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August 30, 2013

Southeast Iowa Fishing Report

Lake Odessa

Not very many anglers out on Odessa, it’s just too hot. Both the outlet and inlets are open for flow through from and to the river. Water levels are down to summer levels. Channel Catfish — Fair: Work around the tree falls in the Sand Run area and similar areas to find the catfish. Crappie — Fair: Good numbers of crappies can be found around the tree falls and the beaver lodges.

Lake Belva Deer

Low angler numbers because of the heat. Bluegill — Fair: Work off the edges of the underwater mounds in the lake. The fish are down about 10 feet. Crappie — Fair: Anglers are finding crappies in the same places as the bluegills.

Pollmiller Park Lake

The hot weather is keeping most of the anglers away. Channel Catfish — Fair: Anglers using wax worms to catch bluegills are also catching some really nice catfish; a couple of them have been more than 20 inches long. Bluegill — Fair: Anglers that are coming out either early or late are catching some nice bluegills down about five feet using wax worms.

Lake of the Hills

The hot weather has reduced the number of anglers out on the water during the day. 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 — Fair: Unlike the air temps, catfishing has cooled off some. Popular baits remain chicken liver and stinkbait. Bluegill — Good: They’re down about 3 to 4 feet. Move around to find fish, so drifting/ trolling is recommended. Largemouth Bass — Good: Bass are now hitting on plastic worms. Go deep after the early morning shallow water bite is over. Crappie — Fair: Work the brush piles along the dam using minnows. The depth of the fish varies from day to day.

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