Walleye Good and White Bass is Fair in the Saturday Morning Fishing Report

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

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NORTHWEST

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid 50’s. Panfish action has been good. Walleye are starting to pick up. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are moving in tighter to shore and can be picked up just about anywhere along the shoreline. The fish are averaging 7.5 inches. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of bait under a bobber. Most action has been from the floating fishing pier, but the west stone pier and inlet bridge are also producing lots of fish. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have had luck fishing from Ice House Point, the floating dock, the stone piers, and the inlet bridge. Some crappies up to 11-inches have been picked up near the ends of the dead falls (about 20 to 30 feet from shore) in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being picked up in Town Bay and from Ice House Point. Anglers have had luck from shore using leeches fished under a bobber. Fishing is starting to pick up and should get better as the water warms. Fish are 15- to 20-inches. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some yellow perch are being picked up near the inlet bridge and in Town Bay. Keepers are 10- to 13-inches. 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the mid 50’s. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie in the Marina and near the inlet. Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has been fair to good. Some are catching limits. Try along the east shore from the boat ramp on to the Kings Pointe Resort and the north shore west of Chautauqua point. 

Water temperatures in Black Hawk District lakes are in the mid to upper 50’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.


Blue Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie near the shoreline with jigs and slip bobber rigs tipped with minnows. 

Clear Lake
The water temperature is 50 degrees. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use live bait at the jetties or around the island. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leech or a jig tipped with minnow around rocky structure. White Bass – Fair: Use live bait off the jetties at dawn or dusk. Black Crappie – Fair: Try small minnows or jigs near the vegetation. 

Rice Lake
Walleye and perch fishing are still fair. Try fishing early mornings or near dusk with minnows or leeches. 

Silver Lake (Worth)
Yellow Perch
– Fair: Use small jigs and a minnow off the jetty. 

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


East Fork Des Moines (state line to Algona)
Walleye – Good: Cast twisters for the best action. 

East Okoboji Lake
Fish on East Okoboji are extremely active right now with many people leaving the lake with full buckets. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass activity has greatly picked up on the north end of East Okoboji lake. Use live baits under bobbers. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are active on the north end of the lake. Try fishing with mini jigs and artificial baits off of the public docks. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch are active on the north end of the lake. Use live bait off of the public docks. 

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Walleye – Fair: A fair number of fish are being caught from the river using traditional baits. 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Wader anglers fishing after dark will catch fish; use a slow presentation. 

Spirit Lake
The fishing on Big Spirit is slowly picking up as the water temperature increases.  Yellow Perch – Slow: Yellow Perch fishing has started to pick up on Big Spirit. Use live baits or mini jigs. Black Crappie – Slow: The crappie bite has started to slow in the lagoons; active fish are still being caught in shallow areas on sunny days. Try fishing with mini jigs and artificial baits. Black Bullhead – Good: Fishing for bullheads has been very popular on the north end of the lake by the grade. 

West Okoboji Lake
Panfish are very active on West Okoboji. Black Crappie – Good: Many keeper crappies are being caught. Use light jig heads and artificial baits in the shallows. Bluegill – Good: Many keeper bluegills are being caught. Use light jig heads and artificial baits in the shallows.  

Fish are very active on the Iowa Great Lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 

NORTHEAST

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Currently, the river is fishable and water levels are falling. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s. Walleye – Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler below dams in the pockets. Channel Catfish – Fair: Shore anglers are using dead chubs or shad fished under a bobber. 

Decorah District Streams
The road to Decorah Fish Hatchery will be under construction through June. Rainfall amount through the weekend will determine how muddy streams get. Call 563-927-5736 for current stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twister tails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish. Brook Trout – Fair: Use scuds or stonefly imitations for fish not rising to the surface. Brown Trout – Fair: A great time to fish for brown trout is when water turns off color from rainfall events. Try caddis fly and midge larvae imitations hatching off the water. Nice hatches of blue wing olives and dark hendricksons are occurring on warmer sunny afternoons. Rainbow Trout – Good: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Slowly pull a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water. 

Lake Hendricks
Cooler weather predicted for the weekend may slow the bite. Boat anglers are finding fish in deeper water. Bluegill – Fair: Catch gills moving into shallower water with a small jig. Let it sink and slowly reel it in. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use cut baits on windblown rocky shorelines. Black Crappie – Slow: Warmer shore temperatures are drawing crappies in. Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try a jerk bait fished slowly over rock piles. 

