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Big Woods Lake Northeast Ice fishing season is in full swing. Anglers are getting out and hitting the lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. Saturday's forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the mid-thirties, great day for fishing! Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. Ia. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/04 10:28
Big Woods Lake Northeast It's been reported there are signs warning of dangerous ice conditions on Big Woods Lake from recent ice jams on the Cedar River. Please take caution when entering onto this lake. 02/04 11:24
Brinker Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Tip an ice fishing jig with a waxworm fished near or just off of the bottom close to structure. 02/04 10:28
Brinker Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Look for crappies suspended near structure in eight to fifteen foot of water. Tip an ice fishing jig with a waxworm or small crappie minnow. 02/04 10:28
Brinker Lake Northeast Ice fishing season is in full swing. Anglers are getting out and hitting the lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. Saturday's forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the mid-thirties, great day for fishing! Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. Ia. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/04 10:28
Brinker Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers doing fair on both bluegill and crappie in Brinker Lake. 02/04 10:28
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures will be in the 30's for the weekend. Most of our areas received 8 to 10 inches of snow. An urban trout stocking will take place this weekend. To find out where, got to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/04 09:41
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Use extreme caution when going on river ice especially with increased flows, fluctuating water levels, and snow. Check ice depth often. Morning and evening bites are best. 02/04 09:41
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Crappie - Slow: Crappie up to 11 inches have been caught using a small jig tipped with a minnow. 02/04 09:41
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Seven inch bluegill are common. 02/04 09:41
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures will be in the 30's for the weekend. Most of our areas received 8 to 10 inches of snow. An urban trout stocking will take place this weekend. To find out where, got to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/04 09:41
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in excellent condition. Look for sporadic midge hatches on warmer days. For these hatches, try using #18 or 20 emergers or nymphs with a #22 or #24 drop hook gnarly midge. Use more streamers or scuds as prey availability has changed and fish are looking for something meatier. Anglers using minnows and dark flashy hair jigs will catch fish. 02/04 09:41
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Water clarity is excellent so watch your shadow on clear sunny days. Anglers may want to use larger jigs or streamers that imitate minnows or small trout. 02/04 09:41
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Sny Magill and North Cedar Fish and Wildlife areas were the first private lands purchased for the purpose of trout stream management open to the public, according to the 1975 Job Completion Report by Fisheries Management Section to the State Conservation Commission. 02/04 09:41
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Larger rainbows are moving upstream in preparation for spawning. Try using baits imitating minnows and small trout. 02/04 09:41
George Wyth Lake Northeast Ice fishing season is in full swing. Anglers are getting out and hitting the lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. Saturday's forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the mid-thirties, great day for fishing! Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. Ia. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/04 10:28
George Wyth Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers doing fair on northern pike George Wyth Lake. 02/04 10:28
George Wyth Lake Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try setting tip-up devices using live chubs or shiners for some great pike action below the ice. 02/04 11:09
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks has 12 plus inches of ice under about 10 inches of snow. Use care when going out on ice. The aerator is on so be careful around that area. Few anglers have been out this week. A reminder to ice anglers, Howard County Conservation Board does not allow permanent shacks or motorized vehicles on the ice. 02/04 09:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures will be in the 30's for the weekend. Most of our areas received 8 to 10 inches of snow. An urban trout stocking will take place this weekend. To find out where, got to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/04 09:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Much of angling has been off the pine tree point in about 10 feet of water. Anglers are using small jigs tipped with waxworms. If fish don't bite, take the waxworm off and just use the jig. 02/04 09:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Slow: Crappie are generally found suspended higher off the bottom than bluegills. Jiggle a jig tipped with a waxworm for a short time than let it rest. Repeat but don't forget to set the hook especially for the light biters. 02/04 09:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures will be in the 30's for the weekend. Most of our areas received 8 to 10 inches of snow. An urban trout stocking will take place this weekend. To find out where, got to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/04 09:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake Meyer has 14 plus inches of ice under about 10 inches of snow. Use caution when going on ice especially around cracks and fissures. Few anglers have been out this week. 02/04 09:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Fish are hanging about 1 foot off the bottom. Fish have been slow to bite so be patient. Use a very small jig with small rubber tail for best bet. 02/04 09:41
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers may have to drill a few holes to find fish this year especially with all the new habitat. 02/04 09:41
Martens Lake Northeast Ice fishing season is in full swing. Anglers are getting out and hitting the lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. Saturday's forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the mid-thirties, great day for fishing! Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. Ia. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/04 10:28
Martens Lake Northeast Last weekend was the "hot-bite" on Martens lake for bluegill. Reports are bluegill in the 7" to 8.5" size range. An occasional crappie or northern pike have been caught as well. 02/04 11:14
Martens Lake Northeast Bluegill - Good: Tip an ice fishing jig with a waxworm fished near or just off of the bottom close to structure. 02/04 11:16
Martens Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Tip an ice fishing jig with a waxworm or small crappie minnow. 02/04 11:17
