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Nelson Park Lake

Catfish are biting at Nelson Park Lake. Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Nelson Park Lake because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present there. 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. Bluegill - Slow: 7 to 8 inch bluegill have been caught on small jigs and a wax worm. From a small boat, try drifting with a jig set at about 6 to 10 feet down.



Yellow Smoke Park Lake

Water clarity at Yellow Smoke is excellent. Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Yellow Smoke because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present there. Bluegill - Slow: Yellow Smoke has very large bluegill in the 8.5 to 9.5 inch size range. 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 - Good: 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

Fishing is good at Crawford Creek for catfish, bluegill, and crappie. Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Crawford Creek because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present there. 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 - Good: Try using small jigs and a piece of night crawler. Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down. Fish south of the shelter building and look for the channel with depth finders and fish there. Crappie - Good: Crappie were being caught on small minnows. Try drifting the open water and fishing about 6 to 10 feet down. Crappies are averaging 9.5 inches.



Badger Lake

Catfishing on Badger Lake has been good, but fishing for other species is still slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish on shrimp, cut bait, and dip bait. A wide variety of sizes are being caught.



Brushy Creek Lake

Fishing on Brushy Creek has been slow. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill have moved into deeper water. Try drifting with a small jig and a piece of night crawler or jig deep around submerged trees. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass have moved into deeper water and can be found near the weed beds and under mats of vegetation.



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. 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 have been catching catfish averaging 2 pounds from boats. Try using cut bait, minnows, or crawdads for bait. White Bass - Good: 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. Anglers that find white bass chasing bait fish at the surface have been able to catch them every cast. Yellow Perch - Slow: Storm Lake has large yellow perch, but they are difficult to target. One or two are picked up on occasion when fishing walleye. Walleye - Slow: Try fishing the deep holes in the dredged areas and the rock piles in deeper water.



North Twin Lake

Yellow bass and freshwater drum are abundant at North Twin and anglers have been catching decent numbers of them. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish with stink bait, cut bait, chubs, night crawlers, or crawdads off the bottom. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are plentiful at North Twin, but are a little skinny. Try using live crawdads or night crawlers and fish near the bottom. Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing has been good at North Twin. The yellow bass are about 7 to 8 inches long, but there are lots of them. Some yellow bass in the 9 to 10 inch range have been caught. 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 around 10 to 12 inches. Bluegill - Fair: A few hand sized bluegills are being caught with a jig and a small piece of worm in about two feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass are being caught on rattling crankbaits. Also try live bait to catch bass when the water clarity is poor. Crappie - Slow: Crappie in the 7 to 8 inch size range are plentiful at Swan Lake, but they are difficult to target right now.



Black Hawk Lake

Walleye must be 15 inches or longer to keep and anglers are allowed 3 walleye per day. The Ice House Point picnic area and handicapped accessible pier will be closed for the next 30 days or until further notice. The road is still open to the boat ramp there, but the remainder of the area will be closed due to the construction of a paved bike trail. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish the windward shore with cut bait or stink bait. Whole crawdads make excellent catfish bait. Hook the crawdad through the tail and crack the carapace so the juices can put out scent in the water. Anglers from boats have been catching their limit of catfish averaging 2 pounds. Walleye - Slow: Try fishing rock piles in deeper water to target walleye this time of year. Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellow bass in the 5 to 7 inch size range are abundant. Try casting bright colored jigs along shorelines where the wind is blowing in.



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

The Raccoon River is back within its banks, but flows are still very high. Avoid canoeing, kayaking, or tubing the river until the water level goes down.



Weather has been stable this week. Most of the Black Hawk District has not received rain since last week. The rivers are now within their banks, but are still high and flowing fast. Use caution around the rivers as flows will be high. 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.



Beeds Lake

Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and night crawler below the dam, Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits.



