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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Winter is finally here and ice fishing is just around the corner. There is a chance for snow over the weekend. Amounts are unknown at this time but higher amounts will slow ice development. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/08 11:32
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast A few backwaters have skim ice but nothing thick enough to walk on yet. 12/08 11:32
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Decorah District Streams Northeast Winter is finally here and ice fishing is just around the corner. There is a chance for snow over the weekend. Amounts are unknown at this time but higher amounts will slow ice development. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/08 11:32
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in excellent condition and continue fishing well. Anglers please be aware this weekend is second shotgun deer season so make sure to wear alot of orange. A spinner or crank bait will catch trout. 12/08 11:32
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers. 12/08 11:32
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Anglers have had success using a nymph rig with a scud dropper but most fish were hitting wet flies. 12/08 11:32
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers can find Rainbow Trout hiding in the upper and lower ends of pools. Dance a meaty looking fly or lure in these areas and wait. 12/08 11:32
Lake Hendricks Northeast Winter is finally here and ice fishing is just around the corner. There is a chance for snow over the weekend. Amounts are unknown at this time but higher amounts will slow ice development. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/08 11:32
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks is currently closed to public access through shotgun deer season. The lake froze over Wednesday evening. Ice depths will depend on snowfall amounts. 12/08 11:32
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Lake Meyer Northeast Winter is finally here and ice fishing is just around the corner. There is a chance for snow over the weekend. Amounts are unknown at this time but higher amounts will slow ice development. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/08 11:32
Lake Meyer Northeast Ice is slowly forming in the areas protected by the wind. Weekend snowfall amounts will dictate how quickly ice forms. 12/08 11:32
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River water levels have risen about two feet this week making fishing conditions a challenge. Some skim ice is forming on backwaters but ice is still unsafe for ice fishing with the fluctuating water levels. Water temperature is 34. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville has risen to 19.1 ft and predicted to remain high next week. Rising water level is once again stirring up vegetation and water clarity is poor making fishing conditions challenging. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the tree piles in backwater areas using minnows under a bobber. Locate areas with little to no current. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are holding tight up in vegetation beds near overwintering holes. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are in the backwater overwintering holes. Fish tight up against treelines out of the current using crawlers under a bobber. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Lots of current in the river right now makes for great smallmouth fishing. Fish crankbaits along exposed riprap on mainchannel borders. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Fish jigs tipped with minnows fished below the lock and dams using a slow presentation. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been variable in the tailwaters of the dams and closing dams in deeper running sloughs. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Perch are congregating in the vegetation in backwater lakes. Fish a minnow under a bobber in the lily-pads or tree piles. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River water levels have risen about two feet this week making fishing conditions a challenge. Some skim ice is forming on backwaters but ice is still unsafe for ice fishing with the fluctuating water levels. Water temperature is 34. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the tree piles in backwater areas using minnows under a bobber. Locate areas with little to no current. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has risen two feet this week to 10.6 ft. The gates at the Lock and Dam are raised. Levels are expected to gradually recede over the next week. Rising water level is once again stirring up vegetation and water clarity poor. Water temperature is 34. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are holding tight up in vegetation beds near overwintering holes. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of current in the river right now makes for great smallmouth fishing. Fish crankbaits along exposed riprap on main channel borders. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been variable in the tailwaters of the dams and closing dams in deeper running sloughs. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Fish jigs tipped with minnows fished below the lock and dams using a slow presentation. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Perch are congregating in the vegetation in backwater lakes. Fish a minnow under a bobber in the lily-pads or tree piles. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are in the backwater overwintering holes. Fish tight up against treelines out of the current using crawlers under a bobber. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The times are a changing on the Mississippi River this week. We expect our first ice freezing event so it is time to get the ice fishing gear ready! Water levels are seasonally high but will drop slowly throughout the district this week. If you have an angling question please contact Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Crappie bite seems to be off for many anglers this fall but the good news is they appear to have pulled off a good spawn this year. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Expect to see a number of medium sized gills this ice fishing season with some nice ones thrown in. You may need to sort but the numbers of bluegills are very positive! 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque tailwater is near 10 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 12.1 feet. These levels are up from last week and now expected fall slowly all week. The main channel is around 34 degrees. Some tailwater fishing is occurring but that is about it. Many anglers are waiting for the ice to form! 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Most walleye angling taking place in the tailwater by folks using a jig and minnow. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Good: Tailwater angling going on with most people using some form of a three way minnow and jig. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Looks to be another excellent perch year and another year class is present which bodes well for the future. Most ring perch have been caught by anglers targeting bluegills. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: Tip up fishing is still an option for pike as decent numbers still reside in the Mississippi River. 12/08 11:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The times are a changing on the Mississippi River this week. We expect our first ice freezing event so it is time to get the ice fishing gear ready! Water levels are seasonally high but will drop slowly throughout the district this week. If you have an angling question please contact Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is near 11.1 feet, up from last week. The water is expected to start receding all week. Water temperature is around 34 degrees. Tailwater fishing is the only thing going on right now. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: For many people the crappie bite was bit off this fall but some folks found good numbers. The year class of young crappie produced appears strong so angling should be good into the future! 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills have moved into their winter backwater homes. Size has been an issue but some anglers reporting large numbers being caught! 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: Lots of sauger being caught with the walleyes in the tailwater area. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are being taken in the tailwater mostly on jigs and minnows or three way minnow rigs. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Lots of yellow perch were seen in the tailwater this fall and in many backwaters. Mostly caught by people angling for bluegills. 12/08 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The level at Fulton is near 10.4 feet, 13.2 feet at Camanche and 7.5 feet at Le Claire. Levels are falling maybe a foot or so this upcoming week. The water temperature is near 34 degrees. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The times are a changing on the Mississippi River this week. We expect our first ice freezing event so it is time to get the ice fishing gear ready! Water levels are seasonally high but will drop slowly throughout the district this week. If you have an angling question please contact Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Crappies were difficult for some to find for many this fall. Hope they show up in the ice fishing creels! 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - Good: Anglers are catching sauger in the tailwater mostly on Jigs and minnow rigs. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Most folks are using a jig and minnow in the tailwater areas. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Some anglers were reporting catching yellow perch in the backwaters when they are fishing for bluegills. Also a few being taken in the tailwaters by sauger anglers, especially when they are in more shallow water less then 10 feet deep. Expecting to see some nice fish in the 14 to 15 inch range reported again this year! 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Lots of medium sized bluegills seen in Pool 14 surveys this year. We hope that translates into a good winter ice fishing season! 12/08 11:26
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The times are a changing on the Mississippi River this week. We expect our first ice freezing event so it is time to get the ice fishing gear ready! Water levels are seasonally high but will drop slowly throughout the district this week. If you have an angling question please contact Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 10.5 feet, which is up from last week. Water will fall slowly all week. Water temperature is around 34 degrees in the main channel. No fishing was reported in Pool 15 this week. 12/08 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River water levels have risen about two feet this week making fishing conditions a challenge. Some skim ice is forming on backwaters but ice is still unsafe for ice fishing with the fluctuating water levels. Water temperature is 34. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 9.4 ft and predicted to remain high over the next week. Fish are locating structure in the deeper water. New Albin ramp is open but may close if the river rises more. Skim ice is still unsafe for ice fishing. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the tree piles in backwater areas using minnows under a bobber. Locate areas with little to no current. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are holding tight up in vegetation beds near overwintering holes. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill are in the backwater overwintering holes. Fish tight up against treelines out of the current using crawlers under a bobber. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Lots of current in the river right now makes for great smallmouth fishing. Fish crankbaits along exposed riprap on mainchannel borders. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been variable in the tailwaters of the dams and closing dams in deeper running sloughs. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Fish jigs tipped with minnows fished below the lock and dams using a slow presentation. 12/08 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch are congregating in the vegetation in backwater lakes. Fish a minnow under a bobber in the lily-pads or tree piles. 12/08 10:00
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Winter is finally here and ice fishing is just around the corner. There is a chance for snow over the weekend. Amounts are unknown at this time but higher amounts will slow ice development. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/08 11:32
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Vernon Spring impoundment near Cresco froze over Wednesday. Use extreme caution when going out on new ice and check ice depths often. Snowfall amounts will affect ice depth and formation especially in areas with current. 12/08 11:32
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Winter is finally here and ice fishing is just around the corner. There is a chance for snow over the weekend. Amounts are unknown at this time but higher amounts will slow ice development. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/08 11:32
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Winter is finally here and ice fishing is just around the corner. There is a chance for snow over the weekend. Amounts are unknown at this time but higher amounts will slow ice development. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/08 11:32
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Winter is finally here and ice fishing is just around the corner. There is a chance for snow over the weekend. Amounts are unknown at this time but higher amounts will slow ice development. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/08 11:32
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Volga Lake Northeast No ice reported yet. 12/08 11:32
Volga Lake Northeast Winter is finally here and ice fishing is just around the corner. There is a chance for snow over the weekend. Amounts are unknown at this time but higher amounts will slow ice development. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/08 11:32
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 12/08 11:32
Big Spirit Lake Northwest No fishing activity at this time. Anglers Bay and North Grade recently ice covered, areas of open water holes present. Skim ice present on the main lake. Look for improving ice conditions in the next week. 12/08 09:59
Blue Pit Northwest Most lakes in the area are 80 to 100% ice-covered but not safe for fishing yet. For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/08 09:09
Blue Pit Northwest Trout are still being caught on a variety of baits. You may have to fish several areas to find them. Anglers are reminded to have a 2016 fishing license (age 16 and older) and trout stamp. 12/08 09:09
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Fishing activity has been nonexistent. North end of the lake to area south of East Okoboji Beach ice covered with numerous open water holes present. South end of the lake consists of skim ice. Look for improved ice conditions with below normal temps in the forecast. 12/08 09:59
West Okoboji Lake Northwest No fishing activity reported from West Okoboji Lake. 12/08 09:59
Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 12/08 08:56
Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) Southeast Walleye - Fair: 12/08 08:56
Coralville Reservoir Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 12/08 08:56
Coralville Reservoir Southeast The lake level on 12/8 is at fall pool of 686.4' and holding steady. The only dock in now is at the Macbride ramp. 12/08 08:56
Des Moines River (Ottumwa to Farmington) Southeast Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa. 12/08 07:38
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