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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast River fishing in northeast Iowa has been good during the last few weeks of July, but lake fishing has slowed. Trout streams remain in excellent condition and fishing for trout has been good to excellent. Call the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information. 07/29 03:47
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Casey Lake has been good for catfish sunrise to sunset, but panfish action has slowed. 07/29 04:23
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Slow: 07/29 04:24
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: 07/29 04:24
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Folks have been catching catfish on worms, prepared baits, and frogs. 07/29 04:25
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast It's going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside with temperatures in the low 80's for daily highs and lower humidity. Water levels on area rivers vary with rainfall events. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/29 04:01
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels have increased about 6 ft. due to rainfall in the upper watershed and clarity is poor. 07/29 04:01
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers using chubs, cut bait, and chicken liver fished on the bottom are finding success even in turbid water. 07/29 04:01
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: A jig tipped with a twistertail or nightcrawler fished in eddies below the dams and off current areas will produce fish. 07/29 04:01
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast River fishing in northeast Iowa has been good during the last few weeks of July, but lake fishing has slowed. Trout streams remain in excellent condition and fishing for trout has been good to excellent. Call the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information. 07/29 03:47
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Cedar River at Waterloo is flowing at 6800 cubic feet per second which is about 3 times above the median flow rate for this time of year. The river rose rapidly over the past weekend, but has been stable since Sunday (July 26) and should begin falling soon. Fishing has been good for catfish and fair for other species. 07/29 03:51
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Cut baits and crawlers fished at the head ends of chutes and riffles has been productive. Also try fishing wood near or in the current this time of year. 07/29 03:54
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: 07/29 03:54
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try jigs tipped with a piece of night crawler. Smallmouth are typically caught in close proximity to rock structure. 07/29 03:55
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught early or late in the day. A jig and crawler has been the best bet, but cankbaits can also be productive this time of year. 07/29 03:59
Decorah District Streams Northeast It's going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside with temperatures in the low 80's for daily highs and lower humidity. Water levels on area rivers vary with rainfall events. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/29 04:01
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in good condition. Anglers may want avoid touching the wild parsnip (yellow lacey flower) found along many of our streams. It reacts with sunlight and may cause the skin to blister. Spin fishers using common garden hackle fished under a bobber will catch trout. Be looking for more frequent Tricorythodes and Ephoron (mayfly species) hatches through July. Also ants, beetles and grasshoppers will become more prevalent as summer progresses. 07/29 04:01
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: There are seven coldwater streams in Northeast Iowa that have consistent Brook trout natural reproduction. 07/29 04:01
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Off color or slightly turbid water is a great time to catch brown trout. Try using a flashy spinner to antagonize finicky brown's. 07/29 04:01
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: A good quality trout stream will typically have trout, sculpins, and white suckers but outstanding insect diversity. 07/29 04:01
George Wyth Lake Northeast River fishing in northeast Iowa has been good during the last few weeks of July, but lake fishing has slowed. Trout streams remain in excellent condition and fishing for trout has been good to excellent. Call the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information. 07/29 03:47
George Wyth Lake Northeast Shore fishing has been slow the past week but should begin to pick-up as we head into late summer and water temperature begin to come down. 07/29 04:19
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: 07/29 04:19
George Wyth Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: 07/29 04:19
George Wyth Lake Northeast Crappie - Slow: 07/29 04:19
Lake Hendricks Northeast It's going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside with temperatures in the low 80's for daily highs and lower humidity. Water levels on area rivers vary with rainfall events. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/29 04:01
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks has a lot of great shoreline access. Fishing for catfish is great on a hot summer day. Bait your hook with a piece of worm or stinkbait and wait for the pole to bend. Don't forget to stay hydrated while you're waiting. 07/29 04:01
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills can be found spread out along the weedbeds. Try using a hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. 07/29 04:01
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish have been active about mid-day around the jetties and rock reefs. Stinkbaits and nightcrawlers are working for finicky catfish. 07/29 04:01
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass can be found along the weed edges and around the rock reefs. A jig tipped with a twister or worm will get some attention. 07/29 04:01
Lake Meyer Northeast It's going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside with temperatures in the low 80's for daily highs and lower humidity. Water levels on area rivers vary with rainfall events. Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August. Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/29 04:01
Lake Meyer Northeast As of 7/30, water levels continue to be about 9 feet below normal. The boat ramp is unusable at this time and will remain so until water levels are allowed to return to normal. Mud flats and past habitat locations are becoming exposed. Water levels will remain low throughout the construction period. Construction should be completed by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal. 07/29 04:01
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers willing to brave the rocks to get to water can find bluegills. A hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler under a bobber has been successful. 07/29 04:01
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Very little angling is being attempted due to low waterlevels but fish can still be caught. 07/29 04:01
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 07/29 04:01
Manchester District Streams Northeast River fishing in northeast Iowa has been good during the last few weeks of July, but lake fishing has slowed. Trout streams remain in excellent condition and fishing for trout has been good to excellent. Call the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information. 07/29 03:47
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout fishing has been good recently with favorable flows in most streams. It is the season to try some terrestrial imitations, especially grasshoppers. Caddis action is also a good bet late in the evening on hot summer days. Spring Branch Creek and Ensign Hollow have excellent Brown Trout populations year round. Rainbow trout stocking continues on most streams through the summer. 07/29 04:34
Manchester District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Excellent: 07/29 04:34
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: 07/29 04:34
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: 07/29 04:34
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast River fishing in northeast Iowa has been good during the last few weeks of July, but lake fishing has slowed. Trout streams remain in excellent condition and fishing for trout has been good to excellent. Call the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information. 07/29 03:47
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is running at 225 cubic feet per second at mid week which is near median flow for this time of year. The Maquoketa is slightly rising following recent rainfall, but should begin to fall in the upper river before the weekend. Fishing has been good on the Maquoketa for multiple species. 07/29 04:11
