a bit more. Walleye – Fair: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have started to drop the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active. Recent anglers pulling crank baits near weed lines and across rocky points have been pulling a number of nice walleyes. The catch is still dominated by slot fish but a few keepers and lots of fun fishing is in store for folks hitting the water.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers, and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish for anglers. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots. Yellow Perch – Good: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer. Walleye – Fair: Action has started to pick up in the last week or so with the cooler temperatures in the area. Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: The cooler temperatures should have smallmouth moving around rocky points. Troll crank baits or cast jerk baits to target these fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fishing has slowed a bit but a few perch are still being harvested. Smaller fish need to be sorted out, but red worms tipping a pilkie have been producing some nice action for anglers. Walleye – Fair: Cooler temperatures have fish a bit more active. Live bait and crankbaits are producing a few keepers around the rocky points. First/last light seem to be doing the best for anglers. Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

Ingham Lake

Bullhead – No Report: Ingham supports a healthy bullhead population of angler acceptable sized fish. Soaking a night crawler should keep anglers entertained for quite a while. When action is hot, this would be a great time to get kids outside fishing with you.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Five Island has a strong population of angler acceptable catfish. Folks looking to target these fish should use cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers in the evening and overnight hours.

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Using cut or stink bait after dark is producing some nice size cats right now. Walleye – Fair: As water temperatures drop with the fall weather, look for fish to become more active. Anglers should start having success trolling crankbaits near rocky structures and outside weed lines. When using live bait, make sure not to present to fast as less aggressive fish often won’t respond. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Sandy Hollow Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Recent netting data shows plenty of 19-24-inch catfish in this county park pond. Anglers should try using cut bait about 6-7 feet under a bobber or stink bait and chicken livers near the bottom.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now. Also watch for nice deep cut banks on outside bends that will hold 17-20-inch cats. Walleye – Fair: Start looking for a few walleyes downstream of rock/sand bars. A shiner worked on a jig head should get them interested.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now. Walleye – Fair: Keep an eye out downstream from rock/sand bars right now. Jig heads tipped with shiners worked slowly around these areas should start to produce a few fish.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The boat ramp parking lot resurfacing project will begin sometime late September/early October. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be found around submersed logs and along the rocky shore. Try using cutbait or dead minnows. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are finding fish along rocky shorelines and are using a hooked tipped with a small piece of worm. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are hitting a hook tipped with a minnow and can be found near submersed trees.

Lake Hendricks

Lake Hendricks is still experiencing a green algae bloom. Cooler temperatures should clear up the bloom soon. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch a few gills along the shoreline. Try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Slowed some but still biting. Spinners and plastic tube jigs are working well for bass. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are catching crappies while fishing for bluegills.

Lake Meyer

The algae bloom is beginning to clear and fish activity has improved some. Few anglers have been out but fish are being caught. Channel Catfish – Slow: Cutbait seems to be the bait of choice. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are hitting worms while fishing the shoreline. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are finding a few crappies while fishing for bluegills. Crappies can also be found suspended around brush piles. Minnows are working.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The CR-V36 bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be closed for most of the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. The Upper Iowa is in excellent condition and great for paddling. Fish activity has slowed but fish can be caught. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Fish activity was slow but fish were taking crankbaits. Walleye – Slow: Walleye can be found in the deeper pools and near woody structure. Anglers were using spoons and jigs tipped with worm to entice the finicky fish.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

The Upper Iowa below Decorah is in excellent condition even after recent rains. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are drifting a jig head tipped with a nightcrawler with success.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

The Turkey River is excellent for paddling and a nice variety of fish are being caught. Water temperatures are running in the mid 60s. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and spinners. Try fishing for bass off the current breaks and eddies. Walleye – Good: Walleye are hitting crankbaits fished near woody debris and submersed logs.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water levels remain relatively steady with recent rain events. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish activity has slowed but chicken liver and dead chubs continue to be the bait of choice. Walleye – Fair: Walleye action has slowed some but anglers are catching fish using a jig head tipped with a minnow.

Showers are predicted for Friday but Saturday and Sunday look like fabulous fishing weather with temperatures in the low to mid 60s and sunny. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the deeper holes as fish seek cooler water temperatures this time of year. Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch pike on Mepps spinner baits. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits, crankbaits or even top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been reports of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye being caught. Northern Pike – Fair: Try casting spinner or crankbaits near woody structure or rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish – Fair: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is catching walleye.

The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition also. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Water level at Lansing is 10.9 feet and on a slight rise over the next week. Fish are moving from main channel borders to structure in side channels. Army road at New Albin is closed due to water over the road. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Water level at Lynxville is 19.4 feet and expected to bump up a little bit and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 11

Water level at Guttenberg is 10.9 and expected to rise slightly and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Water temps are beginning to cool a bit and the fall fishing season is getting under way. Water temperature has fallen into the 60s. Recent heavy rains have impacted water clarity and river levels are expected to rise slightly over the next week. Boaters should call ahead as some ramps will be inaccessible due to high water.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 9.2 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 11.6 feet, up two feet from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is up to 76 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also try stink bait above the rock wing dams to draw in large channel catfish. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits or by walleye anglers fishing off of wing dams. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found mostly along rocky areas or brush piles near flowing water. Float bobber along the rock or wood structure for best results. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Good numbers of 12-inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. You need to fish very close to rock for the best success. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wing dams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year! Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 10.0 feet; up more than a foot from last week. The river is expected is raise nearly a foot during the next seven days. The water is murky below the mouth of the Maquoketa River which is running very turbid. Water temperature is 76 degrees. Fishing has slowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to attract large channel catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crank baits. Most are running about 12 inches in size. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 8.8 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 11.8 feet; up a foot from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise. Water clarity is poor and fishing has been tough. Water temperature is near 76 degrees. Northern Pike – Fair: Some northern pike are being reported by anglers throwing spinners along the shoreline. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass have been hitting along rock piles or the inside portions of wing dams by anglers using crankbaits or spinners for lures. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish.

The river is raising in many places this week. Water clarity is generally poor and fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Belva Deer

The lake is up a few inches from Tuesday’s rain. Water is a little turbid also. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been picking up lately. I would start with chicken liver and go from there. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing has been picking up but they are still out in about six feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics

Lake of the Hills

The fall trout release will be October 11. Tagged fish may again be turned in for prizes. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Add night crawlers to the list. The Gate 6 Area is a very good place to start. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. The deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing has really picked up lately. Fish for them using worms along the dams and other rocky areas of the lake.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Lambach. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

Remember the use of live minnows as bait in Railroad Lake is not allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits, and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish. Crappie – Good: The crappies have seemed to have taken over the bluegills’ spot. Anglers are picking them up on small jigs and worm and bobber.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Good: The anglers that were out were picking up a few bluegills down about 6 feet. The go to bait seems to be wax worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up a fair number of bass on crankbaits worked about six feet down. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are starting to catch some nice crappies on tube jigs tipped with wax worms.

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should concentrate on areas around the cedar trees with spinnerbaits or top water lures. Try rubber worms or crawdad imitations along the rocky shorelines and fishing jetties. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers should try using nightcrawlers along the outer edge of the lily pads. With the recent rains try areas where water is running into the lake.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill fishing has remained good with the best bait being a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Look for areas along the shorelines with some type of underwater habitat. Recent rains have muddied the water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Concentrate on areas where water is running in from recent rains. Try nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits around the fishing jetties and the shorelines.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all bass 12-16 inches must be immediately released. Bluegill – Slow: Sorting is required for larger fish.

Lake Sugema

Crappie fishing has been slow. Anglers targeting largemouth bass should try spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines and around the fishing jetties. As the water cools down, slow down your lure presentation. Bluegill – Slow: Use a small jig and a chunk of nightcrawler among openings in the lily pads and in shallow water areas.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 913.04 feet. The water temperature is 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Slow: With the recent rains, look for areas where runoff is coming into the lake and target those areas. White Bass – Slow: Troll or cast lures that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas in the main lake where shad are breaking at the surface. Crappie – Slow: As the water cools, look for areas with tree piles or stumps. Try a minnow and jig combination or a minnow and a bobber. Walleye – Slow: Try areas with a change in depth around underwater islands and submerged points. Use baits that mimic gizzard shad and try trolling or casting in these areas. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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).

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3-5 feet deep tight to the standing trees broke off at the water’s surface mid lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie are still being caught drifting small panfish jigs or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs or slowly fishing lindy rigs with minnows or crawlers in 8-15 feet of water in the mid to upper portions of the lake near humps.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegills are 7-9 inches. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies drifting tube jigs or trolling small crankbaits out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge shoreline.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass – Slow: Heavy rains have water levels on a fast rise and turbid, slowing fishing. Anglers casting jigs and crankbaits below the spillway will have the best luck on white bass and the occasional wiper.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Good: With water levels back to normal drifting cutbait for channel catfish above the mile long bridge is producing good catches of 2-6 pound fish. White Bass – Good: The white bass bite is good trolling lip-less, rattling crankbaits. Mornings have been the better bite. Points along the west shoreline mid-lake are producing the best numbers. Anglers are also finding a good white bass bite below the spillway.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: Anglers fishing below the spillway are catching a mix of white bass and crappie.

Fall fishing is starting with central Iowa water temperatures falling into the upper 60s. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Drift small jigs to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5-inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Greenfield has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish cut bait in 5 feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2-6 pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish at Anita. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine plus inch fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass. Black Crappie – Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Slow: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using blood bait and drifting cutbait. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: A few wipers are being picked up when catfishing using cutbait.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are in deeper water and around structure during the summer months. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Good: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore with cut bait or a commercial stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Water temperatures have dropped into the low 70s with cool temperatures and above normal rainfall. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with cut bait fished along shallow flooded vegetation.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to five pounds have been caught using finesse plastics fished near points. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs or minnows fished near the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Walleye – Fair: Walleye up to 15 inches have been caught using bottom bouncers or trolling crankbaits along points.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using finesse plastics fished near points.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches have been caught with small jigs fished near the jetties.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with small jigs or minnows fished near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish up to 10 pounds have been caught using cutbait fished near points.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish up to eight pounds have been caught using cutbait fished along shallow flats.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught using minnows fished near rock piles.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are approximately 75 degrees. River flows have increased and are variable with recent rains. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Iowa Fishing Report September 4 2014

Iowa Fishing Report September 4, 2013

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills being caught are 8-9.5 inches. Try a small hair jig tipped with a wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers of bass are being caught but most are sublegal size.

Moorhead Park Pond

Channel Catfish – Slow: Some decent sized catfish have been picked up. Bluegill – Fair: Good numbers of bluegill can be caught, but they’re smaller fish. Good opportunity to get kids on some fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers are being caught, but most are sublegal fish.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfishing has been hit or miss. Use Sonny’s dip bait and fish overcast days to increase chances of success. White Bass – Fair: Shore anglers have been picking up white bass with blue and silver 1/4 ounce Kastmasters and Mepps spinners. Some walleye are picked up while fishing for the white bass too. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have been catching decent numbers of slot fish and even some over the slot. Try trolling salmo hornet crankbaits or #6 shad raps around the dredge cuts. The dredge cut between Stoney Point and the big island has been the best. Early morning is the best time to go with the bite dropping off around mid morning.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are about seven inches above crest. The thick blue-green algae blooms have mostly subsided, but it is still present. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been catching 7.5-8-inch bluegill off the deeper rock piles. Use a 1/16 ounce chartreuse marabou hair jig tipped with a piece of bait. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action, however most are sub legal.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

As of Sept. 4, river levels were well below flood stage near Correctionville. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers reporting catches of 4-6 pound fish.

North Raccoon River (Auburn to Perry)

Flows have significantly increased since the rains last weekend in the North Raccoon River. Discharge (CFS) near Sac City is above the 90th percentile. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth bass have been picked up casting twisters and hair jigs. Walleye – Slow: A few walleye have been caught casting crankbaits.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)

Although the river is below flood stage near Fort Dodge, discharge is still above the 90th percentile. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of channel catfish below the dams in Fort Dodge. Try using night crawlers.

Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try after dark near the rocks or steeper shorelines. Bluegill – Slow: Try in near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.

Lake Catherine

Catfish are biting on stink bait. Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stink bait. Largemouth Bass – No Report:

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: The best bite is after dark but some will bite throughout the day. Target the edge of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar stink bait. Other spots to try are the Ventura jetties, state dock area on north shore, the outlet, the city seawall or Farmers Beach. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers fishing the canals have been having some luck. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edge of the reeds, rocks or lily pads on the little lake. Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are picking up some walleyes trolling crankbaits. Shore fishing is slow but wader fisherman may pull some in along the edges of reeds either off Farmers Beach or McIntosh Point. Try fishing after dark. Muskellunge – Good: Fishing has been fairly consistent. Get out on some of those stable weather or humid days and you have a good chance of catching one. Yellow Bass – Good: Some anglers catching yellows in about 6.5-10 feet off the north shore between the island and fisherman’s reef or state reef. Some anglers are also doing ok near the edges of the reeds in the little lake.

Lake Cornelia

Channel Catfish – Good: Reports of channel cats 1.5-2 pounds being caught during the early mornings and late evenings.

Crystal Lake

No reports this week. Bluegill – Fair: Try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper dredged water (11-13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the Dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines. Walleye – No Report: An occasional walleye may be caught near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)

No reports this week but smallmouth bass should be biting on jigs. Smallmouth Bass – No Report:

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

Channel catfish or walleye are worth a try. Look for rock riprap or snags or deeper outside bends for the late summer period. Minnows, worms, or small pieces of cut baitfish are good options for both. Channel Catfish – Good: A few reports of catfish biting on the East Fork.

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

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish. Crappie – Fair: Anglers fishing from piers and docks as well as by boat near bull rush beds have been picking up a few small crappies using small jigs with plastic twister tails. Walleye – Slow: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have started to drop the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift should start to get fish more active. Anglers hoping to target fall mode walleyes should use live bait jigged or drifted near rocky points in the early morning and evening hours.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers, and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish for anglers. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots. Yellow Perch – Good: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer. Walleye – Fair: Action has started to pick up in the last week or so with the cooler temperatures in the area. Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Make sure to slow your presentation way down when using live bait, fish have been hitting very softly. Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light. Yellow Perch – Good: Smaller fish need to be sorted out, but red worms tipping a pilkie have been producing some nice action for anglers. Walleye – Fair: Cooler temperatures have fish a bit more active. Live bait and crankbaits are producing a few keepers around the rocky points. First/last light seem to be doing the best for anglers. Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

Ingham Lake

Bullhead – No Report: Ingham supports a healthy bullhead population of angler acceptable sized fish. Soaking a night crawler should keep anglers entertained for quite a while. When action is hot, this would be a great time to get kids outside fishing with you.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Five Island has a strong population of angler acceptable catfish. Folks looking to target these fish should use cut bait, stink bait or chicken livers in the evening and overnight hours.

