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Clear Lake: Ice thickness is 8 to 11 inches. The warm weather has melted all the snow off the ice. Ice cleats are recommended. Yellow Bass - Good: Use a small jig or jigging spoon tipped with several spikes. You have 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: Best bite is early morning and evening.

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 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. Warm temperatures have deteriorated what ice was here and there is still significant open water on the west end of the lake.

Rice Lake: Ice thickness is 10 to 11 inches.Yellow Perch - Slow: Best bite is early morning and evening. You have to stay mobile to find fish.

Upper Pine Lake: Ice fishing is not advised.

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. 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; most reports are from Bremer County. Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching walleye using lead heads and plastic baits tipped with or without a minnow.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock): No reports this past week on the Shell Rock River, but walleye angling should be favorable.

Arrowhead Lake: Ice is around 4-5 inches thick in front of the boat ramp. Anglers are making their way out. Ice conditions have deteriorated since last week; use caution. 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 5-6 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught from open water under the inlet bridge out front of Gunshot Hill at the rock pile north of Cottonwood Point and from the fishing shelter off of 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. Walleye – Fair.

Black Hawk Pits: Ice is around 5 inches thick off of the boat ramp. There are areas of open water and thin ice in some areas near shore. Use caution and test ice thickness often. Bluegill - Fair: Use waxworms; sorting is needed. Yellow Perch - Fair: Try waxworms fished near the bottom.

Brushy Creek Lake: Ice conditions have deteriorated with the recent warmer temperatures and rains. Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegill have been picked up through the ice in the northeast arm of the lake with waxworms. Walleye - Fair: Walleye are being picked up near structure in the northeast arm using minnows and jigging spoons.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake): Ice is variable from 5 to 8 inches in most areas. Some areas have deteriorated during the warmer temperatures. Use caution if venturing out and check ice thickness often. Walleye - Fair: Use minnows and jigging spoons. Yellow Perch - Fair: Try waxworms and minnows.

East Okoboji Lake: Open areas on the south end of the lake. Some 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: Next trout stocking will be Jan. 19.

Silver Lake (Dickinson): Poor ice conditions continue; thin ice conditions on the east side of the lake.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto): Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers report catching some fish from the lake.

Spirit Lake: Ice conditions remain variable. Foot traffic only is advised. Walleye - Good: Angler acceptable size fish are being caught; best action is 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. Bluegill - Good: Report of good numbers of fish being caught from the Anglers Bay area.

Trumbull Lake: Yellow Perch - Fair: Report of fish being caught from the lake; action is slow, but anglers will be pleased by the quality of the fish caught.

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 8 inches are being caught.

West Okoboji Lake: Ice fishing activity observed at Emerson, Little Emerson and the canals. Very thin ice on the main lake; no fishing activity observed on the main lake.

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: 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: Ice fishing not recommended. An angler fell through the ice Dec.13. Edges are thin. Warmer weather this next week will weaken ice. Most activity is around the dock up from parking lot. Bluegill - Fair: Fish the brush piles.

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.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills): No reports this past week on the Wapsipinicon River, but walleye angling should be favorable.

Photos: Big fish caught in North Iowa

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