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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Area lakes are ice-free and rivers are actually in good condition. This years catchable trout stocking schedule is now available on-line at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Next week is the annual start for catchable stocking. Due to wet ground conditions, some locations won't be stocked. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/26 09:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers using minnows are having the best luck. 03/26 09:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels have stabilized and clarity is excellent. Few anglers have been out this week. 03/26 09:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: 03/26 09:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers using dead chubs are catching catfish. Fish in the 3 to 5 pound range are common. 03/26 09:58
Decorah District Streams Northeast Area lakes are ice-free and rivers are actually in good condition. This years catchable trout stocking schedule is now available on-line at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Next week is the annual start for catchable stocking. Due to wet ground conditions, some locations won't be stocked. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/26 09:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: The scientific name for brook trout is "Salvenlinus fontinalis." "Salvenlinus" is an old name for char or type of trout and "fontinalis" means living in springs or fountains. 03/26 09:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Excellent: This time of year lends itself to great brown trout fishing. Off colored water and top water insect hatches in the afternoon can really spur a feeding frenzy. 03/26 09:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Most of the gravel roads and accesses are very soft. Insect hatches are really beginning to take off with warmer temperatures. Streams are in excellent condition. Anglers have been taking trout on yellow nymphs, brown wholly buggers, blue wing olives and streamers. Files with a flash of red are also working well. Spin fishers using worms fished through riffles are taking nice catches. 03/26 09:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Traditionally now is a good time to find rainbow heading upstream to spawn. If you do land a spawning fish, please practice CPR (Catch, Photograph, Release). 03/26 09:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Area lakes are ice-free and rivers are actually in good condition. This years catchable trout stocking schedule is now available on-line at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Next week is the annual start for catchable stocking. Due to wet ground conditions, some locations won't be stocked. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/26 09:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake Hendricks is ice-free. Few anglers have been out due to recent weather activity. 03/26 09:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 03/26 09:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - No Report: 03/26 09:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Area lakes are ice-free and rivers are actually in good condition. This years catchable trout stocking schedule is now available on-line at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Next week is the annual start for catchable stocking. Due to wet ground conditions, some locations won't be stocked. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/26 09:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 03/26 09:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake Meyer will be free of ice by the weekend. Take care when traveling on park roads as gravel roads are very soft. 03/26 09:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - No Report: 03/26 09:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 03/26 09:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Most of the ice has gone out of the main channel and sloughs, but slush ice remains in backwaters. Ice fishing has ended for the year but the tailwater fishing is just beginning to pick up. Boat ramps at Lynxville and Guttenberg are all open as well as most main channel ramps. River levels are on a slight fall and water temps are in the upper 30's with a warm-up expected over the weekend. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is at 15.4 and falling. The Lynxville boat ramp is open and the tailwaters have been popular for fishing. Water temp is in the upper 30's. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger bite has been slow to start but should pick up over the next week. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some nice sized walleyes begin caught in the tailwaters vertical jigging with minnows. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Most of the ice has gone out of the main channel and sloughs, but slush ice remains in backwaters. Ice fishing has ended for the year but the tailwater fishing is just beginning to pick up. Boat ramps at Lynxville and Guttenberg are all open as well as most main channel ramps. River levels are on a slight fall and water temps are in the upper 30's with a warm-up expected over the weekend. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg continues to fall and currently 6.8 ft. The boat ramps at Guttenberg are open and tailwater fishing has been popular. Ice has not quite gone out of backwaters and panfishing is slow to start. Water temp is in the upper 30's. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger bite in the tailwaters is slow to start but should pick up over the next week. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A few nice sized walleyes being caught in the tailwaters vertical jigging with minnows. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Backwaters are mostly free of ice. Northerns are spawning now and Yellow perch are soon to follow. Walleye and Sauger spawn next at water temperatures between 42 and 55. Paddlefish snagging is going on. Please review all rules on Paddlefish angling as they are somewhat complicated. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger and walleye fishing has been good but soon both species will move to the spawning areas and generally bite poorly during that time. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 5.6 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 8.6 feet. Water is expected to be stable this week. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Backwaters are mostly free of ice. Northerns are spawning now and Yellow perch are soon to follow. Walleye and Sauger spawn next at water temperatures between 42 and 55. Paddlefish snagging is going on. Please review all rules on Paddlefish angling as they are somewhat complicated. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 6.5 feet and falling slowly. Paddlefish season is still underway and paddlefish rules are fairly complicated so review them before putting in on the water. This is one case anglers must know if they are fishing on the Iowa or Illinois side of the river. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Anglers are reporting fair to good fishing for sauger mostly on three way rigs or a jig and minnow. Both sauger and walleye will move toward their spawning locations soon and bite may slow down! 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some nicer walleye are being taken on jigs and minnows. Anglers are targeting 18 to 24 feet of water. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some northern pike have been reported, Pike unlike walleye bite soon after they are done spawning. 04/01 10:41
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Backwaters are mostly free of ice. Northerns are spawning now and Yellow perch are soon to follow. Walleye and Sauger spawn next at water temperatures between 42 and 55. Paddlefish snagging is going on. Please review all rules on Paddlefish angling as they are somewhat complicated. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 6.1 feet, the water level at Camanche it is at 10.3 feet, and the water level above the dam at LeClaire is at 5.1 feet. Levels are generally stable in all locations. Paddlefish season is underway. Please review all paddlefish rules as they are fairly complicated. You must know which side of the state line you are fishing! 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are being reported by anglers using a jig and minnow or three way rig. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Big female walleyes will begin moving to the spawning areas very shortly. Males have been running for several weeks but females are just now beginning the spawning process. 04/01 10:43
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Backwaters are mostly free of ice. Northerns are spawning now and Yellow perch are soon to follow. Walleye and Sauger spawn next at water temperatures between 42 and 55. Paddlefish snagging is going on. Please review all rules on Paddlefish angling as they are somewhat complicated. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 6.1 feet and falling. No fishing was reported to us on Pool 15 this week. 04/01 10:35
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Most of the ice has gone out of the main channel and sloughs, but slush ice remains in backwaters. Ice fishing has ended for the year but the tailwater fishing is just beginning to pick up. Boat ramps at Lynxville and Guttenberg are all open as well as most main channel ramps. River levels are on a slight fall and water temps are in the upper 30's with a warm-up expected over the weekend. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing has remain fairly stable around 8.0. The boat ramp at Village Creek is open. Water temp is in the upper 30's. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being picked up in Minnesota Slough trolling slowly with crankbaits. 03/26 10:27
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice yellow perch are being caught in the area of the boat ramp at Village creek. Water is still cold so continue slow fishing techniques. 03/26 10:27
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Area lakes are ice-free and rivers are actually in good condition. This years catchable trout stocking schedule is now available on-line at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Next week is the annual start for catchable stocking. Due to wet ground conditions, some locations won't be stocked. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/26 09:34
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Water levels have stabilized and clarity has improved. There is still ice on the mill pond but ice fishing is not recommended. This should melt by the weekend. Few anglers have been out. 03/26 09:34
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - No Report: 03/26 09:34
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Area lakes are ice-free and rivers are actually in good condition. This years catchable trout stocking schedule is now available on-line at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Next week is the annual start for catchable stocking. Due to wet ground conditions, some locations won't be stocked. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/26 09:34
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Few anglers have been on the river. Water levels are stable and clarity is good. 03/26 10:13
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Sucker - Slow: This weeks cold front slowed the bite but with warmer temperatures forecast, suckers should start biting. 03/26 10:14
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: The cold front slowed the smallmouth bite. Anglers can try using a jig tipped with a worm for best luck. 03/26 10:15
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Area lakes are ice-free and rivers are actually in good condition. This years catchable trout stocking schedule is now available on-line at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Next week is the annual start for catchable stocking. Due to wet ground conditions, some locations won't be stocked. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/26 09:34
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast The Upper Iowa has about 1.5 feet of visibility. Fish activity slowed with recent cold front but should pick up again as temperatures warm. 03/26 09:34
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are starting to bite. Crankbaits and spinners are working well from shore. 03/26 09:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Area lakes are ice-free and rivers are actually in good condition. This years catchable trout stocking schedule is now available on-line at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Next week is the annual start for catchable stocking. Due to wet ground conditions, some locations won't be stocked. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/26 09:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Fish activity below Decorah on the Upper Iowa River remains spotty. Suckers are starting to show up in the creel. Water clarity is good. 03/26 09:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Anglers using a jig tipped with a long piece of worm are having luck finding walleyes. 03/26 09:34
