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Big Woods Lake Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
Big Woods Lake Northeast Anglers have been catching largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie in the backwater areas and shallow bays of Big Woods Lake 05/16 09:04
Big Woods Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater baits early morning or late evening. Cover a lot of water casting and retrieving spinner or buzz baits for some good action. 05/16 09:04
Big Woods Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try a piece of crawler just under the surface with a slip bobber. Anglers have been doing well with fly rods also. 05/16 09:23
Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs or fishing a crappie minnow shallow under a bobber. 05/16 09:24
Brinker Lake Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
Brinker Lake Northeast There have been good reports of anglers catching bluegill and crappie on Brinker Lake. 05/16 09:25
Brinker Lake Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try a piece of crawler just under the surface with a slip bobber. 05/16 09:26
Brinker Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs or fishing a crappie minnow shallow under a bobber. 05/16 09:27
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Crappies and bluegill are biting good on Casey Lake. 05/16 09:04
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs or fishing a crappie minnow shallow under a bobber. 05/16 09:04
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try fishing a small worm under a slip bobber at various depths. Flyfishing with imitation flies can always be good during the bluegill spawn. 05/16 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have been doing well on catfish using cutbaits fished on the bottom. 05/16 09:04
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. 05/16 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports have only been fair to good for walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie, northern pike and and channel catfish. 05/16 09:04
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. 05/16 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a night crawler. 05/16 09:04
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs or fishing a crappie minnow shallow under a bobber off of current breaks and slack water areas. 05/16 09:30
George Wyth Lake Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
George Wyth Lake Northeast Anglers are having good success on crappie and bluegill in George Wyth Lake. 05/16 09:04
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs or fishing a crappie minnow shallow under a bobber. 05/16 09:16
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try fishing a small worm under a slip bobber at various depths. Flyfishing with imitation flies can always be good during the bluegill spawn. 05/16 09:17
Lake Delhi Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
Lake Delhi 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. 05/16 09:04
Lake Delhi Northeast There have been a few reports of anglers catching crappie on Lake Delhi. 05/16 09:04
Manchester District Streams Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
Manchester District Streams Northeast Manchester trout streams remain in excellent condition. 05/16 09:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) 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. 05/16 09:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth bass and walleye are being caught on the Maquoketa River. 05/16 09:04
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a night crawler. 05/16 09:04
Martens Lake Northeast Anglers have been catching many quality size largemouth bass in Martens Lake, aka (Sweet Marsh). 05/16 09:04
Martens Lake Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
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. 05/16 09:04
Martens Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try topwater baits early morning or late evening. Cover a lot of water casting and retrieving spinner or buzz baits for some good action. 05/16 09:04
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. 05/16 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish the flooded shorelines in areas out of the current using weedless artificial baits. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level is has fallen to 23.5 ft at Lynxville with a slow gradual fall this week. Sny Magill ramp is stilled closed. Water temperature is 61°F. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are receding slowly. Recent rainfall will cause a more gradual fall. Many boat ramps still have flood debris and will be some time before usable. Boaters should operate at no wake speed to reduce damage to shorelines and flooded structures. Fishing has picked up this week with warmer water temperatures. Water clarity is improving. Water temperature is near 60 °F. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish light tackle tipped with minnows near shore along marina areas. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The bluegill bite has picked up. Use light tackle tipped with a small piece of worm in areas away from current. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish backwaters with clearer water with artificial baits attached to a leader. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Fish close to shore in flooded areas using small jigs tipped with minnows. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish with three-way rigs tipped with a minnow or a hair jig in side channels. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are feeding just before the spawn. Try golden shiners or small bluegill on heavy tackle in deep channel areas. 05/16 11:12
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are receding slowly. Recent rainfall will cause a more gradual fall. Many boat ramps still have flood debris and will be some time before usable. Boaters should operate at no wake speed to reduce damage to shorelines and flooded structures. Fishing has picked up this week with warmer water temperatures. Water clarity is improving. Water temperature is near 60 °F. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The bluegill bite has picked up. Use light tackle tipped with a small piece of worm in areas away from current. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish the flooded shorelines in areas out of the current using weedless artificial baits. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Fish backwaters with clearer water with artificial baits attached to a leader. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level has fallen to 14.7 ft at Guttenberg and with a slow gradual fall this week. City ramps are still closed. Water temperature is 54°F. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Fish close to shore in flooded areas using small jigs tipped with minnows. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Fish with three-way rigs tipped with a minnow or a hair jig in side channels. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish light tackle tipped with minnows near shore along marina areas. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are feeding just before the spawn. Try golden shiners or small bluegill on heavy tackle in deep channel areas. 05/16 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: Northern pike are done spawning and should bite along flooded shorelines. They are active feeders once the spawn is over. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Some flooding is still occurring throughout the district so please note that many boat ramps are closed or will have debris on them. Water levels are dropping but still high. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are receding but are still at Action flood levels. Stage is near 15.6 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 17.3 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is fair and temperature is 58 degrees. Many boat ramps still have flood debris on them. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp. Please do not dispose of the carp on the bank. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Some flooding is still occurring throughout the district so please note that many boat ramps are closed or will have debris on them. Water levels are dropping but still high. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp. Please do not dispose of the carp on the bank. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Deep clear flooded areas like Spring Lake have been good. Green Island wildlife area might also hold some bass this year. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: Expect northern pike to begin feeding heavily now as they are done spawning. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water level is receding and is at 15.7 feet at Lock and Dam 12. Water clarity is fair and the water temperature is 58 degrees. Most boat ramps are closed or have debris on them but the Bellevue City Ramp is back open. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Some flooding is still occurring throughout the district so please note that many boat ramps are closed or will have debris on them. Water levels are dropping but still high. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp. Please do not dispose of the carp on the bank. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are receding and is near 15.7 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 17.3 feet at Camanche and 10.9 feet at LeClaire. These are all Action to Minor flood levels. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is around 60 degrees. Many boat ramps will have flood debris on them. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Some flooding is still occurring throughout the district so please note that many boat ramps are closed or will have debris on them. Water levels are dropping but still high. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Common Carp - Good: Shallow flooded areas with lots of sun is a recipe for bowfishing carp. Please do not dispose of the carp on the bank. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are receding and near 16.4 feet at Rock Island. This is still moderate flood stage. Water clarity is fair and the water temperature is around 56 degrees. Boat ramps are flooded or will have debris on them. 05/16 09:07
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the flooded trees with light tackle. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The bluegill bite has picked up. Use light tackle tipped with a small piece of worm in areas away from current. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish the flooded shorelines in areas out of the current using weedless artificial baits. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish backwaters with clearer water with artificial baits attached to a leader. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level is has fallen to 13.2 ft at Lansing with a gradual fall this week. Water temperature is 60°F. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Fish close to shore in flooded areas using small jigs tipped with minnows. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are receding slowly. Recent rainfall will cause a more gradual fall. Many boat ramps still have flood debris and will be some time before usable. Boaters should operate at no wake speed to reduce damage to shorelines and flooded structures. Fishing has picked up this week with warmer water temperatures. Water clarity is improving. Water temperature is near 60 °F. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish with three-way rigs tipped with a minnow below the dam. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish light tackle tipped with minnows near shore along marina areas. 05/16 11:02
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish are feeding just before the spawn. Try golden shiners or small bluegill on heavy tackle in deep channel areas. 05/16 11:11
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Anglers have been catching walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock River. 05/16 09:04
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. 05/16 09:04
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) 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. 05/16 09:04
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a minnow or night crawler. 05/16 09:04
South Prairie Lake Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
South Prairie Lake Northeast Bluegill - Good: Try a piece of crawler just under the surface with a slip bobber. Anglers have been doing well with fly rods also. 05/16 09:04
South Prairie Lake Northeast There have been good reports of anglers catching bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass on South Prairie Lake. 05/16 09:04
South Prairie Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs or fishing a crappie minnow shallow under a bobber along the edges of vegetation. 05/16 09:19
South Prairie Lake Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try topwater baits early morning or late evening. Cover a lot of water casting and retrieving spinner or buzz baits for some good action. 05/16 09:21
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 05/16 09:04
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Wapsipinicon River. Northern Pike have been biting very well in Bremer County. 05/16 09:04
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Try casting various spinner baits near woody structure or deeper pools and runs. 05/16 09:04
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a minnow or night crawler. Try artificial spinnerbaits also for some good smallmouth bass action. 05/16 09:04
Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jigs with plastics tipped with a night crawler. 05/16 09:04
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. 05/16 08:32
Beeds Lake Northwest Bluegill and crappie fishing is starting to pick up. 05/16 08:40
Beeds Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: 05/16 08:40
Beeds Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: 05/16 08:40
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