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Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports have only been fair for walleye and and channel catfish. Smallmouth bass and northern pike have been hitting well on warmer days. 04/18 09:46
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a minnow or night crawler. 04/18 09:46
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been doing well on catfish using cutbaits fished on the bottom. 04/18 09:46
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting and retrieving large artificial baits or spoons for pike. Also floating a live shiner or chub under a bobber is productive for pike. 04/18 09:46
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a minnow or night crawler. Try artificial spinnerbaits also for some good smallmouth bass action. 04/18 09:46
George Wyth Lake Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
George Wyth Lake Northeast Anglers have had good success on northern pike in George Wyth Lake. 04/18 10:20
George Wyth Lake Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Cast artificial baits or spoons for some good northern pike action. 04/18 10:21
Green Belt Lake Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
Green Belt Lake Northeast Anglers have been catching largemouth bass on Greenbelt Lake. 04/18 10:17
Green Belt Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast topwater baits early morning or late evening. Crankbaits and spinner baits are good artificial lures to try as well. 04/18 10:18
Manchester District Streams Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
Manchester District Streams Northeast Manchester trout streams remain in excellent condition but access to some are in sloppy condition. Richmond Springs in Backbone State Park can be accessed through the north entrance only. 04/18 09:46
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of walleye being caught on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. 04/18 09:46
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a minnow or night crawler. 04/18 09:46
Martens Lake Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
Martens Lake Northeast Anglers have been catching a few crappie in the canal at Sweet Marsh. 04/18 09:46
Martens Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs or floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber for some crappie action. 04/18 09:46
Martens Lake Northeast White Crappie - Fair: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs or floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber for some crappie action. 04/18 09:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi river levels are on the rise again this week. Due to flooding, navigation is not recommended. Boaters should operate at no wake speed to reduce damage to shorelines and flooded structures. Most boat ramps are under water. Water clarity is reduced and temperature is near 46°F. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike are spawning and bite has slowed 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level is 25.2 ft at Lynxville and expected to reach 27 ft next week. Water temperature is 46°F. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Fish close to shore in flooded areas using small jigs tipped with minnows. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish with three-way rigs tipped with a minnow below the dam. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish light tackle tipped with minnows near shore along marina areas. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi river levels are on the rise again this week. Due to flooding, navigation is not recommended. Boaters should operate at no wake speed to reduce damage to shorelines and flooded structures. Most boat ramps are under water. Water clarity is reduced and temperature is near 46°F. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike are spawning and bite has slowed 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level is 17.1 ft at Guttenberg and expected to rise again to 19.3 ft next week. Water temperature is 44°F. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Fish close to shore in flooded areas using small jigs tipped with minnows. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish with three-way rigs tipped with a minnow below the dam. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish light tackle tipped with minnows near shore along marina areas. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Northern pike are spawning and bite has slowed 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level is 15..2 ft at Lansing and expected to reach 16.4 ft. Water temperature is 46°F. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi river levels are on the rise again this week. Due to flooding, navigation is not recommended. Boaters should operate at no wake speed to reduce damage to shorelines and flooded structures. Most boat ramps are under water. Water clarity is reduced and temperature is near 46°F. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Fish close to shore in flooded areas using small jigs tipped with minnows. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish with three-way rigs tipped with a minnow below the dam. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish light tackle tipped with minnows near shore along marina areas. 04/18 11:55
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the flooded trees with light tackle. 04/18 11:59
North Prairie Lake Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
North Prairie Lake Northeast Anglers have been doing well in catching trout as it was stocked last Saturday. 04/18 10:23
North Prairie Lake Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try casting and retrieving flashy artificial lures or jigs for trout. 04/18 10:24
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Anglers have been catching walleye and northern pike on the Shell Rock River. 04/18 09:46
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a minnow or night crawler. 04/18 09:46
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting and retrieving large artificial baits or spoons for pike. Also floating a live shiner or chub under a bobber is productive for pike. 04/18 10:02
South Prairie Lake Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
South Prairie Lake Northeast Reports are bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass are moving shallow as temperatures increase. Anglers are doing fair on all species. 04/18 10:26
South Prairie Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast topwater baits early morning or late evening. Crankbaits and spinner baits are good artificial lures to try as well. 04/18 10:27
South Prairie Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a small piece of nightcrawler under a slip bobber at various depths to locate bluegill. 04/18 10:28
South Prairie Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting colored tube jigs or floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber for crappie. 04/18 10:30
