Iowa DNR fishing report – week ending May 2, 2018


LEE COUNTY – The following is the weekly southeast Iowa fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the week ending May 2, 2018.

Big Hollow Lake
Water temperature is up to 50 degrees the last couple of days. Just need some warm days to get it going up to normal. Very little angler activity because of the weather.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Still plenty of trout left from this Spring’s stocking. Pick a nice warm days and go catch a limit.

Lake Belva Deer
Water warming up a little, but the fishing remains slow. 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 up to 54 degrees after several days of 70 degree weather. Water clarity is good 6+ feet. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies are starting to move to shallow water to feed. The spawn is still several weeks out. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are starting to catch bass in shallower water. Still have to work them pretty slow. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching some nice stringers of catfish, mostly using nightcrawlers.

Lost Grove Lake
A few anglers have been out. Cold, windy weather doesn’t make for the best fishing weather. Largemouth Bass – Slow: With the warmer weather, the bass are starting to move in shallower to feed. Work the rip rap and jetties on the North side of the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies are starting to move shallow to feed; concentrate efforts on the North side bays and along the rip rap where the water is warmest.

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

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 7.47 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is rising. River stage is forecasted to reach 9 feet by the middle of next week. 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 has risen to 52-53 degrees. 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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