Channel Catfish and Night Fishing Good in Saturday Morning Fishing Report

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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.

 Beeds Lake

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Bluegill – Fair: The bluegills being caught are 8-9.5 inches. Try a small hair jig tipped with a wax worm.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers of bass are being caught but most are sublegal sized.

Moorhead Park Pond

Channel Catfish – Slow: Some decent sized catfish have been picked up.  Bluegill – Fair: Good numbers of bluegill can be caught, but they’re smaller fish.  Good opportunity to get kids on some fish.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fair numbers are being caught, but most are sublegal fish.

Brushy Creek Lake

Surface temperature is in the high 70s to low 80s.  Bluegill – Slow: Anglers are reporting bluegill have moved into 15-20 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for bass in shaded areas. Try a finesse presentation that will allow a slow retrieve, such as a Texas rig worm.  Muskellunge – Fair: Anglers are reporting increased muskie activity during small windows of time triggered by fronts, changes in wind speed/direction, etc.  Anglers can expect to fish for an extended amount of time and see all the muskie action within a short window.

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: Try shrimp, dip bait, or cut bait. Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.

Black Hawk Lake

Water levels are at or near crest. Heavy algal blooms have reduced water clarity. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth.  Most fish are sub legal sized.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Water levels have come up some due to recent rains.  The river should still be fishable, though.  Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have had good luck using chicken guts and fishing along high banks in the current and around snags.  Many fish are around 17-18 inches.

Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District.  For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Lake Smith

Channel Catfish – Slow: Try after dark near the rocks or steeper shorelines.  Bluegill – Slow: Try in near the rocks at dark or out deeper looking for suspended fish with a depth finder.

Lake Catherine

Catfish are biting at Lake Catherine.  Channel Catfish – Fair: There are some nice 22-27-inch cats. Try after dark with some cutbait, worms, or stink bait.  Largemouth Bass – No Report:

Clear Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target the edge of reeds or rocks with Sonny’s or similar stink bait. Other spots include the Ventura jetties, state dock area on north shore, the outlet, the city seawall, or Farmers’ Beach.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edge of the reeds, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake.  Crappie – Slow: Some crappies have been taken off of the rock reefs (state reef).  Walleye – Slow: Wader fisherman or boats fishing near the edges of the reeds seem to be doing the best. Fish where the wind pushes into the reeds.  Muskellunge – Fair:   Yellow Bass – Good: Some anglers catching yellows in about 6.5-10 feet off the north shore between the island and fisherman’s reef or state reef. Some anglers are also doing ok near the edges of the reeds in the little lake.

Lake Cornelia

Channel Catfish – Good: Reports of channel cats 1.5-2 pounds being caught during the early mornings and late evenings.

Crystal Lake

No report, but fishing has been steady this past week.  Bluegill – Fair: Try with a slip bobber for the bluegills near the deeper dredged water (11-13 feet). Casting a lighter jig and letting it slowly sink will also catch some fish. Tip with a worm or leech.  Largemouth Bass – No Report: Try on the dredge cut weed line or up close to the rock shorelines.  Walleye – No Report: An occasional walleye may be caught near the edge of the dredge cut along the edge of the curlyleaf.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)

River levels are getting back to normal. Channel catfish or walleye are worth a try. Look for rock riprap or snags or deeper outside bends for the summer period. Minnows, worms, or small pieces of cut baitfish are good options for both. Channel Catfish – Good: A few reports of catfish biting on the East Fork.

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

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now.  Walleye – Slow: The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points. Overnight anglers using leeches under a lighted slip bobber have been finding a few 16 inchers shallow.  Muskellunge – Good: Quite a few nice muskies have been caught on Big Spirit the past couple weeks.

Center Lake

Black Crappie – Fair:

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers, and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish. Early morning seems to be when most are fishing these spots.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers.  Yellow Bass – Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light.  Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait.  Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so.  Yellow Bass – Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Five Island has a strong population of angler acceptable catfish. Folks looking to target these fish should use cut bait, stink bait, or chicken livers in the evening and overnight.

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Using cut or stink bait after dark is producing some nice size cats. White Bass – Fair: A small hair jig tipped with a white or chartreuse twister should get white bass interested. Bluegill – Fair: Using a small jig tipped with live bait near weed edges is producing small size class fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Small jigs under a slip bobber tipped with live bait near weed lines and rocky structures should attract a few perch. Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags. Also watch for nice deep cut banks on outside bends that will hold 17-20-inch cats.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be hitting cut or stink bait presented near deeper pools and tree snags. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are working areas below rock and sand bars with shiners and leeches for a few fish.

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

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NORTHEAST

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Fishing has been good for channel catfish and largemouth bass on Casey Lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats. Bluegill – Fair: Try fishing redworms or wax worms under a slip bobber near structure.  Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Anglers are catching many 12-16-inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crankbaits.

