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#2968760 - 12/13/12 01:05 PM
Iowa Fishing Reports
Rick Offline
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DES MOINES, IA - The weekly Iowa fishing reports from 12/13/12 are gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. They are compiled by lake and species then given a rating as to how good the fishing is on each lake by species. There are always current Iowa Fishing Reports in this forum. Enjoy.

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NORTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS
Clear Lake
Ice on Clear Lake is not safe at this time. With colder temperatures forecasted for next week, we should have fishable ice soon.

Blue Pit
Rainbow Trout - Fair: trout are still being caught using small jigs and spinners.

For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake
The lake is about 70 percent ice but the wind has opened a large hole in the middle as well as multiple smaller holes. Ice travel is not advised due to the changing and unpredictable conditions. The Marble Beach boat ramp is open and the open water extended 3/4 of the way across the lake.

Center Lake
Open holes remain in the center of the lake and ice conditions are too thin for foot travel.

East Okoboji Lake
East Okoboji has iced over in all but a few places but conditions are still too unstable for fishing.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
The lake is frozen but the above average temperature is making what little ice there is weak.

West Okoboji Lake
Ice has formed on some of the back bays but the majority of the lake is open. With the warmer weather the Emerson Bay boat ramp may be usable but some ice may have to be broken to reach the open water.

Diamond Lake
Diamond Lake is fully iced over but the ice is not stable enough for fishing; walking on the ice is not advised.

For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Skim ice covers most of the lake. The area from the boat ramp to the universally accessible dock remains open.

Lake Hendricks
The lake is covered by a thin layer of ice. An open area remains around the aerator.

Lake Meyer
A thin layer of ice is beginning to form over the lake but not thick enough to walk on.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Walleye - Slow: The bite is spotty and has been occurring in the evening. A jig tipped with soft plastics and a slow return has been successful with soft biting walleye.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Very few people have been out this week. Anglers still report catching walleye using a slow presentation with jigs tipped with plastics worms.

Yellow River
A few folks have caught some nice brown trout on artificial lures, such as small jigs and spinnerbaits. Please remember to wear orange or other bright colors while along this stream during deer season and to get landowner permission to fish from shore.

Turkey River (below Clermont)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
River is open again and anglers have been using boats to get to some backwaters. Crappie - Good: Anglers are finding crappies in back or slack water areas around brush piles. Minnows continue to work well. Walleye - Fair: Walleye have been hitting on hooks tipped with minnows and a few are using jigs tipped with plastics below the dam in Nashua.

Decorah District Streams
There are still Blue Wing Olives hatching on northeast Iowa streams in the afternoons, but hatches are slowing down as winter weather approaches. Streamers, wet fly and nymph fishing has been good in the absence of dry fly hatches. Wooly Buggers, classic streamer and wet fly patterns and small nymphs have all been effective in hooking trout.

Many area lakes were beginning to ice up but warmer weather and mixed precipitation predicted for the weekend will hamper any new development. A reminder to trout anglers that it is deer season in Iowa so be as visible to hunters as possible while along a stream. For more information, contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Lansing river stage is 8 feet and is expected to fall slightly over the next week. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught in deeper side channel sloughs

Mississippi River Pool 10
Lynxville river stage is at 12.6 feet and expected to fall slightly over the next week. Sauger - Good: Vertical jigging with a minnow for sauger in the tail waters has been successful. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jig and minnow fished along drop-offs in the tail water areas.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River stage at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg is 4.1 feet and expected to fall slightly in the following week. Sauger - Fair: Vertical jigging with a minnow for sauger in the tail waters has been successful. Walleye - Slow: Walleye are biting on jig and minnow fished along drop-offs in the tail water areas.

Although recent cold weather has tried to make ice on protected backwaters, forecasted warm weather and rain will delay safe ice formation. The open tail water fishing for walleye and sauger has been slow with some success vertical jigging. Water levels remain extremely low on the Mississippi River. Water temperature is in the 30s. Boaters should continue to use caution launching in low water conditions to avoid backing off the ends of ramps.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water clear, water temperature is in upper 30s. Water level at Dubuque dam fell this week to 4.5 feet and is expected to go even lower. Crappie - No Report: No report on crappie this week but they have been consistently biting using a small jig or a small shiner. Sauger - Fair: Some sauger are being caught tail waters on a jig and minnow. Many anglers are letting these large females back for next yearís spawn production. Walleye - Fair: Some nice walleyes are being reported on the wing dams and in the tail water. On wing dams most anglers are using three-way rigs with a crankbait. In the tail waters many are using a jig and minnow.

