Wildlife is dropping the water level to reach the summer level. Higher water levels are coming down the Mississippi River from Wisconsin so they might have to close the outlet to prevent the Odessa's water level from rising. Channel catfish - Good: Channel catfishing down by the outlet is good. Try either cut bait or night crawlers
Water conditions are good. The lake was busy during the Memorial Day weekend. Bluegill - Good: The fish are starting to move in shallow. A few of the males are starting to occupy the spawning grounds. Crappie - Good: Crappies are remaining shallow.
Lake Belva Deer
Bluegill - Good: While they are not nesting yet, they are in shallow to take advantage of the abundant insects attracted to the warmer water. The water remains clear and the fish are very spooky. Largemouth bass - Good: Anglers are seeing some of the bass starting to set up territories in the shallow waters. Crappie - Good: Anglers are still catching some nice crappies in the spawning areas in the flooded timber.
Pollmiller Park Lake
The lake has recovered from the heavy rains of a couple of weeks ago. Bluegill - Good: Fish wax worms or a piece of night crawler under a bobber. Largemouth bass - Good: Top-water is the way to go. Fish tight to the habitat. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are once again catching some crappies around the trees and other structure.
The lake is drained. Although recent heavy rains have made it appear otherwise.
Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The water level has been fairly stable with a slow drop which may change as the rain from the last few days works its way down the system. Channel catfish - Excellent: Anglers are catching good numbers of catfish right now. I would target any creeks or drainage ditches that are running muddy water into the river as the catfish will target these for food being washed in by the rain.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river level is fairly stable right now but NOAA is forecasting a fairly fast rise in the water level through the weekend.
Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 7.11 feet. Channel catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, and dip baits around wing dams. White bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being picked up in Sylvan Slough and on the wing dams on crankbaits and casting jigs/twister combinations. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has slowed down some in Sunset Marina. Some fish are still being picked up on worms and small minnows. Largemouth bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are being caught in the Andalusia Island Complex on crankbaits and pitching soft plastics around brush piles. Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the Andalusia Island backwater complex on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber. Crappie fishing in Sunset Marina has slowed down some. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits around the wing dams along Credit Island. Walleye fishing has been slow in Sylvan Slough
Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.97 feet. The ramp at Big Timber is open. Channel catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers and dip baits. Some channel catfish are being caught along the Muscatine Riverfront on night crawlers. White bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught up by the dam and on the wing dams on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations. Bluegill - No Report: Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters floating minnows under a bobber. Areas to try are Big Timber and Eagle Fill. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on crankbaits and three-way rigs with crawlers fished on the wing dams.
Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 8.08 feet. Channel catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers and leeches fished around the wing dams. White bass - Good: White bass are being caught in the tailwaters of Lock and Dam 17 on jigs and twisters with a minnow and small crankbaits. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters on small worms. Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber. Sauger - No Report: Walleye - No Report:
Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 4.95 feet. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers. Bluegill - Slow: Crappie - Slow: Sauger - Slow: Walleye - Slow:
Mississippi River Pools 16-20: With recent rains, river levels are forecasted to rise slightly over the next few days then begin falling by the end of the weekend. Main channel water temperature is 68 degrees.
Bluegill - Fair: Some nicer bluegills are being caught on small jigs or worms. Try shallow flats or brush.
Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are spawning. Fish shallow structure with a small jig or worm. Redear Sunfish - No Report: Our shocking survey showed good numbers of redears moving into the shallow flats, although no catches have been reported.
Kent Park Lake
Anglers are also catching fish in some of their ponds as well. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been picking up around shallow brush. Largemouth bass - Good: Bass are also cruising the shallows with the spawn going on. Crankbaits and soft plastics have been producing best.
Water temperature is now in the upper 60s. Remember a 10 horsepower maximum is now in effect for Lake Macbride. Crappie - Good: The spawn is wrapping up. Some fish are still near the bank, while most fish have moved off to the flats or drop offs. Check around structure in these areas.
