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Fishin report for Lake Iwanttobethere..

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Ifalls, you post interested me. Is there any lake front property available on Lake Ionlywishikneitsname? As you may have guessed I'm in the market for a Lake home or year round home on a lake.

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A nice sunny afternoon here at Lake Iwanttobethere the little bit of skim ice has long since melted under the noon day sun. Jess the paperboy didn't have much of a problem running through it this morning. Foot you bring up a few interesting questions to say the least. I'm not going to comment on your wearing of women's clothes for a disguise here. Although I think you might be going a tad to far. As for Willie Wrenchead we often thought he was a little touched but we don't rush to make judgements here as it usually takes at least 6 voting town members to make a judgement on anything. As for Willie we often thought that he leaned a little bit towards the guys so perhaps he might have seen though your disguise or perhaps you both buy from the same store? at least this one time...and by the way Wolfgang Puck is not a hockey player, he is how ever one of the better trappers in the area so perhaps that might give you a clue to the dinner you had....Ionlywishiknewitsname lake is located in a chain of lakes south of us here at Lake Iwanttobethere there is some confusion between the two as several towns that the buses go to share the same area code. You can get there on a charter or and end of the line bus. The best way is to just tie your trailer to the bus and follow it down the road, Earl who drives the Charter bus is real good at breaking the rope when he swerves pass the landing. A Fed eh... with them afternoon telephone calls some people were hoping that you might have been a banker. We can always use another banker in town. Perhaps we could get one them ATM things. We hear you can put plastic in them and they give you money back, kind of neat. We do have one of those ones that you put coin in and you get paper money back then you can go to the Pepsi machine outside of Floyd's and get a soda. You give Floyd the bottle and he gives ya a nickle then after 20 bottles you can go back to that coin machine and get a dollar back again. Golly I almost forgot it's Thursday and it's UPS day I think I have something coming in today.. Have a fine one

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Foot Just got back from the Sundown Cafe and dinner where it was decide to cancel the Town Hall meeting and Dr. Burriem surprise birthday party with the approval of Dr. Burriem. We had 6 voting town hall people at dinner tonight and it was decide that the money from the MPLS dock dunking fine would be well spent on buying a new old replacement tire for the trailer that the Town Hall rests on. Since we did have some surface ice this morning it was thought the money would be better spent that way. I don't think that I mentioned that all of the winter town hall meetings are held on the ice. The town hall is also a 121 hole ice house. Used to 122 but when the lawyers kid fell through back a few years ago we had to seal that hole off or face a fine. It is not wasted space as we now have a place for the pull tabs ran by the fine people at Bet'em Casino. Just as soon as the ice is thick enough and the tire mounted we will have her out on the water and will announce the next Town Hall meeting. Reed said he was waiting on your check and as soon as it clears down at the Bet'em Casino he will move forward for you. Seems like Molly was to run point for you or run something for you. Looks like a few other interested cabins owners and or visitors are starting to speak that is good as we welcome everyone here at Lake Iwanttobethere. I did catch the UPS guy in time an receive my pack of Cigars of the month club from up there in Duluth. They have some boys up at the base that fly in some mighty fine cigars from time to time and it does not cost to much to join. I have a rare blend of paper, wheat and rye with a maple leaf wrap glowing at my side right now. I can't quite place my finger on the odor but it does remind me a lot of deer season. No winner on the lightning hitting the MPLS cabin yet and it is dark up there. Course they seem to only be here on the weekends and holidays. Well tomorrow is a work day for me as I am the Lake Iwanttobethere building inspector. It's a part time job but when you add all the jobs up I pretty much end up working part time. Tomorrow I have to check out the fire engine red cabin. Have nice day..

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Bobby - what a pleasure to read about the happenings of Lake Iwanttobethere. I had long since forgotten my cherished memories of that place. I spent a summer there with Old Lady Snaggletooth (OLS) and her son, Bucky. I was in hog heaven that summer, just wish the fishing would've been a bit better. Seems like we could only find crappies in that 3-5lb range - we never did score a 6 pounder like we'd been hearing about at Amazing Elmer's Taxidermy/Veterinary Service/Fine Dining establishment. The highlight of the summer was when Billy Digitless lost his middle, ring, and pinky fingers to a 173lb tarpon in Yellow Moose Bay while fishing with Bucky and me. We were late for getting back to the cabin for bologna sandwiches and goat cheese, so I was revvin' up the old Chris Craft 10hp Commander while Billy unhooked that little thing. Dang thing shook it's head while he was unhookin' his Shister, and it took a few fingers with it. Anyhoo, I slammed the CC in drive and accidentally clunked the tarpon in the head, so we pulled it in the boat and ate it for supper that night. Despite all the blood, Billy was pretty happy cuz now his right hand finally matched his left again after that possum incident on his Kindergarten field trip. He said he still had all the fingers he needed - one for picking and one for hitchhiking.

Foot - truth be told, you’re not the only one to build up a Jitney. I saw one quite similar to what you described, except it was built on a '62 IH grain truck frame and cab, had a converted grain box, and a '73 Pinto motor. That was the only other 11 man/3 boy truck I've ever seen. Yes sir, it was the official tour-guide vehicle at Neverland Ranch! Come to think of it, it may have been a 3 man/11 boy vehicle. Hmmm.

One last thing, Bobby - don't believe all those stories about Old Lady Snaggletooth and the human sacrifices/cannibalism. She stopped doing that years ago about the same time Old Man Snaggletooth won the Canadian Nobel Prize for Accordianship and signed up for the Peace Corps in Swinzania. Nobody's heard from him since he left, but if you look deep into Old Lady Snaggletooth's eyes and they stay uncrossed long enough, you can still see how much she "loved" him.

Good fishing. I hear you're expecting a storm soon, eh?

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Nice to hear from you Blaze we always welcome comments about the history of Lake I wanttobethere. Old Lady Snaggletooth past away several years ago her son Bucky is still around. He has a place up off the interstate but still brings his mini doughnut trailer down to the ice every winter, He always tries to get close to the Town meeting trailer. Amazing Elmer has retired and no longer calls Lake Iwanttobethre home. He has moved down to that southern chain of lakes dammitstohot and wheredidallthewatergo but he does send me a Christmas card from time to time. Now you might have brought some attention with the mention of the crappies, you must have been here the summer when fishing was kind of poor. Usually just the pictures of our crappies go 4#'s and as for Tarpon we do have a few here but we try to keep that a local secret as we like to have a spring tourney for them. A nice day here today little cloudy but I had to work. Was down at the little Fire engine red cabin this afternoon, seem the boys had done a little painting with out the proper permit. That and they had color matched instead of using the original red. You know that it faded some so I had to give them a work order to bring the red up to the proper brilliance. They did get the one wall done and the MPLS people called to report a fire. Guess it is about right now. Calmed the MPLS people told them the cabin was fine. Several of us are going to go to Duluth this evening for the City of Duluth Parade we will be the very last float about a mile behind the closing fire engines. We like to keep a low profile you know. Well I have to get into my beaver coat it gets a might nasty riding on the float you have a good one.

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A warm but overcast day here at Lake Iwantotbethere I am sitting at my desk sipping some nice tea with a little something in it that we picked up in Superior WI. last night after the parade. I am also keeping an eye on my bobber floating off the end of the dock. Some of you may question still having a dock out but I like many others here on Lake Iwanttobethre use the hanging dock. I have two rather large white pines on the shoreline and we just hang cables from them to support the dock, this way we can keep it out all year long. Going to be an exciting week here this week as Thanksgiving is just a few days away and we already have had a hint of ice. I was busy this morning tuning up my snow blower for the snow blower races. When we get more then 4" of snow the main street is cleared of trucks and boats and trailers and we have our race. We line up next to each other and race down main street. Kind of our version of NASCAR lots of bumping some sound of tearing metal, I hear it is tuff to see as last year in the open division we had 40+ snow blowers, kind of creates white out conditions when everyone does not have their chutes pointed in the same direction. But after you find the finish line and get the snow off a good time is had by all. Thanksgiving also is the start of the lightning contest and there will be more on that. Whoaaaa look like my bobber went under I'll have to get back to ya. Have a good one

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Bobby, sorry I didn't answer you the past couple of days. I was on another scouting mission to Lake Iwanttobethere, this time masquerading as a just a simple tourist. I had to let my beard grow out and then fill in some of the bare spots with horse hair. Reminds me I'll never be able to get close to Crapper again. I call him crapper cause each time he see me or one of the kids he runs a shot distance and then takes a huge dump. Wonder what that means.

Anyways, I am happy to report I've put ernest money down on the old Jenkins cabin. It is just perfect for what I was looking for. It's semi-remote, has a nice 18' sand beach, indoor plumbing and running water. Reed tried his darnest to get me to but a couple of others but I wouldn't hear of it. He kept muttering something about it being haunted but I thnk that was just part of his sales pitch.

I stayed at the Dew Drop Inn and was pleasantly surprised that they had room service. The Spam was a little undercooked and I not much of a fan of white bread but other then that and the chips being stale it wasn't bad. Maw, I believe she owns the Dew Drop ?, sure does make a great cup of coffee. My own mother use to brew a pot about 9pm, drin a cup or 2, then turn it off and go to sleep. Next morning she woud drop in a few more grounds and water and perk the whole thing over again. Maw's coffee sure did taste a lot like my mothers and after I drank 2 cups I didn't have to worry about that constapation thing any more.

Reed is going to check with the owners of the Jenkins cabin to see if I can purchase the funrishing. I was complete right down tot he linen on the beds and the dishes in the kitchen. Sure would be nice if I could. The family and I might be able to spend Christmas up there this year.

Do you remember seeing their pontoon boat was running and if so when was the last time? I haven't made an offer on it as yet but it looks like it might be in fairly good shape. Other then that one hole in the left pontoon itself, that is.

I ate a couple of meals at the Sundown Cafe, nice people those. Hammerin Hank came in one morning and saw me talkin to the widow. After that I had the strangest feeling that I was being followed the entire time I was there.

Well, gotta go for now and let me say it will sure be a pleasure to meet all of you and join your community.

Say I was just thinking, being from SE MN I can get a whole hog from one of my friends for just letting them use the cabin. Sometime after closing I'll bring one up and have a hog roast to meet and greet everyone. I understand most of you on the Lake, as I can now call it, like Old Chief Wahoo Pine beer. I'll bring a couple of cases of that along to wash down all that pork.

Take care.

