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Big Woods Lake Northeast Interior rivers continue to fall and angling opportunities should be vastly improved for this upcoming fourth of July weekend. Walleye and smallmouth bass are back on the bite with some occasional channel catfish and northern pike being caught. Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. Interior rivers continue to fall and are producing some great angling opportunities once aga 06/29 10:22
Big Woods Lake Northeast Big Woods Lake has been producing some catches of crappie. 06/29 10:52
Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching crappie on Big Woods Lake in and around structure. 06/29 10:54
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Anglers have been doing excellent on channel catfish and good on bluegill and largemouth bass in Casey Lake. Bluegill have moved off of the spawning beds so concentrate efforts near structure. Target channel catfish off of the middle jetty and west end of the lake. 06/29 10:22
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior rivers continue to fall and angling opportunities should be vastly improved for this upcoming fourth of July weekend. Walleye and smallmouth bass are back on the bite with some occasional channel catfish and northern pike being caught. Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. Interior rivers continue to fall and are producing some great angling opportunities once aga 06/29 10:22
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Slowly drift and retrieve small 1/32 or 1/16 oz. jigs near submerged structure two to three feet below the surface. 06/29 10:22
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Stinkbaits and cutbaits fished on the bottom off of the middle jetty and west end of lake has been really good for channel catfish. 06/29 10:22
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting topwater baits early morning or late evening. Weedless baits such as frogs and rubber worms have been successful as well. 06/29 10:22
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast With the exception of a few thunderstorms on Thursday, this weekend's weather looks to be fabulous for the holiday. River and stream conditions have greatly improved over the last several days. Clarity is improving as water levels stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:44
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels appear to be stabilizing and clarity should improve by the weekend. Anglers using live bait seem to have better luck catching a variety of fish this week. 06/28 10:18
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: 06/28 10:19
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers fishing in current breaks and eddies are finding catfish. 06/28 10:20
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Minnows are turning pikes heads this week. 06/28 10:20
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Rock Bass - Fair: Catches of rockbass have been spotty. 06/28 10:21
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior rivers continue to fall and angling opportunities should be vastly improved for this upcoming fourth of July weekend. Walleye and smallmouth bass are back on the bite with some occasional channel catfish and northern pike being caught. Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. Interior rivers continue to fall and are producing some great angling opportunities once aga 06/29 10:22
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is setting up for some good angling opportunities as the beautiful weekend forecast approaches. Fishing in Bremer County has been more productive than has Black Hawk County. 06/29 10:22
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are biting well on the jig tipped with a crawler combination and or crankbaits. Target break lines, rocky shorelines, eddies, or tailwater riffles for aggressive walleye. 06/29 10:30
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Jig & crawler combination, crankbaits or spinnerbaits near rocky shorelines has been real good for smallmouth bass. 06/29 10:31
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits or chicken livers has been fair, concentrate above logjams or try riffle areas for some cats. 06/29 10:32
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike have been caught while using same techniques as walleye or smallmouth bass. 06/29 10:33
Decorah District Streams Northeast With the exception of a few thunderstorms on Thursday, this weekend's weather looks to be fabulous for the holiday. River and stream conditions have greatly improved over the last several days. Clarity is improving as water levels stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:44
Decorah District Streams Northeast Anglers be aware! Wild Parsnip is again rearing its ugly yellow head. Take care when walking through this weed when getting to your favorite stream. Don't let it touch your skin. It reacts with the sun and causes horrible blisters. Trout streams are in excellent condition but flows are up. 06/28 10:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching in the evenings. Try using a #18 blue wing olive or #14 or #16 caddis fly imitation. Strong midges hatches have also been occurring. 06/28 11:02
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: For stained water, try using a streamer or minnow imitation. 06/28 11:03
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Remember, a few of our streams are not stocked in July and August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Please refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones. 06/28 11:07
George Wyth Lake Northeast Interior rivers continue to fall and angling opportunities should be vastly improved for this upcoming fourth of July weekend. Walleye and smallmouth bass are back on the bite with some occasional channel catfish and northern pike being caught. Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. Interior rivers continue to fall and are producing some great angling opportunities once aga 06/29 10:22
George Wyth Lake Northeast Anglers have been catching crappie on George Wyth Lake in and around weedbeds and structure. 06/29 10:50
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try drifting a crappie minnow under a slip bobber in and around the edges of weedbeds. 06/29 10:50
Lake Hendricks Northeast With the exception of a few thunderstorms on Thursday, this weekend's weather looks to be fabulous for the holiday. River and stream conditions have greatly improved over the last several days. Clarity is improving as water levels stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:44
Lake Hendricks Northeast The lake has a green algae bloom going on but anglers are still catching fish. 06/28 09:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers fishing from a boat or canoe are having luck using topwater plastics over the vegetation and reeling to deeper water. 06/28 09:50
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fishing from shore is difficult due to aquatic beds. Anglers are finding fish in deeper water using a hook tipped with small piece of worm. 06/28 09:51
