Iowa Statewide Fishing Report for August 25

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 hasn’t been a lot of
fishing activity at Crawford Creek lately. Channel Catfish –
Excellent: Anglers are having good success with catfish using cut
chubs, turkey liver, and Sonny’s stink bait. Bluegill – Good:
Fishing for bluegill has been good.

Brushy Creek Lake

Fishing at Brushy Creek is decent right now. Bluegill – Fair: Some
limits of bluegill are being caught in 14 feet of water in outside
bends of the creek channel around the submerged trees. Largemouth
Bass – Excellent: Largemouth bass fishing has been very good.
Crappie – Fair: Fish for crappie the same way as bluegill. Walleye
– Fair: Some walleye are being caught in 15 to 20 feet of water
during midday.

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. Not a lot of anglers have been fishing Storm Lake
lately.

North Twin Lake

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

Swan Lake

Fishing has been slow.

Black Hawk Lake

Anglers are allowed three walleye per day and all fish must be at
least 15 inches. Catfishing remains good, but anglers need a boat
to do really well. 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 2 to 4 pounds each.

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 for 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 River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Fishing in the Little Sioux River has picked up. There have been
many reports of anglers catching walleye below the Linn Grove Dam.
Catfishing is excellent throughout the unchannelized portion of the
Little Sioux. Try fishing the outside bends in the deep holes to
catch catfish, walleye, and the occasional drum. A split shot above
a #6 circle hook baited with half a night crawler will catch most
species.

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

Anglers targeting walleye at the rock riffles on the public areas
from Sac City south to Auburn have had some success. Try casting a
Mepps spinner below the rock riffles.

Black Hawk District Farm Ponds

Bluegills are short biting on a bobber and a small piece of worm.
Largemouth bass are hitting top water flies and purple worms with
white spots. Perch are hitting fast on Shucks jigger minnow
set-up.

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, but 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. Try
spinners or plastic worms.

Clear Lake

Anglers continue to catch yellow bass while drifting or vertically
jigging over the artificial reefs and rock reefs in the main lake
and dredged areas in the little lake using jigs with crawlers,
minnows or cut bait. Try fishing different depths, anywhere from 6
to 15 feet. Walleye fishing is fair and most fish are caught using
the same methods for yellow bass.

Bluebill Lake

Largemouth bass have been hitting plastic worms and frogs fished
along the weed edges.

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

There has been little fishing pressure in the past week on 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 smelly bait. White Bass – Good: Try
fishing the spillway or along the edge of weed beds for best action
with a minnow or piece of cut bait. 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 – Fair: 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 bluegills.

Lost Island Lake

Try fishing under the bridge for a mixed batch of species. Many
fish have been sitting in the current under the bridge in the past
week. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are still being caught near the rock
point and rock pile. They are feeding on young yellow bass so try
to mimic their forage.

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.

For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, contact the
Spirit Lake hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Road 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

Angling pressure has been slow this week. Try top water jigs and
fishing in the upper water column for best luck.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

Anglers are catching a lot of small fish. Sheepshead and mooneye
are hitting on worms. Sauger – Good: Anglers are using crankbaits
or lures that look like crawfish for best luck. Walleye –
Good:

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water conditions are excellent. Fish are biting and can be found in
the pockets below the dams or in deeper pools. Most fish are being
caught using a worm bounced on the bottom or under a bobber.
Channel Catfish – Good: Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Crappie – Fair:
Anglers are using jigs tipped with minnows. Walleye – Fair:

Decorah District Streams

Early morning Trico hatches (#20-#24) are currently good on area
streams around 7:30 a.m. Blue Wing Olives have been hatching on
some late mornings and afternoons, normally followed by evening
spinner falls. Try a sparsely tied #18 Blue Wing Olive and spinner
pattern for the Blue Wing hatch. Hoppers, crickets and other
terrestrial patterns remain good alternative daytime patterns. For
stocking information, call 563-927-5736.

