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Nelson Park Lake

A good number of nice sized bluegills have been caught. Try using small jigs baited with a wax worm. Channel Catfish - Good: Many channel catfish have been caught from the face of the dam. Anglers have been having the best luck using stink bait and fishing fairly close to shore in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake

Water clarity is excellent. Bluegill - Fair: Yellow Smoke has 8.5 to 9.5-inch bluegills. Because the water is so clear, try using really light line and small lures. Fish deep around submerged trees. Also, try drifting the open water 5 to 10 feet down. Try small black jigs tipped with a wax worm, piece of night crawler, or piece of crawdad tail. Anglers that typically fish Yellow Smoke report that they can catch the big bluegill, but don't expect to catch more than 7 or 8 per trip. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: A lot of largemouth bass are being caught, but most are sub-legal fish. There are a lot of bass around 14 inches in length that make for great catch and release fishing.

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Catfish are hitting hard, but the bluegill and crappie have slowed down some. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are still doing well for channel catfish. Catfish are biting on just about anything, but night crawlers are working the best. Bluegill - Fair: Try using small jigs with a wax worm. Most bluegills are being caught from the face of the dam. Crappie - Fair: Crappie were being caught on small minnows. Most crappies are being caught from the face of the dam.

Brushy Creek Lake

Lake levels have fluctuated by more than 3 feet from the past week's heavy rains. Docks should be usable by this weekend. Water clarity is muddy. Please stay away from the spillway area. Fishing has been slow.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters use caution: There is an ongoing dredging project at Storm Lake and boats should stay at least 100 feet away from the dredge pipe. The dredge pipe is marked with buoys.

Water temperature was around 82 degrees earlier this week. Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is 3 walleye: all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released, only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers in boats have been catching catfish averaging 2 pounds. White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught on white twisters or picked up while walleye fishing. Try fishing white bass with top waters on hot, calm evenings. Look for surfacing baitfish and cast your lures there. Walleye - Fair: Fishing for walleye has slowed down considerably. Anglers have been using night crawlers in 8 to 9 feet of water near the dredge cuts. They have been catching fish in the 12 to 14 inch size range with a few slot fish mixed in. There have been a few reports of anglers catching their limit of 15 to 16.5 inch fish.

North Twin Lake

Yellow bass fishing has been good. The yellow bass are about 7 to 8 inches long, but there are lots of them. Try casting bright colored lures near shore tipped with a piece of crawdad or a little piece of yellow bass meat.

Swan Lake

Water clarity at Swan Lake is very poor. Some bass are being caught on rattling crankbaits, but the action is not real fast.

Black Hawk Lake

Water temperature is in the low 80s. Channel catfish are still biting. Walleye must be 15 inches or longer to keep and anglers are allowed 3 walleye per day. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish the windward shore with cut bait, stink bait, or crawdad tails. Anglers in boats have been catching their limit of catfish averaging 2 pounds. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down considerably. Try targeting the rock piles in deeper water with a leech or night crawler. Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing has been good, but the fish are around 5 to 6 inches long. Try casting bright colored jigs along shorelines where the wind is blowing in.

Browns Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Snyder Bend Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Largemouth Bass - Fair:

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

The Little Sioux River is out of its banks. There are extremely high flows so use caution when you're near the river.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)

The North Raccoon River is out of its banks.

Black Hawk District Farm Ponds

Panfish and bass are biting in farm ponds around the Black Hawk District. Remember to ask the landowner’s permission before fishing privately owned farm ponds.

The weather has been fair and stable the past week. Water levels are still high from last weekend’s rains. For more information about these lakes and rivers call Ben Wallace or Don Herrig 712-657-2638 at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Lake Catherine

Largemouth bass and bluegill are being caught fishing near the trees. Channel catfish are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom.

Clear Lake

Yellow bass are biting, try drifting live bait near the reefs. A few walleyes are being caught; try fishing the reefs using jigs tipped with a minnow. Channel catfish are biting on crawlers and chicken liver fishing the windswept side of the lake.

