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Rathbun Reservoir

Appanoose County, Iowa
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2/21/24 @ 1:46 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Area lakes have unsafe ice conditions. For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.94 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Unsafe ice conditions.

Source: Iowa DNR

2/14/24 @ 1:43 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Area lakes have unsafe ice conditions and the ice is melting along the shoreline. For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.91 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Unsafe ice conditions.

Source: Iowa DNR

2/1/24 @ 10:34 PM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
The lakes in south central Iowa have quite a bit of slush and water on top of the ice. Use caution if heading out on the ice. Ice thicknesses vary so check thickness often. With this warmer weather and runoff, look for the ice along the shoreline to start to get soft. For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.63 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Check ice thickness often if heading out. Anglers have been fishing in South Fork, Buck Creek and out from Honey Creek State Park. Shoreline ice is melting creating open water areas.

Source: Iowa DNR

1/25/24 @ 10:31 PM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
The lakes in south central Iowa have quite a bit of slush and water on top of the ice. Ice thicknesses vary so check thickness often. With this warmer weather and runoff, look for the ice along the shoreline to start to get soft. For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.42 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Check ice thickness often if heading out. Anglers have been fishing in South Fork and out from Honey Creek State Park.

Source: Iowa DNR

1/18/24 @ 10:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.43 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Very little fishing activity reported. Check ice thickness often if heading out.

Source: Iowa DNR

12/27/23 @ 12:31 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.37 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody.

Walleye - No Report: There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye at Lake Rathbun. All walleyes measuring less than 15 inches must be immediately released unharmed.

For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.37 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody.

Walleye - No Report: There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye at Lake Rathbun. All walleyes measuring less than 15 inches must be immediately released unharmed.

Source: Iowa DNR

12/20/23 @ 12:25 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.41 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Prairie Ridge boat ramp and campground are closed for the season. Bridgeview campground is closed but the boat ramp is open. Island View dedication site boat ramp and Island View West ramp are closed.

Walleye - No Report: There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye at Lake Rathbun. All walleyes measuring less than 15 inches must be immediately released unharmed.

Source: Iowa DNR

12/13/23 @ 12:22 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.47 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Prairie Ridge boat ramp and campground are closed for the season. Bridgeview campground is closed but the boat ramp is open. Island View dedication site boat ramp and Island View West ramp are closed.

Walleye - No Report: There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye at Lake Rathbun. All walleyes measuring less than 15 inches must be immediately released unharmed.

Source: Iowa DNR

12/6/23 @ 12:19 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.49 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Prairie Ridge boat ramp and campground are closed for the season. Bridgeview campground is closed but the boat ramp is open. Island View dedication site boat ramp and Island View West ramp are closed.

Walleye - No Report: There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye at Lake Rathbun. All walleyes measuring less than 15 inches must be immediately released unharmed.

Source: Iowa DNR

11/22/23 @ 12:07 AM
FISHING REPORT
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

The current lake level is 902.64 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Prairie Ridge boat ramp and campground are closed for the season. Bridgeview campground is closed but the boat ramp is open. Island View dedication site boat ramp and Island View West ramp are closed.

Black Crappie - Slow: Try jigs around docks and jetties.

Walleye - Slow: There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye at Lake Rathbun effective January 1st. All walleyes measuring less than 15 inches must be immediately released unharmed. Target areas with rock piles or depth variations.

Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Slow: Try vertically jigging over rock piles.

For information on lakes in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

Black Crappie - Slow: Try jigs around docks and jetties.

The current lake level is 902.61 msl; recreation pool is 904 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Prairie Ridge boat ramp and campground are closed for the season. Bridgeview campground is closed but the boat ramp is open. Island View dedication site boat ramp and Island View West ramp are closed.

Walleye - Slow: There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye at Lake Rathbun. All walleyes measuring less than 15 inches must be immediately released unharmed.

Source: Iowa DNR

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