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Big Woods Lake Northeast Stormy and wet weather is impacting fishing on area rivers and lakes. Summer fishing opportunities including channel catfish and topwater bass are heating up. Panfish have been more difficult to catch as spawning activity diminishes. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing in between storm events. Most area rivers are 2 - 4 times above median flows for this time of year and that is making conditions challenging for bass and walleye. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for 06/20 04:11
Big Woods Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 06/20 04:19
Big Woods Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: 06/20 04:19
Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: 06/20 04:19
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Stormy and wet weather is impacting fishing on area rivers and lakes. Summer fishing opportunities including channel catfish and topwater bass are heating up. Panfish have been more difficult to catch as spawning activity diminishes. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing in between storm events. Most area rivers are 2 - 4 times above median flows for this time of year and that is making conditions challenging for bass and walleye. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for 06/20 04:11
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 06/20 04:20
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 06/20 04:21
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Continued rain over saturated ground causing area water bodies to rise and turn muddy. Sunshine possible Saturday. Temperatures upper 70s to low 80s for highs over weekend. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/21 09:29
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Crappie keying into shallow rocky shorelines. Use small jigs tipped with twister tail or minnow. 06/21 09:29
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Catch catfish in the impoundments using dead chubs fished on bottom. 06/21 09:29
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Find fish near brush piles. Use a variety of jigs or spinners. 06/21 09:29
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a crawler, minnow, or twister tail. 06/21 09:29
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels on the rise with poor visibility. For current water level information, visit the USGS Current Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Watercraft activities not recommended at this time. 06/21 09:29
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Stormy and wet weather is impacting fishing on area rivers and lakes. Summer fishing opportunities including channel catfish and topwater bass are heating up. Panfish have been more difficult to catch as spawning activity diminishes. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing in between storm events. Most area rivers are 2 - 4 times above median flows for this time of year and that is making conditions challenging for bass and walleye. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for 06/20 04:11
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar is running at 11,800 CFS in Waterloo or about 3 times above median flow. These flows are creating difficult conditions for smallmouth bass and walleye, but channel catfish action has been good 06/20 04:26
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: 06/20 04:26
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 06/20 04:27
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: 06/20 04:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Continued rain over saturated ground causing area water bodies to rise and turn muddy. Sunshine possible Saturday. Temperatures upper 70s to low 80s for highs over weekend. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/21 09:29
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: A variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects, such as ants and beetles, are more numerous. Use care not to spook a feeding fish. 06/21 09:29
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Hendrickson, caddis, and cranefly hatches occurring. Use hendrickson, gnat, or beadhead nymph patterns and watch the water boil. Pale yellow, black, brown, grey colors working. 06/21 09:29
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: A piece of worm or small cheese chunk on a hook under a bobber work in the deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits also work. 06/21 09:29
Decorah District Streams Northeast Yellow wild parsnip blooming. Wear long sleeved clothing when walking through it to prevent skin contact. Catchable trout are stocked as weather and water conditions permit. Listen to the trout stocking hotline for daily plants at 563-927-5736. 06/21 09:29
George Wyth Lake Northeast Stormy and wet weather is impacting fishing on area rivers and lakes. Summer fishing opportunities including channel catfish and topwater bass are heating up. Panfish have been more difficult to catch as spawning activity diminishes. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing in between storm events. Most area rivers are 2 - 4 times above median flows for this time of year and that is making conditions challenging for bass and walleye. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for 06/20 04:11
George Wyth Lake Northeast George Wyth Park is subject to closure during Cedar River flood events 06/20 04:13
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: small fish with good catch rates 06/20 04:14
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: small fish 06/20 04:14
George Wyth Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 06/20 04:15
Lake Hendricks Northeast Continued rain over saturated ground causing area water bodies to rise and turn muddy. Sunshine possible Saturday. Temperatures upper 70s to low 80s for highs over weekend. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/21 09:29
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Use small jigs in shallow areas for best luck. 06/21 09:29
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Fish along the shoreline using a small jig tipped with small piece of worm. 06/21 09:29
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Use a worm under a bobber later evening for best luck. 06/21 09:29
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Fish along edges of vegetation for a cruising bass. 06/21 09:29
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity is poor with recent rainfall events. 06/21 09:29
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Use a hook tipped with a worm or small spinner bait along a rocky shoreline. 06/21 09:29
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Use a hook tipped with a worm in shallow water. 06/21 09:29
Lake Meyer Northeast Continued rain over saturated ground causing area water bodies to rise and turn muddy. Sunshine possible Saturday. Temperatures upper 70s to low 80s for highs over weekend. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/21 09:29
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake has about 1 ft. visibility. Fish activity slow. 06/21 09:29
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use buzz or spinner baits to catch bass. Fish shallow bays for best luck. 06/21 09:29
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Fish along the shallow weedy bays using a nightcrawler for pike. 06/21 09:29
Manchester District Streams Northeast Stormy and wet weather is impacting fishing on area rivers and lakes. Summer fishing opportunities including channel catfish and topwater bass are heating up. Panfish have been more difficult to catch as spawning activity diminishes. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing in between storm events. Most area rivers are 2 - 4 times above median flows for this time of year and that is making conditions challenging for bass and walleye. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for 06/20 04:11
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout streams go up quickly and fall more quickly than rivers following rain events. Watch weather reports as you plan trout fishing trips. Brown trout fishing can be excellent in slightly high and turbid water conditions 06/20 04:23
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: 06/20 04:23
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: 06/20 04:23
Manchester District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: 06/20 04:23
