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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Anglers are picking up quite a few fish around Howard's Woods and below the Nashua dam. Also fish activity around the Charles City has slowed some but may pick up with cold front moving through the area. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: A lot of fish in the 8-10 inch range are taking jigs tipped with a nightcrawler. Fish can be found along the current breaks. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye activity has slowed this week but can be found below the dams. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: A few pike are showing up in the creel this week. Anglers are using 6-8 inch chubs fished under a bobber or try using a red/white spoon. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Anglers are picking up quite a few fish around Howard's Woods and below the Nashua dam. Also fish activity around the Charles City has slowed some but may pick up with cold front moving through the area. 10/23 01:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye activity has slowed this week but can be found below the dams. 10/23 01:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: A few pike are showing up in the creel this week. Anglers are using 6-8 inch chubs fished under a bobber or try using a red/white spoon. 10/23 01:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: A lot of fish in the 8-10 inch range are taking jigs tipped with a nightcrawler. Fish can be found along the current breaks. 10/23 01:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The weekend forecast looks to be beautiful, interior rivers remain in excellent condition heading into the weekend. Anglers are doing good to excellent on walleye and smallmouth bass as we head into fall and the month of October. Trout streams remain in excellent condition also. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 10/23 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is offering good to excellent catches of walleye and smallmouth bass in both Bremer and Black Hawk Counties. Concentrate in the deeper holes as fish seek cooler water temperatures this time of year. There have also been fair reports of crappie being caught on backwater areas of the Cedar River also. 10/23 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Crappie - Fair: Crappie minnow tipped under a bobber near brush piles has been hit and miss. 10/23 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: There are reports of anglers catching pike on mepp's spinner baits. 10/23 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Try casting jig and minnow or crank baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas for good smally action. 10/23 10:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: A minnow or crawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been good on the Cedar. Look for current breaks below fallen woody structure or along rip-rap shorelines and deeper holes this time of year. 10/23 10:45
Decorah District Streams Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast #18 Blue Wing Olives are hatching nearly every afternoon on better northeast Iowa streams. #12 Cricket patterns have been extremely effective for larger browns and rainbows. GRHEs, Princes and Zebra Midges have all been effective nymph patterns. Brown and brook trout are presently on the spawning beds. Please fish from the stream banks or wade very carefully whenever possible so as not to disturb critical nesting activity. 10/23 11:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Late afternoon hatches of blue wing olives are really bringing the fish to the surface. 10/23 11:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Take time to observe spawning trout activity around the cleared off areas in the stream bottom. Anglers might see territorial behavior in males. 10/23 11:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbows can be found sitting in faster water. If the weather doesn't slow the hatch, bows can be aggressive on a dry fly. 10/23 11:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast #18 Blue Wing Olives are hatching nearly every afternoon on better northeast Iowa streams. #12 Cricket patterns have been extremely effective for larger browns and rainbows. GRHEs, Princes and Zebra Midges have all been effective nymph patterns. Brown and brook trout are presently on the spawning beds. Please fish from the stream banks or wade very carefully whenever possible so as not to disturb critical nesting activity. 10/23 01:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Late afternoon hatches of blue wing olives are really bringing the fish to the surface. 10/23 01:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Take time to observe spawning trout activity around the cleared off areas in the stream bottom. Anglers might see territorial behavior in males. 10/23 01:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbows can be found sitting in faster water. If the weather doesn't slow the hatch, bows can be aggressive on a dry fly. 10/23 01:13
Heritage Pond Northeast The weekend forecast looks to be beautiful, interior rivers remain in excellent condition heading into the weekend. Anglers are doing good to excellent on walleye and smallmouth bass as we head into fall and the month of October. Trout streams remain in excellent condition also. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 10/23 10:45
Heritage Pond Northeast Heritage Pond in Dubuque will be stocked with trout on Saturday, November 1st at 10:00 am. 10/23 10:51
Lake Hendricks Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Panfishing is good this week. Water clarity is about 3 feet. Try fishing the jetties at either side of the dam. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: The bluegill bite has slowed but try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies along the rockier shorelines or where there is habitat. Use little jigs tipped with imitation minnows for the big ones. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits or a jig tipped with a twistertail will work for bass. Try a slow retrieve for sluggish fish. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Panfishing is good this week. Water clarity is about 3 feet. Try fishing the jetties at either side of the dam. 10/23 01:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: The bluegill bite has slowed but try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. 10/23 01:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies along the rockier shorelines or where there is habitat. Use little jigs tipped with imitation minnows for the big ones. 10/23 01:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits or a jig tipped with a twistertail will work for bass. Try a slow retrieve for sluggish fish. 10/23 01:13
Lake Meyer Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Panfishing on Lake Meyer continues to be spotty but on a good day, anglers can really get some nice size bluegills. Water temperatures are in the low 50's. 10/23 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are hitting small jigs tipped with small piece of worm or waxworm while fishing the shoreline. Anglers may have to cast further out to find bluegills. 10/23 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers are catching crappies using a hook tipped with a worm but jigs have also been working. Try tipping a small jig with a waxworm. Try fishing along the jetty or dam to find crappies. 10/23 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Panfishing on Lake Meyer continues to be spotty but on a good day, anglers can really get some nice size bluegills. Water temperatures are in the low 50's. 10/23 01:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are hitting small jigs tipped with small piece of worm or waxworm while fishing the shoreline. Anglers may have to cast further out to find bluegills. 10/23 01:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers are catching crappies using a hook tipped with a worm but jigs have also been working. Try tipping a small jig with a waxworm. Try fishing along the jetty or dam to find crappies. 10/23 01:13
