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DNR releases fishing report for southeast Iowa

Nov 22, 2013

Lake of the Hills

The recent weather has kept angler numbers down but not the trout. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where live minnows may be used for bait. Rainbow trout — excellent: trout fishing continues to be hot. Small hair jigs tipped with wax worm drifted under a small bobber seem to be the best.


Wilson Lake

Rainbow trout — excellent: trout are biting, look for them in three to four feet of water.


Environmental Discovery Park North Pond

Rainbow trout — excellent: trout are hitting on wax worms and jigs tipped with wax worms.


For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.


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.


Lake Sugema

Fishing pressure has been low. Try a slip bobber and a minnow for crappies in areas with submerged habitat in about eight to 10 feet of water.


East Greater Ottumwa Central Park Pond

Trout were stocked on Oct. 31. Try small spinners or prepared trout baits.


Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 905.39 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 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.

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