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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Casey Lake is in good condition with clear water. Reports are that largemouth bass and bluegill fishing has been fair. 09/20 07:56
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast The recent wet weather may provide a great opportunity to gather up bow hunting gear for the upcoming weekend! The only report this week is for Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park. Heavy rains and flooding is occurring on all cold and warm water streams and rivers. For further angling information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/20 07:56
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try fishing various depths with a piece of crawler under a bobber near the edge of weeds or structure. 09/20 07:56
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been successful in catching bass using topwater and plastic artificial baits. 09/20 07:56
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: The jetties and dam areas have been the best for crappie. Small pink and white tube jigs or a crappie minnow fished under a slip bobber has been the most successful. Anglers have been targeting about four foot of water depth for the best success. 09/20 08:14
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Rrecent rainfall events have turned a majority of area rivers and streams off color and running high. Temperatures cooling greatly for the weekend. Trout streams are off color and high. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/20 10:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver, stinkbait, or dead chubs for best luck. Catfish will be in a slow pocket or area out of the current. 09/20 10:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 09/20 10:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast The river is rising and extremely muddy. Boating not recommended. Visit the USGS Current Water Data website for water level information. 09/20 10:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 09/20 10:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rrecent rainfall events have turned a majority of area rivers and streams off color and running high. Temperatures cooling greatly for the weekend. Trout streams are off color and high. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/20 10:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: A variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects, such as ants and beetles, are more numerous. Small spinnerbaits and jigs tipped with twistertails work for trout. 09/20 10:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Hendrickson, caddis, and cranefly hatches occurring. Crickets common along streams now. Use hendrickson, gnat, or beadhead nymph patterns. Pale yellow, black, brown, grey colors working. 09/20 10:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: A piece of worm or small cheese chunk on a hook under a bobber works in deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits work well. 09/20 10:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Small game hunting seasons open in Iowa. Many trout streams flow though areas with hunting. Wear bright colors. Due to recent rain activity, streams will be stocked depending on stream conditions day of stocking. Listen to the trout stocking hotline for daily information at 563-927-5736. 09/20 10:40
French Creek Northeast Rrecent rainfall events have turned a majority of area rivers and streams off color and running high. Temperatures cooling greatly for the weekend. Trout streams are off color and high. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/20 10:40
French Creek Northeast Brown Trout - Good: The best time to fish French Creek is after rain events so fish will be less spooky. This stream rarely turns off color. 09/20 10:40
French Creek Northeast The bridge on Mays Prairie Road (CR X6A) is being replaced. Work scheduled through mid November baring weather delays. Access the parking lot from the south. 09/20 10:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Rrecent rainfall events have turned a majority of area rivers and streams off color and running high. Temperatures cooling greatly for the weekend. Trout streams are off color and high. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/20 10:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Drift a minnow in deeper water. 09/20 10:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Activity should pick up with cooler temperatures. Use a small jig tipped with a small piece of worm off rocky shoreline or near submersed logs. 09/20 10:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: A large nightcrawler fished off the bottom near woody structure will interest a catfish. 09/20 10:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Fish near submersed rocky habitat or depth contours for best luck. Try early morning. 09/20 10:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water temperatures are in the upper 60's. Clarity remains poor. 09/20 10:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake clarity is about 5ft. but will likely be mush less after this current rainy period. Water temperatures are in the upper 60's. Few people have been fishing. 09/20 10:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Rrecent rainfall events have turned a majority of area rivers and streams off color and running high. Temperatures cooling greatly for the weekend. Trout streams are off color and high. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/20 10:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use a jig and minnow fished near submersed structure. 09/20 10:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: A hook tipped with a small piece of worm or cricket under a bobber should catch a bluegill. Fish deeper water. 09/20 10:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbait or cut baits fished just off the bottom in the evening. 09/20 10:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish overcast days and late evenings with topwater baits fished along weed edges. 09/20 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River level is falling back into normal fall range. Look for fish to be more active as they begin fall feeding activity. Water temperatures are near 70°F. 09/19 09:42
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 16.4 ft and stabilizing near 15.5 next week. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 74°F. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fishing wingdam areas will get easier with a drop in river levels. Try Crankbaits or 3-way rigs tipped with crawlers in 8-12 foot of water. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: The perch bite has picked up. Many fish in the 13 inch range being caught using live minnow floated under a bobber. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: This time of year pike are attracted to cooler water coming in from springs and tributaries. Try casting spoons along the edge of weedbeds. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing cutbait or stinkbait for catfish in the main and side channel borders 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Excellent Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth activity has picked up. Casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in faster current are effective. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass. 09/19 09:43
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. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action. 09/19 09:43