Martens Lake Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try setting tip-up devices using live chubs or shiners for some great pike action below the ice. 02/04 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Getting mixed midwinter reports of fishing success. Norwegian and Greymore lakes continue to be popular spots 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Slow: A few crappie reported in the Norwegian lake area near Sny Magill 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Ice thickness is close to 12 inches in many backwater areas but ice thickness can be variable and caution should be used in any area that may have current. Much of Northeast Iowa received 7-10 inches of snow recently which may insulate and hide areas of weak ice. Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized over the last week. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Mississippi River level at Lynxville has stabilized around 16.1 ft and expected to hold near this level over the next week. Ice thickness is around 12 inches but use caution in areas that may have current especially near the boat ramp at Bussey Lake. Anglers can now park on Island Road on the north side of Bussey Lake and are encouraged to do so for safe access to fishing. Parking is allowed on the south side of Island Road only. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: A few pike being caught on tip ups in the Norwegian area of Sny Magill 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Ice thickness is close to 12 inches in many backwater areas but ice thickness can be variable and caution should be used in any area that may have current. Much of Northeast Iowa received 7-10 inches of snow recently which may insulate and hide areas of weak ice. Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized over the last week. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Mississippi River level at Guttenberg has been fairly stable at 7.7 ft and expected to hold near that level over the next week. Ice thickness is around 12 inches but caution should be used in any areas that my have current. The boat ramp at the DNR office remains free of ice allowing access to tailwater fishing. Parking is limited, and visitors are reminded that vehicles with trailers must park on side streets near the office. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Some decent catches of bluegills reported in Zollicofer and near the marina at Mud lake. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger bite can be good but many are smaller with a few nice sized fish. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes being caught in the tailwaters on jig an minnow. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A mix of small and nice sized perch being caught in Sunfish lake in sunfish lake. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Good ice fishing conditions throughout the district but be careful crossing and flowing water sloughs. 02/04 11:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is 7.2 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is 9.7 feet. Ice fishing is taking place in nearly all locals throughout pool 12 but catches have not been red hot! 02/04 12:01
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Good ice fishing conditions throughout the district but be careful crossing and flowing water sloughs. 02/04 11:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is 8.1 feet. Some angler are launching into the tailwater and reports are mixed. Ice fishing in Pool 13 is common but good reports are not! 02/04 11:59
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Good ice fishing conditions throughout the district but be careful crossing and flowing water sloughs. 02/04 11:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Anglers are not able to launch boats into the Clinton tailwater at Clinton. Water level at Fulton is 6.7 feet. 02/04 11:58
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Shore Slough and the boat ramp at Lansing continue to be popular with mixed results typical of midwinter ice fishing. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Ice thickness is close to 12 inches in many backwater areas but ice thickness can be variable and caution should be used in any area that may have current. Much of Northeast Iowa received 7-10 inches of snow recently which may insulate and hide areas of weak ice. Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized over the last week. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Mississippi River level at Lansing has stabilized at 8.1 ft. and is expected to hold near this level over the next week. Ice thickness is around 12 inches but anglers should use caution in any areas that may have current. 02/04 11:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: A few perch begin caught near Village Creek boat ramp. 02/04 11:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Slow: Occasional crappie begin picked up in shore slough. 02/04 11:29
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Ice fishing season is in full swing. Anglers are getting out and hitting the lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. Saturday's forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the mid-thirties, great day for fishing! Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. Ia. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/04 10:28
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Anglers were catching bluegill and northern pike before this past week's winter storm event. 02/04 11:19
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try setting tip-up devices using live chubs or shiners for some great pike action below the ice. 02/04 11:19
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Tip an ice fishing jig with a waxworm fished near or just off of the bottom near the outlet end of lake. 02/04 11:21
South Prairie Lake Northeast Ice fishing season is in full swing. Anglers are getting out and hitting the lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. Saturday's forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the mid-thirties, great day for fishing! Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. Ia. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/04 10:28
South Prairie Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Tip an ice fishing jig with a waxworm fished near or just off of the bottom. 02/04 10:28
South Prairie Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Look for crappies suspended near structure in eight to fifteen foot of water. Tip an ice fishing jig with a waxworm or small crappie minnow. 02/04 10:28
South Prairie Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers doing fair on both bluegill and crappie in South Prairie Lake. Some crappie are being reported as "nice" in size. 02/04 10:28
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Temperatures will be in the 30's for the weekend. Most of our areas received 8 to 10 inches of snow. An urban trout stocking will take place this weekend. To find out where, got to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/04 09:41
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Vernon Spring impoundment near Cresco has ice under about 5 inches of snow. Use extreme caution when going across areas of flowing water under ice. Check ice depths often. 02/04 09:41
