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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Awesome weather is in store for Northeast Iowa this weekend with temps in the upper 70's to low 80's with minimal chance of showers. River levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Most should be fishable by weekend. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/28 09:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Cedar River is on its way down and is clearing. Use caution when boating as submersed logs and other debris may not be visible. 07/28 09:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers fishing in current breaks and eddies are finding catfish. Use chicken livers and stinkbaits for best luck. 07/28 09:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: 07/28 09:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 07/28 09:12
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Most all of the interior rivers are now falling due to recent rainfall and fishing reports have declined also. Channel catfish reports have been excellent and may be the best angling opportunity on the rivers for the upcoming weekend. Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/27 07:44
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Stinkbaits, cutbaits or chicken livers are a good choice of bait this time of year. 07/27 07:44
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is rising and there currently are no reports at this time. Channel catfish and/or flathead catfish may be the best opportunity at this time. 07/27 07:44
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Try fishing with a bluegill or bullhead on the bottom near structure or in deeper holes. 07/27 08:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Awesome weather is in store for Northeast Iowa this weekend with temps in the upper 70's to low 80's with minimal chance of showers. River levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Most should be fishable by weekend. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/28 09:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: For stained water, try using a streamer or minnow imitation. Terrestrial bugs are beginning to show up on streams. Ants, grasshoppers, and crickets should start to turn heads. 07/28 09:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching during the day. Try using a #18 blue wing olive or #14 or #16 caddis fly imitation. Strong midge hatches have also been occurring. 07/28 09:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are fishable but flows are up. Trout anglers continue to watch for wild Parsnip and wear long-sleeve shirts and pants. Take care when walking through this weed when getting to your favorite stream. Don't let it touch your skin. It reacts with the sun and causes horrible blisters. 07/28 09:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Remember, a few of our streams are not stocked in July and August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Please refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones. Spin fishers might try using spinners or worms for success. 07/28 09:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Awesome weather is in store for Northeast Iowa this weekend with temps in the upper 70's to low 80's with minimal chance of showers. River levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Most should be fishable by weekend. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/28 09:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast The green algae bloom continues on the lake but anglers are still catching fish. 07/28 09:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Fishing from shore is difficult due to aquatic beds. Anglers are finding fish in deeper water using a hook tipped with small piece of worm. 07/28 09:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are using chicken livers or nightcrawlers fished off the bottom with success. 07/28 09:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers fishing from a boat or canoe are having luck using topwater plastics over the vegetation and reeling to deeper water. 07/28 09:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Awesome weather is in store for Northeast Iowa this weekend with temps in the upper 70's to low 80's with minimal chance of showers. River levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Most should be fishable by weekend. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/28 09:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Gills are in shallow dense vegetation and difficult to catch. 07/28 09:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are taking a big worm, nightcrawlers, or stinkbait fished off the bottom under a bobber. 07/28 09:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: A jig tipped with a variety of soft topwater plastics will work for bass. Start along the weed edges and fish deeper. 07/28 09:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Spotty catches of fish continue to plague anglers on Lake Meyer. Algae bloom is becoming more evident on water. 07/28 09:12
Manchester District Streams Northeast Most all of the interior rivers are now falling due to recent rainfall and fishing reports have declined also. Channel catfish reports have been excellent and may be the best angling opportunity on the rivers for the upcoming weekend. Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/27 07:44
Manchester District Streams Northeast Recent fish sampling surveys on the Upper Maquoketa River (Trout Portion) has shown good numbers of brown trout with many of quality size. 07/27 07:44
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Use spinners or dry flies concentrating efforts near overhead cover and other habitat. 07/27 07:44
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Most all of the interior rivers are now falling due to recent rainfall and fishing reports have declined also. Channel catfish reports have been excellent and may be the best angling opportunity on the rivers for the upcoming weekend. Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/27 07:44
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish chicken livers, stinkbaits near the upstream end of logjams for some great channel catfish action. 07/27 07:44
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: A jig & crawler, crankbaits or spinnerbaits fished near rocky habitat can be productive for smallmouth bass. 07/27 07:44
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in excellent angling condition for the upcoming weekend. 07/27 07:44
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year. Look for current breaks and woody structure. 07/27 07:44
