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Big Woods Lake Northeast With the recent onset of colder temperatures the angling pressure and catch has declined but there is warmer weather ahead! The interior rivers have been providing catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. Crappie and bluegill were moving into shallows but colder weather moved them deeper within the lakes. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/21 08:30
Big Woods Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching crappie out of Big Woods Lake. 05/21 08:45
Big Woods Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Try casting colored tube jigs or fishing with a crappie minnow under a slip bobber around structure. 05/21 08:46
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast With the recent onset of colder temperatures the angling pressure and catch has declined but there is warmer weather ahead! The interior rivers have been providing catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. Crappie and bluegill were moving into shallows but colder weather moved them deeper within the lakes. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/21 08:30
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Both bluegill and largemouth bass fishing has been good overall at Casey Lake. 05/21 08:38
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish a small worm under bobber or cast small jigs over the tops of bluegill beds for aggressive fish. 05/21 08:39
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and carolina rigs have been working well on catching largemouth bass. 05/21 08:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 60's to low 70's for the holiday weekend with an increasing chance of thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday. River and stream conditions are good to excellent. If the fish don't bite on one kind of tackle, don't be afraid to change it up. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/21 11:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers are having to work to catch a few walleye. Try using a jig tipped with a minnow or dark colored twistertails. 05/21 11:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels have stabilized and clarity has improved. Anglers have been catching a variety of gamefish but patience is key. 05/21 11:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Hooks tipped with dead chubs or nightcrawlers work well. 05/21 11:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth activity should pick up with warmer temperatures. A jig tipped with a twister will work for smallies. 05/21 11:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast With the recent onset of colder temperatures the angling pressure and catch has declined but there is warmer weather ahead! The interior rivers have been providing catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. Crappie and bluegill were moving into shallows but colder weather moved them deeper within the lakes. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/21 08:30
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Fishing has been hit & miss with the fluctuating temperatures recently but should only improve with warmer temps ahead. Anglers can expect catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish if targeted. 05/21 08:48
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers have switched over to a crawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits for active walleye. 05/21 08:49
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting crankbaits for active smallmouth bass as water temperatures increase. 05/21 08:51
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits and dead cutbaits have been providing good catches of channel catfish. 05/21 08:52
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 60's to low 70's for the holiday weekend with an increasing chance of thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday. River and stream conditions are good to excellent. If the fish don't bite on one kind of tackle, don't be afraid to change it up. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/21 11:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout are intolerant of siltation, turbidity, and elevated water temperatures. 05/21 11:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Brown trout eat aquatic and terrestrial insects, snails, crustaceans (including crayfish), and fish. 05/21 11:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout have a broad pink stripe on both sides and spots covering sides, dorsal fin and tail. 05/21 11:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in excellent condition. Increased hatches of caddis flies and gnats have been observed. Anglers have been taking trout on #14 caddis flies and #16 or #18 Hendrickson, Adams or Griffiths gnat. One of the key's to a successful catch is to match the size of the fly with the critter hatching. Spin fishers using small crankbaits fished through deeper holes are taking nice catches. 05/21 11:04
George Wyth Lake Northeast With the recent onset of colder temperatures the angling pressure and catch has declined but there is warmer weather ahead! The interior rivers have been providing catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. Crappie and bluegill were moving into shallows but colder weather moved them deeper within the lakes. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/21 08:30
George Wyth Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching crappie out of George Wyth Lake. 05/21 08:43
George Wyth Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Try casting colored tube jigs or fishing with a crappie minnow under a slip bobber around structure. 05/21 08:44
