Iowa Fishing Report August 28 2014

Iowa Fishing Report August 28 2014

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegills being caught are 8-9.5 inches. Try a small hair jig tipped with a wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers of bass are being caught but most are sublegal size.

Moorhead Park Pond

Channel Catfish – Slow: Some decent sized catfish have been picked up. Bluegill – Fair: Good numbers of bluegill can be caught, but they’re smaller fish. Good opportunity to get kids on some fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers are being caught, but most are sublegal fish.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try shrimp, dip bait or cut bait. Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are slightly over crest. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish are in the sub legal size range.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

As of Thursday morning river levels were well below flood stage near Correctionville. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfishing continues to be good with anglers reporting catches of 4-6 pound fish.

North Raccoon River (Auburn to Perry)

As of Thursday morning, water levels in the river are good for fishing around the Auburn area. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth bass have been picked up casting twisters and hair jigs. Walleye – Slow: A few walleye have been caught casting crankbaits.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)

As of Thursday morning the Des Moines River was below flood stage in the Fort Dodge area. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of channel catfish below the dams in Fort Dodge. Try using night crawlers. Black Crappie – Fair:

Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try after dark near the rocks or steeper shorelines. Bluegill – Slow: Try in near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.

Lake Catherine

Catfish are biting on stink bait. Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats in the lake. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stink bait. Largemouth Bass – No Report:

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target the edge of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar stink bait. Other spots include the Ventura jetties, state dock area on north shore, the outlet, the city seawall, or Farmers Beach. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers fishing the canals have been having some luck. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edge of reeds, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake. Crappie – Slow: Some crappies have been taken off of the rock reefs (state reef). Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are trolling with crankbaits and picking up some walleyes. Shore fishing is slow but wader fisherman may pull some in along the edges of reeds either off Farmers Beach or McIntosh Point. Try fishing after dark. Muskellunge – Fair: Yellow Bass – Good: Some anglers catching yellows in about 6.5-10 feet off the north shore between the island and fisherman’s reef or state reef. Some anglers are also doing ok near the edges of the reeds in the little lake.

Lake Cornelia

Channel Catfish – Good: Reports of channel cats 1.5-2 pounds being caught during the early mornings and late evenings.

Crystal Lake

No reports this week. Bluegill – Fair: Try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper dredged water (11-13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines. Walleye – No Report: An occasional walleye may be caught near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)

Smallmouth bass are biting on jigs. Smallmouth Bass – No Report:

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

Channel catfish or walleye are worth a try. Look for rock riprap or snags or deeper outside bends for the late summer period. Minnows, worms, or small pieces of cut baitfish are good options for both. Channel Catfish – Good: A few reports of catfish biting on the East Fork.

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

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now. Walleye – Slow: Harvest has been slow but a few anglers are having good success with live bait presented VERY slowly. Let the action of your leech or shiner bring in the fish, don’t be drag racing them around the lake.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers, and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish for anglers. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer. Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Make sure to slow your presentation way down when using live bait, fish have been hitting very softly. Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light. Yellow Perch – Good: Smaller fish need to be sorted out, but red worms tipping a pilkie have been producing some nice action for anglers. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so. Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Five Island has a strong population of angler acceptable catfish. Folks looking to target these fish should use cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers in the evening and overnight hours.

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Using cut or stink bait after dark is producing some nice size cats. White Bass – Fair: A small hair jig tipped with a white or chartreuse twister should get white bass interested. Bluegill – Fair: Using a small jig tipped with live bait near weed edges is producing small size class fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Small jigs under a slip bobber tipped with live bait near weed lines and rocky structures should attract a few perch for anglers. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleyes at first light and in the evenings working leeches at near standstill speeds near rocky structure. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now. Also watch for nice deep cut banks on outside bends that will hold 17-20-inch cats.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are working areas below rock and sand bars with shiners and leeches for a few fish right now.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Lake Hendricks

A green algae bloom is limiting clarity on the lake. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are actively hitting top water lures.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Few folks have been out. Algae blooms have slowed the bite but fresh water inputs from recent rains will increase the food diversity and availability in the river. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using natural looking crankbaits with success. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching a lot of small walleye but the big ones remain elusive.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Angling on the Cedar River remains good. Anglers are finding fish below dams in slack water areas or around current breaks. Fish can also be found around log jams. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching all sizes of catfish using a hook tipped with a long worm fished off the bottom. Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching nice walleyes using a hook tipped with a night crawler.

Showers with potentially heavy rainfall and fluctuating temperatures are predicted through Saturday. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule remains in effect through August 31. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Fishing has been good for channel catfish and largemouth bass. Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers are catching many 12-16-inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crankbaits.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the more shallow water areas for all three species during this period of summer. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink baits, cut baits and crawlers have been real effective. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast jig and crawler, spinner baits, crank baits or even top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas for good smallie action. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. Channel Catfish – Fair: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been good reports of channel catfish and walleye being caught on the Wapsi. Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig.

