Iowa Fishing Report
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SOUTHEAST
Lake Wapello - Last Updated: 05/20/2024
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Target cedar tree piles with jigs and minnows.
Bluegill
Slow
Target brush piles as the water warms with small jigs.
Largemouth Bass
Fair
Target brush piles with plastics.
Red Haw Lake - Last Updated: 05/20/2024
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Target the submerged structure near the campground.
Bluegill
Slow
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.
Hawthorn Lake - Last Updated: 05/20/2024
 
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.
Lake Miami - Last Updated: 05/20/2024
 
Fish Name
Status
Comments
Black Crappie
Fair
Target the tops of the cedar tree piles with jigs or jigs and minnows.
Bluegill
Fair
Target brush piles and the shoreline with small jigs.
Largemouth Bass
Slow
Target brushpiles and submerged habitat using jigs or plastics.
Lake Sugema - Last Updated: 05/20/2024
 
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.
Rathbun Reservoir - Last Updated: 05/20/2024
The current lake level is 907.77 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. The surface water temperature is 67° F. The lake has risen almost 4 feet in the last 2 weeks so use caution while boating. 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.
For additional information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.