Thursday, September 24, 2015

Iowa weekly fishing report for 9/242015

English: Largemouth Bass
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NORTHWEST
Nelson Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use traditional catfish baits (e.g., dip baits, cut bait, chicken liver).

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
A hoop netting survey designed to collect catfish was conducted on 7-24-15. Nice sized channel catfish ranging from 9 - 28 inches and 6-9 inch bluegill were collected. Target catfish using leeches, cut bait, or dip baits fished on or near bottom in areas 5-10 feet deep. Fish for bluegills using crawlers, minnows, or leeches in 3-10 feet of water.  

Brushy Creek Lake
More anglers are making their way out onto Brushy this week and most are having success. The south end is productive, but the north end and its shallower areas have seen an increase in activity this week. Bluegill - Fair: Fish areas 10-20 feet deep with drop-offs and submerged structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow lately but several have been picked up in about 25 feet of water. Black Crappie - Good: Anglers are picking up crappie in depths of 12-20 feet of water and also near structure located in 35 feet of water. Most are having luck using a minnow and spoon. Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch have been picked up while fishing for crappie near submerged structure. Minnow and spoon have been productive.

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: Walleye are still biting fairly well for this time of year; successful anglers are trolling crankbaits in the dredge cuts and also in the shallower areas near east shore. Shad-colored crankbaits have been productive. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver fishing from boat and shore. White Bass - Good: Use shad, crawlers, and crankbaits. Anglers fishing from shore using shad are having the best luck.

Swan Lake
Swan Lake experienced a substantial fish kill during the weekend of August 15th. The fish kill was likely caused by a large diurnal swing in dissolved oxygen levels that dropped to lethal levels during the night or early morning. Dissolved oxygen levels are still dipping low in some areas of the lake; however, a netting survey conducted 9-9-15 showed that a notable population of catchable-sized bluegills, crappies, and bullheads has persisted.

Black Hawk Lake
Lake level is 8 inches above crest. A recent netting survey designed to collect fish in near-shore areas showed an abundance of catchable-sized bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, and catfish.  Bluegill - Fair: A few have been picked up around the rock piles and also in Town Bay. Walleye - Fair: 14-19 inch walleye have been picked up in the east end of the lake. Anglers continue to pick up some walleye along the east shore at or near the outlet structure. Anglers are fishing rooster tail spinners and twister tails. Some walleye have been picked up in Town Bay and along the shoreline near Ice House Point. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinners, twister tails, crawlers, or minnows and jigs. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass.

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

Lake Catherine
Bluegill - Good: Up to 7-8 inch bluegills are being caught. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught in the evenings.

Clear Lake
Walleye - Good: Anglers are picking up a few walleyes when targeting yellow bass. Some walleyes are being caught while trolling the main lake basin. Muskellunge – Good. Yellow Bass - Good: Billy’s reef, Billy’s reef, Fisherman’s reef, the State Dock Area, and the little lake have been producing good numbers of 8.5 to 9 inch yellow bass. Docks from the city park dock to the outlet have been doing ok on yellows. Most anglers are using a light lead head tipped with worms or cut bait. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have had good luck drifting along the weed edges on the little lake. Boat fishing near the outlet on the east end has been catching a few; also anglers near Ventura grade have been catching a few. Crappie - Good: Some luck on Billy’s Reef and the rock reef by State Dock area.

Lake Cornelia
Channel Catfish - Good: A few catfish are being caught.

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: Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.

Big Spirit Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake using jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits in 8-9 feet of water. Smallmouths are hitting top-water along the west shore in the evening. Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch bite has slowed with only a few anglers coming in with more than 20 fish. More fish are starting to reach the 10 inch mark. Successful anglers are using blue and silver pilkies. Fish the north and south ends of the lake.

Center Lake
Black Crappie - Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east sides of Center Lake 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. Walleye - Good: Anglers fishing the south end are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Drift minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye - Good: A new walleye bite is going at Silver Lake. Anglers are catching many smaller 15-18 inch fish.

