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.
Crappie – Fair: A few crappies have been caught at sunrise or sunset with wax worms.
Brushy Creek Lake
Bluegill – Good: Fish are being caught in 25 feet of water on wax worms. Crappie – Fair: Fish are being caught in 25 feet of water on wax worms.
Bacon Creek Lake
Rainbow Trout – Good: Fish are being caught with shiny spoons.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
There is a large open water area in the southeast corner of the lake. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod. White Bass – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod. Walleye – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod.
North Twin Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: We have received reports of yellow bass being caught but a lot of sorting has been required.
Aeration units have a large open hole near the fish house. Bluegill – Fair: A few fish are being caught with small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm. Crappie – Fair: A few fish are being caught with small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm.
Very little angler activity has been reported.
Lower Pine Lake
No reports this week but anglers were catching small crappies and bluegills on Lower Pine.
Ice thickness is 25-26 inches. In general, fishing is slow. A few crappies have been caught. Best bite is late afternoon and evening hours.
Ice thickness is 28-29 inches. Anglers should avoid driving through the channel that runs from the little lake to the big lake, as that area can be unsafe; take the highway around instead. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are still getting some in the deeper areas of the little lake around dark. Look for them suspended a ways off bottom if fishing in deeper water in the little lake. A few crappies also have been caught near Baptist Camp/Farmers Beach areas. Most are 8-11 inches. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some small perch being caught. Walleye – Slow: Occasional walleye near the aerator on the west end at dark or in the Farmer’s Beach area. (14-inch minimum) Yellow Bass – Fair: Most of the yellow bass action is on the main lake near the Baptist Camp and Farmers Beach. Yellows on the little lake are in 12 feet of water. Most yellow bass being caught are around 7.5-8 inches with a few 9-9.5 inch.
Ice thickness is 20-plus inches. Reports indicate the bite has slowed. Use a minnow head or piece of cut bait on a small jig or try just the tail end on a light jig.
Little Wall Lake
22 inches of ice. No fishing activity seen.
Ice thickness is 30 inches. Bluegill – Good: Fishing seems to be consistently good using small jigs tipped with wax worms. Anglers are reporting better success in the shallower water 8 feet near the edge of the dredged basin. Crappie – Fair: Crappie fishing has been fair using minnows at dusk in the deeper water near or on the drop-off of the basin. Walleye – Slow: An occasional walleye may be taken in the deeper water using minnow.
Additional rainbow trout were stocked on Feb. 7. Use a small ice fly and a wax worm or a small spoon and start shallow near shore.
Ice thickness is 22 inches. No reports lately; earlier, anglers were having some success catching perch, bluegill, and some largemouth bass on spikes and wax worms fished near sunken cedar tree clumps.
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Big Spirit Lake
There is 28-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed. A few bluegills and crappies are being caught in Anglers Bay, with early morning or late afternoon being best.
East Okoboji Lake
Walleye season is closed
West Okoboji Lake
There is 26-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed. Bluegill – Slow: Most fishermen have been targeting Emerson and Millers Bay and weeds have been a key factor. The fishing has been hit or miss with some days being much better than others. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish have been in 40-plus feet of water and lots of small fish have been caught. Keep in mind that fish coming out of deep water have a higher mortality rate.
Five Island Lake
There is 24-28 inches of ice. Most fishing activity is around the upper part of the lake with crappie, perch, catfish, and walleye making up most of the catch.
Lost Island Lake
There is 28-30 inches of ice and there has been little fishing pressure.
For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
There is 24 inches of ice. Fish are suspended so fish 6-8 feet off the bottom. Bluegill – Slow: A few bluegills are being caught while fishing for crappies. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are using small brightly colored jigs tipped with multiple wax worms.
There is about 17 inches of ice covered with 5 inches of slush covered with 7 inches of snow. Use caution around the aerator. No motorized vehicles including ATVs are allowed on the ice. Fish are suspended off the bottom. Bluegill – Slow: Try dropping a small jig tipped with wax worm to the bottom and slowly lift it up about one foot. Crappie – Slow: Anglers are using small jigs tipped with wax worms.
