Ice slows down anglers
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Walleye — fair: some fish are being caught below the Coralville Dam on jigs.
Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Walleye — fair: some fish are being caught below the dams and in deeper wintering holes on jigs.
Prairie Park Fishery
There were 2,000 rainbow trout stocked Nov. 22. Fishing had been good but ice formation has halted fishing for now. These fish should be catchable once safe ice is present.
Many lakes have crusted over with ice. Ice conditions are not safe and open water fishing is mostly eliminated. For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Red Haw Lake
Fishing pressure has been low. Try a slip bobber with a minnow or wax worm fished approximately one foot above the bottom for crappies or bluegills.
Fishing pressure has been low. Try a slip bobber and a minnow for crappies. Try areas with submerged habitat in about eight to 10 feet of water.
East Greater Ottumwa Central Park Pond
Trout were stocked Oct. 31. Try small spinners or prepared trout baits.
The current lake level is 905.39 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 45 degrees. Crappie — slow. Try finding crappies around brush piles in eight to 10 feet of water. Use a slip bobber and a minnow. A jig tipped with a wax worm may also produce some fish. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so clean, drain and dry boats and equipment before transporting to another water body.
If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.