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I was wondering what the weight of a firebrand or a yetti fish house is at an 8x20 tandem. I want to know how much less aluminum fish houses weigh compared to having a steel framed one like an Ice Castle or a Glacier. I have not been able to find any specs online about this.

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 The weights of the Yeti's are listed online and look to be about 20% lighter. That being said, from what I am hearing the literature on the weights of the aluminum houses are differing greatly from the actual scaled weights.

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An aluminum shack is only going to save you a couple hundred pounds on something of that size.  Aluminum is stronger than steel but also more brittle so to overcome this manufactures add more metal to their aluminum frames.  Other than the frame everything else such as interior finish, batteries, fridge, oven, TV's will all weigh the same between manufactures.  I have an 8x16' Yetti that weighs 4,200 lbs.  The reason I got the Yetti over a steel shack wasn't because of any weight savings but because of corrosion.  The advantage of aluminum's weight savings really only shines in bare-bone smaller shacks, not a 20' tandem. 

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3 hours ago, YettiStyle said:

An aluminum shack is only going to save you a couple hundred pounds on something of that size.  Aluminum is stronger than steel but also more brittle so to overcome this manufactures add more metal to their aluminum frames.  Other than the frame everything else such as interior finish, batteries, fridge, oven, TV's will all weigh the same between manufactures.  I have an 8x16' Yetti that weighs 4,200 lbs.  The reason I got the Yetti over a steel shack wasn't because of any weight savings but because of corrosion.  The advantage of aluminum's weight savings really only shines in bare-bone smaller shacks, not a 20' tandem. 

Which model? Have you scaled your shack?

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19 hours ago, rl_sd said:

Which model? Have you scaled your shack?

 

I started off with just an 8x16' shell and finished it off myself.  Nothing out of the ordinary for materials inside.  Cedar T&G, front closet wall, 3/4" sandwich floor, 2 couches (lighter than factory), only 1 battery.  The only thing that I could see being heavier than factory is my 2 folding beds above the wheel wells (~60 lbs each), having 2 TV's, and the closet wall being made of 2x4's.  Weighed it on a CAT scale with only the propane tanks full and the gear that always stays inside.  I don't remember the exact numbers but it was right at 4,200 lbs with a perfect 15% tongue weight. 

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If you are thinking 8x20 tandem, the weight savings is substantial for the Yetti vs castle.  Pretty sure the Yetti has an advertised (I have no idea if it is accurate) weight of 4700-4900#, and the castles are coming in at 6-7k+.  That is the difference between towing easily with a half ton on the low end, and starting to need to think about a diesel on the high end for safety and ease of towing.  Yes, I realize that every half ton out there is saying they can tow 12k.  It simply is not safe on MN roads in winter conditions.  

 

Weight aside, quality of craftsmanship and materials isn't even in the same area code.  Even if they were dead even in weight, a full aluminum structure is going to substantially outlast a wood framed house, especially a wood house built with the lack of attention to detail as the castles.  It doesn't take long on the famous search engine to find plenty of stories about leaks, lack of insulation causing condensation, and frame flex causing gaps in the siding-creating a perfect channel for water.    

 

Another good one to look into is Legend.  Similar full aluminum structure, but a Berkon frame underneath.  

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3 hours ago, Lip_Ripper Guy said:

If you are thinking 8x20 tandem, the weight savings is substantial for the Yetti vs castle.  Pretty sure the Yetti has an advertised (I have no idea if it is accurate) weight of 4700-4900#, and the castles are coming in at 6-7k+.  That is the difference between towing easily with a half ton on the low end, and starting to need to think about a diesel on the high end for safety and ease of towing.  Yes, I realize that every half ton out there is saying they can tow 12k.  It simply is not safe on MN roads in winter conditions.  

 

Weight aside, quality of craftsmanship and materials isn't even in the same area code.  Even if they were dead even in weight, a full aluminum structure is going to substantially outlast a wood framed house, especially a wood house built with the lack of attention to detail as the castles.  It doesn't take long on the famous search engine to find plenty of stories about leaks, lack of insulation causing condensation, and frame flex causing gaps in the siding-creating a perfect channel for water.    

 

Another good one to look into is Legend.  Similar full aluminum structure, but a Berkon frame underneath.  

