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2005 MOCK DRAFT

VERSION 4.0

1. 49ers: Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan.

2. Dolphins: Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn.

3. Browns: Alex Smith, QB, Utah.

4. Titans (trade with Bears): Mike Williams, WR, USC.

5. Bucs: Cadillac Williams, RB, Auburn.

6. Bears (trade with Titans): Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas.

7. Vikings: Cedric Benson, RB, Texas.

8. Cardinals: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Cal.

9. Redskins: Adam Jones, CB, West Virginia.

10. Lions: Alex Barron, OT, Florida State.

11. Cowboys: Shawne Merriman, DE, Maryland.

12. Chargers: Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina.

13. Texans: Marcus Spears, DE, LSU.

14. Panthers: Jammal Brown, OT, Oklahoma.

15. Chiefs: Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin.

16. Saints: Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State.

17. Bengals: Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami.

18. Vikings: Odell Thurman, LB, Georgia.

19. Rams: Shaun Cody, DT/DE, USC.

20. Cowboys: Carlos Rogers, CB Auburn.

21. Jaguars: Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma.

22. Ravens: Dan Cody, DE/LB, Oklahoma.

23. Seahawks: DeMarcus Ware, DE/LB, Troy.

24. Packers: David Pollack, LB, Georgia.

25. Broncos: Heath Miller, TE, Virginia.

26. Jets: Justin Miller, CB, Clemson.

27. Falcons: Brodney Pool, S, Oklahoma.

28. Chargers: Kalif Barnes, OT, Washington.

29. Colts: Kevin Burnett, LB, Tennessee.

30. Steelers: Corey Webster, CB, LSU.

31. Eagles: Matt Jones, WR/TE, Arkansas.

32. Patriots: Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska.

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I just love mock drafts, each and everyone is differnt. Foxsports mock draft 9.0 has the Vikes getting Edwards at No. 7 and the Chargers getting Williams at No. 12.

Do the people who make these up get paid for this?

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Its a complete guessing game, its not like there's any science to it.

If the Vikes are at all thinking running back, they BETTER have a deal done on trading what we have or they are just stupid. They will pay huge money for a early pick back when we have three already?!?!?!?!?! We need a big time reciever since they traded the best one in the league...

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buzzsaw here you go.

Odell Thurman redshirted as a freshman at Georgia, then left for Georgia Military Academy. When he came back to Georgia, he was ready to wreak havoc on the field. In his first season on the field for the Bulldogs, Thurman had 121 tackles, 18.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Heading into his junior season, he was on pre season all american lists and became a Butkus semi finalist after finishing with 65 tackles, 11 for loss, with 3 sacks, despite missing time with injury.

On the field, Thurman is a terror. He has very good instincts, and just flies to the ball. He has very good closing speed, and moves well laterally. He is a very good athlete, and has very good speed for a linebacker. He’s strong and can really lay a lick on defenders. He should also be able to play outside with his athleticism and speed.

The main issue with Thurman is his size. He comes up a bit short in height and bulk. He may need to pack on weight to stay inside, or it may force a move to the weakside.

Thurman is a very good linebacker prospect. If he were 2” taller and 10lbs heavier, he’s a guaranteed first round pick. As it stands, he looks like a solid 2nd rounder. He will be an impact defender in the NFL, it’s just a toss up right now on whether it will be inside or out.

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If I'm looking through the Georgia press guide for players I think I'd stop on Thomas Davis.

A couple of things caught my eye. First of all if one of the QB's is on the board when the Vikings pick they'll likely trade down. Even if it's one spot to Denny. That kind of thing happens all the time. I know I would trade down a spot and grab a 3rd rounder from Denny.

The other thing is Antrel Rolle going so late. I would be ecstatic if the Vikings were able to land a player like that at that spot. I think he's top 10 talent. I know we have CB's now, but I just think you have to take the best player and that's a good buy.

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Here is KFAN's mock and what their thinking behind it was:

*04.13.05 -- Updated to coincide with KFAN dot com's third mock draft

Pick Player Comments

1. (7) Cedric Benson

RB | Texas Athletic grinder has proven he can handle 25-30 carries on a weekly basis. If USC receiver Mike Williams is off the board at No. 7, Benson is the logical choice. Vikings coach Mike Tice has said the team will renew its committment to the running game next season, and there isn't a back on the roster that has proven he can stay healthy while handling the lion's share of carries. The Vikings have had luck finding 'good' backs in the middle rounds of the draft; they haven't had a great one since Robert Smith retired after the 2000 season (Michael Bennett was a Pro Bowler in 2002 but has missed signficant time the last two years with injuries). Taking one of the three elite backs in this year's draft would be a step in the right direction. Other options could include Florida State offensive tackle Alex Barron, or reaching for any of a half-dozen pass-rushers. Cornerbacks Adam Jones of West Virginia and Antrel Rolle of Miami are the best defensive players on the board, but the Vikings are well-stocked at cornerback. Unless they trade down, there's little chance the Vikings will continue their offseason defensive upgrade with their initial pick.

1. (18) Thomas Davis

FS | Georgia Physical, run-stopping safety must improve his coverage skills to stick at that position as a pro. Though the Vikings are more likely to select a pass-rusher with this pick, our third mock draft projects the cream of the end crop will be off the board, leaving Davis as the best player at a position of need. He's a bit of a reach at No. 18, but starting safeties Corey Chavous and Darren Sharper each will turn 30 next season and Chavous was ineffective a year ago. Davis is considered a 'tweener' -- he had his most productive college season at strongside linebacker, and his coverage skills are suspect for a free safety -- but would have at least a year to develop and find a role that suits him. He showed improved speed at his pro day, running the 40 in 4.43 seconds (far better than his disappointing 4.60 at the combine) and is at his best in run support. The Vikings will be hesitant to use both first-round picks on offense, so Davis is the choice here.

2. (49) Terrence Murphy

WR | Texas A&M Steady deep threat posted solid college numbers despite playing in the Aggies' run-heavy system. A little bigger and faster than current No. 1 receiver Nate Burleson, though not as polished a pass-catcher. Like Burleson, Murphy might need a year to learn how to exploit consistent man coverage, but he should be able to contribute as a rookie. Though he might be a reach in Round 2, his potential as a return specialist increases his value to a team with the Vikings' needs. Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent certainly will be considered in this range, but the Vikings are reluctant to draft a kicker on Day 1 without acquiring extra mid-round picks elsewhere.

3. (80) Evan Mathis

G | Alabama One of the draft's strongest and most athletic offensive lineman, Mathis is built in the mold of a Vikings guard -- big (6-foot-5, 304 lbs.) and surprisingly fast (an eye-popping 4.92 in the 40-yard dash at the combine). He moved inside from tackle before his senior year and probably will play guard at the next level. With the o-line in need of interior depth -- and potentially a starter, if Adam Goldberg's move from tackle to left guard doesn't go smoothly -- Mathis' physical gifts make him a solid value in Round 3.

