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Big Woods Lake Northeast With the recent summer storms, interior river angling has been fairly unpredictable with fluctuating river levels. Most anglers now are targeting channel catfish during early morning or late evening hours to beat the summer July heat. Trout streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/19 10:45
Big Woods Lake Northeast Anglers have been doing well on Big Woods Lake for walleye and northern pike. 07/19 11:24
Big Woods Lake Northeast Walleye - Good: Try jigging a jig and twister tipped with a nightcrawler or trolling a crankbait for walleye. 07/19 11:25
Bigalk Creek Northeast Be prepared for some unstable weather Thursday through Sunday. Localized flooding is possible is areas with repeated thunderstorms. Wild parsnip continues to be a problem along trails and accesses. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from sun and the effects of wild parsnip. For current angling conditions, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/19 09:56
Bigalk Creek Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: 07/19 09:56
Bigalk Creek Northeast The road is closed at 30th St. west of the Howard County Conservation Board parking area on Bigalk Creek. The bridge is out indefinitely. 07/19 09:56
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast The park ranger reports that the bluegill and largemouth bass fishing has been good on Casey Lake. 07/19 10:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast With the recent summer storms, interior river angling has been fairly unpredictable with fluctuating river levels. Most anglers now are targeting channel catfish during early morning or late evening hours to beat the summer July heat. Trout streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/19 10:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Topwater artificial baits and plastics have been working well on largemouth bass in the lake. Concentrate efforts off of the jetties and dam for some good action. 07/19 10:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Concentrate efforts off of the jetties and in the cove areas fishing in two to four feet of water for some good bluegill action. 07/19 10:45
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Be prepared for some unstable weather Thursday through Sunday. Localized flooding is possible is areas with repeated thunderstorms. Wild parsnip continues to be a problem along trails and accesses. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from sun and the effects of wild parsnip. For current angling conditions, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/19 09:56
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits, cutbaits, and crawlers attract hungry catfish. Find fish around log jams and slack water areas. 07/19 09:56
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels are relatively stable and have reached summer flows. Clarity is excellent. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. 07/19 09:56
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are hiting a variety of lures. Crawdad imitations work best. 07/19 09:56
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or crawler. Drift a jig the main channel or find deeper holes for walleye. 07/19 09:56
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast With the recent summer storms, interior river angling has been fairly unpredictable with fluctuating river levels. Most anglers now are targeting channel catfish during early morning or late evening hours to beat the summer July heat. Trout streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/19 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Anglers in both Black Hawk and Bremer Counties are doing well on smallmouth bass, channel catfish, northern pike and walleye. Fishing has been really good this past week on the Cedar River. 07/19 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Best success has been using dead/live chubs, night crawlers, stink baits or livers fished on the bottom of the river. 07/19 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been doing best catching smallmouth bass using topwater, crankbaits and spinner baits. Look for rocky shoreline or other instream habitat for smallmouth. 07/19 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Jig and twister tipped with a nightcrawler has been most productive for walleye on the river. 07/19 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Anglers have had best success using large spinner baits or live chubs under a bobber. 07/19 11:22
Coldwater Creek Northeast Be prepared for some unstable weather Thursday through Sunday. Localized flooding is possible is areas with repeated thunderstorms. Wild parsnip continues to be a problem along trails and accesses. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from sun and the effects of wild parsnip. For current angling conditions, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/19 09:56
Coldwater Creek Northeast The private property south of Coldwater Creek Rd. bridge on Coldwater Creek is closed to the public until further notice. 07/19 09:56
Coldwater Creek Northeast Brown Trout - Good: 07/19 09:56
Decorah District Streams Northeast Be prepared for some unstable weather Thursday through Sunday. Localized flooding is possible is areas with repeated thunderstorms. Wild parsnip continues to be a problem along trails and accesses. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from sun and the effects of wild parsnip. For current angling conditions, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/19 09:56
Decorah District Streams Northeast 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. 07/19 09:56
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: For nymphing or wet flies, use streamer patterns such as wholly buggers to imitate fish, or a pink squirrel to imitate scuds. Use dry flies size 12 to 20 imitating midges and sulfers hatching off the water. Also, try a variety of caddis and mayfly nymphs. 07/19 09:56
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Fish will soon be looking for terrestrial insects falling into the water. Ants are a favorite. Gnats, mayflies, and caddis flies are hatching. 07/19 09:56
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler or cheese to catch a freshly stocked fish. 07/19 09:56
George Wyth Lake Northeast With the recent summer storms, interior river angling has been fairly unpredictable with fluctuating river levels. Most anglers now are targeting channel catfish during early morning or late evening hours to beat the summer July heat. Trout streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/19 10:45
George Wyth Lake Northeast Largemouth bass fishing has been good on George Wyth Lake, mornings and evenings have been best. 07/19 11:13
