FISHING REPORT: Try red worms for black crappies in the Cedar

Compiled from the Iowa DNR

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels are falling, but current remains high. Water clarity is improving. Water temperatures are in the upper 60’s. Use caution when boating in higher flows. Visit theUSGS Current Conditions website for more on water levels.

Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish action has slowed, but nice fish are still being caught. Use dead chubs or chicken livers fished in the impoundments or shallow slack water areas. Keep your bait on the river bottom.

Walleye – Slow: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or ring worms in eddies or slack water areas.

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallies are hitting while fishing for walleye.

Black Crappie – Fair: Use minnows or red worms fished in the backwaters around structure.

What’s a black crappie?

Here is a description from the Iowa DNR: A silvery-speckled, deep-bodied, slab-sided sunfish with a large mouth. The upper jaw reaches past the middle of the eye when the mouth is closed. It usually has a dark back with many green or blackish spots unevenly spaced over the sides. There are no distinct vertical bars as in White Crappie. Its body is somewhat deeper in proportion to its length, and the dorsal, tail, and anal fins are strongly netted with black making it look like a dark-colored fin with many whitish spots. The spiny dorsal and soft dorsal fins are broadly connected without being notched. The anal fin is nearly as long and as large as the dorsal fin and has 6 spines. The dorsal fin has 7 or 8 dorsal spines, and the length of the dorsal fin base is equal to the distance from the eye to the front of the dorsal fin.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the  low 70’s.

Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech.

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is coming into the lake with cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom.

Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small minnow or leech.

Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small piece of crawler or leech.