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Iowa fishing report 12-23-09

December 23, 2009 at 03:22 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

Yellow Smoke Park Lake

Anglers are catching some big bluegill, not in great numbers.  Bluegill - Fair: Good big fish, but not a lot of them.

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Doing well for bluegill and crappie.  Bluegill - Good: Their fairly good sized fish.  Use wax worms and fish from the middle of the lake towards the southeast bay.  Crappie - Good: Good sized fish; fish with wax worms and fish from the middle of the lake toward the southeast bay.

Brushy Creek Lake

The ice is good in the bays and north end; avoid the main lake, ice is not safe.  There is open water off the swimming beach.  Anglers are catching fair numbers of bluegill and crappie.  Bluegill - Good: Try the north end.  Crappie - Good: Fish are a bit small; fish the north end.  Walleye - Slow: Try fishing for walleye in late afternoon with minnows.

Bacon Creek Lake

Try fishing for trout.  Make sure to have a trout stamp.  Rainbow Trout - Fair: The lake is frozen over, use flashy lures tipped with a wax worm.  The next stocking is on January 16.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye fishing is very good.  Walleye - Good: Fish are biting around the lake, particularly around College Island.  Try any of the normal hot spots.  Good all day but especially around dusk.  Try using a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head or a minnow below a bobber.

Browns Lake

Anglers are catching some bluegill, but not real big.

Badger Lake

Fairly good for nice bluegill and crappie.  Ice is 7 to 11 inches thick.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching fairly nice bluegills; use wax worms and fish in 8 to 14 feet of water.  Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching 8 to 10 inch crappie; use wax worms; fish in 8 to 14 feet of water.

Walleye are biting well at Storm Lake. Lakes are frozen over pretty well, reported ice depths have been from 8 to 11 inches.  Check the ice before going out to your spots.  Make sure that you don’t go alone, tell people where you are going and when you plan to be home.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Don Herrig 712-657-2638 at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Clear Lake

Ice thickness is 8 to 12 inches, check as you go. Yellow bass are biting on the west end of the lake; try the Farmers Beach area or the Little Lake. Try using a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head or a small jig tipped with a wax worm.  Walleye - Slow: most fish caught are below the 14inch length limit.  Yellow Bass - Fair:

Rice Lake

Ice thickness is 6 to 12 inches.

Silver Lake (Worth)

Ice thickness is 6 to 10 inches. Fish sampling showed that yellow perch fishing should be good this year, try fishing near the jetties with a jigging spoon.

Blue Pit

1,500 rainbow trout were stocked on Dec.23

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

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms along the old road bed.  Crappie - Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with a wax worms along the old road bed early in the morning and evenings.

Mill Creek (Lake)

Bluegill - Good: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice thickness report: Marble Beach 11 inches and the north end of Angler’s Bay 12.5 inches.  Northern Pike - Fair: Use a tip-up with a chub or jigging lures tipped with a minnow along weed lines.  Bluegill - Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics at the Grade or north end of Angler’s Bay.  Crappie - Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms at the north end of Angler’s Bay.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with plastics or wax worms in Angler’s Bay or a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head or wigglers between Big Stoney and Cottonwood points.  Walleye - Good: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow head along the weed line out from Templar Lagoon or on rock bars at Big Stoney and Cottonwood points in the mornings or evenings.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch - Good: Use a jigging spoon with live bait or a minnow below a slip bobber.  Walleye - Good: Use a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head at sunrise or sunset.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice thickness report: Triboji Beach 9inches, Miller’s Bay Access 13inches, and Emerson Bay boat ramp 11 inches.  Northern Pike - Good: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow or tip-ups baited with chubs along weed beds in Smiths, Emerson, Millers, and North bays.  Bluegill - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with plastics or a wax worms in Emerson and Miller’s Bay.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics along weed beds.  Walleye - Fair: Using jigging lures tipped with a minnow head at sunrise and sunset in Smith’s, Haywards, and Millers Bay.

Five Island Lake

Channel Catfish - Fair: Use a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head in the south bay.  Crappie - Good: Use a jig tipped with a minnow head in the mornings and evenings for suspended fish.  Walleye - Good: Fish at sunrise and sunset along drop-offs with jigging lures tipped with a minnow.

Lost Island Lake

Walleye - Good: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow head along the newly placed rock bars on the northwest side of the lake in the mornings and evenings.

Willow Creek

Bluegill - Good: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm.

