Friday, July 15, 2016

Iowa Weekly Fishing Report for 7/15/2016

NORTHWEST

Arrowhead Lake
Bluegill - Good: Anglers reported catching 8 - 9.5 inch bluegills in about 5 feet of water using a black jig tipped with a wax worm fished about 3 feet below a bobber.
Black Hawk Lake
Water level is about 10 inches over the crest of the spillway. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is good in 1-4 feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with live bait, small piece of crawler or wax worms fished below a bobber. Walleye - Slow: A few have been picked up in deeper water near rock piles and dredge cuts. Try fishing the shore off Ice House Point, the dredge cut out from Denison Beach and the rock piles near Gunshot Hill and in the east basin of the lake. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use top water, weedless baits or Texas rigs. Try also fishing plastic worms near cover and drop offs. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass on Black Hawk Lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have picked up catfish on stink bait, leeches and worms fished off the bottom. Anglers are having success in Town Bay. Fish are 17-20 inches.
Blue LakeWe have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Largemouth Bass - No Report: With the water levels up, there is a lot of shoreline vegetation submerged. Concentrate on these areas with weedless lures. Bluegill - No Report: Fish a worm under a bobber near vegetation. Some sorting required because there are a lot of smaller fish.
Brushy Creek Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up some bluegill in 15-20 feet of water. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish in 10-20 feet of water with a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being picked up in 15-20 feet of water.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
The dredge is in operation in the northeast portion of the lake. Boaters should use extreme caution in this area and must maintain a 100 foot distance from the dredge, booster pump and all dredge pipes at all times. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye - Fair: Most of the walleye action has been on crankbaits fished in the dredge cuts. A few have been picked up from shore with leeches and crankbaits. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers reported catching catfish from shore using stink bait or cut bait fished off the bottom.
Swan LakeBluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up bluegill near shore along weed lines. Fish a small jig under a bobber with a small piece of crawler, waxworm or minnow. A recent electrofishing survey showed bluegill up to 9 inches.

For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills and a few yellows are being caught drift fishing/trolling small jigs.
Clear Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been caught on the Ventura jetties and state reef on the main lake. Use cut bait on the bottom with a slip sinker or on a float in the shallows. Jig fish with a piece of cut bait, minnows or leeches if trying near the rocks. Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing has been fair to good. Drift fish the main lake until you find a school, then mark the area and swing back through again or try some of the rock reefs. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up a few better sized fish in 10-12 feet of water near the island with live bait. Some legal size fish are using the longleaf pondweed just outside of the rush beds in Farmer’s beach and Baptist camp. Try fishing small pockets with a bobber and minnows or leeches. Wader fishing may be a better option in this area. Fish have also been caught close to docks (early morning) in 2 to 3 feet of water. A few keepers have been caught around the reefs with lots of sublegal sized fish. Muskellunge – Fair.
Lake Catherine
Channel Catfish - Good: Try near the rocks along the jetties or shoreline with worms, minnows or cut bait.
Lake Smith
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are on the rocks on the south end. Use bobbers and a piece of cut bait or worms. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing has been good in the weeds and on deeper water structure. Use artificial bait that works well in weeds; fish pockets in the weeds or edges. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have had fair success with bluegills and crappies out from shore.
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Good numbers are being caught; best areas are Hales Slough, Anglers Bay and Buffalo Run. Yellow Perch - Good: Report of good numbers of fish caught; sorting will result in nice numbers in the creel.
East Okoboji Lake
Black Crappie - Good: Cast small jig lures tipped with bait on the wooden docks. Yellow Perch - Good: Fish the south end for the best action.
Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass - Good: Boat anglers are catching good numbers; fish vertically with a jig tipped with wigglers. Dock anglers casting jigs will produce numbers; fish evening hours for the best action.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye - Good: The walleye bite has slowed; boat anglers are harvesting nice fish along with large yellow perch. Best action is early morning and evening.
