Iowa Department of Natural Resources 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

Nelson Park Lake

Panfishing is starting to pick up. Channel Catfish – Slow: 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 nine inches 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 bluegill, but they are averaging nine 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: Bluegills are moving close to shore. Anglers should fish tight to the inside edge of the weed lines (shore side of the weed edge). Crappie – Fair: Crappies are moving close to shore. Anglers should fish tight to the inside edge of the weed lines (shore side of the weed edge). Walleye – Good: Anglers have had good success casting jigs for walleye. Try baiting your jig with a minnow or a piece of nightcrawler.

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: Channel catfish are close to shore and anglers should do well with traditional catfish baits. Most fish are around two pounds. White Bass – Good: White bass are tight to shore. Anglers should try casting hair jigs baited with a minnow or white twisters close to shore. There are a lot of white bass hanging out around the big island and the east shore from the boat ramp north to the end of King’s Pointe jetty. Walleye – Excellent: Anglers did very well for walleye last weekend and fish are continuing to be caught this week. Trolling shad colored crankbaits has produced good numbers of fish. Anglers were also catching good numbers of walleye casting jigs baited with a piece of night crawler just south of the college island. Many fish in the slot are being caught along with legal sized fish. 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.

North Twin Lake

Fishing has been slow and few anglers have been out. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers have been having a tough time catching channel catfish. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow. Yellow Bass – Slow: Anglers targeting yellow bass are picking up a few, but there are very few fish over seven inches.

Swan Lake

Panfishing has picked up. Water levels at Swan Lake are several feet low. Bluegill – Fair: Some 7-8-inch bluegill are being picked up while crappie fishing. Crappie – Good: The crappie bite has picked up. The crappies are in close to shore and anglers should focus their efforts around the jetties. Most crappies are 8-9 inches with a few 10 inchers mixed in.

Black Hawk Lake

Water clarity is excellent and lake levels are about 10 inches below crest. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers were catching bluegill around the stone pier. Most of the fish are around seven inches with a few slightly larger being picked up. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Many sub-legal largemouth bass can be caught fishing the woody shorelines along ice house point and shotgun hill. Walleye – Fair: Many sub legal walleye are being picked up. There aren’t a lot of legal fish yet since restocking began after the renovation.

Browns Lake

Anglers have reported good crappie fishing. Fish tight to shore and expect most crappies to be around 10 inches with a few larger ones mixed in. Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing has been decent at Browns Lake. The crappies are nice sized and most of the fish can be found close to shore and in the shallows around the cattails.

Snyder Bend Lake

Anglers have been picking up catfish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are in tight to the rocky shorelines. Use traditional catfish baits. Crappie – Slow: Recent surveys found crappies hanging around structure. Fish around beaver lodges and trees hanging in the water.

Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)

Fishing is starting to pick up. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are starting to hit. Shrimp or cut bait should work well. Bluegill – Fair: Decent sized bluegills 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 10-12-inch size range.

Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)

Water levels are good for fishing the Little Sioux River. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Anglers are picking up good numbers of large channel catfish. Recent reports from anglers indicate catfish are averaging four pounds. Cut bait and chubs are the bait of choice. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up some walleye casting jigs and using nightcrawlers.

Surface temps at many are in the high 60s to low 70s. The natural lakes are 8-16 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.

Lower Pine Lake

Crappies up to about 8 inches are biting pretty well on jigs on Upper and Lower Pine. Bluegills are biting on Lower Pine.

Lake Smith

Bluegills and Crappies are being caught near shore on the rocks. Channel Catfish – No Report: Largemouth Bass – Fair: A few nice bass being caught.

Lake Catherine

Bass and 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 stink bait.

Clear Lake

Surface water temp is around 63-66 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are in prespawn mode and are biting well. Try the rock reefs, shoreline rocks or just try on the windward shorelines with some cutbait, worms, or stink bait. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass catch near the island, Dodge’s Point, or near the Ventura Grade. Largemouth Bass – Slow: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds. Crappie – Good: Crappies have still been caught in the reeds, all around the lake, this week. Use a cane pole or long rod to dip a small jig in pockets in the reeds. Walleye – Excellent: Walleyes are biting well. Docks near the outlet on the south shore, city beach, and canal openings have done well at times. Dodge’s Point seems to be consistent. Boat anglers are doing best trolling crankbaits or fishing live bait rigs with leaches. Muskellunge – Good: Anglers are having success near the island or rock reefs near the areas that yellow bass are spawning. Incidental catches from walleye anglers trolling crankbaits. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellows are biting well near the island, Dodge’s Point. Some can also be caught on the edges of reeds and near docks. Average size is around 7.5 inches. Use a 1/32 ounce jig on a slow retrieve. Optional to tip with a minnow or small piece of worm. Best bite is before sunrise to about 8 a.m.

