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Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River levels remain high on the Upper Mississippi but is expected to fall slowly over the next week. Recent heavy rains have left the river muddy and the turbidity is making fishing more difficult. Water temps have risen into the low 70's. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills near spawning beds in the upper ends of backwaters. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish spawn will be coming to and end, but still worth it to float minnows by rocky areas. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many bass are in post spawn and beginning to scatter. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 17.1 ft and is expected to fall a foot to 16 ft over the next week. Water temperature is in the lower 70's. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas. In high water look for good current breaks. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels remain high on the Upper Mississippi but is expected to fall slowly over the next week. Recent heavy rains have left the river muddy and the turbidity is making fishing more difficult. Water temps have risen into the low 70's. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills near spawning beds in the upper ends of backwaters. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish spawn will be coming to and end, but still worth it to float minnows by rocky areas. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many bass are in post spawn and beginning to scatter. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 9.1 and expected to fall a foot to 8 ft over the next week. The roller dams are back in at the lock and dam. Water temperature is in the lower 70's. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas. In high water look for good current breaks. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Higher water levels will make it difficult to find walleyes on wing dams 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Some nice size white bass caught along the main channel and tailwaters of the dams 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The Mississippi River in this reach is somewhat dirty but even with all the rains this week, very few showers were north of the district. As a result the Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 will drop this week. Some ramps may be out of commission but a boat still can be launched at most places. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 8.6 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 10.8 feet both down over a foot from last week. Water temperature in the main channel remains at 75 degrees. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Gills were hitting well over the past few weeks but the bite has slowed as the water has risen! Some fish can be found in the back ends of marinas and backwaters in this high water. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth fishing is generally pretty good but you have to find clearer water. Frog imitations in the weeds has been somewhat effective! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Some walleyes were still caught. Most of the time they are found now in very shallow water and being caught by bluegill anglers 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Both channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught by trot lines and pole anglers using worms for bait. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Both channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught by trot lines and pole anglers using worms for bait. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The Mississippi River in this reach is somewhat dirty but even with all the rains this week, very few showers were north of the district. As a result the Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 will drop this week. Some ramps may be out of commission but a boat still can be launched at most places. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 10.1 feet down a foot from week. The main channel temperature is at 75 degrees. Water coming out of the Pools tributaries is quite turbid. Avoid the dirty water in backwaters and sloughs above the major tributaries. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for clearer water especially in weed bed locations to catch bass. The largemouth's reported to us so far this year have been quite sizable! The high water has made places like Spring Lake, Savanna Bay and Browns Lake quite accessible! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are sight predators and have difficulty feeding when water gets so murky. Look for this species along current rock lines once the water clears back up! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some nice bluegills are still being reported in the big backwater areas like Savannah Bay and Spring Lake but the bit has slowed up considerably. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The bite of channel catfish has really cranked up in earnest! Catfish are biting on worms and stink bait in side channels just above brush piles! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Lots of smaller eater flatheads are still being caught in the tailwaters by anglers using worm rigs. Some larger specimens are being taken on trot lines. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Slow: After the rise in water levels, walleye apparently moved into shallower water along the shorelines and were being picked up by bass and bluegill anglers. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The Mississippi River in this reach is somewhat dirty but even with all the rains this week, very few showers were north of the district. As a result the Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 will drop this week. Some ramps may be out of commission but a boat still can be launched at most places. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are being caught in the backwater areas on worm rigs. Muddy water finally took its toll on the bluegill bite. Expect good fishing to resume once the water clears up! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Lots of reports of channel catfish hitting on stink bait and worms 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Great populations of bass exist in Pool 14. Right now some may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters. Some folks report using frog imitations in the weed lines and they are catching some nice sized bass! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 9.8 feet, the water level at Camanche is at 12.7 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 7.3 feet. All water levels are down considerably from last week and expected to drop further. The main channel water temperature is around 75 degrees. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Some nice flathead catfish are being caught by people crappie and walleye fishing. Flatheads are live fish eating catfish and will readily hit on flashy lures! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: The pike bite has been good this year on Pool 14. Backwaters such as Rock Creek and Cattail Slough have been some of the best target lakes. Use gaudy white spinners for best results! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Slow: For whatever reason, walleyes were reported in shallow water throughout the district this week. Bass and bluegill anglers were catching them near shore! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The Mississippi River in this reach is somewhat dirty but even with all the rains this week, very few showers were north of the district. As a result the Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 will drop this week. Some ramps may be out of commission but a boat still can be launched at most places. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 11.3 feet, which is over two foot lower then the previous week. The water temperature is around 76 degrees. Eagles Landing and Leach park are two nice areas to put in and enjoy fishing on Pool 15. 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try launching at Eagles Landing in Bettendorf and fish near smaller tributary mouths above and below the park. Try using worms or stink bait but move often if you are not having success. Catfish will either bite immediately or not be there! 06/25 08:34
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads were caught mixed in with the channel catfish by anglers using worms or live bait! 06/25 08:43
