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Lake Geode

Angler numbers are down this week. Fishing has been slow. Bluegill - Fair: A few small bluegills are being caught.

Lake Belva Deer

Angler numbers are down because of the inclement weather. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are still catching some nice crappies. The fish seem to be a little timid right now with most of the being caught on minnows fished slowly.

Pollmiller Park Lake

The fishing last week was pretty good with a few people catching some big crappies in the 14-17 inch range. Bluegill - Good: Use light tackle. The worm and bobber seem to be the best combination. Largemouth Bass - Fair: the bass are being caught on a variety of lures. A bobber and night crawler has also been productive. Crappie - Good: Small tube jigs have been working the best.

Lake of the Hills

The tagged trout promotion has ended. But there is still plenty of trout being caught. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Trout are still being caught in fairly good numbers. Try out at a depth of about four feet. I would target the areas around where Lambach and Railroad lakes enter into the Lake. Bluegill - Fair: The fishing remains fairly steady. Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are starting to move in shallow.

Lambach Lake

Crappie - Good: This small lake in West Lake Park is still producing some nice catches of crappies.

Railroad Lake

Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try along the old creek channel for bass using jigs and spinner baits.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

The Skunk is at Moderate Flood Stage.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

The Iowa is forecasted to be at the Moderate Flood stage some time late Friday.

Hannen Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Size makes up for numbers here. Fish shallow brush with small jigs or worms. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Numbers make up for size here. Bass are hitting on a variety of artificial and live baits in the shallows.

Iowa Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Try around brush or overhanging limbs with a worm or small jig. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinner baits or plastics around shallow wood or on the flats. Crappie - Fair: Fish around shallow rock and brush with small jigs or minnows. Most fish are 9-10inches.

Kent Park Lake

Things have slowed after the cooler weather. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig or worm along the dam or brush. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow with plastics or live bait.

Lake Macbride

The water is finally starting to get some color, although it is still quite clear. Crappie - Fair: Fish areas with warmer water with small jigs or minnows under a bobber. Most fish are coming off brush. The clearer the water, the deeper you should fish. Most fish are 10-13inches. Walleye - Fair: Trolling or casting crankbaits, as well as trolling live bait rigs have been producing fish. 10-15 feet has been the average depth. Try a little shallower in dirtier water and a little deeper in clearer water.

Central Park Lake

Bluegill - Good: Look in shallow pockets or flats for bluegills getting ready to spawn. Try small jigs or worms. Largemouth Bass - Good: Sublegal bass are being caught on night crawlers and plastic lizards. Crappie - Fair: 9-11 inches have been picked up. Try small jigs or minnows. The north end of the lake has been good.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, there is an 18-inch size limit on bass and 40-inch size limit on Musky here. The water here is very clear right now. White Bass - Good: Fish are being caught on white jigs or jig/minnow. Look for fish chasing shad along the banks and dam. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crawlers and soft plastics along the dam and jetties are producing some bass. Walleye - Fair: Leeches under slip bobbers are working. Fish areas with wind blowing in to them.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been hitting on cut-bait, shrimp, and crawlers, especially after rain events. Bluegill - Fair: Shallower brush and jetty areas are holding fish. Use small jigs or waxies. Crappie - Good: Most fish are smaller with an occasional larger one mixed in. Most jigs are working. The fish are moving shallow now.

Otter Creek Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills should be shallow spawning. Try a small jig or waxie. Crappie - Fair: Some smaller crappies are being caught around shallow brush or rock. Yellow Bass - Excellent: Look in shallow coves or flats for schools of yellows. Try small jigs, spinners, or live bait.

Union Grove Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Coralville Reservoir

As of May 13, the lake level is 681 feet and rising. Right now it is projected to reach 690 feet by next weekend.

Maquoketa (Hopkinton to Canton)

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some nice sized smallmouth are being caught. The Monticello area has been reported as a good stretch.

Lake Wapello

The lake has refilled after last year's fish population renovation. Red ear and channel catfish were stocked last fall along with some largemouth bass and bluegill.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler fished around the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits around structure or off the ends of the jetties. Use plastic worms in the same areas. Redear Sunfish - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler. Look for redears in areas around structure and along the shoreline.

