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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Get ready for typical spring weather. Temps will be in the 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. All area stream levels have stabilized and are clearing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/16 09:45
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Last weeks rains higher in the watershed caused water levels to rise quite a bit. Water levels have come down and clarity has improved. A few more anglers have been out this week. 04/16 09:55
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers are starting to catch walleye using a jig tipped with a minnow. Higher water last week slowed the bite but conditions have improved. 04/16 09:57
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Shovelnose sturgeon - Fair: Smallmouth are really beginning to bite. A jig tipped with a twister will work for smallies. 04/16 09:58
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish were really active with the river rise. 2 to 3 pound cats were common. Hooks tipped with dead chubs work well. 04/16 10:00
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Anglers are catching walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish on the interior rivers. 2015 trout stream stocking calendars are now available online under the following link: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Heritage Pond in Dubuque will be stocked with trout on Saturday, April 18th. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/16 08:20
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been good reports of smallmouth bass fishing on the Cedar River. Walleye fishing on the Cedar River has slowed down some. Channel catfish angling has been fair for those targeting them. 04/16 08:20
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a twister tail and minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. Concentrate below lowhead dams and shallow pool areas below riffles and off of current breaks. 04/16 08:20
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Some anglers have been taking a few catfish using dead cutbaits fished on the bottom. 04/16 08:20
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Artificial baits and lures have been the most productive on smallmouth bass. 04/16 08:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Get ready for typical spring weather. Temps will be in the 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. All area stream levels have stabilized and are clearing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/16 09:45
Decorah District Streams Northeast Flows are up on many streams after last weeks rain but clearing and very fishable. Scattered hatches of caddis flies, Hendrickson's, and blue wing olives have been observed. Anglers have been taking trout on #14 caddis flies and #16 or #18 Hendrickson or Adams. One of the key's to a successful catch is to match the size of the fly with the critter hatching. Spin fishers using spinners or hair jigs fished through riffles are taking nice catches. 04/16 10:10
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout are the only trout species native to Iowa and require cold clean water. 04/16 10:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Brown trout spawn from October to November with fry emerging from the streambed in March and April. 04/16 10:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Scientific name for rainbow trout is Oncorhynchus mykiss. Oncorhynchus is Greek for hooked snout and mykiss is what this species is commonly called Kamchatka, Russia. 04/16 10:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Get ready for typical spring weather. Temps will be in the 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. All area stream levels have stabilized and are clearing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/16 09:45
Lake Hendricks Northeast Fish activity has been slow but anglers have been giving it a go. 04/16 09:49
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try using a jig tipped with a brightly colored twister and a slow retrieve for success. 04/16 09:50
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are running the shoreline. Anglers using a hook with a dead chub should find some action. 04/16 09:51
Lake Meyer Northeast Get ready for typical spring weather. Temps will be in the 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. All area stream levels have stabilized and are clearing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/16 09:45
Lake Meyer Northeast Lot's of folks have been out but fish activity has been slow. Panfish are still out deep. 04/16 09:52
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are using a jig with a twister tail have been having the best luck. 04/16 09:53
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Anglers are catching walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish on the interior rivers. 2015 trout stream stocking calendars are now available online under the following link: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Heritage Pond in Dubuque will be stocked with trout on Saturday, April 18th. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/16 08:20
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been a few reports of anglers catching walleye on the Maquoketa River. Recent sampling efforts have shown good numbers of walleye and smallmouth bass in the river. Boat ramp access to the Maquoketa River through Bailey's Ford Park is not currently available, a replacement is scheduled for this coming 2015 season. 04/16 08:20
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a twister tail and minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. Concentrate below lowhead dams and shallow pool areas below riffles and off of current breaks. 04/16 08:58
