FISHING REPORT: Send your minnow deeper for walleye

By the Iowa DNR Cedar River (above Nashua) 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…

FISHING REPORT: To get catfish, try chicken livers

Iowa DNR Cedar River (above Nashua) Water levels are on a slight rise, but remain low after recent rain events.  Flows remain high. Visit the USGS Current Water Data website for current water level information. Walleye – Good: Use a jig tipped with a crawler or minnow in slack water pockets. Use a jig tipped with twister tail in deep…

It’s time! Select your trees from the State Forest Nursery

Iowa DNR News Release The DNR’s State Forest Nursery starts accepting orders August 1, so now is the perfect time to check out the online sales site, featuring dozens of quality native Iowa trees and an easy check-out process. Choose from hardwoods, evergreens and smaller trees/shrubs. Orders can be placed now until May 31, with fall…

Join the search for Iowa’s endangered bumble bee

Iowa DNR News Release The rusty patched bumble bee was designated as endangered by the federal government in 2017, after determining that the population had declined 87 percent in the last 20 years and is only present on 0.1 percent of its historic range. Named after the rusty patch centrally located on the backs of…

FISHING REPORT: Try a crawler in slack water on the Cedar

By the Iowa DNR Cedar River (above Nashua) Water levels are stabilizing and low. Flows remain high. Visibility has improved. Walleye – Good: Use a jig tipped with a crawler or minnow in slack water pockets. Use a jig tipped with twister tail in deep water drop offs. Channel Catfish – Slow: Target snags for catfish using stink baits, chicken liver or crawdads fished…

FISHING REPORT: Smallmouths biting in Cedar

The word from the DNR is that smallmouth bass are gobbling up crawdad crankbaits along rocky shorelines of the Cedar River north of Nashua. Here are fishing reports from the DNR for this week: Clear Lake Surface water temperature is 72 degrees. Walleye – Fair: Jig a minnow or leech above submerged vegetation in 6 to 10…