Regional Reports-Midwest

Golden Triangle

The wiper is a fish in need of a good publicist-a vocal supporter capable of garnering some attention for the species in this land of walleyes, northern pike and muskies. Iowa's populations of these white bass/striper hybrids may be a bit reclusive in nature, but it's well worth the effort to seek them out. Currently, your best chance for wipers is the Golden Triangle: Pool 14 of the Mississippi River, Saylorville Lake and the Des Moines River. Of the "Big Three," there's a good chance of getting into some large fish on Saylorville Lake in Polk County, just northwest of Des Moines. Their favorite eats? Gizzard shad, silversides, sunfish and crayfish. The state-record wiper weighed 18 pounds, 15 ounces and was taken in the Des Moines River in 1997. Contact: Iowa Department of Natural Resources (515-281-5145).