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Clear Lake: The lake is covered with several inches of snow. Local anglers have plowed a few paths on the lake for access. Please be courteous and don’t park in the middle of the path blocking traffic. 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 a jigging spoon 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 20 to 22 inches.

Silver Lake (Worth): Ice thickness is 20 to 22 inches.

Arrowhead Lake: About 13 inches of ice and 1-2 feet of snow 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: The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation; beware of open water and thin ice. About 17 inches of ice with 1-2 feet of snow near the boat ramp of Ice House Point. Open water in the east basin near the outlet. Check ice thickness often. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm in the rock piles out front of Gunshot Hill and off of Cottonwood Point.

Black Hawk Pits: About 12 inches of ice near the boat ramp. Bluegill - Fair: Use waxworms fished near the bottom. Some sorting is needed.

Brushy Creek Lake: 1-2 feet of snow cover on the ice. Bluegill - Fair: Try waxworms fished on a small jig in 10-15 feet of water near structure in the northeast arm of the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a minnow and spoon near submerged structure. Try also waxworms on a small jig.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake): Most ice is 16-20 inches with 1-2 feet of snow. Avoid ice along pressure seams and near the big island. Walleye - Fair: Use minnows and jigging spoons in the dredge cuts on the east side of the lake in about 8-12 feet of water and the west side in 6-10 feet of water.

East Okoboji Lake: Yellow Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching yellow bass from the basin. Move often to stay on the school of active fish.

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.

Spirit Lake: Yellow Perch - Good: Numbers of angler acceptable size fish (8-9 inches) continue to be caught from the basin in 18-20 feet of water. 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. Black Crappie - Good: Report of fish activity in Little Emerson Bay. Look for good pockets of aquatic vegetation where fish will gather.

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: Spin fishers using minnow imitating jigs will do well. In clear water, use a dark jig with a bright red spot. 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. Midges are hatching now. Use grey or dark colors.

Lake Hendricks: About a foot of snow on 20 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 20 inches covered with hard crusty snow. Few anglers have been out. Bluegill - Slow. Largemouth Bass - Slow.

Volga Lake: Drifted snow covering 10 to 20 inches of ice. Few anglers have been out. Yellow Perch - Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a spike or waxworm. Bluegill - Slow.

Silver Lake (Delaware): Anglers are catching some largemouth bass, 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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