Iowa Fishing Report
www.iowadnr.gov
May 27, 2024
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.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Water level in the tailwater at Lynxville is 619.6 feet and is predicted to rise to 620.4 feet. Water temp at Lock & Dam 9 in Lynxville is 70 degrees. The boat ramp at Sny Magill is closed due to high water.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Fish the flooded timber as the river rises using light tackle and small plastic baits for spring crappie.
Bluegill
Fair
Bluegill have moved into the shallows to spawn. Use light tackle fished close to shore in cover.
Channel Catfish
Good
Catfish anglers have been catching a few channel cats this week on crawlers.
Flathead Catfish
Good
Look for the flathead to start feeding as they gear up for the summer spawn.
Freshwater Drum
Good
Fish a piece of crawler off the bottom along main channel and side channel current.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Cast frog baits along weed edges in upper portions of backwaters
Northern Pike
Fair
Fish the shallows along weed beds in backwater lakes.
Sauger
No Report
 
Smallmouth Bass
Excellent
Smallmouth are biting in areas with moderate current. Cast spinners and crankbaits along main channel rock shorelines or at the spillway.
Walleye
Slow
Tailwater fishing has tapered off. Fish jigs tipped with a minnow or crawlers on three-way rigs along side channel or closing dams.
White Bass
Good
Throw inline spinners along current breaks for white bass action. Watch for schools of minnows jumping as white bass are feeding.
Yellow Perch
Fair
Perch are biting on live minnows and crawlers along weed-lines in about 6 feet of water.
Water level at Guttenberg has risen near 11.3 feet in the tailwaters and is expected to rise to 12.7 feet this week. Water clarity is diminished and temperature is near 70 degrees. Tailwater fishing at the Lock & Dam has been a challenge with increased turbulence due to the lock gates being up.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Fish the flooded timber as the river rises using light tackle and small plastic baits for spring crappie.
Bluegill
Fair
Bluegill have moved into the shallows to spawn. Use light tackle fished close to shore in cover.
Channel Catfish
Good
Catfish anglers have been catching a few channel cats this week on crawlers or cut-bait
Flathead Catfish
Good
Look for the flathead to start feeding as they gear up for the summer spawn. Fish live bluegill or shiners in the tailwater.
Freshwater Drum
Good
Fish a piece of crawler off the bottom along main channel and side channel current.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Cast frog baits along weed edges in upper portions of backwaters
Northern Pike
Good
Fish the shallows along weed beds in backwater lakes.
Sauger
No Report
 
Smallmouth Bass
Excellent
Smallmouth are biting in areas with moderate current. Cast spinners and crankbaits along main channel rock shorelines.
Walleye
Slow
Tailwater fishing has tapered off. Fish jigs tipped with a minnow or crawlers on three-way rigs along side channel or closing dams.
White Bass
Good
Throw inline spinners along current breaks for white bass action. Watch for schools of minnows jumping as white bass are feeding.
Yellow Perch
Fair
Perch are biting on live minnows and crawlers along weed-lines in about 6 feet of water.
Water level at Lansing is 9.8 feet and predicted to rise to 10.7 feet Water clarity is cloudy with temperature at 68 degrees. Army Road at New Albin is closed due to high water.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Fish the flooded timber as the river rises using light tackle and small plastic baits for spring crappie.
Bluegill
Fair
Bluegill are staging in the shallows to spawn. Use light tackle fished close to shore in cover.
Channel Catfish
Good
Catfish anglers have been catching a few channel cats this week on crawlers.
Flathead Catfish
Good
Look for the flathead to start feeding as they gear up for the summer spawn.
Freshwater Drum
Good
Fish a piece of crawler off the bottom along main channel and side channel current.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Cast frog baits along weed edges in upper portions of backwaters
Northern Pike
Good
Fish the shallows along weed beds in backwater lakes. Shore Slough at Lansing has been good fishing for northern pike.
Sauger
No Report
 
