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Big Woods Lake Northeast With the recent onset of rain, angling pressure has slowed down on the interior rivers. Crappie and bluegill are moving into shallows with the recent warm-up of water temperatures. Lakes in and around Black Hawk County have been reporting good catches of both bluegill and crappie. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring and early summer, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/28 07:42
Big Woods Lake Northeast There have been good reports of anglers catching crappie out of Big Woods Lake. 05/28 07:42
Big Woods Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Try casting colored tube jigs or fishing with a crappie minnow under a slip bobber around shallow structure. 05/28 07:42
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast With the recent onset of rain, angling pressure has slowed down on the interior rivers. Crappie and bluegill are moving into shallows with the recent warm-up of water temperatures. Lakes in and around Black Hawk County have been reporting good catches of both bluegill and crappie. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring and early summer, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/28 07:42
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish a small worm under bobber or cast small jigs over the tops of bluegill beds for aggressive fish. 05/28 07:42
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass fishing has been good overall at Casey Lake. 05/28 07:42
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and carolina rigs have been working well on catching largemouth bass. 05/28 07:42
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Crappie - Good: Try casting light, small hair or colored tube jigs in and around the jetties or dam area of the lake. 05/28 07:59
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 60's for the weekend with sunshine for Saturday and Sunday. Showers are expected on Friday. River and stream conditions are off color due to rain earlier in the week but should be clearing. If the fish don't bite on one kind of tackle, don't be afraid to change it up. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/28 09:52
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Hooks tipped with dead chubs or nightcrawlers work well. 05/28 09:52
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth activity should pick up with warmer temperatures. A jig tipped with a twister will work for smallies. 05/28 09:52
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers are having to work to catch a few walleye. Try using a jig tipped with a minnow or dark colored twistertails. 05/28 09:52
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels have stabilized and clarity remains good. Anglers have been catching a variety of gamefish but patience is key. 05/28 09:52
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast With the recent onset of rain, angling pressure has slowed down on the interior rivers. Crappie and bluegill are moving into shallows with the recent warm-up of water temperatures. Lakes in and around Black Hawk County have been reporting good catches of both bluegill and crappie. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring and early summer, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/28 07:42
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Fishing has really declined with the recent rise in river levels but may offer good opportunities for some channel catfish angling. 05/28 07:42
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits and dead cutbaits have been providing good catches of channel catfish. 05/28 07:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 60's for the weekend with sunshine for Saturday and Sunday. Showers are expected on Friday. River and stream conditions are off color due to rain earlier in the week but should be clearing. If the fish don't bite on one kind of tackle, don't be afraid to change it up. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/28 09:52
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in excellent condition. Increased hatches of caddis flies and gnats have been observed. Anglers have been taking trout on #14 caddis flies and #16 or #18 Hendrickson, Adams or Griffiths gnat. One of the key's to a successful catch is to match the size of the fly with the critter hatching. Spin fishers using small crankbaits fished through deeper holes are taking nice catches. 05/28 09:52
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout are intolerant of siltation, turbidity, and elevated water temperatures. 05/28 09:52
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Brown trout eat aquatic and terrestrial insects, snails, crustaceans (including crayfish), and fish. 05/28 09:52
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout have a broad pink stripe on both sides and spots covering sides, dorsal fin and tail. 05/28 09:52
George Wyth Lake Northeast With the recent onset of rain, angling pressure has slowed down on the interior rivers. Crappie and bluegill are moving into shallows with the recent warm-up of water temperatures. Lakes in and around Black Hawk County have been reporting good catches of both bluegill and crappie. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring and early summer, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/28 07:42
George Wyth Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching crappie and bluegill out of George Wyth Lake. 05/28 07:42
George Wyth Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Try casting colored tube jigs or fishing with a crappie minnow under a slip bobber around structure. 05/28 07:42
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish a small worm under bobber or cast small jigs over the tops of bluegill beds for aggressive fish. 05/28 08:02
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 60's for the weekend with sunshine for Saturday and Sunday. Showers are expected on Friday. River and stream conditions are off color due to rain earlier in the week but should be clearing. If the fish don't bite on one kind of tackle, don't be afraid to change it up. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/28 09:52
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity is off due to a brown algae bloom occurring. Angling continues to be spotty but some can take home a nice catch. 05/28 09:52
