8 miles northwest of Centerville
Amenities at Rathbun Reservoir include:
- Boat Access
- Boat Rental
- Picnic Area
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.|
|Thicknesses of 8-12 inches of ice have been reported. Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure has been light. Try to find underwater structure and use small jigs tipped with a minnow. The current lake level is 904.99. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. If we get a warm-up the ice around the shoreline will start to melt so use caution getting on and off the ice.|
Low water conditions in the mid-2000's had a negative influence on crappie production in those years. The lake refilled in the spring of 2007 and a large year class of crappies was produced. At this time these fish are running between 7 and 8 inches. These fish should begin to reach 10 inches in late 2009 and 2010. Walleye angling at Rathbun should be excellent as large numbers of fish between 14 and 19 inches are present. Most of these fish are members of the 2006 year class and range from 15 to 19 inches in length.(2009)
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