Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is in the mid-60’s. The weather has been keeping angler numbers down. 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.
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, Oct. 26th is a good day to go trout fishing.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa is finally back to bank full level and continues to slowly drop.
Water clarity is 24-inches+, despite the wind. The water temperature is in the mid-60’s. Angler numbers have been down due to the strong west winds. Largemouth Bass – Fair: They should be moving in along the rip-rap where the wind is blowing in. Bluegill – Fair: The bigger bluegills are still out in the deeper water, but if the weather calms down look for them to move in shallow. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies are still out in 10 to 12 feet of water; they should be ready to move in shallow if the wind lays down.
Lost Grove Lake
Water temperature is dropping. Only a few anglers having been out in the waves; it’s too windy. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Dropping water temperatures should get more bass in shallow to fatten up for the winter. Bluegill – Fair: They should be ready to move in shallow once the wind dies down.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The Skunk River dropped the last couple of days, but remains above 1/2 bank full.
The fall trout release will be Saturday, Oct. 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 687.7 feet. The lake will slowly fall. 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.
Black Crappie – Slow: Trolling the main lake has been best. A few fish are being caught from the jetties. Early and late in the day is best.
Water temperatures are in the mid-50’s. Any sized motor may be used at no wake speed (5 mph). The fish cleaning station by the primitive campground is closed for the season, but the floating station at the main ramp is still available. 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. White Bass – Fair. Walleye – Fair. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
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. Black Crappie – Slow: Try minnows fished under a bobber or on a small twister tail jig.
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: Use jigs tipped with a minnow around the submerged structure.
The current lake level is 908.84 msl. 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. Some docks have been pulled out for the season and some campgrounds are closed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait or nightcrawlers fished along the shorelines or any place with some water flowing into the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a minnow around submerged structure; sorting is needed for larger fish. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: Anglers have been successful trolling crankbaits along rocky shores. Anglers are also vertically jigging over rock piles with some success. Walleye – Slow: Troll baits that imitate gizzard shad or bottom bouncers with a nightcrawler over submerged points or along rocky shores.
Red Haw Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or nightcrawlers along the shorelines. Bluegill – Fair: Try small jigs with a chunk of nightcrawler fished around the shores and submerged structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use rubber worms or spinnerbaits fished along the shorelines or around the submerged structures.
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.