Iowa fishing report – Mississippi River Pools 16 to 19: Fishing on the Mississippi River Pools16 to 19 has been fair to good. At the gauging station on Pool 16 (near Muscatine) the water temperature is 73 degrees and the river pool stage is 11.52 feet and is expected to remain stable over the next several days. Fishing for channel catfish continues to be good throughout Pools 16 to 19 on night crawlers and dip baits. Look for channel catfish along the rock bars and wing dams, side channels, near drift piles, and below the dams and spillways. Crappie fishing has been fair. Anglers report catching crappies suspended around brush piles in backwater areas and drift piles in the side channels. Crappies are being caught on slip bobber rigs tipped with minnows as well as jigs tipped with minnows or wax worms. Bluegill fishing has been fair. On Pool 16 try near Credit Island, Andalusia Island and in the side channels for bluegills and crappie. In Pool 17 a few bluegill and crappie are being caught in Big Timber and The Breaks areas, as well as Hidden Acres. On Pool 18 try Lake Odessa. Anglers are still catching a few walleye around the wing dams and near the GPC Plan on Pool 17 on jigs and minnows. The best fishing for walleye has been in the evening and nighttime hours. The Big Timber area in Pool 17 has been fair for largemouth bass.
Lake Darling (Washington): Catfishing remains the summer sport at Lake Darling with the evening anglers having the best luck on chicken liver.
Lake Geode (Henry): Look deep for bluegills. Fish are around the ledges in 10 to 13 feet of water. Try trolling for crappies using a three–way swivel rig and a minnow.
Lake Belva Deer (Keokuk): Bluegills are suspended in 10 to 12 feet of water. Ice fishing jigs and wax worms are catching them. Concentrate around trees near the creek channel where the bass are hiding in the shade.
Lake Rathbun (Appanoose): Crappies have been hitting 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 jigs fished in deep–water areas.
Lake Sugema (Van Buren): Largemouth bass have been hitting on a variety of artificial lures. Bluegills and crappies have been biting on small jigs.
Diamond Lake (Poweshiek): Lots of channel catfish are being caught here. Try chicken liver or night crawlers around the rocky portions of the lake. Newly added riprap on the jetties will aid shore anglers.
Hannen Lake (Benton): Catfish continue to bite on a variety of smelly baits especially following rains. Bluegill anglers are having some success in the shallows on small worms.
Lake Macbride (Johnson): Crappies are starting to bite on small jigs or minnows over the brush piles in 10 feet of water. Bluegills can be caught around the rocky shorelines and shallow brush.
Coralville Reservoir (Johnson): White bass have been a good target for anglers on the reservoir. Try casting or trolling small crankbaits or lipless crankbaits around rocky shorelines.
Kent Park (Johnson): Channel catfish are being caught on stink bait, with the early and late hours producing best. Bluegills can be caught on worms around the rocks and shallow structure. Numerous small bass are being caught on a variety of baits and lures