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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast River levels continue to fall with improved water clarity. There have not been many reports due to poor conditions on the interior rivers, channel catfish may provide the best river opportunities. Black Hawk County lakes are providing catches of bluegill, crappie and channel catfish, especially Casey Lake located in Hickory Hills Park. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa remain in good condition as, for further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 07/02 08:40
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Anglers have been doing well catching largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish in Casey Lake located within Hickory Hills County Park. 07/02 08:45
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics have been good for largemouth bass. 07/02 08:46
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish brush piles near the jetties and just off shore of the dam in 3-4 ft. of water. Use a small piece of worm under slip bobber or a light 1/64 oz. jig. 07/02 08:48
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Stinkbaits, cutbaits and chicken livers gave been good fished on the bottom during all periods of the day. 07/02 08:50
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Mild weather will be around through the holiday weekend so sunscreen up and head outside. Water levels on many rivers in our area have stabilized but remain muddy due to last weeks rainfall. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/01 11:52
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels have stabilized but clarity remains limited. 07/02 11:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers using chubs, cut bait, and chicken liver fished on the bottom are finding success even in turbid water. 07/02 11:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast Mild weather will be around through the holiday weekend so sunscreen up and head outside. Water levels on many rivers in our area have stabilized but remain muddy due to last weeks rainfall. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/01 11:52
Decorah District Streams Northeast All streams are fishable and have been stocked. High water events from last week may have changed your favorite fishing hole a bit but don't be afraid to try a new spot. Be looking for more frequent Tricorythodes and Ephoron (mayfly species) hatches through July. Also ants, beetles and grasshoppers will become more prevalent as summer progresses. 07/02 11:18
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Off color or slightly turbid water is a great time to catch brown trout. Try using a flashy spinner to antagonize finicky brown's. 07/02 12:00
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Only three coldwater streams in Iowa have limited natural reproduction of rainbow trout. 07/02 12:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout are, technically, a char and not a trout. It is a close relative of the lake trout. 07/02 12:08
George Wyth Lake Northeast River levels continue to fall with improved water clarity. There have not been many reports due to poor conditions on the interior rivers, channel catfish may provide the best river opportunities. Black Hawk County lakes are providing catches of bluegill, crappie and channel catfish, especially Casey Lake located in Hickory Hills Park. Trout streams in N.E. Iowa remain in good condition as, for further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office at 563-927-3276. 07/02 08:40
George Wyth Lake Northeast Anglers have been reporting catches of both bluegill and crappie with some selectivity required as some tend to run on the small side. 07/02 08:53
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish structure or near weed beds using a small piece of worm under slip bobber or a light 1/64 oz. jig. 07/02 08:54
George Wyth Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Try drifting a crappie minnow under a slip bobber near the edges of the weedbeds. 07/02 08:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Mild weather will be around through the holiday weekend so sunscreen up and head outside. Water levels on many rivers in our area have stabilized but remain muddy due to last weeks rainfall. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/01 11:52
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be found spread out along the weedbeds. Try using a hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. 07/01 02:24
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. 07/01 02:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be found along the weed edges and around the rock reefs. A jig tipped with a twister or worm will get some attention. 07/01 02:28
Lake Meyer Northeast Mild weather will be around through the holiday weekend so sunscreen up and head outside. Water levels on many rivers in our area have stabilized but remain muddy due to last weeks rainfall. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/01 11:52
Lake Meyer Northeast As of 7/2, water levels have been drawn down about 7 feet and is about down to the desired level. The boat ramp is unusable at this time and will remain so until water levels are allowed to return to normal. Mud flats and past habitat locations are becoming exposed. Water levels will remain low throughout the construction period. Construction should be completed by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal. 07/01 02:28
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Anglers willing to brave the rocks to get to water can find bluegills. A hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler under a bobber has been successful. 07/01 02:29
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are actively taking bait while fishing for bluegills. 07/01 02:30
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are near normal levels and expected to fall slightly over the next week. Water clarity is improving and fishing has picked up this week. Water temperature is near 70 degrees. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 16.5 ft and is expected to fall over the next week. Water temperature is in the lower 70's. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills near spawning beds in the upper ends of backwaters. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish spawn will be coming to and end, but still worth it to float minnows by rocky areas. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many bass are in post spawn and beginning to scatter. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has picked up with the stable water levels. Fish a light colored tube jig in fallen trees. 07/02 09:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads are biting on minnows or shiners fished near the tailwaters of dams. 07/02 09:32
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are near normal levels and expected to fall slightly over the next week. Water clarity is improving and fishing has picked up this week. Water temperature is near 70 degrees. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 8.1 and expected to fall slightly over the next week. Water temperature is in the lower 70's. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills near spawning beds in the upper ends of backwaters. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish spawn will be coming to and end, but still worth it to float minnows by rocky areas. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many bass are in post spawn and beginning to scatter. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wingdams. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Some nice size white bass caught along the main channel and tailwaters of the dams 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has picked up with the stable water levels. Fish a light colored tube jig in fallen trees. 07/02 09:28
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads are biting on minnows or shiners fished near the tailwaters of dams. 07/02 09:31
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Again it was a stormy week but much of the rain fell on or downstream of the district. As a result the water levels in Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 will drop this week. The main river is still a bit murky but if you avoid the tributary streams such as the Maquoketa and Wapsipinicon you should find enough clarity to find fish! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 7.7 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 10 feet, both down nearly a foot from last week. The temperature in the main channel is slightly warmer at 76 degrees. 07/01 03:10
