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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Warmer weather is forecast for the weekend with highs in the upper 50's. This may be the last weekend for hastle-free ice fishing in our northern counties. Ice conditions will change very rapidly with warmer temperatures coupled with a warm rain. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/15 09:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Ice fishing is not recommended at this time. Edges are opening and more of the river ice has melted. Flows and water levels are increasing. Open water fishing is around the corner. 02/15 09:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 02/15 09:55
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Ice fishing reports have pretty well ceased with the onset of spring-like weather, most anglers have put away their ice fishing equipment for the season. Reports have been good to excellent for both walleye and northern pike on the interior rivers. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 02/16 11:26
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been good to excellent reports of anglers catching both northern pike and walleye on the Cedar River. 02/16 11:26
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Anglers have been taking pike using jigs tipped with a minnow. 02/16 11:26
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Excellent: Anglers have been taking walleye using jigs tipped with a minnow. Concentrate on the deeper overwintering holes. 02/16 11:36
Decorah District Streams Northeast Warmer weather is forecast for the weekend with highs in the upper 50's. This may be the last weekend for hastle-free ice fishing in our northern counties. Ice conditions will change very rapidly with warmer temperatures coupled with a warm rain. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/15 09:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers. 02/15 09:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Fishing when the water turns off color from run-off will turn the browns on. Anglers may want to try critters imitating mosquitoes, gnats or fly larvae hatching off the water. 02/15 09:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Streams are in good condition but flows remain elevated. Many streams turn off color later in the day with warmer temperatures, snow melt, and run-off from fields. Insect hatches should start to become more prevelant on warmer sunny afternoons. 02/15 09:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Black fly midge or hare's ear wet flies are attracting bows fished in the riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a yellow scud dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water. 02/15 09:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Warmer weather is forecast for the weekend with highs in the upper 50's. This may be the last weekend for hastle-free ice fishing in our northern counties. Ice conditions will change very rapidly with warmer temperatures coupled with a warm rain. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/15 09:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast All parking lots are open. Anglers are reminded that no motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice. The aerator is on so be careful. There is open water around it. Ice depths are running 8-10 inches. There is little snow cover on the ice. Anglers have been marking quite a few fish but the bite is slow. 02/15 09:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Crappies will take small brightly colored jig tipped with a waxworm suspended about 3 to 4 feet off the bottom. 02/15 09:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are catching bluegills using small brightly colored jigs tipped with a spike but it's slow going. 02/15 09:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Catch bass using a small spinner tipped with a waxworm or minnow head. 02/15 09:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Warmer weather is forecast for the weekend with highs in the upper 50's. This may be the last weekend for hastle-free ice fishing in our northern counties. Ice conditions will change very rapidly with warmer temperatures coupled with a warm rain. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/15 09:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are taking a jig tipped with waxworm or red or white spike. 02/15 09:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake Meyer currently has 12 inches of ice. Fish activity has been variable. Anglers will need to move around to find fish. Early bite has been best. 02/15 09:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers report seeing fish on cameras and a few have taken a jig tipped with waxworms. 02/15 09:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Crappie are sitting higher off the bottom and are being more finicky. Crappies can be found hanging around fish cribs. 02/15 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River levels in the Upper Mississippi pools 9-11 have been on a steady fall. Levels are expected to stabilize at current levels over the next week. Although 8-10 inches of ice remain in quiet backwaters, shoreline ice has degraded and may continue to degrade over the next week with predicted warmer weather. Anglers should use extreme caution getting on and off ice and avoid any areas that may have current. 02/16 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River levels at Lynxville are at 16.8 feet and expected to drop slightly over the next week. Although 8-10 inches of ice remain in quiet backwaters, shoreline ice has degraded and may continue to degrade over the next week with predicted warmer weather. Anglers should use extreme caution getting on and off ice and avoid any areas that may have current. Johnson Slough in Sny Magill is unsafe to cross. The boat ramp at Lynxville has opened and fishing has picked up. 02/16 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing as been consistent on Bussey Lake and Greymore areas and picks up in later afternoon. 02/16 11:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been picking up. Fish are being picked up using a jig tipped with a minnow. 02/16 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Tailwater fishing has been consistent for saugers using jigs tipped with a minnow. 02/16 11:56
