Cedar River (above Nashua)

General Information

County: Floyd
Location: This stretch is found in Chickasaw, Floyd, and Mitchell Counties. A popular multi-use location is the Charles City Whitewater Park in downtown Charles City on Hwy 14.
Acres: 63.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: None

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Cedar River (above Nashua) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
Dangerously cold temperatures through Friday warming to mid 30's by weeks end. Parking lots on wildlife management areas aren't plowed. Use care when parking on roadsides. For more information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563.382.8324.
About 18-30 inches ice covering windblown snow on the impoundment. Use caution in areas with current. Check depths often. Much activity occurring around Carvel, Howards Woods, and beach area around the campground.
Black Crappie - Slow: Use small jigs tipped with minnows, spikes, and waxies. Find deeper water with little current for best luck.
Walleye - Fair: Anglers using small jigs tipped with minnows doing well near evening.
Bluegill - Slow: Find gills in backwaters. Use small jig tipped with waxworm or spikes.
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  • 06/10/2021 - 29,571 Walleye (1.49)
  • 05/27/2021 - 60,183 Walleye (1.42)
  • 05/28/2020 - 57,596 Walleye (1.2)
  • 05/30/2019 - 66,348 Walleye (1.4)
  • 05/29/2019 - 9,814 Northern Pike (2.12)
  • 06/06/2018 - 38,021 Walleye (1.9)
  • 06/05/2018 - 10,037 Northern Pike (2.8)
  • 6/1/2017 - 11,100 Walleye (1.6")
  • 5/26/2017 - 63,616 Walleye (1.4")
  • 5/23/2017 - 10,000 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • spring 2016 - 9,100 Northern Pike (2.2")
  • 5/25/16 - 62,377 Walleye (Fingerling)
  • 07/14/2015 - 11,557 Walleye (2.68")
  • 05/29/2015 - 20,912 Walleye (2")
  • 04/09/2015 - 10,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/28/2014 - 60,950 Walleye (2")
  • 04/18/2014 - 10,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/30/2013 - 63,900 Walleye (1.2")
  • 04/18/2013 - 12,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • Rusty Crawfish
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Rock Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: Catch and release only
    • Possession Limit: Catch and release only
    • Length Limit: Catch and release only
    • Other: Mitchell County, extending downstream from below the Otranto Dam as posted to the bridge on count yroad T26 south of St. Ansgar
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White Sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
This 63-mile stretch extends from the Minnesota state line to Nashua. There are several dams impounding water providing boat access to the river. Paddling and wading downstream of the dams are great activities that commonly yield nice catches of a variety of fish including Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye. The Charles City Whitewater course completed in early 2011 improved access for river users and provided passage for a variety of fish species. This stream is stocked each year with Northern Pike and Walleye fingerlings.(2021)
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