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Icaria (Adams): Some walleyes are biting on minnows around the deep rock off the dam and fish mounds.
Twelve Mile Lake (Union): Some walleyes have been caught off the fish mounds and old roadways using large minnows.
Contact Gary Sobotka at (641) 464-3108 for information on the above area lakes.

Big Creek (Polk): Bluegill fishing is still reported slow with a few fish being caught fishing a night crawler under a slip bobber. Crappie fishing is good drifting or trolling with tube jigs and minnows under a slip bobber. Fish are being caught in 15 feet of water or less. Most fish are 8 to 10 inches. Walleyes have also been biting mostly after dark. Catfish can still be caught on chicken liver, night crawlers or stink bait.
Rock Creek (Jasper): Crappie fishing is still good using small jigs tipped with wax worms. Most fish are 8 to 10 inches with a few exceeding 11 inches.
Saylorville Lake (Polk): Fishing has been difficult with high winds and cloudy water.
Hickory Grove (Story): Crappie fishing has slowed, but some fish are still being caught over submerged brush piles using small crappie jigs or a minnow under a slip bobber. A mixed catch of white and black crappies can be expected with a few of the whites approaching 11 inches.
Lakes Ahquabi and Hooper (Warren): Bluegill and crappie bite is still slow, but some good size crappies and bluegill are being caught drifting a small piece of night crawler, minnow, or panfish jig in the center of the lake under a slip bobber in 5 to 6 feet of water.
Des Moines River (Boone): Fishing has been good for channel and flathead catfish. The channels are being caught on chicken liver or cut bait.
Raccoon Rivers (Dallas): Raccoon rivers are running high and cloudy due to recent rains. Walleye fishing should improve again as water levels return to normal. Most fish are being caught using a jig-head and minnow. Better reports are coming from the Middle Raccoon.
Banner Lakes (Warren): 1,800 trout were stocked in South Banner on Oct. 24.
Contact Ben Dodd at (515) 432-2823, Ext.108, for information on the above area lakes

Lake Manawa (Pottawattamie): Fishing for wipers is fair on east side of lake. Walleyes are being picking up using large minnows.
Saganosh and Big Lake (Pottawattamie): These urban trout fisheries were stocked with 1,800 catchable size rainbow trout on Oct. 22. Minnows or worms 1 to 2 feet under a small bobber are working best. Most tackle used for crappie, tube jigs, small spinners, twister tails, will work for trout.
Greenfield (Adair): Bluegills are fair drifting small jigs and around jetties.
Lake Anita (Cass): Crappie fishing is fair for 8 to 9-inch fish drifting a small white jig or anchored near structure. Schools of crappie have scattered around the lake and when anglers find the schools, they are able to catch quite a few. Bass fishing has been good below silt ponds where water is flowing into the lake.
Middle Raccoon (Guthrie): Smallmouth fishing is slow. Channel catfish is good using small tackle with worms. Water levels are up but are still favorable for fishing the catch and release stretch for smallmouth bass from Lennon Mill Dam to Redfield.
Contact Bryan Hayes at (712) 769-2587 for information on the above area lakes.
For more information on fishing in southwest Iowa, call the regional office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.

Southeast
Mississippi River Pools 16 to 20: In Pool 16: River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 5.36 feet. Water temperature in the main channel is around 48 degrees. Walleye and sauger fishing is starting to pick up. A few fish are being caught on jigs/minnows and trolling crankbaits in Sylvan Slough and by the Arsenal Dam. Some walleyes are also being caught on the ends of the wing dams around Credit Island and Enchanted Island. Crappie fishing has been good on minnows in the Andalusia Island complex and Sunset Marina. In Pool 17, river stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 4.24 feet and water temperature is around 47 degrees. Tailwater walleye and sauger fishing is slow. Crappie fishing in Big Timber has been good on minnows. Crappies are also being caught in Cleveland Slough and Eagle Fill. Look for crappies around the brush piles. In Pool 18, river stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 4.73 feet. Tailwater walleye and sauger fishing is slow. Crappies are being caught in Huron Island on minnows. In Pool 19, river stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 2.32 feet. Crappies are being caught in the backwaters on minnows. In Pool 20, river stage at Lock and Dam 19 is 4.40 feet. Tailwater stage is fluctuating daily due to dam releases. No fishing report.
