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DNR releases fishing report for Southeast Iowa

Apr 22, 2013

Lake Odessa

Major flooding on the Mississippi and Iowa rivers caused by recent heavy rains and snowmelt is forecast to reach levels high enough to overtop the emergency spillway in the Odessa levee and flood the entire Lake Odessa Complex in Louisa County. The current river forecast shows water levels reaching heights similar to the 2011 flood, which was the seventh highest flood on record in the area. The Sand Run, Schafer’s, and Toolesboro accesses will all be inaccessible due to flooding.

 

Lake Belva Deer

More than seven inches of rain has really put water in the lake. The water is currently to the top of the overflow structure meaning the lake is several feet above the normal pool.

 

Pollmiller Park Lake

Bluegill — fair: anglers have been catching a few bluegills on worm and bobber. Not much fishing going on due to the weather.

 

Lake of the Hills

Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows is allowed. Rainbow trout — good: trout are active and are being caught in good numbers. Try minnows or worms. Target areas where water flows into the lake. Bluegill — fair: anglers fishing for trout are also picking up a few nice bluegills.

 

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The Skunk River is at and above flood stage after the recent heavy rains.

 

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

The Iowa River is forecast to be at moderate flood stage by this weekend at Wapello.

 

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

 

Hannen Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

 

Iowa Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

 

Kent Park Lake

There have been a few fishermen here, but fishing has been very slow and no catches have been reported.

 

Lake Macbride

As of April 18, the lake is three feet high due to heavy rains. Many jetties and islands are underwater. All boat docks are in and should be usable. Water temps are in the mid 40s. Fishing has been very slow and no reports are available.

 

Pleasant Creek Lake

There is an 18-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass and a 40-inch minimum length limit for muskies. Walleye — fair: a few walleyes are being picked up along the dam at sunset.

 

Diamond Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

 

Otter Creek Lake

There have only been a few people fishing. No reports available. The fish cleaning station is still closed and the boat dock is not in yet.

 

Union Grove Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

 

Coralville Reservoir

The lake level is rising four to five feet per day and is expected to crest at 694 feet on April 22. Normal water level is 679 feet. The water is very dirty and there is quite a bit of debris floating. No fishing report is available.

 

Sand Lake (Marshalltown)

Sand Lake in Marshalltown was stocked with trout on March 29. Rainbow trout — fair.

 

Prairie Park Fishery

Prairie Park Fishery in Cedar Rapids was stocked with trout on April 6. Rainbow trout — fair.

 

Sand Lake (Iowa City)

Sand Lake in Iowa City was stocked with trout on April 13. Rainbow trout — fair.

 

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

 

Red Haw Lake

There has not been much fishing activity. Some anglers have been catching a few crappies and bluegills using small jigs.

 

Lake Sugema

Anglers have been catching crappies and bluegills in six to eight feet of water. Try jig combos for largemouth bass along the rip-rapped shorelines.

 

East Greater Ottumwa Central Park Pond

On March 30, 2,000 trout were stocked. Use small spinners or prepared trout baits. Don't forget a trout stamp is needed to fish for trout.

 

Rathbun Reservoir

The lake level is 907.48 feet with 904 feet being normal. The water temperature is 45 degrees. Try cut bait or shad sides for channel catfish. Target areas with the wind blowing into shore. 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).

 

For questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa, call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

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