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Iowa DNR fishing report

   

For immediate release: September 3, 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 using various baits. Bluegill - Fair: Shore and boat anglers are catching a few bluegills with small hooks and jigs. Majority of fish are medium size. Crappie - Fair: Boat and shore anglers have been catching crappie on most baits. Majority of fish are medium to fairly small.

Brushy Creek Lake
Water is fairly murky. 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 - Fair: Anglers have been catching bluegill in 10- to 14-feet of water, just off the bottom.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Anglers are catching some catfish and a few white bass. Remember that Storm Lake has a 17-22 inch slot length limit on walleye, so those caught in that range must be immediately released. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are still catching catfish on leeches and worms; use a floating jig head and fish the dredge cuts. Also, try shad off Stoney Point and off Shorty's Island.



Black Hawk Lake
Anglers have been catching some catfish and bullheads. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching some 1.5 to 2.0 pound fish.

Although the water is cooling down, fishing is generally very slow. 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. Channel Catfish - Fair: Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Briggs Woods Lake
Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Channel catfish are biting on liver. Crappie fishing is slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Bluegill - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crappie - Fair:

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Largemouth bass and channel catfish are biting. Channel catfish - Good: biting on cutbait. Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Lower Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is slow. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits. Channel Catfish – good using liver. Bluegill – slow.

Upper Pine Lake
Bluegill fishing is slow. Largemouth bass fishing is fair using jigs. Channel catfish are biting on liver and stink baits. Channel Catfish – Good. Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good.

Lake Smith
Bluegill Fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and liver. Channel Catfish – Good. Bluegill – Good.

Lake Catherine
Bluegill fishing is fair. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver or night crawlers. Channel Catfish – Good. Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

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 – Slow. Muskellunge – Fair. Yellow Bass – Good.



Lake Cornelia
A few Walleyes are being caught slow trolling crank baits. Small yellow bass are biting under the docks in the harbor. Channel catfish are biting on liver off the jetty after dark. Bullhead – Slow. Channel Catfish – Good. Walleye – Fair. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Little Wall Lake
Crappies and largemouth bass fishing is slow and channel catfish fishing is fair at night using stink bait. Channel catfish – Good. Largemouth Bass – Slow. Crappie – Slow.

West Twin Lake
Bullhead fishing is good using a night crawler fished on the bottom. Bullhead – Good.

Bluebill Lake
Bluegill fishing has been good. Bluegill – Good. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Boone River
Channel catfish are biting on stink bait. Channel Catfish – Good.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Fishing has been good for Smallmouth bass and channel catfish and walleye. Channel Catfish – fair. Smallmouth Bass – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

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. Channel Catfish – Fair. Smallmouth Bass – Fair.

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

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 topwater lures over weed beds.

Tuttle Lake
Care should be taken when launching boats because of shallow water at the ramp. Walleye - Good: Walleye are being caught while trolling crankbaits.



Big Spirit Lake
Northern Pike - Fair: With the cooler weather more pike are being caught. Use crankbaits while trolling over weedbeds and along weedlines on the east shore and the north end of Anglers Bay. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigging lures or hair jigs tipped with a small piece of worm on weedlines and in the weed beds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a drop shot rig with a soft plastic leech or minnow at the Footbridge, Big Stoney, and Little Stoney Points. Yellow Perch - Excellent: Use jigging lures or small jigs tipped with a wiggler or small piece of night crawler. Fish are being caught on the weedlines (8-12 foot of water) and out in deeper water on the main basin flat in 20-22 foot of water. Try out from Templar Park or Big Stoney Point. Walleye - Good: Troll number 5 or 7 crankbaits along weed edges. Some fish are being caught from shore at Buffalo Run and the Grade at sunset.

East Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small hair jigs tipped with a wiggler along boat docks and weedlines. Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish are being caught along weedlines and out in the deep flats between Parks Marina and Trigg's Bridge. Yellow Bass - Excellent: Fish are being caught along boat docks with small hair jigs tipped with live bait or slip bobber with minnows. Bass are also being caught with jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm along weedlines. Fish up to 11-12 inches have been caught.

Minnewashta Lake
Bluegill - Good: Fish are being caught along boat docks and weedlines with micro jigs. Yellow Bass - Good: Fish along boat docks and weedlines with small micro jigs.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass - Excellent: Troll crank baits along wind-blown shorelines or near the island. Some fish are also being caught off boat docks with jigs.

