Friday, July 17, 2015

Iowa Fishing Report

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have had some luck using traditional catfish baits (e.g., dip baits, cut bait, chicken liver). Bluegill - Fair: Some keeper bluegills are being picked up near the dam. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching largemouth bass off spinners and crawlers; some are above the 15 inch minimum length limit.



Brushy Creek Lake

Surface water temperatures are 78-81 degrees. Walleye - Fair: Successful anglers are fishing with leeches in about 15-20 feet of water. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are being caught on wax worms and leeches in about 10-15 feet of water. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being picked up in 10 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some largemouth bass are being picked up.



Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye trolling crankbaits and fishing leeches in the dredge cuts. Those fishing in 10-12 feet of water are having the best luck. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver; some have been picked up with leeches. White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.



Swan Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Expect to catch 7-8 inch bluegills beyond the emergent vegetation with a wax worm or piece of crawler on a small jig set about 2 feet under a bobber.



Black Hawk Lake

Lake level is 10 inches above crest. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught along weed lines in Town Bay, Ice House Point, and at the inlet fish barrier. Keeper size bluegills have also been picked up with leeches fished out deeper. Walleye - Fair: 14-17 inch walleye have been picked up using leeches fished near rock piles. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching largemouth bass using spinners, crawlers, or minnows and jigs. Most fish are below the 15 inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have been picked up with leeches. Fish the rock piles offshore of Shotgun Hill and mid-lake straight north of Cottonwood Point.



Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)

Channel Catfish - Fair: Some catfish are being picked up using dip baits and crawlers.



Little Sioux Park Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Keeper size bluegill have been caught from shore. Fish with a crawler or wax worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching largemouth bass, but most are under the 15 inch minimum length limit for bass.



For more information on the Black Hawk District, call 712-657-2638.



Beeds Lake

Crappie - Good: Anglers have had success this week drift fishing or slow trolling with a light tube jig. Crappies (7-9 inch) are suspended in about 6-8 feet of water.



Upper Pine Lake

Crappie - Good: Fish with small crank baits at/or around 8-10 feet of water.



Lake Smith

Bluegill – Good. Largemouth Bass – Good.



Clear Lake

Walleye - Fair: A few anglers have reported good success on docks in the early morning. Anglers fishing docks should fish right under and in the shade of the docks for fish using docks for cover. Some keeper size walleyes have been caught in open water pockets of the reed beds. Muskellunge – Good. Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers fishing the main lake reefs, particularly the state artificial reef, having been doing well. Larger sized ones are being caught (8-8.5 inches). Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers have been catching a few largemouths with plastic worms near the edges of vegetation in the little lake. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have pulled some crappies off of the hauled out state rock reef. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish have been caught at dark or early morning on the little lake.



Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)

Smallmouth Bass - Good: The Iowa River at Steamboat Rock is producing a few very nice Small Mouth Bass.



For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.



Lake Pahoja

Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.



Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be found near weed choked areas as they are protecting their fry. Fish are being caught in trickles using top water frogs. Anglers are also catching bass on boat hoists along the north banks in the deeper water. Try crankbaits or swimbaits to pull these bass out from under the hoists. Walleye - Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 5:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Try fishing jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are reporting a perch bite in 20 feet of water off cottonwood point. Successful anglers are using small jigs tipped with wigglers, red worms, or wax worms. These fish aren’t relating to any cover or weed lines. Black Bullhead - Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits. These fish are 12-14 inches. The most successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike - Good: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.



Center Lake

Bluegill - Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank. Fish were being harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with a nightcrawler. Crappie - Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east side of Center lake. Anglers are using jigs tipped with wax worms.



East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass - Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch - Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye - Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree Point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8 inch bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs under docks tipped with wax worms.



Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching limits of walleye on Silver Lake in Lake Park. Many anglers are catching limits using leeches, crankbaits while trolling, or slip bobbers with minnows. Anglers are catching these fish throughout the water body. Yellow Perch - Fair: While setting hoop nets yellow perch were seen in the 10+ inch range in the west end of Silver Lake. Higher numbers of 8-9 inch perch have been seen in nets in the north bay. Channel Catfish - Fair: While setting hoop nets there were over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish caught. These fish were found along the west shore of the south bay.