There is about 20 inches of ice with about five inches of frozen slush covered by about two inches of snow. Water clarity is excellent with visibility 10-12 feet. A few brave anglers were out but fish activity remains slow. Bluegill – Slow: Fish activity is slow but gills can be caught using teardrop shaped jigs tipped with wax worms. Fish are suspended off the bottom. Crappie – Slow: Crappies can be found in 12-14 feet of water but are suspended about six feet off the bottom.
Turkey River (below Clermont)
Trout fishing on the Turkey River below Big Spring Hatchery is good. The river at the hatchery is open from the 1st set of tubes downriver.
Cedar River (above Nashua)
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
Decorah District Streams
Though weather and road conditions have been challenging, better northeast Iowa streams have open clear water and trout have been taken on streamers, wet flies and nymphs. Surprisingly, winter midge hatches have been heavy and trout can sometimes be taken on dry flies when rising. Small Threadwraps (#18-#24) are effective early in the afternoon. Brown Trout – Slow: Sny Magill is partially ice covered but fishable. Bloody Run is mostly ice-free. Mink, Otter and Glovers are completely ice covered. Grannis is not fishable but if temperatures warm up, it should open up.
Snow is once again in the forecast for the weekend and temperatures are predicted to be in the single digits. Fish activity continues to be slow on area lakes. Few people have been on the ice. Urban ponds are now being stocked with trout. Go to www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/TroutFishing.aspx to find out when and where. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Angling pressure has been consistent. Bluegills have been the most productive. Concentrate on the northwest portion of the lake and to the south as the season prolongs. Bluegill – Fair: Jig tipped with a wax worm has been most productive. Crappie – Fair: jig tipped with a wax worm or minnow is good.
Anglers were catching quality size bluegill near the north side of the lake in 12-14 feet of water last week. Move often to locate active fish. Some occasional nice crappie had been taken also. Bluegill – Good: Use small black colored jigs tipped with a waxy.
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
As the interior rivers begin to open up from ice conditions, hit the deeper holes for overwintering walleyes. Walleye will feed very aggressively up until the April spawn. Use a jig tipped with a minnow and fished slowly off the bottom. Walleye – No Report: A jig tipped with a minnow is a deadly combination.
Manchester District Streams
It is getting to be the time of year for spring thaw. Trout fishing can be really good when there is a slight rise in water levels and a little turbidity to the water, especially for brown trout. Spring Branch Creek in Delaware County offers a good population of brown trout and fish of quality size. Remember, there is a 14 inch minimum size limit on all trout and artificial lure only regulation on this stream. Brown Trout – Fair: Black midge imitations have been triggering active fish on Spring Branch Creek.
Ice fishing remains really slow across the district, be sure to check other reports around the state for potential hot spots. Ice thickness still remains around 16-18 inches on most area lakes. Trout streams are partially frozen with the recent arctic blast of weather. For further information call the district office in Manchester at 563-927-3276.
Mississippi River Pool 12
Fishing has been reported as slow. A slight uptick was noted during the few days of warmer weather but when the cold returned, the slow bite returned. If the weather warms up, try Fish Trap Lake, Tippy’s, Greens and Kehough. Massey marina has seen light fishing pressure and may be too shallow. Spruce Creek marina by Bellevue was dredged to improve winter panfish habitat and some fish have been biting. In the spring, fish habitat will be added to the deeper holes. Bluegill – Slow: Excellent bluegill numbers throughout Pool 12. During routine DNR surveys numerous large bluegills were collected, so the fish are out there. The few anglers who fished this week reported the bite as slow, but some did bite during the numerous weather shifts. Crappie – Slow: Lots of 8-9-inch crappies were seen in the various surveys conducted by the department. Look forward to some quality fishing for this species although they can be quite fickle during the winter. Try small minnows. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some yellow perch are being incidentally caught by bluegill anglers. In some years, good yellow perch fishing can be had on the back half of the ice fishing season.
