Iowa fishing reports
Southeast – Mississippi River Pools 16 to 19: Fishing on the Mississippi River Pools 16 to 19 has been fair. At the gauging station on Pool 16 (near Muscatine) the water temperature is 83 degrees and the river pool stage is 11.55 feet and is expected to drop over the next several days. In Pools 16 to 19, anglers are still having success catching channel catfish throughout the river, near the mouths of tributary streams and rivers and near drift piles. Channel catfish have been biting on various baits – leeches, worms, green worms, stink bait, and shad guts being the baits of choice. Flathead fishing has been fair to good. 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. Walleye and sauger fishing has been slow.
Lake Odessa (Louisa): Wildlife personnel will be lowering the water level this week to promote growth of the vegetation for waterfowl. Water levels will not be raised until September.
Lake Darling (Washington): Catfish fishing is good in the evenings and early mornings on chicken liver.
Lake Geode (Henry): Catfishing is picking up off the deeper ledges. Anglers are still picking up a few bluegills trolling by over the ledges and the edges of the weed beds.
Lake Belva Deer (Keokuk): Bluegills are suspended in 10 to 12 feet of water. Ice fishing jigs and wax worms are catching them. Catfishing has been good to excellent on chicken liver.
Lake Rathbun (Appanoose): Channel catfish have been biting on cut bait and stink bait around the Bridgeview area. Walleyes have been hitting on crankbaits and spinner rigs being trolled. Crappies are being caught around structure in deeper water. White bass have been hitting on jigs.
Lake Sugema (Van Buren): Bluegills have been hitting on small jigs. Crappies have been hitting on minnows in deeper water areas. Largemouth bass have been hitting top–water lures early in the mornings.
Lake Wapello (Davis): Channel catfish have been biting on cut bait and liver. Bluegills have been hitting on small jigs tipped with night crawlers. Largemouth bass have been caught on a variety of artificial lures.
Lake Miami (Monroe): Crappie fishing is good drifting minnows on jigs in the open lake. Crappies are suspended. Channel catfish angling is good on a variety of baits.
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 also being caught on small jigs and wax worms.
Kent Park (Johnson): Bluegills are being taken from the deeper structure on worms. Catfish can be caught on a variety of live and dead bait. Bass are being caught on a number of artificial lures.
Skunk River (Keokuk and Washington): The water level is still dropping and is almost to the normal summer level. As the river stabilizes, fishing should improve.
Cedar River: Channel catfish have been willing to bite on numerous dead baits including dead shad, liver and stink bait.
Wapsipinicon River: Try liver along with many other smelly baits for good results with channel catfish.