Area fishing report

This weekly fishing report is compiled by the Iowa DNR from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys and county and state parks staff.

Cedar River (above Nashua)


Water clarity is improving with temperatures in the mid 70’s. Water levels bumped up with recent rain. 
Walleye – Good: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or twister tail below dams in the pockets. 

Channel Catfish- Good: Use dead chubs or stink bait fished from shore under a bobber. Find fish in brush piles and backwater areas. 

Smallmouth Bass- Good: Smallmouth are hitting everything that hits the water. Fish around brush piles for a whopper. 

Black Crappie – Fair: Use a minnow under a bobber in eddies or off channel areas. 

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)


Cedar River is at or near average flows for this time of year. 

Channel Catfish – Excellent. 

Smallmouth Bass – Good. 

Walleye – Good.
 
Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)


River is rising after rains in upper watershed with flows at or near average for this time of year 

Walleye – Good. 

Smallmouth Bass – Good.
Fishing on rivers and streams in Eastern Iowa has been excellent with generally low and clear river conditions. Hot weather has slowed fishing a bit on area lakes, but anglers are still catching good numbers of bluegill and bass. Trout fishing conditions are excellent and June is a great month for good hatches of caddis. 

Clear Lake

The water temperature is 80 degrees. McIntosh Woods State Park boat ramp is closed for repairs. There is a 14 inch minimum length limit for walleyes on Clear Lake with a daily limit of three fish per person; only one walleye can be greater than 22 inches. It is illegal to transport bait or fish in lake, stream, or river water.

 Walleye – Good: Boat anglers are trolling with minnows and leeches around Hy Vee reef, Dodges point and Billys reef. Shore anglers are using using minnows and leeches at the docks or public jetties. 

Yellow Bass – Fair: Try small jigs tipped with a minnow at at the artificial reefs or around the island. 

Bluegill – Good: Use live bait around docks, artificial reefs and vegetation. 

Channel Catfish – Good: Try live bait around rocky substrate. 

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