Bluegill, Catfish, and Panfishing Good in Saturday Fishing Report

The 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.

 

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake

Panfishing is starting to pick up.  Channel Catfish – Slow: Fishing has been slow for catfish.  Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are starting to move in close to shore.  Anglers have been picking up some bluegill off the face of the dam.  The action isn’t real hot, but the bluegill that are being caught are nine-inch plus. Use a small black jig and fish near shore.  Largemouth Bass – Slow: Fishing has been slow for bass.

 

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching fair numbers of bluegill, but they are averaging nine inches.  Work a small black jig around the corners of the dam. Also look for spawning beds in the upper ends and shallow protected areas of the lake. Crappie – Fair: Anglers may still be able to find some crappie in spawning mode, otherwise they might have to look a little deeper and work around structure.

 

Brushy Creek Lake

Water clarity is good.  Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are moving close to shore.  Anglers should fish tight to the inside edge of the weed lines (shore side of the weed edge).  Crappie – Fair: Crappies are moving close to shore.  Anglers should fish tight to the inside edge of the weed lines (shore side of the weed edge).  Walleye – Good: Anglers have had good success casting jigs for walleye.  Try baiting your jig with a minnow or a piece of nightcrawler.

 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are close to shore and anglers should do well with traditional catfish baits.  Most fish are around two pounds.  White Bass – Good: White bass are tight to shore.  Anglers should try casting hair jigs baited with a minnow or white twisters close to shore. There are a lot of white bass hanging around the big island and the east shore from the boat ramp north to the end of King’s Pointe jetty.  Walleye – Excellent: Anglers did very well for walleye last weekend and fish are continuing to be caught this week. Trolling shad colored crankbaits has produced good numbers of fish. Anglers that have been trolling 3+ MPH have been doing the best.  Anglers were also catching good numbers of walleye casting jigs baited with a piece of night crawler just south of the college island. Many fish in the slot are being caught along with legal sized fish. The daily bag limit for walleye is three. All walleye between 17-22 inches must be released, and only one over 22 inches may be kept.

 

North Twin Lake

Fishing has been slow and few anglers have been out. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish have moved in close to shore. Crappie – Fair: Fair numbers of crappie were picked up around the docks in the southwest part of the lake.  Walleye – Fair: Some anglers are reporting decent catches of walleye.  Anglers are using jumbo size leeches to try and keep the small yellow bass off while fishing for walleye.  Yellow Bass – Slow: Yellow bass are hitting, but it’s hard to find one over seven inches.

 

Swan Lake

Panfishing has picked up. Water levels at Swan Lake are several feet low. Bluegill – Fair: Some 7 to 8 inch bluegill are being picked up while crappie fishing. Crappie – Good: The crappie bite has picked up. The crappies are in close to shore and anglers should focus their efforts around the jetties.  Most crappies are 8-9 inches with a few 10 inchers mixed in.

 

Black Hawk Lake

Water clarity is excellent and lake levels are about 10 inches below crest. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers were catching bluegill around the stone pier.  Most of the fish are around seven inches with a few slightly over seven being picked up.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Many sub legal largemouth bass can be caught fishing the woody shorelines along ice house point and shotgun hill.  Walleye – Fair: Many sub legal walleye are being picked up. There aren’t a lot of legal fish yet since restocking began after the renovation.

 

Browns Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching 1-4 pound channel cats.  Drift with traditional catfish bait.  Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are being picked up while crappie fishing.  Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing has been decent.  Most are being caught along the campground and around the trees along the outside bend.

 

Snyder Bend Lake

Anglers have been picking up catfish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are in tight to the rocky shorelines. Use traditional catfish baits. Bluegill – Slow: Some bluegill are being caught from shore around the campground. Crappie – Slow: Recent surveys show that crappies are hanging around structure. Fish around and beaver lodges or trees hanging in the water.

 

Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)

Fishing is starting to pick up.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are starting to hit.  Shrimp or cut bait should work well. Bluegill – Fair: Decent sized bluegills are starting to move in close to shore and anglers are picking up a few.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught, but most are 10-12 inches.

 

Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)

Water levels are good for fishing. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Anglers are picking up good numbers of large channel catfish. Recent reports indicate catfish being caught are averaging four pounds. Cut bait and chubs are the bait of choice. Walleye – Good: Some anglers have been doing well in the Anthon area for walleye.

 

Surface temps at many lakes are in the low 70s. The natural lakes are 8-16 inches below crest, whereas most of the small impoundments are at full pool.  For more information on rivers and lakes in the area contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.

