Iowa Fishing Report September 25 2014

Iowa Fishing Report September 25, 2014

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

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. Try fishing from the west stone pier, around docks, and around emergent vegetation. 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 slightly below average. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfishing continues to be good with anglers reporting catches of 4-6 pound fish.

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.

Clear Lake

Water is around 58-60 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: 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. 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. 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: Wader fisherman are getting some good action on the little lake near the edges of the reeds. Boat anglers are getting action near the channel, off the shallow south point on the West end of the little lake or in the boat ramp dredge cuts.

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: Trolling crankbaits and spinner baits will get these aggressive fish interested. Work the outside edges of weed beds for the best action. 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. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers are starting to get into a bunch of six inch perch. Folks willing to sort through a considerable amount of small ones will find enough keepers to take home for a meal. Pilkis tipped with wigglers worked near the bull rush beds of Anglers Bay are producing the most keepers this week. 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. Muskellunge – Good: Many quality fish have been seen in the past week. Big baits worked near weed beds might get you some action right now.

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 the edge of weed beds with both live bait rigs and trolling crank baits. Yellow Bass – Good: Weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait. This is a great chance to get some kids on ALOT of fish. Lots of sorting to be done, but a few keepers are mixed in.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Good: A number of anglers have been targeting these hard fighters in the past week with some success.

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 pilkis 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: Pilkis 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. Catch rates are very high on small fish, but a few keepers will be mixed into the fray. Great opportunity to get the kids out for some fast 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 – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will have these guys keeping you busy all day long. Will have to sort through some small ones, but there are a few keepers to be found.

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 – Good: Keep an eye out downstream from rock/sand bars right now. Jig heads tipped with shiners worked slowly around these areas have started 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 is scheduled to start first week in October. Anglers can still walk in to fish. 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 catching crappies using a hook tipped with a worm but jigs have also been working. Crappies can also be found suspended around brush piles.

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. Water temperatures are dropping into the 60s. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are hitting a hook tipped with a nightcrawler. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits. Walleye – Good: 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. Fish activity has slowed with the last cold front that passed through earlier this week. With steady temperatures, activity should pick up. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish activity has slowed but cut baits and dead chubs seem to be the bait of choice. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallies are taking spinnerbaits. Fish can be found along the current breaks. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are hitting a jig tipped with a minnow. Some anglers have been catching them using plastic twister tails. 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: Trout build nests that look like freshly cleared shallow depressions in the stream bottom. Brook Trout – Good: Try using a rooster-tail jig or spinner bait to catch the brookies eye.

It’s going to be a spectacular weekend in Northeast Iowa. Temperatures are to be in the mid 70s during the day and mid 50s at night. Sugar maples are beginning to color up nicely. 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.

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. 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 – Good: Half a nightcrawler or minnow tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good. Look for current breaks below fallen woody structure or along rip-rap shorelines.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast a jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas. Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot. Look for current breaks below fallen woody structure or along rip-rap shorelines.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been reports of anglers catching channel catfish, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye. Northern Pike – Fair: Cast spinner or crank baits near woody structure or rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish – Fair: Cutbait, 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. Look for current breaks below fallen woody structure or along rip-rap shorelines.

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, 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 below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye.

