Winter trout stocking begins Jan. 12

IDNR news release The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months. These winter stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. A family friendly event is paired with most of the stockings to help…

FISHING REPORT: All I want for Christmas is a walleye

So, you want to catch a fish for Christmas. Here are the latest fishing reports from the Iowa DNR for Northeast Iowa. Cedar River (above Nashua) Check ice depths often, especially where there is current. Flows remain high. Go with a buddy. Let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Backwaters…

Time to start pre-application process for DNR grants to help improve local lakes, rivers and streams

From DNR’s EcoNewsWire, 12/13/2018 “DES MOINES — The DNR is now accepting pre-application questionnaires for grant funding that helps locally-led groups develop water quality improvement efforts in Iowa communities. Offered by the DNR’s Watershed Improvement Program, Watershed Planning Grants help local groups passionate about improving water quality create a nine-element Watershed Management Plan, which identifies…

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…