The Ottumwa Courier


October 24, 2013

Southeast Iowa Fishing Report

Lake Geode

Water temperature is in the low 60s. Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish are biting on worms and chicken liver. Work the deeper water up in the bays and along the face of the dam. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills fishing has been spotty lately. Look for the fish to be on the flats above the steeper ledges to deep water along the North side of the lake. Worm and bobber or a small jigs tipped with a wax worm are my go to baits this time of year at Geode.

Lake Belva Deer

The water is starting to cool down pretty good. Water Temperature is in the low to mid 60s. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing seems to be on and off. They are catching them first thing in the morning out in 8 to 10 foot of water. Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are still being caught. They seemed to have moved back out to deeper water.

Lake of the Hills

Water temperature is in the upper 50s now. The fall Trout stocking was last Saturday. Plenty of the 2000 trout remain in the lake. Remember Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows for bait is allowed. Rainbow Trout - Good: Trout are starting to settle down. Look for them around the stumps and logs in shallow water and around the brush piles out a little deeper. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills fishing has been picking up lately. They are moving in shallow when the sun is out.

Railroad Lake

Live minnows cannot be used as bait in Railroad Lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good in Railroad using stinkbait and chicken liver. Fish the flats on the north side or the old creek channel on the south.

Wilson Lake

The fall trout stocking will be November 9 at 1 p.m. 1,000 trout will be released around the lake. 200 will be tagged for prizes. Bluegill - Fair: Work the brush piles and culvert to pick up some bluegills. The bite should pick up as the weather settles down.

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