Lake Cornelia

Catches include bluegills up to eight inches, crappies up to nine 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

Bass fishing has been good; anglers using crankbaits.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Good: Gills are starting to build spawning nests around the shorelines near the rocks. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting along shore in shallower water. Cast a 3/16 ounce lead head jig with a minnow hooked through the lips. Walleye – No Report:

Bluebill Lake

Bluebill action has picked up. Largemouth are still biting on minnows with a bobber and by casting artificial baits. Crappies are starting to bite on minnows. Some bluegills have started moving into the rock and weed beds. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are in prespawn mode and should be biting well. Fish at sunset and after dark. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass can be caught casting lead heads tipped with a minnow or artificials. Crappie – Excellent: Crappies biting well on minnows around the jetty and the five pea gravel habitat spots around the shoreline.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)

Crappies biting pretty well on minnows.

Winnebago River

Northerns are biting on Mepps spinners and chubs below a bobber.

For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Mill Creek (Lake)

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill action has improved with the warmer water. Fish submerged brush for the best activity. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good action was reported last week.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Trolling crankbaits has produced the best action with good numbers caught last week. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fish deeper rock piles as the water warms on clear sunny days. Look for prespawn fish and fish slowly with a jig tipped with a minnow. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass angling continues to be reported. Walleye – Fair: Activity continues to improve as the day bite has started. Most fish are being caught in depths of 15 feet and deeper. Best action continues to be after dark. Dock or wader angling after 9 p.m. has produced the best action. Slot fish continue to be caught; however, good numbers of harvest able size fish is being creeled.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Fishing after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for this species. Bluegill – No Report: Fish the north end and the wooden docks on the east side for the best action. Cast a mini jig to locate panfish, persistence and patience will be rewarded with a mix bag of crappie, bluegill and yellow perch.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Channel Catfish – No Report: Good numbers available; fish after dark with traditional baits will result in excellent pole bending action. Walleye – Good: Boat anglers report numbers of fish being caught during the daytime. Wader fisherman angling after dark traditionally produces good catches of walleye. A jig tipped with a minnow will produce good results; however, twister tails and minnow baits will consistent action at this time of the year.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Action at the canal area continues to be good, look for the fish to shift to the main lake as the water warms, fish wooden docks associated with deeper water for the best action. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass action was reported in the canals over the weekend. Walleye – Good: Best action occurs after dark. Boat and wader fisherman have been successful with good numbers of 14-16-inch size fish being caught. No bite being reported during the day.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Good opportunities to catch angler acceptable sized and larger channel catfish. Walleye – Good: Walleye action has began with anglers catching fish using crankbaits and other traditional baits.

Diamond Lake

Fisheries survey completed in April reflect excellent numbers of northern pike and yellow perch are present. Yellow Perch – No Report: Good numbers of yellow perch were sampled averaging 9.0 inches.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Walleye – Good: Good numbers are reported to be caught in the Spencer area.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish deep brush piles for consistent action.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is not currently usable. Bluegill – Fair: Fish the shallow areas with a small jig tipped with a wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass are cruising shorelines showing pre-spawn habits. Water temperature is rising. Crappie – Excellent: Anglers are catching lots of 6-8-inch crappies over the brush piles using a small jig tipped with wax worm or soft plastic.

Lake Hendricks

Water clarity is excellent. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using nightcrawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found close to shore and are biting on a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Use spinnerbaits or jigs tipped with soft plastics fished along the shoreline. Crappie – Excellent: Anglers are picking up crappies using a jig tipped with a chartreuse twister. Crappies are in shallow.

Lake Meyer

Water clarity is excellent. Bluegill – Good: 6-8 inch bluegills are hitting jigs while fishing for crappies on the jetty. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass up to 14 inches are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or grubs. Bass are cruising for crappies. Crappie – Excellent: Fish off the jetty or in shallow water using jigs tipped with a rubber skirt in shallow water.

