DNR Fishing report – week ending July 11, 2018


DES MOINES – The following is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources weekly fishing report for Southeast Iowa for the week ending July 11, 2018.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The River is down in this section; still getting a lot of water from the Cedar and is just below being bank full.

Lake Belva Deer
Hot weather has cut down the number of anglers out on the lake down. 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 weather hasn’t cooled the water down. Water clarity is still fairly decent (about 3 feet). Largemouth Bass – Fair: Work the brush piles in shallow water in early morning before the bass move out in to deeper water for the day. Bluegill – Fair: Most bluegill have moved out to 5 to 8 feet of water. 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 – Slow: Crappie fishing has slowed with the hot weather; move to deeper water where the crappies are trying to escape the heat. Bluegill – Fair: Early morning and late evening are best.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The water level dropped just a bit; it’s holding at about two foot from bank full level.

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

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 12.83 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is starting to fall. Flood stage is 10 feet. River stage at Burlington is 17.53  feet and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. River level at Fort Madison is 529.32 feet and flood stage is 528 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions.

River stages are still above flood stage, but they are starting to fall. Main channel water temperature is 82 degrees. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions and limited access. Many of the boat ramps are still underwater. Most fishing reports are coming from inland lakes and farm ponds. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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