Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oklahoma weekly fishing report for 8/25/2016

CENTRAL

Arcadia: August 23. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and shallow diving crankbaits at 4-8 ft. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 11-14 ft. around marked brush piles and rocky points along the north end of the lake. Channel and blue catfish fair on crawfish and nightcrawlers near the channel. White bass fair on grubs near the boat ramps and around points. Report submitted by Mark Murray, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Draper: August 21. Elevation below normal, water 80 and stained. Channel catfish slow on punch bait and stinkbait around points and along riprap. Largemouth bass slow on plastic baits around points. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

Hefner: August 23. Elevation dropping, water 80. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on crankbaits, small lures, slabs and gay blades at 2-10 ft. in the main lake, along riprap and around points. Crappie and walleye slow on grubs, live bait, jigs and sassy shad at 15-20 ft. in the main lake and around points. Flathead, blue and channel catfish good on grasshoppers, worms, shrimp and punch bait at 2-12 ft. around points, along rocks and riprap. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, topwater lures, jigs and stinkbait at 5-20 ft. along riprap, around points and in the main lake. Bluegill excellent on worms, minnows, crickets and grubs at 1-5 ft. in coves, along riprap and shorelines. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

Overholser: August 22. Elevation below normal, water murky to muddy. Blue and channel catfish slow on shrimp and worms along creek channels and the discharge. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on shrimp, worms and jigs along creek channels, the discharge and along shorelines. Carp fair on dough bait and worms in the discharge and along shorelines. Report submitted by Vince Mesis, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County.

Thunderbird: August 21. Elevation normal, water 80 and stained. Largemouth bass slow on plastic baits around points. Saugeye slow on crankbaits around points and rocks. Channel and blue catfish slow on stinkbait and punch bait around points and in the river channel. Report submitted by Chad Strang, game warden stationed in Cleveland County.

NORTHEAST

Bell Cow: August 22. Elevation normal, water 87 and murky. Channel catfish slow on worms and stinkbait around docks and along shorelines. Report submitted Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Birch: August 21. Elevation normal, water low 80s and clear. Striped bass hybrids and largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and topwater lures in the main lake and along shorelines. Channel and blue catfish good on chicken liver, sunfish and worms around docks and in coves. Report submitted by Ryan Walker, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Chandler: August 22. Elevation normal, water 88 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 3-5 ft. along shorelines and the dam. Report submitted by Gary Emmons, game warden stationed in Lincoln County.

Copan: August 21. Elevation normal, water 70s and clearing. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, shad and worms at 4-8 ft. below the dam, along riprap and in coves. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: August 21. Elevation normal, water 80s and stained. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, topwater lures and jigs in the main lake and around points. White bass fair on topwater lures and spoons in the main lake. Channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad along riprap and flats. Bluegill fair on crickets around docks and weed beds. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Ft. Gibson: August 19. Elevation normal, water 85 and clear. Crappie fair on jigs, tube jigs and rogues at 10-15 ft. around brush structure and docks. White bass good on in-line spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 6-12 ft. around points and in the main lake. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on live shad at 15-25 ft. along the river channel. Largemouth bass fair on crawfish and plastic baits at 10 ft. around brush structure and riprap. Report submitted by Rick Stafford, Ft. Gibson.

Grand: August 22. Elevation normal, water 88 and slightly stained. Crappie fair on minnows at 10 ft. around brush structure and docks. White bass good on GoGo minnows at 15-20 ft. in the main lake and around islands. Blue and channel catfish good on shad at 20-35 ft. below the dam and in the main lake. Report submitted by Marni Loftis, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: August 23. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater lures, jigs and spoons around moss beds, brush structure, shorelines and creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 12-18 ft. around fishing docks and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: August 22. Elevation normal, water 80. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, topwater lures and crankbaits at 3-7 ft. around brush structure, weed beds and along shorelines. White bass fair on crankbaits, slabs, small lures and sassy shad at 7-14 ft. in the main lake. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: August 21. Elevation normal, water 70s and clearing. Channel, blue and flathead catfish slow on chicken liver, shad and worms at 4-8 ft. below the dam, in the coves and along riprap. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: August 22. Elevation dropping, water 85 and muddy. Blue and channel catfish slow on cut bait and worms at 2-6 ft. below the dam and along the flats. White bass, striped bass and striped bass hybrids slow on sassy shad and topwater lures below the dam. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: August 22. Elevation above normal, water 83. Blue catfish good on cut bait along channels. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: August 21. Elevation normal, water 60s and clear. Trout good on PowerBait and nymphs along the tailwater and Watts. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Oologah: August 21. Elevation normal, water 82 and murky. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around brush structure and standing timber. White bass and walleye fair trolling crankbaits at 6-12 ft. around points. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad below the dam. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: August 22. Elevation below normal, water low 80s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-20 ft. around brush structure and along creek channels. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on topwater lures and crankbaits in the main lake early morning and late evening. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: August 22. Elevation normal, water clear. Striped bass hybrids and striped bass slow on live shad and slabs in the main lake. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: August 21. Elevation normal, water 80s and stained. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits in the main lake and around points. White bass good on topwater lures in the main lake. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Channel catfish slow on cut bait in the main lake and along flats. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Tenkiller: August 22. Elevation 2/3 ft. below normal, water mid-80s and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on plastic baits and crankbaits around brush structure and surfacing around windy points. White bass fair on hair jigs, in-line spinnerbaits, spoons and crankbaits from the surface to 15 ft. in coves and in the main lake early and late. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on worms and cut bait at 10-18 ft. anchored off points and flats and on punch bait and stinkbait at 17-23 ft. Sunfish and bluegill good on worms and jigs at 10-20 ft. around docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Monte Brooks, Cookson.

