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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior river levels are falling and remain at higher levels than expected for this time of year. Angler reports are few due to the higher water levels. Trout streams remain excellent in the Manchester District, for further information call the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/28 03:36
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Reports are that anglers have been catching largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish in Casey Lake. 09/28 03:42
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing from the beach and west. Fish with bait on the bottom of the lake using stink bait, night crawlers, cut baits or chicken livers. Numerous 3-10 lbs. cats have been taken recently. 09/28 03:44
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm or night crawler a couple feet under the surface with a bobber or small 1/16 oz. hair jigs. 09/28 03:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting crankbaits, spinner baits or top water baits for some good largemouth bass action. 09/28 03:46
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Heavy rain in much of our area has caused moderate flooding in already soggy areas. Additional rain is forecast into Friday and again on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/22 10:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Cedar River water levels are on the rise. Clarity is poor. Boating is not recommended. Please call the local city or county conservation board offices for information on access and campgrounds. For more information on water levels, please go to the following website: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. 09/22 10:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 09/22 10:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior river levels are falling and remain at higher levels than expected for this time of year. Angler reports are few due to the higher water levels. Trout streams remain excellent in the Manchester District, for further information call the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/28 03:36
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Both casting crankbaits and fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler is productive for smallmouth bass this time of year. 09/28 03:36
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There are no reports on the Cedar River this past week due to high river levels. 09/28 03:36
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Both casting crankbaits and fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler is productive for walleye this time of year. 09/28 03:36
Decorah District Streams Northeast Heavy rain in much of our area has caused moderate flooding in already soggy areas. Additional rain is forecast into Friday and again on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/22 10:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Slow: 09/22 10:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Slow: Hoppers and other terrestrial flies will catch fish. Also small mosquito and gnat patterns would work. 09/22 10:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Slow: 09/22 10:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are not fishable as of 9/22/2016. Streams with better water quality will clear faster. Access to many streams may be limited due to increased flows, poor road conditions, and bridge outages. Stocking has been temporarily suspended until conditions improve. The ground in many areas is saturated limiting truck access. For current trout stocking information, please call the trout stocking number at 563-927-5736. 09/22 10:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Anglers are finding gills near shore and in vegetation edges. 09/22 10:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Heavy rain in much of our area has caused moderate flooding in already soggy areas. Additional rain is forecast into Friday and again on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/22 10:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Anglers are using jigs tipped with a variety of soft plastics. 09/22 10:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water levels in the lake are rising. Few anglers have been out this week. 09/22 10:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: 09/22 10:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Heavy rain in much of our area has caused moderate flooding in already soggy areas. Additional rain is forecast into Friday and again on Sunday. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/22 10:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: A hook tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber will catch fish. 09/22 10:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Bass can be found cruising the weed edges. Try using a jig tipped with a long plastic tail. 09/22 10:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Water levels are high and clarity is poor with this last round of rain. 09/22 10:13
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior river levels are falling and remain at higher levels than expected for this time of year. Angler reports are few due to the higher water levels. Trout streams remain excellent in the Manchester District, for further information call the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/28 03:36
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Maquoketa River is currently falling and remains a bit turbid, there have been few angler reports this week. 09/28 03:36
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Both casting crankbaits and fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler is productive for smallmouth bass this time of year. 09/28 03:36
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Both casting crankbaits and fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler is productive for walleye this time of year. 09/28 03:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Another significant rise is predicted on the Upper Mississippi River this week after Wednesday's heavy rains in northeast Iowa. Most boat ramps will be inaccessible this week and flood waters are carrying alot of debris. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Look for Bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Fish for catfish with crawlers or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - No Report: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels, some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is at 19.9 ft. Approximately, a 6 ft rise is predicted through next week reaching 26.4 ft. Water temperature is 64 degrees at the lock and dam. The Lynxville and Sny Magill ramp are closed due to water over the road. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Another significant rise is predicted on the Upper Mississippi River this week after Wednesday's heavy rains in northeast Iowa. Most boat ramps will be inaccessible this week and flood waters are carrying alot of debris. Water temperatures are in the mid 60's. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - No Report: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg is at 11.1 and predicted to reach over 17 ft. The Lock and Dam gates are out of the water. Water temp is 66 degrees at the lock and dam. Most boat ramps have water over them and will be inaccessible. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Look for Bluegills in side channel snags and main channel structure. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Fish for catfish with crawlers or cut bait in shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Walleye fishing on wing dams is tough with high water levels, some anglers are trolling side channels to find fish. 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels 09/22 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperatures are in lower 70's throughout the district. Water levels are steady but additional rainfall may cause more rising water. Lot of debris floating in the water. Some ramps experienced flooding! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Good bluegill angling should return when/if the river returns to normal seasonal water levels. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats bite well in rising water so this should be a species to again target. Move often if they do not bite. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Cut out all the red meat and they are a fine eating fish! Also, if you plan on eating drum throw them immediately on ice after catching them, and try to avoid freezing them. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Find clear water! The Frog pattern was working well in the weed beds, but anglers may need to switch tactics as water once again falls. 09/21 09:05
