Iowa DNR Fishing report – Week of Feb. 15

SOUTHEAST

Big Hollow Lake
Lots of melting ice and snow with slush and water on what’s left of the ice. The lake ice is in better condition than the ponds, but getting out on the ice is not recommended on either.

Lake Belva Deer
Unsafe ice conditions. Open water where the melt water runoff is entering the lake. Lots of standing water and slush on the ice.

Lake Darling
No open water Thursday morning; forecasted temperatures near 50 should take care of that. Most of the snow and upper part of the ice is now slush. Getting out on the ice is strongly NOT recommended.

Lake Geode
Drained for renovation work scheduled for later this year.

Lost Grove Lake
Ice conditions are marginal at best. Use caution around the trees and near shore. Forecasted weather conditions will make the ice conditions worse. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies are out in deep water yet. Be careful before getting too close the any of the flooded timber. Look for weak spots in the ice.

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 3.59 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and has been fairly steady. The Tama Beach boat ramp is being reported as frozen in. We have not received any ice fishing reports or ice condition reports for this pool this week.

Boat ramps are being reported as frozen in. We have not received any ice fishing reports or ice condition reports this week. Warm weather and rain in the forecast could create 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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