Iowa Fishing Report
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SOUTHWEST
Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux) - Last Updated: 09/19/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Blue Catfish
Good
Anglers report catching a few blue catfish on rod and reel and trotlines. Try using live bait or fresh cutbait with live bait rigs along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River.
Channel Catfish
Good
During high water levels try below flooded wing dams and close to the bank or slower flooded areas from shore. Smaller tributaries should be good also, where channel catfish will find refuge from faster currents. various baits are working worms, cutbait, and dip baits.
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.
Freshwater Drum
Fair
Try using livebait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River.
Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs) - Last Updated: 09/19/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Blue Catfish
Good
Anglers report catching blue catfish on trotlines and rod and reel. Try using fresh cutbait or live bait along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River.
Channel Catfish
Good
During high water levels try below flooded wing dams and close to the bank or slower flooded areas from shore. Smaller tributaries should be good also, where channel catfish will find refuge from faster currents. various baits are working worms, cutbait, and dip baits.
Flathead Catfish
Fair
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.
Freshwater Drum
Fair
Try using livebait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River.
Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line) - Last Updated: 09/19/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Blue Catfish
Good
Anglers are catching a few blue catfish on rod and reel and trotlines use fresh cutbait 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.
Channel Catfish
Good
During high water levels try below flooded wing dams and close to the bank or slower flooded areas from shore. Smaller tributaries should be good also, where channel catfish will find refuge from faster currents. various baits are working worms, cutbait, and dip baits.
Flathead Catfish
Fair
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.
Freshwater Drum
Fair
Try using livebait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River.
The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 28.26 ft. /63,600 cfs./74 degrees Fahrenheit . Missouri River water temps are up 3 degrees from last week and water levels are down 0.04 feet from last week. Water levels continue to be 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. Fishing has been good to fair.
Little River Watershed Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Fair
Bluegill up to 9 inches have been caught using worms fished near cedar tree brushpiles.
Channel Catfish
Good
Channel Catfish up to 10 lbs have been caught using prepared baits or chicken liver fished near mainlake points in the evenings.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Largemouth Bass of all sizes have been caught using topwater baits fished in early morning or late evening or finesse plastics fished near cedar tree brushpiles.
Walleye
Fair
Walleye up to 22 inches have been caught using minnows fished along the roadbed or mainlake points.
Green Valley Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Crappie up to 9 inches have been caught using minnows fished near cedar tree brushpiles.
Bluegill
Good
Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught using worms fished in shallow bays and along fishing jetties.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Largemouth Bass up to 20 inches have been caught using finesse plastics fished near cedar tree brushpiles.
Three Mile Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Good
Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using worms fished in shallow bays.
Walleye
Fair
Walleye up to 18 inches have been caught using crankbaits or minnows fished along the fish mounds or the dam.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Crappie up to 9 inches have been caught using minnows fished near cedar tree brushpiles.
Bluegill
Good
Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught using worms fished in shallow bays.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Largemouth Bass of all sizes have been caught using finesse plastics or crankbaits fished along cedar tree brushpiles or rocky areas.
Walleye
Fair
Walleye of all sizes have been caught using minnows or crankbaits fished in 10 feet of water.
Water temperature in most district lakes is in the mid to upper 70's. For more information, please call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.
Orient Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Anglers can still catch catfish below sediment structure.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Bullhead
Fair
Quality sized bullheads can be caught with nightcrawlers below the rock sediment structure.
Bluegill
No Report
Bluegills at Orient have good body condition.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Channel catfish are actively feeding below the rock sediment dam. Cast liver, crawlers or cutbait next to the current.
Lake Anita - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Fishing has picked up now that the weather has stabilized. Water temperature has heated back up to 80 degrees. Water clarity is good.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
The early morning crappie bite is the best. Slow troll small crank baits or small jigs tipped with power bait to catch 9 to 11 inch fish.
Bluegill
Fair
Look for bluegills close to the creek channel. Slow trolling small jigs tipped with crawler for fish up to 9.5 inches..
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Bass fishing has been good throwing spinners along the vegetation and plastics around deep structure during the day.
Viking Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Catfish is good at Viking. Crappies are being caught in the deep brush piles. The pontoon area will be closed beginning September 28th for repairs to the seawall.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Crappies are being caught early in the morning and late afternoon with tube jigs. The fish are averaging 9 inches.
Channel Catfish
Good
Cast liver in the pontoon area of the lake. Anglers say sorting will be necessary for larger fish.
Largemouth Bass
Slow
Jig plastics in deeper brushpiles during the day and cast shallow structure early morning for largemouth bass of all sizes.
Prairie Rose Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Prairie Rose will offer good panfishing in 2018. The lake has quality sized bluegills and crappies are acceptable size. The water clarity has improved to 2 feet this week.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
Crappies are in the brush piles. Try vertical jigging or minnows under a slip bobber to catch 10 plus inch black crappies. Be prepared to lose tackle.
Bluegill
Slow
Bluegills are in a summer pattern. Look for fish around underwater reefs and drift/troll open water areas. Bluegills in Prairie Rose are 8 to 9.5 inches.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
There is a large population of 12 inch bass in the lake that offers fun catch and release fishing.
Lake Manawa - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Lake Manawa is a good destination for summer catfishing.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
Slow
Channel catfish have slowed a bit but anglers report catching fish around Boy Scout Island. Fish will average 2 to 5 pounds.
White Crappie
No Report
There is a good population of white crappies in Manawa.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass)
No Report
 
