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Sports

July 19, 2013

Southeast Iowa Fishing Report

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Pleasant Creek Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Crawlers and stinkbait have been working best. White Bass - Good: Fish shallow, wind-blown shorelines with small crankbaits or jigs, or chase schools of fish in open water with top water baits. Bluegill - Fair: Better fish are coming out of deeper water on small worms. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish shallow structure or drop-offs. Walleye - Fair: Smaller walleye are being caught deeper and on the roadbeds. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: These fish are only two years old but some are approaching 18 inches. Look for them mixed in with the white bass. Water clarity is excellent and water temperature is around 75 degrees. Remember, largemouth bass must be 18 inches to keep and musky must be 40 inches to keep. The invasive species, brittle naiad, is present. Check over your boat, trailer, and equipment before leaving the lake.

Diamond Lake

The lake is still murky. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Channel Catfish - Good: Crawlers, stinkbait, and chicken livers have been working well. Bluegill - Fair: Some fish are still around shallow rock and wood while others have pulled out to deeper water.

Otter Creek Lake

The lake water is fairly green from an algae bloom. Channel Catfish - Good: Evenings have been best. Bluegill - Good: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Yellow Bass - Good: Mornings have been best on small spinners.

Coralville Reservoir

The lake is at normal summer level. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some fish are being caught out in the channel by trolling and anchored positions.

Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)

Channel Catfish - Good: Live baits have been working best. Flathead Catfish - Good: Using live bait at night has been producing fish.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught below the dams in Cedar Rapids as well as Ellis Park. Try crawlers, chicken livers, or stinkbait.

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