The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report in an effort to provide the latest information.
The end of last week’s cold rain and snow will temporarily slow fishing, but should pick up quickly this week. Good crappie fishing was getting started. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.
The crappie fishing should pick up during the next warming trend. Greenfield also has a good channel catfish population with many 2 to 3 pound fish. The boat ramp is usable. Channel Catfish - No Report: Shad sides fished around the jetties will catch fish. Crappie - No Report: Try minnows under a bobber along the dam and in the upper end of the lake where water warms quickly.
A few crappies are being picked up with minnows. The lake is about full and the boat ramp is useable. Crappie - Slow: Small jigs and minnows are catching crappie around shallow brush piles and along the dam.
Viking has a good population of crappie. Channel catfish is another species to target while at the lake.
The water level is approximately six inches low. The ramps are accessible. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are biting on shad bait and crawlers. Crappie - Fair: A few mid-sized crappies are starting to move a little closer to shore. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught from the dam and the old roadway.
Fogle Lake S.W.A.
The water level have risen to within six inches of full. Clarity is typical for spring time weather. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several largemouth bass are moving to structure near shore.
Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir
Water clarity is moderate. Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being caught from the face of the dam during the evenings.
Lake of Three Fires
Water levels are full and clarity is average for springtime. Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few mi-sized and big largemouth bass can be caught from near-shore. Crappie - Slow: Crappies are near-shore but wary of large baits.
Green Valley Lake
The water level has risen to within six inches of full. Clarity is moderate. All boat ramps are easily accessible. Largemouth Bass - Good: A lot of mid-sized largemouth bass are being caught from the shoreline structure.
Water levels have risen to within six inches of full. Boat access is easy from the main ramp. The fishery has been restocked.
Three Mile Lake
The water level has risen. Boat access is easy. Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are moving to the near-shore structure and bays. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught from the face of the dam and some of the larger points.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water levels have risen and boat access is easy. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Several largemouth bass are hanging around the flooded cedar tree piles and nearby shoreline areas. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies can be caught from the west shoreline and flooded trees. Walleye - Slow: An occasional walleye is being caught from the dam and the old roadway.
Walnut Creek Marsh
The water levels have risen to near full. Boat access is normal.
The water temperatures are in the upper 40s. The water levels at most lakes have risen but not overflowed excessively. Water clarity varies with most lakes having 12 to 20 inches. Most species are starting to move shallow despite the cold temperatures.