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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Temperatures reaching 40 through the weekend bringing a chance for rain late Saturday through Monday. The bite may turn on as runoff from rain enters rivers and lakes. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/18 09:59
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lots of small gills caught. Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm or spikes. 01/18 09:59
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Ice conditions continue to improve. Use caution in areas with current. Check ice depths often. Backwaters have about 12-18 inches of ice. 01/18 09:59
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Find crappie in backwaters around brush piles. Use bright colored jigs or small spoons tipped with minnow heads. 01/18 09:59
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Ice conditions remain good on most lakes in and around Black Hawk County, averaging 8"-10". Reports are hit & miss on many lakes but with the extended forecast the bite should pick up. Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/18 10:59
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been reports of anglers having some success on both bluegill and walleye on some backwater areas of the Cedar River in Bremer County. Please use extreme caution when venturing onto river ice! 01/18 11:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Locate bluegill off of the bottom using a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm. 01/18 11:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try jigging a teardrop jig tipped with a minnow or just the head of a minnow. Or fishing a minnow under a bobber. 01/18 11:16
Decorah District Streams Northeast Temperatures reaching 40 through the weekend bringing a chance for rain late Saturday through Monday. The bite may turn on as runoff from rain enters rivers and lakes. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/18 09:59
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Midges hatch all season. Try wholly buggers for a hungry brookie. 01/18 09:59
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Use patterns imitating small fish, eggs, and scuds. Light midge hatches still occur on warmer afternoons. 01/18 09:59
Decorah District Streams Northeast Find out what urban pond or lake is being stocked this weekend at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. IADNR parking lots are not plowed at this time of year. Streams with good flow and water quality won't freeze. Deeper pools will freeze. 01/18 09:59
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow Trout will be spawning soon. Try a feathered spinner or a hook tipped with worm drifted along an undercut bank for fun. 01/18 09:59
Lake Delhi Northeast Ice conditions remain good on most lakes in and around Black Hawk County, averaging 8"-10". Reports are hit & miss on many lakes but with the extended forecast the bite should pick up. Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/18 10:59
Lake Delhi Northeast Anglers have been having success in catching both bluegill and crappie in Lake Delhi. Some sorting of fish may be necessary. 01/18 11:34
Lake Delhi Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Locate bluegill off of the bottom using a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm. 01/18 11:37
Lake Delhi Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Tip a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm, look for crappie both off of the bottom and suspended. 01/18 11:39
Lake Hendricks Northeast Temperatures reaching 40 through the weekend bringing a chance for rain late Saturday through Monday. The bite may turn on as runoff from rain enters rivers and lakes. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/18 09:59
Lake Hendricks Northeast No motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice. The lake has about 16-18 inches of ice with light snow cover. Open water around the aerator. 01/18 09:59
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Water is stained. Move around to find fish. Use small jig tipped with a minnow head. 01/18 09:59
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Anglers are fishing near the point in the deeper channel. Use small jigs tipped with waxworms or spikes. 01/18 09:59
Lake Meyer Northeast Temperatures reaching 40 through the weekend bringing a chance for rain late Saturday through Monday. The bite may turn on as runoff from rain enters rivers and lakes. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/18 09:59
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers need to work for the fish and may have to move once the easy ones are caught. 01/18 09:59
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Use small bright colored jigs tipped with waxworms. A slow jig works best. Concentrate efforts around brush piles. 01/18 09:59
Lake Meyer Northeast Lake Meyer has about 16-18 inches of ice with a dusting of snow and about 6 ft. clarity. Use care around the dam. Fish more active in the morning and evening. 01/18 09:59
Martens Lake Northeast Ice conditions remain good on most lakes in and around Black Hawk County, averaging 8"-10". Reports are hit & miss on many lakes but with the extended forecast the bite should pick up. Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/18 10:59
Martens Lake Northeast Anglers have had both hit and miss days in catching bluegill and crappie in Martens lake. Sight fishing is a common method of ice fishing on this lake. Most anglers park on the north end and cross the reservoir to access the lake. 01/18 11:17
