The following is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources top fishing spots for the week of Aug. 24 for southeast Iowa lakes and the Mississippi River
Big Hollow Lake
Black Crappie – Slow: Crappies continue to stay out in deeper water; the water temperature is going cooler, so it shouldn’t be too long before they come in shallow. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Go shallow in the early morning and late evening; as the day gets warmer flow them out to deeper water. Bluegill – Slow.
Lake Belva Deer
Cool nights have brought the water temperature back down to mid 70’s. The water is a little murky. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish the late evening and early morning in the densest cover you can find; be prepared to lose some lures. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing slowed back down this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfishing has been decent around the rocks along the jetties and on the mounds at the upper end of the lake.
Water temperature is back down to 75 degrees. The water is a little brown but not too bad, with a thin film of planktonic algae on the surface. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use soft plastics on the shallow edge of the drop-offs. Black Crappie – Slow: Look for crappies around the drop offs. Bluegill – Slow.
The planktonic algae is still making the water green. Water temperatures are cooling off with the cool night. Bluegill – Slow: Not many boats out on the lake. Work the edges of the water willow beds along the north side near the drop offs.
Lost Grove Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Catch decent numbers of bass in shallower water during the early morning and late evening. They are deeper the rest of the day. Channel Catfish – Fair: Work the face of the dam and along the old creek channel below the causeway. Black Crappie – Slow: Look around the flooded timber in 8- to 10-foot of water.
Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
A little bump in level from the rains last week, but the river has dropped back down to pre-rain levels already. Channel Catfish – Fair: Find the holes and you can find catfish willing to bite. Use cut baits and stink baits.
For more information on the above lakes and rivers, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.
Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 3.63 feet at Lock and Dam 18 and has risen slightly the past few days. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10 feet. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Try nightcrawlers or stink baits in snags and brush piles along the main channel and side channels. White Crappie – No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters and sloughs; use minnows or plastics around brush piles in the Burlington Island complex and Carthage Lake areas. Bluegill – No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters and sloughs or in the weed beds around Montrose and Keokuk. Try fishing pieces of worm under a bobber around brush piles in the Burlington Island complex and Carthage Lake.
River stages have been rising slightly the past few days. Water clarity is fair. Main channel water temperature is around 74 degrees. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.