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Questions on Spearing

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Do many people out there spear? I hardly ever see any spearing topics anymore, I absolutly love the rush ya get when they slide on in... My heart about jumps outta my throat. Anyway, just wanted to ask, what works best for all of you.. Do you like decoys, live bait, or mixing it up alittle? We have had great luck useing both... What colors do ya like to use? We like bright perch on bright days, more faded colors on cloudy days... How shallow do you go? Last year on one lake, we were in 18 inches of water with 21 inches of ice... Had great luck... We have speared in up to 10 feet of water, but I'm not a huge fan of it... It seems like there's alot better chance of a missed or wounded fish. NOT COOL!!!!
Although, if you suspend your decoy 5 feet down they will come in at that depth, if they come in below it, you have to drop your decoy closer to them becuse if you move and their looking up at the decoy they're going to see you move. Does anyone else have any tricks to try or any sugestions that might help. Thanks

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Crappie Jigga,
Great topic and great tips. I am brand new to spearing. In fact I'm buying my lic and decoys tonight and trying it out tomorrow for the first time. I have ice fished for years but never tried spearing. My Dad talked me into trying it and using his best spear. I heard its like the excitement of deer hunting, watching them move in for the kill. I can't wait. Lets keep those tips coming!
Bushwacker

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I also spear. Been doing it for the last 6 years and enjoy it more then deer hunting. Both decoys and live bait are my choice. One will seam to work better than the other, it depends on the day and what they want. My decoy choice in colors range but i like the white chartruse/orange, all white, red and white, black/white/siver, and also i like too experiment by painting them different colors. Glad to here there are more of you dy hard spearers out there

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Haven't speared in 20 years. How do the regs read on decoys? Can you use a painted decoy and live one at the same time?

Polar Bear

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Well people 25 years ago i speared alot, but now i live on a small lake in southern Mn and have watched the steady decline of notherns due to spearing, hard to catch and release, but we all are intitled to our own fun. But you can lure them in and watch them for awhile. Thank You, please don't send me hate mail. i love all fishing hunting and have had the same thing said to me about deer hunting, such is life.

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Snowshoe
I agree w/ya it sucks that you can't catch and release the fish so I try to be alittle bit selective when they do come in... I had about a 6 or 7 pounder come in and I already had as much on the ice as I wanted so we sat and played alittle game of (try to catch the decoy) it went on for awhile but, he didn't get it so I feel I won that game.... It was just a blast watching him chase the decoy around.. They are so fast it's amazing that any bait fish even have a chance with a big snake after them.... Don't feel bad about expressing your opinion, that's how we all learn alittle more than we knew before.....

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Spearing is the ultimate form of catch and release. If you don't want the fish you never even have to touch it, let it swim away. If you don't want to eat the fish call it "Decoy and Observe" I guess. I have watched many fish come in and have never speared them.

Also what evidence do you have that spearing is the cause of low or little pike populations?

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Havent had the opportunity to try spearing yet, but I have always wanted to... What size hole do you typically cut, and what do you use? Chisel? Ice saw?

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I GOT TO AGREE WITH THE EGG SHELL, THEY REALY LIGHT-UP THE BOTTOM. VIEWING CAN BE GREAT FUN, THOSE PIKE CAN REALLY MOVE AND STOP ON A DINE.

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What do you guys think about having the same regs as fishing? I went spearing on Zippel Bay last year and had an absolute blast. I was in 4 feet of water and seen 15, two were probably pushing 40". At noon I got out of my house to see how my dad was doing and I just got sick at the amount of large northerns hidden in the weeds, and snow that were between the 30-40" slot. (There was at least a dozen fish just in our little area!) When I got to my dad he actually had one in his hole that looked to be about a week old. There was also another guy that I talked to with the same thing. Wouldn't it make more sense to either get rid of the slot for spearing and lowering the limit? (or some other way) When a 35"+ comes screaming in the hole it looks like it 80" long and 3 feet wide. Most unexperienced spearers would be sure that 35 was over forty. It just seemed like a shame that all those big females were not only removed from the lake but were wasted. It is things like that, that make me worry spearing wont be around for much longer.
Just my 2 cents.

[This message has been edited by g man46 (edited 01-09-2004).]

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I believe putting anything on the bottom of the lake is illegal. It used to be OK but I think they changed that about 10+ years ago.

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Not even Eggshells ehh? Well, that does make sense, anything that seems to work really well always seems to be made illegal.