West Okoboji Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth have moved off beds and are headed towards the rocky drop offs. Fish the rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, or Gull Point. Use jerk baits, football jigs, or swimbaits. 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.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass - Good: Northern pike are biting on spinner baits in Millers bay. Fish the north bank of Millers with a black spinner bait in 7 feet of water. Fish range from mid-20s to 30 inches. Also try top water for these fish. Black Bullhead - Excellent: A large number of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island.

NORTHEAST
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is in good condition for the upcoming weekend. There have been good reports of smallmouth bass, walleye, channel catfish and some northern pike being caught, especially in Black Hawk County. Walleye - Good: Artificial crankbaits have been good for walleye this past week. Fish near woody structure and off current breaks and eddies targeting 5-7 feet of water. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish artificial crankbaits and spinner baits or live bait tipped on a jig around rocky shorelines and tail ends of riffles. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish have been taken biting very well on stink baits.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
River flow in the Shell Rock River continues to fall; approaching median levels for this time of year. Fishing should be productive for walleye and smallmouth bass.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon River is in excellent condition. Anglers should be able to get out this coming weekend and have success on many gamefish species. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish artificial crankbaits and spinner baits or live bait tipped on a jig around rocky shorelines and tail ends of riffles. Northern Pike - Fair: Cast crankbaits near woody cover or float a live chub under a bobber for some great pike action. Walleye - Good: Fish artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig near woody structure, tail ends of riffles and off current breaks and eddies. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish bite well on stink baits this time of season, fish the deeper holes and snags on the bottom of the river.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River is in excellent condition heading into the coming weekend. Creel information reflects anglers are having good success on walleye and smallmouth bass. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish artificial crankbaits and spinner baits or live bait tipped on a jig around rocky shorelines and tail ends of riffles. Walleye - Good: Fish artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig near woody structure and off current breaks, tail ends of riffles and eddies. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish have been biting on stink baits this past week.

Reports have been fair to good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers. Walleye fishing has been pretty good over the last couple of weeks. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information, contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Pool 9 at Lansing is at 8.3 feet and expected to remain steady this week. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Some large drum are being caught using crayfish or a whole night crawler fished in current of main channel borders. Northern Pike - Good: Fish the cool water at mouths of streams entering the Mississippi or cast wing dam areas with flashy colored spoons and crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing can be hit or miss. Wing dams have produced some walleyes by bouncing a light jig tipped with a crawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: The best success for largemouth fishing has been backwater vegetation beds in early morning. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfishing has been a staple for several weeks. Stink baits and cut baits are producing big cats fished along down trees in eddies in the large side channels. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has slowed some, but some nicer size fish are being caught in slack water in the deeper channels. Crappie - Fair: Look for crappie to settle into backwaters as the river levels stabilize. Fish minnows in larger brush piles off side channels and in the backwaters. Sauger - Slow: Sauger are beginning to move toward tailwater areas. Expect the bite to pick up as water temperatures drop.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Pool 10 at Lynxville is at 14.8 feet and projected to fall slightly over the next week. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Some large drum are being caught using crayfish or a whole night crawler fished in current of main channel borders. Northern Pike - Good: Fish the cool water at mouths of streams entering the Mississippi or cast wing dam areas with flashy colored spoons and crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing can be hit or miss. Wing dams have produced some walleyes by bouncing a light jig tipped with a crawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: The best success for largemouth fishing has been backwater vegetation beds in early morning. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfishing has been a staple for several weeks. Stink baits and cut baits are producing big cats fished along down trees in eddies in the large side channels. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has slowed some, but some nicer size fish are being caught out in slack water in the deeper channels. Crappie - Slow: Look for crappie to settle into backwaters as the river levels stabilize. Fish minnows in larger brush piles off side channels and in the backwaters. Sauger - Slow: Sauger are beginning to move toward tailwater areas. Expect the bite to pick up as water temperatures drop.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Pool 11 at Guttenberg is 6.2 feet and expected to fall about a foot this week. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Some large drum are being caught using crayfish or a whole night crawler fished in current of main channel borders. Northern Pike - Good: Fish the cool water at mouths of streams entering the Mississippi or cast wing dam areas with flashy colored spoons and crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing can be hit or miss. Wing dams have produced some walleyes by bouncing a light jig tipped with crawler. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfishing has been a staple for several weeks. Stink baits and cut baits are producing big cats fished along down trees in eddies in the large side channels. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has slowed some, but some nicer size fish are being caught in slack water in the deeper channels. Largemouth Bass - Fair: The best success for largemouth fishing has been backwater vegetation beds in early morning. Crappie - Slow: Look for crappie to settle into backwaters as the river levels stabilize. Fish minnows in larger brush piles off side channels and in the backwaters. Sauger - Slow: Sauger are beginning to move toward tailwater areas. Expect the bite to pick up as water temperatures drop.

