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Iowa fishing report 3-29-12

Thu, March 29, 2012

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST
Nelson Park Lake
Fishing is still slow at Nelson Park.

Brushy Creek Lake
All docks are in.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperature as of March 28, was 57 degrees.  Special walleye regulations at Storm Lake are three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Walleye - Fair: The walleye fishing from shore has slowed down some.  Recent gill net sets show that very few walleye are in close to shore.

North Twin Lake
Fishing is starting to pick up.  Anglers are catching a few nice walleyes.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching some 1 to 2-pound catfish using various baits.  Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers are catching some yellow bass using various techniques.  Fish are about 7 to 8 inches, but in good condition.

Swan Lake
Anglers are catching LOTS of 8 to 9-inch crappies; minnows seem to be best, but Berkley baits and twister tails work well also.

Black Hawk Lake
Catfishing has been good.  Expect walleye fishing to start picking up in the near future.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: The best time fish for catfish is when the wind is blowing really hard.  Use gizzard shad guts if you have them.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers have been catching some walleye using minnows and Berkley Powerbait.  The twister tails or worms have been working better than niblets.

Browns Lake
Crappie fishing has turned on.  Crappies are around 10 to 12 inches.  Minnows and worms are working, but you can also try using a small twister tail.

Moorland Pond
The last trout stocking of the season occurred March 24.  Anglers did well for trout.  Try fishing as far out from shore as possible and down a little bit deeper to get to the cooler water.

Little Sioux Park Lake
The bluegill fishing has slowed in the north end at Little Sioux Park.  Try spreading out and fishing in areas with low pressure.  Bass are hitting in the east arm.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Anglers are catching a few walleye, channel catfish, and northern pike at the Linn Grove Dam.  Northern Pike - Fair: Fewer and smaller northerns are being caught compared to last week.  Use a two ounce sinker with a 3 to 4-inch chub and fish where the river narrows and the current picks up near the boat ramp.  Regular chubs work better than suckers; hook them through the head.

Fishing has been picking up in our area.  The water is far warmer than normal for this time of year.  For more information contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Crappies are biting on minnows fished off the causeway.

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Bluegills are biting on worms fished under a bobber.

Lower Pine Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits.

Upper Pine Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits.

Lake Smith
Crappie and largemouth bass fishing is slow.

Clear Lake
Fishing has picked up. Walleyes are biting on jigs tipped with a minnows fished near the outlet and the rock reefs. Yellow bass are biting on jigs tipped with bait in 3 to 6 feet of water.

Lake Cornelia
7 to 9-inch yellow bass are biting on a variety of baits.

Little Wall Lake
Fishing has been slow. A few crappies and largemouth bass have been caught off shore along the rocks.

Crystal Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on jigs fished from shore near the boat ramp in the afternoon.

Bluebill Lake
The dock is installed and the gate is open. Largemouth bass are being caught from the jetty on a variety of baits.

For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Lake Pahoja
Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been reported try using slow presentations such as small jigs and minnows under bobbers.

Big Spirit Lake
Walleye season is closed. Panfish are being caught off the North Grade and Templar Park.  A few smallmouth bass along with white bass may be caught on rock piles in various parts of the lake.  Bullhead - Fair: A few bullheads are being caught off the north grade and the action should continue to improve as the water warms.  Yellow Perch - Slow: A few people have been targeting perch in the deeper water when the wind allows for a slow drift.

West Okoboji Lake
Walleye season is closed.  Try targeting protected shallow areas for bluegills and crappie using a slow presentation and small offerings should come with good results.  Bluegill - Fair: The canals off the main lake are producing a few gills along with crappie and bass.

Trumbull Lake
Northern Pike fry were stocked this week.

Big Sioux River
Good catches of catfish have been reported along with a few walleye and pike.  Channel Catfish - Good: Fish are being caught on cut bait, night crawlers, and dead chubs.

