Friday, September 23, 2016

Oklahoma weekly fishing report

CENTRAL

Hefner: September 19. Elevation dropping, water 80. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow on crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits, topwater lures and Whopper Ploppers in the main lake, around points, riprap and rocks. Striped bass hybrids and walleye fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, grubs, hair jigs, live bait, minnows, sassy shad, slabs and spoons along the dam, in the main lake, around points, riprap, rocks and spillway. Crappie, bluegill and green sunfish fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs at the dam, around docks, in the main lake, points and rocks. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

NORTHEAST

Copan: September 20. Elevation normal, water 70s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure. Blue and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver and shad along channels. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed Washington County.

Greenleaf: September 20. Elevation normal, water 77 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, spinnerbaits and spoons around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, points, rocks, shorelines and standing timber. Crappie slow on minnows, jigs and hair jigs around brush structure, docks, standing timber and in coves. Catfish slow on cut bait along channels, in coves, the discharge, flats and river channel. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Keystone: September 19. Elevation above normal and dropping, water 79 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around docks, points, rocks and shorelines. Striped and white bass fair on crankbaits and live shad below the dam, along channels, in the main lake and around points. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and live shad along flats, in the main lake, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Dwight Luther, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: September 18. Elevation normal, water 60s and clear. Trout fair on in-line spinnerbaits, jigs, midges, nymphs and PowerBait below the dam, along channels, river channel and spillway. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Oologah: September 18. Elevation 5 3/4 ft. above normal and rising, water 80 and murky. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Sooner: September 19. Elevation normal, water clear. Striped bass hybrids and striped bass slow on live shad and slabs in the main lake. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait along channels and around points. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Tenkiller: September 18. Elevation below normal, water low 80s and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on plastic baits around brush structure. White bass fair on crankbaits, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbaits and spoons in the main lake and around points. Channel catfish fair drifting worms or liver at 10-20 ft. and on punch bait along flats and points or stinkbait anchored off points anchored at 17-23 ft. along flats and points. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson.

Webbers Falls: September 20. Elevation normal, water 78 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, plastic baits and topwater lures around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, along flats, points, riprap, rocks, standing timber and weed beds. Crappie slow on grubs, minnows and jigs along around brush structure, channels, docks, standing timber and bridges. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow on live bait, live shad, shad, shrimp and sunfish along channels, creek channels, riprap, rocks and sandbars. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

SOUTHEAST

Broken Bow: September 18. Elevation normal, water 86. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure, points and standing timber. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait and worms along channels, in coves, creek channels points and the river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Hugo: September 18. Elevation below normal, water 81. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on flukes, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Eufaula: September 17. Elevation below normal, water clear. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad along channels and in the main lake. White bass good on crankbaits, grubs, jigs and sassy shad along flats, points and riprap. Crappie good on grubs, minnows and jigs around docks and brush structure. Report submitted by David Robertson, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Konawa: September 19. Elevation normal, water 90. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and lipless baits around points and weed beds. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and shrimp at the inlet, main lake and shallows. Bluegill slow on in-line spinnerbaits and worms around docks, shorelines and weed beds. Report submitted by Dale Stites, game warden stationed in Pontotoc County.

Lower Mountain Fork: September 18. Elevation above normal, water 67 and clear. Trout fair on PowerBait and worms below the dam, along creek channels and the discharge. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Pine Creek: September 18. Elevation above normal, water 80 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures in coves and around points. Crappie slow on jigs along creek channels and in the main lake. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and hotdogs along channels, the main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Sardis: September 18. Elevation normal, water 78. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, lipless baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, points, rocks, standing timber and weed beds. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, live shad and sunfish along channels, creek channels, in the main lake and shorelines. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: September 19. Elevation normal, water 82 and stained. Striped and white bass slow on live shad below the dam, along creek channels, in the main lake and river channel. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and live shad below the dam, along channels, in the main lake and river mouth. Report submitted by Bob Wingo, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: September 19. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 80 and clear. Crappie good on minnows around brush structure. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, rocks and standing timber. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

SOUTHWEST

Ellsworth: September 18. Elevation normal, water murky. Blue and channel catfish slow on cut bait and shad in the main lake and around points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Ft. Cobb: September 19. Elevation normal, water 80. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on crankbaits, live shad, sassy shad and spinnerbaits in the main lake, around points and along shorelines. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, the main lake and shallows. Report submitted by John Grellner, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Tom Steed: September 20. Elevation normal, water 70. White bass, striped bass hybrids and saugeye fair on minnows and jigs around points and along shorelines. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: September 19. September 19. Elevation normal, water 83. Blue and channel catfish fair on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms in the main lake, around points and shorelines. Crappie slow on jigs around brush structure. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County.