4. (114) Bill Swancutt

DE | Oregon St. Highly intelligent, strong defensive end was productive at the college level but might slide on draft day because of a below-average performance at the combine. If the Vikings don't add a pass-rusher in the first three rounds, they'll look for playmakers -- not athletes -- early on Day 2 to improve depth on the d-line. Despite his below-average speed and raw athleticism, Swancutt could be a tremendous value if he slides to the fourth round.

5. (145) Karl Paymah

CB | Washington St. Long (6-foot), physical cornerback with sneaky speed (ran the 40 in 4.35 seconds at the combine) was a solid college player and has the measureables to develop into a starter at the next level. His potential is worth a gamble if he hangs on the board this long.

6. (176) Tim Bulman

DT | Boston College Affable hard-worker plays physical despite lack of bulk. We're sure the last thing Vikings fans want is another undersized d-tackle from BC, but Bulman is the anti-Hovan. He's a well-liked, disciplined athlete who could win a reserve role behind Pro Bowler Kevin Williams and contribute on special teams.

7. (196) Nick Novak

K | Maryland Strong-legged Terp can convert consistently inside 40 yards and kick off at the next level. Novak remains the Vikings' seventh-round pick in our projections for the third straight week under the assumption the team doesn't grab a specialist (read: Nugent) on Day 1. Among the second-tier kickers -- Boise State's Tyler Jones, Ole Miss' Jonathan Nichols and Michigan State's Dave Raynor, to name a few -- Novak did the least to boost his stock in his senior year. But he performs better when he gets lots of opportunities, which should be the case in Minnesota. Novak is worth a look if Nugent lands elsewhere.

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I know the Browns should draft a quarterback but I still have Tim Couch 1st round shivers... I would like to see Edwards WR or Johnson LB but I have this feeling it's going to be a quarterback. I just think they can wait till round 2 on the quarterback. Take the best athlete with the first pick or trade down.

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CNY Tim and others, what do you think of Derrick Johnson's stock dropping on a lot of boards. I've seen him as low as 14 recently, but I've also seen him around #4. ESPN had an article about him and other LB's. They make it sound like he doesn't have a natural nose for the ball or tackle well. I'm a little leary of him. I'm just really hoping for the stork to bring me Mike Williams.

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I found the Draft King's updated Mock (4/14)interesting.

Our 18th pick should make Ole happy, and I agree it would be cool. I can hear it now "Culpepper with the quick flip to Jones on the right side, wait a minute, Jones launches a deep pass down the left sidelines, Culpepper makes the catch...touchdown!" Oh dump my alarm went off, time to wake up and quit dreamin' grin.gif

2005 NFL Mock Draft

1. San Francisco 49ers - Aaron Rodgers, QB, Cal

2. Miami Dolphins - Ronnie Brown, RB, Auburn

3. Cleveland Browns - Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan

4. Chicago Bears - Mike Williams, WR, USC

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Cadillac Williams, RB, Auburn

6. Tennessee Titans - Adam "Pac Man" Jones, CB, West Virginia

7. Minnesota Vikings - Shawne Merriman, DE/OLB, Maryland

8. Arizona Cardinals - Alex Smith, QB, Utah

9. Washington Redskins - Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami

10. Detroit Lions - Alex Barron, OT, Florida St.

11. Dallas Cowboys - Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas

12. San Diego Chargers (from NY Giants) - Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina

13. Houston Texans - Demarcus Ware, DE/OLB, Troy

14. Carolina Panthers - Cedric Benson, RB, Texas

15. Kansas City Chiefs - Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn

16. New Orleans Saints - Travis Johnson, DT, Florida St.

17. Cincinnati Bengals - Shaun Cody, DT/DE, USC

18. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Jones, WR, Arkansas

19. St. Louis Rams - Jammal Brown, OT, Oklahoma

20. Dallas Cowboys (from Buffalo Bills) - Roddy White, WR, UAB

21. Jacksonville Jaguars - Khalif Barnes, OT, Washington

22. Baltimore Ravens - Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma

23. Seattle Seahawks - Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin

24. Green Bay Packers - Marlin Jackson, CB, Michigan

25. Denver Broncos - Marcus Spears, DE, LSU

26. New York Jets - Heath Miller, TE, Virginia

27. Atlanta Falcons - Brodney Pool, S, Oklahoma

28. San Diego Chargers - Dan Cody, DE/OLB, Oklahoma

29. Indianapolis Colts - Channing Crowder, ILB, Florida

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - Fabian Washington, CB, Nebraska

31. Philadelphia Eagles - Thomas Davis, OLB/S, Georgia

32. New England Patriots - Kevin Burnett, OLB, Tennessee

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Your right I just saw this from Frank Derry....

Derry: Merriman, Browns Might Make Nice Marraige

By Frank Derry

Date: Apr 15, 2005

There is a reason that University of Maryland linebacker Shawne Merriman has had his photo on the front page of BerniesInsiders.com three times this week. As Frank Derry explains, Merriman looks like a fantastic fit for the Browns new 3-4 defense. For it to happen, though, the Browns need to find some help...

Now don’t go betting the house on it, but I have a sneaky suspicion that when general manager Phil Savage announces the Browns’ first-round draft choice on April 23, the player’s name he calls will be Shawne Merriman.

However, there’s a catch.

The only way it will be Merriman, the outstanding defensive end/outside linebacker out of the University of Maryland, is if Savage is successful in moving down in the first round from his No. 3 spot to somewhere in the 8-10 range.

That is the highest Merriman is worthy of being drafted. And even that could be a reach. But if the Browns move below the No. 11 spot, then the Dallas Cowboys, who are at No. 11, in all likelihood will grab Merriman.

The Cowboys, much like the Browns, will be switching to a 3-4 defense this year, making a “tweener” like Merriman a perfect fit.

If Savage is unable to make a trade, look for the Browns to select University of Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards, providing, of course, he is still on the board.

If Edwards goes to someone with either the first or second overall choice, which is a distinct possibility, then the Browns would be hard-pressed not to choose between quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers out of California or Alex Smith out of Utah, or running back Ronnie Brown out of Auburn, depending upon which ones are still on the board.

The question that begs to be asked is, if the Browns want Merriman so bad, why not just use the third overall choice to get him?

Because that would totally go against Savage’s philosophy of taking the best player on the board regardless of position.

Edwards, Rodgers, Smith and Brown will clearly be ranked higher than Merriman. Running backs Carnell Williams and Cedric Benson and probably cornerback Antrel Rolle will also likely be ranked slightly higher than Merriman.

