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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Time to change to winter gear. Mostly sunny with temperatures ranging from the low 30's to low teens through the weekend. Ice is forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are beginning to freeze over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/07 10:47
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Ice is forming on river. Anglers use caution if going out on early ice. Check ice depths often especially in areas with current. 12/07 10:47
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are actively taking dead chubs fished under a bobber or spoons. 12/07 10:47
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: A few smallies are picked up while angling for walleye. 12/07 10:47
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish activity continues to be spotty. Find fish in deeper pools, eddies, and current breaks. Use a jig tipped with a long piece of worm or minnow. Spinnerbaits with a slow retrieve are also working. 12/07 10:47
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The weather forecast for next week looks great for making ice, get your gear ready! Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition and provide fantastic trout angling opportunities throughout the entire winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 12/07 11:10
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Anglers have had best success casting & retrieving jig and minnow for northern pike. 12/07 11:10
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been good reports of anglers catching walleye and northern pike (particularly Bremer Co.) on the Cedar River. Anglers may want to target deeper pools or holes for walleye as they migrate to overwintering areas. 12/07 11:10
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish jig and plastics tipped with a minnow for some good walleye action. 12/07 11:10
Decorah District Streams Northeast Time to change to winter gear. Mostly sunny with temperatures ranging from the low 30's to low teens through the weekend. Ice is forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are beginning to freeze over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/07 10:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try a feathered spinner or a hook tipped with worm drifted along an undercut bank for fun. Always leave gates and fences as you find them. 12/07 10:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast Second shotgun deer season opens this weekend. Many streams run through wildlife management areas where hunting is allowed. Wear bright clothing and make noise when not stalking a trout. Walk carefully around freshly cleared areas in streams. These are trout nests or "redds". 12/07 10:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Vibrant colors abound on spawning fish. A variety of small mayflies are hatching mid-afternoon. Use a dry fly for insects hatching off the water surface. Use a nymph or scud dropper for subsurface critters. 12/07 10:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Excellent: With cold temperatures in the forecast and spawning fish, it's time to change strategies. Begin using patterns imitating small fish, eggs, and scuds. Small gnats, mayflies, caddisflies hatch on warmer afternoons. 12/07 10:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Time to change to winter gear. Mostly sunny with temperatures ranging from the low 30's to low teens through the weekend. Ice is forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are beginning to freeze over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/07 10:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/07 10:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/07 10:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake beginning to freeze over. Anglers are reminded no motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice. Aerators are on. 12/07 10:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 12/07 10:47
Lake Meyer Northeast Time to change to winter gear. Mostly sunny with temperatures ranging from the low 30's to low teens through the weekend. Ice is forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are beginning to freeze over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/07 10:47
Lake Meyer Northeast Fishable ice coming soon. No anglers this week. 12/07 10:47
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/07 10:47
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - No Report: 12/07 10:47
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The weather forecast for next week looks great for making ice, get your gear ready! Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition and provide fantastic trout angling opportunities throughout the entire winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 12/07 11:10
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been a few reports of anglers catching walleye this week on the Maquoketa River. Fishing has been hot for walleye on the Cedar River so it should hold true on the Maquoketa River as well. Anglers may want to target deeper pools or holes for walleye as they migrate to overwintering areas. 12/07 11:10
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish jigs tipped with plastics with or without live bait for some good walleye action. 12/07 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River has been falling and are now stabilizing. Look for fish to be in the deeper warmer water. Some vegetation is moving through but water clarity otherwise clear. Water temperature is in the mid 30's. With nightly low's in the teens this week ice is forming in backwater lakes but is not yet safe to walk on. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Water level at Lynxville is 15 ft and is predicted to remain stable. Water temperature at the Lock and Dam is 37° F. It is not yet safe to walk on the ice. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: Crappies are congregating in backwaters just off side channels with slight current. Jig a crappie minnow in the stumps and fallen tree tops. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are biting on jig and minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are actively feeding on abundant minnows along the main channel borders. Try throwing silver inline spinners or minnow imitation crankbaits. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try slow trolling crankbaits on a 3-way rig or minnow tipped jigs for walleye. Fish are in the tailwater areas and side channel rock structures. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught on minnows in about 6-8 feet of water on side channel areas and in the backwaters vegetation such as marina areas. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: The panfish bite has been slow as they are transitioning and seeking warmer water with no current. Look for them to be feeding again at first ice. 12/07 07:21
