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June 22, 2017

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NORTHWEST

Arrowhead Lake
Some bluegill are still sitting on nests. Look for nest colonies along the west and east shorelines; the highest concentration are likely in the southern end of the lake. 
Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid 70's. Bluegill - Good: Pick up bluegill 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 crawler fished under a bobber off the floating fishing pier, the west stone pier, and the inlet bridge. Some bluegills are sitting on nests; you can easily target the males. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are mostly off shore now. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye from shore and by boat. Town Bay, the shoreline along Ice House Point, and near the inlet bridge are producing fish.Use leeches fished under a bobber and twisters on the downwind shoreline where walleye are feeding. Late evening into dark and the early mornings are best. Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using the traditional bass lures. Fishing Ice House Point, the east shoreline, and the lake side of the inlet bridge has provided good bass action for many anglers. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait fished on the bottom along shore. Try also in the marina and near the floating dock in Town Bay; find catfish anywhere near rocky shoreline or rock piles this time of year.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Dredge is in operation in the northeast portion of the lake; boaters must maintain a 100 foot distance from the dredge, booster pump and dredge pipes at all times. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day.  Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up some suspended crappie out mid-lake in the dredge cuts while fishing for walleye. Walleye - Good: Much of the walleye action has shifted to the boat anglers. Boat anglers are doing well trolling shad raps or ripple shads or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake. White Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts. Channel Catfish - Fair: Find spawning channel catfish along shore in the rocks this time of year. Use cut bait, stink bait or crawlers.  
Water temperatures in Black Hawk District lakes are in the low 70's. Bluegills are still close to shore in many lakes and ponds. Catfish can be found in the rocks along shore spawning. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.


Beeds Lake
Black Crappie - Good: Use small jigs and minnows. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try spinner baits and other surface artificial lures. Bluegill - Good: Use live bait in areas of vegetation, jetties, and docks. 
Bluebill Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig or live bait with a slip bobber. Channel Catfish - Good: Use live bait. 
Briggs Woods Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Use weedless and surface lures. Bluegill - Good: Use small lures or live bait around shore, docks and vegetation . 
Clear Lake
The water temperature is 72 degrees. McIntosh Woods State Park boat ramp is closed for repairs. There is a 14 inch minimum length limit for walleyes on Clear Lake  with a daily limit of three fish per person; only one walleye can be greater than 22 inches. It is illegal to transport bait or fish in lake, stream, or river water. Clean, Drain, and Dry your boats to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Walleye - Good: Use live bait and artificial lures around reefs and rocky substrates. Bluegill - Fair: Use live bait or a small jig with a slip bobber. Channel Catfish - Good: Try live bait around docks and banks. 
Crystal Lake
Wader fishermen be aware - swimmers itch has been reported. Black Crappie - Good: Use small minnow with a slip bobber to detect depth. Bluegill - Good: Use live bait tipped on small hook or small artificial lures. 
Fin and Feather Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small minnows and jig lures. Channel Catfish - Good: Try live bait near the shore or shallow areas. 
Silver Lake (Worth)
Yellow Perch - Good: Use live bait and small artificial lures. Largemouth Bass - Good:Try top water lures such as spinners and floating crank baits. 
For information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 


East Okoboji Lake
Fish are active with many people leaving the lake with full buckets. Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass activity has started to slow on the north end of East Okoboji Lake. Use live baits under bobbers. Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are active on the north end of the lake. Use live bait off of the public docks. Walleye - Good: Walleye have been very active; use live bait in shallow rock piles. 
Five Island Lake
Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellow bass are active on Five Island Lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are very abundant in shallow areas near structures such as downed trees. 
Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Good: Use mini jigs and artificial baits near the weed lines.
Lost Island Lake
Walleye - Good: Nice sized walleye are coming off the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are active; cast traditional catfish baits. 
Mill Creek (Lake)
Bluegill
- Good: Angler acceptable bluegill are abundant here. Largemouth Bass - Good: Good numbers of largemouth bass are being caught. 
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
The fish on Silver Lake are very active. Walleye - Good: Many fish are being caught; use live baits such as minnows. 
Spirit Lake
The fish are very active with many people leaving the lake with limits. Yellow Perch - Fair: A fair number of angler acceptable perch are being caught. Walleye - Excellent: The walleye are moving to deeper water, but remain very active. 
West Okoboji Lake
The fishing continues to be very good. Northern Pike - Good: Nice northerns are being caught. Walleye - Good: Anglers are having a high success rate fishing for walleye; use live bait such as minnows and leaches. 
The fishing on the Iowa Great Lakes continues to be very active over the past couple of weeks. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 