 

Which is also why the cost of a 6x14' Yetti is similar to the cost of a 8x17 IC... you get what you pay for. After building mine, it is crazy what they are getting for some of these new houses. I am sure that I will feel the pain when I sell my house since it doesn't have a brand name... but I will never buy a manufactured house.

 

That being said, some people do not have the time, skills, or location to build their own house and buying is the only option.......

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14 hours ago, Lip_Ripper Guy said:

If you are thinking 8x20 tandem, the weight savings is substantial for the Yetti vs castle.  Pretty sure the Yetti has an advertised (I have no idea if it is accurate) weight of 4700-4900#, and the castles are coming in at 6-7k+.  That is the difference between towing easily with a half ton on the low end, and starting to need to think about a diesel on the high end for safety and ease of towing.  Yes, I realize that every half ton out there is saying they can tow 12k.  It simply is not safe on MN roads in winter conditions.  

 

Are you really serious.......thinking about needing a diesel......what are you a diesel truck salesmen? You must not actually use a pickup Much for the purpose of towing hauling is my guess.  I don't know what's funnier this or when my buddy was worried his truck couldn't pull a 16ft aluminum Boat. I told him to use his minni van if he was worried lol.

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I have to side with LRG on the towing. Dry roads ok but  a long haul to Red or LOW can get pretty nasty with light snow, slippery roads, and a good cross wind. Experience comes into play too and I’m sure a good percentage of the guys with the shiny new huge houses and sky high trucks hardly do more than go to Home Depot for 1/2 sheets of plywood. 

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19 hours ago, Agronomist_at_IA said:

 

Are you really serious.......thinking about needing a diesel......what are you a diesel truck salesmen? You must not actually use a pickup Much for the purpose of towing hauling is my guess.  I don't know what's funnier this or when my buddy was worried his truck couldn't pull a 16ft aluminum Boat. I told him to use his minni van if he was worried lol.

 

I'm absolutely serious.  Every single person I know personally who has bought a 21'+ house has upgraded to a diesel with their next truck.  Or, they've downsized on the house.  Take a look at the Ice Castles you see upside down. I've yet to see one that wasn't being towed by a half ton, or SUV.  Towing a 11' tall sail that weighs in at 7,000+ pounds in a cross wind and ice or snow is recipe for disaster in a half ton.  I've done it plenty, and there is a huge difference once you get up to the diesel.  

 

 

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The only difference is the diesel will pull better from taking off. Stopping wise it is the one who doesn't have his electric brakes set up properly. I own a king castle and pull it with a 1/2 ton weekly on the weekends all over the state no issues.I see the difference on the road who drives truck professionally and who is a weekender.

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On 2/23/2018 at 9:29 AM, Lip_Ripper Guy said:

If you are thinking 8x20 tandem, the weight savings is substantial for the Yetti vs castle.  Pretty sure the Yetti has an advertised (I have no idea if it is accurate) weight of 4700-4900#, and the castles are coming in at 6-7k+.  That is the difference between towing easily with a half ton on the low end, and starting to need to think about a diesel on the high end for safety and ease of towing.  Yes, I realize that every half ton out there is saying they can tow 12k.  It simply is not safe on MN roads in winter conditions.  

 

Weight aside, quality of craftsmanship and materials isn't even in the same area code.  Even if they were dead even in weight, a full aluminum structure is going to substantially outlast a wood framed house, especially a wood house built with the lack of attention to detail as the castles.  It doesn't take long on the famous search engine to find plenty of stories about leaks, lack of insulation causing condensation, and frame flex causing gaps in the siding-creating a perfect channel for water.    

 

Another good one to look into is Legend.  Similar full aluminum structure, but a Berkon frame underneath.  

 

Well ice castle uses Berkon frames along with Valley.  Both pretty good frames.  

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16 hours ago, Lip_Ripper Guy said:

 

I'm absolutely serious.  Every single person I know personally who has bought a 21'+ house has upgraded to a diesel with their next truck.  Or, they've downsized on the house.  Take a look at the Ice Castles you see upside down. I've yet to see one that wasn't being towed by a half ton, or SUV.  Towing a 11' tall sail that weighs in at 7,000+ pounds in a cross wind and ice or snow is recipe for disaster in a half ton.  I've done it plenty, and there is a huge difference once you get up to the diesel.  