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels in the Upper Mississippi pools 9-11 have been on a steady fall. Levels are expected to stabilize at current levels over the next week. Although 8-10 inches of ice remain in quiet backwaters, shoreline ice has degraded and may continue to degrade over the next week with predicted warmer weather. Anglers should use extreme caution getting on and off ice and avoid any areas that may have current. 02/16 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels at Guttenberg are at 8.7 feet and expected to remain stable at this level over the next week. Although 8-10 inches of ice remain in quiet backwaters, shoreline ice has degraded and may continue to degrade over the next week with predicted warmer weather. Anglers should use extreme caution getting on and off ice and avoid any areas that may have current. Zollicoffer Slough at Mud Lake is good but anglers should avoid the spring area. The boat ramps in Guttenberg have opened. 02/16 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching bluegills at Zollicoffers in Mud Lake with some sorting of small fish. Anglers are walking around the spring areas where ice is unsafe. 02/16 11:49
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow but some fish are being picked up using a jig tipped with a minnow. 02/16 11:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Tailwater fishing has been consistent for saugers using jigs tipped with a minnow. 02/16 11:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Ice fishing is occurring at scattered locations but please be cautious. The edge ice is often reported as poor. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year. Water levels are expected to raise slightly this week. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The bluegills have tended to be numerous but smaller this ice fishing season. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Ice flows are still occurring but some ramp options have opened up. No fishing was reported to us but it will begin in earnest soon! 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque tailwater is at 8.45 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 10.8 feet. Levels are expected to rise slowly all week. In the backwaters the edge ice is marginal but some ice fishing is taking place. Please be careful and know your ice fishing safety rules! Ice flows will hamper tailwater fishing at times. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Good sized yellow perch have been consistently reported by ice anglers this year! Yellow perch have been finicky and some report using small minnow heads or blood worms for bait? 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Ice fishing is occurring at scattered locations but please be cautious. The edge ice is often reported as poor. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year. Water levels are expected to raise slightly this week. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is near 9.3 feet. This is down from last week but once again levels are on the rise. The tailwater is still mostly open but ice flows are occurring. The DNR ramp is also now also open at this time but also subject to ice flows. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Most anglers are using a minnow rig for the best success. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: High water levels and water level changes seem to be hampering catching walleye a bit. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Ice fishing is occurring at scattered locations but please be cautious. The edge ice is often reported as poor. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year. Water levels are expected to raise slightly this week. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is near 8.3 feet, 11.6 feet at Camanche and 6.7 feet at Le Claire. Water levels are once again rising this week. Poor ice fishing conditions were reported throughout Pool 14. Some tailwater angling is underway but as of yet no reports on the quality of angling. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Ice fishing is occurring at scattered locations but please be cautious. The edge ice is often reported as poor. The Mississippi River is still unusually high for this time of year. Water levels are expected to raise slightly this week. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 8.7 feet and rising. No fishing was reported in Pool 15 although tailwater angling will begin soon! 02/16 09:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River levels in the Upper Mississippi pools 9-11 have been on a steady fall. Levels are expected to stabilize at current levels over the next week. Although 8-10 inches of ice remain in quiet backwaters, shoreline ice has degraded and may continue to degrade over the next week with predicted warmer weather. Anglers should use extreme caution getting on and off ice and avoid any areas that may have current. 02/16 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River levels at Lansing are at 8.6 feet and expected to remain stable at this level over the next week. Although 8-10 inches of ice remain in quiet backwaters, shoreline ice has degraded and may continue to degrade over the next week with predicted warmer weather. Anglers should use extreme caution getting on and off ice and avoid any areas that may have current. 02/16 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill fishing has been consistent using small jig with waxies, although requires a lot of sorting of small fish. 02/16 11:57