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 or cut bait near the reefs and in the little lake. The best bite is early morning and in the evenings. 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

Bluegills are biting on worms fished under a bobber in the marina. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and night crawlers. Walleyes are biting on leeches the best bite is after dark.



Little Wall Lake

Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and worms, Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits fished near the weed edge. Bluegills are being caught on worms fished near the shoreline



Rice Lake

Yellow perch are biting.



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.



Bluebill Lake

Bluegills are biting on worms fished near the weed edge. Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits fish near the weed edge.



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



Lake Pahoja

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the brush piles located on the points. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the brush piles located on the points.



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.



Big Spirit Lake

Water temperature is 79 degrees. Bluegill - Fair: Use a leech or crawler on a split shot and hook along weed beds on rock bars. Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch fishing has been hit and miss. Anglers are using small jigs tipped with live bait in 20-22 foot of water or around weed beds in 8-12 feet. Walleye - Slow: Use a split shot and hook along weed beds or drift with spinner rigs from Big Stoney to Cottonwood Point. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drift with a lindy rig tipped with a leech in the main basin.



East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Use crawdads fished on the bottom near moving water at the bridges or on the north shore near the spillway. Bluegill - Fair: Fish weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait. Yellow Bass - Good: 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 a small jig tipped with live bait. Yellow Bass - Good: Fish around boat docks and weed lines with small jigs tipped with live bait.



Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Channel Catfish - Good: Use chubs or other bait along boat docks, brush piles, or near the Trapper's Bay Bridge. White Bass - Fair: Troll the basin with crankbaits.



West Okoboji Lake

Water temperature is 73 degrees. Bluegill - Excellent: Use a small jig tipped with live bait along deep weed beds. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with live bait near weed beds. Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech or jig tipped with live bait near weed beds or rock bars. Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish weed edges with small jigs tipped with live bait



Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait at the train bridge.



Lost Island Lake

Northern Pike - Fair: A few fish are being caught while trolling crank baits or spoons. Channel Catfish - Good: Drift live bait along the edge of the rock reef or use stink bait or worms at the bridge. Yellow Bass - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait where Blue wing Marsh connects to the lake.



Lower Gar Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Fish around boat docks or at the outlet with crawdads, frogs, or chubs.



Big Sioux River

Channel Catfish - Good: Fish near brush piles and eddies with cut bait or crawdads.



Rock River

Channel Catfish - Good: Use live bait near brush piles and eddies.



Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish - Good: Fish around brush piles and eddies with crawdads or chubs.



West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish near brush piles and eddies with crawdads or chubs.



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



NORTHEAST



Silver Lake (Delaware)

Fishing has been good for largemouth bass and bluegill on Silver Lake. Most all bass are of sub-legal length; bass must be 15" in length for legal harvest. Bluegills are running in the 5" - 7" size range. 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" minimum size limit on bass in this lake.



Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Casey Lake is providing some good angling opportunities. Most lakes are stratified now so concentrate on depths of 9 ft. or less. Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing cut baits, chicken livers or stink baits off of the bottom. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are being caught on red worms, wax worms and pieces of crawlers under bobbers. Largemouth Bass - Good: Top water lures, artificial plastics seem to be catching fish.



George Wyth Lake

Anglers have had good success on George Wyth Lake catching crappie. Crappie - Good: Fishing has been good for crappie using a minnow under a slip bobber in 8-9 feet of water.



Mitchell

Anglers have been having success on the Mitchell Lakes catching channel catfish using leeches. Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing with leeches on the bottom in water 8 - 9 feet or less.



Plainfield

Anglers are catching nice size bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass. The water level has risen on this lake but should have no impacts on shoreline angling. 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. Crappie - Good: Try fishing jigs and plastics around structure in 7- 9 feet of water.



Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

Cedar River has been good for catches of walleye & channel catfish in both Bremer and Black Hawk Counties. Channel Catfish - Good: Try using night crawlers, cut baits, stink baits and chicken livers on the bottom above woody snags on the Cedar. Walleye - Good: Anglers have been successful casting or dragging crankbaits for walleye on the Cedar.



Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon River has fallen and water conditions are improving. There have been reports of channel catfish being caught. Channel Catfish - Good: Try using night crawlers or cut baits on the bottom in off current areas or above woody snags.



Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

Stream travel is NOT recommended on the Maquoketa River at this time!



Interior river levels are high and falling in Northeast Iowa. Use extreme caution if and when fishing the Cedar, Shell Rock and Wapsipinicon Rivers. Stream travel is NOT recommended on the Maquoketa River at this time! Area lakes are providing some catches of channel catfish and crappie in and around Black Hawk County. Trout streams still maintain good flows and are producing good angling opportunities on the smaller streams. For more information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.



MISSISSIPPI RIVER



Mississippi River Pool 9

Water level at Lansing is 10.0 feet, and should crest over the weekend. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. Water clarity is improving, but anglers might have to contend with the floating vegetation over the next few days. Northern Pike - Good: A few anglers reporting good catches of pike near colder-water inputs like the Upper Iowa River. Channel Catfish - Fair: In this warm weather the "cats" should be feeding. 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. White Bass - Good: Some nice pockets of active feeding white bass have been seen along the main channel. Look for minnows jumping and use small white minnow imitations or spinners. Bluegill - Fair: Some small bluegills are being reported along the bank being caught on a worm and bobber. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: 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 Ck. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers report good catches of bass in the Lansing area along main channel weed lines suing crawdad crankbaits. Sauger - Fair: Saugers and walleyes are being caught drifting in front of Desoto Bay and in the sloughs downstream of the Upper Iowa River. Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes have been caught trolling crankbait or jigs in running sloughs such as Minnesota Slough. Saugers and walleyes are being caught drifting in front of Desoto Bay and in the sloughs downstream of the Upper Iowa River. 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 17.9 feet, and is expected to fall slowly over the next week. Water temperatures are in the lower 80's. Water clarity is improving, but anglers might have to contend with the floating vegetation over the next few days. Bullhead - Fair: A few nice catches of bullheads reported north of McGregor. Northern Pike - Fair: A few nice sized northerns have been caught in the Harpers Ferry area. Try fishing near cold water tributaries or springs. Channel Catfish - Fair: In this warm weather the "cats" should be feeding. 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. White Bass - Fair: Some schools of active feeding white bass have begun to show up along the main channel. Look for jumping minnows and cast a small white minnow imitation or spinner. Bluegill - Good: Anglers report catching bluegills along rocky areas like near the edge of the spillway, and along the edge of the weed lines and lily pads. The majority being caught floating a night crawler. 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 - Good: Bigger largemouths are being caught right now. Fish near bank areas along the weed line using top water or spinner baits for the best success. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught near woody structure using minnows and small jigs. Yellow Perch - Fair: A few yellow perch have been caught in Bussey near the fishing dock. The fish have been small, but it is an excellent chance to bring a kid fishing. Walleye - Fair: The bite is starting to pick up. A few walleyes are being caught drifting minnows below the dam and in running sloughs. Freshwater Drum - Good: A lot Drum are being caught right now fishing a worm on the bottom, especially out of Noble's Landing. Drum 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 level at Guttenberg is 10.0 feet, and is expected to fall slowly over the next week. Water temperatures are in the lower 80's. Water clarity is improving, but anglers might have to contend with the floating vegetation over the next few days. Northern Pike - Fair: A few nice pike being caught near colder-water inputs. Channel Catfish - Fair: In this warm weather the "cats" should be feeding. 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 flathead catfish have been caught below the dam jigging heavy spoons or one-eyed jigs. Bluegill - Good: Small bluegills and other sunfish are being caught along the bank with bobber and worms. A few nice bluegills being caught from shore at the DNR fishing walkway. 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. Sauger - Fair: There have been some reports of sauger coming out of St. Louis Lake. Walleye - Slow: The walleye fishing should start to pick up. 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. One-eyed jigs or night crawlers have been working well.