Mississippi River Pool 13
Water is very clear and temperature is in the upper 30s. Water Level at Bellevue dam is at a low 3.8 feet and expected to fall this week. Be careful backing off ALL ramps. Good news though the Bellevue Fisheries Station ramp is now repaired. It has been lengthened and reinforced along the edges. Crappie - No Report: No report on crappie this week but they have been consistently biting a small jig or a small shiner. Most anglers waiting for hard ice. Sauger - Good: Numerous smaller saugers are showing up in the tail water with anglers using a jig and minnow. Just a few decent sized fish are also being reported. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being reported on the wing dams and in the tail water. On wing dams most anglers are using three-way rigs with crankbaits. Anglers are often concentrating on the tips of the wing dams with areas of stronger current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
Water is clear with a temperature in the upper 30s. Water level at the dam in Fulton reads 4.0 feet and is falling. Sauger - Good: Some sauger were being reported in the tail water areas with anglers using a jig and minnow. Walleye - Good: Some nicer walleyes are being caught on the tips of the wing dams where people can find a little more current flow. Anglers are pitching jigs on these wing dam tips.

Mississippi River Pool 15
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Water temperature is in upper 30s. Water levels are low so beware backing off any ramp as you can easily put your axles over the ends of the ramps. Also, beware of wing dams when motoring near the main channel. No hard ice has been reported in the district but skim ice is forming in many backwaters.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 3.64 feet. River stages are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has slowed down in Sunset Marina. Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has slowed down this week in Sunset Marina. Sauger - Slow: Sauger fishing below Lock and Dam 15 and in Sylvan Slough has been slow.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.17 feet. River stages are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. Crappie - No Report: We have received no crappie fishing information for this pool this week. Anglers should look for crappies in the backwaters or side channels around brush piles or fallen trees. Try floating a minnow under a bobber around the brush piles or vertical jigging with small jigs and minnows or plastics. Sauger - Fair: Saugers are being caught in the tail waters at Muscatine vertical jigging with minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 2.78 feet. River stages are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters and flowing sloughs. Try fishing around brush piles and submerged logs in the backwaters and sloughs with small jigs tipped with a minnow or plastic. Some of the backwaters may be difficult to access with the low water conditions. Try around Huron Island and Campbell's Island. Sauger - Fair: Saugers are being caught below Lock and Dam 17 (New Boston) vertical jigging with minnows. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught in the tail waters vertical jigging with minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 1.05 feet. River levels are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in the backwaters. Try vertical jigging with minnows around brush piles and logs. Sauger - Fair: Saugers are being caught below Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington. Try fishing with jigs and minnows. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are also being caught below Lock and Dam 18 vertical jigging with minnows.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River stages are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. Main channel water temperature has been around 38 degrees. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake of the Hills
The boat ramp is closed for repairs until further notice. Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park that allows live minnows. They are letting the new concrete cure and still have to do some dirt work. Rainbow Trout - Good: Trout remain very active and readily catchable if you can find them. They are hitting on a variety of baits and lures. Minnows and worms have both been very successful.

Railroad Lake
The water level has been lowered to work on the boat ramp, which has now been completed. The dock will remain out of the water until the new decking is installed. Live minnows are not permitted on this lake. Bluegill - Slow: Anglers continue to pull out a few bluegills in the same spots as they are catching crappies. Also try along the road (110th). The sun warms up that water on the nice days. Crappie - Slow: Anglers are still picking up a few crappies around the brush piles on the south side of the lake.

Wilson Lake
Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers are still catching trout. Look for the easy to see culverts and the brush piles in 6 to 8 feet of water. Minnow and bobber or a small dark colored jig worked slowly should get their attention.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
Pick out a nice day and take the kids to the Discovery Park Pond for some late season fishing action. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Anglers continue to catch trout. Along the face of the dam is a good place to start. Start with small jigs or worm and bobber, if that doesn't work try a small spinner and cover more water till you find where they are hanging out that day. Easy access and a small pond make it easy to find the trout.

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

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)
Outflow from the Coralville dam is 150 cubic feet per second. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig and minnow in wintering holes below the tube.

Water temperature is in the upper 30s in most area lakes/rivers. Some shallower, protected areas may have some crusting of ice. There has been very little fishing activity on the lakes. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Red Haw Lake
Fishing activity has slowed with the cooler water temperatures. Try small jigs for bluegill and largemouth bass and tip the jigs with a wax worm.

Lake Sugema
Fishing activity has slowed. Try vertically jigging minnows on small jigs or using ice fishing equipment.

Rathbun Reservoir
The lake level is 903.09 feet with 904 feet being normal. The surface water temperature is 43 degrees. Very little fishing has been occurring with the colder temperatures. Try vertically jigging minnows or wax worms on ice fishing jigs for crappies. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.

