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Interior Rivers

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

General Information

Location: North Cedar Park located on the north side of Highway 188 east of Plainfield is an excellent hard surface boat launch.
Length in miles: 77.00
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
Anglers are getting after walleyes with little success but doing good to excellent on smallmouth bass on the Cedar River.
Interior rivers are providing some fair to good angling opportunities for walleye, pike and smallmouth bass. Rivers should be in good condition for the upcoming weekend. 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. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting and retrieving large spinnerbaits or floating a live chub or shiner underneath a bobber in off channel pools.
Walleye - Slow: Cast and retrieve jig and plastics tipped with or without a minnow. Concentrate on pools and current breaks for some walleye action.
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try jig and minnow or retrieving spinner baits for some smallmouth bass action.
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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")
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 good providing 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 2020 electrofishing survey in Bremer County sampled 26 walleye with 64 percent of them equal to or greater than 15 inches long. Three of these fish sampled were greater than 25 inches long with one being 30.3 inches in length. Another fall 2020 electrofishing survey above LaPorte City provided good numbers of channel catfish with decent numbers of walleye, smallmouth bass and shovelnose sturgeon.(2020)

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Water Quality

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.

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