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Hello.. I have been spearing for a few years now and I LOVE IT!! I have a question for some of you. How shallow do some of you go? I try to stay around 7 feet or so. I have heard of people in 3-4 feet. I have never speared that shallow before. But lately with my area lakes, they are really getting cloudy and hard to see. Also, what do some of you do to ensure that there is not a mess of weeds that you are setting on top of and don't notice until it is too late?? Thanks for and replies!!

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I thought that spearing is banned on musky waters???

Am I mistaken?

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Its not illegal on all musky waters. some of the bans are being lifted next year.

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Spearing is great if you are taking small pike in populated waters, I have no problem with that at all. The problem I have with spearing is the over-harvest of very large fish. Once you catch it, you have to eat it or mount it. I have a serious problem with people who eat 20 pound plus slimers and a guy can only have so many mounted so what is the point? I realize the majority of spearers do not abuse this but the small amount that do really have a negative effect on the population. I do support spearing however. I think it is time for the DNR to implement some sort of tag system where a guy can take one or two fish a year over 20 pounds. That way we can hang on to the older fish and balnace the age structure. Just my opinion on the whole deal. Anyway, good luck to all.

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Guys here is my $.02 on spearing.....
I have been spearing for 5 years I go 2-3 times a year and for 2 of the times that I go I go to Winnie.... I am not an advocate of spearing giant pike for the following reasons
1. They taste like dump...I prefer 2-5 lbers. anyway...
2. I am not gonna mount a a monster pike with holes in it anyway....
3. It is much more fun to see how they respond to your decoy movements....
For those who say that spearing is detrimental to the large pike population I say calm down ... it is a proven fact the there are far less people who spear than who fish by normal means...don't believe me read the current issue of Outdoor News...I believe that the real problem is that there is much more pressure on pike from regular anglers than from people who spear... you may catch a 36in pike during the summer but how do you know the fish survives?
when I see that size of fish while spearing I know he survives because I won't catch him at all...
agree or disagree I really don't care because I will keep spearing until it becomes against the law...

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I have to agree.

I'm not a spearer. I would probably enjoy it mostly for the thought, but not interested in actually throwing a spear. When you look at it in a different way, it is how some of our founding fathers survived. We don't need to hunt, fish, or trap to survive, however we do it soley for the purpose of ritual. Yes, we eat the meat, but beef is much better and still cheaper......

If you have a problem with spearing, because it kills fish, or you feel that it is "un-fair"

I'll give you an example of unfair.
Try a vexilar????? How many more fish have you caught because of electronics?

Howabout GPS. The new maps put you perfectly on an inside turn of a Mille Lacs MudFlat........hammer big walleyes all day long.

But to really top it off..........
Howabout that underwater camera. THAT IN ITSELF IS CHEATING.........THE FISH DON'T HAVE A CHANCE.....

I own all three, but I also catch and release ALOT of my fish, if not all on most outings.

With that camera, I've caught more pike by jigging that I have tip-ups in the past 3 years, by a factor of 3 jigging to 1 tip up.

Yes, maybe spearing makes you made at the guy who speared the 20lber, but why, so you couldn't catch him with your vex and camera to put him on the wall yourself????

Spearing is an Art/Tradition?Ritual. It is also a right.

Fishing isn't that good anymore...........that is unless you have all the gizmos and gadgets that cost $1000. We made our own fate by buying all the jazz. If you don't have $40000 in equipment, you ain't $#!+

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I've been spearing for about 5yrs and it's a rush to see any fish come in. I have my house out on a NE metro lake and mabey things are different in 'out-state' MN but we don't get many northerns over 4lbs to swim on by. We saw a 8-9lb fish about 3yrs ago, but it hung off to the side and never came in. However we do see a lot of nice muskies. In the entire time I've been spearing we've harvested about 5 fish and all were between 1.5-4lbs. It's not the thrill of the kill, but the excitement of watching THEM hunt your bait. The smaller ones will come slinking through the weeds while the bigger fish will come in above the weeds. Sometimes they'll circle the bait while others will come in fast and pause about a foot away and then smash the decoy. It's also a thrill to see the big muskies come in for a look. As a side note, it's easy to tell a muskie from a northern while spearing, anyone who says differently should have their eyes examined. Spearing is like watching a giant fish tank where you are a guest in their domain. It's similar to deer hunting, but you don't hear them come in as well as deer smile.gif
I generally use 10-12" sucker minnows as live bait, but I do have a couple of decoys (Whitefish & Walley colored) made by a guy who's name is Dewey I believe.
I've also gone after Sturgeon with a spear in WI for a couple of years, but never saw one under the ice. However, I plan on doing it again next year.