Smallmouth Bass
Excellent
Smallmouth are biting in areas with moderate current. Cast spinners and crankbaits along main channel rock shorelines.
Walleye
Slow
Tailwater fishing has tapered off. Fish jigs tipped with a minnow or crawlers on three-way rigs along side channel or closing dams.
White Bass
Good
Throw inline spinners along current breaks for white bass action. Watch for schools of minnows jumping as white bass are feeding.
Yellow Perch
Fair
Perch are biting on live minnows and crawlers along weed-lines in about 6 feet of water.
Upper Mississippi River levels remain high and will rise another foot through next week. Water temperature is in upper 60's to 70. Water is stained. A variety of species are biting, however fish are scattered with high water. Search for areas with moderate to no current.
The river is rising at Dubuque with the level at Lock and Dam 11 near 11.0 feet and 12.6 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 71, and the water clarity is fair.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Spawn is over but some crappies still being reported in marina and backwater areas.
Bluegill
Good
Gills can be caught on a bobber and worm rig in the rising backwater areas.
Channel Catfish
Excellent
Try using crawlers or prepared bait around woody structure and moderate current.
Freshwater Drum
Excellent
Fish Drum in areas of modest current using an egg sinker worm rig.
Largemouth Bass
Excellent
Bass fishing has taken off with anglers concentrating near backwater shorelines as they are stilling on spawning nests.
Northern Pike
Good
Some pike have been reported biting on minnow imitation lures and the bite for them has indeed picked up. Try gaudy white spinners.
Shovelnose sturgeon
Fair
Some shovelnose sturgeon are being reported on worms in the Dubuque tailwaters.
White Bass
Excellent
Lots of nice white bass are feeding in the tailwater areas and can be caught on small white jigs or spinners.
Yellow Perch
Good
Some perch are being picked up incidentally when bluegill fishing. Try to set a pole out with a small worm on the bottom and leave it set, see if a perch will pick it up.
The water level in Pool 13 is rising and is near 11.7 feet at Bellevue. Water clarity is fair and the water temperature is around 71 degrees.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Bobber and minnow set to around a foot or a foot and half, fished in the rising backwater lakes. Action not always fast but quality fish can be had with patience.
Bluegill
Good
Bluegills are on spawning beds and can be caught on small lures or bobber and worm rigs.
Brown Bullhead
Good
Bullhead bite in the lower Pool 13 can be real good with most people catching Black and Brown Bullhead and egg sinker and worm rigs.
Channel Catfish
Excellent
Try using crawlers or prepared bait around woody structure and moderate current.
Freshwater Drum
Excellent
Fish Drum in areas of modest current using an egg sinker worm rig.
Largemouth Bass
Good
The bite for Largemouth bass is also picking up nicely with anglers using small jigs and spinners.
Northern Pike
Good
Pike have been reported hitting on minnow imitation lures. Some real nice pike over 30 inches are being reported.
Paddlefish
No Report
Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.
Rainbow Trout
Fair
The last days of fishing the kids trout pond are here as the pond is starting to be choked out with weeds. The pond will be restocked this fall after it all clears up.
Smallmouth Bass
Excellent
Look for feeding smallmouth on rocky habitats with good flows. Wingdams and day markers provide excellent habitat for this species.
White Bass
Excellent
Lots of nice white bass are feeding in the tailwater areas and can be caught on small white jigs or spinners.
Yellow Perch
Fair
Some reports of yellow perch being caught on worm rigs in the backwater lakes.
The water level is rising at Fulton, and is near 10.9 feet, 13.6 feet at Camanche and 7.9 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is fair and temperature is around 72 degrees.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
A few Black Crappie are being caught on wood in deeper backwater lakes. Bite should return after water warms
Bluegill
Good
Bluegills are on their spawning nests and easy targets with a bobber and worm.
Channel Catfish
Excellent
Try using crawlers or prepared bait around woody structure and moderate current.
Freshwater Drum
Excellent
The drum bite is now on. Use a simple egg sinker and worm rig for the best action.
Largemouth Bass
Excellent
Bass have moved along the shorelines in backwater areas and have been easily targeted with a variety of lures and natural baits.
Paddlefish
No Report
Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.
Smallmouth Bass
Good
Look for feeding smallmouth on rocky habitats with good flows. Wingdams and day markers provide excellent habitat for this species.
White Bass
Excellent
Lots of nice white bass are feeding in the tailwater areas and can be caught on small white jigs or spinners.
The water level at Rock Island is rising and near 11.2 feet. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is around 72 degrees.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
Good
Fish a worm or catfish bait in the shallows as the water rises.
Freshwater Drum
Excellent
A worm and sinker rig is the best tools to use to catch abundant drum. Try fishing current eddies or areas of modest current for best results.
Sauger
No Report
 