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water levels are up several feet over the past week on the Upper Mississippi. Lock and Dam gates are open at Lynxville and Guttenberg. The rapid rise in water levels will create excessive current and vegetation movement. Anglers may have to search for fish in side channel and backwater refuges. Water temps remain in the upper 70's. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is at 21 ft. and is expected to gradually recede this week. Water temperature is 78 degrees. Lock and dam gates remain open. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills will be scattered with the higher water levels. Fish a bit of crawler under bobbers in slack water still holding vegetation. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish spawning has mostly ended and we are moving into stink bait season. Look for catfish is shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wingdams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wingdams. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water levels are up several feet over the past week on the Upper Mississippi. Lock and Dam gates are open at Lynxville and Guttenberg. The rapid rise in water levels will create excessive current and vegetation movement. Anglers may have to search for fish in side channel and backwater refuges. Water temps remain in the upper 70's. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg has reached 12 ft. Levels are expected to to level and off and recede next week. Water temp is 75 degrees at L&D 10. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills will be scattered with the higher water levels. Fish a bit of crawler under bobbers in slack water still holding vegetation. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish spawning has mostly ended and we are moving into stink bait season. Look for catfish is shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wingdams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wingdams. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperatures are back in the low 80's throughout the district. Water levels are predicted to crest this week and begin to fall. River turbidity has been an an issue near tributary streams which continue to spew muddy water into a fairly clear Mississippi River. Try to find clearer water for successful fishing. Stay away from the tributary streams and try fishing immediately above Lock and Dams in pads of aquatic vegetation. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water level at Dubuque tailwater is near 12.2 feet and the water level at the RR bridge is near 14.2 feet. These levels are up three feet from last week and water levels are expected to crest soon. Tributaries such as Catfish Creek are very turbid after nearly every rain. Water temperature in the main channel is 80 degrees. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing the vegetation lines or in pockets of large coontail and milfoil weed beds. Frog imitation lures can work great this time of year! Find clear water! 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Actually did get word of some smaller walleyes being caught in sloughs and side channels feeding on the abundant caddis hatches last week. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of freshwater drum can be caught. Cut out all the red meat when cleaning them and they are a fine eating fish! If you plan on eating drum throw them immediately on ice after catching them, and try to avoid freezing them. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are showing up usually near areas of low flow. They have been running small this year. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish feed heavily in flooding water. Try fishing fairly close to shore along the vegetation lines. Move often if they do not bite. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Some early in the year reports of folks taking some nice crappies out of brush piles! 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. The high water has made angling for them a challenge. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperatures are back in the low 80's throughout the district. Water levels are predicted to crest this week and begin to fall. River turbidity has been an an issue near tributary streams which continue to spew muddy water into a fairly clear Mississippi River. Try to find clearer water for successful fishing. Stay away from the tributary streams and try fishing immediately above Lock and Dams in pads of aquatic vegetation. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is expected is near 13 feet which is up a four feet from last week. The water temperature is around 80 degrees. Expect water to crest and maybe begin to recede this week. Mill Creek and the Maquoketa River are spewing out muddy water nearly every rain so avoid them after rains if possible. The boat ramp at the DNR station has minor flooding on it and some debris. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Go way back in large backwater complex's to find cleaner water. That is where the bass will be! Fish along the eel grass! Use frog imitation lures or plastics. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - No Report: It will remain to be seen if the river will recede enough for walleyes to return back on the wingdams yet this summer and fall! 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Most anglers using stink bait in flowing sloughs, especially above log jams or along rock piles! Catfish bite usually improves with rising water levels! 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Loads of freshwater drum are being caught, many from bank anglers. Try using large crayfish to catch really large drum! 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. Stay away from the turbid tributary streams as smallmouth are sight feeders. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Lots of 11 inch crappie were being seen in side channel sloughs. This is one fish that can be found at times in brush piles in higher water situations. 07/27 10:20