Big Woods Lake

Big Woods Lake has been producing some nice catches of largemouth bass.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Casting and retrieving crankbaits or spinner baits has been good.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar River is offering excellent catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the more shallow water areas for all three species during this period of summer.  Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink baits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly.  Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast jig and crawler, spinner baits, crankbaits or top water baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas.  Walleye – Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

There have been excellent reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river.  Channel Catfish – Excellent: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat. Walleye – Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

There have been good reports of channel catfish and walleye being caught on the Wapsi.  Channel Catfish – Good: Cutbaits, stink bait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats.  Walleye – Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers.  Channel Catfish – Good: Stink baits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective. Try below lowhead dams through riffle areas. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Cast jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat. Walleye – Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye.

The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing very well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass! Largemouth bass fishing has been good on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276.

 Three Mile Lake Recreation Area

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 8.5 feet and remaining stable over the next week.  Army Road leading to the ramp at New Albin is open. Northern Pike – Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines.    Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait.  Bluegill – Good: Bluegills have moved into running sloughs and main channel borders.  Fish small bits of crawler under a bobber.    Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered.  Keep moving to find active fish.  Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs.  Walleye – Good: Fish the upper portions of main channel wing dams  using crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is 15 feet and is expected to remain stable over the next week.     Northern Pike – Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines.  Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills have moved into running sloughs and main channel borders. Fish small bits of crawler under a bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish.   Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs.  Walleye – Good: Fish the upper portions of main channel wing dams using crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish

Mississippi River Pool 11

The water levels at Lock & Dam 10 at Guttenberg are at 6.4 feet and raising slightly over the next week. Northern Pike – Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills have moved into running sloughs and main channel borders. Fish small bits of crawler under a bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered.  Keep moving to find active fish.  Crappie – Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs.  Walleye – Good: Fish the upper portions of main channel wing dams using crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use crayfish for bigger fish.

Late summer heat has fish moving into deep water refuge. Anglers should target early morning and evening hours for best fishing. River levels remain stable. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is 5.2 feet and water level at the Dubuque railroad bridge is at 7.8 feet, up slightly from last week. Water levels are expected to stabilize. Water temperature is 77 degrees. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try stink bait above the rock wing dams to drawl in large channel catfish. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Lot of bluegills coming off rock lines and brush piles. Look for areas near big backwater complexes. As water becomes shallow in these lakes the bluegill will pull out to snags near the openings. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Lots of 12-inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. Fish very close to rock for the best success. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wing dams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year. Crappie – Good: Crappie are being caught in good numbers around brush piles in slightly flowing slough areas. Most have moved out of the stagnant backwaters. Try a small minnow for bait. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wing dams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level at Bellevue is 5.3 feet and is expected is to be stable all week. Water temperature is 77 degrees. Northern Pike – Good: Pike were being caught in tributary mouths like at Mill Creek and Duck Creek but several fish are being reported throughout the pool.   Try using flashy white spinners for the best results. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also try stink bait above the rock wing dams to attract large channel catfish. Bluegill – Good: Try brush piles in sloughs adjacent to large backwater complexes.  Gills have moved out of the backwaters and into these locations as water receded. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best.     Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crankbaits. Most are running about 12 inches. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with jigs and small minnows. Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught off wing dams using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas.  Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or, for large drum, use a big crayfish for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level at Fulton is 5.1 feet and water level at Camanche is 9.5 feet. This is down slightly from last week. Water levels are expected to stabilize.  Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 77 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms.     Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some smallies are being taken off rock piles and in the tail water areas on crankbaits and small spinners.  Cast right next to rocky areas for best results. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass have been hitting along rock piles or the inside portions of wing dams by anglers using crankbaits or spinners for lures. Crappie – Good: Some crappie are being reported out of Cattail Slough and by Rock Creek by anglers using small minnows for bait.     Walleye – Good: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try a worm rig on wing dams or crankbaits along rock piles or wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish.

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level at Rock Island is 6.0 feet and stable. Water temperature is 77 degrees and water is clear. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles.  Do not stay long,  if you do not catch catfish in 10 or 15 minutes move to a new spot. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are being taken out of the harbor areas and around brush piles.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. Walleye – Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported off the wing dams. Freshwater Drum – Good: Try fishing a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. Use a large crayfish to catch bigger drum.

