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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 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

 

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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Big Woods Lake Northeast Anglers have been catching some crappie on Big Woods Lake. 10/22 08:22
Big Woods Lake Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of October can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Anglers are beginning to catch some crappie on area lakes in and around Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition but rain is expected the next two days, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 10/22 08:22
Big Woods Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Locate crappie in deeper water near structure using small jigs or a minnow under a bobber. 10/22 08:22
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Temperature highs in the low 40's with lows in the 20's. Chance for mixed precipitation Saturday and Sunday. Iowa's hunting seasons started. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/22 09:00
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Repairs to the Nashua dam complete. Water levels remain low with good clarity. Use caution. Access to fishing holes by boat may be difficult. For more information on water levels, visit the following link: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. 10/22 09:00
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Good: Cooler temperatures bringing on the bite. Fish moved into deeper holes. Be prepared to run lure near bottom of pools. Use minnows for best luck. 10/22 09:00
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish the current breaks or rock ledges and gravel bars. Use a minnow on hook under a bobber. 10/22 09:00
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of October can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Anglers are beginning to catch some crappie on area lakes in and around Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition but rain is expected the next two days, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 10/22 08:22
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Reports have been very few for the Cedar River with recent heavy winds this past week and now the cold rain and storms expected. 10/22 08:22
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting and retrieving large running crankbaits for active fish. 10/22 08:22
Decorah District Streams Northeast Area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Temperature highs in the low 40's with lows in the 20's. Chance for mixed precipitation Saturday and Sunday. Iowa's hunting seasons started. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/22 09:00
Decorah District Streams Northeast All trout stream stockings unannounced for the rest of the year due to COVID-19 precautions. Streams stocked with catchables through October. It is hunting season in Iowa. Wear orange. Decorah Fish Hatchery restrooms are closed to the public for the remainder of the year. 10/22 09:00
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Fair: Brookies are coloring up in preparation for the spawn. Walk around freshly cleared areas in stream bottom. These are trout nests or redds. Use small flies imitating midges, minnows, or mayflies. Please respect private property open to angling. Pick up trash. Be considerate. 10/22 09:00
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Trout nests nests or redds are appearing on stream bottoms as spawning activity ramps up. Avoid stepping on these areas. Brownies may be slow to take bait. A keen eye and a fly box filled with a variety of sizes and colors will help match a hatch. 10/22 09:00
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use flies imitating midges, crickets, mayflies. The smaller the better. Use hair jigs, spinner baits, small shallow water crankbaits for aggressive fish. Plenty of fish remain in stream over winter. 10/22 09:00
George Wyth Lake Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of October can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Anglers are beginning to catch some crappie on area lakes in and around Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition but rain is expected the next two days, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 10/22 08:22
George Wyth Lake Northeast The boat ramp access for George Wyth Lake remains closed at this time, all other boat ramps within George Wyth Park continue to remain open. 10/22 08:22
Lake Hendricks Northeast Area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Temperature highs in the low 40's with lows in the 20's. Chance for mixed precipitation Saturday and Sunday. Iowa's hunting seasons started. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/22 09:00
Lake Hendricks Northeast Water clarity improving with cooler weather. Few anglers out. Campground is closed for year and water shut off. The rock reef fish habitat project is complete. 10/22 09:00
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Slow: Shore anglers should find fish around the jetty's. A small piece of worm under a bobber works well. 10/22 09:00
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: A worm or cut bait works well fished near the bottom. 10/22 09:00
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig and a minnow around rocky structure for some fun bass action. 10/22 09:00
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Try using a hook tipped with a minnow under a slip bobber for best luck. 10/22 09:00
Lake Meyer Northeast Area rivers remain low with excellent clarity on most. Temperature highs in the low 40's with lows in the 20's. Chance for mixed precipitation Saturday and Sunday. Iowa's hunting seasons started. Make sure to where plenty of orange. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 10/22 09:00
Lake Meyer Northeast No anglers out this week. Lake is 4ft. low. Use care when using boat ramp with low water. Water clarity is very good. 10/22 09:00
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Shoreline anglers use a small hook tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber. 10/22 09:00
Lake Meyer Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Try a jig tipped with a minnow for some action. With cooler water, a slow retrieve works best. 10/22 09:00
Manchester District Streams Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of October can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Anglers are beginning to catch some crappie on area lakes in and around Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition but rain is expected the next two days, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 10/22 08:22
Manchester District Streams Northeast All the trout streams in the Manchester District are in excellent condition. All three trout hatchery offices still remain closed. 10/22 08:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of October can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Anglers are beginning to catch some crappie on area lakes in and around Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition but rain is expected the next two days, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 10/22 08:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Reports have been very few for the Maquoketa River with recent heavy winds this past week and now the cold rain and storms expected. 10/22 08:22
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Try casting and retrieving large running crankbaits for active fish. 10/22 08:22
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to rise this week.Water temps are in the mid 40's.Fish are on the fall feed and moving into overwintering holes.Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire 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. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are biting on minnows under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in backwater lakes. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are transitioning to their backwater overwintering areas. Redworms or small piece of crawler fished near the bottom have been effective. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on crawlers fished in deeper main channel holes. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads are feeding in the deeper side channels or tailwaters of dams. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are moving out of the current to deeper and warmer backwater lakes to feed. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Pool 10 at Lynxville is at 614.6 feet and expected to rise to 616 feet. Water temp is near 50 degrees. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are hitting crankbaits on rock tips of islands in main channel. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Good: Look for walleyes to transition toward tailwaters of locks and dams as water temperatures fall. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: Perch have been active in backwater areas in around 5-7 ft of water using a small piece of worm. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to rise this week.Water temps are in the mid 40's.Fish are on the fall feed and moving into overwintering holes.Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire 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. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Pool 11 is 6.5 feet and expected to rise near 8.6 feet. Boaters should use caution to not back off end of ramps during low water levels. Water temperature is 46 degrees. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Excellent: Crappies are biting on minnows under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in backwater lakes. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are transitioning to their backwater overwintering areas. Redworms or small piece of crawler fished near the bottom have been effective. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads are feeding in the deeper side channels or tailwaters of dams. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are moving out of the current to deeper and warmer backwater lakes to feed. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are hitting crankbaits on rock tips of islands in main channel. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Good: Look for walleyes to transition toward tailwaters of locks and dams as water temperatures fall. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: Perch have been active in backwater areas in around 5-7 ft of water using a small piece of worm. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water levels are low but rising this week. Please be cautious when boating as many logs and rocks are exposed. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level is expected to rise this week. Water levels are 6.5 feet at the Lock and Dam and 9.0 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is down to 52 and the water clarity is good. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Excellent: Flashy spinners baits n eddy areas or along weed lines will take this toothy predator. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be found along rock piles and submerged trees in the larger low current sloughs. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on prepared nightcrawlers and cut shad. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a egg sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Use large crayfish for big Drum! 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Use spinner baits fished along dyeing weed lines or log piles. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth bass can be found along rock piles with strong current. Best lures are are flashy spoons, spinners and crank baits. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Black Crappie - Excellent: Crappie are being taken out of brush piles and marina areas on small jigs and minnows. Anglers are moving from log pile to log pile with 2 or 3 fish being taken from each. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast White Bass - Good: White Bass are being found in the tailwater. Look for feeding gulls to find the white bass schools. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are still being found on wingdams by anglers pulling crankbaits. 10/22 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water levels are low but rising this week. Please be cautious when boating as many logs and rocks are exposed. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is at 6.8 feet. Levels are low but expected to rise. The water temperature is around 52 degrees and the water clarity is good. Please note that the Bellevue City Ramp is still closed but expected to open this Friday. Other boat ramps exist downstream at the DNR ramp one mile south of Bellevue or at Pleasant Creek which is approximately 4 miles south of Bellevue. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be found along rock lines and brush piles in moderate current. Anglers are mostly using cut shad for bait. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike are being reported on flashy spinners along weed edges and rock shorelines. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be found along rock piles and submerged trees in the larger sloughs. Bluegills will be moving into deeper backwaters soon. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Fish large single hook spinner baits or chatterbaits near decaying lotus and arrowhead weed lines. Bass are also still hanging around in the tailwater habitats. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Good: Walleyes are being taken on wingdams with stronger current. Another technique is to pull crank baits on sand flat areas between islands or between wingdams. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast White Bass - Excellent: White bass are being taken in the tailwater areas and near wingdams. Most anglers are using flashy spinners. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish along rock lines with strong current. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water levels are low but rising this week. Please be cautious when boating as many logs and rocks are exposed. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at the Fulton Lock and Dam is at 6.5 feet, Camanche is at 10.4 feet and LeClaire is at 5.4 feet. Water levels are rising. Water temperature is around 52 degrees and water clarity is good. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Most anglers are using cut shad for abundant cats which are commonly found on the upstream edge of wingdams. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a worm sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current areas. Use large crayfish for bigger Drum. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are being caught on the receding weed lines mainly using large spinner baits. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be found near backwater areas around brush piles. As water levels get low, look for bluegills along the channel edges. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Use flashy spinners along backwater shorelines or in the tailwaters for this aggressive fish. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Fish spinners or crank baits along rip rap areas for best results. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Black Crappie - Excellent: Look for brush piles in backwater sloughs. Most anglers are using small jigs some tipped with minnows. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Good: Some fish are being taken on wingdams with stronger current. Some are being taken on sand flats by anglers using crankbaits. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast White Bass - Good: Fish tailwater areas with white jigs. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water levels are low but rising this week. Please be cautious when boating as many logs and rocks are exposed. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are hitting on cut bait and stink baits. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Try using live bait around brush piles or in the tailwater area. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are easy to catch on a worm sinker and worm rig. Fish in moderate current. Use large crayfish to catch larger drum. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Fish the rocky habitats along the channel edge for best results. In line spinners work the best but need to be fished very close to the rock and current areas. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is at 5.9 feet. The water temperature his near 52 degrees and water clarity is good. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast White Bass - Good: Expecting a fall fun of white bass especially in the tailwater areas. 10/22 11:15
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to rise this week.Water temps are in the mid 40's.Fish are on the fall feed and moving into overwintering holes.Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire 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. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills are transitioning to their backwater overwintering areas. Redworms or small piece of crawler fished near the bottom have been effective. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Flathead Catfish - Good: Flatheads are feeding in the deeper side channels or tailwaters of dams. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are moving out of the current to deeper and warmer backwater lakes to feed. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Pool level at Lansing is near 8.3 ft and expected to remain stable. Water temperature is 46 degrees. Boaters should use caution at the Lansing Village Creek access channel due to shallow water. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth are hitting crankbaits on rock tips of islands in main channel. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Good: Look for walleyes to transition toward tailwaters of locks and dams as water temperatures fall. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Excellent: Fish minnows under a bobber in submerged trees in backwater lakes for crappies. 10/22 08:59
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Excellent: Perch have been active in backwater areas in around 5-7 ft of water using a small piece of worm. 10/22 08:59
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Interior rivers are in excellent condition and the month of October can provide some excellent angling opportunities. Anglers are beginning to catch some crappie on area lakes in and around Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition but rain is expected the next two days, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. All three trout hatcheries remain closed at this time and please call ahead to set up any appointments you may need. 10/22 08:22
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