West Okoboji Lake
Black Crappie - Good: Good bluegill and crappie action reported fishing the deeper wooden docks; best action is during the evening hours.
For more information on the above lakes, call the Spirit Lake Fisheries Station at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Cedar River (above Nashua)Cedar River is up about 1.5 feet. Use live bait to catch a variety of fish. Walleye – Fair. Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers fishing in current breaks and eddies are finding catfish. Use cut bait on a hook. Northern Pike - Slow: Minnows are turning pikes heads. Rock Bass - Slow: Catches of rock bass have been spotty.
Decorah District StreamsTake care when walking through wild parsnip while getting to your favorite stream. Don't let it touch your skin; it reacts with the sun and causes horrible blisters. Trout streams are in good condition but flows are up. Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching in the evenings. Use a #18 blue wing olive or #14 or #16 caddis fly imitation. Strong midge hatches are also occurring. Brook Trout - Good: For stained water, use a streamer or minnow imitation. Rainbow Trout - Good: A few of our streams are not stocked in July and August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones. Spin fishers should try spinners or worms.
Lake Hendricks
The lake has a green algae bloom but anglers are still catching fish. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers fishing from a boat or canoe are having luck using topwater plastics over the vegetation and reeling to deeper water. Bluegill - Fair: Fishing from shore is difficult due to aquatic beds. Anglers are finding fish in deeper water using a hook tipped with small piece of worm. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait, worms and stinkbait fished off the bottom.
Lake MeyerExpect spotty catches of fish depending on day and time. Algae bloom is becoming more evident. Bluegill - Fair: Gills are in shallow dense vegetation and difficult to catch. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a variety of soft plastics. Start along the weed edges and fish deeper. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are taking a big worm fished off the bottom under a bobber. Evenings are best.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)Water temperatures are in the 70's. Fish the deeper holes and around current breaks. The key is to get to the bottom. A variety of sucker species are showing up in the creel this week. Worms are the bait of choice. White Sucker – Fair. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try running a spinner bait along undercut banks and overhanging rock ledges.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)Water is slowly clearing, but clarity will depend on rainfall amounts. Use worms. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Spinner baits are turning smallie heads. Walleye – Slow.
Volga Lake
Volga Lake has a green algae bloom. Anglers drifting over rock or brush piles will find fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.
A chance for stormy weather continues through the weekend, daytime temperatures in the 70's and upper 50's at night. Most streams and rivers are fishable even with recent rains. Water levels have become somewhat flashy. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Anglers are doing excellent on channel catfish and good on bluegill and largemouth bass. Anglers are catching bluegill from the shorelines and off of jetties. Target channel catfish off of the middle jetty and west end of the lake. Bluegill - Good: Slowly drift and retrieve small 1/32 or 1/16 oz. jigs near submerged structure 2 to 3 feet below the surface. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast topwater baits early morning or late evening. Try also weedless baits such as frogs and rubber worms. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use Stink baits and cut baits fished on the bottom off of the middle jetty and west end of lake.
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is setting up for good angling opportunities as the beautiful weekend forecast approaches. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting well on the jig tipped with a crawler combination or crankbaits. Target break lines, rocky shorelines, eddies or tailwater riffles for aggressive walleye. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig and crawler combination, crankbaits or spinner baits near rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink baits or chicken livers has been fair; concentrate above logjams or try riffle areas. Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike have been caught using the same techniques as walleye or smallmouth bass.
Manchester District StreamsRecent fish sampling surveys on the Upper Maquoketa River (Trout Portion) has shown good numbers of brown trout with many of quality size. Brown Trout - Fair: Use spinners or dry flies near overhead cover and other habitat.
Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River is in excellent angling condition for the upcoming weekend. Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year. Look for current breaks and woody structure. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig and crawler, crankbaits or spinner baits fished near rocky habitat. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish chicken livers or stink baits near the upstream end of logjams.