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River has been falling and are now stabilizing. Look for fish to be in the deeper warmer water. Some vegetation is moving through but water clarity otherwise clear. Water temperature is in the mid 30's. With nightly low's in the teens this week ice is forming in backwater lakes but is not yet safe to walk on. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level has fallen to 6.3 ft at Guttenberg tail-water and predicted to remain steady this week. Water temperature is 36° F at the Lock and dam. It is not yet safe to walk on the ice. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are biting on crankbaits or a jig tipped with minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are actively feeding on abundant minnows along the main channel borders. Try throwing silver inline spinners or minnow imitation crankbaits. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try slow trolling crankbaits on a 3-way rig or minnow tipped jigs for walleye. Fish are in the tailwater areas and side channel rock structures. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught on minnows in about 6-8 feet of water on side channel areas and in the backwaters vegetation such as marina areas. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: The panfish bite has been slow as they are transitioning and seeking warmer water with no current. Look for them to be feeding again at first ice. 12/07 07:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expected to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has also fallen and is now in the upper 30's. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels continue to drop slowly and is presently 6.0 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8.5 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is good and water temperature in near 38 degrees in the main channel. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Most walleyes are now coming from the tailwater areas. Bigger fish are caught on crankbaits. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Good: Lots of tailwater angling going on. Most folks are using some version of a weight and minnow rig to catch tailwater saugers. Like usual some good and some poor days in the tailwater. Some large sauger have been reported to us this fall. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Reports of yellow perch from the tailwaters to other locations within the Pool in 8 to 13 feet of water. Most anglers are using small worms for bait. 12/07 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expected to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has also fallen and is now in the upper 30's. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels receded this week and presently water level at Bellevue Lock and Dam is around 6.4 feet. The water is expected to continue to drop slowly. Water clarity is good and the temperature is 38 degrees in the main channel. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: Anglers are using some version weight/minnow rig for best sauger catches in the tailwaters. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being found in tailwater areas by anglers using crankbaits. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch are being caught in the tailwaters at times, usually on worms. 12/07 11:43
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expected to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has also fallen and is now in the upper 30's. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels receded all week and will continue to drop. Gauge readings are 6.2 feet at Fulton, 10.3 feet at Camanche and 5.4 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is good and water temperature is 39 degrees in main channel. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger fishing in the tailwater has been a bit of hit or miss. Most anglers are using a three way rig with a minnow. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Some nice walleyes have been reported from Pool 14 all year. Most walleyes are now coming out of the tailwaters on crank baits. Some folks are using ring worms or other jigs tipped with a minnow. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water continues to recede and is expected to drop a bit more this upcoming week. The water temperature has also fallen and is now in the upper 30's. If you have any angling questions call the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Some angling occurred last week when the air temperature was warm. A few nice sauger were reported on worm rigs and crankbaits. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels receded all week and is now at 5.6 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is near 39 degrees in the main channel. 12/07 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River has been falling and are now stabilizing. Look for fish to be in the deeper warmer water. Some vegetation is moving through but water clarity otherwise clear. Water temperature is in the mid 30's. With nightly low's in the teens this week ice is forming in backwater lakes but is not yet safe to walk on. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is at 8.0 ft and expected to remain stable this week. Water clarity is excellent. Water temperature is near 36° F. Ice is not yet safe to walk on. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try slow trolling crankbaits on a 3-way rig or minnow tipped jigs for walleye. Fish are in the tailwater areas and side channel rock structures. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Sauger are biting on jig and minnows fished off the bottom in the tailwater areas and deeper side channels. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are actively feeding on abundant minnows along the main channel borders. Try throwing silver inline spinners or minnow imitation crankbaits. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being caught on minnows in about 6-8 feet of water on side channel areas and in the backwaters vegetation such as marina areas. 12/07 06:24
