FISHING REPORT: Catfish action picking up on Cedar River

Iowa DNR

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels are falling, but current remains high. Water clarity is improving. Water temperatures are in the upper 60’s. Use caution when boating in higher flows.

Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish action is picking up with warmer water. Use dead chubs or chicken livers fished in the impoundments or shallow slack water areas. Keep your bait on the river bottom.

Walleye – Slow: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or ring worms in eddies or slack water areas.

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Find bass in eddies or current breaks; use spinnerbaits. Black Crappie – Fair: Use minnows or red worms fished in the backwaters around structure.

Decorah District Streams

Brown Trout – Good: Off-color water from rains drive brown trout crazy. A spinnerbait or subsurface nymph work well.

Rainbow Trout – Good: Use cheese or a piece of worm under a bobber for best luck with a spinning rod when fishing deeper pools.

Brook Trout – Good: A variety of insects are hatching throughout the day. Matching the hatch is key. On clear streams, use care not to be seen.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the  low 70’s.

Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success slip bobber fishing the rock reefs with a jig and leech.

Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the windswept shore and rocky areas with cut bait or crawlers fished on the bottom.

Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small minnow or leech.

Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish the edge of vegetation with a small piece of crawler or leech.