Webbers Falls: August 23. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits along riprap and shorelines. Crappie fair on at 12-18 ft. around bridges and brush structure. Catfish good on stinkbait, live bait and cut bait on bottom. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

NORTHWEST

Canton: August 20. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on slabs and crankbaits at 8-15 ft. in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

SOUTHEAST

Blue River: August 23. Elevation normal, water 79 and clear. Channel catfish excellent on stinkbait and chicken liver at 2-6 ft. around brush structure and channels. Stocked approximately 1,800 pounds of channel catfish on August 4. Spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 2-5 ft. along shorelines, brush structure and rocks. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: August 21. Elevation rising, water 84. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, plastic baits and flukes at 2-16 ft. around standing timber, points and brush structure. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, worms and punch bait at 10-12 ft. along channels and the river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: August 21. Elevation below normal, water good. Striped bass good on flukes, live shad and hair jigs below the dam and along the spillway. Blue and flathead catfish good on jigs, live shad and cut bait along riprap, the spillway and around points. Largemouth bass good in the main lake and along channels. Report submitted by Cody Jones, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: August 21. Elevation normal, water 83. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. along the river channel and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad at 5-15 ft. below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: August 22. Elevation normal, water 94. Largemouth bass and striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits and jerk baits at 10-12 ft. along creek channels, weed beds and in the main lake. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver and punch bait in the main lake, along creek channels and in the discharge. Sunfish fair on PowerBait, worms and jigs at 3-5 ft. around docks and along shallows. Report submitted by Dale Stites, game warden stationed in Pontotoc County.

Lower Mountain Fork: August 21. Elevation normal, water 72 and clear. Trout fair on caddis flies, small lures and worms along the spillway and creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Lower Mountain Fork:August 17. Stocked approximately 3,100 rainbow trout on August 11. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the Southeast Regional Office.

McGee Creek: August 21. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows at 16-24 ft. around brush structure. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on topwater lures and plastic baits at 4-12 ft. along weed beds and shorelines. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: August 22. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on plastic baits, crankbaits and jigs at 4-20 ft. around points, weed beds and rocks. White bass fair on topwater lures, small lures, sassy shad and crankbaits at 4-20 ft. along creek channels, in the main lake and around points. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, shrimp, worms and punch bait at 8-18 ft. along channels, creek channels and standing timber. Sunfish and bluegill fair on jigs, worms, small lures and minnows at 4-10 ft. around brush, weed beds and docks. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: August 21. Elevation 21. Elevation below normal, water 85 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and worms around points and rocks. Crappie good on jigs at 15 ft. along channels and brush structure. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms along shorelines and creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: August 21. Elevation normal, water stained. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad at 10 ft. below the dam and along the river channel. Flathead catfish fair on juglines baited with shad in the main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12 ft. up Big Sans Bois Creek around brush structure and standing timber. Largemouth bass slow on square billed crankbaits, watermelon colored creature baits and spinnerbaits at 6 ft. along flats and weed beds. Report submitted by J. D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: August 21. Elevation below normal, water 88. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish at 5-14 ft. along flats, in the main lake and along shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs at 8-12 ft. around brush structure, standing timber and rocks. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, topwater lures, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic baits at 3-14 ft. around brush structure, weed beds and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: August 22. Elevation normal, water 85 and murky. Striped and white bass slow on live shad at 25-30 ft. below the dam and along the river channel. Blue and channel catfish fair on live shad, cut bait and stinkbait at 20-40 ft. below the dam, along the river channel and in the main lake. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 5-10 ft. along shorelines, brush structure and weed beds. Report submitted by Bob Wingo, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: August 21. Elevation 1/2 ft. below normal, water murky. Largemouth bass slow on spinnerbaits and topwater lures at 4-12 ft. around brush structure early and late. Crappie slow on jigs at 10-20 ft. around brush structure early and late. Blue catfish fair on cut bait at 12-20 ft. along channels. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

SOUTHWEST

Ellsworth: August 21. Elevation normal, water 81 and murky. Blue and channel catfish slow on shad and cut bait around points and in the main lake. White bass slow on minnows and small lures along shorelines. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Ft. Cobb: August 22. Elevation normal, water 85. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait and dough bait along flats and in coves. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by John Grellner, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Lawtonka: August 21. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Channel and blue catfish slow on cut bait and shad around points and riprap. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: August 23. Elevation normal, water 75. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and stinkbait at 5-8 ft. along flats. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: August 22. Elevation normal, water 85. Blue and channel catfish slow on cut bait, stinkbait and shad along shorelines and in the main lake. Crappie slow on jigs around brush structure. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County.

Michigan weekly fishing report for 8/25/2016

 Southeast Lower Peninsula
 Southwest Lower Peninsula
 Northeast Lower Peninsula
 Northwest Lower Peninsula
 Upper Peninsula
 Great Lakes Temperature Map
Water levels are up in the rivers and streams that saw significant rainfall over the last week.   Anglers will want to be cautious and watch for floating debris in the rivers and the Great Lakes where those rivers flow into.

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Southeast Lower Peninsula

Lake Erie:  Yellow perch fishing was good but slowed for a few days due to weather.  Anglers doing well were fishing perch rigs and spreaders with whatever minnows were available (preferably emerald shiners) in 24 to 27 feet straight out from Stony Point and Sandy Creek, 22 to 25 feet near the mouth of the River Raisin or straight out from La Plaisance Creek.  Those fishing the dikes around Pointe Mouillee caught decent numbers of largemouth bass with soft plastics in shallow water in the evening.  Shore anglers in Luna Pier caught freshwater drum and a couple yellow perch on crawlers or a few largemouth bass on soft plastics.  Shore anglers at the Hoffman Memorial Access site caught pumpkinseed, bluegills and white perch on crawlers. 

