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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Typical summer weather for the weekend. Scattered showers possible with high humidity. Temperatures in the low 90's for highs to upper 60's for lows. Flows remain elevated on area rivers. Many with poor visibility. Use care when on any waterbody. For information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/10 04:45
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels have stabilized but could change depending on localized shower activity. Water is dirty and flowing fast. Use caution when boating. Submersed hazards are not visible. 07/10 05:07
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use worms, and cheese or stink baits fished on the river bottom for best luck. 07/10 05:08
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished deep will find a bass. 07/10 05:09
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish the eddies and slack water with a jig and twistertail or worm. 07/10 05:10
Decorah District Streams Northeast Typical summer weather for the weekend. Scattered showers possible with high humidity. Temperatures in the low 90's for highs to upper 60's for lows. Flows remain elevated on area rivers. Many with poor visibility. Use care when on any waterbody. For information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/10 04:45
Decorah District Streams Northeast Wild parsnip is at peak bloom now. Use caution when walking through this plant to get to your favorite stream. Make sure to keep your arms and legs covered to avoid nasty blisters. Weekly stockings continuing. To find out when your favorite stream will be stocked, see our calendar on the website or call the stocking number at 563-927-5736. 07/10 05:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: With dirtier water, try using woolly buggers, San Juan worms, or other subsurface flies and lures. 07/10 05:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Brown trout are feasting on terrestrial insects washing into the stream from the storms. Also try crayfish. 07/10 05:28
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: A crappie or bluegill set-up works great for trout fishing. Put a piece of cheese or small piece of worm on a hook under a bobber in a good hole and wait. 07/10 05:30
Lake Hendricks Northeast Typical summer weather for the weekend. Scattered showers possible with high humidity. Temperatures in the low 90's for highs to upper 60's for lows. Flows remain elevated on area rivers. Many with poor visibility. Use care when on any waterbody. For information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/10 04:45
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water temperatures in the low 80's. Clarity is improving but an algae bloom is starting. 07/10 04:48
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find fish in deeper water on edge of weed beds. Use a small piece of worm under a bobber. 07/10 04:49
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting. Use worms, stink or cheese baits for best luck. Leave bait on bottom until a tug is felt. Set the hook. 07/10 04:50
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are hit or miss. Fish deeper water. A slow troll might get one to come to a hook. 07/10 04:51
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish the edge of weeds. Use topwater lures for best action. 07/10 04:52
Lake Meyer Northeast Typical summer weather for the weekend. Scattered showers possible with high humidity. Temperatures in the low 90's for highs to upper 60's for lows. Flows remain elevated on area rivers. Many with poor visibility. Use care when on any waterbody. For information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/10 04:45
Lake Meyer Northeast Water temperatures are in the low 80's. An algae bloom is starting. Anglers reporting hit or miss action for panfish. 07/10 04:53
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: 07/10 04:53
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: 07/10 04:53
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: 07/10 04:53
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: 07/10 04:54
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River levels have crested and are expected to fall slowly over the next week. Water is over the tops of many islands making it difficult to find shoreline cover. Some boat ramps are still closed. Others have water to the top of the ramp and may be difficult for some boats to put in. Water clarity is improving. Water temperatures are nearing 80°F. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: As water levels drop look for bass near woody structure along the main channel 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville is 21.9 ft. and is expected to fall slowly to 20.9 ft. over the next week. Sny Magill ramp is still closed. Noble's Island is open. Water temperature is 78°F. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills near snags in side channels. Keep moving to find active fish 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish spawn is over. Now is a good time to catch catfish on stinkbait. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Slow: Flatheads are spawning. After the spawn they will be more active at night. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum bite will be getting good. Fish a worm on the bottom along main channel borders 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Look for pike near cold water streams flowing into the river. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for smallmouth near rocky areas along the main channel. 07/11 11:05
