This is the weekly fishing report for our area from the Iowa DNR.

Cedar River (above Nashua) It's still definitely spring in northeast Iowa with cooler temperatures in the mid to upper 50's during the day to upper 30's at night forecast for the weekend. Area lakes and streams remain in good condition even with the wet weather pattern we've been having. River levels are on a slow rise this week with wet weather. Anglers are reporting spotty catches of walleye and crappie. Water temperatures are in the upper 50's.

  • Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are having the best luck using a jig tipped with a minnow.
  • Walleye - Slow: A variety of baits are working for walleye. Be patient because when the bite is on, it's on.
  • Yellow Perch - Fair: Surprised crappie anglers are catching perch instead. Jigs tipped with a minnow or crawlers are working.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)  Smallmouth bass and walleye continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa, for further information contact the N.E.

  • Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with half a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year along with casting crankbaits.
  • Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast & retrieve crankbaits near and along both rocky shorelines or woody debris for some great smallmouth bass action!

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)  Smallmouth bass and walleye continue to provide angler satisfaction on the interior rivers, reports are good for both on the Cedar and Shell Rock Rivers in particular. Crappies are staging in the area lakes for the days of sunshine to move into the shallows for their annual spring spawn routine. Trout streams remain in excellent condition in Northeast Iowa. The Shell Rock River remains productive for both walleye and smallmouth bass.

  • Walleye - Good: A jig tipped with half a crawler is a deadly combination this time of year along with casting crankbaits.
  • Smallmouth Bass - Good: Cast & retrieve crankbaits near and along both rocky shorelines or woody debris for some great smallmouth bass action!