Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fishing Report June 20 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

Nelson Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Slow: Fishing has been slow for catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are starting to move in close to shore. Anglers have been picking up some bluegill off the face of the dam. The action isn’t real hot, but the bluegill that are being caught are 9-inch-plus. Try using a small black jig and fishing near shore. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Fishing has been slow for bass.

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching fair numbers of bluegills averaging 9 inches. Work a small black jig around the corners of the dam. Also look for spawning beds in the upper ends and shallow protected areas of the lake. Crappie – Fair: Anglers may still be able to find some crappie in spawning mode, otherwise they might have to look a little deeper and work around structure.

Brushy Creek Lake

Water clarity is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are being picked up the same way as walleye. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are being picked up the same way as walleye. Walleye – Fair: Some anglers have had success fishing with jigs baited with a leech cut in half. Try casting or vertical jigging in anywhere from 2 to 11 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. The daily bag limit for walleye is three. All walleye between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Water levels were 6 inches below crest as of Tuesday. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are still being caught with traditional catfish baits. Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing continues to be good. Most of the keeper size fish are coming on leeches or night crawlers on jig or slip bobber. Twisters baited with a crawler tend to be picking up smaller fish. Most anglers have been drifting with a lot of focus around the dredge cuts.

Black Hawk Lake

Water clarity is excellent and lake levels are about 8 inches below crest. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Many sub legal largemouth bass can be caught fishing the woody shorelines along Ice House Point and Shotgun Hill.

Browns Lake

Water levels are high. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching 1- to 4-pound channel cats. Try drifting with traditional catfish bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are being picked up while crappie fishing. Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing has been decent at Browns Lake. Most of the crappie are being caught along the campground and around the trees along the outside bend. Walleye – Fair: Some anglers have had success catching 18- to 22-inch walleye.

Snyder Bend Lake

Water levels are high.

Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are starting to hit. Shrimp or cut bait should work well. Bluegill – Fair: Decent sized bluegill are starting to move in close to shore and anglers are picking up a few. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught, but most are in the 10- to 12-inch size range.

Little Sioux Park Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Fair numbers of bluegill can be caught at Little Sioux Park. Fish are nice sized and the bigger ones are 8 to 9 inches. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Many sublegal largemouth bass are being caught.

Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)

The Little Sioux is at flood stage around Correctionville. High flows will make it difficult to fish.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)

Water levels are above flood stage. High flows will make fishing difficult.

The natural lakes are around 4 to 10 inches below crest, whereas most of the small impoundments are at full pool. For more information on rivers and lakes in the area contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.

Blue Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Blue Lake has a decent catfish population. Fishing should be good with warmer water conditions. Use dip/paste baits or larger live baits to avoid catching too many bullheads.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 27.40ft. /56,500 cfs./75 degrees Fahrenheit. Flood stage at this gauge is 35 feet. The Missouri is up nearly 5 feet from last week and is expected to continue to rise due to the recent heavy local rains and release of water from up north. Incoming tributaries are also at or near flood stage. Fishing has been slow due to conditions and boating is not advised on the Missouri River. Floating logs, debris and submerged rock structures are hazards.

Lower Pine Lake

For Upper and Lower Pine: Crappies (7-9″), Bluegill (6-7.5″) and bass are biting both from shore and from boats. Bluegills should be on spawning beds. Bass and crappies may be a little deeper.

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 split shot about a foot above the hook near the rocks. If you don’t get bite 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- to 27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms or stinkbait.

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are spawning. 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. Bluegill – Fair: Find a firm bottom in the reeds and you might happen upon some clusters of spawning bluegills. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds. Walleye – Good: Action has slowed some this week. Shoreline docks have been ok, yet at dark or on windy days. Boats have been picking some up yet trolling, or fishing near the rocks. Some fish by the edges of the reeds where the wind blows into them. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some fish near the edges of the reeds but bite is slow.

Lake Cornelia

Catches have included bluegills to 8 inches, some crappies to 9 inches, yellow bass 7.5 inches. You will need to sort the bluegills and yellows. Some small walleyes also have been caught.

Little Wall Lake

Fishing has been slow.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Excellent: The bluegill bite is going strong. Angler catches have been great this last week or so. 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 to 13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting along shore in shallower water. Cast a bobber and a minnow or any weedless type presentation. Also try deeper with minnows or artificials. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curly leaf.

