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9/15/21 @ 6:22 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
USER SINCE 2/7/20
Water temperature is in mid 70's which is uncommonly warm for this time of year. Lots of changes on the River again this week. After a rapid rise during the previous week now the river is receding quickly. Water clarity is much improved but not great in all areas. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Bluegill - Good: The best bluegill fishing is in the tailwater or eddy currents near shore with a simple bobber and worm.

Channel Catfish - Good: Most anglers are using stink bait but bigger fish might be caught on cut shad bait.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You can catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be seen chasing small shad in past few weeks. Expect bass fishing to keep improving as we move into the fall season.

Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike as water temperatures are still unseasonably warm. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock is now receding and is currently near 6.5 feet. Water temperature is near 76 in the main channel and the water clarity has improved during the week. Some debris is still floating around from the recent high water levels but conditions are improving.

Walleye - Fair: Try throwing crankbaits on the wingdams.

Black Crappie - Good: Use small jig and minnow. Crappie fishing has been fairly good this year in general as fish have been concentrated due to the low water levels.

Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers are targeting flathead catfish mainly using live green sunfish for bait.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for smallies along rocky habitat with strong current flow. Crankbaits and spinners work the best.

White Bass - Good: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. Not many white bass are being caught but the size has been good.

Source: Iowa DNR

9/8/21 @ 6:16 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
USER SINCE 2/7/20
Water temperature is in low 80 which is uncommonly warm for this time of year. The River experienced a big change from last week with excessive rainfall in parts of northern Iowa and into Minnesota. This caused water levels to rise at least five feet in a week. Lots of debris is floating in the river making fishing and boating difficult. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam has peaked after the weeks rain and now is at 10.4 feet. Water temperature is near 82 in the main channel and the water clarity is poor with lots of debris floating around.

Walleye - Slow: Floating debris is making fishing walleyes nearly impossible but conditions are expected to improve.

Black Crappie - Fair: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Some nice catches of crappie were being reported in low water. Use small jig and minnow.

Bluegill - Good: The best bluegill fishing is in the tailwater or eddy currents near shore with a simple bobber and worm.

Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats like a flooding river but floating debris is making angling difficult. Most anglers are using stick bait but bigger fish might be caught on cut shad bait.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be seen chasing small shad in the newly expanded flooding waters.

Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Floating debris is making fishing smallmouth bass nearly impossible but conditions are expected to improve.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. Not many white bass are being caught but the size has been good.

Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers are targeting flathead catfish mainly using live green sunfish for bait.

Source: Iowa DNR

9/1/21 @ 6:13 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
USER SINCE 2/7/20
Water temperature is around 80 degrees. The water is rising in most areas and the clarity is good. With the low River again be careful not to back your trailer off the ends of the boat ramps. Use the minimum ramp as necessary to float the boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Black Crappie - Fair: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.

Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams. They can be found along main channel rocky areas right now as well.

Channel Catfish - Good: The channel cat bite has picked up a bit this week. Most anglers are using stick bait but bigger fish might be caught on cut shad bait.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Largemouth Bass - Good: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.

Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is rising and presently is at 5.1 feet. Water temperature is near 80 in the main channel and the water clarity is good.

Walleye - Good: The walleye bite seems to slack off when the water temps increase. Try fishing crankbaits on exposed wingdams. Water grass is now floating causing difficulties of fishing spinners and crankbaits in current areas.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find places with strong current around rocks and that is where you will find Mississippi River smallmouth bass. Water grass is now floating causing difficulties of fishing spinners and crankbaits in current areas.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. Not many white bass are being caught but the size has been good.

Source: Iowa DNR

8/17/21 @ 7:25 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
USER SINCE 2/7/20
Water temperature is around 80 degrees. The water is rising in most areas and the clarity is fair in most areas. Even though the river is rising levels remain low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. It is is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Black Crappie - Fair: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.

Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams. They can be found along main channel rocky areas right now as well.

Channel Catfish - Good: The bite seems to have slowed but cats still can be caught on wingdams and rock piles. Move often if you are not catching catfish.

Flathead Catfish - Good: Lots of trot lining for flatheads going on. Make sure you place the trot line on bank and have your name and address clearly visible.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Largemouth Bass - Good: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.

Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find places with strong current around rocks and that is where you will find Mississippi River smallmouth bass.Water grass is now floating causing difficulties of fishing spinners and crankbaits in current areas.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is rising and presently is at 7.2 feet. Water temperature is near 80 in the main channel and the water clarity is fair. Water level is still low so please be careful when boating as many obstructions are present. Also be careful not to back off the ends of any ramp. Use the minimum amount of water necessary to float boat off the trailer.

Walleye - Fair: The bite seems to pick up some when the river water temperatures cool. Try fishing crankbaits on exposed wingdams. Water grass is now floating causing difficulties of fishing spinners and crankbaits in current areas.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. Not many white bass are being caught but the size has been good.

Water temperature is the upper 70's degrees. The water is receding in most areas and the clarity is fair in most areas. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Black Crappie - Fair: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.

Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams. They can be found along main channel rocky areas right now as well.

Channel Catfish - Good: the channel cat bite picked up a bit with the rising water.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Largemouth Bass - Good: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.

Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find places with strong current around rocks and that is where you will find Mississippi River smallmouth bass. Water grass is now floating causing difficulties of fishing spinners and crankbaits in current areas.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is rising and presently is at 8.3 feet. Water temperature is near 78 in the main channel and the water clarity is fair.

Walleye - Good: The bite seems to pick up some when the river water temperatures cool. Try fishing crankbaits on exposed wingdams. Water grass is now floating causing difficulties of fishing spinners and crankbaits in current areas.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. Not many white bass are being caught but the size has been good.

Source: Iowa DNR

8/10/21 @ 7:22 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
USER SINCE 2/7/20
Water temperature is in the upper 70's. The water is receding in most areas and the clarity is good in most areas. River levels remain low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. Also it is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is rising and presently is at 5.5 feet. Water temperature is near 80 in the main channel and the water clarity is good. Water level is still low so please be careful when boating as many obstructions are present. Also be careful not to back off the ends of any ramp. Use the minimum amount of water necessary to float boat off the trailer.

Walleye - Fair: The bite seems to pick up some when the river water temperatures cool. Try fishing crankbaits on exposed wingdams.

Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Bluegill - Good: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams. They can be found along main channel rocky areas right now as well.

Largemouth Bass - Good: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.

Channel Catfish - Good: The bite seems to have slowed but cats still can be caught on wingdams and rock piles. Move often if you are not catching catfish.

Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfish are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be real fun to catch.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Black Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find places with strong current around rocks and that is where you will find Mississippi River smallmouth bass.

Flathead Catfish - Good: Lots of trot lining for flatheads going on. Make sure you place the trot line on bank and have your name and address clearly visible.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. Not many white bass are being caught but the size has been good.

Source: Iowa DNR

8/3/21 @ 7:19 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
USER SINCE 2/7/20
Water temperature is back up in the lower 80's. The water is rising in most areas and the clarity is stained in most areas. River levels remain low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. Also it is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Black Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.

Bluegill - Good: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams. They can be found along main channel rocky areas right now as well.

Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfish are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be real fun to catch.

Channel Catfish - Good: The bite seems to have slowed but cats still can be caught on wingdams and rock piles. Move often if you are not catching catfish.

Flathead Catfish - Good: Smaller flatheads can be taken on worms and egg sinker rigs. If you want larger flatheads you will need to use live bullheads or green sunfish for bait.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Largemouth Bass - Good: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.

Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find places with strong current around rocks and that is where you will find Mississippi River smallmouth bass.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is rising and presently is at 4.5 feet. Water temperature is in low 80's in main channel and the water clarity is stained. Water level is still low so please be careful when boating as many obstructions are present. Also be careful not to back off the ends of any ramp. Use the minimum amount of water necessary to float boat off the trailer.

Walleye - Fair: The bite seems to pick up some when the river water temperatures cool. Try fishing crankbaits on exposed wingdams.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. Not many white bass are being caught but the size has been good.

Source: Iowa DNR

7/20/21 @ 7:07 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
USER SINCE 2/7/20
Water temperature has fallen and is in the upper 70's. The water is stable to rising in most areas and the clarity is good. River levels remain low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. Also it is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Black Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.

Bluegill - Good: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams. They can be found along main channel rocky areas right now as well.

Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfish are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be real fun to catch.

Channel Catfish - Good: When the cottonwoods are shedding the cotton, the catfish are biting. Use leaches, worms or stink bait in 8-10 feet of water and move closer to bank towards evening. Also floating a worm and bobber along rock lines can be very effective. Bite has slowed a bit from recent weeks.

