Clear Lake: Ice thickness is 6 to 9 inches. Yellow Bass - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with several insect larvae. You b to be mobile to stay on fish. Yellow Perch - Good: Lots of small fish are being caught. Black Crappie - Fair: Try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head in the early morning. Walleye – Slow.
Beeds Lake: Ice thickness is 6 inches on the east end of the lake. The geese have a hole open on the west end of the lake.
Crystal Lake: Ice thickness is 6 to 8 inches. Avoid the pressure ridge near the center of the lake and a hole kept open by waterfowl by the east fishing jetty. Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms in the evening. Black Crappie - Good: Try small jigs tipped with a minnow in the evening. Yellow Perch - Good: Lots of small fish are being caught.
Lake Cornelia: Ice thickness is 8 to 9 inches on the north end of the lake. The south end was open close to shore last weekend, but has since froze over. No fishing activity reported.
Lake Smith: Ice thickness is 7 to 9 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Use small ice jig tipped with insect larvae; best bite is early morning and evening.
Lower Pine Lake: Ice fishing is not recommended. There are still significant areas of open water on the west end of the lake.
Rice Lake: Ice thickness is 7 to 9 inches.Yellow Perch - Slow: Best bite is early morning and evening. You have to stay mobile to find fish.
Silver Lake (Worth): Ice thickness is 7 to 9 inches.
Upper Pine Lake: Fishing not recommended. Ice thickness varies from 1 to 3.5 inches.
Cedar River (above Nashua): Check ice depths often, especially where there is current. Flows remain high. Go with a buddy. Let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Backwaters have 4 inches of ice. Anglers are catching a variety of fish this week. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a waxworm or colored spike. Yellow Perch - Slow: Catch perch up to 10 inches on a waxworm. Bounce a jig off the bottom for fun action.
Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City): Reports of anglers catching walleye on the river where there are open areas of water. Most reports have come from Bremer County. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching walleye using lead heads and plastic baits tipped with or without a minnow.
Arrowhead Lake: Ice is around 5 inches thick in front of the boat ramp. Anglers are making their way out. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegill have been picked up near the east shoreline. Find fish in submerged structure.
Black Hawk Lake: Ice thickness near the boat ramp at Ice House Point was 5 inches. Most ice fishing activity has been in front of Gunshot Hill. Use extreme caution and check ice depths often. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught from open water under the inlet bridge out front of Gunshot Hill and from the fishing shelter off Ice House Point. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being picked up from the open water under the inlet bridge. Yellow Perch - Fair: Catch perch under the inlet bridge and off the shoreline of Gunshot Hill.
Black Hawk Pits: Ice is around 5 inches thick off of the boat ramp. Bluegill - Fair: Use waxworms; sorting is needed. Yellow Perch - Fair: Try waxworms fished near the bottom.
Brushy Creek Lake: The main lake just froze over a week ago, so is likely unsafe for travel. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegill have been picked up through the ice in the northeast arm of the lake with waxworms.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake): Ice is variable from 5 to 8 inches in most areas. Use caution if venturing out and check ice thickness often. Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being picked up through the ice. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use waxworms and minnows.
East Okoboji Lake: Lake is snow covered. The large open water area has skimmed over, but there is still open water areas. No ice fishing activity observed.
Lost Island Lake: Ice conditions are variable; foot traffic only. Open water areas has capped over, but there is extreme thin ice in these areas.
Scharnberg Pond: Rainbow Trout - Good: 1500 trout was stocked on Nov. 17th. You must have fishing license and trout stamp to fish for and/or possess trout.
Silver Lake (Dickinson): Poor ice conditions continue; thin ice conditions on the east side of the lake.
Spirit Lake: Anglers are starting to ice fish the main basin; ice conditions remain variable. Foot traffic only is advised. Walleye - Good: Angler acceptable size fish are being caught; best action is during prime time - half hour before sunset to half hour after sunset. Yellow Perch - Good: Numbers of angler acceptable size fish are being caught; sorting is needed as numbers of small fish will also be in the catch.
Upper Gar Lake: Limited ice condition continue; there are open water areas on the lake due to the flow.
Virgin Lake: Ice conditions are variable on the lake; foot traffic only is advised. Walleye - Good: Good numbers of fish averaging 16 inches are being caught from the lake. Yellow Perch - Good: Fish averaging eight inches are being caught.
West Okoboji Lake: Iced over; there are very thin ice conditions on the main lake. Limited ice fishing observed.
Decorah District Streams: Brown Trout - Good: Use larger flies or lures mimicking minnows. Rainbow Trout - Good: Fish near the bottom if no hatches are occurring. Use a weighted caddis stonefly or mayfly nymph. Brook Trout - Good: Try nymphs, emerger or aquatic bug patterns when hatches slow. Fish the calm area next to to a fast channel of water at the head of a pool.
Lake Hendricks: No motorized vehicles allowed on ice. Ice depths average 7 inches. Use caution on ice. Open water around the aerator; keep away from the aerator. Bluegill - Fair: Early evening is best. For clear ice and water be set-up quiet and ready early. Use small jigs tipped with waxworm or spike near deeper water drop offs. Black Crappie – Slow. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers are catching a few small bass.
Lake Meyer: Ice is 5 to 6 inches. Check ice depths often, especially near springs. Caution recommended. The bite slowed earlier in week with the recent weather change. Bluegill - Good: Early evening is best. Use small teardrop shaped jigs tipped with waxworm in brush piles in 12-15 feet of water. Black Crappie – Slow.
Volga Lake: Anglers are starting to test the ice. Use care and check ice depths often. Most activity is around the dock up from parking lot. Bluegill - Fair: Fish the brush piles.
Big Woods Lake: Reports of anglers catching bluegill on Big Woods Lake. Bluegill - Fair: Try and find structure using a jig tipped with a waxworm.
Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake): Reports have been hit and miss for bluegill and crappie, but the fish they are catching are quality size. Bluegill - Fair: Try and find structure near the dam or west of the dam using a jig tipped with a waxworm. Look for areas of angler activity. Black Crappie - Fair: Try and find structure near the dam or west of the dam using a jig tipped with a waxworm or minnow. Fish one rod actively jigging and the other a dead stick with a bobber.
Maquoketa River (above Monticello): Anglers have taken a few walleye on the Maquoketa River, mainly in Delaware County. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are catching walleye using lead heads and plastic baits tipped with or without a minnow.
Martens Lake: Anglers are getting out on areas of Martens Lake where there is good ice. Bluegill - Fair: Tip an ice fishing jig with a waxworm fished at various depths.
North Prairie Lake: Anglers have been hit and miss on trout, depending on the weather fronts on North Prairie Lake. Rainbow Trout - Good: Try jigging jigs or little spoons vertically from top to near bottom.
Silver Lake (Delaware): Anglers are catching small bluegill on jigs and a few northern pike on tip-up rigs. Look for areas of angler activity for spots to start fishing. Bluegill - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a waxworm. Northern Pike - Fair: Try fishing a tip-up device tipped with a live shiner.