Regional Reports-Midwest

Coralville Reservoir

For a landlocked state, Iowa has its share of quality winter fishing opportunities, especially for crappies, walleyes and saugeyes. With 31 major natural lakes and more than 200 reservoirs, anglers have plenty of variety from which to choose. Start with Coralville Reservoir, north of Iowa City, off State Route 380. Covering nearly 5,400 acres of water, the impoundment has a strong walleye population thanks to the stocking of 5 million walleye fry yearly, along with more than 80,000 saugeyes. Try the tailwater area, or head upstream from Mehaffey Bridge. Coralville also boasts a large population of channel catfish. Contact: Macbride Fish Management Station (319-624-3615).