Farm Creek Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Farm Creek has a good fish population with quality sized panfish.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
No Report
Fish the creek channel for black crappie up to 12 inches.
Bluegill
No Report
Drift or slow troll along the creek channel for bluegills up to 9.5 inches.
Channel Catfish
No Report
 
Largemouth Bass
No Report
There is a good population of 13 to 15 inch bass in the lake.
Cold Springs District Farm Ponds - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water clarity should improve in ponds this week. Remember to get permission to fish privately owned ponds.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
Anglers can find crappies suspended and around structure.
Bluegill
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing fishing in ponds after heavy rains this week. Try fishing 4 feet below the surface for suspended fish in the summer months.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Catfish can be caught along weed edges and around structure with cutbait or commercial stink baits.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
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.
Water temperatures have jumped back up near 80 degrees in the S.W. district. For more information contact the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Don Williams Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Good numbers of crappies are being caught trolling twister tail or tube jigs in the upper half of the lake, mostly from the boat ramp to 100 yards up from the beach. Many are young fish just under 8 inches with some bigger ones mixed in.
Beaver Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Beaver Lake has good numbers of 9.5 to 10.5 inch crappies right now. They can be caught trolling twister tails or tube jigs in the top 3 to 8 feet of water throughout the lake.
Rock Creek Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
White Crappie
Good
Crappies are being caught drifting or slowly trolling jigs or minnows throughout the lower half of the lake. The best success has been in the mornings to just after noon.
Big Creek Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Walleye
Fair
Walleye fishing can be fair to good trolling shallow diving shad imitating crank baits or spinner rigs with night crawlers with little weight to fish 3 to 10 feet deep. The northern half of the lake is best during the summer months. A good area to start is from the beach up to the marina boat ramp.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass)
Good
There has been some good reports of a hybird striped bass bite. The best action has been mid-lake where the two upper arms of the lake meet. Troll live bait rigs and shad imitating crankbaits or soft plastics. The hybrids are still young, so the upper end on size is likely around 18 inches.
Lake Ahquabi - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Crappies are being caught drifting or trolling small white, pink and chartreuse twister tails or tube jigs.
Red Rock Reservoir - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Some anglers are having success catching some of Red Rock's large crappies. Fall is good time to drift or troll panfish jigs in the arms and coves off the main lake.
White Bass
Fair
Fishing below the dam has been the best action for a mix of white bass and hybrid striped bass. Cast white twister tails, fluke or paddle tail swim baits.
For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Wapello - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Try jigs tipped with a minnow targeting suspended crappie. Try a depth range of 6-10 feet.
Bluegill
Fair
Try small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Target areas around the aquatic vegetation.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Use chicken liver or stinkbait. Don't fish too deep as the lake does stratify. Target 6-8 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Try using rubber worms or crawdad imitating crankbaits around deep structure. Try topwater lures around the cedar tree piles in the mornings.
Red Haw Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Anglers have been catching crappies on tube jigs along the shorelines.
Bluegill
Fair
Use small jigs tipped with live bait along the shorelines and around the fishing jetties.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Use nightcrawlers or chicken liver around the fishing jetties and the outer edge of the lily pads.
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.
Lake Keomah - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Try using a jig tipped with a minnow around deep structure. Try different depths until finding active fish.
Bluegill
Fair
Use small jigs tipped with live bait near shore and around the fishing jetties.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Use stinkbait or chicken liver. Fish in 4-8 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits around the fishing jetties and along the dam. Rubber worms should be tried in the same area.
Lake Miami - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Fair
Try areas along the fishing jetties or around the cedar tree piles with a chunk of nightcrawler.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Try topwater lures in the early mornings and evenings and then switch to rubber worms or crankbaits during the hotter parts of the day. Target the cedar tree piles and the fishing jetties.
Lake Sugema - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The south boat ramp off of Highway 2 has been reopened. There is now a construction project on the north ramp.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
The crappies are suspended. Try drifting at different depths to find active fish. Try minnows around the flooded timber.
Bluegill
Fair
Use live bait tipped on a small jig around the shorelines and the fishing jetties. Keep moving until finding active fish.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
In the early mornings and evenings use topwater lures. As the day progresses, target deeper structure using rubber worms or crankbaits.
Rathbun Reservoir - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The current lake level is 906.10 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
Good
Try stinkbait or chicken liver. Target coves or areas with some water running into the lake.
Walleye
Fair
Anglers should try using nightcrawler rigs or trolling crankbaits around rock piles and submerged points.
White Crappie
Fair
Try using minnows around deeper structure. Trolling small crankbaits can also catch suspended crappies. The crappie will start to move shallow as the water cools.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass)
Fair
Try trolling crankbaits along rocky shorelines and around rock piles. Follow the gulls as they will be where the schools of hybrid striped bass are feeding. Vertically jigging spoon baits around rock piles can also be productive.
The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. For more information, contact the Rathbun fish hatchery at 641-647-2406.
Iowa Lake (Iowa Co.) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Fish in 12-15' of water and look for fish suspended a few feet off the bottom.
Bluegill
Fair
 
