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Fishing report

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 1:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 7:18 a.m. CDT

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is 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.


Big Creek Lake

Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is in the summer pattern of drift fishing small jigs with crawler, especially over the old road beds.  Big Creek bluegills are good size with many fish over 8 inches.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are being caught drifting or casting crawlers under a bobber along the vegetation edges. Crappie - Good: Crappie are suspended along the northwest shoreline just outside the vegetation line.  Cast or drift small panfish jigs or white twisters out from the vegetation. Crappies are also being caught around the fishing shelter.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught in decent numbers trolling crankbaits or spoons around windswept points.  Look for shad schools breaking the surface and be ready to move often to stay with the activity.  Good colors to start with are shad imitating colors, such as solid chrome.

Greenfield Lake

Bluegills and crappie can be caught drifting and around cedar tree piles. Greenfield also has a good population of 2 to 3 pound channel catfish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have been caught around the jetties using shrimp.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting small jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Plastic baits are catching bass around structure and close to shore. Crappie - Fair: Vertical jigging with minnows around cedar tree piles has been good for 8 to 10-inch crappies. Early morning has been the best time.

Nodaway Lake

Crappies are being caught around submerged trees and drifting. Catfish have slowed this week.  Channel Catfish - Fair: 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 - Fair: Drift with tube jigs to catch 10-inch crappie.

Orient Lake

Bluegill and catfish can be caught.  Channel Catfish - Fair: 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 Anita

Largemouth bass fishing has slowed a bit this week. Crappies and bluegills are being caught drifting open water. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are reported to be caught drifting along vegetation edges with small jigs tipped with worms or power bait. Fish are 8 to 9 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are reported to be caught close to shore and around structure casting spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Fish are all sizes.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught drifting with jigs in both arms of the lake. Vertical jigging along submerged road beds with minnows has also been good.

Viking Lake

Largemouth bass fishing is good. The crappie bite has picked up this week. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish can be caught around underwater reefs and rock fields using cutbait. Many fish are 2 to 4 pounds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught casting the shoreline with spinnerbaits and slow trolling crankbaits. Fish are all sizes.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies range in size from 7 to 10 inches and are being caught drifting tube jigs and vertical jigging tree piles.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing continues to be good. Channel Catfish - Good: The south and west side of the lake has been good for catfish this week using liver. Fish up to 5 pounds are being caught.  Crappie - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber around structure and in the canals.

Cold Springs District

Farm Ponds

Bluegills and crappie are in their summer pattern and can be caught along weed edges and suspended in the water column. Largemouth bass are aggressive and easily caught this time of year. Remember to always get permission before fishing private farm ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught in 4 to 6 feet of water with dip bait or liver. Bluegill - Fair: Cast small jigs close to weed edges or drift open water to catch bluegill.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Casting small spinners and jigs around structure and along vegetation has been good for bass.   Crappie - Fair: Fish minnows and small jigs around structure to catch crappies.

Bluegill and crappie are being caught drifting or vertical jigging in 12 to 16 feet of water. For more information on lakes in southwest Iowa, call the district office at Cold Springs at 712-769-2587.

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 - Fair: A few channel catfish are in the rip rap near shore or the shallows during the evenings.  Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills are still around the fish mounds.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)

The lake has been drained to allow completion of sediment trapping structures.

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 - Slow: Some bluegills can be caught from the rock fields and fish mounds 4 to 6 feet below the surface.

Three Mile Lake

The water levels are normal.  Channel Catfish - Good: Several channel catfish are being caught from the bays during the evenings.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

The water levels are normal and the clarity is good.  Bullhead - Fair: A few real big bullheads can be caught using crawlers on the bottom in the bays and upper end.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few channel catfish can be caught from the bays in 4 feet of water.  Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills can still be caught by suspending a crawler over the mounds or rock fields in 3 to 5 feet of water.

Water levels are normal.  Some lakes are starting to show some signs of algae development.  Water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

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