The weather is turning and so are the seasons. Catching fish will be a bit different too. Here is your Iowa DNR Fishing Report for the weekend of 9/16.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Cedar River water levels have stabilized. Clarity is slowly improving. Visithttp://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for information on water levels. Walleye - Slow: Catch 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
Trout streams in the Decorah District are fishable. Many streams sustained some damage to habitat and access points. Stocking has resumed in all areas. The ground in many areas is saturated and may limit truck access on some streams. For more information, call the trout stocking number at 563-927-5736. Brown Trout - Good: Hoppers and other terrestrial flies will catch fish. Try also small mosquito and gnat patterns. Brook Trout – Fair. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Use stealth when approaching trout streams right now. Streams are free of in-stream vegetative cover so fish are very spooky.

Lake Hendricks
Fish activity is improving as fish gear up for winter. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use jigs tipped with a variety of soft plastics. Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegills near shore and in vegetation edges.

Lake Meyer
Water clarity is improving. Anglers reports fish activity is increasing. Bluegill - Fair: Catch nice sized bluegill on a hook tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for bass cruising the weed edges; use a jig tipped with a long plastic tail.

Rudd Lake
Anglers have excellent shore and boat access. Channel Catfish - Good: Try 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. Water temperature is in the low 60's. Lime Springs campground is closed until further notice, but everything else is open. Chimney Rock access is open, but the bridge is closed; access from CR W14 side. Use caution if paddling; there are many submerged logs not visible that could tip a kayak or canoe.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Water levels have stabilized and clarity is extremely limited. Flows remain high. Visithttp://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for information on water levels. Use caution when paddling on the river under current conditions. Use caution when paddling on the river under current conditions; there are many submerged hazards and new tree falls on the river.

Volga Lake
Anglers drifting over rock or brush piles will find fish. Shoreline access is excellent with many submerged cedar trees within casting distance. Largemouth Bass – Fair. Black Crappie - Good: Use small jigs with flat tailed plastic body. Bluegill - Slow: Fish will be in shallow with cooling water temperatures. Channel Catfish - Good: Try stink baits, chicken liver and crawlers. Volga Lake has a very nice population of catfish awaiting the patient angler.

Brinker Lake
There have been some reports of anglers catching crappie in Brinker Lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Vertically drift or jig a small crappie minnow under a slip bobber in 8-10 feet of water or near structure.

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: Casting crankbaits and fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler are productive for walleye this time of year. Channel Catfish - Fair: Concentrate near fallen snags using dead cut bait, night crawlers, stink bait or chicken livers.

George Wyth Lake
There have been reports of anglers catching bluegill, crappie and a few northern pike in George Wyth Lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Vertically drift or jig a small crappie minnow under a slip bobber in 8-10 feet of water or near structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try a piece of crawler under a slip bobber near the edges of weed beds. Northern Pike - Fair: Cast weedless spoons near the edges of weed beds or shoreline vegetation.

Lake Delhi
Lake Delhi is at full water capacity and lake level. Anglers are catching a few of the recently stocked bluegill and largemouth bass. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast artificial baits near the shoreline edges. Bluegill - Fair: Try a piece of crawler under a slip bobber near the edges of weed beds.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
Maquoketa River remains in excellent condition. Walleye - Good: Casting crankbaits and fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler are productive for walleye this time of year. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Casting crankbaits and fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler are productive for smallmouth bass this time of year.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)
There currently are no reports for the Shell Rock River; the river is high and turbid. Walleye – Slow. Smallmouth Bass – Slow.

South Prairie Lake
There have been reports of anglers catching bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass in South Prairie Lake. Black Crappie - Fair: Vertically drift or jig a small crappie minnow under a slip bobber near the edges of the weed beds. Bluegill - Fair: Try a piece of crawler under a slip bobber near the edges of weed beds. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast artificial baits near the shoreline edges.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Wapsipinicon River is currently falling, but is expected to rise again over the next few days. There have been reports of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and some channel catfish. Walleye - Fair: Casting crankbaits and fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler are productive for walleye this time of year. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Casting crankbaits and fishing a jig tipped with a night crawler are productive for smallmouth bass this time of year. Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish a variety of baits: stink baits, cut baits and chicken livers in areas of snags and fallen trees.

Interior rivers continue to rise or have peaked in the northeast corner of the state from the recent rainfall, with the exception of the Maquoketa River. Angler reports are few due to the higher water levels. Lake angling reports are improving as some anglers are now picking up panfish in area Black Hawk County lakes. Trout streams remain excellent in the Manchester District. For further information, call the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.