Southeast Iowa fishing report

Big Hollow Lake
Water temperature is still holding on to the low 70’s. Not many anglers have been out this week. Black Crappie – Slow: Anglers are still finding the crappies in deeper water. Bluegill – Slow: Still look in deeper water, but the hungry ones are harder to find.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature dropped a couple of degrees last night, but is still pretty warm;  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: Use chicken liver and cut bait along the dam and at the upper end of the lake around the mounds. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappie fishing went from pretty good, to hard to find.

Lake Darling
Water temperature has fallen to 73 degrees. Need some more cool nights to get it down into the low 60’s to bring the fish in shallow. 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
Contractors are starting work on the drain pipe to get it ready to drain the lake. It will be a while yet before we start to drain the lake.  Bluegill – Slow: Most have moved back to the deeper side of the drop-offs. Black Crappie – Slow.

Lost Grove Lake
Black Crappie – Slow: Still out around the trees in deeper water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Most are caught around the deeper habitat, a few are in shallow later in the evening.

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

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