White Bass
No Report
Look for feeding white bass in the tailwaters chasing small minnows.
The river is back on the rise this week after recent rains. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities is 11.61 feet and forecasted to reach 11.9 feet by the weekend. Floodstage is 15 feet. Fishing is being reported as slow.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
No Report
Look for bluegills up shallow as well. Try fishing with pieces of worm under a bobber along brush piles in the backwaters.
Largemouth Bass
No Report
Look for bass up shallow in the backwaters around brush piles. Areas to try are Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island complex.
Walleye
Slow
Start looking for walleyes on the wingdams. Try casting jigs and plastics or trolling three-way rigs with crawlers.
White Crappie
No Report
Start looking for crappies to move up shallow. Try fishing brush piles with jigs and minnows or minnows under a bobber. Places to try are Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island complex.
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine is 10.13 feet and forecasted to reach 12.0 feet early next week. Floodstage is 15 feet. The gates are out of the water at Lock and Dam 16. The ramp at Big Timber is closed due to highwater. Fishing is being reported as slow.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
No Report
Look for bluegills to start moving up shallow around brush piles in the backwaters. Try fishing with pieces of worm under a bobber.
Largemouth Bass
Slow
Largemouth bass fishing in Big Timber is being reported as slow. As water temperatures rise, look for bass to move up shallow around brush and logs.
Walleye
Slow
Start looking for walleyes on the wingdams. Try casting jigs and plastics or trolling crankbaits or three-way rigs with crawlers.
White Crappie
No Report
Look for crappies around brush piles in the backwaters. Try fishing with minnows under a bobber or jigs and minnows.
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 11.68 feet and forecasted to reach 13.1 feet early next week. Floodstage is 15 feet. The gates are out of the water at the Lock and Dam. River stage at Keithsburg is 11.69 feet and floodstage is 14 feet.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
No Report
Look for bluegills moving up shallow in the backwaters. Try fishing with pieces of worm under a bobber around brush piles.
Largemouth Bass
No Report
As water temperatures rise, look for largemouth bass to move up shallow around brush piles and logs in the backwaters. Places to try are Huron Island.
Walleye
No Report
Look for walleyes on the wingdams. Try casting jigs and plastics or trolling crankbaits or three-way rigs with crawlers.
White Crappie
No Report
Start looking for crappies to move up shallow. Try fishing brush piles with jigs and minnows or minnows under a bobber. Try fishing the Huron Island complex.
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 8.39 feet and forecasted to reach 10.0 feet by early next week. Floodstage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 13.49 feet. Floodstage at Burlington is 15 feet. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
No Report
Look for bluegills to start moving up shallow in the backwaters. Try fishing with pieces of worm under a bobber around brush piles.
Largemouth Bass
No Report
Look for bass up shallow in the backwaters around brush piles and logs.
Walleye
No Report
Look for walleye on the wingdams. Try casting jigs and plastics or trolling crankbaits or three-way rigs with crawlers.
White Crappie
No Report
Look for crappies in the backwaters. Try fishing brush piles with jigs and minnows or minnows under a bobber.
Mississippi River Pools 16-19. River stage has been falling but is forecasted to rise over the weekend due to recent heavy rains. Water clarity is poor. Fishing is being reported as slow. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
NORTHEAST
Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels up about 3ft and stabilizing. Clarity is poor. Boating activities not recommended at this time. Snags and debris moving at this time. Please visit, https://water.noaa.gov/ for more information.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
Water levels currently elevated at most locations and muddy. Streams with better water quality should clear by the weekend. Use care when wading streams with elevated flows.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Brook Trout
Slow
Wait for water to clear for better chance at catching one of these beauties. Good hatches of gnats, mayflies, caddis flies, and midges.
Brown Trout
Fair
Fish near or around logs or undercut banks. Spinner baits work well. Also try using streamers on larger waterbodies for some exciting action. Brown trout like cloudy water.
Rainbow Trout
Fair
Use spinner baits, hair jigs, or hooks tipped with a small piece of worm, bread, or cheese floated through deeper holes.
Water off color and lake levels elevated due to rain. Conditions should improve by the weekend. Water temperatures low 70's.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Try using small jigs under a bobber out from shore near woody debris.
Bluegill
Fair
 
