Iowa Fishing Report September 4 2014

Iowa Fishing Report September 4, 2013

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills being caught are 8-9.5 inches. Try a small hair jig tipped with a wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers of bass are being caught but most are sublegal size.

Moorhead Park Pond

Channel Catfish – Slow: 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. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers are being caught, but most are sublegal fish.

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: Catfishing has been hit or miss. Use Sonny’s dip bait and fish overcast days to increase chances of success. White Bass – Fair: Shore anglers have been picking up white bass with blue and silver 1/4 ounce Kastmasters and Mepps spinners. Some walleye are picked up while fishing for the white bass too. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have been catching decent numbers of slot fish and even some over the slot. Try trolling salmo hornet crankbaits or #6 shad raps around the dredge cuts. The dredge cut between Stoney Point and the big island has been the best. Early morning is the best time to go with the bite dropping off around mid morning.

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, however most are sub legal.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

As of Sept. 4, river levels were well below flood stage near Correctionville. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers reporting catches of 4-6 pound fish.

North Raccoon River (Auburn to Perry)

Flows have significantly increased since the rains last weekend in the North Raccoon River. Discharge (CFS) near Sac City is above the 90th percentile. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth bass have been picked up casting twisters and hair jigs. Walleye – Slow: A few walleye have been caught casting crankbaits.

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 – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of channel catfish below the dams in Fort Dodge. Try using 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 Smith

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try after dark near the rocks or steeper shorelines. Bluegill – Slow: Try in near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.

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

Channel Catfish – Good: The best bite is after dark but some will bite throughout the day. Target the edge of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar stink bait. Other spots to try are 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 the reeds, rocks or lily pads on the little lake. Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are picking up some walleyes trolling crankbaits. Shore fishing is slow but wader fisherman may pull some in along the edges of reeds either off Farmers Beach or McIntosh Point. Try fishing after dark. Muskellunge – Good: Fishing has been fairly consistent. 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 ok 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. 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

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish. 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. Walleye – Slow: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have started to drop the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift should start to get fish more active. Anglers hoping to target fall mode walleyes should use live bait jigged or drifted near rocky points in the early morning and evening hours.

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 crank baits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Make sure to slow your presentation way down when using live bait, fish have been hitting very softly. 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. Yellow Perch – Good: 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. White Bass – Fair: A small hair jig tipped with a white or chartreuse twister should get white bass interested. Yellow Perch – Fair: Nice sized perch continue to keep anglers entertained when they work small jigs or pilikis tipped with wigglers near rocky shorelines and weed edges. Walleye – Fair: Cooler temperatures are getting walleyes moving again. Keep hitting the rocky points at first light and last light to target a few nice keepers. 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)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags. Watch for nice deep cut banks on outside bends that will hold 17-20-inch cats.

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. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are working areas below rock and sand bars with shiners and leeches for a few fish right now.

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

NORTHEAST

Lake Hendricks

A green algae bloom is limiting clarity. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are actively hitting top water lures.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Few folks have been out fishing. Algae blooms have slowed the bite but fresh water inputs from recent rains will increase the food diversity and availability in the river. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using natural looking crankbaits with success. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching a lot of small walleye but the big ones remain elusive.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Angling on the Cedar River remains good. Anglers are finding fish below dams in slack water areas or around current breaks. Fish can also be found around log jams. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching all sizes of catfish using a hook tipped with a long worm fished off the bottom. Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching nice walleyes using a hook tipped with a night crawler.

After today, it looks like the temperatures will be dropping into the low 70s for highs and low 50s for lows for the weekend. Fall is just around the corner. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Catchable trout are once again being stocked into all streams. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Fishing has been good for channel catfish and largemouth bass on Casey Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers are catching many 12-16-inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crank baits.

South Prairie Lake

Largemouth bass fishing on South Prairie Lake has been productive. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are catching many 12-16 inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crank baits.

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: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits, crank baits 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 on the Cedar.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective for cats. 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 – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Shell Rock River also.

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 crank baits near woody structure or rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish – Fair: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats. 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. Angler reports have been fair to good for channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. Channel Catfish – Good: Most baits; stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective for cats. 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 this time of year.