Mississippi River Pool 13
Very few anglers were reported anywhere in Pool 13 this week. Some people had been fishing in Town Lake by Sabula and in the opening to Spring Lake by Savanna. Oxygen levels in the snow covered lakes are a concern. Clouded ice does not allow algae and aquatic plants to produce oxygen. Unfortunately Middle Sabula and Green Island may have lost most of the oxygen already with weeks to go before ice out. Bluegill – Slow: The bluegill bite has slowed greatly but a lot of fish are being marked on fishing graphs. Crappie – Slow: Crappies were abundant in fisheries surveys in 2013 and several year classes were noted. Yellow Perch – Fair: Often these fish are incidentally caught when bluegill fishing. Some yellow perch up to 14 inches can be found at times. You can try a slightly larger minnow imitation lures or use minnow heads to catch this species. A few reports of anglers catching some yellow perch.
Mississippi River Pool 14
Anglers were fishing at Rock Creek, Swedes, Camanche Harbor and Cattail Slough, but lately activity level has been low. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill numbers are outstanding this year in Pool 14, Rock Creek County Park by Camanche offers easy access to fishing and a great Environmental Center to warm up with coffee or hot chocolate. Crappie – Slow: Earlier there were some reports of crappies being caught out of cattail slough. The size has not been the best but there is a strong year class of 8-9-inch fish. Try small minnows for best results.
Mississippi River Pool 15
No report for Pool 15 as ice fishing options are limited on this pool.
This winter has been a tough on ice fishing and on the fish. Certainly plenty of ice and still could be a good bite ahead. Some lakes may be low in dissolved oxygen and an angler should move if they are not readily marking fish or encounter murky water.
Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 5.56 feet. The Marquette St. boat ramp is being reported as frozen. Ice fishing has been slow.
Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine is 4.41 feet. The boat ramps in Muscatine are frozen. We have not received any ice fishing reports for Big Timber this week. We have not received any ice condition reports for Big Timber this week. Big Timber does have some areas where ground water seeps in and can have some current so ice conditions can be variable. Check ice conditions often as you move.
Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 at New Boston is 5.33 feet. The Toolesboro ramp is being reported as frozen and the parking lot is ice covered. We have not received any ice fishing reports for this pool this week.
Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington is 3.24 feet. Ice fishing is being reported as slow.
Mississippi River Pools 16-19: Tail waters are being reported as frozen. Fishing is being reported as slow. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
Lake Belva Deer
This week’s cold weather has fixed most of the damage done by last week’s rains. Bluegill – Fair: The bite seems to be between 3-6 p.m. Anglers are still working the creek channel area out from the south boat ramp.
Pollmiller Park Lake
The ice is back to a fairly good condition. Last week’s rains took the snow cover off. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill fishing is starting to pick back up around brush piles.
Lake of the Hills
The ice had been a little soft around the edges but has mostly been repair by the return to cold weather. The DNR will stock trout on March 7, at 10:30 a.m. Should have ice this year. Remember, Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows for bait is legal. Rainbow Trout – Good: Trout are starting to be caught again, mostly on wax worms and jigs in deeper water. Bluegill – Good: Wax worms are the popular baits on ice jigs. The bite is picking up. Find brush piles in deeper water to find fish. Crappie – Good: Crappies are also being caught off the brush piles in deeper water. The bite is also picking up for the crappies.
Be careful on the ice; the ice around the edges is still a little thin. The use of live minnows as bait is not allowed in Lambach Lake. Bluegill – Good: The bluegills continue to bite. Some good numbers are being caught. Crappie – Good: Good sized crappies are being caught again with regularity.
For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.
Bluegill – Fair: Crappie – Slow:
Most of the lake has 12-18 inches of ice. The area east of the causeway on the south arm has poor oxygen levels and is probably not worth fishing. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around any kind of brush or rock and chances are you will find bluegills. Unfortunately the size is marginal at best. Crappie – Slow: Crappie reports are tough to come by. Fish over/around brush or rock in 12-18 feet of water. Walleye – Fair: A few are being caught in the evening over rock piles and stumps.
