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Brinker Lake Northeast Reports have been fair to good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers but the return of summer heat this past week has meant fewer anglers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Blawk Hawk Co. have been slow this past week. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/03 07:39
Brinker Lake Northeast There have been some reports of anglers catching crappie during early morning or late evening hours in trying to beat the recent heat. 09/03 07:58
Brinker Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Try fishing or drifting a minnow under a slip bobber in deeper water. 09/03 07:59
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast The Cedar River is in great condition. It'll be a great weekend to get on the river and wet a line. 09/03 09:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers using chubs and chicken liver fished around brush piles and log jams are finding success. 09/03 09:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: A jig tipped with a hair jig fished in deeper holes and off current areas will produce fish. 09/03 09:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers are beginning to catch a few more walleye but you really have to work for them. 09/03 09:54
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports have been fair to good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers but the return of summer heat this past week has meant fewer anglers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Blawk Hawk Co. have been slow this past week. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/03 07:39
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River incurred a slight rise in flow due to the recent rainfall, but there have been fair reports of smallmouth bass, walleye, channel catfish and some northern pike being caught, especially in Bremer County. 09/03 07:39
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure, tail ends of riffles and off of current breaks and eddies. 09/03 07:39
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish have been taken biting very well on stinkbaits this past week. 09/03 07:39
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Artifical crankbaits and spinnerbaits or live bait tipped on a jig fished around rocky shorelines and tail ends ofriffles is good this time of year. 09/03 07:39
Decorah District Streams Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Try using a flashy spinner to antagonize finicky brown's. 09/03 09:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in excellent condition. Spin fishers using a flashy spinner bait should catch fish. Grasshoppers, crickets and beetles have finally entered into the picture. Trout are looking at caddis and scuds. Also a leech pattern may work when fish aren't rising. 09/03 09:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: There are seven coldwater streams in Northeast Iowa that have consistent Brook trout natural reproduction. 09/03 09:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: A good quality trout stream will typically have trout, sculpins, and white suckers but outstanding insect diversity. 09/03 09:54
Lake Hendricks Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Lake Hendricks Northeast Anglers can find abundant shoreline access at Lake Hendricks. There has been a good amount of habitat placed around the jetties. For boaters, there are a few rock structures placed in the north side of the lake. 09/03 09:54
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. 09/03 09:54
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish have been active about mid-day around the jetties and rock reefs. Stinkbaits and nightcrawlers are working for finicky catfish. 09/03 09:54
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass can be found around the rock reefs. Try pitching a jig tipped with a twister or worm alongside or over the reefs. 09/03 09:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Lake Meyer Northeast As of 9/3, siphons were started back up to keep levels low for construction. Construction of the 2 structures has started and progress is steady. The boat ramp is unusable at this time and will remain so until water levels are allowed to return to normal. Water retention structure construction should be completed by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal. 09/03 09:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers willing to walk steep banks will be able to find a spot to fish. A hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler under a bobber has been successful. 09/03 09:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Very little angling is being attempted due to low waterlevels but fish can still be caught. 09/03 09:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 09/03 09:54
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Reports have been fair to good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers but the return of summer heat this past week has meant fewer anglers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Blawk Hawk Co. have been slow this past week. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/03 07:39
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa river received very little rainfall this past week and is excellent condition heading into the coming weekend. Creel information on the Maquoketa River reflects anglers as having good success on both walleye and smallmouth bass. 09/03 07:39
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Artifical crankbaits and spinnerbaits or live bait tipped on a jig fished around rocky shorelines and tail ends ofriffles is good this time of year. 09/03 07:39
