Iowa DNR Fishing Report May 1 2014

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST

Brushy Creek Lake

Some smaller bass are being caught. Focus efforts in the upper ends and creek arms where the water is warmer.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Spring gillnetting efforts indicate a good population of walleye with a lot of fish in the slot. Fishing for walleye continues to be slow.

North Twin Lake

Fishing has been slow for anglers targeting northern pike and walleye. There have not been any reports for other species.

Swan Lake

Anglers have been catching crappie around 8.5 inches in size.

Browns Lake

A few small bass and smaller crappie have been caught. Fishing has been fairly slow.

Snyder Bend Lake

No fishing to report.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Fishing has been hit or miss at the Linn Grove Dam. The best fishing for walleye and northern pike has been the low light times, early morning and late evening.

Water temperatures are in the mid 50s at most lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on rivers and lakes in the area contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.

Upper Pine Lake

There is fishing activity but no reports.

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – No Report: Channel cats should provide a late afternoon bite near the bridge by the boat ramp during the ice out period. Cats will likely move into the shallow water in the bay. Use cutbait, stinkbait or minnows. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Anglers should be able to catch some bass in along shore with jigs and minnows or jig and plastic.

Clear Lake

Fishing activity this week has been minimal due to the weather. Surface water temp is around 46 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught on the warmer days with cutbait or minnows on the windy side of the lake. Walleye – Fair: Some wader fisherman are catching walleyes near the outlet with a 1/16 ounce lead head jig and minnow. Action has been best about a half hour after sunset, later than anglers expect, with a few anglers catching their limits. A few walleyes have been caught on the little lake with lead head and minnow jigged on bottom. Yellow Bass – Fair: Some yellows have been caught on the little lake with small artificials. Fish in the shallows on warm days with a slight breeze or try deeper near the boat ramps.

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 activity has been slow.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Slow: No reports but bluegills can probably be caught on warm afternoons with a bobber and an ice fly or small jig with a piece of crawler or wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting along shore in shallower water. Cast a 3/16 ounce lead head jig with a minnow hooked through the lips. Walleye – Fair: No reports this week. Fishing activity has been minimal due to the rainy weather.

Bluebill Lake

Largemouth bass and catfish have started biting. Anglers are having success fishing with minnows or crawlers and a bobber near the fishing jetty. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass can be caught casting lead heads tipped with a minnow or artificials.

Winnebago River

Winnebago is high following all the rain.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

River is rising fast with the rain. It may not be fishable unless you find some backwater areas. East Fork has been pretty good this spring for walleyes.

The streams and rivers are stable and should provide some action for northerns and walleye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow.

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

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – No Report: Fish shallow water rock piles early on clear sunny days as these areas warm first, attracting and concentrating fish early. Fish slowly; a jig tipped with a minnow will produce the best action. Walleye – No Report: Walleye opener is Saturday morning at midnight. Spring surveys indicate anglers will continue to catch numbers of slot fish; however good numbers of 13.0 – 16.9-inch walleyes are available.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for channel catfish as they typically go on the feedbag after ice out. Bluegill – No Report: Fish the north end for bluegill and crappie action early. Fish the wooden docks on the west side of the lake early, as the water warms fish docks located on the east side. Cast a mini jig to locate panfish, persistence and patience will be rewarded with a mix bag of crappie, bluegill and yellow perch. Walleye – No Report: Walleye opener is Saturday morning at midnight. Anglers will continue to catch fish dominated by slot walleye; however numbers of 16-inch walleye is available for harvest.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – No Report: Wader fisherman angling after dark traditionally produces good catches of walleye. Fish slow early; a jig tipped with a minnow slowly retrieved will produce nice catches. As the water warms cast twister tails and minnow intimating baits for consistent action.

West Okoboji Lake

Crappie – No Report: Fish the canal areas for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, best action will occur during sunny warm days.

Ingham Lake

Crappie – No Report: Fish the submerged brush piles on warm sunny days using a minnow under a slip bobber will produce fish up to 11 inches. Once bullheads become active cast a mini jig and swim it back to the boat to find active fish.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Good opportunities exist to catch angler acceptable sized and larger channel catfish. Walleye – No Report: Expect walleye angling to pick up in the next few weeks after the water warms.

