Iowa statewide fishing report for July 28

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

Nelson Park has the invasive plant brittle naiad. Be sure to clean
boat and trailer before you leave lake to avoid spreading this
species to other water bodies. Fishing has been slow for all
species.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake

Yellow Smoke has the invasive plant brittle naiad. Be sure to clean
boat and trailer before you leave lake to avoid spreading this
species to other water bodies. Water clarity is excellent. Channel
Catfish – Fair: A few channel catfish are being caught around the
lake on night crawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been picking
up a few big bluegills around the submerged trees in 8 to 10 feet
of water. Use a small piece of night crawler for bait.

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Crawford Creek has the invasive plant brittle naiad. Be sure to
clean boat and trailer before you leave lake to avoid spreading
this species to other water bodies.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters use caution. The hydraulic dredge is in operation at Storm
Lake. Stay clear of dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline.
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. Channel Catfish – Good: Use the usual baits like stink
bait, shrimp, cut bait, and minnows. White Bass – Fair: Cast white
twisters or shad colored crankbaits. Look for white bass breaking
the surface pursuing baitfish and cast into the school. Walleye –
Slow: Boat anglers have been doing the best for walleye. Most
anglers are drifting or trolling bottom bouncers with a crawler
harness or a leech around the dredge cuts. The Mustad Slow Death
hooks have been very popular with the anglers. Trolling small shad
colored crankbaits has been working well.

North Twin Lake

Water temperature is in the 80s. Channel catfish and yellow bass
fishing remains fair around the lake.

Black Hawk Lake

Anglers are allowed three walleye per day and all fish must be at
least 15 inches. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fish for channel
catfish within 20 feet of shore. Anglers have been having good luck
using various baits, especially leeches and crayfish.

Browns Lake

The boat ramp is closed, but boaters may utilize the lake with
electric trolling motors (no outboards) for power. Also, those
wishing to kayak or canoe would be able to use Brown’s Lake. Any
boaters choosing to go onto Brown’s Lake will need to load their
boat without the use of the ramp. Campground is open and fishing
from shore is allowed.

Snyder Bend Lake

Snyder Bend is closed to boat traffic.

Great Western Park Lake

Great Western Park has the invasive plant brittle naiad. Be sure to
clean boat and trailer before you leave lake to avoid spreading
this species to other water bodies.

Little Sioux Park Lake

Water is very clear. Anglers have been catching some bluegill and
catfish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fishermen have been catching some
2 to 3 pound cats mostly at night, using mainly nightcrawlers and
liver. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been catching some hand-size
bluegill fishing a piece of nightcrawler on a small hook under a
bobber.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

River conditions are still high. Some anglers are catching catfish
in Little Sioux backwaters.

Aquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area.
Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live
wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies.
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.

Eldred Sherwood Lake

Try for channel catfish using crawlers, chicken liver, or stink
bait fished off the bottom. Try for panfish with crawlers fished
under a bobber or small plastic baits on a jig. Be aware that this
lake contains brittle naiad. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat
and equipment before going to another water body.

Lake Smith

Try for channel catfish using crawlers, chicken liver, or stink
bait fished off the bottom. Panfish can still be caught using a
piece of crawler on a small jig or hook fished under a
bobber.

Clear Lake

Walleye fishing has been fair, try fishing live bait on the reefs.
Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver and stink bait fished
on the bottom. Yellow bass fishing has been slow. Clear Lake
contains zebra mussels. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and
equipment before going to another water body.

Lake Cornelia

Walleye fishing has been fair. Fish from 15 to 18 inches have been
biting on live bait.

Crystal Lake

Try for largemouth bass using plastic tube baits, spinners, or just
a jig and crawler. Bluegill of a variety of sizes can be caught on
crawlers fishing from the jetties.

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

Big Spirit Lake

Due to high water a 600-foot No Wake Zone is in effect until
further notice. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers are still catching
smallmouth while casting in the bulrushes and above the submergent
vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good: Many largemouth bass have been
reported while using the same tactics as fishing for smallmouth.
Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are reporting a limited number of
Yellow Perch being caught. Action will improve in coming weeks.
Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing is good along the weed beds and
Stoney Point with leeches and crawlers during early morning hours
for best action.