 

 

Diesel dually with 8' box 1 ton  second to none for pulling and fuel economy blows the doors off a gasser! Engine will outlast the truck!!  Half tons are for city slickers that use them to commute to work and haul groceries ;)

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On 2/24/2018 at 7:00 AM, Hawg said:

I have to side with LRG on the towing. Dry roads ok but  a long haul to Red or LOW can get pretty nasty with light snow, slippery roads, and a good cross wind. Experience comes into play too and I’m sure a good percentage of the guys with the shiny new huge houses and sky high trucks hardly do more than go to Home Depot for 1/2 sheets of plywood. 

 

Not that I don't think a diesel truck is a wonderful tow vehicle because they are but I think the biggest difference in towing safety has more to do with 3/4 ton or 1 ton vs. half ton. 

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23 hours ago, Lip_Ripper Guy said:

 

I'm absolutely serious.  Every single person I know personally who has bought a 21'+ house has upgraded to a diesel with their next truck.  Or, they've downsized on the house.  Take a look at the Ice Castles you see upside down. I've yet to see one that wasn't being towed by a half ton, or SUV.  Towing a 11' tall sail that weighs in at 7,000+ pounds in a cross wind and ice or snow is recipe for disaster in a half ton.  I've done it plenty, and there is a huge difference once you get up to the diesel.  

 

 

 

Well, having overkill for pulling something is fine, but not needed. There is no need for a diesel to pull a 7,000 lb house. The reason those trucks are in the ditch is more then likley because they are inexperienced at towing with a pickup. While a 1/2ton can do it. A 3/4ton truck would be a little nicer and more than enough. A diesel is way overkill. Now if somebody prefers overkill that's fine, but a bunch of people making claims that it is needed is down right idiotic. Is there a difference pulling and stoping. Yes, but that's the difference a driver needs to accommodate for when driving. N

 

I had a guy tell me that a 1500 pickup wasn't enough pickup to pull an 8x16 ice castle........ok.....I laughed.....I asked him why he thought it wouldn't work when I hauled seed around on an 18ft flatbed trailer. 3-2500lb minni bulks on it. 7500lbs of wieght + the trailer weight and it worked fine. I've even hauled more then that with a 1500.

6 hours ago, elkrivermn said:

Diesel dually with 8' box 1 ton  second to none for pulling and fuel economy blows the doors off a gasser! Engine will outlast the truck!!  Half tons are for city slickers that use them to commute to work and haul groceries ;)

 

perfect truck to get to the bottom of the lake. Lol. If you need  to use a diesel duality for other work I totally agree/get it. However, those city slickers don't need one to pull a wheel house on a lake. 

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1 hour ago, Agronomist_at_IA said:

 

Well, having overkill for pulling something is fine, but not needed. There is no need for a diesel to pull a 7,000 lb house. The reason those trucks are in the ditch is more then likley because they are inexperienced at towing with a pickup. While a 1/2ton can do it. A 3/4ton truck would be a little nicer and more than enough. A diesel is way overkill. Now if somebody prefers overkill that's fine, but a bunch of people making claims that it is needed is down right idiotic. Is there a difference pulling and stoping. Yes, but that's the difference a driver needs to accommodate for when driving. N

 

I had a guy tell me that a 1500 pickup wasn't enough pickup to pull an 8x16 ice castle........ok.....I laughed.....I asked him why he thought it wouldn't work when I hauled seed around on an 18ft flatbed trailer. 3-2500lb minni bulks on it. 7500lbs of wieght + the trailer weight and it worked fine. I've even hauled more then that with a 1500.

 

perfect truck to get to the bottom of the lake. Lol. If you need  to use a diesel duality for other work I totally agree/get it. However, those city slickers don't need one to pull a wheel house on a lake. 

 

You are right.  I should have been more clear in my post.  It isn't the motor that is the limiting factor in the half ton.  It's the extra weight, wheel base, more stout brakes, stiffer shocks, etc. that make the big difference in the 3/4 and 1 tons.  Any of the half ton motors will certainly get the load moving without a problem.  I personally don't like the gas options in any of the big trucks, so I skipped those and went straight to the diesel.  Your mileage may vary, but I do still stand by my opinion that the 7,000# range is pushing half ton limits for safety.     

9 hours ago, Down2Earth said:

 

Well ice castle uses Berkon frames along with Valley.  Both pretty good frames.  

 

Both are excellent, but only Berkon is building aluminum right now.  

