DNR Fishing Report – Week ending July 4, 2018

DES MOINES – The following is the weekly fishing report for Southeast Iowa from the Department of Natural Resources for the week ending July 4, 2018.

Big Hollow Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Try down along the face of the dam. Bluegill – Fair: Work the 6 to 7 feet of water in the flooded timber.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
River levels dropped a few inches earlier in the week, but are headed back up. Less than a foot below flood stage at Wapello.

Lake Belva Deer
All the rains last week clouded the water; water clarity is about 3 feet. For most lakes that’s not bad, but for Belva Deer that’s muddy. Largemouth Bass – Good: Work the shallow flooded timber in the early morning and late evenings. During the day, hit the deeper mounds at the upper end of the lake. Bluegill – Fair: Work the flooded trees in deeper water, especially over in the area near the beach. Channel Catfish – Fair: The face of the dam is a good place to start. Try also around the mounds at the upper end of the lake.

Lake Darling
The water temperature is in the mid 80’s this week. Water clarity is not bad (about 30 inches); last week’s multiple downpours made it a bit muddy. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Early morning. Work the brush piles in shallow water in early morning before the bass move out in to deeper water for the day. Bluegill – Fair: You can still find pockets of bluegills in shallow water, especially around the flooded trees. Channel Catfish – Good: Work the rip rap around the island and down at the dam to find some nice catfish.

Lost Grove Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Anglers are picking up crappies later in the day around the fishing piers, especially those on the north side of the lake. Bluegill – Good: Try the deeper water around the north side of the lake.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
Water levels is just under bank full. Boating is not advised.

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

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 11.59 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is forecast to reach 13.4 feet by Monday. Flood stage is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 16.36 feet and flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions.

River stages are on the rise due to recent heavy rains. River stages are at or above flood stage. Current forecasts have river levels rising through the weekend. Some boat ramps are underwater due to the high water conditions. Main channel water temperature is around 75 degrees. We have not received much for fishing reports due to the high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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