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Our weekly fishing report is broken down by counties or regions – Northwest, Northeast, Mississippi River, Southeast and Southwest.

You can check the activity of your favorite lake or stretch of river within each region, including which species are being caught, a rating of the bite (slow, fair, good or excellent), as well as a hot bait or lure pattern.

Fishing reports may include information on stream or river flows (and if it is rising or dropping), ice conditions, depths that fish are biting (watch for trends if this changes), or safety issues like if the water suddenly becomes shallow in spots.




Fishing Podcasts

Each month, Jeff Kopaska of the Iowa DNR and Ross Peterson from KXnO Sports Fanatics get together to talk about fishing opportunities, seasons and events in Iowa and around the Midwest. They are often joined by other DNR staff and guest speakers.

The links below are the podcast recordings of their conversations, and can also be found on the iHeartRadio app.

 

January 2021 Fishing Report - Kevan Paul joins us to talk about ice fishing on Clear Lake

February 20201 Fishing Report -  fishing in community ponds, plus hybrid striped bass in Big Creek, and the hot yellow perch bite at Clear Lake

 

January 2020 Fishing Report - Great Lakes Salmon

February 2020 Fishing Report - Andy Fales joins us to talk about Boundary Waters fishing, plus local fishing information

March 2020 Fishing Report - Local fishing, plus a conversation with Ben Wallace about Brushy Creek, Storm Lake and Black Hawk Lake

April 2020 Fishing Report - Coronavirus Impacts on Iowa fishing, Minnesota panfish regulations

The Mighty Mississippi River - Kirk Hansen talks about habitat restoration projects on the Mississippi River

May 2020 Fishing Report - Dr. Mark Pegg, Fisheries Ecologist, shares his channel catfish radio telementry research on the Red River of the North; crappie and bluegill fishing hot spots and tips

June 2020 Fishing Report - Clear Lake fishing trip; fishing in community ponds; where to catch Master Angler size fish

July 2020 Fishing Report - Chad Dolan joins us to talk about the science of electrofishing and turtle studies; plus local fishing information

August 2020 Fishing Report -  Jason Schooley from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation joins us to talk about their assault on the paddlefish record books, and the legend of "the big one" from Okoboji from over a century ago; plus local fishing hot spots. 

September 2020 Fishing Report - Shane Akin joins us to talk about musky fishing on the Iowa Great Lakes; plus local fishing information, river fishing tips and stocking channel catfish in community fishing ponds and lakes across Iowa

October 2020 Fishing Report - Dr. Scott Bonar, professor of natural resources at the University of Arizona, joins us to discuss how climate change is affecting fish and their habitats across the United States and the world; plus fall fish stockings and hot spots for fall fishing

November 2020 Fishing Report -  Robbie Weber, former ISU grad student, joins us to talk about musky and walleye at Big Creek and Brushy Creek; plus community trout stockings and fall river fishing

December 2020 Fishing Report - Keith Meals, Mississippi fisheries biologist, joins us to talk about crappie managment and fishing in the big four flood control reservoirs; plus getting ready for ice fishing

 

January 2019 Fishing Report - Jeff Kopaska reports on his fishing trip to Clear Lake, Scott Grummer joins to talk ice fishing opportunities in north central Iowa

February 2019 Fishing Report - Ice fishing opportunities across Iowa

April 2019 Fishing Report - big fish/internet legends from Davenport, how to best handle the fish you are keeping to eat

May 2019 Fishing Report - River monsters (lake sturgeon) below Red Rock, walleyes at Big Creek and Brushy Creek

June 2019 Fishing Report - Free fishing weekend, fish stories from 100 year olds, fish local information, DNR fishing atlas

July 2019 Fishing Report - Pond fishing info, urban fishing opportunities

August 2019 Fishing Report - Summer family fishing trips, how to fish the thermocline

September 2019 Fishing Report - Upcoming Professional Musky Tournament Trail event at Okoboji, with Corey Montgomery

October 2019 Fishing Report - National Musky Tournament and Taneycomo Trout

November 2019 Fishing Report - Pheasant opener, fall sampling at Big Creek and Brushy Creek (big muskies and walleyes), trout stocking and more

December 2019 Fishing Report - Ben Schneider joins us to talk about hunting for reindeer on a remote Alaskan island

 