East Okoboji Lake

Due to high water levels a 600-foot No Wake Zone is in effect until
further notice. Channel Catfish – Good: Good fishing after dark
using stink bait and other traditional baits. White Bass – Good:
Watch for schooling fish breaking the water and use a minnow or
minnow-like bait for best action. Walleye – Good: Walleye have been
reported along rocky points and wader fisherman at the spillway
early in the morning and before sunset. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow
bass are being caught while fishing for white bass.

Little Spirit Lake

Bullhead – Good: Try fishing on the bottom with a night crawler
near the outlet.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Channel Catfish – Good: Try fishing toward evening hours with a
dead chub or stink bait. White Bass – Good: Watch for schooling
fish chasing minnows and fish with minnow or minnow-like
baits.

West Okoboji Lake

Due to high water levels a 600-foot No Wake Zone is in effect until
further notice. Northern Pike – Good: Pike have been reported using
the same tactics as fishing for largemouth bass. Bluegill – Good:
For the best action fish docks and weed lines associated with deep
water. Largemouth Bass – Good: Fishing is good along deep weed
lines associated with inside turns using traditional baits.

Big Sioux River

The Chris Walrod memorial catfish tournament “Skilly Slam” will be
held at Plymouth County Park north of Akron on August 6. Check
bigsiouxcatanglers.com for more details. Channel Catfish – Good: As
water levels drop, fishing will continue to pick up for channel
cats.

Due to high water a 600-foot No Wake Zone is in effect until
further notice. Area rivers are still at bank-full flow and fishing
is still good for channel catfish if you find backwater eddies. For
more information, contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at
712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Construction will be occurring on the road to the lake and new
campground through Labor Day baring any delays. The lake and
campground will be inaccessible during construction.

Lake Hendricks

Work continues on a fishing jetty on the southeast side of the
lake. Channel Catfish – Slow: Try angling during the early morning
and late evening. Bluegill – Slow: Try using a worm fished under a
bobber.

Lake Meyer

Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers have been using dead fish for best
results. Bluegill – Slow: Nice sized bluegills are being caught off
the weed line in about 7 to 9 feet of water. Try using a small
piece of worm fished under a bobber or a small jig.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

Try hitting the deeper pools and areas where tributaries dump into
the river. Many species are stacked there this time of year.
Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Try using a crawfish plastic jig. Walleye –
Slow: A jig tipped with a worm is still the best bet floated
through deeper holes.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Anglers are reporting good catches of walleye and smallmouth bass
using crankbaits, twister tails or drifting crawlers along the
bottom. Channel Catfish – No Report: Smallmouth Bass – Good:
Walleye – Good:

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water temperature is in the mid 70s. Angling activity has been
slow. Fish activity should pick up this week. Channel Catfish –
Slow: Try using chicken liver or dead chubs for best luck. With
this hot weather, try a good stink bait. Smallmouth Bass – No
Report: Crappie – No Report: Walleye – Slow: A few walleye are
being caught.

Decorah District Streams

Terrestrial dry fly fishing remains excellent on northeast Iowa
streams, and July fly fishing has been superb. Effective patterns
that have recently taken good trout include hoppers, crickets,
beetles and various caddisflies. Prince nymphs have been good for
anglers who prefer nymphing. For spin fishing, try using jigs or
plastics that imitate crawfish. For stocking information, please
call 563-927-5736.

Due to the variations in rainfall events, some area rivers and
streams may be dirty and have greater flow. Lakes are in good
condition and weeds are starting to die back. Trout streams are in
excellent condition. For more information, call the Decorah Fish
Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Largemouth bass are biting well. There is an 18-inch minimum size
limit on largemouth bass on this lake. Check boat trailers for any
presence of brittle naiad when leaving the boat ramp. Bluegill –
Fair: Try fishing small jigs under a bobber or small worm on a hook
fished near weed edges or sunken habitat. Largemouth Bass – Good:
Crankbaits and rubber worms have been working excellent for
largemouth bass.

