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Clear Lake: Unsafe ice conditions.

Lower Pine Lake: No open water yet.

Winnebago River: The river level is three feet high and dropping. Now is the time to target pike; fish areas with current breaks.

Cedar River (above Nashua): Levels are falling with improved clarity. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use dead chubs fished in the impoundments or slack water areas. Keep your bait on the river bottom. Walleye - Fair: A few keeper size walleyes are taking bait. Try a jig tipped with a minnow.

Black Hawk Lake: The lake will likely be completely ice free soon. Anglers have been fishing open water near the inlet and in Town Bay.

Black Hawk Pits: Anglers have had luck fishing open water along the south end of Black Hawk Pits. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up keeper sized fish near the south end.

Brushy Creek Lake: Any remaining ice is unsafe.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake): Any remaining ice is unsafe. The Marina is ice free; look for fishing activity in the marina to pick up as water temperatures increase. 

East Okoboji Lake: Channel Catfish - Good: Prime time is here; ice-out provides an excellent bite using traditional baits. Fish twilight and after dark; fish will be on a feeding frenzy and provide lots of "pole bending" action.

Spirit Lake: Ice is changing and deteriorating daily. No ice fishing activity in the Iowa Great Lakes and area lakes.

Decorah District Streams: Trout streams are in good condition. 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: Many stocked rainbows from last season are waiting to be caught. Use a minnow or worm under a bobber. Brook Trout - Fair: Midges are hatching on sunny afternoons. If trout are chasing minnows at tails of riffles, try using a streamer or minnow imitating lure.

Lake Hendricks: Ice fishing is not recommended. Ice is deteriorating fast. There is open water around the aerator. No motorized vehicles allowed on the ice.

Lake Meyer: Ice conditions are deteriorating fast. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Turkey River (above Clermont): Water levels and flows are slowly falling. Clarity is improving. Walleye - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a minnow or shallow water crankbait in the slack water areas below dams with.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah): Flows and levels are elevated, but can be fished. Clarity is improving. Bite is better in the morning. White Sucker - Fair: Suckers are starting to bite. Use worm fished on bottom. You might have to use a bit more weight to keep the line down with the elevated flows.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah): Flows and levels are elevated, but can be fished. Clarity is improving. Bite is better in the morning. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are biting. Try Jigs tipped with a minnow or crankbaits.

Volga Lake: Ice conditions are deteriorating fast. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Photos: Big fish caught in North Iowa

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