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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast There has been little to no ice fishing taking place due to the lack of and/or poor ice conditions on the interior lakes. Use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice. The trout stocking at North Prairie Lake has been postponed to Friday January 16th, 2015. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 12/17 08:57
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Ice thickness is being reported as unsafe on Casey Lake at this time. 12/17 08:57
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There has been little to no ice fishing taking place due to the lack of and/or poor ice conditions on the interior lakes. Use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice. The trout stocking at North Prairie Lake has been postponed to Friday January 16th, 2015. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 12/17 08:57
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast There have been some good reports of anglers catching walleye on the Cedar River where there is open water and access. 12/17 08:57
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) Northeast Walleye - Fair: Live bait has been reported as the most productive method of catching walleye right now. Try a jig tipped with a minnow or crawler for some good walleye action. 12/17 08:57
Manchester District Streams Northeast There has been little to no ice fishing taking place due to the lack of and/or poor ice conditions on the interior lakes. Use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice. The trout stocking at North Prairie Lake has been postponed to Friday January 16th, 2015. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 12/17 08:57
Manchester District Streams Northeast Trout streams are in excellent condition in the Manchester District. Additional trout were stocked into local streams throughout the month of November. 12/17 08:58
Martens Lake Northeast There has been little to no ice fishing taking place due to the lack of and/or poor ice conditions on the interior lakes. Use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice. The trout stocking at North Prairie Lake has been postponed to Friday January 16th, 2015. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276. 12/17 08:57
Martens Lake Northeast With the last week of above freezing temperatures, take extreme caution when crossing the reservoir from the north side parking area to access Martens Lake. 12/17 08:57
Martens Lake Northeast Crappie - Fair: Try tipping a small ice fishing jig with a waxworm or tipping a crappie minnow on a small hook under a bobber. 12/17 08:57
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Ice conditions are still unpredictable with the past week's warmer temperatures. New ice is once again forming but most areas are unsafe to walk on. Lynxville and Guttenberg tail-waters have had fair to good fishing for walleye and sauger. 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast River Level at Lynxville has fallen slightly to 14.6 ft. Fishing in the tailwaters for walleye and sauger has been fair. 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Crappie - No Report: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Fair: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Ice conditions are still unpredictable with the past week's warmer temperatures. New ice is once again forming but most areas are unsafe to walk on. Lynxville and Guttenberg tail-waters have had fair to good fishing for walleye and sauger. 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast River level at Guttenberg is has fallen slightly to 6.1 ft. Tailwater fishing has been variable from day to day with some nice size saugers being caught. 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Good: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The Mississippi river backwaters are generally frozen but ice depth is still too inconsistent in some areas to report specific hotspots. Have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level at Dubuque Lock and Dam is at 6.6 feet and the water level at the Dubuque RR bridge is at 8.4 feet, up slightly from last week. Water is expected to raise this week and water temperature in the main channel is around 33 degrees. The various Dubuque harbors are where the brunt of the fishing is occurring and some panfish are being reported. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Good: Some backwaters have safe ice fishing conditions. Bluegill populations are very good in the Mississippi River. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Crappie - Good: Most fishing is taking place in the various marina's around Dubuque. Try a jig or a minnow for best results! Please be careful and always test the ice and have safety and take rescue equipment with you. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Sauger - Good: Both walleye and sauger fishing has been reported as descent and fish have been biting on three way rigs. Lately the size seems to have gotten smaller. As of Thursday lots of floating ice reported on the River which may hamper launching at Hawthorne Street. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The Mississippi river backwaters are generally frozen but ice depth is still too inconsistent in some areas to report specific hotspots. Have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at Bellevue is at 6.7 feet which is down a bit from last week. Levels are now expected to rise slightly and water clarity is good. Water temperature is at 33 degrees in the main channel. Many backwaters have iced in and floating ice is present in the main channel. Safe ice for ice fishing is still inconsistent but certainly some fishing is going on! The city ramp at Bellevue and the DNR ramps are open as of Thursday but floating ice may be present. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills have moved into their backwater homes for the winter. These are areas that are deep enough to not freeze to the bottom yet have no current. Some angling is certainly taking place on Pool 13 and ice fishing conditions should improve greatly by next week. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Sauger - Good: Sauger fishing has been reported from poor to excellent this week. Fish have been biting on jig and minnow rigs. From surveys we have seen nice size classes of sauger with some fish up to 19 inches. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The Mississippi river backwaters are generally frozen but ice depth is still too inconsistent in some areas to report specific hotspots. Have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water level at Fulton is at 6.4 feet and water level at Camanche it is near 10.3 feet, both down a bit from last week. Water levels are now going to be stable to slightly falling and water temperature is presently near 33 degrees. Safe ice fishing conditions has been inconsistent. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Bluegills have moved into their overwintering homes. Rock Creek backwater, Swedes backwater and the Cattail backwater areas are some of the major backwater areas on Pool 14. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Sauger - No Report: Limited sauger fishing was reported in other pools and fishing is expected to still be good in Pool 14. Fish have been biting on jigs and minnow rigs. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The Mississippi river backwaters are generally frozen but ice depth is still too inconsistent in some areas to report specific hotspots. Have a safety plan when you venture out. Let people know where you are going and take safety and rescue equipment with you. Never venture on ice you are unsure of! 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at LeClaire is at 5.2 feet and water level at Rock Island is at 6.8 feet, both up from last week. Water temperature is 33 degrees and water clarity is good. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: Most panfish have moved into their overwintering homes for the winter. On Pool 15 this can be in boat marinas. 12/18 09:44
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Ice conditions are still unpredictable with the past week's warmer temperatures. New ice is once again forming but most areas are unsafe to walk on. Lynxville and Guttenberg tail-waters have had fair to good fishing for walleye and sauger. 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast River level at Lansing has dropped slightly to 8.0 feet. Shore Slough and backwaters are beginning to re-freeze after last week's thaw but ice fishing is not recommended. 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Sauger - Fair: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Walleye - Fair: 12/18 11:40
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - No Report: 12/18 11:40
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Most lakes opened up last weekend and then refroze. Travel on the ice is not advised. 12/18 11:06
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Arrowhead Lake was open as of Tuesday, but now has ice over most of the lake. Travel on the ice is not advised. 12/18 11:19
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - No Report: 12/18 11:19
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Ice conditions- Foot traffic advised due to variable ice conditions throughout the lake 12/17 08:00
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: walleye bite is slow. Small walleyes are being caught with minnow heads near dark close to shore. 12/17 08:00
Big Spirit Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Slow: Anglers bay- few perch have been caught during or following the warm weather. 12/17 08:00
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Most lakes opened up last weekend and then refroze. Travel on the ice is not advised. 12/18 11:06
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Hawk Lake was wide open as of Tuesday, but has since froze over. There is still open water in the Town Bay area. Travel on the ice is not advised. 12/18 11:08
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Channel Catfish - No Report: 12/18 11:08
Blue Pit Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Blue Pit Northwest An urban trout stocking took place at Blue Pit in Mason City (S Pierce Avenue) on Nov. 26. Anglers are reminded to have a 2014 fishing license (age 16 and older) and trout stamp. With the warmer weather and rain, there should be some open water to fish. 12/18 09:11
Blue Pit Northwest Rainbow Trout - Good: 1,500 rainbows were stocked. 12/18 09:11
Bluebill Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Bluebill Lake Northwest Ice depth is unknown; may be enough to fish on, yet. 12/18 09:11
Bluebill Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Anglers are having some success fishing for bluegill and crappie near submerged tree clumps. 12/18 09:11