Virgin Lake

Yellow Perch - Good: Use a small minnow below a slip bobber or minnow head tipped on a jigging spoon.

Schmerse W.A. Pond

Bluegill - Good: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm.

Kids Corner:  If you want to take a child fishing, take them to Mill Creek (East of Paullina on Hwy. 10) or Willow Creek Lakes (west of Ocheyedan on Hwy. 9) for bluegills.  Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm.  Lower the jig to the bottom and then raise it 6 to 8 inches off the bottom and lightly jig the bait.  Caution should always be taken when going out onto the ice.  For more information on ice conditions and fishing for the lakes and rivers in the Spirit lake area call 712-336-1840

NORTHEAST

Volga Lake

There is about 6 to 8 inches of ice in most areas and relatively free of snow.  Angling is picking up.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been using wax worms.  Some sorting is necessary.  Crappie - Slow:  Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch have been caught while fishing for bluegill.

Lake Hendricks

Average ice depths are running 9 inches.  Please note the Main Entrance bridge is now open and park personnel request that anglers use this entrance for access to the lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are using wax worms with good success.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught while fishing for bluegills.

Lake Meyer

Many places have 6 inches of ice with about 2 inches of cloudy, melt ice on top.  Anglers have been catching quite a few fish but sorting is necessary.  Bluegill - Fair: Try angling about 3 feet off the bottom using wax worms.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: A fair amount of largemouth less than 12 inches are being caught by the jetty.  Crappie - No Report:  Yellow Perch - Fair:

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)

No report.  Walleye - No Report:

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)

No report.  Walleye - No Report:

Turkey River (below Clermont)

No report.  Walleye - No Report:

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Ice depths vary greatly so use caution venturing on the ice but there has been activity in the impounded area above the Nashua Dam.  Anglers have been using wax worms with some success.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Yes, through the ice on wax worms.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:

Decorah District Streams

Area trout streams are in good condition and if you can get to them after this snow, you should have great fishing.  The water is extremely clear so sneaking up on those fish is the key.  Even though stocking has finished for the year, there are plenty of fish in the streams.

Ice conditions on many of our ponds and lakes are better this week especially on areas where the snow was blown off.  The biggest problem seems to be around the edges where the snow is deepest.  Please use caution.  Area rivers still have open water.  For information on stream conditions, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)

Anglers have had some success catching both bluegill and crappie. Ice thickness is between 6 to 8 inches of good ice. Best success has been early morning or late afternoon before dark.  Bluegill - Good: Concentrate efforts in the deeper water fishing just off of the bottom with an ice jig & wax worm.  Crappie - Good: More crappies seem to be caught fishing off of the bottom than being found suspended. Jig and wax worm tend to be more effective than jig and minnow.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

Casey Lake has been providing bluegill and crappie throughout the week.  Bluegill - Good: Fish around submerged structure from the center of the lake and east towards the dam. Look for fish in 12 to 14 feet of water using small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm.  Crappie - Fair: Fish around submerged structure from the center of the lake and east towards the dam. Look for fish in 12 to 14 feet of water using small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm. Ten to 13 inch crappies are fewer but nice in size.

Lake Delhi

There have been reports of anglers fishing a few of the coves on Lake Delhi with limited success. Rain is forecasted for the next couple of days which may cause a rise in river levels. Use extreme caution and follow all ice safety precautions if heading out onto this lake (Impoundment of the Maquoketa River).

Big Woods Lake

Anglers are catching crappies but some sorting is required.

Brinker Lake

A few anglers have been spotted ice fishing on Brinker but there have been no fish reports.

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 on George Wyth Lake on a fairly consistent basis. Look for areas where pressure has been the heaviest.

Avenue of the Saints Pond

Anglers are catching both bluegill and crappie with some sorting required.  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.

Martens Lake

There have been reports of good ice but no catch information.

Plainfield

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

Ice thickness reports in Black Hawk County and surrounding areas are varying anywhere from 4 to 10 inches. Try fishing the frozen backwater areas of the Cedar and Wapsipinicon Rivers for good panfish success. For more information, contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

