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Clear Lake: Surface water temperature is in the lower 40s. Courtesy docks have been removed from boat ramps. Walleye - Fair: Fish off the jetties at the Ventura Grade in the evenings. Yellow Bass - Slow: Limited fishing activity this past week.

Cedar River (above Nashua): Water levels are on the rise. Flows remain high. Walleye - Fair: Find walleye in pockets and deeper water. Fish are taking a variety of bright colored lures or jigs tipped with worms or minnows. Smallmouth Bass -Slow: Use a slow presentation with a small spinnerbait.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City): Reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Cedar River in Black Hawk and Bremer counties. Walleye - Good: Anglers are doing well with jigs and plastics. Water temperatures have fallen quickly; look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try jig and plastics or crankbaits. Northern Pike - Fair: Cast and retrieve spoons or crankbaits.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock): Reports of anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass on the Shell Rock River in Bremer and Butler counties. Walleye - Good: Anglers are doing well with jigs and plastics. Water temperatures have fallen quickly; look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. Anglers are still also having luck fishing the shallower water. Smallmouth Bass - Excellent: Anglers have been doing well with jigs and plastics.

Arrowhead Lake: The courtesy dock is removed for the season.

Bacon Creek Lake: About 1,600 rainbow trout were stocked on Nov. 7. Use small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, casting spoons, and live minnows or crawlers fished under a bobber.

Black Hawk Lake: Water temperatures are in the upper 40s. Bluegill - Fair: There has been limited fishing activity this week, but a few have had luck using a small jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in Town Bay and in the marina. Largemouth Bass - Fair: There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake.

Brushy Creek Lake: Courtesy docks are removed for the season. Walleye - Fair: Use minnows or leaches in the evenings. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch bass along shore and near vegetation just about anywhere with traditional bass lures. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake. Bluegill - Fair: Try tube jigs tipped with crawlers in 5-10 feet of water.

Moorland Pond: About 1,500 rainbow trout were stocked on Nov 1. Use small tube and twister jigs, in-line spinners, casting spoons, and live minnows or crawlers fished under a bobber.

North Twin Lake: Courtesy docks at the two south ramps are removed for the season.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake): Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye - Fair: Try twisters and leaches fished under a bobber from shore and near the inlet. White Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits and crawlers fished from shore and near the inlet.

East Okoboji Lake: All docks including boat ramps are out. Limited fishing activity.

Silver Lake (Dickinson): Walleye - Good: Wader fishing is your best chance to catch trophy size fish.

Spirit Lake: Majority of the docks, including boat ramps are out. Limited fishing activity. Walleye - Good: Wader angler action is the best bite during the evening hours.

West Okoboji Lake: Most of the docks, including boat ramps are out. Limited fishing activity.

Decorah District Streams: Brown Trout - Good: Brown Trout spawn is near complete. Continue to watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel (trout nests). Avoid stepping in the nests. Use larger flies or lures mimicking minnows. Rainbow Trout - Good: Use a small piece of worm or cheese on a hook under a bobber in a deeper hole. Brook Trout - Good: Brook Trout spawn is here; brook trout build nests in the stream bottom.

Lake Hendricks: Water clarity is improving as temperatures cool. Fish movements slow down to conserve energy, slow presentations down and use smaller tackle. Black Crappie - No Report: Fish lighter gear in deeper water for suspended fish. Try a small jig with a minnow and a slow retrieve.

Lake Meyer: Excellent water clarity. Fish activity slows as water temperatures cool. No angling activity. Bluegill – No Report: Use small lures with a piece of waxworm.

Turkey River (above Clermont): The Turkey River water levels are falling with improved clarity. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Use lures mimicking minnows in off channel areas or deeper water. Walleye - Slow: Try jigs tipped with a minnow, worms and a variety of lures in current breaks and deeper water.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah): Water levels stabilized with the last rainfall. Walleye - Fair: Use crankbaits or a hook tipped with a minnow in eddies and deeper water. Catches are highly variable. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers report nice catches of smallmouth. Look for fish in deeper pocket eddies and near undercut banks. A variety of lures and baits are working.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah): Water levels stabilized after rain earlier in the week. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Use bright colored lures fished in deeper water and rock ledges. Walleye - Fair: Try a jig tipped with minnow or bright twister tail fished deep. Shore fishing should yield better catches.

Volga Lake: Water clarity is improving. No anglers have been out. Fish move deeper during the day and shallow in evening, taking advantage of the sun warmed water.

Heritage Pond: Rainbow Trout - Good: Cast and retrieve lighter jigs or flies.

Lake Delhi: A few reports of anglers catching fish on Lake Delhi. Black Crappie - Fair: Try a jig and plastic or minnow under a slip bobber near structure fished at various depths to find crappie. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use live baits or cast crankbaits.

Manchester District Streams: Spring Branch Creek has been busy with angling activity as many trout escaped with the recent flooding event.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello): Water levels continue to fall, but flows remain swift. Walleye - No Report: Water temperatures have fallen quickly; look for deeper holes as walleye move into over wintering areas. Smallmouth Bass - No Report: Try jig and plastics or crankbaits. Rainbow Trout - No Report: With recent flooding at the fish hatchery, many trout moved to the Maquoketa River.

North Prairie Lake: Rainbow Trout - Good: Cast and retrieve lighter jigs or flies.

Photos: Big fish caught in North Iowa

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