Northwest Iowa Fishing Reports

Ames-Fort Dodge-Sioux City-Spirit lake

September 11, 2011
Out on Clear Lake today my youngest got yellow bass 11 feet deep northeast of island. last week got perch and walleye from DNR dock north side at sundown.
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May 13, 2011

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May 5, 2014
No idea on daytime fishing I only fish after sunset...slow is better than fast....
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May 5, 2014
[quote=Esox_Magnum]Yes all our fish came on crankbaits trolling. Fish are scattered and no sure bait of choice yet. #5 raps and flicker shad are alway good producers. Don't be afraid to go shallow at night.... [/quote] how fast? Hit spirt today from 12-4:30. trolled cranks, spinners with leeches
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Beeds Lake Fishing Reports

December 24, 2010
Ice thickness is 9 to 12 inches. Crappies are biting on minnows fished near structure.
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December 17, 2010
Ice thickness is 8 to 10 inches. Crappies are biting on minnows fished near structure.
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Black Hawk Lake Fishing Reports

December 24, 2010
There is about 10 inches of good, clear ice on Black Hawk Lake. The winter aeration system will begin operation soon creating pockets of open water and thin ice in the Town Bay area. Yellow Perch - Slow: An occasional perch is caught while walleye fishing. The perch are about 8 inches long. Wall
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December 17, 2010
There is about 9 inches of good, clear ice on Black Hawk Lake. The winter aeration system will begin operation soon creating pockets of open water and thin ice in the Town Bay area. Yellow Perch - Slow: An occasional perch is caught while walleye fishing. The perch are about 8 inches long. Walle
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Brushy Creek Lake Fishing Reports

December 24, 2010
Water clarity at Brushy Creek is excellent. Ice conditions in the upper end are improving, but ice on main lake is still unsafe. Bluegill - Slow: Crappie - Slow: Yellow Perch - Fair: Walleye - Slow:
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December 17, 2010
Water clarity at is excellent. The majority of Brushy Creek still has open water. There is about 1 inch of ice covering the northern portions of the lake. One ice shack went through the ice last week.
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Lake Catherine Fishing Reports

December 24, 2010
Ice thickness is 7 to 9 inches. Bluegills are biting in the late afternoon on wax worms.
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December 17, 2010
Ice thickness is 7 to 9 inches. Bluegills are biting in the late afternoon on wax worms.
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Clear Lake Fishing Reports

December 24, 2010
Ice thickness is 9 to 13 inches. Yellow bass fishing is fair in the Little lake. Walleye fishing is slow.
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December 17, 2010
Ice thickness is 8 to 12 inches. Yellow bass fishing is fair in the Little Lake. Walleye fishing is slow.
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Crawford Creek Impoundment Fishing Reports

December 24, 2010
There is about 9 to 10 inches of ice on Crawford Creek. Some ice shacks have been out, but there have only been a few reports of anglers catching some decent bluegill.
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December 17, 2010
There is about 6 inches of ice on Crawford Creek. There have not been any fishing reports.
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Lake Okoboji Fishing Reports -West Okie Also

March 22, 2011
Vehicle travel is no longer advised on West Okoboji. Northern Pike fishing has been good. Anglers are reporting some northern pike on tip-ups in shallow water in the bays. bluegill are in the bays being caught with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms/wigglers or plastics. Bluegills are still ag
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February 6, 2011
While I have no first hand info. I know there were people fishing all over on both bays. Spirit is a bit difficult but not too bad to atleast give it a try. I know that both gills and perch have been biting on Emerson.
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Mill Creek Lake Fishing Reports

September 17, 2010
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with worms or wigglers.
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August 28, 2010
Mill Creek Lake would be a great place to take a child fishing for bluegills. Use a small bobber and hook baited with a piece of worm along the boat docks and shoreline. There is plenty of parking and easy access along the south shore. Bluegill - Excellent: Use a small bobber and hook baited with
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Minnewashta Lake Fishing Reports

December 10, 2010
Ice report: North boat ramp 6.5 inches. White Bass - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with wax worms/wigglers. Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish with small ice jigs tipped with wigglers. Anglers are reporting fish up to 8 inches.
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September 17, 2010
Bluegill - Fair: Fish boat docks or weed beds with small jigs tipped with live bait. Yellow Bass - Good: Fish the bridges, weed lines, or docks with small jigs tipped with live bait.
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Morse Lake Fishing Reports

August 21, 2010
Bullheads and channel catfish are biting on crawler fished near the bottom.
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August 13, 2010
Bullheads and channel catfish are biting on crawler fished near the bottom.
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Nelson Park Lake Fishing Reports

August 28, 2010
Catfish are biting. Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Nelson Park Lake because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present. Channel Catfish - Good: Many channel catfish have been caught from the face of the dam. Anglers are having the best luck using stink bait and fishi
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August 21, 2010
Catfish are biting. Remember to clean vegetation off boat trailers when leaving Nelson Park Lake because the invasive plant brittle naiad is present. Channel Catfish - Good: Many channel catfish have been caught from the face of the dam. Anglers have been having the best luck using stink bait and
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North Twin Lake Fishing Reports

December 10, 2010
There is 3 to 4 inches of ice on most of the lake with thicker ice near shore.
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November 5, 2010
Anglers are still doing well for yellow bass with a few nice walleye mixed in. Walleye - Slow: Some walleye have been caught while fishing for yellow bass. Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers have been catching yellow bass casting small bright colored jigs tipped with a small piece of bait. Try fishing t
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Spirit Lake Fishing Reports

February 8, 2011
Thanks for all your input. I have 4x4 and I will make sure I have good shovel and chains with me. Plans have changed and only making it down Saturday but sounds like weather is going tro cooperate.
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February 7, 2011
True off the beaten path be prepared to shovel a little and abuse the truck a little to get yourself around. Keep a log chain handy for a little extra help when you need some traction when you break through to bare ice and keep the RPM's high and keep moving. Saw many stuck including myself a few ti
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Storm Lake Fishing Reports

December 24, 2010
Ice thickness on Storm Lake is around 3 to 4 inches out in the main basin with areas of open water. Ice is approaching 15 inches thick near the inlet where most of the fishing is taking place. White Bass - Good: Large white bass are being caught by anglers targeting walleye. There is fast action
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December 17, 2010
Ice thickness on Storm Lake is around 3 to 4 inches out in the main basin with areas of open water. Ice is around 10 inches thick near the inlet where most of the fishing is taking place. White Bass - Good: Large white bass are being caught by anglers targeting walleye. There is fast action for t
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Swan Lake Fishing Reports

December 10, 2010
The majority of Swan Lake is frozen over with the exception of one open water area being kept open by the geese.
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September 17, 2010
Water clarity has improved during the last couple of weeks. Bluegill - Fair: Fish about 10 feet off shore and two feet down with a bobber and a worm. Anglers are having good luck with most panfish. Largemouth Bass - Fair: A few bass are still being picked up. Crappie - Good: Fish about 10 feet o
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Yellow Smoke Park Lake Fishing Reports

December 24, 2010
Yellow Smoke has about 7 inches of good, clear ice. Use caution when near the handicapped accessible dock because slush pockets have formed near it. The water is extremely clear. Bluegill - Good: The few anglers that are fishing are doing well for bluegill. The bite turns on at 4:30 p.m. Bluegi
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December 17, 2010
Yellow Smoke has about 7 inches of good, clear ice. The water is extremely clear. Bluegill - Fair: The action is not real fast, but when anglers catch a bluegill they are jumbo sized. Use very light line and tackle.
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