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Iowa DNR Fishing Report for Week of Nov. 9, 2023

Top Iowa Fishing Spots for the Week of Nov. 9

NORTHWEST

Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 40s. Water clarity is about 1 foot. Water levels are 15 inches below the crest of the spillway. The fish cleaning station is closed for the season.  Black Crappie –  Fair: Try fishing near shore in 2-5 feet of water and in and around the fish house in Town Bay. Bluegill – Fair: Try fishing near rock piles and rocky areas near shore. Float a bobber with live bait or a jig tipped with a minnow or plastic. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use a plastic or crankbait near shallow rock piles and outcroppings. Walleye – Fair: Try minnows under a bobber or pulling twisters from shore in the evenings.

Brushy Creek Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Try fishing around woody or rocky structure along shore in 3-8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use a plastic or crankbait in 6-10 feet of water and near structure along the edge of the channel. Walleye – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow/plastic or crankbaits near structure along shore or along the channel.

North Twin Lake
Water levels are over 2 feet below the crest of the spillway; use caution when launching boats at the ramps.

Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the mid-40s.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or dip baits fished on the bottom near shore. Walleye – Fair. Try fishing from shore in the mornings and evenings. White Bass – Fair. Yellow Bass – Fair: Most fish are 5- to 7-inches.

Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 40s in most area lakes. Some courtesy docks are still in. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.


Clear Lake
All courtesy docks are out for the season. Water temperatures are in the mid-40s. Water clarity is around 3 feet. The lake level is 13 inches low. Clear Lake has a protected slot on walleye. Clear Lake has a protected slot on walleye. All walleye between 17- and 22-inches must be immediately released unharmed. No more than one walleye longer than 22-inches may be taken per day. Black Crappie – Fair: Use small jigs and minnows along vegetation edges or the dredge cuts. Muskellunge – Fair: Fall is an excellent time to target muskie. There is a 40-inch minimum length on muskellunge in Iowa. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success fishing the grade and wader fishing around the Island. Best bite is after sunset. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use your electronics to find fish.

Rice Lake
Any water west of the north boat ramp is a waterfowl refuge and is closed to all activity from Sept. 1st through the final day of the duck season. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use jigs or spinnerbaits.

Silver Lake (Worth)
The courtesy docks have been removed for the season. Bluegill – Slow: Nice-sized bluegill are available. Drift fish or slow troll small baits across the mid-lake flats. Yellow Perch – Slow: Fall is a good time to target perch. Use small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler.

Winnebago River
Water level is 4.69 feet. Walleye – Fair.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.


East Okoboji Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 40s. Black Crappie – Fair: Use minnows and plastics. Bluegill – Fair: Most fish have moved deeper; anglers can find success fishing from docks or shore. Use a small hook and piece of worm. In deeper water, use pilkies with wigglers or a slip bobber setup. Walleye – Fair. Yellow Perch – Fair: Sorting will likely be needed.

Ingham Lake
Walleye – Fair: Anglers have been successful morning and evening.

Lost Island Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid-50s. Black Crappie – Fair. Walleye – Fair: Try trolling with spinners over weeds. Walleyes should start to move more shallow in the evenings as water temperatures drop.

Minnewashta Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Slowly troll over vegetation with minnows and plastics.  Bluegill – Fair. Pumpkinseed – Good.

Scharnberg Pond
Rainbow trout were stocked November 8th. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Black Bullhead – Good. Walleye – Fair: Expect the walleye bite to improve with falling water temperatures.

Spirit Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid-40s. Wader and shoreline fishing have been good. Water levels are 9 inches below crest. Black Crappie – Good: Use minnows and plastics. Many nice-sized fish have been seen lately. Bluegill – Good: Fishing is good from docks; use a small hook and a small piece of worm. In deeper water, use pilkies with wigglers or a slip bobber setup. Walleye – Good: Minnows work well. Wader fishing off shore has been good. Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers can be found; may need to sort for size.

West Okoboji Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid-40s. The current water level is 4 inches below crest. Bass and crappie bite are improving.  Wader fishing in the evening for walleyes has been good. Black Crappie – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with a minnow. Bluegill – Good: Use pilkies with wigglers or a slip bobber setup. Pumpkinseed – Good. Walleye – Good: Minnows and plastics work well. Yellow Perch – Fair: Sorting may be needed.

