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Well, it's been a while since I've posted one of these. The weather was nice for opener, albeit a bit windy on Saturday. Sunlight was nice and warm, and seemed to be the key fueling bites. Water temperature Saturday was 42.8 degrees on a typical lake. Sunday fished a much shallower lake that was between 51 and 53 degrees. Got all bass on Saturday. Slow and small jerkbaits along down wood and rocks was the ticket. Sunday got more pike action in the shallows near spawning grounds. Fish were trying to warm themselves and could be caught very shallow, as little as a foot of water. Pike were aggressive, hitting most anything that got close to them.

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Fished Wapogassett today. Caught a bunch of bass, most of them small, biggest was 17". Hooked into something really big early on, but if got off before we could get a look at it.

Highlight of the day was finding a turtle smaller than a silver dollar floating out in the middle of the lake...how he wasn't eaten by a bird or fish is a miracle! My 6 years old daughter rescued him and named him "tittles". She picked out a nice quiet hiding spot to let him go at.

First time I've fished the lake. Seems like it could be pretty good. Every other boat on the lake was fishing for crappies, so apparently there are a lot out there. Looking forward to trying this lake again someday.

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Yeah, Wapo I think of as a good lake for kids or friends/relatives that prefer action to size. There are some good fish in there, but you tend to sort through a lot of little guys first. The nice thing about that lake is that when blue bird skies shut down the bite on most other lakes, Wapo seems unaffected and the fish keep biting.

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I launched at the park, which was great for the kids, because they played on the playground while we got the boat ready. Is the access on bear trap a free access? That spot looked like it was more my speed should I ever fish the lake in my small boat. Wouldn't mind saving $5 also.

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I launched at the park, which was great for the kids, because they played on the playground while we got the boat ready. Is the access on bear trap a free access? That spot looked like it was more my speed should I ever fish the lake in my small boat. Wouldn't mind saving $5 also.

You know, I'm really not sure if there is a price on the 2 other launches. I was actually meaning to find that out for myself this year.

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I know the north launch on wapo is also a pay launch. I've visited both wapo launches before, but seeing the bear trap launch from the lake was the 1st time I've ever seen that one. I couldn't see a pay box, but that doesn't mean anything.

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Got out and did some muskie fishing this weekend. Not a ton to report. Didn't see a fish Saturday and covered practically the whole lake. Went elsewhere Sunday, and had one medium fish miss my jerkbait by 15 inches (on my 12" jerkbait leader of course). Luckily it was a floating jerkbait so I was able to retrieve it, leader still completely untouched with about 3 inches of line hanging off the front. Otherwise didn't see any other muskies, but did catch 3 pike, one around 30 inches. Monday went to a lake where I consistently see fish during the summer. And despite the delayed Spring we had, fish were on the same weedline they use all summer. My brother had the only catch, a short 30" fish. He had a larger one on briefly but it threw the hook. I missed one strike because I was distracted by some lightning, and apparently had my rod under my brothers when I went to set the hook. Saw the fish though, it was mid 30's is all. Had a few other follows, all of them on small bucktails.

Curly-leaf is coming in thick right now, and nearing the surface. Other types of weeds are coming in slowly but surely. Small fish seem to be segregated into 2 groups: one chasing insects right at the shoreline, and another set chasing hatching bugs off the first breakline. The bigger fish are following those 2: inside weedline is better than the outside right now, with another set of gamefish (though fewer in number) sitting off the breaklines. Water has warmed to nearly 70 degrees, and the thermocline is already starting to set-up. Note that if the mosquitoes weren't already bothering you this weekend; they will be out by next weekend. Bring the bug spray.

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Thanks for the report Nick. Good details. Good Luck next time out.

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Fished the Amery and Turtle Lake area this past weekend. Overal it was great. Panfish were shallow and active and bass were also biting. Upper Turtle the bass were still pre-spawn where as on N. Twin they had already spawned. Water on both lakes was about 63 degrees. Now is the time for some of the best fishing of the year.

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Well, after a month or so of not being on the water, finally made it back out there. And stable weather made for some very predictable summer muskie fishing. Fish will be fairly active just outside of their preferred weed beds, moving onto the weeds during prime time. And that is exactly what I saw all weekend. Saturday I had 8 follows, and 1 failed hit boatside. My dad had 2 fish on and lost both. Didn't seem to matter what you threw, they were interested. Sunday saw fewer fish, but with rain looming on the horizon I did get 1 small one in the boat, and had 2 other short strikes. My dad lost another one he had on, but did boat a fairly large pike.

Otherwise lots of fish to mark suspended on the first breakline. Didn't try for them, so can't tell you what they were. Water temperatures were in the mid 70's. Other fishing I talked to were seeing the same thing we were, although walleye fishermen seemed to be having a tough go of it.

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Cooler weather knocked water temperatures down to the low to mid 60's this weekend. A little wind and a lot of sunshine didn't seem to bother the fish. I was out targeting muskies all weekend. Fish are still hanging out on the breaklines, waiting for the right time to move in. Depending on the lake, some weeds (particularly milfoil) has already started to lose it's green-ness. Fish seem to be preferring the greenest of the weeds. What you throw doesn't seem to be all that important, just get it to where the fish are. About the only thing that I didn't see a fish with was topwaters, which is a bit odd because September is always a great topwater month. Also caught a bonus walleye, but I can't recommend to walleye fisherman to target them with a 9" jerkbait.

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Another opener in the books. 2 years ago the lake I fished opener was still 25% ice covered. Last year I had a water temp of just 42 degrees for opener. We were due for a nice opener, and the weather cooperated all day Saturday and much of the day Sunday. Water temps were a pleasant 58 to 62 degrees. Fish were also biting. I wouldn't call the action fast and furious, but the bite was fairly consistent. Weeds are just starting to come in. Fish can be found anywhere from right up in the developing weedbeds out to the base of the first break. Pike and walleyes were the most common catch. I put the new shadow rap through it's paces and it seemed to work for all of the gamefish species. Even drew some attention from panfish, as I snagged a crappie and perch with it's erratic motion. Nothing of size for me this weekend, but was nice to get out in the boat casting again.

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Made it out Memorial Day Weekend. Sunday was a little wet, but Saturday was nice. Decided to target muskies, which wasn't very successful. Managed a single follow over weeds, that was it. Pike were extremely active though, and could be found anywhere newly growing weeds met the first break. Crappies were also quite active. I could see quite a few in the weedbeds, and other boats were pulling them in one after another over weed beds. I also saw some mayflies, as well as marking huge schools of bluegills and crappies over what I assume were bug hatches. When it's calm, check the surface. Anywhere you see fish breaking you will find a bug hatch. And with that, large schools of panfish.

