November 2020 Clear Lake Bait & Tackle welcomes all anglers! 641-231-8028 Share this:Facebook For the best luck, use live minnows fished about a foot off the bottom. For best luck, fish in the main basin in anywhere from 15-20 feet of water. Be prepared to find the cedar tree piles in the lake for best success through the ice. East Okoboji Lake The walleye season is open. Ice Fishing not recommended. May 2015 For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430. The lake also has a small population of large black crappies. Ice anglers are catching bluegill in shallow backwaters using jigs tipped with mousies. The walleye season is open. This will hopefully create more consistent safe ice conditions throughout the great lakes area. The Walleyes are spawning and the Crappies are wanting to come in on the warmer days. Try using jigs tipped with a waxworm fished near deep cedar tree brushpiles for Bluegill up to 8.5 inches. Clint Frey. With current ice surface conditions, ice cleats are recommended. Catch wipers below the Red Rock dam casting jigs baited with shad imitating plastics or shiners. North Twin Lake - Last Updated: 01/21/2021, Black Hawk Lake - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. The road into Big Timber is snow and ice covered. There have been reports of anglers catching bluegill on South Prairie Lake. Many Bluegill can easily be caught, but a lot of sorting may be needed with many fish being 7.5-9 inches. This weekend temperatures should begin to drop with highs in the upper teens and low 20s. Most Mount Ayr district lakes have variable ice conditions ranging from 3-8 inches of ice. The best bite is early morning and late afternoon. The middle of the lake's ice remains thin with standing water during the middle of the day on the warm days. Ice thickness is 6-8 inches. North Prairie Lake - Last Updated: 01/21/2021, Try fishing a dead stick with a minnow on one rod and jigging an ice jig tipped with a waxworm or spike. June 2016 There have been good reports of anglers catching a few walleye on the Cedar River, concentrate on the deeper overwintering holes. For further information contact your area bait and tackle shops. Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids) - Last Updated: 01/20/2021, Central Park Pond - Last Updated: 01/20/2021, Rathbun Reservoir - Last Updated: 01/20/2021, Lake Belva Deer - Last Updated: 01/21/2021, Lost Grove Lake - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. On Jan 20 there was 6 inches of good ice near the boat ramp. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. Ice thickness is 6-8 inches. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. Ice thickness is 7 inches off the boat ramp. I have masks available on the boat for those who want to wear them and also sanitizer for frequent use. November 2017 Ice is reported as 4-8". Ice conditions vary from 6 to 8 inches. Ice thickness varies from 6 to 10 inches. Ice is starting to form but should be considerable unsafe as there is still open water in some areas. Remember to adjust these times based on barometric pressure, and weather changes. The Clear Lake Fishing Club is a non-profit organization promoting the enjoyment and art of fishing in North Central Iowa. Approximately 7 inches of ice at south ramp and beach ramp. Ice conditions currently range from 10-13 inches. Most fish are 6-10" with some 11- 12 inches. Trout are biting on a variety of baits. Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock) - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. District Office at 563-927-3276. The use of full sized vehicles is not recommended. Main channel water temperature is 32 degrees and water clarity is fair. All fishing regulations listed may not reflect the species found in the lake or flowage. February 2019 July 2015 The water temperature is around 34 degrees and the water clarity is good. By clum553946 Water Temp: 68.2 Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility) Report: Fished for 3 nights in front of this weather system with Manny Frias. Electronics are very helpful in locating suspended crappie, South Prairie Lake - Last Updated: 01/21/2021, Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City) - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. Ice conditions remain variable across the lake. Prairie Rose is a top pick for lakes with large bluegills. June 2014 Anglers need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. February 2014 The daytime bite has been very slow. Try using jigs tipped with a waxworm fished near deep cedar tree brushpiles for Crappie up to 9.5 inches. Launching into the tailwater at Bellevue is possible as of Thursday but ice may need to be chipped or moved to launch. Due to inconsistent freezing temperatures lately, many lakes may have irregular ice conditions as well as open holes. The campground arm of the lake remains the thickest (~4 inches) use extreme caution anywhere else on the lake. Followers 460 Catches 24 Spots 23. Little River Watershed Lake - Last Updated: 01/21/2021, Fogle Lake S.W.A. Approximately 7 inches of ice at main boat ramp and Paul Vonn boat ramp. Bacon Creek Lake - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. Ice thickness is 4 to 10 inches. April 2020 Waterfowl have an area of water open to the northwest of the island. The backwaters near Vinton have about 7" of ice. Try using jigs tipped with a waxworm fished in the flooded timber or rockpiles in the upper end of the lake for Bluegill up to 8.5 inches. Fish a small jig in the open areas near the rushes. Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina on ice jigs and waxworms. Try using jigging spoons fished in the flooded timber or rockpiles in the upper end of the lake for Walleye of all sizes. Keepers 10-12" with lots of sorting. Pleasant Creek Lake - Last Updated: 01/20/2021. Also expect thinner ice near the spillway and near any inflows. December 2016 March 2015 The club maintains high standards of fishing ethics and insists its members comply with all state and local fishing regulations. It's been another great season for Clear Lake and my business, and from what I have seen from this years trips and my most recent trips, 2020 is going to be even a better year than 2019. Fish a live chub or shiner just off of the bottom for some great pike action. Try using jigs tipped with a minnow or jigging spoons along the submerged roadbed for Walleye up to 16 inches. On Jan 20 there was around 6 inches of good ice right off the ramp. Walleye – Fair: Try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head near the edge of vegetation. October 2015 The bite has slowed. There have been some boats using the ramp this week. 7-10 inch fish are being picked up in the main basin. Coralville Reservoir - Last Updated: 01/20/2021. Sorting is needed. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Anglers have been out on foot at the north end , mid lake, and near the south end boat ramp. Fish jigging spoons or jig tipped with a minnow in tailwaters of lock and dams. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. Try a minnow or crankbait fished along current breaks. Catch crappies with live minnows or glow jigs tipped with waxworms in the evenings at sunset and after. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885. Use a jigging spoon and minnow to catch the bigger fish. Silver Lake (Worth) - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. Geese are keeping some areas of open water especially near the beach and and dam area. October 2013 Ice is of variable thickness. June 2013 Clear Lake, Iowa Waterproof Map (Fishing Hot Spots) $ 11.95 Quick Links Clear Lake News Clear Lake Photos Clear Lake Videos Ice thickness varies so use caution if venturing out and test thickness often. Three Mile Lake - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. The upper end of the pontoon arm and the south arm has 8 inches of ice. Not many anglers have been fishing. For complete fishing laws and regulations, consult the Wisconsin State Statutes Chapter 29 or the Administrative Code of the Department of Natural Resources. July 2017 Crawford Creek Impoundment - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. Electronics are very helpful in locating suspended crappie. December 2015 Try a jigging spoon with a small minnow or minnow head. Yellows are biting on a variety of baits. Anglers should use caution and check ice thickness often. There was a question regarding Muskies in Clear Lake. There is several inches of poor ice over the clear ice. July 2013 Out on the main body of the lake it's thinner and the thickness is highly variable. Clear Lake Fishing Reports Recently shared catches and fishing spots. 41.0 in. Lake Anita is holding a large number of geese keeping a portion of the lake open. Ice conditions vary across the lake seeing anywhere from 10-13 inches. Approximately 7 inches of ice at the east boat ramp and south boat ramp. August 2014 River stage at Ft. Madison is 525.48 feet. Pike are biting on tip-ups baited with a minnow or shiners in shallow backwater lakes. There are reports of 5-6 inches of ice in Sunset Marina. For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. As of January 21, the ramp at Muscatine was free of ice. Catch walleyes below the Red Rock dam casting jigs baited with shad imitating plastics or shiners. Anglers are able to cross Johnson Slough in the Sny Magill area and many are fishing in Norwegian Lake. Catch trout fishing jigging spoons or panfish jigs tipped with waxworms. Use caution and avoid the creek area. Bussey Lake bite has been fair. September 2015 Angler success has been using a jig and plastic tipped with a minnow slowly retrieved off of the river bottom. Anglers have been out foot traffic only. Mississippi River Pool 11 - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. Ice remains variable but anglers have been out foot traffic only at this time. April 2013 Clear Lake Ice thickness is 10 to 12 inches. Fish are 4-6.5" and being caught on the bottom. About 40 or more years ago, there was a boat livery gentleman who was attempting to introduce Muskie to the Clear Lake waters. Ice fishing is underway in a most of the usual locations. Water levels are currently 6.5 feet at the Lock and Dam and 9.0 feet at the RR bridge. Catch crappies in the evenings fishing live minnows or wax worms on glow jigs in the main lake near roadbeds, brushpiles and the creek channel. The aeration system was turned on 1/13 so there is open water on the SW corner of the lake. Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina. Try the rock pile just off the shoreline from Gunshot Hill. Water temperature is around 34 degrees and the water clarity is good. Best bite is after sunset. Late afternoon bite has been best. I am praying for stability and focus for our government leaders,  and for a quicker overall vaccination for all of us who want it. Fish with wax worms and minnows near the dredge cuts along the west side of the lake. Nodaway has a decent fish population and will provide good fishing this winter. Caution the lake aerator is currently running on the north east side near the nature center. February 2015 WOW, 2020 A year that none of us will ever forget, but one I personally won't keep foremost in my memory. Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine is 4.86 feet and forecasted to stay steady. Ice conditions are around 12.5 inches. Pan fishing has been spotty in many of the bays where many anglers have been able to sight fish in around 10' of water along weed lines. Avoid the open water area by the island, the channel between the little lake and the main lake and use extreme caution if you fish with in the aeration holes boundary. Arrowhead Lake - Last Updated: 01/21/2021, Black Hawk Pits - Last Updated: 01/21/2021. Fish up to 8" are being caught. The City of Bellevue ramp can be accessed as of Thursday but ice chunks may need to be moved or chipped out of the way. April 2020 Fishing Report - Coronavirus Impacts on Iowa fishing, Minnesota panfish regulations Anglers have reported catching keeper sized bluegills. I'm traveling through the great state of Iowa for Ragbrai this week and plan on fishing this lake on Tuesday ...more at some point in the day. Most anglers fishing at Rock Creek and Cattail Slough. The edges have 6", while the main lake is closer to 3". Viking has a very good crappie population that will provide good fishing this winter. Also east of the beach to the jetty has been good if you can find a cedar tree pile. Ice in the east basin is more variable and may have thinner areas. The bite seems to be getting a little more hit and miss as we get farther along in the season. Reports show the best bite is in the afternoon. Tailwater walleye fishing is underway but access to the tailwaters is somewhat difficult as ramps are mainly iced in. April 2015 When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Walleye, White Bass, White Crappie, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed and. Ice thickness on most area lakes has set up well but with the milder winter use extreme caution. Use a variety of methods such as: a small hook with a piece of night crawler or corn fished under a bobber, tube jigs, or a small spinner. Winnebago River The river level is dropping and fishing is picking up. We have been fishing Clear Lake Iowa for the last 3 weeks and the bite has been great. September 2019 The lake has a good population of 8 inch bluegill and 9 inch black crappie. Caution: lake aerator is currently on. There are reports of heaves and thinner ice near the big island. No fishing reports. Use jigs tipped with waxworm fished along deep cedar tree brushpiles for Bluegill up to 8.5 inches. Fish average 8.5 inches. Clear Lake Iowa. Most activity has been towards the North end of the lake around brush. The current lake level is 904.15 msl with 904 msl being recreation pool. Catch bluegills over brushpiles and pallet piles during daylight with waxworms. Try using jigs tipped with a minnow along deep cedar tree brushpiles for Crappie up to 11 inches. Use caution and test ice thickness frequently. Most walleye and sauger angling is now taking place near the lock and dam in 15 to 30 feet of water. Use caution out on the ice and check ice thickness often as you move. Check ice depths frequently. Even though Covid remains a big problem and a big concern, as guides we have been very busy with people wanting to get away and out of their own restricted environment in the big cities. Sorting is necessary for the larger perch. November 2012 Clear Lake Bait and Tackle. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa. Ramps may freeze up with cold temperatures in the forecast. Clear Lake is a 3684 acre natural lake. Ice conditions are around 10 inches but can be variable. Use larger baits and change location to find bigger fish. Fishing Clear Creek, IA on 11/11/2020 will be best from 12:00AM through 12:00AM, and from 12:00AM to 12:00AM. , 2020 a year that none of us will ever forget, but one i personally wo n't keep in. The walleye bite recently has been towards the north end of the dredge cut with a minnow in tailwaters Lock. 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