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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 2021 Fishing Report - Kevan Paul joins us to talk about ice fishing on Clear Lake

February 2021 Fishing Report -  fishing in community ponds, plus hybrid striped bass in Big Creek, and the hot yellow perch bite at Clear Lake

March 2021 Fishing Report - Corey Goldsworthy from the Minnesota DNR joins us to talk about the fishing options at Lake Superior, plus ice-out catfishing

April 2021 Fishing Report -  Jay Rudacille, Iowa DNR Warm and Coolwater Fish Culture Supervisor, joins us to talk about the annual spring walleye collection, production and stocking, plus spring community trout stockings and fun fishing stories

 

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

November 2020 Fishing Report -  Robbie Weber, former ISU grad student, joins us to talk about musky and walleye at Big Creek and Brushy Creek; plus community trout stockings and fall river fishing

December 2020 Fishing Report - Keith Meals, Mississippi fisheries biologist, joins us to talk about crappie managment and fishing in the big four flood control reservoirs; plus getting ready for ice 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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Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Area river water levels continue to drop with good to excellent clarity. Cloudy with temperatures in the mid 50's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call your local bait shop or the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/15 10:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Water levels and flows falling. Water clarity poor with current windy conditions. 04/15 10:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Shoreline anglers using dead chubs or worms on the bottom successful. 04/15 10:42
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallies taking a variety of baits including a jig tipped with a crawler. 04/15 10:42
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Interior rivers are getting low and 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. 04/15 10:28
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Anglers are doing poorly on walleyes with little success and doing only fair on smallmouth bass and northern pike on the Cedar River. 04/15 10:28
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Cast and retrieve jig and plastics tipped with or without a minnow. Concentrate on pools and current breaks for some walleye action. 04/15 10:28
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Try casting and retrieving large spinnerbaits or floating a live chub or shiner underneath a bobber in off channel pools. 04/15 10:28
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try jig and minnow or retrieving spinner baits for some smallmouth bass action. 04/15 10:28
Decorah District Streams Northeast Area river water levels continue to drop with good to excellent clarity. Cloudy with temperatures in the mid 50's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call your local bait shop or the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/15 10:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in good to excellent condition. Catchable trout stream stocking in full swing. All trout streams will be stocked but all will be unannounced due to COVID 19 precautions. No calendar will be available again this year. Hatchery grounds are open. Please observe social distancing and mask rules when visiting. 04/15 10:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Eleven streams have naturally reproducing populations with public access. To find out more, go to https://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Trout-Fishing. Fish pool edges and heads using flies imitating prey drifting down. On sunny afternoons, fish the hatch. 04/15 10:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Excellent: Off color water from rainfall events will spur a brownie bite. Use tackle imitating forage fish or midges fishing the edge of a weed bed or large rock. Good hatches of blue-winged olives, caddis flies, midges, and stoneflies. 04/15 10:42
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Get tackle in front of fish and imitate prey movements. Minnow, worm, midge, and caddis flies work well this time of year. 04/15 10:42
Heritage Pond Northeast Interior rivers are getting low and 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. 04/15 10:28
Heritage Pond Northeast Heritage Pond was stocked during the last week of March and should still produce some good opportunities at catching some rainbow trout. 04/15 10:33
Heritage Pond Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try live bait fished under a bobber or casting and retrieving smaller flashy jigs or spinners. 04/15 10:34
Lake Hendricks Northeast Area river water levels continue to drop with good to excellent clarity. Cloudy with temperatures in the mid 50's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call your local bait shop or the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/15 10:42
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Run a minnow or lure over brush piles or along depth gradients for best luck. 04/15 10:42
Lake Hendricks Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish wind rowed areas using a dead chub or worm. 04/15 10:42
Lake Hendricks Northeast Fish deeper water with cooler water. Windy weather continues to keep substrate stirred up. Fish the mud or bubble lines. Water temperatures in the 50's. 04/15 10:42
Lake Meyer Northeast Area river water levels continue to drop with good to excellent clarity. Cloudy with temperatures in the mid 50's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call your local bait shop or the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/15 10:42
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Toss a hook tipped with a minnow or small jig over brush piles for best luck. 04/15 10:42
Lake Meyer Northeast Channel Catfish - Slow: Fish areas wind pushed brush and ice for best luck. Use a worm or piece of dead chub fished near bottom. 04/15 10:42
Lake Meyer Northeast Few anglers out this week. Windy conditions continue to stir up substrate. Fish these edges. Water temperatures in the 50's. 04/15 10:42
Lake Meyer Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Fish shallow vegetated areas. 04/15 10:42
Manchester District Streams Northeast Interior rivers are getting low and 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. 04/15 10:28
