The temperature in Northeast Iowa is ideal for summer fishing. The average daily temperature during the summer is 87 degrees with a low at night of 65 degrees. Northeast Iowa is comprised of the counties of Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winnesheik. There are many great fishing spots throughout the area; however, the following four spots are sure to win over most anglers.
- Nashua Impoundment, Cedar Lake: Located in scenic Chickasaw County, the Nashua Impoundment on Cedar Lake is a large 200 acre fishing paradise. The Nashua Impoundment is fed by the Cedar River. The lake is stocked with smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, bullhead, channel catfish, crappie and walleye. Catfish are usually located around brush piles and in deep areas of the lake. Walleye and smallmouth bass are abundant near the base of the dam. Most people fish from the shore at Nashua Impoundment.
- Volga Lake: Fayette County residents welcome visitors to fish Volga Lake for largemouth bass, bluegill, carp, catfish, crappie, green sunfish, perch and other fish. Boaters may enter the water easily at the hard surface boat ramp. The shorefishing is awesome at the lake. Bluegill are seen around the shoreline near brush piles and hiding behind rocks. Crappie fishermen will have the best luck near the dam.
- Turkey River: There are many great areas along the Turkey River to fish in Fayette County. Many people prefer to fish along the dams, while other fisherman claim the deeper waters away from the dams are the best fishing spots. Areas with natural debris and large rocks are excellent locations for finding walleye and bass. Imitation minnow crankbait is strongly recommended. When fishing below the dam for pike, try large flashy spoon type lures.
- Little Wapsipinicon River: The 225 mile long tributary of the Mississippi River is a favorite fishing spot for many anglers in rural Chickasaw County. Catfish, carp, pike, sunfish and walleye call the Wapsipinicon River home. Bridges, brush, drop-offs, rocks and timber make for ideal fishing spots along the river. Fly fishing and fishing from small boats are an excellent choice for the area.
*Photo courtesy of Walleye by Iowadrn2 at Flickr’s Creative Commons.