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock River is setting up for some good angling opportunities as the beautiful weekend forecast approaches. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting well on the jig tipped with a crawler combination or crankbaits. Target break lines, rocky shorelines, eddies or tailwater riffles for aggressive walleye. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig and crawler combination, crankbaits or spinner baits near rocky shorelines.
Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)The Wapsipinicon River is currently at 5.48 feet and falling. Conditions and clarity for the upcoming weekend should vastly improve. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting well on the jig tipped with a crawler combination or crankbaits. Target break lines, rocky shorelines, eddies or tailwater riffles for aggressive walleye. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig and crawler combination, crankbaits or spinner baits near rocky shorelines. Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink baits or chicken livers has been fair; concentrate above logjams or try riffle areas. Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike have been caught using the same techniques as walleye or smallmouth bass.
Interior rivers continue to fall and fishing reports have declined due to the recent heat and humidity. Channel catfish, smallmouth bass and walleye still provide great angling opportunities on the rivers. Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations. For further information, contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level is 8.7 feet at Lansing and is expected to rise 2 feet slowly to 10.7 feet over the next week. Access to the boat ramp at New Albin may be closed. Water temperature remains in the upper 70's. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish spawning has mostly ended; use stink bait. Look for catfish in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are using a wide variety of habitat, but as water levels drop they are beginning to use side channel and main channel habitat more. Keep moving to find active fish. Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wing dams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wing dams. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing is good on wing dams at dawn and early evening. Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch are hanging along weed lines in the back waters and slow moving side channels.
Mississippi River Pool 10
Water level is 15 feet at Lynxville and is expected to rise nearly 4 feet to 18.9 feet over the next week. Water temperature is in the upper 70's.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish spawning has mostly ended; use stink bait. Look for catfish in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are using a wide variety of habitat, but as water levels drop they are beginning to use side channel and main channel habitat more. Keep moving to find active fish. Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wing dams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wing dams. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing is good on wing dams at dawn and early evening. Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch are hanging along weed lines in the back waters and slow moving side channels.
Mississippi River Pool 11
Water level is 6.2 feet at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg and is expected to rise over 3 feet to 9.4 feet over the next week. Water temperature remains in the upper 70's. Freshwater Drum - Excellent:  Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish spawning has mostly ended; use stink baits. Look for catfish in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are using a wide variety of habitat, but as water levels drop they are beginning to use side channel and main channel habitat more. Keep moving to find active fish. Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wing dams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wing dams. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing is good on wing dams at dawn and early evening. Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch are hanging along weed lines in the back waters and slow moving side channels.
Water levels have been stable over the past week and fishing has been good on the Upper Mississippi. Expect a fairly rapid rise in water levels over the next week which may shift fishing patterns. Shoreline fishing may get better as fish follow the rising water. Anglers may have to deal with vegetation issues. Water temperatures remain in the upper 70's.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water level is near 5.8 feet at Dubuque tailwater and near 8.2 feet at the RR bridge. These levels are down from last week and water levels are expected to slowly recede all week; there may be a slight rise again in water levels late in the week. Water temperature is 79 degrees in the main channel. Walleye - Good: Walleyes will move back on the wing dams when water gets lower; try a leech or worm rig or a crankbait. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing the vegetation lines along the Vallisnaria (Eel grass). Use weed less spinners. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of freshwater drum can be caught. Cut out all the red meat when cleaning them and they are a fine eating fish. Throw them immediately on ice after catching them, if you plan on eating drum. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Lots of catfish are being caught off of rock lines and piles. Those bluish looking catfish are NOT blue catfish, rather the male channel cat in spawning colors. Catfish are nearing the end of their spawning run. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are showing up usually near areas of slight flow. They are running small this year. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. Black Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being taken out of snags and by anglers fishing for bluegills with worm and bobber.
