The Ottumwa Courier


January 31, 2014

Weekly Iowa Fishing Report

Lake Geode

Recent weather has kept the number of anglers very low. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has been pretty slow. Might be the rapid up and down in the weather. Work the bottom edges of the drop-offs to find some fish.

Lake Belva Deer

The nasty weather has kept angler numbers way down. Bluegill - Fair: Catch rates have been down for the few anglers getting out. Look for the fish to still be near the bottom and best luck still early in the morning. Crappie - Fair: The best time for crappies still remains after dark in the evenings.

Lake of the Hills

The weather has kept the ice anglers away. Bluegill - No Report: If you go looking for them work the deeper water around the brush piles using ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms. That was what was working before the weather turned.

For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319)694-2430.

Hannen Lake

Remember, no minnows are allowed here. Bluegill - Fair: Fish around brush. Most fish are on the small side with an occasional nice one. Crappie - Slow: Crappies have been hard to come by. The ones being caught are usually at sunset.

Iowa Lake

The lake has about 12 inches of ice. Bluegill - Slow: Fish around brush with a jig/waxie for fish up to 9 inches. Crappie - Slow: Fish around brush with a jig/waxie for fish up to 10 inches.

Kent Park Lake

Bluegill - Slow: Crappie - Slow:

Lake Macbride

Most of the lake has 8-12 inches of ice. Angling pressure has been down. Bluegill - Fair: Fish around any kind of brush or rock and chances are you will find bluegills. Unfortunately the size is marginal at best. Crappie - Slow: Crappie reports are tough to come by. Fish over/around brush or rock in 12-18 feet of water.

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