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Fishing Report for the Weekend of 7/28/17

Iowa DNR
Iowa DNR

It’s my birthday weekend and I want to go fishing and so should you! Here’s the Iowa DNR’s fishing report for the weekend of 7/28/17. Enjoy and happy birthday to me!

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
The park ranger reports that the bluegill and largemouth bass fishing has been fair with channel catfish picking up on Casey Lake. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use sub-surface artificial baits and plastics off of the jetties and dam. Bluegill – Fair: Try off of the jetties and in the cove areas in 2 to 4-feet of water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait, chicken livers and leopard frogs.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
The Cedar River has received some substantial rainfall over the past week. The river is falling quickly and conditions should improve with the next week’s dry forecast.

Manchester District Streams
Anglers are doing well catching trout on imitation hoppers on Spring Branch Creek and other area streams; there is a banner crop of grasshopper this summer. Recent rainfall events have made streams rise and fall fast; call ahead if you are travelling from far away. Brown Trout – Good: Use imitation hoppers on the surface.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River in Delaware County has been very high, but is beginning to fall fast. Little or no fishing will likely take place over the coming weekend.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
The Shell Rock River is being reported as being in the best condition of all of the interior rivers. Angling opportunities may be best for catching walleye or smallmouth bass.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Recreation is not recommended over the coming weekend on the swollen Wapsipinicon River as flows remain dangerous. Northern Pike – Good: Use large spinnerbaits or live chubs under a bobber.

Interior river fishing has been fairly unpredictable with fluctuating river levels. Most rivers remain high and turbid. Trout streams remain in good condition, but call ahead for stream conditions if travelling from far away. Contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276 for more information.

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