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Big Woods Lake Northeast Fishing reports are those of the typical late summer lulls but anglers are catching some fish yet on the interior rivers. There are reports of anglers catching smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike. Best rports have been northern pike on the Wapsipinicon River. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 09/21 06:06
Big Woods Lake Northeast There have been few reports of anglers catching some crappie in Big Woods Lake. 09/21 06:07
Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Float a crappie minnow, red worm or waxie under a slip bobber in four to eight feet of water. 09/21 06:08
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast It's going to be a hot, humid fall weekend with temperature highs in the low 90's and 60's for lows in the forecast. Area streams and rivers are low due to lack of rain. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/21 10:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Find walleye trolling main channel or deeper holes. Also fish along current breaks. Use a jig tipped with a minnow or twistertail. 09/21 10:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels are low. Use care when backing boats down boat ramps. Trailers going off the ends of the ramps have been reported. 09/21 10:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Use a hook with a dead chub or crawler. Catfish are also taking chicken liver, stinkbait, and a few nightcrawlers. Find around brush piles. 09/21 10:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: 09/21 10:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers fishing eddies below dams and in backwaters around brush piles will find crappies. Use a hook tipped with a minnow. 09/21 10:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Anlgers fishing rocky shorelines and substrates will find smallmouth. Use crawdad crankbaits. 09/21 10:17
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Fishing reports are those of the typical late summer lulls but anglers are catching some fish yet on the interior rivers. There are reports of anglers catching smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike. Best rports have been northern pike on the Wapsipinicon River. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 09/21 06:06
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports are anglers have been doing fair to good on catching smallmouth bass and walleye on the Cedar River. 09/21 06:10
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Target rip-rap shorelines and woody structure casting artificial baits such as spinnerbaits or crankbaits for smallmouth bass. 09/21 06:11
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig and plastic tail tipped with half a nightcrawler is productive for walleye this time of year. Concentrate on the downstream sandbar dropoffs or woody structure as the river is low. 09/21 06:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast It's going to be a hot, humid fall weekend with temperature highs in the low 90's and 60's for lows in the forecast. Area streams and rivers are low due to lack of rain. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/21 10:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Use a hopper pattern in pastured or open areas. In wooded areas in the morning, use #22-24 trico patterns. In the evening, use #18-20 blue wing olive patterns. 09/21 10:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Hunting season started. Many streams run through wildlife management areas where hunting is allowed. Wear bright clothing when not stalking a trout. Trout streams are in good condition. Call 563-927-5736 for current catchable trout stocking locations. 09/21 10:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: 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. 09/21 10:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Freshly stocked trout are hitting a variety of lures and baits. Try a feathered spinner drifted along an undercut bank for fun. 09/21 10:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast It's going to be a hot, humid fall weekend with temperature highs in the low 90's and 60's for lows in the forecast. Area streams and rivers are low due to lack of rain. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/21 10:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Troll over rock mounds with a jig tipped with minnow or spinnerbait for best luck. 09/21 10:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Find bluegills in deeper water. Use small hook tipped with small piece of worm. 09/21 10:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Catch a catfish on a hook tipped with a worm or chicken liver for success. 09/21 10:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks is an electric motor only lake. Fishing is great but the catching has been slow. 09/21 10:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use topwater lures fished just along the edge of vegetation for a bass. 09/21 10:17
Lake Meyer Northeast It's going to be a hot, humid fall weekend with temperature highs in the low 90's and 60's for lows in the forecast. Area streams and rivers are low due to lack of rain. For current angling information, please call the Decorah Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/21 10:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Find crappie suspended near submersed structure. Use a spinner or jig with bright colored twistertail. 09/21 10:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are catching small gills using a small hook tipped with a piece of worm under a bobber. Fish near jetties in evening for best luck. 09/21 10:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake Meyer is an electric motor only lake. Few people have visited the lake this week. 09/21 10:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: 10-12" bass are hitting crankbaits. 09/21 10:17
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Fishing reports are those of the typical late summer lulls but anglers are catching some fish yet on the interior rivers. There are reports of anglers catching smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike. Best rports have been northern pike on the Wapsipinicon River. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 09/21 06:06
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been few reports on the Maquoketa River this past week. 09/21 06:15
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Target rip-rap shorelines and woody structure casting artificial baits such as spinnerbaits or crankbaits for smallmouth bass 09/21 06:15
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig and plastic tail tipped with half a nightcrawler is productive for walleye this time of year. Concentrate on the downstream sandbar dropoffs or woody structure as the river is low. 09/21 06:16
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels are low and near the expected normal for this time of year. Boaters should use caution to not back off the ends of ramps during low water conditions. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Water temperature has been in the upper 60's to 70° this week. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish crappies in backwater side channels using light colored jigs or hook tipped with crappie minnows. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip-bobber. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level has fallen to 14.2 ft and predicted to drop slightly then remain stable. Water temperature is 71° at the lock and dam. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are feeding actively this week using live bait or artificial along rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a little slower presentation as the water temperature is falling. One eye jigs or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels are low and near the expected normal for this time of year. Boaters should use caution to not back off the ends of ramps during low water conditions. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Water temperature has been in the upper 60's to 70° this week. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish crappies in backwater side-channels using light colored jigs or hook tipped with crappie minnows. Bertom Lake area has been picking up. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip- bobber. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of drum are still being caught in the swifter current breaks. Bounce a night crawler along the bottom or try crayfish for bigger fish. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Mississippi River at Guttenberg has fallen to 5.7 ft and predicted to drop slightly this week. Water temperature is 66°at the Lock and Dam. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike fishing is picking up in the shallows or in the mouths of tributary streams. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are feeding actively this week using live bait or artificial along rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a little slower presentation as the water temperature is falling. One eye jigs or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Look for perch in vegetated areas along the main channel. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Please take caution when using any ramp as you can back off the ends causing trailer damage in low water levels. The channel temperature has been in the low 70's. Fishing conditions are good throughout the district. 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. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish have been reported on worms and stink bait. Move often if not finding biting fish. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Please take caution when backing up on any ramp. River levels are getting low and it is easy to back off the ends of ramps causing trailer damage. River levels receded this week. Water levels are around 5 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is good and water temperature in the upper 60's. Try to remove any vegetation off your trailers. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are concentrating at the mouths of large backwater areas and along the channel border rock. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Flatheads are being caught by anglers pulling worm rigs near rocky habitats. Lots of flatheads have been caught this year. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouths have pulled out of the shallow backwater areas and are on trees and sandy shoals often chasing minnows. Also the scum frog bite has been very good in the weed pads. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish in the evening hours throwing spinners or small crankbaits around rocky areas with strong current. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: The wingdam fishing is well underway on the Mississippi River. Some anglers are using worm rigs and others are throwing crank baits on the dams. Floating weeds are being a real hindrance at times. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Good: Fall is the best time of the year to fish crappies on the Mississippi River. Look for them along log jams in backwater sloughs. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught in backwater areas on minnows generally by anglers fishing for bluegills or crappies. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Please take caution when using any ramp as you can back off the ends causing trailer damage in low water levels. The channel temperature has been in the low 70's. Fishing conditions are good throughout the district. 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. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel Catfish are hitting on worm rigs and stink bait. Fish above log jams and rock piles and let the smell of the bait flow into the log piles. Move often if not finding fish. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being caught on egg sinker and worm rigs. The nice thing about drum is they bite in all types of river conditions. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Use flashy white lures for pike. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Please take caution when backing up on any ramp. River levels are getting low and it is easy to back off the ends of ramps causing trailer damage. Water level is near 5.5 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam. Water clarity has been improving and water temperature is in upper 60's and lower 70's in the main channel. Please also try to remove any vegetation off your trailers. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Mixed reports on walleye the past couple of weeks. Some anglers think it is great fishing some have been doing poorly. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fall is a great time to fish for crappies. Use small minnows and fish the woody snags in backwater sloughs. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish in log piles in larger backwater and sloughs. Worm rigs work best. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Small Flathead Catfish are hitting on worms mostly by people fishing Channel Cats. For bigger Flatheads try using large live bait fished in the evening hours. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Some fish are on the weed edges and some are located in logs in deeper sloughs. Scum frogs and other frog imitations are still working well. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish near rock piles with strong current. Throw crank baits or spinners. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Please take caution when using any ramp as you can back off the ends causing trailer damage in low water levels. The channel temperature has been in the low 70's. Fishing conditions are good throughout the district. 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. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Please take caution when backing up on any ramp. River levels are getting low and it is easy to back off the ends of ramps causing trailer damage. Water levels are near 5.5 feet at Fulton, 10 feet at Camanche and 5 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity has improved and temperature is around 70 degrees in the main channel. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are hitting on worm rigs and prepared stink baits. Fish close to shoreline snags or along rock lines. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are biting on worms rigs. Drum can be caught in nearly all moderate current areas. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass had moved out of the large shallow areas into deeper slough habitats. Spinner baits have been effective along the channel weed lines. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Twister tails on wingdams can be effective this time of year. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Some people are trot lining flathead catfish using large bullheads as bait. Flathead are active most during the night and evening hours. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are being reported along rock piles with current. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting well along vegetation lines mostly on worms and bobbers. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Please take caution when using any ramp as you can back off the ends causing trailer damage in low water levels. The channel temperature has been in the low 70's. Fishing conditions are good throughout the district. 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. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are fishing stink bait along the rock piles near Campbell's and Arsenal Island. Move often if fish are not hitting. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are a species that bite well this time of year. If you are cleaning them put them on ice immediately after catching. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Please take caution when backing up on any ramp. River levels are getting low and it is easy to back off the ends of ramps causing trailer damage. Levels are around 6 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity has improved and temperature is near 70 degrees in the main channel. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are a night feeding animal. Use large live bait fished near shore during the night and evening hours for the best chance of success. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths can be found along rock lines with strong current. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast White Bass - Fair: A few white bass were reported in the tailwater area and down south of the I-74 bridge along the rock lines. 09/15 09:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing has fallen about a foot to 8 ft and predicted to remain stable. Water temperature has reached back to 71° with the hot weather this week. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels are low and near the expected normal for this time of year. Boaters should use caution to not back off the ends of ramps during low water conditions. Water clarity continues to be good with lots of vegetation present. Many backwater species have moved to main channel borders and side sloughs. Water temperature has been in the upper 60's to 70° this week. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip- bobber. 09/21 07:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 09/21 07:46
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