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Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels are holding steady this week. Late summer fishing has been consistent for many species. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Water temperature has been gradually falling into the mid to upper 60's this week. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip-bobber. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level has fallen to 15 ft and predicted to drop slightly then remain stable. Water temperature is 70° at the lock and dam. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are feeding actively this week using live bait or artificial along rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a little slower presentation as the water temperature is falling. One eye jigs or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish crappies in backwater side channels using light colored jigs or hook tipped with crappie minnows. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels are holding steady this week. Late summer fishing has been consistent for many species. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Water temperature has been gradually falling into the mid to upper 60's this week. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip- bobber. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Mississippi River at Guttenberg has fallen to 6.5 ft and predicted to drop slightly this week. Water temperature is 65°at the Lock and Dam. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are feeding actively this week using live bait or artificial along rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a little slower presentation as the water temperature is falling. One eye jigs or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish crappies in backwater side-channels using light colored jigs or hook tipped with crappie minnows. Bertom Lake area has been picking up. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Please take caution when using any ramp as you can back off the ends causing trailer damage in low water levels. The channel temperature has been in the low 70's. Fishing conditions are good throughout the district. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish have been reported on worms and stink bait. Move often if not finding biting fish. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Please take caution when backing up on any ramp. River levels are getting low and it is easy to back off the ends of ramps causing trailer damage. River levels receded this week. Water levels are around 5 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is good and water temperature in the upper 60's. Try to remove any vegetation off your trailers. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are concentrating at the mouths of large backwater areas and along the channel border rock. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Flatheads are being caught by anglers pulling worm rigs near rocky habitats. Lots of flatheads have been caught this year. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouths have pulled out of the shallow backwater areas and are on trees and sandy shoals often chasing minnows. Also the scum frog bite has been very good in the weed pads. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish in the evening hours throwing spinners or small crankbaits around rocky areas with strong current. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: The wingdam fishing is well underway on the Mississippi River. Some anglers are using worm rigs and others are throwing crank baits on the dams. Floating weeds are being a real hindrance at times. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Good: Fall is the best time of the year to fish crappies on the Mississippi River. Look for them along log jams in backwater sloughs. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught in backwater areas on minnows generally by anglers fishing for bluegills or crappies. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Please take caution when using any ramp as you can back off the ends causing trailer damage in low water levels. The channel temperature has been in the low 70's. Fishing conditions are good throughout the district. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel Catfish are hitting on worm rigs and stink bait. Fish above log jams and rock piles and let the smell of the bait flow into the log piles. Move often if not finding fish. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being caught on egg sinker and worm rigs. The nice thing about drum is they bite in all types of river conditions. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Use flashy white lures for pike. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Please take caution when backing up on any ramp. River levels are getting low and it is easy to back off the ends of ramps causing trailer damage. Water level is near 5.5 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam. Water clarity has been improving and water temperature is in upper 60's and lower 70's in the main channel. Please also try to remove any vegetation off your trailers. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Mixed reports on walleye the past couple of weeks. Some anglers think it is great fishing some have been doing poorly. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fall is a great time to fish for crappies. Use small minnows and fish the woody snags in backwater sloughs. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish in log piles in larger backwater and sloughs. Worm rigs work best. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Small Flathead Catfish are hitting on worms mostly by people fishing Channel Cats. For bigger Flatheads try using large live bait fished in the evening hours. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Some fish are on the weed edges and some are located in logs in deeper sloughs. Scum frogs and other frog imitations are still working well. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish near rock piles with strong current. Throw crank baits or spinners. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Please take caution when using any ramp as you can back off the ends causing trailer damage in low water levels. The channel temperature has been in the low 70's. Fishing conditions are good throughout the district. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Please take caution when backing up on any ramp. River levels are getting low and it is easy to back off the ends of ramps causing trailer damage. Water levels are near 5.5 feet at Fulton, 10 feet at Camanche and 5 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity has improved and temperature is around 70 degrees in the main channel. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are hitting on worm rigs and prepared stink baits. Fish close to shoreline snags or along rock lines. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are biting on worms rigs. Drum can be caught in nearly all moderate current areas. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass had moved out of the large shallow areas into deeper slough habitats. Spinner baits have been effective along the channel weed lines. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Twister tails on wingdams can be effective this time of year. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Some people are trot lining flathead catfish using large bullheads as bait. Flathead are active most during the night and evening hours. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are being reported along rock piles with current. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting well along vegetation lines mostly on worms and bobbers. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Please take caution when using any ramp as you can back off the ends causing trailer damage in low water levels. The channel temperature has been in the low 70's. Fishing conditions are good throughout the district. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are fishing stink bait along the rock piles near Campbell's and Arsenal Island. Move often if fish are not hitting. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are a species that bite well this time of year. If you are cleaning them put them on ice immediately after catching. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Please take caution when backing up on any ramp. River levels are getting low and it is easy to back off the ends of ramps causing trailer damage. Levels are around 6 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity has improved and temperature is near 70 degrees in the main channel. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are a night feeding animal. Use large live bait fished near shore during the night and evening hours for the best chance of success. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths can be found along rock lines with strong current. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast White Bass - Fair: A few white bass were reported in the tailwater area and down south of the I-74 bridge along the rock lines. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip- bobber. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8.6 ft and predicted to remain stable. Water temperature has fallen into the mid 60's° 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels are holding steady this week. Late summer fishing has been consistent for many species. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Water temperature has been gradually falling into the mid to upper 60's this week. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth fishing is improving with reports of many fish in the 2-3 lb range being caught using a worm harness along the riprap near the Black Hawk bridge. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a little slower presentation as the water temperature is falling. One eye jigs or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish crappies in backwater side-channels using light colored jigs or hook tipped with crappie minnows. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 09/14 10:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 09/14 10:49
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Surface water temperature in area lakes is around 73 degrees. Panfishing has been fair to good in most lakes. The channel catfish bite in rivers and lakes is fair. Expect Walleye fishing to pick up as water temperatures cool. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 09/14 08:22
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Catch 8- to 9-inch bluegills near structure in 5- to 10-feet of water. For deeper fish, drift a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler. Use a bobber if fishing closer to shore. 09/14 08:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Surface water temperature in area lakes is around 73 degrees. Panfishing has been fair to good in most lakes. The channel catfish bite in rivers and lakes is fair. Expect Walleye fishing to pick up as water temperatures cool. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 09/14 08:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Use a jig with a minnow in 2-6 feet of water along Ice House Point, the floating dock, and the stone piers in Town Bay. 09/14 08:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Pick up bluegill just about anywhere along the shoreline in 2- to 5-feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with live bait or a small piece of crawler fished below a bobber off the floating fishing pier, the west stone pier, and the inlet bridge. 09/14 08:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers and cut bait fished on the bottom. Try near the floating dock, Ice House Point, and the rock piles near Cottonwood Point and the east basin. 09/14 08:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Surface water temperature is around 73 degrees. Water levels are near the crest of the spillway. 09/14 08:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Use live bait fished along Ice House Point shoreline and the rock piles near Cottonwood Point and in the east basin. Expect walleye fishing to pick up near shore in the next couple of weeks as water temperatures cool. 09/14 08:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Use topwater lures, twisters, or live bait to catch largemouth bass just about anywhere along the shoreline. 09/14 08:22
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Surface water temperature in area lakes is around 73 degrees. Panfishing has been fair to good in most lakes. The channel catfish bite in rivers and lakes is fair. Expect Walleye fishing to pick up as water temperatures cool. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 09/14 08:22
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Try a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig in 10- to 15-feet of water. 09/14 08:22
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler in 5- to 15-feet of water. Drift near deep structure, drop-offs and weed lines. 09/14 08:22
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Throw topwater lures, weedless baits, spinners and plastic worms along weed lines, near cover and wood structure. Fish deeper for larger fish. Pick up small fish in the shallows. 09/14 08:22
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: 09/14 08:22
Clear Lake Northwest For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 09/13 06:48
Clear Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the windward side of the lake with cut bait. 09/13 06:48
Clear Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Fair: Fish the weed edge and shady areas near docks. 09/13 06:48
Clear Lake Northwest The water temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit. 09/13 06:48
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Fish the rock reefs with a slip bobber and leech or crawler or try trolling bottom bouncers with bright colored blades and a night crawler. 09/13 06:48
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Drift a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or cut bait in 8 to 10 feet of water until you find the fish. 09/13 06:48
Crystal Lake Northwest For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 09/13 06:48
Crystal Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the deeper water in the dredge cut with a slip bobber and small minnow. Look for suspended fish on your electronics. 09/13 06:48
Crystal Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Fish near the dredge cut with a slip bobber and small piece of crawler. 09/13 06:48
East Okoboji Lake Northwest The walleye fishing will pick up as the water temperature continues to cool down. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 09/14 11:24
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Large amounts of keeper fish are being caught on East Okoboji at this time with the majority of kept fish being yellow bass. 09/14 11:24
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Excellent: Good sized yellow bass are still being caught shallow near docks. Jig using pilkies and crawlers for best results. 09/14 11:24
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