Friday, August 12, 2016

Iowa Weekly Fishing Report 8/12/2016

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

Arrowhead Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are 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 4 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: 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 topwater, 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: Use stink bait, leeches and worms on the bottom. A recent netting survey showed that catfish are up to 23 inches and 5 lbs. in Black Hawk Lake.
Blue LakeLargemouth Bass - No Report: With the water levels up, there is a lot of shoreline vegetation submerged. Concentrate on these areas with weedless lures. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut and stink bait fished on the bottom.
Brushy Creek Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up some bluegill in 15-20 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some largemouth bass have been picked up along weed lines, structure and drop-offs with topwater baits and plastic worms.
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 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 are catching catfish from shore using stink bait or cut bait fished off the bottom.

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. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting on crankbaits.  
Clear Lake
Water temperature is around 79-80 degrees. Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing has been good near the seawall in C.L. , on the outside edge of the submergent weeds in 8 feet of water and after dark on the Ventura jetties. Use cut bait or live bait. Yellow Bass - Excellent: Action has been good to excellent once you locate the schools. Lots of 8-9 inch fish. Drift fish the main lake until you find a school; mark the area and swing back through again. Try some of the rock reefs. Some anglers have been doing well in the Baptist camp area fishing the edges of the weeds. Hy-Vee reef has been good. Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught early and late in the day in 3-5 feet of water. Baptist camp area has been good in the weeds. Try also near the artificial reefs (HyVee and Fisherman’s). Black Crappie - Good: Anglers have been doing well on crappies in the artificial weed beds (Fisherman’s and HyVee reefs).
Lake Cornelia
Channel Catfish - Good: Lake Cornelia has seen a few decent catfish being caught at dusk or night from shore. Bluegill - Good: Smaller bluegills and yellow bass are being caught along the shore on night crawlers.
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
Little fishing activity has been observed on the lake. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Good action this week for smallmouth bass. The best action has been at Foot bridge and any other rock piles. Use topwater and crankbaits.
East Okoboji Lake
Black Crappie - Good: Cast small jig lures tipped with bait on the wooden docks. Yellow Bass - Good: Good action early morning and evening hours; fish bridge sites and public docks on the north end. Try also the south end of the lake; look for rock piles in 15 - 20 feet of water. Yellow Perch - Good: Reports of good numbers of fish being caught off public docks on the north end; cast mini jigs tipped with wigglers and swim the bait slowly back to the dock. Bluegill - Good: Fish are being caught on the south end of the lake in 15 feet of water. Rock piles close to aquatic plants will produce the best action.
Five Island LakeChannel Catfish - Fair: A few fish are being caught from the lake.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye - Good: The hot bite has slowed; anglers are still harvesting fish from the lake. Troll crank baits for the best action.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills and crappies have moved to deeper water; fish weed lines for the best action.
For more information on the above lakes, call the Spirit Lake Fisheries Station at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Cedar River (above Nashua)Cedar River water levels continue to fall and clarity is improving. Use caution when boating as submersed logs and other debris may not be visible. Walleye – Slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers fishing in current breaks and eddies are finding catfish. Use chicken livers and stink baits. ,Northern Pike – Slow.
Decorah District StreamsTrout streams are fishable, but flows are up. A few of our streams are not stocked in August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones. Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching in the late afternoon. 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. Terrestrial bugs are beginning to show up on streams. Ants, grasshoppers and crickets should start to turn heads. Rainbow Trout - Good: Spin fishers should try spinners or worms.
Lake Hendricks
The green algae bloom continues on the lake, 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 - Slow: Fishing from shore is difficult due to aquatic beds. Find fish in deeper water using a hook tipped with small piece of worm. Channel Catfish - Good: Try chicken livers or night crawlers fished off the bottom.
Lake MeyerSpotty catches of fish continue to plague anglers on Lake Meyer.  Bluegill - Slow: Gills are in shallow dense vegetation and difficult to catch. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a variety of soft topwater plastics. Start along the weed edges and fish deeper. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are taking a big worm, night crawlers, or stink bait fished off the bottom under a bobber.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)Water temperatures are in the mid 70's. Water levels have stabilized and clarity is slowly improving. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Run a spinner bait along undercut banks and overhanging rock ledges. Try also mouths of spring fed tributaries.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)Water levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Use care when paddling; logs, rocks, and other debris may not be visible until it's too late to maneuver. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try small crankbaits or spinner baits in eddies and tributary mouths. 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 – Slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink baits, chicken liver and crawlers. Volga Lake has a very nice population of catfish awaiting the patient angler.
Thunderstorms are predicted for Thursday into Friday; after that another cool shot of weather is in store for Northeast Iowa with temperatures in the upper 70's and plenty of sunshine. Rainfall amounts and severity of storms will dictate what rivers and streams will look like. Currently, river levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Reports have been good for angling on Casey Lake for bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Quality size bluegills have been caught with some approaching 9 inches. Bluegill - Good: Try just below the surface in 1-3 feet of water near structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits near the dam and off jetties. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers.
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is currently falling. Angling for walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish should be productive by the upcoming weekend. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Try fishing with a bluegill or bullhead on the bottom near structure or in deeper holes. Walleye - Good: Use a jig tipped with a crawler or cast crankbaits. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits near rocky shorelines.
Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River is in excellent angling condition for the upcoming weekend. Anglers are catching walleye on a consistent basis. Walleye - Good: 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 & crawler, crankbaits or spinner baits fished near rocky habitat. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken livers or stink baits near the upstream end of logjams.
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock River is falling. Angling for walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish should be productive by the upcoming weekend. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers. Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped with a crawler or cast crankbaits. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits near rocky shorelines.
Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)The Wapsipinicon River is currently at 5.40 feet and falling. The river remains a bit stained due to higher turbidity or algal bloom. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast crankbaits near rocky shorelines. Walleye - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a crawler or cast crankbaits.
The interior rivers are in good condition, especially for the upcoming weekend. Weather today is calling for a fair amount of rainfall which may cause a rise in river levels. Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls other than Casey Lake which remains good. 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 11.4 feet at Lansing and is expected to fall 2.5 feet to 8.9 over the next week. New Albin army road remains closed. Water temperature is 79 degrees. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Fair: As water levels fall, look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with falling water levels, but should pick up as more normal levels return. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and 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 19.5 feet at Lynxville and is expected to fall almost 3 feet to 16.6 over the next week. Water temperature is 80 degrees. Lock and dam gates remain open, but may close by next week. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Fair: As water levels fall, look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with falling water levels, but should pick up as more normal levels return. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and 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 has reached 10.7 feet at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg and is expected to fall almost 3 feet to 7.8 over the next week. The roller dams and Guttenberg should be lowered early next week. Water temperature is 80 degrees. Freshwater Drum - Excellent:  Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum being caught on minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good alongside channel and main channel structure. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Fair: As water levels fall, look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with falling water levels, but should pick up as more normal levels return. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and 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 fallen, but are expected to begin rising again. The change in level will keep fish moving, but may make shoreline fishing better as fish follow the rise. Water temperatures are near 80 degrees.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water level is near 7.8 feet at Dubuque tailwater and near 10.1 feet at the RR bridge.  These levels are down over two feet from last week and water levels are expected to continue to slowly fall. Tributaries such as Catfish Creek are very turbid after nearly every rain. Water temperature in the main channel is 80 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish the vegetation lines or in pockets of large coontail and milfoil weed beds. Frog imitation lures can work great this time of year. Find clear water. 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. If you plan on eating drum, throw them immediately on ice after catching them and try to avoid freezing them. Channel Catfish - Excellent: The channel catfish bite continues to be excellent in side channels around snags or rock structures. Move often if they do not bite. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are showing up in areas of low flow. They are running small this year. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 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 catch smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. The high water has made angling for them a challenge. Black Crappie - No Report: Expecting good crappie fishing to return this fall.
Mississippi River Pool 13
Water level is expected to be near 11.8 feet at Bellevue which is down two feet from last week. The water temperature is around 79 degrees. Expect water to recede this week. Water clarity is improving but may decline with forecast precipitation. Walleye - Fair: As the water levels have dropped, success on wing dams has increased. 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 with frog imitation lures or plastics. 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 - No Report: 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. Smallies often hold very tight to the rocks. Stay away from the turbid tributary streams as smallmouths are sight feeders. Black Crappie - Good: Lots of 11 inch crappie were being seen in side channel sloughs.  Crappies can be found in brush piles during high water situations. Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be a good way to catch nice flathead catfish from the Mississippi River.
Mississippi River Pool 14
Water level is near 8.6 feet at Fulton, 11.8 feet at Camanche and 6.3 feet at Le Claire.  Water is forecast to continue to recede. The water clarity has improved over the last week, but may decline with forecast precipitation.  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 stink bait. The Rock Creek area is a good place to find channel cats. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes were biting during the lower current levels; it will remain to be seen if people can still find them again once water recedes. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 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. Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective in catching nice flathead catfish. Largemouth Bass - Good: Go deep into the backwaters along vegetation lines using frog imitation lures.
Mississippi River Pool 15
Water level is 8.9 feet at Rock Island, which is down substantially from last week. Expect water levels to slowly recede. Water temperature is around 80 degrees in the main channel. Pigeon Creek and Crow Creek are turbid after nearly every rain this year, but conditions are improving. 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: Rising water levels usually trigger what has already been a good catfish bite. Lots of varieties of stink bait are being used. Move often if the fish do not bite in 15 minutes. Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective catching nice flathead catfish this time of year.
Water temperatures are around 80 degrees in the main channel. Water levels are predicted to recede steadily all week in all areas, but this could change with rains moving in the later part of the week. River turbidity is improving and good fishing conditions are beginning to return. 