Lake Keomah

Try using small jigs around shoreline structures and jetties. Anglers have been catching some largemouth bass.

Albia (lower)

The gate has been reopened and a new boat ramp has been constructed on the reservoir. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits fished along the shoreline and around areas with submerged structures. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline and around submerged structure. There are buoys marking areas where cedar trees have been placed for fish habitat.

Lake Miami

The lake is now full from last year's drawdown. Try small jigs fished along the shoreline and along the dam.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler. Look for areas with submerged structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits or crankbaits around rocky shorelines or submerged structure. Use plastic worms around areas with trees and other woody vegetation.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 912.36 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is ranging in the upper 50s. Crappie - Fair: Fish around submerged structure in 8-10 feet of water with small jigs and minnows. Some fish are up shallow starting to spawn. Walleye - Fair: Use jig and minnow combinations along rocky areas around the shoreline. Please be wary of tagged walleyes and if these fish are harvested please call the hatchery with the tag number.

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Hannen Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Iowa Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Try around brush or overhanging limbs with a worm or small jig. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinner baits or plastics around shallow wood or on the flats. Crappie - Slow: Fish around shallow rock and brush with small jigs or minnows. Most fish are 9-10 inches.

Kent Park Lake

In addition to the lake, the upper pond has produced some nice bass and the east ponds are producing bluegills. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig or worm along the dam or brush. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow with plastics or live bait.

Lake Macbride

Crappie - Fair: Fish areas with warmer water with small jigs or minnows under a bobber. Most fish are coming off brush. The clearer the water, the deeper you should fish. Most fish are 10-13 inches. Walleye - Good: Trolling or casting crankbaits, as well as trolling or casting live bait rigs have been producing fish. 10-15 feet has been the average depth. Try a little shallower in dirtier water and a little deeper in clearer water.

Central Park Lake

Bluegill - Good: Look in shallow pockets or flats for bluegills getting ready to spawn. Try small jigs or worms. Largemouth Bass - Good: Sublegal bass are being caught on night crawlers and plastic lizards. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up 9 to 11-inch crappies on small jigs or minnows. The north end of the lake has been good.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, there is an 18-inch size limit on bass and 40-inch size limit on muskies here. The water is very clear right now. White Bass - Good: Fish are being caught on white jigs or jig/minnow. Look for fish chasing shad along the banks and dam. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crawlers and soft plastics along the dam and jetties are producing some bass. Walleye - Fair: Leeches under slip bobbers are working. Fish areas with wind blowing in to them.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. There is an over abundance of smaller crappies here. Don’t be afraid to take your 25 fish limit...every day! Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been hitting on cut bait, shrimp, and crawlers, especially after rain events. Bluegill - Good: Shallow brush, overhanging trees, and jetty areas are holding fish. Use small jigs or waxies. Crappie - Excellent: Most fish are smaller with an occasional larger one mixed in. Most jigs are working. The fish are tight to the rock bank.

Otter Creek Lake

There is an over abundance of yellow bass in this lake. They are scrappy fighters and excellent to eat. There is no limit and don’t be afraid to keep every one you catch. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are shallow along rock or overhanging trees. Try a small jig or waxie. Crappie - Slow: Some smaller crappies are being caught around shallow brush. Yellow Bass - Excellent: Look in shallow flats and along rock banks for schools of yellows. Try small jigs, spinners, or live bait.

Union Grove Lake

Crappie - Good: Fish shallow areas with rock on the bank. Use a small jig and cover water.

Coralville Reservoir

As of May 20 the lake level is 691 feet and rising. Right now it is projected to reach 694 feet by the end of the weekend.

Lake Wapello

The lake has refilled after last year's fish population renovation. Red ear and channel catfish were stocked last fall along with some largemouth bass and bluegill.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler fished around the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits around structure or off the ends of the jetties. Use plastic worms in the same areas. Redear Sunfish - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler. Look for redears in areas around structure and along the shoreline.

Lake Keomah

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use rubber worms and spinner baits along shoreline structure and along the jetties.

Albia (lower)

The gate has been reopened and a new boat ramp has been constructed on the reservoir. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinner baits fished along the shoreline and around areas with submerged structures. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs along the shoreline and around submerged structure. There are buoys marking areas where cedar trees have been placed for fish habitat.