However, the Browns are in such desperate need of defensive linemen and outside linebackers at this point that they might have to go after Merriman even if he is slightly behind a few players on the board.

The recent trades of Gerard Warren, Michael Myers and Ebenezer Ekuban to the Denver Broncos, along with the free agency loss of Courtney Brown, also to the Broncos, definitely cut into the Browns’ depth on the defensive line.

When asked who his three starting defensive linemen would be if the season were to start tomorrow, Browns head coach Romeo Crennel smiled and said Orpheus Roye at one defensive end spot and veteran free agent Jason Fisk in the middle. “Those are the guys who have NFL experience,” said Crennel. “The rest of us, we are trying to find out what we can do.”

One guy who seemingly has impressed Crennel is “the Clemson kid,” second-year player Nick Eason.

Crennel isn’t quite sure what role Kenard Lang will play. “Outside linebacker is a possibility,” he said. “I told him I know that he can play end and I told him I want him to try to learn the outside linebacker spot.”

Crennel said if the season started tomorrow his starting linebackers would be Matt Stewart and Chaun Thompson on the outside and Andra Davis and Ben Taylor in the middle.

Crennel, when pressed whether Thompson is even close to being ready to handle an outside linebacker spot in a 3-4 defense, said with a big grin, “You told me if we were going to line up tomorrow. I have to put somebody in there.”

Crennel admits that even though Thompson’s first shot will come on the outside, that doesn’t mean he’ll end up there. “Everyone has to start (competing for a job) somewhere. In Chaun’s case, that will be on the outside and we’ll go from there.”

Crennel was known to rotate four or five outside linebackers during his days as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator. That might not be the case with the Browns.

“I think the situation in New England was such that when you have good players, you want to use them. We were fortunate enough to have four or five good outside linebackers. If we didn’t have four or five good ones, then we probably would have used just two. It depends on what you have. If we have four or five, we’ll use them. If we have just two, then we’ll use two. And if we don’t have but one, then we’ll try to get another one.”

Stewart is a proven commodity, having played the role for the Falcons for whom he started 51 of 54 games the past three seasons.

If he’s the “only one,” that might very well mean the 6-4, 250-pound Merriman, whose stock has risen quite a bit following the 2004 season, will be coming to Cleveland. Merriman, who is coming out after his junior year, has been scrutinized quite heavily by Crennel.

“He has a tremendous first step,” Crennel said. “That allows him to put pressure on the quarterback.”

The area of concern is whether Merriman has the ability to drop back into pass coverage. That’s not the least bit unusual for a “tweener” like Merriman and is a quality which will only come with time.

Further convincing me that the Browns will try to get Merriman are the comments of new Player Personnel Director Bill Rees, who says, “Outside linebacker is the critical position for the 3-4 defense. This where you really want to find your play-makers.

“These guys are hard to find because you are projecting defensive ends who play in a three-point stance to playing in a two-point stance.”

Rees says that Merriman went from playing at about 255 during the 2004 season to about 270 at the post-season workouts, contributing to his increase draft value. “He has great versatility, great power off the edge.,” Rees said. “You obviously can play him over a tight end and he’d win most of those battles.”

Rees also speaks highly of Georgia’s David Pollack, Troy State’s Demarcus Ware an Derrick Johnson out of Texas as potential outside linebackers capable of playing in the 3-4 defense.

But those three players would be distant second options to Merriman, who would look very good in a Browns uniform this fall.

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Funny thing is that Paul Allen (KFAN) has an updated mock draft on the KFAN HSOforum with the Vikes taking Thomas Davis with the seven pick. In most of the mock drafts on this site, Davis is taken at the very end of the first round at the earliest.

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Funny thing is that Paul Allen (KFAN) has an updated mock draft on the KFAN
HSOforum
with the Vikes taking Thomas Davis with the seven pick. In most of the mock drafts on this site, Davis is taken at the very end of the first round at the earliest.


Davis won't be around when the Vikes pick 18. Linebacker size with cornerback speed. He's a killer. Great run support. The best safety in the draft by far.

Here is a good database of mock drafts.

http://www.hailredskins.com/MockDraft.htm

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Looked through a bunch of updated mocks this morning updated no later than the 16th. They are all over now more than ever on the Vikings pick at #7. Before there was a bit more consistency in the names you saw. Only 1 now had the Vikings going Defense with Johnson the LB out of Texas. Three different WR came up as well as the RB Williams out of Auburn. The 18 pick was split between Clayton the WR out of Oklahoma and some defensive names. It will be interesting to see where this Pollack guys ends up as I've seen him projected to both the Vikings and Packers in different mock drafts. Is it Saturday yet??

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Awesome link Panolo!! The only downside is that I just spent 30 minutes surfing!

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I have been seeing alot of blog stuff saying that Minnesota will make a deal with Cleveland to move up to the #3 spot to take Braylon Edwards which would be a good deal for the Vikings if they want a receiver that has big play ability. The Browns need help at every conceivable position except for tight end. I would be willing to give it up #3easily. We have lots of holes to fill especially at defense. I am also seeing interest from the Eagles as well to move up to the 3 spot for Edwards. Things are starting to get crazy. Can't wait for Saturday...

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Rumor today is that we are talking to Miami about trading our #7 and #18 for Miami's #2.

I don't like it.

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I saw that mock also about the Vikes jumping up to Edwards at #3, but then they showed Williams going at #7 to Cleveland.

My thoughts are why trade up and lose draft picks when the other WR we want is going to be there at #7??? That would make no sense to trade up. If anything see who wants the #7 spot and see what we can get!

Just my .02 cents.

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The problem is there is a good chance neither of them will be there at #7, so you are taking a big risk by sitting and waiting back if you really think Edwards and Williams are the real deal and thats your biggest need. I have too say i dont think it would be a bad thing too trade up too get Braylon Edwards, he should be able too contribute immediately.

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I realize that they may be both gone at #7, I was simply refering to the mock I saw, and how they had written it. No biggie.

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No problem on the link! I don't mind sharing.

As for trading up to nab Edwards.... I say no. So many good recievers are taken later in the draft that mortgaging this draft and possibly part of next years is not worth it. If he projected as high as Moss did than go for it, but he does not.

I say keep the pick. If Williams or Edwards falls to us there great. If not look at a DJ from Texas, Merriman, Pac Man, Rolle, or Cadillac. If not drop down a few picks and get a 3rd rounder or so. You are still gonna have a chance at 2 really good players. You bring players like Thomas Davis, Carlos Rogers, David Pollack, Marcus Spears, Travis Johnson, and Troy Williamson(I think he has great upside and would be ok at 7 with me. Here is a clip of his highlights. http://qisports.com/troywilliamson2005.html Look at the one at about 1:30. That safety has a bead on him and he outruns him by 7 yards! He also played in a terrible offense. He gives you the burner opposite Burleson. This is my guy!) into the mix at the early teens.

