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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.

Upper Pine Lake: Access the lake from the boat ramp; the campground is closed due to deep snow.

Arrowhead Lake: There is around 14 inches of ice and 1-2 feet of snow near the boat ramp.

Black Hawk Lake: The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation; beware of open water and thin ice. There is around 18 inches of ice with 1-2 feet of snow near the Ice House Point boat ramp. There is open water in the east basin near the outlet. Little fishing activity since last week due to the heavy snow. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with waxworm in the rock piles out front of Gunshot Hill and off of Cottonwood Point.

Brushy Creek Lake: Few reports last week due to weather. There is 1-2 feet of snow 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 18-20 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. Yellow Perch - Fair: Try minnow head jigging spoons or waxworm on a small jig. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up keeper size crappie using minnows/jig.

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.

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: Angler access at the north end of the lake. Yellow Perch - Good: Numbers of acceptable size fish (8-9 inches) continue to be caught from the basin. 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: Angler access at the north end, Smith Bay and Emerson Bay. Bluegill - Good: Persistent anglers will catch good numbers of large bluegills.

Decorah District Streams: 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. No motorized vehicles allowed. 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.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake): Black Crappie - Slow: Find structure in the east side of lake near the dam. Use electronics to find suspended fish using a jig and waxworm. The few crappie caught are quality size.

Lake Delhi: Ice conditions are fair, but will likely deteriorate fast with the rain predicted this weekend. Bluegill - Slow: Try a jig tipped with a waxworm fished just off of the bottom. Black Crappie - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a waxworm. Try finding suspended fish with electronics.

Maquoketa River (above Monticello): Walleye - No Report: Try a jig and plastic tipped with or without a minnow below Lake Delhi Dam.

Martens Lake: Anglers are accessing the lake from the north, crossing the reservoir on foot. Bluegill - Slow: Try a jig tipped with a waxworm fished just off of the bottom. Black Crappie - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a waxworm. Try finding suspended fish with electronics.

Silver Lake (Delaware): Anglers are catching some largemouth bass, bluegill and northern pike. Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a jig tipped with a waxworm fished 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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