George Wyth Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Mornings and evenings have been best, try topwater baits, spinner baits or crankbaits for some great bass action. 07/19 11:16
Harold Getty Lake Northeast With the recent summer storms, interior river angling has been fairly unpredictable with fluctuating river levels. Most anglers now are targeting channel catfish during early morning or late evening hours to beat the summer July heat. Trout streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/19 10:45
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Largemouth bass fishing has been good on Harold Getty Lake, mornings and evenings have been best. 07/19 11:17
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Mornings and evenings have been best, try topwater baits, spinner baits or crankbaits for some great bass action. 07/19 11:18
Lake Hendricks Northeast Be prepared for some unstable weather Thursday through Sunday. Localized flooding is possible is areas with repeated thunderstorms. Wild parsnip continues to be a problem along trails and accesses. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from sun and the effects of wild parsnip. For current angling conditions, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/19 09:56
Lake Hendricks Northeast Be sure to clean your boat trailer off before leaving the boat ramp. Visibility is marginal due to a green algae bloom on lake. Visit Iowa DNR's fishing atlas for the latest hot spots. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference. 07/19 09:56
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegills on the bottom at the ends of the jetties. Use a small piece of crawler for best luck. 07/19 09:56
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbaits or worms along a rocky shoreline after sunset for catfish action. 07/19 09:56
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish a topwater lure on the edge of a vegetation bed for bass. Early morning and evenings are best. 07/19 09:56
Lake Meyer Northeast Be prepared for some unstable weather Thursday through Sunday. Localized flooding is possible is areas with repeated thunderstorms. Wild parsnip continues to be a problem along trails and accesses. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from sun and the effects of wild parsnip. For current angling conditions, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/19 09:56
Lake Meyer Northeast A green algae bloom is reducing water clarity. Please clean off your boat trailers and drain boats before moving to another waterbody. 07/19 09:56
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Find gills in deeper water on edges of vegetation beds. Fish off the docks and jetties for a big one. 07/19 09:56
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbait and nightcrawlers for best luck. Fish in the evenings along the rock jetties or around stumps for a cruising cat. 07/19 09:56
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Top water lures and buzz baits are good but try a frog just off the weedline in about 5 feet of water. Early mornings are best. In calm water, use frogs or buzz bait. 07/19 09:56
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers report catching pike while fishing for bass. 07/19 09:56
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Fish for crappie near the docks and jetties early mornings or evenings. 07/19 09:56
Manchester District Streams Northeast With the recent summer storms, interior river angling has been fairly unpredictable with fluctuating river levels. Most anglers now are targeting channel catfish during early morning or late evening hours to beat the summer July heat. Trout streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/19 10:45
Manchester District Streams Northeast Anglers are doing well in catching trout on imitation hoppers on Spring Branch Creek and other area streams as there is a banner crop of grasshopper this summer. 07/19 10:49
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Try using imitation hoppers on the surface for some great trout action. 07/19 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast With the recent summer storms, interior river angling has been fairly unpredictable with fluctuating river levels. Most anglers now are targeting channel catfish during early morning or late evening hours to beat the summer July heat. Trout streams remain in good condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/19 10:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Recent creel reports show that anglers are catching a variety of species on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. 07/19 10:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Jig and twister tipped with a nightcrawler has been most productive for walleye on the river. 07/19 10:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers have been doing best catching smallmouth bass using plastics and spinner baits. Look for rocky shoreline or other instream habitat for smallmouth. 07/19 10:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Best success has been using dead chubs, night crawlers or leaches fished on the bottom of the river. 07/19 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are steaday this past week. Heavy localized rains have many tributaries running muddy and will impact the Mississippi water clarity. Fish are settling into their normal spots with the water stabilizing. Water temperature is in the upper 70's to 80°F this week. Some area boat ramps may be difficult to access due to storm damage clean up in the McGregor/Marquette area. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville level has fallen to 15.9 ft and will bump up slightly then remain stable. Water temperature is 80° at the lock and dam. Some area boat ramps may be difficult to access due to storm damage clean up in the McGregor/Marquette area. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are biting in the backwaters where there is vegetation. Use a small hook with small pieces of worm fished under a bobber. 07/20 08:18
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. 07/20 08:18
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. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth fishing should pick up as water clarity improves over the next week. Fish rock piles at the tips of the islands and backside of islands with current. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth fishing is expected to pick up as river levels recede and water clarity improves. Fish jerkbaits in protected backwaters with clearer water. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some walleye are being picked up using crankbaits in off channel areas. Fish the shallows in early morning or late evening. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch are sitting in 4-5 ft of water in the backwaters. Fish on the bottom using small minnows or worms. 07/20 08:18
