Friday, July 8, 2016

Iowa Weekly Fishing Report

This weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

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NORTHWEST

Black Hawk Lake
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 - Fair: Anglers are picking up some walleye in deeper water near rock piles and dredge cuts. Boat anglers have recently had success fishing the rock piles off of Cottonwood Point. Try also 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. Boat anglers are having the best luck. Also try throwing crankbaits and twisters along the weed lines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Top water, weedless baits and Texas rigs work well. Try fishing plastic worms near cover and drop offs. Town Bay and the inlet bridge are popular spots for bass right now. 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 all fished off the bottom. Anglers are having success in Town Bay. Fish are 17-20 inches.
Black Hawk Pits
Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill are being picked in near shore areas with a jig fished under a bobber. If no luck near shore, move deeper; bluegills this time of year may start to move away from spawning areas to seek deeper habitats.
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.
Great Western Park Lake
A recent electrofishing survey showed good numbers of catchable sized largemouth bass. Bluegill up to 8 inches and channel catfish up to 30 inches in length are also present. Fish the weed lines to target bass and bluegill and off the bottom for catfish. Spawning catfish can also be targeted near shore.
North Twin Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have picked up crappie near shore using minnows and crawlers fished on a jig under a bobber. Walleye - Fair: Reports of several nice sized walleye being picked up.
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: Try crankbaits fished in the dredge cuts. A few have been picked up from shore with leeches and crankbaits. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching catfish from shore with stink bait or cut bait fished off the bottom.
Swan Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up bluegill near shore along weed lines. Fish a small jig under a bobber with a small piece of crawler, wax worm or minnow. A recent electrofishing survey showed bluegill up to 9 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being picked up with minnows or crappie candy baits fished under a bobber in 2-5 feet of water.
For more information, contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.

