DNR fishing report – week ending Oct. 31, 2018

DES MOINES – The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for southeast Iowa for the week ending Oct. 31, 2018.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The fall trout release will be this Saturday, Oct. 27th at 10 am; 1000 trout will be released with 100 trout tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout – Excellent.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa has finally gotten back in its banks at Columbus Junction. Downstream at Wapello the river is still at minor flood level.

Lake Belva Deer
Water clarity is back to normal. Water temperature is around 50-52 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing picked up after the winds died down last weekend. They are in fairly shallow; start in 5 to 6 feet of water. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfishing has remained pretty good since the big rains a couple of weeks ago. These fish are trying to fatten up for their winter nap.

Lake Darling
Water level is back to normal. Water clarity is pretty good. Water temperature is 52 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are still out in about 4 to 5 feet of water, but if the sun shines they could move in shallower. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies are out in 10 to 12 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are still working in shallow feeding on little bluegills and green sunfish. Channel Catfish – Fair: Work the rock along the steeper shoreline with minnows and nightcrawlers; they’re in hunting crawdads and green sunfish.

Lake of the Hills
Fall trout release was last Saturday. Despite the high winds, there were a lot of people out and the trout were biting. Rainbow Trout – Good: There are plenty of trout left to catch. We stocked 2000 last Saturday.

Lost Grove Lake
Water temperature are around 50 degrees. There were some big waves out on the lake with the wind last Saturday. 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: Crappies are out in 10 to 12 feet of water. Slip bobbers and minnows or small jigs vertical jigged work best.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The Skunk River really dropped this last week. It’s back down to about 1/2 bank full. Accesses remain pretty wet and muddy.

Wilson Lake
The fall trout release is scheduled this Saturday, Oct. 27th at noon; 1000 trout released with 200 tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout – Good: This Saturday the trout will hit the water.

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 13.65 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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