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Our weekly fishing report is broken down by counties or regions – Northwest, Northeast, Mississippi River, Southeast and Southwest.

You can check the activity of your favorite lake or stretch of river within each region, including which species are being caught, a rating of the bite (slow, fair, good or excellent), as well as a hot bait or lure pattern.

Fishing reports may include information on stream or river flows (and if it is rising or dropping), ice conditions, depths that fish are biting (watch for trends if this changes), or safety issues like if the water suddenly becomes shallow in spots.




Fishing Podcasts

Each month, Jeff Kopaska of the Iowa DNR and Ross Peterson from KXnO Sports Fanatics get together to talk about fishing opportunities, seasons and events in Iowa and around the Midwest. They are often joined by other DNR staff and guest speakers.

The links below are the podcast recordings of their conversations, and can also be found on the iHeartRadio app.

January 2020 Fishing Report - Great Lakes Salmon

February 2020 Fishing Report - Andy Fales joins us to talk about Boundary Waters fishing, plus local fishing information

March 2020 Fishing Report - Local fishing, plus a conversation with Ben Wallace about Brushy Creek, Storm Lake and Black Hawk Lake

April 2020 Fishing Report - Coronavirus Impacts on Iowa fishing, Minnesota panfish regulations

The Mighty Mississippi River - Kirk Hansen talks about habitat restoration projects on the Mississippi River

May 2020 Fishing Report - Dr. Mark Pegg, Fisheries Ecologist, shares his channel catfish radio telementry research on the Red River of the North; crappie and bluegill fishing hot spots and tips

June 2020 Fishing Report - Clear Lake fishing trip; fishing in community ponds; where to catch Master Angler size fish

July 2020 Fishing Report - Chad Dolan joins us to talk about the science of electrofishing and turtle studies; plus local fishing information

August 2020 Fishing Report -  Jason Schooley from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation joins us to talk about their assault on the paddlefish record books, and the legend of "the big one" from Okoboji from over a century ago; plus local fishing hot spots. 

September 2020 Fishing Report - Shane Akin joins us to talk about musky fishing on the Iowa Great Lakes; plus local fishing information, river fishing tips and stocking channel catfish in community fishing ponds and lakes across Iowa

October 2020 Fishing Report - Dr. Scott Bonar, professor of natural resources at the University of Arizona, joins us to discuss how climate change is affecting fish and their habitats across the United States and the world; plus fall fish stockings and hot spots for fall fishing

November 2020 Fishing Report -  Robbie Weber, former ISU grad student, joins us to talk about musky and walleye at Big Creek and Brushy Creek; plus community trout stockings and fall river fishing

 

January 2019 Fishing Report - Jeff Kopaska reports on his fishing trip to Clear Lake, Scott Grummer joins to talk ice fishing opportunities in north central Iowa

February 2019 Fishing Report - Ice fishing opportunities across Iowa

April 2019 Fishing Report - big fish/internet legends from Davenport, how to best handle the fish you are keeping to eat

May 2019 Fishing Report - River monsters (lake sturgeon) below Red Rock, walleyes at Big Creek and Brushy Creek

June 2019 Fishing Report - Free fishing weekend, fish stories from 100 year olds, fish local information, DNR fishing atlas

July 2019 Fishing Report - Pond fishing info, urban fishing opportunities

August 2019 Fishing Report - Summer family fishing trips, how to fish the thermocline

September 2019 Fishing Report - Upcoming Professional Musky Tournament Trail event at Okoboji, with Corey Montgomery

October 2019 Fishing Report - National Musky Tournament and Taneycomo Trout

November 2019 Fishing Report - Pheasant opener, fall sampling at Big Creek and Brushy Creek (big muskies and walleyes), trout stocking and more

December 2019 Fishing Report - Ben Schneider joins us to talk about hunting for reindeer on a remote Alaskan island

 

January 2018 Fishing Report - Ice fishing safety, ice fishing tips

February 2018 Fishing Report - Lots of ice fishing, Lake Miami by Albia, Littlefield Lake, DNR Fishing atlas, new ponds in Altoona, Fishermen’s Swap Meet

March 2018 Fishing Report - Community fishing atlas, getting ready for open water

April 2018 Fishing Report - Local fishing in Des Moines, trout stocking

May 2018 Fishing Report - Post-sampling information about Big Creek and Brushy Creek, big muskies, community fishing program, Fort Des Moines pond, walleye opener at Okoboji

