we are 'the leading edge' HSO Creators Rick Posted September 21, 2012 we are 'the leading edge' HSO Creators Share Posted September 21, 2012 DES MOINES, IA - The weekly Iowa fishing reports from 9/21/12 are gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.For Current Iowa Fishing reports - Click Here NORTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTSCrawford Creek ImpoundmentFishing for catfish has been good with anglers to the best using stinkbait and fishing from a boat at night. Bluegill and crappie fishing has been fair and a few largemouth bass are being caught.Moorehead Park PondBluegills are biting well at Moorehead. The fish aren't huge, but they make for fun fishing.Brushy Creek LakeFishing has been fairly slow with some bluegill and bass being caught on small minnows.Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)Water levels are very low at Storm Lake. Boaters must use extreme caution when boating at high speeds. The dredge machine is still in operation. Boaters must stay clear of the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore. Channel Catfish - Slow: A few channel cats are being picked up. White Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some white bass from the east shore. The bites come in waves as the schools move through. Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught. The ones that have been caught were mostly slot fish or just under the slot.Browns LakeCatfish and bullheads area being caught on shrimp and stinkbait.Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)Largemouth bass are biting on purple and white plastic worms. The east pond has had the best fishing. Water clarity is poor and water levels are low. Panfishing is slow.North Raccoon River (Auburn to Perry)Anglers have been doing well wading the river and catching catfish out of the deeper holes.Water temperatures continue to cool at lakes in the Black Hawk District. Fishing is about the same as last week.Clear LakeThe water level is 27 inches below crest. Use caution when launching and boating near shore. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up some crappies while drifting and vertical jigging minnows and crawlers in 6-10 feet of water in the little lake, around the reefs, and between the state dock area and the island. Walleye - Fair: Walleye over the 14-inch minimum legal length limit are starting to be picked up. Vertical jigging crawlers and minnows in 6-10 feet of water over the reefs and in the little lake seems to be working best. Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers continue to catch yellow bass on crawlers, cut bait, and minnows. Drifting and vertical jigging in 5-10 feet of water off the state dock area, the rock reefs, and in the little lake has been good. The fish are schooled so move around until you find active fish.Lake CorneliaChannel Catfish - Fair: Fishing with cut bait near shore has been effective for channel catfish. Anglers have also reported picking up channel catfish while fishing crankbaits in deeper water. Yellow Bass - Fair: Anglers have been picking up yellow bass using crawlers and minnows fished from shore and also drifted in the deeper water.Crystal LakeBluegill - Fair: Drift small jigs and crawlers in the dredged area and along aquatic plant beds for the best bluegill action. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try throwing spinner baits and buzz baits along the aquatic plant lines for largemouth bass action. Anglers are also having success using soft plastic baits fished in the same areas.Bluebill LakeYellow Perch - Fair: Fish small jigs and crawlers along the aquatic plant beds and near rocks for the best yellow perch action.For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.Big Spirit LakeFishing has been slow with the best action coming early in the morning and late in the evening. White Bass - Good: Use plastics like twister tails and shad on a lead head; top water lures may also be good at dawn and dusk. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Rock piles continue to shine for smallmouth but don't overlook nearby weed lines. Yellow Perch - Slow: Once an active school of perch is located, fishing can be good but locating numbers seems to be difficult. Look in or near the weeds, on the mudflats or on transition areas in between. Try wigglers on a jigging spoon and don't be surprised to pick up some bluegills or walleyes. Walleye - Slow: With the warm conditions this past week fishing was slow but a few fish can be caught. Troll crankbaits and spinners near bottom or fishing around the weed lines. Live bait rigs have not been as effective as they were earlier this year but a few fish may be picked up on Lindy rigs.East Okoboji LakeNo Report West Okoboji LakeNorthern Pike - Fair: Try fishing with buck tails or spoons around weed lines or holes in the weed beds. Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills around weeds and on rock piles. Try using red worms and wigglers either on a jigging spoon or under a slip bobber. Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish on the drop offs and don't be afraid to move around to locate a school of bigger fish as there are many small ones. Fishing 8-15 feet of water using jigging spoons with wigglers has been bringing some results. Yellow Bass - Good: Try using a jigging spoon tipped with wigglers in 15-25 feet of water just off the weed edge and down the drop a bit. Lost Island LakeYellow bass and bluegill fishing has been decent with good sized yellow bass leading the way. Water temperatures have fallen into the 60s.NORTHEASTVolga LakeBluegill - Fair: Anglers should find plenty of fish in shallower water. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are having some success trolling for crappies over brush piles using a jig or crankbait.Lake HendricksLake Hendricks is about 2 feet low and is experiencing a diatom bloom which is making the water look brown and turbid, which has slowed the bite down. Bluegill - Slow: Nightcrawlers under a bobber is the bait of choice for bluegills. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are being caught using crankbaits and top water lures. Crappie - Slow: Anglers are using minnows from shore with success. Crappies can be found hanging around the jetties.Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)Water levels are low but floatable. A few more portages may be necessary. Water temperature is in the low 60s. Anglers should target the deeper holes. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been catching lots of small fish using spinnerbaits. Try a jig tipped with a nightcrawler or minnow.Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)The majority of species caught have been taking a jig tipped with a twistertails. Use a jig tipped with nightcrawler if twistertails aren't working. Concentrate in the deeper holes. Anglers are reporting throwing a lot of small walleye and sauger back. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Sauger - Fair: Walleye - Fair: Turkey River (below Clermont)The algae bloom is gone and the water is clear. Fish can be found in the deeper holes. Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Walleye - Excellent: Volga RiverThe Volga River is low but very wadeable with excellent cobble streambed. Fish can be found in deeper holes. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Cedar River (above Nashua)Channel Catfish - Good: Cats have been taken above Nashua on chicken liver, dead chubs and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anglers are reporting catching quite a few small fish using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers and minnows. Walleye - Fair: Around Nashua, anglers are picking up some nice walleyes using a jig tipped with a minnow or purple/white, white or chartreuse twistertails.Decorah District StreamsNortheast Iowa streams are in somewhat better shape after recent rains. Terrestrial patterns including hoppers, crickets and ants have brought very good trout to the surface. Afternoon #20 baetis hatches have been occurring almost daily. Try a #20 Threadwrap or other small Blue Wing pattern for trout rising to the afternoon hatch and the evening spinner fall. Call 563-927-5736 for updated catchable trout stream stocking.Fall-like weather has set in. Make time for some outstanding outdoor activities. Leaves are beginning to turn and rivers are clearing. Rivers and lakes remain low. Fish activity should pick up with cooler temperatures. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324 or just to let us know what you've been catching.Big Woods LakeSome crappie are being caught but are holding extremely tight to cover. Crappie - Fair: Try fishing the south shore near sunken habitat fishing in 10-12 feet of water. Fish have been holding extremely tight to sunken habitat.Brinker LakeSome anglers are catching crappie in 12 - 14 feet of water off of breaks and near woody habitat. Crappie - Fair: Try vertical jigging tube jigs tipped with a minnow or drifting a minnow under a slip bobber near 12-14 feet of water. George Wyth LakeAnglers have been catching some crappie. Crappie - Fair: Try jigging tube jigs or floating a minnow under a slip bobber. Try fishing off of the floating dock or in 10-12 feet of water.Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)The Cedar River in Bremer and Black Hawk County has been good for walleye and smallmouth bass with an occasional northern pike. Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting artificial spoons or bucktail spinnerbaits for northern pike. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Plastics and crankbaits are a sure bet this time of year. Reports of some really nice smallmouth being caught. Walleye - Good: With cooler temperatures, minnows have been best on plastics or casting crankbaits has been good.Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)The Shell Rock River in Butler County has been good for walleye and smallmouth bass with an occasional northern pike. Northern Pike - Fair: Cast artificial spoons or bucktail spinnerbaits. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Plastics and crankbaits are a sure bet this time of year. Reports of some really nice smallmouth being caught. Walleye - Good: With cooler temperatures, minnows have been best on plastics, or cast crankbaits. Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)River levels remain very low. Fishing is best done by kayak or by wading. Look for holes with any kind of depth for walleye and smallmouth bass. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Plastics and crankbaits are a sure bet this time of year. Walleye - Fair: Crawlers tipped on plastic has been the best, but minnows have also been working well.Maquoketa River (above Monticello)With decreasing water temperature, walleye and smallmouth bass fishing should improve. The river is extremely low. Fishing is best by kayak or by wading.Reports on the Cedar and Shell Rock rivers in Black Hawk, Bremer and Butler counties have been good for walleye and smallmouth bass. Some walleye are also being caught on the Wapsi and Maquoketa rivers. Navigation is becoming extremely difficult on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are starting to provide some crappie fishing. Trout streams remain in good condition. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.MISSISSIPPI RIVERMississippi River Pool 9River level at Lansing tail water is 7.6 feet and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is mid 60s. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are still on the feed. Find the deepest water and fish the bottom with stinkbait cutbaits, liver or crawlers. Bluegill - Excellent: Look for larger bluegills along fallen trees in running sloughs and near wing dams. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are actively feeding on baitfish along the riprap in main channel borders and side channels with good current. Flashy in-line spinners are an excellent choice. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Look for areas where wood meets the rock just off current areas where bass are actively feeding. Crappie - Good: Reports of many crappies biting on minnows and jigged out of the snags along side channels. Walleye - Good: Walleye are concentrated on rock structure along main channel wing dams and large slough closing dams. Mississippi River Pool 10River level at Lynxville is 11.8 feet and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are still on the feed. Find the deepest water and fish the bottom with stinkbait, cutbait, liver or crawlers. Bluegill - Excellent: Look for larger bluegills along fallen trees in running sloughs and near wing dams. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are actively feeding on baitfish along the riprap in main channel borders and side channels with good current. Flashy in-line spinners are an excellent choice. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for areas where wood meets the rock just off current areas where bass are actively feeding. Crappie - Good: Reports of many crappies biting on minnows and jigged out of the snags along side channels. Walleye - Good: Walleye are concentrated on rock structure along main channel wing dams and large slough closing dams. Mississippi River Pool 11River level at Guttenberg tail water is 3.5 feet and falling slightly over the next week. Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are still on the feed. Find the deepest water and fish the bottom with stinkbait cutbaits, liver or crawlers. Bluegill - Excellent: Look for larger bluegills along fallen trees in running sloughs and near wing dams. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are actively feeding on baitfish along the riprap in main channel borders and side channels with good current. Flashy in-line spinners are an excellent choice. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Look for areas where wood meets the rock just off current areas where bass are actively feeding. Crappie - Good: Reports of many crappies biting on minnows and jigged out of the snags along side channels. Walleye - Good: Walleye are concentrated on rock structure along main channel wing dams and large slough closing dams. Water levels remain extremely low on the Mississippi River. The chilly fall-like nights have water temperatures in the low 60s this week. Boaters should continue to use caution launching in low water conditions to avoid backing off the ends of ramps. Shoreline fishing has been productive for early morning and evening bass action pool-wide. Mississippi River Pool 12The river stage at the Dubuque lock and dam is very low at 4.1 feet and holding. Fishing seemed to cool off a bit this week but plenty of good fishing still to be had. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish are still biting well. Try stink bait, cut bait, crawlers or even minnows fished on the bottom. Fish are being taken in numerous spots from the mud flats to the wing dams. With channel catfish, fish for 15 minutes and if no fish, then move. You need to find active fish but the reward is there when you find them. White Bass - Fair: Some schools of white bass have been spotted feeding on minnows. Use a white jig, small spinner or floating white crankbait for the best action. Bluegill - Good: Some bluegills are biting in the few remaining sloughs with deep water. In addition, use a split shot and worm thrown on exposed rocks of the wing dams. Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass are being caught on a wide array of lures and live bait. Fish structure in the back waters, side sloughs and the main channel border islands. Crappie - Good: Crappies are still being reported consistently this week. People are pulling fish out of all of the shallower back waters into the sloughs and deeper back water lakes. Try minnows or jigs straight lined or use a bobber. Walleye - Fair: Walleye bit has been slow. Try trolling crawlers or leeches on the upstream side of the dams. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Crawlers around the wind dams and side sloughs will produce catches of drum. To keep drum fresh for eating always put drum immediately on a cooler with ice.Mississippi River Pool 13The river level at the Bellevue lock and dam is very low at 3.1 feet. Water levels are slightly dropping. Water temperature is around 66 degrees and water clarity is good. Be aware of exposed wing dams when boating on the river. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Many channel catfish are being taken on stink bait and crawlers. Try around the wing dams and in the side sloughs. Move until you find active fish. Nice catfish up to 8 pounds have been reported. Bluegill - Good: Fishing for bluegills has been very consistent. Try a simple split shot and nightcrawler around log piles in deeper sloughs. Here too bendable hooks are often a good idea to keep your tackle. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass fishing has been excellent but size is often in the sub-legal range. Bass on the Mississippi must be 14 inches to keep. Try fishing around low water exposed rocks, wood or vegetation. They are being caught on all types of artificial lures as well as live bait. Crappie - Good: Fish are being taken mostly on live bait. Around structure try straight lining or bobber fishing. In deeper sloughs try a crappie type rig with the weight on the bottom. A bendable hook is a must in places full of snags. Walleye - Fair: Fishing for walleyes remains slow with only a few nice fish are being taken by elite anglers. The fish reported however are often in the protected slot of 20-27 inches and must be returned to the water. Many of these anglers are targeting the upstream sides of wing dams often pitching jigs on the dams or using three way rigs with a minnow or leach for bait. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Crawler on the bottom fished around the wing dams and side sloughs. Move to find fish.Mississippi River Pool 14The river stage at the Clinton lock and dam is 3.8 feet and steady. Water temperature is around 66 degrees. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish around the wing dams and also the side sloughs using stink bait, crawlers and cut bait. White Bass - Fair: Some nice white bass are showing up in the creel right. Try a spinner or a white crankbait for best luck on feeding schools. Bluegill - Good: Gills are being taken at the mouth of the major backwater areas such as Cattail Slough and Beaver Island. Also try the upper sides of exposed rock wing dams. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being caught all over. Fish around the rocks, wood and vegetation. An array of lures are being used as well as live bait. Many sub-legal fish are being reported but action is fast. Walleye - Slow: A few nice fish are being caught, but we do expect better fishing yet this fall. Remember, fish less than 15 inches and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. Fish between 15-19.9 inches may be kept with one fish over 27 inches. Fish the upstream sides of the wing dams. Live bait tends to work better in the summer. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Numerous drum are being reported out of side channel sloughs and the channel border areas. Use a sliding egg sinker and worm rig for best results. Mississippi River Pool 15The river stage at the Le Claire lock and dam is 4.1 feet and steady. Water temperature is around 66 degrees. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish fishing has been excellent on stink bait fished near the wing dams and near the main channel. Been a good year in Pool 15 for catfishing. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are good table fare is prepared right and packed on ice immediately after they are caught. To catch drum use a sliding egg sinker in moderate current areas with a worm.Water levels are low on the river in Pools 12 through 15. Take care not to back off the ends of boat ramps in low water. Also take care when on the river to avoid wing dams which are close to the surface. Water temperatures are around 66 degrees and clarity is good.Mississippi River Pool 16Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 3.54 feet and has been fairly steady. River stages are still low so use caution when boating. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on dip baits and nightcrawlers. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel and flowing side channels. Try fishing above the wing dams in the main channel. White Bass - No Report: Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slow due to the low water conditions. Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow due to the low water conditions. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing is being reported as slow. Mississippi River Pool 17Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.05 feet. River levels are still low so use caution when boating. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on dip baits, shad, and nightcrawlers. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel and flowing side channels. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are starting to be caught in Big Timber (The Breaks). Try fishing around brush piles along the shore or in the deeper dredge cuts with a piece of worm under a bobber. With the low water conditions boating may be difficult in this area. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Big Timber (The Breaks). Look for crappies around brush piles along the shore and in the deeper dredge cuts. Try using slip bobbers and minnows or vertical jigging with small minnows or plastics. With the low water conditions boating may be difficult in this backwater area.Mississippi River Pool 18Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 2.26 feet. River stage is still low so use caution when boating. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on dip baits, nightcrawlers, and shad. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel and flowing side channels. Also try fishing above the wing dams in the main channel. Mississippi River Pool 19Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 0.39 feet. River stages are still low so use caution when boating. Most panfishing reports are coming from area lakes and farm ponds. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on shad, shad guts, and cutbait. Try fishing above snag piles along the main channel and flowing side channels. Also try above the wing dams in the main channel. White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow. Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught in the backwaters. Look for crappies around brush piles and submerged snags in the backwaters and flowing side channels. Try using small jigs with minnows or plastics. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow. Mississippi River Pools 16-19. River stages are still low. Main channel water temperature has been around 68 degrees. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. For more fishing information on Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062. SOUTHEASTLake GeodeChannel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good along the face of the dam in the creek channel at the upper end of the lake. Bluegill - Fair: With the sudden drop in temperature, look for bluegills to move shallow to feed. Work the edge of the waterwillow beds with a small jig tipped with a piece of worm. Crappie - Good: Pick up some crappies along the face of the dam. Jig and minnows working the best.Lake Belva DeerCrappie fishing continues to be hot. They seem to be remaining at about 8 feet deep. Cooler nights should equal cooler water temps soon which would move them shallower. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfishing has been very good through the hot weather. Chicken liver is the bait to use. One very good spot to look for them is the rock mounds at the upper end of the lake. Crappie - Good: Look for crappies in the trees and use small jigs to coax them out. Also along the face of the dam in about 8 feet of water. If they're not there with the colder weather look in the same areas but in much closer to shore. A new spot to try is the west side of the beach.Pollmiller Park LakeChannel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good with some fish up 10 pounds being caught. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been picking up. Worm and bobber fished around the brush piles or along the flooded stumps in the upper bays are the best.Lake of the HillsLake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park that you can use live minnow for bait.The cooler weather is going help fishing by bringing crappies and bluegills into shallow water. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Lots of catfish are being caught on stinkbait and chicken liver. Chicken liver seems to be the current favorite. Early and late are the times to be there. Bluegill - Good: Fishing a worm and bobber set at 3-4 feet down seems to be working best. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass fishing remains hot in shallow along the rocky areas and around logs and stumps using white spinnerbaits in the morning and plastics the rest of the day. Find the active fish and you'll really get into them. Crappie - Good: Crappies are on the brush piles. The ones just off the fishing pier seems to be angler favorites. Also look for them in the rocks along the dam. Railroad LakeThe old creek channel is probably the first place to look for fish, and then move to brush piles along the south side in the shallower water. REMINDER - live minnows as bait are not allowed in Railroad Lake. Bluegill - Good: Look for most of the bluegills to have moved back over to the north side and along 110th. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: In this lake the bass are around the rock. Working spinnerbaits in the morning and plastics along the deeper edge of the rocks is working the best. Crappie - Good: The crappies are still over in the brush piles and tree along the old creek channel. Look for them to move shallow with the colder temps.For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling fisheries office at 319-694-2430.Lake WapelloCatfishing has been good off the end of the jetties using nightcrawlers. Some largemouth bass have been caught using spinnerbaits and plastic worms.Red Haw LakeChannel Catfish - Fair: Use nightcrawlers around the rock jetties and near the dam. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs in less than 6 feet of water. Focus around areas with submerged structure such as the stake beds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been having some luck using rubber worms fished around the rock jetties and along the face of the dam. Top water lures should also be tried in the early mornings and at sunset.Lake SugemaFishing has been slow. Try using nightcrawlers for channel catfish. Spinnerbaits and rubber worms would be good baits for largemouth bass. Try areas along the dam or other rip rapped shorelines.Rathbun ReservoirLake level is at 903.86 feet with 904.00 feet being normal pool. The surface water temperature is 68 degrees. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Nightcrawlers have been the bait of choice. Anglers have been trolling or drifting submerged points and underwater rock piles. Also try areas with the wind blowing into the shore. Walleye - Slow: Anglers have been having some success trolling nightcrawlers around underwater rock piles or using crankbaits trolled in the same areas. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry boats before transporting them to another water body. Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in the sun). For other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa please call 641-647-2406SOUTHWESTDon Williams LakeCrappie - Fair: Crappie up to 10 inches are being caught fishing minnows under a bobber near wood structure at depths of 3 to 6 feet. Evenings have been best.Big Creek LakeBluegill - Good: Good sized bluegills are being caught fishing over sunken brush piles using small pieces of live bait.Hickory Grove LakeBluegill - Good: Good size bluegill are being caught fishing small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or wax worm in 15 feet of water or less. Concentrate out from the points at mid lake and over any sunken pallet piles.Red Rock ReservoirCrappie - Good: Good fall crappie fishing can be found on Red Rock fishing near the docks in the marina. Crappie are also congregated in bays in the Whitebreast arm at depths of 4 to 8 feet as well as the south overlook boat ramp bay. Drift minnows and panfish jigs or troll small crankbaits.Ada Hayden Heritage Park LakeRainbow Trout - Fair: Trout can be found cruising around the lake shoreline. Look for trout schooling close to shore and fish in front of the school. Live minnows have worked best along with small twister tail jigs and small inline spinners.Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers casting stink bait rigs into any deeper pools with wood habitat are doing very well on channel catfish. Anglers have to be willing to do some walking with the very low water conditions. Walleye - Fair: Very low water conditions have concentrated fish in the areas of deeper water. Anglers fishing below the Fraser and Boone Waterworks dam have been picking up a mixed bag of walleye, white crappie, white bass and channel catfish. Bluegill and crappie fishing has started to pick up at many central Iowa lakes. River fishing is good right now for walleye and catfish, focus on deep holes. Kayaks and canoes can provide anglers better access to the river. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823. Greenfield LakeCatfish are being caught around the jetties. The bluegill bite has picked up. Channel Catfish - Good: Dip bait and shrimp are working to catch channel catfish around the jetties. Late afternoon and into the night has been the best time. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches can be caught drifting small jigs tipped with nightcrawler across the open lake. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught while drifting. Cold Springs LakeChannel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good with liver. Fish average 3 pounds.Lake AnitaBluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs 6-8 feet down. Tipping the jig with worms or Powerbait seems to help. Can also be caught around brush piles. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching bass early in the mornings and late afternoons. As the temperature rises, the fish go deeper. Many of the fish caught are in the 14 to 19-inch range. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are having success jigging around cedar tree piles in the evenings using minnows. Viking LakeChannel Catfish - Good: Dip baits and liver have been the bait of choice for fish averaging 2 pounds. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught around rock piles and sunken trees using a variety of plastic baits and crankbaits. Fish up to 19 inches have been reported. Lake ManawaChannel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught using Sonny's dip bait. Fish average 2 pounds. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes can be caught trolling crankbaits. Cold Springs District Farm PondsThere are numerous farm ponds in southern Iowa that can provide a quality fishing trip. Remember to always get permission to fish private farm ponds. Channel Catfish - Fair: Dip baits and liver are good baits in midsummer for channel catfish. Late afternoon when temperatures cool is a good time to target catfish. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught around structure and along the edge of weed lines this time of year. Try small jigs or worms under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are very aggressive and readily caught casting a variety of lures and plugs along weed edges and around structure. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to fish in the heat of summer. Atlantic Quarry PondFishing conditions are good. Dry conditions have drawn the water levels down concentrating fish. Crappie - Good: 8 to 11-inch white crappies are being caught on small jigs or minnows. Can be caught drifting or casting near structure.Panfishing has improved with cooler water temperatures. Fall is a good time of year to fish for Largemouth Bass. Area lakes contain good populations. For more information call the district office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)Little or no angling activity has been reportedMissouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)Little or no angling activity has been reportedMissouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)Little or no angling activity has been reportedDischarge at Onawa is above normal and water temperature has dropped to 65 degrees. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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