West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike - Fair: Troll crankbaits along weed beds. White Bass - Excellent: Fish Gull and Pillsbury Points with surface lures in the mornings or evenings. Bluegill - Good: Use jigging lures or small hair jigs tipped with a piece of worm along deep weedlines and rock bars. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish at Pikes, Gull and Pillsbury Points in the mornings and evenings with topwater lures or jigs. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with a piece of worm on deep weedlines and rock bars. Muskellunge - Good: Fish are being caught while casting to weed lines and scattered clumps of weed beds in North, Miller's and Emerson Bay with large blade or crankbaits.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stinkbait or chubs at the railroad bridge.

Scharnberg Pond
Use a small bobber and hook or a split shot and hook with a worm on the bottom for bluegills, sunfish and bullheads. Good shore access can be found at the rock jetty on the west shore or at the fishing dock on the southeast side of the pond.

Big Sioux River
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or stink bait above snags. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use large live bait at deep holes and large snags.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait at brush piles. Walleye - Good: Fish current seams and holes with crankbaits or jigs.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stinkbait, cutbait, or worms at wood snags and holes. Walleye - Good: Use jigs or crank baits in holes and current seams.

Kids Corner: If you are looking for a place to take a child fishing then go to Sharnburg Park west of Spencer. 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 blue green algae 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 - Fair: Try using topwater lures or a jig with a twister tail to entice the picky largemouth.

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 the middle of the lake and suspend your lure in water no deeper than 6 feet. Largemouth Bass - Slow:

Lake Meyer
Channel Catfish - Good: Try using chicken livers suspended near shore structure. Angling around the dam is your best bet for catfish this week. Bluegill - Slow: Small bluegills are being caught near shore while larger fish are being taken mid-lake suspended about 6 to 8 feet from surface. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers should try using a jig with a plastic tail or topwater lures. Try different colors and fish around structure. Yellow Perch - Slow: A few perch are being caught while fishing for bluegills.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Anglers are reporting scattered catches of a variety of fish. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try using twister tails or crankbaits. Walleye - Slow: A few walleye are caught while fishing for smallmouth.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Catches of fish are variable and scattered but walleye and smallmouth bass activity is picking up. Water is stained but fishable. Northern Pike - Slow: Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfish have been biting in the evening on stinkbait or crawlers. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try using a jig and twister tail or spinners. Walleye – Slow.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels and clarity are good. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anglers have been using worms drifting downstream. Walleye – Slow.

Turkey River (below Clermont)
Anglers report variable catches of a wide assortment of fish. Channel Catfish – Slow.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Spotty catches of fish around the Charles City area are common even though water conditions are excellent. Anglers are reporting the Little Cedar is good for smallmouth, northern pike and catfish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue reporting fair catches of catfish using night crawlers and crayfish. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try drifting a crawler tipped jig 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 River water levels are normal to slightly low for this time of year and running very clear. Area lakes are now stratified so topwater angling is best for panfish. If you have any questions, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 7.43 feet and is forecast to slowly drop to around 7.2 feet over the next week. Water clarity is fair and improving. Water temperatures are in the low 70s to high 60s. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish are still being caught on stinkbait, crawlers and cut bait around wing dams and snags. White Bass - Fair: Reports of a few fish being caught in Peosta Channel and around Massey Marina on white twister tails, small crankbaits, or spinners. Look for the white bass working schools of baitfish and cast into the action. Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few, but nice, bluegills being taken around snags in side channels on crawlers or small jigs. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some nice smallies are being caught around rocky shorelines on crankbaits. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits along rocky and rip rap shorelines have been producing. Also in backwaters around woody structure or in the evening when they are working schools of shad. Crappie - Fair: A few fish are being caught around snags in side channels and backwaters. Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on the wing dams on three way rigs tipped with leeches. Recent reports are of a lot of slot (20- to 27-inch) fish. 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 4.16 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week. Water clarity is fair. Water temperatures are in the low 70s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are coming on stinkbait, crawlers, and cut bait fished around wingdams and in side channels around rock and/or wood throughout the pool. Bluegill - Slow: Reports of a few bluegills coming around snags in the side channels and backwaters. 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 being caught on the wingdams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches. 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 9.5 feet and is forecast to remain stable to slowly drop over the next week. Water clarity is poor. Main channel water temps are in the low 70s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish are coming on stinkbait, crawlers, or cut bait around wing dams and snags. Crappie - Fair: Reports of crappie starting to bite in backwaters around woody structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow with the muddy water. Freshwater Drum - Fair: 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 6.08 feet and falling. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers and stinkbaits around wingdams and log piles. Stinkbaits have been working the best. Channel catfish are being caught along the riprap shoreline near Buffalo and around brush piles in the Andalusia Island complex. White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow. Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 4.59 feet and falling. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, dipbaits, and chicken liver fished around wingdams and log piles. White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow due to recent high and muddy water conditions.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 7.72 feet and falling. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dipbaits, and chicken livers fished above wingdams and around log piles. White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wingdams has been slow due to recent high water.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 5.41 feet and falling. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dipbaits, and chicken livers fished around wing dams and log jams. White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow. Bluegill - No Report. Crappie - No Report. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow due to recent high water.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are falling throughout pools 16-20. Main channel water temperature is around 70 degrees. Fishing throughout the pools has been tough due to recent high and muddy water conditions. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
The water is still a little muddy from last week's rains. The water temperature has dropped to 72 degrees. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers were doing very well on catfish near the feeder streams and gullies where last week's rains continue to muddy the water. Stinkbaits seem to be doing very well.