As water temperatures improve the fishing should follow.  A few walleye and catfish have been reported on the rivers in the area. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Angling pressure continues to be slow.  Bluegill - Slow: Small bluegills are being caught along the dam using small jigs tipped with wax worm.  Crappie - Slow: Small crappies are being caught using a minnow and small jig.

Lake Hendricks
Anglers have been out.  Water temperature is running in the low 60s. Channel Catfish - Good: Five to 6-pound cats are being caught using nightcrawlers in the evening.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are having the best luck using brightly colored crankbaits and spinner baits.  Crappie - Slow:

Lake Meyer
Water clarity is better this week.  Water temperature is about 55 degrees.  Minnows are beginning to swarm on the jetties.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are getting a few small bluegills on small jigs tipped with worm.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Sucker - Excellent:  Smallmouth Bass - Good:  Walleye - Good: Anglers are using worms and a jighead or crankbaits.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Sucker - Excellent: Suckers are beginning to run.  Try using a worm bounced along the bottom or under a bobber.  Northern Pike - Slow: A few folks have been catching small pike using spoons.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are hitting on jigs and twistertails.  Walleye - Good: Walleye are biting on jigs with twistertails.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Sucker - Good:  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are using crankbaits with a very slow retrieve.

Turkey River (below Clermont)
Sucker - Good: Anglers are beginning to report nice catches of suckers.  Suckers are biting on a worm fished off the bottom.  Walleye - Good:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Fish activity between Nashua and St. Ansgar has really picked up this week.  Northern Pike - Slow: Northerns are hitting on dead chubs or spoons.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Dead chubs are working well for cats.  Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallies are hitting on artificial lures.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye are hitting on a jig tipped with a minnow or a minnow under a bobber.

Decorah District Streams
Dark Hendricksons have been hatching heavily on area streams and are the dominant hatch - try a #14 or #12 Adams for rising trout.  #16 Blue Wing Olives also continue to hatch.  #16 Yellow and Black Stoneflies have been unusually prevalent this March - try a #16 Elk Hair Caddis for Yellow Stones and a #16 Black Elk Hair Caddis for Black Stones.  Streams are in excellent condition.  Trout stocking will begin April 2.  For stocking information, visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx.

Rivers and streams are in excellent condition and lake temperatures are running mid 50s.  This weekend looks like a nice one with temperatures forecast in the low 70s.  Catchable trout stocking begins April 2.  Schedules may be downloaded at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx  Cont.act Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324 for more information or let us know what you’ve been catching.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Crappie should be moving into shallows as water temperature is increasing.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a small piece of crawler or wax worm under a slip bobber from shore.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fishing from shore has been good, try casting plastics or spinner baits. There is an 18-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass here on Casey Lake.  Crappie - Fair: Try casting tube jigs from the shore near the dam or off of the jetties.

George Wyth Lake
Anglers are catching some crappie off the floating fishing pier.  Crappie - Fair: Try fishing a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or casting colored tube jigs around the pier.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and northern pike has been very good on the Cedar River in Black Hawk and Bremer counties.  Northern Pike - Good: Try casting spinner baits or fishing a chub under a bobber near woody debris and backwater areas.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try fishing dead cut baits and stink baits on the bottom as water temperature rises.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Most anglers have been catching smallmouth while fishing for walleye. Use a jig and twister tail tipped with a minnow or drifting a nightcrawler under a slip bobber.  Walleye - Fair: Jig tipped with a minnow is a good combination for walleye. Walleye are beginning to move out of overwintering holes in preparation for the upcoming spawn.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Walleye fishing on the Shell Rock River is being reported as good. Smallmouth bass have become more active with the increase in water temperature. Northern pike fishing has been good below the low head dams.  Northern Pike - Good: Try casting spinner baits or fishing a chub under a bobber near woody debris and backwater areas.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Most anglers have been catching smallmouth while fishing for walleye. Use a jig and twister tail tipped with a minnow or drifting a nightcrawler under a slip bobber.  Walleye - Good: Jig tipped with a minnow is a good combination for walleye. Walleye are beginning to move out of overwintering holes in preparation for the upcoming spawn.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Anglers have been reporting some catches of walleye, northern pike and channel catfish on the Upper and Lower Wapsipinicon River.  Northern Pike - Good: Try casting spinner baits or fishing a chub under a bobber near woody debris and backwater areas. Fishing below low head dams has also been good.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing dead cut baits on the bottom as water temperature rises.  Walleye - Good: Jig tipped with a minnow is a good combination this time of year for walleye. Walleye are beginning to move out of overwintering holes in preparation for the upcoming spawn.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River is falling. Fishing opportunities may be better this weekend on the upper portion in Delaware County.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing dead cut baits on the bottom as water temperature rises.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try drifting a nightcrawler on a small hook with a split shot on the bottom or under a bobber.  Walleye - Fair: Jig tipped with a minnow is a good combination this time of year for walleye. Walleye are beginning to move out of overwintering holes in preparation for the upcoming spawn.