The forecast calls for beautiful weekend ahead with temperatures in the low to mid 70s. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been most productive on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. 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 nine feet and expected to remain stable at that level over the next week. A lot of fish still main channel borders and structure in side channel. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink bait still a good bet for catfish. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills hitting well in structure in side channels. 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 – Excellent: 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. Walleye – Fair: Water is still fairly stable making it easier to catch walleye off wing dams. 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 15.8 feet and expected to bump up a little bit and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink bait still a good bet for catfish. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills hitting well in structure in side channels. 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 – Excellent: 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. Walleye – Fair: Water is still fairly stable making it easier to catch walleye off wing dams. 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 7.5 feet and expected to rise to 8.4 feet and then stabilize over the next week. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink bait still a good bet for catfish. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills hitting well in structure in side channels. 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 – Excellent: 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. Walleye – Fair: Water is still fairly stable making it easier to catch walleye off wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are everywhere and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom.

Water levels continue to rise slowly, but should remain fairly stable. Water temps are beginning to cool a bit and the fall fishing season is getting under way. Water temps are in the mid to lower 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 7.0 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 9.4 feet, up a half a foot from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is up to 77 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. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits or by walleye anglers fishing off of wing dams. Bluegill – Good: 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 – Good: 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 – Good: 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. Crappie – Fair: Crappie are being caught in good numbers around brush piles in slightly flowing slough areas. Most have moved out of the stagnant backwaters. Try a small minnow for bait. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wing dams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. Fishing has been hit or miss lately for walleyes. 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 7.7 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. The river is expected is raise 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 77 degrees. Northern Pike – Fair: Pike were being caught in tributary mouths like at Mill Creek and Duck Creek but several fish are being reported throughout the pool. Try flashy white spinners. Murky water conditions have hampered the catch of northern pike. 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 – Good: 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 – Good: 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. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with jigs and small minnows for bait. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are being caught off wing dams by anglers using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. The walleye bite has tailed off some and it very hit or miss. 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 7.2 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 10.6 feet. This is up over a half foot from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise. Water clarity is fair and fishing has become hit or miss. Water temperature is near 77 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 – Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallies are being taken off rock piles and in the tail water areas on crankbaits and small spinners. Cast right next to rocky areas for best results. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass have been hitting along rock piles or the inside portions of wing dams by anglers using crankbaits or spinners for lures. Crappie – Fair: Some crappie are being reported out of Cattail Slough and by Rock Creek by anglers using small minnows for bait. Walleye – Fair: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try using a worm rig on wing dams or crankbaits along rock piles or wing dams. 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.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is at 7.3 feet. This is nearly a foot higher than last week and it is expected to rise slightly. Water temperature is 77 degrees and water is clear. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Do not stay long, if you do not catch catfish in 10 or 15 minutes move to a new spot. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are being taken out of the harbor areas and around brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. Walleye – Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported off the wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. Use a large crayfish to catch bigger drum.

The river is holding steady but may slightly rise in many places this week. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been good for many species. 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.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 7.29 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and fishing with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles as well. Riprap shorelines with flow can hold some channel catfish too. White Bass – Good: Some white bass are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. Some white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough up by the dams. Try casting crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or inline spinners. The bite has been best right before dark. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallmouth bass are being caught in areas with rock and current on crankbaits. Walleye – Fair: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work too. Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits out from the mouth of sunset marina and out from the mouth of the rock river.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 above Muscatine is 5.99 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams. Anchor above the wing dam and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish will also be in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Riprap shoreline with some flow can hold channel catfish as well. White Bass – Fair: Look for white bass on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. White bass can also be found around GPC around the water outfalls. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging with minnows or floating minnows under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – No Report: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling with three-way rigs and half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of wing dams works as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 6.99 feet. Channel Catfish – Good: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams and anchor above them using stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish can also be found in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish on the bottom with nightcrawlers, stink bait, or cutbait. Riprap shorelines with flow can hold channel catfish as well. White Bass – Good: Some white bass are being caught up by the dam around the rocks. Some white bass are also being caught at the outlet of Odessa. Try fishing with crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or top water lures. Fishing for white bass is typically best early in the mornings or right before dark. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertical jig minnows, or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some of the backwaters are getting hard to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work as well. Anchoring above the wing dam and casting jigs with half a nightcrawler and working them down the face of the wing dam can also work.

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 3.95 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and use stink bait, nightcrawlers, or cutbait. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Riprap shorelines with flow can hold some channel catfish as well. Crappie – Slow: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertically jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some backwater areas are difficult to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – Fair: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling or casting crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dam. Trolling with three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler can work too.

