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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Rain is forecast for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 40's to low 50's. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/23 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Shore anglers using dead chubs fished or crawlers under a bobber will find success. 03/23 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Currently, water levels are falling and clarity is excellent. Flows remain high for this time of year. Rainfall amounts may cause the river to rise. Go to the USGS Current Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for more information. 03/23 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler. Fish below dams in the pockets. 03/23 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Catch good numbers of 9 to 12 inch smallies and occassionally a fish over 18 inches. 03/23 10:56
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Angling reports have vastly improved for both walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 03/23 10:31
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports are good for both walleye and smallmouth bass and fair for northern pike on the Cedar River. 03/23 10:31
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting walleye this time of year. Target eddies or slack water areas off of main flow for success. 03/23 11:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting smallmouth bass this time of year. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while angling for walleye. Fish rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas for good sucess. 03/23 11:05
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting bucktail spinner baits or floating a live shiner or chub under a bobber for some great pike action. 03/23 11:11
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rain is forecast for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 40's to low 50's. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/23 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast The 2017 Catchable Trout Stocking Calendar is out. Go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing for the proposed stocking schedule. Catchable trout stockings start April 3. Streams are in good condition but flows remain elevated. Catch nice trout using jigs tipped with twistertails or feathered spinnerbaits. 03/23 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers. 03/23 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Off color water from run-off turns the browns on. Try critters imitating small caddis fly larvae or gnats hatching off the water. 03/23 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water. 03/23 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Rain is forecast for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 40's to low 50's. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/23 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 03/23 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Concentrate efforts on windblown shorelines. Use a dead fish on a hook in shallower water. 03/23 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Few anglers have been out. 03/23 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Rain is forecast for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 40's to low 50's. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/23 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast No one has been out on the lake. 03/23 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 03/23 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Find a rocky windblown shoreline for best luck. Try a dead chub or some other minnow. 03/23 09:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen over the past week but are expected to begin rising again. Water temperature in the channel is in the mid 40's. With water temps rising more fish are becoming active 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level is 16.8 at Lynxville and is expected to rise to 18.4 by next week. Water temps are in the mid 40's. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: The sauger bite has been good vertical jigging in tailwater areas. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes have been caught in the tailwaters over the past week mostly on jig and minnow. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: Perch fishing continues to be successful at the public boat ramp areas and side channels with little or no current. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as water is still cold. 03/23 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen over the past week but are expected to begin rising again. Water temperature in the channel is in the mid 40's. With water temps rising more fish are becoming active 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level is 8.8 at Guttenberg and is expected to rise to 10.2 by next week. Water temps are in the mid 40's. The gates are down now at Lock and Dam 10, but may be raised later next week. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: The sauger bite has been good vertical jigging in tailwater areas. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes have been caught in the tailwaters over the past week mostly on jig and minnow. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: Perch fishing continues to be successful at the public boat ramp areas and side channels with little or no current. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as water is still cold. 03/23 10:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 44.5 degrees, this is up three degrees from last week. Water levels are still high but have come down a bit from last week. Paddlefish season is underway, please review snagging rules as they are complicated. Many boat ramps are now back in operation but may have debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River levels are 8.2 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 10.6 feet at the RR bridge. These are down slightly from last week but will rise a bit this coming week. Some of the smaller boat ramps in Pool 12 may still have debris on them from the high water. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Good: Some tailwater angling is taking place. High water is making it difficult to find fish. Conditions improved this week. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye tailwater angling is underway. A gig and minnow rig is the most common rig used. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Find yellow perch in tailwaters near shore but out of the main current current. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 44.5 degrees, this is up three degrees from last week. Water levels are still high but have come down a bit from last week. Paddlefish season is underway, please review snagging rules as they are complicated. Many boat ramps are now back in operation but may have debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - Slow: Find paddlefish in the deeper holes in the tailwaters. High water is making paddlefish snagging difficult but conditions are improving. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast River level is at 9.3 feet at Bellevue. This is down a foot from last week but water will rise slightly this coming week. Some of the smaller boat ramps in Pool 13 still have debris on them from the high water. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: The sauger are being reported on jigs and minnow. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A few slot fish reported on jig and minnows. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Find yellow perch in tailwaters near shore but out of the main current current 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 44.5 degrees, this is up three degrees from last week. Water levels are still high but have come down a bit from last week. Paddlefish season is underway, please review snagging rules as they are complicated. Many boat ramps are now back in operation but may have debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - Slow: Find paddlefish in the deeper holes in the tailwater areas. Please review paddlefish rules before angling! 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast River level is at 8.6 feet at Fulton, 11.8 feet at Camanche and 6.4 feet at Le Claire. This is down over one foot from last week but levels will rise this week. Some of the smaller boat ramps in Pool 14 still have debris on them. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Sauger fishing conditions are improving greatly as water recedes. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 44.5 degrees, this is up three degrees from last week. Water levels are still high but have come down a bit from last week. Paddlefish season is underway, please review snagging rules as they are complicated. Many boat ramps are now back in operation but may have debris on them. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast River level is at 9.0 feet at Rock Island. This is down one foot from last week and levels will rise this week. Some of the smaller boat ramps in Pool 15 awill have debris on them. No fishing was reported to us from Pool 15. 03/29 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen over the past week but are expected to begin rising again. Water temperature in the channel is in the mid 40's. With water temps rising more fish are becoming active 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level is 8.4 at Lansing and is expected to rise slowly to 8.8 by next week. The boat ramp at New Albin is now open. Water temps are in the mid 40's. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing is occurring in the tailwaters and over closing dams but may be more difficult with the high water and current. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: Perch fishing continues to be successful at the public boat ramp areas and side channels with little or no current. 03/23 09:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as water is still cold. 03/23 09:59
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Angling reports have vastly improved for both walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 03/23 10:31
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports are good for both walleye and smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock River. 03/23 10:31
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting walleye this time of year. Target eddies or slack water areas off of main flow for success. 03/23 11:13
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting smallmouth bass this time of year. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while angling for walleye. Fish rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas for good sucess. 03/23 11:15
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Rain is forecast for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 40's to low 50's. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/23 09:31
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Water levels are falling but flows remain up. Water clarity is improving. 03/23 09:31
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow around a current break. 03/23 09:31
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 03/23 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Rain is forecast for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 40's to low 50's. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/23 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Catch nice Brown Trout near the mouths of coldwater tributaries. Try spinnerbaits. 03/23 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers were catching a few walleye near coldwater tributaries. Try a blade bait or bigger crankbait. 03/23 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels are falling and clarity is improving. Predicted rainfall may raise water levels and muddy the water. Please go to the USGS Current Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for more information. 03/23 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Rain is forecast for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 40's to low 50's. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/23 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels have stabilized. Clarity is excellent. Predicted rainfall amounts may cause levels to rise and muddy the water. Catch a nice trout near cold water tributaries. The sucker bite is just starting. 03/23 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try using jigs tipped with twistertails or nightcrawlers. 03/23 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: Good shore angling on the lower end of the Upper Iowa. Perch 10 inches common. 03/23 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: 03/23 11:23
Volga Lake Northeast Rain is forecast for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 40's to low 50's. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/23 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 03/23 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 03/23 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Concentrate efforts along windblown shores. Use dead minnows or other dead fish to attract a cruising cat. 03/23 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Few anglers have been out this week. 03/23 09:31
Wapsi River (state line to Tripoli) Northeast Rain is forecast for the weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid 40's to low 50's. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/23 09:31
Wapsi River (state line to Tripoli) Northeast River is high but clarity is excellent. Popular areas to fish are around North Washington, Frederika, and Independence. 03/23 11:04
Wapsi River (state line to Tripoli) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Catch Pike with spoons or jigs tipped with a twister tail. 03/23 11:07
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Angling reports have vastly improved for both walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 03/23 10:31
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Northern pike fishing has been good on the Upper Wapsipinicon River in Bremer County. Walleye and smallmouth bass should be biting well also in Buchanan County. 03/23 10:31
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting walleye this time of year. Target eddies or slack water areas off of main flow for success. 03/23 10:31
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Try casting bucktail spinner baits or floating a live shiner or chub under a bobber for some great pike action. 03/23 11:09
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Jig and minnow combinations are very good in targeting smallmouth bass this time of year. Many anglers will catch smallmouth while angling for walleye. Fish rip-rap or rocky shoreline areas for good sucess 03/23 11:10
Clear Lake Northwest Most of the lakes in the north central area are ice free again. For more information contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/23 08:31
Clear Lake Northwest The lake is ice free. The water temp is in the mid 30's. The courtesy dock at the Island boat ramp is in and the docks at McIntosh and Lynne Lorenzen accesses will be put in soon. 03/23 08:31
East Fork Des Moines (state line to Algona) Northwest At this time limited fishing activity on local lakes. 03/23 08:04
East Fork Des Moines (state line to Algona) Northwest River is currently below flood stage. 03/23 08:49
East Fork Des Moines (state line to Algona) Northwest Walleye - Fair: Anglers will continue to catch early season fish, look for the action to improve as the water warms. 03/23 08:50
East Okoboji Lake Northwest At this time limited fishing activity on local lakes. 03/23 08:04
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Limited fishing activity at this time. Lake is ice free - As of 3/23 no public docks has been placed in the lake. 03/23 08:05
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Good: Fish after dark with cut bait or other traditional baits will produce excellent "pole bending" action. 03/23 08:07
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove) Northwest At this time limited fishing activity on local lakes. 03/23 08:04
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove) Northwest River is currently below flood stage. 03/23 09:07
Silver Lake (Dickinson) Northwest At this time limited fishing activity on local lakes. 03/23 08:04
Silver Lake (Dickinson) Northwest Walleye - Fair: Wader anglers fishing after dark will catch fish, use a slow presentation for the best action. 03/23 08:22
Spirit Lake Northwest At this time limited fishing activity on local lakes. 03/23 08:04
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