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Using cut or stink bait after dark is producing some nice size cats right now. White Bass – Fair: A small hair jig tipped with a white or chartreuse twister should get white bass interested. Yellow Perch – Fair: Nice sized perch continue to keep anglers entertained when they work small jigs or pilikis tipped with wigglers near rocky shorelines and weed edges. Walleye – Fair: Cooler temperatures are getting walleyes moving again. Keep hitting the rocky points at first light and last light to target a few nice keepers. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags. Watch for nice deep cut banks on outside bends that will hold 17-20-inch cats.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are working areas below rock and sand bars with shiners and leeches for a few fish right now.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Lake Hendricks

A green algae bloom is limiting clarity. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are actively hitting top water lures.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Few folks have been out fishing. Algae blooms have slowed the bite but fresh water inputs from recent rains will increase the food diversity and availability in the river. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using natural looking crankbaits with success. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching a lot of small walleye but the big ones remain elusive.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Angling on the Cedar River remains good. Anglers are finding fish below dams in slack water areas or around current breaks. Fish can also be found around log jams. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching all sizes of catfish using a hook tipped with a long worm fished off the bottom. Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching nice walleyes using a hook tipped with a night crawler.

After today, it looks like the temperatures will be dropping into the low 70s for highs and low 50s for lows for the weekend. Fall is just around the corner. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Catchable trout are once again being stocked into all streams. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Fishing has been good for channel catfish and largemouth bass on Casey Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers are catching many 12-16-inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crank baits.

South Prairie Lake

Largemouth bass fishing on South Prairie Lake has been productive. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are catching many 12-16 inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crank baits.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the deeper holes as fish seek cooler water temperatures this time of year. Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch pike on Mepps spinner baits. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits, crank baits or even top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Cedar.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Shell Rock River also.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been reports of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye being caught. Northern Pike – Fair: Try casting spinner or crank baits near woody structure or rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish – Fair: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape. Angler reports have been fair to good for channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

The forecast calls for beautiful weekend ahead with temperatures in the low to mid 70s. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been most productive on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Water level at Lansing is nine feet and expected to remain stable at that level over the next week. A lot of fish still main channel borders and structure in side channel. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink bait still a good bet for catfish. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills hitting well in structure in side channels. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Walleye – Fair: Water is still fairly stable making it easier to catch walleye off wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Water level at Lynxville is 15.8 feet and expected to bump up a little bit and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink bait still a good bet for catfish. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills hitting well in structure in side channels. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Walleye – Fair: Water is still fairly stable making it easier to catch walleye off wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 11

Water level at Guttenberg is 7.5 feet and expected to rise to 8.4 feet and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink bait still a good bet for catfish. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills hitting well in structure in side channels. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Walleye – Fair: Water is still fairly stable making it easier to catch walleye off wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Water levels continue to rise slowly, but should remain fairly stable. Water temps are beginning to cool a bit and the fall fishing season is getting under way. Water temps are in the mid to lower 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 7.0 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 9.4 feet, up a half a foot from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is up to 77 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to drawl in large channel catfish. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits or by walleye anglers fishing off of wing dams. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills can be found mostly along rocky areas or brush piles near flowing water. Float bobber along the rock or wood structure for best results. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good numbers of 12-inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. You need to fish very close to rock for the best success. Largemouth Bass – Good: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wing dams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year. Crappie – Fair: Crappie are being caught in good numbers around brush piles in slightly flowing slough areas. Most have moved out of the stagnant backwaters. Try a small minnow for bait. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wing dams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. Fishing has been hit or miss lately for walleyes. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 7.7 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. The river is expected is raise a foot during the next seven days. The water is murky below the mouth of the Maquoketa River which is running very turbid. Water temperature is 77 degrees. Northern Pike – Fair: Pike were being caught in tributary mouths like at Mill Creek and Duck Creek but several fish are being reported throughout the pool. Try flashy white spinners. Murky water conditions have hampered the catch of northern pike. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to attract large channel catfish. Bluegill – Good: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crank baits. Most are running about 12 inches in size. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with jigs and small minnows for bait. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are being caught off wing dams by anglers using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. The walleye bite has tailed off some and it very hit or miss. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 7.2 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 10.6 feet. This is up over a half foot from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise. Water clarity is fair and fishing has become hit or miss. Water temperature is near 77 degrees. Northern Pike – Fair: Some northern pike are being reported by anglers throwing spinners along the shoreline. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallies are being taken off rock piles and in the tail water areas on crankbaits and small spinners. Cast right next to rocky areas for best results. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass have been hitting along rock piles or the inside portions of wing dams by anglers using crankbaits or spinners for lures. Crappie – Fair: Some crappie are being reported out of Cattail Slough and by Rock Creek by anglers using small minnows for bait. Walleye – Fair: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try using a worm rig on wing dams or crankbaits along rock piles or wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 7.3 feet. This is nearly a foot higher than last week and it is expected to rise slightly. Water temperature is 77 degrees and water is clear. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Do not stay long, if you do not catch catfish in 10 or 15 minutes move to a new spot. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are being taken out of the harbor areas and around brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. Walleye – Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported off the wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. Use a large crayfish to catch bigger drum.

The river is holding steady but may slightly rise in many places this week. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been good for many species. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 7.29 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and fishing with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles as well. Riprap shorelines with flow can hold some channel catfish too. White Bass – Good: Some white bass are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. Some white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough up by the dams. Try casting crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or inline spinners. The bite has been best right before dark. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallmouth bass are being caught in areas with rock and current on crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work too. Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits out from the mouth of sunset marina and out from the mouth of the rock river.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 above Muscatine is 5.99 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams. Anchor above the wing dam and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish will also be in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Riprap shoreline with some flow can hold channel catfish as well. White Bass – Fair: Look for white bass on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. White bass can also be found around GPC around the water outfalls. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging with minnows or floating minnows under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – No Report: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling with three-way rigs and half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of wing dams works as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 6.99 feet. Channel Catfish – Good: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams and anchor above them using stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish can also be found in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish on the bottom with nightcrawlers, stink bait, or cutbait. Riprap shorelines with flow can hold channel catfish as well. White Bass – Good: Some white bass are being caught up by the dam around the rocks. Some white bass are also being caught at the outlet of Odessa. Try fishing with crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or top water lures. Fishing for white bass is typically best early in the mornings or right before dark. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertical jig minnows, or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some of the backwaters are getting hard to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work as well. Anchoring above the wing dam and casting jigs with half a nightcrawler and working them down the face of the wing dam can also work.

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 3.95 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and use stink bait, nightcrawlers, or cutbait. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Riprap shorelines with flow can hold some channel catfish as well. Crappie – Slow: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertically jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some backwater areas are difficult to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – Fair: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling or casting crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dam. Trolling with three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler can work too.

Water temperature in the main channel has been around 79-80 degrees and water clarity has been fair. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

The water level is low to let the trees and button bush that had been submersed most of the year recover. The inlet and outlet are both open to allow flow through. Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of nice bluegills up in the channel below the inlet gates.

Lake Geode

Water temperature is 80 degrees and green from the algae bloom. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the rocky areas of shoreline with stink bait or chicken liver. Bluegill – Fair: Work the edges of the drop offs and you should be able to pick up a few nice bluegills in 10-12-feet of water.

Lake Belva Deer

Water temperature remains 79-80 degrees. With the recent heavy rains the lake is a little turbid. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers continue to pick up a catfish here and there. Bluegill – Fair: Most are catching them out around the trees down about six feet deep. Look for them to start moving in a little shallower if we cool off next week. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics.

Lake of the Hills

Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Add night crawlers to the list. The Gate 6 Area is a very good place to start. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. The area around the boat ramp is good, especially the brush piles out from the fishing pier. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. Fish deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. The use of live minnows is not allowed in Lambach. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

Remember, the use of live minnows as bait in Railroad Lake is not allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits, and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills in Railroad Lake are easy; worm and bobber fish along the shore by 110th.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

The Iowa River Basin just seems to keep missing these big rains. Water levels have remained fairly steady with no big rises in the forecast. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has remained fairly steady. Cut baits and stink baits have come into their time of year.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Fair: The anglers that were out were picking up a few bluegills down about 6 foot.

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

Lake Macbride

The lake is now back to any size motor at no wake speed (5 mph). Channel Catfish – Fair: Try stink bait towards evening.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, muskellunge must be 40 inches to keep and largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep here. Walleye – Fair: Some small walleye are being reported.

Diamond Lake

Hwy. 63 between I-80 and the park is closed. Please use alternate routes to get to the south entrance of the park. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken livers or stink bait for best results. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small jig or worm. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small jig or worm.

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish towards evening with stink bait or chicken livers. Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs or worms around brush. Yellow Bass – Good: Spinners, tube jigs, or live bait have been working best.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the Coralville Dam on Sept. 3 is 2,700 CFS and will slowly be decreasing barring a rain event. Channel Catfish – Fair:

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Channel Catfish – Fair:

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should concentrate on areas around the cedar trees with spinnerbaits or top water lures. Try rubber worms or crawdad imitations along the rocky shorelines and fishing jetties. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers should try using nightcrawlers along the outer edge of the lily pads.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill fishing has remained good with the best bait being a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Look for areas along the shorelines with some type of underwater habitat. Channel Catfish – Slow: Concentrate on areas where water is running in from recent rains. Try nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits around the fishing jetties and the shorelines.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all bass 12-16 inches must be immediately released. Bluegill – Slow: Sorting is required for larger fish.

Lake Sugema

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should try using spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines. Crappie fishing has been slow. Try a jig and a minnow fished in shallow areas. Bluegill – Slow: Try using a small jig and a chunk of nightcrawler among openings in the lily pads and in shallow water areas.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 911.14 feet. The water temperature is 80 degrees. White Bass – Slow: Troll or cast lures that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas in the main lake where shad are breaking at the surface. Crappie – Slow: Some walleye anglers have been catching crappie on crankbaits suspended over rock piles and submerged points. Walleye – Slow: The gizzard shad hatch has occurred so use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas with a change in depth around underwater islands and submerged points and try trolling or casting in these areas. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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).

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3-5 feet deep tight to the standing trees broke off at the water’s surface mid lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 8-12 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegill are good size running from 7-9 inches. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies drifting tube jigs or trolling small crankbaits out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge shoreline.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass – Good: White bass are hitting trolling shad imitating lip-less crankbaits near points or anywhere large schools of young shad are congregated. Anglers casting jigs and crankbaits below the spillway are also doing well on white bass and the occasional wiper.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Good: With water levels back to normal drifting cutbait for channel catfish above the mile long bridge is producing good catches of 2-6 pound fish. White Bass – Good: The white bass bite is good trolling lip-less, rattling crank baits. Mornings have been the better bite. Points along the west shoreline mid-lake are producing the best numbers. Anglers are also finding a good white bass bite below the spillway.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: Anglers fishing below the spillway are catching a mix of white bass and crappie.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. The Des Moines River Reservoirs are producing some good white bass fishing. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Drift small jigs to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5-inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Greenfield has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish cut bait in five feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2-6 pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish at Anita. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine plus inch fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass. Black Crappie – Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Slow: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using blood bait and drifting cutbait. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: A few wipers are being picked up when catfishing using cutbait.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are in deeper water and around structure during the summer months. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Good: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore with cut bait or commercial stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Orient Lake

Channel catfishing has been good at Orient Lake. The best bite occurs after a rain. Fish the upper ends of the lake where water is flowing through culverts with either nightcrawlers of dip bait. Channel Catfish – Good: The best bite occurs after a rain. Fish the upper ends of the lake where water is flowing through culverts with either nightcrawlers of dip bait.

Water temperatures have not cooled significantly in area lakes yet. Interior rivers have come up again after recent rains. Anglers are still drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with cut bait fished along shallow flats. Crappie – Fair: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows fished near the fish mounds.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs and minnows fished near the flooded timber.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish up to five pounds. have been caught using liver fished in the flooded timber.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught drift fishing with minnows.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches have been caught with worms or small jigs fished near the jetties.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using plastics fished along cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish up to eight pounds. have been caught using liver or cutbait fished along shallow flats. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs fished near brush piles.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught trolling small crankbaits.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are near 80 degrees. River flows have increased and are variable with recent rains. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Good: catfish continue to be caught with rod and reel and trotlines using dip baits, worms, chubs and cutbait. Anglers report that they are starting to catching larger catfish. are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best for flatheads.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for channel catfish continues to be good on dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 23.33 feet, flowing at 38,600 CFS with a temperature of 74 degrees. The Missouri River is up 1.54 feet from last week from the recent rains and storms. Watch out for floating logs, debris that are potential hazards. Fishing continues to be fair to good overall on the Missouri River.

Iowa Fishing Report August 28 2014

Iowa Fishing Report August 28 2014

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegills being caught are 8-9.5 inches. Try a small hair jig tipped with a wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers of bass are being caught but most are sublegal size.

Moorhead Park Pond

Channel Catfish – Slow: Some decent sized catfish have been picked up. Bluegill – Fair: Good numbers of bluegill can be caught, but they’re smaller fish. Good opportunity to get kids on some fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers are being caught, but most are sublegal fish.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try shrimp, dip bait or cut bait. Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are slightly over crest. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish are in the sub legal size range.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

As of Thursday morning river levels were well below flood stage near Correctionville. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfishing continues to be good with anglers reporting catches of 4-6 pound fish.

North Raccoon River (Auburn to Perry)

As of Thursday morning, water levels in the river are good for fishing around the Auburn area. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth bass have been picked up casting twisters and hair jigs. Walleye – Slow: A few walleye have been caught casting crankbaits.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)

As of Thursday morning the Des Moines River was below flood stage in the Fort Dodge area. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of channel catfish below the dams in Fort Dodge. Try using night crawlers. Black Crappie – Fair:

Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try after dark near the rocks or steeper shorelines. Bluegill – Slow: Try in near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.

Lake Catherine

Catfish are biting on stink bait. Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stink bait. Largemouth Bass – No Report:

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target the edge of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar stink bait. Other spots include the Ventura jetties, state dock area on north shore, the outlet, the city seawall, or Farmers Beach. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers fishing the canals have been having some luck. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edge of reeds, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake. Crappie – Slow: Some crappies have been taken off of the rock reefs (state reef). Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are trolling with crankbaits and picking up some walleyes. Shore fishing is slow but wader fisherman may pull some in along the edges of reeds either off Farmers Beach or McIntosh Point. Try fishing after dark. Muskellunge – Fair: Yellow Bass – Good: Some anglers catching yellows in about 6.5-10 feet off the north shore between the island and fisherman’s reef or state reef. Some anglers are also doing ok near the edges of the reeds in the little lake.

