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Iowa Fishing Report

   

August 20, 2009

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

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Anglers are catching fair numbers of catfish, bluegill and crappie. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching some catfish at night using various baits. Chubs have been working particularly well the last week. Bluegill - Good: Shore and boat anglers are catching a few bluegills with small hooks and jigs. Majority of fish are medium size. Crappie - Good: Boat and shore anglers have been catching nice crappie on most bait. Majority of fish are medium to fairly small.



Brushy Creek Lake

Water has been a bit murky throughout lake. A few bluegill and crappie are being caught. Fish near trees and cover a lot of areas. Please clean your fish at the floating fish cleaning platform at the west ramp. Bluegill - Slow: Anglers have been having some luck using a piece of crawler or a wax worm on a small hook. Crappie - Slow: Anglers have been catching a few crappies in water offshore.



Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

White bass fishing has picked up somewhat. Bel Air Boat Ramp has been repaired and has reopened. Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit. All walleye in that range must be immediately released. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are still catching catfish on leeches and worms; use a floating jig head and fish the dredge cuts. White Bass - Good: Fishing has been good off Casino Point and the east side of Storm using small spoons and small buzz baits.



Black Hawk Lake

Anglers have been catching some catfish and bullheads. Bullhead - Fair: Anglers have been catching some medium size bullheads. Channel Catfish - Fair: Shore anglers are having some luck catching 1.5 to 2 pound catfish on various baits including liver, leeches, night crawlers and stink bait. Also try crayfish.



Fishing still slow but there are some signs of improvement. For more information about these lakes and rivers call Lannie Miller (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.



Beeds Lake

Largemouth bass, Channel Catfish and Bluegills are biting.



Briggs Woods Lake

Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish are biting on liver. Crappie fishing is slow.



Eldred Sherwood Lake

Largemouth bass and channel catfish are biting. Channel Catfish - Good: biting on cut bait. Bluegill - Fair:



Lower Pine Lake

Bluegill fishing is slow. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits.



Upper Pine Lake

Bluegill fishing is slow. Largemouth bass fishing is fair using jigs. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits.



Lake Smith

Bluegill fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and liver.



Lake Catherine

Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver or night crawlers.



Clear Lake

Yellow bass fishing is good. The best bite is in the early morning; try drifting cut bait or a worm until you find the fish then work that area. Shore fish the wind swept side of the lake for best results. Walleye fishing is slow but a few 14 to 17 inch fish are being caught. Muskellunge - Fair:



Lake Cornelia

Channel catfish are biting liver fishing off the jetty after dark. Walleyes are biting on trolled silver crankbaits. Bullhead - Slow:



Little Wall Lake

Small crappies and largemouth bass fishing is slow and channel catfish fishing is fair at night using stink bait.



West Twin Lake

Bullhead fishing is good using a night crawler fished on the bottom.



Rice Lake

Bullhead fishing is good fishing with a crawler off the bottom.



Bluebill Lake

Bluegill fishing has been good.



Boone River

Channel catfish are biting on stink bait.



Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)

Fishing has been good for smallmouth bass and channel catfish and walleye.



Shell Rock River (above Greene)

Channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing is fair. Channel Catfish - Fair: using cut bait or liver. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: using jigs and crankbaits.



Winnebago River

Channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing had been fair.



For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at (641) 357-3517.



Lake Pahoja

Bluegill - Good: Vertical jig with small spoons tipped with live bait.



Mill Creek (Lake)

Channel Catfish - Good: Use worms or stink bait fished on the bottom at the fishing docks on the south shore. Bluegill - Good: Use mini jigs or slip bobber fish along weed beds. Look for suspended fish as well. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits or weedless top-water lures over weed beds.



Big Spirit Lake

White Bass - Good: Use top-water lures in the mornings or evenings. Look for surface feeding activity around shall rock bars. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm in the weed beds. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use top-water lures or jerk baits while looking for surface feeding activity in the mornings and evenings along rock bars and weed lines or drop-shotting with plastics. Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish along boat docks with soft plastics or use top-water lures early and late in the day along weed beds. Yellow Perch - Good: Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm or wigglers while anchored along weed beds and rock bars at Little Stoney Point and Reeds Run. Walleye - Fair: Trolling crankbaits along weed edges and rock bars or vertical jigging in the weed beds with a jig head tipped with live bait.



East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or large minnows at the bridges, on the north shore, or off boat docks. White Bass - Good: Use white jigs or a bobber and minnow at Trigg's Bridge early or late in the day and by trolling with crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Some fish are being caught off boat docks with a slip bobber and minnow or jig. Yellow Bass - Excellent: Vertically jig along weed lines and rock bars with jigging spoons tipped with worms or use a slip bobber and minnow. Many fish are also being caught around boat docks using mini jigs or a slip bobber and minnow.



Minnewashta Lake

Bluegill - Good: Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm along weed beds. Yellow Bass - Good: Use mini jigs or jigging lures tipped with live bait along weed beds and boat docks.



Silver Lake (Dickinson)

White Bass - Good: Troll crankbaits along the north shore.



West Okoboji Lake

Northern Pike - Good: Troll with crankbaits along weed lines. White Bass - Fair: Use small surface lures around sunset at Pikes and Gull points. Bluegill - Good: Use jigging lures or a split shot and small hook tipped with a piece of worm, small crawdads or leeches along deep weed lines and rock bars in Hayward, Miller, and Emerson bays. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish rock bars and weed lines with top-water lures early and late in the day at Pillsbury, Gull, and Pikes points or fish with live crawdads on rock bars during the day. Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish boat docks with soft plastics during the day or use top-water lures early and late in the day along weed lines and rock bars. Yellow Perch - Good: Fish with jigging spoons tipped with live bait along weed lines. Walleye - Slow: Slip bobber fish with leeches on rock bars and weed lines or troll crankbaits in the same areas. Muskellunge - Fair: Fish are being caught casting in-line spinners or trolling large crankbaits near rock bars and weed beds. Fish up to 50 inches have been caught recently. Yellow Bass - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with live bait along weed lines in Smith's, Hayward's, and Emerson bays.



Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stink bait, minnows, frogs or chubs from the trestle towards the upper end of the lake.



Lower Gar Lake

Largemouth Bass - Good: Throw soft plastics or white spinner baits to docks.



Scharnberg Pond

Bullhead - Excellent: Fish on the west rock jetty with worms on the bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use crankbaits or jigs fished along shoreline rocks. Crappie - Fair: Use a slip bobber and minnow at the fishing dock on the south shore.



Big Sioux River

Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or stink bait around deep holes and brush piles and at the Klondike Dam. Flathead Catfish - Good: Use large live bait along cut banks, deep holes, brush piles, and at the Klondike Dam.



Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or crawdads for bait in holes and brush piles. Walleye - Fair: Fish current seams and holes with a jig and minnow.



West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use cut bait, crawdads, or frogs above brush piles and in holes. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a worm below riffles in deeper water.



Kids Corner: If you are looking for a place to take a child fishing then go to Scharnberg Park. Fish at the west rock jetty or fishing dock in the southeast corner. Use a small bobber and hook with a piece of worm for bluegills, bullheads, or channel catfish. For more information on lakes and rivers in the Spirit lake area call 1-(712)-336-1840.



NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Catfish are plentiful in this lake and now would be a great time to go after one of the big ones. The lake also has a large algae green bloom going on right now. Channel Catfish - Slow: Worms and stink bait in the shallow flats towards evening. Bluegill - Slow: Try fishing away from shore suspending your bait in 6-8 feet of water. Anglers have been catching small ones close to the dam along the rocky shore. Largemouth Bass - Slow:



Lake Hendricks

The lake has a slight algae bloom but is not bad for this time of year. Channel Catfish - Slow: Try using stink bait in the evening. Bluegill - Slow: Try angling in middle of lake and suspend the lure no deeper than 6 feet. Largemouth Bass - Slow:



Lake Meyer

The lake has a very large algae bloom going on. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using cut bait suspended near shore structure. Bluegill - Slow: Small bluegills are being caught near shore while larger fish are being taken mid-lake, suspended at about 6 to 8 feet from surface. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers should try using a jig with a plastic tail. Try different colors and fish around structure.



Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

Anglers are reporting scattered catches of a variety of fish. Smallmouth Bass - Slow:



Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Catches of fish are variable and scattered.



Turkey River (below Clermont)

Anglers report variable catches of a wide assortment of fish. Channel Catfish - Slow:



Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water conditions are excellent. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue reporting fair catches of catfish using night crawlers and chicken liver. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try drifting a crawler on a hook below the dam. Walleye - Slow:



Decorah District Streams

Area trout streams are exhibiting excellent conditions. Trudging through tall weeds may be necessary on some streams but the benefits are terrific. Streams continue to be stocked regularly. Schedules are available on the internet at http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/trout.html. For current stocking information, anglers may call 563-927-5736.