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Haven't been getting out much, but I did manage to sneak out Saturday for a bit. Water temp was 69 degrees. Fish position depended on the condition of the curly leaf. In healthy curly leaf, the fish were up inside the weeds near a steeper break. In areas where it was dying (look for green slime on it), fish were positioned outside the weeds on the break. Casted for muskies a bit and had 1 blow-up on a topwater over weeds, but no hookup. Otherwise no sightings. Did manage to catch quite a few gills and crappies on the edge using crawlers and minnows. Quite a few bass mixed in too. Only managed one dink walleye. Fish were anywhere from the bottom in 21 feet up into the weeds in about 5 feet. Deep weed edge was around 13 feet, several feet deeper than normal.

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Got out Saturday for some muskie fishing. Perfectly clear skies and a complete absence of wind made it tough. Spotted some bluegills at the launch sitting on nests. Water temp was reading 78 degrees, oddly higher than the air temperature. I think that was a combination of no wind to mix the water and some sunlight directly hitting the transducer giving the high reading. Managed 3 follows: 2 on jerkbaits and 1 on a crankbait. All fish were on the outside weed edge near the deepest water in the lake. Follows were extremely lazy: the fish wouldn't even swim off so much as just sink away. Will be out to target them again this coming weekend: hopefully the first weekend of the year where I can put in some serious effort towards catching fish.

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Fished Wappo yesterday and caught around 14 LM off the weedline, only 2 over 15. Released them all.   Noticed walleyes have been stocked there for many years and  is part of the new walleye initiative in the state. Anyone been real successful in the walleye hunt  here and would you mind sharing information?  Thanks.

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I catch them sporadically on Wapo while fishing for other fish. They are definitely in there, but not too numerous. The lake has only received a single stocking of large fingerling (last year), before that it was all small fingerling. Large fingerling stocking has been very successful on other lakes in the area, but generally it takes about 6 years to start having a substantial effect. The submerged humps will probably be your best bet for summer walleyes out there. You should catch a lot of bonus crappies while targeting the eyes, and maybe get into some white bass as well. I was only out once this year and we did manage a dink that was from last year's stocking.

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Got out this weekend and tossed the large baits the whole time. Water temps were 75-76. The storms followed by clear weather really didn't do many favors for the fishing. Lots of boaters on the water hugging the West shorelines. The best bet to fish was on the East shore in the wind. My dad had a fish hit boatside that he didn't quite stick well enough and it shook the hook. That fish chased double 8's. I caught a 34" pike on a large dive and rise jerkbait, but didn't see another fish. Both of these fish came off some steep breaklines. As we move past the warmest part of summer and as the baitfish grow up a bit, expect the fishing along weedbeds to improve.

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Was out chasing muskies again this weekend. Water temps were 76-77 and water was somewhat algae stained, but not too bad for this time of year. Stable weather and a full moon looks like it brought the muskies in shallower. I did not see any fish following off deep water. Fish were up in the weeds, and would follow most presentations (a big glide bait got the most attention). Late Sunday I switched over to an erratic jerkbait to try entice would be followers, and managed a new first for me. I put 2 muskies in the boat on consecutive casts. Both fish were small (36" and 34"), but that appeared to be the ticket. The downsize in lure may have been a factor in the smaller fish. I had been throwing larger baits and getting larger fish to follow somewhat regularly throughout the weekend.

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Hit the water again this weekend. Hot weather and approaching storms did no favors. Gave the muskie rods a shot and had absolutely nothing to show for it. Lakes were pretty green and water temps were pushing 80 degrees. Fished similar areas to where they were 2 weeks ago, trolled deep, topwaters over weeds, deep weed edges, midlake humps, all of that was unproductive. Saturday nearing sunset I put the big rod down and casted a small jerkbait looking for just any sign of a fish. Quickly put 2 walleye in the boat off a deep weed edge near some fish cribs. Both fish were in the slot though. Also picked up a few white bass doing that.

 

Cooler weather this week should change things up. Rainfall should knock the water temps down into the mid or even lower 70's.

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Hot weather and storms Sunday made for some tough fishing this weekend. Targeted a little bit of everything, but only bass and pike were cooperating. Both of those could be found in the deeper weed beds. Not many marks at all in deeper water this weekend. Normally in running around so much I pass over quite a few fish deeper, but that wasn't the case. Cooler weather kicks in this week, so I anticipate fish will be on the move to shallower water if they weren't already there. Weed edges and points will be your friends. Slow moving easy targets is what it took to trigger fish last weekend, I would continue to use such presentations until water temperatures stabilize.

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Got out again this weekend. Managed to mark some fish in deeper water this weekend. They were located off the break and into the flats a little ways. Managed a few small walleyes on jig and minnows out there, but action was fairly slow in that regard. Sunday battled the wind a bit and went after the muskies. Action was consistent with seeing fish well into the weed flats near the thick stuff. Fish would follow just about anything. Only taker was the smallest of the 4 we saw, this 36" on a topwater. Water temps were back down into the upper 60's, which shouldn't change much in the coming weeks. Expect fishing to improve up until turnover, at least on days not affected by inclement weather.

 

 

 

 

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You ever fish bass lake? I was out there for a few minutes the other day, but my 19 month old didn't take to her 1st boat ride too well, so I didn't get to actually fish. But it sure looks like a darn good bass lake, in which case, it would be very appropriately named.

