Fishing report: On Cedar River try a jig with a minnow or leech 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources compiles a fishing report each week from information gathered from bait shops, angler creel surveys and county and state parks staff. These are area waters listed in the report issued May 4:

Clear Lake

Water temperature is 56 degrees Fahrenheit. The restrooms at Lynne Lorenzen and jetties are open for the season. All the public access docks are currently in for the season. The McIntosh Park Fish Cleaning Station is open. 

Walleye – Good: Use jigs and hooks tipped with minnows around rocky substrate. Boat anglers are fishing rock reefs with slip bobbers with jigs or hooks tipped leeches. 

White Bass – Fair: Use live bait near the jetties. 

Yellow Bass – Fair: Try jigs or hooks tipped with minnows in or around aquatic vegetation. Wader anglers are catching fish around the island. 

Black Crappie – Fair: Catch fish near dusk or dawn at the jetties or around aquatic vegetation. 

Rice Lake

Walleye and perch fishing are still fair. Try fishing early mornings or near dusk with minnows or leeches. 

An angler drops a line in a cove of Lake Cedar in Nashua

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Currently, the river is fishable and water levels are falling. Visit https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt for current water level information. Water temperatures are in the low to mid 50’s. 

Walleye – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler below the dams in the pockets. Slow your retrieve with cooler temperatures. 

Channel Catfish – Fair: Use dead chubs or crawlers fished from shore under a bobber. 
Turkey River (above Clermont)


Water levels are falling and temperatures are in the low to mid 50’s. 

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or feathered spinnerbait around a current break. 

Walleye – Fair: Use a jig tipped with a soft plastic twister tail. Use a slow retrieve in cooler water. 

White Sucker – Excellent: The sucker bite is on. Try a hook tipped with a nightcrawler fished off the bottom. 

Black Crappie – Good: Find a slack water area. Let a small jig sink and slowly reel it in. 

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