Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fishing Report June 12 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

Panfishing is starting to pick up. Channel Catfish – Slow: Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are moving 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 a small black jig and fish near shore. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Fishing has been slow.

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching fair numbers of bluegills 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: 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 2-11 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. 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. 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.

Black Hawk Lake

Water clarity is excellent and lake levels are about 11 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

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching 1-4 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. Most crappies are being caught along the campground and around the trees along the outside bend.

Snyder Bend Lake

Anglers have been picking up catfish on Snyder Bend. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are in tight to the rocky shorelines. Use traditional catfish baits. Bluegill – Slow: Some bluegill are being caught from shore around the campground. Crappie – Slow: Recent surveys show crappies are 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. Bluegill – Fair: Decent sized bluegills are moving close to shore and anglers are picking up a few. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught, but most are 10-12 inches.

Little Sioux Park Lake

Water levels are low. Bluegill – Fair: Fair numbers of bluegills up to nine inches can be caught. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Many sublegal largemouth bass are being caught.

Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)

Water levels are good for fishing. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Anglers are picking up good numbers of large channel catfish. Recent reports indicate catfish being caught on cut bait and chubs are averaging four pounds. Walleye – Good: Some anglers have been doing well in the Anthon area.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)

Catfishing has been good from the Little Dam in Fort Dodge down to Lehigh. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are doing well for channel catfish using cut bait and chicken liver. Flathead Catfish – Good: Anglers are doing well using bullheads as bait.

Surface temps at many are in the 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

Crappie on both lakes with jigs near shoreline rocks. Bluegills from the brush piles and downed trees with slip bobbers on both lakes. Largemouth bass deep diving crankbaits from Lower Pine Lake.

Lake Smith

Bluegills and crappies are being caught near shore on the rocks. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are near the rocks, spawning. Cast a piece of cutbait with a light splitshot about of foot above the hook near the rocks. If you don’t get bit in 15 minutes, recast. Cats will bite if it is close to their nests.

Lake Catherine

Catfish and bass are biting. A few large bluegills are being caught. Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms or stink bait.

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are spawning. Try the rock reefs, shoreline rocks or just try on the windward shorelines with some cutbait, worms or stink bait. The island has been good for quick bites. 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. Walleye – Good: 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. Yellow Bass – Slow: The spawning bite looks like probably done. Fishing might be tough for a few weeks.

Lake Cornelia

Catches have included bluegills to eight inches, some crappies 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

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 have been caught close to shore but also some deeper near the dredged water as well. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting along shore in shallower water. Cast a bobber and a minnow or any weedless type presentation. Walleye – Fair: An occasional walleye near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

Bluebill Lake

Bluebill action has picked up. Largemouth bass are still biting on minnows with a bobber and by casting artificial baits. Crappies are starting to bite on minnows as well. 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.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

Fishing has been good for channel cats. Look for undercut banks or rock riprap as that’s where they will be spawning. Cast a bobber and let it drift slowly past the edge of the cut bank or rocks.

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

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is not currently usable. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are along the rocky shore and are actively taking stink bait and worms. Bluegill – Fair: Fish shallow areas with a small jig tipped with a wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass are hitting spinners or jig tipped with twistertail. Crappie – Fair: 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

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler or stink bait. 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. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are picking up a few crappies using a jig tipped with bright colors in deeper water.

Lake Meyer

Bluegill – Good: Gills are biting but you may have to catch a few before you get the one you want. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or grubs. Anglers are finding fish along the weed lines. Crappie – Slow: A few anglers are catching crappies but the action has slowed.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

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

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water clarity is improving. Sucker – Slow: Suckers are biting on worm rigs. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Anglers are catching catfish using stink bait and a hook tipped with a nightcrawler. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching smallies on a flashy spinnerbaits. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are being picked up while fishing for smallmouth.

