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August 30, 2013

Southeast Iowa Fishing Report

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Cedar Lake

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

Lake Wapello

Largemouth bass anglers should try rubber worms fished among the lily pads and spinnerbaits fished around the rock jetties and the dam. Use stinkbait for channel catfish off the fishing pier.

Red Haw Lake

Bluegill — Good: Use a chunk of nightcrawler on a small jig around the fishing jetties. Try a slip bobber above and chunk of nightcrawler in 4-8 feet of water. Largemouth Bass — Good: Use rubber worms around the stake beds. Try spinnerbaits around the submerged structures.

Lake Sugema

Bluegill — Slow: Anglers have been having some success in 8-10 feet of water using small jigs. Largemouth Bass — Fair: Try top water baits in the mornings and evening. Try spinnerbaits along drop-offs and rocky shorelines.

Rathbun Reservoir

Crappie — Slow: Look for brush piles in 10-15 feet of water and use minnows around these areas. Walleye — Fair: Walleye fishing has improved as the lake gets closer to normal pool. Anglers have been trolling with crankbaits around rock reefs and submerged points. Some anglers have been using jigs and minnows and casting around areas with submerged structure. The current lake level is 906.69 feet with normal pool being 904 feet. The water temperature is 78 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 please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

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