Iowa River: (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river has been coming down this week and some of the bigger sandbars are starting to show. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching some nice catfish.
The Upper Iowa is in great condition. The best spots to fish this time of year are where the tributaries empty into the river and log jams. Many types of fish can be caught here including trout. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails. Crankbaits imitating crawdads should turn a smallie head.
Paddlers are catching quite a few fish below the Highway 76 bridge downstream to Wilde Bottoms. Fish are hanging out near the mouths of the tributaries and log jams. A few pike have been in the creel this week. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Use a jig tipped with a dark twister tail with a flash of color or crankbait. Cast in the eddies and pockets of slack water. Walleye - Good: Anglers vertical jigging a hair jig have been successful. Fish from mid-day to late afternoon.
(above Iowa Falls)
Fishing near Alden access has been good for smallmouth and walleyes.
(Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Smallmouth Bass - Good: The Iowa River at Steamboat Rock is producing a few very nice smallmouth bass. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on livers.