Manchester District Streams Northeast All area Manchester trout streams are in excellent condition and providing insect hatches with the recent warmer weather. 04/15 10:28
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Fair: Spring branch Creek is a favorite amongst anglers for quality and trophy sized brown trout and there has been quite a bit of angling pressure. 04/15 10:28
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Interior rivers are getting low and 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. 04/15 10:28
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast The Maquoketa River in Delaware County has stabilized and should provide some angling opportunities for the upcoming weekend. Walleyes are now post spawn and have spread out throughout the river. 04/15 10:28
Maquoketa River (above Monticello) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Cast and retrieve jig and plastics tipped with or without a minnow. Concentrate on pools and current breaks for some walleye action. 04/15 10:28
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to rise over the next week. Water temperature has jumped into the 50's this week and fish are biting. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the 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. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie bite will be picking up post ice out. Fish submerged trees in backwaters and side channels. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish in areas with little to no current using a small piece of worm under a bobber. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish cut bait or a night crawler off the bottom in areas of moderate current in side channels. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water level is 618.4 and predicted to rise another foot this week. Water temperature at Lynxville dam is 52 degrees. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike fishing will pick up again post spawn. Fish flashy spoons along openings of backwater lakes as fish are moving into the vegetation. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Vertical jigging in tailwaters of lock and dam has been effective. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Drift a three-way rig with a jig or crankbait off current breaks below the lock & dams. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Perch bite has slowed this week. Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to rise over the next week. Water temperature has jumped into the 50's this week and fish are biting. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the 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. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Guttenberg is 9.6 feet and is expected to rise to 11 feet. Water temperature at the Guttenberg dam is 48 degrees. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Vertical jigging in tailwaters of the lock and dam has been effective. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Drift a three-way rig with a jig or crankbait off current breaks below the lock & dams. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie bite will be picking up post ice out. Fish submerged trees in backwaters and side channels. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish in areas with little to no current using a small piece of worm under a slip bobber 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Fish cut bait or a night crawler off the bottom in areas of moderate current in side channels. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike fishing will pick up again post spawn. Fish flashy spoons along openings of backwater lakes as fish are moving into the vegetation. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Perch bite has slowed this week. Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level is expected to rise this week. Water levels are currently 9.4 feet at the Lock and Dam and 11.5 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is around 50 degrees and the water clarity is good. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature fell 6 degrees this week while the water level is rising throughout the district. This slowed fishing a bit from what had been a productive spring. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass bite has started. Fish the shallow sun and wind soaked backwater areas. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Pike are on the very tail end of their spawning activity. Numerous reports of nice pike catches have started on gaudy spinner baits. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Generally a slow Spring season for walleyes although the population structure of walleyes looks sound. They just did not bite well. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: A few yellow perch are being reported. The Yellow Perch spawn is well underway. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfishing has started on the Mississippi with most anglers using worms or cut bait. 04/15 11:18
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature fell 6 degrees this week while the water level is rising throughout the district. This slowed fishing a bit from what had been a productive spring. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Large open wind and sun soaked backwaters are the ticket for nice early spring Bass. Try in places like Spring Lake for the best results. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Northers are well along in the spawning process right now and the bit has started. Use gaudy white spinners for the best success. Best spots to try are in Crooked Slough, South Sabula Lake, Spring Lake and near Mickelson Landing. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Paddlefish - Slow: The last day of Paddlefish season is April 15 as the open season on the Mississippi River is March 1 through April 15. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is rising and presently is at 10.3 feet. Water temperature is around 50 degrees and the water clarity is good. Both the Bellevue City and DNR ramps are open for use in the tailwater. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Generally a slow Spring season for walleyes although the population structure of walleyes looks sound. They just did not bite well 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: The yellow perch spawn is nearly over and some perch are being reported by anglers chasing bluegills. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Some nice Bluegills were being taken out of the tailwater this week on worms. 04/15 11:22