Manchester District Streams
Trout streams remain in excellent condition. There have been some good hatches occurring with the recent warm weather.

The Cedar, Shell Rock, Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa rivers have been reporting catches of walleye, channel catfish, smallmouth bass and northern pike as water temperatures are on the rise. Be sure to mark your calendar for a second open water stocking (with kids fishing event) that is scheduled for Heritage Pond on April 21.  Trout streams are in excellent condition. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Cool nights have moderated water temperature into the mid 50s and water levels are expected to be fairly stable over the next week which should make for some good fishing.  Water level at Lansing is 8.1 feet and expected to drop slowly over the next week.  Northern Pike - Fair: A few nice northern being caught by anglers fishing for bass.  Fish are scattered but feeding well.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill biting well in Village Creek and the upper Big Lake areas.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Nice catches of largemouth in the upper shallow ends of backwaters.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting on a jig and minnows fished in the flooded trees. Yellow Perch - Good: Perch are close to done spawning and are moving and feeding well.  Decent fish reported in the Lansing area at Village Creek and Big Lake.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleye being caught trolling in Minnesota Slough.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum starting to bite well on main channel borders.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Cool nights have moderated water temperature into the mid 50s and water levels are expected to be fairly stable over the next week which should make for some good fishing. Water level at Lynxville is 16.2 feet and expected to drop slowly over the next week.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill biting well near the dam at Lynxville and the emergency spillway.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Nice catches of largemouth in the upper shallow ends of backwaters.  Yellow Perch - Good: Some nice yellow perch being caught below the emergency dam above Harpers Ferry.  Sauger - Good: Anglers at Lynxville still reporting good catches of sauger over the past week although the bite has dropped off a bit as fish will be spawning soon.  Walleye - Fair: Reports of nice walleye in the tail water have begun to drop off as fish will begin moving toward spawning areas.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum beginning to bite well on main channel borders.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Cool nights have moderated water temperature into the mid 50s and water levels are expected to be fairly stable over the next week which should make for some good fishing. Water level at Guttenberg is 7.9 feet and expected to drop slowly over the next week.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill biting well near the dam at Guttenberg and the emergency spillway.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Nice catches of largemouth in the upper shallow ends of backwaters.  Yellow Perch - Good: Nice perch being caught below the DNR boat ramp in Guttenberg and in the pocket below the dam on the Wisconsin side.  Sauger - Good: Anglers still reporting good catches of sauger over the past week although the bite has dropped off a bit as fish will be spawning soon.  Walleye - Fair: Reports of walleye in the tail water have begun to drop off as fish will begin moving toward spawning areas.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum fishing is picking up on side channel sandbar areas drifting a nightcrawler.