Big Woods Lake

Largemouth bass are biting well around woody structures or sunken
habitat mostly along the north shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Good:
Crankbaits and rubber worms have been working excellent for
largemouth bass.

Brinker Lake

There have been reports of crappie being taken on Brinker Lake.
Crappie – Fair: Try a crappie minnow under a slip bobber fished
around sunken trees in 10 to 12 feet of water.

George Wyth Lake

Anglers have been catching crappie fishing off of the floating dock
during the early to late morning hours. Crappie – Fair: Try
floating a crappie minnow under a bobber or casting colored tube
jigs.

Plainfield Lake

Largemouth bass fishing has been good during the early evening
hours. Largemouth Bass – Good: Top water baits have been good
during the early evening hours.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

River levels are currently falling. In Black Hawk and Bremer
Counties channel catfish angling remains good. Fishing should
improve towards the weekend without any additional rainfall through
the week. Channel Catfish – Good: Most anything; cut baits,
nightcrawlers, chicken livers fished on the bottom in most areas of
the river has been productive on channel catfish. Smallmouth Bass –
Good: Crankbaits or live baits work well this time of year. Look
for woody structure or rock shorelines for smallmouth bass. Walleye
– Fair: Anglers are picking up an occasional walleye, try using a
jig tipped with a nightcrawler or casting crankbaits.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

Walleye and smallmouth bass are being caught. Smallmouth Bass –
Fair: Jigs tipped with a twister and nightcrawler slowly retrieved
off of the bottom or casting crankbaits can be productive. Walleye
– Fair: Jig and twister tipped with a crawler or casting crankbaits
work very well.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The river is in fair condition in Buchanan County but is receiving
additional rainfall. Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been
fair. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Jig tipped with a nightcrawler or
crankbaits are working well for smallmouth bass. Walleye – Fair:
Try a jig tipped with half a nightcrawler or casting
crankbaits.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The river is currently rising and will probably be unfavorable by
the weekend. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try nightcrawlers, dead cut
baits or stink baits fished on the bottom of the river. Smallmouth
Bass – Fair: Crankbaits or live baits are working well on
smallmouth bass. Walleye – Fair: Crankbaits or jig and crawler
fished off of current breaks can be productive.

Manchester District Streams

Trout streams have been high and muddy through most of the week;
call the Manchester District Office for any additional information
at 563-927-3276.

Interior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent
heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels.
Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior
rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught.
Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black
Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester
District remain high and muddy; call the Manchester District Office
at 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level at Lansing is 10.9 feet and expected to remain near
this level over next week. Army Road ramp at New Albin is now open
but may become closed if rains bring water levels any higher.
Village Creek and Heytman’s ramps remain open as well. Northern
Pike – Fair: Nice pike reported recently. As water temperature
warms look for pike near the mouths of cold water springs or
creeks. Channel Catfish – Good: Some good catches of catfish
reported in the Big Lake area. This is a good time of year to use
stink bait. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills still biting well in
backwaters although vegetation is becoming thick and boating may be
difficult. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Fish along exposed rock
shorelines with current. Small spinners and jigs are working well
for concentrated fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Decent largemouth
fishing reported in Big Lake and around the shorelines in the
Lansing area. Walleye – Fair: Still catching walleyes wing dam
fishing, but bite has slowed. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are
biting well using an egg sinker and worms near shoreline
areas.

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is 19.8 feet and expected remain near this
level over the next week if the heavy rains stay away. Some boaters
are reporting problems with floating vegetation. All boat ramps on
Pool 10 are now open, but Sny Magill may become difficult to use or
closed if flash floods bring Sny Magill creek out of its banks.
Northern Pike – Fair: Some really nice pike reported lately. As
water temperature warms look for pike near the mouths of cold water
springs or creeks. Channel Catfish – Good: A lot of catfish being
caught fishing crawlers in the Harpers Ferry area above and below
the dam. This is the time of year when stink bait becomes very
effective. Bluegill – Good: Good catches of bluegill reported below
the dam near Harpers Ferry and in Bussey Lake. Smallmouth Bass –
Fair: Fish along exposed rock shoreline with current. Work the
whole shoreline to look for pockets of active fish. Largemouth Bass
– Good: Some decent catches of largemouth reported in backwaters of
Pool 10 but many are smaller. Remember largemouth bass must be 14
inches to keep. 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 –
Good: Drum are still biting well, with most anglers using an egg
sinker and nightcrawlers for bait.

