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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures in the low 70's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the low 50's. Area rivers & streams are relatively stable but recent rain may cause a bump in levels. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/22 09:27
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use dead chubs or stinkbait fished from shore under a bobber for success. Find fish in brush piles and in backwater areas. 06/22 09:27
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are hiting a variety of lures. 06/22 09:27
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or twistertail. Fish below dams in the pockets or around brush piles. 06/22 09:27
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water clarity is improving with temperatures in the mid 70's. Water levels bumped up with recent rain. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. 06/22 09:27
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Typical summer weather will play a part in weekend activities but temperatures will be bearable through the holiday. Rainfall amounts over saturated soils are causing area rivers & streams to rise. Many are off color. Watersheds with best management practices applied will clear faster. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:39
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Use dead chubs fished from shore under a bobber in the evenings for success. Find fish in brush piles and in backwater areas. 06/28 09:39
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or crawler. A plethora of 10 inch fish can be caught. Troll the main channel or find deeper holes for walleye. 06/28 09:39
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water clarity is decreasing and water levels are rising with recent rainfall events. Temperatures are in the mid 70's. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. 06/28 09:39
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are hiting a variety of lures. 06/28 09:39
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a minnow around bush piles for crappie. 06/28 09:57
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior river levels remain in good condition and should remain for the upcoming weekend bar no heavy rains this evening. Lake fishing has slowed down as most fish species have completed spawning. Trout streams and angling has remained excellent in N.E. Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 06/22 11:34
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River has been producing catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. 06/22 11:38
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Concentrate on areas of rock habitat, try either live bait or artificial crankbaits for some great smallmouth bass action. 06/22 11:39
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try either a jig tipped with a night crawler or artificial crankbaits. Look for eddies or current breaks below fallen trees or log jams. 06/22 11:41
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try dead cut baits or stink baits for some channel catfish opportunities. 06/22 11:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures in the low 70's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the low 50's. Area rivers & streams are relatively stable but recent rain may cause a bump in levels. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/22 09:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Use mayfly, caddis fly, and small gnat imitations for the hatching insects. 06/22 09:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Off color water is a great time to fish for Brown Trout. Try caddis fly and mayfly imitations hatching off the water. Try using leach or streamer patterns for more aggressive fish. 06/22 09:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Streams conditions are good. Wild Parsnip is in full bloom. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from this plants effects. Call 563-927-5736 for catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish. 06/22 09:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water. 06/22 09:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Typical summer weather will play a part in weekend activities but temperatures will be bearable through the holiday. Rainfall amounts over saturated soils are causing area rivers & streams to rise. Many are off color. Watersheds with best management practices applied will clear faster. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:39
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: With grasses and other forbs in full bloom, now is the time to consider switching to terrestrial insects. Ants, flies, caddis, and small gnat imitations for insects falling or flying around the water. 06/28 09:39
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Catch has been variable lately. Off color water is a great time to fish for Brown Trout. Try caddis fly and mayfly imitations hatching off the water. Try using leach or streamer patterns for more aggressive fish. 06/28 09:39
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Scuds, stonefly, and common garden hackle imitations should turn a rainbow head. 06/28 09:39
Decorah District Streams Northeast Streams with better water quality will clear quicker. Wild Parsnip is in full bloom. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from this plants effects. Call 563-927-5736 for current catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish. 06/28 09:39
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures in the low 70's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the low 50's. Area rivers & streams are relatively stable but recent rain may cause a bump in levels. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/22 09:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Be sure to clean your boat trailer off before leaving the boat ramp. Boat anglers are finding fish over structure in deeper water. 06/22 09:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber for best luck. 06/22 09:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Catch gills using a small jig tipped with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber. 06/22 09:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Crawlers or stinkbait work as water temperatures rise. Fish around stumps and other woody structures. 06/22 09:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a jig tipped with a plastic twister or top water lure for bass. 06/22 09:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Typical summer weather will play a part in weekend activities but temperatures will be bearable through the holiday. Rainfall amounts over saturated soils are causing area rivers & streams to rise. Many are off color. Watersheds with best management practices applied will clear faster. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:39