Huron River:  Is producing smallmouth bass.    
Detroit River:  Anglers are getting a few walleye in the lower river in front of Horse Island when jigging with a crawler.  Anglers were getting enough perch for dinner around the islands but the bigger schools of fish are still in the lake.  Bass anglers are doing well and shore anglers are getting some catfish.  
Oakland County:  Bluegills were caught around the thermocline in about 20 feet or so with crawlers and wax worms on both Union and Cass Lake.  The better fishing on Union Lake was at various depths and along the drop-offs.  Bass fishing on both lakes was best in the early morning or late evening in eight to 10 feet.  
Lake St. Clair:  Smallmouth bass have been caught straight out from the Clinton River Cut Off launch in 18 feet when casting crank baits and tube baits, around the Firecracker in 16 to 18 feet while drop-shotting or around the Mile Roads in 17 feet with crank baits. Muskie were caught around the St. Clair Light while trolling a muskie train lure, around the Dumping Grounds in 15 feet and near the Clinton River Cut Off launch while casting a variety of lures. Yellow perch were caught just north of the St. Clair Light in 19 feet while still-fishing with a simple hook and sinker with minnows and worms.  Perch were also caught in the Shipping Channel by Buoy 26 in 15 feet while jigging with perch minnows.  Walleye and smallmouth bass were caught while drifting from 9 Mile to the mouth of the South Channel on a silver with black crawler harness with red beads and no weight because of heavy weed cover.  Yellow perch, channel catfish, drum, and rock bass were also caught while drifting minnows in the same area.  Walleye were caught near the mouth of the South Channel in 17 feet with a purple crawler harness and just south of the Firecracker in 19 feet with a pink and purple crawler harness.  On the north end, strong winds stirred up Anchor Bay.  Walleye were caught in 12 to 13 feet around Strawberry Island when trolling a crawler harness.  Those drop-shotting tube baits did well for smallmouth bass near the Harley Ensign launch.  Those traveling straight out from the Selfridge caught walleye in 13 feet.  Some sizable catfish were caught around Strawberry Island and straight off Selfridge.  
St. Clair River:  Walleye fishing remains very good above the Bluewater Bridge. Anglers are catching fish with crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers in the Algonac and Harsens Island areas.  White bass are still showing up in the lower river.  Water temperature was 73 degrees.  Those fishing halfway up the Middle Channel caught large and smallmouth bass along the banks.  Small muskie were also caught due to the high water levels.  Try white spinners and black crank baits.  
Lexington to Port Sanilac:  Boat anglers caught lake trout, steelhead, Atlantic salmon and walleye in 40 to 60 feet or in 80 feet and deeper.  Spin-glo’s at the bottom caught lake trout while orange and gold spoons at various depths took other species.  
Harbor Beach:  The wind and storms will have the fish scattered for a while.  For lake trout, try working the bottom with dodgers and spin-glo’s or spoons 50 to 120 feet down.  For Chinook, coho and Atlantic salmon try 15 to 70 feet down in 80 to 130 feet with spoons and offshore boards as well as 5, 7 and 10 colored leads.  It might also be a good idea to start running some J-plugs as it is that time of year.  Steelhead were taken along the mud lines in 80 to 120 feet with bright colored spoons.  A couple walleye hit on small spoons, thunder sticks and crawler harnesses in 70 to 100 feet.  Those casting small body baits and spinners near shore caught bass.  
Grindstone City:  Those trolling had good success with a mix of steelhead, lake trout and even walleye taken straight north in 100 to 140 feet with small spoons, downriggers and lead core. 
Port Austin:  Had little action except for several smallmouth bass anglers catching and releasing several fish.  Pier fishing was spotty with assorted panfish and the odd pike or white bass caught.  
Saginaw Bay:  Had some fair perch catches off Gambil’s Marina near Pinconning in 13 to 15 feet.  The fish ranged eight to 11 inches.  A few were taken near Buoy H but the action was hit-or-miss with lots of sorting to do.  A few walleye were taken off Linwood by boat anglers trolling black and silver crank baits.  Catfish were taken from the Hot Pond.  The east side of the bay was generally slow.  A couple good catches of perch were taken from the deep side of the Bar which is just lakeward past the Callahan Reef.  Boat anglers from Sebewaing and Bay Port found walleye outside of the islands in 10 to 14 feet.   

Southwest Lower Peninsula

St. Joseph:  Wind and rain have hampered fishing.  The few boats that have made it out found slower fishing with only a few Chinook caught in 70 to 120 feet.  Perch fishing was on the slow side.  The fish moved deeper and were caught in 50 to 60 feet.  Pier fishing was also slow.  Boat anglers should watch for debris coming out of the river.  

St. Joseph River:  Water levels were very high and there is a lot of debris floating in the river.  Boat anglers will need to use caution to avoid the debris.   
South Haven:  Between the rain and high waves fishing pressure was low.  Boat anglers did catch a few lake trout in 90 feet.  Perch and pier fishing was slow.    
Black River:  Water levels were very high and there is a lot of debris in the river.  Boat anglers will need to use caution.    
Grand Haven:  Boat anglers are catching salmon 50 to 120 feet down in 100 to 150 feet with green or yellow glow plugs with red, yellow and green meat rigs.  Pier anglers caught catfish on shrimp or minnows.  
Grand River at Grand Rapids:  Anglers are still getting a few walleye below the dams.  Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good throughout the river.  Those fishing at night have taken catfish.  
Grand River at Lansing:  Most of the action has been for smallmouth bass.  Anglers have done well with tube baits and spinners.  Some good size bluegills were caught above Moore’s Park but anglers will have to do some work to find the holes where the fish were holding.  

Muskegon:  Boat anglers caught salmon 55 to 120 feet down in 80 to 150 feet with glow plugs, meat rigs and flies in a variety of colors.  No pier fishing to report.   
Whitehall:  Salmon and steelhead fishing has been good 30 to 90 feet down in 60 to 130 feet with plugs, paddles and flies.  Pier anglers caught a few bass, freshwater drum and the occasional channel catfish. 
White Lake:  Both large and smallmouth bass have been caught by those trolling body baits along the drop-offs.  