West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be found under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Fish these spots with football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouths have moved off beds and are headed towards the rocky drop offs. Areas to fish should include rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, and Gull Point. Fish with jerk baits, football jigs, swimbaits. Walleye - Fair: A number of interviewed anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes. Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and as they come up the point they are picking up these walleyes. Yellow Bass - Good: In Smiths bay just north of the amusement park anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass. Anglers using orange twister tails or plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch - Fair: Quality perch (8-10 inch) can be found in the shallows where substrate is exposed. Fish with wigglers and a small jig at Breezy point, Pillsbury, or Fort Dodge.



Five Island Lake

Walleye - Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching 14-1 7inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.



Lost Island Lake

Yellow Bass - Good: Large yellow bass can be caught at the outlet of little lake. These fish are being seen and caught under the overhang of the outlet structure. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. Black Bullhead - Excellent: A very large number of bullheads are being seen while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island. These large numbers of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge.



NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Panfish activity is slowing for the season but this is a great time to try catching catfish. Volga Lake is one of the best catfish lakes around.  Bluegill - Slow: Use a small piece of worm near brush piles along the dam and other rocky shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Fish over brush piles or rock reefs. Crappie - Slow: Drift along open water using a small tube jig. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish stink bait or worms off the bottom near submersed logs or along a rocky shore.



Lake Hendricks

Lake Hendricks has a lot of great shoreline access. Fishing for catfish is great on a hot summer day. Put your lawn chair under a shade tree. Bait your hook with a piece of worm or stink bait and wait for the pole to bend. Stay hydrated while you're waiting. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills can be found spread out along the weed beds. Use a hook tipped with a small piece of night crawler fished under a bobber. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish have been active about mid-day around the jetties and rock reefs. Stink baits and night crawlers are working for finicky catfish. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass can be found along the weed edges and around the rock reefs. A jig tipped with a twister or worm will get some attention.



Lake Meyer

As of 7/16, water levels continue to be about 8-9 feet below normal. The boat ramp is unusable and will remain so until water levels are allowed to return to normal. Mud flats and past habitat locations are becoming exposed. Water levels will remain low throughout the construction period. Construction should be completed by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal. Bluegill - Slow: Anglers willing to brave the rocks to get to water can find bluegills. A hook tipped with a small piece of night crawler under a bobber has been successful. Largemouth Bass - No Report. Channel Catfish - Fair: Very little angling is being attempted due to low water levels but fish can still be caught.



Split Rock Lake

Split Rock Lake experienced a complete fish kill in 2014. It was stocked with 7000 inch bluegill in the fall of 2014 and 700 two inch channel catfish and 490 two inch largemouth bass this spring. Bluegill - No Report.



Ringneck Haven

Ringneck Haven had a partial winterkill in 2014 and is now overpopulated with green sunfish. The Iowa DNR is currently in the process of rebuilding the fishery. This spring it was stocked with 200 fingerling northern pike, 400 two inch channel catfish, 280 two inch largemouth bass, 5,000 inch long yellow perch, and 100 eight to ten inch largemouth. Anglers are being asked to release any bass, pike, perch, and catfish if caught until the sunfish population is under control. Green sunfish – Fair.



Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

Water levels have stabilized and visibility has greatly improved. Flows are up after recent rainfall so be mindful of new strainers, such as log jams, tree falls, and other obstructions. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails. Crankbaits imitating crawdads should turn a smallie head.



Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Be mindful of new snags, log jams, and other strainers when paddling in water with increased flows. Visibility is excellent. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Successful anglers are using a jig tipped with a dark twister tail with a flash of color or crankbait. Cast around log jams and other woody structure. Channel Catfish - Good: A jig tipped with a crawler or stink bait has been successful. Walleye - Fair: Successful anglers are using a jig with dark twister tails or leaches. Try running your jig just out from an undercut bank.



