North Iowa fishing report for May 12

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 May 13th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  363

Modified May 13th, 2019 at 12:55 AM

Cedar River (above Nashua): Water levels rising and up about 1 ft. Water temperatures low 50’s. Walleye – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow or ringworms for best luck. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Crankbaits will tempt a smallie. Channel Catfish – Good: Use dead chubs fished in the impoundments or shallow slack water areas. Keep bait on bottom.

Kathryn Barton holds the 41.6-inch, 20-pound muskie she caught from her dock on Clear Lake on April 29.
Submitted photo

Decorah District Streams: Slightly warmer weather on the way for the weekend with low 60s for highs. Recent rain caused some rivers and streams to rise and turn off color. Water clarity is off but fishable. Rainfall amounts will determine how soon clarity improves. Gravel roads remain in rough shape. Continue to watch for turkey hunters as season ends May 12. Brook Trout – Fair: A variety of insects currently hatching throughout the day. Matching hatch is key. On clear streams, use care not to be seen. Brown Trout – Good: Off color water from rain inputs drive browns crazy. A spinner bait or subsurface nymph work well. Rainbow Trout – Good: Use cheese or piece of worm under a bobber for best luck with a spinning rod.

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