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Brinker Lake Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for some beautiful weather ahead. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/31 08:02
Brinker Lake Northeast There have been good reports of anglers catching largemouth bass out of Brinker Lake. Crappies have also been biting on slip bobber and minnow rig fished in around eight to ten feet of water. 07/31 08:02
Brinker Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber near structure in eight to ten feet of water. 07/31 08:02
Brinker Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours. 07/31 08:02
Brinker Lake Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try trolling crankbaits around the lake using a three-way rig to locate aggressive fish. 07/31 08:02
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for some beautiful weather ahead. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/31 08:02
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast There have been good reports of nice sized bluegill being taken near structure in deeper water close to the dam. Anglers have had excellent luck on largemouth bass throughout the day also. 07/31 08:02
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours. 07/31 08:02
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Concentrate near deeper structure close to the dam using a small piece of crawler or waxworn under a slip bobber. 07/31 08:02
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Crappie - Fair: Anglers have had good luck fishing around the sunken timbers using small jigs (ice fishing) tipped with redworm or waxworms. 07/31 08:28
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Shrimp, leopard frogs and night crawlers has been really good for channel catfish on the lake. 07/31 08:28
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast The weather doesn't get any better than this during summertime. Take advantage of the cooler temps, grab a fishing pole and get to the nearest body of water. Area rivers and streams are in great shape and fish activity has picked up. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/01 09:50
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Anglers are finding a variety of nice fish below dams in pockets of slack water and off current breaks. 08/01 10:20
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are taking a jig tipped with a minnow or a variety of twistertail colors. 08/01 10:28
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish using chicken liver or dead chubs. 08/01 10:29
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Crappie - Good: A minnow fished under a bobber is working well for crappies in the slack water areas near log jams and other woody debris. 08/01 10:29
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for some beautiful weather ahead. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/31 08:02
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River continues to fall and fishing has vastly improved in both Bremer and Black Hawk Counties. Walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and northern pike have been biting exceptionally well below the lowhead dams in Waverly and Waterloo. 07/31 08:02
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. 07/31 08:02
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 07/31 08:02
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year. 07/31 08:02
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good for pike. 07/31 08:09
Decorah District Streams Northeast The weather doesn't get any better than this during summertime. Take advantage of the cooler temps, grab a fishing pole and get to the nearest body of water. Area rivers and streams are in great shape and fish activity has picked up. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/01 09:50
Decorah District Streams Northeast Terrestrial patterns such as Hoppers, Ants, Beetles and especially Crickets have recently been effective and have taken some particularly big Browns. #18 Baetis patterns have been the predominant mayfly hatch mornings and evenings. #18 Wet Fly and Emerger patterns have also been excellent choices. Nymphing small midges or fishing bright streamers has been good in stained water. For the spin fisher, try using an 1/8 oz jig tipped with a light colored twister or a #5 shad rap. 08/01 10:46
George Wyth Lake Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for some beautiful weather ahead. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/31 08:02
George Wyth Lake Northeast The lake still remains high but there have been good reports of northern pike along with some largemouth bass being caught out of George Wyth Lake . 07/31 08:02
George Wyth Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber drifting anywhere from five to nine feet of water. 07/31 08:02
George Wyth Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner or crank baits throughout the mid-day hours. 07/31 08:02
George Wyth Lake Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good for pike. 07/31 08:11
Harold Getty Lake Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for some beautiful weather ahead. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/31 08:02
Harold Getty Lake Northeast There have been good reports of crappie, northern pike, largemouth bass and walleye being caught out of Harold Getty Lake (a.k.a. Mitchell Pits). 07/31 08:19
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber drifting anywhere from five to nine feet of water. 07/31 08:20
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Artificial baits such as spinner and crankbaits have been good for pike. 07/31 08:20
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner or crank baits throughout the mid-day hours. 07/31 08:20
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers have had some luck trolling crankbaits for walleye. 07/31 08:21
Lake Hendricks Northeast The weather doesn't get any better than this during summertime. Take advantage of the cooler temps, grab a fishing pole and get to the nearest body of water. Area rivers and streams are in great shape and fish activity has picked up. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/01 09:50
Lake Hendricks Northeast The new rock mounds are in place in the north end of the lake. 08/01 09:58
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along the shoreline. 08/01 09:58
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Worms continue to be the bait of preference for channel catfish. 08/01 09:58
