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Fishing report

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 1:49 a.m. CST

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.

SOUTHWEST

Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish have moved close to the jetties and along the dam. Bluegills are close to shore spawning. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches can be caught close to shore. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Orient Lake

Channel catfish are being caught. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching channel catfish on the east side of the lake using cut bait. Fish average 16 inches.

Lake Icaria

Icaria’s access is good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish have been caught on cut bait and worms along rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near the cedar tree piles and rock structure. Walleye - Good: Walleyes up to 20 inches have been caught with jigs near the fish mounds and trolling jigs and crankbaits in 4-8 feet of water.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake’s access is good.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass have been caught with crankbaits and plastics in the flooded timber bays and near the flooded vegetation on the shoreline. Crappie - Good: Crappies have been caught with minnows and small jigs near the dam.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River’s access is good. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles.  Walleye - Excellent: Walleye up to 16 inches have been caught with crawler harnesses in 15 feet of water along the dam and off the rock reefs.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir

Mount Ayr Reservoir’s access is good.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills up to 8.5 inches have been caught with small jigs and drifting a worm under a bobber.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires’ access is good. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8.5 inches have been caught on jigs and worms near the rock mounds and along the rock spawning beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near the fish mounds, along the dam, and near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley’s access is good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish up to 12 pounds have been caught using cut bait and worms along the silt dikes and jetties.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to eight inches have been caught on worms and small jigs near the fish mounds and rock spawning beds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass have been caught using crankbaits and plastics near rock structures and cedar tree piles.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs near the fish mounds and long the dam.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile’s access is good.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies 6 to 7 inches have been caught on minnows and small jigs near the jetties.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile’s access is good. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs and worms near the fish mounds and along the rock reefs. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth bass have been caught using plastics and crankbaits near rock structures and cedar tree piles.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies 8-11 inches have been caught using minnows and small jigs near the jetties and along the rock reefs. Walleye - Excellent: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught on jigs and crankbaits along mid-lake flats and along the dam.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District area lakes have climbed over the past week with some lakes pushing over 75 degrees.  Recent rains have changed water levels and clarity in area lakes.

The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information, call 641-464-3108.

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