The Ottumwa Courier

December 27, 2013

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Ottumwa Courier

---- — Lake Manawa Southwest Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies around Boy Scout Island and Tin Can Dike using minnows or wax worms.

Lake Manawa Southwest Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Slow: An occasional wiper is being caught on Tin Can Dike. The fish reported were 14 to 16 inches.

Lake Manawa Southwest Channel Catfish - Slow: Channel catfish can be caught on the bottom with wax worms. Most of the catfish are being caught north of the beach.

Lake Petoka Southwest Central Iowa ice conditions are good. Ice thickness on most ponds and lakes is 6 to 9 inches. For questions on fishing central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.

Lake Petoka Southwest Rainbow Trout - Good: Trout stocked in the fall remain to be targeted by ice anglers. Use jigging spoons tipped with waxworms. The very clear water can allow for sight fishing during the day.

Little River Watershed Lake Southwest Ice fishing is picking up. Farm ponds and small lakes are popular and the larger lakes have better fishing after dark. Ice conditions can vary. Small water bodies will have 5 to 7 inches and the larger ones will have less. Be careful.

Little River Watershed Lake Southwest Bluegill - Fair: A few anglers have found some bluegills near the creek channel just west of the campground.

Little River Watershed Lake Southwest The lake has most areas with 4 inches of ice. Nearby areas may less or recently frozen. Check thickness often.

Littlefield Lake Southwest Ice conditions range from 4 to 9 inches in the southwest district. Drill holes often when venturing out on a lake as four inches is the minimum for safe ice fishing. For more information on lakes in the S.W. district call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.

Littlefield Lake Southwest Ice thickness varies from 4 to 7 inches. There is a good year class of quality size crappies present in the lake.

Littlefield Lake Southwest Bluegill - Slow: Eight inch bluegills can be caught in 8 to 10 feet of water with wax worms.

Mt. Ayr District Farm Ponds Southwest Ice fishing is picking up. Farm ponds and small lakes are popular and the larger lakes have better fishing after dark. Ice conditions can vary. Small water bodies will have 5 to 7 inches and the larger ones will have less. Be careful.

Mt. Ayr District Farm Ponds Southwest Most of the traditional ice fishing ponds are producing good numbers of fish. Usually within 2 feet of the bottom is better.

Mt. Ayr District Farm Ponds Southwest Bluegill - Good: Wax worms within 2 feet of the bottom are catching several nice bluegills.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir Southwest Ice fishing is picking up. Farm ponds and small lakes are popular and the larger lakes have better fishing after dark. Ice conditions can vary. Small water bodies will have 5 to 7 inches and the larger ones will have less. Be careful.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir Southwest Bluegill - Good: A lot of keeper sized bluegills are coming from the tree pile lying just off of the center of the dam.

Mt. Ayr Old Reservoir Southwest The ice is about 5 inches thick.