Mississippi River Pool 11

River level at Guttenberg is 11.2 feet and is expected to rise over
the week. Ramps are open at Guttenberg, but the Turkey River access
and Mud lake ramps may be affected by flash flooding. Lower Pool 11
below the Turkey River will be high and muddy and carrying flood
debris. Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing for catfish on stink bait
is getting better. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing really
starting to pick up in backwaters. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallies
are still hitting along rocky areas in the upper part of the pool,
but as turbidity and water levels increase they may be harder to
find. 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: Rising water levees are making wing dam fishing more
difficult. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are biting well on worm
fished on the bottom. Drum are one of the fish that continue to
bite well in rising and muddy waters.

Very heavy rains fell recently over the lower half of Clayton
County and Dubuque County raising water levels and turbidity from
Guttenberg south. Lower Pool 11 below the Turkey River will be high
and muddy for a while. Pools 9 and 10 have not yet received heavy
rains, and although river levels are high, the river is not as
muddy, especially in backwaters and many fishing opportunities
still exist. Water temperature is in the lower 80s.

Mississippi River Pool 12

River stage at Lock and Dam 11 in Dubuque is 14 feet and quickly
rising. Torrential rain in the area overnight has caused extensive
flooding and the river is rising rapidly. The river is forecast to
rise to nearly 16 feet by the end of the day then recede. The river
is forecast to be down to 12 feet on Sunday. Water is very turbid
and full of debris. Going out on the river is not recommended until
water levels drop.

Mississippi River Pool 13

River stage in Bellevue is 14.85 feet and quickly rising.
Torrential rain in the area overnight has caused extensive flooding
and the river is rising rapidly. The river is forecast to rise to
17 feet by the end of the day then recede. The river is forecast to
be down to 12.5 feet on Sunday. Water is very turbid and full of
debris. Going out on the river is not recommended until water
levels drop.

Mississippi River Pool 14

River stage below Lock and Dam 13 is 11.28 feet and will quickly
rise over the next day before receding. Torrential rain in the area
overnight has caused extensive flooding and the river is rising
rapidly. Water is very turbid and full of debris. Going out on the
river is not recommended until water levels drop.

For fishing information in Pool 12-15 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 10.55 feet. River level has
risen over the past few days due to recent heavy rains. Channel
Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers
and stink bait. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel
or side sloughs. White Bass – No Report: Bluegill – No Report:
Crappie – No Report: Walleye – No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 9.60 feet. River level have
risen over the past few days due to recent heavy rains. The ramp at
Big Timber is closed once again due to the recent rise in river
level. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught on
nightcrawlers and stink bait. Trying fishing above snags along the
main channel or in side sloughs. Some fish are being caught along
GPC. 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 11.29 feet. River level has
risen once again over the past week due to recent heavy rains. 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

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 7.66 feet. River level has
risen over the past week due to recent heavy rains. Channel Catfish
– Good: Channel catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers, stink
baits, and chicken livers. Try fishing above snag piles along the
main channel or in the sloughs. Bluegill – No Report: Largemouth
Bass – No Report: Crappie – No Report: Walleye – No Report:

Pools 16-19: River level has risen since last weekend due to recent
heavy rains. River levels and ramp conditions could change due to
the recent heavy rains upriver. Main channel water temperature is
around 85 degrees and water clarity is poor. Fishing has been slow
due to the hot weather. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat
before going to another water body. For more fishing information on
Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at
563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Odessa

The Toolesboro road is open as of July 23. All the ramps are now
open and cleared off for anglers to use to put their boats in. The
water level will continue to fall as there is still some water up
in the trees. Bluegill – Fair: With a little work and knowledge of
the lake anglers are catching some big bluegills. Work the deeper
water of the Sand Run and Yankee chute areas. Crappie – Fair: There
are some slab crappies being caught along the trees dropped into
deeper water. Also try down in Burris ditch near the outlet.

