north edge of Crystal Lake
Amenities at Crystal Lake include:
- Boat Access
- Fishing Jetty
- Picnic Area
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. |
|Bluegill - Good: Fishing seems to be fairly consistent. Bluegill fishing has been good using small jigs tipped with wax worms. Anglers are reporting better success in the shallower water 8' near the edge of the dredged basin.|
|Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing has been fair using minnows at dusk in the deeper water near or on the dropoff of the basin.|
|Walleye - Slow: An occasional walleye may be taken in the deeper water using minnows.|
|Ice thickness is 30 inches.|
Angling is excellent following the renovation completed in 2008. Largemouth bass are very abundant and reaching sizes up to 18 inches. The bluegill fishery is going to shine the next few years. Bluegills are up over 8 inches and anglers can expect good catches of fish between 7 and 9 inches in 2013. Walleye and northern pike will be a nice bonus to anglers as well. Channel catfish should be approaching 20 inches as well.(2013)
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