Water temperature in the main channel has been around 79-80 degrees and water clarity has been fair. 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

The water level is low to let the trees and button bush that had been submersed most of the year recover. The inlet and outlet are both open to allow flow through. Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of nice bluegills up in the channel below the inlet gates.

Lake Geode

Water temperature is 80 degrees and green from the algae bloom. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the rocky areas of shoreline with stink bait or chicken liver. Bluegill – Fair: Work the edges of the drop offs and you should be able to pick up a few nice bluegills in 10-12-feet of water.

Lake Belva Deer

Water temperature remains 79-80 degrees. With the recent heavy rains the lake is a little turbid. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers continue to pick up a catfish here and there. Bluegill – Fair: Most are catching them out around the trees down about six feet deep. Look for them to start moving in a little shallower if we cool off next week. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent. Work the flooded timber with soft plastics.

Lake of the Hills

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. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. The area around the boat ramp is good, especially the brush piles out from the fishing pier. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening. Fish deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. The use of live minnows 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. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills in Railroad Lake are easy; worm and bobber fish along the shore by 110th.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

The Iowa River Basin just seems to keep missing these big rains. Water levels have remained fairly steady with no big rises in the forecast. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has remained fairly steady. Cut baits and stink baits have come into their time of year.

Big Hollow Lake

Bluegill – Fair: The anglers that were out were picking up a few bluegills down about 6 foot.

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

Lake Macbride

The lake is now back to any size motor at no wake speed (5 mph). Channel Catfish – Fair: Try stink bait towards evening.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, muskellunge must be 40 inches to keep and largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep here. Walleye – Fair: Some small walleye are being reported.

Diamond Lake

Hwy. 63 between I-80 and the park is closed. Please use alternate routes to get to the south entrance of the park. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken livers or stink bait for best results. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small jig or worm. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush piles with a small jig or worm.

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish towards evening with stink bait or chicken livers. Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs or worms around brush. Yellow Bass – Good: Spinners, tube jigs, or live bait have been working best.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the Coralville Dam on Sept. 3 is 2,700 CFS and will slowly be decreasing barring a rain event. Channel Catfish – Fair:

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

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.

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. Channel Catfish – Slow: 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. 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

Anglers targeting largemouth bass should try using spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines. Crappie fishing has been slow. Try a jig and a minnow fished in shallow areas. 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 911.14 feet. The water temperature is 80 degrees. 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: Some walleye anglers have been catching crappie on crankbaits suspended over rock piles and submerged points. Walleye – Slow: The gizzard shad hatch has occurred so use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas with a change in depth around underwater islands and submerged points 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 fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 8-12 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegill are good size running from 7-9 inches. 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 – Good: White bass are hitting trolling shad imitating lip-less crankbaits near points or anywhere large schools of young shad are congregated. Anglers casting jigs and crankbaits below the spillway are also doing well 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 crank baits. 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.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. The Des Moines River Reservoirs are producing some good white bass fishing. 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 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 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 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.

Orient Lake

Channel catfishing has been good at Orient Lake. The best bite occurs after a rain. Fish the upper ends of the lake where water is flowing through culverts with either nightcrawlers of dip bait. Channel Catfish – Good: The best bite occurs after a rain. Fish the upper ends of the lake where water is flowing through culverts with either nightcrawlers of dip bait.

Water temperatures have not cooled significantly in area lakes yet. Interior rivers have come up again after recent rains. Anglers are still drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. 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 cut bait fished along shallow flats. Crappie – Fair: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows fished near the fish mounds.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs and minnows fished near the flooded timber.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish up to five pounds. have been caught using liver fished in the flooded timber.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught drift fishing with minnows.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches have been caught with worms or 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 near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using plastics fished along cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish up to eight pounds. have been caught using liver or cutbait fished along shallow flats. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs fished near brush piles.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught trolling small crankbaits.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are near 80 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.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Good: catfish continue to be caught with rod and reel and trotlines using dip baits, worms, chubs and cutbait. Anglers report that they are starting to catching larger catfish. are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel. Live baits or fresh cutbait works best for flatheads.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for channel catfish continues to be good on dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 23.33 feet, flowing at 38,600 CFS with a temperature of 74 degrees. The Missouri River is up 1.54 feet from last week from the recent rains and storms. Watch out for floating logs, debris that are potential hazards. Fishing continues to be fair to good overall on the Missouri River.

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