Lake Cornelia

Channel Catfish – Good: Reports of channel cats 1.5-2 pounds being caught during the early mornings and late evenings.

Crystal Lake

No reports this week. Bluegill – Fair: Try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper dredged water (11-13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines. Walleye – No Report: An occasional walleye may be caught near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)

Smallmouth bass are biting on jigs. Smallmouth Bass – No Report:

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

Channel catfish or walleye are worth a try. Look for rock riprap or snags or deeper outside bends for the late summer period. Minnows, worms, or small pieces of cut baitfish are good options for both. Channel Catfish – Good: A few reports of catfish biting on the East Fork.

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

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now. Walleye – Slow: Harvest has been slow but a few anglers are having good success with live bait presented VERY slowly. Let the action of your leech or shiner bring in the fish, don’t be drag racing them around the lake.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers, and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish for anglers. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer. Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Make sure to slow your presentation way down when using live bait, fish have been hitting very softly. Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light. Yellow Perch – Good: Smaller fish need to be sorted out, but red worms tipping a pilkie have been producing some nice action for anglers. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so. Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Five Island has a strong population of angler acceptable catfish. Folks looking to target these fish should use cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers in the evening and overnight hours.

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Using cut or stink bait after dark is producing some nice size cats. White Bass – Fair: A small hair jig tipped with a white or chartreuse twister should get white bass interested. Bluegill – Fair: Using a small jig tipped with live bait near weed edges is producing small size class fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Small jigs under a slip bobber tipped with live bait near weed lines and rocky structures should attract a few perch for anglers. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleyes at first light and in the evenings working leeches at near standstill speeds near rocky structure. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now. Also watch for nice deep cut banks on outside bends that will hold 17-20-inch cats.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are working areas below rock and sand bars with shiners and leeches for a few fish right now.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Lake Hendricks

A green algae bloom is limiting clarity on the lake. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are actively hitting top water lures.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Few folks have been out. Algae blooms have slowed the bite but fresh water inputs from recent rains will increase the food diversity and availability in the river. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using natural looking crankbaits with success. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching a lot of small walleye but the big ones remain elusive.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Angling on the Cedar River remains good. Anglers are finding fish below dams in slack water areas or around current breaks. Fish can also be found around log jams. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching all sizes of catfish using a hook tipped with a long worm fished off the bottom. Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching nice walleyes using a hook tipped with a night crawler.

Showers with potentially heavy rainfall and fluctuating temperatures are predicted through Saturday. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule remains in effect through August 31. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Fishing has been good for channel catfish and largemouth bass. Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers are catching many 12-16-inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crankbaits.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the more shallow water areas for all three species during this period of summer. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink baits, cut baits and crawlers have been real effective. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast jig and crawler, spinner baits, crank baits or even top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas for good smallie action. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. Channel Catfish – Fair: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been good reports of channel catfish and walleye being caught on the Wapsi. Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig.

The weekend forecast calls for occasional showers throughout. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been most productive on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.4 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is at 8.9 feet, up over a foot from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is 79 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to drawl in large channel catfish. Flathead Catfish – Good: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits or by walleye anglers fishing off of wing dams. Bluegill – Good: Lot of bluegills coming off rock lines and brush piles. Look for areas near big backwater complexes. As water becomes shallow in these lakes the bluegill will pull out to snags near the openings. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good numbers of 12-inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. You need to fish very close to rock for the best success. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wing dams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year. Crappie – Good: Crappie are being caught in good numbers around brush piles in slightly flowing slough areas. Most have moved out of the stagnant backwaters. Try using a small minnow for bait. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wing dams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. Fishing has been hit or miss lately for walleyes. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 6.4 feet, up over a foot from last week. The river is expected is to be stable to slightly raise this week. The water is murky to clear and water temperature is 79 degrees. Northern Pike – Good: Pike were being caught in tributary mouths like at Mill Creek and Duck Creek but several fish are being reported throughout the pool. Try flashy white spinners for the best results. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to attract large channel catfish. Bluegill – Good: Try fishing brush piles in sloughs adjacent to large backwater complexes. Gills have moved out of the backwaters and into these locations as water receded. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crankbaits. Most are running about 12 inches in size. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with jigs and small minnows for bait. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are being caught off wing dams by anglers using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. The walleye bite has tailed off a little from last week. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 6.5 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 10.1 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. Water levels are expected to stabilize. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 79 degrees. Northern Pike – Fair: Some northern pike are being reported by anglers throwing spinners along the shoreline. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallies are being taken off rock piles and in the tail water areas on crankbaits and small spinners. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass have been hitting crankbaits or spinners along rock piles or the inside portions of wing dams. Crappie – Good: Some crappie are being reported out of Cattail Slough and by Rock Creek by anglers using small minnows for bait. Walleye – Good: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try a worm rig on wing dams or crankbaits along rock piles or wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 6.0 feet. It is expected to rise slightly. Water temperature is 79 degrees and water is clear. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Do not stay long, if you do not catch catfish in 10-15 minutes move to a new spot. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are being taken out of the harbor areas and around brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. Walleye – Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported off the wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. Use a large crayfish to catch bigger drum.

The river is holding steady but may slightly rise in many places this week. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been good for many species. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 6.99 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and fishing with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles as well. White Bass – Good: Some white bass are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. Some white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough up by the dams. Try casting crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or inline spinners. The bite has been best right before dark. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallmouth bass are being caught in areas with rock and current on crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work too. Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits out from the mouth of sunset marina and out from the mouth of the rock river.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 above Muscatine is 5.66 feet. The gate at Big Timber is open. Channel Catfish – Fair: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams. Anchor above the wing dam and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish will also be in the side channels around brush piles and snags. White Bass – Fair: Look for white bass on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. White bass can also be found around GPC around the water outfalls. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging with minnows or floating minnows under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – No Report: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling with three-way rigs and half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of wing dams works as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 6.53 feet. Toolesboro is open. Channel Catfish – Good: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams and anchor above them using stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish can also be found in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish on the bottom with nightcrawlers, stink bait, or cutbait. White Bass – Good: Some white bass are being caught up by the dam around the rocks. Some white bass are also being caught at the outlet of Odessa. Try fishing with crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or top water lures. Fishing for white bass is typically best early in the mornings or right before dark. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Try vertically jigging with minnows or floating a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some of the backwaters are getting hard to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work as well. Anchoring above the wing dam and casting jigs with half a nightcrawler and working them down the face of the wing dam can work also.

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 3.42 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and use stink bait, nightcrawlers, or cutbait. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Crappie – Slow: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertically jig a minnow or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some backwater areas are difficult to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – Fair: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling or casting crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dam. Trolling with three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler can work too.

Tail water stages have risen some over the past week. Water temperature in the main channel has been around 79-80 degrees and water clarity has been fair. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

Water temperature is holding around 80 degrees. Catfish seem to be still the fish that is biting. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the rocky areas of shoreline with stink bait or chicken liver.

Lake Belva Deer

Water temperature is around 80 degrees. Fishing is starting to pick up this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers continue to pick up a catfish here and there. Bluegill – Good: The bluegill fishing continues to pick up. Most are catching them out around the trees down about 6 foot deep. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics

Lake of the Hills

With the heat and humidity not many anglers have been out. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Add night crawlers to the list. The Gate 6 Area is a very good place to start. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. The area around the boat ramp is good, especially the brush piles out from the fishing pier. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. and the deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Lambach Lake. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

Remember the use of live minnows as bait in Railroad Lake is not allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits, and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills in Railroad Lake are easy; worm and bobber fish along the shore by 110th.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

Last weekend’s rains brought the river back up a few inches and it really hasn’t dropped since then. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfishing has slowed down a little but they are still catching them on cut bait and shad.

Big Hollow Lake

The lake was pretty quiet this week. Bluegill – Fair: The anglers that were out were picking up a few bluegills down about six feet.

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

Lake Macbride

The 10 hp motor restriction is still in effect through the holiday weekend. It will switch back to any size motor at no wake speed on Tuesday, September 2. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try stink bait towards evening.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, muskellunge must be 40 inches to keep and largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep here. Walleye – Fair: Some small walleye are being reported.

Diamond Lake

Highway 63 between I-80 and the park is closed. Use alternate routes to get to the south entrance of the park. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken livers or stink bait for best results. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small jig or worm. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small jig or worm.

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish towards evening with stink bait or chicken livers. Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs or worms around brush. Yellow Bass – Good: Spinners, tube jigs, or live bait have been working best.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the Coralville Dam on August 28 is 1,100 CFS. Channel Catfish – Fair:

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Channel Catfish – Fair:

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should concentrate on areas around the cedar trees with spinnerbaits or top water lures. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers should try using chicken liver or nightcrawlers along the outer edge of the lily pads.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill fishing has remained good with the best bait being a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Look for areas along the shorelines with some type of underwater habitat. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try using rubber worms around the fishing jetties and on the face of the dam. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits should also be used in these same areas.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. Largemouth bass can be caught using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all bass 12-16 inches must be immediately released. Bluegill – Slow: Sorting is required for larger fish.

Lake Sugema

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should try using spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines. Try rubber worms among the lily pads or top waters along the edges of these areas. Crappie fishing has been slow. Bluegill – Slow: Try using a small jig and a chunk of nightcrawler among openings in the lily pads.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 909.21 feet. The water temperature is 80 degrees. White Bass – Slow: Troll or cast lures that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas in the main lake where shad are breaking at the surface. Crappie – Slow: Some walleye anglers have been catching crappie on crankbaits suspended over rock piles and submerged points. Walleye – Slow: Crankbaits have been the best baits. The gizzard shad hatch has occurred so use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas with a change in depth around underwater islands and submerged points and try trolling or casting in these areas. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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 (five days in the sun).

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is litter free. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3-5 feet deep tight to the standing trees broke off at the water’s surface mid lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 8-12 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegill are good size running from 7-9 inches. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies drifting tube jigs or trolling small crankbaits out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge shoreline.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass – Good: White bass are hitting trolling shad imitating lip-less crankbaits near points or anywhere large schools of young shad are congregated. Anglers casting jigs and crankbaits below the spillway are also doing well on white bass and the occasional wiper.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Good: With water levels back to normal drifting cutbait for channel catfish above the mile long bridge is producing good catches of 2-6 pound fish. White Bass – Good: The white bass bite is good trolling lip-less, rattling crankbaits. Mornings have been the better bite. Points along the west shoreline mid-lake are producing the best numbers. Anglers are also finding a good white bass bite below the spillway.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: The Des Moines River above Saylorville is still navigable with small boats. Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: Flows are slowly coming down below Saylorville making for better fishing conditions. Anglers fishing below the spillway are catching a mix of white bass and crappie.

South Skunk River (Story City to Cambridge)

Smallmouth Bass – Good: The South Skunk River from Story City to Ames is in good condition for wade fishing for smallmouth bass. Cast in-line spinners or crayfish imitating shallow diving crank baits.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. The Des Moines River Reservoirs are producing some good white bass fishing. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Drift small jigs to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5 inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Greenfield has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish cut bait in five feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2-6 pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine inch plus fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass. Black Crappie – Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Slow: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using blood bait. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: A few wipers are being picked up when catfishing using cutbait.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are in deeper water and around structure during the summer months. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Good: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore with cut bait or commercial stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good. Try minnows under a bobber around structure.

Water temperatures have cooled on area lakes. Interior rivers have come up again after recent rains. Anglers are still drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with worms and cut bait near the silt dikes. Crappie – Slow: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows near the cedar tree piles.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs and minnows drift fishing the main lake and near the flooded timber.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught drift fishing with minnows.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle lake access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches have been caught with worms near the jetties.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught with worms and small jigs near cedar tree piles and fish mounds. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits and plastics along the rock structure and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 15 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near jetties and in the flooded timber. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs near timber structure and drift fishing the open water.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught trolling small crankbaits and drift fishing open water.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are below 80 degrees. River flows have increased and are variable with recent rains. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers report that they are starting to catching larger catfish. Dip baits, worms, chubs, and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best for flatheads.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for channel catfish continues to be good on dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 21.79 feet, 32,600 CFS and 74 degrees. The Missouri River is up .16 feet from last week. Watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. Fishing continues to be fair to good overall on the Missouri River.

Iowa Fishing Report August 14 2014

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegills being caught are in the 8-9.5 inches. Try a small hair jig tipped with a wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers of bass are being caught but most are sublegal size.

Moorhead Park Pond

Channel Catfish – Slow: Some decent sized catfish have been picked up. Bluegill – Fair: Good numbers of bluegill can be caught, but they’re smaller fish. Good opportunity to get kids on some fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers are being caught, but most are sublegal fish.

Brushy Creek Lake

Surface temps are in the high 70s to low 80s. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers are reporting bluegill have moved into deeper water. Look for them in 15-20 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for bass in shaded areas. Try a finesse presentation that will allow for a slow retrieve, such as a Texas rig worm. Muskellunge – Fair: Anglers are reporting increased muskie activity during small windows of time triggered by fronts, changes in wind speed/direction, etc. Anglers can expect to fish for an extended amount of time and see all the muskie action within a short window.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try shrimp, dip bait or cut bait. Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are at or near crest. Heavy algal blooms have reduced water clarity. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish are in the sub legal size range.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Water levels have come up some due to recent rains. The river should still be fishable, though. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have had good luck using chicken guts and fishing along high banks in the current and around snags. Many fish are 17-18 inches.

Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try after dark near the rocks or steeper shorelines. Bluegill – Slow: Try in near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.

Lake Catherine

Catfish are biting at Lake Catherine. Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stink bait. Largemouth Bass – No Report:

Clear Lake

Water 73-75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: The catfish bite has picked up again. The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target the edges of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar stink bait. Other spots include the Ventura jetties, state dock area on north shore, the outlet, the city seawall, or farmers beach. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass near the reeds on the little lake. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake. Crappie – Slow: Some crappies have been taken off of the rock reefs (state reef) this past week. Walleye – Slow: Wader fisherman or boats fishing near the edges of the reeds seem to be doing the best. Fish where the wind pushes into the reeds. Muskellunge – Good: Yellow Bass – Good: Some anglers catching yellows in about 6.5-10 feet of water off the north shore between the island and fisherman’s reef or state reef.

Crystal Lake

No report but the activity has been steady this past week. Bluegill – Fair: Try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper dredged water (11-13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines. Walleye – No Report: An occasional walleye may be caught near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

River levels are getting back to normal. Channel catfish or walleye are worth a try. Look for rock riprap or snags or deeper outside bends for the summer period. Minnows, worms, or small pieces of cut baitfish are good options for both. Channel Catfish – Good: A few reports of catfish biting on the East Fork.

