Iowa DNR fishing report – week ending April 25

SOUTHEAST

Big Hollow Lake
Water temperature is holding around 44 degrees. Just need some warm days to get it going up to normal. Very little angler activity because of the weather.

Lake Belva Deer
Cold, windy weather with a little snow is keeping most anglers away. Largemouth Bass– Slow: A few are getting picked up in the deeper water. Try on the upper end of the lake around the mounds.

Lake Darling
Water temperature is holding in the low 40’s. Water clarity is pretty good, except when the wind stirs the lake bottom up. Black Crappie – Slow: A few anglers have been catching some crappies out in deeper water over the habitat.

Lost Grove Lake
A few anglers have been out. Cold, windy weather doesn’t make for the best fishing weather. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Most angler trips are pretty short, but they are picking up some bass out around the deeper habitat.

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

Central Park Lake
The lake is currently drained as a renovation project is finishing up this spring.

Coralville Reservoir
The lake is at normal spring pool of 679.4 feet. Boating above Lake Macbride Park is not recommended at this water level. Channel Catfish – Slow. White Crappie – Slow.

Diamond Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Fishing had been slow, but it should pick up as the weather warms. Try small jigs fished around the rock jetties or brush piles. Most fish are 8-9 inches.

Kent Park Lake
The lake is currently drained for a lake renovation project. It is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2019.

Lake Macbride
Water temperatures are in the mid 40’s. All boat docks are in. All motor sizes may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph). Black Crappie – Slow: Try fishing jigs or minnows over deeper brush. There are lots of 10-12 inch crappies. Walleye – Slow: A few fish are being caught. A shallow water bite should improve as things warm up. Cast jigs or stick baits to windblown banks.

Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is still 7-8 inches low from the restoration project. The main ramp is usable, but it is shallow; use caution. There is a boat dock in on the east lane. Be cautious when boating as new structures have started to be submerged.

Prairie Park Fishery
500 additional trout will be stocked here this Saturday, April 21 at 10:30. There will be a family fishing event held in conjunction with the stocking. 1500 trout had previously been stocked here on March 31. Iowa residents and nonresidents who are required to have a fishing license must pay the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout. Exception: Anglers under 16 years old may possess or fish for trout without having paid the Trout Fee if they fish with a properly licensed adult who has paid the Trout Fee and together their combined limit is 5. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Try small jigs, spinners, live bait or artificial scented baits. Brook Trout – Fair.

Sand Lake
2000 trout will be stocked here this Saturday, April 21 at 11:00. There will be a family fishing event held in conjunction with the stocking. Iowa residents and nonresidents who are required to have a fishing license must pay the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout. Exception: Anglers under 16 years old may possess or fish for trout without having paid the Trout Fee if they fish with a properly licensed adult who has paid the Trout Fee and together their combined limit is 5. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Try small jigs, spinners, live bait or artificial scented baits. Brook Trout – Excellent: Try small jigs, spinners, live bait or artificial scented baits. Black Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught on warmer days.

Terry Trueblood Lake
You must have a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout. Brook Trout – Fair. Rainbow Trout – Fair.

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Sugema
Try using cut bait for channel catfish. The water temperature is in the low 40’s.

Lake Wapello
Use cut bait on the windblown shorelines to catch channel catfish this time of year. Catch largemouth bass around brush piles.

Ottumwa Park Pond South
Trout were stocked on March 30th. Try small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners or casting spoons.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 903.66 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. The water temperature is in the low 40’s. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use shad sides or cut bait on the windblown shorelines.

Red Haw Lake
Try cut bait near shorelines with the wind blowing in for channel catfish.

The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 6.39 feet at Lock and Dam 19 above Burlington and is rising. River stage is forecasted to reach 8.2 feet over the weekend. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10 feet. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week.

River stages have been on the rise the past few days. Main channel water temperature dropped to 41 degrees; water clarity has been fair. We have not received much for fishing 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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