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Fishing Report for the Weekend of 2/17

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Iowa DNR

Super warm weather this weekend will probably keep everyone off the ice, but there are still ways to get the line in the water. Here’s your DNR Fishing Report for the weekend of 2/17.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Ice fishing is not recommended. Edges are opening and more of the river ice has melted. Flows and water levels are increasing. Open water fishing is around the corner.

Decorah District Streams
Streams are in good condition, but flows remain high. Many streams turn off color later in the day with warmer temperatures, snow melt, and run-off from fields.  Insect hatches should start to become more prevalent on warmer sunny afternoons. Brook Trout – Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace, or suckers. Brown Trout – Good: Fishing when the water turns off color from run-off will turn the browns on. Try critters imitating mosquitoes, gnats or fly larvae hatching off the water. Rainbow Trout – Good: Black fly midge or hares ear wet flies are attracting bows fished in the riffles. Slowly pull a black bead head fly with a yellow scud dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.

Lake Hendricks
Ice depths are 8-10 inches. There is open water around it. There is little snow cover on the ice. All parking lots are open. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice. The aerator is on so be careful. Anglers have been marking quite a few fish but the bite is slow. Bluegill – Slow: Anglers are catching bluegills with small brightly colored jigs tipped with a spike but it’s slow going. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Use a small spinner tipped with a waxworm or minnow head. Black Crappie – Slow: Try small brightly colored jig tipped with a waxworm suspended about 3 to 4 feet off the bottom.

Lake Meyer
Lake Meyer currently has 12 inches of ice. Fish activity has been variable. Anglers need to move around to find fish. Early bite is best.  Bluegill – Slow: Use a jig tipped with waxworm or red or white spike. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Anglers are seeing fish on cameras and a few have taken a jig tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappies are sitting higher off the bottom and are being more finicky. Find crappies hanging around fish cribs.

Turkey River (above Clermont)
Ice fishing is not recommended. Flows and water levels are increasing with snow melt.

Volga Lake
Ice fishing is not recommended. The edges are beginning to open up and wind and wave action will help take the ice out.

Warmer weather is forecast for the weekend with highs in the upper 50’s. This may be the last weekend for hassle-free ice fishing in our northern counties. Ice conditions will change very fast with warmer temperatures and a warm rain. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.


Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
There have been good to excellent reports of anglers catching northern pike and walleye on the Cedar River. Northern Pike – Good: Using jigs tipped with a minnow. Walleye – Excellent: Try jigs tipped with a minnow. Concentrate on the deeper overwintering holes.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Walleye – Fair: Use jigs tipped with a minnow. Concentrate on the deeper overwintering holes.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
There have been no reports for the Wapsipinicon River this week but anglers have been doing well catching walleye on other interior rivers. Walleye – No Report: Use jigs tipped with a minnow. Concentrate on the deeper overwintering holes for walleye.

Ice fishing reports have stopped with the onset of spring-like weather; most anglers have put away their ice fishing equipment for the season. Reports have been good to excellent for walleye and northern pike on the interior rivers. Area trout streams are in excellent condition, contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276 for more information.

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