Northeast Lower Peninsula

Mackinaw City:  High winds made fishing a challenge but those that could get out did manage to take a few salmon and lake trout when trolling around the Straits.  

Cheboygan:  Boat anglers did catch good numbers of lake trout and a fair number of pink and Chinook salmon when the weather allowed.  
Cheboygan River:  Continues to produce a mixed bag of pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, rock bass and freshwater drum.  Only a few keeper size walleye were caught by shore anglers but those targeting smallmouth bass did well with crawlers and leeches.  No salmon in the river yet.  
Mullett Lake:  Fishing remained slow.  Most walleye anglers were struggling to find fish and those that did were trolling Hot-n-Tots.  Steelhead fishing was best 30 to 40 feet down in 90 to 120 feet with orange spoons and downrigger.  Perch anglers are still finding a lot of small perch scattered throughout but very few keepers.    
Rogers City:  The number of adult Chinook salmon being caught continues to improve.  Anglers are taking a mixed bag of Atlantic, coho and pink salmon, lake trout, steelhead and walleye south towards Swan Bay, Adams Point and Calcite Harbor.  Try 45 to 120 feet with 50 to 85 feet the best.  Fish the entire water column and pay close attention to the bottom where the baitfish were when trolling spoons, J-plugs, flashers with squid, flies and cut bait.  Hot colors were green, blue, white and red, white and black, orange, silver or glow early and late.  Walleye were caught recently by those salmon fishing.     
Presque Isle:  Anglers are getting a nice mixed bag of trout, salmon and some walleye in 45 to 130 feet with the better catches in 50 to 90 feet.  Target the entire water column north of the harbor between the two lighthouses or south towards Stoneport and False Presque Isle with spoons, J-plugs, and flashers with squid, flies or cut bait in the same colors as Rogers City.  The key is fishing near the bottom.  The Chinook salmon anglers have done best about one hour before daylight or as the sun goes down.  Walleye were hitting on crawler harnesses and body baits in the top 30 feet.  
Oscoda:  Had more pier anglers than boat anglers.  One boat did find a steelhead in 80 feet.  Pier anglers fishing near the mouth did catch some catfish, freshwater drum and one walleye off the bottom with crawlers. 
Higgins Lake:  Lake trout are still being caught in 80 to 100 feet.  Most fish were hitting on spoons or jointed body baits about 40 feet down which is where the thermocline was.  Not much on perch but a few anglers did manage to catch enough for a meal.  Rock bass are being caught everywhere and this is a great fishery for young anglers.
Houghton Lake:  Bluegills were hitting on leeches, crawlers and wax worms in eight to nine feet.  The bigger fish were taken on leeches near the bottom.  Those trolling a harness with crawlers or leeches caught a few walleye in 12 feet.  Hot colors were green, purple and blue.  A few crappie were taken on a pink or purple jig with a small minnow.   
Tawas:   Those trolling in 50 to 65 feet off the “Crib” at Alabaster did well for walleye with crawler harnesses and lures.  A couple limit catches were reported.  Fishing pressure was light and success was even lighter for pier anglers.  
Au Gres:  Had light activity with only a few boats getting a couple walleye north of the Big Charity Island.  No perch action to report.    

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Harbor Springs:  Anglers are catching lake trout from Harbor Point to the north.  Some were suspended at 140 feet down in 170 feet however warmer water might push the fish deeper.

Petoskey:  Boat anglers caught Chinook, coho and lake trout.  Recent high winds pushed warm water back in so water in the lower 70’s could be found 90 feet down.  The warm water temperatures have driven the fish to much deeper waters.  Pier anglers are still catching some smallmouth bass, rock bass and pike.  Try worms or spoons.  
Charlevoix:  Boat anglers caught a couple lake trout about 150 feet down in 250 to 300 feet near the cement plant.  Undersize smallmouth bass and some rock bass were caught off the piers when fishing the channel.  Most are using crawlers or leeches.   
Traverse City:  Those targeting salmon were doing well along the south end of both the East and the West Bay.  They caught Chinook and a few coho.  Lake trout were caught around Deepwater Point and south of the M-37 launch in the East Bay.  A handful of smaller sized perch were caught south of Elk Rapids.  The Elk River continues to produce smallmouth bass, rock bass and freshwater drum.  
Boardman River:  Was still slow with only a couple smallmouth bass caught.  
Frankfort:  Boat anglers fishing the Herring Hole have landed a good number of Chinook salmon in the early morning but strong winds last weekend rolled the lake over and finding the thermocline is more difficult.  Anglers are landing fish in the harbor when trolling or jigging.  The fish are starting to turn dark and are staging so J-plugs, meat rigs and flies have been more popular.  Coho in Platte Bay and the surrounding area are hitting as well.  
Onekama:  Those trolling and working the top 40 to 60 feet in 120 to 150 feet and fishing the area around the Barrel have caught a few Chinook salmon.  Most fish were caught on plugs and meat rigs in the early morning.  
Portage Lake:  Still had some bluegills hitting in 18 to 25 feet.  
Manistee:  Surface water temperatures were near 72 degrees.  Chinook and coho salmon were still being caught in 70 to 150 feet.  A small number of steelhead and lake trout were also caught.  
Manistee Lake:  Chinook salmon are starting to trickle in.  The lake had a lot of fishing pressure for them but catch rates were slow.  Anglers had the most success at the beginning of the channel from Lake Michigan and directly in front of the DNR Stronach boat launch.   
Big Manistee River:  Tippy Dam to High Bridge has started producing a few walleye for those trolling crank baits in the deeper sections.  Chinook salmon are just starting to show up and a few were caught by those floating spawn.
Ludington:  Anglers were still taking a good number of Chinook and coho along with a small number of lake trout and steelhead when trolling in 70 to 150 feet.  
Pere Marquette Lake:   Those trolling are still picking up some Chinook salmon.  
Pentwater:  Had good salmon and steelhead fishing 30 to 100 feet down in 70 to 150 feet with plugs, paddles, flies and meat rigs.  
Pentwater Lake:  Those targeting smallmouth bass in the channel caught fish near the bottom with crawlers and leeches.  Bullheads were caught from Longbridge Road at night when using crawlers and perch minnows.   