Lake Cornelia

Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and night crawlers.

Rice Lake

Bullheads are biting on crawlers fished off the bottom. Crappies are biting on minnows.

Silver Lake (Worth)

Bullheads are biting on crawlers fished off the bottom.

Morse Lake

Bullheads and channel catfish are biting on crawler fished near the bottom.

For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at 641-357-3517.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms around brush piles. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along shoreline cover. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms around brush piles.

Mill Creek (Lake)

Mill Creek Lake would be a great place to take a child fishing for bluegills. Use a small bobber and hook baited with a piece of worm along the boat docks and shoreline. There is plenty of parking and easy access along the south shore. Bluegill - Excellent: Use a small bobber and hook baited with a piece of worm along the docks. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics along shoreline cover.

Big Spirit Lake

Water temperature is 75 degrees. White Bass - Fair: Use top-water lures in the mornings and evening along Big Stoney Point. Look for surfacing fish. Bluegill - Good: Fish weed beds with a small jig tipped with live bait. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use jigs or other soft plastics along weed beds. Yellow Perch - Good: Using jigging lures tipped with wigglers in 18-22 feet of water. Walleye - Good: Use a slip bobber and leech on the edge of weed beds or drift fish with live bait on rock bars.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or crawdads fished on the bottom around boat docks or downed trees along shore. Bluegill - Fair: Fish weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait. Yellow Perch - Good: Fish the weed line with jigging lures tipped with live bait. Walleye - Fair: Fish along the weed line with lindy rigs tipped with live bait. Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish around boat docks or weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Minnewashta Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Fish around boat docks and weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait. Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish around boat docks and weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

White Bass - Good: Troll crankbaits along the shore line. Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits near the island. A few fish have been caught at the Trappers Bay Bridge using jigs.

West Okoboji Lake

Water temperature is 68 degrees. Northern Pike - Good: Troll or cast crankbaits along weed beds. White Bass - Good: Use top-water lures in the mornings and evenings near rock bars and points. Look for surfacing fish. Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along weed beds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use jigs, crankbaits, or plastics around boat docks and weed beds. Yellow Perch - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along weed lines and docks. Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech on weed lines.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or cut bait at the train bridge. Walleye - Fair: Drift fish with Lindy rigs tipped with live bait along drop offs.

Lost Island Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Drift live bait along the edge of the rock reef or use stink bait or worms at the bridge. Walleye - Good: Drift fish with live bait along the rock bars or out in front of the Blue Wing Marsh outlet with jigs.

Willow Creek

Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along weed beds.

Lower Gar Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around boat docks and weed beds.

For more fishing information on the Spirit Lake area call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Take notice of the new structure in the lake as fish will be found close by. With water temps warmer most fish have went back to deeper water. Catfish can still be found in shallower water along rocky banks spawning. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are starting to bite. Try using night crawlers or chicken livers. Catfish have moved up into the rocks to spawn. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are done spawning and have moved back to deeper water. Try drifting with the wind to capitalize this time of year. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have moved off their beds and starting to get into their summer patterns. Try looking at overhead cover and structure for them. Crappie - Slow: Crappies have moved back to the deeper water so look for them around new habitat in the lake.

Lake Hendricks

Fishing has slowed a touch this week. Look for bass along the weed beds. Catfish should be in close to shore along rocky banks spawning. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are starting to bite on chicken liver. They have moved into the shore along the rocks to spawn. Bluegill - Fair: Try using a small jig tipped with a wax worm. Bluegills have moved off their beds and back to deeper water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try plastics with a slow retrieve. Look for bass to be relating to overhead cover after their spawn. Crappie - Fair: Crappies have slowed a bit but can still be caught. Concentrate on deeper water.

