Iowa DNR fishing report- week ending Oct. 10, 2018

The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the week ending Oct. 10, 2018

Big Hollow Lake
The lake is in pretty good shaped despite the weather. Not much for angler activity.  Black Crappie – Fair: Picking up a few crappies out from shore around the flooded timber in 6 to 8 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Starting to pick up some decent bluegills around the rip-rap around the jetties and islands and the old road bed. Muskellunge – Fair: Anglers have been catching a few muskies lately; some are getting over the 40 inch size.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The fall trout release will be on October 27th at 10 am; 1000 trout will be released with 100 trout tagged for prizes.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The river is well above flood stage.

Lake Belva Deer
The weather isn’t helping to bring the anglers out. Black Crappie – Fair: Not a lot of fishing pressure so far this week. Anglers out earlier this week were trolling for crappies down the middle down by the dam with some luck. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Picking up a few bass in the more shallow water up along the rocks and gravel bottom areas.

Lake Darling
Water temperature has been going up and down; fishing has been doing the same. Bluegill – Good: Decent numbers of hand-sized bluegills are being caught in 5 or less feet of water. Water still hasn’t cleared up after last week’s heavy rains. So a little flash to any lure is a good idea. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers continue to catch catfish.The current coming out of the feeder streams has slowed down, but you could still find decent numbers of catfish in them. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are hovering over the rock piles in about 5-8 feet of water. Spinnerbaits and spoons work best. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies were still out in deeper water around the rock piles earlier this week. Cooler water temperatures should bring them in shallower soon.

Lake of the Hills
The fall trout release is scheduled for October 20th at 10:30 am; there will be 200 tagged trout for prizes.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The Skunk River holding at about 1/2 bank full. Not to many anglers out on the Skunk recently.

Wilson Lake
The fall trout release is scheduled for October 27th at noon; 1000 trout released with 200 tagged for prizes.

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

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