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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

 

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 Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie on Casey Lake. 04/29 10:48
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish from a boat over structure using a 1/64 ounce jig tipped with a waxworm. 04/29 10:48
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Interior rivers are low and providing some fair to good angling opportunities for smallmouth bass, walleye and crappie. Rivers should be in good condition for the upcoming weekend. Lakes are beginning to produce some crappie. Trout streams are in excellent condition and providing some insect hatches with the warmer weather. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. D 04/29 10:48
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Try fishing crankbaits off of the jetties and dam. 04/29 10:48
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try a piece of crawler under a bobber for bluegill. 04/29 11:22
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Recent rainfall bumped water levels briefly but all area rivers and streams remain low with good to excellent clarity. Chance of showers through weekend with temperatures in the 60's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/04 10:12
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels low. Use care when boating as submersed hazards may have moved. Clarity should improve as winds decrease. 05/04 10:28
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish rocky shorelines and stump fields for best luck. Use dead chubs or worms on stream bottom. 05/04 10:30
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Fair: The bite should improve as water clears. Use bladed spinner bait or jig tipped with minnow for best luck. 05/04 10:31
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior rivers are low and providing some fair to good angling opportunities for smallmouth bass, walleye and crappie. Rivers should be in good condition for the upcoming weekend. Lakes are beginning to produce some crappie. Trout streams are in excellent condition and providing some insect hatches with the warmer weather. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. D 04/29 10:48
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Anglers are doing poorly on walleyes with little success but doing well on smallmouth bass on the Cedar River. 04/29 10:48
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try jig and minnow or retrieving spinner baits for some smallmouth bass action. 04/29 10:48
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jig and plastics tipped with or without a minnow. Concentrate on pools and current breaks for some walleye action. 04/29 10:48
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having success using dead minnows, crawlers or cutbaits for catfish on the river now. 04/29 11:14
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are biting in the warmer backwater shallows, fish a minnow under a bobber near brush piles. 04/29 11:15
Decorah District Streams Northeast Recent rainfall bumped water levels briefly but all area rivers and streams remain low with good to excellent clarity. Chance of showers through weekend with temperatures in the 60's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/04 10:12
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are low with improving clarity. Catchable trout stream stocking in full swing. Streams are stocked each week but will be unannounced again this year due to COVID 19 precautions. No calendar will be available. Hatchery grounds are open. Please observe current social distancing and mask rules when visiting. Fourth season turkey hunting is open ending May 16. Remember to wear bright clothing when fishing. 05/04 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Excellent hatches of blue-winged olives, caddis flies, midges, and stoneflies. On sunny days, fish these hatches. Eleven streams have naturally reproducing populations with public access. Go to https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing to find out where. 05/04 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Off color water from rainfall events will spur a brownie bite. Fish weed edges, ledges, and heads of pools using pheasant tail nymphs with a small midge or scud dropper. 05/04 10:34
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Excellent: With clear water, best fishing on cloudy days. Use light weight spinning rod and reels for some fun action. Use a small hook or light jig head with cheese, worms, or plastic tail. 05/04 10:35
George Wyth Lake Northeast Interior rivers are low and providing some fair to good angling opportunities for smallmouth bass, walleye and crappie. Rivers should be in good condition for the upcoming weekend. Lakes are beginning to produce some crappie. Trout streams are in excellent condition and providing some insect hatches with the warmer weather. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. D 04/29 10:48
George Wyth Lake Northeast Anglers are doing a lot of bobber fishing for crappie on George Wyth Lake. With low water levels on the lake, use extreme caution in launching boat off of ramp. 04/29 11:23
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish from a boat over structure using a 1/64 ounce jig tipped with a waxworm or a crappie minnow under a bobber. 04/29 11:25
Lake Delhi Northeast Interior rivers are low and providing some fair to good angling opportunities for smallmouth bass, walleye and crappie. Rivers should be in good condition for the upcoming weekend. Lakes are beginning to produce some crappie. Trout streams are in excellent condition and providing some insect hatches with the warmer weather. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. D 04/29 10:48
Lake Delhi Northeast Anglers are beginning to pick up some crappie on Lake Delhi. Fish early mornings or late evenings to avoid heavy boat traffic. 04/29 11:17
Lake Delhi Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish a crappie minnow under a bobber or jig/retrieve colored tube jigs near brush piles or docks. 04/29 11:19
