Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Iowa statewide fishing report for June 9

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing
report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information
heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled
from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel
surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information,
contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at
the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST

Nelson Park Lake

Bluegill fishing has really slowed down.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake

Water clarity is excellent. Panfish have slowed down, but bass
fishing has picked up. Bluegill – Slow: The bluegill fishing has
been slow, but the ones that are caught are big. Try using a small
piece of night crawler around the brush piles. Largemouth Bass –
Fair: Sub legal bass are being caught close to shore. Try a slow
sinking rubber worm for bass. Minimum legal length for bass is 15
inches.

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Fishing is picking up. Anglers are catching some bluegill and bass
along the face of the dam towards the west. A few anglers are
picking up catfish at night. Little action for largemouth
bass.

Brushy Creek Lake

Water clarity is reduced as algae is coming on. Fishing for
bluegill, bass, and crappie is good and some nice walleyes have
been caught. Water temperature is in the low 70s.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Anglers are allowed three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and
22 inches must be released; only one of the three fish can be over
22 inches. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake. The hydraulic
dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake. There is a
pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to
the surface at times. Walleye – Good: Anglers continue to do well
for walleye. Try using a bottom bouncer and crawler harness around
the dredge cuts. Walleye can still be caught from shore as
well.

Swan Lake

Large numbers of black crappie are in close to shore all around
Swan Lake.

Black Hawk Lake

Water clarity at Black Hawk Lake is around two feet. Anglers are
allowed three walleye per day and all fish must be at least 15
inches. Fishing is about the same as last week. Bullhead –
Excellent: A lot of nice sized bullhead are being caught. Try
fishing Ice House Point with a slip bobber and a piece of night
crawler. Channel Catfish – Good: A lot of nice catfish are still
being caught. Anglers can expect to pick up a few catfish while
walleye fishing with leeches. Live minnows under a slip bobber have
been catching some large channel cats. Walleye – Fair: The walleye
bite has really slowed down. The fish no longer seem to be in
shallow water. Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the windy shorelines with a
small bright jig.

Browns Lake

Brown’s Lake is closed to boat traffic. Campground is still open
and fishing from shore is allowed.

Snyder Bend Lake

Snyder Bend is closed to boat traffic.

Little Sioux Park Lake

Water clarity is absolutely superb. Large bluegill (8 to 8.5
inches) are sitting on nests. Channel catfish can be found in the
south arm.

Water temperature is in the mid 70s at most of the lakes. For more
information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or
Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at
712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake

Bluegill and crappie are still being caught using small tube jigs
or a jig and a piece of crawler casting from shore. A few catfish
are also biting on liver or cut bait.

Eldred Sherwood Lake

Anglers are catching panfish near shore on a piece of crawler
fished under a bobber. A few largemouth bass are also being caught
on spinner baits.

Lower Pine Lake

Bluegill and crappie are in near shore, try using a jig and minnow
or crawler for best results. For largemouth bass, target the downed
trees along the shoreline with a variety of plastic baits.
Largemouth bass on both Upper and Lower Pine are nice sized fish
with several in the 5 to 6 pound class found in this spring’s
survey.

Upper Pine Lake

Bluegill and crappie are in near shore, try using a jig and minnow
or crawler for best results. For largemouth bass, target the downed
trees along the shoreline with a variety of plastic baits.
Largemouth bass on both Upper and Lower Pine are nice sized fish
with several in the 5 to 6 pound class found in this spring’s
survey.

Lake Smith

Catfish in the 2 to 5 pound range have been biting on liver and cut
bait. Anglers have been catching bluegill and crappie near shore
using jigs with crawler. Largemouth bass have also been biting on a
variety of plastic baits.

Clear Lake

Walleye are being caught in 6 to 14 feet of water using crawlers,
minnows, or trolling plugs. The best areas for walleye have been
the reefs, the island, and trolling or drifting along the north
shore from Fisherman’s reef towards the little lake. Crappie,
bluegill, and yellow bass are being caught around the emergent
vegetation using jigs with crawler or minnows. Catfish are being
caught on the west end of the lake on crawlers or liver.

Lake Cornelia

Anglers have been catching walleye and panfish using jigs with
minnows or crawlers. Catfish are also starting to get active, try
using stink bait, cut bait or liver for best results.

