Ice conditions are deteriorating over much of Iowa, leaving only the far north counties where ice fishing is still happening. Even in these northern counties where the ice thickness had been over two feet a few weeks ago, the access to lakes is becoming more difficult as snow melt and runoff is beginning to open some of the edges, and anglers who were once driving on the lake are now walking out.
"There is still ice, even in central Iowa, but I would not advise going out on it," said Mick Klemesrud, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "Ice fishing is still going on along about Hwy. 18 and will for another week or two, but the reports I'm hearing are that it is getting more difficult to get on to the ice and that usually means that the season is coming to a close."
Anglers still going out on the northern lakes should look out for weak spots, black ice and avoid areas with slush or water on top of the ice that could create an unsafe situation.