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. 07/20 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are steaday this past week. Heavy localized rains have many tributaries running muddy and will impact the Mississippi water clarity. Fish are settling into their normal spots with the water stabilizing. Water temperature is in the upper 70's to 80°F this week. Some area boat ramps may be difficult to access due to storm damage clean up in the McGregor/Marquette area. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are biting in the backwaters where there is vegetation. Use a small hook with small pieces of worm fished under a bobber. 07/20 08:18
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. 07/20 08:18
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. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth fishing is expected to pick up as river levels recede and water clarity improves. Fish jerkbaits in protected backwaters with clearer water. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Mississippi River at Guttenberg is a 8.3 ft with a slight fall predicted this week. Water temperature is 74° at the Lock and Dam. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth fishing should pick up as water clarity improves over the next week. Fish rock piles at the tips of the islands and backside of islands with current. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some walleye are being picked up using crankbaits in off channel areas. Fish the shallows in early morning or late evening. 07/20 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch are sitting in 4-5 ft of water in the backwaters. Fish on the bottom using small minnows or worms. 07/20 08:18
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. 07/20 09:08
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The main channel water temperature is still near 80 degrees. Water levels and clarity are both improving after the epic rains just north of Dubuque last week. Water was extremely turbid from big rain event but clarity is improving each day. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River levels are around 7 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 10 feet at the RR bridge. These are down a couple feet from last week. Water clarity is turbid but conditions are improving. Water levels are predicted to hold steady and then begin receding later in the week, baring any more heavy rains. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish have been reported biting on worms and stink bait. Anglers are even catching some off spinners and crankbaits in a foot to two of water. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Receding water levels have pulled the gills out the shallow backwater areas. Angle near the mouths of large backwater complexes as bluegills should concentrate in these areas. Most are being caught on worm rigs. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best! 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Conditions are improving but the rapidly changing water levels and floating weeds have hindered fishing for walleyes again this week. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Good: This spring has seen a nice run of white bass on Pool 12. Some white bass were caught along main channel rock lines prior to the large rain event. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Good: A few nice white crappie have been reported to us all spring. Some Black Crappies are also showing up now. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads are being caught by anglers pulling worm rigs near rocky habitats 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Prior to the large rainfall event and subsequent turbid water the smallmouth bite was progressing nicely. Fish in the evening hours throwing spinners or small crankbaits. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouths have pulled out of the shallow backwater areas and are on trees and sandy shoals often chasing minnows. 07/16 12:08
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The main channel water temperature is still near 80 degrees. Water levels and clarity are both improving after the epic rains just north of Dubuque last week. Water was extremely turbid from big rain event but clarity is improving each day. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Receding water levels have pulled the gills out the shallow backwater areas. Angle near the mouths of large backwater complexes as bluegills should concentrate in these areas. Most are being caught on worm rigs. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are hitting on worm rigs and stink bait. Fish above log jams and rock piles and lure the catfish out. Move often if not finding fish. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flathead catfish were caught prior the river rise by anglers using worm rigs. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught on egg sinker/worm rigs. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Use flashy white lures for pike. As water warms up try fishing in the mouths of cooler tributary streams as some pike concentrate in these locations. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: The smallmouth bite had just started to begin along rock piles but the rapidly raising water may stall the bite for a bit. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river level is near 8.8 feet at Bellevue. This level is down a couple feet from last week due to the large rains received just north of Dubuque. Water levels are predicted to hold steady to slightly recede this week. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Slow: The rapid rise and turbid conditions from the large rain north of Dubuque really hampered conditions but angling should improve this week. Water clarity is getting considerably better. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bite was very good just prior to last weeks big rains and it is expected to be good again once clarity improves. 07/16 12:13
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The main channel water temperature is still near 80 degrees. Water levels and clarity are both improving after the epic rains just north of Dubuque last week. Water was extremely turbid from big rain event but clarity is improving each day. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 07/16 12:03
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast River level is 8.2 feet at Fulton, 11.6 feet at Camanche and 6.3 feet at Le Claire. These levels are down considerably from last week and the water clarity is rapidly improving. 07/16 12:03
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