Mississippi River Pool 13
Water level is near 7.1 feet at Bellevue which is down from last week. The water temperature is around 79 degrees. Expect water to slowly recede all week, and then maybe rise later next week. The river is clearing up and fishing conditions have improved; the tributary streams like Mill Creek and the Maquoketa River are muddy after nearly every rain. Walleye - Good: Walleyes were reported back on the wing dams. Use a small crawler rig. The high and dirty water curtailed walleye fishing for a bit, but water conditions and levels are becoming more favorable for quality angling. Largemouth Bass - Good: Go way back in large backwater complexes to find cleaner water; this is where the bass will be. Try along the eel grass. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Loads of freshwater drum are being caught, many from bank anglers. Use large crayfish to catch really large drum. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stink bait in flowing sloughs, especially above log jams or along rock piles. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks.
Mississippi River Pool 14
Water level was recorded at 7.6 feet at Fulton, 10.5 feet at Camanche and 5.3 feet at LeClaire. These readings are predicted to be down from last week. Water is expected to recede this week. The water clarity is somewhat turbid, especially around the Wapsipinicon River mouth.   Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on. Simple sliding sinker and worms fished in current work best. Channel Catfish - Excellent: The catfish bite is very good. Most anglers are using crawlers when drum fishing but some are using stink bait. The Rock Creek area is a good place to find channel cats. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are reported back on the bite as water levels have receded a bit. Current is still a bit strong on most wing dams; try fishing the near shore sections of dams to avoid strong currents. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are doing well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks.
Mississippi River Pool 15
Water level at Rock Island is at 6.7 feet, which is down from last week. Expect water levels to slowly recede all week. Water temperature is around 81 degrees in the main channel. Water clarity is improving except near tributary streams such as Pigeon Creek after any rain. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are abundant in Pool 15 and can easily be caught from shore. Try fishing the eagles landing area a with worm and egg sinkers. Channel Catfish - Good: Many cats are being caught by anglers fishing night crawlers on the bottom.  Pool 15 has abundant catfish populations.
Water temperatures are near 80 degrees throughout the district. Water levels are predicted to recede during the week, and then maybe rise late next week. River turbidity has been an issue near tributary streams. Mayflies and Caddisflies have been hatching which triggers the feeding of many species of fish.  

SOUTHEAST

Big Hollow Lake
Between the hot weather and the storms, there hasn't been that many anglers out. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching some nice sized bluegills out in deeper water around the flooded timber.
Deep Lakes
Hit these gravel pit ponds early in the morning on a cloudy morning when there is at least a little wind. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass fishing hasn’t been too bad early in the morning. Dark colored soft plastics work best.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
River levels are headed back up with it starting to drop again by the weekend if we don't get the forecasted rains this weekend. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing continues to be good on a variety of baits. Concentrate on the mouths of feeder creeks.
Lake Belva Deer
The water temperature is in the low 80’s. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing remains fairly good fishing in deeper water around the flooded timber. They are not coming in shallow even in the early morning. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing has been good early in the morning at the upper end of the lake. Work the brush piles and over top of the mounds.
Lake Darling
Water temperatures are in the low 80's. There is extra water in the lake from the recent heavy rains. Water has been over the gangways to the boat docks for the last couple of days. Bluegill - Fair: Work the banks along where the campground arm of the lake attaches to the main body of the lake. Try also around where the deeper water comes near the jetties and fishing pier.
Lake Geode
Water temperature was 82 degrees on Wednesday. The recent rains have brought muddy water down Cedar Creek at the upper end of the Lake; might be a good place to try for catfish the next few days. Bluegill - Fair: Between the hot humid weather and the rain, bluegill fishing has slowed. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try the upper end of the lake where the runoff is coming down Cedar Creek.
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
Water levels are remaining pretty stable with a little bump from the recent scattered rains. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing was good over the weekend with good numbers of boats and shore anglers out on the river.
For more information on the above lakes, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake is at normal summer pool. Channel Catfish - Fair: Slow troll or drift cut bait in the channel.
