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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Use a slow presentation with a small spinnerbait. 11/15 10:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find fish in pockets and deeper water. Fish are taking a variety of bright colored lures or jigs tipped with worms or minnows. 11/15 10:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels stabilizing with excellent water clarity. Flows remain elevated. Please visit the USGS Water Data website for more information (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/). 11/15 10:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are aggressively taking lures tipped with minnows causing walleye anglers to switch up. 11/15 10:24
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Snow/rain in forecast Friday. Ice forming on lakes, ponds and slack water areas. Ice fishing soon. Not recommended now. Most ice is not thick enough to hold anglers. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/20 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are aggressively taking lures tipped with minnows causing walleye anglers to switch up. 11/20 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Use a slow presentation with a small spinnerbait. 11/20 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Find fish in pockets and deeper water. Fish are taking a variety of bright colored lures or jigs tipped with worms or minnows. 11/20 10:34
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels stabilizing with excellent water clarity. Flows remain elevated. Backwaters beginning to freeze. Ice fishing not recommended. 11/20 10:34
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting and retrieving spoons or crankbaits for some good pike action! 11/15 10:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing Jig and plastics or crankbaits for smallmouth. 11/15 10:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Cedar River in Black Hawk and Bremer Counties. 11/15 10:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers have been doing well with jigs and plastics. Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. 11/15 10:50
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers and doing very well on walleye and smallmouth bass. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/20 12:51
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting and retrieving spoons or crankbaits for some good pike action! 11/20 12:51
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing Jig and plastics or crankbaits for smallmouth. 11/20 12:51
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Cedar River in Black Hawk and Bremer Counties. 11/20 12:51
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Good: Anglers have been doing well with jigs and plastics. Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. 11/20 12:51
Decorah District Streams Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Brook Trout spawn is here. Similar to Brown's, Brook Trout build nests in the stream bottom. Good insect hatches occur on warm sunny afternoons. This is a good time to try nymphs, emerger, or topwater patterns. 11/15 10:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel. These are trout nests or redds. Avoid stepping in them. Try using larger flies or lures mimicking minnows. 11/15 10:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish near bottom if no hatches occurring. Use a weighted caddis, stonefly, or mayfly nymph. 11/15 10:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast To find out if trout are coming to a lake near you, visit our website for urban pond stocking. Iowa's trout season remains open all year long. Many catchables remain in the streams challenging even the best anglers. Fish a trout stream in winter for an experience to excite all your senses. Thank you to all who participated in this year's catchable stocked trout program. Looking forward to seeing you next April. 11/15 10:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast Snow/rain in forecast Friday. Ice forming on lakes, ponds and slack water areas. Ice fishing soon. Not recommended now. Most ice is not thick enough to hold anglers. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/20 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Brook Trout spawn is here. Similar to Brown's, Brook Trout build nests in the stream bottom. Good insect hatches occur on warm sunny afternoons. This is a good time to try nymphs, emerger, or topwater patterns. 11/20 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel. These are trout nests or redds. Avoid stepping in them. Try using larger flies or lures mimicking minnows. 11/20 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish near bottom if no hatches occurring. Use a weighted caddis, stonefly, or mayfly nymph. 11/20 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast To find out if trout are coming to a lake near you, visit our website for community pond stocking. Iowa's trout season remains open all year long. Many catchables remain in the streams challenging even the best anglers. Fish a trout stream in winter for an experience to excite all your senses. A good trout stream does not freeze in the winter. Water temperature's stay between 40-45 degrees. 11/20 10:34
Heritage Pond Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
Heritage Pond Northeast Heritage Pond was with trout this past Friday, November 9th and should continue to provide some good trout angling opportunities. 11/15 10:50
Heritage Pond Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try casting and retrieving lighter jigs or flies for some great action! 11/15 10:50
Heritage Pond Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers and doing very well on walleye and smallmouth bass. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/20 12:51
Heritage Pond Northeast Heritage Pond was with trout this past Friday, November 9th and should continue to provide some good trout angling opportunities. 11/20 12:51
Heritage Pond Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try casting and retrieving lighter jigs or flies for some great action! 11/20 12:51
Lake Hendricks Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Lake Hendricks Northeast Snow/rain in forecast Friday. Ice forming on lakes, ponds and slack water areas. Ice fishing soon. Not recommended now. Most ice is not thick enough to hold anglers. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/20 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake covered by a thin layer of ice. Ice fishing not recommended. 11/20 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 11/20 10:39
Lake Meyer Northeast Entire lake is covered by a very thin layer of ice. Ice fishing not recommended yet. 11/15 10:15
Lake Meyer Northeast Snow remains in forecast Thursday/Friday with highs below freezing. Ice beginning to form on smaller waterbodies. Ice fishing soon. Area rivers and streams in excellent condition and producing fish. Flows and current remain high. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/15 10:15
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 11/15 11:26
Lake Meyer Northeast Snow/rain in forecast Friday. Ice forming on lakes, ponds and slack water areas. Ice fishing soon. Not recommended now. Most ice is not thick enough to hold anglers. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 11/20 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Entire lake is covered by a very thin layer of ice. Ice fishing not recommended yet. 11/20 10:34
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 11/20 10:34
Manchester District Streams Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
Manchester District Streams Northeast Spring Branch Creek has been busy with angling activity as many trout escaped with the recent flooding event. 11/15 10:50
Manchester District Streams Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers and doing very well on walleye and smallmouth bass. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/20 12:51
