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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

 

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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Big Woods Lake Northeast Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276. 06/17 07:09
Big Woods Lake Northeast Anglers are catching crappie in Big Woods Lake. 06/17 07:09
Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish 6-8 feet over structure using a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or jigging colored tube jigs. 06/17 07:09
Brinker Lake Northeast Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276. 06/17 07:09
Brinker Lake Northeast Anglers are catching crappie in Brinker Lake. 06/17 07:09
Brinker Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish 6-8 feet over structure using a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or jigging colored tube jigs. 06/17 07:09
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276. 06/17 07:09
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish out of Casey Lake. 06/17 07:09
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Fish 6-8 feet over structure using a crappie minnow or waxworms under a slip bobber or jigging colored tube jigs. 06/17 07:09
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish a piece of worm using a small hook under a slip bobber over bluegill beds as they are up spawning. 06/17 07:09
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish off of the lake bottom using crawlers, leopard frogs, livers or stinkbaits for some good catfish action. 06/17 07:09
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner or crank baits off of the jetties or face of the dam. 06/17 07:09
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Hot, hazy, and humid with a chance of showers forecast. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/16 03:26
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels low. Use caution when boating, submersed hazards may be closer to or exposed during low water. 06/16 03:26
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Find fish in deeper holes. Use jigs tipped with minnow or ringworms. 06/16 03:26
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: A variety of baits working for catfish, especially in warmer water. 06/16 03:26
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276. 06/17 07:09
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish off of the river bottom above tree snags using crawlers, leopard frogs, livers or stinkbaits for some good catfish action. 06/17 07:09
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Try casting spinner or crankbaits near rocky shorelines or near woody structure for smallmouth bass. 06/17 07:09
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth bass and channel catfish are biting good to excellent on the Cedar River. 06/17 07:09
Decorah District Streams Northeast Hot, hazy, and humid with a chance of showers forecast. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/16 03:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast Take time to enjoy and keep cool on one of Iowa's many trout streams. Hatchery grounds are open to visitors. Trout stream stocking continue to be unannounced but streams are being stocked. Wild Parsnip is in full bloom. Use care around this plant. It can cause skin to blister. 06/16 03:26
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. 06/16 03:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Streams are full of brown trout and a wide variety of insects are hatching. Make sure your tackle or fly box is filled with a variety to match. 06/16 03:26
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: All streams continue to receive their weekly trout stocking. 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. 06/16 03:26
George Wyth Lake Northeast Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276. 06/17 07:09
George Wyth Lake Northeast Anglers are catching crappie and bluegill in George Wyth Lake. 06/17 07:09
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish 6-8 feet over structure using a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or jigging colored tube jigs. 06/17 07:09
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish a piece of worm using a small hook under a slip bobber over bluegill beds as they are up spawning. 06/17 07:11
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276. 06/17 07:09
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Anglers are catching crappie in Harold Getty Lake. 06/17 07:09
Harold Getty Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish 6-8 feet over structure using a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or jigging colored tube jigs. 06/17 07:09
Lake Hendricks Northeast Hot, hazy, and humid with a chance of showers forecast. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/16 03:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity declining with lack of rain and warming temperatures. Water temperatures in the low 80's. 06/16 03:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Good: Find fish near shore. Gills build nests or shallow depressions in shallow water. Use a small piece of worm on a small hook under a bobber. 06/16 03:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Find catfish near stumps or deeper water. Worms and chicken livers work well. 06/16 03:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a topwater lure along vegetated edges. 06/16 03:26
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Use a hook tipped with a minnow or small spinner slowly trolling behind a kayak or canoe for suspended fish. 06/16 03:31
Lake Meyer Northeast Hot, hazy, and humid with a chance of showers forecast. Area rivers and streams remain low. For current fishing information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 06/16 03:26
Lake Meyer Northeast Water clarity is good with water temperatures in the upper 70's. 06/16 03:26
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Good: Use a small hook tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 06/16 03:26
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a topwater lure or crankbait to catch an aggressive fish. 06/16 03:26
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are near large rocky crevasses. Use a worm or chunk of chicken liver. 06/16 03:26
Manchester District Streams Northeast Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276. 06/17 07:09
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout streams in NE Iowa are in excellent condition and provide great angling opportunities for both rainbow and brown trout. 06/17 07:09
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276. 06/17 07:09
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish off of the river bottom above tree snags using crawlers, leopard frogs, livers or stinkbaits for some good catfish action. 06/17 07:09
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner or crankbaits near rocky shorelines or near woody structure for smallmouth bass. 06/17 07:09
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish are biting good on the Maquoketa River. 06/17 07:09
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Use a half of night crawler tipped on a jig or casting crankbaits for walleye. 06/17 07:09
Martens Lake Northeast Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276. 06/17 07:09
Martens Lake Northeast Anglers are catching northern pike on Martens Lake. 06/17 07:13
Martens Lake Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Try floating live chubs or shiners under a bobber in the vegetation on Martens Lake. 06/17 07:14
