Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: North Cedar Park located on the north side of Highway 188 east of Plainfield is an excellent hard surface boat launch.
Acres: 77.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: None

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, trout stream stockings are done for the year but streams will provide excellent trout fishing throughout the winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers have had best success casting white bucktail spinner baits for northern pike.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish jigs tipped with plastics with or without live bait or spinner baits for some good smallmouth bass action.
There have been good to excellent reports of anglers catching walleye, northern pike (particularly Bremer Co.) and some smallmouth bass on the Cedar River. Anglers may want to target deeper pools or holes for walleye as they migrate to overwintering areas.
Walleye - Good: Fish jigs tipped with plastics tipped with a minnow for some good walleye action.
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  • 6/8/16 - 10,632 Walleye (1.7")
  • 6/8/16 - 10,641 Walleye (1.9")
  • 5/26/16 - 90,537 Walleye (Fingerling)
  • 09/26/2015 - 30 Flathead Catfish (18")
  • 06/04/2015 - 9,742 Walleye (1.9")
  • 06/04/2015 - 10,973 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/29/2015 - 13,556 Walleye (2")
  • 06/05/2014 - 7,260 Walleye (2")
  • 06/05/2014 - 7,262 Walleye (2")
  • 05/29/2014 - 82,000 Walleye (2")
  • 06/21/2013 - 17,478 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/18/2012 - 80,092 Walleye (1.2")
  • 05/31/2011 - 31,500 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/31/2011 - 47,250 Walleye (1.5")
  • 06/16/2010 - 6,228 Walleye (1.6")
  • 06/16/2010 - 6,229 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/25/2010 - 35,000 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/20/2010 - 22,000 Walleye (1.1")
  • 05/29/2009 - 36,920 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/28/2009 - 61,200 Walleye (1.4")
  • 06/05/2008 - 23,000 Walleye (1.5")
  • 06/05/2008 - 34,000 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/24/2007 - 47,250 Walleye (1.2")
  • 05/23/2007 - 31,500 Walleye (1.5")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
The Cedar River throughout this stretch offers excellent angling walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and northern pike fishing opportunities. Boat electrofishing catch rates for walleye run from 50-60 fish per hour which reflects abundant numbers of walleye in this stretch of river. There are numerous access points throughout this stretch of river. Navigation on this entire stretch of river is good for smaller flat or V-bottom boats with a smaller hp motor or canoe. An electrofishing survey conducted by staff in the fall of 2015 sampled 51 walleye per hour with one walleye measuring in at 28.6-inches and weighing 8.50 pounds. (2016)

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