Most area water levels are a few inches below crest. Water temperatures are in the mid to low 40s. Angling for multiple species of fish in the Iowa Great Lakes has been good. Shoreline wader fishing has been good. Some courtesy docks are still in place. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.


NORTHEAST

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels are low. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a hook loaded with  a crawler, chub, or frog. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Find smallies below dams or in deeper water. Use a hook tipped with a ring worm, twister tail, or nightcrawler. Walleye – Fair: Try minnows on a bladed jig with enough weight to get your bait near the bottom of deeper water.

Decorah District Streams
Stream stocking is complete until next April. Staff thanks all our trout anglers and supporters for making this season fun and rewarding. Brown and brook trout are spawning. Trout nests, or redds, are showing up in streams; avoid walking on these areas. Many trout streams run through public areas open to hunting. Brook Trout – Fair: The best brook trout streams are heavily vegetated, making fishing difficult. Try dabbling a fly through the narrow unvegetated runs or find deeper pools above beaver dams. Brown Trout – Fair:  Anglers may need to be more stealthy when approaching streams due to clear water. Brownies are more interested in spawning than feeding. Use flies, imitating minnows, or other small fish. Rainbow Trout – Fair: A small chunk of worm or cheese under a bobber fished through a deeper hole will turn a rainbow head. Cut the line on deeply hooked fish if returning to the water.

Lake Hendricks
Find fish near shore in the morning, moving to deeper water in the evening. Slow your presentation with water temperatures in the 40s. Black Crappie – Good: Find crappie in deeper water. Use a small jig tipped with a plastic tail or spinnerbait. Bluegill – Good: Try a small piece of worm under a bobber. Channel Catfish – Fair: Find catfish near woody structure. Use a chunk of worm, squished minnow, or liver near the lake bottom. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use a jig tipped with plastic tail or spinnerbait. Slow your retrieval as temperatures drop .

Lake Meyer
Water is very clear. Fish are moving deeper toward evening. Slow your presentation with water temperatures in the 40s. Black Crappie – Good: Use a small jig with a plastic tail or spinnerbait in deeper water. Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of worm under a bobber along rocky shoreline in the morning. Try fishing in deeper water in the evening, but near surface. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use a chunk of worm, squished minnow, or liver fished on the bottom. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try a spinner or crankbait with a slow retrieve in the evening.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels are low. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Find smallies in deeper holes or near rock ledges. Use a small jig or crankbait. Walleye – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a twister tail or spinnerbait through deeper holes or near rock ledges.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels are low with minimal change in depth. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Find fish near drop-offs, eddies, or rock ledges with a small jig or crankbait. Walleye – Fair: Use a crankbait or jig tipped tipped with enough weight to get toward the bottom in deeper holes.

Volga Lake
Water temperatures are cooling. Water clarity is good. Slow your presentation for best luck. Black Crappie – Good: Use tube jigs tipped with crappie nibbles off jetties. Also try trolling around the lake to find suspended fish. Bluegill – Good: Find gills off jetties or along rocky shoreline in the morning, moving to deeper water in the evening. Try tube jigs tipped with artificial attractants or a small piece of worm under a bobber. Channel Catfish – Fair: Trophy-sized catfish are abundant. Use a dead chub or squished minnow fished off the lake bottom near woody debris. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try fishing drop-offs and around brush piles and other attracting structures. Use crankbaits toward evening.

Water levels are low on area rivers and streams. Windy weekend forecast with temperatures in the 50s to 30s. Many hunting seasons are open. For current fishing information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.


Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Walleye and smallmouth bass bite has picked up. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast and retrieve lead head jigs tipped with plastics. Walleye – Excellent: Cast and retrieve lead head jigs tipped with plastics. Evening bite is best.

Heritage Pond
Heritage Pond was stocked with rainbow trout last week. Rainbow Trout – Good: Cast flashy lures or bait under a slip bobber. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

North Prairie Lake
North Prairie Lake was stocked with rainbow trout last week. Rainbow Trout – Good: Cast flashy lures or bait under a slip bobber. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Walleye and smallmouth bass bite has picked up. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast and retrieve lead head jigs tipped with plastics. Walleye – Excellent: Cast and retrieve lead head jigs tipped with plastics. Evening bite is best.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Walleye and smallmouth bass bite has picked up. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast and retrieve lead head jigs tipped with plastics. Walleye – Good: Cast and retrieve lead head jigs tipped with plastics. Evening bite is best.

