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Date 20-Nov-20
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Conditions : Mississippi River: Pool 9 Pool level is near 8.3 feet at Lansing and is expected to stabilize close to this level over the next week. Water temperature is 38 degrees. Walleye - Good: Try jigging spoons or a jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of Lock and Dams. Largemouth Bass - Good: As water temperatures cool, slow presentations down for bass in backwater lakes. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills should be in overwintering locations. Fish slow with a small piece of worm just off the bottom along weed-beds. Yellow Perch - Fair: Try a jig and minnow along the brush piles and weed edge-lines in slack water off of side channels and sloughs. Black Crappie -Good: Try minnows fished under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in the backwaters. Sauger - Good: Try vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of the Lock and Dam.

Pool 10 Water level at Lynxville is 16.5 feet and is expected to stabilize at this level over next week. Water temperature is 41 degrees at the Lock & Dam. Walleye - Good: Try jigging spoons or a jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of Lock and Dams. Largemouth Bass - Good: As water temperatures cool, slow presentations down for bass in backwater lakes. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills should be in overwintering locations. Fish slow with a small piece of worm just off the bottom along weed-beds. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a jig and minnow along the brush piles and weed edge-lines in slack water off of side channels and sloughs. Black Crappie - Good: Try minnows fished under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in backwater lakes. Sauger - Good: Try vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of the Lock and Dam.

Pool 11 Guttenberg tailwater level is 9.6 feet and is expected to stabilize at this level over the next week. Water temperature is 38 degrees at the dam. Walleye - Good: Try jigging spoons or a jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of Lock and Dams. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills should be in overwintering locations. Fish slow with a small piece of worm just off the bottom along weed-beds. Largemouth Bass - Good: As water temperatures cool, slow presentations down for bass in backwater lakes. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a jig and minnow along the brush piles and weed edge-lines in slack water off of side channels and sloughs. Black Crappie - Good: Try minnows fished under a bobber in 6-8 feet of water in backwater lakes. Sauger - Good: Try vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of the Lock and Dam.

Pool 12 Water levels are expected to hold steady this week. The water level is 8.2 feet at the Lock and Dam and 10.5 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is around 42 degrees. The water clarity is good. Northern Pike - Good: Flashy spinnerbaits in eddy areas or along weed lines will take this toothy predator. They are still actively eating shad in around 4 feet of water. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved into the deeper slack water backwaters. Try in the upper ends of the backwater areas in the sunny warm waters. Largemouth Bass - Good: Find bass on wood in backwater areas. They are also found chasing shad in these vegetated backwaters. Try gaudy white or green spinnerbaits. Slow way down in cold water temperatures. Black Crappie - Good: Crappie are being taken out of brush piles and marina areas on small jigs and minnows. Anglers are moving from log pile to log pile with 2 or 3 fish being taken from each. Walleye - Good: Anglers pulling crankbaits are finding walleyes on wing dams. Some are using jigs now in the tailwater.

Pool 13 The water level is 9 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam and is holding steady. The water temperature is around 42 degrees. The water clarity is good. Repairs are complete on the Bellevue City Ramp and it's open. Northern Pike - Good: Try flashy spinners fished along weed edges in backwater areas. Largemouth Bass - Excellent: Bass are on wood structure in deeper backwater areas. Some are also seen chasing shad in vegetated backwater areas. Use gaudy spinnerbaits to catch large bass before the hard water hits. Slow way down as the water cools and fish during the peaks of sunny days. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills have moved into deeper backwater areas that will not freeze to the bottom. Walleye - Good: Most anglers are in the tailwater areas using a minnow rig or a jig and minnow. Black Crappie - Good: Crappie are being taken in backwater areas in fallen wood structure.

Pool 14 The water level is 8.4 feet at the Fulton Lock and Dam, 11.5 feet at Camanche and 6.5 feet at LeClaire. Water temperature is around 42 degrees. Water clarity is fair. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass are in deeper backwater areas hiding in wood structure. Bass are heavily feeding on shad in vegetated backwaters such as Cattail Slough. Slow way down on the retrieves as the water cools. Northern Pike - Fair: Use flashy spinners along backwater shorelines or in the tailwaters for this aggressive fish. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are on the move to deeper backwater lakes such as near Rock Creek. Walleye - Good: Some fish are being taken on wing dams with stronger current, others are being taken in the tailwaters using a jig and minnow. Black Crappie - Excellent: Look for brush piles in backwater sloughs. Most anglers are using small jigs, some tipped with minnows. Pumpkinseed - Good: Find this colorful fish in Rock Creek and Joyces Slough. Most anglers catch them along with bluegills in backwaters with fallen wood.

Pool 15 Water level is 9.1 feet at Rock Island and is holding steady. The water temperature is near 42 degrees. Water clarity is fair. Walleye - Fair: Try a jig and minnow in the tailwater water areas in 15-25 feet of water.

Pool 16 Tailwater stage is 8.86 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities and is forecast to stay fairly steady the next few days. White Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Use jigs and plastics or minnows fished around brush piles in Sunset Marina or Andalusia Island Complex. Bluegill - No Report: Try pieces of worm under a bobber in Sunset Marina or Andalusia Island Complex. Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow in Sylvan Slough. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows. Sauger - Slow: Sauger fishing in Sylvan Slough and the tailwaters has been slow. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows.

Pool 17 Tailwater stage is 7.34 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and is slowly falling. Tailwater fishing for walleyes and saugers has been slow. Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills in the backwaters. Try pieces of worm under a bobber fished around brush piles in Big Timber or Cleveland Slough. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes in the tailwaters. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows. White Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Try minnows under a bobber or jigs and plastics around brush piles at Big Timber and Cleveland Slough. Sauger - No Report: Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows.

Pool 18 Tailwater stage is 8.47 feet at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston and is forecast to stay fairly steady. We have not received any tailwater fishing reports for walleye and saugers for this pool. Walleye - No Report: Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows below the dam. White Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters around brush piles; try minnows under a bobber or jigs and plastics. Sauger - No Report: Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows.

Pool 19 Tailwater stage is 5.26 feet at Lock and Dam 18 and is forecast to start to fall. River stage is 10.86 feet at Burlington. River stage is 526.17 feet at Ft. Madison. We have not received any tailwater walleye and sauger fishing information for this pool. White Crappie - No Report: Look for crappies in the backwaters. Try minnows under a bobber or jigs and plastics fished around brush piles. Sauger - No Report: Look for saugers in the tailwaters. Try vertical jigging with minnows or trolling three-way rigs with minnows.

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About: - The upper section of the Maquoketa River can provide Iowa trout anglers with a special fishing experience. This stream's large size and length seperate it from most trout waters within the state. The Maquoketa River's trout water begins at Joy Springs Park and ends where the Maquoketa River becomes impounded by the Backbone Lake dam. This area receives unannounced bi-weekly stockings of brown, rainbow, and brook trout from April through October, as well as annual stocking of fingerling brown and rainbow trout.
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Walleye
  • Smallmouth Bass

Misc Info: - Anglers should note that all of the streambank in this area is under private ownership, with the exception of Joy Springs Park and Backbone Park. The landowners on this section of stream have been kind enough to allow public fishing access, so respect their property by crossing fences at the stiles provided and asking questions when in doubt.


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