Channel Catfish
Good
 
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Use spinner baits or crankbaits along edge of vegetation.
Elevated lake levels and muddy water due to recent rain. Conditions should improve by the weekend. Water temperatures low 70's.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
 
Bluegill
Fair
Use small hooks tipped with a waxworm or small piece of worm under a bobber.
Channel Catfish
Good
 
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Use a spinner bait fished along edge of vegetation for best luck.
Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels rising with minor flooding occurring through Thursday. Recreational activities not recommended. Water clarity poor. Please visit, https://water.noaa.gov/ for more information.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
Turkey River (below Clermont)
Water levels rising with minor flooding occurring through Thursday. Recreational activities not recommended. Water clarity poor. For more information, please visit https://water.noaa.gov/.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels falling but elevated about 2 ft. Recreational activities not recommended. Water clarity poor.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels falling but remain about 3 ft. high. Recreational activities not recommended. Water clarity poor. Snags and debris moving through system.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
Lake levels elevated and water off-color due to rain. Water temperatures low 70's.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
 
Bluegill
Fair
 
Channel Catfish
Good
 
Largemouth Bass
Fair
 
Volga River
Water levels rising with minor flooding occurring. Water levels up 7 ft. Recreational activities not recommended. For more information, please visit https://water.noaa.gov/
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
Yellow River
Water levels falling but remain about 3 ft. high. Recreational activities not recommended. Water clarity poor. Snags and debris moving through system.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Brown Trout
No Report
 
Area rivers and streams are high and muddy due to recent rainfall events. Chance of storms through weekend could cause conditions to worsen. Temperatures low 70's to low 50's. For more information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Anglers have been catching crappie and bluegill on George Wyth Lake.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Fish a live minnow under a slip bobber near structure of lily pads on the west end of the lake.
Bluegill
Good
Fish a piece of worm or crawler under a slip bobber near structure or near shoreline as gills should be on spawning beds.
Anglers have been catching crappie and bluegill on South Prairie Lake.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Fish a live minnow under a slip bobber in the six to eight foot of depth around the lake.
Bluegill
Good
Fish a piece of worm or crawler under a slip bobber near structure or near shoreline as gills should be on spawning beds.
Interior rivers are near or at flood stage, there are no reports for these this week. Panfish continue to be the target of anglers this past and coming week with catches of both crappie and bluegill in and around the Cedar Falls and Waterloo area. Contact your local bait shops for additional information.
NORTHWEST
Water temperatures are in the upper 60's. Water levels are roughly 7 inches above the spillway. Water clarity is roughly 4-5 feet.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
The crappie spawn is winding down but fish can still be picked up around the fish house in Town Bay and along Ice House Point shoreline. Fish are up to 10-12 inches.
Bluegill
Fair
Catch keeper bluegill using nightcrawlers fished from shore.
Walleye
Fair
Anglers are picking up fish along the east shore, Ice House Point shoreling, and in the inlet bay. Cast twisters and fish with a nightcrawler under a bobber.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
crappie are being picked up along shore and near submerged structure. Fish are anywhere from 5 inches up to 13 inches.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
 
Walleye
Fair
Use twisters, crankbaits, or live bait.
Yellow Perch
Slow
 
Water levels are about 1 foot below the crest of the spillway. Courtesy docks are installed.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Bullhead
Good
Fish with a nightcrawler on the bottom from shore on the windy shorelines. Bullheads are running 10 to 11 inches.
Water temperatures are in the mid 60's. Water clarity is rougly 2 feet.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
 
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Fish are in close to shore near rocky structure and overhanging trees.
Walleye
Fair
Walleye are being picked up along the east shore, near the inlet, and in the marina.
White Bass
Fair
White bass are in close to shore. Use a nightcrawler fished under a bobber.
Yellow Bass
Fair
 
Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 60's in many area lakes. The crappie spawn is winding down in most area lakes. River levels are still above normal but are slowly starting to recede. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
Water level is 2.4 inches over crest. Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Water clarity is 33 inches. The fish cleaning station at the McIntosh access is being renovated with a new fish grinding table and will not be available until early June.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Fish a minnow or small jig in open areas in the rushes.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Fish crawlers or cut bait from the wind-swept shore or spots where water is running into the lake.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Fish near the edge of vegetation.
Walleye
Fair
Anglers continue to catch walleye near shallow rocky habitat with jigs and live bait. Best bite is in the evening.
Yellow Bass
Good
Fish small jigs or cut bait around the Island and Dodges point. Best bite is early morning.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Fish small jigs or live bait near shore.
Bluegill
Fair
 
Largemouth Bass
Good
 
Walleye
Slow
 
The Lake is a few inches over crest. The water temperature is in the mid 60s. Water clarity is over 10 feet.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Fair
Bluegills are starting to make beds near shore.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Fish the edge of the vegetation and near woody habitat.
Walleye
Slow
 
A new dock has been ordered and will be installed before Memorial Day.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Fair
Fish a piece of crawler under a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Bass are biting a variety of baits.
Winnebago River
The river level is 8.12 feet.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Smallmouth Bass
No Report
 
For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
The lake is currently 8 inches above crest. The walleye season is open.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
 
Bluegill
Fair
 
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Fish are starting to be in and around docks.
Yellow Perch
Fair
Sorting will most likely be needed.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Walleye
Fair
Anglers have had some success in the morning and afternoon.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Walleye
Good
The bite has been hit or miss, but has been very good when the bite is on.
The lake is currently 7 inches over crest.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Anglers have been finding fish of quality size and have found that they have been biting on almost anything.
Bluegill
Fair
 
Walleye
Good
Anglers have reported catching fish of quality size. Evening has been best with leach and bobber from shore or crank baits and slip bobbers by boat .
Yellow Perch
Good
Sorting may be needed.
The lake is currently 8 inches above crest. The walleye season is currently open.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
 
Bluegill
Good
 
Pumpkinseed
Good
 
Walleye
Fair
 
Yellow Perch
Fair
Sorting may be needed.
Area water temperatures have started to slowly rise and are in the mid 60s. Area lakes are above crest. Courtesy docks are now in place. Caution while boating, recent storms have left debris scattered across the lakes.
SOUTHEAST
Water temperature was 78 degrees on Tuesday. There is still large areas of open water not covered in duckweed. Curlyleaf seems to be having a hard time getting going this spring. Water fairly clear.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Most of the crappies have decided to head out back deep.
Bluegill
Fair
Bluegills are in shallow to spawn.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
About a foot below bank full but is forecasted to rise into the "minor" flood stage early next week.
Water temperature is up to 78 degrees. curlyleaf beds are thick and tall but are showing some signs of dying back with the warm water temps.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Anglers are picking them up by fishing the edges of the weed beds.
Bluegill
Good
Fish to open pockets in the weed beds and along the edges of them
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Fish the edges of the weed beds. And if you have a good stiff pole and heavy line fish topwater baits over them.
Water temperature up to 78 degrees. Water clarity is holding at 3 feet despite the rain.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Crappies seemed to have determined it's time to head back out to deeper water. Look for them over the brush piles and rocks in 8 foot of water
Bluegill
Good
The bluegills are spawning now. Look for them on the beds.
Channel Catfish
Good
Catfish continue to hit on cutbait. If we get some heavier rains this weekend switch to night crawlers and fish the in0lake silt dams.
Water temperature Monday was 78 degrees. Water clarity is good at about 5 feet.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
There are still some crappies in shallow but for the most part have headed back out to deeper water. Most are smaller fish yet.
Bluegill
Fair
Increasing numbers of them have moved to the shallows to spawn
Between the wind and the storms moving through this week angler activity has been lower than normal.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Good
Work the backs of some of the more protected bays out of the wind. The bluegills are starting to spawn
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Work the edges of the weed beds and the rocky shorelines where the wind is blowing in to them.
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The Skunk was at or just over bank full earlier this week now setting about 1 foot below that.
For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
Good
The 5 and 1 dam has been good.
Shovelnose sturgeon
Good
Fish crawlers along sandbars.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
 
