By the Iowa DNR
Walleye – Good: Use a jig tipped with a twister tail or minnow in deeper water or a spinnerbait in slack water pockets.
Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fish midday on overcast days or dawn and dusk. A variety of baits are working.
Decorah District Streams
Due to marginal stream temperatures, some streams are not stocked during August. Listen to the trout stocking hotline (563-927-5736) for daily information.
Brook Trout – Good: A variety of aquatic and terrestrial insects, like ants and beetles, are more numerous. Use care not to spook a feeding fish.
Brown Trout – Good: Hendrickson caddis and cranefly hatches are occurring. Crickets are common along streams now. Use hendrickson gnat or beadhead nymph patterns. Pale yellow, black, brown, and grey colors work best.
Rainbow Trout – Good: Try a piece of worm or small cheese chunk on a hook under a bobber in the deeper holes or floated past an undercut bank. A variety of small spinnerbaits also work.
Surface water temperature is 72 degrees.
Walleye – Fair: Troll crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet of water.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use cut bait or crawlers fished after sunset.
Black Crappie – Slow: Drift a jig and minnow over deeper submerged vegetation.
Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift or troll a small jig tipped with cut bait or a minnow in 6 to 10 feet of water until you find the fish.