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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Winter is back in the northeast corner of the state. Snow/rain, potentially heavy depending on where the front goes, may impact many areas this weekend. Please check Iowa 511 for road conditions. Many area rivers are swollen and dirty with snowmelt. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/23 09:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast The Cedar River is ice free. Water levels are falling after the majority of snow melted earlier in the week. Water clarity is poor. Gaging stations are now operational. Please go to the USGS Current Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for more information. 02/23 09:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 02/23 09:12
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Ice fishing is officially over. Interior rivers are currently high and dirty from recent snow melts. Area trout streams remain in good to excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 02/23 11:30
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is currently high and dirty. 02/23 11:30
Decorah District Streams Northeast Winter is back in the northeast corner of the state. Snow/rain, potentially heavy depending on where the front goes, may impact many areas this weekend. Please check Iowa 511 for road conditions. Many area rivers are swollen and dirty with snowmelt. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/23 09:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers. 02/23 09:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Fishing when the water turns off color from run-off will turn the browns on. Anglers may want to try critters imitating small caddis fly larvae or gnats hatching off the water. 02/23 09:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: Black fly midge or hare's ear wet flies are attracting bows fished in the riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a yellow scud dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water. 02/23 09:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Streams are in fair condition but flows remain elevated. Rain/snow will turn streams off color but streams with better water quality will clear quicker. Gravel roads are beginning to get soft as the frost goes out. Decent hatches of caddis flies and midges have been occurring with the recent spring-like weather. A few early stonefly hatches have also been noticed. 02/23 09:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Winter is back in the northeast corner of the state. Snow/rain, potentially heavy depending on where the front goes, may impact many areas this weekend. Please check Iowa 511 for road conditions. Many area rivers are swollen and dirty with snowmelt. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/23 09:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 02/23 09:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Ice fishing is not recommended on this waterbody at this time. 02/23 09:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Winter is back in the northeast corner of the state. Snow/rain, potentially heavy depending on where the front goes, may impact many areas this weekend. Please check Iowa 511 for road conditions. Many area rivers are swollen and dirty with snowmelt. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/23 09:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 02/23 09:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Ice fishing is not recommended on this waterbody at this time. 02/23 09:12
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are rising with recent snow melt coming down. Water is expected to rise another 3-4 feet. Backwater ice has deteriorated with warm weather and high water. Ice fishing is not recommended at this time. 02/23 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River levels at Lynxville have risen several feet to 18.5 with levels predicted to reach 22.4 his week. The boat ramp is open at Lynxville. Lock gates are expected to be opened. 02/23 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: The sauger bite has been good vertical jigging in tailwater areas, however, the high water may create some challenges. 02/23 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 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. 02/23 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are rising with recent snow melt coming down. Water is expected to rise another 3-4 feet. Backwater ice has deteriorated with warm weather and high water. Ice fishing is not recommended at this time. 02/23 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels at Guttenberg have risen several feet to 10.4 and predictions call for levels to reach 14.3 ft next week. Lock gates are up at Lock and Dam 10. The boat ramps are free of ice and open. 02/23 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: The sauger bite has been good vertical jigging in tailwater areas, however, the high water may create some challenges. 02/23 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 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. 02/23 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Ice fishing is officially done with this report, ice is nearly gone from backwaters in Pools 12 to 15. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year, and expected to rise this week. Main channel water temperature is 39 degrees. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque tailwater is at 9.3 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 11.5 feet. Levels are expected to rise rapidly all week. Levels may approach minor flooding stages. Ice is gone from backwaters for the most part. Tailwater angling is generally wide open with a few smaller ice flows hampering angling. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Some tailwater angling is taking place. Anglers are rating tailwater fishing from fair to good with most anglers using a minnow rig. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye tailwater angling is underway. A gig and minnow rig is probably the most common rig. 02/23 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Ice fishing is officially done with this report, ice is nearly gone from backwaters in Pools 12 to 15. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year, and expected to rise this week. Main channel water temperature is 39 degrees. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is near 10.2 feet. This is up from last week and will rise much further. Expect water levels to go up at least four feet next week. The tailwaters ramps are wide open and ice flows have stopped. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Most anglers are using a minnow rig for the best success. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: High water levels and water level changes seem to be hampering catching walleye a bit. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice yellow perch have been caught in the shallow waters in the tailwaters and mouths of tributary streams. Dead minnows seem to work the best. 02/23 09:57