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. Water clarity is improving. Sucker – Fair: Suckers will take a hook tipped with a worm fished on the stream bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Crankbaits or jigs tipped with twistertail are working. Walleye – Good: Walleye are hitting on spinners and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water clarity is excellent and water temperature is in the mid 60s. Anglers are catching rock bass, catfish and a few brown and rainbow trout. Sucker – Fair: Suckers are biting on worm rigs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching smallies on a light colored jig and white or orange twistertail. Walleye – Good: Walleye are taking dark spinners with some flash and dark jigs tipped with a worm.

Turkey River (above Clermont)

Anglers on the Turkey River around Cresco have been reporting catching of walleye and smallmouth bass.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Sucker – Fair: Redhorse are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a worm. Walleye – Excellent: Try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Visibility is excellent. Northern Pike – Slow: Anglers are beginning to see a few northerns in the creel. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Use dead chubs, cut bait, stink bait or night crawlers. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are hitting night crawlers and minnows. Crappie – Good: Anglers are picking up crappies in the backwaters or shallow off channel areas using hooks tipped with minnow or rubber skirted jigs. Morning and evening are best. Walleye – Good: Walleye are hitting worms and minnows. A jig and twistertail is also working.

Decorah District Streams

Streams are in excellent condition and stream hatches are increasing, #18 baetis, small midges and a few caddisflies have provided reasonable dry fly action. Nymphing stained water with #14 pheasant tail or prince nymphs has been effective. GRHEs and other wet flies #16-#12 have also taken good fish. For the spin fisher, try using a 1/8 ounce jig tipped with a white twister or a #5 shad rap.

Scattered showers are forecast for the weekend but don’t let that stop you. Fishing is excellent right now. Area rivers, streams and lakes are in excellent condition. For more information on water levels, visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Trout hatchery folks are stocking streams where they can. 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)

Nice sized bluegill are on the spawning beds, there have been reports of some bluegill nearing nine inches in size. Largemouth bass have been very aggressive on artificial baits also. 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 crankbaits, rubber worms along the dam or off of the jetties for good action. Plenty of 13-16-inch bass.

Brinker Lake

Anglers have had some success catching crappie during the morning hours of the day but the crappie spawn is winding down. Crappie – Fair: Try fishing around structure using black or white feathered jigs.

George Wyth Lake

Recent fisheries survey found bluegill in high abundance with some approaching 7-1/2 inches. Bluegill – Good: Cast a 1/64th ounce jig or fishing a small piece of worm under a bobber along or near the shoreline. Crappie – Fair: Try drifting a minnow under a slip bobber or casting tube jigs in two to four feet of water along or near the shoreline.

North Prairie Lake

North Prairie Lake has been good for bluegill. Bluegill – Good: Cast a 1/64th ounce jig or fishing a small piece of worm under a bobber along or near the shoreline.

South Prairie Lake

There have been good reports of anglers catching bluegills. Fish of the dock or near the rocky shorelines of the lake as bluegill are on the spawning beds. Bluegill – Good: Cast a 1/64th or 1/32 ounce jig or fishing a small piece of worm under a bobber along or near the shoreline.

Plainfield

Anglers are catching crappies and bluegills. Concentrate near the shallows as the spawn nears. Bluegill – Fair: Try drifting a piece of nightcrawler under a slip bobber in 6-8 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Drift a minnow under a slip bobber or cast tube jigs in 6-8 feet of water.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is beginning to clear up as water levels drop. Good reports of channel catfish, smallmouth bass and walleye being caught in Bremer and Black Hawk counties. Channel Catfish – Good: A nightcrawler or dead cutbaits fished upstream of logjams or below riffle areas on the bottom. Cutbaits seem to be the bait of choice. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try jigs tipped with a crawler or cast spinner and crankbaits as water temperature warms. Walleye – Good: A jig tipped with half a nightcrawler is a sure bet. Look for current breaks below wood structure or rocky shoreline areas.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been no angling reports on the Shell Rock River for this week but river conditions should be good. This river provides great fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon is currently 5.56 feet and falling. Walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish should be biting well as the river falls and in good condition for the weekend. Channel Catfish – No Report: A nightcrawler fished upstream of logjams or below riffle areas on the bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Artificial crank or spinner baits are excellent lures. Walleye – Fair: Use a jig tipped with half a nightcrawler in current breaks below wood structure or rocky shoreline areas.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in prime condition for the upcoming weekend. Walleye – Fair: Use a jig tipped with half a nightcrawler in current breaks below wood structure or rocky shoreline areas.