Flathead Catfish - Good: Smaller flatheads can be taken on worms and egg sinker rigs. If you want larger flatheads you will need to use live bullheads or green sunfish for bait.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.

Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find places with strong current around rocks and that is where you will find Mississippi River smallmouth bass.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is rising and presently is at 5.4 feet. Water temperature is around 77 degrees in main channel and the water clarity is good. Water level is still low so please be careful when boating as many obstructions are present. Also be careful not to back off the ends of any ramp. Use the minimum amount of water necessary to float boat off the trailer.

Walleye - Fair: The bite seems to pick up some when the river water temperatures cool. Try fishing crankbaits on exposed wingdams.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. Not many white bass are being caught but the size has been good.

Water temperature is back up in the lower 80's. The water is receding in most areas and the clarity is good. River levels remain low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. Also it is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is rising and presently is at 5.4 feet. Water temperature is around 80 degrees in main channel and the water clarity is good. Water level is still low so please be careful when boating as many obstructions are present. Also be careful not to back off the ends of any ramp. Use the minimum amount of water necessary to float boat off the trailer.

Walleye - Fair: The bite seems to pick up some when the river water temperatures cool. Try fishing crankbaits on exposed wingdams.

Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.

Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Black Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.

Bluegill - Good: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams. They can be found along main channel rocky areas right now as well.

Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfish are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be real fun to catch.

Channel Catfish - Good: The bite seems to have slowed but cats still can be caught on wingdams and rock piles.

Flathead Catfish - Good: Smaller flatheads can be taken on worms and egg sinker rigs. If you want larger flatheads you will need to use live bullheads or green sunfish for bait.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find places with strong current around rocks and that is where you will find Mississippi River smallmouth bass.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. Not many white bass are being caught but the size has been good.

Source: Iowa DNR

7/13/21 @ 7:04 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
USER SINCE 2/7/20
Water temperature is back up to near 84 degrees. The water is stable in most areas and the clarity is good. River levels remain low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. Also it is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Bluegill - Good: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams.

Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfish are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be real fun to catch.

Channel Catfish - Good: When the cottonwoods are shedding the cotton, the catfish are biting. Use leaches, worms or stink bait in 8-10 feet of water and move closer to bank towards evening. Also floating a worm and bobber along rock lines can be very effective. Bite has slowed a bit from recent weeks.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.

Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is steady and presently is at 6.0 feet. Water temperature is around 83 degrees in main channel and the water clarity is good. Water level is still low so please be careful when boating as many obstructions are present. Also be careful not to back off the ends of any ramp. Use the minimum amount of water necessary to float boat off the trailer.

Walleye - Good: Most anglers are targeting walleyes on wingdams with crankbaits. Bite seems to have slowed when the water temps reached mid 80's.

Black Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.

Flathead Catfish - Good: Smaller flatheads can be taken on worms and egg sinker rigs. If you want larger flatheads you will need to use live bullheads or green sunfish for bait.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing along rock lines with moderate to strong current is usually the best method to catch smallmouth bass.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons.

Source: Iowa DNR

7/8/21 @ 1:09 PM
FISHING REPORT
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7/6/21 @ 7:01 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
USER SINCE 2/7/20
Water temperature is back up to near 80 degrees. The water is steady to rising in some areas and the clarity is good. River levels up nearly a foot from last week but still low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. Also it is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781.

Bluegill - Good: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams.

Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfish are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be real fun to catch.

Channel Catfish - Excellent: When the cottonwoods are shedding the cotton, the catfish are biting. Use leaches, worms or stink bait in 8-10 feet of water and move closer to bank towards evening. Also floating a worm and bobber along rock lines can be very effective.

Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait.

Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up.

Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize.

Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year.

The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is steady and presently is at 6.6 feet. Water temperature is around 79 degrees in main channel and the water clarity is good. Water level is still low so please be careful when boating as many obstructions are present. Also be careful not to back off the ends of any ramp. Use the minimum amount of water necessary to float boat off the trailer.

Walleye - Good: Most anglers are targeting walleyes on wingdams with crankbaits.

Black Crappie - Fair: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow.

Flathead Catfish - Good: Smaller flatheads can be taken on worms and egg sinker rigs. If you want larger flatheads you will need to use live bullheads or green sunfish for bait.

Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing along rock lines with moderate to strong current is usually the best method to catch smallmouth bass.

White Bass - Fair: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons.

Source: Iowa DNR

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