Iowa statewide fishing report for August 18

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.

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. There has not been much fishing
activity at Crawford Creek lately.

Brushy Creek Lake

Bluegill and crappie are being caught in 14 feet of water on small
jigs and worms. Cast close to shore and fish near the bottom.

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. Fishing at Storm Lake remains the same as last week.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use the usual baits like stink bait,
shrimp, cut bait, and minnows. Try fishing the inlet where Little
Storm flows into Big Storm. White Bass – Slow: 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

Yellow bass fishing is good with most being caught at the north end
of the lake. Channel catfish and freshwater drum continue to bite.
Some decent crappies have been caught from the docks.

Swan Lake

Channel catfishing has been good. Recent surveys show a large
portion of the channel catfish population is ranging from 3.5 to
5.5 pounds.

Black Hawk Lake

Anglers are allowed three walleye per day and all fish must be at
least 15 inches. Catfishing remains good. Channel Catfish – Good:
Channel catfish have moved off shore and are lying along the dredge
cuts in about 8 feet of water. Fish the deep edge of the drop-offs
and use crawdads, cut bait, or gizzard shad guts.

Blue Lake

Largemouth bass are being caught in the mornings and evenings.
Plastic frogs are working well.

Browns Lake

Browns Lake is open to boat traffic. Anglers are still catching
channel catfish ranging from 2 to 4 pounds.

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.

Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)

Panfishing has been good with anglers catching nice sized bluegill
and crappie. Anglers have been targeting deeper water and submerged
structure. Some catfish are being caught on prepared baits and
chicken liver.

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)

The river has come down some and should be fishable.

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

The river has come down and is now fishable.

North Raccoon River (Auburn to Perry)

Some anglers have had good success running bank lines for flathead
catfish. Remember that you need to have your bank lines tagged and
they need to be checked every 24 hours if you leave them
unattended.

Black Hawk District Farm Ponds

Purple rubber worms with white spots or a grub worm with a curly
tail has been working for anglers targeting bass. Use weedless
setups if possible. The top water action is off and on. Many of the
bass are short striking. Some nice panfish are also being caught in
farm ponds.

Water temperature is starting to cool down. 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

No recent reports for this lake but please be aware that this lake
contains an invasive plant called brittle naiad. Please clean,
drain, and dry your boat and equipment before going to another
water body.

Upper Pine Lake

Largemouth bass fishing has been fair, most boat anglers cast near
or under the overhanging or fallen trees for best success. Use the
typical spinners or plastic worms for best results.

Lake Smith

Anglers fishing for channel catfish have been using crawlers,
chicken liver, or stink bait fishing from shore. Early mornings or
late evenings are the best times to go.

Clear Lake

Yellow bass fishing has been good with anglers catching them while
drifting over the artificial reefs, rock reefs, and dredged areas
in the little lake using jigs with crawlers or cut bait. Anglers
that find a good school of fish have been able to vertically jig
them catching up to 50 fish. Walleye fishing is fair and most fish
are still being caught while trolling or drifting the reefs or
little lake using crawlers or minnows in 6 to 12 feet of
water.

Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment to stop
the spread of invasive species. For more fishing information in the
north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office
at 641-357-3517.

Dog Creek (Lake)

Bullhead – Good: Anglers have reported many large bullheads being
caught in the past week on night crawler under a bobber.

Big Spirit Lake

White Bass – Good: Bass fisherman have reported good catches of
white bass. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching bluegill on the
edge of weed lines with slip bobbers and a piece of worm.
Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers are still catching smallmouth while
casting in the bulrushes and above the submerged 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 the coming weeks.
Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has slowed down, but some anglers
are still reporting limits. Fishing is best along the weed beds and
Stoney Point with leeches and crawlers during early morning hours
for best action.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Try fishing along the spillway or along
tree falls with cut bait or other smelly baits. White Bass – Good:
Watch for schooling fish breaking the water and use a minnow or
minnow-like bait for best action. Fishing at the spillway in the
early morning has been producing good numbers of fish. 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 Walleye
-. Good: Wader fishing activity at night will continue to improve
as water temperature drops.

