Friday, August 19, 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

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: Fish 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 and Texas rigs. Try also 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: Try 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: Use 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 using 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 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 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.

NORTHEAST

Cedar River (above Nashua)Cedar River water levels are slowly stabilizing and clarity continues to improve. Use caution when boating; 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 StreamsMany trout streams are fishable. The spotty nature of Tuesday's rain has caused some streams to be off color. Flows remain 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. Anglers are finding 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 on Lake Meyer. Brittle naiad has been found in the lake near the boat ramp. Please make sure your boat trailer and other watercraft are clear of plants. 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 stinkbait fished off the bottom under a bobber.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)Water temperatures are in the mid 70's. Water levels have gone up a foot since Tuesday evening and clarity has declined. Use brightly colored jigs and flashy spinners to get the attention of a fish. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Run a spinner bait along undercut banks and overhanging rock ledges. Also try the mouths of spring fed tributaries.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)Water levels continue to go up downstream of lower dam and clarity is decreasing. 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 nice population of catfish awaiting the patient angler.
Thunderstorms are predicted for Thursday into Saturday, but after that another cool shot of weather is in store for Northeast Iowa. Weekend temperatures are predicted to be in the low 70's. Rainfall amounts and severity of storms will dictate what rivers and streams will look like. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Reports have been good for fishing 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 one to three 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. Walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish fishing 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 have been 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:  Use a jig and crawler, crankbaits or spinner baits fished near rocky habitat. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try chicken livers or stink baits near the upstream end of logjams.
Martens Lake
Anglers are doing well on Martens Lake catching largemouth bass. This lake contains many aquatic plants, so navigation may be difficult. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast and retrieve topwater-weedless baits.
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock River is falling. Walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish fishing should be productive by the upcoming weekend. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers. Walleye - Good: Use a jig tipped with a crawler or cast crankbaits. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits near rocky shorelines.
The Wapsipinicon River is currently at 5.87 feet and falling. The river remains a bit stained due to higher turbidity or algal bloom. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast crankbaits near rocky shorelines. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a crawler or cast crankbaits. Northern Pike - Good: Mepps spinners have been good for northern pike.
The interior rivers are in good condition, especially for the upcoming weekend. Potential heavy rainfall is expected for this Saturday which may impact rivers and streams. 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 at563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level is 11 feet at Lansing and is expected to fall slowly less than a foot over the next week. New Albin army road is closed again and will probably remain closed next week. 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 - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with changing 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 18.9 feet at Lynxville and is expected to fall slowly almost a foot over the next week. Lock and dam gates at Lynxville have been raised. 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 - Good: Try stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels; some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. 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 feet at Lock and Dam 11 at Guttenberg and is expected to fall slowly almost a foot over the next week. The roller dams at Guttenberg have been raised and probably will remain raised all of 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 - Good: Try stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels, some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. 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 risen quickly over the last week, but are expected to begin falling slowly over the next week. The high water is bringing a lot of vegetation into flowing water hindering boating and fishing. Water temperatures are near 80 degrees.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water level is near 8.7 feet at Dubuque tailwater and near 10.9 feet at the RR bridge. These levels are up from last week and water levels are expected continue to rise a bit. Tributaries such as Catfish Creek are very turbid after nearly every rain. Water temperature in the main channel is still hovering near 80 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing 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. Some smaller bass are being caught in the tailwaters in O’Leary’s Lake. 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 - Fair: 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 fishing for crappies to return this fall.
Mississippi River Pool 13
Water level is expected to be near 9.8 feet at Bellevue which is down from last week. The water temperature is around 80 degrees. Expect water to rise slightly this week. Water clarity is ok but gets turbid after each rain event. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are constantly moving from side channels to wing dams due to the water current changes. Present levels are a bit too high for good wing dam fishing. 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. Use 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 - Good: 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. , lack Crappie - Good: Lots of 11 inch crappies have been seen in side channel sloughs. Crappies can be found in brush piles during high water situations. Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait is a good way to catch nice flathead catfish from the Mississippi River.
Mississippi River Pool 14
Water level is near 8.7 feet at Fulton, 11.9 feet at Camanche and 6.5 feet at Le Claire. Water is forecasted to continue to rise slightly. The water clarity has improved over the last weeks but it gets turbid with each rain event. The water temperature is near 81 degrees. 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 once water recedes a bit. A few real hog walleyes have been reported from Pool 14 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 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 similar to last week. Expect water levels to rise a bit. Water temperature is around 81 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 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 or so. Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective on catching nice flathead catfish this time of year.
Water temperatures are around 80 degrees in the main channel.  Water levels are predicted to rise just a bit more.  River turbidity has been improving but water levels have been going up and down, making finding fish a challenge.   