Pleasant Creek Lake
Much of the lake has 24 inches of ice. Sunset has been best. White Bass – Fair: Look for fish over humps in 15-20 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Look for fish around brush piles and use a jig/waxie. Walleye – Fair: A few fish are being caught right before/after dark. Fish are moving up to as little as 8 feet of water to feed at night.
Remember, no minnows are allowed. Bluegill – Good: Fish around brush for 6-8-inch bluegills. Fish had been reported as suspended lately. Crappie – Fair: Look for suspended fish around brush. Most are running 8-10 inches.
Otter Creek Lake
Ice is close to 24 inches thick. Fishing activity has been lower this week. Bluegill – Fair: Fish around brush in 10-15 feet of water with a jig and waxie. Average fish is 7-8 inches. Crappie – Slow: Yellow Bass – Fair: Fish 18-20 feet of water with a jig or spoon tipped with a waxie or cutbait. Average fish is about 10 inches.
Most of the lake has 12-18 inches of ice but caution should still be used. No voids under the ice have been found/reported. DO NOT go under the Mehaffey Bridge. The lake did bump up a little and then came back down and is holding steady at 382.25 feet. Inflow and outflow are matched at 500 CFS. The drawdown has been delayed due to ice cover. Water clarity has decreased with this week’s rain and runoff. Bluegill – Fair: Fish are being caught in and around brush. Crappie – Slow: Anglers that find the right brush pile on the right day are catching some nice crappies.
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Red Haw Lake
Anglers report about 12 inches of ice. Last week’s rain and warm up had caused some open water around the shoreline. This week’s colder temperatures have frozen the water back up but the ice thickness varies along the shoreline so use caution getting on and off the ice. Try areas with 20 feet of water using small jigs tipped with a wax worm for bluegills. Fish about 1-2 feet off the bottom. Fishing around brush piles will also increase your catch.
Ice thickness is reported as up to 10 inches in some areas. Fishing has been slow and the fishing pressure has been light. Use caution getting on and off the ice due to last week’s warm up and rain. This open water along the shoreline has frozen back up but ice thickness varies. Look for the areas marked with buoys as they were placed over brush piles. Try small jigs tipped with a wax worm.
Ice thickness is reported at 8-10 inches. Last week’s rain and warm up has caused open water along the shorelines. This week’s colder temperatures have frozen most of that back up but the ice thickness is variable. Use caution when getting on and off the ice. Fishing has been slow on Lake Sugema with some anglers catching a few crappies. Concentrate on areas with submerged structure.
Thicknesses of 8-12 inches of ice have been reported. Use caution along the shoreline due to last week’s warm up and refreeze this week. Ice thickness varies along the shoreline. Fishing has been slow and fishing pressure has been light. Try to find underwater structure and use small jigs tipped with a minnow. The current lake level is 905.96 feet. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.
If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.
Big Creek Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Good size bluegills up to nine inches have been coming off the old rock piles and other habitat in the upper half of the lake. Crappie – Slow: The crappie bite has been slow to fair at times. Anglers are picking up a few 10-12-inch fish suspended in 30-40 feet of water in the main lake basin near the creek channel using live minnows or glow jigs with wax worms after dark. Walleye – Fair: The walleye catch over 15 inches has been better than in past years. Anglers fishing live minnows or jigging style minnow baits tipped with minnow heads are catching walleye in the main lake basin, especially if they can locate the rock humps.
Hickory Grove Lake
Bluegill – Good: The bluegill bite has picked up. Bluegills are being caught over habitat out from the points from the south boat ramp down to the island. The most active bite is occurring during the last hour of daylight. Habitat piles in depths of 15 feet or greater are holding better fish.
Hooper Area Pond
Bluegill – Good: Anglers are catching fair numbers of bluegills with occasional crappies, fishing the lower half of the lake.
