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Dec. 18 Iowa fishing report

December 18, 2010 at 12:31 AM

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST

Yellow Smoke Park Lake

Yellow Smoke has about 7 inches of good, clear ice.  The water is extremely clear.  Bluegill - Fair: The action is not real fast, but when anglers catch a bluegill they are jumbo sized.  Use very light line and tackle.

Crawford Creek Impoundment

There is about 6 inches of ice on Crawford Creek.  There have not been any fishing reports.

Brushy Creek Lake

Water clarity at is excellent.  The majority of Brushy Creek still has open water.  There is about 1 inch of ice covering the northern portions of the lake.  One ice shack went through the ice last week.

Bacon Creek Lake

Approximately 1,500 rainbow trout were stocked into Bacon Creek on Nov. 10.  The next stocking is scheduled for Jan. 8, with Jan. 22 as the snow date.  Iowa residents and nonresidents who are required to have a fishing license must pay the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Rainbow trout bite readily off the stocking truck.  Use small, flashy lures with a piece of bait about 5 feet below the ice.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Ice thickness on Storm Lake is around 3 to 4 inches out in the main basin with areas of open water.  Ice is around 10 inches thick near the inlet where most of the fishing is taking place.  White Bass - Good: Large white bass are being caught by anglers targeting walleye.  There is fast action for the white bass when schools move through and then it slows down until another big school comes by.  Crappie - Fair: Some nice sized crappie are being caught around the inlet area.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Anglers pick up yellow perch on occasion when fishing walleye.  Not a lot of perch get caught, but the ones that do are 9 to 11 inches.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are doing well for walleye near the inlet to the lake.  A live minnow fished right off the bottom has been working well, or try using a super duper and a minnow head.  One angler reported that Macho Minnow super glo baited with a minnow half has been very effective. Daily bag limit at Storm Lake is three walleye: all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be immediately released, only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.

North Twin Lake

There is 3 to 4 inches of ice on most of the lake with thicker ice near shore.

Swan Lake

Ice at Swan Lake is about 6 inches thick.

Black Hawk Lake

There is about 9 inches of good, clear ice on Black Hawk Lake.  The winter aeration system will begin operation soon creating pockets of open water and thin ice in the Town Bay area.  Yellow Perch - Slow: An occasional perch is caught while walleye fishing.  The perch are about 8 inches long.  Walleye - Slow: Anglers are catching short walleye with a few keepers mixed in.  A super duper with a minnow head has worked well.  Target the old dredge cuts, rock piles off of Shotgun Hill and Crescent Park, and the deep hole near Ice House Point. On Black Hawk Lake walleye must be at least 15 inches in length to keep and only three per day may be kept.

Browns Lake

There is 3 to 4 inches of ice on Browns Lake.  A few crappies were being picked up last week, but there have not been any reports since.

Snyder Bend Lake

Snyder Bend has open water areas and 3 to 4 inches of ice in other areas.  Snyder Bend has warm water flowing into from a nearby power plant, and waterfowl are keeping the water open in other areas.  Use caution on Snyder Bend.

Arrowhead Lake

Ice is 3 to 4 inches thick in Arrowhead.

Badger Lake

Badger Lake has 6 to 8 inches of ice.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching decent bluegills on wax worms in 8 to 10 feet of water.

For more information on the lakes and rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk Fish Management Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake

Ice thickness is 8 to 10 inches. Crappies are biting on minnows fished near structure.

Lower Pine Lake

Ice is not safe; the geese have kept a large area open.

Lake Smith

Ice thickness is 7 to 9 inches. Bluegills are biting in the late afternoon on wax worms.

Lake Catherine

Ice thickness is 7 to 9 inches. Bluegills are biting in the late afternoon on wax worms.

Clear Lake

Ice thickness is 8 to 12 inches. Yellow bass fishing is fair in the Little Lake. Walleye fishing is slow.

Lake Cornelia

Ice thickness is 8 to 10 inches. Yellow perch are biting on small jigs tipped with wax worms.

Little Wall Lake

Ice thickness is 7 to 9 inches. Bluegills and crappies are biting on wax worms.

Rice Lake

Ice thickness is 3 to 10 inches. A few yellow perch and crappies are being caught.

Silver Lake (Worth)

Ice thickness is 7 to 10 inches.

Morse Lake

Ice thickness is 7 to 10 inches. Yellow perch are biting on jigs tipped with wax worms.

Elm Lake

Ice thickness is 7 to 9 inches. Yellow perch are biting on wax worms.