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure and off of current breaks, tail ends of riffles and eddies. 09/03 07:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Conditions are favorable for a great fishing outing. Water levels are fairly low and the water is clear. Temperatures have raised from the low 70 and now sit around 76 degrees. We are expecting good conditions to persist for the fall bite! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 5.5 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 7.3 feet. This is down nearly a foot from last week. The river will be slightly dropping during the week. The water temperature in the main channel has dropped raised back up to 76 degrees. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Only a few people are reporting catching bluegills at sites along the Mississippi River. Try the insides of the wingdams right now for best results! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some smaller bass are now being reported in the tailwater areas. Some nicer bass are being caught in the side channel areas. These fish have been pulled out of the now shallow backwater locations. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Early in the week the bite seemed to be decent and last few days it has been poor. Fall however is a great time to fish walleyes on the Mississippi River! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try using stinkbait or cutbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. 09/02 08:21
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. 09/02 08:21
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. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Some crappie were reported to the creel. Some are coming out of the middle of shallow backwater lakes and other people are reporting catching some on fallen tree structures in deeper side channels! 09/02 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Conditions are favorable for a great fishing outing. Water levels are fairly low and the water is clear. Temperatures have raised from the low 70 and now sit around 76 degrees. We are expecting good conditions to persist for the fall bite! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for clearer water especially in weed bed locations to catch bass. The bass do not seem to be moving quickly out of the shallow backwaters this year. Usually low water makes them vulnerable along the rock piles near the channel border. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is around 5.7 feet which is down a half foot from last week. Water levels will recede slightly during the week. The main channel temperature is at 76 degrees and the water is clear. Floating vegetation starting to play some havoc on folks throwing crank baits! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Finding good consistent bluegill fishing seems to be a challenge this summer but it could pick up soon. Try the insides of wingdams as the water recedes. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try fishing stinkbait above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 4 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum! Bait with crayfish or worms! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines by anglers using small spinners or crankbaits. Fish in places the floating weeds do not concentrate. These are areas with swifter currents which will also let your crankbait or spinner work correctly! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite was extremely hit or miss again this week. We expect a lot of nice fish reported this fall as many real big fish seem to present in Pool 13. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Conditions are favorable for a great fishing outing. Water levels are fairly low and the water is clear. Temperatures have raised from the low 70 and now sit around 76 degrees. We are expecting good conditions to persist for the fall bite! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: With the water receding most bluegills are moving out to the channel border. Try fishing along rock piles or bush piles in the major side channel areas! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Try fishing stinkbait or cut shad above the wingdams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Move often if not catching channel catfish! Most anglers catching the bigger channel cats seem to be using cut bait! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 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. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 5.8 feet, the water level at Camanche is at 10.0 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 4.9 feet. All water level readings are similar to last week and expected to recede slightly. The water temperature in the main channel is at 74 degrees. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Crappie - Fair: Last week, some crappies were reported from the Rock Creek marina area but nothing was reported to us this week! 09/02 08:21
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! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes were reported but it appears to be hit or miss like all the other pools. We do expect a strong bite of walleyes yet before the end of the year! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Conditions are favorable for a great fishing outing. Water levels are fairly low and the water is clear. Temperatures have raised from the low 70 and now sit around 76 degrees. We are expecting good conditions to persist for the fall bite! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 5.6 feet which is down slightly from last week. The water temperature is around 76 degrees. Eagles Landing and Leach park are two nice areas to put in and enjoy fishing on Pool 15. 09/02 08:21
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, stink bait or cut shad 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! Cut bait seems to be working for catching larger sized catfishes! 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year. A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker will prove best. Try using large crayfish to catch larger drum. 09/02 08:21
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Anglers were targeting walleyes on the wingdam and rock channel lines but no report was given to us! 09/02 08:33
New Hampton Pond (Garnant) Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
New Hampton Pond (Garnant) Northeast Renovation to rid the pond of nuisance fish was completed on August 19. The fish toxicant was applied to the entire pond and all shallow water areas. The pond will be drained in early September. Habitat will be placed and water will then be allowed to refill. It will be restocked with bluegills, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. This combination assures an excellent fishery for all to enjoy. 09/03 09:54
