DNR releases fishing report for Southeast Iowa
All the ramps on Odessa are still underwater.
The water is starting to clear up. Largemouth bass — good: anglers are also picking up some nice bass around the fish habitat and rock piles. Crappie — good: crappie fishing is very good along the face of the dam. Jigs tipped with minnows seem to be working good.
Lake Belva Deer
Channel catfish — good: anglers using minnows for crappies shouldn’t be too surprised if they pick up a few nice two- to three-pound channel cats along the way. Largemouth bass — good: bass fishing has been pretty good during the warmer weather. Crappie — good: anglers have been picking up some nice crappies in about six feet of water using jigs and minnows.
Pollmiller Park Lake
Bluegill — fair: anglers are starting to pick up a few smaller bluegills.
Lake of the Hills
There’s been plenty of boats on the lake with the Mississippi River conditions being what they are. Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park that allows the use of live minnows as bait. Rainbow trout — good: trout fishing remains good. Work the rocks and where the waters enter the lakes with a worm under a bobber. Largemouth bass — good: bass fishing has been good along the dams and other rocky areas. Jig and pigs or a slow moving crankbaits seem to be the best baits.
The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Railroad Lake. Bluegill — fair: anglers are picking up bluegills along the area around the inflow from bluegrass. Crappie — fair: anglers are also picking up crappies in the same area as the bluegills.
Rainbow trout — excellent: trout fishing has been good depending on the trout’s daily menu. Berkley Powerbaits in a variety of colors seem to be the most dependable producers.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The Skunk finally calmed down earlier this week. Water level is about half bank full and is starting to clear up nicely. Channel catfish — fair: a few anglers have been getting out and are finding that the catfish have been biting on shad cutbait.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa River is coming back up and isn’t too far from being bank full again after a brief drop earlier this week.
Big Hollow Lake
The nice weather earlier this week brought out the anglers. Bluegill — fair: Bluegills are around seven inches and can be found in six to seven feet of water around the structure. Crappie — fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies on minnows near the structure. The fish are down six to seven feet. Most of the keepers are around 11 inches.
For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.
The water is still a bit murky and in the mid-50s. Largemouth bass — slow. Crappie — slow.
Kent Park Lake
Bluegill — fair. Largemouth bass — fair.
The lake has returned to normal level but water clarity is poor (1 1/2 feet or less of visibility). Water temperature is about 60 degrees. Crappies have started to move to shallower brush. Largemouth bass — fair: some fish are being caught shallow now. Crappie — fair: fish around brush with bright-colored jigs and/or minnows.
Pleasant Creek Lake
Water clarity is excellent and water temps are in the mid-50s. Remember, largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep and musky must be 40 inches to keep. Walleye — fair: a few walleyes are being picked up along the dam at sunset.
The lake is still murky. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel catfish — fair: a few fish are being caught on chicken livers. Crappie — slow.
Otter Creek Lake
There have only been a few people fishing. The fish cleaning station is now operational and the boat dock is in. Bluegill — slow.Yellow bass — slow.
Union Grove Lake
Bluegill — fair. Crappie — fair. Yellow bass — good: anglers are catching quite a few 10-inch fish.
The lake level has crested and is now slowly beginning to fall. The lake level on May 2 is 689.5 feet (normal 679 feet) and dropping less than one foot per day. The water is dirty and there has been very little fishing. Channel catfish — fair: some fish are being caught on cut shad.
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Outflow from the Coralville dam is 6,000 cubic feet per second. It will remain at this flow for approximately a week.
Cedar River (Cedar Rapids to Moscow)
Channel catfish — fair: some fish are being caught below dams in Cedar Rapids.
Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Walleye — good: fish are being caught below the dams on jigs, crankbaits and live bait.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.