Fishing resources

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fishing Report for the week of April 7, 2022 for Southwest Iowa:

Greenfield Lake, Adair County, one mile southwest of Greenfield: Greenfield Lake is a good destination for catfish in early spring. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass. River Catfish – No Report: Look for River Catfish in the upper end of the lake or on the windblown shoreline using the sides of the shad.

Lake Anita, Cass County, one mile south of Anita: The crappie sting intensifies in the upper ends of the lake as the water temperature warms. Largemouth Bass — Fair.

Prairie Rose Lake, Shelby County, eight miles southeast of Harlan: Prairie Rose will provide good spring fishing. Largemouth Bass – Medium: A few anglers find largemouth bass near the shore and around piers.

Viking Lake, Montgomery County, four miles east of Stanton: Viking Lake is 4.5 feet down; access is compromised. Black Crappie – No Report: Search brush piles for active crappie. River Catfish – No Report: Viking has a good population of catfish. Use shad sides on a windblown shore. Largemouth Bass — Fair.

Very few reports this week due to weather. For more information on the Southwest District Lakes, call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.

Lake Icaria, Adams County, four miles north of Corning: Docks are at all boat ramps. River Catfish – Fair: Try cutting bait along windswept shorelines to catch river catfish of all sizes.

Three Mile Lake, Adams County, four miles north of Corning: Courtesy docks are in place at the main ramp. Walleye — Fair: Using jigs or crankbaits along the dam or rock piles to catch walleye of all sizes.

Twelve Mile Lake, Union County, four miles east of Creston: The dock is at the main ramp. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Catch largemouth bass up to 20 inches with finesse plastics fished near deep cedar brush piles.

The Mount Ayr District lakes are 100% ice free. Water temperature is in the mid 40s. For more information, call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at (641) 464-3108.