Lake Meyer

The action has leveled off. Smaller bluegills are still being caught along the shore along the weed beds. Bass 10 to 14 inches are being caught as well as catfish on chicken livers and cut bait. Northern Pike - Slow: Check the weed beds and weed lines for pike. Channel Catfish - Good: Good catfishing is being had right now on cut bait and chicken livers. Bluegill - Fair: Smaller bluegills are being caught along the weed beds. This would be a good place to take a beginner or kid fishing. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having the best luck on bass working the shorelines with worms. Bass are ranging from 10 to 14 inches. Crappie - Slow: Crappies have slowed considerably. Yellow Perch - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The Upper Iowa River is running high, fast and muddy after all the rain in the region last week. With more rain be called for this weekend make sure to check the local forecast before venturing out. Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm on a hook but the key is to get it to sit on the stream bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth Bass fishing has slowed after recent rains. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed after all the rains the region has received in the last week.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

The river is muddy and running high and fast from recent precipitation the area has received over the last week. More rain is being forecast for the weekend so check local forecast before heading out. Sucker - Slow: Try using a worm fished off the bottom for continued success. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth Bass has slowed after recent rains and high and muddy water has arrived. Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite has slowed after high and muddy water has showed up.

Yellow River

With high and muddy water the fishing has slowed, but as soon as the water starts clearing up a little bit to a cloudy stage that is a perfect time to chase the big brown trout on the Yellow River.

Turkey River (above Clermont)

The turkey river is high and muddy after recent rains of up to 2 to 3 inches. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: With water levels rising smallmouth fishing has slowed. Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has slowed after the large rain event received last week.

Volga River

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Cedar River has low water quality this week with all the rain the watershed received. Catfish were being caught very well along the rocks during their spawn, until the rain event. Northern Pike - Slow: Anglers are catching a few northerns as bi-catch. Channel Catfish - Fair: For catfish, try using crawlers or chicken liver below the dams or in the pockets. Fishing has slowed a bit with the recent high water. Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are not having good luck with bluegills this week because of the high and muddy waters. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallies are slowing. Try using crank baits below the dams or using a jig tipped with a minnow. Crappie - Slow: Angling has slowed for crappies. Walleye - Slow: Walleyes have slowed.

Decorah District Streams

Trout streams are running muddy as of late in the week with recent rain falls as high as 4 inches. Spotty showers have muddied up some streams but this should turn the brown trout on. Anglers are reporting great success on many of our streams all day long. Nice hatches of mayflies and midges are occurring at this time. July’s stocking schedule is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/trout.html or call (563) 927-5736 for a current stocking report.

River water levels are still up but falling. Better fishing will be found in the lakes and smaller streams with better watersheds. Trout streams are in good condition but still high with recent rains. With the water off color, now is a good time to try to entice a brown trout. For more information about a specific stream, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)

Fishing has been fair for largemouth bass and bluegill on Silver Lake. Most all bass are less than the 15-inch minimum length for legal harvest. Vegetation has become bothersome around the edges of the lake. Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm under a bobber along the vegetation edges. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting top-water, weedless spoons or spinner baits. Reminder there is a 15-inch minimum size limit on bass in this lake.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Casey Lake is providing some excellent catches of channel catfish. Dense vegetation has been a problem so fishing from a boat or canoe is beneficial. Most lakes are stratified now so concentrate on depths of 9 ft. or less. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try fishing cut baits, chicken livers or stink baits off of the bottom. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are being caught on red worms, wax worms and pieces of crawlers under bobbers. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Top-water lures, artificial plastics seem to be catching fish.

South Prairie Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Plainfield

Anglers are catching nice size bluegill and largemouth bass. Bluegill - Good: Best success has been using wax worms under a bobber for bluegill. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits or crankbaits from shore.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

Cedar River still remains high and muddy. Some anglers have been catching catfish in flooded areas. Channel Catfish - Good: Try using night crawlers or cut baits on the bottom in recent flooded areas of the Cedar River.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon is high and muddy. Channel Catfish - Good: Try using night crawlers or cut baits fished off of the bottom in flooded areas.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa continues to run a bit high and dirty following rain this past week. Channel Catfish - Good: Try using night crawlers or cut baits fished off of the bottom in flooded areas.

