The Ottumwa Courier


December 20, 2013

Southern Iowa Fishing Report


Pleasant Creek Lake

Most of the lake has 3-5 inches but caution should be used if venturing out. Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are reporting fish up to 10 inches being picked up around brush on jig/waxies. Walleye - Fair: Most fish are less than 15 inches, but an occasional keeper is being caught. Try small spoons towards evening for best results.

Diamond Lake

The lake has 3-6 inches with the exception of a small area that just froze over due to past goose activity. The dam area has the best ice currently, but caution should be used when venturing out. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Good: Look for fish around brush. Try a jig/waxie for 6-8 inches fish. Crappie - Fair: Look for suspended fish around brush or open water. Use a jig/waxie for 8-10 inches fish.

Otter Creek Lake

Ice thickness is up to 7 inches but there is still a section of open water from geese activity. Caution should be used if venturing out. Most anglers are fishing the south third of the lake. Bluegill - Good: Try around brush with a jig/waxie for fish up to 9 inches. Yellow Bass - Fair: Most fish are 7-9 inches. Try a jig/waxie or small spoon near the bottom.

Union Grove Lake

Most of the lake has 4 inches plus of ice, with the exception of the center of the lake which is open due to geese activity. The aeration unit has not been turned on yet. No fishing reports are available. The silt pond has 5 inches plus on it and there have been some anglers catching smaller bluegills here.

Coralville Reservoir

Ice thickness is up to 6 inches in places, but much less in others. Many areas are not safe. Use extreme caution if venturing out and check ice frequently. The CORPS has completed the lowering of the lake down to a level of 683.3 feet.

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