Turkey River (above Clermont)

Visibility is improving but fish activity has been slow.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

Water temperature is in the low 70s. Fish activity should be improving. Sucker – Slow: Redhorse are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a worm. Walleye – Slow: Try a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Visibility is improving and fish activity should pick-up. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Anglers are picking up catfish using a hook tipped with stink bait or night crawlers. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are hitting night crawlers and minnows. Walleye – Fair: 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 ounce jig tipped with a white twister or a #5 Shad Rap.

A nice stretch of mild weather should continue through the weekend. Area rivers are clearing and again fishable. Lakes and trout streams are in good condition. For more information on water levels, visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Fishing has been good for bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Channel Catfish – Good: Try fishing off of the old beach area with stink bait, nightcrawlers 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 spinnerbaits, crankbaits or rubber worms along the dam or off of the jetties. Plenty of 13-16-inch bass.

South Prairie Lake

There have been good reports of anglers catching bluegills. Try off of the fishing dock or near the rocky shorelines as bluegills 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 crappie and bluegill. Concentrate near the shallows as the bluegill spawn is upon us. Bluegill – Good: Drift a piece of nightcrawler under a slip bobber near the shallows. 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 again in good condition as water levels began to drop in Bremer and Black Hawk counties. There have been good reports of channel catfish, smallmouth bass and walleye being caught. Channel Catfish – Good: A nightcrawler or dead cutbaits fished upstream of logjams or below riffle areas on the bottom has been productive. Cutbaits have seemed to be the bait of choice recently. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try jigs tipped with a crawler or casting spinner and crankbaits as water temperatures warm. Walleye – Good: A jig tipped with half a nightcrawler fished near current breaks below wood structure or rocky shoreline areas.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been no fishing reports River for this week but the river is high at 9.73 feet. This river provides great fishing opportunities for walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon is currently at 5.47 feet and falling. Walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish should be biting well as the river is falling and in good condition for the weekend. Channel Catfish – Fair: A nightcrawler fished upstream of logjams or below riffle areas on the bottom can be productive. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Artificial crank or spinner baits are an excellent choice. Walleye – Fair: A jig tipped with half a nightcrawler fished 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: A jig tipped with half a nightcrawler is a sure bet for walleye this time of year. Look for current breaks below wood structure or rocky shoreline areas for walleye.

The weekend forecast looks beautiful for northeast Iowa. Both interior rivers and area 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 12.1 feet and remaining fairly stable over the next week. Lansing Village Creek ramp is open. Army Road at New Albin remains closed. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are spawning. Try a minnow under a bobber in side channel and sloughs with some current. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are moving in to spawn. Fish the shallow warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on 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 21.9 feet and on a slow fall. 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 a minnow under a bobber in side channel and sloughs with some current. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are moving in to spawn. Fish the shallow warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on 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 12.8 feet and a slow fall over the next week is expected. 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 a minnow under a bobber in side channel and sloughs with some current. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are moving in to spawn. Fish the shallow warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on 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.