Bluegill
Good
 
Channel Catfish
Slow
 
Largemouth Bass
Good
 
Redear Sunfish
Slow
 
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
 
Bluegill
Good
 
Largemouth Bass
Good
 
Redear Sunfish
Slow
 
The lake level is 684' and water temps are about 70 degrees. Water clarity is lessening with the increase in flows.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Channel Catfish
Fair
Some have been caught drifting/trolling. Some fish are shallow too.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Fish shallow flats and pockets.
White Crappie
Fair
Males are on shallow banks and females were still on steeper rock banks.
All facilities are open.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Fish along the jetties and shallow brush as the fish are spawning. Most fish are 7-9".
Bluegill
Good
The fish are moving in to shallow pockets to spawn.
The bite has slowed since the rains. The lake is finally back to full pool.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Fair
Look for fish in the shallows spawning.
Channel Catfish
Fair
 
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Most fish have been under 15", but some larger fish have been caught over the last 2 weeks.
Water temps are just over 70 degrees. The curlyleaf pondweed is super thick and ringing the entire lake.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Most fish are suspended 6-12' down over deeper water or along weedlines.
Bluegill
Fair
Fish tight along shore or suspended in open water with the crappies.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Fish over the weeds or along the edge.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
The fish are suspended offshore and around submerged trees. Tube jigs have been working.
Bluegill
Fair
Fish are nesting along shorelines.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Fish shallow rock. Senkos, crawfish imitators and spinnerbaits have been working.
Redear Sunfish
Fair
Fish are nesting along shorelines.
The 10 hp maximum begins Friday May 24. Water temps are around 70 degrees. The curlyleaf pondweed is really growing and the water clarity on the main lake is high.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Look for fish in and along the vegetation and spawning flats. Some are hanging on trees in 10-15'.
Bluegill
Fair
Fish in pockets in the weeds.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Fish are shallow.
Muskellunge
Fair
 
Spotted bass
Fair
Fish are shallow.
Walleye
Fair
Fish windblown structure.
White Bass
Fair
These are mixed in with the wipers. Evenings have been best.
White Crappie
Fair
Fish weedlines, especially where the weeds meet rock.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass)
Fair
The fish are suspended or along windblown banks.
Water temps are around 70 degrees. The water is very clear so mornings and evenings have been best. Road construction has completed and all roads are open.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Some fish hanging shallow and some are in 10-20'.
Bluegill
Fair
Fish shallower pockets
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Fish can be seen cruising the shallows searching for nesting sites.
Muskellunge
Fair
 
