DNR to dump 1,000 prize tagged trout at Wilson Lake Saturday

SOUTHEAST IOWA – The following is the weekly Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing report for the week ending Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
The fall trout release will be Oct. 26th at 10 a.m.; 1000 trout will be released with 100 tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout – Excellent: Saturday, Oct. 26th is a good day to go trout fishing.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
The Iowa is finally back to bank full level and continues to slowly drop.

Lake Belva Deer
Water temperature is in the mid-60’s. The weather has been keeping angler numbers down. 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 
Water clarity is 24-inches+, despite the wind. The water temperature is in the mid-60’s. Angler numbers have been down due to the strong west winds. Largemouth Bass– Fair: They should be moving in along the rip-rap where the wind is blowing in. Bluegill – Fair: The bigger bluegills are still out in the deeper water, but if the weather calms down look for them to move in shallow. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappies are still out in 10 to 12 feet of water;  they should be ready to move in shallow if the wind lays down.

Lost Grove Lake
Water temperature is dropping. Only a few anglers having been out in the waves; it’s too windy. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Dropping water temperatures should get more bass in shallow to fatten up for the winter. Bluegill – Fair: They should be ready to move in shallow once the wind dies down.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
The Skunk River dropped the last couple of days, but remains above 1/2 bank full.

Wilson Lake
The fall trout release will be Saturday, Oct. 26 at noon; 1000 trout will be released with 200 tagged for prizes.  

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

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