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Airport Lake Northeast Another weekend with temps in the upper 30's is in store for us with the possibility of snow Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Warmer temps and precipitation will weaken ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 10:55
Airport Lake Northeast There is about 8-9 inches of ice on Airport Lake with open water near the aerator. Use caution and check ice depths often. 01/22 11:12
Airport Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers can find fish near structure or along sharp depth profile changes. Move often if fish don't bite right away. 01/22 11:15
Airport Lake Northeast Fish activity has really slowed on most area lakes this week. Mild weather will continue through Saturday with temps in low 30's and chance of snow Saturday evening into Sunday. Sunday the temps drop into the teens. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 03:17
Airport Lake Northeast There is about 8-9 inches of ice on Airport Lake with open water near the aerator. Use caution and check ice depths often. 01/22 03:17
Airport Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers can find fish near structure or along sharp depth profile changes. Move often if fish don't bite right away. 01/22 03:17
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 01/21 02:25
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Another weekend with temps in the upper 30's is in store for us with the possibility of snow Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Warmer temps and precipitation will weaken ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 10:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Backwaters are frozen. Use extreme caution when crossing areas with current. Ice thickness will vary. Anglers have been catching a variety of fish using a hook tipped with a waxworm or minnow. 01/22 10:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: The bite gets hot about 1 hour before and after sunset. Jigs tipped with waxworms are your best bet. 01/22 10:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Crappie - Slow: 01/22 10:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Fish activity has really slowed on most area lakes this week. Mild weather will continue through Saturday with temps in low 30's and chance of snow Saturday evening into Sunday. Sunday the temps drop into the teens. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 03:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Backwaters are frozen. Use extreme caution when crossing areas with current. Ice thickness will vary. Anglers have been catching a variety of fish using a hook tipped with a waxworm or minnow. 01/22 03:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Slow: The bite gets hot about 1 hour before and after sunset. Jigs tipped with waxworms are your best bet. 01/22 03:17
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Crappie - Slow: 01/22 03:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Another weekend with temps in the upper 30's is in store for us with the possibility of snow Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Warmer temps and precipitation will weaken ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 10:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Use caution when trying to get to your favorite spots as snow will cover uneven ground and ice. Some light black stonefly hatches have been taking place on warmer sunny afternoons. Anglers have also been taking trout on light spruce flies, small #20 caddis fly nymphs, and streamers. 01/22 10:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Angling strategies should change during the winter months. Angling should take place in the riffles, especially concentrate your lure/fly along the deeper channels running along a cut bank. 01/22 10:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Streams with better water quality will be open even during the coldest of weather. Many of the longer flat pools will be frozen. Frozen spots will open when sun hits them and temps warm up during the day. 01/22 10:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers catching a 18 inch or bigger brownie are eligible for an Iowa Master Angler Certificate. For more information, please visit www.iowadnr.gov/masterangler. 01/22 10:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Fish activity has really slowed on most area lakes this week. Mild weather will continue through Saturday with temps in low 30's and chance of snow Saturday evening into Sunday. Sunday the temps drop into the teens. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 03:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Use caution when trying to get to your favorite spots as snow will cover uneven ground and ice. Some light black stonefly hatches have been taking place on warmer sunny afternoons. Anglers have also been taking trout on light spruce flies, small #20 caddis fly nymphs, and streamers. 01/22 03:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Angling strategies should change during the winter months. Angling should take place in the riffles, especially concentrate your lure/fly along the deeper channels running along a cut bank. 01/22 03:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Streams with better water quality will be open even during the coldest of weather. Many of the longer flat pools will be frozen. Frozen spots will open when sun hits them and temps warm up during the day. 01/22 03:17
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers catching a 18 inch or bigger brownie are eligible for an Iowa Master Angler Certificate. For more information, please visit www.iowadnr.gov/masterangler. 01/22 03:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Another weekend with temps in the upper 30's is in store for us with the possibility of snow Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Warmer temps and precipitation will weaken ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 10:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast There is about 10" inches of ice on the lake with about 2 inches of snow on top. Please use caution when going out on ice and check depths often. No ATV's or motorized vehicles are allowed on the lake. There is open water around the aerator. 01/22 10:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try using small light colored jigs with tipped waxworms. Mid afternoon bite is best and shuts down after dark. Fish around structure. 01/22 10:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are sneaking bait from bluegills here and there. 01/22 10:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Slow: Try a minnow for a crappie. Best bet is to let your minnow do the talking and leave your pole alone. 01/22 10:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Fish activity has really slowed on most area lakes this week. Mild weather will continue through Saturday with temps in low 30's and chance of snow Saturday evening into Sunday. Sunday the temps drop into the teens. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 03:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast There is about 10" inches of ice on the lake with about 2 inches of snow on top. Please use caution when going out on ice and check depths often. No ATV's or motorized vehicles are allowed on the lake. There is open water around the aerator. 01/22 03:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Try using small light colored jigs with tipped waxworms. Mid afternoon bite is best and shuts down after dark. Fish around structure. 01/22 03:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Slow: Try a minnow for a crappie. Best bet is to let your minnow do the talking and leave your pole alone. 01/22 03:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass are sneaking bait from bluegills here and there. 01/22 03:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Another weekend with temps in the upper 30's is in store for us with the possibility of snow Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Warmer temps and precipitation will weaken ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 10:55
Lake Meyer Northeast The lake has about 10 inches of ice with about 1 inch of snow on top. Continue to use caution when going out on the ice. More people have been venturing out with warmer temperatures. 01/22 10:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching bluegills but the bite remains spotty. If you don't get bites, move to another location. Fish have been found in 12-14 feet depths and are hanging around brush piles. 01/22 10:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Fish activity has really slowed on most area lakes this week. Mild weather will continue through Saturday with temps in low 30's and chance of snow Saturday evening into Sunday. Sunday the temps drop into the teens. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 03:17
Lake Meyer Northeast The lake has about 10 inches of ice with about 1 inch of snow on top. Continue to use caution when going out on the ice. More people have been venturing out with warmer temperatures. 01/22 03:17
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are catching bluegills but the bite remains spotty. If you don't get bites, move to another location. Fish have been found in 12-14 feet depths and are hanging around brush piles. 01/22 03:17
Manchester District Streams Northeast Fountain Springs, Spring Branch, Swiss Valley, Richmond Springs, Bankston, Big Mill, Hewett Creek, and the Maquoketa River provide year-round opportunities for brown trout and rainbow trout. 01/21 02:23
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: 01/21 02:23
Manchester District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Slow: 01/21 02:23
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Ice fishing activity has picked up on the Mississippi River. Most backwaters have around ten inches of ice this week. Ice conditions may still be variable with the snow cover and anglers should avoid any areas with current. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River Level at Lynxville has risen to 15.1 ft. Ice continues to build with continued cold weather. Most ramps are now closed in with ice. Sny Magill backwater areas have been excellent for panfish and northern pike. Bussey Lake has reports of some nice largemouth being caught. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Many bluegills up to 8 inches being caught using jigs and wax-worm. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Good: Not a lot of crappie being caught through the ice, but the ones biting are nice sizes. Waxworms and minnows fished in submersed trees work well. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nicer size pike are being caught. Try tip-up fishing using shiners in backwater areas. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - No Report: 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing has been good using tip-ups baited with a minnow suspended at mid-depth under the ice. 01/22 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: 01/22 11:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Ice fishing activity has picked up on the Mississippi River. Most backwaters have around ten inches of ice this week. Ice conditions may still be variable with the snow cover and anglers should avoid any areas with current. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 6.6 ft. The city ramp in Guttenberg and the DNR ramp are blocked with ice. Small flat-bottom boats have been pushing out over ice in the DNR harbor to reach open water. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The bite has been variable but fish are being caught early morning and later afternoon, using jigs and wax-worm. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Tailwater fishing is difficult to access at this time but a few sauger are being caught jigging minnows below the locks. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Tailwater fishing is difficult to access at this time but a few walleye are being caught jigging minnows below the locks. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch have been biting on waxworms in the Zollicoffer Slough area at Mud Lake. 01/22 11:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: The bass population is excellent in Mud Lake and Sunfish Lakes. Tip-ups baited with a minnow can produce some larger bass. 01/22 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nicer size pike are being caught. Try tip-up fishing using shiners in backwater areas. 01/22 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Most backwaters have excellent ice conditions, with up to 10 inches of ice reported in places. However, have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.4 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 8.9 feet, both up a half foot from last week. Water is expected to remain stable during the week. The tailwater is presently socked in with ice, but with work, some may be able to launch out of O'Leary's Landing. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Most backwaters have safe ice fishing conditions. Bluegill populations are very good in the Mississippi River. Some nice gills were reported from Tippy's Lake. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: Most fishing is taking place in the various marina's and Hennebery and Tippy Lakes around Dubuque. Try a jig or a minnow for best results! Anglers report crappie fishing from poor to excellent. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike populations are robust in the river right now and fishing with tip ups have been reported at various locations. Both bass and pike are being caught on the tip ups. Quality fishing has been variable. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Good: The tailwater is socked in with ice making fishing the tailwater a challenge. Sauger are on the bite in the tailwater. The daily possession limit for an aggregate of both walleye and sauger is six per person per day. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Walleyes were being caught out of Schmitt harbor but no recent report. That fishery has been productive at times this season! The Dubuque Tailwater is not easily accessible by boat. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Lots of yellow perch have been reported throughout the district. In some places it has been the dominant species caught. It appears at least three size classes of ring perch biting with the small ones being the most common to hit the wax worms! 01/22 08:57
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Most backwaters have excellent ice conditions, with up to 10 inches of ice reported in places. However, have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Consistent ice is available for ice anglers but the bite for large fish has been slow, In some spots numerous small bluegills have been hitting. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 6.8 feet which is up a half a foot from last week. Levels are expected to remain stable. Most backwaters have good ice conditions. The City of Bellevue Ramp was opened by city crews this week. Ice flows may be an issue however but launching is presently possible, but subject to change. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Some Crappie are being reported out of the deeper water pockets in the Sabula Area Lakes. At times some crappie are also being reported out of Browns Lake as well. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: When boats could get into the tailwater this winter, fishing has ranged from poor to excellent. Lots of weather fronts and water level changes can make fishing walleye and sauger a challenge. As of Thursday the ramp was open but to be sure call ahead before making a long trip to Bellevue. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: The number of yellow perch caught this year has been a pleasant surprise for anglers. In some places it has been the dominant species caught. It appears at least three size classes of ring perch are biting with the small ones being the most common to hit the wax worms! 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Most backwaters have excellent ice conditions, with up to 10 inches of ice reported in places. However, have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Some small bluegills have been reported to us. Rock Creek backwater, Swedes backwater and the Cattail backwater areas are some of the major backwater fisheries on Pool 14. Also some small gills reported out of Joyce's Slough by Clinton. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Winter fishing reports are varied in Pool 14 but certainly some nice sauger were being caught on three way rigs and jigs much earlier this winter. Access to the tailwaters may be a challenge. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 5.9 feet, the water level at Camanche it is near 9.9 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 4.5 feet, all up slightly from last week. Water levels are now predicted to be stable this week. Most backwaters are reported as safe ice for fishing with ice depth at 6 or more inches. Please never venture across current areas or areas with unknown ice. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Small yellow perch are also being reported at most backwater locations in Pool 14. It is a good sign for the future but frustrating now finding larger fish! 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Most backwaters have excellent ice conditions, with up to 10 inches of ice reported in places. However, have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 5.6 feet, down from last week. Water temperature is 33 degrees and water clarity is good. No fishing was reported on Pool 15 this week. 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Most panfish have moved into their overwintering homes for the winter. Marinas often offer over wintering areas on Pool 15 but ice fishing conditions were poor most of this season. Now we have some good conditions and fishing may pick up! 01/22 08:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Ice fishing activity has picked up on the Mississippi River. Most backwaters have around ten inches of ice this week. Ice conditions may still be variable with the snow cover and anglers should avoid any areas with current. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The bite has been variable but fish are being caught early morning and later afternoon, using jigs and wax-worm. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is up slightly to 8.2 feet. Largemouth bass, Perch and bluegill fishing have picked up in Shore Slough and Village Creek areas. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch fishing has picked up with some nicer size fish being caught along vegetation areas. 01/22 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nicer size pike are being caught. Try tip-up fishing using shiners in backwater areas. 01/22 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Good: Not a lot of crappie being caught through the ice, but the ones biting are nice sizes. Waxworms and minnows fished in submersed trees work well. 01/22 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Tip-ups baited with a minnow can produce some larger bass. 01/22 11:37
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Most largemouth bass and bluegill caught on Silver Lake this winter are small with a rare nice crappie and bluegill in the mix. Some northern pike are also being caught but size is generally less than 24 inches. 01/21 02:17
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Bluegill - Slow: 01/21 02:17
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Crappie - Slow: 01/21 02:17
Silver Lake (Delaware) Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: 01/21 02:18
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Another weekend with temps in the upper 30's is in store for us with the possibility of snow Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Warmer temps and precipitation will weaken ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 10:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Anglers have been having luck fishing in the mill pond above the Vernon Springs dam near Cresco and above Lidtke Mill in Lime Springs. Please use caution when crossing river ice. The ice at Lidtke Mill is 6-7 inches. 01/22 10:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish have been caught off the bottom in about 5 feet of water. Small jigs tipped with waxworms work the best. 01/22 10:55
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Fish activity has really slowed on most area lakes this week. Mild weather will continue through Saturday with temps in low 30's and chance of snow Saturday evening into Sunday. Sunday the temps drop into the teens. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 03:17
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Anglers have been having luck fishing in the mill pond above the Vernon Springs dam near Cresco. Please use caution when crossing river ice. 01/22 03:17
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Fish have been caught off the bottom in about 5 feet of water. Small jigs tipped with waxworms work the best. 01/22 03:17
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Another weekend with temps in the upper 30's is in store for us with the possibility of snow Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Continue to use caution when venturing out on any ice. Warmer temps and precipitation will weaken ice. Urban lake catchable trout stockings are taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/22 10:55
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