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Clear Lake: Ice fishing activity increased this week. Most anglers are fishing close to access points. Ice thickness is 3-7 inches. Aeration systems are in operation for the winter. Yellow Bass - Fair: Nice sized yellow bass are hitting small jigs and spoons. Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are catching perch, but a lot of sorting is needed. Black Crappie - Fair: Some nice sized crappie are being caught near rush beds. Bluegill - Fair: Fish shallow in rush beds with small jigs.

Lower Pine Lake: Ice fishing is not recommended. Areas of open water remains on Pine Lakes.

Rice Lake: Ice thickness is 6 to 7 inches. Aeration system is operating for the winter.

Silver Lake (Worth): Bluegill - Good: Nice sized gills are being caught off the north access. Use small ice jigs tipped with insect larvae.

Cedar River (above Nashua): Check ice depths often, especially where there is current. Flows remain high. Backwaters have 3-4 inches of ice. Black Crappie - Good: Use small jig tipped with a waxworm or colored spike. Yellow Perch - Fair: 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.

Black Hawk Lake: Ice thickness near the boat ramp at Ice House Point was 4 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught from open water under the inlet bridge 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: A few perch are being picked up under the inlet bridge.

Brushy Creek Lake: Ice is unsafe for travel.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake): Ice is variable from 3 to 8 inches in some areas. Anglers are starting to make their way out. Walleye - Fair: A few walleye are being picked up through the ice.

East Okoboji Lake: Lake is snow covered. There is a large open water area on the south end of the lake. No ice fishing activity observed.

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; open water on the east side of the lake.

Spirit Lake: Anglers are ice fishing Templar Park Lagoon; foot traffic only. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of panfish. Areas of open water pockets still exist on the north end of the lake. No ice fishing activity on the main lake.

Upper Gar Lake: Limited ice; lake remains open due to the flow.

West Okoboji Lake: Lake has started to form ice but, thin ice conditions exist. No fishing activity is on the 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: No motorized vehicles allowed on ice. Ice is about 4 inches. Open water around the aerator; keep away from the aerator. Bluegill - Good: 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.

Lake Meyer: Ice is 3 to 4 inches. Check ice depths often, especially near springs. Caution recommended. Bluegill - Good: Early evening best. Use small teardrop shaped jigs tipped with waxworm in 15 feet of water. Black Crappie – Slow.

Volga Lake: Ice fishing is not recommended. Edges were open earlier in the week. Cold weather and short days will speed up ice formation.

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. There have been no reports on fish.

Photos: Big fish caught in North Iowa

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