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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Thunderstorms possible over the weekend as temperatures reach upper 80's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/23 08:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers using chubs, cut bait, and chicken liver fished on the bottom are finding success even in turbid water. 07/23 08:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: A jig tipped with a twistertail or nightcrawler fished in eddies below the dams and off current areas will produce fish. 07/23 08:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels have stabilized with improved clarity. Don't let those hot summer days keep you from fishing. Find a spot to dip your toes in the water and wet your line. 07/23 08:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Thunderstorms possible over the weekend as temperatures reach upper 80's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/23 08:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in excellent condition. Anglers may want avoid touching the wild parsnip (yellow lacey flower) found along many of our streams. It reacts with sunlight and may cause the skin to blister. Spin fishers using common garden hackle fished under a bobber will catch trout. Be looking for more frequent Tricorythodes and Ephoron (mayfly species) hatches through July. Also ants, beetles and grasshoppers will become more prevalent as summer progresses. 07/23 08:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: There are seven coldwater streams in Northeast Iowa that have consistent Brook trout natural reproduction. 07/23 08:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Off color or slightly turbid water is a great time to catch brown trout. Try using a flashy spinner to antagonize finicky brown's. 07/23 08:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: A good quality trout stream will typically have trout, sculpins, and white suckers but outstanding insect diversity. 07/23 08:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Thunderstorms possible over the weekend as temperatures reach upper 80's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/23 08:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks has a lot of great shoreline access. Fishing for catfish is great on a hot summer day. Bait your hook with a piece of worm or stinkbait and wait for the pole to bend. Don't forget to stay hydrated while you're waiting. 07/23 08:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills can be found spread out along the weedbeds. Try using a hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. 07/23 08:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish have been active about mid-day around the jetties and rock reefs. Stinkbaits and nightcrawlers are working for finicky catfish. 07/23 08:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass can be found along the weed edges and around the rock reefs. A jig tipped with a twister or worm will get some attention. 07/23 08:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Thunderstorms possible over the weekend as temperatures reach upper 80's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/23 08:12
Lake Meyer Northeast As of 7/23, water levels continue to be about 9 feet below normal. The boat ramp is unusable at this time and will remain so until water levels are allowed to return to normal. Mud flats and past habitat locations are becoming exposed. Water levels will remain low throughout the construction period. Construction should be completed by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal. 07/23 08:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers willing to brave the rocks to get to water can find bluegills. A hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler under a bobber has been successful. 07/23 08:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Very little angling is being attempted due to low waterlevels but fish can still be caught. 07/23 08:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 07/23 08:12
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels continue falling slowly and approaching normal summer levels. Look for fish seeking deeper holes as water temperatures are rising. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 16.1 ft and is expected to fall to 15 over the next week. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the main channel. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are starting to bite on stinkbaits fished in deeper side channel holes. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike to be hanging out in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels continue falling slowly and approaching normal summer levels. Look for fish seeking deeper holes as water temperatures are rising. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 7.4 and expected to fall to 6 ft over the next week. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are starting to bite on stinkbaits fished in deeper side channel holes. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the main channel. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike to be hanging out in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wingdams. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of jumping minnows and try pitching small silver spinners. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The River is stable to falling throughout the district. Fishing for many species is generally good. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is generally pretty good, Frog imitations in the weeds has been somewhat effective! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is near 7.0 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 9.5 feet. The river will be stable to falling all week. The water temperature in the main channel is at 81 degrees. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: A little hit and miss but anglers that target this pool often seem to be having good success on the wingdams and rock lines! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some fish can be found in the back ends of marinas and backwaters snags but water level is just slightly high for good angling along the main sloughs. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is now over so you might want to try fish stinkbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Both channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught by trot lines and pole anglers using worms for bait. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum! Bait with crayfish or worms! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Lots of reports of pike, especially by folks fishing for bass. The last few seasons the pike spawns have been fantastic and the fishery for pike is responding! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass being caught along the rock lines by people using spinners or floating worms. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The River is stable to falling throughout the district. Fishing for many species is generally good. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is around 7.9 feet and will slowly recede this week. The main channel temperature is at 81 degrees. The tributary streams like the Maquoketa River have cleared considerably. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: 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 boat accessible! Some nice fish are also being taken in the tailwaters! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines by anglers using small spinners or crankbaits. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Some bluegills are making there way out to the channel border hiding in sloughs with brush piles or rock shorelines. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is now over so you might want to try fish stinkbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some eating sized flatheads are still being caught in the tailwaters by anglers using worm rigs. Some larger specimens are being taken on trot lines. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum! Bait with crayfish or worms! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Strong northern pike populations are evident throughout Pool 13 as many pike were caught this week. Most came off of flashy spinners and crank baits but some were caught off worms by bluegill anglers! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Wingdams are accessible for walleye anglers using three ways but probably a bit to high for most peoples tastes. Levels are inching toward perfect conditions however! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The River is stable to falling throughout the district. Fishing for many species is generally good. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 7.2 feet, the water level at Camanche is at 10.8 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 5.6 feet. All nearly the same as last week. The water temperature in the main channel is unseasonably cool at 81 degrees. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the backwater areas on worm rigs. Muddy water has taken its toll on the bluegill bite but is clearing up nicely. Expect good fishing for bluegills to resume. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is now nearly over so you might want to try fish stinkbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Move often if not catching channel catfish! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flathead catfish are still being caught by people mostly fishing other species such as bass. Flatheads are live fish eating catfish and will readily hit on flashy lures! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum can be caught easily in areas of modest current and depths in the 6 to 10 foot ranges. Often boat ramp areas have good access to freshwater drum fishing! Simple egg sinker and worm rigs work best! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Good populations of bass exist in Pool 14. Some bass may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters. Anglers report using frog imitations in the weed lines and for best results. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike were again caught this week in good numbers in Pool 14. Most people who catch pike are generally bass fishing throwing white spinners or crankbaits. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The River is stable to falling throughout the district. Fishing for many species is generally good. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 7.8 feet. The water temperature is around 82 degrees. Eagles Landing and Leach park are two nice areas to put in and enjoy fishing on Pool 15. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: 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 within the first 15 minutes or so. If you do not catch any in that amount of time, then move on! 07/22 04:43
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! 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year. A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker will prove best. 07/22 04:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 9.1 ft and expected to fall to 8.5 over the next week. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels continue falling slowly and approaching normal summer levels. Look for fish seeking deeper holes as water temperatures are rising. Water temperature is in the upper 70's. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are starting to bite on stinkbaits fished in deeper side channel holes. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the main channel. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike to be hanging out in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. 07/23 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wingdams. 07/23 09:07
New Hampton Pond (Garnant) Northeast Thunderstorms possible over the weekend as temperatures reach upper 80's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/23 08:12
New Hampton Pond (Garnant) Northeast Garnant Pond has an abundance of small sunfish and carp. It is scheduled for renovation the middle of August. The pond will be drained and a fish toxicant will be applied to all wet areas to make sure no fish will be left. The pond will then be restocked with bluegills, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. This combination assures an excellent fishery for all to enjoy. 07/23 08:35
Ringneck Haven Northeast Thunderstorms possible over the weekend as temperatures reach upper 80's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/23 08:12
Ringneck Haven Northeast Ringneck Haven had a partial winterkill in 2014 and is now overpopulated with green sunfish. The Iowa DNR is currently in the process of rebuilding the fishery. This spring it was stocked with 200 fingerling northern pike, 400 two inch channel catfish, 280 two inch largemouth bass, 5,000 inch long yellow perch, and 100 eight to ten inch largemouth. Anglers are being asked to release any bass, pike, perch, and catfish if caught until the sunfish population is under control. 07/23 08:12
Ringneck Haven Northeast Green sunfish - Fair: 07/23 08:12
Split Rock Lake Northeast Thunderstorms possible over the weekend as temperatures reach upper 80's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/23 08:12
Split Rock Lake Northeast Split Rock Lake experienced a complete fish kill in 2014. It was stocked with 7000 inch bluegill in the fall of 2014 and 700 two inch channel catfish and 490 two inch largemouth bass this spring. 07/23 08:12
Split Rock Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 07/23 08:12
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Thunderstorms possible over the weekend as temperatures reach upper 80's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/23 08:12
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast New snags, log jams, submersed logs and other debris may be observed. Use care when paddling around obstructions. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. Water clarity is excellent. 07/23 08:12
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: A jig tipped with a twistertail fished along seams and eddies will bring success. 07/23 08:12
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Thunderstorms possible over the weekend as temperatures reach upper 80's. River water levels in our area continue to stabilize. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/23 08:12
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting jigs tipped with twistertails. Also crankbaits imitating crawdads should turn a smallie head. 07/23 08:12
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels have stabilized and visibility has greatly improved. Flows are up after recent rainfall events so be mindful of new strainers, such as log jams, tree falls, and other obstructions. 07/23 08:12
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