Black Pit

Anglers are still catching crappie and bluegill in 2 to 8 feet of
water on small jigs with minnows or crawlers.

Fin and Feather Lake

A few bluegills are still being caught on jig and crawler or tube
jigs in 2 to 8 feet of water.

Interstate Park Lake

Anglers are catching bluegill and crappie on a small jig with a
piece of crawler or a minnow casting from shore.

For more fishing information contact the Clear Lake Fish and
Wildlife station at 641-357-3517.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching bluegill on spawning beds in
shallow water with small jigs tipped with a wax worm or plastic
tail. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are starting to move deeper with the
warm temperatures.

Big Spirit Lake

Bluegill – Good: Try fishing in protected areas on sunny days by
docks. Crappie – Good: Crappie fishing is still consistent in
Trickles Slough, Buffalo Run, and Hales Slough. Walleye – Good:
Walleye fishing has slowed in the past week. Try fishing early
morning and late afternoon along rock points. Muskellunge – Fair:
Anglers are reporting a few muskies being caught and many
followers. A few northern pike have been caught while fishing for
muskies.

East Okoboji Lake

White Bass – Fair: Anglers fishing near the Spirit Lake spillway
are catching a few white bass. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some yellow
perch are being caught while fishing the spillway. Walleye – Good:
Anglers are catching walleye along the west shoreline by Parks
Marina in the late afternoon. Yellow Bass – Fair: The yellow bass
bite has slowed dramatically. Some fish can still be caught early
in the morning and at sunset along rocky shorelines and at the
spillway.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Good: Anglers are reporting catches of large bullhead
near the outlet of Little Spirit Lake. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some
decent sized perch have been caught fishing at the outlet using a
small jig with plastic tails. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum have
been caught while fishing for bullhead and perch.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Bullhead – Good: Anglers are reporting catches of bullhead at inlet
areas of the lake. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down
in the past week.

West Okoboji Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Try fishing weed lines in the bays. Bluegill
– Good: Try fishing along docks in shallow bays with a small jig
and piece of worm or wax worm. Walleye – Good: Dock fisherman and
anglers fishing rocky points have had success this past week.

Five Island Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are being caught in the same areas as
crappies. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try fishing along rock piles and
tree falls along the shorelines. Crappie – Good: Try fishing with a
small jig tipped with a twister along brush piles in deeper
water.

Lost Island Lake

Crappie – Good: Try fishing by the bridge between the little lake
and the main lake along the rocks. Walleye – Good: Anglers have
reported good catches of walleye near the rock pile. Yellow Bass –
Fair: Some fish are being caught by the bridge while fishing for
crappie.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are starting to catch more channel
catfish as water temperature has risen. Walleye – Good: Try using a
jig and minnow along the bottom.

Fishing has slowed with rapidly warming water temperatures and fish
moving out of the shallow areas. The best fishing is in early
morning and late afternoon when water temperatures are at their
lowest points of the day. Bluegill are now on their spawning beds
on area lakes, so look for the beds and you should catch good
numbers of bluegill. For more information, contact the Spirit Lake
Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

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

Big Woods Lake

Bluegill and crappie are being caught near the shallow water bays
and off of the jetties. Bluegill – Fair: Try fishing with a small
hook or small jig with a piece of night crawler fished under a
bobber. Crappie – Fair: Try fishing with a crappie minnow under a
bobber or casting colored tube jigs.

Brinker Lake

Bluegill and crappie are being caught near the shallow water bays.
Bluegill – Fair: Try fishing with a small hook or small jig with a
piece of night crawler fished under a bobber. Crappie – Fair: Try
fishing with a crappie minnow under a bobber or casting colored
tube jigs.

George Wyth Lake

Bluegill and crappie are being caught near the shallow water bays,
off of the jetties and the floating dock. Bluegill – Fair: Try
fishing with a small hook or small jig with a piece of night
crawler fished under a bobber. Crappie – Fair: Try fishing with a
crappie minnow under a bobber or casting colored tube jigs.

