DNR fishing report – week ending July 18, 2018


DES MOINES – The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the week ending July 18th. It would appear early morning or deep fishing is still producing results in the heat, or find a shady spot.

Big Hollow Lake
Not a lot of angler activity because of the weather. Black Crappie – Slow: Find crappies in 6-7 feet in the flooded trees. Bluegill – Slow: Look for shadier bays on the south side with flooded trees and 6-8 feet of water.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa River is finally starting to drop; boating still not recommended.

Lake Belva Deer
Hot weather has cut down the number of anglers out on the lake down. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass fishing has slowed some, but you can still find them working the surface early in the morning. Bluegill – Fair: Work the flooded trees in deeper water, especially over in the area near the beach. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fishing or slow trolling the area in front of the beach and towards the North boat ramp out in 10 to 15 feet of water is producing some nice crappies.

Lake Darling
Water temperature are in the low to mid 80’s. Water clarity isn’t bad at two feet with some green color to the water. 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: Catfish are wrapping up the spawning activities, but you should still be able to find them in the rocks. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fishing for crappies out in the middle of the lake is producing some fish.

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. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching some decent bass on topwater baits early in the morning.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)
The water level on the Skunk is still just a little below bank full.

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 10.13 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. River level is 15.17 feet at Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. River level at Fort Madison is 527.93 feet and flood stage is 528 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions.

River stages are still high and some boat ramps are still closed due to the high water. River stages have been falling. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions. Main channel water temperature is around 82 degrees. 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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