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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Cooler temperatures slowed the bite and fewer anglers have been out. 04/27 11:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having the best luck using a jig tipped with a minnow. 04/27 11:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 04/27 11:43
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth bass fishing has really picked up with the onset of warmer water temperatures. Walleye fishing has slowed down a bit but still remains fair to good. 04/28 07:47
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Apply the same techniques you would use while fishing for walleye for some great smallie action. Spinners and crankbaits work well as water temperatures increase. 04/28 07:47
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and plastics or bucktail jigs tipped with a minnow has been dynamite for walleye. Slowly bounce and retrieve while keeping contact with the river bottom. 04/28 07:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout anglers be aware it is turkey hunting season and hunters are highly camouflaged. Wear bright colors but NOT red, blue, brown, or white. Morel mushrooms are also beginning to pop up. Our angler accesses on private property only allow for fishing. All other activities must be permitted by the landowner. 04/27 12:11
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: 04/27 12:18
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Caddis flies have been hatching in mid-afternoon. 04/27 12:19
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: 04/27 12:19
Lake Hendricks Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Fish activity slowed this week with cooler temperatures and fewer anglers have been out. 04/27 11:25
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are looking for shallower water to build their nests. Their nests are usually in silty sandy substrate and look like baby elephants stomped in the lake bed. 04/27 11:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: A few anglers are catching crappies using a small jig tipped with a minnow fished under a bobber. 04/27 11:28
Lake Meyer Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie were beginning to bite but cooler temperatures have slowed them up a bit. 04/27 11:23
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are moving into the rocky areas as temperatures are warmer there. Try using a small jig tipped with a minnow. 04/27 11:24
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of anglers doing well on both walleye and smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River. 04/28 07:47
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Apply the same techniques you would use while fishing for walleye for some great smallie action. Spinners and crankbaits work well as water temperatures increase. 04/28 07:47
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and plastics or bucktail jigs tipped with a minnow has been dynamite for walleye. Slowly bounce and retrieve while keeping contact with the river bottom. 04/28 07:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel was up to 62 degrees but now has fallen to 57 with the cold snap. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a rise throughout the week. Remember too, paddlefish snagging season is over for the year! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of freshwater drum can be caught. Cut out all the red meat when cleaning them and they are a fine eating fish! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Last week we heard of some nice largemouths being caught in Pool 12. The cool weather and water temperature drop may have slowed down the bite! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: The River has a good population of Northern Pike. The northern pike is underway and usually pike do not do much during that time. Once the spawn is over however they immediately go into feeding mode! That should occur in the next few weeks. 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Loads of small walleye were caught this spring and continue to be persistent in the creel. The 2015 year class measures on of the largest ever. It should bodes well for the future of walleye fishing in the Mississippi River. 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is 7.0 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is at 9.4 feet. These levels are down from last week but water levels are expected to once again rise after recent rains. Water temperature in the main channel is 56 degrees. Angling was reported by many as slow but the weather was not the most conducive to fishing this week either! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Just a few crappie reports starting to come in! 04/28 11:20
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass of all sizes reported this week. Spring Lake has been producing some real nice sized bass! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: The walleye spawn is probably nearly over. Some males still reported on the spawning beds. Catch can get difficult immediately post spawn! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is at 7.8 feet which is down from last week. Expect water to again rise slowly all week. Paddlefish season is now closed! Lots of species of fish were reported caught this week but nothing substantial was reported. The cold weather snap hindered anglers. 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel was up to 62 degrees but now has fallen to 57 with the cold snap. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a rise throughout the week. Remember too, paddlefish snagging season is over for the year! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: The yellow perch are done spawning and now have reappeared in the creel. Try using a minnow head fished on the bottom! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Loads of freshwater drum are being caught, many from bank anglers. Try using large crayfish to catch really large drum! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Some catfish are beginning to show up in the creel. Most folks are using cut bait but hearing some reports of folks using stink bait as well! 04/28 11:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike have reported cutting off lines of panfish anglers. 04/28 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: The drum have started biting in earnest. Simple sliding sinker and worms fished in current are the best bet! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of small bass being taken in the tailwaters but some larger ones coming out of bigger backwaters. Fish are in shallow water! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye spawning is done and the walleye bite can be difficult during the spawn and post spawn. Soon they will move onto the wingdams! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water level at Fulton was recorded at 7.2 feet, 11.0 feet at Camanche and 5.8 feet at Le Claire. These readings are all down a bit from last week. Water is expected to again rise slowly all week. Paddlefish season is now closed! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel was up to 62 degrees but now has fallen to 57 with the cold snap. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a rise throughout the week. Remember too, paddlefish snagging season is over for the year! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Not a lot of crappie reported but they are quite nice sized when caught! 04/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel was up to 62 degrees but now has fallen to 57 with the cold snap. Most of the major predators such as walleyes and pike are done spawning but the panfish and bass spawning will begin soon. Water levels are predicted for a rise throughout the week. Remember too, paddlefish snagging season is over for the year! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water level at Rock Island is at 7.9 feet, which down slightly from last week. Expect water levels to rise during this week. 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish are starting to show up in the creel. Many are being caught by people just fishing night crawlers on the bottom! 04/28 11:09
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are abundant in Pool 15 and can easily be caught from shore. Try fishing the eagles landing area with worm and egg sinkers! 04/28 11:09
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports have been good for walleye and smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock River. 04/28 07:47
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and plastics or bucktail jigs tipped with a minnow has been dynamite for walleye. Slowly bounce and retrieve while keeping contact with the river bottom. 04/28 07:47
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Apply the same techniques you would use while fishing for walleye for some great smallie action. Spinners and crankbaits work well as water temperatures increase. 04/28 07:59
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Anglers are catching crappie in Silver Lake in Delaware County near the town of Delhi. 04/28 07:47
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast River water clarity is excellent and levels are stable. 04/27 12:08
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try fishing around log jams or current breaks and under rock ledges for best luck. 04/27 12:09
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast White Sucker - Fair: Anglers are still catching a few suckers. A worm on a hook fished off the bottom work best. 04/27 12:10
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast River clarity is excellent and levels are stable. 04/27 11:44
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are using small crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and bright colored jigs tipped with minnow for success. 04/27 12:04
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: 04/27 12:05
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Anglers continue to catch trout around the mouths of tributaries. 04/27 12:06
Volga Lake Northeast It looks like temperatures will range in the mid-50's to mid 60's with rain showers likely. Area lakes and streams are in good condition. Cooler temperatures this past week have slowed fish activity. Contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery for more information at 563-382-8324. 04/27 11:17
Volga Lake Northeast Last week, DNR personnel and a small group of volunteers installed 50 cedar tree clusters in 8 locations around the south side of the lake. Many of these sites are within casting distance of the shoreline. 04/27 11:38
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Anglers using a small jig tipped with a minnow or small plastic worm did well. Cast your line out with a bobber. Let it sit for a bit then give your line a tiny tug. Take up the slack and repeat very slowly. 04/27 11:41
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast The interior rivers remain in excellent condition. Fishing continues to be good on catches of walleye and smallmouth bass on the interior rivers. Trout stocking season is in full swing with the streams remaining in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 04/28 07:47
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been reports of anglers targeting the Upper Wapsipinicon River for northern pike, also good reports of anglers catching walleye on the river as well. 04/28 07:47
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Drift a live chub or shiner under a bobber near deep off-current areas for some great pike action. Spoons and spinners have been real productive as of late. 04/28 07:47
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Good: Jig and plastics or bucktail jigs tipped with a minnow has been dynamite for walleye. Slowly bounce and retrieve while keeping contact with the river bottom. 04/28 07:47
