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Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Fish are still feeding actively on the upper Mississippi as fall temperatures trigger migrations to over-wintering areas. Water levels are beginning to fall slightly and temperature is holding in the lower 50's. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cat is beginning to slow a bit with colder water temps. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on worms along the main channel on sandflats and rockpiles. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass fishing remains good in back water areas. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River Level at Lynxville is currently 14.6 feet and expected to fall slightly to 14.5 over the next week. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting in backwater over wintering areas with a lot of sorting of smaller fish. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Good: Fall crappie bite is good on side channel structure. Keep moving to find pockets of active fish. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger fishing is picking up in the tailwaters. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes being caught in the tailwaters this year. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Fish are still feeding actively on the upper Mississippi as fall temperatures trigger migrations to over-wintering areas. Water levels are beginning to fall slightly and temperature is holding in the lower 50's. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass fishing remains good in back water areas. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 6.5 and expected to fall over the next week. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting in backwater over wintering areas with a lot of sorting of smaller fish. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cat is beginning to slow a bit with colder water temps 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Good: Fall crappie bite is good on side channel structure. Keep moving to find pockets of active fish. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on worms along the main channel on sandflats and rockpiles. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger fishing is picking up in the tailwaters. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes being caught in the tailwaters this year. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river is stable but anglers may see a slight decrease in water levels throughout the week. Fishing has been good. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year, and this fall has certainly been excellent fishing! 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait. 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 5.9 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 8.4 feet. This is down a foot from last week and anglers may notice a slight drop in water levels again this week. Water temperature is nearly the same the last two weeks and is at 54 degrees. 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are making a movement toward their overwintering habitats, which are deeper backwater areas with no current! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: This fall has been extremely hit and miss for crappies. When the bite is on though many nice crappies have been taken. Lots of fish up to 13 inches! Try a jig or a minnow in brush piles for best results! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass of all sizes are being caught! Bass too will work toward overwintering areas. If get sunny days in the late fall try fishing shallow sun filled backwaters for best results. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Good numbers of 12 inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. For success catching smallmouth you need the combination of current and rock! Recent surveys have shown a substantial spawn of smallmouth bass which bodes great fishing for this species into the future. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: The walleye and sauger bite always seems to be hit or miss. Several nice walleye and sauger being reported with most of the nicest fish coming off wingdams. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river is stable but anglers may see a slight decrease in water levels throughout the week. Fishing has been good. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year, and this fall has certainly been excellent fishing! 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 6.3 feet which is down a foot from last week. Levels are expected to fall slowly throughout the week. The water clarity is good and water temperature is still at 54 degrees.. Fishing has been good this week. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills will start moving toward their backwater homes for the winter. These are areas that are deep enough to not freeze to the bottom yet have no current. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be along channel edges for a another week or so and then they start moving to their backwater homes. Look for when the river temps hits around 43 degrees for bass to make their annual migrations to their winter homes! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Excellent: This year has been hit or miss for crappies but fortunately crappies are hitting more then missing! Try brush piles or deep sloughs with slow current. Most anglers are using small minnows or white jigs. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Drum can be caught on a simple egg sinker with a worm rig. For large drum use a big crayfish for bait. Have a fall fish feed with drum. The are very good eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the filets. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike populations abound in the Mississippi River right now and a few lucky anglers are catching pike mostly while bass fishing! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some nice sized smallmouths were reported off rock piles and even brush piles this week. Some smallies up to four pounds were recorded! An excellent year class of smallmouth this year bodes well for smallmouth fishing into the future! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: The DNR has received nice pictures of walleyes all week from anglers fishing on wingdams. Most are using three way rigs with minnows for the best results. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Apparently channel catfish are also still biting well on the river with anglers using stink bait. Lots of nice keeper sized catfish were reported by folks who have had their fill of bluegills and crappies! 10/30 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river is stable but anglers may see a slight decrease in water levels throughout the week. Fishing has been good. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year, and this fall has certainly been excellent fishing! 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 5.7 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 9.9 feet, both nearly down a foot since last week. Water levels going to be stable all week and water temperature is presently still near 55 degrees. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Crappie - Good: Good crappie fishing reported in the Rock Creek and Cattail slough areas. Try brush piles or deep sloughs with slow current. Most anglers are using small minnows or white jigs 10/30 10:54