For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call us at the Clear Lake fisheries office at 641-357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice report: Marble Beach boat ramp 9.5 inches and Hale Slough boat ramp 14 inches.  Bluegill - Fair: Look for open holes in the weed beds on the north end of Angler’s Bay use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms in 6 to 8 feet of water.  Crappie - Fair: Look for open holes in the weed beds on the north end of Angler’s Bay or fish in Templar Lagoon around the docks.  Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish are being caught on the main lake using small ice jigs tipped with wigglers.  Walleye - Good: Fish rock bars or weed lines at sunrise or sunset with jigging lures tipped with a minnow head and dead sticking with a minnow on a small hook below a split shot.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice report: Emerson Bay boat ramp 10 inches, Lazy Lagoon (Triboji) Beach 8 inches and the north access to Smith’s Bay 7.5 inches.  Geese have reopened a large hole south of Triboji.  Northern Pike - Fair: Use tip ups baited with large baitfish or jig using large jigging lures.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish in the canals and bays with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms/wigglers or plastics.  Crappie - Fair: Fish in the canals with small ice jigs tipped with plastics.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish the outside edges of weed beds with plastics.  Walleye - Slow: A few fish are being caught along drop-offs with perch colored jigging lures.

Upper Gar Lake

Ice report: Boat ramp 7.5 inches.  Bluegill - Slow: Lots of small fish are being caught using small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Lots of small perch are being caught using small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm.

Scharnberg Pond

On December 18 at 12:30 p.m., Scharnberg Park 5 miles west of Spencer on Highway B24, will receive the first of two trout stocking this winter. A fishing clinic will be held before the trout stocking.  This will be an excellent event for families to attend that are interested in ice fishing.  Please refer to the Iowa Fishing Regulations Booklet or the Iowa DNR website for trout stamp requirements.  Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Trout anglers at other lakes in Iowa have reported great success using jigging spoons tipped with wax worms or synthetic trout baits.

Iowa Lake

Northern Pike - Slow: Pike are being caught by perch anglers while using minnows.  Yellow Perch - Slow: Use a slip bobber above a minnow.

Ice conditions are variable on area lakes.  Extreme caution should be used when ever going out onto the ice.  On December 18, Scharnburg Park, west of Spencer, will receive a stocking of trout.  For more fishing information on the Spirit Lake area call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

There have been a few people angling on the lake but the bite has been slow.  There is at least 12 inches of snow on top of the ice.  Bluegill - No Report:  Largemouth Bass - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:

Lake Hendricks

Ice depths are running about 7 inches under at least 7 inches of snow.  Folks are starting to make their way onto the ice.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting on jigs tipped with a wax worm.

Lake Meyer

There is about 3 to 5 inches of ice under about 12 inches of snow.  Very few anglers have been out and fish have not been taking bait, yet.

Charles City Impoundment

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Cedar River (above Nashua)

A few people have been ice fishing in some of the bays above the Nashua impoundment and are catching fish.  Bluegill - Good: Try a minnow on an ice fishing jig.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: A few have been caught while angling for bluegill and crappies.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting on jigs tipped with a minnow.  Walleye - No Report:

Decorah District Streams

There are plenty of trout to be caught overwintering in our streams.  Streams with good water quality will remain open through this cold weather.  Urban ponds are now being stocked, weather permitting.  For information on when and where, please call the trout stocking number at 563-927-5736 or visit our website at http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/urban.html.

Ice and snow depths vary from lake to lake.  Please use caution when going out on the ice.  Trout streams continue to provide good action.  For more information about a specific stream or river, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)

Silver Lake ice conditions do vary but most places have around 4 to 5 inches of good ice. Some fishing activity and reports have been observed but caution is advised. Size range of bluegill does vary, sorting may be required. An occasional crappie has been reported as well.  Bluegill - Fair: Move around often to locate fish using small jigs tipped with a wax worm off of the bottom.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Ice conditions are reported as 4 to 5 inches of good, clear ice. Casey Lake is ready for ice-fishing and has received some light pressure.  Bluegill - Good: Try small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm off of the bottom around structure from the middle of the lake & east towards the dam.

Big Woods Lake

Fishing has been fair for bluegill and crappie on Big Woods Lake. Try fishing the north side of the lake around recently placed fish structure off of the jetties. Ice conditions may vary widely on this large water body, use extreme caution when venturing out.  Bluegill - Fair: Try numerous small ice fishing jigs and a variety of colors tipped with a wax worm.  Crappie - Fair: Locate structure and find crappie suspended in and around the structure at various depths.