West Okoboji Lake

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
vertical jigging with a small piece of night crawler or small
crawdad. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are being picked
up using crankbaits along the weed lines. Largemouth Bass – Good:
Fishing is good along deep weed lines associated with inside turns
using traditional baits. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some yellow perch are
being picked up while fishing for bluegill.

Big Sioux River

Channel Catfish – Good: As water levels drop, fishing will continue
to pick up for channel cats.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish have been biting on night
crawlers and chicken livers as the river has been going down.

Area rivers are continuing to drop with the dry weather and catfish
fishing is picking up. For more information on fishing in northwest
Iowa, call the Spirit Lake fish hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

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. Please check boat trailers
for any presence of brittle naiad when leaving the boat ramp.
Largemouth Bass – Good: Crankbaits and rubber worms have been
working excellent for largemouth bass.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

The Cedar is in good condition. In both Bremer and Black Hawk
counties smallmouth bass fishing has been good. Anglers are also
catching fish when targeting channel catfish and walleye. Channel
Catfish – Fair: Dead chubs fished on the bottom during late evening
hours has been best for 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. Crappie –
Fair: Fish areas where there is slack water near fallen trees or
brush. 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, channel catfish and smallmouth bass are being caught.
Smallmouth Bass – Good: Jigs tipped with a twister and nightcrawler
slowly retrieved off of the bottom or casting crankbaits can be
productive this time of year. 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)

Northern pike fishing has been good on both the upper and lower
stretches of the river in Bremer and Buchanan counties. Anglers are
picking up walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers as well. Sucker –
Excellent: Fish a night crawler on the bottom next to current in 4
to 5 feet of water. Northern Pike – Good: Spoons and spinner baits
have been the top lures of choice. Smallmouth Bass – Fair:
Crankbaits have been best fished below riffle areas and rock
shorelines. Walleye – Fair: Both crankbaits and jigs tipped with a
nightcrawler have been productive.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The river is in excellent condition. Channel Catfish – Fair: 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 – Fair: Crankbaits or live baits work well
this time of year. Look for woody structure or rock shorelines for
smallmouth bass. Walleye – Fair: Crankbaits seem to have been the
most productive.

Manchester District Streams

Trout streams are in excellent condition, call the Manchester
District Office for any additional information at
563-927-3276.

Interior rivers are in excellent condition and should remain with
the extended weather forecast. Smallmouth bass have been biting
well on most of the interior rivers along with channel catfish and
walleye. Largemouth bass fishing on area Black Hawk County lakes
has been fair during early morning and late evening hours. Trout
streams in the Manchester District are in excellent condition, call
the Manchester district office at 563-927-3276 for any additional
information.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River levels at Lansing are 9.8 feet and expected to drop slowly to
9 feet by next week. All boat ramps are open. Channel Catfish –
Excellent: Channel cats fishing is really good now on stink bait
and worms fished in fallen trees in sloughs or in deep holes by
wing dams. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are really biting well.
Fish with a small piece of worm right in the fallen trees on
shorelines with little current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass really
hitting well around wing dams and shoreline structure. Lots of
small fish, so try using larger lures for larger fish. Yellow Perch
– Fair: Nice perch being caught on worms fishing for bluegills. Try
fishing outside of weed beds to find groups of perch. Walleye –
Fair: As river levels drop, fishing around wing dams for walleyes
should get better. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum fishing
continues to be good fishing worms or crawdads on the bottom along
main channel shorelines