The Upper Mississippi River levels have leveled off and are on a gradual fall. Fish are staging to move into fall feeding areas. Water temperatures have dropped into the mid 60's this week and fish are active.

Mississippi River Pool 12
The water level is 5.6 feet at Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8.2 feet at the Dubuque RR bridge. This is down a bit from last week. The river will drop during the week. Water temperature in the main channel is in the low 70's.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass fishing has been decent all year but seems to be off from previous years. Many small bass are being caught in the tailwaters and a few larger bass are being found along weed lines lower in the pool. Walleye - Fair: Some anglers are reporting good success while others are struggling.  The best bite is on the wing dams; expect that to continue into fall. Anglers are using crawler or leaches for bait. Bluegill - Slow: A few good reports for bluegills this week. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels.  The bite has tailed off just a bit on channels. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass are being caught along the rock lines using spinners or floating worms. 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. The larger crayfish you use the larger drum you will catch. Crappie - Fair: Some crappie were reported to the creel. Some are coming out of the middle of shallow backwater lakes and other people are reporting catching some on fallen tree structures in deeper side channels. Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flathead catfish were reported mainly by walleye anglers on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 13
The water level is around 5.9 feet at Bellevue which is down over a foot from last week. Expect water levels to fall during the next week.  The main channel temperature is 70 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for clearer water especially in weed beds to catch bass. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines on small spinners or crankbaits.  Fish in places the floating weeds do not concentrate.  These are areas with swifter currents which will let your crankbait or spinner work correctly. Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite has been slow but some very nice fish are being reported.  Some people are catching nice slot fish in the 23 to 26 inch range which must be returned. Bluegill - Slow: Finding good consistent bluegill fishing is a challenge this summer but it could pick up soon.  Try the insides of wing dams or brush piles in larger slide channel areas. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish stinkbait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels.  Move often if you do not get bites. The channel cat bite has slowed a bit. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 4 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum. Bait with crayfish or worms. White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being reported mainly out of the tailwater areas.  Successful anglers are using twister tails. Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike are showing up in the creel with anglers generally using gaudy spinners for best results.

Mississippi River Pool 14
The water level is at 5.5 feet Fulton, 9.6 feet at Camanche, and 4.8 feet above the dam at LeClaire. All water level readings are lower than last week and expected to fall during the week. The water temperature in the main channel is 70 degrees.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Good populations of bass exist in Pool 14. Some bass may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters.  Expect bass fishing to pick up as we move into fall. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish stink bait or cut shad above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Move often if not catching channel catfish. Use cut bait to catch bigger channel cats. Bluegill - Fair: Fish along rock or bush piles in the major side channel areas. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use spinners or jigs and fish close to exposed rocky areas. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum can be caught easily in areas of modest current and 6 to 10 feet depths.  Boat ramp areas often have good access to freshwater drum fishing. Simple egg sinker and worm rigs work best. Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite has been fickle all year but we are expecting big things yet this year. Anglers are reporting catching some big walleyes but few off of wing dams using crawlers.

