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Iowa Fishing Report 10-20-11 (Part 2)

Basshawk

Iowa Fishing Report Officer
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Location
North Liberty, Iowa
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WaterbodyDistrictCommentsDateLake Belva Deer SoutheastCrappie - Excellent: The crappie bite has picked back up with lots of nice fish getting caught at about 6 feet down. I would tell you a location but they seem to be biting everywhere.10/20 08:09Lake Macbride SoutheastFor more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.10/20 11:32Lake Macbride SoutheastCrappie - Fair: Try jigs or minnows around deeper brush/stumps or suspended in open water. 10/20 11:32Lake Macbride SoutheastWalleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught here and there on crankbaits over rock reefs and mud flats.10/20 11:32Lake Macbride SoutheastWater temps this week are in the mid 50's.10/20 11:32Lake of the Hills SoutheastFor more information on the above lakes please call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.10/20 08:09Lake of the Hills SoutheastThe fall trout stocking will be on October 22nd at 10:30 am at the boat ramp. 1,800 rainbow trout will be released, 200 of them will be tagged. Anglers catching a tagged trout will get a prize. 10/20 08:09Lake of the Hills SoutheastCrappie - Good: Live minnows are producing crappies off the fishing dock area as well as the brush piles. REMEMBER Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where live minnows can be used as bait.10/20 08:09Lake of the Hills SoutheastRainbow Trout - Excellent: While they are not catching them now the fall trout release will be on October 22 at 10:30. 1,800 trout will be stocked at that time.10/20 08:09Maquoketa (Hopkinton to Canton) SoutheastFor more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.10/20 11:32Maquoketa (Hopkinton to Canton) SoutheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: 10/20 11:32Maquoketa (Hopkinton to Canton) SoutheastWalleye - Fair: 10/20 11:32Mississippi River Pool 16 SoutheastMississippi River Pools 16-19: River stage has been steady throughout the pools this week. Main channel water temperature is around 54 degrees and water clarity is fair. River levels are still low and boaters should use caution when navigating the river. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another waterbody. For more fishing information on Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062. 10/20 09:16Mississippi River Pool 16 SoutheastTailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 5.16 feet. River stage has been steady over the past few days. 10/20 09:19Mississippi River Pool 16 SoutheastSauger - Fair: Some saugers are being caught on the wingdams below the 280 bridge and along Credit Island. Most fish are being caught on jigs and minnows or on jigs and twister tails. Some fish are being caught on three-way rigs with half a nightcrawler. Tailwater fishing has been slow. 10/20 09:22Mississippi River Pool 16 SoutheastWalleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on the wingdams below the 280 bridge and along Credit Island. Most fish are being caught on jigs and minnows or on jigs and plastics. Some fish are being caught on three-way rigs with half a nighcrawler. 10/20 09:24Mississippi River Pool 16 SoutheastChannel Catfish - Slow: Fishing for channel catfish has been slow. 10/20 09:25Mississippi River Pool 16 SoutheastCrappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been slow. 10/20 09:25Mississippi River Pool 16 SoutheastBluegill - Slow: Fishing for bluegills has been slow. 10/20 09:25Mississippi River Pool 17 SoutheastMississippi River Pools 16-19: River stage has been steady throughout the pools this week. Main channel water temperature is around 54 degrees and water clarity is fair. River levels are still low and boaters should use caution when navigating the river. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another waterbody. For more fishing information on Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062. 10/20 09:16Mississippi River Pool 17 SoutheastTailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 4.03 feet. River stage has been steady over the past few days. We have received no fishing information for this pool. 10/20 09:28Mississippi River Pool 18 SoutheastMississippi River Pools 16-19: River stage has been steady throughout the pools this week. Main channel water temperature is around 54 degrees and water clarity is fair. River levels are still low and boaters should use caution when navigating the river. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another waterbody. For more fishing information on Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062. 