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. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River level is falling back into normal fall range. Look for fish to be more active as they begin fall feeding activity. Water temperatures are near 70°F. 09/19 09:42
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has dropped several feet to 8.9 ft and expected to reach 7.5 ft by next week. Water temperature is 68°F at Lock and Dam 10. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fishing wingdam areas will get easier with a drop in river levels. Try Crankbaits or 3-way rigs tipped with crawlers in 8-12 foot of water. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: The perch bite has picked up. Many fish in the 13 inch range being caught using live minnow floated under a bobber. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: This time of year pike are attracted to cooler water coming in from springs and tributaries. Try casting spoons along the edge of weedbeds. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing cutbait or stinkbait for catfish in the main and side channel borders 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth activity has picked up. Casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in faster current are effective. 09/19 09:43
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. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Excellent Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try stinkbait or worms near shore. Channel cats feed heavily near shore during flooded conditions. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water levels will yo-yo this week. Most ramps are usable again but some will have water on them. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels will fluctuate this week starting a 8.2 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and at 10.7 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is fair and temperature is around 72 degrees. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try finding clear water in the upper reaches of backwater areas. Worms and bobber are the best technique to find bluegills. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Most anglers just use a simple egg sinker and worm rigs for these prolific fish. Drum will be hanging out relatively near shore in moderate current areas. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass were taken this week by fishing upper ends of backwater areas in cleaner water. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being caught in the clear upper reaches of backwater areas using small minnows. 09/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water levels will yo-yo this week. Most ramps are usable again but some will have water on them. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try stinkbait or worms near shore. Move often if not finding catfish. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: The drum bite is on. Fish worms with an egg sinker in moderate current areas. Fish near the shorelines if possible. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being caught in the upper ends of backwater areas and deep in the vegetated areas. Most anglers are using frog imitation lures and spinner baits. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level will fluctuate this week starting out at 9.2 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam. Water clarity is fair. Avoid large tributary streams as they are muddy. The water temperature is around 73 degrees. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Find the clear water in the upper reaches of large backwater complexes. Use a simple bobber and worm to find bluegills. 09/20 10:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the upper reaches of backwaters in clear water. Use a small minnow and bobber. 09/20 10:18
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water levels will yo-yo this week. Most ramps are usable again but some will have water on them. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try stinkbait or worms near shore or along brush piles. Channel cats feed heavily in flooded waters. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught in moderate current areas using a simple egg sinker/worm rig. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are predicted to fluctuate this week starting at around 9.0 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 12 feet at Camanche and at 6.7 feet at the LeClaire. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is around 73 degrees. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Slow: A few walleye were caught off the bank using jigs and minnows. 09/20 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish the upper reaches of Rock Creek or Cattail Slough with a bobber and worm. 09/20 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water levels will yo-yo this week. Most ramps are usable again but some will have water on them. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Try stink bait or worms near shore. Fish near shore in flooded. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are near 10.2 feet at Rock Island and will rise to 12.3 feet. This level will again approach "action" flood stage so some boat ramps will be flooded. Water clarity is poor and the water temperature is around 74 degrees. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - No Report: Use an egg sinker and worm rigs near shore in moderate current areas. 09/20 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River level is falling back into normal fall range. Look for fish to be more active as they begin fall feeding activity. Water temperatures are near 70°F. 09/19 09:42
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8.6 ft and expected to remain stable. Water temp is near 73°F. Notice: The Lansing Village Creek ramp is closed through October. (For further updates call the Guttenberg Fisheries Management office at 563-252-1156) 09/19 09:42
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fishing wingdam areas will get easier with a drop in river levels. Try Crankbaits or 3-way rigs tipped with crawlers in 8-12 foot of water. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: The perch bite has picked up. Many fish in the 13 inch range being caught using live minnow floated under a bobber. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: This time of year pike are attracted to cooler water coming in from springs and tributaries. Try casting spoons along the edge of weedbeds. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing cutbait or stinkbait for catfish in the main and side channel borders 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth activity has picked up. Casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in faster current are effective. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 09/19 09:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action. 09/19 09:43
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. 09/19 09:43
Osborne Pond Northeast Rrecent rainfall events have turned a majority of area rivers and streams off color and running high. Temperatures cooling greatly for the weekend. Trout streams are off color and high. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/20 10:40
Osborne Pond Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: 09/20 10:40
Osborne Pond Northeast Osborne Pond is currently being renovated. The dam was breached in July and a water retention basin installed. Material will be removed over the winter and new habitat installed in spring. After repairs to the dam are made, it will be allowed to fill. The pond will then be restocked with Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Largemouth Bass. 09/20 10:40
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