There are plenty of places to fish in Appanoose County
Monday, July 06, 2015
When thinking about fishing and Appanoose County, Iowa, the first place that comes to mind is Rathbun Lake in the northeastern corner of the county. The lake is so big, at 11,000 acres and 155 miles of shoreline, that it is referred to as Iowa’s Ocean. While the fishing opportunities are excellent on Rathbun, there are other places to fish in Appanoose County.
The county is home to 28 rivers and streams, including the Chariton River, which serves as the source of Rathbun. (http://iowa.hometownlocator.com/features/physical,class,stream,scfips,19007.cfm) In addition, there are three other reservoirs that can be fished: The Upper and Lower Centerville Reservoirs and the Mystic Reservoir. Fishing can also be done on farm ponds, which are typically on private property.
According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, there are 148 species of fish to be found in Iowa’s waterways. Species include walleye, catfish, crappies, perch, bass, muskellunge, northern pike, bullheads, sunfish, panfish, suckers, trout, and carp. (http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/IowaFishSpecies.aspx)
While catch-and-release is practiced during Iowa fishing tournaments, fish caught on Iowa’s waterways, including those in Appanoose County, are safe to eat. The Iowa DNR regularly tests samples of the state’s fish for chemicals, issuing consumption warnings when necessary. For the DNR’s fact sheet on consuming the state’s fish and a link to current consumption advisories, visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/WheretoFish/InteriorRivers.aspx/
To find a list of lakes and reservoirs in Iowa, go to this page on the DNR’s website: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/WheretoFish/LakesPondsReservoirs.aspxYou can search by county by selecting that option in the sort drop-down menu at the top of the list.