 

Lower Pine Lake

Crappies up to eight inches are biting pretty well on jigs on Upper and Lower Pine. Bluegills are biting on Lower Pine.

 

Lake Smith

Bluegills and Crappies are being caught near shore on the rocks. Channel Catfish – No Report:   Largemouth Bass – Fair: A few nice bass being caught.

 

Lake Catherine

Bass and bluegills are being caught. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some nice 22-27-nich cats are in the lake. Try after dark with some cut bait, worms, or stink bait.

 

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are in prespawn mode and are biting well. Try on the rock reefs, shoreline rocks or just try on the windward shorelines with some cut bait, worms, or stink bait. White Bass – Slow: An occasional white bass catch near the island, Dodge’s Point, or near the Ventura Grade.  Largemouth Bass – Slow: An occasional largemouth near the edges of the reeds.  Crappie – Fair: Crappie bite has slowed down inside the reeds but anglers may have success on the edges at sunset.  Walleye – Good: Walleyes are biting well. Billy’s Reef and Gilmore’s have been producing. Docks near the outlet on the south shore, city beach are also still picking up some walleyes. Dodge’s Point seems to be consistent. Boat anglers are doing best trolling crankbaits or fishing live bait rigs with leaches. Muskellunge – Good: Anglers are having success near the island or rock reefs near the areas that yellow bass are spawning. Incidental catches from walleye anglers trolling crankbaits. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers are still doing ok on numbers. Yellows are biting well near the island, Dodge’s Point. Some can also be caught on the edges of reeds and near docks. Average size is around 7.5 inches. Use a 1/32 ounce jig on a slow retrieve. It’s optional to tip it with a minnow or small piece of worm. Best bite is before sunrise to about 8 a.m.

 

Lake Cornelia

Catches have included bluegills to eight inches, some crappies to nine inches, yellow bass 7.5 inches.  Need to sort the bluegills and yellows. Some small walleyes also have been caught.

 

Little Wall Lake

Fishing has been slow.

 

Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Good: Gills are starting to build spawning nests around the shorelines near the rocks.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are biting along shore in shallower water. Cast a 3/16 ounce lead head jig with a minnow hooked through the lips. Walleye – No Report:

 

Bluebill Lake

Bluebill action has picked up. Largemouth bass are still biting on minnows with a bobber and by casting artificial baits. Crappies are starting to bite on minnows as well.  Some bluegills have started moving into the rock and weed beds. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are in prespawn mode and should be biting well. Fish at sunset and after dark. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass can be caught casting lead heads tipped with a minnow or artificials. Crappie – Excellent: Crappies biting well on minnows around the jetty and the five pea gravel habitat spots around the shoreline.

 

Winnebago River

Northerns are biting on Mepps spinners and chubs below a bobber.

 

For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

 

Mill Creek (Lake)

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill action has improved with the warmer water. Fish submerged brush for the best activity.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish submerged woody structure and rocky areas for good angling with fish approaching 14 inches dominating the catch.

 

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Trolling crankbaits has produced the best action with good numbers caught last week. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fish the deeper rock piles as the water warms on clear sunny days.  Look for prespawn fish and fish slowly; a jig tipped with a minnow will produce the best action. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass angling continues to be reported. Walleye – Fair: Activity continues to improve as the day bite has started.  Most fish are being caught in depths of 15 feet and deeper.  Best action continues to be after dark.  Dock or wader angling after 9 p.m. has produced the best action.  Slot fish continue to be caught; however, numbers of harvest able size fish is being creeled by the Spirit Lake walleye angler.

 

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for this species.

 

Minnewashta Lake

Bluegill – Good: Fish docks with five feet or greater water depth will produce good bluegill action.

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Channel Catfish – No Report: Good numbers available to the serious cat angler, fish after dark with traditional baits will result in excellent pole bending action. Walleye – Good: Boat anglers report numbers of fish being caught during the daytime hours. Wader fisherman angling after dark traditionally produces good catches of walleye. A jig tipped with a minnow will produce good results; however, twister tails and minnow baits will consistent action at this time of the year.

 

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Action at the canal area continues to be good, look for the fish to shift to the main lake as the water warms, fish wooden docks associated with deeper water for the best action. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good action reported for this pole bending species, look for bedding fish.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass action continues with the canals producing fish. Look for deeper wooden docks in the main lake will also hold fish.  Walleye – Good: Best action occurs after dark.  Boat and wader fisherman have been successful with good numbers of 14-16-inch size fish being caught. No day bite being reported during the day.

 

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Good opportunities exist to catch angler acceptable sized and larger channel catfish. Walleye – Good: Walleye action continues with anglers catching fish using crankbaits and other traditional baits.