Channel Catfish
Slow
 
Largemouth Bass
Slow
 
Kent Park Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The lake is currently drained for a lake restoration project.
Lake Macbride - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The motor restriction is now off and any sized motor may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph).
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Fish around brush with jigs or minnows. Some fish are reported as moving shallower.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Try cutbait or stinkbait. Evenings tend to be most productive.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
 
Walleye
Fair
Trolling crankbaits in 7-14' has been most productive.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass)
Fair
Try topwaters early and late, then troll during the day.
Central Park Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The lake is full after the renovation project and fingerling fish have been stocked.
Pleasant Creek Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The lake is still 1.5' 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.
Diamond Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The water is muddy here.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Fish over deeper brush with jigs. Most fish are 8-9".
Channel Catfish
Fair
Stinkbait has been working best. Some limits are being reported.
Coralville Reservoir - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The lake level is at 705' (normal pool is 683.4') and slowly falling as of 9/20. All public ramps are under water and the Mehaffey ramp is closed due to construction.
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Catfish had been biting at Hills and River Junction before the flows were 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.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Lake Belva Deer - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water warmed up over the last days running right around 78 degrees again. Cooler weather forecasted should reverse that trend again.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Last week was actually pretty slow. The water is getting back to normal and cooling off so they should start biting again.
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 - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water temp went back up to about 79 degrees, water clarity is improving despite more heavy rains earlier this week. Fish while still pretty good is a little more hit and miss due to the weather.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Good
Decent numbers of hand-sized bluegills are being caught in five 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 have continued to catch catfish. Would be a good time to fish the weirs in the in-lake silt dams as the water from the recent and forecasted rains come into the lake.
Largemouth Bass
Good
The bass seemed to be out hovering over the rock piles in about 5-8 foot of water. Spinnerbaits and spoons seem to be working the best.
Lost Grove Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water temperature was 78 degrees on Wednesday. The storm may have cooled it off some more since then.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Anglers are still catching the crappies out deep but if the nights stay fairly cool they should start moving in to shallower water.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Look to the North side of the lake out along the mounds on the flats and in shallow. Run your favorite crankbait and you should be able to find the bass.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The skunk is back down to about 1/2 bank full. The parking areas and lanes to them are still plenty muddy.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The Iowa still has a lot of flow right now but currently back down in its bank with only some low area flooding but it looks to be headed back up.
Big Hollow Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The unstable weather isn't helping the fishing or the number of anglers out on the lake.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
No Report
Its about the time of year that the crappies move into that magical 6 foot of water zone that Big Hollow has. I would start looking for them there.
Bluegill
No Report
Should be moving in to more shallow water soon. Start at 6 foot and work your way in from there.
Deep Lakes - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Let's try this again, now that the weather is suppose to cool off it's a good time to try fishing Deep Lakes again.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Good
Find the right pond and you can catch some real nice bluegills.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Most of the ponds have good numbers of bass in them most are smaller but there are some big ones. Ultraclear water means go subtle in your choice of lures.