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Foot we sure could have used that pig last night for a pig roast as we had our Monday night Vikings/Packers tailgate party down at the landing. Half of the town showed up and we set up the big screen 25" TV and the Honda generator. Has been an annual event here ever since one of the guys went to a tail gate party in the Big Cites a few decades ago. Lot of good time was had by all and having the Vikes win made it all the sweater er sweeter still feeling it a little this afternoon as I was one of the judges in the home made brew contest that we also had. Yup at half time it was all the cheese you could eat and every time the Packers score it was yogurt for everyone!!! Jenkins place eh.. there are a few stories going around the ice houses about that place but now might not be the time to bring any of them up. It is coming with the pontoon eh. I thought they patched that hole up after they caught all the blood off but then again that is another story.. You are just a little far wase from my cabin.. I would say about 10 Tiger woods drives a Daily slice and then maybe two long Jack putts would put you right at the edge of my beach. Looking forward to watching you move in. Of course I will have to do an inspection of your property but that mean I get to work another day still this fall. Well Thanksgiving day here in just a few with the tailgate party that kind of became the lakes big get together Dr. Burriem was given a new surprise silver flask for his birthday, he had worn the cap off the other one. Willie Wrenchead was going around telling anyone that would listen that he had found the love of his life. Widow Hess and Hammering Hank were seen holding hands all night, we found out this morning that they super glued themselves together some how. Days have been in the 30's and even a few boats were out fishing. Here at Lake Iwanttobethre it looks like we are settling down to a nice cozy winter. Later today we will have our fuel assistance give out to the locals that stay over. 1 roll duck tape ( with feathers ) 3 gals kero 1 roll of shrink wrap with double face ( on one side ) tape and a coupon for even more cheesseeeee...Well mid afternoon here and I need to start the mower and drive into town. No sense in letting that gas winter over. I will look up Reed and pick his brain and see what is happening. More then likely will swing by the landing and make sure it got cleaned up.. Have a good day and welcome to Lake Iwantobethere..

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Bobby, just a quick note. I didn't see any wood for the fireplace stack around the Jenkins cabin anywhere. Can you give me a name of someone who would be willing to put up a couple of cord for me for this winter?

I've got one of them 36" 7.5 hp Timberbuck specials so I should be able to cut all my own wood for next winter but this year might be a little cold. It's also got the New Mexico chain which I understand is much better then them Oregon Chains. As the salesman said "you ever see many trees in New Mexico, huh well look at all those trees in Oregon" "If those Oregon chains are so darn good why are there so many trees in Oregon". Made sence to me.

Also, can you include Dusty McMurtry's phone number? I understand he is your local chimney sweep and I figured it would be a good idea to have the chimney cleaned before I get a good rip roarin fire going.

I like the idea of the floating docks but I didn't see any trees big enough to hold a dock. I wonder if I could use a couple of old telephone poles.

Well gotta go, talk to you later.

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Foot your man to see is.... Hammering Hank he also does some wood cutting. Reminds me of a story about Hammering Hank. He was down at the local Stihl dealer and he was looking for one of them new chainsaws he heard so much about. So he got him self sold on one of them 0-0 29 saws that the wood guy says will cut 10 cord a weekend. Well Hank took her home and came back on Monday and tossed it on the floor. " I only could cut 3 cord and I worked all weekend with it" he said. Well the salesman took him out back and pulled on the starting cord and the saw started right up.. Hammering Hank yelled out in surprise "What's that noise"

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Bobby, well I had the guys over last night for some poker and a few barley pops. We all had today off so last night was an addition to our weekly game.

Anyway, about half way through our session I broke the news that I was buying a cabin. For about 3 seconds you could have heard a pin drop and then all h--- broke loose. Everyone started to talk at once. Where, when, what's it like, how many does it sleep, any women close by, how many bars, huntin or fishin or both, who gets to go up first, wives aren't invited are they, what type of fish etc etc etc. I'm sure you can imagine.

Tony three toes (Tony likes to hunt deer with the safety off so he can get a quicker shot) wanted to know what I was going to call the cabin. Danny said I should call it The Up North Shak. He doesn't have much of an imagination. Spooner (likes to shoot Spoonbills) came up with Foot's Folly. Seems like everything he names always has folly in it, including his daughter, Francine Folly Fordham. He and his wife conceived Frannie in the back seat of their 67 Chevy while he was dating 5 other girls. All of the sudden Junie (Spooner's wife) became his one and only. Especially since Junie Dad showed Spooner his Model 12.

There were a couple of other names that came up but they were just as rediculous. Then Dave hit upon it. The Office. It's simple and sure has a certain ring to it. Ya know like when someone asks "What ya doin this weekend" you reply "Ah I gotta go to the office, work is never done".

Barry (AC) he's a tim bender for an air conditioner firm took one look at the pics I had and said we are going to have to put on an addition. There just isn't enough room for all of us to have seperate beds and he ain't sleepin in the same bed with none of us. It was decided the addition will be a bunk room with space for 6. That way I still have my own bedroom and I might be able to auction off the use of the other bedroom each weekend they come up. Just kiddin, it'll go to the person who buys the most beer.

I know it might sound like the guys are over stepping their bounds but you need to remember we've known each other since grade school. As a group we've hunted and fished more water and woods then most people.

Well I've told you a little about the guys or at least 4 of them so I'd better fill you in on the other 3.

Mike (Sparks) works for the telephone company. He got into the telephone business while he was in the military. They Army made him a "Pole Jockey". That's a person who climbs the poles to fix or string/connect the telephone wire. When Mike went to Vietnam he found out the average life expentancy of a pole jockey was about 45 seconds he learned real fast how to get up the pole, fix the problem and get back down. He would climb like a startled monkey, do what he had to do and then kick his spikes out a free fall back to earth. Problem was he was always getting a massive amount of wooden slivers on the inside of his thighs. Now when ever his thighs get to close together it sets off sparks and/or a fire from the friction. A little fact not lost on his wife Char, as in charcoal. Trouble was Mike never was in Vietnam. Nearest he got to Vietnam was a 6 month tour in Hawaii. I guess with all of those Hawaiian jungles his mind just took over.

Dave (Thumbs) owns his own Tile & Rock business. No great explaination needed to see why he's called thumbs. He has the largest, flatest and uglyist thumbs in the business.

Now this leaves us to Jerry. Jerry is a different kinda of a cuss. He'll sit for hours and never say a word and then will all of sudden break into song. He prefers songs from the 5o's even though he's only 47 years old. He'll also sit in the front of a boat huddled in a wold's hood parka in 60 degree weather just because it's opening weekend. One year he was hunched over in Spark's boat as it trolled past. The fishing pole Jerry held onto was banging off the front of the boat and making a heck of a racket. I yelled to Spark's that Jerry might have a bite. Sure enough after Sparks woke Jerry a heck of a fight was under way. The fish was taking Jerry from one side of the boat to the other and back again. Never did Jerry move, he just stayed hunched over. After about 35 minutes the line broke. Jerry looked up at Sparks, who was now standing over Jerry's back holding a net and said "Gee I think I lost him". Well let me tell you Sparks really set things to cookin then. We had gotten a glimpse at the fish and it was a Walleye and not just any Walleye but one for the record books. Sparks was soo upset he threw down the net breaking it on the boat and having it flop into the water, sinking to the bottom. We always put $5.00 per man on the largest Walleye and Sparks was probably thinking this was going to be the year Jerry could pay him for some of the boat gas. Anyway, Jerry just tied on another hook, slipped on a minnow and went back to fishing. We never have been able to come up with a nickname for Jerry, even though we have spent many a sleepless night trying.

Lookin forward to coming back up there, Bye for now.

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Well Foot with all of your friends coming in with you we might be able to change that light in the center of town now. Has been burnt out for, gee I don't remember when it was lite last come to think of it. Just another one of those things that just don't get decided on at the Town Hall meetings. Just so much to do. Well I hope you have a good Thanksgiving we have a sleigh ride here and we ride around passing on good Cheer to all here at Lake Iwanttobethere. The hardware store will be open at 7 instead of 8 on Friday with their annual start of Christmas sale. I think they are offering buy one get one free on nails and bolts. Of course the big deal is with the ladies. I think the day after Thanksgiving is even bigger here then the opening of deer season or even opener. The lights will start clicking on around the lake about 4am or so and you will hear car and truck doors slamming at about 5 as the ladies start heading into the city to be the first at the doors of all them big stores when they have them early morning sales. Pretty quite around here for the day as no women folk around. There is a lot of sitting by the men folk and a few bottles of cheer might be open well before the sun even thinks about setting. I went once to a Walmart and about got beat to death over an empty box that had a sale sign on it. Never again... Well have a good holiday and I hope to get myself invited to one of them poker games you and your buds have, Perhaps we can get some locals involved..

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Bobby, just a real quick note about the street light in the center of town. Go ahead and get it changed and send me/us the bill.

As is the custom every Thanksgiving morning the guys and myself meet down by Silver Lake for a morning walk. Danny always bring a couple of Mason Jars of Arkansas Lightning to keep everyone warm. This started several years ago when the women folk started locking up the beer, wine and spirits due to the Thanksgiving Day Riot of 1973, but that's another story for another time. Sufice it to say Oscar and his wife Naomi are not longer welcome.

Anyway, while on the walk I mentioned the need for a light. Well good old Three Toes came up with the idea that we should cover the cost of a new light thereby endearing ourselves to the local inhabitants.

Opps, kids are arriving and the wife is a yelling for me to get out there so gotta go make the gravy, my specialty.

Have a Happy Thankgiving. smile.gif

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Well it looks like things are going to get quiet around here now, The temp has dropped to single digits and there is a lot of smoke to be seen coming from cabins around the lake. No ice yet but that will be here soon enough. Looks all the readers are now on Ice Fishing string so no one reads about open water and Lake Iwanttobethere I'm going to settle back in my easy chair and wrap myself up in my buffalo robe and lite a good cigar, with any luck it will last me to when the misses comes home from the all day post Thanksgiving shopping spree. Yup I think things will get a tad quiet for awhile. Foot have a good day I have to go see if I can find some spark.

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Bobby, I think you are correct, everyone is on the frozen water post.

Things look like a go for cabin. I've been lucky enough to pick up some spare 2x4's, 1x6's, tar paper, sheet rock and various other items to fix up/add to the cabin. We have a couple of "swap & shop" newspapers that usually have stuff to give away. It's not everything I'll need but it's a good start.

Anyway, you have a good winter and I'll stop over and say Hi next time I'm up there. Maybe even take you out for lunch or a tall frosty cool one.

See ya later.