 

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish traditional baits for excellent pole bending action. Good numbers of channel catfish has been observed in the little lake (area south of the bridge). Walleye – Fair: Some walleye are being caught from the main basin, fish traditional baits.

 

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Walleye – Good: Good numbers of fish is reported to be caught in the Spencer area.

 

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish deep brush piles for consistent action.

 

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

The universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is currently not usable.   Bluegill – Fair: Fish the shallow areas with a small jig tipped with a wax worm. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass are cruising shorelines showing pre-spawn habits.  Water temperatures are on the rise.  Crappie – Fair: Anglers are catching lots of 6-8-inch crappies over the brush piles using a small jig tipped with wax worm or soft plastic.

 

Lake Hendricks

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler.  Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills can be found close to shore and are biting on a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or jigs tipped with soft plastics fished along the shoreline. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are picking up crappies using a jig tipped with a chartreuse twister. Crappies are in shallow.

 

Lake Meyer

Bluegill – Good: 6-8-inch bluegills are hitting jigs while fishing for crappies on the jetty.  Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass up to 14 inches are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or grubs. The bass are cruising for crappies. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappies off the jetty or in shallow water using jigs tipped with a rubber skirt in shallow water.

 

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The CR-V36 Bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be closed for most of the season.  The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction.  Water clarity is poor due to recent rains. Sucker – Slow: Suckers will take a hook tipped with a worm fished on the stream bottom. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Crankbaits or jigs tipped with twistertail are working for smallies.  Walleye – Slow: Walleye are hitting on spinners and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.

 

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Water clarity is poor and water temperatures are in the mid 60s. Sucker – Slow: Suckers are biting on worm rigs. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Anglers have been catching smallies on a light colored jig and white or orange twistertail. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are taking dark spinners with some flash and dark jigs tipped with a worm.

 

Turkey River (above Clermont)

Visibility on the Turkey River is limited.

 

Turkey River (below Clermont)

Water temperatures are in the mid 60s. Sucker – Slow: Redhorse are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a worm.  Walleye – Slow: Try a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow.

 

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Visibility is poor and flows are up due to recent rainfall. Northern Pike – Slow: Anglers are beginning to see a few northerns in the creel. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers are picking up catfish using a hook tipped with dead chubs, cut bait, stink bait or night crawlers. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Smallmouth are hitting night crawlers and minnows. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are picking up crappies in the backwaters or shallow off channel areas using hooks tipped with minnow or rubber skirted jigs.  Morning and evening are best. Walleye – Slow: Walleye are hitting worms and minnows. A jig and twistertail is also working.

 

Decorah District Streams

Though recurrent rains occasionally cloud some streams, most water remains relatively clear and fishable. A few March browns have been hatching toward the evening hours – try a #12 brown Adams or similar brown Drake pattern for rising evening trout. #16 and #18 sulphurs, midges, caddisflies and #18 baetis have also been hatching periodically as the weather warms. For the spin fisher, try using an 1/8 ounce jig tipped with a white twister or a #5 Shad Rap.

 

Scattered showers are forecast for the weekend. Area rivers are turbid and unfishable but don’t let that stop you from exploring a trout stream. Lakes and trout streams are in good condition.  For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt.  Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information.  For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

 

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Fishing has been good for bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish off of the old beach area with stink bait, nightcrawlers or leopard frogs for trophy catfish. Late afternoon, early evening has been the best. Bluegill – Good: Fish a small piece of worm under a slip bobber just off of the shoreline as bluegill are on the spawning beds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast spinner or crankbaits, rubber worms along the dam or off of the jetties. Plenty of 13-16-inch bass.

 

South Prairie Lake

There have been good reports of anglers catching bluegill. Fish off of the fishing dock or near the rocky shorelines of the lake as bluegill are on the spawning beds.  Bluegill – Good: Cast a 1/64 or 1/32 ounce jig or fishing a small piece of worm under a bobber along or near the shoreline.

 

Plainfield

Anglers are catching crappie and bluegill. Concentrate efforts near the shallows as the bluegill spawn is upon us.  Bluegill – Good: Drift a piece of nightcrawler under a slip bobber near the shallows.  Crappie – Fair: Drift a minnow under a slip bobber or cast tube jigs in 6-8 feet of water.

 

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is beginning to clear up as water levels begin to drop in Bremer County. There have been good reports of channel catfish, smallmouth bass and walleye being caught in Black Hawk County. Channel Catfish – Fair: A nightcrawler or dead cut baits fished upstream of logjams or below riffle areas on the bottom has been productive. Cut baits have seemed to be the bait of choice recently. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try jigs tipped with a crawler or casting spinner and crank baits as water temperatures warm.  Walleye – Fair: Use a jig tipped with half a nightcrawler in current breaks below wood structure or rocky shoreline areas.