10/20 09:16Mississippi River Pool 18 SoutheastTailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 4.13 feet. River stage has been steady over the past few days. Fishing has been slow. 10/20 09:29Mississippi River Pool 18 SoutheastSauger - Slow: Tailwater fishing for saugers has been slow. 10/20 09:29Mississippi River Pool 18 SoutheastWalleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow. 10/20 09:29Mississippi River Pool 18 SoutheastCrappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow. 10/20 09:30Mississippi River Pool 18 SoutheastBluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow. 10/20 09:30Mississippi River Pool 19 SoutheastMississippi River Pools 16-19: River stage has been steady throughout the pools this week. Main channel water temperature is around 54 degrees and water clarity is fair. River levels are still low and boaters should use caution when navigating the river. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another waterbody. For more fishing information on Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062. 10/20 09:16Mississippi River Pool 19 SoutheastTailwater stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 2.00 feet. River stage has been steady over the past few days. 10/20 09:31Mississippi River Pool 19 SoutheastCrappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has slowed down.10/20 09:32Mississippi River Pool 19 SoutheastSauger - Slow: Tailwater fishing for saugers has been slow. 10/20 09:32Mississippi River Pool 19 SoutheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on shad. 10/20 09:33Otter Creek Lake SoutheastFor more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.10/20 11:32Otter Creek Lake SoutheastThe fish cleaning station is no longer available due to storm damage.10/20 11:32Otter Creek Lake SoutheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Some nice sized fish can be caught. Nightcrawlers have been working best.10/20 11:32Otter Creek Lake SoutheastYellow Bass - Fair: Fish are being caught closer to shore now. Try small jigs or spinners.10/20 11:32Pleasant Creek Lake SoutheastFor more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.10/20 11:32Pleasant Creek Lake SoutheastWhite Bass - Fair: Fish windblown points and banks with jigs or crankbaits. Sunset can often be the best time.10/20 11:32Pleasant Creek Lake SoutheastWalleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits or jig live bait. Most fish are smaller.10/20 11:34Railroad Lake SoutheastFor more information on the above lakes please call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.10/20 08:09Railroad Lake SoutheastBluegill - Fair: Try where Bluegrass Lake dumps into Railroad, especially after the recent rains.10/20 08:09Railroad Lake SoutheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Fish along the old creek channel using liverm, dip baits, or night crawlers.10/20 08:09Railroad Lake SoutheastLargemouth Bass - Fair: Nice fish are being caught off the timber and along the rocks.10/20 08:09Union Grove Lake SoutheastFor more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.10/20 11:32Union Grove Lake SoutheastCrappie - Good: Try a jig and/or minnow around brush or by drifting open water. Most fish are around 9".10/20 11:32Wilson Lake SoutheastFor more information on the above lakes please call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.10/20 08:09Wilson Lake SoutheastRainbow Trout - Fair: As the weather has started to cool down the trout have been seen coming up to the surface to feed in the early morninngs and evenings.10/20 08:09Wilson Lake SoutheastThe fall trout stocking will be on November 5th at 1 pm. We will be stocking 1000 rainbow trout of which 200 will be tagged for prizes.10/20 08:09Banner Lake (south) SouthwestWater temperatures are dropping into the upper 50's. Anglers fishing for bluegill and crappie are doing well. Low river levels are creating some good fall walleye fishing where deeper water can be found. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.10/19 08:04Banner Lake (south) SouthwestRainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout were stocked on Friday, October 14th. Anglers were doing good right away casting inline spinners, small jigs, and minnows under a bobber.10/19 08:11Big Creek Lake SouthwestWater temperatures are dropping into the upper 50's. Anglers fishing for bluegill and crappie are doing well. Low river levels are creating some good fall walleye fishing where deeper water can be found. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.10/19 08:04Big Creek Lake Southwest10/19 08:04Big Creek Lake SouthwestBluegill - Good: Large bluegill are being caught over brushpiles in 15 foot of water or less and near structure in the deeper water near the emergency spillway.10/19 08:04Cold Springs District Farm Ponds SouthwestWater temperatures are holding around 60 degrees. The bluegill and crappie bite has been fair. For more information on fishing call the S.W. District Office at (712) 769-2587.10/20 07:58Cold Springs District Farm Ponds SouthwestBluegill - Fair: Fish for bluegills around deeper structure and outside edges of vegetation. 10/20 07:58Cold Springs District Farm Ponds SouthwestThere are numerous farm ponds in southern Iowa that can provide a quality fishing trip. Remember to always get permission to fish private farm ponds. 