Iowa Weekly Fishing Report

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Observation platform over the Mississippi River in Pikes Peak State Park, Iowa, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NORTHWEST

Blue Pit
Channel Catfish - Good: An occasional catfish has been caught on cut bait on the jetty. Blue Sucker – Good.
Clear Lake
Yellow Bass - Excellent: Farmer’s beach (just outside the weed edge), MacIntosh swim beach and the Ventura jetties have been producing well. Hy-Vee and other rock reefs continue to produce. Try also the channel between the little lake and big lake has. Action has picked up this week with anglers reporting fish on every cast, at times. Walleye - Good: Walleye action is starting to pick up in certain areas. Use jigs and a minnow or cut bait in many of the same areas that yellow bass are biting. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting near the grade on cut bait and minnows. Try the last couple hours of the day or early morning. Black Crappie - Fair: Try near the Hy-Vee reef or in tight to docks in early morning. Muskellunge - Good: Musky fishing has been decent; September is usually a good month for musky fishing. Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch are hitting by the grade on 1/16 ounce black leadheads with a piece of cut bait.
Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are starting to go on the feed with cooler water.
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Little fishing activity has been observed on the lake. Yellow Perch - Good: Try along the weed lines; best action is early morning and evening, but perch have been caught throughout the day. Walleye - Good: Reports of fish being caught at the north grade; early morning and evening hours produce the best results. Black Crappie - Good: Reports of bluegill and crappie being caught at the north grade; morning and evening hours produce the best action. 
Center LakeBlack Crappie - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught around the submerged woody structure; look for schooling fish in the lakes basin with electronics. Bluegill - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught from the fishing pier; sorting is necessary.
East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass - Good: Fish bridge sites early morning and evening hours. Try also the south end of the lake; look for rock piles in 15 - 20 feet of water. Bluegill - Good: Fish are being caught on the south end of the lake in 15 feet of water. Rock piles close to aquatic plants will produce the best action. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish early morning and evening for the best action.
Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass - Good: Good numbers of yellow bass are being caught from shore. Sorting is necessary; persistence will be rewarded with good numbers of fish harvested.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)Walleye - Good: Use crank baits for the best action. Look for wader fishing to heat up as the water cools; this is the time when trophy size fish are caught from Silver Lake.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved to deeper water; fish weed lines for the best action.
For more information on the above lakes, call the Spirit Lake Fisheries Station at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Cedar River (above Nashua)Cedar River water levels are on the rise. Clarity is poor. Boating is not recommended. Please call the local city or county conservation board offices for information on access and campgrounds. Visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for information on water levels.
Decorah District StreamsTrout streams are not fishable as of 9/22/2016. Streams with better water quality will clear faster. Access to many streams may be limited due to increased flows, poor road conditions and bridge outages. Stocking has been temporarily suspended until conditions improve. The ground in many areas is saturated limiting truck access. Call the trout stocking number at 563-927-5736for current trout stocking information. Brown Trout - Slow: Hoppers and other terrestrial flies will catch fish. Try also small mosquito and gnat patterns. Brook Trout – Slow. Rainbow Trout – Slow.
Lake Hendricks
Water levels in the lake are rising. Few anglers have been out this week. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Use jigs tipped with a variety of soft plastics. Bluegill - No Report: Find bluegills near shore and in vegetation edges.  
Lake MeyerWater levels are high and clarity is poor with this last round of rain. Bluegill - Slow: Try a hook tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Bass can be found cruising the weed edges. Use a jig tipped with a long plastic tail.
Rudd Lake
Anglers have excellent shore and boat access. Channel Catfish - Good: Try a nightcrawler fished on the bottom just out past shoreline vegetation.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)Water levels are high and clarity is extremely poor. Use of watercraft of any sort is not recommended at this time. Many access points and campgrounds are flooded. Please call local city or county conservation board offices for more information.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)Flooding is occurring over much of the area and clarity is extremely poor. Use of watercraft of any sort is not recommended at this time. Many access points and campgrounds are closed. Please call local city or county conservation board offices for more information.
Volga Lake
Anglers drifting over rock or brush piles will find fish. Shoreline access is excellent with many submerged cedar trees within casting distance. Black Crappie - Good: Use small jigs with flat tailed plastic body. Bluegill - Good: Fish will be in shallow with cooling water temperatures. Channel Catfish - Slow: Try chicken liver or crawlers. Volga Lake has a nice population of catfish awaiting the patient angler.
Heavy rain in much of our area has caused moderate flooding in already soggy areas. Additional rain is forecast into Friday and again on Sunday. For current fishing information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
There are no reports on the Cedar River this past week due to high river levels. Walleye - Slow: Cast crankbaits or fishing a jig tipped with a nightcrawler. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Cast crankbaits or fish a jig tipped with a nightcrawler.
Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Maquoketa River is currently falling and remains a bit turbid; there have been few angler reports this week. Walleye - Slow: Cast crankbaits or fish a jig tipped with a nightcrawler. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Cast crankbaits or fish a jig tipped with a nightcrawler.
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
There currently are no reports for the Shell Rock River at this time; the river is high and turbid. Walleye – Slow. Smallmouth Bass – Slow.
Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)There are no reports on the Wapsipinicon River this past week due to high river levels. Walleye - Slow: Cast crankbaits or fish a jig tipped with a nightcrawler. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Cast crankbaits or fish a jig tipped with a nightcrawler. Channel Catfish - Slow: Use stink baits, cut baits and chicken livers in areas of snags and fallen trees.