Lake Miami

The lake is now full from last year's drawdown. Try small jigs fished along the shoreline and along the dam.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of night crawler. Look for areas with submerged structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinner baits or crankbaits around rocky shorelines or submerged structure. Use plastic worms around areas with trees and other woody vegetation.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 915.04 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is ranging in the upper 50s. Crappie - Fair: Casting small jigs along the shorelines has been successful for crappie. The larger crappies are still around submerged structure in 8-10 feet of water. Walleye - Fair: Try trolling or drifting night crawler rigs along underwater reefs and islands. Please be wary of tagged walleyes and if these fish are harvested please call the hatchery with the tag number.

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Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The river is at minor flood stage.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

The Iowa remains above flood stage.

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Ice is about 5 inches thick. Bluegill - Good: Fish around the numerous brush piles that are in the pond in 10 to 15 feet of water. I like yellow teardrop jigs tipped with a wax worm.

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Wilson Lake is ice free and there have been a few anglers out enjoying the nice weather. THE SPRING TROUT STOCKING WAS SATURDAY, MARCH 26. ONE THOUSAND TROUT WERE STOCKED AT 1 p.m.

Spinners and flashy lures seem to work best.

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With the crazy warm March we're having, the pond bite is really good for bluegill and crappie right now. When I've had time, I've gotten out on small ponds around Coralville and caught a lot of fish in shallow water on the downwind side (usually the north shore line with all the south wind we've had) with waxworms left over from ice season fished below a small bobber.

I've had the pond bite mostly to myself, as everyone is out on the Coralville flood plain catching channel cat. That is a good time, but there isn't much elbow room when the wind is blowing on to the north shore, and I prefer a little space when bank-fishing. The water is still too low there to get a boat far above the 965 bridge, so I've stayed away.

I haven't heard much good about the walleye bite on the Iowa River, or the crappie bite on Macbride, so I'm waiting for things to improve before I try either. A little more flow should help the river walleye bite, and Macbride will turn on soon. In the meantime, I'll keep fishing ponds.

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Made a drive over to Otter Creek Park by Todelo and Marshalltown this morning to catch a bunch of yellow bass. I was not disappointed in the numbers at all, although the size could have been better.

I caught a few small crappie early on, but no bluegill.

Plenty of ice, probably 10".

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SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS

Big Hollow Lake
Some skim ice in the mornings. Lake is open otherwise. 

Lake Belva Deer
The lake is ice free. Not much angler activity. 

Lake Darling
The lake has been ice free for the last week. On the cold mornings, there is a little ice around the edges in the bays. The boat docks are not in; be careful on the boat ramps, there is some ice on them from the waves coming in. Just a few anglers out, mostly to get the boats off the trailers. 

Lake Geode
Drained for renovation work scheduled for later this year. With the warmer weather, the bottom of the lake will thaw out and get soft again; use caution when walking around on the bottom of the lake. 

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The river has been ice free since early last week. River level is running about 1/2 bank full. Have seen a couple of boats out on the river, but no reports on the fishing. 

For more information on the fishing at the above lakes and rivers, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

Central Park Lake
The lake is drained for the renovation project that is going on now. 

Coralville Reservoir
The lake is ice free. The lake level is now being drawn down. It is predicted to reach spring pool of 679.4' on March 16. There is about 3,000 CFS flowing out of the lake this week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish have been caught on cut shad in shallow windblown areas. Some fish are also being caught around the 380/965 bridges. 

Diamond Lake
The lake is ice free and a boat dock is in. No fishing activity has been reported yet.  

Green Castle Lake
Most of the ice was gone this week. 

Hannen Lake
Most of the ice was going out this week. 

Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
The lake is ice free and the boat dock is in. There have been a few anglers out, but no fishing reports are available. 

Kent Park Lake
The lake is drained for the renovation project that will take place next winter. 

Lake Macbride
The lake is ice free. No docks are in yet. There have been boat and shore anglers out, but no reports are available. 

Otter Creek Lake
The lake is ice free. There is no boat dock in at this time. No fishing activity has been reported yet. 

Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is still 8 feet low from the restoration project, but the lake is ice free. 

Rodgers Park Lake
Most of the ice was going out this week. 

