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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Many bodies of water are just setting ice. Please use extreme caution when getting on the ice and check ice depths often. Changing weather will also affect ice conditions. 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. 11/19 02:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Some of the backwaters are frozen. Use extreme caution when crossing areas with current. Ice thickness will vary. Weather conditions for the weekend call for a brief warm up with rain. This may change ice conditions very quickly. 11/19 02:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Many bodies of water are just setting ice. Please use extreme caution when getting on the ice and check ice depths often. Changing weather will also affect ice conditions. 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. 11/19 02:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout will be looking for high energy critters such as small minnows at this time of year. Try using #10, 12, or 14 streamers particularly white wholly buggers, light spruce, or feather wings. Sporadic hatches of midges and blue wing olives may occur on a warm sunny day. Try a #18, 20, 22 gnarly midge for nymphing. Small spinnerbaits and hair jigs are also effective on trout. 11/19 02:12
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. 11/19 02:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Anglers catching a 15 inch or bigger brookie are eligible for an Iowa Master Angler Certificate. For more information, please visit www.iowadnr.gov/masterangler. 11/19 02:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Bigalk, Coldwater and Trout River are the only streams in Northeast Iowa that have inconsistent natural reproduction of rainbow trout. 11/19 02:12
Fisher Lake Northeast That time of year to locate the ice fishing gear as lakes are beginning to freeze over. Ice conditions are not safe at this time and not recommended for travel. The North Prairie Lake trout stocking has been postponed to Thursday, December 18th. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/20 11:16
Fisher Lake Northeast There have been a few reports of anglers ice fishing on Fisher Lake located within George Wyth State Park. 11/20 11:36
Lake Hendricks Northeast Many bodies of water are just setting ice. Please use extreme caution when getting on the ice and check ice depths often. Changing weather will also affect ice conditions. 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. 11/19 02:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: The bluegill bite is slow but try using a small hook tipped with a waxworm fished under a bobber. 11/19 02:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers are catching crappies along the rockier shorelines or where there is habitat. Use little jigs tipped with imitation minnows for the big ones. 11/19 02:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks has about 4" of ice. Please use caution when going on the ice and be aware of changing weather. No ATV's or motorized vehicles are allowed on the lake. Watch for thin ice around the aerator. 11/19 02:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Many bodies of water are just setting ice. Please use extreme caution when getting on the ice and check ice depths often. Changing weather will also affect ice conditions. 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. 11/19 02:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Water levels have dropped that the dam is not leaking at this time. The lake has not completely frozen over. There are still many spots with open water. 11/19 02:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Get your ice fishing jigs and waxies ready. It won't be long. 11/19 02:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - No Report: 11/19 02:12
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Ice has formed on the backwaters on the upper Mississippi and many areas have around 3 inches of ice, but with warmer temperatures and rain predicted this weekend we cannot recommend ice fishing at this time on Pools 9 - 11. Tail water fishing remains open at Lyxnville and Guttenberg with fair to good fishing for walleye and sauger. 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River Level at Lynxville is currently 13.7 ft and remaining stable this week. 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Ice has formed on the backwaters on the upper Mississippi and many areas have around 3 inches of ice. Temperatures into the 40's and rain could deteriorate ice conditions quickly. Most areas still have open water around the shorelines and ice fishing is not recommended at this time on Pools 9 - 11. Tail water fishing is difficult with ice flows passing through the dam. Lyxnville and Guttenberg have had fair to good fishing for walleye and sauger. 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River Level at Lynxville is currently 14.6 ft and remaining stable this week. Ice floating through dam can hinder tailwater fishing this week. 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Ice has formed on the backwaters on the upper Mississippi and many areas have around 3 inches of ice, but with warmer temperatures and rain predicted this weekend we cannot recommend ice fishing at this time on Pools 9 - 11. Tail water fishing remains open at Lyxnville and Guttenberg with fair to good fishing for walleye and sauger. 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has fallen to 4.4 ft and is expected to rise slightly over the next week. 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Ice has formed on the backwaters on the upper Mississippi and many areas have around 3 inches of ice. Temperatures into the 40's and rain could deteriorate ice conditions quickly. Most areas still have open water around the shorelines and ice fishing is not recommended at this time on Pools 9 - 11. Tail water fishing is difficult with ice flows passing through the dam. Lyxnville and Guttenberg have had fair to good fishing for walleye and sauger. 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 5.8 ft and is expected to rise slightly over the next week. Tailwater fishing has been difficult this week due to ice-flows passing through the locks. 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The Mississippi river underwent dramatic changes last week with temperatures falling around 10 degrees. Water temperature in the main river channel is 35 degrees but many backwaters have frozen over. Poor weather conditions hampered fishing in all areas of the district. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - No Report: Lots of fish up to 13 inches! Try a jig or a minnow in brush piles for best results! Crappies and most other panfish will move into their overwintering backwaters by now, these are areas deep enough to not freeze out but have very little current. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Sauger fishing had been good but water levels and water temperature have changed dramatically. Almost no fishing was reported last week. From surveys we have seen nice size classes of sauger with some fish up to 19 inches. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 4.9 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 7.4 feet, both down significantly from last week. Water temperature has dropped to 35 degrees. Many backwaters have iced up. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Numerous small walleyes were being taken of various year classes. Most are small fish from the last two year classes. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The Mississippi river underwent dramatic changes last week with temperatures falling around 10 degrees. Water temperature in the main river channel is 35 degrees but many backwaters have frozen over. Poor weather conditions hampered fishing in all areas of the district. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 4.5 feet which is down over a foot from last week. Levels are expected to stabilize. The water clarity is good and water temperature is at 35 degrees. Many backwaters have iced in and lots of ice is floating in the main channel. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills have moved into their backwater homes for the winter. These are areas that are deep enough to not freeze to the bottom yet have no current. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Sauger fishing had been good but water levels and water temperature have changed dramatically. Almost no fishing was reported last week. From surveys we have seen nice size classes of sauger with some fish up to 19 inches. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The Mississippi river underwent dramatic changes last week with temperatures falling around 10 degrees. Water temperature in the main river channel is 35 degrees but many backwaters have frozen over. Poor weather conditions hampered fishing in all areas of the district. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 4.4 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 9.1 feet, both down over a foot from last week. Water levels are going to be stable all week and water temperature is presently near 35 degrees. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills are moving into their overwintering homes. Rock Creek backwater, Swedes backwater and the Cattail backwater areas are some of the major backwater areas on Pool 14. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Sauger fishing had been good but water levels and water temperature have changed dramatically. Almost no fishing was reported last week. 11/20 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The Mississippi river underwent dramatic changes last week with temperatures falling around 10 degrees. Water temperature in the main river channel is 35 degrees but many backwaters have frozen over. Poor weather conditions hampered fishing in all areas of the district. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at LeClaire is at 4.4 feet and water level at Rock Island is at 4.5 feet, both down significantly from last week. Water temperature is 35 degrees and water clarity is good. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Most panfish have moved into their overwintering homes for the winter. On Pool 15 this can be in boat marinas or in the LeClaire Channel. 11/20 10:15
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Ice has formed on the backwaters on the upper Mississippi and many areas have around 3 inches of ice, but with warmer temperatures and rain predicted this weekend we cannot recommend ice fishing at this time on Pools 9 - 11. Tail water fishing remains open at Lyxnville and Guttenberg with fair to good fishing for walleye and sauger. 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8 ft and expected to remain stable. 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Fair: 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 11/20 11:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Ice has formed on the backwaters on the upper Mississippi and many areas have around 3 inches of ice. Temperatures into the 40's and rain could deteriorate ice conditions quickly. Most areas still have open water around the shorelines and ice fishing is not recommended at this time on Pools 9 - 11. Tail water fishing is difficult with ice flows passing through the dam. Lyxnville and Guttenberg have had fair to good fishing for walleye and sauger. 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8.3 ft and expected to rise slightly this week. 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Fair: 11/25 01:41
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 11/25 01:41
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Many bodies of water are just setting ice. Please use extreme caution when getting on the ice and check ice depths often. Changing weather will also affect ice conditions. 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. 11/19 02:12
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast The impoundment above Vernon Springs dam has about 5 inches of ice. Use caution especially in areas with current or springs. Anglers have been out but fish activity has been slow. Try using a small jig tipped with waxworms. 11/19 04:16
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Many bodies of water are just setting ice. Please use extreme caution when getting on the ice and check ice depths often. Changing weather will also affect ice conditions. 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. 11/19 02:12
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Water temperatures are running in the low to mid 30's. 11/19 02:12
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Many bodies of water are just setting ice. Please use extreme caution when getting on the ice and check ice depths often. Changing weather will also affect ice conditions. 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. 11/19 02:12
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. 11/19 02:12
