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Brinker Lake Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for a low percentage of showers. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/22 01:21
Brinker Lake Northeast There have been good reports of anglers catching largemouth bass out of Brinker Lake. Crappies have also been biting on slip bobber and minnow rig fished in around eight to ten feet of water. 07/22 01:21
Brinker Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber near structure in eight to ten feet of water. 07/22 01:21
Brinker Lake Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try trolling crankbaits around the lake using a three-way rig to locate aggressive fish. 07/22 01:21
Brinker Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours. 07/22 01:32
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for a low percentage of showers. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/22 01:21
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast There have been good reports of nice sized bluegill being taken near structure in deeper water close to the dam. Anglers have had good luck on largemouth bass throughout the day also. 07/22 01:21
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours. 07/22 01:21
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Concentrate near deeper structure close to the dam using a small piece of crawler or waxworn under a slip bobber. 07/22 01:21
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are picking up catfish using a hook tipped with chicken liver, cut bait or night crawlers. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Fish activity has improved. Anglers are finding a variety of nice fish below dams in pockets of slack water and off current breaks. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are hitting night crawlers and minnows. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleye are hitting a jig tipped with worms or a variety of plastic tails. 07/24 09:31
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Crappie - Good: Anglers are finding crappies in backwater and off channel areas especially around brush piles using hooks tipped with a minnow under a bobber. 07/24 10:43
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for a low percentage of showers. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/22 01:21
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. Concentrate below and near the riffle areas below the dam in Waverly. 07/22 01:21
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River continues to fall and fishing has vastly improved in both Bremer and Black Hawk Counties. Walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish have been biting exceptionally well below the lowhead dams in Waverly and Waterloo. 07/22 01:21
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Excellent: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year. 07/22 01:21
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 07/22 01:21
Decorah District Streams Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Decorah District Streams Northeast Terrestrial patterns such as Hoppers, Ants, Beetles and especially Crickets have recently been effective and have taken some particularly big Browns. #18 Baetis patterns have been the predominant mayfly hatch mornings and evenings. #18 Wet Fly and Emerger patterns have also been excellent choices. Nymphing small midges or fishing bright streamers has been good in stained water. For the spin fisher, try using an 1/8 oz jig tipped with a light colored twister or a #5 shad rap. 07/24 09:31
George Wyth Lake Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for a low percentage of showers. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/22 01:21
George Wyth Lake Northeast Crappie - Good: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber drifting anywhere from five to nine feet of water. 07/22 01:21
George Wyth Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner or crank baits throughout the mid-day hours. 07/22 01:21
George Wyth Lake Northeast The lake still remains high but there have been reports of crappie along with some largemouth bass being caught out of George Wyth Lake . 07/22 01:21
Lake Hendricks Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are spotty but when found can be good. Use small pieces of worms on a hook. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are catching catfish using a hook tipped with a nightcrawler. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Four rock reefs are being placed in the lake to add more structure in the lake bottom. Please avoid this area to give workers room to work. The reef construction should be completed by Friday, July 25. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been using spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along the shoreline. 07/24 09:31
Lake Hendricks Northeast Crappie - Fair: Crappies are in deeper water. 07/24 09:36
Lake Meyer Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Gills are biting but you may have to catch a few before you get the one you want. A light colored twistertail is best. Try using a small hunk of worm on a hook fished under a bobber. 07/24 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Crappie - Fair: Try fishing in deeper water or near brush piles. A hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber is preferred. 07/24 09:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails or a crawdad imitation crankbait. Anglers are finding fish along the weedlines. 07/24 09:31
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for a low percentage of showers. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/22 01:21
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 07/22 01:21
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in excellent shape heading into the upcoming weekend. Angler reports have been fair to good for a variety of species; channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers. 07/22 01:21
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year. 07/22 01:21
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Most baits; stinkbaits, cut baits, and crawlers have been real effective for cats. 07/22 01:21
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast The Mississippi River continues to fall at a steady pace and the river is getting closer to normal early summer conditions which should lead to good fishing over the coming weeks. Most all boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the 70's. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is at 17.9 and is expected to fall to 16 ft over the next week. The ramp at Sny Magill is now open. The roller dams at lock and dam 9 have been lowered. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 07/24 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use cray fish for bigger fish 07/24 10:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 07/24 10:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stinkbait. 07/24 10:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 07/24 10:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The Mississippi River continues to fall at a steady pace and the river is getting closer to normal early summer conditions which should lead to good fishing over the coming weeks. Most all boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the 70's. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stinkbait. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are feeding actively along main channel borders. Fish a worm on the bottom or use cray fish for bigger fish. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The water levels at Lock & Dam 10 Guttenberg have dropped to 9.3 and expected to fall to 7.5 over the next. The roller dams at lock and dam 10 have been lowered. The Turkey River landing is now open. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 07/24 09:54