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 04/18 09:46
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Wapsipinicon River. 04/18 09:46
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a minnow or night crawler. 04/18 09:46
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a minnow or night crawler. Try artificial spinnerbaits also for some good smallmouth bass action. 04/18 10:09
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures are in the low to mid 50's. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 04/18 10:51
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperature is in the mid 50's. 04/18 10:52
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill using crawlers fished under a bobber. Most action has been in Town Bay off the stone peirs, the floating dock, and the fish house. 04/18 10:53
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers have been picking up perch from the floating dock and the fish house in Town Bay. Some have had luck fishing from the inlet bridge and the State Marina. 04/18 10:54
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: A few have been picked up off Ice House Point using twisters. Look for the post-spawn bite to pick up near shore. 04/18 10:55
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures are around 60 degrees in most of our areas. Shore fishing action is picking up on many of our lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 04/24 04:34
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures are around 60 degrees. 04/24 04:34
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill using crawlers fished under a bobber. Most action has been in Town Bay off the stone peirs, the floating dock, and the fish house. 04/24 04:34
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers have been picking up perch from the floating dock and the fish house in Town Bay using crawlers and minnows. Some have had luck fishing from the inlet bridge and the State Marina. 04/24 04:34
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Expect walleye action to pick up as water temps continue to warm. 04/24 04:34
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: Anglers are picking up good numbers of crappie from the inlet bridge and the fish house in Town bay. 04/24 04:36
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Water temperatures are around 60 degrees in most of our areas. Shore fishing action is picking up on many of our lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 04/24 04:34
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Expect panfish action to pick up near submerged structure along the shoreline as water temps continue to warm. 04/24 04:47
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: 04/24 04:48
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Pick up bluegill in 5-10 feet of water near shoreline and submerged structure using crawlers and small minnows fished under a bobber. 04/24 04:49
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: 04/24 04:49
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. 04/18 09:34
Clear Lake Northwest The courtesy docks at McIntosh, Lynne Lorenzen, Bayside and City boat ramps are in. The fish cleaning station is open for the season. 04/18 09:34
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Good: Anglers wading the east shore are catching Walleyes after dark on small jigs and minnows. Boat anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs. 04/18 09:34
Clear Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the edge of the rushes with a small minnow. 04/18 09:47
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Slow: 04/18 09:47
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Good: Prime time is here as ice out provides an excellent bite using traditional CC baits. Fish twilight and after dark as the fish will be on the feed bag and will provide plenty of "pole bending" action that is sure to satisfy the angler. 04/18 08:18
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Water temperature is 43 F, expect fishing to improve as the water warms. 04/18 08:18
Lost Island Lake Northwest Water temperature is 43 F, expect fishing to improve as the water warms. 04/18 08:18
Lost Island Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Report of some bluegill and crappie are being caught from the canal. 04/18 08:23
Silver Lake (Dickinson) Northwest Walleye - Good: As the water warms look for wader fishing to pick up. For the best action fish slow with a jig and minnow or twister tails on light jig heads. 04/18 08:18
Silver Lake (Dickinson) Northwest Water temperature is 43 F, expect fishing to improve as the water warms. 04/18 08:18
Spirit Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Good: As the water warms expect action to start in the Templar Park lagoon 04/18 08:18
Spirit Lake Northwest Water temperature is 43 F, expect fishing to improve as the water warms. 04/18 08:18
Spirit Lake Northwest Smallmouth Bass - Good: Early spring provides superb action for this species, fish on calm sunny days with a jig and minnow on shallow rock piles. 04/18 08:29
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Water temperatures are in the low to mid 50's. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 04/18 10:51
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Water temperatures are in the low to mid 50's. 04/18 10:56
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have picked up crappie in the marina using crawlers and minnows. 04/18 10:57
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest White Bass - Fair: Pick up white bass from shore using crawlers and twisters. 04/18 10:58
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Walleye - Fair: Action has been fair to slow. A few have been picked up from shore in the marina and along the north and east shorelines using twisters. Look for the post-spawn bite to pick up. 04/18 11:00
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Water temperatures are around 60 degrees in most of our areas. Shore fishing action is picking up on many of our lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 04/24 04:34
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have picked up crappie in the marina using crawlers and minnows. 04/24 04:34
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Water temperatures are in the upper 50's. 04/24 04:34
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest White Bass - Fair: Pick up white bass from shore using crawlers and twisters. 04/24 04:34
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Walleye - Fair: Catch walleye from shore in the marina and along the north and east shorelines using twisters, leeches, and minnows. Look for action to pick up as post-spawn fish start to feed. Evenings and just after sunset have been productive from shore. 04/24 04:34
West Okoboji Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Traditionally Triboji Lagoon provides the first action for bluegills on the lake. Expect action to start once the water temperatures warms 04/18 08:18
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