 

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been no fishing reports on the Shell Rock River for this week but the river is high (9.73 feet). This river provides great angling opportunities for walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish.

 

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon is at 5.33 feet and falling. Walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish should be biting well as the river is falling and in good condition for the weekend. Channel Catfish – Fair: A nightcrawler fished upstream of logjams or below riffle areas on the bottom can be productive. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Artificial crank or spinner baits are an excellent choice of lures. Walleye – Fair: Use a jig tipped with half a nightcrawler in current breaks below wood structure or rocky shoreline areas.

 

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in prime condition for the upcoming weekend.  Walleye – Fair: Use a jig tipped with half a nightcrawler in current breaks below wood structure or rocky shoreline areas.

 

Bluegills are in the shallows on area lakes as the spawning season is upon us. Largemouth bass fishing is heating up also as we approach summer water temperatures. Interior rivers are in excellent shape right now. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing has fallen to 10.7 feet but recent rainfalls may raise it to 11.9 feet over the next week. Village Creek in Lansing is still open on the Iowa side. Water temp is in the upper 60s. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are preparing for to spawn and the bite expected to pick up with warmer temperatures. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are moving in to spawn. Fish the shallow warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are pulling back into their usual shorelines and backwater areas and on the feed.   Crappie – Fair: Crappie are dropping back into the trees in backwater sloughs.  Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising temperatures have drum actively feeding. Drifting a worm on the sand flats on side channel areas has been successful.

 

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is at 21 feet and may rise slightly this week. The boat ramp at Sny Magill is still closed but boaters are able to launch at Nobles Island and Bussey Lake. Water temps are in the upper 60s.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are preparing for to spawn and the bite expected to pick up with warmer temperatures. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are moving in to spawn. Fish the shallow warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber.   Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are pulling back into their usual shorelines and backwater areas and on the feed. Crappie – Fair: Crappie are dropping back into the trees in backwater sloughs. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising temperatures have drum actively feeding. Drifting a worm on the sand flats on side channel areas has been successful.

 

Mississippi River Pool 11

River level at Guttenberg is 11.9 feet and stable with a slight rise expected next week to 12.4 feet.  The Guttenberg city ramp and Mud Lake are open but boaters may have to partially back vehicles into the water to launch boats. Water temperature is 68 degrees and on the rise.   Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are preparing for to spawn and the bite expected to pick up with warmer temperatures. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are moving in to spawn. Fish the shallow warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are pulling back into their usual shorelines and backwater areas and on the feed.   Crappie – Fair: Crappie are dropping back into the trees in backwater sloughs. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. Freshwater Drum – Good: The rising temperatures have drum actively feeding. Drifting a worm on the sand flats on side channel areas has been successful.

 

The Upper Mississippi River flood waters are receding and stable. More rains in the forecast could pop river levels up again over the next week. Some boat ramps are still under water and access to the river is limited in some areas. Water temperatures are on the rise and fish are actively feeding. Expect fish to move into summer patterns as water levels return to normal and fish begin to retreat to deeper water. Boaters should use caution when launching and watch out for floating debris.

 

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 11.8 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is at 14.0 feet. Water temperature is 73 degrees. The water level is expected to remain fairly steady over the week. Fishing is picking up slightly. Bluegill – Fair: Some folks are catching seven-inch type bluegills in the marina areas. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth have been caught in many of the backwaters and marinas. Pitching jigs has been effective at getting fish. Walleye – Slow: Due to high water, walleye fishing has been tough. Jigging leaches around rock piles has had some success.

 

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue has fallen to 12.8 feet and is now stable. Water temperature is 74 degrees. The DNR ramp is currently flooded but the Bellevue City ramp is open.  Many of the other ramps are flooded as well. The high water has made fishing tough on this pool.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are being caught south of Sabula near Spring Lake. Find some clear water and pitch some jigs and good results should follow. Walleye – Fair: Some anglers are catching walleyes mostly pitching jigs into current eddy areas. Freshwater Drum – Fair: The catch of drum has increased as the water levels have began to recede.

 

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Camanche is at 14.7 feet and is stable. The water level in LeClaire is at 8.7 feet and leveling off. Fishing has picked up slightly from last week’s report. Water temperature has warmed to 74 degrees in the main channel. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are getting ready to spawn and are moving into the backwaters and to the mouths of streams.  Fish have been reported at the mouth of the Wapsi.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Some bass have been reported biting on small spinners. Bass have been chasing minnows in the shallow water areas.

