Crappie and walleye still active in area waters

DES MOINES – The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the week ending No. 14, 2018.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
Walleye – Fair: Try crankbaits or jig/crawler. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Crankbaits or jigs work best.

Central Park Lake
The lake is full after the renovation project; fingerling fish have been stocked.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake level is at 701 feet on Nov. 8 and is falling. It is dropping about .5 feet per day. All ramps are currently flooded or closed. The ramp in Lake Macbride State Park should open back up after the weekend.

Diamond Lake
Minnows are not allowed here. Bluegill – Fair: Use small worms or jigs tipped with worms. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are catching fish off the jetties. Jigs tipped with worms work best. Most fish are 8-9 inches.

Iowa Lake (Iowa Co.)
Black Crappie – Fair: Use small jigs and/or minnows in 15-20 feet of water.

Kent Park Lake
The lake is currently drained for a lake restoration project.

Lake Macbride
The motor restriction is off; any sized motor may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph). Water temperatures are in the low 50s. The fish cleaning station at the primitive campground has been shut down. The boat docks have been removed. Black Crappie – Fair: Fish over structure in 15-20 feet of water. There are a lot of 12 inch fish right now. Walleye – Fair: Troll crankbaits or jig in 9-15 feet of water. The shallow water bite should pick up along windblown rock especially towards evening. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: Minnows and jigging is working. Fish are anywhere from 10-20 feet of water and on rock or open water.

Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is still about 1 feet low. The fish cleaning station is closed. Walleye – Fair: Try trolling or jigging over the roadbeds or new rock structures.

Prairie Park Fishery
Trout were stocked here Nov. 2. You must have a trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair.

Sand Lake
Trout were stocked here on Oct. 19. You must have a trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout.

Terry Trueblood Lake
Trout will be stocked here on Nov. 2. You must have a trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Fair.

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

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