The current lake level is 685.6 feet. Angling pressure has decreased due to the colder temps. White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of fish or seagulls chasing shad. Most schools are not along the bank or structure oriented. Once you find a school, big catches are possible. Most fish are 10-12 inches with an occasional larger fish. Crappie - Fair: Most anglers are having success with jigs along steep rock banks or by wood/brush. Most fish have been 10-12 inches but fish from 8-16 inches are available. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Try using small jigs tipped with a wax worm or chunk of nightcrawler for bluegills. Anglers should try jig n pig combos for largemouth bass.
Red Haw Lake
Try jigs tipped with a minnow for crappies. A slip bobber and a minnow may also produce some fish. Try rubber worms or spinnerbaits for largemouth bass.
Try a slip bobber and a minnow for crappies in 8-10 feet of water. Try different depths and different spots until finding active fish. Try slowing down crankbaits or spinnerbaits for largemouth bass along the rip-rapped shorelines.
The current lake level is 905.33 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 59 degrees. Crappie - Slow: Anglers have been finding some crappies around brush piles in 6-8 feet of water. Use jigs or minnows around these areas. Crappies are starting to move into shallower water so try using a jig tipped with a minnow along the shorelines. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Walleye - Slow: Fishing pressure has been light. Fish around submerged points and rock piles with crankbaits or try using a minnow under a slip bobber. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry boats before transporting to another water body. Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in the sun). If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.