New Hampton Pond (Garnant) Northeast Common Carp - Slow: 09/03 09:54
Ringneck Haven Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Ringneck Haven Northeast Green sunfish - Fair: 09/03 09:54
Ringneck Haven Northeast Ringneck Haven had a partial winterkill in 2014 and is now overpopulated with green sunfish. The Iowa DNR is currently in the process of rebuilding the fishery. This spring it was stocked with 200 fingerling northern pike, 400 two inch channel catfish, 280 two inch largemouth bass, 5,000 inch long yellow perch, and 100 eight to ten inch largemouth. Anglers are being asked to release any bass, pike, perch, and catfish if caught until the sunfish population is under control. 09/03 09:54
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports have been fair to good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers but the return of summer heat this past week has meant fewer anglers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Blawk Hawk Co. have been slow this past week. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/03 07:39
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been no reports on the Shell Rock this week. The river had risen over a foot with last fridays rainfall event but is falling fast. It should provide some fair angling opportunities this coming weekend. 09/03 07:39
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Artifical crankbaits and spinnerbaits or live bait tipped on a jig fished around rocky shorelines and tail ends ofriffles is good this time of year. 09/03 07:39
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Artificial crankbaits or half a crawler tipped on a light jig can be deadly for walleye this time of year. Fish near woody structure, tail ends of riffles and off of current breaks and eddies. 09/03 07:39
Split Rock Lake Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Split Rock Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 09/03 09:54
Split Rock Lake Northeast Split Rock Lake experienced a complete fish kill in 2014. It was stocked with 7000 inch bluegill in the fall of 2014 and 700 two inch channel catfish and 490 two inch largemouth bass this spring. 09/03 09:54
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Rock Bass - Excellent: Goggle eye are hitting small crawdad imitation crankbaits below Vernon Spring near Cresco. 09/03 09:54
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Summertime water levels and temperatures are concentrating fish in deeper pools. Anglers can wet wade many areas to find hidden gems. 09/03 09:54
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Patient anglers will catch a walleye using crankbaits in the pools above riffles. 09/03 09:54
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers using small crawdad imitation crankbaits are having success. 09/03 10:20
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Water temperatures are in the mid 70's. Water levels are stable with improved clarity. 09/03 09:54
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: A jig tipped with a twistertail fished along seams and eddies will bring success. 09/03 09:54
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers fishing in the deeper pools and along current seems will find a fish waiting for prey. 09/03 09:54
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting jigs tipped with twistertails. Also crankbaits imitating crawdads should turn a smallie head. 09/03 09:54
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast The Upper Iowa is in great condition. The best spots to fish at this time of year are where the tributaries empty into the river and log jams. Many types of fish can be caught here including trout. 09/03 09:54
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Paddlers are catching quite a few fish below HWY 76 bridge downstream to Wilde Bottoms. Fish are hanging out near the mouths of the tributaries and log jams. A few pike over 30 inches have been in the creel this week. 09/03 09:54
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers using a dark jig tipped with a white twistertail should find success. Try casting in the eddies and pockets of slack water. Lots of fish in the 10-12 inch range are being caught. 09/03 09:54
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers vertical jigging a jig tipped with twistertail has been successful. Fish over 22 inches have been caught. Anglers fishing from mid-day to late afternoon are finding fish. 09/03 09:54
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Anglers fishing from the bank are having luck using stinkbait or a night crawler. 09/03 10:18
Volga Lake Northeast Get ready for a hot humid weekend for the last big summer holiday. Water levels on area rivers are in great condition and ready for anglers. As of September 1, trout streams that weren't stocked during warm summer months are now being stocked with the rest of the streams. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 09/03 09:54
Volga Lake Northeast Volga Lake is one of the best catfish lakes around. 09/03 09:54
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Anglers using a small piece of worm will find fish near brush piles along the dam and other rocky shoreline. 09/03 09:54
Volga Lake Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers using stinkbait or worms fished off the bottom near submersed logs or along a rocky shore should find a catfish. 09/03 09:54
Volga Lake Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers drifting along open water using a small tube jig should find crappie. 09/03 09:54
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers fishing over brush piles or rock reefs will find fish. 09/03 09:54
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Reports have been fair to good for many gamefish species on the interior rivers but the return of summer heat this past week has meant fewer anglers. Fishing reports for the inland lakes in and around Blawk Hawk Co. have been slow this past week. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa are in excellent condition. It should be a great weekend to get out and wet a line. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/03 07:39
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