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Brinker Lake Northeast Fishing on rivers and streams in Eastern Iowa has been excellent with generally low and clear river conditions. Hot weather has slowed fishing a bit on area lakes but anglers are still catching good numbers of bluegill and bass. Trout fishing conditions are excellent and June is a great month for good hatches of caddis. Contact the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information regarding fishing in east-central Iowa. 06/15 10:23
Brinker Lake Northeast Walleye - Fair: 06/15 10:31
Brinker Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: 06/15 10:31
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Fishing on rivers and streams in Eastern Iowa has been excellent with generally low and clear river conditions. Hot weather has slowed fishing a bit on area lakes but anglers are still catching good numbers of bluegill and bass. Trout fishing conditions are excellent and June is a great month for good hatches of caddis. Contact the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information regarding fishing in east-central Iowa. 06/15 10:23
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: 06/15 10:36
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 06/15 10:36
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: 06/15 10:37
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 80's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the mid to upper 60's. It'll be a great weekend to take dad fishing. Area rivers & streams are falling. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/15 09:16
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use dead chubs or stinkbait fished from shore under a bobber for success. Find fish in brush piles and in backwater areas. 06/15 09:16
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or twistertail. Fish below dams in the pockets. 06/15 09:16
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water clarity is improving with temperatures in the mid 70's. Water levels bumped up with recent rain. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. 06/15 09:16
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use a minnow under a bobber in eddies or off channel backwater areas. 06/15 09:16
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are hiting everything that hits the water. Fish around brush piles for a whopper. 06/15 09:16
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Fishing on rivers and streams in Eastern Iowa has been excellent with generally low and clear river conditions. Hot weather has slowed fishing a bit on area lakes but anglers are still catching good numbers of bluegill and bass. Trout fishing conditions are excellent and June is a great month for good hatches of caddis. Contact the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information regarding fishing in east-central Iowa. 06/15 10:23
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast River at or near average flows for this time of year 06/15 10:25
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: 06/15 10:25
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: 06/15 10:25
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: 06/15 10:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 80's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the mid to upper 60's. It'll be a great weekend to take dad fishing. Area rivers & streams are falling. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/15 09:16
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Use mayfly or caddis fly imitations for the afternoon hatch. 06/15 09:16
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Off color water is a great time to fish for Brown Trout. Try caddis fly and mayfly imitations hatching off the water. Hatches are improving with warming temperatures. Try using leach or streamer patterns for more aggressive fish. 06/15 09:16
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Try slowly pulling a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water. 06/15 09:16
Decorah District Streams Northeast Streams conditions are good. Flows remain elevated. Use care when crossing. Call 563-927-5736 for catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish. 06/15 09:16
George Wyth Lake Northeast Fishing on rivers and streams in Eastern Iowa has been excellent with generally low and clear river conditions. Hot weather has slowed fishing a bit on area lakes but anglers are still catching good numbers of bluegill and bass. Trout fishing conditions are excellent and June is a great month for good hatches of caddis. Contact the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information regarding fishing in east-central Iowa. 06/15 10:23
George Wyth Lake Northeast George Wyth is a good place to take a kid fishing. Catch rates are very good for bluegill and crappie, but fish are running small in size 06/15 10:35
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Good: small fish. Use small gear and small tackle. 06/15 10:35
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: small fish size 06/15 10:36
Lake Hendricks Northeast Near shore fish activity is improving with warmer temperatures. Water clarity is excellent. Be sure to clean your boat trailer off before leaving the boat ramp. Boat anglers are finding fish over structure in deeper water. 06/15 09:16
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 80's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the mid to upper 60's. It'll be a great weekend to take dad fishing. Area rivers & streams are falling. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/15 09:16
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber for best luck. 06/15 09:16
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Catch gills moving into shallower water with a small jig. Let it sink and slowly reel it in. 06/15 09:16
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Crawlers or stinkbait work as water temperatures rise. Fish around stumps and other woody structures. 06/15 09:16
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a jig tipped with a plastic twister or top water lure for bass. 06/15 09:16
