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Nelson Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Successful anglers are using 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 with leeches, cut bait, or dip baits fished on or near bottom in areas 5-10 feet deep. Fish for bluegills with crawlers, minnows, or leeches in 3-10 feet of water.
Brushy Creek Lake
Due to recent large rainfall events in the area, water clarity has decreased and fishing pressure has been low this last week. Fishing conditions will likely improve over the next few days as the water turbidity subsides. Look for the recent drop in water temperatures to trigger a bite in the upcoming days as water clarity improves.
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. Troll shad-colored crankbaits in the dredge cuts and also in the shallower areas near east shore. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish with 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 doing quite well.
North Twin Lake
No fishing report at this time; however, a hoop netting survey designed to collect catfish was conducted the week of 7-20-15. Nice sized channel catfish ranging from 8-25 inches were collected, with most falling in the 12-18 inch category. Target catfish with leeches, cut bait, or dip baits fished on or near bottom in areas anywhere from 3-8 feet deep.
Swan Lake experienced a substantial fish kill 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 hours. Swan Lake was experiencing a strong algae bloom, which can cause big swings in dissolved oxygen. The fish population will be sampled this fall to determine if additional stocking is needed.
Black Hawk Lake
Lake level is 14 inches above crest and surface water temperatures are around 77 degrees. Bluegill - Slow: Fish crawlers or leeches out deeper near rock piles. Walleye - Good: 14-19 inch walleye have been picked up in the east end of the lake. Much of the action is taking place along the east shore at or near the outlet structure. Anglers are fishing minnows, rooster tail spinners, and twister tails. Other good places to target walleye are along the shoreline near Ice House Point and the northeast shore of the Shotgun Point area. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinners, crawlers, or minnows and jigs. Most fish are below the 15 inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
As of Thursday, discharge around Linn Grove is 428 cfs (77th percentile) and around Correctionville is 1810 cfs (92nd percentile).
Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)
As of Thursday, discharge around Turin is 3370 cfs (92nd percentile).
North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
As of Thursday, discharge around Sac City is 1170 cfs (98th percentile).
Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)
As of Thursday, discharge in the Fort Dodge area is 3160 cfs (93rd percentile) and 6920 cfs (92nd percentile) in the Stratford area.
For more information on the Black Hawk District, call 712-657-2638.
Upper Pine Lake
Angler activity has slowed.
Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes have been taken off of the rock reefs such as Billy’s Reef. Muskellunge - Good: Anglers have had some luck this past couple weeks. Yellow Bass - Good: Billy’s reef, Fisherman’s reef, and the little lake are producing good numbers of yellow bass. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have had good luck drifting along the weed edges on the little lake for cats.
Bluegill - Fair: A few 6-7 inch bluegills are being caught in vegetation. Channel Catfish - Good: A few catfish are being caught in the evenings.
Little Wall Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on stink bait, liver or cut bait.
Channel Catfish - Good: 2-5 pound catfish are being caught on stink bait on the windblown shorelines.
Iowa River (above Iowa Falls)
River level is high.
Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
River level is high. Smallmouth Bass - Good: The Iowa River at Steamboat Rock is producing a few very nice smallmouth bass. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on livers.
Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Smallmouth Bass – Good. Northern Pike – Good.
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Reports of smallmouth biting on twister tails downstream of Mason City.
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Lake PahojaBluegill - 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. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits in 8-9 feet of water. Fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits. Smallmouths are hitting top-water along the west shore in the evening. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching walleye around 7:00 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. Fish jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch - Excellent: Yellow perch are biting on the south end right in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs and wigglers. Black Bullhead - Slow: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits of 12-14 inch fish. Leave the worm on the bottom and fish around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns. Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills are starting to show up on anglers’ hooks with all the rain lately. Anglers fishing up at the north grade are reporting catching a few 8 inch bluegills.
Bluegill - Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank. Fish were harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with a night crawler. Crappie - Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east side 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. Crappie - Fair: Large numbers of 10 inch crappie are being caught on the north side of the narrows using pilkies, small jigs, or minnows.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)Walleye - Excellent: A new walleye bite at Silver Lake. Anglers are catching many smaller 15-18 inch fish.