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year. A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker will prove best. 06/25 08:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 9 ft and expected to remain near this level over the next week. Water temperature is in the lower 70's. The boat ramp at New Albin is now open again. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River levels remain high on the Upper Mississippi but is expected to fall slowly over the next week. Recent heavy rains have left the river muddy and the turbidity is making fishing more difficult. Water temps have risen into the low 70's. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills near spawning beds in the upper ends of backwaters. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish spawn will be coming to and end, but still worth it to float minnows by rocky areas. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many bass are in post spawn and beginning to scatter. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas. In high water look for good current breaks. 06/25 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Higher water levels will make it difficult to find walleyes on wing dams 06/25 11:23
Arrowhead Lake Northwest For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 06/25 11:36
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills on nests along the east shoreline off the points. Cast small black jigs set 1 to 2 feet below a bobber into the nests. 06/25 11:36
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Black Bullhead - Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing down now. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits at this time. These fish are 12-14". The most successful anglers are leaving worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. 06/29 04:43
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be found near weed choked areas at this time as they are protecting their fry. Fish are being caught in trickles using top water frogs. Anglers are also catching bass on boat hoists along the north banks in the deeper water. Try crankbaits or swimbaits to pull these bass out from under the hoists. 06/29 04:43
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Northern Pike - Good: Fishermen fishing in Templar bar are catching large numbers of small Northerns. Most fish are in the mid 20" range. Anglers using Meps, or small spinnerbaits are having the most success. Johnson silver minnow tipped with a leech also has been proving to catch these fish. 06/29 04:43
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Good: Local anglers are now catching walleye around 5:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught, and creeled. Anglers using dark deer hair jigs tipped with leeches are proving the most successful. 06/29 04:43
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Good: A majority of anglers creeled are catching yellow perch at this time. Most anglers are keeping around 6"-9" fish. Numbers are still low but perch are biting up at the grade at this time. 06/29 04:43
Black Hawk Lake Northwest For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 06/25 11:36
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Lake level is 12 inches above crest. 06/25 11:36
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Slow: A few crappie are being picked up while bluegill fishing. 06/25 11:36
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill are being caught in Town Bay along the shoreline and off the piers. Others are having success fishing with crawlers near the inlet fish barrier. This time of year bluegill can also be targeted on or near their nests, which are usually located in 3 to 5 feet of water where there is sandy/gravel substrate. Use a 1/16 ounce jig tipped with a piece of night crawler or red worm fished about a foot under a bobber. 06/25 11:36
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching largemouth bass using spinners, crawlers, or minnows and jigs. Most fish are in the 7-8 inch range, which is below the 15 inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass. 06/25 11:36
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Walleye are being caught in Town Bay and near Ice House Point. A few have been caught in the State Marina. Most are fishing with twister tails, leeches, and crawlers. Mornings and evenings are most productive. 06/25 11:36
Black Hawk Pits Northwest For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 06/25 11:36
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill nests can be found along shore in 2-4 feet of water and also on the submerged islands where there is gravel substrate in 3-5 feet of water. Anglers are often successful fishing in these areas where bluegill are guarding the nests. With high water clarity, try to avoid spooking fish by anchoring away from nesting areas where fish can be seen and cast into them. 06/25 11:36
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Water clarity is good. An electrofishing survey conducted 6-8-15 collected bluegill 6-8 inches and largemouth bass 6-10 inches in length. 06/25 11:36
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 06/25 11:36
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: Crappie are being picked up in 10 feet of water. 06/25 11:36
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are being caught on waxworms and leeches in about 5-10 feet of water. 06/25 11:36
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Walleye - Good: Anglers have had success fishing with leeches in about 15-20 feet of water. 06/25 11:36
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Good: 06/25 11:40
Center Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank of Center lake as of Saturday. Fish were being harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with nightcrawler. 06/29 04:43
Center Lake Northwest Crappie - Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east side of Center lake. Anglers are using jigs tipped with wax worms. 06/29 04:43
Clear 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. 06/25 02:36
Clear Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Good: 06/25 02:36
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Some fish have been caught right at dark on the little lake near shorelines. Boat fishing has been ok in the main lake basin. 06/25 02:36
Clear Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers have been catching a few largemouth with plastic worms near the edges of vegetation in the little lake. 06/25 02:36
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Slow: Yellow bass are done spawning. Look for some near the rock reefs out in deeper water. 06/25 02:36
Crystal 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. 06/25 02:36
Crystal Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Anglers have had good luck but the spawn should be about done. Look for beds close to shore from the jetty's or near the boat ramp. A bobber set about a foot down with a 1/16 ounce jig tipped with a piece of nightcrawler or redworm should work. 06/25 02:36
Crystal Lake Northwest Crappie - Slow: Some anglers have had success on plastic 1/16th oz. tube jigs by the first buoy in front of the boat launch. in about 7 ft of water drifting/ light casting. Also some action along the dredge line as the depth goes from 13 to 17 ft. 06/25 02:36
Crystal Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers seem to be fishing with artificial worms or weedless presentations on the weededges with good luck. 06/25 02:36
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. 06/29 04:43
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Parks Marina and Lone tree point are reporting a hot bite for walleye at this time. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12ft of water. 06/29 04:43
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary in size from small to a few larger fish in the 8-9 inch range. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. 06/29 04:43
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. 06/29 04:43
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8" bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs under docks tipped with waxworms. 06/29 04:43
Five Island Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching 14-17inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows. 06/29 04:43
Lake Cornelia Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 06/25 02:36
Lake Cornelia Northwest White Bass - Fair: An occasional white bass have been caught near the culverts where water is flowing in. 06/25 02:36
Lake Pahoja Northwest Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jettys. Bluegills are very large with large numbers in the 7-8in range. Fish a worm and bobber. 06/29 04:43
Lake Pahoja Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites. 06/29 04:43
Lake Smith Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 06/25 02:36
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