The boat ramps have become locked in ice.  Solid ice for fishing has formed with most areas having 6 inches or more of ice but anglers should always use caution in areas where heavy snow may have insulated ice or areas of potential current.  Bluegill - Good: Shore Slough near Lansing and Blackhawk park on the Wisconsin side continue to be popular fishing areas with mixed reports and some good catches of bluegills and crappie.  Crappie - Good: Mixed reports with a few nice crappies being caught. Shore Slough near Lansing and Blackhawk park on the Wisconsin side continue to be popular fishing spots.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Lynxville boat ramp has become locked in ice limiting access to tail water fishing. Ice is 6 inches or more in most places but anglers should still use caution in areas with potential current.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers in the Harpers Ferry area report good catches of bluegills and some crappie below the spillway and in Joyce lake. Mixed reports from Bussey Lake, but some nice sized bluegills and crappie are still being caught. Mixed reports are also coming form Sny Magill area where anglers are fishing Norwegian and Ice lake across from the ramp with fair catches.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers in the Harpers Ferry area report good catches of bluegills and some crappie below the spillway and in Joyce lake. Some nice catches of crappie have been reported from Bussey lake and from Norwegian in the Sny Magill area but action can be hit or miss.

Mississippi River Pool 11

The boat ramps in town are locked in ice limiting access to tail water fishing. Some anglers are able to access the tail waters by pushing a boat out over the ice at the DNR station.  Bluegill - Good: Some reports of good catches of bluegills form the marina at Mud Lake and also down in Zollicoffer.  Crappie - Fair: A few nice crappie being caught down in Zollicoffer.  Sauger - Good: Anglers able to get a boat out to the tail waters are still reporting good catches of sauger but many are small.

Solid ice for fishing remains with most areas having 6 inches or more of ice but anglers should always use caution in areas where heavy snow may have insulated ice or areas of potential current.  The ramps at Lynxville and the city ramp in Guttenberg are locked in ice. Weather conditions over Christmas may change ice conditions depending on any rain we may get.  Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at 563-252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12

Ice conditions at most backwaters are good with reports of 4 to 8 inches at most lakes.  Ice conditions in sloughs with flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended.  River stage in Dubuque has risen to 8.2 feet so ice around shoreline is this.  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 a Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting well on ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms or Berkley Gulp jigging grubs and wax worms at O’Leary’s Lake, Kehough Slough (Hanneberrys and the springs), and in the local marinas.  Crappie - Good: Anglers that are finding the crappie are finding big ones.  Big and L’il Micks or soft plastic jigs are working well.  Some fish are being caught around Kehough Slough and Tippy Lake has been hot.

Mississippi River Pool 13

Ice conditions at most backwaters are good with reports of 4 to 8 inches at most lakes.  Ice conditions in sloughs with flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended.  River stage in Bellevue has risen to 5.8 feet so shoreline ice is thin in places.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting on ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms. Anglers are sorting through a lot of small fish.  Fish are being caught in Brown’s Lake, Lower Sabula Lake, and Mickelson’s Landing.  Crappie - Fair: Few fish being caught in Lower Sabula Lake.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Reports of a few yellow perch being caught in most lakes.

Mississippi River Pool 14

Ice conditions at most backwaters are good with reports of 4 to 6 inches at most lakes.  Ice conditions in sloughs with flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended.  River stage in Camanche has risen to 9.6 feet.  Bluegill - Fair: Lots of small fish coming on jigs with wax worms.  Crappie - Fair: Few fish being caught in 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 5.64 feet. As of this week, anglers have been able to launch boats at the Marquette St. ramp to get up to the tail waters. There are reports of 4 to 5 inches of ice in Sunset Marina. Ice anglers are reminded that fluctuating water levels, snow cover, and rain can make for some poor ice conditions.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina on small ice fishing jigs and wax worms.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina on small jigs and wax worms.  Sauger - Fair: Some saugers are being caught in Sylvan Slough on jigs and minnows or by pulling three-way rigs with crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being picked up in Sylvan Slough while fishing for saugers.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage is 4.48 feet. As of this week, anglers have been able to launch boats at the lower ramp in Muscatine. Watch for floating ice chunks in the main channel. There is 4 inches of ice in Big Timber. Ice anglers are reminded that fluctuating water level, snow cover, and rain can make for some poor ice conditions. Use caution when ice fishing.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught on small ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms. Most of the fish have been small so some sorting with be necessary. Take caution when out on the ice.  Crappie - Slow: A few small crappies are being caught on small ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms.  Sauger - Fair: Saugers are being caught at the Muscatine dam on jigs and minnows or by pulling crankbaits on three-ways.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being picked up while sauger fishing in the tail waters.

