Iowa Fishing Report September 11 2014

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Channel Catfish – Fair: Fair numbers of good sized catfish are being caught. Bluegill – Good: Good numbers of bluegill are being picked up along with some crappie.

Moorhead Park Pond

Channel Catfish – Fair: 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.

Brushy Creek Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Tip jig with a piece of crawler and fish in 15-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Bait jig with a small minnow and fish in 15-20 feet of water.

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: Catfish have still been biting fairly good. Use Sonny’s dip bait and fish overcast days to increase chances of success. White Bass – Fair: No update for white bass this week, but last week shore anglers were picking up white bass with blue and silver 1/4 ounce Kastmasters and Mepps spinners. Walleye – Fair: Fewer anglers have been out this week, but some walleye are still being caught on crankbaits. Try #6 Shad Raps and troll the dredge cuts.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are about seven inches above crest. The thick blue-green algae blooms have mostly subsided, but it is still present. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been catching 7.5-8-inch bluegill off the deeper rock piles. Use a 1/16 ounce chartreuse marabou hair jig tipped with a piece of bait. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish are in the sub legal size range. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some larger yellow perch have been picked up fishing around the weed patches near Cottonwood Point. Walleye – Slow: Some walleye are being picked up, but most are sublegal fish.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Discharge around Correctionville is average. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfishing continues to be good with anglers reporting catches of 4-6 pound fish.

Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)

Although the river is below flood stage near Fort Dodge, discharge is still above the 90th percentile. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been catching good numbers of channel catfish below the dams in Fort Dodge. Try night crawlers.

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 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

Water temp is around 65 degrees. 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. 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 after dark. Muskellunge – Fair: The cold weather has slowed the bite but there are fish in shallow water. Get out on some of those stable weather or humid days and you have a good chance of catching one. 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 okay 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. Northern Pike – No Report: Pike may start cruising the shallower water during the fall, and could provide a bite. 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)

No reports this week but smallmouth bass should be 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

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth should start hitting on jerk baits and trolled crankbaits worked near rock piles. Walleye anglers are likely to come across a few of these hard fighters. Crappie – Fair: Anglers fishing from piers and docks as well as by boat near bull rush beds have been picking up a few small crappies using small jigs with plastic twister tails. Slip bobbers with a hook tipped with a small shiner should also work for folks. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are starting to get into a bunch of six-inch perch in the past week or so. Very few are angler acceptable size yet, but folks are having fun with them until they grow up a bit more. Walleye – Fair: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have started to drop the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active. Recent anglers pulling crank baits near weed lines and across rocky points have been pulling a number of nice walleyes. The catch is still dominated by slot fish but a few keepers and lots of fun fishing is in store for folks hitting the water.

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 – Good: 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: Action has started to pick up in the last week or so with the cooler temperatures in the area. Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. 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. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: The cooler temperatures should have smallmouth moving around rocky points. Troll crank baits or cast jerk baits to target these fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fishing has slowed a bit but a few perch are still being harvested. Smaller fish need to be sorted out, but red worms tipping a pilkie have been producing some nice action for anglers. Walleye – Fair: Cooler temperatures have fish a bit more active. Live bait and crankbaits are producing a few keepers around the rocky points. First/last light seem to be doing the best for anglers. Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

Ingham Lake

Bullhead – No Report: Ingham supports a healthy bullhead population of angler acceptable sized fish. Soaking a night crawler should keep anglers entertained for quite a while. When action is hot, this would be a great time to get kids outside fishing with you.

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 right now. Walleye – Fair: As water temperatures drop with the fall weather, look for fish to become more active. Anglers should start having success trolling crankbaits near rocky structures and outside weed lines. When using live bait, make sure not to present to fast as less aggressive fish often won’t respond. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Sandy Hollow Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Recent netting data shows plenty of 19-24-inch catfish in this county park pond. Anglers should try using cut bait about 6-7 feet under a bobber or stink bait and chicken livers near the bottom.

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. Walleye – Fair: Start looking for a few walleyes downstream of rock/sand bars. A shiner worked on a jig head should get them interested.

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 – Fair: Keep an eye out downstream from rock/sand bars right now. Jig heads tipped with shiners worked slowly around these areas should start to produce a few fish.

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

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The boat ramp parking lot resurfacing project will begin sometime late September/early October. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be found around submersed logs and along the rocky shore. Try using cutbait or dead minnows. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are finding fish along rocky shorelines and are using a hooked tipped with a small piece of worm. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are hitting a hook tipped with a minnow and can be found near submersed trees.

Lake Hendricks

Lake Hendricks is still experiencing a green algae bloom. Cooler temperatures should clear up the bloom soon. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch a few gills along the shoreline. Try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Slowed some but still biting. Spinners and plastic tube jigs are working well for bass. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are catching crappies while fishing for bluegills.

Lake Meyer

The algae bloom is beginning to clear and fish activity has improved some. Few anglers have been out but fish are being caught. Channel Catfish – Slow: Cutbait seems to be the bait of choice. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are hitting worms while fishing the shoreline. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are finding a few crappies while fishing for bluegills. Crappies can also be found suspended around brush piles. Minnows are working.

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. The Upper Iowa is in excellent condition and great for paddling. Fish activity has slowed but fish can be caught. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Fish activity was slow but fish were taking crankbaits. Walleye – Slow: Walleye can be found in the deeper pools and near woody structure. Anglers were using spoons and jigs tipped with worm to entice the finicky fish.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

The Upper Iowa below Decorah is in excellent condition even after recent rains. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are drifting a jig head tipped with a nightcrawler with success.

