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Iowa Fishing Report 8-4-2011 Part 1

Basshawk

Iowa Fishing Report Officer
Joined
Jun 16, 2010
Location
North Liberty, Iowa
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WaterbodyDistrictCommentsDateBig Woods Lake NortheastInterior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District remain high and muddy, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/03 04:15Big Woods Lake NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits and rubber worms have been working excellent for largemouth bass. 08/03 04:15Big Woods Lake NortheastLargemouth bass are biting well around woody structures or sunken habitat mostly along the north shoreline. Reports of crappie being caught as well.08/03 04:15Big Woods Lake NortheastCrappie - Fair: Concentrate around structure in 8'-12' depth of water around structure.08/03 04:22Big Woods Lake NortheastInterior river conditions have greatly improved with the run of dry weather. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District are above base flows and are running clear, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/05 02:39Big Woods Lake NortheastLargemouth bass are biting well around woody structures or sunken habitat mostly along the north shoreline. Reports of crappie being caught as well.08/05 02:39Big Woods Lake NortheastCrappie - Fair: Concentrate around structure in 8'-12' depth of water around structure.08/05 02:39Big Woods Lake NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits and rubber worms have been working excellent for largemouth bass. 08/05 02:39Brinker Lake NortheastInterior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District remain high and muddy, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/03 04:15Brinker Lake NortheastCrappie - Fair: Try a crappie minnow under a slip bobber fished around sunken trees in 10'-12' feet of water.08/03 04:15Brinker Lake NortheastThere have been reports of crappie being taken on Brinker Lake.08/03 04:15Brinker Lake NortheastInterior river conditions have greatly improved with the run of dry weather. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District are above base flows and are running clear, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/05 02:39Brinker Lake NortheastCrappie - Fair: Try a crappie minnow under a slip bobber fished around sunken trees in 10'-12' feet of water.08/05 02:39Brinker Lake NortheastThere have been reports of crappie being taken on Brinker Lake.08/05 02:39Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) NortheastInterior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District remain high and muddy, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/03 04:15Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) NortheastBluegill - Fair: Try fishing small jigs under a bobber or small worm on a hook fished near weed edges or sunken habitat.08/03 04:15Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits and rubber worms have been working excellent for largemouth bass.08/03 04:15Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) NortheastLargemouth bass are biting well on Casey Lake. There is an 18" minimum size limit on largemouth bass on this lake. Please check boat trailers for any presence of Brittle naiad when leaving the boat ramp.08/03 04:15Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) NortheastInterior river conditions have greatly improved with the run of dry weather. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District are above base flows and are running clear, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/05 02:39Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) NortheastBluegill - Fair: Try fishing small jigs under a bobber or small worm on a hook fished near weed edges or sunken habitat.08/05 02:39Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits and rubber worms have been working excellent for largemouth bass.08/05 02:39Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) NortheastLargemouth bass are biting well on Casey Lake. There is an 18" minimum size limit on largemouth bass on this lake. Please check boat trailers for any presence of Brittle naiad when leaving the boat ramp.08/05 02:39Cedar River (above Nashua) NortheastArea lakes, streams and rivers are in good condition. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.08/05 09:44Cedar River (above Nashua) NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: 08/05 09:53Cedar River (above Nashua) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: 08/05 09:54Cedar River (above Nashua) NortheastWalleye - Fair: 08/05 09:54Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastInterior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District remain high and muddy, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/03 04:15Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastRiver levels on the Cedar River are in good condition. In Black Hawk and Bremer Counties channel catfish angling has still remained good. Anglers are also catching fish when targeting smallmouth bass and walleye also.08/03 04:15Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastChannel Catfish - Good: Most anything; cutbaits, nightcrawlers, chicken livers fished on the bottom in most areas of the river has been productive on channel catfish.08/03 04:15Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or live baits work well this time of year. Look for woody structure or rock shorelines for smallmouth bass.08/03 04:15Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastWalleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up an occasional walleye, try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler or casting crankbaits.08/03 04:15Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastInterior river conditions have greatly improved with the run of dry weather. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District are above base flows and are running clear, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/05 02:39Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastChannel Catfish - Good: Most anything; cutbaits, nightcrawlers, chicken livers fished on the bottom in most areas of the river has been productive on channel catfish.08/05 02:39Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastRiver levels on the Cedar River are in good condition. In Black Hawk and Bremer Counties channel catfish angling has still remained good. Anglers are also catching fish when targeting smallmouth bass and walleye also.08/05 02:39Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or live baits work well this time of year. Look for woody structure or rock shorelines for smallmouth bass.08/05 02:39Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) NortheastWalleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up an occasional walleye, try using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler or casting crankbaits.08/05 02:39Decorah District Streams NortheastArea lakes, streams and rivers are in good condition. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.08/05 09:44Decorah District Streams NortheastA few trout are being taken on Trico mayflies between dawn and late morning. Try a #24 Thread Wrap, Griffith's Gnat or Trico pattern of choice on 7X or 8X tippet during this very early morning hatch. Hoppers, Crickets and other terrestrial patterns remain effective later in the day. For spin fishing, try using jigs or plastics that imitate crawfish. For stocking information, please call 563-927-5736.08/05 10:34Lake Hendricks NortheastArea lakes, streams and rivers are in good condition. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.08/05 09:44Lake Hendricks NortheastWater temperatures are in the low 80's this week.08/05 09:45Lake Hendricks NortheastBluegill - Slow: 08/05 09:45Lake Hendricks NortheastCrappie - Slow: 08/05 09:45Lake Hendricks NortheastLargemouth Bass - Fair: 08/05 09:47Lake Meyer NortheastArea lakes, streams and rivers are in good condition. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.08/05 09:44Lake Meyer NortheastBluegill - Good: Try fishing along the weed edge.08/05 09:49Lake Meyer NortheastCrappie - Fair: 08/05 09:49Lake Meyer NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Good sized bass are being caught using topwater plastics.08/05 09:50Manchester District Streams NortheastInterior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District remain high and muddy, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/03 04:15Manchester District Streams NortheastTrout streams are back to just above base flows and are running clear in the Manchester District area, call the Manchester District Office for any additional information @ 563-927-3276.08/03 04:15Manchester District Streams NortheastInterior river conditions have greatly improved with the run of dry weather. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District are above base flows and are running clear, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/05 02:39Manchester District Streams NortheastTrout streams are back to just above base flows and are running clear in the Manchester District area, call the Manchester District Office for any additional information @ 563-927-3276.08/05 02:39Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastInterior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District remain high and muddy, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/03 04:15Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastThe Maquoketa River is currently falling and still remains a little turbid. Channel Catfish may be an anglers best bet on the Maquoketa River right now and through the weekend.08/03 04:15Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Try nightcrawlers, dead cutbaits or stinkbaits fished on the bottom of the river.08/03 04:15Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or live baits are working well on smallmouth bass.08/03 04:15Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastWalleye - Fair: Crankbaits or jig and crawler fished off of current breaks can be productive.08/03 04:15Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastInterior river conditions have greatly improved with the run of dry weather. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District are above base flows and are running clear, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/05 02:39Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Try nightcrawlers, dead cutbaits or stinkbaits fished on the bottom of the river.08/05 02:39Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastThe Maquoketa River is currently falling and still remains a little turbid. Channel Catfish may be an anglers best bet on the Maquoketa River right now and through the weekend.08/05 02:39Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits or live baits are working well on smallmouth bass.08/05 02:39Maquoketa River (above Monticello) NortheastWalleye - Fair: Crankbaits or jig and crawler fished off of current breaks can be productive.08/05 02:39Mississippi River Pool 10 NortheastRiver levels are expected to fluctuate over the next weeks as current predictions show the river dropping a bit over the next few days only to begin to rise another foot by next week. Water temperature is in the lower 80's.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 10 NortheastRiver level at Lynxville is 19.8 feet and expected remain near this level over the next week if the heavy rains stay away. Some boaters beginning to report problems with floating vegetation. All boat ramps on Pool 10 are now open, but Sny Magill may become difficult to use or closed if flash floods bring Sny Magill creek out of its banks.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 10 NortheastBluegill - Good: Good catches of bluegill reported below the dam near Harpers Ferry and in Bussey Lake. Some reports of bluegill and other panfish hitting well on the inside of wing dams near shore.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 10 NortheastChannel Catfish - Good: A lot of catfish being caught fishing crawlers in the Harpers Ferry area both above and below the dam. This is the time of year when stink bait becomes very effective.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 10 NortheastFreshwater Drum - Good: Drum are still biting well, with most anglers using an egg sinker and nightcrawlers for bait.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 10 NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Some decent catches of largemouth reported in backwaters of Pool 10 but many are smaller. Remember largemouth must be 14" to keep.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 10 NortheastNorthern Pike - Fair: Some reports of good pike fishing in sloughs near Harpers Ferry.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 10 NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish along exposed rock shoreline with current. Work the whole shoreline to look for pockets of active fish.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 10 NortheastWalleye - Fair: A few walleyes being caught near wing dams and bottoms of running sloughs. Some eyes are also coming out of Harpers Slough by folks using worm rigs. 08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 11 NortheastRiver levels are expected to fluctuate over the next weeks as current predictions show the river dropping a bit over the next few days only to begin to rise another foot by next week. Water temperature is in the lower 80's.