South Prairie Lake

Reports of both bluegill and crappie being caught on South Prairie
Lake. Bluegill – Fair: Try fishing with a small hook or small jig
with a piece of night crawler fished under a bobber. Crappie –
Fair: Try fishing with a crappie minnow under a bobber or casting
colored tube jigs.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

River levels on the Cedar River are currently falling. In Black
Hawk and Bremer counties channel catfish angling has remained good
to excellent. Also reports of good walleye and smallmouth bass
fishing in Bremer County. Northern Pike – Fair: Try fishing chubs
under a bobber or casting large spinner baits. Channel Catfish –
Excellent: Use most any bait; cut baits, nightcrawlers, chicken
livers on the bottom in most areas of the river has been productive
on channel catfish. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Jigs tipped with a
twister and night crawler slowly retrieved off of the bottom works
well. Walleye – Good: Crankbaits or jig and crawler is good this
time of year.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

Channel catfish are biting well on the Shell Rock River with some
occasional walleye being reported. Channel Catfish – Good: Dead cut
baits or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom in most areas of the
river has been productive on channel catfish. Walleye – Fair: Jig
and twister tipped with a crawler or casting crankbaits work very
well this time of year.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsi is falling in Buchanan County. Channel catfish are an
anglers best bet right now with current conditions. Channel Catfish
– Good: Nightcrawlers or dead cut baits fished on the bottom has
been good. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Jig tipped with a night crawler
or crankbaits are very productive for smallmouth bass this time of
year. Walleye – Fair: Try a jig tipped with half a night crawler or
casting crankbaits.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

Maquoketa River is in excellent condition and prime for fishing.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Try nightcrawlers, dead cut baits or stink
baits fished on the bottom of the river. Smallmouth Bass – Fair:
Fish live or artificial baits this time of year for some great
smallmouth action. Walleye – Fair: Jig and twister tipped with a
crawler or casting crankbaits work very well this time of
year.

Manchester District Streams

Trout streams remain in good condition. Call the Manchester
District Office for any additional information at
563-927-3276.

Interior rivers are currently falling and have been providing
angling opportunities for a variety of different species,
especially channel catfish. Anglers are beginning to catch crappie
and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout
streams in the Manchester District are in good condition. For any
additional information contact the Manchester District Office at
563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 10.8 feet and expected to drop slightly
over the next week. Village Creek and Heytman’s ramps are open but
Army Road Ramp at New Albin is still closed. Channel Catfish –
Good: Channel cats are getting ready to spawn and will be
aggressive towards minnows for bait floated along rocky areas with
current. White Bass – Fair: White bass starting to hit near
shorelines. Look for jumping minnows and pitch small white jigs or
spinners. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegill and other panfish are
being taken out of noncurrent areas with a simple bobber and worm
rig. With high water bluegill spots are hard to find but usually
the fish are concentrated. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fish along
exposed rock shorelines with current. Small spinners and jigs are
working well for concentrated fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass
are hitting well but finding good shoreline to fish may take some
work. Yellow Perch – Good: Really good numbers of yellow perch are
in the river this year and usually being caught by those fishing
for drum and bluegills. Walleye – Slow: A few walleye being caught
near wing dams and the bottoms of running sloughs. Freshwater Drum
– Excellent: Drum are biting well using an egg sinker and worms
near shoreline areas.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River levels are still high at Lynxville at 20.4 feet and expected
to fall slightly over the next week. Boat ramps at Harpers Ferry
and Bussey Lake and Noble’s Island are open but Sny Magill is still
closed. Northern Pike – Fair: Some nice northern pike being caught
in the Sny Magill area. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are
getting ready to spawn and will be aggressive towards minnows for
bait floated along rocky areas with current. White Bass – Fair:
White bass are starting to hit well along shorelines. Look for
jumping minnows and pitch small white jigs or spinners. Bluegill –
Good: Bluegills are being taken in the tail water but in places
outside the heavy current areas. Some nicer catches of bluegills
reported in Bussey lake but anglers should keep moving to find
biting fish. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fish along exposed rock
shoreline with current. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass are
really hitting well in the upper part of the pool below the dam and
near Harpers Ferry. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some nice perch have been
caught in the Harpers Ferry area. They are a pleasant surprise as
they often are caught by bluegill or drum anglers. Walleye – Fair:
A few walleyes being caught near wing dams and bottoms of running
sloughs. Some eyes are also coming out of Harpers Slough by folks
using worm rigs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are being taken
all over the river, with most anglers using an egg sinker and
nightcrawlers for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 11

