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Brinker Lake Northeast Angling reports remain good to fair for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are providing some crappie also. Heritage Pond in Dubuque County will be stocked with trout this coming Saturday April, 22nd. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:04
Brinker Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try drifting a minnow under a slip bobber for some good crappie action. 04/19 09:04
Brinker Lake Northeast There have been reports of some anglers catching crappie on Brinker Lake. 04/19 09:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures will be in the low 60's. Rainfall amounts through Thursday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 11:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Currently, the river is fishable and water levels are falling. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50's. 04/19 11:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler. Fish below dams in the pockets. 04/19 11:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Shore anglers using dead chubs or shad fished under a bobber for success. 04/19 11:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are caught while fishing for other species. 04/19 11:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth bass are taking everything but prefer a jig tipped with a crawler. 04/19 11:40
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Angling reports remain good to fair for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are providing some crappie also. Heritage Pond in Dubuque County will be stocked with trout this coming Saturday April, 22nd. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers have been successful on catfish using dip baits and cutbaits fished on the bottom. 04/19 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Target pike using bucktail spinners or live bait fished under a bobber. 04/19 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports are good to fair for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the Cedar River. 04/19 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting smallmouth bass this time of year. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while angling for walleye. Fish rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas for good sucess. 04/19 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting walleye this time of year. Target eddies or slack water areas off of main flow for success. 04/19 09:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures will be in the low 60's. Rainfall amounts through Thursday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 11:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: Use scuds or stonefly imitations for fish not rising to the surface. 04/19 11:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: 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. Also, nice hatches of blue wing olives and dark hendricksons are occurring on warmer sunny afternoons. 04/19 11:40
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. 04/19 11:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Streams with better water quality will clear faster. Rainfall amount and severity will determine how muddy streams get. Visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing for the proposed stocking schedule. Call 563-927-5736 for current stocking. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish. 04/19 11:40
Heritage Pond Northeast Angling reports remain good to fair for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are providing some crappie also. Heritage Pond in Dubuque County will be stocked with trout this coming Saturday April, 22nd. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:04
Heritage Pond Northeast Heritage Pond will be stocked with trout this coming Saturday April, 22nd. 04/19 09:14
Heritage Pond Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try fishing various trout baits under a bobber or casting and retrieving "flashy" spinner baits for some great trout action! 04/19 09:16
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures will be in the low 60's. Rainfall amounts through Thursday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 11:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Warmer shore temperatures are drawing crappies in. Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber for best luck. 04/19 11:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 04/19 11:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Boat anglers are finding fish in deeper water. Please stay off jetties until further notice. County Conservation Board Staff are establishing grassed walkways. 04/19 11:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Concentrate efforts on windblown rocky shorelines. Use a nightcrawler on a hook in shallower water. 04/19 11:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: A jerk bait fished slowly over rock piles is good. 04/19 11:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures will be in the low 60's. Rainfall amounts through Thursday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 11:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 04/19 11:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Find a rocky windblown shoreline for best luck. Try a dead chub or crawler. 04/19 11:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: A jig tipped with a nightcrawler or bright colored plastic tail work for bass. Use a slow retrieve in cooler water. 04/19 11:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is improving after last weeks 4 inch downpour. Wednesday's rainfall over saturated soils may cause clarity to decline. 04/19 11:40
Manchester District Streams Northeast Angling reports remain good to fair for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are providing some crappie also. Heritage Pond in Dubuque County will be stocked with trout this coming Saturday April, 22nd. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:04
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout stockings are under way in the Manchester District area trout streams. Stocking calendars are available online on the DNR website. 04/19 09:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Angling reports remain good to fair for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are providing some crappie also. Heritage Pond in Dubuque County will be stocked with trout this coming Saturday April, 22nd. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting smallmouth bass this time of year. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while angling for walleye. Fish rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas for good sucess. 04/19 09:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has been reported as good on the Maquoketa River. 04/19 09:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting walleye this time of year. Target eddies or slack water areas off of main flow for success. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast High water levels on the Upper Mississippi has water overtopping most boat ramps. Debris and poor water clarity will make fishing a challenge. Water temperature is 55 in main channel. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville river level is 20.2 ft, up two feet from last week and is expected to climb another foot next week. Water temps are in the mid 50's. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - No Report: The sauger spawn is almost over but a few fish are still being caught in the tailwaters 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Fishing for walleyes has slowed as the spawn is almost over. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegill are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as water is still cold. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 04/20 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast High water levels on the Upper Mississippi has water overtopping most boat ramps. Debris and poor water clarity will make fishing a challenge. Water temperature is 55 in main channel. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level has reached 12.4 ft, two feet higher at Guttenberg and is expected to rise near 13 ft next week. Water temps are in the mid 50's. Gates are out of the water at Lock and Dam 10. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Fishing for sauger has slowed as the spawn is almost over but a few fish are still being caught in the tailwaters. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Fishing for walleyes has slowed as the spawn is almost over. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegill are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as water is still cold. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 04/20 07:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River levels are 11.4 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 13.6 feet at the RR bridge. These are up nearly two feet from last week and expect the water to rise further. Water clarity is poor after recent rains. Poor water quality has a negative impact on angling success! 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Post spawn for most saugers and angling for this species has slowed up although a few are still being reported. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 59 degrees, this is up several degrees from last week. Water levels will rise up to two feet this week. Please note that paddlefish season is now closed. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Most of the walleyes have spawned and now the fish seem to take a break from the spawning stress. Some small immature fish are still being taken however. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern Pike also are done spawning and they are biting hard now on flashy spoons. Unfortunately the poor water quality affects the catch of predators like northern pike. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Fair: Crappie had been biting well but poor water clarity affected the fish this week making it hard to find crappies. Hit the brush piles with a small minnow or around dock areas. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Find yellow perch in tailwaters near shore but out of the main current. Yellow perch are done spawning as well but the bite seems to continue for this species. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 59 degrees, this is up several degrees from last week. Water levels will rise up to two feet this week. Please note that paddlefish season is now closed. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Remember paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast River level is at 12.3 feet at Bellevue. This is up 1 1/2 foot from last week and water will rise again this week. The poor water quality from recent runoff is having a negative impact on angling success! 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: The northern pike spawning run is complete and they are beginning to readily hit lures. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Slow: The sauger spawn is now nearly over and as often happens after the spawn fishing slows. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some immature fish are still being reported but the post spawn bite for walleyes is usually poor for a few weeks. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Find yellow perch in tailwaters near shore but out of the main current current 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Some other species like Crappie and white bass are being reported on small jigs and minnows. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are hitting on worms and the bite for this species improves with the dirty water we are experiencing. 04/20 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 59 degrees, this is up several degrees from last week. Water levels will rise up to two feet this week. Please note that paddlefish season is now closed. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some reports of largemouth bass being caught in the near shore areas and in backwater lakes. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Remember paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast River level is at 11.8 feet at Fulton, 14.3 feet at Camanche and 8.4 feet at Le Claire. This is up a foot from last week and levels will continue to rise. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - Slow: The spawn for walleye and sauger is mostly over, and as often happen the bite slows for a week or two. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are biting on simple egg sinker rigs with worms for bait. 04/20 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 59 degrees, this is up several degrees from last week. Water levels will rise up to two feet this week. Please note that paddlefish season is now closed. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast River level is at 12.9 feet at Rock Island. This is up from last week and levels will rise into flood action stage this coming week. No angling was reported to us this week but certainly angling is gearing up on Pool 15. 04/20 10:42
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast High water levels on the Upper Mississippi has water overtopping most boat ramps. Debris and poor water clarity will make fishing a challenge. Water temperature is 55 in main channel. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level is up a foot at Lansing this week at 9.8 ft and is still on the rise and expected to reach 10.7 Wednesday. Army road at New Albin is expected to go under water this week. Water temps are in the mid 50's. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Fishing for walleyes has slowed as the spawn is almost over. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegill are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as water is still cold. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 04/20 06:31
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 04/20 06:57
North Prairie Lake Northeast Angling reports remain good to fair for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are providing some crappie also. Heritage Pond in Dubuque County will be stocked with trout this coming Saturday April, 22nd. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:04
North Prairie Lake Northeast Anglers are still reporting trout fishing as being fair to good on North Prairie Lake. 04/19 09:04
North Prairie Lake Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: Spinner baits or lures that create a "flashy" appearance work well for trout. Also try a minnow or other trout baits fished under a bobber. 04/19 09:04
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Angling reports remain good to fair for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are providing some crappie also. Heritage Pond in Dubuque County will be stocked with trout this coming Saturday April, 22nd. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:04
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports are fair to excellent for both walleye and smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock River. 04/19 09:04
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting walleye this time of year. Target eddies or slack water areas off of main flow for success. 04/19 09:04
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting smallmouth bass this time of year. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while angling for walleye. Fish rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas for good sucess. 04/19 09:04
South Prairie Lake Northeast Angling reports remain good to fair for walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish on the interior rivers. Black Hawk County lakes are providing some crappie also. Heritage Pond in Dubuque County will be stocked with trout this coming Saturday April, 22nd. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:04
South Prairie Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing a minnow under a bobber or casting small tube jigs retrieved slowly along the edges of weed beds. 04/19 09:04
South Prairie Lake Northeast There have been reports of some anglers catching crappie on South Prairie Lake. 04/19 09:04
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Temperatures will be in the low 60's. Rainfall amounts through Thursday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 11:40
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Water levels are falling and temperatures are in the mid to upper 50's. Visibility is fair. 04/19 11:40
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or feathered spinnerbait around a current break. 04/19 11:40
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with a soft plastic twistertail will catch fish. Use a slow retreive in cooler water. 04/19 11:40
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast White Sucker - Excellent: The sucker bite is on. A hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished off the bottom works well. 04/19 11:40
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Temperatures will be in the low 60's. Rainfall amounts through Thursday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 11:40
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