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing for cats has been good in the Maquoketa River in southern Delaware County down through Jackson County. Fish with cut baits are prepared stink baits. 07/29 04:14
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth fishing has been picking up using a variety of artificials. 07/29 04:14
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Sucker - Good: Fish a worm on the bottom. 07/29 04:15
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Catch rates for walleye have been good to excellent but most fish being caught are from the 2014 year class so only about 12 inches in length at this time. 07/29 04:16
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized and are at normal summer levels. Look for fish seeking deeper holes and cooler water refuge as water temperatures are rising. Water temperature is near 80. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 14.6 ft and stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the 80's. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are starting to bite on stinkbaits fished in deeper side channel holes. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - No Report: 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the main channel. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike to be hanging out in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized and are at normal summer levels. Look for fish seeking deeper holes and cooler water refuge as water temperatures are rising. Water temperature is near 80. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 6.0 ft and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the 80's. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are starting to bite on stinkbaits fished in deeper side channel holes. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the main channel. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike to be hanging out in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wingdams. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of jumping minnows and try pitching small silver spinners. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. 07/29 04:51
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The River is stable to falling throughout the district. Fishing has been variable with some very fine fishing reported for some species while other species are becoming more difficult to catch. Being adaptable is one of the characteristics of a good Mississippi River angler. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is near 5.6 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 8.2 feet. This is down over a foot from last week. The river will be stable to falling all week. The water temperature in the main channel is at 80 degrees. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some gills are being taken out of brush piles in the side channels and along vegetation lines in the lower pools. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is now over so you might want to try fish stinkbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Both channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught by trot lines and pole anglers using worms for bait. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum! Bait with crayfish or worms! The larger crayfish you use the larger drum you will catch. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is generally pretty good, Frog imitations in the weeds has been somewhat effective! 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Lots of reports of pike, especially by folks fishing for bass. The last few seasons the pike spawns have been fantastic and the fishery for pike is responding! 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass being caught along the rock lines by people using spinners or floating worms. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A little hit and miss but anglers that target this pool often seem to be having good success on the wingdams and rock lines! 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The River is stable to falling throughout the district. Fishing has been variable with some very fine fishing reported for some species while other species are becoming more difficult to catch. Being adaptable is one of the characteristics of a good Mississippi River angler. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for clearer water especially in weed bed locations to catch bass. The largemouth's reported to us so far this year have been quite sizable! The high water has made places like Spring Lake, Savanna Bay and Browns Lake boat accessible! Some nice fish are also being taken in the tailwaters! 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is around 6.1 feet and will slowly recede this week. The main channel temperature is at 80 degrees. The tributary streams like the Maquoketa River turned turbid again this week due to localized heavy rainfall but is again slowly clearing up! 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines by anglers using small spinners or crankbaits. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Some bluegills are making there way out to the channel border hiding in sloughs with brush piles or rock shorelines. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is now over so you might want to try fish stinkbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some eating sized flatheads are still being caught in the tailwaters by anglers using worm rigs. Some larger specimens are being taken on trot lines. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum! Bait with crayfish or worms! 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Strong northern pike populations are evident throughout Pool 13 as many pike were again caught this week. Most came off of flashy spinners and crank baits. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Lots of activity fishing for walleyes on wingdams but anglers are reporting only short fish. We have had good reproduction the past two years but these fish are still below the 15 inch keeper size range. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The River is stable to falling throughout the district. Fishing has been variable with some very fine fishing reported for some species while other species are becoming more difficult to catch. Being adaptable is one of the characteristics of a good Mississippi River angler. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 5.8 feet, the water level at Camanche is at 9.9 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 5.0 feet. All readings are down from last week. The water temperature in the main channel is unseasonably cool at 80 degrees. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the backwater areas on worm rigs. Muddy water has taken its toll on the bluegill bite but is clearing up nicely. Expect good fishing for bluegills to resume. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is now nearly over so you might want to try fish stinkbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Move often if not catching channel catfish! 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flathead catfish are still being caught by people mostly fishing other species such as bass. Flatheads are live fish eating catfish and will readily hit on flashy lures! 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Good populations of bass exist in Pool 14. Some bass may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters. Anglers report using frog imitations in the weed lines and for best results. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike were again caught this week in good numbers in Pool 14. Most people who catch pike are generally bass fishing throwing white spinners or crankbaits. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum can be caught easily in areas of modest current and depths in the 6 to 10 foot ranges. Often boat ramp areas have good access to freshwater drum fishing! Simple egg sinker and worm rigs work best! 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A few "short" walleyes were reported being caught on the wingdams. 07/30 11:47
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The River is stable to falling throughout the district. Fishing has been variable with some very fine fishing reported for some species while other species are becoming more difficult to catch. Being adaptable is one of the characteristics of a good Mississippi River angler. 07/30 11:30
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try launching at Eagles Landing in Bettendorf and fish near smaller tributary mouths above and below the park. Try using worms or stink bait but move often if you are not having success. Catfish will either bite within the first 15 minutes or so. If you do not catch any in that amount of time, then move on! 07/30 11:30
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