Lake Belva Deer
Work on the road paving project continues. The North side of the park is closed right now. They are hoping to have it open again by next weekend. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught early and late. Chicken liver seems to be working the best. Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught at the lower end of the lake down by the dam.

Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish over 3 pounds are being caught using bobbers and worms suspended over the habitat or just off the bottom. 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. Crappie – Slow.

Lake of the Hills
Fishing is starting to pick up. 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. The Gate 6 area (the south cove) has been picking up, especially with dip baits. Bluegill - Good: Mostly smaller fish. They are biting about everywhere. Largemouth Bass - Good: Go early or late in the day. Noisy topwater baits will get you some action. During the day fish deeper with plastics on the woody habitat or by banging crankbaits off the riprap. Crappie - Good: Use small jigs and wax worms. Try a variety of depths until you find fish. Windy shorelines have been productive.

Lake Darling
6-plus inches of rain filled the lake back up. It will have to drain all over again.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river is dropping fast. Haven't seen much angler activity since the river has been above flood stage until just recently.

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

Hannen Lake
Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are being taken on stinkbait.

Iowa Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Some catfish are being caught on crawlers and leeches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting on a variety of artificials around wood/rock structures.

Kent Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Dusk/dawn and before/after storms have been the best times for channel catfish. Most fish are eating size, being in the 1-2 pound range. Cut bait has been producing best. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish with plastic worms or crankbaits during the day along rock or wood. Early and late in the day throw topwaters.

Lake Macbride
Last week the lake level jumped 3 to 4 feet due to heavy rains. The lake is now back to normal level but the water remains a bit dirty. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish topwaters early around shallow rock. During the day pitch plastics to wood/vegetation or cast crankbaits on points/humps/deeper rock. Crappie - Fair: Fish around brush in the upper ends with and jig and minnow or minnow under a bobber.

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 Sept. 3, the lake level is 697'. It is projected to fall approximately half a foot a day, barring any heavy rains. Fishing has been poor due to extremely high and dirty water.

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.

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 nigh 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
Bullhead - Fair: Night crawlers have been producing the best. Channel Catfish - Slow: Use night crawlers or cutbait. 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 spinnerbaits 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 stinkbait. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinnerbaits around submerged structure. Try areas in the flooded timber. Crappie - Fair: Try drifting minnows in the deeper parts of the lake.

Lake Sugema
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler. Try a variety of depths. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use plastic worms or spinnerbaits around weedlines and other structure. Jig and pig combinations can be used around the rip-rapped shorelines. 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 70s. The lake level is at 908.7 which is just under 5 foot above normal. Channel Catfish - Good: Use blood bait or cutbait 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 catching white bass trolling night crawlers in the same areas. Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught but most of them are under 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 or crankbaits 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, please 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 bluegills or creek chubs for cutbait. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are hitting on topwater lures and soft plastics fished near treefalls and steep drop-offs in 3 to 8 feet of water.

Rock Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite is good using fresh cutbait, stinkbaits 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 cutbait fished in 8 foot of water or less. White Bass - Good: White bass numbers have spiked this summer and are being caught in good numbers. Some are approaching 12 inches. They can be caught throwing jig and twisters, in-line spinners, small spoons, or small crankbaits. Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are being caught at the north end of the lake in both the east and the west arms. They are being caught drifting small jigs or minnows in 6 to 12 foot of water. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught using leeches or crawlers trolled on spinning rigs or under a slip bobber.