Lake Belva Deer

The water temperature is up to 81 degrees. The thermocline is 6 to
8 feet deep. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing remained good
during the evening hours. Chicken liver and cut bait are good
things to try. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills have moved out to deeper
water. Look for them to be around the trees in the old creek
channel.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Excellent: 1 to 3 pound fish are common. Fish
during the cooler parts of the day along the face of the dam.
Nightcrawlers seem to be working the best. Bluegill – Good: Light
tackle and small baits such as wax worms are a must. Still good
numbers of fish up to 9 inches are being caught. Look for them
around the deeper habitat. Largemouth Bass – Good: The evenings are
producing the best fishing. During the heat of the day look for the
fish to be around the deep structure. Bouncing jigs or plastics on
the bottom seems to work the best.

Lake of the Hills

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish in the 2 to 4-pound range are
common. Liver and various stink baits are working best. Bluegill –
Good: Once you find the right depth (they’re out deep) and the
habitat, you can do well. Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish the early
mornings or late evenings around the stump field and sunken logs
using top water lures.

Railroad Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing along the old creek channel with
liver or stink baits should get you some nice eating-size catfish.
Bluegill – Good: Fish the north side around the stumps and logs or
in the tree falls or by the recycling containers and you should
catch some bluegills.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The river continues to drop. Water temperature during the day is
around 86 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been
good. Try a few freshly caught grass frogs as bait.

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

Lake Macbride

The 10 hp maximum motor restriction is in effect. The invasive
plant Brittle Naiad is found here, so make sure to inspect and
clean your boat/trailer when leaving the lake. Largemouth Bass –
Good: Try a variety of lures around shallow rock or wood. Some fish
have been caught on deeper rock/points using crankbaits. Early and
late in the day are best.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, there is an 18-inch minimum on largemouth bass here. The
invasive plant brittle naiad is here, so make sure to inspect and
clean your boat/trailer when leaving the lake. Channel Catfish –
Slow: Try fishing along the dam or other rocky areas with stink
bait, liver, or crawlers. White Bass – Slow: Try jigs, spinners,
small spoons, or small crankbaits. Many fish have been small, but
nice sized fish are available. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try
crankbaits, soft plastics, or crawlers. Walleye – Slow: Most fish
have been small but they are being caught on live bait rigs and
crankbaits. Target depths around 15 feet.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish – Fair:
Anglers using stink bait have been catching catfish, especially
early and late in the day.

Coralville Reservoir

The lake elevation on July 28 is at normal summer pool of 683.3
feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try crawlers or cut bait in areas
with some flow.

Maquoketa (Hopkinton to Canton)

Channel Catfish – Good: Use chicken liver or stink bait for best
results. Night fishing has been the most productive.

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

Red Haw Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Use dead chubs fished around the rock
jetties. Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of
nightcrawler along shoreline structure. Largemouth Bass – Good:
Rubber worms and spinner baits are usually good this time of year.
Try areas around the jetties and along the shoreline.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The lake was drained for a lake renovation last year but work is
now complete and the lake is full. New fish habitat areas have been
built along with some new jetties.

Albia (lower)

Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler
within 10 feet of the shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try
plastic worms fished along the shoreline. Try tossing spinner baits
along the dam and other rocky areas of the shoreline.

Lake Miami

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been having some success in
the evenings using cut bait or dead chubs. Try along the east
shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Use spinner baits tossed along
the shorelines and off shore structure.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a piece of nightcrawler
around shoreline structure or standing timber. Some sorting will be
necessary for larger fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try top water
baits fished in the early morning or late evening hours. Fish rocky
areas with a jig n’ pig combo.