Lost Island Lake

Crappie – No Report: Fish the canals for crappie, activity will continue to improve as the water warms. Walleye – No Report: Anglers fishing the east side should catch post-spawn walleye. Remember to fish slow as latest cold snap has water temperatures in the mid 40s.

Diamond Lake

A fisheries survey completed in April found 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.

For more information on fishing in the Spirit Lake district, call the hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is currently not usable. Bluegill – Slow: Fish the shallow areas with a small jig tipped with a wax worm. Crappie – Slow: Fish will be found in the shallow areas along the rocks and brush piles. A small jig tipped with wax worm is your best bet.

Lake Hendricks

Few anglers have been out this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Largemouth Bass – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Lake Meyer

Few people have been out and fish activity is slow. Water temperature is 48 degrees. Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

Water levels are on a slow rise. Water temperature has dropped below 50 degrees.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water levels are on a slow rise. Few anglers have been out this week but a few have reported catching walleye and smallmouth bass. Sucker – Slow: Suckers are biting on worm rigs.

Turkey River (above Clermont)

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

Turkey River (below Clermont)

Water temperatures are declining and are in the mid 40s. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Walleye – Slow: Try a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water levels are on the rise and temperatures are dropping.

Decorah District Streams

Although wind, rain and cool temperatures continue to affect insect hatches and stream clarity, a few midges (#24), blue wing olives (#18), dark Hendricksons (#14) and caddisflies (#18) have been hatching on better northeast Iowa streams. Hatches are spotty and unpredictable. When trout are not rising, nymphing, streamer and wet fly fishing can be productive.

Fish activity remains slow over the past week as water temperatures continue to decline and water levels are on the rise. For more information on water levels, please 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.

Heritage Pond

Heritage Pond was stocked April 26 with 1,800 catchable trout. Numbers should be in good supply throughout May. Rainbow Trout – Good: Try casting flashy spinner baits such as little Mepps spinners or panther martins for success on catching trout.

Martens Lake

There have been a few reports of anglers catching some crappie and bluegill in the area of the canal near the boat ramp. Bluegill – Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm or night crawler fished under a bobber for bluegill. Crappie – Fair: Casting or jigging colored tube or marabou jigs for crappie could be productive right now.

Plainfield

There have been a few reports of panfish being caught.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is rising with very turbid conditions; channel catfish could be an anglers best choice for now. Channel Catfish – No Report: Night crawlers fished on the bottom would be an anglers best choice.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

The Shell Rock River is currently on the rise, there have been no reports at this time.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been a few reports of walleye fishing. Sucker fishing on or near the riffle areas has also been good. Walleye – Fair: A jig and twister tipped with a minnow or half a night crawler has been good.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

There have been reports of walleye and channel catfish being caught on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. Sucker fishing on or near the riffle areas has also been good. Sucker – Good: A smaller hook and weighted sinker tipped with a piece night crawler fished on the bottom near riffle areas is very productive. Channel Catfish – Good: Night crawlers fished on the bottom right now would be an anglers best choice. Walleye – Good: A jig and twister tipped with a minnow or half a night crawler has been good.

Both the Cedar and Shell Rock rivers are on the rise with the latest rainfall conditions throughout the state. The Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers are holding steady with some reports of fish being caught. Lake temperatures remain cool with very few angler reports. Trout streams in the Manchester District have been in good condition, for further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 12.2 feet and expected to fall over the next week. Water temps are in the upper 40s. Northern Pike – Fair: Pike have spawned and are back on the feed. Some pike are being caught on live bait and jigs in backwater sloughs. White Bass – Good: Some nice white bass are biting in the main channel and tail water areas. When on the feed these aggressive fighters will attack jigs, spinners and small crankbaits. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill will begin to be on the move and feeding more. Fish the upper warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber. Crappie – Fair: Water levels are up into the trees and the crappies are spread out. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Yellow Perch – Fair: A few yellow perch being caught near village creek. Walleye – Fair: A few walleye being caught in Minnesota Slough. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising water levels and temperatures have drum on the feed as they prepare move onto spawning areas. Drift light jigs fished alongside channel borders.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is 22.1 feet and predicted to rise another two feet this week. Water temp is in the upper 40s. Northern Pike – Fair: Pike have spawned and are back on the feed. Some pike are being caught on live bait and jigs in backwater sloughs. White Bass – Good: Some nice white bass are biting in the main channel and tail water areas. When on the feed these aggressive fighters will attack jigs, spinners and small crankbaits. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill will begin to be on the move and feeding more. Fish the upper warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber. Crappie – Fair: Water levels are up into the trees and the crappies are spread out. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Yellow Perch – Fair: An occasional nice perch can be caught in the tail waters fishing for sauger. Sauger – Fair: The sauger bite has been sporadic but some fish still biting in the tail waters and side channel area. Walleye – Slow: Walleye have slowed a bit due to rising water levels; anglers may need to move around to find them. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising water levels and temperatures have drum on the feed as they prepare move onto spawning areas. Drift light jigs fished along side channel borders.