Upper Peninsula

Lake Gogebic: Fishing slowed with the recent weather changes, but the better walleye fishing was for those trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits in deeper water or when bobber fishing with crawlers and leeches along the deeper weed beds.  Most of the perch were caught out deep and along the weed beds as well.  A decent number of pumpkinseed were caught in the weeds around Bergland Bay.  

Menominee River:  Still had a decent walleye bite.  Early morning and evenings were best when using both live bait and stick baits.
Little Bay De Noc:  Walleye were caught by those trolling crawler harnesses in and around 20 feet between the Second and Third Reefs but many were undersize.  Those fishing the southern bay caught fish on stick baits in eight to 17 feet between the “Fingers” and Round Island.  A few were still going as far south as Seagull Point and getting fair to good catches when trolling crawler harnesses or stick baits in 16 to 28 feet.  Smallmouth bass anglers were not getting a lot of fish but those caught were good size.  Try drop shots, crank baits, tube baits or spinners in eight to 20 feet near Hunters Point, Squaw Point, and near Round Island.  Perch fishing was spotty at the mouth of the Escanaba Yacht Harbor along the break and just south of the “Narrows” in 23 feet with minnows or crawlers.  Good pike fishing near Kipling when trolling crank baits, spoons or spinners in 10 feet.  Very slow salmon action for those trolling 40 to 105 feet down in 70 to 135 feet.  
Big Bay De Noc:  No walleye reports this week. There was some perch action in Garden Bay for those drifting crawlers in 10 to 12 feet but many were small.  Smallmouth bass anglers in Ogontz and the head of the Bay reported a lot of undersize fish.  The better catches of large fish were taken off Garden Bluff in 18 to 25 feet, Ansell’s Point in 12 to 20 feet and the Nahma Golf Course in 10 to 14 feet with minnows or artificial baits.  At Fairport, salmon anglers had little to report but the action should pick up this week with the cooler temperatures.  Most are still fishing the “Gap” when trolling spoons or artificial cut bait 65 to 100 feet down in 100 to 140 feet.  
Marquette:  Lake trout fishing was moderate when boat anglers could get out.  The better fishing was near the Sand Hole and the white rocks.  Shore anglers caught smallmouth bass near the mouth of the Dead River.     
Munising:  A few lake trout were caught in Trout Bay and near Wood Island.  Salmon action should pick up if the weather cooperates.  Try trolling in 40 to 60 feet in Trout Bay and off Miner’s Beach and look for baitfish.  The strong winds and rain brought cooler water temperatures to the shoreline areas which made fishing better especially near the Anna River pier.  Heavy weed cover makes casting more difficult so try surface lures.    
Grand Marais:  When they can get out, boat anglers reported good lake trout fishing near Big Reef and towards Au Sable Point.  Boat anglers should watch for floating debris after the rain and strong winds.  Water temperatures here will see a cool down this week.  Salmon fishing should start to pick up in the next week or so.  Look outside the harbor breakwall and east between the campground and Lonesome Point when trolling in 60 feet or less.   
Detour:  Anglers reported Atlantic and Chinook salmon moving upstream of the Detour Lighthouse.  Catches of small salmon were reported between the lighthouse and Fry Pan Island.  Chinook ranging six to eight pounds were caught 65 feet down in 80 feet on flashers and dodgers with black and raspberry colored spoons.  Pink salmon and lake trout were reported a couple miles south at 60 to 75 feet down in 90 feet with spin-glo’s.  
Cedarville and Hessel:  Yellow perch fishing was very slow throughout Cedarville Bay and Government Bay.  A few were eight to nine inches but most were undersize.  For panfish, try over the weed beds in six feet near Hill Island, Island #8 and just north of the Middle Entrance with small worms and shiners.  Pike action was very slow.  Trout and salmon fishing out of Hessel was a bit slower but those heading out did catch a mix of pink salmon, lake trout and a few splake along the east and west side of Goose Island.  Try three inch spoons 65 feet down in 80 feet.  Hot colors were orange, gold and green.  Pike were caught by those casting red and white spoons or still-fishing with chubs in the early morning.  Rock bass and sunfish were caught under the docks throughout the Les Cheneaux Islands.  For smallmouth, Duck Bay and just off Snows Channel were productive in the early morning when casting a gold willow blade spinner with a white or yellow skirt in six to eight feet.  
St. Ignace:  When they can get out, boat anglers found good numbers of lake trout, some pink and a few Chinook salmon.  Walleye fishing on the Pine River has slowed dramatically with only a few fish taken on a crawler harness.  Perch and pike were also caught.  Walleye fishing on the Carp River was better early or late.  No Chinook salmon in the river yet.  Boat anglers will need to pay close attention and watch for commercial nets off Nunn’s Creek and throughout St. Martin’s Bay.   

Iowa Weekly Fishing Report 8/25/2016

This 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.

