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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 presentations

October 2021 Fishing Report - fall fishing tips, plus fall community trout stockings annouced again this year and upcoming trout angler survey

 

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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Brinker Lake Northeast Interior river conditions continue to drop and remain favorable providing great angling opportunities. With fall right around the corner fishing should vastly improve. Reports on the interior rivers is that walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been good. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 10/21 07:20
Brinker Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting and retrieving spinnerbaits or crankbaits for some good largemouth action. 10/21 07:20
Brinker Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching largemouth bass on Brinker Lake. 10/21 07:20
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior river conditions continue to drop and remain favorable providing great angling opportunities. With fall right around the corner fishing should vastly improve. Reports on the interior rivers is that walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been good. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 10/21 07:20
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Anglers are catching crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass in Casey Lake. 10/21 07:20
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try fishing a minnow under a slip bobber 5'-6' under the surface near structure and submersed trees. Fishing from a boat is advantageous. 10/21 07:20
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish from shore using a small red worm or chunk of crawler under a slip bobber for bluegill. 10/21 07:36
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been doing well casting and retrieving crankbaits for largemouth bass. 10/21 07:39
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Fall temperatures arrive this weekend with low 50's for highs to low 30's for lows. Rain chance Sunday. Area river levels stabilizing and clear due to minimal rainfall. Water temperature for most waterbodies low 60's. For more information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/20 03:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies taking lightweight tackle tipped with crawler or minnow under a bobber in deeper holes, backwaters, or eddies. 10/20 03:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Chubs and crawlers fished on bottom under bobber work well. Two to three pounders common. 10/20 03:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Find smallies in a variety of habitats. Try along current breaks, eddies, or subtle depth changes. 10/20 03:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find deeper holes. Walleye taking a variety of baits. 10/20 03:54
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels low but relatively stable. Use care when boating as submerged hazards may have moved. Clarity good. Visit the USGS Current Water Conditions website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for more information. 10/20 03:54
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior river conditions continue to drop and remain favorable providing great angling opportunities. With fall right around the corner fishing should vastly improve. Reports on the interior rivers is that walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been good. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 10/21 07:20
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Anglers are doing well on both smallmouth bass and walleye on the Cedar River. 10/21 07:20
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Try casting jig and plastics, spinnerbaits or crankbaits for some good smallmouth bass action! 10/21 07:20
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Excellent: Try a jig and plastic tipped with half a crawler or casting crankbaits. 10/21 07:20
Decorah District Streams Northeast Fall temperatures arrive this weekend with low 50's for highs to low 30's for lows. Rain chance Sunday. Area river levels stabilizing and clear due to minimal rainfall. Water temperature for most waterbodies low 60's. For more information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/20 03:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Hoppers, beetles, and anything that looks buggy work well this time of year. Pick up trash. 10/20 03:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Off-color water is a great time to catch a brownie. Fish along grassed edges, undercut banks, and around boulders. 10/20 03:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Urban pond stockings start this month with notification after pond stocked. All stream stockings occurring unannounced through October. Clarity good to excellent on most streams. Trout anglers using any kind of light weight rods and reels with spinner baits or a hook tipped with small piece of crawler, cheese, or dough can be just as successful as fly anglers. 10/20 03:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use hair jigs, spinner baits, or small shallow water crankbaits for aggressive fish. Thank a landowner for allowing access on private land. 10/20 03:54
George Wyth Lake Northeast Interior river conditions continue to drop and remain favorable providing great angling opportunities. With fall right around the corner fishing should vastly improve. Reports on the interior rivers is that walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been good. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 10/21 07:20
George Wyth Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting and retrieving spinnerbaits or crankbaits for some good largemouth action. 10/21 07:20
George Wyth Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching largemouth bass on George Wyth Lake. 10/21 07:20
Lake Hendricks Northeast Fall temperatures arrive this weekend with low 50's for highs to low 30's for lows. Rain chance Sunday. Area river levels stabilizing and clear due to minimal rainfall. Water temperature for most waterbodies low 60's. For more information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/20 03:54
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity improving. Water temperature mid 60's. 10/20 03:54
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Small spinner bait fished mid depth should find crappie. 10/20 03:54
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Use small hook tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber. Fish near rocks. 10/20 03:54
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Nice fish available for the taking. Use worms or cut baits fished on the bottom for best luck. 10/20 03:54
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Find fish suspended around rocky structure or along vegetated edges. Use a jig tipped with twister or ring worm. 10/20 03:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Fall temperatures arrive this weekend with low 50's for highs to low 30's for lows. Rain chance Sunday. Area river levels stabilizing and clear due to minimal rainfall. Water temperature for most waterbodies low 60's. For more information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/20 03:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try fishing shallow over vegetation with a slow retrieve. 10/20 03:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Jigs tipped with a twister tail or spinner bait fished over vegetation work well. 10/20 03:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity excellent. Aquatic vegetation thick but dying back. 10/20 03:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Good: 10/20 03:54
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use bait or worms fished on the bottom around stumps or other woody structure. 10/20 03:54
Manchester District Streams Northeast Interior river conditions continue to drop and remain favorable providing great angling opportunities. With fall right around the corner fishing should vastly improve. Reports on the interior rivers is that walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been good. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 10/21 07:20
Manchester District Streams Northeast Area Manchester streams remain in excellent conditions providing many angling opportunities for both rainbow and brown trout. 10/21 07:20
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior river conditions continue to drop and remain favorable providing great angling opportunities. With fall right around the corner fishing should vastly improve. Reports on the interior rivers is that walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been good. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 10/21 07:20
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Anglers are catching smallmouth bass and walleye on the Maquoketa River. River levels have bumped up with the recent rainfall activity. 10/21 07:20
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting jig and plastics, spinnerbaits or crankbaits for some good smallmouth bass action! 10/21 07:20
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try a jig and plastic tipped with half a crawler or casting crankbaits. 10/21 07:20