For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 19 - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 9.43 feet and forecasted to begin rising over the weekend. Floodstage is 10 feet. River level at Burlington is 14.63 feet and forecasted to start rising over the weekend. Floodstage at Burlington is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water.
Mississippi River Pool 18 - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston is 12.57 feet and has been falling the past week but is forecasted to rise over the weekend. Floodstage at Lock and Dam 17 is 15 feet. River level at Keithsburg is 12.52 feet and forecasted to reach 13.1 by the middle of next week. Floodstage 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 17 - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine is 10.31 and forecasted to rise over the the weekend. Floodstage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet. River stage at Muscatine is 12.14 feet but forecasted to reach 13.2 feet by the middle of next week. Floodstage 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 16 - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities is 10.36 feet but forecasted to reach 12.5 feet by the middle of next week. Floodstage 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.
River stages have been falling the past few days. With recent heavy rains the river is forecasted 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.
Mississippi River Pool 15 - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
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 and the water temperature is around 74 degrees.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
No Report
Try stink bait or worms near shore. Fish near shore in flooded.
Freshwater Drum
No Report
Use an egg sinker and worm rigs near shore in moderate current areas.
Mississippi River Pool 14 - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water levels are predicted to fluctuate this week starting at around 9.0 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 12 feet at Camanche and at 6.7 feet at the LeClaire. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is around 73 degrees.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Good
Fish the upper reaches of Rock Creek or Cattail Slough with a bobber and worm.
Channel Catfish
Good
Try stinkbait or worms near shore or along brush piles. Channel cats feed heavily in flooded waters.
Freshwater Drum
Good
Drum are being caught in moderate current areas using a simple egg sinker/worm rig.
Walleye
Slow
A few walleye were caught off the bank using jigs and minnows.
Mississippi River Pool 13 - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water level will fluctuate this week starting out at 9.2 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam. Water clarity is fair. Avoid large tributary streams as they are muddy. The water temperature is around 73 degrees. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Fish the upper reaches of backwaters in clear water. Use a small minnow and bobber.
Bluegill
Good
Find the clear water in the upper reaches of large backwater complexes. Use a simple bobber and worm to find bluegills.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Try stinkbait or worms near shore. Move often if not finding catfish.
Freshwater Drum
Good
The drum bite is on. Fish worms with an egg sinker in moderate current areas. Fish near the shorelines if possible.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Bass are being caught in the upper ends of backwater areas and deep in the vegetated areas. Most anglers are using frog imitation lures and spinner baits.
Mississippi River Pool 12 - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water levels will fluctuate this week starting a 8.2 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and at 10.7 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is fair and temperature is around 72 degrees.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Crappie are being caught in the clear upper reaches of backwater areas using small minnows.
Bluegill
Good
Try finding clear water in the upper reaches of backwater areas. Worms and bobber are the best technique to find bluegills.
Channel Catfish
Good
Try stinkbait or worms near shore. Channel cats feed heavily near shore during flooded conditions.
Freshwater Drum
Good
Most anglers just use a simple egg sinker and worm rigs for these prolific fish. Drum will be hanging out relatively near shore in moderate current areas.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Some bass were taken this week by fishing upper ends of backwater areas in cleaner water.
The water levels will yo-yo this week. Most ramps are usable again but some will have water on them. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976.
Mississippi River Pool 11 - Last Updated: 09/19/2018
River level at Guttenberg has dropped several feet to 8.9 ft and expected to reach 7.5 ft by next week. Water temperature is 68°F at Lock and Dam 10.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber.
Bluegill
Excellent
Excellent Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs.
Channel Catfish
Good
Try fishing cutbait or stinkbait for catfish in the main and side channel borders
Flathead Catfish
No Report
 
