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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Currently area rivers and streams are looking good but conditions may change depending on rainfall over weekend. Catchable trout stocking season has began April 1. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Please go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/17 09:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Anglers were doing well on catfish and walleye before this latest cool down. Fish activity should improve over the weekend with rising temps. 04/17 09:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleye on artificial jigs tipped with twistertails. Use a slow retrieve as water temperatures are still cool. 04/17 09:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Currently area rivers and streams are looking good but conditions may change depending on rainfall over weekend. Catchable trout stocking season has began April 1. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Please go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/17 09:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Spring mayfly hatches have been light. Very few Hendricksons have been reported. There have been reasonably good Blue Wing Olive & Baetis hatches in sizes #18-#24. Midge hatches have been productive in sizes #24 and smaller and nymph fishing with very small patterns has been good. Streamer fishing has been decent in deeper water. 04/17 09:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Currently area rivers and streams are looking good but conditions may change depending on rainfall over weekend. Catchable trout stocking season has began April 1. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Please go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/17 09:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - No Report: 04/17 09:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks is ice-free but fish activity has been slow. 04/17 09:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 04/17 09:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few anglers are catching largemouth bass along the shoreline using a jig and twistertail retrieved slowly. 04/17 09:19
Lake Meyer Northeast Currently area rivers and streams are looking good but conditions may change depending on rainfall over weekend. Catchable trout stocking season has began April 1. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Please go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/17 09:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 04/17 09:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - No Report: 04/17 09:06
Lake Meyer Northeast The lake is ice free but few people have been out and fish activity is slow. 04/17 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast A spring pulse of high water is beginning to recede this week and the fish will soon settle back into their normal feeding routines. Water temperatures are on the rise again into the upper 40's. Expect the walleye and sauger bite to pick up again post spawn. Call ahead, as many ramps are still closed due to high water conditions. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 22.7 and expected to fall slightly over the next week. Water temp is in the upper 40's. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: Some good catches of sauger reported with a lot of short fish released. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are on the spawning areas. Now is the time to get in on the last of the tailwater bite. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill will begin to be on the move and feeding more. Fish the upper warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie biting in the backwaters. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Ocassional nice perch can be caught in the tailwaters fishing for sauger. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike have spawned and are back on the feed. Some pike are being caught on live bait and jigs in backwater sloughs. 04/23 02:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast A spring pulse of high water is beginning to recede this week and the fish will soon settle back into their normal feeding routines. Water temperatures are on the rise again into the upper 40's. Expect the walleye and sauger bite to pick up again post spawn. Call ahead, as many ramps are still closed due to high water conditions. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 14 ft and is expected to fall over the next week. Water temp is in the upper 40's. Many shorelines may still be under water by the end the week. Gates remain open at Lock and Dam 10 and the main city ramp is still closed due to high water. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: Some good catches of sauger reported with a lot of short fish released. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are on spawning areas. Now is the time to get in on the last of the tailwater bite. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill will begin to be on the move and feeding more. Fish the upper warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie biting in the backwaters. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Some perch begin caught near the DNR boat ramp in Guttenberg. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike have spawned and are back on the feed. Some pike are being caught on live bait and jigs in backwater sloughs. 04/23 02:22
