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Iowa fishing report 12-31-09

December 31, 2009 at 05:19 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

Fishing has slowed.  Anglers are catching a few large bluegills.  Bluegill - Slow: Good big fish, but not a lot of them.

Crawford Creek Impoundment

Fishing has slowed; anglers were catching good numbers of bluegill and crappie before latest snow.  Bluegill - Fair: They’re fairly good sized fish.  Use wax worms and fish from the middle of the lake towards the southeast bay.  Crappie - Fair: Good sized fish; fish with wax worms 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 - Fair: Try the north end.  Crappie - Fair: 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.  We will stock again on Jan. 14.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye fishing has slowed.  There is lots of snow and people are having trouble moving their ice shacks.  Walleye - Fair: Fishing has slowed.  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

Fishing has slowed.  Anglers are catching some bluegill, they aren’t real big.  Crappie - Slow: A few 8 to 10 inch fish were being caught before the blizzard.

Badger Lake

Fishing is fair for nice sized bluegills and crappies.  Ice is 9 to 12 inches thick.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching fairly nice bluegills; use wax worms and fish in 8 to 14 feet of water.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching 8 to 10 inch crappie; use wax worms; fish in 8 to 14 feet of water.

We have not received a lot of reports, but fishing has slowed considerably.  Heavy snows have affected anglers and lots of roads and parking lots are just being opened.  Lakes are frozen over pretty well, reported ice depths have been from 10 to 12 inches.  For more information about these lakes and rivers call Don Herrig (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.

Beeds Lake

Ice thickness 6 to 10 inches. Crappies and bluegills are biting.

Eldred Sherwood Lake

Ice thickness 10 inches. Bluegills are biting on wax worms.

Upper Pine Lake

Ice thickness 6 to 8 inches.

Lake Smith

Ice thickness 6 to 8 inches. Bluegills are biting in the late afternoon on wax worms.

Clear Lake

Ice thickness is 8 to 14 inches. Yellow bass are biting on the west end of the lake; try the Farmers beach area or the little lake. Use 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: The best bite is at dusk.

Lake Cornelia

Ice thickness is 8 to 14 inches.  About 3 inches of slush on top.

Rice Lake

Ice thickness is 6 to 12 inches.  Crappie - Slow:  Yellow Perch - Slow:

Silver Lake (Worth)

Ice thickness is 6 to 10 inches. Yellow perch are biting on wax worms and minnows.

Blue Pit

1,500 rainbow trout were stocked Dec.23

Bluebill Lake

Ice thickness is 10 to 12 inches. Bluegills are biting on wax worms near the brush piles.

Fin and Feather Lake

Ice thickness 12 to 14 inches. Fishing is slow.

Elm Lake

Ice thickness 10 to 12 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 - 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

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 a small ice jig spoon tipped with a minnow head or wax worm in Angler’s Bay or the Grade.  Walleye - Excellent: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow head or a slip bobber and minnow at Buffalo Run in the mornings or evenings.

Minnewashta Lake

Northern Pike - Fair: Fish along weeds with a jigging lure.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish the rock bar in 8 to 10 feet of water with an ice jig tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch - Fair: 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

Northern Pike - Good: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow or tip-ups baited with chubs along weed beds and weed lines in the bays.  Bluegill - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with plastics or live bait in the bays along weed beds fish are scattered so keep moving to locate fish.  Yellow Perch - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics along weed lines on the points.  Walleye - Fair: Fish rock bars in the mornings and evenings with jigging lures tipped with a minnow head.

Five Island Lake

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 rock bars in the mornings and evenings.

Willow Creek

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

Upper Gar Lake

There is open water under the bridge so caution should be used if fishing the north end of the lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish at sunset with a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm.  Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish at sunset with 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.  Walleye - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow head or slip bobber and minnow in the mornings or evenings.

Snow conditions are making it difficult for anglers to get to fishing locations on all area lakes.  If parking along roads give plenty of room for passing vehicles.  With the amount of snow on the ice, water is seeping up through old snow covered fishing holes and pressure ridges.  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 with about 1 to 2 inches of snow on top.  Please note the main entrance bridge is now open and park personnel request that anglers use this entrance for access to the lake.  Bluegill - Good: Anglers are using wax worms with good success.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught while fishing for bluegills.  Try using minnows to entice those finicky crappies.

Lake Meyer

Many places have 6 inches of ice with about 3 to 4 inches of cloudy, melt ice on top.  Anglers have been catching quite a few fish but sorting is necessary.  Anglers are finding fish in 12 to 15 feet water near the middle of the lake.  Bluegill - Good: Try angling about 3 feet off the bottom using an orange jig tipped with wax worms.  Size range 6 to 8 inches.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Crappie - Slow: Try angling for crappies in 6 to 10 feet of water off the bottom.  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.  Anglers have also fished below the dam and caught a few walleye.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Yes, through the ice on wax worms.  Bluegill - Slow:  Largemouth Bass - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Decorah District Streams

Area trout streams are in excellent 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 are good on many of our ponds and lakes and seemed to have weathered the rain.  Please use caution.  Area rivers still have open water.  For information on stream conditions, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Silver Lake (Delaware)

Anglers have had some success catching both bluegill and crappie. There is 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 and 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 - 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.  Crappie - 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. 10 to 13 inch crappies are fewer in numbers but nice in size!

