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Big Woods Lake Northeast Most anglers are having some success catching bluegill and crappie on most area Black Hawk County Lakes. Ice conditions remain good with most lakes averaging ten inches but continue to use extreme caution. Rivers and streams are generally in good condition, but are high for this time of year. Trout streams have receded with the recent rainfall and snow melt, for further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/12 09:53
Big Woods Lake Northeast Anglers are still having success on bluegill and crappie in Big Woods Lake. 01/12 09:53
Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: 01/12 09:53
Big Woods Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 01/12 09:53
Brinker Lake Northeast Most anglers are having some success catching bluegill and crappie on most area Black Hawk County Lakes. Ice conditions remain good with most lakes averaging ten inches but continue to use extreme caution. Rivers and streams are generally in good condition, but are high for this time of year. Trout streams have receded with the recent rainfall and snow melt, for further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/12 09:53
Brinker Lake Northeast Anglers are still having success in catching bluegill and crappie in Brinker Lake. 01/12 09:53
Brinker Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: 01/12 09:53
Brinker Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 01/12 09:53
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Most anglers are having some success catching bluegill and crappie on most area Black Hawk County Lakes. Ice conditions remain good with most lakes averaging ten inches but continue to use extreme caution. Rivers and streams are generally in good condition, but are high for this time of year. Trout streams have receded with the recent rainfall and snow melt, for further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/12 09:53
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Anglers continue to have good success catching bluegill in Casey Lake (a.k.a. Hickory Hills Park). 01/12 09:53
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 01/12 09:53
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast This weekend's weather will be better in the driftless area with temperatures reaching mid 20's by Sunday and much less wind. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Recent rainfall may cause some rivers to rise causing ice heaves and other unsafe conditions. Check depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/11 04:26
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast A few anglers have been braving the backwaters and impoundments. Use extreme caution when going on river ice. With recent rainfall events, water levels are jumping around causing pockets in the ice. Please continue to check ice depths often. Eight to twelve inches of ice have been reported in the backwaters. Anglers are catching a variety of fish including perch and rockbass. 01/11 04:26
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Crappies will be found around submersed trees or logs. They are taking small jigs tipped with a minnow head. 01/11 04:26
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Slow: A small jig tipped with a spike or waxworm will catch fish. 01/11 04:26
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 01/11 04:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast This weekend's weather will be better in the driftless area with temperatures reaching mid 20's by Sunday and much less wind. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Recent rainfall may cause some rivers to rise causing ice heaves and other unsafe conditions. Check depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/11 04:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers. 01/11 04:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Anglers have had success using a nymph rig with a scud dropper but most fish were hitting wet flies. 01/11 04:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Black fly midge or hare's ear wet flies are attracting bows fished in the riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a yellow scud dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water. 01/11 04:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast Urban catchable trout stocking is in full swing. Please check our webpage for dates and locations. We could be stocking a lake near you. Recent rainfall muddied up many trout streams due to water running over frozen ground but are clearing quickly with elevated flows. Winter trout anglers please be advised that gravel roads in our area are in poor condition due to freezing rain. Road crews are working to improve them but single digit temperatures are hampering efforts. 01/11 04:26
George Wyth Lake Northeast Most anglers are having some success catching bluegill and crappie on most area Black Hawk County Lakes. Ice conditions remain good with most lakes averaging ten inches but continue to use extreme caution. Rivers and streams are generally in good condition, but are high for this time of year. Trout streams have receded with the recent rainfall and snow melt, for further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/12 09:53
George Wyth Lake Northeast Anglers continue to catch both crappie and bluegill in George Wyth Lake. 01/12 09:53
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 01/12 09:53
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: 01/12 10:00