Water temperature at Guttenberg is in the upper 70's. River levels have begun to fall slowly and are expected to continue to fall over the next week. Water levels are: Lansing 10.0, Lynxville 17.9 and Guttenberg 10.27. Water clarity is improving.



SOUTHEAST



Lake Geode

Channel Catfish - Fair: Try along the face of the dam using cut bait or stink bait. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up some bluegills along the edges of the deeper weed beds.



Lake Belva Deer

They are paving the roads in the park so the South boat ramp is closed. Please use the North ramp over by the beach. Channel Catfish - Good: Try the upper end of the lake during the last couple of hours of daylight. Chicken liver and stink baits are producing the most catfish. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing remains good in the first few hours of the day as well as the last few. Small baits fished out in the trees at about 3 to 5 feet down are working the best. Largemouth Bass - Good: The late evening hours are producing some good bass fishing. Look for them to be in the shallow water hunting young bluegills.



Lake of the Hills

Overall the bite is in the summer pattern. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing remains good early or late in the day. Chicken liver and stink baits seem to be working the best. Bluegill - Fair: The smaller bluegills are staying in shallow, the bigger ones are out in the deeper water suspended at 5-7 feet down. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass fishing remains steady on top water and spinner baits in the early mornings and late evening hours. Use plastic worms around the woody habitat the rest of the day. Crappie - Slow: Anglers are still finding some schools of crappies out suspended in the deeper water.



Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The Skunk is finally within its banks. Look for it to continue to drop as long as we don't get more rain.



Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

The Iowa in this reach is forecasted to stay above bankfull level until late next week.



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



Pollmiller Park Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing for channel cats has picked up a great deal since last week. Anglers are having the best luck using stink bait. The mornings seen to be the best fishing. Bluegill - Fair: Early and late evening with a light chop on the water seems to be the best times. Use light tackle.



For more information on the above lakes or streams call the Lake Darling at (319) 694-2430.



Lake Wapello

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



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: Try plastic worms fished around submerged structure or around the rock jetties.



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 20 feet low. The shorelines are still very muddy and shore fishing would be difficult.



Lake Keomah

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. 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. Try varying depths until you find active fish. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use plastic worms around areas with submerged structure. Try top water lures in the mornings and evenings.



Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 926.23 with normal pool being 904. The water temperature is ranging in the lower 80's. Two boat ramps have reopened. They are the high water ramps at Honey Creek and Buck Creek. Use caution when boating. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are biting on cut bait and dead chubs. Walleye - Fair: Try trolling or drifting night crawler rigs along underwater reefs and islands. Underwater points have also been producing some walleyes. Jigging spoons can also be productive this time of year. 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 please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.





SOUTHWEST



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. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting well in the upper arms using fresh cut bait. Fish in depths 15 foot and less. White Bass - Good: Big Creek currently has a large population of white bass. They are biting aggressively, especially just before and just after sunset. Casting or drifting small jigs or spinners is working well. Concentrate on the windblown side of the lake. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are suspended. Drift fishing small pieces of crawler in 6 to 14 foot has produced good catches in the upper half of the lake in both the east and west arms. Another good area right now is the roadbed in the west ramp bay. Bluegills and crappies are suspended from 8 to 12 feet on either side of the road. The lake is stratified so avoid fishing depths greater than 12 to 15 feet. The bluegills have been good sized from 7 to 9 inches. Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite is slow. The fish that are being caught are coming from the upper end of the lake using night crawlers or leeches.



Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill pattern is remaining consistent. The bite is not fast, but they are being picked up by drifting small pieces of night crawler out from the south shore, or near the pallet structures east of the island. The lake is stratified, so keep bait above 8 to 10 feet.



Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill - Fair: The lake is stratified, so fish no deeper than 8 to 10 feet. Bluegills are being caught suspended away from shore. Drifting or working slowly out from the NW shoreline is a good place to start. There are several large sunken brush piles in this area that bluegills and crappie will suspend over. Redear Sunfish - Fair: Anglers fishing for bluegills are also picking up some large redears. Pieces of night crawler or small leeches fished near the bottom next the vegetation works well.



Red Rock Reservoir

Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite is good using fresh cut bait. White Bass - Good: Good reports are coming still from anglers that are fishing above the mile long bridge and up the Teter Creek arm. White bass are being picked by covering water and trolling crankbaits. There was excellent shad reproduction this year. On calm days look for gulls and/or shad breaking the surface. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Anglers fishing white bass that are busting shad are also hooking into good numbers of wipers.



Saylorville Reservoir

White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught from shore and boat at the Big Creek spillway, and by trolling over the flooded Cherry Glen parking lot.



Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake

Channel Catfish - Good: There are good numbers of channel catfish of all sizes, with quite a few large fish. Fresh cut bait, such as bluegill fillets, work well. Due to the very clear water, fish during the late evening and just after sunset. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught best in the evenings. Fish just past the edge of the aquatic vegetation with small pieces of night crawler under a bobber.



Most central Iowa rivers are still running high. The Middle Raccoon is at fishable levels and the Des Moines is dropping quickly above Saylorville. Summer fishing patterns in the lakes are staying consistent. 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.



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 or cut bait. Fish are in the 1-3 lb 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. Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are still catching a few 7-8 inch bluegills on weed edges using night crawlers.



Nodaway Lake

Nodaway has one concrete boat ramp. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish in the 1-2 pound range are being caught on night crawlers. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught on jigs tipped with night crawler casting around cedar tree piles.



Orient Lake

Orient is full with one concrete boat ramp. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are still using leeches to catch channel in the 14 to 16 inch range.



Lake Anita

Lake Anita has a slight algae bloom. There are 2 concrete boat ramps to choose from. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs across the main lake. Also, try worms under a bobber around jetties and underwater reefs. Fish average 8 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinner baits. Crankbaits and plastics are good baits around underwater reefs and roadbeds. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies can be picked up drifting jigs or casting around underwater reefs. Fish average 9 inches.



Viking Lake

Viking Lake has 3 concrete boat ramps and 3 foot water clarity. Channel Catfish - Good: Viking has a good population of channel catfish in the 1-3 pound range. Liver has been working well fishing in 4-6 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth up to 18 inches are being caught casting spinner baits or plastics along weed edges and around structure.



Lake Manawa

Water temperatures are in the mid 70's 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 2-6 pound range.



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.



Panfish have associated with deeper structure and channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70's on most SW Iowa lakes. For information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office (712)769-2587.



Lake Icaria

"Water temps are near 80. The lake level is normal.

Clarity is about 2 to 3 feet at mid lake and a little more near the dam. Channel Catfish - Fair: Several catfish are being caught from shore on liver or bluegill sides."



Little River Watershed Lake

Water levels are normal. Clarity is between 1.5 and 2.5 feet. Channel Catfish - Fair: Shoreline anglers are catching channel catfish on bluegill sides or liver.



Lake of Three Fires

Water clarity is about 3 feet. Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish are coming from 3 to 5 feet of water on liver or bluegill sides.



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. Channel Catfish - Fair: Several mid-sized channels are coming from the shoreline areas.



Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Temps are near 80. Water clarity is average. Some days algae can be a problem. Bullhead - Good: A lot of big bullheads are being caught from shore using crawlers on the bottom. Channel Catfish - Fair: Several catfish are being caught from shore using liver and bluegill sides. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several mid- sized largemouth bass are being caught near the flood trees or brush piles.



Water levels at southwest Iowa lakes and rivers are near normal and water clarity is good considering recent rains. Water temps are near 80.
 
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