Freshwater Drum
Excellent
Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs.
Northern Pike
Good
This time of year pike are attracted to cooler water coming in from springs and tributaries. Try casting spoons along the edge of weedbeds.
Sauger
No Report
 
Smallmouth Bass
Excellent
Smallmouth activity has picked up. Casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in faster current are effective.
Walleye
Good
Fishing wingdam areas will get easier with a drop in river levels. Try Crankbaits or 3-way rigs tipped with crawlers in 8-12 foot of water.
White Bass
Fair
Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass.
Yellow Perch
Excellent
The perch bite has picked up. Many fish in the 13 inch range being caught using live minnow floated under a bobber.
Mississippi River Pool 10 - Last Updated: 09/19/2018
River level at Lynxville is 16.4 ft and stabilizing near 15.5 next week. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 74°F.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber.
Bluegill
Fair
Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs.
Bluegill
Excellent
Excellent Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs.
Channel Catfish
Good
Try fishing cutbait or stinkbait for catfish in the main and side channel borders
Flathead Catfish
No Report

Freshwater Drum
Excellent
Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs.
Northern Pike
Good
This time of year pike are attracted to cooler water coming in from springs and tributaries. Try casting spoons along the edge of weedbeds.
Sauger
No Report
 
Smallmouth Bass
Excellent
Smallmouth activity has picked up. Casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in faster current are effective.
Walleye
Good
Fishing wingdam areas will get easier with a drop in river levels. Try Crankbaits or 3-way rigs tipped with crawlers in 8-12 foot of water.
White Bass
Fair
Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass.
Yellow Perch
Excellent
The perch bite has picked up. Many fish in the 13 inch range being caught using live minnow floated under a bobber.
Mississippi River Pool 9 - Last Updated: 09/19/2018
River level at Lansing is at 8.6 ft and expected to remain stable. Water temp is near 73°F. Notice: The Lansing Village Creek ramp is closed through October. (For further updates call the Guttenberg Fisheries Management office at 563-252-1156)
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber.
Bluegill
Excellent
Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs.
Channel Catfish
Good
Try fishing cutbait or stinkbait for catfish in the main and side channel borders
Flathead Catfish
No Report
 
Freshwater Drum
Excellent
Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs.
Northern Pike
Good
This time of year pike are attracted to cooler water coming in from springs and tributaries. Try casting spoons along the edge of weedbeds.
Sauger
No Report
 
Smallmouth Bass
Excellent
Smallmouth activity has picked up. Casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in faster current are effective.
Walleye
Good
Fishing wingdam areas will get easier with a drop in river levels. Try Crankbaits or 3-way rigs tipped with crawlers in 8-12 foot of water.
White Bass
Fair
Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass.
Yellow Perch
Excellent
The perch bite has picked up. Many fish in the 13 inch range being caught using live minnow floated under a bobber.
Upper Mississippi River level is falling back into normal fall range. Look for fish to be more active as they begin fall feeding activity. Water temperatures are near 70°F.