Interior rivers still remain high and turbid, use good judgment when fishing on the interior rivers during these conditions. Some area lakes are providing catches of channel catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass. Trout streams are dropping after recent rainfall events but are producing some excellent fishing opportunities. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Water level at Lansing is 11.8 feet. Please note the Army Road ramp near New Albin is closed due to the high water. Water levels are one to two feet over the road so it is expected to be closed for a week or two. Water clarity in Pool 9 has improved and it is quite clear water now. Water temperature is near 75 degrees. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is best during high water conditions like those being experienced now. Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results. You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish. Stink baits or chicken liver are the baits of choice. Bluegill - Fair: A few small bluegills are being reported along the bank being caught on a worm and bobber. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try fishing areas with rock and good current, especially near a good back-eddy. Some nice fish earlier were being reported at the entrance of Big Slough and near Village Creek. Crawdad color or lime colored crankbaits have been working well. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris. Small largemouth bass can be seen chasing minnows along the bank. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes caught trolling crankbait or jigs in running sloughs such as Minnesota Slough. Freshwater Drum - Good: A lot of drum being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom. Drum are excellent eating fish especially if prepared fresh. Remember to take ice with you if you plan on keeping drum and other fish fresh especially with the warm temperatures.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Water level at Lynxville is 19.4 feet and expected to remain steady over the next week. Water temperature is in the mid 70s and water clarity is quite good. Northern Pike - Slow: Some northerns are gathering near cold water tributaries and springs. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is best during high water conditions like those being experienced now. Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results. You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish. Stink baits or chicken liver are the baits of choice. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flatheads caught below the Lynxville Dam using one-eye jigging spoons. White Bass - Slow: Some anglers report nice catches of white bass were being reported but that has slowed from due to the high water. We expect the white bass to regroup up and provide quality fishing yet this year. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers report catching bluegills along rocky areas such as the near shore areas wing dams. High water has made pockets of bluegills more difficult to find. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are hitting well along rocky areas with current. They can be seen chasing minnows along with the white bass. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Rising water has brought many largemouth to shorelines in the upper parts of the pool. Fish near bank areas along brush piles for the best success. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes caught drifting minnows below the dam and in running sloughs. With high water try fishing closer to bank rather than your usual spots. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom. Drums are excellent eating fish especially if prepared fresh. Remember to take ice with you if you plan on keeping drum and other fish especially with the warm temperatures.

Mississippi River Pool 11

Water levels at Guttenberg are 10.6 feet and expected to remain steady over the holiday weekend. Water temperatures are in the mid 70's, and water clarity is quite good except near the mouth of the Turkey River. Northern Pike - Slow: A few pike beginning to gather at the mouths of cold water tributaries and springs although the high water has pushed them out some. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is best during high water conditions like those being experienced now. Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results. You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish. Stink baits or chicken liver are the baits of choice right now. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flathead catfish have been caught below the dam jigging heavy spoons or "one eye's". Bluegill - Fair: Small bluegills and other sunfish are being caught along the bank with bobber and worms. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth being caught fishing near rock in good current. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris. Small largemouth’s can be seen chasing minnows along the bank. Small spinners or jigs will work best. Freshwater Drum - Good: Good catches of drum still being reported in the upper part of pool 11. During high water fish will often be found near shore in eddy area but away from the strong current.

Water temperature at Guttenberg is in the mid 70's. River levels are high and expected to remain high over the next week: Water levels are: Lansing 11.8, Lynxville 19.4 and Guttenberg 10.6. Water is generally clear except near mouths of Upper Iowa, Yellow and Turkey Rivers.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 11.92 feet. River stage is forecast to fall slowly over the weekend. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting on night crawlers, leeches and dip baits fished along riprap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs. White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught casting crankbaits, spinners, and jigs/twisters in Sunset Marina. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing pieces of worm under a bobber. Some fish are also being picked up casting small spinners. Fishing has been best right before evening. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being picked up in Sunset Marina casting in-line spinners and Road Runner's. Fishing has been best right before evening. Sauger - Slow: Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 11.77 feet. Big Timber access is closed. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught using stink bait and crawlers. White Bass - Slow: Bluegill - Slow: Crappie - Slow: Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 14.17 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on stink bait, crawlers, and shad. White Bass - No Report: Bluegill - No Report: Crappie - No Report: Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10.5 feet. River stage is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers and stink bait. White Bass - No Report: Bluegill - No Report: Crappie - No Report: Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River conditions are still high and muddy. Many of the boat ramps are under water. Main channel water temperature is 77 degrees. Fishing has been slow throughout the pools. There is debris floating in the river so take caution when boating. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

