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Iowa fishing report 1-22-10

January 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM

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
Crawford Creek Impoundment
Bluegill and crappie fishing with wax worms has been pretty good.  Anglers are targeting the area southwest of the boat ramp.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching bluegill about hand size with orange or green glow in the dark teardrops with wax worms.  Bluegills are being caught in 12 feet of water fishing about 8 inches off the bottom from about 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up crappie with wax worms and minnows, some are nice size fish.  Crappie fishing at Crawford Creek has been best after dark.

Badger Lake
Anglers are still catching bluegill and crappie.  Ice thickness is around 15 to 16 inches.  Bluegill - Good: Nice size bluegills are being caught with small jigs and wax worms.  Crappie - Good: Nice size crappie are being caught as well.

Brushy Creek Lake
The boat ramp areas have been plowed out.  Anglers are catching bluegill and some crappie.  Ice conditions remain fair, but there are still some areas with thin ice or may have water under the snow.  Fish are being caught throughout the lake, but keep moving if you can’t find them.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are being caught in 20 to 25 feet of water right off of the bottom.  Tear drops and wax worms have been working the best.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been caught on minnows.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye have been slow, but try just at sunset for them.  Anglers have been picking a few up on minnows.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Not a lot of anglers have been out, but the ones that are report that walleye fishing has been fair.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers have been using jigs tipped with minnow heads or minnows under a bobber at the usual fishing spots around the lake.  Evening has been the most productive.

Black Hawk Lake
Anglers have been working the lake, but the fishing has been pretty slow.  Ice is around 15 inches thick.  Boat ramp area on Ice House Point has been plowed.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegill are being caught with wax worms, but most are smaller size fish.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappie are being caught with wax worms and minnows, but most are smaller size fish.

Arrowhead Lake
There has not been a lot of fishing activity, but the lane and boat ramp area have recently been plowed allowing easier access.

We have not received a lot of fishing reports. Bluegill and crappie fishing has been good at some of the lakes.  Always use caution on the ice. For more information about these lakes and rivers call Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Ice thickness 14 to 16 inches. Crappies and bluegills are biting.

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Ice thickness 18 to 20 inches. Fishing been slow. 

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

Lake Smith
Ice thickness 16 to 18 inches. Bluegills are biting in the late afternoon on wax worms.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 18 to 21 inches. Yellow bass fishing has been slow. A few fish are being caught at dawn and dusk.  Walleye - Slow: most fish caught are below the 14-inch length limit.  Muskellunge - Slow:  Yellow Bass - Slow: 

Lake Cornelia
Ice thickness is 16 to 18 inches.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 16 to 20 inches.  Crappie - Slow:  Yellow Perch - Slow:

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 18 to 20 inches.  Yellow Perch - Slow:

Bluebill Lake
Ice thickness is 18 to 20 inches. Bluegills are biting on wax worms near the brush piles.  Bluegill - Slow:

Fin and Feather Lake
Ice thickness 18 to 20 inches. Fishing is slow.

Elm Lake
Ice thickness 14 to 18 inches. Yellow perch are biting, will take some sorting to get a limit.  Yellow Perch - Good:

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

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Fair: Fish along the road bed or brush piles with a small jig tipped with live bait.  Crappie - Fair: Fish along the road bed or brush piles with a small jig tipped with live bait.

Big Spirit Lake
People are driving onto the ice at Sunset Park, Anglers Bay, Buffalo Run, and at Marble Beach.  Bluegill - Slow: Sight fish using small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm on the north end of Anglers Bay.  Crappie - Slow: A few fish are being caught while sight fishing on the north end of Angler’s Bay.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm in 20 to 23 feet of water in the basin.  Walleye - Good: Fish at sunrise or sunset with a jigging lure tipped with a minnow head on weed lines, rock bars, or the basin.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye - Fair: Use jigging lures at sunrise or sunset.  A few perch are being caught as well.

West Okoboji Lake
People are driving on at Smith’s and Emerson Bay.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with plastics or live bait in the bays around weed beds.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a wax worm along the edge of weed beds or just out from weed beds in deeper water.

Five Island Lake
Crappie - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a minnow for suspended fish.  Walleye - Fair: Fish early or late in the day with a jigging lure tipped with live bait along drop-offs.

West Swan Lake S.W.M.A.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small ice jig tipped with live bait.

