Iowa DNR Fishing report – weekending May, 17, 2018


DES MOINES – The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for southeast Iowa for the week ending May 17, 2018


Big Hollow Lake
Water temperature is in the upper 60’s. Water clarity is good. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are still hanging out in deeper water; work the shallows in the afternoons with the sun shining. Bluegill – Slow: The warmer weather should bring the bluegills into shallow water. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies are moving in shallow.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is closing in on 70 degrees this week. Largemouth Bass – Fair: The warmer weather should get the bass to more shallow water. Try fishing the shorelines with the wind blowing into them. Black Crappie – Fair: Work the shallow water on the north side. The warmer water temperatures should bring crappies in to feed.

Lake Darling
Water temperature was up to 70 degrees on Tuesday, after several days of upper 70’s degree weather. Water clarity remains good, except turbid above the in-lake silt dams. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies were out in 6-8 feet of water last weekend, but moved back in shallow by Tuesday. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass fishing in the shallows had picked up; work them pretty slowly. Males are starting to stay in shallow to nest. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching some nice stringers of catfish, mostly with nightcrawlers. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up bluegills at a fair pace in the shallows around the riprap.

Lost Grove Lake
More boats are out on the lake with high river levels on the Mississippi River. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass fishing continues to improve; work the rocky shorelines where the wind is blowing into. Black Crappie – Good: 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 12.60 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is rising. River stage is forecasted to reach 14 feet by Saturday. Flood stage is 10 feet at Lock and Dam 18. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week.

River stages are above flood stage. Tailwater stages are forecasted to rise the next few days. Main channel water temperature is around 66 degrees. Water clarity is poor. Some boat ramps are closed due to the high water. 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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