Iowa Statewide Fishing Report for Sept. 8

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. Fishing
has been slow.

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. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers
are having some success with catfish. Turkey liver, Sonny’s stink
and blood bait.

Brushy Creek Lake

Fishing is fairly slow. Bluegill – Fair: Some limits of bluegill
are being caught in 14 feet of water around the submerged trees.
Crappie – Fair: Try using minnows around the submerged trees.
Walleye – Fair: Some walleye are being caught in 15 to 20 feet of
water during midday. Anglers last weekend reported catching
walleyes on spinners in 6 to 8 feet of water.

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 should start to pick up as water cools. Channel
Catfish – Fair: Catfish anglers are catching a few fish on the
usual baits. White Bass – Fair: Anglers have been catching a few
white bass while casting twisters. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have
reported catching a few walleye while casting twisters.

North Twin Lake

Anglers are still catching a lot of yellow bass. Channel Catfish –
Fair: Anglers are catching a few channel catfish using the usual
baits. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers are doing well for medium sized
yellow bass.

Swan Lake

Fishing has improved. Some boat anglers have been catching crappie.
Anglers are also catching some bluegill and medium sized crappie
around fishing house and jetties. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around
fishing house and jetties. Crappie – Fair: Fish around fishing
house and jetties.

Black Hawk Lake

Anglers are allowed three walleye per day and all fish must be at
least 15 inches. Fishing remains the same. Channel Catfish – Fair:
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.

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 still closed. It will likely remain closed until it
loses connectivity to the Missouri River.

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 bluegills and crappies.
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 has picked up. Catfishing is excellent throughout the
unchannelized portion of the Little Sioux. Try fishing the outside
bends in the deep holes to catch catfish. 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 have been catching a few catfish; use stink bait or big
yellow grasshoppers.

It looks like the weather will be great this weekend and that, in
general, the fishing is starting to pick up again as the water
cools. 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

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.

Clear Lake

Anglers are having good success catching yellow bass in the main
lake on cut bait and crawlers. Fishing north of the island and
around Dodge’s Point in 6 to 13 feet of water have been good spots,
just be willing to move around to find the active schools.

White bass and walleye are also being caught near shore in 4 to 8
feet of water off the docks or boating around the weed lines near
bulrushes and cattails using jigs with crawlers from shore or small
crankbaits from a boat.

Lake Cornelia

Anglers have reported catching walleye in the evenings from shore
using jigs with plastic twisters or crawlers.

Crystal Lake

Panfish and largemouth bass have been active with anglers using
jigs with plastic baits. Walleye 15 to 18 inches and northern pike
about 25 to 30 inches have also been caught on jigs with twisters
or live bait. Sizes of fish in Crystal Lake are looking great after
only three years since renovation.

Rice Lake

As fall approaches typically the yellow perch move in towards shore
and anglers can enjoy some decent catches of perch with a few
walleye or crappie mixed in. Use jigs with small minnows or a piece
of crawler.

Bluebill Lake

Anglers have been catching yellow perch from shore using crawlers
on a hook or jig. Channel catfish have also been biting on stink
baits fished from shore.

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.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Many bluegills have been reported in the last
week. Try fishing with a small piece of night crawler under a
bobber along weed lines and trees.

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. White Bass
– Good: Bass fisherman have reported good catches of white bass.
Bluegill – Good: Try fishing the edge of weed lines, the north
grade, and Buffalo Run fish barrier for the best action. Largemouth
Bass – Good: Many largemouth bass have been reported while casting
spinner baits along the weed lines and along the north grade road.
Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are reporting a limited number of
yellow perch being caught. Action will improve in the coming weeks.
Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down, with no limits
reported.

East Okoboji Lake

There has been little fishing pressure in the past week, especially
at the spillway. Channel Catfish – Good: Try fishing along the
spillway or along tree falls with cut bait or other 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 – Fair: 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 – Good: Some yellow perch are
being picked up while fishing for bluegills.

Lost Island Lake

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.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Anglers are reporting good numbers of channel catfish, and also
some walleyes while fishing in deeper pools.