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Just came back from doing a little Christmas shopping in the big city, Don't take long to go to Walmart and pick up a few things. With a little winter storm if you want to call it that, couple inches of snow over some rain that froze no big deal. Here at Lake Iwanttobethere just another day. 6 inches of ice on the lake and I heard that the crappies are biting at dusk with a few eyes big enough for the supper table. I'll give it about another week or so and then there will be enough ice for the houses to start going up. Weekends here get pretty busy as we have several fishing contest sponsored by local business and a few of our namesakes also have big family get together's. Lake Iwanttobethere can grow to be a very large ice town by Mid January. Our ice house parade is a local favorite along with the beer keg races and of course our "slide for life" contest which that sports network e s pee n has taken an interest in. Say Foot if you read this are you an ice fishermen? with them size 17's of yours we could always use a replacement ice depth tester. The township has a part time opening After Dale Frozen Toe Mitchel went in for the 10th time last year he quit. Let me know and perhaps I can put a good word in for ya.. Well Paper is here, takes a little longer after first ice.

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Just taking a break here I have my ice trailer all set to go for this afternoons ice parade. We have plenty of good ice here at Lake Iwanttobethere and today is the day when the entire town will move out on to the water. Quite a site to see I am told, I have been in the parade for more years then I can remember so I have never really seen the parade go out on to the ice. It is somewhat of a social event and plenty of spirits are consumed. There is a lot of anticipation as the first ice houses are launched on to the ice. After the parade winds it's way thru town we all head up to a knoll that looks out over the lake. Once there you, ( the ice house that is ) are placed in between two giant white oaks. A large bungee cord is placed behind the house. ( the bungee cord is from a summer adventure at the water park that went bad , but that is another story) And with great fanfare the bungee is released sending the ice house down the hill and out across the new ice of Lake Iwanttobethere.. After 10 houses are shot out onto the lake and if no one gets wet the rest of the houses can then make a dash out on to the ice. Now this may seem to be a reckless way of setting up an ice town but it has worked quite well for us over the years. Of course there was the one time when Mcfritz house had a ski come off and when it hit the ice it did a 145 and went down the lake until it hit the shoreline and stuck into the bank. Fishing was not real good there but he was the first one on and the last one off that year! Well I better get back out there almost time to start the bomb-a-deer and drag her down to town. Was hoping to see Foot here, as a new resident at Lake Iwantobethere he would get to be first in line at the bungee...

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Well just got off the lake here, have been out with the ice crew plowing the first streets of Lake Iwanttobethere. Great day for making ice roads, clear and cold and yesterdays town launching went off without a hitch. Should be an interesting winter as we are really spread out across the lake this year. Rengo's were the 5th ones launched off the bungee and went straight and true for almost a half mile. Almost a new record, they credit their run to new Teflon runners on their house and to the fact that they had the furnace running...So most of the locals have their house out on the ice and even as I look from the cabin here I can see Hammering Hank on his Bomb-a-deer towing a sled with firewood. I think he is stocking up Mabel's Sauna and hot house. She got herself a pretty good spot just down from the meeting hall. No sign of Foot at all, at least nothing that anyone could see in the snow. People are beginning to talk about him. Mostly cuz he is news being a new resident here on Lake Iwanttobethere but also because of his reported large feet. Tracks have been seen around cabins in the snow and some have been pretty close to the windows. Now we did have some creature here a while back that the National Geo people were trying to get pictures off but that has pretty much been forgotten till the large foot print start to show up again. Hmmmm makes ya think for a minute. O well times up.. Well just came in to grab the lab top and head back out and see what's biting. Have to be out in the house to get my paper and the afternoon mail now as there is no delivers to the cabin. Every day now more and more business will be popping up so we will try and let you know where everyone is setting up..Have a good one, or two.

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Bobby, I'm back and yes I did make it up there just prior to Thanksgiving. In fact I guess I've already taken over for Frozen Toe.

I went out on the ice (it was really thin) and promptly put my foot right thru. I went in up to the crotch and was lucky to make it back to shore. Got to the cabin and found out the only matches I had were in my pants pocket and were now soaked. I couldn't start a fire to save my soul and with the light fading and the snow picking up I decided to spend the night in the cabin even if it was colder then heck.

Well, that was one fine dumb idea cause the next day as I drove home I went from roasting to shivering cold. You guessed it, Pnemdamonia. I've spent the last seven days in the hospital where the Mayo Clinic Dr's had a field day proding and poking me and putting me on all kinds of drugs.

I got out this past Saturday and got back to work today.

Please inform the other residents the tracks in the snow by the windows couldn't have been from me, I wasn't even in the area.

I will probably be after Christmas before I make it up to the lake now. I can start call ing it "the lake" can't I???

I'm going to lay in a supply of matches just to make sure something like that doesn't happen again.

As far as being first in line for the ice shack parade I have no problem with that except I would be using a portable. And a very nice protable it is as well. It's a Flip Flop Twin by J. Kerry Enterprises. It has a hard plastic bottom with a canvas top that when you are seated it comes up over you. Even though it's called a "twin" it only seats one person at a time but two people can go ice fishing with it - therefore the name.

Well Bobby, I'm feeling a little tired and had better see if I can skip lunch and get a 30 minute nap. Talk to you later.

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Well glad to see you are back. My wife had that a few years ago and really put her down for a few weeks, Heck I had to do cleaning and cook meals and such...Well the town is in pretty good shape, we have main street all plowed and the burn barrels are out. Here on Lake Iwanttobethere we put out burn barrels to serve several purposes, of course to burn things and as a gathering place for people to discuss the current events here at Lake Iwanttobethere. Also they serve as markers for the community fishing holes that we have drilled. When the ice is thick enough we have John Lufer from the power company come in and with his power pole auger he puts in a series of 14" holes. We use the burn barrels to mark them. Also several people can fish out of the same hole as they talk. Some people will just walk down main street with their jig and just dip and talk as they go. Of course you can also pick up them mini doughnuts at the stand and of course on the weekend there are all kinds of vendors who come in and we have lots of contests going. I will have to get a list of the upcoming events so you can see if any interest you. Hope you are feeling better and maybe I can talk the Widow Hess into bring you some of her home made soup. I think I did see a chicken around here somewhere...

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Bobby, yup I'm back and in full swing. I had a check up appointment this morning from my Family Medicine doctor, Dr. Ben D. Ovveur, and he gave me a clean bill of health.

Almost nightly I'm getting calls from the guys about our first official trip to the cabin for ice fishing. Sometimes 1 guy will call other nights most everyone will call. We are discussing such things as what to bring, when to leave, what bait should we take, where we're going to eat, etc etc etc. I told them we need to start buying our food, drink and bait at the local stores around the lake. You know good will and everything.

I am assuming that Gert's Bait and Off Sale would be the place to get out bait and drink. I met Gert the last time I was there. That woman sure has some miles on here. I picked up a 6 pack and pint of brandy and asked if she had worms. When she replied "Yes, she did have worms" I said funny you look pretty healthy to me. Gert didn't take that too kindly. Apparently she's heard it before. By the way it didn't but 30 minutes for my nose to stop bleeding. Man, Gert sure has a powerful slap.

As far as a grocery store, I thought we'd start using Willie Wojahowski's Gas & Grub. I stopped in there for ice to put on my nose and it looked like they were pretty well stocked. Didn't get a chance to meet Willie, there was some little pimply faced high school kid by the name of Beaner. He wasn't much help. He kept reading some magazine, even when I was checking out. Do you have another recommendation for a grocery store?

Well, time to head for home. I'll be waiting for that list of events. Hope they have a leach eating contest, Tony 3 Toe's is un-beaten in that area and he considers himself the world champ.

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Heeheh I see you met Gert, yup she is a keeper for sure but I'll tell ya if ya want something special she is the one to see if you know what I mean wink.gifwink.gif OK well things are pretty crazy around here seems the people from MPLS were down on the ice yesterday with what they call a pop up? Some kind of flimsy ice house that they can drag behind some snow machine that they have. Well must be kind of new here cuz no one has ever seen one before and it was real quiet like hardy any smoke either. Well Jimmy was up at the Dew Drop Inn having a quick burger and a few beers. Jimmy like a lot of people around here gets kind of set in there ways and Jimmy's way is to attach an end of a 1000yd spool of Stren to his house and then go to the Inn that way he can just reel himself back to his house. Well the MPLS folks cut his line and it got caught in there track, well before you know it Jimmy is yanked off his chair and out the door. Down the hill he heads heading for the ice and before anyone could do anything he was gone... A few people were out fishing the main street holes And from out of nowhere this black machine went zipping by with something called a CLAM dragging behind and then a moment later Jimmy on his back yelling for help. Well after a discussion at the town hall which took a few hours as no one had the heat on, It was decide to call in McGroughs bloodhounds and get on Jimmy's track. After several of the towns people were assembled and the dogs fed and watered it was decide to wait for the moon to come up so they would have some good tracking light. Well anyway about that time Hamming Hank came in with a load of wood and Jimmy on his trailer. Seems he was at the MPLS folks dropping off some wood when he found Jimmy neatly tussled up in his fishing line hanging from the bottom of the lift. Gail who we now know is the wife of the MPLS man said they were going to go ice fishing tonight and they had forgotten their auger, when they headed back to their cabin they decided to have some fun jumping a few snow ridges that the plow hand made and they thought they heard screaming but were not sure. Jimmy was a slight blueish looking and was helped to his shack. Of course this will all be explained at the town hall meeting..

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Bobby, not that I'm trying to show you how smart I am but down here in SE MN we've been seeing those flimsy ice shaks for several years now. They call them portable and come by several names Frabill, Clam, Otter, Hideout, Arctic Caboose, Speed Shak, Ice Cruiser, etc. Which reminds me the first time I ever saw one.

There was a group of us that use to fish a backwaters of the Mississippi called Pritchert's for those big black crappie and northern. We came from all over and whent he crappie we're biting it was fantastic.

One of the regulars was a guy called Art. He was there every weekend from ice up to ice out, usually fishing by himself. One weekend in early January myself and a couple of friends were down fishing but Art was not there.

Shortly after our arrival we saw Art standing on shore with a big black sled trailing out behind. We weren't sure what he was doing but it looked like he was hooking up a dog sled. It usually takes a person about 10 minutes to walk out to the fishing spot but it took Art closer to 30 this time.

When he arrived we saw that he hooked his LabSheppardCollie (LCS) cross to a pulling harness as well as his wife's little puff ball yipper dog. The only thing was, LCS was so big that yipper was doing an air walk as her feet couldn't touch the snow and ice.

Quite a crowd was gathering to look at this sled Art had pulled all the way out. Soon Art had holes drilled and was setting up his portable. Not sure how portable it was as Art said fully loaded with all his gear and stuff it weighted about 200 pounds.

Once Art had everything ready Gordy asked him what he was going to do for heat. Not to look forgetfull or stupid Art just said "Why, I'm a gonna start a fire". Back to the shore he trudged to gather some wood for his fire. He couldn't find anything small enough for kindling so he grabbed a couple of tipups from the Wisc boys and broke them up. Man were they po'd when they got back with the beer and blocks of cheese. When he had a fire going good he jumps in, sits down and pulls the cover over.

