The Ottumwa Courier

January 31, 2014

Weekly Iowa Fishing Report


Ottumwa Courier

---- — Lake Geode

Recent weather has kept the number of anglers very low. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been pretty slow. Might be the rapid up and down in the weather. Work the bottom edges of the drop-offs to find some fish.

Lake Belva Deer

The nasty weather has kept angler numbers way down. Bluegill - Fair: Catch rates have been down for the few anglers getting out. Look for the fish to still be near the bottom and best luck still early in the morning. Crappie - Fair: The best time for crappies still remains after dark in the evenings.

Lake of the Hills

The weather has kept the ice anglers away. Bluegill - No Report: If you go looking for them work the deeper water around the brush piles using ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms. That was what was working before the weather turned.

For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319)694-2430.

Hannen Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Fair: Fish around brush. Most fish are on the small side with an occasional nice one. Crappie - Slow: Crappies have been hard to come by. The ones being caught are usually at sunset.

Iowa Lake

The lake has about 12 inches of ice. Bluegill - Slow: Fish around brush with a jig/waxie for fish up to 9 inches. Crappie - Slow: Fish around brush with a jig/waxie for fish up to 10 inches.

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill - Slow: Crappie - Slow:

Lake Macbride

Most of the lake has 8-12 inches of ice. Angling pressure has been down. Bluegill - Fair: Fish around any kind of brush or rock and chances are you will find bluegills. Unfortunately the size is marginal at best. Crappie - Slow: Crappie reports are tough to come by. Fish over/around brush or rock in 12-18 feet of water.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Much of the lake has 18 inches of ice. Sunset has been best. Bluegill - Slow: Along the dam has been best. Yellow Perch - Slow: A few decent perch are being caught.

Diamond Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed. Bluegill - Good: Fish around brush for 6-8-inch bluegills. Crappie - Fair: Look for suspended fish around brush. Most are running 8-10 inches.

Otter Creek Lake

Ice thickness here is averaging about 12 inches. There has been very little fishing activity this past week and no reports are available.

Coralville Reservoir

Most of the lake has 8-12 inches of ice but caution should still be used. Do not go under the Mehaffey Bridge. Bluegill - Fair: Mediocre fish are being caught in and around brush. Crappie - Fair: Anglers that find the right brush pile on the right day are catching some nice crappies.

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)

Fishing has been reported as poor in the backwaters around Central City.

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Red Haw Lake

Anglers report about 12 inches of ice. Try small jigs tipped with a wax worm to catch bluegills. Try areas with 19-20 feet of water and fish about 1-2 feet off the lake bottom. Dusk has been the most productive time on the lake. Fishing around brush piles should also increase your catch.

Albia (lower)

Ice thickness range up to 10 inches in some areas. Fishing has been slow. Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm. There are buoys marking areas with brush piles placed under them.

Lake Sugema

Ice thickness is reported at 8-10 inches. Fishing has been slow. The majority of the anglers have been on Tug Forks West and have been catching some bluegills. Try small jigs tipped with a wax worm about 1-2 feet above the lake bottom.

Rathbun Reservoir

Ice thicknesses is 8-12 inches. Fishing pressure has been light and fishing has been slow. Try to find underwater structure and use small jigs tipped with a minnow under a bobber or try vertically jigging. The current lake level is 904.16 feet. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.

If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.