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Fishing report

Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 12:05 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 12:14 a.m. CST
(CNA photo by KYLE WILSON)
Turtle man: Gary McNichols of Creston holds up two snapping turtles he caught Friday morning at a friend's farm pond located south of Creston. McNichols estimates the larger turtle weighs 40 pounds. McNichols said he plans to let the turtles sit in freshwater for one week, butcher them and then deep-fat fry the turtle meat for consumption.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.

For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.


Greenfield Lake — Largemouth bass can be caught around the jetties and around structure. Greenfield also has a good channel catfish population with many 2 to 3 pound fish. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish have been caught around the jetties using shrimp.  Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are being caught drifting small jigs. Largemouth Bass - Good: Spinner baits and crankbaits are catching bass around structure and close to shore.

Meadow Lake — Bluegills have moved off the underwater reefs. The lake is full.  Bluegill - Slow: Drift small jigs to catch 8 to 9-inch bluegills.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting plastic baits to shore and around cedar tree piles.

Nodaway Lake — Crappies are being caught around submerged trees and drifting. Catfish are being caught in the upper end of the lake.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good using shad sides and liver.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill in the 7 to 8-inch size range are being caught in 4 to 6 feet of water. Crappie - Slow: Drift with small jigs to catch 10-inch crappie.

Orient Lake — Bluegill and catfish can be caught at Orient.  Channel Catfish - Good: Many two pound catfish are being caught on cutbait.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting along the dam. Tipping jigs with crawler seems to help.  Crappie - Slow: Minnows under a bobber around sunken cedar trees will catch crappie up to 10 inches.

Lake Icaria — The water levels are normal and the clarity is good.  Bullhead - Good: Several bullheads are being caught on crawlers on the bottom.  Channel Catfish - Good: A lot of channel catfish are in the rip rap near shore.  Bluegill - Fair: Crawler pieces hung about three feet below a bobber over the fish mounds will still catch some bluegills.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught by trolling or casting crawlers over the mounds.

Green Valley Lake — The water level is normal and clarity is very good.  Channel Catfish - Good: A lot of channel catfish are being caught from the rip rap shoreline and sides of the fish mounds.  Bluegill - Good: Some bluegills remain near the spawning areas.  Small jigs or crawler pieces about 3 to 4 feet down seems to work well.

Three Mile Lake — The water levels are normal.  Channel Catfish - Good: Several channel catfish are being caught from the rip rap areas near shore.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake — The water levels are normal and the clarity is good.  Bullhead - Good: Some real big bullheads can be caught using crawlers on the bottom.  Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish are in the near-shore rocks or rock fields.  Bluegill - Fair: Some real big bluegills can still be caught by suspending a crawler over the mounds or rock fields.

Water levels and clarity are near normal and all lakes are easily accessible.  Water temps are in the low 70s.

Littlefield Lake — Littlefield has a good channel catfish population.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught in the corners of the dam and on the north shore using liver. Fish average two pounds.  Bluegill - Slow: Drift with small jigs tipped with night crawler or power bait to catch 7 to 8-inch fish.

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