Manchester District Streams

Brown trout have been biting well on the dry flies on Spring Branch Creek. There have been good insect hatches with the recent warm temperature. Spring Branch Creek has a 14-inch minimum-artificial lure only regulation on all trout from the spring source down to Hwy. D5X Bridge in Delaware County. Brown Trout – Good: Try drifting an Adams dry fly or gnat imitation fly on the surface for some good trout top water action.

Bluegill are moving into the shallows as the spawning season nears. Largemouth bass fishing is heating up also as we approach summer water temperatures. 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 12.3 feet and expected to fall below 11 feet over the next week. Village Creek in Lansing is still open on the Iowa side. Water temp is in the upper 60s. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are biting but with so much water it’s hard to find active fish. Fish the upper warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber. Crappie – Slow: Water levels are up and crappies are spread out. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising water levels and temperatures have drum on the feed as they prepare move onto spawning areas. Fishing a worm on the bottom may be your best bet.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is remaining steady around 22.5 feet and expected to fall below 21 feet over the next week. The boat ramp at Sny Magill is still closed but boaters are able to launch at Bussey Lake. Water temps are in the upper 60s. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are biting but with so much water it’s hard to find active fish. Fish the upper warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber. Crappie – Slow: Water levels are up and crappies are spread out. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising water levels and temperatures have drum on the feed as they prepare move onto spawning areas. Fish a worm on the bottom along side channel borders.

Mississippi River Pool 11

River level at Guttenberg is 13.6 feet and expected to fall below 12 feet by next week. The Guttenberg city ramp is open but boaters may have to partially back vehicles into the water to launch boats. The DNR ramp is still open but parking is limited. Water temps are in the upper 60s. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are biting but with so much water it’s hard to find active fish. Fish the upper warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber. Crappie – Slow: Water levels are up and crappies are spread out. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising water levels and temperatures have drum on the feed as they prepare move onto spawning areas. Fish a worm on the bottom along side channel borders.

The Upper Mississippi River levels remain at mild flood stage but water levels are expected to drop steadily over the next week. Some boat ramps are still under water and access to the river is limited in some areas. Water temperatures on the rise and fish are feeding but falling water levels may slow fishing as fish begin to retreat to deeper water. Boaters should use caution when launching and watch out for floating debris.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque is at 14.75 feet and at the Dubuque RR bridge it is 16.75 feet. The water level is expected to gradually drop over the next couple of days. Fishing is slow overall due to high water. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth have been caught in many of the backwaters and marinas. Pitching jigs has been effective at getting fish. Walleye – Slow: Due to high water, walleye fishing has been tough. Jigging leaches around rock piles has had some success.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue has fallen to 15 feet and will continue to decrease. The water temperature is 70 degrees. The DNR ramp is flooded but the Bellevue City ramp is open. Many other ramps are flooded as well. High water has made fishing tough on this pool. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are being caught south of Sabula near Spring Lake. Find some clear water and pitch some jigs and good results should follow.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Camanche is at 16.87 feet and is decreasing. The water level in LeClaire is 10.2 feet and appears to be dropping, then will level off. Not much fishing has been reported due to high water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are getting ready to spawn and are moving into the backwaters and to the mouths of streams. Fish have been reported at the mouth of the Wapsi.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 15.17 feet. The river is still at minor flood stage, but is expected to drop. Fishing remains slow with little to report. Bluegill – Slow: Some bluegill are being caught in backwaters and marinas. Freshwater Drum – Fair: Fish have been caught near Lock and Dam 14 using worms.