 

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is 12.5 feet. Fishing remains slow but more and more people are starting to venture on the river after all the high water. Bluegill – Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in backwaters and marinas. Crappie – Fair: Some 10-12-inch crappies also were reported out of the marina areas. Freshwater Drum – Fair: Fish have been caught near Lock and Dam 14 using worms.

 

The river is expected to hold fairly steady this upcoming week. Fishing has began to pick up in many areas. Many boat ramps continue to be inaccessible due to high water, call ahead to see if your ramp is open.

 

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 12.91 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage at Fairport is 13.36 feet and flood stage is 14 feet. River level is forecasted to continue to fall over the next couple days. Conditions may change. Water levels are still high on the ramps at the Fairport Recreational area making launching difficult. The docks are not in at the Fairport Recreational area due to the high water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught up by the Arsenal Dam casting jigs and white twister tails or in-line spinners. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina floating small minnows or pieces of worm under a bobber along the shore. Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are still being caught in Sunset Marina floating minnows under a bobber along the shore. Sauger – Fair: Small saugers are being caught up by the Arsenal Dam on jigs and twister tails. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes are being caught trolling out from the mouth of the Rock River.

 

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 12.12 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 13.83 feet and flood stage is 16 feet. River level is forecasted to continue to fall over the next couple days but conditions may change. Kilpeck Landing is closed. Big Timber is closed. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week.

 

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 13.37 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. River levels are forecasted to continue to fall over the next couple days but conditions may change. Many of the ramps are inaccessible due to the high water conditions. Toolesboro landing and Hawkeye Dolbee landing are underwater. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week.

 

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 9.47 feet and falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 14.67 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. River level is forecasted to continue to fall over the next couple of days but conditions may change. We have received reports that boats are launching at Burlington but the docks are not in the water. The Tama Beach ramp is flooded.  Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught floating minnows or leeches under a bobber along riprap (rocky) shorelines. Channel catfish are also being caught fishing whole shad in the shallows along flooded islands. The bite has been the best in the early mornings and picking up again later in the afternoon.

 

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River stages are below flood stage but conditions are still high. Water clarity is poor and water temperature is around 75 degrees. Some boat ramps are still closed due to the high water conditions. Fishing has been tough due to the high water conditions and limited access to the river.  Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062

 

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

Still flooded but starting to come down slowly.

 

Lake Geode

Bluegill – Good: The bluegills are on the beds. Work the shallow flats and along the edges of the weed beds for some nice sized fish.

 

Lake Belva Deer

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are on the nests in shallow water. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the flooded timber, and don’t forget about the mounds at the upper end of the lake.

 

Pollmiller Park Lake

Bluegill – Good: They are moving into the shallows to spawn.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass anglers are catching them on a variety of soft plastics.

 

Lake of the Hills

Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where minnows may be used as live bait.  Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching some nice bluegills on worm and bobber at several locations around the lake near to shore where they are spawning. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass fishing continues to improve. Work the shallow structure in the warmer bays. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing is picking up with the warmer temperatures work the rocky areas of the shoreline.

 

Railroad Lake

The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed on this lake. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing along the North side on the flat is fairly good. Warmer weather would keep them there when we get it. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching some bass off the old creek channel and along the rocks. Crappie – Good: Work the flooded timber areas as well as the flat on the north side around the logs and stumps.

 

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

The water level remains about half bank full but may come up a little from the June 3 rains. Boat access up and down through this section is pretty good.  Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been pretty solid for the last week or so.  Cut bait and minnows are working the best. Flathead Catfish – Good: The bank poles are working pretty well now. Rod and reel anglers are also getting their fair share of them.

 

Big Hollow Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing is picking up. Try the shallow flats in the upper end where the water enters the lake.  Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are on the beds and aggressively hitting on jigs and worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass fishing is pretty good right now. Work the flooded timber near the shore.

 

For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.

 

Hannen Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Water clarity is excellent. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are moving to the shallows, unfortunately size has been small. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish shallow rock or along wood with soft plastics. Crappie – Fair: Numbers are down but size is good with average fish being around 11-12 inches. There should be some fish shallow and some suspended in the lake basin.

 

Iowa Lake

The water is very clear. Channel Catfish – Fair:   Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are very tight to the bank. Fish around any piece of wood laying on the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try casting reaction baits in the clear water. Some bass are beginning look for places to spawn.  Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught shallow and some are being caught drifting the main lake basin.

 

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill – Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught around rock and wood. Crappie – Fair: Look for spawning fish around shallow wood and rock.