Diamond Lake
No minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish around sunrise/sunset with stink bait or chicken livers. Bluegill - Fair: Look for fish around offshore brush piles. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish around deeper brush or drift open water for suspended fish.
Hannen Lake
No minnows are allowed here. Bluegill – Slow. Channel Catfish – Good. Largemouth Bass – Good. Black Crappie – Slow.
Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)Channel Catfish - Good: Stinkbait and live bait works well around snags. Flathead Catfish - Good: Bullheads, sunfish and chubs are producing around snags.
Lake Macbride
There is a 10 horsepower limit operated at no wake (less than 5mph) speed. For those using the fish cleaning station by the South Campground, please cut the spines off catfish before putting them in the grinder. Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits or spinner rigs in 8-12 of water. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: These have been on and off lately. Look for surface activity at sunset around schools of shad. Black Crappie - Slow: A few fish are being caught fishing twisters slowly. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try stinkbait or crawlers, especially towards sunset. East of the causeway has been good.
Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is currently 9' low. The main ramp is still usable. White Bass - Fair: Look for fish feeding on the surface towards sunset. There are often some wipers mixed in. Yellow Perch - Fair: Some fish are being caught on worms.
Rodgers Park Lake
The lake has a lot of vegetation and may be difficult to fish. Bluegill – Fair.
Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Northern Pike - Fair: Try crankbaits, especially around areas where feeder creeks dump in to the river.
For additional information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Bob White Lake
A complete fisheries renovation was completed in September of 2015. Fingerlings were stocked last fall. Fishing will continue to improve as the fish grow.
Hawthorn Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass fishing has been good. Use crankbaits or spinnerbaits around brush piles and other underwater structure. Try rubber worms or crawdad imitations around the rock jetties and along the dam. Hawthorn has a slot limit; all largemouth bass between 12 and 16 inches must be immediately released. Black Bullhead - Good: Use night crawlers fished on the bottom. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting on small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler. Sorting is needed for larger fish with most fish running about 7 inches.
Lake Keomah
Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished around the end of the rock jetties for largemouth bass. Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler for bluegills. Try areas around the aquatic vegetation near the shorelines.
Lake Sugema
Largemouth Bass - Fair: All 12 -18 inch largemouth bass must be immediately released. Use topwater lures in the early mornings and later in the evenings. Try spinner baits around the fishing jetties and along the face of the dam. Black Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or jig and minnow combinations. Try different colors and depths until you find active fish. Walleye - Slow: Fishing has slowed with the hotter weather. Try drifting night crawlers or minnows along the dam and other rip-rapped shorelines.
Lake Wapello
Largemouth Bass - Good: Try crankbaits and topwater lures. Target the cedar trees piles slightly sticking out of the water, making them easy to find and target. Bluegill - Slow: Use a chunk of night crawler under a bobber. Try areas around the aquatic vegetation and in open pockets. Keep moving until you find active fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait or night crawlers.
Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 905.59. The current surface water temperature is in the lower 80's. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Black Crappie - Fair: Target areas with underwater structure such as tree piles or stumps. Use minnows and jigs or minnows fished under a bobber. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are biting on night crawlers and cut bait. Walleye anglers have also been catching catfish on crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching walleyes by trolling crankbaits or crawler harnesses around rock piles and submerged points. Use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad. Try also casting jigs in the shallows. White Bass - Good: Anglers are catching white bass with chrome colored crankbaits or lead heads and white jigs. Rathbun also contains hybrid striped bass (wipers); use the same techniques used for white bass.
Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Try a chunk of night crawler fished under a bobber; target areas along the shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass have been hitting on rubber worms or lizards. Try crawdad imitations in areas with rock on the shorelines and around the fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait or night crawlers along the shorelines. Try areas with rocks such as along the dam or around the fishing jetties.
Take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean and litter free. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Big Creek Lake
Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 5-15 feet of water. Focus on the upper/shallower 1/3rd of the lake. Try also the east arm out from and above the marina.
