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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Anglers are picking up quite a few fish around Howard's Woods and below the Nashua dam. Also fish activity around the Charles City has slowed some but may pick up with cold front moving through the area. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: A lot of fish in the 8-10 inch range are taking jigs tipped with a nightcrawler. Fish can be found along the current breaks. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye activity has slowed this week but can be found below the dams. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: A few pike are showing up in the creel this week. Anglers are using 6-8 inch chubs fished under a bobber or try using a red/white spoon. 10/23 11:06
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Area rivers and streams are in good shape. Fish activity slowed this last week but should pick up after this cold front comes through. As of October 31, the catchable trout stocking will come to a close but please take advantage of the several urban lake stockings taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Anglers are picking up quite a few fish around Howard's Woods and below the Nashua dam. Also fish activity around the Charles City has slowed some but may pick up with cold front moving through the area. 10/23 01:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye activity has slowed this week but can be found below the dams. 10/23 01:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: A few pike are showing up in the creel this week. Anglers are using 6-8 inch chubs fished under a bobber or try using a red/white spoon. 10/23 01:13
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: A lot of fish in the 8-10 inch range are taking jigs tipped with a nightcrawler. Fish can be found along the current breaks. 10/23 01:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast #18 Blue Wing Olives are hatching nearly every afternoon on better northeast Iowa streams. #12 Cricket patterns have been extremely effective for larger browns and rainbows. GRHEs, Princes and Zebra Midges have all been effective nymph patterns. Brown and brook trout are presently on the spawning beds. Please fish from the stream banks or wade very carefully whenever possible so as not to disturb critical nesting activity. 10/23 11:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Late afternoon hatches of blue wing olives are really bringing the fish to the surface. 10/23 11:06
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. 10/23 11:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbows can be found sitting in faster water. If the weather doesn't slow the hatch, bows can be aggressive on a dry fly. 10/23 11:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Area rivers and streams are in good shape. Fish activity slowed this last week but should pick up after this cold front comes through. As of October 31, the catchable trout stocking will come to a close but please take advantage of the several urban lake stockings taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast #18 Blue Wing Olives are hatching nearly every afternoon on better northeast Iowa streams. #12 Cricket patterns have been extremely effective for larger browns and rainbows. GRHEs, Princes and Zebra Midges have all been effective nymph patterns. Brown and brook trout are presently on the spawning beds. Please fish from the stream banks or wade very carefully whenever possible so as not to disturb critical nesting activity. 10/23 01:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Late afternoon hatches of blue wing olives are really bringing the fish to the surface. 10/23 01:13
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. 10/23 01:13
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbows can be found sitting in faster water. If the weather doesn't slow the hatch, bows can be aggressive on a dry fly. 10/23 01:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Panfishing is good this week. Water clarity is about 3 feet. Try fishing the jetties at either side of the dam. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: The bluegill bite has slowed but try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies along the rockier shorelines or where there is habitat. Use little jigs tipped with imitation minnows for the big ones. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits or a jig tipped with a twistertail will work for bass. Try a slow retrieve for sluggish fish. 10/23 11:06
Lake Hendricks Northeast Area rivers and streams are in good shape. Fish activity slowed this last week but should pick up after this cold front comes through. As of October 31, the catchable trout stocking will come to a close but please take advantage of the several urban lake stockings taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Panfishing continues to be good. Water clarity is about 3 feet. Try fishing the jetties at either side of the dam. 10/23 01:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: The bluegill bite has slowed but try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber. 10/23 01:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies along the rockier shorelines or where there is habitat. Use little jigs tipped with imitation minnows for the big ones. 10/23 01:13
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits or a jig tipped with a twistertail will work for bass. Try a slow retrieve for sluggish fish. 10/23 01:13
Lake Meyer Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Panfishing on Lake Meyer continues to be spotty but on a good day, anglers can really get some nice size bluegills. Water temperatures are in the low 50's. 10/23 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are hitting small jigs tipped with small piece of worm or waxworm while fishing the shoreline. Anglers may have to cast further out to find bluegills. 10/23 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers are catching crappies using a hook tipped with a worm but jigs have also been working. Try tipping a small jig with a waxworm. Try fishing along the jetty or dam to find crappies. 10/23 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Area rivers and streams are in good shape. Fish activity slowed this last week but should pick up after this cold front comes through. As of October 31, the catchable trout stocking will come to a close but please take advantage of the several urban lake stockings taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Panfishing on Lake Meyer continues to be spotty but on a good day, anglers can really get some nice size bluegills. Water temperatures are in the low 50's. 10/23 01:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are hitting small jigs tipped with small piece of worm or waxworm while fishing the shoreline. Anglers may have to cast further out to find bluegills. 10/23 01:13