Interior rivers continue to hold steadily or are falling and remain at higher levels than expected for this time of year. Angler reports are few due to the higher water levels. Trout streams remain excellent in the Manchester District. For further information, call the N.E. District Office at563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level is 11.9 feet at Lansing and is predicted to rise to 15.3 feet next week. New Albin army road remains closed. Water temperature is in the mid 60's. Freshwater Drum - No Report: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try crawlers or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - No Report: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with changing water levels but should pick up more normal levels return. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. Yellow Perch - No Report: A lot of yellow perch are hanging along weed lines in the back waters and slow moving side channels.
Mississippi River Pool 10Water level is 19.9 feet at Lynxville. An approximately, 6 feet rise is predicted through next week reaching 26.4 feet. Water temperature is 64 degrees at the lock and dam. The Lynxville and Sny Magill ramp are closed due to water over the road. Freshwater Drum - No Report: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - No Report: Use crawlers or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - No Report: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels; some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. Yellow Perch - No Report: A lot of yellow perch are hanging along weed lines in the back waters and slow moving side channels.
Mississippi River Pool 11
Water level is 11.1 feet at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg and is predicted to reach over 17 feet. The Lock and Dam gates are out of the water. Water temperature is 66 degrees at the lock and dam. Most boat ramps have water over them and will be inaccessible. Freshwater Drum - No Report:  Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try crawlers or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - No Report: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels; some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. Yellow Perch - No Report: A lot of yellow perch are hanging along weed lines in the back waters and slow moving side channels.
Another significant rise is predicted on the Upper Mississippi River this week after Wednesday's heavy rains in northeast Iowa. Most boat ramps will be inaccessible this week and flood waters are carrying a lot of debris. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water level is near 11.0 feet at Dubuque tailwater and near 13.1 feet at the RR bridge. These levels are up from last week and water is again expected to rise. Tributaries such as Catfish Creek are very turbid after nearly every rain. Water temperature in the main channel is still hovering near 75 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Find clear water. The Frog pattern was working well in the weed beds, but anglers may need to switch tactics as water once again falls. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Cut out all the red meat and they are a fine eating fish. If you plan on eating drum throw them immediately on ice after catching them; try to avoid freezing them. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats bite well in rising water. Move often if they do not bite. Bluegill - No Report: Good bluegill angling should return when the river returns to normal seasonal water levels. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present.  The combination of rock and current are a must to catch smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. The high water has made angling for them a challenge. Black Crappie - No Report: Expecting good fishing for crappies to return this fall.
Mississippi River Pool 13
Water level is near 12.4 feet at Bellevue which is similar to last week, but expect water to once again recede. The water temperature is around 71 degrees. Lots of debris was floating around this week. The Bellevue DNR ramp may have water and logs on it from the high water.  Walleye - No Report: We have had three good year classes of walleyes in this reach of the Mississippi River and populations are very good.  It has been a difficult year to find them with the river going up and down all the time. Largemouth Bass - Good: Go way back in large backwater complexes to find cleaner water; this is where the bass will be. Try along the eel grass. Use frog imitation lures or plastics. Freshwater Drum - Good: Loads of freshwater drum are available and good fishing should return. Use large crayfish to catch really large drum. Channel Catfish - Good: Try stink bait in flowing sloughs, especially above log jams or along rock piles. Fish are usually close to the shoreline. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass. Smallies often hold very tight to the rocks. Stay away from the turbid tributary streams as smallmouth are sight feeders. Black Crappie - No Report: Before the latest water level rise, lots of 11 inch crappie were being seen in side channel sloughs. Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be a good way to catch nice flathead catfish from the Mississippi River.
Mississippi River Pool 14
Water level is near 12.0 feet at Fulton, 14.5 feet at Camanche and 8.6 feet at Le Claire. Water is now receding, but may rise next week with additional rainfall. Some boat ramps may be out of operation, so plan ahead. The water temperature is near 72 degrees. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Use a simple sliding sinker and worm fished in current. Worms are the best bait. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish bite well in higher water. Try stink bait once the water levels return to near normal flows. Fish are located near the shoreline. Walleye - No Report: We expect good walleye fishing to return to the Mississippi once the water levels return to near normal seasonal flows. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective in catching nice flathead catfish. Largemouth Bass - Good: Go deep into the backwaters along vegetation lines using frog imitation lures.
Mississippi River Pool 15
Water level is 12.3 feet at Rock Island, which is up significantly from last week and may soon rise again. Water temperature is around 75 degrees in the main channel. Pigeon Creek and Crow Creek are turbid after nearly every rain. Some boat ramps may be out of operation, so plan ahead on a trip to Pool 15. Freshwater Drum - No Report: Freshwater drum are abundant in Pool 15 and can easily be caught from shore. Try fishing the eagles landing area a with worm and egg sinkers. Channel Catfish - No Report: Rising water levels usually trigger what has already been a good catfish bite. Lots of varieties of stink bait are being used. Move often if the fish do not bite in 15 minutes or so. Flathead Catfish - No Report: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective on catching nice flathead catfish this time of year.
Water temperatures are in lower 70's throughout the district. Water levels are steady but additional rainfall may cause more rising water. Lot of debris is floating in the water. Some ramps experienced flooding.