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

SOUTHWEST
Lake Petoka
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Rainbow trout stocked at the beginning of November will remain in good numbers and actively bite through the fall and winter. Popular methods of catching them include inline spinners, twister tail jigs, small tube jigs, casting spoons, live minnows and wax worms.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout stocked in the north pit will remain in good numbers and actively bite through the fall and winter. Popular methods of catching them include inline spinners, twister tail jigs, small tube jigs, casting spoons, live minnows and wax worms.

Banner Lake (south)
Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout stocked in mid October will remain in good numbers and actively bite through the fall and winter. Popular methods of catching them include inline spinners, twister tail jigs, small tube jigs, casting spoons, live minnows and wax worms.

Central Iowa lakes remain ice free. More fishing reports will be added when ice fishing begins. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond)
Rainbow trout will be stocked on Jan. 18. A youth fishing event is scheduled for Jan. 19, depending upon ice conditions.

Most lakes in the southwest district have skim ice. There have been no reports of fishing this week. For more information call the district office at Cold Springs State Park, at 712-769-2587

Little River Watershed Lake
The water level is down about 12 feet to allow completion of a shoreline stabilization project. Fish have been restocked and are growing fast.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
The water level is down about 7 feet to allow boat ramp repairs and crowd the fish to increase predation. Repairs are complete. The water level will be allowed to rise as run-off occurs. The ramp is usable with care and ice fishing access should be normal.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
The lake has been drained to allow the construction of a wetland and shoreline stabilization to be completed.

Green Valley Lake
The water level is still down about 3 feet. The ramps are easily accessible.

Summitt Lake
The spillway replacement project is complete but run-off has not refilled the lake. Restocking and boating will occur when water levels rise.

Three Mile Lake
The water level is down about 3 feet but the ramps are easily usable.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water level is down about 3.5 feet but access is easy. Crappie - Good: A few anglers are still enjoying the crappies bunched up around the deeper flooded trees. The side-scan fish finders are helping anglers locate schools.

The water temperature is in the upper 30s. Skim ice is starting to form on the small water bodies along shore and in the quiet bays. Most disappears throughout the day.

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#2976907 - 12/22/12 11:22 AM
Re: Iowa Fishing Reports [Re: Rick]
Rick Offline
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Registered: 11/04/99
Posts: 13609
Loc: Great ol' US of A
DES MOINES, IA - The weekly Iowa fishing reports from 12/22/12 are gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. They are compiled by lake and species then given a rating as to how good the fishing is on each lake by species. There are always current Iowa Fishing Reports in this forum. Enjoy.

For Current Iowa Fishing reports - Click Here

NORTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS
Brushy Creek Lake
Brushy Creek still has open water. There is very thin ice in some of the far upper reaches of the lake.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake) Ice is not thick enough to venture out on. There are some pockets of open water in the middle.

Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake's fishery was renovated in November. There is no fishing to be had on this lake at this time. Ice thickness is around .75 inches with some pockets of open water.

Arrowhead Lake
Ice thickness is around .75 inches as of Wednesday.

Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have iced over, including some of the deeper pits. However, travel on the ice is not yet advised. Brushy Creek remains open.

Clear Lake
The ice on Clear Lake is not safe at this time. The lake still has large areas of open water.

Blue Pit
Rainbow Trout - Slow: trout are still being caught using small jigs and spinners.

For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake
The lake is all ice except a few holes the geese are keeping open. Ice conditions are variable and fishing is limited to a few sheltered areas. Use caution when fishing early ice, checking the ice frequently is highly recommended.

East Okoboji Lake
East Okoboji is frozen but ice conditions are too unstable for fishing.

West Okoboji Lake
Earlier this week skim ice was forming on the bays but the wind from the storm that hit Wednesday night/Thursday morning has opened all but the backs of the bays.

For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
The lake has opened up again and any chance for making ice by the weekend is minimal due to high winds and amount of snow predicted for Wednesday night and Thursday.

Lake Hendricks
The lake is covered by a thin layer of ice but travel is not recommended. The ice will weaken if we get a lot of snow.

Lake Meyer
The lake has reopened and with the amount of snow and wind predicted for the next few days, will take out what is left.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Yellow River
A few folks have caught some nice brown trout on artificial lures, such as small jigs and spinnerbaits. Please remember to wear orange or other bright colors while along this stream during deer season and to get landowner permission to fish from shore.

Turkey River (below Clermont)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Reports of skim ice on the river have been coming in this week. Travel on the ice is not recommended especially if we receive the amount of snow predicted.