If you go D at 7 or early teens you still should have a shot at Mark Clayton or Roddy White with 18.

Clayton who is not huge or super fast is an excellent prospect in my book. He played in a very tough conference against great competition, has huge heart, is tough, very good hands, and is a all around smart player.

White is a bit of a project but has great speed, athletic ability, and decent hands.

I think we need something that we have not had in many years and that is depth. Face it fellas injuries happen in todays NFL. Players are the biggest, toughest, fastest, and strongest they have ever been. Even the best players today get hurt. If you have no depth it is so difficult to comeback from those injuries.

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Edwards has gut feeling...

just heard on espn radio on the dan patrick show in an interview with braylon edwards he has a "gut feeling" the browns will choose him at #3

More insight...

Savage envisions a tandem of Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. wreaking havoc on opposing defenses. Last season, Savage attended Edwards' game against Michigan State when he caught three TDs -- two on leaping grabs over cornerbacks -- as the Wolverines rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to win.

Scheduling conflicts prevented the Browns from bringing Edwards in for a predraft visit, but the team has already done its homework on the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder.

"We have a comfort level with him," Savage said. "There's nothing else that he can say or tell us or do that would change our mind in terms of where we have him rated."

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    • Alright here’s the finished product. I think it turned out pretty nice. Still need a stove/ range but working on it.    Underneath the lift bed there are 7 lights and two speakers. There are 4 lights above the lift bed. The 3 middle lights underneath are on one button the outer 4 are on a different button and above are on a separate button.  55” smart tv recessed into to wall. The speakers really kick out some sound in this thing though. The tv sound comes out of the 5 speakers in the house which are all ran through the stereo and an amp.      Hole lights  Single light above the stove area  This door is for the satellite receiver. The black center piece is tinted acrylic so you can still use the remote with the door shut. The hole just below the tv is also so you can use the tv remote.  Battery monitor  Supply and return water temperatures for the in floor heat. I was actually really surprised I got my 20 degree delta t I calculated for.  Lights above lift bed. Lift bed in lowest position. Could go lower but that’s just where we put the lowest at.  Different height if people are sleeping below.  Folding table.  These are the cabinets inside the bathroom wall. These are only about 9” deep but I think they will be deep enough for a little more storage. The converter is in here as well it is just above the wiring panel. And the large center square is a false front so you can access the tv wires. I think we are going to go with the dry flush toilet. I put a little 12 v outlet in there so it can br ran off the house batteries.     The only other thing I did that i don’t know if others have done is I wired the rear porch light to the reverse wire of the trailer plug. So when you put the truck in revers that porch light comes on and lights everything up.    I think that’s everything. Feel free to ask any questions if you have any. And thanks again to lipripper and others for posting their builds the information was a ton of help and sorry if I copied too much of your design. 
    • Next we made the back benches that our couches sit on. These things are very comfortable. The couches are the same ones they use in the firebrand fish houses. Matt from fish n style ordered them for us.     Both fold out to be beds. We also bought a 4” thick piece of foam that can go over the whole thing to make one bed when it’s used for camping.  Under each couch we made drawers. I figured it would be a pain to have to lay on the ground and open some doors to get something. They actually can hold a ton of stuff.  Both rear couches have the drawers.      Next we started working on our cabinets above the wheel wells. The two inside openings have doors and the outer two are soft close drawers.      We then made some countertops. They were actually really easy to make.    For our our upper bunk in the back we wanted it to be a lift bed. We did similar to what lip ripper did without the strut trolly things. We used some plastic that just keeps the bed within the strut. For our unistrut we found some super light aluminum strut that worked great. We are going to make a black cover to go over the foam.   inside the bed looks like this.      We have two motors inside the bed. One motor runs one side and the other runs the other. So basically the motor is in the middle and two cables come off of the wheel going opposite directions. Each cable goes around a pulley so now they are both heading for the wall. Once they get to the edge of the bed there is another pulley that directs the cable up towards the ceiling. On top of the strut we have a bolt that the cable is connected to. Each side does this. And the motors are wired together and are ran by a switch. We have holes drilled at different heights on the strut for pins to go through and the bed then rests on the pins. The motors were kind of pulling the bed up at different speeds so we contacted the motor company and they said thar getting two motors to go exactly the same speed without spending a ton of money is very hard to do. So we are going to try and either find one motor to somehow control all four sides or somehow connect the two motors with a shaft. But it does go up and down just one side ends up being about an inch higher once you get to the top.    Next up finished pictures.             
    • The house is done I’m just slowly putting pictures up and describing it.    Next thing we did was have it spray foamed. Which was a nightmare we went with the cheaper guy which was a mistake. I would not recommend American Spray foam which is who we used. After it was spray foamed we started the in floor heat similar to liprippers 2017 build. We put down 2 layers of 3/4” 250 pink foam board. In the top layer we used a router to make a groove where we wanted our pex to go worked out pretty slick. Next we put down as many heat transfer plates as we could. We used these little pex clips that got screwed into the plywood to hold the pex down around bends and a few straight places. Next we Pushed the pex into the heat transfer plates and the clips. We did ours with one zone that was around 120’ of pex.  I took a bunch of pictures of where all the pex ran with the tape measure showing how far away each line was from walls and stuff so We didn’t screw into it accidentally      We then put a layer of aluminum over all the pex.      We then stained all our pine tongue and groove. We used Jacobean then went over it with grey for a little different look. I think it turned out pretty good. For the trim pieces and cabinets we used special walnut. After the pine was stained we started nailing it to the furring strips.  For the window casings we used cedar in case there was any condensation. For the window trim we used pine. Once we got to this point I was a little nervous thinking our stain looked like something you’d see in your grandparents house but we kept going.  All these wires are for the lights and speakers we put in the lift bed.  We kind of installed lights and other things as we went.  Soms of the tongue and groove pine looked really cool and unique when we were staining and we set those aside and used them on the front wall. We thought about doing some fake stone looking stuff  but we were feeling the time crunch.  Next we started making some upper cabinets and finishing the window casings and trim. We’ve never done any of this so we were just kind of learning as we went.      Once we got the upper cabinets made we screwed them in place.    next we put up the backer for the tv. We used 3/4” pine I think they were 10” wide. Wasn’t exactly sure which tv we were getting and they all vary a bit in size so we stained it in case you could see behind it. Oh I forgot we also put the rubber coin floor down. We purchased it from garage floor LLC. The first roll they sent took like a month to get and it was the wrong floor but after I told them I needed the right floor right away they had the new roll on the doorstep the next day which was surprising. The floor got screwed down under cabinets and where the hole covers went. But by the time we got to the floor it was cold already and new we would have to figure something out in the summer when it got hot and expanded. So this summer when it was good and hot we pulled the edges of the floor tight and used some left over VHB tape which actually worked to keep it tight.  After the floor was done we started piping the in floor heat. We accidentally broke the  insulation around the water heater which is why it’s taped. We put some unions off of the pump in case it fails. We use the furnace to get the house up to temp while the floor is heating up but once everything is up and running the furnace never kicks on. I was trying to figure out how I wanted to control the system and was trying to ask lipripper questions but he has a patent on his so he couldn’t really answer.  What I ended up doing was running 5v from the arduino board to the thermostat. I then ran a wire from the thermostat to my relay board. The relay board I am using  closes the circuit when it gets 5 volts. So when the thermostat calls for heat 5 volts is allowed to pass through the thermostat back to the relay board closing the circuit that I have wired to the hydronic pump. You could use any relay for this just have to pick the voltages that you have available in your fish house. So I’m not really sure how lipripper did his but that is how I did mine and it works.  The whole in floor heat system fits under the front couch. I call this the mechanical room since all the moving parts are under this couch. We have the hydronic system, the hydraulic pump to raise and lower the fish house and our batteries. Only have the one battery in this picture but we have one battery for our hydraulics and two 6v gold cart batteries wires in series for everything else. The two 6v batteries are charged by the converter and the single battery is charged by a one bank minnkota  on board charger.     
