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Channel Catfish - Good: Smallmouth Bass - Good: Walleye - Good:

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs along the shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use plastic worms and spinnerbaits along the dam and around the fishing jetties. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been using small jigs tipped with a minnow fished along the rock jetties and around the underwater structures.

Albia (lower)

Anglers have been having success catching nice bluegills and yellow bass. Use small jigs and tip them with a nightcrawler.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been having some success using ice jigs tipped with a wax worm or a chunk of nightcrawler. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished along any shore. Also try areas with rocky shorelines. Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing has improved with the warmer weather. Start in about six feet of water and work toward shore. Use jigs or jig and minnow combos.

Humeston Reservoir

Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler along the shore. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been having some success catching crappies from shore using minnows and small jigs.

Rathbun Reservoir

The current lake level is 916.23 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. Water temperature is 62 degrees. Crappie - Slow: Crappies are in a little deeper water waiting for the water temperature to increase so they can move shallow to spawn. Try using jigs or jigs and minnows in 6-8 feet of water. 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.

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