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Big Woods Lake Northeast Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers but it has slowed with the recent onset of cooler temperatures. Lakes and ponds are beginning to warm up in preperation for crappie to begin spawning. Trout streams are in excellent condion in the Manchester District. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/23 10:02
Big Woods Lake Northeast Anglers are catching a few 9"-10" crappies on Big Woods Lake as they prepare for the upcoming spawn. Target the shallow water bay areas on warm sunny days and deeper water on cloudy days. 04/23 10:16
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Just remember April showers bring May flowers. Temps will be in the low 50's to 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. Area stream levels bumped up earlier in the week are now falling with improved clarity. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/23 10:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels have stabilized and clarity has improved. Cool windy conditions slowed some angling activity. Warmer temperatures predicted for the weekend should improve both fish and people activity. 04/23 10:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Hooks tipped with dead chubs work well. 04/23 10:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth activity should pick up with warmer temperatures. A jig tipped with a twister will work for smallies. 04/23 10:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers are starting to catch a few walleye using a jig tipped with a minnow. 04/23 10:42
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers but it has slowed with the recent onset of cooler temperatures. Lakes and ponds are beginning to warm up in preperation for crappie to begin spawning. Trout streams are in excellent condion in the Manchester District. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/23 10:02
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been fair reports of smallmouth bass fishing on the Cedar River. Walleye fishing on the Cedar River has slowed down some. Channel catfish angling has been fair for those targeting them. 04/23 10:02
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Some anglers have been taking a few catfish using dead cutbaits fished on the bottom. 04/23 10:02
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Artificial baits and lures have been the most productive on smallmouth bass. 04/23 10:02
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a twister tail and minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. Concentrate below lowhead dams and shallow pool areas below riffles and off of current breaks. 04/23 10:02
Decorah District Streams Northeast Just remember April showers bring May flowers. Temps will be in the low 50's to 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. Area stream levels bumped up earlier in the week are now falling with improved clarity. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/23 10:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Water temperatures 65 degrees or less are a brookies favorite temperature. 04/23 10:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Brown trout spawn from October to November with fry emerging from the streambed in March and April. 04/23 10:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Flows remain up on many streams but are very fishable. Scattered hatches of caddis flies, Hendrickson's, and blue wing olives have been observed. Anglers have been taking trout on #14 caddis flies and #16 or #18 Hendrickson or Adams. One of the key's to a successful catch is to match the size of the fly with the critter hatching. Spin fishers using spinners or hair jigs fished through riffles are taking nice catches. 04/23 10:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout originate west of the Rocky Mountains from southern California to Alaska and are not a native Iowa species. 04/23 10:42
Lake Hendricks Northeast Just remember April showers bring May flowers. Temps will be in the low 50's to 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. Area stream levels bumped up earlier in the week are now falling with improved clarity. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/23 10:42
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are running the shoreline. Anglers using a hook with a dead chub should find some action. 04/23 10:42
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try using a jig tipped with a brightly colored twister and a slow retrieve for success. 04/23 10:42
Lake Hendricks Northeast Last weeks weather slowed angler activity. Lake temperatures remain on the cool side. Concentrate efforts along the shoreline as that will warm quicker. 04/23 10:42
Lake Meyer Northeast Just remember April showers bring May flowers. Temps will be in the low 50's to 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. Area stream levels bumped up earlier in the week are now falling with improved clarity. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/23 10:42
Lake Meyer Northeast Few anglers have been out due to the cool, windy conditions. Panfish are still out deep. A drawdown is scheduled to occur later this spring into the summer to construct a wetland in the east arm. 04/23 10:42
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are using a jig with a twister tail have been having the best luck. 04/23 10:42
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers but it has slowed with the recent onset of cooler temperatures. Lakes and ponds are beginning to warm up in preperation for crappie to begin spawning. Trout streams are in excellent condion in the Manchester District. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/23 10:02
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been a few reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River. Recent sampling efforts have shown good numbers of walleye and smallmouth bass in the river. Boat ramp access to the Maquoketa River through Bailey's Ford Park is not currently available, a replacement is scheduled for this coming 2015 season. 04/23 10:02
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Artificial baits and lures have been the most productive on smallmouth bass. 04/23 10:02
