Iowa DNR releases fishing report
Channel catfish — excellent: catfishing has been very good for the last week or so. Use cutbait or shad, work whatever shore the waves are hitting and you should catch catfish.
There have been a few anglers out with the warmer weather. Channel catfish — good: find a day when the wind is blowing into a sunny bay and you should be able to catch some nice catfish. Largemouth bass — fair: work the bays on the north side where the sun is warming up the water. Slowly work a rubber worm or a real one to catch some of these still cold bass.
Lake Belva Deer
The last of the ice melted the middle of last week. Largemouth bass — good: head to the west (upper) end of the lake. There are some really nice-sized bass being caught up there in the shallows. The is some water coming out of the marsh and into the lake, and the combo of that and the sun hitting the shallow water up there seems to be doing the trick. Crappie — good: anglers are also picking up some crappies up at the upper end of the lake.
Lake of the Hills
Live minnows are not allowed as bait in Lake of the Hills. Rainbow trout — good: the trout bite has been a little hit or miss, but when they are biting they are being caught on a number of lures and baits. Try wax worms or worms under a bobber. Bluegill — fair: anglers are also picking up a few bluegills while fishing for trout using wax worms.
The park roads have been open for the last couple of weeks. Rainbow trout — excellent: trout fishing has been very good with lots of trout being caught on wax worms or spinners.
Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
Pick a nice warm day and bring out the kids. This is an easy pond for them to fish and catch a few trout. Rainbow trout — excellent: wax worms and bobbers or spinners seems to be the way to go to catch a limit.
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The river is running about half bank full. Channel catfish — good: a few anglers have been getting out and had success using shad or other cutbaits.
For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.
The lake is ice free and the boat dock is in. Largemouth bass — fair.
The lake is ice-free and the boat ramp is open. Crappie — fair: anglers had been catching crappie through the ice, so the fish should still be catchable by boat.
Kent Park Lake
The lake is ice-free and the boat ramp is open.
The lake is 99 percent ice free and all boat ramps are open. Boat docks should all be in by the weekend. Main lake surface water temps are in the low 40s.
Central Park Lake
The lake still was covered with ice last week, but the ice is unsafe.
Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is ice-free and all ramps are open. Docks may be in by the weekend.
The lake is ice-free, the boat ramp is open, and the boat dock is in.
Otter Creek Lake
The east two-thirds of the lake is ice-free and the boat ramp is open. The boat dock is not in and the fish cleaning station is closed.
Union Grove Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
The lake level on April 4 was 679.5 feet. The lake is ice-free and Macbride Park and Mehaffey Ramps are usable. Navigation above Jolly Rogers is difficult to impossible at this water level. Channel catfish — slow: a few fish are being caught on shad. The upper end under I-380 and Hwy. 965 bridges are the most popular for shore fishermen.
Sand Lake (Marshalltown)
Sand Lake in Marshalltown was stocked with 2,000 trout on March 29. All trout fishing regulations apply. Rainbow trout — excellent: try small spinners, jigs, or scented baits.
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Current outflow on April 4 from the Coralville Dam is 2,700 CFS. Flows are predicted to stair step down. Channel catfish — slow: shad guts have been producing some catfish in the stretch from Iowa City to Hills.
Maquoketa (Hopkinton to Canton)
Walleye — fair: walleyes are starting to congregate below the dams and can be caught on jigs and/or minnows.
Prairie Park Fishery
Prairie Park Fishery in Cedar Rapids was stocked with 2,000 trout on April 6. All trout fishing regulations apply. Rainbow trout — excellent. Brook trout — excellent.
Sand Lake (Iowa City)
Sand Lake in Iowa City will be stocked with 2,000 trout on April 13. There will be a fishing event associated with this stocking, beginning at 10 a.m. Two hundred trout will be tagged and may be turned in for prizes during the event that day. All trout fishing regulations apply.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Try windy shorelines for channel catfish. Try using cutbait.
Red Haw Lake
There has not been much fishing activity. Try small jigs fished along the shoreline especially on sunny afternoons.
East Greater Ottumwa Central Park Pond
2,000 trout were stocked on March 30. Use small spinners or prepared trout baits. Don’t forget a trout stamp is needed to fish for trout.
The lake level is 905.22 feet with 904 feet being normal. The water temperature is 42 degrees. Try for channel catfish in areas with the wind blowing into shore. Use cut bait or shad sides. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Keep in mind some of the walleyes in Lake Rathbun have been tagged, so if you catch a tagged fish please call the hatchery at 641-647-2406 with any information.
For questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa, please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.