The extended forecast for the next seven days looks fabulous. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Smallmouth bass and walleye fishing have really picked up as we head into fall and the month of October. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Water level at Lansing is 8.6 feet and is expected to remain stable at that level over the next week. Army Road at New Albin is open again. Channel Catfish – Good: As the water begins to cool more channel cat bite will begin to slow down. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are beginning to concentrate more which is leading to better catches. 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 – Good: Largemouth bass are starting to move back into back water areas. Crappie – Fair: 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 15.5 feet and expected to begin to fall slightly over the next week. The roller dams are back in at lock and dam 9 and the walleye bite should begin to pick up. Channel Catfish – Good: As the water begins to cool more channel cat bite will begin to slow down. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are beginning to concentrate more which is leading to better catches. 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 – Good: Largemouth bass are beginning to move back into backwater areas. Crappie – Fair: Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Sauger – Fair: Sauger bite should begin to pick up in the tail waters. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite should begin to pick up in the tail waters. 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 7.3 feet and expected to fall slowly to below 6 feet by this time next week. The roller dams are back in and the walleye bite should begin to pick up. Channel Catfish – Good: as water temps continue to cool the catfish bite will begin to slow down. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are beginning to concentrate more which is leading to better catches. 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 – Good: Largemouth bass are beginning to move back into backwater areas. Crappie – Fair: Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. Sauger – Fair: Sauger bite should begin to pick up in the tail waters. Walleye – Fair: Walleye bite should begin to pick up in the tail waters. Freshwater Drum – Good: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Water levels have fallen dramatically over the past week and are beginning to stabilize. Fishing is getting better as fish begin to concentrate. Many will be moving towards over wintering areas soon. Water temps are in the lower 60s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.9 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is 9.5 feet. Water levels are expected to drop all week. Water temperature has risen slightly and is at 68 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. Expecting the bluegill fishing to greatly improve this week if water levels stabilize. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Good numbers of 12-inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. For success catching smallmouth you need the combination of current and rock. 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 was at 11 feet but has dropped to 8.3 feet. Levels are expected to drop all week. The water clarity has improved since the rains have quite. Water temperature is 68 degrees. Fishing is expected to improve once the water levels stabilize. 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. Once the water levels recede expect bass to be along the channel edges for a few more weeks before they start moving to their backwater homes. 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. Have a fall fish feed with drum. They are very good eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the filets.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is at 8.2 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 11.4 feet, both down significantly from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to recede and water clarity is improving. Water temperature is near 68 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. Remove the red meat from the drum fillets and they are very good eating fish.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at LeClaire is at 6.0 feet and water level at Rock Island is at 8.3 feet. This is down significantly from last week and expected to continue to drop. Water temperature is 68 degrees and water clarity is improving. 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. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum have been a consistent biter during the high water. Use an egg sinker and worm in moderate current areas. Drum are excellent eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the fillets. Also keep the fillets cool at all times to avoid them becoming mushy.

The river is rapidly receding throughout the district. Fishing has proved somewhat difficult with the constant changing conditions on the Mississippi River. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your 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 and plants awaiting transport to other locals.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities is 8.45 feet. Tail water stage has fallen a couple of feet over the past few days. Channel Catfish – Slow: Channel catfishing has slowed down. Channel catfish were being caught around the I-280 Bridge, off tips of the wing dams, and around enchanted island on dip baits or cut bait. White Bass – Good: Look for white bass in Sylvan Slough up by the Arsenal Dam and Moline power dam. Try casting jigs/twisters, small crankbaits/rattletraps, or inline spinners. Most times fishing is best early in the mornings or right before dark. Look for schools of white bass chasing minnows or shad at the surface and cast into the school. Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters fishing with minnows under a bobber or vertical jigging with minnows. Try fishing around brush piles and snags in the backwater lakes and side channels. Areas to try are Velie Chute and Sunfish Slough in the Andalusia Islands.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 6.89 feet. Tail water stages have fallen a couple feet the past couple of days. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week. White Bass – No Report: Try looking for white bass up by the Lock and Dam along the rocks, the rocks along the Muscatine Riverfront, or the outfalls at GPC. Cast jigs/twisters, small crankbaits, or inline spinners. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters around brush piles and snags. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber or vertical jig with plastic or minnows. Areas to try are Big Timber. Sauger – No Report: We have not received any information on tail water fishing for saugers.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 8.44 feet and falling. Tail water stage has fallen a couple of feet the past few days. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week. White Bass – No Report: Look for white bass up by the Lock and Dam or back by the spillway. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters around brush piles and snags. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber or vertical jig with minnows/plastics. Areas to try are Huron Island. Sauger – No Report: We have not received any information on tail water fishing information for saugers.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 5.26 feet and falling. Tail water stage has fallen a couple of feet the past few days. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters around brush piles and snags. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber or vertical jig with minnows/plastics. An area to try is the Burlington Island complex. Sauger – No Report: We have not received any tail water fishing information for saugers.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River levels are still somewhat high but have been falling steadily over the past few days. Tail water stages have fallen a couple of feet the last few days. Main channel water temperature is around 66 degrees. There has been reports of some grass floating in the main channel. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

Lots of anglers are working the area around the inlet tubes. This area remains open to the public even after the rest of the refuge closes for the fall. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing remains very good in the area around the inlet pipes at the upper end of the refuge.

Lake Belva Deer

Fishing remains pretty steady. 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 6 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. 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.

