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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures reaching upper 50s for highs dipping into 30's at night. Cooler nights will help slow the snow melt. Our area received 6-12 inches of snow Wednesday. Turbid conditions on area rivers and streams. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water clarity is poor. Water levels stable but will rise with snow melt. For current water level information, visit the USGS Current Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. 04/19 09:31
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week as winter will not let go of its grasp! Interior river levels have been on the rise and conditions are muddy with the snow melt. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:23
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast River levels remain high and muddy. Backwater areas may produce some catfish at this time. 04/19 09:23
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing with some cutbait for an opportunity at some channel catfish. 04/19 10:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures reaching upper 50s for highs dipping into 30's at night. Cooler nights will help slow the snow melt. Our area received 6-12 inches of snow Wednesday. Turbid conditions on area rivers and streams. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Catchable trout are stocked in all streams as weather and water conditions permit. Listen to the trout stocking hotline for daily plants at 563-927-5736. Plan a trip to your favorite trout stream. Check out the calendar at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. Trout country received 6-12 inches of snow. Most snow covered roads should melt quickly when the sun comes out. Fun in snow covered woods continues for hearty trout anglers. 04/19 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: To catch a sly brookie, match what's hatching. Nothing hatching. Use a streamer to mimic minnows or subsurface flies like scuds or pheasant tail nymphs. 04/19 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Melt water and run-off inputs drive Brown Trout into a feeding frenzy. Use small midge, caddis, or flashy streamer patterns. 04/19 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Float a feathered spinner or crankbait past a freshly stocked fish. A piece of worm under a bobber will also work in the deeper holes. 04/19 09:31
Heritage Pond Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week as winter will not let go of its grasp! Interior river levels have been on the rise and conditions are muddy with the snow melt. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:23
Heritage Pond Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Try casting & retrieving flashy spinner baits like a panther martin jig or similar jigs & spinners for some great trout action. 04/19 09:23
Heritage Pond Northeast Heritage Pond was stocked last Saturday, April 14th with both rainbow and brook trout. Trout fishing should be good as the weather forecast looks to be more of average seasonal temperatures for next week 04/19 09:23
Heritage Pond Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try casting & retrieving flashy spinner baits like a panther martin jig or similar jigs & spinners for some great trout action. 04/19 09:23
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures reaching upper 50s for highs dipping into 30's at night. Cooler nights will help slow the snow melt. Our area received 6-12 inches of snow Wednesday. Turbid conditions on area rivers and streams. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Few anglers have been out. 04/19 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Anglers have not been out. Water is off color with recent snow event and melt water. 04/19 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures reaching upper 50s for highs dipping into 30's at night. Cooler nights will help slow the snow melt. Our area received 6-12 inches of snow Wednesday. Turbid conditions on area rivers and streams. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week as winter will not let go of its grasp! Interior river levels have been on the rise and conditions are muddy with the snow melt. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:23
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and even an occasional trout on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. The river remains up a bit but clarity is not all that bad. 04/19 09:23
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting and retrieving a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow. 04/19 10:18
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting and retrieving a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow. 04/19 10:19
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing with some cutbait on the bottom for an opportunity at some channel catfish. 04/19 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River is on the rise with heavy snowfalls and melting. Water clarity is diminishing as levels rise. The bite has slowed down with water temperature remaining unseasonably cold near 36°F. Expect a fast warm-up and increase in fish activity as temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville has come up several feet to 18.8 ft with a slow steady rise expected. Water temperature is 36°F. Look for backwaters and areas of lesser current away from the main channel that concentrate fish. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch are still in spawning areas along the rocky shorelines and near the tailwaters of the dam. Expect the bite to pick again once temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Sauger are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Pike spawn is ending and some nice pike have been reported caught by perch anglers using live bait. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River is on the rise with heavy snowfalls and melting. Water clarity is diminishing as levels rise. The bite has slowed down with water temperature remaining unseasonably cold near 36°F. Expect a fast warm-up and increase in fish activity as temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has risen two feet at 10.3 this week with a slow steady rise this week. The gates are all up at the Lock and Dam. Water temperature is 36°F. Look for backwaters and areas of lesser current away from the main channel that concentrate fish. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Sauger are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch are still in spawning areas along the rocky shorelines and near the tailwaters of the dam. Expect the bite to pick again once temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Pike spawn is ending and some nice pike have been reported caught by perch anglers using live bait. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: The spawn for pike is way late this year due to the weather and they might be still spawning some. Once done pike can go on a good bite. Try flashy spinners. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The River water levels will be rising this upcoming week. Water conditions are conducive to angling, but the weather has not been. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Fishing has been good at times for walleye and sauger this spring but poor weather is limiting activity and slowing the spawning season. Some walleyes may still be spawning. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are rising and are presently at 9.3 feet at the Dubuque Lock and the RR bridge is at 11.5 feet. Levels are up from last week and will continue to rise all week. The channel water temperature is still only around 39 degrees. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Earlier there were some scattered reports of ring perch catches but not many people out fishing for them. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Expect a significant water rise this week throughout the district. Water temperatures have finally reach 50 degrees in some places. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are rising and are presently at 9.7 feet at the Dubuque Lock and 11.5 feet at the RR Bridge. Levels are up from last week and will continue to rise all week. The channel water temperature is around 46 degrees. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Earlier there were some scattered reports of ring perch catches but not many people out fishing for them. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: The spawn for pike is way late this year due to the weather and they might be still spawning some. Once done pike can go on a good bite. Try flashy spinners. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fishing picked up a bit this week. Most anglers are using crankbaits for best results. Some walleyes may still be spawning. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The River water levels will be rising this upcoming week. Water conditions are conducive to angling, but the weather has not been. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is at 10.3 feet and rising. Both Bellevue City ramp and the DNR ramp are open but no courtesy dock yet available at the DNR ramp. Paddlefish season is over for the year. The channel water temperature is around 40 degrees. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Hit or miss but some reports of sauger being caught. Most are being taken on minnow rigs. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Nice slot fish still being reported but fishing is slow. Minnow with a jig or pulling crank baits are the most popular strategies. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Expect a significant water rise this week throughout the district. Water temperatures have finally reach 50 degrees in some places. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Hit or miss but some reports of sauger being caught. Most are being taken on minnow rigs. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fishing is generally slow to fair, except some nice slot fish are occasionally reported. Pulling crank baits seems to be the most consistent method. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is at 10.8 feet and rising. Both Bellevue City ramp and the DNR ramp are open, but no courtesy dock yet available at the DNR ramp. Paddlefish season is over for the year. The channel water temperature is around 48 degrees. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Expecting the bite for bass and panfish to really begin to pick up this week. 04/25 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The River water levels will be rising this upcoming week. Water conditions are conducive to angling, but the weather has not been. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Just not many people out walleye or sauger fishing in the cold weather. Both species are still spawning due to the extended cold water season. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are rising and are at 9.7 feet at Fulton, 12.6 feet at Camanche and LeClaire is at 7.3 feet. The water temperature is around 41 degrees. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Expect a significant water rise this week throughout the district. Water temperatures have finally reach 50 degrees in some places. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are rising and are at 9.7 feet at Fulton, 12.6 feet at Camanche and LeClaire is at 7.3 feet. The water temperature is around 50 degrees. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye had an extended spawn on the Mississippi River this year. Some are now being taken on crank baits mostly in the tailwater area. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Expecting the largemouth bass fishing to really pick up this week. Fish the newly flooded areas in the backwaters as the water rises this week. 04/25 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The River water levels will be rising this upcoming week. Water conditions are conducive to angling, but the weather has not been. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are presently at 9.8 feet at Rock Island. Water levels are up from last week and will be on a steady rise this upcoming week. Conditions are still favorable for angling. 04/19 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Expect a significant water rise this week throughout the district. Water temperatures have finally reach 50 degrees in some places. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are presently at 9.8 feet at Rock Island. Water levels are up from last week and will be on a steady rise this upcoming week. Conditions are still favorable for angling. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River is on the rise with heavy snowfalls and melting. Water clarity is diminishing as levels rise. The bite has slowed down with water temperature remaining unseasonably cold near 36°F. Expect a fast warm-up and increase in fish activity as temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing has risen nearly a foot with a steady rise predicted this week. Water temperature is 36° F. Look for backwaters and areas of lesser current away from the main channel that concentrate fish. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch are still in spawning areas along the rocky shorelines and near the tailwaters of the dam. Expect the bite to pick again once temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Pike spawn is ending and some nice pike have been reported caught by perch anglers using live bait. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Sauger are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
North Prairie Lake Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week as winter will not let go of its grasp! Interior river levels have been on the rise and conditions are muddy with the snow melt. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:23
North Prairie Lake Northeast North Prairie Lake was stocked last Saturday, April 14th with both rainbow and brook trout. Trout fishing should be good as the weather forecast looks to be more of average seasonal temperatures for next week. 04/19 09:23
North Prairie Lake Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Try casting & retrieving flashy spinner baits like a panther martin jig or similar jigs & spinners for some great trout action. 04/19 09:23
North Prairie Lake Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try casting & retrieving flashy spinner baits like a panther martin jig or similar jigs & spinners for some great trout action. 04/19 09:23
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week as winter will not let go of its grasp! Interior river levels have been on the rise and conditions are muddy with the snow melt. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:23
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The Shell Rock river has been high and muddy but is beginning to drop in water levels, there are no fishing reports for this week. 04/19 09:23
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Temperatures reaching upper 50s for highs dipping into 30's at night. Cooler nights will help slow the snow melt. Our area received 6-12 inches of snow Wednesday. Turbid conditions on area rivers and streams. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water clarity is poor. Water levels are up but currently stable. Conditions could change rapidly depending on snow melt. Water temperatures were low 40. 04/19 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast White Sucker - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Temperatures reaching upper 50s for highs dipping into 30's at night. Cooler nights will help slow the snow melt. Our area received 6-12 inches of snow Wednesday. Turbid conditions on area rivers and streams. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels are relatively stable but clarity is poor. Visit USGS Current Water Data website for more information at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. 04/19 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast White Sucker - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Temperatures reaching upper 50s for highs dipping into 30's at night. Cooler nights will help slow the snow melt. Our area received 6-12 inches of snow Wednesday. Turbid conditions on area rivers and streams. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/19 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Few anglers have been out. Docks are in. 04/19 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 04/19 09:31
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week as winter will not let go of its grasp! Interior river levels have been on the rise and conditions are muddy with the snow melt. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/19 09:23
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been no reports on the Wapsipinicon River as the river continues to rise and remains muddy. It may be an opportune time to try for some catfish on the backwater areas of the river. 04/19 09:23
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing with some cutbait on the bottom for an opportunity at some channel catfish. 04/19 10:36
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