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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and channel catfish continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are really good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/25 10:38
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Anglers have been doing well on largemouth bass and fair on bluegill in Casey Lake. Bluegill have been moving in shallow in preperation for the spring spawn. 05/25 11:04
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Slowly drift and retrieve small 1/32 or 1/16 oz. jigs over the spawning beds for some great bluegill action. 05/25 11:06
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting topwater baits early morning or late evening. Spinnerbaits or crankbaits have been productive during the daytime hours. 05/25 11:09
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast A chance of scattered thunderstorms is currently forecast throughout the holiday weekend for our area with temps remaining on the warm side in the low 80's during the day to mid 60's at night. Area lakes and streams are in excellent condition. Please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 05/24 10:48
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Currently the river is in excellent condition but this may change depending on where the storms go and how much rain falls. 05/24 10:48
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anglers are having the best luck using a jig tipped with a minnow. 05/24 10:48
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with a twistertail or minnow are working for walleye. Switch between the two when action slows. 05/24 10:48
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and channel catfish continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are really good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/25 10:38
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River has provided some excellent smallmouth bass fishing this past week. Walleye fishing has remained steady with some reports of quality sized fish being caught. 05/25 10:38
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Cutbaits fished on the bottom have been producing some nice catches of channel catfish. Water temps still remain to cold for the stinkbaits. 05/25 10:38
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Cast & retrieve crankbaits, spinnerbaits or topwater plugs near and along both rocky shorelines or woody debris for some great smallmouth bass action! 05/25 10:38
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Casting crankbaits has been hot this past week as water temps warm. A jig tipped with half a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year also. 05/25 10:38
Decorah District Streams Northeast A chance of scattered thunderstorms is currently forecast throughout the holiday weekend for our area with temps remaining on the warm side in the low 80's during the day to mid 60's at night. Area lakes and streams are in excellent condition. Please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 05/24 10:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Stream conditions are excellent and require a bit more stealth when approaching. 05/24 10:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Caddis flies, small mayflies, midges and gnats are becoming more numerous. Dry fly angling has been excellent. Try using a #16 or 18 for the pale evening dun hatches. Also try a blue wing olive with a gnarly midge dropper. Be prepared to change flies often. 05/24 10:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: All streams are being stocked with trout. For stocked trout, try using a hook tipped with a worm, cheese or dough ball. 05/24 10:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast Water clarity is excellent but may turn off color depending on rain amounts over the next several days. This may spur a feeding frenzy for brown trout. Our angler accesses on private property only allow for fishing. All other activities must be permitted by the landowner. 05/24 10:48
George Wyth Lake Northeast Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and channel catfish continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are really good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/25 10:38
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try casting hair jigs or various colored tube jigs near the shallows for some fast crappie action. 05/25 10:38
George Wyth Lake Northeast There have been good reports of quality size crappie being taken from George Wyth Lake. Concentrate efforts near the fishing dock or off of the jetties for some good crappie action. 05/25 10:38
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and channel catfish continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are really good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/25 10:38
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try casting hair jigs or various colored tube jigs near the shallows for some fast crappie action. 05/25 10:38
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Catches of both crappie and largemouth bass have been reported as being good on Harold Getty Lake. 05/25 10:38
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting crankbaits or spinnerbaits along and near shoreline and structure, mornings and evenings have been the most productive. 05/25 10:38
Lake Hendricks Northeast A chance of scattered thunderstorms is currently forecast throughout the holiday weekend for our area with temps remaining on the warm side in the low 80's during the day to mid 60's at night. Area lakes and streams are in excellent condition. Please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 05/24 10:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are into post spawn mode now. Anglers are catching quite a few 5-6 inch crappies now but bigger ones have been more finicky. 05/24 10:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have moved in to shallower water in preparation for spawning activities. 05/24 10:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Fish activity has increased and anglers are beginning to take a few fish home. Live baits are working well for all fish. 05/24 10:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are on beds now and anglers are having a hard time catching them. 05/24 10:48
Lake Meyer Northeast A chance of scattered thunderstorms is currently forecast throughout the holiday weekend for our area with temps remaining on the warm side in the low 80's during the day to mid 60's at night. Area lakes and streams are in excellent condition. Please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 05/24 10:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity on Lake Meyer is excellent at 10 to 12 feet. 05/24 10:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are moving in to spawning beds. Its been difficult to get them to bite. 05/24 10:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Focus efforts on crappies around the submerged habitat. 05/24 10:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing in evening with a shallow water crankbait from shore. 05/24 11:01
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and channel catfish continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are really good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/25 10:38
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Anglers have been catching both smallmouth bass and walleye on the Maquoketa River, particularly in Delaware County. 05/25 11:10
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Casting crankbaits has been hot this past week as water temps warm. A jig tipped with half a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year also. 05/25 11:11
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast & retrieve crankbaits, spinnerbaits or topwater plugs near and along both rocky shorelines or woody debris for some great smallmouth bass action! 05/25 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen this week and remain steady. Fishing action continues to improve as water levels have stabilized and water temperatures rising. Water temperature is at 66 F and expected to rise with hotter weather forecasts. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Cut bait or worms on the bottom are best bets for trying to find feeding cats. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are getting more active as they prepare for the spawn. Fish deep holes along main channel or side channel closing dams using live bait. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum continue to bite well on worms on the bottom. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth fishing slowed a bit in the cool weather but should pick up as water warms. Look for fish along backwater structure. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye should be moving towards wing dams but fishing has been slow with so much water. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is at 15.9 and is expected to stablilize over the next week. Water temperature is at 66 F. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are on the spawning beds. Fish backwater area shorelines using small tackle tipped with worm. 05/26 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye have scattered to wingdams and deep closing dams. Try slow trolling a crawler rig along the wingdams. 05/26 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen this week and remain steady. Fishing action continues to improve as water levels have stabilized and water temperatures rising. Water temperature is at 66 F and expected to rise with hotter weather forecasts. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Guttenberg has fallen to 7.2 and expected to remain stable. Water temp is at 66 F. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Cut bait or worms on the bottom are best bets for trying to find feeding cats. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead catfish are getting more active as they prepare for the spawn. Fish deep holes along main channel or side channel closing dams using live bait. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum continue to bite well on worms on the bottom. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth fishing slowed a bit in the cool weather but should pick up as water warms. Look for fish along backwater structure. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye should be moving towards wing dams but fishing has been slow with so much water. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are on the spawning beds. Fish backwater area shorelines using small tackle tipped with worm. 05/26 11:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye have scattered to wingdams and deep closing dams. Try slow trolling a crawler rig along the wingdams. 05/26 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river warmed up this week finally! Temps rose around 8 degrees this week and now are in the upper 60's in the main channel. Water is predicted to recede all week. Many of the panfish species and bass have started spawning! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is 6.6 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is at 9.2 feet. These levels are down from last week and water levels are expected to continue to recede. Water temperature in the main channel is 67 degrees which is up from last week. 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Lots of freshwater drum can be caught. Cut out all the red meat when cleaning them and they are a fine eating fish! Also throw them immediately on ice if you plan on eating them. 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass bite seemed to be off the past few weeks but anglers are starting to again report many small bass along rock piles and in the tailwater rip rap. 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: The River has a good population of Northern Pike! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: The reports on walleye angling in Pool 12 were mixed but without doubt some nice walleyes are being caught ! Anglers using crawlers seem to have the best results. 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river warmed up this week finally! Temps rose around 8 degrees this week and now are in the upper 60's in the main channel. Water is predicted to recede all week. Many of the panfish species and bass have started spawning! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish angling really picked up this week. Most anglers using stink bait in flowing sloughs, especially above log jams. 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Loads of freshwater drum are being caught, many from bank anglers. Try using large crayfish to catch really large drum! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Spring Lake has been producing some real nice sized bass for tournament anglers! Smaller bass are being caught again in the upper tailwater reaches. 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Not a lot of pike reported this week but the populations of pike are excellent and even Green Island is producing some pike! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes were reported back on the wingdams. Most anglers using a small crawler rig! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is at 7.6 feet which is down from last week. Expect water to slowly recede all week. Fishing picked up this week along with the water temperatures! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Really no reports this week but we have had a great spring with many nice yellow perch being caught! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river warmed up this week finally! Temps rose around 8 degrees this week and now are in the upper 60's in the main channel. Water is predicted to recede all week. Many of the panfish species and bass have started spawning! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water level at Fulton was recorded at 7.0 feet, 10.9 feet at Camanche and 5.7 feet at LeClaire. These readings are all down a bit from last week. Water is expected to recede slowly all week. 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are back in the report. Few in number but they are nice sized! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on! Simple sliding sinker and worms fished in current are the best bet! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of small bass being taken in the tailwaters but some larger ones coming out of bigger backwaters. Females have been reported nesting in the backwater areas! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite has started. Most using crawlers when drum fishing but also some stink bait! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river warmed up this week finally! Temps rose around 8 degrees this week and now are in the upper 60's in the main channel. Water is predicted to recede all week. Many of the panfish species and bass have started spawning! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Many cats are being caught by people just fishing night crawlers on the bottom! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are abundant in Pool 15 and can easily be caught from shore. Try fishing the eagles landing area a with worm and egg sinkers! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water level at Rock Island is at 7.6 feet, which down over a foot from last week. Expect water levels to recede further this upcoming week. Water clarity is great right now in Pool 15 and conditions look excellent for angling! 05/24 06:05
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Cut bait or worms on the bottom are best bets for trying to find feeding cats. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum continue to bite well on worms on the bottom. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth fishing slowed a bit in the cool weather but should pick up as water warms. Look for fish along backwater structure. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen this week and remain steady. Fishing action continues to improve as water levels have stabilized and water temperatures rising. Water temperature is at 66 F and expected to rise with hotter weather forecasts. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water level at Lansing is 8.1 and is expected to remain stable over the next week. The road to the boat ramp at New Albin is open. Water temperature is 66 F. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead catfish are getting more active as they prepare for the spawn. Fish deep holes along main channel or side channel closing dams using live bait. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye should be moving towards wing dams but fishing has been slow with so much water. 05/26 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are on the spawning beds. Fish backwater area shorelines using small tackle tipped with worm. 05/26 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye have scattered to wingdams and deep closing dams. Try slow trolling a crawler rig along the wingdams. 05/26 11:11
Plainfield Northeast Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and channel catfish continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are really good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/25 10:38
Plainfield Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Present the lightest oz. jig possible allowing jig to slowly fall in water column for some great bluegill action. 05/25 10:38
Plainfield Northeast Plainfield Lake has provided some quality sized bluegill but anglers have had to work for them. 05/25 10:38
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and channel catfish continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are really good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/25 10:38
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Cutbaits fished on the bottom have been producing some nice catches of channel catfish. Water temps still remain to cold for the stinkbaits. 05/25 10:38
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Artificial baits have been successful for pike this past week. 05/25 10:38
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Cast & retrieve crankbaits, spinnerbaits or topwater plugs near and along both rocky shorelines or woody debris for some great smallmouth bass action! 05/25 10:38
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The Shell Rock River has provided some excellent smallmouth bass fishing this past week. Walleye fishing has remained steady with some reports of quality sized fish being caught. 05/25 10:38
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Casting crankbaits has been hot this past week as water temps warm. A jig tipped with half a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year also. 05/25 10:38
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and channel catfish continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are really good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/25 10:38
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