Area lakes have received little fishing pressure in the past month;
however bluegill fishing is becoming good to excellent in many
lakes. Catfish and some walleye have been biting well on area
rivers. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the
Spirit Lake fish hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

Road construction will be occurring on the road to the lake and new
campground through the middle of September baring any delays. The
lake and campground will be inaccessible during construction.

Lake Hendricks

Anglers have been fishing from shore and boats. Bluegill – Good:
Try using a worm under a bobber near some structure such as a stump
or log. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try slow trolling to get those fish
just under the surface.

Lake Meyer

Channel Catfish – Slow: Bluegill – Fair: Small ones are
aggressively biting little jigs. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers
are using artificial lures with success. Crappie – Slow: Crappies
are scattered along the dam and are biting on tube jigs tipped with
a crawler.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

The Upper Iowa River is looking good after the weekend rain.
Smallmouth Bass – Good: Bass are hitting crawfish type lures and
spinners. Walleye – Good:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

The Upper Iowa is very fishable but slightly off color. Anglers are
reporting good catches of pike and smallies. Northern Pike – Good:
Pike are being caught on spoons and twister tails. Channel Catfish
– Good: Catfish are biting on worms or jigs tipped with a twister
tail. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting
crankbaits and dark colored twister tails. Walleye – Fair: Walleye
are hitting on crankbaits.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

River levels went up a bit with weekend rain and water is dirty,
but clearing. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers have had best luck
with a worm floating along the bottom. Walleye – Good: Anglers have
had good luck using worms.

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
spin fishers, try using dark colored jigs. For stocking
information, visit www.iowadnr.gov or call 563-927-5736.

The rain we had over the past weekend turned several rivers off
color and only raised water levels a little. With this cooler
weather, fish are becoming more active. 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 and bluegill are both biting well fishing from the
shoreline. Bluegill – Good: A piece of worm or wax worm on a small
hook fished two feet under a small bobber has been good from shore.
Largemouth Bass – Good: Crawler under a bobber has been great for
kids wanting to catch a fish. Crankbaits and plastics have been
working well from the shore.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

Reports are that smallmouth bass and channel catfish have been
biting well. Channel Catfish – Good: Cut baits and stink baits have
been the choice for most anglers. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Top water
baits and spinner baits have been producing smallmouth bass
especially during the early morning and late evening hours.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsi is currently dropping and should produce some good
angling opportunities by the weekend. Smallmouth Bass – Good:
Concentrate near the riffle areas casting crankbaits. Walleye –
Fair: Fish downstream of woody structure along the current breaks
and back eddy areas.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)

The Maquoketa River bumped up slightly in Delaware County from the
Sept. 3 rain, but should be good for the upcoming weekend. Fish for
smallmouth bass and walleye above Delhi. Smallmouth Bass – Fair:
Crankbaits have been working the best. Walleye – Good: Crankbaits
seem to be more productive than a jig and crawler with the recent
cooler temperatures.

The Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers are currently falling and
should be in good shape by the upcoming weekend with the dry,
extended forecast. Smallmouth bass have been biting well on most of
the interior rivers along with channel catfish and walleye. 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