Lake Hendricks Northeast Recent rainfall bumped water levels briefly but all area rivers and streams remain low with good to excellent clarity. Chance of showers through weekend with temperatures in the 60's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/04 10:12
Lake Hendricks Northeast Hit and miss fish activity. Lake levels dropping. Wind activity resuspending sediments. Fish activity improving as water warms. 05/04 10:14
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing along rocky shoreline and near structure using a small piece of worm under a bobber about a foot off the bottom. 05/04 10:15
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Fish near brush piles or drop offs using a hook tipped with a minnow or small spinner bait. 05/04 10:17
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a small spinner or crank bait fished near drop offs or other structure. 05/04 10:18
Lake Meyer Northeast Recent rainfall bumped water levels briefly but all area rivers and streams remain low with good to excellent clarity. Chance of showers through weekend with temperatures in the 60's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 05/04 10:12
Lake Meyer Northeast Few people out with windy weather. Water levels falling with lack of rain. 05/04 10:20
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: A small piece of waxworm or minnow fished under a bobber along a sunny shoreline should get a gills attention. 05/04 10:20
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: 05/04 10:20
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a jerk or crank bait fished along brush pile or rocky structure for luck. 05/04 10:21
Manchester District Streams Northeast Interior rivers are low and providing some fair to good angling opportunities for smallmouth bass, walleye and crappie. Rivers should be in good condition for the upcoming weekend. Lakes are beginning to produce some crappie. Trout streams are in excellent condition and providing some insect hatches with the warmer weather. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. D 04/29 10:48
Manchester District Streams Northeast All area Manchester trout streams are in excellent condition and providing insect hatches with the recent warmer weather. 04/29 10:48
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Spring branch Creek is a favorite amongst anglers for quality and trophy sized brown trout and there has been quite a bit of angling pressure. 04/29 10:48
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior rivers are low and providing some fair to good angling opportunities for smallmouth bass, walleye and crappie. Rivers should be in good condition for the upcoming weekend. Lakes are beginning to produce some crappie. Trout streams are in excellent condition and providing some insect hatches with the warmer weather. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. D 04/29 10:48
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River in Delaware County has stabilized and should provide some angling opportunities for the upcoming weekend. Walleyes are now post spawn and have spread out throughout the river. 04/29 10:48
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve jig and plastics tipped with or without a minnow. Concentrate on pools and current breaks for some walleye action. 04/29 10:48
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Spinnerbaits and crankbaits have been working well for smallmouth bass. 04/29 10:55
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try colored tube jigs near structure or a crappie minnow under a bobber. 04/29 11:11
Martens Lake Northeast Anglers are beginning to catch some crappie on Martens Lake. 04/29 10:48
Martens Lake Northeast Interior rivers are low and providing some fair to good angling opportunities for smallmouth bass, walleye and crappie. Rivers should be in good condition for the upcoming weekend. Lakes are beginning to produce some crappie. Trout streams are in excellent condition and providing some insect hatches with the warmer weather. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. D 04/29 10:48
Martens Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing small jigs tipped with a waxworm along the edges of the weed beds. 04/29 10:48
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to stabilize this week. Water temperature is in the mid 50's this week and fish are biting. 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 6/possession 12. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Look for areas with moderate to slow current amongst the trees in backwaters for crappies. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish in areas with little to no current using a small piece of worm under a bobber. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish cut bait or a night crawler off the bottom in areas of moderate current in side channels. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level is 617.5 and stabilizing this week. Water temperature at Lynxville dam is 56 degrees. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike fishing has picked up again post spawn. Fish flashy spoons along openings of backwater lakes as fish are moving into the vegetation. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Fishing below the lock & dams has slowed. Look for current breaks along side channel areas. areas. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fishing below the lock & dams has slowed. Look for current breaks along side channel areas. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow or piece of worm. 04/29 11:13
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. 04/29 11:20
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to stabilize this week. Water temperature is in the mid 50's this week and fish are biting. 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 6/possession 12. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Fishing below the lock & dams has slowed. Look for current breaks along side channel areas. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Fishing below the lock & dams has slowed. Look for current breaks along side channel areas. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Guttenberg is 8.9 feet and is expected to remain stable next week. Water temperature at the Guttenberg dam is 51 degrees. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow or piece of worm. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Look for areas with moderate to slow current amongst the trees in backwaters for crappies. 04/29 11:13