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers using worms fished over structure in shallow bays are finding fish. 05/28 09:52
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Anglers using a hook with a nightcrawler may find some action. 05/28 09:52
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Fair: Crappie are hanging around rock mounds. Use a small jig for success. 05/28 09:52
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Try using a jig tipped with a brightly colored twister and a slow retrieve for success. 05/28 09:52
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures will be in the mid 60's for the weekend with sunshine for Saturday and Sunday. Showers are expected on Friday. River and stream conditions are off color due to rain earlier in the week but should be clearing. If the fish don't bite on one kind of tackle, don't be afraid to change it up. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/28 09:52
Lake Meyer Northeast Park personnel have begun drawing down the lake. A wetland is scheduled to be constructed in the northeast arm of the lake this summer. Water levels will remain low throughout the construction period. Completion of the wetland should be by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal. Repairs to the dam will take place at this time. While the water is down, the Iowa DNR and Winneshiek County personnel will install a variety of fish attractant structures. 05/28 09:52
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Panfishing has been spotty but some anglers have picked up a few nice bluegills. 05/28 09:52
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers are using a jig with a twister tail have been having the best luck. 05/28 09:52
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers are catching a few crappie using small jigs. 05/28 10:03
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast With the recent onset of rain, angling pressure has slowed down on the interior rivers. Crappie and bluegill are moving into shallows with the recent warm-up of water temperatures. Lakes in and around Black Hawk County have been reporting good catches of both bluegill and crappie. Trout fishing opportunities have been excellent all spring and early summer, for further information call the Northest Disrtict Office at 563-927-3276. 05/28 07:42
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Fishing has really declined with the recent rise in river levels but may offer good opportunities for some channel catfish angling. The Maquoketa River is currently at 5.92 feet and falling. 05/28 07:42
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits and dead cutbaits have been providing good catches of channel catfish. 05/28 07:42
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River levels are on the rise on the Upper Mississippi River which has fish on the move. Shoreline fishing over the next week should improve as fish follow the rise. Water temps are getting into the mid 60's and many fish are preparing to spawn. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have been biting well along main and side channel structure. Look for bluegills to begin moving toward spawning areas. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cat are putting on the feedbag getting ready for the spawn. Fish worms and cut bait along main channel structure. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are beginning to move in to backwater areas and may be preparing to spawn. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is close to 18 ft. and is and expected to rise to slightly above 19 ft. over the next week. Water temperature is 63 degrees. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: A few sauger being picked up in the tailwaters 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas. In high water look for good current breaks. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Some nice size white bass caught along the main channel and tailwaters of the dams 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels are on the rise on the Upper Mississippi River which has fish on the move. Shoreline fishing over the next week should improve as fish follow the rise. Water temps are getting into the mid 60's and many fish are preparing to spawn. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have been biting well along main and side channel structure. Look for bluegills to begin moving toward spawning areas 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are beginning to move in to backwater areas and may be preparing to spawn. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 9.15 and is expected to rise to 11 ft over the next week. Water temperature is 63 degrees. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: A few sauger being picked up in the tailwaters 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas. In high water look for good current breaks. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Higher water levels will make it difficult to find walleyes on wing dams 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cat are putting on the feedbag getting ready for the spawn. Fish worms and cut bait along main channel structure. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Some nice size white bass caught along the main channel and tailwaters of the dams 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Fishing has slowed up a bit but good conditions still exist on the Mississippi River for angling. The water levels are rising throughout the basin! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 7.8 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 10.3 feet. Water temperature in the main channel is 68 degrees. Water levels are expected to rise around one foot this week and the river may start getting more turbid due to runoff from the rain. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Excellent: Pike are now in the feeding mode! Lots of anglers targeting pike either using gaudy spinners or large chubs for bait. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Fair: The Crappie bite has slowed up some. They are mostly done spawning and are moving out in the sloughs and deeper water habitats. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Largemouth fishing is generally pretty good with many nice sized fish reported this week. Cranks and larger spinners seemed to do the trick! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are setting up along rip rap shorelines. Use spinners or slow falling jigs. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Gills were hitting well over the past few weeks but the bite has slowed as the water has risen! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught off the wingdams with many people throwing crank baits or using worm rigs. The bite for walleyes has been a little hit or miss! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Both channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught by trot lines and pole anglers using worms for bait. 05/26 11:23