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage is 5.82 feet. As of this week, anglers have been able to launch boats to tail water fish. There are reports of 4 in. of ice in the backwaters. Ice anglers are reminded that fluctuating water levels, snow cover, and rain can make for some poor ice conditions. Use caution when ice fishing.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters on small jigs and wax worms.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters on small jigs and wax worms.  Sauger - Fair: Saugers are being caught at the dam on jigs and minnows or by pulling crankbaits on three-way rigs.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being picked up in the tail waters while sauger fishing.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage is 3.41 feet. As of this week, anglers have been able to launch boats to fish the tail waters. Ice anglers are beginning to ice fish but fishing has been slow. Anglers are reminded that fluctuating water levels, snow cover, and rain can make for some poor ice conditions. Use caution when ice fishing.  Bluegill - Slow: Ice anglers are beginning to ice fish but fishing has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Ice anglers are beginning to ice fish but fishing has been slow.  Sauger - Fair: Some saugers are being caught in the tail waters on jigs and minnows.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow.

Mississippi River Pools 16 to 20: Main channel water temperature is around 32 degrees. Backwaters have ice on them but take caution when ice fishing. Most areas are reporting 4 to 5 inches of ice in backwater lakes. There is rain in the forecast which could make for some unsafe ice conditions. For more information on fishing pools 16 to 20 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

Unsafe ice conditions.

Lake Belva Deer

A few anglers are venturing out in the bay below the campground.  It has about four inches of ice.  The rest of the lake has much thinner ice with a few spots on the north side remaining open because of the geese.

Lake of the Hills

Ice conditions are getting better.  Drill test holes before going out too far.  Rainbow Trout - Slow: Anglers are catching a few trout with flashy lures tipped with wax worms.  Remember to have your trout stamp.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are catching a few small bluegills.

Skunk River (Rose Hill to Coppock)

Last weeks warm weather brought the river level up about 2 feet.  There is open water again in the areas of stronger current.

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

Hannen Lake

Ice fishing has begun here, but not much has been caught at this point.

Iowa Lake

There is approximately 6 inches of ice here, but no fishing reports are available.

Kent Park Lake

There is more than 6 inches of ice on the lake and the ponds.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish around the brush with a jig/wax worm.

Lake Macbride

There will be another riprap project on the lake this winter. The lake has been lowered 8 feet for equipment access to shorelines and islands. A few anglers have ventured out, but use caution as the ice is variable in different portions of the lake. The dam area just froze over on Dec. 15.  Crappie - Slow: A few anglers are finding fish. Try around deeper brush or suspended over deep water.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Ice thicknesses have been reported as 5 to 8 inches depending on location.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish with a jig/wax worm along the dam. Fish near the bottom at different depths until you find the fish.

Diamond Lake

Anglers have been sighted on the lake, but no ice or fishing reports are available.  Bluegill - Slow: Try around the dam and boat ramp areas that contain brush.  Crappie - Slow: A few fish are being caught around deep brush down towards the dam end of the lake.

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. There is 9 to 10 inches of ice on the rest of the lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish in the 6 to 7 inches 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.

Coralville Reservoir

As of Dec. 22, the lake level is 683 feet, which is normal winter pool. Ice conditions are extremely variable due to previously falling water levels.

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 and thin in many spots.  There is also some open water.  Use caution if venturing out.

Lake Keomah

The ice is starting to form but it is not thick enough to support anglers.

Lake Miami

The ice thickness varies so use caution if venturing out onto the ice.  Some areas have 5 inches of ice.

Lake Sugema

The lake is starting to freeze over but there is not enough ice to support anglers.

Rathbun Reservoir

The lake is starting to freeze 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.  Honey Creek State Park will be closed this winter due to road construction.  Here are a few ice thicknesses: Island View area 3 inches, Glenwood 6 inches, and Atwell’s 7 inches as of Dec. 21.

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

SOUTHWEST

Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve Lake (west)

Bluegill - Good: Good bluegills up to 8.5 inches are being caught on wax worms.  Best luck has been near the edges of the standing timber in the deeper water.  Crappie - Good: Good numbers of crappie are also being caught near the standing timber.  The crappies are averaging 8 to 9 inches.

Rock Creek Lake

Bluegill - Good: Anglers are doing well late in the afternoon and into the evening.  Depths of 12 feet or more are producing the fish.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 9 inches are being caught along with the bluegills in 12 feet of water or more.  The better crappie bite is in the evening.  Pink and white with wax worm is working well. 

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching good bluegills mostly midday through mid-afternoon.  They are being caught off sunken brush in the main lake and the deeper coves.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being caught near the roadbed in 30 feet of water on the East side of the main lake out from the Ensign shelter.  Minnows or glow jigs with wax worms have been working.  The bite has been best from 6 to 9 p.m.   