West Okoboji Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouths 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. Walleye - Fair: Many anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes. Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and are picking up these walleyes as they come up the point. 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 tail, or plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch - Fair: A perch bite is going on in Millers and Emerson bays with 9-11 inch fish being caught in 12-18 feet of water. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are starting to bite. Fish the bays with 22-24 feet of water. Crappies are suspending at 5-10 feet in the deeper waters. Fish a small white jig with light line to catch 10-12 inch fish. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught in 25 feet of water off the points using pilkies tipped with red worms. Northern Pike - Good: Northern pike are biting on spinner baits in Millers Bay. Fish the north bank 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.
Five Island Lake
Walleye - Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching walleyes using worm harnesses.
Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass - Good: Large yellow bass can be caught under the overhang at the outlet of little lake. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. 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.
West Fork Des Moines (Emmetsburg to Humboldt)
Walleye - Fair: Anglers have reported catching large walleyes in the Des Moines. Anglers are using flicker shad, leeches on a jig head or cut bait while fishing for catfish and landing some 25+ inch walleye.
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 - Good 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 has a lot of great shoreline access. A good amount of habitat has been placed around the jetties. For boaters, there are a few rock structures placed in the north side of the lake. 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 - Fair: Fish have been active about mid-day around the jetties and rock reefs. Stink baits and nightcrawler work well for finicky catfish. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass can be found around the rock reefs. Pitch a jig tipped with a twister or worm alongside or over the reefs.
As of 9/3, siphons were started back up to keep levels low for construction. Construction of the 2 structures has started and progress is steady. The boat ramp is unusable and will remain so until water levels are allowed to return to normal. Water retention structure construction should be completed by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal. Bluegill - Slow: Anglers willing to walk steep banks can find a spot to fish. Use a hook tipped with a small piece of night crawler under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - No Report. Channel Catfish - Slow: Little angling is being attempted due to low water levels but fish can still be caught.
New Hampton Pond (Garnant)
Renovation to rid the pond of nuisance fish was completed August 19. The fish toxicant was applied to the entire pond and all shallow water areas. The pond will be drained in early September. Habitat will be placed and water will be allowed to refill. It will be restocked with bluegills, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. This combination assures an excellent fishery for all to enjoy. Common Carp – Slow.
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 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 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)
The Upper Iowa is in great condition. The best spots to fish at this time of year are where the tributaries empty into the river and log jams. Many types of fish can be caught here including trout. 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)
Paddlers are catching quite a few fish below the Highway 76 bridge downstream to Wilde Bottoms. Fish are hanging out near the mouths of the tributaries and log jams. A few pike over 30 inches have been in the creel this week. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Use a jig tipped with a dark twister tail with a flash of color or crankbait. Cast in the eddies and pockets of slack water. Lots of 10-12 inch fish are being caught. Walleye - Good: Successful anglers are vertical jigging a jig tipped with twister tail. Fish over 22 inches have been caught. Fish from mid-day to late afternoon. Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers fishing from the bank are having luck using stink bait or a night crawler.
Turkey River (above Clermont)
Summertime water levels and temperatures are concentrating fish in deeper pools. Anglers can wet wade many areas to find hidden gems. Rock Bass - Excellent: Goggle eyes are hitting small crawdad imitation crankbaits below Vernon Spring near Cresco. Walleye - Slow: Patient anglers will catch a walleye using crankbaits in the pools above riffles. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use small crawdad imitation crankbaits.
Turkey River (below Clermont)
Water temperatures are in the mid 70's. Water levels are stable with improved clarity. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish a jig tipped with a twister tail along seams and eddies. Walleye - Fair: Fish the deeper pools and along current seams.
Cedar River (above Nashua)
The Cedar River is in great condition. It'll be a great weekend to get on the river and wet a line. Channel Catfish - Slow: Fish chubs and chicken liver around brush piles and log jams. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish a jig tipped with a hair jig in deeper holes and off current areas. Walleye - Slow: Anglers are beginning to catch a few more walleye but you have to work for them.
Decorah District Streams
Trout streams are in excellent condition. Spin fishers using a flashy spinner bait should catch fish. Grasshoppers, crickets and beetles have finally entered into the picture. Trout are looking at caddis and scuds. A leech pattern may work when fish aren't rising. Brown Trout - Good: Use a flashy spinner to antagonize finicky browns. Rainbow Trout - Good: A good quality trout stream will typically have trout, sculpins, and white suckers but outstanding insect diversity. Brook Trout - Good: Seven coldwater streams in Northeast Iowa have consistent brook trout natural reproduction.
Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
There have been some reports of anglers catching crappie during early morning or late evening. Crappie - Fair: Fish or drift a minnow under a slip bobber in deeper water.