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 11 NortheastFreshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well on worm fished on the botttom. Drum are one of the fish that continue to bite well in rising and muddy waters!08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 11 NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Bass fishing continues to be good in the upper part of the pool along shorelines. They tend to be on the small side and remember they need to be 14 inches to keep.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 11 NortheastRiver level at Guttenberg is 10.8 and is expected drop to 10.5 before rising to 11.6 by next week. The effects of last weeks flash flooding on Pool 11 have diminished and all boat ramps in Pool 11 are open.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 11 NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallies are still hitting along rocky areas in the upper part of the pool, but as turbidity and water levels increase they may be harder to find.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 11 NortheastBluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing continues to be good in backwaters. Some good catches of bluegill reported in Goetz lake and the ponds across form Guttenberg.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 11 NortheastChannel Catfish - Good: Fishing for catfish on stinkbait is good right now. Lokk for catfish in fallen trees on shorelines with current.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 11 NortheastWalleye - Slow: Rising water leves are making wing dam fishing more difficult.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 12 NortheastFor fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-497608/04 09:49Mississippi River Pool 12 NortheastRiver stage in Dubuque is 12.45 feet and falling. The river is forecast to drop to 11.8 feet on Saturday then start slowely rising again. Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are in the low 80's. Be aware that the Mississippi River is infested with zebra mussels, eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and brittle naiad. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before transporting to another waterbody.08/04 09:49Mississippi River Pool 12 NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are biting on stink bait fished around snags in the sloughs and side channels.08/04 09:53Mississippi River Pool 12 NortheastFreshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are biting on crawlers or crayfish fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.08/04 09:54Mississippi River Pool 13 NortheastFor fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-497608/04 09:49Mississippi River Pool 13 NortheastRiver stage in Bellevue is 11.69 feet and falling. The river is forecast to drop to 11 feet on Saturday then remain stable over the first half of next week. Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are in the mid 80's. Be aware that the Mississippi River is infested with zebra mussels, eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and brittle naiad. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before transporting to another waterbody.08/04 09:49Mississippi River Pool 13 NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are biting on stink bait fished around snags in the side channels.08/04 09:57Mississippi River Pool 13 NortheastFreshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are biting on crawlers on the bottom in areas of moderate current.08/04 09:58Mississippi River Pool 14 NortheastFor fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-497608/04 09:49Mississippi River Pool 14 NortheastRiver stage below Lock and Dam 13 is 11.22 feet and falling. Water clarity is poor and water temperatures are in the mid 80's. Be aware that the Mississippi River is infested with zebra mussels, eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and brittle naiad. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before transporting to another waterbody.08/04 09:49Mississippi River Pool 14 NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are biting on stink bait fished around snags or along rip rap shorelines.08/04 10:00Mississippi River Pool 14 NortheastFreshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are biting on crawlers on the bottom in areas of moderate current.08/04 10:01Mississippi River Pool 9 NortheastRiver levels are expected to fluctuate over the next weeks as current predictions show the river dropping a bit over the next few days only to begin to rise another foot by next week. Water temperature is in the lower 80's.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 9 NortheastRiver level at Lansing is 10.5 and expected to remain near this level and then begin to rise to 11.5 by next week. Army road ramp at New Albin is now open but may become closed if higher water goes over the road. Village Creek and Heytman's ramps remain open. 08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 9 NortheastBluegill - Good: Bluegills still biting well in backwaters although vegetation is becoming thick and boating may be difficult.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 9 NortheastChannel Catfish - Good: Some good catches of catfish reported in the Big lake area. This is a good time of year to use stinkbait. 08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 9 NortheastFreshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well using an egg sinker and worms near shorline areas.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 9 NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Decent largemouth fishing reported in Big Lake and around the shorleines in the Lansing area.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 9 NortheastNorthern Pike - Fair: Nice pike reported recently. As water temps warm look for pike near the mouths of cold water springs or creeks08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 9 NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish along exposed rock shorelines with current. Small spinners and jigs are working well for concentrated fish.08/04 10:08Mississippi River Pool 9 NortheastWalleye - Slow: Higher water levels will make finding active walleyes more difficult.08/04 10:08Plainfield NortheastInterior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District remain high and muddy, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.