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Stormy and wet weather is impacting fishing on area rivers and lakes. Summer fishing opportunities including channel catfish and topwater bass are heating up. Panfish have been more difficult to catch as spawning activity diminishes. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing in between storm events. Most area rivers are 2 - 4 times above median flows for this time of year and that is making conditions challenging for bass and walleye. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for 06/20 04:11
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River at Manchester is flowing at about 750 CFS or twice median flow for this time of year. These high water conditions are creating difficult conditions for fishing. 06/20 04:29
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: 06/20 04:29
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 06/20 04:29
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: 06/20 04:29
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Heavy localized rains and upriver have caused the Upper Mississippi levels to jump once again with levels predicted to reach minor flood stage this week. Expect water clarity to be poor with floating debris. Many ramps expected to go under water again. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 19.3 ft and predicted to reach 23.8 ft this week. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 76°F. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wingdams. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Some walleye are being caught trolling crankbaits along bottom structure and wingdams. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish bite is picking up this week. Fish a small piece of garden worm on small tackle under a bobber. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill will move off out of the heavy floodwaters current. Look for them in the lillypads in protected backwater lakes. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish bite has been good using a crawler fished on the bottom in current eddies 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. To hook into a big one, try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they are entering spawning period. Fish deeper holes using a large shiner or sunfish for bait. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Main channel areas have poor visibility due to turbid water. Look for bass in the vegetation in protected backwaters. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Fishing has been difficult. Find Smallmouth along shorelines in the current off rocky points. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast White Bass - No Report: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action. 06/21 10:16
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Heavy localized rains and upriver have caused the Upper Mississippi levels to jump once again with levels predicted to reach minor flood stage this week. Expect water clarity to be poor with floating debris. Many ramps expected to go under water again. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish bite has been good using a crawler fished on the bottom. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they are entering spawning period. Fish deeper holes using a large shiner or sunfish for bait. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Main channel areas have poor visibility due to turbid water. Look for bass in the vegetation in protected backwaters. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is at 10.5 ft and expected to reach 15.3 ft this week. Gates are raised and water temperature is 67°F at Lock and Dam 10. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wingdams. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Some walleye are being caught trolling crankbaits along bottom structure and wingdams. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill will move off out of the heavy floodwaters current. Look for them in the lillypads in protected backwater lakes. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Fishing has been difficult. Find Smallmouth along shorelines in the current off rocky points. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - No Report: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass. 06/21 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action. 06/21 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River conditions are rapidly changing. Expect a major water level rise reaching minor flood levels by next week. Many boat ramps will be out of operation. Water clarity is generally turbid. Lots of debris floating in channel. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels will rise to action and miner flood stages by next week. Presently levels are at 9.6 feet at the Dubuque Lock and 11.8 feet at the RR bridge but expect at least a four foot rise. Water clarity is turbid and the water temperature is around 76 degrees. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Especially in flooding conditions most fish tend to hang around near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Some bass are still being caught. Find clear water if possible far up in backwater areas. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead bite should continues to stay good. Flatheads are in the midst of their spawning period and often bite temporarily slows for a bit. People are mainly using green sunfish for bait. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Ffreshwater drum are being reported out of nearly every section of Pool 12. Most anglers just use a simple egg sinker and worm rig. Drum will be hanging out relatively near shore in moderate current areas. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast River conditions are rapidly changing. Expect a major water level rise reaching minor flood levels by next week. Many boat ramps will be out of operation. Water clarity is generally turbid. Lots of debris floating in channel. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Expect a four foot rise in water levels this week and Pool 13 will experience minor flooding. Water level presently is at 10.8 feet. Many smaller boat ramps will be out of operation by the weekend. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction. The water is turbid and the channel water temperature is around 76 degrees. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Spring Lake has been good all year so far. Some bass are being caught out of Middle Sabula Lake and Green Island. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: The crappie population appears healthy. A few crappies were caught this week but flooding conditions make fishing difficult. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Especially in flooding conditions most fish tend to hang around near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Anglers are using live chubs, green sunfish or bullheads to catch flathead catfish in deep holes or above large brush piles. The flathead spawning period is underway. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: The drum bite is on. Fish worms with an egg sinker in moderate current areas. Fish near the shorelines if possible. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike were being caught this week by anglers using white spinners or jigs. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast River conditions are rapidly changing. Expect a major water level rise reaching minor flood levels by next week. Many boat ramps will be out of operation. Water clarity is generally turbid. Lots of debris floating in channel. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels will rise significantly this week and expect minor flooding. Presently levels are near 10.2 feet near Fulton, 13.2 feet at Camanche and LeClaire is at 7.7 feet. The water temperature is around 77 degrees and the water clarity is poor. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Especially in flooding conditions most fish tend to hang around near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Many people are using bank poles with live bullheads or green sunfish for bait. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught in moderate current areas using a simple egg sinker/worm rig. Fish are located near the shoreline in flooded conditions. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast River conditions are rapidly changing. Expect a major water level rise reaching minor flood levels by next week. Many boat ramps will be out of operation. Water clarity is generally turbid. Lots of debris floating in channel. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Especially in flooding conditions most fish tend to hang around near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. 06/21 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Use an egg sinker and worm rig and fish near shore in flooded conditions. Drum will utilize freshly washed in food in newly flooded habitats. 06/21 10:02
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