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level at Lynxville is 18.3 feet and expected to fall slowly
to 17.5 feet by next week. All boat ramps are open. Northern Pike –
Fair: Some nice sized pike reported being caught in the Harpers
Ferry area. Look for fish in weed beds near tributaries or springs.
Channel Catfish – Excellent: Channel cats fishing is really good
now on stink bait and worms fished in fallen trees in sloughs or in
deep holes by wing dams. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are really
biting well. Fish with small piece of worm right in fallen trees on
shorelines with little current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass really
hitting well around wing dams and shoreline structure. Lots of
small fish, so try using larger lures for larger fish. Yellow Perch
– Fair: Nice perch being caught on worms fishing for bluegills. Try
fishing outside of weed beds to find groups of perch. Walleye –
Fair: As river levels drop, fishing around wing dams for walleyes
should get better. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum fishing
continues to be good fishing worms or crawdads on the bottom along
main channel shorelines.

Mississippi River Pool 11

River level at Guttenberg is 10 feet and expected to fall slowly to
9 feet by next week. All boat ramps are open. Channel Catfish –
Excellent: Channel cats fishing is really good now on stink bait
and worms fished in fallen trees in sloughs or in deep holes by
wing dams. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills are really biting well.
Fish with small piece of worm right in fallen trees on shorelines
with little current. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass really hitting
well around wing dams and shoreline structure. Lots of small fish,
so try using larger lures for larger fish. Yellow Perch – Fair:
Nice perch being caught on worms fishing for bluegills. Try fishing
outside of weed beds to find groups of perch. Walleye – Fair: As
river levels drop fishing around wing dams for walleyes should get
better. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum fishing continues to be
good fishing worms or crawdads on the bottom along main channel
shorelines.

River levels are still 5 feet above normal but are expected to drop
slowly over the next week. Water temperature has cooled off to 75
degrees. With fairly stable weather and water conditions fishing
activity has begun to increase.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 10.04 feet. Channel Catfish
– Good: Some channel catfish are being caught on stink baits and
shad guts fished around snag piles along the main channel or in
side channels. White Bass – Fair: Some white bass are being caught
in Sylvan Slough casting jigs with twister tails. Bluegill – Fair:
Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina on wax worms.
Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina on
wax worms. Walleye – Slow: Some walleyes are being caught casting
crankbaits to wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 8.76 feet. Channel Catfish –
Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits and shad
guts. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel and side
channels.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 9.91 feet. Channel Catfish –
Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits and shad
guts. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel and side
channels.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 6.17 feet. Channel Catfish –
Good: Channel catfish are being caught on cut shad, stink baits,
and crawlers. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel
or side channels. Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being caught in
the backwaters. Try using jigs and minnows or small plastics around
brush piles.

Pools 16-19: River level throughout the pools has been fairly
steady over the past few days. Main channel water temperature is
around 79 degrees and water clarity is fair. 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 water temperature is cooling down with the cooler nights.
Bluegill – Good: 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 – Good: There are some
slab crappies being caught along the trees dropped into deeper
water. Also try down in Burris ditch near the outlet. Slip bobbers
and minnows are working well as are jigs tipped with minnows.

Lake Geode

Make sure to clean off your boat and trailer after fishing, Geode
does have brittle naiad. Water temperature has cooled down to 79
degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing remains good around the
rocks along the dam face as well as the rip rap along the shore at
the boat ramps. Chicken liver and stink baits remain the go to
baits. Bluegill – Good: With the cooler weather the bluegill
fishing has improved. Look for them to be in shallow in the morning
and late evening and move back out to the ledges for the middle of
the day.

Lake Belva Deer

The water temperature has cooled down to the upper 70s. Channel
Catfish – Good: Catfishing remained good during the evening hours.
Chicken liver and cut bait are good things to try. Bluegill – Good:
The bluegills have for the most part moved out to deeper water.
look for them to be around the trees in the old creek channel.
Crappie – Good: Anglers are catching some nice crappies out in
front of the beach. Slip bobbers and minnows are a good way to
start.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are finding the bigger bluegills in the
deeper water. Largemouth Bass – Good: nightcrawler or soft plastics
have produced some nice fish although most are less than 15
inches.