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 – Fair: Anglers are reporting a decent bullhead bite in the evenings. A great opportunity to get some kids out fishing for these hard fighting fish. Sinking a night crawler to the bottom should do just the trick. Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested by anglers using spinner baits near weed beds. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now. Walleye – Slow: A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past few weeks for daytime anglers. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points. Overnight anglers using leeches under a lighted slip bobber have been finding a few 16 inchers up shallow as well.

Center Lake

Black Crappie – Fair:

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots. Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action using small jigs tipped with live bait.

Little Spirit Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light. Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Five Island has a strong population of angler acceptable catfish. Folks looking to target these fish should use cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers in the evening and overnight hours.

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Using cut or stink bait after dark is producing some nice size cats right now. White Bass – Fair: A small hair jig tipped with a white or chartreuse twister should get white bass interested. Bluegill – Fair: Using a small jig tipped with live bait near weed edges is producing small size class fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Small jigs under a slip bobber tipped with live bait near weed lines and rocky structures should attract a few perch for anglers. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now. Also watch for nice deep cut banks on outside bends that will hold 17-20-inch cats.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are working areas below rock and sand bars with shiners and leeches for a few fish right now.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is not usable. Repairs to the dock are scheduled to begin this week and last until Labor Day. The parking lot to the boat ramp is to be repaved. This work will begin after Labor Day and boat ramp may be inaccessible. Thanks for your patience as we work to improve this access. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are hitting crankbaits or a jig tipped with a variety of colored twistertails. Crappie – Good: Anglers are catching crappies around brush piles or by slowly trolling a jig tipped with a twistertail around the lake.

Lake Hendricks

The new rock mounds are in place in the north end of the lake. These mounds are accessible by watercraft but there are some nice stumps along the shoreline that hold fish also. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are hitting a hook tipped with a worm. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along the shoreline.

Lake Meyer

Blue green algae has appeared in a few areas along the shoreline: use caution around it. It can cause skin irritation and animals may get sick if they drink or swim in the water. Fish are ok to eat. Bluegill – Slow: Gills are hit or miss. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers can find fish along weed lines. Crappie – Slow:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The CR-V36 bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be closed for most of the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers are using crawdad imitation crankbaits to catch smallies.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

A wide variety of fish are being caught in the river between lower dam and Hwy. 76. Included in the variety are rock bass, white bass and channel catfish. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Nice sized smallies are being caught on crankbaits or a jig tipped with a variety of bright colored twistertails. Walleye – Good: Late day bite seems to be the best. Walleye are still hitting a jig tipped with worm or minnow. Also try using hair jigs.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Anglers are finding a variety of nice fish below dams in pockets of slack water and off current breaks. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are using worms, chicken liver or dead chubs. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallies are hit and miss. Crappie – Good: A minnow fished under a bobber is working well in the slack water areas near log jams and other woody debris. Walleye – Good: Walleye are being caught with a jig tipped with a minnow or worm.

The humidity and rain chances will be increasing through the weekend. Area rivers and streams are in great shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Fishing has been good for channel catfish and largemouth bass on Casey Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Bluegill – Fair: Try redworms or wax worms under a slip bobber near structure. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers are catching many 12-16-inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crankbaits.

Big Woods Lake

Big Woods Lake has been producing some nice catches of largemouth bass. Largemouth Bass – Good: Casting and retrieving crankbaits or spinner baits has been good.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering excellent catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the more shallow water for all three species during this period of summer. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits, crankbaits or even top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas. Walleye – Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Cedar.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been excellent reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been good reports of channel catfish and walleye being caught on the Wapsi. Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye.

The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing very well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been good on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 8.0 feet and remaining stable over the next week. Army Road leading to the ramp at New Albin is open. Northern Pike – Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish on the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills have moved into running sloughs and main channel borders. Fish small bits of crawler under a bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Walleye – Good: Fish the upper portions of main channel wing dams using crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is 14 feet is expected to remain stable over the next week. Northern Pike – Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish on the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills have moved into running sloughs and main channel borders. Fish small bits of crawler under a bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Walleye – Good: Fish the upper portions of main channel wing dams using crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish

Mississippi River Pool 11

The water levels at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg have fall to 5.2 feet and raising slightly over the next week. Northern Pike – Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish on the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills have moved into running sloughs and main channel borders. Fish small bits of crawler under a bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Walleye – Good: Fish the upper portions of main channel wing dams using crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish.

Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen and the stable levels have been good for fishing. All boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 4.8 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 7.4 feet. This is down about one foot from last week and water levels are expected to stabilize. Water temperature has dropped to 74 degrees. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to drawl in large channel catfish. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Lot of bluegills coming off rock lines and brush piles. Look for areas near big backwater complexes. As water becomes shallow in these lakes the bluegill will pull out to snags near the openings. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Lots of 12-inch smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. You need to fish very close to rock for the best success. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wing dams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year. Crappie – Good: Crappie are being caught in good numbers around brush piles in slightly flowing slough areas. Most have moved out of the stagnant backwaters. Try a small minnow for bait. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wing dams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 7.4 feet, down nearly a foot from last week’s report. The river is expected is stabilize. The water temperature is 74 degrees. Northern Pike – Good: Pike were being caught in tributary mouths like at Mill Creek and Duck Creek but several fish are being reported throughout the pool. Try using flashy white spinners for the best results. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also try stink bait above the rock wing dams to attract large channel catfish. Bluegill – Good: Try fishing brush piles in sloughs adjacent to large backwater complexes. Gills have moved out of the backwaters and into these locations as water receded. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crankbaits. Most are running about 12 inches. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with jigs and small minnows for bait. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught off wing dams by anglers using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 5.4 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 9.7 feet. This is down about a half a foot from last week. Water levels are expected to stabilize. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 74 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallies are being taken off rock piles and in the tail water areas on crankbaits and small spinners. Cast right next to rocky areas for best results. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass have been hitting along rock piles or the inside portions of wing dams by anglers using crankbaits or spinners for lures. Crappie – Good: Some crappie are being reported out of Cattail Slough and by Rock Creek by anglers using small minnows for bait. Walleye – Good: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try using a worm rig on wing dams or crankbaits along rock piles or wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 6.1 feet and expected to drop slightly all week. Eagle Landing in Bettendorf park is open after flooding damage. Water temperature is 77 degrees. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Do not stay long, if you do not catch catfish in 10-15 minutes move to a new spot. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are being taken out of the harbor areas and around brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. Use a large crayfish to catch bigger drum.

The river is slowly dropping. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been very good for many species. The vegetation is starting to float and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 4.87 feet. Tail water stages have been dropping over the past couple days. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and fishing with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles as well. White Bass – Fair: Some white bass are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. Some white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough up by the dams. Try casting crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or inline spinners. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertical jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some of the backwaters in the Andalusia Island complex are getting hard to access with the low water conditions. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work too. Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits out from the mouth of sunset marina and out from the mouth of the rock river.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 above Muscatine is 3.96 feet. Tail water stage has been falling some over the past couple days. The gate at Big Timber is open. Channel Catfish – Fair: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams. Anchor above the wing dam and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish will also be in the side channels around brush piles and snags. White Bass – Fair: Look for white bass on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. White bass can also be found around GPC around the water outfalls. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging with minnows or floating minnows under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling with three-way rigs and half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of wing dams works as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 4.5 feet. Tail water stage has been falling some over the past couple days. Toolesboro is open. Channel Catfish – Good: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams and anchor above them using stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish can also be found in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish on the bottom with nightcrawlers, stink bait, or cutbait. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertical jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some of the backwaters are getting hard to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work as well. Anchoring above the wing dam and casting jigs with half a nightcrawler and working them down the face of the wing dam can work also.

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 2.31 feet. Tail water stage has been falling some over the past couple of days. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and use stink bait, nightcrawlers, or cutbait. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Crappie – Fair: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Veridical jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some backwater areas are difficult to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling or casting crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dam. Trolling with three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler can work too.

River stages are well below flood stage. Some backwater areas are hard to get into with the low water conditions. Water temperature in the main channel has been around 78 degrees and water clarity has been good. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

Water temperature is holding around 80 degrees. The planktonic algae is starting to die back and the water is starting to clear. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the rocky areas of shoreline with stink bait or chicken liver.

Lake Belva Deer

Water temp is around 80 degrees. The algae bloom continues to make the water more murky than normal. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers aren’t doing to bad using chicken liver or stink baits. Bluegill – Fair: The anglers are starting to catch some bluegills again out in 12-14 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics.

Lake of the Hills

Fishing remains pretty steady. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Add night crawlers to the list. The Gate 6 Area is a very good place to start. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. The area around the boat ramp is good, especially the brush piles out from the fishing pier. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. The deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Lambach Lake. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

Remember, the use of live minnows as bait in Railroad Lake is not allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits, and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills in Railroad Lake are easy; worm and bobber fish along the shore by 110th.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The water level is dropping again, still plenty of water to use boats. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing remains pretty good right now. Work the brush piles.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers continue to catch bluegills but the fish are getting pickier, wax worms or crappie candy seem to be all they will eat. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Most bass anglers are finding the bass suspended out in deeper water.

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

Lake Macbride

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair: Largemouth Bass – Slow: Crappie – Slow: Walleye – Slow:

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Chicken livers, stink bait, or crawlers should be working. Bluegill – Good: Use a small jig or worm around the brush piles for bluegills. Crappie – Good: Fish around brush piles with small jigs. Expect most fish to be 8-9 inches, but 10-12-inch crappies have been reported. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes have been reported lately as well.

Otter Creek Lake

The lake has a green color to it from the algae. Channel Catfish – Good: Try evenings with chicken livers or stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Try small worms or jigs around brush. Crappie – Slow: Yellow Bass – Fair: Try small jigs or spinners around brush or flats.

Union Grove Lake

Channel Catfish – Slow: Bluegill – Slow: Largemouth Bass – Slow: Crappie – Slow:

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the Coralville Dam is 1,100 CFS and flows are predicted to drop daily. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink bait and crawlers have been producing well.

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

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 905.21 feet. The water temperature is 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using chicken liver. Coves and bays are usually the best areas to target this time of year. White Bass – Slow: Look for areas in the main lake where shad are breaking at the surface and cast or troll lures that mimic gizzard shad in these areas. Crappie – Slow: Try finding submerged structure in 6-10 feet of water. Try a minnow and bobber in these areas. Tree piles and stump fields will be the best areas to target. Walleye – Slow: Crankbaits have been the best baits. The gizzard shad hatch has occurred so use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas with a variation in depth such as underwater islands and submerged points and try trolling or casting in these areas. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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).

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is litter free. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3-5 feet deep tight to the standing trees broke off at the water’s surface mid lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 8-12 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegill are good size running from 7-9 inches. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies drifting tube jigs or trolling small crankbaits out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge shoreline.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass – Fair: White bass fishing has picked up a little trolling shad imitating lip-less crankbaits near points or anywhere large schools of young shad a congregated.

Saylorville Reservoir

White Bass – Good: The white bass bite is good trolling lip-less, rattling crankbaits. Mornings have been the better bite. Points along the west shoreline mid-lake are producing the best numbers.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: The Des Moines River above Saylorville is still navigable with small boats. Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: Flows are slowly coming down below Saylorville making for better fishing conditions. Anglers fishing below the spillway are catching a mix of white bass and crappie.

South Skunk River (Story City to Cambridge)

Smallmouth Bass – Good: The South Skunk River from Story City to Ames is in good condition for wade fishing for smallmouth bass. Cast in-line spinners or crayfish imitating shallow diving crankbaits.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. The Des Moines River Reservoirs are starting to produce some good white bass fishing. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Drift small jigs to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5-inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Greenfield has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish cut bait in five feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2-6 pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine inch plus fish drifting small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass. Black Crappie – Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Slow: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using liver or shrimp. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: A few wipers are being picked up when catfishing using cutbait.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are now in deeper water and around structure. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Good: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore with cut bait or commercial stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Anglers are drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587

Binder Lake

Binder Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with worms near the fish mounds. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits near the cedar tree piles. Crappie – Good: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows near the cedar tree piles.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs and minnows drift fishing the main lake and near the flooded timber.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught with small jigs and worms along weed lines and rock reefs. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines. Walleye – Slow: Walleyes up to 16 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits across points and sharp breaks in water depth and trolling crawler harnesses near the dam.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught on spinners and top water baits along the dam and in the flooded timber. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught drift fishing with minnows.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught with worms and small jigs near cedar tree piles and fish mounds. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam in the mornings. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish up to 15 pounds have been caught with cut bait after dark. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits and plastics along the rock structure and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 15 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near jetties and in the flooded timber. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in flooded timber near the channel, roadbed and fish mounds.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in 12 feet of water along the weed lines and on the roadbed. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs in 12-15 feet of water near the flooded timber and roadbed. Walleye – Slow: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught with jigs along the roadbed.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are in the mid 70s or lower 80s. River flows are starting to return to base flow. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call: 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Fair: catfish continue to be caught with rod and reel and on trotlines. Dip baits, worms, chubs, and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best.

Iowa Fishing Report August 14 2014

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for channel catfish continues to be good on dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 21.63 feet, 32,600 CFS and 76 degrees. The Missouri River dropped .51 feet from last week. Watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. Fishing has been fair to good overall on the Missouri River.

Iowa Fishing Report August 7 2014

Iowa Fishing Report August 7 2014

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

Surface temps are in the high 70s to low 80s. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers are reporting bluegill have moved into 15-20 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for bass in shaded areas. Try a finesse presentation that will allow for a slow retrieve, such as a Texas rig worm. Muskellunge – Fair: Anglers are reporting increased muskie activity during small windows of time triggered by fronts, changes in wind speed/direction, etc. Anglers can expect to fish for an extended amount of time and see all the muskie action within a short window.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try shrimp, dip bait, or cut bait. Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are at or near crest. Heavy algal blooms have reduced water clarity. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish under the legal length limit.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Water levels have come up some due to recent rains. The river should still be fishable, though. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have had good luck using chicken guts and fishing along high banks in the current and around snags. Many fish are around 17-18 inches.

Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try after dark near the rocks or steeper shorelines. Bluegill – Slow: Try in near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.

Lake Catherine

Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stink bait. Largemouth Bass – No Report:

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishing is slow to fair. The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target the edge of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar bait. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass near the reeds on the little lake. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edge of the reeds, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake. Walleye – Slow: Wader fisherman or boats fishing near the edges of the reeds seem to be doing the best. Fish where the wind is pushing into the reeds. Muskellunge – Good: Yellow Bass – Fair: Some anglers catching yellows in about 6.5 feet off the north shore.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Fish with a popper or a bobber set shallow for the bluegills closer to shore or try with a slip bobber near the deeper dredged water (11-13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines. Walleye – No Report: An occasional walleye may be caught near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

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

Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested by anglers using spinner baits near weed beds. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down recently. A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past week or so. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Anglers continue to harvest 9-11-inch bullheads from the shorelines using crawler rigs.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly.