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. The high water has made angling for them a challenge. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is near 11.0 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 13.1 feet. These levels are up from last week and water is again expected to rise. Tributaries such as Catfish Creek are very turbid after nearly every rain. Water temperature in the main channel is still hovering near 75 degrees. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Expecting good fishing for crappies to return this fall! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperatures has dropped and now is around 67 degrees in the main channel. Water levels rising and lot of debris floating is floating around. Most places are experiencing minor to moderate flooding. Most boat ramps are closed. Very little fishing going on! 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Find clear water! The Frog pattern was working well in the weed beds, but anglers may need to switch tactics as water once again falls. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is near 15.1 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 17.0 feet. These levels are up from last week and water will continue to rise. Tributaries such as Catfish Creek are very turbid after nearly every rain. Water temperature in the main channel is near 67 degrees. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Expecting good fishing for crappies to return this fall! Lots of nice crappies are present in the Mississippi River! 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Good bluegill angling should return when/if the river returns to normal seasonal water levels. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel cats bite well in rising water so this should be a species to again target. Move often if they do not bite. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - No Report: Cut out all the red meat and they are a fine eating fish! Also, if you plan on eating drum throw them immediately on ice after catching them, and try to avoid freezing them. 09/27 09:09
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. The high water has made angling for them a challenge. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperatures are in lower 70's throughout the district. Water levels are steady but additional rainfall may cause more rising water. Lot of debris floating in the water. Some ramps experienced flooding! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Before the latest water level rise, lots of 11 inch crappie were being seen in side channel sloughs. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Most anglers are using stink bait in flowing sloughs, especially above log jams or along rock piles! Fish are usually located very close to the shoreline. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be a good way to catch nice flathead catfish from the Mississippi River! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Loads of freshwater drum are available and good fishing should return. Try using large crayfish to catch really large drum! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Go way back in large backwater complex's to find cleaner water. That is where the bass will be! Fish along the eel grass! Use frog imitation lures or plastics. 09/21 09:05
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. Stay away from the turbid tributary streams as smallmouth are sight feeders. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - No Report: We have had three good year classes of walleyes in this reach of the Mississippi River and populations are very good. It has been a difficult year to find them however with the River going up and down all the time! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is near 12.4 feet which is similar to last week but expect water to once again recede. The water temperature is around 71 degrees. Lots of debris was floating around this week. The Bellevue DNR ramp may have water and logs on it from the high water. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is near 15.6 feet and rising. The water temperature is around 67 degrees. Lots of debris was floating around this week. The Bellevue DNR ramp is flooded out but the city ramp is operational. No fishing reported at all this week due to flooding. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperatures has dropped and now is around 67 degrees in the main channel. Water levels rising and lot of debris floating is floating around. Most places are experiencing minor to moderate flooding. Most boat ramps are closed. Very little fishing going on! 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Before the latest water level rise, lots of 11 inch crappie were being seen in side channel sloughs. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Most anglers are using stink bait in flowing sloughs, especially above log jams or along rock piles! Fish are usually located very close to the shoreline. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: Ditty poles with live bait can be a good way to catch nice flathead catfish from the Mississippi River! 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - No Report: Loads of freshwater drum are available and good fishing should return. Try using large crayfish to catch really large drum! 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Go way back in large backwater complex's to find cleaner water. That is where the bass will be! Fish along the eel grass! Use frog imitation lures or plastics. 09/27 09:09
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. Stay away from the turbid tributary streams as smallmouth are sight feeders. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - No Report: We have had three good year classes of walleyes in this reach of the Mississippi River and populations are very good. It has been a difficult year to find them however with the River going up and down all the time! 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water level at Fulton is near 12.0 feet, 14.5 feet at Camanche and 8.6 feet at Le Claire. Water is now receding, but may rise next week with additional rainfall. Some boat ramps may be out of operation so plan ahead. The water temperature is near 72 degrees. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperatures are in lower 70's throughout the district. Water levels are steady but additional rainfall may cause more rising water. Lot of debris floating in the water. Some ramps experienced flooding! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish bite well in higher water. Try using stink bait once the water levels again return to near normal flows. Fish are located near shoreline. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective in catching nice flathead catfish! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using a simple sliding sinker and worm fished in current. Worms are the best bait! 09/21 09:05
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. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - No Report: We expect good walleye fishing to return to the Mississippi once the water levels return to near normal seasonal flows. 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Go deep into the backwaters along vegetation lines using frog imitation lures! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Catfish bite well in higher water. Try using stink bait once the water levels again return to near normal flows. Fish are located near shoreline. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: Ditty poles with live bait can be effective in catching nice flathead catfish! 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - No Report: Try using a simple sliding sinker and worm fished in current. Worms are the best bait! 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Go deep into the backwaters along vegetation lines using frog imitation lures! 09/27 09:09
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. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - No Report: We expect good walleye fishing to return to the Mississippi once the water levels return to near normal seasonal flows. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water level at Fulton is near 15.2 feet, 16.8 feet at Camanche and 10.1 feet at Le Claire. Water is raising at most locations. Most boat ramps are out of operation so plan ahead. The water temperature is near 67 degrees. 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperatures has dropped and now is around 67 degrees in the main channel. Water levels rising and lot of debris floating is floating around. Most places are experiencing minor to moderate flooding. Most boat ramps are closed. Very little fishing going on! 09/27 09:09
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperatures are in lower 70's throughout the district. Water levels are steady but additional rainfall may cause more rising water. Lot of debris floating in the water. Some ramps experienced flooding! 09/21 09:05
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Rising water levels usually trigger what has already been a good catfish bite. Lots of varieties of stink bait are being used! Move often if the fish do not bite in 15 minutes or so. 09/21 09:05
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