Iowa DNR Fishing Report May 15 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

Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers should start picking bass up in the shallows and upper ends of the lake. Crappie – Fair: Anglers should find crappie moving near shore in the upper arms of the lake. Walleye – Fair: Anglers picked up some more walleye this week. Try casting jigs tipped with a minnow or piece of nightcrawler. Focus on the points and along the dam.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye – Slow: Spring gillnetting efforts indicate a good population of walleye with a lot of fish in the slot. Fishing for walleye continues to be slow. 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.

Swan Lake

Anglers have been catching crappie around the jetties and fish house; most are around 8.5 inches. Recent sampling indicated large numbers of crappie hanging out between the fish house and shore.

Black Hawk Lake

Largemouth Bass around 12 inches are providing fun catch and release fishing. Some anglers are harvesting bluegill off the stone piers. Bluegills are running 7-7.5 inches.

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.

Surface water temperatures are in the high 50s to low 60s at most of the lakes in the area. 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 8 inches are biting pretty well on Upper and Lower Pine. Bluegills are biting on Lower Pine.

Lake Smith

Fishing is slow with the cool weather.

Channel Catfish – No Report: Largemouth Bass – Fair: A few nice bass being caught.

Lake Catherine

Some bass are being caught.

Clear Lake

Surface temp is around 55 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught on the warmer days with cutbait or minnows. Look for the windy side of the lake. May need to start fishing closer to dark or after dark for shoreline action. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass is being caught near the island. Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had some success fishing the canals. Walleye – Good: Some walleyes still being caught on rocky shorelines. Anglers are mostly using a 1/16 ounce lead head jig and minnow or twister tails. Walleyes are also being caught on docks along the north shore to the City Beach. The bite has been picking up during the day with the best bite still being at twilight periods. 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. Anglers fishing the island have not had much luck yet. Anglers have started to catch some off docks.

Lake Cornelia

Anglers are catches bluegills up to eight inches, some crappies up to nine inches, and 7.5-inch yellow bass. Sorting bluegills and yellow bass will be necessary. Some small walleyes also have been caught.

Little Wall Lake

Bass fishing has been good; anglers using crankbaits.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Good: Gills are holding to the rock shorelines tightly. Anglers should be able to catch some good numbers fishing with bait and bobber or jig near and in the rocks. 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 – No Report:

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.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)

Crappies biting pretty well on minnows.

Winnebago River

Winnebago is getting back to normal levels after the rain last week.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

East Fork is dropping after the rain last week. East Fork has been pretty good this spring for walleyes. Channel Catfish – No Report: Channel cats are probably about in prespawn mode and should be biting. Look for barrier areas, riffles, snags and try with some cutbait or stinkbait. Walleye – No Report:

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 deeper water rock piles as the water warms on clear sunny days attracting and concentrating fish early. Fish slowly; a jig tipped with a minnow will produce the best action. Walleye – Good: Activity has improved with most of the fish caught after dark. Dock or wader fishing 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: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling. 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 mixed bag of crappie, bluegill and yellow perch. Walleye – Slow: Very little walleye activity from East Okoboji Lake, best action will occur at night until water clarity declines.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Channel Catfish – No Report: Good numbers available to the serious cat angler, fish after dark with traditional baits will result in excellent pole-bending action. 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 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. Walleye – No Report: Fish after dark for best action.

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 from Five Island Lake. 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 canal s for crappie action, activity will continue to improve as the water warms.

Diamond Lake

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

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. Water temperatures are on the rise so fish activity near shorelines should increase. Bluegill – Slow: Fish the shallow areas with a small jig tipped with a wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are cruising shorelines looking for easy prey. Water temperatures are still cool so continue using a slow retrieve with your lure. Crappie – Good: 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

Fish activity is picking up as the lake warms. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish up to 15 pounds using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler. 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 – Slow: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or jigs tipped with soft plastics fished along the shoreline. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are picking up crappies using a jig tipped with a chartreuse twister.

Lake Meyer

Fish activity has picked up. Water temperature is in the low 50s and warming. Bluegill – Good: 6-8-inch bluegills are hitting jigs while fishing for crappies on the jetty. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass up to 14 inches are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or grubs. The bass are cruising for crappies. Crappie – Good: Anglers are picking up crappies in the 7-9-inch range off the jetty using jigs tipped with a rubber skirt.

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 but visibility is still limited. Water temperatures are in the low 50s.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

The Upper Iowa is slowly clearing. A variety of fish are being caught this week including fresh water drum and white bass below the Hwy. 76 Bridge. Sucker – Good: Suckers are biting on worm rigs.