Decorah District Streams
Morning midge and afternoon baetis hatches still occur occasionally even as colder weather approaches - #24 dry fly patterns have been successful for trout rising to small surface flies. A few large trout have been taken with a variety of streamer patterns on northeast Iowa streams and the Upper Iowa River.

Ice depths on area lakes are highly variable and with the amount of snow predicted for the next few days, travel on ice is not recommended. A reminder to trout anglers that it is deer season in Iowa so be as visible to hunters as possible while along a stream. For more information, contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Walleye fishing on the Cedar River had been good up until the recent snow storm. The weather forecast calls for cold temperatures which may begin to lock up some areas on the river. Use extreme caution when venturing onto river ice, most often not recommended. Walleye - Fair: Casting and retrieving a jig and minnow combination works best for open water areas or a flashy jig tipped with a minnow vertically jigged off the bottom through ice works well.

The weather forecast over the next couple of days looks brutal in terms of heavy snowfall and high winds. Bait shops in the Black Hawk and Bremer County areas are reporting skim to no ice conditions. Ice fishing is not recommended at this time! The long term forecast is for below freezing temps, should be an excellent week for making ice. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276 for any additional information.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Lansing river stage is 8 feet and will remain stable over the next week. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught in deeper side channel sloughs

Mississippi River Pool 10
Lynxville river stage is up slightly to 12.8 feet and expected to remain stable over the next week. Sauger - Good: Vertical jigging with a minnow for sauger in the tail waters has been successful. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jig and minnow fished along drop-offs in the tail water areas.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River stage at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg is 4.7 feet and expected to remain stable during the following week. Lock and dam tail waters remain open and anglers are consistently catching saugers and a few nice size walleyes. Sauger - Fair: Vertical jigging with a minnow for sauger in the tail waters has been successful. Walleye - Slow: Walleye are biting on jig and minnow fished along drop-offs in the tail water areas.

Ice fishing enthusiasts may finally get their wish for some ice with colder temperatures in the coming week. Backwaters, as of Wednesday, were still unsafe conditions. Ice anglers should use caution traversing new ice if large accumulations of snow blanket the thin ice. Open tail water walleye and sauger anglers have had to work for their limits vertical jigging. Water levels remain extremely low on the Mississippi River. Water temperature is in the low 30s.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Water clear, temperature is in upper 30s and the water level at the Dubuque Lock and Dam is 4.8 feet, which is slightly higher than last week. Sauger - Fair: Some sauger are being caught tail waters with anglers using a jig and minnow. Many anglers are letting these large females back for next yearís spawn production. Walleye - Fair: Some nice walleyes are being reported on the wing dams and in the tail water. On wing dams most anglers are using three way rigs with a crankbait. In the tail waters many are using a jig and minnow.

Mississippi River Pool 13
Water is very clear, temperature in the upper 30s and water level at Bellevue dam is a low 4.3 feet and expected to drop slightly. Be careful backing off ALL ramps. Good news though, the Bellevue Fisheries Station ramp is now repaired, lengthened and reinforced along the edges. Yellow Perch - Good: Some nice yellow perch are being reported in the district in the slow moving sloughs and backwaters. Fish are hard to find but when you do, they are nice sized. Sauger - Good: Numerous smaller saugers are showing up in the tail water areas with anglers using a jig and minnow. Just a few decent sized fish are also being reported. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being reported on the wing dams and in the tail water. On wing dams most anglers are using three-way rigs with crankbaits. Anglers are often concentrating on the tips of the wing dams with areas of stronger current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
Water is clear with the temps in the upper 30s. Water level at the dam in Fulton reads 4.4 feet and is steady. Sauger - Good: Some sauger were being reported in the tail water areas with anglers using a jig and minnow. Walleye - Good: Some nicer walleye are being caught on the tips of the wing dams where people can find a little more current flow. Anglers are pitching jigs on these wing dam tips.

Mississippi River Pool 15
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Water temperatures are in upper 30s. Water levels are low so beware backing off any ramp as you can easily put your axles over the ends of the ramps. Also, beware of wing dams when motoring near the main channel. No hard ice has been reported in the district.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 3.86 feet and has been fairly steady the past few days. River stages are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. We have received no fishing information for this pool this week.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.11 feet. River stages are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. We have received no fishing information for this pool this week.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 2.94 feet. River stages are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. Sauger - Fair: Anglers have been catching saugers below Lock and Dam 17 (New Boston) vertical jigging with minnows this past week. With the upcoming snowstorm fishing conditions and ramp conditions may change. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught in the tail waters vertical jigging with minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 1.01 feet. River levels are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. Sauger - Fair: Anglers have been catching saugers below Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington this past week. Try fishing with jigs and minnows. With the upcoming snowstorm fishing conditions and ramp conditions may change. Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are also being caught below Lock and Dam 18 vertical jigging with minnows.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: River stages are still low so anglers should use caution when boating. Main channel water temperature has been around 39 degrees. The backwaters have been ice free this past week. Anglers have been tail water fishing for saugers and walleyes but conditions may change with the upcoming snowstorm. Remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat before going to another water body. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Lake Geode
The lake remains ice free. Water temperatures are still in the mid 40's. No anglers have been out recently.

