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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Ice angling is just around the corner. Cloudy with temperatures ranging from the mid 30's to low 20's through the weekend. Ice continues to forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are freezing over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/14 09:57
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast 2-3 inches ice on backwaters. Anglers use caution if going out on early ice. Check ice depths often especially in areas with current. 12/14 09:57
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 12/14 09:57
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Brave ice anglers catching a few fish in 10 ft. water. Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm or spikes. 12/14 10:24
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappie in backwaters. Use bright colored jigs or small spoons tipped with minnow heads. 12/14 10:25
Decorah District Streams Northeast Ice angling is just around the corner. Cloudy with temperatures ranging from the mid 30's to low 20's through the weekend. Ice continues to forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are freezing over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/14 09:57
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Use a dry fly for insects hatching off the water surface. Use a nymph or scud dropper for subsurface critters. 12/14 09:57
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Excellent: Use patterns imitating small fish, eggs, and scuds. Light hatches still occur on warmer afternoons. 12/14 09:57
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try a feathered spinner or a hook tipped with worm drifted along an undercut bank for fun. Always leave gates and fences as you find them. 12/14 09:57
Decorah District Streams Northeast Second shotgun deer season ends Sunday. Many streams run through wildlife management areas where hunting is allowed. Wear bright clothing and make noise when not stalking a trout. 12/14 09:57
Lake Hendricks Northeast Ice angling is just around the corner. Cloudy with temperatures ranging from the mid 30's to low 20's through the weekend. Ice continues to forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are freezing over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/14 09:57
Lake Hendricks Northeast Anglers are reminded no motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice. Aerators are on. Use caution on newly formed ice. 12/14 09:57
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/14 09:57
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/14 09:57
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 12/14 09:57
Lake Meyer Northeast Ice angling is just around the corner. Cloudy with temperatures ranging from the mid 30's to low 20's through the weekend. Ice continues to forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are freezing over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/14 09:57
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/14 09:57
Lake Meyer Northeast Open water in places. About 25% open. No anglers this week. 12/14 09:57
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 12/14 09:57
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have been stable. Look for panfish to be in the deeper warmer water and out of current. Water temperature is at or near 32°. Backwaters areas have around 2+ inches of ice but ice is still variable in depth and many areas still unsafe for walking. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try slow trolling crankbaits on a 3-way rig or minnow tipped jigs for walleye. Fish are in the tailwater areas and side channel rock structures. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is 14.6 ft and is predicted to bump up slightly. Water temperature at the Lock and Dam is 33° F. Many backwaters have formed ice but many areas are variable with high winds opening some areas up. The Slough at Sny Magill ramp is not iced over yet. Anglers are catching bluegill on upper end of Bussey Lake in the cut. Avoid the lower end of lake as ice is not stable. Park along the south side of causeway road and walk down from the upper end of Bussey. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Crappies are congregating in backwaters just off side channels with slight current. Jig a crappie minnow in the stumps and fallen tree tops. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are doing lots of sorting for larger bluegill. Fish in 4-5 ft of water with no current using jigs tipped with waxies. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are biting on jig and minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth are actively feeding on abundant minnows along the main channel borders. Try throwing silver inline spinners or minnow imitation crankbaits. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught on minnows in about 6-8 feet of water on side channel areas and in the backwaters vegetation such as marina areas. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have been stable. Look for panfish to be in the deeper warmer water and out of current. Water temperature is at or near 32°. Backwaters areas have around 2+ inches of ice but ice is still variable in depth and many areas still unsafe for walking. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try slow trolling crankbaits on a 3-way rig or minnow tipped jigs for walleye. Fish are in the tailwater areas and side channel rock structures. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level has fallen to 5.6 ft at Guttenberg tail-water and predicted to rise slightly this week. Water temperature is 32° F at the Lock and dam. Backwaters with no current have formed ice but many areas of open water remain. Anglers are picking up some bluegills through the ice at Zollicoffers at Mud Lake. Avoid walking near the creek area at Zollicoffer. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are doing lots of sorting for larger bluegill. Fish in 4-5 ft of water with no curret using jigs tipped with waxies. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are biting on crankbaits or a jig tipped with minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth are actively feeding on abundant minnows along the main channel borders. Try throwing silver inline spinners or minnow imitation crankbaits. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught on minnows in about 6-8 feet of water on side channel areas and in the backwaters vegetation such as marina areas. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water is finally at normal winter lows but it may come up a bit this week. The water temperature is now around 35 degrees in the main channel and ice is floating at Dubuque and Bellevue. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels have stabilized and is at 5.2 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8.0 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is good and water temperature in near 35 degrees in the main channel. The first major ice flows of the season occurred this week. Backwater are marginally thick for fishing. Heavy winds opened up some previously frozen areas. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - No Report: This fall was a good season for walleyes on Pool 12. Some fishing will return if ice flows abate. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - No Report: No report this week on Sauger but this fall was an excellent year for sauger fishing. Lots of nice sauger were reported. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Yellow perch fishing was strong in the tailwaters and some should be found ice fishing this winter. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water is finally at normal winter lows but it may come up a bit this week. The water temperature is now around 35 degrees in the main channel and ice is floating at Dubuque and Bellevue. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels receded this week and presently water level at Bellevue Lock and Dam is around 5.0 feet. We may have a slight bump in the water level this upcoming week. Water clarity is good and the temperature is 35 degrees in the main channel. The first ice flows of the season occurred at Bellevue but both ramps remain open for now. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Very little fishing this week due to the weather. This fall was generally good for slot walleyes. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Sauger fishing in general was very good this fall. Lots of nice fish were reported and fishing pressure was heavy. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Yellow perch fishing was very good in the tailwaters this fall and they should find their way into the backwater lakes this fall. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water is finally at normal winter lows but it may come up a bit this week. The water temperature is now around 35 degrees in the main channel and ice is floating at Dubuque and Bellevue. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels receded this week and should remain somewhat steady. Gauge readings are 4.7 feet at Fulton, 9.4 feet at Camanche and 4.5 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is good and water temperature is 35 degrees in main channel. No fishing was reported to us this week. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water is finally at normal winter lows but it may come up a bit this week. The water temperature is now around 35 degrees in the main channel and ice is floating at Dubuque and Bellevue. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels receded all week and is now at 5.1 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is near 36 degrees in the main channel. No fishing was reported to us this week. 12/14 09:19
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8.1 ft and expected to remain stable this week. Water clarity is excellent. Water temperature is near 32° F. Use caution accessing the ice as shorelines and sloughs still have some open water. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have been stable. Look for panfish to be in the deeper warmer water and out of current. Water temperature is at or near 32°. Backwaters areas have around 2+ inches of ice but ice is still variable in depth and many areas still unsafe for walking. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Smallmouth are actively feeding on abundant minnows along the main channel borders. Try throwing silver inline spinners or minnow imitation crankbaits. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try slow trolling crankbaits on a 3-way rig or minnow tipped jigs for walleye. Fish are in the tailwater areas and side channel rock structures. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught on minnows in about 6-8 feet of water on side channel areas and in the backwaters vegetation such as marina areas. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are biting on jig and minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 12/14 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are doing lots of sorting for larger bluegill. Fish in 4-5 ft of water with no curret using jigs tipped with waxies. 12/14 10:19
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Ice angling is just around the corner. Cloudy with temperatures ranging from the mid 30's to low 20's through the weekend. Ice continues to forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are freezing over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/14 09:57
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Ice angling is just around the corner. Cloudy with temperatures ranging from the mid 30's to low 20's through the weekend. Ice continues to forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are freezing over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/14 09:57
Volga Lake Northeast Ice angling is just around the corner. Cloudy with temperatures ranging from the mid 30's to low 20's through the weekend. Ice continues to forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are freezing over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/14 09:57