PJ

ps. If I want to be entertained, I spear. If I want meat, I use tip-ups - they're far more effective.

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WOW!!!
Great conversation.. I like the comments everyone is making, very informative!! I have to agree with everyone (good or bad). I really like your post Big G, have to agree with ya on everything. From someone that does't even spear too feel so strongly about it, thats GREAT..
Here is one that I thought was pretty funny.. I was out spearing one day and I nailed 3 northerns about 4 pounds, let 3 swim away so, I could of had my limit (the limit was 6).. Walked over too a couple of guys that were fishing w/tip-ups and asked, "how ya doing?" They said "pretty good we got 11 need one more".. They asked me so are you spearing? I said yep.. They started in on me about how spearing ruins the lakes, and how unsporting it was etc.etc. I felt kinda stupid, and then thought alright lets break this down.. I am one person, with one hole, and one piece of bait, I had 3 on the ice and let 3 go. They were 2 guys, 8 tip-ups, and 8 pieces of bait,(you could have 4 lines per person)the odds are kinda in their favor! Not to mention 11 fish on the ice...
I thought to myself "I'm hurting the lake, NOT"... I realize there isn't much CPR in spearing, but these guys weren't real interested in CPR themselves.
Oh well, such is life....

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I don't know where Crappie Jigga was (sorry about the mis-spelling, I should of wrote it down).

However in South Dakota, we can have 4 tip ups per person and I believe that we could also have 6 pike each.

NOW: picture this. 4 guys + 4 tip-up each over the size of a football field.

Those 16 tip-ups didn't give us more than a 5 minute break for 2 days straight.

We brought home 6 fish @ approximatley 5lbs each for a big family fish fry.

Point is, those fish that were in that acre sized spread that we had of tip-ups didn't have a chance. Everywhere they turned, they saw suckers and shinners.

We probably caught 150 pike in those 2 days. Kept 6. That is pretty good CPR, when we could of kept 24.........

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I have nothing against those that spear at all and for the most part, these people are more ethical than the anglers...in my experience. I am not sure what it is or why I believe in this but I feel it is in all of our best interest to leave some of the big guys in the lake. I am a strong advocate of C&R and also think replicas should replace skin mounts. When I mentioned a tag system, I was referring to everyone, not just those that spear. Not for just slimers either, eyes and other stuff as well. All the lakes in my area are fished very heavy. Most are fished pretty much out. I agree with whoever said we need a grand worth of gadgets to catch them....that is because there are not many left. And to tell you the truth, it is only going to get worse in the future with the population growth. Just my opinions!

