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Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting and retrieving a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow. 04/19 10:18
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting and retrieving a jig with plastics tipped with a minnow. 04/19 10:19
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing with some cutbait on the bottom for an opportunity at some channel catfish. 04/19 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River is on the rise with heavy snowfalls and melting. Water clarity is diminishing as levels rise. The bite has slowed down with water temperature remaining unseasonably cold near 36°F. Expect a fast warm-up and increase in fish activity as temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville has come up several feet to 18.8 ft with a slow steady rise expected. Water temperature is 36°F. Look for backwaters and areas of lesser current away from the main channel that concentrate fish. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch are still in spawning areas along the rocky shorelines and near the tailwaters of the dam. Expect the bite to pick again once temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Sauger are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Pike spawn is ending and some nice pike have been reported caught by perch anglers using live bait. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River is on the rise with heavy snowfalls and melting. Water clarity is diminishing as levels rise. The bite has slowed down with water temperature remaining unseasonably cold near 36°F. Expect a fast warm-up and increase in fish activity as temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg has risen two feet at 10.3 this week with a slow steady rise this week. The gates are all up at the Lock and Dam. Water temperature is 36°F. Look for backwaters and areas of lesser current away from the main channel that concentrate fish. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Sauger are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch are still in spawning areas along the rocky shorelines and near the tailwaters of the dam. Expect the bite to pick again once temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Pike spawn is ending and some nice pike have been reported caught by perch anglers using live bait. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Expect a significant water rise this week throughout the district. Water temperatures have finally reach 50 degrees in some places. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are rising and are presently at 9.7 feet at the Dubuque Lock and 11.5 feet at the RR Bridge. Levels are up from last week and will continue to rise all week. The channel water temperature is around 46 degrees. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: Earlier there were some scattered reports of ring perch catches but not many people out fishing for them. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: The spawn for pike is way late this year due to the weather and they might be still spawning some. Once done pike can go on a good bite. Try flashy spinners. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fishing picked up a bit this week. Most anglers are using crankbaits for best results. Some walleyes may still be spawning. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Expect a significant water rise this week throughout the district. Water temperatures have finally reach 50 degrees in some places. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Hit or miss but some reports of sauger being caught. Most are being taken on minnow rigs. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fishing is generally slow to fair, except some nice slot fish are occasionally reported. Pulling crank baits seems to be the most consistent method. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level at Bellevue is at 10.8 feet and rising. Both Bellevue City ramp and the DNR ramp are open, but no courtesy dock yet available at the DNR ramp. Paddlefish season is over for the year. The channel water temperature is around 48 degrees. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Expecting the bite for bass and panfish to really begin to pick up this week. 04/25 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Expect a significant water rise this week throughout the district. Water temperatures have finally reach 50 degrees in some places. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are rising and are at 9.7 feet at Fulton, 12.6 feet at Camanche and LeClaire is at 7.3 feet. The water temperature is around 50 degrees. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye had an extended spawn on the Mississippi River this year. Some are now being taken on crank baits mostly in the tailwater area. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: Expecting the largemouth bass fishing to really pick up this week. Fish the newly flooded areas in the backwaters as the water rises this week. 04/25 08:25
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Expect a significant water rise this week throughout the district. Water temperatures have finally reach 50 degrees in some places. Remember, paddlefish season is now closed for the year. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are presently at 9.8 feet at Rock Island. Water levels are up from last week and will be on a steady rise this upcoming week. Conditions are still favorable for angling. 04/25 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast The Upper Mississippi River is on the rise with heavy snowfalls and melting. Water clarity is diminishing as levels rise. The bite has slowed down with water temperature remaining unseasonably cold near 36°F. Expect a fast warm-up and increase in fish activity as temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing has risen nearly a foot with a steady rise predicted this week. Water temperature is 36° F. Look for backwaters and areas of lesser current away from the main channel that concentrate fish. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch are still in spawning areas along the rocky shorelines and near the tailwaters of the dam. Expect the bite to pick again once temperatures rise. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Pike spawn is ending and some nice pike have been reported caught by perch anglers using live bait. 04/19 11:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Sauger are in spawning mode, but recent cool down in water temperatures will pro-long the spawn. 04/19 11:07
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Try fishing with some cutbait on the bottom for an opportunity at some channel catfish. 04/19 10:36
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. 04/25 08:40
Beeds Lake Northwest The Lake is ice free. 04/25 08:40
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Action should pick up as water temperatures continue to warm up. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 04/26 09:56
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures are in the mid 50's. Expect fishing to pick back up as water continues to warm. 04/26 09:56
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill using crawlers and waxworms in the marina. Action has slowed down a bit but a few have been picked up in Town Bay and along Ice House Point, and from the inlet bridge. 04/26 09:56