River level at Guttenberg is 11.5 feet and expected fall slightly
over the next week. The Guttenberg city ramp is open. The DNR ramp
is open but parking is limited so boaters may have to park on
nearby side streets. Please use the city ramp if at all possible.
Downstream, the Turkey River ramp is not usable but the Mud Lake
ramp and campground is open for business. Channel Catfish – Good:
Channel cats are getting ready to spawn and will be aggressive
towards minnows for bait floated along rocky areas with current.
Flathead Catfish – Slow: The first few flatheads have been reported
to us, but the main run of flathead into the tail waters apparently
has not started. Most anglers use chubs in heavy current areas for
the large flatheads. White Bass – Good: White bass starting to hit
along shorelines. Look for jumping minnows and pitch small white
jigs or spinners. Bluegill – Fair: Pockets of nice bluegills are
being found in the tail waters. Most anglers using worms for bait.
Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Fish exposed rock shoreline with current.
Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are hitting pretty well in the upper
part of the pool along shorelines. They tend to be on the small
side and remember they need to be 14 inches to keep. Walleye –
Slow: A few walleye being caught near wing dams and the bottoms of
running sloughs. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are biting well
on worm fished on the bottom.

River levels on the Upper Mississippi remain high and are expected
to be stable to falling slightly over the next week. Stable water
levels can make for good fishing on the river. Water temperature
has risen to 68 degrees.

Mississippi River Pool 12

River stage at Dubuque is 13.49 feet and is forecast to drop to
11.5 feet by this time next week. Water clarity is fair and water
temperature is in the mid 70s. Channel Catfish – Good: Cats are
biting on cut bait around snags in the side channels. As the water
warmed, stink baits have also been producing. Bluegill – Fair:
Bluegill are biting on small jigs and crawlers in the backwaters in
shallow water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are being caught in the
backwaters and marinas around structure on soft plastics and
crankbaits. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are catching a few crappie on
minnows or jigs in the backwaters in shallow water. Walleye – Fair:
A few walleye are being caught on the sand flat at steamboat on
leeches and crawlers. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are biting on
crawlers fished on the bottom around wing dams and in side channels
in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13

River stage at Bellevue is 12.44 feet and is forecast to drop to
10.8 feet by this time next week. Water clarity is fair but has
diminished somewhat with recent rains. Water temperature is in the
mid 70s. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish biting on cut baits,
crawlers, and stink bait in the side channels around structure.
Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching bluegill at Middle and South
Sabula lakes on crawlers or small jigs under a bobber. Largemouth
Bass – Good: The bass bite has been good in Spring Lake and Browns
Lake. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are catching a few crappie in Middle
and South Sabula lakes on minnows and small jigs under a bobber.
The bite slowed with the rain over the weekend, but should improve
as water temperature rises. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are starting to
bite on the wing dams. Three-way rigs and crankbaits are producing.
Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are biting good on crawlers fished on
the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 14

River stage at Camanche is 14.43 feet and is forecast to remain
stable over the weekend before starting to slowly drop. Water
clarity is fair but has diminished with recent rains. Water
temperature is in the high 70s. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel
cats are biting along rip rap shorelines on leeches drifted under
bobbers. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are biting in the tail waters and
on the wing dams or along mussel beds and rocky shorelines on
three-way rigs, crankbaits, and jigs.

For fishing information in Pool 12 to 15 of the Mississippi River
contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at
563-872-4976

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 11.92 feet. Flood stage is
15 feet. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught
along the Rock Island river front fishing nightcrawlers and stink
bait on the bottom. Some catfish are being caught floating leeches
under a bobber along shorelines with riprap. White Bass – Slow:
White bass fishing in Sylvan Slough has been slow. Bluegill – Slow:
Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Crappie – Slow:
Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Sauger – Fair:
Some saugers are being caught in Sylvan Slough on jigs and minnows.
Walleye – Good: Walleyes are being caught in Sylvan Slough on jigs
and minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 11.44 feet. Flood stage is
15 feet. The Kilpeck Landing and the ramp at Big Timber are closed
due to high water. We have received no fishing information for this
pool this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: White Bass – No
Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report: Walleye – No
Report:

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 13.19 feet. Flood stage is
15 feet. Many of the boat ramps are still closed due to high water.
We have received no fishing information for this pool this week.
Channel Catfish – No Report: Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No
Report: Walleye – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage for Pool 19 is just below flood stage. Tail water stage
at Lock and Dam 18 is 9.69 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing
has been tough due to the high water conditions. Channel Catfish –
Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers and
stink bait. Bluegill – No Report: Crappie – No Report: Walleye – No
Report:

Pools 16 to 19: River stage has been slowly falling over the past
few days but conditions may change due to the recent heavy rains.
Some boat ramps are still closed due to high water. Main channel
water temperature is around 77 degrees. There is some debris
floating in the river so boaters should use caution. For more
fishing information on Pools 16 to 19 contact the Fairport Fish
Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

All the ramps remain underwater and the Toolesboro road also
remains closed. They have been able to open the outlet to let water
out now.