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Slow: Anglers are catching crappies using a hook tipped with a worm but jigs have also been working. Try tipping a small jig with a waxworm. Try fishing along the jetty or dam to find crappies. 10/23 01:13
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river is stable but may start dropping again this week. Fishing has been good at times but fronts and water level changes has hampered fishing some. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year! 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are now easily caught in eddy current areas on a simple egg sinker and worm rig. If you want to catch big drum use a large live crawfish for bait. 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 5.9 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 8.4 feet. This is down a foot from last week and anglers may notice a slight drop in water levels again this week. Water temperature is nearly the same the last two weeks and is at 54 degrees. 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are making a movement toward their overwintering habitats, which are deeper backwater areas with no current! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: This fall has been extremely hit and miss for crappies. When the bite is on though many nice crappies have been taken. Lots of fish up to 13 inches! Try a jig or a minnow in brush piles for best results! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass of all sizes are being caught! Bass too will work toward overwintering areas. If get sunny days in the late fall try fishing shallow sun filled backwaters for best results. Spinners and crankbaits are the best lures this time of year! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Good numbers of 12 inch type smallmouth are being caught on rock lines with anglers mainly using crankbaits. For success catching smallmouth you need the combination of current and rock! Recent surveys have shown a substantial spawn of smallmouth bass which bodes great fishing for this species into the future. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: The walleye and sauger bite always seems to be hit or miss. Several nice walleye and sauger being reported with most of the nicest fish coming off wingdams. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river is stable but may start dropping again this week. Fishing has been good at times but fronts and water level changes has hampered fishing some. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year! 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 7.6 feet, up slightly from last week. Levels are expected to fall slowly this week. The water clarity is fair. Water temperature has dropped one degree from last week and is now at 55 degrees. Fishing is has been hit or miss for most species. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Gills can be found along rip rap areas and near brush piles along the main channel and side channels. A simple rig with a bobber and worm often works the best. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass will be along channel edges for a few more weeks before they start moving to their backwater homes. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Crappie - Good: Extremely hit and miss for crappies. Try brush piles or deep sloughs with slow current. Most anglers are using small minnows or white jigs. Crappie fishing went from an excellent to poor bite at times last week! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are readily biting in moderate current areas. Drum can be caught on a simple egg sinker with a worm rig. For large drum use a big crayfish for bait. Have a fall fish feed with drum. The are very good eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the filets. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike populations abound in the Mississippi River right now and a few lucky anglers are catching pike mostly while bass fishing! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some nice sized smallmouths were reported off rock piles and even brush piles this week. Some smallies up to four pounds were recorded! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye and sauger fishing has been good up until this week when many anglers reported low catches. Cold fronts and water levels are often cited as the reason for the shut-off but floating vegetation is also hampering fishing especially those using three way rigs. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river is stable but may start dropping again this week. Fishing has been good at times but fronts and water level changes has hampered fishing some. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year! 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 6.7 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 10.5 feet, nearly the same as last week. Water levels are expected to continue to rise slightly. Water temperature is near 55 degrees. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Anglers are catching nice bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Crappie - Good: Extremely hit and miss for crappies. Try brush piles or deep sloughs with slow current. Most anglers are using small minnows or white jigs 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are an easy fish to catch. Use an egg sinker rig with night crawlers in areas of moderate current. For big drum try using a large live crayfish. Remove the red meat from the drum fillets and they are very good eating fish! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are still being found along rock piles and brush piles along the channel edges. Use a jig or spinner for best results. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallies are biting along rock piles with some noticeable current. Spinners or crankbaits work best! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Floating vegetation is hampering anglers, especially to those using long three way rigs. Fishing for walleye and sauger has been hit or miss this season but overall, we have had a good fall season! 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river is stable but may start dropping again this week. Fishing has been good at times but fronts and water level changes has hampered fishing some. Please be cognizant that aquatic vegetation is still floating around and will get attached to your trailers and boats. Make sure you clean off your equipment and drain all your water before leaving a boat ramp. Fall fishing can be the best of the year! 10/30 10:53