The lake is finally back to normal level and is starting to clear up. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing remains fair to good. Use chicken liver or cut bait along the drop-offs. Bluegill - Fair: As the water clears look for the bluegills in 4 to 6 feet of water. Use small jigs tipped with wax worms or red worms.

Lake Belva Deer

The road paving project is slated to start in July. Recent rains have brought the lake up 2 to 3 feet above normal pool. The water remains fairly clear 6 to 7 feet of clarity. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is improving with the more stable weather pattern. Look for them in 5 to 7 feet of water out in the trees.

Lake of the Hills

Stabilizing weather patterns should signal a return to more predictable summer fishing patterns. Channel Catfish - Good: The mulberries are falling off the trees. Pick up a few to bait your hook for some nice catfish. Bluegill - Good: The bluegill fishing remains good. The smaller ones are in shallow and the bigger ones are suspended in 5 to 7 feet down. Largemouth Bass - Good: The normal summer pattern of early and late for bass is starting. Top-water or spinner baits are the go to lures.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

The skunk is finally back to within its banks. The problem is that the river forecast is looking like a fairly fast drop in water level.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

Look for the Iowa at Wapello to remain at or above flood stage until next Thursday.

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

Kent Park Lake

In addition to the lake, bluegills and bass have been caught in the ponds. Channel Catfish - Fair: Stink bait and chicken livers have been working best. Fishing improves after rain events where water is coming into the lake. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig or worm along the dam and along the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow with plastics or live bait.

Lake Macbride

There is a 9.9 horsepower limit in effect. Also, make sure you check your boat/trailer when leaving the lake as an invasive species of plant (Brittle Naiad) has started growing and chunks are floating around. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish around riprap with live bait in hopes of catching male catfish guarding spawning cavities, or fish around creek/drainage inlets following rain events. Night crawlers have been working well. White Bass - Fair: Look for schools feeding on young shad. Try throwing a small crankbait, jig, or spinner. Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish shallow wood/riprap with plastics or deeper rock structure with crankbaits. Crappie - Fair: Some black crappies are in the brush, while some nice white crappies are in the vegetation. A minnow under a slip bobber has been working best.

Central Park Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Catches of catfish are increasing. Try chicken livers or stink bait. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some smaller bass are being caught on crawlers and soft plastics.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, Pleasant Creek has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass and 40-inch size limit on muskies. Channel Catfish - Good: Chicken livers are catching some fish. Also, anglers throwing leeches under slip bobbers on humps are catching some catfish as well. White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of fish feeding on the surface. Throw a top-water plug, shallow running crankbait, or white jig. Dawn and dusk has been the most active times. Largemouth Bass - Good: Crawlers, sunfish and soft plastics along the dam and jetties are producing best. Walleye - Fair: Live bait rigs on the bottom and leeches under slip bobbers over humps are producing walleyes. Fishing in the evening has been productive."

Diamond Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Try crawlers, chicken liver or stink bait. Evening and after a rain event has been the best times.

Otter Creek Lake

There is an over abundance of yellow bass in this lake. They are scrappy fighters and excellent to eat. There is no limit and don’t be afraid to keep every one you catch. Channel Catfish - Fair: Right after a rain event is a good time to try. Evenings are best as well. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Soft plastics, crankbaits, and night crawlers have been producing best. Yellow Bass - Fair: Look in shallow flats and along rock banks for schools of yellows. Try small jigs, spinners, or live bait.