For the first few hours everything was going really good and he had several nice crappie on the ice. Then it all seemed to happen at once. The 2 dogs had been lying peacefully inside the warm shak and then yipper decides to go in to season and LCS starts gettin fresh. Yipper wants nothing to do with LCS so she jumps over the seat and behind it. Not to be outdone LCS jumps over as well. The only problem being there isn't enough room for even yipper so LCS hits the back canvas and bounces back directly into Art. Art falls forward knocking over his bottle of 105 proof brandy spilling the contents on the open fire. This causes an immediate flame up and smoke starts rolling out of the shak. Now yipper is yippin, LCS is howlin and Art is a cussin. Soon LCS gets his tail burned and tear right through the side wall and yipper follows. Within seconds the shak is up in flames and everyone is running to save Art. Problem is Art is nowhere to be found.

Then one of the Wisc boys looks down the hole created by the open fire and see Art. There he is standing on the bottom, holding his nose and turning blue. Seems once the shak started on fire Art jumped up and with the fire being directly on the ice he smashed through with now problem at all. Several of us reach down and pull Art free of his watery grave and flop his on the ice.

What a site - there's Art standing and stripping naked to get out of his wet clothes, LCS was now having his way with Yipper and the plactic seat of the portable was putting out the most ugly black smoke you ever did see.

Next weekend Art was back and had a new portable, seems his wife had bought the first one for Christmas and he didn't want her to know what happened. He also bought a little white gas heater instead of starting another open fire.

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Well I just got in from the town meeting that was held tonight and we had a pretty good crowd show up. The meeting ran a tad longer then usual being that it was the first meeting on the ice and that it also just happen to be in the middle of a pretty good evening crappie bite. We had 85 holes in the meeting house in use. Well here are the meeting minutes at least some of the more important ones. Safety was a pretty big issue with a number of concerns addressed. It was voted and passed that hockey boards must be in place before any more games may be held on the south end of town. Swen and Leona's boy Lars was playing hockey down there and he got a lone break and has not been seen since...After Jimmy's accident with the MPLS couple he will no longer be allowed to use clear Stren but will have to use the green or blue and must put a colored flag at least every 500 yards so it can be seen. Those who fish in the community main street fishing holes are requested to keep the burn barrels lit when in use. Spitting of hi proof single malt is acceptable but double malt is frowned upon. Hammering Hank has been awarded the contract for wood for all town meetings and will be allowed to post his prices on the town hall meeting board. Lodge meetings will be held bi weekly and town hall meeting monthly. The Lodge will remain open for the winter as there appear to be a large number of people who believe it or not, do not ice fish....Seasonal vendor license were issued for the mini house of doughnuts, Jake's Wandering Minnowete, Lucy's back rubs and Weeine a go-go. Other vendors can get a temporary license by seeing Gus at the Sundown Cafe if there are enough board members eating dinner. There was some discussing about the after Christmas first fishing contest and end of the year games. Once again safety was a consiner over the beer can jump whether we should subsite aluminum cans for the glass bottles we have been using in teh past. Swen Johnson the winner in lst year contest who if you Maye remember cleared 127 bottles but landed on 35 others was there to voice his concern and to show some of his scars. That was tabled as we did not have enough empties on hand tonight to compare. Also it we don't get some snow on the ice it looks like we will have to clear a bigger area for the slide for life contest. As you know this is held on the south end of town where we have two large oak trees anchored in the ice, we then use the bungee cord from open day ice house launching. It is pulled back with we are happy to say the new ice machine that the MPLS people have offered to use this winter. Anyway you sit on the ice with the bungee at your back and are pulled back with the bungee and then released to slid across the ice. It was though that perhaps a trial should be used tomorrow and since this is in the same direction that the Lars kid took we could write it off as a rescue attempt and get some monies from the township. that to was tabled for further discussion. We then broke in to smaller groups for beer sampling as we needed to vote for the taste of the county which will be coming up soon. That was pretty much finished under the table for several. By then we had enough bottles for the bottle against can jumping discussion but nobody carrded.. Meeting adjourned. Ps please excuse my typing I was a juge for some contest that I forgeot to judge er I think..

