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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Reports have been good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Blawk Hawk Co. have been slow this past week. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 08/27 08:01
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Angling success has been good for both bluegill and channel catfish in Casey Lake. 08/27 08:01
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try floating a small piece of worm or crawler under a slip bobber near the edge of weedbeds around the lake. Fishing has been best early morning or later evening hours. 08/27 08:01
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been biting well during all hours of the day. Shrimp, cutbait, stink baits and chicken livers fished on the bottom are all good choices for Casey Lake. 08/27 08:01
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Weedless spinnerbaits fished off of the dam and near and around jetties are your best bet for largemouth bass action during early morning and late evening hours. 08/27 08:01
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Rain is forecast for Friday but the rest of the weekend sounds fantastic. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 09:33
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast The Cedar River is in great condition. It'll be a great weekend to get on the river and wet a line. 08/27 09:33
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers using chubs and chicken liver fished around brush piles and log jams are finding success. 08/27 09:33
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: A jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler fished in deeper holes and off current areas will produce fish. 08/27 09:33
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers are beginning to catch a few more walleye but you really have to work for them. 08/27 09:33
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports have been good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Blawk Hawk Co. have been slow this past week. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 08/27 08:01
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River has provided some great angling opportunities for channel catfish, walleye and smallmouth bass this past week, particularly in Bremer County. 08/27 08:01
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Artifical crankbaits and spinnerbaits or live bait tipped on a jig fished around rocky shorelines and tail ends ofriffles is good this time of year. 08/27 08:01
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure, tail ends of riffles and off of current breaks and eddies. 08/27 08:01
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish have been taken biting very well on stinkbaits this past week. 08/27 08:01
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rain is forecast for Friday but the rest of the weekend sounds fantastic. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 09:33
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in excellent condition. Spin fishers using a flashy spinner bait should catch fish. Be looking for more frequent Tricorythodes and Ephoron (mayfly species) hatches through August. Grasshoppers have finally entered into the picture but trout are looking caddis and scuds. 08/27 09:33
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Try using a flashy spinner to antagonize finicky brown's. 08/27 09:33
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: A good quality trout stream will typically have trout, sculpins, and white suckers but outstanding insect diversity. 08/27 09:33
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: There are seven coldwater streams in Northeast Iowa that have consistent Brook trout natural reproduction. 08/27 09:33
Lake Hendricks Northeast Rain is forecast for Friday but the rest of the weekend sounds fantastic. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 09:33
Lake Hendricks Northeast Anglers can find abundant shoreline access at Lake Hendricks. There has been a good amount of habitat placed around the jetties. For boaters, there are a few rock structures placed in the north side of the lake. 08/27 09:33
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills can be found spread out along the weedbeds. Try using a hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. 08/27 09:33
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish have been active about mid-day around the jetties and rock reefs. Stinkbaits and nightcrawlers are working for finicky catfish. 08/27 09:33
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass can be found around the rock reefs. Try pitching a jig tipped with a twister or worm alongside or over the reefs. 08/27 09:33
Lake Meyer Northeast Rain is forecast for Friday but the rest of the weekend sounds fantastic. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 09:33
Lake Meyer Northeast As of 8/27, water levels have come up about 16 inches so siphons will be started back up to keep levels low for the construction. The boat ramp is unusable at this time and will remain so until water levels are allowed to return to normal. Water retention structure construction should be completed by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal. 08/27 09:33
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers willing to walk steep banks will be able to find a spot to fish. A hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler under a bobber has been successful. 08/27 09:33
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Very little angling is being attempted due to low waterlevels but fish can still be caught. 08/27 09:33
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 08/27 09:33
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Reports have been good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Blawk Hawk Co. have been slow this past week. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 08/27 08:01
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Creel information on the Maquoketa River reflects anglers as having good success on both walleye and smallmouth bass. 08/27 08:01
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Artifical crankbaits and spinnerbaits or live bait tipped on a jig fished around rocky shorelines and tail ends ofriffles is good this time of year. 08/27 08:01
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure and off of current breaks, tail ends of riffles and eddies. 08/27 08:01