Turkey River (above Clermont)

The Turkey River around Cresco is relatively clear and anglers have been reporting nice catches of walleye and smallmouth bass.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

Water temperature is in the low 50s. Sucker – Good: Redhorse are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Walleye – Slow: Try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water levels have gone up with recent rainfall events and visibility is limited. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are picking up catfish using a hook tipped with dead chubs, chicken liver or night crawlers. Crappie – Good: Anglers are picking up crappies in the backwaters or shallow off channel areas using hooks tipped with minnow. Morning and evening are best. Walleye – Slow: An occasional walleye is being picked up while fishing for catfish.

Decorah District Streams

Although wind, rain and cool temperatures continue to affect insect hatches and stream clarity, a few #24 midges, #18 blue wing olives, #14 dark Hendricksons and #18 caddisflies have been hatching on better northeast Iowa streams. Hatches are becoming more numerous. When trout are not rising, nymphing, streamer and wet fly fishing can be productive. For the spin fisher, try using a 1/8 ounce jig tipped with a white twister or a #5 shad rap.

For more information on water levels, visit 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)

Largemouth bass have been biting well on Casey Lake in northern Tama County. Nice sized bluegills have been also reported with some nearing nine inches. Bluegill – Good: Fish a small piece of worm under a slip bobber just off of the shoreline as some bluegill are moving in preparing beds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try casting spinner or crankbaits along the dam or off of the jetties for good action.

George Wyth Lake

There have been a few reports of anglers catching crappie. Try fishing around structure or the west bay area of the lake as water temperature begins to rise. Crappie – Fair: Try drifting a minnow under a slip bobber or casting tube jigs in six to eight feet of water for crappie.

Harold Getty Lake

There have been reports of anglers catching crappie. Look for structure along the southeast shoreline or the east end of the lake as water temperatures rise. Crappie – Fair: Try drifting a minnow under a slip bobber or casting tube jigs in 6-8 feet of water.

North Prairie Lake

Anglers have caught some nice bluegill. Bluegill – Fair: Try drifting a piece of nightcrawler under a slip bobber in 2-6 feet of water along the cattails for bluegill.

South Prairie Lake

There have been a few reports of anglers catching crappie. Try fishing off of the fishing dock or near the rocky shorelines.

Martens Lake

The canal on Martens Lake has been producing some crappie and a few bluegills. Crappie – Fair: Try drifting a minnow under a slip bobber or casting tube jigs near the cattails.

Plainfield

Anglers are beginning to catch some crappie and bluegill. Try drifting for both as they are on the verge of moving into the shallows as water temperatures rise. Bluegill – Fair: Try drifting a piece of nightcrawler under a slip bobber in 6-8 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Try drifting a minnow under a slip bobber or casting tube jigs in 6-8 feet of water.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is clearing as water levels begin to drop. There have been reports of channel catfish and walleye being caught in Bremer and Black Hawk counties. Channel Catfish – Fair: A nightcrawler fished upstream of logjams or below riffle areas on the bottom can be productive. Walleye – Fair: 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 reports on the Shell Rock River for this week.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon is currently at 7.94 feet and near crest. Channel catfish may be the top choice this weekend as the river begins to recede. Channel Catfish – No Report: A nightcrawler fished upstream of logjams or below riffle areas on the bottom can be productive for channel catfish this time of year.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

Walleyes had been biting well prior to the bump in water levels and should be again 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.

Manchester District Streams

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

Anglers continue to catch a variety of fish on the interior rivers as levels have fluctuated with the recent rainfall. Most lakes and ponds are picking up for panfish, look for a good crappie bite ahead on the area lakes as the weather forecast calls for temperatures in the mid to upper 70s for next week. 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 13.5 feet and expected to rise again over the next week to 14 feet. Village Creek in Lansing, in the only boat ramp still open on the Iowa side but boaters should use caution passing under the overpass. White Bass – Slow: 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: 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 into the trees and the 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 24.1 feet and expected to rise over the next week to around 25 feet. The boat ramp at Sny Magill is still closed. White Bass – Slow: 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 – 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 into the trees and the crappies are spread out. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Sauger – Slow: The sauger bite has been sporadic but some fish still biting in the tail waters and side channel area. 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 14.6 feet and expected to begin to rise over the next week to around 15.5 feet. The Guttenberg city ramp is under water. The DNR ramp is still open but parking is limited. White Bass – Slow: 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: 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 into the trees and the 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.

