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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Peak color is here even though this weeks wind and rain took a few leaves, colors are still amazing. Weekend temperatures will be mid 50's during the day to mid 30's at night. A chance of showers is forecast for Sunday afternoon. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity is picking up. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 09:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Anglers are picking up quite a few fish around Howard's Woods and below the Nashua dam. Also fish activity around the Charles City has slowed some but may pick up with cold front moving through the area. 10/16 09:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching fish using a jighead tipped with a minnow. 10/16 09:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies up to 21" are taking jigs tipped with a minnow. Fish can be found along the current breaks. 10/16 09:40
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Crappie - Good: Crappies are hitting a jig tipped with a piece of worm under a bobber especially below the Nashua dam. 10/16 09:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Peak color is here even though this weeks wind and rain took a few leaves, colors are still amazing. Weekend temperatures will be mid 50's during the day to mid 30's at night. A chance of showers is forecast for Sunday afternoon. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity is picking up. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 09:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast #18 Blue Wing Olives are hatching nearly every afternoon on better northeast Iowa streams. #12 Cricket patterns have been extremely effective for larger browns and rainbows. GRHEs, Princes and Zebra Midges have all been effective nymph patterns. Brown and brook trout are presently on the spawning beds. Please fish from the stream banks or wade very carefully whenever possible so as not to disturb critical nesting activity. 10/16 09:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout can be seen building nests to lay their eggs. 10/16 09:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Take time to observe spawning trout activity around the cleared off areas in the stream bottom. Anglers might see territorial behavior in males. 10/16 09:40
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbows can be found sitting in faster water. If the weather doesn't slow the hatch, bows can be aggressive on a dry fly. 10/16 09:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Peak color is here even though this weeks wind and rain took a few leaves, colors are still amazing. Weekend temperatures will be mid 50's during the day to mid 30's at night. A chance of showers is forecast for Sunday afternoon. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity is picking up. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 09:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Panfishing is good this week. Shoreline anglers need to cast farther into the lake to find fish. Try fishing the jetties at either side of the dam. 10/16 09:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching a few gills by casting further into the lake. Try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. 10/16 09:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies along the rockier shorelines or where there is habitat. Use little jigs tipped with imitation minnows for the big ones. 10/16 09:40
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Spinners and plastic tube jigs will work for bass. Try a slow retrieve for sluggish fish. 10/16 09:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Peak color is here even though this weeks wind and rain took a few leaves, colors are still amazing. Weekend temperatures will be mid 50's during the day to mid 30's at night. A chance of showers is forecast for Sunday afternoon. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity is picking up. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 09:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Panfishing on Lake Meyer continues to be spotty but on a good day, anglers can really get some nice size bluegills. 10/16 09:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are hitting small jigs tipped with small piece of worm or waxworm while fishing the shoreline. Anglers may have to cast further out to find bluegills. 10/16 09:40
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies using a hook tipped with a worm but jigs have also been working. Try tipping a small jig with a waxworm. Try fishing along the jetty or dam to find crappies. 10/16 09:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Fall has fish on the move and on the feed. Fish are active and anglers are taking advantage of the early fall upswing in activity. Recent rains have river levels rising slightly. Water temperature has dropped to the lower 50's. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River Level at Lynxville is currently 15.3 feet and rising slightly to 15.7 this week. Water temperature continues to drop steadily and fish are in the fall feeding mode. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are still active along wing dam areas and fallen trees in side channel holes. Fish with dip baits or a crawler. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Good: Fall crappie bite is starting. Fish tree snags in the backwater lakes using a minnow under a bobber. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on worms along the main channel on sandflats and rockpiles. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are feeding aggressively and nearly everywhere. Frog crankbaits have been effective. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has picked up again as they move toward overwintering holes. Fish small hooks or jigs tipped with worms along any structure. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger are beginning to move up into the tailwaters and biting on jig and a minnow. 10/16 11:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Fall has fish on the move and on the feed. Fish are active and anglers are taking advantage of the early fall upswing in activity. Recent rains have river levels rising slightly. Water temperature has dropped to the lower 50's. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has picked up again as they move toward overwintering holes. Fish small hooks or jigs tipped with worms along any structure. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are still active along wing dam areas and fallen trees in side channel holes. Fish with dip baits or a crawler. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are feeding aggressively and nearly everywhere. Frog crankbaits have been effective. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 7.1 feet and expected to rise to 8.3 over the next week. Tailwater fishing if picking up for sauger and walleye. Fall fishing in Sunfish and Mudlake is picking up in lower Pool 11. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Good: Fall crappie bite is starting. Fish tree snags in the backwater lakes using a minnow under a bobber. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on worms along the main channel on sandflats and rockpiles. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger are beginning to move up into the tailwaters and biting on jig and a minnow. 10/16 11:47
