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WIND ADVISORY:Wind Advisory issued December 02 at 9:34AM CST until December 03 at 3:00AM CST by NWSLEARN MORE
CURRENTLY 48°
OVERCAST
WINDS SOUTH @ 19MPH
HUMIDITY 71%
VISIBILITY 10MI
DEW POINT 39°

Rathbun Reservoir

Appanoose County, IA
Appanoose County, IA
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8 miles northwest of Centerville
11,000 acres
LAKE SIZE
48 feet
MAX DEPTH
906 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
None
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Public Beach
Trails
Boat Rentals
Playground
Restrooms
Concessions
Accessible Shoreline
Accessible Pier
Fish Cleaning Station
Picnicking
FISH TO CATCH
Carp
Channel Catfish
Drum (Sheepshead)
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Rathbun Reservoir.
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FISHING REPORT
Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.

The current lake level is 903.62 msl with 904 msl being recreation pool. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean and dry equipment before transporting to another waterbody. Water temps are in the mid to upper 40's but skim ice is forming in the coves making fishing difficult.

Walleye - No Report: Effective January 1, 2023 there will be a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye. All walleyes measuring less than 15 inches must be immediately released unharmed. This regulation does not apply to the Chariton River below Rathbun dam; the upper limit of the regulation will be the Wayne/Appanoose county line.

Source: Iowa DNR

FISHING FORECAST
Channel catfish are abundant in Rathbun and angling is excellent. Most fish are 13- to 24-inches, but there are good numbers of larger fish. The walleye population at Rathbun remains low in abundance. A 2015 year class provided good angling in the early part of 2016 through June. These fish were 13- to 17-inches by fall of 2017. While fish of all sizes are available, poor numbers of young walleye in recent years has lead to an overall decline in walleye abundance. Crappie abundance is moderating after strong year classes in earlier years. This moderation in abundance has allowed for growth and fish up to 12 inches are common (although small fish are more abundant than large). Largemouth bass density is low, but growth is good. Fish in the 14- to 21-inch range are moderately common. White bass have produced successful year classes in recent years after a near collapse of the fishery in the early 2000's after a disease outbreak. Stocking hybrid striped bass (which closely resemble white bass) has resulted in strong year classes of these fish. Hybrid striped bass up to 21 inches were collected in 2017 and should reach 24 inches in 2018. These fish are performing excellently and providing substantial angling opportunity.(2017)

PLACES TO STAY
STAY 22: Rathbun Reservoir
CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Adam Arnold, Conservation Officer; 641-777-2164; [email protected]
Dallas Davis, Conservation Officer; 641-777-2163; [email protected]
Mark Flammang, Fisheries Biologist; 641-647-2406; [email protected]
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