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Clear Lake: The water temp is in the mid-fifties. Shore anglers are catching crappies and yellow bass fishing off the jetties in the little lake. Walleye - Good: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with jigs and a minnow. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish the edge of the rushes with a small minnow. Yellow Bass - Good: Fish small jigs in 6 to 9 ft of water. White Bass - Fair.

Cedar River (above Nashua):  Good reports of fish biting continue throughout the district. Storms Saturday with temperatures highs 50's and lows 30's. Area streams and rivers water levels relatively stable with excellent clarity. Could change depending on rain amounts. Channel Catfish - Good: Use dead chubs fished in the impoundments or slack water areas. Keep bait on river bottom. Levels stabilizing with excellent clarity. Anglers seeing a nice variety of fish in the creel. Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are hitting spoons, crankbaits, and hooks tipped with dead chubs below dams and slack water areas. The bite is slowing. Walleye - Good: Try a jig tipped a minnow or ringworms for best luck. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallies are beginning to show up. Use crankbaits for best luck.

Winnebago River: River levels are getting back to normal level. Fish the current breaks near a dam with a jig and minnow.

Decorah District Streams: Trout streams are in good condition. Many gravel roads remain in rough shape; watch for soft spots, especially in parking lots. Hatchery trucks are stocking as many spots as possible. Check the 2019 trout stream stocking calendar or call the stocking number at 563-927- 5736 to find out when your favorite trout stream will be stocked. Brown Trout - Good: Nice blue wing olive and a few minor caddis flies are hatching mid-afternoon. Fish are hitting just below the surface; nymph fishing might work best. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Use a minnow or worm under a bobber. Try also a leach pattern. Brook Trout - Good: Midges are hatching on sunny afternoons. If trout are chasing minnows at tails of riffles, try using a streamer or minnow imitating lure.

West Okoboji Lake: Courtesy docks are in at the IGL's. Water temperature is 50 degrees. Bluegill - Good: Some action reported from Triboji Lagoon, sorting required. Expect action to improve as water temperatures improve.

 

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Lake Hendricks: The lake has a brown tint to it. Fish shallow bays and along rocky shorelines later in the day. Black Crappie - Good: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber near brush piles or sunny shoreline. Bluegill - Fair: Try a small hook tipped with a small piece of worm or left over waxies under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Jigs tipped with plastic twister tail or jerkbait will catch a hungry bass. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a nightcrawler around the rocky shores with wind-blown material.

Lake Meyer:  Good reports of fish biting continue throughout the district. Storms Saturday with temperatures highs 50's and lows 30's. Area streams and rivers water levels relatively stable with excellent clarity. Could change depending on rain amounts. Anglers catching a variety of fish. Catch rates vary with changing weather patterns. Clarity about 15 ft. with water temperature low 60's. Black Crappie - Fair: Fish shallow around submersed logs using small plastic lures or hair jigs. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with small piece of worm around rocky shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Crankbaits or jerkbaits are working for bass. Northern Pike - Slow: Find pike in shallow bays. Swimbaits, spoons, or a hook baited with a minnow will catch pike.

Turkey River (above Clermont): Good reports of fish biting continue throughout the district. Storms Thursday and Saturday with temperatures highs 50's and lows 30's. Area streams and rivers water levels relatively stable with excellent clarity. Walleye - Good: Fish the slack water areas below dams with a jig tipped with minnow or shallow water crankbait. Water levels and flows stabilizing. Clarity excellent. White Sucker - Good: Use a worm fished off the bottom for best luck. As water warms in the 50's, suckers become more active.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah):  Flows remain elevated but levels are stabilizing. Clarity excellent. Walleye - Good: A variety of lures will catch a walleye. Fish slack water below dams or off-channel areas for best luck. White Sucker - Excellent: Suckers biting. Use worm fished on bottom. Use a bit more weight to keep line down due to elevated flows.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah): Flows are high; river levels are stabilizing. Clarity is excellent. Water temperature is in the low 50's. Walleye - Good: Walleye are biting. Try jigs tipped with a minnow or crankbaits. White Sucker - Good: Use a hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished on the bottom. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try cut bait or nightcrawlers. Northern Pike - Good: Pike are hitting dead chubs or suckers.

Volga Lake: Concentrate efforts along the shore and shallow warmer water. Boat docks are in. Bluegill - Slow: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms or spikes under a bobber in shallow areas. Black Crappie - Fair: Try a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber in shallow bays. Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits and jigs tipped with a variety of plastics will hook a bass.

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