Coralville Reservoir

As of July 1, the lake level is 704 feet and rising. It is predicted to reach 705.5 feet by next week based on current rains. Fishing activity has slowed due to high water, but some anglers are trying the flooding roadbeds.

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

Lake Wapello

The lake has refilled after last year's fish population renovation. Red ear and channel catfish were stocked last fall along with some largemouth bass and bluegill.

Red Haw Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have been biting on chicken liver and night crawlers. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler. Try areas along the aquatic vegetation and in pockets within the vegetation. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits around structure or off the ends of the jetties. Use plastic worms in the same areas.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The lake renovation project has begun and the lake is being drained. The boat ramps are not usable as the lake is approximately 16 feet low. The shorelines are still very muddy and shore fishing would be difficult.

Lake Keomah

Bullhead - Fair: Use night crawlers fished in 8 to 10 feet of water. Channel Catfish - Slow: Cut bait has been producing some catches of channel catfish. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits along the shoreline and around the jetties. Another good spot to try is along the outside of the aquatic vegetation.

Albia (lower)

A new boat ramp has been constructed on the lower reservoir. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler. The fish have been spawning near the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits fished along the shoreline and around areas with submerged structures. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline and around submerged structure. There are buoys marking areas where cedar trees have been placed for fish habitat.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler. Shallow areas have been productive. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits along the shorelines or around submerged structure. Use plastic worms around areas with trees and stumps. Top-water lures can be productive in the mornings and evenings.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 921.40 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is in the lower 80s. Most of the conservation pool boat ramps are closed. The high water ramps at Bridgeview, Honey Creek State Park, and Buck Creek are open. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and dead chubs. Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing has slowed down with the high water. Look for submerged structure off shore. The high water has really spread the fish out. There is sorting required for larger fish. Walleye - Fair: Try trolling or drifting night crawler rigs along underwater reefs and islands. Underwater points have also been producing some walleyes. Please be wary of tagged walleyes and if these fish are harvested please call the hatchery with the tag number. The phone number for the hatchery is 641-647-2406.

For additional fishing information in south central Iowa, call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Good 8 to 9-inch bluegills are being caught using night crawlers fished from any of the jetties, along the rock on the dam, and especially near the flooded wood throughout the lake.

Big Creek Lake

There is currently a walleye harvest study taking place. Anglers who catch a walleye should look near the tail of the fish for a small yellow tag. The tags can be removed from harvested or released fish of LEGAL size and returned with a survey for a cash reward. The surveys can be picked up at the marina, park office, Polk City Bait and Tackle, or Johnston Bait and Tackle. There are also signs posted at the boat ramps with instructions. White Bass - Good: Big Creek currently has a large population of white bass. They are biting aggressively. Casting or drifting small jigs or spinners is working well. Concentrate on the windblown side of the lake. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are suspended away from the shore. Drift fishing small pieces of crawler in 8 to 20 feet has produced good catches in the upper end of the lake in both the east and west arms. Some decent yellow perch are also being caught at the same time. Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite is fairly slow right now. Some are being caught in the upper end of the lake using night crawlers or leeches. The walleye are likely up there taking advantage of food coming in from the swollen Big and Little Creeks.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Suspended bluegills are being caught drifting or working slowly all along the steep south shoreline with small jigs and night crawlers. They are also being picked up near pallet structures. The pallet piles east of the island hold a good number of fish. Crappie - Slow: The crappie bite isn't fast right now, but some fish are being picked up on the sunken pallets in the coves and the brush piles around the island.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught suspended away from shore. Drifting or working slowly out from the northwest shoreline is a good place to start. There are several large sunken brush piles in this area that bluegills and crappie will suspend over.

Red Rock Reservoir

Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite is good using fresh cut bait. White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being picked by covering water and trolling crankbaits. Stopping and casting has not been very effective.

Saylorville Reservoir

All accesses to Saylorville are currently closed and boating is not recommended.

