Memorial Day Weekend is going to be a great time to get out with the family and get a few lines in the water. The weather is suppose to be amazing and the fish are biting. Check out the Iowa DNR Fishing report for the weekend of 5/26.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water clarity is improving with temperatures in the mid 50's. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. Walleye - Slow: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or twister tail below dams in the pockets. With cooler temperatures, slow your retrieve. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use dead chubs or nightcrawler fished from shore under a bobber. Find fish in brush piles. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Smallmouth are hitting everything that hits the water. Fish around brush piles for a whopper. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a minnow under a bobber in eddies or off channel areas.

Decorah District Streams
Streams conditions are improving after last week's rain. Streams with better watersheds will clear quicker. Call 563-927-5736 for catchable trout stocking locations. Use jigs tipped with twister tails, feathered spinnerbaits, or flashy spoons. Use a nightcrawler to catch a freshly stocked fish. Brook Trout - Good: Use mayfly or caddis fly imitations for the afternoon hatch. Brown Trout - Good: A great time to fish for brown trout is when water turns off color from rainfall events. Try caddis fly and midge larvae imitations hatching off the water. Hatches have slowed with cooler temperatures. Usr leach or whooly buggers for more aggressive fish. Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish rainbow trout in the head end of riffles. Slowly pull a black bead head fly with a light colored scud or midge dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.

Lake Hendricks
Near shore fish activity will improve with warmer temperatures. Slow your retrieve giving fish time to strike. Boat anglers are finding fish in deeper water. Bluegill - Good: Catch gills moving into shallower water with a small jig. Let it sink and slowly reel it in. Channel Catfish - Slow: Use cut baits on windblown rocky shorelines. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass should move back in as temperatures rise. Use a jig tipped with a plastic twister.

Lake Meyer
Water clarity is about 5 feet and is improving. Water temperatures are in the mid 50's. Find the latest hot spots on the Iowa DNR's fishing atlas. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are building nests. Use a small jig in shallow water with a slow retrieve. Channel Catfish - Slow: Try a crawler fished on the bottom in a rocky windblown shoreline. Dawn and dusk are best. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a spinnerbait; a variety of colors are working. Bass are out deeper, but should move in as water warms.  Black Crappie - Fair: Use a minnow or artificial scented baits fished under a bobber in the evening in shallow water along a rocky shoreline. Northern Pike - Slow: Try a spinnerbait for a pike hanging in shallow water.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Water levels are slowly dropping with temperatures in the mid 50's. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or feathered spinnerbait around a current break. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a soft plastic twister tail. Use a slow retrieve in cooler water. White Sucker - Good: Try a hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished off the bottom.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels are falling with temperatures in the mid 50's. Visibility is fair. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. Walleye - Fair: Try a jig tipped with natural colored twister tails or small crankbait near coldwater tributaries. White Sucker - Good: Use a worm with enough weight for it to sit on the bottom. Watch your rod tip. When it bends, set the hook. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Catch smallies in the off channel areas. A variety of lures are working now.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels are falling with temperatures in the mid 50's. Visibility is poor. Bank anglers should toss a lure upstream and let it float through the current along a ledge or current seam.  Walleye - Slow: Use spinnerbaits and jig tipped with a minnow fished at the head and tail ends of deeper pools. White Sucker - Good: Use a hook with a worm and enough weight to get the worm to the bottom. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or ring worms. Try also bright colored twister tails. Northern Pike - Slow: A few anglers are picking up pike using spinnerbaits.

Volga Lake
Water temperatures cooled over the last week. Fish deeper water for success. Fish attractors were recently added in the lake. Find fish attracting structure locations on the Iowa DNR's fishing atlas. Bluegill - Slow: Use small jigs tipped with small piece of nightcrawler or red worm fished deep. Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappie along rocky shoreline especially near sunset. Try a hook tipped with a small minnow under a bobber. Channel Catfish - Slow: Use dead minnows or other dead fish along windblown shores to attract a cruising cat. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass moved off beds with cooler temperatures, but will move in as conditions improve. Try a spinnerbait with a slow retrieve in cooler water.

Expect scattered thunderstorms over the weekend with temperatures reaching the low 70's. Area rivers and streams crested and are stabilizing. Water clarity is improving and water temperatures are slowly rising. Anglers please thank landowners for allowing public fishing on private property. Help us keep our streams beautiful. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.


Big Woods Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Try numerous depths floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber as the crappie begin to stage for spawn. Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegill spawning beds along the shorelines. Try a piece of worm or small jig under a slip bobber fished above the beds.

Brinker Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Try numerous depths floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber as the crappie begin to stage for spawn. Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegill spawning beds along the shorelines. Try a piece of worm or small jig under a slip bobber fished above the beds.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River has risen with recent rainfall events, but is beginning to recede. There are no reports for this past week.

George Wyth Lake
Black Crappie - Fair: Try numerous depths floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber as the crappie begin to stage for spawn. Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegill spawning beds along the shorelines. Try a piece of worm or small jig under a slip bobber fished above the beds.

Manchester District Streams
Trout streams are clear and in excellent condition. Rainbow Trout – Good.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Angler reports have been really good for smallmouth bass on the Maquoketa River in Delaware County. Recent surveys have found good numbers of walleye also. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use artificial baits. Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing a nightcrawler or stink baits.

Martens Lake
Anglers are doing well on largemouth bass on Martens Lake. Largemouth Bass - Good: Use weedless spinnerbaits or plastic worms fished along shoreline or near lily pads.

Plainfield Lake
Anglers are starting to catch some bluegill on Plainfield Lake as the spawn approaches. Bluegill - Fair: Find the spawning beds along the shorelines. Try a piece of worm or small jig under a slip bobber fished above the beds.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
There are no reports for this coming week.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
There are no reports for this coming week.

Interior river water levels are beginning to fall with the recent rainfall events. Lake fishing has picked up throughout the crappie spawn. Trout fishing remains good. Contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276 for more information.