Bluebill Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish near the rock shorelines or on the jetty. Try with worms. Fish are spawning near the rocks. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass can be caught casting leadheads tipped with a minnow or artificials.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

Unfishable due to flooding.

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 – Good: Fishing the deep rock piles will produce excellent action of this popular sport fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass bite reported. Fishing the deeper docks and weedbeds will produce the best action. Walleye – Fair: Fish weed beds and deeper water for the best action.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish traditional baits after dark for plenty of pole bending activity.

West Okoboji Lake

Recent storms in the Iowa Great Lakes has limited angling on West Okoboji Lake. Weed growth is limited; anglers are encouraged to focus on the weed lines as they continue to develop.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Excellent opportunities exist to catch angler acceptable size and larger fish from Five Island Lake.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Anglers be aware that the universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is unusable at this time. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are along the rocky shore and are actively taking stinkbait and worms. Bluegill – Fair: Fish the shallow areas with a small jig tipped with a waxworm. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass are hitting spinners or jigs tipped with twistertail. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are catching lots of 6-8 inch crappies over the brush piles using a small jig tipped with waxworm or soft plastic.

Lake Hendricks

Lake levels are up and water clarity is decreasing. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a night crawler or stinkbait. Catfish are starting to turn on. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills can be found close to shore and are biting on a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or jigs tipped with soft plastics fished along the shoreline.

Lake Meyer

Lake is muddy. Parking lot and dock are under water. Bluegill – Fair: Gills are biting but you may have to catch a few before you get the ones you want. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or grubs. Anglers are finding fish along the weedlines. 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. 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 using a crankbait or jig tipped with twistertail. Fish around the mouth of tributaries or an undercut bank. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are hitting on spinners and jigs tipped with night crawlers.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water clarity is very muddy and on the rise. Sucker – Slow: Suckers are biting on worm rigs. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers are catching catfish using stinkbait and a hook tipped with a night crawler. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Anglers have been catching smallies on a flashy spinnerbait. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are being picked up while fishing for smallmouth.

Turkey River (above Clermont)

Visibility on the Turkey River is very muddy and river is on the rise.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

Water temperatures are in the low 70s. Water levels are rising from recent severe weather. 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 night crawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

The river is above flood stage in Charles City as of 6/19/2014. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers are picking up catfish using a hook tipped with stinkbait 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.

Decorah District Streams

March browns have been hatching on many northeast Iowa streams this past week. Try your favorite #12 Brown Drake pattern for this great dry fly opportunity. Prince nymphs have been very effective, particularly in stained water. #18 Sulphurs, small Blue Wings and a few caddisflies have been hatching near dusk. For the spin fisher, try using an 1/8 oz jig tipped with a white twister or a #5 shad rap.

Severe weather the last few days has caused flooding and increased turbidity on most area rivers and streams. Going out on most rivers is not advised at this time. Lakes are rising and clarity is decreasing. 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. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Casey Lake has been good fishing for bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Channel Catfish – Good: Try fishing off of the old beach area with stinkbait, night crawlers or leopard frogs for some trophy catfish. Late afternoon, early evening has been the best. Bluegill – Good: Fish a small piece of worm under a slip bobber just off of the shoreline as bluegill are on the spawning beds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try casting spinner or crank baits, rubber worms along the dam or off of the jetties for good action. Plenty of bass ranging in the 13- to 16-inch size range.

South Prairie Lake

Fisheries surveys on Tuesday found a few gills on the beds yet and crappie out off of the edges of the weed beds. Bluegill – Fair: Cast a 1/64th or 1/32 ounce jig or fishing a small piece of worm under a bobber along or near the shoreline. Crappie – Fair: Try fishing a crappie minnow under a slip bobber off of the outer edges of the weed beds in 6 to 8 feet of water.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is on the rise and becoming muddy in both Bremer and Black Hawk counties. There have been some good reports of channel catfish being caught as the river is rising. Channel Catfish – Good: Stinkbaits or dead cutbaits fished upstream of logjams or below riffle areas on the bottom has been productive for channel catfish this time of year. Cutbaits have seemed to be the bait of choice recently.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

The Shell Rock River is high and still on the rise. The river gage is currently at 10.7 feet and expected to crest Thursday afternoon to 11.7 feet in Shell Rock.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon is currently at 6.27 feet and cresting. The weather forecast for the upcoming week calls for a chance of rain every day.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River gauge is currently at 6.02 feet and falling. The river should be in pretty good shape for the upcoming weekend bar no heavy rainfall events over the next couple of days. Walleye – Fair: A jig tipped with half a night crawler is a sure bet for walleye this time of year. Look for current breaks below wood structure or rocky shoreline areas for walleye.