Manchester District Streams Northeast Spring Branch Creek has been busy with angling activity as many trout escaped with the recent flooding event. 11/20 12:51
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers as they are in good condition. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in good condition as water levels continue to fall but flows remain swift. Walleye, smallmouth bass and trout fishing opportunities could be good this time of year. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Rainbow Trout - No Report: With recent flooding at the fish hatchery, many trout extradited to the Maquoketa River. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Try fishing Jig and plastics or crankbaits for smallmouth. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - No Report: Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. 11/15 10:50
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast There have been reports of anglers fishing the interior rivers and doing very well on walleye and smallmouth bass. Smaller lakes and ponds are now beginning to ice over. Trout streams are in excellent condition for the upcoming weekend. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276. 11/20 12:51
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River is in good condition as water levels continue to fall but flows remain swift. Walleye, smallmouth bass and trout fishing opportunities could be good this time of year. 11/20 12:51
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - No Report: Water temps have fallen quickly, look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. 11/20 12:51
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Rainbow Trout - No Report: With recent flooding at the fish hatchery, many trout extradited to the Maquoketa River. 11/20 12:51
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Try fishing Jig and plastics or crankbaits for smallmouth. 11/20 12:51
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville has fallen to 19.3 ft and expected to fall next week. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 36°F. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to fall after a slight bump this week. Water temperatures are in the mid 30's with skim ice forming in backwaters. Try fishing with a slower presentation as temperatures fall. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Still alot of current until water drops more. Sauger are moving into tailwater areas and main channel borders near the dams. Jigging with minnows is effective. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bite is picking up casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jigs and walleye minnows. Fish are moving to the dams and side channel sloughs with closing dams. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Fish edges of weed beds in deeper cuts using live minnow floated near the bottom. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have come down and are expected to stabilize this week. Backwaters are forming ice but ice thickness is variable with open water areas. Some ice in the main channel coming down may impact fishing. 11/21 08:01
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River level at Lynxville has fallen to 17.2 ft and expected to stabilize next week. Ice in the backwaters may not yet be safe. Water temp at Lock and Dam 9 is 35°F. 11/21 08:01
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Try vertical jigging with hair jigs tipped with a minnow below the Lock & Dam. 11/21 08:01
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Jigging spoons or a hair jig with minnows is effective in the tailwaters of the Lock & Dam. 11/21 08:01
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to fall after a slight bump this week. Water temperatures are in the mid 30's with skim ice forming in backwaters. Try fishing with a slower presentation as temperatures fall. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is up to 11.2 ft and predicted to recede next week. Water temperature is 34°F at Lock and Dam 10. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jigs and walleye minnows. Fish are moving to the dams and side channel sloughs with closing dams. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Fish edges of weed beds in deeper cuts using live minnow floated near the bottom. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth bite is picking up casting inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Still alot of current until water drops more. Sauger are moving into tailwater areas and main channel borders near the dams. Jigging with minnows is effective. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels have come down and are expected to stabilize this week. Backwaters are forming ice but ice thickness is variable with open water areas. Some ice in the main channel coming down may impact fishing. 11/21 08:01
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is 8.8 ft and predicted to stabilize near 8 ft next week. Water temperature is 33°F at Lock and Dam 10. 11/21 08:01
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Try vertical jigging with hair jigs tipped with a minnow below the Lock & Dam. 11/21 08:01
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Jigging spoons or a hair jig with minnows is effective in the tailwaters of the Lock & Dam. 11/21 08:01
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water has receded off most boat ramps but levels are still unseasonably high. Backwater ice of 1-2 inches reported throughout the district. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some are using three way rigs with a minnow and some are pulling crankbaits. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are receding and presently are at 8.5 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and at 10.7 feet at the RR bridge. Water clarity is good and temperature is around 35 degrees. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water has receded off most boat ramps but levels are still unseasonably high. Backwater ice of 1-2 inches reported throughout the district. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some anglers are using three way rigs with a crawler and some are pulling crankbaits. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels are receding and presently are at 9.3 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam. The gates are back in operation at the Bellevue dam. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is around 35 degrees. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water has receded off most boat ramps but levels are still unseasonably high. Backwater ice of 1-2 inches reported throughout the district. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - No Report: Expect the walleye and sauger fishing to pick up soon as water levels recede. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are receding and presently are at 9.0 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 12.1 feet at Camanche and 6.7 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity is good and water temperature is around 35 degrees. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water has receded off most boat ramps but levels are still unseasonably high. Backwater ice of 1-2 inches reported throughout the district. If you have fishing questions, please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station, 563-872-4976. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water level is receding and presently is 9.7 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity is good and the water temperature is around 35 degrees. 11/21 09:04
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves Fish in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Find the bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. 11/15 08:36
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. 11/15 08:36
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