    • NORTHWEST Black Hawk Lake
      Water temperatures are around 80 degrees. Water levels are 5 inches over the crest of the spillway. Bluegill - Slow: Try Town Bay, Ice House Point, and the North Shore. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 5-6 feet of water. Target deeper fish this time of year on the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point, and the East Basin. Walleye - Fair: Try leeches or crawler harnesses around Ice House Pt, the dredge cut near Denison Beach, and around the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point and the East Basin. Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. Many anglers have found good bass action at the Ice House Point, the east shoreline,and the lake side of the inlet bridge. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait, cut bait, or crawler fished on the bottom along Ice House Point and in Town Bay. Look for fish along rocky shorelines this time of year.  Brushy Creek Lake
      There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake, and a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky. Walleye - Fair: Use minnows and leaches in 15-20 feet of water. Black Crappie - Fair: Try minnows on a jig in 10-20 feet of water near submerged structure. Yellow Perch - Fair: Find perch along the vegetation and deeper structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch bass along weed lines near shore just about anywhere with traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake.  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: Boat anglers are picking up fish trolling crankbaits or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in about 8 feet of water. White Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts.  Swan Lake 
      Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with crawler along the dam and off the jetties in 3-6 feet of water. Most fish are 6-7 inches.  Water temperatures in Black Hawk District lakes are around 80 degrees. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.   Beeds Lake
      Black Crappie - Good: Drift fish or troll with a tube jig or small minnow.  Clear Lake
      Clear Lake is 3 inches above crest. Surface water temperature is 81 degrees. Walleye - Fair: Troll spinners near the edge of vegetation in 3 to 6 feet of water. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or cut bait after dark. Black Crappie - Good: Try fishing the edge of the vegetation with a jig and minnow.  Crystal Lake
      Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting spinners and plastic baits. Black Crappie - Good: Drift or troll small tube jigs in the dredge cut.  Lake Smith
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill –Good: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.  Upper Pine Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Use topwater baits.  For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.    East Okoboji Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Excellent bite continues with good numbers of fish being caught. Cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs or use small baits tipped with wigglers. Walleye - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch. Bluegill - Good: Anglers report a good panfish bite of bluegill and crappie continues. Use small jigs tipped with waxworms in the weed lines.  Lake Pahoja
      Bluegill - Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.  Lost Island Lake
      Walleye - Good: Walleye action has improved; reports of the best action in areas with flow. Yellow Bass - Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs. Channel Catfish - Good: Numbers of fish were caught over the weekend, contact the local bait shop for more information.   Spirit Lake
      Walleye - Good: Troll live bait or crankbaits. Yellow Perch - Good: Report of yellow perch action "picking up" on the lake with good numbers of angler acceptable size fish being caught. Northern Pike - Good: Look for areas with flow for the best action. West Okoboji Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Rock piles in deeper water with stands of aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.  For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.    NORTHEAST Cedar River (above Nashua)
      Water levels are stabilizing, but flows remain high. Visibility has improved. Visit the USGS Current Water Data website for current water level information. Walleye - Good: Use a jig tipped with a crawler, minnow or twister tail. Look for fish near deep water drop offs. Channel Catfish - Slow: Target snags for catfish using stink baits or chicken liver fished on bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use a variety of jigs or spinners near brush piles. Black Crappie - Fai: Crappie are keying into shallow rocky shorelines. Use small jigs tipped with twister tail or minnow.  Decorah District Streams
      Yellow wild parsnip is blooming. Wear long sleeved clothing when walking through it to prevent skin contact. Flows remain high, but most can be fished. Catchable trout are stocked weekly as weather and water conditions permit. Listen to the trout stocking hotline (563-927-5736) for daily information. Brook Trout - Good: A variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects, like ants and beetles, are more numerous. Use care not to spook a feeding fish. Brown Trout - Good: Hendrickson, caddis, and cranefly hatches are occurring. Crickets are common along streams now. Use hendrickson, gnat or beadhead nymph patterns. Pale yellow, black, brown, and grey colors work best. Try using terrestrial patterns for crickets and ants. Rainbow Trout - Good: Try a piece of worm or small cheese chunk on a hook under a bobber in the deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits also work. Lake Hendricks
      Water is stained green; limited visibility.  Best bite is in the evening and early morning. Black Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs in shallow areas. Anglers are finding large numbers of small fish. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits and soft plastics along edges of vegetation. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small jig tipped with small piece of worm along the shoreline.  Lake Meyer
      Green algae bloom continues. Water clarity is good. Water temperatures are in the mid 80's. Bluegill - Fair: Use a hook tipped with a worm in shallow water along vegetated edges. Black Crappie - Slow: Try a hook tipped with a worm or small spinner bait along a rocky shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use topwater baits  along weed edges.  Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
      Water clarity is much improved. Water levels are stabilizing, but flows remain high. Be aware of river conditions ahead of you; snags and log jams may have moved or trees may be blocking the river corridor.  Walleye - Fair: Bring an assortment of tackle to find what works best for your location and time of day. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use feathered spinnerbaits or crankbaits near rocky ledges.  Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
      Water levels are stabilizing with much improved clarity. Trees and other debris may be blocking the main channel. Visit the USGS Current Water Data website for more information. Walleye - Fair: Cast bright colored jigs and twister tails over deep water drop offs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use spinnerbaits and crankbaits near rock ledges and undercut banks.  Volga Lake
      Algae bloom continues with warm water temperatures. Fish activity is better toward evening. Black Crappie - Good: Find fish near submersed structure or in open water. Use a light colored jig with twistertail. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use topwater lures around structure. Channel Catfish - Fair: Find catfish shallow in early morning or late night. Use worm, chicken liver, or cut bait fished on the bottom. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a small piece of worm along shallow rocky areas. Common Carp - Fair: Use bright lights and bows in the shallow bays at night .  Rain Thursday and Friday; breezy. Temperatures will be in the 80's. Rivers and streams with better watersheds will clear faster .For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.   Big Woods Lake
      Largemouth Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair. Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
