DES MOINES—Southeast Iowa Fishing Report
Big Hollow Lake
Open water and slush on the ice that is still there.
Three days of near 60 degree weather has melted ice. The middle of the lake is wide open; most of the ice left has water on top of it and is more like slush.
Lake Darling District
Some of the smaller ponds out in the open are nearly ice free now. Rain forecast for this Saturday should melt more of the ice.
Lost Grove Lake
Warm weather is weakening what ice is there. Forecast above freezing temperatures won’t build ice.
Pollmiller Park Lake
Unsafe ice and open water.
For more information on the above lake, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.
The ice is opening back up in the channel area; the remaining ice is unsafe. The lake is at winter pool of 683.4 feet.
The lake is 95% ice covered, but the ice is unsafe.
Pleasant Creek Lake
The lake is covered with unsafe ice.
Most lakes/ponds now have skim ice; there is no safe ice in this area. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Skim ice is forming overnight when cold enough, making fishing difficult.
Skim ice is forming in some of the bays. Geese are keeping large areas open.
Skim ice is forming at night, making fishing difficult.
Ottumwa Park Pond South
Trout were stocked on Oct. 25th. The pond is covered in skim ice, making fishing difficult. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.
The current lake level is 904.04 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Docks have been pulled out for the season and most campgrounds are closed. The bays and coves will start to be covered with skim ice, making fishing difficult.
Red Haw Lake
Skim ice is forming overnight, making fishing difficult.
There has been very little angler activity in the last week. There is no safe ice in the Rathbun district. The district includes Appanoose, Davis, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.