Iowa Fishing Report July 31 2014

Iowa Fishing Report provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake

Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down considerably, but some anglers are still catching a few around the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish: Fair – try using cut bait, dip bait, or shrimp. 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.

Crawford Creek

Bluegill – Fair: Try pilkies tipped with red worms around 16 feet of water. Bluegills are running from 7-10 inches.

Little Sioux River

Channel Catfish – Good: Use chicken livers, stink bait, or cut bait and fish scour holes, outside bends, and snags.

North Raccoon River

Channel Catfish – Good: Use chicken livers, stink bait, or cut bait and fish scour holes, outside bends, and snags. Walleye: Slow – A few walleye are being caught. Try running crankbaits fast below rock riffles.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are at crest. Blue green algae has started to bloom over the last few weeks. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are catching good numbers of sub legal bass with soft plastics. Focus efforts around the weed beds. Walleye – Slow: A few legal walleye have been caught off the rock piles.

Water levels are at crest at most 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 near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.

Lake Catherine

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: Anglers are having good success with dip baits in the last week. The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target edges of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar bait. 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, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are picking some up in the deeper water off the rocks or trolling. Muskellunge – Fair: Yellow Bass – Fair: A little bit better luck this week for anglers targeting yellows. Try the main lake rock reefs. Some yellows are also scattered yet along the edges of the reeds.

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 11-13 feet dredge area. 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.

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: A few pike are being harvested using spinner baits near weed beds. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down recently. A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past week or so. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Fair: Anglers continue to harvest 9-11-inch bullheads from the shorelines using crawler rigs.

West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Fishing has slowed down a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – No Report: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags right now.

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

NORTHEAST

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 excellent luck on largemouth bass throughout the day. Channel Catfish – Good: Shrimp, leopard frogs and night crawlers has been really good for channel catfish on the lake. 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 – Excellent: 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 – Fair: Anglers have had good luck fishing around the sunken timbers using small jigs (ice fishing) tipped with redworm or wax worms.

Brinker Lake

There have been good reports of anglers catching largemouth bass out of Brinker Lake. Crappies have also been biting on slip bobber and minnow rig fished in around 8-10 feet of water. 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 – Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber near structure in eight to ten feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Try trolling crankbaits around the lake using a three-way rig to locate aggressive fish.

George Wyth Lake

The lake still remains high but there have been good reports of northern pike along with some largemouth bass being caught out of George Wyth Lake. Northern Pike – Good: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours. Try spinner or crankbaits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber drifting anywhere from 5-9 feet of water.

Harold Getty Lake

There have been good reports of crappie, northern pike, largemouth bass and walleye being caught out of Harold Getty Lake (a.k.a. Mitchell Pits). Northern Pike – Fair: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours. Try spinner or crankbaits throughout the mid-day hours. Crappie – Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber drifting anywhere from 5-9 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have had some luck trolling crankbaits.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River continues to fall and fishing has vastly improved in both Bremer and Black Hawk Counties. Walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and northern pike have been biting exceptionally well below the lowhead dams in Waverly and Waterloo. Northern Pike – Good: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Excellent: 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 8.35 feet and falling. There have been good reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Fish below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner bait near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Good: 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 excellent 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 – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye.

The weekend forecast calls for some beautiful weather. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, for panfish target deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 8.3 feet and is expected to stabilize at that level over the next week. Army Road leading to the ramp at New Albin is open. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is at 14.9 feet is expected to drop slightly more and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish.

Mississippi River Pool 11

The water levels at Lock and Dam 10 Guttenberg have dropped to 6.4 feet and expected to fall slightly and stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish.

Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen and are beginning to stabilize which means good things for fishing in the next few weeks. All boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.5 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 9.0 feet. This is down two feet from last week and water levels are going to continue to drop. Water temperature has dropped to 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are starting to hit on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits. 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. Walleye – Good: 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. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is at 7.3 feet, down three feet from last week’s report. The river is expected to continue to recede and water clarity will continue to improve. The water temperature is 75 degrees. The DNR ramp is now open for business after a long flooding period. Curtsey docks will not yet be out at most Pool 13 boat ramps. Fishing has improved greatly. Channel Catfish – Good: Use stink bait or cut bait to catch channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Bluegill – Good: Try fishing brush piles in sloughs adjacent to large backwater complexes. Gills have moved out of the backwaters and into these locations. Largemouth Bass – Good: Small largemouth are biting in tail water areas. Bigger bass are still being taken in the clear waters of the Spring Lake area. 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 a small minnow for bait. Walleye – Good: 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. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker for best results. Pumpkinseed – Good:

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 6.5 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 10.4 feet; down over two feet from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to drop. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 76 degrees. 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 bluegill anglers and by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass are sight feeders. With the increase in clarity, bass will be feeding. Find clear backwaters and start throwing some lures. Large bass may be hard to find but plenty of small ones are being reported. Walleye – Good: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try a worm rig on wing dams or crankbaits along rock piles. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 6.9 feet. It is expected to drop continuously all week. Eagle Landing in Bettendorf Park had some damage due to flooding. It is unknown if this ramp is back open. Check ahead with the City of Bettendorf if planning to use this site. Water temperature is 76 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Fish will be moving to their summer holes. Largemouth Bass – Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current.

The river is still dropping rapidly. Water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Belva Deer

Planktonic algae bloom is making the water a little bit more murky than normal. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass fishing has picked up. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics.

Lake of the Hills

Fishing remains pretty steady. 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. Locations: along the rocks and also where Railroad dumps in. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. I would expect the bluegills to start moving deeper next week with the return of the hot weather. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. 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. Live minnows may not be used as bait in Lambach. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

Live minnows may not be used as bait in Railroad Lake. 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)

Back down to about half bank full, plenty of water to run boats in. Something you can rarely say about the Skunk River in July. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the high banks and the bigger brush piles. Grass frogs are good bait this time of year.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are hitting on stink baits and minnows. Try a few grass frogs as bait while you are out.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is picking up with the nice weather. They are out suspended over deeper water down about five feet. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Most bass anglers are finding the bass suspended out in deeper water.

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

Kent Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair: Fish with small worms or jigs around brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Fair:

Lake Macbride

Remember, the 10 hp maximum at no wake speed is in effect. Anglers should keep in mind the lake is stratified and there is no oxygen below 10 feet of depth. Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken livers or nightcrawlers have been working best. Most action is from sunset and later. White Bass – Fair: Look for schooling fish chasing shad in open water. 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. White Bass – Fair: Try small spinners, jigs, or crankbaits. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: These are mixed in with the white bass schools. Fish for them the same way.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Anglers should keep in mind that the lake is stratified and there is no oxygen below seven feet of depth. Also, Hwy. 63, north of Montezuma, is closed. Anglers should come in on F-57 to come in the South entrance. Channel Catfish – Good: Stink bait and chicken livers are working best. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small worm or jig. Crappie – Slow: Drift open water with a jig or fish around brush piles with a jig.

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken livers or stink bait towards evening. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with small jigs or worms. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish with small jigs or spinners around shorelines and brush.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Stink bait has been working best. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Live bait and even stink bait has been working.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the dam is 6,000 CFS and will remain at that rate through the weekend, and then is predicted to drop. Channel Catfish – Good:

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)

Channel Catfish – Good:

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

Lake Wapello

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken liver or nightcrawlers. Target areas along the outer edge of the lily pads. 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. Try rubber worms in the same areas.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers are reporting the best bait has been a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler. Try areas around submerged structures and along the fishing jetties. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using crankbaits along the shoreline and the face of the dam. Try rubber worms around the aquatic vegetation and around the fishing jetties.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers have been catching bluegills with a chunk of nightcrawler under a bobber. Sorting is required for larger fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all 12-16-inch fish must be immediately released.

Lake Sugema

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers should use chicken liver. Target coves around the main lake. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers should target the weed line and open pockets in the vegetation with a jig and a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try top water lures along the weed line or use rubber worms in the open pockets in the vegetation. Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the outer edge of the aquatic vegetation.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 905.38 feet. The water temperature is 77 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using chicken liver. Target areas in coves and bays. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been having some success trolling crankbaits around underwater islands and rock piles. Try crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad and look for areas with a change in depth. 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 clean. 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 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. The bluegill 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.

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 crankbaits.

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

Binder Lake

Binder Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam and weed lines.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Slow: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with stink baits and cutbait along the rock structure and silt dikes. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits near the cedar tree piles.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught on spinners and top water baits along the dam and in the flooded timber.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam in the mornings.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: 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 in flooded timber near the channel.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in 12 feet of water along the weed lines and on the roadbed. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs in 12-15 feet of water near the flooded timber.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are in the upper 70s or lower 80s. Also, rivers have returned to base flow. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught with rod and reel and on trotlines. Dip baits, worms, chubs, and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Fair: A few flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for channel catfish has improved try 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 21.49 feet, flowing 31,800 CFS and 75 degrees. The river has dropped .20 feet from last week. Watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. Fishing has been fair overall on the Missouri River.

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