10/20 07:58Cold Springs District Farm Ponds SouthwestChannel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are active now that water temps are cooling down. Liver and prepared blood baits work well this time of year. 10/20 07:58Cold Springs District Farm Ponds SouthwestLargemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught casting around structure and along the shoreline. Early morning and late evenings are the best times to target largemouth.10/20 07:58Cold Springs Lake SouthwestWater temperatures are holding around 60 degrees. The bluegill and crappie bite has been fair. For more information on fishing call the S.W. District Office at (712) 769-2587.10/20 07:58Cold Springs Lake SouthwestChannel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in less that 6 feet of water using cut bait. Fish average 2.5 pounds.10/20 07:58Cold Springs Lake SouthwestCold Springs has 1 concrete boat ramp. 10/20 07:58Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock) SouthwestWater temperatures are dropping into the upper 50's. Anglers fishing for bluegill and crappie are doing well. Low river levels are creating some good fall walleye fishing where deeper water can be found. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.10/19 08:04Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock) SouthwestWalleye - Fair: Anglers are catching walleye below Saylorville spillway casting crank baits. Multiple good holes worth trying exist downstream to Prospect Park. In addition to walleye, some fair smallmouth bass can also be expected.10/19 08:04Green Valley Lake SouthwestWater temps are near 60 at most of the big lakes. Small lakes are a little cooler. Water clarity is above average at most lakes. 10/20 08:28Green Valley Lake SouthwestThe lake level is down about 9 feet to allow completion of the final stages of a sediment removal project. The main concrete ramp is open and functional. The fishery is growing fast and currently contains a lot of bluegill up to 8 1/2 inches, crappies up to 9 1/2 inches, channel catfish up to 6 pounds, and bass from 8 to 15 inches.10/20 08:28Greenfield Lake SouthwestWater temperatures are holding around 60 degrees. The bluegill and crappie bite has been fair. For more information on fishing call the S.W. District Office at (712) 769-2587.10/20 07:58Greenfield Lake SouthwestBluegill - Fair: 7-8 inch bluegill can be caught drifting small jigs. 10/20 07:58Greenfield Lake SouthwestGreenfield has one concrete boat ramp. Water clarity is good.10/20 07:58Greenfield Lake SouthwestLargemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught casting around jetties and weed edges. Many fish are in the 12-15 inch range. 10/20 07:58Hickory Grove Lake SouthwestWater temperatures are dropping into the upper 50's. Anglers fishing for bluegill and crappie are doing well. Low river levels are creating some good fall walleye fishing where deeper water can be found. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.10/19 08:04Hickory Grove Lake SouthwestBluegill - Good: Anglers drifting crawlers or small jigs mid lake out from the north shore are catching bluegill and occasional crappie. Bluegill can also be easily caught fishing live bait over pallet and brush piles in 8 foot of water or less, especially those between the island and beach and out from the plover bay shelter.10/19 08:04Hickory Grove Lake SouthwestCrappie - Fair: The crappie that are being caught are coming from the lower portion of the lake. Drift or troll small jigs, small crankbaits, or live minnows out from the points and off the deep side of the island. The crappie are good size with most running 9 to 11 inches.10/19 08:04Hooper Area Pond SouthwestWater temperatures are dropping into the upper 50's. Anglers fishing for bluegill and crappie are doing well. Low river levels are creating some good fall walleye fishing where deeper water can be found. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.10/19 08:04Hooper Area Pond SouthwestCrappie - Good: Drifting small jigs or live minnows is working well on crappies. A good population of nice size crappie exists. Most are black crappie running between 8 and 10 inches, but some white crappie are there up to 12 inches.10/19 08:04Lake Ahquabi SouthwestWater temperatures are dropping into the upper 50's. Anglers fishing for bluegill and crappie are doing well. Low river levels are creating some good fall walleye fishing where deeper water can be found. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.10/19 08:04Lake Ahquabi SouthwestCrappie - Good: Good numbers of 8 to 10 inch crappie are present in Ahquabi and anglers are having good success. They are being caught near the pedestrian bridge and fish house in the evenings on minnows and suspended over sunken brush in the main lake during the day with small tube jigs or live minnows. 10/19 08:04Lake Anita SouthwestWater temperatures are holding around 60 degrees. The bluegill and crappie bite has been fair. For more information on fishing call the S.W. District Office at (712) 769-2587.10/20 07:58Lake Anita SouthwestLake Anita has two concrete ramps. 