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperatures are back in the low 80's throughout the district. Water levels are predicted to crest this week and begin to fall. River turbidity has been an an issue near tributary streams which continue to spew muddy water into a fairly clear Mississippi River. Try to find clearer water for successful fishing. Stay away from the tributary streams and try fishing immediately above Lock and Dams in pads of aquatic vegetation. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water level at Fulton is near 12.5 feet, 14.5 feet at Camanche and 8.8 feet at LeClaire. Water is expected to crest this week and then maybe begin to recede. The water clarity is turbid especially around the Wapsipinicon River mouth. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The catfish bite is very good. Most anglers are using crawlers when drum fishing but also some folks are using stink bait! The Rock Creek area is a good place to find channel cats! Rising water levels usually triggers a catfish bite! 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: The drum bite is on! Simple sliding sinker and worms fished in current is the best bet! 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth bass are doing very well in the Mississippi River with numerous year classes present. The combination of rock and current are a must to find smallmouth bass, which often hold very tight to the rocks. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes were biting during the lower current levels, it will remain to be seen if people can still find them again once water recedes down a bit. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperatures are back in the low 80's throughout the district. Water levels are predicted to crest this week and begin to fall. River turbidity has been an an issue near tributary streams which continue to spew muddy water into a fairly clear Mississippi River. Try to find clearer water for successful fishing. Stay away from the tributary streams and try fishing immediately above Lock and Dams in pads of aquatic vegetation. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water level at Rock Island is at 12.4 feet, which is up substantially from last week. Expect water levels to rise a bit and then maybe begin to recede. Water temperature is around 81 degrees in the main channel. Creeks like Pigeon Creek and Crow Creek are turbid after nearly every rain this year! 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Rising water levels usually trigger what has already been a good catfish bite. Lots of varieties of stink bait are being used! Move often if the fish do not bite in 15 minutes or so. 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are abundant in Pool 15 and can easily be caught from shore. Try fishing the eagles landing area a with worm and egg sinkers! 07/27 09:48
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water level at Lansing is 12.8 and a gradual fall predicted over the next week. New Albin army road remains closed. Water temperature is 78 degrees. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Water levels are up several feet over the past week on the Upper Mississippi. Lock and Dam gates are open at Lynxville and Guttenberg. The rapid rise in water levels will create excessive current and vegetation movement. Anglers may have to search for fish in side channel and backwater refuges. Water temps remain in the upper 70's. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding well on worms bounced on the bottom. Reports of larger drum are being caught on minnows. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good along side channel and main channel structure. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills will be scattered with the higher water levels. Fish a bit of crawler under bobbers in slack water still holding vegetation. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel catfish spawning has mostly ended and we are moving into stink bait season. Look for catfish is shallow stump beds or snags in side channels. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth fishing remains good along rocky shorelines and wing dams at dawn and early evening. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye bite is good on the wingdams and deep closing dams trolling a crankbait or a crawler rig above the wingdams. 07/28 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A lot of yellow perch hanging along weedlines in the back waters and slow moving side channels. 07/28 11:13
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Most all of the interior rivers are now falling due to recent rainfall and fishing reports have declined also. Channel catfish reports have been excellent and may be the best angling opportunity on the rivers for the upcoming weekend. Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls. Trout streams are in excellent condition and recent fish sampling has shown quality brown trout populations, for further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/27 07:44
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The Shell Rock River is rising and there currently are no reports at this time. Channel catfish may be the best opportunity at this time. 07/27 07:44
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Stinkbaits, cutbaits or chicken livers are a good choice of bait this time of year. 07/27 07:44
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Awesome weather is in store for Northeast Iowa this weekend with temps in the upper 70's to low 80's with minimal chance of showers. River levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Most should be fishable by weekend. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/28 09:12
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try running a spinner bait along undercut banks and overhanging rock ledges. Also look at mouths of springfed tributaries for smallies. 07/28 09:12
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water temperatures are in the mid 70's. Water levels have stabilized and clarity is slowly improving. 07/28 09:12
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Awesome weather is in store for Northeast Iowa this weekend with temps in the upper 70's to low 80's with minimal chance of showers. River levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Most should be fishable by weekend. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/28 09:12
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Fish the eddies and tributary mouths for best luck and try using small crankbaits or spinnerbaits. 07/28 09:12
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Slow: 07/28 09:12
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Use care when paddling. With poor water visibility, logs, rocks, and other debris may not be visible until it's too late to maneuver. 07/28 09:12
Volga Lake Northeast Awesome weather is in store for Northeast Iowa this weekend with temps in the upper 70's to low 80's with minimal chance of showers. River levels have stabilized and clarity is improving. Most should be fishable by weekend. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/28 09:12
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: 07/28 09:12
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: 07/28 09:12
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 07/28 09:12
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