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at LeClaire is at 5.6 feet and water level at Rock Island is at 7.1 feet. Water temperature is 55 degrees and water clarity is fair. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lots of bluegills are being reported out the marina areas on Pool 15. This is a good time to fish these areas as boat traffic is down significantly. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Use an egg sinker and worm in moderate current areas. Drum are excellent eating fish if all the red meat is removed off the fillets. Also keep the fillets cool at all times to avoid them becoming mushy. 10/30 10:54
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of nice bass are being caught along rip rap lines and the mouths of the marina's by anglers using shad colored crank baits. 10/30 10:54
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast The Turkey River is excellent for paddling and a nice variety of fish are being caught. Water temperatures are running in the 50's. 10/23 11:06
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and spinners. Try fishing for bass off the current breaks and eddies. 10/23 11:06
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are hitting crankbaits fished in deeper holes. Use a slow retrieve for sluggish fish. 10/23 11:06
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Area rivers and streams are in good shape. Fish activity slowed this last week but should pick up after this cold front comes through. As of October 31, the catchable trout stocking will come to a close but please take advantage of the several urban lake stockings taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast The Turkey River is good for paddling and clarity has greatly improved. A nice variety of fish are being caught. Water temperatures are running in the 50's. 10/23 01:13
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth bass are hitting a jighead tipped with a worm. Try fishing for bass off the current breaks and eddies. 10/23 01:13
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are hitting a hook under a slip sinker tipped with a worm. Walleye are in deeper holes. Use a slow retrieve for sluggish fish. 10/23 01:13
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Sucker - Fair: Anglers are catching suckers while fishing for walleye. Suckers will take worms fished on the bottom. 10/23 01:17
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
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. The Upper Iowa is in good condition. Fish activity has picked up. 10/23 11:06
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are taking small spinners and bright colored jig. 10/23 11:06
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Start looking for walleye in deeper holes. Anglers were using spinners and jigs tipped with worm to entice the finicky fish. 10/23 11:06
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Area rivers and streams are in good shape. Fish activity slowed this last week but should pick up after this cold front comes through. As of October 31, the catchable trout stocking will come to a close but please take advantage of the several urban lake stockings taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are taking small spinners and bright colored jig. 10/23 01:13
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. The Upper Iowa is in good condition. Fish activity has slowed some. 10/23 01:13
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Start looking for walleye in deeper holes. Anglers were using spinners and jigs tipped with worm to entice the finicky fish. 10/23 01:13
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast The Upper Iowa below Decorah is in excellent condition. Water temperatures have dropped into the low 50's. 10/23 11:06
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits. Try using a jig tipped with bright orange twister and see what happens. 10/23 11:06
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are jigs tipped with a nightcrawler or smaller crankbait for some interesting action. 10/23 11:06
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Area rivers and streams are in good shape. Fish activity slowed this last week but should pick up after this cold front comes through. As of October 31, the catchable trout stocking will come to a close but please take advantage of the several urban lake stockings taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits. 10/23 01:13
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast The Upper Iowa below Decorah is in excellent condition. Water temperatures have dropped into the low 50's. 10/23 01:13
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye are jigs tipped with a nightcrawler or smaller crankbait for some interesting action. 10/23 01:13
Volga Lake Northeast It looks to be a beauty of a weekend here with daytime temperatures in the mid 60's and bright sunny skies. Area rivers and streams are in good shape with fish activity picking up. Catchable trout continue to be stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 11:06
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are finding fish along rocky shorelines and are using a hooked tipped with a small piece of worm. 10/23 11:06
Volga Lake Northeast Crappie - Good: Crappies are hitting a hook tipped with a minnow and can be found near submersed trees. 10/23 11:06
Volga Lake Northeast The boat ramp parking lot resurfacing project has begun and is on schedule to make the completion date of November 15. Remember the area is closed to boats and cars but anglers or waterfowlers may access the lake by walking into the area. 10/23 11:06
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth may be found cruising along rocky shorelines. Try a crankbait for some good action. 10/23 11:11
Volga Lake Northeast Area rivers and streams are in good shape. Fish activity slowed this last week but should pick up after this cold front comes through. As of October 31, the catchable trout stocking will come to a close but please take advantage of the several urban lake stockings taking place statewide. See our website for dates, times and locations. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/23 01:13
Volga Lake Northeast The boat ramp parking lot resurfacing project continues and is on schedule to make the completion date of November 15. Remember the area is closed to boats and cars but anglers or waterfowlers may access the lake by walking into the area. 10/23 01:13
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