Iowa Fishing Report September 18 2014

Iowa Fishing Report Sept 18, 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 – Slow: Anglers are still catching some walleye trolling, but they’re mostly slot fish.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are about seven inches above crest. Water clarity has improved some. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been picking up targeting bluegill off the stone pier. The catfish are around 15 inches. Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been catching 7.5-8-inch bluegill off the west Stone Pier in Town Bay. 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 – Fair: Fair numbers of walleye can be caught throwing twisters or hair jigs in the evenings. Most walleye are sublegal, around 12-13 inches.

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 75th 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.

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, docks and by boat near bull rush beds have been picking up a few small crappies using small jigs with plastic twister tails. Slip bobbers and a hook tipped with a small shiner should also work for folks. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers are starting to get into a bunch of six-inch perch. 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 dropped the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active. Recent anglers pulling crankbaits 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

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 with the cooler temperatures in the area. Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: A fair number of smaller yellow perch were seen in sampling nets this summer. Cooler temperatures should make these fish more active and available to the angler. Try pilkies tipped with wigglers or red worms to entice a few of these for the dinner table. Walleye – Fair: Cooling water temperatures will start to get fish more active. Hit the rocky points with crank baits or drift a shiner through to pick up a few keepers.

West Okoboji Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: The cooler temperatures should have smallmouth moving around rocky points. Troll crankbaits or cast jerk baits to target these fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Pilkies tipped with red worms or wigglers will get you some action on yellow perch right now. Work the openings in the weed beds with a slip bobber to target some nice keepers. Walleye – Fair: Cooler temperatures has increased catch rates recently. Crankbaits trolled near outside weed edges and across rocky points have been producing some nice fish. Jigs tipped with shiners drifted across structure will also get you some hook ups. 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

Walleye – No Report: Fall temperatures should increase angler success on walleyes. Troll crankbaits near rocky structures to target these fish.

Lost Island Lake

White Bass – Fair: Folks looking for a little action should try a hair jig tipped with a shiner slowly retrieved to entice these guys to bite. Walleye – Fair: Cooling water temperatures should have fish more active. Troll crankbaits near rocky structures and outside weed edges or drift a jig tipped with a shiner for your best success. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

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)

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 soon. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be found around submersed logs and along the rocky shore. Try 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

A few anglers are beginning to fish the lake. Panfishing should begin to pick up with cooler water temperatures. 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 clearing 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. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try using a floating crankbait along the weed edges. 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 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. Water temperatures are dropping into the 60s. 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 low 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 stable and water temperatures are on the decline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish activity has slowed but chicken liver and dead chubs continue to be the bait of choice. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallies are taking spinnerbaits. Fish can be found along the current breaks. Walleye – Fair: Walleye action has slowed some but anglers are catching fish using a jig head tipped with a minnow.

Decorah District Streams

Thunderstorms occasionally affect water clarity but most northeast Iowa streams have recently been fishing well. Early morning trico hatches have been good – try a sparse #24 pattern for fishing a dry. Hopper and Cricket fishing has also been excellent beginning late in the morning. On cooler days, there have been consistent afternoon #18 blue wing olive hatches. Brown Trout – Good: Brown trout are getting ready to spawn which normally occurs in October and November. Males will begin to develop a sharply hooked lower jaw at this time. Brook Trout – Good:

Showers are predicted for Saturday but otherwise it’s looking like another fabulous fishing weekend. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good. 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.

Big Woods Lake

There have been reports of anglers catching crappie in 6-8 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Fish a crappie minnow or wax worm under a slip bobber in 6-8 feet of water.

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. 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 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 – Good: Half a nightcrawler or minnow tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good.

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 below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been 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 – Good: 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 upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and suckers. Sucker – Good: A nightcrawler fished on the bottom with a heavy sinker near riffle areas has been good. Northern Pike – Fair: Try casting Mepps spinners or crankbaits. Channel Catfish – Fair: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: 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 interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish, northern pike 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 nine feet and is expected to remain stable at that level over the next week. 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 – Fair: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are feeding well but high water has them spread out. 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.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Water level at Lynxville is 15.9 feet and expected to begin to fall slightly 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 – Fair: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are feeding well but high water has them spread out. 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.

