Iowa DNR Fishing Report May 8 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. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers should start picking bass up in the shallows and upper ends of the lake. Walleye – Fair: Some anglers are picking up walleye casting jigs. Focus on the points and along the dam.

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.

Swan Lake

Anglers have been catching 8.5-inch crappies at Swan Lake around the jetties and fish house. Recent surveys showed large numbers of crappie 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. Bluegill are running around seven inches with a few 7.5 inchers being caught.

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.

Snyder Bend Lake

No fishing to report at Snyder Bend.

Surface water temperatures rose into the high 60s to 70 on Wednesday. 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 temp is around 49-50 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught on the warmer days with cutbait or minnows. Look for the windy side of the lake. Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had some success fishing the canals. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have still been catching walleyes on the east shoreline and near the island on rocky shorelines. Anglers are mostly using 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 and near the State Dock area this past week. 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.

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. 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 getting back to normal 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.

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 the 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 – Slow: Best walleye action occurred during a period from 2-5 a.m., with slot size fish dominating the catch. Troll crankbaits provided the best action. Very little walleye action reported during the daytime.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for this species. 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 – Slow: Very little walleye activity from East Okoboji Lake, best action will occur at night until water clarity declines.

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 canals for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, best action will occur during sunny warm days. Yellow Perch – Fair: Dock fishing in Smiths Bay resulted in catches of yellow perch, crappie and bluegill. Walleye – Fair: Fish between points and bars resulted in walleye action after dark.

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. Walleye – No Report: Anglers fishing the east side should catch post-spawn walleye.

Diamond Lake

Fisheries survey in April found excellent numbers of northern pike and yellow perch are present. Northern Pike – Good: Good numbers of northern pike were caught over the weekend. Cast crankbaits and spinners for the best action. 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 brush piles with traditional catfish baits.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Anglers: the universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is not usable. Water temperature is on the rise. 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 – 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

Anglers have been out this week but fish activity is still spotty. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Largemouth Bass – Slow: Anglers have been using a jig tipped with a minnow or twistertail with luck. Crappie – No Report:

Lake Meyer

Anglers have been out but fish activity is slow. Water temperature is in the low 50s and slowly warming. Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

Water levels have stabilized. Water clarity is improving but still about two feet visibility. Water temperature is in the low 50s.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water levels have stabilized for now. Few anglers have been out this week but a few have reported catching walleye and smallmouth bass. Sucker – Good: 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 rising and in the low 60s. Sucker – Good: Redhorse are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. 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 decline and temperatures are rising. Fish activity is picking up. Channel Catfish – Excellent: 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 midges (#24), blue wing olives (#18), dark Hendricksons (#14) and caddisflies (#18) 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.

An unsettled weather pattern for the next few days will dictate water conditions. For more information on water levels, visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Trout hatcheries 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.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 14.6 feet and expected to stay near that level and begin to fall over the next week to around 13 feet. Village Creek, in Lansing, in the only boat ramp still open on the Iowa side. 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 25.1 feet and expected to stay near that level and begin to fall over the next week to around 23.1 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 16.1 feet and expected to begin to fall over the next week to around 14.5 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. Water levels are expected to crest and begin to fall over the next week, but many boat ramps are still under water and access to the river is limited. Water temperature is 50 degrees. Boaters should use caution for floating debris.

Mississippi River Pool 12

Water level at the Dubuque Lock and Dam is 16.6 feet and water level at the railroad bridge is at 18.1 feet. Water level will rise at least till Sunday or Monday. Water temperature is rising as well and is near 54 degrees in the main channel. Water is turbid with debris floating. Bluegill – Fair: Last week, some panfish were being reported out of marina areas this week. The higher water is limiting access but some folks are having success using simple bobber and worm type rigging.

Mississippi River Pool 13

Water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is 16.1 feet and causing minor flooding. Tail water stage will rise till Sunday or Monday. Water temperature is at 55 degrees in the main channel and water is turbid. Limited fishing was reported. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Tournament bass anglers reported catching at least some pre-spawn females in the Spring Lake and Sabula lakes areas.

Mississippi River Pool 14

Water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is 15.5 feet and water level at Camanche is 17.1 feet. Water stage may rise an additional foot and crest by Monday or so. Water temperature is 55 degrees in the main channel and water is turbid. Limited fishing was reported.

Mississippi River Pool 15

No angling was reported from Pool 15. Water level at the Le Claire Dam is 10.5 feet and stage at Rock Island is 15.2 feet. Water levels will rise over a foot again this week. Water temp is near 55 degrees in the main channel and water is turbid.

The water level is still on the rise. Water is causing minor to moderate flooding in many locations. Many ramps are flooded. Plan ahead make sure before heading to a Mississippi River that the boat 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

River level is 15.3 feet and rising, flood stage is 15 feet at this gauge. Water temperature is 56 degrees. The ramp at Marquette St. is flooded. White Bass – Good: White bass were biting along the wall in Davenport. This may end soon with the rising water. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies were being caught in Sunset Marina.

Mississippi River Pool 17

The river is at 14.43 feet and predicted to hit flood stage of 15 feet by the weekend and crest on May 14th without additional rain. The ramps at Big Timber and Kilpeck are closed due to flooding. Water temperature is 57 degrees. There has been little fishing activity due to the high water.

Mississippi River Pool 18

The river is at 15.79 feet at this gauge, flood stage is 15 feet. Water temperature is 56 degrees. The Toolesboro ramp is closed due to flooding. White Bass – Slow: There were a few white bass being caught at New Boston.