Turkey River (below Clermont)

New snags, log jams, submersed logs and other debris may be observed. Use care when paddling around obstructions. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's this week. Water clarity is excellent. Smallmouth Bass - Good: A jig tipped with a twister tail fished along seams and eddies will bring success.



Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water levels have stabilized with improved clarity. Don't let hot summer days keep you from fishing. Find a spot to dip your toes in the water and wet your line.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Successful anglers are using chubs, cut bait, and chicken liver fished on the bottom even in turbid water. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a twister tail or nightcrawler fished in eddies below the dams and off current areas.



Decorah District Streams

Trout streams are really looking good. Anglers should avoid touching the wild parsnip (yellow lacey flower) found along many of our streams. It reacts with sunlight and can cause the skin to blister. Spin fishers using common garden hackle fished under a bobber will catch trout. Look for more frequent Tricorythodes and Ephoron (mayfly species) hatches through July. Ants, beetles and grasshoppers will become more prevalent as summer progresses. Brown Trout - Good: Off color or slightly turbid water is a great time to catch brown trout. Use a flashy spinner to antagonize finicky browns. Rainbow Trout - Good: Only three coldwater streams in Iowa have limited natural reproduction of rainbow trout. Brook Trout - Good: There are seven coldwater streams in Northeast Iowa that have consistent Brook trout natural reproduction.



Thunderstorms are possible over the weekend as temperatures climb into the low 90's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. Now is a great time to try paddle sports, but don't forget your life vest. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.



Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish in Casey Lake located within Hickory Hills County Park. Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits, spinner baits and plastics have been good for largemouth bass. Bluegill - Good: Fish brush piles near the jetties and just off shore of the dam in 3-4 feet of water. Use a small piece of worm under a slip bobber or a light 1/64 oz. jig. Channel Catfish - Good: Stink baits, cut baits and chicken livers have been good fished on the bottom during all periods of the day.



George Wyth Lake

Anglers are reporting catches of bluegill and crappie with some selectivity required as some are small. Bluegill - Fair: Fish structure or near weed beds using a small piece of worm under a slip bobber or a light 1/64 oz. jig. Crappie - Fair: Drift a crappie minnow under a slip bobber near the edges of the weed beds.



Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River continues to fall and water clarity improves daily. There have been good reports of anglers taking walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish from the river in both Bremer and Black Hawk counties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink baits, dead chubs and chicken livers fished on the bottom are producing the best results. Walleye - Good: Jig and crawler is a deadly combo this time of year for walleye. Concentrate on lower ends of riffle areas and drop offs near the lower ends of sandbars. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Spinner and crank baits are excellent mid-summer choices for smallmouth bass. Jig and plastic twister tipped with a crawler is also an excellent choice. Northern Pike - Fair: Large bucktail spinner baits or live chubs under a bobber has been productive for pike.



Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

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



Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

Anglers are catching smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the Wapsipinicon River. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Spinner and crankbaits are excellent mid-summer choices for smallmouth bass. Jig and plastic twister tipped with a crawler is also an excellent choice. Northern Pike - Fair: Large bucktail spinner baits or live chubs under a bobber has been productive for pike. Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink baits, dead chubs and chicken livers fished on the bottom are producing the best results.



Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

Fishing has been good on the Maquoketa River for walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Walleye - Good: Cast and retrieve upstream a jig tipped with a half a night crawler slowly bouncing it off of the bottom of the river. Crankbaits work well this time of year. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Jig and crawler or crankbaits casted near rocky shorelines or tail ends of riffles can be deadly for smallmouth bass. Channel Catfish - Good: Stink baits, dead chubs and chicken livers fished on the bottom are producing the best results.



All interior river levels continue to fall with both improved water clarity and angling. Black Hawk County lakes have slowed on panfish angling as we approach the mid-summer heat. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276.



SOUTHEAST

Lost Grove Lake

Lost Grove Lake has an 18 inch minimum size limit for bass. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has picked up but is still slow. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for the bass to be near the causeway where the upper end of the lake comes through the culvert.