Bluegill - Good: Bluegills and a few yellows are being caught drift fishing/trolling small jigs.
Bluebill Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting well on the jetty.
Clear Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are still spawning near rocks along the shoreline and deeper rock reefs. The island, Billy’s reef, State Reef and the Ventura Jetties are good places to look. 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 - Fair: Some anglers are catching better numbers of yellows by drifting the main basin or fishing around rock reefs. Walleye - Good: 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 two to three feet of water. A few keepers have been caught around the reefs with lots of sublegal sized fish. Muskellunge – Fair. Yellow Perch - Fair: Target perch inside the rushes on the north shore or near Farmer’s beach.
Lake Catherine
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish near the rocks along the jetties or shoreline with worms, minnows or cut bait.
Lake Smith
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been 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 of fish are being caught; Try Hales Slough, Anglers Bay and Buffalo Run area. 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 fishable and looking good. Anglers using live bait seem to have better luck catching a variety of fish this week. Walleye – Good. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers fishing in current breaks and eddies are finding catfish. Use cut bait on a hook. Northern Pike - Fair: Minnows are turning pike heads this week. Rock Bass - Fair: Catches of rock bass have been spotty.
Decorah District Streams
Take 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 have also been 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 mapto find out which ones. Spin fishers should try spinners or worms.
Lake Hendricks
The lake has a green algae bloom; 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.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish over the deeper brush piles and structure. Use a worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a variety of soft plastics. Start along the weed edges and fish deeper. Channel Catfish - Fair: Nice size 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. Try fishing 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 work best. White Sucker – Fair. Smallmouth Bass – Fair.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)Paddlers are having the best luck finding fish this week in the turbid water. 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.
With the exception of stormy weather on Thursday, this weekend looks to be fabulous with daytime temperatures in the 70's and upper 50's at night. Clarity on most streams has declined with recent rains and water levels have become somewhat flashy; most are fishable. 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 in Casey Lake. 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 two to three 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 some good angling opportunities as the beautiful weekend forecast approaches. Fishing in Bremer County has been more productive than in Black Hawk County. Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting well on a jig tipped with a crawler combination or crankbaits. Target break lines, rocky shorelines, eddies or tailwater riffles for aggressive walleye. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try 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.
George Wyth Lake
Anglers have been catching crappie on George Wyth Lake in and around weed beds and structure. Black Crappie - Fair: Try drifting a crappie minnow under a slip bobber in and around the edges of weed beds.
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: Try 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.
Martens Lake
Anglers are doing well on largemouth bass in Martens Lake, especially early morning and late evening. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use weedless combinations of artificial lures and baits as the vegetation is very dense.
Plainfield Lake
Anglers are doing well on largemouth bass in Plainfield Lake, especially during early morning and late evening. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use weedless combinations of artificial lures and baits as the vegetation is very dense.
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.
The Wapsipinicon River is currently at 5.29 feet and falling. Conditions and clarity for the upcoming weekend should vastly improve. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting well on a jig tipped with a crawler combination or crankbaits. Target break lines, rocky shorelines, eddies or tailwater riffles for aggressive walleye. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try 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 while using the same techniques as walleye or smallmouth bass.
Interior rivers are slightly on the rise or maintaining levels with the recent rainfall. Walleye and smallmouth bass are back on the bite with some occasional channel catfish and northern pike being caught. Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level is 9.1 feet at Lansing and is expected to drop slowly to 8.5 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 being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouths are beginning to disperse from spawning areas. Look for largemouth to pull out to side 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.
Mississippi River Pool 10
Water level has fallen to 16.2 feet at Lynxville and is expected to fall over a foot to 15 feet 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 being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouths are beginning to disperse from spawning areas. Look for largemouth to pull out to side 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 right now, 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.
Mississippi River Pool 11
Water level is 7.9 feet at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg and is expected to drop almost 2 feet to 6 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 being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouths are beginning to disperse from spawning areas. Look for largemouth to pull out to side 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 right now, 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.
Water levels are beginning to fall and temperatures are beginning to rise on the Upper Mississippi. Fishing should continue to be good as we begin to fall into a more normal summer pattern; shoreline anglers may have problems with vegetation. Water temperatures have reached the upper 70's.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water level 7.8 feet at the Dubuque tailwater and 10.1 feet at the RR bridge.  These levels are down slightly from last week and water levels are expected to slowly recede all week. Water temperature in the main channel is 77 degrees which is also slightly down from last week. Northern Pike - No Report: The River has a good population of northern pike; they are biting in numerous locations. Spinners work best. Dirty water makes sight predators hard to catch as fish have difficulty feeding. 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: Bass populations are very good in the river; expect them to pick up soon. 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. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills were caught out of the marina areas and lower ends of backwater areas. 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 13
Water level is 9.2 feet at Bellevue, which is down slightly from last week. The water temperature is 77 degrees. Expect water to slowly recede all week. The river is clearing up and fishing conditions have vastly improved; the tributary streams like Mill Creek and the Maquoketa River are muddy. All ramps are open; expect a good bite for a variety of species this week.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes were reported back on the wing dams. Use a small crawler rig. The high and dirty water curtailed walleye fishing, but water conditions and levels are becoming more favorable for quality angling. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Go way back in large backwater complexes to find cleaner water; that is where the bass will be. 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. Northern Pike - Fair: Expect pike to move into the cooler water tributary stream areas soon. 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 8.8 feet at Fulton, 12.1 feet at Camanche and 6.6 feet at LeClaire. These readings are nearly identical levels to what was reported last week. Water is expected to be fairly stable to falling this upcoming 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. 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 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 15
Water level is 9.3 feet at Rock Island, which is up slightly from last week. Expect water levels to remain stable to slightly falling all week. Water temperature is around 79 degrees in the main channel. Water clarity is improving, except near tributary streams such as Pigeon Creek. 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 have dropped slightly throughout the district and are in the upper 70's. Water levels fell during the week, but are still somewhat high for this time of year. River turbidity has been an issue near tributary streams. Mayflies have been hatching which triggers the feeding of many fish species.  

River stage is 9.57 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities. Tailwater stage has raised some with the recent heavy rain. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught around the mouth of the Rock River. Use worms or dip baits. Look for channel catfish around snags alongside channels and the main channel. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling three-way rigs with crawlers or casting crankbaits.
Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage is 7.89 feet at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine. Tailwater stage has raised some with the recent heavy rain. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try fishing above snags alongside channels and the main channel with dip baits or crawlers. Walleye - Fair: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling 3-way rigs with crawlers or casting crankbaits. Trolling crankbaits along GPC can also work. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters. Try fishing around brush piles with worms under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Look for bass in the backwaters and side channels. Try fishing around brush piles and logs. Areas to try are Cleveland Slough and Big Timber.
Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage is 9.68 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston. Tailwater stage has raised some with the recent rains. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try fishing for channel catfish around snags along the main channel and side channels with dip baits, shad or crawlers. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling 3-way rigs with crawlers or casting crankbaits. White Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters and side channels. Try fishing around brush piles with minnows or jigs and plastics.
Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 6.1 feet at Lock and Dam 19 above Burlington. Tailwater stage has raised some with the recent heavy rain. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish around brush piles and snags along the main channel and side channels with dip baits, shad or crawlers. White Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters and side channels around brush piles and logs. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber or jigs and minnows.
Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River levels have come up some with the recent heavy rains. Water clarity is still a little muddy. Clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another waterbody. If you have questions on fishing Pools16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river level is forecasted by the NWS to continue to drop slowly over the next several days. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing remained good over the weekend. With the return of temperatures in the low 90s on Tuesday, there haven’t been many anglers out since then.
Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is holding at 84 degrees. There is a planktonic algae bloom, but it’s not too bad. Water clarity is four feet. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is fairly good in the early morning, but slows after about 10 am. Most bluegills being caught are out in deeper water and over the mounds at the upper end of the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been decent. Chicken liver and stink baits work best.
Lake Darling
The drop in air temperature didn't affect the water temperature much. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are out in deeper water staying cool. Work the rock piles and brush piles in 8 to 10 foot of water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Work bass early in the morning and late in the evening.
Lake Geode
Bluegill - Good: Most bluegills have moved to deeper water; work the ledges near deeper water. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing remains pretty good. Look for them along the face of the dam and around the brush piles.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is good around the flooded timber in deeper water down around 10 foot deep. Black Crappie - Good: Mostly smaller (8 inch) fish. Anglers are catching them in the same areas as the bluegills.
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
Water levels are remaining pretty stable. 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 and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