Mississippi River Pool 19

The river is at 10.28 feet at this gauge and rising, flood stage is 10.0 feet. Water temperature is 56 degrees. Water is in the parking lot at Burlington and Ft. Madison. There were a few catfish being caught in the backwaters prior to the flooding.

The Mississippi River is rising and is at or will soon be above flood stage in the lower four pools. Most boat ramps are flooded, although a few higher ramps may be accessible for the weekend. The river is predicted to crest the middle of next week if we do not receive additional rain. If you venture out on the river use extra caution as the flow will be heavy and there will be a lot of floating debris

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. 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 warms the water, and by the dam where the rip rap warms up. Use nightcrawlers or cut bait.

Lake Belva Deer

Bluegill – Excellent: Anglers are also catching some really nice bluegills out at the same depth as the crappies as well as in shallow around some of the flooded timber. 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 – Excellent: The crappies are starting to really bite. Most are out in about four 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 may 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 temperatures. 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 a trip.

Big Hollow Lake

Water temperature on Wednesday was 60 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Work the shallows to find bluegills. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the north shore shallow water around the trees and brush in the water and you will be hard pressed not to catch a bass. Crappie – Good: The crappies are out in 7-8 feet of water. Look for them to be moving in shallow soon to spawn.

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

Lake Macbride

Water temps are back to the mid to upper 50s. Crappie – Fair: 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 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

Bluegill – Fair: Fish with small jigs or worms around brush or rock. Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is improving daily. Fish around brush or jetties with a tube jig for 8-10 inches crappies.

Otter Creek Lake

Fishing had been slow the past week due to previously cold and windy weather. Bluegill – Fair: Crappie – Slow:

Union Grove Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Shallow diving crankbaits have been working well along the shorelines. Crappie – Slow: Crappies have been slow, but look for them to move in to shallow pockets and rock soon.

Coralville Reservoir

Crappie – Fair: Some nice 10-12-inch fish are being caught in shallow water. Fish around brush with minnows or bright jigs.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Live baits are working well for channel catfish. Good reports are coming from Tama County.

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers have been catching largemouth bass. Try areas with submerged structure along the shorelines. Use rubber worms or crawdad imitations.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Use plastic jigs either casted or fished under a bobber along the shorelines. Also look for brush piles. 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

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 906.30 feet. Water temperature is 58 degrees. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are staging to move to shallow water to spawn. Target areas with brush or other submerged structure in the 10-15 feet depth range. Try minnows under a 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

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: Crappies were not spawning shallow as of May 8th, but 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.

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 temperature is 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

There is a good panfish population present. Greenfield is also a good place to target channel catfish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using shad sides. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches can be caught around brush piles using worms. 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. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught in the upper end of the lake with shad sides or cut bait. Bluegill – No Report: 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 bluegills are being caught on small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Crappie – Fair: Cast small jigs around rocky shorelines to find spawning crappies.

Viking Lake

Viking has a good population of 8-11-inch crappies. Crappies have moved close to shore to spawn. 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 with rocky shorelines. Fish black jigs tipped with wax worms or power bait to catch 8-11-inch fish.

Lake Manawa

Manawa is 12 inches low. Anglers are catching spawning crappies in the canals. Crappie – Good: 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 this week fishing minnows under a bobber.

With water temperatures in the low 60s crappies have moved close to shore to spawn. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587

Lake Icaria

Lake 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 – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near the cedar tree piles and rock structure. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on minnows and small jigs near cedar tree piles and fish mounds.

East Lake (Osceola)

Lake 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

Lake 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

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

West Lake (Osceola)

Crappie – Good: Crappies have been caught with minnows and small jigs near the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake

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

Badger Creek Lake

Lake 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.

Lake 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

Lake access is good. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to 8.5 inches have been caught with small jigs along the dam.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir

Reservoir access is good. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills up to 8.5 inches have been caught drifting a worm under a bobber. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught along the dam with small jigs.

Bedford Impoundment

Lake access is good. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows near the dam.

East Lake (Lenox)

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

Lake of Three Fires

Lake access is good. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught on jigs and worms near the rock mounds and along the rock spawning beds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass up to 20 inches have been caught on crankbaits along the dam. Crappie – Good: 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

Lake access is good. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill up to eight inches have been caught with small jigs and worms. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to eight inches have been caught on small jigs near the jetties and on the rock piles along the dam.

Windmill Lake

Lake access is good. Crappie – Good: 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

Lake 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 – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Lake 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

Lake 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 have been caught using minnows and small jigs along the roadbed and near the rock mounds.

West Lake (Lenox)

West Lake Lenox has no boat access. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills up to 8.5 inches have been caught with small jigs and worms. Crappie – Good: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs along the dam.

Water temperature in the Mount Ayr District area lakes is over 60 degrees. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. Reports from small area lakes have reported crappies are near shore. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishing continues to be slow to fair for channel catfish on worms and cutbait. It should improve with warmer water. 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: Fishing for channel catfish is picking up some with the best luck on crawlers and cutbait. It should improve with warmer water. Flathead Catfish – Slow: Anglers are beginning to catch a few flathead catfish on live baits and or fresh cutbait. Sauger – Fair: Fishing continues to be fair for 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 – Fair: 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: Channel catfish are being caught 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 20.81 feet / 29,300 CFS. Water levels have dropped slightly from last week. The water temperature is 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Fishing has been slow/to fair overall on the Missouri River.

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