WaterbodyDistrictCommentsDatePlainfield NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Topwater baits have been good during the early evening hours.08/03 04:15Plainfield NortheastLargemouth bass fishing has been good on Plainfield Lake during the early evening hours.08/03 04:15Plainfield NortheastInterior river conditions have greatly improved with the run of dry weather. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District are above base flows and are running clear, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/05 02:39Plainfield NortheastLargemouth bass fishing has been good on Plainfield Lake during the early evening hours.08/05 02:39Plainfield NortheastLargemouth Bass - Good: Topwater baits have been good during the early evening hours.08/05 02:39Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastInterior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District remain high and muddy, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/03 04:15Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastWalleye - Fair: Jig & twister tipped with a crawler or casting crankbaits work very well this time of year.08/03 04:15Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastWalleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass are being caught on the Shell Rock River.08/03 04:15Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Jigs tipped with a twister & nightcrawler slowly retrieved off of the bottom or casting crankbaits can be productive this time of year.08/03 04:15Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Cutbaits have seemed to be the favorite of channel catfish right now.08/03 04:25Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastInterior river conditions have greatly improved with the run of dry weather. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District are above base flows and are running clear, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/05 02:39Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Jigs tipped with a twister & nightcrawler slowly retrieved off of the bottom or casting crankbaits can be productive this time of year.08/05 02:39Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastWalleye - Fair: Jig & twister tipped with a crawler or casting crankbaits work very well this time of year.08/05 02:39Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastWalleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass are being caught on the Shell Rock River.08/05 02:39Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Cutbaits have seemed to be the favorite of channel catfish right now.08/05 02:39Turkey River (above Clermont) NortheastArea lakes, streams and rivers are in good condition. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.08/05 09:44Turkey River (above Clermont) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Good: Try using jigs tipped with 2" dark green or brown (pumpkin) colored twistertails.08/05 09:56Turkey River (above Clermont) NortheastWalleye - Good: Try using crawdad imitating artificial lures.08/05 09:58Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) NortheastArea lakes, streams and rivers are in good condition. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.08/05 09:44Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) NortheastWalleye - Good: Walleye are hitting on crankbaits, twistertails and jigs tipped with worms.08/05 10:28Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Good: 08/05 10:34Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) NortheastArea lakes, streams and rivers are in good condition. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.08/05 09:44Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) NortheastThe Upper Iowa is in excellent condition. 08/05 10:04Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) NortheastWalleye - Excellent: Walleye are biting on crankbaits, twistertails and jigs tipped with worms.08/05 10:17Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers are having the best luck with crankbaits and twistertails.08/05 10:18Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) NortheastNorthern Pike - Slow: A few northerns are being caught on silver crankbaits.08/05 10:19Volga Lake NortheastArea lakes, streams and rivers are in good condition. For more information, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.08/05 09:44Volga Lake NortheastRoad construction will be occurring on the road to the lake and new campground through Labor Day baring any delays. The lake and campground will be inaccessible during construction.08/05 09:50Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastInterior river conditions may deteriorate quickly with the recent heavy rains, check USGS gages for most recent stream levels. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District remain high and muddy, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/03 04:15Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Jig tipped with a nightcrawler or crankbaits are working well for smallmouth bass. 08/03 04:15Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastThe Wapsi River is once again in cood condition for angling. Walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing has been fair.08/03 04:15Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastWalleye - Fair: Try a jig tipped with half a nightcrawler or casting crankbaits.08/03 04:15Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Cutbaits have seemed to be the favorite of channel catfish right now. 08/03 04:27Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastInterior river conditions have greatly improved with the run of dry weather. Channel catfish have been biting well on most of the interior rivers with occasional walleye and smallmouth bass being caught. Anglers are still catching some crappie and bluegill on area Black Hawk and Bremer County