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Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Although the centers of many backwaters have 8 inches of ice recent warm weather has begun to erode ice conditions especially along shorelines and anywhere there may be current. Anglers should use caution when traveling on ice as snow melt has may ice very slick in some areas. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River Level at Lynxville has remained stable around 15 ft. Most ramps are now closed in with ice. Sny Magill continue to be popular for panfish and northern pike. Bussey Lake continues to report largemouth being caught on tip ups. 01/29 11:11
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. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Nice crappie still being caught through the ice, although success has slowed . 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing has been good using tip-ups baited with a minnow suspended at mid-depth under the ice. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nicer size pike are being caught. Try tip-up fishing using shiners in backwater areas. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Occasional nice sized perch being reported from the Greymore lake area. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Although the centers of many backwaters have 8 inches of ice recent warm weather has begun to erode ice conditions especially along shorelines and anywhere there may be current. Anglers should use caution when traveling on ice as snow melt has may ice very slick in some areas. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg remains stable at around 6.5 ft. The city ramp in Guttenberg and the DNR ramp are blocked with ice. Small flat-bottom boats have been pushing out over ice in the DNR harbor to reach open water. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Tailwater fishing is difficult to access at this time but a few sauger are being caught jigging minnows below the locks. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Tailwater fishing is difficult to access at this time but a few walleye are being caught jigging minnows below the locks. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The bite has been variable but fish are being caught early morning and later afternoon, using jigs and wax-worm. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass population is excellent in Mud Lake and Sunfish Lakes. Tip-ups baited with a minnow can produce some larger bass. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nicer size pike are being caught. Try tip-up fishing using shiners in backwater areas. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch have been biting on waxworms in the Zollicoffer Slough area at Mud Lake. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Most backwaters have deteriorating ice conditions with some places reporting lots of water on top of the ice. Please, have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: Most fishing is taking place in the various marina's and Hennebery and Tippy Lakes around Dubuque. Try a jig or a minnow for best results! Anglers report crappie fishing from poor to excellent. 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.5 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 8.9 feet, both up a half foot from last week. Water is expected to remain stable during the week. Lots of water reported on ice but some places still have sufficient ice depths for safe fishing but never venture on ice you are unsure of! 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Backwater ice conditions vary within the pool. Bluegill populations are very good in the Mississippi River. Some nice gills were reported from Tippy's Lake. 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: 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. 01/28 06:00
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! 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Most backwaters have deteriorating ice conditions with some places reporting lots of water on top of the ice. Please, have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 6.8 feet which is up a half a foot from last week. Levels are expected to remain stable. Most backwaters have good ice conditions. The City of Bellevue Ramp was opened by city crews this week. Ice flows may be an issue however but launching is presently possible, but subject to change. 01/28 06:00
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. 01/28 06:00
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. 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: When boats could get into the tailwater this winter, fishing has ranged from poor to excellent. Lots of weather fronts and water level changes can make fishing walleye and sauger a challenge. As of Thursday the ramp was open but to be sure call ahead before making a long trip to Bellevue. 01/28 06:00
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! 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Most backwaters have deteriorating ice conditions with some places reporting lots of water on top of the ice. Please, have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 5.9 feet, the water level at Camanche it is near 9.9 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 4.5 feet, all up slightly from last week. Water levels are now predicted to be stable this week. 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. 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Some small bluegills have been reported to us. Rock Creek backwater, Swedes backwater and the Cattail backwater areas are some of the major backwater fisheries on Pool 14. Also some small gills reported out of Joyce's Slough by Clinton. 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Winter fishing reports are varied in Pool 14 but certainly some nice sauger were being caught on three way rigs and jigs much earlier this winter. Access to the tailwaters may be a challenge. 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Small yellow perch are also being reported at most backwater locations in Pool 14. It is a good sign for the future but frustrating now finding larger fish! 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Most backwaters have deteriorating ice conditions with some places reporting lots of water on top of the ice. Please, have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 5.6 feet, down from last week. Water temperature is 33 degrees and water clarity is good. No fishing was reported on Pool 15 this week. 01/28 06:00
