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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 2021 Fishing Report - Kevan Paul joins us to talk about ice fishing on Clear Lake

February 2021 Fishing Report -  fishing in community ponds, plus hybrid striped bass in Big Creek, and the hot yellow perch bite at Clear Lake

March 2021 Fishing Report - Corey Goldsworthy from the Minnesota DNR joins us to talk about the fishing options at Lake Superior, plus ice-out catfishing

April 2021 Fishing Report -  Jay Rudacille, Iowa DNR Warm and Coolwater Fish Culture Supervisor, joins us to talk about the annual spring walleye collection, production and stocking, plus spring community trout stockings and fun fishing stories

May 2021 Fishing Report - Hank Kohler joins us to talk about his upcoming paddling trip from central Minnesota down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico to make people aware of and seek donations for clean water projects

June 2021 Fishing Report - Free Fishing Weekend and early summer fishing tips, plus new community fishing ponds in Des Moines metro, Davenport, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, and new Fish Survey Data Dashboard

July 2021 Fishing Report - Fish Local Community Fishing Program and river catfishing tips, plus trout stream sampling

August 2021 Fishing Report - Bob Harris joins us to talk about the southwest Iowa youth fishing team; plus stocking the Iowa State Fair aquarium

September 2021 Fishing Report - freshwater drum fishing on the Mississippi River, plus drift fishing for crappie and recap of Iowa State Fair aquarium and courtyard presentstions

 

