DNR Fishing Report – Weekend of 6/4
Here is the latest DNR fishing report for this weekend (6/4)
A few roads in the park are scheduled for maintenance this year, but the park will remain open. The recreation area is in excellent condition with quite a bit of activity. Black Crappie - Good: Use a small jig tipped with a minnow or small plastic worm. Cast your line out with a bobber. Let it sit for a bit then give your line a tiny tug. Take up the slack and repeat very slowly. Bluegill - Good: Try a worm threaded on a hook fished under a bobber to catch bluegills moving into shallow water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Crankbaits work well. Bass are also hitting a jig tipped with a night crawler. Make sure to leave a long tail for the bass to nibble on.
Fish activity has increased and anglers are beginning to take a few fish home. Live baits are working well for all fish. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are on spawning beds. Black Crappie - Slow: Crappie activity has slowed this week. Try trolling over structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass activity has picked up. Use a jig tipped with a twister tail or crankbait.
Water clarity on Lake Meyer is excellent at 10 feet. A good cast into habitat will do better than sitting on top of habitat. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning. Use a small piece of worm fished under a bobber. Black Crappie - Slow: Focus efforts on crappies around the submerged habitat. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try fishing in evening with a shallow water crankbait from shore. Bass will also take a top water lure.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Recent rainfall events have brought the river up, but it has stabilized. Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Water levels and clarity may change depending on rainfall amounts over the next several days. The bite should improve with spawning ending. Walleye - Fair: Try fishing around log jams or current breaks and under rock ledges. White Sucker - Fair: Anglers are still catching a few suckers. A worm on a hook fished off the bottom works best. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Use small crankbaits or a hook tipped with a worm.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
River clarity is off and levels are slowly rising due to recent rainfall events. Clarity should improve quickly. Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Anglers are catching a nice variety of fish. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Anglers are using small spinner baits fished off current breaks. Walleye - Good: Use crankbaits fished off current breaks. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for pike in brush piles and undercut banks or rock ledges. Channel Catfish - Fair: A hook tipped with worm fished along a brush pile works well.
Cedar River (above Nashua)
The river is in excellent condition but this may change depending on where the storms go and how much rain falls. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a minnow. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a twister tail or minnow. Switch between the two when the action slows. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish activity has picked up with recent rains. Try baiting the hook with a chunked up piece of chub and fish off the bottom.
Decorah District Streams
Water clarity is off color on many area streams, but streams with better watersheds should clear up quickly. Increasing numbers of mayfly hatches in the evenings have been observed. Our angler accesses on private property only allow for fishing. All other activities must be permitted by the landowner. Brook Trout - Good: Brook trout may be a bit more difficult to catch when the water is cloudy. Try using a spinner to catch its eye. Brown Trout - Good: Caddis flies, small mayflies, midges and gnats are becoming more numerous. Dry fly angling has been excellent. Use a #16 or 18 for the pale evening dun hatches. Try a blue wing olive with a gnarly midge dropper. Be prepared to change flies often. ,Rainbow Trout - Good: All streams are being stocked with trout. Use a hook tipped with a worm, cheese or dough ball.
This weekend's weather appears to be a repeat of last week’s with a chance of scattered thunderstorms throughout the weekend and temperatures in the low 80's during the day to mid-50's at night. Our area received 0.3 to 1.5 inches of rain. This last round of storms may have turned area streams off color, but most are fishable or will be fishable by the weekend. Please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324 for more information.
Silver Lake (Delaware)
Bluegills have moved into the shallows along the weedy edges of vegetation; catch has been good but some sorting may be required. Bluegill - Good: Cast light jigs near the edges of vegetation or a small piece of worm under a bobber. Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting or vertical fishing small colored jigs near the weed edges. Northern Pike - Good: Try vertical jigging near the edges of weed lines or casting and retrieving weedless spoons through the curly leaf pondweed.
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Anglers are doing well on largemouth bass and fair on bluegill in Casey Lake. Bluegills are moving in shallow in preparation for the spring spawn. Bluegill - Fair: Slowly drift and retrieve small 1/32 or 1/16 oz. jigs over the spawning beds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting topwater baits early morning or late evening. Spinner baits or crankbaits work well during the daytime hours.
Big Woods Lake
Anglers are having success catching crappie in Big Woods Lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting hair jigs or various colored tube jigs near the shallows.
George Wyth Lake
There have been good reports of quality size crappie being taken from George Wyth Lake. Concentrate efforts near the fishing dock or off of the jetties. Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting hair jigs or various colored tube jigs near the shallows.
South Prairie Lake
Reports have been fair for crappie and bluegill on South Prairie Lake, but quality has been on the smaller side. Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting hair jigs or various colored tube jigs near the shallows and along submerged vegetation. Bluegill - Fair: Try casting light jigs near the edges of vegetation or small piece of worm under a bobber.
Plainfield Lake has provided some quality sized bluegill, but anglers have had to work for them. Bluegill - Fair: Present the lightest oz. jig possible allowing the jig to slowly fall in the water column.
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River is currently falling and the catfish are biting. Conditions by the weekend could be favorable for walleye as well. Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a night crawler this time of year is a deadly combination or casting crankbaits for walleye. Channel Catfish - Good: Cut baits, stink baits and crawlers fished on the bottom have been producing some nice catches of channel catfish.
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock River is currently falling and the catfish are biting. Conditions by the weekend could be favorable for walleye as well. Channel Catfish - Good: Cut baits, stink baits and crawlers fished on the bottom have been producing some nice catches of channel catfish. Walleye - Fair: A jig tipped with a night crawler this time of year is a deadly combination or casting crankbaits for walleye.
Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River remains fairly high but is falling; conditions for the upcoming weekend do not look ideal at this time. Walleye - Slow: Casting crankbaits has been hot this past week as water temperatures warm. A jig tipped with half a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Cast & retrieve crankbaits, spinner baits or topwater plugs near and along rocky shorelines or woody debris.