 

Lake Macbride

Remember, the 10 hp maximum at no wake speed is in effect. Bluegill – Good: Fish around shallow rock. Unfortunately size is poor. Crappie – Slow: Seems like morning has been best. The best reports are coming from the south arm. Walleye – Slow: Early and late in the day have been best for walleyes. During these low light conditions they can be caught shallower along rock. During the day, troll crankbaits or spinner rigs in 8-13 feet of water.

 

Central Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair:   Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are moving shallow to spawn. Try small jigs or worms around shallow pockets or wood. Largemouth Bass – Good: Look for bass to be moving to the shallows to spawn. Soft plastic baits have been working best.

 

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, largemouth bass have to be 18 inches and muskies have to be 40 inches to keep.  White Bass – Fair: The white bass are up along the banks spawning now. Try small spinners, jigs or crankbaits. Bluegill – Fair: Fish in shallow pockets around wood or rock. Walleye – Fair: Crawlers along the bottom are working best.

 

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken livers and stink bait are doing well for catfish.  Bluegill – Good: Fish with small jigs or worms around shallow brush or rock. Crappie – Fair: Most of the crappies have spawned and are returning to deeper water. Try around submerged brush piles or drift the basin for suspended crappies.

 

Otter Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: Try small jigs or worms around shallow rock or wood as well as around the sunken brush piles. Most fish are 6-8 inches. Crappie – Slow: Fish around submerged brush piles with a small jig or minnow. Most fish are around eight inches. Yellow Bass – Good: Throw a small jig or spinner to shallow rock or sand. Most fish are 7-9 inches.

 

Union Grove Lake

Channel Catfish – Slow:  Bluegill – Good: Fish around any shallow rock or wood. The upper end tends to be better.  Crappie – Good: Fish in shallow pockets for spawners and off the ends of laydowns and in the basin for those that are done spawning. The lower end tends to be better. Yellow Bass – Slow: Yellow bass should be up in shallow rock or sand in attempts to spawn. Throw small twisters or spinners.

 

Coralville Reservoir

The lake level is normal summer pool of 683.4 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some fish are being caught drifting cut bait in the main channel and some are being caught on live bait along rock banks. Crappie – Fair: Some nice 10-14 inches fish are being caught in shallow water on jigs. Some post spawn fish are being caught around submerged brush as well.

 

Sand Lake

Sand Lake is located on the east side of Marshalltown. Rainbow Trout – Fair: Some trout are being caught but catches are inconsistent. Crappie – Good: Fish with minnows under bobbers along the shorelines for fish up to 11 inches.

 

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Most typical catfish baits are working.

 

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Channel Catfish – Good:   Walleye – Fair:

 

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait and stink bait has been working well.

 

Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)

Below the dams in Cedar Rapids had been good this past weekend.  Channel Catfish – Excellent: Small bluegills, shad guts, stink bait, and crawlers have all been working.  Walleye – Fair:

 

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Smallmouth Bass – Good:

 

Prairie Park Fishery

Remember, you must have a fishing license and a trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout.  Rainbow Trout – Fair: Live bait, spinners, and small jigs are producing some trout that were stocked this spring. Crappie – Good: Most anglers are doing well on minnows along the brush in the water.

 

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

 

Lake Wapello

Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been using top water lures as well as spinnerbaits to catch bass along the shorelines and around the submerged trees.

 

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shorelines.    Largemouth Bass – Good: Use crankbaits or spinnerbaits along the shorelines and along the jetties and the dam. Crappie – Fair: Use plastic jigs or minnows fished under a bobber.  Also try casting crappie jigs along the shorelines. Target areas with brush piles or other submerged structure.

 

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have been catching good number of largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  Remember Lake Hawthorn has a slot limit so all 12-16-inch fish must be immediately released.

 

Lake Miami

Lake Miami is currently undergoing a fisheries renovation and is 6-8 feet below normal. The fish population was removed last fall and fingerlings have been stocked. The boat ramps are difficult to use and angler acceptable sized fish are not available.

 

Lake Sugema

Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shoreline.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock.  Use crawdad imitation baits or spinnerbaits. Crappie – Fair: Use a slip bobber and a minnow around brush piles or dead trees.  Try casting crappie jigs along the shallows for spawning fish.

 

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 907.74 feet. The water temperature is 68 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: This time of year channel catfish start moving into areas with large rocks.  Try dead chubs fished under a bobber or nightcrawlers.  Crappie – Fair: Crappies are being caught in shallow water near shore but some sorting is required for larger fish.  Anglers have had some luck for larger fish out from shore in 6-10 feet of water around submerged habitat such as tree piles or stumps. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have started to catch a few walleyes using jigs and minnows along submerged points and rock piles. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.  Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (five days in the sun).

 

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean and unlittered. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

 

SOUTHWEST

Rock Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are being caught close to shore using small pieces of crawler, especially anywhere trees or brush are hanging off the bank into the water. Crappie – Good: White crappies are still spawning and are being caught tight to shore. Use minnows under a bobber or small panfish jigs around any wood or rock close to shore, especially on the jetties and the face of the dam.

 

Roberts Creek Lake

Crappie – Good: The crappie bite is good right now fishing from shallow out to 9 feet on the southeast side of the lake using minnows under a bobber.

 

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing shallow with 1/16oz jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Anglers should focus on weed lines and continue to move until they find spawning fish. Crappie – Fair: A few crappie are being caught fishing jigs or minnows in six feet of water or deeper at the mouths of the bays during the day and then shallower back in the bays in the evenings. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 10-20 feet of water on the upper half of the lake.

 

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are spawning shallow throughout the lake. Fish small pieces of crawler close to shore, especially in the areas where the shoreline brush is overhanging into the water. The bluegills are good size running from 7-9 inches.

 

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Good: The bluegill are spawning tight to shore throughout the lake. In many areas there is a small gap of open water between the shore and the start of the vegetation.  Pitch small pieces of crawler into these areas. Crappie – Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

 

Red Rock Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Fair: The channel and flathead catfish should be moving into the rocks to spawn at this point. Cast crankbaits or suspend live bait from a bobber around the rocks.  White Bass – Fair: The white bass are beginning to bite in the main lake.  Casting jigs and trolling tight to the shore on the windward shorelines (along the rocks) has been producing fish. Crappie – Fair: White crappie are wrapping up their spawning. Anglers can still pick up a few fish from shore around the Roberts Creek spillway, the riprap around the Hwy. 14 bridges, and the riprap in the marina cove.

 

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Fair: The catfish can be found along the rip-rap as they guard their nests.  Cast crankbaits or suspend live bait from bobbers near the rocks. Crappie – Fair: The crappie spawn is winding down, but a random fish can be found next to the docks in the marina fishing from boats, and on the rocks at Cherry Glen, under the mile long bridge and below the Big Creek spillway.

 

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: The channel catfish bite is fair to good using cut baits or nightcrawlers.

 

Water temperatures are in the 70s. The crappie spawn is winding down and the bluegills are at the tail end of their first spawn in most lakes.  For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

 

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish have moved close to the jetties and along the dam. Bluegills are close to shore spawning. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches can be caught close to shore.    Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

 

Meadow Lake

Water temperature at meadow is in the mid 70s and bluegills are on their beds. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are on the reefs to spawning. Cast small jigs on top of the reefs to catch 7-9-inch fish.

 

Mormon Trail Lake

Catfish have picked up at Mormon Trail. Anglers are still catching crappie.  Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are being caught on cut bait around the jetties. Fish average two pounds. Crappie – Good: The lake has a large year class of eight-inch crappies. Anglers are catching them all around the lake using minnows two feet under a bobber.

 

Nodaway Lake

Bluegills can be caught on their spawning beds. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught in the upper end of the lake with cut bait. Bluegill – Good: Cast small jigs close to shore to find spawning bluegill. Fish average 7.5 inches. Crappie – Slow: Cast small jigs around tree piles or minnows under a bobber to catch 8-10-inch crappies.

 

Orient Lake

Channel catfish are being caught. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on the east side of the lake using cut bait. Fish average 16 inches.

 

Lake Anita

Anita has quality sized panfish. The lake is extremely clear making it difficult to get close to spawning bluegill.  Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are on the underwater reefs spawning. Cast small jigs to catch nine inches and larger fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anita has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: Cast small jigs around rocky shorelines to find late spawning crappies.

 

Willow Lake

Fishing has picked up this week. Bluegills are spawning and close to shore.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish can be caught along the campground shoreline with cut bait or liver. Fish average 18 inches. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are being caught casting small jigs in the corners of the dam. Fish average six inches.

 

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are still being caught around cedar tree piles. Channel catfishing is good right now. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes. Crappie – Slow: The crappie spawn is over although a few can still be caught with minnows around cedar tree piles. Fish are 8-11 inches.

 

DeSoto Bend

Desoto Bend is open for fishing. The refuge enforces a four walleye bag with a 15-inch minimum length limit and no more than one walleye may exceed 22 inches. The lake has a good catfish population.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught on the outside bend of the lake near rock or drifting with cut bait. Desoto has all sizes of catfish. Walleye – Slow: Walleyes are being caught slow trolling crankbaits or drifting crawlers. Fish range in size from 15-20 inches.