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NORTHWEST

Arrowhead Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig and wax worm below a bobber near contours and structure in 5-10 feet of water. Fish up to 9.5 inches have been caught.
Black Hawk Lake
Water level is about 6 inches over the crest of the spillway. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is good in 2-5 feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with live bait, small piece of crawler or wax worms fished below a bobber. Walleye - Slow: Try the shore off Ice House Point, the dredge cut out from Denison Beach and the rock piles near Gunshot Hill and in the east basin of the lake. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Top water and weedless baits are picking up a few bass. Try also plastic worms near cover and drop offs. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass on Black Hawk Lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait, leeches and worms on the bottom. A recent netting survey showed that catfish are up to 23 inches and 5 pounds in Black Hawk Lake.
Brushy Creek Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up some bluegill in 10-15 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some largemouth bass have been picked up along weed lines, structure and drop-offs using topwater baits and plastic worms. Yellow Perch - Fair: Some perch are being picked up near structure in 10-15 feet of water.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
The dredge is in operation in the northeast portion of the lake. Boaters should use extreme caution in this area and must maintain a 100 foot distance from the dredge, booster pump and all dredge pipes at all times. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye - Fair: Most of the walleye action has been on crankbaits fished in the dredge cuts. A few have been picked up from shore with leeches and crankbaits. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish from shore using stink bait or cut bait fished off the bottom.

Water temperatures have dropped to the upper 70's. Catfish and bluegill fishing is fair to good. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.

Bluebill Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on chicken liver or worms fished on the bottom. Some nice bluegills are mixed in as well. Bluegill – Good.
Beeds Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Recent surveys have produced some nice sized largemouth near submerged trees on Beeds lake shorelines.
Clear Lake
Yellow Bass - Good: Action has been fair to good this past week. HyVee and Fisherman’s reefs have been the more consistent locations to find schools of yellows. Lots of 8-9 inch fish. On the little lake, the hump out from the MacIntosh Swim beach has been producing good catches of yellows. Walleye - Fair: An occasional keeper walleye is being caught with the yellow bass fisherman. Dock fishing before sunrise in the early morning can be good for walleyes with minnows and bobbers. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers fishing on the bottom need to fish deeper than 8 feet in most locations to avoid the submergent weeds. Or fish with bobbers in close to a weed edge or shoreline with a piece of cut bait or live bait. Black Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being near the HyVee reef or in tight to docks in early morning. Largemouth Bass - Good: Small to a few keeper size (15 inch) bass have been caught near the south Ventura jetty with artificials or bobbers and minnows.
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake
Little fishing activity has been observed on the lake.
Center Lake
Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught from the pier; persistence will reward the angler with good numbers of quality sized fish.
East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass - Good: Good action early morning and evening hours; fish bridge sites and public docks on the north end. Fish are also being caught on the south end of the lake; look for rock piles in 15 - 20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Good: Cast mini jigs tipped with wigglers and swim the bait slowly back to the public docks on the north end. 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.
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 at712-336-1840.

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. For more information on water levels, please go to the U.S. Geological Survey website.
Decorah District StreamsTrout streams in Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties are not fishable as of 8/24/2016. Streams with better water quality will clear faster. Access to many streams are limited due to increased flows, poor road conditions and bridge outages. Stocking has been temporarily suspended until conditions improve at Big Spring and Decorah hatcheries. Brown Trout – Slow.
Lake Hendricks
The lower campground and boat ramp are closed at least through the weekend. Elevated water levels from Watson's Creek and the lake have impacted the road. For more information on this campground or any other in Howard County, please call the Howard County Conservation Board Office at 563-547-3634 or visit their website
Lake MeyerThe boat ramp and road to the dam are closed at least through the weekend. Water levels in the lake were over 8 feet high and water went over the emergency spillway. For more information on this campground or any other in Winneshiek County, please call the Winneshiek County Conservation Board Office at 563-534-7145 or visit their website.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)Water levels remain above flood stage and clarity is bad. Use of watercraft of any sort is not recommended at this time. Many access points and campgrounds are flooded. Please call the local city or county conservation board offices for more information.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)Water levels are approaching flood stage and clarity is bad. Use of watercraft of any sort is not recommended at this time. Many access points and campgrounds are flooded. Please call the local city or county conservation board offices for more information.
Volga Lake
Volga Lake has a green algae bloom. Anglers drifting over rock or brush piles will find fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair. Bluegill – Slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink baits, chicken liver and crawlers. Volga Lake has a very nice population of catfish awaiting the patient angler.
Thunderstorms Tuesday night (8/23/2016) caused major flooding in the northeast corner of Chickasaw County and all of Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to as much as 8 inches. Rivers and streams in these counties are not fishable nor accessible. Another round of showers is forecast for the weekend. For fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level 11 feet at Lansing is and is expected to fall slowly less than a foot over the next week. New Albin army road is closed and probably will remain closed all of next week. Water temperature is 79 degrees. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - Good: Try stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with changing water levels but should pick up as more normal water levels return. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. Yellow Perch - Fair: 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 18.9 feet at Lynxville and is expected to fall slowly almost a foot over the next week. Lock and dam gates at Lynxville have been raised. Water temperature is 80 degrees. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - Good: Try stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels, some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. Yellow Perch - Fair: 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 has reached 10 feet at Lock and Dam 11 at Guttenberg and is expected to fall slowly almost a foot over the next week. The roller dams and Guttenberg have been raised and probably will remain raised all of next week. Water temperature is 80 degrees. Freshwater Drum - Excellent:  Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - Good: Try stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels, some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch are hanging along weed lines in the back waters and slow moving side channels.
Water levels have risen quickly over the last week, but are expected to begin falling slowly over the next week. The high water brought a lot of vegetation out into flowing water hampering boating and fishing. Water temperatures are near 80 degrees.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water level is near 9.9 feet at Dubuque tailwater and near 12 feet at the RR bridge. These levels are up a foot from last week and water levels are expected to raise several feet due to recent rains in northeast Iowa. Tributaries such as Catfish Creek are very turbid after nearly every rain. Water temperature in the main channel is hovering near 76 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing the vegetation lines or in pockets of large coontail and milfoil weed beds. Frog imitation lures can work great this time of year. Find clear water. Some smaller bass are being caught in the tailwaters in places such as O’Leary’s Lake. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of freshwater drum can be caught. Cut out all the red meat when cleaning them and they are a fine eating fish. If you plan on eating drum throw them immediately on ice after catching them and try to avoid freezing them. Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite continues to be excellent in side channels around snags or rock structures. Move often if they do not bite.  Some anglers are reporting a slower bite lately on the channel cats. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are showing up in areas of low flow. They are running small this year. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: 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: Expect good fishing for crappies to return this fall.
Mississippi River Pool 13
Water level is expected to be near 11 feet at Bellevue which is up from last week. The water temperature is around 77 degrees. Expect water to raise several feet this week due to recent rains in northeast Iowa. Tributaries get turbid after each rain event. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are constantly moving from side channels to wing dams due to the water current changes.  Levels are a bit too high for good wing dam fishing. 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 - Excellent: Loads of freshwater drum are being caught, many from bank anglers. Use large crayfish to catch really large drum. Channel Catfish - Good: Most anglers are using stink bait in flowing sloughs, especially above log jams or along rock piles. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: 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 - Good: Lots of 11 inch crappie have been seen in side channel sloughs.  Crappies can be found in brush piles during high water situations. 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 10 feet at Fulton, 12.9 feet at Camanche and 7.4 feet at Le Claire. Water is forecasted to raise several feet all week. The water temperature is near 78 degrees. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on. Simple sliding sinker and worms fished in current work best. Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite is very good. Most anglers are using stink bait. The Rock Creek area is a good place to find channel cats. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes were biting during the lower current levels; it remains to be seen if anglers can still find them once water recedes. A few real hog walleyes have been reported from Pool 14 this year. 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 10.4 feet at Rock Island, which up significantly from last week. Expect water levels to raise all week. Water temperature is around 78 degrees in the main channel. Pigeon Creek and Crow Creek are turbid after nearly every rain. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: 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 - Good: Rising water levels usually trigger what has already been a good catfish bite.  A variety of stink bait are being used. Move often if the fish do not bite in 15 minutes. Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective catching nice flathead catfish this time of year.
Water temperatures have fallen to the upper 70s throughout the district. Water levels are predicted to rise several feet due to recent rains. River clarity is fair in most locations. 

