The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ fishing report for the week of Nov. 19 for southwest Iowa:
Lake Anita, Cass County, one mile south of Anita: Bluegill — Slow: Anglers report catching bluegills deep along the creek channel. Try tipping your jigs with berkly or nightcrawlers. Black Crappie — No Report: Best bite is early morning around tree piles for 7- to 9-inch black crappie. Try slow trolling the roadbeds in late afternoon.
Big Lake, Pottawattamie County, northeast Council Bluffs: Rainbow Trout — Fair: Much of the same tackle used for panfish will catch trout. Try small spinners and white twister tails. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.
Lake Manawa, Pottawattamie County, southwest edge of Council Bluffs: Zebra mussels were found in Lake Manawa; clean, drain and dry your boat when leaving the lake. Walleye — No Report: Anglers are having good success running a crawler through the dredge cuts.
Littlefield Lake, Audubon County, four miles east of Exira: Littlefield Lake has a good fish population. Bluegill — Slow: Try worms fished around the cedar tree piles. Bluegills will average 8-inches. Largemouth Bass — No Report: A large number of 12- to 14-inch fish are in the lake.
Meadow Lake, Adair County, six miles northeast of Greenfield: Bluegill — No Report: Anglers report catching bluegills in deep water around cedar tree piles. Fish average 8-inches. Black Crappie — Slow: Catch crappies averaging 9-inches with jigs fished over the newer tree piles in the lake.
Many lakes are low because of drought. For more information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.