The river is holding steady. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been very good for many species. The vegetation is starting to float and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 5.60 feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and fishing with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles as well. White Bass – Good: Some white bass are being caught on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. Some white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough up by the dams. Try crankbaits, jigs and twisters, or inline spinners. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertical jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some of the backwaters in the Andalusia Island complex are getting hard to access with the low water conditions.  Walleye – No Report: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work, too. Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits out from the mouth of sunset marina and out from the mouth of the Rock River.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 above Muscatine is 4.29 feet. The gate at Big Timber is open.   Channel Catfish – Fair: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams. Anchor above the wing dam and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish will also be in the side channels around brush piles and snags. White Bass – Fair: Look for white bass on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits over top of the wing dams. White bass can also be found around GPC around the water outfalls. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are being caught at the inlet tubes for the Port Louisa Refuge fishing with worms under a bobber. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Try vertical jigging with minnows or floating minnows under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Walleye – No Report: Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling with three-way rigs and half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of wing dams works as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 4.47 feet. Toolesboro is open. Channel Catfish – Good: Look for channel catfish on the wing dams and anchor above them using stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers. Channel catfish can also be found in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish on the bottom with nightcrawlers, stink bait, or cutbait. Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertical jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some of the backwaters are getting hard to access with the lower water conditions. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dams. Trolling three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler on the upstream side of the wing dam can work as well. Anchoring above the wing dam and casting jigs with half a nightcrawler and working them down the face of the wing dam can work also.

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 2.11 feet. Most panfishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the wing dams. Try anchoring above the wing dam and use stink bait, nightcrawlers, or cutbait. Look for channel catfish in the side channels around brush piles and snags. Anchor above snags in the flowing side channels and fish with stink bait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers.   Crappie – Slow: Look for crappies in the backwater lakes and flowing side channels. Vertical jig with minnows or float a minnow under a bobber around brush piles and snags. Some backwater areas are difficult to access with the lower water conditions.  Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling or casting crankbaits on the upstream side of the wing dam. Trolling with three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler can work too.

River stages are well below flood stage. Some backwater areas are hard to get into with the low water conditions. Water temperature in the main channel has been around 78 degrees and water clarity has been good. 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.

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SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

Water temperature is holding around 80 degrees but may go up a little more if the 90+ weather forecasted comes true. Catfish seem to be still the fish that is biting. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the rocky areas of shoreline with stink bait or chicken liver.

Lake Belva Deer

Water temp is up around 80 degrees. Fishing is starting to pick up.  Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers aren’t doing to bad using chicken liver or stink baits. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are starting to catch some bluegills again in 12-14 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing continues to be decent.  Work the flooded timber with soft plastics.

Lake of the Hills

Fishing is starting to slow down. Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed.  Channel Catfish – Good: Baits: chicken liver or stink baits. Add night crawlers to the list.  The Gate 6 Area is a very good place to start. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers continue to catch bluegills from shore using worm and bobber. The area around the boat ramp is good, especially the brush piles out from the fishing pier. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallows with top waters in the early morning and late evening.  The deeper habitat with soft plastics during the day.

Lambach Lake

You have to fish around the weed beds but there is always good fish in this smaller lake. The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Lambach Lake. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing is pretty good on worm and bobber.  Black Crappie – Good:

Railroad Lake

Remember, the use of live minnows as bait in Railroad Lake is not allowed. Channel Catfish – Good: Baits used for good results: chicken liver, stink baits, and night crawlers, so about anything other than live minnows are acceptable and catching fish.  Bluegill – Good: The bluegills in Railroad Lake are easy; worm and bobber  fish along the shore by 110th.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The water level seems to have leveled off. If you’re careful you can still get around by boat.  Channel Catfish – Fair:  Catfishing has slowed down a little but they are still catching them on cut bait and shad.

Big Hollow Lake

Fishing is starting to pick up a little bit.  Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing is really picking up.  A favorite spot is down off the face of the dam and along the islands at the lower end of the lake.  Bluegill – Good: Anglers continue to catch bluegills but the fish are getting pickier, wax worms or crappie candy seem to be all they will eat. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Most bass anglers are finding the bass suspended out in deeper water.

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

Lake Wapello

Largemouth bass anglers should target areas around the cedar trees with spinnerbaits or top water lures.  Try rubber worms along the rocky shorelines.  Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers should try using chicken liver or nightcrawlers along the outer edge of the lily pads.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill fishing has remained good with the best bait being a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber.  Look for areas along the shorelines holding active fish.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try using crankbaits and rubber worms around the fishing jetties and on the face of the dam.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The docks have been installed at Hawthorn Lake.  Largemouth bass can be caught using spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  Remember Hawthorn Lake has a slot limit so all bass 12-16 inches must be immediately released.  Bluegill – Slow: Sorting is required for larger fish.

