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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Fishing has been good for channel catfish and largemouth bass on Casey Lake. 08/28 07:54
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast The weekend forecast calls for occasional showers throughout. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been most productive on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/28 07:54
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Cutbaits, stinkbait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats. 08/28 07:54
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are catching many 12-16 inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crank baits. 08/28 07:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Showers with potentially heavy rainfall and fluctuating temperatures are predicted through Saturday. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule remains in effect through August 31. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 01:33
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Angling on the Cedar River remains good. Anglers are finding fish below dams in slack water areas or around current breaks. Fish can also be found around log jams. 08/27 03:38
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching all sizes of catfish using a hook tipped with a long worm fished off the bottom. 08/27 03:39
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching nice walleyes using a hook tipped with a night crawler. 08/27 03:40
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The weekend forecast calls for occasional showers throughout. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been most productive on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/28 07:54
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: 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. 08/28 07:54
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 more shallow water areas for all three species during this period of summer. 08/28 07:54
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits, crank baits or even topwater baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas for good smally action. 08/28 07:54
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Cedar. 08/28 07:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Showers with potentially heavy rainfall and fluctuating temperatures are predicted through Saturday. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule remains in effect through August 31. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 01:33
Decorah District Streams Northeast Terrestrial patterns such as Hoppers, Ants, Beetles and especially Crickets continue to be 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. 08/27 03:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Showers with potentially heavy rainfall and fluctuating temperatures are predicted through Saturday. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule remains in effect through August 31. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 01:33
Lake Hendricks Northeast A green algae bloom is limiting clarity on the lake. 08/27 02:07
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are actively hitting topwater lures. 08/27 02:08
Lake Meyer Northeast Showers with potentially heavy rainfall and fluctuating temperatures are predicted through Saturday. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule remains in effect through August 31. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 01:33
Lake Meyer Northeast There is a green algae bloom on the lake and fish activity has been slow. Very few people have been angling. A new fishing dock has been installed on the north side down from the campground. 08/27 02:49
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The weekend forecast calls for occasional showers throughout. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been most productive on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/28 07:54
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. 08/28 07:54
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 08/28 07:54
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. 08/28 07:54
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. 08/28 07:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river is holding steady but may slightly rise in many places this week. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been good for many species. 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. 08/28 10:55
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. 08/28 10:55
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. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.4 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 8.9 feet, up over a foot from last week and water levels are expected rise slightly. Water temperature is up to 79 degrees. 08/28 10:55
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. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught in good numbers around brush piles in slightly flowing slough areas. Most have moved out of the stagnant backwaters. Try using a small minnow for bait. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits or by walleye anglers fishing off of wingdams. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: 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! 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: 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. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some 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. Fishing has been hit or miss lately for walleyes. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river is holding steady but may slightly rise in many places this week. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been good for many species. 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. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 6.4 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. The river is expected is to be stable to slightly raise this week. The water is murky to clear and water temperature is at 79 degrees Fahrenheit. 08/28 10:55
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 as water receded. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. 08/28 10:55
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. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. 08/28 10:55
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 jigs and small minnows for bait! 08/28 10:55
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. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike were being caught in tributary mouths like at Mill Creek and Duck Creek but several fish are being reported throughout the pool. Try using flashy white spinners for the best results. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crank baits. Most are running about 12 inches in size. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 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. The walleye bite has tailed off a little from last week. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river is holding steady but may slightly rise in many places this week. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been good for many species. 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. 08/28 10:55