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage is 10.71 feet and rising at Lock and Dam 15. The river is forecasted to reach 13.6 feet by August 29th. Flood stage is 15 feet. The forecast may change. Fishing has been slow due to the high and muddy water conditions.
Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage is 9.61 feet and rising at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine. River stage at Muscatine is 11.41 feet and rising. River stage at Muscatine is forecasted to reach 14.62 feet by August 30th. Flood stage is 16 feet at Muscatine. The forecast may change. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions.
Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage is 11.35 feet and rising at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston. River stage is forecasted to reach 14 feet by August 30th. Flood stage is 15 feet. The river forecast may change. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week. The Toolsboro ramp is currently open as of Thursday morning, but will most likely be closed soon due to the rising water levels.
Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 7.40 feet and rising at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington. River stage is forecasted to reach 9.8 feet by August 30th. Flood stage is 10 feet. The forecast may change. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week.
River stage has been on the rise with the recent heavy rains. Main channel water temperature is around 77 degrees. Water clarity is poor. We have not received many fishing reports this week due to the high and muddy water conditions. Some boat ramps may close as the water continues to rise. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another waterbody. If you have questions on fishing pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Big Hollow Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching some pretty nice catfish. Start with chicken liver or a stink bait around the rocky shorelines and go from there. Bluegill - Fair: Not a lot of anglers are out, but they have been catching bluegills. Look for them to be down about 6 feet out in the flooded timber.
Lake Belva Deer
The upper (west) end of the lake is pretty turbid. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing remains good. Look for catfish along the face of the dam and at the upper end along the rocky shorelines. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has slowed with the rains. They should still be out in the deeper water down about 6 to 8 feet.
Lake Darling
Water temperature remains at 80 degrees. The water clarity is down to about a foot because of the wet weather. Most of the smaller ponds in the park are very muddy. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are still doing fairly well on bluegills. Work the rock piles out in 6 to 8 foot of water.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river level is headed back up. It is forecasted to crest at just shy of bank full on Saturday.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river remains about 2/3 bank full. It's trying to slowly drop, but every time it starts down it rains again. Channel Catfish - Fair: Not many anglers have been out lately due to the hot weather and fairly fast current.
For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at319-694-2430.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level on 8/25 is at summer pool of 683.4'. The water is dirty and no fishing reports are available.
Hannen LakeThere 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 - Good: Anglers in boats are having success.
Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
Channel Catfish – Excellent. Largemouth Bass - Good: Evenings are best...after 5pm; fish in 12-15 feet of water.
Kent Park Lake
Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.
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Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is close to being down 15 feet for the upcoming restoration project. Some anglers are still using the make-shift ramp at the main ramp, but only four wheel drive vehicles should be used with caution. Some equipment has been moved in and dirt work has begun. 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.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Bob White Lake
A complete fisheries renovation was completed in September of 2015. Fingerlings were stocked last fall. Fishing will continue to improve as the fish grow.
Hawthorn Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching quite a few largemouth. Use rubber worms or crawdad imitations along the face of the dam and areas that are rip-rapped. Black Bullhead - Good: Use nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Most of the action has been on the upper end of the lake east of the gravel road. Bluegill - Fair: Sorting has been needed for larger fish with most fish running about 7 inches. Use small jigs or a bobber fished above a chunk of nightcrawler.
Lake Keomah
Bluegill - Fair: Use a chunk of nightcrawler under a bobber in areas with submerged structure and around the fishing jetties. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are still catching largemouth bass. Target areas along the dam and around the jetties using crawdad imitations or rubber worms.
Lake Sugema
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some largemouth bass using topwater lures in the mornings. Try a jig and pig combo around the fishing jetties or along the face of the dam. Lake Sugema has a slot limit so all largemouth bass 12-18 inches must be immediately released. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are still catching a few bluegills. Try a chunk of nightcrawler under a bobber around any aquatic vegetation. Walleye - Slow: As the water starts to cool, drift nightcrawlers along the face of the dam.
Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 905.29. The current surface water temperature is in the upper 70's. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Walleye - Slow: Fishing remains slow but anglers are still catching walleye, just not as many at each spot. Use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad and target submerged points and rock piles. Troll or drift crankbaits and crawler harnesses in these areas. White Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits that resemble gizzard shad. Rathbun also contains hybrid striped bass (wipers); use the same techniques used for white bass. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try nightcrawlers or cut bait. With the recent rains, target areas where water is flowing into the lake.
Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching bluegills using nightcrawlers fished under a bobber. Target areas around the jetties and along the shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinner baits along the face of the dam and around the fishing jetties. Crawdad imitations such as a jig and pig can also be good in these areas. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use nightcrawlers or liver fished in 6-8 feet of water.
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: Walleyes are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 5-15 feet of water. Focus 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. White Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching white bass near schools of shad. Use your depth finder to locate the shad and look for larger fish surrounding the school. Try jigging spoons or crankbaits.
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink baits above tree falls and along deep cut banks. The Highway 30 boat ramp is currently the only ramp too shallow to launch boats.
Don Williams Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: The summer crappie bite is fair to good at Don Williams. Most fish are 8.5-9.5 inches. Slowly troll or drift 1/8 ounce jigs tipped with minnows or small white or chartreuse twister tails in 15-20 feet of water in the upper half of the lake. Crappie are suspended from 5 to 10 feet down.
Hickory Grove LakeBlack Crappie - Fair: A fair to good 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. Some bluegills can be found 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. Start by trolling 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.
Saylorville Reservoir
White Bass - Fair: The white bass bite is hit or miss. The best chances will be on the hot days. Cast or troll spoons, lipless crankbaits or square bill crankbaits. Color patterns containing chrome or chartreuse work best. Try the stretch from Sandpiper Beach to the marina bay. Channel Catfish - Good: Drift cut creek chubs above the mile long bridge.
Catfishing is good on Central Iowa rivers. White bass fishing on the reservoirs is fair to good. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at515-432-2823.