Lake Sugema

Anglers should target largemouth bass using spinnerbaits and crankbaits along the rocky shorelines. Try rubber worms among the lily pads or top waters along the edges of these areas.  Bluegill and crappie fishing has been slow. Bluegill – Slow: Try using a small jig and a chunk of nightcrawler among openings in the lily pads.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 906.87 feet. The water temperature is 74 degrees.  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 (5 days in the sun).  Channel Catfish – Fair: Try using chicken liver.  Coves and bays are usually the best areas to target this time of year. White Bass – Slow: Look for areas in the main lake where shad are breaking at the surface and cast or troll lures that mimic gizzard shad in these areas.  Crappie – Slow: Try finding submerged structure in 6-10 feet of water. Try a minnow and bobber in these areas. Tree piles and stump fields will be the best areas to target. Walleye – Slow: Crankbaits have been the best baits. The gizzard shad hatch has occurred so use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad.  Look for areas with a change in depth around underwater islands and submerged points and try trolling or casting in these areas.

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

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SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught in decent numbers fishing small panfish jigs 3-5 feet deep tight to the standing trees broke off at the water’s surface mid lake.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing is now in a summer drifting pattern. Drift small panfish twister or tubes mid lake 4-8 feet deep.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: 8-9-inch bluegills are being caught in good numbers fishing at the edges of the vegetation with 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught trolling spinner rigs with minnows or crawlers in 8-12 feet of water or drifting jigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at the edges of the vegetation.  Concentrate on the upper half of the lake during the summer months.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5-15 feet of water. The bluegill are good size running from 7-9 inches. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies drifting tube jigs or trolling small crankbaits out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge shoreline.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation. 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

White Bass – Good: White bass are hitting trolling shad imitating lip-less crankbaits near points or anywhere large schools of young shad are congregated. Anglers casting jigs and crankbaits below the spillway are also doing well on white bass and the occasional wiper.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Good: With water levels back to normal drifting cutbait for channel catfish above the mile long bridge is producing good catches of 2-6 pound fish. White Bass – Good: The white bass bite is good trolling lip-less, rattling crank baits. Mornings have been the better bite.  Points along the west shoreline mid-lake are producing the best numbers.  Anglers are also finding a good white bass bite below the spillway.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: The Des Moines River above Saylorville is still navigable with small boats.  Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: Flows are slowly coming down below Saylorville making for better fishing conditions.  Anglers fishing below the spillway are catching a mix of white bass and crappie.

South Skunk River (Story City to Cambridge)

Smallmouth Bass – Good: The South Skunk River from Story City to Ames is in good condition for wade fishing for smallmouth bass.  Cast in-line spinners or crayfish imitating shallow diving crank baits.

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie.  The Des Moines River Reservoirs are  producing some good white bass fishing.  For information on central Iowa’s lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Drift small jigs to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds.  Bluegill – Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5 inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass – Good: Greenfield has a good bass population with all sizes present. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish cut bait in 5 feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2-6 pounds.  Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber.   Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish at Anita. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nine plus inch fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with Powerbait.  Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass. Black Crappie – Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. 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: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using liver or shrimp. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: A few wipers are being picked up when catfishing using cutbait.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in 6 feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish. Black Crappie – Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are in deeper water and around structure during the summer months. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds.  Channel Catfish – Good: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore with cut bait or commercial stink bait.   Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures. Crappie – Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Anglers are drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with worms and cut bait near the fish mounds. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits near the cedar tree piles and rock structure.  Crappie – Fair: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows near the cedar tree piles.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good.  Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs and minnows drift fishing the main lake and near the flooded timber.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good.  Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught with small jigs and worms along weed lines and rock reefs.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines.

Badger Creek Lake

Badger Creek Lake access is good.  Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on spinners and plastics along the dam and in the flooded timber.  Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught drift fishing with minnows.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught with worms and small jigs near cedar tree piles and fish mounds.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam and jetties.  Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good. Channel Catfish – Slow: Channel catfish up to 20 inches have been caught with cut bait along the jetties and silt dikes.  Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits and plastics along the rock structure and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good.  Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth bass up to 15 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near jetties and in the flooded timber.  Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs near timber structure and drift fishing the open water.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good.  Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in 12 feet of water along the weed lines and on the roadbed.  Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught trolling small crankbaits and drift fishing open water. Walleye – Slow: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits along flooded timber.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are below 80 degrees.  River flows are variable with recent rains. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call: 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish – Good: catfish continue to be caught with rod and reel and on trotlines.  Dip baits, worms, chubs, and cutbait are baits of choice. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel.  Live baits or fresh cutbait works best.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for channel catfish continues to be good on dip bait, worms, chubs, and cutbaits. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait. Blue Catfish – Fair:

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on worms, dip bait, chubs, and cutbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Flatheads are being caught on live bait and fresh cutbait.  Blue Catfish – Fair:

The Missouri River at Decatur, Neb., is 21.63 feet, 32,600 CFS, and 76 degrees. It has dropped .51 feet from last week. Watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. Fishing has been fair to good overall on the Missouri River.

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