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth activity has picked up. Anglers using a jig tipped with piece of nightcrawler are getting fish. 03/26 09:53
Volga Lake Northeast Area lakes are ice-free and rivers are actually in good condition. This years catchable trout stocking schedule is now available on-line at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx. Next week is the annual start for catchable stocking. Due to wet ground conditions, some locations won't be stocked. For local information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 03/26 09:34
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 03/26 09:34
Volga Lake Northeast Crappie - No Report: 03/26 09:34
Volga Lake Northeast Volga Lake is ice free and waiting for anglers 03/26 09:34
Volga Lake Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfish are beginning to bite. Try using a dead chubs or squish a minnow on a hook and let it sit on the bottom especially along a windblown shoreline. 03/26 09:40
Beeds Lake Northwest Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/26 09:12
Beeds Lake Northwest There have been some catfish taken after ice-out from the shore. 03/26 09:21
Beeds Lake Northwest Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/27 08:25
Beeds Lake Northwest There have been some catfish taken after ice-out from the shore. 03/27 08:25
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Northern Pike - Good: Anglers fishing at buffalo run, Hales slough, and at the north grade have been reporting quality catch rates for northern. Use hollow body 4-8inch swimbaits. Drag and lift them along the bottom slowly. Anglers are also using black spinnerbaits with varied success. 03/31 12:35
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Buffalo run is holding small crappie 30 feet straight out from the mouth of buffalo run. Slip bobbers tipped with crappie bites. Allow the rig to drift along the rocks. 03/31 12:37
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Open water angling has begun on our area lakes. Anglers are targeting panfish in bays and shallower areas that warm up faster than deeper areas of the lake. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 03/26 09:17
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching 6-8 inch bluegills in Town Bay along the shoreline and near the piers. Those having the best luck are using crawlers fished under a bobber. 03/26 09:21
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Crappie - Fair: Some crappie are being picked up while bluegill fishing with crawlers. 03/26 09:22
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having luck catching largemouth bass on crawlers and minnows. 03/26 09:24
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Good: Walleye are being picked up in the town bay and near ice house point. Anglers are having the best luck fishing along the north shore of Town Bay and along the south shore of Town Bay near Ice House Point. Fish are being caught on twisters and crawlers. Expect walleye fishing along the east shore of the lake and near the outlet to improve with increasing water temperatures over this next week. 03/26 09:37
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Some perch are being picked up in Town Bay on minnows and crawlers. 03/26 09:38
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Open water angling has begun on our area lakes. Anglers are targeting panfish in bays and shallower areas that warm up faster than deeper areas of the lake. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 03/26 09:17
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Expect bluegill and crappie fishing to pick up near shore and submerged structure with warming water temperatures over the week. 03/26 09:17
Clear Lake Northwest Expanding open water near from city beach south along shore and a large section of open water from Dodge's Point to Venetian Village to northshore pumphouse. Ice is unsafe and unfishable. 03/26 09:12
Clear Lake Northwest Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/26 09:12
Clear Lake Northwest Crappie - No Report: 03/26 09:12
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: There have been a few waders but no fish yet. Warmer weather should get some fish biting. 03/26 09:12
Clear Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Slow: 03/26 09:23
Clear Lake Northwest Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/27 08:25
Clear Lake Northwest Crappie - No Report: 03/27 08:25
Clear Lake Northwest Ice is out. Docks are in at Lynne Lorenson in Ventura, McIntosh State Park, and the ramp at the Island. 03/27 08:25
Clear Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Slow: 03/27 08:25
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: There have been a few waders but no fish yet. Warmer weather should get some fish biting. 03/27 08:25
Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford) Northwest Open water angling has begun on our area lakes. Anglers are targeting panfish in bays and shallower areas that warm up faster than deeper areas of the lake. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638. 03/26 09:17
Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford) Northwest Anglers have reported catching walleye using minnows on a jig. 03/26 09:44
Diamond Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: The north bank is holding a few 10inch perch. These fish are located on the bank in the exposed rocks. A angler reported these fish were caught using ice jigs and crappie bites. 03/31 12:40
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/26 09:12
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest Anglers are catching a few walleyes. 03/26 09:16
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/27 08:25
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt) Northwest Anglers are catching a few walleyes. 03/27 08:25
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Very little fishing activity reported in the Spirit Lake District Water Temps are 40 F 03/26 12:07
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Good: Fish channel catfish after dark will produce excellent oppertunities for pole bending activity. 03/26 12:10
Lake Catherine Northwest Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/26 09:12
Lake Catherine Northwest Open, no fishing report. 03/26 09:14
Lake Catherine Northwest Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 03/27 08:25
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