DNR Fishing report – week ending April 11


LEE COUNTY – The following the weekly Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing report for southeast Iowa. Mississippi River Pool 19 had no information included in the report.

Big Hollow Lake
Not a lot of angler activity on the lake.  Water temperatures have fallen back into the 30’s. Largemouth Bass – Slow: A few bass are starting to be picked up in the shallower water close to the deeper water. The bass are staying just at the edge of the deeper water most of the time.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
When the weather get nice, this is a great place to take the kids and get out of the house. Rainbow Trout – Good: Keep moving around this small pond hitting the different brush piles and habitat to find trout.  Brook Trout – Good.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature has dropped back into the upper 30’s. Nobody has been out on the lake.

Lake Darling
Water temperature is hanging around 38 degrees. Be careful in the mornings, the spray from the waves overnight is leaving a good coat of ice on the shore and boat docks that takes a while to melt off.

Lake Geode
Drained for the renovation project. 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
When the weather gets nice, get out to Lake of the Hills and catch some really nice trout. Brook Trout – Good: The trout will have gotten use to the lake by now. Target stumps and logs that aren’t too deep to find schools of trout.  Rainbow Trout – Good: Work the habitat in the water 4-6 foot deep, where the trout settled after their many laps around the lake.

Lost Grove Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 30’s. The boat docks got put in earlier this week, one down at the ramp down at the dam remains out for repairs. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Work the flooded trees in shallow water during the sunny warmer days and out deeper around the trees during the rest of the time. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappies are still hanging out around the flooded timber in deeper water.

Wilson Lake
The trout have picked out their spots to settle down by now. Work the visible cedar tree piles and the culvert to find the trout. Brook Trout – Excellent: The trout are still going to be in pretty shallow.  Look for them around the brush piles, stumps, and culvert piles that you can see from shore. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Work the shallower habitat to find rainbow trout.

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

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