Great spring fishing is upon us as water levels have been fairly stable and temperatures have reached seasonal levels. Fish are moving and feeding and now is a great time to fish the Mississippi.  Water temperature is in the lower to middle 50s.  Water levels are expected to lower slowly over the next week.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Tail water stage is 7.7 feet and falling at Dubuque.  Water slightly stained to clear. Northern Pike - Good: A few nice sized pike were caught in the tail water and lakes close to the tail water, such as O’Leary’s. Pike are nearing an end to their spawning season and are heavily feeding.  Try white colored spinners and spoons.  Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills being reported off rock piles and current eddy areas in the tail water and in many backwater areas.  Simple fishing float and worm seems to be bait of choice. Yellow Perch - Good: Some real nice perch are being caught. They are in the process of spawning right now in the backwaters and vegetated areas. Walleye - Slow: Both walleye and sauger are in the spawning process right now and do not bite well during the spawn. Expect them to move onto the wing dams in a week or two.

Mississippi River Pool 13
Tail water stage at Bellevue is rising and is 8.7 feet. Water clarity is clear to slightly stained.  Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish are starting to be caught in good numbers. Fish cut bait along windswept shorelines for best results.  The wind brings in food and warmer water.  Bluegill - Excellent: Many bluegills are being reported out of backwaters and in the tail water.  Size generally in the 6 to 7-inch range. Bobber and worm seems to be the bait of choice.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Many bass are being taken on jigs, spinners and small crankbaits along rocky shoal areas.  Try bright colors in the stained waters.  Crappie - Good: Small crappie are being reported on jig and minnow in backwaters around log piles.  Some are being taken in the tail water by Bellevue.  Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch are abundant and being caught on worms in various locations right now. Many nice sized yellow perch are being reported. Sauger - Slow: Walleyes and sauger are beginning to spawn and do not bite well during their spawning. 

Mississippi River Pool 14
Tail water stage at Camanche is around 17.2 feet and dropping.  Water clarity is clear to slightly stained.  Channel Catfish - Good: Try using cut bait off a sucker or carp, and cast into windswept shorelines for best results.  Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills being reported in Rock Creek area as well as the tail water.  Simple rigs using worms as bait seem to the best choice.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Rocky areas such as exposed wing dams near shore are hot for bass right now.  Minnow imitating lures will catch you some nice bass in the river. Sauger - Slow: Both walleye and sauger are beginning to spawn right now and the bite during the spawn can be very slow.

Mississippi River Pool 15
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Water has warmed greatly and is now in the 60s in most areas.  Fishing for many species has been very good so it is time to get out on the River.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Odessa
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are catching good numbers of catfish. Cut bait, dead shad, and night crawlers worked along the windswept banks are your best bet.

Lake Geode
Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has been good.  Most anglers are targeting Johnson’s Bay.  The big bay across from the main boat ramp.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature has been in the mid 60s.  Lots of anglers were out last weekend.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfishing is very good right now.  Look for them to be along the shoreline where the wind is blowing in. Use night crawlers and cut bait.  Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass fishing has really taken off.  Look for them up in the flooded timber in the shallow bays.  Some up in the five-pound range have been caught lately.  Crappie - Excellent: Look for these fish to be in the west end of the lake in the shallow bays where the sun can warm the water.

Pollmiller Park Lake
The park roads past the boat ramp will remain closed a little longer.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching bluegills on small jigs tipped with wax worms or small fish worms. Look for them around the pallet beds and cedar trees.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for them in the shallow bays. A variety of spinner baits seem to be working. Also a few are getting caught on wax worms placed below bobbers.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are picking up some crappies while they are fishing for bluegills around the submerged fish habitat.

Lake of the Hills
The spring stocking of 2,000 trout was March 23.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Spinners or worm and bobber are the baits of choice.  Mix it up to increase your catch rate. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are picking up bluegills while worm and bobber fishing for trout. Crappie - Good: Anglers continue to pick up a few crappies.  The fish seem to be moving around a lot but I would work the rocky shorelines around the stumps.  Remember - Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where you can use minnows.