The weekend forecast calls for occasional showers throughout. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been most productive on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.4 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is at 8.9 feet, up over a foot from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is 79 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to drawl in large channel catfish. Flathead Catfish – Good: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits or by walleye anglers fishing off of wing dams. Bluegill – Good: Lot of bluegills coming off rock lines and brush piles. Look for areas near big backwater complexes. As water becomes shallow in these lakes the bluegill will pull out to snags near the openings. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good numbers of 12-inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. You need to fish very close to rock for the best success. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wing dams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year. Crappie – Good: Crappie are being caught in good numbers around brush piles in slightly flowing slough areas. Most have moved out of the stagnant backwaters. Try using a small minnow for bait. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wing dams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. Fishing has been hit or miss lately for walleyes. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 6.4 feet, up over a foot from last week. The river is expected is to be stable to slightly raise this week. The water is murky to clear and water temperature is 79 degrees. Northern Pike – Good: Pike were being caught in tributary mouths like at Mill Creek and Duck Creek but several fish are being reported throughout the pool. Try flashy white spinners for the best results. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to attract large channel catfish. Bluegill – Good: Try fishing brush piles in sloughs adjacent to large backwater complexes. Gills have moved out of the backwaters and into these locations as water receded. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crankbaits. Most are running about 12 inches in size. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with jigs and small minnows for bait. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are being caught off wing dams by anglers using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. The walleye bite has tailed off a little from last week. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 6.5 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 10.1 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. Water levels are expected to stabilize. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 79 degrees. Northern Pike – Fair: Some northern pike are being reported by anglers throwing spinners along the shoreline. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallies are being taken off rock piles and in the tail water areas on crankbaits and small spinners. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass have been hitting crankbaits or spinners along rock piles or the inside portions of wing dams. Crappie – Good: Some crappie are being reported out of Cattail Slough and by Rock Creek by anglers using small minnows for bait. Walleye – Good: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try a worm rig on wing dams or crankbaits along rock piles or wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 6.0 feet. It is expected to rise slightly. Water temperature is 79 degrees and water is clear. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Do not stay long, if you do not catch catfish in 10-15 minutes move to a new spot. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are being taken out of the harbor areas and around brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. Walleye – Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported off the wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. Use a large crayfish to catch bigger drum.

The river is holding steady but may slightly rise in many places this week. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been good for many species. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 6.99 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and fishing with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles as well. White Bass – Good: Some white bass are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. Some white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough up by the dams. Try casting crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or inline spinners. The bite has been best right before dark. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallmouth bass are being caught in areas with rock and current on crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work too. Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits out from the mouth of sunset marina and out from the mouth of the rock river.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 above Muscatine is 5.66 feet. The gate at Big Timber is open. Channel Catfish – Fair: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams. Anchor above the wing dam and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish will also be in the side channels around brush piles and snags. White Bass – Fair: Look for white bass on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. White bass can also be found around GPC around the water outfalls. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging with minnows or floating minnows under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – No Report: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling with three-way rigs and half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of wing dams works as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 6.53 feet. Toolesboro is open. Channel Catfish – Good: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams and anchor above them using stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish can also be found in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish on the bottom with nightcrawlers, stink bait, or cutbait. White Bass – Good: Some white bass are being caught up by the dam around the rocks. Some white bass are also being caught at the outlet of Odessa. Try fishing with crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or top water lures. Fishing for white bass is typically best early in the mornings or right before dark. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Try vertically jigging with minnows or floating a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some of the backwaters are getting hard to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work as well. Anchoring above the wing dam and casting jigs with half a nightcrawler and working them down the face of the wing dam can work also.

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 3.42 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and use stink bait, nightcrawlers, or cutbait. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Crappie – Slow: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertically jig a minnow or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some backwater areas are difficult to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – Fair: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling or casting crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dam. Trolling with three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler can work too.

Tail water stages have risen some over the past week. Water temperature in the main channel has been around 79-80 degrees and water clarity has been fair. 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 Geode

Water temperature is holding around 80 degrees. Catfish seem to be still the fish that is biting. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the rocky areas of shoreline with stink bait or chicken liver.

Lake Belva Deer

Water temperature is around 80 degrees. Fishing is starting to pick up this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers continue to pick up a catfish here and there. Bluegill – Good: The bluegill fishing continues to pick up. Most are catching them out around the trees down about 6 foot deep. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics

Lake of the Hills

With the heat and humidity not many anglers have been out. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Add night crawlers to the list. The Gate 6 Area is a very good place to start. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. The area around the boat ramp is good, especially the brush piles out from the fishing pier. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. and the deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Lambach Lake. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

Remember the use of live minnows as bait in Railroad Lake is not allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits, and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills in Railroad Lake are easy; worm and bobber fish along the shore by 110th.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

Last weekend’s rains brought the river back up a few inches and it really hasn’t dropped since then. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfishing has slowed down a little but they are still catching them on cut bait and shad.

