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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast A chance for stormy weather continues through the weekend. Be careful when outside. There are excessive heat warnings for our area Thursday and Friday. Most river levels remain elevated and are very muddy with recent rains. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/20 06:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Cedar River crested earlier this week and is slowly falling. Water is very dirty. Use caution when boating as submersed logs and other debris may not be visible. 07/20 06:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers fishing in current breaks and eddies are finding catfish. Use cutbait on a hook for best luck. 07/20 06:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Minnows are turning pikes heads this week. 07/20 06:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Rock Bass - Slow: Catches of rockbass have been spotty. 07/20 06:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Fair: 07/20 06:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Most all of the interior rivers are on the rise due to recent rainfall and fishing reports have declined due to the recent heat and humidity. Channel catfish may be the best angling opportunity on the rivers for the upcoming weekend Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/20 11:23
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits, cutbaits or chicken livers are a good choice of bait this time of year. 07/20 11:23
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is rising and there currently are no reports at this time. Channel catfish may be the best opportunity at this time 07/20 11:23
Decorah District Streams Northeast A chance for stormy weather continues through the weekend. Be careful when outside. There are excessive heat warnings for our area Thursday and Friday. Most river levels remain elevated and are very muddy with recent rains. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/20 06:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: For stained water, try using a streamer or minnow imitation. 07/20 06:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching in the evenings. Try using a #18 blue wing olive or #14 or #16 caddis fly imitation. Strong midges hatches have also been occurring. 07/20 06:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Remember, a few of our streams are not stocked in July and August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Please refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones. Spin fishers might try using spinners or worms for success. 07/20 06:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams with better watersheds are fishable but flows are up. Trout anglers be aware! Wild Parsnip is still blooming. Take care when walking through this weed when getting to your favorite stream. Don't let it touch your skin. It reacts with the sun and causes horrible blisters. 07/20 06:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast A chance for stormy weather continues through the weekend. Be careful when outside. There are excessive heat warnings for our area Thursday and Friday. Most river levels remain elevated and are very muddy with recent rains. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/20 06:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast The lake has a green algae bloom going on but anglers are still catching fish. 07/20 06:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fishing from shore is difficult due to aquatic beds. Anglers are finding fish in deeper water using a hook tipped with small piece of worm. 07/20 06:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are using cutbait, worms, and stinkbait fished off the bottom with success. 07/20 06:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers fishing from a boat or canoe are having luck using topwater plastics over the vegetation and reeling to deeper water. 07/20 06:13
Lake Meyer Northeast A chance for stormy weather continues through the weekend. Be careful when outside. There are excessive heat warnings for our area Thursday and Friday. Most river levels remain elevated and are very muddy with recent rains. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/20 06:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Anglers can expect spotty catches of fish depending on day and time. Algae bloom is becoming more evident on water. 07/20 06:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Gills are in shallow dense vegetation and difficult to catch. 07/20 06:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are taking a big worm fished off the bottom under a bobber. Evenings are best. 07/20 06:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: A jig tipped with a variety of soft plastics will work for bass. Start along the weed edges and fish deeper. 07/20 06:13
Manchester District Streams Northeast Most all of the interior rivers are on the rise due to recent rainfall and fishing reports have declined due to the recent heat and humidity. Channel catfish may be the best angling opportunity on the rivers for the upcoming weekend Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/20 11:23
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Use spinners or dry flies concentrating efforts near overhead cover and other habitat. 07/20 11:23
Manchester District Streams Northeast Recent fish sampling surveys on the Upper Maquoketa River (Trout Portion) has shown good numbers of brown trout with many of quality size. 07/20 11:23
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Most all of the interior rivers are on the rise due to recent rainfall and fishing reports have declined due to the recent heat and humidity. Channel catfish may be the best angling opportunity on the rivers for the upcoming weekend Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/20 11:23
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish chicken livers, stinkbaits near the upstream end of logjams for some great channel catfish action. 07/20 11:23
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: A jig & crawler, crankbaits or spinnerbaits fished near rocky habitat can be productive for smallmouth bass. 07/20 11:23
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in excellent angling condition for the upcoming weekend. 07/20 11:23
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year. Look for current breaks and woody structure. 07/20 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water levels are up several feet over the past week on the Upper Mississippi. Lock and Dam gates are open at Lynxville and Guttenberg. The rapid rise in water levels will create excessive current and vegetation movement. Anglers may have to search for fish in side channel and backwater refuges. Water temps remain in the upper 70's. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills will be scattered with the higher water levels. Fish a bit of crawler under bobbers in slack water still holding vegetation. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish spawning has mostly ended and we are moving into stink bait season. Look for catfish is shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wingdams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wingdams. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is at 19 ft. and is expected to reach 20.5 ft this week. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water levels are up several feet over the past week on the Upper Mississippi. Lock and Dam gates are open at Lynxville and Guttenberg. The rapid rise in water levels will create excessive current and vegetation movement. Anglers may have to search for fish in side channel and backwater refuges. Water temps remain in the upper 70's. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills will be scattered with the higher water levels. Fish a bit of crawler under bobbers in slack water still holding vegetation. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish spawning has mostly ended and we are moving into stink bait season. Look for catfish is shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wingdams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wingdams. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg has risen 4 ft in the past week to near 10 ft. Levels are expected to reach 11.2 late next week before leveling off. Water temp remains in the upper 70's. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water levels are up several feet over the past week on the Upper Mississippi. Lock and Dam gates are open at Lynxville and Guttenberg. The rapid rise in water levels will create excessive current and vegetation movement. Anglers may have to search for fish in side channel and backwater refuges. Water temps remain in the upper 70's. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water level at Lansing is 11.5 and expected to rise another foot over the next week. Access to the boat ramp at New Albin may be closed. Water temperature remains in the upper 70's. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills will be scattered with the higher water levels. Fish a bit of crawler under bobbers in slack water still holding vegetation. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish spawning has mostly ended and we are moving into stink bait season. Look for catfish is shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wingdams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wingdams. 07/21 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels. 07/21 10:48