The river is expected to drop, but high waters is keeping the majority of the fishing slow. Fishing has begun to pick up as the water is drops. Many boat ramps continue to be inaccessible, call ahead to see if your ramp is open.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 14.87 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Many of the boat ramps are inaccessible due to the high water. The ramps at Clark’s Ferry and Shady Creek are not useable. The lower ramp and part of the parking area at the Fairport Recreational area is still underwater. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught in Sunset Marina casting jigs with white twister tails. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina floating small minnows or pieces of worm under a bobber along the shore. Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are still being caught in Sunset Marina floating minnows under a bobber along the shore.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 14.32 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 15.41 feet and flood stage is 16 feet. Many of the boat ramps throughout the pool are inaccessible due to the high water. Kilpeck Landing is closed. Big Timber is closed. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 15.38 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Many of the ramps are inaccessible due to the high water conditions. Toolesboro landing and Hawkeye Dolbee landing are underwater. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 above BURLINGTON is 11.31 feet and falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 16.27 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and farm ponds.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River levels are falling but much of the river is still above flood stage. Many of the boat ramps are inaccessible due to the high water conditions. Fishing has been tough due to the high water conditions and limited access to the river. 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

Still flooded but starting to come down slowly.

Lake Belva Deer

Fishing is still hit or miss. Bluegill – Fair: The cold weather has affected these guys too. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Pick one of the few nice sunny days and hit the warmer bays and the upper end of the lake. Crappie – Fair: The change in the weather has driven the crappies out to 7-8 feet of water.

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 where minnows are allowed as live bait. Rainbow Trout – Slow: Trout fishing is starting to taper off. Some may be found around where Lambach Lake dumps into the lake and the rocky areas around there. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to improve. Work shallow structure in the warmer bays. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing is picking up with the warmer temperatures work the rocky areas of the shoreline.

Railroad Lake

The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill fishing along the north side on the flat is picking up. 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 – Fair: Crappie fishing is starting to pick up. 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 water level is about half bank full. Not too bad considering the rainy weather. Boat access up and down through this section is pretty good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfishing has been pretty good during our last stretch of warm weather but I sure that it has dropped off with this batch of cold weather. Not many anglers out the last few days. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Bank poles are catching them off and on but the bite is starting to get steadier.

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. Water clarity is excellent. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are moving to the shallows, unfortunately size has been small. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish shallow rock or along wood with soft plastics. Crappie – Fair: Numbers are down but size is good with average fish being around 11-12 inches. There should be some fish shallow and some suspended in the lake basin.

Iowa Lake

The water is very clear. Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Good: The bluegills are very tight to the bank. Fish around any piece of wood near the shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try casting reaction baits in the clear water. Some bass are beginning look for places to spawn. 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. Crappie – Fair: Look for spawning fish around shallow wood and rock.

Lake Macbride

Water temps have hit 70 degrees. The lake is beginning to green-up a bit from algae. Bluegill – Good: Fish around shallow rock. Unfortunately size is poor. Crappie – Slow: Seems like morning has been. The best reports are coming from the south arm. Walleye – Slow: Early and late in the day have been best. During these low light conditions they can be caught shallower along rock. During the day, troll crankbaits or spinner rigs in 8-13 feet of water.

Central Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are moving to the shallows to spawn. Try small jigs or worms around shallow pockets or wood. Largemouth Bass – Good: Look for bass to be moving to the shallows to spawn. 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. White Bass – Fair: White bass are along the banks spawning now. Try small spinners, jigs, or crankbaits. Bluegill – Fair: Fish in shallow pockets around wood or rock. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish around rock or shallow lay downs with soft plastics for spawning bass.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken livers and stink bait 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.

Otter Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: Try small jigs or worms around shallow rock or wood as well as around the sunken brush piles. Most fish are 6-8 inches. Crappie – Slow: Fish around submerged brush piles with a small jig or minnow. Most fish are around eight inches. Yellow Bass – Good: Throw a small jig or spinner to shallow rock or sand. Most fish are 7-9 inches

Union Grove Lake

Channel Catfish – Slow: Bluegill – Good: Fish around any shallow rock or wood. The upper end tends to be better. Crappie – Good: Fish in shallow pockets for spawners and off the ends of lay downs and in the basin for those that are done spawning. The lower end tends to be better. Yellow Bass – Slow: Yellow bass should be up in shallow rock or sand in attempts to spawn. Throw small twisters or spinners.

Coralville Reservoir

The lake level is at normal summer pool of 683.4 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some fish are being caught drifting cut bait in the main channel and some are being caught on live bait along rock banks. Crappie – Fair: Some nice 10-14-inch fish are being caught in shallow water on jigs. Some post spawn fish are being caught around submerged brush as well.