Interior river levels remain low. Anglers are doing fair to good  on walleye and smallmouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. North Prairie Lake in Black Hawk County and Heritage Pond in Dubuque County were stocked with rainbow trout last week. For further information contact your local bait shops for the most recent information. Contact the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information.


MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
Water level is 8.1 feet at Lansing and is expected to remain stable. Water temperature is near 47 degrees. Lansing Village Creek ramp conditions have improved with the slight rise in water. Large boat launching is not recommended. Boaters should avoid power loading, use caution and go slow when loading and unloading. Black Crappie – Slow: Some crappies are being picked up in fallen trees in running sloughs in about 6 feet of water with artificial jigs or a crappie minnow. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are still in sloughs and main channel areas, but will move to backwaters as water temperatures cool. Float a garden worm under a bobber along the shoreline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use crawlers or stink bait in deeper holes off main channel structure. Flathead Catfish – No Report: Use crawlers, live bluegill, or shiners. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are actively feeding. Use a weighted crawler in moderate current from shore. Catch large drum with a deep dive crankbait or crayfish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try fishing the edge of weed beds in backwater and side channel areas. Northern Pike – Excellent: Cast flashy spoons and crankbaits along weed edges in sloughs and backwater lakes. Sauger – Good: Sauger have started to move up to the dams. Vertical jig a twister tail or with a minnow rig in the tailwaters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast a spinner or crankbaits in current along the rocky shorelines. Walleye – Good: Vertical jig below the Lock & Dam or try a 3-way rig over structure, like rock closing dams. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Walleye/sauger combined daily limit 6/possession 12. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Perch are biting along the weed edges in 8 feet of water. Reports of jumbo perch being caught with a minnow rig.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Water level is 613.3 feet at Lynxville and predicted to rise to remain stable. Water temperature is 49 degrees at Lock & Dam 9-Lynxville. Use caution at Sny Magill boat ramp during low water. There is a scour hole below the concrete ramp and a rock mound behind the scour hole. Damage to boat props and trailers is possible. There are several snags at the mouth of Sny Magill creek to avoid. Black Crappie – Fair: Some crappies are being picked up in fallen trees in running sloughs in about 6 feet of water using artificial jigs or a crappie minnow. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are still in sloughs and main channel areas, but will move to backwaters as water temperatures cool. Float a garden worm under a bobber along the shoreline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use crawlers or stink bait in deeper holes off main channel structure. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Try crawlers, live bluegill or shiners. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are actively feeding. Use a weighted crawler in moderate current from shore. Catch large drum with a deep dive crankbait or crayfish. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Try fishing the edge of weed beds in backwater and side channel areas. Northern Pike – Good: Cast flashy spoons and crankbaits along weed edges in sloughs and backwater lakes. Sauger – Excellent: Sauger have started to move up to the dams. Vertical jig a twister tail or with minnow rig in the tailwaters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast a spinner or crankbaits in current along the rocky shorelines. Walleye – Good: Vertical jig below the Lock & Dam or try a 3-way rig over structure like rock closing dams. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Walleye/sauger combined daily limit 6/possession 12. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Perch are biting along weed edges in 8 feet of water. Reports of jumbo perch being caught with a minnow rig.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Water level is 5.1 feet below Lock & Dam 10-Guttenberg and is predicted to recede this week. Water temperature is near 49 degrees. Use caution during low water at the Guttenberg city ramps. Damage to boat props and trailers is possible. Ramp repairs will be delayed due to higher water this week. Call the Guttenberg Fisheries Management office at 563-252-1156 for current ramp availability. Black Crappie – Slow: Some crappies are being picked up in fallen trees in running sloughs in about 6 feet of water with artificial jigs or a crappie minnow. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are still in sloughs and main channel areas, but will move to backwaters as water temperatures cool. Float a garden worm under a bobber along the shoreline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use crawlers or stink bait in deeper holes off main channel structure. Flathead Catfish – No Report: Some flatheads are being caught on live bluegill or shiners. Freshwater Drum – Good: Drum are actively feeding. Use a weighted crawler in moderate current from the shoreline. Catch large drum with a deep dive crankbait or crayfish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Try fishing the edge of weed beds in backwater and side channel areas. Northern Pike – Good: Cast flashy spoons and crankbaits along weed edges in sloughs and backwater lakes. Sauger – Excellent: Sauger have stared to move up to the dams. Vertical jig a twister tail or with minnow rig in the tailwaters. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast a spinner or crankbaits in current along the rocky shorelines. Walleye – Good: Vertical jig below the Lock & Dam or use a 3-way rig over structure like rock closing dams. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Walleye/sauger combined daily limit 6/possession 12. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Perch are biting along weed edges in 8 feet of water. Reports of jumbo perch being caught with a minnow rig.

