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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast A cold front will pass through the area Friday evening bringing rain on Saturday. Frost not likely. Leaf color peaks this weekend. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/18 10:03
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast The Cedar River is slowly falling after last weeks rain. Use this opportunity to get out and play before the cold weather sets in. 10/18 11:19
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find fish in deeper pools and around brush piles. Use a jig tipped with a long piece of worm or minnow. Fish near evening for best luck. 10/18 11:21
Decorah District Streams Northeast A cold front will pass through the area Friday evening bringing rain on Saturday. Frost not likely. Leaf color peaks this weekend. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/18 10:03
Decorah District Streams Northeast All stream stockings are unannounced in October. All streams continue to be stocked. Trout streams are in good condition. Trout spawning season is upon us. Walk carefully around freshly cleared areas in streams. These are trout nests or "redds". Many streams run through wildlife management areas where hunting is allowed. Wear bright clothing when not stalking a trout. 10/18 10:37
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Freshly stocked trout are hitting a variety of lures and baits. Try a feathered spinner drifted along an undercut bank for fun. Always leave gates and fences as you find them. 10/18 10:37
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Excellent: Fall rains put the browns in a feeding frenzy. Use a hopper pattern in pastured or open areas. In wooded areas in the morning, use #22-24 trico patterns. In the evening, use #18-20 blue wing olive patterns. 10/18 10:38
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Vibrant colors abound on spawning fish. A variety of small mayflies are hatching mid-afternoon. Use a dry fly for insects hatching off the water surface. Use a nymph or scud dropper for subsurface critters. 10/18 10:38
Lake Hendricks Northeast A cold front will pass through the area Friday evening bringing rain on Saturday. Frost not likely. Leaf color peaks this weekend. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/18 10:03
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks is an electric motor only lake. 10/18 10:23
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Troll over rock mounds with a jig tipped with minnow or spinnerbait for best luck. 10/18 10:24
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Find bass near brush piles and downed trees. Use a spinnerbait or jig with a twistertail and a slow retreive for best luck in cooler water. 10/18 10:24
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: A small jig tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler or spike is best for gills. 10/18 10:24
Lake Meyer Northeast A cold front will pass through the area Friday evening bringing rain on Saturday. Frost not likely. Leaf color peaks this weekend. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/18 10:03
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake clarity is excellent at 4 to 5 feet. Anglers will notice recent fish habitat improvements in the lake including spawing beds, shoreline rip-rap, and submersed concrete culverts. Water temperatures are upper 50's. 10/18 10:12
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels have peaked and are expected to gradually recede this week. Many ramps are still under water but should return to normal in about a week. Water clarity is fair with some debris still floating. Cooler temperatures will have fish moving toward their winter holes but may be hard to locate with increased current. Water temperature has fallen into the mid 50's° this week. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level is peaking around 21 ft and predicted to gradually fall over the next week. Water temperature is 57° at the lock and dam. The road to Sny Magill ramp remains closed due to high water. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm under a slip-bobber. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are still being caught in the swifter current areas along main channel borders. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are feeding actively this week using live bait or artificial along rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish crappies in backwater side channels using light colored jigs or hook tipped with crappie minnows. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Northern pike has been good in shallow backwaters. Fish soft plastics in areas with slight current. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a little slower presentation as the water temperature is falling. One eye jigs or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: The fall perch bite as been picking up. Fish small jigs tipped with worm in backwaters with slight flow. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels have peaked and are expected to gradually recede this week. Many ramps are still under water but should return to normal in about a week. Water clarity is fair with some debris still floating. Cooler temperatures will have fish moving toward their winter holes but may be hard to locate with increased current. Water temperature has fallen into the mid 50's° this week. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Mississippi River at Guttenberg is cresting around 12 foot and predicted gradually fall next week. Water temperature is 53°at the Lock and Dam. Lock gates remain raised this week. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip- bobber. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are still being caught in the swifter current areas along main channel borders. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are feeding actively this week using live bait or artificial along rocky shorelines with good current. Best bite is towards evening. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish crappies in backwater side-channels using light colored jigs or hook tipped with crappie minnows. Bertom Lake area has been picking up. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Northern pike has been good in shallow backwaters. Fish soft plastics in areas with slight current. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a little slower presentation as the water temperature is falling. One eye jigs or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: The fall perch bite as been picking up. Fish small jigs tipped with worm in backwaters with slight flow. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Rapidly changing conditions has made the bluegills somewhat hard to find the past few weeks. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker and worm rig works best. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are on the wood in deeper sloughs. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish in the evening hours throwing spinners or small crankbaits around rocky areas with strong current. Floating weeds along the rock lines are causing issues getting to the smallmouths. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish sandy banks with crankbaits or jigs. Fish are holding tight to the shorelines. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels have peaked and have started to drop. Current water levels are 11.5 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 13.6 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is fair and water temperature in near 59 degrees. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels have peaked this week and levels are starting to drop throughout the district. Expect water to drop a foot or more during the week. The water temperature has dropped down to 60 degrees. Some ramps have minor flooding. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Crappie - Fair: Fall is the best time of the year to fish crappies on the Mississippi River however pan fish have not been biting the best in recent weeks. Look for them along log jams in backwater sloughs. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught in backwater areas on minnows generally by anglers fishing for bluegills or crappies. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Use flashy white lures for pike. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels have peaked and have started to recede. Current water level at Bellevue Lock and Dam is 12.4 and it is expected to drop a foot this upcoming week. Water clarity is fair and the temperature is 60 degrees in the main channel. The Bellevue DNR ramp and other small ramps on Pool 13 have minor flooding and debris on them. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels have peaked this week and levels are starting to drop throughout the district. Expect water to drop a foot or more during the week. The water temperature has dropped down to 60 degrees. Some ramps have minor flooding. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Fall is a great time to fish for crappies. It has been slow but expected to improve. Use small minnows and fish the woody snags in backwater sloughs. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Fish in log piles in larger backwater and sloughs. Worm rigs work best. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being caught on egg sinker and worm rigs. The nice thing about drum is they bite in all types of river conditions. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some fish are on the weed edges and some are located close to woody debris in the deeper sloughs. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish near rock piles with strong current. Throw crank baits or spinners. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish close to bank on sandy areas using crank baits or jigs. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels have peaked this week and levels are starting to drop throughout the district. Expect water to drop a foot or more during the week. The water temperature has dropped down to 60 degrees. Some ramps have minor flooding. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills were along vegetation lines mostly on worms and bobbers but changing conditions have made it hard to consistently find bluegills. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are biting on worms rigs. Drum can be caught in nearly all moderate current areas. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are on the wood in side channel sloughs. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth can be found along rock piles with current. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleyes have been reported from Pool 14 all year. Fish are tight to the bank in this higher water. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are currently peaking and expected to recede this upcoming week. Gauge readings are 9.6 feet at Fulton, 12.3 feet at Camanche and 6.9 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is 60 degrees in main channel. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels have peaked this week and levels are starting to drop throughout the district. Expect water to drop a foot or more during the week. The water temperature has dropped down to 60 degrees. Some ramps have minor flooding. Aquatic vegetation is floating in the River, so do your best to clean your boats and trailers and not transport vegetation to other bodies of water. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are peaking and expect the it to begin receding this upcoming week. Water clarity is getting better but still poor. The water temperature is near 60 degrees in the main channel. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Freshwater drum are a species that bite well this time of year. If you are cleaning them put them on ice immediately after catching. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths can be found along rock lines with strong current. 10/19 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi water levels have peaked and are expected to gradually recede this week. Many ramps are still under water but should return to normal in about a week. Water clarity is fair with some debris still floating. Cooler temperatures will have fish moving toward their winter holes but may be hard to locate with increased current. Water temperature has fallen into the mid 50's° this week. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 11.7 ft and predicted to gradually recede about a foot. Water temperature is near 57°. Army Road at New Albin remains closed due to high water. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some larger bluegills are being picked up near structure on the side channels. Use a small hook tipped with worm with a slip- bobber. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish in areas of moderate current where side channels form an eddy. Nightcrawlers or stinkbait fished on the bottom are effective. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are still being caught in the swifter current areas along main channel borders. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth fishing is improving with reports of many fish in the 2-3 lb range being caught using a worm harness along the riprap near the Black Hawk bridge. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is good on side channel and main channel shoreline structure. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a little slower presentation as the water temperature is falling. One eye jigs or bait-rig off the bottom has been effective. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: The fall perch bite as been picking up. Fish small jigs tipped with worm in backwaters with slight flow. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Northern pike has been good in shallow backwaters. Fish soft plastics in areas with slight current. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish crappies in backwater side-channels using light colored jigs or hook tipped with crappie minnows. 10/19 05:52
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Fish live shiners or small bluegill in woody debris to attract flatheads in slack areas off the side channels. 10/19 05:52
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast A cold front will pass through the area Friday evening bringing rain on Saturday. Frost not likely. Leaf color peaks this weekend. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/18 10:03
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Few people have been out. Water levels have dropped and clarity is improving after last week's rain. 10/18 11:42
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Find walleye in deeper holes. Fish eddies and current seams for walleye looking for a meal. Use a jig tipped with a worm or baits imitating larger minnows or suckers. 10/18 11:45
Volga Lake Northeast A cold front will pass through the area Friday evening bringing rain on Saturday. Frost not likely. Leaf color peaks this weekend. Area streams and rivers are in excellent condition. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/18 10:03
Volga Lake Northeast Duck season is open and hunters are on the water. All water is shut off for the season to the campground and restroom at the boat ramp. 10/18 10:16
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Slowly troll along the dam. Use a jig tipped with a minnow in 10-12 ft. water. 10/18 10:21
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Use a jig with a minnow in 2- to 6-feet of water along Ice House Point, the floating dock and the stone piers in Town Bay. 10/19 09:13
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Action is fast right now, pick up fish just about anywhere along the shoreline in 2- to 5-feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with live bait or a small piece of crawler fished below a bobber off the floating fishing pier, the west stone pier, and the inlet bridge. 10/19 09:13
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Surface water temperatures in area lakes are in the mid 50's. Shore fishing is good in most of our area lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 10/19 09:13
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures are in the mid 50's. 10/19 09:13
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Use topwater lures, twisters, or live bait to catch largemouth bass just about anywhere along the shoreline. 10/19 09:13
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Use live bait fished along the Ice House Point shoreline and near the outlet in the east basin. 10/19 09:13
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch have been picked up in Town Bay and on the North side of the lake. 10/19 09:17
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Surface water temperatures in area lakes are in the mid 50's. Shore fishing is good in most of our area lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 10/19 09:13
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Try a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig in 10- to 15-feet of water. 10/19 09:13
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler in 5- to 10-feet of water. Drift near deep structure, drop-offs and weed lines. 10/19 09:13
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Good: Throw topwater lures, weedless baits, spinners and plastic worms along weed lines, near cover and wood structure. Fish deeper for larger fish. Pick up small fish in the shallows. 10/19 09:13
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Fair: 10/19 09:13
Center Lake Northwest For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 10/19 08:24
Center Lake Northwest Walleye - Good: Anglers have reported good walleye activity along the south shore after dusk. 10/19 08:30
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