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Fishing report

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 2:57 a.m. CDT

For lake locations, maps and other information, go to www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/FishingReports.aspx

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.

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Greenfield Lake

Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and along the dam. Drift small jigs to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish using cut bait around the jetties and the dam. Fish average two pounds. Bluegill - Fair: Drift with small jigs to catch 8.5-inch bluegill. Largemouth Bass - Good: Greenfield has a good bass population of all sizes. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Farm Creek Lake

Farm Creek has a good overall fish population. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be found in the open water part of the lake in six feet of water. Drift or slow troll with small jigs to catch 8-9-inch fish. Black Crappie - Slow:

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Bluegill and crappies are now in deeper water and around structure. Largemouth bass fishing is good. Channel catfish can be caught close to shore. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds.  Channel Catfish - Good: This is a good time of year to catch channel catfish close to shore with cut bait or commercial stink bait. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught along weed edges and around deeper structure. Use small tackle and light line for successful bluegill fishing. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass can be caught casting a variety of plugs and lures.  Crappie - Fair: Ponds that support crappie populations have been good this week. Try fishing minnows under a bobber around structure.

Anglers are drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. Interior rivers are back up after recent rains. For more information call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with worms near the fish mounds.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 16 inches have been caught on crankbaits near the cedar tree piles.  Crappie - Good: Crappie up to 12 inches have been caught on small jigs and minnows near the cedar tree piles.

West Lake (Osceola)

West Lake access is good.  Crappie - Good: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs and minnows drift fishing the main lake and near the flooded timber.

Little River Watershed Lake

Little River lake access is good.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught with small jigs and worms along weed lines and rock reefs.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines.  Walleye - Good: Walleyes up to 16 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits across points and near sharp water depth breaks.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 19 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics along the dam in the mornings.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught with small jigs near cedar tree piles.

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake access is good.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits and plastics along the rock structure and cedar tree piles.

Three Mile Lake

Three Mile Lake access is good.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth bass up to 15 inches have been caught on crankbaits and plastics near jetties and in the flooded timber.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in flooded timber near the channel.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs in 12 feet of water along the weed lines and on the roadbed.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught on small jigs in 12-15 feet of water near the flooded timber.

Water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are in the upper 70s or lower 80s.  Recent rains have increase flows in rivers. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

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