NORTHEAST

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water clarity is improving with temperatures in the mid 70's. Water levels bumped up with recent rain. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or twister tail below dams in the pockets or around brush piles. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use dead chubs or stink bait fished from shore under a bobber. Find fish in brush piles and backwater areas. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are hitting a variety of lures.
Decorah District Streams
Streams conditions are good. Wild parsnip is in full bloom. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from this plant's effects. Call 563-927-5736 for catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twister tails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish. Brook Trout - Good: Use mayfly, caddis fly and small gnat imitations for the hatching insects. Brown Trout - Good: Off color water is a great time to fish for brown trout. Try caddis fly and mayfly imitations hatching off the water. Use leach or streamer patterns for more aggressive fish. 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
Clean off your boat trailer before you leave the boat ramp. Boat anglers are finding fish over structure in deeper water. Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber. Channel Catfish - Good: Crawlers or stink bait work best as water temperatures rise. Fish around stumps and other woody structures. Black Crappie - Slow: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a jig tipped with a plastic twister or top water lure. 
Lake Meyer
Water clarity is good. Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Clean off your boat trailers and drain boats before you move to another water body. Find the latest hot spots on the Iowa DNR's fishing atlas. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink baits with warmer temperatures or a crawler fished on the bottom. Dawn and dusk are best. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use frog or mouse topwater lures fished along the weed beds. Overcast, windy days are best. Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappie in the evening in shallow water along a rocky shoreline. Try deeper water in the daytime. A minnow or artificial scented baits fished under a bobber will catch a nice fish. Northern Pike - Fair: Try a spinnerbait for a pike hanging in 1 to 4 feet of water. 
Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels are slowly rising with recent rain. Water temperatures in the mid to upper 70's. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or feathered spinnerbait around a current break. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a soft plastic twister tail or minnow. White Sucker - Good: Try a hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished off the bottom. 
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels are stable with temperatures in the mid 70's. Visibility is good. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped with natural colored twister tails or small crankbait near 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. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Catch smallies in the off channel areas. A variety of lures are working now. 
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels are falling with temperatures in the mid 70's. Visibility is excellent. Bank anglers should toss a lure upstream and let it float through the current along a ledge or current seam.  Walleye - Good: Use jig tipped with a minnow or plastic twister tail fished around brush piles or coldwater tributary mouths. Lots of 8- to 10-inch fish in the creel. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use a variety of spinnerbaits. White Sucker - Good: Try a hook with a worm and enough weight to get the worm to the bottom. Channel Catfish - Good: Morning bite is best; use crawlers and stink baits. 
Volga Lake
Water temperatures are rising. Find fish attracting structure locations on the Iowa DNR's fishing atlas. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with small piece of nightcrawler or red worm fished deep. Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappie hovering over submersed trees or cruising open water. Use a hook tipped with a small minnow under a bobber. Channel Catfish - Good: Start using stink baits as temperatures rise. Late evenings are best.
 Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass fishing has been hit and miss. Try a spinnerbait or a top water lure. 
Temperatures will be in the low 70's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the low 50's. Area rivers and streams are relatively stable, but recent rain may cause a bump in levels. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.


Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River has been producing catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try live bait or artificial crankbaits on areas of rock habitat. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a night crawler or artificial crankbaits in eddies or current breaks below fallen trees or log jams. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try dead cut baits or stink baits. 
Manchester District Streams
Trout streams remain in excellent condition as long as heavy rains hold off for the upcoming weekend. 
Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River has been producing catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try live bait or artificial crankbaits in areas of rock habitat. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a nightcrawler or artificial crankbaits in eddies or current breaks below fallen trees or log jams. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try dead cut baits or stink baits. 
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock River has been producing catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try live bait or artificial crankbaits in areas of rock habitat. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a nightcrawler or artificial crankbaits in eddies or current breaks below fallen trees or log jams. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try dead cut baits or stink baits. 
Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
There have been no reports for the Wapsipinicon River this week, but should provide good opportunities for smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. 
Interior river levels remain in good condition and should be good for the upcoming weekend if we don’t get heavy rains this evening. Lake fishing has slowed as most fish species have completed spawning.Trout fishing conditions are excellent and June is a great month for good hatches of caddis. Contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276 for more information.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
River level has risen a foot this week and is currently at 10.6 feet at Lansing. It is expected to stabilize late next week. Army road at New Albin is again closed due to water over the road. Water temperature is near 73 degrees.  Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off; walleye are scattered in side channel sloughs. Expect walleyes to return to the wing dams once water levels fall. Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for yellow perch in the vegetation and trees in shallow backwater cuts. Bluegill - Good: Use small hooks with a small piece of garden worm fished under a bobber along the shorelines with little current. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are actively feeding and preparing to spawn. Use nightcrawlers with heavy weight to keep your bait on the bottom in holes with current.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Use plastic worm rigs and crankbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Use spinners and crankbaits along the riprap on main channel borders and rock piles. 

 

Mississippi River Pool 10
Lynxville river level has risen several feet to 20.1 feet and will stay high through next week. Water temperature is 73 degrees at Lock and Dam 9. Gates are up at Lock and Dam 9 this week.  Noble's Island and Bussey Lake are open. Sny Magill ramp is accessible, but may have water over the road yet. Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off; walleye are scattered in side channel sloughs. Expect walleyes to return to the wing dams once water levels fall. Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for yellow perch in the vegetation and trees in shallow backwater cuts. Bluegill - Good: Use small hooks with a small piece of garden worm fished under a bobber along the shorelines with little current.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are actively feeding and preparing to spawn. Many reports of "fiddler" cats with some bigger sized being caught on night crawlers in deeper holes with a little current. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Use plastic worm rigs and crankbait fished in the trees in the backwaters. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Use spinners and crankbaits along the riprap on main channel borders and rock piles. 
Mississippi River Pool 11
River levels are again up several feet at Guttenberg. Current level is 11.9 feet and is predicted to remain high through next week. Water temperature is 67 degrees at Dam 10. Gates remain out of the water at Lock and Dam 10. Most ramps are open, but may still have mud and debris on them. The South Guttenberg boat ramp is open. Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off; walleyes are scattered in side channel sloughs. Expect walleyes to return to the wing dams once water levels fall. Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for yellow perch in the vegetation and trees in shallow backwater cuts. Bluegill - Fair: Use small hooks with a small piece of garden worms fished under a bobber along the shorelines with little current. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are actively feeding and preparing to spawn. Many reports of "fiddler" cats with some bigger sized being caught on night crawlers in deeper holes with a little current.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Use plastic worm rigs and crankbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Use spinners and crankbaits along the riprap on main channel borders and rock piles. 
Upper Mississippi River levels have risen again and water clarity is poor due to recent rains. Main channel water temperatures fell slightly to the mid to low 70's. 