Lake Belva Deer

The hot weather has put the water temperature into the mid 70s. The
really hot weather is making the early morning weather and late
evening the best times to fish. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills are
back into the shallows. A few of the bigger males are in really
shallow building nests. Work the open pockets in the weeds to find
them. Largemouth Bass – Good: The bass are in spawning now. Look
for them in the shallow flooded timber and on top the mounds at the
upper end of the lake. Crappie – Slow: If you are looking for the
crappies they are out suspended over the creek channel at about 8
to 10 feet down.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Excellent: Some very nice 3 to 5 pound fish are
being caught. There are also lots of 1/2 to 3/4 pounders being
caught using chicken liver (my favorite) and a variety of stink
baits. Bluegill – Excellent: The bluegill have begun moving to
their spawning beds. Some nice catches of 7 to 9-inch fish have
been caught. Use light tackle and target the evenings. Largemouth
Bass – Good: a lot of short bass are being caught around the
habitat in shallow water on soft plastics. While most of them are
sublegal size and have to be released they will provide some
action.

Lake of the Hills

Bluegill – Good: The bluegills are coming in shallow with a few
starting to build nests. They are running a little small so some
sorting is required. Largemouth Bass – Good: Look for the bass to
be nesting around the stump fields and around the sunken
logs.

Railroad Lake

This Lake of the Hills sister lake has been favored with some
warmer water making the fishing a little more active. Channel
Catfish – Excellent: Catfishing is very good. With the rains, I
would be targeting the area around the pipe where Bluegrass enters
the lake. Bluegill – Excellent: They’re in shallow everywhere and
they are biting.

Wilson Lake

Anglers are still catching trout. Rainbow Trout – Good: Many trout
continue to be caught. Try fishing spoons, spinners, and live bait
in 4 to 8 feet water. They are still catching limits. Bluegill –
Fair: A few good sized bluegills have been caught using light
tackle, bobbers, and worms.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

The river is finally staying below bank full now. Actually its
several feet below that. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has
been good. Work the areas around where the streams come in and
around the brush piles. Nightcrawlers and stink baits. Flathead
Catfish – Good: Anglers are starting to catch some nice flatheads
as they start moving around looking to spawn.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

The river continues to fall slowly. Channel Catfish – Good:
Catfishing has been fairly good even though the river is falling.
This is the time of year to look for grass frog to use for
bait.

Big Hollow Lake

This new lake down in Des Moines County is starting to get some
attention from the anglers. Go to the Des Moines County
Conservation Board Website for more details about its location and
a contour map of the lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Average size is
10 to 14 inches. Use nightcrawlers around the creek channel and
gully bottoms. Bluegill – Excellent: The bluegills are being found
around the jetties and shallow timber. Worm and bobber seem to be
working the best. They are starting to build nests. Largemouth Bass
– Excellent: While these fish are running just below the length
limit, there are lots of them. Work the riprap along the jetties
and island as well as the shallows in the flooded timber. Crappie –
Slow: The crappies are out in the deeper flooded timber. Try
vertical jigging at a depth of 8 to 10 feet.

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

Iowa Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are moving to the banks to spawn.
Fish around rock or wood. Bluegill – Fair: Some fish are still
shallow and some have moved out off the bank. Anglers have been
catching them out to 12 feet of water.

Kent Park Lake

The lake has been slow for fishing. Some bluegills have been caught
in the ponds. Anglers that are fly fishing have been doing well in
the evenings.

Lake Macbride

The 10 horsepower maximum limit on outboards is in effect. ALL
boats must run at no-wake speed (5 mph). Channel Catfish – Fair:
The catfish are spawning now. Fish along rock banks with live bait.
Evenings are best. Crappie – Slow: Fish around submerged
brush/trees with a slip bobber/minnow or jig. Walleye – Fair: Some
fish have been caught jigging over structure, and some fish have
been caught trolling crankbaits or live bait. Most fish have come
out of 10 to 15 feet of water. Many fish being caught are less than
15 inches.

