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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Be ready for a soggy, foggy weekend in Northeast Iowa. Daytime high temperatures will be in the low 40's with rainfall predictions less than 1 inch over the weekend. Rain will weaken the ice as well as rising water levels. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/19 09:48
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast A few anglers have been braving the backwaters and impoundments. Use extreme caution when going on river ice. With recent rainfall events, water levels are jumping around causing pockets in the ice. Please continue to check ice depths often. Eight to twelve inches of ice have been reported in the backwaters. 01/19 09:48
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Crappies will be found around submersed trees or logs. They are taking small jigs tipped with a minnow head. 01/19 09:48
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Slow: A small jig tipped with a spike or waxworm will catch fish. 01/19 09:48
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 01/19 09:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast Be ready for a soggy, foggy weekend in Northeast Iowa. Daytime high temperatures will be in the low 40's with rainfall predictions less than 1 inch over the weekend. Rain will weaken the ice as well as rising water levels. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/19 09:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers. 01/19 09:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Anglers have had success using a nymph rig with a scud dropper but most fish were hitting wet flies. 01/19 09:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Black fly midge or hare's ear wet flies are attracting bows fished in the riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a yellow scud dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water. 01/19 09:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast Urban catchable trout stocking is in full swing. Please check our webpage for dates and locations. Streams are in good condition but flows are up. Winter trout anglers please be advised that gravel roads in our area are in poor condition due to continued rain and fluctuating temperatures. There is about 3 to 4 inches of crunchy, granular snow on the ground. 01/19 09:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Be ready for a soggy, foggy weekend in Northeast Iowa. Daytime high temperatures will be in the low 40's with rainfall predictions less than 1 inch over the weekend. Rain will weaken the ice as well as rising water levels. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/19 09:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast All parking lots are now open. Anglers are reminded that no motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice. The aerator is on so be careful. There is open water around it. Ice depths are running 8-10 inches. 01/19 09:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are taking small brightly colored jig tipped with a waxworm near the bottom. 01/19 09:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch nice bluegills using small brightly colored jigs tipped with a spike. 01/19 09:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers have been catching bass using a small spinner tipped with a waxworm. 01/19 09:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Be ready for a soggy, foggy weekend in Northeast Iowa. Daytime high temperatures will be in the low 40's with rainfall predictions less than 1 inch over the weekend. Rain will weaken the ice as well as rising water levels. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/19 09:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are sitting higher off the bottom and are being more finicky. 01/19 09:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are taking a jig tipped with waxworm or red or white spike. 01/19 09:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake Meyer currently has 12 inches of ice but with predicted rain and warm temperatures may decrease. The edges may get soft. Water clarity has decreased with about visibility of about 5 feet. Fish activity has been variable. Anglers will need to move around to find fish. Midday bite has been best. 01/19 09:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers report seeing fish on cameras and a few have taken a jig tipped with waxworms. 01/19 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are on the rise again in the Upper Mississippi Pools 9-11. While 10 - 12 inches exist in most quiet back waters, the forecast for rain and above freezing temperatures at night over the next few days, coupled with the rising water can deteriorate ice. Anglers should use caution along shorelines and any areas that may have current. With standing water on the ice conditions are very slick and ice cleats are strongly recommended. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 17.1 ft and is expected to rise over the next week. While 10 - 12 inches exist in most quiet back waters, the forecast for rain and above freezing temperatures at night over the next few days, coupled with the rising water can deteriorate ice. Anglers should use caution along shorelines and any areas that may have current. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fishing for bluegills remains good but can be hit or miss at times with sorting of smaller fish. Norwegian Lake in Sny Magill and Greymore Lake by Prairie Du Chien are popular areas for ice anglers 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are catching a few perch through the ice along vegetation beds in deeper backwater cuts. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish minnows under tip-ups in backwater areas and marina areas with no current. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are on the rise again in the Upper Mississippi Pools 9-11. While 10 - 12 inches exist in most quiet back waters, the forecast for rain and above freezing temperatures at night over the next few days, coupled with the rising water can deteriorate ice. Anglers should use caution along shorelines and any areas that may have current. With standing water on the ice conditions are very slick and ice cleats are strongly recommended. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is at 9 ft and is expected to rise over the next week. While 10 - 12 inches exist in most quiet back waters, the forecast for rain and above freezing temperatures at night over the next few days, coupled with the rising water can deteriorate ice. Anglers should use caution along shorelines and any areas that may have current. The boat ramps in Guttenberg remain blocked with ice. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are catching a few perch through the ice along vegetation beds in deeper backwater cuts. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fishing for bluegills remains good but can be hit or miss at times with sorting of smaller fish. Fishing remains popular in the Sunfish Lake and Zollikoffer Slough at Mud Lake. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish minnows under tip-ups in backwater areas and marina areas with no current. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Ice fishing continues but as been the trend, some people are getting their feet wet! Generally safer ice can be found but water level variations and rain caused some ponding of water on the ice. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year also, making for some bad ice on the edges. The River is rising substantially this week as well. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Expect to see a number of medium sized gills this ice fishing season with some nice ones thrown in. You may need to sort but the bluegill numbers are high. People are fishing at nearly all the Marinas and deeper backwaters in Pool 12. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass are being reported from most backwaters. Bass bite has been real aggressive in some areas and sometimes it is dominating the catch. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque tailwater is near 8.0 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 10.4 feet. These levels are going back up this week. Edge ice is bad, generally ice quality has been deteriorating but good ice can be found. Please be careful and know your ice fishing safety rules! 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Looks to be another excellent perch year with another strong year class is present. Most ring perch have been caught by anglers targeting bluegills. Some anglers report using minnow heads for the best results. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Ice fishing continues but as been the trend, some people are getting their feet wet! Generally safer ice can be found but water level variations and rain caused some ponding of water on the ice. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year also, making for some bad ice on the edges. The River is rising substantially this week as well. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is near 10.5 feet. This up from last week and water level is raising. The tailwater is still mostly open but the access to Bellevue city ramp could ice flow in at anytime. As of now the ramp is open with lots of anglers. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Good walleye and sauger angling was reported. Anglers are mostly using some sort of minnow rig. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: Between the cold and rain stretches the anglers going out and reporting good sauger catches on jig and minnow. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Some nice ringed perch are being reported but the anglers are trying to keep locations a secret! 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Ice fishing continues but as been the trend, some people are getting their feet wet! Generally safer ice can be found but water level variations and rain caused some ponding of water on the ice. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year also, making for some bad ice on the edges. The River is rising substantially this week as well. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is near 7.4 feet, 11.3 feet at Camanche and 5.7 feet at Le Claire. Water levels are on the rise again this week. Poor ice conditions were reported throughout Pool 14 but some ice fishing could be taking place. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Ice fishing continues but as been the trend, some people are getting their feet wet! Generally safer ice can be found but water level variations and rain caused some ponding of water on the ice. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year also, making for some bad ice on the edges. The River is rising substantially this week as well. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 8.7 feet, which is up from last week. Water will be rising again this week. No fishing was reported in Pool 15. Ice fishing in Pool 15 is limited and takes place in Marina areas but poor ice conditions existed in most locations. 01/19 10:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 8.9 ft and is expected to rise slowly over the next week. While 10 - 12 inches exist in most quiet back waters, the forecast for rain and above freezing temperatures at night over the next few days, coupled with the rising water can deteriorate ice. Anglers should use caution along shorelines and any areas that may have current. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are on the rise again in the Upper Mississippi Pools 9-11. While 10 - 12 inches exist in most quiet back waters, the forecast for rain and above freezing temperatures at night over the next few days, coupled with the rising water can deteriorate ice. Anglers should use caution along shorelines and any areas that may have current. With standing water on the ice conditions are very slick and ice cleats are strongly recommended. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fishing for bluegills remains good but can be hit or miss at times with sorting of smaller fish. Shore slough, Phillippi and Village Creek remain popular areas. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish minnows under tip-ups in backwater areas and marina areas with no current. 01/19 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are catching a few perch through the ice along vegetation beds in deeper backwater cuts. 01/19 11:23
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Be ready for a soggy, foggy weekend in Northeast Iowa. Daytime high temperatures will be in the low 40's with rainfall predictions less than 1 inch over the weekend. Rain will weaken the ice as well as rising water levels. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/19 09:48
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie will be found around downed trees and submerged logs out of the current. Use a jig tipped with a waxworm. 01/19 09:48
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Use extreme caution when going out on Vernon Spring impoundment. River water levels are fluctuating due to recent rainfall events. Check ice depths often. Ice depths vary greatly in areas with varying flows. 01/19 09:48
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye can be found in the deeper holes around current breaks. 01/19 09:48
Volga Lake Northeast Be ready for a soggy, foggy weekend in Northeast Iowa. Daytime high temperatures will be in the low 40's with rainfall predictions less than 1 inch over the weekend. Rain will weaken the ice as well as rising water levels. Continue to use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/19 09:48
Volga Lake Northeast Volga Lake is reporting 8 inches of ice. Ice is getting a bit pocky with freeze thaw cycles. Fish activity has been best around early to mid morning. 01/19 09:48
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies can be found around brush piles early season. 01/19 09:48
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers using small brightly colored jigs tipped with a waxworm should catch a gill. Popular spots to find fish are along the dam and universal access dock. 01/19 09:48
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Most lakes in the district are covered with anywhere from 8 to 15 inches of ice. Anglers are always reminded to use caution and test ice depths frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/19 11:22
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Anglers have had luck catching bluegill with a waxworm on a small jig fished in about 15 feet of water. Fish are up to 8-9 inches. Sorting is required. 01/19 11:22
Arrowhead Lake Northwest On Thursday January 19th, ice thickness was 10 inches. Ice may be more variable next to shore and near inflows. 01/19 11:22
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are also being picked up using a jig tipped with a waxworm fished in about 15-20 feet of water. Fish up to 10.5 inches have been caught. 01/19 11:22
Big Spirit Lake Northwest The fishing has seemed to be slowing down due to high pressure fronts throughout the area. Hopefully this warm consistent weather for the weekend will cause the fish to be more active throughout this next week. As always take caution when venturing out on the ice as there may be some weaker areas. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 01/19 09:13
Big Spirit Lake Northwest The ice on Big Spirit is pretty sturdy with people driving on at most locations. Fishing has really slowed down with little numbers of Perch and Walleye coming off. 01/19 09:13
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Anglers fishing for Walleye have found that the best time to find them is at dusk. The best areas to catch these right now are on the north end and on the rock beds on the east side of the lake. 01/19 09:13
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Slow: The Perch on Big Spirit are being hard to find right now and may require a lot of moving around to catch. 01/19 09:13
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Most lakes in the district are covered with anywhere from 8 to 15 inches of ice. Anglers are always reminded to use caution and test ice depths frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/19 11:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching some bluegill up to 8 inches, mostly around the Gunshot Hill and Ice House Point areas using a small jig tipped with a waxworm. Anglers are marking lots of fish. 01/19 11:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest On Thursday January 19th, ice thickness off Ice House Point boat ramp was 14 inches. Ice may be more variable next to shore and near inflows; there is a small area of open water in the middle of the east basin. The winter aeration system is in operation so expect thin ice and open water in Town Bay. 01/19 11:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Anglers have reported catching walleye around Ice House Point and out from Gunshot Hill. Try fishing a minnow head on a jigging spoon. Other areas to target walleye include the dredge cuts by Denison Beach and Lakewood Point areas. 01/19 11:22
