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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Decorah area rivers and streams are in good condition. Flows remain unseasonably elevated on most especially with the last round of weather. Temperatures will be in the 30's. There is a chance in the forecast for snow on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/01 10:20
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Cedar River water levels bumped up a bit with this last rain. For more information on water levels, please go to the following website: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Few anglers have been out but the ones going have caught fish. 12/01 10:20
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anglers are using a variety of baits but jigs tipped with worms are working. 12/01 10:20
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Use a jighead tipped with nightcrawler, minnow, or plastic twister tails for best luck. 12/01 10:20
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Crankbaits are working but try using a dead chub fished under a bobber. 12/01 10:20
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports are fair to good on the interior rivers for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. With the recent onset of colder temperatures and windy conditions angling pressure has declined. Panfish reports have been very limited as we approach late fall and early winter water temperatures. There have been good reports of brown and rainbow trout being caught on area streams. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 12/01 06:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports on the Cedar River have been fair for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike in Black Hawk County. Bremer County reports are good yet for both walleye and northern pike. Most catches of smallmouth have been incidental in anglers fishing for walleye. 12/01 06:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Jig and twister tipped with a minnow is a deadly combination for smallmouth bass this time of year. 12/01 06:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and twister tipped with a minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. 12/01 06:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Anglers have been successful in catching pike by floating a live chub under a bobber or casting and retrieving spinner baits. 12/01 06:50
Decorah District Streams Northeast Decorah area rivers and streams are in good condition. Flows remain unseasonably elevated on most especially with the last round of weather. Temperatures will be in the 30's. There is a chance in the forecast for snow on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/01 10:20
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers. 12/01 10:20
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Post spawn fish will be actively looking for small fish. 12/01 10:20
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers can find Rainbow Trout hiding in the upper and lower ends of pools. Dance a meaty looking fly or lure in these areas and wait. 12/01 10:20
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in good condition and continue fishing well. Anglers please be aware this weekend is opening shotgun deer season so make sure to wear alot of orange. A spinner or crank bait will catch trout. 12/01 10:20
Lake Hendricks Northeast Decorah area rivers and streams are in good condition. Flows remain unseasonably elevated on most especially with the last round of weather. Temperatures will be in the 30's. There is a chance in the forecast for snow on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/01 10:20
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity is excellent. Few anglers have been out this week. 12/01 10:20
Lake Meyer Northeast Decorah area rivers and streams are in good condition. Flows remain unseasonably elevated on most especially with the last round of weather. Temperatures will be in the 30's. There is a chance in the forecast for snow on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/01 10:20
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Lake Meyer Northeast The lake is in good condition. Few anglers have been out. No ice yet. 12/01 10:20
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Reports are fair to good on the interior rivers for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. With the recent onset of colder temperatures and windy conditions angling pressure has declined. Panfish reports have been very limited as we approach late fall and early winter water temperatures. There have been good reports of brown and rainbow trout being caught on area streams. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 12/01 06:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been fair to good reports of walleye being caught on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. 12/01 06:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Jig and twister tipped with a minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. 12/01 06:50
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Look for fish seeking deeper water refuge for the winter. Fall fishing has been good overall. Recent rains have the river on the rise again this week and water clarity has diminished. Water temperatures have fallen to 40 degrees. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Some anglers are reporting a few crappies this week as the river has returned to its banks. Fish the tree piles in backwater areas using minnows under a bobber. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville has risen to 17.1 ft and predicted to rise to over 18.3 ft next week. Rising water level is once again stirring up vegetation and water clarity is poor making fishing conditions challenging. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are holding tight up in vegetation beds near overwintering holes. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is picking up in backwaters and side sloughs. Fish tight up against treelines out of the current using crawlers under a bobber. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of current in the river right now makes for great smallmouth fishing. Fish crankbaits along exposed riprap on mainchannel borders. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing is picking up below the tailwaters and on wing dams. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger are making the move up toward the tailwaters of the lock and dam. Jigs tipped with minnows fished over deep-water structures can be productive. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Perch are congregating in the vegetation in backwater lakes. Fish a minnow under a bobber in the lily-pads or tree piles. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Look for fish seeking deeper water refuge for the winter. Fall fishing has been good overall. Recent rains have the river on the rise again this week and water clarity has diminished. Water temperatures have fallen to 40 degrees. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Some anglers are reporting a few crappies this week as the river has returned to its banks. Fish the tree piles in backwater areas using minnows under a bobber. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has risen to 8.5 ft and predicted to rise to 10.3 ft over the next week. Rising water level is once again stirring up vegetation and water clarity is poor making fishing conditions challenging. Water temperature is in the lower 40's. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is picking up in backwaters and side sloughs. Fish tight up against treelines out of the current using crawlers under a bobber. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are holding tight up in vegetation beds near overwintering holes. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are making the move up toward the tailwaters of the lock and dam. Jigs tipped with minnows fished over deep-water structures can be productive. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of current in the river right now makes for great smallmouth fishing. Fish crankbaits along exposed riprap on main channel borders. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing is picking up below the tailwaters and on wing dams. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Perch are congregating in the vegetation in backwater lakes. Fish a minnow under a bobber in the lily-pads or tree piles. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperatures are now in mid to lower 40's throughout the district this week. The water levels are still a bit higher then most anglers are accustomed to at this time of year and unfortunately rising again. If you have an angling question please contact Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lots of bluegills are coming out the better backwater areas. Some places are non stop action but size tends to be smaller. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouths and still be caught but slow way down and use live baits. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque tailwater is near 7.9 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 10.3 feet. These levels are up from last week and now expected rise nearly two feet. The main channel is around 40 degrees. Fishing has been good for numerous species this fall but appears to be tapering off. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie bite seems to be off for many anglers this fall. Good news is they appear to have pulled off a good spawn this year. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Good: Lots of tailwater angling going on with most people using some form of a three way minnow and jig. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to catch smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. They are concentrated and when found action is fast! 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Most walleye angling taking place in the tailwater by folks using a jig and minnow. Some larger walleye are still coming off the wingdams. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Good: These fish can school up and action can be fast. Use spinners or small crank baits for best results. A few still reported in the tailwaters. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Looks to be another excellent perch year and another year class is present which bodes well for the future. Most ring perch have been caught by anglers targeting bluegills 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperatures are now in mid to lower 40's throughout the district this week. The water levels are still a bit higher then most anglers are accustomed to at this time of year and unfortunately rising again. If you have an angling question please contact Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is near 10.3 feet, up from last week. Unfortunately the water levels are high and expected to rise nearly two feet again this week. Water temperature is around 42 degrees. Fishing this fall has generally been decent! 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: For many people the crappie bite was bit off this fall but some folks found good numbers. The year class of young crappie produced appears strong so angling should be good into the future! 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved into their winter backwater homes. Size has been an issue but some anglers reporting large numbers being caught! 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Need to slow way down in cool water and try using live presentations. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass. Smallies often hold very tight to the rocks. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are being taken in the tailwater mostly on jigs and minnows or three way minnow rigs. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Good: White bass schools are being reported in the tailwater area in the shallow areas. Try a spinner or minnow imitation lure. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: Lots of sauger being caught with the walleyes in the tailwater area. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperatures are now in mid to lower 40's throughout the district this week. The water levels are still a bit higher then most anglers are accustomed to at this time of year and unfortunately rising again. If you have an angling question please contact Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The level at Fulton is near 7.9 feet, 11.4 feet at Camanche and 6.1 feet at Le Claire. Levels are rising once again! The water temperature is near 42 degrees. It was a good fall for angling but now has slowed with the cooler temps. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers are returning back to the tailwaters for a chance at walleyes and sauger. Most using a jig and minnow. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies posed to be difficult for some to find but the season is not over. Use minnows in backwater lakes especially in deep brush cover. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass are still biting in their winter backwater homes but the bite has slowed greatly! 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - Good: Anglers are catching sauger in the tailwater mostly on Jigs and minnow rigs. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Bass - Fair: White bass and an occasional hybrid stripped bass are being reported in the tailwater area. Try fishing in the tailwater this fall using minnow imitations such as spinners. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Some anglers reporting catching yellow perch in the backwaters when they are fishing for bluegills. Also a few being taken in the tailwaters by sauger anglers, especially when they are in more shallow water less then 10 feet deep. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperatures are now in mid to lower 40's throughout the district this week. The water levels are still a bit higher then most anglers are accustomed to at this time of year and unfortunately rising again. If you have an angling question please contact Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 8.4 feet, which is up from last week. Water will rise all week. Water temperature is around 42 degrees in the main channel. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast White Bass - No Report: Some white bass are being reported last week in the tailwater and along the bank in the City of Bettendorf and near the Duck Creek mouth. 11/30 04:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Look for fish seeking deeper water refuge for the winter. Fall fishing has been good overall. Recent rains have the river on the rise again this week and water clarity has diminished. Water temperatures have fallen to 40 degrees. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 8.5 ft and predicted to rise slightly but remain fairly stable over the next week. Fish are locating structure in the deeper water. New Albin ramp is open. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Some anglers are reporting a few crappies this week as the river has returned to its banks. Fish the tree piles in backwater areas using minnows under a bobber. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is picking up in backwaters and side sloughs. Fish tight up against treelines out of the current using crawlers under a bobber. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are holding tight up in vegetation beds near overwintering holes. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of current in the river right now makes for great smallmouth fishing. Fish crankbaits along exposed riprap on mainchannel borders. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger are making the move up toward the tailwaters of the lock and dam. Jigs tipped with minnows fished over deep-water structures can be productive. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing is picking up below the tailwaters and on wing dams. 12/01 10:09
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Perch are congregating in the vegetation in backwater lakes. Fish a minnow under a bobber in the lily-pads or tree piles. 12/01 10:09
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports are fair to good on the interior rivers for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. With the recent onset of colder temperatures and windy conditions angling pressure has declined. Panfish reports have been very limited as we approach late fall and early winter water temperatures. There have been good reports of brown and rainbow trout being caught on area streams. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 12/01 06:50
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Much like the Cedar River, reports on the Shell Rock River have been good for walleye and fair for smallmouth bass. Most catches of smallmouth have been incidental in anglers fishing for walleye. 12/01 06:50
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Jig and twister tipped with a minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. 12/01 06:50
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Jig and twister tipped with a minnow is a deadly combination for smallmouth bass this time of year. 12/01 11:20
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Decorah area rivers and streams are in good condition. Flows remain unseasonably elevated on most especially with the last round of weather. Temperatures will be in the 30's. There is a chance in the forecast for snow on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/01 10:20
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Water levels on the Turkey River increased a bit. Flows remain elevated so find fish in areas with little current. Few anglers have been out. Many are waiting for ice. 12/01 10:20
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Decorah area rivers and streams are in good condition. Flows remain unseasonably elevated on most especially with the last round of weather. Temperatures will be in the 30's. There is a chance in the forecast for snow on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/01 10:20
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 12/01 10:20
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Decorah area rivers and streams are in good condition. Flows remain unseasonably elevated on most especially with the last round of weather. Temperatures will be in the 30's. There is a chance in the forecast for snow on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382 12/01 10:20
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 12/01 10:20
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