Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

General Information

County: Linn
Location: This stretch is located in Benton and Linn County. A popular river access is in the Dudgeon Lake Wildlife Area right of Hwy 150 on the North side of Vinton.
Acres: 56.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Palisades-Kepler State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Walleye - Fair: Try crankbaits or jig/crawler.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or jigs have been working best.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Walleye - Fair: Try crankbaits or jig/crawler.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or jigs have been working best.
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  • 5/25/2017 - 119,778 Walleye (1.4")
  • 5/24/2017 - 10,481 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 5/25/16 - 58,098 Walleye (Fingerling)
  • 4/19/16 - 6,875 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/19/2015 - 9,829 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • annual 2014 - 57,370 Walleye (2")
  • 09/17/2014 - 632 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 06/04/2014 - 10,002 Northern Pike (2-3")
  • 06/07/2013 - 21,735 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/28/2013 - 10,012 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/24/2012 - 30,000 Walleye (1.2")
  • 05/10/2012 - 5,017 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 04/19/2012 - 300,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/01/2011 - 30,000 Walleye (1.4")
  • 05/19/2011 - 5,560 Northern Pike (2.8")
  • 05/25/2010 - 29,400 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/20/2010 - 6,008 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/05/2010 - 5,051 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/29/2009 - 30,000 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/08/2009 - 5,000 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 06/05/2008 - 43,800 Walleye (1.4")
  • 05/12/2008 - 12,500 Northern Pike (3.7")
  • 05/08/2008 - 5,036 Northern Pike (2.3")
  • 05/08/2008 - 5,037 Northern Pike (2.3")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bigmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Black Buffalo
    • 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.
  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Bowfin
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flathead 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:
  • Freshwater Drum
    • 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:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Quillback
    • 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.
  • Sauger
    • 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:
  • Shorthead redhorse
    • 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.
  • 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:
  • Smallmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • 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:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Thanks to a successful interior river stocking program, this stretch of the Cedar River (especially in Benton County) has been experiencing some great walleye and northern pike fishing. The smallmouth bass also are doing well along with channel catfish. (2016)

Contacts

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

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.