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Most lakes in the district are covered with anywhere from 8 to 15 inches of ice. Anglers are always reminded to use caution and test ice depths frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/19 11:22
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice is around 8 inches, but more variable along shore in some areas so use caution. Anglers have had luck targeting bluegill with a waxworm or small minnow on a jig during afternoon to evening. Fish near contour and structure in 5-10 feet of water. 01/19 11:22
Blue Pit Northwest For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 01/19 09:25
Blue Pit Northwest Rainbow trout are being caught fishing with small jigs tipped with bait or small jigging spoons. You may have to try several locations but once the fish are found the action is fast. 01/19 09:25
Blue Pit Northwest Rainbow Trout - Good: 01/19 09:49
Bluebill Lake Northwest For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 01/19 09:25
Bluebill Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: 01/19 09:25
Bluebill Lake Northwest Ice thickness is 16-18 inches. Bluegills are biting on wax worms and largemouth bass have been taking minnows fished in 12-16 ft of water. 01/19 09:25
Bluebill Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: 01/19 09:25
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Most lakes in the district are covered with anywhere from 8 to 15 inches of ice. Anglers are always reminded to use caution and test ice depths frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/19 11:22
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Ice is around 12 inches on the north end of the lake and some areas of 8 inch ice at the south end. Ice conditions are more variable near shore with a few small areas of open water near inflows. Use caution and test ice thickness frequently when venturing out. 01/19 11:22
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been picking up bluegill with a small jig tipped with a waxworm. Anglers fishing the north end have been doing well. 01/19 11:22
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are also being picked up using waxworms and minnows fished on a small jig. 01/19 11:22
Center Lake Northwest The fishing has seemed to be slowing down due to high pressure fronts throughout the area. Hopefully this warm consistent weather for the weekend will cause the fish to be more active throughout this next week. As always take caution when venturing out on the ice as there may be some weaker areas. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 01/19 09:13
Center Lake Northwest Aerators are currently in use on Center Lake so avoid areas with open water. Thin ice signs are out, stay outside of the signed in areas. 01/19 09:13
Clear Lake Northwest For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 01/19 09:25
Clear Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: The best crappie bite is at first light. 01/19 09:25
Clear Lake Northwest Ice thickness is 18-20 inches on most of the little lake and 17-19 inches on the main lake. With warmer weather the next several days the accesses are continuously changing, be cautious of ice heaves any areas near vegetation and near the aeration systems. The best bite is still early morning and around 4:00pm to dark. Bluegills and crappies are being caught fishing near the rushes by the west aeration system. Yellows are still biting in 8 to 10 feet of water but to be successful your going to h 01/19 09:25
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are hitting jigs tipped with minnows or jigging raps. Most are under 14 inches but a few keeps are being caught. 01/19 09:25
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Yellows are biting wax worms and spikes fished near the bottom in 8-10 feet of water. Try near farmers beach area. 01/19 09:25
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: 01/19 09:43
Crawford Creek Impoundment Northwest Most lakes in the district are covered with anywhere from 8 to 15 inches of ice. Anglers are always reminded to use caution and test ice depths frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/19 11:22
Crawford Creek Impoundment Northwest Anglers have reported ice around 7-10 inches, with more variability near shore and inflows. Use caution and drill test holes frequently as you venture out. Anglers have had luck picking up some perch with minnows as well as waxworms fished on a jig. 01/19 11:58
Crystal Lake Northwest For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 01/19 09:25
Crystal Lake Northwest Ice thickness is 16 to 18 inches. Bluegills and crappies are being caught fishing near the dredge cut. 01/19 09:57
Crystal Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: 6.5 to 7.5 inch bluegills are being caught on small jigs tipped with wax worm or spikes. 01/19 10:00
Crystal Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: 8 to 9.5 inch crappies are biting on small jigging spoons. 01/19 10:02
East Okoboji Lake Northwest The fishing has seemed to be slowing down due to high pressure fronts throughout the area. Hopefully this warm consistent weather for the weekend will cause the fish to be more active throughout this next week. As always take caution when venturing out on the ice as there may be some weaker areas. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 01/19 09:13
East Okoboji Lake Northwest There have been reports of good activity of Walleye on East lake near the south basin. 01/19 09:13
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Try to get on the edge of the weed lines in about 10-12 feet of water for the best activity. 01/19 09:13
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass are being caught on the south basin of the lake. 01/19 09:13
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