Lake Meyer
Water clarity is improving. Find the latest hot spots on Iowa DNR’s fishing atlas. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference. Bluegill – Slow: Use a small jig with a slow retrieve. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try a dead chub or crawler along a rocky windblown shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use jig tipped with a nightcrawler or bright colored plastic tail. Use a slow retrieve in cooler water. 

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels are falling and temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s.  Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or feathered spinnerbait around a current break. Walleye – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a soft plastic twister tail. Use a slow retrieve in cooler water. White Sucker – Excellent: The sucker bite is on. Try a hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished off the bottom. Black Crappie – Good: Let a small jig sink in a slack water area and slowly reel it in. 

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels are falling with temperatures in upper 50’s. Visibility is improving. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. Walleye – Fair: Try a blade bait or bigger crankbait near coldwater tributaries. Brown Trout – Fair: Use spinnerbaits near the mouths of coldwater tributaries. White Sucker – Good: Use a worm with enough weight for it to sit on the bottom. Watch your rod tip. When it bends, set the hook. 

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels are falling and temperatures are in the upper 50’s. Visibility is improving. The sucker bite is on.  Walleye – Slow: Try spinnerbaits and jerk baits along rocky shorelines. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Use jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or ringworms. Try also bright colored twister tails. White Sucker – Good: Use a hook with a worm and enough weight to get the worm to the bottom. 

Volga Lake
Volga Lake State Park staff and volunteers placed about 40 cedar trees in five locations and added a rock field this week. Find fish attracting structure locations on the Iowa DNR’s fishing atlas. Bluegill – Slow: Use small jigs tipped with waxworm along a sunny shoreline. Black Crappie – Slow: Panfish anglers should start to see fish in shallow water. Try a hook tipped with a small minnow under a bobber. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use dead minnows or other dead fish along windblown shores to attract a cruising cat. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try a jig tipped with a twister tail. A slow retrieve is key in cooler weather. 

Wapsipinicon River (state line to Tripoli)
We have received no information about fishing on this water body this week. Northern Pike – Good: Use spoons or hook tipped with a chub. 

Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50’s with mid 30’s overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner’s permission to fish private property, even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.


Brinker Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Cast crankbaits or spinner baits. 

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Walleye – Fair: Use jig and minnow combinations in eddies or slack water areas off of main flow. Smallmouth Bass – Excellent: Try jig and minnow combinations in rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while fishing for walleye. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Use dip baits and cut baits fished on the bottom. Northern Pike – Fair: Try bucktail spinners or live bait fished under a bobber. 

Heritage Pond
Heritage Pond was stocked with trout April 22nd. Rainbow Trout – Fair: Try various trout baits under a bobber or cast and retrieve “flashy” spinner baits.

Manchester District Streams
Trout stockings are under way in the Manchester District area trout streams. Stocking calendars are available online on the DNR website

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Walleye – Good: Try jig and minnow in eddies or slack water areas off of main. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Use jig and minnow combinations in rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while fishing for walleye. 

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Walleye – Fair: Try jig and minnow combinations in eddies or slack water areas off of main flow. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Use jig and minnow in rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while fishing for walleye.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Walleye – Fair: Use jig and minnow combinations in eddies or slack water areas off of main flow. Northern Pike – Fair: Cast bucktail spinner baits or float a live shiner or chub under a bobber. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try jig and minnow combinations in rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while fishing for walleye. 

Fishing reports are fair to good for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are providing some crappie also. Area trout streams are in excellent condition, contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276 for more information.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
River level is 11.1 feet at Lansing this week and is expected to remain at this level all week.  Army Road at New Albin is under water. Water temperatures are in the mid 50’s. Walleye – No Report: Fishing for walleyes has slowed since the spawn is almost over. Yellow Perch – Slow: Use minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. Bluegill – No Report: Bluegills are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as the water is still cold. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a nightcrawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 

Mississippi River Pool 10
Lynxville river level is 21.4 feet, and is expected to remain high for another week before receding. Water temperatures are in the mid 50’s. Walleye – No Report: Fishing for walleyes has slowed since the spawn is almost over. Sauger – No Report: The sauger spawn is almost over, but a few fish are still being caught in the tailwaters. Yellow Perch – Slow: Use minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. Bluegill – No Report: Bluegills are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as the water is still cold. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 

Mississippi River Pool 11
River level has reached 13 feet at Guttenberg and is expected to remain high next week. Water temperatures are in the mid 50’s. Gates are out of the water at Lock and Dam 10. Walleye – No Report: Fishing for walleyes has slowed since the spawn is almost over. Sauger – No Report: Fishing for sauger has slowed as the spawn is almost over, but a few fish are still being caught in the tailwaters. Yellow Perch – Slow: Try minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. Bluegill – No Report: Bluegills are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as the water is still cold. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 

Water levels remain high on the Upper Mississippi River with recent heavy rains. Boat ramps are under water. Debris and poor water clarity will make fishing a challenge. Water temperature is 55 degrees in the main channel. 


