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Fishing report

Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 12:42 a.m. CDT

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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.


Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill - Fair: Pitch or drift 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with small pieces of crawler close to the edge of the vegetation.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie can be caught drifting jigs or minnows close the edge of the vegetation in 10 feet of water or more.

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass - Good: White bass are hitting trolling shad imitating lip-less crankbaits near points or anywhere large schools of young shad are congregated.  Anglers casting jigs and crankbaits below the spillway are also doing well on white bass and the occasional wiper.

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish - Good: With water levels back to normal drifting cutbait for channel catfish above the mile long bridge is producing good catches of 2-6 pound fish. White Bass - Good: The white bass bite is good trolling lip-less, rattling crankbaits. Mornings have been the better bite.  Points along the west shoreline mid-lake are producing the best numbers. Anglers are also finding a good white bass bite below the spillway.

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 with all sizes present. Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being picked up drifting and around cedar tree piles. Fish range from 8-12 inches.

Cold Springs Lake

Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18-inch size limit on largemouth bass. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish cut bait in five feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2-6 pounds.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber.   Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.

Lake Anita

Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up nine inch plus fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with Powerbait.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass.  Black Crappie - Slow:

Viking Lake

Viking has a good crappie population ranging in size from 8-11 inches. A few crappies are being caught drifting the open water portion of the lake. Channel catfishing is good right now.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught with cut bait close to shore. Fish average two pounds.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are being caught casting the shoreline with slow retrieve crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Fish are all sizes.  Crappie - Slow: Try drifting open water or fishing around cedar tree piles for crappies ranging from 8-11 inches.

Lake Manawa

Catfishing has been good on the main lake. A few wipers have been caught. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish of all sizes using blood bait. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Slow: A few wipers are being picked up when catfishing using cutbait.

Lake Icaria

Lake Icaria access is good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish up to 19 inches have been caught with worms and cut bait near the silt dikes.  Crappie - Slow: 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 - Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with small jigs and minnows drift fishing the main lake and near the flooded timber.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.

Fogle lake access is good.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches have been caught with worms near the jetties.

Lake of Three Fires

Three Fires lake access is good.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught with worms and small jigs near cedar tree piles and fish mounds.  Crappie - Slow: 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 - Slow: 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 - Slow: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught on small jigs near timber structure and drift fishing the open water.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Twelve Mile lake access is good. Crappie - Slow: Crappies up to 13 inches have been caught trolling small crankbaits and drift fishing open water.

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are below 80 degrees.  River flows have increased and are variable with recent rains. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.

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