DNR Fishing report – week ending Oct. 24, 2018

LEE COUNTY – The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the week ending Oct. 24, 2018. High waters are beginning to fall along the rivers which will improve fishing conditions. Rainbow trout fishing has been good in local ponds with stocking scheduled before the end of the month.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The fall trout release will be Oct. 27th at 10 am; 1000 trout will be released with 100 trout tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Two weeks to go until the release

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
NOAA is forecasting the Iowa River to still be above flood stage through the end of next week.

Lake Belva Deer
Still plenty of water leaving the lake. Water clarity is almost back to normal. Water temperature is in the low to mid 50’s. Black Crappie – Fair: Cappies are sticking to the deeper water; drift the lower end of the lake. Start in 16 to 18 feet of water and work your way into shallower water until you find fish. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Picking up a few bass in the more shallow water along the rocks and gravel bottom areas.

Lake Darling
Water level is still about 6 inches above normal. Water clarity continues to improve. Water temperature is in the low 50’s.Bluegill – Fair: On the less windy days, anglers are catching some nice bluegills in 5 to 8 feet of water around the habitat. Black Crappie – Slow: Anglers are starting to once again catch some crappies, but they have moved back out to deeper water (10-12 feet). Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching some decent bass in fairly close to shore; use a little flash to the lure with the water clarity.

Lake of the Hills
The fall trout release of 2000 trout is scheduled for Oct. 20th at 10:30 am; there will be 200 tagged trout for prizes. Rainbow Trout – Good: Since the river is still going to be above flood stage, why not try a little trout fishing this Saturday?

Lost Grove Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Get back into the standing flooded timber out of the wind; look for fish to be in 6 to 8 feet of water. Maybe a little shallower on the north side when it’s sunny. Black Crappie – Fair: Still are out in deeper water; they should start moving in shallower if the weather calms down.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The river is off the boat ramp parking lot at Brighton and continues to drop. Level is still above flood stage.

Wilson Lake
The fall trout release is scheduled for Oct. 27th at noon; 1000 trout released with 200 tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout – Good: One week to go!

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 15.26 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions.

River stage is still above flood stage throughout the pools. River levels have been falling this past week. Most boat ramps are under water due to the flooding conditions. Fishing has been slow with 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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