Iowa Fishing Report July 10 2014

Iowa Fishing Report – Brought to you by The Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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

Blue Lake

Black Bullhead – Good:

Lake Smith

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

Lake Catherine

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

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try on the rock reefs, shoreline rocks or just try on the windward shorelines with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. North shore docks and Ventura grade are also worth a try. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass near the reeds on the little lake. Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds. Walleye – Good: Shoreline docks have been ok at dark or on windy days. Boats have been picking some up yet trolling, or fishing near the rock reefs near state reef, Billy’s or Gilmore’s. Some fish by the edges of the reeds where the wind blows into them. Muskellunge – Fair: Yellow Bass – Fair: Walleye anglers are picking 5-10 up. The state reef and dodge’s point are worth a shot.

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegill bite is slowing down some but fish can still be caught. Fish with a popper or a bobber set shallow for the bluegills closer to shore. Or 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 – Fair: An occasional walleye near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

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

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is not usable. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are along the rocky shore and are actively taking stinkbait and worms. Bluegill – Fair: A few bluegills are being caught while fishing for crappies. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are taking spinnerbaits from shore. Target woody debris along the waters edge. Crappie – Good: Anglers are catching crappies over the brush piles or along the shoreline using a small jig tipped with tube jigs or a twistertail.

Lake Hendricks

Lake levels have stabilized. A green algae bloom is affecting water clarity on the lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler, cutbait or liver; even try a hunk of hotdog. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are spotty but when found can be good. Use small pieces of worms on a hook. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or jigs tipped with soft plastics fished along the shoreline.

Lake Meyer

Lake is clearing but still very turbid. Bluegill – Slow: Gills are biting but you may have to catch a few before you get the one you want. A light colored twistertail is best. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or grubs. Anglers are finding fish along the weed lines. Crappie – Slow:

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 levels are slowly dropping but clarity remains fair. Sucker – Slow: Suckers will take a hook tipped with a worm fished on the stream bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth bass action is picking up. Try a crankbait or jig tipped with twistertail around the mouth of tributaries or an undercut bank. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are hitting on spinners and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water clarity remains off color. Water levels have stabilized but still high. Most anglers are fishing from shoreline and are catching catfish. By weekend, water should be fishable. Sucker – Slow: Suckers are biting on worm rigs. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler bounced off the bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Anglers have been catching smallies on a flashy spinnerbaits. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are being picked up while fishing for smallmouth.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

Water temperatures are in the low 70s. Water levels have stabilized but still high and off-color. Sucker – Slow: Redhorse are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a worm. Walleye – Slow: Try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Cedar River is on a slow decline and clarity has improved. Anglers have been finding a few smallmouth bass and walleye but very slow. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are picking up catfish using a hook tipped with chicken liver, cut bait or night crawlers. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth are hitting night crawlers and minnows. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are hitting worms and minnows. A jig and twistertail is also working.

Water levels are slowly falling and area rivers slowly clearing. Lake levels are elevated and clarity is improving. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. ; Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Some streams aren’t stocked in July and August due to warmer water. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

There have been good reports of nice sized bluegill being taken near structure in deeper water close to the dam. Anglers have had good luck on largemouth bass throughout the day also. Bluegill – Good: Concentrate near deeper structure close to the dam using a small piece of crawler or wax worm under a slip bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours.

Brinker Lake

There have been fair reports of anglers catching both walleye and some channel catfish out of Brinker Lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Walleye – Fair: Try trolling crankbaits around the lake using a three-way rig to locate aggressive fish.

South Prairie Lake

Anglers are catching a lot of crappie around eight inches. Largemouth bass have been biting well. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Good:

Drift a small crappie minnow or wax worm under a slip bobber across the lake or near vegetation until locating fish.

