Iowa DNR releases fishing report
Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Crappie — fair: try small jigs around shallow brush. Most fish are 10-11 inches.
All the courtesy docks have been taken out for the year. Crappie — fair: some nice fish are being caught around brush in bays. Minnows under slip bobbers have been working best. Walleye — slow: a few fish are being picked up by shore fishermen fishing windblown rocky banks. Evenings have been best.
Pleasant Creek Lake
Walleye — fair: no details are available, but some walleyes have been said to have been caught here. Best bet is to try towards evening on windblown rocky areas.
Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Crappie — fair: try small jigs or jigs tipped with waxies around brush. Most fish are eight to nine inches but they are plentiful.
Otter Creek Lake
Anglers fishing from the jetties have had some luck. The fish cleaning station is closed for the winter. Bluegill — fair: try small worms. Yellow bass — fair: small worms, jigs or spinners work best.
Sand Lake is located on the south end of Iowa City. Trout were stocked on Nov. 1. You must have a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Rainbow trout — fair: try small jigs/spinners or worms.
Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
Decent reports have been coming from the Palo area. Crappie — fair: fish backwater areas with minnows or jigs. Crappies are moving to their wintering areas.
Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Central City has been reported as a good area. Crappie — fair: try backwater areas with jigs or minnows. Walleye — fair: try jigs or minnows below dams and deeper holes.
For more information, contact the 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 in 12-14 feet of water for crappies or bluegills.
Fishing pressure has been low. Try using a slip bobber and a minnow for crappies. Try areas with submerged habitat in about 10-14 feet of water. For largemouth bass try baits that mimic crawdads, like a jig 'n' pig combination. Concentrate on areas with rip-rapped shorelines.
East Greater Ottumwa Central Park Pond
Trout were stocked on Oct. 31. Try small spinners or prepared trout baits.
The current lake level is 905.34 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 45 degrees. Crappie — slow: fishing pressure has been light. Try finding crappies around brush piles in eight to 10 feet of water. Use a slip bobber and a minnow to get down to these fish. A jig tipped with a wax worm may also produce some fish. 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.