Sand Lake
Most of the ice was gone this week. 

Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
The river and backwaters are open at Pinicon Ridge. The water is dropping, but it is still turbid. No fishing reports are available. 

Lakes in the Macbride District are unsafe for ice fishing. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Miami
The lake is ice free. 

Lake Sugema
Lake Sugema and Tug Forks are completely free of ice. 

Lake Wapello
The lake is free of ice. Use cut bait on the windblown shorelines to catch channel catfish this time of year. 

Ottumwa Park Pond South
Trout are scheduled to be stocked on Saturday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m. 

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 903.46 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 campgrounds are closed. The lake is ice free. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use shad sides or cut bait on the windblown shorelines. 

Red Haw Lake
The lake is ice free. 

The lakes across the district all have open water. 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.

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SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The spring trout release will be at 10 a.m. this Friday, March 23. 1000 trout will be released.  

Lake Belva Deer
Not much angler activity. It was pretty quiet last weekend with the rain and fog. Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few bass are being caught in deeper water out among the flooded trees. 

Lake Darling
Haven't had enough nice days to get anglers out yet; five inches of wet heavy snow last Saturday didn't help. Water temperature is in the mid 30's. Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few small bass are being caught. 

Lake Geode
Drained for the renovation project. With the warmer weather, the bottom of the lake will thaw out and get soft again; use caution when walking around on the bottom of the lake. 

Lake of the Hills
The spring trout release is this Friday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. 2000 trout will be released. 

Wilson Lake
The spring trout release will be this Friday, March 23rd at noon. 1000 trout will be released.  

For more information on the fishing at the above lakes and rivers, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
Benton County has had the best reports so far. Walleye - Good: Jigs and crankbaits work well. Northern Pike - Fair: Some nice fish are being picked up. 

Coralville Reservoir
The lake is at normal spring pool of 679.4 feet. At this level, boating above the Lake Macbride Park ramp is not advised. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish have been caught on cut shad or shad guts under the 965/380 bridges and in shallow windblown pockets. 

Diamond Lake
The boat dock is always in. No fishing activity has been reported yet. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish jigs over brush piles. Most fish are 8-9 inches. 

Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
The water temperature is hovering around 40 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair. 

Lake Macbride
The lake is ice free. Boat docks are in. Fish cleaning stations are not available yet. A few anglers have been out, but no reports are available. 

Otter Creek Lake
The boat dock and T-dock at the north end are in. No fishing reports are available. 

Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is still 8 feet low from the restoration project. The main ramp is open and the boat dock is in. Use caution when launching and boating at this water level. A few anglers have been out, but no reports are available. 

Terry Trueblood Lake
2000 trout will be stocked here this Saturday, March 24th. You must have a trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Bowfin – Good. Rainbow Trout – Good.

Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on jigs below the dams. 

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

Lake Miami
The lake is ice free. 

Lake Sugema
Lake Sugema and Tug Forks are completely free of ice. 

Lake Wapello
The lake is free of ice. Use cut bait on the windblown shorelines to catch channel catfish this time of year. 

Ottumwa Park Pond South
Trout are scheduled to be stocked this Saturday, March 24th at 11 a.m. 

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 903.44 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 campgrounds are closed. The lake is ice free. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use shad sides or cut bait on the windblown shorelines. 

Red Haw Lake
The lake is ice free. 

The lakes across the district all have open water. 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.

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SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage is 8.05 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and is rising. Tailwater fishing is being reported as slow. Sauger - Slow: A few saugers are being caught in Sylvan Slough. Try fishing with jigs and minnows or pulling three-way rigs with stick baits. Black Crappie - Slow: Fishing has been slow in Sunset Marina for crappies. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber. 

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage is 6.87 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is rising. Tailwater fishing for walleyes and saugers is being reported as slow. Sauger - Slow: Try fishing with jigs and minnows or pulling three-way rigs and stick baits. White Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught in Big Timber. Try fishing with minnows or plastics around brush piles. 

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage is 8.45 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston and is rising. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week.  

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 5.17 feet at Lock and Dam 19 above Burlington and is rising. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week.  