Martens Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Locate bluegill off of the bottom using a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm. 01/18 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River ice fishing is going strong but the key is to be mobile to find active feeding fish this time of year. Look for panfish to be in the deeper warmer backwaters or marina areas with no current. Ice conditions may change with this weekends warm-up in temperatures. Conditions can be variable with snow cover with ice thickness reports of 12-16 inches. Use caution near heaved ice, flowing sloughs, creek inlets or spring areas. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Ice anglers are catching bluegill. Fish in 4-5 ft of water with no current using small teardrop jigs tipped with waxies. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - No Report: 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is steady at 14.7 ft. The Slough at Sny Magill ramp has ice but is variable with the recent snow cover. Greymore Lake at Prairie du Chien has been consistent for panfish as well as Norwegian Lake at Sny Magill area. Fish tend to be lower down the cut at Bussey this week with a lot of sorting. Avoid the boat ramp area and ice heaves as ice is not stable. Park along the south side of causeway road and walk down from the upper end of Bussey. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch bite has been good off and on. Try slow falling presentation with plastic jigs or wax-worms a few feet from the bottom. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Occasional crappie being caught along with bluegills on bloodworm colored plastic or chartreuse jigs and wax-worms. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Tip up anglers are catching nice size bass through the ice using minnows or shiners. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish for pike using tip-ups baited with shiners along the edges of deeper cuts with vegetation. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River ice fishing is going strong but the key is to be mobile to find active feeding fish this time of year. Look for panfish to be in the deeper warmer backwaters or marina areas with no current. Ice conditions may change with this weekends warm-up in temperatures. Conditions can be variable with snow cover with ice thickness reports of 12-16 inches. Use caution near heaved ice, flowing sloughs, creek inlets or spring areas. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Guttenberg tail-water is 6.1 ft. Backwaters have good ice thickness but is variable in areas of snow cover. Bertom & Mc Cartney and Zollicoffers are still producing bluegills and perch with some crappie mixed in. Be mobile to find active schools of fish. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Occasional crappie being caught along with bluegills on bloodworm colored plastic or chartreuse jigs and wax-worms. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Ice anglers are catching bluegill. Fish in 4-5 ft of water with no current using small teardrop jigs tipped with waxies. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Fish for pike using tip-ups baited with shiners along the edges of deeper cuts with vegetation. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - No Report: 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch bite has been good off and on. Try slow falling presentation with plastic jigs or wax-worms a few feet from the bottom. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Tip up anglers have been catching a few bass using minnows or shiners. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels stabilized in Pools 12 through 15 this week and ice fishing is in full swing. Boating into the tailwaters has been non-existent due to the icing in of the ramps. In general water levels are much lower then experienced the previous two winters. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Up and down reports on crappies all fall and into the winter. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lots of moving and lots of sorting but Bluegill fishing has been decent in most of the Marina's and usual backwater lakes. Reports are all over the board from awesome to poor. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Some nice reports of northern pike being taken on tip ups and large shiners 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are stable at 6.1 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8.7 feet at the RR bridge. Heavy ice flows and frozen ice prevents any launching in the tailwater. Ice fishing is going on in almost all the typical backwaters and marina's in Pool 12. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch are being caught in a variety of backwaters. Most anglers are using wax worms and are catching them while targeting bluegills 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels stabilized in Pools 12 through 15 this week and ice fishing is in full swing. Boating into the tailwaters has been non-existent due to the icing in of the ramps. In general water levels are much lower then experienced the previous two winters. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels receded slightly and is presently at 6.4 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam. Expect water levels to hold somewhat steady. Heavy ice flows and frozen ice prevents launching in the tailwater as of Thursday. Ice fishing is going on in nearly all the normal backwaters on Pool 13. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lots of sorting going on but several reports of catching numerous bluegills in the Pool using wax worms. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch fishing continues to be good in a variety of locations, but like most ice fishing people have been reporting from poor to great fishing. Keep moving to find locations where they are hitting. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels stabilized in Pools 12 through 15 this week and ice fishing is in full swing. Boating into the tailwaters has been non-existent due to the icing in of the ramps. In general water levels are much lower then experienced the previous two winters. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Rock Creek and Cattail slough are getting hit by Crappie anglers. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Some good reports of Bluegill out of the Rock Creek area. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels receded slightly and is at 5.5 feet at Fulton, 9.7 feet at Camanche and 5.0 feet at LeClaire. Expect water levels to continue receding this week. Heavy ice flows and frozen up ramps have prevented anglers from launching in the tailwater. Ice fishing is taking place in Rock Creek and Cattail Slough. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels stabilized in Pools 12 through 15 this week and ice fishing is in full swing. Boating into the tailwaters has been non-existent due to the icing in of the ramps. In general water levels are much lower then experienced the previous two winters. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels is at 7.2 feet at Rock Island and should hold steady. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Just above the dam at the LeClaire channel some anglers have been seen targeting bluegills before the major snap but no word on how good the angling is. 01/18 10:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River ice fishing is going strong but the key is to be mobile to find active feeding fish this time of year. Look for panfish to be in the deeper warmer backwaters or marina areas with no current. Ice conditions may change with this weekends warm-up in temperatures. Conditions can be variable with snow cover with ice thickness reports of 12-16 inches. Use caution near heaved ice, flowing sloughs, creek inlets or spring areas. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Lansing water level has risen slightly this week to 8.7 ft. Avoid areas where ice is heaved and use caution accessing the ice as shorelines and sloughs may be unsafe due to snow cover and thawing with rising temperatures. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - No Report: 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Occasional crappie being caught along with bluegills on bloodworm colored plastic or chartreuse jigs and wax-worms. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Ice anglers are catching bluegill. Fish in 4-5 ft of water with no current using small teardrop jigs tipped with waxies. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish for pike using tip-ups baited with shiners along the edges of deeper cuts with vegetation. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Sauger are biting on jig and minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 01/17 10:33
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch bite has been good off and on. Try slow falling presentation with plastic jigs or wax-worms a few feet from the bottom. 01/17 10:33
North Prairie Lake Northeast Ice conditions remain good on most lakes in and around Black Hawk County, averaging 8"-10". Reports are hit & miss on many lakes but with the extended forecast the bite should pick up. Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/18 10:59
North Prairie Lake Northeast As of a week ago anglers had been having success in catching trout in North Prairie Lake. 01/18 11:06
North Prairie Lake Northeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: Try a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm or jigging small flashy jigs or spoons. 01/18 11:07
Plainfield Northeast Ice conditions remain good on most lakes in and around Black Hawk County, averaging 8"-10". Reports are hit & miss on many lakes but with the extended forecast the bite should pick up. Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/18 10:59
Plainfield Northeast Reports have been hit and miss for bluegill on Plainfield Lake. 01/18 11:08
Plainfield Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Locate bluegill off of the bottom using a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm. 01/18 11:09
South Prairie Lake Northeast Ice conditions remain good on most lakes in and around Black Hawk County, averaging 8"-10". Reports are hit & miss on many lakes but with the extended forecast the bite should pick up. Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office @ 563-927-3276. 01/18 10:59
South Prairie Lake Northeast There have been no reports on this lake but a spring electrofishing survey revealed nice size structure on bluegill with some upwards of 8.5" in length. 01/18 11:03
South Prairie Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Locate bluegill off of the bottom using a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm. 01/18 11:04
Volga Lake Northeast Temperatures reaching 40 through the weekend bringing a chance for rain late Saturday through Monday. The bite may turn on as runoff from rain enters rivers and lakes. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 01/18 09:59
Volga Lake Northeast The lake has about 15 inches of ice with a light covering of snow. Fish around the brush piles for best luck. 01/18 09:59
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Drop lure about 3 ft above structure and watch them swim up to the bait. Use small jigs tipped with spikes or waxworms. 01/18 09:59
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 8-15 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/18 10:42
Arrowhead Lake Northwest As of 1/18/18 ice was about 9-11 inches thick. Drill test holes often. 01/18 10:42
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Use minnows or waxworms on a jig in areas with structure anywhere from 10-15 feet deep. 01/18 10:42
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Catch keeper size bluegills with a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm fished near structure. 01/18 10:42
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 8-15 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/18 10:42
Bacon Creek Lake Northwest Rainbow trout will be stocked into Bacon Creek Lake on Jan 27th at 2:00 PM. This is a great time to catch trout through the ice using small tube jigs tipped with bait or live minnows under a bobber. 01/18 10:42
Beeds Lake Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 01/17 01:45
Beeds Lake Northwest Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches. 01/17 02:05
Beeds Lake Northwest Bluegill - Slow: 01/17 02:06
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 8-15 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/18 10:42
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie while targeting bluegill. 01/18 10:42
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill with a teardrop jig and waxworm fished off the bottom in the channel between Ice House boat ramp and Gunshot Hill, the rock pile off of Gunshot Hill, rock pile off Cottonwood Point, and the dredge cuts near Denison Beach and Lakewood Point. Some sorting is needed. 01/18 10:42
Black Hawk Lake Northwest The winter aeration system is in operation in Town Bay. Expect areas of thin ice and open water in Town Bay. As of 1/18/18, ice thickness near Ice House boat ramp was 11-12 inches. 01/18 10:42
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Use a spoon and minnow fished on the dredge cuts near Denison Beach and Lake wood point, and near the rock pile off of Cottonwood Point. 01/18 10:42
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Most lakes in western Iowa have 8-15 inches of ice. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 01/18 10:42
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Try a small jig tipped with waxworms fished near the bottom. 01/18 10:42
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice is around 8-10 inches thick. 01/18 10:42
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