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Airport Lake Northeast According to current reports, temps should be in the 20s through the weekend with a chance of snow on Sunday. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Use caution when venturing out on any ice. Snow covering ice may hide weak spots on the ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/26 09:36
Airport Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Anglers can find fish near structure or along sharp depth profile changes. Move often if fish don't bite right away. 02/26 09:36
Airport Lake Northeast There is about 16 inches of ice on Airport Lake with open water near the aerator. New Hampton area received about 6 inches of snow Wednesday. Few anglers have been out. Use caution and check ice depths often. 02/26 09:36
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast According to current reports, temps should be in the 20s through the weekend with a chance of snow on Sunday. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Use caution when venturing out on any ice. Snow covering ice may hide weak spots on the ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/26 09:36
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Backwaters are frozen. Use extreme caution when crossing areas with current. Ice thickness will vary. Few anglers have been out. 02/26 09:36
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Jigs tipped with waxworms are your best bet. 02/26 09:36
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Crappie - No Report: 02/26 09:36
Decorah District Streams Northeast According to current reports, temps should be in the 20s through the weekend with a chance of snow on Sunday. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Use caution when venturing out on any ice. Snow covering ice may hide weak spots on the ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/26 09:36
Decorah District Streams Northeast Decorah received about 4 inches of snow Wednesday. Take care when parking as lots won't be plowed. Folks will have to park on the side of the road to get to their favorite stream. Some light black stonefly hatches have been taking place on warmer sunny afternoons. Anglers have also been taking trout on light spruce flies, small #20 caddis fly nymphs, and streamers. Spin fishers using worms fished through riffles are taking nice catches. 02/26 09:36
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: The scientific name for brook trout is "Salvenlinus fontinalis." "Salvenlinus" is an old name for char or type of trout and "fontinalis" means living in springs or fountains. 02/26 09:36
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Angling strategies should change during the winter months. Angling should take place in the riffles, especially concentrate your lure/fly along the deeper channels running along a cut bank. 02/26 09:36
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Traditionally now is a good time to find rainbow heading upstream to spawn. If you do land a spawning fish, please practice CPR (Catch, Photograph, Release). 02/26 09:36
Lake Hendricks Northeast According to current reports, temps should be in the 20s through the weekend with a chance of snow on Sunday. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Use caution when venturing out on any ice. Snow covering ice may hide weak spots on the ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/26 09:36
Lake Hendricks Northeast There is about 18" inches of ice on the lake. About 6 inches of snow fell in the Lake Hendricks area. Please use caution when going out on ice and check depths often. No ATV's or motorized vehicles are allowed on the lake. There is open water around the aerator. 02/26 09:36
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Try using small light colored jigs with tipped waxworms. Mid afternoon bite is best and shuts down after dark. Fish around structure and toward the bottom. 02/26 09:36
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - No Report: Try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow. Best bet is to let your minnow do the talking. 02/26 09:36
Lake Meyer Northeast According to current reports, temps should be in the 20s through the weekend with a chance of snow on Sunday. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Use caution when venturing out on any ice. Snow covering ice may hide weak spots on the ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/26 09:36
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are catching bluegills but the bite remains spotty. If you don't get bites, move to another location. Fish have been found at varying depths. 02/26 09:36
Lake Meyer Northeast The lake has about 18 inches of ice and about 4 inches of fresh snow fell Wednesday. Continue to use caution when going out on the ice. Few anglers have been venturing out. Anglers going out may have to move often to find fish. The bite seems to be from about 3pm to dark. 02/26 09:36
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Slow: A few anglers have found crappie but the bite is really slow. 02/26 09:36
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Schools of small largemouth bass have been found in the lake. Anglers happening on a school can catch quite a few but if they're under 15", have to go back. 02/26 09:36
Martens Lake Northeast Ice conditions remain good across most Black Hawk County area lakes but always take precautions when venturing onto ice. Fishing activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Anglers just need to get out and try different areas. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/26 10:32
Martens Lake Northeast Reports have been slow on Martens Lake. Anglers have been driving off of the boat ramp onto the lake as of 2/26/15. Access is also available from the northwest corner by walking across the reservoir and over the dike. 02/26 10:32
Martens Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: A jig tipped with a waxworm has been best. Sight fishing is generally best if water is clear. 02/26 10:32
Martens Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: A jig tipped with a waxworm or crappie minnow is best. Sight fishing is generally best if water is clear. 02/26 10:32