Sand Lake

Sand Lake is located on the east side of Marshalltown. Rainbow Trout – Fair: Some trout are being caught but catches are inconsistent. Crappie – Good: Fish with minnows under bobbers along the shorelines for fish up to 11 inches.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the Coralville Reservoir are about 1,600 CFS on May 28, and is predicted to slowly drop over the next week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Walleye – Fair:

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

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

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)

Below the dams in Cedar Rapids was good last weekend. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Small bluegills, shad guts, stink bait and crawlers have all been working. Walleye – Fair:

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Smallmouth Bass – Good:

Prairie Park Fishery

Remember, you must have a fishing license and a trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair: Live bait, spinners and small jigs are producing some trout that were stocked this spring. Crappie – Good: Most anglers are doing well on minnows along the brush in the water.

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

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Use jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shorelines. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use spinnerbaits along the shorelines and around the rocky areas along the jetties and the dam. Crappie – Fair: Use plastic jigs or minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with brush piles or other submerged structure.

Albia (lower)

Bluegill – Good: Anglers have had luck along the shorelines using nightcrawlers and small jigs. Boat anglers have also had luck using similar baits around areas with submerged structure.

Lake Miami

Lake Miami is currently undergoing a fisheries renovation and is 6-8 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 – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Good: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock. Use crawdad imitation baits or spinnerbaits. Crappie – Fair: Use a slip bobber and a minnow around brush piles or dead trees. Crappie started moving shallow with the warmer temperatures so start in about 4-6 feet of water and move toward shore until finding active fish.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 906.60. The water temperature is 64 degrees. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are moving to shallow water to spawn. Target areas with brush or other submerged structure in 2-6 feet of water. Try minnows under a slip bobber or casting tube jigs. Jig and minnows casted around structure can also be effective. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have started to catch a few walleyes. Use jigs and minnows along submerged points and rock piles. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.

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

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. Crappie – Good: White crappie are still spawning and are being caught tight to shore. Use minnows under a bobber or small panfish jigs around any wood or rock close to shore, especially on the jetties and the face of the dam.

Roberts Creek Lake

Crappie – Good: The crappie bite is good right now fishing from shallow out to 9 feet on the southeast side of the lake using minnows under a bobber.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing shallow with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Start in the shallow bay across from the 100th Street boat ramp. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are being caught fishing jigs or minnows in six feet of water or deeper at the mouths of the bays during the day and then shallower back in the bays in the evenings. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 10-20 feet of water on the upper half of the lake.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are spawning shallow throughout the lake. 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 7-9 inches.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Good: 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 feet of water or more.

Red Rock Reservoir

Crappie – Fair: White crappie are continuing to spawn and are being caught shallow using minnows under a bobber near rock habitat throughout much of the lake. A few good areas that can be fished from shore include the Roberts Creek spillway, the riprap around the Hwy. 14 bridges, and the riprap in the marina cove.

Saylorville Reservoir

Crappie – Good: Good size crappie are being caught 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.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish is fair to good using cutbaits or nightcrawlers.

Water temperatures have risen into the low 70s. The crappie spawn is winding down while the bluegill spawn is picking up. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Crappie fishing has slowed this week and bluegills are on shore. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches can be caught close to shore. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up on the dam. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Meadow Lake

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

Mormon Trail Lake

Catfish have picked up. Anglers are still catching crappie. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are being caught on cutbait around the jetties. Fish average two pounds. Crappie – Good: The lake has a large year class of eight-inch crappies. Anglers are catching them all around the lake using minnows two feet under a bobber.

Nodaway Lake

A few crappies can still be caught near rocks. Bluegills are beginning to move in to spawn. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught in the upper end with cut bait. Bluegill – Good: Cast small jigs close to shore to find spawning bluegill. Fish average 7.5 inches. Crappie – Slow: Cast small jigs or minnows under a bobber close to rocky shorelines.

Orient Lake

Channel catfish are being caught. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on the east side of the lake using cutbait. Fish average 16 inches.

Lake Anita

Anita has quality sized panfish. The lake is extremely clear making it difficult to get close to spawning bluegill. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are on the underwater reefs spawning. Cast small jigs to catch nine-inch plus fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anita has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: Cast small jigs around rocky shorelines to find late spawning crappies.