Mississippi River Pool 12
River levels are 11.4 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 13.5 feet at the RR bridge.  These are up two feet from last week and water level is expected to hold steady or recede slowly. Many of the smaller boat may still be flooded out or have debris on them. Channel Catfish - Good: Use worms along rock piles and lines as catfish spawn along this habitat. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum bite well in higher water levels.  A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best. White Crappie - Good: A few nice white crappie have been reported all spring. Not many numbers, but size has been quality. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are biting on crankbaits or pitching jigs into eddy areas. White Bass - Fair: Use jigs and spinners in the tailwater areas. Bluegill - Good: Smaller gills are being reported out of the clearer backwater areas.  Most being caught on worm rigs. 
Mississippi River Pool 13
River level is at 12.4 feet at Bellevue. This is up two feet from last week and water level may hold steady or start to recede this upcoming week.  The small boat ramps in the pool may have water on them. Northern Pike - Fair: Use flashy white lures. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish are hitting on worms rigs. Catfish are soon to spawn, so fish along rock piles or wing dam areas. Freshwater Drum - Good: Use egg sinker rigs with worms. Largemouth Bass - Good: Find bass in large backwater areas such as Spring Lake. Many anglers are slow rolling spinnerbaits. Walleye - Good: Find walleye in eddy currents. High water makes this a challenge, but the fish are still on the bite so keep pitching jigs until you find them. Try also wingdams near the shore in this higher water. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Pitch jigs or on worms in flooded rocky areas. 
Mississippi River Pool 14
River level is 11.4 feet at Fulton, 13 feet at Camanche and 8.1 feet at Le Claire. These are up from last week, but levels may stabilize. Some boat ramps will have water and debris on them due to the high water levels. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Find bass in the backwater complexes such as cattail and rock creek. Lots of people are slow rolling spinnerbaits and other flashy lures in the stained waters. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are biting on worm rigs. Channel Catfish - Channel catfish are hitting on worm rigs. Catfish are soon to spawn, so fish along rock piles or wingdam areas. Walleye - Slow: Some walleyes were being caught in eddy areas by people pitching jigs. Use bright colors in dirty water. Flathead Catfish - Good: Some people are trot lining flathead catfish using large bullheads as bait. 
Mississippi River Pool 15
River level is at 11.5 feet at Rock Island. This up a foot and half from last week and flow levels should stabilize. Channel Catfish - No Report: Catfish are soon to spawn, so fish along rock piles or wing dam areas. Freshwater Drum - No Report: Freshwater drum bite well this time of year.  Put them on ice immediately if you are going to clean them. 
The main channel water temperature remains at 76 degrees, which is up slightly from last week. Water levels have peaked and may recede this week. Many of the smaller boat ramps in the district are under water or will have debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 


Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage is 11.54 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and has been rising the past few days with the recent heavy rains. Flood stage is 15 feet. The docks at the Marquette St. ramp in Davenport were reported as being in earlier in the week. The dock is in at the Fairport Recreational area.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Float leeches or crawlers under a bobber along the rocks. Some catfish are being caught along the rocks in Sylvan Slough. Use night crawlers or dip baits in the main channel and side channel snags. Bluegill - Good: Use worms under a bobber in Sunset Marina. Try fishing backwater areas like the Andalusia Island along brush piles and snags. 
Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage is 10.55 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and has been rising due to the recent heavy rains. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 12.26 feet and is raising. Flood stage at Muscatine is 16 feet. The ramp at Big Timber has been closed once again due to high water. Channel Catfish - No Report: Float leeches or worms under a bobber along the rocks. Try fishing dip baits above snags along the main channel and side channels. Bluegill - No Report: Use worms under a bobber along the brush piles in the backwaters. 
Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 11.92 feet and has been rising due to the recent rains. Floodstage is 15 feet. The Toolsboro ramp is currently open. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Float leeches or worms under a bobber along the rocks in riprap shorelines. Try fishing dip baits above snag piles along the main channel or side channels. 
Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 8.04 feet at Lock and Dam 18 and has been rising with the recent heavy rains. Flood stage is 10 feet at Lock and Dam 18. River stage is 13.15 feet at Burlington and flood stage is 15 feet. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Float leeches or crawlers under a bobber along the rocks in riprap shorelines. 
River stages have been rising this past week due to recent heavy rains. River stages are below flood stage. Main channel water temperature is around 75 degrees. Water clarity is poor. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is 82 degrees. Water clarity is good; the curly leaf  pond weed continues to die back.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill continue to be in deeper water between 8 and 10 feet down. Channel Catfish - Good: Work the face of the dam and around the mounds at the upper end of the lake. 
Lake Darling
Water temperature is 82 degrees. The planktonic algae bloom makes the water have a green color to it, but the water is fairly clear. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing continues to be good using a variety of baits. Most fish are 1 to 1 1/2 pounds. Bluegill - Fair: Most bluegills are in the deeper habitat, but anglers are finding a few pockets of bluegills in shallow still nesting. 
Lake Geode
Water temperature is between 80 and 84 degrees. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are hanging out in the deeper water off the drop offs. 
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The river continues to drop, but is still at a level where boaters won't have too much trouble getting around. Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait and stink baits. Flathead Catfish - Fair: There were a good number of anglers putting out bank poles last weekend, but the number out during this week has dropped off. 
For more information on the above lakes, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.


