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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures warm slightly through the weekend mid 30s by Sunday. Chance for snow Saturday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/14 09:08
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 02/14 09:08
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Find fish in slack water out of current. Stumps, brush piles, and deep holes hold fish. Use small jigs tipped with spikes or waxworms. 02/14 09:08
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Ice conditions may change rapidly with warmer temperatures. Use caution when going on ice. Check ice depths often. 02/14 09:08
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures warm slightly through the weekend mid 30s by Sunday. Chance for snow Saturday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/14 09:08
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Afternoon melt water should turn on a brownie. Insects will hatch on sunny afternoons. Use small midge patterns. With off color water, try a flashy spinner or fly. 02/14 09:08
Decorah District Streams Northeast Most streams with better water quality should not freeze. Slack water in deeper holes may freeze but ice should melt in afternoon. With a slower bite, use bigger flashier flies and lures. Parking lots on wildlife management areas are not plowed. Use care when parking along the road. 02/14 09:08
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: Try a feathered spinner, crankbait, or a hook tipped with worm drifted along an undercut bank for fun. 02/14 09:08
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: Midges hatch all season. Try woolly buggers or a flashy fly for a hungry brookie. 02/14 09:08
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures warm slightly through the weekend mid 30s by Sunday. Chance for snow Saturday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/14 09:08
Lake Hendricks Northeast At least 24 inches of ice with about 6 inches of snow. Anglers finding habitat will find fish. Open water around the aerator. The bite has slowed. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice. 02/14 09:08
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Move around to find fish. Use small jig tipped with a minnow head. 02/14 09:08
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are fishing around structure. Use small jigs tipped with waxworms or spikes. 02/14 09:08
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures warm slightly through the weekend mid 30s by Sunday. Chance for snow Saturday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/14 09:08
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake Meyer has about 24" ice with about 6 inches of snow. Afternoon bite is best. With a slower bite, move often. 02/14 09:08
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Use small jigs tipped with spikes or waxworms for a light biting gill. 02/14 09:08
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Key in to brush and dangle a small jig about a foot or two above the stems. 02/14 09:08
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River conditions are fairly stable but with predicted warm weather things may change. Most ramps are still iced in and areas below the dams covered in ice flows. Fishing reports had been sluggish but warmer weather and runoff often triggers a better bite. Backwater ice is variable with around 2 ft of ice. With thawing snow and ice shorelines and areas with current may become weak or unsafe so caution is advised. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Ice anglers are catching bluegill. Fish in 4-5 ft of water with no current using small teardrop jigs tipped with waxies. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 15 ft and may rise slightly over the next week. Backwater ice is variable with around 2 ft of ice but anglers should use caution accessing the ice as shorelines and sloughs may become unsafe with warmer weather. Ice cleats may be needed as snow disappears. Late ice can be good fishing on Bussey Lake. Avoid the boat ramp area as ice is not stable. Park along the south side of causeway road and walk down from the upper end of Bussey. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Access to tail-water areas is difficult with large areas of ice flows. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Late ice can be a good time for perch fishing with some of the larger fish being caught this time of year. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Occasional crappie being caught in just 2-4 ft of water just under the ice. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Tip up anglers are catching nice size bass through the ice using minnows or shiners. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Fish for pike using tip-ups baited with shiners along the edges of deeper cuts with vegetation. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River conditions are fairly stable but with predicted warm weather things may change. Most ramps are still iced in and areas below the dams covered in ice flows. Fishing reports had been sluggish but warmer weather and runoff often triggers a better bite. Backwater ice is variable with around 2 ft of ice. With thawing snow and ice shorelines and areas with current may become weak or unsafe so caution is advised. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Occasional crappie being caught in just 2-4 ft of water just under the ice. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 6.5 ft and may rise slightly over the next week. Backwater ice is variable with around 2 ft of ice but anglers should caution accessing the ice as shorelines and sloughs may become unsafe with warmer weather. Boat ramps at Guttenberg are still locked in ice and may not open for a while. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - No Report: 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Ice anglers are catching bluegill. Fish in 4-5 ft of water with no current using small teardrop jigs tipped with waxies. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Tip up anglers have been catching a few bass using minnows or shiners. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Fish for pike using tip-ups baited with shiners along the edges of deeper cuts with vegetation. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Late ice can be a good time for perch fishing with some of the larger fish being caught this time of year. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river levels increased slightly this week and now should hold steady. Tailwaters are again mostly frozen in and people are not able to launch boats. Backwater ice fishing conditions are decent but beware crossing any flowing channels. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are receding and are at 6.0 feet at the Dubuque Lock and 8.6 feet at the RR bridge. This is up slightly from last week. Ice fishing is still going on in almost all the typical backwaters and marina's in Pool 12. Fishing was again reported mostly as slow this week. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Up and down reports on crappies all fall and into the winter. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Yellow perch were being caught in a variety of backwaters. Most anglers are using wax worms and are catching them while targeting bluegills 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Fishing for bluegills has slowed but expected to pick up later yet this winter. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Some nice reports of northern pike being taken earlier on tip ups and large shiners, lately the fishing has slowed. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river levels increased slightly this week and now should hold steady. Tailwaters are again mostly frozen in and people are not able to launch boats. Backwater ice fishing conditions are decent but beware crossing any flowing channels. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has slowed up this week. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels are receding and are at 6.5 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam. This is up from last week. The tailwater ramp at Bellevue is still frozen in. Ice fishing is underway in nearly all the normal backwaters on Pool 13 but it is reported mostly as slow. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Some perch were reported in various areas this week but they are finicky. Expect the bite to pick up later this winter. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river levels increased slightly this week and now should hold steady. Tailwaters are again mostly frozen in and people are not able to launch boats. Backwater ice fishing conditions are decent but beware crossing any flowing channels. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels receded this week and is 5.3 feet at Fulton,9.8 feet at Camanche and 4.5 feet at LeClaire. Expect water levels to continue to recede slowly this week. Launching into the tailwaters has been difficult due to ice conditions. Some decent fishing has been taking place at Rock Creek but it has been spotty. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river levels increased slightly this week and now should hold steady. Tailwaters are again mostly frozen in and people are not able to launch boats. Backwater ice fishing conditions are decent but beware crossing any flowing channels. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels is at 6.3 feet at Rock Island and will recede the next few days. No fishing was reported to us this week. 02/14 02:59