Plainfield

Plainfield Lake is still reporting catches of bluegill and some crappie. Bluegill – Fair: Wax worms have been the bait of choice. Try fishing deeper water near structure with a slip bobber and waxy or drifting bottom with a floater and waxy using a three-way rig. Crappie – Fair: Drift a small crappie minnow or wax worm under a slip bobber across the lake or near vegetation until locating fish.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River continues to fall and fishing has improved, especially in Bremer County. Channel catfish have been biting exceptionally well below the dam in Waverly. Anglers are beginning to catch walleye and smallmouth bass as well. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits and crawlers have been real effective. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner bait near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

The Shell Rock is currently 9.66 feet and falling. There have been a few reports of anglers catching walleye. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in good shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Fair: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year.

Most interior rivers are still falling from the past few weeks of rainfall. Lakes are now in their summer mode, target panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in good condition as long as they receive light rainfall over the next week. Be sure to call ahead for stream conditions or for further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 13.9 feet and steadily falling this week. The ramp at Village Creek is accessible but boaters should still use caution when passing under the railroad bridge. Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Good: Fish a small worm or piece of crawler under a bobber in backwater areas and coves where the water is into the vegetation. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River levels at Lynxville are 23.5 feet and falling. Bluegill – Good: Fish a small worm or piece of crawler under a bobber in backwater areas and coves where the water is into the vegetation.

Mississippi River Pool 11

The water levels at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg have dropped to 14.6 feet and expected to fall gradually over the next week. The city ramp is still flooded and full of debris. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Bluegill – Good: Fish a small worm or piece of crawler under a bobber in backwater areas and coves where the water is into the vegetation.

Mississippi River flood waters are steadily receding on the Upper Mississippi. Most boat ramps are still inaccessible. Boaters should use caution as a large amount of debris is floating in strong currents. Water temperatures are in the 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 16.1 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is at 18.0 feet. Water levels are dropping quickly but minor to moderate flooding is still occurring. Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing trot lines in backwaters have produced many catfish. Bait lines with a small piece of worm. Adjust height of trot lines to conform to falling water. Keep bait above the flooded vegetation. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are being caught by the dam and backwaters. Find areas with submerged vegetation and throw out a piece of worm.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 16.6 feet. The river is expected to drop quickly, however minor flooding is occurring in most areas. The water temperature is at 75 degrees. The DNR ramp is flooded but the Bellevue City ramp is currently open. Fishing for most species is slow due to the high water. Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing trot lines in backwaters have produced many catfish. Bait lines with a small piece of worm. Adjust height of trot lines to conform to falling water. Keep bait above the flooded vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair: The large clear backwater area of Spring Lake are producing some bass using frog imitation lures in the weed pads. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum can easily be caught in near shore areas right now on simple egg sinker and nightcrawler type rigs.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 17.2 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 19.0 feet. Levels are expected to recede however minor to moderate flooding is occurring throughout the pool. Nearly all of the ramps on Pool 14 are closed due to high water. The river is very turbid and there is a lot of debris floating down the river. Water temperature is 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are spawning. Float a crawler or leech over rocks for best results. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 18.4 feet. Water level is still listed as a major flood threat. Water is receding and water temperature is 75 degrees. There is some debris floating down and the water is very turbid. Fishing remains slow due to high water. Channel Catfish – Slow: The catfish spawn is still going on. Fish a worm on a float near rip rap.

Heavy rains have raised water levels to near record heights but now the rivers water levels are receding. Still many areas are in high, moderate or minor flooding levels. Very few boat ramps are available. The high water has made fishing very slow. We advise people to be careful if they decide to boat, the river is running fast and there is debris floating down.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 18.52 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water conditions. The Marquette St. ramp in Davenport is flooded. The ramp at Clark’s Ferry is flooded. The ramps at the Fairport Recreational Area are not accessible due to flooding. Boating on the Mississippi River is not advisable at this time. There has not been much fishing activity due to the high water. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 19.53 feet and falling. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 21.10 feet and falling. Flood stage at Muscatine is 16 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Boating on the Mississippi River is not advisable at this time due to the high water. There has not been much fishing activity due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 21.46 feet and falling. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 15 feet. River stage at Keithsburg is 19.96 feet. Flood stage at Keithsburg is 14 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Toolesboro is closed. The Hawkeye Dolbee access is flooded. Boating on the Mississippi River is not advisable at this time due to the high water conditions. There has not been much fishing activity due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 upstream of Burlington is 17.53 feet and falling. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 22.00 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. River stage at Ft. Madison is 532.38 feet and flood stage is 528.00 feet. Boat ramps are not accessible due to the high water. Boating on the Mississippi River is not advisable at this time due to the high water. There has not been much fishing due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-19. River levels are still above flood stage throughout the pools but have been falling over the past few days. River levels are forecasted to continue to fall. Many of the ramps are not accessible due to the high water conditions. 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 Belva Deer