The Upper Iowa, Turkey and Cedar rivers are a bit high and beginning to clear after recent rains. Area lakes are now stratified so top-water angling is best for panfish. If you have any questions, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Anglers are catching nice sized catfish and high numbers of largemouth bass. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Best luck has been fishing with shrimp, night crawlers, leopard frogs and stink baits off of the bottom during the evening hours. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Try fishing morning or evening from the shoreline casting top water baits, crankbaits or plastics.



Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River has been falling and anglers are having the best success catching channel catfish, smallmouth bass and walleye in Bremer and Black Hawk counties. Channel Catfish - Good: Try using cut baits, stink baits and shrimp for these bottom dwellers this time of year. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass using spinnerbaits, crankbaits and live bait rigs. Walleye - Good: The Cedar River in Bremer County is reporting good catches of walleye. Crankbaits are providing the best success along with jigs tipped with a night crawler.



Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

Water levels are as low as they have been all summer. Reports are that anglers are having good success on channel catfish, smallmouth bass and walleye. Channel Catfish - Good: Try using cut baits, stink baits and shrimp for these bottom dwellers this time of year. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass using spinnerbaits, crankbaits and live bait rigs. Walleye - Good: The Shell Rock River in Butler County is reporting good catches of walleye. Crankbaits are providing the best success along with jigs tipped with a night crawler.



Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

Anglers are having good success catching channel catfish, walleyes and crappies, especially in Buchanan County. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are having good success drifting leeches or night crawlers under a bobber in the shallow water riffle areas below low-head dams. Also try stink baits in these areas as well. Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting on the Wapsi in Buchanan County above and below Independence. Try casting small jigs tipped with a crappie minnow or floating a minnow under a bobber below the dams in 3 to 4 feet of water. Anglers are catching a few above the impoundment near brush piles in 8 feet of water as well. Walleye - Good: Fish the early morning/ evening hours below the low-head dams in 3 to 4 feet of water using a jig tipped with a minnow for good success. Also try bouncing tipped jigs along current breaks below woody structure throughout the river.



Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is falling and beginning to clear from recent rainfall events. With the month of September coming on, fishing should begin to improve as water temperature declines. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing the upstream side of log jams using cut baits or stink baits. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and plastics or crankbaits around woody structure and rocky shorelines. Walleye - Fair: Try fishing current breaks below woody structure or jigging deeper water areas.



Fishing the interior rivers of the Cedar, Shell Rock, Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers is providing the best angling opportunities for this time of year. Water levels on the Shell Rock River are the best they've been all summer. Most interior rivers are falling from recent rainfall events and are producing catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass and walleyes. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.



MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 12

River stage at Dubuque is 8.05 feet and is forecast to remain stable to slightly rise over the next week. Water clarity is fair. Water temperature is in the mid to high 70s. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on stink bait fished in 10-12 feet of water in side channels and around wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few, but nice, bluegills being taken around snags in side channels on crawlers or small jigs. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Shallow crankbaits along the floodwall by the dam. Also cranks on rocky shorelines in side channels, the Iowa shoreline below the dam and around Peosta channel, and along the Iowa shoreline below Nine Mile Island (Massey). Crappie - Fair: Fish being caught in side channels around snags with moderate current. Some fish coming as deep as 12-14 feet. Walleye - Fair: Fish are being caught on the wing dams on three way rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers or crankbaits. There are reports of a lot of walleye measuring over 20 inches. Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current for small drum or use crawfish for monsters.



Mississippi River Pool 13

River stage at Bellevue is 5.14 feet and is forecast to remain stable to slightly rise over the next week. Water clarity is fair. Water temperature is in the mid to high 70s. Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite has slowed a little since last week, but they are still biting well. Catfish coming on stink bait fished around wing dams and in side channels around rock and/or wood throughout the pool. Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few bluegills coming around snags in the side channels and sloughs and around wing dams with low current. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines with current or below the dam in Bellevue. Crappie - Slow: Reports of a few crappies coming from off of snags in sloughs and side channels. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wing dams or other areas with rock. Throw crankbaits or fish three-way rigs with spinners or floaters tipped with crawlers. Fishing below the mouth of the Maquoketa River has been tough due to very turbid water. Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.