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. Try crankbaits or spinner baits around brush piles and other underwater structure. Use rubber worms or crawdad imitations around the rock jetties and along the dam. 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; most fish are about 7 inches.
Lake Keomah
Try crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished around the end of the rock jetties and along the shorelines for largemouth bass. Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler. Try areas around the aquatic vegetation.
Lake Sugema
Largemouth Bass - Fair: All 12 -18 inch largemouth bass must be immediately released. Try topwater lures in the early mornings and later in the evenings. Throw crankbaits 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 different depths until you find active fish. Walleye - Slow: Fishing has slowed some with the hotter weather. Try drifting night crawlers or minnows along the dam and other rip-rapped shorelines.
Lake Wapello
Largemouth Bass - Good: Target areas with the cedar tree piles. Use crankbaits and topwater lures in these areas. The cedar trees are 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: Anglers are catching channel catfish with cut bait or night crawlers.
Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 905.57. 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 structure. Most fish have spawned and have moved out from the shorelines. Try jig and minnow combinations or minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with underwater structure such as tree piles or stumps. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are biting on night crawlers and cut bait. Channel catfish are in the shallows spawning; try areas with big rocks such as the dam or around the bridge at Bridgeview. Walleye anglers have also been catching catfish on crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching walleyes by trolling crankbaits or crawler harnesses around underwater islands or submerged points. Some anglers are also catching walleyes by 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 that are being used for white bass.
Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Try a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber; target areas along the shorelines. Keep moving to find active fish. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are hitting on rubber worms or lizards. Try areas with rock on the shorelines and around the fishing jetties. Use crawdad imitations in these areas. 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 in 5-15 feet of water and jigging tipped with crawlers or minnows. Focus on the upper/shallow 1/3rd of the lake.
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite is good in the Des Moines river using stink baits and cut bait. The river flows are still good for small boats to navigate.
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.
Black Crappie - Fair: A fair to good crappie bite is 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 bluegills e can be found between the island the beach and near buoy off the shore from the Plover Bay Shelter. Hickory Grove can produce some nice 7 to 8.5 inch bluegills.
White Bass - Good: Hot weather has kicked off a good white bass bite. Start by trolling points and windblown shorelines with spoons and lipless crankbaits. Popular color patterns include chrome, chrome/blue and firetiger. If trolling produces 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.
White Bass - Good: The white bass bite is good trolling spoons and lipless 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 right now on Central Iowa rivers. White bass fishing on the reservoirs is good following the hot weather and high water temperatures. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

Cold Springs District Farm PondsWater clarity has improved in most ponds after heavy rains in May. 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: Catfish are spawning at this time. 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: Drift or 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 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 drifting 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 are picking up 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: Walleyes can be caught drifting crawlers or slow trolling 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. Fish 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: Try drifting or casting 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 for crappies. 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 8 to 10 inch crappies. 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 using jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught with night crawlers fished near cedar tree brush piles. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using night crawlers or liver fished near rocky structure.
Lake IcariaChannel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught with night crawlers or liver fished near the fish mounds and other rocky structure.
Lake of Three Fires
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches have been caught using jigs fished along the dam. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught with night crawlers fished near cedar tree brush piles or 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. Walleye - Slow: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught trolling nightcrawler harnesses along main lake points.
Three Mile Lake
Channel Catfish - Slow: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught with night crawlers or liver fished near the flooded timber.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 10 inches have been caught with night crawlers fished in 10-15 feet of water along weed lines. Walleye - Slow: Walleyes of all sizes have been caught using lindy rigs fished along wind swept points.
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 21.04 ft. /30,300 cfs./ 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri has fallen 0.54 feet from last week. The Missouri River levels and water conditions are looking very good to get out and fish.