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Slow: A few have been picked up with crawlers and minnows fished from shore and from the floating dock. 04/26 09:56
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: Expect walleye shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures gradually warm. Fish a minnow or leech under a bobber or throw a twister. Expect good action along Ice House Point shoreline, North Shore, and East Shore near the outlet. 04/26 09:56
Clear 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. 04/25 08:40
Clear Lake Northwest The Lake is about 95 percent ice free. Water temp is 46 degrees. The docks are in at the city beach ramp and the Island boat ramp. 04/25 08:40
Clear Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting in the cannels and fishing off the jetties. 04/25 08:45
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are starting to bite near the outlet. Best time to fish is after sunset. Be aware that DNR staff have nets set in this area. 04/25 08:49
Crystal 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. 04/25 08:40
Crystal Lake Northwest The Lake is about 95 percent ice free. 04/25 08:52
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Good: Ice out reflects excellent channel catfish angling as these fish go on the" feed bag". Currently the north end of the lake and bridges has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early "pole bending " action. 04/26 08:01
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Ice is receding from the IGL's. Open water exists at the bridges and the north end of East Okoboji, Minnewashta, Upper and Lower Gar Lakes. 04/26 08:01
Lake Cornelia Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 04/25 08:40
Lake Cornelia Northwest The Lake is ice free and the docks at the boat ramp are in. 04/25 08:40
Lower Pine 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. 04/25 08:40
Lower Pine Lake Northwest The docks at the boat ramp are in. 04/25 08:40
Silver Lake (Palo Alto) Northwest Ice is receding from the IGL's. Open water exists at the bridges and the north end of East Okoboji, Minnewashta, Upper and Lower Gar Lakes. 04/26 08:01
Silver Lake (Palo Alto) Northwest Silver Lake is open. Report of boat traffic last weekend. 04/26 08:01
Silver Lake (Palo Alto) Northwest Walleye - Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught. 04/26 08:01
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Action should pick up as water temperatures continue to warm up. For more information contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 04/26 09:56
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Water temperature is in the mid 50's. 04/26 09:56
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Walleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye from the state marina throwing twisters or fishing minnows under a bobber. There has been decent walleye action along the north shore near Chautauqua Park. 04/26 09:56
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest White Bass - Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. 04/26 09:56
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister. 04/26 09:56
Upper Pine 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. 04/25 08:40
Upper Pine Lake Northwest The docks at the boat ramp are in. 04/25 08:40
Big Hollow Lake Southeast For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430. 04/26 08:38
Big Hollow Lake Southeast Water temperature is up to 50 degrees the last couple of days. Just need some more warm days to get it going up to normal. Very little angler activity because of the weather. 04/26 08:38
Central Park Lake Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 04/26 08:24
Central Park Lake Southeast The lake is currently drained as a renovation project is finishing up this spring. 04/26 08:24
Coralville Reservoir Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 04/26 08:24
Coralville Reservoir Southeast The lake is at normal Spring pool of 679.4'. Boating above Lake Macbride Park is not recommended at this water level. 04/26 08:24
Coralville Reservoir Southeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Try cutbait in the channel. Above Mehaffey bridge tends to be best. 04/26 08:24
Coralville Reservoir Southeast White Crappie - Slow: 04/26 08:24
Diamond Lake Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 04/26 08:24
Diamond Lake Southeast Remember, no minnows are allowed here. The fish cleaning station is now open. 04/26 08:24
Diamond Lake Southeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs fished around the rock jetties or brushpiles. Most fish are 8-9". 04/26 08:24
Environmental Discovery Park North Pond Southeast For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430. 04/26 08:38
Environmental Discovery Park North Pond Southeast Rainbow Trout - Fair: Still plenty of trout left from this Spring's stocking. Pick a nice warm days and go catch a limit. 04/26 08:59
Kent Park Lake Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 04/26 08:24
Kent Park Lake Southeast The lake is currently drained as a renovation project is currently underway and is supposed to be completed next spring. 04/26 08:24
Lake Belva Deer Southeast For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430. 04/26 08:38
Lake Belva Deer Southeast Water warming up a little but the fishing remains pretty slow. 04/26 08:38
Lake Belva Deer Southeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few are getting picked up in the deeper water. Try on the upper end of the lake around the mounds. 04/26 08:38
Lake Darling Southeast For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430. 04/26 08:38
Lake Darling Southeast Water temperature is up to 54 degrees after several days of 70 degree weather. Water clarity good 6+ feet. 04/26 08:38
Lake Darling Southeast Black Crappie - Fair: The crappies are starting to move in to shallow water to feed. The spawn is still several weeks out. 04/26 08:38
Lake Darling Southeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are starting to catch bass in shallower water. Still have to work them pretty slow. 04/26 08:41
Lake Darling Southeast Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching some nice stringers of catfish, mostly using night crawlers for bait. 04/26 08:54
Lake Macbride Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 04/26 08:24
Lake Macbride Southeast Water temps are in the low to mid 50's. All boat docks are in. All motor sizes may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph) at this time. 04/26 08:24
Lake Macbride Southeast Black Crappie - Fair: Some fish have moved to shallow structure while others remain over deeper trees. There are lots of 10-12" in the system. 04/26 08:24
Lake Macbride Southeast Walleye - Slow: Smaller males are still in the shallows for the spawn, while most females are deeper, either waiting to spawn or recovering from spawning. Fishing should improve once the spawn is complete. 04/26 08:24
Lake Sugema Southeast The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. For more information, contact the Rathbun fish hatchery at 641-647-2406. 04/26 07:37
Lake Sugema Southeast The water temperature is in the mid to upper 40's. 04/26 07:37
Lake Sugema Southeast Walleye - Slow: Target areas with rip-rapped shorelines using jig and minnow combinations. 04/26 07:38
Lake Sugema Southeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the fishing jetties and rip-rapped shorelines. 04/26 07:39
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