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      River level is 9.4 feet at Lansing. Water temperature is near 66 degrees. New Albin ramp road is expected to reopen this week. The Lansing Village Creek ramp and parking lot will be closed for construction starting July 5th. For more updates, call the Guttenberg Fisheries Management office at 563-252-1156. Walleye - Fair: Expect walleye to settle in on the closing dams and wing dams as the river falls and stabilizes in the next week or two. Yellow Perch - Fair: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. Sauger - Fair: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wing dams. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they enter the spawning period. Fish deeper holes with a large shiner or sunfish. Channel Catfish - Good: Use a crawler fished on the bottom. Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. To hook into a big one, try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on topwaters and crankbaits in warm shallow bays and marina areas out of the current. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Warm water temperatures and slowly receding flood waters will have smallmouth working the rocky shorelines. Toss inline spinners along rock points. White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for big white bass. Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs or a plain hook tipped with a crappie minnow along the trees in backwater lakes.  Mississippi River Pool 10
      River level at Lynxville has fallen to 19.3 feet with a steady fall to 17 feet expected next week. Gates remain raised at the Lock and Dam. Water temperature is 66 degrees. Walleye- Slow: Expect walleye to settle in on the closing dams and wing dams as the river falls and stabilizes in the next week or two. Yellow Perch - Fair: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. Sauger - Fair: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wing dams. Northern Pike -  Fair: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they enter the spawning period. Fish deeper holes with a large shiner or sunfish. Channel Catfish - Good: Use a crawler fished on the bottom. Bluegill - Good: Panfish bite is picking up this week. Try a small piece of garden worm on small tackle under a bobber. Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. To hook into a big one, try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on topwaters and crankbaits in warm shallow bays and marina areas out of the current. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Warm water temperatures and slowly receding flood waters will have smallmouth working the rocky shorelines. Toss inline spinners along rock points. White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for big white bass. Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs or a plain hook tipped with a crappie minnow along the trees in backwater lakes. Mississippi River Pool 11
      River level at Guttenberg has receded several feet this week at 10.9 feet with predictions to reach 9 feet late next week. The gates remain up at the Lock and Dam. Water temperature is 61 degrees at the dam. Walleye - No Report: Expect walleye to settle in on the closing dams and wing dams as the river falls and stabilizes in the next week or two. Yellow Perch - Fair: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. Sauger - Fair: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wing dams. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they enter the spawning period. Fish deeper holes with a large shiner or sunfish. Channel Catfish - Good: Use a crawler fished on the bottom. Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. Try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on topwaters and crankbaits in warm shallow bays and marina areas out of the current. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Warm water temperatures and slowly receding flood waters will have smallmouth working the rocky shorelines. Toss inline spinners along rock points. White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for big white bass. Black Crappie - Good: Fish small jigs or a plain hook tipped with a crappie minnow along the trees in backwater lakes.  The Upper Mississippi River levels are on a steady decline this week. Warmer water temperatures in the upper 60's have many species of fish active. Use caution at ramps to avoid remaining mud and flood debris. Mississippi River Pool 12
      Water levels are 11.3 feet at the Dubuque Lock and 13.5 feet at the RR Bridge. The flooding is over and the river is dropping fast. The channel water temperature is around 64 degrees. White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are biting on spinners. Common Carp - Fair: Conditions for bowfishing carp in shallow flooded areas look good. Find carp and other rough fish thrashing about on hot sunny days. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Both channel cat and flatheads like flooded water. Fish worms in shallow water near shore along freshly flooded banks. Bluegill - Fair: Reports of some bluegills being caught on worms in near shore flooded areas. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing for smallies along rock current lines is getting to be real productive.  Mississippi River Pool 13
      Water levels at Bellevue are 12.7 feet and are dropping fast. Bellevue is presently out of flood action stage. The Bellevue City ramp is available for use, but the DNR ramp is being cleaned but may have debris on it. The channel water temperature is around 65 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are after large bass in the big flooded expanses of some of Pool 13’s largest backwater complexes such as Spring Lake and Browns Lake. Some bass are being caught out of Middle Sabula Lake and Green Island. Common Carp - Excellent: Conditions for bowfishing carp in shallow flooded areas are perfect. Find carp and other rough fish thrashing about on hot sunny days in Green Island and Middle Sabula Lakes. Please take fish with you; don’t leave them on the bank. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers will start to target channel cats along rock lines soon as they begin to spawn.  Mississippi River Pool 14
      Water levels are cresting 12.6 feet at Fulton, 15 feet at Camanche and 8.9 feet at LeClaire. Levels are dropping fast. The water temperature is around 67 degrees. Some ramps may still have debris on them. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Flooding made access to bass fishing difficult last week, but fishing for bass should really pick up the next few weeks. Common Carp - No Report: Conditions for bowfishing carp in shallow flooded areas look good. Find carp and other rough fish thrashing about on hot sunny days. Channel Catfish - No Report: Fish worms near the shore as catfish feed along newly flooded shorelines. 
    • SOUTHEAST Big Hollow Lake
      Water temperature are up to the mid 70's. Water clarity is good. Largemouth Bass - Good: Males are on the nests. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are coming in to spawn. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies finished up a quick spawn and are headed back out deep. Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
      The Iowa River is dropping at a pretty good rate. Still not many anglers out.   Lake Belva Deer
      Water temperature is in the low 70's. Water is very clear; you can see down to 12 feet. Curlyleaf pondweed is getting pretty thick. Largemouth Bass - Good: Still some spawning males guarding the nests. Also look for them to be over the mounds in deeper water at the upper end of the lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Work the trees back in the bays in 8-10 feet of water. Bluegill - Good: The spawn continues, look for the males to be in shallow; work the holes in the curlyleaf beds.  Lake Darling
      Water temperature remains at 70 degrees. We lost some of our water clarity as the runoff rainwater finally worked its way through all the ponds; still pretty good. Black Crappie - Slow: Crappies have moved out to 6 to 10 feet deep water. Look for them over the rock piles at those depths. Largemouth Bass - Good: Males are on the nest with some even being done with that stage of the spawn. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching some nice stringers of catfish, mostly with nightcrawlers. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning. Find a good bedding area and you can catch 8 inch bluegills. Anglers continue to catch some nice ones in 5 to 6 feet of water.  Lost Grove Lake
      Water temperature is around 70 degrees; water is very clear (14 feet).  Largemouth Bass - Good: Males are still on the nests. Females are out deep recovering from the spawn. Black Crappie - Fair: Look for them in 6 to 8 feet of water. They seem to be moving from spot to spot. Keep moving if you want to catch crappies. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are in shallow spawning; find a nice quiet bay and you should do well.  Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
      The Skunk River is dropping pretty fast. A few boats are getting out and catching catfish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Concentrate efforts around the mouths of the feeder creeks. The log jams are good especially later in the morning.  For more information on the above lakes, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.   Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)
      Channel Catfish – Good. Flathead Catfish – Good. Shovelnose Sturgeon – Good.  Central Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained as a renovation project is finishing up this spring.  Coralville Reservoir
      As of May 24, the lake is at normal summer pool of 683.3 feet. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait in the channel. Some fish are starting to move to the shallow rocks. White Crappie – Fair: Check brush piles and rock banks for post spawn fish.   Diamond Lake
      No minnows are allowed here. The fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie - Good: Try small jigs fished around the rock jetties or brush piles. Most fish are 7-9 inches. Pink and black tube jigs have been the hot colors. Bluegill - Excellent: Use small jigs or worms around shallow rock or brush. Many fish are around 7 inches.  Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
      The weeds are thick around the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use a frog over the weeds or fish the outside weed line. Bluegill - Fair: Fish right along the shoreline or in pockets of the weeds for spawning fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the weed line or offshore for suspended crappies. Most fish are around 8 inches.  Kent Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained for a lake renovation project currently underway. It is scheduled to be completed next spring.  Lake Macbride
      Water temperatures are around 70 degrees. All boat docks are in and the fish cleaning station at the primitive campground ramp is open.Starting May 25th, only motors under 10hp may be used at no-wake speed. Black Crappie - Fair: Most fish have moved off the bank. Some are on brush and others are suspended out from spawning areas. Walleye - Fair: Cast toward shallow, windblown rocks or troll or jig live bait rigs. Early/late in the day or cloud cover has been best for shallow walleyes. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast shallow running crankbaits or flip jigs to shallow cover. Males are shallow and females are staging for the spawn. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair. Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig or worm around shallow cover. Size is marginal at best. Channel Catfish - Fair: Evenings are best.  Otter Creek Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Cast small jigs, spinners or live bait to shallow shores. Most fish are around 8 inches. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs or worms around shallow rock or brush. Most fish are 5-7 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Bright colored jigs work best.  Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still 7 feet low from the restoration project. The main ramp is usable, but it is shallow; use caution. There is a boat dock in on the east lane. Be cautious when boating as new structures have started to be submerged. Walleye – Fair: Evenings are best in the shallows. Black Crappie - Slow: Some fish are being picked up along shallow rock. Union Grove Lake
      The lake was restocked two years ago following a lake renovation project. Most fish are smaller, but some adult fish were also stocked. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs or worms in the shallows.  Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
      Smallmouth Bass – Good. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. Hawthorn Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines and rubber worms around the deeper structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs along the rocky shorelines and around the fishing jetties.  Lake Keomah
      Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs near shoreline. Try a chunk of nightcrawler if fish get picky. Black Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or minnows around the fishing jetties and the fishing pier.  Lake Sugema
      Walleye - Slow: Use jig and minnow combinations in areas with rip-rapped shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the fishing jetties and rip-rapped shorelines. Use rubber worms in the same areas as the day warms up. Black Crappie - Slow: Use tube jigs or jig and minnows in deeper water structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with live bait around the shorelines and around the aquatic vegetation.  Lake Wapello
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Use liver or nightcrawlers around areas with rip rap. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try spinnerbaits and rubber worms around the cedar tree piles. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler.  Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is 904.27 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. The water temperature is in the upper 60's. Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or large chubs around areas with rip rap. The rocks around the bridge at the Bridgeview area are a good spot this time of year. White Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching some crappies around the docks at the marina and at the resort. Anglers have had luck in shallow water as well as in 4-10 feet of water. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Anglers are trolling crankbaits along rocky shorelines. Try also using jig and minnow combos along the shoreline. Walleye - Good: Use nightcrawler rigs or crankbaits around rock piles and submerged points.  Red Haw Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits or rubber worms in shoreline areas along rip-rapped shorelines. Black Crappie - Fair: Try tube jigs along the shorelines. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the shorelines and around the aquatic vegetation.  The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.   Mississippi River Pool 15
      Water levels are moving out of flood action stage at 13 feet at Rock Island. Water levels are dropping fast. The water temperature is near 67 degrees. Some boat ramps will still have debris on them from the recent flood.   River levels are dropping fast and most places are out of flood stages. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's. Many boat ramps are unusable or will have flood debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976.    Mississippi River Pool 16
      Tailwater stage is 12.40 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. The docks are not in at the Fairport Recreational Area due to the high water. The boat ramps at Clark's Ferry Landing and Shady Creek are closed due to high water. We have not received much for fishing reports due to the high water. Bluegill - Fair: Use worms under a bobber along the shore in Sunset Marina. White Crappie - Fair: Try minnows under a bobber in Sunset Marina. Mississippi River Pool 17
      Tailwater stage is 12.02 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is falling. Tailwater stage is forcasted to fall to 15 feet by the weekend. Flood stage is 15 feet at Lock and Dam 16.  The Kilpeck Landing and Big Timber Landing are closed due to high water. We have not received much for fishing reports due to the high water.  Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage is 13.82 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. The gates are out of the water at the dam. The Toolsboro landing is closed due to high water. The Hawkeye Dolbee access will have water over the parking lot. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week.  Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is 10.06 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet at Lock and Dam 18. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week.  River stages have fallen below flood stage or are at flood stage. Tailwater stages have been falling the past few days. River levels are still high. Main channel water temperature is around 69 degrees. Some boat ramps are closed due to the high water. We have not received much for fishing reports this week. Most fishing reports are coming from inland waters due to the recent high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
    • SOUTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Beaver Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Drift jigs or still fish minnows near the trees mid-lake. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are in the shallow bays on the upper half of the lake between the fishing jetties. They should be easy to target in these areas through May.  Big Creek Lake
      Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught throughout the lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. Mid lake out from the beach, marina and East boat ramp have been popular.
      Use jig and twistertails, jig and minnow, slow trolling minnow or leech rigs and trolling crankbaits. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies have moved away from shore and are being caught over brushpiles in 10 to 15 feet of water with minnows under a slip bobber or drifting jigs with white or chartreuse twistertails or minnows. Don Williams Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught slowly troll or drift small twister tails or minnows throughout the lake. Expect to fish through some 5-7 inch fish for the 9-10 inchers.  Fort Des Moines Pond
      Bluegill - Good: Nice size bluegill are being caught casting small panfish plastics or bobber fishing crawlers.  Lake Ahquabi
      Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegill have moved close to shore. Cast small jigs or little pieces of crawler in areas near shore that have slightly murky water compared to the otherwise very clear water right now.  Red Rock Reservoir
      Black Crappie - Good: Use live minnows next to any flooded vegetation or willows. Try also the rip-rap shorelines near the bridge on the Teter Creek arm and Marina Cove.  Rock Creek Lake
      White Crappie - Fair: Crappies have moved off spawning areas. Drift or slowly troll jigs or minnows in the lower portion of the lake between the beach and dam.  The crappie spawn is mostly finished in Central Iowa. Bluegill fishing is excellent right now. For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.   Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
      Anglers report excellent fishing in ponds right now. Always get permission to fish privately owned ponds. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning and are close to shore in most ponds. Black Crappie - Fair: You can still catch spawning crappie. Find colonies of nesting fish by casting jigs close to shore. Largemouth Bass - Good: As the water temperature warms, bass become very active and can be caught with a variety of lures and plugs. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try along weed edges and around structure.  Cold Springs Lake
      The fish population at Cold Springs looks good. There is an 18 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass. Bluegill - Good: Cast a small jig tipped with crawler under a bobber to catch bluegill up to 9 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: A few black crappie are being caught around the underwater rock piles. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch bass around the shoreline with a variety of spinners and lures. Redear Sunfish - Fair: Redear are on their beds spawning. Catch fish up to 10 inches with nightcrawlers under a bobber.  Farm Creek Lake
      Farm creek will offer good fishing this year. Bluegill should be spawning and close to shore. Black Crappie - No Report: Black crappie in Farm Creek are quality size fish. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are spawning and close to shore. Cast the shoreline with small jigs and move often to find fish.  Lake Anita
      Bluegills are being picked up close to shore. Anglers can still find late spawning crappie. Black Crappie - Fair: Cast around rocky shorelines and the jetties to find late spawning crappie. Fish will average 9 inches. Move to deeper tree piles to find post spawn fish. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are moving in to spawn. Fish underwater reefs and sandy substrates to find fish up to 9 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast to structure to catch bass of all sizes.  Lake Manawa
      White crappies can still be caught close to shore with small jigs. Lake Manawa is also a good destination for channel catfish. White Crappie - Fair: White crappies are close to shore. Move often if you are not catching fish. Concentrate on rocky shorelines like the west shore and canals. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the windy shoreline with shad sides or cut bait. Channel catfish in Manawa are all sizes.  Meadow Lake
      Meadow has a good population of 10 inch black crappie. Black Crappie - Fair: Look for post spawn crappie around underwater reefs and tree piles. Fish will average 10 inches. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill have moved on the underwater reefs to spawn. Cast small jigs for fish averaging 8 inches. Mormon Trail Lake
      Anglers report good crappie fishing around the jetties. Black Crappie - Good: Cast small jigs around the jetties and dam to find spawning crappie. Fish will average 9 inches.  Prairie Rose Lake
      Prairie Rose will offer good panfishing. The lake has quality sized bluegills and acceptable size crappies. Target the spawning beds, underwater reefs and jetties to find spawning fish. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning and can be caught on top of underwater reefs and on the spawning substrate placed in the lake. Bluegills in Prairie Rose are quality size fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Spawning crappies can still be caught around the jetties and rocky shorelines. Fish will average 9 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a large population of 12 inch bass in the lake that offers fun catch and release fishing.  Viking Lake
      Concentrate on deeper brush piles to find crappie. Anglers are still catching spawning crappies around underwater reefs and rocky shorelines. A few bass are being caught in the deeper brush piles. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are beginning to be caught in the deeper tree piles. Sorting is needed for larger fish. White Crappie - Fair: Boat anglers are finding white crappies along the dam and deeper tree piles. Fish will average 12 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Jig plastics in deeper brush piles during the day and cast shallow structure early morning for largemouth bass of all sizes.  Crappie spawn is winding down and bluegills have moved close to shore.For more information, contact the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.   Green Valley Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches with jigs fished along cedar tree brush piles or along the silt dams. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches with jigs or nightcrawlers fished along the fishing jetties or fishing piers.  Lake Icaria
      Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappie up to 10 inches with jigs or minnows fished along rocky shoreline areas or cedar tree brush piles. Walleye - Good: Walleye of all sizes have been caught using jigs or minnows fished along the roadbed or trolling along mainlake points. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using nightcrawlers fished along main lake points.  Lake of Three Fires
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches with jigs fished along rocky shoreline areas or cedar tree brush piles.  Little River Watershed Lake
      Walleye - Fair: Catch walleyes up to 22 inches with jigs tipped with a minnow or leech
      fished along mainlake points or the roadbed. Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches using jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappies up to 14 inches with minnows fished along cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegills up to 9 inches using jigs tipped with a waxworm or leaf worms fished along cedar tree brush piles or the fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Good: Catch channel catfish up to 10 pounds with nightcrawlers fished along main lake points.  Summit Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Bluegill up to 9 inches have been caught using jigs or nightcrawlers fished along shallow sandy areas.  Three Mile Lake
      Walleye - Good: Catch walleyes up to 17 inches with jigs tipped with a minnow fished along the dam. Twelve Mile Creek Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught with jigs fished along cedar tree brush piles. Black Crappie - Good: Catch crappies up to 10 inches using jigs or minnows fished in the flooded timber. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches with jigs tipped with a waxworm fished along the fishing jetties or flooded timpber. Walleye - Slow: Catch walleyes up to 20 inches using jigs tipped with a minnow fished along the roadbed.  Water temperature in most district lakes is in the lower 70's. For more information, please call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.   MISSOURI RIVER Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
      Channel Catfish - Slow: A few anglers are catching catfish on worms and cut bait below wing dams and along the banks. Sauger - Fair: Spring is a good time to catch sauger and walleye on the Missouri. Use jigs tipped with minnows or worms below wing dams or where tributary streams or rivers come into the Missouri River. Shovelnose sturgeon - Good: Anglers are catching shovelnose sturgeon on live bait rigs tipped with worms. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish - No Report: Spring can be a great time to catch some big blue catfish. Use fresh cutbait with live bait rigs along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River.  Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
      Channel Catfish - Fair: A few anglers are catching catfish on worms and cut bait below wing dams and along the banks. Sauger - Fair: Spring is a good time to catch sauger and walleye on the Missouri. Use jigs tipped with minnows or worms below wing dams or where tributary streams or rivers come into the Missouri River. Shovelnose sturgeon - Good: Anglers are catching shovelnose sturgeon on live bait rigs tipped with worms. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish - No Report: Spring can be a great time to catch some big blue catfish. Use fresh cutbait with live bait rigs along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River.  Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
      Channel Catfish - Fair: A few anglers are catching catfish on worms and cut bait below wing dams and along the banks. Sauger - Slow: Spring is a good time to catch sauger and walleye on the Missouri. Use jigs tipped with minnows or worms below wing dams or where tributary streams or rivers come into the Missouri River. Shovelnose sturgeon - Good: Anglers are catching shovelnose sturgeon on live bait rigs tipped with worms. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching a few blue catfish on with fresh cutbait. Try by the wing dam tips, close to or in the main channel of the Missouri River for your best chance at getting bigger blue catfish.  The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 25.67 ft. /50,300 cfs./64 degrees. Missouri River water temperatures are up 3 degrees and water levels are down 1.12 feet from last week. Fishing continues to be slow with few anglers out with the higher water conditions we are currently having on the Missouri River along the Iowa border. The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Gavin's Point Dam due to snow melt from up North, which has contributed to higher water conditions.
    • NORTHWEST Arrowhead Lake
      Bluegill - Fair: As water continues to warm, look for bluegill nest colonies along the west and east shorelines; the highest concentration are likely in the southern end of the lake. Use a small tube jig tipped with a piece of crawler. Black Hawk Lake
      Water temperatures are around 70 degrees. Water clarity is 5-6 feet. Bluegill - Fair: Fish for bluegill just about anywhere along the shoreline. The fish average 7-8 inches. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber off the floating fishing pier, the west stone pier, and the inlet bridge. Look for bluegills to start moving closer to shore, sitting on nests; you can easily target the males. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye from shore and by boat. Town Bay, the shoreline along Ice House Point, and near the inlet bridge are producing fish. Use leeches fished under a bobber and twisters on the downwind shoreline where walleye are feeding. Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are still picking up fish from Ice House Point, the floating dock, the stone piers, and the inlet bridge. Catch fish up to 11 inches with crawlers and leeches fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using the traditional bass lures. Many anglers have found good bass action at the Ice House Point, the east shoreline,and the lake side of the inlet bridge.  Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
      Water clarity is 3-4 feet. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye - Fair: Much of the walleye action has shifted to the boat anglers. Boat anglers are doing well trolling shad raps or ripple shads or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in about 8 feet of water. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up suspended crappie out mid-lake in the dredge cuts while fishing for walleye. White Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts.  Swan Lake
      Water temperature is around 70 degrees. Water clarity is 3 feet. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with crawler along the dam and off the jetties. Most of the fish are 6-7 inches. Look for fish to move closer to shore and the males sitting on nests. Yellow Smoke Park Lake
      Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegill spawning in the arm north of the swim beach and in the coves along the south shore. Yellow Smoke is known for its big bluegill consistently reaching 9 inches or more.  Water temperatures in Black Hawk District lakes are around 70 degrees. Bluegill are starting to move close to shore in many lakes and ponds. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. Clear Lake
      Surface water temperature is 67 degrees. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting. Use a small jig or a minnow in the rush beds and areas with vegetation. Walleye - Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellows bass are on the rocky areas to spawn. Use a small jig in the early morning. Channel Catfish - Fair: With recent rains, any spot where water is entering the lake is worth trying for catfish. Fish a dead chub or crawlers on the bottom. The best bite is late evening.  Crystal Lake
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Use nightcrawlers fished from shore. Walleye – Slow. Black Bullhead - Fair: Try nightcrawlers fished from shore. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.  Lake Smith
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Fair. Rice Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in the edge of the vegetation.  Silver Lake (Worth)
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.  For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.  Center Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Cast mini jigs in shallow water wood habitat.  East Okoboji Lake
      Channel Catfish - Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers report a panfish bite of bluegill and crappie from docks; sorting is needed. Walleye - Good: Report of anglers catching fish from the south end; best bite during the evening hours.  Five Island Lake
      Channel Catfish - Good: Use traditional baits during evening hours. Walleye - Fair: Action is picking up with numbers of angler acceptable size and larger being caught.  Lost Island Lake
      Walleye - Good: Walleye are being caught close to shore. Try fishing from a dock or wader fishing after dark. Black Crappie - Good: Reports of crappie and yellow perch being caught. Yellow Bass - Fair: Report of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.  Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
      Walleye - Fair: Report of large fish being caught during the late evening hours. Cast a white twister for the best action. Black Bullhead - Good: Good action reported of angler acceptable sized fish. Yellow Perch - Fair: Some activity reported.  Spirit Lake
      Marble Beach campground, including the boat ramp, is closed for the season for renovation. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use a jig tipped with a minnow in shallow rock structures. Action is best during sunny, calm days. Black Crappie - Good: Fish the bulrush on the lake for spawning crappie. Cast a mini-jig and swim the bait slowly back to the boat to find active fish. Walleye - Good: Best action is during the night off the docks. Fish leeches under a bobber or cast a twister tail. Black Bullhead - Good: The bite has slowed at the north grade; persistence will be rewarded with good numbers of fish caught. Fish traditional baits on the bottom. Trumbull Lake
      Northern Pike - Fair: Use casting spoons below the spillway.  West Okoboji Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Wooden docks in deeper water and new aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.  For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.    NORTHEAST Cedar River (above Nashua)