Lake Hendricks Northeast Be sure to clean your boat trailer off before leaving the boat ramp. Boat anglers are finding fish over structure in deeper water. 06/28 09:39
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber for best luck. 06/28 09:39
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Catch gills using a small jig tipped with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber. 06/28 09:39
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Crawlers or stinkbait work as water temperatures rise. Fish around stumps and other woody structures. 06/28 09:39
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a jig tipped with a plastic twister or top water lure for bass. 06/28 09:39
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures in the low 70's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the low 50's. Area rivers & streams are relatively stable but recent rain may cause a bump in levels. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/22 09:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappie in the evening in shallow water along a rocky shoreline. Try deeper water in the daytime. A minnow or artificial scented baits fished under a bobber will catch a nice fish. 06/22 09:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. 06/22 09:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbaits with warmer temperatures or a crawler fished on the bottom. Dawn and dusk are best. 06/22 09:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Frog or mouse topwater lures fished along the weedbeds are best. Overcast, windy days are best for bass. 06/22 09:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try a spinnerbait for a pike hanging in 1 to 4 feet water. 06/22 09:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is good. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. Please clean off your boat trailers and drain boats before moving to another waterbody. Visit Iowa DNR's fishing atlas for the latest hot spots. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference. 06/22 09:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Typical summer weather will play a part in weekend activities but temperatures will be bearable through the holiday. Rainfall amounts over saturated soils are causing area rivers & streams to rise. Many are off color. Watersheds with best management practices applied will clear faster. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:39
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water. 06/28 09:39
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is 2.5 ft. Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Please clean off your boat trailers and drain boats before moving to another waterbody. Visit Iowa DNR's fishing atlas for the latest hot spots. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference. 06/28 09:39
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappie in the evening in shallow water along a rocky shoreline. Try deeper water in the daytime. A minnow or artificial scented baits fished under a bobber will catch a nice fish. 06/28 09:39
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbaits with warmer temperatures or a crawler fished on the bottom. Dawn and dusk are best. 06/28 09:39
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Frog or mouse topwater lures fished along the weedbeds are best. Overcast, windy days are best for bass. 06/28 09:39
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try a spinnerbait for a pike hanging in 1 to 4 feet water. 06/28 09:39
Manchester District Streams Northeast Interior river levels remain in good condition and should remain for the upcoming weekend bar no heavy rains this evening. Lake fishing has slowed down as most fish species have completed spawning. Trout streams and angling has remained excellent in N.E. Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 06/22 11:34
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout streams remain in excellent condition as long as heavy rains hold off for the upcoming weekend. 06/22 11:53
Maquoketa River (below Monticello) Northeast Interior river levels remain in good condition and should remain for the upcoming weekend bar no heavy rains this evening. Lake fishing has slowed down as most fish species have completed spawning. Trout streams and angling has remained excellent in N.E. Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 06/22 11:34
Maquoketa River (below Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River has been producing catches of walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. 06/22 11:49
Maquoketa River (below Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Concentrate on areas of rock habitat, try either live bait or artificial crankbaits for some great smallmouth bass action. 06/22 11:50
Maquoketa River (below Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try either a jig tipped with a night crawler or artificial crankbaits. Look for eddies or current breaks below fallen trees or log jams. 06/22 11:50
Maquoketa River (below Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try dead cut baits or stink baits for some channel catfish opportunities. 06/22 11:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville river level has risen several feet to 20.1 ft and staying high through next week. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 73°. Gates are up at Lock and Dam 9 this week. Noble's Island and Bussey Lake are open. Sny Magill ramp is accessible but may have water over the road yet. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have risen again and water clarity is poor due to recent rains. Main channel water temperatures fell slightly to the mid to low 70's. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill can be caught along the shorelines everywhere there isn't too much current now. Use small hooks with a small piece of garden worm fished under a bobber. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are actively feeding and preparing to spawn. Many reports of "fiddler" cats with some bigger sized being caught on night crawlers in deeper holes with a little current. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth are biting plastic worm rigs and crankbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish spinners and crankbaits along the riprap on main channel borders and rockpiles for some fast smallmouth action. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off and are scattered in side channel sloughs. Expect walleyes to return to the wingdams once water levels fall. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for yellow perch to be in the vegetation and trees in shallow backwater cuts. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have risen again and water clarity is poor due to recent rains. Main channel water temperatures fell slightly to the mid to low 70's. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill can be caught along the shorelines everywhere there isn't too much current now. Use small hooks with a small piece of garden worm fished under a bobber. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are actively feeding and preparing to spawn. Many reports of "fiddler" cats with some bigger sized being caught on night crawlers in deeper holes with a little current. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth are biting plastic worm rigs and crankbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels are again up several feet at Guttenberg. Current level is 11.9 ft and is predicted to remain high through next week. Water temperature at Dam 10 is 67°F. Gates remain out of the water at Lock and Dam 10. Most ramps are open but may still have mud and debris on them. The South Guttenberg boat ramp is open. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off and are scattered in side channel sloughs. Expect walleyes to return to the wingdams once water levels fall. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for yellow perch to be in the vegetation and trees in shallow backwater cuts. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish spinners and crankbaits along the riprap on main channel borders and rockpiles for some fast smallmouth action. 06/22 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The main channel water temperature remains at 76 degrees, which is up slightly from last week. Water levels have peaked and may recede this week. Many of the smaller boat ramps in the district are under water or will have debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish have been reported biting on worms. Try fishing along rock piles and lines as catfish spawn along this habitat. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum bite well in higher water levels. A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best! 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River levels are 11.4 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 13.5 feet at the RR bridge. These are up two feet from last week and water level is expected to hold steady or recede slowly. Many of the smaller boat may still be flooded out or will have debris on them. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are biting on crank baits or by pitching jigs into eddy areas. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Still getting some reports of white bass hitting in the tailwater areas on jigs and spinners. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Good: A few nice white crappie have been reported to us all spring long. Not many numbers but size has been quality. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Smaller gills are being reported out of the clearer backwater areas. Most being caught on worm rigs. 06/22 08:41
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River levels are 10.8 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 13 feet at the RR bridge. These are down from last week and water levels are predicted to recede more. Many of the smaller boat may still be flooded out or will have debris on them. 06/28 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The main channel water temperature has fallen and now is at 72 degrees. Water levels have peaked and may recede this week. Many of the smaller boat ramps in the district are under water or will have debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 06/28 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Smaller gills are being reported out of the clearer backwater areas. Most being caught on worm rigs. 06/28 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have been reported biting on worms. Try fishing along rock piles and lines as catfish spawn along this habitat. High water is making this a challenge. 06/28 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum bite well in higher water levels. A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best! 06/28 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are biting on crank baits or by pitching jigs into eddy areas. An early week float has made pulling cranks a challenge. 06/28 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Good: This spring has seen a nice run of white bass on Pool 12. It is slowing down some but some nice white bass can still be caught on small spinners. 06/28 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Good: A few nice white crappie have been reported to us all spring long. Not many numbers but size has been quality. 06/28 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The main channel water temperature remains at 76 degrees, which is up slightly from last week. Water levels have peaked and may recede this week. Many of the smaller boat ramps in the district are under water or will have debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish are hitting on worm rigs. Catfish are soon to spawn so fish along rock piles or wingdam areas. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught on egg sinker/worm rigs. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being found in large backwater areas such as Spring Lake. Many anglers are slow rolling spinner baits. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Use flashy white lures for pike. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast River level is at 12.4 feet at Bellevue. This is up two feet from last week and water level may hold steady or start receding this upcoming week. The small boat ramps in the pool may have water on them. 06/22 08:38
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth are being caught on flooded rocky areas by people pitching jigs or worms. 06/22 08:38
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