The forecast for the following week calls for a chance of rain each day. Interior rivers are on the rise and muddy. Lakes are now in their summer mode; concentrate for fish 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 12.1 and expected to rise to 14.4. Lansing Village Creek ramp is open. Army Road at New Albin remains closed. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are spawning. Try fishing a minnow under a bobber in side channel and sloughs with some current. Bluegill – Fair: Fish backwaters and the slack current areas of side channels with small garden worms fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are pulling back into their usual shorelines and backwater areas and on the feed. Crappie – Fair: Crappie are dropping back into the trees in backwater sloughs. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising temperatures have drum actively feeding. Drifting a worm on the sand flats on side channel areas has been successful.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is at 21.3 feet and expected to rise to 24 feet. The boat ramp at Sny Magill is still closed but boaters are able to launch at Nobles Island and Bussey Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are spawning. Try fishing a minnow under a bobber in side channel and sloughs with some current. Bluegill – Good: Fish backwaters and the slack current areas of side channels with small garden worms fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are pulling back into their usual shorelines and backwater areas and on the feed. Crappie – Fair: Crappie are dropping back into the trees in backwater sloughs. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising temperatures have drum actively feeding. Drifting a worm on the sand flats on side channel areas has been successful.

Mississippi River Pool 11

River level at Guttenberg is 12.4 and expected to rise to 14.7 over the next week. The Guttenberg city ramp and Mud Lake are open but boaters may have to partially back vehicles into the water to launch boats. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are spawning. Try fishing a minnow under a bobber in side channel and sloughs with some current. Bluegill – Fair: Fish backwaters and the slack current areas of side channels with small garden worms fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are pulling back into their usual shorelines and backwater areas and on the feed. Crappie – Fair: Crappie are dropping back into the trees in backwater sloughs. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising temperatures have drum actively feeding. Drifting a worm on the sand flats on side channel areas has been successful.

Mississippi River levels are rising due to widespread heavy rains. Several boat ramps are still under water and access to the river is limited in some areas. Water temperatures are on the rise and fish are actively feeding. Boaters should use caution when launching and watch out for floating debris. Water temperatures are near 70.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 13.1 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 15.4 feet. Expect water to rise nearly two feet this week. Water temperature is 74.5 degrees. The water is turbid. Channel Catfish – No Report: We are about ready to enter the main channel catfish spawning times. Floating a bobber and worms along rock lines can be effective. Also, trot lining in high water can be a good method. Set lines floating over shallow vegetation, with a small night crawler for bait! Freshwater Drum – Fair: Small drum or “perch” as the locals call them are being taken on egg sinker and night crawlers. Drum are willing biters and can be caught in moderate current areas.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue rose this week and is at 14.2 feet on Thursday. Expect the water to raise at least two feet this week. The water temperature is at 74 degrees Fahrenheit. The DNR ramp is currently flooded but the Bellevue City ramp is open. Many of the other ramps on the Pool especially by Sabula are currently flooded as well. The high water continues to make fishing tough on Pool 13. Channel Catfish – No Report: We are about ready to enter the main channel catfish spawning times. Floating a bobber and worms along rock lines can be effective. Also, trot lining in high water can be a good method. Set lines floating high over shallow vegetation, with a small night crawler for bait! Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are being caught south of Sabula near Spring Lake. Go deep in the vegetation filled backwaters of Spring Lake and Savannah bay and try to find clearer water. Using spinner bait or frog imitations is your best bet! Freshwater Drum – Fair: The catch of drum has picked up. This is a very simple fish to catch, simply us an egg sinker and night crawler fished in moderate current areas or eddy areas for best results.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Camanche is at 15.9 feet and raising. The water level in LeClaire is at 9.3 feet and is also raising. Water temperature is at 74.5 degrees in the main channel and the water is turbid. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are preparing to spawn but water temperatures are slightly below optimal spawning. Prepare to fish along rock piles with a floating bobber and night crawler for best success. Some cats are being taken out of the Le Claire channel. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for cleaner waters in places like Cattail Slough. Bass are sight predators and need clearer water to feed effectively.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 13.2 feet. It is expected to raise for a few more days and then begin receding! Fishing remains slow for most species due to the high turbid water. Channel Catfish – Good: We are about ready to enter the main channel catfish spawning times. Floating a bobber and worms along rock lines can be effective. Also, trot lining in high water can be a good method. Set lines floating over shallow vegetation, with a small night crawler for bait! Freshwater Drum – Fair: You can easily catch drum on a simple egg sinker and night crawler rig. Fish in areas of moderate current or current eddies.