Mississippi River Pool 11

River level at Guttenberg is 13.4 feet and is expected to rise another two feet over the next week. Water temp is in the upper 40s. Many shorelines may still be under water but look for fish along the rocks and around current breaks. Gates remain open at Lock and Dam 10 and the main city ramp is still closed due to high water. Northern Pike – Fair: Pike have spawned and are back on the feed. Some pike are being caught on live bait and jigs in backwater sloughs. White Bass – Good: Some nice white bass are biting in the main channel and tail water areas. When on the feed these aggressive fighters will attack jigs, spinners and small crankbaits. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill will begin to be on the move and feeding more. Fish the upper warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber. Crappie – Slow: Water levels are up into the trees and the crappies are spread out. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some perch begin caught near the DNR boat ramp in Guttenberg. Sauger – Fair: The sauger bite has been sporadic but some fish still biting in the tail waters and side channel area. Walleye – Slow: Walleye have slowed a bit due to rising water levels; anglers may need to move around to find them. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising water levels and temperatures have drum on the feed as they prepare move onto spawning areas. Drift light jigs fished along side channel borders.

Recent precipitation this week has bumped the water levels up again. Many ramps are currently under water. Water temperatures are on the rise again into the upper 40s. Expect the walleye and sauger bite to pick up again post spawn. Call ahead as many ramps are still closed due to high water conditions.

Mississippi River Pool 12

Water level at the Dubuque Lock and Dam is 13.7 feet and water level at the railroad bridge is 15.8 feet. Water levels will rise all week. Water temperature is falling and is around 50 degrees in the main channel. Water is somewhat turbid. Bluegill – Fair: Some panfish were being reported out of marina areas this week. Water is high but some folks are having success using simple bobber and worm type rigging. Walleye – Fair: Surprisingly some walleyes can still be found around the spawning areas as temperatures have not warmed significantly for them to move off to the wing dam type patterns.

Mississippi River Pool 13

Water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is 14.3 feet. Tail water stage will rise all week. Water temperature is 50 degrees in the main channel and water is somewhat turbid. Limited fishing was reported.

Mississippi River Pool 14

Water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is 14.1 feet and water level at Camanche is 16.1 feet. Water stage will rise all week. Water temperature is 50 degrees in the main channel and water is somewhat turbid. Limited fishing was reported.

Mississippi River Pool 15

No angling was reported from Pool 15. Water level at the Le Claire Dam is 9.8 feet and stage at Rock Island is 14.2 feet. Water levels will rise all week. Water temp is near 50 degrees in the main channel and water is somewhat turbid.

Water levels are on the rise again later this week. Water will cause minor flooding in many locations. Many ramps are flooded out. Plan ahead before heading to your Mississippi River ramp to make sure your favorite ramp is open. Fishing for many species is slow due to the high water levels but fishing can be good (and fun) for many other non-traditional species. You might enjoy an outing catching carp, gar and bowfin more than you think, but do not throw them up on bank.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 14.21 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. River stage is forecasted to begin rising over the weekend. There has been very little fishing activity due to the high water conditions.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 13.42 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. River stage is forecasted to begin rising once again over the weekend. The ramp in Big Timber is closed due to high water. There has been very little fishing activity due to the high water conditions.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 14.81 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. River stage is forecasted to begin rising once again over the weekend. The Toolesboro access is closed due to high water conditions. There has been very little fishing activity due to the high water.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10.59 feet and flood stage is 10 feet. River stage is forecasted to begin rising once again over the weekend. Some crappies and bluegills are being caught in area inland lakes and farm ponds.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River stages have slowly fallen over the past few days but forecasted to begin rising over the weekend. Some boat ramps are inaccessible due to the high water conditions. Main channel water temperature is 50 degrees. There has not been much fishing activity due to the 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

The gate for the Toolesboro road has been closed as the Mississippi River is flow in through the breach in the Iowa River levee and across the road there. The Sand Run and Schaffer ramps are still usable even though Odessa is a little higher than normal.