Virgin Lake
Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with live bait or a minnow beneath a small bobber.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow at Jingles and Stony points in the evenings.

Minnewashta Lake
Walleye - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with live bait in the evenings.

Elk Lake
Snowmobiles may be the best way to access the lake from the road.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with wax worms or a small minnow beneath a bobber.  Some sorting will be required.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with wax worms or a small minnow beneath a bobber.  Some sorting will be required.

Spirit Lake District Farm Ponds
Be sure to ask the landowner for permission before fishing a private farm pond.  Bluegill - Good: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm.  Begin fishing in the deepest part of the pond near the dam.

Snow conditions are making it difficult for anglers to get to fishing locations on all area lakes.  There is some slush under the snow. For more information on ice conditions or fishing in the Spirit lake area call 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Ice depths are variable ranging from 12 to 24 inches.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:

Lake Hendricks
Anglers are reporting the best time to fish seems to be in the evening and early morning.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:

Lake Meyer
Now is the time to try angling at varying depths beneath the ice.  Also key your efforts around structure, such as brush or rock piles.  Ice depths are running 12 inches.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Yellow Perch - Slow:

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Smallmouth Bass - Slow: A few small smallmouth bass are being caught below the dam at Nashua.  Walleye - Slow: A few small walleye are being caught below the dam at Nashua.

Ice conditions are good on most area lakes.  Use caution when going out on area rivers and streams as many are beginning to open up.  For more information, call the Decorah Trout Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Decorah District Streams
This is one of the best times of the year to try to catch trout.  Put on some snowshoes on an overcast day and slowly creep down to the stream.  Try using a dark fly.  Insect hatches have been occurring on those nice sunny days. 

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Anglers have had some success on Silver Lake catching mainly bluegill with an occasional crappie. Ice thickness here is between 6 to 8 inches of good ice. Best success has been early morning or late afternoon before dark.  Bluegill - Slow: Concentrate efforts in the deeper water fishing just off of the bottom with an ice jig and wax worm.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Casey Lake has been fair for bluegill and yellow perch.  Bluegill - Fair: Be sure to concentrate your efforts around submerged structure from the center of the lake and east towards the dam. Look for fish in that 12 to 14 feet of water using small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch fishing has been consistent anywhere on the lake, fish jig tipped with a wax worm for good success.

Big Woods Lake
Anglers are catching crappies but some sorting may be required.

Brinker Lake
A few anglers have been spotted ice fishing on Brinker, some sorting may be necessary.  Bluegill - Fair:  Crappie - Fair:

George Wyth Lake
Anglers have been fishing George Wyth early morning and late evening with some success on both bluegill and crappie.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are reporting catches of bluegill with some sorting necessary.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching crappie fairly consistently. Look for areas where pressure has been the heaviest.

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Anglers are catching both bluegill and crappie, some sorting may be necessary.  Bluegill - Fair: Concentrate efforts on the south end of the lake in 12 to 18 feet of water.  Crappie - Fair: Concentrate efforts on the south end of the lake in 12 to 18 feet of water or suspended around structure.

Koutny Pond
Fishing has been fair here for bluegill in the 7 to 8.5-inch range.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish in areas with 8 to 10 feet of water which can be found on the east side of the lake.

Plainfield
Anglers are catching nice size bluegill on this thirty acre lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Try locating structure and fishing just off of the bottom with an ice jig and wax worm.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Anglers are beginning to pickup crappie and northern pike above the dam in Independence as water clarity has improved. Most of the action has been above the dam in Independence.  Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers have been catching pike while fishing for crappie using either a wax worm or minnow under a jig.  Bluegill - Slow: Try fishing the Independence Impoundment above the dam.  Crappie - Fair: Try fishing in two to three foot of water on the backwaters of the Wapsi above the dam.

Ice thickness around Black Hawk County is varying from 6 to 8 inches. Best success has been on the following lakes; Ave. of Saints, Plainfield, George Wyth, Brinker and Big Woods for bluegill and crappie. This Saturday, North Prairie Lake will be stocked with trout. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 12
Backwater ice conditions are good with 12 inches or greater at most lakes.  Ice conditions in areas of flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended.  River stage in Dubuque is stable at 8.14 feet.  Anglers in Pool 12 should keep an eye out for radio tagged crappie.  The DNR has externally radio tagged 200 crappies in Pool 12 and will be tracking them over the course of the next year.  Tags are attached to the dorsal spines and we ask that you release any tagged fish.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are sorting through a lot of small fish and the bite has been slower this past week.  Fish are biting in Kehough Slough, and Tippy, Stone, Fishtrap, and O’Learys lakes.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been day to day.  Best fishing has been in Tippy Lake.  Jigging spoons, soft platics on jigs, or minnows have been producing best.