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. Remove the red meat from the drum fillets and they are very good eating fish! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are still being found along rock piles and brush piles along the channel edges. Use a jig or spinner for best results. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallies are biting along rock piles with some noticeable current. Spinners or crankbaits work best! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Floating vegetation is hampering anglers, especially to those using long three way rigs. Fishing for walleye and sauger has been hit or miss this season but overall, we have had a good fall season! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river is stable but anglers may see a slight decrease in water levels throughout the week. Fishing has been good. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year, and this fall has certainly been excellent fishing! 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at LeClaire is at 4.9 feet and water level at Rock Island is at 6.1 feet, down nearly a foot since last week. Water temperature is 55 degrees and water clarity is good. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lots of bluegills are being reported out the marina areas on Pool 15. This is a good time to fish these areas as boat traffic is down significantly. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Use an egg sinker and worm in moderate current areas. Drum are excellent eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the fillets. Also keep the fillets cool at all times to avoid them becoming mushy. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of nice bass are being caught along rip rap lines and the mouths of the marina's by anglers using shad colored crank baits. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel catfish were not reported but anglers did report good catches of catfish in other pools. Pool 15 has a robust population of channel catfish and it may still be worth pursuing this species with the last of your years stink bait! 10/30 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Fish are still feeding actively on the upper Mississippi as fall temperatures trigger migrations to over-wintering areas. Water levels are beginning to fall slightly and temperature is holding in the lower 50's. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8 ft and expected to remain stable. Winneshiek Slough area has been good for a variety of species especially perch and sauger this fall. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting in backwater over wintering areas with a lot of sorting of smaller fish. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cat is beginning to slow a bit with colder water temps. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Good: Fall crappie bite is good on side channel structure. Keep moving to find pockets of active fish. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on worms along the main channel on sandflats and rockpiles. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass fishing remains good in back water areas. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes being caught in Minnesota Slough. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Some nice yellow perch being caught in the Big Lake area. 10/30 11:45
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Good: The sauger bite is picking up in the sloughs and the tailwaters using a jig and minnow. 10/30 11:52
Beeds 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. 10/30 08:55
Beeds Lake Northwest Boat fisherman are getting bluegills, crappies, and yellow bass casting light jigs or slow trolling jigs in the upper water column. Try with a light tube jig or a small hair jig tipped with a small piece of worm. 10/30 08:55
Beeds Lake Northwest Crappie - Good: 10/30 08:55
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have dropped the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active and moving into the shallows. Wader anglers fishing after dark will enjoy excellent catches, fish the traditional wader sites for the best action.. 10/28 02:31
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. 10/30 08:55
Clear Lake Northwest The boat docks at MacIntosh and Lynne Lorenzen have been taken out. The dock at the Island is still in as of 10/30. 10/30 08:55
Clear Lake Northwest Crappie - Slow: No reports. Try the mouths of the canals or in deeper water in the little lake. 10/30 08:55
Clear Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Fair: A few Muskies are being caught by panfish anglers. 10/30 08:55
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up an occasinal walleye on the Ventura jetty's. 10/30 08:55
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Fair: Tips of the jetty's by ventura are getting some action. Boat fisherman are drifting around the edges of the deeper water. 10/30 08:55
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Good: Anglers have had action with a slip bobber and minnows around the Ventura jetty's. 10/30 08:55
Crystal 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. 10/30 08:55
Crystal Lake Northwest Northern Pike - No Report: Try casting the shallower water during the fall for pike. For bluegills and bass try on the edges of the dredgecut. 10/30 08:55
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 10/30 08:55
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest Walleye - Fair: Anglers getting a few walleyes on the river. 10/30 08:55
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Good: Last weeks fish management survey of East Okoboji Lake reflected good numbers of large channel catfish sampled at the East Okoboji Lake beach area. Fish cutbait or any traditional "Cat" bait in this area will produce some excellent pole bending end of the year action. 10/28 02:36
Interstate Park 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. 10/30 08:55
Interstate Park Lake Northwest Crappie - Fair: Crappies are biting; try with minnows and a bobber from shore, or try drifting with a light jig from a boat. Size is around 8 to 9 inches. A few nice perch mixed in. 10/30 08:55
Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown) Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 10/30 08:55
Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown) Northwest Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass and walleyes from the Iowa River both with jigs and/or jerk baits. 10/30 08:55
Lake Cornelia Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 10/30 08:55
Lake Cornelia Northwest Yellow Bass - Excellent: This past week, anglers have had fast action on the North End of the lake in the old dredge cut. Size of many of the yellows is around 8 inches. Fish with worms or cutbait. 10/30 08:55
Lower Pine 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. 10/30 08:55
Lower Pine Lake Northwest Crappie - Good: Crappies from Lower Pine with spinner and minnow combination. 10/30 08:55
Lower Pine Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Lg. mouth bass from both lakes with a deep diving crank bait. 10/30 08:55
Silver Lake (Dickinson) Northwest Walleye - Good: With the drop in water temperatures Wader fishing action will increase with good numbers of fish harvested this fall. Excellent oppertunities exisit to catch that trophy walleye as reports of 10+ pound walleye is common from this lake in the fall. With the clear water, action will be best after dark. 10/28 02:31
West Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Good: Reports of limits of small yellow approximently 7.0 - 8.0 inches being harvested from West Okoboji Lake. 10/28 02:31
Winnebago River Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 10/30 08:55
Winnebago River Northwest Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth have been hitting good on 1/8 ounce jigs and plastics from Fertile to Mason City. 10/30 08:55
Winnebago River Northwest Northern Pike - Fair: A few Northerns being caught below Fertile Dam and East Park in Mason City. 10/30 09:07
Big Hollow Lake Southeast For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319)694-2430. 10/29 08:05
Big Hollow Lake Southeast Very few anglers have been out this week. 10/29 08:05
Big Hollow Lake Southeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has slowed down some, they are still out in the deeper water out from shore. 10/29 08:05
Coralville Reservoir Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 10/30 08:24
Coralville Reservoir Southeast As of 10/30, the lake level is 686.8'. It is predicted to drop and then hold at normal fall pool of 686.4'. 10/30 08:37
Coralville Reservoir Southeast Channel Catfish - Slow: 10/30 08:38
Coralville Reservoir Southeast White Bass - Slow: 10/30 08:38
Coralville Reservoir Southeast Crappie - Slow: 10/30 08:38
Diamond Lake Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 10/30 08:24
Diamond Lake Southeast Remember, no minnows are allowed here. 10/30 08:33
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