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 07/24 09:55
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 07/24 10:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The river is dropping still dropping rapidly. With water levels dropping, water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 9.1 feet and water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 11.4 feet. This is down 3 feet from last week and water levels are going to continue to drop. Water temperature is 77 degrees. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are starting to hit on stink bait. Fish a dip worm on rock piles, wing dam, or snags. 07/24 11:01
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. 07/24 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Scattered reports of people catching a few walleyes off the wingdams especially in near shore areas. 07/24 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The river is dropping still dropping rapidly. With water levels dropping, water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 10.4 feet, down three feet from last weeks report. The river is expected to drop quickly, and the river's clarity should improve. The water temperature is at 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The DNR ramp is now open for business after a long flooding period. Curtsey docks will not yet be out at most Pool 13 boat ramps. The state record longnose gar was broken this week on Pool 13! 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut bait to catch channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Small largemouth are starting to bite again in the tailwater areas. Bigger bass are still being taken in the clear waters of the Spring Lake area. 07/24 11:08
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The river is dropping still dropping rapidly. With water levels dropping, water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is 9.8 feet and water level at Camanche it is at 12.6 feet. This is down over 3 feet from last week. Water levels are expected to continue to drop. Water clarity is good and fish should be biting. Water temperature is near 78 degrees. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish using stink bait along the rocks. Try fishing trot lines baited with worms in the back waters. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are sight feeders. With the increase in clarity, bass will be feeding. Find clear backwaters and start throwing some lures. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch bluegills around long piles and rock lines using bobbers and worms. 07/24 11:35
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The river is dropping still dropping rapidly. With water levels dropping, water clarity is improving and fishing is picking up as fish start to move to normal summer patterns. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 10.1 feet. It is expected to drop continuously all week. The water is still a little high, but good fishing is expected. Eagle landing in Bettendorf park had some damage due to flooding. It may be closed this week so please check ahead with the city of Bettendorf if planning to use this site! 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish using stink bait for channel cats. Fish wing dams or rock piles. Fish will be moving to their summer holes. 07/24 11:01
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Try fishing with a worm and egg sinker rig into the eddy areas with modest current. 07/24 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast The Mississippi River continues to fall at a steady pace and the river is getting closer to normal early summer conditions which should lead to good fishing over the coming weeks. Most all boat ramps are open again and many anglers and boaters are taking advantage of being able to get back on the river. Water temperatures are in the 70's. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 9.3 and is expected to fall slowly to 8.5 over the next week. Army road leading to the ramp at New Albin is open. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills to gather around fallen trees in running sloughs and back waters. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are actively feeding. Fish the bottom along side channels. Now is a good time to start using stinkbait. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drift a crawler along the side channels in moderate current. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are biting well but scattered. Keep moving to find active fish. 07/24 09:38
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Crappie - Fair: A few crappie being caught along fallen trees in running sloughs. 07/24 10:17
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are beginning to become active along rocky areas with good current. 07/24 10:17
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for a low percentage of showers. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 07/22 01:21
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast The Shell Rock is currently at 8.59 feet and falling. There have been a few reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass. 07/22 01:21
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Half a nightcrawler tipped on a jig is a sure fire way to catch walleye this time of year. 07/22 01:21
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting jig and crawler or spinner baits near rocky habitat areas for good smally action. 07/22 01:41
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Anglers should find hungry fish around woody debris or in the off channel areas. Also try tossing a lure around an eddy line. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Brown Trout - Good: With water temperatures warming, trout are moving into areas with colder water. 07/24 10:24
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are using a jighead tipped with a variety of plastics or nightcrawlers. 07/24 10:25
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Good: Artificial lures are working well. 07/24 10:26
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler, minnow or plastic imitation minnow. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70's. There is an algae bloom occurring below Elkader but fish activity continues to pick up. Fish can be found along shorelines with steep drop-offs. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are actively taking worms threaded on a hook. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are using a jig tipped with a worm. 07/24 09:31
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast White Bass - Good: White bass have been hitting jigs tipped with a nightcrawler or minnow. 07/24 10:32
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Area rivers and streams are really looking good and fish activity has picked up. It looks like a fabulous summer weekend in Northeast Iowa. For more information on water levels, please visit this website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Summer trout stocking schedule is in effect. Call 563-927-5736 for daily stocking information. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/24 09:31
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass action is picking up. Try using a crawdad imitation crankbait or jig tipped with twistertail. Fish around the mouth of tributaries or an undercut bank. 07/24 09:31
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