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DNR releases Southeast Iowa fishing report

Apr 14, 2014

Lake Belva Deer

Largemouth bass — good: the few anglers that have been out are catching some real nice bass. Work the shallow water on the upper end and along the north side out in the open. Crappie — good: anglers are picking up some crappies in about five feet of water up at the upper end 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: minnows and spinners are taking trout on a regular basis. The hot areas are along the dam and the spillway area. Crappie — good: work the area around the fishing area to pick up some nice crappies.


Wilson Lake

Rainbow trout — good: anglers have been catching a good number of trout. Look for them in four to five feet of water around the cedar trees and culvert piles.


Environmental Discovery Park North Pond

Rainbow trout — good: plenty of trout left over from this spring's stocking. Work the shallow water with small jigs and spinners to catch a limit.


Big Hollow Lake

The docks are out now and angler activity is picking up. Crappie — good: crappies are starting to be caught. Work the more open shallow bays and around the islands where the sun can warm the water up just a little bit faster.


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


Red Haw Lake

The fishing activity has been slow. There have been some small largemouth bass caught.


Lake Sugema

Very little fishing activity has been occurring but some anglers were able to catch some small largemouth bass.


East Greater Ottumwa Central Park Pond

There were 2,000 trout stocked on March 30. Anglers should try in-line spinners or prepared trout baits. Don't forget a trout stamp is required for possessing or fishing for trout.


Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 903.96 feet. The water temperature is 42 degrees. At this time of year, anglers should try to catch some ice out channel catfish using cutbait or shad guts on windblown shorelines. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.


Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean and free from litter. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

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