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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm under a slip bobber at various depths to locate bluegill. 05/17 09:11
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week due to the variable weather. Anglers are beginning to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie on area lakes. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/17 09:11
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater spinner baits or sinking plastic baits for some good bass action. 05/17 09:11
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching largemouth bass and bluegill on Casey Lake. 05/17 09:11
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Area rivers and streams continue improving. Spring finally arrives in northeast Iowa. Temperatures upper 70s for highs and mid 50's for lows. Rain potential increases late Saturday into Sunday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/17 11:25
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels continue falling and clarity improving. Baring more rain, water levels should stabilize. Water temperatures mid 60's. For current water level information, visit the USGS Current Water Data website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. 05/17 11:25
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Catch catfish in the impoundments using dead chubs fished on bottom. 05/17 11:25
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 05/17 11:25
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a crawler, minnow, or twister tail. 05/17 11:25
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie keying into shallow rocky shorelines. Use small jigs tipped with twister tail or minnow. 05/17 11:37
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 05/17 11:37
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week due to the variable weather. Anglers are beginning to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie on area lakes. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/17 09:11
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been a few reports of anglers catching some catfish on the Cedar River but the river remains high yet. 05/17 09:11
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try dead cutbaits or stinkbait fished on the bottom for some good catfish action! 05/17 09:23
Decorah District Streams Northeast Area rivers and streams continue improving. Spring finally arrives in northeast Iowa. Temperatures upper 70s for highs and mid 50's for lows. Rain potential increases late Saturday into Sunday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/17 11:25
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: A variety of insects are hatching especially on warm sunny afternoons. Match the hatch but use care not to spook a feeding fish. 05/17 11:25
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Blue wing olive, midge, and stonefly hatches occurring. Some exceptional lately. Use blue wing olive, hendrickson, gnat, or beadhead nymph patterns and watch the water boil. 05/17 11:25
Decorah District Streams Northeast It is turkey hunting season. Respect hunters and their sport. Avoid wearing red, blue, and white colors. Catchable trout are stocked weekly as weather and water conditions permit. Listen to the trout stocking hotline for daily plants at 563-927-5736. Area trout stream clarity greatly improved. Flows remain elevated. 05/17 11:25
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Excellent: A piece of worm or small cheese chunk under a bobber work in the deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. 05/17 11:25
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week due to the variable weather. Anglers are beginning to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie on area lakes. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/17 09:11
Harold Getty Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching crappie in Harold Getty Lake. 05/17 09:11
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing a crappie minnow under a slip bobber at various depths or casting and retrieving colored tube jigs to locate crappie. 05/17 09:11
Lake Hendricks Northeast Area rivers and streams continue improving. Spring finally arrives in northeast Iowa. Temperatures upper 70s for highs and mid 50's for lows. Rain potential increases late Saturday into Sunday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/17 11:25
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Use small jigs in shallow areas for best luck. 05/17 11:25
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish along the shoreline using a small jig tipped with small piece of worm. 05/17 11:25
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish along a windblown shoreline using a worm or smashed minnow for a hungry cat. 05/17 11:25
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish shallow areas using a jerkbait or spinner retrieved slowly. 05/17 11:25
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water temperatures in shallow areas in the mid 60's. 05/17 11:25
Lake Meyer Northeast Anglers are out as the bite and weather improves. 05/17 11:25
Lake Meyer Northeast Area rivers and streams continue improving. Spring finally arrives in northeast Iowa. Temperatures upper 70s for highs and mid 50's for lows. Rain potential increases late Saturday into Sunday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/17 11:25
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Excellent: Use a hook tipped with a worm or small spinner bait along a rocky shoreline. 05/17 11:25
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Use a hook tipped with a worm in shallow water. 05/17 11:25
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Jigs tipped with a variety of plastics or a jerk bait catch bass. Fish shallow bays for best luck. 05/17 11:25
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Fish along the shallow weedy bays using a nightcrawler for pike. 05/17 11:25
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week due to the variable weather. Anglers are beginning to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie on area lakes. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/17 09:11
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and even an occasional trout on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. 05/17 09:11
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing with some cutbait on the bottom for an opportunity at some channel catfish. 05/17 09:11
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting and retrieving a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow. 05/17 09:11
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try casting and retrieving a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow. 05/17 09:11
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River Boat ramps still under flood water and difficult to access. Use caution at ramps as there is much mud and debris on the ramps. Water clarity still poor. Many shore anglers are having success along flooded shorelines this week. Water temperature is in the 60's. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville down 3 ft this week at 21.9 ft with a steady fall to 19.5 expected next week. Gates remain raised at the Lock and Dam. Most boat ramps still flooded and full of mud debris. Water temperature is 63°F. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Expect walleye to settle in on the closing dams and wingdams as the river falls and stabilizes in the next week or two. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish bite is picking up this week. Fish a small piece of garden worm on small tackle under a bobber. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish bite has been good using a crawler fished on the bottom. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. To hook into a big one, try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they are entering spawning period. Fish deeper holes using a large shiner or sunfish for bait. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on topwaters and crankbaits in warm shallow bays and marina areas out of the current. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Warm water temps and slowly receding flood waters will have smallmouth working the rocky shorelines. Toss inline spinners along rock points. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River Boat ramps still under flood water and difficult to access. Use caution at ramps as there is much mud and debris on the ramps. Water clarity still poor. Many shore anglers are having success along flooded shorelines this week. Water temperature is in the 60's. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has receded several feet this week at 13.6 ft with predictions to fall to 10.5 late next week. The gates remain up at the Lock and Dam. Water temperature is near 60°F. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Expect walleye to settle in on the closing dams and wingdams as the river falls and stabilizes in the next week or two. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish bite has been good using a crawler fished on the bottom. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. Try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they are entering spawning period. Fish deeper holes using a large shiner or sunfish for bait. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on topwaters and crankbaits in warm shallow bays and marina areas out of the current. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Warm water temps and slowly receding flood waters will have smallmouth working the rocky shorelines. Toss inline spinners along rock points. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast River levels are dropping but minor flood stages are still being reported. Water temperatures are in the lower 60's. Many boat ramps are unusable at the present time or will have flood debris on them. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are at 14.9 feet at the Dubuque Lock and 16.6 feet at the RR bridge. This is at minor flooding stages but water levels are dropping quickly. The channel water temperature is around 61 degrees. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are again biting on spinners. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish like flooded water. Fish worms in shallow water near shore along freshly flooded banks. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Common Carp - No Report: Conditions for bowfishing carp in shallow flooded areas look good. You can find carp and other rough fish thrashing about on hot sunny days. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills were being reported being caught on worms in near shore flooded areas. 05/16 09:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast River levels are dropping but minor flood stages are still being reported. Water temperatures are in the lower 60's. Many boat ramps are unusable at the present time or will have flood debris on them. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers will pursue bass in the big flooded expanses of some of Pool 13's largest backwater complexes such as Spring Lake and Brown's Lake. Some bass are being caught out of Middle Sabula Lake and Green Island. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is at 15.5 feet and dropping fast. Bellevue is presently out of flood action stage. The Bellevue City ramp is available for use but the DNR ramp is under water and full of debris. The channel water temperature is around 61 degrees. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Common Carp - Excellent: Conditions for bowfishing carp in shallow flooded areas are perfect. You can find carp and other rough fish thrashing about on hot sunny days in places like Green Island and Middle Sabula Lakes. Please do not leave you fish on the bank but take them with you! 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast River levels are dropping but minor flood stages are still being reported. Water temperatures are in the lower 60's. Many boat ramps are unusable at the present time or will have flood debris on them. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Fish worms near the shore as catfish feed along newly flooded shorelines. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Common Carp - No Report: Conditions for bowfishing carp in shallow flooded areas look good. You can find carp and other rough fish thrashing about on hot sunny days. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Fish the flooded areas in the backwaters edges. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are at 16.0 feet near Fulton, 17.6 feet at Camanche and LeClaire is at 11.1 feet. These levels are at minor flooding action stages. The water temperature is around 63 degrees. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast River levels are dropping but minor flood stages are still being reported. Water temperatures are in the lower 60's. Many boat ramps are unusable at the present time or will have flood debris on them. If you have any angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are presently at 16.5 feet at Rock Island which is still at moderate flood stage. Water levels are dropping. The water temperature is near 63 degrees. 05/16 09:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing has dropped 3 ft this week and predicted to reach 9.5 ft next week. Water temp is near 65°F. New Albin ramp road still closed. Notice: The Lansing Village Creek ramp and parking lot will be closed for construction beginning July 5th. (For further updates call the Guttenberg Fisheries Management office at 563-252-1156) 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Slow: 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River Boat ramps still under flood water and difficult to access. Use caution at ramps as there is much mud and debris on the ramps. Water clarity still poor. Many shore anglers are having success along flooded shorelines this week. Water temperature is in the 60's. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Expect walleye to settle in on the closing dams and wingdams as the river falls and stabilizes in the next week or two. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Still a few perch biting along the rocky shorelines and tailwater areas. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish bite has been good using a crawler fished on the bottom. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Carp are on the move with the high water. To hook into a big one, try fishing the warm shallow backwaters where carp are staging for the spawn. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Expect the flatheads to be on the feed as they are entering spawning period. Fish deeper holes using a large shiner or sunfish for bait. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth are biting on topwaters and crankbaits in warm shallow bays and marina areas out of the current. 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: 05/17 07:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Warm water temps and slowly receding flood waters will have smallmouth working the rocky shorelines. Toss inline spinners along rock points. 05/17 07:00
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week due to the variable weather. Anglers are beginning to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie on area lakes. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/17 09:11
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There are no fishing reports for this week. 05/17 09:11
South Prairie Lake Northeast Anglers are beginning to catch both bluegill and crappie in South Prairie Lake. 05/17 09:11
South Prairie Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm under a slip bobber near vegetation. 05/17 09:11
South Prairie Lake Northeast Fishing reports have been few this past week due to the variable weather. Anglers are beginning to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie on area lakes. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 05/17 09:11
South Prairie Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting colored tube jigs or fishing a minnow under a slip bobber three to six feet down near vegetation. 05/17 09:11
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Area rivers and streams continue improving. Spring finally arrives in northeast Iowa. Temperatures upper 70s for highs and mid 50's for lows. Rain potential increases late Saturday into Sunday. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/17 11:25
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Bring an assortment of tackle to find what's working for best for your location and time of day. 05/17 11:25
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water clarity much improved. Water temperatures low 60's. Water levels falling. Flows remain up. Use care when paddling as strainers and snags may have moved. 05/17 11:25
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast White Sucker - Excellent: Use worms fished on bottom. 05/17 11:25
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