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 8 ft and expected to be stable this week. Backwater ice is variable with around 2 ft of ice but anglers should use caution accessing the ice as shorelines and sloughs may become unsafe with warmer weather. Ice cleats may be needed as snow disappears. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River conditions are fairly stable but with predicted warm weather things may change. Most ramps are still iced in and areas below the dams covered in ice flows. Fishing reports had been sluggish but warmer weather and runoff often triggers a better bite. Backwater ice is variable with around 2 ft of ice. With thawing snow and ice shorelines and areas with current may become weak or unsafe so caution is advised. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Access to tail-water areas is difficult with large areas of ice flows. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Occasional crappie being caught in just 2-4 ft of water just under the ice. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Ice anglers are catching bluegill. Fish in 4-5 ft of water with no current using small teardrop jigs tipped with waxies. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Fish for pike using tip-ups baited with shiners along the edges of deeper cuts with vegetation. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Sauger are biting on jig and minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 02/15 10:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Late ice can be a good time for perch fishing with some of the larger fish being caught this time of year. 02/15 10:39
Volga Lake Northeast Temperatures warm slightly through the weekend mid 30s by Sunday. Chance for snow Saturday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/14 09:08
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Drop lure about 3 ft above structure and watch them swim up to the bait. Use small teardrop shaped jigs tipped with spikes or waxworms. 02/14 09:08
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Fish around structure in 14 to 16 feet water about a foot off the bottom. 02/14 09:08
Volga Lake Northeast Lake has 20 + inches of ice covered with 6 inches of snow. Water is stained. The bite is best in the afternoon. 02/14 09:08
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 9-18 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/15 10:11
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Use minnows or waxworms on a jig in areas with structure anywhere from 10-15 feet deep. 02/15 10:11
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Ice is 11 inches thick. 02/15 10:11
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Catch keeper size bluegills with a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm fished near structure. 02/15 10:11
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 9-18 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/15 10:11
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Rainbow trout were stocked into Bacon Creek Lake on Jan 27th. 02/15 10:11
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 9-18 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/15 10:11
Black Hawk Lake Northwest The winter aeration system is in operation in Town Bay. Expect areas of thin ice and open water in Town Bay. Ice thickness is around 12-14 inches off of Ice House boat ramp. 02/15 10:11
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill with a teardrop jig and waxworm fished off the bottom near Ice House Point and Gunshot Hill, the rock pile off of Gunshot Hill, rock pile off Cottonwood Point. Some sorting is needed. 02/15 10:11
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Use a spoon and minnow fished on the rock piles off Cottonwood Point and in the east basin. Low light hours and after sunset has been productive. 02/15 10:11
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 9-18 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/15 10:11
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice is around 10-12 inches thick. 02/15 10:11
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Try a small jig tipped with waxworms fished near the bottom. 02/15 10:11
Blue Pit Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/15 09:16
Blue Pit Northwest Trout are still being caught. Fish near the pier with small jigs tipped with live bait. 02/15 09:16
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 9-18 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/15 10:11
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Use caution, conditions are variable - drill test holes often and expect less ice near inflows, in the main channel, and near trees. 02/15 10:11
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being picked up with jigging spoons and a minnow head. Low numbers but most are bigger fish with some over 25 inches. 02/15 10:11
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Decent numbers of bluegill catches have been reported with waxworms on a teardrop jig. Some sorting is needed. 02/15 10:11
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Use a minnow on a jig fished near structure in 10-15 feet of water. 02/15 10:11
Clear Lake Northwest Anglers are reminded to avoid areas near the aerators. The current ice thickness varies from 17 to 20 inches. Ice heaves have made access on the lake difficult in spots. 02/15 09:16
Clear Lake Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/15 09:16
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Walleyes are being caught fishing near the island. Try using jigging spoons and minnow heads. The best bite is at dusk. 02/15 09:16
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: The yellows bite has picked up. Use light tackle and be mobile to stay on fish. The best bite is still at dawn and the last hour of light. 02/15 09:16
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: 02/15 09:19
Crystal Lake Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/15 09:16
Crystal Lake Northwest Anglers are reminded to avoid areas near the aerators. The current ice thickness varies from 17 to 20 inches. 02/15 09:16
Crystal Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Slow: Fish near the edge of the dredge cut with a small jig tipped with spikes or a minnow head. 02/15 09:16
Ingham Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Walleye action has slowed; however, persistence will be rewarded with a good catch. 02/15 08:35
Lower Pine Lake Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/15 09:16
Lower Pine Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Fish around the Island in the late afternoon. 02/15 09:20
Lower Pine Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Good: 02/15 09:21
Moorland Pond Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 9-18 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/15 10:11
Moorland Pond Northwest Rainbow trout were stocked on Jan 20th. Use small tube jigs tipped with bait or live minnows under a bobber. 02/15 10:11
Rice Lake Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/15 09:16
Rice Lake Northwest Anglers are reminded to avoid areas near the aerators. The current ice thickness varies from 17 to 21 inches. 02/15 09:16
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