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5 miles east of Wapello
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Lake Odessa.
Although Lake Odessa is more of a wetland complex managed mainly for waterfowl, it provide high quality fishing. Expect to catch about anything that can be caught in the Mississippi River. Crappies are one of the more sought after species with good numbers of 11+ inch black crappies. Concentrate on these fish during their spring spawn, as well as in late fall when the crappies will feed heavily during their fall migration to their overwintering spots. Channel catfish, bluegills, and largemouth bass provide quality fishing in Odessa. Odessa provides a good place to try bowfishing with good water clarity and an abundance of shallow water habitats with rough fish prey. During the summer months the water level in Odessa is lowered to promote vegetative growth to provide waterfowl with food during the fall migration. The water level is brought back up to the normal pool level in September. This summer drawdown, while making boating a little tougher, improves the fishery as it crowds the smaller fish in with the bigger ones promoting the growth of the predator fish (bass, crappies, catfish) while thinning out the prey numbers (bluegills, etc). (2007)
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