Upper Mississippi River levels are gradually falling. Water temperatures are in the mid-40s. Weed die-off continues to make fishing a challenge. The bite for most species has picked up. Panfish are moving into backwater lakes to prepare for winter. Walleye/sauger are migrating up to the Lock & Dams.


Mississippi River Pool 12
The river is falling at Dubuque to 5.0 feet at Lock and Dam 11 and 7.6 feet at the RR bridge. Water temperature is around 47 degrees. Water clarity is good. River levels may get low enough that backing off the ends of the ramps may become an issue again. Black Crappie – Good: Reports of crappies in brush piles in backwater habitats or brush piles in major slow flowing side channels. Bluegill – Excellent: Bluegills have moved into backwater and marina areas in Pool 12. Simple bobber and worms work best to catch gills in these slack water areas. Channel Catfish – Good: Try cut bait or stink bait in the current seams or above tree falls. Move often if your are not catching fish. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Simple egg sinker with a worm rig works best. Use large crayfish to catch larger drum. Largemouth Bass – Good: Concentrate in warm sunlit areas in backwater habitats. Try spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. Northern Pike – Good: Use gaudy white spinners in backwater habitats and dead lilly pads. Smallmouth Bass – Excellent: Use heavy jigs or one-eyes in strong current on wing-dams. Walleye – Good: Walleye bite has picked up as water temperatures fall and fish move toward the Lock and Dam areas. Wing-dam fishing can still be productive. White Bass – Excellent: Try minnows or small spinners in tailwater areas. They have been seen blowing up minnows in the tailwater areas. Yellow Perch – Good: Perch fishing has picked up. Surveys show that their populations are very strong in the river.

Mississippi River Pool 13
The water level is falling to near 5.0 feet at Lock and Dam 13. Water clarity is good. Water temperature is around 48 degrees. River levels may get low enough that backing off the ends of the ramps may become an issue again. Black Crappie – Good: Crappie have moved into slack water brush piles or in slack moving side channels. Bluegill – Excellent: Gills have mostly moved out of flowing current and are in backwater areas and marina areas. Channel Catfish – Good: Try stink bait or worms along rock piles. In the lower parts of the pool, concentrate in the stump fields or along the weed lines. Bigger cats may bite on cut bait; move often if fish are not biting. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: A simple egg sinker with a worm rig in moderate current areas works best. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass have moved into backwater areas for the winter. Use spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in sunlit areas. Northern Pike – Fair: Pike fishing should pike up this fall. Use gaudy white spinners. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: The kids trout pond north of the DNR fisheries station is stocked with trout and can provide fun action for your kids throughout the winter. If you plan to keep trout, limit yourself to 2 trout per child to keep good fishing in the pond throughout the winter. The duck weed has not died out yet; try fishing in open pockets. Smallmouth Bass – Excellent: Try tips of wing-dams in stronger currents. Walleye – Good: Walleyes and saugers have moved toward the Lock and Dams. Some can still be caught on the wing-dams.  Most anglers are using jigs and minnows. White Bass – Good: White bass are biting in the tailwater areas; they can be seen feeding on minnows. Watch for feeding gulls as they often will feed when white bass are chasing minnows. Yellow Perch – Good: Healthy 9-inch yellow perch were reported along vegetation lines and brush piles.