The Upper Mississippi River flood waters are receding slowly. Some 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. Expect fish to move into summer patterns as water levels return to normal and fish begin to retreat to deeper water. 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 12.8 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 15.0 feet. Water temperature is 72 degrees. The water level is expected to remain fairly steady to falling this week. Water clarity is fairly good. Bluegill – Fair: Some folks are catching seven-inch type bluegills in the marina areas. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth have been caught in many of the backwaters and marinas. Pitching jigs has been effective. Falling water level should pull the bass out of the flooded trees. Walleye – Fair: Due to high water, walleye fishing has been tough. Jigging leaches around rock piles has had some success. Fish wing dams very tight to the shorelines in high water. Move out on the wing dams as the water recedes. Freshwater Drum – Fair: Small drum or “perch” as the locals call them are being taken on egg sinker and nightcrawlers. Fish in moderate current areas.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue rose this week and is at 13.5 feet. It is expected to hold for a bit and then maybe recede. The water temperature is 73 degrees Fahrenheit. The DNR ramp is currently partially 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. 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. Walleye – Fair: Some anglers are catching walleyes mostly pitching jigs into current eddy areas. On wing dams fish very close to the shoreline in high water. Move out along the dam face as water recedes. Freshwater Drum – Fair: The catch of drum has picked up. This is a very simple fish to angle for, an egg sinker and night crawler in moderate current areas works the best.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Camanche is at 14.8 feet and is rising slightly. The water level in LeClaire is at 8.7 feet and leveling off. Fishing has picked up slightly from last week’s report but is still slow. Water temperature is at 73 degrees in the main channel. 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. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegill are being reported but getting access to the ramps and fishing areas is making it tough on anglers. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Some bass have been reported biting on small spinners. Bass have been chasing minnows in the shallow water areas. Try areas around Rock Creek for the best success.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 12.4 feet. It is expected to raise for a few more days and then begin receding. Fishing remains slow but more and more people are starting to venture on the river after all the high water. Bluegill – Slow: Some bluegill are being caught in backwaters and marinas. Walleye – Slow: Rumors are that a few walleye have been caught near the mouth of duck creek. Try bright colored jigs near the rocky shorelines for the best success. Freshwater Drum – Fair: Fish have been caught near Lock and Dam 14 using worms.

The river did rise this week and is still rising in Pools 14 and 15. It is predicted to crest and then begin to recede in the district. Fishing is generally slow as many places are still slightly flooded. Many boat ramps continue to be inaccessible due to high water, call ahead to see if your ramp is open. Courtesy docks are not in water at most locations.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 12.39 feet and rising. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage at Fairport is 12.36 feet and flood stage is 14 feet. River levels are forecasted to rise some over the next few days. The Marquette St. boat ramp in Davenport will be closed June 11th-15th. The ramps at the Fairport Recreational area are useable but water conditions are still high. The docks are not in at the Fairport Recreational area due to the high water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom. Floating crawler, leeches, or minnows under a bobber along rocky shorelines has been working on channel cats too. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught up by the Arsenal Dam casting jigs and white twister tails or in-line spinners. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing has slowed down in Sunset Marina. Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing in Sunset Marina has slowed. Sauger – Fair: Small saugers are being caught by the Arsenal Dam on jigs and twister tails. Some saugers are also being caught trolling between the lower end on Credit Island and the 280 Bridge, and out from the mouth of the Rock River.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 11.08 feet and rising. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 12.78 feet and flood stage is 16 feet. 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

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 12.26 feet and rising. Flood stage is 15 feet. River levels are forecasted to rise some over the next few days. Many of the ramps are inaccessible due to the high water conditions. 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 8.37 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 13.59 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. Channel Catfish – Good: 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. Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters on crappie jigs or minnows under a bobber. Places to try are the Burlington Island complex, O’Connell Slough, and Carthage Lake. Look for crappies around fallen trees in the water or submerged snags.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River stages are below flood stage but conditions are still high. Water clarity is poor and water temperature is around 71 degrees. Some boat ramps are still closed due to the high water conditions. Some ramps and parking areas may need to dry out before use due to the recent high water. 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; it was slowly going down but now the Mississippi River is forecasted to start to come back up.

Lake Geode

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are 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 (74+ degrees) the spawn is progressing rapidly. So you may find bluegills on the beds one spot and gone the next. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills are up on the nests in shallow water. 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: Fish 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

Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where minnows are allowed as live 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 near to shore where they are spawning. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass fishing continues to improve. Work shallow structure in the warmer bays. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing is picking up; work the rocky areas of the shoreline.

Lambach Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing has been good 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 water level seems to be pretty stable or falling just a little bit. 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. Rod and reel anglers are also getting their fair share of them.

Big Hollow Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing is picking up. I like the area at the very upper end of the lake they seem to work the shallow flats up there where the water enters the lake. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are 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: 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 hp 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 8-13 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 stink bait are doing well. 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 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 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 stink bait 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, stink bait, 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

Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers should try spinnerbaits and crankbaits to catch bass along the shorelines and around the submerged trees.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shorelines. 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. Also try casting crappie jigs along the shorelines. Target areas with brush piles 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 12-16-inch fish must be immediately released.

