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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Use a slow presentation with a small spinnerbait. 11/15 10:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find fish in pockets and deeper water. Fish are taking a variety of bright colored lures or jigs tipped with worms or minnows. 11/15 10:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels stabilizing with excellent water clarity. Flows remain elevated. Please visit the USGS Water Data website for more information (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/). 11/15 10:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are aggressively taking lures tipped with minnows causing walleye anglers to switch up. 11/15 10:24
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting and retrieving spoons or crankbaits for some good pike action! 11/15 10:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing Jig and plastics or crankbaits for smallmouth. 11/15 10:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Cedar River in Black Hawk and Bremer Counties. 11/15 10:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers have been doing well with jigs and plastics. Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. 11/15 10:50
Decorah District Streams Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Brook Trout spawn is here. Similar to Brown's, Brook Trout build nests in the stream bottom. Good insect hatches occur on warm sunny afternoons. This is a good time to try nymphs, emerger, or topwater patterns. 11/15 10:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel. These are trout nests or redds. Avoid stepping in them. Try using larger flies or lures mimicking minnows. 11/15 10:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish near bottom if no hatches occurring. Use a weighted caddis, stonefly, or mayfly nymph. 11/15 10:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast To find out if trout are coming to a lake near you, visit our website for urban pond stocking. Iowa's trout season remains open all year long. Many catchables remain in the streams challenging even the best anglers. Fish a trout stream in winter for an experience to excite all your senses. Thank you to all who participated in this year's catchable stocked trout program. Looking forward to seeing you next April. 11/15 10:15
Heritage Pond Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
Heritage Pond Northeast Heritage Pond was with trout this past Friday, November 9th and should continue to provide some good trout angling opportunities. 11/15 10:50
Heritage Pond Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try casting and retrieving lighter jigs or flies for some great action! 11/15 10:50
Lake Hendricks Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Lake Meyer Northeast Entire lake is covered by a very thin layer of ice. Ice fishing not recommended yet. 11/15 10:15
Lake Meyer Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 11/15 11:26
Manchester District Streams Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
Manchester District Streams Northeast Spring Branch Creek has been busy with angling activity as many trout escaped with the recent flooding event. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in good condition as water levels continue to fall but flows remain swift. Walleye, smallmouth bass and trout fishing opportunities could be good this time of year. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Rainbow Trout - No Report: With recent flooding at the fish hatchery, many trout extradited to the Maquoketa River. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Try fishing Jig and plastics or crankbaits for smallmouth. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - No Report: Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. 11/15 10:50
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville has fallen to 19.3 ft and expected to fall next week. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 36°F. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to fall after a slight bump this week. Water temperatures are in the mid 30's with skim ice forming in backwaters. Try fishing with a slower presentation as temperatures fall. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Still alot of current until water drops more. Sauger are moving into tailwater areas and main channel borders near the dams. Jigging with minnows is effective. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bite is picking up casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jigs and walleye minnows. Fish are moving to the dams and side channel sloughs with closing dams. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Fish edges of weed beds in deeper cuts using live minnow floated near the bottom. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to fall after a slight bump this week. Water temperatures are in the mid 30's with skim ice forming in backwaters. Try fishing with a slower presentation as temperatures fall. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is up to 11.2 ft and predicted to recede next week. Water temperature is 34°F at Lock and Dam 10. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jigs and walleye minnows. Fish are moving to the dams and side channel sloughs with closing dams. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Fish edges of weed beds in deeper cuts using live minnow floated near the bottom. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bite is picking up casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Still alot of current until water drops more. Sauger are moving into tailwater areas and main channel borders near the dams. Jigging with minnows is effective. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water should begin to recede later this week but remains high and some debris may be on the boat ramps. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels will be predicted to be near 11 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and at 13.1 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is good and temperature is around 36 degrees. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some are using three way rigs with a minnow and some are pulling crankbaits. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water should begin to recede later this week but remains high and some debris may be on the boat ramps. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some anglers are using three way rigs with a crawler and some are pulling crankbaits. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels are near 11.8 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is around 36 degrees. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction. The DNR ramp at Bellevue is still somewhat flooded. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water should begin to recede later this week but remains high and some debris may be on the boat ramps. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are predicted to be near 11.8 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 11.4 feet at Camanche and 8.1 feet at the LeClaire. Water clarity is good and water temperature is around 36 degrees. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Expect the walleye and sauger fishing to pick up soon as water levels recede. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water should begin to recede later this week but remains high and some debris may be on the boat ramps. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water level is predicted to be 11.9 feet. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is around 36 degrees. 11/13 05:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing has fallen to 9.4 ft and expected to fall a foot next week. Water temp is near 34°F. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Still alot of current until water drops more. Sauger are moving into tailwater areas and main channel borders near the dams. Jigging with minnows is effective. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bite is picking up casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to fall after a slight bump this week. Water temperatures are in the mid 30's with skim ice forming in backwaters. Try fishing with a slower presentation as temperatures fall. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jigs and walleye minnows. Fish are moving to the dams and side channel sloughs with closing dams. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Fish edges of weed beds in deeper cuts using live minnow floated near the bottom. 11/15 08:36
North Prairie Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
North Prairie Lake Northeast North Prairie Lake was stocked with trout last Friday, November 9th and should continue to provide good trout angling opportunities. 11/15 10:50
North Prairie Lake Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try casting and retrieving lighter jigs or flies for some great action! 11/15 10:50
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers have been doing well with jigs and plastics. 11/15 10:50
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock River in Bremer and Butler Counties. 11/15 10:50
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers have been doing well with jigs and plastics. Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. Anglers are still also having luck fishing the shallower water also. 11/15 10:50
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Find fish in off channel areas or deeper water. Use lures mimicking minnows. 11/15 10:15
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast The Turkey River water levels stabilizing with excellent clarity. 11/15 10:15
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Jigs tipped with a minnow, worms, and a variety of lures for best luck. Fish current breaks and deeper water. 11/15 10:15
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Look for fish in deeper pockets, eddies, and near undercut banks. A variety of lures and baits are working. 11/15 10:15
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers using crankbaits or a hook tipped with a minnow in eddies and deeper water should find walleye. Catches highly variable. 11/15 10:15
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels stable with excellent clarity. Ice forming in slack water areas. For current information, please visit the USGS Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/. 11/15 10:15
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Fish deeper water and rock ledges using bright colored lures. 11/15 10:15
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Shore fishing should yield better catches. A jig tipped with minnow or slow action plastic tail fished deep will catch a walleye. 11/15 10:15
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels stabilizing with excellent clarity. Fish currently searching for overwintering holes out of current. 11/15 10:15
Volga Lake Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have been partially covered with skim ice this last week. There has been little fishing activity. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 11/15 09:28
Arrowhead Lake Northwest The courtesy dock is removed for the season. 11/15 09:28
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have been partially covered with skim ice this last week. There has been little fishing activity. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 11/15 09:28
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Approximately 1,600 rainbow trout were stocked on Nov 7. 11/15 09:28
Black Hawk Lake Northwest As of Thursday, the lake was covered with skim ice. Ice will likely dissipate with warming temperatures. There has been open water under the newly constructed fishing shelter along Ice House Point that is providing fishing opportunity. 11/15 09:28
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have taken fish from the newly constructed fishing shelter along Ice House Point. 11/15 09:28
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have been partially covered with skim ice this last week. There has been little fishing activity. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 11/15 09:28
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Fish up to 12" have been taken from the fishing shelter on Ice House Point. 11/15 09:38
Blue Pit Northwest Most of the lakes in north central Iowa have frozen over. There has been no fishing activity reported. If you do venture out use extreme caution as the ice thickness varies greatly. For more information contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 11/15 09:26
Blue Pit Northwest There will be an Urban Trout Stocking at Blue Pit in Mason City on Wednesday, November 21st. 1,500 Rainbow trout will be stocked at approximately 11:00 AM. Anglers are reminded to have a 2018 fishing license (age 16 and older) and trout stamp. 11/15 09:32
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have been partially covered with skim ice this last week. There has been little fishing activity. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 11/15 09:28
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Courtesy docks are removed for the season. 11/15 09:28
East Okoboji Lake Northwest All docks including boat ramps are out. Limited fishing activity at this time. 11/13 09:30
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