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
Interior rivers are falling with the lack of heavy rains over the past few weeks. Lakes have been producing area catches of bluegill, crappie, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Trout streams are in good to excellent conditions. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have had good success fishing stinkbaits or cutbaits on the bottom of the river.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Concentrate on rocky shoreline or rip-rap lined shorelines casting spinnerbaits or crankbaits.
The Cedar River is falling, anglers have been doing only fair on smallmouth bass and channel catfish.
Walleye - Slow: Jigs tipped with a half of crawler is good this time of year.
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  • 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")
  • 05/29/2009 - 36,920 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/28/2009 - 61,200 Walleye (1.4")
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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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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