Brinker Lake

Brinker Lake is a deep lake with high wind-fetch, which slows ice formation. Brinker is now iced over but extreme caution is still advised near the middle/ deeper portion of the lake. Anglers have been concentrating on the bay area west of Hwy. 218 Bridge.  Bluegill - Fair: Move around often to locate fish using small jigs tipped with a wax worm off of the bottom.  Crappie - Fair: Move around often to locate fish. Try small jigs tipped with a wax worm or small minnow at various depths for suspended fish.

George Wyth Lake

Ice conditions are reported at 4 inches of good ice. Wyth Lake is ready for ice-fishing and a good season is anticipated based on fish population surveys. Caution is advised until ice thickness increases.  Bluegill - Fair: Try numerous small ice fishing jigs and a variety of colors tipped with a wax worm.  Crappie - Fair: Locate structure and find crappie suspended in and around the structure at various depths.

Avenue of the Saints Pond

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Plainfield

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Ice fishing conditions continue to improve with the recent below freezing temperatures. Most reports have ice conditions ranging from a thickness of 4 to 8 inches of good ice. Use extreme caution when entering on to thin ice this time of year. Trout streams remain in excellent condition and hold good numbers of trout throughout the winter months. For further information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Generally good ice conditions but avoid flowing sloughs and large snow covered areas as snow insulates the ice preventing complete freezing.  Good bluegill fishing is being reported in backwater lakes off Minnesota Slough by New Albin. In addition, fishermen are reporting catching bluegills at the Lansing Village Creek boat ramp area and in shore slough by Lansing.  Anglers reporting catching many bass while fishing panfish.

Ice fishing is under way on the upper pools of the Mississippi, but conditions are variable. Please practice proper safety when ice fishing on the River, especially early in the season. Avoid places with moving current as ice will be uneven in thickness. Ice thickness is ranging from 7 inches in protected areas to 1 inch or less in open areas or areas with any current. Boat ramps are iced in, cutting off access for any tail water fishing for walleye.

 

Mississippi River Pool 10

Generally good ice conditions but avoid flowing sloughs and large snow covered areas as snow insulates the ice preventing complete freezing.  Bluegill fishing is good at Joyce Lake area near Harpers Ferry. We have received no report from the Sny Magill area by McGregor but anglers are urged to use caution crossing Johnson slough to get to Norwegian Lake. Bussey Lake by Guttenberg was good early and slowed a bit, but nice bluegills are still being reported. The first yellow perch of the ice fishing season are being reported, and we are expecting another bumper season on some very large perch present in the Upper Mississippi River.

 

Mississippi River Pool 11

Good ice conditions in most places. Use caution when crossing any sloughs or areas covered in snow.  A very nice bluegill population exists in Bertrum Lake by “Far Enough” boat ramp south of Cassville, Wis. This is an area dredge and managed for overwintering panfish and contains a massive fish population in the winter. The Mississippi River is very high going into the winter which has made finding sauger difficult but the good population is present. The fish are slightly smaller for the most part this year however. All boat ramps in Guttenberg were iced in including the DNR hatchery ramp.  Yellow perch populations continue to excel in Mud Lake and Sunfish lake in Lower Pool 11. Anglers wanting to try to catch some trophy perch might consider targeting these areas.

Mississippi River Pool 12

We have received a number of reports of anglers breaking through over the last week.  The heavy snow has slowed ice formation and ice conditions at most backwaters are fair with reports of 3 to 5 inches at most lakes, but less in some areas.  Ice conditions in sloughs with flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended.  Use caution and drill test holes.  Reports of a few bluegill and crappie being caught in O’Learys and in the marinas on jigs and wax worms.

Mississippi River Pool 13

We have received a number of reports of anglers breaking through over the last week.  The heavy snow has slowed ice formation and ice conditions at most backwaters are fair with reports of 3 to 5 inches at most lakes, but less in some areas.  Ice conditions in sloughs with flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended.  Use caution and drill test holes.  Reports of bluegill being caught at Mickelson’s Landing and South Sabula Lake.  No reports from other lakes.

Mississippi River Pool 14

We have received a number of reports of anglers breaking through over the last week.  The heavy snow has slowed ice formation and ice conditions at most backwaters are fair with reports of 3 to 5 inches at most lakes, but less in some areas.  Ice conditions in sloughs with flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended.  Use caution and drill test holes.  Reports of crappie and bluegill biting at Rock Creek on wax worms and ice jigs.

For fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 7.65 feet. The Marquette St. boat ramp is currently being reported as open as of Dec. 15. There is a lot of ice floating at the boat ramp and there is some ice on the ramp itself so conditions could change. Anglers should check ramp conditions before backing down. Ice fishing is just starting in the backwaters.  Bluegill - Fair: There are reports of some bluegills being caught through the ice on wax worms and small minnows in Sunset Marina.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught through the ice in Sunset Marina on wax worms and small minnows. Most of the crappies have been on the small side.  Sauger - No Report: No report on tail water fishing for saugers was received.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 6.08 feet. The boat ramps in Muscatine are blocked by ice. Big Timber has around 4 inches of ice in the slough along the parking area. Ice conditions could be more variable out in the main part of Big Timber so anglers should use caution when ice fishing. Big Timber does have some seeps in it that can create some poor ice conditions. Anglers are advised to stay out of Big Timber unless they are familiar with the area.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 7.69 feet. No fishing information was received for this pool.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 4.24 feet. Boat ramps are being reported as frozen in. No ice fishing information was received.

Pools 16-19: River levels have risen over the past week. Most boat ramps are not accessible. We have not received much for ice fishing reports yet due to variable ice conditions in the backwaters. Anglers should use caution when ice fishing in the backwaters. For more fishing information on Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

Unsafe ice conditions. The lake finally froze over this last Monday.

Lake Belva Deer

Ice conditions are improving.  Use caution around the area around the dam and up at the north end where geese had been keeping it open.  No anglers had been out on the ice as of Wednesday.

Lake of the Hills

The lake is frozen over but the ice is thin.  Use caution and test drill to check for ice safety. Bluegill - Fair: Try the around the brush piles.

Crawford Pond

Ice is about 5 inches thick.  Bluegill - Good: Fish around the numerous brush piles that are in the pond in 10 to 15 feet of water. I like yellow teardrop jigs tipped with a wax worm.

Lake Darling District Farm Ponds

Most of the smaller ponds now have about 4 to 5 inches of ice.  Bluegill - Fair: Try out around the habitat in the deeper water and fish close to the bottom.

For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries office at 319-694-2430.

Hannen Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Rodgers Park Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Iowa Lake

Anglers have been fishing the lake but no ice or fishing reports are available.

Kent Park Lake

Anglers have not been seen since the rain event last Saturday, so use caution if fishing here as ice conditions could be variable.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills were being caught around brush last week.

Lake Macbride

Ice depths were checked at the following access points on 12/14: Main Ramp in Park 5 ½ inches, Cottage Reserve Road Ramp 6 inches, Handicap Pier 6 inches, Primitive Campground Ramp 7 ½ inches, Anglers Point Ramp 6 inches, Four Lane Sailboat Ramp 7 inches, Opie Ave North Shore Ramp 6 inches. All these measurements were taken 100 feet from shore. Areas that are deeper, unprotected, or later to freeze up will have less ice and could be dangerous.  Bluegill - Fair: Any type of structure seems to be holding bluegills. Size is mediocre.  Crappie - Fair: Fish over brush in 10 to 20 feet of water. Nice sized fish are available.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Use caution on the main lake, but the bays should have 6 inches of ice.  Crappie - Fair:  Yellow Perch - Fair:

Diamond Lake

As of Dec. 16 there was still an open patch of water due to geese. There has not been any fishing activity here yet.

Otter Creek Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Union Grove Lake

The aeration system was started up on Dec. 16, so be aware of open water down towards the dam. There are “Thin Ice” signs surrounding the vicinity.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish around brush with a jig/waxie.  Crappie - Fair: Fish over brush. First and last light tends to be best. There is a huge year class of 8 to 9 inches crappies.

Coralville Reservoir

Areas that are protected and out of the current have up to 7 inches of ice. Areas in the channel could have much less. Use extreme caution here!

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

Anglers have been fishing backwater areas. Use caution around areas with flow.  Bluegill - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Red Haw Lake

There is not enough ice to support anglers.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The lake has been drained for a lake renovation to be started this winter.

Lake Sugema

The main lake is still open.  Some of the bays are starting to ice up but there is not enough ice to support anglers.

Rathbun Reservoir

The lake level is at 902.23 feet with 904.0 feet being normal pool.  The main lake is still open and a few of the bays are starting to ice over but there is not enough ice to support anglers.

