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Our weekly fishing report is broken down by counties or regions – Northwest, Northeast, Mississippi River, Southeast and Southwest.

You can check the activity of your favorite lake or stretch of river within each region, including which species are being caught, a rating of the bite (slow, fair, good or excellent), as well as a hot bait or lure pattern.

Fishing reports may include information on stream or river flows (and if it is rising or dropping), ice conditions, depths that fish are biting (watch for trends if this changes), or safety issues like if the water suddenly becomes shallow in spots.




Fishing Podcasts

Each month, Jeff Kopaska of the Iowa DNR and Ross Peterson from KXnO Sports Fanatics get together to talk about fishing opportunities, seasons and events in Iowa and around the Midwest. They are often joined by other DNR staff and guest speakers.

The links below are the podcast recordings of their conversations, and can also be found on the iHeartRadio app.

 

January 2021 Fishing Report - Kevan Paul joins us to talk about ice fishing on Clear Lake

February 2021 Fishing Report -  fishing in community ponds, plus hybrid striped bass in Big Creek, and the hot yellow perch bite at Clear Lake

March 2021 Fishing Report - Corey Goldsworthy from the Minnesota DNR joins us to talk about the fishing options at Lake Superior, plus ice-out catfishing

April 2021 Fishing Report -  Jay Rudacille, Iowa DNR Warm and Coolwater Fish Culture Supervisor, joins us to talk about the annual spring walleye collection, production and stocking, plus spring community trout stockings and fun fishing stories

May 2021 Fishing Report - Hank Kohler joins us to talk about his upcoming paddling trip from central Minnesota down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico to make people aware of and seek donations for clean water projects

June 2021 Fishing Report - Free Fishing Weekend and early summer fishing tips, plus new community fishing ponds in Des Moines metro, Davenport, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, and new Fish Survey Data Dashboard

July 2021 Fishing Report - Fish Local Community Fishing Program and river catfishing tips, plus trout stream sampling

 

January 2020 Fishing Report - Great Lakes Salmon

February 2020 Fishing Report - Andy Fales joins us to talk about Boundary Waters fishing, plus local fishing information

March 2020 Fishing Report - Local fishing, plus a conversation with Ben Wallace about Brushy Creek, Storm Lake and Black Hawk Lake

April 2020 Fishing Report - Coronavirus Impacts on Iowa fishing, Minnesota panfish regulations

The Mighty Mississippi River - Kirk Hansen talks about habitat restoration projects on the Mississippi River

May 2020 Fishing Report - Dr. Mark Pegg, Fisheries Ecologist, shares his channel catfish radio telementry research on the Red River of the North; crappie and bluegill fishing hot spots and tips

June 2020 Fishing Report - Clear Lake fishing trip; fishing in community ponds; where to catch Master Angler size fish

July 2020 Fishing Report - Chad Dolan joins us to talk about the science of electrofishing and turtle studies; plus local fishing information

August 2020 Fishing Report -  Jason Schooley from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation joins us to talk about their assault on the paddlefish record books, and the legend of "the big one" from Okoboji from over a century ago; plus local fishing hot spots. 

September 2020 Fishing Report - Shane Akin joins us to talk about musky fishing on the Iowa Great Lakes; plus local fishing information, river fishing tips and stocking channel catfish in community fishing ponds and lakes across Iowa

October 2020 Fishing Report - Dr. Scott Bonar, professor of natural resources at the University of Arizona, joins us to discuss how climate change is affecting fish and their habitats across the United States and the world; plus fall fish stockings and hot spots for fall fishing

November 2020 Fishing Report -  Robbie Weber, former ISU grad student, joins us to talk about musky and walleye at Big Creek and Brushy Creek; plus community trout stockings and fall river fishing

December 2020 Fishing Report - Keith Meals, Mississippi fisheries biologist, joins us to talk about crappie managment and fishing in the big four flood control reservoirs; plus getting ready for ice fishing

 

January 2019 Fishing Report - Jeff Kopaska reports on his fishing trip to Clear Lake, Scott Grummer joins to talk ice fishing opportunities in north central Iowa

February 2019 Fishing Report - Ice fishing opportunities across Iowa

April 2019 Fishing Report - big fish/internet legends from Davenport, how to best handle the fish you are keeping to eat

May 2019 Fishing Report - River monsters (lake sturgeon) below Red Rock, walleyes at Big Creek and Brushy Creek

June 2019 Fishing Report - Free fishing weekend, fish stories from 100 year olds, fish local information, DNR fishing atlas

July 2019 Fishing Report - Pond fishing info, urban fishing opportunities

August 2019 Fishing Report - Summer family fishing trips, how to fish the thermocline

