DES MOINES – The following is the weekly fishing report from the Iowa Department of Transportation for the week beginning Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Big Hollow Lake
A few boats have been out, mostly to get out. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Catching a few bass along the dam and around the rip rap around the islands
Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The spring trout stocking was last Friday; 1000 trout (500 brook trout and 500 rainbow trout) were stocked. You must have a fishing license and a pay the trout fee to fish for and/or possess trout.
Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature was 45 degrees on April 3. Water clarity was about 29 inches. Largemouth Bass – Slow: On a sunny day, target the north side of the upper end of the lake where the shallow water was covered in rock.
Water temperature is between 46 and 47 degrees in the afternoon. Water Clarity is about 26 inches. Channel Catfish – Slow: If it rains this weekend when it’s warm, target where the water comes through the in-lake silt dams; using nightcrawlers or cut bait. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Anglers are starting to pick up a few bass along the rocks and shallow brush piles by the main boat ramp.
Lost Grove Lake
Water temperature is in the low to mid-40’s. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Can be good during the sunny afternoons in the shallows. Work slow; the water is still plenty cold and so are the bass.
The Spring Trout Release was last Friday; 1000 trout (500 brook trout and 500 rainbow trout) were stocked. You must have a fishing license and a pay the trout fee to fish for and/or possess trout.
For more information on the above lakes, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.
Pools 16-19 are above flood stage and rising. Recent predictions have the river cresting on Sunday/Monday, but forecasts may change with predicted rain. Many of the boat ramps are closed due to flooding. We have not received any fishing report information this week due to the high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.