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! Some fish can be found in the back ends of marinas and backwaters in this high water. 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Both channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught by trot lines and pole anglers using worms for bait. 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Both channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught by trot lines and pole anglers using worms for bait. 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth fishing is generally pretty good but you have to find clearer water. Frog imitations in the weeds has been somewhat effective! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Some walleyes were still caught. Most of the time they are found now in very shallow water and being caught by bluegill anglers 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass being caught along the rock lines by people using spinners or floating worms. 07/01 03:16
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Again it was a stormy week but much of the rain fell on or downstream of the district. As a result the water levels in Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 will drop this week. The main river is still a bit murky but if you avoid the tributary streams such as the Maquoketa and Wapsipinicon you should find enough clarity to find fish! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 8.8 feet down over foot from last week. The main channel temperature is at 76 degrees. The tributary streams like the Maquoketa River are quite turbid. If fishing bass or sight feeding fish you may want to avoid downstream areas of our major tributaries! 07/01 03:10
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. 07/01 03:10
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! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Lots of smaller eater flatheads are still being caught in the tailwaters by anglers using worm rigs. Some larger specimens are being taken on trot lines. 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for clearer water especially in weed bed locations to catch bass. The largemouth's reported to us so far this year have been quite sizable! The high water has made places like Spring Lake, Savanna Bay and Browns Lake quite accessible! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines by anglers using small spinners or crankbaits. 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Slow: After the rise in water levels, walleye apparently moved into shallower water along the shorelines and were being picked up by bass and bluegill anglers. 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Again it was a stormy week but much of the rain fell on or downstream of the district. As a result the water levels in Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 will drop this week. The main river is still a bit murky but if you avoid the tributary streams such as the Maquoketa and Wapsipinicon you should find enough clarity to find fish! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 8.3 feet, the water level at Camanche is at 11.6 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 6.5 feet. All water levels are down considerably from last week and expected to drop further. The main channel water temperature is around 77 degrees. 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills are being caught in the backwater areas on worm rigs. Muddy water finally took its toll on the bluegill bite. Expect good fishing to resume once the water clears up! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Lots of reports of channel catfish hitting on stink bait and worms 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Excellent: 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! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Great populations of bass exist in Pool 14. Right now some may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters. Some folks report using frog imitations in the weed lines and they are catching some nice sized bass! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: 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! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Slow: For whatever reason, walleyes were reported in shallow water throughout the district this week. Bass and bluegill anglers were catching them near shore! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Again it was a stormy week but much of the rain fell on or downstream of the district. As a result the water levels in Mississippi in Pools 12 to 15 will drop this week. The main river is still a bit murky but if you avoid the tributary streams such as the Maquoketa and Wapsipinicon you should find enough clarity to find fish! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 9.3 feet, which is over two foot lower then the previous week. The water temperature is around 77 degrees. Eagles Landing and Leach park are two nice areas to put in and enjoy fishing on Pool 15. 07/01 03:10
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 within the first 15 minutes or so. If you do not catch any in that amount of time, then move on! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads were caught mixed in with the channel catfish by anglers using worms or live bait! 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year. A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker will prove best. 07/01 03:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 9 ft and expected to remain near this level over the next week. Water temperature is in the lower 70's. The boat ramp at New Albin is now open again. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are near normal levels and expected to fall slightly over the next week. Water clarity is improving and fishing has picked up this week. Water temperature is near 70 degrees. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills near spawning beds in the upper ends of backwaters. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish spawn will be coming to and end, but still worth it to float minnows by rocky areas. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are actively feeding just about everywhere. Fishing with a worm on the bottom should pay off. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Many bass are in post spawn and beginning to scatter. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Occasional northern pike are being picked up fishing for bass along structure. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wingdams. 07/02 09:14
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Good: Minnesota Slough areas have been productive for nice size crappies. Try a light colored tube jig fished in fallen trees. 07/02 09:23
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads are biting on minnows or shiners fished near the tailwaters of dams. 07/02 09:32
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Mild weather will be around through the holiday weekend so sunscreen up and head outside. Water levels on many rivers in our area have stabilized but remain muddy due to last weeks rainfall. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/01 11:52
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast New snags, log jams, submersed logs and other debris may be observed. Use care when paddling around obstructions. Water temperatures are in the mid 70's this week. Water clarity is very limited. 07/01 02:47
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Mild weather will be around through the holiday weekend so sunscreen up and head outside. Water levels on many rivers in our area have stabilized but remain muddy due to last weeks rainfall. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/01 11:52
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Water levels have stabilized but visibility is about 6 inches. Flows are up after recent rainfall events so be mindful of new strainers, such as log jams, tree falls, and other obstructions. 07/01 02:38
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Mild weather will be around through the holiday weekend so sunscreen up and head outside. Water levels on many rivers in our area have stabilized but remain muddy due to last weeks rainfall. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/01 11:52
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Be mindful of new snags, log jams, and other strainers when paddling in water with increased flows. The river is very muddy but a few anglers have been finding fish. 07/01 02:41
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers using a brightly colored jig tipped with a worm floated just off the bottom should find success. 07/01 02:43
Volga Lake Northeast Mild weather will be around through the holiday weekend so sunscreen up and head outside. Water levels on many rivers in our area have stabilized but remain muddy due to last weeks rainfall. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/01 11:52
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Good: Anglers using a small piece of worm will find fish near brush piles along the dam and other rocky shoreline. 07/01 02:32
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers fishing over brush piles or rock reefs will find fish. 07/01 02:33
Volga Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Anglers drifting along open water using a small tube jig should find crappie. 07/01 02:34
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