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

December 2020 Fishing Report - Keith Meals, Mississippi fisheries biologist, joins us to talk about crappie managment and fishing in the big four flood control reservoirs; plus getting ready for ice 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 dropping and clearing up now from recent rainfall activity. There have been reports of anglers catching crappie, walleye and smallmouth bass on both the backwater and main channel areas. Lakes around Black Hawk County have been providing catches of largemouth bass. For further information contact local bait shops or the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/14 03:19
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Anglers have been catching largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish in Casey Lake. 09/14 03:19
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try casting a small piece of crawler under a slip bobber for bluegill. Adjust bobber at various depths to locate fish. 09/14 03:19
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Mornings and evenings have been best for channel catfish. Try stink baits, cutbaits or leopard frogs on the bottom. 09/14 03:19
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting topwater baits or crankbaits for good largemouth bass action. 09/14 03:19
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior rivers are dropping and clearing up now from recent rainfall activity. There have been reports of anglers catching crappie, walleye and smallmouth bass on both the backwater and main channel areas. Lakes around Black Hawk County have been providing catches of largemouth bass. For further information contact local bait shops or the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/14 03:19
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Anglers are catching crappie in the backwater areas and both walleye and smallmouth bass in the main channel. 09/14 03:19
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try a minnow under a slip bobber fishing near brush piles or structure for crappie. 09/14 03:19
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting and retrieving a jig tipped with a crawler or artificial crankbaits for walleye. 09/14 03:19
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting and retrieving a jig tipped with a crawler or artificial crankbaits for smallmouth bass. 09/14 03:26
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior rivers are dropping and clearing up now from recent rainfall activity. There have been reports of anglers catching crappie, walleye and smallmouth bass on both the backwater and main channel areas. Lakes around Black Hawk County have been providing catches of largemouth bass. For further information contact local bait shops or the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/14 03:19
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Anglers are catching smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River. 09/14 03:19
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits or topwater for some great smallie action. 09/14 03:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are again extremely low. Check boat ramp conditions before you go. Water temps have dropped into the low 70 's. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the 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. Walleye/sauger combined daily limit is 6 and possession 12. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Some nice crappie reported this week. Fish areas with moderate to slow current amongst the trees in backwaters for crappies. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish have moved to areas with some current. Fish with a small piece of worm under a bobber. Bluegills have been running a bit smaller lately. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish stink baits in areas of moderate currents. Move often if you are not catching cats. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast plastics along the weed lines of deep cuts in backwaters or fish edge of side channels with slight current. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level has fallen several feet near 612.8 and is expected to remain stable. Boaters use caution to not back off end of ramps. Water clarity is improving. Water temperature at Lynxville dam is 72 degrees. The bite is picking up with cooler water temps. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Fish a spoon with steel leader near cold water springs or incoming tributary streams. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wingdams. Try trolling crankbaits along structure in side channel and main channel current breaks. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Jig a minnow or piece of worm in areas of vegetation. Larger yellow perch are starting to bite as we near fall. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Lots of trot lining for flatheads going on. Make sure you place the trot line on bank and have your name and address clearly visible. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum fishing is picking up in the main channel areas using a crawler fished off the bottom. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are again extremely low. Check boat ramp conditions before you go. Water temps have dropped into the low 70 's. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the 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. Walleye/sauger combined daily limit is 6 and possession 12. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are seeking deep water. Fish a crappie minnow under a bobber in areas with moderate to slow current of side channels 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish have moved to areas with some current. Fish with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait in areas of moderate current. Move often if not catching any fish. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Guttenberg tailwater has fallen several feet to 4.7 feet and is expected to gradually recede next week. Boaters use caution to not back off end of ramps. Water temperature at the Guttenberg dam is 66 degrees. The bite is picking up with cooler water temps. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast plastics along the weed lines of deep cuts in backwaters or fish edge of side channels with slight current. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Fish a spoon with steel leader near cold water springs or incoming tributary streams. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wingdams. Try trolling crankbaits along structure in side channel and main channel current breaks. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Jig a minnow or piece of worm in areas of vegetation. Larger yellow perch are starting to bite as we near fall. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Lots of trot lining for flatheads going on. Make sure you place the trot line on bank and have your name and address clearly visible. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum fishing is picking up in the main channel areas using a crawler fished off the bottom. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass have been see feeding heavily on shad in the past few weeks. Expect angling to continue to improve as we move toward the fall season. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level is steady and temperature is around 71 degrees. Water levels are currently 4.9 feet at the Lock and Dam and 7.5 feet at the RR bridge and clarity is good. At these low river levels be careful not to back off the ends of the boat ramps. Use the minimum water as necessary to launch boats. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Use crankbaits on wingdams or three way rigs with a small nightcrawler. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature is in low 70's which is uncommonly warm for this time of year. The water is low and clear, be careful not to back off the ends of ramps. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: It has been a good year so far for crappie angling in general. With the low water crappie moved in the deeper sloughs and brush piles. Use small jig and minnow. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be found along the channel border areas especially in eddies behind wingdams or brush piles. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Some folks are just using worms while other are using stink bait. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some anglers have been targeting flatheads at night mainly using live green sunfish as bait. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for smallies along rocky habitat with strong current flow. Crankbaits and spinners work the best. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature is in low 70's which is uncommonly warm for this time of year. The water is low and clear, be careful not to back off the ends of ramps. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be seen chasing small shad in past few weeks. Expect bass fishing to keep improving as we move into the fall season. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike as water temperatures are still unseasonably warm. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at the Bellevue Lock is steady and is currently near 4.7 feet. Water temperature is near 72 in the main channel and the water clarity is good. With this low water, be careful not to back off the ends of the boat ramps. Use the minimum water necessary to float boat. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Use crankbaits on the wingdams or a three way rig with a night crawler. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Use small jig and minnow. Crappie fishing has been fairly good this year in general as fish have been concentrated due to the low water levels. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The best bluegill fishing is in the tailwater or eddy currents near shore by wingdams. Use a simple bobber and worm. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Most anglers are using stink bait but bigger fish might be caught on cut shad bait. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers are targeting flathead catfish mainly using live green sunfish for bait. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You can catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for smallies along rocky habitat with strong current flow. Crankbaits and spinners work the best. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Good: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperature is in low 70's which is uncommonly warm for this time of year. The water is low and clear, be careful not to back off the ends of ramps. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved to the main channel border areas with some current flow. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut shad for the best success. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are feeding heavily on shad right now. Use shad colored crankbaits along channel border rocks and brush piles. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water as water temperatures are still warm. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: The paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is steady and currently at 5.0 feet, Camanche is at 9.8 feet and Le Claire is at 4.6 feet. Water temperature is around 73 in the main channel and clarity is good. With the low water, be careful not to back off the ends of the boat ramps. Use the minimum water necessary to float boat. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Use a crankbait or worm rig on wingdams for the best results. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Look for smallies along rocky habitat with strong current flow. Crankbaits and spinners work the best. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Bass - No Report: Look for schools of feeding white bass feeding in sandy areas and in the tailwater. Spinners and white jigs work the best. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - No Report: Hybrids should start feeding again now that the water is starting to clean up. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperature is in low 70's which is uncommonly warm for this time of year. The water is low and clear, be careful not to back off the ends of ramps. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait or cut shad near brush piles or along rock lines. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for smallies along rocky habitat with strong current flow. Crankbaits and spinners work the best. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is steady at 5.3 feet. The water temperature is near 73 degrees and water clarity is good. With low water, be careful not to back off the ends of the boat ramps. Use the minimum water necessary to float boat. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of white bass feeding in the tailwaters or along sandy beaches. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - No Report: Try shiny spoons or spinners in the tailwater pocket. 09/16 08:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are again extremely low. Check boat ramp conditions before you go. Water temps have dropped into the low 70 's. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the 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. Walleye/sauger combined daily limit is 6 and possession 12. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Lansing water level is 7.9 feet this week and stable. Water clarity is improving. Water temperature is 70 degrees. Expect the bite to improve with cooling water temps. Notice: Dredging will begin at Lansing Village Creek the week of September 15th. Two lanes will remain open for use. Boaters are urged to use caution around dredge equipment. Alternate ramps are Big Slough and Winneshiek Landing on the Wisconsin side. Boaters should also avoid using Heytman's Landing due to shallow conditions. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Jig a minnow or piece of worm in areas of vegetation. Larger yellow perch are starting to bite as we near fall. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are seeking deep water. Fish a crappie minnow under a bobber in areas with moderate to slow current of side channels 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish have moved to areas with some current. Fish with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Stink bait is the bait of choice, Fish areas of moderate current in side channels. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast plastics along the weed lines of deep cuts in backwaters or fish edge of side channels with slight current. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Fish a spoon with steel leader near cold water springs or incoming tributary streams. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wingdams. Try trolling crankbaits along structure in side channel and main channel current breaks. Worm rigs seem to work best. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum fishing is picking up in the main channel areas using a crawler fished off the bottom. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits. 09/16 10:34
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Lots of trot lining for flatheads going on. Make sure you place the trot line on bank and have your name and address clearly visible. 09/16 10:34
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Interior rivers are dropping and clearing up now from recent rainfall activity. There have been reports of anglers catching crappie, walleye and smallmouth bass on both the backwater and main channel areas. Lakes around Black Hawk County have been providing catches of largemouth bass. For further information contact local bait shops or the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/14 03:19
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been no reports for the Shell Rock River this past week. 09/14 03:19
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Interior rivers are dropping and clearing up now from recent rainfall activity. There have been reports of anglers catching crappie, walleye and smallmouth bass on both the backwater and main channel areas. Lakes around Black Hawk County have been providing catches of largemouth bass. For further information contact local bait shops or the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 09/14 03:19
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching smallmouth bass and a few walleye on the Wapsipinicon River. Recent survey reports revealed quality size bass with a few over nineteen inches. 09/14 03:19
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting and retrieving a jig tipped with a crawler or artificial crankbaits for walleye. 09/14 03:19
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting Spinner baits or crankbaits for smallmouth. 09/14 03:20
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. 09/16 07:54
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