Viking Lake

Viking has a good population of 8-11-inch crappies. A few crappies are still being caught in the pontoon area and in the campground arm. 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 about over although a few can still be caught in the shallow bays of the lake with rocky shorelines. 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. Walleye – Slow: Walleyes are being caught slow trolling crankbaits or drifting crawlers. Fish range in size from 15-20 inches.

Lake Manawa

Manawa is 12 inches low. Anglers are still catching a few spawning crappies in the canals. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are being caught in the canals using red and black tube jigs tipped with wax worms. Fish are all sizes.

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 8-9-inch fish.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Crappie have moved off shore and bluegills are spawning. 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 low 70s and bluegills have moved onto their spawning beds. A few crappies can still be found near shore. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Icaria’s access is good. Channel Catfish – Slow: Catfish have been caught on and worms along the silt dikes in the north and east arms and 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 – Fair: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught on minnows and small jigs near the fish mounds. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes up to 20 inches have been caught with jigs near the fish mounds and trolling crankbaits in 10 feet of water.

East Lake (Osceola)

East Lake’s access is good. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught with small jigs and worms around the docks and along the dam.

Grade Lake

Grade’s access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 8.5 inches have been caught on small jigs and worms along the west shoreline.

Q Pond City Park

Q Pond’s has structural problems with the outlet. The water level has dropped making the boat ramp unusable.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake’s access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught with crankbaits and plastics off points and in the flooded timber bays. Crappie – Fair: Crappies have been caught with minnows and small jigs near the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River’s access is good. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles. Walleye – Excellent: Walleye up to 16 inches have been caught with crawler harnesses in 15 feet of water along the dam and off the rock reefs.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek’s access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught on plastics and crankbaits along rock structure. Crappie – Fair: Crappies have been caught with small jigs and minnows near the jetties.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle Lake’s access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills have been caught near the jetties using small jigs and drifting a worm under a bobber.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir

Mount Ayr Reservoir’s access is good. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills up to 8.5 inches have been caught with small jigs and drifting a worm under a bobber.

East Lake (Lenox)

East Lake’s access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 18 inches have been caught with worms. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 8.5 inches have been caught with worms and small jigs.

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 – Fair: Bass have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near the fish mounds and cedar tree piles. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught on jigs and minnows near the dam and rock mounds.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)

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

Wilson Park Lake

Wilson’s access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to eight inches have been caught with small jigs and worms.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley’s access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 12 pounds have been caught using cut bait and worms along the silt dikes and jetties. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to eight 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. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs near the fish mounds and long the dam.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile’s access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies 6-7 inches have been caught on minnows and small jigs near the jetties. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass up to eight inches have been caught on small jigs near the jetties and along the dam.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile’s access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs and worms near the fish mounds and along the rock reefs. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near rock structures and cedar tree piles. Crappie – Good: Crappies 8-11 inches have been caught using minnows and small jigs near the jetties and along the rock reefs. Walleye – Fair: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught on jigs and crankbaits along mid-lake flats and along the dam.

West Lake (Lenox)

West Lake Lenox has no boat access. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 8.5 inches have been caught with small jigs and worms.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District area lakes have climbed over the past week with some lakes pushing over 75 degrees. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb., is 21.70 feet / 32,100 CFS. Water levels have dropped slightly from last week. Water temperature rose 10 degrees from last week to 71 degrees.

Blue Lake-Monona County

Bullhead – Good: This is a good place to take kids fishing if you’re camping or want some success. Use jig heads or live bait rigs (hook, sinker, bobber (optional)) with worms.

Missouri River- Sioux City to Little Sioux River

Channel Catfish – Good: Try worms, cutbait, and dip bait. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching flathead catfish on live baits.

Missouri River-Little Sioux river to Council Bluffs

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing continues to be good on crawlers, cutbait, and dip baits. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching a few flathead catfish on live baits and/or fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching a few on fresh cutbaits and live baits. Shovelnose Sturgeon – Fair: Anglers are having success on worms and cutbait.

Missouri River- Council Bluffs, IA to the State of Missouri Line

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing continues to be good using crawlers, cutbait and dip bait. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching a few on live baits and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair: Some nice blue catfish continue to be caught on cutbait and live baits. Try fishing around brush and rock structures. Shovelnose Sturgeon – Slow: Anglers are catching a few with worms and cutbait.

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