Mississippi River Pool 14

River stage at Camanche is 10.16 feet and is forecast to drop about a foot over the next week. Water clarity is poor. Main channel water temps are in the high 70s. Channel Catfish - Good: Good numbers being caught on stink baits, around wing dams. Some anglers are having luck on cut bait, as well. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed with the increase in turbidity. Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a piece of crawler on the bottom in areas with moderate current.



For information about fishing Pools 12 - 15 of the Mississippi River, call the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976.



Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 6.18 feet and rising. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers and stink baits around wing dams and log piles. Stink baits have been working the best. Some fish are being caught along Sunset Marina and at the mouth of the Rock River. Catfish are also being caught in Andalusia Slough and Velie Chute fishing brush piles. White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing in Sylvan Slough has been hit or miss. Anglers have been catching a few white bass casting jigs and twister tails or in-line spinners. Some white bass are being caught while trolling crankbaits for walleyes on the wing dams. Bluegill fishing has been slow. Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Walleye - Slow: Some fish are being caught on wing dams trolling crankbaits or on three-way rigs with half a night crawler.



Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 4.95 feet and rising. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log piles. White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught up by the dam and spillway on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations. Some white bass are also being caught while trolling for walleyes on the wing dams. Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber floating pieces of worm or small minnows under a bobber. Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Walleye - Slow: Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits along the fronts of wing dams or anchoring above them and casting. Walleyes are also being caught on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler slowly trolled on the front sides of wing dams.



Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 6.51 feet and rising. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and around log piles. White Bass - Fair: A few white bass are being picked up by the dam fishing jig and twisters and small crankbaits. Some white bass are also being picked up while trolling crankbaits for walleyes on the wing dams. Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow. Some fish are being caught trolling crankbaits or dragging three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the wing dams.



Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 3.90 feet and rising. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams. White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being picked up by the dam casting a jig and twister or small crankbait. Bluegill - No Report: Crappie - No Report: Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being picked up on the wing dams around Burlington trolling crankbaits and on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler.



Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are once again on the rise due to recent heavy rains. Main channel water temperature is around 78 degrees. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.



SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

Wildlife now has the inlet and outlet structures open to allow for the flow through of water. Now is the time to fish up by the outlet for catfish. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish up by the inlet structure. I would use either chicken liver or cut bait. Cut bait because the catfish are feeding on shad that are getting sucked into Odessa from the Mississippi River.



Lake Geode

Fishing has been slow. Bluegill - Slow: I would be looking for them to be along the steep ledges down in 13 to 15 feet of water.



Lake Belva Deer

Work on the road paving project continues. They are planning on closing the north side of the Park on August 24 to work on that part of the road. This will include closing the North Boat Ramp as well as the Beach. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught after dark. Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills remain out deep. Look for them at 13 to 16 feet down. A good place to start is along the creek channel down by the dam. Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass being caught in the early morning on the lake and in the afternoons on the little campground ponds. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are down in the borrow pit below the Big Pond.



Pollmiller Park Lake

Warm water temperature must equal Slow Fishing. Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfishing has slowed down lately, probably because of the constantly changing weather patterns. Bluegill - Slow: Fish are around the habitat: shallow water habitat for the small ones, deeper water for the keeper fish. Largemouth Bass - Slow: The bass are being found in deeper water during the day and at dusk/dawn are moving into the shallows.



Lake of the Hills

Fishing seems to be picking up slowly. Channel Catfish - Good: Night crawlers are working in the shallow water either late or early in the day. Look for them to be in 2 to 3 feet of water. Bluegill - Fair: Mostly smaller fish. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Go early or late in the day. Noisy top-water baits will get you some action. During the day fish deeper with plastics on the woody habitat or by banging crankbaits off the riprap. If you can get out ahead of a front, the action picks up considerably using spinner baits or top-waters. Crappie - Fair: Go deep using small jigs and wax worms.



Lake Darling

The lake bed is drying nicely. Last weekend's heavy rains didn't add much water to the lake.



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



Iowa Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Plenty of catfish are being caught, many in the 3 to 6 pound range. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting on a variety of artificials around wood/rock structures.



Kent Park Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Dusk/dawn and before/after storms have been the best times for channel catfish. Dip bait has been producing best. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish with plastic worms during the day along rock or wood. Early and late in the day throw top-waters.



