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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Thunderstorms possible through the weekend. Depending on amount and location, localized flooding could be a concern. Temperatures ranging from mid 80's to 60's. Area rivers and streams currently clearing but could change depending on rain. Paddlers should use caution and pay attention to the weather. For more information, contact Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/20 10:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use minnows or red worms for crappie fished in the backwaters around structure. 06/20 10:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish action slowed but nice fish still being caught. Use dead chubs or chicken livers fished in the impoundments or shallow slack water areas. Keep bait on bottom. 06/20 10:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallies hitting while fishing for walleye. 06/20 10:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or ringworms for best luck. Fish eddies or slack water areas. 06/20 10:04
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels falling but current remains high. Water clarity is improving with water temperatures upper 60's. Use caution when boating in higher flows. For more on water levels, please see the USGS Current Conditions website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. 06/20 10:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Thunderstorms possible through the weekend. Depending on amount and location, localized flooding could be a concern. Temperatures ranging from mid 80's to 60's. Area rivers and streams currently clearing but could change depending on rain. Paddlers should use caution and pay attention to the weather. For more information, contact Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/20 10:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Water clarity is good or improving after last weekend's rain event on most streams. Use care when crossing streams. Current can sweep you off your feet. The only activity allowed on private property open to fishing is fishing. All other activities are prohibited. To find out where trout will be stocked, call the trout stocking number at 563.927.5736 or check out the 2019 calendar on our website. 06/20 10:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: A variety of insects currently hatching throughout the day. Matching hatch is key. On clear streams, use care not to be seen. 06/20 10:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Off color water from rain inputs drives browns crazy. A spinner bait or subsurface nymph work well. 06/20 10:04
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Use cheese or piece of worm under a bobber for best luck with a spinning rod when fishing deeper pools. 06/20 10:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Thunderstorms possible through the weekend. Depending on amount and location, localized flooding could be a concern. Temperatures ranging from mid 80's to 60's. Area rivers and streams currently clearing but could change depending on rain. Paddlers should use caution and pay attention to the weather. For more information, contact Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/20 10:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber near brush piles. 06/20 10:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: A small hook tipped with a small piece of nightcrawler under a bobber works for gills. Toss line to deeper water. 06/20 10:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish around rocky shorelines and stumps. Let hook tipped with a piece of worm or cheese sit on bottom and wait for your line to go taught. 06/20 10:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Jigs tipped with plastic twistertails or a jerkbait may entice a hungry bass. 06/20 10:04
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water temperatures in the 70's. The lake is turning green. Fish moved into deeper water. Fish near brush piles or drop offs. 06/20 10:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Thunderstorms possible through the weekend. Depending on amount and location, localized flooding could be a concern. Temperatures ranging from mid 80's to 60's. Area rivers and streams currently clearing but could change depending on rain. Paddlers should use caution and pay attention to the weather. For more information, contact Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/20 10:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Water temperatures this week low 70's. Lake water clarity is improving after last weekend's rain. Post spawn fish have moved to deeper water. 06/20 10:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish brush piles in deeper water using small plastic lures or hair jigs. A slow troll around the lake might bring a crappie in. 06/20 10:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a small piece of worm around rocky shorelines. 06/20 10:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Use a worm or cheese fished on the bottom. 06/20 10:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crankbait or jerkbaits work for bass. 06/20 10:04
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Find pike in shallow bays. Spoons, crankbaits, or a hook tipped with cutbait work. 06/20 10:04
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels continue to fall and more boat ramps are becoming accessible again but some may have debris on them. Rainfall over the next week may affect river levels and water clarity. Water temperature has fallen a few degrees and is near 68 F. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills near good spawning areas in upper ends of backwater areas. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish will being spawning soon and may be aggressive towards minnows floated under a bobber along rocky areas 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are feeding before the spawn. Try golden shiners or small bluegill on heavy tackle in deep channel areas. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum bite will be getting good. Fish a worm on the bottom along main channel borders 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near spawning areas in backwaters 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Some nice pike are being caught fishing for bass. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 21 ft and expected to fall 2 ft reaching 19 by late next week. Bussey Lake ramp is now open. Sny Magill ramp is stilled closed. Water temperature is 68°F. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish light tackle tipped with minnows near shoreline vegetation. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels continue to fall and more boat ramps are becoming accessible again but some may have debris on them. Rainfall over the next week may affect river levels and water clarity. Water temperature has fallen a few degrees and is near 68 F. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills near good spawning areas in upper ends of backwater areas. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish will being spawning soon and may be aggressive towards minnows floated under a bobber along rocky areas 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead catfish are feeding before the spawn. Try golden shiners or small bluegill on heavy tackle in deep channel areas. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth bass near spawning areas in backwaters 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Some nice pike are being caught fishing for bass. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 12.4 ft and expected to fall 2.5 ft reaching 10 ft. by late next week. Mud Lake and Finley's Landing ramps are now open. Guttenberg DNR ramp is open and the city ramp should be open soon. Water temperature is 68°F. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish light tackle tipped with minnows near shoreline vegetation. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum bite will be getting good. Fish a worm on the bottom along main channel borders. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast After three months, the continuous flooding is all but over. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. Water levels are predicted to recede this week. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are expected to fall this week. Levels are below flood stage at 12.7 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 15.0 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is fair and temperature has fallen to 68 degrees. Many boat ramps still have flood debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish bite the best in flooded conditions. Float bobbers along rock lines and use leaches for bait. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp and other rough fish. Please do not dispose of the fish on the bank. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are starting to bite in the tailwater areas using flashy spinners. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Some schools of white bass are being found feeding along flooded shorelines or in the tailwaters. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast After three months, the continuous flooding is all but over, only near Rock Island is the water at Action flood stage. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. Water levels are predicted to recede this week. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are expected to fall this week. Levels are well below flood stage at 11.2 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 13.3 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is good and temperature has is back up to 71 degrees. Many boat ramps still have flood debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp and other rough fish. Please do not dispose of the fish on the bank. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish bite the best in high water conditions. Float bobbers along rock lines and use leaches for bait. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are starting to bite in the tailwater areas using flashy spinners. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Good: Some schools of white bass are being found feeding along flooded shorelines or in the tailwaters. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of bluegills are starting to be caught out of slack water areas. 06/25 12:29
