"Iowa Fishing Report - PDF"
Iowa Fishing Report www.iowadnr.gov December 31, 2009 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. SOUTHWEST Lake Icaria Skim ice has formed over most of the lake. Ice thickness in the quiet areas can be up to 8 inches thick. Open portions of the lake have ice less than 2 inches thick. The timbered area just to the east of the concrete road is very productive. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Good Small wax worms near flooded timber have been catching several bluegills. Bullhead Good Anglers have been catching bullheads on waxworms in the flooded timber. 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 successsful for small and mid-sized walleyes in the flooded timber. Lake of Three Fires Ice is usually 6 inches thick but thin areas are nearby. Check ice thickness often. Fish Name Status Comments 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. Summitt 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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. Rains on Tue and Wed are weakening some areas. Farm Ponds have been very productive. 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 8-9 inch range. Bluegills are 7 inches. Littlefield Lake Spring sampling showed a large year class of crappies that should be in the 8-9 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 cathing good numbers of crappies but still haveing 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 S.W. district had 6-8 inches of ice. For more information contact Bryan Hayes or Mark Boucher at the Cold Springs District Office (712)769-2587. Beaver Lake Fish Name Status Comments 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 foot of water out from the dam using wax worms and spikes. The smaller the ice jig the better. Jacob Krumm Nature Preserver Lake (west) Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Good Good bluegills up to 8.5 inches are being caught on waxmorms. 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 Fish Name Status Comments 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 foot. 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 waxworm is working well. 7 to 9 inches is the average size fish being caught. Roberts Creek Lake Fish Name Status Comments Crappie Fair Crappie are being caught near the creek channel out from the east access. Big Creek Lake Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair The bluegill bite was slower over the last week. Anglers are still catching some good bluegills mostly midday through midafternoon. They are being caught off sunken brush in the main lake and the deeper coves. Both waxies 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 fow. Minnows, minnow heads, or glow jigs with waxworms have been working. The bite has been best from 5 to 9PM. Hickory Grove Lake Fish Name Status Comments 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 waxworms and maggots. Crappie Fair A few crappie 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 Fish Name Status Comments Crappie Fair There are reports of anglers doing well on crappie. Lake Ahquabi Fish Name Status Comments 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 Fish Name Status Comments Crappie Good Anglers are having luck catching crappies in the marina bay. As of Thursday, December 31 most central Iowa lakes have 8 plus inches of ice. Contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at (515) 432-2823 for information on the above area lakes and rivers. SOUTHEAST 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 onto the ice. 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 froze 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 please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406. Hannen Lake Ice fishing has begun here, but not much has been caught at this point. Iowa Lake There is approximately 5" of ice here. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Good Fish around structure with a jig/waxie. Crappie Fair Fish around structure with a jig/waxie. Crappies may be suspended, and most are running 7-9". Kent Park Lake There is 8" of ice on the lake and the ponds. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Fish around the brush with a jig/waxie. Some decent sized bluegills have been caught. Lake Macbride There will be another riprap project on the lake this winter. The lake has been lowered appoximately 8 feet for equipment access to shorelines and islands. However, after last weeks rain and melting, the lake has come up 2-3 feet. The edges can be in poor condition, so use caution when getting on and off the ice. Fish Name Status Comments Crappie Good It is hit and miss here. Some anglers are catching limits of 10-12", while others are zeroing. Try around deeper brush or suspended over deep water. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Slow A few anglers have picked up a bonus wiper. Move Bass) around looking for schools of shad and then drop down a spoon into the school. Pleasant Creek Lake Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Try for gills around brush or the dam with a small jig and waxie. 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. Diamond Lake Ice is reported as 7-8". Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Slow Try around the dam and boat ramp areas that contain brush. Channel Catfish Slow An occasional catfish is being picked up while fishing for panfish. 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 8-10". Fish Name Status Comments Crappie Fair A few nice crappies are being picked up in the deeper brush. Yellow Bass Good Use a small jig/waxie or spoon to catch these plentiful fish. Keep moving until you find them. Union Grove Lake The lake's aeration system was turned on 12/21, so beware of open water at the dam end of the lake. There is 9-10" of ice on the rest of the lake. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Fish in the 6-7" range are being caught around brush on ice jigs tipped with waxies. Crappie Slow A few crappies are being picked up, expecially towards dusk. Coralville Reservoir As of 12/31, the lake level is 683.6'. The lake rose a foot after last weeks 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. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair A jig and waxie 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 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. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Slow Anglers are catching a few small bluegills. Rainbow Trout Fair Anglers are catching trout with flashy lures tipped with wax worms. Remember to have your trout stamp. For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694- 2430. MISSISSIPPI RIVER Mississippi River Pool 19 Tailwater stage is 6.19 ft and falling. Ice fishing in the backwaters is not recommended due to recent heavy rains, flucuating river levels, and snow cover. Fish Name Status Comments 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 Pool 18 Tailwater stage is 8.77 ft. and falling. Tailwater 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 Tailwater fishing has been slow due to recent high water. Walleye Slow Mississippi River Pool 17 Tailwater stage is 6.72ft 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 16 Tailwater stage is 7.27 ft 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. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill No Report Crappie No Report Sauger Slow Walleye Slow Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are high and water clarity is fair. Last week river stages rose 3-4ft 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 bacwaters. Tailwater fishing has been slow throughout the pools due to recent high water. For more information on fishing pools 16-20 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263- 5062. Mississippi River Pool 11 The main boat ramp in Guttenberg is iced in but some anglers are able to access the tailwaters 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 tailwaters 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. Mississippi River Pool 10 Lynxville boat ramp has become locked in ice limiting access to tailwater fishing. Ice is 6" or more in most places but anglers should still use caution in areas with potential current. Fish Name Status Comments 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 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. 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. 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. Mississippi River Pool 9 The boat ramps have become locked in ice. Solid ice for fishing has formed in most areas having 6" or more of ice, 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 crappie 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. Solid ice for fishing remains with most areas having 6" or more of ice but anglers should alway 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. NORTHEAST Silver Lake (Delaware) Anglers have had some success on Silver lake catching both bluegill and crappie. Ice thickness here is between 6-8 inches of good ice. Best success has been early morning or late afternoon before dark. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Good Concentrate efforts in the deeper water fishing just off of the bottom with a ice jig & waxworm. Crappie Good More crappies seem to be caught fishing off of the bottom than being found suspended. Jig & waxworm tend to be more effective than jig and minnow. Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Casey Lake has been providing bluegill & crappie throughout the week. Fish Name Status Comments 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- 14 ft. of water using small ice jigs tipped with a waxworm. 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- 14 ft. of water using small ice jigs tipped with a waxworm. 10"-13" 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 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 & late evening with some success on both bluegill and crappie. Fish Name Status Comments 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 consistant 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. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Try fishing small ice jig tipped with a waxworm just off of the bottom. Avenue of the Saints Pond Anglers are catching both bluegill and crappie, some sorting may be necessary. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Concentrate efforts on the south end of the lake in 12 -18 feet of water. Crappie Fair Concentrate efforts on the south end of the lake in 12 -18 feet of water or suspended around structure. Koutny Pond Fishing has been fair here for bluegill running in the 7"- 8.5" range. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Fish in areas with 8-10 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. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Try locating structure and fishing just off of the bottom with an ice jig and waxworm. Wapsi 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. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Try fishing the Independence Impoundment above the dam. Ice thickness around Black Hawk County is varying from 6-8 inches. Best success has been on the following lakes; George Wyth, Brinker and Big Woods for bluegill & crappie. Recent warm temperatures and runoff have risen water levels on the Cedar & Wapsipinicon Rivers, use extreme caution! Mark your calendar for the next trout stocking into North Prairie Lake on the 16th of January! For more information contact the N.E. Ia. District Office @ 563-927- 3276. Volga Lake There is about 6 to 8 inches of ice in most areas and relatively free of snow. Angling is picking up. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Anglers have been using waxworms. 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" with about 1 to 2" 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. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Good Anlgers are using waxworms with good success. Crappie Slow A few crappie are being caught while fishing for bluegills. Try using minnows to entice those finicky crappie. Lake Meyer Many places have 6" of ice with about 3 to 4" of cloudy, melt ice on top. Anglers have been catching quite a few fish but sorting is necessary. Anglers are finding fish in 12-15' water near the middle of the lake. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Good Try anlging about 3' off the bottom using an orange jig tipped with waxworms. Size range 6-8". Crappie Slow Try angling for crappies in 6-10 feet of water off the bottom. Largemouth Bass Fair Yellow Perch Fair Upper Iowa River (above Decorah) No report. Fish Name Status Comments Walleye No Report Upper Iowa River (below Decorah) No report. Fish Name Status Comments Walleye No Report Turkey River (below Clermont) No report. Fish Name Status Comments Walleye No Report Cedar River (above Nashua) Ice depths vary greatly so please use caution venturing on the ice but there has been activity in the impounded area above the Nashua dam. Anglers have been using waxworms with some success. Anglers have also fished below the dam and caught a few walleye. Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Slow Channel Catfish Slow Yes, through the ice on waxworms. Crappie Slow Largemouth Bass 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 wiley fish is 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 is good 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. NORTHWEST Lake Pahoja Fish Name Status Comments 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) Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Good Use a small ice hig tipped with a wax worm. Big Spirit Lake Fish Name Status Comments Bluegill Fair Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics at the Grade or north end of Anglers Bay. Crappie Fair Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms at the north end of Anglers Bay. Northern Pike Fair Use a tip-up with a chub or jigging lures tipped with a minnow along weed lines. Walleye Excellent Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow head or a slip bobber and minnow at Buffalo Run in the mornings or evenings. Yellow Perch Good Use a small ice jig spoon tipped with a minnow head or wax worm in Angler's Bay or the Grade. Minnewashta Lake Fish Name Status Comments Northern Pike Fair Fish along weeds with a jigging lure. Yellow Perch Fair Fish the rock bar in 8-10 foot of water with a ice jig tipped with live bait. Silver Lake (Dickinson) Fish Name Status Comments Walleye Good Use a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head at sunrise or sunset. Yellow Perch Fair Use a jigging spoon with live bait or a minnow below a slip bobber. West Okoboji Lake Fish Name Status Comments 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. 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. Walleye Fair Fish rock bars in the mornings and evenings with jigging lures tipped with a minnow head. Yellow Perch Good Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics along weed lines on the points. Five Island Lake Fish Name Status Comments 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 Fish Name Status Comments Walleye Good Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow head along the rock bars in the mornings and evenings. Willow Creek Fish Name Status Comments 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 Fish Name Status Comments Walleye Fair Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow head or slip bobber and minnow in the mornings or evenings. Yellow Perch Good Use a small minnow below a slip bobber or minnow head tipped on a jigging spoon. 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 1-(712)-336-1840 Beeds Lake Ice thickness 6 - 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 - 8 inches. Lake Smith Ice thickness 6 - 8 inches. Bluegills are biting in the late afternoon on wax worms. Clear Lake Ice thickness is 8-14 inches. 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 - 14 inches. About 3 inches of slush on top. Rice Lake Ice thickness is 6 - 12 inches. Fish Name Status Comments Crappie Slow Yellow Perch Slow Silver Lake (Worth) Ice thickness is 6- 10 inches.Yellow perch are biting on wax worms and minnows. Blue Pit 1500 rainbow trout were stocked Dec.23 Bluebill Lake Ice thickness is 10 -12 inches. Bluegills are biting on wax worms near the brush piles. Fin and Feather Lake Ice thickness 12 - 14 inches. Fishing slow. Elm Lake Ice thickness 10 - 12 inches. Yellow perch are biting, will take some sorting to get a limit. Fish Name Status Comments Yellow Perch Good For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call us at the Clear Lake Fisheries Office at (641) 357-3517. Yellow Smoke Park Lake Fishing has slowed. Anglers are catching a few big bluegill. Fish Name Status Comments 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 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. Fish Name Status Comments 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 you have a trout stamp. Fish Name Status Comments Rainbow Trout Fair The lake is frozen over, use flashy lures tipped with a wax worm. We will stock again on January 14th. Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Walleye fishing has slowed. Lots of snow, people are having trouble moving their ice shacks. Fish Name Status Comments 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. Fish Name Status Comments Crappie Slow A few 8 to 10 inch fish were being caught before the blizzard. Badger Lake Fishing has slowed. Fair for nice bluegill and crappie. Ice is 9 to 12 inches thick. Fish Name Status Comments 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 haven't 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 the these lakes and rivers call Don Herrig (712-657-2638) at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View.