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Iowa DNR issues fishing report for southeast Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has published the following fishing report for southeast Iowa.

Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River

The Iowa River dropped another 1/2 foot since Monday (8/3). Some of the big sandbars above Wapello are showing up. Channel Catfish - Fair: With the reappearance of the big sand bars. use stinkbaits or chicken liver fished just off the back edge of the sandbars where they drop off into a deeper back eddy.

Lake Belva Deer

Water temperature was 78 degrees on Wednesday (8/5). Water clarity is 20 inches. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Early morning back in the flooded timber and around and over top of the mounds at the upper end. Bluegill - Good: With the cooler weather the bluegill bite picked up, especially over the mounds at the upper end of the lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing has picked up some this week. Try slow trolling at at the usual spots down at the lower end of the lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has picked up over the last several days. Try along the face of the dam and around the rocks on the jetties.

Lake Darling

Water temperature has dropped back into the upper 70’s. Water clarity is 15 inches. Too many hard rains to allow it to start to clear up; water is more brown than green. Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bite is lasting longer in the mornings with the cooler nights. Use a lure that makes some noise to catch their attention with the poor water clarity. Bluegill - Fair: Try a jig tipped with live bait fished in the rock piles out in 6-8 feet of water. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver; work the culvert piles at the base of the rip rap around the point and back around to the jetty over by the beach.

Lake Sugema

Black Crappie - Slow: Drift jigs tipped with a minnow in 6-10 feet of water for suspended crappies. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use topwater lures along the shorelines; fish deeper with crankbaits or rubber worms.