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Artificial baits and lures have been the most productive on smallmouth bass. 04/16 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast A variety of fish species are biting on the Mississippi River this week. Water temperatures are on the rise as well as water levels which is making fish more active and on the move. Main channel water temps are in the mid 50's. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville has risen to 17.4 and is expected to remain steady this week. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Although a few nice walleye are still being caught in the tailwaters bite has slowed at the tail-end of the spawn but expect it to pick up after the spawn. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: There are still plenty of bluegill in backwater overwintering areas but they are beginning to move out. As temps warm bite will pick up. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are beginning to move and feed but bite will be slow until temps warm a bit more. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: A few sauger still being caught in the tailwaters sauger will be spawning soon and the bite may slow. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Look for small mouth to become active as water temps warm into the 50's. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Some nice yellow perch have been reported in the upper end of Pool 10. The bite slowed recently as perch are finishing spawning. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cat are biting on crawlers in tailwaters of the dams and deeper side channels. 04/16 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting; a good indicator that spring is finally here. This fair-weather favorite can be caught from shore along sandbars and flats with some current. 04/16 11:26
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast A variety of fish species are biting on the Mississippi River this week. Water temperatures are on the rise as well as water levels which is making fish more active and on the move. Main channel water temps are in the mid 50's. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: There are still plenty of bluegill in backwater overwintering areas but they are beginning to move out. As temps warm bite will pick up. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are beginning to move and feed but bite will be slow until temps warm a bit more. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has risen several feet to 9.3 and expected to rise a few more inches this week and slowly fall after that. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Although a few nice walleye are still being caught in the tailwaters bite has slowed at the tail-end of the spawn but expect it to pick up after the spawn. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Some nice yellow perch have been reported in the Mud Lake area but the bite slowed recently as perch are finishing spawning. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are still biting on jigs tipped with minnows in the tailwaters. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Look for small mouth to become active as water temps warm into the 50's. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cat are biting on crawlers in tailwaters of the dams and deeper side channels. 04/16 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting; a good indicator that spring is finally here. This fair-weather favorite can be caught from shore along sandbars and flats with some current. 04/16 11:25
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern pike and yellow perch are mostly spawned out, walleye and sauger are still spawning presently but near the end of the run in the Mississippi River. Paddlefish snagging is now closed. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 8.5 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 10.7 feet. This is up quite a bit from last week. Water temperature in the main channel is 52 degrees and it is around 62 in the backwaters. Water is expected to rise slowly. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: A couple nice sized northern pike were reported this week. They are mostly done spawning and are now in the feeding mode! Lots of anglers targeting pike right now! 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Sauger and walleye fishing has been good but soon both species are moving into spawning areas and generally bite poorly during that time. Some spawned out walleyes are being reported. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Some nice yellow perch are showing up in the tailwater and larger side channel areas. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: Some nice sized crappies are being reported. Many males are being found in shallow water, while some of the females are being reported from various spots including the tailwaters. 04/16 10:38
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern pike and yellow perch are mostly spawned out, walleye and sauger are still spawning presently but near the end of the run in the Mississippi River. Paddlefish snagging is now closed. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 9.2 feet and predicted rise slowly. Main channel temperatures are at 54 degrees and backwaters are around 62 degrees. Paddlefish season is now closed. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Good: We know crappie are on the move from their overwintering sites and moving toward their spawning areas. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike have been reported, Pike unlike walleye bite immediately after they are done spawning. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Anglers are reporting fair to good fishing for sauger mostly on three way rigs or a jig and minnow. Both sauger and walleye will move toward their spawning locations soon and bite may slow down! 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some nicer walleye are being taken on jigs and minnows. Anglers are targeting 18 to 24 feet of water. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: 04/16 10:59
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern pike and yellow perch are mostly spawned out, walleye and sauger are still spawning presently but near the end of the run in the Mississippi River. Paddlefish snagging is now closed. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are being reported by anglers using a jig and minnow or three way rig. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 8.4 feet, the water level at Camanche it is at 11.6 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 6.6 feet. Main channel water temperature is around 53 degrees with backwaters being closer to 64 degrees. Levels are generally rising in all locations. Paddlefish season is now closed. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some bass are now showing up in the creel, and angling for both smallmouth and largemouth is only expected to get better! 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Big female walleyes will begin moving to the spawning areas very shortly. Males have been running for several weeks but females are just now beginning the spawning process. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Some nice sized crappies are being reported. Many males are being found in shallow water, while some of the females are being reported from various spots including the tailwaters. 04/16 11:03
