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Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: North Cedar Park located on the north side of Highway 188 east of Plainfield is an excellent hard surface boat launch.
Acres: 77.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: None

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
Most interior rivers have risen and are now stabilizing or falling with the recent rainfall events. There have been fair to good reports of panfish on the area Black Hawk County lakes at this time and the crappie spawn is mostly finished. Trout stocking season is in full swing but all stockings remain unannounced at this time. All state fish hatcheries remain closed to the public also at this time. For more information call the Manchester Fish Hatchery @ 563-927-3276.
Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing chicken livers or dead cutbaits on the bottom upstream of fallen snags.
There have been reports of walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish being caught on the Cedar River this past week.
Walleye - Fair: Cast and retrieve plastics tipped with or without a minnow or crankbaits as walleye have moved out of over wintering areas.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try casting spinnerbaits or crankbaits near rocky habitat or rip rap shorelines.
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  • June 2019 - 94,828 Walleye (1.5)
  • 06/06/2018 - 19,159 Walleye (1.39)
  • 06/01/2018 - 44,868 Walleye (1.7)
  • 5/24/2017 - 92,476 Walleye (1.5")
  • 6/8/16 - 10,632 Walleye (1.7")
  • 6/8/16 - 10,641 Walleye (1.9")
  • 5/26/16 - 90,537 Walleye (Fingerling)
  • 09/26/2015 - 30 Flathead Catfish (18")
  • 06/04/2015 - 9,742 Walleye (1.9")
  • 06/04/2015 - 10,973 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/29/2015 - 13,556 Walleye (2")
  • 06/05/2014 - 7,260 Walleye (2")
  • 06/05/2014 - 7,262 Walleye (2")
  • 05/29/2014 - 82,000 Walleye (2")
  • 06/21/2013 - 17,478 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/18/2012 - 80,092 Walleye (1.2")
  • 05/31/2011 - 31,500 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/31/2011 - 47,250 Walleye (1.5")
  • 06/16/2010 - 6,228 Walleye (1.6")
  • 06/16/2010 - 6,229 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/25/2010 - 35,000 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/20/2010 - 22,000 Walleye (1.1")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • 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:
The Cedar River throughout this stretch offers excellent angling opportunities for walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and occasional northern pike. Boat electrofishing catch rates for walleye are 50-60 fish per hour which shows abundant numbers of walleye in this stretch of river. There are many access points throughout this stretch of river. Navigation on this entire stretch is good for smaller flat or V-bottom boats with a smaller hp motor or canoe. A fall 2017 electrofishing survey sampled about 50 walleye with 37 percent of them equal to or greater than 15 inches long. Three of these fish sampled were greater than 27 inches long.(2017)

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Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.