January 2018 Fishing Report - Ice fishing safety, ice fishing tips

February 2018 Fishing Report - Lots of ice fishing, Lake Miami by Albia, Littlefield Lake, DNR Fishing atlas, new ponds in Altoona, Fishermen’s Swap Meet

March 2018 Fishing Report - Community fishing atlas, getting ready for open water

April 2018 Fishing Report - Local fishing in Des Moines, trout stocking

May 2018 Fishing Report - Post-sampling information about Big Creek and Brushy Creek, big muskies, community fishing program, Fort Des Moines pond, walleye opener at Okoboji

June 2018 Fishing Report - Free Fishing Weekend, fishing at Prairie Rose and Big Creek, more great spots to fish

July 2018 Fishing Report - What to do with all the high water, how do we fish these conditions

August 2018 Fishing Report - Mick Klemesrud talks about the August Roadside Survey, pheasant hunting, fishing downtown Des Moines, statewide hot spots, fishing for hot weather bluegills

September 2018 Fishing Report - Why there are slot limits, grass carp stocking and fishing

October 2018 Fishing Report - Trout stocking in Iowa, hunting seasons with Mick Klemesrud

November 2018 Fishing Report - Ice fishing outlook for the Iowa Great Lakes with Mike Hawkins

December 2018 Fishing Report - "50 fish" goals from Scott Gritters

 

 

November 2017 Fishing Report- How to catch fish when the water cools down, Big Creek and Brushy Creek report, prep for winter ice fishing

December 2017 Fishing Report - Ice fishing information, fishing Christmas gifts

 

 