NORTHEAST
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Casey Lake is in good condition with clear water. Reports are that largemouth bass and bluegill fishing has been fair.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
The jetties and dam areas have been the best for crappie. Small pink and white tube jigs or a crappie minnow fished under a slip bobber has been the most successful. Anglers have been targeting about four foot of water depth for the best success.
Bluegill
Good
Try fishing various depths with a piece of crawler under a bobber near the edge of weeds or structure.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Anglers have been successful in catching bass using topwater and plastic artificial baits.
The recent wet weather may provide a great opportunity to gather up bow hunting gear for the upcoming weekend! The only report this week is for Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park. Heavy rains and flooding is occurring on all cold and warm water streams and rivers. For further angling information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Volga Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
Slowly retrieve a lure over structure to catch a crappie. Fish are in deeper water.
Bluegill
Slow
Find gills along rocky shoreline or suspended deeper. Use a small jig tipped with a small piece of worm.
Channel Catfish
Good
Use stinkbait, worms, or cutbaits fished off the bottom in the evening near woody structure.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Use topwater lures over structure or run a jig tipped with a twistertail along a rocky shoreline.
Lake Hendricks - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water temperatures are in the upper 60's. Clarity remains poor.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
Drift a minnow in deeper water.
Bluegill
Slow
Activity should pick up with cooler temperatures. Use a small jig tipped with a small piece of worm off rocky shoreline or near submersed logs.
Channel Catfish
Good
A large nightcrawler fished off the bottom near woody structure will interest a catfish.
Largemouth Bass
Slow
Fish near submersed rocky habitat or depth contours for best luck. Try early morning.
Lake Meyer - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Lake clarity is about 5ft. but will likely be mush less after this current rainy period. Water temperatures are in the upper 60's. Few people have been fishing.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Use a jig and minnow fished near submersed structure.
Bluegill
Fair
A hook tipped with a small piece of worm or cricket under a bobber should catch a bluegill. Fish deeper water.
Channel Catfish
Good
Use stinkbait or cut baits fished just off the bottom in the evening.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Fish overcast days and late evenings with topwater baits fished along weed edges.
Osborne Pond - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Osborne Pond is currently being renovated. The dam was breached in July and a water retention basin installed. Material will be removed over the winter and new habitat installed in spring. After repairs to the dam are made, it will be allowed to fill. The pond will then be restocked with Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Largemouth Bass.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
No Report
 
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water levels rising with poor water clarity. Visit the USGS Current Water Data website for more information. Boating not recommended at this time. Dock is out at Lime Springs for the season.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
Walleye
No Report
 
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The Upper Iowa is rising and clarity is poor. Paddling activities not recommended. Visit the USGS Current Conditions website for more information.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
Walleye
No Report
 
Turkey River (above Clermont) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The Turkey River is rising again and muddy. Flows remain elevated. Boating not recommended. Visit the USGS Current Condition website for more information. Boat docks at Vernon Springs are out for the season.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
Slow
Spinner and crank baits continue to work well but fish activity is slow.
Walleye
Slow
Use minnows or lures imitating minnows in deep water drop offs.
Cedar River (above Nashua) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The river is rising and extremely muddy. Boating not recommended. Visit the USGS Current Water Data website for water level information.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
Fair
Use chicken liver, stinkbait, or dead chubs for best luck. Catfish will be in a slow pocket or area out of the current.
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
Walleye
Slow
 
Decorah District Streams - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Small game hunting seasons open in Iowa. Many trout streams flow though areas with hunting. Wear bright colors. Due to recent rain activity, streams will be stocked depending on stream conditions day of stocking. Listen to the trout stocking hotline for daily information at 563-927-5736.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Brook Trout
Fair
A variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects, such as ants and beetles, are more numerous. Small spinnerbaits and jigs tipped with twistertails work for trout.
Brown Trout
Good
Hendrickson, caddis, and cranefly hatches occurring. Crickets common along streams now. Use hendrickson, gnat, or beadhead nymph patterns. Pale yellow, black, brown, grey colors working.
Rainbow Trout
Fair
A piece of worm or small cheese chunk on a hook under a bobber works in deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits work well.
French Creek - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The bridge on Mays Prairie Road (CR X6A) is being replaced. Work scheduled through mid November baring weather delays. Access the parking lot from the south.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Brown Trout
Good
The best time to fish French Creek is after rain events so fish will be less spooky. This stream rarely turns off color.
Rrecent rainfall events have turned a majority of area rivers and streams off color and running high. Temperatures cooling greatly for the weekend. Trout streams are off color and high. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

NORTHWEST
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove) - Last Updated: 09/17/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
Good
Report of angles catching fish from the river.
 
