Been getting a lot of good fish this summer in the central parts of Iowegia, with low waters and congregated fish, things couldn't be going much better.
This summer has treated the creeks VERY well. Many cats, drum, and even a few miscellaneous bass have managed to find my baits. For some reason, the carp have been fairly absent from last years haunts and I've only been able to connect with a few.
4.5 Lb. Wiper
Can't forget the smallies!
A long whiskered channel kitty
The creeks around here have had a pretty off year for precipiation (at least in the spring) where we had a gullywasher every other day during April. Thankfully, as May and June came along the creeks began to level out and gave me a fairly steady low water level for over a month.
The Des Moines River
Ah, the good ol' DSM River. I used to have AWFUL luck in this body of water. Thankfully, the tides have changed this year. So far, it's only the end of July and I've already pulled 5 lifers out of here. And there's still more I'm looking for in the river that never runs clear. So far the lifers have been:
Highfin Carpsucker (HELL YES!)
Not a lifer, but still HUGE!
The Other Big Fish
14 Lb. Grass Carp
This one was a fun one. This pond is loaded with giant grass carp that are 3 to 4 times bigger than this one. I feel that I was blessed enough by the fish gods for him to slurp in that piece of white bread. If any of y'all want to come to Des Moines I could give you a pretty good chance of getting one of these whales. They're nothing but fun.
Apart from the fish slime, that is.
2017 Undisputed Iowa Small Drum and Creek Chub Champion