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 77 degrees and the river pool stage is 11.32 feet and is expected to remain stable over the next several days. In Pools 16 to 19, fishing for channel catfish has been good throughout this stretch of the Mississippi River on a variety of baits with worms, dip baits, leeches, liver, shad guts, and crushed minnows working best. Anglers are catching channel catfish along the rock bars and wing dams, side channels, near drift piles, and below the dams and spillways. On Pool 17, anglers are catching channel catfish near the GPC Plant. Bluegill and crappie fishing has been slow. Try near Andalusia Island on Pool 16 and in the side channels. In Pool 17, a few bluegill and crappie are being caught in Big Timber and The Breaks area, as well as Hidden Acres. On Pool 18, try Lake Odessa. Bluegills are being caught on redworms, worms, wax worms, and small jigs and bobber rigs. Anglers are starting to catch a few walleye around the wing dams and near the GPC Plant on Pool 17 on jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fishing has been fair in the tailwater area of Dam 16. On Pool 17, anglers are catching largemouth bass along the rocks near the Harbor/Riverfront at Muscatine. The Big Timber area in Pool 17 has been fair to good for largemouth bass. Bass fishing has also been good in Pool 19 and below Dam 19.
Lake Odessa (Louisa): The inlet and outlet gates remain open to allow fresh river water to enter the marsh to help the fish during hot weather. Look to the inlet structure for a good place to find catfish and other predators looking to make a quick meal out of any fish coming in from the river.
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 for bluegills 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. Use ice fishing jigs and wax worms to catch them. Concentrate around the trees near the creek channel where for bass hiding in the shade.
Lake Sugema (Van Buren): Bluegills have been biting on small jigs. Largemouth bass have been hitting on a variety of artificial lures. Top–water lures have been productive in the mornings and evenings. Try using rubber worms on a jig and pig combo during the day.
Lake Wapello (Davis): Channel catfish have been biting on night crawlers. Bluegills have been hitting on small jigs being drifted and tipped with a chunk of night crawler. Largemouth bass have been hitting on crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Lake Macbride (Johnson): Crappies are starting to bite on small jigs or minnows. Look for them in 10 feet of water over the brush piles. Bluegills can be caught around the rocky shorelines and shallow brush. White bass are also being caught if an angler can find the roaming schools. Chrome/black crankbaits or rattle baits are best for whites.
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 the rocky shorelines.
Kent Park (Johnson): Channel catfish have been caught on stink bait. Early and late hours seem to produce best. Bluegills can be caught using worms around the rocks and shallow structure. Numerous small bass are also being caught on a variety of baits and lures.
Skunk River (Keokuk and Washington): The river is falling, but still has enough water for boats.