Cedar Lake
Bluegill - Excellent: Fish along shallow rock for spawning fish. Most fish are 5- to 7-inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: There are quite a few fish up shallow to spawn. Most fish are 10- to 15-inches.
Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)
Channel Catfish – Fair.  
Coralville Reservoir
The lake is at normal summer pool of 683.4'. Water temperatures this week were around 80 degrees. Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or shad guts in the channel. The area by Curtis Bridge has been reported as good. 
Diamond Lake
No minnows are allowed here. Black Crappie - Fair. Bluegill - Good. Channel Catfish – Fair.
Hannen Lake
A lot of vegetation is making shore fishing especially difficult. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish weedlines or pockets in the weeds. Bluegill – Fair: Fish brush piles or pockets in the weeds. Black Crappie – Slow. 
Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
The vegetation is dying off a bit. Bluegill - Good: Fish pockets in the weeds. Redear Sunfish - Good: Find redear sunfish in the same areas as the bluegills, but they will be much bigger. Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish weed lines and pockets in the weeds with plastics, or fish over the weeds with weedless frogs. Channel Catfish – Fair. Black Crappie - Fair: Most fish have moved to deeper water. There are many small fish, but also some 10+ inches. 
Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use live chubs on bank lines. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Try live chubs on bank lines. 
Kent Park Lake
The lake is now drained. The fishing regulations for Kent Park Lake have been relaxed to take advantage of the fish due to the renovation project. For more information, contact the Kent Park office at 319-645-2315. 
Lake Iowa Pond
Bluegill – Good. Largemouth Bass – Fair. 
Lake Macbride
The motor restriction is now in effect. Motors greater than 10hp are not to be used and all boats must run at no-wake speed (5mph). Water temperature this week was pushing 80 degrees. Black Crappie - Slow: Most have pulled off to deeper structure. Try jigs or minnows over/around deeper brush/stumps. Walleye - Fair: Most fish are being caught in 8- to 15-feet of water. Troll crawler rigs or crankbaits. Bluegill - Good: Its quantity over quality for bluegills on Macbride. Use small jigs or worms around most any shallow structure. Some better fish are being caught in 10- to 15-feet of water around rock or stumps. Largemouth Bass - Fair: : Some fish are still shallow from the spawn, while others have pulled off the bank. Channel Catfish – Fair: Look for catfish around shallow rock. Live bait is often best at this time. 
Otter Creek Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Evening is best. Yellow Bass - Good: Use small spinners. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small jig or worm around shallow pockets and shorelines or brush. Black Crappie – Slow. 
Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is still about 9 feet low from the restoration project. The main boat ramp is usable, but still shallow; use caution. The far east lane is best. There is also a boat dock in at the ramp. 
Rodgers Park Lake
The aquatic vegetation is starting to get thicker. Bluegill - Good: There are a lot of fish on the bank right now. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try over or next to the weeds.
Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Bluegill - Good: Use worms in the backwater areas. Channel Catfish - Fair: Minnows work well. Walleye - Fair: Use jig and plastics. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish are being caught in the backwater areas. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try plastics or crankbaits.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.


Hawthorn Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater lures in the mornings and evenings along the shorelines. Use rubber worms or spinnerbaits along rip-rapped shorelines and around the rock piles. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the fishing jetties and along the dam. Sorting is needed for larger fish. 
Lake Keomah
Bluegill - Slow: Try live bait tipped on small hooks along the shorelines with structure and around the fishing jetties. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinnerbaits or plastic worms around the fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try nightcrawlers or liver around the shorelines. 
Lake Sugema
Black Crappie - Fair: Use live bait presentations around structure. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Walleye - Slow: Drift or troll nightcrawler rigs along the dam and other rip-rapped areas. Bluegill - Fair: Use live bait and a small jig. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater lures fished in the mornings and evenings. Use spinnerbaits or crawdad imitating baits along rip-rapped shorelines. 
Lake Wapello
Largemouth Bass - Good: Use jerk baits or spinnerbaits around the cedar tree piles and along the shorelines.Try also rubber worms in the same areas. Use topwater lures in the mornings and evenings. Black Crappie - Good: Try jigs tipped with minnows along the shorelines. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver or cut bait around the jetties. 
Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 905.04 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 - Good: Use jig and minnows or minnows under a bobber along the rip-rapped shoreline. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Channel Catfish - Good: Try nightcrawlers or cut bait. Look for areas with large rocks on the shoreline as the catfish are spawning in these areas.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Try jig and minnows along shorelines that are rip-rapped. Walleye - Fair: Use jig and minnows or jigs and nightcrawlers around submerged points and rock piles. Try also trolling crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad while trolling. 
Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with live bait along the edge of the vegetation or areas that are open in the vegetation. Add a bobber as needed. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinnerbaits or rubber worms around the fishing jetties and  structure along the shoreline. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait or chicken liver around the fishing jetties. 
Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.