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Ice fishing is officially done with this report, ice is nearly gone from backwaters in Pools 12 to 15. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year, and expected to rise this week. Main channel water temperature is 39 degrees. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is near 8.9 feet, 12.1 feet at Camanche and 6.5 feet at Le Claire. Water levels are once again rising this week. Expect the water to rise nearly 4 feet. Some tailwater angling is underway but not much has been reported. High water is making it tougher to find the walleyes and sauger. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Ice fishing is officially done with this report, ice is nearly gone from backwaters in Pools 12 to 15. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year, and expected to rise this week. Main channel water temperature is 39 degrees. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 8.9 feet and rising. The water is expected to rise to 14.3 feet by the end of next week. No angling was reported to us. 02/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River levels at Lansing are at Lansing has risen to 9.4 feet this week and expected to reach 12.2 over the next week. Ice conditions have deteriorated quickly this week. Army road at New Albin is expected to be under water. 02/23 10:40
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are rising with recent snow melt coming down. Water is expected to rise another 3-4 feet. Backwater ice has deteriorated with warm weather and high water. Ice fishing is not recommended at this time. 02/23 10:40
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. 02/23 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Good: The sauger bite has been good vertical jigging in tailwater areas, however, the high water may create some challenges. 02/23 11:10
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Ice fishing is officially over. Interior rivers are currently high and dirty from recent snow melts. Area trout streams remain in good to excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 02/23 11:30
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The Shell Rock is currently high and dirty. No good fishing reports for this week. 02/23 11:30
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Winter is back in the northeast corner of the state. Snow/rain, potentially heavy depending on where the front goes, may impact many areas this weekend. Please check Iowa 511 for road conditions. Many area rivers are swollen and dirty with snowmelt. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/23 09:12
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 02/23 09:12
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast The Turkey River is now ice free. Water levels are falling but the river remains up. Water clarity is poor. Forecast rain/snow amount will dictate river conditions for the next several days. 02/23 09:12
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 02/23 09:12
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Winter is back in the northeast corner of the state. Snow/rain, potentially heavy depending on where the front goes, may impact many areas this weekend. Please check Iowa 511 for road conditions. Many area rivers are swollen and dirty with snowmelt. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/23 09:12
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast The Upper Iowa River is ice free. Water levels are falling after the majority of snow melted earlier in the week. Water clarity is poor. Gaging stations are now operational. Please go to the USGS Current Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for more information. 02/23 10:18
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers were catching a few walleye below lower dam before the snowmelt. 02/23 10:19
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 02/23 09:12
Volga Lake Northeast Ice fishing is not recommended on this waterbody at this time. 02/23 09:12
Volga Lake Northeast Winter is back in the northeast corner of the state. Snow/rain, potentially heavy depending on where the front goes, may impact many areas this weekend. Please check Iowa 511 for road conditions. Many area rivers are swollen and dirty with snowmelt. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/23 09:12
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 02/23 09:12
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Ice fishing is officially over. Interior rivers are currently high and dirty from recent snow melts. Area trout streams remain in good to excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 02/23 11:30
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been no reports for the Wapsipinicon River this week. 02/23 11:30
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Hawk Lake is ice free. 02/23 11:37
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Ice fishing has come to an end. Most lakes in western Iowa are ice free. Any remaining ice is unsafe. There are some angler reports of good panfish and catfish fishing from shore now following ice-out. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/23 11:37
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching good numbers of bluegill from shore, especially from the stone piers in Town Bay. Use small tube jigs or hair jigs tipped with bait fished under a bobber. Most fish are in the 6.5-7.5 inch range. 02/23 11:37
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: After ice out is a good time to target catfish from shore. Use cut bait and stink bait. Good areas for catfish include: Ice House Point, Lakewood Point area, the rockpile north of Cottonwood Point, and the east shore near the outlet. 02/23 11:37
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have picked up some crappie with small jigs fished under a bobber. Those picking up the most crappie are fishing during low light conditions. 02/23 11:54
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice fishing has come to an end. Most lakes in western Iowa are ice free. Any remaining ice is unsafe. There are some angler reports of good panfish and catfish fishing from shore now following ice-out. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/23 11:37
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Black Hawk Pits are ice free. 02/23 11:37
Center Lake Northwest Ice conditions have been deteriorating greatly over the past week as the temperature has risen into the mid fifties. However with the cold spell coming up here in the next couple days we should see some of the accesses firm back up making it possible to get back on the ice. If you do go out on the ice after we have some refreezing be very careful as there will surely be spots of weaker ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/21 09:39
Center Lake Northwest The ice conditions on center lake are very poor with a large area of open water on the east side of the lake. 02/23 08:28
Clear Lake Northwest With rain and warm weather this week the ice has really deteriorated and is considered unsafe. For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/23 08:32
Clear Lake Northwest The rain and warm weather the last several days has deteriorated the ice to an unsafe condition. If you decided to go out use extreme caution. 02/23 08:32
