Fishing report Burlington Iowa

Fishing report Burlington Iowa


Lake Darling (Washington): Catfish are still biting on chicken liver in the evenings just before dusk. Look for bass and flathead catfish to start working the shorelines to fatten up for winter.

Lake Geode (Henry): Look for bluegills around the ledges in 10 to 13 feet of water. Troll for crappies using a three–way swivel rig and a minnow.

Lake Belva Deer (Keokuk): Anglers are catching some nice bluegills in 7 to 10 feet of water. Water temperature is still in the upper 70s, so it will take some cool weather to bring the bluegills in shallow.

Lake Rathbun (Appanoose): Crappies have been biting on minnows in deep water around areas with underwater structure. Channel catfish have been biting on liver and night crawlers.

Lake Hawthorn (Mahaska): Channel catfish have been biting on night crawlers and liver. Crappies have been hitting on small minnows fished in deep water.

Lake Sugema (Van Buren): Largemouth bass have been hitting on a variety of artificial lures. Bluegills and crappies have been biting on small jigs.

Lake Wapello (Davis): Bluegills have been biting in deeper water on jigs tipped with wax worms or night crawlers. Largemouth bass are being caught on a variety of lures.

Lake Keomah (Mahaska): Channel catfish have been biting on liver and night crawlers.

Hannen Lake (Benton): Some 7 to 9–inch bluegills are now being caught. Try small worms in the shallow rocky areas of the lake.

Lake Macbride (Johnson): Crappies are starting to bite on small jigs or minnows fished over brush piles in 8 to 10 feet of water. Bluegills can be caught around the rocky shorelines and shallow brush.

Coralville Reservoir (Johnson): Anglers catching crappies are fishing in the brush in small coves or along the rock walls using jigs or jigs and minnows.

Kent Park (Johnson): Channel catfish have been caught on stink bait or night crawlers, and early and late hours seem to produce best. Crappies and bluegills are concentrated on the brush piles and can be caught on small baits.

Diamond Lake (Poweshiek): Channel catfish are still being caught on a regular basis. Be prepared to catch numerous 8 to 10–inch fish due to the recent release of cage raised catfish. Crappie fishing is picking up by fishing around the brush with small jigs.

Union Grove (Tama): A recent survey has found huge numbers of bluegills and crappies in the brush piles of the lake. Anglers should be able to catch these on small baits. Catfish can be found mixed in or in the rocky shorelines.

Skunk River (Keokuk and Washington): The river is low and would be difficult to do any boating. Catfish will be starting on the fall feeding frenzy as soon as the weather cools.

For more information on fishing in southeast Iowa, call the regional office in Brighton at 319–694–2430

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