River levels remain high and most pools on the Upper Mississippi have reached flood stage. Additional rains this week may bring levels up a few more inches this week. Many boat ramps are still under water and access to the river is limited. Water temperature is 50 degrees. Boaters should use caution when launching and watch out for floating debris.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 16.59 feet and slowly falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Many of the boat ramps are inaccessible due to the high water. Fishing has been slow.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 16.03 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. River levels have crested and have just started falling. Many boat ramps throughout the pool are inaccessible due to the high water.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 16.98 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stages have crested. Many of the ramps are inaccessible due to the high water conditions.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 12.56 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. River stage is cresting. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River stages are still above flood stage throughout the pools. Many of the boat ramps are inaccessible due to the high water conditions. Main channel water temperature has been around 58 degrees. Fishing has been slow 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. Sand Run is underwater now as well as the ramp at Schafer’s.

Lake Geode

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching some nice catfish. Work the shallow flats on the north side where the sun hits the water and warms it, and by the dam where the rip rap warms up. Use nightcrawlers or cut bait. Crappie – Fair: The crappies don’t know what to do. They just started to come in shallow before the night time temps went back down to the 40s. Look for them to be just off the drop-offs.

Lake Belva Deer

The cold weather has really slowed fishing. 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. Also work 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: Bluegills are starting to bite. Work the near shore habitat as well as the brush piles. 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 minnows can be used as live bait. Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout are active and hitting jigs and spinners, as well as sweet corn fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing is picking up with the warmer water. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing is picking up with the warmer temperatures; work the rocky areas of the shoreline.

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 per trip.

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.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Good: Work the shallows to find bluegills. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Work the north shore shallow water around the trees and brush on nice sunny day. Crappie – Fair: Crappies remain in 7-8 feet of water.

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 – Good: Bluegills are moving to the shallows, unfortunately size has been small. Largemouth Bass – Good: Crappie – Slow: Crappies are also moving shallow. Numbers are down but size is good with average fish being around 12 inches.

Iowa Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Good: Largemouth Bass – Good: Crappie – Excellent:

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill – Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught around rock and wood. Crappie – Good: Look for spawning fish around shallow wood and rock.

Lake Macbride

Water temps have been in the low 60s before the cold weather set in. Crappie – Fair: Male crappies are right on the rocky banks now. Seems like morning has been best. The best reports are coming from the south arm. Walleye – Fair: Early and late in the day have been best for walleyes. 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.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are having success in catching bass shallow now. Muskellunge – Fair: Some muskies were caught over the past week.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair: Fish with small jigs or worms around brush or rock. Crappie – Excellent: Fish around jetties and adjacent shorelines with a small jig for 8-10-inch crappies and an occasional larger one.

Otter Creek Lake

Bluegill – Slow: Try small jigs or worms around shallow rock or wood. Yellow Bass – Fair: Throw a small jig or spinner to shallow rock or sand.

Union Grove Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Largemouth Bass – Fair: Shallow diving crankbaits have been working well along the shorelines. Crappie – Fair: Look for them to be moving in to shallow pockets and rock. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass should be up in shallow rock or sand in attempts to spawn. Throw small twisters or spinners.

Coralville Reservoir

Crappie – Fair: Some nice 10-14-inch fish are being caught in shallow water on jigs.

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

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Use jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler under a bobber along the shorelines. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use rubber worms 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.

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: Try jigs tipped with a nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock. Use crawdad imitation baits or rubber worms. Crappie – Slow: Use a slip bobber and a minnow around brush piles or dead trees. Try different depths until active fish are found.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 907.69 feet. The water temperature is 61 degrees. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are staging to move to shallow water to spawn. The cooler temperatures have kept the crappies out in a little deeper water so target areas with brush or other submerged structure in 6-12 feet of water. Try minnows fished under a slip bobber or casting tube jigs. 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

Crappie – Excellent: Crappies are spawning and are being caught tight to shore in good numbers. 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

Crappie – Fair: The peak crappie spawn has not occurred as of May 15th, but some fish are being caught next to wood shallow and anglers are picking up decent numbers of fish in 9-15 feet of water at the mouths of the bays on the west side of the lake fishing small panfish jigs. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows in 15-20 feet of water in the east boat ramp bay and out from the marina.

Hooper Area Pond

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught on minnows fished shallow near flooded wood and in the rock along the dam.

Lake Ahquabi

Crappie – Fair: Crappie have moved shallow in decent numbers. Fish close to the rip-rapped shorelines with wood cover using minnows under a bobber.

Red Rock Reservoir

Crappie – Fair: Crappie are beginning to spawn in the coves of the Whitebreast arm. Fish minnows close to any wood or rock habitat.

