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Big Woods Lake Northeast The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing very well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass! Largemouth bass fishing has been good on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/19 07:45
Big Woods Lake Northeast Big Woods Lake has been producing some nice catches of largemouth bass. 08/19 07:45
Big Woods Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Casting and retrieving crankbaits or spinner baits has been good for bass. 08/19 07:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing very well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass! Largemouth bass fishing has been good on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/19 07:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Fishing has been good for channel catfish and largemouth bass on Casey Lake. 08/19 07:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Cutbaits, stinkbait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats. 08/19 07:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing redworms or waxworms under a slip bobber near structure. 08/19 07:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are catching many 12-16 inch bass throughout the day on spinner or crank baits. 08/19 07:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing very well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass! Largemouth bass fishing has been good on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/19 07:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. 08/19 07:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is offering excellent catches of walleye, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Concentrate in the more shallow water areas for all three species during this period of summer. 08/19 07:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting jig and crawler, spinner baits, crank baits or even topwater baits near rocky habitat and riffle areas for good smally action. 08/19 07:45
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Cedar. 08/19 07:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing very well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass! Largemouth bass fishing has been good on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/19 07:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. 08/19 07:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. 08/19 07:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 08/19 07:45
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year. 08/19 07:45
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Late summer heat has fish moving into deep water refuge. Anglers should target early morning and evening hours for best fishing. River levels remain stable. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved into running sloughs and main channel borders. Fish small bits of crawler under a bobber. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 15 ft and is expected to remain stable over the next week. 08/21 10:03
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. 08/21 10:03
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 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish the upper portions of main channel wingdams using crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with a crawler. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Late summer heat has fish moving into deep water refuge. Anglers should target early morning and evening hours for best fishing. River levels remain stable. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved into running sloughs and main channel borders. Fish small bits of crawler under a bobber. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The water levels at Lock & Dam 10 at Guttenberg are at 6.4 and raising slightly over the next week. 08/21 10:03
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. 08/21 10:03
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. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish the upper portions of main channel wingdams using crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with a crawler. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river is holding steady. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been very good for many species. The vegetation is starting to float and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 5.2 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 7.8 feet, up slightly from last week and water levels are expected to stabilize. Water temperature is up to 77 degrees. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are 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. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: 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. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lot of Bluegills coming off rock lines and brush piles. Look for areas near big backwater complexes. As water becomes shallow in these lakes the bluegill will pull out to snags near the openings. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught on their normal summer patterns. Most fish are hanging on wingdams and can be caught with a three-way rig with a crawler. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught in good numbers around brush piles in slightly flowing slough areas. Most have moved out of the stagnant backwaters. Try using a small minnow for bait. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads are also being caught by bass anglers using crankbaits. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: 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! 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of 12 inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. You need to fish very close to rock for the best success. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river is holding steady. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been very good for many species. The vegetation is starting to float and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 5.3 feet. The river is expected is to be stable all week. The water temperature is at 77 degrees Fahrenheit. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try fishing brush piles in sloughs adjacent to large backwater complexes. Gills have moved out of the backwaters and into these locations as water receded. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cats are hitting on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, or snags. Also you can try using stink bait above the rock wingdams to attract large channel catfish. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the large sloughs of Pool 13. Some of these include Crooked Slough, Running Slough and Dark Slough. Fish brush piles with jigs and small minnows for bait! 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Use a worm rig with an egg sinker or for large drum use a big crayfish for bait. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth bass are biting on spinners or even a small swim jigs worked along habitat areas such as rock piles or log jams. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are being taken along rock piles using spinners or small crank baits. Most are running about 12 inches in size. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught off wingdams by anglers using a three-way worm rig. Some are also being taken off crankbaits in rock pile areas. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike were being caught in tributary mouths like at Mill Creek and Duck Creek but several fish are being reported throughout the pool. Try using flashy white spinners for the best results. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river is holding steady. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been very good for many species. The vegetation is starting to float and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 08/18 10:19
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. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is 5.1 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 9.5 feet. This is down slightly from last week. Water levels are expected to stabilize. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 77 degrees. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flathead catfish are being caught by bass anglers on crankbaits. 08/18 10:19
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. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass have been hitting along rock piles or the inside portions of wingdams by anglers using crankbaits or spinners for lures. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Crappie - Good: Some crappie are being reported out of Cattail Slough and by Rock Creek by anglers using small minnows for bait. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallies are being taken off rock piles and in the tailwater areas on crankbaits and small spinners. Cast right next to rocky areas for best results. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Look for walleyes on their normal summer patterns. Try using a worm rig on wingdams or crankbaits along rock piles or wingdams. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river is holding steady. Water clarity is generally good and fishing has been very good for many species. The vegetation is starting to float and get attached to trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. The Mississippi River unfortunately is full of non-native animals awaiting transport to other locals. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 6.0 feet. It is to be stable. Water temperature is 77 degrees and water is clear. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being taken out of the harbor areas and around brush piles. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Do not stay long, if you do not catch catfish in 10 or 15 minutes move to a new spot. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. Use a large crayfish to catch bigger drum! 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Smaller bass are being taken off rock lines and sunken trees. 08/18 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A few walleye and sauger are being reported off the wingdams. 08/18 10:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Late summer heat has fish moving into deep water refuge. Anglers should target early morning and evening hours for best fishing. River levels remain stable. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 8.5 and remaining stable over the next week. Army road leading to the ramp at New Albin is open. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved into running sloughs and main channel borders. Fish small bits of crawler under a bobber. 08/21 10:03
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. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Excellent: Northern pike fishing has picked up. Fish flashy spoons using a steel leader along grassy backwater or side channel shorelines. 08/21 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish the upper portions of main channel wingdams using crankbaits or three-way rigs tipped with a crawler. 08/21 10:03
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing very well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass! Largemouth bass fishing has been good on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/19 07:45
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, live chubs and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Try fishing below lowhead dams through riffle areas this time of year. 08/19 07:45
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 08/19 07:45
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been excellent reports of anglers catching walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass on the river. 08/19 07:45
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot on the Shell Rock River also. 08/19 07:45
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast The interior rivers are in excellent condition and anglers are doing very well on walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass! Largemouth bass fishing has been good on many of the lakes in and near Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 08/19 07:45
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Cutbaits, stinkbait, nightcrawlers and leopard frogs have been working well on channel cats. 08/19 07:45
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been good reports of channel catfish and walleye being caught on the Wapsi. 08/19 07:45
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits has been really hot. 08/19 07:45
Big Spirit Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 08/20 07:43
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weedlines and rocky points. Overnight anglers using leeches under a lighted slip bobber have been finding a few 16 inchers up shallow as well. 08/20 07:43
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now. 08/20 07:43
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers using spinner baits near weed edges have been catching a few harvestable size fish. 08/20 06:35
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Muskellunge - Good: Quite a few nice Muskies have been caught on Big Spirit the past couple weeks. 08/20 06:36
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water levels are at or near crest at most of the lakes in the Black Hawk District. For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638. 08/21 11:24
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