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Using cut or stink bait after dark is producing some nice size cats. White Bass – Fair: A small hair jig tipped with a white or chartreuse twister should get white bass interested. Bluegill – Fair: A small jig tipped with live bait near weed edges is producing small size class fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Small jigs under a slip bobber tipped with live bait near weed lines and rocky structures should attract a few perch for anglers. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – No Report: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are working areas below rock and sand bars with shiners and leeches for a few fish right now.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and not unusable. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are hitting crankbaits or a jig tipped with a variety of colored twistertails. Crappie – Good: Anglers are catching crappies around brush piles or by slowly trolling a jig tipped with a twistertail around the lake.

Lake Hendricks

The new rock mounds are in place in the north end of the lake. These mounds are accessible by watercraft but there are some nice stumps along the shoreline that hold fish also. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are hitting a hook tipped with a worm. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the shoreline.

Lake Meyer

Blue green algae has appeared in a few areas along the shoreline. Be careful around this algae, it can cause skin irritation and animals may get sick if they drink or swim in the water. Fish are okay to eat. Bluegill – Slow: Gills are hit or miss. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers can find fish along weed lines. Crappie – Slow:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The CR-V36 Bridge at Lidtke Mill will be closed for most of the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers are using crawdad imitation crankbaits to catch smallies.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Nice sized smallies are being caught on crankbaits or a jig tipped with a variety of bright colored twistertails. Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching quite a few small walleye while fishing for smallmouth bass.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Anglers are finding a variety of nice fish below dams in pockets of slack water and off current breaks. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are using chicken liver or dead chubs. Crappie – Good: A minnow fished under a bobber is working well in the slack water areas near log jams and other woody debris. Walleye – Good: Walleye are being caught with a jig tipped with a minnow or a variety of twistertail colors.

This awesome summer weather pattern continues to hold. Take advantage of the cooler temps, grab a fishing pole and get to the nearest body of water. Area rivers and streams are in great shape and fish activity has picked up. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

There have been good reports of nice sized bluegill being taken near structure in deeper water close to the dam. Anglers have had excellent luck on largemouth bass throughout the day also. Channel Catfish – Good: Shrimp, leopard frogs and night crawlers has been really good. Bluegill – Good: Concentrate near deeper structure close to the dam using a small piece of crawler or wax worm under a slip bobber. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day. Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had good luck fishing around the sunken timbers using small jigs (ice fishing) tipped with redworm or wax worms.

Big Woods Lake

There have been a few reports of anglers catching crappie in 12-15 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Try jigging crappie jigs located near structure in 12-15 feet of water.

George Wyth Lake

The lake still remains high but there have been good reports of northern pike along with some largemouth bass being caught out of George Wyth Lake. Northern Pike – Good: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good for pike. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening. Try spinner or crank baits throughout the mid-day. Crappie – Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber drifting anywhere from 5-9 feet of water.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering excellent catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Concentrate in the more shallow water areas for all three species. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink baits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits or even top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas for good smallie action. Walleye – Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Cedar.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

The Shell Rock is producing as excellent of fishing for walleye as has the Cedar River. There have been excellent reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. Channel Catfish – Excellent:

Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smallie action. Walleye – Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Shell Rock River also.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye.

The weekend forecast again calls for some beautiful weather. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are slamming the walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Lakes are now in their summer mode; fish deeper water and around structure for panfish. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 8.2 feet and is expected to stabilize at that level over the next week. Army Road leading to the ramp at New Albin is open. Northern Pike – Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is 14.7 feet is expected to drop slightly more and then stabilize over the next week. Northern Pike – Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish.

Mississippi River Pool 11

The water levels at Lock & Dam 10 Guttenberg have dropped to 6.3 feet and expected to stabilize over the next week. Northern Pike – Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish.

Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen and are beginning to stabilize which means good things for fishing in the next few weeks. All boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is 6.0 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 8.6 feet. This is down about half-foot from last week and water levels are going to continue to drop slowly. Water temperature has moved back up to 77 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam or snags. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Lot of Bluegills coming off rock lines and brush piles. Look for areas near big backwater complexes. As water becomes shallow in these lakes the bluegill will pull out to snags near the openings. Crappie – Good: Crappie are being caught in good numbers around brush piles in slightly flowing slough areas. Most have moved out of the stagnant backwaters. Try a small minnow. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wing dams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is 6.4 feet, down nearly a foot from last week’s report. The river is expected to continue to recede slowly and water clarity will continue to improve. The water temperature is at 77 degrees. Northern Pike – Good: Pike have moved into cool water tributary areas. Try white jigs or spinner baits. Channel Catfish – Good: Use stink bait or cut bait to catch channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Bluegill – Good: Fish brush piles in sloughs adjacent to large backwater complexes. Gills have moved out of the backwaters and into these locations. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Nice number of smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crankbaits. Largemouth Bass – Good: Small largemouth are biting in tail water areas and along rock piles throughout the pool. Use a spinner or crankbait for best results. Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with jigs and small minnows for bait. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught off wing dams by anglers using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker for best results. Pumpkinseed – Good:

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 6.1 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 10.2 feet. This is down slightly from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to drop. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 77 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bluegill anglers and by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallies are being taken off rock piles and in the tail water areas on crankbaits and small spinners. Cast right next to rocky areas for best results. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass are sight feeders. With the increase in clarity, bass will be feeding. Find clear backwaters and start throwing some lures. Large bass may be hard to find but plenty of small ones are being reported. Walleye – Good: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try a worm rig on wing dams or crankbaits along rock piles. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is 6.1 feet. It is expected to drop slightly all week. Eagle landing in Bettendorf park is back open after flooding damage. Water temperature is 77 degrees. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fish using stink bait and fish wing dams or rock piles. Fish will be moving to their summer holes. Largemouth Bass – Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current.

The river is slowly dropping. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been very good for many species.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 6.07 feet. Boat ramps are now open throughout the pool. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and fishing with stink bait, cutbait or nightcrawlers. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles as well. White Bass – Fair: Some white bass are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertical jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work too.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 above Muscatine is 4.67 feet. The gate at Big Timber is open. Channel Catfish – Fair: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams. Anchor above the wing dam and fish with stink bait, cutbait or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish will also be in the side channels around brush piles and snags. White Bass – Fair: Look for white bass on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. White bass can also be found around GPC around the water outfalls. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging with minnows or floating minnows under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling with three-way rigs and half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of wing dams works as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 5.96 feet. Toolesboro is open. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams and anchor above them using stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish can also be found in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertical jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work as well. Anchoring above the wing dam and casting jigs with half a nightcrawler and working them down the face of the wing dam can work also.

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 3.18 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and use stink bait. nightcrawlers or cutbait. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Veridical jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling or casting crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dam. Trolling with three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler can work too.

River stages are well below flood stage. Water temperature in the main channel has been around 78 degrees and water clarity has been good. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

Water temperature is right around 80 degrees. The water is pretty green from a planktonic algae bloom right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the rocky areas of shoreline with stink bait or chicken liver.

Lake Belva Deer

Water temp is up around 80 degrees. The algae bloom continues to make the water more murky than normal. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics

Lake of the Hills

Fishing remains pretty steady. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Locations: along the rocks and also where Railroad dumps in. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. I would expect the bluegills to start moving deeper next week with the return of the hot weather. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. The deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. Live minnows may not be used as bait in Lambach. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

The use of live minnows as bait in is not allowed in Railroad Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits, and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills in Railroad Lake are easy; worm and bobber fish along the shore by 110th.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The water level has stayed fairly steady. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the high banks and the larger brush piles. Grass frogs are popular bait this time of year.

Big Hollow Lake

Water temp is in the upper 70s. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is picking up with the nice weather. They are out suspended over deeper water down about five feet. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Most bass anglers are finding the bass suspended out in deeper water.

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

Lake Wapello

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken liver or nightcrawlers. Target areas along the outer edge of the lily pads. Remember most lakes in Iowa stratify so don’t fish much below eight feet. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try fishing among the cedar trees placed in the lake during the last renovation. Use spinnerbaits or crankbaits in these areas. Try rubber worms along the shorelines.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers are reporting the best bait has been a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler. Search along the shorelines until finding active fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try rubber worms around the aquatic vegetation and around the fishing jetties. Spinnerbaits or crankbaits can be used around the face of the dam or near the shorelines.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers have been catching bluegills with a chunk of nightcrawler under a bobber. Sorting is required for larger fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all 12-16-inch fish must be immediately released.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill – Slow: Anglers should target the weed line and open pockets in the vegetation with a small jig and a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try using rubber worms in the open pockets in the vegetation. Use spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the outer edge of the aquatic vegetation. Crankbaits should also be used along the rocky shorelines.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 905.29 feet. The water temperature is 80 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using chicken liver. Coves and bays are usually the best areas to target this time of year. White Bass – Slow: Look for areas in the main lake where shad are breaking at the surface and cast or troll lures that mimic gizzard shad in these areas. Crappie – Slow: Try finding submerged structure in 6-10 feet of water. Try a minnow and bobber in these areas. Walleye – Slow: Crankbaits have been best. The gizzard shad hatch has occurred so use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas with a variation in depth such as underwater islands and submerged points. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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).

Remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3-5 feet deep tight to the standing trees broken off at the water’s surface mid-lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 8-12 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. Bluegills are 7-9 inches.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: The Des Moines River above Saylorville is still navigable with small boats. Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: Flows are slowly coming down below Saylorville making for better fishing conditions. Anglers fishing below the spillway are catching a mix of white bass and crappie.

South Skunk River (Story City to Cambridge)

Smallmouth Bass – Good: The South Skunk River from Story City to Ames is in good condition for wade fishing for smallmouth bass. Cast in-line spinners or crayfish imitating shallow diving crankbaits.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. The Des Moines River Reservoirs continue to drop closer to their normal levels. White bass fishing should begin picking up. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Drift small jigs to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5-inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Greenfield has a good bass population of all sizes. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish cut bait in five feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2-6 pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine plus inch fish drifting small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch fish of all sizes. Black Crappie – Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Slow: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using liver or shrimp. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: A few wipers are being picked up when catfishing using cutbait.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are now in deeper water and around structure. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Good: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore with cut bait or commercial stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Anglers are drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. Interior rivers are back up after recent rains. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Binder Lake

Binder Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam and weed lines. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with worms near the fish mounds. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits near the cedar tree piles. Crappie – Good: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows near the cedar tree piles.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs and minnows drift fishing the main lake and near the flooded timber.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught with small jigs and worms along weed lines and rock reefs. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines. Walleye – Good: Walleyes up to 16 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits across points and near sharp water depth breaks.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught on spinners and top water baits along the dam and in the flooded timber.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam in the mornings. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits and plastics along the rock structure and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 15 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near jetties and in the flooded timber. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in flooded timber near the channel.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in 12 feet of water along the weed lines and on the roadbed. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs in 12-15 feet of water near the flooded timber.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are in the upper 70s or lower 80s. Recent rains have increase flows in rivers. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Fair: catfish are being caught with rod and reel and on trotlines. Dip baits, worms, chubs, and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Fair: A few flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best for flatheads.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for channel catfish has improved try dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb., is 22.14 feet, flow is 33,600 CFS and temperature is 74 degrees. The Missouri River is up .65 feet from last week. Watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. Fishing has been fair overall on the Missouri River.

Iowa Fishing Report July 31 2014

Iowa Fishing Report provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake

Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down considerably, but some anglers are still catching a few around the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish: Fair – try using cut bait, dip bait, or shrimp. The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline.

Crawford Creek

Bluegill – Fair: Try pilkies tipped with red worms around 16 feet of water. Bluegills are running from 7-10 inches.

Little Sioux River

Channel Catfish – Good: Use chicken livers, stink bait, or cut bait and fish scour holes, outside bends, and snags.

North Raccoon River

Channel Catfish – Good: Use chicken livers, stink bait, or cut bait and fish scour holes, outside bends, and snags. Walleye: Slow – A few walleye are being caught. Try running crankbaits fast below rock riffles.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are at crest. Blue green algae has started to bloom over the last few weeks. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are catching good numbers of sub legal bass with soft plastics. Focus efforts around the weed beds. Walleye – Slow: A few legal walleye have been caught off the rock piles.

Water levels are at crest at most lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try after dark near the rocks or steeper shorelines. Bluegill – Slow: Try near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.

Lake Catherine

Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stink bait. Largemouth Bass – No Report:

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are having good success with dip baits in the last week. The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target edges of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar bait. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass near the reeds on the little lake. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are picking some up in the deeper water off the rocks or trolling. Muskellunge – Fair: Yellow Bass – Fair: A little bit better luck this week for anglers targeting yellows. Try the main lake rock reefs. Some yellows are also scattered yet along the edges of the reeds.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegill bite is slowing down some but fish can still be caught. Fish with a popper or a bobber set shallow for the bluegills closer to shore. Or try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper 11-13 feet dredge area. Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines. Walleye – No Report: An occasional walleye may be caught near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

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

Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested using spinner baits near weed beds. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down recently. A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past week or so. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Anglers continue to harvest 9-11-inch bullheads from the shorelines using crawler rigs.

West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Fishing has slowed down a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – No Report: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

There have been good reports of nice sized bluegill being taken near structure in deeper water close to the dam. Anglers have had excellent luck on largemouth bass throughout the day. Channel Catfish – Good: Shrimp, leopard frogs and night crawlers has been really good for channel catfish on the lake. Bluegill – Good: Concentrate near deeper structure close to the dam using a small piece of crawler or wax worm under a slip bobber. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had good luck fishing around the sunken timbers using small jigs (ice fishing) tipped with redworm or wax worms.

Brinker Lake

There have been good reports of anglers catching largemouth bass out of Brinker Lake. Crappies have also been biting on slip bobber and minnow rig fished in around 8-10 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber near structure in eight to ten feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Try trolling crankbaits around the lake using a three-way rig to locate aggressive fish.

George Wyth Lake

The lake still remains high but there have been good reports of northern pike along with some largemouth bass being caught out of George Wyth Lake. Northern Pike – Good: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours. Try spinner or crankbaits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber drifting anywhere from 5-9 feet of water.

Harold Getty Lake

There have been good reports of crappie, northern pike, largemouth bass and walleye being caught out of Harold Getty Lake (a.k.a. Mitchell Pits). Northern Pike – Fair: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours. Try spinner or crankbaits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber drifting anywhere from 5-9 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have had some luck trolling crankbaits.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River continues to fall and fishing has vastly improved in both Bremer and Black Hawk Counties. Walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and northern pike have been biting exceptionally well below the lowhead dams in Waverly and Waterloo. Northern Pike – Good: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

The Shell Rock is 8.35 feet and falling. There have been good reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Fish below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner bait near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye.