Tailwater stage is 8.90 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and has been falling the past few days. Flood stage is 15 feet. We have not received much for fishing reports this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try stink baits above logs jams and snags in the side channels and main channel. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Cast crankbaits or pull three-way rigs with crawlers. Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina. Use pieces of worm under a bobber. Some bluegills are also being caught in the Andalusia Island complex.
Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage is 7.52 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish around log jams and snags in the side channels. Use night crawlers or stink bait. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Cast crankbaits or pulling three-way rigs with crawlers.
Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage is 9.30 feet at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston and is falling. The ramp at Toolsboro is open. Flood stage is 15 feet. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try stink baits above brush piles and log jams in the side channels. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Cast crankbaits or pull three-way rigs with crawlers.
Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 5.96 feet at Lock and Dam 19 above Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try stink baits above brush piles and log jams in the side channels.
River stage has been falling the past few days. Main channel water temperature is around 81 degrees. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another waterbody. If you have questions on fishing pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Big Hollow LakeWith the hot and humid weather and three plus inches of rain last Thursday, there haven’t been too many anglers out on the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: There are some real nice catfish in this lake. Boat through the trees to the upper end of the lake where the creeks come in. Try also along the rocks on the dam.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river continues to slowly drop since last week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing always seems to slow down with a falling water level. Work the brush piles and off the back ends of the sand bars to find some hungry catfish.
Lake Belva Deer
The lake has recovered from last Thursday's four plus inch rain. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching bluegills down about 12 feet out in the flooded timber. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught out in six to eight feet of water. Anglers are catching them trolling out in the main body of the lake. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfishing has remained excellent; start by the tubes where a good amount of water is entering the lake from the marsh.
Lake Darling
The lake has mostly recovered from the heavy rains from last week; the water is back off the docks and jetties. The water temperature is down to 82 degrees and water clarity is about 2.5 to 3 feet. Bluegill - Fair: Not a lot of anglers are out with the hot humid weather, but they are catching some decent bluegills around the deeper rock piles in 6-8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Evenings and early morning are best as bass come in shallow to feed on the little fish.
Lake Odessa
The inlet and outlets and are closed because of the rising water levels in both the Iowa and the Mississippi rivers. Water levels in Odessa are still plenty high for boats to reach most of the areas. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is very good especially around the riprap and the tree falls.
Lost Grove LakeThe middle ramp is open. Construction has closed the ramp by the dam. Channel Catfish - Fair: Look for them up by the causeway and down by the dam; try also around some of the culvert piles around the jetties. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching bluegills in 8 to 10 feet of water around the flooded trees.
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
Last Thursday's rains brought the river up to nearly bank full last Friday; it's been dropping fast since then. Channel Catfish - Fair: The few anglers that have been out haven’t been doing too bad. Cut bait and stinkbait work best.
For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at319-694-2430.