      Water levels continue to fall and clarity is improving. Baring more rain, water levels should stabilize. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's. Visit the USGS Current Water Data website for current water level information. Walleye - Good: Bite improves toward evening. Use a jig tipped with a crawler, minnow or twister tail. Channel Catfish - Good: Catch catfish in the impoundments with dead chubs fished on bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use a variety of jigs or spinners near brush piles. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are keying into shallow rocky shorelines. Use small jigs tipped with twister tail or minnow. Bluegill – Fair.  Decorah District Streams
      Trout streams are in good condition, but flows remain elevated. Family friendly locations abound. A light spinning rod/reel combo is a perfect set up for beginning trout anglers. Catchable trout are stocked weekly as weather and water conditions permit. Listen to the trout stocking hotline (563-927-5736) for daily plans. Area trout stream clarity is greatly improved. Flows remain elevated. Brook Trout - Good: A variety of insects are hatching. Match the hatch, but try not to spook a feeding fish.  Brown Trout - Good: Blue wing olive, midge, and stonefly hatches are occurring; some exceptional lately. Use blue wing olive, hendrickson, gnat, or beadhead nymph patterns and watch the water boil.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Try a piece of worm or small cheese chunk under a bobber in the deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits also work. Lake Hendricks
      Excellent shoreline access; aquatic vegetation is relatively low. Black Crappie - Good: Use small jigs in shallow areas. Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish along edges of vegetation for a cruising bass. Channel Catfish - Fair:  Use a worm or smashed minnow along a windblown shoreline. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small jig tipped with small piece of worm along the shoreline.  Lake Meyer
      Perfect time to enjoy being on the water with family. Lake Meyer is fishing well. Bluegill - Excellent: Use a hook tipped with a worm in shallow water. Black Crappie - Excellent: Try a hook tipped with a worm or small spinner bait along a rocky shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Jigs tipped with a variety of plastics or a jerk bait catch bass; fish shallow bays for best luck. Northern Pike - Fair: Use a nightcrawler fished along the shallow weedy bays.  Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
      Water clarity is much improved. Water temperatures are in the low 60's. Water levels are falling. Flows remain up. Use care when paddling as strainers and snags may have moved. Walleye - Good: Bring an assortment of tackle to find what works best for your location and time of day. White Sucker - Excellent: Use worms fished on bottom.  Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
      Water levels are falling baring additional rainfall this weekend. Clarity is excellent. Use care when paddling. Flows remain elevated. Submersed hazards increase with falling water levels. Visit the USGS Current Water Data website for more information. Walleye - Good: Cast bright colored jigs and twister tails near undercut banks and log jams. Best fishing is toward dusk. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use spinners around tributaries. Light colored jigs and crankbaits work best. Fish 10-12 inches common. White Sucker - Good: Worms fished off the bottom work for a hungry sucker.  Volga Lake
      Many water related activities available in the Volga River Recreation area. Explore the park. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's. Black Crappie - Good: Shallow, rocky, warmer areas are more productive. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use a jerkbait in shallow water with a slow retrieve. Channel Catfish - Good: Find catfish shallow in evening. Use worm or smashed minnow fished on the bottom. Bluegill - Good: Find gills along shallow rocky areas. Use small jigs tipped with a small piece of worm.  Area rivers and streams continue to improve. Summer is coming early to northeast Iowa; temperatures in the upper 80s for highs to mid 60's for lows and very humid. Rain potential present daily. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.   Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
      Reports of anglers catching largemouth bass and bluegill. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try topwater spinner baits or sinking plastic baits. Bluegill - Excellent: Use a piece of worm under a bobber. Cast out and retrieve slowly over bluegill spawning beds. Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
      There have been a few reports of anglers catching catfish on the Cedar River, but the river remains high yet. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try dead cutbaits or stinkbait fished on the bottom.  Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
      Reports of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast and retrieve a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait, nightcrawler or stinkbait fished on the bottom.  Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
      No fishing reports for this week.  South Prairie Lake
      Anglers are starting to catch bluegill and crappie. Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm under a slip bobber near vegetation. Black Crappie - Fair: Cast colored tube jigs or fish a minnow under a slip bobber 3 to 6 feet down near vegetation.  Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
      No reports on the Wapsipinicon River as the river continues to stay high and muddy.  Fishing reports have been good on most interior rivers and area lakes for most all gamefish. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in good condition. Call the N.E. Iowa district office at 563-927-3276 for more information.   MISSISSIPPI RIVER Mississippi River Pool 9
      River level is 9.4 feet at Lansing. Water temperature is near 66 degrees. New Albin ramp road is expected to reopen this week. The Lansing Village Creek ramp and parking lot will be closed for construction starting July 5th. For more updates, call the Guttenberg Fisheries Management office at 563-252-1156. Walleye - Fair: Expect walleye to settle in on the closing dams and wing dams as the river falls and stabilizes in the next week or two. Yellow Perch - Fair: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. Sauger - Fair: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wing dams. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they enter the spawning period. Fish deeper holes with a large shiner or sunfish. Channel Catfish - Good: Use a crawler fished on the bottom. Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. To hook into a big one, try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on topwaters and crankbaits in warm shallow bays and marina areas out of the current. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Warm water temperatures and slowly receding flood waters will have smallmouth working the rocky shorelines. Toss inline spinners along rock points. White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for big white bass. Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs or a plain hook tipped with a crappie minnow along the trees in backwater lakes.  Mississippi River Pool 10
      River level at Lynxville has fallen to 19.3 feet with a steady fall to 17 feet expected next week. Gates remain raised at the Lock and Dam. Water temperature is 66 degrees. Walleye- Slow: Expect walleye to settle in on the closing dams and wing dams as the river falls and stabilizes in the next week or two. Yellow Perch - Fair: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. Sauger - Fair: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wing dams. Northern Pike -  Fair: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they enter the spawning period. Fish deeper holes with a large shiner or sunfish. Channel Catfish - Good: Use a crawler fished on the bottom. Bluegill - Good: Panfish bite is picking up this week. Try a small piece of garden worm on small tackle under a bobber. Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. To hook into a big one, try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on topwaters and crankbaits in warm shallow bays and marina areas out of the current. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Warm water temperatures and slowly receding flood waters will have smallmouth working the rocky shorelines. Toss inline spinners along rock points. White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for big white bass. Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs or a plain hook tipped with a crappie minnow along the trees in backwater lakes. Mississippi River Pool 11
      River level at Guttenberg has receded several feet this week at 10.9 feet with predictions to reach 9 feet late next week. The gates remain up at the Lock and Dam. Water temperature is 61 degrees at the dam. Walleye - No Report: Expect walleye to settle in on the closing dams and wing dams as the river falls and stabilizes in the next week or two. Yellow Perch - Fair: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. Sauger - Fair: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wing dams. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they enter the spawning period. Fish deeper holes with a large shiner or sunfish. Channel Catfish - Good: Use a crawler fished on the bottom. Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. Try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on topwaters and crankbaits in warm shallow bays and marina areas out of the current. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Warm water temperatures and slowly receding flood waters will have smallmouth working the rocky shorelines. Toss inline spinners along rock points. White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for big white bass. Black Crappie - Good: Fish small jigs or a plain hook tipped with a crappie minnow along the trees in backwater lakes.  The Upper Mississippi River levels are on a steady decline this week. Warmer water temperatures in the upper 60's have many species of fish active. Use caution at ramps to avoid remaining mud and flood debris. Mississippi River Pool 12
      Water levels are 11.3 feet at the Dubuque Lock and 13.5 feet at the RR Bridge. The flooding is over and the river is dropping fast. The channel water temperature is around 64 degrees. White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are biting on spinners. Common Carp - Fair: Conditions for bowfishing carp in shallow flooded areas look good. Find carp and other rough fish thrashing about on hot sunny days. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Both channel cat and flatheads like flooded water. Fish worms in shallow water near shore along freshly flooded banks. Bluegill - Fair: Reports of some bluegills being caught on worms in near shore flooded areas. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing for smallies along rock current lines is getting to be real productive.  Mississippi River Pool 13
      Water levels at Bellevue are 12.7 feet and are dropping fast. Bellevue is presently out of flood action stage. The Bellevue City ramp is available for use, but the DNR ramp is being cleaned but may have debris on it. The channel water temperature is around 65 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are after large bass in the big flooded expanses of some of Pool 13’s largest backwater complexes such as Spring Lake and Browns Lake. Some bass are being caught out of Middle Sabula Lake and Green Island. Common Carp - Excellent: Conditions for bowfishing carp in shallow flooded areas are perfect. Find carp and other rough fish thrashing about on hot sunny days in Green Island and Middle Sabula Lakes. Please take fish with you; don’t leave them on the bank. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers will start to target channel cats along rock lines soon as they begin to spawn.  Mississippi River Pool 14
      Water levels are cresting 12.6 feet at Fulton, 15 feet at Camanche and 8.9 feet at LeClaire. Levels are dropping fast. The water temperature is around 67 degrees. Some ramps may still have debris on them. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Flooding made access to bass fishing difficult last week, but fishing for bass should really pick up the next few weeks. Common Carp - No Report: Conditions for bowfishing carp in shallow flooded areas look good. Find carp and other rough fish thrashing about on hot sunny days. Channel Catfish - No Report: Fish worms near the shore as catfish feed along newly flooded shorelines.  Mississippi River Pool 15
      Water levels are moving out of flood action stage at 13 feet at Rock Island. Water levels are dropping fast. The water temperature is near 67 degrees. Some boat ramps will still have debris on them from the recent flood.   River levels are dropping fast and most places are out of flood stages. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's. Many boat ramps are unusable or will have flood debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976.    Mississippi River Pool 16
      Tailwater stage is 12.40 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. The docks are not in at the Fairport Recreational Area due to the high water. The boat ramps at Clark's Ferry Landing and Shady Creek are closed due to high water. We have not received much for fishing reports due to the high water. Bluegill - Fair: Use worms under a bobber along the shore in Sunset Marina. White Crappie - Fair: Try minnows under a bobber in Sunset Marina. Mississippi River Pool 17
      Tailwater stage is 12.02 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is falling. Tailwater stage is forcasted to fall to 15 feet by the weekend. Flood stage is 15 feet at Lock and Dam 16.  The Kilpeck Landing and Big Timber Landing are closed due to high water. We have not received much for fishing reports due to the high water.  Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage is 13.82 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. The gates are out of the water at the dam. The Toolsboro landing is closed due to high water. The Hawkeye Dolbee access will have water over the parking lot. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week.  Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is 10.06 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet at Lock and Dam 18. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week.  River stages have fallen below flood stage or are at flood stage. Tailwater stages have been falling the past few days. River levels are still high. Main channel water temperature is around 69 degrees. Some boat ramps are closed due to the high water. We have not received much for fishing reports this week. Most fishing reports are coming from inland waters due to the recent high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.   SOUTHEAST Big Hollow Lake
      Water temperature are up to the mid 70's. Water clarity is good. Largemouth Bass - Good: Males are on the nests. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are coming in to spawn. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies finished up a quick spawn and are headed back out deep. Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
      The Iowa River is dropping at a pretty good rate. Still not many anglers out.   Lake Belva Deer
      Water temperature is in the low 70's. Water is very clear; you can see down to 12 feet. Curlyleaf pondweed is getting pretty thick. Largemouth Bass - Good: Still some spawning males guarding the nests. Also look for them to be over the mounds in deeper water at the upper end of the lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Work the trees back in the bays in 8-10 feet of water. Bluegill - Good: The spawn continues, look for the males to be in shallow; work the holes in the curlyleaf beds.  Lake Darling
      Water temperature remains at 70 degrees. We lost some of our water clarity as the runoff rainwater finally worked its way through all the ponds; still pretty good. Black Crappie - Slow: Crappies have moved out to 6 to 10 feet deep water. Look for them over the rock piles at those depths. Largemouth Bass - Good: Males are on the nest with some even being done with that stage of the spawn. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching some nice stringers of catfish, mostly with nightcrawlers. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning. Find a good bedding area and you can catch 8 inch bluegills. Anglers continue to catch some nice ones in 5 to 6 feet of water.  Lost Grove Lake
      Water temperature is around 70 degrees; water is very clear (14 feet).  Largemouth Bass - Good: Males are still on the nests. Females are out deep recovering from the spawn. Black Crappie - Fair: Look for them in 6 to 8 feet of water. They seem to be moving from spot to spot. Keep moving if you want to catch crappies. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are in shallow spawning; find a nice quiet bay and you should do well.  Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
      The Skunk River is dropping pretty fast. A few boats are getting out and catching catfish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Concentrate efforts around the mouths of the feeder creeks. The log jams are good especially later in the morning.  For more information on the above lakes, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.   Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)