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 and under the mile long bridge.

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 crank baits.

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 ounce white or chartreuse jig and twister.

Water temperatures are in the low 60s. Crappie are spawning in central Iowa waters south of I-80, but are still staged a little deeper in lakes further north. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Crappie fishing has been good this week at Greenfield. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using shad sides. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches are beginning to move close to shore. Crappie – Good: Crappies can be caught close to the dam and around the jetties. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Nodaway Lake

Crappies are close to shore near rocks. Bluegills are beginning to move in to spawn. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught in the upper end of the lake with shad sides or cut bait. Bluegill – Fair: Cast small jigs close to shore to find spawning bluegill. Fish average 7.5 inches. Crappie – Good: Crappie have moved to rocky shorelines to spawn. Cast small jigs or minnows under a bobber.

Orient Lake

Orient has quality size crappies that can be caught during the spawn. Crappie – Fair: Cast jigs along the dam and the east shoreline to find spawning crappies. Fish are 10 inches.

Lake Anita

Anita has quality sized panfish. Crappies have moved close to rocky shorelines. Bluegill – Fair: Nine-inch bluegill are being caught on small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Crappie – Slow: Cast small jigs around rocky shorelines to find spawning crappies.

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. Crappies have moved close to shore to spawn. The pontoon area on the lake has been especially good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Good: Crappie are being caught in the shallow bays of the lake with rocky shorelines. Fish black jigs tipped with wax worms or power bait to catch 8-11 inch crappie.

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. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught slow trolling crankbaits or drifting crawlers. Fish range from 15-20 inches.

Lake Manawa

Manawa is 12 inches low. Anglers are catching 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.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

The crappie spawn is coming to an end and bluegills are moving in on ponds. 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 – Good: Bluegills are moving close to shore to spawn. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good this week fishing minnows under a bobber.

Water temperature continues to hang around 60 degrees. Crappie fishing has been good this week in the southwest region. Bluegills can also be found close to shore spawning in some locations. 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 cut bait and worms along the silt dikes in the north and east arms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near the cedar tree piles and rock structure. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on minnows and small jigs near the fish mounds.

East Lake (Osceola)

East Lake’s access is good. Bluegill – Fair: 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 access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught with small jigs along the east shore and dam. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs along the dam.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake’s access is good. 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 – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles. Walleye – Slow: Walleye up to 15 inches have been caught with crawler harnesses in 15 feet of water.

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 – Slow: Crappies have been caught with small jigs and minnows near the jetties.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

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

Loch Ayr

Loch Ayr’s access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 8.5 inches have been caught with small jigs along the dam.

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. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught along the dam with small jigs.

Bedford Impoundment

Bedford Impoundment’s access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows near the dam.

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. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs near the dam.

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 up to 20 inches have been caught on crankbaits along the dam. 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 – Good: Bluegill up to eight inches have been caught with small jigs and worms. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to eight inches have been caught on small jigs near the jetties and on the rock piles along the dam.

Windmill Lake

Windmill’s access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to eight inches are being caught on small jigs and minnows near the jetties and rock mounds along the dam.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley’s access is good. 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 – Fair: 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 – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on minnows and small jigs near the jetties.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

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

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. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs along the dam.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District area lakes have dropped over the past week with some lakes returning to the upper 50s. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishing is fair for channel catfish on worms, dead shad, 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 – Slow: Fishing for channel catfish has been slow to fair with the best luck on crawlers and cutbait. Fishing should improve with warmer water temperatures. Flathead Catfish – Slow: Anglers are beginning to catch a few flathead catfish on live baits and or fresh cutbait. Sauger – Slow: Anglers are catching a few sauger using jigs tipped with minnows or plain hooks tipped with minnows. Anglers that know the areas to go are having success- try around creek mouths, wing dykes, and rock structures. Walleye – Slow: fishing continues to be fair to slow for walleye using jigs tipped with minnows or using jigs tipped with minnows or plain hooks tipped with minnows. Anglers that know the areas to go are having success- try around creek mouths, wing dykes, and rock structures.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishing continues to be fair for channel catfish on crawlers and cutbait. Fishing will improve with warmer water conditions. Flathead Catfish – Slow: Anglers are catching a few flathead catfish on live baits and fresh cutbait. Sauger – Slow: Anglers are catching a few sauger and walleye around rock piles and wing dykes.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb., is 21.94 feet / 33,100 CFS. Water levels have remained stable the last few days and are up approximately one foot from last week. The water temperature is 53 degrees. Fishing continues to be slow/to fair overall on the Missouri River.

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