September 2019 Fishing Report - Upcoming Professional Musky Tournament Trail event at Okoboji, with Corey Montgomery

October 2019 Fishing Report - National Musky Tournament and Taneycomo Trout

November 2019 Fishing Report - Pheasant opener, fall sampling at Big Creek and Brushy Creek (big muskies and walleyes), trout stocking and more

December 2019 Fishing Report - Ben Schneider joins us to talk about hunting for reindeer on a remote Alaskan island

 

January 2018 Fishing Report - Ice fishing safety, ice fishing tips

February 2018 Fishing Report - Lots of ice fishing, Lake Miami by Albia, Littlefield Lake, DNR Fishing atlas, new ponds in Altoona, Fishermen’s Swap Meet

March 2018 Fishing Report - Community fishing atlas, getting ready for open water

April 2018 Fishing Report - Local fishing in Des Moines, trout stocking

May 2018 Fishing Report - Post-sampling information about Big Creek and Brushy Creek, big muskies, community fishing program, Fort Des Moines pond, walleye opener at Okoboji

June 2018 Fishing Report - Free Fishing Weekend, fishing at Prairie Rose and Big Creek, more great spots to fish

July 2018 Fishing Report - What to do with all the high water, how do we fish these conditions

August 2018 Fishing Report - Mick Klemesrud talks about the August Roadside Survey, pheasant hunting, fishing downtown Des Moines, statewide hot spots, fishing for hot weather bluegills

September 2018 Fishing Report - Why there are slot limits, grass carp stocking and fishing

October 2018 Fishing Report - Trout stocking in Iowa, hunting seasons with Mick Klemesrud

November 2018 Fishing Report - Ice fishing outlook for the Iowa Great Lakes with Mike Hawkins

December 2018 Fishing Report - "50 fish" goals from Scott Gritters

 

 

November 2017 Fishing Report- How to catch fish when the water cools down, Big Creek and Brushy Creek report, prep for winter ice fishing

December 2017 Fishing Report - Ice fishing information, fishing Christmas gifts

 

 

