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Fishing report given for southeast Iowa

Aug 31, 2017

Iowa Department of Natural Resources fishing report Thursday includes information about fishing across the state.

The complete fishing report and more information about fishing can be found on the DNR’s website, www.iowadnr.gov.

Reports for some fishing locations in southeast Iowa include:

Lake Belva Deer — The lake is in pretty good condition right now. Water is fairly clear with just a little duckweed floating around from the marsh up above the lake. Bluegill fishing has picked back up and is good. They are still out in the deeper 10-12 foot water, but with a few more cool nights, expect them to come in shallower. Channel catfish are biting and fishing is excellent. A good place to look for them is at the upper end of the lake where the arm from the north connects to the main lake. Black crappie fishing is good. They are still out in the 10 foot depth range; use vertical jigging or slip bobbers with minnows.

Lake Darling — The water temperatures is stubbornly holding on to 78 degrees. There is a planktonic algae bloom going on but a little wind or rain will fix that. Black crappie fishing is picking back up and is good. Most anglers are anchored out over the deeper habitat in 10-12 foot of water. Bluegill fishing is fair. The bluegills are still out in the deeper water also, but don’t be surprised if you catch a few in shallow in the morning. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. The bass are on the shallow edge of the drop-offs. Soft plastics are working the best.

Big Hallow Lake — Black crappie fishing is fair, with the crappie bite picked up some. Concentrate efforts in the flooded timber and down about 8 feet. Bluegill fishing is fair. You should be able to catch some nice bluegills around the jetties and the deeper sides of the island where the bluegills still have access to the deeper water. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. In the early morning and late evening go shallow, but as the day gets warmer follow them out to deeper water.

Lake Geode — Bluegill fishing is fair. The bluegills are starting to work the outer edges of the water willow beds close to deeper water. Largemouth bass fishing is good; work the outer edges of the water willow beds and around the tree falls in the lake.

Lake Keomah — Bluegill fishing is slow, but try small jigs tipped with live bait and target the edge of the vegetation and around the fishing jetties. Channel catfish fishing is fair; try nightcrawlers in about 4-6 feet of water.

Lake Sugema — Black crappie fishing is fair; try areas in the flooded timber with a jig and minnow. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Walleye fishing is slow, but try casting crankbaits along the dam and other riprapped shorelines. Drifting or trolling nightcrawlers also can produce a few fish. Bluegill fishing is fair. Try live bait and a small jig. Target structure in 8-10 feet. Sorting is needed for larger fish. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Try spinnerbaits or crawdad-imitating baits along the shorelines and around the jetties. Use a rubber worm among the vegetation.

Iowa River, from Columbus Junction to the Mississippi River — The river level is holding pretty constant right now, neither falling or rising. The water is fairly shallow, but small jon boats or jet boats still have enough water to navigate. Fishing is fair for channel catfish; find the deeper holes with brush piles and you will find the catfish — getting to them is the hard part.

For information about fishing in southeast Iowa, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

 

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