Mississippi River Pool 14
The water level is falling to near 5.1 feet at Fulton, 9.7 feet at Camanche, and near 4.5 feet at LeClair. Temperature is around 47 degrees. River levels may get low enough that backing off the ends of the ramps may become an issue again. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies have pulled into backwater areas like Rock Creek and Willow Lake. Try minnows in brush piles or tree falls. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills have moved into backwater and marina areas in Pool 14. A simple bobber and worms work best to catch gills in these slack water areas. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish can still be caught; many anglers are moving away from fishing for them. Try cut shad in current areas below 8 feet. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: A simple egg sinker with a worm works best to catch abundant drum.  Areas with moderate current flows like around boat ramps can be good places to target drum. Largemouth Bass – Excellent: Bass moved into backwater areas.  Try chatterbaits or spinnerbaits in slack sunlit lily pads. Northern Pike – Fair: Use gaudy white spinner baits in backwater areas. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Cast inline spinners or crankbaits just off rock points to catch smallmouth feeding in the rocks. Lots of small fish; use light tackle. Fish up to 16inches can be found, especially in the fall season. Walleye – Good: Walleyes moved toward the tailwaters and upstream wing-dams.  Most anglers use a jig and minnow combination. White Bass – Good: Use small spinners or jigs in the tailwater to catch abundant white bass and occasional hybrid white bass. Watch for feeding gulls which will follow schools as they chase minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some yellow perch are being caught with red worms along exposed vegetation lines. Lots of small fish with an occasional keeper.

Mississippi River Pool 15 
The water level is falling to near 5.2 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity is good. Water temperature is 47 degrees. River levels may get low enough that backing off the ends of the ramps may become an issue again. Channel Catfish – Good: Try stink bait around logjams or rock lines in water less than 8 feet deep. Freshwater Drum – Excellent: Use an egg sinker and worm rig to catch abundant drum. Keep fish on ice after catching; they make excellent table fare. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try throwing spinners along the rock lines. Lots of rock is available; need to have somewhat strong current to hold smallmouth bass. White Bass – Good: Use small spinners in the tailwaters to catch feeding white bass and hybrids. Look for feeding gulls which sometimes indicate feeding white bass.

The river is rapidly falling after last week’s raise. Water temperatures are around 48 degrees. Unseasonable weather is allowing for some “bonus” fishing. If you have angling questions, please call Bellevue Fisheries Management at 563-880-8781.


Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage is 5.69 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and is falling. Tailwater stage is forecast to keep falling. Sauger – No Report: Look for saugers below the Lock and Dam and in Sylvan Slough. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes below the Lock and Dam and in Sylvan Slough. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows. Walleyes can also be caught fishing the wing-dams. Cast crankbaits or troll three-way rigs with minnows. White Crappie – Fair: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Try jigs and minnows or minnows under a bobber around brush piles and logs at Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island complex.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage is 4.86 feet at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine and is falling. Tailwater stage is forecast to keep falling. Bluegill – No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters. Try jigs and plastics or worms under a bobber around brush piles and logs at Big Timber or Cleveland Slough. Sauger – No Report: Look for saugers below the Lock and Dam. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows. Walleye – No Report: Look for walleyes below the Lock and Dam. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows. Walleyes can also be caught fishing the wing-dams. Cast crankbaits or troll three-way rigs with minnows. White Crappie – Fair: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Try jigs and minnows or minnows under a bobber around brush piles and logs at Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island complex.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage is 5.33 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston and is falling. Tailwater stage is forecast to keep falling. Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills in the backwaters. Try jigs and plastics or worms under a bobber around brush piles and logs at Huron Island Complex. Sauger – No Report: Look for saugers below the Lock and Dam. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows. Walleye –  No Report: Look for walleyes below the Lock and Dam. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows. Walleyes can also be caught fishing the wing-dams. Cast crankbaits or troll three-way rigs with minnows. White Crappie – Fair: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Try jigs and minnows or minnows under a bobber around brush piles and logs at Huron Island Complex.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 2.68 feet at Lock and Dam 18 and is falling. Tailwater stage is forecast to keep falling.  Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills in the backwaters. Try pieces of worm under a bobber around brush piles and logs. Sauger – No Report:  Look for saugers below the Lock and Dam. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows. White Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Try jigs with minnows or minnows under a bobber around brush piles and snags.

Tailwater stages are falling. Main channel water temperature is around 48 degrees. Water clarity is fair. There has been some tailwater fishing for walleye and sauger. Crappies are being caught in the backwaters. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.


SOUTHEAST

Big Hollow Lake
Water temperatures are in the upper 40s; might hit 50 degrees on the warmest afternoons. Black Crappie – Fair: A few crappies are being caught along the edges of the trees in deeper water. They are really scattered; be prepared to move to find them.