Lake Delhi

There have been reports of anglers fishing a few of the coves on Lake Delhi with some success. With the recent warm temperatures and run-off, 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 may be required.

Brinker Lake

A few anglers have been spotted ice fishing on Brinker, some sorting may be necessary.

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.

South Prairie Lake

Fishing is fair for nice sized bluegills out of South Prairie Lake.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing small ice jig tipped with a wax worm just off of the bottom.

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 running 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.

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.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

Water levels rose due to recent warm temperatures, water clarity is still cloudy on the backwater areas of the Wapsi.  Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing the Independence Impoundment above the dam.

Ice thickness around Black Hawk County varies from 6 to 8 inches. Best success has been on the following lakes; George Wyth, Brinker and Big Woods for bluegill and crappie. Recent warm temperatures and runoff have raised water levels on the Cedar and Wapsipinicon rivers, use extreme caution! Mark your calendar for the next trout stocking into North Prairie Lake on Jan. 16.  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 in most areas having 6 inches or more, but the rain events last week had weakened the ice in some areas.  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 - Fair: 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.  Yellow Perch - Good: A fair number of nice-sized yellow perch are being reported from the lakes along Minnesota Slough.  These include Cord Wood Lake, Bear Paw Lake and Fish Lake.  Near Lansing, the yellow perch bite has picked up in Shore Slough.

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.  Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers have reported fair catches of northern pike near the spillway in the Harpers Ferry area.  The action has been hit or miss with day to day changes.  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 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.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers have reported a few catches of largemouth bass near the spillway in the Harpers Ferry area.  The action has been hit or miss.  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 main boat ramp in Guttenberg is iced in but some anglers are able to access the tail waters by launching at the DNR station although ice chunks are making launching difficult.  Last weeks rain opened up ice in many areas with current and walking on locations with under ice water currents is not recommended.  Bluegill - Good: Some reports of good catches of bluegills form the marina at Mud Lake using wax worms.  Crappie - Fair: Scattered reports of some crappie being taken at Mud Lake area and in O’learys in Pool 12.  Sauger - Good: Boat anglers have been able get into the tail waters at the DNR fisheries station but parking is limited.  The harbor can lock up with ice during cold nights so call ahead if planning a trip.  Some sauger are being taken on jigs and minnow.

Solid ice for fishing remains with most areas having 6 inches or more 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. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at 563-252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage is 7.27 feet and falling. The Marquette St. ramp has some ice chunks floating in it. With colder temperatures in the forecast it could be froze in by the weekend. Ice fishing is not recommended in the backwaters due to recent heavy rains, fluctuating river stages, and snow cover.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage is 6.72 feet and falling. As of Thursday, the lower ramp at Muscatine was free of ice. With colder temperatures in the forecast the ramp could be froze in again by the weekend. The ramp itself is snow covered and there is some chunks of ice on the lower portion that could make launching a boat difficult. Watch for floating ice chunks in the main channel. Due to recent heavy rains, fluctuating river levels, and snow cover ice fishing in the backwaters is not recommended.  Bluegill - No Report: Ice fishing is not recommended in the backwaters. Big Timber has poor ice conditions along the bank.  Crappie - No Report: Ice fishing is not recommended in the backwaters. Big Timber has poor ice conditions along the bank.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage is 8.77 feet and falling. Tail water fishing for saugers has been slow due to recent high water. Due to recent heavy rains, fluctuating river stages, and snow cover ice fishing in the backwaters is not recommended.  Bluegill - No Report: Ice fishing in the backwaters is not recommended due to poor ice conditions.  Crappie - No Report: Ice fishing is not recommended due to poor ice conditions in the backwaters.  Sauger - Slow: Tail water fishing has been slow due to recent high water.  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage is 6.19 feet and falling. Ice fishing in the backwaters is not recommended due to recent heavy rains, fluctuating river levels, and snow cover.  Bluegill - No Report: Ice fishing is not recommended due to poor ice conditions.  Crappie - No Report: Ice fishing is not recommended due to poor ice conditions.  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16 to 20: River levels are high and water clarity is fair.  Last week river stages rose 3 to 4 feet but have begun to fall. Due to recent rains and high water, ice fishing is not recommended in the backwaters. There is poor ice conditions along the edges of the backwaters. Tail water fishing has been slow throughout the pools due to recent high water. For more information on fishing pools 16 to 20 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

Unsafe ice conditions. Ice conditions have gone from bad to worse.  There is a couple thousand geese that are helping keep part of the lake open.

Lake Belva Deer

Last week’s rain has made for very unsafe ice conditions. The ice was thin to begin with and around the edges, especially, it is worse to no ice at all.  Tuesday, about 30 acres of the lake was open water.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Unsafe ice conditions. The rains last week has removed the ice around the edges and made the remaining too thin to walk on. There are also areas of slush and open water.