Rathbun Reservoir

The lake level is at 910.72 feet with 904.0 feet being normal pool.
Water temperature have been in the mid 80s. Don’t forget Lake
Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and
dry boats before transporting to another water body. Spray boats
and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or
let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in sun). Channel Catfish
– Fair: Use dead chubs or chicken liver fished in bays and coves.
Crappie – Fair: Use small jigs or minnows. Areas along the shore
with overhanging trees or vegetation are good places to start.
Small chrome colored crankbaits can also work this time of year.
Walleye – Fair: Try nightcrawler rigs and bottom bouncers. With the
higher lake levels the walleye are spread out so try new areas. Try
fishing baits that mimic small shad like chrome colored crankbaits
or blade baits. 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: Large bluegill are being caught fishing crawlers
near any of the flooded trees.

Big Creek Lake

White Bass – Good: White bass are providing some action, especially
late in the afternoon and evenings. Mid lake has been best, look
for them on the windblown side of the lake. They can often be seen
breaking the surface. Cast jigs or shallow running crankbaits.
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are being caught drifting pieces of
nightcrawler over the roadbeds and brush piles that are in 15 feet
of water or less. Crappie – Fair: Drifting small twister tail or
tube jigs mid-lake and over any of the roadbeds is producing a few
crappie. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are being caught on the upper
third of the lake by drifting or jigging nightcrawlers, or casting
and trolling crankbaits. Do not fish water deeper than 15 feet.
Many fish being caught are sublegal, but fish over 15 inches are
coming in. Check legal size fish for yellow tags near the tail. If
one is caught follow the instructions on the signs at the boat
ramps.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegill fishing has been excellent. They are
being caught drifting small pieces of crawler or still fishing over
the pallet piles near the island and off the south shoreline across
from the island. Bluegill are good size with some going over 9
inches. Crappie – Fair: Crappie are being caught drifting
throughout the lake. Use small tube jigs, jigs with small spinners,
or live minnows.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill – Good: Decent bluegill and large redear sunfish are being
caught with crawlers fished in any open pockets of
vegetation.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass – Fair: Continued hot weather should increase white bass
activity. Look for schools of shad busting the surface. Trolling
lipless crankbaits to find fish is the preferred method. Try
multiple colors to find their preference. Good starting colors are
chrome or a blue/chrome combo. Teeter Creek and west of the mile
long bridge are usually good areas.

Saylorville Reservoir

White Bass – Excellent: Hot weather and good shad numbers are
creating some good white bass fishing right now. Good action is
being found all over the lake, just look for shad schools breaking
the surface. Cast spoons and lipless crankbaits.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake

Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Good: Wipers are chasing shad and can
be seen breaking the surface. Anglers are having fun casting into
this action. The wipers are currently around 17 inches and it is
recommended to turn most fish back. This will allow for some
exciting fishing for large wipers in the near future.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Excellent: Channel catfish are being caught in
good numbers on cut bait and stink bait. Stink bait is currently
out fishing cut bait. White Bass – Fair: Anglers casting jigs or
crankbaits below the Saylorville spillway are getting in to some
white bass. Evenings have been best. Walleye – Fair: Anglers
trolling crankbaits that dive 6 to 12 feet in the river below
Saylorville are catching some nice walleye. This method is also
catching white bass, wipers, and smallmouth bass.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

Channel Catfish – Good: Good numbers of 4 to 8 pound catfish are
being caught on cut bait. White Bass – Fair: The white bass bite is
fair below the Red Rock spillway casting jigs or drifting minnows
under a bobber.

South Skunk River (Story City to Cambridge)

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers wade fishing are catching decent
numbers of smallmouth between Story City and Ames using inline
spinners or small crawfish colored crankbaits.

Morning and evening bites are best now with the hot days. The
exception is the white bass on the reservoirs, which are starting
to turn on. Crappie are being caught suspended by drifting in
deeper water. Bluegill are being caught fishing near brush piles,
pallets, and the edges of vegetation in lakes that have it. Don’t
fish too deep, most lakes now have a thermocline between 6 and 10
feet. 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. Water clarity is good.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around
jetties using shrimp. Fish average 2 pounds. Bluegill – Slow: 7 to
8-inch bluegill can be caught drifting small jigs. Largemouth Bass
– Good: Many 12 to 15-inch largemouth are being caught casting
around jetties and weed edges. Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are
being caught in the evenings along the dam using minnows.