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Slow: The panfish bite has been slow as they are transitioning and seeking warmer water with no current. Look for them to be feeding again at first ice. 12/07 07:20
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The weather forecast for next week looks great for making ice, get your gear ready! Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition and provide fantastic trout angling opportunities throughout the entire winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 12/07 11:10
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Reports have been good for walleye and fair for smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock River. Concentrate on the deeper holes where walleye gather to overwinter. 12/07 11:10
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish jigs tipped with plastics with or without live bait or spinner baits for some smallmouth bass action. 12/07 11:10
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish jigs tipped with plastics and a live minnow for some good walleye action. 12/07 11:10
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Time to change to winter gear. Mostly sunny with temperatures ranging from the low 30's to low teens through the weekend. Ice is forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are beginning to freeze over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/07 10:47
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) Northeast Time to change to winter gear. Mostly sunny with temperatures ranging from the low 30's to low teens through the weekend. Ice is forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are beginning to freeze over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/07 10:47
Volga Lake Northeast Time to change to winter gear. Mostly sunny with temperatures ranging from the low 30's to low teens through the weekend. Ice is forming on area lakes. Area streams and rivers are beginning to freeze over in places. For local fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 12/07 10:47
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - No Report: 12/07 10:47
Volga Lake Northeast Second season shotgun deer opens Saturday. No anglers out. 12/07 10:47
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Interior river water levels remain excellent. River reports have been best for walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The weather forecast for next week looks great for making ice, get your gear ready! Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition and provide fantastic trout angling opportunities throughout the entire winter. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 12/07 11:10
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been no reports this week for the Wapsipinicon River. Fishing has been hot for walleye on the Cedar River so it should hold true on the Wapsi River as well. Anglers may want to target deeper pools or holes for walleye as they migrate to overwintering areas. 12/07 11:10
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish jig and plastics tipped with a minnow for some good walleye action. 12/07 11:10
Black Hawk Lake Northwest There has been limited fishing activity this last week. Ice is forming on small ponds and expect skim ice this week on area lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 12/07 11:03
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Use a crawler or minnow on a jig fished below a bobber off the floating fishing pier in Town Bay. 12/07 11:03
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with live bait or a small piece of crawler fished below a bobber off the floating fishing pier and the west stone pier. 12/07 11:03
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Expect skim ice in the mornings. A few anglers have been out in the Town Bay area picking up some bluegill and crappie from the stone peirs and the floating dock. 12/07 11:03
Blue Pit Northwest Very limited fishing activity this week. Ice is just starting to form on area lakes in the past few days. 12/07 08:24
Blue Pit Northwest 1500 trout were stocked on November 22nd. Anglers can still catch trout using small jigs or spinners. 12/07 08:26
Blue Pit Northwest Rainbow Trout - Fair: 12/07 08:26
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville) Northwest There has been limited fishing activity this last week. Ice is forming on small ponds and expect skim ice this week on area lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 12/07 11:03
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville) Northwest Walleye - Fair: Use live bait, creek chubs, and plastics for walleye action. Fish the deeper pools; areas below riffles, on the outside of a bend, or below the dams to target walleyes. 12/07 11:03
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest There has been limited fishing activity this last week. Ice is forming on small ponds and expect skim ice this week on area lakes. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 12/07 11:03
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Fishing activity has been limited this last week. Expect skim ice along shore in the mornings. 12/07 11:03
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Walleye - Fair: Use twisters, live bait and plastics that mimic a shad. Most action has been from shore. 12/07 11:03
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest White Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits , twisters, and live bait fished from shore. 12/07 11:03
Coralville Reservoir Southeast For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 12/07 10:54
Coralville Reservoir Southeast Black Crappie - Slow: Fish with bright jigs tipped with minnows over brush or along rock bluffs. 12/07 10:54
Coralville Reservoir Southeast The lake level is 686.4', which is fall pool. 12/07 10:54
Environmental Discovery Park North Pond Southeast For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430. 12/07 08:44
Environmental Discovery Park North Pond Southeast Might be out of warm days for the rest of the year. But the trout are still out there. 12/07 08:44
Environmental Discovery Park North Pond Southeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try power bait under a bobber or a small jig or spinner worked through the shallow water. 12/07 08:44
Lake Darling Southeast For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430. 12/07 08:44
Lake Darling Southeast The water temperature is going up and down with the air temperature, mostly staying in the upper 30's to low 40's. The docks have been removed from the lake for the winter. 12/07 08:44
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