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Ice conditions have been deteriorating greatly over the past week as the temperature has risen into the mid fifties. However with the cold spell coming up here in the next couple days we should see some of the accesses firm back up making it possible to get back on the ice. If you do go out on the ice after we have some refreezing be very careful as there will surely be spots of weaker ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/21 09:39
East Okoboji Lake Northwest The north end of East lake has poor ice conditions with open water existing at the highway nine boat ramp. The south end of the lake also has many spots of open water including an area at the Hattie Elston access. Due to the poor ice conditions we are not advising ice fishing on East Okoboji at this time. Also, remember that Walleye season has closed up until Walleye weekend on May 6th and 7th. 02/21 09:39
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove) Northwest Ice conditions have been deteriorating greatly over the past week as the temperature has risen into the mid fifties. However with the cold spell coming up here in the next couple days we should see some of the accesses firm back up making it possible to get back on the ice. If you do go out on the ice after we have some refreezing be very careful as there will surely be spots of weaker ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/21 09:39
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove) Northwest Anglers have reported catching some Norther Pike and Yellow Perch in the rivers. 02/23 08:46
Silver Lake (Dickinson) Northwest Ice conditions have been deteriorating greatly over the past week as the temperature has risen into the mid fifties. However with the cold spell coming up here in the next couple days we should see some of the accesses firm back up making it possible to get back on the ice. If you do go out on the ice after we have some refreezing be very careful as there will surely be spots of weaker ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/21 09:39
Silver Lake (Dickinson) Northwest Ice fishing is not advised at this time as the ice conditions are very poor. 02/23 08:25
Spirit Lake Northwest Ice conditions have been deteriorating greatly over the past week as the temperature has risen into the mid fifties. However with the cold spell coming up here in the next couple days we should see some of the accesses firm back up making it possible to get back on the ice. If you do go out on the ice after we have some refreezing be very careful as there will surely be spots of weaker ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/21 09:39
Spirit Lake Northwest The ice on Big Spirit has deteriorated greatly along the shoreline making access to the lake difficult. With the lake refreezing the accesses should patch up, but the ice conditions on the lake will still be variable so take caution when venturing out. Also, if you are fishing the Iowa Great Lakes, remember that Walleye season has closed up until Walleye weekend on May 6th and 7th. 02/21 09:39
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Ice fishing has come to an end. Most lakes in western Iowa are ice free. Any remaining ice is unsafe. There are some angler reports of good panfish and catfish fishing from shore now following ice-out. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/23 11:37
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Any remaining ice is unsafe for travel. After ice out is a good time to target catfish from shore using stink bait and cut bait. 02/23 11:37
West Okoboji Lake Northwest Ice conditions have been deteriorating greatly over the past week as the temperature has risen into the mid fifties. However with the cold spell coming up here in the next couple days we should see some of the accesses firm back up making it possible to get back on the ice. If you do go out on the ice after we have some refreezing be very careful as there will surely be spots of weaker ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/21 09:39
West Okoboji Lake Northwest The fishing on West Okoboji has slowed down with the increase in temperature. The ice has turned dark and is deteriorating quickly. Remember if you are fishing the Iowa Great Lakes, that Walleye season has closed up until Walleye weekend on May 6th and 7th. 02/21 09:39
Winnebago River Northwest With rain and warm weather this week the ice has really deteriorated and is considered unsafe. For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/23 08:32
Winnebago River Northwest Northern Pike fishing has been good. The river came up a few feet this week and slowed the bite some. 02/23 09:36
Winnebago River Northwest Northern Pike - Good: Try fishing below the dams with live chubs. 02/23 09:38
Big Hollow Lake Southeast For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430. 02/23 08:59
Big Hollow Lake Southeast Ice free. 02/23 08:59
Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 02/23 10:08
Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) Southeast The river is rising at this time. 02/23 10:20
Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) Southeast Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes were caught in Benton County over the past week but rising water may put a stop to catches now. 02/23 10:21
Coralville Reservoir Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 02/23 10:08
Coralville Reservoir Southeast The lake is ice free and the water level is at 683.4' as of 2/23, but it is starting to be lowered to spring pool. It is predicted to reach 679.4' on March 9th. At that level, boating above Bobber's Grill is difficult to impossible for most boats. 02/23 10:08
Coralville Reservoir Southeast Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are being caught on shad guts up at the 965/380 bridges. 02/23 10:14
Diamond Lake Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 02/23 10:08
Diamond Lake Southeast The lake is ice free and there have been anglers out but fishing has been slow. 02/23 10:08
Hannen Lake Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 02/23 10:08
Hannen Lake Southeast The lake is ice free and there have been some fishermen out. No catches were reported. 02/23 10:08
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction) Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 02/23 10:08
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction) Southeast Flow coming out of the Coralville Dam on 2/23 is 2500 CFS. It is predicted to increase to 7500 CFS by March 3rd due to the lake being lowered to spring pool. 02/23 10:08
Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction) Southeast Walleye - Slow: Jigs are catching some fish below the Coralville dam but fishing conditions will decrease with the increase in flow. 02/23 10:08
Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake) Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 02/23 10:08
Iowa River (Marshalltown to Coralville Lake) Southeast The river is reported as dirty. There has been some fishing going on but no catches were reported. 02/23 10:22
Kent Park Lake Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 02/23 10:08
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