Iowa DNR fishing report – week ending June 20

The following is this week’s fishing report for southeast Iowa as provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the week ending Jun 20, 2018.

Big Hollow Lake
Water had cooled down some, but expect it to go right back up the next few days. Largemouth Bass – Fair: The spawn has wrapped up; adults moved out to deeper water to cool off. Work the flooded trees with soft plastics. Bluegill – Fair: Warm temperatures lead to a quick spawn. Most moved back out into deeper water. Work the 6 to 8 foot deep water.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa River below where the Cedar River comes in is going up as water from the Mason City rains comes down the Cedar River. Channel Catfish – Fair: Work to logjams and you can catch some nice fish. Also work the high cut banks as catfish get ready to spawn.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature has been in the mid 70’s. Don’t plan on it staying there much longer with the hot forecast. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing is improving as the fish finish recovering from the spawn. Bluegill – Fair: Most have moved out to deeper water. Smaller ones are still in shallow hiding from the bass. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are enjoying the hot weather and have moved into the rocks to spawn. The face of the dam is a good place to start.

Lake Darling
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing is picking up as the post spawn bass go back on the feed. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are in the rocks down at the dam and along the deeper shorelines spawning. Bluegill – Fair: Most of the bluegills have moved out to 5-6 feet of water.

Lost Grove Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are starting to go back on the feed; look for them in the early morning and late afternoon in shallow feeding on little bluegills. Bluegill– Fair: Mostly smaller ones are in shallow; the bigger ones are out deeper most of the time. Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are hanging off the face of the dam and around some of the underwater mounds.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The Skunk River water levels are holding steady. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has picked up with the stable water levels. Flathead Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching flatheads on bank poles.

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

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 8.94 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington. River levels are forecasted to reach 9.6 feet over the weekend. Floodstage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions. Bluegill – No Report: Look for bluegills up shallow in the backwaters. Try fishing around brush piles and logs. Walleye – No Report: Wing dam fishing for walleyes will be tough with the high and muddy water conditions. Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Cast or troll crankbaits. Trolling three-way rigs with crawlers works too.

River stages are below flood stage, but have risen since last weekend due to recent heavy rains. Main channel water temperature is around 73 degrees and water clarity is poor. Fishing has been tough with the muddy water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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