SOUTHEAST

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level on Aug. 18 is 686'. It has been falling about a foot per day and is expected to be back to summer pool of 683.4' by the end of the weekend. The water is dirty and no fishing reports are available.
Hannen Lake
There is quite a bit of vegetation in the lake. Some anglers are having difficulty fishing many areas. Channel Catfish - Good: The east side of the lake has been reported as best, as the vegetation is not as bad. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers in boats are having success.
Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
Channel Catfish – Excellent. Largemouth Bass - Good: Evening bite is best - after 5 pm. Fishing in 12-15 feet of water has been best.
Kent Park LakeBluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.
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Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is close to being down 15 feet for the upcoming restoration project. Some people are using the make-shift ramp at the main ramp, but four wheel drive vehicles only should be used with caution. Some equipment has been moved in and work should begin soon. White Bass - Fair: Look for schools feeding on the surface at sunset. Throw topwaters, small spoons or jigs. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Look for schools feeding on the surface at sunset. Throw topwaters, small spoons or jigs.
For more 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 - Fair: Try crawdad imitating lures or spinner baits along the dam and rip-rapped shorelines. 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 spinner baits around the fishing jetties and any aquatic vegetation. Bluegill - Fair: Use a chunk of night crawler under a bobber in the shorelines and around the fishing jetties. Target areas with submerged structure.
Lake Sugema
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some largemouth bass using topwater lures in the mornings. Try a jig and pig combo around the fishing jetties or along the face of the dam. Lake Sugema has a slot limit so all largemouth bass 12-18 inches must be immediately released. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching a few bluegills. Try a chunk of night crawler under a bobber around any aquatic vegetation. 
Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 905.39. The current surface water temperature is in the lower 80's degrees. 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. Try crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad in submerged points and rock piles. Anglers have been trolling or drifting crankbaits and crawler harnesses in these areas. White Bass - Fair: 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. Channel Catfish - Fair: Look for areas with water flowing into the lake. Use night crawlers or cut bait.
Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching bluegills using night crawlers fished under a bobber. Try areas around the jetties and along the shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits along the face of the dam and around the fishing jetties. Try also crawdad imitations such as a jig and pig. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers fished in 6-8 feet of water.
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 - 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 has been 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 and look for larger fish surrounding the school. Use jigging spoons or crankbaits.
Don Williams Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: The summer crappie bite is fair to good at Don Williams. Most fish are now 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 trolling 1/8 ounce or lighter jigs with twister tails or minnows or 1.5 inch panfish tube jigs. A good area to work first is the mid-lake area out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge. Bluegill - Good: Try small jigs tipped with crawler over pallet piles in water less than 15 feet deep. Some bluegills 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.
Red Rock ReservoirWhite Bass - Fair: The white bass bite has been hit or miss. Start by trolling 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 ounce 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 is hit or miss. The best chances will be on the hot days. Cast or troll spoons, lipless crankbaits or square bill crankbaits. Color patterns containing chrome or chartreuse work best. A good area to begin is 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 at515-432-2823.

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 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: Black crappie can be caught 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; fish deeper around structure as the temperature warms.
Lake Manawa
Anglers are catching large catfish on the south and west side of the lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are 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 cut bait. 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 night crawlers fished near cedar tree brush piles or along the fishing jetties.
Lake IcariaChannel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught with night crawlers, liver or stinkbait fished near the fish mounds. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using night crawlers fished near the fish mounds.
Lake of Three Fires
Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught with night crawlers fished near the fish mounds.
Little River Watershed Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using liver or stink bait fished near the campground point. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught with night crawlers fished near cedar tree brush piles.
Three Mile Lake
Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 7 inches have been caught with night crawlers fished along flooded timber. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using liver fished near rocky main lake points.
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 using 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: Try cut bait, stink bait or crawlers fished on the bottom. Flathead 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 (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 20.38 ft. /27,800 cfs./ 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri fell 0.08 feet from last week. The Missouri River levels and water conditions are looking good to get out and fish. The water temperature has warmed up which should be good to get catfish.