Central Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Crawlers on the bottom have been producing
some catfish. Evenings tend to be best. Bluegill – Fair: Some fish
are still shallow, while others have moved off the bank. Nice sized
fish are available. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try for these with
crankbaits, soft plastics, or crawlers. Most fish are 12 to 14
inches.

Pleasant Creek Lake

White Bass – Fair: Look for schools moving into the shallows to
spawn. Windblown areas tend to be best. Use jigs, spinners, or
small crankbaits. Bluegill – Good: Some nice sized fish are being
caught. Some are still up in the shallows and others are being
caught in about 8 feet of water. Use a small worm either on the
bottom or just off the bottom under a bobber. Largemouth Bass –
Good: Many fish are being caught on crawlers along the bottom, but
other lures such as crankbaits and soft plastics have been working
as well. Most fish are smaller. Remember, largemouth bass have to
be 18 inches to keep. Walleye – Good: Anglers trolling crankbaits
or using slip bobbers and leeches/crawlers have been catching many
smaller fish. Fish in about 15 feet of water for best
results.

Diamond Lake

Remember, minnows are not allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair: The
catfish are starting to pick up. Most fish are 12 to 18 inches.
Bluegill – Fair: Some fish are still shallow but most have moved
off the bank to brush piles. Crappie – Fair: Size has been a bit
small (8 inches) but numbers are good. The fish have moved out to
the brush now.

Otter Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Try for catfish in the evenings with
crawlers or stink bait. Bluegill – Slow: Fishing has slowed for
these. Try a small worm around some brush piles. Crappie – Slow:
Fishing has slowed for these as well. Fish around brush with a
small jig or minnow. Yellow Bass – Excellent: Large schools will be
roaming the shallows. Use a small jig, spinner, or minnow to catch
these scrappy, tasty fish.

Coralville Reservoir

The current lake level as of June 8 is 686.8 feet and falling. It
is predicted to reach normal pool (683.3 feet) on June 13. Channel
Catfish – Fair: Anglers are still catching catfish on cut bait and
some on nightcrawlers. Crappie – Fair: Some larger crappies are
being caught. Fish shallower brush and along rocky banks in
coves.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Flows coming out of the Coralville Reservoir are 6,000 CFS and are
predicted to remain at this level until June 12. Channel Catfish –
Fair: Some catfish are still being caught on cut bait or crawlers
despite the high flows.

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Channel Catfish – Good:

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

Red Haw Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken liver fished around the rock
jetties. Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs fished along shoreline
structure and around submerged structure in 6 to 10 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass – Good: Use rubber worms or spinner baits along the
shoreline structure.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The lake had been drained for a lake renovation but work is now
complete. New fish habitat areas have been built along with some
new jetties. The gate has been closed and the lake is refilling.
Boat ramps are still not usable.

Albia (lower)

Bluegill – Fair: Try areas along the shoreline. Use small jigs
tipped with a chunk of night crawler. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try
spinner baits or plastic worms fished along shore.

Lake Miami

Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers have been having some success in
the evenings using cut bait or dead chubs. Crappie – Fair: Use
small jigs along the shoreline. Some sorting will be necessary for
larger fish.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs around shoreline structure. Some
sorting will be necessary for larger fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair:
Use a jig n’ pig combo or try spinner baits. Fish areas with
submerged structure. Crappie – Good: Use small jigs or minnows
along the shorelines or among the flooded timber.

Rathbun Reservoir

The lake level is at 910.08 feet with 904.0 feet being normal pool.
Water temperature has been in the lower 70s. Don’t forget Lake
Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to spray, rinse or dry
boats before transporting to another water body. Spray with high
pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let it dry for at least
10 days. Crappie – Fair: Use small jigs or minnows. Start in 6 to 8
feet of water and then move shallow. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have
been catching walleyes on underwater islands pulling night crawler
rigs. Tagged walleyes should be reported at 641-647-2406.

For further fishing reports in south central Iowa call the Rathbun
fish hatchery at 641-647-2406

SOUTHWEST

Beaver Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are shallow spawning. Some good bluegill
are also still being caught fishing crawlers or small tube jigs
near the flooded trees in deeper water.