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Fishing has slowed up a bit but good conditions still exist on the Mississippi River for angling. The water levels are rising throughout the basin! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 8.8 feet up over a foot from last week. The main channel temperature is at 68 degrees. Conditions for angling are still excellent on the Mississippi River but the water is getting somewhat turbid from the runoff. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some nice bluegills are still being reported in the big backwater areas like Savannah Bay and Spring Lake but the bit has slowed up considerably. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: The bite of channel catfish has really cranked up in earnest! Catfish are biting on worms and stink bait in side channels just above brush piles! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Fair: The crappie bite has slowed as the crappies are moving out of the spawning habitat and into deeper sloughs. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: We are expecting a banner year for largemouth on the Mississippi and early season fishing has been very good for both bass species. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Excellent: Northern pike are being reported feeding in a variety of places throughout Pool 13. Try using a gaudy white spinner bait for best fishing! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some nice smallmouth bass were reported hitting cranks and spinners along rock piles. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught off the wingdams with many people throwing crank baits or using worm rigs. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Fair: The white bass run slowed up as well as the water has risen. Still hoping for some strong summertime runs of these fish. Look for white bass chasing minnow near the surface around wingdam habitats. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Lots of smaller eater flatheads are still being caught in the tailwaters by anglers using worm rigs. Some also being taken on trot lines. 05/26 11:31
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Fishing has slowed up a bit but good conditions still exist on the Mississippi River for angling. The water levels are rising throughout the basin! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 7.8 feet, the water level at Camanche is at 11.2 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 6.2 feet. Readings are all up from last week. Main channel water temperature is around 68 degrees. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are close to done spawning and the bite on them slowed up from the last few weeks. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the backwater areas on worm rigs, however as the water has risen the bite seemed to have slowed up! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Lots of reports of channel catfish hitting on stink bait and worms 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flathead catfish are being caught by people crappie and walleye fishing. Flatheads are live fish eating catfish and will readily hit on flashy lures! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Some bass are now showing up in the creel, and angling for both smallmouth and largemouth is only expected to get better! Populations of bass on Pool 14 are excellent! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some nice smallmouths are being reported on the rock piles in Pool 14. Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being caught off the wingdams with many people throwing crank baits or using worm rigs. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Bass - Good: Some nice white bass and even some Hybrid white bass were being reported in the Pool 14 tailwater. Some of the "whipers" reported are in the 6 to 7 pound range. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: The pike bite has been good this year on Pool 14. Backwaters such as Rock Creek and Cattail Slough have been some of the best target lakes. Use gaudy white spinners for best results! 05/26 11:35
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Fishing has slowed up a bit but good conditions still exist on the Mississippi River for angling. The water levels are rising throughout the basin! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 7.0 feet and should rise a bit this week, water temperature is around 63 degrees. No fishing was reported to us on Pool 15 this week. 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: 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 immediately or not be there! 05/26 11:17
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River levels are on the rise on the Upper Mississippi River which has fish on the move. Shoreline fishing over the next week should improve as fish follow the rise. Water temps are getting into the mid 60's and many fish are preparing to spawn. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have been biting well along main and side channel structure. Look for bluegills to begin moving toward spawning areas 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Channel cat are putting on the feedbag getting ready for the spawn. Fish worms and cut bait along main channel structure. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off. 05/28 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are beginning to move in to backwater areas and may be preparing to spawn. 05/28 10:54
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