Mississippi River Pool 13
Backwater ice conditions are good with reports of 12 inches or more at most lakes. Ice conditions in areas of flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended. River stage in Bellevue is 6.17 feet.  Bluegill - Slow: Bite has slowed over the past couple of weeks.  Fish being caught in Brown’s Lake and South Sabula Lake, but a lot of small fish.  Wax worms on jigs have been working best.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie bite has slowed as well.  Still a few fish coming out of South Sabula Lake.  No reports from Spring Lake, but it is also a good spot to try.

Mississippi River Pool 14
Backwater ice conditions are good with reports of 10 to 12 inches or more at most lakes. Ice conditions in areas of flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended. River stage in Camanche is 9.64 feet.  Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are coming off tip ups with 4-inch suckers.  Bluegill - Slow: Bite has been slow with a lot of small fish at Rock Creek.  Crappie - Slow: A few fish, but relatively slow at Rock Creek.

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

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage is 6.61 feet and has been slowly falling over the past few days. Anglers have been able to launch boats at the Marquette St. ramp in Davenport. With recent freezing rains the ramp could have ice on it. Check ramp conditions before launching your boat.  Some ice fishing is being done in Sunset Marina with the best bites occurring at sunrise and sunset. Ice anglers are reminded to use extreme caution when ice fishing in the backwaters.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina on small ice jigs and wax worms. Most fish have been on the small side. The best bites have been early in the mornings or right before dark.  Largemouth Bass - No Report:  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are also being caught in Sunset Marina on small ice fishing jigs and wax worms.  Sauger - Good: Sauger fishing has been good on jigs and minnows in Sylvan Slough.  Walleye - Good: Some walleyes are being caught in Sylvan Slough on jigs and minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage is 5.85 feet. Tail waters at Muscatine have not been accessible by boat. Ice fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Most ice fishing reports are coming from lakes and farm ponds. Anglers are reminded that fluctuating river stages, above freezing temperatures, and snow cover can make for poor ice conditions Bluegill - Slow: Fishing has been slow in Big Timber. Most of the bluegills that are being caught have been on the small side. Big Timber has variable ice thicknesses of 4 to 6 inches. Big Timber also has some areas with water and slush sitting on the ice due to recent warmer temperatures. Anglers should use extreme caution when ice fishing in Big Timber.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are being caught in Big Timber fishing along the drop-offs in to deeper water.  Sauger - No Report: Tail waters not accessible by boat.  Walleye - No Report: Tail waters not accessible by boat.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage is 10.00 feet. Tail waters are not accessible for walleye and sauger fishing. Most ice fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Ice anglers are reminded that fluctuating river levels, snow cover, and above freezing temperatures may create poor ice conditions in the backwaters.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - No Report: The tail waters at New Boston are not accessible.  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage is 5.58 feet. Boat ramps are frozen in. Ice fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Most ice fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Ice anglers are reminded that fluctuating river levels, above freezing temperatures and snow cover can create poor ice conditions.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16 to 20: This past week, anglers have been able to launch boats in Pool 16 at the Marquette St. Ramp in Davenport before the freezing rain. With recent freezing rains the boat ramp could be covered in ice. Check ramp conditions before launching a boat. Tail waters in Pools 17 to 19 have not been accessible by boat. Most ice fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Ice anglers should take extreme caution when ice fishing the backwaters.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS.  Ice conditions are deteriorating very quickly now. 

Lake Belva Deer
Most areas of the lake have 6-plus inches of ice. Concentrate you efforts in the flooded timber around the old creek channel. The county plans on sanding the hill down to the ramp.  Look for the water to cloud back up with the rain.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are fishing in the flooded timber out by the creek channel.  Crappie - Good: Fish the same areas as for bluegills. Look about 2 to 3 feet off the bottom.

Lake of the Hills
Use caution out on the ice.  Drill test holes.  The weather forecasted for Saturday will make ice conditions deteriorate.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are catching a few small bluegills.  Crappie - Slow: Mostly smaller fish concentrate your effort on the submerged tree piles.