Lake Miami

Lake Miami is currently undergoing a lake 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 – Good: Small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler fished along the shoreline has been the best baits to use. 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. The crappies have spawned and are now out in a little deeper water. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been catching some walleyes. Try areas with rip rap using minnows and jigs.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 909.61 feet. The water temperature is 70 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: This time of year channel catfish start moving into areas with large rocks. Try using dead chubs fished under a bobber, or nightcrawlers. 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 6-10 feet of water around submerged habitat like tree piles or stumps. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have started to catch a few walleyes using crankbaits along submerged points and rip-rapped shorelines. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in the sun).

Remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is 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 – Fair: 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 – Fair: Drift or slow troll minnows and small jigs in the main lake for crappie.

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. 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 10-20 feet 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. Bluegills are running from 7-9 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 feet 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 Hwy. 14 bridges, and the riprap in the marina cove.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Fair: 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.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: The channel catfish bite is good using stink bait. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Flathead catfish are being caught on live bait.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are biting on stink bait. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Flathead catfish are biting on live bait.

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 two 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 8-12 inches.

Meadow Lake

Water temperature 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 7-9-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 two pounds. Crappie – Fair: 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

Bluegills can be caught on their spawning beds. 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 – Slow: Cast small jigs around tree piles or minnows under a bobber to catch 8-10-inch crappies.

Orient Lake

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

Lake Anita

Anita has quality sized panfish. Bluegill fishing has been good this week. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are on the underwater reefs spawning. Cast small jigs to catch nine plus inch 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.

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 – Good: Bluegills are being caught casting small jigs in the corners of the dam. Fish average 6 inches.

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 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 two 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 8-11 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 15-20 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 8-9-inch fish.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Heavy rains last week affected water clarity in many ponds. Bluegill fishing has been very good. 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 have dropped back to the low 70s. Bluegill fishing has been good. Channel catfish have been reported 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 – Good: Bluegills up to eight 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. Walleye – Good: Walleyes up to 20 inches have been caught with jigs near the fish mounds and trolling jigs and crankbaits in 4-8 feet of water.

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. Crappie – Slow: 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 – Fair: 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.

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.

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, 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 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 – Slow: 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. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught on plastics and crankbaits along the jetties and in the flooded timber. Crappie – Slow: Crappies 6-7 inches have been caught on minnows and small jigs near the jetties.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

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

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District area lakes have climbed over the past week with some lakes pushing over 75 degrees. Recent rains have changed water levels and clarity in area lakes. 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 22.75 feet / 36,000 CFS. Water levels dropped slightly from last week. The river is up and moving fast with the recent heavy rain and release of water from up north. Fishing has slowed mostly due to river conditions. Anglers are advised to watch for logs and floating debris as well as snags under water. River conditions are constantly changing. The water temperature is 70 degrees.

Blue Lake – Monona County

Bullhead – Good: This is a good place to take kids fishing. Use jig heads or live bait rigs (hook, sinker and optional bobber) with worms.

Missouri River- Sioux City to Little Sioux River

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishing has slowed with the change in river conditions. Try worms, cutbait, or dip bait for the best success. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching flatheads on live bait, including a few larger ones.

Missouri River- Little Sioux River to Council Bluffs

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishing has slowed with the change in river conditions. The best success is on dip bait and crawlers. Larger fish are hitting cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers continue to catch a few flatheads on live baits and/or fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Slow: Anglers are catching a few blue catfish on fresh cutbait and live bait.

Missouri River- Council Bluffs to State Missouri Line

Channel Catfish – Slow: Fishing has been slow mostly due to changes in river conditions. The best baits are crawlers, cutbait and dip bait. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching a few flathead catfish on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Slow: Fishing has slowed due mostly to river conditions. Some nice blue catfish continue to be caught on cutbait and live baits.

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