The Ottumwa Courier

December 27, 2013

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---- — Coralville ReservoirSoutheast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station

Coralville Reservoir Southeast

There are ice thicknesses 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’.

Diamond Lake Southeast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Diamond LakeSoutheast

Bluegill - Good: Look for fish around brush. Try a jig/waxie for 6-8” fish.

Crappie - Fair: Look for suspended fish around brush or open water. Use a jig/waxie for 8-10” fish.

Diamond LakeSoutheast

The lake has 3-6” 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. 12/26 08:28

Hannen LakeSoutheast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Hannen LakeSoutheast

Ice conditions are about 5-6” in MOST areas. Remember, no minnows are allowed here. 12/26 08:28

Bluegill - Fair: Size has been small, but occasionally a larger fish is caught. Fish around brush with a jig/waxie. 12/26 08:28

Crappie - Slow: Look for suspended fish in open water. Fishing early and/or late increase your odds of success.

Iowa LakeSoutheast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

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”. Look for suspended fish in open water or around sunken brush.

Iowa LakeSoutheast

Most of the lake has 3-6” but there is a small portion that has been kept open by geese this week.

Kent Park LakeSoutheast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Kent Park LakeSoutheast

Most of the lake has about 5” of ice right now. The Conservation Education Pond is producing some bluegills as well.

Bluegill - Good: Fish around brush piles with a jig/waxie. Bluegills up to 9” are available here.

Crappie - Fair: Try around the brush with jigs/waxies as well. Most fish are about 9”. 12/26 08:28

Lake MacbrideSoutheast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Much of the lake has 3-5”, but ice thicknesses range from 2-7”. 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 just froze over December 11 due to geese previously keeping it open. Use caution when venturing out. 12/26 08:28

Bluegill - Fair: Fish a jig/waxie around brush, stumps, or rock. Size is marginal with most fish about 5-6”.

Lake MacbrideSoutheast

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.

Lake SugemaSoutheast

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.

Lake WapelloSoutheast

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

Otter Creek LakeSoutheast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Ice thickness is up to 8” 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 1/3 of the lake.

Bluegill - Good: Try around brush in the 10-15’ range. Use a small jig/waxie for fish up to 9”.

Yellow Bass - Fair: Most fish are 7-10”. Try a jig/spoon tipped with a waxie/cutbait near the bottom. Look for these fish around 20’ deep.

Crappie - Slow: A few marginal sized fish are being taken around brush on jigs/waxies.

Pleasant Creek LakeSoutheast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Most of the lake has 3-5” but caution should be used if venturing out.

Pleasant Creek LakeSoutheast

Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are reporting fish up to 10” being picked up around brush on jig/waxies.

Walleye - Fair: Most fish are under 15”, but an occasional “keeper” is being caught. Try small spoons towards evening for best results.

Rathbun Reservoir Southeast

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. Don’t forget Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to clean, drain, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.

Red Haw LakeSoutheast

The lake has froze over. 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.

Sand LakeSoutheast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

This lake is found on the south side of Iowa City on Gilbert Street. Exact ice thicknesses are not known and caution should be used if venturing out.

Crappie - Fair,.

Rainbow Trout - Fair: Trout were stocked here in November. Remember, you need a trout stamp in addition to a fishing license to fish for and possess trout.

Union Grove LakeSoutheast

Recent snowfalls have covered areas that may have unsafe ice. Use caution if venturing out and check ice frequently! For more information, contact Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Most of the lake has 5”+ of ice on it, 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”+ on it and there have been some anglers catching smaller bluegills here.

Ada Hayden Heritage Park LakeSouthwest

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.

Rainbow Trout - Fair: Many of the trout stocked in November remain for ice anglers in the north portion of Ada Hayden. Fish with small live minnows or jigging spoons tipped with waxworms in 15 foot of water or less. 12/24 08:21

Badger Creek LakeSouthwest

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. 12/26 10:54

Most of the lake is frozen over. Ice thickness will vary from 3 to 6 inches. Some areas will still be too thin to support anglers. Check thickness frequently.

Bluegill - No Report

Crappie - Slow: A lot of mid-sized and a few large crappies flooded trees just to the west of the gravel road bridge.

Beaver LakeSouthwest

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.

Beaver LakeSouthwest

Bluegill - Good: Bluegills up to 8 inches are being caught on waxworms around the trees mid lake.

Big Creek Lake 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 Manawa Southwest

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

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

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 PetokaSouthwest

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.

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 LakeSouthwest

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.

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

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.

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

StrokeStyle/$ID/SolidMt. Ayr District Farm Ponds

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.

Most of the traditional ice fishing ponds are producing good numbers of fish. Usually within 2 feet of the bottom is better.

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.

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

The ice is about 5 inches thick.