Trout, bass fishing still good in the area


LEE COUNTY – The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for area fishing holes in southeast Iowa for the week ending Nov. 7.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The fall trout release was last Saturday. Anglers were catching trout before the stocking truck got to the dam. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Trout were biting nearly as fast as they hit the water; 23 of the 100 tagged trout were caught before 4 pm.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature continues to hold onto the low 50’s.  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 temperature is 50 degrees. Little brown tint to the water, but not bad. Light fishing pressure this week. 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; they’re in hunting crawdads and green sunfish. Switch to minnows and night crawlers with the lower water temperatures.

Lake of the Hills
We stocked 2000 trout a couple of weeks ago, so there are still plenty left in the lake. Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout are getting settled in. Find them in little schools concentrated in the corners and around some of the shallow water structures like stumps.

Lost Grove Lake
Water temperature are around 50 degrees. 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 – Good: Crappies are out in 10 to 12 feet of water. Slip bobbers and minnows or small jigs vertical jigged work best.

Wilson Lake
The Fall trout release was last Saturday. Plenty of trout are left for this weekend. Rainbow Trout – Good: It took about an hour after they were released for the trout to start hitting, but after that they caught a lot of trout for the rest of Saturday and Sunday; 47 tagged trout were caught in two days.

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 10.76 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 stages have been falling this past week. River stages are still high and some ramps are still closed. Main channel water temperature is around 49 degrees. 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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