Railroad Lake
Remember you cannot use minnows in Railroad Lake.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is starting to pick up.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching some nice bass around the timber and other woody structure in the shallow waters of the lake.  Crappie - Good: Look for the crappies along the stump field on the north side of the lake.  Use tube jigs.

Wilson Lake
The spring stocking of 1,000 trout was March 23. Water temperature was 64 degrees.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Power bait, small spoons, and spinners on light tackle have all been producing limits.  There are also quite a few remaining from last fall’s stocking.  Bluegill - Good: Trout anglers have also been picking up some fairly nice bluegills. Mostly on small worms or wax worms.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The trout stocking for Discovery Park was March 23.  Water temperature is running about 64 degrees and the water is clear, as always.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: There are still plenty of trout left over from last Friday’s stocking as well as more than a few from last fall.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The river level is high enough to run Jon boats, but is fairly low for this time of year.  The river level is forecast to continue to slowly drop.  Water temperature on March 27, was 56 degrees.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers continue to catch a lot of catfish using cut bait and night crawlers.  The water clarity is fairly good.

For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.

Kent Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are being caught on crawlers.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish around brush with small jigs or worms.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Some bass are being caught in the ponds around the park.

Lake Macbride
The walleyes should be spawning soon. Courtesy docks are all in.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some fish are in the warmer shallow water and some are hanging out on the break lines.  Crappie - Fair: Look for areas of warmer water with brush. The area east of the causeway has been productive.  Walleye - Slow: Some fish are being caught in 20 plus feet of water, while others are in less than 10 feet.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Remember, largemouth bass have to be over 18 inches and muskellunge have to be over 40 inches to keep.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Walleye - Fair: Try fishing along the dam. Many fish are small but larger ones are available.

Diamond Lake
The courtesy dock is in for boaters. Remember, no minnows are allowed here.  Crappie - Good: Use a small tube jig around brush and the jetties for best results. Limits of fish have been reported. Most are about eight inches, but some 10-12-inch fish are being caught as well.

Union Grove Lake
Crappie - Good: Use a jig/minnow around brush. Most fish are on the small side.

Coralville Reservoir
The water level is 679.4 feet as of March 29. At this level, boating is almost impossible above Sandy Beach.  Channel Catfish - Good: The upper end around the Hwy. 965/I-380 bridges has been best, but the main lake has been good for catfish as well. Shad or cut bait have been working best.

Sand Lake
This lake is on South Gilbert Street in Iowa City. Remember, you must have a trout stamp to fish for and possess trout, in addition to a fishing license. The DNR will stock 2,000 trout at 10 a.m., March 31. There will be 200 trout tagged, and prizes will be awarded to those fish caught until noon.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Small spinners and jigs work best.  Brook Trout - Excellent: Small spinners and jigs work best.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Try cut bait or crawlers.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Outflow from the tube is 910 cubic feet per second as of March 29.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Some catfish are being caught below the dams as well.  Walleye - Slow: Use a jig/minnow for best results. Most fish have been 11-14 inches, but an occasional bigger fish is being caught.

Prairie Park Fishery
The DNR stocked 2,000 trout on March 24. Remember, you must have a trout stamp to fish for or possess trout, in addition to a fishing license.  Rainbow Trout - Good: Use a small spinner or jig around the shorelines.  Brook Trout - Good: Use a small spinner or jig around the shorelines.  Crappie - Fair:

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Red Haw Lake
Anglers have been having some luck for bluegill and crappies using small jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worm.  Bass anglers might want to try spinner baits or using plastic worms.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)
The lake renovation work is complete and the lake is full.  New fish habitat areas and new jetties have been built.  Fingerlings were stocked in May of 2011.

Albia (lower)
Try small jigs fished at different depths until active fish are found.

Lake Sugema
Lake Sugema contains the invasive plant brittle naiad so make sure not to transport any plant fragments in your equipment.  Try small jigs fished around structure for active fish.  Bass anglers might want to try a jig and pig combo fished along the rocky shorelines of the lake.

Ottumwa Lagoon
More than 2,000 trout were stocked on March 24.  Don’t forget a trout stamp is required to possess or fish for trout.  Plan on using flashy types of spinners or jigs rigged with small white twister tails.

Rathbun Reservoir
The lake level is 904.66 feet with 904.0 feet being normal pool.  The water temperature is 59 degrees.  Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry boats and equipment before transporting to another water body.  Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in sun).  Channel Catfish - Slow: Use shad guts or cut bait along shorelines with the wind blowing into them. Crappie - Slow: Try using jig and minnow combinations.  Start shallow and fish out into deeper water to find active fish.

For further fishing reports in south central Iowa call the Rathbun fish hatchery at 641-647-2406

SOUTHWEST
Don Williams Lake
The lake is still 12 to 14 feet low and the boat ramps are not usable.  Crappie - Excellent: Crappie anglers are doing well fishing from shore at depths of 2 to 5 near any wood habitat.  More fish are being caught using live minnows under a bobber, but small panfish jigs and swim baits are also working.  Crappies are mostly between 8 and 10 inches.

Big Creek Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill are being caught near shallower brush piles with small pieces of crawler or wax worms.  Big Creek bluegills are nice sized from 7.5 to 9 inches.

Red Rock Reservoir
Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught around the docks and riprap in the marina using small jigs or live minnows.  Fish up to 15 inches are coming out with most being 8 to 10 inches.

Saylorville Reservoir
Crappie - Fair: Crappie can be caught around the docks in the marina.  The docks are private property.  The best approach is to fish from shore between the shore and docks, and by boat.  Fish small panfish jigs or live minnows.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are still being caught near Boone waterworks.  In addition, anglers are now picking up some white bass that are running up river.  Jig and twister or jig and minnow are the preferred bait.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)
Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching walleyes in the Des Moines River from Saylorville Dam through Des Moines, and below Red Rock dam.  Most activity in Des Moines is occurring at the Scott Street Dam.  Walleye fishing below Red Rock has been good.  Slow fish a jig with minnow or just a jig and twister tail.

Boone District Farm Ponds
Farm ponds and all the urban storm water retention ponds in many newer developments are warming much quicker than the larger lakes.  Anglers are experiencing good bass, bluegill, and crappie fishing right now.

Central Iowa water temperatures are holding in the 60s. Bluegills and crappies are starting to be caught in shallower water.  For more information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Crappies have been biting along the dam and around jetties.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish are being caught using shrimp. Fish average two pounds.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are close to rock and can be caught using red tube jigs or white twister tails. Sorting is necessary. Greenfield Lake has one concrete boat ramp.

Nodaway Lake
Anglers are starting to pick up crappies and catfish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish in the 1-2-pound range are being caught on shrimp.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught on warm sunny days close to rock. Nodaway crappies average 10 inches. Nodaway Lake has one boat ramp. Water temperature is in the mid 60s.

Lake Anita
Anglers are beginning to catch crappies in the upper arms of the lake.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having success fishing shallow coves with spinner baits and a slow retrieve. Many are in the 14 to 19-inch range.  Crappie - Slow: A few 10-inch crappies have been caught in the upper arms of the lake on warm sunny days. The bite should improve with warming water temperatures. Lake Anita has two concrete boat ramps.

Viking Lake
Crappies are beginning to bite in the upper arms of the lake and in the campground arm.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught around rock piles and sunken trees using a variety of plastic baits and jigs. Fish up to 19 inches have been reported.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 12 inches are being caught on twister tails. Average size is 8-9 inches. Viking has three concrete boat ramps. Water temperatures are in the mid 60s.

