Iowa DNR fishing report – week of March 15, 2108


LEE COUNTY – The following is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing report for southeast Iowa for the week of March 15, 2018. Waters are still very cool in most areas and fishing appears to be slower.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The spring trout release will be at 10 a.m. next Friday (March 23). 1000 trout will be released.

Lake Belva Deer
Not much angler activity. Only a couple of boats were out on the lake last weekend. Largemouth Bass – Slow: A few bass are being caught in deeper water out among the flooded trees.

Lake Darling
Just a few boats are getting out on the nicer days. Water temperature is in the mid 30’s. Largemouth Bass – Slow: A few small bass are being caught.

Lake Geode
Drained for renovation work scheduled for later this year. With the warmer weather, the bottom of the lake will thaw out and get soft again; use caution when walking around on the bottom of the lake.

Lake of the Hills
The Spring trout release is next Friday (March 23) at 10:30 a.m. 2000 trout will be released.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
Saw one boat out this weekend. Water level is a little low for this time of the year.

Wilson Lake
The spring trout release will be next Friday (March 23rd) at noon. 1000 will be released.

For more information on the fishing at the above lakes and rivers, contact the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 3.72 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. We have not received any tailwater fishing reports for walleyes and saugers. Sauger – No Report: Look for saugers below the dam. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with stick baits.

River stages have been slowly falling. Main channel water temperature is around 40 degrees. We have not received many reports on tailwater fishing for walleye and saugers this week. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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