June 2018 Fishing Report - Free Fishing Weekend, fishing at Prairie Rose and Big Creek, more great spots to fish

July 2018 Fishing Report - What to do with all the high water, how do we fish these conditions

August 2018 Fishing Report - Mick Klemesrud talks about the August Roadside Survey, pheasant hunting, fishing downtown Des Moines, statewide hot spots, fishing for hot weather bluegills

September 2018 Fishing Report - Why there are slot limits, grass carp stocking and fishing

October 2018 Fishing Report - Trout stocking in Iowa, hunting seasons with Mick Klemesrud

November 2018 Fishing Report - Ice fishing outlook for the Iowa Great Lakes with Mike Hawkins

December 2018 Fishing Report - "50 fish" goals from Scott Gritters

 

 

November 2017 Fishing Report- How to catch fish when the water cools down, Big Creek and Brushy Creek report, prep for winter ice fishing

December 2017 Fishing Report - Ice fishing information, fishing Christmas gifts

 

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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of November can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 11/19 10:41
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber at various depths to locate crappie. 11/19 10:41
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish a piece of worm under a bobber of cast small hair jigs. 11/19 10:41
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast The boat ramp is now open on Casey Lake. Anglers are catching some bluegill and crappie off of the jetties and near the dam. 11/19 10:41
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of November can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 11/24 09:22
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast The boat ramp is now open on Casey Lake. Anglers are catching some bluegill off of the jetties and near the dam. 11/24 09:22
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish a piece of worm under a bobber of cast small hair jigs. 11/24 09:22
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels on area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Seeing skim ice on smaller ponds and lakes. Mixed precipitation possible Sunday with temperatures in the mid 40's to below freezing. Iowa's hunting seasons in full swing. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/19 08:19
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Cooler temperatures bringing on the bite. Fish moved into deeper holes. Be prepared to run lure near bottom of pools. Use live bait for best luck. 11/19 08:19
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels remain low. Clarity variable due to resuspension of leaves and sediment. Use caution. Access to fishing holes by boat may be difficult. 11/19 08:19
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish the back eddies and deeper pools with little current. Use a minnow on hook under a bobber. 11/19 08:19
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels on area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Skim ice on smaller ponds and lakes. Mixed precipitation early this week with temperatures in the mid 40's to below freezing. Iowa's hunting seasons in full swing. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/23 09:28
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish the back eddies and deeper pools with little current. Use a minnow on hook under a bobber. 11/23 09:28
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Cooler temperatures bringing on the bite. Fish moved into deeper holes. Be prepared to run lure near bottom of pools. Use live bait for best luck. 11/23 09:28
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels remain low. Clarity variable due to resuspension of leaves and sediment. Use caution. Access to fishing holes by boat may be difficult. 11/23 09:28
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of November can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 11/19 10:41
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports have been fair for both smallmouth bass and walleye on the Cedar River, concentrate on the deeper overwintering holes. 11/19 10:41
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting and retrieving large running crankbaits for active fish. Jig and plastics tipped with or without live bait has been very productive. 11/19 10:41
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jigs tipped with a minnow for some smallmouth bass action. 11/19 10:42
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of November can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 11/24 09:22
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports have been fair to good for walleye on the Cedar River, concentrate on the deeper overwintering holes. 11/24 09:22
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try casting and retrieving large running crankbaits for active fish. Jig and plastics tipped with or without live bait has been very productive. 11/24 09:22
Decorah District Streams Northeast Water levels on area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Seeing skim ice on smaller ponds and lakes. Mixed precipitation possible Sunday with temperatures in the mid 40's to below freezing. Iowa's hunting seasons in full swing. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/19 08:19
Decorah District Streams Northeast All fall community trout stockings are complete. Check our website at www.iowadnr.gov/trout to find out where they were stocked. Take advantage of fishing trout streams this fall. Iowa's trout season remains open all year. Plenty of Rainbow Trout were stocked and many streams maintain excellent populations of Brown Trout. Thanks to all for taking advantage of our catchable stockings. We look forward to seeing you on the streams next year. 11/19 08:19
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: Brookies are colored up for the spawn. Walk around freshly cleared areas in stream bottom. These are trout nests or redds. Use small flies imitating midges, minnows, or mayflies. Please respect private property open to angling. Pick up trash. Be considerate. 11/19 08:19
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Avoid stepping on trout nests or redds. These are freshly cleaned areas on stream bottoms. For brownies slow to take bait, a keen eye and a fly box filled with a variety of sizes and colors makes the difference between catching and taking your pole for a walk. 11/19 08:19
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Use flies imitating midges, mayflies, and small fish. Use hair jigs, spinner baits, small shallow water crankbaits for aggressive fish. Plenty of fish remain in stream over winter. 11/19 08:19