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a twister tail and minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. Concentrate below lowhead dams and shallow pool areas below riffles and off of current breaks. 04/23 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River levels on the Upper Missisippi are stable to falling slowly but water temps have dropped nearly 10 degrees into the upper 40's over the past week. Windy cold weather has kept many anglers off the water. Predicted warmer weather next week should turn the spring bite back on but the weekend may be slow. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: With cooler temps bluegill are biting slowly. Check the lower end of backwaters and structure in sloughs near backwaters. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are spread out using a lot of different areas. Bass are biting but cooler temps require a slower presentation. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 15.8 and is expected to remain stable to falling slightly over the next week. Water temp ins in the upper 40's. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye spawning is coming to and end. Fish will be scattered and begin feeding again slowly. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: A few smaller perch are being caught but cooler temps have slowed the bite 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cat are biting on crawlers in tailwaters of the dams and deeper side channels. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are still biting. Bite has slowed but patience with a worm on the bottom should pay off. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Sauger spawn is ending and a few may start feeding again in the tailwaters 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Look for small mouth to become active as water temps warm into the 50's. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels on the Upper Missisippi are stable to falling slowly but water temps have dropped nearly 10 degrees into the upper 40's over the past week. Windy cold weather has kept many anglers off the water. Predicted warmer weather next week should turn the spring bite back on but the weekend may be slow. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has fallen to 7.6 and is expected to fall below 7 over the next week. Water temp is in the upper 40's. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye spawning is coming to and end. Fish will be scattered and begin feeding again slowly. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: With cooler temps bluegill are biting slowly. Check the lower end of backwaters and structure in sloughs near backwaters. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are spread out using a lot of different areas. Bass are biting but cooler temps require a slower presentation. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: A few smaller perch are being caught but cooler temps have slowed the bite 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cat are biting on crawlers in tailwaters of the dams and deeper side channels. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are still biting. Bite has slowed but patience with a worm on the bottom should pay off. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger spawn is ending and a few may start feeding again in the tailwaters 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Look for small mouth to become active as water temps warm back into the 50's. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Most of the early spawning fish are now spawned out or close to it, this includes pike, yellow perch, walleyes and sauger. Now it is time for the Sunfishes and the Crappies to begin to think about spawning. Remember, Paddlefish snagging is now closed. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 7.3 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 9.6 feet. These readings are down over a foot from last week. Water temperature in the main channel is 52 degrees. Temperatures were nearly 60 degrees for a bit before the cold front. Water is expected to slowly recede. Cold windy weather inhibited fishing quite a bit this week! 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Some nice sized crappies were being reported before the cold front. Many males are being found in shallow water, while some of the females are being reported from various spots including the tailwaters. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: A couple nice sized northern pike were reported this week. Pike are mostly done spawning and are now in the feeding mode! Lots of anglers targeting pike right now, either using gaudy spinners or large chubs for bait. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Some nice yellow perch are showing up in the tailwater and larger side channel areas. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is generally pretty good with many nice sized fish reported this week. Cranks and larger spinners seemed to do the trick! 04/23 09:57
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Most of the early spawning fish are now spawned out or close to it, this includes pike, yellow perch, walleyes and sauger. Now it is time for the Sunfishes and the Crappies to begin to think about spawning. Remember, Paddlefish snagging is now closed. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike have been reported, Pike unlike walleye bite immediately after they are done spawning. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 7.9 feet and predicted to slowly recede. Water level is over a foot lower then last week. Main channel temperatures are at 52 degrees. Paddlefish season is now closed. Cold windy weather inhibited fishing this week! 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Before the cold spell, some nicer walleye were being taken on jigs and minnows. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Fair: We know crappie are on the move from their overwintering sites and moving toward their spawning areas. Cold weather will move the males away from the shoreline but expect them to return once temperatures start to warm. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Some nice yellow perch were reported before the cold snap. Perch are spawned out and apparently on the feed. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass were being reported from various locations in Pool 13 before the cold snap. Should be another banner year fishing for largemouth on the Big River! 04/23 10:01
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some nice smallmouth bass were reported hitting cranks and spinners along rock piles. Most of the action took place before the cold snap! 04/23 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Most of the early spawning fish are now spawned out or close to it, this includes pike, yellow perch, walleyes and sauger. Now it is time for the Sunfishes and the Crappies to begin to think about spawning. Remember, Paddlefish snagging is now closed. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Some nice sized crappies were being reported before the cold snap. Many males are being found in shallow water, while some of the females will hang out in deeper water until the water warms. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Some bass are now showing up in the creel, and angling for both smallmouth and largemouth is only expected to get better! 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 7.5 feet, the water level at Camanche it is at 10.8 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 5.9 feet. All readings are nearly a foot lower then last week. Main channel water temperature is around 53 degrees. Levels are generally falling in all locations. Remember, Paddlefish season is now closed. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are mostly done spawning. Some spawned out fish were reported but expect the action for walleyes to pick up in a week or two! 