Water levels at Lansing are 8.0 feet and expected to through next
week. DeSota Bay and Minnesota Slough both seem to be key areas to
catch fish. Northern Pike – Good: Many pike, with some being very
large, are being reported. Fish along the weed lines using large
spinners or spoons. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Catfish are being
caught in current area and near brush piles using chicken liver and
stink bait. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills seem to be everywhere
right now. Some report catching them on the wing dams, some are in
the openings to backwater areas. Small jigs and plain old bobber
fishing are being used extensively. Largemouth Bass – Excellent:
Lots of 10 to 12-inch fish being caught. Most people using small
spinners or jigs. Yellow Perch – Good: Perch are being caught by
bluegill anglers, mostly as an incidental but in some cases anglers
are catching a mess of perch. Walleye – Good: Fish reported being
taken off the wing dams and at the openings to major sloughs. Many
people using three-way rigs and small piece of crawler. Freshwater
Drum – Excellent: Drum are being caught in large numbers in current
areas by anglers using a sliding egg sinker and night
crawlers.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Water level at Lynxville is at 14.4 feet and expected to drop
through next week. Northern Pike – Good: Some pike are being caught
by mostly largemouth anglers along weedy shorelines. Channel
Catfish – Excellent: Catfish are being caught in current area and
near brush piles using chicken liver and stink bait. Bluegill –
Excellent: Bluegills seem to be everywhere right now. Some report
catching them on the wing dams, some are in the openings to
backwater areas. Small jigs and plain old bobber fishing are being
used extensively. The tail waters and the Sny Magill areas both
report good gill catches. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallies are
biting along rock areas with current. Crank baits and spinners are
working well. Fish tend to be on the small side but fun on ultra
light rods. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Numerous small largemouth
bass are being reported in the tail waters, and throughout Harpers
Slough. Walleye – Good: Some 14-inch walleye are being taken off
the wing dams now that water levels have stabilized. Freshwater
Drum – Excellent: Drum are being caught in large numbers in current
areas by anglers using a sliding egg sinker and night
crawlers.

Mississippi River Pool 11

Water level at Guttenberg is 6.1 feet and expected to drop this
coming week. Water is clear with some floating vegetation starting
to slightly hamper fishing. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Catfish
are being caught in current area and near brush piles using chicken
liver and stink bait. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegill and an
occasional yellow perch are being caught in all habitats right now.
Many of the larger bluegills appear to be on the wing dams,
especially on the inside edge. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Some
smallmouth bass are being taken off wing dams and rocky shorelines,
mostly on small crankbaits. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Small bass
are plentiful in the tail water and in the backwater sloughs such
as Cassville Slough. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes were being taken
off the wing dams on three-way rigs but the bite seems to have
slowed down. Walleye fishing is expected to be very good if stable
water levels continue. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Drum are being
caught in large numbers in current areas by anglers using a sliding
egg sinker and night crawlers. Put drum on ice after you catch them
and they are very good eating.

River levels on the Upper Mississippi have been dropping. Water
temperature is in the lower 70s. Floating vegetation can be a
problem so please take the time to clean boats of any aquatic
vegetation as much vegetation is present at the boat ramps. Do not
bring water milfoil and other invasive plant species back to your
favorite fishing waters. Good fishing is being found nearly
everywhere.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 6.24 feet. Channel Catfish –
Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits, shad guts,
and shrimp fished around snag piles along the main channel or in
side channels. Channel catfish are also being caught anchoring
above wing dams, at the mouth of the Rock River, and along Sunset
Marina. White Bass – Slow: White bass fishing has been slow in
Sylvan Slough. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow in
Sunset Marina and in the Andalusia Island complex. Many of the
backwater areas in the Andalusia Island have been difficult to
access. Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow in Sunset
Marina and in the Andalusia Island complex. Many of the backwater
areas in the Andalusia Islands have been difficult to access with
the lower water conditions. Sauger – Fair: Some saugers are being
caught trolling or casting crankbaits on the wing dams. Walleye –
Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on the wing dams on jigs and
plastics or on three-way rigs with half a crawler. Some walleyes
are also being picked up trolling or casting crankbaits on the wing
dams.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 4.91 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 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 5.73 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 2.88 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 – Good: 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 week. Main channel water temperature is around
72 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 Macbride

Channel Catfish – Fair: Dip baits and crawlers have been producing
some fish in the evenings. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish shallow
structure early and late in the day for best results.