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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior rivers continue to drop with the lack of rainfall in the area. Fishing has slowed down as we are in the middle of summer doldrums. Black Hawk county lakes are providing some largemouth bass angling opportunities. Interior rivers are producing some catches of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. For further information contact your local area bait shops. 08/04 10:09
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel catfish continue to bite well on Casey Lake. Largemouth bass and bluegill are only biting fair. 08/04 10:18
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish on the bottom using stink bait, dead cut baits or fresh chicken livers for channel catfish. The old beach area is a popular spot for anglers. 08/04 10:19
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting crankbaits or buzzbaits for largemouth bass. 08/04 10:20
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish a small piece of worm under a slip bobber for bluegill. 08/04 10:20
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast A cool down slated for weekend with temperatures in low 80's. Thunderstorms possible Friday and Saturday. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/29 08:58
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye angling from shore or by paddle crafts to find holes works best. 07/29 08:58
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels very low. Fish concentrated in deeper holes. 07/29 08:58
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappies near submersed fallen trees and backwater areas with good depth. 07/29 09:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Stink and cut baits are best bet. Fish near bottom in back eddies or calm areas. 07/29 09:15
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Chance of thunderstorms or rain possible through the weekend. High temperatures mid 80's to upper 60's. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/04 11:27
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels very low. Fish concentrated in deeper holes. 08/04 11:27
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappies near submersed fallen trees and backwater areas with good depth. 08/04 11:27
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Stink and cut baits are best bet. Fish near bottom in back eddies or calm areas. 08/04 11:27
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Walleye angling from shore or by paddle crafts to find holes works best. 08/04 11:27
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior rivers continue to drop with the lack of rainfall in the area. Fishing has slowed down as we are in the middle of summer doldrums. Black Hawk county lakes are providing some largemouth bass angling opportunities. Interior rivers are producing some catches of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. For further information contact your local area bait shops. 08/04 10:09
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast The Cedar River is producing some catches of both smallmouth bass and channel catfish in Black Hawk County. 08/04 10:13
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner baits in and along rocky shorelines for some good smally action. 08/04 10:14
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish on the bottom above fallen tree snags using stink bait, dead cut baits or fresh chicken livers for channel catfish. 08/04 10:16
Decorah District Streams Northeast A cool down slated for weekend with temperatures in low 80's. Thunderstorms possible Friday and Saturday. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/29 08:58
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Eleven streams have naturally reproducing populations with public access. Go to https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing to find out where. 07/29 08:58
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Streams are full of brown trout and a wide variety of insects are hatching. With many streams off color due to recent rain, Brown Trout will go into a feeding frenzy. Try terrestrial flies like grasshoppers, crickets, and ants. 07/29 08:58
Decorah District Streams Northeast Take time to enjoy and keep cool on one of Iowa's many trout streams. Trout stream stocking continues to be unannounced but streams are stocked regularly with lots of fish. Wild Parsnip is in full bloom. Use care around this plant. It can cause skin to blister. 07/29 08:58
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: A small number of trout streams are not stocked in July and August due to marginal water temperatures. This is an annual occurrence. To check which ones, please visit the trout fishing website. Rainbows are easily caught using a hook tipped with a worm, cheese, or even bread fished under a bobber. They will also come to a variety of flies. 07/29 08:58
Decorah District Streams Northeast Chance of thunderstorms or rain possible through the weekend. High temperatures mid 80's to upper 60's. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/04 11:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Eleven streams have naturally reproducing populations with public access. Go to https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing to find out where. 08/04 11:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Take time to enjoy and keep cool on one of Iowa's many trout streams. Trout stream stocking continues to be unannounced but streams are stocked regularly with lots of fish. Wild Parsnip is dying off. Use care around this plant. It can cause painful blisters. 08/04 11:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Streams are full of brown trout. With a wide variety of terrestrial insects hatching, try flies imitating grasshoppers, crickets, and ants. 08/04 11:27
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: A small number of trout streams are not stocked in July and August due to marginal water temperatures. This is an annual occurrence. To check which ones, please visit the trout fishing website. Rainbows are easily caught using a hook tipped with a worm, cheese, or even bread fished under a bobber. They will also come to a variety of flies. 08/04 11:27
Lake Delhi Northeast Interior rivers continue to drop with the lack of rainfall in the area. Fishing has slowed down as we are in the middle of summer doldrums. Black Hawk county lakes are providing some largemouth bass angling opportunities. Interior rivers are producing some catches of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. For further information contact your local area bait shops. 08/04 10:09
Lake Delhi Northeast Anglers are catching some bluegill on Lake Delhi. Fish early morning or later evening hours to avoid boat traffic. 08/04 10:24
Lake Delhi Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish a small piece of worm under a slip bobber near fallen tree structure for bluegill. 08/04 10:25
Lake Hendricks Northeast A cool down slated for weekend with temperatures in low 80's. Thunderstorms possible Friday and Saturday. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/29 08:58
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Anglers finding gills from shore using a small hook tipped with a small piece of worm. 07/29 08:58
Lake Hendricks Northeast The lake remains pea green. Fish in upper water column. 07/29 08:58
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catch nice catfish near shore at night with cut or stink baits. Your pole might disappear into the lake if you forget to hang on to your pole if a big one hits. 07/29 08:58
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Find bass suspended around rocky structures. 07/29 09:10
Lake Hendricks Northeast Chance of thunderstorms or rain possible through the weekend. High temperatures mid 80's to upper 60's. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/04 11:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Anglers finding gills from shore using a small hook tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 08/04 11:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catch nice catfish near shore at night with chicken liver or stink baits. Your pole might disappear into the lake if you forget to hang on to your pole if a big one hits. 08/04 11:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Find bass suspended around rocky structures. 08/04 11:27
Lake Hendricks Northeast The lake remains pea green. Fish in upper water column. 08/04 11:27
Lake Meyer Northeast A cool down slated for weekend with temperatures in low 80's. Thunderstorms possible Friday and Saturday. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 07/29 08:58
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try trolling or fish lure or bait just above vegetation. 07/29 08:58
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Find fish in woody structure. Use cut bait, worms, or stink bait. 07/29 08:58
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: All size bass taking jig tipped with twister tail running over top of aquatic plants. 07/29 08:58