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Most of the early spawning fish are now spawned out or close to it, this includes pike, yellow perch, walleyes and sauger. Now it is time for the Sunfishes and the Crappies to begin to think about spawning. Remember, Paddlefish snagging is now closed. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 8.2 feet and falling, water temperature is around 55 degrees. No fishing was reported to us on Pool 15 this week. 04/23 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River levels on the Upper Missisippi are stable to falling slowly but water temps have dropped nearly 10 degrees into the upper 40's over the past week. Windy cold weather has kept many anglers off the water. Predicted warmer weather next week should turn the spring bite back on but the weekend may be slow. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8.0 and expected to remain stable at level over the next week. Water temp is in the upper 40's. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye spawning is coming to and end. Fish will be scattered and begin feeding again slowly. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: A few smaller perch are being caught but cooler temps have slowed the bite 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: With cooler temps bluegill are biting slowly. Check the lower end of backwaters and structure in sloughs near backwaters. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are spread out using a lot of different areas. Bass are biting but cooler temps require a slower presentation. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cat are biting on crawlers in tailwaters of the dams and deeper side channels. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Look for small mouth to become active as water temps warm back into the 50's. 04/23 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are still biting. Bite has slowed but patience with a worm on the bottom should pay off. 04/23 08:56
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers but it has slowed with the recent onset of cooler temperatures. Lakes and ponds are beginning to warm up in preperation for crappie to begin spawning. Trout streams are in excellent condion in the Manchester District. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/23 10:02
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been some reports of both walleye and smallmouth bass being caught on the Shell Rock River. 04/23 10:02
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a twister tail and minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. Concentrate below lowhead dams and shallow pool areas below riffles and off of current breaks. 04/23 10:02
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Artificial baits and lures have been the most productive on smallmouth bass. 04/23 10:02
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers but it has slowed with the recent onset of cooler temperatures. Lakes and ponds are beginning to warm up in preperation for crappie to begin spawning. Trout streams are in excellent condion in the Manchester District. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/23 10:02
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast There is currently a new boat ramp in place at Silver Lake which should be ready for access sometime next week. There are a good number of 8"- 9" largemouth bass from last years stocking. Fair number of northern pike available in this lake also. 04/23 10:20
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Just remember April showers bring May flowers. Temps will be in the low 50's to 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. Area stream levels bumped up earlier in the week are now falling with improved clarity. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/23 10:42
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Water levels have dropped and clarity improved this week. Water temperatures are in the low to mid 40's. Fish activity has tailed off a bit with the drop in water temperature. 04/23 10:42
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: Trout can be caught in the river at Big Spring Hatchery. 04/23 10:42
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Sucker - Good: The sucker bite is on. Anglers using a hooked drifted along the bottom of the river will catch fish. 04/23 10:42
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are beginning to bite on jigs tipped with a minnow. 04/23 10:42
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Just remember April showers bring May flowers. Temps will be in the low 50's to 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. Area stream levels bumped up earlier in the week are now falling with improved clarity. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/23 10:42
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Paddlers have been commenting that the water levels are actually a bit low for this time of year but with recent rain, conditions are improving. A variety of fish, including channel catfish, redhorse and carp, are being caught on jigs tipped with nightcrawlers. 04/23 10:42
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are finding success using either a spinner or crank bait. A jig tipped with a nightcrawler will also work. 04/23 10:42
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Sucker - Excellent: Suckers and redhorse are taking a hook tipped with a worm bounced along the stream bottom. 04/23 10:42
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Slow: A few anglers are catching an occasional walleye using a jig tipped with a crawler but more have been caught using a small crankbait. 04/23 11:00
Volga Lake Northeast Just remember April showers bring May flowers. Temps will be in the low 50's to 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. Area stream levels bumped up earlier in the week are now falling with improved clarity. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/23 10:42
Volga Lake Northeast Anglers should focus their efforts along the shoreline as that area will warm up quicker. Water temperatures dropped from last week due to cooler temperatures. 04/23 10:42
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: A jig tipped with a twister has been working for bass. 04/23 10:42
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers but it has slowed with the recent onset of cooler temperatures. Lakes and ponds are beginning to warm up in preperation for crappie to begin spawning. Trout streams are in excellent condion in the Manchester District. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/23 10:02
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast The Wapsi River is currently at 6.13 feet and holding steady. There have been a few reports for the Wapsipinicon River for walleye and smallmouth bass. 04/23 10:02
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a twister tail and minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. Concentrate below lowhead dams and shallow pool areas below riffles and off of current breaks. 04/23 10:13
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