Hot weather is keeping angler numbers down. The use of live minnows is not permitted on Railroad Lake. Channel Catfish — Good: The catfish have been biting on stinkbait and chicken liver along the old creek channel on the south side of the lake. Bluegill — Fair: Bluegill fishing has slowed down some; still focus your efforts along 110th and along the north shore in the stump field. Crappie — Fair: Anglers working the flooded timber and old creek channel on the South side have been catching some crappies.
Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
Water levels are dropping slowly some of the bigger sand bars are really sticking out now. Channel Catfish — Good: The go to baits remain frogs, chubs and crawdads. Work the brush piles and the drop-offs at the edges of the sandbars. Obviously predawn and post sunset are the best times to fish. For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
Most anglers are now shore bound although as hot as it is a little wet wading sounds good. Be careful. Channel Catfish — Fair: Catfish continue to bite. Work the brush piles and below the rock riffles.
Channel Catfish — Fair: Bluegill — Fair:
Otter Creek Lake
Remember, largemouth bass must be at least 15 inches to keep. Channel Catfish — Good: Evenings have been best. Try stinkbait, livers, or frogs. Largemouth Bass — Fair: Yellow Bass — Good: Try fishing shorelines in the mornings with small spinners.
The Reservoir is at normal summer pool. Channel Catfish — Fair: Drifting or slow trolling cut bait is still producing a few fish. Crappie — Fair: Fish brush piles or steeper rock banks with a jig.
Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake)
Channel Catfish — Good: Flathead Catfish — Good: