DAVENPORT, Iowa — A lake in a rural eastern Iowa county is set to officially open just in time for Labor Day weekend, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said.
Fisheries biologist Chad Dolan said some public access areas at the new lake in Scott County will open Friday. Some kayakers and fishing enthusiasts have already tested out the waters in the new wildlife area, he said.
Dolan said he expects full access at the lake to be available next year so long as there is normal rainfall during the winter and spring, the Quad-City Times reported (http://bit.ly/1q84Jxs ). Lost Grove is 15 to 17 feet short of being a full lake, he said.
"The lake isn't full, so long trailers and pontoons should use caution when launching," he said. "So, if you own a pontoon, large boat or sailboat, you may want to consider not launching for now. The mid-lake ramp still will be closed, but the parking area will be open, so anglers can access the 3,000-foot fishing trail."
While crappie are the only fish big enough to keep in the lake right now, Dolan said it's on target for fish growth.
"This is a new lake, which means fish growth is typically exceptional," he said. "By 2015, we should have some good to excellent fishing."
Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com