Lake Darling (Washington): Water temperature is in the mid to upper 40s. Bass are around the trees feeding on the young of the year fish. Most of the rest of the fish have moved to deep water. The DNR will begin draining the lake on Nov. 5.
Lake Belva Deer (Keokuk): Water temperature is getting down into the 40s. Start fishing along the creek channel in the flooded timber for bluegills.
Lake Geode (Henry): Water temperature is the low 50s in the late afternoon. Look for the bass to be in shallow at that time as they take advantage of the last of the warm days.
Lake Rathbun (Appanoose): The lake is 11 feet above normal pool and only three boat ramps remain usable: Bridgeview, Honey Creek, and Buck Creek high water ramp. Try using night crawlers or shad sides for channel catfish. Some walleyes are being caught using jig and minnow combinations. Look for areas with drop-offs around submerged rock piles.
Lake Sugema (Van Buren): Crappies have been hitting on small jigs tipped with a minnow. Try different depths until you find fish. Largemouth bass have been hitting on spinner baits and soft plastics.
Lake Wapello (Davis): The lake has been completely drained.
Lake Miami (Monroe): Try using night crawlers for channel catfish. Try small jigs along the shorelines or around any type of structure for bluegills.
Lake Macbride (Johnson): The lake is about 6 ½ feet down and will be holding around this level throughout the fall/winter. BOAT RAMPS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE.
Coralville Reservoir. (Johnson): Some white bass are being caught on small shad colored crankbaits, spinners, or white jigs in the lower half of the lake. Keep moving in search of schools.
Iowa River (Johnson): A few walleyes/saugeyes are still being picked up below the dams. Jig/minnow and jig/twisters have been producing best.
For more information on fishing in southeast Iowa, call the regional office in Brighton at 319-694-2430.

Northeast
Mississippi River Pools 9 to 15: The water level on the Mississippi continues to drop and is very low. Water level at Lansing is 7.8 feet, Lynxville 12.7 feet and Guttenberg is at 4.7 feet. Water temperature has dropped to 45 degrees. Fishing continues to improve heading into the cooler fall months. Extra caution is still recommended at the boat ramps. The Mississippi River is still very low going into the fall and it is easy to back trailers into the blow holes created at the end of the boat ramp. Try putting trailers in the minimum amount of water needed to launch your boat.
Walleye and sauger fishing is good at times in the tailwaters near Lock and Dams 9 (Lynxville), 10 (Guttenberg), 11 (Dubuque), 12 (Bellevue) and 13 (Clinton); however, many are small and some sorting in required. Sauger fishing is especially hot with many short fish; however, 15 to 20-inch saugers are being taken. Walleye are hitting three-way rigs tipped with a night crawler, leech or minnow or crankbaits fished along the face of the wing dams.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing is good to excellent in the backwater lakes and sloughs Pools 9 through 15. Largemouth have moved to the entrance areas of over-wintering backwater areas. Minnesota Slough near New Albin (Pool 9) is a good bet for big largemouth bass during the fall. Smallmouth bass remain along rocks and tailwater areas for a short period of time. Soon, they will move to over-wintering areas in deep sloughs as the river temperature nears freezing.
Bluegill fishing is good in Pools 9 to 15. Fish the backwater lakes and sloughs around woody structure for best success. Small jigs or worms are the bait of choice for hungry bluegills. Bluegill hotspots include the side channel near Harpers Ferry and the fishing pier on Bussey Lake (Pool 10), the backwater areas near Guttenberg and the new marina fishing access at Mud Lake Park (Pool 11), Frentress and Tippy Lakes (Pool 12), and in Pool 13, Crooked Slough, Lanesville Slough, Brown’s Lake, South Sabula Lake and Spring Lake.