Lake Geode

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching some nice catfish. I would work the shallow flats on the north side where the sun hits the water and warms it. Also down by the dam where the rip rap warms up. Use nightcrawlers or cut bait.

Lake Belva Deer

Largemouth Bass – Good: Some nice bass have been caught recently. Pick one of the few nice sunny days and hit the warmer bays. Also work the upper end of the lake. Crappie – Fair: The first part of last weekend the crappies really started to bite. This week’s cold dreary weather has shut them back down.

Pollmiller Park Lake

The cold wet weather has kept most anglers away. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: If you just want to get the kids out and catch some fish and don’t want to keep any. The 10-12-inch bass are hitting fast and furious.

Lake of the Hills

Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where live minnows may be used as bait. Rainbow Trout – Good: The trout are active and are hitting on jigs and spinners, as well as sweet corn fished under a bobber. Crappie – Fair: A few crappies are starting to be caught. Work the rocks when we get a sunny day.

Wilson Lake

Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout have been very active but not in big numbers. A few limits are being caught but most anglers are catching one or two a trip.

Big Hollow Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies were biting pretty well last weekend before the weather turned cold and wet. Since then it has dropped off.

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. Bluegill – Slow: Largemouth Bass – Good: Fishing slowly with soft plastics has been producing some bass. Crappie – Slow:

Kent Park Lake

Largemouth Bass – Fair: Spinners and crawlers have been producing some smaller fish. Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being caught around wood.

Lake Macbride

Water temps have fallen to the low 50s with this week’s colder weather. Loading docks are now in at the ramps. Crappie – Fair: Early mornings seem to be best. Wood next to rock seems to be best. Males tend to be shallower while the females are hanging out at the deeper end of the brush. Most reports are coming from the causeway, the handicap pier, and around the main ramp in the park. Walleye – Fair: Early and late in the day have been best for smaller male walleyes. During these low light conditions they can be caught shallower along rock. During the day, look for them out deeper.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Walleye – Fair: During the day, vertical jig a sonar or jig/minnow over humps or around drop-offs. Towards evening, cast crankbaits or stick baits along the dam.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill – Slow: A few fish are being caught on worms around the jetties and brush. Crappie – Slow: Some crappies are being caught on jigs around brush and some shallow rock.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the Coralville dam on May 1 is about 2,500 CFS. Flows are predicted to go up through the weekend and then begin to fall again. White Bass – Slow: A few white bass and occasional wiper have been caught below the dams as well. Walleye – Slow: A few fish are being caught below the dams and in deeper pools. Jigs are usually best but crankbaits can be good as well.

Sand Lake

This is located in Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on the south side of Iowa City. Remember, you must possess a trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair: Cast small jigs, spinners, or live baits for trout cruising around in search of a meal. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Crappie – Fair: Try small jigs or tubes along any sort of rock or wood.

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers have been catching largemouth bass. Try areas along the shoreline with submerged structure using large tube jigs or plastic worms.

Red Haw Lake

Anglers have been catching bluegills and crappies using a plastic tube jig fished under a bobber. Target areas with brush piles or submerged habitat.

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.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 906.79 feet. The water temperature is 54 degrees. Crappie fishing has been slow. Anglers have been catching channel catfish on nightcrawlers. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.

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

SOUTHWEST

Big Creek Lake

Walleye – Fair: Post-spawn walleye fishing can be productive in Big Creek. Areas to target include the entire east boat ramp bay and along the dam into the entrance of the canal.

Lake Ahquabi

Crappie – Fair: Crappie have moved shallow in decent numbers. As warmer weather arrives this weekend crappie fishing should become very good. Fish minnows under a bobber between the weed edge and the shoreline, especially shorelines with rip-rap.

Red Rock Reservoir

Crappie – Fair: Crappies are staging and feeding before the spawn in areas that warm quickly such as in the marina cove and in the Whitebreast arm near rock and wood habitat. Fish minnows under a bobber in these areas on warm days.

