Lake Belva Deer
5 miles northeast of Sigourney
No Size Limit at No Wake
Amenities at Lake Belva Deer include:
- Boat Access
- Fishing Jetty
- Accessible Pier
- Picnic Area
- Accessible Facilities
- Good/Excellent Shorefishing
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.|
|Counting the slush and snow that has turned into ice there is about 24 inches to drill through. The water is still a little stained from the rain and snow melt from a couple of weeks ago. The bottom of the thermocline is down around 20 feet so don't bother fishing below that.|
|Bluegill - Fair: The bite seems to be between 3 pm and 6 pm. Anglers are still wroking mostly the creek channel area out from the south boat ramp. Look for the fish to be in that 15 to 18 foot depth. Where the incoming water from the marsh is bringing in just a little more oxygen.|
Anglers coming to Belva Deer will find a very high quality fishery with bluegills leading the way. Good numbers of 10 to 12 inch bluegills abound in this lake. In 2006 the lake produced at least one over twelve inch bluegill that was verified by park staff. Crappie numbers were finally building up with anglers catching nice stringers of 10 to 12" fish through the ice in 2007. Anglers are also catching some very big Redear Sunfish with some of the fish topping 13 inches. Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and A few county stocked Walleyes round out the cast of characters in this Lake.(2007)
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