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Top fishing spots in Iowa for the week of Nov. 12

Locations were released in a Iowa Department of Natural Resources press release as top fishing locations in Iowa, with the below locations specific to the Southwest Iowa region.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake

Rainbow Trout - Fair: Cast small in-line spinners, spoons, twister tail jigs or minnows under a float. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Banner Lake (south)

Rainbow Trout - Good: Cast small in-line spinners, spoons, twister tail jigs or minnows under a float. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Big Creek Lake

Walleye - Slow: Troll live bait rigs or crankbaits in 20 feet of water or less in the upper half of the lake near points, old roadbeds and humps. White Bass - Fair: Catch white bass and wipers from shore or boat casting or trolling shad imitating plastics, spoons and crankbaits.

Lake Petocka

Rainbow Trout - Good: Cast light weight in-line spinners, spoons, twister tail jigs or minnows under a float to keep above the aquatic vegetation. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Terra Lake

Rainbow Trout - Fair: Cast small in-line spinners, spoons, twister tail jigs or minnows under a float. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, call Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.

Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond)

Rainbow Trout - Fair: Much of the same tackle used for panfish will catch trout. Try small spinners and white twister tails. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Lake Anita

Water clarity is good. Bluegill - Slow: Anglers report catching bluegills deep along the creek channel. Try tipping your jigs with berkly or nightcrawlers. Black Crappie - No Report: Best bite is early morning around tree piles for 7- to 9-inch black crappie. Try slow trolling the roadbeds in late afternoon. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Anita has a good bass population. Find fish in deeper tree piles and around points/drop-offs

Lake Manawa

Zebra mussels were found in Lake Manawa; clean, drain and dry your boat when leaving the lake. White Crappie - No Report: A few large white crappies are being caught in the canals. Walleye - No Report: Anglers are having good success running a crawler through the dredge cuts. Black Crappie - No Report: A good population of black crappies are in the lake. Average size is 9-inches. 

Littlefield Lake

Littlefield Lake has a good fish population. Bluegill - Slow: Try worms fished around the cedar tree piles. Bluegills will average 8-inches. Largemouth Bass - No Report: A large number of 12- to 14-inch fish are in the lake. 

Meadow Lake

Water clarity is much better. Bluegill - No Report: Anglers report catching bluegills in deep water around cedar tree piles. Fish average 8-inches. Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappies averaging 9-inches with jigs fished over the newer tree piles in the lake. Largemouth Bass - No Report: A good population of largemouth bass up to 18-inches are in the lake. 

Prairie Rose Lake

The water clarity is good. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills around the rock piles east of the beach. Anglers also report catching fish close to the underwater reefs. Bluegills in Prairie Rose are quality-size. Black Crappie - No Report: A small population of large black crappies are in the lake. Largemouth Bass - Fair: A large population of 12- to 14-inch bass offer fun catch and release fishing.

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