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite is very good in the Des Moines river using stink baits and cut bait. The river flows are getting low. Small jon boats and float trips are the best way to get to the fish right now.
Don Williams Lake
Black Crappie - Good: The good crappie bite continues at Don Williams. Most fish are 8-9 inches. They are not being caught close to shore. Slowly troll or drift 1/8 ounce jigs tipped with minnows or small white or chartreuse twister tails out from shore in 15-20 feet of water in the upper half of the lake. Crappies are suspended from 5 to 10 feet down.
Hickory Grove LakeBlack Crappie - Fair: A fair to good crappie bite has been going at Hickory Grove. They are being caught drifting or slow trolling 1/8 oz. or lighter jigs with twister tails or minnows or 1.5 inch panfish tube jigs. Work the mid-lake area out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a crawler over pallet piles in water less than 15 feet deep. Some can be found between the island the beach and near buoy off the shore from the Plover Bay Shelter. Hickory Grove can produce 7 to 8.5 inch bluegills.
Red Rock ReservoirWhite Bass - Good: Hot weather is keeping a good white bass bite going. Start by trolling points and windblown shorelines with spoons and lipless crankbaits. Popular color patterns include chrome, chrome/blue and firetiger. If trolling is producing little results, cast the same lures shallow to the windblown shoreline and retrieve.
Roberts Creek Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are in a suspended summer pattern. Drift or troll small twister tail jigs or tube jigs in the main lake.
Rock Creek Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing is good. Drift or troll in the lower half of the main lake. Use small tube jigs and 1/16 or 1/8 oz. jigs with twister tails or tipped with minnows. Keep your bait in the top 6 feet of water.
Saylorville Reservoir
White Bass - Excellent: The white bass bite is very active casting or trolling spoons, lipless crankbaits or square bill crankbaits. Color patterns containing chrome or chartreuse work best. Try the stretch from Sandpiper Beach to the marina bay. Channel Catfish - Good: Drift cut creek chubs above the mile long bridge.
Catfishing is good on Central Iowa rivers. White bass fishing on the reservoirs is good to excellent. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at515-432-2823.

Cold Springs District Farm PondsPonds have been good this week in the southwest district. Always get permission before fishing private ponds. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers reported large catches of crappies using jigs and minnows under a bobber. Bluegill - Fair: Use a night crawler under a bobber. Channel Catfish - Good: Cast cut bait around structure that is close to shore. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are hitting a variety of lures and soft plastics.
Cold Springs Lake
Catfishing is good at Cold Springs. Water clarity is good. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught next to the pump house and along the bluff. Fish will average 8 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cold Springs has a good bass population of all sizes. The lake has an 18 inch length limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish - Good: Cast shrimp or cut bait in less than 6 feet of water to catch channel catfish up to 6 pounds.
Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has a good panfish population. Bluegills and crappies can be caught drifting. Black Crappie - Fair: Cast to tree piles in the lake. Fish will average 9 inches. Channel Catfish - Good: Greenfield is a good lake for catfishing. Cast shad sides or cut bait around jetties to catch fish averaging 2 pounds. Bluegill - Fair: Drift small jigs tipped with a crawler. Fish are 8 inches.
Lake Anita
Anglers are catching bluegills and crappies drifting on the main lake. Bass fishing is also good at this time. Black Crappie - Good: Cast jigs along vegetation edges or drift the main lake. There is a large year class of 8 to 9 inch fish. Bluegill - Good: Drift small jigs tipped with power bait to catch bluegills up to 9.5 inches. Anglers report good catches close to the road bed. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught along vegetation line all around the lake. Fish are all sizes.
Lake Manawa
Anglers are catching crappies in the late afternoon. Catfish can be caught on the south and west side of the lake. White Crappie - Fair: Cast jigs or minnows under a bobber on the lake side of the canals. Fish will range in size up to 12 inches. Walleye - Fair: Drift crawlers or slow troll crankbaits on the south side of the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish with cut bait and Sonny’s dip bait on the west side of the lake close to shore. Fish will average 2 pounds.
