Fishing Report for Weekend of 8/19
Here is your Iowa DNR Fishing report for the weekend of 8/19. Don't forget you can get your fishing and hunting license online at by clicking HERE.
Cedar River (above Nashua)
Cedar River water levels are slowly stabilizing and clarity continues to improve. Use caution when boating; submersed logs and other debris may not be visible. Walleye – Slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers fishing in current breaks and eddies are finding catfish. Use chicken livers and stink baits. Northern Pike – Slow.
Decorah District Streams
Many trout streams are fishable. The spotty nature of Tuesday's rain has caused some streams to be off color. Flows remain up. A few of our streams are not stocked in August as these streams tend to get too warm for cold water fish. Refer to our calendar and map to find out which ones. Brown Trout - Good: A nice variety of insects have been hatching in the late afternoon. Use a #18 blue wing olive or #14 or #16 caddis fly imitation. Strong midge hatches have also been occurring. Brook Trout - Good: For stained water, use a streamer or minnow imitation. Terrestrial bugs are beginning to show up on streams. Ants, grasshoppers, and crickets should start to turn heads. Rainbow Trout - Good: Spin fishers should try spinners or worms.
The green algae bloom continues on the lake but anglers are still catching fish. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers fishing from a boat or canoe are having luck using topwater plastics over the vegetation and reeling to deeper water. Bluegill - Slow: Fishing from shore is difficult due to aquatic beds. Anglers are finding fish in deeper water using a hook tipped with small piece of worm. Channel Catfish - Good: Try chicken livers or night crawlers fished off the bottom.
Spotty catches of fish continue on Lake Meyer. Brittle naiad has been found in the lake near the boat ramp. Please make sure your boat trailer and other watercraft are clear of plants. Bluegill - Slow: Gills are in shallow dense vegetation and difficult to catch. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a variety of soft topwater plastics. Start along the weed edges and fish deeper. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are taking a big worm, night crawlers or stinkbait fished off the bottom under a bobber.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water temperatures are in the mid 70's. Water levels have gone up a foot since Tuesday evening and clarity has declined. Use brightly colored jigs and flashy spinners to get the attention of a fish. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Run a spinner bait along undercut banks and overhanging rock ledges. Also try the mouths of spring fed tributaries.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels continue to go up downstream of lower dam and clarity is decreasing. Use care when paddling; logs, rocks, and other debris may not be visible until it's too late to maneuver. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Try small crankbaits or spinner baits in eddies and tributary mouths. Walleye – Slow.
Volga Lake has a green algae bloom. Anglers drifting over rock or brush piles will find fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair. Bluegill – Slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink baits, chicken liver and crawlers. Volga Lake has a nice population of catfish awaiting the patient angler.
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Reports have been good for fishing on Casey Lake for bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Quality size bluegills have been caught with some approaching 9 inches. Bluegill - Good: Try just below the surface in one to three feet of water near structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits near the dam and off jetties. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers.
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is currently falling. Walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish fishing should be productive by the upcoming weekend. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Try fishing with a bluegill or bullhead on the bottom near structure or in deeper holes. Walleye - Good: Use a jig tipped with a crawler or cast crankbaits. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits near rocky shorelines.
Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River is in excellent angling condition for the upcoming weekend. Anglers have been catching walleye on a consistent basis. Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year. Look for current breaks and woody structure. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use a jig and crawler, crankbaits or spinner baits fished near rocky habitat. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try chicken livers or stink baits near the upstream end of logjams.
Anglers are doing well on Martens Lake catching largemouth bass. This lake contains many aquatic plants, so navigation may be difficult. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast and retrieve topwater-weedless baits.
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock River is falling. Walleye, smallmouth bass and channel catfish fishing should be productive by the upcoming weekend. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers. Walleye - Good: Use a jig tipped with a crawler or cast crankbaits. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast crankbaits near rocky shorelines.
Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
The Wapsipinicon River is currently at 5.87 feet and falling. The river remains a bit stained due to higher turbidity or algal bloom. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try stink baits, cut baits or chicken livers. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Cast crankbaits near rocky shorelines. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a crawler or cast crankbaits. Northern Pike - Good: Mepps spinners have been good for northern pike.
The interior rivers are in good condition, especially for the upcoming weekend. Potential heavy rainfall is expected for this Saturday which may impact rivers and streams. Panfish reports have been slow as we are in the mid-summer lulls other than Casey Lake which remains good. Trout streams are in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276Call: 563-927-3276.