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie – Good: Crappie are being caught shallow, especially in any
areas with rock shoreline. Anglers are catching them with small
tube jigs and minnows under a bobber. Walleye – Good: Anglers that
are fishing for crappie have been catching some walleye as well.
Some anglers switched to a jig and crawler presentation and had
decent catches of 15 to 18-inch walleye.

Roberts Creek Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are being caught shallow spawning.
Roberts Creek currently has some good bluegills averaging 7 to 8
inches. Crappie – Good: Crappies are being caught shallow in good
numbers on small minnows. The crappie population in Roberts Creek
is strong right now and is providing some excellent fishing.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegill are spawning. Bluegill are being
caught on shallow shorelines throughout the lake. It tends to be
better on some of the shallow flats on the upper half of the lake.
Big Creek currently has some excellent bluegill with many fish from
8 to 10 inches. Crappie – Fair: The crappie spawn is wrapping up.
Some white crappies may still be caught shallow. Fish are now being
caught back on deeper brush in 10 feet or more of water and on the
roadbeds. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught on jigs, soft
swim baits, crankbaits, and minnows. The fish are being caught in
the east ramp bay, the dam, and any jetties on the south half of
the lake. Most fish being caught are sublegal, but fish over 15
inches are coming in.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Excellent: The bluegill spawn is going. Bluegill can be
caught on beds shallow. Good bluegill are also being caught off the
pallet piles in the lower portion of the lake. The bluegill are
good sized with some going over 9 inches. Crappie – Fair: The
crappie spawn is mostly finished at Hickory Grove. Some crappie are
now being caught on the pallet and brush piles in 8 to 12 feet of
water.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Good: Anglers fishing the brush piles near the fishing
shelter are doing well on bluegills and picking up a few crappie.
Boat anglers targeting the dam area and northwest shore are having
similar success. Some large, spawning redear sunfish are also being
caught. Fish the gaps and pockets in the vegetation close to
shore.

Red Rock Reservoir

Crappie – Good: The large white crappie in the reservoir are still
spawning. Anglers fishing in wind protected coves near wood
structure in 4 feet or less of water have been catching some good
sized crappie over 10 inches.

Saylorville Reservoir

Crappie – Good: Spawning white crappie are being caught near the
riprap in the marina bay, Cherry Glen, and Lakeview. Any flooded
logs or willows protected from the wind in the back of small coves
are also producing a few fish.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Excellent: High water levels have catfish active
and feeding. Best baits will be large nightcrawlers or cut bait.
White Bass – Good: Anglers continue to catch good numbers of white
bass and an occasional wiper below the Saylorville Reservoir.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

White Bass – Fair: The white bass bite is fair below the Red Rock
spillway casting jigs or drifting minnows under a bobber. Walleye –
Good: Anglers trolling or casting crankbaits below the Red Rock
spillway are catching some decent size and numbers of
walleye.

The black crappie spawn is near finished, but the white crappie
spawn in waters that have them should continue for another week.
The bluegill spawn is also going well right now. Rivers are higher
than normal, but some excellent catfishing for both channel and
flathead catfish is occurring. For information on central Iowa
lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at
515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Greenfield has one concrete boat ramp and is trolling motor only.
Channel Catfish – Fair: 2 to 3 pound channel catfish are being
caught on shrimp. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are on beds spawning.
Cast small jigs for 7 inch fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth
bass are being caught casting spinner baits along shoreline and
around jetties.

Nodaway Lake

Nodaway has one concrete boat ramp and good water quality. Channel
Catfish – Good: Catfish are being caught in the upper end of the
lake using cut bait. Bluegill – Good: Find bluegill spawning beds
and cast small jigs for fish 7 to 8 inches. Crappie – Fair:
Crappies can be caught trolling jigs around brush piles in 10 to 12
feet of water. Fish average 9 inches with a few 11 inchers being
caught.

Orient Lake

Orient Lake has one concrete boat ramp. Water temperature is in the
upper 70s. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are biting on
shrimp. Fish are averaging 1 to 2 pounds. Bluegill – Good: Spawning
on the dam, 7 to 8 inches can be caught. Use small jigs tipped with
a crawler.

Lake Anita

Lake Anita has two concrete ramps and good water quality. Water
temperature is in the upper 70s. Bluegill – Good: Can be caught in
brush piles using small piece of crawler. Bluegills can be caught
up to 9 inches. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are being
caught along the road beds and in brush piles. Bass are all sizes
up to 20 inches. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 10 inches can still
be caught around underwater reefs. A few are being caught drifting
jigs in the main lake.