Lake of the Hills

Angler numbers have increased with the cooler weather. Channel
Catfish – Good: Catfish in the 2 to 4 pound range are common. Liver
and various stink baits are working the best. Bluegill – Good: Once
you find the right depth (they’re out deep) and the habitat, you
can do well. Largemouth Bass – Good: Last week’s hot weather had
been making the bass go deeper earlier. The recent cool weather
should be bringing them up shallow for longer in the morning and
evening.

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. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the flooded
timber and along the riprap late in the day or early in the
morning.

Wilson Lake

The water is very clear and the lake is a little low with the dry
weather. Rainbow Trout – Slow: An occasional trout is still being
caught. Park staff is seeing a few feeding near the surface just
before dark. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few
bluegills around the cedar tree piles in deeper water.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

The river is getting low enough that even the small john boats are
having problems. Channel Catfish – Fair: The anglers that know
where the deeper water are still catching some nice catfish.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The river continues to drop. The level is low enough that only the
small john boats are not having problems navigating. Channel
Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been good. Try a few freshly caught
grass frogs as bait or stink baits.

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

Kent Park Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try chicken liver or dip bait for best
results. Evenings have been the best time. Bluegill – Fair:
Largemouth Bass – Fair:

Lake Macbride

The 10 hp maximum motor restriction is in effect. The invasive
plant brittle naiad is here so make sure to inspect and clean your
boat/trailer when leaving the lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try
crawlers, stink bait, or cut bait in 8 to 12 feet of water.
Evenings have been best. Largemouth Bass – Fair: 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 –
Excellent: Try fishing off the dam or jetties with stink bait or
crawlers. After dark has been prime time. White Bass – Fair: 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 – Fair:
Most fish have been small but they are being caught on live bait
rigs and crankbaits. Target depths around 15 feet.

Otter Creek Lake

The fish cleaning station was destroyed in the storms and is no
longer available. Bluegill – Fair: Largemouth Bass – Fair: Yellow
Bass – Good:

Union Grove Lake

Channel Catfish – Good:

Coralville Reservoir

The lake elevation on August 18 is at normal summer pool of 683.3
feet. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try crawlers or cut bait in areas
with some flow.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken liver and stink bait have been
producing well.

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

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers have had some luck using small jigs tipped
with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shoreline. Largemouth Bass –
Good: Anglers have been having some success using rubber worms and
spinner baits. Target areas along the dam and the rock
jetties.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

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

Albia (lower)

Channel Catfish – Fair: Try prepared baits along the shorelines and
areas with some rock. Evenings should be the best times. Bluegill –
Fair: Anglers have been catching some keeper bluegills using small
jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler within 10 feet of the
shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try plastic worms fished along
the shoreline and spinner baits along the dam and other rocky
areas.

Lake Miami

Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have been having some success in
the evenings using dead chubs or stink bait. Try areas along the
east shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Try rubber worms or
crankbaits fished along the face of the dam or along the west side
among the stumps. Crappie – Slow: Try drifting minnows in the main
lake area.

Lake Sugema

Lake Sugema contains the invasive plant brittle naiad so make sure
to inspect and clean your boat and trailer when leaving the lake.
Bluegill – Fair: Try using small jigs tipped with a piece of
nightcrawler along the shoreline and areas of the lake with
standing timber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try using top water baits
fished in the early morning or late evening hours. Fish areas with
rip-rapped shorelines with a jig n’ pig combo or a rubber
worm.