SOUTHEAST

Deep LakesThe road (Pettibone Avenue) in front of the main boat ramp and beach by Lake Chester is being resurfaced. Expect delays in getting into that area. Largemouth Bass - Good: Start early in the morning and work the fallen trees and edges of the weed beds. Try fishing on an overcast day with a little wind blowing across the water. Bluegill - Fair: Work the weed beds with a small worm and bobbers or small jigs tipped with wax worms. Go small, the water is clear enough that the fish can see small baits from a long distance.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa in this section is a couple of feet below bank full, but she's still moving pretty fast. The river is forecasted to stay about this level for the rest of the week before going into moderate flood stage next week from the rains in Northern Iowa.
Lake Belva Deer
The return of hot weather has slowed the fishing, except for the catfish. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish continue to bite despite the rise in water temperature.
Lake Darling
Water temperature was going down until early this week when the air temperature went back into the 90's during the day. Water temperature is back into the upper 70's. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies remain out in 4 to 5 feet of water with some out a little deeper. Most are in the 9 to 10 inch range. Light colored small jigs work best. Personal jig color of choice is yellow. Bluegill - Fair: Worm and bobber will catch you a good number. The bigger ones are around 8 inches. The original stocking is bigger than that but are hard to find. Channel Catfish - Good: Use a nightcrawler fished on the bottom to catch some nice one pound catfish. Try also a little chicken liver.
Lake Geode
The hot weather hasn't helped the water cool down, only warm up. Angler numbers are low. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been decent lately. Use nightcrawlers and chicken liver. Try the area across the lake from the boat ramp (Johnsons) and up across from the beach where Cedar Creek come down through the lake.
Lost Grove LakeBluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has slowed. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies have moved in shallow along the vegetation looking for little bluegills and crappies. Most are still on the smaller side (8-10 inches).
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The river levels is about 3/4 bank full; the water is moving fast and is muddy. Most of the water level increase is from the rains west of here. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut baits and nightcrawlers; most dip baits won’t last very long on the hook.
For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at319-694-2430.

Central Park Lake
The lake will be drained this fall for a restoration project. There are relaxed fishing regulations for Central Lake with no daily bag limit on all fish species and no size limit on bass. The new 7 acre pond located west of the lake has been stocked with adult bass, bluegill and catfish, which were removed from Central Lake. All normal fishing regulations still apply to this pond. Contact the Jones County Conservation Board for additional information.
Coralville Reservoir
The lake level is at summer pool. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers should be able to drift/troll the channel with cut bait and find some fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Try jigs or minnows over brush piles. White Crappie - Fair: Try jigs or minnows over brush piles.
Diamond Lake
No minnows are allowed here. Bluegill – Slow. Black Crappie – Slow. Channel Catfish – Fair.
Hannen Lake
There is quite a bit of vegetation in the lake. Some anglers are having difficulty fishing many areas. Channel Catfish - Good: The east side of the lake has been reported as best, as the vegetation is not as bad. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers in boats are having success. Bluegill – Slow.
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing was picking up last weekend.
Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
Channel Catfish – Fair. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.
Kent Park Lake
Fishing is reported as slow; most fish being caught are deeper right now.
Lake Macbride
Any sized motor may be operated at no wake speed (5mph) now. Bluegill - Fair: Some fish can be caught around shallow structure. Catch slightly bigger fish on the rock reefs. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Slow: Some small fish are more willing to bite. Larger fish have been hit and miss. Evening has been the best bite by watching for surface activity. Black Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or minnows over/around brush piles. Walleye – Slow. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use plastics, crankbaits and topwaters around shallow rock and wood. Try also crankbaits and plastics on the offshore rock reefs. Channel Catfish - Fair: Drift cut bait in 10-15 of water. White Bass - Fair: Try crankbaits along windblown points and reefs.
Otter Creek Lake
Yellow Bass - Fair: Mornings have been best. Try small jigs, spinners or live bait. Channel Catfish - Fair: Mornings and evening are best. Try crawlers or stinkbait.
Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is down 15' for the restoration project in process. A lot of dirt work has already been done to the lake bed. The boat ramp has been extended with rock and a section of concrete; use extreme caution if attempting to launch a boat as the water just out from the ramp is shallow and may contain some stumps. 4x4 vehicles only. White Bass - Fair: Look for schools feeding on the surface at sunset. Throw topwaters, small spoons or jigs. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Look for schools feeding on the surface at sunset. Throw topwaters, small spoons or jigs. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use crawlers, livers, cut bait and stink bait. Fish up to 15 pounds have been reported.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Corydon Reservoir
Due to an upcoming fisheries renovation, fishing regulations have been relaxed at Corydon Reservoir. Try cut bait or liver for channel catfish.
Lake Keomah
Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with live bait under a bobber in areas with submerged structure and around the fishing jetties. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try crawdad imitations or rubber worms in areas along the shorelines and around the jetties. Fishing around aquatic vegetation can also be productive.
Lake Sugema
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some largemouth bass using topwater lures in the mornings. Fish shallow in the mornings; move deeper around structure as the day warms up. Lake Sugema has a slot limit, so all 12-18 inch largemouth bass must be immediately released. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are still catching a few bluegills. Try a small jig tipped with a wax worm fished below a bobber around any aquatic vegetation or structure. Walleye - Slow: Drift nightcrawlers along the face of the dam.
Lake Wapello
Largemouth Bass - Good: Try jig and pig combos or rubber worms around structure such as the cedar tree piles. Some of the cedar trees can be seen at the water’s surface but there are quite a few more that are totally submerged.
Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 905.18 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. The current surface water temperature is in the lower 70's °F. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Walleye - Slow: Anglers are still catching walleye, just not as many at each spot. Try crankbaits in submerged points and rock piles. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use nightcrawlers or cut bait in areas where water is flowing into the lake. White Crappie - Fair: Crappies are in a suspended pattern; troll crankbaits for the best results.
Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Try a small jig tipped with live bait. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use crawdad imitations along the dam and around the jetties. Try also crankbaits or spinner baits in these same areas.
Take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean and litter free. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Big Creek Lake
Walleye - Fair: Troll spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 5-15 feet of water on the upper/shallower 1/3rd of the lake. The east arm out from and above the marina has been producing more fish. Flows coming in from the creeks will attract fish to the silt dam notches. Cast shallow diving crankbaits in these areas.
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: The river is good for small boats to navigate. Use stink baits above tree falls and along deep cut banks.
Don Williams Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: The crappie bite is still good at Don Williams. Slowly troll jigs in 12-20 feet of water. When a crappie is caught, continue to fish that area as the fish are suspended in large schools. Use 1/8 ounce jigs tipped with minnows or small white or chartreuse twister tails. The upper half of the lake has been best, but groups of fish can be found throughout.
Hickory Grove Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: A fair crappie bite has been going at Hickory Grove. Drift or slow troll 1/8 ounce or lighter jigs with twister tails or minnows or 1.5 inch panfish tube jigs. Work the mid-lake area out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with crawler over pallet piles in water less than 15 feet deep. Try also between the island the beach and near buoy off the shore from the Plover Bay Shelter. Hickory Grove can produce some nice 7 to 8.5 inch bluegills.
Red Rock ReservoirWhite Bass - Fair: The white bass bite has been hit or miss. Troll points and windblown shorelines with chrome, chrome/blue and firetiger spoons and lipless crankbaits. If trolling is producing little results, cast the same lures shallow to the windblown shoreline and retrieve.
Roberts Creek Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are in a suspended summer pattern. Drift or troll small twister tail jigs or tube jigs in the main lake.
Rock Creek Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing is good. Drift or troll in the lower half of the main lake. Use small tube jigs and 1/16 or 1/8 ounce jigs with twister tails or tipped with minnows. Keep your bait in the top 6 feet of water.
Catfishing is good right now on Central Iowa rivers. It is the time of year for a good crappie bite to begin drifting jigs for suspended fish. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact, Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