The weekend forecast calls for some beautiful weather. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, for panfish target deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 8.3 feet and is expected to stabilize at that level over the next week. Army Road leading to the ramp at New Albin is open. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is at 14.9 feet is expected to drop slightly more and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish.

Mississippi River Pool 11

The water levels at Lock and Dam 10 Guttenberg have dropped to 6.4 feet and expected to fall slightly and stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish.

Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen and are beginning to stabilize which means good things for fishing in the next few weeks. All boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.5 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 9.0 feet. This is down two feet from last week and water levels are going to continue to drop. Water temperature has dropped to 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are starting to hit on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Lot of Bluegills coming off rock lines and brush piles. Look for areas near big backwater complexes. As water becomes shallow in these lakes the bluegill will pull out to snags near the openings. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wing dams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 7.3 feet, down three feet from last week’s report. The river is expected to continue to recede and water clarity will continue to improve. The water temperature is 75 degrees. The DNR ramp is now open for business after a long flooding period. Curtsey docks will not yet be out at most Pool 13 boat ramps. Fishing has improved greatly. Channel Catfish – Good: Use stink bait or cut bait to catch channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Bluegill – Good: Try fishing brush piles in sloughs adjacent to large backwater complexes. Gills have moved out of the backwaters and into these locations. Largemouth Bass – Good: Small largemouth are biting in tail water areas. Bigger bass are still being taken in the clear waters of the Spring Lake area. Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with a small minnow for bait. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught off wing dams by anglers using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker for best results. Pumpkinseed – Good:

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 6.5 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 10.4 feet; down over two feet from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to drop. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 76 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bluegill anglers and by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass are sight feeders. With the increase in clarity, bass will be feeding. Find clear backwaters and start throwing some lures. Large bass may be hard to find but plenty of small ones are being reported. Walleye – Good: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try a worm rig on wing dams or crankbaits along rock piles. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 6.9 feet. It is expected to drop continuously all week. Eagle Landing in Bettendorf Park had some damage due to flooding. It is unknown if this ramp is back open. Check ahead with the City of Bettendorf if planning to use this site. Water temperature is 76 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Fish will be moving to their summer holes. Largemouth Bass – Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current.

The river is still dropping rapidly. Water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Belva Deer

Planktonic algae bloom is making the water a little bit more murky than normal. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass fishing has picked up. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics.

Lake of the Hills

Fishing remains pretty steady. Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Locations: along the rocks and also where Railroad dumps in. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. I would expect the bluegills to start moving deeper next week with the return of the hot weather. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. The deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. Live minnows may not be used as bait in Lambach. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

Live minnows may not be used as bait in Railroad Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits, and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills in Railroad Lake are easy; worm and bobber fish along the shore by 110th.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

Back down to about half bank full, plenty of water to run boats in. Something you can rarely say about the Skunk River in July. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the high banks and the bigger brush piles. Grass frogs are good bait this time of year.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are hitting on stink baits and minnows. Try a few grass frogs as bait while you are out.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is picking up with the nice weather. They are out suspended over deeper water down about five feet. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Most bass anglers are finding the bass suspended out in deeper water.

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

Kent Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair: Fish with small worms or jigs around brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Fair:

Lake Macbride

Remember, the 10 hp maximum at no wake speed is in effect. Anglers should keep in mind the lake is stratified and there is no oxygen below 10 feet of depth. Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken livers or nightcrawlers have been working best. Most action is from sunset and later. White Bass – Fair: Look for schooling fish chasing shad in open water. Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught around shallow wood.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, largemouth bass have to be 18 inches and muskies have to be 40 inches to keep. White Bass – Fair: Try small spinners, jigs, or crankbaits. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: These are mixed in with the white bass schools. Fish for them the same way.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Anglers should keep in mind that the lake is stratified and there is no oxygen below seven feet of depth. Also, Hwy. 63, north of Montezuma, is closed. Anglers should come in on F-57 to come in the South entrance. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink bait and chicken livers are working best. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small worm or jig. Crappie – Slow: Drift open water with a jig or fish around brush piles with a jig.

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken livers or stink bait towards evening. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with small jigs or worms. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish with small jigs or spinners around shorelines and brush.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Stink bait has been working best. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Live bait and even stink bait has been working.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the dam is 6,000 CFS and will remain at that rate through the weekend, and then is predicted to drop. Channel Catfish – Good:

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)

Channel Catfish – Good:

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

Lake Wapello

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken liver or nightcrawlers. Target areas along the outer edge of the lily pads. Remember most lakes in Iowa stratify so don’t fish much below eight feet. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or top water lures fished among the cedar trees that were placed in the lake during the last renovation. Try rubber worms in the same areas.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers are reporting the best bait has been a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler. Try areas around submerged structures and along the fishing jetties. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using crankbaits along the shoreline and the face of the dam. Try rubber worms around the aquatic vegetation and around the fishing jetties.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers have been catching bluegills with a chunk of nightcrawler under a bobber. Sorting is required for larger fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all 12-16-inch fish must be immediately released.

Lake Sugema

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers should use chicken liver. Target coves around the main lake. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers should target the weed line and open pockets in the vegetation with a jig and a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try top water lures along the weed line or use rubber worms in the open pockets in the vegetation. Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the outer edge of the aquatic vegetation.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 905.38 feet. The water temperature is 77 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using chicken liver. Target areas in coves and bays. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been having some success trolling crankbaits around underwater islands and rock piles. Try crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad and look for areas with a change in depth. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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).

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3-5 feet deep tight to the standing trees broke off at the water’s surface mid lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 10-15 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegill are good size running from 7-9 inches.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: The Des Moines River above Saylorville is still navigable with small boats. Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: Flows are slowly coming down below Saylorville making for better fishing conditions. Anglers fishing below the spillway are catching a mix of white bass and crappie.

South Skunk River (Story City to Cambridge)

Smallmouth Bass – Good: The South Skunk River from Story City to Ames is in good condition for wade fishing for smallmouth bass. Cast in-line spinners or crayfish imitating shallow diving crankbaits.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. The Des Moines River Reservoirs are still high and dropping making for a slow white bass bite so far this summer. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Binder Lake

Binder Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam and weed lines.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Slow: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with stink baits and cutbait along the rock structure and silt dikes. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits near the cedar tree piles.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught on spinners and top water baits along the dam and in the flooded timber.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam in the mornings.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits and plastics along the rock structure and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 15 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near jetties and in the flooded timber. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in flooded timber near the channel.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in 12 feet of water along the weed lines and on the roadbed. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs in 12-15 feet of water near the flooded timber.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are in the upper 70s or lower 80s. Also, rivers have returned to base flow. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught with rod and reel and on trotlines. Dip baits, worms, chubs, and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Fair: A few flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for channel catfish has improved try dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 21.49 feet, flowing 31,800 CFS and 75 degrees. The river has dropped .20 feet from last week. Watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. Fishing has been fair overall on the Missouri River.

Iowa Fishing Report July 17 2014

Iowa Fishing Report – 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

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Crappie – Slow: A few small crappies have been caught jigging along edges of weed lines and brush piles.

Brushy Creek Lake

Largemouth Bass – Fair: A few fish have been caught along the edges of weed lines and suspended around trees. Crappie – Fair: A few reports of good catches have been made fishing around submerged trees near the creek channel.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Channel Catfish – Excellent: Angler reports indicate fish being caught on chicken livers, night crawlers, chubs and stink bait. White Bass – Good: Anglers are catching fish using shiny spoons like Kastmasters. Walleye – Fair: A few limits of fish have been reported trolling scatter raps.

Black Hawk Lake

Lake levels are now at crest. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills up to 8.5″ are being caught around weed beds and rock piles on slip bobbers with live bait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are being caught on top water lures around ice house point and shotgun hill near weed beds. Walleye – Slow: Few walleye up to 17″ have been caught while blue gill fishing.

Browns Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish have been caught using stink bait and chicken livers or drift fishing with cut bait or shrimp.

Snyder Bend Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish have been caught drift fishing with cut bait.

Sturchler Pit (Newell Pit)

Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish have been caught along the edges of weed beds.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Water levels are still above normal but falling. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish have been caught around brush piles and creek mouths with stink bait. New brush piles have formed this year so care should be taken if boating.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 Bridge near Auburn)

Flows are dropping and are near normal for this time of year. New brush piles have been reported so care should be taken if boating. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish have been caught around brush piles and current seams also keep on the lookout for mulberry trees hanging over the water as well.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)

River is still high but dropping. Reports are indicating new brush piles have been created with this year’s high water so care should be taken if out in a canoe or boat. Channel Catfish – Fair: Success has been had at creek mouths and around brush piles with cut bait or stink bait. Walleye – Slow: Few fish have been caught on crank baits around creek mouths

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try after dark near the rocks or steeper shorelines. Bluegill – Slow: Try in near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.”

Lake Catherine

Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. Largemouth Bass – No Report:

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try on the rock reefs, shoreline rocks or just try on the windward shorelines with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. North shore docks and Ventura grade are also worth a try. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass near the reeds on the little lake. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds. Walleye – Good: Shoreline docks have been ok at dark or on windy days. Boats have been picking some up yet trolling, or fishing near the rock reefs near state reef, Billy’s or Gilmore’s. Some fish by the edges of the reeds where the wind blows into them. Muskellunge – Fair: Yellow Bass – Slow: Action is still pretty slow, fish are scattered, but should pick up at the end of the month. Typically toward the end of July the yellows start to congregate more in the deeper water in the middle of the big lake.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegill bite is slowing down some but fish can still be caught. Fish with a popper or a bobber set shallow for the bluegills closer to shore. Or try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper dredged water (11-13′). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the Dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines. Walleye – No Report: An occasional walleye may be caught near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

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

Remember that all walleyes between 17 and 22 inches must be released alive immediately upon catching. Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike have been caught by running spinner baits over or near the edge of the major weed lines. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Jerk baits and jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few bass near rocky points and other deep water structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Fishermen using spinner baits and soft plastics have reported catching bass near docks and other vertical structures. Walleye – Fair: The catch is dominated by 20-inch walleyes currently with the best action on live baits near weed beds and deep rocky structures. Black Bullhead – Fair:

East Okoboji Lake

Remember that all walleyes between 17 and 22 inches must be released alive immediately upon catching. Walleye – Fair: The catch has been dominated by small walleyes with the occasional angler acceptable size. Boats working the areas around Jingle’s Point and Charlestrom beach have been seeing the most action. Yellow Bass – Good: Small yellow bass continue to be caught near the spillway with a few nice ones mixed into the fray. Jig heads tipped with shiners should work well.

West Okoboji Lake

Remember that all walleyes between 17 and 22 inches must be released alive immediately upon catching. Bluegill – Good: Anglers working deep weed beds have been catching some nice bluegills using small jigs tipped with live bait. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers working rock structures have been catching a number of nice yellow perch using small jigs tipped with live bait.

Diamond Lake

Best access is by canoe or kayak right now because submerged vegetation is quite dense. Access with an outboard motor could prove troublesome. Northern Pike – Good: Top water spinners, buzz baits, or frog plastics should produce excellent action. Weed resistant hook styles are advised along with braided line to pull fish from weed beds. Yellow Perch – Good: Small jigs tipped with live bait under bobbers should produce some quality sized yellow perch if you can position near the edge of a weed bed.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken liver or cut bait worked near snags and deep pools should produce some nice action right now.

For lake updates and fishing information for northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is not usable. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are along the rocky shore and are actively taking a hook tipped with dough balls or worms. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are being caught on a hook tipped with a worm. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are taking spinnerbaits from shore. Target woody debris along the waters edge. Crappie – Good: Anglers are catching lots of small crappies over the brush piles or along the shoreline using a small jig tipped with tube jigs or a twistertail.

Lake Hendricks

Four rock reefs are being placed in the lake to add more structure in the lake bottom. Please avoid this area to give workers room to work. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler or stinkbait. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are spotty but when found can be good. Use small pieces of worms on a hook. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along the shoreline.

Lake Meyer

Lake is clearing but still turbid. Bluegill – Slow: Gills are biting but you may have to catch a few before you get the one you want. A light colored twistertail is best. Try using a small hunk of worm on a hook fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or a crawdad imitation crankbait. Anglers are finding fish along the weed lines. Crappie – Slow:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The CR-V36 Bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be closed for most of the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. Water levels continue to drop slowly but clarity has improved greatly. Sucker – Slow: Suckers will take a hook tipped with a worm fished on the stream bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth bass action is picking up. Try using a crawdad imitation crankbait or jig tipped with twistertail. Fish around the mouth of tributaries or an undercut bank. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are hitting on spinners and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or dark twistertails.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water clarity has improved and water levels have stabilized. Sucker – Slow: Suckers are biting on worm rigs. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler bounced off the bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching lots of small fish. Smallies are actively taking crawdad imitation crankbaits. Walleye – Good: Walleye have been aggressive this week. Combinations of light and dark jigs tipped with twistertails are working.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

Water temperatures are in the upper 60s. Water levels have stabilized but still high and off-color. Sucker – Slow: Redhorse are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a worm. Walleye – Slow: Try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Cedar River is on a slow decline and clarity has improved. Anglers have been finding a few smallmouth bass and walleye but very slow. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are picking up catfish using a hook tipped with chicken liver, cut bait or night crawlers. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth are hitting night crawlers and minnows. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are hitting worms and minnows. A jig and twistertail is also working.

Water levels continue to fall with steady improvements in water clarity. Area streams and rivers are really looking good and fish activity should pick up. For more information on water levels, visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. ; Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

There have been good reports of nice sized bluegill being taken near structure in deeper water close to the dam. Anglers have had good luck on largemouth bass throughout the day also. Bluegill – Good: Concentrate near deeper structure close to the dam using a small piece of crawler or wax worn under a slip bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours.

Brinker Lake

There have been fair reports of anglers catching both walleye and some channel catfish out of Brinker Lake. Crappies have also been biting well on slip bobber and minnow rig fished in around eight to ten feet of water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Crappie – Good: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber near structure in eight to ten feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Try trolling crankbaits around the lake using a three-way rig to locate aggressive fish.

George Wyth Lake

The lake still remains high but there have been good reports of largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill being caught out of George Wyth Lake. Bluegill – Fair: Wax worms have been the bait of choice for bluegill. Try fishing the deeper water near structure with a slip bobber and waxy or drifting bottom with a floater and waxy using a three-way rig. Largemouth Bass – Good:

Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner or crank baits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Good: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber near structure in eight to ten feet of water.”