Littlefield Lake
Littlefield has a good catfish population. Water clarity is three feet. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish along the dam. Use cut bait or shrimp. Black Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught drifting and casting cedar tree piles. Fish will average 10 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Cast to cedar tree piles or drift to find bluegills. Fish will average 8.5 inches.
Meadow Lake
Meadow Lake has good bluegill and crappie populations. White Crappie - Slow: Meadow has a small population of large white crappie. Try around the jetties and underwater reefs to catch fish up to 14 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish surveys indicate a large year class of black crappie in Meadow. They will average 8.5 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Drift or cast to brush piles to catch 7 to 8 inch bluegills.
Mormon Trail Lake
There is a big year class of 9 inch black crappies in Mormon Trail Lake that is expected to provide good fishing this year. The lake also has good largemouth bass and catfish populations. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish deeper brush piles. Fish will average 9 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills will be mid lake and around brush piles. Cast or drift jigs to catch fish averaging 8 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: The lake has a good bass population. Cast plastics around structure and jetties to catch bass up to 18 inches. Channel Catfish - No Report.
Prairie Rose Lake
Anglers are catching bluegills around underwater reefs and vegetation edges. Prairie Rose water clarity is good. Bluegill - Fair: Quality size bluegills can be caught drifting or casting around underwater reefs. Tip small black jigs with power bait or a crawler. Largemouth Bass - Good: Prairie Rose has many 10 to 12 inch bass. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are beginning to pick up 12 to 14 inch channel catfish on night crawlers under a bobber.
Viking Lake
Largemouth bass fishing is good at Viking. Crappies can be caught around the underwater reefs and in brush piles. Water clarity is three feet. Channel Catfish - Good: Cast cut bait around jetties and rocky shorelines to catch post spawn catfish. Fish will average 2 pounds. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or cast to brush piles using jigs tipped with crawler or power bait to catch crappie ranging from 8 to 10 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Viking has a good bass population. Cast swim baits or plastics along vegetation and around structure to catch fish of all sizes.
Willow LakeWillow Lake has excellent water clarity. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are suspended around structure. Drift or vertical jig to catch fish averaging 8 inches. Redear Sunfish - Fair: Use a whole crawler under a bobber to catch redear up to 12 inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught late afternoon and after dark on cut bait.
Catfishing is good in the district. Bluegills and crappies can be caught drifting. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587.

Green Valley Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches have been caught with jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught using night crawlers fished near cedar tree brush piles.
Lake IcariaChannel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using night crawlers or liver fished near the fish mounds and other rocky structure.
Lake of Three Fires
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches have been caught using jigs fished along the dam.
Little River Watershed Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught with jigs fished near the flooded timber.
Three Mile Lake
Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 7 inches have been caught with night crawlers fished in 15 feet of water along the flooded timber.
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 9 inches have been caught using night crawlers or jigs tipped with a wax worm fished along weed lines. Walleye - Slow: Walleye of all sizes have been caught with night crawlers or leeches fished along wind swept points and along the roadbed. Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch up to 12 inches have been caught using night crawlers or jigs tipped with a wax worm fished along weed lines.
Water temperature in Mount Ayr district lakes is in the low to mid 80's. For more information, please contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.

MISSOURI RIVER

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Try live chubs fished in current breaks near deeper water.
Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Flathead Catfish - Good: Try live chubs fished in current breaks near deeper water. Shovelnose sturgeon - Slow: Use crawlers fished on the bottom.
Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait, stink bait or worms fished on the bottom. Blue Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait and live chubs. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Try live chubs fished in current breaks near deeper water.
The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 21.47 ft. /29,700 cfs./ 79 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri has risen 0.43 feet from last week. The Missouri River water levels are on the rise with recent heavy rains in some of the watershed, but should still be good to get out and fish.