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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50's with mid 30's overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/26 03:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Shore anglers using dead chubs or shad fished under a bobber for success. 04/26 03:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Currently, the river is fishable and water levels are falling. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50's. 04/26 03:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: 04/26 03:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 04/26 03:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler. Fish below dams in the pockets. 04/26 03:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50's with mid 30's overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/26 03:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: Use scuds or stonefly imitations for fish not rising to the surface. 04/26 03:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: A great time to fish for Brown Trout is when water turns off color from rainfall events. Try caddis fly and midge larvae imitations hatching off the water. Also, nice hatches of blue wing olives and dark hendricksons are occurring on warmer sunny afternoons. 04/26 03:55
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. 04/26 03:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast The road to Decorah Fish Hatchery will be under construction through June. Rainfall amount through the weekend will determine how muddy streams get. Call 563-927-5736 for current stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twistertails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish. 04/26 03:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50's with mid 30's overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/26 03:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Warmer shore temperatures are drawing crappies in. Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber for best luck. 04/26 03:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Catch gills moving into shallower water with a small jig. Let it sink and slowly reel it in. 04/26 03:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Concentrate efforts on windblown rocky shorelines. Use cut baits for best luck. 04/26 03:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Cooler weather predicted for the weekend may slow the bite. Boat anglers are finding fish in deeper water. 04/26 03:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: A jerk bait fished slowly over rock piles is good. 04/26 03:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50's with mid 30's overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/26 03:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Use a small jig with a slow retreive for best luck. 04/26 03:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Find a rocky windblown shoreline for best luck. Try a dead chub or crawler. 04/26 03:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is improving. Visit Iowa DNR's fishing atlas for the latest hot spots. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference. 04/26 03:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: A jig tipped with a nightcrawler or bright colored plastic tail work for bass. Use a slow retrieve in cooler water. 04/26 03:55
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water levels remain high on the Upper Mississippi River with recent heavy rains. Boat ramps are under water. Debris and poor water clarity will make fishing a challenge. Water temperature is 55 in the main channel. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegill are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as water is still cold. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville river level is 21.4 ft, and is expected to remain high for another week before receding. Water temps are in the mid 50's. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - No Report: The sauger spawn is almost over but a few fish are still being caught in the tailwaters 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Fishing for walleyes has slowed as the spawn is almost over. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water levels remain high on the Upper Mississippi River with recent heavy rains. Boat ramps are under water. Debris and poor water clarity will make fishing a challenge. Water temperature is 55 in the main channel. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegill are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as water is still cold. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level has reached 13 ft, at Guttenberg and is expected to remain high next week. Water temps are in the mid 50's. Gates are out of the water at Lock and Dam 10. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Fishing for sauger has slowed as the spawn is almost over but a few fish are still being caught in the tailwaters. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Fishing for walleyes has slowed as the spawn is almost over. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 59 degrees, which is the same as last week. Water levels may rise a bit yet and then begin to recede. Please note that paddlefish season is now closed. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River levels are 12.6 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 16.3 feet at the RR bridge. These are up nearly two feet from last week and expect levels to crest and then start to recede later this week. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Slow: The sauger bite slowed after the species began spawning. The spawn is now over and sauger typically disperse throughout the pool. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Use flashy spoons along the channel edges and backwater openings 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Fair: Hit the brush piles with a small minnow or around dock areas. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Find yellow perch in tailwaters near shore but out of the main current. Yellow perch are done spawning as well but the bite seems to continue for this species. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Some small channel catfish have been reported biting on worms. 04/25 02:35
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum bite well in higher water levels. A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best! 04/25 02:36
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 59 degrees, which is the same as last week. Water levels may rise a bit yet and then begin to recede. Please note that paddlefish season is now closed. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Use flashy white lures for pike. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Remember paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast River level is at 13.5 feet at Bellevue. This is up 1 1/2 foot from last week and water will rise some more and then begin to recede later in the week. Several boat ramps are now under water including the DNR boat ramp at Bellevue. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Slow: The sauger spawn is over and as often happens after the spawn fishing slows. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Find yellow perch in tailwaters near shore but out of the main current current 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Some other species like Crappie and white bass are being reported on small jigs and minnows. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are hitting on worms and the bite for this species improves with the dirty water we are experiencing. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught on egg sinker rigs with worms. 04/25 02:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 59 degrees, which is the same as last week. Water levels may rise a bit yet and then begin to recede. Please note that paddlefish season is now closed. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are biting on simple egg sinker rigs with worms for bait. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some reports of largemouth bass being caught in the near shore areas and in backwater lakes. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Remember paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast River level is at 13.1 feet at Fulton, 15.3 feet at Camanche and 9.3 feet at Le Claire. This is up a foot from last week and levels should begin to hold steady. Some boat ramps will have water and debris on them from the high water levels. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - Slow: The spawn for walleye and sauger is mostly over, and as often happen the bite slows for a week or two. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Several catfish were reported this week mostly by people using a sinker and worm rig. 04/25 02:41
