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Lake Darling, Washington County

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9/23/20 @ 6:19 PM
FISHING REPORT
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First Quarter
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20

Water temperature is right around 70 degrees +/- a couple of degrees. Water still pretty turbid.

Largemouth Bass - No Report: Rapidly falling water temps should bring the fish in shallow once the weather settles down.

Bluegill - Good: The bluegill fishing is picking up. The better ones are still out in deeper water. Slow trolling or drifting over the deeper water habitat is the best bet.

Black Crappie - Good: Slow trolling over the habitat in 10-12 foot of water or over the rock piles in 5-8 foot of water is your best bet.

Source: Iowa DNR

9/16/20 @ 6:16 PM
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MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Bluegill - Slow: Most of the rain is being absorbed by the ground and not much runoff is getting past the ponds yet. Expect the bluegills to remain out around the rock piles for a while yet.

Largemouth Bass - No Report: Rapidly falling water temps should bring the fish in shallow once the weather settles down.

Water temperature on Wednesday (9/9) was down to 70 degrees. Rain has kept angler numbers down this week.

Source: Iowa DNR

9/9/20 @ 6:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (57%)
Waning Gibbous
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Bluegill - Slow: The bluegills are sticking with those rock piles and brush piles out in 6 to 8 foot of water.

Largemouth Bass - Slow: Water is cooling off but still not much activity in shallow water. Most of the bass are keeping to deeper water at least for now.

Water temperature Tuesday was down to 76 degrees. With the lack of any rain the water is getting pretty green. Water clarity is down to 12 inches.

Source: Iowa DNR

9/2/20 @ 6:10 PM
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Full Moon
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20

Bluegill - Slow: Work those same rock piles out in 6-8 foot of water. Drift from rock pile to rock pile using a small jig tipped with live bait like a wax worm or small fish worm.

Channel Catfish - Fair: Not many anglers out this week because of the hot weather. Still betting that you could catch some catfish on chicken liver if you tried.

Largemouth Bass - Slow: Lows at night are in upper 70's keeping the water pretty warm. Going to have to go deep to catch any bass until it cools off some.

Water temperature Thursday morning was already 81 degrees before 8 am. Water continues to try to clear up. Water clarity at about 24 inches.

Source: Iowa DNR

8/26/20 @ 6:07 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (61%)
Waxing Gibbous
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Bluegill - Slow: Work those same rock piles out in 6-8 foot of water. Drift from rock pile to rock pile using a small jig tipped with live bait like a wax worm or small fish worm.

Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish like warm water. Evening bite is pretty good. Chicken liver has always seemed to be the bait to use at Darling. Work the culvert piles at the base of the rip rap around the point and back around to the jetty over by the beach.

Largemouth Bass - Fair: While the nights are getting cooler the daytime temps are still pretty warm. Most bass anglers are fishing the rock and brush piles out in deeper water in the morning.

Water temperature Thursday (8/20) morning was down to 78 degrees. Most afternoons the water temperature is getting into the low 80's. Water still turbid and green.

Source: Iowa DNR

8/12/20 @ 5:37 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (40%)
Waning Crescent
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Bluegill - Fair: The rock piles out in 6-8 foot of water is where I would concentrate my efforts. A jig tipped with live bait would get their attention.

Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bite is lasting longer in the mornings with the cooler nights. Poor water clarity means use a lure that makes some noise to catch their attention.

Water temperature has dropped back into the upper 70's this week (78). Water clarity is not great at 15". Just too many hard rains to allow it to start to clear up. Water more brown than green.

Channel Catfish - Fair: Chicken liver has always seemed to be the bait to use at Darling. Work the culvert piles at the base of the rip rap around the point and back around to the jetty over by the beach.

For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.

Water temperature back up into the low 80's. Water clarity was not helped by the winds Monday; Probably a couple of feet.

Bluegill - Fair: The rock piles out in 6-8 foot of water is where I would concentrate my efforts. A jig tipped with live bait would get their attention.

Largemouth Bass - Fair: Nights are getting warmer again. Mostly remains a early morning bite. Poor water clarity means use a lure that makes some noise to catch their attention.

Channel Catfish - Fair: Chicken liver has always seemed to be the bait to use at Darling. Work the culvert piles at the base of the rip rap around the point and back around to the jetty over by the beach.

Source: Iowa DNR

8/5/20 @ 5:34 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Bluegill - Fair: Keep working those rock and brush piles in 5 to 8 foot of water.

Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cooler weather in the forecast may be able to bring some of the bass back in shallow in the mornings and evenings.

Water temperature is should start cooling off some, if the weather forecast is correct. Water has a definite green color .

Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are still picking up a few crappies while trolling down the middle of the lake.

Source: Iowa DNR

7/29/20 @ 5:31 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (74%)
Waxing Gibbous
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20

Black Crappie - Slow: slow drifting or trolling down the lake in 10 to 12 foot of water over the habitat.

Bluegill - Fair: Keep working those rock and brush piles in 5 to 8 foot of water.

Largemouth Bass - Fair: Hot weather forecasted for this weekend points to a continuation of the morning bite.

Water temperature is in the mid 80's. Water clarity decent at about 3 1/2 feet a green cast to the water.

Source: Iowa DNR

7/22/20 @ 5:28 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (5%)
Waxing Crescent
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20
Bluegill - Good: The "cooler" weather this week increased angler numbers and they found the bluegills out around the rock piles in 6 to 8 foot of water.

Largemouth Bass - Slow: The hot weather has pushed them out into deeper water. Early morning before it heats up is your best bet.

Water temperature is in the mid 80's. Air temps forecasted for this weekend will increase that.

Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few crappies out in 10 to 12 foot of water slowly drift trolling. Will get better as the water clears up.

Source: Iowa DNR

7/15/20 @ 5:04 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (25%)
Waning Crescent
LL Reporter
User since 2/7/20

The water has tried to clear up it is now starting to turn green instead of muddy brown. Water temperature is in the mid to upper 80's. Monday afternoon at 3 pm it hit 94 at the surface.

Bluegill - Fair: Start out in the 5 to 7 foot depths over the rock piles but don't be surprised if you end up out in 10 to 12 foot of water.

Largemouth Bass - Slow: The hot weather has pushed them out into deeper water. Early morning before it heats up is your best bet.

Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few crappies out in 10 to 12 foot of water slowly drift trolling. Will get better as the water clears up.
Source: Iowa DNR

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