North Raccoon River (Perry to Van Meter)

Flathead Catfish - Good: When the river level drops enough to allow access, flathead fishing in the North Raccoon should be good. With the extended high flows flatheads from as far as Red Rock will likely have migrated into the Raccoon River for their spawn, which is occurring right now. Bullheads and sunfish are the preferred baits.

Central Iowa rivers are at or near flood stages. All accesses at Saylorville Reservoir are closed. Boaters can still access Red Rock Reservoir. Bluegills and crappie are being caught best drift fishing small jigs or live bait fished at depths of 5 to 15 feet. Catfishing is also good right now in most lakes using fresh cut bait. Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake

Greenfield Lake has one concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver. Fish are in the 1 to 3 pound range. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches are being caught drifting small jigs in 6-8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught around cedar tree piles casting crankbaits and small spinners. Good percentage of bass in the 15 to 17-inch range.

Mormon Trail Lake

Mormon Trail Lake has excellent water clarity. There is one concrete boat ramp available. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around jetties using liver.

Nodaway Lake

Nodaway has one concrete boat ramp. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish in the 1 to 2 pound range are being caught on night crawlers.

Orient Lake

Water clarity has suffered after heavy rains. Orient is full with one concrete boat ramp. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are still using leeches to catch channel in the 14 to 16 inches range.

Lake Anita

Lake Anita has good water clarity even after recent heavy rains. There are two concrete boat ramps. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water. Also, try worms under a bobber around jetties and underwater reefs. Fish average 8 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits. Crankbaits and plastics are good bait around underwater reefs and roadbeds. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught casting jigs around underwater reefs. Fish average 9 inches.

Willow Lake

Willow lake has one concrete boat ramp with excellent water quality. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish have been caught along campground shoreline using liver.

Viking Lake

Viking Lake has three concrete boat ramps and 3 feet water clarity. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth up to 18 inches are being caught on plastic baits.

DeSoto Bend

Water levels are very high at Desoto Bend. Only the middle boat ramp is usable. Walleye - Fair: Anglers have been catching walleye slow trolling night crawlers or crankbaits on shallow flats. Fish have been averaging 15 inches.

Lake Manawa

Water temperature is around 75 degrees and water clarity is fair. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are still being caught on the south and west side. Shrimp has still been the number one bait. Liver and crawlers have also been good. Fish are in the 2 to 6 pound range. Crappie - Slow: A few small crappies are being caught in the main lake drifting jigs.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Many farm ponds hold good populations of bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. Remember to always ask permission before fishing private ponds. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are active with warmer water temperatures. Try night crawlers, liver, or stink baits around structure. Bluegill - Fair: To catch bluegill in midsummer cast jigs around deep cover. Night crawlers under a bobber work well for post spawn bluegill. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are aggressive this time of year. Top-water baits work well during low light conditions and plastics during the day.

Once again, recent heavy rains have made some lakes and ponds turbid and fishing difficult. Water temperatures are in the mid 70s on most southwest Iowa lakes. For information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Water temperature is in the middle 70s. The lake level is back to normal.

Clarity is about 1.5 to 2.5 feet.

Little River Watershed Lake

Water clarity is less than 2 feet. Water temperature is in the middle 70s.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Water clarity is very good and temperature is in the lower 70s.

Lake of Three Fires

Water clarity is about 3 feet. Bluegill - Fair: A few big bluegills can still be caught from the structure in 4 to 6 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Shoreline structure is holding a few mid-sized largemouth bass.

Green Valley Lake

The lake level has been lowered to allow for sediment removal from the upper end. The fish have been restocked and some catfish are being caught.

Summit Lake

The lake has been lowered for shoreline stabilization.

Three Mile Lake

Water temperature is in the middle 70s. Clarity is good at mid-lake and near the dam.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Water temperature is in the middle 70s and clarity is very good. Bullhead - Good: A lot of big bullheads are being caught from shore using crawlers. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are coming from the structure in about 5 to 10 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass are moving out to deeper structure.

Water clarity is improving at most lakes. Water temperature is in the mid to upper 70s.
 
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