Southeast Iowa fishing report- Iowa DNR

The following is the weekly Southeast Iowa fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level as is 686.4′, which is fall po

ol. Water temperatures are in the low 40’s.
Black Crappie – Slow: Use bright jigs or minnows along rock bluffs or over brush piles. White Crappie – Slow: Try bright jigs or minnows along rock bluffs or over brush piles.

Diamond Lake
The dock stays in year round, but the fish cleaning station is closed. Black Crappie – Fair: Jig over/around brush piles. Most fish are 8- to 9-inches.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)
Walleye – Fair: Jigs have been producing fish in Marshall and Tama Counties.

Lake Macbride
All sized motors may be operated at no-wake speed. Water temperatures this week were in the low 40’s. The fish cleaning station is shut down and docks have been removed. Walleye – Fair: Try jigging in 15- to 25-feet of water during the day, and fish windblown rocky banks towards evening. There are a lot of 13- to 15-inch fish with some larger ones mixed in. Black Crappie – Fair: Use jigs and minnows over deeper brush to catch 10- to 12-inch crappie.

Otter Creek Lake
The fish cleaning station is closed and the docks have been pulled. There has been no fishing activity on the lake this week.

Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is still 10 feet low from the restoration project. The main ramp is still useable, but very shallow. Four wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. The fish cleaning station is closed. Walleye – Fair: Try jigging on the dam and over the roadbeds. Most fish are 13- to 16-inches.

Prairie Park Fishery
2000 trout will be stocked here this Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 am. You must have a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for or possess trout.

Sand Lake
You must have a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair: Worms work best.

Terry Trueblood Lake
2000 trout will be stocked here this Friday, Nov. 17 at 11 am. You must have a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for or possess trout.

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Miami
Water temperatures are dropping and few anglers have been out. Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait around brush piles.Try also drifting small jigs in the lower end of the lake. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use rubber worms and crankbaits around the fishing jetties and brush piles. Target structure along the shorelines with rip-rap.

Lake Sugema
Water temperatures are dropping and few anglers have been out. Black Crappie – Slow: Try jigs tipped with live bait in the flooded timber or shallow areas with structure. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Walleye – Slow: Use nightcrawlers or a minnow and bobber along areas with rip-rapped shorelines. Bluegill – Slow: Use a small jig tipped with live bait around structure along the shorelines. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Try spinnerbaits along the shorelines and around the jetties. Use a rubber worm or jig n pig combo among the vegetated areas and around deep structure.

Lake Wapello
Water temperatures are dropping and few anglers have been out. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Try spinnerbaits or jig n pig combos around the brush piles. Slow down the presentation with the cooler water. Black Crappie – Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait around submerged structure. Sorting may be needed for larger fish. Black Bullhead – Slow: Try nightcrawlers fished on the lake bottom in about 6 feet of water.

Ottumwa Park Pond South
Trout were stocked on Oct. 27th. Use small tube jigs, small twister tails, in-line spinners, casting spoons and live bait under a bobber.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 903.53 msl. The water temperature is 45 degrees. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. All docks and the fish cleaning stations have been removed for the year. The ramps at the Rathbun marina are closed for the season. White Crappie – Slow: Use jigs around structure and along the rip-rapped shorelines. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use nightcrawlers or cut bait. Walleye – Slow: Troll crankbaits that mimic shad in  areas with a variation in depths. Try also trolling nightcrawler rigs. Some fish will start to move shallow with the cooler temperatures.

Red Haw Lake
Water temperatures are dropping and fishing pressure has dropped with few anglers out. Bluegill – Slow: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shoreline and around structure. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Try rubber worms or spinnerbaits in areas with rip rap or other types of structure. Try shallow areas as the water continues to cool down and slow down the presentation. Channel Catfish – Slow: Use nightcrawlers or chicken liver around the fishing jetties.

Surface water temperatures in the Rathbun district lakes are in the low to mid 40’s. The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties.Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 4.49 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and has been fairly steady the past few days. White Crappie – No Report: Use jigs and minnows or minnows under a bobber in backwaters around brush piles. Sauger – Slow: Vertical jig with minnows or pull three-way rigs with minnows or stick baits.

Tailwater stages have been fairly steady this past week. Main channel water temperature is around 40 degrees and water clarity has been good. There has been some tailwater fishing for walleyes and saugers. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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