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madguy30  
#1 Posted : Saturday, April 8, 2017 2:38:02 PM(UTC)
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Planning on being in the area next Friday. Probably just fish around the dams to see if there's any smallmouth around (it's a bit early)...any advice on other spots to check out would be appreciated.

Haven't fished there for years and years.

Thanks.
mbchilton  
#2 Posted : Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:33:03 PM(UTC)
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Streams are on fire right now. BWO and caddis hatching.
madguy30  
#3 Posted : Saturday, April 8, 2017 6:13:56 PM(UTC)
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mbchilton wrote:
Streams are on fire right now. BWO and caddis hatching.


I'm not really looking for trout water per say unless there's wadeable troutish water just up from Decorah.

It's a 3 hour drive for me just to get there so would rather get some good time fishing than searching.

Is the river in decent shape at least?
mbchilton  
#4 Posted : Saturday, April 8, 2017 6:43:20 PM(UTC)
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Oh. You posted in the Trout Fishing sub-forum, so I assumed you were looking for trout advice.

There's tons of trout water around Decorah in every direction, and the Upper Iowa holds trout in many stretches, including through Decorah.

The river is in great shape.
NE IA Drifter  
#5 Posted : Sunday, April 9, 2017 3:55:23 PM(UTC)
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Don't overlook the areas in town for the upper iowa... lot of good water through the entire river but don't have any recent data points as I haven't fished it for some time. I don't think my buddies would be happy with me pointing out specific holes but bridges are a good starting point for me. A canoe or kayak would also be a suggestion to cover one water if you have access to one.
s.t.fanatic  
#6 Posted : Monday, April 10, 2017 5:20:51 AM(UTC)
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There has been a lot of BIG perch being caught out of the U I recently if that trips your trigger.
OTC_MN  
#7 Posted : Monday, April 10, 2017 7:36:23 AM(UTC)
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If you go to Decorah, stop by the hatchery and talk to the manager there. We stopped in on our way through this past week, and I ended up talking to the guy for almost an hour. Great guy, loves sharing info, and it was really interesting hearing their management approach and how it differs from MN and WI... Plus they have some great maps of the area streams with access points and other info. Will definitely be back down that way at some point to hit a few of them.

Oh - and get a pizza at Mabe's.
"Our tradition is that of the first man who sneaked away to the creek when the tribe did not really need fish."
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madguy30  
#8 Posted : Monday, April 10, 2017 1:49:35 PM(UTC)
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NE IA Drifter wrote:
Don't overlook the areas in town for the upper iowa... lot of good water through the entire river but don't have any recent data points as I haven't fished it for some time. I don't think my buddies would be happy with me pointing out specific holes but bridges are a good starting point for me. A canoe or kayak would also be a suggestion to cover one water if you have access to one.



Thanks but unless it were easier to get upstream (which last I knew it wasn't) a kayak would be tricky. I'm also not going to have time for much searching so I'll prolly just find what I can and go from there.

I remember catching a few smallmouth and northern either close to town or in town about 15 years ago in mid-April but I think it had been warmer conditions prior.

Maybe I'll find some riffles and see what a woolly bugger produces.
mbchilton  
#9 Posted : Monday, April 10, 2017 3:15:43 PM(UTC)
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Post a trip report when you come back. Wanting to spend some time on the Upper Iowa this year. Took the family for a walk along the river last night so I could do some scouting.
stan b  
#10 Posted : Monday, April 10, 2017 3:17:59 PM(UTC)
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Is the Floyd Y still in Decorah?
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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