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Big Woods Lake Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, trout stream stockings are done for the year but streams will provide excellent trout fishing throughout the winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 11/13 09:13
Big Woods Lake Northeast Anglers have had success catching crappie in Big Woods Lake. 11/15 12:29
Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish a live minnow about four feet below a slip bobber for success in catching crappie. 11/15 12:31
Brinker Lake Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, trout stream stockings are done for the year but streams will provide excellent trout fishing throughout the winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 11/13 09:13
Brinker Lake Northeast Anglers have had success catching crappie in Brinker Lake. 11/15 12:33
Brinker Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish a live minnow about four feet below a slip bobber for success in catching crappie. 11/15 12:33
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, trout stream stockings are done for the year but streams will provide excellent trout fishing throughout the winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 11/13 09:13
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Reports are largemouth bass are biting very well on Casey Lake (Hickory Hills Park). 11/15 12:35
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast and retrieve shallow running crankbaits for some great largemouth bass action. 11/15 12:36
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures will range from the mid 40's to low 20's through the weekend. Skim ice is beginning to show up in the mornings. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition and fishing well. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/16 10:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Stable water levels and clear water reported for the Cedar River. Use this opportunity to get out and play before the cold weather sets in. 11/16 10:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find fish in deeper pools and around brush piles. Use a jig tipped with a long piece of worm or minnow. Fish near evening for best luck. 11/16 10:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike are actively taking dead chubs fished under a bobber or spoons. 11/16 10:19
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, trout stream stockings are done for the year but streams will provide excellent trout fishing throughout the winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 11/13 09:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers have had best success casting white bucktail spinner baits for northern pike. 11/13 09:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish jigs tipped with plastics with or without live bait or spinner baits for some good smallmouth bass action. 11/13 09:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been good to excellent reports of anglers catching walleye, northern pike (particularly Bremer Co.) and some smallmouth bass on the Cedar River. Anglers may want to target deeper pools or holes for walleye as they migrate to overwintering areas. 11/13 09:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish jigs tipped with plastics tipped with a minnow for some good walleye action. 11/13 09:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures will range from the mid 40's to low 20's through the weekend. Skim ice is beginning to show up in the mornings. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition and fishing well. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/16 10:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook and Brown Trout spawning season is about over. Walk carefully around freshly cleared areas in streams. These are trout nests or "redds". Many streams run through wildlife management areas where hunting is allowed. Wear bright clothing when not stalking a trout. 11/16 10:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Excellent: With cold temperatures in the forecast and spawning fish, it's time to change strategies. Begin using patterns imitating small fish, eggs, and scuds. Small gnats, mayflies, caddisflies hatch on warmer afternoons. 11/16 10:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try a feathered spinner or a hook tipped with worm drifted along an undercut bank for fun. Always leave gates and fences as you find them. 11/16 10:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Vibrant colors abound on spawning fish. A variety of small mayflies are hatching mid-afternoon. Use a dry fly for insects hatching off the water surface. Use a nymph or scud dropper for subsurface critters. 11/16 10:12
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, trout stream stockings are done for the year but streams will provide excellent trout fishing throughout the winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 11/13 09:13
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Anglers have had success catching crappie in Harold Getty Lake. 11/15 12:41
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish a live minnow about four feet below a slip bobber for success in catching crappie. 11/15 12:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures will range from the mid 40's to low 20's through the weekend. Skim ice is beginning to show up in the mornings. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition and fishing well. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/16 10:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 11/16 10:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Few anglers have been out. 11/16 10:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 11/16 10:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 11/16 10:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures will range from the mid 40's to low 20's through the weekend. Skim ice is beginning to show up in the mornings. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition and fishing well. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/16 10:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Water temperatures are dropping and few anglers are out. 11/16 10:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 11/16 10:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 11/16 10:12
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, trout stream stockings are done for the year but streams will provide excellent trout fishing throughout the winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 11/13 09:13
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Reports are some anglers having success catching some walleye on the Maquoketa River. Water levels on the Maquoketa river remain in excellent condition. Concentrate on the deeper holes where walleye gather to overwinter. 11/13 09:13
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish jigs tipped with plastics with or without live bait for some good walleye action. 11/13 09:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River water levels are stabilizing and water clarity is excellent. Fish have moved to their overwintering areas. Fish will react to a slower presentation or switch to live bait with the water temps dipping into the upper 30's. Ice is still not thick enough to walk on this week. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are congregating in backwaters just off side channels with slight current. Jig a crappie minnow in the stumps and fallen tree tops. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are actively feeding on abundant minnows along the main channel borders. Try throwing silver inline spinners or minnow imitation crankbaits. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Try slow trolling crankbaits or jigging for walleye. Fish are moving into tailwater areas. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is down almost a foot this week at 16.4 ft and is expected to remain stable. Water temperature at the Lock and Dam has dropped to 38° F. Backwater areas forming skim ice but it is not yet safe. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught on minnows in backwater areas and shallows with some vegetation such as marina areas. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are biting on jig and minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 11/15 04:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River water levels are stabilizing and water clarity is excellent. Fish have moved to their overwintering areas. Fish will react to a slower presentation or switch to live bait with the water temps dipping into the upper 30's. Ice is still not thick enough to walk on this week. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are congregating in backwaters just off side channels with slight current. Jig a crappie minnow in the stumps and fallen tree tops. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Try slow trolling crankbaits or jigging for walleye. Fish are moving into tailwater areas. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level has fallen to 7.9 ft at Guttenberg tail-water with levels remaining steady this week. Water temperature has fallen to 37° F at the Lock and dam with excellent water clarity. Backwater areas are forming skim ice but it is not yet safe. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are actively feeding on abundant minnows along the main channel borders. Try throwing silver inline spinners or minnow imitation crankbaits. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught on minnows in backwater areas and shallows with some vegetation such as marina areas. 11/15 04:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are biting on jig and minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 11/15 04:28