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Cold weather continues to solidify ice conditions. Ice thickness is better than 15 inches in many areas. Cold weather continues to slow the bite and the amount of anglers. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River Level at Lynxville has remained stable at 14.2 ft. The boat ramp at Lynxville remains closed. Sny Magill continues to be popular for panfish and northern pike. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Many bluegills up to 8 inches being caught using jigs and wax-worm although recent results have been mixed. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Nice crappie still being caught through the ice, although success has slowed . 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth fishing has been good using tip-ups baited with a minnow suspended at mid-depth under the ice. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nicer size pike are being caught. Try tip-up fishing using shiners in backwater areas. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Occasional nice sized perch being reported from the Greymore lake area. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Cold weather continues to solidify ice conditions. Ice thickness is better than 15 inches in many areas. Cold weather continues to slow the bite and the amount of anglers. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has remained stable at 5.5 ft. The city ramp in Guttenberg and the DNR ramp are blocked with ice. Ice has formed all the way up to the upper lock wall and no anglers have been venturing out in the tailwaters. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: The bite has been variable but fish are being caught early morning and later afternoon, using jigs and wax-worm. Anglers are reporting nicer size bluegills in the 8-9 inch range. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass population is excellent in Mud Lake and Sunfish Lakes. Tip-ups baited with a minnow can produce some larger bass. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nicer size pike are being caught. Try tip-up fishing using shiners in backwater areas. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: . 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - No Report: 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Nice sized perch continue to be caught in Zollicoffer Slough area at Sunfish Lake but the bite has slowed. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 5.4 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is near 8.0 feet. Water is expected to be stable this week. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Winter is getting long for some people but others are enjoying the great ice fishing conditions that exist when the temperatures dip below zero. All winter, fishing reports have been hot and cold. Some veteran ice anglers are skunked one day and smoking them the next. Lately the fishing is on the slow side but we expect one more good run of biting fish before winters end. Get out on the ice and try to enjoy the last part of winter! 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Backwater ice conditions are excellent in nearly all your favorite backwaters in Pool 12. Bluegill populations are very good in the Mississippi River, not many reports as weather has been extremely cold. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike populations are robust in the river right now and fishing with tip ups have been reported at various locations. Both bass and pike were being caught on the tip ups but word is that this fishing has slowed down some. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Lots of yellow perch have been reported throughout the district. In some places it has been the dominant species caught. It appears at least three size classes of ring perch biting with the small ones being the most common to hit the wax worms! 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Winter is getting long for some people but others are enjoying the great ice fishing conditions that exist when the temperatures dip below zero. All winter, fishing reports have been hot and cold. Some veteran ice anglers are skunked one day and smoking them the next. Lately the fishing is on the slow side but we expect one more good run of biting fish before winters end. Get out on the ice and try to enjoy the last part of winter! 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 5.7 feet and stable. The Bellevue City ramp is well frozen in. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Consistent ice is available for ice anglers but the bite for large fish has been slow, In some spots numerous small bluegills have been hitting. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Some Crappie are being reported out of the deeper water pockets in the Sabula Area Lakes. At times some crappie are also being reported out of Browns Lake as well. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: The number of yellow perch caught this year has been a pleasant surprise for anglers. In some places it has been the dominant species caught. It appears at least three size classes of ring perch are biting with the small ones being the most common to hit the wax worms! 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Winter is getting long for some people but others are enjoying the great ice fishing conditions that exist when the temperatures dip below zero. All winter, fishing reports have been hot and cold. Some veteran ice anglers are skunked one day and smoking them the next. Lately the fishing is on the slow side but we expect one more good run of biting fish before winters end. Get out on the ice and try to enjoy the last part of winter! 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Fishing for bluegills has been slow with few anglers venturing out in the cold weather. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 5.1 feet, the water level at Camanche it is at 9.4 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 4.3 feet, all fairly stable. Water levels are expected to be stable to slightly rising. Most backwaters are reported as safe ice for fishing with ice depth at 6 or more inches. Please never venture across current areas or areas with unknown ice. Snow on top of the ice makes it difficult to determine open patches. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Small yellow perch are also being reported at most backwater locations in Pool 14. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Winter is getting long for some people but others are enjoying the great ice fishing conditions that exist when the temperatures dip below zero. All winter, fishing reports have been hot and cold. Some veteran ice anglers are skunked one day and smoking them the next. Lately the fishing is on the slow side but we expect one more good run of biting fish before winters end. Get out on the ice and try to enjoy the last part of winter! 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Most panfish have moved into their overwintering homes for the winter. Marinas often offer over wintering areas on Pool 15 but ice fishing conditions were poor most of this season. Now we have some good conditions and fishing may pick up! 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 5.2 feet and stable. Water temperature is 33 degrees and water clarity is good. No fishing was reported to us on Pool 15 this week. 02/26 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Cold weather continues to solidify ice conditions. Ice thickness is better than 15 inches in many areas. Cold weather continues to slow the bite and the amount of anglers. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing has remained stable at around 8 ft. Many anglers continue to concentrate fishing on Shore Slough and Village Creek areas. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Nice perch continue to caught but the bite has slowed. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: The bite has been variable but fish are being caught early morning and later afternoon, using jigs and wax-worm. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Not a lot of crappie being caught through the ice, but the ones biting are nice sizes. Waxworms and minnows fished in submersed trees work well. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nicer size pike are being caught. Try tip-up fishing using shiners in backwater areas. 02/26 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Tip-ups baited with a minnow can produce some larger bass. 02/26 08:25