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River levels have crested and are expected to fall slowly over the next week. Water is over the tops of many islands making it difficult to find shoreline cover. Some boat ramps are still closed. Others have water to the top of the ramp and may be difficult for some boats to put in. Water clarity is improving. Water temperatures are nearing 80°F. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: As water levels drop look for bass near woody structure along the main channel 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 13.2 ft and expected to fall slowly to 11.8 ft over the next week. The Guttenberg city ramp is closed due to high water but that may change with dropping levels. Water temperature is 77°F at the lock & dam. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Look for bluegills near snags in side channels. Keep moving to find active fish 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish spawn is over. Now is a good time to catch catfish on stinkbait. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Slow: Flatheads are spawning. After the spawn they will be more active at night. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum bite will be getting good. Fish a worm on the bottom along main channel borders. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Look for pike near cold water streams flowing into the river. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Look for smallmouth near rocky areas along the main channel. 07/11 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels should stabilize and begin to fall later this week. Some areas re-entered action flood stage due to heavy rains. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels will recede later this week. Levels are at or near action flood stages at 13.8 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 15.6 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is fair and temperature has is 79 degrees. Many boat ramps still have flood debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish bite the best in high water conditions. Float bobbers along rock lines and use leaches for bait. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are starting to be caught out of slack water areas. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are starting to bite in the tailwater areas using flashy spinners. Recent poor water quality has clouded the water making it difficult for site predators like bass to see lures. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - No Report: When conditions are good, we see a lot of walleye being caught. Most anglers are using crank baits to get to hungry fish. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Some schools of white bass are being found feeding along flooded shorelines or in the tailwaters. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are being taken from assorted backwaters where flow is greatly reduced. 07/11 08:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels should recede out of action flood levels this week. It has been a tough year and it will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open. Some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels should recede this week. Levels should drop out of action flood stage and are presently near 13 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 15 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is improving and temperature has is 80 degrees. Many boat ramps still have flood debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: We are near the tail end of the channel catfish spawn but still try to float bobbers along rock lines and use leaches for bait. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: A few crappie are being taken from assorted backwaters trees where flow reduced. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are starting to be caught out of slack water areas. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are being taken in tailwater areas using flashy spinners. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - No Report: When conditions are good, we see a lot of walleye being caught. Most anglers are using crank baits to get to hungry fish. When water falls a few more feet expect action to pick up on walleyes 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Good: Some schools of white bass are being found feeding along flooded shorelines or in the tailwaters. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Large freshwater drum can be taken on a crayfish and egg sinker combo fished in moderate current areas. 07/14 12:56
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Lots of bank poles are being set with live bait for flathead cats. 07/14 12:57
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels should stabilize and begin to fall later this week. Some areas re-entered action flood stage due to heavy rains. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of bluegills are starting to be caught out of slack water areas. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Float a bobber and leach along rock lines for spawning channel cats. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Clear flooded areas like Spring Lake have been good. Green Island wildlife area has been good for bass at times this year. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels will recede later this week. Bellevue tailwater is at 14.2 feet at Lock and Dam 12. Water clarity is fair and the water temperature is 79 degrees. Most boat ramps are closed or have debris on them. Bellevue City Ramp is open and the DNR ramp has water on it once again. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Fair: Small white bass are being caught in the tailwaters with small spinners. With the recent rains and cloudy water the white bass bite has tailed off. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Pumpkinseed - Good: Good catches of this colorful sunfish are being reported in clear backwater areas and in Green Island wildlife area. Simple bobber and worm works best. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: A brief flurry of walleye being reported before the recent rise. Crank baits seemed to be working the best. The bite seemed to deminish considerably due to the recent bump in water levels and muddy water conditions. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: A few black crappie are being caught out of backwater areas by anglers using minnows. 07/11 08:12
