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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Thunderstorms last night (8/23/2016) caused major flooding in the northeast corner of Chickasaw County and all of Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee Counties. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to as much as 8 inches. Right now rivers and streams in these counties are not fishable nor are they accessible. Another round of showers is forecast for the weekend. For fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/24 11:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Cedar River water levels are on the rise. Clarity is poor. Boating is not recommended. Please call the local city or county conservation board offices for information on access and campgrounds. For more information on water levels, please go to the following website: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. 08/24 11:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Thunderstorms last night (8/23/2016) caused major flooding in the northeast corner of Chickasaw County and all of Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee Counties. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to as much as 8 inches. Right now rivers and streams in these counties are not fishable nor are they accessible. Another round of showers is forecast for the weekend. For fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/24 11:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams in Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee are not fishable as of 8/24/2016. Streams with better water quality will clear faster. Access to many streams are limited due to increased flows, poor road conditions, and bridge outages. Stocking has been temporarily suspended until conditions improve both at Big Spring and Decorah Hatcheries. 08/24 11:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Slow: 08/24 11:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast The lower campground and boat ramp are closed at least through the weekend. Elevated water levels from Watson's Creek and the lake have impacted the road. For more information on this campground or any other in Howard County, please call the Howard County Conservation Board Office at 563-547-3634 or visit their website. 08/24 11:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Thunderstorms last night (8/23/2016) caused major flooding in the northeast corner of Chickasaw County and all of Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee Counties. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to as much as 8 inches. Right now rivers and streams in these counties are not fishable nor are they accessible. Another round of showers is forecast for the weekend. For fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/24 11:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Thunderstorms last night (8/23/2016) caused major flooding in the northeast corner of Chickasaw County and all of Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee Counties. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to as much as 8 inches. Right now rivers and streams in these counties are not fishable nor are they accessible. Another round of showers is forecast for the weekend. For fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/24 11:17
Lake Meyer Northeast The boat ramp and road to the dam are closed at least through the weekend. Water levels in the lake were over 8 feet high and water went over the emergency spillway. For more information on this campground or any other in Winneshiek County, please call the Winneshiek County Conservation Board Office at 563-534-7145 or visit their website. 08/24 11:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Heavy localized rains on NE Iowa tributaries have the Upper Mississippi River levels climbing once again. Water clarity has diminished. The high water is carrying a lot of vegetation out into flowing water hampering boating and fishing. Water temps have fallen to near 70 degrees. Levels are expected to slowly level off late next week. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is at 20.6 ft. and is expected to reach 21.3 before leveling off late next week. Lock and dam gates at Lynxville have been raised. Water temperature is near 70 degrees. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Look for Bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish for catfish with stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels, some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Heavy localized rains on NE Iowa tributaries have the Upper Mississippi River levels climbing once again. Water clarity has diminished. The high water is carrying a lot of vegetation out into flowing water hampering boating and fishing. Water temps have fallen to near 70 degrees. Levels are expected to slowly level off late next week. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Look for Bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish for catfish with stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg has reached 11.8 ft. and is expect to reach 12.7 before receding next week. The gates at Guttenberg have been raised and probably will remain raised all of next week. Water temp is near 70 degrees. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels, some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperatures have fallen just we are now in upper 70 throughout the district. Water levels are now predicted to rise several feet due to recent rains. River clarity is fair in most locations. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is near 9.9 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 12 feet. These levels are up a foot from last week and water levels are expected to raise several feet due to recent rains in NE Iowa. Tributaries such as Catfish Creek are very turbid after nearly every rain. Water temperature in the main channel is still hovering near 76 degrees. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing the vegetation lines or in pockets of large coontail and milfoil weed beds. Frog imitation lures can work great this time of year! Find clear water! Some smaller bass are being caught in the tailwaters in places such as O'Leary's Lake. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: The channel catfish bite continues to be excellent in side channels around snags or rock structures. Move often if they do not bite. Some people are reporting a slower bite lately on the channel cats. 08/24 09:24
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! If you plan on eating drum throw them immediately on ice after catching them, and try to avoid freezing them. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are showing up in areas of low flow. They have been running small this year. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Expecting good fishing for crappies to return this fall! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to catch smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. The high water has made angling for them a challenge. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperatures have fallen just we are now in upper 70 throughout the district. Water levels are now predicted to rise several feet due to recent rains. River clarity is fair in most locations. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is expected to be near 11 feet which is up from last week. The water temperature is around 77 degrees. Expect water to raise several feet this week due to recent rains in NE Iowa. Water clarity is ok but tributaries get turbid after each rain event. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are constantly moving from side channels to wingdams due to the water current changes. Presently levels are a bit too high for good wingdam fishing. 08/24 09:24