      Vegetation has become abundant around lake edges, so adjust strategies to fish over or through plants. Catfish anglers are fishing deep water with frogs, shrimp or stink baits. 
       Largemouth Bass – Fair: Size has been good. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish are biting on a variety of baits. Best bite is early morning and late evening. Catfish size has been excellent.  Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
      The Cedar River is running at 5100 CFS as of July 19 in Waterloo or about 2 times above median flow. Smallmouth Bass – Fair. Walleye – Fair. Channel Catfish – Good: Use stinkbaits or fresh baits. George Wyth Lake
      Bluegill - Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.  Manchester District Streams
      Trout streams in Delaware, Dubuque, and Jackson Counties are in good condition. Trout stocking was completed as scheduled during the week of July 16-20. Try caddis in the late evening and hoppers during midday. Stocked fish are biting on a variety of presentations. Brown Trout – Fair. Brook Trout – Good. Rainbow Trout – Good. Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
      The Maquoketa River at Manchester is flowing at about 136 CFS as of July 19; this is near average for median flows on this date. Smallmouth Bass – Fair. Walleye – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair.  Maquoketa River (below Monticello)
      White Sucker – Fair. Walleye - Fair: Use crankbaits or live bait. Smallmouth Bass – Slow.  Martens Lake
      Expect to fish through and around vegetation. Adjust tactics as needed, including heavy baits or topwater options. Largemouth Bass – Good. Plainfield
      Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair. South Prairie Lake
      Vegetation has become abundant; adjust strategies accordingly, including topwater baits and weedless baits. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use topwater baits. Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
      The Wapsipinicon River at Independence has a flow of about 675 CFS as of July 19; this water discharge rate is about 2 times above median levels for this time of year. Fishing has been improving with better water conditions . Northern Pike – Slow. Smallmouth Bass – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair. Water flows in east-central Iowa rivers have improved greatly since last week, but are still high in the Cedar, Shell Rock, and Wapsipinicon. Lakes are generally providing some fair bass fishing. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing opportunity. Call the N.E. Iowa district office at 563-927-3276 for more information.   MISSISSIPPI RIVER Mississippi River Pool 9
      River level at Lansing is 11.7 feet with a very gradual fall. Water temperature is near 81 degrees. New Albin ramp road is closed due to water over the road. The Lansing Village Creek ramp and parking lot construction is expected to start July 30 and the ramp will be closed through October. For more updates, call the Guttenberg Fisheries Management office at 563-252-1156. Walleye - Fair: Fishing has been tough with high water. Some walleye are being picked up bottom bouncing crawlers on side channel and bottom structure. Yellow Perch - No Report: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. Sauger - Slow: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wing dams. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern are feeding in the vegetation along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use a large shiner or sunfish in deeper holes. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats should be spawning. Use a crawler fished on the bottom in current eddies. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting along the vegetation in backwater lakes and areas protected from the current. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing has been difficult with floating flood debris and weeds. Find smallmouth along shorelines in slight current off rocky points. White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for big white bass. Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing for bluegills in the flooded trees; use a surface lure or poppers to imitate the mayflies. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action.  Mississippi River Pool 10
      River level is 620.5 feet at Lynxville and is slowly receding. Water temperature is 81 degrees at the Lock and Dam 9. Sny Magill ramp still has water over the road. Walleye- Fair: Fishing has been tough with high water. Some walleyes are being picked up bottom bouncing crawlers on side channel and bottom structure. Yellow Perch - No Report: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. Sauger - Slow: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wing dams. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern are feeding in the vegetation along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use a large shiner or sunfish in deeper holes. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats should be spawning. Use a crawler fished on the bottom in current eddies. Bluegill - Good: Panfish bite is picking up this week. Try a small piece of garden worm on small tackle under a bobber. Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. To hook into a big one, try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting along the vegetation in backwater lakes and areas protected from the current. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing has been difficult with floating flood debris and weeds. Find smallmouth along shorelines in slight current off rocky points. White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for big white bass. Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing for bluegills in the flooded trees using a surface lure or poppers to imitate the mayflies. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action.  Mississippi River Pool 11
      River level is 11.4 feet at Guttenberg and is slowly receding. Water temperature is 75 degrees at Lock and Dam 10. Guttenberg south ramp is now open. Walleye - Fair: Fishing has been tough with high water. Some walleyes are being picked up bottom bouncing crawlers on side channel and bottom structure. Yellow Perch - No Report: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. Sauger - Slow: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wing dams. Northern Pike - Fair: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Use a large shiner or sunfish in deeper holes. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats should be spawning.Use a crawler fished on the bottom in current eddies. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting along the vegetation in backwater lakes and areas protected from the current. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing has been difficult with floating flood debris and weeds. Find smallmouth along shorelines in slight current off rocky points. White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for big white bass. Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing for bluegills in the flooded trees using a surface lure or poppers to imitate the mayflies. Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action.  Upper Mississippi River levels remain high with only a slight downward trend. Many ramps have reopened. Be aware of floating flood debris. Water temperature is in the upper 70's to 80's. Fish have been elusive in the high water, but clarity has improved this week.    Mississippi River Pool 12
      Water levels are near 11 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and near 13 feet at the RR bridge. Expect water to drop slowly this upcoming week. Water clarity is improving. The water temperature is around 81 degrees. Channel Catfish - Excellent: In flooding conditions, most fish hang around near bank using food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Most anglers use a simple egg sinker and worm rig. Drum will be hanging out relatively near shore in moderate current areas. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught along the edge of flooding water. White Bass - Good: Looks for schools of white bass feeding on the surface in the morning and evening hours. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill have finally returned to angler creels. Try bobber and worms in clearer backwater areas.  Mississippi River Pool 13
      Water level is 12.5 feet at Bellevue and is receding. Expect a small drop in levels this upcoming week. Smaller boat ramps still have water and debris on them. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction. The water is turbid, but is clearing up. The channel water temperature is around 81 degrees. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Especially in flooding conditions, most fish hang around near bank using food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on. Fish worms with an egg sinker in moderate current areas. Fish near the shorelines if possible. Largemouth Bass - Good: Both largemouth and smallmouth are being caught. Most are feeding along the flooding edge. Use a bright colored spinner in the turbid water. White Bass - Good: Look for feeding schools of white bass in the morning and evenings. Small spinners and white jigs work best.  Mississippi River Pool 14