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! 01/28 06:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Although the centers of many backwaters have 8 inches of ice recent warm weather has begun to erode ice conditions especially along shorelines and anywhere there may be current. Anglers should use caution when traveling on ice as snow melt has may ice very slick in some areas. 01/29 11:11
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. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch fishing has picked up with some nicer size fish being caught along vegetation areas. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The bite has been variable but fish are being caught early morning and later afternoon, using jigs and wax-worm. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Good: 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. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Tip-ups baited with a minnow can produce some larger bass. 01/29 11:11
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nicer size pike are being caught. Try tip-up fishing using shiners in backwater areas. 01/29 11:11
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk district have anywhere from 8-11 inches of good ice under an inch of poor ice. With recent warm weather, ice conditions along shore and near inflows are more variable. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 01/28 10:32
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Arrowhead Lake has 8 inches of ice off the boat ramp. 01/28 10:32
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Hand-sized bluegills can be caught along the east side. 01/28 10:32
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Slow: A few keeper size crappie have been picked up while bluegill fishing. 01/28 10:45
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk district have anywhere from 8-11 inches of good ice under an inch of poor ice. With recent warm weather, ice conditions along shore and near inflows are more variable. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 01/28 10:32
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegill have been picked up using wax worms. 01/28 10:32
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Rainbow Trout - Fair: Approximately 1,500 rainbow trout were stocked into Bacon Creek on January 17th. 01/28 10:48
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Ice Conditions are variable with the snow being on the ice. Vehicle traffic is not advised at this time. Ice reports have the ice being as thick as 17inches in places with no snow cover, and 9 inches where there was snow cover. 01/28 01:47
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught north of the pump house in 25 feet of water, also off Big Stoney many over the slot walleyes are being caught as well. Fisherman are using minnow head tipped jigs, also proving to catch fish is spoons tipped with minnow. The walleye bite has slowed down during the day, the night bite has been more consistent . 01/28 01:47
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Some quality Perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house, and along the north end near Anglers bay. Size varies from 7 to 10 inch fish. On the south side of Big Stoney in 14 feet of water a consistent perch bite has been occuring for a couple weeks now. 10 inch perch have been reported to being caught. 01/28 01:47
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk district have anywhere from 8-11 inches of good ice under an inch of poor ice. With recent warm weather, ice conditions along shore and near inflows are more variable. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 01/28 10:32
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: Although the bite is slow, anglers are still marking large numbers of smaller bluegills. Try using real small lures tipped with a wiggler. 01/28 10:32
Black Hawk Lake Northwest The winter aeration system is on in the Town Bay. Ice is 7-10 inches at the Ice House Point boat ramp. 01/28 10:32
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: The walleye bite has been slow this past week. Last reported catches were of walleye around 14 inches along dredge cuts near the Denison Beach area. 01/28 10:32
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Slow: A few yellow perch have been picked up in between the Denison Beach and Lakewood Point areas. 01/28 10:32
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk district have anywhere from 8-11 inches of good ice under an inch of poor ice. With recent warm weather, ice conditions along shore and near inflows are more variable. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 01/28 10:32
Black Hawk Pits Northwest There is 8 inches of ice off the boat ramp. 01/28 10:32
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Bluegill - Slow: Anglers have been catching a few bluegill using small lures tipped with wax worms. 01/28 10:32
Black 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. 01/29 08:38
