The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ fishing report for the week of May 21 for southwest Iowa:
Anderson Area Pond 1, Montgomery County, two miles east of Red Oak
Kayaks and canoes only. Black Crappie — Slow: Use jigs; fish average 9 inches. Bluegill — Good: Bluegills are spawning and can be caught close to shore. Fish average 8 inches. Channel Catfish — Fair: Cast cut bait in the upper end of the lake.
Farm Creek Lake, Pottawattamie County, five miles east of Carson
Farm Creek has a good fish population. Channel Catfish — No Report: Cast cut bait or shad sides off the new jetty on the west side of the lake. Fish range from 2 to 5 pounds. Black Crappie — No Report: Black crappies are being caught around the new jetty in the lake.
Greenfield Lake, Adair County, one mile southwest of Greenfield
Anglers are catching a few crappie and bluegills along the dam and around the jetties. Channel Catfish — Fair: Fish shad sides on the wind-blown shore, especially in the upper end of the lake where water warms sooner. Black Crappie — Fair: Target around jetties and the dam. Bluegill — Slow: A few bluegill are being caught with worms. Bluegills will start to spawn soon.
Lake Anita, Cass County, one mile south of Anita
A few crappies were caught around the reefs this week. Bluegills are starting to build nests. Bluegill — Fair: Anglers report catching bluegills in 6 to 8 feet of water around the reefs. Fish should move up on reefs to spawn this week. Black Crappie — Fair: Most crappies have moved out to deeper water and around tree piles in the lake.
Lake Manawa, Pottawattamie County, southwest edge of Council Bluffs
Walleyes are being picked up around the dredge cuts. Fishing should pick up this week with warming temperatures. Channel Catfish — Fair: Fish the wind-blown shores with shad sides or cut bait to catch channel catfish of all sizes. Black Crappie — Slow: Crappie bite has slowed with cool temperatures. Walleye — Fair: A few anglers are having good success trolling crankbaits using planner boards. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) — Slow: A few wipers are being caught by walleye anglers.
Meadow Lake, Adair County, six miles northeast of Greenfield
The water level was drawn down by the DNR last summer to stimulate bluegill growth. The lake is full and bluegills are building nests to prepare to spawn. Bluegill — No Report: Cast small jigs to find spawning bluegills on top of underwater reefs. Black Crappie — Fair: Sorting is needed for bigger fish.
Prairie Rose Lake, Shelby County, eight miles southeast of Harlan
Anglers were catching a few remaining spawning crappies on the reefs. Bluegills are starting to build nests on the reefs. Bluegill — Fair: A few large bluegills are being caught around brush piles and the reefs .Next week should be good for spawning bluegills. Black Crappie — Fair: Catch black crappie around the jetties and underwater reefs. Large fish will average 10 inches. Largemouth Bass — Good: A large population of 12 to 14 inch bass offer fun catch and release fishing.
For more information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Green Valley Lake, Union County, 2-1/2 miles northwest of Creston
Largemouth Bass — Fair: Use jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles for largemouth bass up to 20 inches. Black Crappie — Good: Catch crappie up to 9 inches with jigs tipped with live bait fished near the fishing jetties or silt dams. Bluegill — Good: Catch bluegill up to 7.5 inches with jigs tipped with live bait fished near the fishing jetties or cedar tree brush piles.
Lake Icaria, Adams County, four miles north of Corning
Black Crappie — Good: Catch crappie up to 10 inches with jigs tipped with live bait fished near the fishing jetties or rocky shoreline areas. Walleye — Fair: Use crankbaits fished along shallow flats for walleye of all sizes. Largemouth Bass — Fair: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches with jigs fished along rocky shoreline areas.
Three Mile Lake, Adams County, four miles north of Corning
Walleye — Good: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished near main lake points or crankbaits fished along the dam for walleyes up to 22 inches. Black Crappie — Slow: Catch crappies up to 10 inches with jigs tipped with a minnow fished along the flooded timber. Bluegill — Fair: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished near cedar tree brush piles for bluegill of all sizes.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake, Union County, four miles east of Creston
Dock is in at the main ramp. Black Crappie — Good: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished along cedar tree brush piles or rocky shoreline areas for crappie up to 11 inches. Largemouth Bass — Fair: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches with jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill — Fair: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished in coves or near cedar tree brush piles for bluegill of all sizes.
Water temperature in most Mount Ayr district lakes is in the low 60’s. For more information, contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at (641) 464-3108