Cold Springs LakeAnglers are catching big channel catfish at Cold Springs. The lake has an 18 inch length limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish - Good: 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.
Greenfield LakeGreenfield Lake has a good panfish population. Bluegills and crappies can be caught drifting. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches are being caught 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 - Good: Catfish are actively feeding. Cast cut bait or shrimp to catch fish averaging 2 pounds.
Lake AnitaAnglers are catching bluegills and crappies drifting on the main lake. Bass fishing is also good at this time. Bluegill - Fair: Drift small black jigs tipped with power bait. Fish are 9 inches. Black Crappie - Good: Black crappie can be caught over the road beds 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 ManawaAnglers are catching large catfish on the south and west side of the lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching large catfish on dip bait.
Prairie Rose LakeAnglers are catching bluegills around underwater reefs and vegetation edges. Prairie Rose water clarity is good. Bluegill - Fair: Drift or slow troll around the underwater reefs to catch bluegill up to nine inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch 14 to 16 inch channel catfish around the jetties on nightcrawlers.
Viking LakeLargemouth bass fishing is good at Viking. Crappies can be caught around the underwater reefs and in brush piles. Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish plastics in tree piles to catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish on wind swept points using cut bait. Fish will average 2 pounds. Black Crappie - Fair: Cast 1/32nd ounce jigs tipped with power bait around the many tree piles in the lake. Fish will average 9 inches.
Water temperatures have dropped to the mid to upper 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.

Green Valley LakeLargemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches have been caught using soft plastics or spinner baits fished near cedar tree brush piles and rock piles. Try also topwater lures fished in the early morning. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught with nightcrawlers fished under a bobber along the fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using liver or cut bait fished along the fishing jetties.
Lake IcariaChannel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using nightcrawlers fished along rocky shoreline areas. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught with nightcrawlers fished under a bobber along the fishing jetties and along other rocky shoreline areas. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Wipers up to 12 inches have been caught using nightcrawlers fished under a bobber along rocky shoreline areas.
Lake of Three FiresBluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using nightcrawlers fished near the fish mounds.
Little River Watershed LakeBluegill - Good: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught with nightcrawlers fished near cedar tree brush piles and along the fishing jetties.
Three Mile LakeDewatering is planned to begin August 29th for the fish renovation planned for the third week in September. Expect limited access to boat ramps due to the low water. Boaters should use extreme caution for potential hazards such as tree stumps, cedar tree brush piles or underwater reefs that may be at or near the water's surface. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 7 inches have been caught with nightcrawlers fished along flooded timber.
Twelve Mile Creek LakeBluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 9 inches have been caught using nightcrawlers fished along cedar tree brush piles. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth bass up to 20 inches have been caught with soft plastics fished near cedar tree brush piles or rock piles.
Water temperature in Mount Ayr district lakes is in the upper 70's to low 80's. For more information, please contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.

MISSOURI RIVER

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Flathead Catfish - Good: Try live chubs and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark.
Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Good: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Flathead Catfish - Good: Use live chubs and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark. Blue Catfish - Good: Try live chubs and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark.
Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or worms fished on the bottom. Blue Catfish - Fair: Use live chubs and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Try live chubs and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark.
The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 20.45 ft. /27,900 cfs./ 74 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri rose .07 feet from last week. The Missouri River levels and water conditions are looking good to get out and fish.  The water temperature has cooled down 6 degrees Fahrenheit from last week.