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 LakeLargemouth Bass - Fair: Hawthorn has a slot limit; all largemouth bass between 12 and 16 inches must be immediately released. Try areas along the dam and rip-rapped shorelines with crawdad imitating lures or spinner baits. Black Bullhead - Good: Use night crawlers fished on the bottom. Most of the action has been on the upper end of the lake east of the gravel road. Some fish have been up to 12 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting on small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Sorting is needed for larger fish with most fish running about 7 inches.
Lake Keomah
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try rubber worms around the fishing jetties and the shoreline. Bluegill - Fair: Use a chunk of night crawler under a bobber along the shorelines and around the fishing jetties. Target areas with submerged structure.
Lake Sugema
Largemouth Bass - Fair: A jig and pig combo can be productive in the summer. Lake Sugema has a slot limit; all largemouth bass 12-18 inches must be immediately released. Walleye - Slow: Fishing has slowed some with the hot weather. Use crankbaits fished along the dam and other rip-rapped shorelines. Try also minnows fished under a bobber.
Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 905.43. The current surface water temperature is in the upper 70's °F. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Walleye - Slow: Fishing remains slower than a month ago. Anglers are still catching walleye, just not as many at each spot. Use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad in submerged points and rock piles. Anglers are trolling or drifting crankbaits and crawler harnesses in these areas. White Bass - Fair: Use chrome colored crankbaits or lead heads and white jigs. Rathbun also contains hybrid striped bass (wipers); use the same techniques used for white bass. Channel Catfish - Fair: Look for areas with water flowing into the lake. Use night crawlers or cut bait.
Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Use night crawlers fished under a bobber. Try areas around the jetties and along the shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Target areas along the dam and around the fishing jetties using spinnerbaits or rubber worms. Try also crawdad imitations in these areas. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait or night crawlers around the 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 LakeWalleye - Fair: Troll spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 5-15 feet of water. Focus on the upper/shallower 1/3rd of the lake. The east arm out from and above the marina is producing more fish. Flows coming in from the creeks will attract fish to the silt dam notches. Cast shallow diving crankbaits in these areas. White Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching white bass near schools of shad. Use your depth finder to locate the shad; look for larger fish surrounding the school. Try jigging spoons or crankbaits.
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: River levels are still good for small boats. Channel catfishing is good using stink baits.
Don Williams Lake
Black Crappie - Good: The summer crappie bite is still fair to good. Most fish are 8.5-9.5 inches. Slowly troll or drift 1/8 ounce jigs tipped with minnows or small white or chartreuse twister tails 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. Drift or slow troll 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 crawler over pallet piles in water less than 15 feet deep. Try also between the island and 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.
Red Rock ReservoirWhite Bass - Fair: The white bass bite has been hit or miss. Troll points and windblown shorelines with chrome, chrome/blue and firetiger spoons and lipless crankbaits. 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 - Fair: The white bass bite has slowed some. Cast or troll 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 fair to good. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

Cold Springs Lake
Anglers are catching big channel catfish at Cold Springs. The lake has an 18 inch length limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish - Good: Cast cut bait or prepared dip bait in 4 to 6 feet of water to catch catfish up to 10 pounds. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are in the tree piles and stake beds. Cast plastics Texas rigged to catch fish up to 20 inches.
Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has a good panfish population. Bluegills and crappies can be caught drifting. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches are being caught drifting with power bait or crawlers. Black Crappie - Fair: Concentrate around the ends of jetties and submerged trees to find crappie up to 12 inches. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are actively feeding. Cast cut bait or shrimp to catch fish averaging 2 pounds.
Lake Anita
Anglers are catching bluegills and crappies drifting on the main lake. Bass fishing is also good at this time. Bluegill - Fair: Drift small black jigs tipped with power bait. Fish are 9 inches. Black Crappie - Good: Try over the road beds and underwater reefs. Sorting is necessary for fish over 10 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes are being caught. Cast the shoreline early in the morning and as the temperature warms fish deeper around structure.
Lake Manawa
Anglers are catching large catfish on the south and west side of the lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching large catfish on dip bait.
Prairie Rose Lake
Anglers are catching bluegills around underwater reefs and vegetation edges. Prairie Rose water clarity is good. Bluegill - Fair: Drift or slow troll around the underwater reefs to catch bluegill up to 9 inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch 14 to 16 inch channel catfish around the jetties on night crawlers.
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. Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish plastics in tree piles to catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish on wind swept points using cubit. Fish will average 2 pounds. Black Crappie - Fair: Cast 1/32nd ounce jigs tipped with power bait around the many tree piles in the lake. Fish will average 9 inches.
Catfishing was good last week. 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 crankbaits or tube jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught using nightcrawler fished near cedar tree brush piles.
Lake IcariaChannel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using night crawlers, liver or stinkbait fished near the fish mounds and fishing jetties Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught with night crawlers fished near the fish mounds.
Little River Watershed Lake
Channel Catfish - Slow: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using liver or stink bait fished near the flooded timber. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught with jigs tipped with a wax worm or night crawlers fished near cedar tree brush piles or along the fishing jetties.
Three Mile Lake
Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills up to 7 inches have been caught with night crawlers fished along flooded timber.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Black Crappie - Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with jigs fished near the rock fish mounds. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 9 inches have been caught with jigs fished near the rock fish mounds.
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 - Good: Use cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Flathead Catfish - Good: Try live chubs and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark.
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 and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark. Blue Catfish - Good: Use live chubs and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark.
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 live chubs and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Try live chubs and bluegills fished on trotlines or rod and reel in current breaks near deeper water in the evening or after dark.
The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 20.46 ft. /28,100 cfs./ 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri fell 0.21 feet from last week. The Missouri River levels and water conditions are looking good to get out and fish. The water temperature has warmed which should be good to get catfish.