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The main channel water temperature is 59 degrees, which is the same as last week. Water levels may rise a bit yet and then begin to recede. Please note that paddlefish season is now closed. If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast River level is at 13.5 feet at Rock Island. This is up from last week and levels should begin to hold stable this week. Flooding is in action stage so some boat ramps may be under water or have debris on them. No angling was reported to us this week but certainly angling is gearing up on Pool 15. 04/25 02:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water levels remain high on the Upper Mississippi River with recent heavy rains. Boat ramps are under water. Debris and poor water clarity will make fishing a challenge. Water temperature is 55 in the main channel. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level is 11.1 ft at Lansing this week and is expected to remain at this level all week. Army road at New Albin is under water. Water temps are in the mid 50's. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegill are becoming more active. Check shoreline brush in backwaters using a slow presentation as water is still cold. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are actively feeding. Try bouncing a night crawler on jigs in side channels and backwater areas with slight current. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Fishing for walleyes has slowed as the spawn is almost over. 04/27 09:16
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Fish minnows under a bobber in structure off side channels with little or no current. 04/27 09:16
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50's with mid 30's overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/26 03:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or feathered spinnerbait around a current break. 04/26 03:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a soft plastic twistertail will catch fish. Use a slow retreive in cooler water. 04/26 03:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Water levels are falling and temperatures are in the mid to upper 50's. 04/26 03:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast White Sucker - Excellent: The sucker bite is on. A hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished off the bottom works well. 04/26 03:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Find a slack water area. Let a small jig sink and slowly reel it in. 04/26 04:59
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50's with mid 30's overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/26 03:55
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels are falling with temperatures in upper 50's. Visibility is improving. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. 04/26 03:55
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Catch nice Brown Trout near the mouths of coldwater tributaries. Try spinnerbaits. 04/26 03:55
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Catch walleye near coldwater tributaries. Try a blade bait or bigger crankbait. 04/26 03:55
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. 04/26 03:55
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50's with mid 30's overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/26 03:55
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Use jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or ringworms. Bright colored twistertails are also working. 04/26 03:55
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Try using spinnerbaits and jerk baits along rocky shorelines. 04/26 03:55
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels are falling and temperatures are in the upper 50's. Visibility is improving. The sucker bite is on. 04/26 03:55
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. 04/26 03:55
Volga Lake Northeast About 40 cedar trees were placed in 5 locations and a rock field was added this week by Volga Lake State Park staff and volunteers. Find fish attracting structure locations on the Iowa DNR's fishing atlas at https://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/fishingatlas/default.html. 04/26 03:55
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Panfish anglers should start to see fish in shallow water. Try using a hook tipped with a small minnow under a bobber. 04/26 03:55
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Use small jigs tipped with waxworm along a sunny shoreline. 04/26 03:55
Volga Lake Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Concentrate efforts along windblown shores. Use dead minnows or other dead fish to attract a cruising cat. 04/26 03:55
Volga Lake Northeast Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50's with mid 30's overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/26 03:55
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try using a jig tipped with a twistertail. A slow retreive is key in cooler weather. 04/26 03:55
Wapsi River (state line to Tripoli) Northeast Daytime temperatures will be in the low 50's with mid 30's overnight. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will determine stream conditions for the weekend. Anglers must get a landowner's permission to fish private property even if it can be accessed through public property. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/26 03:55
Wapsi River (state line to Tripoli) Northeast Popular areas to fish are around North Washington, Frederika, and Independence. 04/26 03:55
Wapsi River (state line to Tripoli) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Catch Pike with spoons or hook tipped with a chub. 04/26 03:55
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures in Black Hawk District lakes are in the mid to upper 50's. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 04/27 08:17
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have had luck fishing from Ice House Point, the floating dock, the stone piers, and the inlet bridge. Some crappie up to 11 inches have been picked up near the ends of the dead falls (about 20 to 30 ft from shore) in town bay and along Ice House Point. 04/27 08:17
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are moving in tighter to shore and can be picked up just about anywhere along the shoreline. The fish are averaging 7.5 inches. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of bait under a bobber. Most action has been from the floating fishing pier, but the west stone pier and inlet bridge are also producing lots of fish. 04/27 08:17
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures are in the mid 50's. Panfish action has been good. Walleye are starting to pick up. 04/27 08:17
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Walleye are being picked up in Town Bay and from Ice House Point. Anglers have had luck from shore using leeches fished under a bobber. Fishing is starting to pick up and should get better as the water warms. Fish are ranging from 15 to 20 inches. 04/27 08:17
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Some yellow perch are being picked up near the inlet bridge and in Town Bay. Keepers are anywhere from 10-13 inches. 04/27 08:17
Blue Lake Northwest The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 22.60 ft. /37,100 cfs./ 51 degrees Fahrenheit (water temperature dropped 4 degrees from the previous week). The Missouri dropped .19 feet from last week. The weather has been cool and rainy which has slowed fishing on the Missouri River. 04/26 01:39
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