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Most all of the interior rivers are on the rise due to recent rainfall and fishing reports have declined due to the recent heat and humidity. Channel catfish may be the best angling opportunity on the rivers for the upcoming weekend Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/20 11:23
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The Shell Rock River is rising and there currently are no reports at this time. Channel catfish may be the best opportunity at this time. 07/20 11:23
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits, cutbaits or chicken livers are a good choice of bait this time of year. 07/21 07:06
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast A chance for stormy weather continues through the weekend. Be careful when outside. There are excessive heat warnings for our area Thursday and Friday. Most river levels remain elevated and are very muddy with recent rains. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/20 06:13
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try running a spinner bait along undercut banks and overhanging rock ledges. 07/20 06:13
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water temperatures are in the 70's. Water levels have stabilized but the river remains very muddy. 07/20 06:13
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast A chance for stormy weather continues through the weekend. Be careful when outside. There are excessive heat warnings for our area Thursday and Friday. Most river levels remain elevated and are very muddy with recent rains. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/20 06:13
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Spinnerbaits were turning smallie heads. 07/20 06:13
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels have stabilized but clarity is poor. Use care when paddling. With poor water visibility, logs, rocks, and other debris may not be visible until it's too late to maneuver. 07/20 06:13
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 07/20 06:13
Volga Lake Northeast A chance for stormy weather continues through the weekend. Be careful when outside. There are excessive heat warnings for our area Thursday and Friday. Most river levels remain elevated and are very muddy with recent rains. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/20 06:13
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: 07/20 06:13
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 07/20 06:13
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 07/20 06:13
Volga Lake Northeast Volga Lake has a green algae bloom going. Anglers drifting over rock or brush piles will find fish. 07/20 06:13
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Most all of the interior rivers are on the rise due to recent rainfall and fishing reports have declined due to the recent heat and humidity. Channel catfish may be the best angling opportunity on the rivers for the upcoming weekend Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/20 11:23
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast The Wapsipinicon River is rising and there currently are no reports at this time. Channel catfish may be the best opportunity at this time. 07/20 11:23
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits, cutbaits or chicken livers are a good choice of bait this time of year. 07/20 11:23
Arrowhead Lake Northwest For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 07/20 02:01
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Anglers have reported catching 8 - 9.5 inch bluegills in about 5 feet of water using a black jig tipped with a wax worm fished about 3 feet below a bobber. 07/20 02:01
Beeds Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 07/19 03:50
Beeds Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Bluegills and a few yellows are being caught drift fishing/trolling small jigs. That is a good summer technique for Beeds. 07/19 03:50
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Good: Report of good numbers of fish caught, sorting required will result nice numbers in the creel. 07/21 08:18
Black Hawk Lake Northwest For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 07/20 02:01
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water level is about 10 inches over the crest of the spillway. 07/20 02:01
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is good in 1-4 feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with live bait, small piece of crawler, or wax worms fished below a bobber. 07/20 02:01
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish stink bait, leeches, and worms on the bottom. A recent netting survey showed that catfish are up to 23 inches and 5 lbs in Black Hawk Lake. 07/20 02:01
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Top water, weedless baits, and Texas rigs are all picking up a few bass. Anglers are also having luck fishing plastic worms near cover and drop offs. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass on Black Hawk Lake. 07/20 02:01
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Try fishing the shore off Ice House Point, the dredge cut out from Denison Beach, and the rock piles near Gunshot Hill and in the east basin of the lake. 07/20 02:01
Blue Lake Northwest 07/21 08:48
Blue Lake Northwest The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 20.95 ft. /29,900 cfs./ 79 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri has risen 0.51 feet from last week. The Missouri River levels and water conditions are looking good to get out and fish 07/21 08:48
Blue Lake Northwest Bluegill - No Report: Fish a worm under a bobber near vegetation should work well. Some sorting required because there are a lot of smaller fish. 07/21 08:48
Blue Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - No Report: With the water levels up there is a lot of shoreline vegetation submerged. Concentrate on these areas with weedless lures. 07/21 08:48
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 07/20 02:01
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Fish for crappie in 10-20 feet of water with a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig. 07/20 02:01
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been picking up some bluegill in 15-20 feet of water. 07/20 02:01
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Fish for walleye in 15-20 feet of water. 07/20 02:01
Center Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: Good numbers of crappie and bluegill are reported in the shoreline wooden habitat, fish minjigs tipped with wigglers or an worm for the best action. 07/21 08:21
Clear Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 07/19 03:50
Clear Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish have been caught near the state rock reef and after dark on the Ventura jetty's. 07/19 03:50
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing has been fair to good. Drift fish the main lake until you find a school and then mark the area and swing back through again. Or try some of the rock reefs. 07/19 03:50
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