lakes. Trout streams in the Manchester District are above base flows and are running clear, call the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276 for most recent stream conditions.08/05 02:39Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastChannel Catfish - Fair: Cutbaits have seemed to be the favorite of channel catfish right now. 08/05 02:39Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastSmallmouth Bass - Fair: Jig tipped with a nightcrawler or crankbaits are working well for smallmouth bass. 08/05 02:39Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastThe Wapsi River is once again in cood condition for angling. Walleye, channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing has been fair.08/05 02:39Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) NortheastWalleye - Fair: Try a jig tipped with half a nightcrawler or casting crankbaits.08/05 02:39Beeds Lake NorthwestClear Lake contains zebra mussels. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before going to another water body. For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.08/03 09:02Beeds Lake NorthwestLargemouth bass fishing has been good. Try using the typical spinner baits and plastic baits fishing the shoreline.08/03 09:29Big Sioux River NorthwestThe 600 foot no wake zone is no longer in effect. Area rivers are continuing to drop with the dry weather and catfish fishing is picking up!08/03 08:04Big Sioux River NorthwestThe Chris Walrod memorial catfish tournament "Skilly Slam" will be held at Plymouth County Park north of Akron on August 6th. Check bigsiouxcatanglers.com for more details.08/03 08:04Big Sioux River NorthwestChannel Catfish - Good: As water levels drop, fishing will continue to pick up for channel cats.08/03 08:04Big Spirit Lake NorthwestThe 600 foot no wake zone is no longer in effect. Area rivers are continuing to drop with the dry weather and catfish fishing is picking up!08/03 08:04Big Spirit Lake NorthwestWalleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has slowed down, but some anglers are still reporting limits. Fishing is best along the weed beds and Stoney Point with leeches and crawlers during early morning hours for best action.08/03 08:04Big Spirit Lake NorthwestLargemouth Bass - Good: Many largemouth have been reported while using the same tactics as fishing for smallmouth08/03 08:04Big Spirit Lake NorthwestSmallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are still catching smallmouth while casting in the bullrushes and above the submergent vegetation.08/03 08:04Big Spirit Lake NorthwestYellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are reporting a limited number of Yellow Perch being caught. Action will improve in the coming weeks.08/03 08:04Big Spirit Lake NorthwestWhite Bass - Good: Bass fisherman have reported good catches of white bass08/03 08:10Black Hawk Lake NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21Black Hawk Lake NorthwestAnglers are allowed three walleye per day and all fish must be at least 15 inches. Fishing for channel catfish remains good.08/04 08:21Browns Lake NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21Browns Lake NorthwestBrowns Lake is open to boat traffic. Anglers are catching good numbers of channel catfish ranging 2 to 4 pounds each.08/04 08:21Clear Lake NorthwestClear Lake contains zebra mussels. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before going to another water body. For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.08/03 09:02Clear Lake NorthwestWalleye fishing continues to be fair. Some anglers are having success drift fishing the reefs with a crawler harness or Lindy rig on a bottom bouncer in 10 to 12 feet of water. Yellow bass fishing has been fair with anglers catching them while drifting over the artificial reefs using jigs and live bait, using a floating jig with a sinker to get it just off the bottom has been helpful. Channel catfish can be caught with stink bait or chicken liver fishing the shore or reefs in the evening.08/03 09:16Crawford Creek Impoundment NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21Crawford Creek Impoundment NorthwestCrawford Creek has the invasive plant brittle naiad. Be sure to clean boat and trailer before you leave lake to avoid spreading this species to other water bodies.08/04 08:21Crystal Lake NorthwestClear Lake contains zebra mussels. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before going to another water body. For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.08/03 09:02Crystal Lake NorthwestTry for largemouth bass using plastic tube baits, spinners, or just a jig and crawler. Bluegill of a variety of sizes can be caught on crawlers fishing from the jetties.08/03 09:26Dog Creek (Lake) NorthwestThe 600 foot no wake zone is no longer in effect. Area rivers are continuing to drop with the dry weather and catfish fishing is picking up!08/03 08:04Dog Creek (Lake) NorthwestBullhead - Good: Anglers have reported many large bullhead being caught in the past week on night crawler under a bobber.08/04 07:09East Okoboji Lake NorthwestThe 600 foot no wake zone is no longer in effect. Area rivers are continuing to drop with the dry weather and catfish fishing is picking up!08/03 08:04East Okoboji Lake NorthwestChannel Catfish - Good: Good fishing after dark using stink bait and other traditional baits.08/03 08:04East Okoboji Lake NorthwestWalleye - Good: Walleye have been reported along rocky points and wader fisherman at the spillway early in the morning and before sunset.08/03 08:04East Okoboji Lake NorthwestWhite Bass - Good: Watch for schooling fish breaking the water and use a minnow or minnow-like bait for best action. Fishing at the spillway in the early morning has been producing good numbers of fish.08/03 08:04East Okoboji Lake NorthwestYellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass are being caught while fishing for white bass.08/03 08:04Eldred Sherwood Lake NorthwestClear Lake contains zebra mussels. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before going to another water body. For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.08/03 09:02Eldred Sherwood Lake NorthwestTry for channel catfish using crawlers, chicken liver, or stink bait fished off the bottom. Try for panfish with crawlers fished under a bobber or small plastic baits on a jig. Be aware that this lake contains brittle naiad. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before going to another water body.08/03 09:24Great Western Park Lake NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21Great Western Park Lake NorthwestGreat Western Park has the invasive plant brittle naiad. Be sure to clean boat and trailer before you leave lake to avoid spreading this species to other water bodies.08/04 08:21Lake Cornelia NorthwestClear Lake contains zebra mussels. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before going to another water body. For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.08/03 09:02Lake Cornelia NorthwestWalleye fishing has been fair. Fish from 15 to 18 inches have been biting on live bait. 08/03 09:27Lake Smith NorthwestClear Lake contains zebra mussels. Please clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before going to another water body. For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.08/03 09:02Lake Smith NorthwestPanfish can still be caught using a piece of crawler on a small jig or hook fished under a bobber. Try for channel catfish using crawlers, chicken liver, or stink bait fished off the bottom. 08/03 09:25Little Sioux Park Lake NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21Little Sioux Park Lake NorthwestWater is very clear. Anglers have been catching some bluegill and catfish.08/04 08:21Little Sioux Park Lake NorthwestBluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching some hand-size bluegill fishing a piece of nightcrawler on a small hook under a bobber.08/04 08:21Little Sioux Park Lake NorthwestChannel Catfish - Fair: Fishermen have been catching some 2 to 3 pound cats mostly at night, using mainly nightcrawlers and liver. 08/04 08:21Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville) NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville) NorthwestThe Little Sioux River has come down some and should be fishable by now.08/04 08:21Little Spirit Lake NorthwestThe 600 foot no wake zone is no longer in effect. Area rivers are continuing to drop with the dry weather and catfish fishing is picking up!08/03 08:04Little Spirit Lake NorthwestBullhead - Good: Try fishing on the bottom with a night crawler near the outlet.08/03 08:04Nelson Park Lake NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21Nelson Park Lake NorthwestNelson Park has the invasive plant brittle naiad. Be sure to clean boat and trailer before you leave lake to avoid spreading this species to other water bodies. Fishing has been slow for all species.08/04 08:21North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn) NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn) NorthwestThe Raccoon River has come down and is now fishable.08/04 08:31North Racoon River (Auburn to Perry) NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21North Racoon River (Auburn to Perry) NorthwestSoem anglers have had good success running bank lines for flathead catfish. Remember that you need to have your bank lines tagged and they need to be checked every 24 hours if you leave them unattended.08/04 08:34North Twin Lake NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21North Twin Lake NorthwestYellow bass, channel catfish, and freshwater drum continue to bite at North Twin Lake.08/04 08:21Silver Lake (****inson) NorthwestThe 600 foot no wake zone is no longer in effect. Area rivers are continuing to drop with the dry weather and catfish fishing is picking up!08/03 08:04Silver Lake (****inson) NorthwestChannel Catfish - Good: Try fishing toward evening hours with a dead chub or stinkbait08/03 08:04Silver Lake (****inson) NorthwestWhite Bass - Good: Watch for schooling fish chasing minnows and fish with minnow or minnow-like baits08/03 08:04Snyder Bend Lake NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21Snyder Bend Lake NorthwestSnyder Bend is closed to boat traffic.08/04 08:21Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) NorthwestAquatic vegetation has come in at many of the lakes in the area. Boaters and anglers should inspect their boats, trailers, and live wells to avoid spreading nuisance species to other water bodies. For more information on lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.08/04 08:21Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) NorthwestBoaters use caution. The hydraulic dredge is in operation at Storm Lake. Stay clear of dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Anglers are allowed three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, only one of the three fish can be over 22 inches.08/04 08:21Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) NorthwestWalleye - Slow: Boat anglers have been doing the best for walleye. Most anglers are drifting or trolling bottom bouncers with a crawler harness or a leech around the dredge cuts. The mustad slow death hooks have been very popular with the anglers. Trolling small shad colored crankbaits has been working well.08/04 08:21Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) NorthwestChannel Catfish - Fair: Use the usual baits like stink bait, shrimp, cutbait, and minnows. Try fishing the inlet where Little Storm flows into Big Storm.08/04 08:21Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) NorthwestWhite Bass - Slow: Cast white twisters or shad colored crankbaits. Look for white bass breaking the surface pursuing baitfish and cast into the school.08/04 08:21