Lake Belva Deer
Lake is ice free. The water temperature is still in the low 40s. Crappie - Slow: If you want to go open water fishing one more time this year you should be able to find crappies in deeper water in the spots where you normally would catch them through the ice.

Lake of the Hills
Unsafe - thin ice. Hopefully there won't be too much snow on top of it after this storm to slow down even further ice formation.

Wilson Lake
Cold weather should start forming ice soon. Rainbow Trout - Good: Anglers are still catching trout. Look for the culverts and the brush piles in 6 to 8 feet of water. They're easy to see. Minnow and bobber or a small dark colored jig worked slowly should get their attention.

Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
What parts of the pond aren't frozen, soon will be. Unsafe ice conditions.

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

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction) Outflow from the Coralville dam is 150 cubic feet per second. Walleye - Fair: Use a jig and minnow in wintering holes below the tube.

Water temperatures are in the upper 30 degrees in most area lakes/rivers. Some shallower, protected areas may have some crusting of ice but most places are ice free. There has been very little fishing activity on the lakes. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Red Haw Lake
Fishing activity has slowed. There is no fishable ice yet.

Lake Sugema
Fishing activity has slowed. There is no fishable ice yet.

Rathbun Reservoir
The lake level is 903.07 feet with 904 feet being normal. The surface water temperature is 43 degrees. The lake does not have any ice. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.

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

SOUTHWEST
Lake Petoka
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Rainbow trout stocked at the beginning of November will remain in good numbers and actively bite through the winter. Popular methods of catching them include inline spinners, twister tail jigs, small tube jigs, casting spoons, live minnows and wax worms.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout stocked in the north pit will remain in good numbers and actively bite through the winter. Popular methods of catching them include inline spinners, twister tail jigs, small tube jigs, casting spoons, live minnows and wax worms.

Banner Lake (south)
Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout stocked in mid-October will remain in good numbers and actively bite through the winter. Popular methods of catching them include inline spinners, twister tail jigs, small tube jigs, casting spoons, live minnows and wax worms.

Central Iowa lakes remain ice free as of Dec.19. More fishing reports will be added when ice fishing begins. For questions on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond)
Rainbow trout will be stocked on Jan. 18. A youth fishing event is scheduled for Jan. 19, pending safe ice conditions.

Lake Manawa
Crappies are being caught in the canals if there is open water. Crappie - Fair: On warm afternoons when skim ice goes away, crappies can be caught using minnows under a bobber.

Lakes in the southwest district are skimming over with ice. Forecasted cold temperatures should get us closer to ice fishing season. For more information call the district office at Cold Springs at 712-769-2587.

Little River Watershed Lake
The water level is down about 12 feet to allow completion of a shoreline stabilization project. The fish have been restocked and are growing fast.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
The water level is down about 7 feet to allow boat ramp repairs and crowd the fish to increase predation. The repairs are complete. The water level will be allowed to rise as run-off occurs. The ramp is usable with care and ice fishing access should be normal.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
The lake has been drained to allow the construction of a wetland and shoreline stabilization to be completed.

Green Valley Lake
The water level is still down about 3 feet. The ramps are easily accessible.

Summitt Lake
The spillway replacement project is complete but run-off has not refilled the lake. Restocking and boating will occur when water levels rise.

Three Mile Lake
The water level is down about 4 feet but the ramps are easily usable.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water level is down about 3.5 feet but access is easy. Crappie - Good: A few anglers are still enjoying the crappies bunched up around the deeper flooded trees. The side-scan fish finders are helping anglers locate schools.

The water temps are in the upper 30s. Skim ice is starting to form on the small water bodies along shore and in the quiet bays.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux) No fishing activity reported.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs) No fishing activity reported.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line) No fishing activity reported.

River discharge at Decatur is 15,900

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Re: Iowa Fishing Reports [Re: Rick]
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DES MOINES, IA - The weekly Iowa fishing reports from 12/27/12 are gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. They are compiled by lake and species then given a rating as to how good the fishing is on each lake by species. There are always current Iowa Fishing Reports in this forum. Enjoy.