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

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

Iowa Lake
Early morning has been the best time to fish here.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish around structure with a jig/wax worm.  Crappie - Fair: Fish around structure with a jig/wax worm. Crappies may be suspended, and most are running 7 to 9 inches.

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

Lake Macbride
There will be another riprap project on the lake this winter. The lake has been lowered approximately 8 feet for equipment access to shorelines and islands. The early morning bite seems to be best.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers have been picking up bluegills on jigs and wax worms. Fish near the bottom around structure. Most fish are 5 to 7 inches.  Crappie - Fair: Fish structure in the 10 to 15 foot range. A jig or small spoon tipped with a wax worm is best. The fish have been nice sized (many 10 to 12 inches).

Central Park Lake
Bluegill - Fair:

Pleasant Creek Lake
White Bass - Fair: Some anglers are finding schools of white bass and catching them on small jigs, spoons, or minnows. Catches are being reported in 25 to 30 feet of water.  Bluegill - Fair: Try for bluegills around brush or the dam with a small jig and wax worm. Green or black seems to be producing best.

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

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

Union Grove Lake
The lake’s aeration system was turned on Dec. 21, so be aware of open water at the dam end of the lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish in the 6 to 7-inch range are being caught around brush on ice jigs tipped with wax worms.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being picked up, especially towards dusk.

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

Lake Wapello
The lake was drained this summer but has been renovated and is being allowed to refill.

Red Haw Lake
The lake’s ice is variable.  Use caution if venturing out.  Bluegill - Good: Use tear drop jigs tipped with a wax worm.  Try areas around submerged cedar trees.  Some fish have been up to 9 inches in length.

Lake Keomah
The ice is variable in thickness so use caution if heading out.  The latest measurements have about 7 inches out in from out the fishing pier and over by the dam.  Out further there has been some open water as recently as last week so use caution.  Very few anglers have been fishing.

Lake Miami
The ice thickness varies so use caution if venturing out.  Some areas have 5 inches of ice.  Very few anglers have been venturing out this winter.  Remember the lake has been drawn down all year.  Find areas with structure and try small jigs tipped with wax worms.

Lake Sugema
Use caution if venturing out.  Ice thickness is variable.  Bluegill - Slow: Use tear drop jigs tipped with a wax worm.  Crappie - Slow: Use wax worms or minnows on small jigs.  Try fishing within a foot or two of the lake bottom.

Rathbun Reservoir
The lake is frozen over.  The bays and coves have more ice than the main lake.  Use caution if venturing out because the ice thickness varies from place to place.  The last measurements taken have about 10 inches in spots including Atwell’s, Glenwood and the Dedication Site boat ramp.  Honey Creek State Park will be closed this winter due to road construction.  Crappie - Slow: Try using small jigs tipped with either a minnow or wax worms.  Find areas with submerged structure for the best results.  The Buck Creek area has been producing some crappies.

For additional fishing information in south central Iowa, call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.


SOUTHWEST
Beaver Lake
Bluegill - Good: Beaver Lake is producing some decent bluegills through the ice this year.  The larger ones being caught are 8 to 9 inches.  Anglers are having success in 15 to 20 feet of water out from the dam and on the 9 to 15 foot ridge that runs south of the 40 foot hole across the lake from the boat ramp.  Fish are being caught using wax worms and spikes.  Crappie - Fair: With the bluegills, anglers are picking up a few decent crappies up to 11 inches.

Roberts Creek Lake
Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught in the deeper water out from the east access.

Big Creek Lake
Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching some good bluegills from 7 to 9 inches mostly midday through late afternoon.  They are being caught off sunken brush in the main lake and in front of the deeper coves. Depths around 20 feet or greater have been best. Both wax worms and spikes have been working.  Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught near the roadbed in 30 to 40 feet of water off the east roadbed out from the Ensign shelter and into the handicap pier bay.  Live minnows have been working best, but glow jigs with wax worms have also been working.  The bite has been best from 5:30 to 10 p.m.   

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Slow: The bluegill bite has slowed, but some fish are still being caught late in the afternoon and especially just before and after sunset near sunken habitat.  This habitat can be found in most of the coves and in deeper water out from the points.  It is taking some jumping from hole to hole to find active fish.  The bluegills are good sized around 8 inches and are being caught using both wax worms and spikes.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being pulled off the same sunken habitat as the bluegills.  Better crappie are being caught suspended in the deeper water in the evenings.  Some of the crappie being caught are 10 to 11 inches.