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill - Good: The bluegill bite is good near sunken habitat.  This habitat can be found in most of the coves and in deeper water out from the points.  Sonar and/or cameras help in finding the structures.  The bluegills are around 8 inches and are being caught using wax worms and maggots.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being pulled off the same sunken habitat as the bluegills.  Better crappies are being caught suspended in the deeper water in the evenings.

Hooper Area Pond

Crappie - Fair: There are reports of anglers doing well on crappie.

Lake Ahquabi

Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill bite is fair.  Out from the steep shoreline across from the beach area can be a good location.  Ahquabi can produce some large bluegills over 9 inches.

Ankeny Lake (DMACC)

Bluegill - Fair: The lake was back to normal level before ice up.  The fishery is still present and some anglers are catching decent bluegills.  Good sized crappies are also present and worth targeting.

Red Rock Reservoir

Crappie - Good: Anglers are having luck catching crappies in the marina bay.

Boone District Farm Ponds

Ice conditions on central Iowa farm ponds are good with most having 7 to 8 inches.

As of Dec. 23, most central Iowa lakes have 6 plus inches of ice.  Southern water bodies, such as Ahquabi, have 5 to 6 inches.  If predicted heavy rains occur over the holiday, ice conditions may deteriorate until cold weather returns later in the weekend.  Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake

There is 6 inches of ice with no open water. Greenfield is a popular ice fishing lake because of the quality panfish fishery.

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.

Orient Lake

Ice is 6 inches thick and water was turbid.  Bluegill - Slow: Teardrops tipped with wax worms were catching 6 to 7 inch bluegill.

Littlefield Lake

Spring sampling showed a large year class of crappies that should be in the 8 to 9 inch range this winter. Littlefield averages 8 inches of ice.

Lake Manawa

Manawa has 6 inches of ice.  Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are being caught on minnows. The few fish being caught are reported as being up to 5 to 8 pounds.  Crappie - Slow: Crappies have slowed from last week but anglers are still sorting for a few 10 inch fish. A Jig with small spinner tipped with a live minnow is working best.

Anderson Area Pond 1

Anderson Area Pond 1 is very susceptible to runoff. The road to the pond has been plowed.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching 10 inch fish in late afternoon using minnows.

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.

Most lakes in the southwest district had 6 to 8 inches of ice. Weather forecasters are predicting a combination of rain, sleet or snow in the coming days. Anglers should use caution as runoff from rain or melting snow can deteriorate ice quickly. For more information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Skim ice has formed over most of the lake.  Waterfowl is keeping several areas open.  Ice thickness in the quiet areas can be up to 8 inches.  Open portions of the lake have less than 2 inches of ice.  The timbered area just to the east of the concrete road is very productive.  Bullhead - Good: Anglers have been catching bullheads on wax worms in the flooded timber.  Bluegill - Fair: Small wax worms near flooded timber have been catching several bluegills.  Crappie - Good: A lot of crappie have been caught from the flooded timber on wax worms.  Walleye - Fair: Wax worms and small minnows have been successful for walleyes in the flooded timber.

Lake of Three Fires

Ice is usually 6 inches thick but thin areas are nearby.  Check ice thickness often.  Bluegill - Fair: A few fish have been caught from the deep brush pile just north of the center of the dam.

Green Valley Lake

The lake has been lowered for a sediment removal project this winter.  The lake is expected to be refilled in April 2010.

Summit Lake

The lake has been lowered for allow for shoreline rock to be placed this winter.  the lake is expected to be refilled in April 2010.

Three Mile Lake

Ice thickness varies from a reported 8 inches in some areas and nearby either open water or an inch is present.  Check thickness frequently.  Bluegill - Fair: Some fish can be found from the mouth of the timbered coves.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Ice has formed over most of the lake.  Waterfowl have kept some areas open.  Ice thickness varies greatly.  Areas 4 to 8 inches are common but ice may be less than 2 inches within a few yards.  Bluegill - Fair: Several mid-sized fish have been caught from the creek channel areas near flooded timber.

Ice has formed on most lakes/ farm ponds and small water bodies can have up to 8 inches but thin areas are still present.  Spotty open water areas can still be seen on larger water bodies.  Ice on mid-sized and larger water bodies varies tremendously.  Rains on Tuesday and Wednesday are weakening some areas.  Farm ponds have been very productive.

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