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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Showers are predicted for Friday but Saturday and Sunday look like fabulous fishing weather with temperatures in the low to mid 60's and sunny. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/10 11:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels remain relatively steady with recent rain events. 09/10 12:26
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye action has slowed some but anglers are catching fish using a jighead tipped with a minnow. 09/10 12:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish activity has slowed but chicken liver and dead chubs continue to be the bait of choice. 09/10 12:32
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition also. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 09/11 08:08
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. 09/11 08:08
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is offering good catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the deeper holes as fish seek cooler water temperatures this time of year. 09/11 08:08
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch pike on mepp's spinner baits. 09/11 08:08
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits, crank baits or even topwater baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas for good smally action. 09/11 08:08
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Cedar. 09/11 08:08
Decorah District Streams Northeast Showers are predicted for Friday but Saturday and Sunday look like fabulous fishing weather with temperatures in the low to mid 60's and sunny. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/10 11:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Thunderstorms occasionally affect water clarity but most northeast Iowa streams have recently been fishing well. Early morning Trico hatches have been good - try a sparse #24 pattern for fishing a dry. Hopper and Cricket fishing has also been excellent beginning late in the morning. On cooler days, there have been consistent afternoon #18 Blue Wing Olive hatches. 09/10 12:44
Lake Hendricks Northeast Showers are predicted for Friday but Saturday and Sunday look like fabulous fishing weather with temperatures in the low to mid 60's and sunny. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/10 11:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks is still experiencing a green algae bloom. Cooler temperatures should clear up the bloom soon. 09/10 11:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch a few gills along the shoreline. Try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. 09/10 11:51
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers are catching crappies while fishing for bluegills. 09/10 11:53
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Slowed some but still biting. Spinners and plastic tube jigs are working well for bass. 09/10 11:58
Lake Meyer Northeast Showers are predicted for Friday but Saturday and Sunday look like fabulous fishing weather with temperatures in the low to mid 60's and sunny. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/10 11:40
Lake Meyer Northeast The algae bloom is beginning to clear and fish activity has improved some. Few anglers have been out but fish are being caught. 09/10 12:00
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are hitting worms while fishing the shoreline. 09/10 12:01
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers are finding a few crappies while fishing for bluegills. Crappies can also be found suspended around brush piles. Minnows are working. 09/10 12:02
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Cutbait seems to be the bait of choice. 09/10 12:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition also. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 09/11 08:08
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. 09/11 08:08
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. 09/11 08:08
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 09/11 08:08
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year. 09/11 08:08
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water temps are beginning to cool a bit and the fall fishing season is getting under way. Water temperature has fallen into the 60's. Recent heavy rains have impacted water clarity and river levels are expected to rise slightly over the next week. Boaters should call ahead as some ramps will be inaccessible due to high water. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is 19.4 ft and expected to bump up a little bit and then stabilize over the next week. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are every where and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water temps are beginning to cool a bit and the fall fishing season is getting under way. Water temperature has fallen into the 60's. Recent heavy rains have impacted water clarity and river levels are expected to rise slightly over the next week. Boaters should call ahead as some ramps will be inaccessible due to high water. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Guttenberg is 10.9 and expected to rise slightly and then stabilize over the next week. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are every where and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river is raising in many places this week. Water clarity is generally poor and fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 9.2 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 11.6 feet, up two feet from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is up to 76 degrees. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be found mostly along rocky areas or brush piles near flowing water. Float bobber along the rock or wood structure for best results. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wingdams to drawl in large channel catfish. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits or by walleye anglers fishing off of wingdams. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wingdams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year! 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Good numbers of 12 inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. You need to fish very close to rock for the best success. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river rose rapidly last week and now river levels are fairly high and water is somewhat murky. As a result fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is near 10.1 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is near at 12.6 feet feet, up one foot from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is up to 74 degrees. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wingdams to drawl in large channel catfish. High dirty water levels can be good conditions for biting channel catfish! 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be found mostly along rocky areas or brush piles near flowing water. Float bobber along the rock or wood structure for best results. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wingdams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year! 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Good numbers of 12 inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. You need to fish very close to rock for the best success. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river is raising in many places this week. Water clarity is generally poor and fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wingdams to attract large channel catfish. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 10.0 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. The river is expected is raise nearly a foot during the next seven days. The water is murky below the mouth of the Maquoketa River which is running very turbid. Water temperature is 76 degrees. Fishing has slowed. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crank baits. Most are running about 12 inches in size. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river rose rapidly last week and now river levels are fairly high and water is somewhat murky. As a result fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wingdams to attract large channel catfish. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Move away from the strong current flows and now try bass back in cleaner water in backwater areas. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is near 11.0 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. The water is murky in general but below the mouth of the Maquoketa River which is running very turbid. Water temperature is 74 degrees. Fishing has slowed due to high murky waters. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river is raising in many places this week. Water clarity is generally poor and fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have been hitting along rock piles or the inside portions of wingdams by anglers using crankbaits or spinners for lures. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is 8.8 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 11.8 feet. This is up a foot from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise. Water clarity is poor and fishing has been tough. Water temperature is near 76 degrees. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike are being reported by anglers throwing spinners along the shoreline. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river rose rapidly last week and now river levels are fairly high and water is somewhat murky. As a result fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton near 10.3 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 12.8 feet. This is up a foot from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise. Water clarity is poor and fishing has been tough. Water temperature is near 74 degrees. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Move back into the backwater areas and find clearer water to catch bass during these conditions. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river is raising in many places this week. Water clarity is generally poor and fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 6.5 feet. This is nearly a foot higher then last week and it is expected to rise nearly one foot. Water temperature is 77 degrees and water is clear. No fishing report from Pool 15 was received due to raising dirty water. 09/11 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river rose rapidly last week and now river levels are fairly high and water is somewhat murky. As a result fishing has slowed. The vegetation is floating around and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 10.5 feet. This is nearly a foot higher then last week and it is expected to rise nearly one foot. Water temperature is 74 degrees and water is clear. No fishing report from Pool 15 was received due to raising dirty water. 09/12 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: High water is often a time to catch channel catfish. Fish along the rock lines or near shore in current eddy's. Stink bait can still be effective! 09/12 10:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water temps are beginning to cool a bit and the fall fishing season is getting under way. Water temperature has fallen into the 60's. Recent heavy rains have impacted water clarity and river levels are expected to rise slightly over the next week. Boaters should call ahead as some ramps will be inaccessible due to high water. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water level at Lansing is 10.9 ft and on a slight rise over the next week. Fish are moving from main channel borders to structure in side channels. Army road at New Albin is closed due to water over the road. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills may be more scattered with the higher water. Anchor near or tie off to fallen trees and fish vertically with a small jig tipped with a worm. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish bite has slowed but still some being caught on crawlers. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught alongside bluegill. Crappies should soon begin to gather around structure in larger side channels. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are every where and biting well. Just fish a simple worm rig on the bottom. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are feeding well and using a wide variety of habitat from main channel border rocky area to side channel snags. 09/10 04:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth biting well on wing dams and rocky areas with good current in the evening. 09/10 04:49
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition also. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 09/11 08:08
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