South Prairie Lake

Anglers are catching a lot of crappie in the eight inch size range. Largemouth bass have been biting well also on the lake. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Good:

Drift a small crappie minnow or wax worm under a slip bobber across the lake or near vegetation until locating fish.”

Plainfield Lake

Plainfield Lake is still reporting catches of both bluegill and some crappie. Bluegill – Fair: Wax worms have been the bait of choice for bluegill. Try fishing the deeper water near structure with a slip bobber and waxy or drifting bottom with a floater and waxy using a three-way rig. Crappie – Fair: Drift a small crappie minnow or wax worm under a slip bobber across the lake or near vegetation until locating fish.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River continues to fall and fishing has vastly improved in both Bremer and Black Hawk Counties. Channel catfish have been biting exceptionally well below the low head dams in Waverly and Waterloo. Anglers are beginning to catch both walleye and smallmouth bass as well. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

The Shell Rock is currently at 8.92 feet and falling. There have been a few reports of anglers catching walleye and channel catfish. Channel Catfish – Good: Try fishing dead cutbaits or chubs below the dams for some nice sized cats. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Fair: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

The upcoming forecast for the weekend looks outstanding. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode; fish deeper water and around structure for panfish. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 11.2 feet and steadily falling this week. The ramp at Lansing Village Creek is open. Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Good: Fish a small worm or piece of crawler under a bobber in backwater areas and coves where the water is into the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Freshwater Drum – Good: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is at 20.5 feet and is expected to fall another foot this week. Bussey Lake ramp and Nobles are open. Bluegill – Good: Fish a small worm or piece of crawler under a bobber in backwater areas and coves where the water is into the vegetation.

Mississippi River Pool 11

The water levels at Lock & Dam 10 Guttenberg have dropped to 11.8 feet and expected to fall gradually over the next week. The south Guttenberg city ramp is now open. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Bluegill – Good: Fish a small worm or piece of crawler under a bobber in backwater areas and coves where the water is into the vegetation. Freshwater Drum – Good:

The Mississippi River continues to fall at a steady pace. Call ahead to see if boat ramps are open. Floodwaters have left mud and debris. Water temperatures are in the 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 12.2 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 14.4 feet. Water levels are going to continue to drop for the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are starting to hit on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 13.4 feet. The river is expected to drop quickly, and the river’s clarity should improve. The water temperature is at 73 degrees Fahrenheit. The DNR ramp is flooded but the Bellevue City ramp is currently open. Walleye should start biting soon. Channel Catfish – Good: Use stink bait or cut bait to catch channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 13.5 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 15.7 feet. Water levels are expected to drop three feet in a week. Water clarity is very good and fish should be biting. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are sight feeders. With the increase in clarity, bass will be feeding. Find clear backwaters and start throwing some lures.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 14.5 feet. It is expected to drop continuously for the next week. The water is still a little high, but the fish should start biting. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Fish will be moving to their summer holes.

The river is dropping fast now. With water levels dropping, water clarity is improving. Fishing is starting to pick up as fish start to move into their usual summer holes.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 14.88 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Some boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water conditions. The Marquette St. ramp in Davenport is open but the water is right at the top of the ramp and there is some mud on the pavement. The docks are not in at the Marquette St ramp. The ramp at Clark’s Ferry is flooded. The ramps at the Fairport Recreational Area are not accessible due to flooding. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 15.14 and falling. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 16.81 feet and falling. Flood stage at Muscatine is 16 feet. Kilpeck Landing and Big Timber are still closed due to the high water. There has not been much fishing activity due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 17.07 feet and falling. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 15 feet. River stage at Keithsburg is 16.07 feet and falling. Flood stage at Keithsburg is 14 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Toolesboro is closed. The Hawkeye Dolbee access is flooded. There has not been much fishing activity due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 upstream of Burlington is 13.37 feet and falling. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 18.22 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. River stage at Ft. Madison is 529.83 feet and flood stage is 528.00 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. There has not been much fishing due to the high water conditions. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and farm ponds. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-19. River levels are still above flood stage throughout most of the pools but have been falling over the past few days. River levels are forecasted to continue to fall. Many of the ramps are not accessible due to the high water conditions. Most fishing reports are coming from inland water bodies. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been pretty good lately. Stinkbaits and chicken liver seem to be what most are using.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: I like the area of the lake between the beach and the first bay to the West and also up into that bay. I would either go with chicken liver or your favorite stink bait. Bluegill – Good: You can still probably find some up in the shallows this weekend finishing up the second wave of the spawn but come next week I would start looking for them to move out into deeper water.

Lake of the Hills

REMEMBER LAKE OF THE HILLS is the ONLY lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stinkbaits. Locations: along the rocks and also where Railroad dumps in. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. I would expect the bluegills to start moving deeper next week with the return of the hot weather. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. The deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day.

Railroad Lake

REMEMBER the use of live minnows as bait in RAILROAD LAKE is not allowed. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills in Railroad Lake are easy; worm and bobber fish along the shore by 110th.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Slow: Anglers are catching some bluegills but they really have to work to find them. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Most bass anglers are finding the bass suspended out in deeper water.

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

Lake Belva Deer

Lake is back to normal level. Water is still a little murky. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow lately with all the rains and the ever changing weather. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass fishing has picked back up. Work the weed beds and the flooded timber.

Lambach Lake

REMEBER YOU CAN NOT USE LIVE MINNOWS FOR BAIT IN LAMBACH LAKE. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching plenty of nice bluegills in this smaller lake in West Lake Park. Worm and bobber fished from shore is working good. Crappie – Good: Anglers fishing for bluegills are also picking up more than a few nice crappies.

Wilson Lake

The trout have been biting. Yes, trout in July, in Southeast Iowa. Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout have been caught using Berkley power baits, a wide variety of colors have been producing limits. Most anglers are having the best luck when they fish on the bottom and allowing the bait to float 1 to 3 feet seems to work best.

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

Hannen Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Stinkbait has been working best. Largemouth Bass – Fair:

Iowa Lake

Bluegill – Excellent: Fish around brush piles with a small jig or worm. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Crappie – Fair: Drift open water or fish next to brush piles with a small jig.

Kent Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair: Fish with small worms or jigs around brush piles.

Lake Macbride

Remember, the 10hp maximum at no wake speed is in effect. Anglers should keep in mind the lake is stratified and there is no oxygen below 10′ of depth. Channel Catfish – Fair: White Bass – Fair: Look for schooling fish chasing new shad in open water. Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught around shallow wood.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, largemouth bass have to be 18″ and muskies have to be 40″ to keep. Channel Catfish – Fair: Chicken livers and stinkbait are working best towards evening. White Bass – Fair: Try small spinners, jigs, or crankbaits. Walleye – Slow: Fish live bait over humps and road beds towards evening. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: These are mixed in with the white bass schools. Fish for them the same way.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Anglers should keep in mind that the lake is stratified and there is no oxygen below seven feet of water. Also, Hwy. 63, north of Montezuma, is closed. Anglers should come in on F-57 to come in the South entrance. Channel Catfish – Good: Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small worm or jig. Crappie – Fair: Drift open water with a jig or fish around brush piles with a jig.

Otter Creek Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with small jigs or worms. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish with small jigs or spinners around shorelines and brush.

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

Lake Wapello

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using stinkbait or nightcrawlers. Look for areas with large rocks and along the outer edge of the lily pads. Remember most lakes in Iowa stratify so don’t fish much below eight feet. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or top water lures fished among the cedar trees that were placed in the lake during the last renovation. Use rubber worms along the aquatic vegetation and on the outer edge of the lily pads.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers report the best bait has been a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler. Target areas around the submerged structures. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try top water lures along the jetties. Use crankbaits along the shoreline and the face of the dam. Try rubber worms around the aquatic vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Anglers have been catching some crappies using the same bait while fishing for bluegills. Use a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been catching bluegills with a chunk of nightcrawler under a bobber. Sorting is required for larger fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all 12-16-inch fish must be immediately released.

Albia (lower)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been catching channel catfish using nightcrawlers or stinkbait. Try areas back in coves.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill – Fair: Try using a small jig tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Target the weed line and open pockets in the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock. Try top water lures along the weed line and use rubber worms or crawdad imitations in deeper water. Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the outer edge of the aquatic vegetation. Crappie – Slow: Try a slip bobber and minnow to find where crappies are suspended. Trolling crankbaits in the open water areas can also be productive.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 906.78 feet. The water temperature is 77 degrees. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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). Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Target areas back in coves and bays. Try fishing about 6 inches off the lake bottom. Crappie – Slow: Anglers should try finding suspended schools of crappie and running small crankbaits through the school. Look for fish in the 4-10 feet depth range. Walleye – Slow: Trolling nightcrawlers along submerged points and underwater islands is usually productive this time of year. Crankbaits should also be tried around rock piles and submerged points.

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is free from litter. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3 to 5 feet deep tight to the standing trees broke off at the water’s surface mid lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 10-15 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegills are good size running from 7-9 inches.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: The Des Moines River above Saylorville Reservoir’s influence is in good fishing condition again. Channel catfish are being caught best on stink baits.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average 2 pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches can be caught drifting with small jigs. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Meadow Lake

Water temperature at meadow is 80 degrees. Bluegill – Fair: 7 to 8 inch bluegills can be caught around underwater reefs casting black jigs tipped with power bait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Meadow has a large year class of 10 to 12 inch bass.

Mormon Trail Lake

Catfish have picked up at Mormon Trail. Anglers are still catching crappie. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught on cutbait or shrimp around the jetties. Fish average 2 pounds. Crappie – Fair: The lake has a large year class of 8 inch crappies. Anglers are catching them all around the lake drifting.

Nodaway Lake

Catfish can be caught on the south shore and along the dam. A few crappies are being picked up around tree piles. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are being caught with shrimp. Fish are close to shore. Most fish caught are 18 to 20 inches. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills can be caught drifting. Fish average 7.5 inches. Crappie – Fair: Cast small jigs around tree piles or minnows under a bobber to catch 8 to 10 inch crappies.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18 inch size limit on largemouth bass. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish at Anita. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up 9 plus inch fish drifting small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anita has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: Drift jigs tipped with power bait to catch 10 inch crappies.

Willow Lake

Willow has extremely good water clarity. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught along the campground shoreline with cutbait or liver. Fish average 18 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are being caught casting small jigs in the upper end of the lake.

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8 to 11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average 2 pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Fair: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8 to 11 inches.

DeSoto Bend

The refuge enforces a 4 walleye bag with a 15 inch minimum length limit and no more than 1 walleye may exceed 22 inches. The lake has a good catfish population. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught on the outside bend of the lake near rock or drifting with cutbait. Desoto has all sizes of catfish. Walleye – Slow: Walleyes are being caught slow trolling crankbaits or drifting crawlers. Fish range in size from 15 to 20 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught on the west and south side of the lake with cut bait or shrimp.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in 6 feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8 to 9 inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are now in deeper water and around structure. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Fair: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Good: Ponds that support crappie populations have been picked up this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Anglers are now drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel catfish has been good in the southwest district. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Binder Lake

Binder Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam and weed lines. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to 9.5 inches have been caught along the dam in the evenings with small jigs.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with stink baits and cutbait along the rock structure and silt dikes. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits near the cedar tree piles. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 9.5 inches have been caught on small jigs near the fish mounds. Walleye – Slow: Walleye up to 17 inches have been caught using crawler harnesses on 8 foot flats.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes up to 16 inches have been caught on shallow diving crankbaits along the dam and weed lines in the evenings.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught on spinners and top water baits along the dam and in the flooded timber.

Loch Ayr

Loch Ayr lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish up to 18 inches have been caught on worms and cutbait along the dam.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 20 inches have been caught on cutbait along the rock structure and jetties. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits and plastics along the rock structure and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 15 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near jetties and in the flooded timber. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 9 inches have been caught on small jigs in flooded timber near the channel.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 9 inches have been caught on small jigs in 12 feet of water along the weed lines and on the roadbed. Walleye – Slow: Walleyes up to 18 inches have been caught using leaches on crawler harnesses and under slip bobbers along the weed lines and roadbed.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District area lakes have dropped over the past week with most lakes dropping into the mid to upper 70s. Also, most rivers have returned to base flow or near base flow. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call: 641-464-3108.

Missouri River

Blue Lake

Black Bullhead – Good: Blue Lake is a good place to take kids fishing for fast action. Channel Catfish – Good: Try worms and dip bait for success.

Missouri River Sioux City to Little Sioux River

Channel Catfish – Slow: A few channel catfish are being caught by rod and reel and on trotlines. Dip baits, worms, chubs, and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Fair: A few flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cut bait works best.

Missouri River Little Sioux River to Council Bluffs

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Fair: A few flathead catfish are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair: Anglers report catching a few blue catfish on trotlines and rod reel. Live bait and fresh cutbait are the baits of choice.

Missouri River Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line

Channel Catfish – Slow: Fishing should pick up for channel catfish. Try worms, dip bait, chubs and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Flathead anglers are buying bait and getting out on the river. Try live bait and fresh cutbait for the best success. Blue Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching a few blue catfish on trotlines and rod and reel on live bait and fresh cutbait.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb., is 22.2 feet, flowing at 34,700 CFS and is 73 degrees. The Missouri River has risen .29 feet from last week. The river has changed from the recent high water; watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. Most of the boat ramps are open on both sides of the river. Some ramps are still muddy and not accessible with the dropping of water levels.

Iowa Fishing Report July 10 2014

Iowa Fishing Report – Brought to you by The Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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

Blue Lake

Black Bullhead – Good:

Lake Smith

Bluegills and crappies are being caught along the rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are near the rocks, spawning. Cast a piece of cutbait with a light splitshot about of foot above the hook near the rocks. If you don’t get bit in 15 minutes, recast. Cats will bite if it is close to their nests.

Lake Catherine

Catfish and bass are biting. A few large bluegills are being caught. Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait.

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try on the rock reefs, shoreline rocks or just try on the windward shorelines with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. North shore docks and Ventura grade are also worth a try. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass near the reeds on the little lake. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds. Walleye – Good: Shoreline docks have been ok at dark or on windy days. Boats have been picking some up yet trolling, or fishing near the rock reefs near state reef, Billy’s or Gilmore’s. Some fish by the edges of the reeds where the wind blows into them. Muskellunge – Fair: Yellow Bass – Fair: Walleye anglers are picking 5-10 up. The state reef and dodge’s point are worth a shot.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegill bite is slowing down some but fish can still be caught. Fish with a popper or a bobber set shallow for the bluegills closer to shore. Or try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper dredged water (11-13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is not usable. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are along the rocky shore and are actively taking stinkbait and worms. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills are being caught while fishing for crappies. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are taking spinnerbaits from shore. Target woody debris along the waters edge. Crappie – Good: Anglers are catching crappies over the brush piles or along the shoreline using a small jig tipped with tube jigs or a twistertail.

