Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Try below the dams where moving, cooler, more oxygenated water is present. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Walleye - Fair: For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Use nightcrawlers or chicken livers for channel catfish. Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler for bluegills.
Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try areas along the dam and out in front of the rock jetties. Use rubber worms and crankbaits in areas with some submerged structure. Try areas with 6-8 feet of water. Try top waters in the early mornings.
Bluegill - Fair: Try using small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try crankbaits around the rocky shorelines. Use a plastic worm around brush piles or rock jetties in 6-8 feet of water. Try top waters in the early morning. Crappie - Fair: Use a slip bobber and a minnow to fish around submerged structure and rocky shorelines.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using dead chubs, stinkbait or cut bait. Areas with rocky shorelines are productive. Crappie - Slow: Find brush piles in 10-12 feet of water and try small jigs or use a slip bobber with a minnow. Walleye - Slow: Try crankbaits around the submerged points and rock reefs. Look for changes in depth as fish should be using the ledges. The current lake level is 912.52 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 77 degrees. 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.