For further fishing reports in south central Iowa, call the Rathbun fish hatchery at 641-647-2406

SOUTHWEST

Big Creek Lake

Ice conditions vary on Big Creek.  Lost Lake has the best ice at around 7 inches.  The main lake is 5 inches plus in most areas, but some pockets and seams out from Williams Drive boat ramp and Ensign shelter have just froze and have only around 2.5 inches.  Use caution with the new snow covering up visible ice differences.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers fishing in the Lost Lake portion of Big Creek are doing well on 8 to 9-inch bluegills.  Crappie - Slow: There has not been much ice fishing activity on the main lake yet where the better crappie fishing occurs.  As ice conditions improve and more anglers make it out over the weekend there should be some reports on crappie activity.

Hickory Grove Lake

There is 6 to 7 inches of ice being reported at Hickory Grove.  Use caution around the island as this was the last place to recently freeze.  Bluegill - Fair: So far only a handful of bluegills are being caught by anglers fishing in the coves.  Success should improve as Hickory Grove is usually a good ice fishery with some quality sized panfish.

Lake Ahquabi

There is 5 inches of ice being reported at Ahquabi.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers fishing over the sunken brush piles are picking up some decent 8-inch bluegill with wax worms.

Ankeny Lake (DMACC)

Rainbow Trout - Good: Good catches of rainbow trout are being caught through the ice by tipping ice jigs or jigging spoons with a couple wax worms.  Bluegill - Good: Good sized bluegills are being pulled through the ice.  Concentrate on the south central portion of the lake.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake

Ada Hayden is usually one of the last lakes to freeze in central Iowa. Use caution and check ice thickness frequently.  Rainbow Trout - Good: Most of the rainbow trout stocked in November remain to be caught through the ice.  They can be caught on most ice fishing jigs or jigging spoons tipped with wax worms.  They are confined to the north pit.

Banner Lake (south)

Rainbow Trout - Good: Good numbers of rainbow trout are left to be caught through the ice.  Anglers are catching them using normal ice fishing jigs or jigging spoons tipped with wax worms.

Ice fishing has started in central Iowa.  Small lakes and ponds are averaging 5 to 8 inches of ice.  The larger lakes are varying more with anywhere from 2.5 to 7 inches.  Check ice thickness often on the larger lakes, some open water areas just froze up this week and the recent snows covered up the visible ice differences.  For questions on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake

Greenfield Lake has a quality panfish fishery and is a popular ice fishing lake. Be cautious as you venture out as Greenfield has waterfowl activity around the dam.

Lake Anita

Lake Anita was reported to have 6 to 7 inches of ice. Anita’s bluegill have experienced good growth over the past year and are providing and excellent ice fishery.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught on jigs tipped with wax worms in 18 to 20 feet of water. Color did not seem to matter last week but fish were close to bottom. Bluegills are averaging 8 inches with fish up to 9.5 inches being caught.

Lake Manawa

Manawa has variable ice thickness due to waterfowl. Drill holes often as you venture out. Most of the ice fishing has taken place around Boy Scout Island and the new and old beach.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught with minnows and wax worms. Most fish are 8 to 10 inches.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Numerous farm ponds in southern Iowa provide a good opportunity for a quality ice fishing trip. Remember to always get permission before fishing private ponds.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught using tear drops tipped with wax worms.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught using minnows on larger ponds that support crappie populations. Later in the afternoon has been the best time to target crappies.

Early ice can be an excellent time to catch panfish. Ice is 5 to 7 inches thick on most water bodies in southwest Iowa. Be very cautious of lakes with waterfowl activity as they will keep ice from forming. For information on fishing or ice conditions call the S.W. District Office at (712) 769-2587.

Green Valley Lake

The lake level has been lowered 12 feet for a sediment removal project.  The lake has a lot of quality panfish.  Ice fishing this winter should be very good.  A lot of open water is still present.

Summit Lake

The lake has been drained for a spillway replacement project.  It should be down at least until spring.

Three Mile Lake

Ice thickness varies greatly.  Some open water is still present in middle but the backs of the coves have some ice.  Walking on the ice is not recommended at this time.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Ice thickness just off the end of the main boat ramp is about 2 inches.  Open water is present in the middle.  Thickness varies widely and walking on the ice is not recommended until thickness improves.

Good ice is starting to form.  The farm ponds and small lakes have from 4 to 7 inches of good ice.  The medium sized lakes have less and could have less than 1 inch.  The big lakes have some open water from waterfowl.  A few more days will help.

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