All the boat ramps continue to be underwater but the water level is dropping. They expect for the Schafer and Sand Run Ramps to be useable by the middle of next week. The Toolesboro road and ramp will be closed probably for a couple of more weeks since they have to get some heavy equipment in to clean off all the sand and silt washed through the blow outs.
Hot weather is keeping angler activity low. Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills have moved deeper for the summer. Look for them to be just off the ledges to the deep water.
Lake of the Hills
Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Chicken liver or stinkbait, go chicken liver. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are now hitting on plastic worms. Crappie - Fair: Work the brush piles along the dam using minnows.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river seems to be holding steady right now. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been pretty good lately. I wouldn’t overlook fishing under any mulberry tree hanging over the water. Catfish have a sweet tooth for mulberries. Try grass frogs too.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river is starting to show some sand bars finally. Not too many anglers out yet. For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.
Channel Catfish - Good: Rocky areas are holding fish. Bluegill - Fair: Some fish are around overhanging brush while others have moved out deeper. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present. Check over your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Some are being caught around shallow rock while others have pulled out to deeper water. Crawlers and stinkbait are working best. Walleye - Slow: Most fish are being caught trolling flats with crankbaits or spinner rigs. Water temperature is in the mid to upper 80s. The 10 h.p. motor restriction and 5 mph speed limit is in effect. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present. Check over your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.