The Ottumwa Courier


December 13, 2013

The Southeast Iowa Fishing Report

Lake Geode

Unsafe ice. Still had some open water at the end of last week.

Lake Belva Deer

Ice as of Wednesday about 2 inches thick. No anglers because of thin ice.

Wilson Lake

Ice still thin, unsafe conditions. Cold weather has set in and ice is forming but most of our ice is still a little on the thin side. For more information call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at 319-694-2430.

Hannen Lake

Latest ice reports are 4-6 inches in most areas but caution should still be used. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Fair:

Iowa Lake

Most of the lake has 3-5 inches but there is a small portion that has been kept open by geese this week. No angling activity has been reported yet.

Lake Macbride

The lake refroze on December 6. Much of the lake has 3-5 inches, but ice thicknesses range from 1-6 inches. The protected bays and shallower areas are obviously the best, while open areas with deeper water are poorest. There is a section between the beach and the high lines that just froze over December 11 due to geese previously keeping it open. The following are ice thicknesses at each of the boat ramps: Main Ramp 4 ½ inches, Opie Ave Ramp five inches, Primitive Campground Ramp six inches, Anglers Point Ramp three inches.

Pleasant Creek Lake

The lake just refroze Dec. 6. Most of the lake has 3-5 inches but caution should be used if venturing out. There have been a few anglers trying the more protected areas but no fishing reports are available.

Diamond Lake

The lake has 2-6 inches with the exception of a small area of open water from geese activity. The dam area has the best ice currently, but caution should be used when venturing out. The East Pond has 3-4 inches of ice on it. There has been no fishing activity yet so no fishing reports are available.

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