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DNR Iowa fishing report

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Ponds in the southwest district have 6 to 10 inches of ice and fishing was good this week. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are finding bluegills in the deepest part of ponds. Move often if fishing is slow. Black Crappie - Fair: The late afternoon bite has been good in larger ponds that support crappie populations. 

Farm Creek Lake
Farm Creek has a good panfish population. Ice

thickness is 10 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Drill holes often to find active bluegill. Fish will average 8.5 inches. Black Crappie - Fair: The crappie bite has been best in the late afternoon and after dark. Fish over the channel for best success. Crappies will average 9.5 inches. 

Greenfield Lake
Greenfield has a good bluegill and crappie population. There has been little fishing activity to report. Ice averages 8 inches. 

Lake Anita
Ice on the main lake averages 10 inches. Most of the activity is in the campground arm. Black Crappie - Fair: Black crappies are hitting minnows starting at dark. Fish will average 9 inches. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is best in the afternoon. Catch fish up to 9.5 inches.

Littlefield Lake
Littlefield has a quality panfish population. Find fish around cedar tree piles. 

Meadow Lake
Meadow Lake has a good panfish population and will provide good fishing this winter. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers report good catches of bluegill in 12 feet of water in the west arm of the lake. Fish will average 8 inches.Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are hitting better in the late afternoon and after dark. Fish will average 9.5 inches. 

Prairie Rose Lake
Prairie Rose has a bluegill and crappie population that should provide some good ice fishing this winter. Ice is 10 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are hitting in the afternoon out from the pump house. Fish will average 8.5 inches. Black Crappie - Good: Black crappie become active just before dark. Fish are 9.5 inches. 

Viking Lake
Viking has a good crappie population. Ice varies from 6 to 9 inches.  Black Crappie - Fair: Fish deep brush piles close to the channel for black crappies up to 9.5 inches. The late afternoon bite is best. Sorting is needed. White Crappie - Fair: White crappies in Viking are larger than the blacks, but fewer in number. Fish over the channel with minnows to find fish up to 14 inches. 

Ice fishing in the Cold Springs District was fair to good last week. Angler reports indicate 7 to 10 inches of ice around the district. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587.
 

Fogle lake S.W.A
Fogle Lake has about 7 inches of ice. Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill up to 7.5 inches with jigs tipped with a waxworm fished along cedar tree brush piles. Black Crappie - Slow: A few crappies up to 10 inches have been caught using jigs tipped with a waxworm fished along cedar tree brush piles. 

Little River Watershed Lake
Little River has 6-9 inches of ice. Geese are keeping some areas of open water, especially north of the dam. Use caution and drill test holes to check ice thickness. Black Crappie - Slow: Catch black crappie up to 12 inches with jigs or minnows fished near creek channels or in the trees. Walleye - Slow: Catch walleye up to 22 inches using jigs or minnows fished near creek channels or in the trees. 

Summit Lake
Summit Lake has about 7 inches of ice. Yellow Perch - Slow: Catch yellow perch up to 10 inches with minnows fished in the creek channel or near cedar tree brush piles. 


Twelve Mile Creek Lake has about 8 inches of ice. Yellow Perch - Slow: Catch yellow perch up to 10 inches using minnows fished along rock piles or along the roadbed. Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill up to 7.5 inches with jigs tipped with a waxworm fished along rock piles, cedar tree brush piles, or along the roadbed. Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappie up to 8.5 inches using jigs tipped with a waxworm or minnow fished along rock piles or along the roadbed. 


West Lake Osceola has 7-9 inches of ice. Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappie up to 10 inches with jigs fished in the main basin or along creek channels. 

Most Mount Ayr district lakes have 6-9 inches of ice.Ice thickness has been variable, so drill test holes and check ice thickness often.Geese are keeping some areas of lakes open.For more information, please contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.

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