Lake Odessa

The water has dropped another foot this week. The Toolesboro road was reopened yesterday (7/15).



Lake Geode

The lake is still muddy from last week's rain and they got about 3-4 hours of hard rain this morning (7/16). Very little fishing pressure.



Lake Belva Deer

Bluegill - Good: Look for the bluegills to be out in deeper water, 10 to 12 feet with the heat. You might find them in a little shallower just as the sun rises but then they will head deep.



Lake Darling

The lake has recovered for the most part from last week's rains although it remains about 6 inches higher than normal.  Bluegill - Fair: The hot, muggy weather has kept the angler numbers down. Look for the bluegills to be around deeper water habitat.



Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The Skunk has dropped about a foot in the last few days. But it's raining today. Still pretty fast and muddy.



Big Hollow Lake

The duckweed has thinned out some but there is still plenty of it left on the lake. Bluegill - Good: Not a lot of anglers out this week but the ones that have been out are finding bluegills in about 10 to 12 foot of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching bass in deeper water. Look for them near the drop offs in the flooded timber.



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



Hannen Lake

Largemouth Bass – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair.



Iowa Lake

Bluegill – Slow. Crappie – Slow. Channel Catfish – Good. Largemouth Bass – Fair.



Lake Macbride

The 9.9 horsepower maximum rule is in effect. These motors must also observe the 5 mph speed limit. Walleye - Fair: Trolling spinner rigs or crankbaits in 8-12 feet of water has been catching some fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Crawlers have been producing some fish, especially towards evening.



Pleasant Creek Lake

White Bass - Fair: Evenings have been the best for action. Walleye - Fair: Most fish have been caught on live bait and are smaller. Bluegill - Fair: Small leeches work best.



Diamond Lake

No minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Fair: Small jigs or worms fished around the jetties and brush is working. Many fish are 7-9 inches. Channel Catfish - Good: Night crawlers, chicken livers, and stink bait work well. Crappie - Fair: Fish jigs around deeper brush or drift the basin. Some nicer 9-11 inch fish are being caught.



Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Fish towards evening with cut bait for best results. Bluegill - Good: Fish around jetties with small worms or jigs. Yellow Bass - Fair: Spinners or worms are producing fish.



Union Grove Lake

The lake valve has been opened and the lake is about 5 feet low. There are relaxed fishing regulations; no length or bag limits for any species at this lake.



Coralville Reservoir

The lake level is 696.7 feet (normal summer pool is 683 feet) and falling. The ramps at Macbride, Mehaffey, and West Overlook are still usable. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Fish around rock with crawlers. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish are being caught around flooded vegetation in the bays. Common Carp - Good: Bow fishermen are taking advantage of the high water and flooded vegetation. They are also getting some buffalo and grass carp in areas.



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



Lake Wapello

Largemouth Bass - Good: Spinner baits can be productive when fished along the shorelines and around the rock jetties. Top water lures can be productive this time of year when fished in the mornings and evenings. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching bluegill along the shorelines. Tip small jigs with a chunk of night crawler. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait or night crawlers around the fishing jetties.



Red Haw Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs or a chunk of night crawler fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use rubber worms or crankbaits along the shoreline with structure. Fishing jetties and along the dam are also good areas. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish using night crawlers and cut bait.



Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

Hawthorn Lake has a slot length limit for largemouth bass and all 12 to 16 inch bass must be immediately released. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits or crankbaits along areas with rock. Rubber worms should also be good this time of year. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs or chunks of night crawler fished under a bobber. Some sorting may be required for larger fish.



Lake Keomah

Lake Keomah State Park is undergoing a road construction project; access to the park is limited. The boat ramps are still accessible by using the entrance to the north and east of the park.



Lake Miami

Lake Miami is now full. New jetties and cedar tree piles were installed during a lake renovation project. Anglers have reported catching largemouth bass and a few bluegills. Channel catfish have also been stocked.