Smallmouth Bass
Fair
Some bonus fish are being picked up.
Walleye
Fair
Some days shallower rock has been good, other days they have been in 20'+.Trolling crankbaits has been working. Evening has been best.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass)
Fair
Live bait and topwaters have been good in the evenings.
The water has gotten dirtier after the heavy rains. Water temps are approaching 70 degrees.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Drift jigs or minnows 6-10' down over the basin.
Bluegill
Good
Fish are nesting right along the shore. Lots of 7" and 8" fish are available.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Fish shorelines, especially with rock. Most fish are under 15".
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Target brush piles and other submerged structure. The jetties can also hold fish.
Bluegill
Slow
Use small jigs around rip-rapped shorelines and submerged structures.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Target the rip-rapped shorelines and brushpiles.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Target the tops of the cedar tree piles with jigs or jigs and minnows.
Bluegill
Good
Target brush piles and the shoreline with small jigs.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Target brushpiles and submerged habitat using jigs or plastics. Rip-rapped areas can also be productive.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
Target standing timber with jigs.
Bluegill
Slow
Use small jigs around submerged structure and the shoreline.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Target rocky shorelines with plastics or spinnerbaits.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Target cedar tree piles with jigs and minnows.
Bluegill
Fair
Target brush piles as the water warms with small jigs.
Largemouth Bass
Good
Target brush piles with plastics.
The current lake level is 907.23 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. The surface water temperature is 69° F. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another water
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Some anglers have been catching crappie with jigs around submerged cedar tree piles and docks.
Walleye
Slow
All walleye less than 15" must be immediately released unharmed.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass)
Fair
Use jigging spoons or crankbaits over rock piles and the old river channel.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Target the submerged structure near the campground.
Bluegill
Fair
Target bluegill around submerged structures. Use small jigs or spinners.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Target rip-rapped shorelines and the fishing jetties with plastics or spinnerbaits.
For additional information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.
SOUTHWEST
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Bluegill
Good
Catch bluegills shallow in 5 feet of water or less using crawler or leech pieces under floats.
Walleye
Good
Catch walleyes using crawlers or leeches jigging or trolling live bait rigs in 5 to 15 feet of water. Water clarity is reduced on the upper part of the lake after the recent heavy rains, so anglers may want to focus down lake from the marina.
Check the Fish Local page on the Iowa DNR website for the map showing the pond locations and fish species present.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Catch crappies in the city ponds near any rip-rap, docks, or wood habitat.
Bluegill
Excellent
Catch bluegills in the city ponds that have moved shallow for spawning using small pieces of nightcrawler or redworms.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Catch crappies casting plastics or live minnows under a bobber near the outer edges of treefalls throughout the lake.
Bluegill
Good
Catch bluegills that have moved shallow to spawn using night crawlers or redworms. Target the back of any cove in 3ft of water or less.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
White Crappie
Fair
Catch crappies during the end of the spawn in the flooded vegetation and near any rock, riprap or wood in 2 to 6 feet of water using live minnows or casting small plastics.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Good
Catch crappies fishing minnows in 2 to 4 feet of water under floats, and drifting or trolling jigs with plastics or minnows offshore 3 to 6 feet deep.
For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.
Docks are in at boat ramps.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Use jigs or twistertails fished along rocky shoreline areas for Crappie up to 10 inches.
Bluegill
Good
Use small jigs fished near fishing jetties and shallow cedar tree brushpiles for Bluegill of all sizes.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Use finesse plastics or crankbaits fished along rocky shoreline areas for Largemouth Bass of all sizes.
Docks are in at all boat ramps. Marina docks and courtesy docks at Lake View Campground are not in due to low water
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Use jigs fished along the roadbed for Crappie up to 9.5 inches.
Bluegill
Fair
Use small jigs tipped with livebait fished near the fish mounds for Bluegill of all sizes.
Channel Catfish
Fair
Use nightcrawlers fished around main lake points or rocky shoreline areas for Channel Catfish of all sizes
Walleye
Slow
Use jigs tipped with a minnow near the fish mounds or creek channels for Walleye up to 18 inches
Dock is in at the main boat ramp.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Use small jigs or twistertails fished near weedlines or along the roadbed for Crappie of all sizes.
Bluegill
Good
Use small jigs fished near weedlines for Bluegill up to 9 inches.
Lake level is currently 8 feet below normal pool.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Walleye
Slow
Use twistertails or crankbaits fished along the dam for Walleye of all sizes.
Docks is in at main boat ramp.
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
Try using jigs or twistertails fished along rocky shoreline areas for Crappie of all sizes.
Bluegill
Good
Use small jigs tipped with livebait fished near shallow coves and rocky shoreline areas for Bluegill of all sizes.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Use jigs or finesse plastics fished along rocky shoreline areas for Largemouth Bass up to 19 inches.
Lake level has increased with recent rains, but still remains approximately 3 feet below normal pool. Boaters can now use the boat ramps again at their own risk.
Water temperatures in most Mount Ayr district lakes are in the low 70's. For more information, please contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Slow
Bluegill
No Report
 
Largemouth Bass
Good
Bass anglers are having success along the dam and around jetties.
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Anglers can still catch a few late spawning crappie on the rock piles in the campground arm of the lake.
Bluegill
Fair
Bluegills can be caught on top of the reefs.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
 
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Look for post-spawn black crappie in the brush piles. Sorting will be necessary for larger fish.
Bluegill
Good
Cast the shoreline to find spawning bluegill. Fish will average 8 inches.
Largemouth Bass
No Report
 
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
No Report
 
Bluegill
Good
Bluegills are spawning in the lake. Cast the shoreline and move often to find fish.
Largemouth Bass
No Report
 
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Anglers report catching crappies in the brush piles. Fish are 10 to 12 inches.
Bluegill
Good
Bluegills have moved up to spawn.
Largemouth Bass
Good
 
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
The crappie spawn is about over. Look for late spawning crappies on the ends of underwater reefs. Sorting will be necessary for larger fish.
Bluegill
Good
Bluegills are spawning in the lake. Fish will average 7.5 inches.
Largemouth Bass
No Report
 
For information on lakes in the Cold Springs District call (712) 769-2587.