Turkey River (below Clermont)

The Turkey River is excellent for paddling and a nice variety of fish are being caught. Water temperatures are running in the mid 60s. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and spinners. Try fishing for bass off the current breaks and eddies. Walleye – Good: Walleye are hitting crankbaits fished near woody debris and submersed logs.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water levels remain relatively steady with recent rain events. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish activity has slowed but chicken liver and dead chubs continue to be the bait of choice. Walleye – Fair: Walleye action has slowed some but anglers are catching fish using a jig head tipped with a minnow.

Showers are predicted for Friday but Saturday and Sunday look like fabulous fishing weather with temperatures in the low to mid 60s and sunny. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the deeper holes as fish seek cooler water temperatures this time of year. Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch pike on Mepps spinner baits. Channel Catfish – Good: 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, spinner baits, crankbaits or even top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas. Walleye – Fair: 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. Channel Catfish – Good: 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: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 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 reports of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye being caught. Northern Pike – Fair: Try casting spinner or crankbaits near woody structure or rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish – Fair: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good.

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 fishing 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 catching walleye.

The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition also. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Water level at Lansing is 10.9 feet and on a slight rise over the next week. Fish are moving from main channel borders to structure in side channels. Army road at New Albin is closed due to water over the road. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Water level at Lynxville is 19.4 feet and expected to bump up a little bit and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 11

Water level at Guttenberg is 10.9 and expected to rise slightly and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Water temps are beginning to cool a bit and the fall fishing season is getting under way. Water temperature has fallen into the 60s. Recent heavy rains have impacted water clarity and river levels are expected to rise slightly over the next week. Boaters should call ahead as some ramps will be inaccessible due to high water.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 9.2 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 11.6 feet, up two feet from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is up to 76 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also try stink bait above the rock wing dams to draw in large channel catfish. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits or by walleye anglers fishing off of wing dams. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found mostly along rocky areas or brush piles near flowing water. Float bobber along the rock or wood structure for best results. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: 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 – Fair: 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! 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 10.0 feet; up more than a foot from last week. The river is expected is raise nearly a foot during the next seven days. The water is murky below the mouth of the Maquoketa River which is running very turbid. Water temperature is 76 degrees. Fishing has slowed. 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 – Fair: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crank baits. Most are running about 12 inches in size. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. 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 8.8 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 11.8 feet; up a foot from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise. Water clarity is poor and fishing has been tough. Water temperature is near 76 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 – Fair: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass have been hitting along rock piles or the inside portions of wing dams by anglers using crankbaits or spinners for lures. 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.

The river is raising in many places this week. Water clarity is generally poor and fishing has slowed. 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.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Belva Deer

The lake is up a few inches from Tuesday’s rain. Water is a little turbid also. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been picking up lately. I would start with chicken liver and go from there. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing has been picking up but they are still out in about six feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics

Lake of the Hills

The fall trout release will be October 11. Tagged fish may again be turned in for prizes. 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. 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. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing has really picked up lately. Fish for them using worms along the dams and other rocky areas of the lake.

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. 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. Crappie – Good: The crappies have seemed to have taken over the bluegills’ spot. Anglers are picking them up on small jigs and worm and bobber.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Good: The anglers that were out were picking up a few bluegills down about 6 feet. The go to bait seems to be wax worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up a fair number of bass on crankbaits worked about six feet down. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are starting to catch some nice crappies on tube jigs tipped with wax worms.

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should concentrate on areas around the cedar trees with spinnerbaits or top water lures. Try rubber worms or crawdad imitations along the rocky shorelines and fishing jetties. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers should try using nightcrawlers along the outer edge of the lily pads. With the recent rains try areas where water is running into the lake.

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. Recent rains have muddied the water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Concentrate on areas where water is running in from recent rains. Try nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits around the fishing jetties and the shorelines.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake. 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

Crappie fishing has been slow. Anglers targeting largemouth bass should try spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines and around the fishing jetties. As the water cools down, slow down your lure presentation. Bluegill – Slow: Use a small jig and a chunk of nightcrawler among openings in the lily pads and in shallow water areas.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 913.04 feet. The water temperature is 75 degrees. Channel Catfish – Slow: With the recent rains, look for areas where runoff is coming into the lake and target those areas. 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: As the water cools, look for areas with tree piles or stumps. Try a minnow and jig combination or a minnow and a bobber. Walleye – Slow: Try areas with a change in depth around underwater islands and submerged points. Use baits that mimic gizzard shad 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 (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 are still being caught drifting small panfish jigs or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs or slowly fishing lindy rigs with minnows or crawlers in 8-15 feet of water in the mid to upper portions of the lake near humps.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegills are 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 – Slow: Heavy rains have water levels on a fast rise and turbid, slowing fishing. Anglers casting jigs and crankbaits below the spillway will have the best luck 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 (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: Anglers fishing below the spillway are catching a mix of white bass and crappie.

Fall fishing is starting with central Iowa water temperatures falling into the upper 60s. 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 5 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 at Anita. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine plus inch 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 – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using blood bait and drifting cutbait. 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 a 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 this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Water temperatures have dropped into the low 70s with cool temperatures and above normal rainfall. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with cut bait fished along shallow flooded vegetation.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to five pounds have been caught using finesse plastics fished near points. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs or minnows fished near the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Walleye – Fair: Walleye up to 15 inches have been caught using bottom bouncers or trolling crankbaits along points.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using finesse plastics fished near points.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches have been caught with small jigs fished near the jetties.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with small jigs or minnows fished near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish up to 10 pounds have been caught using cutbait fished near points.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish up to eight pounds have been caught using cutbait fished along shallow flats.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught using minnows fished near rock piles.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are approximately 75 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.

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