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The weekend forecast looks to be beautiful, interior rivers remain in excellent condition heading into the weekend. Anglers are doing good to excellent on walleye and smallmouth bass as we head into fall and the month of October. Trout streams remain in excellent condition also. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 10/23 10:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 10/23 10:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Anglers have been picking up a few smallmouth bass. 10/23 10:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A minnow tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year. 10/23 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Fall fishing is in full swing on the Upper Mississippi. Water levels are beginning to fall slightly and temperature is holding in the lower 50's. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cat is beginning to slow a bit with colder water temps. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Good: Fall crappie bite is good on side channel structure. Keep moving to find pockets of active fish. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on worms along the main channel on sandflats and rockpiles. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass fishing remains good in back water areas. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River Level at Lynxville is currently 15 feet and expected to fall slightly to 14.5 over the next week. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting in backwater over wintering areas with a lot of sorting of smaller fish. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger fishing is picking up in the tailwaters. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes being caught in the tailwaters this year. 10/23 09:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Fall fishing is in full swing on the Upper Mississippi. Water levels are beginning to fall slightly and temperature is holding in the lower 50's. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 7.3 and expected to fall to 6 ft over the next week. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass fishing remains good in back water areas. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting in backwater over wintering areas with a lot of sorting of smaller fish. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cat is beginning to slow a bit with colder water temps 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Good: Fall crappie bite is good on side channel structure. Keep moving to find pockets of active fish. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on worms along the main channel on sandflats and rockpiles. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger fishing is picking up in the tailwaters. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes being caught in the tailwaters this year. 10/23 09:24
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river is stable but may start dropping again this week. Fishing has been good at times but fronts and water level changes has hampered fishing some. 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! 10/23 09:28
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. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 7.0 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 9.4 feet. Water levels are will drop slowly throughout the week. Water temperature is nearly the same as last week at 55 degrees. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be found mostly along rocky areas or brush piles near flowing water. Float bobber along the rock or wood structure for best results. Expecting the bluegill fishing to greatly improve this week as water is now stable. Bluegills are moving to some deeper water but still found around some current areas. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: Extremely hit and miss for crappies. Try brush piles or deep sloughs with slow current. Most anglers are using small minnows or white jigs. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: 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! 10/23 09:28
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. For success catching smallmouth you need the combination of current and rock! 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: The walleye and sauger bite seems to have slowed up some from the last weeks. Lots of vegetation floating is hampering fishing with jigs and 3-ways. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river is stable but may start dropping again this week. Fishing has been good at times but fronts and water level changes has hampered fishing some. 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! 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be along channel edges for a few more weeks before they start moving to their backwater homes. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 7.6 feet, up slightly from last week. Levels are expected to fall slowly this week. The water clarity is fair. Water temperature has dropped one degree from last week and is now at 55 degrees. Fishing is has been hit or miss for most species. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Good: Extremely hit and miss for crappies. Try brush piles or deep sloughs with slow current. Most anglers are using small minnows or white jigs. Crappie fishing went from an excellent to poor bite at times last week! 10/23 09:28
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. 10/23 09:28
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! 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye and sauger fishing has been good up until this week when many anglers reported low catches. Cold fronts and water levels are often cited as the reason for the shut-off but floating vegetation is also hampering fishing especially those using three way rigs. 10/23 09:28
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! 10/23 09:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river is stable but may start dropping again this week. Fishing has been good at times but fronts and water level changes has hampered fishing some. 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! 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Crappie - Good: Extremely hit and miss for crappies. Try brush piles or deep sloughs with slow current. Most anglers are using small minnows or white jigs 10/23 09:28
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! 10/23 09:28
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. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallies are biting along rock piles with some noticeable current. Spinners or crankbaits work best! 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 6.7 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 10.5 feet, nearly the same as last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise slightly. Water temperature is near 55 degrees. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 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! 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river is stable but may start dropping again this week. Fishing has been good at times but fronts and water level changes has hampered fishing some. 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! 10/23 09:28
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. 10/23 09:28
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. 10/23 09:28
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. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at LeClaire is at 5.6 feet and water level at Rock Island is at 7.1 feet. Water temperature is 55 degrees and water clarity is fair. 10/23 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Fall fishing is in full swing on the Upper Mississippi. Water levels are beginning to fall slightly and temperature is holding in the lower 50's. 10/23 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8 and expected to remain stable. 10/23 09:00
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