      Water levels are receding throughout Pool 14; expect it to continue to continue to recede. Presently levels are near 12 feet near Fulton, 14.2 feet at Camanche and 8.4 feet at LeClaire. The water temperature is around 82 degrees. Water clarity is poor, but is improving. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Especially in flooding conditions, most fish hang around near bank using food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. Freshwater Drum - Good: Use a simple egg sinker/worm rig in moderate current areas. Find fish near the shoreline in flooded conditions. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bright colored spinners fished along flooded shorelines are picking up some bass.  Mississippi River Pool 15
      Water levels are receding in Pool 15. Most smaller boat ramps have debris on them, but most are useable. Presently the water is 12 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity is poor, but is improving. The water temperature is near 82 degrees. Channel Catfish - Good: Especially in flooding conditions, most fish hang around near bank using food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. Freshwater Drum - Good: Use an egg sinker and worm rig fished near shore in flooded conditions. Drum will use freshly washed in food in newly flooded habitats.  Water levels are high, but are receding slowly; we are out of flood stages throughout the district. Boat ramps are getting back in working order, but some are still under water. Water clarity is fair. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976.    Mississippi River Pool 16
      Tailwater stage is 11.38 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. The docks are being reported as in at the Marquette St. ramp in Davenport. The Fairport Recreation Area has a dock in at the upper ramp. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught in Sunset Marina on stinkbait. Try also above brush piles and snags in the back channels. Walleye - Fair: Reports of some walleyes being caught trolling between the mouth of the Rock River and Sunset Marina. Try fishing on the wingdams along Credit Island with crankbaits or three-way rigs with crawlers. Mississippi River Pool 17
      Tailwater stage is 10.48 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is falling. Big Timber is closed due to high water. Fishing has been slow with the high water. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try fishing above snag piles along the side channels and main channel with stinkbait or shad. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams; use crankbaits or three-way rigs with crawlers. Trolling crankbaits by GPC can work, too. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters around brush piles. Try fishing with pieces of worms under a bobber.  Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage is 11.87 feet at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston and is falling. The gates are still out of the water at the dam. Flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try fishing above brush piles and snags along side channels and the main channel for catfish; use stinkbait or shad. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters around brush piles. Try fishing with worms under a bobber.  Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is 8.22 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. River level is 13.34 feet at Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. River level at Fort Madison is 527.02 feet and flood stage is 528 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try fishing above brush piles and snags along the side channels and main channel; use stinkbait or shad. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters around brush piles. Try fishing with worms under a bobber.  River stages are still high, but have been falling. Fishing is being reported as slow. Main channel water temperature is around 82 degrees. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062. SOUTHEAST Central Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained as a renovation project is finishing up.  Coralville Reservoir
      The lake is at normal summer pool. Channel Catfish - Fair: Best action is drifting or trolling cut bait in the channel. Black Crappie – Slow: Fish steep rock banks for suspended fish.  Diamond Lake
      No minnows are allowed here. The fish cleaning station is open. Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs fished around the brush piles or drift the basin. Most fish are 7-9 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs or worms around shallow rock or brush. Many fish are around 6-7 inches. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has picked up over the past week.  Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
      Largemouth Bass - Fair. Bluegill - Good. Black Crappie - Good. Channel Catfish - Good.  Kent Park Lake
      The lake is drained for a lake renovation project currently underway. It is scheduled to be completed next spring.  Lake Macbride
      Only motors under 10hp may be used at no-wake speed. Water temperatures are in the 80's. Black Crappie - Slow: Fish deeper brush or look for suspended fish off breaks. Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits or jig live bait. Most fish are in 8-13 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some fish are still shallow while other fish have pulled off to deeper rock for the summer. Best bite is early in the day. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: Look for schools roaming over deep water feeding on juvenile shad. Early and late in the day are best. Bluegill - Fair: Some are shallow in pockets while others have moved to deeper rock. Size is marginal at best. Channel Catfish - Fair: Evenings are best.  Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still 5 feet low from the restoration project. The main ramp is usable, but it is shallow; use caution. There is a boat dock in on the east lane. Be cautious when boating as new structures have started to be submerged. Check your boat and trailer for the invasive plant, Brittle Naiad; it is abundant here. White Bass – Fair: Fish windblown shores or look for schools in open water.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: These are mixed in with the white bass. Mornings and evenings are best. Bluegill – Slow: Fish weed edges. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use chicken liver or shrimp. Walleye - Slow.   Rodgers Park Lake
      Largemouth Bass – Fair.  Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
      River levels are finally receding. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs or worms in the backwaters. Black Crappie - Fair: Try jigs or minnows around brush in the backwaters.  For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.   Des Moines River (Ottumwa to Farmington)
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Target log jams and rocked shorelines. Watch for water levels to change with the recent rains. Hawthorn Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use spinnerbaits along the rocky shorelines and rubber worms around the deeper structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with live bait along the rocky shorelines and the weed line. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver or stinkbait in areas with 4-6 feet of water.  Lake Keomah
      Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait near shoreline and around the fishing jetties. Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing deep structure with a jig and minnow. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stinkbait or chicken liver. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast spinnerbaits or crankbaits around the fishing jetties and along the dam. Switch to rubber worms and deeper structure as the day heats up.  Lake Sugema
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Target deeper structure with rubber worms or jig-n-pig combos. Black Crappie - Slow: Use tube jigs or jig and minnows in deeper water structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with live bait around the shorelines and fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use dead chubs or stinkbait along the dam or around the fishing jetties.  Lake Wapello
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver or stinkbait around areas with rip-rapped shorelines or rock piles. Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish deeper structure with rubber worms or crawdad imitations. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler in areas around aquatic vegetation or near the fishing jetties. White Crappie - Slow: Try minnows or jig and minnows in deeper structure and the outer edge of the weed line.  Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is 905.02 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbait or chicken liver in areas with water running into the lake. White Crappie - Fair: Use minnows around deeper structure. Trolling small crankbaits can also catch suspended crappies. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Troll crankbaits along rocky shorelines and around rock piles. Try also vertical jigging in the same areas . Walleye - Fair: Walleye bite has slowed from earlier in the year. Use night crawler rigs or troll crankbaits around rock piles and submerged points.Leeches can also be productive this time of year.  Red Haw Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast the shorelines in the early part of the day and then fish deeper structure as the day warms up. Black Crappie - Fair: Try tube jigs along the shorelines. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around the shorelines and fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try night crawlers around the fishing jetties or along the dam.  The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.   SOUTHWEST Big Creek Lake
      Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite has become tough since the shad spawn created abundant small forage. Target the upper end of the lake in shallow water, preferably by any vegetation. Cast or troll shallow diving shad imitating crankbaits or troll spinner rigs with night crawlers with little weight to fish 3-10 feet deep. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Troll and cast crankbaits, spoons or in-line spinners in the main lake. Look for schools of fish busting shad on the surface.  Hooper Area Pond
      Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers drifting and trolling jigs mid-lake are picking up some nice 10-12 inch crappies. Keep your baits in the top 6 feet of water.  Lake Ahquabi
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits in 4 to 8 feet of water in the evenings.  Red Rock Reservoir
      White Bass - Fair: High water levels are spreading fish out, but it is still the best time of year to target aggressive white bass and hybrid striped bass. Look for shad schools breaking the surface of the water and troll shad imitating spoons and shallow diving crankbaits.  Rock Creek Lake
      White Crappie - Good: Drift or slowly troll jigs or minnows in the lower half of the lake in the mornings to just after noon.  For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, call Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.   Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
      Water clarity in most ponds have recovered from heavy rains in July. Always get permission to fish privately-owned ponds. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are in their summer pattern in ponds. Concentrate on suspended fish and along weed lines during the summer months.  Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappies suspended and around structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are very active and can be caught with a variety of lures and plugs. Fish shallow early and late and go deeper during the middle of the day. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try along weed edges and around structure.  Farm Creek Lake
      Farm creek will offer good fishing this year. Black Crappie - No Report: Black crappie in Farm Creek are quality size fish. Concentrate fishing the channel during the summer. Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegills in the open water portion of the lake and close to the channel.  Lake Anita
      Anglers report catching bluegills drifting. Find crappies around brush piles and suspended over the roadbeds. Black Crappie - Fair: Vertical jig deeper tree piles or troll twister tails to catch black crappie averaging 9 inches. Bluegill - Slow: Drift small jigs tipped with crawler. Fish will average 8.5 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast to structure to catch bass of all sizes.  Lake Manawa
      Lake Manawa is a good destination for summer catfishing. Channel Catfish - Good: Use shrimp and bubble gum bait on the south and west shore. Fish in the 2 to 5 pound range were reported. Orient Lake
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Catch 18-20 inch channel catfish with cut bait or shrimp below the sediment structure where water is running into the lake and along the dam.  Prairie Rose Lake
      Prairie Rose will offer good panfishing. The lake has quality sized bluegills and acceptable size crappies. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are done spawning and have moved into a summer pattern. Look for fish around underwater reefs and drift/troll open water areas. Bluegills in Prairie Rose are quality size fish. Black Crappie - Slow: Look for crappies along the dam and around tree piles. Fish will average 9 inches. Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a large population of 12 inch bass in the lake that offers fun catch and release fishing.  Viking Lake
      Find crappies and largemouth bass on deeper brush piles. Channel catfish have moved in around jetties and rocky shorelines. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in the deeper tree piles. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Channel Catfish - Good: Cast cut bait or liver close to rocky shorelines for catfish up to 10 pounds. Late afternoon bite is best. Largemouth Bass - Good: Jig plastics in deeper brush piles during the day and cast shallow structure early morning for largemouth bass of all sizes.  Panfish have moved into their summer pattern. Target open water and deep structure. Catfishing has been good around the district.  For more information, contact the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.   Green Valley Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches with crankbaits or finesse plastics fished along cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegill up to 8 inches using worms fished along the fishing jetties. Black Crappie - Good: Catch crappie up to 9 inches with minnows or jigs fished along rocky areas.  Lake Icaria
      Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish of all sizes have been caught using night crawlers fished along rocky shoreline areas.  Little River Watershed Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth bass up to 18 inches using finesse plastics fished near cedar tree brush piles or rock reefs. Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegills up to 9 inches with worms fished along the fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Good: Catch channel catfish up to 10 pounds with night crawlers fished along rocky shoreline areas.  Three Mile Lake
      Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill up to 7 inches with worms fished along the fishing jetties or cedar tree brush piles. Walleye - Good: Catch walleye up to 18 inches using crankbaits or live bait fished along the roadbed or main lake points. Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappie up to 9 inches with jigs or minnows fished along the fishing jetties or cedar tree brush piles.  Twelve Mile Creek Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught with crankbaits or finesse plastics fished along cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill - Good: Catch bluegill up to 8 inches with worms fished near cedar tree brush piles or shallow bays. Walleye - Fair: Catch walleyes of all sizes using minnows or leeches fished in 8-10 feet of water. Black Crappie - Good: Catch crappie up to 9 inches with minnows or worms fished along cedar tree brush piles or in the flooded timber.  Water temperature in most district lakes is in the low to mid 80's. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke and Madison counties. For more information, please call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.   MISSOURI RIVER Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
      Channel Catfish - Fair: During high water levels, try close to the bank or slower flooded areas from shore. Smaller tributaries should also be good, where channel catfish will find refuge from faster currents. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish - Fair: Anglers report catching a few blue catfish on rod and reel and trotlines. Use live bait or fresh cut bait with live bait rigs along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel using live baits (chubs, bullheads, green sunfish). Fish below wing dam tip, near rock structures, logs and along the bank with deeper water nearby.  Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
      Channel Catfish - Fair: During high water levels, try close to the bank or slower flooded areas from shore. Smaller tributaries should also be good, where channel catfish will find refuge from faster currents. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish - Fair: Anglers report catching a few blue catfish on rod and reel and trotlines. Use live bait or fresh cut bait with live bait rigs along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel using live baits (chubs, bullheads, green sunfish). Fish below wing dam tip, near rock structures, logs and along the bank with deeper water nearby.  Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
      Channel Catfish - Fair: During high water levels, try close to the bank or slower flooded areas from shore. Smaller tributaries should also be good, where channel catfish will find refuge from faster currents. Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching a few blue catfish on rod and reel and trotlines with fresh cut bait or live bait. Try by the wing dam tips, close to or in the main channel of the Missouri River for your best chance at getting bigger blue catfish. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel using live baits (chubs, bullheads, green sunfish). Fish below wing dam tip, near rock structures, logs and along the bank with deeper water nearby.  The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 29.06 ft. /68,500 cfs./80 degrees Fahrenheit. Missouri River water temperaturess are down one degree from last week and water levels are up 0.17 feet. Water levels are up due to recent rains in the Missouri River watershed and release of water from reservoirs. Anglers and boaters are advised to use caution going on the Missouri River.
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