The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ fishing report for the week of July 30 for southwest Iowa:
Lake Anita, Cass County, one mile south of Anita: Bluegill — Slow: Drifg or troll small jigs tipped with berkly or nightcrawlers in 6 to 8 feet of water. Black Crappie — Fair: Best bite is early morning around tree piles and along the two road beds in the lake. Largemouth Bass — Good: Anita has a good bass population. Find fish along vegetation edges and around tree piles. Channel Catfish — Fair: Catfish are being caught on top of the two roadbeds in the lake.
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. Channel Catfish — Fair: Channel catfish are close to shore. Fish are all sizes in the lake. White Crappie — Fair: A few large white crappies are being caught on the west shore. Walleye — Fair: A few anglers are having good success trolling crankbaits using planner boards. Don’t overlook running a crawler through the dredge cuts.
Littlefield Lake, Audubon County, four miles east of Exira: Littlefield has a good ring of aquatic vegetation. Bluegill — Fair: Bluegills have moved around the cedar tree piles in the lake. Largemouth Bass — Good: There is a large number of 12 to 14-inch fish in the lake. Channel Catfish — Good: Cast cut or stinkbait along the dam to catch 2-4 pound channel catfish.
Meadow Lake, Adair County, six miles northeast of Greenfield: Water clarity is fair. Bluegill — Fair: Anglers report catching bluegills slow trolling and drifting. Fish average 8 inches. Largemouth Bass — No Report: There is a good population of largemouth bass up to 18 inches in the lake.
Prairie Rose Lake, Shelby County, eight mile southeast of Harlan: Water temperature is 80 degrees. Bluegill — Fair: Anglers report good bluegill fishing in the mornings trolling or drifting small jigs. Black Crappie — Slow: There is a small population of large black crappies in the lake. Channel Catfish — Fair: Channel catfish are being caught around the jetties and underwater reefs. Fish average 2 to 4 pounds. Largemouth Bass — Good: A large population of 12 to 14-inch bass offer fun catch and release fishing.
Viking Lake, Montgomery County, four miles east of Stanton: Viking Lake is six feet low. Black Crappie — Good: Slowly troll jigs over humps and drop-offs in the lake. Fish average 9 inches. Largemouth Bass — Good: Anglers are catching bass in tree piles using plastics. Channel Catfish — Fair: Cast stinkbait around tree piles to catch fish up to 6 pounds.
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 — Slow: Use jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles to catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches. Black Crappie — Slow: Catch crappie up to 9 inches with jigs tipped with live bait fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill — Slow: 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: Bluegill — Slow: Catch bluegill of all sizes with nightcrawlers fished under a bobber along the fish mounds. Channel Catfish — Good: Use nightcrawlers fished along rocky shoreline areas to catch channel catfish of all sizes.
Three Mile Lake, Union County, three miles northwest of Afton: Walleye — Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished along the creek channels to catch walleyes up to 22 inches. Bluegill — Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished near creek channels and the dirt mounds to catch bluegill of all sizes.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake, Union County, four miles east of Creston: Black Crappie — Slow: Use jigs tipped with live bait fished along cedar tree brush piles or creek channels to catch crappie up to 11 inches. Largemouth Bass — Slow: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches with jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles. Bluegill — Slow: Catch bluegill of all sizes with jigs tipped with live bait fished along the weed line or cedar tree brush piles.
Water temperature in most Mount Ayr district lakes is in the low-to-mid 80’s. For more information, contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at (641) 464-3108.