Lake Pahoja - Last Updated: 09/21/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Good
Recent surveys reflect good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.
Spirit Lake - Last Updated: 09/21/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Walleye
Good
The fall walleye bite has began with action improving.
Yellow Perch
Good
Good numbers of angler acceptable size yellow perch continue to be caught, fish the outside line of the weed beds for the best action. Also bonus bluegill will be mixed in the catch
East Okoboji Lake - Last Updated: 09/21/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Northern Pike
Fair
Report by anglers of northern pike action on the lake.
Walleye
Good
Numbers of fish are being caught using traditional baits, good numbers of yellow bass are "mixed in" with the catch.
Yellow Bass
Good
The excellent bite continues with good numbers of fish are being caught, cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs or use small baits tipped with wigglers. Dont overlook the evening bite from docks as these fish will move shallow at dusk.
Silver Lake (Dickinson) - Last Updated: 09/21/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Walleye
Good
Expect the fall walleye bite to began soon, troll crankbaits during the day, however wader fishing will produce the best opportunity to catch trophy size fish.
West Okoboji Lake - Last Updated: 09/21/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Good
Look for rock piles in deeper water with stands of aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.
Five Island Lake - Last Updated: 09/21/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
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.
Lost Island Lake - Last Updated: 09/21/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Recent surveys reflect numbers of angler acceptable size fish up to 10" are in the lake.
Bluegill
Good
Recent surveys reflect numbers of fish approaching 7.0 inches are in the lake.
Yellow Bass
Good
Report of yellow bass are being harvested with panfish comprised of black crappie and yellow perch up to 10 inches mixed in the catch.. For the best action use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.
Ocheyedan Pit #1 - Last Updated: 09/21/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
Good
Recent surveys reflect good numbers of channel catfish 17 -23 inches await area anglers.
 
Beeds Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Drift fish or troll with tube jig or a small minnow.
Yellow Bass
Fair
Drift fish or troll with a small jig. Shore anglers fish a small piece of crawler or cut bait off the bottom.
Lake Smith - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Drift or troll a small jig or minnow in the deeper near the outlet.
Clear Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
The surface water temp is 70 degrees.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Drift a jig and minnow over deeper submerged vetetation.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Fish the areas where water in entering the lake with crawlers or cut bait.
Muskellunge
Fair
Fish the edge of the vegetation and near docks.
Yellow Bass
Fair
Drift or troll a small jig tipped with cut bait or a minnow over the reefs untill you find the fish.
Crystal Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
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
Largemouth bass are bitting on crankbaits.
For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Brushy Creek Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake, and a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Fair
Find bluegills in 10-15 feet of water using tube jigs tipped with crawlers.
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.
Walleye
Fair
Use crawler rigs, minnows, or leaches drifted or tolled slowly in 15-20 feet of water.
Yellow Perch
Fair
Find perch along the vegetation and deeper structure.
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
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.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Walleye
Fair
Use crawler rigs and troll crankbaits along the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake. Fish in 6-10 feet of water.
White Bass
Fair
Troll crankbaits or fish crawlers along the dredge cuts.
North Twin Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Water clarity is around 1.5 feet.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Walleye
Slow
Walleye up to 27 inches have been seen in recent netting surveys.
White Crappie
Slow
No Report - A recent survey showed most crappie are 6-10 inches with a few up to 14 inches.
Black Hawk Lake - Last Updated: 09/20/2018
Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Water levels are 6 inches over the crest of the spillway.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Fair
Use a small jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water. Try in Town Bay from the stone piers, along Ice House Point, and near the inlet bridge.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Use stink bait, cut bait, or crawler fished on the bottom along Ice House Point, in Town Bay, and along shore near the outlet.
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.
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.
Yellow Perch
Fair
Catch perch on the lake side of the inlet bridge and from the stone piers in Town Bay. Use crawlers fished 3-4 feet below a bobber.
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.