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Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try numerous depths floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber as the crappie begin to stage for spawn. 05/18 10:12
Big Woods Lake Northeast Interior river water levels have risen again with the recent rainfall events. Channel catfish angling should be good with these conditions. Lake fishing has picked up throughout the crappie spawn. Trout fishing remains good. For further info., contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/18 10:12
Big Woods Lake Northeast Reports have been anglers catching crappie in Big Woods Lake. 05/18 10:12
Brinker Lake Northeast Interior river water levels have risen again with the recent rainfall events. Channel catfish angling should be good with these conditions. Lake fishing has picked up throughout the crappie spawn. Trout fishing remains good. For further info., contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/18 10:12
Brinker Lake Northeast Reports have been anglers catching crappie in Big Woods Lake. 05/18 10:12
Brinker Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try numerous depths floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber as the crappie begin to stage for spawn. 05/18 10:12
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior river water levels have risen again with the recent rainfall events. Channel catfish angling should be good with these conditions. Lake fishing has picked up throughout the crappie spawn. Trout fishing remains good. For further info., contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/18 10:12
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try numerous depths floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber as the crappie begin to stage for spawn. 05/18 10:12
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find structure within the lake for bluegill. Try a piece of worm or wax worm under a slip bobber for some bluegill action. 05/18 10:12
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Reports have been fair to good for bass, bluegill and crappie on Casey Lake. 05/18 10:12
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Spinnerbaits or plastic worms fished along shoreline or near the dam or jetties has been real productive for largemouth bass. 05/18 10:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Expect a cold, rainy weekend. Area rivers & streams are rising and off color but fishable. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/18 08:41
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Use a minnow under a bobber in eddies or off channel areas. 05/18 08:41
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Use dead chubs or liver fished from shore under a bobber for success. Find fish in brush piles. 05/18 08:41
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are hiting everything that hits the water. Fish around brush piles for a whopper. 05/18 08:41
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast The river is fishable. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 60's. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. 05/18 08:41
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or twistertail. Fish below dams in the pockets. With cooler temperatures, slow your retrieve. 05/18 08:41
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior river water levels have risen again with the recent rainfall events. Channel catfish angling should be good with these conditions. Lake fishing has picked up throughout the crappie spawn. Trout fishing remains good. For further info., contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/18 10:12
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have had some success using dead cutbaits for channel cats. 05/18 10:12
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try floating a live chub or shiner under a bobber or casting larger bucktail spinner baits. 05/18 10:12
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting spinner baits or using live crawler tipped on a jig for some great action. Look for wood or rocky shoreline habitat. 05/18 10:12
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River has risen with recent rainfall events, channel catfish angling should be good. 05/18 10:12
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting jig & twister combo tipped with half a crawler or casting & retrieving crankbaits for some good walleye action. 05/18 10:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Expect a cold, rainy weekend. Area rivers & streams are rising and off color but fishable. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/18 08:41
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: Use scuds or stonefly imitations for fish not rising to the surface. 05/18 08:41
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: A great time to fish for Brown Trout is when water turns off color from rainfall events. Try caddis fly and midge larvae imitations hatching off the water. Nice hatches of blue wing olives, dark hendricksons, and caddis are occurring on warmer sunny afternoons. 05/18 08:41
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. 05/18 08:41
Decorah District Streams Northeast The road to Decorah Fish Hatchery will be under construction through June. Many streams are off color. Streams with better watersheds will clear quicker. 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. 05/18 08:41
George Wyth Lake Northeast Interior river water levels have risen again with the recent rainfall events. Channel catfish angling should be good with these conditions. Lake fishing has picked up throughout the crappie spawn. Trout fishing remains good. For further info., contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/18 10:12
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try numerous depths floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber as the crappie begin to stage for spawn. 05/18 10:12
George Wyth Lake Northeast Reports have been anglers catching crappie in Big Woods Lake. 05/18 10:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Expect a cold, rainy weekend. Area rivers & streams are rising and off color but fishable. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/18 08:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Catch gills moving into shallower water with a small jig. Let it sink and slowly reel it in. 05/18 08:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Concentrate efforts on windblown rocky shorelines. Use cut baits for best luck. 05/18 08:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water temperatures are warming and fish are biting. Slow your retrieve giving fish time to strike. Boat anglers are finding fish over structure in deeper water. 05/18 08:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber for best luck. 05/18 08:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are on nests. Use a jig tipped with a plastic twister for success. 05/18 08:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Expect a cold, rainy weekend. Area rivers & streams are rising and off color but fishable. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/18 08:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is poor after this weeks severe weather. Water temperatures are in the upper 60's. Visit Iowa DNR's fishing atlas for the latest hot spots. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference. 05/18 08:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappie in the evening in shallow water along a rocky shoreline. A minnow fished under a bobber will catch a nice fish. 05/18 08:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are building nests. Use a small jig in shallow water with a slow retreive for best luck. 05/18 08:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Find a rocky windblown shoreline for best luck. Try a dead chub or crawler. 05/18 08:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: A spinnerbait works for bass. Bass are on spawning beds. 05/18 08:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Try a spinnerbait for a pike hanging in shallow water. 05/18 08:41
Manchester District Streams Northeast Interior river water levels have risen again with the recent rainfall events. Channel catfish angling should be good with these conditions. Lake fishing has picked up throughout the crappie spawn. Trout fishing remains good. For further info., contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/18 10:12