Lake Macbride

Things have been slow. Fish are in their summer patterns, usually relating to deeper water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish top-waters early around shallow rock. During the day pitch plastics to wood/vegetation or cast crankbaits on points/humps/deeper rock. Crappie - Fair: Some black crappies are suspending in open water or over rock/brush. Try drifting a jig or slip bobber and minnow. Some nice white crappies are hanging out in the lily pads and shallow brush in the upper arms of the lake. Pitch a jig or slip bobber and minnow along the edges or in the pockets.



Pleasant Creek Lake

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



Diamond Lake

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



Coralville Reservoir

As of August 20, the lake level is down to normal stage of 68 feet', but the water is still turbid. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught fishing with shad.



Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Flows have been up and down daily due to rain events. This has made fishing tougher and less predictable. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish eddies, logjams, or where creeks dump in with crawlers, cut bait, or dip bait.



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



Lake Wapello

The lake is currently being drained.



Red Haw Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Night crawlers and chicken liver have been the best bait for catching channel catfish. Bluegill - Good: Small jigs have been catching fish along with a chunk of night crawler under a bobber. The best areas have been along the shorelines and around submerged structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along the shoreline and around submerged structure. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are also a good choice to use around these same areas.



Lake Keomah

Channel Catfish - Slow: Use night crawlers or cut bait. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler fished along the shoreline. Look for areas with structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or jigs fished along submerged structure. Areas along the shoreline with rock or overhanging trees can also produce some nice catches.



Albia (lower)

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs along the shorelines. Try using a chunk of night crawler under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try areas with some rip rap or areas with submerged structure. There are also areas marked with habitat buoys where cedars trees have been placed.



Lake Miami

The lake drawdown started May 15. Anglers may still use the lake during this time and the boat docks and boat ramps are usable. Channel Catfish - Good: Use night crawlers, chicken liver or dead minnows. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs along the shorelines and around structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinnerbaits around submerged structure. Try areas in the flooded timber. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs or jig/minnow combinations along the shoreline or other structure. Drifting minnows in the deeper parts of the lake can also be successful.



Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler. Try a variety of depths. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use Carolina rigged worms around weed lines and other structure. Jig and pig combinations can be used around the rip-rapped shorelines. Top-waters are also a good choice for mornings and evenings. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a minnow. Try different locations until you find active fish.



Rathbun Reservoir

Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the upper 70s. The lake level is 905.21 feet, which is about 1 foot above normal. Channel Catfish - Good: Use blood bait or cut bait to catch channel catfish around Island View and back in the coves and bays. Some channel catfish are also being caught by walleye anglers trolling crankbaits or night crawlers. White Bass - Fair: Use flashy blade baits or chrome colored baits to mimic shad. Try areas with some underwater structure or a change in depth. The area around Island View has been productive. Some walleye anglers are also catching white bass trolling night crawlers in the same areas. Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught but most of them are less than 8 inches, with an occasional fish over 10 inches. Most anglers having success are catching fish on crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: The South Fork flats and the area around Island View have been producing some catches of keepers. Trolling night crawlers has been working the best. Some walleyes are being caught in shallow water less than 6 feet deep.



For any additional fishing information in southeast Iowa, contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.



SOUTHWEST

Don Williams Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Good numbers of catfish can be caught in the portion of the lake from the boat ramp to the golf course using cut bait. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are hitting on top-water lures and soft plastics fished near treefalls and steep drop-offs in 3 to 8 feet of water. Crappie - Slow: Drift fishing mid lake on the upper half with small tube jigs or minnows is producing a few fish.



Beaver Lake

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



Jacob Krumm Nature Preserver Lake (west)

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



Rock Creek Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite is good using fresh cut bait, stink baits or crawlers. Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught drifting in 8 to 10 foot of water using small jigs and jigs tipped with minnows.



Roberts Creek Lake

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



Big Creek Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught in the evenings and after dark using prepared baits or cut bait fished in 8 foot of water or less. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught using leeches trolled or under a slip bobber.



Easter Lake

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



Hickory Grove Lake

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



Hooper Area Pond

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



Lake Ahquabi

Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on liver and stink baits. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing is slow, but some fish are being caught over the submerged rock piles, submerged trees, and the edges of the vegetation using a split shot and small piece of crawler. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting well on any type of weedless rig or top-water baits fished through the edges of the weed beds and along treefalls.



Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass - Good: The white bass bite has picked up some this week. They are being caught using crankbaits, spoons, or Kastmaster-type lures with black/silver, silver/green, or silver/blue color combinations to imitate shad.



Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is still good in the mornings and late evenings fishing with cut bait, dead creek chubs, or stink baits. The upper end of the reservoir has been best. The fish being caught are good sized, averaging 4 to 8 pounds. White Bass - Fair: The white bass bite is fair. Trolling or drifting is necessary to locate the fish. The party cove area has had some better success. They are being caught using crankbaits or Kastmaster-style lures. Silver, green/silver, or gold colors are working best. Walleye - Fair: Some anglers have been bringing in good catches of walleye by trolling spinning rigs with crawlers or leeches.



Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park)

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



Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

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



Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

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



Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at (515) 432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.



Greenfield Lake

Lake is full with good water clarity. Greenfield has one concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only. Bluegill - Good: Drifting with small jigs tipped with night crawler has been good for fish in the 7 to 9 inch range. Red and white has been a good color. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are being caught on top water lures early in the morning along weed edges. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are also being caught drifting jigs. Tipping jig with minnow or crappie niblet is a must.



Meadow Lake

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



Nodaway Lake

Nodaway Lake has 1 small concrete boat ramp. Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught drifting or vertical jigging small jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Niblets. Fish are 8-10 inches.



Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting for bluegills and crappies as well as fishing the many brush piles in the lake. Anita has a good channel catfish population available for anglers. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Plastic baits are being used to catch largemouth bass in 6-8 feet of water along weed edges. Crappie - Slow: Anglers are drifting small jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Niblets. Fish average 8.5 inches.



Viking Lake

Viking lake fishery is doing very well after recent renovation. The lake is full with three concrete boat ramps. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having success fishing plastic baits in the brush piles. Fish up to 17 inches are being caught.



Prairie Rose Lake

Lake has a good channel catfish population with majority being in the 1 to 3 pound class. Prairie Rose has two concrete boat ramps. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in the evenings on liver and night crawlers.



Lake Manawa

Lake is full with slight algae bloom. Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfishing has slowed since last report. Fish are still being caught in the evenings on chicken liver with a Looper Liver Rig. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits along west side of lake. A local bait shop weighed an 8 pound fish last week.



Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Most farm ponds are full and support good populations of largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching channel catfish in shallow bays and in the corners of pond dam using liver or blood baits. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are in 6-8 feet of water and around deep structure. A small piece of crawler on a bobber works best. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be caught in early mornings and late afternoons casting along weed edges and around structure close to shore.



Fishing during early August centers on catfishing, largemouth bass, and drifting for panfish in area lakes. Recent heavy rains may affect water clarity in some lakes. Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the southwest district office at Cold Springs for more information on area lakes at (712) 769-2587.



Lake Icaria

The lake level is near normal and the water quality is good with clarities more than 3 feet. Water temperature is 75 to 80 degrees. Bullhead - Fair: A crawlers on a bobber or on the bottom will catch several bullheads just about anywhere on the lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching some channel catfish later in the day or just after dark on stink bait or cut baits.



West Lake (Osceola)

Water quality is very good and the lake level is near normal.



Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Water quality is very good.



Lake of Three Fires

Water clarity is about 2 feet and slightly green. Bullhead - Fair: Crawlers on the bottom are working fairly well for bullheads. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish activity is starting using stink bait in the quiet bays in 4 to 6 feet of water

Green Valley Lake

The lake level has been lowered for construction projects and water quality improvements to be completed.



Three Mile Lake

Water quality is good and water temps are in the upper 70s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink bait is working fairly well for channel catfish in shallow bays or open flat areas. Muskellunge - Fair: Anglers report catching good numbers of muskie off the big points by cranking spinners or crankbaits just under the surface in the evenings.



Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Water quality is fair but the lake is turning a little green. Water temperature is around 77 degrees. Bullhead - Fair: A lot of nice bullheads can be caught using crawlers. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some nice channel catfish can be caught from the shallow are less than 8 feet deep using stink baits or cut baits.



Grand River

Water quality is fairly good but a few recent rains muddy up the water for a couple days. Channel Catfish - Fair: The channel catfish are biting fairly well on stink bait or liver. Evenings and after dark seem to be the best.



North River

Flows are normal for summer. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few nice channel catfish can be caught from holes in Madison County



Middle River

Flows are normal for summer. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few mid-sized channel catfish can be caught from some of the quiet holes using stink bait.



Water temperature is in the upper 70s with water quality at most lakes good. The thermocline is around 10 feet down and could be shallower in some locations.







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