Emma Young Pond
Rainbow Trout – Good: Still good numbers of trout in this pond in Clinton. You can see some of them with the clear water. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is in the upper 40s. Black Crappie – Slow: Look for crappie in 14-16 feet of water along the edges of the old creek channel in the trees. Use small jigs and vertical jig; move until you find a school. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Bass are in their deep water haunts. Try slow fishing a jig or soft plastic.

Lake Darling
Water temperature is in the upper 40s. The pumps have been removed from the fish cleaning stations; the campground docks are in winter storage. Black Crappie – Slow: A boat is needed. Pretend you are ice fishing without the ice; deep water habitat with ice fishing jigs. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are in the deep water towards the middle of the lake. Try ice fishing jigs tipped with a waxworm. Look for them in the same places you would when ice fishing. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Bass are in their overwintering habitat.

Lake of the Hills
Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills moved to the deeper part of the lake with the cold weather. Catch 6- to 7-inch fish. Rainbow Trout – Good: There are still trout to be caught.  Work the habitat near shore in 4-5 foot of water. Bobber and bait like power bait or worms/waxworms work well. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Lost Grove Lake
Next week the gates at the dam parking lot will be closed for the season.  The pumps have been taken off the fish cleaning stations for the winter. Lost Grove Lake has Eurasian Watermilfoil; be sure to clean all vegetation off your boat and trailer before leaving the boat ramp area. Bluegill – Fair: Find bluegill along the edges of the flooded trees in deeper water where they hang out during ice fishing season. Largemouth Bass – Slow: A few bass are being caught suspended in 16 to 18 feet of water. Jigs down at those depths out around the trees are finding some fish.

Marr Park Pond
Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout continue to bite. Try small jigs or bobbers and baits; power bait, waxworms or red worms work best. A little spinner like a panther martin also works to get their attention. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

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


Coralville Reservoir
The lake level is 682.5 feet. Black Crappie – Good: Try bright jigs or minnows over brush or along rock bluffs. Most fish are 9- to 11-inches.

Diamond Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Best bite is mornings and evenings. Most fish are 8- to 9-inches. Channel Catfish – Good: Many 2-4 pound fish were caught this week.

Grundy County Lake
Bluegill
 – Fair: Nice-sized fish are being reported; use small worms.

Hannen Lake
Black Crappie
 – Fair: 8- to 10-inch fish are starting to be picked up with the cooling weather.

Iowa Lake (Iowa Co.)
Black Crappie – Fair: Look for suspended fish over deeper water. Minnows work best. Bluegill – Fair: Try worms under bobbers near the shoreline. Some bigger fish are out deeper. Channel Catfish – Good: Evening bite is best; use stink bait and worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try squarebill crankbaits and plastics.

Kent Park Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try fishing on top of or along the weeds; most fish are 12- to 15-inches.

Lake Macbride
The 10 hp maximum is off; any size motor may be operated at 5 mph. Water temperatures are in the low 50s. Black Crappie – Fair: Use minnows over brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try fishing around the rock, wood or weeds. Walleye – Slow: Troll crankbaits in 7-15 feet of water or cast to wind-blown rock banks. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: There is some surface activity at sunset; look for suspended fish or wind-blown banks during the day.

Liberty Centre Pond
Rainbow trout were stocked recently. Rainbow Trout – Good. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Water temperatures are in the low 50s. The modern bathroom and fish cleaning station has been closed for the season. Black Crappie – Fair: Try fishing minnows over brush piles. Bluegill – Fair: Try fishing shallower water. Lots of smaller fish with bigger fish mixed in. Walleye – Fair: Use jigs or live bait along rock in 10-20 feet of water.

Prairie Park Fishery
Rainbow trout were stocked recently. Rainbow Trout – Fair. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Wapsipinicon River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Smallmouth Bass
 – Fair: Try jigs or crawlers in the deeper holes with the low water. Walleye – Good: Use jigs or crawlers in the deeper holes with the low water.

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


Corydon Reservoir
Corydon Reservoir is closed for a park renovation. The campground and boat ramp are also closed.

Hawthorn Lake
Bluegill – Slow: Use small jigs around the fishing jetties and along the face of the dam. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Try jigs and plastics along rip-rapped shorelines.

Lake Miami
Black Crappie 
– Slow: Try small jigs and minnows in the flooded timber. Bluegill – Slow: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler around the cedar tree piles and along shore. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Try slowing fishing spinnerbaits or crankbaits along structure and near shore.

