Fishing Report for Labor Day Weekend 2016
Here is your Labor Day 2016 Fishing Report from the Iowa DNR.
Cedar River (above Nashua)
Cedar River water levels have stabilized. Clarity is improving. For more information on water levels, go to http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt. Walleye - Slow: Anglers are catching walleye in the eddies and off channel areas around woody debris with a crawler fished near the bottom. Channel Catfish - Slow: Catfish are hitting crawlers; try also chicken liver.
Decorah District Streams
Conditions have improved greatly from last week and are fishable. Many streams sustained some damage to habitat and access points. Stocking has resumed on Decorah Hatchery streams on a limited basis. The ground in many areas is saturated. For more information, please call the trout stocking number at 563-927-5736. Brown Trout – Good. Brook Trout – Good. Rainbow Trout – Good.
Lake Hendricks campground and boat ramp are open after last week’s high water. Water clarity is improving and fish are more active.
Lake Meyer is open and accessible. Water clarity is improving. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching nice sized bluegill on a hook tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber.
Anglers have excellent shore and boat access. Channel Catfish - Good: Use a nightcrawler fished on the bottom just out past shoreline vegetation.
Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels have stabilized and clarity remains very limited. Lime Springs campground is closed, but everything else is open. Chimney Rock access is open, but the bridge is closed, access from the CR W14 side.
Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels have stabilized and clarity is extremely limited. Flows remain high. Access points and campground accessibility varies at this time. Please call the local city or county conservation board offices for more information.
Anglers drifting over rock or brush piles will find fish. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Black Crappie - Good: Try small jigs with flat tailed plastic body. Bluegill – Slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stink baits, chicken liver and crawlers. Volga Lake has a very nice population of catfish awaiting the patient angler.
Flood waters have receded on all rivers and streams and clarity is improving. Rainfall amounts varied from 2 to as much as 8 inches. Rivers and streams in Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties are not fishable nor are they accessible. Another round of showers is forecast for the weekend. For fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Reports have been slow, but some anglers are picking up a few walleye and channel catfish on the Cedar River. Walleye - Fair: Try casting crankbaits or fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler. Channel Catfish - Fair: Concentrate near fallen snags using dead cut bait, night crawlers, stink bait or chicken livers.
Lake Delhi is at full water capacity and lake level. Expect heavy boat traffic as we head into the upcoming holiday Labor Day weekend. Walleye – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.
Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Maquoketa River remains in excellent shape; it missed the larger rainfall events. The river will sustain high recreational use this coming holiday weekend. Fish early morning or later evening hours to avoid the high use. Walleye - Fair: Try casting crankbaits or fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler.
Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
Shell Rock River is currently at 10.08 feet as of Thursday morning and falling. There are no reports at this time as the river is high and turbid. Walleye – Slow. Smallmouth Bass – Slow.
Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Wapsipinicon River is currently at 7.73 feet as of Thursday morning and falling. There are no reports at this time as the river is high and turbid. Walleye – Slow. Smallmouth Bass – Slow.
Interior rivers continue to fall in the northeast corner of the state. Angler reports are few due to the higher water levels, but anglers are picking up some walleye and channel catfish. Lake angling reports are slow, but should increase as water temperatures begin falling with the onset of early fall. Trout streams remain excellent in the Manchester District. For further information, contact the Manchester Office at 563-927-3276.