Crappie fishing is fair to good in Pools 9 through 15 along snags in the backwaters and connected sloughs. Try using small jigs or minnows on a bare hook for crappies or tie your boat up to the snag and vertically jig a small jig and minnow. Many of the areas mentioned above for bluegill fishing are also good for crappie, along with Blackhawk Park near Lansing (Pool 9) and the side channels near Harpers Ferry (Pool 10) in 8 to 10 feet of water. Some crappies are being reported in the Sny Magill complex south of McGregor as well (Pool 10).
Northern pike are biting around the spillway area near Harpers Ferry (Pool 10) and in the spillway and tailwaters at Guttenberg (upper Pool 11). Pike fishing has remained strong all year with many quality fish being reported.
Large white bass are finally entering the creel, with nice white bass being reported off sandbars above the dam at Guttenberg (Pool 10) and in Cassville Slough (Pool 11) by the spillway.
Yellow perch are biting next to the fishing pier on Bussey Lake (Pool 10). Anglers are using small minnows for best success.
Anglers in the Dubuque area are catching bullheads at the new marina fishing access in Mud Lake Park (Pool 11) using night crawlers.
Cedar River (Mitchell, Floyd and Chickasaw): The river is really clearing up from the fall diatom bloom. A few smallmouth bass are being caught on jigs and crankbaits. Walleye fishing is still slow; try fishing in the deeper pools using crankbaits or jigs tipped with long piece of night crawler or minnow.
Cedar River (Bremer, Black Hawk), Maquoketa River (Delaware, Jones), Shell Rock River (Butler), and Wapsipinicon River (Buchanan, Black Hawk): Fishing is currently good for channel catfish, smallmouth bass and walleye. Now is a great time to fish as water levels are favorable in all area rivers, water temperature is dropping, and water clarity is excellent. Fish activity is high during this time of year as fish feed in preparation for winter and spring spawn. As water temperature cools use more live bait presentations, such as a jig-and-crawler, and slow-down retrieval speeds.
Maquoketa River (Delaware): Smallmouth bass and walleye fishing is excellent below the Lake Delhi Dam.
Turkey River (Clayton): Smallmouth and walleye fishing have been fair. Try a variety of lures and live bait for the smallmouth bass. Walleye can be caught in the deeper pools with slow moving artificial lures.
Upper Iowa River (Winneshiek and Allamakee): There are reports of larger trout being caught at the mouths of trout streams entering the river. The majority of these fish have been caught of smaller spinners. Smallmouth fishing has been fair. Try fishing white twister tails or crankbaits in the pools and riffles. A few bigger walleye are biting on jigs tipped with a night crawler. Also try crankbaits, Shad Raps, or white twister tails in the deeper pools, fishing them slowly on the bottom of deep holes.
Avenue of the Saints Lake and Plainfield Lake (Bremer County): Fishing is good for largemouth bass and bluegills; try crankbaits and plastics for largemouth and use small night crawlers or red worms for bluegill.
Casey Lake (Tama): Fishing is good for largemouth bass on artificial lures and/or night crawlers suspended under a bobber. Fish the shallows for bass during the daytime as water temperature continues to decline.
Lake Delhi (Delaware): Fishing is fair to good for bluegill and crappie using live bait. Bass fishing is good around structure using crankbaits and plastics.
Lake Hendricks (Howard): Fishing has slowed in the past few days with cold fronts moving through. Largemouth bass fishing is fair with a variety of artificial lures fished along shore. Channel catfish fishing is fair using chicken liver fished on the bottom. Bluegill fishing is fair. Try using smaller gear when fishing midday to hook the finicky ones. Larger crappies are being caught by slowly trolling at 4 to 5 foot depths with a minnow.
Lake Meyer (Winneshiek): Few anglers have been out fishing the lake but try small jigs or minnows under a bobber for crappies near brush piles. If the wind is blowing into the snags try throwing the rig a few feet past the snags and reeling in toward them to work them better. Bluegill fishing is fair for medium sized fish on night crawlers or angleworms. Some larger bluegills are being caught while fishing for crappie using jigs. Largemouth fishing is fair using artificial lures working the shoreline.
