DNR Fishing report for week ending Oct. 10, 2019

DES MOINES – The following is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing report for the week ending Oct. 10, 2019 for southeast Iowa.

Big Hollow Lake
A lot of rain has fallen over the last seven days. Angler numbers are low due to the weather. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are picking up nice bluegills in 6 to 8 feet of water in the flooded timber. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Work the flooded timber with soft plastics in 6 to 8 feet of water or around the big brush piles near the upper end of the lake.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa River in this section is forecast to come up about three feet over the next few days from all the rain.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is around 70-72 degrees. The heavy rains flushed out most of the green color. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are waiting for the weather to settle down before moving in shallow to fatten up for the winter. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills remain out in deeper water down about 10 to 12 feet. At the lower end of the lake, drift troll from out from the beach down to the dam out along the flooded timber. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try around the mounds near the upper end of the lake where there is some deep rock on the sides.

Lake Darling 
The water temperature is 72 degrees. The water, while not muddy, is dirty from all the rain. Largemouth Bass – Fair: The wind and rain has kept angler numbers down this week. The bass are waiting for the weather to settle down before working their way in shallow. Bluegill – Fair: The bigger bluegills are still mostly in the deeper water (8-10 feet) around the rock piles and brush piles. A few smaller ones are in shallow. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers have been picking up a few more crappies out over the deeper habitat in 10 to 12 feet of water early in the morning.

Lost Grove Lake
The wind is keeping fishing pressure down on the lake. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers are starting to pick up some nice bass in shallower water early and late in the day. Bluegill – Good: Starting to pick up some nicer bluegills in shallower water; most of the better ones are still favoring deeper water.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
A big rise in water level is currently moving down the South and North Skunk rivers; look for the Skunk River from Brighton on down to come up several feet in the next couple of days.

For more information on the above lake, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

Mississippi River Pool 19 
Tailwater stage is 10.68 feet at Lock and Dam 18; flood stage is 10 feet. River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is forecast to reach 13.5 feet by Monday. River stage is 15.61 feet at Burlington; flood stage is 15 feet. River stage is 528.10 feet at Fort Madison; flood stage is 528 feet. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool. 

River stage is on the rise once again due to recent heavy rains. River levels are forecast to rise close to 3 feet over the weekend. Water clarity is poor. Main channel water temperature is around 70 degrees. Some boat ramps are closed due to high water conditions. Fishing has been slow with the muddy water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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