Lake Meyer Northeast The weather doesn't get any better than this during summertime. Take advantage of the cooler temps, grab a fishing pole and get to the nearest body of water. Area rivers and streams are in great shape and fish activity has picked up. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/01 09:50
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: 08/01 10:01
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Gills are hit or miss. 08/01 10:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers are catching a few crappies. 08/01 10:14
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for some beautiful weather ahead. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/31 08:02
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. 07/31 08:02
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. 07/31 08:02
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 07/31 08:02
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. 07/31 08:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen and are beginning to stabilize which means good things for fishing in the next few weeks. All boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stinkbait. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use cray fish for bigger fish 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is at 14.9 is expected to drop slightly more and then stabilize over the next week. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen and are beginning to stabilize which means good things for fishing in the next few weeks. All boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The water levels at Lock & Dam 10 Guttenberg have dropped to 6.4 and expected to fall slightly and stabilize over the next week. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stinkbait. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use cray fish for bigger fish. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river is still dropping rapidly. Water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.5 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 9.0 feet. This is down 2 feet from last week and water levels are going to continue to drop. Water temperature has dropped to 75 degrees. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are starting to hit on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. 07/31 08:40
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. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wingdams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lot of Bluegills coming off rock lines and brush piles. Look for areas near big backwater complexes. As water becomes shallow in these lakes the bluegill will pull out to snags near the openings. 07/31 08:43
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits. 07/31 08:44
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river is still dropping rapidly. Water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait to catch channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Small largemouth are biting in tailwater areas. Bigger bass are still being taken in the clear waters of the Spring Lake area. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 7.3 feet, down three feet from last weeks report. The river is expected to continue to recede and water clarity will continue to improve. The water temperature is at 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The DNR ramp is now open for business after a long flooding period. Curtsey docks will not yet be out at most Pool 13 boat ramps. Fishing has improved greatly! 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try fishing brush piles in sloughs adjacent to large backwater complexes. Gills have moved out of the backwaters and into these locations. 07/31 08:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with a small minnow for bait! 07/31 08:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught off wingdams by anglers using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. 07/31 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker for best results! 07/31 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Pumpkinseed - Good: Small pumpkinseeds are being caught in the Green Island Wildlife area, around the boat ramps. 07/31 08:50
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river is still dropping rapidly. Water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 07/31 08:40
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. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are sight feeders. With the increase in clarity, bass will be feeding. Find clear backwaters and start throwing some lures. Large bass may be hard to find but plenty of small ones are being reported. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is 6.5 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 10.4 feet. This is down over 2 feet from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to drop. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 76 degrees. 07/31 08:40
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. 07/31 08:53
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bluegill anglers and by bass anglers on crankbaits. 07/31 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try using a worm rig on wingdams or crankbaits along rock piles. 07/31 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river is still dropping rapidly. Water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 6.9 feet. It is expected to drop continuously all week. . Eagle landing in Bettendorf park had some damage due to flooding. It is unknown if this ramp is back open? Check ahead with the city of Bettendorf if planning to use this site! Water temperature is 76 degrees. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Fish will be moving to their summer holes. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. 07/31 08:40
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. 07/31 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have fallen and are beginning to stabilize which means good things for fishing in the next few weeks. All boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stinkbait. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 07/31 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 8.3 and is expected to stabilize at that level over the next week. Army road leading to the ramp at New Albin is open. 07/31 10:43
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