The Ottumwa Courier


July 4, 2014

Southeast Iowa Fishing Report

Lake Macbride

Remember, the 10 hp maximum at no wake speed is in effect. Due to heavy rains this week, the lake is a bit high and became murky. Channel Catfish — Fair: Fish around jetties or other rock for spawning catfish. White Bass — Fair: Look for schooling fish chasing new shad in open water. Bluegill — Fair: Drift small worms in 10-12 feet of water or fish around brush/rock. Size is usually small. Walleye — Fair: Early and late in the day have been best for walleyes. Most anglers are trolling crankbaits or spinner rigs in 8-13 feet of water.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Remember, largemouth bass have to be 18 inches and muskies have to be 40 inches to keep. Channel Catfish — Fair: Chicken livers and stink bait are working best towards evening. White Bass — Good: Try small spinners, jigs, or crankbaits. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) — Fair: These are mixed in with the white bass schools. Fish for them the same way.

Diamond Lake

The lake has been high this week but it is dropping. However, the water is still muddy. Channel Catfish — Good: Bluegill — Fair: Crappie — Fair:

Otter Creek Lake

The lake is a little high and murky. Channel Catfish — Good: Fish with stink bait or chicken livers towards evening. Bluegill — Fair: Fish around brush with small jigs or worms. Yellow Bass — Fair: Fish with small jigs or spinners.

Lake Wapello

Channel Catfish — Fair: Try using nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Look for areas with large rocks. Largemouth Bass — Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or top water lures fished among the cedar trees that were placed in the lake during the last renovation. Use rubber worms along the fishing jetties and along the dam.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill — Good: Anglers report the best bait has been a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass — Good: Try top water lures along the jetties. Use spinnerbaits along the shoreline and the face of the dam. Crappie — Fair: Use plastic jigs or minnows fished under a bobber. Target areas with brush piles or other submerged structure.

Albia (lower)

Channel Catfish — Fair: Anglers have been catching channel catfish using nightcrawlers or liver. Bluegill — Fair: Try small jigs with a chunk of nightcrawler. Target the submerged habitat areas that are marked with buoys.

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean and free from litter.

Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling.

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