Lake of the Hills

Ice conditions have deteriorated since last week.  Use extreme caution if you venture out onto the ice.  Rainbow Trout - Fair: Anglers are catching trout with flashy lures tipped with wax worms.  Remember to have your trout stamp.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are catching a few small bluegills.

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 5 inches of ice.  Bluegill - Good: 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

There is 8 inches of ice on the lake and ponds.  Bluegill - Fair: Fish around the brush with a jig/wax worm. Some decent sized bluegills have been caught.

Lake Macbride

The lake has been lowered approximately 8 feet for equipment access to shorelines and islands for another riprap project. However, after last weeks rain and melting, the lake has come up 2 to 3 feet. The edges can be in poor condition, so use caution when getting on and off the ice.  Crappie - Good: It is hit or miss here. Some anglers are catching limits of 10 to 12 inches, while others are zeroing. Try around deeper brush or suspended over deep water.  Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Slow: A few anglers have picked up a bonus wiper. Move around looking for schools of shad and then drop down a spoon into the school.

Pleasant Creek Lake

White Bass - Fair: Some anglers are finding schools of white bass and catching them on small jigs, spoons, or minnows. Keep moving until a school is found.  Bluegill - Fair: Try for gills around brush or the dam with a small jig and wax worm.

Diamond Lake

Ice is reported as 7 to 8 inches.  Channel Catfish - Slow: An occasional catfish is being picked up while fishing for panfish.  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

Ice was last reported as 8 to 10 inches.  Crappie - Fair: A few nice crappies are being picked up in the deeper brush.  Yellow Bass - Good: Use a small jig/wax worm or spoon to catch these plentiful fish. Keep moving until you find them.

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. 31, the lake level is 683.6 feet. The lake rose a foot after last week’s rain and melting. The lake is falling and there is open water at Mehaffey and at Macbride. The ice is extremely variable and dangerous due to current and changing water levels.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)

The backwaters around Palo and Cedar Rapids have been producing some fish.  Bluegill - Fair: A jig and wax worm around structure has been working best.  Crappie - Good: Jigs or minnows under a slip bobber have been producing.  Walleye - Fair: Try a spoon or bobber/minnow for best results.

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 variable in thickness so use caution if heading out.

Lake Miami

The ice thickness varies so use caution if venturing out onto the ice.  Some areas have 5 inches of ice.  Very few anglers have been venturing out so far this winter.

Lake Sugema

Use caution if venturing out.  Ice thickness is variable.

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.  Honey Creek State Park will be closed this winter due to road construction.

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 using wax worms and spikes.  The smaller the ice jig, the better.

Jacob Krumm Nature Preserver 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 crappie are averaging 8 to 9 inches.

Rock Creek Lake

Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are doing well late in the afternoon and into the evening.  Fish have moved to the structure in the deepest water, which is 14 to 16 feet.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie 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.  Crappies are averaging 7 to 9 inches.

Roberts Creek Lake

Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being caught near the creek channel out from the east access.

Big Creek Lake

Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill bite was slower over the last week.  Anglers are still catching some good bluegills mostly midday through mid-afternoon.  They are being caught off sunken brush in the main lake and the deeper coves.  Both wax worms and colored spikes have been working.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being caught near the roadbed in 30 foot of water on the East side of the main lake out from the Ensign shelter and on the sharp drop-offs on the west side of the lake south of the west boat ramp in 30 to 40 feet of water.  Minnows, minnow heads, or glow jigs with wax worms have been working.  The bite has been best from 5 to 9 p.m.   

Hickory Grove Lake

Bluegill - Good: The Bluegill bite is good late in the afternoon and especially just before dark 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 good sized around 8 inches and are being caught using both wax worms and maggots.  Crappie - Fair: 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.

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.

Red Rock Reservoir

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

As of Dec. 31, most central Iowa lakes are covered with 8 inches plus of ice.  Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers.

Greenfield Lake

Greenfield lake had 6 to 8 inches of ice. 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.

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 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 8 to 10 inches of ice.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching many fish exceeding 8 inches using wax worms.  Crappie - Slow: The best success has been fishing with minnows in the evening. Crappies are running 9 to 10 inches.

Lake Manawa

Manawa has 6 to 8 inches of ice.  Channel Catfish - Slow: A few catfish are being caught on minnows. The few fish being caught are reported as being large. 5 to 8 pounds.  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching good numbers of crappies but still having to sort for 10 inch fish. Jigs 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.  Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching 8 inch bluegill on tear drops tipped with wax worms.  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 southwest Iowa have 6 to 8 inches of ice. 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.  Ice thickness in the quiet areas can be up to 8 inches.  Open portions of the lake have ice less than 2 inches.  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 - Good: 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 small and mid-sized walleyes in the flooded timber.

Lake of Three Fires

Ice averages 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.  Reports indicate ice 8 inches thick in some areas and nearby open water or only 1 inch is present.  Check thickness frequently.  Bluegill - Fair: Some fish can be found from the mouth of the timbered coves or over the rock piles.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappie are being picked up from over the rock piles.

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.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie have been caught from over the rock piles in 10 to 16 feet of water.  Walleye - Fair: Several mid-size walleye have been caught from the deeper rock areas.

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.  Farm Ponds have been very productive.

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