Banner Lake (south)

Rainbow Trout – Good: Rainbow trout stocked in early April are still available in good numbers and willing to bite. A variety of baits will work, including inline spinners, panfish tube jigs, prepared trout baits, and live minnows or wax worms under a bobber.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

White Bass – Fair: White bass are running in the Des Moines River providing some angling action using jigs, minnows, or small shallow diving crankbaits.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Excellent: White bass and wiper fishing is good right now throughout the Des Moines River, especially at Scott Street dam. Cast 1/4 or 1/8 white or chartreuse jig and twister.

Water temperatures have stalled in the low to mid 50s, but male crappies in many central Iowa lakes have moved shallow. Any warm-up next week should trigger some excellent crappie fishing. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

There is a good panfish population and a good place to target channel catfish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using shad sides. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches can be caught around brush piles using wax worms. Crappie – Slow: Crappies will begin to move close to the dam and around the jetties. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Nodaway Lake

Crappies are close to shore near rocks. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught in the upper end of the lake with shad sides or cut bait. Crappie – Fair: Crappie have moved to rocky shorelines to spawn. Cast small jigs or minnows under a bobber.

Lake Anita

Anita has quality sized panfish. Bluegills and crappie have moved into the pontoon arm of the lake. Bluegill – Fair: Nine-inch bluegill are being caught on small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Crappie – Fair: Fish small jigs two feet under a bobber in the pontoon arm of the lake on sunny days. Sorting is necessary but the large size is 12 inches.

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population and will provide good early season fishing. Crappies have moved into the shallow bays on the lake. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing has picked up in the upper end of the lake where water temperatures are the warmest. Fish black jigs tipped with wax worms or power bait to catch 9-10-inch crappie.

Lake Manawa

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

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Farm ponds typically warm sooner than lakes making them a good choice for early season fishing. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Slow: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish with shad sides. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught using small tackle and wax worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Good: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good last week fishing minnows under a bobber.

With forecasted warm weather and water temperatures around 60 degrees the crappies will be close to shore. This is a good time of year to target channel catfish with shad sides. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Icaria’s access is good. Channel Catfish – Slow: Catfish are being caught on cut bait along the silt dikes in the north and east arms. Sunny days have been reported to be the best. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near the cedar tree piles and rock mounds. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to nine inches are being caught on minnows and small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Q Pond City Park

Q Pond’s access is good. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs along the dam.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake’s access is good. Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught with minnows and small jigs in the casino bay and 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.

Badger Creek Lake

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

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle Lake’s access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills have been caught around cedar tree piles using small jigs and drifting a worm under a bobber around the jetties. Crappie – Slow: Crappies have been caught around the jetties and dam with small jigs.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir

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

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires’ access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches are being 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.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley’s access is good. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile’s access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on minnows and small jigs along the roadbed and near flooded timber.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile’s access is good. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near rock structures and cedar tree piles. Crappie – Fair: Most crappies being caught are 5-7 inches with some up to 10 inches. They are being caught using minnows and small jigs along the roadbed and near the rock mounds.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District area lakes are around 55 degrees. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. Reports from small area lakes have reported crappies are moving near shore and bass are on beds. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Slow: fishing has been slow to fair for channel catfish on worms and cutbait. Sauger – Fair: fishing has been fair for sauger on jigs tipped with minnows and crawlers around wing dykes, creek mouths, and rock structures. Walleye – Slow: Fishing has been slow to fair for walleyes in similar areas as saugers using artificial jigs and or jigs tipped with live baits.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Fair: anglers are catching catfish on various baits with worms having the best success. Sauger – Fair: fishing has been fair for sauger using jigs tipped with minnows or worms or using artificial baits. try around creek mouths, wing dykes, and rock structures. Walleye – Fair: fishing has been fair for walleye using jigs tipped with minnows or worms or using artificial baits. try around creek mouths, wing dykes, and rock structures.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Slow: A few channel catfish are being caught in river mouths and on trotlines crawlers have been working well. Sauger – Fair: Anglers are catching a few sauger and walleye around rock piles and wing dykes. Walleye – Fair: anglers are catching a few walleyes around wing dykes and rock structures. Freshwater Drum – Fair: anglers are catching incidental freshwater drum fishing for sauger and catfish mostly on worms.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 21 feet / 29,200 CFS. Water levels have rose approximately one foot over the last few days, and will likely continue to rise with recent rains. The water temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Fishing has been slow with recent rainy weather and unfavorable conditions for anglers to be out fishing.

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