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 04/29 11:13
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. 04/29 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike fishing has picked up again post spawn. Fish flashy spoons along openings of backwater lakes as fish are moving into the vegetation. 04/29 11:13
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. 04/29 11:20
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The bass bite is on in the backwaters. The fish are aggressive and hitting on most spinner baits. Fish the shallow sun and wind soaked backwater areas. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level is expected to recede this week. Water levels are currently 8.5 feet at the Lock and Dam and 10.8 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is around 56 degrees in channel and in 60's in the backwaters. Water clarity is good. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Generally a slow Spring season for walleyes although the population structure of walleyes looks sound. They just did not bite well. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature is back up to the upper 50's in the main channel and in 60's in backwaters. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Lots of bluegills are now being found in backwater areas. Fish in shallow sun soaked backwater areas in 1 to 4 feet of water. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: The catfishing has started on the Mississippi with most anglers using worms or cut bait. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Cast gaudy spinner baits along vegetation lines in the backwater areas. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A few yellow perch are being reported incidentally by anglers catching Bluegills. 04/29 11:04
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. 04/29 11:10
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Some reports are starting to come in that Crappie are being taken out of backwater sloughs by anglers using bobbers and small minnows. 04/29 11:42
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature is back up to the upper 50's in the main channel and in 60's in backwaters. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Lots of bluegills are now being found in backwater areas. Fish in shallow sun soaked backwater areas in 1 to 4 feet of water. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being taken on worms or cut baits in near shore moderate current areas. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The bass bite is on in the backwaters. The fish are aggressive and hitting on most spinner baits. Fish the shallow sun and wind soaked backwater areas. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Use gaudy white spinners for the best success. Best spots to try are located in Crooked Slough, South Sabula Lake, Spring Lake and near Mickelson Landing. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: Paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is receding and presently is at 9.7 feet. Water temperature is around 56 degrees in main channel and the water clarity is good. Both the Bellevue City and DNR ramps are open for use in the tailwater. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Generally a slow Spring season for walleyes although the population structure of walleyes looks sound. They just did not bite well. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch are being reported by anglers who are catching bluegills. 04/29 11:04
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. 04/29 11:31
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. 04/29 11:36
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Some reports are starting to come in that Crappie are being taken out of backwater sloughs by anglers using bobbers and small minnows. 04/29 11:41
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperature is back up to the upper 50's in the main channel and in 60's in backwaters. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - No Report: The paddlefish season is now closed for the year. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water levels at the Fulton Lock and Dam is receding and currently at 9.4 feet, Camanche is at 12.4 feet and Le Claire is at 7.0 feet. Water temperature is around 57 in main channel and in 60's in backwaters . Water clarity is good. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting on worms and cut bait. Fishing has been good along the banks and boat ramp access areas. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: The bass bite is on in the backwaters. The fish are aggressive and hitting on most spinner baits. Fish the shallow sun and wind soaked backwater areas. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike are now being caught in backwater areas such as the Rock Creek complex near Camanche. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Generally a slow Spring season for walleyes although the population structure of walleyes looks sound. They just did not bite well. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch are being taken incidentally when angling for Bluegills. 04/29 11:04
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bowfin - Excellent: Bowfin are on the bite in backwater areas and can readily be caught on small spinners or worms. 04/29 11:25
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Lots of bluegills are now being found in backwater areas. Fish in shallow sun soaked backwater areas in 1 to 4 feet of water 04/29 11:25
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Lots of Freshwater Drum can be caught in near shore areas using a egg sinker and worm rig. 04/29 11:38
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