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Big Woods Lake Northeast Interior river water levels are beginning to fall with the recent rainfall events. 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. 05/25 09:25
Big Woods Lake Northeast Reports have been anglers catching crappie in Big Woods Lake. 05/25 09:25
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. 05/25 09:25
Big Woods Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the spawning beds along the shorelines for bluegill. Try a piece of worm or small jig under a slip bobber fished above the beds for some bluegill action. 05/25 10:35
Brinker Lake Northeast Interior river water levels are beginning to fall with the recent rainfall events. 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. 05/25 09:25
Brinker Lake Northeast Reports have been anglers catching crappie in Big Woods Lake. 05/25 09:25
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. 05/25 09:25
Brinker Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the spawning beds along the shorelines for bluegill. Try a piece of worm or small jig under a slip bobber fished above the beds for some bluegill action. 05/25 10:35
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Expect scattered thunderstorms over the weekend with temperatures reaching the low 70's. Area rivers & streams crested and are stabilizing. Water clarity is improving and water temperatures are slowly rising. Anglers please thank landowners for allowing public fishing on private property. Help us keep our streams beautiful. Be diligent. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/25 11:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Use dead chubs or a nightcrawler fished from shore under a bobber for success. Find fish in brush piles. 05/25 11:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are hiting everything that hits the water. Fish around brush piles for a whopper. 05/25 11:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or twistertail. Fish below dams in the pockets. With cooler temperatures, slow your retrieve. 05/25 11:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water clarity is improving with temperatures in the mid 50's. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. 05/25 11:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use a minnow under a bobber in eddies or off channel areas. 05/25 11:12
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior river water levels are beginning to fall with the recent rainfall events. 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. 05/25 09:25
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River has risen with recent rainfall events but is beginning to recede. There are no reports for this past week. 05/25 09:25
Decorah District Streams Northeast Expect scattered thunderstorms over the weekend with temperatures reaching the low 70's. Area rivers & streams crested and are stabilizing. Water clarity is improving and water temperatures are slowly rising. Anglers please thank landowners for allowing public fishing on private property. Help us keep our streams beautiful. Be diligent. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/25 11:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Use mayfly or caddis fly imitations for the afternoon hatch. 05/25 11:12
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. Hatches have slowed with cooler temperatures. Try using leach or whooly buggers for more aggressive fish. 05/25 11:12
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. 05/25 11:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Streams conditions are improving after last weeks rain. 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. 05/25 11:12
George Wyth Lake Northeast Interior river water levels are beginning to fall with the recent rainfall events. 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. 05/25 09:25
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. 05/25 09:25
George Wyth Lake Northeast Reports have been anglers catching crappie in Big Woods Lake. 05/25 09:25
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the spawning beds along the shorelines for bluegill. Try a piece of worm or small jig under a slip bobber fished above the beds for some bluegill action. 05/25 10:36
Lake Hendricks Northeast Expect scattered thunderstorms over the weekend with temperatures reaching the low 70's. Area rivers & streams crested and are stabilizing. Water clarity is improving and water temperatures are slowly rising. Anglers please thank landowners for allowing public fishing on private property. Help us keep our streams beautiful. Be diligent. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/25 11:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Catch gills moving into shallower water with a small jig. Let it sink and slowly reel it in. 05/25 11:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Concentrate efforts on windblown rocky shorelines. Use cut baits for best luck. 05/25 11:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Near shore fish activity will improve with warmer temperatures. Slow your retrieve giving fish time to strike. Boat anglers are finding fish over structure in deeper water. 05/25 11:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber for best luck. 05/25 11:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass should move back in as temperatures rise. Use a jig tipped with a plastic twister for success. 05/25 11:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Expect scattered thunderstorms over the weekend with temperatures reaching the low 70's. Area rivers & streams crested and are stabilizing. Water clarity is improving and water temperatures are slowly rising. Anglers please thank landowners for allowing public fishing on private property. Help us keep our streams beautiful. Be diligent. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/25 11:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappie in the evening in shallow water along a rocky shoreline. A minnow or artificial scented baits fished under a bobber will catch a nice fish. 05/25 11:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are building nests. Use a small jig in shallow water with a slow retreive for best luck. 05/25 11:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Find a rocky shoreline for best luck. Try a crawler fished on the bottom. Dawn and dusk are best. 05/25 11:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Spinnerbaits in a variety of colors works for bass. Bass are out deeper but should move in as water warms. 05/25 11:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try a spinnerbait for a pike hanging in shallow water. 05/25 11:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is about 5 ft and improving. Water temperatures are in the mid 50'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. 05/25 11:12
Manchester District Streams Northeast Interior river water levels are beginning to fall with the recent rainfall events. 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. 05/25 09:25
Manchester District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: 05/25 09:25
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout streams are clear and in excellent condition. 05/25 09:25
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior river water levels are beginning to fall with the recent rainfall events. 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. 05/25 09:25
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. 05/25 09:25
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Artificial baits have been best for smallmouth bass. 05/25 09:25
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing night crawler or stink baits for channel catfish. 05/25 09:57
Martens Lake Northeast Interior river water levels are beginning to fall with the recent rainfall events. 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. 05/25 09:25
Martens Lake Northeast Anglers have been doing well on largemouth bass on Martens Lake. 05/25 09:25
Martens Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Weedless spinnerbaits or plastic worms fished along shoreline or near lily pads is real effective for largemouth. 05/25 09:25
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Recent precipitation has the river rising near flood stage this week. Boat ramps will be under water and fishing difficult due to debris and muddy water. Water temperature has fallen into the mid to upper 50's 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville river level raised over three feet last week to 23.6 ft and is predicted to rise to near 25 ft. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 59°. Gates are up at the Lock and Dam. Sny Magill ramp is inaccessible due to high water over the road. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Tailwater fishing has dropped off but walleyes will be settling in to the wingdams when water returns to normal. 05/25 11:05
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. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead are actively feeding in preparation for the spawn. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on spinnerbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. 05/25 11:05
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. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast for smallmouth along rock structure off the main channel and running sloughs. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Recent precipitation has the river rising near flood stage this week. Boat ramps will be under water and fishing difficult due to debris and muddy water. Water temperature has fallen into the mid to upper 50's 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels are up another 3 ft at Guttenberg at 14.6 ft. Levels will rise to 16 ft before leveling off after the weekend. Water temperature at the dam is 55°. Gates remain out of the water at Lock and Dam 10. Most boat ramps are inaccessible due to water over the roads. 05/25 11:05
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. 05/25 11:05
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. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead are actively feeding in preparation for the spawn. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting on spinnerbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 05/25 11:05
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. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast for smallmouth along rock structure off the main channel and running sloughs. 05/25 11:05
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 Recent precipitation has the river rising near flood stage this week. Boat ramps will be under water and fishing difficult due to debris and muddy water. Water temperature has fallen into the mid to upper 50's 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level is has risen over 3 ft to 13.6 this week at Lansing. It is expected to rise to 14.4 ft before leveling off. Army road at New Albin is closed. Water temperature is in the upper 50's. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Tailwater fishing has dropped off but walleyes will be settling in to the wingdams once wate levels return to normal. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 05/25 11:05
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. 05/25 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. 05/25 11:05
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