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Beeds Lake: Due to the excessive snowfall, the Beeds Lake campground road will be closed until snow melt.

Clear Lake: The ice has several inches of snow on it. Yellow Bass - Fair: Start shallow with a small jig or jigging spoon tipped with several spikes or a waxworm near the Baptist camp. You have to keep moving to stay on fish. Yellow Perch - Good: 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: Dead stick a minnow early morning or evening near the island.

Rice Lake: Ice thickness is 18 to 20 inches.

Silver Lake (Worth): Ice thickness is 18 to 20 inches.

Arrowhead Lake: There is around 12 inches of ice near the boat ramp. Bluegill - Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a waxworm fished in 10-15 feet of water near submerged structure on the east side.

Black Hawk Lake: Beware of open water and thin ice in Town Bay. There is around 16 inches of ice off the boat ramp of Ice House Point. Be aware of thin ice or open water near Ice House Point, along the Denison Beach area, and in the east basin near the outlet. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm in the rock pile out front of Gunshot Hill and off of Cottonwood Point. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm near the Ice House Point boat ramp. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try minnows near the bottom on the rock piles near Gunshot Hill and Cottonwood Point.

Black Hawk Pits: There is around 11 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. Ice conditions are improving. 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 16-18 inches of ice. Avoid ice along pressure seams and near the big island. There is 6-8 inches of snow on the ice in most areas. 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. 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 - Fair: 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 during the evening hours 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 Bass - Fair: Yellow bass activity has slowed, but persistent anglers can catch good numbers of fish. Black Crappie - Good: Yellow bass anglers report crappie mixed in the catch.

Minnewashta Lake: Black Crappie - Good: Anglers report catching good numbers of angler acceptable size fish and larger fish early and late day.

Spirit Lake: Yellow Perch - Good: Good numbers of angler acceptable size fish continue to be caught from the basin in 18 - 20 feet of water; the bite improves through the day. Sorting is needed with numbers of small fish also in the catch.

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: Persistent anglers will catch good numbers of large bluegills from the lake. Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers report catching fish from Smiths Bay in 18 - 24 feet of water; move often to catch numbers.

Decorah District Streams: Ice and packed snow on roads make travel slow. Road shoulders are hard to see. Use care traveling the back country. Brown Trout - Fair: Melt water cooled and muddied streams. Find springs and fish this area; water will be warmer. Rainbow Trout - Fair: Fish areas trout are seeking food and protection. Move a fly along a current break. Brook Trout - Fair: If you match the right insect hatch switch pattern.

Lake Hendricks: About a foot of snow on 12 inches of ice. Open water around the aerator; use caution in this area. No motorized vehicles allowed here. Few anglers have been out. Bluegill - Slow.

Lake Meyer: Ice depth is 10 inches under 8-12 inches of snow. Rain and snow melt will muddy the water. Few anglers have been out. Bluegill - Slow. Largemouth Bass - Slow.

Volga Lake: Freeze and thaw cycles are causing variable ice conditions around edges. Snow melt and rain will muddy the water. Few anglers have been out. Yellow Perch - Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a spike or waxworm. Bluegill - Slow.

Alice Wyth Lake: Reports of anglers catching bluegill and crappie. Some sorting may be needed. Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a jig tipped with a waxworm just off of the bottom. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a waxworm or crappie minnow. Look for suspended fish or near the bottom.

Silver Lake (Delaware): Anglers are catching some bluegill and northern pike. Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a jig tipped with a waxworm just off of the bottom. Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers have had success using tip-up rigs with a live shiner for bait.

Photos: Big fish caught in North Iowa

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