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Brinker Lake Northeast Ice thickness on most area lakes is most likely safe but with the recent warmer temps use extreme caution. Lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area are producing few catches of both bluegill and crappie but fishing has been slow. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/24 12:44
Brinker Lake Northeast There have been a few reports of anglers catching crappie in Brinker Lake. 02/24 01:20
Brinker Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing a dead stick with a minnow on one rod and jigging an ice jig tipped with a waxworm or spike. Electronics are very helpful in locating suspended crappie. 02/24 01:21
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Ice thickness on most area lakes is most likely safe but with the recent warmer temps use extreme caution. Lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area are producing few catches of both bluegill and crappie but fishing has been slow. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/24 12:44
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Anglers have been catching both bluegill and crappie on Casey Lake. Ice thickness is around eight inches or more over most of lake. 02/24 12:44
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Try fishing with a jig tipped with a minnow around sunken structure. 02/24 12:44
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) Northeast Bluegill - Good: Fish just off of the bottom with an ice jig tipped with a waxworm. 02/24 12:44
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Take advantage of this weekends heat wave. Temperatures may reach 30 degrees. Chance of snow Saturday. Ice depths vary on area rivers especially areas with current. Check ice depths often. Ice depths on area Lakes are greater than 10 inches with 8 plus inches of snow. 2021 licenses available now. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/18 08:47
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Backwaters have 6-10 inches ice. Ice depth varies in areas with current. 02/18 08:47
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Bluegill - Slow: A few gills caught while targeting crappie. Use small pieces of bait and lures. 02/18 08:47
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Nice size crappie found in deeper holes out of current. Minnows best for crappies. 02/18 08:47
Cedar River (above Nashua) Northeast Walleye - Slow: Use live bait for success. Find an eddy or deeper pool. 02/18 08:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast Take advantage of this weekends heat wave. Temperatures may reach 30 degrees. Chance of snow Saturday. Ice depths vary on area rivers especially areas with current. Check ice depths often. Ice depths on area Lakes are greater than 10 inches with 8 plus inches of snow. 2021 licenses available now. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/18 08:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brook Trout - Good: Fish pool edges and heads using flies imitating prey drifting down. On sunny afternoons, fish the hatch. 02/18 08:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Use tackle imitating forage fish and fish the edge of a weed bed or large rock. 02/18 08:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast Rainbow Trout - Good: Get tackle in front of fish and imitate prey movements. Minnow, worm, midge, and caddis flies work well this time of year. 02/18 08:47
Decorah District Streams Northeast Streams are very clear with about 6-8 inches of snow in places. Don't forget to purchase a 2021 trout fee and license. Iowa's trout season remains open all year. Many streams maintain excellent populations of Brown Trout and stocked catchable size Rainbow Trout. Many flow through wildlife management areas. Use care when parking along road if a parking area isn't plowed. 02/18 08:47
George Wyth Lake Northeast Ice thickness on most area lakes is most likely safe but with the recent warmer temps use extreme caution. Lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area are producing few catches of both bluegill and crappie but fishing has been slow. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/24 12:44
George Wyth Lake Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing a dead stick with a minnow on one rod and jigging an ice jig tipped with a waxworm or spike. Electronics are very helpful in locating suspended crappie. 02/24 12:44
George Wyth Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Fish just off of the bottom with an ice jig tipped with a waxworm. 02/24 12:44
George Wyth Lake Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Anglers are catching some quality northern pike on tip-up rigs. Fish a live chub or shiner just off of the bottom for some great pike action. 02/24 12:44
George Wyth Lake Northeast There have been reports of anglers catching panfish and northern pike on George Wyth Lake. Please use extreme caution as there have also been reports of thin ice on areas of the lake with the recent warmer weather. 02/24 12:44
Lake Hendricks Northeast Take advantage of this weekends heat wave. Temperatures may reach 30 degrees. Chance of snow Saturday. Ice depths vary on area rivers especially areas with current. Check ice depths often. Ice depths on area Lakes are greater than 10 inches with 8 plus inches of snow. 2021 licenses available now. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/18 08:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Black Crappie - Fair: Minnows work best for crappie. Fish deeper water. 02/18 08:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Use a waxworm or spike on a small jig under a bobber. Find brush piles. 02/18 08:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Lake has 12 inches of ice and about 6 inches of snow. Open water around the aerator. Use caution around this area. No motorized vehicles allowed on the ice. 02/18 08:47
Lake Hendricks Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Concentrate effort along rock reefs or brush piles. 02/18 08:47
Lake Meyer Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Best bite on overcast days. Use small jig tipped with waxworm or spike. Activity picking up. Look for fish in 12-15ft. water. 02/18 08:47
Lake Meyer Northeast Ice depths 12 inches with 8 inches snow. Check depths often. Clarity excellent with 15 ft. visibility. Use care when walking to your favorite ice fishing hole. 02/18 08:47
Lake Meyer Northeast Take advantage of this weekends heat wave. Temperatures may reach 30 degrees. Chance of snow Saturday. Ice depths vary on area rivers especially areas with current. Check ice depths often. Ice depths on area Lakes are greater than 10 inches with 8 plus inches of snow. 2021 licenses available now. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/18 08:47
Lake Meyer Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: 02/18 08:47
Manchester District Streams Northeast Ice thickness on most area lakes is most likely safe but with the recent warmer temps use extreme caution. Lakes in and around the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area are producing few catches of both bluegill and crappie but fishing has been slow. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. All field stations and fish hatcheries remain closed at this time, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276. 02/24 12:44
