Where they’re biting: DNR releases fishing report for Southeast Iowa
Central Park Lake
Bluegill — slow: use a small jig/waxie around brush. Largemouth bass — slow: some bass are being picked up by panfishermen.
Crappie — fair: there are ice thicknesses up to 10 inches, but other areas may have much less. Use caution if venturing out.
Bluegill — good: look for fish around brush. Try a jig/waxie for six- to eight-inch fish. Crappie — fair: look for suspended fish around brush or open water. Use a jig/waxie for eight- to 10-inch fish. Remember, no minnows are allowed here.
Bluegill — fair: size has been small, but occasionally a larger fish is caught. Fish around brush with a jig/waxie. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Crappie — slow: Look for suspended fish in open water. Fishing early and/or late increases the odds of success.
Bluegill — good: most fish have been on the small side. Fish around brush with a jig/waxie.Crappie — fair: good reports of crappie are coming in. Most fish will be about nine inches. Look for suspended fish in open water or around sunken brush.
Kent Park Lake
Bluegill — fair: fish around brush piles with a jig/waxie. Bluegills up to nine inches are available here. Crappie — slow: try around the brush with jigs/waxies as well. Most fish are about nine inches. Early and late has been best.
Most of the lake has more than six inches of ice. Bluegill — fair: fish a jig/waxie around brush, stumps, or rock. Size is marginal with most fish about five to six inches. Crappie — fair: most fish have been smaller black crappies. A few nicer white crappies are being caught occasionally. Anglers are trying both rock and brush piles. The south arm and around the main ramp have been the most popular. Walleye — slow: a few smaller walleyes are being reported.
Pleasant Creek Lake
Bluegill — fair: the area down by the dam has been producing best. Most of the lake has more than six inches of ice. Walleye — slow: in the evening, fish over humps and roadbeds with spoons or minnows. Yellow perch — fair: anglers are reporting fish up to inches being picked up around brush on jig/waxies.
Union Grove Lake
Most of the lake has eight to 10 inches of ice on it. The aeration unit was turned on Friday, Jan. 3. There is open water down towards the dam surrounded by “Thin Ice” warning signs. Crappie — slow. Bluegill — fair.
For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Ice thickness are reported as good. The majority of the anglers around Lake Sugema have been on Tug Forks West and have been catching some bluegills. Bluegill — fair: use small jigs tipped with a waxworm.
Ice thickness reported to be eight to nine inches. Anglers have been catching some bluegills and a few crappies. Sorting is needed for larger fish.
Otter Creek Lake
Bluegill — fair: try around brush in the 10- to 15-inch range. Use a small jig/waxie for fish up to nine inches. Crappie — slow: a few marginal sized fish are being taken around brush on jigs/waxies. Reminder, no ATVs are allowed in the park or on the ice. Yellow bass — fair: most fish are seven to 10 inches. Try a jig/spoon tipped with a waxie/cutbait near the bottom. Look for these fish around 20 feet deep.
Red Haw Lake
Anglers report about eight to nine inches of ice. Anglers have been using small jigs tipped with a waxworm to catch bluegills. Fish in depths of 19-20 feet of water.
Thicknesses of five to nine inches of ice have been reported. Fishing pressure has been light. Try small jigs tipped with a minnow under a bobber around underwater structure. The current lake level is 904.24. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.
If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.