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river rose slightly and will continue to rise slowly. Fishing has been good on the Mississippi River. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel cats were hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wingdams to drawl in large channel catfish. No report this week but a lot of catfish still can be caught! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 7.8 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 9.1 feet. This is up almost a half foot compared to last week. Water levels are will rise slightly throughout the week. Water temperature is dropping slightly and is at 56 degrees. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be found mostly along rocky areas or brush piles near flowing water. Float bobber along the rock or wood structure for best results. Expecting the bluegill fishing to greatly improve this week as water is now stable. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Excellent: Crappies can be caught on small minnows in brush piles along side channels. 10/16 11:39
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. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of smaller largemouth bass are being caught along rock piles and on the insides portions of wingdams. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Good numbers of 12 inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. For success catching smallmouth you need the combination of current and rock! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are biting well at times on wingdams. Use a three way rig with a minnow or leach for best results. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river rose slightly and will continue to rise slowly. Fishing has been good on the Mississippi River. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 7.4 feet, up slightly from last week. Levels are expected to continue to rise slowly this week. The water clarity is fair. Water temperature has dropped slightly and is at 56 degrees. Fishing is has been good for many species. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be along channel edges for a few more weeks before they start moving to their backwater homes. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are biting in backwater areas and in side channel sloughs. They are really tight to brush piles. Use a small jig or small minnows as bait! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Drum can be caught on a simple egg sinker with a worm rig. For large drum use a big crayfish for bait. Have a fall fish feed with drum. The are very good eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the filets. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike populations abound in the Mississippi River right now and a few lucky anglers are catching pike mostly while bass fishing! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye fishing is good with many fish being caught at times on the wingdams. Use a three-way rig with a minnow or leach for bait. Fish often found immediately on the tops of the wingdams. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river rose slightly and will continue to rise slowly. Fishing has been good on the Mississippi River. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 6.9 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 10.6 feet, both up from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise slightly. Water temperature is near 56 degrees. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use a dip bait along the rocks piles. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the side channel sloughs. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are biting in Cattail Slough and Rock Creek near brush piles. Use a small minnow as bait! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish. Remove the red meat from the drum fillets and they are very good eating fish! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are still being found along rock piles and brush piles along the channel edges. Use a jig or spinner for best results. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallies are biting along rock piles with some noticeable current. Spinners or crankbaits work best! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some nice walleye have been reported out of Pool 14 in the past few weeks. Most anglers are fishing the wingdams using minnows or leaches on a three-way rig. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Some nice yellow perch are being caught by anglers fishing bluegills and crappies. Seem to bite the best on the small minnows. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river rose slightly and will continue to rise slowly. Fishing has been good on the Mississippi River. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at LeClaire is at 5.6 feet and water level at Rock Island is at 7.3 feet. This is up about a half a foot from last week and is expected to rise slightly. Water temperature is 56 degrees and water clarity is fair. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lots of bluegills are being reported out the marina areas on Pool 15. This is a good time to fish these areas as boat traffic is down significantly. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Anglers were reporting nice catches on channel catfish in current areas and near wingdams up to last week. We have received no reports on channel can but if you are using worms or stink bait they should still be biting! 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Use an egg sinker and worm in moderate current areas. Drum are excellent eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the fillets. Also keep the fillets cool at all times to avoid them becoming mushy. 10/16 11:39
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of nice bass are being caught along rip rap lines and the mouths of the marina's by anglers using shad colored crank baits. 10/16 11:50
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Fall has fish on the move and on the feed. Fish are active and anglers are taking advantage of the early fall upswing in activity. Recent rains have river levels rising slightly. Water temperature has dropped to the lower 50's. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8.5 and expected to remain stable. Look for fish to begin staging in side channels near backwater overwintering areas such as Lansing Big Lake and the Lansing Village Creek angler access. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has picked up again as they move toward overwintering holes. Fish small hooks or jigs tipped with worms along any structure. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are still active along wing dam areas and fallen trees in side channel holes. Fish with dip baits or a crawler. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Good: Fall crappie bite is starting. Fish tree snags in the backwater lakes using a minnow under a bobber. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on worms along the main channel on sandflats and rockpiles. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are feeding aggressively and nearly everywhere. Frog crankbaits have been effective. 10/16 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger are beginning to move up into the tailwaters and biting on jig and a minnow. 10/16 11:41
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Peak color is here even though this weeks wind and rain took a few leaves, colors are still amazing. Weekend temperatures will be mid 50's during the day to mid 30's at night. A chance of showers is forecast for Sunday afternoon. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity is picking up. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 09:40
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast The Turkey River is excellent for paddling and a nice variety of fish are being caught. Water temperatures are running in the 50's. 10/16 09:40
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and spinners. Try fishing for bass off the current breaks and eddies. 10/16 09:40
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are hitting crankbaits fished near woody debris and submersed logs. 10/16 09:40
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Peak color is here even though this weeks wind and rain took a few leaves, colors are still amazing. Weekend temperatures will be mid 50's during the day to mid 30's at night. A chance of showers is forecast for Sunday afternoon. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity is picking up. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 09:40
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast The CR-V36 bridge at Lidtke Mill is closed and will be closed for the season. The Lidtke County Park, boat ramp and canoe access will also be closed for the duration of the construction. The Upper Iowa is in good condition and great for paddling. Fish activity has picked up. 10/16 09:40
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are taking small spinners and bright colored jig. 10/16 09:40
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye can be found in the current breaks and near woody structure. Anglers were using spinners and jigs tipped with worm to entice the finicky fish. 10/16 09:40
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Peak color is here even though this weeks wind and rain took a few leaves, colors are still amazing. Weekend temperatures will be mid 50's during the day to mid 30's at night. A chance of showers is forecast for Sunday afternoon. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity is picking up. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 09:40
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast The Upper Iowa below Decorah is in excellent condition. Water temperatures have dropped into the low 50's. Anglers are picking up a few nice trout. Remember, if you want to keep a trout, you must have a trout privilege. 10/16 09:40
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are jigs tipped with a minnow or smaller crankbait for some interesting action. 10/16 09:40
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are hitting a hook tipped with a nightcrawler. A few folks are using stinkbait with success. 10/16 09:40
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits. Try using a jig tipped with bright orange twister and see what happens. 10/16 09:40
Volga Lake Northeast Peak color is here even though this weeks wind and rain took a few leaves, colors are still amazing. Weekend temperatures will be mid 50's during the day to mid 30's at night. A chance of showers is forecast for Sunday afternoon. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity is picking up. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 09:40
Volga Lake Northeast The boat ramp parking lot resurfacing project has begun and is on schedule to make the completion date of November 15. Remember the area is closed to boats and cars but anglers or waterfowlers may access the lake by walking into the area. 10/16 09:40
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are finding fish along rocky shorelines and are using a hooked tipped with a small piece of worm. 10/16 09:40
Volga Lake Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be found around submersed logs and along the rocky shore. Try using cutbait or dead minnows. 10/16 09:40
Volga Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Crappies are hitting a hook tipped with a minnow and can be found near submersed trees. 10/16 09:40
Beeds 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. 10/22 01:17
Beeds Lake Northwest Boat fisherman are getting bluegills, crappies, and yellow bass casting light jigs or slow trolling jigs in the upper water column. Try with a light tube jig or a small hair jig tipped with a small piece of worm. 10/22 01:17
Beeds Lake Northwest Crappie - Good: 10/22 01:17
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have dropped the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active and moving into the shallows. Wader anglers fishing after dark will enjoy excellent catches, fish the traditional wader sites for the best action.. 10/20 10:47
Clear 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. 10/22 01:17
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