Lake Ahquabi
Bluegill - Fair: Some decent catches of bluegills are being caught.  Out from the steep shoreline across from the beach area can be a good location.  There are several large brush piles sunk in the deeper water here that anglers have been catching fish off.  Ahquabi can produce some large bluegills over 9 inches.

Lake Petoka
Rainbow Trout - Good: 1,700 rainbow trout were stocked January 16.  Several large brood fish were also stocked.  The fish were biting aggressively on jigs and spoons tipped with one or several wax worms.  Small live minnows also work well.

Banner Lake (south)
Rainbow Trout - Good: 1,500 Rainbow trout were stocked through the ice Thursday, January 14.  The majority of the fish still remain to be caught.

As of January 20, most central Iowa lakes have 14 plus inches of ice.  Fishing success was good over the last week.  Most fish are being caught early in the mornings and especially in the afternoon and evenings.  Use caution on the ice if predicted heavy rains for the weekend occur.  Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield lake has a consistent 14 inches of ice. Greenfield is a popular ice fishing lake because of the quality panfish fishery.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills have been slow using wax worms.

Nodaway Lake
Nodaway Lake should offer good crappie fishing this winter with a large year class in the 8 to 9-inch range. Bluegills are 7 inches. Nodaway has 14 inches of ice.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches are being caught using wax worms.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught using minnows. Try fishing late in the afternoon.

Littlefield Lake
Spring sampling showed a large year class of crappies that should be in the 8 to 9-inch range this winter. Roads in the park have been plowed.

Lake Anita
Lake Anita will offer excellent ice fishing opportunities this year. Fall samples show that bluegills and crappies experienced good growth in 2009. Anita has 12 to 16 inches of ice.  Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill bite is much better the last hour of daylight. Anglers are catching many fish exceeding 8 inches using wax worms.  Crappie - Fair: The best success has been fishing with minnows in the evening. Late afternoon to after dark is best. Crappies are running 9 to 10 inches.

Lake Manawa
Manawa has 14 inches of ice.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have slowed but anglers are still catching a few. Jigs with small spinner tipped with a live minnow is working best.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Farm ponds offer excellent opportunity for quality ice fishing in southern Iowa. Remember to always ask permission before fishing a private pond.  Bluegill - Fair: Typically bluegills can be found in the deepest part of the pond. Tip small jigs with wax worms and start fishing a foot off the bottom.  Crappie - Fair: Fish the larger farm ponds using wax worms or minnows. Fish different depths in the water column as crappie can be suspended.

Anglers can expect to find 14 to 18 inches of ice on most lakes in southwest Iowa. For more information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office 712-769-2587.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Ice is fairly good.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting off the ends of the west jetty.  The fish are in flooded trees of the channel.

Lake of Three Fires
Ice thickness is good in most places but thinner areas are possible.  Bluegill - Good: Several bluegills are being caught from the brush pile just north of the center of the dam or the creek channel just south of the jetties.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been picked up while bluegill anglers from the deeper channel.

Green Valley Lake
The lake level has been lowered until a sediment removal project is completed.  Fish are very healthy and growing well.  Some species are beginning to become acceptable catches.

Summit Lake
The lake has been renovated and will be restocked in the spring.

Three Mile Lake
Ice is good in most places.  Slush and snow cover can reduce its thickness.  Most fish are biting fairly well.  Bluegill - Fair: Several nice fish are being caught from the channels in the flooded trees.  Crappie - Fair: Some nice fish are appearing in the catch.  Most are caught while bluegill fishing.  Minnows do work a little better than wax worms.  Walleye - Slow: Some fish are caught on minnows in the creek channels and flooded trees.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Ice is fairly good in most places but slush and deep snow can change the thickness.  Bluegill - Good: Several bluegills have been picked up from the deeper flooded trees near the channels.  Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught on minnows.

Walnut Creek Marsh
Ice is fairly thick but can be very thin near the aeration system.  Bluegill - Good: Several fish are being caught in about 5 feet of water along the channel along the south dike.  Crappie - Good: Several nice fish are being caught by bluegill anglers from the south channel along the dike.

Ice thickness is about 8 inches in most places.  Slush is forming on top in many areas.  Fish are biting in many places.  Creek channels next to deep areas are popular.

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