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast A spring pulse of high water is beginning to recede this week and the fish will soon settle back into their normal feeding routines. Water temperatures are on the rise again into the upper 40's. Expect the walleye and sauger bite to pick up again post spawn. Call ahead, as many ramps are still closed due to high water conditions. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 12.2 and expected to fall over the next week. Water temps are in the upper 40's. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill will begin to be on the move and feeding more. Fish the upper warmer areas of backwaters with small bait on a bobber. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie biting in the backwaters. Use small bait and slow presentations along shoreline trees. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A few walleye being caught in Minnesota Slough. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A few yellow perch being caught near village creek. 04/23 02:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike have spawned and are back on the feed. Some pike are being caught on live bait and jigs in backwater sloughs. 04/23 02:20
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Currently area rivers and streams are looking good but conditions may change depending on rainfall over weekend. Catchable trout stocking season has began April 1. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Please go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/17 09:06
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Turkey River around Cresco has cleared and is fishable. Water levels have stabilized. 04/17 09:06
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been getting nice largemouth bass around Cresco. 04/17 09:32
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Currently area rivers and streams are looking good but conditions may change depending on rainfall over weekend. Catchable trout stocking season has began April 1. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Please go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/17 09:06
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Conditions for trout fishing on the Turkey River below Big Spring Hatchery has improved. Walleye and smallmouth bass has picked up this week. 04/17 09:06
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: 04/17 09:06
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow. 04/17 09:06
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Currently area rivers and streams are looking good but conditions may change depending on rainfall over weekend. Catchable trout stocking season has began April 1. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Please go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/17 09:06
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 04/17 09:06
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels are a bit high but fishable. Water clarity is improving. Water temperatures are running in the mid to high 40's. 04/17 09:06
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Currently area rivers and streams are looking good but conditions may change depending on rainfall over weekend. Catchable trout stocking season has began April 1. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Please go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/17 09:06
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels have stabilized with improved clarity. Anglers are picking up a little bit of everything such as suckers, brown trout, smallmouth, rockbass and a few channel cats. 04/17 09:06
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth are hitting a jig tipped with worm. 04/17 09:06
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Sucker - Fair: Suckers are biting on worm rigs. 04/17 09:06
Volga Lake Northeast Currently area rivers and streams are looking good but conditions may change depending on rainfall over weekend. Catchable trout stocking season has began April 1. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. Please go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out where. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/17 09:06
Volga Lake Northeast Volga Lake is ice free. Anglers be aware that the universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is unusable at this time. 04/17 09:06
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Fish the shallow areas with a small jig tipped with a waxworm. 04/17 09:06
Volga Lake Northeast Crappie - Slow: Fish will be found in the shallow areas along the rocks and brushpiles. A small jig tipped with waxworm is your best bet. 04/17 09:06
Big Spirit Lake Northwest All lakes in the Spirit Lake District is ice free. Gill netting activities has started Monday, April 14th on Big Spirit Lake. 04/21 08:27
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Fish shallow water rock piles early on clear sunny days as these areas warm first, attracting and concentrating fish early. Fish slow, a jig tipped with a minnow will produce the best action. 04/21 08:27
Bluebill Lake Northwest Most of the area lakes are melting near shore and the ice is unstable. The streams and rivers are ice-free and should provide some action for northerns and wallye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/16 08:52
Bluebill Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: One report of bass biting on plastic jigs. 04/16 08:52
Bluebill Lake Northwest The streams and rivers are stable and should provide some action for northerns and walleye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/22 08:57
Bluebill Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass can be caught casting leadheads tipped with a minnow or artificials. 04/22 08:57
Bluebill Lake Northwest Largemouth bass and catfish have started biting at Bluebill Lake. Anglers are having success fishing with minnows or crawlers and a bobber near the fishing jetty. 04/22 08:57
Clear Lake Northwest Most of the area lakes are melting near shore and the ice is unstable. The streams and rivers are ice-free and should provide some action for northerns and wallye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/16 08:52
Clear Lake Northwest Open water; surface temp 42 degrees. 04/16 08:52
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Some wader fisherman are catching a few walleyes with jigs and minnows. 04/16 08:56
Clear Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught on the warmer days with cutbait or minnows. Look for the windy side of the lake. 04/16 08:57
Clear Lake Northwest The streams and rivers are stable and should provide some action for northerns and walleye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/22 08:57