As of Tuesday, Belva Deer was three feet above normal pool and muddy. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow lately with all the rains and the ever changing weather. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass fishing has picked back up. Work the weed beds and the flooded timber.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Evening catfishing has been pretty good. Try chicken liver or stinkbait. Bluegill – Good: The second wave of the bluegill spawn is occurring. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Top-water action for bass is good right now. They are schooled up and chasing bluegill. They are breaking the surface as they chase the fry. A little floating Rapala or a fly rod and popper will get you a lot of action.

Lake of the Hills

Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where live minnows may be used as bait. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Catfishing has really picked up; night crawlers, stinkbaits and chicken liver are all productive. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing has been good on a variety of baits and lures so try a variety of things until you find out what is working that day. Largemouth Bass – Good: The bass are active especially in the gate 4 area. Find the rocks, stumps, and brush piles and you will find the bass.

Lambach Lake

Live minnows are not allowed for bait at Lambach Lake. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching plenty of nice bluegills in this smaller lake in West Lake Park. Worm and bobber fished from shore is working good. Crappie – Good: Anglers fishing for bluegills are also picking up more than a few nice crappies.

Railroad Lake

Live minnows are not allowed for bait at Railroad Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been good lately. You might have to move around a little to find them. Chicken liver, stinkbaits, and nightcrawlers should get you some fish. Bluegill – Good: Work the area along 110th for good number of bluegills also the north side along the area with all the stumps is also always good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try top-water lures around the structure early and late in the day. Soft plastics around the deeper habitat during the day.

Wilson Lake

The trout have been biting. Yes, trout in July, in Southeast Iowa. Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout have been caught using Berkley power baits, a wide variety of colors have been producing limits. Most anglers are having the best luck when they fish on the bottom and allowing the bait to float 1-3 feet seems to work best.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill fishing is decent. Start working out a little deeper as the summer progresses. Start looking to pick up some of the nicer fish to be out around the creek channel.

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

Hannen Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Stinkbait has been working best.

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill – Slow: Largemouth Bass – Slow:

Lake Macbride

Remember, the 10 hp maximum at no wake speed is in effect. Channel Catfish – Fair: White Bass – Fair: Look for schooling fish chasing new shad in open water. Bluegill – Fair: Drift small worms in 10-12 feet of water or fish around brush/rock. Size is usually poor. Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught around shallow wood.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, largemouth bass have to be 18 inches and muskies have to be 40 inches to keep. Channel Catfish – Fair: Chicken livers and stinkbait are working best towards evening. White Bass – Good: Try small spinners, jigs, or crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Fish live bait over humps and road beds towards evening. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: These are mixed in with the white bass schools. Fish for them the same way.

Diamond Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Bluegill – Fair: Crappie – Fair:

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish with stinkbait or chicken livers towards evening. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with small jigs or worms. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish with small jigs or spinners.

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

Lake Wapello

Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stinkbait or chicken liver. Look for areas with large rocks. Remember most lakes in Iowa stratify so don’t fish much below eight feet. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or top-water lures fished among the cedar trees that were placed in the lake during the last renovation. Use rubber worms in the same areas.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers report the best bait has been a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try top-water lures along the jetties. Use crankbaits along the shoreline and the face of the dam. Crappie – Fair: Anglers have been catching some crappies using the same bait while fishing for bluegills. Use a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Top-water lures are also a good choice this time of year. Remember Lake Hawthorn has a slot limit so all 12-16-inch fish must be immediately released.

