Iowa fishing report – Mississippi River Pools 16 to 19: Fishing on the Mississippi River Pools 16 to 19 has been fair for anglers that have endured the warm temperatures. At the gauging station on Pool 16 (near Muscatine) the water temperature is 86 degrees and the river pool stage is 11.39 feet and is expected to drop over the next several days. Fishing in Pools 16 to 19 has been about the same as last week. Anglers have had a good year for catching channel catfish. Catfishing has been good throughout the Mississippi River and near the mouth of tributary streams and rivers, and near drift piles. Channel catfish have been biting on a variety of bait. Flatheafishind g continues to be fair. Try using live baits such as larger chubs and suckers for flatheads. Flatheads are typically found around drift piles, rocks and deeper holes and are most active in the evening or at night. Bluegill fishing continues to be fair in all accessible backwaters on red worms, worms, wax worms, and small jigs and bobber rigs. Anglers are picking up a few crappies in the backwaters.
Lake Darling (Washington): Catfish are biting on chicken liver and stink baits in the early mornings and late evenings. Don’t be surprised to catch some flatheads around the riprap if you are using live bait. They are in shallow feeding on bluegills.
Lake Geode (Henry): Catfishing has been good in the evenings around the drop–offs in the shallow bays using chicken liver. Anglers are still picking up a few bluegills trolling over the ledges and the edges of the weed beds.
Lake Belva Deer (Keokuk): Bluegill fishing has slowed, but anglers are still finding fish in 10 to 15 feet of water above the creek channel. Catfishing has been good to excellent on chicken liver.
Lake Sugema (Van Buren): Bluegills have been hitting on small jigs fished around structure. Largemouth bass have been hitting on crankbaits and spinner baits.
Lake Wapello (Davis): Channel catfish have been biting on stink bait and liver. Largemouth bass have been hitting on a variety of artificial presentations.
Diamond Lake (Poweshiek): Lots of channel catfish are being caught, especially the one pound size, on numerous baits including night crawlers, stink bait and cut bait. Some bluegills and crappies are being caught on small jigs and wax worms in deeper water.
Kent Park (Johnson): Channel catfish can be caught on liver, night crawlers and stink bait. Bluegill and bass fishing has been fair on a variety of baits and lures.
Hannen Lake (Benton): Once again, catfish are biting on night crawlers and liver. Largemouth bass are being caught on many types of artificial lures and on night crawlers.
Union Grove (Tama): Crappies continue to be caught by anglers drifting or slow trolling the main lake. Channel catfish can be taken on liver or night crawlers.
Lake Macbride (Johnson): Bluegills remain in the shallows and are willing to bite on small jigs or worms. Channel catfish are being taken in the slightly deeper, rocky areas on liver.
Rodgers Lake (Benton): Try livers, night crawlers or stink bait for channel catfish