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Waterbody District Comments Date
Big Woods Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Big Woods Lake Northeast Water flows in east-central Iowa rivers have improved greatly since last week, but are still high in the Cedar, Shell Rock, and Wapsipinicon. Lakes are generally providing some fair bass fishing. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing opportunity. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 07/12 11:43
Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: 07/12 11:43
Big Woods Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: 07/12 11:43
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Water flows in east-central Iowa rivers have improved greatly since last week, but are still high in the Cedar, Shell Rock, and Wapsipinicon. Lakes are generally providing some fair bass fishing. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing opportunity. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 07/12 11:43
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: size has been good 07/12 11:43
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Vegetation has become abundant around lake edges, so adjust strategies to fish over or through plants. Catfish anglers are fishing deep water with frogs, shrimp, or "stink baits". 07/12 11:43
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Hot, humid weather, typical this time of year, will bring scattered thunderstorms through the weekend. Temperatures in the 80s. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/12 11:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels stabilizing but flows remain elevated. Visibility improved. For current water level information, visit the USGS Current Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. 07/12 11:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Use a jig tipped with a crawler, minnow, or twister tail. Look for fish near deep water drop offs. 07/12 11:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Target snags for catfish using stinkbaits or chicken liver fished on bottom. 07/12 11:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie keying into shallow rocky shorelines. Use small jigs tipped with twister tail or minnow. 07/12 11:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find fish near brush piles. Use a variety of jigs or spinners. 07/12 11:31
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Water flows in east-central Iowa rivers have improved greatly since last week, but are still high in the Cedar, Shell Rock, and Wapsipinicon. Lakes are generally providing some fair bass fishing. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing opportunity. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 07/12 11:43
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar is running at 6500 CFS as of July 12 in Waterloo or about 2 times above median flow. 07/12 11:43
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Decorah District Streams Northeast Hot, humid weather, typical this time of year, will bring scattered thunderstorms through the weekend. Temperatures in the 80s. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/12 11:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Yellow wild parsnip blooming. Wear long sleeved clothing when walking through it to prevent skin contact. Flows remain elevated but fishable. Catchable trout are stocked as weather and water conditions permit. Listen to the trout stocking hotline for daily information at 563-927-5736. 07/12 11:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: A piece of worm or small cheese chunk on a hook under a bobber work in the deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits also work. 07/12 11:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Hendrickson, caddis, and cranefly hatches occurring. Crickets common along streams now. Use hendrickson, gnat, or beadhead nymph patterns. Pale yellow, black, brown, grey colors working. Try using terrestrial patterns for crickets and ants. 07/12 11:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: A variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects, such as ants and beetles, are more numerous. Use care not to spook a feeding fish. 07/12 11:31
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 07/12 11:43
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 07/12 11:43
George Wyth Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 07/12 11:43
George Wyth Lake Northeast Water flows in east-central Iowa rivers have improved greatly since last week, but are still high in the Cedar, Shell Rock, and Wapsipinicon. Lakes are generally providing some fair bass fishing. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing opportunity. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 07/12 11:43
Lake Hendricks Northeast Hot, humid weather, typical this time of year, will bring scattered thunderstorms through the weekend. Temperatures in the 80s. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/12 11:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake is pea green with limited visibility. 07/12 11:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use small jigs in shallow areas for best luck. Anglers finding large numbers of small fish. 07/12 11:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish along the shoreline using a small jig tipped with small piece of worm. 07/12 11:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish along edges of vegetation for a cruising bass. Use spinnerbaits and soft plastics. 07/12 11:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Hot, humid weather, typical this time of year, will bring scattered thunderstorms through the weekend. Temperatures in the 80s. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/12 11:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Green algae bloom starting. Water clarity good. Fish activity slowed as has angling. 07/12 11:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Use a hook tipped with a worm or small spinner bait along a rocky shoreline. 07/12 11:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Use a hook tipped with a worm in shallow water. Fish along vegetated edges. 07/12 11:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use buzz or spinner baits to catch bass. Fish shallow bays and along weed edges for best luck. 07/12 11:31
Manchester District Streams Northeast Water flows in east-central Iowa rivers have improved greatly since last week, but are still high in the Cedar, Shell Rock, and Wapsipinicon. Lakes are generally providing some fair bass fishing. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing opportunity. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 07/12 11:43
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout streams in Delaware, Dubuque, and Jackson Counties are in good condition. Trout stocking was completed as scheduled during the week of July 9-13. 07/12 11:43
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: 07/12 11:43
Manchester District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: 07/12 11:43
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Water flows in east-central Iowa rivers have improved greatly since last week, but are still high in the Cedar, Shell Rock, and Wapsipinicon. Lakes are generally providing some fair bass fishing. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing opportunity. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 07/12 11:43
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River at Manchester is flowing at about 200 CFS as of July 12 and that is near average for median flows on this date. The Maquoketa River is providing the best conditions and opportunity for river fishing in east-central Iowa given less recent rainfall in the watershed. 07/12 11:43
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: 07/12 11:43
Martens Lake Northeast Water flows in east-central Iowa rivers have improved greatly since last week, but are still high in the Cedar, Shell Rock, and Wapsipinicon. Lakes are generally providing some fair bass fishing. Trout streams are providing excellent fishing opportunity. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 07/12 11:43
Martens Lake Northeast Expect to fish through and around vegetation. Adjust tactics as necessary including heavy baits or topwater options. 07/12 11:43