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast After three months, the continuous flooding is all but over. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. Water levels are predicted to recede this week. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp and other rough fish. Please do not dispose of the fish on the bank. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Clear flooded areas like Spring Lake have been good. Green Island wildlife area might also hold some bass this year. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels are expected to fall this week. Bellevue tailwater is at 13.7 feet at Lock and Dam 12 and the dam gates are still open. Water clarity is fair and the water temperature is 68 degrees. Most boat ramps are closed or have debris on them. Bellevue City Ramp is open but the DNR ramp is still flooded. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Good: Small white bass are being caught in the tailwaters with small spinners. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Float a bobber and leach along rock lines for spawning channel cats. 06/20 10:41
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast After three months, the continuous flooding is all but over, only near Rock Island is the water at Action flood stage. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. Water levels are predicted to recede this week. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels are expected to fall this week. Bellevue tailwater is at 12.5 feet at Lock and Dam 12 and the dam gates are still open but may close this week. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is 71 degrees. Most boat ramps are closed or have debris on them. Bellevue City Ramp is open and the DNR ramp is getting useable again. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp and other rough fish. Please do not dispose of the fish on the bank. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Clear flooded areas like Spring Lake have been good. Green Island wildlife area might also hold some bass this year. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Float a bobber and leach along rock lines for spawning channel cats. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Good: Small white bass are being caught in the tailwaters with small spinners. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of bluegills are starting to be caught out of slack water areas. 06/25 12:31
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast After three months, the continuous flooding is all but over. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. Water levels are predicted to recede this week. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Pre spawn catfish are abundant and easily caught even in flooded conditions. Fish near the shorelines especially in rock habitats. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp. Please do not dispose of the carp on the bank. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Finding clear water in the upper ends of backwaters can yield some nice largemouth bass. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are receding at 13.7 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 15.9 feet at Camanche and 9.4 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is around 69 degrees. Many boat ramps will have flood debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Bass - Good: White bass can be taken in the tailwater areas on small spinners. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast After three months, the continuous flooding is all but over, only near Rock Island is the water at Action flood stage. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. Water levels are predicted to recede this week. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are receding at 12.6 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 14.9 feet at Camanche and 8.8 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is good and water temperature is around 71 degrees. Many boat ramps will have flood debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp. Please do not dispose of the carp on the bank. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Bass - Good: White bass can be taken in the tailwater areas on small spinners. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Finding clear water in the upper ends of backwaters can yield some nice largemouth bass. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Pre spawn catfish are abundant and easily caught even in flooded conditions. Fish near the shorelines especially in rock habitats. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast After three months, the continuous flooding is all but over. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. Water levels are predicted to recede this week. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are 14.3 feet at Rock Island. This is still action flood stage. Water clarity is fair and the water temperature is around 69 degrees. Boat ramps are flooded or will have debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp. Please do not dispose of the carp on the bank. 06/20 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Float a bobber and leach along rock piles as the water recedes. Channel cats are nearing their spawning times. 06/20 10:47
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast After three months, the continuous flooding is all but over, only near Rock Island is the water at Action flood stage. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. Water levels are predicted to recede this week. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are 13.3 feet at Rock Island. This is still action flood stage. Water clarity is fair and the water temperature is around 72 degrees. Boat ramps are flooded or will have debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Float a bobber and leach along rock piles as the water recedes. Channel cats are nearing their spawning times. 06/25 12:26
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Lots of drum are in the system and can be caught in modertate current areas using a simple egg sinker and worm rig. 06/25 12:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: A few crappie still being caught but bite has slowed. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills near good spawning areas in upper ends of backwater areas. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near spawning areas in backwaters. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 11.2 ft. and is expected to fall to 9.5 ft by late next week. Water temperature is 70°F. Lansing ramp has been open and larger boats can now get under train bridge. New Albin ramp is still closed. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels continue to fall and more boat ramps are becoming accessible again but some may have debris on them. Rainfall over the next week may affect river levels and water clarity. Water temperature has fallen a few degrees and is near 68 F. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish light tackle tipped with minnows near shoreline vegetation. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish will being spawning soon and may be aggressive towards minnows floated under a bobber along rocky areas 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Flathead catfish are feeding before the spawn. Try golden shiners or small bluegill on heavy tackle in deep channel areas. 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum bite will be getting good. Fish a worm on the bottom along main channel borders 06/20 08:51
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Some nice pike being caught by anglers fishing for bass. 06/20 08:51
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Thunderstorms possible through the weekend. Depending on amount and location, localized flooding could be a concern. Temperatures ranging from mid 80's to 60's. Area rivers and streams currently clearing but could change depending on rain. Paddlers should use caution and pay attention to the weather. For more information, contact Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/20 10:04
Turkey River (below Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: 06/20 10:04
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