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Black Bullhead - Fair: Look for action of this species at the north grade to improve as water termperatures warm. Fish crawlers on the bottom for the best action. 04/26 01:37
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish have been caught angling the shallow rock piles casting jigs tipped with live bait. Look for sunny warm days with calm conditions for the best action. 04/26 01:37
Black Hawk Lake Northwest For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 04/27 02:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: Anglers continue to have luck picking up crappie near shore using a small jig fished below a bobber. It seems most action has been in Town Bay and near the inlet bridge. As water temperatures climb into the mid 60's crappie action will be best near shore. 04/27 02:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water level is 10 inches over the crest of the spillway. Water temperatures are around 60 degrees. 04/27 02:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Large numbers of bluegill are being caught on jigs and also small piece of crawler fished under a bobber. They are biting in all areas of the lake but most are having luck in Town Bay along shore and especially on the stone piers. Lots of fish are in the 6 inch size group but some anglers are picking up good numbers of 8 inch fish so some sorting is required. 04/27 02:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing continues to be great, they are hitting almost anything thrown at them right now in efforts to beef up before their spawning season. Anglers are fishing crawlers, crankbaits, plastics, and topwater lures. Those fishing near the inlet bridge and in 1-3 feet of water along shore are experiencing the most action. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass on Black Hawk Lake. 04/27 02:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Fair: Some fish over 30 inches have been picked up by anglers. Those fishing crankbaits from a boat in 3-5 feet of water have had the most luck. There is a 40 inch minimum length limit on muskellunge. 04/27 02:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing continues to be good. Increasing catches have been seen along Ice House Point; although fish are still being picked up along the east shore near the outlet. Anglers are having luck fishing evening and into the dark. Fish mid-sized twister tails, leeches, and crawlers near shore for the best results. 04/27 02:50
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 04/27 02:50
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Anglers are picking up bluegill and crappie near shore. Fish areas near structure and closer to shore in 4-8 feet of water. Most are using a piece of crawler fished on a small jig under a bobber. Others have had luck with small minnows. 04/27 02:50
Clear Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Good: Fish near inlets and windblown shorelines in the early season using cutbait, worms, or minnows. The water is still very clear in the shallows, so fish a little deeper on the calm days. 04/28 11:31
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. 04/28 11:31
Clear Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Fair: Some muskies have been caught near the Ventura grade, the east outlet, and the state dock area. 04/28 11:31
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing continues to be good. Boat anglers have been catching fish near Dodge's Point, and Billy's Reef on minnows with leadheads or on slip bobbers. Trolling has also started to produce. Shore fisherman have been catching fish near the island, the east outlet, Ventura grade, or on the State Dock on the north shore. The State Reef and Dollar dock point have seen some action from boat anglers this week. Fish with minnows or a twister or swimbait. 04/28 11:31
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass fishing has been good to excellant on certain days and certain locations. Good numbers of yellows have been caught this week off of the state dock on the north shore and also by the Ventura grade. Mostly on minnows but also crawlers. Boats and a few wader fisherman have started to catch some yellows by the island. Its not fast yet but some are being caught there. 04/28 11:31
Clear Lake Northwest White Bass - Fair: A few white bass from anglers on the Ventura grade on minnows or twisters. 04/28 11:31
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Dock anglers casting a mini jig tipped with bait has resulted in good results, swim the jig slowy back for the best action. 04/26 01:37
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers fishing after dark will catch angler acceptable size and larger fish. Cut bait on the bottom will produce the best action for this hard fighting game fish. 04/26 01:37
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Good action during the late afternoon, use a jig tipped with wigglers or wax worms under a bobber has produced the best action. 04/26 01:37
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Boat anglers fishing the north end docks located on the east side of the lake will catch good numbers of bluegill, crappie and yellow perch. Cast a minijig and swim it back to the boat slowly will produce the best results. 04/26 01:43
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. 04/28 11:31
Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown) Northwest Northern Pike - Good: The Iowa River above Eldora: Northern pike are biting on spinner baits. 04/28 11:31
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. 04/28 11:31
Lake Cornelia Northwest 04/28 11:31
Lake Cornelia Northwest Bluegill - Good: Panfish bite is good. Lots of smaller ones biting on live bait. 04/28 11:31
Lake Cornelia Northwest Walleye - Good: Smaller sized walleyes have been biting well on artificial bait. 04/28 11:31
Lake Cornelia Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: 04/28 11:31
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. 04/28 11:31
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