Iowa DNR Fishing Report – Week of Jan. 25


Big Hollow Lake
Use extreme caution if you are going out this weekend, especially around the edges. They are starting to lose ice pretty fast now. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are still picking up some nice bluegills out in the flooded timber and to the right of the boat ramp. Black Crappie – Slow: The crappies have been pretty hit and miss. One day you can catch them while the next day you aren’t sure they even exist.

Lake Belva Deer
Bring your rubber boots, the top of the ice is getting sloppy. Bluegill –  Fair: Work the creek channel out in the flooded trees. Black Crappie – Good: Anglers are still picking up crappies out along the creek channel in the flooded timber.

Lake Darling
Warm weather at the end of this week will not be good for ice conditions. As of Jan. 25, ice is roughly 6 inches thick; lots of water and slush on top. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are still down near the bottom in 10 to 12 foot of water. Fish near the habitat and you can still find them. Black Crappie – Good: Work the habitat in 10 to 12 feet of water; it will take a while, but you can still catch a nice batch.

Lake Geode
The lake is drained for renovation.

Lost Grove Lake
Ice conditions are still pretty good as of Jan. 25. Don’t look for them to be near as good by the end of the weekend. Black Crappie – Good: They are still out in 20 to 25 foot of water. Drill a few holes out around the trees and you can still find a nice batch of crappies.

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 4.04  feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and and has risen close to a foot the past couple days. Tailwater stage is forecast to reach 5.5 feet by next week. We received reports that the ramps in Burlington and Tama Beach were still frozen in. With the rising water levels and warm temperatures, there are unsafe ice conditions.

The main channel has been opening up and there has been some tailwater fishing the past few days. Tailwater stages have been rising the past few days. With the rising river levels and warm temperatures, there are unsafe ice conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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