Lake Hendricks

Lake levels have stabilized. A green algae bloom is affecting water clarity on the lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler, cutbait or liver; even try a hunk of hotdog. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are spotty but when found can be good. Use small pieces of worms on a hook. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or jigs tipped with soft plastics fished along the shoreline.

Lake Meyer

Lake is clearing but still very turbid. Bluegill – Slow: Gills are biting but you may have to catch a few before you get the one you want. A light colored twistertail is best. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or grubs. Anglers are finding fish along the weed lines. Crappie – Slow:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The CR-V36 Bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be closed for most of the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. Water levels are slowly dropping but clarity remains fair. Sucker – Slow: Suckers will take a hook tipped with a worm fished on the stream bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth bass action is picking up. Try a crankbait or jig tipped with twistertail around the mouth of tributaries or an undercut bank. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are hitting on spinners and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water clarity remains off color. Water levels have stabilized but still high. Most anglers are fishing from shoreline and are catching catfish. By weekend, water should be fishable. Sucker – Slow: Suckers are biting on worm rigs. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler bounced off the bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Anglers have been catching smallies on a flashy spinnerbaits. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are being picked up while fishing for smallmouth.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

Water temperatures are in the low 70s. Water levels have stabilized but still high and off-color. Sucker – Slow: Redhorse are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a worm. Walleye – Slow: Try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Cedar River is on a slow decline and clarity has improved. Anglers have been finding a few smallmouth bass and walleye but very slow. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are picking up catfish using a hook tipped with chicken liver, cut bait or night crawlers. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth are hitting night crawlers and minnows. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are hitting worms and minnows. A jig and twistertail is also working.

Water levels are slowly falling and area rivers slowly clearing. Lake levels are elevated and clarity is improving. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. ; Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Some streams aren’t stocked in July and August due to warmer water. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

There have been good reports of nice sized bluegill being taken near structure in deeper water close to the dam. Anglers have had good luck on largemouth bass throughout the day also. Bluegill – Good: Concentrate near deeper structure close to the dam using a small piece of crawler or wax worm under a slip bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours.

Brinker Lake

There have been fair reports of anglers catching both walleye and some channel catfish out of Brinker Lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Walleye – Fair: Try trolling crankbaits around the lake using a three-way rig to locate aggressive fish.

South Prairie Lake

Anglers are catching a lot of crappie around eight inches. Largemouth bass have been biting well. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Good:

Drift a small crappie minnow or wax worm under a slip bobber across the lake or near vegetation until locating fish.

Plainfield

Plainfield Lake is still reporting catches of bluegill and some crappie. Bluegill – Fair: Wax worms have been the bait of choice. Try fishing deeper water near structure with a slip bobber and waxy or drifting bottom with a floater and waxy using a three-way rig. Crappie – Fair: Drift a small crappie minnow or wax worm under a slip bobber across the lake or near vegetation until locating fish.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River continues to fall and fishing has improved, especially in Bremer County. Channel catfish have been biting exceptionally well below the dam in Waverly. Anglers are beginning to catch walleye and smallmouth bass as well. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits and crawlers have been real effective. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner bait near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

The Shell Rock is currently 9.66 feet and falling. There have been a few reports of anglers catching walleye. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in good shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Fair: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Most interior rivers are still falling from the past few weeks of rainfall. Lakes are now in their summer mode, target panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in good condition as long as they receive light rainfall over the next week. Be sure to call ahead for stream conditions or for further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 13.9 feet and steadily falling this week. The ramp at Village Creek is accessible but boaters should still use caution when passing under the railroad bridge. Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Good: Fish a small worm or piece of crawler under a bobber in backwater areas and coves where the water is into the vegetation. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River levels at Lynxville are 23.5 feet and falling. Bluegill – Good: Fish a small worm or piece of crawler under a bobber in backwater areas and coves where the water is into the vegetation.

Mississippi River Pool 11

The water levels at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg have dropped to 14.6 feet and expected to fall gradually over the next week. The city ramp is still flooded and full of debris. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Bluegill – Good: Fish a small worm or piece of crawler under a bobber in backwater areas and coves where the water is into the vegetation.

Mississippi River flood waters are steadily receding on the Upper Mississippi. Most boat ramps are still inaccessible. Boaters should use caution as a large amount of debris is floating in strong currents. Water temperatures are in the 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 16.1 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is at 18.0 feet. Water levels are dropping quickly but minor to moderate flooding is still occurring. Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing trot lines in backwaters have produced many catfish. Bait lines with a small piece of worm. Adjust height of trot lines to conform to falling water. Keep bait above the flooded vegetation. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are being caught by the dam and backwaters. Find areas with submerged vegetation and throw out a piece of worm.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 16.6 feet. The river is expected to drop quickly, however minor flooding is occurring in most areas. The water temperature is at 75 degrees. The DNR ramp is flooded but the Bellevue City ramp is currently open. Fishing for most species is slow due to the high water. Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing trot lines in backwaters have produced many catfish. Bait lines with a small piece of worm. Adjust height of trot lines to conform to falling water. Keep bait above the flooded vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair: The large clear backwater area of Spring Lake are producing some bass using frog imitation lures in the weed pads. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum can easily be caught in near shore areas right now on simple egg sinker and nightcrawler type rigs.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 17.2 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 19.0 feet. Levels are expected to recede however minor to moderate flooding is occurring throughout the pool. Nearly all of the ramps on Pool 14 are closed due to high water. The river is very turbid and there is a lot of debris floating down the river. Water temperature is 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are spawning. Float a crawler or leech over rocks for best results. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 18.4 feet. Water level is still listed as a major flood threat. Water is receding and water temperature is 75 degrees. There is some debris floating down and the water is very turbid. Fishing remains slow due to high water. Channel Catfish – Slow: The catfish spawn is still going on. Fish a worm on a float near rip rap.

Heavy rains have raised water levels to near record heights but now the rivers water levels are receding. Still many areas are in high, moderate or minor flooding levels. Very few boat ramps are available. The high water has made fishing very slow. We advise people to be careful if they decide to boat, the river is running fast and there is debris floating down.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 18.52 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water conditions. The Marquette St. ramp in Davenport is flooded. The ramp at Clark’s Ferry is flooded. The ramps at the Fairport Recreational Area are not accessible due to flooding. Boating on the Mississippi River is not advisable at this time. There has not been much fishing activity due to the high water. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 19.53 feet and falling. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 21.10 feet and falling. Flood stage at Muscatine is 16 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Boating on the Mississippi River is not advisable at this time due to the high water. There has not been much fishing activity due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 21.46 feet and falling. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 15 feet. River stage at Keithsburg is 19.96 feet. Flood stage at Keithsburg is 14 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Toolesboro is closed. The Hawkeye Dolbee access is flooded. Boating on the Mississippi River is not advisable at this time due to the high water conditions. There has not been much fishing activity due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 upstream of Burlington is 17.53 feet and falling. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 22.00 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. River stage at Ft. Madison is 532.38 feet and flood stage is 528.00 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Boating on the Mississippi River is not advisable at this time due to the high water. There has not been much fishing due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-19. River levels are still above flood stage throughout the pools but have been falling over the past few days. River levels are forecasted to continue to fall. Many of the ramps are not accessible due to the high water conditions. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Belva Deer

As of Tuesday, Belva Deer was three feet above normal pool and muddy. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow lately with all the rains and the ever changing weather. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass fishing has picked back up. Work the weed beds and the flooded timber.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Evening catfishing has been pretty good. Try chicken liver or stinkbait. Bluegill – Good: The second wave of the bluegill spawn is occurring. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Top-water action for bass is good right now. They are schooled up and chasing bluegill. They are breaking the surface as they chase the fry. A little floating Rapala or a fly rod and popper will get you a lot of action.

Lake of the Hills

Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where live minnows may be used as bait. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Catfishing has really picked up; night crawlers, stinkbaits and chicken liver are all productive. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing has been good on a variety of baits and lures so try a variety of things until you find out what is working that day. Largemouth Bass – Good: The bass are active especially in the gate 4 area. Find the rocks, stumps, and brush piles and you will find the bass.

Lambach Lake

Live minnows are not allowed for bait at Lambach Lake. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching plenty of nice bluegills in this smaller lake in West Lake Park. Worm and bobber fished from shore is working good. Crappie – Good: Anglers fishing for bluegills are also picking up more than a few nice crappies.

Railroad Lake

Live minnows are not allowed for bait at Railroad Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been good lately. You might have to move around a little to find them. Chicken liver, stinkbaits, and nightcrawlers should get you some fish. Bluegill – Good: Work the area along 110th for good number of bluegills also the north side along the area with all the stumps is also always good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try top-water lures around the structure early and late in the day. Soft plastics around the deeper habitat during the day.

Wilson Lake

The trout have been biting. Yes, trout in July, in Southeast Iowa. Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout have been caught using Berkley power baits, a wide variety of colors have been producing limits. Most anglers are having the best luck when they fish on the bottom and allowing the bait to float 1-3 feet seems to work best.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill fishing is decent. Start working out a little deeper as the summer progresses. Start looking to pick up some of the nicer fish to be out around the creek channel.

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

Hannen Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Stinkbait has been working best.

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill – Slow: Largemouth Bass – Slow:

Lake Macbride

Remember, the 10 hp maximum at no wake speed is in effect. Channel Catfish – Fair: White Bass – Fair: Look for schooling fish chasing new shad in open water. Bluegill – Fair: Drift small worms in 10-12 feet of water or fish around brush/rock. Size is usually poor. Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught around shallow wood.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, largemouth bass have to be 18 inches and muskies have to be 40 inches to keep. Channel Catfish – Fair: Chicken livers and stinkbait are working best towards evening. White Bass – Good: Try small spinners, jigs, or crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Fish live bait over humps and road beds towards evening. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: These are mixed in with the white bass schools. Fish for them the same way.

Diamond Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Bluegill – Fair: Crappie – Fair:

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish with stinkbait or chicken livers towards evening. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with small jigs or worms. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish with small jigs or spinners.

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

Lake Wapello

Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stinkbait or chicken liver. Look for areas with large rocks. Remember most lakes in Iowa stratify so don’t fish much below eight feet. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or top-water lures fished among the cedar trees that were placed in the lake during the last renovation. Use rubber worms in the same areas.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers report the best bait has been a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try top-water lures along the jetties. Use crankbaits along the shoreline and the face of the dam. Crappie – Fair: Anglers have been catching some crappies using the same bait while fishing for bluegills. Use a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Top-water lures are also a good choice this time of year. Remember Lake Hawthorn has a slot limit so all 12-16-inch fish must be immediately released.

Albia (lower)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been catching channel catfish using nightcrawlers or stinkbait. Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs with a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Target the submerged habitat areas that are marked with buoys.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Target the weed line and open pockets in the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock. Try top-water lures along the weed line. Use rubber worms or crawdad imitations in deeper water. Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits on the outer edge of the aquatic vegetation. Crappie – Slow: The crappies have spawned and are now out in a little deeper water. Try a slip bobber and a minnow to find where the crappies are suspended. Walleye – Slow: Try areas with rock shorelines using minnows and jigs. Crankbaits should also be tried in the same areas and along the dam.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 907.58 feet and water temperature is 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try dead chubs fished under a bobber or nightcrawlers. Target areas with large rocks such as the dam and around the Bridgeview bridge. Crappie – Slow: Anglers should try finding suspended schools of crappie and running small crankbaits through the school. Look for fish in 4-10 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Anglers should try trolling nightcrawlers along submerged points and underwater islands. Crankbaits should also be tried in the same areas. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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).

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is litter free. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3-5 foot deep tight to standing trees broke off at the water’s surface mid lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 10-15 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. Bluegills are good size running from 7-9 inches.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches can be caught drifting with small jigs. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Meadow Lake

Water temperature is 80 degrees. Bluegill – Fair: 7-8-inch bluegills can be caught around underwater reefs casting black jigs tipped with power bait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Meadow has a large year class of 10-12-inch bass.

Mormon Trail Lake

Catfish have picked up. Anglers are still catching crappie. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught on cutbait or shrimp around the jetties. Fish average two pounds. Crappie – Fair: The lake has a large year class of eight-inch crappies. Anglers are catching them all around the lake drifting.

Nodaway Lake

Catfish can be caught on the south shore and along the dam. A few crappies are being picked up around tree piles. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are being caught with shrimp. Fish are close to shore. Most fish caught are 18-20 inches. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills can be caught drifting. Fish average 7.5 inches. Crappie – Fair: Cast small jigs around tree piles or minnows under a bobber to catch 8-10-inch crappies.

Orient Lake

Channel catfish are being caught. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on the east side of the lake using cutbait or shrimp. Fish average 16 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up 9 plus inch fish drifting small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anita has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: Drift jigs tipped with power bait to catch 10 inch crappies.

Willow Lake

Willow has extremely good water clarity. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught along the campground shoreline with cutbait or liver. Fish average 18 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are being caught casting small jigs in the upper end of the lake.

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population of 8-11-inch fish. A few are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is also good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Fair: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

DeSoto Bend

The refuge enforces a four walleye bag with a 15-inch minimum length limit and no more than 1 walleye may exceed 22 inches. The lake has a good catfish population. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught on the outside bend of the lake near rock or drifting with cutbait. Desoto has all sizes of catfish. Walleye – Slow: Walleyes are being caught slow trolling crankbaits or drifting crawlers. Fish range in size from 15-20 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught on the west and south side of the lake with cut bait or shrimp.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8 to 9 inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are now in deeper water and around structure. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Fair: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Slow: Ponds that support crappie populations have been slow this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Anglers are now drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel catfish are still being caught close to shore around rock. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Slow: Fishing has been slow due to recent high water on the Missouri a few channel catfish are being caught rod and reel and on trotlines. Dip baits, worms, chubs and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Slow: A few flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best. Sauger – Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported caught use jigs with or without live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported caught use jigs with or without live bait.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Slow: Fishing for channel catfish should start picking up after the recent high water ramps are opening up and anglers are getting out on Missouri River. Try dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Slow: Anglers are starting to get back out on the Missouri to fish for flatheads. A few fish are being caught on live baits and fresh cutbait.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers are getting back out on the Missouri fishing should pick up for channel catfish. Try worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait for success. Flathead Catfish – Slow: Flathead anglers are buying bait and getting out on the River not much of a report with the high water conditions. Try live bait and fresh cutbaits for the best success.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 21.91 feet, 33,300 CFS and 75 degrees. The river has dropped approximately two feet from last week. The river has changed from the recent high water; watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. The State managed boat ramps have been cleaned recently on the Iowa side and several ramps are also open on the Nebraska side of the Missouri. Fishing has been slow due to recent high water and limited boat ramp access.

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