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March 28, 2014

Iowa Fishing Reports

SOUTHEAST

Rathbun Reservoir —The lake is about 20 percent ice covered but the main lake and most boat ramps are open. The current lake level is 903.95 feet. The water temperature is 37 degrees. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Please contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

Albia (lower) — The reservoir is free of ice. No fishing has occurred.

Lake Sugema — The lake is free of ice. Very little fishing has occurred since ice out.

Lake Macbride —The lake still has 95 percent ice cover but ice conditions should be considered unsafe.

Lake Geode — Unsafe ice.

Lake Belva Deer — Unsafe ice and open water.

Pollmiller Park Lake — Lots of open water around the shore. Unsafe ice.

Lake of the Hills — Ice is unsafe. There is enough open water around the edges that a few anglers are catching trout. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park that allow the use of live minnows as bait. Rainbow Trout - Fair: A few anglers are working the open water along the dam and spillway and are catching trout. Wax worms, small spinners and soft plastics are working.

Railroad Lake — Unsafe ice.

Wilson Lake —The spring trout stocking is March 28 at noon.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond — The spring trout release is March 28 at 10 a.m.

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

Iowa Lake — The lake is approximately one-third open as of March 27.

Kent Park Lake — The ice is unsafe here.

Central Park Lake — There appears to be decent ice yet but there has been no ice fishing activity.

Pleasant Creek Lake — Shorelines are deteriorating but anglers were still ice fishing as of March 26.

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