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On ‎2‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 9:29 AM, Lip_Ripper Guy said:

If you are thinking 8x20 tandem, the weight savings is substantial for the Yetti vs castle.  Pretty sure the Yetti has an advertised (I have no idea if it is accurate) weight of 4700-4900#, and the castles are coming in at 6-7k+.  That is the difference between towing easily with a half ton on the low end, and starting to need to think about a diesel on the high end for safety and ease of towing.  Yes, I realize that every half ton out there is saying they can tow 12k.  It simply is not safe on MN roads in winter conditions.  

 

Weight aside, quality of craftsmanship and materials isn't even in the same area code.  Even if they were dead even in weight, a full aluminum structure is going to substantially outlast a wood framed house, especially a wood house built with the lack of attention to detail as the castles.  It doesn't take long on the famous search engine to find plenty of stories about leaks, lack of insulation causing condensation, and frame flex causing gaps in the siding-creating a perfect channel for water.    

 

Another good one to look into is Legend.  Similar full aluminum structure, but a Berkon frame underneath.  

 

Just wondering where you are getting those figures from?  The finished Yettis are 4900-5200# and the finished castles are 5900-6100 for an 8x21'.  Keep in mind I also believe that Yetti's advertised weights are a little off and lower than the actual weight (kind of like MPGs on a new car).  So the weight savings you get is 700-1,000 pounds.  That is nothing to warrant an upgrade in truck or to write home about.  And unless you are hauling your 21' foot shack out on the ice with an ATV or SxS you still have to drive your 5000+# truck onto the ice.  The weight savings between a 21' Yetti vs Ice castle will not permit you to get out on the ice any earlier in the season, at max you'll need 1" extra. 

 

I will also note that Yetti puts decals everywhere on there shacks that state "do not exceed 55 MPH".  I know Minnesota is the land of slow speed limits but here in SD that comes into play.  It is well within the capabilities of a 1/2 ton to pull 6k# at 55 MPH.  Any failures at that point is driver error. 

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm totally a Yetti guy but the notion that aluminum is a game changer with the weight savings on these large shacks is nothing but blowing smoke.  The real reason to buy a Yetti is quality, durability, and no rust.  The biggest advice I can give is to buy what you can afford. 

 

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On 2/24/2018 at 8:07 PM, Lip_Ripper Guy said:

 

I'm absolutely serious.  Every single person I know personally who has bought a 21'+ house has upgraded to a diesel with their next truck.  Or, they've downsized on the house.  Take a look at the Ice Castles you see upside down. I've yet to see one that wasn't being towed by a half ton, or SUV.  Towing a 11' tall sail that weighs in at 7,000+ pounds in a cross wind and ice or snow is recipe for disaster in a half ton.  I've done it plenty, and there is a huge difference once you get up to the diesel.  

 

 

So what exactly does that diesel engine do to help with "crosswind and ice or snow"? Nothing that's what. A truck with the same suspension, brakes etc will stop pretty much the same whether it's a gas engine or a diesel. The only thing you might get is a little more engine braking with the diesel.

A 3/4 or 1 ton gas powered truck will deal with "crosswind ice and snow" the same as a diesel powered 3/4 or 1 ton. You do realize they make 3/4 and 1 ton trucks with gas engines? 

And re whole MPG deal is a bit overrated as well. Unless you are putting  a lot of miles on the increased fuel and maintenance costs of the diesel will offset a good deal of the MPG savngs.

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5 hours ago, castmaster said:

So what exactly does that diesel engine do to help with "crosswind and ice or snow"? Nothing that's what. A truck with the same suspension, brakes etc will stop pretty much the same whether it's a gas engine or a diesel. The only thing you might get is a little more engine braking with the diesel.

A 3/4 or 1 ton gas powered truck will deal with "crosswind ice and snow" the same as a diesel powered 3/4 or 1 ton. You do realize they make 3/4 and 1 ton trucks with gas engines? 

And re whole MPG deal is a bit overrated as well. Unless you are putting  a lot of miles on the increased fuel and maintenance costs of the diesel will offset a good deal of the MPG savngs.

You must have missed this "You are right.  I should have been more clear in my post.  It isn't the motor that is the limiting factor in the half ton.  It's the extra weight, wheel base, more stout brakes, stiffer shocks, etc. that make the big difference in the 3/4 and 1 tons.  Any of the half ton motors will certainly get the load moving without a problem.  I personally don't like the gas options in any of the big trucks, so I skipped those and went straight to the diesel.  Your mileage may vary, but I do still stand by my opinion that the 7,000# range is pushing half ton limits for safety."

