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by Iowa DNR
December 17, 2010

Lake Hendricks
Lots of people have been out. Ice thickness varies from 18 to 20 inches. Bluegill - Good: Reports of 6 to 8 inch gills are being caught. Crappie - Good: Crappies 8 to 10 inches are being caught on light colored jigs.

Lake Meyer
Ice thickness is running 12 to 14 inches. Lot's of anglers have been out and report a slow but steady bite. Bluegill - Fair: Try angling midway off the bottom. Wax worms and mousies on a red jig seem to work best. Crappie - Fair: Try using off white jigs for crappies.

Decorah District Streams
This is one of the best times of the year to try and catch trout. Put on some snowshoes on an overcast day and slowly creep down to the stream. Try using a subsurface fly.

Ice conditions are good on most area lakes. Use caution when going out on rivers and streams as there are still a few areas with open water.

Silver Lake (Delaware)
Anglers have had some success on Silver Lake catching mainly bluegill with an occasional crappie. Ice thickness here is between 6 to 8 inches of good ice. Best success has been early morning or late afternoon before dark. Bluegill - Slow: Concentrate efforts in the deeper water fishing just off of the bottom with an ice jig and wax worm.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Casey Lake has been fair for bluegill and yellow perch. Bluegill - Fair: Be sure to fish around submerged structure from the center of the lake and east towards the dam. Look for fish in 12 to 14 feet of water using small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm. Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch fishing has been consistent anywhere on the lake, fish jig tipped with a wax worm for good success.

Big Woods Lake
Anglers are catching crappies but some sorting may be required.

Brinker Lake
A few anglers have been spotted ice fishing. Some sorting may be necessary. Bluegill - Fair: Crappie - Fair:

George Wyth Lake
Anglers have been fishing George Wyth early morning and late evening with some success on both bluegill and crappie. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are reporting catches of bluegill with some sorting necessary. Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching crappie on George Wyth Lake on a fairly consistent basis. Look for areas where pressure has been the heaviest.

North Prairie Lake
North Prairie Lake will be stocked on Jan. 16.

Avenue of the Saints Pond
Anglers are catching both bluegill and crappie, some sorting may be necessary. Bluegill - Fair: Concentrate efforts on the south end of the lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. Crappie - Fair: Concentrate efforts on the south end of the lake in 12 to 18 feet of water or suspended around structure.

Koutny Pond
Fishing has been fair here for bluegill running in the 7 to 8.5 inch range. Bluegill - Fair: Fish in areas with 8 to 10 feet of water which can be found on the east side of the lake.

Plainfield
Anglers are catching nice size bluegill on this 30-acre lake. Bluegill - Fair: Try locating structure and fishing just off of the bottom with an ice jig and wax worm.

Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Anglers are beginning to pickup crappie and northern pike above the dam in Independence as water clarity has improved. Most of the action has been above the dam in Independence. Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers have been catching pike while fishing for crappie using either a wax worm or minnow under a jig. Bluegill - Slow: Try fishing the Independence Impoundment above the dam. Crappie - Fair: Try fishing in two to three foot of water on the backwaters of the Wapsi above the dam.

Ice thickness around Black Hawk County is varying from 6 to 8 inches. Best success has been on the following lakes; Ave. of Saints, Plainfield, George Wyth, Brinker and Big Woods for bluegill and crappie. This Saturday, North Prairie Lake will be stocked with trout. The weather forecast looks excellent and will be a great opportunity to get the children out for some great rod bending action.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9
The boat ramps have become locked in ice. Solid ice for fishing has formed in most areas having 8 inches or more. Anglers should always use caution as warm weather may weaken ice especially in areas near shore and where there may be current. Northern Pike - Fair: A few nice pike have been caught on tip up near Minnesota Slough. Bluegill - Fair: Shore Slough near Lansing and Blackhawk park on the Wisconsin side continue to be popular fishing areas with mixed reports and some good catches of bluegills and crappie. Fair numbers of bluegill are being reported from the lakes along Minnesota Slough. These include Cord Wood Lake, Bear Paw Lake and Fish Lake. At times the bluegill have been stacked up along the weed line in the very upper reaches of Fish Lake. Largemouth Bass - Fair: There have been reports of a few decent largemouth bass caught in the middle of Fish Lake. Some anglers are reporting catching nice sized largemouth bass on teardrops baited with wax worms in the Lansing Village Creek Marina area. Crappie - Fair: Recently a few crappies have been caught in Indian along Wisconsin Slough. Shore Slough near Lansing and Blackhawk park on the Wisconsin side continue to be popular fishing spots. Yellow Perch - Fair: Yellow perch were being caught in the lakes along Minnesota Slough. These include Cord Wood Lake, Bear Paw Lake and Fish Lake. This has been a hit or miss year, and activity can rapidly change in less than a day.

Mississippi River Pool 10
Lynxville boat ramp has become locked in ice limiting access to tail water fishing. Ice is 8 inches or more in most places but anglers should still use caution in crossing areas with potential current. Northern Pike - Good: Anglers have reported fair catches of northern pike using tip ups near the spillway in the Harpers Ferry area. Pike are still being taken out of Bussey Lake near Guttenberg but action has slowed a bit. Bluegill - Good: Anglers in the Harpers Ferry area report good catches of bluegills and some crappie below the spillway and in Joyce lake. Mixed reports from Bussey Lake but some nice sized bluegills and crappie still being caught. Mixed reports are also coming form Sny Magill area where anglers are fishing Norwegian and Ice lake across from the ramp with fair catches. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Anglers have reported a few catches of largemouth bass near the spillway in the Harpers Ferry area. The action has been hit or miss. Crappie - Good: Anglers in the Harpers Ferry area report good catches of bluegills and some nice catches of crappie below the spillway and in Joyce lake. Some nice catches of crappie have been reported from Bussey lake and from Norwegian in the Sny Magill area but action can be hit or miss. Yellow Perch - Good: Several nice yellow perch have been reported out of Bussey Lake in Lower Pool 10. Most folks fishing with a jig and wax worms.

