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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Snow forecast Thursday/Friday with highs around freezing. Might be time to get your ice fishing gear ready. Area rivers and streams are producing a few fish. Many rivers are up about 2 feet due to earlier rainfall. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/07 09:02
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Use a slow presentation with a small spinnerbait. 11/07 09:02
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Find fish in pockets and deeper water. Fish are taking a variety of bright colored lures or jigs tipped with worms or minnows. 11/07 09:02
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels on the rise. Flows remain elevated. Please visit the USGS Water Data website for more information (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/). 11/07 09:02
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Cedar River in Black Hawk and Bremer Counties. 11/08 10:56
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are now in good condition. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/08 10:56
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers have been doing well with jigs and plastics. Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. 11/08 10:56
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting and retrieving spoons or crankbaits for some good pike action! 11/08 10:56
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing Jig and plastics or crankbaits for smallmouth. 11/08 10:56
Decorah District Streams Northeast Snow forecast Thursday/Friday with highs around freezing. Might be time to get your ice fishing gear ready. Area rivers and streams are producing a few fish. Many rivers are up about 2 feet due to earlier rainfall. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/07 09:02
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Brown Trout spawn is nearing completion. Continue to watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel. These are trout nests or redds. Avoid stepping in them. Try using larger flies or lures mimicking minnows. 11/07 09:02
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Use a small piece of worm or cheese on a hook under a bobber in a deeper hole. 11/07 09:02
Decorah District Streams Northeast To find out if trout are coming to a lake near you, visit our website for urban pond stocking. Thank you to all who participated in this year's catchable stocked trout program. Looking forward to seeing you next April. Even though Iowa's trout season stays open all year long, many catchables remain in the streams challenging even the best anglers. 11/07 09:02
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Brook Trout spawn is here. Similar to Brown's, Brook Trout build nests in the stream bottom. Good insect hatches occur on warm sunny afternoons. This is a good time to try nymphs, emerger, or topwater patterns. 11/07 09:45
Heritage Pond Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are now in good condition. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/08 10:56
Heritage Pond Northeast Heritage Pond will be stocked with trout this coming Friday, November 9th. 11/08 11:02
Heritage Pond Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try casting and retrieving lighter jigs or flies for some great action! 11/08 11:04
Lake Delhi Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try a jig and plastic or minnow under a slip bobber near structure fished at various depths to locate crappie. 11/08 10:56
Lake Delhi Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try live baits or casting crankbaits for some good bass action. 11/08 10:56
Lake Delhi Northeast There have been a few reports of anglers catching fish on Lake Delhi. 11/08 10:56
Lake Delhi Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are now in good condition. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/08 10:56
Lake Hendricks Northeast Snow forecast Thursday/Friday with highs around freezing. Might be time to get your ice fishing gear ready. Area rivers and streams are producing a few fish. Many rivers are up about 2 feet due to earlier rainfall. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/07 09:02
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Fish lighter gear in deeper water for suspended fish. Try a small jig with a minnow and a slow retrieve for best luck. 11/07 09:02
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity improving as temperatures cool. Fish movements slow down to conserve energy, slow presentations down and use smaller tackle. 11/07 09:02
Lake Meyer Northeast Excellent water clarity. As water temperatures cool, fish activity slows. No angling activity. 11/07 09:02
Lake Meyer Northeast Snow forecast Thursday/Friday with highs around freezing. Might be time to get your ice fishing gear ready. Area rivers and streams are producing a few fish. Many rivers are up about 2 feet due to earlier rainfall. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/07 09:02
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Use small lures with a piece of waxworm. 11/07 09:02
Manchester District Streams Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are now in good condition. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/08 10:56
Manchester District Streams Northeast Spring Branch Creek has been busy with angling activity as many trout escaped with the recent flooding event. 11/08 10:56
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are now in good condition. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/08 10:56
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Rainbow Trout - No Report: With recent flooding at the fish hatchery, many trout extradited to the Maquoketa River. 11/08 10:56
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Try fishing Jig and plastics or crankbaits for smallmouth. 11/08 10:56
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in good condition as water levels continue to fall but flows remain swift. Walleye, smallmouth bass and trout fishing opportunities could be good this time of year. 11/08 10:56
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - No Report: Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. 11/08 10:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have slowly fallen and stabilizing through next week. Water temperatures are in the mid 40's. Fish are on the feed preparing for winter in overwintering areas. Try fishing with a slower presentation as temperatures fall. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville has fallen to 19.3 ft and expected to remain stable next week. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 46°F. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Still alot of current until water drops more. Sauger are moving into tailwater areas and main channel borders near the dams. Jigging with minnows is effective. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bite is picking up casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jigs and walleye minnows. Fish are moving to the dams and side channel sloughs with closing dams. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Fish edges of weed beds in deeper cuts using live minnow floated near the bottom. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have slowly fallen and stabilizing through next week. Water temperatures are in the mid 40's. Fish are on the feed preparing for winter in overwintering areas. Try fishing with a slower presentation as temperatures fall. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has fallen to 10.8 ft and predicted to rise slightly next week. Water temperature is 44°F at Lock and Dam 10. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bite is picking up casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jigs and walleye minnows. Fish are moving to the dams and side channel sloughs with closing dams. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Fish edges of weed beds in deeper cuts using live minnow floated near the bottom. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Still alot of current until water drops more. Sauger are moving into tailwater areas and main channel borders near the dams. Jigging with minnows is effective. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have slowly fallen and stabilizing through next week. Water temperatures are in the mid 40's. Fish are on the feed preparing for winter in overwintering areas. Try fishing with a slower presentation as temperatures fall. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing has fallen to 9.6 ft and expected to remain stable next week. Water temp is near 44°F. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jigs and walleye minnows. Fish are moving to the dams and side channel sloughs with closing dams. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bite is picking up casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Fish edges of weed beds in deeper cuts using live minnow floated near the bottom. 11/08 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Still alot of current until water drops more. Sauger are moving into tailwater areas and main channel borders near the dams. Jigging with minnows is effective. 11/08 07:20
