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Clear Lake: The Lake is about fifty percent ice free. No fishing activity reported this week.

Lower Pine Lake: The lake is ice free. The docks are not in.

Winnebago River: The river level is currently two feet high. Now is the time to target pike. Fish areas with current breaks.

Cedar River (above Nashua): Levels falling with improved clarity. Rain chance through weekend with temperatures variable 40's to 50's and breezy. Area streams and rivers are falling with clarity improving as majority of snow is melted. Channel Catfish - Good: Use dead chubs fished in the impoundments or slack water areas. Keep bait on river bottom. Walleye - Fair: A few keeper size walleyes taking bait. Try a jig tipped a nightcrawler for best luck.

Black Hawk Lake: Water temperatures are in the low 40's. Open water fishing has just begun. Town Bay, Ice House Point, the inlet bridge, and areas near the outlet are popular shore fishing areas to try as water temperatures warm up.

Black Hawk Pits: Open water fishing has just started. Water temperatures are in the low 40's. Look for shore fishing action with warming water temperatures. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been picking up some crappie. Black Hawk pits are open.

Brushy Creek Lake: Open water fishing has just started. Water temperatures are in the low 40's. Look for shore fishing action with warming water temperatures.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake): Storm Lake is ice free with water temperatures in the low 40's. Open water fishing has just begun. Look for shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures warm. White Bass - Fair. Black Crappie - Fair: Picking up crappie in the marina. Walleye - Fair: A few are being caught. Walleye action will pick up as water temperatures warm and fish move close to shore. Expect walleye spawning activity starting next week.

East Okoboji Lake:  No fishing activity, some lakes remain ice covered, look for ice free conditions soon. Channel Catfish - Good: Prime time is here as ice out provides an excellent bite using traditional CC baits. Fish twilight and after dark as the fish will be on the feed bag and will provide plenty of "pole bending" action that is sure to satisfy the angler.

Decorah District Streams:  Rain chance through weekend with temperatures variable 40's to 50's and breezy. Area streams and rivers are falling with clarity improving as majority of snow is melted. Brook Trout - Good: Midges hatching on sunny afternoons. If trout chasing minnows at tails of riffles, try using a streamer or minnow imitating lure. Brown Trout - Good: Blue wing olives hatching mid-afternoon. Fish hitting just below surface. Nymph fishing might work best for these fish. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Many stocked rainbows from last season waiting to be caught. Use a minnow or worm under a bobber for best luck. Trout streams are in good condition. Gravel roads soft by afternoon as frost comes out. Catchable trout stocking season in full swing. Trucks stock as many spots as possible.

Lake Hendricks: Open water quickly taking over ice. Rain chance through weekend with temperatures variable 40's to 50's and breezy. Area streams and rivers are falling with clarity improving as majority of snow is melted. Fishing from shoreline is best especially in shallow areas. 

Lake Meyer:  The lake is about two-thirds covered with ice and opening more every day. Open areas from boat ramp to the jetty. Anglers catching a variety of fish. Black Crappie - Slow: Fish shallow, rocky shoreline using small plastic lures.

Turkey River (above Clermont): Rain chance through weekend with temperatures variable 40's to 50's and breezy. Water levels and flows slowly falling. Clarity improving. Walleye - Slow: Fish the slack water areas below dams with a jig tipped with minnow or shallow water crankbait. White Sucker - Fair: Use a worm fished off the bottom for best luck.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah): Flows remain elevated but levels are falling. Clarity improving. White Sucker - Fair: Suckers beginning to bite. Use worm fished on bottom. May have to use a bit more weight to keep line down due to elevated flows. Walleye - Fair: Walleye biting. Try jigs tipped with minnow or crankbaits.

Volga Lake:  The lake is ice-free. Concentrate efforts along the shoreline and shallow warmer water. Bluegill - Slow: Fish the shallow areas first for best luck. Use small jigs tipped with waxworms or spikes under a bobber. 

The lake is ice-free. Concentrate efforts along the shoreline and shallow warmer water.

Photos: Big fish caught in North Iowa

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