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by Iowa DNR
December 17, 2010

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Bluegill and crappie fishing with wax worms has been pretty good. Anglers are targeting the area southwest of the boat ramp area. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching bluegill about hand size with wax worms. Crappie - Good: Anglers are picking up crappie with wax worms and minnows, some are nice size fish.

Badger Lake
Anglers are still catching bluegill and crappie. Ice thickness is 15 to 16 inches. Bluegill - Good: Nice size bluegills are being caught with small jigs and wax worms. Crappie - Good: Nice size crappie are being caught as well.

Brushy Creek Lake
The boat ramp areas have been plowed out. Anglers are catching bluegill and some crappie. Ice conditions remain fair, but there are still some areas with thin ice or may have water under the snow. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are being caught in 20 to 25 feet of water right off of the bottom using wax worms. Crappie - Fair: A few crappies have been caught on minnows. Walleye - Slow: Walleye have been slow, but try just at sunset for them.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Not a lot of anglers have been out fishing, but the ones that are report that walleye fishing has been fair. Walleye - Fair: Anglers have been using jigs tipped with minnow heads or minnows under a bobber at the usual fishing spots around the lake. Evening has been the most productive.

Black Hawk Lake
Anglers have been working the lake, but the fishing has been pretty slow. Ice is around 15 inches thick. Boat ramp area on Ice House Point has been plowed. Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegill are being caught with wax worms, but most are smaller size fish. Crappie - Slow: Some crappie are being caught with wax worms and minnows, but most are smaller size fish.

Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)
A few bluegills are being caught in the evening. Bluegill - Fair: A few anglers are picking up bluegill in the evening using small jigs with wax worms.

Arrowhead Lake
There hasn't been a lot of fishing activity on Arrowhead Lake, but the lane and boat ramp area have recently been plowed allowing easier access to the lake.

We have not received a lot of fishing reports. Bluegill and crappie fishing has been good at some of the lakes. Snow is deep out on the lakes and snow shoes would help anglers to get out. Always use caution on the ice.

Beeds Lake
Ice thickness 14 to 16 inches. Crappies and bluegills are biting.

Eldred Sherwood Lake
Ice thickness 16 to 18 inches. Bluegills are biting on wax worms.

Upper Pine Lake
Ice thickness 6 to 8 inches.

Lake Smith
Ice thickness 16 to 18 inches. Bluegills are biting in the late afternoon on wax worms.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 18 to 20 inches. Yellow bass are biting on the west end of the lake; try the Farmers Beach area or the Little Lake. Try using a small jig or a plain hook tipped with a minnow or cut bait. Walleye - Slow: most fish caught are below the 14 inch length limit. Muskellunge - Slow: Yellow Bass - Fair: The best bite is at first light and at dusk.

Lake Cornelia
Ice thickness is 16 to 18 inches.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 18 inches. Crappie - Slow: Yellow Perch - Slow:

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 16 to 18 inches. Yellow perch are biting on wax worms and minnows.

Bluebill Lake
Ice thickness is 18 to 20 inches. Bluegills are biting on wax worms near the brush piles.

Fin and Feather Lake
Ice thickness 16 to 18 inches. Fishing is slow.

Elm Lake
Ice thickness 14 to 18 inches. Yellow perch are biting, will take some sorting to get a limit. Yellow Perch - Good:

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms along the old road bed. Some sorting will be required. Crappie - Fair: Fish with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms along the old road bed. Some sorting will be required.

Big Spirit Lake
There are people driving on the ice at Sunset Park, Angler's Bay, and a few at Buffalo Run. Care should be taken because of slush ice pockets under the snow. Bluegill - Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms on the north end of Angler's Bay. Crappie - Slow: A few fish are being caught on the north end of Angler's Bay while sight fishing for bluegills. Yellow Perch - Fair: Fishing is starting to pick up for perch out on the main lake in 20 to 22 feet of water in the morning and evenings with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or small minnows. A few perch are also being caught while sight fishing at the Grade and north end of Angler's Bay. Walleye - Excellent: Use a jigging lure tipped with a minnow along rock bars, weed lines, or out on the main lake silt basin in the mornings and evenings.

East Okoboji Lake
Walleye - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow at Jingles and Stony points in the evenings.

Minnewashta Lake
Walleye - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with live bait in the evening.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Yellow Perch - Slow: A few fish are being caught while fishing for walleye. Walleye - Fair: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow in the evenings.

West Okoboji Lake
A few anglers are driving onto the ice at the Emerson Bay boat ramp. Bluegill - Good: Use small ice jigs tipped with plastics or live bait in the bays along weed beds, fish are scattered so keep moving to find pockets of fish. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm along weed beds. Perch will be mixed with bluegills.

Five Island Lake
Crappie - Fair: Use a jig tipped with a minnow or wax worm for suspended fish. Walleye - Good: Fish at sunrise or sunset along drop-offs with jigging lures tipped with a minnow.

Elk Lake
Snowmobiles may be the best way to access the lake from the road. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with wax worms or a small minnow beneath a bobber. Some sorting will be required.

West Swan Lake S.W.M.A.
The best way to access the lake is by snow mobile. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with live bait.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with wax worms or a small minnow beneath a bobber. Some sorting will be required.

Virgin Lake
Using a snowmobile may be the best way to access the lake from the road. Yellow Perch - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with wax worms or a small minnow beneath a bobber. Some sorting will be required.

Spirit Lake District Farm Ponds
Be sure to ask the landowner for permission before fishing a private farm pond. Bluegill - Good: Use a small ice jig tipped with a wax worm. Begin fishing in the deepest part of the pond near the dam.

Snow conditions are making it difficult for anglers to get to fishing locations on all area lakes. There is some slush under the snow.

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