Nodaway Lake

Nodaway has one small boat ramp. Water temperature is in the low
80s and the lake has a slight algae bloom. Channel Catfish – Good:
Catfish are being caught along the north shoreline and the dam with
dip bait. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are being caught around brush
piles with nightcrawlers. Crappie – Slow: Crappies can be caught
trolling jigs around brush piles in 10 to 12 feet of water. Fish
average 9 inches with a few 11-inch fish being caught. Evenings
seem to be best.

Orient Lake

Orient Lake has one concrete boat ramp. Water temperatures remain
in the low 80s. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are close to rocky
shorelines and being caught on shrimp. Fish average 14 to 18
inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Cold Springs has one concrete boat ramp. Water temperature is 84
degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught
in less than 6 feet of water using cut bait. Fish average 2.5
pounds.

Lake Anita

Lake Anita has two concrete ramps and good water quality. Water
temperature has reached 80 degrees. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up
to 9 inches are being caught drifting and around brush piles.
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught along the
road beds and in brush piles. Bass are all sizes up to 20 inches.
Crappie – Slow: The crappies being caught are around brush piles
and underwater reefs. Late afternoon is the best bite. Fish average
9 inches.

Willow Lake

Willow has one concrete boat ramp and excellent water clarity.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught along the
campground shoreline and around jetties using dip bait. Bluegill –
Fair: The best bluegill bite is early in the morning using
nightcrawlers under a bobber. Fish average 8 inches. Largemouth
Bass – Good: Largemouth are being caught using power bait worms
around sunken trees. Most fish are 12 to 14 inches.

Viking Lake

Viking Lake has four feet of water clarity and three concrete boat
ramps. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfishing has been fair in the
evenings around the jetties using liver. Largemouth Bass – Fair:
Anglers are catching largemouth bass in the sunken cedar trees
using plastic baits. Casting spinner baits along weed edges has
also produced fish up to 20 inches.

Lake Manawa

Manawa is full and has a slight algal bloom. Water temperature is
above 80 degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being
caught on the west and south side of the lake using shrimp or
Sonny’s dip bait. Fish up to 6 pounds have been reported.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

There are numerous farm ponds in southern Iowa that can provide a
quality fishing trip. 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. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught
using a variety of prepared baits in the summer. Fish in 3 to 6
feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Fish for bluegills around deeper
structure and outside edges of vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Good:
Largemouth bass are aggressive now and can be caught casting around
structure and along the shoreline. Early morning and late evenings
are the best times to target largemouth.

Water temperature continues above the 80 degrees. Bluegills and
crappies remain deep with the warm water. Catfishing has been good
early morning or late afternoon in many areas. For more information
on fishing call the district office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

The water level is near normal. Water clarity is near 24 inches at
the dam. Channel Catfish – Good: A lot of channel catfish are being
caught from the mounds and areas less than eight feet deep on small
jigs and crawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Several bluegills can be caught
from the mounds using crawlers.

Lake of Three Fires

The water level is near normal and the clarity is good. Channel
Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are biting on liver.

Green Valley Lake

The lake is being lowered to allow the sediment removal project to
continue. The lake is accessible and the main concrete ramp is
easily usable. Fish are growing well. Channel Catfish – Good:
Several mid-sized channel catfish are being caught on liver from
the shoreline areas around the camp ground and along the dam.

Three Mile Lake

The water level is normal. Channel Catfish – Good: Shallow coves
are producing several channel catfish after dark. Crappie – Fair: A
few scattered crappies are coming from the timber and coves.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

The water level is normal. Bullhead – Good: Several giant bullheads
can be caught using crawlers or liver from most areas of the lake.
Bluegill – Fair: Several big bluegills are biting on crawlers
fished over the mounds and steep drop-offs.

Water temperatures are above 85 degrees. Water levels are normal or
down slightly. Most lakes have an established thermocline ranging
from 15 feet to as shallow as 5 feet. Water clarity is normal for
mid-summer.

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