Manchester District Streams Northeast All area Manchester trout streams are in excellent condition and hold vast populations of brown trout. 02/24 12:44
Manchester District Streams Northeast Brown Trout - Good: Spring branch Creek is a favorite amongst anglers for quality and trophy sized brown trout. 02/24 12:44
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Heavy snow cover has made access to ice fishing difficult and oxygen levels poor. Fish are suspending just under the surface. Ice thickness ranges from a 12-18 inches. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit 6. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Crappie bite is best in shallow backwaters fishing just below the ice surface. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Ice anglers are catching bluegill in shallow backwaters using jigs tipped with mousies 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Some reports of largemouth biting on tip-ups baited with minnows in backwaters. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Lynxville water is 614.2 feet. Anglers should use caution on snow covered ice in areas with current. Johnson Slough at Sny Magill ramp is frozen and accessible. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: Pike are biting on tip-ups baited with a minnow or shiners in shallow backwater lakes. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of lock and dam has been effective. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Walleye - Slow: The bite has slowed. Fish jigging spoons or jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of lock and dams. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 10 Northeast Yellow Perch - Slow: Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Heavy snow cover has made access to ice fishing difficult and oxygen levels poor. Fish are suspending just under the surface. Ice thickness ranges from a 12-18 inches. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit 6. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Sauger - Slow: Vertical jigging with jigs in tailwaters of lock and dam has been effective. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Walleye - Slow: The bite has slowed. Fish jigging spoons or jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of lock and dams. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Water level at Guttenberg is 6.0 feet. Anglers should use caution on snow covered ice in current areas and edges. Ice anglers have been catching panfish at Mud Lake and Zollicoffers. Use caution and avoid the creek area. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Black Crappie - Good: Crappie bite is best in shallow backwaters fishing just below the ice surface. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Ice anglers are catching bluegill in shallow backwaters using jigs tipped waxworms. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some reports of largemouth biting on tip-ups baited with minnows in backwaters. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 11 Northeast Northern Pike - Slow: Pike are biting on tip-ups baited with a minnow or shiners in shallow backwater lakes. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: The winter doldrums have hit for ice fishing and most anglers only report poor to fair catch rates. Anglers are using wax worms and tungsten jigs. For the most part, ice conditions are decent but never assume good ice anywhere. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Northern Pike - Good: Some nice pike were reported earlier this ice fishing season by anglers using minnows on tip ups. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast The water level is expected to hold steady this week. Water levels are currently 5.6 feet at the Lock and Dam and 8.2 feet at the RR bridge. The water temperature is around 33 degrees and the water clarity is good. Due to extreme cold very little ice fishing was noted in the past two weeks. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 12 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel is near freezing and water level is stable throughout the district. Tailwater ramps are iced in throughout the district. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: The winter doldrums have hit for ice fishing and most anglers only report poor to fair catch rates. Anglers are using wax worms and tungsten jigs. For the most part, ice conditions are decent but never assume good ice anywhere. Most Pool 13 ice fishing is taking place near the Sabula area backwaters. Due to extreme cold very little ice fishing was noted this week. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Good: Lots of bass are being caught by anglers using tip ups and minnows this winter. Most ice fishing pressure is around the Sabula backwaters. Ice conditions in Browns Lake were reported as marginal in a few locations a few weeks ago but may have improved. Please be cautious when angling in this lake. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast The water level at the Bellevue Lock and Dam is holding steady at 6.1 feet. Water temperature is around 33 degrees and the water clarity is good. The Bellevue City ramp finally iced in due to the recent cold snap. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 13 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel is near freezing and water level is stable throughout the district. Tailwater ramps are iced in throughout the district. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: The winter doldrums have hit for ice fishing and most anglers only report poor to fair catch rates. Anglers are using wax worms and tungsten jigs. For the most part, ice conditions are decent but never assume good ice anywhere. Ice fishing activity is concentrated in the Rock Creek and Cattail Slough backwaters. Due to extreme cold very little ice fishing was noted this week. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast The water levels at the Fulton Lock and Dam is holding steady and currently at 5.4 feet, Camanche is at 9.5 feet and Leclaire is at 4.9 feet. Water temperature is around 33 degrees clarity is good. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 14 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel is near freezing and water level is stable throughout the district. Tailwater ramps are iced in throughout the district. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast The water level at Rock Island is receding at 6.6 feet. The water temperature his near 33 degrees and water clarity is good. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 15 Northeast Water temperature in the main channel is near freezing and water level is stable throughout the district. Tailwater ramps are iced in throughout the district. If you have angling questions please call the Bellevue Fisheries Station at 563-880-8781. 02/18 09:06