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      Water levels are near 10.2 feet at Rock Island and will rise to 12.3 feet. This level will again approach "action" flood stage, so some boat ramps will be flooded. Water clarity is poor. The water temperature is around 74 degrees. Channel Catfish - No Report: Try stink bait or worms near shore. Fish near shore in flooded waters. Freshwater Drum - No Report: Use an egg sinker and worm rigs fished near shore in moderate current areas.  The water levels will fluctuate this week. Most ramps are usable again, but some will have water on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 
    • NORTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Black Hawk Lake
      Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Water levels are 6 inches over the crest of the spillway. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water in Town Bay from the stone piers along Ice House Point and near the inlet bridge. Walleye - Slow: Try crawler rigs or crankbaits around Ice House Point, the dredge cut near Denison Beach, and around the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point and the East Basin. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. 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, and along shore near the outlet. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use crawlers fished 3-4 feet below a bobber on the lake side of the inlet bridge and from the stone piers in Town Bay. 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: Drift or troll slowly crawler rigs, minnows or leaches in 15-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch - Fair: Find perch along the vegetation and deeper structure. Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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. Bluegill - Fair: Try tube jigs tipped with crawlers in 10-15 feet of water.  North Twin Lake
      Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Water clarity is around 1.5 feet. White Crappie - Slow: No Report - A recent survey showed most crappie are 6-10 inches with a few up to 14 inches. Walleye - Slow: Walleye up to 27 inches have been seen in recent netting surveys.  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: Use crawler rigs and troll crankbaits along the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in 6-10 feet of water. White Bass - Fair: Troll crankbaits or fish crawlers along the dredge cuts.  Water temperatures in Black Hawk District lakes are in the low 70's. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.   Beeds Lake
      The park road will be closed Sept. 19th - 21st due to road construction; there will be no access to the boat ramp. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift fish or troll with a tube jig or small minnow. Yellow Bass - Fair: Drift fish or troll with a small jig. Shore anglers should fish a small piece of crawler or cut bait off the bottom.  Clear Lake
      Surface water temperature is 70 degrees. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use crawlers or cut bait in the areas where water is entering the lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift a jig and minnow over deeper submerged vegetation. Yellow Bass - Fair: Drift or troll a small jig tipped with cut bait or a minnow over the reefs until you find fish.  Muskellunge - Fair: Fish the edge of the vegetation and near docks.  Crystal Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll small tube jigs or a minnow in the dredge cut or on the edge of vegetation. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits.  Lake Smith
      Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll a small jig or minnow in deeper near the outlet.  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. Don’t overlook the evening bite from docks as these fish will move shallow at dusk. Walleye - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch. Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers report northern pike action on the lake.  Five Island Lake
      Channel Catfish - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught trolling. Don’t overlook public areas to fish using traditional "cat" baits which will provide excellent action.  Lake Pahoja
      Bluegill - Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.  Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
      Channel Catfish - Good: Report of angles catching fish from the river.  Lost Island Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught with black crappie and yellow perch up to 10 inches mixed in the catch. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs. Bluegill - Good: Recent surveys show numbers of fish approaching 7 inches in the lake. Black Crappie - Good: Recent surveys show numbers of angler acceptable size fish up to 10 inches in the lake.  Ocheyedan Pit #1
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Recent surveys show good numbers of 17 -23 inch channel catfish.  Silver Lake (Dickinson)
      Walleye - Good: Expect the fall walleye bite to start soon. Troll crankbaits during the day; wader fishing is your best chance to catch trophy size fish.  Spirit Lake
      Walleye - Good: The fall walleye bite has started with action improving. Yellow Perch - Good: Good numbers of angler acceptable size yellow perch continue to be caught in the outside line of the weed beds. Bonus bluegill will be mixed in the catch.  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. 
    • SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Big Hollow Lake
      The unstable weather isn't helping the fishing or the number of anglers out on the lake.  Black Crappie - No Report: Start looking for crappies in 6 feet of water. Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills should be moving in to more shallow water soon. Start at 6 feet and work your way in from there.  Deep Lakes
      Grab a pole and go exploring at Deep Lakes; there are lots of ponds to try. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Most of the ponds have good numbers of bass in them; most are smaller, but there are some big ones. Go subtle in your choice of lures with the ultra-clear water. Bluegill - Good: Find the right pond and you can catch some nice bluegills.  Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
      The Iowa River still has a lot of flow right now, but is currently back down in its bank with only some low area flooding; it looks to be headed back up.  Lake Belva Deer
      Water warmed up over the last days to around 78 degrees again. The cooler weather forecast should reverse that trend. Black Crappie - Fair: Last week was pretty slow;  crappie should start biting again with the water getting back to normal and cooling off. Channel Catfish - Fair: Should still be able to pick up a few catfish up by the inlet from the marsh. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Picking up a few bass in the more shallow water up along the rocks and gravel bottom areas.  Lake Darling
      The water temperature is back up to about 79 degrees. Water clarity is improving despite more heavy rains earlier this week. Fishing, while still pretty good, is a little more hit and miss due to the weather.  Bluegill - Good: Decent numbers of hand-sized bluegills are being caught in 5 or less feet of water. Water still hasn’t cleared up after last week’s heavy rains. So a little flash to any lure is a good idea. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to catch catfish. It’s a good time to fish the weirs in the in-lake silt dams as the water from the recent and forecast rains come into the lake. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hovering over the rock piles in about 5-8 feet of water. Spinnerbaits and spoons work best.  Lost Grove Lake
