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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are picking up catfish using a hook tipped with chicken liver, cut bait or night crawlers. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Fish activity has improved. Anglers are finding a variety of nice fish below dams in pockets of slack water and off current breaks. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are hitting night crawlers and minnows. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are hitting a jig tipped with worms or a variety of plastic tails. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers are finding crappies in backwater and off channel areas especially around brush piles using hooks tipped with a minnow under a bobber. 07/24 10:43
Decorah District Streams Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Terrestrial patterns such as Hoppers, Ants, Beetles and especially Crickets have recently been effective and have taken some particularly big Browns. #18 Baetis patterns have been the predominant mayfly hatch mornings and evenings. #18 Wet Fly and Emerger patterns have also been excellent choices. Nymphing small midges or fishing bright streamers has been good in stained water. For the spin fisher, try using an 1/8 oz jig tipped with a light colored twister or a #5 shad rap. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are spotty but when found can be good. Use small pieces of worms on a hook. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Four rock reefs are being placed in the lake to add more structure in the lake bottom. Please avoid this area to give workers room to work. The reef construction should be completed by Friday, July 25. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along the shoreline. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Fair: Crappies are in deeper water. 07/24 09:36
Lake Meyer Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Gills are biting but you may have to catch a few before you get the one you want. A light colored twistertail is best. Try using a small hunk of worm on a hook fished under a bobber. 07/24 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Fair: Try fishing in deeper water or near brush piles. A hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber is preferred. 07/24 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or a crawdad imitation crankbait. Anglers are finding fish along the weedlines. 07/24 09:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast The Mississippi River continues to fall at a steady pace and the river is getting closer to normal early summer conditions which should lead to good fishing over the coming weeks. Most all boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the 70's. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is at 17.9 and is expected to fall to 16 ft over the next week. The ramp at Sny Magill is now open. The roller dams at lock and dam 9 have been lowered. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 07/24 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use cray fish for bigger fish 07/24 10:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 07/24 10:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stinkbait. 07/24 10:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 07/24 10:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The Mississippi River continues to fall at a steady pace and the river is getting closer to normal early summer conditions which should lead to good fishing over the coming weeks. Most all boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the 70's. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stinkbait. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use cray fish for bigger fish. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The water levels at Lock & Dam 10 Guttenberg have dropped to 9.3 and expected to fall to 7.5 over the next. The roller dams at lock and dam 10 have been lowered. The Turkey River landing is now open. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 07/24 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 07/24 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 07/24 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river is dropping still dropping rapidly. With water levels dropping, water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 9.1 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 11.4 feet. This is down 3 feet from last week and water levels are going to continue to drop. Water temperature is 77 degrees. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are starting to hit on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. 07/24 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Scattered reports of people catching a few walleyes off the wingdams especially in near shore areas. 07/24 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river is dropping still dropping rapidly. With water levels dropping, water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 10.4 feet, down three feet from last weeks report. The river is expected to drop quickly, and the river's clarity should improve. The water temperature is at 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The DNR ramp is now open for business after a long flooding period. Curtsey docks will not yet be out at most Pool 13 boat ramps. The state record longnose gar was broken this week on Pool 13! 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait to catch channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Small largemouth are starting to bite again in the tailwater areas. Bigger bass are still being taken in the clear waters of the Spring Lake area. 07/24 11:08
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river is dropping still dropping rapidly. With water levels dropping, water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is 9.8 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 12.6 feet. This is down over 3 feet from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to drop. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 78 degrees. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are sight feeders. With the increase in clarity, bass will be feeding. Find clear backwaters and start throwing some lures. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 07/24 11:35
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river is dropping still dropping rapidly. With water levels dropping, water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 10.1 feet. It is expected to drop continuously all week. The water is still a little high, but good fishing is expected. Eagle landing in Bettendorf park had some damage due to flooding. It may be closed this week so please check ahead with the city of Bettendorf if planning to use this site! 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Fish will be moving to their summer holes. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. 07/24 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast The Mississippi River continues to fall at a steady pace and the river is getting closer to normal early summer conditions which should lead to good fishing over the coming weeks. Most all boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the 70's. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 9.3 and is expected to fall slowly to 8.5 over the next week. Army road leading to the ramp at New Albin is open. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stinkbait. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 07/24 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 07/24 10:17
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Anglers should find hungry fish around woody debris or in the off channel areas. Also try tossing a lure around an eddy line. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Brown Trout - Good: With water temperatures warming, trout are moving into areas with colder water. 07/24 10:24
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are using a jighead tipped with a variety of plastics or nightcrawlers. 07/24 10:25
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Good: Artificial lures are working well. 07/24 10:26
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70's. There is an algae bloom occurring below Elkader but fish activity continues to pick up. Fish can be found along shorelines with steep drop-offs. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a worm. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast White Bass - Good: White bass have been hitting jigs tipped with a nightcrawler or minnow. 07/24 10:32
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass action is picking up. Try using a crawdad imitation crankbait or jig tipped with twistertail. Fish around the mouth of tributaries or an undercut bank. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Sucker - Slow: Suckers will take a hook tipped with a worm fished on the stream bottom. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast The CR-V36 bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be closed for most of the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are hitting on spinners and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or dark twistertails. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast A wide variety of fish are beginning to show up in the anglers creel this week. Rockbass in the 8-9" range are actively taking bait as are blue gills, and flathead catfish. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler bounced off the bottom. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers have been catching lots of small fish. Smallies are actively taking a variety of baits. Try using a crawdad imitation crankbaits. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Sucker - Good: Suckers are biting on worm rigs. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Excellent: Walleye continue to be active this week. Combinations of light and dark jigs tipped with twistertails are working. A jig tipped with a minnow is also starting catch fish. 07/24 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Anglers be aware that the universally accessible dock sustained major ice damage and is unusable at this time. 07/24 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught on a hook tipped with a worm. 07/24 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching lots of small crappies over the brush piles or along the shoreline using a small jig tipped with tubejigs or a twistertail. 07/24 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are along the rocky shore and are actively taking a hook tipped with dough balls or worms. 07/24 09:31
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are taking spinnerbaits from shore. Target woody debris along the waters edge. 07/24 09:31
Blue Lake Northwest The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 21.69ft. /32,600 cfs./76 degrees fahrenheit. The Missouri River has dropped .51 feet from last week. The Missouri River has changed from the recent high water, watch out for logs and sandbars that are potential hazards. Fishing has improved overall from last week with the stable conditions on the Missouri River. 07/24 10:28
Blue Lake Northwest Black Bullhead - Good: Fishing continues to be good for bullheads at Blue Lake a good place to take kids fishing for fast action 07/24 10:28
Blue Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing continues to be good for channel catfish try worms and dipbait for success. 07/24 10:28
Bluebill Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 07/23 11:41
Bluebill Lake Northwest Action has slowed at Bluebill, but anglers are still catching some keeper sized bluegill and a few crappie fishing with live bait mostly from boats. 07/23 11:41
Browns Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish have been caught using stink bait and chicken livers or drift fishing with cut bait or shrimp. 07/23 03:46
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Crappie - Fair: A few reports of good catches have been made fishing around submerged trees near the creek channel. 07/23 03:46
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few fish have been caught along the edges of weed lines and suspended around trees. 07/23 03:46
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Fish submerged trees located on deep flats 07/23 03:48
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish have been caught vertical jigging along weed lines and on deeper flats while fishing for blue gill and crappie 07/23 03:49
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: A few fish have been caught around deep submerged trees. 07/23 03:50
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Fair: A few fish have been caught in the 35"-45" range fishing near the creek channel. 07/23 03:51
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