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/14 09:57
Volga Lake Northeast Second season shotgun deer ends Sunday. No anglers out. 12/14 09:57
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Most areas around shore are covered with thin ice. 12/14 10:08
Black Hawk Lake Northwest There has been limited fishing activity this last week. Area lakes are either partially or completely ice covered. Ice is currently not safe for travel. More reports will be available when ice fishing begins. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 12/14 10:08
Center Lake Northwest Spirit Lake District 2017/2018 ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Center Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Slow: Good numbers of fish 10" and larger is available for the upcoming ice fishing season. Fish the basin at dusk for the best action. 12/14 10:31
Center Lake Northwest Center Lake Ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Center Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: Good numbers of angler acceptable size (6.0 - 7.9") fish are available; however, persistence and patience by the Center Lake ice angler will be rewarded with larger fish. 12/14 10:31
Clear Lake Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/14 09:15
Clear Lake Northwest The Lake is about 80% ice covered. Ice thickness varies from 3 to 4 inches near shore to areas of open water. So at this time most of the lake is unsafe to fish. If you decided to venture out use extreme caution and check thickness as you go. 12/14 09:33
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Spirit Lake District 2017/2018 ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
East Okoboji Lake Northwest East Okoboji ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Slow: Ice anglers will continue to harvest good numbers of yellow bass during the upcoming ice season; however, anglers will be pleased as good numbers of fish approaching 10 inches with the occasional larger fish caught. 12/14 10:31
East Okoboji Lake Northwest North end of the lake is ice covered, south of Stony Point has poor ice conditions. No ice fishing activity has been reported. 12/14 10:39
East Okoboji Lake Northwest North end of the lake is ice covered, south of Stony Point has poor ice conditions. No ice fishing activity has been reported. 12/14 02:57
Five Island Lake Northwest Spirit Lake District 2017/2018 ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Five Island Lake Northwest Five Island Lake ice fishing report 12/14 10:31
Five Island Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Ice anglers will harvest good numbers of angler acceptable size and larger fish. 12/14 10:31
Five Island Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers with persistence will find schooled up channel cat fish which will provide plenty of pole bending action during the 2017/2018 ice fishing season. 12/14 10:31
Five Island Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Slow: Ice anglers will continue to harvest large numbers of fish during the upcoming ice season with anglers noting an influx of larger size fish size approaching 8.0 inches 12/14 10:31
Five Island Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Slow: Ice anglers will note the influx of crappie approaching 9.0 inches in the catch however persistence and patience wil be rewarded with larger fish. 12/14 10:31
Lost Island Lake Northwest Spirit Lake District 2017/2018 ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Lost Island Lake Northwest Lost Island Lake ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Lost Island Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Slow: Ice anglers fishing for panfish should see an upswing to the fishery. Fish the deeper rock piles located on the west side of the lake. 12/14 10:31
Lost Island Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Ice anglers will continue to enjoy the upswing to the walleye fishery experienced during the 2017 open water season. 12/14 10:31
Mill Creek (Lake) Northwest Spirit Lake District 2017/2018 ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Mill Creek (Lake) Northwest Mill Creek Ice Fishing Forecast 12/14 10:31
Mill Creek (Lake) Northwest Black Crappie - Slow: Good numbers of large black crappie are available for the upcoming ice fishing season. Fish the north shore or the flat off the island for the best action. 12/14 10:31
Mill Creek (Lake) Northwest Bluegill - Slow: Good numbers of fish 6.0 - 8.5" is available for the upcoming ice season. 12/14 10:31
Scharnberg Pond Northwest Spirit Lake District 2017/2018 ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Scharnberg Pond Northwest Rainbow Trout - Slow: A total of 1500 rainbow trout was released on November 18th at Scharnberg Pond. 12/14 10:31
Silver Lake (Palo Alto) Northwest Spirit Lake District 2017/2018 ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Silver Lake (Palo Alto) Northwest Silver Lake Palo Alto Co. ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Silver Lake (Palo Alto) Northwest Yellow Perch - Slow: Good numbers of fish approaching 10" will be available for the upcoming ice fishing season. 12/14 10:31
Silver Lake (Palo Alto) Northwest Walleye - Slow: Recent surveys reflect good numbers of angler acceptable size fish is available for the upcoming ice fishing season. 12/14 10:31
Spirit Lake Northwest Spirit Lake District 2017/2018 ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Spirit Lake Northwest Spirit Lake ice fishing forecast 12/14 10:31
Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Ice anglers will continue to harvest good numbers of fish below the slot. 12/14 10:31
Spirit Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Slow: With persistence ice anglers will harvest good numbers of large yellow perch during the upcoming ice season. 12/14 10:31
Spirit Lake Northwest Lake has skimmed over; however, many open areas still exist on the main body of the lake. No ice fishing activity observed at the north grade or anglers bay. Anglers have been ice fishing at Templar Park lagoon. 12/14 10:33
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