Diamond Lake

The lake is about two feet low and the water is green with algae.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Bluegill – Fair:

Otter Creek Lake

The fish cleaning station is no longer available due to storm
damage. Channel Catfish – Fair: Evenings have been best. Bluegill –
Fair: Most fish have been on the small side. Yellow Bass –
Good:

Coralville Reservoir

The water level on August 31 was 684.5 feet. The level is slowly
rising due to reduction of outflow to allow for construction below
the dam. Channel Catfish – Fair:

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Channel Catfish – Good: Areas in Johnson County have been producing
catfish on dip baits. Live bait has been producing well in deeper
holes in Tama County. Water levels are low and boat access is
limited. Flathead Catfish – Good: Live bait has also been producing
flatheads in Tama County.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

Outflow from the dam is 160 cubic feet per second as of September
8. Flows will continue to be at this rate until September 16, due
to maintenance work being done on the stilling basin. Channel
Catfish – Fair: Dip bait has been producing some fish.

Maquoketa (Hopkinton to Canton)

Reports are from the North Fork of the Maquoketa from Cascade to
Dyersville. Channel Catfish – Good:

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

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been using small jigs tipped with a
chunk of nightcrawler. Target areas with submerged habitat or along
the shoreline. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use rubber worms or spinner
baits. Top water lures can also be productive in the early mornings
and the late evenings.

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)

Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been catching some keeper bluegills
using small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Try depths
ranging from 4 to 8 feet. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try spinner baits
along the shorelines. Use rubber worms fished along the dam and the
areas of the lake with rock.

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: A small jig with a chunk of nightcrawler has been
the most productive. Try areas with submerged habitat and along the
shoreline in 4 to 8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Top
water baits can be productive this time of year. As the day warms
up try spinner baits or crankbaits fished along the
shorelines.

Rathbun Reservoir

The lake level is at 904.45 feet with 904.0 feet normal pool. Water
temperature has been in the upper 70s. Outlet Park was closed on
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
water above 104 degrees, or let them dry for at least 10 days with
5 days in the sun. Crappie – Slow: Crappies are still being caught
off docks and close to shore using jig and minnow combos. 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: Nightcrawlers fished along drop-offs and
underwater islands has been producing a few fish. Some walleyes are
being caught in less than four feet of water so try different
depths. Don’t forget about trolling crankbaits for suspended fish.
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

Roberts Creek Lake

Crappie – Fair: Trolling small shad colored crankbaits is working
well for picking up suspended crappie.

Big Creek Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Good catches of channel cats are being
caught on the upper end of the lake drifting cut bait. Cut creek
chubs seem to be working best. White Bass – Good: White bass are
the most aggressive bite in Big Creek. Troll shallow diving
crankbaits on the upper half of the lake on the windblown side.
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.

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill – Good: Bluegill can be easily caught fishing live bait
over pallet and brush piles in eight feet of water or less,
especially those between the island and beach and out from the
plover bay shelter.

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 or dead shad
north of the mile long bridge is producing some excellent
catfishing. Expect some healthy five pounds plus cats. White Bass –
Good: The white bass bite continues to be fairly 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 challenging, but good
numbers of channel cats are being caught on cut chubs, suckers,
shad and stink baits.

The white bass action is still fair on the large reservoirs.
Catfishing is excellent in the reservoirs and most lakes using cut
bait. Rivers are low and difficult to navigate in a boat, but the
catfishing is good using cut bait and stink baits. Bluegill and
crappie are being caught by drifting or fishing over pallet and
brush piles. 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 – Fair: 7
to 8-inch bluegills can be caught drifting small jigs. Largemouth
Bass – Good: 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 75 degrees.
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 – Fair:
Crappies are being caught vertical jigging around brush piles. Fish
average nine 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 75
degrees. Channel Catfish – Good: 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 75
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 – Fair: Bluegills up to nine inches are being caught
drifting and around brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth
bass are being caught along weed edges and the road beds. 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 – Slow: 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
78 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.

Middle Raccoon River (above Van Meter)

The Middle Raccoon River below Lenon Mills dam is at a fishable
level using small boats and canoes. Smallmouth Bass – Fair:
Smallmouth bass can be caught in pools above riffles and around
rock casting twister tails.

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 and fishing is picking up. Panfish
are being caught drifting and along vegetation edges. Catfishing
has been good on interior rivers. For more information on fishing
call the southwest district office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.

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