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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 08/17 09:13
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 08/17 09:13
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish are biting on stink baits, frogs, and other prepared baits. 08/17 09:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast With stable water levels and cooler temperatures, fish are more active. Fish are taking a variety of lures and baits. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Anglers fishing eddies below dams and in backwaters will find crappies. Use a hook tipped with a crawler. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use a hook with a dead chub or crawler for a 2 lb. catfish. Catfish are also taking chicken liver, stinkbait, and a few nightcrawlers. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anlgers fishing rocky shorelines and substrates will find smallmouth. Use crawdad crankbaits. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find walleye in bursh piles or deeper holes. Also fish along current breaks. 08/17 10:34
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is near or slightly above median water flow for this time of year with a gage reading of 2040 CFS at Waterloo. 08/17 08:53
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: 08/17 08:53
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: 08/17 08:53
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: 08/17 08:53
Decorah District Streams Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Excellent: Brown trout are more active when water is off color. A hopper pattern with a scud dropper is a dangerous combination. 08/17 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout stream are in good condition baring major rainfall events. Be respectful of private property. It is a privilege to fish these areas in Iowa. Keep them clean. Call 563-927-5736 for current catchable trout stocking locations. Wild parsnip is done for the year but beware of first year plants. Freshly stocked trout are hiting a variety of lures and baits. 08/17 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Excellent: A variety of small mayflies are hatching mid-afternoon. Use a dry fly for insects hatching off the water surface. Use a nymph or scud dropper for subsurface critters. 08/17 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Flies imitating grasshoppers, crickets, and ants will turn a trout head this time of year. Use any number of black ant or leaf hopper patterns for rainbows. 08/17 10:34
George Wyth Lake Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish are running small. 08/17 09:15
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish are running small. 08/17 09:16
Lake Hendricks Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast The lake is looking good. Use a canoe to paddle out or troll for fish suspended around rock piles. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish around the jetties using a minnow or spinnerbait for best luck. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catch a catfish on a hook tipped with a nightcrawler, chicken liver, or stinkbait for success. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Use topwater lures fished just along the edge of vegetation for a hiding bass. 08/17 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Find bluegills near vegetation edges. 08/17 10:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappie suspended near submersed structure. Use a spinner or jig with bright colored twistertail. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Catch a bluegill using a small hook tipped with a piece of worm under a bobber. Fish near jetties in evening for best luck. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Best time for bass is early morning and evening. Use topwater lures fished along vegetation beds. Use spinner along rocky edges. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are biting anglers lines off. Use a steal leader with a spoon along vegetation edges near springs for best luck. Pike are great eating. Take time to learn how to clean them. 08/17 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is improving as water begins to cool. Water temperatures are in the low 70's. 08/17 10:34
Manchester District Streams Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
Manchester District Streams Northeast Dry fly action has slowed recently, but fishing has been good using subsurface presentations including spinners, jigs, live bait, or nymphs. Streams are well stocked this time of year with rainbow trout. Brown trout have been challenging during midday, but they have been biting near sundown or following rain showers. 08/17 09:09
Manchester District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: 08/17 09:09
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: 08/17 09:09
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is near or slightly above median water flow for this time of year with a gage reading of 164 CFS at Manchester. Fishing has been good on the Maquoketa River in Delaware and Jones County. 08/17 08:57
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: 08/17 08:57
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting on crankbaits and live bait. 08/17 08:58
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are biting on crankbaits and live bait. 08/17 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels continue to be at summer lows. Boaters should exercise caution as many sandbars and wing-dams have little water over them. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Look for fish to move to deep cooler water midday. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Fishing has been best early morning and early evening. Water temperature is in the mid 70's. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip-bobber. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level is at 15 ft and predicted to stabilize at this level over the next week. Water temperature is 75° at the lock and dam. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing has been good on wing dams and rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing is improving as the water stabilizes. Fast trolling crankbaits or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels continue to be at summer lows. Boaters should exercise caution as many sandbars and wing-dams have little water over them. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Look for fish to move to deep cooler water midday. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Fishing has been best early morning and early evening. Water temperature is in the mid 70's. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip- bobber. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Mississippi River at Guttenberg is at 6 ft and predicted to stabilize at this level over the next week. Water temperature is in the mid 70's. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing has been good on wing dams and rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing is improving as the water stabilizes. Fast trolling crankbaits or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels continue to be at summer lows. Boaters should exercise caution as many sandbars and wing-dams have little water over them. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Look for fish to move to deep cooler water midday. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Fishing has been best early morning and early evening. Water temperature is in the mid 70's. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 8.4 ft and predicted to stabilize around 8 ft this week. Water temperature is near 75°. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip- bobber. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing has been good on wing dams and rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing is improving as the water stabilizes. Fast trolling crankbaits or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 08/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 08/17 11:18
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Use a steel leader tipped with 1/4 oz jig tipped with natural colored plastic to a 3 inch jerk bait fished around tributaries or brush piles. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Jigs tipped with any number of natural colored plastic tails are working. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast The Upper Iowa is in excellent condition. Clarity and temperatures are improving fish activity. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find a walleye drifting through a deeper hole or along a current break. Use a jig tipped with a twistertail or worm. Also use a small crankbait. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water temperatures are in the mid to low 70's with good clarity. Morning and mid afternoon seem to be best times for bank anglers. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catch a catfish from shore using a hook tipped with a crawler. Evening is best. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Use a steel leader tipped with 1/4 oz jig tipped with natural colored plastic to a 3 inch jerk bait fished around tributaries or brush piles. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Find a smallie in the current breaks or near rock ledges. Jigs tipped with any number of plastic tails are working. 08/17 10:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find a walleye drifting through a deeper hole or along a current break. Use a jig tipped with a twistertail or worm, or crankbait. Anglers are catching a good number of 10-12 inch fish with larger fish caught while trolling at night. 08/17 10:34
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a minnow under a bobber near submersed trees for suspended crappie. 08/17 10:34
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Catch gills using a small hook tipped with a piece of worm under a bobber. 08/17 10:34
Volga Lake Northeast Chances for rain in weekend forecast with temperature highs in the low 80's and 60's for lows. Area streams and rivers are in good condition. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/17 10:34
Volga Lake Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Sitnkbaits, worms, and cheese baits are working for catfish. Catfish are active in the evening. 08/17 10:34
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting crankbaits. Try a topwater lure in evening as fish come in shallow to feed. 08/17 10:34
Volga Lake Northeast The best fishing times continue to be morning and evening. Overcast days extend angling times. 08/17 10:34
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Fishing is generally good on eastern Iowa rivers and streams. Rivers are near median water levels for this time of year and fish are in late summer feeding patterns. Expect catches of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye in rivers. Lake fishing is generally slow, but can be expected to improve over the next few weeks as autumn approaches and water temperatures begin to drop. Trout streams are in good condition with most fishing action subsurface using jigs, spinners, live bait, or ny 08/17 08:51
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: 08/17 09:19
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Fair: 08/17 09:19
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: 08/17 09:19
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: 08/17 09:19
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