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 out in 4 to 8 feet of water. The go to bait seems to be wax worms. Crappie – Good: 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

Mornings have been slow, but afternoons have been better. Bluegill – Good: Crappie – Fair: Redear Sunfish – Slow:

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. The bite seems to be picking up and should continue to get better as the water cools down. Most fish are 8-9 inches, with larger fish up to 13 inches being caught occasionally. Walleye – Slow:

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, Largemouth Bass must be 18 inches and Musky must be 40 inches to keep. White Bass – Fair: Bluegill – Fair: Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair:

Diamond Lake

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

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: 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 was 683.5 feet on Sept. 25. The lake level will slowly be rising for the remainder of the fall. Water temps have been in the mid 60s this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Most catfish anglers are trolling/drifting cut bait in the main channel. Crappie – Slow: A few fish are being picked up around brush. Most fish have been smaller so far.

Sand Lake

Sand Lake is on the east side of Marshalltown. 2,000 trout are scheduled to be stocked on October 3. Walleye – Fair: Some nice sized fish are being caught fairly consistently.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Night crawlers have been working best. Shovelnose sturgeon – Slow:

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

Crankbaits seem to be working best for most predatory species. Northern Pike – Fair: Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Crappie – Fair: The backwater areas are best. Best reports are coming from the Palo area. Walleye – Fair: Freshwater Drum – 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. Bluegill – Slow: Try using small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the edge of the jetties and around the lily pads. Sorting is required for larger fish.

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 Miami

Lake Miami is currently undergoing a lake renovation and is 6-8 feet below normal. The fish population was removed last fall but fish have been restocked. The boat ramps are difficult to use. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Some larger bass were seen in a recent survey. Remember the lake is still 8-10 feet low and the ramps are difficult to use.

Lake Sugema

Crappie fishing has been slow but should pick up as the water cools. Try areas among the flooded timber and around rocky shorelines. 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 913.45 feet. The water temperature is 68 degrees. Channel Catfish – Slow: Look for areas where runoff is coming into the lake and target those areas. Crappie – Slow: As the water cools, look for crappies to move shallow around areas with tree piles or stumps. Try using a minnow and jig combination or a minnow and a bobber. Sorting will be required for larger fish. Walleye – Slow: Try using crankbaits around submerged points. Also look for underwater rock piles and islands where there is 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 litter free. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappie are being caught vertical jigging tight to the standing timber.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught drifting small jigs and minnows mid lake on the southern half.

Big Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Some crappie are being caught on brush piles in 10-15 feet of water near the entrances to the coves on the west side of the lake. Walleye – Fair: Decent walleye fishing can be had drifting spinner rigs or trolling crankbaits near the 15 feet contour on the upper half of the lake.

Hickory Grove Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing has been fair to good drifting panfish jigs mid lake out from the Oriole lodge and around the south side of the island.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have been getting into some good channel catfishing below the Big Creek spillway.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Good: Fishing below Saylorville and Red Rock spillways right now is producing a good mixed catch of white bass, wipers, walleye and crappies.

Good fall crappie fishing is occurring in central Iowa lakes. Water temps are remaining in the mid to upper 60s. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Crappies can be caught drifting and along the dam at Greenfield. 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 – Good: Cast small jigs along the dam or try drifting for nine-inch crappies.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish at Anita. 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. Crappie fishing has picked up this week at Viking. Channel Catfish – Slow: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Fair: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Crappies are being caught in the canals along the rocks. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using blood bait and drifting cutbait. Crappie – Fair: Cast small jigs or minnows under a bobber to catch crappies in the canals. Sorting is necessary.

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 – Fair:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are in deeper water and around structure in the fall. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught around structure. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – Fair: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to structure 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.

Crappie fishing has picked up on area lakes. Water temperatures have dropped to around 70 degrees. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good. Crappie – Good: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught using jigs or minnows fished on the rock mounds.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with jigs or 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 trolling crankbaits along points.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught using jigs fished along the jetties.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

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

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught using jigs fished near the cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught using jigs fished near the brush piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Slow: 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 the flooded timber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch up to 12 inches have been caught using minnows fished near the flooded timber.

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.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 25.51 feet, flowing at 48,700 CFS and 68 degrees. The Missouri River is up .16 feet from last week. The river level is up due to discharge from the reservoirs. Watch out for floating logs, debris, and rock structures that are potential hazards. Fishing continues to be fair to slow overall on the Missouri River due to high water.

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