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels remain fairly stable. Check boat ramp conditions before you go as water levels are low. Water temps have dropped into the 60'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. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish areas with moderate to slow current amongst the trees in backwaters for crappies. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish are moving away from areas with current. Fish with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish stink baits in areas of moderate currents. Move often if you are not catching cats. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level remains stable near 613 feet. Boaters should use caution to not back off end of ramps. Water is stained from recent rains with a lot of weeds floating. Water temperature at Lynxville dam is 62 degrees. The bite is picking up with cooler water temps. Sny Magill ramp has reopened after completion of concrete work under the railroad underpass. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish northern pike with shad colored baits attached to a leader along backwater weed lines. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try trolling crankbaits along structure in side channel and main channel current breaks. Expect walleye to be moving up to tailwaters of the dams. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: Yellow perch bite is picking up with some sorting for larger fish. Try drifting hair jigs with a piece of crawler in 6 to 8 ft of water. 10/21 08:18
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. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drag a crawler fished off the bottom in any areas with moderate current for drum. 10/21 08:18
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. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Cast inline spinners in areas of current for white bass action. Look for schools of white bass feeding on minnows. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels remain fairly stable. Check boat ramp conditions before you go as water levels are low. Water temps have dropped into the 60'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. 10/21 08:18
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 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish are moving away from areas with current. Fish with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait in areas of moderate current. Move often if not catching any fish. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Guttenberg tailwater is near 5 feet and is expected to remain stable. Boaters should use caution to not back off end of ramps. Water temperature at the Guttenberg dam is 54 degrees. The fall bite is picking up with cooler water temps. Water is stained from recent rains with a lot of weeds floating. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Fish northern pike with shad colored baits attached to a leader along backwater weed lines. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try trolling crankbaits along structure in side channel and main channel current breaks. Expect walleye to be moving up to tailwaters of the dams. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch bite is picking up with some sorting for larger fish. Try drifting hair jigs with a piece of crawler in 6 to 8 ft of water. 10/21 08:18
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. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Fish the main channel areas with a heavy weight with a crawler fished off the bottom. 10/21 08:18
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. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast White Bass - Good: Cast inline spinners in areas of current for white bass action. Look for schools of white bass feeding on minnows. 10/21 08:18
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are feeding on gizzard shad. Expect angling to continue to be good as we move toward the fall season. Chatter baits or weedless crankbaits in the lily pads can be effective. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level is steady and temperature is around 62 degrees. Water levels are currently 4.7 feet at the Lock and Dam and 7.6 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. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Use crankbaits on wingdams or three way rigs with a small nightcrawler. Expect better fishing as we move toward the cooler fall season. Lots of vegetation floating downstream at times making fishing crankbaits difficult. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature has dipped in recent days but still is in the lower 60'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 Management at 563-880-8781. 10/21 10:45
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. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish can be found in vegetated areas and some are still in brush piles in side channel sloughs. Bobber and worm works the best 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Some folks are just using worms while other are using stink bait. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some anglers have been targeting flatheads at night mainly using live green sunfish as bait. Some are being caught by walleye anglers on the wingdams. Flatheads are feeding heavily on sunfish and crappies still along the main channel areas. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: 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. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish gaudy spinner baits along weedy edges. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Pumpkinseed - Good: Fish in lower pool 12 for this colorful panfish species. Usually mixed in with the Bluegill and caught on a bobber and worm. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for smallies along rocky habitat with strong current flow. Crankbaits and spinners work the best. Find the areas of the strongest flow along rock. Lots of little smallmouths indicating a excellent years class coming on. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Expect to see more yellow perch showing up in the creel during the autumn months. Usually that is when the bite picks up. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature has dipped in recent days but still is in the lower 60'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 Management at 563-880-8781. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at the Bellevue Lock is steady and is currently near 4.6 feet. Water temperature is near 62 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. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Use crankbaits on wingdams or three way rigs with a small nightcrawler. Expect better fishing as we move toward the cooler fall season. Lots of vegetation floating downstream at times making fishing crankbaits difficult. 10/21 10:45
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. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Find a brush pile in a side channel that is blocking most of the current flow and bluegills will be abundant. Another place to try is weedy edge areas that are around 2 to 3 foot deep. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Most anglers are using stink bait but bigger fish might be caught on cut shad bait. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Fair: Anglers are targeting flathead catfish mainly using live green sunfish for bait. Also some still being caught on wingdams by walleye anglers. Flatheads have been feeding heavily on sunfish and crappies still hanging along the main channel due to the warm temperatures. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: 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. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass can be seen chasing small shad in past few weeks. Weedy edges and along rock and brush piles using jigs or chatterbaits seem to work well. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Try weedy edges using a gaudy white spinner bait in shallow weedy areas. The bite for pike has definitely picked up recently. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for smallies along rocky habitat with strong current flow. Crankbaits and spinners work the best. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Good: White bass can be found in the tailwaters at times using flashy spinners or small spoons. They have been abundant at times in the tailwater but the size has generally been small. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect to see more yellow perch showing up in the creel during the autumn months. Usually that is when the bite picks up 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperature has dipped in recent days but still is in the lower 60'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 Management at 563-880-8781. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: The paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 10/21 10:45
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is steady and currently at 4.5 feet, Camanche is at 9.1 feet and Le Claire is at 4.5 feet. Water temperature is around 61 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. 10/21 10:45
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