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 80's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the mid to upper 60's. It'll be a great weekend to take dad fishing. Area rivers & streams are falling. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/15 09:16
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappie in the evening in shallow water along a rocky shoreline. Try deeper water in the daytime. A minnow or artificial scented baits fished under a bobber will catch a nice fish. 06/15 09:16
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Use a small jig in shallow water with a slow retreive for best luck. 06/15 09:16
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbaits with warmer temperatures or a crawler fished on the bottom. Dawn and dusk are best. 06/15 09:16
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Spinnerbaits in a variety of colors works for bass. Bass are moving in as water warms. 06/15 09:16
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try a spinnerbait for a pike hanging in shallow water. 06/15 09:16
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is excellent. Water temperatures are in the mid 70's. Please clean off your boat trailers and drain boats before moving to another waterbody. Visit Iowa DNR's fishing atlas for the latest hot spots. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference. 06/15 09:16
Manchester District Streams Northeast Fishing on rivers and streams in Eastern Iowa has been excellent with generally low and clear river conditions. Hot weather has slowed fishing a bit on area lakes but anglers are still catching good numbers of bluegill and bass. Trout fishing conditions are excellent and June is a great month for good hatches of caddis. Contact the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information regarding fishing in east-central Iowa. 06/15 10:23
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout fishing has been excellent on most streams. Water conditions have mostly been good with a bit of dirty water following localized thunderstorms. Bug hatches have been excellent so consider getting that fly rod out. Caddis patterns are a good bet during June. 06/15 10:39
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: 06/15 10:39
Manchester District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Excellent: 06/15 10:40
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: 06/15 10:40
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Fishing on rivers and streams in Eastern Iowa has been excellent with generally low and clear river conditions. Hot weather has slowed fishing a bit on area lakes but anglers are still catching good numbers of bluegill and bass. Trout fishing conditions are excellent and June is a great month for good hatches of caddis. Contact the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information regarding fishing in east-central Iowa. 06/15 10:23
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast River is running clear and below average flow for this time of year 06/15 10:29
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: 06/15 10:29
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: 06/15 10:29
Martens Lake Northeast Fishing on rivers and streams in Eastern Iowa has been excellent with generally low and clear river conditions. Hot weather has slowed fishing a bit on area lakes but anglers are still catching good numbers of bluegill and bass. Trout fishing conditions are excellent and June is a great month for good hatches of caddis. Contact the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information regarding fishing in east-central Iowa. 06/15 10:23
Martens Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Heavily vegetated. Topwater action has been good using baits such as frog imitations. 06/15 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Recent precipitation have predictions for levels to pop back up. Many low lying area ramps still have mud and debris. A multitude of fish species are active this week. Main channel water temperatures are in the upper 70's with shallow backwaters even warmer. Fish will be seeking refuge in cooler deep water. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville river level has dropped several feet to 18.2 ft and gradually rising to 19.4 ft next week. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 77°.Gates were lowered at Lock and Dam 9 this week. Noble's Island and Bussey Lake are open. Sny Magill ramp is accessible but may have water over the road yet. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off and are scattered in side channel sloughs. Expect walleyes to return to the wingdams once water levels fall. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for yellow perch to be in the vegetation and trees in shallow backwater cuts. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill can be caught along the shorelines everywhere there isn't too much current now. Use small hooks with a small piece of garden worms fished under a bobber. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are actively feeding and preparing to spawn. Many reports of "fiddler" cats with some bigger sized being caught on night crawlers in deeper holes with a little current. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth are biting plastic worm rigs and crankbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish spinners and crankbaits along the riprap on main channel borders and rockpiles for some fast smallmouth action. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Recent precipitation have predictions for levels to pop back up. Many low lying area ramps still have mud and debris. A multitude of fish species are active this week. Main channel water temperatures are in the upper 70's with shallow backwaters even warmer. Fish will be seeking refuge in cooler deep water. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels have receded another 2 feet at Guttenberg. Current level is 9.6 ft and is predicted to rise to 12 ft late next week. Water temperature at Dam 10 is 72°F. Gates remain out of the water at Lock and Dam 10. Most ramps are open but may still have mud and debris on them. The South Guttenberg boat ramp is open. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill can be caught along the shorelines everywhere there isn't too much current now. Use small hooks with a small piece of garden worms fished under a bobber. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are actively feeding and preparing to spawn. Many reports of "fiddler" cats with some bigger sized being caught on night crawlers in deeper holes with a little current. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth are biting plastic worm rigs and crankbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish spinners and crankbaits along the riprap on main channel borders and rockpiles for some fast smallmouth action. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off and are scattered in side channel sloughs. Expect walleyes to return to the wingdams once water levels fall. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for yellow perch to be in the vegetation and trees in shallow backwater cuts. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Recent precipitation have predictions for levels to pop back up. Many low lying area ramps still have mud and debris. A multitude of fish species are active this week. Main channel water temperatures are in the upper 70's with shallow backwaters even warmer. Fish will be seeking refuge in cooler deep water. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level dropped nearly a foot this week and is currently at 9.3 ft at Lansing. It is expected to rise to 9.9 ft and stabilize early next week. Army road at New Albin reopened. Water temperature is near 77°F. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Tailwater fishing has dropped off and are scattered in side channel sloughs. Expect walleyes to return to the wingdams once water levels fall. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill can be caught along the shorelines everywhere there isn't too much current now. Use small hooks with a small piece of garden worms fished under a bobber. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are actively feeding and preparing to spawn. Fish holes with current using night-crawlers with heavy weight to keep your bait on the bottom. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Use a crawler fished along the bottom or live crawdads in current. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for yellow perch to be in the vegetation and trees in shallow backwater cuts. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth are biting plastic worm rigs and crankbaits fished in the trees in the backwaters. 06/15 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish spinners and crankbaits along the riprap on main channel borders and rockpiles for some fast smallmouth action. 06/15 09:27
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 80's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the mid to upper 60's. It'll be a great weekend to take dad fishing. Area rivers & streams are falling. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/15 09:16
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or feathered spinnerbait around a current break. 06/15 09:16
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a soft plastic twistertail or minnow will catch fish. 06/15 09:16
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Water levels are slowly rising with recent rain. Water temperatures in the mid to upper 70's. 06/15 09:16
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast White Sucker - Good: A hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished off the bottom works well. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 80's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the mid to upper 60's. It'll be a great weekend to take dad fishing. Area rivers & streams are falling. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Catch smallies in the off channel areas. A variety of lures are working now. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Catch walleye near coldwater tributaries. Try a jig tipped with natural colored twistertails or small crankbait. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels are stable with temperatures in the mid 70's. Visibility is good. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast White Sucker - Good: Use a worm with enough weight for it to sit on the bottom. Watch your rod tip. When it bends, set the hook. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 80's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the mid to upper 60's. It'll be a great weekend to take dad fishing. Area rivers & streams are falling. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use a variety of spinnerbaits for success. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Use jig tipped with a minnow or plastic twistertail fished at the head and tail ends of deeper pools. Lot's of 8-10 inch fish in the creel. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels are stable with temperatures in the mid 70's. Visibility is excellent. Bank anglers should toss lure upstream and let it float through the current along a ledge or current seam. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Morning bite is best for cats. Crawlers and stinkbaits work. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: A few anglers are picking up pike using spinnerbaits near the mouth of tributaries. Quite a few smaller fish mixed with 20+ inchers in the mix. 06/15 09:16
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast White Sucker - Good: Use a hook with a worm and enough weight to get the worm to the bottom. 06/15 09:16
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappie along rocky shoreline especially near sunset. Try using a hook tipped with a small minnow under a bobber. 06/15 09:16
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with small piece of nightcrawler or red worm fished deep. 06/15 09:16
Volga Lake Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Start using stink baits as temperatures rise for catfish. 06/15 09:16
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish bass moving into shallow water. Try using a spinnerbait or a top water lure. 06/15 09:16
Volga Lake Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 80's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the mid to upper 60's. It'll be a great weekend to take dad fishing. Area rivers & streams are falling. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/15 09:16
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