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Iowa fishing report

December 04, 2008 at 09:02 PM

Southeast

Mississippi River Pools 16 to 20: Most of the backwaters are freezing over but ice fishing is not recommended.  In Pool 16, river stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 4.48 feet.  Walleye and sauger fishing in the tailwaters and in Sylvan Slough has been slow.  In Pool 17, river stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.34 feet. Walleye and sauger fishing in the tailwaters is slow.  In Pool 18, river stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 3.81 feet.  Walleye and sauger fishing has slowed since last week.  In Pool 19, river stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 1.67 feet. Tailwater fishing for walleyes and saugers is slow.  In Pool 20, river stage at Lock and Dam 19 is 3.46 feet.  River stages are fluctuating daily due to dam releases.  No fishing report.   

Lake Darling (Washington): The lake was completely drained on Nov. 28.

Lake Belva Deer (Keokuk): Unsafe ice conditions.  The lower end of the lake is still open.

Lake Geode (Henry): The lake is still open except for the upper end where it is starting to ice over. 

Lake Rathbun (Appanoose): Conditions are not suitable for ice fishing.     

Lake Sugema (Van Buren): Conditions are not suitable for ice fishing. 

Lake Wapello (Davis): The lake has been completely drained.

Lake Miami (Monroe): Conditions are not suitable for ice fishing. 

Lake Hawthorn (Mahaska): Conditions are not suitable for ice fishing.

Lake Macbride (Johnson): Ice covered, but not safe to fish! 

For more information on fishing in southeast Iowa, call the regional office in Brighton at 319-694-2430.

Southwest

Ice conditions are still unsafe.  It looks like by the end of the weekend we should have better ice conditions in most of our areas.

Contact Ben Dodd at (515) 432-2823, Ext.108, for information on the above area lakes

Ice conditions are still unsafe.  Bigger lakes are starting to form ice patches, farm ponds should be frozen by next week.

Contact Gary Sobotka at (641) 464-3108 for information on the above area lakes.

There has been very little fishing activity due to cold weather and unsafe ice conditions. Ice is beginning to form on area lakes and ponds, but anglers need to be aware that it is not safe at this time.

Lake Manawa (Pottawattamie):  Anglers are catching a few crappies on minnows in the canals.

Contact Bryan Hayes at (712) 769-2587 for information on the above area lakes.

For more information on general fishing in southwest Iowa, call the regional office in Lewis at 712-769-2587.


Northwest

Most shallow lakes will be frozen over but deeper lakes will have open water areas. Ice anglers are currently fishing on 3 to 5 inches of ice in shallow areas and should use extreme caution when going ice fishing.

Spirit Lake (Dickinson):  Fish at the North Grade, Templar Lagoon, or in Angler’s Bay along the weed line with small horizontal ice jigs tipped with live-bait or plastics for panfish. Large areas of the lake are still open so caution should be taken.

Upper Gar (Dickinson): Fish at remaining green vegetation or boat docks with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics for panfish.

West Okoboji Lake (Dickinson): Fish the canals with ice jigs tipped with live-bait or plastics for panfish.  The main lake is open-water.

Clear Lake (Cerro Gordo): There is currently about 4 to 6 inches of ice on the lake.  A few yellow bass are being caught at the west end.

Lake Catherine (Winnebago): There is currently 4 to 6 inches of ice on the lake.  Bluegills are biting on wax worms.

For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the regional office in Spirit Lake at 712-336-1840.


Northeast

Mississippi River Pools 9 to 15:  The Mississippi River is still very low and forecast to remain stable or drop slightly over the next week. Water levels earlier this week were:  8.1 feet at Lansing, 13.0 feet at Lynxville, 7.3 feet at McGregor and 4.6 feet at Guttenberg.  Water temperature is around 32 degrees.  Use caution when backing off boat ramps as many will be extremely shallow and your trailer may go into the blow hole at the end of the ramp.  In addition, ramps easily ice over with trailer water and will be extremely slippery.

Limited ice fishing is being reported in Pool 9 around Lansing and New Albin, but the ice is very thing.  Use extreme caution when fishing early ice.  Early in the season, do not cross any sloughs with flowing water as ice will be much thinner in those areas.  Review proper ice safety materials before venturing on early ice.

Walleye and sauger fishing is fair to poor in the Guttenberg tailwater and the Lynxville tailwater.  A few keeper saugers and sub-legal walleyes are being taken mainly on jigs and minnows.  The city ramp at Guttenberg and the DNR hatchery ramp at Guttenberg both remain free of ice as of last Wednesday.  Only enough parking exists at the DNR ramp for four boats and trailers.  If the parking lot is full, you must find spaces to park on the side streets.

Cedar River (Mitchell, Floyd and Chickasaw):  The river is starting to freeze.

Turkey River (Clayton):  Walleye fishing is good if you find the deeper holes.  Try using a slow presentation with a white or chartreuse twister tail.

Brinker Lake (Black Hawk):  Crappie fishing is good to excellent around submerged trees in 6 to 9 feet of water.  Use a minnow under a bobber or small artificial bait presentations.

Upper Iowa River (Winneshiek and Allamakee):  Nice rainbows are being caught on night crawlers.

Lake Hendricks (Howard):  About 6 inches of ice in places have been reported and a few folks are using portable ice huts.  Crappie, bluegill and perch are biting on wax worms.

Lake Meyer (Winneshiek):  The lake totally froze over only last week, but with temperatures in the teens this week, a few brave folks may start to make their way onto the ice.

Volga Lake (Fayette): The ice is on the way.

Trout Streams: Trout fishing is still good.  Better trout streams with good spring flows will be open throughout the winter.  Trout fishing is a great option for the ice shy angler and the snow covered scenery is beautiful.

For information on fishing in northeast Iowa, call the regional office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

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