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity remains excellent with an abundance of submersed aquatic vegetation making shore fishing difficult. Best access to fish is by watercraft. Evening bite best. 07/29 08:58
Lake Meyer Northeast Chance of thunderstorms or rain possible through the weekend. High temperatures mid 80's to upper 60's. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 08/04 11:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity remains excellent with an abundance of submersed aquatic vegetation making shore fishing difficult. Best access to fish is by watercraft. Evening bite best. 08/04 11:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try trolling or fish lure or bait just above vegetation. 08/04 11:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Find fish in woody structure. Use cut bait, worms, or stink bait. 08/04 11:27
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: All size bass taking jig tipped with twister tail running over top of aquatic plants. 08/04 11:27
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior rivers continue to drop with the lack of rainfall in the area. Fishing has slowed down as we are in the middle of summer doldrums. Black Hawk county lakes are providing some largemouth bass angling opportunities. Interior rivers are producing some catches of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. For further information contact your local area bait shops. 08/04 10:09
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Anglers are catching some smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. 08/04 10:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting spinner baits in and along rocky shorelines for some good smally action. 08/04 10:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels remain low but are on the rise with recent rains. Boaters are urged to use caution to avoid backing off end of ramps. Water temps are in the upper 70's.Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Walleye/sauger combined daily limit is 6 and possession 12. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Some nice crappie reported this week. Fish areas with moderate to slow current amongst the trees in backwaters for crappies. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish have moved to areas with some current. Fish with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish stink baits in areas of moderate currents. Move often if you are not catching cats. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flatheads have been reported this week. Fish on the bottom in main channel using a sunfish or crawlers. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum fishing is picking up in the main channel areas using a crawler fished off the bottom. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast plastics along the weed lines of deep cuts in backwaters or fish edge of side channels with slight current. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level is 613.4 feet and is rising. Boaters are urged to use caution when backing trailers on the ramps due to shallow water conditions. Water temperature at Lynxville dam is 81 degrees. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish a spoon with steel leader near cold water springs or incoming tributary streams. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are on the wingdams. Try trolling crankbaits along structure in side channel and main channel current breaks. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Jig a minnow or piece of worm in areas of vegetation. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels remain low but are on the rise with recent rains. Boaters are urged to use caution to avoid backing off end of ramps. Water temps are in the upper 70's.Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Walleye/sauger combined daily limit is 6 and possession 12. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Guttenberg tailwater level is 4.7 feet and is expected to rise this week. Boaters are urged to use caution when backing trailers on the ramps due to shallow water conditions. Water temperature at the Guttenberg dam is 78 degrees. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are seeking deep water. Fish a crappie minnow under a bobber in areas with moderate to slow current of side channels 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Panfish have moved to areas with some current. Fish with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink bait in areas of moderate current. Move often if not catching any fish. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flatheads have been reported this week. Fish on the bottom in main channel using a sunfish or crawlers. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum fishing is picking up in the main channel areas using a crawler fished off the bottom. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast plastics along the weed lines of deep cuts in backwaters or fish edge of side channels with slight current. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish a spoon with steel leader near cold water springs or incoming tributary streams. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are on the wingdams. Try trolling crankbaits along structure in side channel and main channel current breaks. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Jig a minnow or piece of worm in areas of vegetation. 07/29 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature is back up in the lower 80's. The water is rising in most areas and the clarity is stained in most areas. River levels remain low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. Also it is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved out of the backwaters and are along channel edges and the inside parts of wingdams. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Try targeting wingdams and rock lines along the main channel for channel cats. Move often if they do not hit quickly. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Smaller flathead catfish are being caught in the tailwaters and on the wingdams. Most anglers are catching them on jigs or crankbaits. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the opening of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near the backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing along rock lines or day markers with strong current for the best success. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level is expected to recede this week. Water levels are currently 5.0 feet at the Lock and Dam and 7.7 feet at the RR bridge. Be careful boating as many obstructions are now present in the Mississippi due to low water. Also be careful not to back off the ends of any ramp. Use the minimum amount of water necessary to float boat off the trailer. The water temperature is back up to around 80 degrees. Water clarity is good. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: When water has cooled the walleye bite seems to pick up. Anglers are typically using worm rigs. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature is back up in the lower 80's. The water is rising in most areas and the clarity is stained in most areas. River levels remain low so please take caution when boating as many obstructions are now present. Also it is easy to back your trailer off the ends of ramps at these levels. Try to put the trailer in the minimum water needed to float boat. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Some bluegill catches are being reported on the inside edges of wingdams. They can be found along main channel rocky areas right now as well. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfish are readily being taken in backwater areas on small spinners or worms. They are a hard fighting fish and can be real fun to catch. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: The bite seems to have slowed but cats still can be caught on wingdams and rock piles. Move often if you are not catching catfish. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Smaller flatheads can be taken on worms and egg sinker rigs. If you want larger flatheads you will need to use live bullheads or green sunfish for bait. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are still on the bite. Use an egg sinker and worm rig in moderate current areas. Even areas around boat launches can be productive drum fishing. You will catch a lot of other species as well on an egg sinker rig. If you want to catch large drum try using large crayfish for bait. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Due to the low water the bass have moved to the openings of major backwater complexes. Try to find deeper water in sloughs near these backwaters and you will find largemouth bass stacked up. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water during the summer. Spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize. 07/29 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 07/29 08:59
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