Viking Lake

Viking Lake fish populations are coming back following the 2006
renovation. The lake has three concrete boat ramps and four feet of
water clarity. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being
caught using cut bait or dead minnows. Fish average 2 to 3 pounds.
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches are being
caught around cedar tree piles using plastic baits.

Lake Manawa

Manawa has a slight algal bloom. Water temperature is in the upper
70s. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on
the windy shorelines using cut bait.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Remember to always get permission to fish private farm ponds.
Aquatic vegetation is starting to come on. Small boats or bass
buggies will aid in fishing small ponds this time of year. Bluegill
– Good: Bluegill are spawning and are readily caught casting small
jigs. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are being caught next
to shore casting small spinner baits or using plastics around
structure. Crappie – Slow: Target post spawn crappies around
structure and in deeper water.

Anglers are still finding bluegills on beds. Bass are spawning.
Catfish are moving toward the rip rap areas near shore. Water
temperatures are in the upper 70s. For more information on fishing
call the district office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

The lake level is near normal, the water temperature is above 70
degrees and clarity is fairly good. Bluegill, walleye, bass and
bullheads are biting the best. Bullhead – Excellent: A lot of nice
sized bullheads are being caught on crawlers from shore. Crawlers
suspended just above the bottom work the best. Channel Catfish –
Excellent: The catfish bite is very good and a lot of fish are
coming from near shore. Bluegill – Good: A lot of fish are coming
from the tops of the mounds on small jigs. Males have established
spawning areas. Largemouth Bass – Good: A lot of largemouth bass
are being caught from the structure in shallow water. Crappie –
Slow: An incidental crappie is being caught by anglers targeting
other species. The mounds and tree piles are the better
spots.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Water temperature is above 70 degrees. Clarity is excellent.
Bluegill – Fair: A few mid-sized bluegills are on the spawning
areas near shore.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir

Water temperature is near 70, clarity is extremely good and the
fish are spooked easily. Bluegill – Good: Several 8-inch bluegills
are biting near-shore. The west corner of the dam and the small
bays are best.

Lake of Three Fires

Water temperature is near 75 degrees. Water clarity is 2 1/2 feet
at the dam. Bullhead – Good: A lot of bullheads are biting on
crawlers on the bottom from just about anywhere around the lake.
Bluegill – Good: The bluegill on the spawning areas in less than
three feet of water. The east end of the dam and cove are the best.
Largemouth Bass – Excellent: A lot of mid-sized largemouth bass are
being caught from near shore all around the lake.

Wilson Park Lake

Water temperature is above 70 degrees and the clarity is about two
feet.

Windmill Lake

The water temperature is near 75 degrees and the clarity is about
18 inches. Crappie – Fair: The dam and jetties are still producing
a few nice sized crappie.

Green Valley Lake

The lake level is down nine feet for a sediment removal project.
The main concrete ramp is operational and accessible. The lake has
a lot of nice sized fish of all species. The water temperature near
75 degrees. Water clarity is good. Channel Catfish – Good: Several
channel catfish are biting near the dam on crawlers. Bluegill –
Good: A lot of big male bluegills are moving into the shallows to
spawn. The corners of the dam and steeper shore-line areas are the
best.

Three Mile Lake

The water temperature is near 70 degrees. Water clarity is still
pretty good at mid-lake and the dam. Largemouth Bass – Good: A lot
of largemouth bass are near structure in water less than three feet
deep. Crappie – Fair: Several mid-sized crappies are biting from
the flooded trees just off-shore of the spawning areas.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

The water temperature is getting close to 75 degrees. Water clarity
is very good. The bluegill bite is better than last week. Bullhead
– Good: The shallows of the upper end are producing a lot of giant
bullheads, some over two pounds. Crawlers on the bottom during the
evenings are the most effective. Bluegill – Excellent: The
bluegills are biting from the tops of the mounds and the steep
sided of the coves. Crawlers are a little better than jigs.
Largemouth Bass – Good: Several mid-sized bass are being caught
from near shore.

Water temperatures are well above 70 degrees. Fishing at the small
lakes and farm ponds is still very good and steady. The bluegill
are spawning near shore. Water clarity is better at most lakes.

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