Lake Sugema

Lake Sugema has a 12-18 inch protected slot length limit for largemouth bass. Anglers are encouraged to harvest largemouth bass less than 12 inches in length to improve overall largemouth bass growth. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish spinner baits or crankbaits along rip-rapped shorelines and around fishing jetties. Rubber worms can also be a good choice along the shorelines and around any type of structure. Walleye - Slow: Use jig and minnow combos along the face of the dam. Try different depths until finding active fish. Bluegill - Fair: Fish small jigs along the shoreline and underwater structure in 2-6 feet of water. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish along the fishing jetties using night crawlers or cubit.



Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 916.48. The water temperature is 75 degrees. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry boats before transporting to another water body. Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in the sun).  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappies using small jigs. Anglers are also having some luck fishing around docks using minnows. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try areas where water is flowing into the lake. Use cut bait or chicken liver. Walleye - Slow: Drift or troll live bait along submerged points and rock piles.



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.



MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level is at 9.1 feet at Lansing and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many bass are in post spawn and beginning to scatter. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are starting to bite on stink baits fished in deeper side channel holes. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are spawning. Fish the post spawn using crawlers fished off sandbar areas. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike to be hanging out in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. Flathead Catfish - No Report.



Mississippi River Pool 10

River level is 16.1 feet at Lynxville and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. Walleye - Fair: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many bass are in post spawn and beginning to scatter. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are starting to bite on stink baits fished in deeper side channel holes. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are spawning. Fish the post spawn using crawlers fished off sandbar areas. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike to be hanging out in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. Flathead Catfish - No Report.



Mississippi River Pool 11

River level is 7.5 feet at Guttenberg and expected to fall slowly over the next week. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many bass are in post spawn and beginning to scatter. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are starting to bite on stink baits fished in deeper side channel holes. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are spawning. Fish the post spawn using crawlers fished off sandbar areas. White Bass - No Report. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike to be hanging out in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. Flathead Catfish - No Report.



Upper Mississippi River levels are falling slowly and approaching normal summer levels. Look for fish seeking deeper holes as water temperatures are raising. Water temperature is in the upper 70's.



Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level is near 7.3 feet at Dubuque Lock and Dam and 9.7 feet at the Dubuque RR bridge, both up from last week. The water temperature in the main channel is unseasonably cool at 76 degrees.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is generally good but you have to find clearer water.  Frog imitations in the weeds have been somewhat effective. Walleye - Fair: Some nice walleyes are occasionally reported to us. Anglers that target this pool often are successful off the wing dams and rock lines. Bluegill - Fair: Some fish can be found in the back ends of marinas and backwaters snags but water level is just slightly high for good angling along the main sloughs. Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is nearly over; fish stink bait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Channel and flathead catfish are being caught by trot lines and pole anglers using worms. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass are being caught along the rock lines by people using spinners or floating worms. Northern Pike - Good: Lots of reports of pike, especially by folks fishing for bass.  The last few seasons the pike spawns have been fantastic and the fishery for pike is responding. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum. Bait with crayfish or worms.



Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level is around 8.2 feet at Bellevue and may rise a bit more. The main channel temperature is at 75 degrees. Tributary streams like the Maquoketa River are quite turbid. Avoid downstream areas of our major tributaries if fishing bass or sight feeding fish. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for clearer water especially in weed beds to catch bass.  The largemouths reported to us have been quite sizable. The high water has made places like Spring Lake, Savanna Bay and Browns Lake quite accessible. Some nice fish are being taken in the tailwaters. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines by anglers using small spinners or crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Wing dams are accessible for walleye anglers using three ways but probably a bit too high for most people’s tastes. Bluegill - Fair: Some nice bluegills are being reported in the big backwater areas like Savannah Bay and Spring Lake but the bit has slowed considerably. Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is nearly over; fish stinkbait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some eating sized flatheads are being caught in the tailwaters by anglers using worm rigs.  Some larger fish are being taken on trot lines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum. Bait with crayfish or worms. Northern Pike - Good: Strong northern pike populations are evident throughout Pool 13 as many pike were caught this week.  Most came off of flashy spinners and crankbaits but some were caught off worms by bluegill anglers.



Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level is 7.2 feet at Fulton, 10.9 feet at Camanche, and 5.5 feet above the dam at LeClaire. All water levels are up slightly. The water temperature in the main channel is unseasonably cool at 76 degrees.   Largemouth Bass - Good: Good populations of bass exist in Pool 14. Some bass may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters.  Anglers are using frog imitations in the weed lines for best results. Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is nearly over; fish stinkbait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels.  Move often if not catching channel catfish. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are being caught in the backwater areas on worm rigs.  Muddy water has taken its toll on the bluegill bite.  Expect good fishing to resume once the water clears. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flathead catfish are being caught by people mostly fishing other species such as bass. Flatheads are live fish eating catfish and will readily hit on flashy lures. Northern Pike - Good: Pike were caught this week in good numbers in Pool 14.  Most people who catch pike are generally bass fishing throwing white spinners or crankbaits. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum can be caught easily in areas of modest current in 6 to 10 feet of water.  Boat ramp areas often have good access to freshwater drum fishing. Simple egg sinker and worm rigs work best.



Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level is 8.3 feet at Rock Island. The water temperature is around 76 degrees.  Eagles Landing and Leach park are two nice areas to put in and enjoy fishing on Pool 15.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Launch at Eagles Landing in Bettendorf and fish near smaller tributary mouths above and below the park.  Use worms or stink bait but move often if you are not having success. Catfish will bite within the first 15 minutes or so.  If you do not catch any in that amount of time, then move on. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads were caught mixed in with the channel catfish by anglers using worms or live bait. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year.  A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker will prove best.



A few rains passed north of the district and as a result the water levels in Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 will again go up in the district.



Mississippi River Pool 16

Tailwater stage is 8.18 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport and has been rising slightly the past few days. Water clarity is fair to good but may muddy some with rain in the forecast. The docks at the Fairport Recreational Area have been taken out. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in the flowing side channels around brush piles and snags. Fish above the brush piles with night crawlers, stink bait, or cut bait. Look for channel catfish along rocky shorelines. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught trolling along Credit Island and Enchanted Island. Some walleyes are also being caught trolling deep diving crankbaits or pulling three-way rigs with crawlers or minnows in Sylvan Slough. White Bass - No Report: Look for white bass along rocky shorelines with current. Cast crankbaits, jigs with twister tail, or in-line spinners. Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills in the backwaters around brush piles. Float pieces of worm under a bobber. Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina.



Mississippi River Pool 17

Tailwater stage is 6.72 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and has been rising slightly over the past few days. Water clarity has improved over the past few days but with heavy rains today it may muddy some. The ramp at Big Timber (The Breaks) is open.  Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in the flowing side channels or along the main channel around brush piles and snags. Fish above the snags with night crawlers, cut bait, or stink bait. Look for channel catfish along the rocky shorelines as well. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters around brush piles and flooded vegetation. Fish with a piece of worm under a bobber at Big Timber, Eagle Fill, and Cleveland Slough. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Look for largemouth bass in the backwaters around brush piles and logs. Pitch plastics or cast spinnerbaits to the brush piles and logs. White Bass - No Report: Look for white bass along rocky areas with current. Cast crankbaits, spinner baits, or jigs with twister tails.



Mississippi River Pool 18

Tailwater stage is 8.73 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston. The toolsboro ramp and road are open. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish around brush piles and snags or along the flooded islands. Fish with stink bait, night crawlers, or cut bait. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters around brush piles. Fish with a piece of worm under a bobber. White Bass - Fair: Look for white bass by the dam. Cast crankbaits, spinner baits, or jigs with twister tails. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught trolling or casting crankbaits along rocky shorelines.



Mississippi River Pool 19

Tailwater stage is 5.53 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington. River conditions are still high. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish around brush piles and snags or along flooded islands. Fish with night crawlers, stink bait, or cut bait. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters. Fish with a piece of crawler under a bobber.



