Iowa DNR fishing report – Oct. 19, 2017

Big Hollow Lake
The numbers of boats in the parking lot has tripled in the last week. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are working their way into shallow water; look for them in the habitat out in 5- to 6-feet of water. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are working their way into shallow water; still out a little ways from shore.

Deep Lakes
Water temperature was 63 degrees last Thursday. Water clarity was 8 feet. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills are in the vegetation beds out in 4- to 5-feet of water hiding from the bass. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappies are still out in deeper water around the brush piles. Largemouth Bass – Fair: The bass are cruising the outer edges of the weed beds out in 4- to 5-feet of water hunting bluegills.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The fall trout release will be on Oct. 28th at 10 am. 1000 rainbow trout will be released at that time. 100 will be tagged for prizes.

Lake Belva Deer
Water continues to cool off. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching some really nice bluegills = in 4- to 5-feet of water.  Black Crappie – Good: Anglers are catching crappies in 4- to 5-feet of water. Target the tops of the mounds at the upper end of the lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish continue to feed fairly heavily. Try in the rock along the dam, and where any of the feeder creeks enter the lake.

Lake Darling
Water temperature is down to 60 degrees. Water is still a little muddy after last Saturday’s heavy rains, but is not too bad. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are just over the tops of the rock piles and brush piles that have 4- to 5-feet of water over them.  Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are a little reluctant to come into shallow water; most are being caught in 8- to 10-feet of water around the habitat. Bluegill – Good:Lots of nice bluegills are hanging out in the brush piles in 4- to 6-feet of water; some are in shallow in 1.5 feet of water.

Lake Geode
The draining of the lake has begun. The rate of drop is very slow more work will be done to increase the rate of drop to one foot a day sometime next week. Bluegill – Slow. Black Crappie – Slow.

Lake of the Hills
The fall trout release was last Saturday. Even with the heavy rain, there was a fairly good turnout and good numbers of trout were caught. Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout were being caught on bobber and worm or Powerbait on Saturday. There are still plenty of trout to be caught as 2,000 were stocked. Bluegill – Good: Lots of bluegills were being caught during the trout release. Most were in fairly close to shore and were hitting on bobber and worm.

Lost Grove Lake
Cooler temperatures are getting the fish to bite. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are running the edges of the weed beds; use a small jig or worm and bobber. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are starting to work in closer to the shallows, a change from last week when they were still out in deeper water.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
Last Saturday’s rains brought the river up about a foot; probably still not enough to use jon boats, but canoes and kayaks won’t have any problems. Channel Catfish – Fair: Won’t be long before these fish will be on their way to their overwintering sights.

Wilson Lake
The fall trout release will be on Oct. 28th with trout fishing beginning at 1:00 pm. 1,000 trout will be released with 200 being tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Trout fishing will  pick up next weekend when the truck from Manchester arrives with the trout for the fall release.

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 7.94 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is forecasted to reach 8.1 feet. Current predictions have river stage beginning to fall over the weekend. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week. White Crappie – No Report: Use jigs and minnows or minnows under a bobber in the side channels and backwaters around brush piles.Sauger – No Report: We have not received any tailwater fishing information for this pool.

River stages have been on the rise the past few days with the recent heavy rains. Current forecasts have river stages beginning to drop over the weekend. Main channel water temperature is 57-58 degrees. Water clarity is poor. Tailwater fishing for walleyes and saugers has been tough with the high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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