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Rock Bass - Fair: Rock bass have been biting on small jigs tipped with waxworms. 02/04 09:41
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass will hit a hook tipped with a minnow or waxworm. 02/04 09:41
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 02/04 09:41
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Crappie - Slow: Crappie will be hiding around submerged woody structure. 02/04 09:41
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Temperatures will be in the 30's for the weekend. Most of our areas received 8 to 10 inches of snow. An urban trout stocking will take place this weekend. To find out where, got to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/04 09:41
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Temperatures will be in the 30's for the weekend. Most of our areas received 8 to 10 inches of snow. An urban trout stocking will take place this weekend. To find out where, got to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/04 09:41
Volga Lake Northeast Temperatures will be in the 30's for the weekend. Most of our areas received 8 to 10 inches of snow. An urban trout stocking will take place this weekend. To find out where, got to http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/04 09:41
Volga Lake Northeast Volga Lake has 8 plus inches of ice under about 8 inches of snow. Use caution when going out on ice. Fish seem to be hanging around brush piles and other structure. 02/04 09:41
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Try dropping your jig tipped with a waxworm slowly down to the bottom keeping it about a foot off the bottom. Jiggle your line for a short bit and stop. Repeat. 02/04 09:41
Volga Lake Northeast Crappie - Slow: Crappie can be found hanging around brush. More aggressive fish are hanging around above the brush. Tip a jig with a waxworm and golden rod wasp larvae for fish. 02/04 09:41
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have approximately 8-16 inches of ice. As always, use caution and check ice depths frequently. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 02/04 10:48
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: A few larger crappie have been picked up using minnows. Fish areas with structure and bottom contour. 02/04 10:48
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Waxworms fished on tungsten jigs has been productive. Sorting is required, but the bigger gills are around 8.5 inches. Target areas with structure and contour. Popular places include the East side and Southern end of the lake. 02/04 10:48
Arrowhead Lake Northwest There is roughly 10 inches of ice off the boat ramp at Arrowhead Lake and 6 inches of snow cover. 02/04 10:48
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Approximately 1500 rainbow trout were stocked into Bacon Creek Lake on January 26th, 2016. As of last Thursday, there was 8 inches of good ice under 6 inches of cloudy ice. There are weak areas near the dam. As always, use caution and check ice depths regularly. 02/04 10:48
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing minnows or waxworms near the upper end of the lake. 02/04 10:48
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have approximately 8-16 inches of ice. As always, use caution and check ice depths frequently. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 02/04 10:48
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers are having success using several methods including: live minnows fished under a bobber, small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, small casting spoons, and power baits. 02/04 10:48
Beeds Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/03 03:48
Beeds Lake Northwest Beeds has continued to produce this week early and late in the day. Anglers have caught bluegills, crappies, and yellows on Beeds this past week. 02/03 03:48
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Ice conditions:14-16 inches of ice but ice thickness varied. Anglers should use caution while on the ice. 02/03 08:15
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Some nice walleyes have been caught north of buffalo run in 16-18 foot. 02/03 08:15
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: A few perch have been caught north of Marble beach in 20 foot and off of buffalo run. 02/03 08:15
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Aerators in Town Bay are in operation (i.e., there are areas of open water and thin ice in Town Bay). Ice thickness on Black Hawk Lake off of Ice House Point boat ramp was around 10-13 inches. Most areas of the lake have about 5 inches of snow on the ice. As always, use caution if venturing out and test ice depths frequently. 02/04 10:48
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up bluegill near Ice House Point and off of Gunshot Hill using waxworms. Most fish are on the small side. Anglers are marking lots of fish. 02/04 10:48
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have approximately 8-16 inches of ice. As always, use caution and check ice depths frequently. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 02/04 10:48
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Some 17 inch walleye have been picked up. Those catching walleye have been fishing the dredge cuts in front of Denison Beach and Provost Point. Also try the rock piles in front of Gunshot Hill, Ice House Point, and the rock pile in the middle of the basin north of Cottonwood Point. 02/04 10:48
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Some perch are being picked up in 8 feet of water on minnows. Try fishing minnows and waxworms near the dredge cuts in front of Denison Beach and Provost Point. The rock pile near Gunshot Hill and the 8 feet depths of water in the middle basin between the dredge cuts can also be productive for perch. 02/04 10:48
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have approximately 8-16 inches of ice. As always, use caution and check ice depths frequently. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638. 02/04 10:48
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Fish are being picked up using minnows and waxworms. Crappie action has been best at night. 02/04 10:48
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are having success fishing waxworms on tungsten jigs. Sorting is required to get the bigger gills. 02/04 10:48
Black Hawk Pits Northwest There is around 7-9 inches of good ice on Black Hawk Pits near the boat ramp. Use caution and test ice depths frequently. 02/04 10:48
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are picking up perch using minnows. Lots of sorting is required to get the bigger fish. However, using larger minnows (walleye minnows) has been effective for picking up large perch. Using the larger minnows will mean less action, but will catch the big perch. 02/04 10:48
Blue Pit Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/03 03:48
Blue Pit Northwest Rainbow Trout - Fair: No reports this week but there should be some willing biters yet. The trout seem to move in groups, so you may need to move up and down the shoreline to find them. Limit is 5 trout per trout stamp. 02/03 03:48
Blue Pit Northwest There was 1,400 trout (rainbow and brook) stocked on January 16th. 02/03 03:48
Bluebill Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/03 03:48
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