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River incurred a slight rise in flow due to the recent rainfall, but there have been fair reports of smallmouth bass, walleye, channel catfish and some northern pike being caught, especially in Bremer County. Walleye - Fair: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure, tail ends of riffles and off of current breaks and eddies. 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 are biting very well on stink baits.
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
There have been no reports on the Shell Rock this week. The river had risen over a foot with last Friday’s rainfall but is falling fast. It should provide some fair angling opportunities this weekend. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish artificial crankbaits and spinner baits or live bait tipped on a jig around rocky shorelines and tail ends of riffles. Walleye - Fair: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure, tail ends of riffles and off of current breaks and eddies.
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon River bumped up very little in flow this past week. 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 – Fair: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure, tail ends of riffles and off of 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 received very little rainfall this past week and is in excellent condition heading into the coming weekend. Creel information on the Maquoketa River 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: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure and off of current breaks, tail ends of riffles and eddies.
Reports have been fair to good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers but the return of summer heat this past week has meant fewer anglers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Black Hawk County have been slow this past week. 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 Pool 12
The water level is 5.5 feet at Dubuque Lock and Dam and 7.3 feet at the Dubuque RR bridge. This is down nearly a foot from last week. The river will drop slightly during the week. The water temperature in the main channel has risen to 76 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some smaller bass are being reported in the tailwater areas. Nicer bass are being caught in the side channels. These fish have been pulled out of the now shallow backwater locations. Walleye - Fair: The bite seemed to be decent early in the week but has been poor the last few days. Fall is a great time to fish walleyes on the Mississippi River. Bluegill - Slow: Only a few reports of catching bluegills along the Mississippi River. Try the insides of the wing dams for best results. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side 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.
Mississippi River Pool 13
The water level is around 5.7 feet at Bellevue which is down a half foot from last week. Water levels will recede slightly during the week. The main channel temperature is 76 degrees and the water is clear. Floating vegetation is starting to play havoc on anglers throwing crank baits. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for clearer water especially in weed beds. The bass are not moving quickly out of the shallow backwaters this year. Low water usually makes them vulnerable along the rock piles near the channel border. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines on small spinners or crankbaits. Fish in places that floating weeds do not concentrate. These are areas with swifter currents which will also let your crankbait or spinner work correctly. Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite was extremely hit or miss again this week. We expect a lot of nice fish reported this fall as many big fish seem to be present in Pool 13. Bluegill - Slow: Finding good consistent bluegill fishing is a challenge but it could pick up soon. Try the insides of wing dams as the water recedes. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish stink bait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. 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.
Mississippi River Pool 14
The water level is 5.8 feet at Fulton, 10.0 feet at Camanche, and 4.9 feet above the dam at LeClaire. All water level readings are similar to last week and expected to recede slightly. The water temperature in the main channel is 74 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Good populations of bass exist in Pool 14. Some bass may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters. Successful anglers are using frog imitations in the weed lines. Channel Catfish - Excellent: 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: With the water receding most bluegills are moving out to the channel border. 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 depths of 6 to 10 feet. Boat ramp areas often have good access to freshwater drum fishing. Simple egg sinker and worm rigs work best. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes were reported but it appears to be hit or miss like the other pools. We expect a strong walleye bite before the end of the year. Crappie - Fair: Last week, some crappies were reported from the Rock Creek marina area but nothing was reported to us this week.
Mississippi River Pool 15
The water level is 5.6 feet at Rock Island which is down slightly from last week. 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, stink bait or cut shad but move often if you are not successful. Catfish will either bite within the first 15 minutes or so. If you do not catch any in that amount of time, move on. Cut bait works best for catching larger sized catfishes. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year. A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker works best. Use large crayfish to catch larger drum. Walleye - No Report: Anglers were targeting walleyes on the wing dam and rock channel lines but no report was given to us.
Conditions are favorable for a great fishing outing. Water levels are fairly low and the water is clear. Temperatures have risen from the low 70 and are now around 76 degrees. We are expecting good conditions to persist for the fall bite.
Mississippi River Pool 16Tailwater stage is 5.38 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport and falling. Fishing is being reported as slow. Largemouth Bass - No Report: With the low water conditions look for bass in areas with some current. Fish flowing sloughs around brush piles and logs. Walleye - Slow: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Cast or troll crankbaits. Use three-way rigs with night crawlers or jigs with night crawlers on the wing dams. Walleye fishing has been slow. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around the wing dams along the main channel. Try fishing in 15-18 feet of water below the wing dams using stink bait or above the snags and logjams along the main channel and side channels. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Look for smallmouth around rock and current. Try casting crankbaits to the rock.
Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage is 4.44 feet at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine and falling. Fishing has been slow. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in brush piles and snags along the main channel and in side channels. Fish with stink bait, cut bait, or night crawlers. Some channel catfish can be caught fishing on the wing dams. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams casting or trolling crankbaits or pulling three-way rigs with crawlers. Some walleyes can be caught trolling crankbaits along GPC. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Look for largemouth bass in the backwaters and sloughs around brush piles and stumps. Cast shallow running crankbaits or spinner baits or pitch plastics to brush. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber. Look for fish around the brush piles and logs. Fish a piece of worm under a bobber.
Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage is 5.95 feet at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston and rising slowly. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in the side channels and along the main channel. Fish above brush piles and snags with stink bait, cut bait, or night crawlers or below the wing dams. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Troll or cast crankbaits or pull three-way rigs with crawlers. White Bass - No Report: Look for white bass by the Lock and Dam, the outlet of Lake Odessa, or on the wing dams. Cast crankbaits, in-line spinners, or jigs and twister tails.
Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 3.06 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in brush piles and snags along the main channel or side channels. Fish above the snags with stink bait, cut bait, or night crawlers. Channel catfish can also be caught fishing the wing dams. Crappie - No Report: Look for crappie in the backwater sloughs around brush piles and logs in deeper water. Use minnows under a bobber or jigs and minnows.
Mississippi River Pools 16-20. Water clarity is fair. Main channel water temperature is around 76 degrees. Fishing has been slow this past week. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
Lake Belva Deer
A return to daytime temperatures in the 90’s has warmed the water to 78-79 degrees. It is also keeping anglers away during the midday. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are in shallow in the early hours but most are still out suspended in about 6 feet of water. Redear Sunfish - Fair: Fish around the mounds and along the edges of the weed beds in 6 to 8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Good numbers of bass continue to be caught working the edges of the weed beds and the flooded trees.
The lake started to cool down last week but hot weather has brought the temperature back up to the mid 70's. Very little angler activity this week. Bluegill - Fair: When the water cools, expect fish to move back in shallow.
Lost Grove Lake
Lost Grove Lake has an 18 inch minimum size limit for bass. The water is fairly clear; water temperature is between 77 and 78 degrees. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers continue to pick up a few bluegills and green sunfish along the fishing jetties. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass continue to be caught along the flooded trees and vegetation, mostly smaller fish short of the 18 size limit. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are picking up a good number of 12-14 inch catfish throughout the lake using night crawlers.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The South Skunk is sending a good amount of bank full water down from its upper reaches, the Skunk in this area is already going up because of it. Plenty of water to run boats in but be careful the current is going at a pretty good speed. Channel Catfish - Fair: With the fast current work the back eddies with cut bait or night crawlers.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The rivers level headed back up after last week’s rain, it is forecasted to crest sometime Saturday morning at Wapello then slowly start back down. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching some nice catfish.
Big Hollow Lake
Bluegill - Good: The hot weather has reduced the number of anglers but they can still find bluegills in the flooded timber and along the sides of the islands and jetties. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are 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. Fish along the face of the dam.
For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.
There is a 10 horsepower maximum (and 5 mph speed limit) on outboard motors until September 8. Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits over rock in 8-12 feet of water. Early and late in the day is best. Crappie - Fair: Try fishing jigs around islands and brush.
Central Park Lake
Channel Catfish – Slow.
Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is SLOWLY lowering for the lake restoration project. As of 9/3, it is about 1' low.
No minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Slow. Bluegill – Slow.
Union Grove Lake
The lake is currently de-watered for the lake restoration project.
The lake is slowly rising due to past rains in the watershed. It is predicted to crest at 684.75' on the 8th. 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)
Largemouth Bass – Fair. Smallmouth Bass – Fair. Walleye – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Mornings and evenings are good times to try top-water lures. Look for areas where the cedar trees are sticking out of the water. Spinner baits should also be tried in these same areas. Bluegill - Fair: Use jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler along the shoreline and around aquatic vegetation. Black Bullhead - Fair: Fish night crawlers on the bottom in 4-6 feet of water.
Red Haw LakeBluegill - Fair: Anglers have reported catching bluegill on night crawlers. Use a small hook and just a chunk of night crawler. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a rubber worm or spinner bait along the fishing jetties. Work the face of the dam with the same presentations. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish night crawlers or chicken liver around the fishing jetties.