Mississippi River Pool 11
Both the Guttenberg city ramp and the DNR boat ramp are locked in ice. Warmer weather forecast may change this but there is a lot of ice to get rid of before ramps will open up.

Ice fishing is generally slow but a few anglers still reporting brief periods of good action. Many anglers are frustrated as they are seeing many fish on their cameras but catching them has proven difficult. Northern Pike - Slow: Angers with camera's report seeing a few northern pike in the Marina and at Sunfish Lake but no one is really targeting them with tip ups. Bluegill - Slow: Fishing in Marina is slow with a few bluegill and small yellow perch being caught. Some larger bluegill are being caught in Zollicoffers lake. Crappie - Fair: Scattered reports of a few crappies being caught in Zollicoffers Lake and Sunfish Lake. Small white or green tube jigs baited with wax worms seem to be the best bait. Yellow Perch - Fair: Some 8-inch yellow perch are being reported in Lower Pool 11 at Sunfish Lake. A few smaller perch are also being caught in the Marina at Mud Lake. Perch schools seen on camera but hard to catch. Sauger - Good: The DNR ramp at Guttenberg is locked in ice. The only access to tail water fishing is by airboat. Those that have fished have caught some small sauger.

Solid ice for fishing remains with most areas having 8 inches or more of ice but forecasts for warmer weather could weaken ice especially around shorelines and any areas of flowing water. The ramps at Lynxville and the city ramp in Guttenberg are locked in ice.

Mississippi River Pool 12
Backwater ice conditions are good with 10 to 12 inches at most lakes. Ice conditions in areas of flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended. River stage in Dubuque is stable at 8.25 feet. Anglers in Pool 12 should keep an eye out for radio tagged crappie. The DNR has externally radio tagged 200 crappies in Pool 12 and will be tracking them over the course of the next year. Tags are attached to the dorsal spines and we ask that you release any tagged fish. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are sorting through a lot of small fish and the bite has been slower this past week. Fish are biting in Kehough Slough, and Tippy, Stone, Fishtrap, and O'Learys lakes. Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing has been day to day. Best fishing has been in Tippy Lake. Jigging spoons, soft plastics on jigs, or minnows have been producing best.

Mississippi River Pool 13
Backwater ice conditions are good with reports of 10 to 12 inches at most lakes. Ice conditions in areas of flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended. River stage in Bellevue is 6.38 feet. Bluegill - Fair: Bite has slowed over the past couple of weeks. Fish being caught in Brown's Lake and South Sabula Lake, but a lot of small fish. Wax worms on jigs have been working best. Crappie - Fair: Crappie bite has slowed as well. Still a few fish coming out of South Sabula Lake. No reports from Spring Lake, but it is also a good spot to try.

Mississippi River Pool 14
Backwater ice conditions are good with reports of 10 to 12 inches at most lakes. Ice conditions in areas of flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended. River stage in Camanche is 9.74 feet. Northern Pike - Fair: Pike are coming off tip ups with 4 inch suckers. Bluegill - Slow: Bite has been slow with a lot of small fish at Rock Creek. Crappie - Slow: A few fish, but relatively slow at Rock Creek.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage is 7.83 feet and has been slowly falling over the past few days. As of Thursday, the Marquette St. ramp still had ice at the boat ramp. Some ice fishing is being done in Sunset Marina. Ice anglers are reminded that fluctuating river stages, above freezing temperatures and snow cover can create poor ice conditions. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina on small ice jigs and wax worms. Most fish have been on the small side. Largemouth Bass - No Report: Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are also being caught in Sunset Marina on small ice fishing jigs and wax worms. Sauger - No Report: Boat ramp still frozen in. Walleye - No Report: Boat ramp still frozen in.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage is 6.64 feet. As of Thursday, the main channel and boat ramps were frozen in at Muscatine. Ice fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Most ice fishing reports are coming from lakes and farm ponds. Anglers are reminded that fluctuating river stages, above freezing temperatures, and snow cover can make for poor ice conditions. Bluegill - Slow: Fishing has been slow in Big Timber. Most of the bluegills that are being caught have been on the small side. Big Timber has variable ice thicknesses of 4 to 6 inches. Big Timber also has some areas with water and slush sitting on the ice due to recent warmer temperatures. Anglers should use extreme caution when ice fishing in Big Timber. Crappie - Slow: Sauger - No Report: Tail waters not accessible by boat. Walleye - No Report: Tail waters not accessible by boat.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage is 10.64 feet. Tail waters are not accessible for walleye and sauger fishing. The main channel is frozen in and river levels remain high. Most ice fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Ice anglers are reminded that fluctuating river levels, snow cover, and above freezing temperatures may create poor ice conditions in the backwaters. Bluegill - Slow: Crappie - Slow: Sauger - No Report: The tail waters at New Boston are not accessible. Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage is 5.43 feet. Boat ramps are frozen in. Ice fishing in the backwaters has been slow. Most ice fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Ice anglers are reminded that fluctuating river levels, above freezing temperatures and snow cover can create poor ice conditions. Bluegill - No Report: Crappie - No Report: Sauger - No Report: Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16 to 20
As of Thursday, all tail waters in pools 16 to 19 were not accessible by boat. Most ice fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. Ice anglers are reminded that fluctuating river levels, above freezing temperatures and snow cover can create poor ice conditions. Some of the backwaters have areas with water sitting on the ice due to recent warm temperatures. Ice anglers should take extreme caution when fishing the backwaters.

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