North Prairie Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are now in good condition. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/08 10:56
North Prairie Lake Northeast North Prairie Lake will be stocked with trout this coming Friday, November 9th. 11/08 11:00
North Prairie Lake Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try casting and retrieving lighter jigs or flies for some great action! 11/08 11:00
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are now in good condition. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/08 10:56
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock River in Bremer and Butler Counties. 11/08 11:41
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers have been doing well with jigs and plastics. Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. Anglers are still also having luck fishing the shallower water also. 11/08 11:44
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers have been doing well with jigs and plastics. 11/08 11:45
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Silver Lake is in excellent condition for angling but there have been no reports. Bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and northern pike are the primary species in this lake. 11/08 10:56
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are now in good condition. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/08 10:56
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Snow forecast Thursday/Friday with highs around freezing. Might be time to get your ice fishing gear ready. Area rivers and streams are producing a few fish. Many rivers are up about 2 feet due to earlier rainfall. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/07 09:02
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Find fish in off channel areas or deeper water. Use lures mimicking minnows. 11/07 09:02
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast The Turkey River water levels falling with improved clarity. 11/07 09:02
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Jigs tipped with a minnow, worms, and a variety of lures for best luck. Fish current breaks and deeper water. 11/07 09:02
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Snow forecast Thursday/Friday with highs around freezing. Might be time to get your ice fishing gear ready. Area rivers and streams are producing a few fish. Many rivers are up about 2 feet due to earlier rainfall. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/07 09:02
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers report nice catches of smallmouth. Look for fish in deeper pockets, eddies, and near undercut banks. A variety of lures and baits are working. 11/07 09:02
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers using crankbaits or a hook tipped with a minnow in eddies and deeper water should find walleye. Catches highly variable. 11/07 09:02
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels stabilized with this last rainfall. For current information, please visit the USGS Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/. 11/07 09:02
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Snow forecast Thursday/Friday with highs around freezing. Might be time to get your ice fishing gear ready. Area rivers and streams are producing a few fish. Many rivers are up about 2 feet due to earlier rainfall. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/07 09:02
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels stabilized after rain earlier in week. For current information, please visit the USGS Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/. 11/07 09:02
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Fish deeper water and rock ledges using bright colored lures. 11/07 09:02
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Shore fishing should yield better catches. A jig tipped with minnow or slow action plastic tail fished deep will catch a walleye. 11/07 09:02
Volga Lake Northeast Snow forecast Thursday/Friday with highs around freezing. Might be time to get your ice fishing gear ready. Area rivers and streams are producing a few fish. Many rivers are up about 2 feet due to earlier rainfall. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/07 09:02
Volga Lake Northeast Water clarity is improving. No anglers have been out. Fish move deeper during the day and shallow in evening, taking advantage of sun warmed water. 11/07 09:02
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 11/07 09:02
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Water temperatures have dropped into the upper 40's in the Black Hawk District. Most Courtesy docks have been removed for the season. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 11/08 10:42
Arrowhead Lake Northwest The courtesy dock is removed for the season. 11/08 10:55
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Water temperatures have dropped into the upper 40's in the Black Hawk District. Most Courtesy docks have been removed for the season. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 11/08 10:42
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Approximately 1,600 rainbow trout were stocked on Nov 7. They can be caught using small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, casting spoons, and live minnows or crawlers fished under a bobber. 11/08 10:42
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: There has been limited fishing activity this week, but a few have had luck using a small jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in in Town Bay and in the marina. 11/08 10:42
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures are in the upper 40's. The courtesy dock at the marina stays in year-round. Ice House Point and state campground courtesy docks have been removed for the season. 11/08 10:42
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures have dropped into the upper 40's in the Black Hawk District. Most Courtesy docks have been removed for the season. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 11/08 10:42
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake. 11/08 10:42
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Water temperatures have dropped into the upper 40's in the Black Hawk District. Most Courtesy docks have been removed for the season. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 11/08 10:42
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Courtesy docks are removed for the season. 11/08 10:42
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch bass along shore and near vegetation just about anywhere using traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake. 11/08 10:42
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Use minnows or leeches in the evenings. 11/08 10:42
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegills in 5-10 feet of water using tube jigs tipped with crawlers. 11/08 10:42
Clear Lake Northwest Water temperatures have dropped into the low 40's and most courtesy docks have been removed for the season. 11/08 10:16
Clear Lake Northwest Water temperature is in the lower 40's. Courtesy docks have been removed from boat ramps. 11/08 10:19
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