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 released immediately. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Concentrate on areas with rock and try spinner baits or crankbaits. Bluegill - Fair: Fish small jigs or chunks of night crawler under a bobber. Some sorting may 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 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 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 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: Try a chunk of night crawler fished below a bobber around the aquatic vegetation and near the rock jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use liver or crawdad.
The current lake level is 916.70. The water temperature is 78 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: Use cut bait or night crawlers in areas where water is flowing into the lake. Walleye - Slow: Try areas around submerged points and underwater rock piles using crankbaits. Drifting or trolling night crawlers in these same areas can also produce some fish.
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.
Rock Creek Lake
Crappie - Good: Drift panfish jigs or minnows mid-lake on the lower portion of the lake.
Big Creek LakeWalleye - 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 crankbaits 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 hit or miss this week, but warmer temperatures returning for the weekend and next week should help the bite. 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.
Channel Catfish - Good: Drift cut bait above the mile long bridge. White Bass - Fair: White bass are in their summer pattern and being caught trolling spoons and crankbaits. Good areas to start searching are out from Sandpiper beach, the Oak Grove Recreation Area, around the mile long bridge and along the face of the dam.
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Water levels have bumped up again making for good conditions to get boats back on the river. Good catches of channel catfish have been coming out of the Des Moines River above Saylorville using stink baits and cut bait.
Bluegill and crappie are being caught drift fishing in many lakes while white bass action is cycling from slow to good in Red Rock and Saylorville. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
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 - Slow: Drift 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 LakeExpect to catch 8 inch bluegills and 9 inch crappie. Crappie - Slow: Drift with white twister tails and cast to sunken trees to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Late afternoon bite is best. Bluegill - Slow: Drift or slow troll small jigs tipped with a crawler. Fish are 6 feet deep. 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 LakeAnglers are catching catfish from the east shore picnic area and along the rock sediment dyke. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use shrimp or crawdads. Average size catfish is 18 to 20 inches.
The vegetation has gone down and the thermocline is gone. Use a fall fishing pattern as fish are not concentrated at this time. 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 - Fair: Drift around the roadbeds and cast along vegetation edges to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Anita has a large year class of 5 to 7 inch crappies. ,Bluegill - Slow: Drift 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 has a good largemouth bass population. A few crappies can be caught drifting. Anglers have reported catching channel catfish north of the beach. 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 - 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 - Slow: Drift open water areas with small jigs or twister tails. Fish will average 9 inches.
Prairie Rose Lake
The fishery at Prairie Rose is doing well. Bluegill growth has been very 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. 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.
Lake ManawaFishery surveys found good numbers of walleye on the west side of the main lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: The night bite has been best using Sonny’s dip bait or cubit. Walleye - Slow: Try slow trolling night crawlers or leeches on the west side of the lake.
Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Panfish are in deeper water and around structure. Largemouth bass hang around structure and along weed edges. Catfish are close to structure. 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.
Water temperatures have climbed into the high 70's. Anglers can still catch panfish drifting. Catfish are biting on many area lakes. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587
Crappie - Slow: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught using jigs or minnows fished near brush piles. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using liver or night crawlers fished along the fishing jetties. Bluegill - Good: 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 - Slow: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught using jigs and minnows fished along the rock fields.
Green Valley Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught using jigs fished near the cedar tree piles and along the silt dam.
Three Mile Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using night crawlers fished near the flooded timber.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught using jigs fished along the weed lines. Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch up to 11 inches have been caught using worms fished along the weed lines.
Water temperature in most Mount Ayr District lakes is approximately 75 degrees. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke and Madison counties. For more information, call641-464-3108.
Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching channel catfish with worms and stink bait in the mouths of incoming rivers, creeks, around brush piles, and below wing dikes. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead fishing is fair on trotlines/rod and reel using live baits. Chubs have been working well as bait; you might also try bluegills/green sunfish if that isn’t working. Fishing has slowed some with the cooler weather. Blue Catfish - Fair: A few blue cats have been caught in this stretch. Fresh cut bait works 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: Successful anglers are using stink bait and worms. Use 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: Use 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 stinkbait/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 21.91 ft. /33,500 cfs./ 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri River is up along the Iowa Border it is up 0.70 feet from last week on the Decatur gauge. Tributary rivers are high in Iowa and Nebraska. Angling has been slower on the Missouri due to recent rains and higher water conditions.