Decorah District Streams Northeast Water levels on area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Skim ice on smaller ponds and lakes. Mixed precipitation early this week with temperatures in the mid 40's to below freezing. Iowa's hunting seasons in full swing. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/23 09:28
Decorah District Streams Northeast All fall community trout stockings are complete. Check our website at www.iowadnr.gov/trout to find out where they were stocked. Take advantage of fishing trout streams this fall. Iowa's trout season remains open all year. Plenty of Rainbow Trout were stocked and many streams maintain excellent populations of Brown Trout. Thanks to all for taking advantage of our catchable stockings. We look forward to seeing you on the streams next year. 11/23 09:28
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: The spawn is over for a majority of brookies. Walk around cleared areas in stream bottom. These are trout nests or redds. Use small flies imitating midges, minnows, or mayflies. Please respect private property open to angling. Pick up trash. Be considerate. 11/23 09:28
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Avoid stepping on trout nests or redds. These are freshly cleaned areas on stream bottoms. For brownies slow to take bait, a keen eye and a fly box filled with a variety of sizes and colors makes the difference between catching and taking your pole for a walk. 11/23 09:28
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Use flies imitating midges, mayflies, and small fish. Use hair jigs, spinner baits, small shallow water crankbaits for aggressive fish. Plenty of fish remain in stream over winter. 11/23 09:28
George Wyth Lake Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of November can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 11/19 10:41
George Wyth Lake Northeast The boat ramp access for George Wyth Lake is now open. Bluegill fishing has been excellent. 11/19 10:41
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegill fishing has been excellent, concentrate efforts on the south facing rock off of the jetties. 11/19 10:41
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Shore anglers should find fish around the jetty's. A small piece of worm under a bobber works well. 11/19 08:19
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity good. Few anglers out. Campground is closed for year and water shut off. 11/19 08:19
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water levels on area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Seeing skim ice on smaller ponds and lakes. Mixed precipitation possible Sunday with temperatures in the mid 40's to below freezing. Iowa's hunting seasons in full swing. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/19 08:19
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Try using a hook tipped with a minnow under a slip bobber for best luck. 11/19 08:19
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use a jig and a minnow around rocky structure for some fun bass action. 11/19 08:19
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water levels on area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Skim ice on smaller ponds and lakes. Mixed precipitation early this week with temperatures in the mid 40's to below freezing. Iowa's hunting seasons in full swing. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/23 09:28
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity good. Water temperatures mid 30's. Few anglers out. Slow presentation down as water cools. 11/23 09:28
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Try using a hook tipped with a minnow under a slip bobber for best luck. 11/23 09:28
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Shore anglers should find fish around the jetty's. Use a small ice fishing jig tipped with waxworm under a bobber. 11/23 09:28
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use a jig and a minnow around rocky structure for some fun bass action. 11/23 09:28
Lake Meyer Northeast Water levels on area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Seeing skim ice on smaller ponds and lakes. Mixed precipitation possible Sunday with temperatures in the mid 40's to below freezing. Iowa's hunting seasons in full swing. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/19 08:19
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Shoreline anglers use a small hook tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 11/19 08:19
Lake Meyer Northeast Few anglers out this week. Lake levels normal. Water clarity is very good. 11/19 08:19
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Try a jerk bait for some action. With cooler water, a slow retrieve works best. 11/19 08:19
Lake Meyer Northeast Water levels on area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Skim ice on smaller ponds and lakes. Mixed precipitation early this week with temperatures in the mid 40's to below freezing. Iowa's hunting seasons in full swing. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/23 09:28
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Use an ice fishing jig tipped with a waxworm or spike under a bobber. 11/23 09:28
Lake Meyer Northeast Few anglers out this week. Lake levels normal. Water clarity excellent. Water temperatures mid 30's. 11/23 09:28
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Try a jerk bait for some action. With cooler water, a slow retrieve works best. 11/23 09:28
Manchester District Streams Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of November can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 11/19 10:41
Manchester District Streams Northeast All the trout streams in the Manchester District are in excellent condition. All three trout hatchery offices still remain closed. 11/19 10:41
Manchester District Streams Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of November can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 11/24 09:22
Manchester District Streams Northeast All the trout streams in the Manchester District are in excellent condition. All three trout hatchery offices still remain closed. 11/24 09:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of November can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 11/19 10:41
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Reports have been fair for walleye on the Maquoketa River. 11/19 10:41
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Good: Try casting and retrieving large running crankbaits for active fish. 11/19 10:41
