A short report this week, which means you spend less time reading and more time on the lake. Here's the Iowa DNR's 'Fishing Report' for the weekend of 8/4/7.

Black Crappie - Fair: Try in 8- to 12-feet of water for good crappie action.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use sub-surface artificial baits and plastics off of the jetties and dam. Bluegill - Fair: Try off of the jetties and in the cove areas in 2- to 4-feet of water. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait, chicken livers and leopard frogs.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is falling quickly; conditions should improve with the dry forecast.

Manchester District Streams
Anglers are doing well catching trout on imitation hoppers on Spring Branch Creek and other area streams; there is a banner crop of grasshopper this summer. Brown Trout - Good: Use imitation hoppers on the surface.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River is falling rapidly; conditions should be excellent by the coming weekend.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock River is being reported as being in good condition. Angling opportunities may be good on this river for walleye or smallmouth bass this weekend.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Recreation is not recommended over the coming weekend on the swollen Wapsipinicon River as flows remain dangerous. Northern Pike - Good: Use large spinnerbaits or live chubs under a bobber.

Most rivers are falling quickly and clearing up; the extended forecast looks great for this weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276 for more information.