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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 08/17 09:13
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 08/17 09:13
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish are biting on stink baits, frogs, and other prepared baits. 08/17 09:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast With stable water levels and cooler temperatures, fish are more active. Fish are taking a variety of lures and baits. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Anglers fishing eddies below dams and in backwaters will find crappies. Use a hook tipped with a crawler. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use a hook with a dead chub or crawler for a 2 lb. catfish. Catfish are also taking chicken liver, stinkbait, and a few nightcrawlers. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anlgers fishing rocky shorelines and substrates will find smallmouth. Use crawdad crankbaits. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find walleye in bursh piles or deeper holes. Also fish along current breaks. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is near or slightly above median water flow for this time of year with a gage reading of 2040 CFS at Waterloo. 08/17 08:53
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: 08/17 08:53
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: 08/17 08:53
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: 08/17 08:53
Decorah District Streams Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Excellent: Brown trout are more active when water is off color. A hopper pattern with a scud dropper is a dangerous combination. 08/17 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout stream are in good condition baring major rainfall events. Be respectful of private property. It is a privilege to fish these areas in Iowa. Keep them clean. Call 563-927-5736 for current catchable trout stocking locations. Wild parsnip is done for the year but beware of first year plants. Freshly stocked trout are hiting a variety of lures and baits. 08/17 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Excellent: A variety of small mayflies are hatching mid-afternoon. Use a dry fly for insects hatching off the water surface. Use a nymph or scud dropper for subsurface critters. 08/17 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Flies imitating grasshoppers, crickets, and ants will turn a trout head this time of year. Use any number of black ant or leaf hopper patterns for rainbows. 08/17 10:34
George Wyth Lake Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish are running small. 08/17 09:15
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish are running small. 08/17 09:16
Lake Hendricks Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast The lake is looking good. Use a canoe to paddle out or troll for fish suspended around rock piles. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish around the jetties using a minnow or spinnerbait for best luck. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catch a catfish on a hook tipped with a nightcrawler, chicken liver, or stinkbait for success. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Use topwater lures fished just along the edge of vegetation for a hiding bass. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Find bluegills near vegetation edges. 08/17 10:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappie suspended near submersed structure. Use a spinner or jig with bright colored twistertail. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Catch a bluegill using a small hook tipped with a piece of worm under a bobber. Fish near jetties in evening for best luck. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Best time for bass is early morning and evening. Use topwater lures fished along vegetation beds. Use spinner along rocky edges. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are biting anglers lines off. Use a steal leader with a spoon along vegetation edges near springs for best luck. Pike are great eating. Take time to learn how to clean them. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is improving as water begins to cool. Water temperatures are in the low 70's. 08/17 10:34
Manchester District Streams Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
Manchester District Streams Northeast Dry fly action has slowed recently, but fishing has been good using subsurface presentations including spinners, jigs, live bait, or nymphs. Streams are well stocked this time of year with rainbow trout. Brown trout have been challenging during midday, but they have been biting near sundown or following rain showers. 08/17 09:09
Manchester District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: 08/17 09:09
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: 08/17 09:09
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is near or slightly above median water flow for this time of year with a gage reading of 164 CFS at Manchester. Fishing has been good on the Maquoketa River in Delaware and Jones County. 08/17 08:57
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: 08/17 08:57
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting on crankbaits and live bait. 08/17 08:58
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are biting on crankbaits and live bait. 08/17 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels continue to be at summer lows. Boaters should exercise caution as many sandbars and wing-dams have little water over them. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Look for fish to move to deep cooler water midday. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Fishing has been best early morning and early evening. Water temperature is in the mid 70's. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip-bobber. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level is at 15 ft and predicted to stabilize at this level over the next week. Water temperature is 75° at the lock and dam. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing has been good on wing dams and rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing is improving as the water stabilizes. Fast trolling crankbaits or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels continue to be at summer lows. Boaters should exercise caution as many sandbars and wing-dams have little water over them. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Look for fish to move to deep cooler water midday. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Fishing has been best early morning and early evening. Water temperature is in the mid 70's. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip- bobber. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Mississippi River at Guttenberg is at 6 ft and predicted to stabilize at this level over the next week. Water temperature is in the mid 70's. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing has been good on wing dams and rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing is improving as the water stabilizes. Fast trolling crankbaits or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The main channel water temperature has dropped to 75 degrees. Fishing conditions have been generally good throughout the district this week. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River levels are low and are predicted to remain down. Water levels are 5.8 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8.3 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is good. Levels are now may even slowly recede this week, baring any more heavy rains. Water temperature is around 74 degrees. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish have been reported biting on worms and stink bait. Move often if not finding biting fish. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are concentrating at the mouths of large backwater areas that have been dewatered in recent weeks. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Flatheads are being caught by anglers pulling worm rigs near rocky habitats. Lots of flatheads have been caught this year. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouths have pulled out of the shallow backwater areas and are on trees and sandy shoals often chasing minnows. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish in the evening hours throwing spinners or small crankbaits around rocky areas with strong current. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: The wingdam fishing has returned to the Mississippi River. Some anglers use worm rigs and others are throwing crank baits on the dams. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Good: Some white bass were caught along main channel rock lines prior to the large rain event. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Fair: A few nice white crappie have been reported to us all spring. Some crappie have been reported off snags in backwater sloughs fishing with minnows. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The main channel water temperature has dropped to 75 degrees. Fishing conditions have been generally good throughout the district this week. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level is at 7.0 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam. Water may recede again later in the week barring any heavy rains. Water clarity has improved and temperature is around 75 degrees in the main channel. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish deep sloughs next to large backwater complexes that have been dewatered due to low water levels. This is where fish will concentrate. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel Catfish are hitting on worm rigs and stink bait. Fish above log jams and rock piles and lure the catfish out. Move often if not finding fish. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Small Flathead Catfish are hitting on worms mostly by people fishing Channel Cats. For bigger Flatheads try using large live bait fished in the evening hours. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being caught on egg sinker and worm rigs. The nice thing about drum is they bite in all types of river conditions. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: Use flashy white lures for pike. As water warms up try fishing in the mouths of cooler tributary streams as some pike concentrate in these locations. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish near rock piles with strong current. Throw crank baits or spinners. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Wingdam walleye fishing has returned. Throw crank baits over the rock piles. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bite has improved with the lower water levels. Some fish are on weed edges some are located in logs in deeper sloughs. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The main channel water temperature has dropped to 75 degrees. Fishing conditions have been generally good throughout the district this week. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish are hitting on worm rigs and prepared stink baits. Fish close to shore or along rock lines. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are biting on worms rigs. Drum can be caught in nearly all moderate current areas. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass had moved out of the large shallow areas into deeper adjacent habitats. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish walleyes near the outside tips of wingdams in low water levels. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are at 5.8 feet at Fulton, 9.8 feet at Camanche and 4.8 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity has improved greatly. Water levels are predicted to slowly recede this week, baring any more heavy rains. Water Temperature is 75 degrees in the main channel. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish deeper sloughs next to large backwater complexes that have been dewatered due to lower water levels. This is where fish will concentrate. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Some people are trot lining flathead catfish using large bullheads as bait. Flathead are active most during the night and evening hours. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are being reported along rock piles with current. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The main channel water temperature has dropped to 75 degrees. Fishing conditions have been generally good throughout the district this week. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Many anglers fishing stink bait along the rock piles near Campbell's and Arsenal Island. 08/14 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are a species that bite well this time of year. If you are cleaning them put them on ice immediately after catching. 08/14 09:45
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