With all the rain, the Mississippi River is back on the rise in the district. Expect a one or two foot increase. This will put many places back into Action or Minor flooding stages. Courtesy docks are not in water at most locations. Water is very turbid.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 13.04 feet and rising. River levels are forecasted to rise throughout the weekend. Floodstage is 15 feet. The ramps at the Fairport Recreational area are useable but water conditions are still high. The docks are in at the Fairport Recreational area. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing night crawlers on the bottom. Floating crawler, leeches or minnows under a bobber along rocky shorelines has been working on channel cats too. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing has slowed down in Sunset Marina. Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing in Sunset Marina has slowed down.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 11.76 feet and rising. Floodstage is 15 feet. River levels are forecasted to rise throughout the weekend. Big Timber is closed. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Look for channel cats along the rocks floating minnows, leeches, or crawlers under a bobber.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 12.91 feet and rising. Floodstage is 15 feet. River levels are forecasted to rise throughout the weekend. Many of the ramps are inaccessible due to the high water conditions. Toolsboro is closed. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlingtion is 8.75 feet and rising. Floodstage is 10 feet. River stage is forecasted to continue to rise throughout the weekend. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfishing has slowed down some. Channel catfish are being caught floating minnows or leeches under a bobber along riprap (rocky) shorelines. Channel catfish are also being caught fishing whole shad in the shallows along flooded islands. The bite has been the best in the early mornings and picking up again later in the afternoon.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19

River stages are below floodstage but conditions are still high. With the recent heavy rains river levels are rising once again. Some ramp conditions may change as river levels are forecasted to rise. Water clarity is poor and water temperature is around 76 degrees. Remember to clean, drain and dry your boat before going to another waterbody. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

Still flooded and with all the water coming down the Mississippi from northeast Iowa and Minnesota, don’t expect it to change.

Lake Geode

Bluegill – Good: The bluegills are up on the beds. Work the shallow flats and along the edges of the weed beds for some nice sized fish.

Lake Belva Deer

Bluegill fishing remains very good, but because of the warm water temps (upper 70s) the spawn is occurring very fast. So you may find bluegills on the beds one spot and gone the next. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing is pretty good. Try cut bait or chicken liver around the rock. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills are up on the nests in shallow water. But it’s starting to rap up for the summer. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the flooded timber, and don’t forget about the mounds at the upper end of the lake.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Bluegill – Good: They are moving into the shallows to spawn. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass anglers are catching them on a variety of soft plastics.

Lake of the Hills

REMEMBER LAKE OF THE HILLS IS THE ONLY LAKE IN WEST LAKE PARK THAT YOU CAN USE LIVE MINNOWS AS BAIT. Channel Catfish – Fair: Starting to pick up. Anglers are using a variety of baits but definitely try chicken liver. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching some nice bluegills on worm and bobber at several locations around the lake near to shore where they are spawning. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass fishing continues to improve. Work the shallow structure in the warmer bays. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing is picking up with the warmer temperatures work the rocky areas of the shoreline.

Lambach Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing has been good fishing from shore using worms. Crappie – Good: Anglers are catching some nice crappies from shore while they are using worm and bobber for bluegills.

Railroad Lake

The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed on this lake. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing along the north side on the flat is fairly good. Warmer weather would keep them there when we get it. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching some bass off the old creek channel and along the rocks. Crappie – Good: Anglers are still catching crappies. Work the flooded timber areas as well as the flat on the north side around the logs and stumps.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

The bite seems to continue to be pretty good even with the unstable weather patterns. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been pretty solid for the last week or so. Cut bait and minnows are working the best. Flathead Catfish – Good: The bank poles are working pretty good now. Rod and reel anglers are also getting their fair share of them.

Big Hollow Lake

The fish cleaning station is going to be installed at the ramp this week. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing is picking up. I like the area at the very upper end of the lake; anglers seem to be working the shallow flats up there where the water enters the lake. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills are up on the beds now and are aggressively hitting on jigs and worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass fishing is pretty good right now. Work the flooded timber near the shore.

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

Iowa Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Good: The bluegills are very tight to the bank. Fish around any piece of wood laying on the shoreline. Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught shallow and some are being caught drifting the main lake basin.