Martens Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: 07/12 11:43
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River continues on a gradual fall this week. Level is expected to fall about a foot by late week. Many ramps have reopened. Be aware of floating flood debris. Water temperature is upper 70's to 80's. Clarity is still poor. Look for fish to be in the clearer water in backwater sloughs and lakes. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing for bluegills up in the flooded trees using a surface lure or poppers to imitate the mayflies. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish bite is picking up this week. Fish a small piece of garden worm on small tackle under a bobber. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats should be spawning.The catfish bite has been good using a crawler fished on the bottom in current eddies. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. To hook into a big one, try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish deeper holes using a large shiner or sunfish for bait. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting along the vegetation in backwater lakes and areas protected from the current. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern are feeding up in the vegetation along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 621.3 and slowly receding. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 80°F. Sny Magill ramp still has water over the road. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wingdams. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing has been difficult with floating flood debris and weeds. Find Smallmouth along shorelines in slight current off rocky points. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fishing has been tough with high water. Some walleyes being picked up bottom bouncing crawlers on side channel and bottom structure. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River continues on a gradual fall this week. Level is expected to fall about a foot by late week. Many ramps have reopened. Be aware of floating flood debris. Water temperature is upper 70's to 80's. Clarity is still poor. Look for fish to be in the clearer water in backwater sloughs and lakes. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing for bluegills up in the flooded trees using a surface lure or poppers to imitate the mayflies. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats should be spawning.The catfish bite has been good using a crawler fished on the bottom in current eddies. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish deeper holes using a large shiner or sunfish for bait. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are actively biting in areas of current. Drop a heavily weighted worm rig into the current for some big fish action. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are biting along the vegetation in backwater lakes and areas protected from the current. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern are feeding along main channel borders. Cast spinners or a minnow along edges of debris piles. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is at 12.1 ft and slowly receding.Water temperature is 75°F at Lock and Dam 10. Guttenberg south ramp is now open. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Try a lightweight jig tipped with minnow fished on the bottom along main channel edges and wingdams. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fishing has been difficult with floating flood debris and weeds. Find Smallmouth along shorelines in slight current off rocky points. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fishing has been tough with high water. Some walleyes being picked up bottom bouncing crawlers on side channel and bottom structure. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Cast flashy spinners or crankbaits along the rocks in main channel current for some big white bass. 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas 07/11 01:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: In flooding conditions most fish tend to hang around near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Most anglers just use a simple egg sinker and worm rig for these prolific fish. Drum will be hanging out relatively near shore in moderate current areas. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are high but receding and we are out of flood stages throughout the district. Boat ramps are getting back in working order. Water clarity is getting better but may be turbid. Some debris floating in channel. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are receding and presently are at 12.1 feet at the Dubuque Lock and 14.1 feet at the RR bridge. Expect water to drop foot or so this upcoming week. Water clarity is fairly turbid and the water temperature is around 81 degrees. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass were being caught while they were feeding along the edge of flooding water. If water returns to lower levels expect the bass bite to pick up. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are high but receding slowly and we are out of flood stages throughout the district. Boat ramps are getting back in working order but some are still under water. Water clarity is fair. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 07/15 11:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are near 11 feet at Dubuque Lock and Dam and near 13 feet at the RR bridge. Expect water to drop slowly this upcoming week. Water clarity is improving and the water temperature is around 81 degrees. 07/15 11:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: In flooding conditions most fish tend to hang around near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. 07/15 11:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Most anglers just use a simple egg sinker and worm rig for these prolific fish. Drum will be hanging out relatively near shore in moderate current areas. 07/15 11:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught along the edge of flooding water. 07/15 11:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Good: Looks for schools of white bass feeding on the surface in the morning and evening hours. 07/15 11:57
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill have finally returned to anglers creels. Clearer backwater areas on bobber and worms are the best bet. 07/15 11:58
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels are high but receding and we are out of flood stages throughout the district. Boat ramps are getting back in working order. Water clarity is getting better but may be turbid. Some debris floating in channel. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Especially in flooding conditions most fish tend to be near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on. Fish worms with an egg sinker in moderate current areas. Fish near the shorelines if possible. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Both largemouth and smallmouth are now again being caught. Most are feeding along the flooding edge. Use a bright colored spinner in the turbid water. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is presently at 12.9 feet and receding. Expect a one foot drop in levels this upcoming week. Most smaller boat ramps have debris on them but are usable. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction. The water is turbid but clearing up and the channel water temperature is around 81 degrees. 07/12 10:25
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels are high but receding slowly and we are out of flood stages throughout the district. Boat ramps are getting back in working order but some are still under water. Water clarity is fair. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 07/15 11:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Especially in flooding conditions most fish tend to be near bank utilizing food washing into the system. Try stinkbait or worms near shore. 07/15 11:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on. Fish worms with an egg sinker in moderate current areas. Fish near the shorelines if possible. 07/15 11:49
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