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NORTHWEST IOWA FISHING REPORTS
Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 6 to 8 inches. Yellow bass are biting on wax worms and minnow heads fished in 10 feet of water. A few walleyes and crappies are being caught on minnows. The best bite is just after sunrise and about an hour before sunset. Crappie - Fair: Walleye - Slow: Yellow Bass - Fair:

Most of the area lakes have iced over. For ice condition updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Big Spirit Lake
The lake is locked up and there is 5-7 inches of ice in most areas. Walleye and perch have been the main targets, but bluegills and crappies are also being sought after. Try fishing the edges of green weeds or drop offs for most species.

Center Lake
Center Lake has roughly 6 inches of ice but an open hole created by the aerator is present straight out from the fishing pier.

East Okoboji Lake
There is roughly 5-7 inches of ice but there may be thinner areas toward the south end.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Silver Lake has 8-10 inches of ice and the aerator is running on the east side.

West Okoboji Lake
There are a few open holes on the lake yet being kept open by geese. The rest of the lake has 3-5 inches of ice but may be thinner in the main lake basin. Bluegills are the main target. Try sight fishing them in Emerson, Millerís, and North bays but stained water is present in some areas.

For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice report: south end around 3 inches, west side 5 inches, east side has about 4 inches but itís only about 50 yards to what was recently open water. North end had around 5 inches in the finger area; about 20 shacks out, farthest from shore was about 100 yards straight south of north ramp. Report of some walleye, perch and up to 9 inch crappie.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
The lake froze on Saturday and there is now about 6 inches of clear ice. Crappie - Good: Anglers are fishing in 22 feet of water near the dam. Try small jigs tipped with minnows.

Lake Hendricks
The lake has about 5 inches of ice and very little snow cover. Anglers are fishing in the bay by the boat ramp and off the point with great success. Bluegill - Excellent: Bluegills have been found in 8 to 9 feet of water. Small jigs tipped with wax worms have been working well this week. Largemouth Bass - Slow: A stray largemouth has been caught while fishing for bluegills. Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching a few crappies while fishing for bluegills.

Lake Meyer
Lake Meyer has about 4 to 6 inches of clear ice. The water is also very clear. Anglers have been fishing on the east side of the lake for good results. Bluegill - Excellent: Anglers have been fishing in 10 feet of water on small jigs tipped with wax worms. Crappie - Excellent: Nice sized crappies are being caught on pink/white or white rubber skirted jigs with success.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Yellow River
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Turkey River (below Clermont)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Reports of 3 to 7 inches of ice on some of the backwaters and slack water areas are coming in. Be sure to check ice depths as you go to the spot you want to fish. Current can make ice depths vary. Angling reports haven't come in yet.

Decorah District Streams
Morning midge and afternoon baetis hatches still occur occasionally even as colder weather approaches - #24 dry fly patterns have been successful for trout rising to small surface flies. A few large trout have been taken with a variety of streamer patterns on northeast Iowa streams and the Upper Iowa River.

Ice conditions on area lakes have greatly improved with this recent cold snap. Very little snow is sitting on the ice and in many areas the ice is very clear. Trout streams are still in excellent condition and accessible in many instances. It's a beautiful time of year to go out on our natural areas with all the snow covered trees. For more information, contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Ice conditions are being reported as 4-6 inches of good ice across the lake. Bluegill - Fair: Try concentrating efforts near the dam locating sunken brush piles for decent bluegill.

Brinker Lake
Anglers have been on East Lake fishing the bay areas where ice conditions are better.

George Wyth Lake
Anglers have been reported fishing the west bay area. Use extreme caution as Wyth Lake ice conditions vary widely.

Ice thickness reports have vastly improved with the arrival of arctic temperatures across Iowa. Black Hawk and Bremer county lakes are reporting from 4-6 inches of good ice most everywhere. Use caution as ice thickness can vary on lakes. For more information contact the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276 for any additional information.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
Lansing river stage is 8 feet and will remain stable over the next week. Ice anglers are taking advantage of early ice on Shore Slough area. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting on small jigs fished with a wax worm through the ice. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught in deeper side channel sloughs.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Lynxville river stage is up slightly to 12.8 feet and expected to fall over the next week. There are reports of bluegills biting through the ice at Joyce Lake and Bussey Lake. Sauger - Good: Vertical jigging with a minnow for sauger in the tail waters has been successful. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting on jig and minnow fished along drop-offs in the tail water areas.