Clear Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught on the warmer days with cutbait or minnows. Look for the windy side of the lake. 04/22 08:57
Clear Lake Northwest Open water; surface temp is around 48-50 degrees. 04/22 08:57
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Good: Some wader fisherman are catching walleyes near the outlet with a 1/16 ounce leadhead jig and minnow. Action has been best after dark, later than some anglers expect, with a few anglers catching their limits. A few walleyes have been caught on the little lake with leadhead and minnow jigged on bottom. 04/22 08:57
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Fair: Some yellows have been caught on the little lake with small artificials. Fish in the shallows on warm days with a slight breeze or try deeper near the boat ramps. 04/22 09:02
Clear Lake Northwest Crappie - Good: Looks like crappies are biting in the harborages on the North Shore. 04/23 09:34
Crystal Lake Northwest Most of the area lakes are melting near shore and the ice is unstable. The streams and rivers are ice-free and should provide some action for northerns and wallye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/16 08:52
Crystal Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting along shore in shallower water. Cast a 3/16 ounce leadhead jig with a minnow hooked throught the lips. 04/16 08:52
Crystal Lake Northwest Open water. 04/16 08:52
Crystal Lake Northwest The streams and rivers are stable and should provide some action for northerns and walleye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/22 08:57
Crystal Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting along shore in shallower water. Cast a 3/16 ounce leadhead jig with a minnow hooked throught the lips. 04/22 08:57
Crystal Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: No reports but bluegills can probably be caught on warm afternoons with a bobber and an ice fly or small jig with a piece of crawler or wax worm. 04/23 09:43
Crystal Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught from boats. 04/23 01:57
Diamond Lake Northwest All lakes in the Spirit Lake District is ice free. Gill netting activities has started Monday, April 14th on Big Spirit Lake. 04/21 08:27
Diamond Lake Northwest Recent fisheries survey completed during April 2014, reflect excellent numbers of northern pike and yellow perch are present within the lake. 04/21 08:27
Diamond Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - No Report: Good numbers of yellow perch were sampled averaging 9.0 inches. 04/21 08:27
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest Most of the area lakes are melting near shore and the ice is unstable. The streams and rivers are ice-free and should provide some action for northerns and wallye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/16 08:52
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest East Fork was pretty good for walleyes last week, might be slower this week with stormier weather. 04/16 08:52
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest The streams and rivers are stable and should provide some action for northerns and walleye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/22 08:57
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest East Fork has been pretty good for walleyes. 04/22 08:57
East Okoboji Lake Northwest All lakes in the Spirit Lake District is ice free. Gill netting activities has started Monday, April 14th on Big Spirit Lake. 04/21 08:27
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Bluegill - No Report: Fish the north end for bluegill and crappie action early. Fish the wooden docks on the west side of the lake early, as the water warms fish docks located on the east side. Cast a mini jig to locate panfish, persistence and patience will be rewarded with a mix bag of crappie, bluegill and yellow perch. 04/21 08:27
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for this species as channel catfish will typically go on the feedbag after ice out. 04/21 08:27
Five Island Lake Northwest All lakes in the Spirit Lake District is ice free. Gill netting activities has started Monday, April 14th on Big Spirit Lake. 04/21 08:27
Five Island Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - No Report: Good opportunities exist to catch angler acceptable sized and larger channel catfish from Five Island Lake. 04/21 08:27
Five Island Lake Northwest Walleye - No Report: Expect walleye angling to "pick up" in the next few weeks after the water warms. 04/21 08:27
Ingham Lake Northwest All lakes in the Spirit Lake District is ice free. Gill netting activities has started Monday, April 14th on Big Spirit Lake. 04/21 08:27
Ingham Lake Northwest Crappie - No Report: Fish the submerged brush piles on warm sunny days using a minnow under a slip bobber will produce fish up to 11 inches. Once bullheads become active cast a mini jig and swim it back to the boat to find active fish. 04/21 08:27
Lake Cornelia Northwest Most of the area lakes are melting near shore and the ice is unstable. The streams and rivers are ice-free and should provide some action for northerns and wallye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/16 08:52
Lake Cornelia Northwest Open water. Some fishing activity but no reports. 04/16 08:52
Lake Cornelia Northwest The streams and rivers are stable and should provide some action for northerns and walleye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/22 08:57
Lake Cornelia Northwest Catches have included bluegills to 8 inches, some crappies to 9 inches, yellow bass 7.5 inches. You will need to sort the bluegills and yellows. Some small walleyes also have been caught. 04/22 08:57
Lake Smith Northwest Most of the area lakes are melting near shore and the ice is unstable. The streams and rivers are ice-free and should provide some action for northerns and wallye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/16 08:52
Lake Smith Northwest Smith Lake is open water. 04/16 08:52
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