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill – Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught around rock and wood.

Lake Macbride

Remember, the 10 horsepower maximum at no wake speed is in effect. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish around jetties or other rock for spawning catfish. Bluegill – Good: Fish around shallow rock. Unfortunately size is poor. Walleye – Fair: Early and late in the day have been best for walleyes. Most anglers are trolling crankbaits or spinner rigs in 8 to 13 feet of water.

Central Park Lake

Early and late in the day are best. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits are working. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are moving to the shallows to spawn. Try small jigs or worms around shallow pockets or wood. Largemouth Bass – Good: Soft plastic baits have been working best.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, largemouth bass have to be 18 inches and muskies have to be 40 inches to keep. Evenings have been best for white bass and walleyes. White Bass – Fair: Try small spinners, jigs or crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Crawlers along the bottom are working best.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken livers and stinkbait are doing well for catfish. Bluegill – Good: Fish with small jigs or worms around shallow brush or rock. Crappie – Fair: Most of the crappies have spawned and are returning to deeper water. Try around submerged brush piles or drift the basin for suspended crappies.

Coralville Reservoir

The lake level is at normal summer pool of 683.4′. Channel Catfish – Good: Some fish are being caught drifting cut bait in the main channel and some are being caught on live bait along rock banks. Crappie – Slow: Some nice 10- to 14-inch fish are being caught on rock banks and deeper brush on jigs.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Most typical catfish baits are working.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Channel Catfish – Good: Flathead Catfish – Fair:

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait and stinkbait has been working well.

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)

Below the dams in Cedar Rapids had been good this past weekend. Channel Catfish – Good: Small bluegills, shad guts, stinkbait and crawlers have all been working.

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Channel Catfish – Good: Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching bluegills in the backwaters of Pinicon Ridge Park, but size is generally small. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are catching crappies in the backwaters of Pinicon Ridge Park but size is generally small.

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

Lake Wapello

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using night crawlers or chicken liver. Look for areas with large rocks. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinnerbaits and crankbaits around the submerged trees. Topwater lures can also be productive.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use crankbaits or spinnerbaits along the fishing jetties and the dam. Crappie – Fair: Use plastic jigs or minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with brushpiles or other submerged structure.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Remember Lake Hawthorn has a slot limit so all 12- to 16-inch fish must be immediately released.

Albia (lower)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been catching channel catfish using night crawlers or liver.

Lake Miami

Lake Miami is currently undergoing a lake renovation and is 6 to 8 feet below normal. The fish population was removed last fall and fingerlings have been stocked. The boat ramps are difficult to use and angler acceptable sized fish are not available.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill – Good: Small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler fished along the shoreline has been the best baits to use. Largemouth Bass – Good: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock. Use spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Rubber worms or rubber craws should also work well. Crappie – Fair: Use a slip bobber and a minnow around brushpiles or dead trees. The crappies have spawned and are now out in a little deeper water. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been catching some walleyes. Try areas with rock shorelines using minnows and jigs.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 908.79. The water temperature is 72° F. 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: Channel catfish have started moving into areas to spawn. Look for areas with large rocks. Try using dead chubs fished under a bobber or night crawlers. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are being caught in shallow water near shore but some sorting is required for larger fish. Anglers have had some luck for larger fish out from shore in the 6- to 10-foot range fishing around submerged habitat such as tree piles or stumps. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have started to catch a few walleyes using crankbaits along submerged points and rip-rapped shorelines. Trolling night crawlers along submerged points and underwater islands can also be productive this time of year.

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

SOUTHWEST

Rock Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are being caught close to shore using small pieces of crawler, especially anywhere trees or brush are hanging off the bank into the water.

Roberts Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Drift or slow troll minnows and small jigs in the main lake for crappie.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8- to 9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing shallow with 1/16oz jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Anglers should focus on weed lines and continue to move until they find spawning fish. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 10- to 20-foot of water on the upper half of the lake.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are finishing up their initial spawn. Fish small pieces of crawler close to shore, especially in the areas where the shoreline brush is overhanging into the water. The bluegill are good size running from 7 to 9 inches.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegill are spawning tight to shore throughout the lake. In many areas there is a small gap of open water between the shore and the start of the vegetation. Pitch small pieces of crawler into these areas. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 foot of water or more.

