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August 23, 2013

Southeast Iowa Fishing Report

Lake Odessa

Both the outlet and inlets are open for flow through from and to the river. Water levels are down to summer levels. Channel Catfish - Good: Look to the button bush thickets to find the catfish. Anglers have been catching them on chicken liver and cut bait. Crappie - Fair: Good numbers of crappies can be found around the tree falls and the beaver lodges.

Lake Belva Deer

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.

Lake of the Hills

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 - Good: Catfishing has cooled off some. The popular baits remain chicken liver and stinkbait. Bluegill - Good: They’re down about 3 to 4 feet. You’ll have to move around to find them; try drifting/ trolling. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting on plastic worms. White spinner baits continue to work very well. While the bite has been more sporadic lately, some nice sized bass have been caught. Crappie - Fair: Work the brush piles along the dam using minnows. The depth of the fish varies from day to day.

Railroad Lake

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.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)

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