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Northern pike and yellow perch are mostly spawned out, walleye and sauger are still spawning presently but near the end of the run in the Mississippi River. Paddlefish snagging is now closed. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 6.4 feet and rising. No fishing was reported to us on Pool 15 this week. 04/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast A variety of fish species are biting on the Mississippi River this week. Water temperatures are on the rise as well as water levels which is making fish more active and on the move. Main channel water temps are in the mid 50's. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8.t and expected to remain stable at level over the next week. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: There are still plenty of bluegill in backwater overwintering areas but they are beginning to move out. As temps warm bite will pick up. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Largemouth are beginning to move and feed but bite will be slow until temps warm a bit more. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Look for small mouth to become active as water temps warm into the 50's. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye will be spawning soon so the bite may drop off. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: some nice yellow perch have ben reported in the upper end of Pool 9. The bite slowed recently as perch are finishing spawning. 04/16 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cat are biting on crawlers in tailwaters of the dams and deeper side channels. 04/16 11:21
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are biting; a good indicator that spring is finally here. This fair-weather favorite can be caught from shore along sandbars and flats with some current. 04/16 11:26
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Anglers are catching walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish on the interior rivers. 2015 trout stream stocking calendars are now available online under the following link: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Heritage Pond in Dubuque will be stocked with trout on Saturday, April 18th. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/16 08:20
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been decent reports of both walleye and smallmouth bass being caught on the Shell Rock River. 04/16 08:20
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a twister tail and minnow is a deadly combination for walleye this time of year. Concentrate below lowhead dams and shallow pool areas below riffles and off of current breaks. 04/16 08:20
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Artificial baits and lures have been the most productive on smallmouth bass. 04/16 08:37
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Get ready for typical spring weather. Temps will be in the 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. All area stream levels have stabilized and are clearing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/16 09:45
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Water levels have dropped and clarity improved this week. Water temperatures are in the mid 50's. 04/16 10:01
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Sucker - Excellent: The sucker bite is on. Anglers using a hooked drifted along the bottom of the river will catch fish. 04/16 10:02
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are beginning to bite on jigs tipped with a minnow. 04/16 10:03
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: Trout can be caught in the river at Big Spring Hatchery. 04/16 10:04
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Get ready for typical spring weather. Temps will be in the 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. All area stream levels have stabilized and are clearing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/16 09:45
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water levels have stabilized and are clearing. 04/16 10:05
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Sucker - Excellent: Suckers and redhorse are taking a hook tipped with a worm bounced along the stream bottom. 04/16 10:06
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are finding success using a jig tipped with either a nightcrawler or plastic twister tail. 04/16 10:07
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: Nice sized trout are being caught at the mouths of coldwater streams. Trout are taking spinner and crank baits. 04/16 10:09
Volga Lake Northeast Get ready for typical spring weather. Temps will be in the 60's with a chance of rain on the weekend. All area stream levels have stabilized and are clearing. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/16 09:45
Volga Lake Northeast Anglers should focus their efforts along the shoreline as that area will warm up quicker. 04/16 09:47
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: A jig tipped with a twister has been working for bass. 04/16 09:48
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Anglers are catching walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish on the interior rivers. 2015 trout stream stocking calendars are now available online under the following link: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Heritage Pond in Dubuque will be stocked with trout on Saturday, April 18th. For more information call the Manchester District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/16 08:20
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast The Wapsi River is currently at 6.21 feet and holding steady. There have been no reports for the Wapsipinicon River this last week. 04/16 08:20
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. 04/16 08:08
Beeds Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish in the afternoons or late evenings with worms, stinkbait, or cutbait. 04/16 08:09
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Buffalo run is holding small crappie 30 feet straight out from the mouth of buffalo run. Slip bobbers tipped with crappie bites. Allow the rig to drift along the rocks. 04/14 10:01
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Bullhead - Good: A fair number of keeper bullhead are being caught in gillnets on big stoney. They will bite on anything, which makes for a great fishing experience for younger kids. 04/14 10:01
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Northern Pike - Good: Anglers fishing at buffalo run, Hales slough, and at the north grade have been reporting quality catch rates for northern. Use hollow body 4-8inch swimbaits. Drag and lift them along the bottom slowly. Anglers are also using black spinnerbaits with varied success. 04/14 10:01
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