10/20 07:58Lake Anita SouthwestBluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 9 inches are being caught drifting and around brush piles.10/20 07:58Lake Anita SouthwestCrappie - Fair: Crappie up to 10 inches are being caught vertical jigging the brush piles. Evening bite is best. White twister tails and road runners have been good baits to use. 10/20 07:58Lake Anita SouthwestLargemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught along weed edges and the road beds. Bass are all sizes up to 20 inchs. 10/20 07:58Lake Petoka SouthwestWater temperatures are dropping into the upper 50's. Anglers fishing for bluegill and crappie are doing well. Low river levels are creating some good fall walleye fishing where deeper water can be found. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.10/19 08:04Lake Petoka SouthwestRainbow Trout - Good: A mix of rainbow and brook trout were stocked Friday, October 14th. Anglers are doing well using small inline spinners or live minnows under a bobber.10/19 08:09Little River Watershed Lake SouthwestWater temps are near 60 at most of the big lakes. Small lakes are a little cooler. Water clarity is above average at most lakes. 10/20 08:28Little River Watershed Lake SouthwestThe lake has been lowered 20 feet to allow for a fish renovation, shoreline repairs, and fish habitat project to be completed this fall and winter. The fishery will be restocked as soon as conditions allow.10/20 08:28Nodaway Lake SouthwestWater temperatures are holding around 60 degrees. The bluegill and crappie bite has been fair. For more information on fishing call the S.W. District Office at (712) 769-2587.10/20 07:58Nodaway Lake SouthwestBluegill - Slow: Bluegill are being caught around brush piles with nightcrawlers. 10/20 07:58Nodaway Lake SouthwestCrappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught vertical jigging around brush piles. Fish average 9 inches with a few 11 inch fish being caught. Evenings seem to be best. 10/20 07:58Nodaway Lake SouthwestNodaway has one small boat ramp. 10/20 07:58Orient Lake SouthwestWater temperatures are holding around 60 degrees. The bluegill and crappie bite has been fair. For more information on fishing call the S.W. District Office at (712) 769-2587.10/20 07:58Orient Lake SouthwestChannel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught on shrimp. Fish average 14 - 18 inches. 10/20 07:58Orient Lake SouthwestOrient Lake has one concrete boat ramp. 10/20 07:58Red Rock Reservoir SouthwestWater temperatures are dropping into the upper 50's. Anglers fishing for bluegill and crappie are doing well. Low river levels are creating some good fall walleye fishing where deeper water can be found. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.10/19 08:04Red Rock Reservoir SouthwestBluegill - Fair: Some decent size bluegill are being caught near the docks in the marina.10/19 08:04Red Rock Reservoir SouthwestCrappie - Good: Good catches of nice size crappie are still coming from the marina bay fishing jigs or minnows near the boat docks and new rip rap. Anglers can not trespass on the docks. The best access is by boat. Large white crappies are also being caught on brushpiles in the Whitebreast arm.10/19 08:04Roberts Creek Lake SouthwestWater temperatures are dropping into the upper 50's. Anglers fishing for bluegill and crappie are doing well. Low river levels are creating some good fall walleye fishing where deeper water can be found. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.10/19 08:04Roberts Creek Lake SouthwestCrappie - Good: Anglers fishing the sunken habitat in the southeast arm are catching decent numbers of crappie with an occasional large fish over 11 inches.10/19 08:04Viking Lake SouthwestWater temperatures are holding around 60 degrees. The bluegill and crappie bite has been fair. For more information on fishing call the S.W. District Office at (712) 769-2587.10/20 07:58Viking Lake SouthwestLargemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching largemouth bass in the sunken cedar trees using plastic baits. Casting spinnerbaits along weed edges has also produced fish up to 20 inches. 10/20 07:58Viking Lake SouthwestViking Lake has 4 feet of water clarity. The lake has 3 concrete boat ramps. 10/20 07:58
WaterbodyDistrictCommentsDateViking Lake SouthwestChannel Catfish - Fair: Catfishing has been fair in the evenings around the jetties using liver.10/20 07:58Viking Lake SouthwestCrappie - Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches can be caught around brush piles. 10/20 07:58Willow Lake SouthwestWater temperatures are holding around 60 degrees. The bluegill and crappie bite has been fair. For more information on fishing call the S.W. District Office at (712) 769-2587.10/20 07:58Willow Lake SouthwestBluegill - Fair: The best bluegill bite is early in the morning using nightcrawlers under a bobber. Fish average 8 inches.10/20 07:58Willow Lake SouthwestWillow has one concrete boat ramp and excellent water clarity.10/20 07:58Willow Lake SouthwestChannel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish can be caught along the campground shoreline and around jetties using blood bait or liver. 10/20 07:58Willow Lake SouthwestLargemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are being caught using powerbait worms around sunken trees. Most fish are 12 to 14 inches.10/20 07:58