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Clear Lake: Ice thickness is 12 to 18 inches. Yellow Bass - Fair: Start shallow with a small jig or jigging spoon tipped with several spikes or a waxworm. You have to keep moving to stay on fish. Yellow Perch - Fair: Lots of small fish are being caught. If you’re not going to use the fish you catch, release them. Black Crappie - Slow: Use jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head in the early morning. Walleye - Slow: Best bite is early morning and evening.

Crystal Lake: Ice thickness is 16 to 20 inches. No fishing activity reported.

Lower Pine Lake: Ice thickness is 6 to 8 inches. Bluegill – Fair.

Rice Lake: Ice thickness is 12 to 18 inches. No fishing activity reported.

Silver Lake (Worth): Ice thickness is 12 to 18 inches. No fishing activity reported.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City): Anglers were catching crappie on the backwaters of the Cedar River in Bremer County last week. Use extreme caution and check ice thickness often. Black Crappie - Fair: Use electronics to find structure; fish in these backwater areas. 

Arrowhead Lake: 10 inches of ice near the boat ramp. Bluegill - Slow: Catch keeper bluegills in the middle of the lake and along the east side with a small jig tipped with a waxworm fished in 10-15 feet of water.

Black Hawk Lake: The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation. 14 inches of ice off the boat ramp of Ice House Point. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm in the rock pile out front of Gunshot Hill. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm near the Ice House Point boat ramp.

Black Hawk Pits: 10 inches of ice near the boat ramp. Bluegill - Fair: Use waxworms fished near the bottom.

Brushy Creek Lake: Anglers are fishing mostly near the north boat ramp, in the northeast arm of the lake, and near the southeast boat ramp near the big island. Bluegill - Fair: Try waxworms fished on a small jig in the northeast arm of the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a minnow and spoon in about 20-30 feet of water near submerged structure. Try also waxworms and spikes on a small jig. Yellow Perch - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few yellow perch while fishing for crappie.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake): Most areas of the lake have 15-18 inches of ice. Walleye - Fair: Use minnows and jigging spoons in the dredge cuts on the east side of the lake in about 10-14 feet of water. Low light conditions are best. Yellow Perch - Slow: Use a small spoon and waxworm. White Bass - Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass in the east end of the lake and deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye.

East Okoboji Lake: Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers are catching large yellow bass from the basin. Move often to stay on the school of active fish. Bluegill - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught from the south end of the lake; sorting is needed.

Five Island Lake: Yellow Bass - Good: Some activity reported on the lake; you need to search to find active fish. Walleye - Fair: Report of fish being caught from the deep water dredge sites with traditional baits.

Lake Pahoja: Bluegill - Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of angler acceptable size bluegill in the lake with large fish over 8 inches not uncommon.

Lost Island Lake: Yellow Perch - Good: Report of fish being caught from the lake with "bonus mixed bag" of bluegill and crappie in the catch. Yellow Bass - Fair: Yellow bass activity has slowed, but persistent anglers can catch good numbers of fish.

Spirit Lake: Walleye - Fair: Action has slowed; angler acceptable size fish are being caught; best action is half hour before sunset to half hour after sunset. Yellow Perch - Good: Good numbers of angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught from the basin in 18 - 20 feet of water; sorting is needed as numbers of small fish will also be in the catch. Bluegill - Fair: Report of bluegill action fishing traditional sites.

Trumbull Lake: Yellow Perch - Good: Yellow perch continue to be harvested from the lake; anglers are very pleased with the quality of the fish caught.

Virgin Lake: Walleye - Good: Good opportunities to catch fish averaging 16 inches; best action is half hour before sunset to half hour after sunset. Yellow Perch - Good: Fish averaging 8 inches are common.

West Okoboji Lake: Bluegill - Good: Action has slowed; persistent anglers will catch good numbers of bluegills from the lake.

Alice Wyth Lake: Reports of anglers catching a few bluegill and crappie. Bluegill - Fair: Try jigging a waxworm on an ice fishing jig; move around to find fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Jig a waxworm on an ice fishing jig or fish a crappie minnow under a bobber- dead stick rig. Electronics help find suspended fish.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake): Good reports of anglers catching 7- to 9-inch bluegill. Concentrate on areas near the dam to find structure. Bluegill - Fair: Try jigging a waxworm on an ice fishing jig; move around to find fish.

George Wyth Lake: Reports of anglers having success on bluegill and crappie; some sorting is needed for bluegill. Bluegill - Fair: Jig a waxworm on an ice fishing jig; moving around to find fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Try jigging a waxworm on an ice fishing jig or fishing a crappie minnow under a bobber- dead stick rig. Electronics help find suspended fish.

North Prairie Lake: Anglers have had success catching trout. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Try jigging a waxworm under an ice fishing jig.

Photos: Big fish caught in North Iowa

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