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backwatergallery
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The DNR report is out, trout streams have all been stocked - sounds like the water is a bit high, but fishable. The northernmost tiers are apparently seeing walleye in good numbers below the dams, the Cedar, Shellrock, Upper Iowa, and a few others were mentioned in their uppermost sections. These sections are still too high for wading and probably murky at present, so dam hopping would be the approach.

Closer to home, The Middle Raccoon has fallen into the upper end of the recommended level, meaning too high for general wading, kayak travel is more or less safe, but not necessarily productive - instead a little marginal wading and dam hopping is the way to go. I'm guessing a few walleye below the dams and probably quite a few people will turn up. Banner gets stocked Saturday at noon. I've never seen this before, but the DNR report mentioned bighead carp below Red Rock dam. The level is high enough there won't be much access at Ivan's but It's probably true that some fish are moving up.
April 6, 2017 at 2:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

FishnDave
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Thanks for the reports, Mark!  Weather forecast for this weekend looks GOOD!  Finally!  :D

I flyfished during lunch today.  It was 50 degrees, but the north wind made it feel COLD!  Caught bluegills, bass, and crappies.

April 6, 2017 at 3:12 PM Flag Quote & Reply

backwatergallery
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Here's how it went;

Shellrock river; Nora Springs dam - water level high and muddy. A few fishing parties, but no action. Walked to the head of the impoundment and cast about for pike - no action. The greenbelt section upstream from the impoundment is pretty nice when the level is lower.

Cedar River; Osage Spring park - Spring Park still closed so I launched from an equestrian park alongside hwy. 9 and went upstream. Water level 8" above recommended level, strong current, but surprisingly clear w/ visibility 3 ft. or so. Had never been on the section between Osage Spring Park and Mitchell it is pretty nice - steep sided, rock bottomed and swift current, but where there was mud or a rocky creek mouth delta there was generally a tree down and a nice pike-ish looking pool - similar to the Idlewild area. I've found this type of river structure has scattered pike in the summer, in the off current pools - probably attracted by sucker schools in the swift rocky areas. There is an equestrian trail running from hwy. 9 to Mitchell and a road with many access points runs along the other side of the river so a boat is not really necessary. Worked several pike pools, but caught nothing - probably still down in the Charles City impoundment. 



Mitchell dam - This is pretty nice as well, but in spite of the glowing DNR report, neither I or any of the spinning anglers caught a fish while I was there, but it looks great and I'll have some footage from there in the upcoming 3rd micro Skagit video.

Charles City - With evening setting in and no sign of walleye at Mitchell I made a run for the Charles City dam and whitewater course. Some resident carp feeding, but no sign of walleye, just few local anglers testing the water then leaving so I'm guessing there wasn't serious word on the street yet.

Summerset State Park; Banner lakes - Didn't find any trout in the main part of the big pond, went to the backside to get out of the wind, caught a few bass, then found a school of 10-11" crappie in a cove w/ some blowdowns and it was a fish every cast for a while.

April 9, 2017 at 11:43 PM Flag Quote & Reply

FishnDave
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Thats some good traveling and exploring you did!  :)

I didn't fish on Saturday.  Went to see comedian Steven Wright perform at the Mesqwaki Casino near Tama on Saturday evening.

I did fish on Sunday, though!  Just selected a pond near home.  Started out fishing for crappies/bluegills.  Was catching more than the usual number of bass.  Tried fishing specifically for bass a couple times throughout the day, but only got one missed strike.  Went back to fishing for sunfish. Ended up catching 4 crappies, 20+ bluegills, 1 Pumpkinseed Sunfish (9.25"), and 8+ bass.  There was a couple "decent" bass in the mix.  The biggest one didn't quite get landed.  It was in the 18"-20" range.  If I'd had a net, it would have been landed.  Instead, I grabbed my line to keep the line low as I pulled the fish to where I could reach it.  That's when it shook free.  I was bummed!


April 10, 2017 at 12:15 PM Flag Quote & Reply

backwatergallery
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I've had that happen before!

Yes, a Saudi prince, no doubt, has bedecked his entire harem in gems with the gas money I've spent dam hopping these small towns.
April 10, 2017 at 2:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

FishnDave
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...and he probably wants your bank account number, so he can transfer money INTO it to show his thanks. :P

April 10, 2017 at 5:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

backwatergallery
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He can keep it - it was worth the trip. I definitely want to try up there again a bit later.
April 11, 2017 at 12:57 AM Flag Quote & Reply

FishnDave
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I was determined to catch a bass on a popper already this year.  Took a couple hours of trying, but did it.


April 12, 2017 at 6:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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