DNR fishing report for week ending Aug. 1

BY PCC STAFF – The following is the fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for southeast Iowa for the week ending Aug. 1, 2018.

Big Hollow Lake
Water temperature is in the low to mid 80’s. Expect an increase in fishing pressure with the forecasted cooler weather. Bluegill – Fair: Work the bluegills in about 6 feet of water in the flooded timber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Early evening is best as bass move out of deeper water to feed on little bluegills and green sunfish.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The drop in the water level has slowed. Channel Catfish – Fair: Look for them to be around the brush piles in deeper water and around the edges of the sandbars as the water recedes.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature in low 80’s. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up bluegills in the flooded timber between 10 and 12 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are still finding crappies while slow trolling in the open water area between the beach and the dam; early morning before 10 am is best.

Lake Darling
Water temperature is between 82 and 83 degrees. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up bass around the deeper habitat. In the early and late parts of the day, look for them to be in shallow but not far from the deep water ledges. Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills out around the rock piles and brush in 6-8 feet of water.

Lost Grove Lake
Water temperature is between 80 and 81 degrees. Planktonic algae bloom is turning the water green. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up some crappies later in the evening as these fish come to shore to feed later in the day. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching bass in the flooded brush on the north side of the lake in the early morning hours.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The water level in this area have stopped dropping. It should drop again as the South Skunk continues to drop where the North has stabilized. Channel Catfish – Fair: Still a lot of water in the Skunk; try around the edges of the brush piles and trees where there is a current break.

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 7.88 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. River level is 13.03 feet at Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. River level at Fort Madison is 526.89 feet and flood stage is 528 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high and muddy water conditions. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish – No Report: Try fishing above brush piles and snags along the side channels and main channel; use stinkbait or shad. Bluegill – No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters around brush piles. Try fishing with worms under a bobber.

River stages rose slightly this past weekend, but are starting to fall. Main channel water temperature is around 78 degrees. Water clarity is fair. Fishing is being reported as slow. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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