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Many bodies of water are just setting ice. Please use extreme caution when getting on the ice and check ice depths often. Changing weather will also affect ice conditions. 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. 11/19 02:12
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Water temperatures have dropped into the mid 30's. 11/19 02:12
Volga Lake Northeast Many bodies of water are just setting ice. Please use extreme caution when getting on the ice and check ice depths often. Changing weather will also affect ice conditions. 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. 11/19 02:12
Volga Lake Northeast Look for the boat ramp parking lot resurfacing project to get done before December 1. The lake totally froze over on Sunday. A warm up and rain over the weekend may deteriorate the ice. 11/19 02:12
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Ice conditions are variable across the Black Hawk District. Travel on ice is not advised. 11/25 04:50
Arrowhead Lake Northwest About half of Arrowhead Lake is still open and there is weak ice over the rest of the lake. 11/25 04:54
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - No Report: 11/25 04:54
Big Spirit Lake Northwest No fishing activity reported in the Spirit Lake District. Most lakes are ice covered;however, ice conditions are poor with 2 inches or less measured on area lakes. 11/19 02:10
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Poor ice conditions with several large open areas observed in the lakes main basin. 11/19 02:12
Big Spirit Lake Northwest No fishing activity reported in the Spirit Lake District. Most lakes are ice covered;however, ice conditions are poor with 4 inches or less measured on area lakes. 11/24 11:17
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Poor ice conditions. Open areas reported last week are expanding in size on the main basin due to to the mild weekend weather and high winds experenced this week. 11/24 11:17
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Crappie - No Report: 11/24 11:21
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Ice conditions are variable across the Black Hawk District. Travel on ice is not advised. 11/25 04:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest The aeration system is in operation in the town bay area of Black Hawk Lake. There is open water in town bay and open pockets of water scattered about the lake. Ice conditions are not good for travel on the ice. 11/25 04:52
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - No Report: 11/25 04:52
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice conditions are variable across the Black Hawk District. Travel on ice is not advised. 11/25 04:50
Black Hawk Pits Northwest About half of Black Hawk Pits is still open. There is weak ice over the rest of the lake. 11/25 04:55
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Channel Catfish - No Report: 11/25 04:55
Bluebill Lake Northwest Lakes in northcental Iowa have variable ice conditions. Some of the lakes in the north have 3-5 inches, while some in the south (Hardin Co.) have little to no ice. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 11/20 08:32
Bluebill Lake Northwest Ice on Bluebill Wednesday afternoon (11/19) was 2.5-4 inches. Definitely some variation depending on where holes were drilled. 11/20 08:49
Bluebill Lake Northwest Bluegill - No Report: 11/20 08:50
Bluebill Lake Northwest Lakes in northcental Iowa have variable ice conditions. Some of the lakes in the north have 3-5 inches, while some in the south (Hardin Co.) have little to no ice. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 11/25 10:52
Bluebill Lake Northwest Bluebill Lake depths observed were 3-4.5 inches on 11/20 before the warm weekend (11/22). Definitely some variation depending on where holes were drilled. 11/25 10:52
Bluebill Lake Northwest Bluegill - No Report: 11/25 10:52
Center Lake Northwest No fishing activity reported in the Spirit Lake District. Most lakes are ice covered;however, ice conditions are poor with 2 inches or less measured on area lakes. 11/19 02:10
Center Lake Northwest Aeration system is active on north west corner, caution is advised as thin ice and open areas exist in this area. 11/19 02:20
Center Lake Northwest No fishing activity reported in the Spirit Lake District. Most lakes are ice covered;however, ice conditions are poor with 4 inches or less measured on area lakes. 11/24 11:17
Center Lake Northwest Aeration system is active on north west corner, caution is advised as thin ice and open areas exist in this area. 11/24 11:17
Center Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - No Report: 11/24 11:21
Clear Lake Northwest Lakes in northcental Iowa have variable ice conditions. Some of the lakes in the north have 3-5 inches, while some in the south (Hardin Co.) have little to no ice. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 11/20 08:32
Clear Lake Northwest Ice is 3-4 inches on the little lake out from the MacIntosh Ramp and around 2 inches on the north shore of the main lake. Warmer weather, along with some rain, on the weekend will make the ice unsafe. Use caution! The DNR recommends a minimum of four inches of ice for fishing and a minimum of five inches of ice for ATVs or snowmobiles. 11/20 08:32
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Fair: A few yellows have been caught by one angler that ventured out Wednesday. 11/20 08:32
Clear Lake Northwest Lakes in northcental Iowa have variable ice conditions. Some of the lakes in the north have 3-5 inches, while some in the south (Hardin Co.) have little to no ice. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 11/25 10:52
Clear Lake Northwest Ice is 3-4 inches on the little lake out from the MacIntosh Ramp and around 2 inches on the north shore of the main lake. Warmer weather, this past weekend, may have weakened the ice. Use caution! The DNR recommends a minimum of four inches of ice for fishing and a minimum of five inches of ice for ATVs or snowmobiles. 11/25 10:52
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Fair: A few yellows have been caught by one angler that ventured out Wednesday. 11/25 10:52
Crystal Lake Northwest Lakes in northcental Iowa have variable ice conditions. Some of the lakes in the north have 3-5 inches, while some in the south (Hardin Co.) have little to no ice. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 11/25 10:52
Crystal Lake Northwest Ice on Crystal Lake was 6 inches on 11/21. 11/25 03:46
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