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expect water to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has dipped down to the low 40's upper 30's. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels have dropped and presently levels are at 7.6 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 10.1 feet at the RR bridge. The water will continue to recede slowly. Water clarity is good and water temperature in near 38 degrees in the main channel. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fall is the best time of the year to fish crappies on the Mississippi River. Look for log piles in deeper sloughs and in backwater lakes. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Not a lot of good reports. Bluegills are in their backwater winter homes in places away from current. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are on the wood in deeper sloughs and in backwater areas. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Most walleyes are now coming from the tailwater areas. Bigger fish are caught on crankbaits. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch can now be found in backwater areas especially in what is left of the lily pads. Most anglers use worms. Often perch are caught by folks fishing for bluegills or crappies. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Good: Lots of tailwater angling going on. Most folks are using some version of a weight and minnow rig to catch tailwater saugers. 11/16 08:56
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expect water to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has dipped down to the upper 30's. Some thin ice is seen in the backwaters at times. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels have dropped and presently levels are around 7 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 10 feet at the RR bridge. The water will continue to recede slowly. Water clarity is good and water temperature in near 38 degrees in the main channel. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: A few good reports mixed in with several bad. Make sure you fish out of the current areas for late fall crappies. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Not a lot of good reports. Bluegills are in their backwater winter homes in places away from current. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Most walleyes are now coming from the tailwater areas. Bigger fish are caught on crankbaits. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch can now be found in backwater areas especially in what is left of the lily pads. Most anglers use worms. Often perch are caught by folks fishing for bluegills or crappies. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Good: Lots of tailwater angling going on. Most folks are using some version of a weight and minnow rig to catch tailwater saugers. Like usual some good and some poor days in the tailwater. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expect water to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has dipped down to the low 40's upper 30's. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels receded this week and presently water level at Bellevue Lock and Dam is at 8.4 feet. The water is expected to drop slightly this upcoming week. Water clarity is good and the temperature is 39 degrees in the main channel. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Backwater wood is the place from crappies. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Not a lot of good reports. Bluegills are in their backwater winter homes in places away from current. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: As with the bluegills and crappie, most bass are now in backwaters away from any current. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being found in tailwater areas by anglers using crankbaits. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: The bite in the tailwater may have finally slowed down some but now most yellow perch will move to backwater locations. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: Anglers are using some version weight/minnow rig for best sauger catches in the tailwaters. 11/16 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expect water to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has dipped down to the upper 30's. Some thin ice is seen in the backwaters at times. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels receded this week and presently water level at Bellevue Lock and Dam is around 8 feet. The water is expected to continue to drop slowly. Water clarity is good and the temperature is 38 degrees in the main channel. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Not a lot of good reports. Bluegills are in their backwater winter homes in places away from current. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being found in tailwater areas by anglers using crankbaits. Angling in the tailwaters is good at times and poor at others. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Backwater wood is the place from crappies. Crappies have been a bit hard to find for even the avid crappie anglers. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: The bite in the tailwater may have finally slowed down some but now most yellow perch will move to backwater locations. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: Anglers are using some version weight/minnow rig for best sauger catches in the tailwaters. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expect water to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has dipped down to the low 40's upper 30's. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels receded all week and will continue to drop. Gauge readings are 7.9 feet at Fulton, 11.3 feet at Camanche and 6.0 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is good and water temperature is 41 degrees in main channel. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Have not heard any reports from pool 14 but the crappie population looks good and some should be biting in the backwater areas. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are now in their backwater homes in places like Beaver Island, Rock Creek and Cattail Slough, 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes have been reported from Pool 14 all year. Most walleyes are now coming out of the tailwaters on crank baits. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: A surprising number of yellow perch are found in Pool 14 recently. Some can be caught in the tailwater areas in 10 to 15 foot of water. Other perch are being caught in backwater areas by bluegill and crappie anglers. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expect water to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has dipped down to the upper 30's. Some thin ice is seen in the backwaters at times. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels receded all week and will continue to drop. Gauge readings are 7.5 feet at Fulton, 11 feet at Camanche and 5.9 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is good and water temperature is 40 degrees in main channel. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes have been reported from Pool 14 all year. Most walleyes are now coming out of the tailwaters on crank baits. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Have not heard any reports from pool 14 but the crappie population looks good and some should be biting in the backwater areas. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are now in their backwater homes in places like Beaver Island, Rock Creek and Cattail Slough, 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: A surprising number of yellow perch are found in Pool 14 recently. Some can be caught in the tailwater areas in 10 to 15 foot of water. Other perch are being caught in backwater areas by bluegill and crappie anglers. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expect water to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has dipped down to the low 40's upper 30's. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels receded all week and is presently at 8.0 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is near 41 degrees in the main channel. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Tailwater angling for walleye and sauger has just started in earnest since the water levels have receded in the past weeks. 11/16 08:52
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expect water to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has dipped down to the upper 30's. Some thin ice is seen in the backwaters at times. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Tailwater angling for walleye and sauger has just started in earnest since the water levels have receded in the past weeks. 11/17 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels receded all week and is presently at 7.8 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is near 40 degrees in the main channel. 11/17 11:18
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