The Ottumwa Courier


December 20, 2013

Southern Iowa Fishing Report

Lake Belva Deer

Ice is about 2.5 inches thick, no anglers out yet. Not safe, thickness is too variable.

Lake Wapello

Most of the lake has frozen over but the ice is not thick enough to support anglers.

Red Haw Lake

The lake has frozen. There is about 3-4 inches of ice. The warmer weather has left a lot of water on top of the ice. Use caution if venturing out because different parts of the lake froze over at different times so the ice is not uniform in thickness.

Lake Sugema

The lake is partially covered with ice but still has quite a bit of open water. The ice that has formed is not capable of supporting anglers at this time. The Tug Forks ponds have 4-5 inches of ice. Some anglers have been out on Tug Forks West and have been catching some bluegills.

Rathbun Reservoir

The coves and bays have some ice but the ice is not thick enough to support anglers at this time. Different areas of the lake have iced up at different times so ice thickness is variable. Use caution when testing ice thickness. The current lake level is 905.07 feet. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. If you have other questions regarding fishing in south central Iowa call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406.

Lake Geode

Ice getting thicker slowly, still unsafe, about 2 inches around the edge; not going out farther to check thickness.

Pollmiller Park Lake

Ice is about 4 inches thick. A few anglers have been out. Be careful around any of the trees and stump fields where the ice will be thinner.

Lake of the Hills

Ice thickness varies, use common sense and test the ice before going out on it. Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park that you can use live minnows as bait. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Trout fishing is sporadic, you need to find the habitat that is holding them they are not at every spot that there is habitat. Bluegill - Fair: Wax worms with ice jigs are the favorites, work the deeper brush piles. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are out with the bluegills but instead of fishing just off the bottom, work a couple feet off the bottom.

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