Area rivers and streams are in good condition and many are running
low. Fish activity in lakes should pick up with the cooler weather.
Trout streams are in excellent condition. For more information,
contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 7.94 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. Some channel catfish are also being caught at the mouth
of the Rock River. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are being caught
in Sunset Marina on wax worms. Some bluegills are also being caught
in the Andalusia Island complex fishing around brush piles. Crappie
– Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina on wax
worms, jigs and minnows, or jigs and plastics. Some crappies are
also being caught in the Andalusia Island complex fishing around
brush piles. Sauger – Slow: Some saugers are being caught on
three-way rigs with nightcrawlers on the upstream side of wing
dams. Walleye – Slow: Some walleyes are being caught on the wing
dams on jigs and minnows or on three-way rigs with half a
crawler.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 6.66 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. White Bass – Good: White bass are being caught in Big
Timber fishing top water lures or shallow running crankbaits. Try
fishing for white bass around the deeper dredge cuts and schools of
shad. Crappie – Fair: Crappies are being caught in Big Timber
fishing around brush piles with minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 7.60 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 4.35 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 levels throughout the pools have been falling
over the past few days. Main channel water temperature is around 78
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 levels are dropping quickly as wildlife staff is trying
to get the water off the trees and button brush that has had water
on them since April. Still, it is very navigable. Channel Catfish –
Good: Catfishing is really picking up as the water recedes and
brings more food into the deeper areas. 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
has brittle naiad. Water temperature continues to cool into the mid
70s with the cool nights. The number of anglers out during the week
has dropped off as school starts back up. 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 bait 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

Fishing remains pretty steady. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing
remained good during the evening hours. Chicken liver and cut bait
are good things to try. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills have for the
most part moved to deeper water. Fish 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.

Lake of the Hills

Angler numbers have dropped with all the competing activities in
the area and the start of school. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish
in the 2 to 4 pound range are common. Liver and various stink baits
are working the best. Nightcrawlers are also good bait to use as
the water cools down. Bluegill – Good: The fish are deep but once
you find the right depth and habitat, you can do well. Largemouth
Bass – Good: The bass are deeper. The recent cool weather should be
bringing them up shallow for longer in the morning and
evening.

Railroad Lake

Channel Catfish – Excellent: Fishing along the old creek channel
with liver or stink baits should get some nice eating size catfish.
Bluegill – Good: Fish the north side around the stumps and logs, in
the tree falls or by the recycling containers to catch some
bluegills. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the flooded timber and
along the riprap late in the day or early in the morning.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

The river is getting low enough that canoes and kayaks are pretty
much the only boat traffic. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers who
know where the deeper water is are still catching some nice
catfish.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The river continues to drop. Most boats are going to have problems.
Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has been good. Try a few freshly
caught grass frogs as bait. Anglers are also catching them on stink
baits.

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

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Try using small jigs tipped with a chunk of
nightcrawler along the shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Good: Rubber
worms and spinner baits have been the baits of choice. 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 is now
complete. New fish habitat has been built along with some new
jetties. The lake is now full.

Albia (lower)

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

Largemouth Bass – Slow: Try rubber worms or crankbaits 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: Use top water baits fished
in the early morning or late evening hours. Fish areas with
rip-rapped shorelines with a spinner bait or a jig n’ pig
combo.

Rathbun Reservoir

The lake level is at 904.87 feet with 904.0 feet being normal pool.
Water temperature has been in the upper 70s. Outlet Park was closed
on August 22 for a river stabilization project and it 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 with 5 days in the 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 by trolling small chrome colored
crankbaits. Try areas with variations in depths like underwater
islands and submerged points. Walleye – Fair: 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

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are being caught on the upper
end drifting cut bait. Cut creek chubs seem to be working best.
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 – Good: Quality bluegill continue be caught by drifting or
trolling small panfish crankbaits or by still fishing crawlers over
the pallet piles.

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 5 pounds plus cats. White Bass – Good: 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.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Boat navigation is becoming challenging,
but good numbers of channel cats are being caught on stink
baits.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel cats are being caught on stink
baits and cut creek chubs or gizzard shad. White Bass – Fair: The
white bass bite is fair below the Red Rock spillway casting jigs or
drifting minnows under a bobber.

The white bass bite continues to be fairly good on the large
reservoirs. Catfishing is excellent in the reservoirs and most
lakes using cut bait and good on the rivers using stink baits.
Rivers are getting low and more difficult to navigate in a boat.
Bluegill and crappie are being caught by drifting or fishing over
pallet and brush piles. Do not fish too deep as 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 two pounds. Bluegill – Slow: 7
to 8-inch bluegills 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 is around
80 degrees. 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 six feet of water using cut bait. Fish average 2.5
pounds.

Lake Anita

Lake Anita has two concrete ramps. Water temperatures are around 80
degrees. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to nine 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 nine 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 eight inches.
Largemouth Bass – Slow: Largemouth are being caught using Powerbait
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 six 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 are cooling down on area lakes and interior
rivers are again at fishable levels. Panfish are around deep
structure and along vegetation edges. Catfishing has been good
early morning and late afternoon. For more information on fishing
in southwest Iowa, call the district office in Lewis at
712-769-2587.

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