Big Hollow Lake

The lake was pretty quiet this week. Bluegill – Fair: The anglers that were out were picking up a few bluegills down about six feet.

For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

Lake Macbride

The 10 hp motor restriction is still in effect through the holiday weekend. It will switch back to any size motor at no wake speed on Tuesday, September 2. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try stink bait towards evening.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, muskellunge must be 40 inches to keep and largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep here. Walleye – Fair: Some small walleye are being reported.

Diamond Lake

Highway 63 between I-80 and the park is closed. Use alternate routes to get to the south entrance of the park. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken livers or stink bait for best results. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small jig or worm. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small jig or worm.

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish towards evening with stink bait or chicken livers. Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs or worms around brush. Yellow Bass – Good: Spinners, tube jigs, or live bait have been working best.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the Coralville Dam on August 28 is 1,100 CFS. Channel Catfish – Fair:

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Channel Catfish – Fair:

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should concentrate on areas around the cedar trees with spinnerbaits or top water lures. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers should try using chicken liver or nightcrawlers along the outer edge of the lily pads.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill fishing has remained good with the best bait being a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Look for areas along the shorelines with some type of underwater habitat. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try using rubber worms around the fishing jetties and on the face of the dam. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits should also be used in these same areas.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. Largemouth bass can be caught using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all bass 12-16 inches must be immediately released. Bluegill – Slow: Sorting is required for larger fish.

Lake Sugema

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should try using spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines. Try rubber worms among the lily pads or top waters along the edges of these areas. Crappie fishing has been slow. Bluegill – Slow: Try using a small jig and a chunk of nightcrawler among openings in the lily pads.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 909.21 feet. The water temperature is 80 degrees. White Bass – Slow: Troll or cast lures that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas in the main lake where shad are breaking at the surface. Crappie – Slow: Some walleye anglers have been catching crappie on crankbaits suspended over rock piles and submerged points. Walleye – Slow: Crankbaits have been the best baits. The gizzard shad hatch has occurred so use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas with a change in depth around underwater islands and submerged points and try trolling or casting in these areas. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (five days in the sun).

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

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3-5 feet deep tight to the standing trees broke off at the water’s surface mid lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 8-12 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegill are good size running from 7-9 inches. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies drifting tube jigs or trolling small crankbaits out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge shoreline.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass – Good: White bass are hitting trolling shad imitating lip-less crankbaits near points or anywhere large schools of young shad are congregated. Anglers casting jigs and crankbaits below the spillway are also doing well on white bass and the occasional wiper.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Good: With water levels back to normal drifting cutbait for channel catfish above the mile long bridge is producing good catches of 2-6 pound fish. White Bass – Good: The white bass bite is good trolling lip-less, rattling crankbaits. Mornings have been the better bite. Points along the west shoreline mid-lake are producing the best numbers. Anglers are also finding a good white bass bite below the spillway.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: The Des Moines River above Saylorville is still navigable with small boats. Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: Flows are slowly coming down below Saylorville making for better fishing conditions. Anglers fishing below the spillway are catching a mix of white bass and crappie.

South Skunk River (Story City to Cambridge)

Smallmouth Bass – Good: The South Skunk River from Story City to Ames is in good condition for wade fishing for smallmouth bass. Cast in-line spinners or crayfish imitating shallow diving crank baits.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. The Des Moines River Reservoirs are producing some good white bass fishing. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Drift small jigs to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5 inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Greenfield has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish cut bait in five feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2-6 pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine inch plus fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass. Black Crappie – Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Slow: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using blood bait. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: A few wipers are being picked up when catfishing using cutbait.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are in deeper water and around structure during the summer months. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Good: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore with cut bait or commercial stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good. Try minnows under a bobber around structure.

Water temperatures have cooled on area lakes. Interior rivers have come up again after recent rains. Anglers are still drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with worms and cut bait near the silt dikes. Crappie – Slow: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows near the cedar tree piles.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs and minnows drift fishing the main lake and near the flooded timber.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught drift fishing with minnows.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle lake access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches have been caught with worms near the jetties.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught with worms and small jigs near cedar tree piles and fish mounds. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits and plastics along the rock structure and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 15 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near jetties and in the flooded timber. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs near timber structure and drift fishing the open water.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught trolling small crankbaits and drift fishing open water.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are below 80 degrees. River flows have increased and are variable with recent rains. 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 – Good: Anglers report that they are starting to catching larger catfish. Dip baits, worms, chubs, and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best for flatheads.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for channel catfish continues to be good on dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 21.79 feet, 32,600 CFS and 74 degrees. The Missouri River is up .16 feet from last week. Watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. Fishing continues to be fair to good overall on the Missouri River.

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