Mississippi River Pool 11

Water level at Guttenberg is 11.6 feet and expected to fall steadily to below nine feet by this time 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 – Fair: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are feeding well but high water has them spread out. 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 levels remain high on the Upper Mississippi, but is expected to stabilize and begin to fall steadily over the next week. High water has fish spread out and has slowed fishing success. Floating vegetation is also causing some anglers problems fishing along shorelines. Water temps have cooled into the lower 60s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is near 10.1 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 12.6 feet, up one foot from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is up to 74 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wing dams to drawl in large channel catfish. High dirty water levels can be good conditions for biting channel catfish. 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 – Good: 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 near 11.0 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. The water is murky in general but below the mouth of the Maquoketa River which is running very turbid. Water temperature is 74 degrees. Fishing has slowed due to high murky waters. 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. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Move away from the strong current flows and now try bass back in cleaner water in backwater areas. 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 near 10.3 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 12.8 feet. This is 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 74 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 bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Move back into the backwater areas and find clearer water to catch bass during these conditions. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 10.5 feet. This is nearly a foot higher than last week and it is expected to rise nearly one foot. Water temperature is 74 degrees and water is clear. No fishing report from Pool 15 was received due to raising dirty water. Channel Catfish – No Report: High water is often a time to catch channel catfish. Fish along the rock lines or near shore in current eddies. Stink bait can still be effective.

The river rose rapidly last week and now river levels are fairly high and water is somewhat murky. As a result 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 pretty much back to normal after last week’s rain. 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 at 10:30 a.m. There will be 200 tagged fish among the 2,000 released that can 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. Fish 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

Fishing remains about the same as last week, except with less rain. Bluegill – Good: The anglers that were out were picking up a few bluegills down about six feet. The go to bait seems to be wax worms. 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.

Iowa Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair:

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or worms. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or minnows.

Lake Macbride

Any size motor may be operated at no-wake speed (5 mph). Water temps have been 67-72 degrees this week. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or minnows.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Good: Fish around the jetties or stake beds and brush piles. Crappie – Good: Fish around the jetties or stake beds and brush piles.

Otter Creek Lake

Water temps are in the mid 60s. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or worms. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush or drift open water with jigs or minnows. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish with live bait or cast small spinners or jigs.

Coralville Reservoir

The lake is back down to normal summer pool of 683.4 feet. Water temps have been in the low 60s this week. Channel Catfish – Slow: Crappie – Slow:

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Walleye – Fair:

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)

Channel Catfish – Fair:

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

Lake Wapello

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should concentrate on areas around the cedar trees with spinnerbaits or top water lures. 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. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits around the fishing jetties. Try crawdad imitations along the shorelines and along the face of the dam.

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 but should pick up as the water cools. Largemouth bass anglers should try spinnerbaits along rocky shorelines and around fishing jetties. As the water cools down, slow down your lure presentation. Bluegill – Slow: Try using 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 914.17 feet. The water temperature is 74 degrees. Channel Catfish – Slow: With the recent rains, look for areas where runoff is coming into the lake and target those areas. Crappie – Slow: As the water cools, look for areas with tree piles or stumps. Try using 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. 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 can be caught while fishing tight to standing timber. Vertical jigging is the preferred method.

Big Creek Lake

Walleye fishing is fair and can be had by drifting spinner rigs or trolling crankbaits in 15 feet of water.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

Anglers are catching white bass and crappie below the Saylorville dam.

Hickory Grove Lake

Anglers are catching crappie in the north end of the lake near structure and by drifting small jigs.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie are being caught drifting jigs in open water. Some anglers are using a jig head, tipped with a minnow.

Red Rock Reservoir

Channel catfish are being caught on cut bait and stink bait throughout the reservoir. White bass and wipers are being caught on flooded gravel road beds.

Water bodies in the southern portion of the district are still turbid due to recent heavy rains. Water bodies north of I-80 are in decent shape. Water temps are dropping and crappie are being caught in most of the water bodies north of I-80. Contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

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

Cold Springs Lake

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

Lake Anita

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

Viking Lake

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

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish – 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 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. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with stink bait fished along the jetties. Crappie – Fair: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught using jigs or minnows fished on the rock mounds. Walleye – Fair: Walleye up to five pounds have been caught using jigs fished on the rock mounds.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with minnows fished near the brush piles or along the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Walleye – Fair: Walleye up to 15 inches have been caught using twistertails fished 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 along the jetties.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

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

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to three pounds have been caught using finesse plastics fished near shoreline brush.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish up to 10 pounds have been caught using nightcrawlers fished along shallow flats.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: 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 – Slow: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught using minnows fished near submerged trees. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch up to 12 inches have been caught using minnows fished in nine feet of water.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are approximately 70 degrees. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

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