Lake Hendricks Northeast All parking lots are now open. Anglers are reminded that no motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice. The aerator is on so be careful. There is open water around it. Ice depths are running 8-10 inches. 01/11 04:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast This weekend's weather will be better in the driftless area with temperatures reaching mid 20's by Sunday and much less wind. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Recent rainfall may cause some rivers to rise causing ice heaves and other unsafe conditions. Check depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/11 04:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are taking small brightly colored jig tipped with a waxworm near the bottom. 01/11 04:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch nice bluegills using small brightly colored jigs tipped with a spike. 01/11 04:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers have been catching bass using a small spinner tipped with a waxworm. 01/11 04:26
Lake Meyer Northeast This weekend's weather will be better in the driftless area with temperatures reaching mid 20's by Sunday and much less wind. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Recent rainfall may cause some rivers to rise causing ice heaves and other unsafe conditions. Check depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/11 04:26
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are sitting higher off the bottom and are being more finicky. 01/11 04:26
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are taking a jig tipped with waxworm or red or white spike. 01/11 04:26
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake Meyer has 8 to 10 inches of ice. Water clarity is excellent at over 20 feet. Fish activity has been variable depending on weather fronts. Anglers will need to move around to find fish. 01/11 04:26
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers report seeing fish on cameras and a few have taken a jig tipped with waxworms. 01/11 04:26
Manchester District Streams Northeast Most anglers are having some success catching bluegill and crappie on most area Black Hawk County Lakes. Ice conditions remain good with most lakes averaging ten inches but continue to use extreme caution. Rivers and streams are generally in good condition, but are high for this time of year. Trout streams have receded with the recent rainfall and snow melt, for further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/12 09:53
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout streams have recently receded with the recent rain and snow melt. With air temperatures at or near freezing, it is a great time for winter trout fishing. Expect to catch rainbow trout stocked late in the fall, as well as post-spawn brown trout in most streams. Streamers, spinners and crankbaits are the most consistent baits during this time of year. Fish can be skittish this time of year, so avoid walking in the stream and approach fishing spots from downstream. Rainbow Trout – Good. Brown 01/12 09:53
Martens Lake Northeast Most anglers are having some success catching bluegill and crappie on most area Black Hawk County Lakes. Ice conditions remain good with most lakes averaging ten inches but continue to use extreme caution. Rivers and streams are generally in good condition, but are high for this time of year. Trout streams have receded with the recent rainfall and snow melt, for further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/12 09:53
Martens Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 01/12 09:53
Martens Lake Northeast There are still reports of anglers catching bluegill in Martens Lake (a.k.a. Sweet Marsh) but some sorting may be required. 01/12 09:53
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have dropped nearly 2 ft in Pools 9 - 11 over the past week, but are expected to stabilize at the current levels for the next week. Recent cold weather has solidified ice conditions and most backwaters have a good 10 inches of ice. With little snow cover ice remains very slick and ice cleats are recommended. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fishing for bluegills remains good but can be hit or miss at times with sorting of smaller fish. Norwegian Lake in Sny Magill and Greymore Lake by Prairie Du Chien are popular areas for ice anglers 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish minnows under tip-ups in backwater areas and marina areas with no current. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville has dropped to 17 ft and is expected to be stable over the next week. Colder weather this week has firmed up ice and most backwaters have a good 10 inches of ice. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are catching a few perch through the ice along vegetation beds in deeper backwater cuts. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have dropped nearly 2 ft in Pools 9 - 11 over the past week, but are expected to stabilize at the current levels for the next week. Recent cold weather has solidified ice conditions and most backwaters have a good 10 inches of ice. With little snow cover ice remains very slick and ice cleats are recommended. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fishing for bluegills remains good but can be hit or miss at times with sorting of smaller fish. Fishing remains popular in the Sunfish Lake and Zollikoffer Slough at Mud Lake. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish minnows under tip-ups in backwater areas and marina areas with no current. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has dropped to 9.2 ft and is expected to be stable over the next week. Colder weather this week has firmed up ice and most backwaters have a good 10 inches of ice. The boat ramps in Guttenberg remain blocked with ice. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are catching a few perch through the ice along vegetation beds in deeper backwater cuts. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Ice fishing continues but once again some wet feet were reported this week. Generally safer ice can be found but water level variations and rain caused some ponding of water on the ice. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year also making for some bad ice on the edges. After dropping two foot or more last week the water levels are now expected to stabilize. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Expect to see a number of medium sized gills this ice fishing season with some nice ones thrown in. You may need to sort but the bluegill numbers are high. People are fishing at nearly all the Marinas and deeper backwaters in Pool 12. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass are being reported from most backwaters. Bass bite has been real aggressive in some areas and sometimes it is dominating the catch. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque tailwater is near 8.0 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 10.4 feet. These levels are down over two foot from last week. Water is expected to stabilize this week. Edge ice is bad in places but good ice can be found. Please be careful and know your ice fishing safety rules! 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Looks to be another excellent perch year with another strong year class is present. Most ring perch have been caught by anglers targeting bluegills. Some anglers report using minnow heads for the best results. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are on the bite in most places. Some nice fish were reported but many small ones were biting too. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Ice fishing continues but once again some wet feet were reported this week. Generally safer ice can be found but water level variations and rain caused some ponding of water on the ice. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year also making for some bad ice on the edges. After dropping two foot or more last week the water levels are now expected to stabilize. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is near 9.2 feet. This is down over two feet from last week and now expected to stabilize. The tailwater is still mostly open but the access to Bellevue city ramp could ice flow in. As of now the ramp is wide open. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Good walleye and sauger angling was reported. Anglers are mostly using some sort of minnow rig. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: Between the cold and rain stretches the anglers going out and reporting good sauger catches on jig and minnow. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Some nice ringed perch are being reported but the anglers are trying to keep locations a secret! 01/12 10:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Ice fishing continues but once again some wet feet were reported this week. Generally safer ice can be found but water level variations and rain caused some ponding of water on the ice. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year also making for some bad ice on the edges. After dropping two foot or more last week the water levels are now expected to stabilize. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is near 7.1 feet, 11.0 feet at Camanche and 5.6 feet at Le Claire. These levels are all down significantly from last week. Poor ice conditions were reported throughout Pool 14 but some ice fishing could be taking place again with the cold snap from last week. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Ice fishing continues but once again some wet feet were reported this week. Generally safer ice can be found but water level variations and rain caused some ponding of water on the ice. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year also making for some bad ice on the edges. After dropping two foot or more last week the water levels are now expected to stabilize. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 7.4 feet, which is down from last week. Water will be somewhat stable this week. No fishing was reported in Pool 15. Ice fishing in Pool 15 generally is limited and takes place in Marina areas but poor ice conditions existed in most locations. 01/12 09:50
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fishing for bluegills remains good but can be hit or miss at times with sorting of smaller fish. Shore slough and Village Creek are popular areas. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 9.2 ft and is expected to be stable over the next week. Colder weather this week has firmed up ice and most backwaters have a good 10 inches of ice. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have dropped nearly 2 ft in Pools 9 - 11 over the past week, but are expected to stabilize at the current levels for the next week. Recent cold weather has solidified ice conditions and most backwaters have a good 10 inches of ice. With little snow cover ice remains very slick and ice cleats are recommended. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish minnows under tip-ups in backwater areas and marina areas with no current. 01/12 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are catching a few perch through the ice along vegetation beds in deeper backwater cuts. 01/12 10:53
South Prairie Lake Northeast Most anglers are having some success catching bluegill and crappie on most area Black Hawk County Lakes. Ice conditions remain good with most lakes averaging ten inches but continue to use extreme caution. Rivers and streams are generally in good condition, but are high for this time of year. Trout streams have receded with the recent rainfall and snow melt, for further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/12 09:53
South Prairie Lake Northeast Anglers continue to have success on crappie in South Prairie Lake. 01/12 09:53
South Prairie Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: 01/12 09:53
South Prairie Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 01/12 10:01
