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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Anglers have been doing good to excellent on crappie and bluegill in Casey Lake. 10/16 03:04
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Locate structure or fish from jetties or off of dam to locate bluegill. Try casting and retrieving small jigs or using piece of night crawler under a bobber in 2-4 ft. of water. 10/16 03:04
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior river water levels are currently falling and there have been reports of walleye being caught. There have been no reports on the lakes in and around Black Hawk County as anglers just are not getting out with the recent wet and cold weather. Trout streams vary in condition with the recent rainfall, anglers may want to call ahead on stream conditions. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 10/16 03:04
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Locate structure or fish from jetties or off of dam to locate crappie. Try casting and retrieving small tube jigs or a minnow under a bobber in 2-4 ft. of water. 10/16 03:04
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Topwater artificial baits have been fair to good on largemouth bass, particularly early morning or late evening hours. 10/16 03:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior river water levels are currently falling and there have been reports of walleye being caught. There have been no reports on the lakes in and around Black Hawk County as anglers just are not getting out with the recent wet and cold weather. Trout streams vary in condition with the recent rainfall, anglers may want to call ahead on stream conditions. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 10/16 03:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been a few reports on the Cedar River this past week of anglers catching a few walleye. 10/16 03:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow as water temperatures are in the low fifties now. 10/16 03:06
Decorah District Streams Northeast Pleasant weekend weather. Chance for rain on Saturday. Temperatures in the 60's for highs to 40's for lows. Water clarity on area streams good. Fish action picking up with cooler temperatures. For information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 10:48
Decorah District Streams Northeast All streams are stocked weather and stream conditions permitting but locations are unannounced in October. Hunting seasons are now open in Iowa. Anglers should wear bright orange and be visible to hunters. 10/16 11:54
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Good caddis fly hatches on sunny warm days. With dirtier water, try using woolly buggers, San Juan worms, or other subsurface flies and lures. 10/16 11:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Try terrestrial insect flies such as grasshoppers or crickets. Also try crayfish patterns. 10/16 11:55
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Use an ultra light pole and reel for some fun action. A worm fished under a bobber in slow water works well. Try a spinner in eddies and around structure. 10/16 11:55
Lake Hendricks Northeast Pleasant weekend weather. Chance for rain on Saturday. Temperatures in the 60's for highs to 40's for lows. Water clarity on area streams good. Fish action picking up with cooler temperatures. For information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 10:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Restroom facilities closed for season. New construction completed by spring 2020. Fish activity improving with cooler weather. 10/16 10:50
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Find crappie suspended over rock humps or other structure. Use a spinner or a minnow under a bobber. 10/16 10:52
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a ringworm with a slow retrieve for best luck. 10/16 10:53
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: A small jig tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber works best for gills. 10/16 10:55
Lake Meyer Northeast Pleasant weekend weather. Chance for rain on Saturday. Temperatures in the 60's for highs to 40's for lows. Water clarity on area streams good. Fish action picking up with cooler temperatures. For information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 10:48
Lake Meyer Northeast Angler courtesy docks have been pulled for the winter. Few anglers have been out. Water clarity is excellent. 10/16 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Use small jig tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 10/16 11:06
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Use a spinner bait around logs and rocky structure. 10/16 11:07
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass hitting jigs tipped with twistertails or crankbaits. Remember with cooler water fish move slower. 10/16 11:10
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior river water levels are currently falling and there have been reports of walleye being caught. There have been no reports on the lakes in and around Black Hawk County as anglers just are not getting out with the recent wet and cold weather. Trout streams vary in condition with the recent rainfall, anglers may want to call ahead on stream conditions. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 10/16 03:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been some reports on the Maquoketa River this past week of anglers catching a few walleye. 10/16 03:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow as water temperatures are in the low fifties now. 10/16 03:08