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of November can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 11/24 09:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been no reports for the Maquoketa River this past week. 11/24 09:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized at slightly higher levels and are expected to remain that way over the next week. Water temps are in the upper 30's. Stable water levels should help with fishing success. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit 6 /possession 12. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish minnows under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in the backwaters. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills should be in overwintering locations. Fish slow with a small piece of worm just off the bottom along weed-beds 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: As water temps cool slow presentations down for bass in backwater lakes 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level is 16.5 feet and expected to stabilize at this level over next week. Water temperature at the Lock & Dam is 41 degrees. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: Vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of lock and dam has been effective. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish jigging spoons or jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of lock and dams. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish jig and minnow along the brush piles and weed edge-lines in slack water off of side channels and sloughs. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized at slightly higher levels and are expected to remain that way over the next week. Water temps are hovering near 40 degrees. Stable water levels should help with fishing success. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit 6 /possession 12. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish minnows under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in the backwaters. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level is 16.1 feet and expected to stabilize at this level over next week. Water temperature at the Lock & Dam is 42 degrees. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills should be in overwintering locations. Fish slow with a small piece of worm just off the bottom along weed-beds 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: As water temps cool slow presentations down for bass in backwater lakes 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Good: Vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of lock and dam has been effective. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish jigging spoons or jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of lock and dams. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish jig and minnow along the brush piles and weed edge-lines in slack water off of side channels and sloughs. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Northern are on the feed in shallow backwaters later afternoon as the water warms up. 11/23 01:43
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized at slightly higher levels and are expected to remain that way over the next week. Water temps are in the upper 30's. Stable water levels should help with fishing success. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit 6 /possession 12. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish minnows under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in the backwaters. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Guttenberg tailwater level is 9.6 feet and expected to stabilize at this level over the next week. Water temperature is 38 degrees at the dam. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills should be in overwintering locations. Fish slow with a small piece of worm just off the bottom along weed-beds. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: As water temps cool slow presentations down for bass in backwater lakes 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: Vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of lock and dam has been effective. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish jigging spoons or jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of lock and dams. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish jig and minnow along the brush piles and weed edge-lines in slack water off of side channels and sloughs. 11/19 09:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized at slightly higher levels and are expected to remain that way over the next week. Water temps are hovering near 40 degrees. Stable water levels should help with fishing success. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit 6 /possession 12. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish minnows under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in the backwaters. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills should be in overwintering locations. Fish slow with a small piece of worm just off the bottom along weed-beds. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Guttenberg tailwater level has dropped to 8 feet and expected to stabilize near this level over the next week. Water temperature is 40 degrees at the dam. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: As water temps cool slow presentations down for bass in backwater lakes 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: Vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of lock and dam has been effective. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish jigging spoons or jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of lock and dams. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish jig and minnow along the brush piles and weed edge-lines in slack water off of side channels and sloughs. 11/23 01:31
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Northern are on the feed in shallow backwaters later afternoon as the water warms up. 11/23 01:44
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Favorable fishing conditions returned to the River and fishing improved greatly. Water temps are now in the low 40's. Some aquatic vegetation is floating at times due to wind and it is hampering pulling crankbaits for walleye. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 11/24 10:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level is expected to rise this week. Water levels are currently 7.6 feet at the Lock and Dam and 10.0 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is around 42 and the water clarity is good. 11/24 10:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish in the upper ends of the backwater areas in the sunny warm waters. Bluegills will be in shallow water finding the warmest sun soaked water possible this time of year. 11/24 10:52
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Excellent: Flashy spinners baits in eddy areas or along weed lines will take this toothy predator. They are still actively feeding shad in around 4 feet. 11/24 10:52
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