      Channel Catfish – Good. Flathead Catfish – Good. Shovelnose Sturgeon – Good.  Central Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained as a renovation project is finishing up this spring.  Coralville Reservoir
      As of May 24, the lake is at normal summer pool of 683.3 feet. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait in the channel. Some fish are starting to move to the shallow rocks. White Crappie – Fair: Check brush piles and rock banks for post spawn fish.   Diamond Lake
      No minnows are allowed here. The fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie - Good: Try small jigs fished around the rock jetties or brush piles. Most fish are 7-9 inches. Pink and black tube jigs have been the hot colors. Bluegill - Excellent: Use small jigs or worms around shallow rock or brush. Many fish are around 7 inches.  Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
      The weeds are thick around the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use a frog over the weeds or fish the outside weed line. Bluegill - Fair: Fish right along the shoreline or in pockets of the weeds for spawning fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the weed line or offshore for suspended crappies. Most fish are around 8 inches.  Kent Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained for a lake renovation project currently underway. It is scheduled to be completed next spring.  Lake Macbride
      Water temperatures are around 70 degrees. All boat docks are in and the fish cleaning station at the primitive campground ramp is open.Starting May 25th, only motors under 10hp may be used at no-wake speed. Black Crappie - Fair: Most fish have moved off the bank. Some are on brush and others are suspended out from spawning areas. Walleye - Fair: Cast toward shallow, windblown rocks or troll or jig live bait rigs. Early/late in the day or cloud cover has been best for shallow walleyes. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast shallow running crankbaits or flip jigs to shallow cover. Males are shallow and females are staging for the spawn. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair. Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig or worm around shallow cover. Size is marginal at best. Channel Catfish - Fair: Evenings are best.  Otter Creek Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Cast small jigs, spinners or live bait to shallow shores. Most fish are around 8 inches. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs or worms around shallow rock or brush. Most fish are 5-7 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: Bright colored jigs work best.  Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still 7 feet low from the restoration project. The main ramp is usable, but it is shallow; use caution. There is a boat dock in on the east lane. Be cautious when boating as new structures have started to be submerged. Walleye – Fair: Evenings are best in the shallows. Black Crappie - Slow: Some fish are being picked up along shallow rock. Union Grove Lake
      The lake was restocked two years ago following a lake renovation project. Most fish are smaller, but some adult fish were also stocked. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs or worms in the shallows.  Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
      Smallmouth Bass – Good. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. Hawthorn Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines and rubber worms around the deeper structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs along the rocky shorelines and around the fishing jetties.  Lake Keomah
      Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs near shoreline. Try a chunk of nightcrawler if fish get picky. Black Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or minnows around the fishing jetties and the fishing pier.  Lake Sugema
      Walleye - Slow: Use jig and minnow combinations in areas with rip-rapped shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the fishing jetties and rip-rapped shorelines. Use rubber worms in the same areas as the day warms up. Black Crappie - Slow: Use tube jigs or jig and minnows in deeper water structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with live bait around the shorelines and around the aquatic vegetation.  Lake Wapello
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Use liver or nightcrawlers around areas with rip rap. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try spinnerbaits and rubber worms around the cedar tree piles. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler.  Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is 904.27 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. The water temperature is in the upper 60's. Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut bait or large chubs around areas with rip rap. The rocks around the bridge at the Bridgeview area are a good spot this time of year. White Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching some crappies around the docks at the marina and at the resort. Anglers have had luck in shallow water as well as in 4-10 feet of water. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Anglers are trolling crankbaits along rocky shorelines. Try also using jig and minnow combos along the shoreline. Walleye - Good: Use nightcrawler rigs or crankbaits around rock piles and submerged points.  Red Haw Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits or rubber worms in shoreline areas along rip-rapped shorelines. Black Crappie - Fair: Try tube jigs along the shorelines. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the shorelines and around the aquatic vegetation.  The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.   SOUTHWEST Beaver Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Drift jigs or still fish minnows near the trees mid-lake. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are in the shallow bays on the upper half of the lake between the fishing jetties. They should be easy to target in these areas through May.  Big Creek Lake
      Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught throughout the lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. Mid lake out from the beach, marina and East boat ramp have been popular.
      Use jig and twistertails, jig and minnow, slow trolling minnow or leech rigs and trolling crankbaits. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies have moved away from shore and are being caught over brushpiles in 10 to 15 feet of water with minnows under a slip bobber or drifting jigs with white or chartreuse twistertails or minnows. Don Williams Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught slowly troll or drift small twister tails or minnows throughout the lake. Expect to fish through some 5-7 inch fish for the 9-10 inchers.  Fort Des Moines Pond
      Bluegill - Good: Nice size bluegill are being caught casting small panfish plastics or bobber fishing crawlers.  Lake Ahquabi
      Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegill have moved close to shore. Cast small jigs or little pieces of crawler in areas near shore that have slightly murky water compared to the otherwise very clear water right now.  Red Rock Reservoir
      Black Crappie - Good: Use live minnows next to any flooded vegetation or willows. Try also the rip-rap shorelines near the bridge on the Teter Creek arm and Marina Cove.  Rock Creek Lake
      White Crappie - Fair: Crappies have moved off spawning areas. Drift or slowly troll jigs or minnows in the lower portion of the lake between the beach and dam.  The crappie spawn is mostly finished in Central Iowa. Bluegill fishing is excellent right now. For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.   Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
      Anglers report excellent fishing in ponds right now. Always get permission to fish privately owned ponds. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning and are close to shore in most ponds. Black Crappie - Fair: You can still catch spawning crappie. Find colonies of nesting fish by casting jigs close to shore. Largemouth Bass - Good: As the water temperature warms, bass become very active and can be caught with a variety of lures and plugs. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try along weed edges and around structure.  Cold Springs Lake
      The fish population at Cold Springs looks good. There is an 18 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass. Bluegill - Good: Cast a small jig tipped with crawler under a bobber to catch bluegill up to 9 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: A few black crappie are being caught around the underwater rock piles. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch bass around the shoreline with a variety of spinners and lures. Redear Sunfish - Fair: Redear are on their beds spawning. Catch fish up to 10 inches with nightcrawlers under a bobber.  Farm Creek Lake
      Farm creek will offer good fishing this year. Bluegill should be spawning and close to shore. Black Crappie - No Report: Black crappie in Farm Creek are quality size fish. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are spawning and close to shore. Cast the shoreline with small jigs and move often to find fish.  Lake Anita
      Bluegills are being picked up close to shore. Anglers can still find late spawning crappie. Black Crappie - Fair: Cast around rocky shorelines and the jetties to find late spawning crappie. Fish will average 9 inches. Move to deeper tree piles to find post spawn fish. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are moving in to spawn. Fish underwater reefs and sandy substrates to find fish up to 9 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast to structure to catch bass of all sizes.  Lake Manawa
      White crappies can still be caught close to shore with small jigs. Lake Manawa is also a good destination for channel catfish. White Crappie - Fair: White crappies are close to shore. Move often if you are not catching fish. Concentrate on rocky shorelines like the west shore and canals. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the windy shoreline with shad sides or cut bait. Channel catfish in Manawa are all sizes.  Meadow Lake
      Meadow has a good population of 10 inch black crappie. Black Crappie - Fair: Look for post spawn crappie around underwater reefs and tree piles. Fish will average 10 inches. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill have moved on the underwater reefs to spawn. Cast small jigs for fish averaging 8 inches. Mormon Trail Lake
      Anglers report good crappie fishing around the jetties. Black Crappie - Good: Cast small jigs around the jetties and dam to find spawning crappie. Fish will average 9 inches.  Prairie Rose Lake
      Prairie Rose will offer good panfishing. The lake has quality sized bluegills and acceptable size crappies. Target the spawning beds, underwater reefs and jetties to find spawning fish. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning and can be caught on top of underwater reefs and on the spawning substrate placed in the lake. Bluegills in Prairie Rose are quality size fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Spawning crappies can still be caught around the jetties and rocky shorelines. Fish will average 9 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a large population of 12 inch bass in the lake that offers fun catch and release fishing.  Viking Lake
      Concentrate on deeper brush piles to find crappie. Anglers are still catching spawning crappies around underwater reefs and rocky shorelines. A few bass are being caught in the deeper brush piles. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are beginning to be caught in the deeper tree piles. Sorting is needed for larger fish. White Crappie - Fair: Boat anglers are finding white crappies along the dam and deeper tree piles. Fish will average 12 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Jig plastics in deeper brush piles during the day and cast shallow structure early morning for largemouth bass of all sizes.  Crappie spawn is winding down and bluegills have moved close to shore.For more information, contact the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.   Green Valley Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches with jigs fished along cedar tree brush piles or along the silt dams. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches with jigs or nightcrawlers fished along the fishing jetties or fishing piers.  Lake Icaria
      Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappie up to 10 inches with jigs or minnows fished along rocky shoreline areas or cedar tree brush piles. Walleye - Good: Walleye of all sizes have been caught using jigs or minnows fished along the roadbed or trolling along mainlake points. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using nightcrawlers fished along main lake points.  Lake of Three Fires
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches with jigs fished along rocky shoreline areas or cedar tree brush piles.  Little River Watershed Lake
      Walleye - Fair: Catch walleyes up to 22 inches with jigs tipped with a minnow or leech
      fished along mainlake points or the roadbed. Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches using jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappies up to 14 inches with minnows fished along cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegills up to 9 inches using jigs tipped with a waxworm or leaf worms fished along cedar tree brush piles or the fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Good: Catch channel catfish up to 10 pounds with nightcrawlers fished along main lake points.  Summit Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Bluegill up to 9 inches have been caught using jigs or nightcrawlers fished along shallow sandy areas.  Three Mile Lake
      Walleye - Good: Catch walleyes up to 17 inches with jigs tipped with a minnow fished along the dam. Twelve Mile Creek Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught with jigs fished along cedar tree brush piles. Black Crappie - Good: Catch crappies up to 10 inches using jigs or minnows fished in the flooded timber. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches with jigs tipped with a waxworm fished along the fishing jetties or flooded timpber. Walleye - Slow: Catch walleyes up to 20 inches using jigs tipped with a minnow fished along the roadbed.  Water temperature in most district lakes is in the lower 70's. For more information, please call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.   MISSOURI RIVER Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
      Channel Catfish - Slow: A few anglers are catching catfish on worms and cut bait below wing dams and along the banks. Sauger - Fair: Spring is a good time to catch sauger and walleye on the Missouri. Use jigs tipped with minnows or worms below wing dams or where tributary streams or rivers come into the Missouri River. Shovelnose sturgeon - Good: Anglers are catching shovelnose sturgeon on live bait rigs tipped with worms. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish - No Report: Spring can be a great time to catch some big blue catfish. Use fresh cutbait with live bait rigs along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River.  Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
      Channel Catfish - Fair: A few anglers are catching catfish on worms and cut bait below wing dams and along the banks. Sauger - Fair: Spring is a good time to catch sauger and walleye on the Missouri. Use jigs tipped with minnows or worms below wing dams or where tributary streams or rivers come into the Missouri River. Shovelnose sturgeon - Good: Anglers are catching shovelnose sturgeon on live bait rigs tipped with worms. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish - No Report: Spring can be a great time to catch some big blue catfish. Use fresh cutbait with live bait rigs along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River.  Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
      Channel Catfish - Fair: A few anglers are catching catfish on worms and cut bait below wing dams and along the banks. Sauger - Slow: Spring is a good time to catch sauger and walleye on the Missouri. Use jigs tipped with minnows or worms below wing dams or where tributary streams or rivers come into the Missouri River. Shovelnose sturgeon - Good: Anglers are catching shovelnose sturgeon on live bait rigs tipped with worms. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching a few blue catfish on with fresh cutbait. Try by the wing dam tips, close to or in the main channel of the Missouri River for your best chance at getting bigger blue catfish.  The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 25.67 ft. /50,300 cfs./64 degrees. Missouri River water temperatures are up 3 degrees and water levels are down 1.12 feet from last week. Fishing continues to be slow with few anglers out with the higher water conditions we are currently having on the Missouri River along the Iowa border. The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Gavin's Point Dam due to snow melt from up North, which has contributed to higher water conditions.