Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The fall trout release will be Oct. 26th at 10 a.m.; 1000 trout will be released with 100 tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Saturday, October 26th would be a good day to go trout fishing.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa River will remain right around bank full for the next several days.
Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is in the mid-60’s. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are waiting for the weather to settle down before moving in shallow to fatten up for the winter. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills remain out in deeper water down about 10 to 12 feet. At the lower end of the lake, drift troll from out from the beach down to the dam out along the flooded timber. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try around the mounds near the upper end of the lake where there is some deep rock on the sides.
The water temperature is 66 degrees; the cold weather the next few days will make it drop even more. Water clarity is improving. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Not many anglers out until Wednesday (10/9). Most bass should be along the edges of the drop-offs until the weather calms down. Bluegill – Fair: The bigger bluegills are still mostly in the deeper water (8-10 feet) around the rock piles and brush piles. A few smaller ones are in shallow. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have been picking up a few more crappies out over the deeper habitat in 10 to 12 feet of water early in the morning.
Lost Grove Lake
Not sure what the weather change over the next few days is going to do to the fish; it will effect the water temperature. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Dropping water temperatures should get more bass in shallow to fatten up for the winter. Bluegill – Good: Starting to pick up some nicer bluegills in shallower water; most of the better ones are still favoring deeper water.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The Skunk River remains at about 3/4 bank full since last week and hasn’t dropped much.
The fall trout release will be Saturday, October 26 at noon; 1000 trout will be released with 200 tagged for prizes.
For more information on the above lake, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.
The lake level is 687.8 feet.The lake is still rising and is predicted to crest next week at 688.1 feet. Channel Catfish – Slow: Slow troll or drift cut bait. White Crappie – Slow: Use minnows or bright jigs over brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Flip jigs/plastics or shallow running crankbaits along chunk rock.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Try stink bait or chicken livers. Bluegill – Fair: Use worms or small jigs fished in brush. Black Crappie – Slow: Fish brush piles or drift the basin with jigs. Early and late in the day is best.
Iowa Lake (Iowa Co.)
Bluegill – Fair. Black Crappie – Slow. Channel Catfish – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.
Water temperatures have been in the mid-60’s this week. Any sized motor may be used at no wake speed (5 mph). Walleye – Slow. Black Crappie – Fair: Try jigging over brush piles or laydowns. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: Fish windblown rock or look for surface activity at sunset. Largemouth Bass – Fair.
Pleasant Creek Lake
The main ramp is still closed for repaving. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use shrimp, livers or stink bait in 10-14 feet of water; sandy or rocky areas have been best.
Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler fished around the fishing jetties. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use spinnerbaits or rubber worms around the fishing jetties and submerged cedar trees.
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try rubber worms around openings in the vegetation or spinnerbaits around the jetties and rip-rapped shorelines. Black Crappie – Slow: Use jigs tipped with a minnow around the flooded timber and submerged structure. Keep moving until you find active fish. Drifting in open water areas can also produce some fish this time of year. Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler in the open areas of the aquatic vegetation and along the outer edges.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or dead chubs along the shore. Don’t fish too deep, most lakes have stratified. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try rubber worms or spinnerbaits around rock jetties and submerged cedar trees. Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a nightcrawler along the shorelines and around the aquatic vegetation. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift in open water areas for suspended crappie. Try different depths until you find fish.
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.