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill fishing over the sunken tree and rock piles has been good. Mid lake out from the northwest shoreline is a good area to start. Crappie – Good: Suspended crappies are being caught in the evenings after sunset mid lake in depths of 15 feet or greater using wax worms on glow jigs and live minnows.
Red Rock Reservoir
Crappie – Good: Anglers are catching crappie in the Competine Creek arm of Whitebreast accessing off of 160th Ave.
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Trout were stocked Jan. 25. Use jigging spoons tipped with wax worms. The very clear water can allow for sight fishing during the day.
Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Trout were stocked Feb. 8. Trout from the recent and November stocking remain for ice anglers in the north portion of Ada Hayden. Fish with small live minnows or jigging spoons tipped with wax worms in 15 feet of water or less. The east and south shorelines of the north portion are most productive.
Central Iowa ice is averaging around 22-24 inches. Ice fishing will be going in central Iowa well into March. For questions on fishing central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.
There is a good panfish population. Bluegills up to eight inches and crappies from 8-12 inches are available. The lake has 15 inches of ice. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are being caught in 12-14 feet of water using wax worms. Fish are 7-8 inches. Crappie – Fair: Crappies can be caught around cedar tree piles using minnows. Late afternoon has been the best time of day.
Anglers are reporting fair catches of bluegill. The lake has 15 inches of ice. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are beginning to pick up eight inch bluegills with wax worms. The deeper brush piles are a good starting point. Crappie – No Report:
Ice is 14 inches on the lake. There is a good year class of quality size crappies present. Bluegill – Fair: Eight inch bluegills can be caught in 8-10 feet of water with wax worms. Crappie – Slow: A few 10-12 inch crappies were caught using glow in the dark jig heads with minnows.
Ice is 10-14 inches at Anita. Waterfowl have a large area of open water in the north arm of the lake so use caution when moving around in that arm. Bluegill – Slow: Nine-inch plus bluegill are being caught on wax worms in the campground arm. Crappie – Slow: A few quality size crappies are being caught in the campground arm using minnows and wax worms. Late afternoon has been the best bite.
Willow is reported to have 14 plus inches of ice. Bluegill – Slow: A few quality size bluegills are being caught on wax worms. Most fish are being caught in 12-14 feet of water. Redear Sunfish – Fair: Quality size redears are being caught with wax worms over cedar tree piles.
Viking Lake will provide good crappie fishing this winter. The lake has 10-12 inches of ice. Waterfowl have a large portion of the lake open in the concession arm. Crappie – Fair: Fish around brush piles in 14-16 feet of water. It is a late afternoon to after dark bite. Use wax worms or minnows to catch crappies ranging from 9-11 inches.
Anglers are catching quality size bluegills at Arrowhead. Ice is 12 inches thick. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to nine inches are being caught in 10 feet of water using wax worms.
Big Lake (Including Gilbert’s Pond)
Fishing has slowed but anglers are still catching some trout. Rainbow Trout – Slow: Rainbow trout can be caught using a variety of ice fishing jigs with wax worms or minnows.
Lake Manawa has 10 inches of ice although there are unsafe areas: anglers should avoid the Tin Can area and the east shore near the Mosquito Creek outlet tube. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies near the beach using minnows or wax worms. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow: An occasional wiper is being caught while crappie fishing. The fish reported were 14-16 inches.
Hacklebarney 10-12 inches of ice and a good panfish population. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills can be caught in 10 feet of water around brush with wax worms. Crappie – No Report:
Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Farm ponds are reported to have 10-12 inches of ice. Anglers have reported good bluegill fishing in ponds this week. Remember to get permission before fishing privately owned ponds. Channel Catfish – No Report: Channel catfish can be a bonus catch while fishing for panfish on farm ponds. Bluegill – Good: Fish with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms to catch bluegill. Generally the deepest part of the pond is the best place to start looking for fish. Crappie – Fair: Larger ponds that support crappie populations can be good in the late afternoon using glow in the dark jigs with minnows or wax worms.