Rathbun Reservoir

The lake level is at 905.59 feet with 904.0 feet being normal pool.
Water temperature has been in the upper 70s. Outlet Park will be
closed starting August 22, for a river stabilization project and
could be closed up to 60 days. 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). Crappie – Slow: A few crappies are
still being caught off docks and close to shore using a jig and a
minnow. Look for areas with flooded woody structure. Suspended
crappies can be targeted using small chrome colored crankbaits.
Walleye – Fair: Walleye fishing has started to pick up a little.
Anglers have had some success trolling chrome colored crankbaits or
vertically jigging blade baits. They are also using nightcrawlers
being drifted or trolled. 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

Big Creek Lake

White Bass – Good: White bass can be caught casting jigs or
crankbaits. On calmer days they can be seen busting baitfish on the
surface. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are being caught drifting pieces
of nightcrawler along the edge of the vegetation beds on the upper
half of the lake and over the roadbeds and brush piles that are in
15 feet of water or less. 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. The bluegills are good size with some going over 9
inches.

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

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers drifting cut bait are doing very
well on good sized channel cats. White Bass – Fair: Look for
schools of shad busting the surface then troll or cast lipless
crankbaits or spoons in these areas. Try multiple colors to find
their preference. Good starting colors are chrome or a blue/chrome
combo. The Marina Point and west of the mile long bridge are good
starting points.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish – Excellent: Drifting cut creek chubs north of the
mile long bridge is producing some excellent catfishing. Expect
some healthy 5 pounds plus cats. White Bass – Good: The white bass
bite is going good right now. The best activity has been in the
Sandpiper point area, Oak Grove area, and around the mile long
bridge. Cast or troll spoons and shad colored crankbaits. Wiper
(Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: Anglers trolling the Sandpiper area
are also getting into some wipers. The best activity has been in
the evenings.

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.

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.

The best bites right now continue to be white bass on the
reservoirs and channel catfish in the rivers and reservoirs.
Crappies are being caught suspended by drifting in deeper water.
Bluegills 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 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
– Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting around jetties and
weed edges. Many fish are in the 12 to 15-inch range.

Nodaway Lake

Nodaway has one small boat ramp. Water temperature is in the high
70s. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being caught along the
north shoreline and the dam with dip bait. Bluegill – Slow:
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 temperature was 76
degrees on Aug. 13. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being
caught on shrimp. Fish average 14 to 18 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Cold Springs has one concrete boat ramp. Water temperature is 80
degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: 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. Water temperature is in the high
70s. Bluegill – Slow: 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 blood bait or liver.
Bluegill – Fair: The best bluegill bite is early in the morning
using nightcrawlers under a bobber. Fish average 8 inches.
Largemouth Bass – Slow: 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. The lake has 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
80 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: 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 – Fair:
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 temperatures have cooled to the high 70s in most areas.
Catfishing has been good early morning or late afternoon. Interior
rivers have also been producing channel catfish. For more
information on fishing call the district office at Cold Springs, at
712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

The water level is near normal. Water clarity is near 36 inches at
the dam. Channel Catfish – Good: Several channel catfish are being
caught from the riprap and bays near shore.

Little River Watershed Lake

The lake level is being lowered to allow a shoreline rip rap
project to proceed. The lake is currently down five feet and will
likely drop another five feet by Aug. 25. The project is expected
to continue through the winter months. Boat access will soon be
limited.

Lake of Three Fires

The water level is near normal and clarity is good. Channel Catfish
– Fair: A few channel catfish are being caught from the bays of the
east shore.

Green Valley Lake

The lake has been lowered to allow the sediment removal project to
continue. The lake is easily accessible through the main
concrete.

Three Mile Lake

The water level is normal and clarity is good.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

The water level is normal. Free floating algae has developed in a
few spots. Bullhead – Good: Several giant bullheads can be caught
using crawlers or liver from most areas of the lake. Bluegill –
Fair: A few big bluegills are being caught from the rocky areas
near shore.

Water temperatures are still very hot. Water levels are normal.
Most lakes have established a thermocline ranging from 12 feet to
as shallow as 5 feet. No oxygen will be present below these depths.
Water clarity is normal for mid-summer.

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