DNR weekly fishing report for week ending Dec. 12

LEE COUNTY – The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the week ending Dec. 12.

Big Hollow Lake
The lake is pretty much open water as of midweek. Muskellunge – Slow: Report of a 37-inch muskie caught from shore down below the campground recently.

Lake Belva Deer
Last weekend’s rains and warmer weather this week, so far, has opened up a good portion of the lake.

Lake Darling
Last weekend’s rain and wind broke up the ice. Warm temperatures and a NW wind yesterday took the ice off most of the middle of the lake. Campground arm and most areas out of the wind remain iced over.

Lost Grove Lake
Mix of open water and very thin ice. West boat ramp is mostly ice in, as well as most of the more sheltered bays. The gate is closed for the winter for the parking lot by the dam.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 7.80 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. Tailwater stage had risen close to 2 feet since the weekend ,but has started to fall. Flood stage is 10 feet at Lock and Dam 18. We have not received any fishing information for this pool this week. Unsafe ice conditions.

Tailwater stages rose around 1.5-2 feet since this weekend with the heavy rain and snowmelt. Tailwater stages are starting to fall. Main channel water temperature is around 33-34 degrees. Tailwater fishing for walleye and saugers has been slow. Unsafe ice conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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