DNR releases fishing report for southeast Iowa
Odessa ramps remained flooded.
Lake Belva Deer
The water is fairly clear. The recent warm weather is finally getting the water temps back into the 70s. Bluegill — good: there are still some active spawning beds where you can catch some nice-sized males. Largemouth bass — good: some bass are in shallow around the trees and other habitat. Also look for bass around the mounds at the upper end of the lake.
Pollmiller Park Lake
Channel catfish — fair: anglers have been catching some really nice one- to three-pound catfish. Bluegill — excellent: bluegill fishing has been very good lately. They are hitting on almost anything: small baits, lures, and wax worms have all been producing limits.
Lake of the Hills
Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park that allows the use of live minnows as bait. Channel catfish — fair: catfishing is starting to pick up. Chicken liver, worms, and stinkbait all are working at one time or the other. Bluegill — fair: worm and bobber is still the best way to catch the bluegills. Work the shallow water habitat and tree falls. Largemouth bass — fair: if you're looking to catch some bass, work the deeper brush piles with plastic worms.
Remember the use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Railroad Lake. The outflow from Bluegrass Lake remains the best place to fish on this lake. Channel catfish — slow: the recent cool nights have slowed the bite down some. Bluegill — fair: anglers are picking up bluegills along the area around the inflow from Bluegrass. Float a bobber a little further out in the flow for the bigger ones. Largemouth bass — good: the bass are getting active along the rocks as well as around the trees on the west side. Crappie — fair: anglers are also picking up crappies in the same area as the bluegills.
Rainbow trout — excellent: anglers are still catching a lot of trout. Try the cooler parts of the day using small feather or hair jigs or wax worms. Work three to five feet down.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river level continues to drop.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river is still above flood level but starting to drop slowly.
Big Hollow Lake
The lake remains muddy. Channel catfish — good: catfishing has been good down around the terrace that is around the overflow box down at the dam.
For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.
Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill —fair: bluegills are in the shallows, especially under overhanging brush. Many fish are seven to nine inches. Use a small worm or small jig. Crappie — fair: some fish are shallow; some have pulled off the bank. Most fish are about nine inches. Try small jigs tipped with waxies.
Channel catfish — good: catfishing is starting to pick up. Rocky areas will continue to improve. Bluegill — good: look for bluegills in the shallows, especially around overhanging brush. Crappie — fair: most fish are eight to nine inches. Some fish are still shallow, while some have pulled off the bank. Redear sunfish — slow: a few large redears are being caught in the shallows.
Water temperature is in the low 70s for the most part. The 10 h.p. motor restriction and five mph speed limit is in effect. Water clarity in much of the lake is poor due to an algae bloom. Channel catfish — good: look for catfish around shallow rock. Live bait is usually best now. Bluegill — good: bluegills are up shallow to spawn. Size is marginal with fish over seven inches very rare. Walleye — fair: a few fish are being caught shallow on sand and rock. Some fish are being caught trolling flats. Many fish are 13-14 inches, with some 16-20 inches.
Pleasant Creek Lake
Water clarity is excellent and water temperature is around 70 degrees. Remember, largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep and musky must be 40 inches to keep. White bass — good: fish shallow, wind-blown shorelines with small crankbaits or jigs. Bluegill — good: fish around overhanging brush with a jig and waxie. Largemouth bass — good: some bass are being caught on rocky banks and flooded weeds. Walleye — fair: some walleyes are being caught by trolling cranks or live bait rigs.
The lake is still murky. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel catfish — good: a few fish are being caught on worms or stinkbait. Bluegill — good: bluegills have moved shallow and many are around eight inches. Small jigs and/or worms are working best.
Otter Creek Lake
The lake is dirty from recent rains. Mornings seem to be the most productive fishing time. Channel catfish — fair: catfish are starting to be caught around rock. Crawlers are working well. Bluegill — good: the fish are very shallow now. Look for them under overhanging brush. Yellow bass — fair: look for fish roaming the shallows.
The lake level on June 12 is 704.4 feet (normal 683 feet) and falling. Many boat ramps are still flooded.
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Outflow from the Coralville Dam is 18,000 CFS. Flows are expected to be cut to 10,000 CFS this weekend.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Anglers have had some luck catching channel catfish using nightcrawlers or liver. Use spinnerbaits and plastic worms to catch largemouth bass along the submerged structures along the shoreline. The crappies and bluegills have been hitting small jigs.
Red Haw Lake
Bluegill — good: anglers have been having success fishing small jigs along the shoreline. If the bluegill get picky, try adding a chunk of nightcrawler or a wax worm to the jig. Largemouth bass — good: use plastic worms and spinnerbaits around the fishing jetties and in the artificial structures that were placed in the past. Don't forget to try along the face of the dam.
Try spinnerbaits or rubber worms along the fishing jetties and around the submerged structure along the shoreline.
Bluegill — fair: try using jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Try shallow areas with some submerged structure. Largemouth bass — fair: use rubber worms or crankbaits along the rip rapped shorelines. Also try areas with submerged trees close to shore.
The current lake level is 918.20 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. Water temperature is 68 degrees. Crappie — fair: anglers have been catching crappies. Try jigs or jigs and minnows. With the high water the crappies are spread out, so try different areas if the fish aren't hitting. Sorting is required for larger fish. Walleye— slow. Try trolling or drifting nightcrawlers around submerged points and underwater rock reefs. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain and dry boats 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 (five days in the sun).
If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.