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Hey you Iowans,

How's the cedar river in the spring and early summer? Pike small mouth and walleye are what I'm after. I'll be putting in around cedar Iowa.

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Early spring if you are in the Cedar Rapids area check out the mouth where indian creek drops into the cedar, also where prairie creek drops in to the cedar as well.

Indian Creek - Park at the nature center and walk down. depending on water levels you can find everything down there

Prairie Creek - Park at the softball/ baseball fields off of C St by the coal plant and walk the trail over and then down.
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Should be 8 foot out of it's banks in spring, then dry by early summer.

Seriously though, lets hit it early spring and chase some pike. I can bring the boat and we'll dodge the trees as they fly by about 40mph.
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I'm game for that.

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Should be 8 foot out of it's banks in spring, then dry by early summer.
He'll be used to that, that's a typical watershed in MO.
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Considering that I have the abyss close to my house (the Missouri river)... I know there are pike in there, but they're few and far between...
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We'll have to stay on top of water temps and levels. Pike fishing is not what I would consider fast in most Iowa water, most of the year. Shortly after ice out they can get hot in the sloughs, creeks, and tribs etc. Short window most years as the high waters make the better water dangerous to fish.

Mississippi has some decent pike water too but it is north of Pool 14 where I live.
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I would think slow and deep (no pun intended), would be the way to go year round if pike fishing was slow. Anyway, what about the Iowa river, winnebago, wapsi, shell rock, and other rivers in that area? I know there is a warm water outlet in Mason city that is usually hot with pike, and musky.

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In fact, it's usually thawed out year-round.
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Gotta love warm water discharges... Wish one was closer than 3hrs from me =(
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I would think slow and deep (no pun intended), would be the way to go year round if pike fishing was slow. Anyway, what about the Iowa river, winnebago, wapsi, shell rock, and other rivers in that area? I know there is a warm water outlet in Mason city that is usually hot with pike, and musky.

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In fact, it's usually thawed out year-round.
Wapsi can be good pike water around here in spring. I am not familiar with the Mason City area water but yes they have a good rep. Most of these rivers are not very deep. The pike congregate in the sloughs, creeks etc. to spawn in early spring. Tailwaters on the Mississippi dams can produce much of the year. I'm sure there are some isolated spots, but IA pike fishing in general is much tougher during warmer weather and I try to head to MN lakes.
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