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels should recede out of action flood levels this week. It has been a tough year and it will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open. Some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of bluegills are starting to be caught out of slack water areas. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: We are nearing the end of the channel catfish spawn but float a bobber and leach along rock lines for the late spawning channel cats. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Clear flooded areas like Spring Lake have been good. Green Island wildlife area has been good for bass at times this year. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Expect the crank bait bite of walleyes to pick up if the water fall a foot or two. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels will recede later this week. Bellevue tailwater is near 12.5 feet at Lock and Dam 12. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is 80 degrees. Most boat ramps are closed or have debris on them. Bellevue City Ramp is open and the DNR ramp has water on it once again. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Good: Small white bass are being caught in the tailwaters with small spinners. With the recent rains and cloudy water the white bass bite has tailed off. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: A few black crappie are being caught out of backwater areas by anglers using minnows. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Pumpkinseed - Good: Good catches of this colorful sunfish are being reported in clear backwater areas and in Green Island wildlife area. Simple bobber and worm works best. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Large freshwater drum can be taken on crayfish in modertate current areas. 07/14 01:02
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Lots of bank poles are being used for flathead right now. Most anglers are using live green sunfish or bullheads for bait. 07/14 01:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels should stabilize and begin to fall later this week. Some areas re-entered action flood stage due to heavy rains. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are abundant and easily caught in flooded conditions. Fish near the shorelines especially in rock habitats. Often people will float bobbers and leaches along rock lines. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Finding clear water in the upper ends of backwaters can yield some nice largemouth bass. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels will recede later this week. Presently levels are at 14.1 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 16.0 feet at Camanche and 9.7 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is around 80 degrees. Many boat ramps will have flood debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Bass - Fair: White bass can be taken in the tailwater areas on small spinners. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels should recede out of action flood levels this week. It has been a tough year and it will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open. Some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are abundant and easily caught in flooded conditions. Fish near the shorelines especially in rock habitats. The spawning season is nearing an end for channel catfish but you can still catch some by floating a bobber and leach along rock lines. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Finding clear water in the upper ends of backwaters can yield some nice largemouth bass. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels will recede this week. Presently levels are near 13.8 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 15 feet at Camanche and 9 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is good and water temperature is around 81 degrees. Many boat ramps will have flood debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Bass - Fair: White bass can be taken in the tailwater areas on small spinners. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Use a crayfish fished with an egg sinker in moderate current areas. 07/14 01:07
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish prefer to eat live fish. Use a bullhead or green sunfish near large river snags for the best results. 07/14 01:08
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels should stabilize and begin to fall later this week. Some areas re-entered action flood stage due to heavy rains. It will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open and some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Float a bobber and leach along rock piles as the water recedes. Channel cats are nearing their spawning times. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Lots of drum are in the system and can be caught in modertate current areas using a simple egg sinker and worm rig. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are 14.2 feet at Rock Island. This is action flood stage. Water clarity is fair and the water temperature is around 80 degrees. Boat ramps are flooded or will have debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 07/11 08:05
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels should recede out of action flood levels this week. It has been a tough year and it will take some time to get all the boat ramps and campgrounds open. Some will remain closed or will have debris on them for awhile. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Float a bobber and leach along rock piles as the water recedes. Channel cats are nearing the end of their spawning season. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Good: Lots of drum are in the system and can be caught in modertate current areas using a simple egg sinker and worm rig. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are near 13.5 feet at Rock Island. Levels should recede out of action flood stage this week. Water clarity is fair and the water temperature is around 81 degrees. Some boat ramps are flooded or will have debris on them. Please have patience for cleanup efforts at ramps and parks. 07/14 12:49
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing is 12.5 ft. and is expected to fall slowly to 11.5 ft over the next week. Water temperature is 78°F. Lansing ramp is accessible. New Albin ramp remains closed due to flood damage to Army Road. 07/11 09:00
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River levels have crested and are expected to fall slowly over the next week. Water is over the tops of many islands making it difficult to find shoreline cover. Some boat ramps are still closed. Others have water to the top of the ramp and may be difficult for some boats to put in. Water clarity is improving. Water temperatures are nearing 80°F. 07/11 09:00
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