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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Cooler temperatures slowed the bite and fewer anglers have been out. 04/27 11:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having the best luck using a jig tipped with a minnow. 04/27 11:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 04/27 11:43
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth bass fishing has really picked up with the onset of warmer water temperatures. Walleye fishing has slowed down a bit but still remains fair to good. 04/28 07:47
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Apply the same techniques you would use while fishing for walleye for some great smallie action. Spinners and crankbaits work well as water temperatures increase. 04/28 07:47
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and plastics or bucktail jigs tipped with a minnow has been dynamite for walleye. Slowly bounce and retrieve while keeping contact with the river bottom. 04/28 07:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout anglers be aware it is turkey hunting season and hunters are highly camouflaged. Wear bright colors but NOT red, blue, brown, or white. Morel mushrooms are also beginning to pop up. Our angler accesses on private property only allow for fishing. All other activities must be permitted by the landowner. 04/27 12:11
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: 04/27 12:18
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Caddis flies have been hatching in mid-afternoon. 04/27 12:19
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: 04/27 12:19
Lake Hendricks Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Fish activity slowed this week with cooler temperatures and fewer anglers have been out. 04/27 11:25
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are looking for shallower water to build their nests. Their nests are usually in silty sandy substrate and look like baby elephants stomped in the lake bed. 04/27 11:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: A few anglers are catching crappies using a small jig tipped with a minnow fished under a bobber. 04/27 11:28
Lake Meyer Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie were beginning to bite but cooler temperatures have slowed them up a bit. 04/27 11:23
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are moving into the rocky areas as temperatures are warmer there. Try using a small jig tipped with a minnow. 04/27 11:24
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of anglers doing well on both walleye and smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River. 04/28 07:47
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Apply the same techniques you would use while fishing for walleye for some great smallie action. Spinners and crankbaits work well as water temperatures increase. 04/28 07:47
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and plastics or bucktail jigs tipped with a minnow has been dynamite for walleye. Slowly bounce and retrieve while keeping contact with the river bottom. 04/28 07:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel was up to 62 degrees but now has fallen to 57 with the cold snap. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a rise throughout the week. Remember too, paddlefish snagging season is over for the year! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of freshwater drum can be caught. Cut out all the red meat when cleaning them and they are a fine eating fish! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Last week we heard of some nice largemouths being caught in Pool 12. The cool weather and water temperature drop may have slowed down the bite! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: The River has a good population of Northern Pike. The northern pike is underway and usually pike do not do much during that time. Once the spawn is over however they immediately go into feeding mode! That should occur in the next few weeks. 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Loads of small walleye were caught this spring and continue to be persistent in the creel. The 2015 year class measures on of the largest ever. It should bodes well for the future of walleye fishing in the Mississippi River. 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is 7.0 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is at 9.4 feet. These levels are down from last week but water levels are expected to once again rise after recent rains. Water temperature in the main channel is 56 degrees. Angling was reported by many as slow but the weather was not the most conducive to fishing this week either! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Just a few crappie reports starting to come in! 04/28 11:20
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel is still below what it was two weeks ago but has climbed back to 55 degrees. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a to slightly rise and then hold steady. 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: The River has a good population of Northern Pike. The northern pike is underway and usually pike do not do much during that time. Once the spawn is over however they immediately go into feeding mode! That should occur in the next few weeks. 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Weather was not always favorable but some slot walleyes were reported being taken off wingdams on crawler rigs. 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is 10 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is at 12.1 feet. These levels are up from last week but water levels are expected to hold somewhat steady. Water temperature in the main channel is 55 degrees. 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Still getting a few crappie and gill reports but it is not great fishing yet! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of freshwater drum can be caught. Cut out all the red meat when cleaning them and they are a fine eating fish! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Last week we heard of some nice largemouths being caught in Pool 12. The cool weather and water temperature drop may have slowed down the bite! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass of all sizes reported this week. Spring Lake has been producing some real nice sized bass! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: The walleye spawn is probably nearly over. Some males still reported on the spawning beds. Catch can get difficult immediately post spawn! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is at 7.8 feet which is down from last week. Expect water to again rise slowly all week. Paddlefish season is now closed! Lots of species of fish were reported caught this week but nothing substantial was reported. The cold weather snap hindered anglers. 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel was up to 62 degrees but now has fallen to 57 with the cold snap. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a rise throughout the week. Remember too, paddlefish snagging season is over for the year! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: The yellow perch are done spawning and now have reappeared in the creel. Try using a minnow head fished on the bottom! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Loads of freshwater drum are being caught, many from bank anglers. Try using large crayfish to catch really large drum! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Some catfish are beginning to show up in the creel. Most folks are using cut bait but hearing some reports of folks using stink bait as well! 04/28 11:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike have reported cutting off lines of panfish anglers. 04/28 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is at 10.9 feet which is up from last week. Expect water to rise a bit and then hold steady. The weather and temperatures have been going up and down but overall when conditions are favorable, several species of fish are being caught! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel is still below what it was two weeks ago but has climbed back to 55 degrees. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a to slightly rise and then hold steady. 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Some catfish are beginning to show up in the creel. Most folks are using cut bait but hearing some reports of folks using stink bait as well! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Loads of freshwater drum are being caught, many from bank anglers. Try using large crayfish to catch really large drum! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass of all sizes reported this week. Spring Lake has been producing some real nice sized bass for tournament anglers! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike have reported cutting off lines of panfish anglers. 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wingdams now! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Try using a minnow head fished on the bottom! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: The drum have started biting in earnest. Simple sliding sinker and worms fished in current are the best bet! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of small bass being taken in the tailwaters but some larger ones coming out of bigger backwaters. Fish are in shallow water! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye spawning is done and the walleye bite can be difficult during the spawn and post spawn. Soon they will move onto the wingdams! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water level at Fulton was recorded at 7.2 feet, 11.0 feet at Camanche and 5.8 feet at Le Claire. These readings are all down a bit from last week. Water is expected to again rise slowly all week. Paddlefish season is now closed! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel was up to 62 degrees but now has fallen to 57 with the cold snap. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a rise throughout the week. Remember too, paddlefish snagging season is over for the year! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Not a lot of crappie reported but they are quite nice sized when caught! 04/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Not a lot of crappie reported but they are quite nice sized when caught! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: The drum have started biting in earnest. Simple sliding sinker and worms fished in current are the best bet! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of small bass being taken in the tailwaters but some larger ones coming out of bigger backwaters. Fish are in shallow water! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Conditions were not that conducive this week for walleye fishing but some were taken off the wingdams! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water level at Fulton was recorded at 9.9 feet, 12.8 feet at Camanche and 7.2 feet at LeClaire. These readings are all up from last week. Water is expected to rise slowly all week and then hold steady. 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel is still below what it was two weeks ago but has climbed back to 55 degrees. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a to slightly rise and then hold steady. 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel was up to 62 degrees but now has fallen to 57 with the cold snap. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a rise throughout the week. Remember too, paddlefish snagging season is over for the year! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water level at Rock Island is at 7.9 feet, which down slightly from last week. Expect water levels to rise during this week. 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish are starting to show up in the creel. Many are being caught by people just fishing night crawlers on the bottom! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are abundant in Pool 15 and can easily be caught from shore. Try fishing the eagles landing area with worm and egg sinkers! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel is still below what it was two weeks ago but has climbed back to 55 degrees. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a to slightly rise and then hold steady. 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish are starting to show up in the creel. Many are being caught by people just fishing night crawlers on the bottom! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are abundant in Pool 15 and can easily be caught from shore. Try fishing the eagles landing area with worm and egg sinkers! 05/04 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water level at Rock Island is at 10.4 feet, which up substantially from last week. Expect water levels to rise during this week and then hold steady. Not a lot of angling reported but that is mostly due to weather conditions! 05/04 09:49
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports have been good for walleye and smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock River. 04/28 07:47
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and plastics or bucktail jigs tipped with a minnow has been dynamite for walleye. Slowly bounce and retrieve while keeping contact with the river bottom. 04/28 07:47
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Apply the same techniques you would use while fishing for walleye for some great smallie action. Spinners and crankbaits work well as water temperatures increase. 04/28 07:59
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Anglers are catching crappie in Silver Lake in Delaware County near the town of Delhi. 04/28 07:47
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast River water clarity is excellent and levels are stable. 04/27 12:08
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try fishing around log jams or current breaks and under rock ledges for best luck. 04/27 12:09
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast White Sucker - Fair: Anglers are still catching a few suckers. A worm on a hook fished off the bottom work best. 04/27 12:10
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast River clarity is excellent and levels are stable. 04/27 11:44
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are using small crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and bright colored jigs tipped with minnow for success. 04/27 12:04
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: 04/27 12:05
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Anglers continue to catch trout around the mouths of tributaries. 04/27 12:06
Volga Lake Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Volga Lake Northeast Last week, DNR personnel and a small group of volunteers installed 50 cedar tree clusters in 8 locations around the south side of the lake. Many of these sites are within casting distance of the shoreline. 04/27 11:38
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Anglers using a small jig tipped with a minnow or small plastic worm did well. Cast your line out with a bobber. Let it sit for a bit then give your line a tiny tug. Take up the slack and repeat very slowly. 04/27 11:41
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been reports of anglers targeting the Upper Wapsipinicon River for northern pike, also good reports of anglers catching walleye on the river as well. 04/28 07:47
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Drift a live chub or shiner under a bobber near deep off-current areas for some great pike action. Spoons and spinners have been real productive as of late. 04/28 07:47
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and plastics or bucktail jigs tipped with a minnow has been dynamite for walleye. Slowly bounce and retrieve while keeping contact with the river bottom. 04/28 07:47
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish have been caught angling the shallow rock piles casting jigs tipped with live bait. Look for sunny warm days with calm conditions for the best action. 05/04 09:59
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Black Bullhead - Fair: Look for action of this species at the north grade to improve as water termperatures warm. Fish crawlers on the bottom for the best action. 05/04 09:59
Black Hawk Lake Northwest For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 04/27 02:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: Anglers continue to have luck picking up crappie near shore using a small jig fished below a bobber. It seems most action has been in Town Bay and near the inlet bridge. As water temperatures climb into the mid 60's crappie action will be best near shore. 04/27 02:50
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