Southeast Iowa Fishing Report- DNR

DES MOINES – The following is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources southeast Iowa fishing report for the week of Dec. 7, 2017

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
Might be out of warm days, but the trout are still out there. Rainbow Trout – Good: Try power bait under a bobber or a small jig or spinner worked through the shallow water.

Lake Darling
The water temperature is going up and down with the air temperature, mostly staying in the upper 30’s to low 40’s.  The docks have been removed for the winter.

Lake Geode
The lake is drained. Fun to go out and hike around looking at the lake bottom. Be careful, some of the mud is still very soft and deep. Use extreme caution and don’t try to walk across the lake bottom.

Lake of the Hills
Rainbow Trout – Good: Work the shallow water from shore; trout won’t be out very deep. Fish in 3 to 4 feet of water and some of the brush piles in 6 to 7 feet of water.

Wilson Lake
Rainbow Trout – Good: Work the shallow brush piles and culvert piles.

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 3.20 feet at Lock and Dam 18 and has been fairly steady. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Sauger – No Report: Vertical jig with minnows or pull three-way rigs with minnows or stick baits.

Tailwater stages have been fairly steady this past week. Main channel water temperature is around 38-39 degrees and water clarity has been fair. There has been some tailwater fishing for walleyes and saugers but the bite has been hit or miss. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.


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