DNR Fishing report for Southeast Iowa – Sept. 21, 2017

The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. For the full statewide report visit www.iowadnr.gov.

Lake Big Hollow

Weathered warmed up; water temperature has reached the upper 70’s. Black Crappie – Slow: Anglers are still finding the crappies in deeper water. 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: Still look in deeper water, but the hungry ones are harder to find.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is in upper 70’s. Fishing is still pretty slow;  the water needs to cool off so the fish will come in shallow.  Bluegill – Slow: Warm weather has slowed the bluegill bite again. Anglers have to work for them. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Catfish continue to bite. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing went from pretty good, to hard to find.

Lake Darling
Water temperature is up to 78 degrees. Water clarity is not bad, but is still green.  Largemouth Bass – Fair: A few smaller fish are being caught in shallow. The bigger bass are out around the deeper habitat.  Black Crappie – Slow: Most anglers were still catching them out in deeper water 10-12 feet).  The water needs to cool off before they come in shallow. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers are picking up some nice eating sized bluegills, but they have to work the deeper habitat fairly hard to find them. A few bluegills are starting to move in shallow.

Lake Geode
Water temperature Tuesday morning was 78 degrees; wouldn’t be surprised to see 80 degrees in the bays. Water clarity is pretty good, but still tinted green.  Bluegill – Slow: Most have moved back to the deeper side of the drop-offs. Black Crappie – Slow.

For more information on the above lakes, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 2.49 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Try dip baits, nightcrawlers, or cut shad in brush piles and snags along the main channel and side channels.  White Crappie – No Report: Use jigs and minnows/plastics or minnows under a bobber crappies in brush piles in the backwaters and flowing side channels.

River stages have risen some in the past 24 hours due to recent heavy rains. The river has muddied up some. 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.

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