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch have been inconsistent but some nice fish still being caught along vegetation lines in deeper backwater lakes. 02/16 11:58
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Ice fishing reports have pretty well ceased with the onset of spring-like weather, most anglers have put away their ice fishing equipment for the season. Reports have been good to excellent for both walleye and northern pike on the interior rivers. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 02/16 11:26
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports for the Shell Rock River have been fair for walleye. 02/16 11:38
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers have been taking walleye using jigs tipped with a minnow. Concentrate on the deeper overwintering holes. 02/16 11:41
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Warmer weather is forecast for the weekend with highs in the upper 50's. This may be the last weekend for hastle-free ice fishing in our northern counties. Ice conditions will change very rapidly with warmer temperatures coupled with a warm rain. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/15 09:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Ice fishing is not recommended at this time. Flows and water levels are increasing with snow melt. 02/15 09:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 02/15 09:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 02/15 09:55
Volga Lake Northeast Warmer weather is forecast for the weekend with highs in the upper 50's. This may be the last weekend for hastle-free ice fishing in our northern counties. Ice conditions will change very rapidly with warmer temperatures coupled with a warm rain. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/15 09:55
Volga Lake Northeast Ice fishing is not recommended on this waterbody at this time. The edges are beginning to open up and wind and wave action will help take the ice out. 02/15 09:55
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 02/15 09:55
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 02/15 09:55
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Ice fishing reports have pretty well ceased with the onset of spring-like weather, most anglers have put away their ice fishing equipment for the season. Reports have been good to excellent for both walleye and northern pike on the interior rivers. Area trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District office at 563-927-3276. 02/16 11:26
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been no reports for the Wapsipinicon River this week but anglers have been doing well catching walleye on other interior rivers. 02/16 11:42
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - No Report: Use jigs tipped with a minnow. Concentrate on the deeper overwintering holes for walleye. 02/16 11:43
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Ice conditions will deteriorate quickly. Some lakes in our district have pockets of open water. Most lakes in Western Iowa south of the third county tier will likely be unsafe for ice fishing by the weekend. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/16 09:24
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Ice thickness was 6 inches on Feb. 16th but is deteriorating rapidly and will likely be unsafe for travel by the weekend. 02/16 09:24
Beeds Lake Northwest Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by February 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/16 09:19
Beeds Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: 02/16 09:19
Beeds Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: 02/16 09:19
Beeds Lake Northwest Bluegills and crappies are biting on small jigs tipped with wax worms and jigging spoons. 02/16 09:19
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Ice conditions will deteriorate quickly. Some lakes in our district have pockets of open water. Most lakes in Western Iowa south of the third county tier will likely be unsafe for ice fishing by the weekend. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/16 09:24
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing from shore in areas with open water like Town Bay, Ice House Point, the east basin shoreline, and underneath the inlet bridge which connects the lake and marsh. 02/16 09:24
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Town Bay is nearly ice-free. Most of the East Basin is open water. The remaining ice in the west part of the lake near Ice House Point boat ramp was 12 inches thick on February 16th. This ice will deteriorate quickly and will likely be unsafe for travel by the weekend. 02/16 09:24
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Look to catch channel catfish from shore after ice out. Try cut bait and stink bait. Areas with open water right now include Town Bay, under the inlet bridge, and the shoreline in the east basin near the outlet. 02/16 09:37