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel cats are being taken on worms or cut baits in near shore moderate current areas. 04/15 11:28
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperature fell 6 degrees this week while the water level is rising throughout the district. This slowed fishing a bit from what had been a productive spring. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water levels at the Fulton Lock and Dam are rising and currently at 9.8 feet, Camanche is at 12.7 feet and Le Claire is at 7.5 feet. Water temperature is around 51 degrees clarity is good. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: The Northern Pike spawning process is mostly over and they usually go on a feeding frenzy soon after. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Paddlefish - Slow: The last day for Paddlefish snagging is April 15 as the open season on the Mississippi River is March 1 through April 15. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Walleye - Slow: Generally a slow Spring season for walleyes although the population structure of walleyes looks sound. They just did not bite well 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: The Yellow Perch as well into their spawning cycle on the Mississippi River. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Sun soaked backwater areas had a good Largemouth Bass bite in the afternoons as the water temp rise. Fish slow this time of year. 04/15 11:25
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting on worms and cut bait this time of year. Fishing has been good along the banks and boat ramp access areas. 04/15 11:26
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperature fell 6 degrees this week while the water level is rising throughout the district. This slowed fishing a bit from what had been a productive spring. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Channel Catfish - No Report: Cut shad bait is often the ticket for early season catfish. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is receding and is presently at 11.0 feet. The water temperature his near 51 degrees and water clarity is good. 04/15 11:13
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Lansing water level has risen to 9.2 and predicted to reach 10 feet this week. Water temperature is near 50 degrees. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Upper Mississippi River levels are expected to rise over the next week. Water temperature has jumped into the 50's this week and fish are biting. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Iowa border of the 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. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - Fair: Pike fishing will pick up again post spawn. Fish flashy spoons along openings of backwater lakes as fish are moving into the vegetation. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Good: Perch bite has slowed this week. Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow or piece of worm. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie bite will be picking up post ice out. Fish submerged trees in backwaters and side channels. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish in areas with little to no current using a small piece of worm under a bobber 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish cut bait or a night crawler off the bottom in areas of moderate current in side channels. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Fair: Drift a three-way rig with a jig or crankbait off current breaks below the lock & dams. 04/14 09:39
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: Drift a three-way rig with a jig or crankbait off current breaks below the lock & dams. 04/14 09:39
North Prairie Lake Northeast Interior rivers are getting low and 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. 04/15 10:28
North Prairie Lake Northeast North Prairie Lake was stocked with rainbow trout during the last week of March. 04/15 10:30
North Prairie Lake Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Try live bait fished under a bobber or casting and retrieving smaller flashy jigs or spinners. 04/15 10:31
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Interior rivers are getting low and 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. 04/15 10:28
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast There have been very few reports of anglers catching walleye on the Shell Rock River. 04/15 10:28
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Cast and retrieve jig and plastics tipped with or without a minnow. Concentrate on pools and current breaks for some walleye action. 04/15 10:28
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Area river water levels continue to drop with good to excellent clarity. Cloudy with temperatures in the mid 50's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call your local bait shop or the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/15 10:42
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers having luck finding largemouth using a spinner or crank bait along rocky shorelines. 04/15 10:42
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers having luck finding smallies using a spinner or crank bait along rocky shorelines or ledges. 04/15 10:42
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Walleye - Fair: With water warming, walleye beginning to spawn. Use a minnow imitating jig. 04/15 10:42
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast Water levels falling with low, clear water. Water temperatures in the mid to upper 40's. 04/15 10:42
Turkey River (above Clermont) Northeast White Sucker - Excellent: Sucker activity increasing. Use a worm fished on the stream bottom for best luck. 04/15 10:42
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Area river water levels continue to drop with good to excellent clarity. Cloudy with temperatures in the mid 50's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call your local bait shop or the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 04/15 10:42
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) Northeast Shorthead redhorse - Excellent: As water temperatures reach 50 degrees, the suckers start spawning. Use a worm fished along the stream bottom for best luck. 04/15 10:42
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