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    • NORTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Arrowhead Lake Bluegill - Fair: Cast a small jig fished under a bobber near submerged structure along shore in 5-10 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast traditional bass lures near submerged woody structure throughout the lake and along weed lines in the southern part of the lake.  Black Hawk Lake Surface water temperatures are around 80 degrees. Yellow Perch - Slow. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast traditional bass lures and plastics along shore. You can catch fish anywhere around the lake, but some of the best areas are Ice House point shoreline, inlet bay and bridge area near the outlet, and along Gunshot Hill. Walleye - Slow. Channel Catfish - Fair:Try cut bait, dip baits or crankbaits fished near shore. Bluegill – Fair. Brushy Creek Lake Surface water temperatures are in the upper 70's. There is around 10 feet of water clarity. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig either drifting or fished under a bobber near submerged woody structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw traditional bass lures, plastics or weedless lures near submerged structure and along weed lines. Yellow Perch - Slow. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill - Fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Brushy Creek Lake has a low-density population of larger channel catfish. Target these larger fish near shore with rocky structure using a variety of cut baits and crankbaits. North Twin Lake Water temperature is in the low 80's. Water clarity is around 2 feet. Yellow Bass - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or waxworm fished under a small bobber in 3-6 feet of water near shore. If fishing from boat, you may need to move around to stay on top of fish. Yellow bass are 6-10 inches long. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are numerous in North Twin Lake. Use cut baits and crankbaits near shore with rocky structure. Bluegill - Slow: Try small jigs tipped with a crawler fished under a bobber along shore near vegetation edges.  Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake) 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: Drift with leeches or crawlers along the dredge cuts and troll crankbaits in the main lake. White Bass - Fair: Pick up white bass from shore and in the main like while trolling. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina, near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a variety of dip baits, cut baits and crankbaits fished near shore and anywhere with rocky structure. Water temperatures are in the lower 80's in the Black Hawk District. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. Beeds Lake Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore. Black Crappie – Slow. Yellow Bass – Fair. Clear Lake The water temperature is in the low 80's. Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching walleyes drift fishing a jig and crawler near vegetation. Try slip bobber fishing or jigging a leech on the rock reefs. Yellow Bass – Slow: The best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish - Good: Float a crawler under a bobber along a rocky shoreline. Boat anglers should try bouncing a jig and crawler on the rock reefs. Crystal Lake Black Crappie - Fair: Drift fish a minnow or small jig near the dredge cut. Largemouth Bass - Good. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore. Lake Cornelia Bluegill - Fair: Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a frog fished along the rocky shoreline. Lower Pine Lake Popular fishing spots get crowded in the afternoon; arrive early to avoid crowds.  Don’t park along the west side of the highway.  If the boat trailer parking lot is full, try Upper Pine Lake. Bluegill - Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7-inch fish. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a crawler or live bait near the spillway. Silver Lake (Worth) Bluegill - Fair: Try a small piece of worm fished below a bobber in the open areas of the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Upper Pine Lake Bluegill - Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7-inch fish. Largemouth Bass – Good. Black Crappie - Fair. For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.  East Okoboji Lake The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 80 degrees. There is a great panfish bite that is moving further out into deeper water post-spawn. Bluegill – Excellent: Large schools are moving into the shallows to bed and can easily be caught around hoists and docks. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good: A good open water bite has started to pick up. Lake Pahoja Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie - Good: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use rubber worms or other slow-moving jigs. Lost Island Lake Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair. Silver Lake (Dickinson) Walleye – Good. Spirit Lake The walleye season is open. A great walleye and yellow perch bite has been seen lately with many yellows over 10 inches being caught. The water temperature is 79 degrees. Bluegill - Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore post-spawn. Walleye - Good: A fairly good bite lately can also be seen from shore. Try bottom bouncers or crankbaits to cover more water. Black Bullhead - Fair: Anglers have been successful at the north grade. Yellow Perch - Good: The bite has really picked up; fish are a little deeper than what can be easily fished from shore. Try small humps in the main basin or weed edges.  West Okoboji Lake The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 80 degrees. The panfish bite has been great. Bluegill - Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore. Try fishing in about 16 feet of water in the weeds or weed lines. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Find smallmouth bass on rock piles or on the points.. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Find largemouth bass on the weed lines. Yellow Perch - Fair: Schools have started to move deeper off shore. Iowa Great Lake water temperatures have warmed up up substantially and are currently 79 degrees or warmer. This week’s extended forecast calls for temperatures ranging from the upper 70's to upper 80's. 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Hatchery grounds are open to the public, but feeders and other conveniences are temporarily closed. Brook Trout - Good: When fishing private property open to angling, leave that property as was or better by picking up trash. Close gates if you opened them; be considerate. Brown Trout - Good: More terrestrials are out. Use beetles or other bright flies fished along grassed edges. Afternoon hatches of caddis and may flies have been slow. Pheasant tailed nymphs and bead headed midges work well. Use hair jigs or spinners for aggressive fish. Rainbow Trout - Excellent:Try a worm or cheese floated through a pool under a bobber. Use an ultra-light pole and reel for fun action. Try small crappie or bluegill jigs. Lake Hendricks Aquatic vegetation is coming on strong. Early morning and evening bite are best. Black Crappie - Slow: Find crappie suspended in deeper water around structure. Use a minnow or small lure drifting over structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small piece of worm on a hook under a small bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use topwater lures or weedless hooks fished along the weed edges.Channel Catfish - Good: With warmer water temperatures, try cheese or stinkbaits. Nightcrawlers will work. Lake Meyer Water clarity is excellent. Filamentous algae mats are covering shallow water. Fish early morning and evening when shadows aren't cast on the water. Black Crappie - Slow: Use a small spinnerbait tossed along a steep depth change. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small piece of worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a twister tail or worm fished along the shore. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use a nightcrawler fished on the bottom near stumps or other structure. Also try chicken liver or cheese baits. Turkey River (above Clermont) Water levels are falling with improved clarity. Go to the USGS Current Conditions website for more information on water levels. Walleye - Fair: Find walleye in deeper holes around brush piles. Toss a jig tipped with a twister tail near a brush pile.  Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Water levels are falling with improved clarity. Current remains strong. Water hazards may have moved. Walleye - Fair: Flip a jig with twister tail along a brush pile or rock ledge. White Sucker - Slow: Try a hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Toss a small crankbait along a current break or rock ledge. Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Water levels are falling with improved clarity. Strong current; water hazards and stream conditions change fast. Walleye - Fair: Find walleye along current breaks or around log jams. White Sucker - Slow: Try a hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the bottom.  Volga Lake Best bite is early morning or just before dark. 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Some sorting may be needed on bluegill; crappie and catfish angling is best early morning or late evening. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater and plastics. Black Crappie - Good: Cast and retrieve colored tube jigs. Bluegill - Good: Try a small piece of worm under a bobber with a small split shot sinker and small hook. Channel Catfish - Good: Cast dead cut baits, chicken livers or stinkbait on the bottom of the lake; early morning or later evening bite is best. Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Best success is channel catfish on the Cedar River. Channel Catfish - Fair: Cast dead cut baits, chicken livers or stinkbait on the bottom of the lake; early morning or later evening bite is best. George Wyth Lake Good reports of largemouth bass being caught on George Wyth Lake. Newly placed habitat in and around the floating pier may provide success. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater and plastics. Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Cast crankbaits or fishing a half of a crawler on a jig and plastic rig. Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) We received no information about fishing on this waterbody this week. Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) We received no information about fishing on this waterbody this week. Interior rivers continue to drop and are providing some catches of smallmouth bass and walleye. Lakes in and around Cedar Falls/Waterloo area are providing some catches of largemouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, but potential heavy thunderstorms are predicted for this evening. All three trout hatcheries remain closed. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information.   MISSISSIPPI RIVER FISHING REPORTS Mississippi River Pool 9 River level is 9.5 feet at Lansing with a fall predicted this week. Water temperature is 83 degrees. New Albin Army road is reopened. Hwy 82, Lansing Bridge is closed. Use caution at ramps during low water. Lansing Village Creek is shallow near the creek mouth. Heytman's Landing is accessible with shallow drive boats only. Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting on crankbaits on wing dams and channel border structure. Northern Pike - Good: Try in areas of colder streams and springs entering the Mississippi River. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small piece of crawler fished just off the bottom near shorelines with slight current. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are in about 10 feet of water. Use a minnow under a bobber in areas with less current in backwaters or side channels. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be on pre-spawn bite as temperatures rise. Cast plastics or blade baits in backwater lakes. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Try spinnerbaits fished in rock piles at the tip of the islands on main channel borders. Shovelnose sturgeon - Fair: Some shovelnose are being picked up with a crawler fished off the bottom in main channel areas. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead bite has slowed, but some are being caught on shiners or a small bluegill for bait. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try nightcrawlers or cut bait fished off the bottom in deeper side channel areas. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning. Use light tackle tipped with small piece of worm along the shorelines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Use a crawler fished on the bottom along current breaks. Mississippi River Pool 10 River level is 618.2 feet at Lynxville and is expected to fall this week. Water temperature is 84 degrees. Sny Magill access is open. Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting on crankbaits on wing dams and channel border structure. Northern Pike - Excellent: Try in areas of colder streams and springs entering the Mississippi River. Yellow Perch - Excellent: Use a small piece of crawler fished just off the bottom near shorelines with slight current. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are in 8-10 feet of water. Use a minnow under a bobber in areas near current breaks in backwaters and side channels. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be on pre-spawn bite as temperatures rise. Cast plastics or blade baits in backwater lakes. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try spinnerbaits fished in rock piles at the tip of the islands on main channel borders. Shovelnose sturgeon - Good: Some shovelnose are being picked up using a crawler fished off the bottom in main channel areas. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead bite has slowed, but some are still being caught on shiners or a small bluegill for bait. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try nightcrawlers or cut bait fished off the bottom in deeper side channel areas.  Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are spawning. Use light tackle tipped with small piece of worm along the shorelines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Try a crawler fished on the bottom along current breaks. Mississippi River Pool 11 River level is 9.7 feet at Guttenberg and is predicted to fall to 8 feet this week. Water temperature is in the mid 80's. Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting on crankbaits on wing dams and channel border structure. Northern Pike - Excellent: Try in areas of colder streams and springs entering the Mississippi River. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small piece of crawler fished just off the bottom near shorelines with slight current. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are in about 10 feet of water. Use a minnow under a bobber in areas with less current in backwaters and side channels. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be on pre-spawn bite as temperatures rise. Cast plastics or blade baits in backwater lakes. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Try spinnerbaits fished in rock piles at the tip of the islands on main channel borders. Shovelnose sturgeon - Fair: Some shovelnose are being picked up with a crawler fished off the bottom in main channel areas. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead bite has slowed, but some are still being caught on shiners or a small bluegill for bait. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try nightcrawlers or cut bait fished off the bottom in deeper side channel areas. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning. Use light tackle tipped with small piece of worm along the shorelines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Try a crawler fished on the bottom along current breaks. Upper Mississippi River levels are predicted to fall this week. Water clarity is good. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches long must be released immediately. Only one walleye greater than 27 inches can be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily harvest limit of 6 and possession of 12.   Mississippi River Pool 12 Water levels are stable, but will start to recede slightly later this week. The water level is near 9.3 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 11.5 feet at the RR bridge.The water temperature is around 86 degrees. The water clarity is good. Northern Pike - Excellent: Flashy spinners in warm sun filled waters might trigger these predators. Bluegill - Good: Most of the spawning is over, but some bluegills are still being reported in shallow backwater areas. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Lots of anglers are switching to prepared stinkbaits. Some catfish have started to move along the rock lines to prepare for spawning. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on an egg sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass are being taken off lily pad areas on spinnerbaits or frog imitation lures. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallies have moved in along the rock piles; use flashy spoons or crankbaits. Mississippi River Pool 13 Water level is 10.4 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam and is expected to recede later this week. The water temperature is 86 degrees. The water is clear. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Some cats have moved along rock lines. Anglers are switching to prepared stinkbaits. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Northern Pike - Excellent: Try flashy spinners fished along old weed edges and rock shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Lots of bass are being taken off lily pad areas on spinnerbaits or frog imitation lures. Bluegill - Good: Try fishing around brush piles in larger sloughs with moderate current. Flathead Catfish - Good: Use live fish for bait. Lots of trot lines are being set.  Mississippi River Pool 14 The water level is 9.7 feet at the Fulton Lock and Dam, 12.5 feet at Camanche and 7.2 feet at LeClaire. Water temperature is 87 degrees. Water clarity is fair. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are switching to prepared stinkbaits. Look for channel cats to move along the rock lines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a worm sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Largemouth Bass - Good: : Lots of bass are being taken off lily pad areas on spinnerbaits or frog imitation lures. Northern Pike - Good: Use flashy spinners along backwater shorelines or in the tailwaters for this aggressive fish. Flathead Catfish - Good: Try large live bait to catch big flathead catfish. Bluegill - Good: Find bluegills near the mouths of large backwater areas, usually around brush piles. Mississippi River Pool 15 Water level is around 10.1 feet at Rock Island and is stable. Expect water levels to recede slightly later in the week. The water temperature is 87 degrees; water clarity is good. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a worm sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are readily biting on cut bait and prepared baits. Flathead Catfish - Good: Try live bait around brush piles or in the tailwater area. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish the rocky habitats along the channel edge. Water level is expected to slowly recede later in the week.Water temperature has warmed into the upper 80's throughout the district. If you have any fishing questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-880-8781.
    • SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Big Hollow Lake Hot weather is keeping angler numbers down. Water temperature in the 80's. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Going to go deep; work some of the edges of the brush piles in 5 to 7 feet of water earlier in the morning. Bluegill - Fair: Most bluegills have moved off the beds and are out in 6 to 8 feet of water. Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River Finally below bank full level. Forecast to drop only another foot or so over the next week. Lake Belva Deer Water temperature is in the mid to upper 80's. Early morning bite is best; most anglers are gone by 9 am.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Summer patterns have set up. Try early in the shallows; most of the day they are out in deeper water. Bluegill - Fair: Move out to the deeper water (16 to 18 feet) out around the trees. Black Crappie - Fair: Try slow trolling at the lower end of the lake early in the morning.  Lake Darling The water has tried to clear up; it is now starting to turn green. Water temperature is in the mid to upper 80's. Monday afternoon at 3 pm it hit 94 degrees at the surface.   Largemouth Bass - Slow: The hot weather pushed them out into deeper water. Early morning before it heats up is best. Bluegill - Fair: Start out in the 5 to 7 feet of water over the rock piles; don’t be surprised if you end up in 10 to 12 feet of water. Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few crappies slowly drift trolling in 10 to 12 feet of water; bite will improve as the water clears. Lost Grove Lake Water temperatures are in the mid-80's. Water clarity is still good with a little green color; weed beds are dying back. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Still catching a few bass in shallow early in the morning. The evening bite has slowed since the water hasn't started cooling off by then. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill have moved to deeper water for the summer to get away from the heat. Start looking in 10 to 15 feet of water in the trees; don’t be surprised if you end up out in 15 to 20 feet of water.   Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock) The water level stabilized at just under half bank full. Channel Catfish - Fair: The hot weather has kept a lot of anglers off the river this week. The grass frogs are really starting to come out  with the heavy dew in the mornings; good time to try a few for fish bait. For more information on the above lakes, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.   Lake Miami Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs around the fishing jetties. Drift fishing from a boat can also produce some bluegills this time of year. Lake Wapello Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater lures early and late in the day. Target cedar tree piles. Rathbun Reservoir The current lake level is 904.52 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 waterbody. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: Try vertically jigging around rock piles and submerged points. Red Haw Lake Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater lures early and late in the day. Use spinnerbaits and crankbaits during the hotter parts of the day. Bluegill - Slow: Try drifting in the main part of the lake with nightcrawlers. The district includes Appanoose, Davis, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.  
    • SOUTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Big Creek Lake Walleye - Slow: Troll live bait rigs or crankbaits at depths of 15 feet or less in the upper half of the lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll jigs with twister or paddle tails down 3 to 6 feet in the upper half of the lake. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Cast or troll shad imitating spoons, crankbaits or plastics. Look for schools of young shad breaking the surface of the water to find feeding wipers. Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock) Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught. Try live bait, stinkbait and crawlers. Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake) Channel Catfish - Good: Try stinkbaits or cut bait fished in or just upstream of tree falls. Don Williams Lake Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll panfish jigs out a little deeper on the edges of the treefalls and over sunken pallets. Most crappies are 8.5 to 10 inches. Bluegill - Good: Catch spawning bluegills shallow fishing small jigs tipped with nightcrawlers under a bobber. For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, call Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885. Lake Anita Crappies were caught around brush piles and the road beds this week. Bluegills have moved into a summer pattern. Bluegill - Fair: Drift or troll small jigs tipped with berkly or nightcrawlers in 6 to 8 feet of water. Black Crappie - Slow: Find crappie around tree piles and along the two road beds in the lake. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anita has a good bass population. Find fish along vegetation edges and around tree piles.  Lake Manawa Walleyes are being picked up around the dredge cuts and the west shore. Channel catfish are being caught on the west shore. Be aware of signs marking the dredge pipe in the lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are close to shore. Fish are all sizes in the lake. White Crappie - Fair: A few large white crappies are being caught on the west shore. Walleye - Fair: A few anglers are having good success trolling crankbaits using planner boards. Don't overlook running a crawler through the dredge cuts.  Littlefield Lake Littlefield has a good ring of aquatic vegetation. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have moved around the cedar tree piles in the lake. Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a large number of 12 to 14 inch fish in the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Cast cut or stinkbait along the dam to catch 2-4 pound channel catfish. Prairie Rose Lake Anglers report catching channel catfish around the reefs. Water temperature is 80 degrees. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills have moved off the spawning beds and can be caught around tree piles or drifting open water areas of the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and underwater reefs. Fish average 2 to 4 pounds. Largemouth Bass - Good: A large population of 12 to 14 inch bass offer fun catch and release fishing.  Viking Lake Viking Lake is six feet low. Black Crappie - Fair: Black crappies are being caught in brush piles. Cast a minnow under a bobber to catch 9 to 12 inch crappie. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching bass in tree piles using plastics. For more information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587. Green Valley Lake Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles to catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches. Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappie up to 9 inches with jigs tipped with live bait fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Slow: Catch bluegill up to 7.5 inches with jigs tipped with live bait fished near the fishing jetties or cedar tree brush piles.  Lake Icaria Bluegill - Slow: Catch bluegill of all sizes with nightcrawlers fished under a bobber along the fish mounds. Channel Catfish - Good: Use nightcrawlers fished along rocky shoreline areas to catch channel catfish of all sizes. Little River Watershed Lake Bluegill - Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished near cedar tree brush piles to catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches with jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles or along weed lines.  Three Mile Lake Walleye - Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished along the creek channels to catch walleyes up to 22 inches. Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappies up to 10 inches with jigs tipped with a minnow fished along the flooded timber. Bluegill - Fair: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished near cedar tree brush piles to catch bluegill of all sizes. Twelve Mile Creek Lake Black Crappie - Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished along cedar tree brush piles or creek channels to catch crappie up to 11 inches. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches with jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Slow: Catch bluegill of all sizes with jigs tipped with live bait fished along the weed line or cedar tree brush piles. Water temperature in most Mount Ayr district lakes is in the low to mid-80's. For more information, contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.
    • NORTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Arrowhead Lake Bluegill - Fair: Cast a small jig fished under a bobber near submerged structure along shore in 5-10 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast traditional bass lures near submerged woody structure throughout the lake and along weed lines in the southern part of the lake.  Black Hawk Lake Surface water temperatures are around 80 degrees. Yellow Perch - Slow. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast traditional bass lures and plastics along shore. You can catch fish anywhere around the lake, but some of the best areas are Ice House point shoreline, inlet bay and bridge area near the outlet, and along Gunshot Hill. Walleye - Slow. Channel Catfish - Fair:Try cut bait, dip baits or crankbaits fished near shore. Bluegill – Fair. Brushy Creek Lake Surface water temperatures are in the upper 70's. There is around 10 feet of water clarity. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig either drifting or fished under a bobber near submerged woody structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw traditional bass lures, plastics or weedless lures near submerged structure and along weed lines. Yellow Perch - Slow. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill - Fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Brushy Creek Lake has a low-density population of larger channel catfish. Target these larger fish near shore with rocky structure using a variety of cut baits and crankbaits. North Twin Lake Water temperature is in the low 80's. Water clarity is around 2 feet. Yellow Bass - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or waxworm fished under a small bobber in 3-6 feet of water near shore. If fishing from boat, you may need to move around to stay on top of fish. Yellow bass are 6-10 inches long. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are numerous in North Twin Lake. Use cut baits and crankbaits near shore with rocky structure. Bluegill - Slow: Try small jigs tipped with a crawler fished under a bobber along shore near vegetation edges.  Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake) 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: Drift with leeches or crawlers along the dredge cuts and troll crankbaits in the main lake. White Bass - Fair: Pick up white bass from shore and in the main like while trolling. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina, near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a variety of dip baits, cut baits and crankbaits fished near shore and anywhere with rocky structure. Water temperatures are in the lower 80's in the Black Hawk District. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. Beeds Lake Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore. Black Crappie – Slow. Yellow Bass – Fair. Clear Lake The water temperature is in the low 80's. Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching walleyes drift fishing a jig and crawler near vegetation. Try slip bobber fishing or jigging a leech on the rock reefs. Yellow Bass – Slow: The best bite is at first light. Channel Catfish - Good: Float a crawler under a bobber along a rocky shoreline. Boat anglers should try bouncing a jig and crawler on the rock reefs. Crystal Lake Black Crappie - Fair: Drift fish a minnow or small jig near the dredge cut. Largemouth Bass - Good. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore. Lake Cornelia Bluegill - Fair: Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a frog fished along the rocky shoreline. Lower Pine Lake Popular fishing spots get crowded in the afternoon; arrive early to avoid crowds.  Don’t park along the west side of the highway.  If the boat trailer parking lot is full, try Upper Pine Lake. Bluegill - Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7-inch fish. Black Crappie – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a crawler or live bait near the spillway. Silver Lake (Worth) Bluegill - Fair: Try a small piece of worm fished below a bobber in the open areas of the vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Upper Pine Lake Bluegill - Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7-inch fish. Largemouth Bass – Good. Black Crappie - Fair. For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.  East Okoboji Lake The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 80 degrees. There is a great panfish bite that is moving further out into deeper water post-spawn. Bluegill – Excellent: Large schools are moving into the shallows to bed and can easily be caught around hoists and docks. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good: A good open water bite has started to pick up. Lake Pahoja Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie - Good: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use rubber worms or other slow-moving jigs. Lost Island Lake Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair. Silver Lake (Dickinson) Walleye – Good. Spirit Lake The walleye season is open. A great walleye and yellow perch bite has been seen lately with many yellows over 10 inches being caught. The water temperature is 79 degrees. Bluegill - Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore post-spawn. Walleye - Good: A fairly good bite lately can also be seen from shore. Try bottom bouncers or crankbaits to cover more water. Black Bullhead - Fair: Anglers have been successful at the north grade. Yellow Perch - Good: The bite has really picked up; fish are a little deeper than what can be easily fished from shore. Try small humps in the main basin or weed edges.  West Okoboji Lake The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 80 degrees. The panfish bite has been great. Bluegill - Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore. Try fishing in about 16 feet of water in the weeds or weed lines. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Find smallmouth bass on rock piles or on the points.. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Find largemouth bass on the weed lines. Yellow Perch - Fair: Schools have started to move deeper off shore. Iowa Great Lake water temperatures have warmed up up substantially and are currently 79 degrees or warmer. This week’s extended forecast calls for temperatures ranging from the upper 70's to upper 80's. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.   NORTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Cedar River (above Nashua) Repairs to the Nashua dam continue as water levels and flows drop. Water levels are falling. Clarity is improving. Use caution; underwater hazards may have moved. Go to the USGS Current Conditions website for more information on water levels. Channel Catfish - Good: Use chicken liver and stinkbaits or dead chub fished on the bottom out of current. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a bright plastic tail for quick action. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are finding quite a few small ones. Use a jig tipped with natural colored twister tails and crank or spinnerbaits for bass. Decorah District Streams Wild parsnip is coming on strong. Avoid touching this plant; it causes painful blisters. All trout stream stockings are unannounced due to COVID-19 precautions. Due to marginal water temperatures in July and August on a few streams, stocking catchable size trout is temporarily discontinued. Hatchery grounds are open to the public, but feeders and other conveniences are temporarily closed. Brook Trout - Good: When fishing private property open to angling, leave that property as was or better by picking up trash. Close gates if you opened them; be considerate. Brown Trout - Good: More terrestrials are out. Use beetles or other bright flies fished along grassed edges. Afternoon hatches of caddis and may flies have been slow. Pheasant tailed nymphs and bead headed midges work well. Use hair jigs or spinners for aggressive fish. Rainbow Trout - Excellent:Try a worm or cheese floated through a pool under a bobber. Use an ultra-light pole and reel for fun action. Try small crappie or bluegill jigs. Lake Hendricks Aquatic vegetation is coming on strong. Early morning and evening bite are best. Black Crappie - Slow: Find crappie suspended in deeper water around structure. Use a minnow or small lure drifting over structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small piece of worm on a hook under a small bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use topwater lures or weedless hooks fished along the weed edges.Channel Catfish - Good: With warmer water temperatures, try cheese or stinkbaits. Nightcrawlers will work. Lake Meyer Water clarity is excellent. Filamentous algae mats are covering shallow water. Fish early morning and evening when shadows aren't cast on the water. Black Crappie - Slow: Use a small spinnerbait tossed along a steep depth change. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small piece of worm fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a twister tail or worm fished along the shore. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use a nightcrawler fished on the bottom near stumps or other structure. Also try chicken liver or cheese baits. Turkey River (above Clermont) Water levels are falling with improved clarity. Go to the USGS Current Conditions website for more information on water levels. Walleye - Fair: Find walleye in deeper holes around brush piles. Toss a jig tipped with a twister tail near a brush pile.  Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Water levels are falling with improved clarity. Current remains strong. Water hazards may have moved. Walleye - Fair: Flip a jig with twister tail along a brush pile or rock ledge. White Sucker - Slow: Try a hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Toss a small crankbait along a current break or rock ledge. Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Water levels are falling with improved clarity. Strong current; water hazards and stream conditions change fast. Walleye - Fair: Find walleye along current breaks or around log jams. White Sucker - Slow: Try a hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the bottom.  Volga Lake Best bite is early morning or just before dark. Water clarity is 6-8 inches due to an algae bloom. Bluegill - Slow: Use a small hook tipped with waxworm or small piece of nightcrawler fished around brush piles and rocky shores. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a ringworm or twister tail. Channel Catfish - Good: Try a nightcrawler, cheese bait or chicken livers fished on the bottom. Best catfishing lake around. Black Crappie - Slow: Use a minnow under a bobber along a rocky shoreline or around brush piles. Area rivers and streams water levels continue to fall, but flows remain high. Water clarity is much improved. Expect a hot, humid weekend with temperatures in the upper 80's for highs and upper 60's for lows. For current fishing information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish. Some sorting may be needed on bluegill; crappie and catfish angling is best early morning or late evening. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater and plastics. Black Crappie - Good: Cast and retrieve colored tube jigs. Bluegill - Good: Try a small piece of worm under a bobber with a small split shot sinker and small hook. Channel Catfish - Good: Cast dead cut baits, chicken livers or stinkbait on the bottom of the lake; early morning or later evening bite is best. Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Best success is channel catfish on the Cedar River. Channel Catfish - Fair: Cast dead cut baits, chicken livers or stinkbait on the bottom of the lake; early morning or later evening bite is best. George Wyth Lake Good reports of largemouth bass being caught on George Wyth Lake. Newly placed habitat in and around the floating pier may provide success. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater and plastics. Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Cast crankbaits or fishing a half of a crawler on a jig and plastic rig. Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) We received no information about fishing on this waterbody this week. Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) We received no information about fishing on this waterbody this week. Interior rivers continue to drop and are providing some catches of smallmouth bass and walleye. Lakes in and around Cedar Falls/Waterloo area are providing some catches of largemouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, but potential heavy thunderstorms are predicted for this evening. All three trout hatcheries remain closed. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information.   MISSISSIPPI RIVER FISHING REPORTS Mississippi River Pool 9 River level is 9.5 feet at Lansing with a fall predicted this week. Water temperature is 83 degrees. New Albin Army road is reopened. Hwy 82, Lansing Bridge is closed. Use caution at ramps during low water. Lansing Village Creek is shallow near the creek mouth. Heytman's Landing is accessible with shallow drive boats only. Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting on crankbaits on wing dams and channel border structure. Northern Pike - Good: Try in areas of colder streams and springs entering the Mississippi River. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small piece of crawler fished just off the bottom near shorelines with slight current. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are in about 10 feet of water. Use a minnow under a bobber in areas with less current in backwaters or side channels. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be on pre-spawn bite as temperatures rise. Cast plastics or blade baits in backwater lakes. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Try spinnerbaits fished in rock piles at the tip of the islands on main channel borders. Shovelnose sturgeon - Fair: Some shovelnose are being picked up with a crawler fished off the bottom in main channel areas. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead bite has slowed, but some are being caught on shiners or a small bluegill for bait. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try nightcrawlers or cut bait fished off the bottom in deeper side channel areas. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning. Use light tackle tipped with small piece of worm along the shorelines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Use a crawler fished on the bottom along current breaks. Mississippi River Pool 10 River level is 618.2 feet at Lynxville and is expected to fall this week. Water temperature is 84 degrees. Sny Magill access is open. Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting on crankbaits on wing dams and channel border structure. Northern Pike - Excellent: Try in areas of colder streams and springs entering the Mississippi River. Yellow Perch - Excellent: Use a small piece of crawler fished just off the bottom near shorelines with slight current. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are in 8-10 feet of water. Use a minnow under a bobber in areas near current breaks in backwaters and side channels. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be on pre-spawn bite as temperatures rise. Cast plastics or blade baits in backwater lakes. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try spinnerbaits fished in rock piles at the tip of the islands on main channel borders. Shovelnose sturgeon - Good: Some shovelnose are being picked up using a crawler fished off the bottom in main channel areas. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead bite has slowed, but some are still being caught on shiners or a small bluegill for bait. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try nightcrawlers or cut bait fished off the bottom in deeper side channel areas.  Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are spawning. Use light tackle tipped with small piece of worm along the shorelines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Try a crawler fished on the bottom along current breaks. Mississippi River Pool 11 River level is 9.7 feet at Guttenberg and is predicted to fall to 8 feet this week. Water temperature is in the mid 80's. Walleye - Good: Walleyes are biting on crankbaits on wing dams and channel border structure. Northern Pike - Excellent: Try in areas of colder streams and springs entering the Mississippi River. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small piece of crawler fished just off the bottom near shorelines with slight current. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are in about 10 feet of water. Use a minnow under a bobber in areas with less current in backwaters and side channels. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be on pre-spawn bite as temperatures rise. Cast plastics or blade baits in backwater lakes. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Try spinnerbaits fished in rock piles at the tip of the islands on main channel borders. Shovelnose sturgeon - Fair: Some shovelnose are being picked up with a crawler fished off the bottom in main channel areas. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead bite has slowed, but some are still being caught on shiners or a small bluegill for bait. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try nightcrawlers or cut bait fished off the bottom in deeper side channel areas. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning. Use light tackle tipped with small piece of worm along the shorelines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Try a crawler fished on the bottom along current breaks. Upper Mississippi River levels are predicted to fall this week. Water clarity is good. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches long must be released immediately. Only one walleye greater than 27 inches can be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily harvest limit of 6 and possession of 12.   Mississippi River Pool 12 Water levels are stable, but will start to recede slightly later this week. The water level is near 9.3 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 11.5 feet at the RR bridge.The water temperature is around 86 degrees. The water clarity is good. Northern Pike - Excellent: Flashy spinners in warm sun filled waters might trigger these predators. Bluegill - Good: Most of the spawning is over, but some bluegills are still being reported in shallow backwater areas. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Lots of anglers are switching to prepared stinkbaits. Some catfish have started to move along the rock lines to prepare for spawning. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on an egg sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass are being taken off lily pad areas on spinnerbaits or frog imitation lures. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallies have moved in along the rock piles; use flashy spoons or crankbaits. Mississippi River Pool 13 Water level is 10.4 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam and is expected to recede later this week. The water temperature is 86 degrees. The water is clear. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Some cats have moved along rock lines. Anglers are switching to prepared stinkbaits. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Northern Pike - Excellent: Try flashy spinners fished along old weed edges and rock shorelines. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Lots of bass are being taken off lily pad areas on spinnerbaits or frog imitation lures. Bluegill - Good: Try fishing around brush piles in larger sloughs with moderate current. Flathead Catfish - Good: Use live fish for bait. Lots of trot lines are being set.  Mississippi River Pool 14 The water level is 9.7 feet at the Fulton Lock and Dam, 12.5 feet at Camanche and 7.2 feet at LeClaire. Water temperature is 87 degrees. Water clarity is fair. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are switching to prepared stinkbaits. Look for channel cats to move along the rock lines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a worm sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Largemouth Bass - Good: : Lots of bass are being taken off lily pad areas on spinnerbaits or frog imitation lures. Northern Pike - Good: Use flashy spinners along backwater shorelines or in the tailwaters for this aggressive fish. Flathead Catfish - Good: Try large live bait to catch big flathead catfish. Bluegill - Good: Find bluegills near the mouths of large backwater areas, usually around brush piles. Mississippi River Pool 15 Water level is around 10.1 feet at Rock Island and is stable. Expect water levels to recede slightly later in the week. The water temperature is 87 degrees; water clarity is good. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a worm sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are readily biting on cut bait and prepared baits. Flathead Catfish - Good: Try live bait around brush piles or in the tailwater area. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish the rocky habitats along the channel edge. Water level is expected to slowly recede later in the week.Water temperature has warmed into the upper 80's throughout the district. If you have any fishing questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-880-8781.   SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Big Hollow Lake Hot weather is keeping angler numbers down. Water temperature in the 80's. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Going to go deep; work some of the edges of the brush piles in 5 to 7 feet of water earlier in the morning. Bluegill - Fair: Most bluegills have moved off the beds and are out in 6 to 8 feet of water. Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River Finally below bank full level. Forecast to drop only another foot or so over the next week. Lake Belva Deer Water temperature is in the mid to upper 80's. Early morning bite is best; most anglers are gone by 9 am.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Summer patterns have set up. Try early in the shallows; most of the day they are out in deeper water. Bluegill - Fair: Move out to the deeper water (16 to 18 feet) out around the trees. Black Crappie - Fair: Try slow trolling at the lower end of the lake early in the morning.  Lake Darling The water has tried to clear up; it is now starting to turn green. Water temperature is in the mid to upper 80's. Monday afternoon at 3 pm it hit 94 degrees at the surface.   Largemouth Bass - Slow: The hot weather pushed them out into deeper water. Early morning before it heats up is best. Bluegill - Fair: Start out in the 5 to 7 feet of water over the rock piles; don’t be surprised if you end up in 10 to 12 feet of water. Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few crappies slowly drift trolling in 10 to 12 feet of water; bite will improve as the water clears. Lost Grove Lake Water temperatures are in the mid-80's. Water clarity is still good with a little green color; weed beds are dying back. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Still catching a few bass in shallow early in the morning. The evening bite has slowed since the water hasn't started cooling off by then. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill have moved to deeper water for the summer to get away from the heat. Start looking in 10 to 15 feet of water in the trees; don’t be surprised if you end up out in 15 to 20 feet of water.   Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock) The water level stabilized at just under half bank full. Channel Catfish - Fair: The hot weather has kept a lot of anglers off the river this week. The grass frogs are really starting to come out  with the heavy dew in the mornings; good time to try a few for fish bait. For more information on the above lakes, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.   Lake Miami Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs around the fishing jetties. Drift fishing from a boat can also produce some bluegills this time of year. Lake Wapello Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater lures early and late in the day. Target cedar tree piles. Rathbun Reservoir The current lake level is 904.52 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 waterbody. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: Try vertically jigging around rock piles and submerged points. Red Haw Lake Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater lures early and late in the day. Use spinnerbaits and crankbaits during the hotter parts of the day. Bluegill - Slow: Try drifting in the main part of the lake with nightcrawlers. The district includes Appanoose, Davis, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.   SOUTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Big Creek Lake Walleye - Slow: Troll live bait rigs or crankbaits at depths of 15 feet or less in the upper half of the lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll jigs with twister or paddle tails down 3 to 6 feet in the upper half of the lake. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Cast or troll shad imitating spoons, crankbaits or plastics. Look for schools of young shad breaking the surface of the water to find feeding wipers. Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock) Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught. Try live bait, stinkbait and crawlers. Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake) Channel Catfish - Good: Try stinkbaits or cut bait fished in or just upstream of tree falls. Don Williams Lake Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll panfish jigs out a little deeper on the edges of the treefalls and over sunken pallets. Most crappies are 8.5 to 10 inches. Bluegill - Good: Catch spawning bluegills shallow fishing small jigs tipped with nightcrawlers under a bobber. For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, call Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885. Lake Anita Crappies were caught around brush piles and the road beds this week. Bluegills have moved into a summer pattern. Bluegill - Fair: Drift or troll small jigs tipped with berkly or nightcrawlers in 6 to 8 feet of water. Black Crappie - Slow: Find crappie around tree piles and along the two road beds in the lake. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anita has a good bass population. Find fish along vegetation edges and around tree piles.  Lake Manawa Walleyes are being picked up around the dredge cuts and the west shore. Channel catfish are being caught on the west shore. Be aware of signs marking the dredge pipe in the lake. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are close to shore. Fish are all sizes in the lake. White Crappie - Fair: A few large white crappies are being caught on the west shore. Walleye - Fair: A few anglers are having good success trolling crankbaits using planner boards. Don't overlook running a crawler through the dredge cuts.  Littlefield Lake Littlefield has a good ring of aquatic vegetation. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have moved around the cedar tree piles in the lake. Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a large number of 12 to 14 inch fish in the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Cast cut or stinkbait along the dam to catch 2-4 pound channel catfish. Prairie Rose Lake Anglers report catching channel catfish around the reefs. Water temperature is 80 degrees. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills have moved off the spawning beds and can be caught around tree piles or drifting open water areas of the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and underwater reefs. Fish average 2 to 4 pounds. Largemouth Bass - Good: A large population of 12 to 14 inch bass offer fun catch and release fishing.  Viking Lake Viking Lake is six feet low. Black Crappie - Fair: Black crappies are being caught in brush piles. Cast a minnow under a bobber to catch 9 to 12 inch crappie. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching bass in tree piles using plastics. For more information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587. Green Valley Lake Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles to catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches. Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappie up to 9 inches with jigs tipped with live bait fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Slow: Catch bluegill up to 7.5 inches with jigs tipped with live bait fished near the fishing jetties or cedar tree brush piles.  Lake Icaria Bluegill - Slow: Catch bluegill of all sizes with nightcrawlers fished under a bobber along the fish mounds. Channel Catfish - Good: Use nightcrawlers fished along rocky shoreline areas to catch channel catfish of all sizes. Little River Watershed Lake Bluegill - Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished near cedar tree brush piles to catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches with jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles or along weed lines.  Three Mile Lake Walleye - Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished along the creek channels to catch walleyes up to 22 inches. Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappies up to 10 inches with jigs tipped with a minnow fished along the flooded timber. Bluegill - Fair: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished near cedar tree brush piles to catch bluegill of all sizes. Twelve Mile Creek Lake Black Crappie - Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished along cedar tree brush piles or creek channels to catch crappie up to 11 inches. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches with jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Slow: Catch bluegill of all sizes with jigs tipped with live bait fished along the weed line or cedar tree brush piles. Water temperature in most Mount Ayr district lakes is in the low to mid-80's. For more information, contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.
    • that's what I'm thinking and I like the idea!!!
    • So what you guys are saying I shouldn’t worry about it at least for the next several years?
    • It's been a loooooooooong time since I've checked in here. Good to see y'all are still talking mushrooms.   The first photos are almost certainly pholiota of some sort. They'll have gills and a funky smell.  The other "shelf" ones are definitely pheasantbacks, which don't have gills and have an odor that's close to a watermelon rind.      
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