Clear Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Clear Lake Northwest Crappie - Good: Anglers are reporting decent numbers of crappies (10-15) in the deeper water (15-22') of the little lake. Some of the crappies are in the 10-12' range. Anglers should target that last hour of light for the best bite. 12/18 09:11
Clear Lake Northwest Ice is unsafe on the main lake with open water. The little lake is around 4 inches. Use caution as the weather has reduced the ice quality from what it was a week ago. The DNR recommends a minimum of four inches of ice for fishing and a minimum of five inches of ice for ATVs or snowmobiles. Aerators are in use on Clear Lake. 12/18 09:11
Clear Lake Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Yellows have been caught in 8-10 foot of water on the little lake. Size of the catch is split between 5 inches and 8 inches. 12/18 09:11
Crystal Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Crystal Lake Northwest Anglers were stilling fishing on the ice on Dec 13th, but the warmer weather and rain melted some more. Ice is around 4-5 inches. 12/18 09:11
Crystal Lake Northwest Bluegill - Good: Anglers are doing best on the dredge cut (11-13'). Some anglers reporting 8-15 bluegills on a black jig with flecking fished on bottom. Anglers have been keeping fish in the 7.75 to 8.25 inch range. 12/18 09:11
Crystal Lake Northwest Crappie - Fair: Bluegill anglers are picking up a few crappies on bottom in same locations. Some are in the 11 inch range. There is potential that the crappie are out deeper and suspended. 12/18 10:20
East Okoboji Lake Northwest Bluegill - No Report: 12/17 08:00
Iowa River (above Iowa Falls) Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Iowa River (above Iowa Falls) Northwest There has been good open water fishing this week on the Iowa River for walleyes and smallmouth bass from the Dam at Steamboat Rock to Daisy Long Co. Park with jigs and jerkbaits. 12/18 09:11
Iowa River (above Iowa Falls) Northwest Walleye - Good: 12/18 09:14
Lake Catherine Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Lake Catherine Northwest Bluegill - Good: 9 1/2" bluegills were being caught at Lake Catherine on Dec 5th. 12/18 09:11
Lake Cornelia Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Lake Cornelia Northwest Bluegill - Fair: 12/18 09:11
Lake Cornelia Northwest Yellow Bass - Good: Yellows biting in 15-17 foot of water with small jigs with cutbait or waxies. 12/18 09:11
Lake Smith Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Lake Smith Northwest Smith Lake had open water on December 16th, Ice not safe. 12/18 09:11
Lake Smith Northwest Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good. 12/18 09:11
Lake Smith Northwest Crappie - Good: Anglers have been catching crappie. 12/18 09:11
Little Wall Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Little Wall Lake Northwest Crappie - No Report: 12/18 09:11
Little Wall Lake Northwest Ice was 5-6 inches on Dec 9. Fishing has been very slow, water clarity is bad. The aerator is in operation, so beware of thin ice around the aerator (southeast end of the Lake). 12/18 09:11
Lower Pine Lake Northwest For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 12/18 09:11
Lower Pine Lake Northwest No activity on the Pine Lakes because of open water. 12/18 09:11
Lower Pine Lake Northwest Crappie - No Report: 12/18 09:11
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Most lakes opened up last weekend and then refroze. Travel on the ice is not advised. 12/18 11:06
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Storm Lake was wide open as of Tuesday, but now has ice over most of the lake. Travel on the ice is not advised. 12/18 11:18
Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) Northwest Channel Catfish - No Report: 12/18 11:18
West Okoboji Lake Northwest Ice conditions have changed drastically in response to warm weather. Open water has crept back into a majority of the bays. Ice conditions are not consistent and foot traffic is not advised at this time. 12/17 08:00
Big Hollow Lake Southeast For more information on the ice conditions at the above Lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430. 12/17 03:09
Big Hollow Lake Southeast Unsafe ice conditions, that is what little ice there still is. 12/17 03:13
Big Hollow Lake Southeast Bluegill - No Report: 12/17 03:13
Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) Southeast Most areas lost the majority of their ice this week. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 12/18 07:15
Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) Southeast Some anglers were fishing open water this past week. 12/18 07:52
Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) Southeast Walleye - Fair: 12/18 07:52
Central Park Lake Southeast Most areas lost the majority of their ice this week. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 12/18 07:15
Central Park Lake Southeast Much of the lake opened up this week with the exception of protected areas. 12/18 08:01
Coralville Reservoir Southeast Most areas lost the majority of their ice this week. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 12/18 07:15
Coralville Reservoir Southeast On 12/17, the lake was 75% open water. 12/18 07:15
Diamond Lake Southeast Most areas lost the majority of their ice this week. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 12/18 07:15
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