Mississippi River Pools 16-19: Tailwater stages have been rising slightly the past few days. Water clarity has improved over the past week but may muddy some with rain in the forecast. Main channel water temperature has been 78-80 degrees. If you have questions on fishing pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.



SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie - Fair: Crappies are schooled around the standing timber broke off at the water’s surface mid-lake. They can be targeted fishing minnows under a bobber 3 to 5 feet down or pitching small panfish jigs.



Rock Creek Lake

Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught drifting panfish jigs or minnows mid-lake on the lower portion of the lake.



Big Creek Lake

Walleye - Fair: Walleye are being caught in good numbers with more fish over 15 inches. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake in less than 20 feet of water trolling crank baits or spinner rigs with crawlers or minnows. Shore anglers can pick up walleye fishing minnows under slip bobbers off the jetties. Bluegill - Fair: Fish the outside edges of vegetation beds in shallow water with small hooks, crawler pieces and a bobber.



Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill - Good: Good size bluegills are being caught fishing crawlers or small panfish jigs 2 to 6 feet deep on the lower portions of the lake where the vegetation is less dense.



Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing is improving. Find areas where gizzard shad are concentrated and busting on the surface. Cast or troll spoons and shad imitating crank baits. Shallow diving chrome or firetiger colored baits work well.



Saylorville Reservoir

Anglers should focus on the Big Creek spillway when water is flowing over this structure. Channel Catfish - Good: Good summer channel catfishing can be found drifting cut bait above the mile long bridge. White Bass - Good: White bass are in their summer pattern and being caught trolling spoons and crankbaits. Good areas to start searching are out from Sandpiper beach and the Oak Grove Recreation Area.



Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish - Good: Good catches of channel catfish have been coming out of the Des Moines River above Saylorville using stink baits.



Bluegill and crappie are being caught drift fishing in many lakes while hot weather has white bass fishing picking up in Red Rock and Saylorville. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.



Greenfield Lake

Fish surveys indicate a large crappie population in Greenfield. Panfish can be caught drifting. Greenfield also has good largemouth bass and catfish numbers. Crappie - Fair: Crappies averaging 9 inches can be caught drifting twister tails. Bluegill - Fair: Drift with black jigs tipped with a night crawler or power bait. Fish will average 8 inches. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish can be caught around the jetties and close to rock with shrimp. Fish will average 2 pounds.



Nodaway Lake

Anglers can expect to catch 8 inch bluegills and 9 inch crappie. Catfish are close to shore. Crappie - Fair: Drift with white twister tails and cast to sunken trees to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Bluegill - Slow: Drift or slow troll small jigs tipped with a crawler. Fish are 6 feet deep. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught with cut bait close to rocky shorelines. Fish will average 18 to 20 inches.



Orient Lake

Catfishing is good at Orient. Channel Catfish - Good: Successful anglers are using shrimp or cut bait. Average size catfish will be 18 to 20 inches.



Lake Anita

Anglers are catching panfish drifting mid lake. Largemouth bass fishing is good along vegetation edges. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass casting the edges of vegetation. Vertical jigging the roadbeds works well for larger fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift around the roadbeds and cast along vegetation edges to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill can be caught drifting small jigs tipped with a crawler or power bait. Fish are in 6 to 8 feet of water.



Viking Lake

Viking has a good largemouth bass population. A few crappies can be caught drifting. Channel catfish have picked up this week and are close to shore and underwater reefs. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth of all sizes are being caught casting small spinner baits with a slow retrieve or plastics around the shoreline and jetties. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught in the campground arm of the lake and around underwater reefs. Fish average 2 pounds. Crappie - Fair: Drift open water areas of the lake with small jigs or twister tails.



Prairie Rose Lake

The fishery at Prairie Rose is back. Bluegill growth has been very good with fish over nine inches being caught this spring. The crappie fishing is still a couple of years away as they were just stocked last fall. Largemouth bass are growing quickly with many 8 to 10 inch fish in the lake at this time. The initial stocking of catfish are in the 14 to 16 inch range. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching quality size bluegill off the ends of the jetties with a night crawler and bobber. Boat anglers are drifting or slow trolling black jigs in open water areas. Largemouth Bass - Good: Many 8 to 10 inch bass are being caught in the lake. Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel catfish are in the 14 to 16 inch range.