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. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass have been hitting along rock piles or the inside portions of wingdams by anglers using crankbaits or spinners for lures. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is 6.5 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 10.1 feet. This is up over a foot from last week. Water levels are expected to stabilize. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 79 degrees. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Crappie - Good: Some crappie are being reported out of Cattail Slough and by Rock Creek by anglers using small minnows for bait. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. 08/28 10:55
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. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallies are being taken off rock piles and in the tailwater areas on crankbaits and small spinners. Cast right next to rocky areas for best results. 08/28 10:55
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 or wingdams. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike are being reported by anglers throwing spinners along the shoreline. 08/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river is holding steady but may slightly rise in many places this week. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been good for many species. 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. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 6.0 feet. It is expected to rise slightly. Water temperature is 79 degrees and water is clear. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being taken out of the harbor areas and around brush piles. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Do not stay long, if you do not catch catfish in 10 or 15 minutes move to a new spot. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. Use a large crayfish to catch bigger drum! 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. 08/28 10:55
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported off the wingdams. 08/28 10:55
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The weekend forecast calls for occasional showers throughout. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been most productive on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/28 07:54
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: 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. 08/28 07:54
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 08/28 07:54
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. 08/28 07:54
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Shell Rock River also. 08/28 07:54
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Showers with potentially heavy rainfall and fluctuating temperatures are predicted through Saturday. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule remains in effect through August 31. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 01:33
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast The CR-V36 bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be closed for most of the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. Fish activity has been slow. 08/27 03:29
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Showers with potentially heavy rainfall and fluctuating temperatures are predicted through Saturday. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule remains in effect through August 31. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 01:33
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Few folks have been out fishing on the river. Algae blooms have slowed the bite but fresh water inputs from recent rains will increase the food diversity and availability in the river. 08/27 03:33
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been using natural looking crankbaits with success. 08/27 03:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching a lot of small walleye but the big ones remain elusive. 08/27 03:34
Volga Lake Northeast Showers with potentially heavy rainfall and fluctuating temperatures are predicted through Saturday. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity remains good to excellent. Summer trout stocking schedule remains in effect through August 31. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 01:33
Volga Lake Northeast The universally accessible fishing dock is currently under construction and will be out indefinitely. The boat ramp to the parking lot will be repaved with construction to begin after Labor Day. The boat ramp will be unavailable at this time. 08/27 02:58
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast The weekend forecast calls for occasional showers throughout. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass fishing has been most productive on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/28 07:54
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been good reports of channel catfish and walleye being caught on the Wapsi. 08/28 07:54
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Cutbaits, stinkbait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats. 08/28 07:54
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot. 08/28 07:54
Big Spirit Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 08/26 02:00
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Harvest has been slow but a few anglers are having good sucess with live bait presented VERY slowly. Let the action of your leech or shiner bring fish in, don't be drag racing them around the lake. 08/26 02:00
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now. 08/26 02:00
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish. 08/26 02:00
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638. 08/28 09:55
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish are in the sub legal size range. 08/28 09:55
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water levels are slightly over crest. 08/28 09:55
Bluebill 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. 08/28 07:20
Bluebill Lake Northwest Action has slowed at Bluebill, but anglers are still catching some keeper sized bluegill and a few crappie fishing with live bait mostly from boats. 08/28 07:20
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638. 08/28 09:55
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest There has been little fishing activity this past week. 08/28 09:55
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. 08/28 07:20
Clear Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Good: The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target edges of reeds or rocks with Sonny's or similar bait. Other spots include the Ventura jetty's, state dock area on north shore, the outlet, the city seawall, or farmers beach. 08/28 07:20
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Boat anglers are trolling with crankbaits and picking up some walleyes. Shore fishing is slow but wader fisherman may pull some in along the edges of reeds either off farmers beach or MacIntosh Point. Try fishing after dark. 08/28 07:20
Clear Lake Northwest Crappie - Slow: Some crappies have been taken off of the rock reefs (state reef). 08/28 07:20
Clear Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edge's of the reeds, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake. 08/28 07:20
Clear Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Fair: 08/28 07:20
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Some anglers catching yellows in about 6.5-10' off the northshore between the island and fisherman's reef or state reef. Some anglers are also doing ok near the edges of the reeds in the little lake. 08/28 07:20
Clear Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: Anglers fishing the canals have been having some luck. 08/28 07:26
Crawford Creek Impoundment Northwest Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638. 08/28 09:55
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