Iowa DNR fishing report- Week of Feb. 1, 2018


LEE COUNTY – The following is the weekly fishing report for southeast Iowa from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Temperatures were warm for most of the week, so ice is compromised and two individuals went into Lake Darling last week, so be careful fishing this week.

Big Hollow Lake
The ice was in pretty bad shape last week.

Lake Belva Deer
Open water at the North side ramp and around the trees; bad spots around a lot of the shoreline.

Lake Darling
Two people went through the ice late last week.  We have been above freezing since then except Monday night.  Open water around the islands, numerous spots on the North side and rotten ice at the boat ramps and around the fishing pier.

Lake Geode
The lake is drained for renovation.

Lost Grove Lake
Ice conditions are going downhill. Be careful around the edges; there are some rotten spots around the trees. Don’t look for them to be as good by the end of the weekend.

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 3.50 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and has been falling the past few days. We have not received any reports if the boat ramps are open or not. We have not received any ice condition reports.

The main channel has been open this past week and anglers have been doing some tailwater fishing for walleyes and saugers. Water clarity has been poor to fair. There are some colder temperatures in the forecast that may freeze up the channel and boat ramps again. We have not received any ice condition reports this week. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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