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Iowa DNR releases fishing report

Jul 18, 2013

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

Channel catfish — good: channel catfish are being caught below the dams in Cedar Rapids as well as Ellis Park. Try crawlers, chicken livers, or stinkbait.


Coralville Reservoir

The lake is at normal summer pool level. Channel catfish — fair: some fish are being caught out in the channel by trolling and anchored positions.


Diamond Lake

The lake is still murky. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel catfish — good: crawlers, stinkbait and chicken livers have been working well. Bluegill — fair: some fish are still around shallow rock and wood while others have pulled out to deeper water.


Iowa Lake

The invasive species brittle naiad is present here. Check over boats, trailers and equipment before leaving the lake. Bluegill — fair: some fish are around overhanging brush while others have moved out deeper. Channel catfish — good: rocky areas are holding fish.


Lake Macbride

Channel catfish — fair: some are being caught around shallow rock while others have pulled out to deeper water. Crawlers and stinkbait are working best. Walleye — slow: most fish are being caught trolling flats with crankbaits or spinner rigs. Water temps are in the mid to upper 80s for the most part. The 10 h.p. motor restriction and five m.p.h. speed limit are in effect. The invasive species brittle naiad is present here. Check over boats, trailers and equipment before leaving the lake.


Lake of the Hills

Channel catfish — excellent: use chicken liver. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Crappie — fair: work the brush piles along the dam using minnows. Largemouth bass — good: bass are now hitting on plastic worms.


Otter Creek Lake

The lake water is fairly green from an algae bloom. Bluegill — good. Channel catfish — good: evenings have been best. Largemouth bass —fair. Yellow bass — good: mornings have been best on small spinners.


Pleasant Creek Lake

Water clarity is excellent and water temps are around 75 degrees. Remember, largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep and musky must be 40 inches to keep. The invasive species brittle naiad is present here. Check over boats, trailers and equipment before leaving the lake. Bluegill — fair: better fish are coming out of deeper water on small worms. Channel catfish — fair: crawlers and stinkbait have been working best. Largemouth bass — fair: fish shallow structure or drop offs. Walleye — fair: smaller walleye are being caught deeper and on the roadbeds.White bass — good: fish shallow, wind-blown shorelines with small crankbaits or jigs, or chase schools of fish in open water with topwater baits. Wiper (hybrid striped bass) — fair: these fish are only two years old but some are approaching 18 inches. Look for them mixed in with the white bass.


Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Try below the dams where moving, cooler, more oxygenated water is present. Smallmouth bass — fair. Walleye — fair.


For more information on the above lakes, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.


Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)

The river is starting to show some sand bars finally. Not too many anglers out yet.


Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Channel catfish — good: live baits have been working best. Flathead catfish — good: using live bait at night has been producing fish.


Lake Odessa

All the boat ramps continue to be underwater but the water level is dropping. The Schafer and Sand Run Ramps are expected to be useable by the middle of next week. The Toolesboro road and ramp will be closed probably for a couple of more weeks.


Lake Geode

Bluegill — fair: the bluegills have moved deeper for the summer. Look for the to be just off the ledges to the deep water. Hot weather is keeping angler activity low.


Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

The river seems to be holding steady right now. Channel catfish — good: catfishing has been pretty good lately. Try fishing under any mulberry tree hanging over the water; catfish have a sweet tooth for those things. Try using grass frogs as bait.


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


Lake Sugema

Bluegill — fair: try using small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth bass — fair: try crankbaits around the rocky shorelines. Use a plastic worm around brushpiles or rock jetties in six to eight feet of water. Try using topwaters in the early morning. Crappie — fair: use a slip bobber and a minnow to fish around submerged structure and rocky shorelines.


Red Haw Lake

Bluegill — good: use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth bass — good: try areas along the dam and out in front of the rock jetties. Use rubber worms and crankbaits in areas with some submerged structure. Try areas with six to eight feet of water. Try topwaters in the early mornings.


Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 912.52 with normal pool being 904. The water temperature is 77 degrees. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain and dry boats before transporting to another water body. Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (five days in the sun). Channel catfish — fair: try using dead chubs, stinkbait or cut bait. Areas with rocky shorelines are productive this time of year. Walleye — slow: try crankbaits around the submerged points and rock reefs. Look for changes in depth as fish should be using the ledges. Crappie — slow: find brush piles in 10-12 feet of water and try small jigs or use a slip bobber with a minnow.


If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.


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