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! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Go way back in large backwater complex's to find cleaner water. That is where the bass will be! Fish along the eel grass! Use frog imitation lures or plastics. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Most anglers are using stink bait in flowing sloughs, especially above log jams or along rock piles! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Lots of 11 inch crappie were being seen in side channel sloughs. This is one fish that can be found in brush piles during high water situations. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass. Smallies often hold very tight to the rocks. Stay away from the turbid tributary streams as smallmouth are sight feeders. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be a good way to catch nice flathead catfish from the Mississippi River! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperatures have fallen just we are now in upper 70 throughout the district. Water levels are now predicted to rise several feet due to recent rains. River clarity is fair in most locations. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water level at Fulton is near 10 feet, 12.9 feet at Camanche and 7.4 feet at Le Claire. Water is forecasted to raise several feet all week. The water temperature is near 78 degrees. 08/24 09:24
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! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite is very good. Most anglers are using stink bait! The Rock Creek area is a good place to find channel cats! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes were biting during the lower current levels, it will remain to be seen if people can still find them again once water recedes down a bit. A few real hog walleyes have been reported from Pool 14 this year. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective in catching nice flathead catfish! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Go deep into the backwaters along vegetation lines using frog imitation lures! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperatures have fallen just we are now in upper 70 throughout the district. Water levels are now predicted to rise several feet due to recent rains. River clarity is fair in most locations. 08/24 09:24
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! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water level at Rock Island is at 10.4 feet, which up significantly from last week. Expect water levels to raise all week. Water temperature is around 78 degrees in the main channel. Creeks like Pigeon Creek and Crow Creek are turbid after nearly every rain. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Rising water levels usually trigger what has already been a good catfish bite. Lots of varieties of stink bait are being used! Move often if the fish do not bite in 15 minutes or so. 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective on catching nice flathead catfish this time of year! 08/24 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Heavy localized rains on NE Iowa tributaries have the Upper Mississippi River levels climbing once again. Water clarity has diminished. The high water is carrying a lot of vegetation out into flowing water hampering boating and fishing. Water temps have fallen to near 70 degrees. Levels are expected to slowly level off late next week. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water level at Lansing is 12.7 ft. and is expected to reach 13.1 ft before leveling off next week. New Albin army road is closed again and probably will be all of next week. Water temperature is near 70 degrees. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Look for Bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish for catfish with stink bait or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with changing water levels but should pick up as we get aback to more normal levels 08/25 11:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels. 08/25 11:00
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Thunderstorms last night (8/23/2016) caused major flooding in the northeast corner of Chickasaw County and all of Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee Counties. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to as much as 8 inches. Right now rivers and streams in these counties are not fishable nor are they accessible. Another round of showers is forecast for the weekend. For fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/24 11:17
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels remain above flood stage and clarity is very bad. Use of watercraft of any sort is not recommended at this time. Many access points and campgrounds are flooded at this time. Please call the local city or county conservation board offices for more information. 08/24 11:17
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Thunderstorms last night (8/23/2016) caused major flooding in the northeast corner of Chickasaw County and all of Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee Counties. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to as much as 8 inches. Right now rivers and streams in these counties are not fishable nor are they accessible. Another round of showers is forecast for the weekend. For fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/24 11:17
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels are approaching flood stage and clarity is very bad. Use of watercraft of any sort is not recommended at this time. Many access points and campgrounds are flooded at this time. Please call the local city or county conservation board offices for more information. 08/24 11:17
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 08/24 11:17
Volga Lake Northeast Thunderstorms last night (8/23/2016) caused major flooding in the northeast corner of Chickasaw County and all of Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee Counties. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to as much as 8 inches. Right now rivers and streams in these counties are not fishable nor are they accessible. Another round of showers is forecast for the weekend. For fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/24 11:17
Volga Lake Northeast Volga Lake has a green algae bloom going. Anglers drifting over rock or brush piles will find fish. 08/24 11:17
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 08/24 11:17
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: 08/24 11:17
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: 08/24 11:17
Volga Lake Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try using stinkbaits, chicken liver, and crawlers for success. Volga Lake has a very nice population of catfish awaiting the patient angler. 08/24 11:17
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Water temperatures have dropped to the upper 70's. Catfish and bluegill fishing is fair to good. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 08/25 08:55
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Fish for bluegill near contours and structure in 5-10 feet of water using a small jig and waxworm below a bobber. Fish up to 9.5 inches have been caught. 08/25 08:55
Beeds Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 08/25 06:58
Beeds Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Recent surveys have produced some nice sized largemouth near submerged trees on Beeds lake shorelines. 08/25 07:20
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures have dropped to the upper 70's. Catfish and bluegill fishing is fair to good. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 08/25 08:55
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is good in 2-5 feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with live bait, small piece of crawler, or wax worms fished below a bobber. 08/25 08:55
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish stink bait, leeches, and worms on the bottom. A recent netting survey showed that catfish are up to 23 inches and 5 lbs in Black Hawk Lake. 08/25 08:55
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Top water and weedless baits are picking up a few bass. Anglers are also having luck fishing plastic worms near cover and drop offs. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass on Black Hawk Lake. 08/25 08:55
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Try fishing the shore off Ice House Point, the dredge cut out from Denison Beach, and the rock piles near Gunshot Hill and in the east basin of the lake. 08/25 08:55
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water level is about 6 inches over the crest of the spillway. 08/25 08:55
Bluebill Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 08/25 06:58
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