Mississippi River Pool 12
River levels are 12.6 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 16.3 feet at the RR bridge.  These are up nearly two feet from last week; expect levels to crest then start to recede later this week.   Sauger – Slow: The sauger bite slowed after the species began spawning. The spawn is over and saugers typically disperse throughout the pool. Yellow Perch – No Report: Find yellow perch in tailwaters near shore, but out of the main current. Yellow perch are done spawning as well, but the bite seems to continue. Northern Pike – Fair: Use flashy spoons along the channel edges and backwater openings. White Crappie – Fair: Hit the brush piles with a small minnow or around dock areas. Channel Catfish – Good: Some small channel catfish have been reported biting on worms. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum bite well in higher water levels. A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best. 

Mississippi River Pool 13
River level is 13.5 feet at Bellevue. This is up 1 1/2 foot from last week and water will rise some more then begin to recede later in the week. Several boat ramps are now under water including the DNR boat ramp at Bellevue.  Paddlefish – No Report: Paddlefish season is closed for the year. Sauger – Slow: The sauger spawn is over, and as often happens after the spawn fishing slows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Find yellow perch in tailwaters near shore, but out of the main current. Northern Pike – Slow: Use flashy white lures. Black Crappie – Slow: Use small jigs and minnows. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are hitting on worms; the bite for this species improves with the dirty water we are experiencing. Freshwater Drum – Good: Use egg sinker rigs with worms. 

Mississippi River Pool 14
River level is 13.1 feet at Fulton, 15.3 feet at Camanche and 9.3 feet at Le Claire. This is up a foot from last week and levels should begin to hold steady. Some boat ramps will have water and debris on them from the high water levels.  Paddlefish – No Report: Paddlefish season is closed for the year. Sauger – Slow: The spawn for walleye and sauger is mostly over, and as often happens the bite slows for a week or two. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Some reports of largemouth bass being caught in the near shore areas and in backwater lakes. Freshwater Drum – Good: Use simple egg sinker rigs with worms for bait. Flathead Catfish – Good: Several catfish were reported this week mostly by anglers using a sinker and worm rig. 

Mississippi River Pool 15
River level is 13.5 feet at Rock Island. This is up from last week and levels should begin to hold stable this week. Flooding is in action stage, so some boat ramps may be under water or have debris on them. No fishing was reported to us this week, but fishing is gearing up on Pool 15.  

The main channel water temperature is 59 degrees, which is the same as last week. Water levels may rise a bit yet and then begin to recede. Paddlefish season is now closed. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 


Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage is 13.61 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities. River stage has risen close to a foot this past week. The docks are not in at the Marquette St. landing. The ramp at Clark’s Ferry is closed due to high water. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions. Channel Catfish – Slow: Some channel catfish are being caught along the flooded timber. Use crawlers or cut bait. White Bass – Slow: A few white bass are being caught in Sunset Marina. Try fishing with crankbaits or jigs and twister tails.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage is 13.08 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine. River stage is forecast to rise over the weekend. The gates are out of the water at the dam. The ramp at Big Timber (The Breaks) is still closed due to water over the parking area. Kilpeck landing is also closed due to high water. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions. Channel Catfish – No Report: Use crawlers or cut bait along the flooded timber. 

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage is 14.86 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage at Keithsburg is 14.05 feet. Flood stage at Keithsburg is 14 feet. The gates at the dam are being reported as out of the water. The Toolsboro ramp is closed. The Hawkeye Dolbee access most likely has water over it. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week. 

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 10.69 feet at Lock and Dam 18. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 15.62 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. 

River levels are still high. Main channel water temperature is around 59 degrees. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Big Hollow Lake
An angler caught a muskie close to 40-inches long last weekend. It was released alive. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing was slowing down by the end of last weekend. Look for them out in the deeper 8-10 foot water. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river remains about two feet from being bank full; it hasn’t dropped much in the last week. 

Lake Belva Deer
Fishing has slowed with the cold rainy weather. Black Crappie – Slow: Anglers were having trouble finding crappies after a weekend of good fishing. Bluegill – Slow. 

Lake Darling
The water temperature over the weekend was up to 63 degrees; it dropped to 59 Thursday morning. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing was very good through Monday afternoon, but they kept moving out to deeper water until Tuesday when fishing slowed down. Bluegill – Slow: Slowed down about the same time as the crappies. 

Lake Geode
As the weather has declined, so has the number of anglers. Black Crappie – Slow: Look for crappies along the edges of the steep drop-offs. They should be there waiting for the weather and water to warm back up. Bluegill – Slow. 

Lost Grove Lake
Windy weather on this lake keeps the number of boats out on the water down. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Even with the turn in the weather, you still can catch some bass out in deeper water in the flooded trees. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappies have moved back out into deeper water. 

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
A few boats were out last weekend. Water levels have held steady. Channel Catfish – Fair: Start with using nightcrawlers or cut baits; they work the best this time of year. 

For more information on the above lakes, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.


Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)
Shovelnose sturgeon – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake is at normal spring pool. At this level, boating is difficult to impossible above Lake Macbride State Park. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or shad guts. White Crappie – Fair: Try bright jigs or minnows in brush piles. 

Diamond Lake
No minnows are allowed here. Black Crappie – Good: Use a jig/waxworm around the jetties and shallow brush. Most fish are 7- to 10-inches. Bluegill – Fair: Try a jig/waxworm around the jetties and shallow brush. 

Hannen Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good. Bluegill – Good. Black Crappie – Slow. 

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Channel Catfish – Fair. Shovelnose sturgeon – Fair. 

Kent Park Lake
The fishing regulations for Kent Park Lake have been relaxed to take advantage of the fish before the lake is drained for a renovation project. The lake is currently being lowered. For more information, contact the Kent Park office at 319-645-2315. Black Crappie – Fair: Use minnows around brush. Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

Lake Macbride
All boats/motors may operate at no wake (5 mph) speed. The fish cleaning station and grinder are open at the Primitive Campground ramp. Water temperature this week was in the low 60’s. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies have started moving to shallow bays/pockets; some fish remain suspended in 15-25 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: Some males still remain along shallow shorelines, especially towards evening. Other post spawn fish have pulled out to structure such as rock or points. 

Prairie Park Fishery
You must possess a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair: Use small jigs/spinners or live/scented baits. 

Sand Lake
2000 trout were stocked here on Saturday, April 22. You must have a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair: Try small jigs/spinners or live/scented baits. Black Crappie – Good: Fishing with minnows, especially towards evening, has been the most productive.  

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Bluegill
– Fair: Some fish are being caught in the backwaters on worms. Channel Catfish – Fair: Minnows have been working well. 

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


Hawthorn Lake
Largemouth Bass – Slow: Try rubber worms or spinnerbaits along the shallows and around the jetties as the water warms. Bluegill – Slow: Use small jigs fished in the shallows. 

Lake Keomah
Bluegill – Slow: Try small jigs in the shallows as the water warms. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Anglers are catching a few largemouth bass along the dam. Also try along the jetties with spinnerbaits or plastic worms. 

Lake Sugema
Channel Catfish – Slow: Try nightcrawlers along the shorelines. Black Crappie – Fair: Use live bait presentations and different depths as the water warms. 

Lake Wapello
Channel Catfish – Slow: Try nightcrawlers around the jetties. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use jerk baits or spinnerbaits in target cedar tree piles as the water warms. 

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 905.41 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. White Crappie – Slow: Some anglers are catching a few crappies around docks. The cooler weather may force the crappies a little deeper, so try different depths until you find active fish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish continue to bite on nightcrawlers or cut bait. Look for areas with the wind blowing toward shore. 

Red Haw Lake
Channel Catfish
– Slow: Try nightcrawlers along the shorelines. Bluegill – No Report: Use small jigs in the shallows as the water warms. 

Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.

SOUTHWEST

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Rainbow Trout – Good: April and May are good months to target trout in Ada Hayden. Use spinners, panfish jigs and waxworms or minnows under a bobber. 

Banner Lake (south)
Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout were stocked on April 8th. Cast small inline spinners, spoons, panfish jigs or live minnows under a bobber. 

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
Walleye – Fair: Fishing below the dams from Saylorville through Des Moines is producing a mixed bag of walleye, white bass and catfish. Slowly retrieve jigs tipped with twister tails, paddle tail swimbaits or live minnows. 

Don Williams Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught throughout the lake fishing minnows or small jigs near wood habitat. Drift jigs 5 to 10 feet down in 10 to 20 feet of water. 

