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    Question Fishing around DSM

    I am just curious about some good places to go fishing around the DSM area. I live in Urbandale so the closer to there the better, thanks in advance for any suggestions!


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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    I say you class it up and go fish off the 1st Street bridge.


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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    it totally depends what you are after. if you don't care and just want to catch fish of any kind, go to either the saylorville or big creek spillways. you'll have to compete with all the necks and immigrants for a spot but there's good reason that they're all there. if you want bass, crappie, bluegill then knock on some farmer's doors and get access to a farm pond, many are more than willing to let people fish



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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    Farm ponds for the win.

    Red Rock in May once the crappie bite starts.



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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Farm ponds for the win.

    Red Rock in May once the crappie bite starts.
    he said around des moines



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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    The pond on Aurora is open to fishing, but the bluegills are pretty much stunted. My girls used to love to go there because the action was fierce. You might try Badger Creek, Raccoon River Park (off of S. Grand) or Moffitt Reservior.


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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    anyone having any luck with walleyes yet in big creek or saylorville?


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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by st8 View Post
    he said around des moines
    If you lived on the southside, Red Rock is probably closer than Big Creek.

    Of course the Op is from Urbandale, so it's a moot point.


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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    If you lived on the southside, Red Rock is probably closer than Big Creek.

    Of course the Op is from Urbandale, so it's a moot point.
    yea guess you're right, I was always coming down from ames so tat must be why it seems really far to me



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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    Binder Lake in between here and Indianola was just stocked by the DNR with 1500 Trout on Saturday morning. Im sure they are biting, minnow on a bare hook 3 feet below a bobber. Some people are catching Walleye in the rivers below low head dams. In a couple weeks the crappie spawn will start and all of the lakes should have good Crappie action. Thats my favorite time of the year. Great fast action fishing and great eats too. Crapps are some good eating, mild, white, flaky meat. Good luck. Basically stuff is starting to bite everywhere as the water warms up closer to the 50's, so go get ur line wet buddy!


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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    Thanks for the suggestions, let the fishing begin!


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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    Dont forget your trout stamp if you go to Binder. The DNR goes Nazi on enforcing that Trout stamp, so id have one if you go there.


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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    Quote Originally Posted by CyPride View Post
    anyone having any luck with walleyes yet in big creek or saylorville?
    Below Saylorville is starting to heat up. In Saylorville and Big Creek its usually a pretty tough bite around the spawn. Big Creek Spillway might be worth a try.



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    Re: Fishing around DSM

    FYI the DNR has a mailing list for the weekly fishing report. They give a breif summary of how things are going at all of the major fishing areas around the state, reported by the locat DNR officials. The local DNR guys are getting their info from historical trends and also the fishermen they talk too so it's usually pretty reliable.

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    Re: Fishing around DSM

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