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Big Creek Lake
Walleye - Good: Troll, drift or jig live bait rigs on the old road beds, points and steep shorelines on the lower portion of the lake. Bluegill - Fair: Drift small pieces of nightcrawlers on the old roadbeds and in the upper end in less than 15 feet of water for decent size bluegills. 
Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
White Bass - Good: The white bass bite has been good below the Saylorville and Red Rock dams fishing minnows under a bobber and casting twister tail jigs or small shad imitating crankbaits. 
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink baits or cut bait. 
Don Williams Lake
Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught throughout the lake fishing minnows or small jigs near wood habitat. Drift tube jigs and twister or paddle tail jigs 5- to 10-feet down in 10- to 20-feet of water. 
Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are still being caught close to shore and off sunken pallet structures. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being caught throughout the lake. 
Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Fair: The summer white bass bite is beginning to pick up. Troll shallow diving crankbaits or spoons around large points and along the windblown shoreline. Channel Catfish - Good: Drift cut creek chubs or shad above the mile long bridge in 6-12 feet of water. 
Roberts Creek Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Use minnows over submerged brush or drift the lower half of the lake with small twister tails or tube jigs. 
Rock Creek Lake
White Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught suspended in the lower portion of the lake, especially out from the dam. Use minnows under a bobber 3 to 6 feet down or slowly drift or troll 2 inch or smaller twister and paddle tail jigs. 
Saylorville Reservoir
White Bass - Fair: Hot weather has picked up the white bass bite. Troll shallow diving crank baits and spoons that imitate shad. 
The fishing for white bass in the reservoirs and channel catfish in the rivers is getting good in Central Iowa. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.


Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Many good angler reports from ponds this week. Always get permission to fish privately owned farm ponds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are active and easy to catch. Cast a variety of spinner type baits or plastics for fun catch and release fishingBluegill - Fair: Bluegills are close to weed lines and structure. Black Crappie - Fair: Cast minnows under a bobber. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait. 
Farm Creek Lake
Farm Creek has a good panfish population. The lake also supports a good largemouth bass population with many 13- to 15-inch fish. 
Greenfield Lake
Greenfield Lake has a good fish population. Catfish are around every jetty in the lake spawning. Bluegills have moved away from shore. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies have moved to deeper water. Cast small jigs or minnows under a slip bobber to catch fish averaging 9 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Drift small jigs to catch bluegill averaging 8 inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are spawning in the rocks at Greenfield. Be prepared to catch large fish. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast spinnerbaits or plastics along the shoreline. Fish are all sizes. 
Lake Anita
Lake Anita will provide good fishing this year. Find a large crappie population averaging 9 inches and bluegills up to 9.5 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch crappies around underwater reefs and over the road bed. Fish will average 9 inches. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching bluegills up to 9.5 inches drifting. Largemouth Bass - Good: Find bass close to structure with plastics during the day. Fish are all sizes. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use nightcrawlers around the jetties. Fish are 18 to 20 inches. 
Lake Manawa
Crappies are still being caught on the west side of the lake and in the canals. Manawa has a decent population of 10- to 12-inch white crappie. Manawa is also a good destination for channel catfish. Black Crappie - Fair: 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. White Crappie - Fair: Anglers report catching large white crappies on the west side of the lake. Fish are 12- to 14-inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being picked up by crappie anglers using minnows. Walleye - Fair: Anglers report catching walleye trolling lindy rigs with night crawler or shad raps. 
Littlefield Lake
Littlefield Lake has quality size black crappies and bluegill. The lake also has a good channel catfish population. Black Crappie - Fair: Black crappie are being picked up around the cedar tree piles in the lake. Fish are 10- to 12-inches. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are beginning to move away from shore. Drift or cast to tree piles to find fish that will average 8.5 inches. Channel Catfish -Good: Catfish are close to shore near rocky shorelines and are being caught on a variety of baits including shrimp. Fish average 2 pounds. 
Meadow Lake
Meadow lake bluegills have gained size and body condition after the mid-summer drawdown in 2016. There is a year class of 10- to 12-inch black crappie in the lake. Bluegill - Slow: Cast to tree piles to find bluegills. Fish will average 8 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Look for crappies around tree piles in the lake. The large size is 10 to 12 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a large year class of 12- to 14-inch bass. Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait off the face of the dam. Meadow Lake has large channel catfish. 
Mormon Trail Lake
Mormon Trail has a good fish population. Catfish are active and close to shore. Channel Catfish - Good: Catch large channel catfish after dark with cut bait. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast the shoreline to find 13- to 16-inch largemouth bass. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill have moved to deeper water;  use small jigs and worms in 8 feet of water. Fish will average 8 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers report catching 9- to 10-inch crappies around deep tree piles. 
Orient Lake
Orient lake has a good population of 10 inch crappie that will provide good fishing in 2017. Bluegills are 7 to 8 inches. The lake also has a good catfish population. Black Crappie - Fair: Cast jigs around tree piles to catch 10 inch crappies. Bluegill - Fair: Find spawning bluegills close to shore. Cast nightcrawlers under a bobber to catch 7- to 8-inch bluegill. Channel Catfish - Good: Use nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Fish are 18- to 22-inches. Black Bullhead - Good: Cast a nightcrawler on the bottom for large bullheads up to 15 inches. 
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 fishingBluegill - Fair: Anglers report catching quality size bluegills on the spawning beds and underwater reefs placed in the lake during the renovation. Fish are 8.5- to 9-inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappies around the jetties. Fish will average 8-inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a large year class of 10- to 12-inch bass in the lake that is providing fun catch and release fishingChannel Catfish - No Report: Channel catfish are 14- to 16-inches. 
Viking Lake
Anglers report catching crappies in deep brush piles last week. Bass fishing has been good. Black Crappie - Fair: Cast jigs or minnows under a slip bobber to catch black crappies up to 9 inches. Sorting will be necessary. White Crappie - Fair: Vertical jig brush piles to catch 10-to 14-inch white crappies. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers report catching largemouth bass in tree piles jigging plastics. Fish are all sizes. Channel Catfish - Fair: Viking has a good channel catfish population; fish will average 2 pounds. Bluegill - Fair: Catch 7 inch bluegill. 
Anglers report good catfishing in the district. Most bluegills have moved away from shore and crappies are being caught around trees. 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 finesse plastics fished along the weed edges and brush piles or topwater baits fished along weed edges. Channel Catfish - Good: Catch channel catfish up to 10 pounds using cut bait or chicken liver fished near the spillway and rock piles. 
Lake Icaria
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught with cut bait or nightcrawlers fished along the fishing jetties and other rocky structures. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches using small jigs or nightcrawlers fished along the fish mounds. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches with finesse plastics fished near cedar tree brush piles. 
Lake of Three Fires
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches using crankbaits or finesse plastics fished along weedlines. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught with cut bait or nightcrawlers fished along rocky shoreline areas. 
Little River Watershed Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches using finesse plastics fished along cedar tree brush piles. Walleye - Fair: Catch walleye up to 22 inches with jigs tipped with live bait fished in 15-20 feet of water. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegill up to 9 inches with small jigs or or leeches fished along cedar tree brush piles. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catch channel catfish up to 10 pounds using nightcrawlers fished near rocky shoreline areas. 
Summit Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill up to 9 inches using small jigs tipped with a waxworm or nightcrawlers fished along the corners of the dam, the HWY 25 bridge, and cedar tree brushpiles. 
Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught using crankbaits or finesse plastics fished along weed lines and rock piles or topwater baits fished along the weed lines. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegill up to 9 inches using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or waxworms fished near shallow rock piles, shallow brush piles, and along the fishing jetties. Walleye - Fair: Walleye of all sizes have been caught using jigs tipped with live bait fished along the roadbed, rockpiles, and main lake points. Black Crappie - Good: Catch crappies up to 9 inches with jigs or minnows fished along rockpiles and cedar tree brushpiles. 

Water temperature in Mount Ayr district lakes is in the upper 70's to low 80's. For more information, contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.

 


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