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DNR provides fishing report

May 11, 2017
Many Iowans enjoy fishing in the state’s numerous bodies of water. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources provides information about fishing, including a weekly fishing report.

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources updates its weekly fishing report Thursday afternoons.

The free weekly fishing report from Iowa’s fisheries experts can be found at the website www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Fishing-Reports, where there also is an opportunity to signup to have the information emailed every Thursday.

The Fishing Report System allows users to view the current full fishing report, updated in real time. They can search the report by location, specific fish, conditions or by water body.

This morning, according to the report, Rathbun Reservoir’s “current lake level is 906.29 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.”

The report also shows that at Rathbun: channel catfish fishing is good, with the fish continuing to bite on nightcrawlers or cutbait in areas with the wind blowing toward shore; white crappie fishing is good around docks and areas with rip-rap along the shoreline – sorting is needed for larger fish; fishing for wiper, a hybrid striped bass is fair when jigging and using minnows along shorelines that are rip-rapped; and fishing for walleye is fair when jigging and using minnows, jigs and nightcrawlers around submerged points and rock piles.

The report for Lake Sugema states: fishing for black crappie is fair, and suggests trying live bait presentations and different depths until finding active fish; fishing for channel catfish is slow, but try nightcrawlers and cutbait and target areas with water flowing into the lake; fishing for walleye also is slow, but try nightcrawlers on jig heads along the dam and other rip-rapped areas.

Information for Lake Keomah shows fishing for bluegill is slow and suggests trying small jigs tipped with live bait in the shallows; and fishing for largemouth bass also is slow, and suggests using spinnerbaits or plastic worms along the dam and around the fishing jetties.

The report for Hawthorn Lake states: fishing for largemouth bass is slow, but try rubber worms or spinnerbaits along the shallows and around the jetties; and fishing for bluegill also is slow, but suggests using small jigs around the fishing jetties and along the dam.

For more information about fishing spots in southeast Iowa and throughout the state, visit the website www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing.

The website includes information about licenses and laws, where to fish, fish species including state record fish, tips and more.

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