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

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught fishing over submerged pallets and brushpiles in 10 foot of water or less using small panfish jigs or slip bobbers with a small piece of crawler.

Hooper Area Pond
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting good on small jigs tipped with a small piece of crawler fished near submerged wood.

Lake Ahquabi
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught on livers and stinkbaits. 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 - Fair: The white bass are still hitting. Fish have become a little harder to locate, but once a school is found the bite is consistent. They are being caught trolling crankbaits, spoons, or Kastmaster type lures with black/silver, silver/green, or silver/blue color combinations to imitate shad. The best areas are submerged humps and sharp drop-offs near points. The south side of the Marina Cove point has been good for some anglers.

Saylorville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is still good in the mornings and late evenings fishing with cutbait, 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 - Slow: The white bass bite is slow. Some anglers are locating fish trolling lipless crankbaits or Kastmaster style lures near sharp drop-offs. Solid silver or blue/silver colors are working best. If fish are located, vertical jigging with minnows has also produced some whites and the occasional crappie.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught using cutbait, livers, or night crawlers fished near any wood cover.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
River levels are low right now making boat fishing difficult. Fish are more concentrated in the deeper bends and pools. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught using fresh cutbait or dead creek chubs. Walleye - Fair: Some anglers have been doing well on walleyes throwing jig and white twister, jig and crawler, or diving crankbaits.

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 a trolling motor lake only. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have picked up around jetties using liver. Bluegill - Fair: Drifting with small jigs tipped with night crawler has been good for fish in the 7- to 9-inch range. Sorting is necessary. Red and white has been a good color. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are being caught on top water lures early in the morning along weed edges. Spinnerbaits and plastics have also been good around sunken cedar tree piles. 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. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish in the 1 to 3-pound range are being caught on liver. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are also being caught while drifting but sorting is necessary to find 7-8 inch fish. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught drifting or vertical jigging small jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Niblets. Fish are 8 to 10 inches.

Cold Springs Lake
Cold Springs was renovated in 2006 and the fishery is just beginning to come back. Reports of 20-plus-inch channel catfish and 17-inch largemouth bass are common. Cold Springs has one concrete boat ramp. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Aquatic vegetation is abundant in the lake. Use weedless lures and plastic baits to fish around mats of vegetation.

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 and old road beds. Crappie - Fair: 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. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in the evenings using dip baits. 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 continues to be slow. Fish are still being caught in the evenings on chicken liver using a Looper Liver Rig.

Farm Creek Lake
Farm Creek Lake was built in 2000 and supports good largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish populations. Lake has large watershed and is susceptible to poor water quality after rain fall events. Lake has one steep gravel boat ramp. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills up to 9 inches are being caught using night crawlers on a bare hook fishing in 8 to 10 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught fishing plastics around trees in the upper end of lake. Crappie - Fair: Crappies that average 9 inches are being caught in 8-10 feet of water using minnows.

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.

Water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s so fishing still centers around catfishing, largemouth bass, and drifting for panfish in area lakes. Contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the SW District Office 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 temps are in the lower 70's. Bullhead - Good: 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 catfish from shore using stink bait or small bluegill. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught near the brush piles or off the mounds using small jigs tipped with a crawler. Crappie - Fair: Several crappies have been caught in 7 feet of water using small jigs near the brush piles or fish mounds.

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. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some nice fish can be caught by fishing worms along the shoreline in the evenings.

Lake of Three Fires
Water clarity is about 2.5 feet and slightly green. Temps are cooling and the algae is starting to disappear. Bullhead - Fair: Crawlers on the bottom are working well for nice sized bullheads. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some catfish are being caught using stink bait in the bays in less than 6 feet of water.

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

Summitt Lake
Fishing regulations have been relaxed. There are no bag limits or size limits. Lake draining will begin around Oct. 1. The lake will be down until spring.

Three Mile Lake
Water quality is good and water temps are in the low 70s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink bait is working well for channel catfish in shallow bays or open areas less than 7 feet deep. Walleye - Fair: An occasional walleye is being caught using leeches on the roadways. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: An occasional wiper is being caught by the walleye anglers fishing the roadway.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Water quality is fair but the lake is slightly green. Water temps are around 73. 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 areas less than 8 feet deep using stink baits or cut baits. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills can be picked up from 8 to 10 feet of water using small jigs and crawlers. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Slow sinking rubber worms used near structure has been successful for catching largemouth bass. Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been picked up using jigs or jigs tipped with a minnow from 8 to 12 feet of water.

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