Ice Fishing Season Underway
The frigid temperatures prior to Christmas have helped firm up ice condtions on many area lakes, but ice anglers are adivsed to always check the ice before venturing out.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued the accomplanying chart as a guideline for venturing onto lakes during the winter months.
Locally, anglers are reminded that aeration systems are in place and operating on Five Island Lake in Emmetsburg and at Ingham and High Lake near Wallingford. Subsequently, there may be areas of open water and thinner ice in relation to the aeration systems on these lakes.
This is the Dec. 26 fishing report for Northwest Iowa as provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Spirit Lake (Dickinson): Crappies are being caught at Trickles Slough and Anglers Bay along weed edges and openings with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms. Bluegills are biting in Angler’s Bay along the weed beds and open areas on small ice jigs tipped with live-bait or plastics. Fish along weed beds or rock reefs using ice jigs tipped with wax worms, plastics, or minnows for yellow perch. Walleyes are biting along the weed lines and rock reefs in the evening using jigging lures tipped with live bait. Fish along weed-lines with jigging lures or with live-bait for northern pike
West Okoboji Lake (Dickinson): Fishing on the main lake and bays has been slow due to recent snow that has blocked many access points on the lake. Fish in the canals with small jigs tipped with wax-worms or plastics for bluegills and crappies, and in Smiths Bay for bluegills.
Upper Gar (Dickinson): Panfish are biting on small ice jigs tipped with wax worms and fished over weed beds or near docks.
Minnewashta (Dickinson): Fish along weed beds with small ice jigs tipped with wax-worms or plastics for panfish.
East Okoboji Lake (Dickinson): Walleyes are being caught on jigging lures tipped with minnows fished at rock bars in the evening.
Center Lake (Dickinson): Fish in the evening with jigging lures tipped with live-bait for walleyes.
Storm Lake (Buena Vista County): Anglers are catching a few perch.
Crawford Creek (Ida County): Bluegill fishing is slow.
Clear Lake (Cerro Gordo): Yellow bass are biting in the Farmer’s Beach area at dawn using a small jig tipped with bait. A few walleyes are being caught at this time as well. Thick snow cover on the lake is making access difficult.
Brushy Creek (Webster): Ice conditions are fair at the north end of the lake, while on other areas the ice is unsafe. There is about 4 to 6 inches of snow on the lake. Bluegills have been hitting on wax worms and some crappies have been caught on minnows at the north end boat ramp area.
For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Department of Natural Resources regional office at the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.