Manchester District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: 05/18 10:12
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout streams are clear and in excellent condition. 05/18 10:12
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior river water levels have risen again with the recent rainfall events. Channel catfish angling should be good with these conditions. Lake fishing has picked up throughout the crappie spawn. Trout fishing remains good. For further info., contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/18 10:12
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Angler reports have been really good for smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. Recent surveys have found good numbers of walleye also. 05/18 10:12
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Artificial baits have been best for smallmouth bass. 05/18 10:12
Martens Lake Northeast Interior river water levels have risen again with the recent rainfall events. Channel catfish angling should be good with these conditions. Lake fishing has picked up throughout the crappie spawn. Trout fishing remains good. For further info., contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/18 10:12
Martens Lake Northeast Anglers have been doing well on largemouth bass on Martens Lake. 05/18 10:12
Martens Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Weedless spinnerbaits or plastic worms fished along shoreline or near lily pads is real effective for largemouth. 05/18 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Recent precipitation will have the river on the rise once again this week. Fish will be scattered but fish are actively feeding. Warmer weather has water temperatures climbing into the mid to upper 60's. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are becoming more active. Fish a bobber tipped with crawler up in the flooded trees this week. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead are actively feeding in preparation for the spawn. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting on spinnerbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville river level is at 20.12 ft and is predicted to rise to near 23 ft. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 67°. Gates are up at the Lock and Dam. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off but walleyes will be settling in to the wingdams as water returns to normal. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast for smallmouth along rock structure off the main channel and running sloughs. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are tough to find with the high water conditions but some larger fish are being caught using a crappie minnow fished up in the flooded trees. 05/18 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Recent precipitation will have the river on the rise once again this week. Fish will be scattered but fish are actively feeding. Warmer weather has water temperatures climbing into the mid to upper 60's. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are becoming more active. Fish a bobber tipped with crawler up in the flooded trees this week. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead are actively feeding in preparation for the spawn. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting on spinnerbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels are expected to raise from 11.3 ft to near 15 ft over the next week. Water temps are near 60°. Gates remain out of the water at Lock and Dam 10. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast for smallmouth along rock structure off the main channel and running sloughs. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off but walleyes will be settling in to the wingdams as water returns to normal. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 05/18 10:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are tough to find with the high water conditions but some larger fish are being caught using a crappie minnow fished up in the flooded trees. 05/18 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 60 degrees, which is down 8 degrees from last week. Water levels are high and getting higher. 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. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River levels are 13.1 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 15.1 feet at the RR bridge. These are up two feet from last week and may rise three more feet. Many of the smaller boat may be flooded out. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish have been reported biting on worms. Fish near the flooded shoreline. Catfish will be feeding on the newly flooded areas. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum bite well in higher water levels. A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best! 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Good: Some nice white crappie have been reported being found in flooded timber. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are biting on crank baits or pitching jigs into eddy areas. Again fish near shore, walleyes will be feeding around the newly flooded areas. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 60 degrees, which is down 8 degrees from last week. Water levels are high and getting higher. 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. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast River level is at 13.5 feet at Bellevue. This is up from last week and water will rise all week. Several boat ramps are under water including the DNR boat ramp at Bellevue and the south ramp at Sabula. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are hitting on worm rigs. Flooding water puts catfish on the feed. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Common Carp - Good: The warm days have seen the carp spawning in shallow water in big backwater complexes. Bowfishing season is prime right now. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught on egg sinker/worm rigs. 05/24 08:16
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. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Use flashy white lures for pike. Some pike were reported being caught in the Green Island Wildlife Area. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Find walleye in eddy currents. High water makes this a challenge but the fish still seem to be biting so keep pitching jigs till you find them. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Yellow perch were being found near shore but few reports in this high water. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth are being caught on flooded rocky areas by people pitching jigs or on worms. 05/24 10:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 60 degrees, which is down 8 degrees from last week. Water levels are high and getting higher. 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. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Several catfish were reported this week mostly by people using a sinker and worm rig. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are biting on simple egg sinker rigs with worms for bait. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Nice catches of largemouth bass have been reported. Bass can be found in the backwater complexes such as cattail and rock creek. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast River level is at 12.3 feet at Fulton, 14.6 feet at Camanche and 8.5 feet at Le Claire. This is up from last week and levels will rise all week. Some boat ramps will have water and debris on them due to the high water levels. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes were being caught in eddy areas by people pitching jigs. Use bright colors in flooded water. This fishing will get more difficult as more timber gets flooded. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 60 degrees, which is down 8 degrees from last week. Water levels are high and getting higher. 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. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast River level is at 12.7 feet at Rock Island. This is up from last week and levels will rise significantly this week. Flood levels have moved back into minor flooding levels. No fishing was reported to us on Pool 15. 05/24 08:16
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are becoming more active. Fish a bobber tipped with crawler up in the flooded trees this week. 05/18 10:30
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