The Ottumwa Courier


December 20, 2013

Southern Iowa Fishing Report


Wilson Lake

Ice still thin, unsafe conditions.

Big Hollow Lake

There is about 3 inches of poor quality ice. Nobody has been out yet. Give it a while to get some good ice before going out on it. 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

Ice conditions are about 5-6 inches in most areas. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Fair: Size has been small, but occasionally a larger fish is caught. Fish around brush with a jig/waxie. Crappie - Slow: Look for suspended fish in open water. Fishing early and/or late increase your odds of success.

Iowa Lake

Most of the lake has 3-6 inches but there is a small portion that has been kept open by geese this week. Bluegill - Good: Most fish have been on the small side. Fish around brush with a jig/waxie. Crappie - Excellent: Good reports of crappie are coming in. Most fish will be about 9 inches. Look for suspended fish in open water or around sunken brush.

Kent Park Lake

Most of the lake has about 4 inches of ice. The Conservation Education Pond is producing some bluegills as well. Bluegill - Good: Fish around brush piles with a jig/waxie. Bluegills up to 9 inches are available here. Crappie - Fair: Try around the brush with jigs/waxies as well. Most fish are about 9 inches.

Lake Macbride

Much of the lake has 3-5 inches, but ice thickness ranges from 2-7 inches. The protected bays and shallower areas are obviously the best ice, while open areas with deeper water are poorest. There is a section between the beach and the highlines that froze over Dec. 11 due to geese previously keeping it open. Use caution when venturing out. Bluegill - Fair: Fish a jig/waxie around brush, stumps, or rock. Size is marginal with most fish about 5-6 inches. Crappie - Fair: Most fish have been smaller black crappies. A few nicer white crappies are being caught occasionally. Anglers are trying both rock and brush piles. The south arm and around the main ramp have been the most popular. Walleye - Slow: A few smaller walleyes are being reported.

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