      Water temperature was 78 degrees on Wednesday; the storm may have cooled it off more since then. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are still catching crappies out deep, but if the nights stay fairly cool, they should start to move in to shallower water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Run your favorite crankbait on the north side of the lake, out along the mounds on the flats and in shallow.  Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
      The Skunk River is back down to about 1/2 bank full. The parking areas and lanes to them are still muddy.  For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430. Central Park Lake
      The lake is close to full after the renovation project; fingerling fish have been stocked.  Coralville Reservoir
      The lake level is at 705 feet (normal pool is 683.4 feet) and slowly falling as of 9/20. All public ramps are under water and the Mehaffey ramp is closed due to construction.  Diamond Lake
      The water is muddy. Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs fished over deeper brush. Most fish are 8-9 inches. Channel Catfish - Good: Stink bait works best. Some limits are being reported.   Iowa Lake (Iowa County)
      Largemouth Bass – Slow. Channel Catfish – Slow. Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish in 12-15 feet of water and look for fish suspended a few feet off the bottom.  Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
      Catfish were biting at Hills and River Junction before the flows bumped up to 10,000 CFS. Flows will continue to be this high until the Coralville Reservoir is back down to normal, which could be weeks.  Kent Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained for a lake restoration project.  Lake Macbride
      The motor restriction is off; any sized motor may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph). Black Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or minnows around brush; some fish are reported as moving shallower. Walleye - Fair: Troll crawlers or crankbaits in 7-14 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: Try topwater baits early and late then troll during the day. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait or stink bait. Evenings are best.  Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still 1.5 feet low. Use caution on the lake, as many of the new rock and wood structures are becoming submerged. There are 2 docks in at the main ramp and the fish cleaning station is open.   For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.   Lake Keomah
      Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait near shore and around the fishing jetties. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a minnow around deep structure. Try different depths until you find active fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or chicken liver in 4-8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinnerbaits, crankbaits or rubber worms around the fishing jetties and along the dam.  Lake Miami
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater lures in the early mornings and evenings then switch to rubber worms or crankbaits during the hotter parts of the day. Target the cedar tree piles and the fishing jetties. Bluegill - Fair: Use a chunk of night crawler along the fishing jetties or around the cedar tree piles.  Lake Sugema
      The south boat ramp off of Highway 2 has been reopened. There is now a construction project on the north ramp. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use topwater lures in the early mornings and evenings. As the day progresses, target deeper structure using rubber worms or deep diving crankbaits. Black Crappie - Slow: Crappies are suspended. Try drifting minnows around the flooded timber at different depths to find active fish. Bluegill - Fair: Try live bait tipped on a small jig around the shorelines and fishing jetties. Keep moving until you find active fish.  Lake Wapello
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver or stink bait. Don’t fish too deep as the lake does stratify; target 6-8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use rubber worms or crawdad imitating crankbaits around deep structure. Try also topwater lures around the cedar tree piles in the morning. Bluegill - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler around aquatic vegetation. Black Crappie - Slow: Try jigs tipped with a minnow in 6-10 feet of water.  Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is 906.10 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 stink bait or chicken liver in coves or areas with some water running into the lake. White Crappie - Fair: Try minnows around deeper structure. Trolling small crankbaits can also catch suspended crappies. Crappies will start to move shallow as the water cools. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Troll crankbaits along rocky shorelines and around rock piles. Follow the gulls as they will be where the schools of hybrid striped bass are feeding. Try also vertically jigging spoon baits around rock piles. Walleye - Fair: Use night crawler rigs or troll crankbaits around rock piles and submerged points.  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. Use rubber worms or crankbaits. Topwater lures can be productive along the lily pads. 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 or chicken liver around the fishing jetties and the outer edge of the lily pads.  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.   MISSISSIPPI RIVER  FISHING REPORTS Mississippi River Pool 16
      Tailwater stage is 10.36 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities, but is forecast to reach 12.5 feet by the middle of next week. Flood stage is 15 feet. As of Sept. 19th, the Clark's Ferry boat ramp was still closed due to high water, but the ramp at Shady creek is open. The docks have been pulled out at the Fairport Recreational area due to high water. Fishing has been slow.  Mississippi River Pool 17
      Tailwater stage is 10.31 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is forecast to rise over the weekend. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 12.14 feet, but forecast to reach 13.2 feet by the middle of next week. Flood stage at Muscatine is 16 feet. The Kilpeck Landing is closed. Big Timber is also closed due to high water. Fishing has been slow.   Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage is 12.57 feet at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston and has been falling the past week, but is forecast to rise over the weekend. Flood stage is 15 feet at Lock and Dam 17. River level at Keithsburg is 12.52 feet and is forecast to reach 13.1 feet by the middle of next. Flood stage at Keithsburg is 14 feet. The Toolsboro access is inaccessible due to the Odessa road being flooded. Ferry Landing is closed. Fishing has been slow.   Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is 9.43 feet at Lock and Dam 18 and is forecast to start rising over the weekend. Flood stage is 10 feet. River level at Burlington is 14.63 feet and is forecast to start rising over the weekend. Flood stage at Burlington is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water.   River stages have been falling the past few days. With recent heavy rains, the river is forecast to start rising over the weekend. Some boat ramps are closed due to high water. Main channel water temperature is around 73 degrees. Water clarity is poor due to high water conditions. Fishing has been slow with the high water. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
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