Mississippi River Pool 15
The water level is 6.8 feet at Rock Island which is lower than last week.  Expect water levels to drop over the coming week. The water temperature is around 71 degrees.  Eagles Landing and Leach park are two nice areas to put in and enjoy fishing on Pool 15.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish near smaller tributary mouths above and below the park at Eagles Landing.  Use worms, stink bait or cut shad but move often if you are not successful. Catfish will generally bite in the first 15 minutes or so.  If you do not catch any in that amount of time, move on. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year.  A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker will prove best.  Use large crayfish to catch larger drum.
Conditions are still favorable for a good fishing outing on the Mississippi River. Water levels have fallen some and may fall more during the week.  Main channel water temperatures are in the upper 60's to low 70's.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
Odessa is up to 534.04. Most jon boats should not have too much trouble getting around the area. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are picking up some catfish by the outlet and in the Sand Run and Main Lake areas. Crappie - Fair: As the water level comes up into the millet, start looking for crappies to cruise the edges of the vegetation hunting for shad.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is down to 72 degrees. Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are picking up an occasional bluegill out drifting the area out in front of the North boat ramp. They haven’t started the fall bite yet. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass fishing is starting to pick up. Early morning and late evening are still the best times to fish. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfishing is very good right now. Work the face of the dam and where water enters the upper end of the lake.

Lake Darling
Water temperatures this week are around 71 to 72 degrees. The water is still fairly clear after last Friday's downpour. The planktonic algae is starting to die back with the cooler water temperatures but the water still has a green cast. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fish is starting to pick up. Work the habitat out in 6 to 8 feet of water; but they should move in shallower soon. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are now in the pound to pound and half range. Anglers are catching some nice batches in the mornings. Chicken liver always seems to be the bait to use on Darling.

Chatfield Lake
Water conditions are good with clear water and a temperature of 71 degrees. Crappie - Good: Crappies in this small lake are hovering out around the tree falls in 3 to 4 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Good: If you are looking to catch a lot of bass for fun this is a good place to go. Lots of sublegal sized bass were around about every piece of habitat in the water. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are out just a little deeper than the crappies; look for them in about 5-6 feet of water.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
Last Friday's downpour made the Skunk really jump last weekend. But since that rain came so fast the river went back down just as fast. We've dropped about 3.5 to 4 feet since last Saturday. Haven't seen much activity out on the river this week.

Big Hollow Lake
The fishing is still not great but it is starting to pick up. The water temperature is down to the low 70's and the green duckweed and algae are starting to die back. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are starting to get into some pretty good bluegills. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been picking up good numbers of bass using soft plastics around the flooded timber in 3 to 4 feet of water. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue to catch catfish when they are willing to work for them. Concentrate along the face of the dam. Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing is starting to pick up.

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

Iowa Lake
The campground pond has also had decent fishing. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair.

Lake Macbride
The lake is back to a no wake speed (5 mph) of any size motor. Water temperatures were about 70 degrees this week. Walleye - Fair: Trolling crankbaits over rock in 7-12 feet of water has been producing some fish. Early and late in the day have been best. Crappie - Fair: Fish jigs around islands and brush. White Bass - Fair: Look for surface activity early and late day.

Central Park Lake
Channel Catfish – Good. Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good.

Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is SLOWLY lowering for the lake restoration project. As of 9/24, it is about 18" low. Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish live bait in 10-20 feet of water. Walleye - Fair: Fish rock and roadbeds in 10-20 feet of water. Most fish have been smaller. White Bass - Fair: Fishing for white bass has been streaky. Some days are good while others are poor. Early and late day has been best. Look for feeding schools on the surface at these low-light periods.

Diamond Lake
No minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Fair: Fish around brush or jetties with jigs or worms. Crappie - Fair: Early and late day has been best. Try around brush with jigs. Walleye - Fair: A few bonus walleyes are also being caught.

Otter Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Some nice 20-26 inch fish are being caught on cut bait and stink bait. Bluegill - Slow: Early day has been best with worms or fly fishing. Yellow Bass - Excellent: Try spinners or live bait.

Union Grove Lake
The lake and pond are currently de-watered for the lake restoration project.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake is going to begin raising a foot to 684.3' for the first waterfowl season. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having luck drifting cut bait in the channel. Crappie - Fair: Fish the steep rock banks with jigs/minnows.

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing is picking up. Fish jigs, crankbaits, and live bait in the deeper holes below the dams, under bridges, and on outside bends.

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

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have reported catching bluegills using a chunk of night crawler. Use a small hook and a small bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a rubber worm or spinner bait along the fishing jetties. Work the face of the dam with the same presentations. Other good areas include any place with structure near the shoreline.

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: Fish spinner baits or crankbaits along the shorelines. Bluegill - Fair: Fish small jigs or chunks of night crawler under a bobber. Sorting will be required for larger fish. Black Bullhead - Fair: Recent surveys show good numbers of 9-11 inch bullheads. Fish night crawlers on the bottom in about 6 feet of water.

Lake Keomah
Lake Keomah State Park is undergoing a road construction project so 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 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 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: Target the fishing jetties and the rocks along the dam. Use jig and pig combos or crankbaits fished down to about 8 feet. Bluegill - Fair: Fish a chunk of night crawler below a bobber in areas around the aquatic vegetation and near the rock jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use liver or crawdads. Walleye - Slow: As the water cools try areas along rip-rapped shorelines with a jig and minnow combination.

Bob White Lake
Bob White Lake has recently undergone a complete fisheries renovation. Fingerlings will be stocked later this fall.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 915.63. The water temperature is 72 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).  Channel Catfish - Fair: Look for areas with some flowing water and try cut bait or night crawlers. Walleye - Slow: Troll crankbaits around areas with submerged points and underwater rock piles. Drifting or trolling night crawlers in these same areas can also produce some fish. Crappie - Slow: Try jig and minnow combinations around brush piles and boat docks.

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
Mariposa Lake
Crappie - Good: Decent catches of crappies are being caught by shore anglers casting 1/8 ounce jigs with twister tails and 1 to 2 inch crappie tube 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 as well fishing minnows under slip bobbers off the jetties. Bluegill - Fair: Drift just a split shot and hook with crawler over roadbeds in the west boat ramp bay and at the 100th St. access. Fish the outside edges of vegetation beds in shallow water with small hooks, crawler pieces and a bobber.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Good: White bass action has been fair to good. 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
Channel Catfish - Good: Drift cut bait above the mile long bridge.

Bluegill and crappie are being caught drift fishing in many lakes while white bass action is fair in Red Rock. 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. Anglers should target brush piles for panfish. Greenfield also has good largemouth bass and catfish numbers. Crappie - Fair: Crappies averaging 9 inches can be caught drifting twister tails or casting to deeper brush piles. Bluegill - Slow: Drift or cast around brush piles with black jigs tipped with a night crawler or power bait. Fish will average 8 inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: 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. Crappie - Fair: Target the many tree piles in the lake to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Late afternoon bite is best. Bluegill - Slow: Drift or slow troll small jigs tipped with a crawler to catch 8 inch fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught with cut bait in the upper end of the lake. Fish will average 18 to 20 inches.

Orient Lake
Anglers are catching catfish from the east shore picnic area and along the rock sediment dyke. Channel Catfish - Fair: Successful anglers are using shrimp or crawdads. Average size catfish is 18 to 20 inches.

Lake Anita
The vegetation has gone down and the thermocline is gone. Anglers need to use a fall fishing pattern as fish are not concentrated at this time. Target the roadbeds and deeper.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass casting the shoreline and around the underwater roadbeds. Fish are all sizes. Black Crappie - Slow: Drift around the roadbeds and cast around tree piles or reefs to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Anita has a large year class of 5 to 7 inch crappies. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill can be caught vertical jigging the roadbeds using small jigs tipped with a crawler or power bait. Fish can also be found in the upper ends of the lake around jetties and sunken trees.