Lake Sugema
Black Crappie – Slow: Try jigs around submerged structure. Keep moving until you find active fish. Bluegill – Slow: Use small jigs around the rock jetties. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Use spinnerbaits or jigs along rip-rapped shorelines and around the rock jetties.

Lake Wapello
Black Crappie – Slow: Use small jigs around the shoreline and jetties. Bluegill – Slow: Try small jigs around structure and along shore.  Largemouth Bass – Slow: Use crankbaits or rubber worms in the cedar tree piles.

Ottumwa Park Pond South (Trout Pond)
Rainbow trout were stocked recently. Try small spinners or a chunk of nightcrawler. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 902.75 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Prairie Ridge boat ramp and campground are closed for the season. Bridgeview campground is closed, but the boat ramp is open. Island View dedication site boat ramp and Island View West ramp are closed. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Black Crappie – Slow: Try jigs around docks and jetties. Walleye – Slow: Target areas with rock piles or depth variationsThere is a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye at Lake Rathbun. All walleyes measuring less than 15-inches must be immediately released unharmed. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: Try vertically jigging over rock piles.

Red Haw Lake
Park visitors are asked to avoid the campground area due to the continued storm damage cleanup. Bluegill – Slow: Target submerged habitat and the shorelines using small jigs. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Try plastics along the rock jetties and the dam.

Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.


SOUTHWEST

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Rainbow trout were stocked on Nov. 6. Rainbow Trout – Good: Cast in-line spinners, small spoons, jigs with small twister tails, or swimbaits or live baits under floats. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Big Creek Lake
Walleye – Slow: Its not a hot bite, but some walleye are being caught trolling shad imitating crankbaits or jigging shad imitating plastics in 12 feet of water or less in the upper half of the lake. Find humps that come up to 3 to 6 feet from the surface.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Walleye – Fair: Cast jigs tipped with shad imitating plastics or live minnows in deeper slower pools on outside bends and cut banks and gravel bars.

Don Williams Lake
Black Crappie
 – Fair: Catch suspended crappies slowly trolling 2 inch or smaller twister tail jigs or live minnows in 3 to 6 feet of water in the upper two thirds of the lake.

Lake Petocka
Rainbow trout were stocked on Nov. 9. Rainbow Trout – Good: Cast in-line spinners, small spoons, jigs with small twister tails, or swimbaits or live baits under floats. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Crappie – Fair: Slowly troll or drift panfish plastics in arms off the main lake. Some of these include the South Overlook arm, Campetine Creek arm, and the Teter Creek arm.

Terra Lake
Rainbow trout were stocked Nov. 3. Rainbow Trout – Good: Cast in-line spinners, small spoons, jigs with small twister tails, or swimbaits or live baits under floats. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.


Big Lake (Including Gilbert’s Pond)
Water quality is poor. Rainbow Trout – Slow: Use small spinners, twister tails, and minnows. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield has a good population of 9-inch black crappie. Black Crappie – Good:  Move often to find black crappies. Once you find them, fishing is very good. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Boat anglers are having success casting the shoreline.

Lake Anita
Black Crappie – Slow: Slow troll open water areas to catch 9-inch black crappies. Early morning bite is best. Bluegill – Fair: Use a slow presentation with small jigs to catch 8-inch fish. Largemouth Bass – No Report: Anglers report catching bass around the road bed.

Orient Lake
Orient has a good fish population and should provide quality fall fishing opportunities. Black Crappie – No Report: Orient has good numbers of 9- to 10-inch fish. Bluegill – No Report: Bluegills are 8- to 9-inches and in good body condition. Largemouth Bass – No Report: There are a decent number of 12- to 14-inch bass.

Prairie Rose Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report catching black crappie slow trolling around structure. Best bite is the first two hours of daylight. Use bright colored jigs due to the stained water clarity. Fish average 11-inches. Bluegill – Slow: A few fish are being picked up by crappie anglers slow trolling.

For information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.


Little River Watershed Lake
The dock is in at the main boat ramp. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch black crappie up to 10.5-inches with jigs tipped with a minnow or twister tails suspended in the main basin.

Three Mile Lake
Lake level is 8 feet below normal pool. The lake will be up to 8 feet below normal pool for the rest of 2023.

West Lake (Osceola)
Main boat ramps are closed due to low water conditions.

Water temperature is in the upper 40s in most Mount Ayr district lakes. For more information, call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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