River stages have been on the rise the past few days with the recent rains and snow melt. Main channel water temperature is around 42 degrees. Tailwater fishing has been reported as being slow. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST IOWA LAKES

Big Hollow Lake
Not a lot of angler activity on the lake.  Water temperature has gotten up to the low 40's during some of the warmer days. Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few bass are starting to be picked up in the shallower water close to the deeper water. The bass are staying just at the edge of the deeper water most of the time. 

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The trout stocked last Friday were a little slow to bite, but started to bite after about 1/2 hour.  Still plenty of them left to be caught. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: This small pond with easy access makes it easy to move around and find the trout.  Concentrate your efforts on the corners of the pond. Brook Trout – Excellent.  

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is hovering around 40 degrees. The weather seems to be keeping all but the die-hard anglers off the water.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few bass are being caught in deeper water out among the flooded trees. 

Lake Darling
Very little angler activity. The docks at the boat ramps are in. Water temperature is up to 40 degrees in the afternoons, upper 30's most of the rest of the time. Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few small bass are being caught. Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are starting to catch a few crappies. 

Lake Geode
Drained for the renovation project. With the warmer weather, the bottom of the lake will thaw out and get soft again; use caution when walking around on the bottom of the lake. 

Lake of the Hills
When the weather gets nice, get out to Lake of the Hills and catch some really nice trout. Brook Trout - Excellent: The brook trout were the first to bite after they got off the stocking truck and should still be biting.  Work out to about 4 foot of water; key in on the stumps and logs out at that depth. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: The rainbows were a little slower than the brook trout to start hitting, but about 1/2 hour in they picked up.  Nice size fish averaging a little over 1/2 pound each. 

Lost Grove Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 30's. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Work the flooded trees in shallow water during the sunny warmer days and out deeper around the trees during the rest of the time. Black Crappie - Slow: Crappies are still hanging out around the flooded timber in deeper water. 

Wilson Lake
A good number of anglers were out last Friday for the Spring Trout Release; there are still plenty of trout left to catch.  Both Brook and Rainbows were stocked. Brook Trout - Excellent: The trout are still going to be in pretty shallow.  Look for them around the brush piles, stumps, and culvert piles that you can see from shore. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Work the shallower habitat and you should be able to find the rainbows. 

For more information on the fishing at the above lakes and rivers, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
Benton County has had the best reports so far. Walleye - Good: Jigs and crankbaits work well. Northern Pike - Fair: Some nice fish are being picked up. 

Central Park Lake
The lake is currently drained and undergoing a lake renovation project. It will be completed this spring. 

Coralville Reservoir
The lake is at normal spring pool of 679.4 feet. At this level, boating above the Lake Macbride Park ramp is not advised. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish have been caught on cut shad or shad guts under the 965/380 bridges and in the channel of the main lake. 

Diamond Lake
The boat dock is always in. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish jigs over brush piles. Most fish are 8-9 inches. 

Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
The water temperature is hovering around 40 degrees. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair. 

Kent Park Lake
The lake is currently drained for a lake renovation project. It is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2019. 

Lake Macbride
The lake temperature is around 40 degrees. The boat docks are in, but the fish cleaning stations are not available yet.  Walleye – Slow. Black Crappie – Slow.

Otter Creek Lake
The boat dock and T-dock at the north end are in. No fishing reports are available. 

Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is still 8 feet low from the restoration project. The main ramp is open and the boat dock is in. Use caution when launching and boating at this water level. Water temperatures this week were in the low 40's. Walleye - Slow: Some fish are being caught in deep water. Fish taken from 20+ feet often do not survive as their air bladders expand out of their mouth. Muskellunge - Slow: A couple fish were reported this past week. 

Prairie Park Fishery
1500 trout will be stocked here this Saturday, March 31st at 10 a.m. Iowa residents and nonresidents who are required to have a fishing license must pay the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout. Exception: Anglers under 16 years old may possess or fish for trout without having paid the Trout Fee if they fish with a properly licensed adult who has paid the Trout Fee and together their combined limit is 5. Brook Trout – Good. Rainbow Trout – Good.  

Terry Trueblood Lake
2000 trout will be stocked here on Friday, March 30th at 11 a.m. Last weekend's stocking was cancelled due to weather. Iowa residents and nonresidents who are required to have a fishing license must pay the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout. Exception: Anglers under 16 years old may possess or fish for trout without having paid the Trout Fee if they fish with a properly licensed adult who has paid the Trout Fee and together their combined limit is 5. Brook Trout – Good. Rainbow Trout – Good.  

Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on jigs below the dams. 

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

Lake Sugema
Try using cut bait for channel catfish. 

Lake Wapello
Use cut bait on the windblown shorelines to catch channel catfish this time of year. 

Ottumwa Park Pond South
Trout are scheduled to be stocked this Friday, March 30th at Noon.  There will be a family trout fishing event this Saturday, March 31st from 8:00 a.m. until noon. 

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 903.66 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 campgrounds are closed. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use shad sides or cut bait on the windblown shorelines. 

Red Haw Lake
Try cut bait for channel catfish.  Target shorelines with the wind blowing in. 

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.

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SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS

Big Hollow Lake
Water temperature is holding around 44 degrees. Just need some warm days to get it going up to normal. Very little angler activity because of the weather. 

Lake Belva Deer
Cold, windy weather with a little snow is keeping most anglers away. Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few are getting picked up in the deeper water. Try on the upper end of the lake around the mounds. 

Lake Darling
Water temperature is holding in the low 40's. Water clarity is pretty good, except when the wind stirs the lake bottom up. Black Crappie - Slow: A few anglers have been catching some crappies out in deeper water over the habitat. 

Lost Grove Lake
A few anglers have been out. Cold, windy weather doesn't make for the best fishing weather. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Most angler trips are pretty short, but they are picking up some bass out around the deeper habitat. 

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

Central Park Lake
The lake is currently drained as a renovation project is finishing up this spring. 

Coralville Reservoir
The lake is at normal spring pool of 679.4 feet. Boating above Lake Macbride Park is not recommended at this water level. Channel Catfish - Slow. White Crappie – Slow. 

Diamond Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Fishing had been slow, but it should pick up as the weather warms. Try small jigs fished around the rock jetties or brush piles. Most fish are 8-9 inches. 

Kent Park Lake
The lake is currently drained for a lake renovation project. It is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2019. 

Lake Macbride
Water temperatures are in the mid 40's. All boat docks are in. All motor sizes may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph). Black Crappie - Slow: Try fishing jigs or minnows over deeper brush. There are lots of 10-12 inch crappies. Walleye - Slow: A few fish are being caught. A shallow water bite should improve as things warm up. Cast jigs or stick baits to windblown banks. 

Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is still 7-8 inches 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. 

Prairie Park Fishery
500 additional trout will be stocked here this Saturday, April 21 at 10:30. There will be a family fishing event held in conjunction with the stocking. 1500 trout had previously been stocked here on March 31. Iowa residents and nonresidents who are required to have a fishing license must pay the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout. Exception: Anglers under 16 years old may possess or fish for trout without having paid the Trout Fee if they fish with a properly licensed adult who has paid the Trout Fee and together their combined limit is 5. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Try small jigs, spinners, live bait or artificial scented baits. Brook Trout – Fair.  

Sand Lake
2000 trout will be stocked here this Saturday, April 21 at 11:00. There will be a family fishing event held in conjunction with the stocking. Iowa residents and nonresidents who are required to have a fishing license must pay the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout. Exception: Anglers under 16 years old may possess or fish for trout without having paid the Trout Fee if they fish with a properly licensed adult who has paid the Trout Fee and together their combined limit is 5. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Try small jigs, spinners, live bait or artificial scented baits. Brook Trout - Excellent: Try small jigs, spinners, live bait or artificial scented baits. Black Crappie - Fair: Some fish are being caught on warmer days. 

Terry Trueblood Lake
You must have a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Brook Trout – Fair. Rainbow Trout – Fair.  

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

Lake Sugema
Try using cut bait for channel catfish. The water temperature is in the low 40's. 

Lake Wapello
Use cut bait on the windblown shorelines to catch channel catfish this time of year. Catch largemouth bass around brush piles. 

Ottumwa Park Pond South
Trout were stocked on March 30th. Try small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners or casting spoons. 

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 903.66 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 low 40's. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use shad sides or cut bait on the windblown shorelines. 

Red Haw Lake
Try cut bait near shorelines with the wind blowing in for channel catfish. 

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.

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