Mississippi River Pool 11
River stage at Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg is 4.7 feet and expected to remain stable for the following week. Lock and dam tail waters remain open and anglers are consistently catching saugers and a few nice size walleyes. Sauger - Fair: Vertical jigging with a minnow for sauger in the tail waters has been successful. Walleye - Slow: Walleye are biting on jig and minnow fished along drop-offs in the tail water areas.

Ice fishing season is officially here. Backwaters iced up over the holiday weekend. Ice anglers should use caution traversing new ice if there are large accumulations of snow. It could be insulating thin ice and not allowing it to grow. Open tail water walleye and sauger anglers have had to work for limits vertical jigging. Water levels remain extremely low on the Mississippi River. Water temperature is in the low 30s.

Mississippi River Pool 12
The water level at the Dubuque Lock and Dam is 4.4 feet, down slightly from last week. Tail water ramps may be out of operation as one inch of ice was reported over the ramp on Monday.

For ice fishing, safe ice should occur in most stagnant backwater areas but take care and never go on any ice if unsure of the thickness. Sauger - Fair: Some sauger are being caught tail waters with anglers using a jig and minnow. Many anglers are letting these large females back for next yearís spawn production.

Mississippi River Pool 13
Water level at Bellevue dam is at 3.9 feet which, is very low. Be careful backing off ALL ramps. As of Wednesday, the city ramp at Bellevue was open but conditions can change quickly. Ice fishing has been reported in the district. Some fish are biting at Middle Sabula Lake and surely many others will follow. Never venture on unsure ice. Crappie - No Report: Crappie fishing has been excellent all year in Pools 12 to 14; hope it continues for the ice fishing season. Yellow Perch - No Report: Although no yellow perch have been reported yet, expect some nice creels of yellow perch this season. Perch can be hard to find but when found, it can mean great fishing. Near state record sized 14-inch perch have been reported by fall anglers. Have fun and try to find one of these monsters under the ice. Sauger - Good: Numerous smaller saugers are being caught in the tail water areas with anglers using a jig and minnow. Just a few decent sized fish are also being reported.

Mississippi River Pool 14
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Bluegill - No Report: Bluegill fishing this fall in places like Rock Creek was very good with a lot of 7-inch fish being reported. We expect a nice run of these fish under the ice once safe conditions exist. Sauger - No Report: Before ice up, some saugers were being reported in the tail water waters by anglers mainly using a jig and minnow. No reports have been received this week.

Mississippi River Pool 15
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Walleye - No Report: This fall some nice 18 inch type walleye were reported to us from the Lock and Dam 14 tail water. Lately no reports have been received on these fish but we know some nice walleyes can be found in this pool.

Finally ice fishing has been reported in the district. Please take care on the ice and never cross into places where you are uncertain of the ice depth. Very low water conditions persist in the district. Low water will affect where to fish and potentially the health of the fishery if winters become sever.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 3.42 feet. The main channel is beginning to freeze up. Ice fishing is not advisable at this time.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 2.70 feet. As of Thursday morning, the main channel was beginning to freeze up. There was ice up to the bridge just above the boat ramp at Muscatine making the tail waters not accessible. Ice fishing is not advisable at this time.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 2.29 feet. We have received no fishing reports for this pool this week. Ice fishing is not advisable at this time.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 0.51 feet. We have received no tail water information for this pool this week. Ice fishing is not advisable at this time.

Mississippi River Pools 16-19: The main channel throughout the pools has begun to freeze up. The backwaters have frozen over as well but ice fishing is not advisable at this time. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST
Iowa Lake
The lake is iced over but ice thickness is unknown. There has been nobody ice fishing yet.

Kent Park Lake
The lake is iced over. Ice depths are unknown but thought to be unsafe at this time.

Lake Macbride
The majority of the lake is covered with 3-4 inches of ice, but areas of thinner ice are out there. Due to varying water depths and ice conditions, caution should be used if venturing out. Some anglers have been braving the early ice.

Central Park Lake
Ice thickness is reported as about 5 inches, but nobody has been out ice fishing yet.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Most of the lake has 3-4 inches of ice. There have been a few anglers out ice fishing but caution should be used if venturing out.

Diamond Lake
The lake has about 4 inches of ice but nobody has been fishing here yet.

otter Creek Lake
The lake is iced over but ice depths are unknown.

Union Grove Lake
Ice conditions are unknown. The aeration system has not been turned on as of Dec. 27, but should be by the end of next week.

Coralville Reservoir
Ice depths in protected areas may be up to 5 inches, but ice conditions can be extremely variable.

Most areas are ice covered, but much of it may be unsafe. Use extreme caution during early ice. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Wapello
Ice conditions are variable. There are several spots on the lake with open water.

Red Haw Lake
Ice conditions are variable across the lake. Use caution if venturing out. Some areas still have open water.