Ice conditions remain good ranging from 12-15 inches in the southwest district. For more information on lakes call the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587.
Ice conditions have remained consistent with most of the lake having more than 14 inches of ice. Most fishing activity is on the roadbed and along the channel off the beach point. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches are being caught on wax worms along the roadbed. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to nine inches are being caught with minnows in the evening along the roadbed.
West Lake (Osceola)
Ice conditions have been impacted by last week’s rain. Most of the lake has 14 or more inches of ice with the rain impacting the ice conditions along the shoreline. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 8.5 inches are being caught on wax worms and minnows along the channel south of the dam.
Little River Watershed Lake
Ice conditions have been impacted by last week’s rain. Most of the lake has 14 or more inches of ice with the rain impacting the ice conditions along the shoreline. Walleye – Good: Walleyes between 12 and 14 inches have been caught using minnows in the evening along the channel west of the campground.
Badger Creek Lake
The lake has been reported to have 14 or more inches of ice with last week’s rain having some impact on the ice conditions along the shoreline. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills up to eight inches have been caught using wax worms along the roadbed. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to eight inches have been caught using wax worms and minnows along the channel or roadbed in the main lake in the evenings.
Fogle Lake S.W.A.
Ice conditions have been impacted by last week’s rain. Most of the lake has 14 or more inches of ice with the rain impacting the ice conditions along the shoreline. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill are being caught near the bottom on wax worms along the flooded timber. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 10 inches are being caught on minnows along the flooded timber in the evenings.
Lake of Three Fires
Ice conditions have been impacted by last week’s rain. Most of the lake has 14 or more inches of ice with the rain impacting the ice conditions along the shoreline. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills up to nine inches are being caught near the bottom on wax worms from the cedar tree pile north of the dam. Crappie – Slow: Few crappies over 10 inches are being caught with wax worms and minnows from the cedar tree pile north of the dam and along the channel.
Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
The lake has been drained to allow the construction of a wetland near the upper end.
Wilson Park Lake
Ice conditions have been impacted by last week’s rain. Most of the lake has 14 or more inches of ice with the rain impacting the ice conditions along the shoreline. Bluegill – Good: Bluegills up to eight inches are being caught on wax worms near the cedar tree pile west of the dam. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 9.5 inches are being caught on wax worms and minnows near the cedar tree pile west of the dam.
Ice conditions have remained consistent with most of the lake having 14 inches or more of ice. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 8.5 inches have been caught on wax worms and minnows south of the dam and near the cedar tree pile in the middle of the lake.
Green Valley Lake
Ice conditions have been impacted by last week’s rain. Most of the lake has 18 or more inches of ice with the rain having some impacting the ice conditions along the shoreline. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills 7-8.5 inches are being caught on wax worms around the cedar tree piles. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 10 inches are being caught using minnows and wax worms near the cedar tree piles.
Three Mile Lake
Ice conditions have been impacted by last week’s rain. Most of the lake has 18 or more inches of ice with the rain having some impacting the ice conditions along the shoreline. Crappie – Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches are being caught using minnows along the roadbed in the evening.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Ice conditions have been impacted by last week’s rain. Most of the lake has 18 or more inches of ice with the rain having some impacting the ice conditions along the shoreline. Bluegill – Slow: Big bluegills are being caught on wax worms and minnows near the bottom. People that are using minnows and are willing to keep moving have had the best luck. Crappie – Slow: Crappies up to 10 inches are being caught on minnows and wax worms along the channel and the roadbed.
Fishing success has been variable on many lakes in the district. Most lakes have more than 14 inches of ice, and last week’s rain and warm temperatures did rot or remove ice near the shoreline. Areas most impacted by the rain and warmer temperatures were Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Ringgold, and Union counties. Colder temperatures have refrozen the rotted ice areas near the shoreline and ice conditions in these areas can be variable. For more information, call 641-464-3108.