Big Lake (Including Gilbert’s Pond)
Big Lake was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on March 9.  Rainbow Trout - Fair: Anglers have been catching trout on wax worms. Red and white twister tails have also been a good choice.

Lake Manawa
Crappies have moved to the main lake. Catfish are biting on cut bait.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfish bite is picking up using dead minnows on the windy shoreline.  Crappie - Good: The crappie bite has picked up again this week using wax worms and minnows on the west side of the lake. Lake Manawa water temperature is in the mid 60s.

Anderson Area Pond 1
Anglers are catching crappies with the warmer spring temperatures.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappie around the dam casting twister tails. Fish are 8-10 inches.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
There are numerous farm ponds in southern Iowa that can provide a quality fishing trip. Remember to always get permission to fish private farm ponds.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are beginning to bite in ponds large enough to support crappie populations. The corners or the dam is a good place to find crappie this time of year.

Water temperatures are in the low 60s in most southwest Iowa lakes. Reports of anglers catching crappies and catfish are coming in. For more information call the district office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria
Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish are being caught using cut bait from near shore in the shallow bays.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few largemouth bass can be found near shore.  Some are starting to set up nesting sites.  Crappie - Fair: The crappies are moving into six feet of water just off of the spawning areas.  The bite is picking up.  Walleye - Slow: An occasional walleye can be caught on twister tails or crankbaits from the dam. Water temperature ranges from 48 to 60 degrees.  Water clarity is very good.

Little River Watershed Lake
The water level has been lowered 14 feet and the fishery has been renovated.  Fish will be stocked in the spring.  The construction projects are progressing but are expected to slow if the weather turns wet.

Lake of Three Fires
Bluegill - Good: A lot of bluegill are starting to move shallow.  Structure near spawning areas and the jetties are holding a lot of fish.  Crappie - Fair: Several fish are being caught near shore or just off of the spawning areas. Water clarity is very good with temperature near 60 degrees.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
The lake has been drained to allow placement of rip rap and construction of water quality structures.  Completion is expected by late spring.

Green Valley Lake
The fish starting to bite.  Spring anglers will find a lot of keeper bluegill, crappie and channel catfish.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Several large channel catfish can be caught from the warm bays using shad bait or cut bluegill sides.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies can be caught from the deeper shore areas of the dam. The sediment removal project is complete and the lake is refilling but is approximately seven feet low.  The main ramp is usable.

Summitt Lake
The lake has been drained to replace the lake’s concrete spillway.  Completion is expected in June.  Fish will be restocked when water is available.

Three Mile Lake
Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills can be caught from middle of the timber bays.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The largemouth bass are moving shallow and preparing to spawn.  Crappie - Fair: The crappies are just off shore from the spawning areas in about eight feet of water.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught at dusk and after dark; fishing in 8 to 12 feet of water near the rock areas seems best. Water temperature is near 50 degrees at the dam and above 60 degrees at the upper end.  Water clarity is very good.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Bullhead - Good: A few giant bullheads are being caught from the warmer bays of the upper end.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The channel catfish are starting to bite on bluegill sides at the upper end.  Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of largemouth bass are being caught from the tree piles.  A few fish are moving near shore.  Walleye - Slow: An occasional walleye is being caught out from the dam in 10 feet of water.  Dusk and just after dark is better. Water temperatures are near 50 degrees at the dam and above 60 degrees at the north end.  Water clarity is very good.

Walnut Creek Marsh
Bluegill - Good: Several nice bluegills can be caught from just off of the south dike.  Largemouth Bass - Good: The largemouth bass are moving near shore along the south dike and preparing to spawn.  Crappie - Fair: The crappies are moving near shore along the south dike and along the edges of the weed beds. Water temperature is in the 60s and clarity is very good.

Water temperatures are in the 50s in the big lakes and above 60 degrees in the smaller ones.  The crappies and bluegills have been very aggressive in the farm ponds and small lakes.  A few walleye, largemouth bass, and channel catfish have been caught.

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