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to fall slightly then level off this week. Boaters are urged to use caution due to low water to avoid backing off end of ramps. Water temperature is near 80° this week. 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. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit is 6 and possesion 12. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Fish areas with moderate to slow current amongst the trees in backwaters for crappies. Look for them to move into warmer shallows as the temperature rises. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish in areas with little to no current using a small piece of worm under a bobber. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish cut bait or leeches off the bottom in areas of moderate current in side channels. 06/17 08:19
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. 06/17 08:19
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. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth action is picking up with the warmer water temps. Fish the upper portion of backwater lakes with a flashy spinnerbait. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level is 612.6 feet and expected to fall slightly this week. Boaters are urged to use caution when backing trailers in due to shallow water conditions. Water temperature at Lynxville dam is 80 degrees. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish for nothern pike in backwaters near springs or incoming streams as the water temperature rises. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Fishing below the lock & dams has slowed. Look for current breaks along side channel areas. areas. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish are on the wingdams or look for current breaks along structure in side channel areas. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow or piece of worm. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to fall slightly then level off this week. Boaters are urged to use caution due to low water to avoid backing off end of ramps. Water temperature is near 80° this week. 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. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit is 6 and possesion 12. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Guttenberg 4.6 feet and is expected to fall slightly this week. Boaters are urged to use caution when backing trailers in due to shallow water conditions. Water temperature at the Guttenberg dam is 75 degrees. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Fish areas with moderate to slow current amongst the trees in backwaters for crappies. Look for them to move into warmer shallows as the temperature rises. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish in areas with little to no current using a small piece of worm under a slip bobber 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish cut bait or a night crawler off the bottom in areas of moderate current in side channels. 06/17 08:19
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. 06/17 08:19
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. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth action is picking up with the warmer water temps. Fish the upper portion of backwater lakes with a flashy spinnerbait. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Fish for nothern pike in backwaters near springs or incoming streams as the water temperature rises. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Fishing below the lock & dams has slowed. Look for current breaks along side channel areas. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish main channel rock piles along tips of islands with spinners or crankbaits. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fish are on the wingdams or look for current breaks along structure in side channel areas. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow or piece of worm. 06/17 08:19
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature is in the mid 80's after the recent hot weather pattern throughout the upper Midwest. The water is receding and the clarity is good. River levels are 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. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow. 06/17 10:00
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. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfin are super aggressive right now and can be caught on spinners or even worms in backwater areas. These fish offer and excellent fighting fish. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: When the cottonwoods are shedding the cotton, the catfish are biting. Use leaches, worms or stink bait in 8-10 feet of water and move closer to bank towards evening. Also floating a worm and bobber along rock lines can be very effective. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are 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. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: 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. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water when the river temps get this hot. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try fishing along rock lines or day markers with strong current for the best success. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level is expected to recede this week and water levels are very low. Water levels are currently 4.8 feet at the Lock and Dam and 7.4 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 around 84 degrees. Water clarity is good. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Fair: The walleye bite has slacked off a bit probably due to the warm water conditions. Most anglers are targeting them on wingdams. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A few yellow perch are being reported incidentally by anglers catching Bluegills. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature is in the mid 80's after the recent hot weather pattern throughout the upper Midwest. The water is receding and the clarity is good. River levels are 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. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Some Black and White crappies are being taken near tree snags in deeper moderate flowing sloughs. Use small jig and minnow. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: The yo-yo water temperatures seemed to affect bluegills and reports are all over the place. Some are being taken on wingdams as they have moved out of the backwaters due to low water conditions. 06/17 10:00
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. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Excellent: When the cottonwoods are shedding the cotton, the catfish are biting. Use leaches, worms or stink bait in 8-10 feet of water and move closer to bank towards evening. Also floating a worm and bobber along rock lines can be very effective. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Catch as many drum as you want in near shore tailwater areas using an egg sinker and worm rig. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: 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. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Cast gaudy spinner baits near the mouths of cooler water streams as pike will seek out cooler temperature water when the river temps get this hot. Even know spring areas like Lainsville Slough or along the sand dunes area can cool water enough for northern pike to utilize. 06/17 10:00
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 06/17 10:00
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