Viking Lake
Viking has a good largemouth bass population. Target the many cedar tree piles in the lake to find fall crappie. Anglers have reported catching channel catfish north of the beach. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth of all sizes are being caught casting small spinner baits with a slow retrieve or plastics around the shoreline and jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught in the campground arm of the lake and south of the beach using cut bait. Fish average 2 pounds. Crappie - Fair: Vertical jig or cast to the many tree piles in the lake to find crappie up to 10 inches.

Prairie Rose Lake
The fishery at Prairie Rose is doing well. Bluegill growth has been good with fish over 9 inches being caught this spring and summer. 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 - Fair: Anglers are catching quality size bluegill around the underwater reefs casting small jigs tipped with power bait. Boat anglers are drifting or slow trolling in open water areas. Largemouth Bass - Good: Many 8 to 10 inch bass are being caught. ,Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel catfish are in the 14 to 16 inch range at this time.

Lake Manawa
Fishery surveys found good numbers of walleye on the west side of the main lake. Walleye - Slow: Slow troll night crawlers or leeches on the west side of the lake. Channel Catfish – Slow. Crappie – Slow.

Hacklebarney East
Hacklebarney East has a new concrete boat ramp. Panfish are scattered throughout the lake in 6 to 8 feet of water. Bluegill - Fair: Drift open water with small jigs tipped with a crawler or power bait to catch 8 inch bluegill. Black Crappie - No Report: Drift or cast to structure to catch 10 inch black crappie.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)
River levels are high but crappie fishing is good below the Lennon Mills dam. Crappie - Good: Anglers are casting small spinners or minnow under a bobber to catch 8 to 10 inch crappie.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Panfish are in deeper water going into fall. Largemouth bass and channel catfish hang around structure and along weed edges. Always get permission to fish privately owned ponds. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast along vegetation and around structure. ,Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have reported catching bluegills with small jigs and a 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. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish cut bait around sunken logs and along vegetation edges.

With water temperatures below 70 degrees fish have moved into a fall pattern associating themselves around deeper structure and brush piles. Interior river levels are high but crappie fishing is good below the Lennon Mills dam on the Middle Raccoon River. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587

Lake Icaria
Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught using minnows fished near brush piles. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught on small jigs fished on the fish mounds.

West Lake (Osceola)
The marina has re-opened to the public.

Little River Watershed Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using jigs fished near brush piles. Walleye - Good: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught using jigs tipped with a night crawler fished along the dam or near the rock fields. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 9 inches have been caught using jigs fished near brush piles.

Green Valley Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught using crankbaits or jigs fished near the cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using night crawlers fished near the flooded timber. Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught using minnows fished near the flooded timber. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using liver fished near the flooded timber.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 9 inches have been caught using night crawlers fished near the flooded timber. Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch up to 11 inches have been caught using night crawlers fished near the flooded timber.

Water temperature in most Mount Ayr District lakes is approximately 70 degrees. 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 - Fair: Anglers are catching channel catfish with worms and stink bait. Anglers have had success in the mouths of incoming rivers, creeks, around brush piles, and below wing dikes. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Chubs have been working well as bait; try bluegills/green sunfish if that isn’t working. Blue Catfish - Fair: A few blue cats have been caught in this stretch. Fresh cut bait or crawdads are working well. Sauger - Fair: Anglers report catching a few sauger and walleye on jigs and live bait rigs.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having the best success on stink bait and worms; try cut bait for larger fish. 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 - Fair: Flathead catfish continue to be caught on trotlines and rod and reel using chubs, green sunfish and live baits. Blue Catfish - Fair: blue catfish are being caught on fresh cut bait and live bait. Sauger - Fair: Anglers are catching a few sauger and walleye on jigs and live bait rigs.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers continue to have success on worms, cut bait, and stink bait/dip bait. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having success on trotlines/rod and reel catching flatheads with chubs, bullheads, and green sunfish. Blue Catfish - Fair: 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 21.24 ft. /30,800 cfs./ 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri River is up 0.4 feet and the water temperature dropped two degrees Fahrenheit from last week on the Decatur, NE gage. Fishing has been slow this past week with rainy weather. Angler success should increase over the next couple weeks as fish become more active with slowly decreasing water temperatures on the Missouri River.