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are using cutbait, worms, and stinkbait fished off the bottom with success. 06/28 09:52
Lake Meyer Northeast With the exception of a few thunderstorms on Thursday, this weekend's weather looks to be fabulous for the holiday. River and stream conditions have greatly improved over the last several days. Clarity is improving as water levels stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:44
Lake Meyer Northeast Anglers can expect spotty catches of fish depending on day and time. 06/28 10:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish over the deeper brush piles and structure. Anglers using a worm under a bobber should find fish. 06/28 10:08
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: A jig tipped with a variety of soft plastics will work for bass. Start along the weed edges and fish deeper. 06/28 10:09
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Nice size catfish are taking a big worm fished off the bottom under a bobber. Evenings are best. 06/28 10:10
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior rivers continue to fall and angling opportunities should be vastly improved for this upcoming fourth of July weekend. Walleye and smallmouth bass are back on the bite with some occasional channel catfish and northern pike being caught. Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. Interior rivers continue to fall and are producing some great angling opportunities once aga 06/29 10:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish chicken livers, stinkbaits near the upstream end of logjams for some great channel catfish action. 06/29 10:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: A jig & crawler, crankbaits or spinnerbaits fished near rocky habitat can be productive for smallmouth bass. 06/29 10:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in excellent angling condition for the upcoming weekend. 06/29 10:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year. Look for current breaks and woody structure. 06/29 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water levels are stabilizing on the Upper Mississippi River. Water temperature is 75 F. Water clarity is fair and fishing activity is picking up. Fish are feeding on the Mayfly hatches. There is still a lot of vegetation still floating down after the bump in water levels. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are on the spawning beds. Fish backwater area shorelines using small tackle tipped with worm. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish are in spawning mode. Floating a minnow or a worm on a bobber along rip rap with current can be very effective. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish coming off the spawn are still feeding. Fish deep holes along main channel or side channel closing dams using live bait. . 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are preparing to spawn and are feeding well well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bite is expected to pick up as they come off the spawn. Fish the backwaters around edge of lilypads using topwater lures. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wingdams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wingdams. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is has fallen to 17.5 and is expected to remain fairly stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the mid 70's. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water levels are stabilizing on the Upper Mississippi River. Water temperature is 75 F. Water clarity is fair and fishing activity is picking up. Fish are feeding on the Mayfly hatches. There is still a lot of vegetation still floating down after the bump in water levels. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish are in spawning mode. Floating a minnow or a worm on a bobber along rip rap with current can be very effective. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead catfish coming off the spawn are still feeding. Fish deep holes along main channel or side channel closing dams using live bait. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are preparing to spawn and are feeding well well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bite is expected to pick up as they come off the spawn. Fish the backwaters around edge of lilypads using topwater lures. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg has to 8.6 and stable this week. Water temp is in the mid 70's. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are on the spawning beds. Fish backwater area shorelines using small tackle tipped with worm. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wingdams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wingdams. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperatures is around 80 degrees throughout the district. Water levels fell during the week but are still somewhat high for this time of year. The River was turbid after recent rains but is finally clearing up again. Mayflies should be hatching, this can trigger a feeding frenzy for fish so enjoy the holiday and get out on the Mississippi River. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: The River has a good population of Northern Pike and they have been biting in numerous locations. Spinners work best! Dirty water makes sight predators hard to catch as fish have difficulty feeding! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes will move back on the wingdams when water gets lower, try a leech or worm rig or a crankbait for best results. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is 8.0 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is at 10.3 feet. These levels are down from last week and water levels are expected to slowly recede all week. Water temperature in the main channel is 79 degrees which is up slightly from last week. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills were being caught out of the marina areas in Dubuque and by Massey Station. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Lots of catfish are being caught off of rock lines and piles. Those bluish looking catfish are NOT blue catfish rather the male channel cat in spawning colors! Catfish are one species that does very well in muddy water and the bit has been very good! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Common Carp - Excellent: Bowfishing in the shallow backwaters should be again be excellent this weekend! Many carp have already spawned but they are being found in newly flooded waters. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of freshwater drum can be caught. Cut out all the red meat when cleaning them and they are a fine eating fish! Also throw them immediately on ice after catching them, if you plan on eating drum. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass populations are very good in the river and we expect them to pick up soon! Hopefully once water clears good bass fishing will return. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperatures is around 80 degrees throughout the district. Water levels fell during the week but are still somewhat high for this time of year. The River was turbid after recent rains but is finally clearing up again. Mayflies should be hatching, this can trigger a feeding frenzy for fish so enjoy the holiday and get out on the Mississippi River. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish angling really picked up the last few weeks. Most anglers using stink bait in flowing sloughs, especially above log jams or along rock piles! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Loads of freshwater drum are being caught, many from bank anglers. Try using large crayfish to catch really large drum! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Go way back in large backwater complex's to find cleaner water. That is where the bass will be! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes were reported back on the wingdams. Most anglers are using a small crawler rig! The high and dirty water curtailed walleye fishing but water condition and levels are now more favorable for quality angling. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is at 9.4 feet which is down from last week. Expect water to slowly fall and then stabilize this week. The river is clearing up and fishing conditions are vastly improved. All ramps are open and we are expecting a good bite for a variety of species this week. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Common Carp - Excellent: The time is now to go bowfishing for carp. Places like Green Island and Sabula Lakes should be excellent! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try the clean waters of Green Island for northern pike. Expecting pike to move into the cooler water tributary stream areas soon! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water level at Fulton was recorded at 8.8 feet, 12.1 feet at Camanche and 6.7 feet at LeClaire. These readings are all down from last week. Water is expected to be fairly stable all week! The water clarity is still somewhat turbid but improving. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperatures is around 80 degrees throughout the district. Water levels fell during the week but are still somewhat high for this time of year. The River was turbid after recent rains but is finally clearing up again. Mayflies should be hatching, this can trigger a feeding frenzy for fish so enjoy the holiday and get out on the Mississippi River. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The catfish bite is very good. Most using crawlers when drum fishing but also some anglers using stink bait! The Rock Creek area is a good place to find channel cats! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on! Simple sliding sinker and worms fished in current is the best bet! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are reported back on the bite as water levels have receded a bit. Current is still a bit strong on most wingdams but try fishing the near shore sections of dams to avoid strong currents. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperatures is around 80 degrees throughout the district. Water levels fell during the week but are still somewhat high for this time of year. The River was turbid after recent rains but is finally clearing up again. Mayflies should be hatching, this can trigger a feeding frenzy for fish so enjoy the holiday and get out on the Mississippi River. 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Many cats are being caught by people just fishing night crawlers on the bottom! Pool 15 is has abundant catfish populations! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are abundant in Pool 15 and can easily be caught from shore. Try fishing the eagles landing area a with worm and egg sinkers! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water level at Rock Island is at 9.1 feet, which is down from last week. Expect water levels to remain stable this week. Water temperature is around 81 degrees in the main channel. Water clarity is improving a bit! 06/28 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish are in spawning mode. Floating a minnow or a worm on a bobber along rip rap with current can be very effective. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish coming off the spawn are still feeding. Fish deep holes along main channel or side channel closing dams using live bait. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are preparing to spawn and are feeding well well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bite is expected to pick up as they come off the spawn. Fish the backwaters around edge of lilypads using topwater lures. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water level at Lansing remains stable around 9.8 over the next week. Water temperature is in the mid 70's. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water levels are stabilizing on the Upper Mississippi River. Water temperature is 75 F. Water clarity is fair and fishing activity is picking up. Fish are feeding on the Mayfly hatches. There is still a lot of vegetation still floating down after the bump in water levels. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are on the spawning beds. Fish backwater area shorelines using small tackle tipped with worm. 06/28 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wingdams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wingdams. 06/28 03:10
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Interior rivers continue to fall and angling opportunities should be vastly improved for this upcoming fourth of July weekend. Walleye and smallmouth bass are back on the bite with some occasional channel catfish and northern pike being caught. Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. Interior rivers continue to fall and are producing some great angling opportunities once aga 06/29 10:22
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The Shell Rock River is setting up for some good angling opportunities as the beautiful weekend forecast approaches. 06/29 10:22
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast With the exception of a few thunderstorms on Thursday, this weekend's weather looks to be fabulous for the holiday. River and stream conditions have greatly improved over the last several days. Clarity is improving as water levels stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:44
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels are stabilizing and clarity is improving. Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Try fishing the deeper holes and around current breaks. The key is to get to the bottom. A variety of sucker species are showing up in the creel this week. Worms are the bait of choice this week. 06/28 10:22
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast White Sucker - Fair: 06/28 10:25
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast With the exception of a few thunderstorms on Thursday, this weekend's weather looks to be fabulous for the holiday. River and stream conditions have greatly improved over the last several days. Clarity is improving as water levels stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/28 09:44
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Clarity is improving and water levels have stabilized. Paddlers were having the best luck finding fish this week in the turbid water. Anglers using worms were doing best. 06/28 10:28
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