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are receding slowly this week. Most ramps remain under water. Water clarity has improved. Fish are on the fed as they prepare to go into winter. Fish backwater lakes with little to no current. Water temperature is upper 40's to 50° F. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: The fall crappie bite is on. Fish for crappies using a minnow in the flooded trees and side channels. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish fallen trees in 5-6 ft of water in side channels with slight current. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on crawlers or stinkbait fished in side channel current. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting. Use worms on the bottom or crayfish to target larger fish 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Find bass in areas of no or slight current in backwaters with clearer water. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville has fallen to 13. ft and expected to gradually fall. Water temperature is 52°F at Lock & Dam 9. Sny Magill ramp is not accessible due to high water. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are hitting crankbaits on rocky areas along main channel shoreline. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers are jigging with minnows below the Lock and Dams with some success. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch are biting on crawlers fished just off the bottom in about 6-8 ft of water. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are receding slowly this week. Most ramps remain under water. Water clarity has improved. Fish are on the fed as they prepare to go into winter. Fish backwater lakes with little to no current. Water temperature is upper 40's to 50° F. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 14.5 ft and expected to gradually fall. Turkey River boat ramp is still closed . Guttenberg south marina ramp is closed due to high water. Water temperature is 47° F at Lock & Dam 10. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: The fall crappie bite is on. Fish for crappies using a minnow in the flooded trees and side channels. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish fallen trees in 5-6 ft of water in side channels with slight current. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish are biting on crawlers or stinkbait fished in side channel current. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are biting. Use worms on the bottom or crayfish to target larger fish 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Find bass in areas of no or slight current in backwaters with clearer water. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are hitting crankbaits on rocky areas along main channel shoreline. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers are jigging with minnows below the Lock and Dams with some success. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch are biting on crawlers fished just off the bottom in about 6-8 ft of water. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The most recent flooding event has again caused havoc to recently repaired parks and boat ramps. Flood stage levels range from minor to moderate throughout the district. Most boat ramps are flooded. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-872-4976. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at the Dubuque Lock and Dam is 15.9 feet and the level at the RR Bridge is 17.6. River levels at Dubuque are expected to recede over the next week. The water temperature is down to 53 degrees. Water clarity is fair with a lot of vegetation and debris floating downriver. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: High water levels are often good for catfishing. Try using stinkbait. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Try once again to find clearer water in backwater areas to catch largemouths. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - No Report: High water making it tough on walleye anglers. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Slow: Use a simple egg sinker and worm rig fished in moderate current areas. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The most recent flooding event has again caused havoc to recently repaired parks and boat ramps. Flood stage levels range from minor to moderate throughout the district. Most boat ramps are flooded. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-872-4976. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is at 16.1 feet and falling. The water temperature is down to 53 degrees. Water clarity is fair with a lot of vegetation and debris floating downriver. The Bellevue City Ramp is open but the DNR boat ramp at Bellevue and the ramps at Sabula, Pleasant Creek and Bulgers Hollow ramp are all flooded. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Fish along the shorelines with stinkbait. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Slow: Use a simple egg sinker and worm rig fished in moderate current areas. To catch larger freshwater drum use large crayfish for bait. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Look for clearer water in the backwater areas. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The most recent flooding event has again caused havoc to recently repaired parks and boat ramps. Flood stage levels range from minor to moderate throughout the district. Most boat ramps are flooded. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-872-4976. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfish generally bite well in flood water with anglers using stink bait. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Try to find clear water in the upper reaches of Cattail Slough or Rock Creek. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is 16.4 feet, Camanche is at 17.9 feet and LeClaire is at 11.4 feet. River levels are expected to recede over the next week. Lots of debris and vegetation is floating downriver. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Slow: Use a simple egg sinker and worm rigs fished in moderate current areas. To catch larger freshwater drum use large crayfish for bait. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The most recent flooding event has again caused havoc to recently repaired parks and boat ramps. Flood stage levels range from minor to moderate throughout the district. Most boat ramps are flooded. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-872-4976. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is around 17.3 feet. This is moderate flood level and River levels at Rock Island will recede over this week. The water temperature is around 54 degrees and water clarity is poor. 10/16 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are receding slowly this week. Most ramps remain under water. Water clarity has improved. Fish are on the fed as they prepare to go into winter. Fish backwater lakes with little to no current. Water temperature is upper 40's to 50° F. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Find bass in areas of no or slight current in backwaters with clearer water. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 13.5 ft and expected to gradually fall this week. Water temperature is 50° F. New Albin army road is closed due to high water. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: The fall crappie bite is on. Fish for crappies using a minnow in the flooded trees and side channels. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish fallen trees in 5-6 ft of water in side channels with slight current. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on crawlers or stinkbait fished in side channel current. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting. Use worms on the bottom or crayfish to target larger fish 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are hitting crankbaits on rocky areas along main channel shoreline. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Anglers are jigging with minnows below the Lock and Dams with some success. 10/17 10:46
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are biting on crawlers fished just off the bottom in about 6-8 ft of water. 10/17 10:46
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Interior river water levels are currently falling and there have been reports of walleye being caught. There have been no reports on the lakes in and around Black Hawk County as anglers just are not getting out with the recent wet and cold weather. Trout streams vary in condition with the recent rainfall, anglers may want to call ahead on stream conditions. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 10/16 03:04
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been no reports on the Shell Rock River this past week. 10/16 03:04
Volga Lake Northeast Pleasant weekend weather. Chance for rain on Saturday. Temperatures in the 60's for highs to 40's for lows. Water clarity on area streams good. Fish action picking up with cooler temperatures. For information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/16 10:48
Volga Lake Northeast Water clarity good with temps in the low to mid 50's. 10/16 11:12
Volga Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use a spinner bait for best luck around rocky structure or woody debris. 10/16 11:14
Volga Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 10/16 11:51
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Interior river water levels are currently falling and there have been reports of walleye being caught. There have been no reports on the lakes in and around Black Hawk County as anglers just are not getting out with the recent wet and cold weather. Trout streams vary in condition with the recent rainfall, anglers may want to call ahead on stream conditions. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 10/16 03:04
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been no reports on the Wapsipinicon River this past week. 10/16 03:04
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperatures in most of the district water bodies are around 50 degrees. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 10/17 08:31
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are having most luck fishing from the fish house and near the inlet bridge. Fish are 6-11 inches. Use a small piece of crawler or power bait on a small jig fished under a bobber. 10/17 08:31
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Slow: Try from the East Shore near the outlet, off the inlet bridge, and from shore in Town Bay. Use crawlers and cut bait fished on the bottom. 10/17 08:31
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use traditional bass lures anywhere along shore. 10/17 08:31
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Anglers have picked up some walleye from Ice House Point and along the east shore near the outlet. Use twisters, crawlers, or plastics on a jig head. 10/17 08:31
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Water temperature is around 50 degrees. 10/17 08:31
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Good: Catch perch from shore along Ice House Point and the inlet bridge. Use crawlers or small minnows on a jig fished under a bobber. 10/17 08:31
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Water temperatures in most of the district water bodies are around 50 degrees. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 10/17 08:31
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: catch bluegill near structure using a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler. 10/17 08:31
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish along the edges of vegetation with traditional bass lures and topwater lures for the best action. 10/17 08:31
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Find perch along vegetation edges and structure in 5-10 feet of water. Use a small jig with minnow or crawler. 10/17 08:31
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. 10/17 08:35
Clear Lake Northwest The water temperature is in the low fifties. 10/17 08:35
Clear Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Shore anglers are catching walleyes fishing at night. 10/17 08:35
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Fair: Anglers are having success drift fishing a small jig tipped with a small piece of crawler in 4 to 6 feet of water. Best bite is in the early morning. 10/17 08:35
Clear Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on cut bait and crawlers fished on the bottom. Fish the windswept shore and areas where water is entering the lake. 10/17 08:35
Crystal 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. 10/17 08:35
Crystal Lake Northwest Due to weather delays the boat ramp remains closed. The ramp is expected to be reopened next week. 10/17 08:35
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