Iowa DNR releases fishing report
Lake Belva Deer
Pick the warm days to go fishing and you might do well. Crappie — excellent: if you can catch a nice warm day you can catch the crappies. Work the flat out from the beach and along the face of the dam and the jetties along the north side of the lake.
Lake of the Hills
Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where live minnows can be used as bait. Rainbow trout — good: anglers are still catching good numbers of trout on a variety of baits and lures: Panther Martins and Roostertails for lures and minnows and worms as bait. Bluegill — fair: bluegills are still being caught from shore but are starting to move out to deeper water. Try fishing at different depth until you find them. Crappie — fair: the lures you use for trout will also be bringing in some crappies.
They have lowered the lake about two feet to work on the boat ramp. Bluegill — good: bluegill fishing is pretty good at 110th and along the north side in the stump fields. Crappie — fair: The crappies have moved out to the deeper water. Look for them around the brush piles and along the old creek channel.
Rainbow trout — excellent: good numbers of trout are being caught. Look for them around the culverts and brushpiles in three to four feet of water. Bluegill — fair: look to the brush piles to find the bluegills. The water is clear enough that you can see most of the fish habitat from shore. They are starting to move out to deeper water but should be in shallower when it's warm.
Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
Anglers continue to catch good numbers of trout as well as pick up a few bluegills. Rainbow trout — excellent: the trout have settled in and are being caught on small jigs and spinners. Worms and minnows will also work well. The corners of the dam seem to be good spots to start looking for them.
For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.
Water temperature is in the upper 40s. Crappie — slow: a few fish are being caught off deeper brush. Walleye — slow: windblown rocks at dusk have produced a few walleyes. Try casting crankbaits or live bait.
Water temperature is in the upper 40s. The lake level is 683.37 feet as of Nov. 15. White bass — slow: run and gun around rock/gravel banks looking for feeding fish. Crappie — fair: fish deeper water around steep rock banks.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Red Haw Lake
Try small jigs for bluegills. As the water cools the bluegills move off shore so try in six to eight feet of water.
Fishing activity has slowed down. Try minnows for crappies along flooded timber areas and around rocky shorelines. Slow down your presentation as the water cools down for largemouth bass.
The lake level is 903.37 feet with 904 being normal. The surface water temperature is 47. Fishing has been slow. Some anglers have been catching crappies along the boat docks in the marinas. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels, so make sure to clean, drain and dry boats before transporting to another water body.
For questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa, please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.