Cold Springs Lake
Anglers report catching big channel catfish at Cold Springs. The lake has an 18 inch length limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish - Fair: Cast cut bait or prepared dip bait in 4 to 6 feet of water to catch catfish up to 10 pounds. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are in the tree piles and stake beds. Cast plastics Texas rigged to catch fish up to 20 inches. Bluegill - Slow: A few 8 inch bluegills are being caught with nightcrawlers under a bobber.
Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has a good panfish population. Bluegills and crappies can be caught drifting. Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches drifting with power bait or crawlers. Black Crappie - Fair: Concentrate around the ends of jetties and submerged trees to find crappie up to 12 inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Cast cut bait or shrimp to catch fish averaging 2 pounds.
Lake Anita
Anglers are catching bluegills and crappies drifting on the main lake and vertical jigging around cedar tree piles. Bass fishing is also good at this time. Bluegill - Fair: Drift small black jigs tipped with power bait. Fish are 9 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Try over the cedar tree piles and underwater reefs. Sorting is necessary for fish over 10 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes are being caught. Cast the shoreline early in the morning; fish deeper around structure as the temperature warms.
Lake Manawa
Anglers are catching catfish on the south and west side of the lake. Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers report catching large catfish on dip bait.
Prairie Rose Lake
Anglers report catching bluegills around underwater reefs and tree piles. Prairie Rose water clarity is good and the vegetation is down. Bluegill - Fair: Drift or slow troll around the underwater reefs to catch bluegill up to 9 inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catch 14 to 16 inch channel catfish around the jetties on nightcrawlers.
Viking Lake
Largemouth bass fishing is good at Viking. Crappies can be caught around the many tree piles in the lake.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish plastics in tree piles to catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish on wind swept points using cut bait. Fish will average 2 pounds. Black Crappie - Fair: Vertical jig 1/32nd ounce jigs tipped with power bait around the many tree piles in the lake. Fish will average 9 inches.
Water temperatures are in the low 70's in the district. Bass and catfishing is fair to good. Bluegills and crappies can be caught drifting and around brush piles. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587.