Lake Manawa

The catfish bite is good in the canals and on the main lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good this week at Manawa. The night bite has been best using Sonny’s dip bait or cut bait.



Hacklebarney East

Hacklebarney has good water clarity with a nice ring of aquatic vegetation. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be caught drifting or slow trolling the lake with black jigs tipped with crawler. Fish average 8 inches. Black Crappie - No Report: Fish early morning or late afternoon for crappies averaging 10 inches.



Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Panfish are in deeper water during the summer. Bass fishing has been good this week early morning and in the afternoon. Catfish are close to structure. Always get permission to fish privately owned ponds. . Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast along vegetation and around structure to catch bass in their summer pattern. Bluegill - Good: Anglers have reported catching bluegills with small jigs and crawler 4 feet under a bobber with a very slow retrieve. Crappie - Fair: Crappie will be in 4 to 6 feet of water around structure. Cast jigs or minnows under a bobber to catch crappie in the summer. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish will associate themselves around sunken logs and along vegetation edges. Fish with cut bait around these habitat types for good summer catfishing.



Anglers may experience turbid water at some lakes with recent heavy rains. Bluegills and crappie can be caught drifting open water. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587



Lake Icaria

Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using jigs fished on the fish mounds. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish up to 5 pounds have been caught using night crawlers or liver fished near rocky shoreline areas.



West Lake (Osceola)

The marina is closed for improvements.



Little River Watershed Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish over 5 pounds have been caught using liver fished near flooded timber in the upper end of the lake. Walleye - Slow: Walleye up to 17 inches have been caught using leeches under a slip bobber fished near rock reefs.



Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)

Sands Timber Lake has been drained for the construction of a wetland structure in the west arm.



Green Valley Lake

Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using jigs or night crawlers fished along weed lines. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught using jigs fished near brush piles.



Summit Lake

Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch up to 10 inches have been caught using jigs tipped with a worm fished along weed lines.



Three Mile Lake

Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellow bass up to 8 inches have been caught using jigs tipped with a worm fished near the dirt mounds.



Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Yellow Perch - Slow: Yellow perch up to 11 inches have been caught using jigs or leeches fished near rock piles. Walleye - Slow: Walleye up to 18 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits along the weed line.



Walnut Creek Marsh

Walnut Creek Marsh has been drained for in-lake improvements.



Water temperature in most Mount Ayr District lakes ranges from the upper 70's to mid-80's. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke and Madison counties. For more information, call 641-464-3108.



Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish with worms, cut bait, and dip baits. Anglers have had success in the mouths of incoming rivers, creeks, around brush piles, and below wing dikes. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfishing is good on trotlines/rod and reel using chubs, bullheads, and green sunfish. Blue Catfish - Fair: A few blue cats have been caught in this stretch. Fresh cut bait works well.



Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are having the best success on stink bait; for larger fish try cut bait. Fish below wing dikes and in slower portions of the Missouri. Catfish are also being caught in the mouth of tributary streams and rivers. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish continue to be caught on trotlines and rod and reel using chubs and live baits. Blue Catfish - Good: blue catfish are being caught on fresh cut bait.



Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to have success on dead shad, worms, cut bait, and stinkbait/dip bait. Flathead Catfish - Good: Anglers are having success on trotlines/rod and reel catching flatheads with chubs, bullheads, goldfish, and green sunfish. Blue Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching blue catfish on trotlines and rod and reel using cut bait and live baits.



The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 21.68 ft. /32,500 cfs./80 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri River is down 0.28 feet from last week. The warm weather last weekend and earlier this week kept some anglers from venturing out on the Missouri. Weather conditions are cooling and water temperatures should also drop a few degrees. Fish in the evening or after dark to avoid the heat. Fishing is good overall on the Missouri with anglers doing well on all catfish species.