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast According to current reports, temps should be in the 20s through the weekend with a chance of snow on Sunday. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Use caution when venturing out on any ice. Snow covering ice may hide weak spots on the ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/26 09:36
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Anglers have been having luck fishing in the mill pond above the Vernon Springs dam near Cresco. Please use caution when crossing river ice. 02/26 09:36
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Fish have been caught off the bottom in about 5 feet of water. 02/26 09:36
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast According to current reports, temps should be in the 20s through the weekend with a chance of snow on Sunday. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Use caution when venturing out on any ice. Snow covering ice may hide weak spots on the ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/26 09:36
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast The Upper Iowa is open but new ice if forming especially in this cold spell. Please use extreme caution walking on river ice as flow may weaken it. 02/26 09:36
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Rock bass - No Report: 02/26 09:36
Volga Lake Northeast According to current reports, temps should be in the 20s through the weekend with a chance of snow on Sunday. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Use caution when venturing out on any ice. Snow covering ice may hide weak spots on the ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/26 09:36
Volga Lake Northeast Volga Lake hasn't seen a lot of action this week. Volga Lake got about 6 inches of fresh snow Wednesday. Please use caution when venturing on the ice. 02/26 09:36
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills will bite on a small jig tipped with a waxworm. Best bet for a gill is to find brush piles or rock mounds. 02/26 09:36
Volga Lake Northeast Crappie - No Report: Try using a variety of small jigs tipped with minnows. 02/26 09:36
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Ice thickness on lakes in the Black Hawk District varies from about 10 to 20 inches. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 02/26 08:54
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Arrowhead Lake has about 10 inches of ice off the boat ramp. 02/26 08:54
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: A few keeper bluegills have been caught in the middle of the lake and along the east side, most are being caught on a small jig and waxworm fished in 15-16 feet of water. 02/26 08:54
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip ups on the north end of Spirit. Anglers bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. 02/24 08:48
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Slow: Very few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch being caught are coming from anglers who are staying out on the ice past sunset. 02/24 08:48
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Ice thickness on lakes in the Black Hawk District varies from about 10 to 20 inches. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 02/26 08:54
Black Hawk Lake Northwest The winter aeration system is on in the Town Bay. Ice thickness is 15 inches off of Ice House Point boat ramp. 02/26 08:54
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Anglers have picked up some walleye in 6-7 feet of water between the Ice House Point boat ramp and Ice House Point. 02/26 08:54
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are picking up bluegill around Ice House Point and Shotgun Point using small jigs and waxworms. Some anglers are picking up several 8 inch fish per trip. 02/26 08:54
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice thickness on lakes in the Black Hawk District varies from about 10 to 20 inches. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 02/26 08:54
Black Hawk Pits Northwest There is about 10 inches of ice off the boat ramp. 02/26 08:54
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching bluegill using small jigs tipped with wax worms. 02/26 08:54
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers are catching largemouth bass while fishing for bluegill. 02/26 08:54
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Yellow Perch - Slow: Some yellow perch have been picked up while fishing for bluegill 02/26 08:54
Blue Pit Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/26 08:31
Blue Pit Northwest 02/26 08:31
Blue Pit Northwest Rainbow Trout - No Report: 2,500 Rainbow trout were stocked on January 17th. Anglers should be able to catch them swimming along the shallower water along the edges. Try a small teardrop jig and a wax worm or a small jigging spoon. 02/26 08:31
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. 02/26 08:31
Bluebill Lake Northwest 14 inches of ice. Angler activity has picked up a little bit more. The bite is a little bit better, though reports are few. 02/26 08:41
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Ice thickness on lakes in the Black Hawk District varies from about 10 to 20 inches. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 02/26 08:54
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegill are being picked up in 20-30 feet of water with a small jig and waxworm. Anglers have also had luck fishing the west side near the timber in about 20-25 feet of water. 02/26 08:54
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Ice on Brushy varies from about 12 -15 inches. 02/26 08:54
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in 20-30 feet of water on submerged structure. Anglers are having luck using a minnow and spoon. Wax worms and spikes on a small jig have also picked up fish. 02/26 08:54
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught in about 20 feet of water. 02/26 08:54
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch 6-10 inches in length have been picked up in 20-25 feet of water near the west end of the lake. Small jig and waxworm seems to be working the best, with larger perch biting on a small spoon with minnow head. 02/26 08:54
Center Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Few anglers have been success fishing for gills on center on the south end. Reports show few quality fish in the 8inch range. Much sorting is needed. 02/24 08:53
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