 

But that being said, the extra 1500# of a diesel engine is going to help resist getting bucked around, or having the house "drive the truck", so to speak.      

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4 hours ago, Lip_Ripper Guy said:

You must have missed this "You are right.  I should have been more clear in my post.  It isn't the motor that is the limiting factor in the half ton.  It's the extra weight, wheel base, more stout brakes, stiffer shocks, etc. that make the big difference in the 3/4 and 1 tons.  Any of the half ton motors will certainly get the load moving without a problem.  I personally don't like the gas options in any of the big trucks, so I skipped those and went straight to the diesel.  Your mileage may vary, but I do still stand by my opinion that the 7,000# range is pushing half ton limits for safety."

 

But that being said, the extra 1500# of a diesel engine is going to help resist getting bucked around, or having the house "drive the truck", so to speak.      

 

I might be wrong here, but it looks to me like you've never trucked or had to haul heavy loads with equipment. It sound like you went with a diesel & a heavy truck so you don't feel the load & drive it like an everyday car for stopping and going. An experianced drive shouldn't have issue and the weight is well within a 1500 limits.

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Geez... The size of the truck argument... 

 

I can’t think of anything wrong with going with a bigger truck if you can or want to.  In my experience it is just flat out nicer to have a HD truck to haul a 21 foot wheelhouse.  I’ve done it with a halfer too so I understand the difference.

 

All those “little extra” benefits of the HD rig matter in peace of mind and ride comfort.  I’ll take the less stress for a 3-5 hour trip over having to be concerned the whole time with my “trucking” skills.  And I’ve hauled a lot of trailers through a lot of snow and ice with a half ton.

 

Based on yesterday’s experience of trying to make it up the hill at the access, a few hundred lbs mattered simply for traction.  I had my wheeler in the shack and ultimately had to take it out so I could get over the crest of the hill.  I’ve already done the same hill twice this year no problem but didn’t have the wheeler with before.

 

No, absolutely not, do you NEED anything bigger than a 1500 to move a wheelhouse down a paved road and out on a plowed lake road.  But I’ll guarantee ya when you’re going long distances and going your own way, you won’t regret upsizing the truck if you can.  We would’ve never been able to pull off last weekends trip the way we did with a half ton.  And my buddies 3/4 ton gasser needed some help too.  Both of us had to rest our trucks plowing our way due to the tranny’s getting hot but the HD didn’t heat up as fast and cooled down quicker.

 

It all depends on your threshold of what’s doable as to what truck is sufficient for your needs IMO.  But I’ll take a little here and a little there if I can.

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I am not sure why any of you are trying to change [email protected]'s mind... History shows that he is never wrong regarding Nils augers or Champion generators. I guess we will add half-ton pickups and trucking experience to the list.

 

BUT... that still isn't going to stop me from adding my two cents :)..... Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD. The perfect example is all of the new "half-ton towable" campers that are on the market. All of the weights are within spec of a half-tonners capabilities - but if you want to see white knuckles, through one of these 32' sails behind a 1500 with a 30 mph cross wind! Same thing applies to fish houses....

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10 hours ago, Agronomist_at_IA said:

 

I might be wrong here, but it looks to me like you've never trucked or had to haul heavy loads with equipment. It sound like you went with a diesel & a heavy truck so you don't feel the load & drive it like an everyday car for stopping and going. An experianced drive shouldn't have issue and the weight is well within a 1500 limits.

 

Yep.  You are definitely wrong.  I'd post my towing resume for you, but I just don't think that is really necessary.

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24 minutes ago, rl_sd said:

I am not sure why any of you are trying to change [email protected]'s mind... History shows that he is never wrong regarding Nils augers or Champion generators. I guess we will add half-ton pickups and trucking experience to the list.

 

I never disagreed that a bigger truck was nicer for towing things. Wanderer pretty much hit the nail on the head. Exactly how am I wrong in that a 1500 pickup can't tow the trailer? It like the argument of a 22mag and a 223 for tote hunting. They both work, but a 223 is a bit nicer to use.

 

I think your taking these discussions a little to serious.  I up for discussion, where am I off or wrong on a nils or champion generator?

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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.
    • 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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