Lake Sugema
The lake is not completely frozen over. Ice conditions are variable so use caution.

Rathbun Reservoir
The lake level is 903.07 feet with 904 feet being normal. The surface water temperature is 33 degrees. The lake is starting to ice over but there is a lot of open water. Bays and coves will freeze up first. Don't forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.

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

SOUTHWEST
Beaver Lake
Bluegill - Good: Beaver Lake had 4 inches of ice at mid week. Anglers are finding actively feeding bluegills and crappies.

Big Creek Lake
As water levels continue to drop in Big Creek anglers should use caution on the ice, especially near shore, as seams form when the ice follows the water level down. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are finding 4 to 5 inches of ice in the coves and are catching good sized bluegills over brush piles.

Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill - Good: Hickory Grove has 4 to 5 inches of ice on the upper 2/3 of the lake. Ice anglers fishing over pallet and brush piles are doing well on good size bluegills from 7 to 9 inches.

Lake Petoka
Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout that were stocked can now be caught through the ice using wax worms on jigs and jigging spoons or small live minnows.

Banner Lake (south)
Rainbow Trout - Good: Rainbow trout that were stocked can now be caught through the ice using wax worms on jigs and jigging spoons or small live minnows.

Ice fishing has returned to central Iowa. Most of the larger lakes are averaging around 4 inches of ice with ponds averaging 5 to 6 inches. Use caution, ice thickness can vary. For questions on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield has 4 inches of ice. Use extreme caution when venturing out as the geese are keeping a portion open on the west side.

Nodaway Lake
There have been no reports of fishing this week. The lake has 5 inches of ice and a good bluegill and crappie population.

Lake Anita
There were no reports of fishing this week. Anita has 9-inch bluegill and 10-inch crappie. Ice thickness is 5 inches.

Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond)
Rainbow trout will be stocked on Jan. 18. A youth fishing event is scheduled for Jan. 19, pending safe ice conditions. Rainbow Trout - Slow: Trout can be caught on a variety of ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms or minnows.

Lake Manawa
Manawa has 6 inches of good ice. Crappie - Good: Crappies up to 12 inches are being caught on minnows. The best locations have been Tin Can dyke and around Boy Scout Island.

Hacklebarney East
Hacklebarney is reported to have 5 inches of ice. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught using wax worms. Fish average 8 inches. Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in 18 feet of water using minnows.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Farm ponds in the southwest district have 4-6 inches of good ice. Remember to always get permission to fish private ponds. Bluegill - Good: The deepest part of the pond is usually the best location to start fishing for bluegills.

Lakes in southwest Iowa have 3 to 6 inches of ice. Forecasted cold temperatures will improve ice conditions. For more information call the district office at Cold Springs State Park at 712-769-2587

Little River Watershed Lake
The water level is down about 12 feet to allow completion of a shoreline stabilization project. The fish have been restocked and are growing fast.

Fogle Lake S.W.A.
The water level is down about 6 feet to allow boat ramp repairs and crowd the fish to increase predation. The repairs are complete. The water level will be allowed to rise as run-off occurs. Anglers are fishing the flooded trees for panfish. Bluegill - Fair: A few medium sized bluegills are coming from the creek channel and flooded trees.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
The lake has been drained to allow the construction of a wetland and shoreline stabilization to be completed.

Green Valley Lake
Most of the lake is ice covered but some areas will be too thin to support people. The water fowl are keeping some areas open. Check the ice thickness frequently. Bluegill - Fair: Some nice sized bluegills can be caught from the deeper cedar tree piles located just south for the main ramp and immediately north of the center of the dam.

Summitt Lake
The spillway replacement project is complete but run-off has not refilled the lake. Restocking and boating will occur when water levels rise.

Three Mile Lake
The water level is down about 4 feet. The lake is partially frozen over. Several areas will have ice too thin to support people. Anglers are staying near shore and checking ice thickness frequently.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water level is down about 3.5 feet. Ice has formed over the near shore areas. Some ice will be too thin. Bluegill - Fair: Some of the timber coves and creek channel edges are producing some nice bluegills about 14 to 18 feet down. Crappie - Good: A few anglers are still enjoying the crappies bunched up around the deeper flooded trees. The side-scan fish finders are helping anglers locate schools.

West Lake Osceola
Ice thickness is 4-1/2 to 5 inches. No fishing report.

Ice is covering most lakes. Anglers are fishing ponds and small lakes. The larger lakes will have thin ice. Use extreme caution!

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
No fishing activity reported.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
No fishing activity reported.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
No fishing activity reported.

River discharge at Decatur, Nebraska, is 18,800

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