Hickory Grove Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing has picked up. Fish minnows or panfish jigs under a bobber near treefalls in the coves. Bluegill – Good: Use nightcrawlers close to shore where trees and shrubs are overhanging into the water. 

Lake Ahquabi
Black Crappie – Good: Try small jigs or minnows close to the rip-rap shorelines. 

Lake Petocka
Rainbow Trout – Good: April is a great time to target trout remaining from the winter stocking. Cast small inline spinners, spoons, panfish jigs and waxworms or live minnows under a bobber. 

Mariposa Lake
Bluegill – Good: Catch 7- to 9-inch bluegills off the face of the dam and 10-15 yards off the shoreline using small jigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Black Crappie – Good: Retrieve small panfish jigs off the face of the dam. The crappies are good sized from 10- to 12-inches. 

Roberts Creek Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing was picking up and should be when warmer weather returns next week. Most fish were being caught over submerged brush with minnows. 

The pre-spawn crappie and bluegill bite was good in Central Iowa lakes and ponds, but will slow temporarily with the cool weather. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.


Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Crappies are spawning in some ponds in the southern part of the district. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are moving to shallow water to spawn. Cast jigs or minnows. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are still in deeper water; use worms under a bobber or cast small jigs. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are active and easy to catch. Cast a variety of spinner type baits or plastics for fun catch and release fishing. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait to catch catfish in the spring. 

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has a good fish population. It is also a good destination for early spring fishing for channel catfish. Crappies are just starting to be caught around the jetties. Black Crappie – Fair: Cast small jigs or minnows under a slip bobber around the jetties. Fish will average 9-inches. 

Lake Anita
Lake Anita will provide good fishing this spring. Find a large crappie population averaging 9-inches and bluegills up to 9.5-inches. The pontoon area is a hotspot for crappie this time of the year. Black Crappie – Fair: The crappie bite is just starting. Cast a small jig 3 feet under a bobber in the pontoon arm of the lake on warm sunny days. Bluegill – Slow: A few bluegills are being caught by crappie anglers. Largemouth Bass – Fair: A few early season anglers are having success in deep water around trees. Largemouth bass in Anita are all sizes. 

Lake Manawa
Crappie fishing the canals can be good on warm sunny days. Manawa has a decent population of 10- to 12-inch white crappie. Manawa is also a good destination for early season catfish. White Crappie – Good: Use minnows under a slip bobber in the dredge cuts. The canals have also been good. Black Crappie – Good: Manawa has a large year class of 5- to 7-inch black crappie. This big group of fish will provide good crappie fishing over the next couple of years. Walleye – Fair: Cast twister tails or slow troll shad raps on the north and east shoreline. 

Littlefield Lake
Littlefield Lake has quality size black crappies and bluegill. Black Crappie – No Report: Fish the upper end of the lake where water warms first. Fish will start to move to the dam to spawn as the water temperatures warm. Crappies in Littlefield are 9- to 12-inches. 

Mormon Trail Lake
Expect good fishing at Mormon Trail in 2017. The lake has a good panfish population with 10-inch black crappies. Largemouth bass and channel catfish also have good numbers of large fish. Black Crappie – Slow: One report from a boat angler showed good fishing around a deep tree pile. Crappies averaged 10-inches. 

Orient Lake
Orient lake has a good population of 10-inch crappie that will provide good fishing this spring. Bluegills will average 7-inches. The lake also has a good catfish population. Black Crappie – Fair: Cast minnows under a bobber to sunken trees in the lake to catch 10-inch black crappie. Walleye – Slow: Use minnows under a bobber. 

Prairie Rose Lake
Expect to catch quality size bluegills again this spring. The crappies stocked in 2014 will reach an acceptable size to harvest in 2017. The lake also supports a good population of channel catfish and the largemouth bass will provide good catch and release fishing. Black Crappie – Slow: Anglers are starting to catch crappies around the jetties. Fish will average 8-inches. Largemouth Bass – Fair: There is a big year class of 10- to 12-inch bass in the lake. 

Viking Lake
The crappie bite was fair to good last week depending on the day. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers need to sort black crappies for 9-inch fish. The best fishing is in the campground and pontoon arm of the lake. White Crappie – Fair: The white crappie population is fewer in number, but the fish are larger. Angler reports of 12- to 14-inch fish are common. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try jigging the tree piles and around the underwater rock reefs. Fish are all sizes. 

Water temperatures dropped to the upper 50s in the southwest district which delayed the crappie spawn. A bump in the water temperatures next week should improve fishing in the area. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587.