Albia (lower)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been catching channel catfish using nightcrawlers or stinkbait. Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs with a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Target the submerged habitat areas that are marked with buoys.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Target the weed line and open pockets in the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock. Try top-water lures along the weed line. Use rubber worms or crawdad imitations in deeper water. Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits on the outer edge of the aquatic vegetation. Crappie – Slow: The crappies have spawned and are now out in a little deeper water. Try a slip bobber and a minnow to find where the crappies are suspended. Walleye – Slow: Try areas with rock shorelines using minnows and jigs. Crankbaits should also be tried in the same areas and along the dam.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 907.58 feet and water temperature is 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try dead chubs fished under a bobber or nightcrawlers. Target areas with large rocks such as the dam and around the Bridgeview bridge. Crappie – Slow: Anglers should try finding suspended schools of crappie and running small crankbaits through the school. Look for fish in 4-10 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Anglers should try trolling nightcrawlers along submerged points and underwater islands. Crankbaits should also be tried in the same 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 (5 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 foot deep tight to 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 10-15 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. Bluegills are good size running from 7-9 inches.

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.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches can be caught drifting with small jigs. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Meadow Lake

Water temperature is 80 degrees. Bluegill – Fair: 7-8-inch bluegills can be caught around underwater reefs casting black jigs tipped with power bait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Meadow has a large year class of 10-12-inch bass.

Mormon Trail Lake

Catfish have picked up. Anglers are still catching crappie. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught on cutbait or shrimp around the jetties. Fish average two pounds. Crappie – Fair: The lake has a large year class of eight-inch crappies. Anglers are catching them all around the lake drifting.

Nodaway Lake

Catfish can be caught on the south shore and along the dam. A few crappies are being picked up around tree piles. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are being caught with shrimp. Fish are close to shore. Most fish caught are 18-20 inches. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills can be caught drifting. Fish average 7.5 inches. Crappie – Fair: Cast small jigs around tree piles or minnows under a bobber to catch 8-10-inch crappies.

Orient Lake

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

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. 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 9 plus inch fish drifting small jigs tipped with Powerbait. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anita has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: Drift jigs tipped with power bait to catch 10 inch crappies.

Willow Lake

Willow has extremely good water clarity. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught along the campground shoreline with cutbait or liver. Fish average 18 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are being caught casting small jigs in the upper end of the lake.

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population of 8-11-inch fish. A few are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is also 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 – Fair: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

DeSoto Bend

The refuge enforces a four walleye bag with a 15-inch minimum length limit and no more than 1 walleye may exceed 22 inches. The lake has a good catfish population. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught on the outside bend of the lake near rock or drifting with cutbait. Desoto has all sizes of catfish. Walleye – Slow: Walleyes are being caught slow trolling crankbaits or drifting crawlers. Fish range in size from 15-20 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught on the west and south side of the lake with cut bait or shrimp.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – 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 to 9 inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are now in deeper water and around structure. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Fair: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore. 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 – Slow: Ponds that support crappie populations have been slow this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Anglers are now drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel catfish are still being caught close to shore around rock. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Slow: Fishing has been slow due to recent high water on the Missouri a few channel catfish are being caught rod and reel and on trotlines. Dip baits, worms, chubs and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Slow: A few flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best. Sauger – Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported caught use jigs with or without live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported caught use jigs with or without live bait.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Slow: Fishing for channel catfish should start picking up after the recent high water ramps are opening up and anglers are getting out on Missouri River. Try dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Slow: Anglers are starting to get back out on the Missouri to fish for flatheads. A few fish are being caught on live baits and fresh cutbait.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers are getting back out on the Missouri fishing should pick up for channel catfish. Try worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait for success. Flathead Catfish – Slow: Flathead anglers are buying bait and getting out on the River not much of a report with the high water conditions. Try live bait and fresh cutbaits for the best success.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 21.91 feet, 33,300 CFS and 75 degrees. The river has dropped approximately two feet from last week. The river has changed from the recent high water; watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. The State managed boat ramps have been cleaned recently on the Iowa side and several ramps are also open on the Nebraska side of the Missouri. Fishing has been slow due to recent high water and limited boat ramp access.

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