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice conditions will deteriorate quickly. Some lakes in our district have pockets of open water. Most lakes in Western Iowa south of the third county tier will likely be unsafe for ice fishing by the weekend. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/16 09:24
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice fishing is not recommended. 02/16 09:24
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Ice conditions will deteriorate quickly. Some lakes in our district have pockets of open water. Most lakes in Western Iowa south of the third county tier will likely be unsafe for ice fishing by the weekend. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/16 09:24
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Ice thickness was 8-10 inches off the north ramp on February 15th. Fishing activity this last week has been minimal. Ice in the south area of the lake and near inflows is likely unsafe. Ice will degrade quickly with the warmer temperatures . Use extreme caution if venturing out and avoid areas with flow. 02/16 09:24
Center Lake Northwest The forecast is calling for some warm weather in the upcoming week. This will cause areas of open water to become bigger as well as seems along the edge of the lake to begin to open up so be careful when going out onto the ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/16 07:41
Center Lake Northwest Aerators are currently in use on Center Lake so avoid areas with open water. Thin ice signs are out, stay outside of the signed in areas. 02/16 07:41
Clear Lake Northwest Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by February 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/16 09:19
Clear Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: The best crappie bite is near the rushes. 02/16 09:19
Clear Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Fish near the rushes in the little lake. 02/16 09:19
Clear Lake Northwest With warm weather forecasted for the next several days the lake accesses points and areas with vegetation sticking through the ice will deteriorate quickly. Use caution when heading out and check ice conditions as you go. 02/16 09:19
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Yellows are biting wax worms and spikes fished near the bottom in 8-10 feet of water. Try near the farmers beach area. 02/16 09:19
Crystal Lake Northwest Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by February 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/16 09:19
Crystal Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: 6.5 to 7.5 inch bluegills are being caught on small jigs tipped with wax worm or spikes. 02/16 09:19
Crystal Lake Northwest Bluegills and crappies are being caught fishing near the dredge cut. 02/16 09:19
Crystal Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: 8 to 9.5 inch crappies are biting on small jigging spoons. 02/16 09:19
East Okoboji Lake Northwest The forecast is calling for some warm weather in the upcoming week. This will cause areas of open water to become bigger as well as seems along the edge of the lake to begin to open up so be careful when going out onto the ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/16 07:41
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: A decent number of Crappie have been getting caught on the south basin. 02/16 07:41
East Okoboji Lake Northwest The Yellow Bass bite has been very good recently on East Okoboji with many people leaving the lake with smiles and full buckets of fish. If you do go out on East lake be careful especially around the pressure cracks. Also, remember that Walleye season has closed up until Walleye weekend on May 6th and 7th. 02/16 07:41
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Excellent: A large number of Yellow Bass are being caught on the south basin of the lake. 02/16 07:41
East Okoboji Lake Northwest The forecast is calling for some warm weather in the upcoming week. This will cause areas of open water to become bigger as well as seems along the edge of the lake to begin to open up so be careful when going out onto the ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/21 09:39
East Okoboji Lake Northwest The Yellow Bass bite has been very good recently on East Okoboji with many people leaving the lake with smiles and full buckets of fish. If you do go out on East lake be careful especially around the pressure cracks. Also, remember that Walleye season has closed up until Walleye weekend on May 6th and 7th. 02/21 09:39
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: A decent number of Crappie have been getting caught on the south basin. 02/21 09:39
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Excellent: A large number of Yellow Bass are being caught on the south basin of the lake. 02/21 09:39
Five Island Lake Northwest The forecast is calling for some warm weather in the upcoming week. This will cause areas of open water to become bigger as well as seems along the edge of the lake to begin to open up so be careful when going out onto the ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/16 07:41
Five Island Lake Northwest Aerators are currently in use on Five Island Lake so avoid areas with open water. Thin ice signs are out, stay outside of the signed in areas. 02/16 07:41
Ingham Lake Northwest The forecast is calling for some warm weather in the upcoming week. This will cause areas of open water to become bigger as well as seems along the edge of the lake to begin to open up so be careful when going out onto the ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 02/16 07:41
Ingham Lake Northwest Aerators are currently in use on Ingham Lake so avoid areas with open water. Thin ice signs are out, stay outside of the signed in areas. 02/16 07:41
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