Green Valley Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught using spinnerbaits fished near shallow cedar tree brush piles or rocky main lake points. Black Crappie – Good: Catch crappies up to 9-inches with small jigs fished along rocky spawning areas and fishing jetties. Bluegill – Fair: Catch bluegill up to 8-inches using nightcrawlers under a bobber fished near cedar tree brush piles. Walleye – Slow: A few walleye up to 20-inches have been caught using twister tails or minnows fished along rocky shoreline areas. Channel Catfish – Good: Catch channel catfish up to 10 pounds with cut bait fished along main lake points. 

Lake Icaria
Walleye – Fair: Catch walleye up to 20-inches with jigs or crankbaits fished near cedar tree brush piles. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappies up to 11-inches using minnows or jigs fished near deep cedar tree brush piles. 

Little River Watershed Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch largemouth bass up to 20-inches using spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along rocky shoreline areas. Walleye – Good: Catch walleye up to 22-inches with jigs or minnows fished along main lake points or along the dam in the evening. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catch channel catfish up to 10 pounds using cut bait or nightcrawlers fished along the silt dam. Bluegill – Good: Catch bluegill up to 9-inches with small jigs or nightcrawlers fished near cedar tree brush piles. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie up to 11-inches using small jigs or minnows fished near rocky shoreline areas or cedar tree brush piles. 

Summit Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught using spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along rocky shorelines or along the HWY 25 bridge. Black Crappie – Good: Catch crappies up to 10-inches with minnows under a bobber or small jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles or along rocky shorelines. Bluegill – Fair: Catch bluegill up to 9-inches using small jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. 

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught using tube jigs fished near shallow cedar tree brush piles. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappies up to 9-inches with jigs or minnows fished in bays or near flooded timber. Bluegill – Good: Catch bluegill up to 9-inches using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers fished in bays or near cedar tree brush piles. Walleye – Good: Walleye of all sizes have been caught using jigs tipped with a nightcrawler or minnow fished along the dam, rock fields or roadbed. Yellow Perch – Fair: Catch yellow perch up to 11-inches with a jig tipped with a nightcrawler or minnow fished along the dam or rock fields. 

Water temperature in Mount Ayr district lakes is in the lower 60’s. For more information, contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.

MISSOURI RIVER

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishing should pick up as the water temperatures rise. Use cut bait, dead shad, or nightcrawlers near wing dams, brush piles and along the rock revetment. Flathead Catfish – Slow: Not much of a report for flathead catfish. Fishing should improve when the water warms. Blue Catfish – Good: Spring is a good time to catch blue catfish. Anglers are catching a few on trotlines and rod and reel. Use fresh cut bait near wing dam tips and deeper holes near the main channel. Shovelnose sturgeon – Good: Anglers are catching shovelnose sturgeon near wing dams and backwater scour holes. Nightcrawlers work best. Sauger – Fair: Use jigs and live bait rigs.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishing should pick up as the water temperatures rise.Use cut bait, dead shad, or nightcrawlers near wing dams, brush piles and along the rock revetment. Flathead Catfish – Slow: Not much of a report for flathead catfish. Fishing should improve when the water warms. Blue Catfish – Good: Spring is a good time to catch blue catfish. Anglers are catching a few catfish on trotlines and rod and reel. Use fresh cut bait near wing dam tips and deeper holes near the main channel. Shovelnose sturgeon – Good: Anglers are catching shovelnose sturgeon near wing dams and backwater scour holes. Nightcrawlers work best. Sauger – Fair: Use jigs and live bait rigs.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishing should pick up as the water temperatures rise.  Use cut bait, dead shad, or nightcrawlers near wing dams, brush piles and along the rock revetment.Flathead Catfish – Slow: Not much of a report for flathead catfish. Fishing should improve when the water warms. Blue Catfish – Good: Spring is a good time to catch blue catfish. Anglers are catching a few catfish on trotlines and rod and reel. Use fresh cut bait near wing dam tips and deeper holes near the main channel. Shovelnose sturgeon – Good: Anglers are catching shovelnose sturgeon near wing dams and backwater scour holes. Nightcrawlers work best. Sauger – Fair: Use jigs and live bait rigs.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 22.60 ft. /37,100 cfs./ 51 degrees Fahrenheit (water temperature dropped 4 degrees from the previous week). The Missouri dropped .19 feet from last week. The weather has been cool and rainy which has slowed fishing on the Missouri River.  

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