Black Pit Northwest Anglers are catching a few crappies. 01/29 08:38
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. 01/29 08:38
Blue Pit Northwest 01/29 08:38
Blue Pit Northwest Rainbow Trout - Good: 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. 01/29 08:38
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. 01/29 08:38
Bluebill Lake Northwest 10 inches of ice, limited angler activity at this time. 01/29 08:38
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk district have anywhere from 8-11 inches of good ice under an inch of poor ice. With recent warm weather, ice conditions along shore and near inflows are more variable. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 01/28 10:32
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Ice on Brushy is 11-14 inches. 01/28 10:32
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: There have been some reports of anglers picking up bluegill in about 20 feet of water. 01/28 01:06
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few yellow perch towards the west end. 01/28 01:06
Center Lake Northwest Thin ice signs have been placed around open water. Outside the thin ice signs ice conditions showed ice conditions in the 12-15 inch range. 01/28 01:47
Center Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Fishermen are having varied success with bluegills, catching them on the south end and near the middle. Fish are being caught using tungsten to get through the smaller fish and get down deep to the larger gills. 01/28 01:47
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. 01/29 08:38
Clear Lake Northwest Ice is about 14 inches on the little lake. 01/29 08:38
Clear Lake Northwest Crappie - Good: Anglers are reporting decent numbers of crappies in the deeper water (18-24 foot of water) on the little lake. Most of the crappies being kept are 10-12 inches. Morning bite is good til about 10am then slower action in midday and picking up at around 4pm. 01/29 08:38
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Yellows have been caught in 8-10 foot of water on the little lake and in the Babtist Camp area. Size of the catch is split between 5 inches and 8 inches. Larger yellows seem to be coming from shallower water (8-12 foot) while some anglers have had larger numbers of smaller yellows from deeper water (18 to 20 foot). 01/29 08:38
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Anglers seeking walleye should try their luck on the main lake. An occasional walleye may be caught on the west end or perhaps near the island. 01/29 08:38
Crawford Creek Impoundment Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk district have anywhere from 8-11 inches of good ice under an inch of poor ice. With recent warm weather, ice conditions along shore and near inflows are more variable. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 01/28 10:32
Crawford Creek Impoundment Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been picking up 6-8 inch bluegill near the point on the east side. They are having the best luck using jigs tipped with waxworms in 10-15 feet of water. 01/28 01:18
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. 01/29 08:38
Crystal Lake Northwest Ice is 18 inches thick. 01/29 08:38
Crystal Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are doing best on the dredge cut in 12 to 14 foot of water. They have been keeping fish in the 7.75 to 8.25 inch range. 01/29 08:38
Crystal Lake Northwest Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching 10 to 11 inch black crappies in 17 foot of water. They are suspended 2 to 4 foot off the bottom. 01/29 08:38
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Good: As the weather warms up perch activity has been increasing. Fish are being seen in the 20-25 foot range in various bays. Gold jigs tipped with waxworms are presenting the most success. 01/28 01:47
Five Island Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: The Walleye bite at 5 Island has really picked up and fish are being caught in dredge holes, and in Townbay. Fish ranging in the 14-20inch range are being caught. 01/28 01:47
Five Island Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught in the deeper holes along with the Walleye. Perch are ranging in size from 8 to 11 inches. 01/28 01:47
Ingham Lake Northwest Thin ice signs have been placed around open water. Ice depths around open water show ice being as thick as 11 inch outside of the thin ice signs. 01/28 01:53
Lake Catherine Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 01/29 08:38
Lake Catherine Northwest 15 inches of ice. 01/29 08:41
Lake Catherine Northwest Bluegill - Slow: 01/29 08:41
Lake Catherine Northwest Largemouth Bass - Slow: 01/29 08:41
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. 01/29 08:38
Lake Cornelia Northwest Cornelia has around 13 inches of ice. 01/29 08:38
Lake Cornelia Northwest Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are catching some small bluegills but not much for keepers. 01/29 08:38
Lake Cornelia Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Activity has been hit or miss. Fishing success earlier in the winter was in the deeper water. Fish with small jigs tipped with spikes. 01/29 08:38
Lake Smith Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 01/29 08:38
Lake Smith Northwest Ice is good at Smith Lake with 14-15 inches. Anglers have been active and are doing good on bluegills with a few crappies. 01/29 08:38
Lake Smith Northwest 15 inches of ice. 01/29 08:43
Moorland Pond Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk district have anywhere from 8-11 inches of good ice under an inch of poor ice. With recent warm weather, ice conditions along shore and near inflows are more variable. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 01/28 10:32
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