 

Lake Manawa

Anglers are catching a few catfish on the main lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught on the west side of the lake with cut bait or liver.

 

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population.  Bluegill – Good: Bluegills can be found in the upper end of the lake spawning. Cast the shoreline with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish.

 

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Heavy rains early in the week may have affected water clarity in many ponds. Bluegill fishing has been very good. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds.  Channel Catfish – Fair: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish with cut bait or liver. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are close to shore spawning. Cast small jigs over spawning beds. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Slow: Ponds that support crappie populations have been slow this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

 

Water temperatures are in the upper 70s in the southwest district. Heavy rains early this week may affect water clarity. Bluegill fishing has been good. Channel catfish have been reported close to shore around rock. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587

 

Lake Icaria

Icaria’s access is good.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish have been caught on cut bait and worms along rock structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near the cedar tree piles and rock structure. Walleye – Good: Walleyes up to 20 inches have been caught with jigs near the fish mounds and trolling jigs and crankbaits in 4-8 feet of water.

 

Grade Lake

Grade’s access is good.  Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 8.5 inches have been caught on small jigs and worms along the west shoreline.

 

Q Pond City Park

Q Pond’s has structural problems with the outlet. The water level has dropped making the boat ramp unusable. Relaxed fishing regulations have been placed on Q Pond.

 

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake’s access is good.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught with crankbaits and plastics in the flooded timber bays and near the flooded vegetation on the shoreline. Crappie – Good: Crappies have been caught with minnows and small jigs near the dam.

 

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River’s access is good. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles.  Walleye – Excellent: Walleye up to 16 inches have been caught with crawler harnesses in 15 feet of water along the dam and off the rock reefs.

 

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek’s access is good.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass have been caught on plastics and crankbaits along rock structure.  Crappie – Fair: Crappies have been caught with small jigs and minnows near the jetties.

 

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir

Mount Ayr Reservoir’s access is good.  Bluegill – Good: Bluegills up to 8.5 inches have been caught with small jigs and drifting a worm under a bobber.

 

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires’ access is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught on jigs and worms near the rock mounds and along the rock spawning beds.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near the fish mounds, along the dam, and near cedar tree piles.

 

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)

The lake has been drained to allow the construction of a wetland near the upper end.

 

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley’s access is good.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 12 pounds have been caught using cut bait and worms along the silt dikes and jetties.  Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill up to eight inches have been caught on worms and small jigs near the fish mounds and rock spawning beds.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles.  Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs near the fish mounds and long the dam.

 

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile’s access is good.  Crappie – Slow: Crappies 6 to 7 inches have been caught on minnows and small jigs near the jetties.

 

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile’s access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs and worms near the fish mounds and along the rock reefs. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near rock structures and cedar tree piles.  Crappie – Slow: Crappies 8-11 inches have been caught using minnows and small jigs near the jetties and along the rock reefs. Walleye – Excellent: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught on jigs and crankbaits along mid-lake flats and along the dam.

 

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District area lakes have climbed over the past week with some lakes pushing over 75 degrees.  Recent rains have changed water levels and clarity in area lakes.  The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties.  For more information, call 641-464-3108.

 

Blue Lake-Monona County

Bullhead – Good: This is a good place to take kids fishing if you’re camping or want some success. Use jig heads or live bait rigs (hook, sinker, optional bobber) with worms.

Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching a few from the shore and boats using artificial and live baits.

 

Missouri River

Missouri River-Sioux City to Little Sioux River

Channel Catfish – Good: Try worms, cut bait, and dip bait. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching flathead catfish on live bait; a few larger fish have been caught.

 

Missouri River-Little Sioux River to Council Bluffs

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing was good prior to the rains. The best success is on dip bait, but anglers are catching larger fish using cut bait. Trotlines also have been successful. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers continue to catch a few flathead catfish on live baits and or fresh cut bait. Blue Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching a few blue catfish on fresh cut baits and live baits including some exceeding 30 pounds.

 

Missouri River-Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line

Channel Catfish – Good: The best baits are crawlers, cut bait, and dip bait. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching flatheads on live baits and fresh cut bait. Blue Catfish – Fair: Some nice blue catfish continue to be caught on cut bait and live baits.

 

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb. is 22.31 feet / 34,300 cfs. Water levels have risen with the heavy rain this past week. Fishing had been good prior to the rains and rise in the river.  Anglers are advised to watch for logs and floating debris. Some access areas may have fallen trees with the recent storms.  Water temperature is 71 degrees.

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