Pleasant Creek Lake
Channel catfish - Fair: Stink bait and chicken liver have produced some nice catfish. Try along rock for fish looking to spawn soon. White bass - Excellent: Look for schools feeding on the surface. Try top-waters and small crankbaits, especially early and late in the day. Fish are also being caught near the bank on artificial and bobber/minnow. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being picked up on small worms around rock and brush. Largemouth bass - Good: Try a variety of artificials and even night crawlers around the jetties, dam, and brush. Remember, largemouth have to be 18 inches to keep.
Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are either spawning or finishing the spawn. Fish with small jigs/wax worms or worms in shallow flats for best results. Redear sunfish - No Report: Redears should be in the shallow flats spawning. Fish as you would for bluegills. Fish up to 10 ˝ inches are not uncommon here.otter
Channel catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are showing up in the fish cleaning station, so some are being caught. Look for these fish around lay-downs and rock. Bluegill - Good: Some nice sized bluegill are being caught. Look for them around downed trees and spawning flats. Yellow bass - Excellent: The yellow bass bite has been good, however, size is marginal. Expect many 6-8 inch fish with some larger ones possible. Use jigs or spinners around the shallow rock for best results.
Union Grove Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
The current lake level is 687 feet (as of 5/28) and is projected to fall to 686 feet. The water clarity is decent and water temperature is in the upper 60s. White bass - Fair: Some anglers are finding white bass. Run and gun looking for schools of fish. Small shad colored crankbaits or jigs work best.
Bluegill - Good: There have been reports of nice sized bluegills being caught here. Fish shallow flats or around brush/pallets/rock with small jigs or worms.
Most lakes have water temperature in the upper 60s. Most of the crappies have completed their spawns, but bluegills, largemouth, and redears continue to spawn in the shallows.
The lake was completely drained during the summer of 2008. Repairs have been made and the gate is now shut and the lake is re-filling.
Red Haw Lake
Channel catfish - Fair: Night crawlers have been the best bait for catching channel catfish. Bluegill - Good: Small jigs have been catching fish along with a chunk of night crawler under a bobber. The best areas have been along the shorelines and around submerged structure. Largemouth bass - Good: Use soft plastics along the shoreline and around submerged structure. As water temperatures continue to rise, try crankbaits and spinner-baits. Crappie - Fair: Crappies have been hitting on small jigs fished around structure along the shoreline.
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs fished along the shoreline. Look for areas with structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use soft plastics or jigs fished along submerged structure. Also try areas with rocks.
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines.
The lake drawdown started May 15. Anglers may still use the lake during this time and the boat docks and boat ramps will be usable. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or dead minnows. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shorelines and around structure. Largemouth bass - Fair: Use soft plastics or spinner-baits around structure for the most action. Crappie - Good: Use small jigs or jig/minnow combinations along the shoreline or other structure.
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a night crawler. Try a variety of depths. Largemouth bass - Good: Use soft plastics around weed lines and other structure. Try using spinner-baits and top-waters as the water temperature rises. Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a minnow or wax worm. Try different colors and locations until you find active fish. Walleye - Slow: Use jigs tipped with a minnow along the rocky shorelines and along the dam.
Lake Rathbun water temperature is in the lower 60s. The lake level is currently at 909.47 feet, which is five feet above normal pool. Channel catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or cut bait to catch channel catfish in the coves and bays. White bass - Fair: Use flashy blade baits or chrome colored baits to mimic shad. Try areas with some underwater structure or a change in depth. Crappie - Slow: Crappies are being caught around flooded vegetation along the shoreline. Fishing has been better in the afternoons as the surface water temperature rises. South Fork has been producing some crappies as well as the far northwest parts of the reservoir. Walleye - Fair: Try drifting night crawlers or trolling crankbaits around underwater islands and ridges.
Rathbun District Farm Ponds
Crappies and bluegills have been hitting in area farm ponds. Largemouth bass are also being caught. Be sure to ask permission before fishing private farm ponds.