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 60's to low 70's for the holiday weekend with an increasing chance of thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday. River and stream conditions are good to excellent. If the fish don't bite on one kind of tackle, don't be afraid to change it up. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/21 11:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers using worms fished over structure are finding fish. 05/21 11:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are running the shoreline. Anglers using a hook with a nightcrawler should find some action. 05/21 11:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try using a jig tipped with a brightly colored twister and a slow retrieve for success. 05/21 11:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity is excellent. Angling continues to be spotty but some can take home a nice catch. Some success has occurred around sunset. 05/21 11:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Fair: Crappie are hanging around rock mounds. Use a hook tipped with a live minnow for success. 05/21 11:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 60's to low 70's for the holiday weekend with an increasing chance of thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday. River and stream conditions are good to excellent. If the fish don't bite on one kind of tackle, don't be afraid to change it up. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/21 11:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Panfishing has been spotty but some anglers have picked up a few nice bluegills. 05/21 11:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers are using a jig with a twister tail have been having the best luck. 05/21 11:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Water temperatures are hovering around 60 degrees. A 10 foot maximum drawdown will begin on May 26. Water levels will remain low throughout the wetland construction period. Completion of the wetland should be by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal. Repairs to the dam will take place at this time. While the water is down, the Iowa DNR and Winneshiek County personnel will take advantage of the low water and install a variety of fish attractant structures. 05/21 11:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast With the recent onset of colder temperatures the angling pressure and catch has declined but there is warmer weather ahead! The interior rivers have been providing catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. Crappie and bluegill were moving into shallows but colder weather moved them deeper within the lakes. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/21 08:30
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Fishing has been hit & miss with the fluctuating temperatures recently but should only improve with warmer temps ahead. Anglers can expect catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish if targeted. 05/21 09:00
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers have switched over to a crawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits for active walleye. 05/21 09:00
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting crankbaits for active smallmouth bass as water temperatures increase. 05/21 09:01
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits and dead cutbaits have been providing good catches of channel catfish. 05/21 09:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Now is a great time to be fishing on the Upper Mississippi as many fish are feeding heavily before spawning. River levels are expected to rise slowly over the course of the next week. Water temps remain in the lower 60's. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 15.7 and is expected to rise to 17.2 ft over the next week. Water temperature remains in the lower 60's. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: The spring perch bite has slowed down slightly, but some still being caught fishing minnows offshore and in backwater structure. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have been biting well along main and side channel structure. Look for bluegills to begin moving toward spawning areas. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cat are putting on the feedbag getting ready for the spawn. Fish worms and cut bait along main channel structure. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth are feeding well and are using a variety of habitat along the main channel and in sloughs but bass should be moving to spawning area soon. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: A few sauger being picked up in the tailwaters 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouths are actively feeding along rocky areas with good current. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast White Bass - Good: Reports are coming in of some nice size white bass caught jig fishing along the main channel and tailwaters of the dams 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Now is a great time to be fishing on the Upper Mississippi as many fish are feeding heavily before spawning. River levels are expected to rise slowly over the course of the next week. Water temps remain in the lower 60's. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 7.1 and is expected to rise to 8.6 ft over the next week. Water temperatures are in the lower 60s. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have been biting well along main and side channel structure. Look for bluegills to begin moving toward spawning areas 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth are feeding well and are using a variety of habitat along the main channel and in sloughs but bass should be moving to spawning areas soon. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: The spring perch bite has slowed down slightly, but some still being caught fishing minnows offshore and in backwater structure. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cat are putting on the feedbag getting ready for the spawn. Fish worms and cut bait along main channel structure. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger spawn is over and a few may start feeding again in the tailwaters 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Look for small mouth to become active as water temps warm back into the 50's. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - Good: Reports are coming in of some nice size white bass caught jig fishing along the main channel and tailwaters of the dams 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Good fishing conditions exist on the Mississippi River for angling. Cold fronts continue to pass through and maybe stall fishing a bit but overall it is very good fishing on the Mississippi River and no excesses not to go out! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.6 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 9.3 feet. These readings are up slightly from last week. Water temperature in the main channel is 62 degrees although it had been up to near 70. Water levels are expected to rise slightly over the next seven days. Expecting real good fishing conditions to persist. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Gills are hitting on worm rigs in many backwater areas. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: Some nice sized crappies were being reported from deep into brushy areas of the backwaters. Many anglers are using a long pole to reach into the brush and with minnows for bait. Crappies are nearly done with their spawning and starting to be found back out in current sloughs as well! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth fishing is generally pretty good with many nice sized fish reported this week. Cranks and larger spinners seemed to do the trick! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike are now in the feeding mode! Lots of anglers targeting pike either using gaudy spinners or large chubs for bait. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are setting up along rip rap shorelines. Use spinners or slow falling jigs. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught off the wingdams with many people throwing crank baits or using worm rigs. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Good fishing conditions exist on the Mississippi River for angling. Cold fronts continue to pass through and maybe stall fishing a bit but overall it is very good fishing on the Mississippi River and no excesses not to go out! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 7.1 feet and predicted to rise slightly. The main channel temperature is at 62 degrees but was much higher. Conditions for angling are excellent on the Mississippi River. The passing cold front slightly slowed up the fishing slightly again this week but in general angling is excellent! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Gills are hitting on simple worm rigs in many backwater areas. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Some nice channel cats were reported. They are biting on worms and stink bait in side channels just above brush piles! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Good: Some nice sized crappies were being reported from deep into brushy areas of the backwaters. Many anglers are using a long pole to reach into the brush and with minnows for bait. Crappies are nearly done with their spawning and starting to be found back out in current sloughs as well! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: We are expecting a banner year for largemouth on the Mississippi and early season fishing has been very good for both bass species. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Excellent: Northern pike are being reported feeding in a variety of places throughout Pool 13. Try using a gaudy white spinner bait for best fishing! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some nice smallmouth bass were reported hitting cranks and spinners along rock piles. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught off the wingdams with many people throwing crank baits or using worm rigs. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Good: Some nice white bass fishing were again recorded this week. This has been the first good white bass run in quite some time in this reach of river. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Good fishing conditions exist on the Mississippi River for angling. Cold fronts continue to pass through and maybe stall fishing a bit but overall it is very good fishing on the Mississippi River and no excesses not to go out! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Crappies can now be found in shallow waters in the backwater lakes initiating spawning activity. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Some bass are now showing up in the creel, and angling for both smallmouth and largemouth is only expected to get better! Populations of bass on Pool 14 are excellent! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 6.5 feet, the water level at Camanche is at 10.3 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 5.3 feet. Readings are up slightly from last week. Main channel water temperature is around 63 degrees. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in the backwater areas on worm rigs. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Some reports of channel catfish hitting on stink bait and worms 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some nice smallmouths are being reported on the rock piles in Pool 14. Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught off the wingdams with many people throwing crank baits or using worm rigs. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Bass - Good: Some nice white bass and even some Hybrid white bass were being reported in the Pool 14 tailwater. Some of the "whipers" reported are in the 6 to 7 pound range. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flathead catfish are being caught by people crappie and walleye fishing. Flatheads are live fish eating catfish and will readily hit on flashy lures! 05/21 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Good fishing conditions exist on the Mississippi River for angling. Cold fronts continue to pass through and maybe stall fishing a bit but overall it is very good fishing on the Mississippi River and no excesses not to go out! 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills are being reported throughout the river system and would expect Pool 15 to also have some nice catches recorded. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Pool 15 can be an excellent catfishing pool. They should start biting soon as water warms up. Some reports from other pools of catfish beginning to bite on stink baits. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 7.0 feet and should rise a bit this week, water temperature is around 63 degrees. No fishing was reported to us on Pool 15 this week. 05/21 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Now is a great time to be fishing on the Upper Mississippi as many fish are feeding heavily before spawning. River levels are expected to rise slowly over the course of the next week. Water temps remain in the lower 60's. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8.2 and expected to rise slowly to 8.6 over the next week. Water temp is in the lower 60's. 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have been biting well along main and side channel structure. Look for bluegills to begin moving toward spawning areas 05/21 09:47
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth are feeding well and are using a variety of habitat along the main channel and in sloughs but bass should be moving to spawning area soon. 05/21 09:47
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