Red Rock Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Fair: The channel and flathead catfish should be moving into the rocks to spawn at this point. Cast crankbaits or suspend live bait from a bobber around the rocks. White Bass – Fair: The white bass are beginning to bite in the main lake. Casting jigs and trolling tight to the shore on the windward shorelines (along the rocks) has been producing fish. Crappie – Fair: White crappie are wrapping up their spawning. Anglers can still pick up a few fish from shore around the Roberts Creek spillway, the riprap around the Highway 14 bridges, and the riprap in the marina cove.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Fair: The catfish can be found along the rip-rap as they guard their nests. Cast crankbaits or suspend live bait from bobbers near the rocks. White Bass – Fair: Focus on points and steep drop offs. Use white jigs, jigging spoons and crankbaits. Crappie – Fair: The crappie spawn is winding down, but a random fish can be found next to the docks in the marina fishing from boats, and on the rocks at Cherry Glen, under the mile long bridge and below the Big Creek spillway.

Water temperatures are in the 70s. The initial bluegill spawn is winding down in central Iowa. If anglers have a tough time catching fish shallow, they should begin drifting/slow trolling 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 have moved close to the jetties and along the dam. Bluegills are close to shore spawning. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average 2 pounds. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches can be caught close to shore. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8 to 12 inches.

Meadow Lake

Water temperature at meadow is in the mid 70s and bluegills are on their beds. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills have moved up on the reefs to spawn. Cast small jigs on top of the reefs to catch 7 to 9 inch fish.

Mormon Trail Lake

Catfish have picked up at Mormon Trail. Anglers are still catching crappie. Channel Catfish – Good: 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 using minnows two feet under a bobber.

Nodaway Lake

Bluegills can be caught on their spawning beds. A few crappies are being picked up around tree piles. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught in the upper end of the lake with cut bait. Bluegill – Good: Cast small jigs close to shore to find spawning bluegill. 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.

Orient Lake

Channel catfish are being caught at Orient. Bluegills are being caught on the dam. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on the east side of the lake using cutbait. Fish average 16 inches. Bluegill – Good: Cast small jigs to find spawning bluegills. Fish average 8 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught close to shore casting small jigs.

Lake Anita

Anita has quality sized panfish. Bluegill fishing continues to be good. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are on the underwater reefs spawning. Cast small jigs to catch 9-inch-plus fish. 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. Bluegills are spawning and close to shore. 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 still being caught around cedar tree piles. 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 – Slow: The crappie spawn is over although a few can still be caught with minnows around cedar tree piles. Fish are 8 to 11 inches.

DeSoto Bend

Desoto Bend is open for fishing. The refuge enforces a four walleye bag with a 15-inch minimum length limit and no more than one 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 – Good: 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 – Good: Bluegills can be found in the upper end of the lake spawning. Cast the shoreline with small jigs to catch 8 to 9 inch fish.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill can still be caught on their spawning beds. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Fair: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish with cutbait or liver. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are close to shore spawning. Cast small jigs over spawning beds. 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.

Water temperatures are in the 70s and bluegill fishing has been good in the southwest district. Channel catfish are close to shore around rock. For more information call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587

Lake Icaria

Icaria’s access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish have been caught on cut bait and worms along rock structure. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught with jigs near the fish mounds. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near the cedar tree piles and rock structure. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 11 inches have been caught with jigs near the fish mounds.

Q Pond City Park

Q Pond’s has structural problems with the outlet. The water level has dropped making the boat ramp unusable. Relaxed fishing regulations have been placed on Q Pond.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake’s access is good. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught with crankbaits and plastics in the flooded timber bays and near the flooded vegetation on the shoreline.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River’s access is good. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught using worms and small jigs near the fish mounds and spawning beds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek’s access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught on plastics and crankbaits along rock structure and near the flooded timber.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires’ access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught on jigs and worms near the rock mounds and along the rock spawning beds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near the fish mounds, along the dam, and near cedar tree piles.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)

The lake has been drained to allow the construction of a wetland near the upper end.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley’s access is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish up to 12 pounds have been caught using cut bait and worms along the silt dikes and jetties. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught on worms and small jigs near the fish mounds and rock spawning beds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile’s access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught on plastics and crankbaits along the jetties and in the flooded timber.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile’s access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill up to 9 inches have been caught on small jigs and worms near the fish mounds and along the rock reefs. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near rock structures and cedar tree piles.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District area lakes have climbed over the past week with some lakes pushing over 80 degrees. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call: 641-464-3108.

Comments

comments

Comments are closed.