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July 17, 2014

Southeast Iowa Fishing Report

Lake Wapello

Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using stinkbait or nightcrawlers. Look for areas with large rocks and along the outer edge of the lily pads. Remember most lakes in Iowa stratify so don't fish much below eight feet. 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 aquatic vegetation and on the outer edge of the lily pads.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 906.78 feet. The water temperature is 77 degrees. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment 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). Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Target areas back in coves and bays. Try fishing about 6 inches off the lake bottom. Crappie - Slow: Anglers should try finding suspended schools of crappie and running small crankbaits through the school. Look for fish in the 4-10 feet depth range. Walleye - Slow: Trolling nightcrawlers along submerged points and underwater islands is usually productive this time of year. Crankbaits should also be tried around rock piles and submerged points.

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is free from litter. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Fair: Try using a small jig tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Target the weed line and open pockets in the vegetation. Largemouth Bass - Good: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock. Try top water lures along the weed line and use rubber worms or crawdad imitations in deeper water. Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the outer edge of the aquatic vegetation. Crappie - Slow: Try a slip bobber and minnow to find where crappies are suspended. Trolling crankbaits in the open water areas can also be productive.

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