Cedar River (above Nashua)

General Information

County: Floyd
Location: This stretch is found in Chickasaw, Floyd, and Mitchell County. A popular multi-use location is the Charles City Whitewater Park in downtown Charles City on Hwy 14.
Acres: 63.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: None

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Cedar River (above Nashua) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
Be prepared for some unstable weather Thursday through Sunday. Localized flooding is possible is areas with repeated thunderstorms. Wild parsnip continues to be a problem along trails and accesses. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from sun and the effects of wild parsnip. For current angling conditions, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Stinkbaits, cutbaits, and crawlers attract hungry catfish. Find fish around log jams and slack water areas.
Water levels are relatively stable and have reached summer flows. Clarity is excellent. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are hiting a variety of lures. Crawdad imitations work best.
Walleye - Slow: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or crawler. Drift a jig the main channel or find deeper holes for walleye.
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  • 07/14/2015 - 11,557 Walleye (2.68")
  • 05/29/2015 - 20,912 Walleye (2")
  • 04/09/2015 - 10,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/28/2014 - 60,950 Walleye (2")
  • 04/18/2014 - 10,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/30/2013 - 63,900 Walleye (1.2")
  • 04/18/2013 - 12,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/17/2012 - 60,950 Walleye (1.3")
  • 03/29/2012 - 15,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 06/02/2011 - 28,400 Walleye (1.2")
  • 06/02/2011 - 32,550 Walleye (1.2")
  • 04/21/2011 - 25,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/19/2010 - 27,830 Walleye (1.2")
  • 05/19/2010 - 31,900 Walleye (1.2")
  • 04/01/2010 - 10,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/27/2009 - 28,400 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/27/2009 - 32,550 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/11/2009 - 3,047 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 04/10/2009 - 10,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/28/2008 - 22,725 Walleye (1.4")
  • 05/28/2008 - 26,045 Walleye (1.4")
  • 04/10/2008 - 10,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/21/2007 - 28,400 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/21/2007 - 33,200 Walleye (1.4")
  • 04/06/2007 - 10,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Rock Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: Catch and release only
    • Possession Limit: Catch and release only
    • Length Limit: Catch and release only
    • Other: Mitchell County, extending downstream from below the Otranto Dam as posted to the bridge on count yroad T26 south of St. Ansgar
  • 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:
  • White Sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
This sixty-three mile stretch extends from the Minnesota state line down to Nashua. There are several dams impounding water providing boat access to the river. Paddling and wading below the dams are great activities that will yield nice catches of a variety of fish. The Charles City Whitewater course completed in early 2011 improved access for river users and provided passage for a variety of fish species. Nice Channel Catfish are commonly taken above the dam in Nashua. Fishing below the Interstate dam at Mitchell and below the dam at St. Ansgar yield nice size Walleye and Smallmouth Bass. This stream is stocked each year with Northern Pike and Walleye fingerlings.(2016)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.