FISHING REPORT: Good time for trout

From the Iowa DNR

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

Clear Lake

Clear Lake is about 75 percent ice free. The boat ramp at city beach is accessible.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
River levels are up. Try fishing the slack water areas below a dam with live bait.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Water clarity is poor. Water levels are stable, but will rise with snow melt. Visit the USGS Current Water Data website for current water level information.

Decorah District Streams
Catchable trout are stocked in all streams as weather and water conditions permit. Listen to the trout stocking hotline (563-927-5736) for daily plans. Plan a trip to your favorite trout stream. Check out this year’s trout stream stocking calendar. Trout country received 6-12 inches of snow. Most snow covered roads should melt quickly when the sun comes out. Fun in snow covered woods continues for hearty trout anglers. Brook Trout – Good: Use a streamer to mimic minnows or subsurface flies like scuds or pheasant tail nymphs. Brown Trout – Good: Melt water and run-off inputs drive Brown Trout into a feeding frenzy. Use small midge, caddis, or flashy streamer patterns. Rainbow Trout – Good: Float a feathered spinner or crankbait past a freshly stocked fish. A piece of worm under a bobber also works in the deeper holes.