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Heavy snow cover has made access to ice fishing difficult and oxygen levels poor. Fish are suspending just under the surface. Ice thickness ranges from a 12-18 inches. Walleye slot length limits now apply on the entire Mississippi River. All walleyes less than 15 inches long and between 20-27 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 27 inches may be kept. Combined walleye/sauger daily limit 6. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Lansing water level has dropped to 7.4 feet. Anglers should use caution on snow covered ice and shoreline edges. Fish are suspending just below the ice surface. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Black Crappie - Slow: Crappie bite is best in shallow backwaters fishing just below the ice surface. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Ice anglers are catching bluegill in shallow backwaters using jigs tipped with mousies. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Largemouth Bass - Slow: Some reports of largemouth biting on tip-ups baited with minnows in backwaters. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Northern Pike - No Report: Pike are biting on tip-ups baited with a minnow or shiners in shallow backwater lakes. 02/18 10:03
Mississippi River Pool 9 Northeast Yellow Perch - Fair: Look for perch hanging above vegetation from 4 to 12 feet of water with jig and a minnow. 02/18 10:03
Volga Lake Northeast Take advantage of this weekends heat wave. Temperatures may reach 30 degrees. Chance of snow Saturday. Ice depths vary on area rivers especially areas with current. Check ice depths often. Ice depths on area Lakes are greater than 10 inches with 8 plus inches of snow. 2021 licenses available now. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. 02/18 08:47
Volga Lake Northeast Bluegill - Fair: Use small brightly colored jig tipped with a waxworm or spike under a bobber. Keep lure 1 to 2 ft. off bottom. A little wiggle goes a long way. 02/18 08:47
Volga Lake Northeast Lake has about 12 inches of ice capped with 6 inches of snow. Use caution when going on ice. Check depths often. Best times to fish are morning and dusk. 02/18 08:47
Arrowhead Lake Northwest Ice thickness in district lakes and ponds is between 11-18 inches with the occasional seam or thin ice in the main basins. Ice is covered with snow. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/18 09:50
Arrowhead Lake Northwest There is 11 inches of ice in front of the boat ramp. 02/18 09:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Use wax worms and small live minnows. Sorting is needed. Fish 8-10" reported. Bite has been hit or miss. 02/18 09:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Use a waxworm on a small jig fished in 3-6 feet of water. Sorting is needed with some fish up to 8". 02/18 09:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Ice thickness in district lakes and ponds is between 11-18 inches with the occasional seam or thin ice in the main basins. Ice is covered with snow. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/18 09:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Ice thickness is 13 inches in front of the Ice House Point boat ramp. There is open water in Town Bay from the winter aeration system. Ice in the east basin may have thinner areas. Most angling activity has been near the Ice House Point boat ramp and near the Gunshot Hill shoreline. Ice is thinner in the inlet bridge bay. Avoid ice near the bridge. 02/18 09:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Walleye - Slow: 02/18 09:50
Black Hawk Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish the SW portion of the lake in the areas between Provost Point, Denison Beach, and Ice House Point. May have to move to find fish. Use waxworms or live minnows on a small jig. Fish are 6-12 inches. 02/18 09:50
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice thickness in district lakes and ponds is between 11-18 inches with the occasional seam or thin ice in the main basins. Ice is covered with snow. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/18 09:50
Black Hawk Pits Northwest Ice thickness is 11 inches at the boat ramp. 02/18 09:50
Blue Pit Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/18 08:34
Blue Pit Northwest Rainbow Trout - Excellent: 02/18 08:34
Blue Pit Northwest Trout are biting on a variety of baits. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily bag limit is 5. 02/18 08:34
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Ice thickness in district lakes and ponds is between 11-18 inches with the occasional seam or thin ice in the main basins. Ice is covered with snow. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 02/18 09:50
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Beware of thinner ice and slushy areas from a pressure ridge in the middle of the lake that starts near the fishing jetty just south of the east boat ramp. There is thinner ice near the swimming beach. The best ice conditions which are around 12 inches can be found at the north end and near the big island by the southeast boat ramp. Drill test holes often and use caution as ice on Brushy Creek is always inconsistent. 02/18 09:50
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have had luck in 10-20 feet of water. 02/18 09:50
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Walleye - Fair: Fish are still being picked up with a jigging spoon and small minnow or minnow head. Try areas with up to 25 feet of depth to find fish. 02/18 09:50
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers continue to pick up fish in 10-20 feet of water using minnows or waxworms. Sorting is needed but keepers are 10-12 inches. 02/18 09:50
Brushy Creek Lake Northwest Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill have been picked up in 20 ft of water using waxworms. 02/18 10:01
Center Lake Northwest Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with conditions ranging from 18-22 inches. Recent temperatures have created safer ice conditions, allowing the use of some full sized vehicles, but people should still use caution and check conditions before driving out. Caution: there are still many seams throughout the lakes area as well as a few holes that have been kept open due to geese activity. The extended forecast calls for warmer temperatures again, so fishing should hopefully pickup. 02/18 10:07
Center Lake Northwest Caution: lake aerator is currently in use. Ice conditions are around 16.5 inches. 02/18 10:07
Center Lake Northwest The walleye season is currently closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. are fully iced up with conditions ranging from 18-22 inches. Recent temperatures have created safer ice conditions, allowing the use of some full sized vehicles, but people should still use caution and check conditions before driving out. Caution: there are still many seams throughout the lakes area as well as a few holes that have been kept open due to geese activity. 02/22 01:01
Center Lake Northwest Caution: lake aerator is currently in use. Ice conditions are around 16.5 inches. 02/22 01:01
Clear Lake Northwest Black Crappie - Slow: Look for suspended fish along the dredge cuts. 02/18 08:34
Clear Lake Northwest For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. 02/18 08:34
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