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River levels remain low but stable on the upper Mississippi. slightly cooler weather has kept water temperature in the upper 70's. Low stable warm water is making wing dams an attractive fishing spot for many species. 08/27 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 14.6 and expected to remain stable at this level over the next week. Water temp is in the upper 70's. 08/27 11:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Blue gills have been a little harder to find this summer. some nice sized bluegills are being caught near wingdams closer to shore or in snags in side channels. 08/27 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are feeding well on stinkbait in deep holes near wing dams and large snags in running sloughs. 08/27 11:24
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting well. Trying fishing woody structure along the main channel. 08/27 11:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A worm on the bottom almost anywhere has a good chance of catching drum. Try sandy areas along the main channel. 08/27 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are biting well in rocky areas with good current. Bite seems to be better in the evening 08/27 11:32
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Low water makes it easier find walleye wing dams. Fish the top sides with a jig and twister tail tipped with a worm. 08/27 11:35
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels remain low but stable on the upper Mississippi. slightly cooler weather has kept water temperature in the upper 70's. Low stable warm water is making wing dams an attractive fishing spot for many species. 08/27 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 6 ft and expected to remain stable at this level over the next week. Water temp is in the upper 70's. 08/27 11:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Blue gills have been a little harder to find this summer. some nice sized bluegills are being caught near wingdams closer to shore or in snags in side channels. 08/27 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are feeding well on stinkbait in deep holes near wing dams and large snags in running sloughs. 08/27 11:25
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting well. Trying fishing woody structure along the main channel. 08/27 11:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A worm on the bottom almost anywhere has a good chance of catching drum. Try sandy areas along the main channel. 08/27 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are biting well in rocky areas with good current. Bite seems to be better in the evening 08/27 11:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Low water makes it easier find walleye wing dams. Fish the top sides with a jig and twister tail tipped with a worm. 08/27 11:35
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The bite was mixed this week with some folks reporting catching nice fish while others saying fishing is poor (and usually not using those words). Anyway conditions are good for angling, the air is cooling off and we still expect some great fishing on the river yet this fall! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is near 6.0 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 8.6 feet. This is up from last week. The river will be stable to slightly dropping during the week. The water temperature in the main channel has dropped quite a bit and is at 73 degrees. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Only a few people are reporting catching bluegills at sites along the Mississippi River. Try the insides of the wingdams right now for best results! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try using stinkbait or cutbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some smaller bass are now being reported in the tailwater areas. Some nicer bass are being caught in the side channel areas. These fish have been pulled out of the now shallow backwater locations. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: Lots of reports of pike so far this week but none for the past two weeks. The last few seasons the pike spawns have been fantastic and the fishery for pike is responding! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass being caught along the rock lines by people using spinners or floating worms. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Early in the week the bite seemed to be decent and last few days it has been poor. Fall however is a great time to fish walleyes on the Mississippi River! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum! Bait with crayfish or worms! The larger crayfish you use the larger drum you will catch. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The bite was mixed this week with some folks reporting catching nice fish while others saying fishing is poor (and usually not using those words). Anyway conditions are good for angling, the air is cooling off and we still expect some great fishing on the river yet this fall! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is around 6.2 feet which is up over a foot from last week. Water levels will recede slightly during the week. The main channel temperature is at 74 degrees. The water is generally clear however the winds during the week have muddied the water a bit! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Finding good consistent bluegill fishing seems to be a challenge right now but it could pick up soon. Try the insides of wingdams as the water recedes. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try fishing stinkbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for clearer water especially in weed bed locations to catch bass. The bass do not seem to be moving quickly out of the shallow backwaters this year. Usually low water makes them vulnerable along the rock piles near the channel border. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines by anglers using small spinners or crankbaits. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite was extremely hit or miss this week. Most anglers however struggled to catch fish but we are still expected a good fall bite! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 4 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum! Bait with crayfish or worms! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: We have not had many reports of pike lately but populations are extremely high and we expect them to return to the creel as fall begins. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The bite was mixed this week with some folks reporting catching nice fish while others saying fishing is poor (and usually not using those words). Anyway conditions are good for angling, the air is cooling off and we still expect some great fishing on the river yet this fall! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 5.8 feet, the water level at Camanche is at 10.0 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 4.9 feet. All water level readings are similar to last week and expected to recede slightly. The water temperature in the main channel is at 74 degrees. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: With the water receding most bluegills are moving out to the channel border. Try fishing along rock piles or bush piles in the major side channel areas! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try fishing stinkbait or cut shad above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Move often if not catching channel catfish! Most anglers catching the bigger channel cats seem to be using cut bait! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Good populations of bass exist in Pool 14. Some bass may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters. Anglers report using frog imitations in the weed lines and for best results. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum can be caught easily in areas of modest current and depths in the 6 to 10 foot ranges. Often boat ramp areas have good access to freshwater drum fishing! Simple egg sinker and worm rigs work best! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes were reported but it appears to be hit or miss like all the other pools. We do expect a strong bite of walleyes yet before the end of the year! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Some crappies were reported earlier in the week from the Rock Creek marina area. 08/27 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The bite was mixed this week with some folks reporting catching nice fish while others saying fishing is poor (and usually not using those words). Anyway conditions are good for angling, the air is cooling off and we still expect some great fishing on the river yet this fall! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 6.0 feet which is up slightly from last week. The water temperature is around 75 degrees. Eagles Landing and Leach park are two nice areas to put in and enjoy fishing on Pool 15. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try launching at Eagles Landing in Bettendorf and fish near smaller tributary mouths above and below the park. Try using worms, stink bait or cut shad but move often if you are not having success. Catfish will either bite within the first 15 minutes or so. If you do not catch any in that amount of time, then move on! Cut bait seems to be working for catching larger sized catfishes! 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year. A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker will prove best. Try using large crayfish to catch larger drum. 08/27 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River levels remain low but stable on the upper Mississippi. slightly cooler weather has kept water temperature in the upper 70's. Low stable warm water is making wing dams an attractive fishing spot for many species. 08/27 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 8.4 and expected to remain stable at this level over the next week. Water temp is in the upper 70's. 08/27 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Blue gills have been a little harder to find this summer. some nice sized bluegills are being caught near wingdams closer to shore or in snags in side channels. 08/27 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are feeding well on stinkbait in deep holes near wing dams and large snags in running sloughs. 08/27 11:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are biting well. Trying fishing woody structure along the main channel. 08/27 11:28
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A worm on the bottom almost anywhere has a good chance of catching drum. Try sandy areas along the main channel. 08/27 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are biting well in rocky areas with good current. Bite seems to be better in the evening 08/27 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Low water makes it easier find walleye wing dams. Fish the top sides with a jig and twister tail tipped with a worm. 08/27 11:35
New Hampton Pond (Garnant) Northeast Rain is forecast for Friday but the rest of the weekend sounds fantastic. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 09:33
New Hampton Pond (Garnant) Northeast Renovation to rid the pond of nuisance fish was completed on August 19. The fish toxicant was applied to the entire pond and all shallow water areas. The park will be closed through September 2, 2015. Please do not consume dead fish or swim or wade from the treated area. The pond will then be restocked with bluegills, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. This combination assures an excellent fishery for all to enjoy. Dewatering is still scheduled to take place at a later date. 08/27 09:33
New Hampton Pond (Garnant) Northeast Common Carp - Slow: 08/27 09:33
Ringneck Haven Northeast Rain is forecast for Friday but the rest of the weekend sounds fantastic. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 09:33
Ringneck Haven Northeast Ringneck Haven had a partial winterkill in 2014 and is now overpopulated with green sunfish. The Iowa DNR is currently in the process of rebuilding the fishery. This spring it was stocked with 200 fingerling northern pike, 400 two inch channel catfish, 280 two inch largemouth bass, 5,000 inch long yellow perch, and 100 eight to ten inch largemouth. Anglers are being asked to release any bass, pike, perch, and catfish if caught until the sunfish population is under control. 08/27 09:33
Ringneck Haven Northeast Green sunfish - Fair: 08/27 09:33
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports have been good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Blawk Hawk Co. have been slow this past week. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 08/27 08:01
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports have been good to excellent for both smallmouth bass and walleye on the Shell Rock River. 08/27 08:01
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Artifical crankbaits and spinnerbaits or live bait tipped on a jig fished around rocky shorelines and tail ends ofriffles is good this time of year. 08/27 08:01
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure, tail ends of riffles and off of current breaks and eddies. 08/27 08:01
Split Rock Lake Northeast Rain is forecast for Friday but the rest of the weekend sounds fantastic. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/27 09:33
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