: Lake Rathbun: The current lake level is 905.21 feet. The water temperature is 75 degrees. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try using chicken liver. Coves and bays are usually the best areas to target this time of year. White Bass - Slow: Look for areas in the main lake where shad are breaking at the surface and cast or troll lures that mimic gizzard shad in these areas. Crappie - Slow: Try finding submerged structure in 6-10 feet of water. Try a minnow and bobber in these areas. Tree piles and stump fields will be the best areas to target. Walleye - Slow: Crankbaits have been the best baits. The gizzard shad hatch has occurred so use crankbaits that mimic gizzard shad. Look for areas with a variation in depth such as underwater islands and submerged points and try trolling or casting in these areas. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in the sun).
Lures & Spinners
For further fishing reports in south central Iowa please call the Rathbun fish hatchery at 641-647-2406