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast This weekend's weather will be better in the driftless area with temperatures reaching mid 20's by Sunday and much less wind. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Recent rainfall may cause some rivers to rise causing ice heaves and other unsafe conditions. Check depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/11 04:26
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie will be found around downed trees and submerged logs out of the current. Use a jig tipped with a waxworm. 01/11 04:26
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Use extreme caution when going out on Vernon Spring impoundment. River water levels are fluctuating due to recent rainfall events. Check ice depths often. Ice depths vary greatly in areas with varying flows. 01/11 04:26
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye can be found in the deeper holes around current breaks. 01/11 04:26
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies can be found around brush piles early season. 01/11 04:26
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers using small brightly colored jigs tipped with a waxworm should catch an early ice gill. Popular spots to find fish are along the dam and universal access dock. 01/11 04:26
Volga Lake Northeast This weekend's weather will be better in the driftless area with temperatures reaching mid 20's by Sunday and much less wind. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Recent rainfall may cause some rivers to rise causing ice heaves and other unsafe conditions. Check depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/11 04:26
Volga Lake Northeast Volga Lake is reporting 8 inches of ice. 01/11 04:26
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Most lakes in the district are covered with anywhere from 7 to 13 inches of ice. Anglers are always reminded to use caution and test ice depths frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/12 09:01
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are also being picked up using a jig tipped with a waxworm fished in about 15-20 feet of water. Fish up to 10.5 inches have been caught. 01/12 09:01
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Anglers have had luck catching bluegill with a waxworm on a small jig fished in about 20 feet of water. Fish are up to 8-9 inches. Sorting is required. 01/12 09:01
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Ice thickness off the boat ramp is around 8-9 inches. Use caution if venturing out and drill test holes frequently, as ice is more variable out mid-lake. 01/12 09:01
Big Spirit Lake Northwest The best times for fishing right now are in the morning before 10 O'clock and in the evening around 5 O'clock. As always take caution when venturing out on the ice as there may be some weaker areas. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 01/12 09:12
Big Spirit Lake Northwest The ice on Big Spirit is pretty sturdy with people driving on at most locations. Check ice depths often when going out on the ice as there may be some weaker areas. 01/12 09:12
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Good: Anglers fishing for Walleye have found that the best time to find them is at dusk. The best areas to catch these right now are on the north end and on the rock beds on the east side of the lake. 01/12 09:12
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: The Perch on Big Spirit are being hard to find right now, however once you find them you should be able to catch a pretty good amount. 01/12 09:12
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Most lakes in the district are covered with anywhere from 7 to 13 inches of ice. Anglers are always reminded to use caution and test ice depths frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/12 09:01
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching some bluegill, mostly around the Gunshot Hill and Ice House Point areas using a small jig tipped with a waxworm. Anglers are marking lots of fish. 01/12 09:01
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Ice thickness off Ice House Point boat ramp is 11-13 inches. Ice may be more variable out mid-lake; there is an area of open water in the middle of the east basin. The winter aeration system is in operation so expect thin ice and open water in Town Bay. 01/12 09:01
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Anglers have reported catching walleye around Ice House Point and in the area between Ice House Point boat ramp and Gunshot Hill. Try fishing a minnow head on a jigging spoon. Other areas to target walleye include the dredge cuts by Denison Beach and Lakewood Point areas. 01/12 09:01
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Most lakes in the district are covered with anywhere from 7 to 13 inches of ice. Anglers are always reminded to use caution and test ice depths frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/12 09:01
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice is around 8-10 inches, but more variable along shore in some areas so use caution. Anglers have had luck targeting bluegill with a waxworm or small minnow on a jig during afternoon to evening. Fish near contour and structure in 5-10 feet of water. A few perch have been picked up while fishing for bluegill. Largemouth bass are also being caught on minnows and jigs. 01/12 09:01
Blue Pit Northwest For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 01/12 09:29
Blue Pit Northwest The DNR will be stocking trout Saturday January 14th. A kids fishing event will be held from 11:00-2:00. 01/12 10:54
Bluebill Lake Northwest For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 01/12 09:29
Bluebill Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: 01/12 09:29
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