Volga Lake (Fayette): Largemouth bass fishing is fair throughout the day. Use slower-moving artificial lures worked along structure. Bluegill fishing is fair using wax worms or night crawlers on a very small hook under a bobber near structure. The bluegills have grown well this summer and now many are 6 to 7 inches. Crappies (7 to 8.5 inch) are being caught while slowly drifting or trolling in deeper, open water using a slip bobber.
Trout streams are in excellent condition, fishing pressure is moderate while fishing continues to be outstanding, and fall colors are at their peak in Northeast Iowa. Stream stockings are no longer announced, but there are plenty of fish out there. During warmer days, hatches can persist throughout this fall. The mayflies and caddis flies are hatching mid to late afternoon so a nice evening outing may be best.
Anglers are reminded to help the DNR monitor the health of our streams and rivers by reporting fish kills immediately by calling 515-281-8694. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Only with your help can we continue to protect and enhance the aquatic communities in our public waters.
For information on fishing in northeast Iowa, call the regional office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

Northwest
Spirit Lake (Dickinson): Yellow perch are being caught by vertically jigging with small jigs tipped with live bait over weed beds and rock reefs and by fishing from shore at Marble Beach and Buffalo Run. Walleyes are being caught from shore using a jig and minnow, twister tail, or crankbait at the North Grade, Marble Beach, the footbridge, Sand Bar Slough or Buffalo Run in the evening and night. Fish weed lines and rock piles with tubes, jerk baits or crankbaits for smallmouth bass. Use crankbaits over the weed beds for northern pike.
East Okoboji Lake (Dickinson): Yellow bass are taking live bait fished around boat docks and are hitting jigging spoons tipped with live bait on the main lake. Bluegills are being caught around boat docks and at the trestle with ice jigs tipped with live bait. Walleyes are being caught after sunset by wader anglers using twister tails, and fishing at the Hinshaw and Hwy. 9 bridges. Fish around boat docks with micro jigs tipped with live bait for yellow perch.
West Okoboji Lake (Dickinson): Walleyes are being caught fishing at sunset round the points and bays with twister tails and crankbaits. Troll or cast along weed edges in Miller’s, North, Smith’s and Emerson bays for northern pike. Cast or troll along the weed lines and rock piles in Emerson, Miller’s, North and Smith’s bays with crankbaits and spinners for muskies.
Minnewashta (Dickinson): Fish around boat docks with small ice jigs tipped with live bait for panfish. Yellow bass are biting at the Sawmill Bridge on live bait.
Upper Gar (Dickinson): Panfish are being caught using ice jigs tipped with live bait around boat docks.
Silver Lake (Dickinson): Walleyes are being caught on jigs and minnows and crankbaits fished from shore after sunset.
West Fork of the Des Moines River: Walleyes are being caught using a jig and minnow in the holes and riffles.
Little Sioux River: Walleyes are being caught using a jig and minnow in the holes and riffles.
Black Hawk Lake (Sac): Fishing is fair for bluegill and small crappie off west stone pier using micro-mini jigs and wax worms.
Clear Lake (Cerro Gordo): A few walleye are being caught but fishing continues to be slow. Yellow bass fishing is good at the grade, McIntosh beach and the Baptist Camp area with cut bait or a piece of night crawler. White bass are biting at the grade, around the island and any sandy areas in the morning and late evening.
Crystal Lake (Hancock): The Iowa Department of Natural Resource relaxed fishing regulations at Crystal Lake will end Nov. 6. The lake is being renovated to remove an abundant common carp population. Anglers with a valid sport fishing license may harvest all sizes and unlimited quantities of any species of fish from Crystal Lake. Any number of poles will be allowed, but anglers must remain in site of these lines. Trot lines and nets will be allowed (name and address must be attached if left unattended). Dynamite, poison, electric shocking devices or any stupefying substances will not be allowed.
For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the regional office in Spirit Lake at 712-336-1840.
 
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